Thursday, December 29, 2011


We had a wonderful Christmas this year! Santa definitely came to our house and treated us very well. Our best present of all was of course this little angel right here....
My Grandma Montez and Aunt Queenie came over from California, so it was fun to celebrate Christmas morning with them. We opened our presents at home and then drove to Natalie's house to celebrate the rest of our day with our entire family. Carter had so much fun "opening" his presents...
Of course Kylee did too!
This is a little out of order but Kylee had her Christmas party at school last week too. Thank you Olivia for watching Carter boy so I could help celebrate with my girly girl! We had so much fun!
We took Kylee and Carter to see Santa and to look at some crazy lights around a couple different neighborhoods. Daddy and Carter stayed in the car while Kylee and I walked around. It was a tad bit cold and Carter was sleeping. But we still had so much fun as a family!
This should be a picture with Kylee and Carter sitting on Santa's lap, but we didn't feel like paying $30 for ONE picture!!! When did Santa become so expensive? Geez! We waited in line for 40 minutes just so they could sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Good enough I guess!
After celebrating Christmas day at Natalie's house with all our family, we drove to El Centro to spend some time with David's family....and to make one more VERY special visit with Carter's birth Mom.
We went on a hike to the Salton Sea. Definitely a Grandma Deede tradition when we are all there! Carter was super excited to go on his first "hike"....

And the highlight of our trip.....visiting with our amazing birth Mother! It was such a great visit and made us so happy to see her and Carter together again! We love her dearly and are forever so thankful for her and for her strength, courage, and willingness to follow the spirit and share sweet Carter baby with us. We love her and her family and are so thankful for the amazing relationship and bond that we have with them! We never knew adoption could be this wonderful!We truly are all brothers and sisters and are guided and directed by our Father in Heaven. He loves us all and I know that we will all be together, happy, as one big family in paradise!
We are looking forward to the new year and for all the exciting new things that we will experience together as a family of four! We can't wait to move back to our house in Queen Creek and to pick up where we left off with our ward family, dear friends, neighbors, and family. Life is amazingly sweet and I'm so thankful to be on this journey of life with the ones I love the most! Happy holidays everyone!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Carter update

Our sweet angel has changed so much! He is 6 weeks old today and is getting so big and changing everyday. He is smiling like crazy now and is really starting to show his personality. He coo's from time to time and just loves to be held! Here are some of the milestones he is making at 6 weeks old:
*Sleeping almost through the night (a solid 6-7 hours, and then another 3 after his middle of the night feeding)
*Loves his swing!
*Eating anywhere from 4-6 ounces each bottle
*LOVES to be on his tummy
*Starting to coo and smile!
*Knows voices and turns to find them
*LOVES his sissy! He lights up everytime she holds him and talks to him
Here are some pictures of just Carter boy!

Pictures with Carter and Mommy

Pictures with Carter and Daddy

Pictures of Kylee and Carter (best friends)!

Life is so amazing! I had two in Queen Creek and one in Peoria. I had so much fun seeing everyone I love and miss so much. Carter is such a loved little boy!! We absolutely can't get enough of him and he makes us smile daily. Sweet Kylee girl is in heaven with her new baby. If she had it her way, she would never put him down. Seeing them together lights up my life and brings me more joy than I ever could have imagined. I just love my sweet little family!!!