Monday, January 7, 2008

An Ideal End to 2007...

Brielle is shocked that Christmas is over, and there are no more presents to open!

It is so hard to believe that the holidays have passed, and today it was back to school for us and back to work for Max. I hated to say goodbye to Max this morning, because we had him all to ourselves for a whole 16 days! This was the first time since we were married that we can remember having time off and just being together at home as a family. What a perfect way to end the very busy year of 2007!

This was also the very first Christmas with just us, our little immediate family. When we first decided to stay home for Christmas this year, I was somewhat afraid that we'd regret it, but as much as I love spending time with my extended family, I have to say that this was the most relaxing Christmas season I can remember. No packing, no rushed cookie making, no early gift opening (our kids actually opened their gifts on Christmas morning), no car trips or plane rides with a two year relief! This time of rest and togetherness was priceless.

Max insisted that I wait to make our Christmas cookies until he was off of work, so we could all make them together. He was a HUGE help, and with him by my side in the kitchen, cooking and baking was much more enjoyable!

Cookie Decorating...

Some Christmas Pictures...

Brant had just two things on his wish list:

1) This airsoft gun

2) A Nintendo Wii

Brittany wished for a dozen books and almost that many movies!

Brielle continually asked for "games" for Christmas. What fun it is to experience Christmas morning through the eyes of a two year old! Brielle opened each of her gifts quickly and ably, moving onto the next one without pausing to play with the one newly opened. She let out a loud scream of delight when she uncovered her final gift - a new kitchen!

A Christmas evening walk

Brielle takes Daddy for a spin in her new race car...

With 2007 behind us, we look forward to what God has in store for our growing family in 2008.

Wishing you a blessed 2008 from all of us to all of you!!


Cindy said...

I love the pictures. The last one of all the kids is beautiful. Brielle's new haircut is so cute. She looks so grown-up.

Double Double Happiness said...

Hi Tracy, It's Joyce (JJ) from Austin Texas. I have really enjoyed following your blog. I know you are very busy, but would you like to try to meet somewhere for a family playdate before Chinese New Year? I would really like for Grace and Halli to grow up with one of their May sisters like Gina and Angela in FL and Stacey and Susan in MO. What do you think?

Sharon said...

Hi. I stopped over to see how the adoption is coming along. Cindy's Blog said soon. I will be so interested to see how this all goes. We have a fmaily in our FCC, I might have told you already months ago, that brought home an 8 yr old and they have two bios and a 3 yr old from China too. Everything is going so well for them! He is an angel and fits right in. I am keeping your family in my prayers