Monday, June 29, 2009

Jocelyn's 2 Month Stats

We just got back from the doctor for Joci's two-month visit. She had one oral vaccine (why can't they all be that way?) and two shots. She was a trooper and only let out two squalls then that was it. I was expecting major tears. But I guess I should know that my girl is a toughie and keeps a stiff upper lip. She's all smiles now. Brave girl.

Length: 23 inches (little over fiftieth percentile)
Weight: 11 lbs 2.5 oz. (fiftieth percentile)
Head: 39.5 cm (fiftieth percentile)

She seems so rolly-polly to me and all the grandparents like to say how chunky she is...but she's just average.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hawaii Pictures

Here are some pictures from our trip to Hawaii. Aside from Utah and Wyoming, Hawaii is the state we've visited the most. We're starting to feel like locals!

Some things we did:

  • Shopped at the swap meet

  • Discovered the ocean's beauty at the aquarium

  • Explored seven different cultures at the Polynesian Cultural Center

  • Ate at a delicious luau

  • Played games with Grandma and Grandpa every night

  • Basked on the beach

  • Hung out with endangered green sea turtles

  • Golfed along the coast of the Pacific Ocean

  • Rode a train

  • Snorkeled in a sunken volcano

  • Drove through beautiful gardens

  • Ate too much delicious food

    click on the icon on the bottom left to read the captions

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day

"Let's admit to ourselves that there are a lot of men out there that need to stop acting like boys; who need to realize that responsibility does not end at conception; who need to know that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise a child."

- Barrack Obama

I thought it was cool for a public figure to address the issue of fatherhood (or lack of fatherhood) in our society today.

I'm grateful for a father and grandfathers who were always right in the thick of it with me. I'm grateful for a wonderful father-in-law who values family and passed that onto his son. I am grateful for a husband who is respectful and nurturing to me and a freakin' fabulous father to our daughter.

Happy Father's Day

You Know You're in Hawaii When... (continued)

...sleeping in means waking up a 6 a.m. every day because of the time difference starting calling people "brah" and "cousin" natural wavy hair is starting to look like this:
...I am thinking of solving the problem by doing this:
...everyone greets you with a big smile and a big "Aloha!" eat breakfast at the same Hukilau Cafe that inspired "50 First Dates" (sidenote: waffles are not on their menu)'s always a balmy 80 degrees don't really care that the literary agency passed on your manuscript because you're in paradise
...your baby has to sleep in a drawer because you couldn't pack a crib stop at a malasada truck every time you see one
...your mom makes you cut her hair because it's growing like crazy in the humidity
...the surf on the beach is so big (6+ waves) you can't get in the water unless you're a Polynesian surfing maniac (hello North Shore) start saying "yeah, yeah" after everything're brave and eat poke, poi, and lomi-lomi salmon put EVERYTHING in zip lock bags because the cockroaches can't break in (forks, toothbrushes, hair brushes, gum, baby formula, items in the fridge, etc.)
...the air constantly smells sweet like it's been perfumed by flowers no matter where you are

Friday, June 19, 2009

You Know You're in Hawaii When... eat papaya for breakfast everyday stay in the rain for hours straight because the tropical showers feel SO GOOD eat delicious Kalua pork at a luau are constantly assaulted by cockroaches in your apartment
...McDonald's and Burger King serves pineapple with every combo meal forget you're still on planet earth and that you haven't been translated straight to heaven

More stories and pictures to come. Needless to say, we're loving it!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Our Miracle

My days are busy and full of a glorious mix of wonder and chaos. But sometimes I see this face and my heart overflows and I just cry. She's a miracle.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

First Post-Placement Visit

Our caseworker, Claire

Today we had our first post-placement visit from our caseworker. It was fun to share our story and visit with Claire. She asked us some pretty basic questions like has Joci been healthy, any birthmarks, her description, how our relationship has changed, etc. Honestly the toughest question was probably saying what color Jocelyn's hair is. :)

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Manuscript

I recieved a request today from a literary agency for a copy of my entire manuscript for my YA fiction novel. This is the furthest along in the process I've gotten yet. Exciting...Please pray they like it and want to represent me.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Our 8th Anniversary

Yesterday we celebrated our eighth anniversary. We were pretty mellow. We rented Bride Wars and drank sparkling Cold Duck grape juice. Justin is still getting over his illness, so we just took it easy.

Here is a recap of our eight years.

Year one (2001-02): Lived in Rock Springs, Wyoming and attended Western Wyoming College. I graduated with my AA and Justin graduated with his second associates degree, his AFA. As one of the few married couples on campus, we were heralded as the cool kids and we were pretty popular. We kind of took a parental roll with the other kids - making dinners, hosting parties, etc. We got Katie this year, training her to use the litter box and hiding her from the authorities.

Year two (2002-03): Moved to Moscow, Idaho, to continue our education. We lived in a horrid basement apartment below a major weird family. There were so many building violations and the place was seriously disgusting. I hated it! Justin doesn't seem to think it was so bad, but it was a dungeon lined with mold. We had a lot of firsts. My first full-time job. My first time paying rent. First time with a car payment. First kidney stone and surgery. I loved my job at Harry Ritchies Jewelers which I loved and met some amazing people that I will NEVER forget - Walter Lokteff, Allison Jacobi, Kristina Ogden, Annette Douglas, and Angie Gruchalla. Justin got a job in a care facility working the the mentally disabled and that sparked his interest in the field he ultimately pursued in school. Oh, another first for me: it was the first time I hated school. I stopped going, got an F, and dropped out.

