~ Leap Of Faith ~




The Collins Family
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Friday, January 1, 2010

~ Goodbye 2009 ~

Whoa...the past 2 weeks have gone by so fast. It felt like I was just dragging out all of the Christmas decorations and now they are all boxed back up for Christmas 2010. We have traveled quite a bit over Christmas break, but I'll admit that the change of schedule from the constant go of our normal routine has been nice. I have also found time (just made time by neglecting the kids) to read 3 of the 4 Twilight series books. I must say that they are much better than I had anticipated. I figured after hearing all the hype that they wouldn't be near as good as everyone has said them to be, but I am hooked. In fact, I kind of hate to read the last one just because it would be an END.

New Year's Eve night was low keyed and we hung out with some of Wes's co-workers, but were home in bed before midnight and didn't even stay awake long enough to watch the ball drop. Our plan of a getting a decent nights sleep was interuppted by Addy's all-of-a-sudden 12 hour flu. We spent most of the very early morning hours changing bed sheets and replacing blankets from the pallets that we made on the floor as Addy managed to miss the bowl laying beside her everytime she needed to be sick. Poor girl. Happy New Year 2010!! However, it only seemed to last around 12 hours and she has been doing much better the remainder of the day.

Tonight will be my last post on this blog as we have definitely started a new chapter of our lives. This past year has been full of joys and blessings and our LEAP OF FAITH to Levi couldn't have been better. We are so excited about what the future and the year 2010 will hold for our family. So I guess I will wrap up this post with pictures from the last 2 weeks. Thank you everyone for all of the support and encouragement. We have appreciated all of the comments that we have received and we hope to continue with all of the friendships that we have developed because of this blog. We would still like to be part of your journey. Actually, I guess I will have one more post (sometime soon) linking everyone to the new blog. If anyone has any clever titles for me, please share... :) Happy New Year!!

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Christmas at our house with Grandma Penny

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Levi was so delicately unwrapping all of his presents. Much different from the way Jaidyn and Addy ripped in to theirs.

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Cool, skates!!

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The girls are getting really good at card games and dominoes...Vegas here we come!! Ha!

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Because of the weather the girls have been skating around in our kitchen the past 2 weeks.
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Even Levi has put the skates on all by himself and attempted to skate around.

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As if everyone doesn't already know...Jaidyn loves to have her picture taken. She is quite the poser.

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Levi is getting so much better at communicating. He uses several baby sign language signs and he has changed the "Change" sign to holding his nose when he fills his diaper. Some of the words he is saying are Mom, Dad, Ball, Hot, and Bath.

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Christmas Eve...What a handsome little guy!

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The kids with their Aunt Jill

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Papa & Nana with their Grandkids

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Christmas Eve 2009 Family Photo

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Me, my mom, and my sister

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

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All bundled up their fluffy personalized bath towels...thanks Nana.

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Papa JR and Levi sitting on the floor eating some soup. Levi didn't want to wait for a place at the table to start eating.

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Addy and her cousin Haven

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Addy, Haven & Jaidyn

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Hanging out, getting ready to open some presents.

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I have no idea what Wes is looking at, but thought the face that I captured was funny.

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Jesus is the Reason for the Season

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Jaidyn and Addy with Papa JR and Mama LaLa showing off their blinky pens.

32 comments:

Renee and Brian said...

I just loved all of you pictures. It looks like you guys had a great Christmas and I'm sure the kids loved all their toys. Levi looked cute in his skates. Was he able to move around at all?
Happy New Year and be sure to let us know the address to your new blog.

Allison Family said...

I agree... what a year it has been! I love your pictures!!! I will be watching for the address to your new blog. I enjoy seeing the pictures of your children...they are all so cute!

joanne|n|dennis said...

I loved all the pictures too :). Your whole family are all so photogenic. I just wanted to say thank-you for sharing your adoption journey with us. It was a huge help to me while we were in the process and even now, I really enjoy following your family adventures. Looking forward to checking out your new blog! Happy New Year!!!

The Roberts Family said...

I can't wait to read your new blog. You've done such a great job with this one. Thank you so much for sharing your journey! Happy New Year!

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