Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy Birthday C - 5 years old

My goodness how is it that my little boy is 5 years old?!!  At times I have wondered if he was 5 going on 12 because he wants to be so big. He has a talent for mischief, a big soft heart, a distinctive voice, a joy for life, and an infectious belly laugh!  He is my little helper and looks out for both of his brothers.  I am so grateful I am his mommy. I am grateful for his birthfamily.

We started the celebration on the weekend with a trip to the Aquarium and to see all the fish. C wanted to see the penguins and the sharks in the tank. Then we had lunch and played at his choice of restaurants McDonald's.  The next day was Sunday and we went to church.

He loved his big boy class and getting a special treat from the bishop.

That night I gave him 4 good kisses for good wishes for his birthday. I kissed him for the last time as a 4 year old.

The next morning was his birthday. He was excited to have cake for breakfast (why not right?) He also was excited to take his special birthday cookies to share with his class.  Usually we celebrate together as a family and then have a big birthday party combined with Baby J's at the end of the month. C though was melting my heart when he said How are we going to celebrate my special day?  I quickly called some friends and we met at one of our favorite bounce houses and had pizza.

That night C said you need to give me 5 kisses goodnight!
Love this boy to the moon and back!

New Year's 2014

Sometimes friendships ebb and flow depending on what is happening in life.  I have had wonderful best friends but our children are different ages and abilities so that has made it difficult.  A few years ago I met some darling friends from our adoption world. This has been an answer to prayer. For women need each other, children need each other.  I am so grateful.

One such friend is Leisha and her children. BAJA and her L are best friends in fact they refer to each other as soul mate friends. I just wish we lived closer but we make it work. C and Baby J love to play with Miss K and D.

Last year we had New Years together and again this year. We had so much fun we talked and laughed and decided to stay the night. BAJA and L loved it!   A great way to start the new year! 

Christmas 2014

 Christmas is such a magical time of year. I love the feeling of good will, service to others and celebrating the birth of our Savior.  I love to decorate early just so it can last a little longer. I felt a little under accomplished this year of having only 5 trees this year but that's ok. :)

A highlight for this year is Breakfast with Santa.  BAJA is starting to question how one individual can accomplish all for the world. He told me he wasn't going to let me know what he wanted for Christmas only to Santa on that day. He said, "I want something special and Santa will be able to make it"  Apparently BAJA couldn't wait so he told me he wanted a replica of the Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland. Hmm a little difficult. I convinced him that this was a difficult gift. Well the day of the breakfast he said, "I want a polar express train with a bell"  For a moment I panicked but remembered....hooray Santa came through!!

Grammy wanted a pic with Santa too. She is young at heart!

My family gets together the Sunday before Christmas. My sister Barb hosted. It is always fun to get together for treats and for singing Christmas carols and read the Christmas account from Luke 2. Baby J this year loved singing and BAJA and C loved ringing the bells.

We have a tradition of decorating gingerbread houses. It takes some time and can be stressful for Baby J so this year we decorated gingerbread cookies. My boys are creative.

Baby J so excited to leave cookies for Santa

Another tradition is Christmas Eve on Temple Square. We see the lights we have dinner. It's beautiful to have the lights of Christmas and the temple reflected in the window. It helps center us on our Savior and his holy birth.  We enjoyed the time with my parents although the boys were exceptionally rambunctious at the end and needed a little down time in the foyer.

Later we gathered with Brian's family Nanna gives the boys Christmas Eve pajamas. They are cute pjs. We also have an ornament exchange.

The boys on Christmas morning were calm.  I had told them they would each receive four gifts. Miraculously they knew what to expect. No other emotions. They played nicely it was a beautiful time together. I am so grateful for the feeling in our home that morning. A true dream.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

I love sending Christmas card.  Perhaps we missed you.

Merry Christmas

Every Dream Came True

Fall 2014
One of my dear friends in our adoption community is the Editor in Chief at She asked if we would be willing to share our story.
I felt we couldn't pass the opportunity. First, to advocate for adoption which is so close to our hearts. Secondly, to have a film of our moment in our life right now. I am often not in the pictures. I am the one filming and documenting our lives. This would be a chance to have our family for history.

The film crew spent 2 days with our family following us in our day to day activities. The result is a small piece of our lives and our hearts. I hope our offering is appreciated. This film is dedicated to our birthfamilies. Thank you for your trust in us. We love you!

Thanksgiving 2014

We celebrated with my brother Thomas and his family this year.  These boys love eating turkey and orange mashed potatoes! Yummy.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. To contemplate blessings and prepare for the season that celebrates the birth of our Savior.
I am grateful for these boys. I am grateful for the opportunity to be their mother. I am grateful for our home and all the blessings.

California Trip 2014

California November 2014

We love traveling but it has been a few years since we had an opportunity!  This year all of us were so excited to return to California and of course Disneyland!!  It was difficult but we decided it was too difficult with J. He gets so overstimulated. He has difficulty with crowds and noise. He has a difficult time when we go to museums. We decided it was best to have him enjoy time with Grammy & Gramps and we took BAJA and C.
We had a day to explore the LA Space museum and the Natural History Museum. Then we had two days in Disneyland.
C is our daredevil he LOVES rollercoasters and lots of excitement. He rode the Matterhorn and Space Mountain with Daddy. He convinced BAJA to ride the Matterhorn together. They had a good time and wanted to spend every minute together to explore Disneyland!
It was a magical time at Disney..ok even more magical than usual because it was the start of the Christmas Season. Parades, the aroma of gingerbread, and Snow! (probably bubble mixture) but snow.