Thursday, December 13, 2007

In the Meantime...

Thank you for all of your support while we are making some big decisions about our journey. I think we have decided which path we are meant to follow and we are feeling optimistic that it will lead us to our HotDog. We aren't quite ready to share our decision but I will post with more information soon.
In the meantime, we are enjoying the holiday season. The boys are at such fun ages for celebrating Christmas and all of the events surrounding it. Last week we went on the Polar Express. We boarded a train in a nearby town and went for a ride to the North Pole. The conductor came by to check the tickets, waiters brought hot chocolate and cookies, and Santa Claus even made a special appearance! The Polar Express just so happens to be the Chipmunk's favorite book and the Monkey is absolutely obsessed with trains, so it was the definite highlight of our activities so far.

We've also gone to our small town's Christmas parade where the boys collected more candy than they got for Halloween! We've also made the obligatory visit to see Santa so the boys could put in their "official" request. They both asked for: an excavator, a bulldozer, a tractor, and some books (sniff, sniff...the librarian in me is so proud of the last request). And they made sure Santa knew they weren't asking for toy models of these items; they want the real things, but they are more than willing to share them! I'm hoping they won't be too disappointed on Christmas morning when they look outside and realize their request hasn't been granted. I have a feeling that they will be very happy with the alternative presents that Santa leaves.
From here on out, things get chaotic. Tomorrow is the Monkey's Christmas party at school, tomorrow night is Stu's work Christmas party, this weekend is my annual Christmas party with my college friends and their families, and then Monday is my birthday! I know most people would hate to have a birthday that close to Christmas, but I absolutely love it. I love the Christmas season and having one more reason to celebrate is great to me. (My birthday also has a special place in my heart because it was on my 28th birthday - 4 years ago - that we met Chipmunk for the first time. Talk about an amazing birthday present; Stu will never be able to top that.) Then the next week, Chipmunk has his class party and then our actual family Christmas get-togethers begin.
I LOVE this time of the year! It's crazy and chaotic, but I wouldn't change a thing. Being able to share Christmas with my two little boys is the most amazing and joyous privilege. My family is so blessed. I hope all of you have the happiest of holidays!


Troy and Rachel said...

Great photos and I love the boys requests for Christmas. I can't imagine why you don't want a real excavator and such in your front yard!! HA! I'm sure they will be thrilled with whatever Santa decides to leave. Sounds like a busy holiday season for you!

Carey and Norman said...

Looks like you enjoyed the Polar Express just as we did last weekend. Our son loved it too! I heard they have them in many cities. We went to the one in Nashville and have heard the one in Chattanooga is really good with a stop at the Polar Express. We are going to try to get tickets for this one next year.

Looking forward to hearing your news. I know how hard the wait must be. You feel blessed to have your children at home, but deep down God places the desire for this child from far away in your heart. We cannot settle down until our child/children are home with us!

Many Blessings this holiday season!

Christen & Frank said...

I am so glad to see you back :) I was checking in and thinking of you. Hope you are finding peace in your decision and it brings you to your hotdog.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and I agree with you - the crazy, chaos of family and friends at Christmas time is the best. Enjoy Christmas pjs, santa presents and all the magic this time of year brings to your family!

Christine said...

Great photos! Enjoy this time with your boys! :)

Janine said...

Happy Birthday! What a special birthday present that must have been! Hey, I noticed from your post that we are the same age and both have 4 year old boys! Glad you are enjoying the holidays. Looking forward to hearing your news.

Joanna said...

Hi Allison -- Thanks so much for the card of your two most handsome boys. They are growing up so fast!

I'm very sorry to hear you're having some snags with your adoption of Hot Dog. If I could, I would will everything smooth for you.

I can say (with much certainty haha) that even when there unexpected delays and snags, you still somehow managed to be matched with the perfect child for your family. The universe is funny that way.

However, it doesn't help to hear that while you're fumbling through the darkness. I also know that with certainty. But it's true.

I hold nothing but good wishes for you and your lovely family. Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy birthday!

BTW, I'm not doing very well keeping up my wordpress blog. I do post to my other journal fairly often (and when I stop for any length of time, people crack the whip and I have to start again).

~ Joanna (who is STILL at Voldemort Inc.)

Susan & Randy said...

I wish we had a Polar Express ride here, they look like so much fun. Good luck with your decision, I know its not easy what you are going through. My niece was born on Christmas and I've always thought that was neat. Happy Birthday!

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