Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Also, Sean was so excited to tell me all about the open heart surgery he got to watch in the operating room in his Med Surgery class today. He said it was so amazing. The anesthetist performing anesthesia during the surgery was a student at Iowa (where Sean hopes to go to anesthesia school) and Sean and he talked quite extensively about the program and what Sean should expect if he gets into Iowa. This got Sean really excited and hopeful that he will get into the program there. He has quite some time before that happens, but time flies! It always makes me happy when Sean is excited about what he is doing and loves it despite the fact that he is SO busy! I am so proud of him and all of his hard work...he is definitely passionate about what he is doing! He will make an amazing anesthetist some day!
So I guess I could say that the great report from Tate's daycare and the excitement coming from Sean made my day end on a good note. It was nice to be able to sit down as a family and eat dinner together too. That always makes me happy because these days, it doesn't happen as often as I wish it would!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Sean and I have been talking about how we plan to continue to grow our family. We have been looking at all of the options and doing a lot of research and a lot of praying. Through this, I found this video which brought me to tears! I HAD to share it with all of you.
It is always so awesome to see Tate and Brandon interact. Brandon is so amazing to him and we love seeing the special bond between them grow stronger each time we are able to get together! They love each other so much and Tate has so much fun playing with him! It's also so special that Marsha and Gary are such an important part of Tate's life as well! What a blessing it is that Tate has the love of a father from 2 men and the love of 6 grandparents!!!
It is so indescribable how we, from the moment we met Brandon and his family, were comfortable. It was just "right". We have never felt anything but comfortable around them and are able to enjoy our times with them without any awkwardness at all! It's truly amazing!
I know I repeat myself often when referring to the times we get to spend with Tate's birth family. I know I say how special these times are and how they will make amazing memories. I say time and time again how I can't put into words the gratitude that we have for Tate's amazing birth parents and their families. The thing is, I don't know what else to say. It's just so amazing how God allowed us to be a part of the wonderful blessing of adoption! Words diminish our feelings. They are not and will never be enough. It's a helpless feeling to have. I feel like I don't know what else to do in order to express to Brandon and his family how grateful we are for them. I will never forget the feeling I had when we drove off with Tate after meeting him. I will never forget how helpless I felt just being able to say, "thank you" to Brandon and not knowing how else to show him how I felt. Thank you? Thank you is not sufficient! It will never be enough! I still have this feeling every time we are with him and his family. I want to do more, to be able to say more. I will never be able to say more. And to not be able to show Tate's birth mother how we feel is an even more helpless situation. All I can do is write words to her to express our gratitude and words aren't enough. We completely respect her privacy and want for her to do whatever she needs to do in order to move on feeling good about the decision she made. I do not at all blame her for deciding to deal with this situation in a more private way, but I just hope that she is able to feel our gratitude through the words that we write to her. I am so afraid that she will never know how amazing we think she is, how much we love her and how much gratitude we have for her. Even with the relationship we have with Brandon and his family, I fear that even they won't ever know how much we truly love them and how blessed we feel to be able to call them family!
Tate and Aunt Sara.
Tate had a great time playing with all of Tyler's toys on Saturday morning. I am not sure if Tyler found it very amusing, but they did play pretty well together!
Sara and Travis, thanks for letting us stay on Friday night!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
As far as Tate goes, just thought I would document some of the new things he has been doing...
Last night, he slept with a pillow for the first time, he slept on it all night and during his nap today too.
Not only is Tate a professional walker these days, he has started trying to run as well. He hasn't completely figured out the concept, but on occasion, he manages to pick up the speed a bit. :-)
As I mentioned before, he loves playing with the "mernerna" (Tate's language for remote).
It seems that he has about 100 teeth, but I am sure it's not quite that many...I have lost count!
Tate would eat only cheese and pickles if we let him...they are his favorites these days!
Tate is still a HUGE Mickey Mouse Clubhouse fan and these days is equally as fond of Handy Manny (my personal favorite!) and Sesame Street.
For the first time last night Tate colored/scribbled with Crayons. He didn't think it was that fun and seemed to enjoy just playing with the crayons more than he enjoyed scribbling with them.
Tate can identify and make the sounds for an elephant, cow, sheep and lion. His favorite is the elephant.
Also, I really think that Tate is enjoying daycare. He doesn't cry when we drop him off anymore. This makes it easier on me as well!
So that is what has been going on with the Tater Tot! He is so much fun right now and it's so fun to watch him learn! I just wish I could be with him all day everyday! He is so much better with his attachment issues though since he started at daycare, so that is a good thing! Also, he has a friend Carson that he really likes there as well. Carson is only 2 weeks older than Tate and so they tend to stick beside one another most of the time.
Tomorrow starts a new work week...ugh! Hopefully it will go by quickly because we have a fun filled weekend planned for next weekend! Keep warm everyone!!!!
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Tate is quite the reader! I will walk in his room after him being in there for a little while along and he will be sitting down with a book almost every time! It is the sweetest thing!
I love how his hair looks after his baths! You can't really tell in this picture, but he actually has some curls!
Here is a video from tonight while he was playing in his recliner...he LOVES playing in his recliner. He would sit in there forever if I let him! He likes to "read" in it. :-)
Tate in his recliner
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
|You Are a Mai Tai|
You aren't a big drinker, but you'll drink if the atmosphere is festive.
And when you're drunk, watch out! You're easily carried away.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Last week went by pretty quickly, so I am hoping this week will be the same. I do enjoy the people that I am training with and am not absolutely miserable while at work, I just miss my boys is all! Sean is getting into the swing of things at school and feels that he is REALLY going to enjoy this semester. He will be more busy than ever this semester though. We will make it through, it will fly by hopefully!
My house is a mess, I have piles of laundry that need done and I am exhausted today from a late night last night with some friends. Tate is napping and I should be cleaning, but all I want to do is lay around and maybe even get a nap in as well. I managed to start a load of laundry, but that is all. I am going to go take a quick nap now and hopefully I will feel refreshed and ready to clean up my house a bit when I wake up! :)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
On my end...work went well. The week flew by and I feel like my brain is jam packed full of information regarding credit, FICO scores, account numbers, Home equity Lines of credit, checking accounts and whatever else I have learned about Wells Fargo Financial Bank! It's really overwhelming, but actually really interesting as well. I don't think I am going to mind my job once I get out of training and into the swing of things, but for now I am still adjusting and REALLY missing my boys! Sean works on my days off so that is going to make things hard. It's just something that we're going to have to muddle through for a while. I am remaining positive. It helps that Tate is adjusting so well at daycare. He is really quite the kissing machine when I get home from work and I REALLY like that! :)
I can't wait to cuddle my baby all weekend and get lots of time in with him. I wish he was feeling better, but I plan to medicate him with lots of hugs, kisses and love! Hopefully that will work so that we can get next week off to a good start. We're going to take this one week at a time...I am so grateful that we made it through this one!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Sunday, January 06, 2008
I am trying to remain positive about the whole change that is to come...I know that there is a reason this change is occurring in our life and that God has great plans for our family, plans that we may have never expected, so I am 'Remembering to Listen' to Him this evening as he is shouting at me while I feel this pain of having to leave my baby tomorrow.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
He will only be there for about 2 1/2 hours tomorrow and Friday. Next week, he will be there for 5 1/2 hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then all day on Thursday and Friday.
I am so afraid that I won't be able to do it, that I won't be able to walk out of her door and leave him there. I am going to be a mess!
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Tate was SO worn out after all of the fun he had at Nana and Papa's on New Years Eve and at Knutson's on New Years Day that he fell asleep for the night in the car on the way home at 7:00!