Sunday, December 28, 2008

All I Want For Christmas

Not a Mariah Carey fan in general, but the song was so fitting. Why is YouTube always blurry? Low resolution, I guess. The movie on my computer is crisp and beautiful, but it appears blurry from YouTube. You get the idea though. :)

From Steven Curtis Chapman's "All I Really Want For Christmas"

All I really want for Christmas is someone to tuck me in
A shoulder to cry on if I lose, shoulders to ride on if I win
There's so much I could ask for, but there's just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas is a family

All I want for Christmas is someone who'll be here
To sing me happy birthday for the next 100 years
And It's okay if they're not perfect or even if they're a little broken
That's alright, 'Cause so am I

`Cause all I really want for Christmas is someone to tuck me in
Tell me I'll never be alone, someone whose love will never end
Of all that I could ask for, well, there's just one thing I need
All I really want for Christmas is a family

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Happy Birthday Jesus

Luke 2:8-14

8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

The holiday season is wrapping up and I think my family enjoyed the time I spent away from the computer and close to them. I hope you all had as memorable and as blessed a Christmas as we did.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Blog Hiatus

I guess I took a blog hiatus. It was unintentional, but there are so many things in life more important to me than blogging and I have been busy with them lately. :)

I have tons of great pictures and memories to post. There is just always something (more like 10 things) that need to be done.

Happy fall! We have been cold this week. We had beautiful fall weather last week and this week we were hit with winter. It was in the 20's this morning and I saw icicles hanging off of some trees on the way to Target. This is not typical at all here, much less in the middle of November. We are cold!

The kids are doing great. Their English is amazing. They haven't been here four months yet and they understand pretty much everything. They have tons of friends, they enjoy church and our church small group family, they are getting along pretty well with their academics, they are great eaters and have each changed so much physically because of it. We are so proud of them! The are polite, friendly, loving, and fun kids who kids and adults alike enjoy spending time with. They are so funny and keep our house so full of love and laughter. They are so thankful for the little things in life. I actually had a hard time explaining the modern day version of the Thanksgiving celebration to them because we talk about the things we are thankful for all the time. You should hear the sweet prayers that come from their little mouths. They thank God for any and everything they can think of. We can't say to each other enough how blessed we are by them every day.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Trick or Treaters

Long time, no blog. I have been using all my spare time making costumes! Hopefully I will be able to share pumpkin carving and Grandfather Mountain pictures later this week. We have out of state guests coming in and out for the next couple weeks though, so we will see.

Onto Halloween.

I thought he wouldn't make it a block in this costume, but he was a trooper! He kept up with everyone. He loves his robot costume. When I was making it he kept coming in the garage as I added each element and saying, "Oh! Sanka you, mama!"

What? Haven't you ever seen a pirate in Crocs before? That was this pirates footwear of choice. :)

My best friend's dad made Sophie this harp to complete her costume. She loves it so much. He sent it all the way from California for her. Thanks Phil!

And her wings!

We start trick or treating at dusk here since it doesn't get dark until about 7 before daylight savings. Our cul-du-sac all sits up at the corner together, so this is where the kids started their adventure.

The kids were cold and ready to head home by 8. We warmed up by the fire and then decided we would head to the airport with Kevin's dad and brother to surprise Babushka (Kevin's mom). She was flying in just after 9 and didn't think she would be seeing us until the next day. She was so surprised and the kids made many weary travelers' day. They were like little celebrities and I couldn't believe how many people wanted to take their pictures. It was fun to put a smile on so many faces. The kids ended up talking to a young female pilot who they were convinced was dressed as a "policia." She thought that was great!

The pirate, the ladybug, and the robot all slept on the way to the airport.

This just made me laugh so I took a picture. It is not every day you see a man walking with a pirate on one arm and a robot on the other through an airport parking garage.

Greeting Babushka as she steeped off the escalator:

Friday, October 24, 2008

New Title Picture

This was taken a couple weeks ago when we drove up to Grandfather Mountain. What a change from our picture a year ago!



We are looking a little washed out, but this is about as good as it gets when you ask a stranger to take a picture of a family of 6 and their dog. :)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Life is Happening

I wanted to post a quick note to say that we are doing great, but are incredibly busy. I have so many calls to make, notes to write, emails to send, and projects going on around here that I haven't taken the time to blog in a while. I will try to update soon.

Last week my sweet Sophia went to the dentist to get her bottom row of teeth fixed. She had two white fillings put in her decaying permanent molars, two crowns put on two molars that she will have for a few more years, and two rotted baby teeth pulled. Poor thing! She still has to go back two more times to get the top done. Thankfully she won't have to get any more teeth "wiggled out." That might have been more traumatic for me than it was for her. I pretty much passed out. Imagine my horror as I was trying to comfort the recovering Sophia who just finished getting her teeth pulled and the hygienist had to take care of me instead of her. I won't go into detail but it ended with Kevin coming from work to get us. :( I do have to go back with Lily to get a tooth wiggled out and she is not as tough as Sophie is. God help us. The boys both have cavities to fill, but thankfully that is all. We have another appointment for shots this week. Our poor children probably think all we do here in America is poke and pull at them! Bless their hearts.

On a happy note their English is coming along beautifully! One of these days I will try to get my act together and post some video of them talking. Until then, I am off to do laundry, clean the kitchen, mop the floors, and all that good stuff!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Caramel Apple Time

When I got my braces off I think a caramel apple was the first thing I ate. Taking the whole family to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory just didn't seem as fun as making them though, so we introduced the kids to caramel apples by dipping some! They had so much fun making them and they gobbled the whole things right up! Anyone who has ever seen an eastern European child eat an apple will tell you what I mean. They literally eat the whole thing!

Peeling the wrappers off the caramels.

Keaton hoping one will drop. He strategically placed himself at the feet of Sophie and Tate even though Julian and Lily were at the little table. That dog is no dummy!

Who says the youngest is never first?

Right as I snapped this picture Julian pretended to eat a bite. I think it is funny that the picture came out just that way.

Lily high-fives Uncle Kevin after she helps him out with his apple. Have I mentioned that my BIL's name is also Kevin? We like to keep it simple around here. My brother is also named Noah Kevin, after my dad's brother who is my Uncle Kevin. What can we say? We like our Kevins. :)

The fruits of their labor. (Oh, the cheesy pun was so intentional.) Sometimes I sit back and listen to the way they giggle and squeal at the life's simple pleasures (the love of a family, running in the rain, a cookie fresh from the oven) and I wonder what they were doing last year at this time and why they have adjusted so easily. I just know when I look into their eyes and see those teethy grins that this was the way that God intended it to be and that is why it comes so naturally to all six of us!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cutest Pumpkins in the Patch

On Saturday we were going to visit Grandfather Mountain with my sister and brother-in-law but we realized we wouldn't all fit in my car. We have talked about how our next car should have seating for 8. Because of the gas shortage and length of the trip we decided against taking two cars and opted for lunch at Dean & Deluca and a trip to a nearby farm instead. It was a really warm day and I changed Tate out of his long sleeves at the last minute which put the kids in matching outfits.

We skipped the hay ride, tour of the farm, and petting zoo. We didn't get our pumpkins there either. We will probably visit another farm with a corn maze or something fun like that later in the month.