Right now we are on the way home from the beach. The past three days have been a blast. Monday we spent time at the beach and went to Baytown Wharf that night to have pizza for dinner with my mom, aunts, Taylor and cousins. Tuesday was spent at the beach and pool. Later than tight we went out to dinner at the Lighthouse to celebrate the beach birthdays. There was about 35 of us total at dinner. Wednesday was my sister in law Nichole’s birthday so we got up early and went to Walmart with Jillian to get her secret party supplies. We surprised here with a “birthday throne” beach chair. Tonight was our last night but so glad we got to stay to play bingo and eat pizza by the pool. We are sad to be on our way home but it was one of the best beach trips ever and we are already ready for next year.
Yesterday began our week long vacation! This will be the longest vacation Eric and I have ever had since we have known each other. Our vacation started out with a road trip down to Destin, FL for the Bush family reunion. On the way down we stopped to have lunch at The Gator Cafe in Baker, FL. This is a place I have always wanted to stop and eat at so I was excited. It was a cool little place with yummy food. And we have decided to make this a yearly event.
Once we got down to the beach we happened to bring the rain with us. It rained and poured but it was not lightening so we ran and got Taylor and headed on down the ocean. It was a BLAST! No one was down at the water except us three so we felt like we were swimming on a private island. Susan later came down and swam in the rain with us. It was a perfect afternoon even with the bad weather.
Later that night we met up with the 35+ extended family members at Gary and Susan’s condo for the annual lasagna dinner. After dinner a beautiful rainbow lit up the sky as we watched all the kids swim in the pool. Tanner and Eric went to see Piranha (which did not look one bit interesting to me) so I stayed home to read a bit. We woke up this morning to a beautiful day at the beach and had a great time swimming and playing in the ocean with everyone.
Later that afternoon the rain came back so we headed back on up to the room to read a bit while watching it rain. Eric and I then headed out for our date night. It was great! We started out eating at The Back Porch then went across the street to The Track for a game of put-put. After Eric barely beat me by one point we headed to Destin Commons to grab a coffee and see the new Jennifer Anniston movie- The Switch.
Once we got back to the condo’s Eric and I grabbed our bucket, nets, and flashlights and headed on down to the beach with the boys to catch some crabs. We caught I would say around 25 little crabs and one big crab. I LOVED IT!
Can’t wait to see what the rest of the week has in store! .
All I can say is that this child is one spoiled little nugget already! His first gift came from his sweet Aunt Dana and Grandma Donna. And what was it… a big wooden frog and metal gator of course! Both things were too cute and will go perfect in the swamp. The next thing he snagged was a super book “Frog in the Sink” from his Nanna (Eric’s Mom) which his perfect first book since his mom (me) has actually put a frog or two down the sink before…on accident of course. He also got an awesome pair of gator overalls from his Aunt Jessica that are so soft and snuggly.
And then Eric and I had to get some stuff too for the little one. I have to admit the first purchase I ever made was a little gator onesie that I purchased a couple of years ago. It has been tucked away in the back of my closet until now and I was just tickled to death when I got to move it into the swamp closet. I also have purchased a couple more outfits since then too. I just can’t wait until the little one is here so I can play dress up!
And the most recent purchase was a baby book we found at the bookstore. It is made for the adopted child and the artwork and illustrations are right up my alley too. I absolutely look it and so excited about filling out the milestones that are happening in our child’s life as we make a home for him. I took lots of pictures so you could see how awesome it really is!
Please keep the prayers coming because we have a long way to go in this process but we know that God has the perfect plan to bring us to him at the perfect time. Until this I guess I will be getting the swamp stocked!
It’s official…well at least according to the FBI we are “fit to be suitable parents”! The very first thing we did when starting the adoption process several months ago was send in our fingerprints and forms to the FBI for a clearance and on Friday our official letters came back from them stating that we can adopt. Not sure why this was so exciting to us but Eric called very excited on Friday letting me know our letters came. I guess there is just something about getting an official form from a group like the FBI saying you are fit to be a parent that makes you just a bit bubbly inside.
On Friday we also received the approval from our networking adoption agency in New York which means that we are officially adopting from South Korea! So that was another high of the week for sure.
Below is a picture of us sending our first set of paper work to New York back on August 6th.
