Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Cookies

Yesterday we got together with our mommy group. Karen Y. was very gracious and opened her house to us. This was the first time in a while that the original moms and kids from our Lucky Mom group were able to get together. All of us have busy crazy schedules, so it's been difficult to find time but when we get together, it is a blast! The kids decorated cookies to bring to the retirement home and Karen made the moms and the kids a yummy lunch. I really enjoy my group of mommys and Gracie loves her group of friends. I feel so blessed to have them in my life.

The kids were trying to open the ornament gifts that were for the moms!

Paloma was so good with the kids and played with them while we were getting the cookies ready.

Gracie, Ryan and Becky anxious to decorate the cookies

Becky got overzealous with the sprinkles! I love it! :)

L to R~ Gracie, Ryan, Paloma, Becky, and Kailee

Not sure what was going on here, but it sure was funny!

The finished product!

Patiently waiting to open their gifts

I love this photo of Kailee and Gracie reading together

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas Pictures

I took Gracie to Target last week for her Christmas pictures. She loves getting her picture taken by the professionals. This is only her second time going to a "real" studio instead of me taking her picture for the millionth time and she did really well! The photographer loved her and said I should put her into modeling, ha ha! I'm sure they tell everyone that! :) The quality isn't the best as these pictures are scanned ones because I forgot to buy a disk but Target did a really good job, much better than I expected. Gracie is such a joyful child and is always happy and smiling. She has such a beautiful soul, not only inside but out too.

Oh, if you are wondering whose those Santa hands belong to, why me of course! They put me in this contraption where it's just the Santa sleeves with the gloves and they wrap around your neck. It felt a little weird but look very real in the picture. ;)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Say Thanks!

Support our troops and send them a card via the Internet. Go here to learn how

Friday, December 11, 2009

Fun Day at Disney

Tuesday, it was a cold day, in the 50s which is pretty cold for here in SoCal but it was a beautiful day and the Lucky Moms decided to take the girls to Disneyland. Disneyland during the Christmas season is absolutely beautiful and if you have never gone, it's definitely a site to see. The whole place is decked out and there are Poinsetta plants everywhere. Disneyland has a wonderful jazz band which was playing Christmas carols and the ride It's a Small World was all decked out inside the ride. At night, there are thousands of lights which are stunning and undescribable. Going to Disneyland during this time, will definitely put the best of grouches in a good mood. I hauled my good camera and got some pretty cute pictures. The girls were so happy to be there and the mommy's were too! :) It also wasn't too crowded which was fantastic as usually around this time, it gets so packed that it's ridiculous. I think the rain the day before and the cold weather, scared away a lot of people, which was good for us! Some of the Lucky Mom's were missing, Michelle and Ryan, Christy and Mia and we missed them dearly. Hopefully all of us will be able to get together soon.

BFF Becky and Gracie were really excited and we hadn't even entered the park yet!

Gracie, Kailee, and Becky decided to dance a little

The first time we all met last year, we got a Christmas tree shot but all the kids were in strollers. It's amazing what difference a year makes.

Gracie and I in front of It's a Small World

Small World decked out for Christmas

More Small World. This was one of my favorite parts.

Gracie rocking out to Disney Playhouse!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

World Aids Day

Here is an article on how HIV is affecting orphaned children in China. Very sad and please pray for everyone, effected by this disease.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Giving Back

This year, the Lucky Mommy's decided that we would start to teach our kids about the true gift of Christmas which is giving back to those less fortunate than we are. Here in SoCal, especially in Orange County, there is a lot of materialism involved. Having been born and raised here, I have seen my fair share of people who have the fake boobs, lips, newest gadgets, etc. Yes I drive an SUV and have a Blackberry but my parents taught me about compassion and I could care less about what size my jeans are.

One of our mommy's, Karen, told us about a really great program called Operation Christmas Child. With this program you get a shoebox from them and then fill it with anything you want. You can then pay the $7 for shipping and track your box to its destination. If you choose, you can include a picture and your address and sometimes the kids write back! Some of the boxes stay in the US and also go all over the world. For some of these kids, this is the only Christmas present that they will receive. We had a girl from Jordan come speak at our church and tell us how much her box meant to her. She is an adult now but still has some of the items from the box she received. Her story gave me the chills. It's not too late to donate a box. You can click on the link above or the picture in my sidebar.

The Lucky Mommys met last week and we took the kids shopping. It was a very moving experience and a wonderful tradition that we will do year after year.

We walked through the mall to get to get to the store and Santa was there. He was so kind and gave all the kids candy canes.

Getting ready to shop! From left to right, Kailee, Gracie, Becky and Ryan. I had to add this picture because Kailee and Gracie look so forlorn.

The kids proudly displaying their boxes

Michelle (blonde) and Karen filling up their boxes

Karen filling her box with Gracie and Becky hanging on for dear life!

Ryan was very proud of the items that he got!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

First off, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Ours was a quiet small one. For some reason, I was a little bit sad today and not sure why. This year, I decided to try cooking the turkey and being the total control freak that I am, I had to do all my research on turkeys, so mine would turn out perfectly. I watched Martha, Rachael, Emeril, and all those famous cooks who don't use last names because they don't have to. One said to brine, one said no stuffing, yes tie the legs, no you don't, ahhhhh! My head was going to exploid with all the information given. I finally decided to go to my trusty website, allrecipes and found some good info. on there and followed that. At the last moment, I was calling up Bed, Bath and Beyond to see if they carried brining bags because I just HAD to brine my turkey as everyone raved that it would be moist if I did.

So last night had Jerry and I, almost in a comical situation, attempting to get the turkey in the brining bag without all the water spilling out and then realizing that we didn't have enough room in the fridge so out came the cooler and Jerry had to run to the store for ice but we finally got that darn turkey into the cooler and brined. This morning was even more funny while I read the directions to Jerry on how and where to insert that darn thermometer. We finally figured it out with a little help from a google image picture.

The turkey turned out great even though it doesn't look so in the picture below and everything else was yummy too! I already have plans for next year's turkey. :)

Even though you can't tell what it is, Gracie made this turkey in ceramic's class

Having a blast as usual, with Uncle Peter

Gracie loves Grandpa

The turkey looks kind of gross in this picture

Yay, a picture with me in it!

Gracie enjoying my homemade pumpkin pie

Who else would crawl under the table but Uncle Peter?

Poor Gracie didn't have a nap today and was so exhausted halfway through dinner, that she went to her room and this is how I found her asleep!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sad News

Last Friday, Jerry and I visited a pediatric neurologist to go over Brennan's medical tests. The neurologist was very honest and straighforward with us and we found out that Brennan has a very serious medical condition along with another possible serious lifelong underlying condition. For these reasons, we are not going to be able to continue with Brennan's adoption. For the privacy of Brennan, I have pulled his blog and am not going to list what his medical needs are. Our agency said that he will be put on the special needs waiting child list where a family who has experience with his condition and possibly the other one will be able to adopt him.

I have prayed a lot about this decision as it was a very difficult one. I had asked God to give us a clear answer on what to do and He did. Our family is doing okay and we know that we will get through this. We are back on the list for a new referral but I have not yet decided if I am going to post any information when we do get a referral, until after the baby is home.

Thank you to all who have said prayers for Brennan and for us. I ask you to continue to pray for him and his health.