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The Collins Family

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tis The Season for Super Glue

Well, the Christmas tree is up and dazzling with lights and ornaments. If only Levi will allow it to stay that way. Hoping to make this a jolly occasion with the kids, I put on some festive Christmas music while decorating. Wes was able to help set up the tree and string lights, but then had to go to work, so it was just the kids and I. I should have known better and waited to try and put the ornaments on with the girls after Levi went to bed, but I kind of wanted him to experience it too. After about the first 5 minutes, I was already super gluing pieces back on Wes's Highway Patrol themed light-up and attempting to super glue Santa's arm back on one of Wes and I's first ornament together. Agh! Keeping him from pulling every ornament off the lower branches of the tree has really tested my patience with him tonight. He would look at me right before pulling the ornament off to see if I was looking. He is Ornery! Luckily, I have Jaidyn and Addy to put on Tree Patrol.

I did manage to get some cute holiday pictures of the kids in their new Christmas pj's from their Nana.





Last weekend I scavenged the local thrift store to find these beauties for the upcoming Ugly Sweater Party. Here is a sneak preview as the kids were having a ball modeling my finds! Sorry if anyone is offended and actually likes these sweaters...it is just my personal opinion that they are hideously decorated with Christmas spirit and bling.

Levi loves playing Peek-A-Boo. He will hide behind a wall or a door and then peek around the side laughing and grinning.

Then the best part...he comes running for a great big hug!

We are so excited for our bloggy friends, JoAnne and Dennis. They are leaving for the Philippines tomorrow to meet their son and bring him home. What a wonderful Thanksgiving for their family!

Rachel from Adventures in the Philippines blog, gave me this blog award. Take some time to visit her blog. She has a huge heart for the children of the Philippines and she captures the best photos of the children while caring for them at the children homes during her mission work stays. I also can't wait to find some time to sit down and visit some of the other blogs that she nominated for this award. I also get to now pick some blogs to receive this blog award too, so I will soon be sharing the love. :)

This week is the national collection week for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. Jaidyn was really in to it this year and she helped me sort and pack each box. She was especially particular about the girl boxes and wanted them to be just perfect. This year we were able to print a barcode online and now we will be able to track which country our boxes go to along with information about Operation Christmas Child in that country. Operation Christmas Child distributed shoe boxes early to some of the Philippines hit hardest by the Typhoon. This is a wonderful ministry to participate in and it is a great way to start the holiday season.
Article: Ministry Partners Reach Out To Storm Victims


Tam-A-Roo said...

Love the photos of the kids with the santa hats! You're brave to have the tree up so early...by the time Christmas comes...you may have only plastic ornaments on the bottom branches of the tree...that's what happened with our tree the first year we had our puppy! :)

Joanne said...

I always love visiting your blog and seeing photos of the kids :). I can't wait to get back from our trip because we get to put up a Christmas tree and start decorating too! It's more fun when there is a kid (at least for me it is ;)

Renee and Brian said...

Very cute pictures of the kids, especially the one of them in their christmas pj's. Levi has such an impish little grin, I just love it. You're lucky to have the girls to go on tree patrol. I'm sure that it wouldn't take Levi very long to limb the tree. Enjoy the rest of your christmas preparations. Are you baking any cookies?

The Roberts Family said...

Your blog is great! My husband and I are adopting from the Philippines also. Good luck with the Christmas tree.


Jenny said...

The cookie baking always gets pawned off on the grandparents. :)

Allison Family said...

I love the pictures. Your children are beautiful. And you are one the ball having your tree up already!!!

Baby Drennan said...

Ok, I finally got caught up on your blog after two days of reading. I can't wait to meet him, he looks SO cute. And it seems like he has such a great personality. See you in a couple weeks!