~ We are F-A-M-I-L-Y ~


I really don’t do a great job of updating anything but adoption related stuff. We do have other things going on outside of that and I’m failing miserably at documenting our life as a whole. So, I’ve made a commitment to myself to try to at least blog once a week on our family life and my goal is to have those posts up on Mondays. I’m going to call it…well I don’t know yet but I’m sure when I do come up with a name it will be really clever! Any ideas? Help me come up with something fun!

So here is a little of what we have been up to. The next posts will be more picture filled as I really try to do better at taking them!!

Dawson:


Oh my, where to start? Dawson has become our “class clown”! He is so much like his daddy with the witty jokes and silliness. In the past year his personality has exploded and I’m loving every minute of it!
At the beginning of the school year he was having some trouble getting into a routine and learning how to play well with his friends but from all recent reports he is doing GREAT! On Friday progress reports came home and I was so impressed with how much he has learned since the last report. He is crazy, smitten with his teacher and talks about her ALL the time.
     He is all about order. Things must go in their rightful place and his room has to be picked up before nap and bedtime. If one of us puts something in the wrong place he quickly corrects us (and has been known to push Reagan out-of-the-way and tell her she’s not doing it right!)
On Saturday, he started soccer at the Y. This is the first time we’ve signed him up for anything organized (if you can call 3 year old soccer that). I’m glad we waited because he is ALL about it. I was amazed at how well he handled the ball. He could kick it across the field, steal it away from his “opponent”, and he even scored a goal. And quite frankly, I have no idea how even knew what to do because neither David or myself know a THING about soccer! Raw talent! ; ) Hey, it’s my blog I get to brag all I want, right?

Reagan~


I can’t believe how much Reagan has grown up this year! I’m so proud of who she is becoming. Right now, she is all about arts and crafts. Her favorite thing to do is paint and she could spend hours doing it.

At school she is reading and recently really just had that clicking moment when she knew she was getting the skill and is just taking off. I hope she loves to read. It’s one of my favorite past times and I want both of my children to have that outlet. We were really proud of her progress report as well! Her kindergarten year has just been a huge learning year for her and we are proud of all her hard work.
She took a gymnastics class recently and although she loves gymnastics I think she had learned most of those skills when she took a few years back. This was a beginner class at a different gym and I think she was bored by it. She really wants to go back to her old gym so that’s the plan for summer camp as of now.
Reagan had her first away sleepover and I survived. : ) She was literally across the street so it wasn’t so bad. : ) She of course had a blast!

It is really hard to believe she will be 7 this year. Where oh where did the time go? Just yesterday she was toddling around and now she is losing teeth and reading!

The Grownups:

After really having a tough few months of struggling with the adoption wait I’ve recently just had a big burst of energy and have plunged into doing a LOT of cooking. Pinterest just makes you feel all kind of domesticated. That has been really therapeutic for me. I’m also in the beginning stages of a little ministry idea. I’m REALLY excited about it and can’t wait to pull it all together and share more. It’s nothing big but I think I’m really going to enjoy it.

David has been crazy busy with work. This is the job he’s worked since we’ve met so it’s all I know. : ) I wish he didn’t have to travel so much but I’m just thankful he has a job that he loves and excels at. We are super lucky that when he’s home he is 100% here.  I honestly could not do life without him by my side! 

 He recently ran his first few races and rocked them. I’m super proud of his dedication to running! Now if I could only get my behind out there! ; )

And as always we are anxiously anticipating the news of our newest arrival. We have good and bad days but lately more good ones. Today we heard that the ministry has stated that it will be at least two more weeks before they accept any submissions. It looks like we have a while more to wait. : )

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Tell Me About Yourself ~ Blog award

So, it seems as though I have been bestowed a blog award. Well how about that. Ha! IT sounds like fun so here it goes.

The rules:
1. Thank the person(s) who gave this award to you.
2. List 7 things that people may not know about you.
3. Pass it on to 15 other bloggers (I did 10)
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1.  I’d like to thank, Jaclyn (who blogs here). Jaclyn and I “met” right after we were both matched with our sweet Korean cuties! Bonus is that she lives in the same state as I do and I look forward to many, many playdates with our two boys! When Jaclyn traveled to bring her son, Mason home she was SO gracious and took over a care package to Maddox. : ) Jaclyn, thanks for always being a great encourager and cheerleader through our adoption process! I love your blog and hearing about all things Mason! He is such a doll!

I also need to thank my  friend, April. Love this girl! We bonded over chewy spree and it was no turning back from there. I have no doubt if we lived closer to one another we would be great friends! How about that vacation to the beach, April?? This summer would be a great time for a visit. : ) Griffin, Kinley, Reagan, Dawson AND Maddox..whew, now that would be fun!

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 Ok, so 7 things people may not know about me:

 1. I have a fear of elevators. Not a little, take a deep breath, suck it up and get on and ride type fear either… I do not get on elevators. IF I do I will have a panic attack and it’s possible I could die. ; ) I have walked up 25+ stories to avoid an elevator…it’s serious.

2. I’m a wanna be organizer. In my mind I have grand plans for a home that is organized from top to bottom. Everything has a place. Everything is labeled. I’m actually pretty decent at keeping things organized it’s the little people who live in my home that keep me from staying on top of these things…. that is my story and I’m sticking to it.

3. I do not eat Ketchup, marinara sauce, or mayonnaise. They are all super gross..ick. I love mustard though and would put it on about anything. I eat my fries plain. Why mess with perfection?

4. I’m seriously going to regret typing this but in high school I was a cheerleader…and I had my tongue pierced. (shaking my head…and hoping my children never read this). I was a terrible cheerleader by the way. Ha! Moving on..

5. If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be married with 3 children I would have laughed in your face. And on top of that never in my life did I imagine that I would be a stay at home mom, adopt, drive a minivan!?!? Shut your mouth.. and I wouldn’t have it ANY other way.

6. I don’t like the beach. Gasp. I mean I like the idea of the beach. Surf, sand, and sun but the reality is sticky, sandy, and hot. I go…because my husband and kids love it but I’m not a beach lover. I don’t even really like to “sun bathe” . What? It’s hot and bright…and you get all gross. Sorry, just not a fan.

7. I’ve always wanted to play soccer which is hilarious because I lack basic coordination. Neither High school that I went to had a soccer team and I grew up in the country (like down a long dirt road, surrounded by acres of land, and 15 minutes to the closest town which only had a caution light type of country) so my soccer options were limited. I REALLY hope one of my kids like to play soccer. I’ve given up hope for the oldest. Here is why: She is the 3rd to the left…please notice the pose.


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Ok, so passing I’m passing on this award to:

1) Jessica

2)Katie

3)Karen

4)Michelle

5)Kelly

6) Christie

7)Melissa

8) K-leigh

9) Kelly

10) Jen