Friday, December 31, 2010

Merry Memories

This Christmas was absolutely magical!  (And not just because Santa Mom and Dad got me the gorgeous floor mirror I've been wanting for almost a year now!)  Justin and I had SO much fun with Perry this holiday season.  Whenever we woke up on Christmas morning, Justin helped Perry walk down the stairs while I documented the event.  Perry's expression was priceless!! He saw all the presents under the tree and exclaimed, "oh," like something was different, almost immediately followed by an, "OH!" of pure awe.  It was so sweet.

This is a teddy bear one of my Mommy's friends gave Perry whenever he was born.  He loves Teddy and plays with him all the time! 

Going to town on his new trampoline.  I absolutely love his hair!!

Playing peek-a-boo in his new tent.  
(The tent actually goes to the ground, 
but Santa left it rigged up to the front door for easy relocation to the playroom.)

My favorite gift from Justin was a Maria Cinderella doll signed by Steven Curtis Chapman.
(I had seen them when Justin and I went to 'A Night With the Chapman's' back in November.  They had these custom, handmade dolls for sale (all proceeds go to an adoption grant) in honor of their little China doll, Maria.  I wanted one so badly to give to our little princess one day, but we really didn't have the money to spend on one at the time.  Knowing how much it meant to me, Justin found them online and ordered one for me/our future little Cinderella.)  

Justin's favorite gift was a little less sentimental...A GPS for his truck! 

Checking out the letter Santa wrote him.

Justin helping Perry taking a look at what Santa left in his stocking.

Big smiles from a terribly happy little bitty!!

After Christmas morning at our house, we headed up to Grammie and Grampie's house to play in the snow for a little bit.  Then, we went to Grandmomma and Grandaddy's house for the extended family get together.  Our extended family is really big.  So instead of getting everyone presents, we all buy a creative $10 gift to play dirty Santa with.  (Just a side note- I got confused and thought it had to be a homemade gift, as well.  So while I was painstakingly, slaving over my gift, most other family members just threw a ten at the cashier.  As you can tell, I have absolutely no grudges over this minute, little misunderstanding.... ;)

This was the gift I worked so hard on.  It spells HOME. 
The H is a fishing reel, since my family loves to fish.
The O is a guitar, since my dad plays... and Perry most likely will too.
The M is some saw horses around our house, as our whole family is very DIY.
The E is some bars on the gate to the barn.
I was pretty proud of it, even though when my Aunt Becky opened it, 
she couldn't figure out what it spelled.

And as if dirty Santa isn't fun enough, we decided we would be SUPER festive and play tacky Christmas, as well.  Everyone was supposed to show up at Grandmommy and Gradaddy's house wearing their tackiest, most creative duds.  Though some of our family (uh-hum.... you know who you are) wimped out and came looking normal, others really got in to the spirit of the occasion.  Throw in the winter wonderland outside, and it was a Christmas to remember!!

Aunt "Sissy" working her "mistletoe" magic!!

We COULD NOT BELIEVE my Grandaddy joined in on the fun!!
He won the tacky Christmas title and the $25 gift card that went with it. 
We thought his 'tacky Christmas attire' was the most unexpected, natural, and tackiest of all! :)

A close tie for second.

A valiant effort....

Melissa and Me

I thought Becky did a superb job on her costume- especially her "Whoville" worthy shoes!!

This was the first day EVER that Perry had not had a nap at all!
Though he was BEYOND exhausted, he was extremely well behaved.  
We were all so proud of him!

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Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
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