Wednesday, December 8, 2010

TIS THE SEASON AND A BIRTHDAY

Every time I sit down to write a post something else seems to pop up. Life is in full force with our family as I am sure it is with yours. Once September ends...the rest of the year just flies on by.

My sweet Halainah turned 3 in November. We had a wonderful birthday party with family. We kept it a little more simple this year. But all in all it was a terrific day. She was so excited for her birthday and she talked about it for months. In fact, she still thinks it's her birthday. We were in church on Sunday and they were lighting the Advent wreath. I told her to look up while they lit the candle and whispered, "isn't it beautiful?" And she whispered back to me, "yeah it's for my birthday." She's so precious.

Opa (My dad and Lainey's grandpa) gave her such a sweet sweet present for her birthday....so generous. I am still in awe.

Halainah had her 3 year checkup yesterday. She is one healthy little girl...thank the Lord. She currently weighs in at 29 pounds and is 35" tall. She falls into the 25th percentile for weight and 10th percentile for height. "Keep Growing Baby...Keep Growing!"

My brother flew in from Colorado the week of her party. Halainah loves her Jiu Jiu and was so happy to see him. Even though they don't see each other that often there is a great bond. After all, he was with us in China. We all miss him terribly.

The Christmas season is upon us. So we are busy, busy, busy. Halainah is very much like her Daddy. She LOVES Christmas. She gets so excited to see decorations in stores and on houses. She screams with delight at every Christmas tree, ornaments, snowmen, anything that is sparkly. Halainah understands Santa and will point to anything she wants and says "Ho Ho bring me that." Yes Santa is Ho Ho in our house. We hear "Ho Ho bring me that," At least 25 times a day. At first...it was very cute...now...not so much.

We allowed, Halainah to take the tag off of our giving tree at Church a few weeks back. Out of all the tags on the tree, she grabbed one that belongs to a 3 year old little girl who wants a sweater and a doll. We sat Halainah down and explained the importance of sharing what we have with someone who may not have as much. She was very excited to help. And we picked the most beautiful Christmas sweater we could find. As far as the doll part comes. That took a little more explaining for Halainah. You see, Halainah is in love with the Lalaloopsy dolls. Have you seen them? Well Jiu Jiu bought her one for her birthday...the blue one that she had to have. That took Jiu Jiu 6 stores to find it in. Well, she never puts it down. In fact, she wants a pink Lalaloopsy from Ho Ho. I told her, "I wasn't sure if Ho Ho could bring it this year." They are impossible to find now. Her reply was, "OK....Jiu Jiu buy it for me then." Let me tell you, she has an answer for everything. Anyway, I bought a Lalaloopsy for this little 3 year old girl as part of her present since she wants a doll too. It was a little hard for Halainah to understand that she is not the only one who deserves a Lalaloopsy.

On the adoption front...well...we are still waiting. There have been 2 lists that have been released since we have been logged in. Our daughter was not on either one of them. Prayers are in full force. Halainah told me she wants a sister for Christmas. So maybe if the Lord above feels it's our time, our daughter will be given to us for Christmas. Wouldn't that just be the best Christmas ever? "Hey Ho HO....you and the Lord need to get together on this one."

I will try to update more often. Especially if there is any news on our next miracle. This weekend will be spent baking cookies for endless hours and taking pictures with Santa.

May you all be surrounded by the love of your family during this glorious Christmas season.

God Bless.

Sorry for the bazillion pics...but that's what happens when you ignore your blog for so long.

Jiu Jiu gave Lainey this adorable monster towel.
One of my favorite pics...so happy to be with Jiu Jiu.
Loving Jiu Jiu some more.

Mama and Lainey making a wish before she blew out the candles.
Opening some of her gifts.
Opening her Uggs from Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Mario.
Can you tell how excited I was?
Jiu Jiu gave Lainey a Denver Colorado shirt...it's eventually where we want to live.
On the day Jiu Jiu was leaving....so sad to be without him again.
Lainey holding her blue Lalaloopsy that Jiu Jiu got her for her birthday.
Looking cute on Thanksgiving.
Still looking cute.
Even more cuteness for her 3 year checkup.
All bundled up searching for our family Christmas tree.
Such a Daddy's girl...you have no idea.


We gave Lainey a trampoline for her birthday.
So happy.
So beautiful.

4 comments:

Courtney said...

She is just precious. I would love for her to get a sister for Christmas. Continued prayers for you family as you continue your adoption journey.

Amy said...

So Happy to see a post! Happy birthday to your sweet girl. Halainah is getting to be such a big girl.

Praying for Halainah get's her Mei Mei for Christmas.

Amy

Sammons said...

She is just so precious!! A beam of light for sure! Prayers continue for God's perfect timing with the blessing of your next miracle.
Big Hugs! Mary

TanyaLea said...

Oh my goodness, she is just ADORABLE in all of these photos. I know I've seen them before, but for whatever reason didn't comment at the time. She makes one CUTE little MJ model, too... her mama has GREAT taste!!

Can't wait to see a little mei mei for her to share all of her great gifts with!

love and hugs,
~ Tanya