Nov 30, 2008

A Surprise 18th Birthday Party for Daniel

We had a surprise 18th birthday party for Daniel with over 20 family members who came to celebrate. Daniel, who is normally pretty talkative, was momentarily speechless when he walked into the Italian restaurant and saw everyone there. The inside pictures didn't come out to well but we had a great time! One very special treat was that Jeremy, who had just had major surgery the week before, was able to come and be part of our celebration ~ this truly made the night perfect and we were very thankful:) The food was delicious, the fellowship was fabulous, and the look on Daniel's face when he realized it was a surprise party for him...priceless!

The boys were excited to go on a carriage ride ~ I think they were more excited to get under the blankets in the carriage as it was a COLD evening to be outside.

We had a nice time talking with Daniel and Alyssa during our carriage ride. There is a cherub that "watches over" downtown Indy during the holiday season and we attempted to find him during our ride, we didn't find him during the ride but dad called us to disclose his secret location later that evening.

Uncle Tony and Aunt Cheryl rode in the carriage with Jordan and Nicholas. Jordan was thrilled as he knew Tony would talk basketball with him while they were on their carriage ride.

Curtis and I had a great night with all our family celebrating Daniel's 18th birthday. It brought back memories of when we lived in Ft Wayne and we went on a carriage ride one evening then decided Con*y Island sounded good afterwards. Not the most romantic date night... but if you live in Ft Wayne...let's just say you understand:)

We all had a wonderful carriage ride around downtown Indy and the circle of lights, it was a night we will always remember.

Uncle Tony always has a smile on his face and the boys enjoyed being with he and Aunt Cheryl.

Daniel turns 18

Eighteen years ago today we had the most adorable baby boy.
He weighed 6lbs, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long. He had strawberry blond hair and beautiful blue eyes. His eye are still blue and his hair stayed blond. On our first night home from the hospital we stayed awake calling all of our friends and family because we were scared to go to sleep, we wanted to stay awake to watch over him and protect him. Yes, we finally did go to sleep but 18 years later the desire to watch him and protect him is still present. However, he has grown into an incredible young man, one we couldn't be more proud of and with great anticipation we are excited to see what God has in store for him in the next chapter of his life.

Nov 27, 2008


When I think of the things I'm thankful for the list is very long. I'm thankful for three of the most incredible boys a mom could ask for and that they are healthy and happy. I'm thankful for a wonderful husband who supports me in everything ~ changing jobs this year, completing a masters degree in nursing, running our family and adopting a little girl from China all at the same time. I'm also thankful for great friends who I love dearly and an extended family. However, one thing I'm extremely thankful for is for the special time I've been able to spend with my sister, Tammi, over the last year. Have I mentioned how fun it can be to have a psychologist as a sister? We have truly had a great year spending time together and doing a lot of things sisters enjoy doing and for that I'm very thankful:)

Nov 26, 2008

The Night Before Thanksgiving...

Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse ~ MOUSE, yes, when I went out to the garage to get something out of the garage refrigerator I saw a MOUSE!! Nicholas was going over our menu and checking things off when he heard me scream and realized he was stuck at home, with mom, and a mouse ~ not a good combination! Two pound babies in the NICU don't scare me, but a 2 inch mouse ~ that's a whole different story!
He and I put our heads together and decided that Rebel, our younger of the two cats, would be our best defense in taking care of our mouse situation. However, Rebel had just finished eating so his desire to go hunting in the garage didn't pan out so well and he was rather bored with the whole situation.

We finally opted to go back to cooking our Thanksgiving feast and tried to ignore the mouse situation that was transpiring out in the garage. Nicholas had requested a chocolate cake as part of our Thanksgiving meal. I can't say that's a norm in our menu, but, as he doesn't care for apple, pumpkin or pecan pie I can see how chocolate cake would be appealing. He was very proud of the cake he made and was getting ready to bake and as this was round two with the cake, as round one ended up on the floor with all the mouse excitement, he was quite relieved when it finally made it into the oven ~ his cake received rave reviews on Thanksgiving:)

Nov 24, 2008

Rocks vs. Panthers ~ 1st game of the season

The Rocks had their first game tonight and played the Panthers. Though the Panthers gave them a run for their money, the Rocks came out winning the game 27-23. All of the boys played a great game and we are so proud of them. Jordan had an incredible play where he jumped up, blocked the ball at mid-court, stole the ball and passed it to a team mate for an alley-oop ~ even the Panthers fans were applauding the play.
Great job Rocks ~ we can't wait for the next game on Monday:)

Nov 21, 2008

Our Mr. Basketball

We are very excited to announce that the freshman high school basketball tryouts were last week and not only did Jordan make the freshman team, he was selected as one of two captins for his team! We are very proud of you Jordan!

Nov 13, 2008

Our future nurses of tomorrow

I have had the privalge of spending the last ten weeks with some of the most caring, compassionate, intelligent, fun loving, professional and dedicated people to the nursing profession that I have ever met. Their hard work when I asked for more patho and details on care plans ~ their deligence in researching every medication and knowing where it was metabolized, excreted and all the side effects that went along with it and answering the big question of was it WNL ~ their dedication to continue when they were met with great challenges and realizing that on some days, we as nurses, can be the ones who are truly blessed by learning some of lifes most important lesson from our patients, has made this group of students a group I will always cherish, remember and feel very blessed that they were my very first group of student nurses.

Nov 8, 2008

Our Boys...

For all you out there with children who can't drive quite yet....this is to show you what happens when they can drive and have their own spending money. Curtis and I came home to an 8' Santa Claus going up and down, headfirst into the chimney. The boys have plans to turn our house into a Christmas wonderland ~ I'll take pictures and keep you posted on how it goes:)

Nov 7, 2008

A very special teacher

Nicholas' fifth grade teacher, who we will call Ms. "S" was very sweet and "just happened" to be at Nicholas 8:00 AM basketball game this weekend. Nicholas absolutley loves her and we can see why! After she came to the game Nicholas scored 6 points and had two steals! Thank you Ms "S" ~ you made his day:)

Nov 2, 2008

Daniel & Josh

Daniel and Josh met in kindergarten in August of 1996. These two have an incredible friendship and Josh is like our fourth son. Though we moved two hours away a few years ago the two have remained the best of friends. We can't believe they are seniors this year! Our families are planning a trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next summer to celebrate the boys graduation:) Prior to the Colts game, the boys were able to spend some time catching up and doing things boys like to do. Later that evening the night was complete when the Colts beat the Patriots in an exciting Sunday night game.

Nov 1, 2008

Emme will be coming home from China

Our friends just received their letter of approval to adopt Emme from China! Click here to see Emme's family and then go to the photos to see Emme ~ she is beautiful! They have waited for over two years and just received Emme's referral in September. The joy on Tony's face, Emme's dad, when he showed us her referral picture during the high school football game in September and told us all about her was incredible! Beth, Emme's mom is very excited as well and has been doing some shopping for Emme. Jordan, our middle son, and Wade, their oldest son play basketball together on our local high school team. We have already decided that Emme and Gabriella will be spending plenty of time playing together in the stands while their brother's are busy shooting hoops on the court together:) If we're lucky, Tammi will be the trainer for the games and she will bring her daughter, Adi Mei, who just came home from China two years ago. We hope and pray that Emme's family will be able to travel soon to pick her up and will bring her home safe and sound to the arms of her loving family.
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