Friday, December 20, 2013

Born from the Heart

I just read this book (Born from the Heart) for the first time. As an AP, I wonder how I never heard about it before I saw it at the bookstore. Anyhow, if you think about the book literally it could be a little creepy, but what I do love about it is that it captures the loves the grows in a mother's heart as they wait to meet their child... and I think this book applies to ALL my children. I so desperately wanted to meet them all. It is awesome that I finally found a book that doesn't have to be about waiting for a bio baby or a child that joins a family through adoption..... but about both. 

Any other APs (and parents of bio and adopted children)out there that have read this book and want to chime in?

Born from the Heart 

2013 Review....Through Phone Pictures (Part III)



October brought more seasonal fun.  We took a trip to the apple orchard, the boys won their last soccer game and we delighted to bring home their trophies for their undefeated season, and we carved pumpkins and roasted seeds. Bunte and I took a trip to Maryland to celebrate his forever family day in October. We met his friends Lucas and had dinner at Medieval Times.  Boots also dressed up in his Halloween costume for his riding lesson and we later enjoyed trick or treating with our friends.  My favorite costume of the night was Wes' Forest Gump costume (the running version of Gump).








 In November the boys spent a lot of time outside enjoying the beautiful weather.  I love the view of my boys taking care of their ponies!  Isaiah and Payton rode in the leadline class at the year end show.  I loved that Payton rode Bandit!  He looked amazing and was very proud to be riding the biggest horse at the entire show.  I also had an opportunity to visit my cousin and attend her baby shower - since her sister is also pregnant we took the opportunity to pose with all our baby bellies.












 Here we are in December.  Isaiah is practicing his big brother skills in preparation for the new baby.  Last weekend the boys went caroling in the mini carts with their grandmother.  Just to continue the holiday festivities I partnered with my department at school to perform for the 12 Days of Christmas assembly.  The students enjoyed laughing at our pitiful dancing skills.




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2013 Review....Through Phone Pictures (Part II)

 In July I caught Boots and Isaiah napping on the floor.  It was so adorable.  The boys also manned their first ever lemonade stand at a farm horse show.  They spend many hours watering and caring for their garden....we ate A LOT of squash!  At the end of the month some of our friends came to visit and we took them on a tour of the caverns.












August was another month packed full of fun!  The big boys enjoyed riding camp, we took a trip to the safari park, and went on a second quick beach trip.  We also spent a few evenings at our county fair and enjoyed visiting with our friends who were showing their livestock.  Next up was Boots birthday... 7 YEARS OLD... complete with a Star Wars cake.
































September brought more horse show (and Bunte's first CHAMPION ribbon!)  We also stopped by a car show (perfect free activity for little kids!) and Isaiah fine tuned his cart driving skills.  We celebrated the Ethiopian New Year with our Habesha friends.  Finally, Boots and Payton spent many evenings at soccer practice (and eventually ended their season UNDEFEATED!).