Jing's First Haircut

Friday, December 31, 2010

EK was due for a haircut today
so I decided I would get Jing's trimmed too.
EK loves Ms. Karen and always hops right up for her cut.
Jing watched her intently
and when it was her turn, she jumped right up as well.

We are working her into a cute little bob. :)

We are completely ready for 2011!
Happy New Year to everyone~
we pray blessings and joy for each of you!!!

2010~ A Look Back @ the JOYful Moments!

I have a sweet blogger friend
who wrote My Best of 2010 and her images were amazing!!!
I mentioned to her I was planning to do the same thing
BUT instead of 12 I could only narrow down to about 180! :)
I actually picked lots JOYful moments in 2010...
SO without further ado~

"Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It's the moments that take your breath away."

If you really looked through all these photos~
you are SO sweet.
It was a wonderful and emotional walk for me
to choose all the JOY in our family.
From our family to yours~
Happy 2011!!!
May God bless you all with His peace and JOY!

Jingle Bell~ 4 Months

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Four months yesterday,
Jingle Bell (as she calls herself)
has been in our family.
She has come so far in such a short time.
I amazed more and more each day
with all she knows and does and says. :)

This morning she went halfway up the stairs
and Scott followed her around the corner~
she was sitting on the stairs
and said, "Mama, take a picture!".

She and EK created a train today
during their many playing adventures...
really don't know how EK got along without Jing.

I read a lot to Jing each day
and today she brought me one of her favorites...
thanks Lyn.
I read through once and she said... Again.
I asked her to read it to me...
oh yes~ another video. :)

SO thankful for this precious baby
and can't imagine my life without her!
A beautiful gift!!!

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Thankful Thursday~ My Family

I am so thankful for my family
and for the time we have spent together
over the last two weeks!
We have a lot to look forward to in 2011~
mainly two graduations and a wedding.

Praying Jeremiah 29:11 for our family
and ALL we know and love.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Black & White Wednesday: Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It has been an amazing few days
with the snow covering everything...

I converted these images to B&W
and then added a beautiful texture from
The snow has been on the ground for 4 days now~
doesn't that mean we will have more???

Just Hanging Out

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Today was a great day of just hanging out.
Although three of us went to the dentist
and two had to get physicals for tennis...
great thing about living in town~
close to everything and only about 5 minutes away. :)

Jing LOVES to ride in the golf cart
and it didn't matter to her that it was bitter cold
and snow was still all over our yard.
She still wanted to ride
so we bundled her and EK up...
and they headed out. :)

One of the best things about Christmas
is having ALL the girls home around our table!!!

After a delicious poppyseed chicken dinner,
we had a Wii Just Dance contest including all 7 of us.

The big girls have all had Nintendo DS Lites
and Rosie found her's this week and gave it to EK~
she now LOVES playing Nintendogs. :)

Jing started the dancing scene
watching shyly from the sofa but wasn't long before
she was up dancing like the big girls. :)
Video of her dancing away. :)

A little rest was needed after all the dancing
and EK sat down on Jing...
Jing yelled~ "Picture Mama!"
I was HAPPY to grab my camera for her. :)
Just one of those perfect hanging out at home days!!!

My New Camera

Monday, December 27, 2010

I love my new camera (Christmas gift)~
Nikon D7000!
No~ I didn't need it...
No~ my old one wasn't broken...
My new one is Sweet!!!
And Savannah inherited my Canon~
she TOO is in love with her's!!!
The Nikon takes amazing images and~
HD video!
One camera to do both jobs.

I had only read my manual about video
but decided to give it a whirl on Christmas morning~
not saying I did that great because there are various modes
BUT so thankful I captured this precious moment. :)
Look forward to learning more
and improving my photog in 2011! :)

Snow, Snow, Snow

Sunday, December 26, 2010

When the big girls were little,
they made up a song about snow that they sang
as they were going to sleep hoping it would make it happen.
"Snow, snow, snow, snow, we want snow..."
Yesterday they were singing it during the day
and guess what???

It actually snowed all night long
and into the morning~ about 4 inches.
The girls couldn't wait to get out and play.
Please forgive the mismatched snow clothes~
not much need for them here so we use what we can find.
Actually they are all snow clothes we had when we went skiing out west
about 13 years ago when Rosie was 3.
Jing is wearing the same coat R did WAY back then. :)

Savannah and I both had so much fun taking photos...

Everyone had SO much fun playing around!!!

Our yard was SO beautiful!!!

All in all~
It was a perfect SNOW day!
A wonderful gift for Jing~ seeing and playing in snow.
Her favorite thing was throwing snowballs at BaBa. :)
Looking forward to more playing tomorrow...

AND all the decorations are down and put away,
the house is clean and organized,
and ALL the chicks are safe in the nest!!!
So thankful!!!

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Christmas Day!!! 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Our Christmas morning was one we will never forget~
it was Jing's first and she was in awe.
When we walked into the family room,
she really didn't know what to think.
Gifts everywhere...
It was so sweet to watch she and EK open their gifts...
and then trying to decide what they would play with first.

EK received her first American Girl~ Ivy
and Jing's first Bitty Baby...
They LOVED them!

The big girls had a great time helping the littles
and then opening their own gifts...
mostly clothes and shoes and purses. :)

Our stockings were so fun to open~
everyone loved what they got...

I'm pretty sure Jing loved Christmas~
she played her heart out all day
and ate lots of candy. :)

Lunch was so wonderful
having mama, daddy, aunt Susan, uncle Tony, and Papa.
There was more gifts to open...

Then Santa (Josh) arrived and all was well with the world!

One of the best gifts for Savannah and I was...
new cameras~
Scott gave me a new one~ Nikon
and Josh gave Savannah my Canon.
To say we are both excited is an understatement...
we have both been
snapping and editing, and blogging like crazy. :)
Here is Savannah's blog~ Savannah Smiles.

So thankful I can count on Savannah
to be the memory keeper for her family too!

The best Surprise of the day was...
Hasn't snowed on Christmas for over 120 years
and we were amazed to see it falling
on Jing's first Christmas home!!!

This has been the best Christmas ever!!!
Everyone home and happy!!!
Just in the last couple of weeks,
Jing has started saying~ I'm happy!
Yesterday she sang
"If You're Happy and You Know It"
ALL day!
Home is a Happy place and SO thankful she is here!!!
Now for some fun in the Snow... pics to come. :)

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