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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pax's tooth and his mohawk.

Pax lost his very first tooth today! It had been lose for at least a week. But disgustingly wiggly for the last few days. I could hardly stand to look at it. Unfortunately, Jeremy and I just won't mess with teeth. Which is so ironic now that I think about it, since Jeremy considered going into dentistry not too long ago. ??? Anyways, he's so proud to be missing this tooth.
 Then later this morning, Jeremy took the big boys for haircuts. They both told him they wanted mohawks. So this Pax's first mohawk. It's hard to really see it in this picture. It's pretty subtle. But I love it. And so does he.

Weekend with friends.

Last weekend we had planned a camping trip with the Myers. As the weekend approached we realized we were going to get rained out. So at the last minute, we changed our plans and decided to spend the weekend at their house. I'm still sad that we may not be able to squeeze in a camping trip this fall before the cold hits. We had such a great time taking the big boys back in May. But we still had a great time with our friends last weekend playing, talking and catching up together. A few pictures from our time.
 Lots of nice weather for time outside.
It didn't take long for Holden to help himself to the princess dresses. He loves dressing up in her dresses. :) They are exactly 1 year apart. He is ginormous and she is very petite. It makes me laugh.
A little Jesus Storybook Bible time before bed. Pax and Camryn were nearly inseparable.
And the following morning, more princess time. Complete with a crown.
 Dinner out and all the kiddos lined up by age. Pure coincidence.
 The kids ended the second evening with a little pre bedtime dance party with glow sticks.
More great memories were made!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Flashback Friday

This little guy sure has grown up. Pax at 9 months. Easy, content and happy little guy at this stage in his life. Remembering back, that was a crazy season for us. But I would repeat it all in a heartbeat. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Flashback Friday

Since I am pretty terrible at regularly updating this blog, I have decided to attempt a weekly "Flashback Friday" picture. Hopefully I'll at least squeeze in one post a week, even if it is nothing current.
I'm starting with a picture of our oldest. In some ways, this feels like ages ago. Really it does. So this is Holden at almost 16 months old. This picture was either taken the day Pax was born or the day after. We had no idea our family was about to grow. And we spent a hot August morning painting with water on our driveway. :)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

picture dump.

 family game night
my little lego lover!
 Holden and mommy day. A 3 mile bike ride for him and a run for me. This boy has lots of energy to burn. And riding his bike is one of his favorite ways to burn it.
 Doing some school on the floor.
A couple of weeks ago, this sweet boy was diagnosed with some asthma. And he desperately thought that he needed a snack while we were waiting on Walgreens to fill the script. So we went inside to find him a snack. "Fishes" are a favorite that he always gets to eat at church.
 Holden got the roller skates and protective gear back in May for his birthday. But we finally tried it all out a couple of week ago. Based on a childhood experience and nearly knocking my front teeth out at a skating rink, I'm probably not the best person to teach him how to roller skate....
 Sweet big bro entertaining Abe with bubbles.
First day of fall and my boys wanted to play in the sprinklers....Sure, why not!
 Bike riding and a game of dis golf with my family.
 Meeting daddy for lunch while Pax and Abe were at MDO. Why does this kid look so huge??!
 Trying to entertain this guy while we get some schoolwork done.
And a fall-ish Friday at the park. It's a fabulous park in our town that has workout equipment. I've yet to see anyone seriously use it, but it seems like a great idea!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

