Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oh My Aching Booty

I don't know what made me think that doing 100 walking lunges after not working out for months was a good idea! I can barely walk today! When did I get so out of shape? I guess I know what my New Year's resolution needs to be. I'll start 2012 the same weight as I started 2011 but I'm a lot gooey-er. Therefore, I resolve to firm up in 2012.... at least until we get our baby! I can't make any promises after that. :)

Tristan News:
She goes to her pitcher's pitching lessons so she can practice catching. The other night a pitcher from a local college was at the facility and the girl who was going to catch for her didn't show up. Tristan volunteered to catch. The pitcher took it easy on her at first b/c she's only 13. After a few pitches she realized how good Tristan is and started giving it her all! She told Tristan that she's awesome and can't believe she's only 13! It made Tristan's week!
Also, we finally got Tristan's volleyball picture. I tried to take a picture of the picture but I couldn't get the lighting right. Anyway, here's what I got:xxoo

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! We had a great time with my family on Christmas Eve. I ate way too much (and I'm still eating way too much!) Here are a few pics of the day.

My Mom and Sister
Cait, Julie and Mom

A sweet one of John and Tristan

And here are some pics from Christmas Day.

We were so tired after we left Tristan that we went home and had a movie day. It was a cold, dreary, rainy Christmas Day which was perfect for snuggling on the couch together.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Busy Week

My goodness it's been a busy week. I've had dinner with the Harbert girls Monday night, Supper Club Tuesday night, movies with John and Tristan last night and dinner with Rebecca and Bree tonight. I am worn out! I'm ready for my four day weekend!

Here are some pics of Tristan and Chloe from last night. She looks so grown up!

We hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 16, 2011

Who Knew

Who knew there were infertility cards? Hallmark thinks of everything! My good friend Gloria (aka G-slo) sent me this card this week. She's so sweet! She wrote a lovely note on the other side but I'll let that stay a special moment for just the two of us (and the hubs... so just the three of us.)

I apologize for the picture quality. I took it with my iPhone instead of my new fancy, shmancy camera.

This has been a busy week so I apologize for my lack of posting. I'm the president of the Charitable and Social Committee at work so I was immersed in Christmas Party details! Thankfully the party was last night so I can take a breather this weekend.

Speaking of work... I don't know how many of you remember my post about my review last year but this year went much better. Last year they told me I was great and doing a wonderful job. They didn't have any complaints, however, I got a 3.4 out of 5. Well you don't have to be an accountant to figure out that's a 68 out of 100. I got a D! So I cried when I got home that night and was so upset about it that I asked next year for them to not include numbers in my review. The COO came in at the beginning of my review and said that they decided to include numbers this year but that hopefully I'll be happier about my scores. She also said that under no circumstances am I to multiply my number by 20 to get my "grade." Ha! They know me so well. Of course it was the first thing I did as soon as I saw the number. I got a..... 4.1. Ummmm still not an A but at least it's a B. The main thing was that she said I got one of the best reviews in the company and I got my full bonus. Score! I guess I can live with that number.

Last but not least, I want to wish Rach a very Happy Birthday!


Sunday, December 11, 2011

So Tired

My mom came up yesterday to go shopping and she wore me out! I'm not used to marathon shopping anymore. (Rhonda - I certainly had to stop for a drink and a snack.) After many hours and many stores I ended up buying one Christmas present.... ONE! I found stuff for myself, of course, but only one name was marked off my list. I'm going to have to do better next weekend!

Tristan came over yesterday and we took our Christmas picture. Here are a couple:
Lexi decided to surprise Tristan with a kiss for this picture.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Our First Call

I want this blog to have an honest portrayal of adoption the same way I was completely honest about infertility. Infertility isn't for the faint of heart and it turns out that neither is adoption. This is the story about our first failed call.

