Saturday, September 27, 2008

Newest Milestones

So it was a fun week.

Gideon tries to crawl now. He can scoot around pretty good and gets up on his hands and knees well, but he's still pretty wobbly when he tries to move.

But it's cute!

Gideon and Adam enjoyed playing together until Adam left on Tuesday.

And I had fun holding Lily because she's way less mobile than the munchkin. It was nice to hold a baby who actually just sat on my lap and didn't flop around like a fish out of water.

We went to the craft store where Lily and Gideon played in the button bin. (Okay they get this from their mothers. My sisters and I inexplicably started playing a game where we dug through the bin to find unique buttons and then decided to buy them even though we have no use for them at all. Still a button of a turtle holding a tennis racket seemed to strike us as hilarious at the time.)

Oh and this is entertaining. He does this thing where he arches his back and then pushes off his feet, so it's like he's scooting around backward on his head. It's hilarious!

Grandpa Darryl became an instant friend when he gave Gideon his first taste of brownie. The munchkin loved it. Well, everything except the clean up.

I love Lily's bows. They're all just adorable!

And we started practicing with a sippy cup this week. He still doesn't seem to have the hang of it yet, but he does seem to enjoy chewing on the spout. At any rate, it was fun to watch him try a few times.

And today he helped me do laundry. We had to pack Travis since he'll be working in Salt Lake next week.

Okay daddy, I'm ready to go!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Gideon's Blessing Day

Today Gideon was blessed in church. It went very well and we feel so special that the entire family was able to be there for it.

So we took the opportunity while everyone was dressed up to take a few family pictures.

Unfortunately, this is my family and naturally we couldn't stay serious for long.

Gideon looked so cute in his blessing outfit, but we forgot to get a picture! Thanks Donna for the outfit and monogramed bib and burp cloth, they were beautiful. And Clary knitted him a white blanket for the occasion that was gorgeous. Thanks to all of you!

Lily tries on Aunt Jesse's hair

Adam wants a bite of cheesecake.

But he did NOT want to take a bath. Oh well.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Forever and Ever...

One of the fundamental beliefs of our faith is that Families are Eternal. That a family created on this earth can be connected as a family forever. When a couple of our faith is married in a temple they are "sealed together" not just for life, but for "Time and all eternity." Any subsequent children they have would then be born under that umbrella and be connected to them for eternity. When a couple isn't married in the temple, there is a special "sealing" ceremony that takes place in the temple, where the family is bound together for eternity.

In our case, Travis and I were married in the temple. However, since Gideon was adopted, it was necessary for us to take him to the temple and have him sealed to us, in order for us to recieve the special blessings of being an eternal family.

Today was that day. It was so special to be in that holiest of places and see our baby boy brought in, all dressed in white, and to hear the special words of the blessing that was pronounced sealing us together as an eternal family.

For us, one of the coolest things about this experience is that B.'s parents were able to attend. What a very special (and emotional) reunion we had with them. We love them so much and we're so blessed because of their sacrifice.

What a joy it is to know that now we are a family not only in the eyes of the law, but in the Eyes of God as well.

How blessed we are that Gideon has the opportunity to spend time with all of his grandparents in one weekend.

And look at how many people love him. (This was actually only about half the people who were there, some left before this picture was taken.) But you really need to enlarge this picture and check out Gideon's face. It's priceless.

These are our dear friends James and JeNae. They came up from out of town for the weekend. We love you guys so much!

After the ceremony we went back to my parents' house for a luncheon.

Luckily my brother-in-law, Ryan is from Georgia and makes the best pulled pork in the world.

Ryan the pork was delicious. And thanks so much to everyone who came out to celebrate with us. We've been so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends in our lives. We love you all. Some of you traveled a long way, and we wish we had a better way of thanking you.

Gideon made lots of new friends today including Blaine, who with his wife Robin, has adopted 2 boys.

Cami was so excited today because the bows she ordered for Lily came in the mail.

Here's Adam modeling one of them. (His expression says it all.)

Miss Lily Pie herself seemed even less sure about them than Adam did.

But no fruity bow for my munchkin. Instead, Uncle Ryan made him a "Wicked Awesome Dude Rag." (Those were his exact words.)

And so, I can honestly say, today was my best birthday ever. Oh yes, I got a few presents and my siblings put together a skit chronicling some of my finest (and not so finest) moments but even without that, knowing that Gideon is truly and officially my son both temporally and spiritually makes this the best birthday I'll probably ever have.

Friday, September 19, 2008

It's Official!!!!!!

We're legally a family now! (Yes, I cried tears of relief as the judge read his ruling.)

Gideon did great in court and even flirted with the court reporter.

By the way, guess who's back from Morocco!

Grandpa sure got skinny over there!

And finally, Gideon had his first pancake this morning.

He didn't really like to eat it, but thought it was great fun as a plaything.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cousins, cousins, there were never such devoted cousins...

Guess who got into town today? Adam and Lily!

And of course when one baby has a bottle....

The others decide they need one too.

Gideon is sure happy to have his best cousins in town for a few days! (And I'm happy to have their moms here too.)