After a wonderful visit to Michigan for the holidays we arrived home to our swing set laying on its side halfway down the ravine. After much thought, consideration and many months of deliberation we decided to set it back up and secure it down.
This month was filled with passports, visas, paperwork, packing and more preparing to travel to China. On February 23rd we met Mason for the first time. A very scared Dong Sheng met a very nervous momma and daddy. What an amazing and awesome day!
Paige celebrated her 4th birthday on March 6th. She was so excited because she was sure that the best present was her new baby brother as we arrived home from China on her birthday. She was blessed to celebrate with both sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and her entire family finally together.
We celebrated Easter with a ton of snow. Easter egg hunts all over Colorado Springs were postponed until warmer weather arrived.
May is always a busy month around here. The girls finished their year of ballet with a beautiful recital. Scott celebrated his 34th birthday. The weather got much warmer and we started hiking and playing outside more often. Alice graduated from Kindergarten and Sam said goodbye to first grade.
Sam started swim team practice which meant that we all got to enjoy being at the pool everyday. It didn’t take long for all the kids to turn into fish. Mason had his last set of casts removed and started wearing his special shoes and braces full time. Alice celebrated her 6th birthday at home. Mason celebrated his 2nd birthday. We camped with our dear friends the Abernethy’s at Chalk Creek and had tons of fun hiking, fishing, exploring the creek and enjoying each others company.
July held tons of fun for us. We enjoyed the 4th of July at the pool with many of our friends. Scott’s parents came for a visit. Sam continued to have weekly swim meets and the girls started lessons. Alice also enjoyed her tennis lessons and is looking forward to taking them again this summer. We also went to a rodeo parade and spent lots of time at the park.
Wow! This might have been our busiest month aside from February and the adoption. We wrapped up the end of summer with lots of fun at the pool. The kids started school and Paige started PreK 3 days a week. The biggest and longest event in August was Scott’s run. He ran and finished The Leadville 100. After much training he ran it well and finished in just over 29 hours. He continues to run and is now training for some sprint triathlons and a faster 5K time. You can follow his training over at his blog, just click here.
This month started out with kids back in school. Over Labor Day we spent time at our church retreat. Alice started soccer and Samuel started flag football. Our biggest news of September was definitely that Mason started walking. His doctor decided that he only had to wear his braces 16 hours a day. Freedom!!!
Samuel celebrated his 8th birthday with a family party at home. The gift of the year was definitely all the Lego’s. Sam and Alice ran cross country at school and did really well until the last meet when the temps plummeted and we were threatened with our first snow storm. Sam had his 2nd grade musical program and all the kids enjoyed warm temps for Halloween. The swine flu hit our house hard and Paige walked away with a mild case of pneumonia.
November saw more crazy weather ranging from feet of snow to spring-like days. Our Thanksgiving table was blessed this year with more family seated around it. Uncle Matt, Aunt
Tracy, Jacob, Kelsey and Kate came for the week of Thanksgiving. We sure were busy showing them all the beauty of Colorado and enjoying each others company. We are so thankful for their visit.
Mason celebrated his first Christmas with his forever family! I can’t say enough about how blessed we are that our family of 5 has happily turned into a family of 6. Santa arrived again this year and left tons of fun goodies including a Wii.
May 2010 be as wonderful and memorable as 2009!