Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

We're taking the kids trick-or-treating for the first time ever tonight. We've always had fall festivals to attend, but our church isn't having one this year so we're going to take Rory and Camden around to a few of our friends. I haven't talked about it very much because I didn't want Camden to ask me 100 times a day, but the word is apparently out since he prays every meal and night "to really enjoy trick-or-treating." I think we're going to make Halloween cupcakes together today. Baking (anything in the kitchen really) isn't my kind of fun and doing it with two kids is even less fun, but I know they'll have a good time with all the sprinkles and icing so we're going to give it a try.

Our weekend is downright boring compared to last weekend, but that's all right. I'm pretty sure Brian is ready for the break. He is helping out with a benefit for Christian Saturday night and will need to do some preparation for that, but hopefully it won't be too time consuming.

I've left the house two days in a row now with no make-up on. This is not a good habit to get into! I've been making it a point to try to run small errands almost every day. You wouldn't believe how much better the kids are after a little bit of time away from the house (not to mention that I feel better too). Today's errand is picking up some ground beef and Diet Mt. Dew that is on sale from the local grocery store (I told you they were small errands!).

I had a feeling we might start of the photo shoot this way She rallied, though

Camden said,
"Rory's a butterfly or mesquito or some kind of bug."

He LOVES pretending to be scary

Is she sweet or what!

A much happier Batman

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Domestic life has been difficult around here this week. The kiddos have been challenging, to say the least. I am hoping for a much better day today (and have my fingers crossed!). I have all kinds of bribes (I'll admit to it) lined up as well as plans to get out of the house and hopefully that will help.

We're making a trip to Nashville since I'm in desperate need of a library and Target run. A local photographer is doing quick Halloween pictures and I think I might take Rory up for pictures. They're cheap (I think they're assuming you won't just buy the cheap package), and she looks adorable in her costume and I could send pictures to grandparents (which I haven't done in a while). We'll see how our time goes.

And speaking of photographs, we ordered our Angela Crutcher prints on Monday evening, and I am so excited. I think we won't receive them for another 2-3 weeks. Our gallery was only up for 3 days so if you emailed me asking for the link and then couldn't get in, that's why. Hopefully, we're getting a proof book. Otherwise, I'm so sad that I'll never see the proofs again - they were amazing!

Camden asked me yesterday, "What do you dispose this is?" Love it when he tries to use bigger words and doesn't quite get it right.

And one more page!

Credits here

Lots of Scrapping

I don't think I've shared any pages this week, so here are the pages from this week/weekend (I've been putting naptime to good use). If you're interested, you can pick up this November desktop freebie that I created at Dani Mogstad's Girl Talk blog. (cute kid pictures not included)

Gina Miller/Jacque Larsen: Colorful Carnival

Amanda Rockwell: You Are My Sunshine

Holly Designs: Portland

Dani Mogstad: Holiday Spirit

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

My Life in Pictures

It started at the zoo

Noticing a theme yet?

How about now?


My personal favorite
After almost 8 months with us, I have finally become Rory's favorite person. I can't go anywhere without her - she is permanently attached to my hip. Now, I'm not complaining, but it is exhausting! She's never been a cuddler. I don't know how she was in Korea, but after the initial desperation of our first 3 weeks home, Rory is not a cuddler. Not with me anyway. But she's finally decided that maybe it's okay to cuddle with your mama, and I'm very happy about it. I would like a few moments to use the restroom alone, though. :)

And this boy right here is going through his own stage. He came home from Illinois last week in overdrive and hasn't stopped yet. He is in a constant war zone (of his own making) and wants to wrestle, fight, etc. with anyone and everyone who will participate. And if he can't find someone to fight with him, he'll just pretend. He's been quite challenging with the talking back and bad attitude, and I will admit to not being the most patient of mothers this week. My parenting book I started a couple of weeks ago is mocking me from the book shelf.

We didn't do much yesterday - mostly I was referee between the two kids in the few moments Rory left my hip. They did both take GREAT naps for which I am thankful. I also gave the apple pie recipe another try and this time it turned out great. We pulled out the 30-Day Shred DVD last night, and I'm feeling it this morning! I know, the apple pie story and the working out story do not go together, but doing the DVD made it possible to eat the apple pie, right?

My Wednesday group is coming over in a little bit this morning so I should go wake the kids and get them dressed. I still have Owen Farm pictures to share so maybe I'll get to them during naptime today.

Monday, October 27, 2008

All Ours!

Exactly 8 months after meeting Rory for the very first time, she officially became a Lewis! We were able to finalize with the Riggs family, whose daughter Emma came home 2 weeks before Rory. Just like with Camden, I was much more emotional than I thought I would be, but it is wonderful to have the process officially over with and to know that she is really ours forever. We still have paperwork (it is never ending!), but all the major legal hurdles are finished.

