Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Haylee's Newest Cousin

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Haylee's newest little cousin: Taryn Sadie Miner. She was scheduled to arrive here today, but she decided to come a little early on Friday, May 23rd. Both mom and baby are doing well (except for an occasional sleepless night;). We are so excited to have another little girl join our family. In total, that means that Haylee has 4 girl cousins and 4 boy cousins! Congratulations April and Zac! Welcome to parenthood, it's quite the ride!
The Cousins checking out Taryn...
Easton is a pro! He's now the oldest of 7 cousins!

We were very proud of Haylee, she was very "soft"

And of course she had to lean in for a little kissy!

The proud Uncle and Aunt...

Home at last!

It's a good thing they keep those babies under high security at the hospital, Brett and I were tempted to go window shopping and bring one home with us. That would have definitely cut down our waiting time for our next baby!! *

*disclaimer* of course we are totally joking, we would never take a baby from the hospital. You have to have a sense of humor while you are adopting or else you will drive yourself crazy!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Flower Girl

Last Wednesday my cousin Jeremy got married to his lovely bride Brielle. Haylee was one of the lucky little girls that got to be a flower girl. She looked so pretty in her dress and loved to twirl in it! They had their reception at Western Gardens, so she also liked touching all of the fountains and flowers that they had around the building! She is also a flower girl for my cousin Lindsay's wedding next month, so she'll be a pro!

Monday, May 12, 2008

My 2nd Mother's Day

As I think back to last year, I still can't get over that it has been a year since my first Mother's Day! This Mother's Day was very special to me. We started the morning off with my favorite breakfast- waffles with strawberries and whip cream, hash browns, and turkey bacon! Brett offered to fix the whole breakfast, but I felt bad since I had gone to the store and bought everything :) After breakfast we had to cruise to get ready for church. Somehow, while Brett was cleaning the kitchen and I was in the shower, Haylee found a bottle of nail polish and the lid must not have been screwed on tight. When I got out of the shower I yelled for Brett to come and help me with this little situation. Haylee had nail polish all over her hands, jammies, and a big glob was on my carpet :) Well, a bottle of acetone and a half of a package of cotton balls later, the situation was under control! Needless to say, we were a half hour late for church :) I was glad that we made it to some of sacrament, because we sang my favorite hymn: Families Can Be Together Forever. Tears almost started running down my cheeks, but I stopped that right away (I don't enjoy crying around people). When we first brought Haylee home, I sang that to her a lot while I put her to bed. The first verse is my favorite and it goes like this:
I have a Family here on Earth. They are so good to me. I want to spend my life with them through all eternity. Families can be together forever, through Heavenly Father's plan. I always want to be with my own family, And the Lord has shown me how I can. The Lord has shown me how I can.
Since Haylee has been placed in our home, I feel the power of the truthfulness of this song. I know that Heavenly Father had a plan for our family. Even if it took me a little while to find out what that plan was. Yesterday, I was particularly grateful for Haylee's Birthmother Mindy. I know without her selfless sacrifice I wouldn't have been able to celebrate such a special day. Without her and the power of prayer, I wouldn't have the opportunity to be a mother. If she is reading this, Thank you Mindy! Brett and I pray for you every night and express our gratitude to our Father in Heaven for you and Haylee. We love you and are grateful for you in our lives.
After church we put Haylee down for a much needed nap and then decided to take a nap too! It felt so good to just relax and sleep. After Haylee's nap, Brett watched the Jazz game and Haylee and I went over to my mom's house to surprise her. Unfortunately, she wasn't home. Maybe we should have called first! We only waited about 20 min, and she finally came home. We visited with her for about 20 min, then needed to head home to get ready for dinner. We spent dinner with Brett's mom and family, then went to my grandparent's house for dessert with my mom and family. Holidays are so much fun aren't they ;) Anyway, the food at both places was great and it was fun seeing both sides! Now for the pics...

What would a Sunday dinner be without getting crazy with your cousin?

They were playing in this...

Then they went outside and walked around together. This is actually a 1st for Haylee. She is usually off doing her own thing and Emersyn and Keili play with each other!

My "Mommy" picture

wearing the bows off of my present (who gave this child sugar?)

Our Cute Moms...

To all the women in our lives... Happy Mother's Day!!

Partying with our Friends

Our good friends Charley and Brandon just finalized their adoption with their little boy Gage and had us over for a party to celebrate. It was quite the party for such a small guy ;) Haylee loved playing with all of her little friends! They played in the bouncy castle, shared sippie cups, ran around the house stealing each other's toys, and screamed (for joy) a lot! Charley and Brandon welcomed Gage into their home when he was just 4 months old through Foster Care. When I was working at StoryRock last year I over heard one of my co-workers talking about a little boy that her sister was watching because the mother was doing things she shouldn't have been. I mentioned to her that I had some friends that were getting approved for Foster Care if anything ever happened to the birthmother. Well, to make a long story short... Gage lived in the Christmas Box House for a month, another Foster home for a month, and finally ended up with my friends last June. I know that many tears were shed for this little boy. From what I witnessed, Foster Care is a great thing, but if your ultimate goal is adoption, it can be quite emotional and nerve racking! On April 29th (our anniversary) they headed to the court house to finalize their adoption and later on that afternoon we, along with other friends and family, met them at the Bountiful Temple for their families sealing. There is something about the temple sealing that makes you feel so good, so at peace. It's almost like your spirit knows that everything is final and you are an eternal family, FINALLY! Anyway, the party on Saturday was a blast! It was also kind of fun being the majority for once. At one point there were more adopted kids at the party than biological :) Here are some cute pics...

bouncing around

Playing with Daddy

wanting to go back outside, but the mommies said "no." It was too cold!

Haylee's friends- Gage (15 mo, w/ Haylee's sippie), Jakelle (23 mo.), and Haylee (17 mo.)

The kiddos with their mommies- Tiffany, Kelsie, and Jakelle- Me and Haylee- Charley, Gage, and Carter (while Charley was caring for Gage they got chosen by a birthmother through LDS, so Carter and Gage are 11 mo. and about 3 or so weeks apart!)
Thanks Charley and Brandon for a fun night out!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The Best Book Ever!!! Sorry Twighlight Fans

I know this comes as a surprise to those who knew me in high school, but I love to read (This is Brett, not Jenny). This book is by far the best book I've ever read. The author is William P. Young. It is about a man who's daughter is murdered and he as a result falls away from God. Later on God invites him to spend a weekend with the godhead in the shack. Here he learns why God allows bad things to happen, and he learns how to develop a strong relationship with God. This is not a church book, it is a fun fictional read but it makes you evaluate how close you are to God and makes you think of that relationship on an easy to understand level. I recommend this book to everyone, I already made my dad read it. Just a warning I cried four times while reading it. It's only 250 pages long so it is a quick read. Please read it, you won't regret it. Visit the website- http://www.theshackbook.com

Friday, May 2, 2008