Sunday, May 25, 2014

the future is YOURS...

So, Make it count!

We think about the future all the time- and yet we remain present in the Present! We love every second of our time and have a blast being parents! When our girls sing along in the car or the boys play blocks together, even when they are all Crying or whining we wouldn't trade it for anything!

We sat down with and Financial planner a bit ago and they showed us these BIG overwhelming numbers for college savings and asked the big Question " Are you planning on having any more children in the future?" We both looked at each other and said a resounding YES, we are! We plan on adopting out of the country in a couple years and it may be one or 2 and we never know WHO GOD has lined up for us that currently isnt in our plan in between or after that time!

The guys looked baffled but, said OKAY , lets restructure some numbers around!

Honestly, it would be SO easy to just be DONE with having and adopting children at this point. Seriously, Slade is walking well now, Everybody is healthy and Happy and we love their tiny personalities but, WHEN you have that NAGGING feeling in your whole being that your family is not complete- you LISTEN to it and you PRAY and let yourself be LED by God's desires for you.

 We are excited to see WHO it is or WHO they are. These precious children that aren't in our family yet or may not even be born yet- We will greet them some day with loving open arms and hearts and It will be wonderful! This is still years away so, no pressure at the moment- but, We keep thinking about this upcoming day every so often and we talk about it as well. My girls ask about their sisters or brothers they have yet to meet and what they will be like. It's awesome! One Day.... in the future we will be united and then, maybe, we will feel complete as a family unit! There will be no empty spaces in our hearts longing for these missing pieces to our family puzzle anymore. That will be one BLESSED DAY!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NEW home, New Chapter

SO... (drumroll please) WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! YEP, we did it. Sorry for the lack of pics right now- you will get them soon! We found a place up in the Mountains of CO and we are LOVING IT! Though we haven't moved in yet- every time we visit it- it feels a bit more like home. We did demo on the house last friday and i sledge-hammered the kitchen tile today and we have had lots of help to get it to the 89% completely demoed phase. There is still more stone to remove from the fireplace and more flooring and tack strip to remove but, WE ARE SO CLOSE! Next is gas lines ran to the kitchen, upgraded and new furnace and HVAC stuff, some plumbing and electrical work then THE GOOD STUFF- new floors, new paint, new counters, new appliances, new doors , new trim etc...

We are however doing some RECLAIMED projects too ( another day i'll talk about it).

Today, the Rainbow play set got installed in our yard ( did i mention it's 2.4 acres?)
G-man also locked the KEYS in our car! Luckily our new sweet neighbor said " take my car and go get your other keys!" I told him it was a half hour away and he said " I'm no going anywhere- go get them!" That was so kind of him!
 While we waited for B& B to come back , A, G, S & myself all played in the basement living room all kind so games like Airplane, steam roller, keep away, tickle wars, wake the mummy and the hour passed by so fast!

Now , we are home , I'm sore, ready for a Sitz bath, and we start preparing for OUR GUESTS to come for Gman's Birthday! Can't believe He is already going to be 3! DUSTIN, TAMMY, JOSH and the Girlfriends are coming to celebrate and also help with some home projects too. We have lots of fun planned and I'm excited to Get this CHOO CHOO party ready!

And I have been doing some ADOPTION photography as well!
OPen Adoption RoCKs!

These two women will be forever bonded b/c of this sweet little miracle!

The school year is almost over and i couldn't be happier! Being the room parent was a blast 
and I will do it again if possible! So, with all that - i stay busy! House demo and reno, kids, working out, photos, guests , birthday parties, and now I'm a showing assistant for B's referrals too! I'm BEAT every single day! I have no idea how working women do it all, then again most don't have 4 kids!

On That note- ENJOY the beginning of SUMMER- you deserve to have some fun after this LONG school year! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Re- Homing

YUP, lots of re-homing is going on over here! Our sweet Furry boy, Hemi, just spent 6 days with his new family. He has 2 other mastiffs and a boston terrier to run around with. He has 2 fenced acres and lots of love and attention by his new parents.

It is very bittersweet for us. He has spent 2 yrs in our care! He will be missed but we know He will have such a better life than we can currently offer him. He will get more walks, more playtime, more "siblings" more love and attention and be cherished for the great Dog He is! Hemi's new dad is almost out of hospital, recovering from surgery and His new mom will be picking him up from us shortly. We are privileged to have an open adoption and have been watching Him while surgery has been taking place. 


Yep, We found a home in the mountains and are excited about the 2.4 acres, and almost 4k square feet of living space. It will be such a new adventure and our family will See if we love it!
Once we close , we are renovating and going to take 4-6 weeks getting it all done! We even have some birth family members coming up to help (gavin's birth dad is also an electrician!) When it all happens i will post more but, for now, i just wanted to highlight  all the FEELINGS associated with CHANGE, Re-Homing/ placing / adoption etc...

With our first dog when we found her a new home- i bawled and bawled. With Hemi, I have been having little cries here and there more peace b/c i MET the couple, chatted with them more, and trust them completely. It easier b/c it's OPEN adoption- if i or they have a question- we can chat. YES, He is not a human and i can't compare the two but, in my world, I've only placed animals b/c i couldn't give them what they needed. Birth parents do the same- They place b/c they LOVE their child more than anything and choose to TRUST in another to give that child everything they cannot give. Birth parents ARE more than amazing and a MIRACLE- they are PEOPLE with feelings and lives, and history. I hate it when i meet new parents via adoption and they talk about their BP's like they are dysfunctional or not as cool as they are! That needs to change. I'm so blessed by our open adoptions and of course our birth families and birth parents- we are so fortunate to have good relationships. We do- b/c we communicate and try not to assume but, ask when we need to ask and listen to each other. 
WE LOVE OUR FAMILY- however they come into our lives!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

getting BIG! Gavin update

G-man is growing like a weed and will be 3 in May! He is working hard learning is words, colors, shapes etc. He is 90% of the way potty trained, loves cars, trucks, and most importantly CHOO CHOOs !!!
 He plays well with Slade and teaches him funny things ! He loves his HUGE doggie- Hemi , and crawls all over him. 

