Sunday, November 30, 2014

Halloween 2014

Kal is obsessed with Power Rangers. "Dino Thunder, power up! Ee-YAH!" He got a Power Rangers costume for his birthday way back in March and insisted that he wear it several times a week since then, to bed as his pajamas, and then as his Halloween costume. It was an absolute disgrace by Halloween. He ripped the butt, stained it by eating spaghetti in it, and small holes and "runs" in the fabric were popping up everywhere. It was faded and falling apart. But I let him wear it. And I was embarrassed. Ha ha. I just didn't have the energy to fight him about it. I got him some accessories to go with it and he was so happy. I let him get one last use of it because he loved it so much and then I tossed it in the trash as soon as we were home on Halloween night. Bye bye, Power Rangers. I'm starting to get sick of ya.

We made a jack-o-lantern earlier in the week and "dressed it up" with hair and a hat and called it a witch. It rotted into a creepy old lady face by Halloween. I like creepy old lady faced jack-o-lanterns. :)

We went to Best Buy's Halloween party. It was nice to have that one last time to say goodbye to everybody and since then Zay has been so happy about leaving that job and taking a break until school starts full-time in January. And by "break," I mean he's only taking one class right now and taking care of Kal most days and cutting hair as usual. So... it's a break for him, because he's constantly working and now he actually has time to pause and enjoy time with his family. We're so glad to have him home!!!

We went to my work party too. It was fun. It's been a few years since I've been in a work environment where people dress up for Halloween. I didn't want to be a party pooper, but I felt totally unprepared for Halloween this year. Last minute I decided to be a "fork in the road." It was easy and cute. :) One of my co-workers came in a home-made pinata costume and it was pretty dang cute! She joked that her husband wanted to carry a bat and wear a shirt with a pinata on it that said "I'd hit that." But it seemed inappropriate... like domestic violence or something (like the Ray Rice costumes that were popular this year). But I thought it was hilarious. I totally thought wearing a Hazmat suit would've been awesome because another co-worker of mine was freaking out a little bit about Ebola and she cracks me up... she's a believer in some conspiracy theories too and she always has me giggling.

Kal and Zay got to meet all my co-workers. I was so proud of my desk, ha ha. I showed them with a big sweep of my arm, "And here's my work space!" :) I remember I used to say how much I wanted my own cubicle one day. I'm all about having an office job. An office is way better than a cubicle, by the way. I share an office with two other ladies, but one day... ONE DAY I'll get my own! Like a real fancy pants business woman! I was so happy to have my boys there. We ate pizza and sat around and talked, but not too long. Who wants to stay longer at work than they have to? Ha ha.

We had a trunk-or-treat at Church and a chilli cookoff on actual Halloween night. I took Kal mall trick-or-treating and Zay stayed home and watched basketball (or something) and passed out candy. It was a pretty fun Halloween this year! Next year I'll try to think ahead and really dress up. Zay never dresses up and says he's going as a minority for Halloween. Lame. Ha ha. Kal wanted so bad to "dump" his bag of candy just any old place but I got him to wait till we got home before he dumped it all out and we went through it all. I took some of the good stuff. Good thing he doesn't like chocolate... weird kid. :)

Witch jack-o-lantern.

Going through his stash.

Hanging out with Wolverine.

Zay's work party

Totally cracked up at the girl who dressed like a polygamist for Halloween. So wrong. Ha ha.

Cool idea to fill gloves with water to make ice shaped like a hand!

Kal and his terrible outfit. Zay even left Kal's shorts on underneath and you can see them. HA HA.

Halloween bag station for the kids at my work party.

Costume winners at my work. Love the pinata costume!

Have no idea what I was laughing about. Ha ha.

A neighboring business invited people from my job to their Halloween party as well. It was pretty cool. And good food!

"Fork in the Road" Halloween costume.

He immediately spotted every other Power Ranger and had to be best friends with them in that moment.

Ridiculous amount of Elsa and Anna costumes were out and about this year. It was nice to see a different Frozen costume (she's a troll)!

