We were the closest family possible. Our world was turned upside down on 05/03/09 when my best friend, the person I love most next only to our children, my sister Trina was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. Her body gave out on her on 01/09/10 but she will ALWAYS be a part of our daily life and will continue to be in my posts. I started my blog to chronicle our daughter's international adoption from Guatemala and have continued to use it as a journal.

What you will find is my family trying to adapt to our new lives that were handed to us.



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Week In Pictures

Here are some pictures (since I seem to always be blogging about my feelings) of the past week.

On our way to find a Christmas tree. I had a make a few break in traditions this year. First off, I've ALWAYS put up my fresh tree the day after Thanksgiving. This year we got it on December 4th. Second, for the last 16 day-after-Thanksgivings Norm and I have always gone to the same tree farm to get said fresh tree. Even the year we lived 200 miles away we still got it at the same farm. This year I decided we were going to go to a tree stand.
One tradition I DID stick to was decorating it all on my own :) I waited until the kids were in bed and I created my Product (RED) tree. I bought several Product (RED) ornaments years ago and they inspired me to make my tree a (RED) tree. Granted, not all the decorations are Product (RED) but that is where the idea came from. Since the kids were going to wake up to a newly decorated tree I thought it would be kind of magical to have a present wrapped and ready for them too. I put a small gift for each of them under the tree that they got to open.

Their Hanukkah present that night (Saturday, 12/4) was decorating two mini gingerbread houses. Ever since Asa was one, I've bought one of those gingerbread house kits for him (and then after she came home, Valentina) to decorate. Sissy and I were always kind of jealous and vowed to one day buy one for US that we could decorate beautifully. This year I bought a kit that had five mini houses, two for each kid and one for me! I thought of sissy the whole time I was making mine.


Our gingerbread village. Yeah, my house didn't turn out any different than the kids'!


The boy and me.

Beya had given each of the kids one of these ornaments that you color and then put a picture in. Asa and I did some experimenting and we came up with this silly picture.

My heart and soul.