"Adventures, I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull...But that's not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones that stay in the mind. Folk seem to have just landed in them, usually...I expect they had a lot of chances, like us, of turning back, only they didn't. And if they had, we shouldn't know, because they'd have been forgotten."

-Samwise Gamgee, The Lord of the Rings

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My 'baby' is 4!

Last week Anthony turned 4 yrs old! HOW did that happen? He's so big, and takes every opportunity to tell us about it too, he's very proud of 4!

We celebrated on Saturday, by taking a family day at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St Paul. The boys were in HEAVEN! It was such a fun day, if you are in the area, you should go. The whole roundhouse is now a museum and restoration shop. They are restoring tons of old steam trains, baggage cars, caboose's, and other trains. The turntable was restored a few years ago and they used it to turn the train and caboose around while we watched! Then we got to go on a caboose ride, but the Engineer asked the boys (appropriately dressed in head to to railroad gear) to ride up in the cab of the train with him! And Alexander got to drive! The looks on their faces was priceless! then Anthony got to set the brakes when the ride was over. We spent over 4 hours in the museum and restoration shop looking at trains, train cars, caboose's, and using the various simulators and other things they had set up there for kids to do.

Here is my birthday boy in a few pictures I took on his birthday.

Friday, September 18, 2009


I've been very cynical lately, feeling pretty down about adoption. You know those dreams where you are standing in front of a crowd in your undies? This is nothing like that. This is more like being a rabbit on a closed course with the carrot just out of your reach. No matter how much you run and jump and chase that carrot, its always just out of your reach.

When we started this adoption, we in no way went into it thinking the process would be smooth or easy. We knew better. It took us a few months to just decide on a program that we qualified for. Then you start the paperwork. Then you wait. Then the program gets shut down right in your face!

When we finally started our paperwork for Kyrgyz, I had bought a new charm for my Italian charm bracelet. It was the Kyrgyz flag. I was so excited to get it! When we went to DC/Pennsylvania for my sisters wedding, the little flag charm was broken, and lost. I was really disappointed, the whole way home, thinking I should have looked in the suite more to find it. Then it all became clear a few weeks later, when the program went into hold. God was just preparing me.

ANYWAY, I'm rambling now. We changed programs to a domestic foster/adopt, its been a little over a year since we started this process, and its getting to that season where I feel very family oriented. We expected to have our girl home by now.. when we started Kyrgyz.

So while I may feel like a rabbit chasing a carrot, I'd gladly stand in front of a crowd in my undies right now if it meant having our girl home. Though I'm pretty sure most of them would be cowering with their eyes covered.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

First day of the 2nd Grade!

He turned 7yrs old in June. That wasn't a huge blow. But *2nd Grade*? That just sounds so old! Where did my little boy go?

He was so very excited to go to school this morning, and he came home all smiles and had a great day! His teacher seems very nice too.

The little one, on the other hand, was very upset when he got up this morning and realized brother was gone. He cried a bit and had his little lip stuck out for a while, then he was ok. Of course he enjoyed the day being the center of attention! :)

Here is my big boy, on his first day of 2nd grade!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Just a minute of your time

Could make a huge difference. Everyone knows that I am a car seat nut, and I support this foundation fully. They have done a world of good for so many people in the name of their little boy who tragically died from not being properly restrained.

Kyle David Miller died in a car accident several years ago just outside of Denver, Co. He was 3, riding in a high back booster. His parents began the foundation after his death. They provide families with extended weight harnessing seats for free, and coordinate with car seat techs for proper installation. They are close to the top, and could use a minute of your time to help several hundred children get proper seats!!!

Vote for the foundation and help us win $10,000 - we're #6 -top prize is $10,000 - you can vote for every email address you have! : http://www.ilovechristiecookies.com/contest/form.asp Select the Kyle David Miller Foundation Golden CO from the drop down list.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Camping and the end of summer

We've been enjoying these last few weeks of Summer. A few weekends ago we went camping on the St Croix River. We had a blast! the boys were so excited, it was the first time we'd been out camping at all this summer. Of course it rained all Friday night, and for a couple hours on Saturday morning. Then it was like someone flipped a switch at 9am. It went from 60 and raining (we were literally in jeans and sweatshirts!) to 90 and humid within a few minutes. The rain stopped and the clouds broke up and as soon as the sun hit the ground it got hot. But we pulled everything out of the tent so it could all dry. It looked like our tent blew up for a while, with sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, etc all hanging in the trees and on our clothesline. LOL!

The boys in the river.

The boys and I in the river.

They loved it!

Wendy had a good time too!

Al loved the campfire!

Gettin ready for dinner!