Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas

Okay, so I'm a day late and a dollar short but we had a wonderful Christmas and hope you all did too.
Here are a few pictures from Christmas Eve, Christmas morning and the pictures I used for my Christmas cards/birth announcements this year.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

She's here!

Avery Lynn entered the world Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 6:22pm. She weighed 8lbs. 14oz. and was 19 1/2 " long. Mom and baby are both doing well and expect to be home by tomorrow afternoon.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

In honor of World AIDS Day - Spread Truth, It's contagious

Click the link below to view Project Hopeful's new video for their Truth Pandemic campaign.

Truth Pandemic

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Okay - I'm ready

I'm more than ready for the baby to be here. I'm not due until December 10, but she has been measuring big all along so hopefully she will make her appearance a little sooner. On ultrasound last Friday she measured an estimated weight of 8lbs. 3 ozs.

I guess technically I'm not completely ready for her to come - I still have some Christmas decorations I'd like to get up and some shopping done before she comes, but physically I'm ready for her to be here. I have enjoyed this pregnancy and it really has gone fast, but now that I'm in the final stretch I'm impatient.

So, anytime you're ready Avery!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


It is easy to get caught up in all the negative things in our lives, in all of the things that bother us each day.

I am thankful for a day that makes me pause and truly reflect on the blessings in my life, because when I really think about them it far outweighs the negatives.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Talking about HIV adoptions for National Adoption month

November is national adoption month. JCICS did a fact sheet on HIV as the feature for the first day of national adoption month.

Here is the link - HIV Basics

As always, if anyone has questions about adopting or raising a child with HIV I am always happy to try to help.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Vacation - week # 2

Sunday - Halloween

We hung out at the resort for most of the day. We relaxed, swam, etc. Then in the afternoon we went to Downtown Disney to Trick-or-Treat. It was pretty busy, so we didn't stay long but it served the purpose.

Family Halloween photo - the old lady that offered to take our picture clearly had no idea how to use a camera.

Monday -

Another quite morning at the resort. We headed to Epcot later in the day for rides, characters and the fireworks.

Tuesday -

We went to Magic Kingdom. It was a fun day until the afternoon when it started pooring! We were soaked, but took the opportunity to ride Splash Mountain twice since we were already wet. Morgan has discovered a new favorite ride. This was the first time we had rain since we had been here, so we can't complain.

Wednesday -
We had breakfast at the Polynesian with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. After breakfast we went to the Magic Kingdom again for our last day there. We were able to get in the few things we hadn't done yet and do a few favorites again.

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from the new movie Tangled.

Thursday -
They were calling for rain again, so we decided to make this a down day. We did go to Downtown Disney for lunch and some shopping, but for the most part spent the day at the resort.
Friday -
We started off at Animal Kingdom. It was much, much cooler today than it has been the whole time we have been here. It was a nice change from the heat and I guess getting us ready for the weather we have waiting for us at home. Morgan tried another first for her - Expedition Everest. It was not her favorite, but she seemed to enjoy the ride.

We had an early dinner at the Grand Floridian with Cinderella, Prince Charming, the stepmother and step sisters. We like this dinner a lot and the characters are always great.

After dinner we went over to the Contemporary for something that was a first for all of us. We did the Pirate and Pals fireworks cruise. We all loved this!!! First you are in a room where they have refreshments and you get to meet Captain Hook and Mr. Smee. Then you head out to one of two boats (we were on the Captain Hook boat) where your pirate captain "Patch" takes you out on a cruise of the lagoon. He tells jokes, does Disney trivia, etc. Then you pull up right in front of the Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks from the boat. They play the music for the fireworks on the boat too. Then when you arrive back at the dock, Peter Pan is waiting to greet you. It was really fun and a great ending to a wonderful two weeks.

Tomorrow morning we will be up fairly early to finish packing and check out. We are going to make a quick stop at Epcot to ride Soarin' one more time before getting on the road for the long ride home.
I can't believe how fast this time went!!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Wednesday -

We woke up early and went to Hollywood Studios. We were able to get right in line for Toy Story Mania and also got fast passes for later so we were able to ride it twice. We really like this ride. We watched the Muppets 3D show, the Little Mermaid Show and the Beauty and the Beast show. We also saw a bunch of characters. We ended up going to Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney for dinner and then doing some shopping before heading back to the resort.

