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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Miss us?

We just got back from an awesome 9 day vacation to New Mexico and Texas!! Yes, I will be doing a post (or posts) on that. For now, I just wanted to give a quick update on the three of us. Jared is still the most amazing, thoughtful, loving, etc. husband ever! I don't think anything really has happened with him. He's been kind of at a stand still with work. No, his job isn't in jeapordy. Jared's still lovin' scouts. He's hoping they get him an assistant soon. He's been told it's in the works. As for me, lovin' the stay at home mommy thing!! I'll explain more later (in the vacation post), but Jared's bro. gave us a tour of the hospital he works at it. Really made me miss working at a hospital. I wouldn't want to leave "Thor" for anything though. I know I'm suppose to be at home. I was recently given a new calling at church. Along with primary pianist, they called me to serve as activity day leader for the older girls! I am so excited, yet nervous. I figured, it's like cub scouts, but with girls, right? I think I did pretty okay with cubs. I should be okay with Activity Days... right? :oS ... time will tell. "Thor" is still the cute, lovable, smily baby! Just love him! He's still small, but hiting the milestones he should. We went to the doctor on Feb. 20th to have him weighed. He was 11 lbs, 4 oz. Our cute little stink bug is still off the charts small, but he's following the charts curve. The doctor is having us do two things, food wise. We now add 1/4 tsp of rice cereal to each ounce of formula. This has helped SSSOOO much! "Thor" still doesn't eat as much as he probably should, but at least he's comfortable! And who knows, maybe once he gets back into his routine, he will eat better. Anyway~ the second thing our ped is having us do is intro. baby food! Whatever "Thor" will eat, we can give. So far... green beans, pears, and carrots are a hit! Apples and sweet potato are okay. Chicken is a definite no go. As far as whe we get to finalize... still up in the air. We're waiting for the lawyer to call us with that day. I think I will bug them again tomorrow hehehe (don't they know they're dealing with the world's greatest nag?) I think that's about it for us. Be looking to our post about our recent vacation. Yes, pictures will be included! Love to all!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

A rainbow of bottles

Devin and I went out Thursday night for a date. We were excited to have some time to ourselves. Recently "Thor" has started to grow. FINALLY! We went shopping for some new baby stuff for the guy. Even when "Thor" is not around, it is all about him. A few weeks ago we were trying out a different bottle every few days to try and get the boy to eat better. We would buy and use 1 bottle

for 2-3 days and see how our guy ate. We eventually found something that seemed to work the best for our under-eater. After the decision was made I purchased a set of 3 bottles.

Soon afterward Devin insisted that she needed a bottle for every day of the week for the baby. That means we purchased three more.

Now we were set, until tonight when we were shopping. As we were passing by the bottles my Drop Dead Gorgeous Wife, the Spectacular Devin Payne,  picked up 1 more single bottle. I just let the topic ride and when we got home Devin explained her OCD compulsion that needed to be satisfied. Here is what she was striving for.

Light Blue
Dark Blue
Light Blue
Now with only 7 bottles this pattern could not repeat and that drove Devin absolutely, completely, totally, and in every way INSANE.  This had to be fixed and only an 8th Light Blue bottle could repair the troubled mind, and hopefully it did so. Now our bottles are lined up with the following pattern

Light Blue
Dark Blue
Light Blue
Light Blue
Dark Blue
Light Blue
I am afraid that Devin will need another 4 bottles so that when she takes one out of the cupboard it can be replaced with the appropriate color to feed the compulsion. Last of all, for me I will be banned from putting bottles in the cupboard to protect the sacred pattern. YAAAAAAAAA less dishes for me.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

What's new?

As promised I'm updating by the end of the week :o) That's because we have exciting news!
"Thor"'s bio. parents relinquished their rights to him today! Meaning, unless something unforeseen happens, we will be adopting him in April-ish! We actually found out the night of Jan. 31st that they were planning to relinquish. We did not tell anyone (but family) until today, when they actually relinquished.

We are torn in that we are so excited to be having our family grow. Our hearts just break for his bio. parents though. We plan on having an open adoption with them, and that has been comforting, to me at least.

We just have felt the love and support of all of you, family and friends, through our journey with "Thor", our entire foster care journey, and our entire adoption journey. We are so appreciative and blessed! Sincerely, thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. We love you all!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Our fun-filled weekend

This weekend we had a blast!!! It was busy, but it was a ton of fun!! We started out by picking up my Granddad and going to the baptism of my cousin's son. It was such a neat experience. We were honored to be invited to go. Here's a couple of pics. from hanging out after. Don't mind the black box in the first pic... that's "Thor" :o)

Look Jared's being social! :o)
The happy family!

We left the baptism, and headed north to spend some with Jared's sis. and her family. We had so much fun! Thanks again for letting us come. The two main events that we did were... Jared took the kids out for a walk. Here's what they came back with:

Isn't Jared awesome?? I didn't get any pics. of the second event, but we did a girls time where me, Jeni, and her two daughters went to Dollar Tree, get gas, and return some redbox movies. It was fun! Other than that we just visited, ate, and made cookies for the next event Jared and I went to.

What's the next event, you ask? One of my really good friends, Jessa, had a baby back at the end of Dec. On Sunday, they blessed little Mina!! It was such a privilege to be able to go. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pics of that either. So... here's a pic of a cute baby girl in a blessing dress.

Anyway~~ that's about it for us, for now. Please check back at the end of the week!! Promise I'll have more than. Love to all!!