It was Monday, November 7th, only two weeks after we started being shown by AH. I was in my bosses offices at 4pm and when I came back to my desk I had a missed call and a message. I listened as a caseworker told me that we were chosen by a birth mother. I sit in a room with three other people so I tried to restrain the tears and screaming. I immediately jumped up and ran to the closest room... my bosses offices. By this point I had tears streaming down my face. She looked at me in shock and asked what was wrong. I tried to say "we've been chosen" but it must have sounded like "wvlkisj blikjn chlksne" because she told me to take a breath and try again. Ok... breath... we've... breath.... been... breath... chosen. She squealed and I squealed and then we hugged. I then realized that I haven't even told my husband. I left her office and headed to the bathroom to call the Hubs.

He couldn't believe it and made me say it about 5 times. The caseworker sent us an email with information about the birth mom so he opened it and started reading. It was a little boy and he was 4 months old. We both paused a moment; we were expecting a newborn. We decided to look over the information together when we got home. I got home an hour before him so I peeked at the email. There was a picture. I opened it and instantly fell in love. He looked just like my husband. I felt like this was meant to be. We were chosen so quickly and he looked just like John. It was perfect.

Once John got home we read everything together and called our case worker to say we were interested. She told us that we were the BM's first choice and she was excited to talk to us. I tried extremely hard to stay grounded. I couldn't get too excited until we were sure this was actually going to happen. John, however, was over the moon. I'll never forget him texting me on Tuesday to ask if I had looked at the picture 100 times that day like he had. I hadn't. I was trying so hard to remain cautious.

The case worker set an appointment for us to call the BM Friday night. That week seemed like it would never end! Everyday that passed was another day of his life we missed. We were SO nervous when it was finally time to call on Friday. I thought my heart would beat out of my chest! We sat down, put the phone on speaker and called. Ring.... Ring.... Ring.... Ring.... Voicemail. Voicemail?? That's not a good sign. I called the case worker and told her what happened. She said she would try to call her and get back with us. Hours passed with no news.

To this day we still don't really know what happened. She wouldn't return the caseworkers calls or emails so we assume she changed her mind. I can't blame her for it. I can't even imagine how hard it would be to place a child for adoption much less a child that you've bonded with for four months.

We were brokenhearted (and still are a bit) but we know that this child wasn't meant to be ours. Once we do find our child we will be so thankful that it worked out the way it did. We will look at our child and know that everything we went through was worth it. It's just so hard to remember that now while we're still muddling through all of the murky waters.

So now we wait. We wait for our second call. I'm scared that we won't be as excited next time. It feels like infertility all over again. How we were robbed of being excited when we saw a positive test because of the fear. One thing that doesn't scare me anymore is the thought that we won't have a child. Adoption has given me that and it is that gift that keeps me going through all of the lows.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas Brunch with the Girls

First, I have to put one up of my sweet Emma.

We set my new camera to what we thought was a 10 second auto delay so we could get a group shot. However, it turns out that it was a setting to take 10 consecutive pictures. This turned into many amusing "photo booth" shots. Enjoy.

Thanks to Em for hosting! She is due at the end of December so I'm sure she was pretty tired by the end of the party.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

A Few of My Favorites

We got our new camera this week! It's our Christmas gift to each other. It's a Canon Rebel T2i and we are loving it so far. Now I just need to take a photography class to learn how to use it. I've taken pictures over the past few days and here are some of my favorites:

1. My tuckered out babies snoozing on the couch.

2. Lexi decided to make a run for it and we had to go into the woods to get her. She was grounded the rest of the day!

3. I babysat Emma this week. This little stinker almost had me convinced that she doesn't wear a pull up to sleep anymore. She was pretty convincing but I didn't fall for it.

4. Tristan came over for a bit this week. Aren't they sweet snuggling on the couch?

5. I made oreo truffles yesterday for the Bundy's party. We had a great time and everybody gobbled up these babies.

6. I also made these cookies from scratch yesterday. This was my first time to make "from scratch cookies" all by myself. I think they turned out pretty tasty!

Today I'm meeting the girls for brunch and then cleaning my very cluttered house! Hope you guys are having a great weekend.


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