Monday, December 28, 2009
This year we decided to start a new tradition. Steaks. Big steaks! And sauteed peppers with mushrooms. And oven roasted potato wedges. It was AWESOME!!
Then we topped it off with some ice cream.
Oh yes, we are DEFINATELY doing this every year!! YUM!
Oh, and check out the foam decorated houses at the end of our table. Kaylee did the big one. James did the gingerbread house on the left and Jagger did the Santa house on the right. Every year we go to Michaels before Christmas and get these for half price. Then we spend a whole afternoon putting them together. Luckily I had picked them up before we all got sick and it was great fun for the kids while we were keeping our germs quarantined.
Hope you all enjoyed your Christmas festivities to the fullest. I'm sure I'll be back in a few days to post pics of our New Years Eve. Can't wait!!
I love Jagger's face in this picture. He is definately our most excitable child and he did NOT disappoint!
James does love his DS games!
A shooting game....oh, the joy!!
A Bakugan Battlefield...now we just need to learn the rules. Oh forget it...we'll make up our own!
Kaylee LOVES Guiness Books and was thrilled to receive one from her Nanny and Papa.
Kaylee and Daddy enjoying the Guiness Book. Unfortunately, Jim took his turn with the stomach flu in the early hours of Christmas morning and didn't get over it for 3 days (hence the look on his face and him laying on the couch in all of the Christmas pics!).
Oh no!! Our house is being invaded by Storm Troopers!!
It's just Jagger! Here he is defending his Star Wars tent from his Nanny and Papa in his Storm Trooper outfit from Mamaw and Papaw. Beware!!
And here we are trying to get the perfect Christmas Eve Jammie Photo....
Now, it was done in "Daddy Style." There are no cute Christmas shirts on the boys and there is not a picture of them all together, but at least they saw the Big Man!!
Jagger was soooo excited for Christmas this year. Check out his silly face!
I love how Mr. and Mrs. Claus are leaning in to listen to his list. Gotta make sure they get it all on the list!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Here is Ms. Madison's. Kaylee was so excited because Ms. Madison pulled her aside and told her that this was the most creative gift she had received as a teacher. Well, you couldn't wipe the smile off of my Kaylee's face all afternoon!!
And here is Mrs. Twiss'. There were two extra spots so we put in a picture of apples and a picture of pencils to make it all fit and give it that "teacher" quality. It was fun to see the teacher's have no idea why they were receiving frames of random things and then watch their smiles grow as the children showed them the letters. Very cool!
Here is Kaylee enjoying a SUPER-ICED cookie at her party.
And a picture of James and Jagger in their cool matching shirts at James' Christmas party.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I don't often speak publicly about the issues I have faced having an adopted child and two biological children. I also don't speak about the issues that come with a child that spent the first year of his life in a hospital and an orphanage in a foreign country. Sometimes I feel like I will be judged. Sometimes I feel like it's James' story to be able to tell one day.
Then there are the seasons where all of the issues are so big that I can't see through them to the big picture anymore. I'm in one of those seasons right now. My heart is breaking for me and for my James.
I shared my deepest darkest fears with my friend Julie this morning. Her response was to ask me some tough questions and follow up with some serious friendship. Then she sent me this clip. I can see different people getting different things out of this. For some it will be about you and the work you do. For me though, it was as though God shouted something to me about my James. Watch first.
So what did God shout at me??
He told me that my James is a Cathedral. He is going to be so much more than I could ever imagine him to be. God is building him and all I have to do is love him and together we are building someone AWESOME!! James will be okay. And so will I.
Monday, December 14, 2009
James lost his first top tooth. Third tooth overall. He really struggles with loose teeth. They make him nervous and he says they really hurt when he wiggles them. So, he likes to sit with me and work on it together. It can take hours!! And this one did!! He was so brave though and we never wiggled too much.
When the tooth finally came out he didn't know what he wanted to do. Go look at his smile? Look at his tooth? Swallow the blood or wipe it off? He gets a little freaked out by the whole experience. He was very excited after the initial shock though.
And he was thrilled this morning when he woke up to $2 under his pillow.
I can't believe I don't have pics of the Essers but Matt is the one in the Santa hat off to the right of the picture.
