Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sometimes "simple" can be.......

....simply fabulous!

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We headed out on Christmas Eve and then hunkered down for some good ol family time.

We had one of our quietest, less stressed Christmases ever and I think I could get used to it.

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It was so laid back and lazy that I don't even feel like editing a whack of pictures right now. I just converted a few to black and white and may add a few in color tomorrow.

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the long road

Or not.

Depends on how the day goes.

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Oh, yes....I could get used to this.

Oh, I probably will throw in a few more quick shots but meanwhile, I hope everyone had a great Christmas......simple or not!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Black and White Wednesday "Christmas 2010"

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The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~ Burton Hillis

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One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the livingroom on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. ~ Andy Rooney's me talking now. You know how much I love my black and white. Well I thought I'd throw ya a curve ball.

Ready? Brace yourself.

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We pulled out some purple for our picture taking this year.

See....even I can learn a new trick!

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A Christmas candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away.

~ Eva Logue
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He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

~ Roy L. Smith

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the long road

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May God's Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

TODAY! We welcome Christmas!

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In just a few days, it'll be Christmas, and there are a few very excited little girls here - counting down the sleeps till Santa comes.

(I checked....and he is coming!)

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Look who I found under the tree. What a life!

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Our Christmas Village.

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It's an Angel village and the detail is really exquisite.

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And while we're making merry - there's nothing like some beautiful Christmas carols.

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This CD just blows me away. David Phelps has the voice of an angel, to me - the best voice in the world. If you don't know him - treat yourself and catch his "O Holy Night" on You Tube. The boy can 'sang' !!!

Dahlia was so excited this year to be Mommy's sous-chef in the kitchen for some Christmas baking. She kept hugging me saying "this is the best day of my life".

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And Dahlia gets her own little tree in her room. Milana has a few decorative pieces in hers too but up high - you know - as in "look with your eyes"!

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Our Christmas Tree!

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That's my little corner of the world.
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"Tuesdays Around the World" !

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Black and White Wednesday - " Great Traditions"

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Every December, since we became parents, we have celebrated our families in a special way. Our agency sponsor, who herself has adopted 6 (yes, I said 6!) children from China - invites all the families she has personally helped to bring their children home - to a Christmas Party. This year we were about 130 people.

Many of these families we only see once a year. But just watching how each child blooms with the love of their forever families with each passing year is amazing.

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The kids simply have a blast. Dancing themselves silly!

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"Come for a spin, sister - o - mine!"

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(...yes....Milana is still sporting that black eye. It's been 3 weeks now and I put make-up on it and can still see it.)

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Milana now knows where the goodies are coming from. No more crying for the big man in red.

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the long road

Joining Lisa today for this photo challenge.

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I hope everyone is enjoying the season

(and celebrating the real reason for it too)!