Springtime updates

Apr 15, 2021

We've been busy this Spring. Weekends full of family activities, friend visits, sport events and cousin time. Our family is big into outdoor activities so some highlights we've done the past few months now that it's warming up include: park and zoo visits, hiking at the ranch, boating at the lake and teaching/learning new activities for the little man using STEAM program tactics.

We had an amazing Easter hunting eggs in our front yard with Cullen's cousins, consuming a full-on Easter ham, scalloped potatoes and roasted carrots the Easter bunny left behind. Afterwards, we played outside with bikes, sidewalk chalk and water table fun. It was one of the best days we had. Just enjoying the moments and sharing our love and joy. We were able to continue that the following weekend going to Jason's in law's Ranch where we hiked, played outside and saw Yaya and Papa. Cullen learned about cows, turkeys, birds and otters.

This past weekend, Emily hosted her best friend's baby shower for little Lottie Fran - the second girl to join the gang. Her mom, Jackie, was showered with loads of pink, bows and frills. Her auntie em mighta coulda spoiled her a lot.... We told Cullen he's got a new cousin coming and explained to him about babies and how he's going to be a big brother just like his cousin Conner. He knows what a baby is and has now been going around the house saying "baee baee" "baee baee, mine." like he's already owned the role of a big bro.

This next weekend we are off to the lake again with Mimi and Grandpa. Grandpa bought a new boat and we've got to go take it for a test drive, of course. We will be fishing, grilling and enjoying the sun. Cullen's never had marshmallows before... he's going to get his first s'more. More news to come, but for now, we've got to go wrangler a toddler.

Expressions!

Feb 26, 2021

After a crazy snowstorm that hit Oklahoma, Cullen, Mama and Baba (as Cullen calls his dad) worked on learning words and expressions. Cullen's verbal word count is at 26+ words and counting! Crazy awesome for only a almost 17-month-old. We've been working hard with books and flash cards, but he's so chatty and smart, that's not all too hard - he's actually surpassed his sign language and let's us know when he wants to "eat eat eat" "more more" and "drink drink" as he knows the words vs the signing (although we very much continue to promote signing). 

Onto the expressions! Cullen's very much into books. So much so, he'll mimic all books and expressions for people. There is this book called "Baby Faces" by Indestructibles that has all sorts of expressions in it and he LOVES IT RN. It's amazing. The photo captured here shows him mimicking mama and baba doing the expressions. Can you guess what the expressions are?

 We are very big into learning by the STEAM program and teaching our children to embrace all that encompasses STEAM. If you have any questions, let us know!  

Girls Road Trip on Route 66

Feb 01, 2021

Emily's gal pals have a once-a-year trip/getaway for her birthday. On this trip is Emily's life-long friend, Jackie, who is an Auntie Jax to Cullen, and Jill, another close friend Emily met during a networking event six-plus years ago.

For the big 3-3, Jax and Jill thought it would be fun to hit the 6-6 and take a road trip. We visited Tulsa's Center of the Universe on the way up to a winter lake cabin getaway. It was cold and windy so the warm of the cabin and overall scenery was like seventh heaven. We played dominos (our favorite thing to do), ate some great food and did girlie things (like old-age facemasks & nails).

On our way home, we hit up 66 again and visited Catoosa's Blue Whale among other things. It was a great time seeing friends and enjoying each other's company!

Jump Jump Jump, around.

Jan 21, 2021

COUSIN TIME! The older littles were far too quick to grab photos of, but the boys jumped much slower at 18 and 15 months old. River and Cullen seen here were socially celebrating River's big sister's three-year-old birthday party at a trampoline park in the city. They enjoyed getting tuckered out, eating pizza, cake and enjoying each other's company for so much needed family time after the holidays. 

Cullen got his cousin a unicorn kite, sticker book and doodle pad. This family is continuing to grow! We can't wait to introduce little sis or little bro to Cullen and our nieces and nephews. 

Our Favorite Poem

Jan 04, 2021

Footprints in the Sand

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.


After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.


This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."


He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

Jason and I love this poem.

We think of how we can be better people, parents, friends, mentors - everyday. This journey is remarkable. It changes lives. It alters futures. It shows an immense amount of love from all involved.


I can say without hesitation that adoption is an experience that has made us be the best of ourselves - fulfilling, worth the wait - and we can't wait to finish filling our family with another loved one.

Our Home

Jan 04, 2021

Our home, nest, or the place where we hang our hats - whichever phrase you prefer - is tucked away in a secluded neighborhood of acre lots, rolling hills and a nature park.

Fireflies, creek beds and a lawn large enough for playing sports, we can't wait to continue to fill our outdoor space with love, laughter and fun.

Inside, we love to hang out in the den with the fur family watching movies, TV series and playing Trivia. There is a large play space for Cullen and new sibling to play.

You'll also find us in the kitchen every night cooking together. We love to explore different types of foods and have fun cooking - it's like a date every night! Cullen joins in on the fun too and watches us cook. His favorite thing about dinner is throwing food to Harvey and Ike so they can join the dinner party as well. :-).

Jason & Emily's Favorites

Jan 04, 2021

Some of our Favorites

Jason vs Emily

The Pawn Book  Petey
Blue Color Grey
Exploring Childhood memory Bedtime stories
Alaska Destination Zurich
Milk Drink Apple Juice
Golf Hobby Art, coloring
4th of July Holiday Halloween
Seafood Food Sushi
Chocolate Chip Ice cream Chocolate Marshmallow
Shawshank Redemption Movie Importance of Being Ernest
Everything Music Indie
Basketball Sport Swimming
OKC Thunder Sports team St. Louis Cardinals
Shameless TV show Grey's Anatomy

Cullen's Favorites

Jan 04, 2021

Some of my favorite things...

Book - Touchy Feely Dinos
Color - Orange/Red (more like sunset)
Drink - Pedialyte
Food Meat - Meatballs & Spaghettis
Food Fruit - Grapefruit
Food Veggie - Peas
Food Starch - Rice
Food Dairy - Cheese cubes
Hobby - Stacking Blocks & Exploring
Music - Old MacDonald Had a Farm, EIEIO
Sport - Swimming
Touch - Soft, noisy surfaces
Thing to Do - Eating!
Thing to Chew - All food!
Toy - Balls
Word - Ike, Ball and EIEIO

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