Christian & Lisaprofile id #26842
So, yeah, it's already July! My days, I think, are going way too fast!
We did go on our big RV trip to the Canyon Lands and The Grand Canyon the end of May. That was super fun! Both boys missed school. They also finished school 2 weeks after we got back. Both boys with straight A's and such. So proud!
We also went to San Francisco a couple of weeks ago to visit Christian's twin sister and her family. I love that city! So now we are all just enjoying the summer, playing at grandma and grandpa's pool, movies and friends. Logan and Christian will head off next week to scout camp, they love that! and Dalin and I will do our fun and exciting things as well.
Our family is busy, but not too busy to add another! We so want to complete our family! As time goes on it's tough not to get discouraged some days, but then I think and look all around me and rediscover all the blessings I do have. Those are the tender mercies from the Lord in my life. He will bless us one day with a sweet girl to join our family. She will have so much love in her life from us and all the extended family who are also waiting anxiously for her. And when it happens, our lives will be busier,yes, but so full filled!
Wow! time flies! The holidays are finally over. I am sad to say that, because our family adores the holidays. However, it was time to get the house back in order, and schedules and routines back as well. We are hoping that this is the year our family will expand. We've waited so long. We know that faith and hope are essential in this life, but it gets to be harder and harder and times. We all talk of "when the baby arrives", or "when your baby sister is here...", it will be so wonderful to say, "she's coming", or "Look how beautiful she is". Prayers will be answered one day soon, I hope!
We just now started to plan an RV trip down to the Grand Canyon and Zion, and Bryce Canyon as well. My parents will be joining us. My mom can hardly wait. If you've seen the movie RV with Robin Williams you will understand why Dalin can't talk about the planning of our trip without laughing hysterically. We usually go to Disneyland in May and then our annual family camping trip with my side of the family in June, but this became and opportunity and Christian's trial schedule is very busy beginning in June. We are very excited! Never done it before so it should be another adventure in our lives. There is even room in the RV for one more.... if you know what I mean! :)
So much to be thankful for! That is how I am feeling 2 days before Thanksgiving! We just returned from a wonderful trip to Germany. Christian's uncle passed away and we went for the memorial. What a wonderful opportunity to visit the country where my husband was born. We were able to see the place where he played and wreaked havoc with his twin sister. She also went with us along with her husband and 2 girls. Logan and Dalin came as well. It was sweet to see Christian show his boys his stomping grounds. We rode many trains and subways (the U-Bahn as it is called in Germany) We saw castles and very old villages and buildings. Reminding me that this country is older the the United States, it made me appreciate all that I have and am able to provide for my family. This was mine and Logan's and Dalin's first trip over seas, and it won't be the last either. We want to show our kids all sorts of cultures and customs and explore the world. I am not a world traveler, by any means. I am thankful for my warm, cozy home to come home to, where grandma's and grandpa's are close at hand and traditions are strong. What a wonderful time we had, and I know Christian is anxious to go back, hoping to share it with his baby daughter. I will post pictures soon in the album.
So Dalin is just finishing up his second week of second grade. Yes, I know it's still the middle of August. We are in a year round school situation and I hate it! I feel that the summers are soooo incredibly short and that my kids grow up so fast. This year is a bit different though, since Logan is now being schooled on line at home for 6th grade. He doesn't start up until the end of this month. I'm glad! It's too quiet without them both here and now I have Logan home and he and I are renewing our relationship, and I love it. I think he does too, because he talks and laughs with me all the time. Dalin was a bit unsure of the fact that Logan was no longer at his school, but now that he is in full swing and with his friends, he loves school. Plus, Logan is at the same tree every afternoon to pick Dalin up. It warms my heart to see brothers depend on each other and look forward to seeing each other. This "new" situation, I feel has made them even closer. I love having my kids around. When I'm alone for too long, I miss them alot and need to be with them. They grow so fast but seeing the changes they have made and the strides they've grown, it makes me happy knowing they are secure within themselves as well. My boys are wonderful, and I can't wait for their baby sister to one day experience that wonderfulness!!