This was my favorite decorated truck. They also had a truck pulling an old Tow Mater but I wasn't able to get the picture...booo!!
Afterwards we went for some New York style pizza at Anthony's. We had to wait half an hour for the pizza to come out so I decided to entertain the kids with the camera while all of the other adults got to chat. It was sooo much fun! Here are a few of our kooky pictures:
Instructions: All you do is paint toilet paper rolls whatever color. The faces are cut out of construction paper..faces drawn with Sharpie. Mittens are also cut out. Print one page of sheet music and cut out sections. The hats are old socks tied with a ribbon or string.
Perfect craft for 10 year olds. No help needed and takes up a lot of time!!
All of the kids loved having their feet washed after the footprint. As soon as we would start to wash their feet they would say "ahhhhh." It was adorable! Alexia was first in line and the first to get the refreshing foot wash.
Jagger was such a big boy this year. I can tell how much he has grown as we go through some of our traditions. Things that he needed so much help from me for last year, he is practically doing on his own this year. It's sad to watch your baby grow so fast!
Kaylee really enjoyed doing her own shirt this year. You'll be able to tell hers apart from the others in the last picture. Talk about babies growing up..!!
Have I ever mentioned to you about the Bainbridge children having the most precious smiles?? Well, they do!! Check out Ryan having a good time getting his foot painted.
Mr. Bill showed up and was able to help me out with the more wiggly children. Yes, my James is definately in the more wiggly category!
Kaylee got a peace sign...in turquoise. She is at the age where she writes peace on everything and turquoise is her favorite color.
James got an ornament that looks like a DS because he is the handheld game KING!!!
Jagger got a transformer ornament...he loves transformers.
And here is a picture of the tree decorated with the boys in front that Kaylee took.
Friday, December 11, 2009
However...it's not always easy.
Jimmy and I love to travel. And we love to remodel.
And I have an itch!
I love living in Colorado. And I really like my house. But I HATE (and yes, I mean to use that strong of a word!!) my kitchen. The layout is stupid...truly! However, I could deal with the layout if we could just update everything else. My cabinets look pink. It would be expensive to get all new cabinets because we have a ton. However, I'm scared that if we paint them then we it will make the kitchen seem cheaper somehow. I would love a deep chocolate brown...yum!
The floors are just a boring beige tile. What I miss most about my house in TX is the slate tile we had in our kitchen. It's not a very expensive tile, it looks awesome, it has the warm earthy tones I love...and it hides dirt!
My counters look like they walked out of the 80's and straight into my house. The edges are wood and you can see the finishing nails. I seriously thought the project hadn't been finished but no, it's the same counter and edges in the upstairs bathroom. Yuck!! I have a granite that we both love and it turns out that it's the same granite that is in our fireplace upstairs. It has beige and brown and black...totally yummy again.
And wouldn't it be nice to put some nice beige subway tiles as the backsplash??
So, my husband is out on the town with a friend tonight, my daughter is at a sleepover, my boys are off playing in their rooms....and I sit here dreaming.......
Monday, December 7, 2009
So, the instructions...
Put a plastic bag in the middle of the shirt. You don't want the paint to bleed through and end up on the back of the shirt too.
Use brown fabric paint. Pick a foot and paint the bottom of it. Make a footprint sort of in the middle of the shirt. Wash foot. (Really good idea to do this at bath time.)
Now it's time to paint the hands. Do one at a time...too messy with two painted hands!! Do the left hand and place it down for the right ear. Right hand becomes left ear.
If the child is old enough then they can trace the outline with the brown paint themselves (straight from the bottle, not with a brush, so that the line is slightly bubbled). If not, then mom or dad can do it for them. Use red paint to draw on Rudolph's nose (we've also used small red pompoms for older children) and use black paint to do the eyes (we've used googly eyes also but again, not safe for babies or toddlers).
Then you can use red, green and/or yellow to put any other decorations on. I always put the year somewhere on the shirt. Sometimes on the line of the reindeer, sometimes on the neck. I also did it once on the back of the shirt up at the top. You may want to put initials somewhere if you have more than one child or plan on having more than one child. Even though they may be different sizes now, in 5 years you won't be able to tell whose is whose anymore.
Here is Jagger's shirt from last year for an example: