Monday, February 24, 2014

Best Day Ever....Well One of Them at Least!

     I thought I was being sneaky this morning, getting up early and heading for a day on the Mountain.  I was going to squeeze in a few runs and enjoy the beautiful Bluebird Day.  I arrived just as the lifts were opening and I figured I had about 4 hours to get a few laps in before I had to head down the mountain and scoop up the Ladybug from school.

     I'm enjoying the day, the freedom of not having a shadow and having to worry about where she was, beautiful weather and then the phone rings.  I'm on the lift and I have a few minutes so I answer it.  On the other end of the line is our contact from the adoption agency.  We have been choosen!!!

As the tears stream down my face and catch in my goggles she begins to tell me all kinds of things and I am trying really hard to concentrate but I am pretty sure most of it went in one ear and out the other.  I made it off the lift, I had my ear piece in, and got out of the way to continue the conversation.  I'm not sure exactly what I said but I'm sure it made complete sense at the time, to someone.

I hung up with her and immediately called Chris, he was sitting in the chair at the eye doctor's office and had just had his eyes dilated.  We hung up and tried again about five minutes later, which happened to be while I was skiing down a blue run.  Yes, I was talking to my husband, with an ear piece, crying  and skiing down a blue run; safety first!

After a full day I headed back down the mountain, might as well continue skiing, not much else I could do at that point.  Once I got back to town I stopped and got a shirt for Safi.  Then I headed to the house to unload and go walk to pick her up, it was a beautiful day Isabel could use some exercise and I could always use more.

After a quick stop at the park, like 5 minutes because the cold front blew in and it smelled like the kids were playing in a pig sty we headed back to the house.  I took a shower and Safi organized a campout for some of her stuffed animals.  We got dressed and headed downtown for dinner.

Safi saw the pink bag in my purse and asked what it was.  I told her it was a surprise for Daddy and her but that they couldn't have it until after dinner had been ordered and the wait began.

The time arrived and I handed her the bag, she opened it and read the words  "Big Sister"  Safi had a huge smile on her face and asked, "Who is a Big Sister?"  We explained to her that she would be a big sister in June!  Then I made the announcement that she would be getting a Little Sister in June!!!  Chris and Safi both had HUGE smiles on their faces.

Our little family is growing, and we couldn't be happier.  This has to be one of the Best Days of Our Lives. So now we have a few months to work out all of the details, add some more pink to the house, and prepare to open our hearts even more.  Our little family is growing, and we are so thankful for this opportunity to share our love, share our hearts.

While we are working out details, we need some help.  We had 24 hours notice before welcoming our first little Ladybug into our hearts, we had ALOT of trial and error.  Will you help us?  I have put/still working on it a registration with  Will you look over it and give me your thoughts/opinions?  Things have changed so much since I last had an infant around.  What works/worked for you? What didn't work? What do I need?

We have so much from the last time when things didn't work out....Crib, carseat, swing, boppy, stroller, pack n play, some clothes, what else do I need?  Help please! :)

Keep the prayers coming! This ride is just beginning, and I'm thinking we may need to change the name of the blog.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Beautiful Day With a Beautiful Ladybug!

How did you spend President's Day?

Well, the Ladybug and I woke up just before the sun and headed out for a day on the slopes!!  I was fully expecting traffic, but I was wrong!!  It was smooth sailing up to the mountains and we got a spot in the gondola lot (it is all about the little things).

We got in a few runs, the Ladybug picked up a boy on the slopes, lunch was fun; it was a great day!!  Yes, you read that correctly, Safi is picking up boys on the mountain; man am I in trouble.  He was a cute kid skiing with his Dad.

The first time we encountered the duo the little boy stopped to help Safi after she had fallen (such a gentleman).  They skied their own way and so did we.  Later we saw them and the two kids hooked up an were trying to beat each other down the mountain, and leaving the old folks in the dust I might add.  I caught up with them and got them to stop.  We ended up riding up the lift with them and skiing about half way down together.  They zigged, we zagged and didn't see them again.  No worries, I am sure there are more hearts to be broken.

Safi raced the EpicMix for the first time! She did awesome and was fearless!!  According to her results she got a silver medal and they gave her a pin to put on her pass!!  I think she is catching the bug.

Another fabulous Mommy Daughter Day in the books.  I can't wait for our next one :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Winter Olympics and The Ladybug

The 2014 Winter Olympics are under way in Sochi, Russia and I have a very curious 5yo.  So what is a Mom to do other than run with that curiosity?

We have been watching clips of figure skating, slope side snowboarding, and biathlon.  Safi really seems to like biathlon .

While poking around and looking for "projects" I came across this book that appeared to have some fun things to do that would also provide some fun facts along the way. Winter Olympics Jam Packed Mini Unit 

This afternoon we got started and the Ladybug is having a blast!!!

I Married The Best

So, today I am going through things, filing things, just trying to clean up from the holiday rush, visitors, and just file things that I have been putting off.

I opened the computer and found a recommendation letter that Chris had written for Ankle Frank.  These two have a "guys" relationship, and lord knows they have butted heads.  I think this letter sums up how Gyant feels about the Ankle.  I love you two more than you will ever know.

When you’re asked to write a recommendation, you’re asked to write the best about someone, to note virtues and vouch your approval.  But sometimes it isn’t enough to do that.  Sometimes, there’s more to the story.  Sometimes, there’s more to recommend than just the best. 
I’ve known Frank throughout his entire life.  I’ve watched him grow and learn and fall and rise.  I’ve seen him work, like all children, to understand the world.  I’ve looked on as he struggled, like all young men, to stand on his own and make his own way.
And I’ve been lucky enough to be more than a witness.  I’ve been a part of his story.  I wish I could tell you all of it so that you could truly understand why I recommend him to you.  But, instead, let me tell you why I respect him.
Like too many boys, Frank didn’t have a strong connection with his father.  Unlike many others, however, he had a mother and sister who fought to make up the difference and more.  Frank knows love because of that.
Like other teen-agers, Frank explored and experimented.  He saw both sides of success and had to make up for his own mistakes.  Frank understands accountability because of that.  
Like some young men, Frank is going to college.  But Frank has worked hard to maintain his studies and his responsibilities, tackling engineering while holding down a job.  Frank demonstrates real responsibility in that.
There’s a world and a lifetime ahead of Frank.  There are many choices he has yet to make.   But I know he will act with compassion, hold himself accountable, take responsibility for his life, and be the best man he can be.
I know Frank.  I respect him.  There’s no better recommendation I can offer than that.