We had a wonderful and very fun 4th of July! We played and swam all afternoon at my parents pool, Logan and Dalin love it there! My dad, this year, wanted an authentic 4th of July meal. So we ended up barbecuing hot dogs-he wanted chili on those, we had potato salad, corn on the cob, fruit, chips, and for dessert apple pie, with vanilla ice cream or ice cream cone. Just thinking about it makes me hungry all over again. A few hours later my parents and Christian, Logan, and Dalin and I all went up to Christian office where we watched the fireworks from his private balcony. There was no wind and it was perfect! I truly am so thankful for the country I live in. To be able to raise my family in such a way that we see fit and believe in. My testimony firmly believes that the Lord preserved this country for us as long as we do what is right. I am grateful for the service men and women who sacrifice their lives, their families, and their time to protect my family. They truly are the real heroes! We are hoping one day soon to teach our daughter about the history of our country and to share all the wonderful memories of family and the precious time we share together.
Yet another successful trip to our favorite destinations! How could it not be unsuccessful? The weather was perfect, the kids were perfect, the lines were perfect. We are ready to go back. Dalin this year was able to go on all the rides. Logan was thrilled to go on Space Mountain 3 times! Can't wait to go again. Schools out in 1 more week. Always bittersweet for me. Hate that my kids are getting bigger, yet so proud of them both. They both had wonderful experiences at school, and thank heavens they love school.
Today is Mothers Day! It's usually not one of my favorite days only because it's a day that should be set a side to celebrate children. I do love being a mom, some days are harder then others. I am so grateful that I have the boys I do so appreciate the children I have and how they stretched my heart when I thought it couldn't stretch out of love for joist my husband. They are the joy of my life! I'm am amazed each day the things they do and say. I am hoping that by next Mother's Day that I can expand my heart even more for the love of a daughter. Thank you to my husband for the love and support he gives me, even on the not-so-good days. He truly is my hero!
I always get a little blue when I have to take down any holiday decorations. I know Easter was several days ago, but leaving up the decorations for the month make the house seem even happier some how. I might just leave them up longer only because the weather is once again turning blustery and cold. Hopefully the blossoms on the trees will hold.
There is alot of commotion in our household lately, because we leave for our "Happy Place", Disneyland, in 11 days. Logan and Dalin love this time of year! So do Christian and I. Nothing beats seeing your kids getting excited, with non stop chatter, and planning out our days. Dalin mentioned that next year when we go we have to save time for our baby girl to see all the princesses and go to the "Bibbity Bobbity Boutique" to get all prettied up! He told me that she and I could go do our girly thing while they went and did all the yucky boy stuff! I laughed out loud! Christian and I still pray every night that our sweet birth mom and our miracle daughter will join us soon. Our family just isn't complete without her! We are happy, but just not complete....yet!
The boys just returned to school after being off for most of March. I miss them! They were, however, excited to go back. That helps. Can't wait for warmer weather and more chances to be outside.
Our caseworker comes tomorrow to update our home study. The waiting for our baby girl is hard, but we are hopeful and encouraged everyday. I found the cutest nursery pattern in the Pottery Barn catalog! I dogeared the page. Christian thought it was very sweet. It was a mix of pink and white stripes with polka dots, sounds busy, but it was sooo cute! Dalin still thinks cars and trucks are the way to go!
I can't believe we are in March already! Spring is just around the corner...Hooray!! My Dalin had a tooth removed yesterday. He was actually very excited, it was his first tooth "lost". So the tooth fairy visited last night and left $2.00. His face is sooo cute now, like a little jack-o-lantern. Hopefully his permanent tooth will move into place better now that the baby tooth is gone. We are off of school now for this month. Not any huge plans alot of just enjoying not having to get up and move out the door to school. We will visit grandma and grandpa alot, the boys have already spent the night this week. We are still anxious to receive our baby girl and now that spring is almost here, and new arrival will be perfect!!
As of yesterday we are now published and even more hopeful and excited waiting for that blessing of a phone call and having our daughter. Dalin was elated and thought it would happen that day! He's so anxious to become a big brother.
Tonight Logan and Christian go off to boy scouts which means Dalin and I get to do something special here at home. He looks forward to Wednesdays. Christian and Logan get that one on one with scouts. I'm hoping that when our daughter arrives I will get to spend some girl time with her, heaven knows I have all the Barbie gear to occupy our time!
My heart is very full right now, so grateful for children and their energy and love.
We are so close to finishing up all the paperwork to complete are efforts in setting up our profile for adoption of our baby daughter. We are anxious and excited! Looking at the pictures in the album has made me nostalgic when our boys were smaller, and I miss that. But I wouldn't change where we're at at this point in time. Getting ready to add to our family once again. I love being a wife and a mom.!