Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas 2009

This year we spent Christmas with Nana and Poopaw (Chris's parents). We had a great holiday. Nick was so much different than last Christmas. He thoroughly enjoyed all the presents and chocolate this year! He was all smiles.

The kids and I left to go to Nana and Poopaw's on Wednesday afternoon in a whirlwind. We weren't going to leave until Thursday morning but there was a snow storm coming so we wanted to be ahead of the weather. Chris was going to come on after work Christmas Eve. The kids and I made it safely ahead of the storm. Unfortunately, Chris got stuck at home from all the snow. We didn't get to celebrate Christmas Eve or Christmas morning with Chris. It was so sad to not have Daddy there Christmas morning. Chris left for Nana and Poopaw's on Christmas day around 12:30. He didn't make it to their house until late that night. The roads were not good at all. We were so glad he made it safely.

It was no surprise that most of Nick's gifts were tractors.
Another tractor from Grandma. This one came with good "stuff" inside the tractor to play with too.Nick's first 'kill'. Just kidding :) Chris and all the uncles went hunting one day and they shot 3 deer. That was the highlight of the trip for the guys.
Poopaw had to give Nick a tractor ride even though it was freezing outside. I think the tractor ride was the highlight of Nick's trip. Nana with Nick's cousin, Zane, and Nick. Zane and Nick had a great time playing together.

The girls had a great Christmas too but just not any good pictures of them. I'm not the best photographer and Chris wasn't there to take pictures.

I hope y'all had a great Christmas :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Wow! I can hardly believe Nick has been part of our family for one entire year as of today. It seems like the year went by quickly but yet when I look back a lot went on! To think that on this day last year I was in the bitter Siberian cold.

This year has had its ups and downs. Fortunately, there were many more "ups" than there were "downs". The biggest adjustment for me has been the lack of sleep. The first six months we had Nick he didn't sleep. He would get up between 6-8 times a night starting at 1 a.m. I get up at 4:45 a.m. so that meant not much sleep. I typically don't get to bed until 11 p.m. either. So...chronic fatigue. But, as of June Nick sleeps with us and he now will go many nights in a row without getting up at all. So much better.
Most of the "ups" this year I have already written about in past posts. An ongoing issue is the fact that Nick hasn't gained much weight since we've had him. The weight he has gained I think is just from him gaining height. But, he doesn't look scrawny so I don't worry too much. His total weight gain in a year is 3 pounds. WooHoo.

We are all crazy about this little boy. He truly is the miracle that completed our lives! I thank God everyday for blessing us with him.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


My birthday was on November 20th. (I won't mention how old I am now but the forehead wrinkles could give it away.) I had a fantastic birthday. It was one of the best I have had in a long time. The kids and I flew into Seattle to visit my family for Thanksgiving the day after my birthday. My sister surprised me with a birthday dinner with family and some friends right after they picked us up from the airport. It was great. She is the best sister!

All I wanted for my birthday was a Russian Nativity. Last December when we were in Russia Chris and I had seen some Nativities and really, really wanted one then. We didn't buy one then because they were expensive and we were really worried about money on that trip. We didn't want to run out of cash. I have kicked myself all year long for not buying one while we were in Moscow. Last month I e-mailed my friend, Mary, who lives in Moscow and was a spectacular tour guide while we were there to see if there was any possibility that she could get a Nativity for me. She was able to and our other friend, Kim, whose house we stayed in in Moscow, brought it over to the states with her. My Nativity arrived just in time for my birthday. Talk about service! What great friends. :) This is a spectacular Nativity. The picture doesn't do the artistry justice. The intricate carving and painting is amazing. I LOVE IT! I am so glad to have it. Chris will laugh at my poor photo taking abilities as I cut the angel's head off. It is too much trouble now to take another picture and get it onto the blog. Just know the angel's head is great too. :)

Chris and the girls putting Christmas lights up on the windmill.

The girls were messing around with Nick's hair the other day. This picture, although crazy, shows how much hair he is growing.

Do you decorate your Christmas tree naked?

Decorating the tree with his diaper back on! I didn't want to have any "accidents" on my carpet.