Monday, October 27, 2008

What a Week!

Have no fears . . . I haven't abandoned my blog! I haven't been away due to any disaster, natural or otherwise. Simply, life has been incredibly busy. Good, fantastic even, but really, really, super busy. So, grab yourself a beverage and a snack, because this might be a long one.

First of all, last Monday marked my return to school, again. I know, I know, I just wrote about returning to school after my family leave. And I did. However, only for one week. My district gets a 2 week fall break each year so last Monday was my return after a 2 week vacation. It was just like starting all over again. It wasn't as bad as my first week back, but it was still really busy and I put in many extra hours trying to get caught up.

Midweek marked Andrew's 3 month birthday. See what a big boy he is getting to be?

The week was also busy because we were getting ready for an event filled weekend. We were preparing the house for 7 house guests. Shopping needed to be done for a lunch we were hosting at our home and last minute things needed to be handled for a luncheon we were hosting at a local restaurant. One night we had a meeting at the church about Andrew's upcoming baptism and one night we had a hockey game to attend. Go Coyotes!

Our guests arrived on Friday. We had Eric, Kari, Ashley and Ryan, as well as B's parents and grandma. Luckily B was off of work so that he could do all sorts of last minute things around the house. As you can imagine, things were quite wild around our house that night. Somehow we all managed to get a little sleep.

Saturday morning we had to get up bright and early to head into Phoenix for Andrew's adoption finalization hearing. We had many of our family and friends meet us there. In fact, our group managed to completely fill up the spectator area of the small court room we were in. Even though we knew that this hearing was really just a formality, it was still really emotional for me. I wasn't sure if I was going to cry or throw up at any given moment! When I was asked during the hearing if Andrew was the child I wanted to adopt I almost lost it, but I held on. Afterwards our little family posed for a picture with the judge.

Once outside all of our family and friends gathered with us for a picture. This was just such a special moment for our family and I will treasure it always.

From the courthouse we went to a local Mexican restaurant for a luncheon. The food was great and I think everyone really enjoyed it. I celebrated with a margarita but didn't even make it through half of it before I was having a really good time, if you catch my drift. How sad! Here we are with Andrew's adoption day cake. Yummy!

I'm a bad, bad mom. I let Andrew have a little taste of frosting from his cake. As you can see, he really wasn't too impressed. However, my cake loving friends were, so all is good.

After our party we went back to the house. Pretty much everyone went down for a nap, except me, who cleaned the house. That evening we left Andy with B's parents and went with our friends to the hockey game.

Sunday morning came along with even more family festivities. It was Andrew's baptism day! Doesn't he look handsome?

We built many memories during the service. Our nephew Ryan kept patting Andy on the head as Pastor blessed him. Also, Ryan threw his binky right into the holy water while Pastor was reading. I'm sure everyone in the pews thought we were completely low class morons because we were trying so hard not to laugh. Even our families hadn't seen what happened and they didn't know why we were trying to contain our laughter so much. I should also mention that after Ryan's binky was fished out of the holy water he tried two more times to throw it in! Eventually though Andrew was finally baptised and it was a very special moment.

Afterwards all of our family gathered for a picture. Doesn't my dad look great? It's the first time we've seen him this dressed up since his accident.
From the church everyone came back to our house where we had lunch before all of our California guests hit the road for home.
My words just can't even do justice, and are entirely insufficient, to describe how wonderful this weekend was. It has literally erased all of the pain of the past 2 1/2 years. I feel totally renewed and like a new person.
I'm just so excited about the life we have now. Thanks for hanging in there with me . . .


  1. I'm so happy for you Christy! You, your husband, and Andrew deserve the beautiful blessings you've been given! Congratulations and God Bless!

  2. Congratulations!!! Love his smile!

  3. Wow! Lots happened in such a short time! Congratulations! All the pictures show how wonderfully happy you guys are to have Andrew. And he is lucky to have you guys!

  4. Congratulations on your adoption that was 1 HOT judge. right? phew.....
    Andrew is a lucky (and quite handsome) little angel...he looked adorable in his little baptismal outfit.....
    your dad does look great...very sharp all dressed up!!! sam

  5. Holy crap, so much stuff! So many cute pics!

  6. that picture in the court room, was beautiful. I thought there couldnt be anythign left in hte post to comment on. Then him in his baptism outfit. How sweet. Then the frosting. I love frosting. Then the binking story, hehe. What a wonderful weekend. I dont even know you and wanted to cry at your sweet weekend. I couldnt be happier for you. YOu think your luck. Look how lucky Andrew is to have you and B as parents.

  7. My face is sore from all the grinning. Wow - what a great weekend.

    Then I will make up for you the years the locusts ate.
    Joel 2:25.


  8. Well, LOTS Of congrats in that lil post!

    It was his cake .. he better have got to enjoy it too. I am just so happy to read all of this wonderful stuff

  9. What a great weekend! You sound so wonderfully, peacefully happy.

    Happy Adoption Day!

  10. Congratulations! I can't even imagine how wonderful it must be to have the adoption finalized. You have a beautiful family.

  11. Congratulations Christy! Your happiness is well deserved! I'm glad you had such a wonderful weekend!

  12. Congrats on all the wonderful things that have been going on lately!! It's so wonderful!! And even more so that your family was there to experience it with you!!

    You have an award waiting for you on my blog!! :-)

  13. So happy for you, dear friend. You deserve all of this happiness and joy that Andy has brought both you and Brian. I am so glad the pain is gone - I can only imagine what that must feel like.

    Hugs, joy and happiness for you.

  14. Amazing! I couldn't be happier for you and your family. Andrew is so adorable and I love his tux onesie! : )

  15. Anonymous9:13 AM

    Congratulations to you and your wonderful family. I am so happy for all of you.

  16. Thanks for sharing your very special moments with us.

    So happy for you!

  17. What a wonderful time. Congratulations! You all look so happy in the pictures.

  18. Congratulations. I can't tell you how much hope this gives me.

    Best wishes for many happy events to come.

  19. he's getting so big!!! he's going to be able to smother that bear any day now (0:

    it's wonderful to see the family together and so happy....

    let's get together soon.

  20. What a beautiful weekend! Those photos of the whole gang are wonderful but not as precious as the little guy in his white suit. I'm so happy for you and your little family :)

  21. Congratulations on everything! You have an absolutely beautiful son!

  22. Congratulations! That sounds like an absolutely wonderful weekend.

    Andrew is so sweet. What cute pictures! I am really so very happy for you all.

  23. Anonymous7:15 PM

    Dear Family,
    Forgive me for not attending the weekend services. I was sick all week .And very disappointed.
    Thease pictures are lovely and of course Andy was the celeb!!!He is precious.
    We appreciated the food & cake you sent to us. With all going on at your house you thought of us. Love the pictures sent to us!!
    " May God keep you three in the Palm of his HANDS )
    Love Grandma & Grandpa Mayer
    Oh your Dad looked so good we thought

  24. Wow, congratulations ABOUND!!! We're so happy for you!!