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Oh yes, we did!
This year marks our five year wedding anniversary and we decided to do something memorable… We renewed our vows in Las Vegas, with Elvis.
The wait for a baby to join our family has been difficult. Seems like everyone we know is getting pregnant and having babies. We know we have to be patient, our birthmother is out there somewhere, we just haven’t met her yet… But still, waiting is hard.
Our trip to Las Vegas was a way for us to enjoy just being a couple. We both left our laptops (and our work) behind and focused our energy on each other. We dined at some amazing restaurants, walked down Las Vegas Boulevard and soaked up the sun. Oh, and we renewed our vows, with Elvis!
We figured if we’re going to Las Vegas for our anniversary, we should do it right. And Elvis just seemed, right. We had no idea that we would have this much fun. Elvis aka Harry, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel was a brilliant Elvis. As you can see in the video, it was all laughs! And we haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. We’ll definitely be taking our child to meet Elvis, maybe for our 10 year anniversary?
So here’s to celebrating more anniversaries and enjoying life to the fullest!
Last year, right after celebrating her fourth birthday, our niece Ellerie said to Auntie Staci, “Maybe next year we could do a dolphin cake?”
So this year, for her fifth birthday party, Staci went all out. The instructions were pretty clear, it has to be a dolphin, it has to be pink, and maybe there could be some sparkles and some swirls…
Staci loves baking and decorating cakes. She remembers all the fun times she and her mom had making birthday cakes for her younger sisters. In fact, Staci loved decorating cakes so much that her first job in high school was working at Baskin Robbins. It took her a few years, but she finally got promoted to cake decorator!
Happy New Year!
We spent a few days up in Bodega Bay with our nieces to celebrate the new year. We rented an adorable cottage with a fireplace and a hot tub. Most of the time we sat around playing games and eating. On New Year’s Day we picked up some live crab and cooked our first crab dinner. This is going to be a new family tradition!
It’s that time of year where we’re full of hope and good cheer…We know that our birthmother is out there…somewhere, and that soon we ‘ll have a baby to warm our hearts and our home. We feel very positive that 2013 will be our year!
This year, we celebrated Christmas in San Francisco. Staci baked two batches of cookies and a chocolate cake! We shopped, and gift wrapped and signed holiday cards…
We made our annual trek to Benihana a little earlier this year – Christmas Eve instead of New Year’s Eve – and introduced some new friends to the fun!
On Christmas morning, we threw on our shoes and coats (over our flannel jammies) and sped over to Jay’s sister’s to watch our nieces open their gifts.
Watching Mia and Ellerie open their gifts and then playing with them on Christmas day was so much fun. Mia and Staci built a room for Barbie, complete with a working fan that they engineered! Staci and the girls played with Play-Doh and Jay taught Mia how to fly her new remote-controlled helicopter. Then, of course, the girls had to try on all their new clothes. We can’t wait to have this much fun with our child!
Our friends Bob and Margaret cooked a delicious dinner and we played card games while Cody Monster played with Bob and Margaret’s dogs Izzy and Ramsey.
We ended Christmas day by having a second dinner at Denny’s! We think this will probably become a new family tradition.
It’s a beautiful, sunny day in San Francisco and I got up early to make pumpkin pies and Oreo turkeys (more on that later, with pictures!).
This year Jay and I will miss celebrating Thanksgiving with our families in Kansas. But we’re together, in our city, in our home. Later today we’ll be stuffing our faces and enjoying the company of our best friends, making some new friends and reuniting with old ones.
This morning, I’m feeling thankful; which makes sense, it is Thanksgiving after all. I feel thankful, and lucky to have Jay in my life. My husband is one of my favourite people. I truly enjoy being with him. He makes me feel loved, and he makes me laugh. He’s a warm, caring man who secretly loves to cuddle on the couch with the Cody Monster. I know he’s going to be a great father – loving and supporting – helping our child experience all that makes life amazing and wonderful.
I’m also thankful for all our friends and family and their support during our adoption journey. It’s been a rough couple years for us, trying, unsuccessfully to start our family. But today, I’m also feeling hopeful. Hopeful that someday soon we will be a family of three.
We started a new tradition with our nieces. The Saturday before Thanksgiving and instead of eating turkey, we eat chicken. The day is called “ThanksgiveHen.”
This year, we made a fruit turkey for dessert! I got the idea for the fruit turkey from Spoonful. It was super simple to make and our nieces, Mia and Ellerie had a great time making it AND eating it!
Each year, the President of the United States makes a proclamation to announce that November is National Adoption Month.
The celebration includes National Adoption Day with courthouses throughout the U.S. finalizing hundreds of adoptions simultaneously. November 17, 2012 will mark the 13th National Adoption Day.
National Adoption Month is a time to celebrate family and to educate people about adoption.
We’re not an adoptive family yet, but Jay and his sister are both adopted and so are Staci’s two cousins, Allison and Lauren! We’re going to take time this month to share some of our personal stories about adoption here on our site.
- We’d love to hear how adoption has touched your life. Share your story with us on our Facebook Page: Jay and Staci’s Open Adoption.
- We’d also like to take this opportunity to answer your questions about adoption. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll try to find it for you. Ask us ANYTHING about adoption using this handy dandy online form.
We’re not sure that the Cody Monster really enjoys having stuff on his head. But he looks so darn cute!
This weekend we decorated eggs, frosted cupcakes and devoured a few too many jelly beans. But we had a blast!
On Saturday, everyone decorated eggs. Then, Jay helped make carrots out of Starbust candies and Staci showed nieces Mia and Ellerie how to frost cupcakes. They were naturals!
On Sunday, we rented a minivan and piled in to drive to Half Moon Bay and eat at our favourite seafood restaurant.
After lunch we walked along the beach and watched the waves crashing into the shore.
What a great weekend! We can’t wait to have this much fun with our child.
Oh my goodness. We love theme parks, but there’s nothing quite like visting a theme park with kids. We can’t wait to bring our child to the next Baird family Disneyland vacation.