Friday, December 7, 2012

Santa Time

Both of the boys were very excited to meet with Santa and tell him what they wanted.  They ran up to his lap, and got comfortable without hesitation.  


Will went first, and told Santa he wanted a ladybug dream light and smily face bouncy balls. Then it was Finn's turn.  He told Santa that he wanted a Nintendo DS and a penguin dream light...but then said "But it's your choice, you bring me whatever you want."  Oh, Finn, you are so sweet.


I have a feeling that Santa is going to be very good to these kiddos!

Monday, December 3, 2012

A big decision

I'm pregnant!  But...it's not ours!  This is a good thing!  Haha....let me explain.

Our family is pretty perfect in a bunch of ways...and one of them is size.  Mike and I couldn't be happier or feel more blessed with our two little boys, and feel that the size of our family is perfect for us.  Despite this, when Mike had a certain medical procedure which made it impossible for us to add to our family biologically, I felt quite a bit of sadness.  Not because I wanted more kiddos....but because it meant that I would never again have the experience of pregnancy or birth.  It's not that either one was some majestically magical experience for me (along with the typical aches and pains of pregnancy I had 10 weeks of nausea with both kiddos, Finn unexpectantly came 3 weeks early, and Will had to be kicked out once he was a week late) but there was still something about it that I wished I could do again.

Combined with this feeling is the presence of a couple of amazing people in my life who have experience serious fertility issues and loss.  Something about the two of these things came together and clicked in my head....I could help another couple have a baby. Once the idea started to form in my head, it felt like it was absolutely the right and perfect thing.  I don't want any more kiddos, but I love the idea of helping to build a family for someone else.  So....after some long talks with Mike and with his complete support, I started the process of applying at an agency to be a gestational surrogate - this means carrying the baby, but in no way being genetically tied to the baby.

After going through a fairly intense process of applications, interviews, medical exams, a home visit, and psychological testing I was accepted into the program and quickly matched with a couple.  It felt right from the beginning, and it still feels perfect.  They are an amazing gay couple living in North Denver.  These guys have been together for 20 years and have gone through quite a journey to arrive at the place of having a baby.  I couldn't ask for a better match or relationship, and Mike and I both feel very lucky to be a part of this adventure with them.  Our kids are aware of the process and have met the guys.  Will knows there is a baby in my belly, and Finn understands why and how the process works.  In typical Finn fashion, he asks very thoughtful questions and follows up frequently with thoughtful comments.  I think it's really neat for our whole family to get this experience of helping someone else.

So where are we now?  I'm 14 weeks pregnant with a very healthy little baby, and couldn't be happier about helping two very amazing guys become two very amazing dads.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Big guys

It's just mind boggling how much our boyos have grown this year.  We are so lucky that our guys are growing up to be such sweet little guys and awesome brothers.  They are so much fun and keep Mike and I smiling and laughing every day.  



Enjoying hot cocoa on the couch


In typical Finn fashion, he decided he wanted to learn how to do headstands, and had them perfected in a day.  Recently, he's done the same thing with whistling and hula-hooping. 
And of course, Will always wants to be like his big bro.
Finn loves to show off how strong he is be carrying Will around - not always so graceful, though!

Sorry, I couldn't resist posting this adorable picture

...or this one either!

We are so lucky!!



Friday, November 9, 2012

The Core Virtue Award

Finn's school has "Core Virtues" which they use to guide the development of the kiddos.  They include things like integrity, justice, courage, responsibility, respect, etc.  Every month, they focus on one of the core virtues, and celebrate a child from every grade who exemplified that value.  We were so proud when Finn's teacher told us that he had been chosen as the kiddo who had exemplified that month's core virtue of self-discipline.  Mike and I got to attend a really sweet little ceremony where the kids were brought up and shook the hand of their teacher while the teacher explained why the child was receiving the award.  We are so proud of our big guy!!



Saturday, November 3, 2012

A 3 year old wonder!

We were very excited to celebrate Will's 3rd birthday with some of his buddies at home!  We can't believe our little guy is three!!!



Make a wish!
Soooo excited to open his presents
With friends, Nikko, Caroline, Teagan, Mackenzie and big bro Finn

Eating a chocolate cupcake for breakfast the next morning - spoiled birthday boy :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Force is Strong...

