Christmas Day Photos!
Walking in the living room to see that Santa had arrived…
It may look like he didn’t bring much, but Rosie and Ada got iPad minis from us. Small in size, big in dollars.
Rosie specifically requested a black newborn doll from Santa Claus.
I took everything out of the packages and put it into storage tubs before wrapping it so that I wouldn’t have to fool with ripping stuff out of packages on Christmas morning. The clean up was so easy too!
My girls love dolls.
In case it isn’t obvious Henry loves his drill.
They play with these legos for hours, mixing together the girly Lego friends with Star Wars and Harry Potter sets.
Henry had some trouble with the tape…
A certain little boy was a big fan of the mini candy canes I (ahem, Santa) got.
This Sophia the First Castle was 50% off on Amazon during black Friday sales!! The girls were so excited, especially Ada. It was something they didn’t ask for and weren’t expecting at all.
Later the girls gave their gift to Henry. (I found it on the local yard sale page for $10, and it was brand new!)
My parents came over later that day to give us gifts. My kids are spoiled, and happily so. Lucky children. I didn’t take very many pictures, I wasn’t feel well.
That’s my dad on the left.
My parents got Henry a Daniel Tiger doll. Henry adores it. He’s been sleeping with it every night. When my mom came over again a couple of days later Henry ran upstairs and got Daniel Tiger and brought it to my mom and hugged her legs. It was the sweetest thing ever. I didn’t know he was capable of long thought processes like that, but he was clearly thanking her for it.
My sister and her boyfriend. They got engaged on Christmas Eve!!
I haven’t uploaded the pictures of the kids opening gifts from my Grandma yet. That’s the last of the Christmas presentry. Whew.
Another Christmas in the books.
This one was a little sad, despite the wonderful gifts. We were really missing Igor. There was no winter hosting this year with our group because of the debacle that occurred when one host family decided to illegally keep (essentially kidnap) their host child this past summer instead of returning the little boy to Ukraine with the rest of the group.
Now the US embassy has made up an arbitrary new rule stating that children who have already been hosted three times cannot get another visa to return. Saddest rule EVER. There’s absolutely no reason for it anyone can figure out. Igor has been hosted four times now, because he is loved. He can’t be adopted, but he can have a family that cares about him.
We haven’t talked to him in awhile, but I’ve heard from older kids online saying he’s doing well in school. He’s been visiting his step father outside of the orphanage too. He spent the summer with them, which is good for him I think. I hope they are nice to him. In any case, they don’t want him to live there permanently because they send him back to the orphanage after every school vacation.
There are a lot of kids in this situation actually. I think it’s the old Soviet mindset that the government can care for the kids better than the poor families. In some cases that may be true, but the level of fear, abuse, lack of nutrition, and all that goes with living in an orphanage…I don’t know.
Anyway, Christmas this year was a good one despite missing Igor and being visited by giardia.
I have more pictures to post too, ones of us having fun with shaving cream and paint. I’m not sure what Henry is off destroying right now though. I’d better save this while I can and go check on him. A quiet boy is never a good sign!