Saturday, December 19, 2009

Meeting the Willems'- A very past due post!!!

I got to know Melissa Willems' during the waiting period of our adoptions. It would turn out that Eli and Ezra were crib neighbors at the 'Thomas Center', the transitional home for our adoption agency. We've kept in touch since we have brought our boys home but after learning that the Willems' family are planning to move to the Netherlands, I really wanted to get our boys together. It was a very spontaneous decision but I bought a plane ticket for Eli and I to visit the Willems' family in October.

The plane ride there (and back) was not fun, but it was great to see the boys together! So cute! Melissa and Ben were great hosts (Melissa is an amazing cook!) and Asheville is just beautiful! The weather was cold but it was a nice break from the hot California weather!

Eli and Ezra holding hands on the ride home from the airport!

Riding in the car in the Market.

Reading a book with Ben.

The boys in their PJ's.

Splish Splash!!!

Ezra looking so cool and adorable in his mama's glasses!

Posing with the beautiful mountains in the background.

The boys holing hands while hiking. Aren't they cute all bundled up?

At the pumpkin patch.

The Willems' family.

The farewell photo of us all!

It's amazing the lifelong connections people make through adoption. I look forward to seeing little Ezra grow up in the Netherlands!! Thanks you guys for EVERYTHING!!!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Looking for a Great Christmas Gift?

Aren't these just adorable? These T-shirts came from The Adoption Shoppe, an online boutique specializing in merchandise for adoptive families. I am very pleased with both the quality of the shirt as well as the printing. Laura, the shop owner, is an Ethiopia PAP waiting to hear some incredible news in early spring. Besides t-shirts, she also has some adorable dresses, jewelry, and picture frames. Don't worry, she also has China, Russia, and Guatemala creations as well. Please visit her shop!

My little model!! He loves to have his picture taken!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

One Year Ago...

Eli was placed in my arms.  Need I say more???

Sunday, November 1, 2009


I have never really been into Halloween but this year I was really looking forward to it.  I couldn't wait to see Eli's reaction to all of the decorations and not to mention that this kid is such a goof, he LOVES to dress up and act silly!  So, I went all out and bought him two costumes!!    In the day time we went to Belmont Shore which is a beach community in the city of Long Beach.  Every Halloween they have a doggie costume parade followed by trick-or-treating for the kids.   For this event, Eli was dressed as a zoo keeper.  In the evening we went trick-or-treating around the neighborhood with my sister and her friend.  For the evening festivities Eli was decked out as a little puppy.  As we went door to door, Eli so kindly invited himself into to homes of whomever would answer the door!  So cute!!   

Eli doing his first trick-or-treat at the neighbors.

Giving his cheese face in the doggie boutique.

Blowing kisses to mama!

Using the doggie water ramp as a stage.  He was definitely a hit!

Cuddly puppy!

Not so cuddly puppy.

Going to go hang with his peeps!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Going.. Going.. GONE!!!

I just finished my first week back to school.  It's official... the summer is over :(  The first six weeks I spent teaching summer school which was nice because I had Fridays off and worked only half days.  When summer school was over I had the entire month of August off to hang out with my favorite guy!!  Here are the highlights of our first summer together.

 We went to Sea World and had dinner with Shamu.  Eli says the strawberries and cream are great!!  Eli loved Sea World and since then all he talks about is the whale-whale!  

San Diego Zoo
Sharing a stroller ride with cousin Katie and looking at the Meerkats.

Posing with the Lion.

Hi Elephant!!!

Where are you Meerkat???

Enjoying a bus ride.

Sharing a water toy with the neighbor Evelyn.

Hope Reunion
 Eli and I attended the Hope adoption reunion in Dallas.  We met a lot of really great people!!!
Sliding at the water park.  Sorry I can't get it to flip.

All of the little girls loved Eli and I had to practically beat them off him!!  This is the adorable Lalu!!  I just loved her.  Eli, not so much!!  Give him a few years I am sure!

Some of the Hope Families.  They were great!!!

Knotts Berry Farm
Going down the Log Ride.  He was a little scared on this ride but he LOVED the others.  He would cry when the ride stopped.  Luckily it was slow that day so the ride operators would let us stay on.

We met at the park one day to welcome baby Janissa home from Ethiopia.  She is so sweet!
Running of into the sunset with Zaela!

Pretending to laugh while playing with the tupperware.

Me holding Janissa while Eli wasn't looking.  Eli gets really jealous!  Isn't she a doll?

Playdate with Zaela

The Long Beach Aquarium
Eli thinks those fish are whale- whales!!!

The weather has been H-Hot here in Cali.  I am looking forward to some cooler weather but I will definitely miss our summer fun!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Family Portraits

Eli and I had our first family portrait done.   So, what do you guys think???


Sunday, August 9, 2009

This One's for Sabrina!

Eli loves to watch the video clip of Sabrina on the Larson family blog.  He watches it over and over again!  This is just a little clip of what usually goes on for at least ten minutes!

And in other Eli news, he finally broke tooth number three on Friday!  Yay!  We celebrated with a nice rib dinner!  August is going to be a great month for Eli and I.  I have the whole month off and we have lots of plans with friends and family!  We already spent a few days in San Diego and went to the zoo and Sea World.  Pictures to follow shortly!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Can he get any cuter???

Eli recently had pictures done and this is the result - HAM!!!  Lots of silly faces this time!  

 A serious one.

Eli with his cousin Katie.

Look!  You can see my two teeth!!!

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Latest Happenings

Fathers day was a great day!  The whole family went to see the Los Angeles Angels vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium.  It was Eli's first game and he had a great time!  It helps to be severely spoiled by everyone!

This is Eli with his Auntie Brooke and Auntie Winter.

Eli loves his Rally Monkey that his Auntie Kelly bought him.

It was a big game.  Even Kobe Bryant was there!

Yesterday (Sunday)  Eli and I spent the day at the beach with our good friends Lisa, Grandma Judy and Zaela.  It was Eli's first beach trip and he had a great time!  The sand didn't taste do bad either.

After the beach we went back to Lisa's for a dip in the pool and some great carne asada.

Eli and Zaela sharing a drink on the couch!