Thursday, December 24, 2009

There's no place like home for the holidays

Do you ever feel like you are squeezing so much life into one day? That is how I have felt these past few weeks.

Last week we took a little road trip (14 hours) to Illinois and then onto Indiana to see our families and friends. We had some grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and cousins who couldn't wait to meet Mr. Perfect (AKA Carson). We decided to nick name him Mr. Perfect because the child is an absolute dream. He has just adjusted in such an amazing way. It feels like he has been here forever and we are all absolutely crazy about him. His bonding has gone great and is a good, strong, authentic bond. He is such a happy little guy, has the most gentle spirit, is so sweet- and did I mention we are crazy about him? I seriously feel like I have to pinch myself to make sure this is for real. God really allowed me to be the mommyto 8 of the most amazing children I know.

So last Friday we squeezed ourselves and our luggage into the vehicle and made the trip through rain, sleet and snow. We absolutely treasured every single second we had being with family and friends. I got to see my best friends from Indiana, one of whom had adopted 2 precious children from Ethiopia since I had moved and I finally got to meet them.

(Pictured below is Miss Addalyn from Ethiopia with Mya and Aleigha. Next is me with my precious friends Heather (Addalyn's mommy) and Dana).

On my side of the family we had opted for no gifts this year (except for my mom and dad who cheated and gave us a really nice gift.) Instead we decided to just enjoy being with each other and then give to others. We chose to visit the nursing home, sing Christmas carols and hand out cookies to the residents. The kids really enjoyed it. Then we gave gifts to a family who had lost everything they had in a fire just a few days before.

(Pictured below Carson and Kaden walking with Grandpa and the kids handing out cookies at the nursing home.) .

On Todd's side of the family we enjoyed time with family and Santa's visit. The little kids really enjoyed it.
Aleigha also turned a big whopping 6 years old while we were gone. My sister made her a princess cake and it was neat to celebrate her birthday with all of her family around.

The kids also got to play in the snow which was a real treat since we don't get snow very often where we live. So between a little snow ball throwing, road tripping, seeing family and hugging on our new little guy I feel like I haven't had much time for blogging. Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday as well and hopefully soon I will be back into the swing of things.

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Kristine said...

Merry Christmas Amy!!

Stacy said...

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Stacy said...

Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

Lisa said...

Love it... love all the pictures... love the ideas for spending Christmas... next year we're changing it up around here! Thanks for your ideas and inspiration... always! Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

Kelly said...

Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Merry Christmas sweet friend!

Love you!

Hug Mr. Perfect for us...and all of your beautiful children!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

Merry Christmas!!!!! Praying for some fun times with your family at home :)

Andrea Hill said...

So glad you are back home safe. The picture with Kaden in the snow is just so sweet. I bet the kids enjoyed the snow! Merry Merry Christmas.

Sophie said...

Looks like the kids enjoyed passing out cookies, great idea! Hope your Christmas was a joyous one spent with family.

Anonymous said...

Miss you tons already! We all miss you! Addalyn said to me at the store today, I miss Addisyn!! Wish we lived closer, but for now, we will just have to hold on to the fun times we had and the sweet memories! Glad you made it home safe and sound and looking forward to the next time you make the trip north! Yeah right, huh!! Love you all!!!