We wanted to have a special day, but honestly real life was calling so we packed up and spent 2 hours grocery shopping and by the time we got home were exhausted. So we declared it a Pajama Day and spent the rest of the day working around the house. The kiddos both took a much-needed nap and gave the adults some quiet time. I got to relax, but Brian had to grade papers. At least he got to do it in peace.

Here are pictures from the day. None of them are spectacular because the lighting was horrible and we were in a hurry since it was FREEZING outside!

The Riggs and Lewis families

With the judge (who I totally dissed by
not seeing and shaking his hand!)

Does this give you any idea of her mood?

Brian's parents, grandparents, and my sister
were able to come after all.

No more!

Finally, a cheesy smile.

Our Family

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I'm exhausted! We've had a busy, but fun weekend. Camden's soccer tournament was enjoyable, even though he did lose both games (that was not a shock!). We had lots of fun with Michael and Liz laughing at Camden's antics on the soccer field. We came home, put the kids to bed, got them up and took them to Gram and Gramp's house so we could go see Fireproof with some friends from church. Even though it was only a few short hours, it was nice to have some kid-free time. The movie was cheesy, but had a great message, and Kirk Cameron is a champion crier let me tell ya!

Today we had church, then went to Owen Farm with more church friends. It could not have been a prettier day, and the kids had so much fun. Well, Camden did anyway. Rory was seriously feeling the effects of a late night and then no nap today and has been extremely clingy - definitely a mama's girl (which I don't mind at all). Came home and let her nap on my lap then back to church and now we're finally home and everyone's down for the night.

Tomorrow morning we have our court date to finalize Rory's adoption and then we're just spending the day at home. We wanted to do something fun together but decided that this weekend was plenty of fun for everyone!

Despite the fact that I did take over 200 pictures today, none of them are perfection, but here is a sneak peek of the Owen Farm pictures.
Yes, that's a pig our daughter is petting. Yes, the same daughter who is usually terrified of cats and dogs.

Anyone in the Christmas spirit yet? Here's a picture from 2006!

Dani Mogstad: Holiday Spirit

Halloween 2007
Jaime Young/Rachel Young: Witching Hour

Camden's soccer video

Camden's soccer season ended about how we expected it to with two very quick losses. Camden did a great job, though. Here's a video Brian put together. He's number 3 if you couldn't tell. He fell about 100 times during his two games. We laughed really hard! :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Our Proofs!

Our Angela Crutcher proofs are ready for viewing. Email me at camdensmommy @ if you want the link and password.


As you can see Camden made it back home and I think they were both happy to see each other. Camden came home H.Y.P.E.R!! But they both played really well last night and just giggled and giggled at each other. I'm sure that will all come to a screeching halt when the newness wears off. :)

We had a first yesterday - Rory threw her first temper tantrum. I'm surprised we've made it this long. Camden had certainly started throwing major fits before age 2. I sat on the couch with her for over an hour yesterday morning reading books, singing, etc. but I needed to get some housework done, and she was not happy about it. This wasn't being sad because I wasn't with her - this was most definitely a mad cry because she wasn't getting her way. It lasted about 10 minutes until I came in and told her to stop and get down and play. We've seen lots of typical 2-year old behavior this week - stomping her little foot and evil looks when she doesn't get her way are the most popular.

We're meeting my friend Kathy and her kids at the mall today. We haven't seen them since July, so I'm excited about spending some time with her.

We have a fairly busy weekend. Saturday morning is Camden's soccer tournament. Saturday night we're going with our Sunday School class to see Fireproof. Sunday after church we're going to a pumpkin patch with church friends. I'm hoping the weather cooperates. Otherwise, I'll be taking the kids on my own next week!

Monday morning is our court date to finalize Rory's adoption. This is the day she officially becomes a Lewis as well as a U.S. citizen so it's a very big day in her life. Brian has the day off work, off course, so he's looking forward to a 3-day weekend. Unfortunately, we'll be celebrating alone since we have
no family attending. My parents had originally planned to attend, but when our date got pushed back, it just didn't work out (they made it up for her birthday instead!). I'll post weekend pictures and finalization pictures Monday afternoon.

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

City Museum pics

Okay, let me just apologize to non-family members who read the blog. There are way too many pictures (most of them the quality isn't that great)!

You can take the stairs down
from the 3rd floor. . . . or the slide

Riding the trainSeriously not wanting to get off the train

The airplane

"Flying" the airplane

Inside the airplane

Getting off the plane

Michael and Liz

Becky and Micah holding on for dear life (literally)

Uncle Matt and Rory


Rory at the bottom of the slide


Taking a break 3 stories up

Family picture

William, Becky, Micah, Xavier

Eating P.B.&J's

Love Camden's face

Yes, we climbed all over this

Liz and Aunt Dana

You have no idea how hard Becky and
I were laughing while we climbed up this thing.

Finally to the top

And this is what the kids were doing while we
were outside pretending we were kids