Friday, December 5, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #15

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Chriss. When Chriss was young she took dance for a short time. I know this might surprise people, because well I am a klutz. No, really I am,  I manage to trip over lint and I have a great talent of falling up the stairs. Yeah, you read that right...falling up the stairs. I haven't done the tripping up the stairs in a while but I have been known to do it.

Perhaps that is what ended my short run as a dancer (or it could have been my complete lack of rhythm?)  However during my time as a dancer I got to wear a leotard, tights, get my hair curled and even wear a little bit of makeup. There were performances at soccer games and football games. There are two performances though that stand out still, these many years later, getting to dance at Salt Aire (I don't remember why we were dancing there, only that we did)

I also got to ride on a huge float for the 24th of July parade. {the 24th of July is the founding day celebrations for the state of Utah} We had to get up really early and be downtown. It had rained the night before so all the floats were wet. I was in the younger group and they showed us how they wanted us to sit and wave to everyone, the bigger girls got to stand and wave. There was a lot of commotion waiting for everything to get started. Finally it was our turn and we were going down the parade route. I have a lot of fond memories of waving to people, talking to the other girls around me and being so excited to be on the float.

While my dancing career was short lived, I have enormous respect for dancers and performers of all forms of art. We also want to have our little girls do dance, even if for just a short time, as the impact can last a lifetime.




Friday, November 28, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #14

We are surrounded by adoption in our family! Family has been formed in so many different ways. We have family that were adopted at birth, some through foster care as young kids and as teens. We have a cousin who is a birth mom. Adoption all around and all kinds of varieties. We love adoption!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #13

Chriss' favorite board game is Settlers of Cataan I started playing this game while I was in Austria and loved playing with the other missionaries on p-days. I will play any chance I get, I love that the board is different every time and that there is lots of strategy involved. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #12

So we love Seattle, and all the quirky places and things to do here. We have visited the Fremont Troll many times, I've lost count how many times we've been to see him. We have enjoyed taking friends and family who come and visit us to see the Fremont Troll. 







Friday, October 10, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #11

Brian did a brief stint dancing/acting in community theater, I'm not making this up folks it is true there are even pictures to prove it. They put on a production of  "The Wizard of Oz" He says that he had a couple of motivations to do this, one of which was his sister saying they needed more guys and I'll let him tell you the other.(But I don't think that it was his long lost desire to learn tap dancing)  This was brought to you by: Bluffdale City Arts Council and Janelle.

front and center in the jitterbug

Brian learned how to tap dance for being a crow (he still has his tap shoes)

strike a pose

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #10

Fun Fact Friday

We love the TV show Gilmore Girls. Chriss started watching it while Brian was doing his undergrad school. Brian would watch snippets here and there, it didn't take long before the snippets became longer and longer until they were whole episodes. We started at the beginning and watched it over the next few months, this was back before having our Isaac. We're really excited that it is on Netflix and we can enjoy it all over again.
Gilmore Girls

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #9

Fun Fact Friday!

Isaac's most favorite movie right now is Cars, he would watch it over and over all day if he was allowed(which he isn't, we are pretty strict on screen time) Even with as many times as he has watched it, he is still startled when Lightening McQueen and Mater go tractor tipping. He dances when they are cruising the road and fascinated when the races are going. 


Friday, September 19, 2014

Fun Fact Friday #8

Time to start up Fun Fact Friday again!



Arg today do be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! If ye be looking fer more info click on the link here

We have celebrated this for many years, though I don't have any pictures that I can find right now. 

Brian's pirate name: Jimmy the Slovenly

Chriss' pirate name: Captain Esmerelda

Isaac's pirate name: Samuel the Salty


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Drops of Awesome

I've been reading/writing in "Drops of Awesome#dropsofawesome the whole concept is that you are awesome on whatever level you are on, whatever you are able to do that day. Sometimes being awesome is getting out of bed and breathing in and out all day, maybe eating. Sometimes it is reading the same book over and over again to a small child, or helping a family member or friend in need. Basically you add to your bucket of awesome with small and simple things.Today I am asking you to do something small and simple but that could have a huge impact! I would love to have you share our blog link here on Facebook or Twitter, help us get the word out and find our next addition to our family!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Road Trippin'

This last Saturday we saw that the weather was going to be really nice still and we wanted to take advantage of one of what might be the last nice weekend before the rainy season begins. So we packed up a picnic lunch and headed out for a nice long drive to Diablo Lake. What a beautiful drive! And the lake has such a wonderful turquoise color, I haven't edited any of these pictures, they are straight out of the camera! We enjoyed our lunch, threw many rocks into the water, and ran around for a few hours before heading back home. Brian is already planning on returning to go on a motorcycle ride with some friends, there were some great curvy roads.  







Monday, September 1, 2014

Paper pregnancy is complete

Whew!
We made it through those tough first few months and not a single paper-cut this time! Now to move to the really exciting portion, the finding of our next set of birth parents!!!!

Because of the direction adoption has taken in the last few years, most adoptions now happen through word-of-mouth, which means you, our family and friends. Friends of friends, family of friends or family/friends of distant family (you get the picture) This is the reason that we need you to keep us in mind and share with your family and friends about our family and how we desire to grow through adoption. Every time you share about us and our family, the closer we are to finding our birth family and a sibling for our son.
Please help us with sharing our blog on the social media of your choice. Every bit counts and every bit helps. We thank you in advance for sharing and helping us!


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Hoping to adopt again

We are almost through the process of getting a homestudy to adopt again! We are so excited and Isaac will make such a great big brother, he loves babies and right now is really big on giving hugs to everyone. This is a gratuitously cute video, since our blog theme has to do with the ABC's and Isaac has a love of singing them too.




Because of the direction adoption has taken in the last few years, most adoptions now happen through word-of-mouth, which means you, our family and friends. Friends of friends, family of friends or family/friends of distant family (you get the picture) This is the reason that we need you to keep us in mind and share with your family and friends about our family and how we desire to grow through adoption. Every time you share about us and our family, the closer we are to finding our birth family and a sibling for our son.
Please help us with sharing our blog on the social media of your choice. Every bit counts and every bit helps. We thank you in advance for sharing and helping us!

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