Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Obviously one of the things we are most thankful for is that we brought Kyle home this year. This was his first Thanksgiving and not only that, he has been home with us for 6 months which means that we had our final post-placement visit and he we will now be able to legally adopt him. Kyle also turned 18 months old this past Tuesday. This time last year, we were in deep pain regarding our first referral and what to do. I am so thankful that God led us to the path that was meant for us. Kyle is such a blessing and is doing so much now.

At 18 months, Kyle can say many words such as bye, bye, baby, and down. Kyle understands everything we say and if you ask him to throw something away or get a tissue, he will do it. Just the other day, I caught him taking a tissue, blowing his own nose, and throwing the tissue away in the trash! Kyle loves to go to Disneyland and his favorite rides are the ones that spin. Of course those would be his favorite as they make me want to throw up! He's still allergic to milk but Kyle loves to eat almost everything. One of his favorite things right now are mini marshmallows.

I am very grateful and blessed that we have Kyle and Gracie. I was feeling very loved the other day as I was putting out the Christmas decorations and I stopped for a second as Kyle and Gracie both wanted to sit on my lap, so I pulled them both on and we had snuggle time. Tonight at dinner, as I was listening to Gracie chatter away, I couldn't imagine life any other way.

No matter where you are in the path of life, always know that there is somebody who is thinking of you and loves you. We wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, I nixed the store bought decorations in favor of the ones that Gracie made in preschool

Turning the tables on me

Happy first Thanksgiving Kyle!

Dad fell asleep before we started eating

Are you serious, I get to eat all this?!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Colorado Trip, Mining Town

Last month, we went out to CO to visit our very good friends, the B's. For privacy, I will use their initials in my posts. We met the B's before we adopted Gracie as G. and I met online and were talking, before we even discovered that we were with the same adoption agency and in the same travel group. It was a frienship that was meant to be and I cherish it so. G. and I email each other almost every day and try to see each other at least once a year. This year was especially nice because G. and her daughter B., were able to come out for Gracie's birthday and then all of us flew back to CO for B.'s party. B.'s birthday is only 6 days after Gracies.

CO is very beautiful, but especially this time of year. The falls leaves were just gorgeous and were all different types of color. It so makes me wish that we had some trees like that in our area. G. kept trying to convince Jerry and I to move to CO but I kept saying that unless they had an ocean, it wouldn't be happening any time soon. :) Oh, and let's not forget about Disneyland as I need to have my monthly fix.

One of the things that we did when we were in CO is go to a mining town. I was freaked out because the guy that showed us the video and gave a whole spiel on the mine, was kind of creepy. Jerry and everyone else kept trying to convince me that the old guy was fine and really wasn't going to hack up our bodies and leave us somewhere in the hills. I still wasn't convinced and as we drove up the hill, I kept planning my escape route, just in case..... Hey, I've seen plenty of horror movies in my time to know better. As you can see since I am typing this blog post, that we made it down the mountain all in one piece. Thank goodness!

We panned for gold after the mine tour. Jerry was a pro as he has done this before. He was able to get some flecks of gold but I have no idea where they are now!

Some of the beautiful trees with a nice waterfall in the background

G. hasn't been able to eat pizza in a long time and was soooooo happy that this place made a dairy free one that she could eat. Kyle was happy too as it was his first slice of pizza.

Waitin' for pizza

M., G's son, was so patient with all the kids. Here they are doing a dog pile on him!

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

October Wrap Up

October was a VERY busy month for us. We had so much stuff going on that I am still trying to recover! I love October as my favorite holiday, Halloween falls in it. Not only that, but so does Gracie's birthday and we are into the heart of fall which also happens to be my favorite season. If October were a person, it would be my best friend. :)

The month kicked off with me going to Disneyland. I think we went there about 6 or 7 times in October. After that, our very good friends came out from CO to help celebrate Gracie's birthday (those photos will be in a different post), then came Gracie's birthday, we went back to CO, throw in a couple of Halloween parties and let's not forget about Halloween, and there you go!!! Geesh, I'm tired just from writing all of that.

Instead of trying to catch up with all the pictures, I decided to do one gigantic posting. I am hoping that November will be a little more quieter and so far, it seems to be starting off that way.

We started the month by going to Mickey's Trick or Treat party. My brother and sister-in-law ended up going and we had an awesome time, despite the rain. I think we need to make it a family tradition. In the last picture, my brother Frank and I took a special day and went to Disneyland by ourselves while Grandma watched the kids. It was such a blast as we got to go on Space Mountain and all of the "adult" rides that I normally don't get to partake in.

Since Gracie had a tea party with only friends for her birthday party, we went out to dinner with the family to celebrate Gracie's birthday. When I asked her where she wanted to eat, I was expecting Red Robin or something like that but no, Gracie told me she wanted to go to Mamma Cozzas to eat, much to the dissapointment of Jerry and I as we can't really stand the place. It's Grandpa's favorite restaurant and when he heard where Gracie wanted to eat, I think he jumped for joy. Personally, I think he bribed Gracie to say she wanted to eat there!

Our friend Michelle from the Lucky Mommy's Group hosted a Halloween party at her house. Both Gracie and Kyle had a blast.

This was our second trip to the pumpkin patch. I wasn't happy with the way the first pictures turned out as the kids were tired when we went the first time so I jumped at the chance to go again!

This year, Gracie actually touched the guts of the pumpkin which is way more than last year as she cried and refused. Kyle was a brave little guy too and touched the guts but I'm not sure how thrilled he was about doing so. He was also more interested in sitting on the pumpkins and saying cheese than doing anything else. The princess pumpkin was started by me and after about an hour of huffing and puffing, Jerry my sweet hubby came over and finished it up. It's not free hand but it was very difficult to carve.

From my family to yours, Happy Halloween!

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