Monday, March 31, 2008

Is there anything cuter then baby Lambs??

We love our neighbors!! Don and Helen came over on Sunday to tell us their sheep had had their babies. They were less then 24 hours old and they thought Luke might want to see them. Now you need to understand that my husband wisely does everything in his power to keep me away from baby animals. So he was little alarmed when I started jumping up and down in excitement. But really how could we not take Luke over to see the little lambs ;) They were SO CUTE!!!! Can you tell how happy I was just holding one. As it turned out Luke would not even touch them but that certainly didn't stop me. They pretty much had to kick me out of the barn. You can see in the pictures that Luke liked to look at them but did not know quite what to make of them. And don't worry honey I know we don't have the right fencing yet so I have not run out and bought us sheep. (but I'm not promising anything for the future)

Our wonderful small town

There is a little boy named Kody that goes to Luke's Preschool who is suffering from cancer. The whole town has come together to support this little guy. Check out his website All day last sat they had a Jamboree for him at the local high school. It was amazing!! They had a band playing and invited kids up to dance. It was SO CUTE seeing all these kids of all ages dancing. Luke went up on stage and stood in one spot, he didn't move at all, except to look around. I took tons of pics but because it was so dark they didn't come out. From what I hear it was a big success in raising money to help Kody.
Luke and Drew loved playing on the air toys outside. Luke laughed and laughed going down the slide.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Luke has been tagged by Angelina and Angelo

The directions are to post 10 random bits about yourself and then tag 10 more people....

1. I like anything with tires, matchbox cars, toy tractors, my big-wheel, my bike, my grandpa's big truck.

2. I tell my mom the names of tractors ; Backhoe , excavator, frontloader. My mom is not very good at remembering what they are called so when we are driving I like to yell out the names when I see them to remind her.

3. I love books! My mom says I take after her cus books are her very favorite thing too. Hum... I wonder if thats why I have so many of them.

4. When I take my naps at home I like to sleep with four stuffed animals, two horses and two monkeys.

5. Don't tell, but I have a "blankie" that I make sure is never to far away from me.

6. I go to two schools, "New school" is Three Peaks Preschool and "Old school" is Jentle Jungle, I love love going to both.

7. My dad likes to play cars, so I make sure I play cars with him every day. If he forgets to play I'm really good at reminding him.

8. I have the very best Grandma and Grandpa, they play with me all the time. When we go out to eat I don't understand why it always takes so long. I usually start jumping up and down to get people to hurry. I think my grandpa gets bored to cus he will take me outside for walks. He's really good at looking at trucks with me. Sometimes my Grandma comes over to my house just to play. My mom and dad have someplace to go so its just me and grandma having fun.

9. I have three horses that I help feed every day. I have my own wheel barrow to put the hay in.

10. Sometimes my mom and dad will look at me and start laughing I didnt even know I was doing something funny. I like being able to make them laugh and smile.

Now for the 10 tags

 Jenda Josiah

Friday, March 28, 2008

FFF = Favorite Friday Foto

Liz and Gary took this picture from our hiking trip last Sat. This is one of the places that we climbed in and out of passing Luke back and forth. This kid has no fear, he laughed the whole time. If we would slow down he would say "go go", you can tell in this picture he does not much like stopping to take a picture. Come on, there are rocks to be climbed.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A play day for us!!

Last Friday Dewey and I got to go golfing. (YIPEEE) We both love to golf but really only go a few times a year. Some friends from Spanish Fork came down and we all met in St George bright and early Fri morning. I have to say St George has some stunning golf courses. I love the green grass against the red rocks. And please no comments on my gold swing, I'm really not very good and well aware of it. :) And no I did not make my shot across this gorge. (lost 4 balls in fact, darn canyon shot)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Sunday

Luke LOVES cars/trucks/tractors pretty much anything with wheels. He was pretty happy to see that's exactly what the Easter Bunny left him. He was not to impressed with the new shoes, go figure.
After breakfast we drove down to Zions national Park. In Springdale (the town right before you get to Zions) there is this little Animal reserve. They have Elk, Buffalo and various other animals you can feed. Luke was loved it and didn't want to leave. As we were putting him in the car he kept saying "more, more elk". Then the rest of the day it was "bye bye Elk".

