We had a wonderful time at home for CHRISTmas and New Year's! We missed seeing my (Lori) side of the family, but had a great time making our memories as a family of 5 for the first time. Louis loved everything about Christmas - he was so excited to put up the tree and had lots of questions about all the traditions we have as a family. We went to Christmas Eve service at our church and then celebrated Christmas day with the Tugwell side of the family at our house. Louis got a Djembe drum for Christmas and had fun playing with cousin Matt who brought his so they could play together. Lily and Silas were equally excited about their gifts and celebrating Jesus' birthday. 2 days after Christmas - Silas got to get his umbilical hernia repaired. Silas had a ruptured appendix in August of 2010 and spent 6 days in the hospital very ill - an illness he would have not survived if he still lived in Haiti. Because of our medical deductible being met after that illness we decided it would be best to have his hernia repaired - a condition he has had since infancy from having such a distended belly from malnutrition. Silas didn't care much for the pain after surgery, but he really did great and was back in full force of activity by the end of the week:) On New Year's eve we had a quiet celebration at home with a Pizza bake off. Everyone thought their own pizza was the best - I could not eat Louis' creation due to ALL the hot pepper and pepper cheese he used:)
We are looking forward to finishing up our paperwork process for Esther JOY! Can't believe how EASY it all is the 4th time around! I would be happy to help others get through it.
Kids are outside having SNOW MUCH FUN - out of school today! I think we had 3 or 4 inches of snow last night.
Thinking of hot chocolate soon! So hard to believe that tomorrow is Noel's birthday and Louis' 1 year GOTCHA anniversary! God has been so good to us!