Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ridiculously Overdue

So, I decided to update the blog today since it's been almost sixteen months.  It's time Milo was introduced to the neglected blog.  Also, I should write some of this down so I don't forget how it happened. 

Last spring, Aaron and I decided to pursue fertility treatments again only to be told, after two more failed rounds, that our only option would be to do IVF.  While we know many couples who've successfully grown their families this way we didn't feel like it was a good option for us.  I remember driving home with Aaron after the appointment and talking about how we were going to be happy as a one child family.  We were stepping off of the adoption/infertility roller coaster and were going to choose to be happy with what we'd been given. 

That weekend we held Asher's fourth birthday party, where I may or may not have gone overboard with goodie bags.  Later that night Asher told us that he wanted a brother for his birthday.  We told him that wasn't going to happen.  Then we were driving home from school on the 25th of June and Asher said again that he was getting a brother for his birthday named Froggy.  I told him that he wasn't going to have any brothers or sisters but it was alright because he had cousins and friends who loved him. 

That night we received a call from my Dad saying that a baby boy had been born in Colorado that morning and that the birth mother saw our profile and wanted us to parent her child.  If we were interested we needed to get to Colorado as soon as possible.  Needless to say, I was shocked and frantically called Aaron.  We discussed the situation and decided to get ourselves to Colorado. We stayed up all night packing/washing clothes and calling family.

The next morning I went to work for four hours to teach my supervisor how to do my job and then we were on the road. Thanks to Aaron's dad we were able to find a decent hotel.  The whole area had been evacuated due to the major wildfires.  So as we pulled into the hotel at 4:00 am the next morning the air was filled with smoke.

We were able to rest for a few hours and then needed to go the hospital to meet Milo's birth mother.  She's a nice young woman and we were able to get to know her a little bit and talk about names for the baby and her family, etc.  A few hours later we left the hospital a family of four.  Asher was so excited because it was actually his birthday and he did get a brother!

Milo and I spent two weeks in Colorado staying with my dear friend Sandy, while ICPC cleared.  She was able to take some nice pictures of him and I was able to visit with his birth mom a few times before we left for home.

He's been such a sweet baby and a great blessing in our lives.  Here he is at ten months

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2012!

Yesterday, Asher wanted to ring in the New Year by camping. So, after church, we set up a blanket fort in the the family room and roasted hot dogs on the barbecue. It's nice having church in the morning. I feel like it leaves more time in the day for fun family activities like this.
This holiday season was really great. We loved spending time with our family and friends. Our trip to see the lights at the Temple didn't go as planned. Asher was standing on a ledge with his cousins and fell into one of the fountains. He's now afraid of the temple and says he never wants to go there again!

Aaron and I are looking forward to the next year and the possibilities that await our family. I try not to set unrealistic resolutions for myself so I don't feel disappointed by February. One thing I do want to do is create more balance in my life. So I'll be spending the next few weeks really thinking about where my time goes and what is truly most important to me.

Do you have any resolutions you'll be working on this year?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Updated Video

Aaron has been working on this video for weeks. He was looking for "just the right song." Apparently, he wanted something fun and not like our other videos we have on our adoption blog. I think it looks fantastic! Great job husband!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Our Humble Abode

Last weekend I finally got around to taking a few pictures of our house. I didn't take a photo of every room, but it'll help you get a general idea of the house. Asher was following me around during our photo shoot so I feel like this will also double as a Where's Waldo.

Living Room

Kitchen ( This is my favorite room in the house)

Asher's Room
The sitting room attached to the master bedroom (I'm using it as a craft/storage area)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Let's hear it for a girl!

Anyone who I've been close with over the years knows that I'm not much of an animal person. Owning a pet hasn't been high on my list of things to do. Aaron, on the other hand, has been campaigning for a dog for six years. Last week we had the opportunity to dog sit for some friends while they were on vacation. It was such a good experience that yesterday we made a family trip to the Arizona Humane Society and came home with a new family member. I'm pleased to introduce you to Toff.

She's seven months old and a very mellow puppy. Toff loves to chase balls with Asher and he's happy to have a, "new sister". I've never owned a pet so training her is a whole new world. She's pretty timid and prefers to stay inside so trying to condition her to go to the bathroom outside might prove challenging. Any surefire training advice?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Moving Update

Sharing walls is officially a thing of the past! Our move went very smoothly thanks to wonderful friends and family. The only rooms we have left to tackle are the master bedroom and the spare/baby room. The latter, I'm going to pretend doesn't exist for a few more weeks. Our yard is a more pressing issue. We are excited to get to know our neighbors and our new ward.

Asher has really struggled with the move. He's only known our apartment and is very concerned about when he can go back to his home. Yesterday he told me that, "That big truck is going to come and get my bed to my home." How do you explain permanency to a three year old? He likes the new house, especially since his Aunt Norma is staying with us, but is very anxious about the situation. I'm sure he'll be fine as time passes but, for now he's extremely clingy and worried that we are going to move again and leave him.

October is a busy month for us, so I'm going to set a challenge for myself to blog about some of the cool things we are doing. This weekend is Oktoberfest! I also need to start getting things together for our Halloween costumes. Asher picked our theme this year. Last year, Asher was a crayon and Aaron and I were pieces of paper he'd colored.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We're Alive

It's been a disturbingly long time since our last blog post. We've spent the last part of the summer house hunting and are excited to announce that we closed today on our new home! I'll have more pictures later as we get settled.

I'm beyond thrilled that we won't be sharing walls anymore! Asher can make as much noise as he wants and play in a backyard. My sister, Norma, is relocating to the area and we're excited to have her stay with us as she gets to know the area.