We did one of our favorite hikes, the Zion overlook. Check out Luke happy as can be riding on dads back. It occurred to me that once we bring Kolby home I will also need a backpack to carry one of the boys. Since they both weigh the same neither one is going to be easy. Hum.... note to self, always make sure to invite other people on our hike who are bigger and stronger then me. And who will let me talk them into carrying whichever child I am supposed to carry :)
The views are breathtaking when you reach the end of the hike. This picture was taken at the overview. Words just don't do it justice. This is the whole group from left to right, me, Dewey, Luke, Jordan, Gary, Liz and Haley. After our hike we drove to a picnic area and had lunch. It was a beautiful day, a wonderfu way to spend Easter. I love that we live so close to such an amazing place.


Liz (my sister), her boyfriend Gary and his girls came down for Easter weekend. We all got up early on Sat morning for our towns Easter egg hunt. Lets just say there were a zillion kids there and it was over in less then a minute. Luke did find a special egg which meant he won a prize basket. The picture is of him holding it and laughing with Dewey

After the egg hunt we drove to St George and hiked around the "Narrows" park (I don't know the real name of the park, that's just what we call it). Luke loved it and had great time with "auntie" , Gary and the girls. We hiked all over the rocks. There were some places where we would pass Luke from person to person to get him down and he would laugh the whole time.

I like this picture, Luke and Liz relaxing in the sun.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A charge on our cedit card!!!

I have never been so happy to see a charge on our credit card. And I guarantee Dewey has never been more pleased to call and tell me a charge came through on the card. (funny, but normally he is none to pleased with me when he notices various charges on the account ;) I have been calling everyday and he checks online, today was the magic day. $117 charge from Labcorp. Yippee, Kolby's DNA charge is paid for.

FFF = Favorite Friday Foto

Check out Luke's grumpy face. I know I shouldn't, but even grumpy he just makes me smile. I'm sure he just loves it when I go even further by grabbing the camera to remember the moment. I don't recall what caused this particular grumpy moment but I'm sure it was something very bad. Possibly he was tired of our errands, or he wanted something that was at home and not in the car. Or more likely he wanted me to stop singing to whatever song was playing on the radio. Poor kid the way I make him suffer :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

DNA News!!!!

Yippeee!!!! We received our DNA authorization form today. That means that Kolby must have had his passport done. This is the news we have been waiting (and waiting and waiting) for. Normally his DNA would be taken the day after authorization. But Guatemala pretty much shuts down this week for Easter. (Holy week) So his appointment is next Tues the 25Th. We are thrilled just knowing that we are moving forward. Happy, happy news!!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Our Weekend

On Saturday we decided to go for a drive. We ended up in the "Virgin River Gorge". Its the canyon that you drive through just south of St.George to get to Las Vegas or Calif if you keep driving. We always stopped there when I was young. I even camped there a few times with my grandma and poppy. I just love sharing things like this with Luke. It was a little chilly when we were there, we can't wait to go back once it warms up so Luke can play in the sand and water.

Happy St. Patricks Day!!!

It just so happened it was Luke's turn to bring treats to Preschool today. So we made shamrock shaped cupcakes last night. He gets so excited to take treats. He just loves his schools. If you talk to him for more then half a minute he will talk about "New School" ,Old School". New school is our school districts preschool he goes to twice a week for his speech development. Old school is Jentle Jungle which he goes to three days a week. When we say prayers at night we start him out then he says things to bless/be thankful for, he says Old school, New school every time. I am so grateful that he is so happy going to both. We love Jentle Jungle, they are amazing with him. And he is doing great in Preschool. Just one more thing to be thankful for.

Friday, March 14, 2008

FFF = Favorite Friday Foto

Check out our cool cat.... His name is C.C and he is slightly larger then our dog Bailey. I looked out the window and there is was perched on a fence post. Which I might add is not all that large. Maybe its just me but our animals crack me up.

Look what came in the mail....

An Easter basket from Luke's Great Grandma in Texas. Thank you G.G!!! He loves it!! Can you tell in the last picture he is singing with the bunny? Last year we had just got home from Kaz when it was time for Easter. I think it was a bit much for him, he didn't really grasp what was going on. So I was happy to see him VERY excited about his basket. He carried it all over the house yesterday. I can't wait to see him on an Easter egg hunt.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

We have Kolby's Birth Certificate

Its Official Kolby is a Warner.
We received Kolby's Birth Certificate today. I cried when I saw the words "Registro Nacional de las Personas" in my email. Finally we have his birth cert in hand. Its amazing to me to see his name as Warner. And even more so to see both me and Dewey listed as his parents. He is really and truly our son. Wow........ Now I really need to bring him home soon, you would think it gets easier but each day is harder then the last. Hopefully getting his birth cert means we are moving in the right direction. YIPPEEEE

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Luke's Gotcha Day!!!