He loves anything physical and enjoys hugs kisses and snuggles and is very affectionate and friendly. He hates going down to sleep and doesn't like certain foods these days but that changes day to day! He is roughly 30.5 lbs and is a SOLID little guy. Not much body fat on him ( except in the two cheek areas:) We are so blessed by our little man , our open adoption with his Loving birthmom and birthdad. Seriously- we are LUCKY and overjoyed by this FUN, loving Mini Man!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Brielle's Bday! YAY!

B picked a Zebra, blues and yellows theme for her GLAM party!

We Had so much fun having a Glamorous Party for Brielle. We decorated ( which she loves to do)

found cute ribbons and zebra stuff over the last 6 months and had fun putting together goody bags!
My kids think parties are boring without GOODY BAGS ( tee hee- once Aria asked if our adult friends party was going to have a pinata and goody bags and when we said no she replied "WHAT KINDA PARTY IS THAT GOING TO BE THEN!" it was hilarious!

The bags had lip gloss , some treats and a mini cosmetics bag!
Of course we played mother May I? and had stations for bow making, getting fingernails painted and ...

Getting the Makeup done with a Princess mirror and a cute artist too!

THIS YEAR is a year of cupcakes.. easy for me and Brielle wanted ones with her colors:)

All the girls had a great time and everyone left with smiles and bows and fun memories! It was a nice party and i often forget how GREAT big girls who don't whine ARE!

Now.. on to planning Gavin's and Aria's Bday then we are done for 6 months!

We are so blessed by our big girl and our open adoption with her Birth families! LOVE IT SO MUCH!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ski/Board Bunnies!

As presents to ourselves , Brielle & I got ourselves Powder passes to Copper Mt. Resort for this season!
She had her first lesson ( from me) for the first 30 mins and enjoyed the magic carpet and practice Area- then we hit the Bunny slope- Green Acres!

She loved it and begged for the BIG LIFT! I picked up boarding after a few sloppy runs and working out the kinks again ( it's been 2 ish years since I've been) and so we had a fun lunch then hit the first BIG run off American Eagle called Easy Road and See n Ski. B kept saying " see you at the bottom" b/c she would pass me often( i let her or would get stuck on the flat parts) and when it came to really going downhill- she got skiddish. I kept saying " just do the PIZZA the whole way down!" she went about 2/3 of the way on her skis and 1/3 on her bum! She whined at times and said how hard it was!

But all in all - it was so much fun and we both can't wait to go again! Love having my big girl do fun things with me! So Blessed!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Slade turned 1!!!

It happened so fast! Can't believe He is already a toddler. ( not walking yet- thank goodness)

He had a little monster party!
He Had monster-good clementine& lime citrus cupcakes with Dairy free citrus buttercream! had awesome monster bibs and targets dollar bin had reusable lunch totes with monster faces on them and cute flatware too! The kids made thier own monster finger puppets with felt, googlie eyes and pipe- cleaners & glue. Build-a-bear is a MUST for our kids 1st b-days and this little monster/alien looking outfits was just perfectly fitting for the party! Of course the  Monsters Inc. crew had to sneak into the scene as well! We had such a fun time with 3 of my fav. families and their kiddos! I got the adorable banner on ETSY and had streamers, and balloons in greens, blues and oranges!
HE LOVED his first big treat! ALso, i picked up his MONSTER shirt at Savers! ( look around for one use clothing and don't waste your money on buying new- especially since i knew he'd thrash it!)

Our kids always get a Build-a-Bear and a piggy bank on their 1st b-days! Something soft to cuddle when we can't be there and something to start saving for your future! 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Back tracking...

My kids had so much fun over the break and Holidays! more on the winter break and Christmas soon!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Way overdue!

SO... myself, Slade and Brielle all had Birthdays this month! Slade is now 1- i can't believe it! I seriously and holding him and knocking him over when he stands so, he will just crawl longer and stay a baby longer ( okay not really knocking him- just not encouraging walking)
It seems like weeks ago- He was just born. We were going to name him TROY or SHANE but, neither stuck! He was a large 8 lbs 14 oz. and a few hours shy of 42 weeks. He is a bundle of joy in every way!

I will miss every part of His tiny-ness when he grows- just as i Miss all my kids being babies. I have to say- that Slade is the most cuddly baby we have had- and so chill ( except for hen he is teething!)

I was looking back at Brielle's photos too...
 Her  3rd bday!
 Her first haircut after SHE first cut her hair!
 After we moved to CO- she was 4.5

Brielle is about 5.5 here before we moved to our current home. 
And we are so blessed by her! WE LOVE that she is growing into such a great young lady who is so loving and cares for others. She has gotten more cuddly as she has grown. When she was a baby- she would have her bottle then be off- no snuggles- just get busy attitude but as she has grown- she is much more cuddly and is our kid who gets up at night and hops into our bed the most ( and sometimes just sleepwalks around the house). We are also so grateful for our OPEN ADOPTION with her birth families. They are above an beyond what we could have imagined. They are an extension of our family in ever way! Love them so much!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Fun American Girl and Doll craft night!

Yep- My daughters are ALL into dolls now and having so much fun crafting polymer clay foods, accessories and such- SO- we are having a craft night - email me for details!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas PAST- flashback to 2011

 look at TREVOR( on Todd's lap by Gavin- looks a lot like SLADE)


 Gavin's Birth dad and Birth family on that side!