We celebrated Kyra's Adoption day on Thursday, April 7th with many family, friends and special visitors.
The first picture is with 5 special friends. These 5 ladies have been through thick and thin with us from the start of this process. Without them we never would have gotten to where we are now...a FAMILY!!!
L-R: Tanisha, Lindsey, Alicia (holding Kyra), Peggy & Charlene
Jake & I getting sworn in. This is the same Judge who did Aiden's adoption in Sept of last year.
Friends and Family who were able to make the proceedings.
The Judge let Kyra, Aiden & Allee pick out 1 stuffed animal to take home with them.
As you can see Kyra couldn't pick just 1. She had about 5 in her arms.
She wasn't terribly happy when I had to remove a few from her arms. But she settled on the caterpillar.
The whole crew who came for the Event! L-R: Holly, Kyle, Chris (Jake's sister), Jake, Lisa (holding Aiden), Jim, Mom, Robyn, Me (w/Kyra), Amber (holding Allee) and Daryl. We went to John's Incredible Pizza afterwards to celebrate!!!
There are so many people we would like...No scratch that LOVE to Thank who have helped us along the way. To the 5 SPECIAL PEOPLE in the first photo. If it hadn't been for them God only knows where Aiden & Kyra would be right now. It warms our hearts that you have entrusted us to care for these 2 girls with all our hearts. Be rest assured that they are in the best care and in a loving home.
To our Families for accepting the girls as lovingly and whole-heartedly as you have as your nieces and cousins.
To Jake's Mom...MY MOM, who's been an awesome Grandma to her Granddaughters. She shows them all day and everyday how much she loves and cares about them as much as we do. She spoils them with love and affection as ALL Grandma's should. =)
To our Friends both near and far for welcoming them into your lives and hearts and never making them feel like they’re not a part of Jake & I. We couldn't imagine our lives without them or all of you.
In all honesty in the last 1 ½ years it has been a HUGE adjustment for us. As Parents we instill in our kids how we grew up and want only the best for these girls.
To our Games Night crew...you guys are the BOMB!!! You've always been so accommodating if we can't get a sitter and dealt with the pouting, screaming, crying...well enough about MY tantrums on those nights they had to come with us. Haha.
No but seriously, to Ray, Gail, Robyn, Jim, Holly & Kyle a very special THANK YOU for being our friends and always being there for us. Without our ADULT monthly games nights we would go completely insane and thank you for the time to be around Big People as we tell the girls. We are very, very Blessed to have you all in our lives.
Daryl & Lisa, what can we say??? Sooo much. You two have been an inspiration to us. Your kids are so well behaved, polite, and just down right really good kids. You’ve raised them right and to respect others and care about others. Without you two, our lives would have a hole.
A VERY, VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES OUT TO OUR COUSIN AMBER, WITHOUT YOU AND YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THESE GIRLS WE NEVER WOULD HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THEM AND THEY WOULD NOT BE IN OUR LIVES AND OUR DAUGHTERS! YOU HAVE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR LIVES AND OUR HEARTS AS WELL AS AIDEN'S & KYRA'S LIVES. WE ARE VERY BLESSED FOR YOU & ALLEE BOTH.
As a new Mom I have learned a lot and I find myself saying things to Aiden & Kyra that my Mom said to me that I said I would NEVER say (yeah right). For instance...."Because I said so, that's why". Everytime I say that I can hear my Mom telling me the same thing when I was a kid. It's rather amusing actually. I've learned patience is something that is learned everyday. I say to myself now-a-days 'choose my battles' and "What would my Mom do?" or "Do I really sound like that?". I've learned not to make everything a big deal.
For example - Kyra & Aiden are out in the yard playing with bare feet, shorts & a short sleeve shirt. It's a littel chilly but not terribly cold. I think "Should I have them get socks, shoes, pants and jackets....naw, a little cold weather never hurt anyone, right?" We used to play out in the cold rain in the streets and jump into puddles and get soaked to the bone. We were kids, that's what kids do. Why am I so afraid to let them do that? I dunno, maybe that's something I'll work on and not worry so much about. - Getting dirty is another example, I almost get crazy when the girls get their clothes dirty...WHAT is that about? I find myself having to step back and say to myself, God made dirt and dirt don't hurt. I find comfort in saying that and it's true. Nothing a little bath or shower can't clean before bed, right?!?
I, myself have learned so much about myself and about Jake and about the girls in general. So much amazes me about how they've grown and continue to grow. How sweet and loving they can be. How upset or angry they're little minds and bodies get when things just aren't the way they want them to be.
The MOST amazing thing for me about them is their little personalities. How so alike they are in some ways and yet so different too. They are complete opposites when it comes to food. Aiden is the much pickier one. Aiden is afraid to try things but she eventually does with a little encouragement. She'll say she likes it in the beginning but after a few bites she'll then decide that she doesn't like it. Kyra, will eat just about anything we put in front of her. However, bread has been her "No like it" thing lately. We'll give her a turkey sandwich and she'll eat the turkey and leave the bread. Aiden has spunk and Kyra is a little spitfire. I guess that's the best way I can describe them. Jake's Mom says that she has to have 10 pairs of hands to keep up with Kyra, as do we. :o)
Our predictions for them is this: Aiden will be the prom queen and will like all the pretty things and Kyra will be our little tom boy or book worm. Either way, these girls are going to be whatever they want to be in life and we will support them nomatter what. Who knows, we may be completely wrong and be the other way around. Only time will tell.
Again, Thank You to everyone for all your Love & Support in the last year and a half. It has really meant a lot to us. We love and cherish each and every one of you for your continued support in our journey.
Please continue to follow us in our journey as a complete FAMILY!!!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Jake & I are happy to officially announce KYRA MASON to our family. Weighing in at 34 lbs, 3 feet tall, brown hair, brown eyes and a WINNING Smile & Personality