Sunday, June 22, 2008

SO Blessed!

So, the dance recital on Sunday could NOT have gone any better. Lily was amazing. She did all of her moves, and had a huge smile on her face the entire time she danced. I sobbed thru the whole thing! I will be paying the ridiculous 45 dollars for the DVD, because it will be worth every penny. I am extremely proud of my sweet girl! Can't wait to sign her up for class in the fall...my little ballerina!


OK, so after the recital we were off to Tennessee for our family vacation and, can I just say, it was WONDERFUL!!!!!! We had the best time. I am just feeling so blessed to have such an incredible family. All of the kids got along so well, and us adults had our fair share of fun as well. I can't remember the last time I laughed as hard as I laughed our last nite there playing Pictionary. Good times! We all wished we could have stayed a few more days...the goodbye's are never easy.

Our cabin was great...lots of space for the 15 of us...
We hot tubbed, swam in the pool, played games,
went tubing down the river, went go-carting, ate WAY too much, and just had a blast the whole week. Lily was great! Super sassy, for sure, but great. Gee Gee brought a jar of beads and string, so Lily spent a lot of time making custom jewelry for the family...man, that girl enjoys a good project!
























































Gee Gee, Jim, Michelle, Reilly, and Harrison: we miss you already! Can't wait till we can all be together again.
Oh yeah, and on the way home I got a phone call from my social worker giving us the green light on our Korean adoption...looks like Lily is going to get her wish and be a big sister afterall! In a couple years our family vacation will be even bigger - YAY!

31 comments:

LaLa said...

Oh..you know you have to have that DVD!! Love all your pics from vacation. Looks like she had a blast....of course she needed a pink cowboy hat!!

So happy to hear of your plans for Korea : ) We did some research on that too but I "age out" in January LOL

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

LOVE the pictures...
Looks like soooo much fun...
I love the one with Lily and you in the cowboy hat.. and she is winking..
HUGS girly...
I am soooo glad we will be having another little one on the way..
Have a Great Sunday..
Love ya..
Talk to you later..

GWEN OATSVALL said...

i know you had a fab time ... the pictures say it all ... so wish we could have made it up there, but w/ scott's new jobs and all the other stuff going on here it just wasn't possible ... i am so excited for your adoption news ... it makes my heart sing ... Lil will be twirling till her new sibling gets home ... i promise to try and call this week ... So much going on in my head and i definitely need to get it out !!!! i love ya sister w/ all my heart you really are like a sister to me !!!!

Juliette said...

Wonderful news for Korea! So excited for you guys.
Your family vacations sound like a lot of fun and good time. The pics are great and Lily's face on them is priceless.
I can't believe they ask you for so much for the dvd, but that's the price for being a proud Mamma!
Hope you'll have a nice end of weekend and a beautiful week!

Daniella said...

Sounds/looks like an awesome time with family. The cabin sounds fabulous! I knew her dance recital would be awesome. You so need the video. Big woo hoo on the green light for the adoption. Can't wait to follow along.

holly m. said...

Way to go, Lily with your recital! I just knew you would have a great time!:)
What a wonderful vacation for a great family!

Made in China said...

So cute! I can't wait until my daughter starts dance classes!!

JulieM said...

It looks like you had so much fun! Congrats on your adoption moving forward!!

Anne Marie said...

Well!!! I was all set to comment on your vacation (which I still will) when I got to your news about Korea! YAYYYYYY! I am so happy for you - gosh, that went faster than expected, didn't it?!???

The photos say it all - what a happy, relaxed, FUN bunch! I am so glad you had such a good time, and that Lily and the other kiddos had so much fun together.

Denise C said...

OH Nikki....such great pictures!!! It is so obvious that you guys had the time of your lives!!! The cabin looks marvelous!
Fun family times!!!
Sorry we didn't get to meet up......I am sure you guys were on the go nonstop!
Glad you are home safe and sound....and oh I am so so so excited about the Adoption news! That's a huge "Thank you Lord!"
Smiling in Tennessee!!!
Love you sweet friend!!!
Denise

Gee Gee said...

