Christmas 2010

Since this is the last day of 2010, I thought I’d better get busy and get this posted! We had another wonderful Christmas this year. Liam has made our Christmases a very special time. There’s just nothing better than all the fun things we do during this time of year and the build up to and the excitement on a 4 year old’s face on Christmas morning.

Liam on Christmas Morning

My best friend Karen (or a.k.a. “Nanny Karen”) spent the week with us and it always feels like our family is complete when she is here. She convinced me to make real cookies with Liam this year instead of our traditional open the package and put on the pan kind. We all had a fun time baking and decorating and Karen enjoyed my stressing over the cookie imperfections and sprinkle mounds that Liam put on the cookies.

baking cookies

baking cookies

This was our first Christmas in our new house. We started putting up a few decorations outside but soon discovered that we’re living across the street from Clark W. Griswold! And our next door neighbor is a close second with his incredible light-wrapped trees and giant wreath, so we sort of lost interest in doing much decorating outside this year. But we were very excited to have a fireplace for Santa to come down this year—its always been a bit of a mystery how he got into our house before. Of course, the big question now is how he avoids getting burned by the fire & hot ashes on his way down.

I heard Liam wake up early on Christmas morning but never heard him come out of his room. I went to check on him and he was still in bed with the covers pulled up and said that he had to stay snuggled in his bed or Santa wouldn’t come. It was quite a relief for him to find out that Santa had already come & gone. After further discussion, we discovered that we had both heard the sleigh bells and reindeer on our roof that night.

Needless to say, he loved all of his gifts and spent most of the day unwrapping a gift or two and then playing for a while. He had asked Santa for a Henry and James train (from the Thomas collection) and a Batman car (which is really the Joker car) and Santa came through for him and also included a train table. Here are a few more pics from Christmas morning and Liam reading his new books with Nanny Karen.

Liam on Christmas morning

Liam reading new books

Liam & Nanny Karen reading

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a safe and Happy New Year!


  1. It looks like Liam had a WONDERFUL Christmas! There truly is nothing like the excitement of a little kid on Christmas morning.

    We have some Griswold-types down the street from us too (and they decorate Griswold style at Halloween as well!). It definitely makes our front door wreath and the lights we have lining the yard seem a little lame…

    And this has nothing to do with your Christmas post at all, but I was cruising through your blog and was VERY interested to read about your adoption journey! My husband and I are seriously considering international adoption, and I’m reading all of the blogs, books, and other resources I can get my hands on right now. I’ll definitely be back to read through more of your old posts when I have a chance. Thanks for sharing your story!! 🙂

  2. I somehow stumbled across this website earlier and it has really made my day. So many children out there never get a chance to experience family, togetherness, love and “home”. And what you, the both of you are doing for your boy makes me so happy.
    You are genuine and i wish there were more families out there to spread the love and give a child not only a family, but a home.
    (just thought I would share)


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