Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Season Highlights

The Christmas Season, once again, was quite a blur.  Here are a few photos documenting what we did in the past few weeks.

DSCN6620 Here are the girls before we left to attend the Carolina Nutcracker.  The Carolina Nutcracker was themed in during the Civil War.  It was out on by a local dance studio.  We all, even the boys, went and enjoyed it. 

There was a tense moment, however, in the “Land of Sweets” when Drosselmeyer was, to yet again, hoist the Sugar Plum Fairy onto his shoulders.  The Sugar Plum Fairy in this particular performance wasn’t quite as , let’s say, thin as the other dancers. She over shot her position and almost fell backward off Drosselmeyer’s shoulders.  She was grabbing at his head while he was trying to keep hold of her legs.  She quickly positioned herself on his shoulder and continued on.  In fact, they did this particular step about 5 more times.  Captain Daddy, being the man of dry wit, referred to her as the “Sugar Plump Fairy.”  I don’t think I will ever be able to watch this scene again without thinking of the Sugar Plump Fairy.


Next was our church Christmas dinner and Nativity.  As you can see, The Princess portrayed “Mary.”  Well, a Chinese version of “Mary.”  I don’t think she was too excited about it though…


.. as she seemed a little bored, or tired:)


Santa made a surprise visit too!  The Princess was one of the first to tell him her wish list. 


At this point, I think she is interrogating Santa.  She actually pulled out one of his beard hairs from his REAL beard.  Just making sure.  As you can see, there are no photos of The Queen telling Santa her wish list because she would not get within 5 feet of Santa.  The Princess delivered The Queen’s list items to Santa.


Godzilla asked Santa for a Lamborghini.  Santa’s response was, “to what scale?”


Christmas Eve was jam packed with lots of cleaning.  Big Tuna is taking a break with his cat, KitKat.  Actually, KitKat was in the chair first.


We started the bake-a-thon in the middle of the afternoon.  My oven went out during the first cake.  Have you ever tried baking cakes, dozens of sugar cookies, and a fruit cake in a toaster oven?



It all worked out as there were cookies for Santa, and water and carrots for his reindeer.  Not to mention four excited big and little kids waiting for Santa!


Christmas morning brought lots of enjoyment and happiness.  The most wanted items were delivered, along with a few surprises.


Godzilla received the guitar he wanted.


Big Tuna is happy with the Big Bang Theory Friendship Algorithm T-shirt.


Godzilla loved his gift from Big Tuna.


Gifts from Aunt T.


But in the end, happiness is an empty box.

I hope y’all had a very Merry Christmas!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Break

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From the look of the sketch, it seems I am most happy that we are finally on Christmas break:)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Xiaoyun speaks for orphans

Xiaoyun was adopted in April of 2011. She wants other orphans to have a mom and dad.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Guess Who?

Guess who celebrated three milestones in one week?


The Princess lost her first tooth!

Today, she is 6 years old!

But a new tooth wasn’t what she was asking for as a birthday present.


She has been asking to get her ears pierced.  After saying “not until you are 10 years old” a gazillion times,  we decided if she really wanted to do it, we would.


She really wanted to! 

She also wanted gemstone earrings.


Getting ready…


She was very “grown-up” sitting through the preparation process.


With a smile on her face throughout the process.


No tears were shed.



Admiring her new look!


Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Luke 12:7 NIV

You are a child of God, His treasured possession. He created you in His own image. He chose the day for you to be born. He has a plan and a purpose for your life.

Happy 6th Birthday Princess!

We love you very much!