Sunday, December 27, 2009

It was a Winter Wonderland!

We had Christmas at my parents farm yesterday and was just amazed at the beauty of the woods next to the farm!

It was so serene and just breathtaking!

These pictures really do not do it justice but I just had to put them up! We just had a big snow fall, which created a beautiful scene! Every single branch had the perfect amount of snow resting on it.






And just for fun, the farm house that I grew up in

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Giggle Bug!

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Wordless Wednesday

Introducing the first Velander Wrestler!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A MN Winter Tradition




Each winter, usually after one of the first big snow falls, the kids build a fort/tunnel in the snow bank that the snow plow makes.

Uncle Jeremy (my bro) came over and helped.

Next up....SNOWMAN!!!







Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Our Santa Picture!

I am not one to get the kids all dolled up in beautiful dresses and cute little sweaters with dress pants to go sit with Santa. We just go. As is. Nothing fancy.

So, we decide to go see Santa this year. Our trip to see the great man goes something like this:
  • Austin is complaining (like a 15 year would do) that he is much too old for this and laughs when he sees the picture reflecting that he is bigger than Santa. LOL!
  • Gavin is running up to Santa and jumps on his lap (like a 6 year old would do!) and blurts out that all he wants for Christmas is a Nerf Gun.
  • Maggie turns to stone (Like a 3 year Maggie would do!) and stands there completely stiff and scared out of her mind. Happens whenever a camera comes near her.
  • Molly. Well, she was trying to pull on Santa's beard and figure him out. No worries, no requests, no problem.

Until next year....

Friday, December 4, 2009

Catching Up

I have been a bad, bad blogger. Oh, yes. I have been busy.

Between working, drowning in adoption paper work, and fundraising, I barely find the time to sleep. Yet, so much has happened here.



I met with Molly's team this past week to review her IEP. They just lover her. They gave me a lot of insight as to how she is doing. She struggles with ball handling and she likes to plop her butt down when she finds something challenging. She is still much too cautious on uneven surfaces. She is progressing beautifully in fine motor. She is able to color and draw in a straight line and circle. She can cut, with assistance.

I have noticed an influx in her verbal skills since she started school. She is much more indenpendant now. Potty training is still a big fat NOTHING!! Nope. Not interested. Nada. Oh, well.

Maggie has adjusted quite well to the one on one love she now has with mommy while her twin sister is in school. We do fun things together while the rest of the clan is at school. And if I have to work, she enjoys playing with "Maggie's Kitty" at daycare.





Then there is Bug-A-Boo! He is doing well in the First Grade. He plans on being a wrestler this winter--more to come on this. He is a great wrestler. He will do well.

He is such a kind hearted little boy. The othe day, while my stress level was at it's high, he came up to me and showed me a picture he had drawn. I asked him to tell me about this picture and he says, "This is our house, and this is me and Lera, my new sister". Oh, my heart just melted.

I know I don't blog a lot about Austin too often. He keeps to himself and refuses to pose for any picture for fear it will end up on the blog--lol!