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.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Winter Break and Christmas

The kids are back to school and I don't know how I did it with them home for two weeks! Of course we had fun and I was happy to have them home. Here are some photos of what we did. 

The day before school let out for two weeks they had "family day". This was during Asa's, obviously. He made and decorated a gingerbread house (made with a small milk carton and graham crackers) then I had an hour between the time his was over and I had to go back and do the same thing with Valentina.

Christmas Eve night. I love putting them in matching PJ's even though I DESPISED it when mom would make Trina and I wear matching dresses/clothes. My excuse is that they aren't exactly the same, Valentina had a girl reindeer on her shirt with red and white striped pants, Asa had a boy reindeer with red and white AND green striped pants. See? That's drastically different.

Christmas morning. Asa actually was really tired and didn't want to get up. Valentina was ready to open presents at 7 am but I made her wait the two hours for Asa to get up. Needless to say she was ready to go!

This was one of her favorite gifts, courtesy of her J Ho. It was the second present she played with after opening everything and she easily spent a few hours playing with it.

Also from Jen. Sorry it was so blurry.

Later on Christmas evening. Yes, I let them stay in their PJ's all day. They were both playing on tablets, nevermind that they each got an Innotab 3S from us as one of their gifts. I was so proud of myself at the beginning of shopping season because that was going to be their only gift, the Innotab. I didn't want to spoil them and get them tons of stuff. It was a great plan, in theory, but it didn't last. I eventually caved but they only got two more presents. One of them, the Lego Friends cruise ship, was something I had no idea that Valentina HAD to have until a week prior to Christmas. Of course it was a hot commodity and I couldn't find one ANYWHERE. Norm had to go to work and ask to buy one back from the toy drive they had done. Yes, I was that desperate. It was worth it though, she loved it. And Asa screeched when he opened one of his secondary presents, the Lego Star Wars AT-TE Walker. He loved it. Again, so worth it!

By that Saturday I was feeling a bit stir crazy so Norm and I went out to do some of our own returns. When we got home a few hours later we saw the Lego city they had created on their own. It was the cutest thing ever!

I love them so much and am eternally grateful for them.

What did YOU do for Christmas?