We are number 25!!!! I called AAC today and armed with a little extra knowledge (thank you Amber) found out we are #25 on the little girl list. WAHOOOOO two steps closer!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I clearly like exclamation points.)
Monday, December 29, 2008
Merry Christmas!!!!! (I know late again)
Well I caught the Christmas spirit big time the last few days before Christmas and just finished cleaning the last of the "Christmas carnage" out of the living room, so now I will blog about it.
Christmas Eve was white this year, white and wonderful. I love the snow it just makes me feel all happy inside. I have never gotten over the little girl jittery stomach that comes with the first good snow of the season. We got the house cleaned up and ready for Christmas, (I do minimal cleaning once Christmas day comes because I want to soak up all the little wonderful moments with my boys.) met Omma and Pappa at a great little mexican place for lunch and to get our Christmas P.J's, and then played games, cuddled, and cooked Christmas Eve Dinner together. Then we made cookies for Santa, left out carrots and hot water for the reindeer (Boo's idea), bathed the boys and they went to bed. Michael and I cuddled on the couch and then went to bed so Santa could come. Miles woke up about 7 and waited patiently in bed until 7:30 when Isaac joined us. Then the carnage began it was GREAT!!! Miles was thrilled to give Isaac his gift and Isaac didn't understand why we just wouldn't let him play with the toys and kept making him open more. Miles got a C#melbak and and Isaac was so remiss that he didn't get one that we had to put in a phone call and Santa sent one in the mail straight away! We ate a yummy breakfast and then headed North. We had to take the Manly Truck because it was snowing so hard; lots of smiles from me for that!!! We spent some time with Michael's side of the family and ate a great lunch, Isaac loved the mashed sweet potatoes, thanks Aunt Delonni. Then we headed to the Rich side for games laughed together while we played Apples 2 Apples. Traveling home even in the Manly Truck was a nightmare and took nearly 3 hours but the boys slept and Michael and I spent some quiet Christmas moments together.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Last night we celebrated Hanukkah. I love this holiday, latkes (fried potato pancakes), and chocolate. Yummy!!!!! Also I love celebrating a holiday that is so ancient; the thought of people for thousand of years celebrating the same miracle we were celebrating feels warm and cozy. Karli and Carson came over and celebrated with us, we even attempted the prayers in Hebrew, that didn't go so well. Special thanks goes to Gail and Ned who have taught me much about loving others, and also about the joy of celebrating those special Jewish holidays. My life has been blessed to know so many caring and wonderful people I am the person that I am because of the things I have been taught by so many people. HAPPY HANUKKAH EVERYONE!!!!!!!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I'm not sure why but the Christmas spirit has been elusive to me this year. Could be the lack of snow, watching my Grandma and Grandpa, and my mom struggle so hard with the recent trial they have faced. Could be perhaps that my shoes are too tight, or my head is not screwed on just right, not sure but I was really just not feeling it. So I finally got a little taste of it all when my boys Michael and I decorated the Christmas Tree. Seeing all of the ornaments bunched down low toward the bottom on one or two boughs hearing the excitement in Miles' voice and Issac's joy-full screaching; it just felt like christmas.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I know I am late posting this but......these are the things I am grateful for this thanksgiving.
I am so grateful for Miles his sense of humor has really started to develop and he makes me laugh. I am grateful for his blue eyes which shine with curiosity and mischief. I am grateful for his love and honesty. I am grateful that I get to know him that when he is hurt he lets me love him better. Miles is always making people smile he laughs and grins and thrives on life.
