Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
posing with Daddy
posing with Mommy
Ariana (Marco's cousin), Haylee, and Marco
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Part two of our "full of adoption stuff" day took us to LDS Family Services where we met with our new caseworker for the first time. It's called the "intake interview." We just talked to her about our family and about our previous experience with Haylee. We also paid our first initial down payment, so there's no going back now :) In all honesty though, Brett and I are excited to be back on the adoption trail again. We realize that this time it might not happen as quick as it did last time, so we decided to put our papers in as soon as we could so that our children would at least be a few years a part. For those of you who don't know our first adoption story, here's a little rough draft...
Brett and I found Haylee through designated adoption. Designated adoption is where you tell the whole world that you are adopting and chances are that someone might know someone that knows someone who is pregnant and considering placing their baby for adoption. Then your acquaintance can inform this person of a fun family that they know who is adopting and the rest is history. With Haylee, Brett's dad Steve was our "baby recruiter" as we like to call him. The day before Thanksgiving in 2006 he was talking to his cousin Cindy about us. Cindy has a daughter named Mindy who was pregnant and considering placing her daughter (Haylee) for adoption. After Steve and Cindy talked to each other, Cindy informed Mindy about Brett and Me. We got a phone call from Mindy the Monday following Thanksgiving, finally met with her the Tuesday after that, Haylee was born that Saturday (Dec. 9th), and we brought her home on Dec. 11th! Like I said before, we don't plan on things happening as fast this time :) One thing that we would appreciate from all of you is if you would become our "baby recruiters." If you know someone who finds themselves in a situation where they are pregnant and can't parent their baby, please inform them of us.
At first when Brett and I were trying to get pregnant, then later found out I had endometriosis, we were heartbroken. But, adoption has brightened our spirits again and brought us new hope! We feel that adopted children are choice spirits, hand selected from our Heavenly Father. We also feel honored that our Father in Heaven would trust us so much that he would make us these children's parents. We hope that this adoption journey is as positive as our last one and we look forward to sharing it with all of you!
Monday, January 7, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
(All of my cousin's in jammies)
(Haylee snuggling her doll in the car as we drove from house to house)
Since Christmas has been over, Haylee and I have enjoyed having Brett home. He is still working hard as ever, but we are able to see him a lot more. We have really enjoyed relaxing at home and watching movies!
Now on to New Year's Eve... Brett and I both hate to be out on New Year's Eve. It's usually way too cold outside and we both get nervous to drive after midnight. This year we decided to catch an early Linner at Cheesecake Factory around 4:00. The food was delicious as usual! Then we headed home to catch the Utah basketball game that started at 6:00. After the game was over we put Haylee to bed and decided to watch Harry Potter 5. We went and saw it in the theater, but Haylee was a little stinker so we (by we I mean mostly Brett), missed out on a lot of the movie so it was like we were watching it for the first time. The movie ended at about 11:15, but we were too tired to stay up to bring in the new year. We were actually awakened by our neighbors banging pots and pans and lighting fireworks so we gave each other a new year's kiss and rolled over and fell back asleep. I guess we are just getting old or something!
Today, New Year's Day, was pretty eventful as well! Brett didn't have to go to work, so we both headed over to the gym and went to his sister Jamie's cycle class. We hadn't ever gone to a class together, so it was a lot of fun! I actually had never tried cycle, so I was excited for that too. Needless to say it kicked my trash. It was an awesome class, but my sit-bones are killing me! I hope to go again so that I can get used to it! I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a high intensity class :) After the gym Brett and I went to my parent's house for a brunch for my brother Jared's birthday! I can't believe he is 23. I swear I still feel like I am 23 at times. After brunch my family went and saw National Treasure 2. It was actually pretty entertaining! When the movie was over we were off to the Dickson's house for Emersyn's birthday. She turned 2 today. I really can't believe 2 years has past since she was born!! Dinner was great and watching Emersyn open all of her girly presents was fun! It makes me excited for Haylee to be that age and into all of the fun princess stuff :) To top the night off, when we got home Haylee decided to get brave and stand on her own! This was a 1st for her! Her record is now 5 seconds and she even took on step, which we caught on video. I think she was motivated after seeing all of her cousins walking around today! Maybe she won't crawl her whole life after all :)
Well, and that about wraps it up! We have been quite busy this past week! So, Happy New Year to you all! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and hate coming back to reality as much as I do :)