Saturday, May 21, 2011

A few days ago Amanda invited me to go with her to another doctor's appointment. During the appointment she told me the cutest thing that makes me smile everytime I think of it! She said that every time she eats ice cream, the little guy starts kicking... PERFECT, right! It's like he already knows that ice cream will be a food group in our family! I know that Grandpa can't wait to feed him his first taste of ice cream!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

An Adventure Called Disneyland

Our fun trip to Disneyland started out as a total surprise to our nephews. My dad rented a 12 passenger van to take us all on this adventure. The night before the trip, James and I set up a scavenger hunt around our house. We invited the kids over for a "Mother's Day" breakfast and afterward we sent them on the scavenger hunt. While they were searching for the clues with Uncle James, the rest of us decorated the van and loaded up all of the luggage. The sign my mom is holding in the picture says "HOP IN... WE'RE HEADING TO DISNEYLAND!" The final clue in the scavenger hunt led them to the front porch of our house. Their reaction was HILARIOUS! They all stopped in their tracks and just stared from us to the van and back again. They thought we were just playing a trick on them and they didn't believe us until Grandpa showed them all of their luggage! Little Taylor had a smile on his face the entire trip and kept chanting "Dinneylan, Dinneylan!" It was priceless!

After a day and half of driving (which was surprisingly fun) we arrived in Anaheim. We spent the afternoon at Downtown Disney and shopped and played around. We especially had a ball at the World of Disney store where we couldn't resist buying this darling onesie for our soon-to-be little boy! Isn't it cute?!?

The next day we set off early in the morning to go to California Adventure. The best rides at this park are Soaring Over California, Toy Story Mania, & Tower of Terror. All super fun!!!

We spent the next two days at Disneyland... my favorite amusement park in the world. It was my 4th visit and it is still magical! I think it was the perfect time of year to go because the lines were pretty short and the weather was great. Sadly Splash Mountain was closed, but we still got to go on our favorite rides... Indiana Jones, Peter Pan, Space Mountain, & Thunder Mountain.

By the end of our 3rd day at Disneyland we were all exhausted, but we had a total blast! James and I can't wait to take our little guy there in a few years to experience his first magical Disneyland adventure!!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

It's A Boy!

Our sweet pea is finally coming to us! We have been so excited to share this news with everybody - James has literally been begging me to blog about it since last Saturday night! Our little baby boy is due to arrive on July 16th!

Here’s the story: Sweet Amanda found one of our pass-along cards two weeks ago. We started emailing back and forth and we KNEW by day 2 that we already loved her! We anxiously awaited her emails each day and wrote her back as quickly as we could. We went out to dinner last Saturday night and met her for the first time. We were super nervous that she would meet us and think we were total dorks (cause we are!!!), but as soon as she walked in, our nerves were put to rest and we immediately fell in love with her. It was an amazing night and we will never forget it! We left that dinner filled with so much hope and we have literally been smiling ever since!

She invited us to go with her to her doctor’s appointment this past Thursday where we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat for the first time. AMAZING!!! It’s crazy that in such a short amount of time, we have fallen in love with both Amanda and our little baby!

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and every year since James and I have been married it has been a really tough day for me. This year Mother’s Day is one for the books! Amanda sent me a text this afternoon asking if we could meet somewhere because she had something to drop off. I was suspecting that she had some more ultrasound pictures to give us, but I was totally surprised to find out that she had a Mother’s Day gift for me. She gave me a beautiful Willow Tree statue of a mother holding a baby. I will treasure this gift FOREVER! It means the world to me, especially because it came from Amanda! James and I feel so honored that she has chosen us to be the parents of her child!!! We love you Amanda!