Monday, June 30, 2008

T-Ville Dayzz

Neither Brett's sister nor us live in T-Ville, but we thought it would be fun to take our little girlies to T-Ville Dayzz since we had nothing else to do on a Saturday night! Haylee and Keili actually loved it! They were only big enough to go in the Petting Zoo and ride the Ponies (or Doggies as Haylee called them), but they had a blast doing so! Brett and I just had fun watching Haylee have fun. Then it was time for Fireworks. This was Haylee's first year really noticing fireworks, so we didn't know how she would take them. Well... SHE LOVED THEM! She was so excited and clapped and screamed the entire show! We even left early to beat the traffic and she kept clapping and screaming in the car! Brett and I were laughing our heads off, it was way too cute! Thanks Kristi for inviting us!
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Couple's Pic

On our Anniversary we had the opportunity to attend a temple sealing of our friends and their little boy that they adopted. After we were done Brett and I wanted a picture of the two of us on our anniversary. One of our friends from our old ward was there and happens to be a great photographer! Lucky for us she offered to take our picture for us! Yes, our anniversary was 2 months ago, but I just got it from her. It's rare that Brett and I ever have our picture taken together, so I thought it was worthy enough for a post!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Flower Girl- part II

Holy Cow- it's only Wednesday and I feel like this is already the longest week of my life! I feel like we haven't been home for 4 days! It all started with Brett's Grandpa's viewing on Sunday night, followed by his funeral Monday morning, then we had a wedding dinner for my cousin Lindsay on Monday night, then her temple ceremony Tuesday morning, and her reception on Tuesday night. It just makes me tired typing all of that! I woke up this morning and looked like I had been hit by a big truck! Luckily Haylee had a 3 hour nap so I was able to sleep for a couple of hours before having to work this afternoon!
The funeral was very nice and brought closure to our family. It was hard to say good bye, but we are thankful that Earl is in Heaven and can be whole again. Brett spoke on Monday and paid a very sweet tribute to his Grandpa. His sister Jamie spoke as well and shared some funny memories of Earl. They both pulled it off! I have no idea how I would be able to speak at one of my grandparent's funerals!
The wedding last night was beautiful, but it was weird to go from one extreme emotion to another extreme emotion on the completely opposite side of each other! Haylee was a flower girl again, but this time she wasn't digging the pictures. You have to understand that she has gone 3 days without her normal routine or a good nap! So when it was time for her to be away from her Mommy to take pictures she wasn't having it! Brett luckily had his camera, so we followed her around all night and caught her when she was actually in a good mood!
Hopefully the rest of the week can fly by so we can just be done with it! Now that it's warm weather, we are dying to have some free family time and play outside!!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Happy 2nd Father's Day!

This is Brett's "Daddy Diaper Bag." It was a present from our brother-in-law's mother when we first brought Haylee home. He wears it to church every Father's Day and I love it! It's a fishing vest with everything you need for a baby. There's room for sippie cups, bottles, diapers, coloring books, treats, toys... and the list goes on! People at church get a kick out of it! It also kept Haylee quiet in Sacrament Meeting for a little bit while she sat and played with everything on it!

I know this post is almost a week late, but sometimes it's better late than never!! I just wanted to wish Brett a Happy Father's Day. I couldn't ask for a better Daddy for Haylee! Thank you Mindy for giving him the opportunity to be a father! Brett tells me every day that he just loves being a dad! He loves playing with Haylee! He also loves receiving hugs and kisses from Haylee. Sometimes she does it without him asking her and I can actually see Brett's heart melting. I know that Haylee loves her Dada because every morning when she wakes up, she asks where her Dada is. And every morning (besides Sundays) I tell her "Dada's at work." Then we have to call him on the phone to tell him good morning. We love you Brett!

