Archive for June, 2010

Wow, one whole year!  We all can’t believe it.  Can’t believe we survived! LOL  I’m not gonna’ lie, it was an extremely rough start (making me question my sanity 100s of times), but everything worked out and our life couldn’t be more complete with our wonderful little man.  His calm disposition, great sense of humor, adventurous qualities and his winning smile all make our hearts melt and know that he is the perfect fit for our family.  I can hardly wait to see that sweet smile in the morning and I adore the rocking before bedtime when he’s sooo funny and punchy because he’s so tired.  He’s become quite the snuggle bug that I secretly hoped he would become.  I’m his go-to person when he’s in distress and yes, I love that! ;)

Kasen is still head over heals in love with him.  I love to see Brad’s face light up when he comes home from work, Holden rounds the corner, crawling as fast as he can, saying “Da-yeeee, Da-yeeee, Da-yeeee.”  And now he’s walking around the corner, slowly, but further and further each day.  I have to laugh when he crawls up in his chair and now tells me, “Down, Down,” before the words can leave my mouth.  However; now he says “Geeeeet Down” while motioning his finger to the floor – cracks us all up every.single.time. :)

One year ago today, we met you for the first time Holden – what an exciting, fun adventure that we will never forget.  What a precious gift you are and we are forever grateful to your birth mom for making such a selfless decision.  Every day we feel blessed and honored to have been chosen to raise you and we couldn’t be more grateful.

We love you little man.  ONE YEAR – WOW!!!!  We can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.

Kasen and Brad meeting Holden for the first time. :)

hbday06-25-10a

I’ll be back to show more pictures of Holden – then and now.

See ya’ later!!

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010

I hope that all of the fathers, and fathers-to-be had a GREAT Father’s Day! :D

bh06-17-10a

This picture was taken a few days ago of my two guys, Brad and Holden.  Notice that scratch on Holden’s face, he always has at least one or two.  He’s crazy adventurous, and with that, comes many bumps and bruises.

I’ll have to add a pic of Kasen with her Daddy later.  It’s kind of hard to get Father’s Day pics, when the Daddy is out of town. :(  We sure miss him, but we still had fun with the grandparents.  Playing in the pool is always a great way to beat the heat.  And man was it hot . . . . . even worse to wake up at 2:00 a.m. this morning and realize that the air conditioner had quit working.  Thankfully we have two units, so I kept one unit pretty cool, so the other rooms wouldn’t get too overbearing.  Thank goodness for Brad’s Dad, he fixed it for us and saved us from having to call somebody out.  Here it is Father’s Day, Brad is out having fun with the guys, and his Dad is fixing our air conditioner and working on our filters.  Doesn’t seem right does it?! LOL ;)  Guess we’ll have to take him out for a special dinner when Brad returns.

Even though I dogged on Brad *just a little* ;)  , he is the BEST Dad . . . . really.  It’s noticeable every day, but sooo much so when’s gone, because he is so helpful with the kids.  It’s quite hard to juggle them when I’m on my own.  My Mom’s here right now and that helps, but there’s just nothing like Daddy reading them stories and putting them to bed.  Oh yeah, and the cooking.  I sure miss the cooking.  I’ll admit, we’ve eaten out a lot already and the pizza guy knows us quite well.  It won’t be too long before they’ll be eating home cooked meals again . . . . . I’m counting the days for that . . . . . .and so are they!  LOL :)

See ya’ later!!

Serious Swimmer

June 14, 2010

You know summer’s here when we’re in the pool all weekend!  Kasen is just a fish.  She can hold her breath way longer than I can. She loves to do somersaults frontwards and backwards.  I’ve watched her swim the entire length of the pool . . . several times.  Diving to the bottom of the pool to pick up toys is effortless for her.  She loves jumping in and making a big splash.  Her energy is never ending when she’s in the water, it’s quite amazing.

Here’s our serious swimmer. ;)

k06-12-10aSee ya’ later!

The Trip

June 9, 2010

I’m baaaaaccckkkkkk . . . in case you missed me! LOL   We took a road trip during Memorial  Day Weekend to see my family in Iowa, and we just returned on Monday.  It was a LONG drive . . . especially with two littles.  Whew!  I’ll definitely need a year to recover to try again I think.  The whole family drove up together, Brad flew back after just a couple of days, and we snagged my Mom and brought her home with us. ;)  The kids did great on the drive there and the drive back, I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a hard trip, but they were both troopers.  It helped that we had lots of things for them to do, lots of snacks and we *tried* to have unlimited patience . . . . . . “tried” is the key word! LOL  Kasen could not have had more fun with her cousins, and Holden had quite the time as well.  It was the first time that everybody had met Holden except for my nephew Lucas, and of course, my Mom.  They were as smitten with him as he was with them.  He definitely fits right in! :D

Everybody was so great and I was able to take LOTS of pictures, which I will share later on!  I’ve been crashing early since we got back home since I haven’t been feeling well.  Brad and Kasen were sick on the way there, and they were kind enough to pass it on to Holden and me!  Mom was getting sick before we got there and now she’s a little under the weather too.  It won’t be long before we’re all running at full speed again!

Here’s one picture until I can post more!  Here are my beautiful nieces, two of which will be graduating from high school next year.  It just shocks me.  And my youngest niece is thirteen (the one in the middle).  Where has the time gone?  They have always been beautiful young girls, but now they are gorgeous young women.  What a great family I have! :)

niecesall06-04-10a1

See ya’ later!!