Was one year ago today. I put together a slide show but was not able to upload it. ( I have mentioned we live in the country right) Hopefully I will be able to upload it tomorrow from work.

One year ago today after being in Kazakhstan for 6 weeks we were able to pick up Luke from the Baby house and take him back to our hotel with us. He was in our arms forever. At the time he was just over two years old and wearing size nine month clothes. In the last 12 months he has grown almost one foot taller and gained 10 pounds. Then he was not talking at all, now he is speaking sentences. Then because he had never been around men he would not let Dewey hold him without crying, now he is a total daddies boy.
In a way it seems like yesterday, in another way it seems like he has been in our life forever. He is our love and joy, he has brought more happiness into our family then I can say. I feel honored to be given the opportunity to be his mother.
I thank god everyday for our son.
We love you Luke!!!

Quote for the day

Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.-- Shari R. Barr

I laughed out loud when I read this, because I am a vegetarian and I do assume both.

Moving Backwards

Well we are no closer to bringing Kolby home and in fact farther behind then when I posted last week. We don't think our passport has been done yet, and we know that we don't have our DNA authorization yet. I feel like this process is a bad dream that I can't wake up and make everything ok. If only money grew on tree's, I would be in Guatemala right now trying to make things happen. Its beyond frustrating when I can't do anything and nobody else seems to be either.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

News from our agency!!!

My darling hubby could tell that my nerves were fried. So he took it upon himself to try and call CCI. Well he was able to get right through and found out some promising info. He was told that Kolby's passport is being done today. If that's the case it means his birth certificate has already been done. So that is HUGE!!! He was also told that hopefully Kolby's DNA will be taken this Friday. Its a big relief to me to know that things are moving in the right direction.

Thank you Kim!!!

Our wonderful and amazing friend Kim gave us a brand new to us Bunk bed. In anticipation of Kolby coming home we thought we better move Luke out of his crib/converted to daybed so Kolby can have it. We made a huge production of him getting a "Big Boys" bed in hopes that he would spend the whole night in it. Normally he comes in and out of our bed all night. Which would not be that big of a deal except that he sleeps horizontal to me and Dewey's vertical. And I have no idea how he does it but also both kicks his feet and waves his arms around, so it doesn't matter which end your on, your not getting any sleep. Well all our excitement worked he spent the whole night in his new bed. YIPEEE, THANK YOU KIM!!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Way to go Luke!!!

Luke said his first full sentence last night.... YIPPEE!!! The magic words were "Daddy's driving grandpa's big truck". Dewey and I both looked at each other and said "Did he just say a full sentence?" Yep five whole words put together. (Dewey was in fact driving grandpa's truck at the time) As most of you know Luke is speech delayed. Last year when we brought him home he was not speaking at all. He is in our local school districts preschool twice a week to receive speech therapy. So needless to say we are THRILLED with his progress. A full sentence is big news for us.

Our emotional rollercoaster

Or more commonly known as International adoption. It has now been five weeks that we have been out of PGN. I should say that I really and honestly believed that we when we got out of PGN in Jan that we would travel the second week of March. (next week) If you would have told me then that we would be in the first week of March and not even have our DNA authorization I would have laughed and said "no way, that's impossible". Well and here we are..... I can say hopefully it will come any day now, I mean at some point it has to. But I have been saying "hopefully any day now" for four weeks. So I guess I don't know what to say anymore.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Um sweetie you have a little something on your face....

Dewey made us all fruit smoothies, yummy! Luke wore a smoothie mustache the entire time it took him to drink his.
We had a quiet weekend, nothing exciting. We had made plans on Sunday to go to a park and have a picnic with some friends. I thought it would be good for the kids to get out and run around. Last week the temperature got up to 65 degrees. So great idea right? We woke up Sunday to SNOW. It was cold, cold, cold and snowed off and on all day. So we changed the outside fun in the sun to inside sitting by the fire watching movies.