Monday, December 22, 2008

An Official Graduate...and other news

I couldn't narrow down my favorite photos...so this post has several collages...you can click on them to enlarge the photos.

The kids are enjoying the snow here in Pennsylvania. But after our trip to Georgia last week, I now realize just how cold it actually is. Adalynn and Camden enjoyed time outside catching snowflakes while Broderick was at school on Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, we woke up to several inches on the ground. Broderick had a two hour delay. We dropped him off at school at 10:45 and dismissal on Wednesday's is 1:30. We picked him up, and we began our trip south. Broderick and Camden were a little disappointed that we were leaving and that they didn't get to play outside in the snow, but were exciting about seeing friends.

We arrived in Georgia to a balmy 70 degrees. We definitely didn't need the coats, gloves, and hats that we started our trip with. The kids did great on the ride despite some technical difficulties with the DVD player. We finally were able to get one to work, so they just shared in the middle. One of these days we will invest in a ceiling mounted one...the cords of the portable ones get really annoying. If anyone has any advice or suggestions, we are open.

We spent Thursday visiting friends, going to the school, stopping by campus, and eating at one of our favorite restaurants (Barberitos)! The boys loved playing with the Tadda kids and we enjoyed spending time with them as well as with Allison and Michael. Friday morning was spent the same way and we were able to visit with Ryan and Missy. Both are fighting harder than ever, but still loving every precious minute they are given. It was great to see them both and witness the outpouring of love that is showering down on them. The Lord knows, they definitely deserve it!

On Friday afternoon, John officially graduated. His family (his mom, dad, sister, and nephew) drove down from Indiana to help celebrate his special day. The Tadda family went to graduation with us and then Allison and Michael came to dinner after graduation. It has been a long road...and we are glad it's over! I am so proud of John for achieving this prestigious degree. I know it hasn't been easy (trust me) and I know he couldn't have done it without me ;) hee hee...though he says he would have finished faster and politely, I would beg to differ.

On Friday night we left Athens and headed to Jackson to stay with the kids' godmother and my best friend, Heather. We had a blast hanging out at her house and doing absolutely nothing on Saturday. The boys loved playing outside in the beautiful weather in her fenced in backyard. On Saturday night, the boys had fun skyping with her husband and their godfather, Jesse, who is in Iraq. We enjoyed spending time with her before she headed to Indiana to spend Christmas with her family. We all left Sunday morning after a delicious breakfast at Cracker Barrel. We made it back home early Monday morning. Well, I should say that we made it to the parking lot behind our house. Our road was a solid sheet of ice, so we didn't even attempt to drive down it at 1:00 in the morning. Broderick had a two hour delay, so he made it to school on Monday despite the 14 hour car ride.

other news....Adalynn is still pottying in the toilet. She rarely poos in her diaper. She tells us she has to poopy even when we are driving...I can't believe my baby girl is growing up so fast. I can't remember the last time I changed a stinky diaper. Yea!!!!!

And here's an attempt at photos in front of the Christmas tree...which wasn't exactly successful-cute, but definitely no good shots of the three of them. We also took photos outside of John's office, which we used for our Christmas card (which I will post in a few days).

Thanks for checking in on us and celebrating John's graduation with us. We are definitely proud of his accomplishment. We hope to see many of you soon when we come to Indiana!


  1. WOW, things have been super busy for your entire family. I love the collage pictures. Not jealous of the snow, but jealous of the no poopy diapers. My day will come at some point. Congrats to John and I hope that everyone has a Merry Chritmas!!

  2. Yay! Pottying on the toilet! That's a great picture of Adalynn and her hat is too cute.

    Love the collages! You're all keeping busy but it looks like you're having a blast.

    Nick says we're only having 2 kids, I say 3 ;).

  3. Oh, and what happened to you at Walmart? Its the only store we have here, but with all the bad experiences its worth it to drive 30 minutes to be treated better.

  4. WTG Adalynn! Wow!

    And congratulations for your whole family!

  5. Congratulations to John! I know it has been a long time coming so I am sure you are all SUPER excited for him! Yay for the potty training too, that is almost as important as getting a phd! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  6. You guys have been busy! The kids are adorable and so big! Have a Merry Christmas!

  7. Very cute pics! Adalynn and the potty cracks me up! I think Drew could care less if he went around all day in a poopy diaper so it will probably be a while before we start the potty training adventure!!

    As my header pic, that was one of the family pics we had taken this fall. I just got my cd in the mail yesterday so I'll hopefully be able to post some more of my favs soon.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

  8. Love that GA weather, I was outside today in shorts using the water hose....I look forward to the day of no more stinky diapers, now how to make her still be a baby and do that....