- Trees (Look at one next time you have a minute they are really cool)
- Apples (I have really started to enjoy them lately)
- Tile floors (I have two boys)
- Digital Camera's (so easy to capture the fleeting moments of childhood)
- Books (they calm the most wild Miles moments)
- Washing machines (see tile floors)
- Warm water
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Well this is great!!! They have inducted the stick into the toy hall of fame. I am thrilled. While shopping for Christmas toys this year I was taken aback by the the amount of useless toys in the US. Honestly! So the stick will join the cardboard box in the national toy hall of fame. I thought that my grandparents, my parents, my husband and I, and my children have all played with and enjoyed the stick. So congratulations to the stick I am actually thinking of wrapping up a stick to put under the tree for my kids, I'll even put it in a cardboard box.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Veteran's day has become such an important holiday in my life in the last six years. I used to not even celebrate the holiday and only knew it was Veteran's Day if I looked on a calender. Now I remember those men who have given of themselves and their family's who have given part of their heart. I remember those that never came home and those that came home with visible or not visible scars. I remember my grandfathers who sacrificed so much. I am proud of my military heritage. Today when I called my grandfather to tell him thank you (a new tradition that I began about 4 years ago) I became sad because I thought back to my grandpa Kent and how I never told him that I appreciate the sacrifice that he made to give me the life that I lead now. Thank you Grandpa I love you and I miss you.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
So Ari and I received one of the best wake ups from our Sunday nap. A little explanation, in March 2008 our family went to Disneyland and we bought both boys Mickey Ears. Miles loves to wear his Ears. So today he has been running around in just his Ears and boxer briefs. I took his Ears off before going down for the nap. Apparently he woke up from his nap and immediately put those ears and came running into our room. As we are laying their we hear him run in, and climb up on the bed and peak over my shoulder. This is what we found!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It's official. We are, as of this afternoon number 27 on the AAC Adoption waiting list for the placement of our little one prayed for, Abeni. We are so freaking excited.... So here is a picture of 27 dominos representing ourselves on the list.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Last night was Halloween; one of my favorite holidays. The boys both got lots of opportunities to wear their costumes this year and even go to do a little trick or treating during the week. Miles trick or treated at his pre-school party, Isaac trick or treated at Kids on the Move. Thursday night we had our Halloween dinner. We ate yummy mummies, bat wings, and monster brains. All three of my boys loved it. After dinner my Mom called and asked us to come trick or treating at the state volleyball tournament so she would have a chance to see the boys in costume. Because the state volleyball game falls on Halloween the volleyball team (aunt Havala) trick or treat a day early in the hotel. The girls were still playing when we got to the hotel so we played in the leaves and made leaf monsters and leaf storms. Well the trick or treating never happened, we tried hard but it just didn't happen. So Miles and Isaac trick or treated to Omma and PaPa's van and then to Karli and Carson's car. Friday was a crazy day, I woke up to the wonderful news that the money we needed to pay for the first phase of little miss's adoption was finally in our account. I wrote out a check and finished up the paperwork. Michael got off early so we finished up costumes and made mini caramel apples together. Then the boys woke up from their naps and jjyyy b cccc Isaac is helping me post where was I. Oh yeah so we all went and mailed the paperwork. Michael and I are excited, it feels like finally getting to start opening that present on Christmas morning. We went to Grandma and Grandpas and did a trick or treat. Then we went to Karen and Juli's I never quite know what to expect out of them on Halloween. This year they were witches and the garage was a spook alley, Everyone looked so great in their costumes and we got to laugh and play like we were all kids. I think that is why I love Halloween; it is an excuse for adults to imagine again.
Friday, October 31, 2008
but tooooo tired will have to do it tomorrow. HaHa made ya look!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Not that I don't love snow, but I just love being outside with my boys. Michael finally got the yard in and we have been living it up well the last week we have had unseasonably warm weather so we have had a few great outdoor moments.
Friday, October 24, 2008
What you see on this blog is what happens when a husband is given the reigns to dress up the blog. As i was searching for backdrops, i found a couple before this one. The first one was really cool, and when I put the script in to use it, I lost all of our gadgets and our adoption timeline. So yeah I suck pretty bad at this. So to forewarn any of you that might think about letting your husband near the blog, DON'T!!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
So Ari gave me free reign on making the blog the way I want! Yes!!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Miles taking it all in on Daddy's sholders.
Slidding with my boys.
Wild Child Wild Smile!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
So, Michael here. I just called Adoption for All Children and found that if we were able to get our formal application in today, we would be #26 on the list. The receptionist also told me that from the time the formal application is process the current average wait time would be 15 to 18 months. THAT IS CRAZY!!! Just really wish the army would give the bonus that I was supposed to receive in June!! We are trying to pay as much as we can with our money prior to getting any loans!
