Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer Shenanigans

We have been having such a fun filled summer I haven't had time to blog! Milo is continuing to amaze all of us, and our love for him grows with each smile. He is great at sitting, has started creeping/army crawling, has much more of an opinion, has started really using his hands well, is now reaching his arms up when he wants to be held (which means he also lets us know who he wants to hold him as well! It's no surprise that when he's tired or hungry, he reaches for Mom and when he's in the mood to party, he loves Dad!), is getting good at playing with toys, and has continued to love nothing more than being rocked and sung to! He's SO affectionate and loves to snuggle, hug, and kiss. He has also been really healthy this summer! His congestion and eyes have cleared up, and all three of our other kids have gotten strange illnesses this summer, but Milo has been able to avoid all of them! The only thing he caught was a common cold last week. I'm amazed! It seems like at first he was CONSTANTLY sick. He is growing like crazy, too! Last time I weighed him he was nearly 18 pounds! He is much taller and stronger as well.

We continue to feed him mainly his funky homemade formula, and I love it! It's providing him healthy, whole food nutrition and it's working; he's growing like a weed! He also has Early Intervention every week now. His same developmental specialist comes every other week, and a physical therapist comes the other weeks. They are both such kind, loving women and they really love Milo. They're helping him develop and hit more milestones then I dreamed possible in such a short amount of time!

He has had such a great time playing with his brother and sisters all day everyday, and I am going to miss my helpers once they go back to school!

We've had a couple of fun vacations this summer! We went to St. George for Father's Day,
spent some time in Snowbird,

then headed to Lake Powell in July. Milo made our annual Lake Powell trip a bit complicated, as we had to haul a generator down to power his massive oxygen concentrator, but it was all worth it! He had fun swimming, tubing, and hanging out with family!

Milo has really found his place. He is happy and content and loves to be home. He is such a cheeseball lately! I love his smiley little self! It's not hard to fall in love with this peanut!

We've had fun at Children's Museums,
 gotten lots of quality sleep in,

 had a few haircuts,
 and even met Elsa and Anna! We've stayed busy and had fun every single day!
One of our favorite holidays is the 4th of July! This year was no exception. Milo wore patriotic clothes for over a week! We sure did celebrate this boy's first 4th as a U.S. citizen with vigor!

Milo got to "march" in his first parade on the 4th!

He also enjoyed a family party and watching firerworks!

Having a little rest on dad waiting for it to get dark enough for fireworks
We sure had a good holiday!

Perhaps my favorite new thing about Milo is how cheesy he can be. He has discovered that if he makes funny faces, we laugh. He likes it when we laugh at him. He's a natural class clown ;) I mean, seriously. Look at those faces! Hahahaha!!!
This is my favorite face of all time. It's the "old Chinese man" face. Ha!

Alright, man! You are too cute to handle. I'll give you anything in the world!
We're getting close to Milo's 5 month gotchaversary (on August 10th). I can't believe we've been home so long, but I also can't believe we ever functioned without this babe. We love you, Milo Man!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Forever and Always

On May 24, 2014, Milo was sealed to our family for time and all eternity. In case you are new to this blog, we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As part of our doctrine, we believe that families can be sealed together in the temple. To learn more about this, you can click here. We were also able to be sealed to Cooper back in October. That blog entry is here.
Our family and a few of our closest friends all came to support us in our special day.
This was a very special and sacred day for our whole family. Typically kids are not allowed in the temple. You cannot attend a temple sealing unless you're an endowed adult. One of the very few exceptions to this is for an adoption. When children come to your family biologically, they are automatically sealed to the family. When children are adopted, you go to the temple with them to have them sealed to your family. They then become part of your forever family, just as though they had been born to you. It's such a beautiful thing! As part of this, the children that are already sealed to you can come witness the sealing. This is so special! We have pictures all over our house of the temple, and there is much focus on the purpose and importance of the temple in our family. Our kids have looked forward to attending the temple their whole lives! To be able to go in and witness the sealing of Milo was an occasion of great excitement and anticipation!

It was an absolutely beautiful experience; one we will certainly never forget! I am so thankful for my family. For all of our beautiful children. I'm thankful to be a member of the LDS church and for the blessing it is to be sealed together forever.

One of the most special parts of the whole day was after the sealing was over and we got to stand together as a family and look in the mirrors that face each other and see our family go on forever. To see some pictures of what the inside of the temples look like, you can click here.

I want nothing more than to be with these people for days without end. They are my life and I love them more than I have words to express!