Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Congratulations Randi

Today is a special day. I love when referrals come out, especially when I know someone who is about to receive one. Well, it happens to be one of those days and I am thrilled for Randi and Danny on their referral of their precious little Emma. She is absolutely beautiful with loads of hair. Can't wait to tame it with some bows. Congrats guys and Happy, Happy Number One Birthday!! She's adorable!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Overwhelming Christmas

First, let me say that Chani is sick. She has been coughing, sneezing and has a runny nose that will not quit. I'm sick now with the same thing and am waiting for Matt to get it too. That dampened the holiday quite a bit even though it was huge.

Last year we had just returned home from China with Chani and we did what we could in the small amount of time we had to throw together a small quiet Christmas for her. This year, I wanted to do it big but looking back, I think I went a bit overboard with it. The sales were just too good to pass up so she ended up with so much stuff. On the bright side, she now has her birthday gifts all purchased too. I will put quite a bit of it away for now and bring it out later on. Some stuff I have had for over two years while waiting for her.

It again was just the three of us and no family on either side near us so this is all we have. We started the night before with our traditional Chili dinner. We then decorated gingerbread cookies or I did it rather since she is sick and I didn't want her coughing or sneezing all over them. She and I set out the plates with cookies and carrots and a glass of milk. We then read Twas the Night Before Christmas and each opened up one gift of new pajamas which we all wore the next day. Okay, Matt's wasn't new but they were his traditional Christmas day ones.

We both went to wake her and let her know that Santa had come. We brought her to the railing and let her look down. She just had a blank expression. No surprise, no wow, just blank. We brought her down and she immediately went to the piano. It was the hit of the day. We then opened our stockings and let her open presents. We took a break for breakfast and had another go. Her little nose was so sore due to so much wiping. She started having a melt down so around 10 or so, we had to take another break for a nap. We did that and then had a turkey dinner and played with some of the things that she had already opened. We had barely made a dent in the unwrapping. After her afternoon nap, we continued with more presents which took most of the rest of the day. It was so nice for bedtime to come. We were all exhausted by the end of the day. Next year, I think we'll go back to small. Or, I will only get her the larger more elaborate gifts and pass on the smaller stuff.

I thought about taking her to the doctor yesterday but she seemed to be doing a bit better so I didn't. We're using Vick's on her chest and back with a humidifier in her room too. Her fever has broken and she is back to normal now with that. Hopefully the worst is over now.

Gingerbread House and Cookies that she would have helped if she had not been sick.

Christmas Eve. She really enjoyed posing in front of the tree and would run to it when I grabbed the camera. Cookies and carrots we left for Santa and his reindeer.

Before she came down the stairs.

The aftermath

Thursday, December 25, 2008

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Our Final Visit For Sure.

Okay, so I thought that our last visit with old St. Nick would be our final one before the big day but when the opportunity arose, we couldn't resist. We got up bright and early and went to the consignment store that sells my bows and waited in line until he got there. We were first but we let a couple others go ahead of us so she could warm up to the idea. It was soooo not crowded and if you ever have the opportunity to do visit him in a small setting, I'd highly recommend it over the crowded mall and comercialism. Santa graciously let me take over 100 photos of him. He went through the line of children and then we were able to go back up and visit with him. Then, what he did next absolutely shocked me. Thorsten was sitting on the floor with both girls, reading a story when the old guy got down on the floor too. He then gathered up both girls and read them a story. I couldn't believe it. Oh, how I wish she would remember that when she's my age. It was a lovely time.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fourth Time's The Charm

We attempted a fourth visit with Santa.
Our first was on a train and she said no and frantically clung to me.
Our second was at a parade where we got a good glimpse of him but no time for a visit and just enough for the recognition.
Our third was at the mall. I had to sit with them and get some awful photos. She refused to sit alone.
Our fourth and final one we hit the jackpot. She had to be coaxed quite a bit and was taken up to him by Katie's dad, Thorsten but she did sit on his lap for a minute or two, alone. I even got a fake smile from her but it was so worth it. Katie did awesome too. She even told Santa that she wanted a camera for Christmas.
This place is actually a home all decked out with lights, huge blow ups, animations, trains, villages, trees and collections. Santa sat in his own little shed home while Mrs. Clause was in the main house. They charge nothing but did have a donation box. Just knowing that they did this out of the kindness of their hearts made you want to donate. Mrs. Clause said that last year, they saw 5300 people. I was so impressed with this place that I think perhaps we'll need to revisit it next year. They have been doing this for 13 years. All of the stuff comes down every year except for the entire room filled with a village and a few other shelves. Impressive!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Her First Manicure

I was so not prepared to do this but it just happened. This morning I met with Deb and Li Li, painting pottery and next door was a nail salon. Li Li wanted to get her nails done so I thought why not. Chani picked her own color and did okay while they painted and then dried them. I can't believe they only charged $3 which Deb so kindly picked up! All I had was my camera phone so the shots are horrible but it's all that I have.

We're on our way to see the big guy all dressed in red in another hour or so. Wish us luck to get some good photos and not with the camera phone!

Update to Gotcha Day

A few photos from Gotcha Day. These are the clothes that she came in. She will still be able to wear the heavy outfit next year but the handmade pink shirt, blue split pants and hot pink socks, probably not.

Day one Dec 10, 2007

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Our local adoption support group holiday potluck

We had our holiday potluck of our local adopters this last weekend. Here are some photos from that.

Not much time to post but have some pics to share.
Do you know how hard it is to get all nine of them looking in the same direction???