Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013

At some point in December, Kal got sick. It started with gunky eyes and then it was a cough. He brought that back with him from our trip. And then I caught it. Then Zay caught it. And it got worse no matter what we did. Cold medicine, hot steamy showers, cough drops, essential oils, vapor rub on the bottom of the feet, cool mist humidifier, etc. Bundling up and going outside to breathe in the cold air was a temporary fix for the cough, but it would always come back. Especially at night. Kal had a fever for two days, but we got that down pretty quickly. But the cough was terrible. Hacking. All 3 of us. Nose-blowing. Death cough. We finally went to the doctor the day after Christmas and got antibiotics and it looks like we had a bacterial sinus infection, because it was all up in our sinuses and not in our chest/lungs. And the antibiotics helped immediately. Could've sworn we were gonna have strep throat or pneumonia or something. So glad it wasn't!
Our little photographer went around taking pictures at doctors' offices.

But despite all that, it really was a great time! Zay had almost a week off of work and we didn't do a DANG THING. It was amazing. That never happens. We are ALWAYS doing hair. Even holidays and weekends we squeeze people in where we can. But we didn't for days and days. We had two excuses - it was Christmas and we were sick. So we got out of everything. I cooked a huge breakfast Christmas morning and we were so full off of nibbling on that all day that I cooked the dinner I had planned the day after Christmas instead. I love cooking for holidays. And somehow I always pull it off. I'm doing so much better with my cooking lately! I'm impressed with myself. :)

Kal broke out his Christmas Eve pj's. We had hot chocolate and watched The Polar Express (as much as Kal would watch before he got bored). We had Christmas cookies and sparkling cider. We read The Night Before Christmas. We read Luke Chapter 2 and walked Kal through the story with our Nativity Scene (ever since then the baby Jesus keeps going missing and Kal has hidden Him in various places in the house). I had my very scraggly Christmas tree up and decorated. I told Zay it looked like a Grinch tree... one that was stripped and rolled up to be shoved up the chimney. Next year we'll do better, ha.

He set up the Nativity and then took pictures of it. Ha ha. I think he's taking after me!

The boys got some basketball watching in.

Christmas day Kal was soooo excited about his bicycle (it's what he asked for) and we took him out to ride it, but he had no idea how to push the pedals. I don't think his legs were long or strong enough yet. We've been practicing since then. Most of his presents had already been opened, so we threw them all back under the tree and had him "open" them again. This is probably the last year we can get away with that. ;) He gets so excited about the smallest little gift. He's such a good boy. Mostly he got clothes and books. And he loved everything.

He's like, "I don't get it."

He mostly just wanted to ignore new stuff and play basketball instead.

Zay got me the Boy Meets World series as one of my gifts, so we started watching that and got addicted and we've already gotten to Season 3. That was my favorite show back when it was on TGIF. I was totally in love with Shawn, but now when I'm watching it I realize how awesome Cory's older brother Eric was! I think he reminded me too much of my brothers at the time. I love, love, love that show. One of my top 5 faves.


And of course Zay got his PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as his gifts (mostly they're OUR gifts), so we've been playing those. He got me Dead Rising 3 (zombie game), so I've been cutting up zombies with firemen axes and whatnot. You know, good old-fashioned Christmas traditions.


Zay and Kal playing what Kal calls the "kick robots game"

We played in the snow. It was a beautiful white Christmas! During peaceful moments I'd play the "fireplace show" on Netflix and turn off all the lights and pretend we had an actual fireplace. Ha ha. Christmas day was the only day of the whole year that I allowed Christmas music to be played in my house. I couldn't handle it more than that.

Moo Moo

After our snowman started melting, HIS FACE FELL OFF! It creeped me out a little.

So over the snow.

My brother came over on Christmas day and it was so good to see him happy and doing well. We called and talked to family. Our friends and neighbors stopped by with cute Christmas treats (Mormons are so awesome in that way). There is never a shortage of sweets! And some were nice enough to bring us a frozen meal and homemade chicken noodle soup when they knew we were sick. So nice!!!

We are recovering nicely now. Slight lingering cough/congestion. But definitely feeling tons better and have already started trying to work off the holiday calories. :)

I am so, so, so, so excited for 2014! It gets me so pumped up thinking about a NEW YEAR and getting to start over in some ways and make goals and do things better/differently. So I'm working on my resolution list and thinking about what I want our family to accomplish in the new year. But first I need to go back and review 2013 and look at where we were at the beginning of last year and what we've accomplished/learned in the last year. From the looks of it, 2013 suuuucked. But I'm gonna find something positive to document about it. And then I'll be happy to leave it in the past. Let's go, 2014! Everything looks merry and bright from here!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

I May or May Not Have Jinxed It

The adoption process can drive you a little bit crazy. I thought maybe I had jinxed this one. But no, it's still on. As far as I know. Communication has been kind of sporadic.

While I was out and about on the East Coast visiting fam for an early Christmas, I thought it would be a perfect time to swing by and meet Miss H and get to know her and her family a little bit in person. It was super out of the way, but I would've made it happen. A meeting would have given us an opportunity to solidify plans and make sure it all feels right from both sides. Zay wouldn't have been with me, but I figured it would be better to at least meet half of this dynamic duo than neither one of us. I'm not sure exactly when or if we'll be able to get away again before Baby Girl is born. So now was the chance. She had agreed to meeting us before and wished I could be at the appointments with her, so I gave her a date and told her I'd be there. And that I'd come with her to her doctor's appointment if she had one in early December.

Well, it didn't happen. She was busy. I was busy. It didn't happen.

But, at least she's talking to me again, right? She's worried about some back pain and pressure she's been feeling, but tomorrow she'll be 28 weeks... and every week that goes by I breathe a small sigh of relief. All I can do is hope she's taking care of herself and getting to her appointments and not stressing to the best of her ability (she has A LOT to stress about, so I don't know how much she can de-stress at this point).

