Tuesday, December 14, 2010

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH

We took Alex out of school this past week and headed to Orlando to spend some time together as a family, see some of our friends, and take the boys to Walt Disney World. This was the first time we had been back since we moved from Orlando to Arkansas and it was so good to go back. We left some great friends there and we miss them like crazy. Many of them walked though the beginning of our adoption journey with us, prayed for us, and even financially helped us bring Miles home. It was so fun getting to introduce them to the little boy they have been praying for.

Our plan was to do one Disney park while we were there. We didn't want Miles to get too tired or overwhelmed. We spent Wednesday at Magic Kingdom and Miles loved it. (When he wasn't taking a nap. Seriously, the kid can nap anywhere!) His favorite ride was 'It's A Small World' and he loved the parade. Since we have been to Disney so many times, it was fun to watch Miles try and take it all in. After we did all we wanted to at Magic Kingdom, we ended up hopping over to Epcot for a couple of hours before heading back to the house.

The only other park we did last week was Universal's Islands of Adventure. Miles did all the Dr. Seuss rides then fell asleep. (I told you, he loves his naps :) Alex and I rode a few roller coasters, then we walked through The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Now, we aren't Harry Potter people, but it was pretty amazing. I told Keith that I now feel like I need to read the books so I will have a better understanding why grown adults, hundreds of them, were wearing caps, costumes, buying wands, and standing in looong lines to buy butterbeer. But, that's what I love about the parks, they make you feel like a kid again.







Wednesday, October 13, 2010

IN 8 DAYS

Miles was on this earth 248 days before we got to hold him in our arms.
Before we were able to hug him, kiss him, rock him, feed him.

I would love to have Miles' first 248 days.
But since that's not possible, the next best thing happens in just 8 days.

In 8 days, Miles will have been with us for 249 days.
In 8 days, Miles will have been with us longer that he's been without us.
In 8 days, Miles will have been part of our family longer than he was an orphan.

Let the countdown begin!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

BACKPACK

I have been looking for a little backpack for Miles and came across this Etsy store. (I love Etsy!) I really liked her toddler backpacks and decided to have one made for Miles. It turned out so cute!



Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SHOO WEE

After Miles' morning nap, I gave him a sippy cup full of milk to drink while I fixed his lunch. When I walked back into his room to get him, I found him like this...

No explanation necessary.
It's exactly what you think.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

ALEX, WHERE ARE YOU?

When Alex leaves for school in the mornings, Miles is still asleep.
He is sleeping like a rock star these days.
Twelve to thirteen hours a night!

It's actually a good thing that he's still sleeping, because he is at that stage where he cries whenever someone leaves our house. It doesn't matter who it is. He doesn't want them to leave.

I'm so thankful that I don't have to watch him cry every morning when Alex leaves for school, but I do have to see this...
After Miles finishes his breakfast, he makes his way to Alex's bedroom. He starts out just looking under the door. Then he moves on to putting his fingers underneath. After a while, he starts banging on the door.

He spends about 5 or so minutes laying at his door.
Every.Single.Day.

I love that he notices that he's not here.
I love that he wants him.
I love that he misses him.

Monday, August 16, 2010

IT'S OFFICIAL...

...Alex is a 5th grader!
How did that happen?

If you have small children, you've probably been told "enjoy every minute of it, it goes by so fast." Well, it's so true.

Have fun your last year of elementary school.
Be the leader you were called to be.
Stand up for what you believe in.
And live out our family motto:
{Love God. Love Others. Go Tell}

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Today is Alex's birthday.
Today he turns ELEVEN.

Keith and I feel so blessed to be his parents.
He is an amazing kid.

Very sweet.
Very tenderhearted.
Very caring.

And, very funny.
He loves to laugh and loves to make people laugh.

This is the first birthday he gets to celebrate as a big brother.
And what a fantastic big brother he is.

