The Journey of a Lifetime

Ryan and I have decided to pursue our forth adoption and add another beautiful baby to our family. We couldn't be happier and are thrilled! Join us in our journey in adopting baby Schlenner!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

First Time in the ER

Magnus is the cutest and sweetest walking disaster! He falls, trips, stumbles, and has accidents like no other child I have ever seen!!! Maybe it's because he is growing so fast and catching up now...maybe it's because he's put on 30 % of his body weight since he's been home and his muscles are trying to deal with the extra weight to support...or maybe he is destined to be one of the those kids who continue to have bloody noses, scrapes, and gashes on his face, bruises and broken bones, and never a dull moment in momma's life!!

Magnus was chasing the girls around the house last night and tripped and fell. His poor head ran right into the hallway door hinge and the bleeding wouldn't stop. Ryan rushed him to the ER for stitches. The doctor ended up glueing it together so it wouldn't leave a huge scar. The nurses loved him and he was happy as could be in the ER. They glued him up and sent him home with a bright yellow race car! The moral of this story is-this is only the beginning!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hey Baby!

Our lil' Magnus is doing wonderful and keeping this momma hop'in! There is not a dull day in our house! And I've never been so tired and happy all at the same time in my life!!!! I grabbed my camera after he had his morning bath. Here is a quick update on Magnus and all the stages he is in.Magnus has been home for 3 months now!! He is growing fast and furious. Last week at the doctor visit his measured 24 lbs. and 32 inches long. On the baby chart he is 50% in height and 30% in weight. Not bad!! He's only 2 lbs. lighter than Ahnya! He had circumcision surgery last Wednesday and all went well. Glad to have that done! Overall, he is healthy and very HAPPY!!!

Look at this nut! His personality steals your heart! Magnus is a charmer from the minute you meet him. He is trying so hard to talk and form words...he gets frustrated because I can't understand him yet. Magnus can say some basic words: momma, dadda, g-g (for gabriella), jojo, ya-ya (for ahnya), nana, bumpa, no-no, up, pee-ewe (that's for stinky!!), bye-bye, see ya, eat, oh-oh, yuck. I would guess words will come more quickly as the days go by!!

This is his MAD face!!! He really can pull off the serious Chinese facial expression!!!! We call this the "don't mess with the Tiger boy" look! I am convinced that lil Magnus will grow up and think his name is Magnus No-no...because I feel like I say this ALL DAY LONGGGGGG!!! Magnus is super busy, active, inquisitive, analytical, and strong willed! He can stand his ground with Ahnya and the big sisters anyday! He doesn't always win--but he puts up a BIG fight!

Magnus LOVES to play with musical toys, blocks, legos, cars, anything he can push or ride (or throw down the stairs), and going places with momma and his sisters! He likes to eat noodles, veggies, yogurt, cheese, any meat, pizza, and ice cream!!! I think he loves all food! Magnus loves taking a bath, playing with his sisters, looking at books, and he loves his stuffed animals.

Magnus has stolen our hearts and this family is lov'in our baby boy!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter Dance Recital

The girls had their Winter Dance recital and they did fantastic!!! I forgot to post pictures and didn't want you to miss these!! Gabriella and Jocelyn are in tap, ballet, and tumbling. Little Ahnya had her first ballet recital!! She did wonderful, too! Here's a pic of the girls with their friends Maya and Halle! They posed for a picture before their tumbling routine! Too cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We celebrate the New Year in style at the lake! Dana and Joel and kids Will and Husdon were with us, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The kids had a great time!!!

All the kids were all smiles..........the girls loved having their cousins to celebrate with!!! And Hudson loved being with the girls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Will wasn't feel well but he was there to get in on much of the action.
Here's Gabriella, Magnus and cousin Will!

Hudson was hilarious to watch! He absolutely LOVED to play with the girls!! We are all looking forward to spending more time with the "boy" cousins!

.............................Mr. Magnus
By the end of evening the children were striped down and ran around in their panties!!! Here's Ahnya with her blankie....

And Jocelyn has a blankie.............................

Gabriella has a soft bookie.....that she loves to pieces...and goes everywhere. I wanted to capture pics of the kids with their blankies and bookies....everyone has on except Magnus. I'm still hoping he'll grow to sleep with a blankie or bookie for comfort like the sista's.Can you tell that for most pictures Ahnya is hanging on Magnus???? Poor baby can't do anything right with his 3 sisters around!!!!!!!!!!!!!Yet again...Ahnya messing with Magnus. These two are quite the pair!!! Best friends on minute and enemies the next!The kids always stand on the fireplace and sing songs as a performance. Most evenings are filled with dancing, duets, and a full choir!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a riot and wonderful memories to behold!From our family to yours...We wish you all a healthy, happy and magical 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman!!

During our Christmas break vacation we headed up to the lake for some well needed rest and relaxation!!!! We had a blast!!! We were so lucky to have a snowstorm there, too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The girls and I headed outside and spent a couple days in the snow. We made a snowman and did some sledding!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the girls were excited to make a snowman!!!! Since we don't have ANY snow in our hometown was a small miracle that we were able to have snow at the lake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My smoochie girls....kissing Frosty...................

Enjoy the rest of Christmas break!!!! We seemed to get most everything crossed off our bucket list for break!!!!