Catching up on sorting through pictures after our crazy week and weekend! (By the way—one of the questions I get MOST is “How do you do everything you do???” Well, lemme tell ya…it’s NOT perfect. And my house isn’t ALWAYS clean…in fact it probably rarely is. I feel like I spend ALL day chasing kids and picking up, picking up, picking up…and my blog is simply my way of retreating a bit and documenting our lives–because I seriously doubt I’ll be able to remember much with my lack of sleep + our adventureous lives. SO…there ya go–who wants to see some pictures of my laundry room right now??? Maybe next time;).
Okay…SOOO…first–last week I decided to be adventureous and load up all 4 kiddos and (just for fun;) drive 4.5 hours by myself to Tennessee!!! Rico Suave couldn’t come up until Wednesday night–and since our kids go to a school that had the ENTIRE week off…we took off at the beginning of the week and decided to meet up with friends before the family fun began. SOOO…our first stop was to Kristi’s house (momma of Lucy Lane). Kristi was the VERY first person I ever emailed about adoption–you know…just those initial questions…before Rico Suave and I had ever really talked seriously even about growing our family again. She emailed me back–and some how a friendship was born! We used the same agency (AGCI) and we just connected–and I just love her family!!! EVERY time we come to town she is so amazing and organizes a little agency playdate for us to see several families we have also connected with. Here are some of the mommas…me, Gwen (147 Millon Orphans), Vanessa (who brought home Sam weeks after us and I got to love on him when we were in ET!), Kristi (Lucy Lane’s momma) and Amy (Elijah and Isaac were at Hannah’s Hope TOGETHER!!!). Rachel Overton joined us too…but she had to jet away before we snagged this photo!
THEN…we headed off to Richard’s family’s place—and thankfully he joined us Wednesday night! It was overcast on Wednesday and the lighting was just right…so I thought I’d attempt some pictures. Is it just me or once you have 4 kids it’s IMPOSSIBLE to get pictures of them ALL looking and ALL smiling?? Oh well! I’ll take what I can get these days!!!
OK…for you FRANK fans—friends always crack up that this boy is for the most part expressionless—SOOOO here is a peak into his sweet personality!!!! (and of course a few “typical Frank” pictures!!! Pictures of Frank wouldn’t be complete without his serious faces too!!!)
And ya WANNA KNOW something REALLY SPECIAL about this spot Laney is standing in?!?!? This is where Richard asked me to marry him!!!! Yep–this is the property he grew up coming to as this is where his dad grew up and his grandparents lived!!! Now his aunt and uncle live here–and ONE DAY I’ll have to tell you our really sweet engagement story!! (He drove me all the way here to ask me RIGHT HERE!!!)
And then 7 short years later we have a 6 year old, 5 year old, 2 year old and 1 year old. As they walked up that hill and I grabbed this shot I thought about that day that looked a lot like this when he asked me to be his bride…and now 4 kids later…
He doesn’t like dead grass (we’ve only had him home since July so there hasn’t been prickly grass just yet!)…and I really wish you could see Frank interact with ITY in person–because he adores him and cares for him. He’s trying to help him put his feet down here…
OKAY…I know this post is getting redonkulously long…but I have to catch up and these pictures are hilarious to me!!!
Okay, you all know how I feel about football–but I might just watch some of it…but it IS Laney’s Rainbow party day and let me just say a rainbow wig and rainbow song sung to a group of cutie pie girls is what is FIRST on my agenda for Saturday!!!
Whew!!! That was QUITE the post!!! Tomorrow is a CRAZY busy day for us with a visit to the pulmonologist…a princess ballet party…our post-adoption family interview…AND our weekly dinner with the Dentons!!! I promise my stockings and tree skirt tutorial is coming!!! And I can’t wait to show you what Martha Stewart inspired me to do on our staircase railing. AND on a “It’s a Girl Thing” update…we are getting the kits all packed up and ready to send over with Wiphan’s December team (aka: my sister and her hubby!!!). IF you are still sewing away–take a deep breath and no rush!!! They won’t leave until the 26th! Some projects may have to travel over in 2011…so take your time and ENJOY your family!!! There is plenty of time to continue blessing the widows and girls of Ethiopia and Zambia!!! Oh…and of course Part 4 of our break is to come…a sneak peak into how we unwind after a crazy week!
Hope you all have a GREAT week!!!