Alex, we could not be more proud you. You are very special and God has BIG plans for your life. Keep your eyes and heart fixed on Jesus. Chase after Him with all you have and all you are. We love you and we celebrate you today.

Friday, August 13, 2010

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

It's that time of the year again.
Football season.

Tonight was the Blue/Gold game at Shiloh Christian School.

Alex is number 62 and plays on the 5th grade team.
Tonight, they scrimmaged the 4th graders and the 6th graders.
All the boys did a fantastic job.



OUCH!

Teething.
It's not fun.

Miles cut his first four teeth a couple of months after returning home from Ethiopia. Now, he is cutting eight. Eight at one time.

He's a slobbery, snotty mess.

For today, this seems to help.


But, he's in good company.
Alex and Keith are teething too.

Alex is getting his twelve year molars and Keith's wisdom teeth are still coming in.

I guess I need to freeze a couple of more washcloths.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

VACATION

On Monday we headed to New Jersey to visit Keith's sister and her family.
They moved there from Charlotte, NC about the same time we moved here from Florida. So, we went from seeing them several times a year to once or twice a year. We keep telling ourselves that they came and saw us all the time in Orlando because they love us and wanted to spend time with us, but I think Mickey Mouse may have had a little to do with it.

Kim, before you leave a comment and tell me that is completely untrue, let me remind you of this post. :)

We flew out early Monday morning and Miles slept most of the flight, which was a huge blessing.

Kim took us to Ridgewood, NJ one morning to eat at the Country Pancake House. The pancakes were HUGE and there are about 90 different kinds to choose from.
We spent the rest of the day walking off our pancakes at Woodbury Common outlets in New York.



Later in the week, we went to the city and did whatever the kids wanted to do.
We rode the Ferris Wheel at Toys R Us in Times Square,


...walked through Central Park,


...hit up every candy store between 42nd and 61st street,

...and went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.

The kids even saw Justin Timberlake in Times Square shooting a scene from the movie, "Friends with Benefits".
Our nephew, Cade was able to work his way through the crowd and get pretty close. Apparently if a little boy says, "Mom, where are you? Mom?" people get out of the way. :)

Thanks for letting us come and hang out in Jersey.
We miss you guys already!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

JULY

July came and went a little too quick for me.
We started the month off at the Rodeo of the Ozarks.

It was fun!
Miles was more interested in the people sitting behind us than anything else.
I'm sure they were glad that we left a little early :)

We also had 3 family reunions that weekend.
It was really fun getting together and seeing everyone.

Miles meet almost 300 family members in two days.
He loves people so he was in his element.

For the 4th, we watched fireworks with our church family at CPH.
It was awesome!

We made a trip up to the Wild Wilderness Safari with my family.
It's fun to drive through because you can see the animals up close.

Which, is nice when it's a cute Zebra...

...but not when it's this.
Keith kept rolling my window down and locking it when the demon emu would get close and I couldn't get the window up! I all but climbed into the driver's seat. It was kind of funny the first time. But after the fifth or sixth time, not so much!

Miles loved seeing all the animals and was all smiles.

After we finished the drive through part, we put the little ones in the wagon and walked through the petting zoo. Miles liked the animals, but my niece, Makayla, wasn't too sure about some of them.


Alex was able to pet the baby tigers. They were only 5 weeks old and their teeth and claws were sharp. They were very cute and very playful.


Keith and I ended the month in Dallas. We went with our church staff for a few days and left the boys home with my in-laws. I was a little nervous about leaving Miles. It was the first time we had left him for more than a couple of hours in the 5 months that he'd been home. But, I had nothing to worry about. He did so good!

When we got home, I was so anxious to see him. But, he crawled right past me and straight to Keith yelling dada dada. I'm not going to lie, I was a little disappointed. I mean, I'm thankful the boy loves his dada, but what about me? :)

We are leaving for New Jersey tomorrow to spend the week with Keith's sister and her family. We are excited to get a away for a little while before the busyness of school and football start.

I can't believe that summer is almost over!