The Journey of a Lifetime

Ryan and I have decided to pursue our forth adoption and add another beautiful baby to our family. We couldn't be happier and are thrilled! Join us in our journey in adopting baby Schlenner!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Jesus!

I love it when Ryan tickles and smooches the crap out of Ahnya. His whiskers tickle her face and she goes crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On Christmas Day we decided to venture out and try and make it to Grandpa Bob and Grandma Peggy's house to celebrate the holidays with them, too! With 17+ inches of snow on the ground and no wind blowing---we took off at 11:00 a.m. and made it to Clarkfield! Yeah!
The girls loved their gifts and Ryan and I decided that they are definately spoiled!
Our traditional family picture at Grandpa Bob and Grandma Peggy's house!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve

Snuggled in tight at Nana and Bumpa's house.
.Adrianna and Gabriella

.Bumpa and Jocelyn
.Smiley...everyone loves a happy baby!
...........................................Bumpa and his lovely ladies
The Schlenner Family 2009....It's wonderful to be a family of 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
...................................and Jocelyn...........................................................
.......................................and big sister Gabriella with Daddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In The Meadow We Can Build A Snowman

The Holiday Blizzard hit hard on Thursday, December 24th. In lieu of the fore coming blizzard all the families packed up early the day before and left for Nana and Bumpa's home for the holidays! We all snuggled in tight and settled in for the blizzard!

Here's some pics of everyone playing in the snow!!!!
Going down to the creek to explore!
I love this picture....Gabriella helping Uncle Kevin make a snow angel!!!!!!!!

Gabriella and Jocelyn loved being pulled around in the Kat Kutter!!!!!! I think they played outside to 2 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christmas Eve Day at Nana & Bumpa's House

What a little ham!! Now lil' Ms. Ahnya smiles big for the camera...and loves every minute of photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here's Ahnya and cousin Harley sitting in their little chairs that Bumpa made them! Thanks for making the chairs Bumpa!
We all woke up bright and early Christmas Eve morning (December 24th) and the kids opened their presents from everyone. What a way to start the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love this picture. It's complete with all the grandkids in the DeBoer, Schlenner, and Labat family!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Our Family Christmas

Jocelyn opening up The Swan Palace set for Christmas!
Finding time during the holidays is really tough to celebrate "our" intimate family Christmas together. Time is precious and there's not a lot of days. So this year the only day we had to celebrate as a family was Tuesday, December 22nd! It worked out perfectly because it wasn't rushed at all. Everyone just enjoyed each other and had fun.
My three babies!!! Jocelyn, Ahnya and Gabriella at our home celebrating!
.................................................Ahnya, never a dull or gloomy moment! EVER!
Gabriella got a student desk; complete with stationary, stamps, and accessories! She was so excited I didn't think she was ever going to go to bed that night!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Church Christmas Program

Today was the girls Sunday School Christmas Program at church! They did awesome!!! Well, except 1/2 way through Jocelyn started holding her hoopper and tearing I quick ran up and grabbed her off the alter and brought her to the bathroom!!!!!!!! We made it and just in time to sign the last song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can you see my blonde beautiful daughter....there's Gabbi in the back singing!!!!!!!!! I think I can speak for our whole family when I say we're done with ballet, school and church christmas programs and concerts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gabriella's Holiday Party

Saturday was such a fun day for Gabriella and Jocelyn. This year Gabriella had a holiday party and invited four special friends over (Jocelyn invited her best friend Annie) for some 'good ole' fashion' fun, painting ornaments, making crafts, and eating holiday treats!

After our play was done we headed to see the opening movie "Princess and the Frog." What a sight to watch seven little girls at the movie. Their little eyes were so glued to the screen. Each had candy, popcorn, a candy cane and soda!!!!!!!!!! They LOVED the movie and it was so fun!!!

Here's a pic of some of the treats at the party! Terese made the "Frog" cupcakes and they turned out adorable!!!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another Ballet Performance

Jocelyn, Grandpa Bob, Grandma Peg, and Gabriella posing after their performance at Hill Street on Friday, December 11th!
Here's the girls doing their tap dance to "I Enjoy Being a Girl."
Friday night was yet another ballet performance in December. They did fantastic and looked so sweet! This wraps up our 2009 dance year. They can take a 2 week break and start up again in 2010!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holy Redeemer School Concert

The snow storm from the day before completely stopped and Thursday was a cold but SUNNY day for Holy Redeemer School Christmas Concert! The concert was wonderful and the message was perfect! Gabriella did a good job singing even though she look scared on stage. Thank you Nana and Bumpa for making all her (and Jocelyn's) performances and concerts!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dance your pants off Ballet & Tap Performance

Here's a pic of Friday's dance practice! Girls look like they are having so much fun!
Nana and Ahnya at the girls Winter Dance Recital on Sunday, December 6th.
Best Friend Ella with Gabriella and Jocelyn! Cheese!!!!!!! Girls were in FULL make-up!
Gabriella all ready for the dance and patiently waiting to go on stage!!!!
What a smile!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jocelyn waiting to go on stage.
Jocelyn, Anna, Gabriella, Parker, Maya and Autumn. Ella and Sydney are not in pic.
Nana with her little lovies before going on stage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was a proud momma today with my two beautful tap dancers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They tap danced to "I Enjoy Being a Girl" and it was fabulous!!!!!!!! What talent!!!!!!!!
The girls did wonderful and we all are exhausted from the long ballet & tap weekend. Now we can breath a little more and enjoy the holidays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My little beauties posing at rehearsal for a pic. What good buddies they are!!!!!!!!!