Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Back From the Dead!!

O.K. so I guess that I am back to the land of the living! Or maybe not. I still have to get up with Lila several times a night, but at least the others are adjusted back to being home. I am finally sitting down to update our blog. I decided that after gaining some major poundage after getting back from Spain, I needed to do something to keep myself from eating my favorite missed foods like...powdered donuts, cookies, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, etc, etc, etc!!! So here I am trying to keep myself out of the kitchen and decided that I would finally listen to all the emails and comments asking when we were going to update our blog. I had to start with Christmas pictures...I know, only 2 months late, but since this is like a diary I thought that I had better not skip it! So we spent Christmas at Grandma and Grandpas in Northern Cal and had a blast! Michelle and Robert surprised us and showed up the Saturday before Christmas. I couldn't have asked for a better gift. I love my family and there isn't anything that I would rather do than sit and hang with them. They are the best!!

So of course we did the nativity story. Thanks to Michelle who can pull anything together even in chaos. The kids did a great job and were so cute!

Aitana was Mary

Along side Todd as Joseph and Lila as baby Jesus

Lauryn played the Angel

Jacob played one of the wise men

Ryan and Rex played the Shepherds

Scott also played one of the wise men, Krista was the narrator and pianist, and Adam wanted nothing to do with the whole thing!!

After the nativity Santa made a surprise appearance. Ryan and Rex were not all that happy with him!!!

Michelle and my mom worked their booties off to get 4 dresses, 6 ties sown, and 6 suits ordered so the kids would all look fancy for church. My mom and sister are wonderful seamstresses and they all looked so cute. Krista sewed all the matching jammie pants!!

It was a little tough to get them all happy in the picture, but we got one O.K. one!

It was really fun to have Rex and Ryan together and hopefully one day they will be the best of pals!

I think that our little Lila enjoyed spending Christmas with the entire family too!

Hopefully I can be better about posting more, but I must admit having five kids has smacked me in the face pretty hard!! Thanks to Diego my house isn't a pit and I am still sane! I love my kids and wouldn't trade it for anything!


Mindy Jo said...

HEY! I love the matching presents and outfits for little Ryan & Rex! They look like they could be brothers, and one day they WILL be the best of friends!

The picture of all the grandkids in the gorgeous church clothes turned out wonderfully! I'd blow it up and stick it in a frame!

I'm so glad you got to be with your family. I need to take a page from your book and express how much I love my family more. You're always talking about them and your love for them shows, Mel!

Your children are just beautiful! Love ya!

The Mason Family said...

So glad that you're back...I've been waiting patiently!

Love the pictures and can't wait to see more!


Carlos Maciá said...

I love the pictures. The kids look great. It was good seeing you (if only for so short!)before you went back home. Hopefully it won't be so long before next time! Lots of love!

Callie said...

I love the matching clothes- the kids look way cute, of course.
I don't know how you do it, I think that you are Wonderwoman!

Andrea said...

It always amazes me with kids that are adopted how much they just look like they fit in so many ways, with the family they are placed with. I am a firm believer that those kids are meant to be in that family, they just had to get there through a little bit of a different route.

You with five kids! I don't know why that blows my mind so. I know you always said you would have a dozen...

You have such a cute family and I LOVE the matching jammies!

Lisa said...

Seriously did your mom make all of those clothes? That is amazing!!! I can barely get my 2 kids dressed for school much less anything else! I am surprised that your are still sane! You guys look fabulous!!

The Webb Family said...

Well...it's about time. ;)
All the Christmas pics are so pretty, and I can't believe your mom and sister can sew like that! Wow! Looks like a wonderful time for you at Christmas with family after being in Spain without them for so long...welcome back.

Jennifer said...

I'm so glad you posted! It's so fun to match. I hated it when I was little, but now I just love doing it with my kids. Loved the pictures! I still don't know where you guys are living. Let me know.

katie said...

So glad your back in the blogging world. It was fun to see all the grandkids. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of Michelle's children. All of them are so dang cute. I bet it was fun being all together again. Hope everything is going well.

Marque and Sarah said...

YAHOO! You are back! Thanks for catching us up!

The Kneeland Family said...

Glad you are back. It is fun to keep up on your cute family.

Amie said...

Glad to see you posted again- AND with such adorable pictures! Love it!

Janean said...

Cute Family Melany! I am sooo happy I found you and Jenny! Such good times back in the old Glenwood days. I have always wondered about you guys but forgot your last names. I have a blog too. You can click on my name and check it out. So where do you live now? Are you still in sunny California? If you are, I am very envious. That would be alot of fun to live in Spain for 6 months. Is that were your husband is from?