Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mrs. R, This One's For You

So glad to have the Hunsuckers visiting today! 
 Iain, Cory, and Raia drawing

 Laina trying to hug Bogdan. I love this picture. :)

 chariot ride...

 babies :)

Raia wanted a drum lesson, so Jeremy obliged. It was so loud down there!

 Raia and Titus (Jenna's son)

 Dinner for two.

Pizza and fun.

So glad to see our friends!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Last week, we had a very important event take place at the Brannon house: we graduated our first Kindergartener! So to celebrate, we loaded up the family in the old swagger wagon and headed to Dunkin Donuts for some treats.
Iain Mark, one of the happiest kids I know.

Cory said he was King of the World here. Iain said he was King of the Universe Except for the World. Nice of him to let Cory have that one, huh?

Silly boy. 

 Silly girl.

 The graduate and his nona.

 Iain and Cory got an Imaginext dinosaur apiece as a graduation gift. Laina got an Elmo book. Everyone was pleased.

Me and my first Kindergarten graduate. But not my last!

 Look what a great family I have!

Iain, we're so glad you're our kid. You did a great job this year! It was a crazy year for us: first official year homeschooling, first year home with Laina, three kids five and under to wrangle some semblance of learning from (just kidding). It might not have been the smoothest year, but it was a good one. I look forward to being your teacher for many years to come. Love you, Iain!

p.s. It might be corny, but I think the idea of naming our school is fun. Only I can't think of a good baby name for #4, let alone a homeschool name. Any suggestions?

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Father's Day Gift Idea

Father's Day is ten days away, and if you're still looking for a gift, may I suggest our latest adoption fund-raiser?

For $5.00, you'll receive this DIY printable pdf file. (Yours will come without the handprints, of course.)

It will help you make a sweet keepsake, while supporting the cause of a baby girl finding her father. This guy here. He's a good one. She'll be lucky to have him as her dad.

Order the pdf and print the file from your printer at home. You could also take the file somewhere like Staples and get it printed bigger if you want. I printed on drawing paper, but regular printer paper or card stock would work too.

Then have your kids make leaf handprints. I used acrylic paint for these. Frame and you're done! (I think I should have used a thinner mat.) Kids could also write their names near their handprints, or notes for Dad.

Also, the text is totally customizable. Tell me in the paypal notes or via email what you want it to say: your kids' names, a quote, a Scripture verse. Here are some ideas:
(says "Together we make a family")

(kids' names)

(the classic "Happy Father's Day")

And there you have it. A sweet, easy, special DIY Father's Day craft. Pinterest would be proud.

--Click the "Chip In" button on the right.
--In the notes field, tell me what you want your text to say (or send me an email at brannonadoption (at) gmail (dot) com.
--make sure the email address is the one you want me to send the pdf to, or let me know via email if you want it send somewhere else.
--print, paint, frame, enjoy!