Thursday, January 22, 2009

Reindeer Food-Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was so much fun with Jacob and Chloe. Rachael and Ryan are gone until bedtime. Their Dad's family celebrates the holiday on Christmas Eve and we celebrate Christmas Day so Daddy and I were alone with the little ones. After they had changed into their pjs we realized we had almost forgotten to put out our reindeer food! They both got bundled up and Mom risked life and limb to take a few photos of Chloe's first time waiting on the big guy. She loved it! Jacob was such a helpful big brother and shared so nicely with her. We are so blessed.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Jacob's Preschool Christmas Party

Like my fat lip? I fell at my Granny's house while I was playing with my new Matchbox car set.
Aren't I just too cute?!
School is so fun!
Now I am starting ot get tired.....
Performing.....I love it!

Jacob had his preschool Christmas party the same day as our FCC cookie exchange. Grandma Ruth and I were both able to make it. They sang so many cute songs. They even had a few musical instruments and used sign language for one song. It was just adorable. At the end we got all of the crafts he had made in December at school. They used them to decorate the classroom. We brought them home and decorated our house with them! Priceless.....

Monday, January 19, 2009

FCC Playgroup Cookie Exchange

Chloe had fun at the cookie exchange but the photo was just a bit too much for her. She gets a bit overwhelmed sometimes when there are a lot of people she doesn't know and Mommy can't hold her. This is one of 2 photos Rachael got of the group before I swooped Chloe out.

When we got home from China we joined a local Families with Children from China playgroup. We haven't been able to make all of the dates but the ones that we have gone to have been so much fun! One of the wonderful Mom's reserved her club house for the cookie exchange. Besides the yummy cookies, there were fun crafts and some of the children sang songs. We enjoyed a fun and fantastic lunch with our friends and headed back home for Jacob's Christmas party at school. Rachael and Ryan came with us too which made the cookie exchange even more fun!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

FCC Holiday Party

Part of our local FCC group
Eating snacks-mmmmmm!
Catch me Rachael!
Waiting for their turn with Santa.
Santa (aka Grandpa) in his glory!

Last month our local FCC had their annual holiday party. Last year we assisted with letting Santa know about the festivities and we did the same again this year. I couldn't make it because Ryan was at a swim meet so Matt took Chloe, Jacob, and Rachael. This was Chloe's first time meeting Santa and she LOVED him! She wasn't frightened at all. It really surprised me. All of the kids really enjoyed Santa and from what I heard, he really enjoyed being at the party and seeing all of the smiling faces. The kids made an adorable ornament. It was a clear glass ornament filled with white paper shreds and a red thread. On the outside they glued a red thread poem. It is now one of my treasured keepsakes. Matt said the food was amazing and he had such a great time seeing everyone. I was so sad to have missed it. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful local FCC group. The other families are so kind and fun to be around.
On another note, Ryan did really well at his swim meet. He got to "swim up" for one of the relay races. He moved up to the 11-14 age group and they placed 4th in the meet. This one was a huge meet with sometimes over 50 swimmers in a single event. Overall Ryan did extremely well and shaved off a lot on his best times.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Chloe and Baby Abigail

Chloe loves her new cousin Abigail. She talks about her all of the time. I think I mentioned over the summer about how much Chloe LOVES babies. We would go to the water park and a little one would catch her eye. She would slowly make her way over and, if okay with the parents and myself, would gently touch their head or hand (or both if she was really lucky). She is just so sweet and gentle with babies. It makes me wonder sometimes if she was in a foster home with a younger child. She loves to imitate so it wouldn't surprise me if that is how this started. It makes me feel good to think that maybe her sweet, gentle personality (when it comes to babies) is because there was a lot of love in her foster home.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Few More Cute Photos from Nolan and Monica's Wedding

Chloe and Aunt Judy
Jacob and cousins Claudia and Dylan. They are each a year apart. Won't high school be interesting.......
Ryan and cousin Thor-Can't you just see these two in trouble together in a few years? Yes, that is a pirate drink sword on Ryan's pinky. He is the kiddie cocktail king!

