Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Snowman

Before and...
Today is M's 5 month birthday. Today marks the 6th week since we saw M. for the first time. Yesterday was 6 weeks until our court date. We are counting down the days.
I'm dragging my boys to get our travel shots this morning after a bribery breakfast at Beaterville.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

My Therapy

Knitting has been great "therapy" for me. I just can't stop. And knitting something for M. (or M.'s friend, K. in Ethiopia) is the best feeling. Here is a little stuffed mushroom rattle I just finished for M.

So, being apart from our baby is getting near unbearable. I went to a party last night and one of the mom's brought her 2 1/2 month old baby girl. Now, I didn't know this mom and had no connection to her baby. It would have been so different if it was a friends baby, but I had a really hard time hearing the cries and noises from this baby. Talking about her acid reflux medicine and hearing all about her. Her mom thought I was crazy when the first thing I asked her was, "How much does she weigh?"...14 pounds. One pound more than M. at the time of the referral. How much is M. growing, what noises does she make, does she have acid reflux and pain from eating, can she hold her head up, is she crying right now...? This is what got me so upset...I just want to be a mother to I'm going to start knitting her a sweater...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Festivities

Christmas Eve at Nana's.

Santa came Christmas Eve at about 11:pm. When Rhett woke up he ran to our room and said, "Mommy, how did you make that tee pee!" He liked it. A couple of days before Christmas we went to our favorite toy store and he saw a tee pee in a box. He said, "One day I want a tee pee like that." I'm so glad he likes it.
We had a nice lazy Christmas morning. We watched Planet of my favorite things this Christmas. It will give us hours of educational fun on a very long airplane ride to Ethiopia.

The best part of this puzzle....
...the crying Pluto. It took us a little while to figure out why this tiny "planet" was crying. Poor Pluto wants to be a planet like the rest of his planet friends.

"Mommy, why is that blanket scary?"
I added to Aris' "rock 'n' roll" blanket
A much prettier blanket for M...from Nana.

Next year the Christmas joy will be doubled.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

M.'s Christmas

Though M. can't be here this Christmas, it was fun to find/make a couple special things for her. The hat is the pilot cap from this book...I'm sure it will be so cute on M.! The fawn is from Rhett and is one of my new obsessions. I picked out the mushroom for my stocking. These wooden figures are so sweet...I'm especially fond of the forest animals. They can be played with, chewed on, taken to the bath...I love beautiful, quality toys that elicit imagination. The book is the prettiest ABC book ever.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Arctic Blast

Our backyard and deck looks a little less trashy with the snow. This cone has been a great gage for how much snow we have gotten.

Apparently there is still more to come. We had a white Christmas last year too, but not like this!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Arctic Blast Didn't Cancel This Party

Thanks Monica and Greg.

More from the "Arctic Blast" to come...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Another BIG Day In February!

February is a big month for us...Rhett's birthday, my birthday, Aris' birthday, my Dad's birthday,....our court date!!!!!!!!!
This morning we got news that February 10th is going to be our court date. We added another day of celebration to our February month! Now, I just need lots of positive thoughts for a successful court date...the first time around! We may be traveling on my birthday...I will be receiving the very best birthday present this year!
I'm hoping February 10th comes very quickly....

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Scenes From Preschool

I'll talk to him later about using a hat for a diaper...

We are so excited for our friends in PA! They got their referral and now our baby girls are together!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another Something For M.

I just bought this sweet painting for M. I read about the artist here and I bought it here. I love it. I think M. will too.
Waiting for the said snow to fall....

Monday, December 15, 2008

Three Little Girls In A Row

Two of these baby dolls were ordered at Ethiopian Orphan Relief!!! Please go check it out!

Santa, Snow Day, and Gingerbread Houses

It is officially Christmas time. I have decided to embrace the whole "Santa" thing. How could I not when we got the chance to visit with this jolly, lovely Santa. He was wonderful. Rhett said, "His beard isn't on his mouth!" He was remembering the weird Santa that we visited earlier in the month.
Here is Rhett telling Santa about the car toy he wants.
What, it's time to bring our pumpkins in and cook them? Oh...
We had a snow day yesterday. Rhett and Dan had fun outside for a little bit, but it was way too cold for me. I went out long enough to take a few pictures. When we showed Rhett the snow outside in the morning he asked, "Is it really real snow?!" He has been used to seeing displays of fake snow and fluff.
It was a beautiful day!
We had our neighbors over last night for a little "snow day" fun. We sat by the fire and decorated gingerbread houses.
Martha S. did it again. Thanks to this gingerbread recipe and this hot chocolate recipe, our night was a (mostly a) success. The icing could have been a little more "fast setting."
Nate's one of a kind...his was the only one to totally collapse. He took it like a champ.
Chris and his masterpiece...
Rhett's work of art...
That was fun.