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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.

Birth Parents

We feel so fortunate to have the relationships we do with Dimitri’s birth mom and birth dad. It’s hard to describe how much love and gratitude we have for them.  I am so grateful that Dimitri will grow up knowing his story and knowing all the people in his life who love him.

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A few weeks ago, Dimitri’s birth father Luis and his girlfriend Tonya welcomed a sweet little boy into the world. We were able to go and visit them on Saturday and meet their baby Lucas.

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Christmas

I love Christmas, and I think it’s starting to rub off on Dimitri. He is starting to figure out what it’s all about, although he didn’t want to get too close to Santa this year. We only do a few small gifts because we want to make sure that we stay focused on the real reason for celebrating.

There is a fun little event every Christmas called Christkindlmarkt that I discovered a few years ago and love going to. They have all kinds of fun things for kids to do. Dimitri liked riding the pony even more than at Halloween, and he loved petting all the animals.

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Riding the train at Christkindlmarkt

Helping decorate the tree

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Random Cuteness

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Yummy but just a little messy

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One of Adam and Dimitri's favorite things to do is make silly faces at each other
One of Adam and Dimitri’s favorite things to do is make silly faces at each other

Pony Rides

Another thing Dimtri got to do around Halloween was to ride a Pony for the first time. He absolutely loves animals, so riding a pony was a really special treat for him.

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Thanksgiving

We always love Thanksgiving at our house. Adam and I both love to cook, and Dimitri had fun helping us this year.

His favorite part was helping with the pie.

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Yum…finally time to eat!

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Halloween

I’m a little behind on posts, so I’m going to try to catch up on things that have happened in the past few months.

Dimitri was a raccoon for Halloween! It was so fun. He’s still a little too young to understand exactly what Halloween was, so he didn’t have an opinion on what to dress up as. I figured, once he’s old enough to really get it, he won’t want to be the cutesy things that I want him to be. So I got him a raccoon costume and loved it!

Dimitri seemed to think it was alright, but his favorite part of Halloween was definitely the candy.

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Is this the cutest little raccoon you’ve ever seen?

Last year Dimitri was a dragon.

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It’s Not Fair

I deal with my infertility in waves. Sometimes I feel like I’ve totally accepted the fact that I can’t have kids, and other times I am either mad or sad, or a combination of those two. A month or so ago, I went through a rough patch where I was mad, and felt like it was so unfair that I’ve never been able to get pregnant.  And I kept wondering, why does everyone else get pregnant as soon as they want to? Why does everyone else get exactly what they want, when they want it?

I’ve had to wait for EVERYTHING. I waited till I was 28 to get married, which in Utah is waiting a long time. It was hard to see my younger brother and younger sister get married before me. It was hard to go to all my friend’s weddings and wonder if I’d ever have that chance. Then I got married, and we had to wait over four years, and have multiple failed fertility treatments, before we got Dimitri.  It was hard to see so many people get pregnant who started trying after us. It’s hard that  friends who are my age have nine and ten year old kids. Now, Dimitri is two and it seems like all we can do is wait and wait and hope that someday he’ll have a sibling. And it feels unfair that other people I know with a two-year old are pregnant with the next baby, or have a newborn. It seemed like everyone else was getting what they wanted, and I was the only one who wasn’t. Of course I know that’s not true, but it felt true at the time. It felt really unfair.

Luckily, I read something that helped me out of my rough patch. In the April General Conference of this year, Elder Dale G. Renlund said,

“If life were truly fair, you and I would never be resurrected; you and I would never be able to stand clean before God. In this respect, I am grateful that life is not fair.

“At the same time, I can emphatically state that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, ultimately, in the eternal scheme of things, there will be no unfairness. “All that is unfair about life can be made right.”14 Our present circumstances may not change, but through God’s compassion, kindness, and love, we will all receive more than we deserve, more than we can ever earn, and more than we can ever hope for.”

When I’m thinking a little more clearly, I know that everyone has hard times. Everyone has struggles, and everyone wishes things could be different. I remember hearing a saying that goes something like, If we all threw our problems into a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d pick ours back up in a hurry.

So, I guess I really am glad that life isn’t fair.

Lava Hot Springs

We had a great time in Lava Hot Springs a few weeks ago. It was so fun to relax and spend time together.

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When we got to the hotel, Dimitri wanted to carry in his own suitcase. He is getting so big!

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This little boy kind of took over the hotel bed

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There’s a little town called McCammon in Idaho, not far from Lava Hot Springs. Adam’s grandparents lived there, and Adam spent a lot of his childhood summers in McCammon. We spent an afternoon there and Dimitri got to play at the park where Adam played when he was a little boy.

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We also drove in to Pocatello so we could see Dimitri’s birth parents. I am so glad that we have an open relationship with them. I love that Dimitri gets to know all the people in his life who love and care for him.

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Here we are with Dimitri’s birth dad, Luis, and his girlfriend Tanya

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Dimitri’s birth mom, Kasi, and her boyfriend Lane
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giving Kasi a kiss goodbye
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having fun at the lake

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