I saved these photos in another spot on the computer. I just came across them. I thought they were so cute and I wanted to share them. :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pictures from Chloe's Birthday in November

I am ready to go shopping!
I really like this, but I am not sure about everyone looking at me!
Grandma Ruth and Chloe-what an amazing cake! Quite fitting for a princess.
Grandma always makes such beautiful cakes.
Showing off for party guests. Believe it or not, this is a relaxing pose for her.

I just realized I didn't post photos from Princess Chloe's birthday party. Grandma Ruth made her a wonderful princess birthday cake. She really enjoyed opening all of the presents. Until then, she hadn't really opened too many. She did get a lot of gifts when we came home from China but most of them were clothes and in gift bags. It didn't take her long to figure out how to rip them open to see the magical surprise inside. She got a bit overwhelmed when it was time to sing happy birthday. I don't think she liked everyone looking at her. By the end of the song she put her head down and cried. I felt so bad for her. She bounced back quickly and enjoyed her cake.
I just can't believe she turned two. On the other hand, sometimes she seems like she is 5! She is so very, very smart. She knows so many of her colors, numbers, alphabet letters, shapes, and concepts. When I think that she has only been here for 8 months it amazes me even more. I get so surprised when she says things like, "That's me!" It seems like she should be saying, "That's Chloe!" I can't believe she knows how to use pronouns. Last weekend we were at my Mom's house. Chloe loves her new cousin Abigail. There is a photo of Baby Abigail on a small table in the living room. Chloe put a toy over the photo and my Mom asked her, "Where is baby Abigail?" I figured she would pull the photo away and gleefully say, "Right here!" Sort of a "peek-a-boo" type of game. Well, smarty pants Chloe moved the toy, looked at Granny and said with her "Well H-E-L-L-O?" kind of voice, "Baby Abigail is behind here" as she moved the toy. I just laughed because I couldn't believe she got the concept of things being in front and behind (all of the spatial stuff). I guess I should have figured she was a genius when she said her first sentence in English after only being with us for a month. She was in the pool and looked at Matt's dad and said, "Grandpa, I want to get out." He said, "She just said she wanted to get out!" I said, "No. She just said-Grandpa, I want to get out!" Oh......what are we in for..........

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Gingerbread Houses-from November

Making gingerbread houses at Grandma's house with our cousins.
Oh man! I love doing this!!!!
I don't think I have eaten enough candy yet.
Jacob and his finished house.

I am still playing catch-up from 2008! A family tradition in our family is to make gingerbread houses over Thanksgiving weekend. Grandma Ruth starts making the gingerbread from scratch starting the beginning of November. This year she made 40 molds! That an amazing woman! Poor Chloe was sick over Thanksgiving though and had to wait until the following Thursday to make hers. She loved it! It was quite funny to watch her. She would carefully put on a few pieces of candy and then sneak one off. Shortly afterwards she would replace it (plus add a few more) and then eat another. She was eating a sucker by the end. She decided it would be smarter to put it in her mouth and then add sprinkles. They stick much better to a wet sucker!
Jacob had a lot of fun too. He actually got to make two houses this year. He did a great job and I was so impressed with them. He put them together on his own and did some really creative decorating. He made logs of tootsie rolls, gingerbread boys, and even an ice cream cone tree! Ryan and Rachael made houses too but didn't really feel like spending quite as much time on them this year as in years past. It was fun to see all of them finished.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wow! It has been awhile.....


Since my last post! The holidays were so much fun. We went to Nolan and Monica's wedding on Chloe's 2nd birthday. We had so much fun. Chloe and Jacob were the king and queen of the dance floor. They had such a great time playing with their cousins Claudia and Dylan. I think Chloe would have danced until she collapsed. When we first came home from China she had no idea how to dance. She didn't even bounce to the music. Now she doesn't stop! Jacob and Ryan were doing their best attempts at break dancing until Mom put the kabosh on it for fear of them injuring other guests! LOL! Rachael wasn't in too much of a dancing mood so she hung out with the older cousins at the table (probably laughing at the rest of us!).
Poor Chloe was sick on Thanksgiving. She had her terrible fever with no other symptoms again. It gets crazy high and she spends a lot of time in the tub. I went over to my Mom's house with the other kids while Matt stayed home with Chloe. When it was time to eat I filled up a few plates and took them home to eat with Matt and Chloe. She was sick most of the weekend. Poor thing!