Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
SHS Girls District Runner-Up!
Way to go Blazers! I was so proud to watch my athletes perform today. Their hard work all season long really paid off. So many of them passed people right before the finish line, others toughed out falls and illnesses, and others just ran smart! Today was a GREAT DAY TO BE A BLAZER!
The boys took a victory lap with thier trophy and flag.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Remains of the Episcopal Misson circa 1904.
Bryden helped open Payton's gifts.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hi! It's a boy!
Great. (long pause) Is he healthy?
Yep. He and C. look great.
(Note: She had not said that we had been picked yet.)
Well. It's YOUR boy!
Oh.my.gosh. (note: I was literally spinning in circles in my bedroom.) Are you serious?! She picked us?!
Yes. She loved you guys!
So what do we do now? (my voice so shaky)
Well, you need to come to Atlanta as soon as possible. (Details continued...)
Actually, I want to tell Wes. Can I call you back to get that info. (all this while still shaking and spinning in circles...mostly because I did not know what else to do with myself).
Within 24 hours we were in Atlanta and ready to meet our sweet boy for the very first time. Time has flown by since that first phone call and our sweet pea is already ONE MONTH OLD today. Wow. Babies do change so quickly.
Payton has surpassed 7 pounds, his head has grown about an inch, his hair is curling more and more each day, and his skin looks darker and more beautiful every day. His personality is developing. Payton has a bit of a temper when he does not get what he wants, but is perfectly happy as long as you do what he demands. Usually that involves eating or holding. He has moved into his own room (which is a good thing, at one point there were seven living beings sleeping in one room (me, Wes, Payton and 4 dogs)... a little much. He likes to be entertained (watching faces). He is making new noises each day as he figures out how to coo a little bit. He loves baths (after his tummy is full). And will only tolerate about 15 minutes of tummy time before getting really mad. He continues to suck his thumb when I am not fast enough to give him a binky. Payton does not sleep thru the nite. He usually has one good nite followed by two bad nites. He still seems to have his days and nites confused. But, we really love the little guy. He is wonderful and we feel blessed. Our family and friends continue to be supportive of us during this time of transition. Our church family is bringing us meals on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Sundays which has been GREAT. What a wonderful group of people. We are also excited for our upcoming baby welcoming parties (over the next 3 weekends) and Payton's baptism on November 2.
This is Payton's serious face. He loves to grab things and pull hard. He is actually quite strong. You cannot tell in this pic, but he pulled his right shoulder off the ground. He loves to grab fingers, toys, bottles, and most of all, my necklace. When he is really angry, you better watch out because he will grab your face. During one tummy time he got so mad that he pushed himself off of his tummy and onto his back. I do not think he is supposed to be able to do that just yet, so maybe it was just a one time event, but the kid is strong. Esp. when he is mad.
Look at that cute face! Payton LOVES textures and his snuggle bear is so soft. He likes to rub his face against his snuggle bear.
Thumb, thumb, thumb, thumb....thuuuumb!
This pretty much sums up how we feel lately....tired!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
After visiting Cristen, Jackson, and the Crabtree fam, we headed to Wes' parent's house for our annual oyster dinner. Here are all of the Kite boys with full bellies!
Today we went to the pumpkin patch and found one really cute pumpkin (pictured above)!
Wes and Payton picked their own...
I will save my longer update on Payton's progress for his one month birthday post. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sitting on my old (almost 40!) show pony, Topper! Each day is a precious gift for Topper, so I thought I had better seize the opportunity to get a pic of Payton and my Top man!
Chillin' with my bffs! I am so blessed to have great friends. Before Payton's arrival, we (the four of us girls) had planned to take my friend Erin (pictured on the left) out for her last hurrah on Friday before her little girl arrives (her due date is election day...how cool!). So we did... but Payton came along for the fun. We ate dinner at a Thai restaurant and went home and donned our pjs as we watched a girlie movie. Wes tolerated our girlish giggles and took a few pics for us!
On Saturday, we traveled to VMI for Wes' five year reunion festivities. Unfortunately, the football team did not fare well against Richmond, but it was nice to catch up with some old friends. Payton and I went to church Sunday AM while Wes was at his football meeting. We immediately left church so Payton could go ride in his first-ever horse show. Here is sitting so proudly on Sneakers. He wore the same pair of baby riding pants that Brooke and I wore as tiny tots. Mom brought the jacket, but it was just too big!
Like mother, like son. I was 4 weeks old at my first show. Payton beat me to it at only 2 weeks and 5 days! This is a pic of my Aunt Judy, Aunt Linda and my Mom holding me on top of Stu ball at my very first horse show.
Payton's first blue ribbon!
One proud Grandma! (The number was just as big as him!)
We rushed out of the horse show to drive back to the high school where I teach to watch Wes participate in a charity wrestling event. I was LAUGHING! Basically, there was mass chaos in the wresting ring as reality stars took on old pro-wrestlers and local high school coaches to raise money for the Special Education class at the high school. It was so cute to listen to Wes explain the event to Payton. He said, "Payton, sometimes we do things for other people even when it means giving up our free time...and looking a little silly. Helping others is important." What a great role model! Keep up the good parenting, Wes!
