The on-going adventures of two dads with two kids making their way through the world!!

Chip!

It’s NEVER a dull moment with two boys. Last night when the boys were playing a game of Captain American vs. Thor… Peyton accidentally hit Jackson in the face with his Captain America shield (it’s a frisbee with a band on the back) chipping one of Jackson’s front teeth.  This was yet another fun-filled moment in our house full of testosterone! Remember we JUST got braces put on those pretty little teeth for Mr. Jackson and fortunately they did help to protect his teeth for some more serious damage.  But still, he had a rather large chip on one of his front top teeth.

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I felt bad for him. He immediately said, “But this is one of my adult teeth!”  After the shock over the whole incident, I was able to determine that it was not hurting him (so I was assuming that the nerve was not exposed) so we could wait until morning to deal with this.

I was so glad when I looked online and today was an early open day for our dentist!  Even more ecstatic when they told us to just come right over!  We spent all of this morning at the dentist and orthodontist office (which happen to be right next door to one another) getting x-rays, ultimately removing the bracket and wire from his braces to rebuild his tooth, and putting it all back together at the end. All is good now and our beautiful smile has returned (as if nothing ever happened).

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New Family Pictures

After weeks of planning (this month has been CRAZY busy with travel/work commitments for both me and Dad), we finally ventured out to get new family pictures done!  We could not have picked a more beautiful day and one where Peyton (lately known as Mr. Crabby Pants) was in a good mood.  At any rate, I’ll let you be the judge of the pictures below…

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Reunited and it Feels so Good!

Probably the most personal post that I’ve blogged about was called The Road To King. There I detailed the heartbreak that we felt when our first foster baby was removed from our home to go and live with his biological father. When we moved away from our home in North Carolina, we also moved away from King. That was yet another difficult aspect of life to swallow when he was just a few hours drive from us and now it’s a day long trip!

A few weeks ago, I returned to North Carolina to attend the 10th anniversary Gala for the Children’s Museum where I was one of the original staff members.  While I was in town, I had the opportunity to see many old friends and a lot of family! Probably the greatest aspect of adoption, particularly when it’s an open adoption, is that you gain a lot of new family members!

But to be honest, there was a particular family member that I had been dying to see for quite some time.  While we have seen a lot of pictures, and even had Skype calls, we have not seen our godson, King since we left North Carolina and before the birth of Peyton.

So after attending the 10th anniversary event, I drove the next morning to see King. What a great reunion that was to see him after all this time.  He’s six years old and in 1st grade now and when he jumped into my arms it was like we had never been apart.

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Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but love will always be regardless of space and time.

Summer Is Over!

What better way to celebrate the end of summer but with a visit from family!  Mammaw and Grandpa Kyle came up from North Carolina to spend the long weekend with us and we all had such a great time.

We went down to Millennium Park one day and saw The Bean!  It was super cool and both boys had fun looking for everyone!

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Yesterday we went to the Jelly Belly Warehouse tour and everyone scored some free candy.  It was a little lame, but the kids enjoyed riding around on a train and then getting to sample some of the candy!  As I said on Facebook, “Oh the things we find to do on a holiday weekend!”  LOL!

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Hope you all had a great time with family and friends!!

Last week we celebrated a special day…  Peyton’s 4th birthday!

It can be difficult as a parent to watch your children grow. While we may long for them to “grow out of” a particular stage, the fact is they are growing and becoming more independent every day. I look back at pictures of Peyton with his thin curly hair and toothless smile and remember how fortunate we were to have such a good, healthy baby! Today he is curious about everything, overly emotional at times, but learning daily about social interactions with his brother, other kids, and even his Dad and Daddy.

As we prepared to enter into the FREAKIN’ FOURS as I’ve heard many parents call them, Dad and I sought out a way to make it very special for our little guy.  So you can imagine our excitement when we say The Elf on the Shelf Birthday Tradition kit!

We have had an Elf on the Shelf for both of the boys for the last couple of years.  Oscar is for Jackson, and Olive is for Peyton.  Up until now, Peyton has really been too little to really understand the whole concept of Christmas, including Olive.  Reading the story about how we could write a letter to Santa and ask for Olive to make a special appearance on his birthday got him very excited.

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So we wrote a letter (well, I wrote a letter and Peyton scribbled on the back of it) and we “mailed” it the next day.  To everyone’s surprise we received an email from the North Pole that they received our letter and it was being forwarded to Santa.  As luck would have it, Santa approved our request and there was Olive on the morning of Peyton’s birthday.  It was very cute to watch him come downstairs and search for his special friend to see if she actually came or not!

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The day went very well for Peyton especially at preschool where he took special Oreo cookie treats to share with all of his friends.  Later that evening, we had a quiet night with just the four of us at the Rainforest Cafe followed by presents at home before bed.

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It was a nice evening overall with a tantrum here and there, but something Dad and I could easily overlook on such special day that changed our lives 4 years ago!  Happy Birthday little buddy!  We love you!

P.S. It was very sweet the next morning when Olive had gone back to the North Pole and Peyton cried because he missed her!  She’ll be back soon enough…

I Have 2 Daddys

The other day, Jackson walked in my office with something in his hand.  “Here, I made this for you!” he said as he handed this adorable book he made to me.  I just had to share it…

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I love that he made this for us and how he pointed out that we “do not have a lot of books made from him.”  What adorable things have your kids made for you this summer?

Gone Too Soon

Often I find myself stopping to take in the moment. To appreciate my surroundings whether it is my location or the people I’m with. Throughout our lives we are running from here to there and miss many opportunities to value those people and things that make life worth living.

The tragic passing of actor Robin Williams is just a reminder of how precious life is. When the news broke yesterday, I could not help but feel overwhelmed with grief. Yet, I was also perplexed. A moment of disbelief that this was not true went through me. Similar to when Whitney Houston died two years ago, I feel like I’d lost a best friend.

Often times those who bring us such happiness are going through their own struggles. It just makes me wonder what’s behind that smile that you and I don’t see? Family struggles, issues with work, health problems, and concerns with personal self-esteem all lead us to those blue moments in life.

For myself, I’ve always struggled with my weight. I think this is one reason why I’ve always felt a connection with Karen Carpenter. It’s been said before but there is a subtle almost sad or longing in her voice that I still turn to when I’m feeling blue. As human beings, we have a unique connections with one another, even those people we do not “know” but still make an impact on our well-being and leave an impression in our heart. Michael Jackson, Casey Kasem, and even three out of the four Golden Girls. All examples of those gone too soon…

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon

Lyrics from the song, Gone Too Soon, by Michael Jackson

I may not understand this choice that Robin Williams made, but regardless, I want to celebrate a man who has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. A man who was a die-hard democrat and also a gay rights ally… one of my favorite quotes from him about gay marriage was, “You could talk about same-sex marriage, but people who have been married [say] ‘It’s the same-sex all the time.” LOL! Always the comedian!

Thank you for movies that I will always treasure like Aladdin, the Birdcage, and Patch Adams. Thank you for the laughter, the tears, and most of all the memories. I have often equated life with the likes of a roller coaster with its ups and downs. Your passing is just a reminder how precious life is and that we really should take in all of the moments regardless of how big or small. They really will be gone too soon.

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