Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year Wish

My Happy New Year wish for you
Is for your best year yet,
A year where life is peaceful,
And what you want, you get.

A year in which you cherish
The past year’s memories,
And live your life each new day,
Full of bright expectancies.

I wish for you a holiday
With happiness galore;
And when it’s done, I wish you
Happy New Year, and many more.

By Joanna Fuchs

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Pictures

The days leading up to Christmas day were quite busy for me. I ended up getting sick the week before (just like last year) so all of my good intentions went down the drain and had me up until 1am for 2 nights in a row. Everything was well worth it though when the kids woke up on Christmas morning and saw the presents under the tree and their stockings full.

This year, I felt especially blessed. Not only because we have a roof over our heads, food on the table and Jerry has a job but because we brought home our beautiful son Kyle in May and now our family is complete. Sure, every now and then, I feel the little itch of having another child but I know that deep inside my heart, it is meant for us to have only Kyle and Gracie and reach out in other ways. If someday down the road, we get a sibling call from Korea, of course we would adopt again but for now, I know this is the way it's supposed to be.

On Christmas morning, I don't know who was more excited, Jerry or the kids. Jerry woke me up at 7am and kept asking if Gracie was awake yet and peeking at her presents under the tree. Gracie finally woke up and the festivities began. Gracie and Kyle both got 3 presents from Santa (the rest were from us) because I don't want to make Christmas a "Santa" thing and everything from him. I want Gracie and Kyle to realize that not only is Christmas about presents, but that it's the day Jesus was born and it's the season for giving to others. I think a lot of people tend to forget that.

After opening presents in the morning, we got ready and went to my dad's house for Christmas dinner and more presents. All of us were very tired when we went to bed that night but oh so happy and filled with more love than I could ever express.

Kyle really got into opening his presents and he kept wanting to give everyone theirs

Princess stuff, of course!

Santa brought Gracie a princess car that she had been asking for. She was in total shock when she saw the car as it was outside and I really don't think she expected it.

Kyle literally ran inside when he saw Gracie driving the car around


Gracie grabbed her purse and was ready to go

Dad's tree

Frank prepared ham, pork and roast beef, yummy!

Kyle loved his Buzz chair

Jerry had taken this picture when we were in China and I had it blown up

That's all folks!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Knott's Merry Farm

As we progress further into the Christmas Season, my mother-in-law June, brother Frank, and I decided that we would take the kids to Knott's on Monday. Normally, I am a Disneyland fantatic but Knott's has had a great deal going on with their season passes where you buy one for $60 bucks and get in for the year, with no block out dates. We decided to get some use out of these passes and check out the Christmas going ons at the park. Aside from that, Knott's also has some bad ass big roller coasters that Frank and I wanted to go on. When we got there, we circled the parking area about 3 times. I guess the higher ups decided that now would be a good time to close off a bunch of the handicap parking spots which my mother-in-law needs and also rope off the timed parking too. After we finally found a spot which required me to back up down a one way street, we were off to have some fun!

The park was blissfully empty and Frank and I were able to walk on almost every coaster. Gracie and Kyle had a ton of fun in the kiddy section, along with Grandma who is not a thrill seeker. Gracie my brave girl, who is turning out to be more and more like mommy in liking the bigger rides, went on her first "big girl" coaster. Now keep in mind, Gracie has gone on Thunder Mountain at Disneyland but those are the more mellow coasters. The coaster that Gracie went on at Knott's doesn't compare (see picture below). Frank and I weren't sure if Gracie would make it on as the height requirement was 42" and if you looked at Gracie's head just right, from down below, she was tall enough. The lady did measure Gracie when it was our turn to go on and she must have seen that strand of hair standing up too as the worker allowed Gracie on the ride.

After we all had our share of fun, we topped off the night by eating at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner restaurant which is famous in our neck of the woods. It was a great way to spend time with family and I have to say, that I am proud of myself as I didn't throw up one time after Gracie dragged me on all the spinning rides.

These figurines are really old and date back from a long time ago. There used to be more until they remodeled the park and took a bunch out.

Gracie's big roller coaster. So proud of my brave girl who LOVED the ride!

Gracie got called up to be the jingle bell ringer. She had a little bit of stage fright but looked so cute!

Having fun in Camp Snoopy!

Kyle is finally beginning to warm up to Santa

Did I mention that candy canes are one of Kyle's favorites?

One of the few pictures of me that I actually like and will post for the public to see. :)

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Polar Express

Last night we took a 1.5 hour trek to go on the Polar Express train. Gracie was excited since she saw the 20 minute 3D version at Sea World a couple weekends ago and we also showed her the full length feature, the night before. Gracie kept wanting to know if Santa was going to be there and if it was cold at the North Pole.

The ride itself was fairly short, about a 1 hour round trip but it wasn't about the ride, it was the experience. Aboard the train, the kids got to wear their pajamas. Adults were allowed to wear theirs also but we opted out. The elves on board served us chocolate milk and cookies. I wish they gave massages too. The kids were given bells, just like from the movie and we sang Christmas carols. When we finally arrived at the North Pole, there was Santa standing at the side of the train, waving at us! Gracie got super excited then and could barely contain herself. She waited oh so patiently for him to make his way through the train cars until it was finally her turn. It was a long wait too as we were in the very last seat. Kyle also had a good time and even though he's not crazy about the big fat man, Kyle allowed Santa to give him a candy cane which is one of his favorite candies this season.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Kyle and Santa's helper Aunt Debbie

A very cool picture that Jerry took which I played around with in Photoshop

The conductor was super nice to both kids. He even allowed them to wear his hat

Kyle unfortunately, was not too thrilled with the hat

Santa waiting for us to arrive

The kids loved the bells and Gracie made hers into a necklace

This is about as close as Kyle will get to Santa without crying and it's only because Santa is bribing Kyle with the candy cane

The kids waving bye to Santa. Right after Kyle got his candy cane, he was done with Santa and quickly said bye, bye and waved.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Obviously one of the things we are most thankful for is that we brought Kyle home this year. This was his first Thanksgiving and not only that, he has been home with us for 6 months which means that we had our final post-placement visit and he we will now be able to legally adopt him. Kyle also turned 18 months old this past Tuesday. This time last year, we were in deep pain regarding our first referral and what to do. I am so thankful that God led us to the path that was meant for us. Kyle is such a blessing and is doing so much now.

At 18 months, Kyle can say many words such as bye, bye, baby, and down. Kyle understands everything we say and if you ask him to throw something away or get a tissue, he will do it. Just the other day, I caught him taking a tissue, blowing his own nose, and throwing the tissue away in the trash! Kyle loves to go to Disneyland and his favorite rides are the ones that spin. Of course those would be his favorite as they make me want to throw up! He's still allergic to milk but Kyle loves to eat almost everything. One of his favorite things right now are mini marshmallows.

I am very grateful and blessed that we have Kyle and Gracie. I was feeling very loved the other day as I was putting out the Christmas decorations and I stopped for a second as Kyle and Gracie both wanted to sit on my lap, so I pulled them both on and we had snuggle time. Tonight at dinner, as I was listening to Gracie chatter away, I couldn't imagine life any other way.

No matter where you are in the path of life, always know that there is somebody who is thinking of you and loves you. We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, I nixed the store bought decorations in favor of the ones that Gracie made in preschool

Turning the tables on me

Happy first Thanksgiving Kyle!

Dad fell asleep before we started eating

Are you serious, I get to eat all this?!

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