Throwback Thursday

Here’s the time Adam and I planted our first garden. It was just a little box garden on the porch of our condo, so we didn’t get tons of veggies from it, but it was fun to do. We’ve definitely learned more about gardening since then and have had a bit more success. This year we’ve got tomatoes, cucumbers, beets, lettuce, and kale. The produce from our garden taste so much better than the stuff we buy at the store and I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes from growing our own food.

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Camp out

Adam and Dimitri went on their first official father and son camp out this weekend. They had a great time. Mandie was a little lonely alone at home but is glad that her boys were able to spend some special time together.

Ready and waiting to head out for the big camping trip

Ready and waiting to leave with Daddy
                  

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Nothing beats camping food

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All ready for bed

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Daddy’s big helper

Throwback Thursday

When Adam and I were dating, we were in downtown Salt Lake on our way to a jazz concert. When we were first getting to know each other, I had mentioned to Adam that I really love jazz music and he surprised me by getting tickets to a really fun jazz show. That’s the kind of thoughtful, considerate person he is. Anyway, we had parked and were walking to the venue, and all of a sudden we realized we were walking right by the Oscar Meyer Weiner! It was pretty random but we thought it was funny enough that we had to take pictures.

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I wonder how many people can say they’ve been this close to a huge Oscar Meyer Weiner van?

Solar Eclipse

We had a fun time viewing the solar eclipse today! We weren’t in the path of totality, but being in Utah, it was about 90%, which was still really cool. Dimitri and I met Adam at his work and watched it in the parking lot. We had a really good view and missed a lot of the big crowds and traffic so that was a bonus.

 

Smoothies and a solar eclipse...doesn't get much better than this.
Smoothies and a solar eclipse…doesn’t get much better than this.

 

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Adam made a little contraption out of some cardboard so that Dimitri could see the eclipse images without actually looking at the sun. Dimitri thought it was pretty cool.

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Happy Eclipse Day from the Peckovers!

Throwback Thursday

Three years ago, we brought our little man home from Pocatello. So many people love him and were excited to meet him.

Meeting Aunt Ginger and his cousin Parker

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Meeting his great-grandmas (both of Mandie’s grandmothers)

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Cousin Cole

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Cousin Shad- the cousin closest to his age

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Meeting Grandpa for the first time (Mandie’s dad)

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First time meeting Grandma Dottie (Adam’s mom)

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We are grateful that Dimitri has such a big, loving family and that we feel so much support from all of them.

Our Siblings

We thought it would be fun to share a little bit more about our families and our childhoods. Here is a little bit about our siblings.

Adam is the middle of three kids. Growing up in between two sisters is what taught him to be such a gentleman. He has a lot of fun memories of him and his younger sister, Lydia, playing, laughing, and chasing each other when they were young. They are only 11 months apart so they were best friends growing up. His older sister Sheri is a tutor and a nurses’ aide and lives in a small town called Ferndale (in Washington state). His younger sister Lydia is a counselor and lives in Lynden,  which is where Adam grew up and where his parents live.

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Adam and his sisters with their grandma
Adam and his sisters with their grandma

 

Adam's parents and sisters with us the day we were sealed to Dimitri
Adam’s parents and sisters with us the day we were sealed to Dimitri

 

Mandie is the second oldest of six siblings. There was always something going on in their house.  Her older sister Dezi is married to Seth and they have five boys. Her younger brother TJ is married to Tara and they have four boys. Ginger is the next sister, married to Curtiss. They have three boys and a brand new baby girl. Her little sister Vannessa is married to Blake and they have two girls. Linda is the youngest and is married to Joe. TJ lives in Texas and Vannessa lives in Florida, but the rest of the family all live near each other in Utah. Needless to say, it is a little loud and crazy when we all get together!

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Don’t mind Mandie’s bow. Or her bangs.
All of Mandie's siblings at Linda's wedding
All of Mandie’s siblings at Linda’s wedding

Happy Birthday Dimitri!

Dimitri turned three on Saturday!

We started the day having waffles with my sister Linda and her husband Joe at a little diner near our house. Dimitri loves Aunt Linda and Uncle Joe and was really excited when we told them they were coming over.

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Outside the diner
Outside the diner

After breakfast, we went swimming. Dimitri wanted to go down the big waterslide. I thought he’d be scared but he actually loved it and kept asking to go again. He probably went down it at least 10 times. He also asked if he could go off the diving board but we had to draw the line somewhere. Maybe next year.

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Waiting to go down the water slide with Mom
Waiting to go down the water slide with Mom

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For dinner we got food from our favorite restaurant, The Bohemian. Dimitri loved the fish and chips and the pierogies. We love that Dimitri has grown-up taste and will eat the foods we love. On his first birthday, he had sushi and loved it.

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I made cupcakes from scratch and homemade ice cream and Dimitri loved blowing out the candles.

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It was such a fun day celebrating this special little boy! We are so grateful that he’s been in our family for three years. Happy birthday Dimitri! Thank you for bringing so much happiness to our family!

Throwback Thursday

Since it’s the week of Dimitri’s birthday, of course we have to do a post about when our sweet little boy was born. I will never forget that morning. Kasi still had about a week before she was due, so imagine how surprised we were when we got a call early in the morning saying that the baby was coming!  Adam was in school, and we had joked with Kasi just a few weeks before that she better not have the baby early because Adam had finals. Well, Dimitri certainly had a mind of his own and didn’t care if Dad had finals or not! It was a wild morning, trying to get everything put together and ready for me to make the three-hour drive to Pocatello. I was so nervous and so excited to meet this precious baby.

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Dimitri with his birth mom Kasi and birth dad Luis

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It was fun spending time with Dimitri in the hospital and it was so sweet of Kasi to involve me in lots of the “mom” things like giving him his first bath. I visited for a few hours, and then Dimitri, Kasi, and Luis spent the night in the hospital just the three of them. As excited as I was about this little baby, I wanted them to have as much time as they could to be together so I was happy to stay at the hotel and come back the next morning.

When it was time for Kasi to be discharged from the hospital, I will never forget the feeling I had when she lovingly placed Dimitri into my arms. It is a feeling that I don’t think anyone can comprehend if they haven’t experienced it. A perfect mixture of joy, sorrow, gratitude, and overwhelming love. We are so thankful for having this little boy in our lives. When I think of how much unselfish love Kasi must have for our son, I always think of what Elder Holland said about moms.

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Adam met us in Pocatello later that day, after his finals were over. Of course, we had talked on the phone multiple times and I had sent him about a hundred pictures, so I’m not sure how well he did with concentrating on his tests. But we were sure glad when had got there. Because of laws involved with taking a baby out of the state they were born in before you have official custody of them, we stayed in a hotel in Pocatello for about a week. What an adventure being brand-new parents to a brand new baby in a tiny little hotel room. We loved every minute of it.

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Adam meeting his son for the first time

Happy Birthday, Dimitri! We are so glad you are part of our family!