Thursday, October 24, 2013

Incident Reports

(Disregard the terrible quality images! These are the images that display Wesley's personality most accurately and almost all of them happened to be unedited!)

It's so strange having a child who is polar opposite in regard to his behaviors at school in comparison to all we know...Tate.  Tate is extremely obedient at school.  He is devastated if he gets on yellow...which has only happened twice ever.  Wesley, on the other hand, well, he is another story.

It's exhausting.  And not something we enjoy dealing with, but I felt the need to document it because it is our life right now and someday, hopefully, I will look back on this and laugh.  I don't know...hopefully though!

So he gets incident reports sent home a lot...a lot.  The following are the incidents that have been reported to us THIS WEEK ALONE!

He punched a classmate in the stomach.
He hit his teacher.

He pinned a classmate on the floor and pried a toy out of his hands because he wanted to play with it.

He wiped his snot from his Kleenex on a classmate that was sleeping on the cot next to him at rest time.

He peed his pants.

He picked a booger and wiped it on his teacher.

It's only Wednesday.
Scared at what the rest of the week will hold.

Oh, and his teachers say he is very well behaved.  One of the best in his class!
I don't even know what to say about that.

He is spirited to say the least...and I think the fact that he is so stinkin' cute and a total flirt works in his favor. ;)

He makes me weak.  I am scared to open his backpack and read his incident reports each day!
MUCH different than Tate!

Pray for us! :)

Saturday, October 05, 2013

1 Year ago today!

We adopted our 2 littles.
Wesley Xander and Cason Stewart officially became part of our family...even though they already had been for several months in our hearts. :)

I can't even hardly believe that this is my life...that God has blessed me with these 3 unbelievable little boys through the gift of adoption.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think this is what my family would be like.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be this amazing and fulfilling and busy and wonderful and stressful and full of joy and heartache and pride and pain.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I could feel this love that I do for my family...for my house full of 4 incredible boys!

What a ride it's been.
What a gift!

My heart is just so full today...Tate's birthday and the anniversary of making our family complete!

God is good!

And he's 7...

I tucked my 6 year old Tate to bed for the last time tonight. He's 7...7!!!! There's something about 7 that seems so much older than 6 to me. I might have said that about 6 last year though. :)

I love so much about this boy...I wonder what it would be like to think like him for a day...or even an hour.  He is so unique and funny and SMART...really smart.  I love his quirks and uniqueness...I'm a bit unique myself. ;)

And he is one gorgeous little boy!  Man, he melts my heart!

He loves music, so these pictures epitomize him.  He likes to be alone and is always thinking...about  music, dance, math, words, letters.  He is constantly thinking.

His little dimples and funky style are to die for.  Love that he likes to be different!

He is such a good boy.  So good in school and usually good at home...although he has his days! ;)

He is super sensitive and hard on himself.  He is very competitive and inquisitive.  He wants to know how things work, why they are the way they are.  He is so structured.  He can't go to sleep at night without saying the same 3 prayers with me in the same order every night.  He can't walk away from the van when I drop him off in the morning at school without (in this order) waving, blowing me a kiss and then flashing me the I love you sign.  And he still hugs and kisses me in front of all of his peers when I come to school...I will cry the day that stops!

He may be our oldest, but he will always be our first baby...the one that made us a Mommy and Daddy, the one that changed our hearts and our world forever.  He'll always be our Tater Tot.

I am so proud of Tate and love him more than words...7 is going to be a good year for him, I know it!  I know God has amazing things in store for our Tater and though I can't wait to watch Tate grow and mature as each year passes...I want to freeze time.  I  love Tate at this age, I love the conversations we have and the laughter and innocence and carefree spirit he has.

Happy Birthday, our sweet Tater Tot!  We love you from the depths of our souls and don't know how we ever survived before you were placed into our arms and became our son!

Friday, October 04, 2013

Work...a lot of work...

That's what I've been up to these last few weeks.
Family sessions, senior sessions and an engagement session for Vantage Nine19.

This is just a small preview...

I did a 7 year session for Tate since he's 7 TOMORROW!!!
More on that later!
Did you know it's also the 1 year anniversary of us adopting the littles tomorrow?!  Yikes.

Vantage new wedding photography business I partnered with my friend and fellow photographer, Jamie on was launched a few weeks ago!  Exciting stuff!  Check out or if you haven't yet! :)  It is keeping Jamie and I BUSY!  We are up late and night working on all the details.  We have our first Vantage in January...EEK!!!  And FYI...she is GORGEOUS!  Can't wait!

Life is nuts as usual!  Good, but nuts!