Hi! My name is Mandie. I am a nurse, wife, mother and aspiring writer. Thanks for reading my blog! I hope you enjoy the story of how we came to adopt our wonderful son and our hopes to adopt a sibling for him.
Kasi got married this weekend! I know I say this all the time, but we are so grateful for the relationship that we have with Dimitri’s birth mom. It means a lot that we were able to be with her on such a special day in her life. Dimitri had been practicing saying “I love you Kasi” all week long and had been getting pretty good at it. Unfortunately, he was a little too shy when he actually saw her so he didn’t say it, but he did give her a few good big hugs so hopefully that made up for it.
The happy couple. Dimitri was too busy finding other kids to play with to stop and take a picture.
We are so happy for you Kasi! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day.
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.
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
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.
I wonder how many people can say they’ve been this close to a huge Oscar Meyer Weiner van?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I made cupcakes from scratch and homemade ice cream and Dimitri loved blowing out the candles.
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!