Have I ever mentioned my love and fascination for Olivia's feet??? I love this baby more than anything in the world. The only thing I may possibly love more is her feet!!! :o) Thank you Mandie for taking this picture for me. This picture was taken at Fall Creek Falls last weekend. We went camping for 8 days last week and had a blast. Lots of updates and pics to come. Especially next week, someone is turning 5 next week :o)
All I am going to say about this holiday is that we are truly one blessed family. This Christmas was really special at our house and I will NEVER forget it. I love my life & family and sometimes wonder how in the world I became so lucky or why God chose me to have everything that I do. All I can do now is thank Him with all my heart, and that's just what I do everyday.
On another note, Jason & I have decided to pursue adoption again and/or try to have a child biologically. Please pray for us and God's guidance in this next journey of our lives. I am really nervous. I just feel like I don't have the patience I should with Olivia, let alone another baby, but for some reason we feel like God is leading us in that direction. I hear this is a common worry among mothers though. I hope so. Another thing, I am 36 years old. I am no spring chicken and I have had LOTS of fertiliy issues. We shall see. God can do anything though if that's what He has planned for us. I know Olivia is ready for a brother or sister. We hear about it EVERY SINGLE DAY. We will soon let you know :o)
By the way, I took lots of pictures in some places, and less in others. I am sorry. I was just soooooo tired on Christmas Day from Christmas Eve. Please forgive me. I love you all just the same!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!
Olivia and her cousin Kloe with the bears they got in their stockings at their school Christmas party
Olivia & her class. Instead of bringing presents for each other this year, the kids brought in canned food for the church.
Olivia's cubby at school
Olivia helping me make cupcakes for a Christmas party at my work. (LOWE'S)
Mixing it up
Yup, she did!! She taste tested them before I took them to work. Sorry if you ate one! :o)
Ewwwww, get this off me!!!!!!!!
Waiting on them to get out of the oven
The finished product
A picture of the girls at Erica's house getting ready to start cooking the Christmas dinner. Okay, I have to say, my sister Erica is so awesome. She bought all the girls an apron this year to cook in! How sweet. Please notice what mine says!! Where in the world did she get the idea that I am a "drama queen?" Bahahahahaha!!! By the way, not sure if mom & Olivia were ready for the picture... Hahahahaha!!!
Olivia, Rylan & Gracie making some Christmas cupcakes.. Yummo!
Olivia should be getting good at making cupcakes at this at this point...
And a picture of the boys playing the Wii while the ladies are cooking... Mixing it up
While the cupcakes are baking, a quick lesson in knitting...
Icing the cupcakes.
The girls creations!
Olivia's cousin Dauson
Olivia's cousin Gracie
Cousin's Rylan & Charlie
Me and Olivia being silly
Two VERY SLEEPY girls..
"London Bridge is falling down"
Poor Rylan. She was such a trooper. Grace and Liv were all over her all night and all day. She loved every minute of it. (I think ;o)
Precious babies: Dauson, Gracie, Olivia, Charlie & Rylan
Anxiously awaiting opening presents: I think Dauson & Charlie were ready. Don't you?
Aunt Kayla & her boyfriend Bo
Olivia opening one of her presents from Erica
Olivia jamming out with Dauson's paperjam's guitar
Olivia with ANOTHER present ;o)
Olivia opening her doorbell dollhouse from Granny Rowland
Olivia's Nanny (my mom)
Livie opening a present......
Olivia & Hayden watching Caillou on Christmas Day.. Can't miss Caillou, not even on Christmas!
Olivia being silly with her daddy
Olivia & Uncle Ryan
Ummm, I think Kloe & Olivia fed the baby just "a tad" too much
So, there are a couple of things I must put on here so that I don't forget them as Olivia gets older. I have to make sure these go in her book.
Yesterday: (While I'm brushing Olivia's teeth)~ Olivia to Mom~ "Mom, you know what?" Mom to Olivia~ "What Liv?" Olivia to Mom~ "You are REALLY bumpy today, you know that?" (referring to the acne on my face!!!!)
Oh, but it gets better.....
Last week: (While DAD is brushing Olivia's teeth)~ Olivia to Dad~ "Daddy, you know what?" Daddy to Olivia~ "What Liv?" Olivia to Dad~ "You're teeth are really yellow!" (Bahahahahahahaha) Later that day when Olivia hears daddy telling ME what she said that morning, she tries to make it better and says "Daddy, it's not ALL your teeth, just that one in the front!" Bahahahahahahaaha!!!! You see, he has one of those fake ones in the front (forgot what they are called at the moment) (veneer maybe?)... Sooooo freaking funny.. Needless to say, I was instructed to purchase some Crest Whitestrips at Wal~Mart today... :o) She has so much to say in the mornings while her teeth are being brushed. I love the innocence & honesty!! I hope she NEVER changes.
Friday was camo day at school. I am usually prepared for these things, but for some reason hadn't looked at the calender until Thursday last week, only to find that Friday (the next day) was camo day. So, I called Olivia's cousin Hayden (who is 8 months younger than her I might add) and asked if we could borrow some camo clothes. They, of course, said yes, but the britches fell off her tiny hiney!!! :o( So, needless to say, this little camo hat & some green shorts are all I could come up with, but they worked. I bought the hat at Wal-Mart several months ago on clearance thinking it would never be worn, but I bought it anyway.. Thank goodness I did.. Her teachers told me when I went to pick her up that the hat and hair didn't last very long that day.. Oh well.... All that stress for nothing! She could've cared less! :o)
I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.
---1 Samuel 1:27
Livie and Mom
July 11th, 2009
Livie and Daddy
The Gift of Life
I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life.
But those who make their journey home across time & miles,
growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,
are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us
by God's very own hands.
--- Kristi Larson