Monday, August 31, 2015

Don't be fooled!!!

ohhhhh these two are sooo cute!!!


But don't be fooled!!!

They like to bug each other!!!! 


While the other kiddos are at school - 
it is really fun to just watch 
and listen to them interact!

Especially, if I leave the room!

They are funny!! 

The other day I heard both of them yelling,
"Stop it Miles!"
"No Miles!"

"Stop it Laynee!"
"Noooooo Laynee!"

Just a few English phrases they know!


I walked over to see what was going on -
they were both in their own areas of the family room,
with their own toys - 
playing nicely -
 Just yelling!!

Ha! Ha!!!! 


They crack me up!!
And keep momma on her toes!!

Only a week late!! Ohhh boy!!!

My Back to school photos are only a week late!
Hey, I think I'm doing pretty good!!
Ha! Ha!
Conner asked me the other day if I was still blogging -
ummmm - 
that's the idea!!! But I haven't been very good! 
I will try to be better!!!

But on to sharing photos of BTS 2015!

 I can't believe how fast our summer went!!

Conner - a Junior in High School!
Seriously??????
How did this happen?


So proud of this guy!!


Jorja is excited about her last year in elementary school
as a 5th grader!


Donovan and Jailyn are both in 4th grade!


Same teachers but different rotation!

Jailyn is excited to be involved in everything at school -
Music makers, Art Club, Safety Patrol!
Social butterfly!

Elijah is in 2nd grade!
He is attending a different school than the other kids
and in the special ed class that is perfect for him 
and his needs!


and he gets to ride the bus! 
Lucky guy!



Hagan is ready for 1st grade!
He's ready to take on the world!
Praying for a great, healthy year for my boy!


My Griggsy is killing me!!!
KINDERGARTEN!!!!
really?????

But he is so ready!!!! 


Kenzie even sent me a photo of her first day of school!
Thank you Kenz!!! 
You know how to make your momma feel loved!!


And of course, 
my babies needed photos too!!




Wow!!!! We are blessed!!!



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Life School Musical!

This is the 3rd year we have been a part of a local
musical praise camp!


And we LOOOOOVVVEEE it!! 


The kids have a great time learning songs,
dance moves,
and important Bible lessons!


This year Jorja, Donovan, Jailyn and Hagan
took part. 
(Elijah tried but needed to be home with momma 
instead, and that is okay!)


Life School Musical!!!


Great memories, great musical learning,
Bible lessons 
and friendships made - 
the perfect week!! 


My attempt to get a photo of all the kids afterward...

needless to say,
it's going to take some work to get the kids to all be looking at the camera
at the same time!!


And when two doggies come walking by -
well,
mom should just give up!!!



Friday, July 31, 2015

China re-cap:

Since our house and life was incredibly chaotic 
before leaving for China,
and we had to move all of our furniture and "stuff" from the downstairs to 
upstairs for new floors and painting to happen when we were gone
there were a few things we forgot to bring with us
in order to update our blog.

Grrrrrrrr!!!!! 

One very important tool was our cord to 
download photos to the computer.
(Not a happy momma!)

But, 
now I get to re-live the trip!!

How cool is that!! 
We use this blog as our little family photo album -
so if it's boring to you -
don't worry, I won't be offended! 
ha!ha!

July 7th, we took off for an amazing adventure!

Bryan, Kenzie, Conner and I were blessed
to spend a few days together in touring Beijing.


On our first day we went to the Forbidden City,






ride rickshaw's through the
Hutong Neighborhoods



Our driver was crazy!! 
Playing ding-dong ditch through the Hutongs!! 
and mocking Kenzie and my laughs!! 


and visit with a beautiful homeowner -
3 family generations live in this one home.


and the Olympic Park!







We celebrated Kenzie's 19th birthday,
and my ...
ummmmm -
48th birthday!


Our favorite day was visiting The Great Wall!






 Conner and Bryan's feet were too big for them to 
walk normally down the stairs - 
so they improvised!  haha!!!

Kenzie had a friendly butterfly attach to her!
Seriously, it was difficult to get the butterfly to fly away!


It really is amazing!
and beautiful!


And we got to come down the mountain
on an alpine slide!
That's always fun!


On our drive back to Beijing we
had a little company on the road!


What a surprise!


All in all a great few days in Beijing with Kenzie and Conner!
But,
soon it was to part ways and get our new kiddos!!!
(that post coming soon!! )




Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dream Car

I can still remember the first time I rode in a 12 passenger van!

It was so cool!!

How much fun could be had 
in a vehicle that big!

I love road trips,
and I love driving!

But how much better with a big ole' van
to hold my big ole' dream family!


Well, after 25 years of marriage,
our dreams have grown together!
(Though I do see why Bryan likes his 2 passenger 
pick up truck! 
It's pretty quiet in there!)

A few weeks before we left for China
Bryan called to check on our "new" van to see when 
it would be delivered! 
We had ordered it months ago!

Needless to say, 
the dealer told him that there had been some mistake 
and the van had never been ordered.

Ummmmmmm -
we kinda need at least 8 buckles for in the back of a vehicle!
Our SUV only had 6!
Ummmmmmm -
what are we going to do?

After 6 other adoptions and 
our recent flooding drama -
we just laughed.
God knows our needs and He knows these kiddos need to be home.
HE's got it covered!
We'll just wait for him to reveal it to us! 

Bryan made some calls to other dealers and found out
that not only one big ole' van was on it's way
to our next of the woods -
but THREE!!!

That's right - we could take our pick!!

See, God is so good!! 
So, this past Saturday,
we picked up our new vehicle!

Technically, it doesn't fit all of our family -
but seeing that Brady and Kenzie are in college and
very rarely ride with us -
we are good. 

The kids love it,
and so do momma and baba!!!
and it's not too hard to drive -
though I am thankful for the handicapped parking! hee!hee!

 for now the kids chose their seats - 
momma will be making assigned seats in a week or so. 
You can barely see my Griggsy and Elijah!
Miles is happy - just giving one of his goofy faces!! 
And entertaining Miss. Lainey!
The big kids are normally buckled! Just stood up for the photo!

Party goers in our van!!! 
Coming home from Kids Praise Camp!! 

And a shout out to the job I have enjoyed for the past 22 months!
Bryan is not stressed about this car payment,
because it is easily paid with my Plexus pay check! 
Cause God is sooooooooo good!!!!  

Our new family motto: 
Have van will travel!!! 
Be warned we may show up when you least expect it!

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