I finally found the time to hunt through my (rather extensive) archives this afternoon.
It was a walk down memory lane.
|Christmas Eve, 2008.|
|We helped decorate! (2009)|
We got a new artificial tree this year, and they were very proud that they got to help. They helped the year before, but this tree was bigger, so it was even cooler to hang ornaments on.
|Christmas morning, 2009, at Gramma & Boppa's.|
|Daddy reads out of the Advent book Gramma bought. (2010)|
|This was our 2010 Christmas card picture.|
|Christmas morning, 2010|
|Post-decorating, 2011, in our new house.|
|Christmas morning, 2011.|
|Medium in front of the lit (but not yet decorated) tree, 2012.|
|Large in front of the tree, 2012.|
|Small in front of the tree, 2012.|
|Fries wrapped in lights! (2012)|
|Our "nice" family picture, 2012.|
|Let's get silly! (2012)|
|Medium Fry, 2013.|
|Large Fry, 2013.|
|Small Fry, 2013.|
|Christmas morning, 2013.|
I look forward to this year's picture on the stairs. They've grown so much. Even since this picture back in May...
|Family Day celebration, 2014.|
The pictures will feature the same subjects, of course. That hasn't changed.
The stairs will be the same, too.
The jammies will be new. But then, they always are.
What's different this year?
This year, if the scheduling works out the way we want it to, we'll all have Hubby's last name by Christmas.
Yes, the Superior Court rendered their decision this week. They unanimously upheld the trial court's decision, determining that there was no judicial error or abuse of discretion and that there was sufficient evidence to grant our involuntary termination petition pursuant to adoption.
It would truly be the best Christmas present we could all ask for.
**If you're wondering how many days it was, total, we got the court decision on Day 187, if you count from the date the appeal was file. It's 220 days from the day that the judge rendered her decision on our petition.