Year three (2003-04): Still in Moscow, we moved to another apartment that felt the Celestial Kingdom in comparison. It was a beautiful apartment and there are things about it I still miss. We enjoyed pretty good income with little bills. This was probably the wealthiest time in our lives (yet!) looking at our discretionary income. We first started trying to get pregnant. I still worked at the jewelry store. Justin had switched from a few different jobs and finallly landed a management position at Sam Goody.

Year four (2004-05): We decided it was time to be closer to family and we moved to Idaho Falls. Justin was still with Sam Goody and I stayed home for about six months and about went crazy. We lived in a run down apartment on 17th street that was so cold all the time. I got a job at Melaleuca and a promotion six weeks later. Justin graduated with his Bachelors in Psych and got a PSR job at his current company.

Year five (2005-06): We upgraded into a roomy apartment in Ammon in a fabulous neighborhood. There are still things I miss about that place - like our roomy kitchen, our huge bedroom, and the lovely views of Taylor Mountain. And the neighborhood was awesome! Went to Hawaii to visit my parents on their service mini-mission. Life continued...

Year six (2006-07): Time for a house! We moved to Shelley. Love the house and the area. Hate that there are no good pizza joints and our bedroom is so small to me. Got pets Piper and Gabby. Went back to school. Got promoted at work to technical writing. Justin started grad school. Went on our first cruise.

Year seven (2007-08): Promoted to a copy writer in Marketing at Melaleuca. Finished with my
Bachelor's Degree in Pscyh. Wrote my first novel. Still hoping for word from some of the agencies that are looking at it. Visited the folks in Hawaii again. Justin is a busy boy heading up the substance abuse program at work full-time and attending grad school full-time. Started fertility treatments.

Year eight (2008-09): Continued with fertility treatments but decided to pursue adoption simultaneously. Did our homestudy and got on the waiting list. Same old work stuff. Justin graduated with his Master's. Went on our second cruise. Had six months worth of crap when Justin fell asleep at the wheel and was wrongfully charged with a DUI. Months of legal hurdles, expenses, and lost wages. Matched with our birthfamily. Adopted Jocelyn.

And that brings us to now. It's been a wonderful eight years and I can't believe it has been that long! It feels like maybe 2 or 3. I wouldn't trade my time with Justin for anything in the world. He is the perfect partner for me for the rest of my life and the rest of eternity. I love you, Sweetheart.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rockin' and a Rollin'

Jocelyn rolled over from tummy to back on her own today. First time for that direction. Of course, the camera wasn't on. We'll try tomorrow to see if she'll do it for an audience.

She cried for the fourth time today. I was putting her in the Baby Bjorn and somehow her tummy got scratched. We didn't know this at first, we just thought she started crying out of the blue and I was concerned because, well, she isn't a crier. But later during a change we noticed the scratch. I feel bad about the scratch. A couple days ago I was playing with her on the floor and she was very alert and happy. I picked up my poodle's favorite dog toy because it has a bell in it and rattled it a bit because Joci liked the sound. Dumb idea. Katie came charging from across the room and ran over Joci's face to get the toy, leaving her with a scratch on her eyebrow and startling her quite a bit. I felt horrible. Worst mom ever. How could I be so stupid? Well, apparently, I'm going to do a lot of stupid things. Everyone has told me I will. Thanks for the vote of confidence. :)

Justin's pretty sick so I've been taking care of two babies for the past couple days. It's finally stopped raining and hopefully we can get our veggie garden planted this weekend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Video of Jocelyn Trying to Roll

Our little girl is six and a half weeks old now. She is just a joy. Today I put her down for some tummy time and she was holding her head so well that I grabbed the camera to snap a shot of it. When I got back with the camera, she was twisting her legs around so much I thought she might roll over. Not quite. I even left the camera on her for 10 minutes after this video while I got ready for the day (which basically entails donning my yoga pants and a baseball hat) thinking something might happen when I wasn't looking. Nope, not yet. But I would say she's pretty close!

(Kinda long...but you never know when they're gonna do their thing, so I kept it rolling for awhile. It might be boring for viewers who aren't grandparents, but about halfway through you can see her turn her head a couple times.)

Tea Parties and Bath Time

Here are some recent pictures of Jocelyn.

Can you see that her hair against the carpet looks pretty orangey?
We watched Afton over night on Friday/Saturday. I came out of the shower and I found Afton "reading" books to Jocelyn.

A frustrated face as she tries to scoot along after a bath.

Here's looking at you, kid!

Even though Justin's birthday happened while we were in Boise, we decided to get a cake once we got home and have a song and a candle.
For a shower gift, the Wayne Hays Family gave Jocelyn this gorgeous table and chair set which she will enjoy for years. Afton was excited to have a tea party (a.k.a. lunch) at the table.
The table. Notice that the ladybugs match the nursery decor and that Jocelyn's name is painted on one chair.


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