Friday, September 26, 2008
We have been waiting to submit our paperwork to AAC because we wanted to have the cash on hand to pay for the first phase of the paperwork; well today we got the GREAT NEWS that Michael's bonus from the Army is on it's way!!!! We will be submitting our formal application on Monday!!!! When AAC gets this paperwork and puts us on the list, we are officially waiting for ABENI!!! Ok so I am looking at this and I have lots of capitals and exclamation marks. Trying to express by emotions with words is something that I am clearly going to have to work on. I will post tomorrow about an excellent adventure we all just had. Laters all.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Ok so it has been a long time since I posted and I need to finish the story. Over the last year we have seen miracle after miracle with our little man. The first being that he is alive. Isaac came home from the hospital and returned two weeks later when he was having pain and no one could identify where it was coming from. No one would listen to us so we brought him home still screaming before he went to sleep. Isaac caught a cold at the end of October and we had to admit him again because he was just unable to fight the virus on his own. We did an MRI to rule out seizure or brain related problems with his sleep. The Dr's didn't find a problem actually they found something they certainly didn't expect; Isaac had no more visible brain damage. We started seeing a Sleep Dr. to help him sleep and found out that he was really struggling to breath at night. He was given oxygen and we waited to see another Dr. to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. After that his sleep improved slowly and surely. Isaac was also diagnosed with GERD and we began treating that which helped with his struggles. We started physical therapy and early intervention. Our little has gone from not being able to turn his head and not smiling or laughing to walking in just over a year. We treasure every goofy little smile that has always been his trademark. We received yet another miracle this last Month. On Aug first Isaac had a cardiac catheterization to get detailed pictures of his heart. The Dr's were shocked and thrilled with what they say blood flow to the damaged part of his heart had returned as had his flow to his left femoral artery. The truly amazing part is that his coronary arteries have shown remarkable progress; beyond what the Dr's had even given us as a hope. Isaac continues to amaze us and inspire us!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ok so the flight crew from the children's hospital arrived Isaac was so sick and there were so many people who had come to care for him that there was no room in the helicopter for me. My Aunts Karen and Juli arrived at the hospital, this was a great comfort to me as Juli is a nurse and had helped me through some medical struggles in life; besides Rib and Juli were always a source of comfort to me as a child and even now they calm my center.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Ok so for anyone who doesn't know I am going to post a little bit about my little Kicker and his story. I have found that for some reason writing things down makes them seem more real to me and maybe that is why it has taken me so long to write this but here goes.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So Miles has become interested in the Presidental election lately and has started asking random strangers to "Vote for me for president of u the nited states!" Well a friend of mine showed me this and I thought it was funny. VOTE FOR BOO
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays. It is just after my birthday and there are fireworks what's not to love? This year Michael was able to get a little time off work so we went camping on Gramma Happies land. Havala, Karli, and Carson camped with us. We set up camp the morning of the 4th and then we went back to O'ma and Papa's for a picnic and fireworks. We arrived back at camp after dark and just dropped into our beds. The next morning after an amazing breakfast, (what is it about camping that makes everything taste better?), we hiked to a waterfall. We had lots of fun hiking exploring cuddling and laughing. Havala took the boys horseback riding that evening, they loved it of course. O'ma and Papa joined us for dinner, yummy "Mt-Dew stew." We broke camp the next morning and went to church with Dan and Cami to be there when they blessed their baby, Asher. It was a whirlwind weekend but so much fun.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Hello, it is I Michael, taking another crack at posting... So this last weekend was crazy.. We traveled to Central Utah (the Sticks) to witness some miracles. First, on Thursday we made it to Manti, Utah. As one approaches Manti, you can see the LDS Temple on the hill overlooking the town. So as we approached I mentioned to Ari look at how beautiful the Temple is. Even though it is hard to miss, Ari asked "where?". Just made us laugh when she realized what had just happened. So we made it to Manti and then went further to Palisade Lake which should be renamed Palisade pond. We got there to find Ari's Father, Mother, one Sister and her betrothed, and her youngest Sister playing in the pond. So needless to say, we all got in too. Water was a bit chilly!! Anyway, we then went back to Manti to have the famous turkey dinner that is prepared and sold by local LDS Church members prior to "The Mormon Miracle Paegent" preformed on the Temple grounds.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Michael the boys and I went to the local Chinese restaurant and our fortunes were amazing we are hoping that they come true! Michael's said "This year your highest priority will be your family." Mine said "Your present plans are going to succeed within a year." Wouldn't it be nice if the that were possible :) I am going to scan the fortunes and put them on the site.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Well Miles has a girlfriend...The festivities in our town continue and we went to the carnival with rides tonight. He made friends with a little girl 6 year old, Taya. They went on the rides together and then they were holding hands. On our way home I asked Miles tell me about Taya and he said. "She's my girlfriend."
