We saw Santa, we saw lights and someone got her ears pierced over the weekend…needless to say, we had a great time!
Before I get to all that, I wanted to say that the winner of our final Five Days of Fabulous prize is
Congratulations Kim! You and four friends will each receive a Kitchen Aid Mixer from Williams-Sonoma! You have 48 hours to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Friday morning, I went to wake up the kids for school and found this…we put them in their own beds at night and often find them like this the next morning. Thankfully, Kensington still has all of her teeth.
We made our annual trek to the Dallas Galleria to see Santa. This picture cracks me up…Kensington and I are looking, Smith is clearly upset (because we told him that he couldn’t hit Kensington…heaven forbid we have that rule) and Andrew is staring off at something else. Nevertheless, it’s the only one I have of the four of us from this trip :).
Ahhh! Christmas picture success! They were both so sweet sitting up in Santa’s lap. They told him how old they are, their names and each asked for a few things. They were really sweet. We always do individual pics of them with Santa and then I group them and put them here during the holidays…
After pics with Santa, we ate dinner with my parents. Love my mama.
Silly Smith and Papa Jay.
Later that night, Andrea sent me this pic of sweet 3 year old K and 2 year old Smith. It feels like yesterday we had this little party at Andrea’ house. They grow up so fast!
Speaking of growing up too fast…somehow, Kensington got her ears pierced on Saturday afternoon. I’m still not sure how this happened.
We were going to meet my parents at one of our very favorite restaurants in Dallas and then see lights (an annual tradition), but before, we went to North Park Mall just to see it all decked out…well, Kensington asked (for the first time) if she could get her ears pierced. I said I wasn’t sure (she’s never asked!) and that daddy would say no (he’s super strict about that stuff)…well, she asked Andrew and he was like “I guess” (his first rodeo as a girl dad).
The entire time we walked to the store, I thought she would back out. She is not typically our adventurous child. She gets nervous and shy and doesn’t usually do well in situations like this. But…in this instance, she totally proved us wrong…
Here she is showing me her un-pierced ears.
She wanted to hold my hands really tight. (My mom is in the background taking video.)
Two at a time.
She closed her eyes and never even flinched.
Not one tear or sad face. She was so brave! I was really so proud of her!!
She picked turquoise (her favorite color) flowers. I was really, really proud of her!
Random fact: Andrew asked me how old I was when I got my ears pierced and I said my mom literally forced me into the chair when I was 12. She was tired of me wearing my 70 year old grandmother’s clip-on earrings, so she made me (I was totally chicken!). Then a few years later, I wanted a tattoo and she said no…so, I pierced my ears a lot instead. I have four holes in one ear and two in the other (still have them). So, I went from chicken to “girl with several hoops in her ears” quite quickly.
After the ear piercing, we went and watched the puppet show. I looked down and saw them sitting like this. XO
We ate dinner at one of our very favorite restaurants, who sadly after over 25 years in business is closing its doors in February. We’ve gone here several times a year since I was in high school. It was really bittersweet eating dinner. They have this lovely patio with lights (and heaters to keep us warm) that overlook the gorgeous trees.
Love her too.
After dinner, we looked at lights. Stunning. The lights around here are just stunning.
And more thing…
One hour before we left for Santa on Friday night, we received a phone call that said we would not be able to leave to get Ashby as planned. We have plane tickets in our hand, we have hotel arrangements, we have our holidays planned around this trip…we are ready to leave and unfortunately, the government where we are going has decided to shut down for a bit.
Our adoption agency was very upset because apparently this was super unexpected (the fact that we have plane tickets and were just days away from departing speaks to that). So…we’re waiting. We’re still hopeful that we’ll leave some time in December…but right now, we’re not sure. We already had court dates scheduled and such…so now, we have to apply for new dates at a later time. It’s all a big mess.
I’m not worried. God will sort all of this out. We’ll get there when we’re supposed to get there, we’ll get her when we’re supposed to get her…it will all work out. It always does. It does break my heart though that I have a one way ticket to the US with her name on it that won’t be used right now. We really want her home.
Each Monday in December, my friend Ashley is interviewing different friends about their holiday traditions, and today is my day! You can read her post here. I love reading other people’s traditions because I get so many fun ideas! Thanks Ashley for including me this year!!
Don’t forget, it’s Monday, so that means…
Super simple suppers for your busy week.