Christmas Past ~2006

Monday, December 24, 2007


Christmas Card 2006.

Photography courtesy of my dear friend, Elissa. This card is from Tiny Prints and I loved it. It did not scan well because it was a nubby linen type cardstock.

Our annual photo with Santa. This one was completely impromptu. My step father passed away about 10 days before Christmas and we were in Pennsylvania for the funeral. We happened upon a place up there with a great old fashioned Christmas shoppe. Santa was there. As you can see, my boys were not dressed as I normally dress them for a visit with Santa. However, they adored this Santa. He was so warm and genuine. Since, there were not many people there, he spent a lot of time talking to them. In fact, Will asked if we could drive the 6 hours to visit this one again.

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These two photos are right before we are leaving for Christmas Eve Mass.

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After Mass, we went to a live re-enactment of the town of Bethlehem and the nativity. It was really amazing.

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Hanging the stockings with care.

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This year Will's nutcracker was an entemologist. Will was very interested in collecting butterflies. I could not believe it when I found this nutcracker with the butterfly net and the ladybug. Will used to ask me everytime he saw a ladybug to go check the CCAA website to see if we were matched yet. Harry's nutcracker is a Santa soccer player because he loved soccer!
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Again...reading the story if the birth of Jesus and Twas the night before Christmas. I cannot beleive it but I don't even have Christmas PJ's on!

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Will's teacher made him a butterly collecting case. That was so sweet.

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I guess since Santa brought Will Comet's antlers last year, he thought Harry ought to have some too. So, Santa left a nice letter for Harry with Prancer's antlers this year. Harry has the antlers in his right hand. If you click to enlarge, you can acutally read the letter.

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Harry's favorite gift was the air hockey table he discovered in the playroom.

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This year we drove up to my Mom's house immediately after opening our gifts on Chrsitmas Day. My step father passed away shortly before Christmas and we wanted to be there for her. This is cousin Ashton at my Mom's house.

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Cousin Ashton hugging Uncle Dave (with Mimi and Will in background).

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On the 27th, we took the train up to NYC to see the sights and take the boys to see The Lion King on Broadway.

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At Toy R US with the giant ferris wheel in the background.

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Most of our adoption group lives in Pennsylvania near my Mom and my sister. So while we were up there, many of us met for the first time. We had no idea how our lives would change in the next year!

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When we came back to town we had the second annual family talent show with our dear friends. All of the children perform.

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This year, Dave even played guitar.

The first few posts on this blog are actually of Christmas Eve and Day 2006. They are in January 2007 archives. But, I decided to do this because I did not include the card or Santa photos there.

I feel giddy with excitement today, Christmas Eve. I really feel like a little kid. I simply cannot wait to share all of our little Christmas traditions with Kate. I cannot wait to hold her squirmy body at Mass this afternoon. I know that I will be thinking of the years I dreamed of her being in our family. I cannot wait to put the peanuts in their matching Christmas pajamas. I cannot wait to hang her stocking tonight and read to her and the boys the stories we read each Christmas Eve. I cannot wait to see her open her presents tomorrow morning. I know that we are celebrating the birth of our Lord. I feel so blessed this year and I really cannot contain my excitement.
Merry Christmas!


  1. I can feel your excitement! Can't wait to see the pics...Merry Christmas~

  2. Enjoy this Christmas! Merry Christmas. I can't wait to see the pics!

  3. Kim, Thanks so much for sharring your past Christmas memories. All of your pictures were great! It makes you realize how quickly our children grow up, makes me sad. I wish I could keep them little forever. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy little Kate Emerson this year and many many more to come.

  4. Well, you made it! I am so impressed... beautiful posts. It's hard to believe as we look upon the memories of your Christmas only one year ago that your precious Kate was not there with her brothers.... How blessed we are for answered prayers and that your family is all together for Christmas 2007.
    May you have a blessed, Jesus filled Christmas dear friend.

  5. An entemologist nutcracker! What a great find! :-)

    Have a warm and blessed Christmas. Your blog gives me hope and reminds me that prayers are answered and dreams do come true.

  6. Kim:

    It's been a joy to share your past Christmas memories. This is a wonderful gift you've given to your kids by preserving these wonderful memories for them to look back at. What a great Christmas this one is going to be sharing it with Kate for the very first time. May God bless you all this Christmas and in the new year!

  7. ENJOY this Christmas, you have earned it!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

  8. Merry Christmas to you too Kim....I have enjoyed all of your posts. They have been wonderful reads along with fabulous pictures.
    Thank you for sharing them with us!

  9. It is so exciting to relive your Christmas. You can see the excitement in the faces. It makes me tingle. I am so happy for you. Kate Emerson really does complete your family perfectly. Enjoy this Christmas. We await the pictures!!!!!

  10. Kim,

    Merry Christmas to all! Enjoy your 1st Christmas with Kate, we will be thinking about you. It was really nice to see the Christmas past and how the boys changed.

    Love to all,
    Uncle Moon, Aunt Doonie & Ashton

  11. Kim -- I can feel your excitement too! I can't wait to see the pictures of your 3 peanuts! We just got back from Mass and Kamree was such a wild child. I had to take her out before communion!

  12. A whole year...actually went pretty quickly:)

    So glad this year our babies are in our arms!

    Merry Christmas~

  13. merry christmas to you and your BEAUTIFUL family. :)

  14. Isn't it amazing how special Christmas to us Mommies? I enjoy it more now than I ever did as a child! :)

    I can't wait to see your Christmas "present" photos! I have loved all of your Christmas past memories so much!

    I know today must have been sooooo special for you and Miss Kate! Can't wait to hear all about it!

    Love, Shana :)

  15. I hope that Christmas was absolutely wonderful for you and your family!

  16. I've loved all of these Christmas posts! I hope you had a very merry Christmas!


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