Monday, June 2, 2008
Our Internet went out about two weeks ago and it has been a traumatic experience. But on to happier things the boys are growing like little weeds. Isaac had therapy today and he was crawling and cruising all over the place :-) He is funny because he knows that when he does that all of the adults in the room are supposed to be impressed and he looks to each one for encouragement and praise. We took the boys to a local kiddy carnival today Isaac got a balloon and that was all he needed. Miles on the other hand went to all of the booths and very politely asked "may I play please." Then say for example that it was a bean-bag toss game, he would walk right up and put the beanbags in the holes. He saw absolutely no reason why he should have to stand back; that might make you miss. Everyone at the carnival got a kick out of it. They both were sound asleep not 20 min after we got home. There is nothing so sweet as a soft clean baby sleeping in your arms. Sometimes when I hold them as they fall asleep at night I study their sweet little faces, the way they breath, the way they smell, how soft their little bodies are. The moments are moving to fast they are growing and I want to remember forever the precious moments when they are little. That being said here is my first ever attempt at adding video to our blog. I made this for LaWana for her birthday.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This weekend we went to Southern Utah to see some of our Korean friends. Miles practiced his "eensa" bow and Jieun (the daughter of a family Michael was friends with in Korea), Korean Grandpa, and Korean Grandma (Jieun's grandparents) thought it was so funny. Also of note we officially put our paperwork in the mail. As soon as AAC receives it we will be on the waiting list AAAAGGGHHH!! We are so excited. The poor postal worker was so confused as to why we wanted to take pictures of us dropping something in the mail. :-) Miles and Isaac had a great trip. Grandpa had them both laughing so hard. He is so funny at 80 years old he was running around throwing balls at Miles and rolling on the floor with Isaac. We also went to a dinosaur track site and the guide talked about how dinosaurs in the area would go swimming. Later that night when we got back to the hotel Miles was pretending to be a dinosaur, "swumming" around in the swimming pool.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Ohhhh my sweet Isaac. Sometimes when I hold him I am so taken aback by the gift that I am being given. Every moment I get with Isaac is cherished. When he hugs me, learns something, laughs at his brother, or smiles. I can't imagine my life without him. Lately Isaac has started to have signs of oral aversion. He isn't wanting to eat and doesn't like to have things in his mouth. We were eating Oreo's tuesday night and I thought that he would like them and he did he liked them everywhere but in his mouth.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Tonight Daddy had young mens at church so I was getting the boys ready to get in the bath. I was teaching Miles the hokey pokey to keep him occupied while I got medication for Kicker. He was singing and dancing along when all of the sudden he stopped..."mommy the hokey pokey isn't what it is all about." I couldn't stop laughing I don't think he knows what it is all about but we have ruled out the hokey pokey.
Yesterday the boys and I went to the park. It was cold and rainy in the morning and supposed to warm up in the afternoon but it never did so at 3:00 I decided it was time to just go. I figured the boys wouldn't want to stay out long. I fixed my bike and attached it to the trailer and we took off. Isaac loves the swing so we went to a park with a swing. He was laughing and screeching he was having so much fun. I had wrapped Isaac up in my sweatshirt and a blanket. Miles was not going back inside...he was so cold that by the time he finely decided to get in the bike trailer and wrap up in a blanket that he was trying to scrunch up his shoulders to warm his ears. We had so much fun
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
All this talk about Korea has me thinking back to the trip Michael and I took in Jan, 04. I remember how kind the people were and how Michael convinced the children he was from North Korea because his Korean is so good. The parents thought it was so funny. I remember going to the special needs orphanage Michael worked at as a missionary, one of the people there still remembered him. Also one boy followed me around stroking my arm. Ok so now I should post about this picture. Everything in Korea has cartoon mascots and these are the mascots of one of the highways. We stopped at a rest stop (amazing rest stop food btw) and took this picture after we were don we got back in the car and started driving and a woman came running up and tapped on the window. The look on her face when she saw that we were megooks was so funny but she asked us to take her to her bus (she was on a tour and had been left at the rest stop) Michael said of course and she got in the back of the car. As soon as she got in she called her friend on the bus and told them that she was in a car with an american she had to keep repeating herself because no one believed it. When we arrived at the bus there were about 50 faces staring out the window to see the crazy Americans who were driving around Korea. The Korean people are so amazing. I love the culture and I hope that we can share that love with the little one who is destined to be our child.
I remember when I was young and studying things and discovered that the more I learned the more questions I had. Well that is the case with this adoption thing. I ask one question and that seems to bring up more. I have joined a Korean adoption board and that has been helpful informative and strangely comforting, seems to be proof babies actually do come home. So I think we have decided on an agency I am going to call them on Monday and ask them my list of questions if all goes well I think we will send a pre-application in to them next week. Now we just need to find a social worker who is familiar with Korean adoption home studies.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Well, here goes.... The boys are both asleep for the night and Michael and I are working on getting this blog up and running. We have always known we wanted to adopt and now we are ready to start. The whole process seems so overwhelming right now. Which agency in Utah, which agency in the US? Will we have to wait 2+ years for our little angel or will the process go faster than that? Will our little one be on one of the waiting child lists? (I search them often) What is our future child's birth mom doing? How will this whole process change us? Are we ready for all of the heartache and the joy? I am just not sure where to start. I have reached out into the adoption world to try and make contacts and ask my questions. So with that said I hope that we find our little angel out there somewhere. I pray for us, that we will be guided in our search and that with God's help we will reach our hands out and he will place our little one in our arms.