Saturday, May 31, 2008

Time for Bowling

Today was one of those rare lazy Saturdays. Tyler had a birthday party this morning, but then we came home and just sat around. There were no pressing to-do lists, jobs had pretty much been completed, Dan even had his Sunday School lesson finished. So we decided to go bowling--fun and indoors.
Tyler was so funny while we played. He had an orange 6 pound ball, and it had to go on its own side of the ball return; no other balls could be on that side. The way he moved, after he would throw the ball, he would back up nice and slowly, watching the ball the whole way down. Which took a while because when he bowled, the ball took a long time to travel down the lane. He did great though, even scored a 117 on the last game. (Gotta love those bumpers!) On that game, he was actually ahead at the beginning, but then I passed him about the fourth frame. I thought we were both going to beat Dan, but wouldn't you know it, he scored a turkey in the last frame and beat us both. I love these fun moments where we get to just play together. Makes family time awesome!

Monday, May 26, 2008

A Long Weekend Update

After I typed that title, I thought to myself, if only I were truly as funny as Tina Fey, this would be a much more entertaining blog post. Alas, instead all you get is our family's goings-on.

We just got back from Austin this afternoon. It is always nice to visit family and Tyler thrives around all his cousins. Dan's mom turned 60 on Saturday, so we were able to do a nice little surprise dinner for her. I assume she got rather suspicious when none of her children even called to tell her Happy Birthday. We also were going go have a BBQ with everyone, but we left early. Tyler woke up sick this morning, and since we didn't want to contaminate the relatives, we just came home.

We have also been busy preparing for our new arrival. We met the birthmother last week. Dan and I were both so impressed with her maturity and her desire to do what she thought was best for this baby. We are supposed to be meeting with her again this week. Her mother wanted to meet us, so we are just arranging schedules to make that happen. I have also sorted through all the old baby clothes, set up the bassinet, and tried not to shop too much. My dear sister Maren has a son who just turned one and she passed on his clothes to me because the seasons match. And just a quick shout out to her: Hello! She is also expecting and we are waiting to see who gets there first. Her due date is June 20, but she delivers early, and ours is June 15. Also, I think we have settled on a name, but want to wait till we meet him before deciding for sure.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Mother's Day 2

This morning we received a call from our caseworker. We have been chosen by a birthmother. I am so excited and happy and a little nervous too. I am especially grateful; I know that most people looking to adopt wait months if not years. We have been officially approved for only a few weeks. We are expecting a little boy with an estimated arrival of June 15.
I have spent today going through the baby clothes, looking at baby names, talking to Tyler, and just thinking about how things will change. Also, I feel so out of practice, will I remember how to parent a newborn? What was the eating and sleeping schedule that we followed with Tyler? How do you dress a newborn in the middle of summer? Can I spread my love across two children? Are we ready? I think so. In fact, we can't wait.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Here's a shout out to all you moms wishing you a very happy Mother's Day. And an extra special shout out to my own mom. I've been scanning in some old pictures this week, and when I saw this, I knew I would use it on a Mother's Day post on my blog. Granted, we both were a few pounds lighter, and a few wrinkles smoother, but isn't my mother beautiful! And I owe her a big thank you for making me the person and mom I am today. I love you, Mom!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Grateful Sunday

I think it is about time for another grateful Sunday post. I truly have so much to be grateful for, and it is always a good idea to stop and remember all that I have been given.

1. My husband. Too often, we get so caught up in the day to day living, that I tend to take Dan for granted. I shouldn't. He is such a good man. He works hard so I can stay home with Tyler; he is attentive to my needs (at least most of the time ;) ; he has amazingly generous with his time and resources to whoever needs it.

2. My son. I love Tyler. As we have been caught up in the adoption process, I have been reminded of just how blessed I am to have him in my life. He brings so much happiness to our home and is such a sweet boy.

3. Family. My family and my in-laws are so great. They have all rallied around us and supported us over the years. Just today, everyone was willing to join us for a family fast since we just got approved for adoption. It's support like that that makes me so grateful that Heavenly Father has sent us to live in families.

4. And not to be too sappy, I am so grateful for dessert. Especially ice cream. And cake. And banana pudding. And anything with sugar :)