2 week solo

Jeremy had a business trip in the UK for two full weeks. I had been dreading it since July. It was supposed to take place back in July and then it was delayed until September. He left on the Saturday evening before Labor Day and returned home last night. We missed him dearly. I challenged him to a phone picture a day and we did the same over here. I kept up with it on my end. And I'll be checking out his phone soon to hopefully post more interesting pictures than what you are about to see here.
 Day 1 - Airport drop off. Holden had the right look. I had been crying off and on for hours as he packed that afternoon. I was completely dreading the two weeks without him. I'm a wuss. I know this.
 Day 2 - Sunday night we made a paper chain to count down his return. I knew the boys couldn't really comprehend what 14 days without their daddy would feel like,
 Day 3 - Abe had his first try at finger painting.
 Day 4 - While Pax and Abe were at MDO, Holden and I ran some errands. I treated myself to some pocket change of Jeremy's per diem with a new fall candle and a fun cup.
 Day 5 - Just a typical school day. Learning about patterns and creating his own.
Day 6 - Abe rarely sits for television, so I snapped a cute picture of he and Pax cuddling during a cartoon.
 Day 7 - Pax all snuggled in my bed. (The big boys took turns sleeping in daddy's spot while he was gone.) On this particular day we finished reading Peter Pan, which they absolutely loved. I promised them the movie would follow.
 Day 8 - We had a visit from M, Pax's birthmom and her family. They came bearing birthday gifts for Pax and some gifts for Holden and Abe also. :)
 Day 9 - I got my hands on the Peter Pan movie and the three of us watched it together during Abe's Sunday afternoon nap. 
 Day 10 - Monday morning forts. All 3 were tucked away hidden on the bottom bunk. They love making a big mess of the bed covers and doing this.
 Day 11 - I had a very sweet day with this boy. I do think Tuesdays with momma are just what this one needs at this point in his life. He helped me choose a new fall decoration at Hobby Lobby to put in our house.
Day 12 - A sweet friend left these fun gifts on my doorstep one morning. And I sure did devour those chocolates right before lunch!
Day 13 - After we finished our school work we rode bikes and then spent some time at a neighboorhood playground.
Day 14 - And finally last night we were reunited to the man the means so so so much to us. And we are so thankful he is home. This tiny boy stayed in this posistion (head on his shoulder) for quite some time.

Jeremy's 13+ pictures will follow shortly.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Mother's Day Out 2014

We have begun another year of Mother's Day Out one day a week. Holden is obviously now too old for the program. So Pax and Abe are attending this year. I honestly never intended to do it this year. I had this grand plan to have one of our favorite sitters come over one day a week for 4 hours. Those 4 hours would be my chance to run errands, get groceries and just get out of the house alone. It all fell through last week. I was disappointed. I'm not going to lie. But the MDO program had someone drop out of the oldest class at the last minute. So Pax and Abe had a spot on the same day. And because I believe all things are happening for a purpose, I know that means that maybe Holden could use some one on one with mommy. So we are going to accept that blessing with open arms. And he will have to endure grocery shopping each week among other things that may not be fun to a 6 year old. :) The day before MDO, Pax realized he would be attending this year without Holden and he got very teary. He said, "But I will miss Holden." I reminded him that he would need to watch out for Abe. That it was his turn to be the big brother away from home. That seemed to make him feel better. It gave him importance and he accepted that well. Though 15 minutes after we dropped the boys off, Holden said from the back seat, "Mommy, I miss Pax." Poor Abe. He is not chopped liver over here. Don't get the wrong impression. But Holden and Pax have a real relationship now, with silly conversations, fighting/arguing and other fun stuff. Abe is still a baby to the big brothers. We did have to pry Abe off of me for him to go into his classroom. And I may have fell apart crying in the hall. I knew it would be a hard drop off for him and in return I suspected it would be a hard one for me as well. Six years into adoption, and I'm still learning more and more. More than I ever wanted to know, but things I need to know. Things I wish I knew and would have believed 6 years ago. And knowing that my baby could be fearful that I might not come back for him almost makes me never want to leave his side. I know that isn't possible. And I know what most people think. I used to think the same. He's been with you for over a year. Hand over your baby. He'll be fine. This is all developmentally normal for him to be upset. But his journey to a forever family was a different one than most of us. So I always have to consider...what is his brain thinking and what is his heart feeling. If I don't even consider it then I don't have any compassion for my kids or their stories. So I'm sure I looked crazy crying in the hallway, but it's just been different this time around. I'm hopeful next week will be a little easier. The director did call me around 11am to tell me Abe was doing wonderfully in his classroom. Reason #27480 that I love this place that my boys go! It's a true blessing. So that was just a long intro to these cute first day pictures. Abe was all smiles at home! But then all tears at the handoff from mommy to his sweet teacher. Pax acted a little nervous about having a new set of teachers. But then marched himself in and made himself right at home.
I attempted a cute littler picture of the boys standing in front of the door, but Abe wanted to run towards me. So I had to snap pictures quickly while he was seated.