Friday, September 19, 2014

Happy Day

Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet baby boy! I don't know where the past year has gone, but somehow you made it through it. And so did mom and dad. This day last year was quite the whirlwind of emotions from the joy of your birth to the anxiousness of you going directly to the NICU, but we were blessed to be there every step of the way. Words cannot describe the thankfulness we have for your birth mother for giving us the most precious gift that is you, sweet boy. We love you to the moon and back and have been so blessed by watching you grow into a sweet, spunky little boy.

There will be at least two other posts to follow as we celebrate Finn's birthday, but I wanted to leave today as it is to reflect on all that God has blessed us with over this past year.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

One year ago today...

Today is the day, friends. Well actually today is the day before the day. Last year, on Sept. 18, the husband and I packed our bags with two weeks worth of clothes, freshly laundered baby things and a shiny new car seat and flew to Wichita, Kansas to anxiously await the birth of our baby boy. We landed, got in our rental car and drove around what would be our home for two weeks and our baby boy's first home. We had absolutely no idea what kind of adventure we were in for or what to expect. Fall has always been my favorite time of year, but it now has another joyous reason to be. We are so excited to celebrate our sweet boy tomorrow and at his party this weekend.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

This past weekend, we headed up to the lake for some much-needed R&R with Dustin's side of the family. This has been a tradition for the past several years, but this year was extra special as it was Finn's first family lake trip. You see, this time last year we had just heard about him from the adoption agency in Kansas and we knew that our most wonderful birth mother was reviewing our profile book as we anxiously awaited her response over Labor Day weekend 2013. Just a few days later, we learned that we were getting our son. Little did we know that he was going to be the sweetest, spunkiest, smiliest, most joyful little boy we could ever imagine. Here are a few pics of our little fam of three from this year's trip.

Friday family date night at our regular spot.

Getting ready to leave Saturday morning with this little tiger.

To say that he loved riding on the boat might be an understatement.

Windblown hair and sleepy eyes.

We're heading back this weekend and I'm making it a goal to actually take my real camera out of my bag to capture all of the fun with something other than my phone.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eleven Months

Well this is it. The last official monthly post before our little man is officially a whole year. I know I've said this in just about every monthly post and can almost guarantee that I'll continue to say it going forward. This little guy just gets more active fun every day. Sweet boy, we love watching you grow and are so thankful that we get to be your parents. You are definitely all boy. You currently have two small bruises on your face from where you learned the hard way that you're not quite ready to stand on your own by the coffee table. You are on the move with a mission- always. You keep mommy and daddy on our toes constantly with your speed-crawling around the house while stopping to pull up on any piece of furniture in your way and reaching for just about anything and everything you can get. You still LOVE clapping and waving and now we can add dancing to the mix. Anytime you hear music of any kind, you start bouncing up and down and if you really like it, both arms get included too. You are talking up a storm- no real words yet, but you will look straight at us and babble loud and clear so it must make complete sense to you. You now have 8.. yes eight.. teeth and most of them have seemed to appear at the same time. You love to eat and this has really been the month that you've just taken off with finger foods- fruit, veggies, avocados, sweet potatoes, turkey, chicken, pasta, toast with jelly... you name it. I am seeing many Costco runs in our future to keep our fridge full. Bath time is not as fun for you right now, because all you want to do is stand up and you don't seem to understand why mommy and daddy won't let you, because you seem to think your chunky little legs are plenty sturdy for the bath tub. You still love to sleep- for which we are still so grateful. You take two long naps a day and are ready for bed by 6:30. If we haven't started your bedtime yet, you will yawn and rub your eyes with your little fists until we do. We don't go back to the doctor until your one year appt., but I would guess that you are close to 23lbs and you seem to have gotten a little taller. We love you so much sweet boy and can't wait to celebrate your very first birthday next month! Here are some highlights from this past month...

You got to visit mommy at camp for a day after Nonna and Oma passed you back to us.

You love to swim and will splash until you're out of breath.

You are so in love with your daddy, but have started to show a preference for mommy. I will take all of these sweet snuggles while I can, because I know the day will come that you will follow daddy around every minute of the day.

Giving mommy and daddy a hint that you're ready for bed.

You'll stand all day long.

We went on our first mommy/son date to Chick-fil-A to share some ice cream and you loved it.

And now for the increasingly harder to capture monthly photos...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

If I had this blog in college...

This past weekend was freshman move-in for most colleges, Clemson included. I can't say that my heart didn't skip a beat at the thought of that day eleven just a couple years ago. Everyone was getting settled into the new normal of new friends, dining hall dinners and shower caddies. At the time, my roommate and I were still getting to know each other and little did we know that we were beginning lifelong friendships and that we had 2D4 to thank for that *collective awww*. Free time (seriously, we had so much free time and didn't even know it) was spent sitting around on Bowman field and there was always someone to grab lunch with downtown if you had enough paw points. A good day would be when there was someone who would take you to your car parked in the pit so you could make the 30 min drive to the Anderson Target and Chick-fil-A. Monday nights consisted of ice cream from Hendrix with everyone piled in one room watching the Bachelor. A good Thursday night would be dinner at Chili's Too before FCA at 9:19. Saturdays were sleeping in until time to get ready for tailgating and some Clemson football. Sundays were spent at New Spring with lunch afterwards and plenty of napping studying for the rest of the day. Please excuse the poor quality of these pictures. They were taken with my very first digital camera #filterneeded. We didn't have Instagram to document every minute of our lives. I'm pretty sure our Razor phones wouldn't have run Instagram anyway. We were just happy to have a creative away message on AIM. If this blog had been around in college, it would look a little more like this... you're welcome ladies :)

Aaand the husband and me in matching polos.

Looking back at these pictures, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. While those were such sweet, fun times I think we can honestly say that life has gotten so much sweeter now with the addition of husbands and lots of new little additions. I am so thankful that we get to keep making new memories even though college has long come and gone. Now back to laundry and washing bottles.

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