Thursday, May 26, 2011

He's still got it!!!!

Did you SEE this?????? Kevin and I will be the first ones to admit that we did not regularly watch American Idol this season... Meh. We caught a few shows. BUT, we did tune in for the last ten minutes of the finale last night... And we couldn't have turned on the TV at a better time. Holy Schnikeys!!!! Steven Tyler still has it, decades later. We had goosebumps and sat straight up on the couch. So amazing... After glancing at the disgusting and sexually explicit performance by Lady Gaga just minutes before, I still think that classic rock rules! After all his quirky comments and crazy humor (usually with -bleeped- moments!), last night he proved why he was there on the judges' panel.

What a payoff at the end... Kevin even said, "That's pretty impressive!" This is for all you Aerosmith fans out there:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Crazy Birds

So... it's been a crazy CRAZY storm season thus far. We send our good thoughts and prayers to the people who have had everything taken from them by recent storms and tornadoes (Joplin, MO - Officially classified as an F5 tornado... Insane). And while we've had our fair share of scary moments, we are still blessed to be safe and sound here in Lincoln.

On a lighter note, one of the more interesting or quirky effects of these storms has been this montage of crazy BIRDS that dive and swerve and almost try to kill you while they seek flying insects after the rain. I'm not kidding. We take Abbie outside to go potty and we almost get taken OUT.... Abbie's fine. She's too close to the ground. :) But I still remember the look on Kev's face when he came in from his first encounter the other night. "Have you seen the birds???" he asked. Wow. How can you not go out and take a look-see? Yeah, crazy swallows.

So here's a little video that I took today after more rain. It really doesn't do the scene justice, but you get the idea.

Hitchcock dreamed of moments like this.... he he....

Monday, May 23, 2011

Little Sliders...

Noah had a LOT of fun with all his cousins while we were in Utah in March. I was just cleaning up my phone when I found these little videos of Noah and Maeli at the park. Too cute to pass up.


This one is sideways... Sorry. :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Close Encounters of the Insensitive Kind....

Well, I didn't expect it to happen so soon. But I can check my first encounter with insensitive comments off my list! I mean, really.

I'm ten weeks pregnant now, and since there are TWO little ones growing, my pants don't fit me anymore. :) So a few days ago I decided to go to the mall and look for a few solutions. I ended up at JC Penney, and I found some really cute things, too. I was feeling like it was a great morning out... Until I went to the check out and encountered a very pleasant woman... who opened her mouth.

She was obviously folding and scanning maternity clothes, so she smiled big and asked me if I was going to have a baby. I said yes. She asked if this was my first. I replied that it was my first pregnancy, but that I also have a little four year old boy. She gave me a puzzled look. I explained that we had adopted our son when he was a newborn. I said this with a familiar smile on my face because usually this revelation is followed by warm conversation about how wonderful that is and how lucky we were to be part of that experience.

This was not the case that day.

With a half-smile on her face, she proceeded to tell me just how happy she was for me that I can finally have a child of "my own" and how it's just not the same unless you've felt them grow inside of you and unless you've gone through labor and "sacrificed" for them to come. I was so SHOCKED by what I was hearing. I think I went numb.

Seeing that I was not nodding in agreement with her, she went on to further explain her point.

"I mean, you know, it's just different when they're not really yours. They don't look like you and it's just different...."

NOTE: This woman was very visibly pregnant herself, a fact that became very irritating to me as she went on....

I just stood there. I couldn't believe what I was hearing!!! So she added one last morsel to her mountain of @$%#@@%$#.... I mean, wisdom. :)

"You know, I have a step son. And it's just not the same. I mean, he's not my child."

I hadn't acknowledged what she was saying at all, and there was quite a line forming behind me. So at that point she finished the sale in silence. What could I say to that? How could I even respond? Where would I even begin????


Thank you for congratulating me on the children growing inside me, all while insulting my precious little boy who came to me a different way. And THANK YOU for dissing my ability and conviction to love a child that did not come from my body. And you are SO AWESOME for loving your step son like he's not your child. I'm sure he feels every ounce of your sincerity.

I didn't want the debate, and I didn't want to hear another word. So I just smiled, took my bag from her and said, "Well, I know that MY SON is very VERY excited to be a big brother soon. Thank you."

I walked away shaking. What bothers me the most is whether or not she would have had the courage to speak her true feelings had my Noah been right by my side that day. I'm sure he would have been the one to tell her that this is the way Heavenly Father wanted our family to be and how lucky he is to have a birthmother who loves him so much.

I wonder if she would have been able to deny the living proof right in front of her that Adoption is about LOVE.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Guess What......

We've been trying to come up with the right way to break this news to the world (through our humble little blog, of course!). And finally we just decided to let a few pictures speak for themselves....

..... Look very closely. We're having TWINS!!!!!

The FULL story is coming VERY soon... When I feel like I can pry myself from the couch. :) I'm just so thrilled about feeling this exhausted!

And believe me when I say that we try every day to be deserving of our little miracles.


Someone who is now eating for THREE.... When I can go near the kitchen.


We had a fun, relaxed time this Easter weekend. Noah did a great job supervising the coloring of the eggs... and I made deviled eggs for the first time! They turned out really well. I called my mom, though, because I wanted them to taste just like HERS. And they did, so I was happy. :)

The BASKET....

I swear that Noah is getting taller everyday! I've always known that he will be taller than his momma, but I'd like to think that I have a few years left to look DOWN into those beautiful green eyes and tell him how much I love him.

At least I know that Abbie will always be right by my ankles. :)

Hope you all had a HOPPIN' good time.... Oh the Easter candy!

Someone who has a problem with Cadbury Creme Eggs.... They don't last long in my house.