They got to open one gift before we left for church. When I was little we got to open one gift on Christmas eve. It was always new pj's. So, this has become a tradition for our family. The girls each liked their new pj's.
After Christmas eve mass.
Then we traveled to see my grandpa Hatcher. I remember going every Christmas Eve to my grandparents house when I was little. We go when we can. He is now 92 years old and loves seeing the little ones open gifts.
Miss Lindy Ann came into our family 2 years ago on December 18, 2007. I sometimes can't believe it has been two years already. She has grown so much in the time she has been with us. As I think back to that day in a cold government office in Hefei China I am remembering the scared little girls that was placed in my arms. This is the day that is called "gotcha day" in the adoption world. She was leagally adopted the next day (Dec 19). My heart just broke for her as she screamed (in Chinese) "NO NO NO"
But by evening she had warmed up a bit to her new mommy. She stopped crying but was very reserved.
This photo was taken on Dec 19 2007, after a night of sleep and a bath.
This is a picture of the girls today
Dec 18 2009.
Lindy's first meal with us. We ate in our hotel room. She ate spaghetti-O's, corn and peaches.
Her meal tonight!
We are so blessed with these girls. I cannot imagine life without them.
We have been crazy busy around here. Not enough hours in the day. Now that the time has changed and the weather has turned cold the girls are under foot more. We spend a lot of time playing cards, Yahtzee and domino's.
A few weeks ago they got to invite Erica, their friend from school, over for some play time.
They enjoyed a McDonald's meal together.
And played school and house for a few hours. I think Erica had a good time as well.
I am a stay at home mom of two little angels. Being a mom is the most fulfilling job I've ever had. I have been a cake decorater for many years, mostly as a hobby. But now, while I stay home with my girls, it is also a job.