We were at the mall and Kal saw these girls taking pictures in the photo booth. He totally crashed their party and they were excited to have him join them. He is such a flirt.

Old lady witch face jack-o-lantern.

Kal's favorite book around Halloween was "The Biggest Pumpkin Surprise Ever." But he'd get the story mixed up with Curious George's Halloween episode about the creepy headless scarecrow called "No Noggin." He points to this scarecrow and starts talking about No Noggin every time we read this book. It's so funny. :)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Patriarchal Blessing


Zay got his patriarchal blessing earlier this month. For my LDS friends, you know how important and exciting this is! He has been holding out on getting one until he felt ready. Or worthy. Or something. That time finally came and we've got an awesome Bishop who encouraged him and got him to get the blessing now rather than put it off. Cuz he needs it now and it'll be significant for him for the rest of his life.

One of my journal entries about it, a week later:

"Zay's patriarchal blessing was so beautiful! Besides Kal not sitting still and being quiet for the whole thing, it was so perfect! I was impressed with how the Lord sees Zay. He's a choice spirit! :) It was so nice to hear. We picked up his paper copy on Saturday. It's sitting here by the computer in an envelope. My favorite part of the blessing? That more children will come to our home. Point blank, it said that. That relaxed my heart. That's the Lord's promise to us. I can calm the frick down. Because He's on our side. I have that peace and comfort now. I don't have to wonder or worry or think He's not there or doesn't care about the things that we care about. Because He has told both of us separately that we will have children in our home. More children than just Kal (not that he isn't amazing and THE BEST THING that has ever happened to us). We don't have to panic or feel like it's all on us to make something happen. Because He's made us a promise and it WILL happen. We still don't know the timing, but since we know it WILL happen, we can relax and go with the flow and know that God will fulfill His end with Perfect Timing. That's an amazingly peaceful feeling to know that. Everything is going to work together for our good and thankfully God has told us specifically that children are a part of that plan. I can stop fighting and worrying and struggling so hard. I can just be. God will be moving mountains on our behalf. I am so happy to know it doesn't have to be all in my hands. That He is still in control. Life is so much better when I remember that He hasn't for a second forgotten about me. It's not on me to make this happen alone."

Since then, I've seen him quietly reading his blessing over again. I hope it's a comfort and peace to him throughout his life like mine is for me. For those who don't know what a patriarchal blessing is, the best way I know how to describe it is that it's personal Scripture. Specifically about our individual life and purpose and promised blessings for living the Gospel. We each have a divine purpose, a specific purpose. And it's nice to get a glimpse at that and to hear God speaking directly to you... in words, on paper. To return to over and over and feel that Spirit and see yourself through God's eyes. The blessing is given by the designated Patriarch in the area - a calling, just like I was called to be a Den Leader in the Cub Scouts and Zay was recently called to be a Sunday School teacher to the 16-17 year olds. Part of the beauty of a patriarchal blessing is that most of the time the Patriarch has never even met you before. But you show up, share some pleasantries, invite the Spirit with a prayer, he lays his hands on your head and proceeds to pray a beautiful prayer over you with so much detail that you know it is from the Lord, who knows you intimately. It's a beautiful experience, that's the only way I can explain it. It's recorded and then transcribed so that you can read it later.

Zay got this blessing at a point in time when he was really struggling with our infertility and the bumps on our adoption journey. Just the week before we had taken a walk around the Church grounds and talked about how he's been feeling lately. That infertility blows. It's hard. It doesn't make sense and it's not fair. It was so nice to walk in the crunchy Fall leaves and get out all our feelings about infertility and adoption and what it can do to a person emotionally. He admitted he thought at one point in time that it was a sign of our incompatibility. Like nature didn't intend for us to be together. I took it in stride - didn't offend me. I was just glad he was opening up (more than he usually does) and letting me in on these feelings. Really hard feelings. He just wants what "everyone else" has and doesn't know why it's so hard for us. My ridiculous optimism came out and I told him our plan was going to work. We were going to adopt again AND get pregnant AND do foster care and it's gonna be awesome. Our hearts are gonna be full and our home will have lots of children one day, to the point where we're gonna wonder why we wanted so many kids up in our house!!! Lol.

