Saturday, December 29, 2007

Christmas 2007

We had a good Christmas this year, and we are now looking forward to starting a new year.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Sleigh Ride and so much more.

An update with photos of what we have been doing the last couple of weeks.
Even though some of the times were sad, we as a family always do our best to find joy in life everyday.
We have gotten all ready for Christmas.

Brandon took his last driving lesson and now needs to take his driving test.

Lori’s grandmother passed away and Annie took a trip up north with us to go to her funeral. Annie had just gotten to meet Lori's grandmother a couple of weeks earlier when she came down to Lori's mothers house for a visit.
Here she is at grandmothers house looking over all the photos of the family.

Annie in wide open Nebraska.

On our way to grandmas we left Arkansas and went into Oklahoma,

then Kansas,

Finally Nebraska
I call this one Annie in the tube.

Brandon getting into the country look.

Back home in Arkansas.
Time to look for Annie a winter jacket. It's not this one, we found her one at
American Eagle but had to order it in her size. It should be here soon. Luckily Annie does not mind acting goofy when she is out with us. Here she is trying on an Elmer Fudd style hat with the ear flaps.

We went on a sleigh ride last night. We go for a sleigh ride ever year. I think when Norah gets here she will enjoy it as much as we do.
Lori And I

Brandon and Eugene (Lori's brother) gazing in amazment at all the pretty, sparkly lights.

Annie and Santa. She even got to drive the sleigh for everyone.

Santa let her feed the horse some treats.

And I got the house decorated with white lights.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Families with children from China Christmas celebration

I had the privlage of being Santa Claus at the recent FCC Christmas party
& I had big help from Annie "The Elf". Lori, Annie, & I finally got to meet a new little addition to our FCC group, Rachel. I had a big time coloring in the coloring books & blowing bubbles with her. Matter of fact she would not let me stop coloring as long as I was sitting next to her. When I stopped coloring she would pick up a crayon and hand it to me, it was very cute.

Annie was the best Elf ever. She handed out candy canes to the kids after they got thier presents and helped Santa pronounce some of the names. (Just a little FYI, red candy canes have lots of red dye in them, after a while the kids that got the red ones had red mouths & hands.) If the kids were afraid of Santa they would go to Annie and sit on her lap. When Annie heard that I was going to be Santa Claus she asked if she could dress up too. We told her she could be an Elf and Lori found her the costume at Party City. I picked me up a Santa suit there as well. I figured with little kids coming into our home soon that it will get lots of use. We got to the party early and helped set up the tree with lots of help from the kids. Then after awhile Annie and I went and put on our costumes for the big event. I even glued on the beard just in case any of the kids wanted to tug on it. The presents were already wrapped books that the parent of each child brought with the kids names on them. It was a good night for the kids and Annie and I really enjoyed ourselves. Glen