That is our weekend in a nutshell. I am sure this week will have plenty more opportunities for pics!
Here is the comment to my earlier post regarding our (Wes and I) support of Obama in November:
"Diana,Please don't lump all people who listen to conservative radio together with this man. It would make you no better than him. Not all of us feel that way, and neither do all the conserv radio hosts. As far as voting for Obama- you do realize that he is pro-choice? You would not have that beautiful little boy if his birth mother had been of this same mindset.I respect your rights to your opinions, but I wanted you to know not all conservative, pro life people are like this man. I applaud you and Wes for adopting a transracial baby, especially in a Southern state. Love definitely knows no bounds. Congrats. "
A few comments...
1) Thanks for the congratulatory remarks and your support of transracial adoption!
2) I was not lumping all conservative talk show listeners as bigots (and that is what that man was!). Rather, I was commenting on the fact that he believed everything that they (conservative propagandaists) said! Anyone who believes everything they hear on conservative OR liberal talk shows needs to seriously consider their information source. One thing I teach my high school students is to spend A LOT of time cross referencing information to ensure that they are making their own, informed decisions on topics, rather than allowing the media (radio, tv, internet) to make it for them.
3)Yes, I realize that Obama is pro-choice, but that does not make him or me pro-abortion. There is a big difference. Furthermore, I will not limit my candidate choice to one issue...I did not even mention abortion in my last post. Rather, I addressed issues such as environment, health care, education, etc. Lastly, I thank God for Payton's birth mom as she gave us an amazing gift that no one else could. She made the decision that was right for her and her family. Please don't make any presumptions about her situation.
4) I am not changing my position. I will continue to support Obama (although, I must say...and watch out... I am going to really ruffle feathers now... I voted for Hillary in the primary and wish she was the democratic candidate). Firstly, I support Obama's energy plan which acknowledges that global warming is man-made and that we need to preserve and protect our environment (plug for my stock...invest in Clean Energy)! Secondly, I support a timeline to remove troops from Iraq! Peace is Patriotic! Thirdly, I support Obama's tax plan that will raise taxes on those that can afford it and reduce taxes on those that are already overburdened. My list continues... 5) I am quite accustomed to defending my democratic views amongst my conservative Christian friends. SOME people think it is impossible to be a Christian, liberal, democrat and it is not. I know this, because I AM.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Grandaddy Kite holding his second grandson.
For generations--Great Grandma Wright, Grandma Kite, Daddy Kite, and Baby Payton Kite. So special!
Auntie Brooke holding the wee one.
We had a special treat to meet up with "Yoka" and Lilli before they move out of the country. Their little girl is only 7 weeks older than Payton and was placed with their family thru our same agency. Although it was a brief meeting, I was so glad to get to see their precious little girl before they move.
2. He is STRONG! I am amazed at Payton's strength. He can almost roll over already. He also can lift his shoulders off of a flat surface and pick up and turn his head. Everyday his muscles are strengthening.
3. He is COORDINATED! Payton loves to suck his thumb and clasp his hands together. Sometimes it looks like he is praying. SOOOO precious. I am currently debating between giving him a pacifier and not... what to do when you have a thumb-sucker on your hands? Any advice?
4. He is CHILL! During the day (remember, that is Payton's sleepy time), he will sleep in my sling, in his boppy bouncer, in his crib, in the pac n play, wherever.... he is so relaxed and happy. We are so blessed.
5. He hates to be COLD. The only time Payton's is unhappy (besides 3-6am when we won't acknowledge that he wants to play), is when he gets a sponge bath, we change his diaper, or we change his clothes. The common factor in all of this is that he gets cold. Maybe Wes will finally let me turn up the temp. in the house a wee bit ;).
I am sure to have more fun things to say after this weekend. We have more family visiting, we are traveling for Wes' college reunion, and celebrating some birthdays. Stay tuned for more pics!
One last note, I don't think I have mentioned politics too much on this blog, but our country is in such a bad place right now, that I almost feel obligated to speak up on behalf of my new family. The long and the short of it is that only ONE person we have met in the last 16 days has been rude to us about our transracial adoption. Of course, we have answered many questions about Payton's ethnicity, but people were always respectful and excited for us. UNTIL... we met an old man locally that told us our son would be lucky because they government just gives money to black people and it will only "get worse" if Obama becomes president. Ugh. Ignorant fool. He then proceeded to inform us of all the foul play involved in Obama's campaign (can we say he gets his news from conservative talk radio???). After listening to a few minutes of his rant, I glared and said in my most eloquent, clear, slow, calm, determined voice, "I HOPE MY SON WILL BE ABLE TO SAY 'THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED THE YEAR I WAS BORN!'" This country needs change! I want a cleaner environment left for Payton, I want better health care and social services and education for him, and I want him to know that white men will not always call all of the shots in this country. Our voice matters. The Kemper-Kite family will VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN in November. And after hearing Sarah Palin sad attempt last nite to justify conservative policies proposed by the McCain/Palin ticket, I hope more people will join us and demand CHANGE!