Throw Back Thursday

So, if you’re not a total Harry Potter geek like I am, you might want to just skip this post. Well, Dimitri is certainly cute whether you like Harry Potter or not, but if you’re a fan, it makes the story more fun.

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Dimitri has a cute little toy car that he loves to play in. He is starting to prefer his bike over the car, but this was last Fall and he was all about his little car back then.

I had pulled a few boxes out of the garage that we still hadn’t unpacked since we moved. In one of them, I found a plastic wand that I had given Adam while we were dating. I can’t remember why I gave it to him, maybe when we went to see one of the Harry Potter movies in the theater. Anyway, I asked Dimitri if he wanted to play with the wand and of course, he did. He ran over and grabbed it from me and then went back to playing in his car, wand in hand.

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Next thing I knew, his poor little wand had snapped in two.

I posted a picture on Facebook along with this:

“My cute little red head, playing outside in his car, when his first wand broke. I need another Harry Potter nerd to appreciate this moment with me.”

My friend commented, “He must be a Weasley!” and my cousin asked, “Where’s the Spell-o-Tape when you need it?” It made my day that other people recognized this moment for what it was.

 

Watermelon

If I had to choose only one food to eat for the rest of my life, I’d probably choose watermelon. Seriously, I love it that much. Dimitri loves it too, which makes me very happy. These pictures are from one of the first times he tasted watermelon.

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A week or so ago, I bought my first watermelon of the year, and it didn’t take long for Dimitri and me to finish the whole thing. I thought to myself, “I am so glad that Dimitri inherited my love for watermelon.”

It took me a few minutes to remember that Dimitri didn’t actually inherit that (or anything) from me, because we don’t share the same DNA. It’s not that I forget that he’s adopted, or that I want to downplay the important role his birth parents have in his life. But he’s my son who I love with all my heart, so sometimes it doesn’t occur to me that we wouldn’t share certain traits or characteristics. I think most adoptive parents would say something similar. I know several people who have both biological and adopted children, and I have never heard one of them say that they love their biological children more than the ones who are adopted, or that they think of them any differently. Multiple people, who don’t have that close connection with adoption, however, have asked me,  “Do you love Dimitri as much as you would if you’d given birth to him?”

I’m never quite sure how to answer this question. First off, I’ve never given birth, so I have nothing to compare it to. But more importantly, Dimitri was not a consolation prize for not being able to pregnant. He wasn’t the second best option. He is my son who I love beyond anything I knew was possible and I’m quite certain I’d feel that way no matter how he came to our family.

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I am so grateful for the amazing miracle of adoption, for Kasi and Luis choosing us to be Dimitri’s parents, and for the chance to be the mother to an amazing, wonderful little boy.

 

Happy Easter

Adam’s mom sent us a big Easter package with all kinds of toys, stuffed animals, and candy. Dimitri loved all of it but was particularly fond of the white chocolate bunny.

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However, he wasn’t very happy when I told him he couldn’t eat the whole bunny in one sitting. This is his face when I took it away from him.

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Poor little guy. After that, we went outside and blew some bubbles that also came in the package, and he was happy again.

For breakfast on Easter, we always make French Toast with a special Greek Easter Bread that Mandie had and loved when she was on her mission. It’s a fun little tradition and Dimitri liked helping this year.

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Dimitri wore his new suit to church and decided to stop and smell some flowers on they way.

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This afternoon we went to Mandie’s parent’s house to have dinner and an Easter egg hunt. Dimitri had a lot of fun looking for the eggs and playing with his cousins.

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After the kids had their egg hunt, they had a lot of fun playing in Grandma and Grandpa’s backyard. Here is Adam helping Dimitri and one of his cousins with the tree swing.

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We were also able to talk to Dimitri’s birth mom Kasi. Dimitri liked showing her all the eggs he found and blowing her kisses. He also said “Kasi” for the first time which I thought was really cute.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! We are truly blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family, but most importantly to be able to reflect on the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior who is the source of all our blessings.

Throw Back Thursday

Just a few days ago marked the 8-year anniversary of our first date. It’s so fun to look back to when we first met and think about everything that we’ve been through since then. Some things have been hard, like infertility, car accidents, surgery, and saying goodbye to our foster kids. Some have been amazing, like adopting our son, or exciting, like buying a house and getting new jobs. If I had the choice, I would do it all again, even the hard things, because I know it’s made us who we are today. I am so grateful to have a husband who loves and supports me. He makes the hard times bearable and the good times even better.

Here we are in Moab when we were dating.

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All Dressed Up

Adam’s cousin got married last weekend and we went to the reception. Dimitri looked pretty cute in his new suit.

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Dimitri had a fun time running around and dancing to the music.  I was really glad that I got to meet some of Adam’s family that I hadn’t met yet. It was a fun night, as you can tell by the smile on Dimitri’s face.

Throw Back Thursday

Remember when Dimitri was just learning to walk? What a sweetie. Now he runs everywhere and I can barely keep up with him!

Helping in the garden

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The famous army crawl.

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With his birth mom Kasi

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Storytime

Dimitri loves to read. Here we are reading one of his favorite books, Inside Outside, Upside Down

 

 

 

 

Playtime

Dimitri has been really enjoying different playgroups and story time activities that I’ve been taking him to. Here are a few pictures of different things he’s done lately.

Playing with a parachute at the library.

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We read stories at the library about sharks. Afterward, Dimitri got to make his very own shark hat.

At the Discovery Museum in Salt Lake

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Riding bikes at the park

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Valentines Day

Valentines Day is a very special day for us. On Valentine’s Day two years ago, we were sealed to Dimitri, so that’s when he became officially our son forever. What a wonderful blessing that was, and a fun day to celebrate that memory.

Here we are at the temple the day we were sealed to Dimitri.

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We like to make a special dinner and just stay home and have family time for Valentines. This year we made fondue and Dimitri loved helping.

Dimitri helping to make the Valentine's Day treats
Dimitri helping to make the Valentine’s Day treats

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Dimitri approved of all the Valentine's Day food but especially loved the dessert.
Dimitri approved of all the Valentine’s Day food but especially loved the dessert.

P.S.- if you’re curious about what it means to be sealed in an LDS (Mormon) temple, here is some information about it and why it is important to us.