Monday, November 23, 2015

Christmas Tree Farm {2015}

This weekend we headed over to Pine Hill Farms to choose our Christmas Tree. My sister had asked me to take a few photos of her and her hubs for their Christmas card.   I can show this one, because it isn't the one she chose for their card.  Aren't they cute?  

JackCruz wanted to take home all the trees that were 'just his size' but weren't large enough to purchase.  So he settled for lots of 'take my pic-surs Mommy!'s.

Perry was hilarious and sweetly asked to choose a live tree for his and JackCruz's room this year.  He was WAY too busy doing his happy dance to actually pose for many pictures. 

Perry and his buddy, A-who spent the weekend with us, were determined to cut down and carry the tree themselves.  I was pretty impressed because they only required minimal help from Justin!

Our annual 'sit in the sleigh and smile' photo!

JackCruz was determined he was also going to cut down a tree himself too, so Justin rigged up our pre-cut tree to make JC feel like he was cutting it down too.  He was so proud!  And I love that Justin is so sweet to do things like that for his boys.   

It also got considerably warm, so all my boys were shedding their clothes...from now on Justin is never allowed to choose his own undershirt...not exactly the holiday wardrobe I had in mind, but I did my best to just... let it gooooo, let it gooooo....

We watched the reindeer for a bit, but then JackCruz got tired, hot, and thirsty, and (naturally) charmed one of the tree-men into giving him a cold ginger-ale.  The older boys camped out at the hot-bar getting cup after cup of hot chocolate and the most delicious apple cider in the whole entire world!  

We can't wait to get our sweet little Christmas tree all decorated this year!

{thankful for}
extra boys at the tree farm
happy dances
hot apple cider and ginger ale
new ornaments
cute little Christmas tree boys
delicious pancakes

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Nashville {Flea} Market

A few weeks ago we loaded up the girls and headed to the Nashville Flea Market for a night.  If you've never been and enjoy looking for treasures, I'd highly recommend it. 

And my biggest piece of advice? 

 If you fall face first in love with something, DON'T LEAVE IT and then worry all night that someone else will purchase it before you can get back to it the next morning!!  

Thankfully, the angels from Heaven guarded that beautiful church pew for me until I could get my totally voiceless (laryngitis) self back to it!! 

.... I kid... sorta. ;) 

{thankful for}
safe travels
extra ropes
a sweet loader-upper
meaningful treasures that make houses homes
laughing till you cry
shadow puppets
filet mignon & edamame
a drink stop on the way home

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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