All I know is that IF we are going to have a baby girl in March, I can't even imagine how happy that would make us. I mean, ecstatic! Thrilled! Happy beyond belief. Seriously, that would be amazing. And I hope that she decides to place with us, because I trust her reasons for that decision. I know why she wants to do this and I honestly think it's the right decision. If she doesn't, we would respect that. Because all we know is what she's told us and we're basing our judgments on what she's said. I know there's lots more to the story and I know there's options for her if she decides to parent Baby Girl. Hopefully she'll just be open enough to let us continue to be friends with her and be a support to her if she decides to parent.

Because this isn't about what we can "get" out of this. It's about a baby. And a mother. And her decision-making.

In the meantime, I've got these two knuckleheads to raise:

Friday, December 27, 2013

Georgia Visit 2013

I'm going to scatter pictures randomly throughout this post! :)

Sooo glad I got to go home this year!

I got to see my mom, my dad, stepmom, step-siblings, nieces, nephews, grandparents, in-laws, one of my brothers, my sister-in-law, AND Kal's birth family. Whew. I was only gone 11 days, including the 2 days of traveling. And ALL of these people are spread out and not in one location, lol. My granny told me I should just stay in one spot and tell everybody to come to me, but I never do that. I try to make it easier on everybody else.

** place holder for picture of Kal & Grandaddy... find a copy of that one **


Having a good ole time.

Aunt Stacey.

My mama's dog. She cracked me up how she would snuggle under a blanket.

Me & my mama.

We were showered with gifts. And I felt like a punk because I didn't get anybody anything (my presence is enough of a gift, right? ha ha ha). We had early Christmas to the point that when we finally got home, it felt like Christmas was over. Well, almost!



Grabbing all the Georgia Bulldog gear off the shelves.

Went on a Christmas Home Tour of some historic homes in Marietta. It was so nice!

Kal and Uncle Doug.


Whenever I go to Georgia, the first thing I want to do is make a huge bonfire. I love yard work and burning things and my mom's yard is the perfect place for that. She always lets me know that she's "saving sticks" for me to burn when I get there, ha ha! But this time, it was pouring down raining almost the entire time I was there. Which I LOVE too! I miss real rain! Utah rain is like a sputtering, pitiful thing. I love a good downpour. But then... there was nothing dry to burn. But at the end of my trip, I vowed I was gonna MAKE something burn, dangit! And I did. And it made me so, so happy.

Pay no attention to the burned down fence in the background. That was from my younger, inexperienced fire-building days. ;)

I miss trees!

The house I grew up in.

Funny story about the rain... I rarely got a cell phone signal where I was most of my trip - out in the boonies! So I had to Skype Zay over wi-fi on my phone if I wanted to talk to him at all on my phone. And even then the Internet was soooo slow that it was a hassle. But, somehow there was this perfect moment. The Internet signal was picking up perfectly. I Skyped Zay and I was smiling so big, telling him all about my trip so far. He was telling me how much he missed his family and wanted us to come home. :) I stepped outside under the porch and said, "Can you hear the rain?" and turned the phone around so he could see how crazy the downpour was. Then we had this sweet little moment listening to the rain together and talking... and then... somehow... I slipped near the edge of the porch, my phone went flying into the air, and I fell forward... up to my elbows into a ditch full of water. I freaked out and was trying to save my phone from the water and MY GLASSES slid off the end of my nose! They started floating down the ditch in muddy water and I CAN'T SEE and I'm flailing around and yelling at Zay that I fell. I finally scramble around, find my glasses, grab my phone (which is fine), and Zay's just laughing at me and asking what happened. I'm dripping wet with mud, all over my face and arms and the front of my shirt and knees. With a scrape up my arm and a scratch on my glasses. Yeaaaah, that happened. Perfect moment gone. Ha ha.

*wondering how I've survived in life so far*

Anyway. So this was the longest time that Zay and I have been away from each other since we started dating in 2001. I think once I spent 5 days at girl's camp and once I went to Florida with my dad for 5 days. But since we've been married, we are rarely apart. EVER. Eleven days was a huge deal. And I was sooooo happy to see him when we got back! He was at the airport, grinning and waving. Tee hee hee! Best feeling in the world to see his face.

Kal grew up a lot on the trip. He always seems to have a spurt in development whenever we do something big like that. He speaks a lot more clearly and has added a ton to his vocabulary. He was super social with everybody unless we did too much visiting in one day, then he'd get grouchy (whoops, my bad). I think our next trip will go better because he'll be older and I won't try to do it alone, ha ha.


Can't wait till I'm old enough to sit in a rocker on a porch everyday. Ha ha.

Kal and Grandpa's new puppy.

It's just been a hard year and I got homesick and needed to refill my tank, so to speak. We weren't going to have a trip home this year, but I couldn't take it. Utah has been good to us, but life is making me want to move closer to home and have that support system of family. It's something we're contemplating. Trying to figure out where we'd really want to raise Kal (plus future children). Where we really want to live. Where we could see ourselves being happy. It's not an easy decision, but we want to be settled somewhere eventually. And I've got Georgia on my mind...

He loved this tractor; they drove it around all over the place, through trails in the woods. My dad even let him steer!


Waiting for breakfast. :)

Mr. Sassy Pants

Birthmama visit. :)

We made it back home to Utah safely, reunited with Zay (MY HEART!!!), and had a great time playing with the snow... for about 2 days. Then we were over it. Ha ha. :)

We've since had our own Christmas and are now all struggling through sinus infections. All 3 of us. Blah! We're laying around the house moaning until we get better. I'll post about Christmas soon!

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