Just recently, Finn and Will have become completely crazy about Star Wars.  And it was great timing with Halloween because Finn was very excited to be Darth Vader....and very conveniently, we had a Yoda costume from when Finn was 2 1/2 that Will was excited to wear.  


They started off with their VERY cool and fancy light sabers - which were also a little heavy, which meant that mom ended up carrying them for the evening.  They LOVED running from house to house, but ran out of steam much quicker than I would have imagined and we ended up going back home after about an hour. Then, they loved opening the door and giving out candy together.


Not to be outdone, I did a group costume at work - Rock, Paper, Scissors!  We won the group costume category (yes, my work gives out prizes for best costumes!) and we had a blast.  It was a great day all around, and YES, I did take off my rock when I went trick or treating with the boys :)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Knee Repair

Remember that post about the end of the summer?  There was a picture of Mike with his leg propped up, and I said that "he hurt his knee pretty bad."  


Well, we didn't know the half of it.  After many doctor appointments, X-Rays, and an MRI it turned out that he tore his ACL, his medial meniscus  and his lateral meniscus as well as fracturing his tibia - YOWSA!  Due to our crazy schedules including a week-long work conference that I could not get out of, the surgery was scheduled a bit further out than we would have liked....


Mike was a brave guy, as always - all smiles as he went into surgery.  It was a VERY LONG procedure, nearly 5 hours in the OR.  He did great, and the surgeon was able to work magic on his various tears, telling us that it couldn't have gone any better.  

The recovery has gone very well and he started PT in November. Hopefully no more accidents for this guy for awhile :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Rockies Game Fun

Every year, Mike's alma mater hosts a BBQ and Rockies game for alumni, a nice treat for all of us!  This was the first time we brought the kiddos, and they had an awesome time!



It's ice cream time! 




I'm not sure who won the game, but we sure had a blast and the boys were on a sugar high for several hours after far too much ice cream, popcorn, and cookies!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Nearly 3

Oh, Will.  If you only knew how often your dad and I look at each other and shake our heads, astounded by you.  We've had to come up with all new words to describe you, like cute-plosion.  For so long, you were fiercely independent and not too fond of pausing for affection.  In the last several months, all of that has changed. You beg for hugs, kisses, high fives, and snuggles.  Lately you've been saying "Mommy and Daddy...you are my best friends."


You want to do everything that your brother does, no exceptions. You are right beside him practicing every sport, playing with every tricky toy and puzzle, singing every song, attending every impromptu dance party.  

Your favorite game is basketball, your favorite food is noodles and chocolate milk, you love fruits and green beans, you are an amazing block stacker, and you are crazy about playing on the iPhone.


One of your favorite thing to do is sleep in Finn's room, but thankfully you are a champion sleeper just like your brother.  You still love the blanket your Auntie J knitted you for your 1st birthday, and you love doggy stuffed animals.  

We love you, our sweet and beautiful guy. Thanks for being such a perfect member of of the Dub family. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Boyos

We can't believe how totally sweet these kiddos are with each other. They do everything together, and Finn takes his role as big brother very seriously.  Of course, every moment isn't magical, but for the most part they get along really, really well and have SO much fun together.









Saturday, September 8, 2012

Soccer Season Begins!

Mike and I both played soccer when we were kids, so it was only a matter of time before we urged Finn into that direction.  We were so happy when he enthusiastically wanted to play, and he has been SO much fun to watch play.  He has a ton of fun, and is learning the game quickly.  The thing I like about soccer is that there is a lot of cheering each other on, which wasn't the case with tee-ball.


Stay tuned for videos of our little soccer star!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The end of the summer at the Morris Lake

We got to spend another awesome day at the lake with the great Morris family.  The day started off great, as always....lots of fun in the water and the sand.  Finn and Will get along amazing with the Morris girls, Reagan, Taylor, and Chayce.  






"Show me your silly faces!"





Mike did lots of runs on the wakeboard, showing off some of his new jumping skills he'd been practicing all summer long...


...unfortunately on the last run of the day, he landed one of those jumps wrong and ended up hurting his knee pretty badly.  Well...at least it happened at the end of the summer and not the beginning!


We ended the day with a BBQ and bonfire.  Thanks for being so awesome, summer.  See you next year.