Monday, April 27, 2009


It is in the mid 80's today and beautiful!  I love the warm weather.  We had a few errands to do and I couldn't wait to get out and about.  We were on our way to the bank when I heard Maya say, "Mommy, can you roll up the windows please?  It's making my hair too crazy!".  Wow, really?  She's 2 1/2 and I'm already hearing those words?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

he's 4

We had a wonderful day on Thursday celebrating Gibson.  We didn't have a big fancy party, just fun quality time as a family.  I love this little boy so much!  I gave him options for breakfast:  pancakes, french toast, eggs, oatmeal, etc.  I told him I would make him anything his little heart desired.  He picked oatmeal.  Daddy was mad.  :)  Then we had a fun morning playing whatever games he wanted.  For lunch I took the kids to meet Daddy while I had lunch with a friend.  Phil took the kids to Cici's Pizza at Gibson's request and then to the park.  He really loved having special time with just Daddy for his birthday.  After naps we resumed the fun (not that naps aren't least for me!) and started opening presents.  Then it was dinner time, cake time, bath time, play outside time!  Whew...then bed time!  Here are some snapshots of our day...
Balloons!  We are still at the age when balloons can pass as a very cheap birthday present.
I have flip-flopped every year between baking a cake or picking one up from our most favorite bakery.  They have THE BEST buttercream icing.  This year I went the easy route.  Here's a little tip:  Buy some cheap birthday confetti from the party supply store for 1.99 and just stick it in the cake (That's what I used last year when I made him this).  Gibson was so excited to have a Batman cake, and I was excited not to pay the big price for a character cake.
Here he is sporting his sweet new cape.  It is reversible to Batman so he can save people however the mood strikes.
Riding his new scooter.
I love this smile.  He was loving life at this moment.
Making a wish!
Yes Maya was there too.  Anyone who knows her can be certain she would not miss out on cake under any circumstance.
All done!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

happy birthday bear

Four years ago today, Mommy and Daddy were eagerly anticipating your arrival.  It was Spring, and everything was in full color.  I remember looking out the hospital window and seeing snow falling!  Before the day was done the big blooms on the trees were covered in snow.  I remember how beautiful it looked, seeing that new life covered in pure white.  The blessings of that day were just beginning.  When I saw your face I immediately loved you, and loved you deeply.  I knew our lives would never be the same!  Turns out I was right.  

You are the most sweet and wonderful little boy I have ever met.  It doesn't matter what is happening, you always can put a smile on our faces!  You are so joyful and enjoy every part of life.  You love to be around people and thrive on being the entertainment.  :)  Your specialty these days is joke-telling, but I'm partial to the dancing.  You also are a master story-teller!  From the time you could talk you've been telling stories.  Your imagination is truly amazing.  

I think I could talk all day just about all of the things I love about you.  But the bottom line is this: I just feel blessed to be a part of your life.  I thank God every day for you my darling.  
I hope your day is wonderful.  
I love you!

*Lots of pictures from our birthday shoot will be loaded on facebook today.  Just wanted to let friends and family know!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

do it

Go check out our adoption blog to hear about our cool fundraiser coming up!

Monday, April 13, 2009


We had a wonderful Easter this year full of fun and celebration.  Here is our weekend in pictures:

Dyeing eggs.  Thankfully our brown eggs took the color just fine!
Maya in her pretty Easter dress.  One of my good friends, Emily, bought this for her.  I am IN LOVE with it!!!
I was trying to get a good picture of them together.  Instead it looks a bit more like the Heimlich Maneuver is being performed
The mad dash for eggs
"More eggs please!"

Thursday, April 9, 2009


I just made this Italian Pasta salad last night for our house church, and was reminded how much I like it.  I don't think I have made it since last Summer.  Now that Spring has arrived, I'm ready to break it out again!  Of course it's good all year round, but I think cold pasta sounds best in warm weather.  This is such a fast and easy thing to throw together for a picnic, pot-luck, or family gathering.  

Italian Pasta Salad

-1 box bow-tie or rotini pasta (i'm a fan of the bow-tie)
- 3/4 c. Light Creamy Garlic Ranch dressing (you can also use Creamy Caesar)
-3/4 c. Light House Italian dressing
- 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 small red pepper, diced
- 1 small green pepper, diced
-1 small red onion, diced
*You can add or subtract any of these amounts to your likings.  These are just my likings.  Feel free to get crazy.

Boil pasta in a pot of salted water until al dente.  Drain and rinse with cold water.  In a large bowl mix pasta with dressings, cheese, peppers, and onion.  Keep refrigerated.  

See how easy that is?  Now eat until your litte heart is content.  I should have taken a picture, but after everyone attacked it last night and I had a small bowl for lunch, it's gone.  Sorry!
Maybe next time.  
Yet I make no promises.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

and I thought I was just getting groceries

Well we had a nice little eventful trip to Kroger today.  I really like to go by myself to the store so I can browse, read and compare labels,  and sort through my coupon stash.  I have even been known to go to the store at 10-11 at night, just to go alone.  Well, today I didn't have a choice.  There were some things I had to have today, including ingredients to make a meal tonight for some friends who just had a baby.  So, I loaded the kids in the van and got to it.  As we were getting into the van, Gibson was asking all about Easter.  So we started talking again about what Easter is all about.  He thinks it's pretty cool that Jesus "defeated" death.  Then as I'm backing out of the driveway he says, "Mommy, I'm just so happy that you're praising the Lord.".  Hilarious!  So we drove our two minutes down the road to Kroger.  Unfortunately they were sad to find that  the new car carts our store has were all taken.  They have dubbed the new carts as "taxis" and they were so mad that they were gone.  I was a little upset too.  That new shiny little car made my last trip downright enjoyable.  They still got a car cart, just the nasty old ones with broken off steering wheels.  So off we went up and down the aisles, stopping at every free sample to keep the kids occupied.  They were doing great up until the freezer food section.  I was scanning the Green Giant vegetables when I started to hear some commotion.  As Moms, we have a wonderful ability to block out noise.  Finally I honed in and realized they were shouting at another kid.  He was happily riding in a "taxi" and they were not too happy about it!  They were saying that he stole their taxi.  Then Maya stood up, turned around to me, and said, "He is a STINKER!!!".  Oh my.  Thankfully the family was far enough away that they didn't hear.  Good gracious.  So we had a little chat how it isn't nice to call names.  Also that he didn't steal the taxi, poor thing.  So I got them settled and on we went.  As we were walking out of the store we were cut off at the none other than the Easter bunny.   OK, first of all, since when does the Easter bunny visit Kroger?  Second of all, he was downright scary looking.  I am not a fan of the big characters, but this bunny topped the list for freakishness.  The sassy hankercheif around his neck was the only saving grace.  And, he couldn't talk.  So he just holds out a basket of chocolates to the kids.  They stared up at him, also unable to talk.  I told them to go ahead and pick a piece, it was alright.  Then Gibson looked up at him and said, "You're not even a real bunny!  Bunnies can't walk up on two legs like people!  You are not real!".   Ah, my little realist.  
Never a dull moment folks.  Never a dull moment.