Thursday -

We had breakfast at the Grand Floridian with Mary Poppins, Alice, the Mad Hatter, Pooh and Tigger. We spent the day taking it easy at the resort because we knew we'd be out late. We attended Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom at night. It was so cool!!! We decided to do a Toy Story theme for our costumes. Joe and I were Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head (since it was the only costume that I could find that would fit over my 8 month pregnant belly), Morgan was Jessie and Victoria was Bo Peep. We rode some rides, saw some characters and watched the fireworks and parade which were both wonderful!

Friday -

We planned Friday as a down day because we knew we would be out late Thursday night. So, we slept in, did some food shopping and just hung out at the resort.

Saturday -

Today we went to Animal Kingdom. We went on the safari ride, saw the Bugs Life show, watched the Festival of the Lion King, saw some characters and did a few other rides. We are planning to see the Finding Nemo show the next day we go to Animal Kingdom.

We are all having a great time. The weather has been much better the last few days. Almost 10 degrees cooler and no humidity. It's still hot directly in the sun, but there is a nice breeze and it's definitely much more tolerable. I hope this continues for the next week. I am holding up pretty well. My feet seem to be slightly swollen, but other than that I feel pretty good. I'll update again soon with a post that will include Halloween!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let the magic begin

I'm going to attempt to catch you up on the last few days. I will include only a few of the hundreds of pictures I have taken so far.

We left our house Friday evening after I got home from work. We drove pretty much straight through. We stopped for gas in the middle of the night and then for breakfast at a Cracker Barrel in SC for breakfast. Then we stopped for lunch once we were in the Orlando area. The girls did better than I expected on the ride and slept a good amount.

After such a long ride, it was great to see this sign!

We arrived at our resort around 2pm on Saturday, but had to wait until 4pm to check in. We killed time by walking around the resort and checking things out. We are staying at Bonnett Creek. It is a really nice resort with playgrounds, many pools with slides, lazy rivers, etc.

We were all really happy when we finally got into our room. We are staying in a 2 bedroom unit
with 2 baths and a full kitchen. We all got baths and showers, ate some dinner and went to bed!
One half of the kitchen
The girl's bedroom

Mom and Dad's room
Sunday was a quiet day to get ready for the upcoming weeks. We went to Downtown Disney for about an hour to buy autograph books and just look around a little. Then we went food shopping to stock up. We spent a few hours in the lazy river and pool before heading to bed.
Monday we woke up early and headed to the Magic Kingdom!

We had a breakfast reservation with Winnie the Pooh and his friends. We saw Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger.

After breakfast we headed back to Toon Town to wait for it to open so we could see the Fairies. We got back there a little early, so I waited by the Toon Town entrance while Joe took turns riding the race cars with the girls. They both got their "drivers license".

When they were done with the cars they joined me to wait for Toon Town to open. Just before it opened one of the cast members came over and asked the girls if they would like to help Mickey open Toon Town for the day. It was so neat!!! We got to go back with Mickey and we were the only ones in Toon Town. Mickey gave the girls a personal tour of his house and then we got private meet and greets with Mickey and Minnie.

Of course Victoria's eyes are closed in this picture, but the photopass photographer took a ton of pictures of the whole thing so I'm hoping there are some better ones there.

When we were done with Mickey and Minnie, the cast member took us over to the tent where the fairies were and we were first in line to meet the fairies for the day.
We saw Tink, Rosetta and Vidia.

When we were done in Toon Town we went to ride more rides and see some characters.

Today we went to Epcot. It is the Food and Wine festival right now, so needless to say we ate way too much today.

We had breakfast in Norway with the Princesses. We saw Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and Ariel.

We toured the countries, rode a few rides and saw some more characters.

So far we are having a wonderful trip! The weather is definitely hotter than we expected and they are expecting near record highs for the next few days, but we are dealing with it. We have been staying in the parks too long because we have more days to go back to do anything we missed. Today we were back by 3pm and spent the afternoon in the pool. Victoria is having a great time. She loves the characters and most of the rides. There are a few rides she has been unsure of and she really didn't like Snow White's scary adventures. The next 11 days are going to be so much fun!!!!