However this week was not all high points. You see to adopt you must have something from the DMV stating all your previous tickets and wrecks and showing that you do not owe the government for any of these. The only place you can get this pretty little form in either off Arkdelphia Road in Birmingham or in Montgomery. I checked the hours before I went and saw that they were open until 5:00 but after getting there at 3:30…waiting in line…signing in… and waiting some more this police officer came up to me at 4:01 according to my iPhone and said that they were full for the day and could not see me. I was so upset since I already had to drive so far down there and had been waiting. It did not help that this women was the meanest woman EVER. I politely explained why I was there and all I needed was a simple form printed and kept asking her if there was any other way I could get the paperwork (you know something simple like online or mail something off) or what hours I should come back but all her answers were SO mean and she just kept sticking this pink “CLOSED” sign in my face. I really don’t know how this woman can sleep at night being so mean. But eventually I started to cry and then proceeded to yell at the police officer “ALL I WANT IS A BABY!!”. I had no idea where all these emotions came from but after I got back into the car I realized just how much I want this child and would do just about anything to bring he/she home. Eric was just glad I did not get any more verbal and get myself arrested because that would make us officially “not suitable parents”.
So later that night I did a lot of praying and asking for forgiveness for my rotten attitude towards that lady and the next day I headed on back there to try again. This time it was a success after waiting 2.5 hours in line and 5 minutes once in her office I got my papers!
Below is the magic door I waited forever to get into….
Other than the horrendous DMV experience everything else has been going great with the process. We are quickly trucking along and actually sent off our second set of paper tonight to the New York Agency.
We are so excited about our little one and how fast everything has been going with the process so far. More updates soon!
This weekend it was storming in Birmingham so we decided to hang at the house and play Mexican Dominoes with my sister-in-law Kendall and her husband Tim. Us guys had never played this race of dominos before so it was a learning experience from the very beginning. Kendall had just picked up a new set of dominos from Target that included this over-the-top annoying train noise, which you had to push every-time you only had one domino left. If someone else at the table pushed it first you had to draw two more dominos. This resulted in many near riots, one was captured on camera below just as Tim got nailed with the train by his wife, thus his facial expression. We played all 12+ rounds and didn’t finish until around 2:00 in the morning, by that time the room was full with the aroma of a crazy bulldog fart and the sounds of a golden retriever sleeping peacefully. Tim ended up taking first place (we all think he cheated) by a mere seven points, I took second, Kendall was third, and Lauren (the self-professed MD champion) brought up the rear with a pitiful score (somewhere around 200 points behind us two beginners); til next time blog-readers…
News Flash!!! Eric’s article on his website just got tweeted by the Tony Hawk himself! We were just hanging out having a normal night when Eric went to check his numbers on the website and they were huge. He could not figure out where all the additional traffic was coming from. So after some digging around on the internet he saw this tweet by Tony Hawk to his 2 MILLION FOLLOWERS….
and if you click that link above it takes you here…
I am SO proud of Eric right now. He has grown the website tremendously over the years and it looks like people are noticing! I am very grateful for all the hard work and long hours he puts in to provide for our family and on nights like this it is totally worth it. So you must excuse me now because I am going to dinner and a movie courtesy of Tony Hawk and the influx of hits to our bread and butter site!
Tonight something super funny happened so I decided to share so all of you could get a good laugh. Ok…Eric eats peanut butter on crackers almost every night and tonight when he went to take his plate back to the kitchen the knife wobbled around on his plate then fell. And guess where it landed….
Right down this little hole in his jeans…
Sending Peanut Butter down his pants! It was SO funny I had to take a couple of pics in between my tears from laughing so hard that I was crying…
And Digby just looked on wondering why we were such crazy people!
Today Dana and I headed on out to Trussville for Jenna’s baby shower at The Chocolate Biscuit Tea Room. Jenna was a good friend from highschool that is a teacher now down in Montgomery. It was so nice to go and catch up with all the girls from school and wish Jenna well as she gets ready to welcome little Averi. Congrats Jenna! I can’t wait to meet your little girl…
This weekend was one of my favorite times of the year…Our big Baker family reunion. It was extra special this time because we were able to tell everyone about our upcoming little one! Everyone was so nice and excited about the upcoming arrival. We also got to stay at a BEAUTIFUL house. I loved it and loved all the special people that filled it up. more. Below are some pictures of our fun time…
Our House and the Neighborhood Pool:
The Cool Covered Bridge:
The Annual Cookout + Photo Time
Eating and Socializing:
Annual Family Photo Shoot Time:
Today my good friend Lindsay came into town with her sweet little boy Brax. She stayed with Dana since her husband was off coaching at football camp. We had the BEST time. Brax was so sweet and loved my singing and dancing…which of course made me his new best friend! (Since there is not many people out there in the world that like my singing and dancing.)
After work we headed on out to dinner at Surin and tried to feed him his first piece of sushi (not really) so he could get ready for his soon to be best friend from South Korea but he was not interested.
After dinner we headed on over to Dana’s parents house to visit with them. And he loved Donna’s singing too! Which also confirmed that he will not be the next judge on American Idol but it sure made both mine and Donna’s day.
I am so glad we got to hang out and can’t wait to see that cute little guy with the softest nose ever again soon…oh and I would like to see Lindsay again too!