August 26, 2010

Mom's 60th Birthday Weekend

All the kids decided to surprise Mom for her 60th Birthday!!
Dad pretended to take her to a hotel for the weekend and we were all waiting in the room when they walked in.....SURPRISE!!!!!

 Chocolate cake of course....Yummy

All the kids had little blow horns and shouted Surprise when she came around the corner
 The Birthday Girl

 The Birthday Celebration would not have been complete without a trip to her favorite place....Disneyland!!!

 Addie and Ashton riding Big Thunder with Grandma

 The kids waited and waited to all be picked for the Jedi training, this is Ashton's favorite thing to do.  This was his first time getting picked.  So, he was Excited........

  And Nervous..............

 Waiting in line to go fight Darth Vader.....
 He defeated Darth and is now a certified Padawan!!!
 COUSINS hanging out in the "O"

 Ashton and Kaden on the rope swing in California Adventure

 The kids could spend all day in this huge play ground.  They love playing hide and seek and Tag with each other.  Running up and down the different levels, climbing the ropes and rock walls, and sliding down the huge slide.
 Uncle Tyler and the kids. We were minus a couple who went to take naps

 On Saturday we all went to the beach and had a bonfire!!!

 Uncle Troy and the boys playing football
 Dad, Mom, Courtney, and Berlynn chillin' on the beach
 Troy's signature pose
 Addie, Max and Adam building a sand castle
 Hot dogs and roasted marshmallows!!  We had such a great weekend.  
We love you MOM
Happy Birthday!!!

 love you

August 21, 2010

Spencer and Kaden's First day of School '10 / Beach Trip

 Spencer started 5th grade and his teacher is Mrs. Beaudoin

 Kaden started 3rd grade and his teacher is Mrs. Frazier

 Love these boys!!! 

 Ashton wanted in on the action.  I love this quote that is painted on the wall at the boys school.  Their mascot is the Trailblazers....Make your own mark on the world!

We took a quick trip to California with Daddy

 Ashy and Uncle Tyler had a long day swimming


 Ashton and his sand crabs


The boys love the beach, especially when daddy comes with us

August 10, 2010

Family Heritage 2010

 Grandma Meldrum with her Great Grand Children

 Love our family heritage, and the wonderful examples I look to and admire.

Grandma Meldrum came to visit

Grandma and Grandpa White

I just love this picture of my Dad!!  He loves this show.  NCIS filmed an episode at Troy's house and Dad and Mom were able to be part of it all...

August 9, 2010


A year and a half ago I had some medical problems that resulted in having to have a hysterectomy.
I struggled with this decision because I just wasn't sure our family was complete. After much prayer and fasting this was still a struggle because medically this decision was being made for me and I didn't want to accept it. Reality was I didn't have any other options. Physically I could not carry a baby even if for some reason I got pregnant. Finally I had to come to terms with this loss and move forward. I have been doing a pretty good job of convincing myself that we are done, I am happy with the three boys we have. They are such a huge blessing, how could I ask for more. No more diapers, potty training, sleepless nights, we are good, our family is complete!

However, a few months ago I started having this feeling that we are NOT complete! I would look at pictures of our family and feel like someone was missing. I would see little boys holding their little baby sister and it would make my heart ache. I wanted a little girl to share things with, play dolls, do her hair, play dress up, have the amazing friendship I have with my mom. I wanted Tyler to experience the love of a daughter. There is a special bond between a daddy and his little girl. I have loved having three brothers to look after, protect, and love me. They are better men today because they learned at a young age how to treat girls and respect for women. Not that my brothers wouldn't have learned this on their own from my parents, but there is an eternal bond that exists with siblings and I wanted my boys to have that blessing.
This didn't help matters much because even if I could have had another baby there is no guarantee it would have been a girl. And even though I still felt like someone was missing, I didn't have a way for that baby to get here. It has made me really reflect on how precious a gift it is to be able to bring spirits, babies into this world. It is something that I have always taken for granted because I COULD, I brought three incredible boys into this world but now I CAN'T, I no longer have that precious gift.
Awe, but we do...
Tyler and I started talking about the idea of adoption. We have fasted and prayed a great deal about this because to us this is a Huge responsibility, and a Huge blessing! Yes, this baby may not physically look like Tyler and I, but we feel that spiritually this baby was meant to come to our home. It hit me the other night as I was reading a blessing I was given. I have read this blessing a hundred times and this phrase has never had any significance until that day. It said "You were saved until this time to be born to wonderful parents" It hit me and I started to cry...
My feelings were always such: If I was supposed to have another baby, it would have come in one of the three miscarriages I had after our third son. It wasn't until that moment that I realized, That spirit wasn't supposed to come to the earth at that time. But it is Now. I can't bring it here, but someone else can...through the miracle of adoption.
There is this driving force in me that I have to act on this. Whenever I try to forget about it and think about something else, it is right there on my mind. We told the kids about our decision and wanted to know what they thought. They were all excited until the thought of Barbies entered the picture. (Which is so funny, because I never played with Barbies) We asked them to pray that we would be able to make the right decisions. Ashton, our 4 year old, said our family prayer. During the prayer, he said:
Thank you that we could get a new baby. Thank you that someone else doesn’t want their baby anymore and they’ll give it to us.
Funny, sad, sweet, and poignant-all at the same time. Tyler and I have been so blessed and are so grateful for the three boys we have, that we want to share that love with a little girl.  According to statistics  adoption happens much quicker through word of mouth and other contacts.  I have struggled with this concept because I would never want to feel like we are campaigning for a baby.  We would however, love all the help we can get!! We are excited about what the future holds and feel that the Lord will guide us in this journey according to his will.

August 8, 2010

3 Balls, A Retired Jersey, and the Flag Lady

Last night Spencer and I went to the D-Backs games. It just so happened that it was the night they retired Luis Gonzalez's jersey.

Spencer and I got to Chase Field about two hours early to watch batting practice and have some dinner. Our seats were in left field so we were able to hang out there and to try and catch home runs during practice. One of the players threw a ball to Spencer. He was so excited. A few minutes later, one came right to our seat and I caught it.

After some fun during batting practice, we went to Friday's for dinner. Just as we were finishing up, they started the jersey retirement ceremony. We went out on the Friday's balcony to watch.
Here's a picture of Spencer, seconds after they revealed Gonzalez's number 20 (it's just above Spencer's right shoulder).

Here's another one during the ceremony down at home plate.

The game started off with the D-Backs taking an early lead which they kept most of the game. Innings 5-8 were a tad boring because not much happened in the game. But, the Flag Lady kept us entertained. She was in the row in front of ours and is certifiably insane.

But, the 9th inning got fun because the Padres tied it up with a homer to left field (which just happened to go straight into my glove). Of course, I promptly threw it back and told them to go home, which encouraged cheers from the whole stadium.

Here's the video of me catching the 9th inning homer. See if you can find Spencer and I in both of the last inning home run clips.

To top it off, Chris Young nailed a homer in the 9th to win it for the D-Backs. Spencer and I had a blast.

August 3, 2010

Ashton Preschool '10

Today was Ashton's first day of Preschool at Mrs. J's.  He was so excited about going to school and even more excited when he found out that some of his best little buddies would be there too!
He is 4 years old and so ready for a fun year of learning.
Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!!!
Mrs. J's Preschool, getting ready to  go in
Does he look Happy or what?
Ashy and Sammy
Ashton's friends Sam, and Landon
Mrs. J and Ashton
It was a great day!!!