The phone call on your way home was just the culmination of an unforgettable time together as a blessed family. Wonderful news Nik and wonderful pictures too! Glad I was there to enjoy your daughter in the flesh!!!

kerri said...

Congrats on getting the green light for Korea, I'm so happy for you all, this is wonderful news!!
Glad to hear your vacation was relaxing, what a great time, love the pictures. :)

Jewels of My Heart said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh I know you are so proud. I love the pic of her at her recital.... I love that you sobbed through the whole thing... For years I would sob whenever Nicholas did anything like that... I think everyone thought I was crazy... they did not understand the heartache, the waiting, the journey I went through to bring home my son and what he had endured to get to that moment in time where he was doing something so icredible. I am glad that we are sobbing moms!
Your reunion looks like so much fun..... just too special for words! Oh, how I miss my family. I am so happy for you! Looks like Lily was the bell of the ball!
And.... WOOHOOOOOO! I will be praying for you to bring home Lily's mei mei quickly!
God's Speed my friend,
Love,
Daleea

Steffie B. said...

so glad you had a great time and what fantastic news about your upcoming adoption journey! ;)

Linette said...

Looks like you had such a great vacation! I'm SO excited to hear you're going with Korea..I have several friends who have adopted from there. :)

Paula said...

Sounds like such fun. I would buy the DVD too! Love the pics of Lilly in the pool posing. She is a doll.

mommy24treasures said...

oh I am so excited about the Korea decision. We came so very close to adopting from there...
Then we found out Caitlyn was in China.:)

Glad you had a good vacation, I know you enjoyed it so much. Love the cowgirl hat;)

The Princess's Mommy said...

Looks like a great time! Oh those dance recital pictures are wonderful! Congrats on Korea! Can't wait to follow your journey!
Love,
Monica

Lauren said...

Aww! I am so glad to hear that you guys had a great time!!!

Beverly said...

Great fun!! Looks like everyone had a blast. I believe the hottub pic is a keeper. Good news on the korean front. Hope it all goes well.

Nicole said...

Wow! What a beautiful girl you have! Precious in her dance recital! I enjoyed reading your blog!

Much Ado said...

Look at that smile in the first picture! Love it! Your Lily is the life and soul! :) You must be so proud of her.

redmaryjanes said...

I am so happy to hear that you are adopting again! Fantastic! Your vacation looks like so much fun in the sun.

Tracey & Mike said...

$45?! Holy cow! But how could you not get that DVD?!
Looks like a fantastic vacation!
And a HUGE congrats on getting that green light! You must all be so excited.

Jonni, John & Sofia said...

I just love the pictures of Lily's recital. How could you not cry? She is so adorable and what a special memory to have forever. Well worth the $45. I am so glad you guys had a great vacation. Sofia has the same green bathing suit Lily does. Is it from Tarjay? Gotta love Tarjay! :)

What fantastic news about Korea!!! I am so happy for you guys. Sofia's cousin is adopted from Korea and Sofia just loves him so much. He is 6 years old and his name is Nicky. So very happy for you guys. Do you have any idea how long the wait is right now? Hope it goes quickly for you. :)

Hugs,
Jonni

Janet said...

THat pic of the kids doing their dance is ADORABLE!!! I would buy the ridiculously priced DVD too.....

Panda-Mom said...

Adorable at the recital and I LOVE the one of you and her in the pink cowgirl hat! I'm a Texas girl and I love me a hat! ; )

Michelle said...

Welcome back, Nikki!!!

You know what they say...bad dress rehearsal means a great show. Yay Lily!!!!! I so hear you on the $45 DVD. It kills me every year to write that check, but it is so worth it. They got us and they KNOW it!

I am glad you had such a nice vacation and a big HOORAY on the green light from your SW. How exciting!!!!

Alyson & Ford said...

Happy paperchasing again!! Sounds like you had a great vacation!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

Mommy Spice said...

We had such a great time on our family vacation too. I love to look back at the pictures several years ago and compare them to know. Our lives have been touched by all these glorious children. Love the pictures!!

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