We spent Father's Day going to church, making chicken for dinner, napping, and eating a wonderful BBQ with Brett's Dad. Both of my dads were out of town, so we just got to be with Brett's family all night. I know that Brett and I are both grateful for the fathers in our lives. We appreciate everything they do for us and for Haylee. We love you all!

We love you "Papa Earl"

Earl L. Borg "Skipper"

Earl L. Borg passed away June 16, 2008 in Salt Lake City. Born Sept. 28, 1928 in Murray, Utah to Earl Louis and Arvilla Park Borg. Married Ruth Ann VanLill on Jan. 10, 1951 in Elko, Nevada; later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She passed away Oct. 8, 1995. Earl worked as a salesman for A.W. Marshall Co. for many years and then worked with his family at Schmidt's Pastry Cottage. He was a wonderful friend, father and grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Earl is survived by his son, Steve (Lucy) Borg; daughter, Debbie (Mark) Stratton; grandchildren, Jamie, April, Brett, Kristi, Stephanie, Megan and Tyson; and seven great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Miller. The family wishes to thank IHC Hospice for their care and compassion-especially to Ken, Sunny and Mike. Funeral services will be Monday, June 23, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

This past week has been very bitter sweet for our family. Brett's grandpa passed away Monday of this week. He had beaten every odd that doctors had given him and lived well passed the timeline that they had expected. He is a great example to all of us of determination. He had a passion for life that we would like to pass on to our own children. We are grateful for our knowledge in the gospel of Jesus Christ and know that he has been reunited after 13 years with his lovely wife Ruth Ann. We are also grateful that his body is whole again and he can move around and maybe even drive like he has wanted to for so many years. His legacy will live on as we have our memories of him while he was with us.
Utah games won't be the same without you Earl! We all love you and will miss you, 'til we meet again!

Friday, June 13, 2008

18 Month Check Up

Well, it's been 18 months (and 4 days) since Haylee came from Heaven. She had her 18 month check up today to celebrate at the doctor's office and the poor thing is shrinking! Not really, she's just not in the 90th percentile for height any more. Here are her measurements:
Height: 31 1/2 inches (45%)
Weight: 19 lbs (2%)
Head: 22%
She is also right on target for her developmental skills! She is still such a joy to be around and I can't believe she is now a little toddler!!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

MTV- The New Adoption Advocate

The following email has been floating around and I couldn't resist, but make a post about it...this seems like an incredible opportunity for adoption education.

The National Council For Adoption is lending a helping hand to
the producers of an adoption documentary for the successful and
popular MTV’s True Life series. Previous True Life documentaries
have dealt with substantial subjects such as autism,
schizophrenia, and war-weary veterans returning from Iraq.

The adoption documentary will follow three or four young unwed
birthmothers on video as they go through difficult and emotional
decisions in developing adoption plans for their babies.

According to the show’s producers, the goals of the True Life
adoption documentary are “to help de-stigmatize the adoption
process and to show that adoption is a choice that loving,
responsible mothers make when they believe it’s best for their
child. We also hope to express the range of emotions birthmothers
feel as they go through this process.”

These goals coincide with the mission of NCFA’s new
iChooseAdoption public awareness campaign to “create a more pro-
adoption culture in which everyone, including women facing
unplanned pregnancies, can consider adoption freely without fear,
bias, or misunderstanding” and to “promote a culture that
respects and appreciates birthmothers, honors their decision-
making process, and supports their choice of adoption.”

MTV is conducting a nationwide search for prospective
birthmothers for the True Life adoption documentary.

If you know of any expectant birthmother who you feel would make a good candidate for this documentary, please contact the producers directly at adoption@mtvstaff.com, or by calling 718-422-0705.

We expect the True Life show to bring the adoption process more
into the public limelight and provide a viable and important link
to the target audience we are trying to reach with our
iChooseAdoption message, namely young unwed expectant
birthmothers who are facing difficult decisions concerning the
future of their babies.

Thank you.

