The official tree decoraters this year! Every year, I decide to be involved in decorating the tree. Every year I poop out and go rest. And every year, I love what the rest of the family creates with it.
All seven stockings hung up and ready!
I baked the cookies (without help, because that’s the way I roll) and handed the cookies and frosting over to the kids to finish!
Maggie with her cookies on the plate she designed.
Hard at work.
Loading the dishwasher before frosting.
Watching the Nutcracker with friends. No pictures.
Carolyn’s date – Watching the Grinch and going out for ice cream. There were incredible tales of the amount of sweets consumed.
We opened all the gifts that the kids bought or made for each other…. and gifts from friends and the pajamas I bought this year on Christmas eve. 75% of the gifts were made by Anna. She worked hard for months!
Gathered in the living room.
Ready to start!
What’s funny to me, is that Anna has never seen a phone booth being used… maybe never one at all?
Anna made a transformer/time-traveler!
Sunrise or sunset?
Chocolate milk with unbelieveable amounts of marshmallow seemed like the right thing to do.
Anna made Daniel a drum set!
To remember the adorable spelling.
So proud of my gift-giving girls!
Daniel was excited about presents!
We dug candy out of stockings and opened Christmas gifts from us this morning.
The night before:
We set up everything after the kids (and cat) went to bed.
So many goodies!
Sorted and ready to open. 🙂
Neither of the boys made it through the gift-giving, but they both stayed a long time!
The cousins visit with all the kids and then the girls sleep over at the Mellinger’s house afterward!
I can’t find pictures. Ah well. It was good!
Grandma and Grandpa come over and bring the girls back.
Here’s a favorite and familiar view. <3
Grandma C’s house for New Year’s party with the girls!
Grandma D’s house for a holiday visit with the girls! Surprise birthday for Grandma and Kevin.
Dauna pulled off a really nice birthday party at the end of Kevin hosting lunch!
Kevin’s in-home theater
Grandma’s short-term memory is very bad now – she kept being surprised when she saw us there and didn’t remember her birthday party the next day. But it was good and special and she remembers who we all are.
Daniel gets his new power wheels!
Jordan can even do it!!!!
Daniel is tiny in it – taking up less than half its width. And he’s very hesitant to get in. But he is nervously interested! Going to be awesome to get him in it outside as it warms up.
I’m often out walking or jogging!
Sunrise from Pilot Butte.
I even managed to sneak a walk in with Lysa while in Bend!
Sunset on the willows.
Frost at sunrise.
Maggie’s date was a tarp, some McDonald’s and some fire at a campground for the afternoon! They roasted apples and lunchmeat over the fire. 😀
Anna’s date was a trip to the ice skating rink, then a coffee shop and a stop at the mall and library.
Well, we wrapped up the holidays with lots of drawing of floor plans and sweet notes and have started up the new year with medical cares, starting with Jordan’s teeth under anesthesia. It’s been a great December! One for the books!
Been drawing floor plans
This little note is so special, I put it as my cell phone background.
Brian builds a popsicle stick cobra:
Daniel practices standing today (January 14, 2019):
We’re just a typical, atypical family in the Pacific Northwest. We homeschool, love Jesus and are learning as we go.
We have three beautiful daughters, born in 2007, 2009 and 2012 and two handsome sons from Bulgaria (one born in 2009 who arrived home December, 2011 and one born in 2013 who arrived home in 2017).
After learning about the need for adoptive families of children with special needs, (and here and here) we began the process to adopt our son Jordan (who has Down Syndrome). He arrived home on December 3rd, 2011!. We were in process for Daniel (who has arthrogryposis) January-October 2017. You can see photos from our trips to Bulgaria by looking at June and Nov/Dec 2011 archives and May and October 2017.