Two of my dear friends came over before Christmas
and sang Christmas carols with the children!
Liz was a elementary school music teacher(for our two oldest- Matt and Katie)
and she brought her instruments with her!
The children loved singing along with the Liz and Marilyn!
And playing the different instruments!
(God did not bless this Momma with a beautiful singing voice...
Oh well... I have many other blessings!)
It was so much fun and such a joyous afternoon activity!
Y loved it!
He even attempted to sing along!
The cymbals were his favorite!
Sarah and Liz played piano together!
And the others that also take piano lessons got to play their Christmas songs, too!
I'm hoping this will be an annual event!
The children needed fresh air!
The parents needed peace and quiet!
So we sent the troops outside for a short while!
We didn't have any snow before Christmas so the snow pants were not needed...
We finally did our baking right before the holiday!
While some of the kids had horse back riding lessons
the rest of us frosted our sugar cookies!
They each got to eat their own creation!
While I frosted the rest of the cookies!
They went all out!
And made some beautiful cookies!
and some more
They were delicious!
Some of our kiddos have such sweet dispositions!
Ellie and Ben are two of them!
They are the nicest kids!
Emma loves being a helper in the house!
So thankful God knows exactly what he is doing
when he placed these amazing kids in our homes!
When we picked up the kids we brought Y into the barn
to see the horses!
He loved it!
We have been using google translate
to talk to him!
It has worked really well!
We just type it in-
and a voice says it in Mandarin!
Only, this smarty pants reads it before the computer even says it!
He is only 8 yrs old and he reads like a 12 yr old!
When he wants to tell us something,
Mia and Sarah can usually understand him!
more and more of the children are speaking
bits and pieces of Mandarin!
Y has an adorable smile
but he can't do it on command for the camera!
This is not...
a flattering picture of me
but we were having so much fun,
I had to include it!
He loved the TLC from Babba!
And a titch of a tickle and he could stand it no longer!
He giggled and giggled!
Y has great vision!
It's so much more fun with the kids!
I can't imagine doing it alone...
We had to take him to our favorite restaurant!
He enjoyed the food and watching them prepare it in front of us!
Our Christmas celebration is next!