It's going to happen for us. I know it. End of story. But I let him keep talking. To get it all out. And then a week later he was given such a beautiful promise. So many concerns of his were addressed so specifically in his blessing that it was like a spiritual lightning bolt hitting us in that room that day. If I wasn't grinning the whole time, I'd have been crying.

We celebrated by eating dinner with new friends - a couple from Church. Some good authentic Mexican food! And Kal fell in love with the wife - he loves pretty girls, ha ha. They played together and Kal had the time of his life like he always does, jumping on the couch with her and wrestling. We played a Pictionary-like game. It was fun! That's basically how Mormons celebrate anything - really good food and board games. Ha ha ha.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fall Fun

Going through pics on my phone...

Arrow of Light cookies at Cub Scouts.

Snacks at foster care class.

One morning before work, I saw a BUNNY!!! I tried to chase it, but it scampered away.

He's mastered this thing. I'm thinking he may be off the training wheels by age 4!!! We'll see.

Peeking in on his pre-school class.

Zay getting mad at me for taking pictures. Ha ha ha. At a friend's house watching boxing.

These early mornings are no joke. HA HA.

Zay, barbering it up.

We're growing his baby 'fro out and it's SO CUTE.

At a friend's luncheon after their baby's blessing. I <3 food.

Folks at the baby blessing, admiring the baby. He's such a cutie.

Halloween wreath. Creepy!

Awesome food.

Kal pointing out that the kid next to him is a boy. Good observation! Ha ha.

THIS LITTLE CHERUB!!! I want one! He's the baby who was getting blessed.

Kal saw this big moon over the mountains and was excited about it!

Checking out the moon.

Pics I get texted to me while I'm at work...

He was dancing around to Britney Spears until I brought out the camera and then he got upset.

Showing me what he wants for Christmas.

Trying on his new suit. STUD.

Playing Plants vs Zombies.

Figuring out how I want to put our family pictures on the wall.

Weird creepy moon that lit up the clouds. Wish I knew how to take night photos!

Grumpy butt, getting up for school. Fruity pebbles!

I try to make a real breakfast every once in awhile.

Showing off his dinosaur.

Kal's very unorganized bookshelf that we pick books from every night. Of course he has a picture of Batman & Superman, Jesus, and his birthmama on the top shelf. :)

Beautiful sunrise I get to see every morning before work!

Kal exploring with a friend while the neighbors pick their grapes. I love the smell of grapes on the vine.

Favorite place to ride his bike - the empty Church parking lot during the week.

Selfies on my bike.

Yeah, this happens sometimes.

Off to a hay ride with friends!! At the Red Barn.

Terrible picture, but the only one I got on the actual hay ride. Ha ha. They also had go carts, slides, and pumpkins.

Got soda, ice cream, and cheese at the Red Barn shop.

That was a fun night!

Lots of presents coming in the mail that Kal thinks he can open today but I hide them in the closet for Christmas. He's learning patience. :)

Trying to stay up with the big boys watching sports. Can't cut it.

Kal & Zay like to go out to eat while I'm at work. They've been spending a lot more time together lately since Zay quit his job.

Ways couples show that they love each other... when I get pics like this.

Lots of stark white (not even a LITTLE pregnant, ha ha) pregnancy tests I've been taking. Laaame.

My "Eat, Drink, and be Crabby" cup I use at work everyday.

Lots of late night dancing goes on in this place.

Waiting for Zay to get out of class.

The gear. I love my '90s jean jacket.

The cutest thing ever... little boy in footie pajamas.

I totally won some makeup in a blog giveaway. Woot woot!

This fall hasn't been so bad. Wish I were pregnant, dangit. But all the other fun things will have to do for now. Cuz life is good the way it is. :)

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