Chuck Johnson
NCFA

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weekend Recap

Our family had quite the eventful weekend, so I thought I would do a little recap.
Friday:
Brett, Haylee, and I went and visited Brett's Grandpa Earl at his new residence. Earl is still not too thrilled about his living situation, but we all think it's great! Haylee especially loves to ride his new motorized scooter up and down the halls with her Daddy!
After our visit with Earl we headed on over to Brett's sister's house to check out her new little kittens. She knows a lady who fostered a litter of four kittens through the Humane Society. They were all litter box trained and had just been spayed. So, we started to think... Maybe we should get one too!
On to Saturday:
I get home from work and we decide to go check out the last little kitten left at this lady's home. Of course it's adorable and Haylee loves it, so we HAVE to buy it! Yes, that just came out of my mouth. I am not really a cat person, but I love having a family pet. Besides, someone has already litter trained it, so you can't get better that that! So, we hurried down to the Humane Society, filled out our adoption papers, and away we were to go back and pick up our new little kitten. We actually had to make a pit stop to Pet Smart first, because we didn't have anything for it once we got it home!

Our new furry friend, Lola

Brett and I were also lucky enough to go on a date on Saturday night! My mom watched Haylee so we could go out for Chick-fil-a and Indiana Jones! Thanks mom!

Now for Sunday:
We are still loving our kitty, even though it is a little hesitant to be around us. Haylee loves to crawl around and follow the kitty everywhere! The kitty is a little more nervous around Haylee, so it spends most of its time hiding from her. I hope they don't have a love/hate relationship forever! Plus, we are happy to report, that Lola (that's what we named the kitty) has had zero accidents!!

About as close as they have come to touching in two days

Today was also a big day for our family at church, because Haylee is finally old enough to go into the nursery!! She had so much fun and did great! I think it helps that she spends a few hours at the child center at my work. When we dropped her off a mother turned to me and asked, "is this her first week?" and I said, "yes" then she replied "and your doing this good?" then I said, "why, do mothers usually cry when they drop their kids off for the first time? and she said "yes." I was actually excited for her, because I know how much she loves other kids! Besides, what kid doesn't want to play with toys for two hours during church? Brett would die for that opportunity:)

Anyway, so that's what's been going on in our family this weekend.

What would a weekend be without a little fun with shampoo in the bath?

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Like Mommy or Daddy?




Lately Haylee has become quite the little imitator. She loves to copy everything we do! Her newest thing is walking around the house with something (remote control, little book, plastic cell phone, or real cell phone) held up to her ear and she gibber jabbers. While one hand is occupied with the phone, the other is usually holding anything with a handle (basket, gift sack, or play purse). Brett says she gets that from me, but I can't remember the last time I walked around the house talking on the phone while holding a purse! Although Brett says she copies everything I do, she does walk around in Daddy's shoes, wears his hat, and if he's mowing the lawn she'll go and grab her pretend lawn mower and walk around the house with it! She sure loves her Daddy! Every morning when she wakes up she runs into our room asking for her "Dada." And every morning I tell her, Dada's at work! Then we call him on the phone to say good morning. As soon as she hears his voice on the phone, she gets a huge smile on her face and can't stop saying: Dada, Dada, Dada... Or if we hear someone outside doing yard work, Haylee will run to the window looking for her Daddy! When Brett is outside doing yard work, I have to open our windows in the front yard and back yard so that Haylee can run back and forth to watch her Daddy. I know Brett eats it up! He constantly tells me that he just loves being a Dad! Last night Brett, Haylee, and I went on a walk to the church because Brett had a little meeting. While he was inside Haylee and I stayed outside and played on the grass. As I was playing with her and showing her different things, I couldn't help but think how grateful I am to be a mother. I feel so grateful to have such a beautiful child of God in my life that I get to teach and serve. Motherhood is probably one of the most challenging things I have ever experienced, but it is also the most rewarding. I also don't know how I would do it without my eternal partner! I just love my little family and look forward to it growing one day!