Thursday, January 21, 2016

Our First Year

It will mark one year this week since the judge ordered placement in our home. Our year has been rough, but full of memories too! I thought I would share some of our big moments with you!

January 21st--The kids were ordered to be placed in our home.

January 25th--We met our kiddos at their church. What a beautiful day this was. We played dolls, legos, play dough, and house for hours.

January 31st---Vist #2. McDonalds and the Indy Car Museum. The kiddos loved sitting in the race cars and pretending to drive. This is the day I realized an outing with three kiddos is WORK! :)

February 7th---We brought the kiddos to our home for the first time and they saw their new rooms. Little man loved his new toys and the girlies played dress up with their new clothes for hours.

February 8th-- First visit at our church. They were SO nervous, but to our delight when we returned to children's ministry, they were begging to go back. After church, little man bought me flowers. It was the sweetest gesture.

February 15th--First night in our home. I have sweet pictures of all three in their new beds. I wish I could show you. They are too precious.

February 22nd--After a long week and some unplanned events, the kiddos were placed 9 wks early.

February 24th---First day at their new school.

March 11th--First scary moment as a mom that included a gash on peanut's head and 4 stitches.

March 14th---Hubby's 25th. First family gathering at the house since the kiddos had been placed.

March 21st--My first date with little man at chik-fil-a's Date Knight. Ever since, he has had the nickname valiant knight. Brenton also had a date with the girls. They ate ice cream cones that were basically the size of Montana. Way to make their dietitian mommy proud. ;)

March 25th--First trip to the Children's Museum. It was too much! We haven't been back since.

April 3rd--Little man got glasses. :)

April 4th--First Easter Egg Hunt!

April 5th--First Easter!

April 9th--Peanut was no longer failure to thrive according to her specialists.

May 8th--Carnival at the new private school!

May 9th-- First manicures! It was a BIG deal :)

May 10th--Mother's Day

May 15th--Girls' first hair cut! Big deal considering they came with about 1 inch of hair. :)

May 13th--Little man was bat boy for my brother's baseball game.

May 16th-- Peanut and I sold Lemonade together at her school. She was too cute with her big girl serving gloves on. :)

May 21st--Muffins with Mom at school. Best breakfast I had ever had, hands down.

June 6th--Professional women's basketball game!

June 15th--The day little man fell in love with baseball. My dad took him to a clinic and he got second place in a fielding competition. He's definately fitting in with the baseball lovers in the family now!

June 18th--1st dance class. I thought they were going to continue as statues for the entire class, but halfway through they loosened up!

July 6th--1st swimming lesson. Little man and beautiful butterfly were rock stars and quickly rose to the top class. Peanut stayed in the "cutie pie" class as my husband and I liked to call it.

July 11th--Little man's birthday party lego style at the park. This was such a fun day for everyone.

July 18th--First big out of town trip to Lego Land and American Girl. Yes, we got our first American Girl doll. BIG MOMENT for Peanut.

July 26th--Little man's first day of church camp. He still constantly talks about this. I think it is his favorite memory.

August 1st--Peanut's birthday party, fairy style at the zoo!

August 11th--First day at the new private school. Best decision we have ever made.

August 15th--Gymnastics championships with the girlies. Needless to say, we had to register for gymnastics class after this.

August 21st--Zoo trip with our beautiful butterfly. She loved this day, basically because she was able to feed a giraffe.

August 28th--New HOUSE!

September 7th--Frozen on Ice. Beautiful Butterfly's favorite memory.

September 12th--First soccer game. Little man made a goal!

October 3rd--Apple Orchard. The kids loved it! We will definitley be doing this again next year.

October 10th--I dumped soup on myself. I had to go to the ER. The kids cried for hours. It was sad...

October 31st--First Halloween with three little minions!

November 16th--Beautiful butterfly's birthday get together. Homemade pizzas, cake, and jewelry making. It was a good day.

November 26th--First Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful day filled with food and family. Little man and beautiful butterfly thought eating a turkey leg was the best moment of their lives. I personally thought it was icky.

November 27th--Christmas decorating!!

December 5th--Breakfast with Santa! This was the day the kiddos truly believed Santa was going to come to leave them presents for the first time ever.

December 6th--Christmas parade. "Watch me whip whip"

December 17th--Little man had a special part in the Christmas program and he rocked it!

December 23rd--First family christmas! May we say we have some spoiled littles? Yes!

December 24th--Christmas jammies, books, gingerbread houses, and cookies oh my!

December 25th--First Christmas. My favorite memory thus far.  I loved seeing the littles faces when they saw that Santa remembered them this year.

December 27th--Family Christmas #3. Did I mention that the littles love their cousins?

December 31st--1st New Year's Eve. Thank you Netflix for your New Year's Eve countdowns. We love you FOREVER.

January 1st--Family Christmas #4. Yes, you read four. It was filled with Bingo, bingo, bingo!

January 6th--Dia De Los Reyes (Day of the Kings)- Little man found baby Jesus in the Rosca de Reyes cake and the kings left a little gift in our little ones shoes.

And many more to come.

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  1. What a huge year it's been! Our kids were also placed with us in January. And I always use the exact date as a sort of marker in my mind.

    1. I cannot believe it has been a year for us already! Times flies. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I adore your timeline you've made. It's inspirational especially since I'm working on producing a film that encourages people about the foster care and adoption system. You can check it out at


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