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!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy Birthday lil' Ahnya Leigh Meretech

We celebrated Ahnya's 4th birthday this weekend!!!!!! Last week was her official birthday, but we were not settled in our new home yet. So we celebrated in style with family on Saturday. It was a beautiful day for a party! 
 Here's a picture of the girls in their new Matilda Jane clothing that I have recently fell in love with. The patterns are so fun and girly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to Dana and Brooke for getting me into another addiction of children's boutique clothing!!!!!
 The kids were excited to celebrate yet another birthday party. It seems that we are always celebrating a birthday or gotch'a day in our home. But then again our family does LOVE parties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Ahnya loved her new party dress!!!!!!!!!!! It totally fits her personality!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 She's wearing her new bracelets that a friend bought her from India!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks Nikki!!!!!!!!!!!

 twirling in the grass........................precious!

 Jocelyn and Ahnya...........................
 The big 4 years old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                 Momma and the birthday girl!
 She was giggling when we were all singing happy birthday to her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 Here's Nana with Ahnya outside.....She's totally pooped and asked Nana if she could go to sleep!!!!!!!!!!
She laid down and within minutes was sound asleep!!!!!!!!!! Hope you had a great day my precious baby girl. We love you!!!!!!!!! Thanks Nana, Bumpa, Holly & Harley and Nic for coming and celebrating her birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holmberg Orchard Visit!!!!!

 It's our fall tradition as a family to visit the Holmberg Orchard and have a hayride through the pumpkin patch!!!! We had another fabulous time and this year was Magnus' first time visiting it!!!! We measure each of the kids on the apple chart and they love standing by the sign and seeing how "big" they are!!!
Jocelyn had a huge growth year. She's about 3 inches shorter that  Gabriella. And very excited to be wearing the exact same size as big sister!!!!!!! Plus, it's fun to share your sister's clothes, right!?!? 
Sweet lil' Ahnya is also growing and growing. She has such long legs and skinny skinny mini!! So fun to dress my girls.
 Magnus is not excitied about momma taking pictures anymore. I think he tries to make the most ridiculous facial expressions when he sees my camera.
 The kids loved the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. What a fun time.
 We went on a hayride through the orchards to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins! We decided on the biggest pumpkin we could find and let daddy carry it!!
 face painting.................
 Daddy and the kids..............
 Ahnya................and Magnus too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                    Playing in the corn

              Momma and her babes

 This was actually Ahnya's birthday family celebration, too. Ahnya turned 4 years old. We came home to our new home and had cake and opened presents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Ahnya loved her American Girl table and chairs set!!!
 Happy Birthday my sweetie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was such a fun day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feels good to be home!!!

We are finally done! We are unpacked, everything organized, things hung on the walls where I want them, rooms even painted, the move is completed and very successful!!! It was a very hard to move. Ryan and I did 97% of the move on our own. My mom came and helped watch the kids for 3 days and Grandma Peggy came one day and watched the kids, too. That helped Ryan and I get everything moved. Otherwise, we pretty much did everything else on our own. HARD work...but oh so worth it in the end.

We love our home and it's really home to us. Even the girls have commented and said that it feels like home. I am just happy to be done with the boxes, storage rooms organized, furniture where I want it, and things done. I need organization and everything to be in the right spot in order to mentally handle a normal day. I think there is probably a clinical diagnosis to my condition...but that's how I am and how I like things. Regardless, we are settled and the kids are loving having neighbor kids to play with everyday. Stop by and see us if you are ever in the area!!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

First Day of Preschool for lil' Ahnya

 Today was Ahnya's first day of preschool!!!! Ahnya is going to Wee Care 3 year old preschool. Her teacher is Mrs. Olsom. She was so unbelievably excited!!!!
 Everytime I try and get a nice picture with Magnus...this is what I have to deal with........crazy pants!!!!!! He is seriously a nut case!
 When I dropped Ahnya off this morning at 8:30 a.m at preschool, Ahnya turns and says to me "Momma I love you but you need to go!" I get it. And I am so happy she is excited about preschool. I know she'll have a very fun 2 1/2 hours. But I will miss her every single minute.
Have a great morning at preschool Ahnya WE Love YOU!!!!!!!!!! (And your brother is going to be devastated that you are gone.)