Saturday, August 30, 2008
2. You know DNA has nothing to do with love and family.
3. You spend free time surfing blogs about families who have experienced the miracle of adoption.
4. If drives you crazy when people ask you about your child's 'real' parents.
5. You've been 'pregnant' with your adoptive child longer than it takes an elephant to give birth (2 years!).
6. You have taken an airplane ride half-way around the world to meet your child whom you've only seen in photos.
7. You believe God's heart is for adoption.
8. You know what the word 'Dossier' means and can actually pronounce it!!!
9. You realize that welcoming a child into your heart and family is one of the most important legacies you could ever leave.
10. You have welcomed a social worker into the most intimate, personal and private parts of your lift.
11. You shutter when people say your child is so lucky that you adopted them, knowing full well you are the blessed one to have him or her in your life.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here's one she took of us with Gabbi, I love the smiles, not staged, just genuine happiness!! Can't wait to show you the rest of them...
Here's the family at Maggiano's in Denver.
Here's Miss Gabbi... she's such a cutie and sweet!! This is Gabriella Ann and my niece is Gabrielle Anna!! Good thing we call her Gabbi!! On Saturday we also went to the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival at Chatfield Lake but I didn't take my camera and I forgot to get some off Jami's camera. I will add those later. They left for home Sunday morning. We were sad to see them go but we're already looking forward to our visit when we get Laila!!
Monday, August 18, 2008
Kate and Guy, you can't tell from the picture but this is outside around the campfire. Nick standing on a big rock while it rains.
Me and my very handsome nephew. The next day it was on to the Royal Gorge. Let me explain to you that I am scared of heights. Maybe terrified is a better word. I do go across the bridge but it's in the middle, I look just in front of me, walk very fast and don't move out of the way for anyone. I probably appear very rude but if I move out of the middle and see how high I am I would puke. Here are some pictures of the others actually enjoying the bridge... (Kate had my camera)
As you can tell, it was cold and rainy.
This is looking down at the Arkansas River under the bridge. We were able to see some buffaloes, elk and big horn sheep, of course they were behind a fence.The rain stopped and the clouds cleared long enough for Scott and Guy to ride the Sky Coaster. Kate and I did make sure their life insurance policies were paid up to date!!Here they are strapped in and getting raised up. They then released themselves and flew out across the gorge!!! They reach speeds of 50mph doing this crazy thing!!
Yes, that's them!! INSANE!!!!
We then took the vertical train down the side of the mountain and that's the bridge up above us. Amazing!! We also went thru their old west town, rode the carousel and train and just had a great time. We went back to the cabin and went to the carnival, had dinner and had another fire. The fire didn't last long, it started pouring again and it was cold!! Sunday morning we had breakfast and packed up. We decided to go up Pikes Peak mountain on the way home. Well, we couldn't go all the way up, there was too much snow, the road was closed at mile 13. We went up as high as we could and there was SNOW!! I love Colorado, where else do you see snow in August???The view on the way up... beautiful!!Scott and I on the way up Pikes Peak.Nick and I in the SNOW!! Hope you all had a great weekend, we sure did!! Next weekend will be another great one!! My BFF from junior high, Jami, her husband Nathan and daughter Gabbi are coming to visit!! We can't wait to see them!! Come on Thursday!!!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
That's Kate, tapeing and measuring the stripes. The nursery is a light lilac and we did stripes of a darker lilac and light yellow.These are the stripes, we added new white baseboards and a white chair rail and it's ADORABLE!!! We learned how to make mitered corners also!! The final product... I'm in love. We have her dresser with the cute lamp, her crib with her stuffed bear waiting for her, a changing table with the diaper genie and her glider where mommy and daddy will rock her to sleep. We still have a few finishing touches... I have letters that spell her name that I will paint and hang from the wall with ribbon, I have her special quilt that I will hang and I'm getting some sheers that will go over the wood blinds on her window. I will post pictures when it's entirely finished but this is pretty close!! And how can I have a post about cuteness and not show off Nick and Gabrielle, these are recent pictures of them. Please excuse the TV show in the background of Gabs picture, I'm addicted to What Not to Wear!! Hope you have a great week, we're heading for the mountains and Royal Gorge Friday!!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Here's Pops and Bert. They are now in Scottsdale for a few days then will go to San Diego and stay with Bert's daughter for a few more days before Pops flys back home on Thursday. He is then staying at our house and watching his furry granddaughters while Scott and I go to the Royal Gorge with Kate, Guy, Nick and Gabrielle.
Did anyone watch the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics?? It was magical and so impressive, I was awe-struck!! It's so neat to see all of this happening in Laila's home country and will be fun to see it when we go to China!!
Take care everyone and we'll talk again. Thanks for visiting our blog and don't forget to leave a message, we love to read them!!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Last summer our brother-in-law, Guy got a job here, yeah!! That means Scott's sister, Kate, Guy and the kids, Nick age 9 and Gabrielle, age 2 moved here and we are so happy!! They lived with us for about 9 months and then in May bought a house only a few blocks from us. We are really enjoying watching the kids grow and just being close to family. Last Thursday Gabrielle turned the big 2. She's a ham and absolutely adorable. She's talking more and more everyday and I love watching her vocabulary expand, reminds me to watch my vocabulary. :o) Here are a few pictures from her birthday party last Friday.
Gus, on the left, is our nephew pug and Cassie, on the right, is our niece pug. We love them.
One more thing... I need to give a HUGE thank you to my friend Kelsey. She helped me put together our blog and I couldn't have done it without her help!! Thank you Kelsey!! Her blog is on the left and it's really cute! She and her husband Mike, my work husband, have 3 year old twin boys and a 5 year old girl so it's always fun to keep up with their family.
There's tons more I could add but I will save it for another day. Check back often, I will be adding more!!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Here we are, the parents to be!! We've been happily married for 7 years and not an itch in sight!! We are thrilled that we will be blessed with our beautiful little girl from China and can't wait to meet her!! We are already head over heels in love with Laila!!
This is Mia, our crazzzy puppy!! She's hysterical!! We've never met a dog with a personality like hers. She is excited for her little sister, it will mean more faces to lick and more toys to chew on. Mom and Dad can hardly wait!!
This is Zoey, our sweet doggie. She's a big lover and if you're anywhere around her you will somehow end up petting her. It's amazing how she makes that happen, maybe with your foot, leg, whatever, she doesn't care but you will pet her, she makes sure of that!! She is daddy's girl so it will be interesting when daddy has a new girl!!