Monday, September 28, 2009


SO excited to play Daddy's guitar and mandolin!

M's friends taught her how to climb today:) This is one of the first things she did when we got home from playing!


Friday, September 25, 2009

While Josh is away....

the spiders will come out to play!!!

Every picture I took of it, it glistened like that. Eyes??? YIKES!

EEEEEEEK!!!!! I'm terrified of spiders and make Josh kill all of them! My method of choice: bug spray! This spider is HUGE!! Hope it dies with the spray! I'll definitely be mopping later...when the spider is absolutely dead!

Josh took M out for the morning/afternoon for some father-daughter time so I could have a break! Just when I was starting to feel all relaxed, this little booger decided to ruin my moment!


13 months and playgroup

Pics from Thursday: The only blog-able pic I have for her 13 month photo session.
Playing in Mommy's classroom before school.
Looking at the Rhino at the zoo while finishing up some lunch.
With her new friend, T. He is such a cutie pie!!

Tuesday, M turned 13 months! To celebrate she got to go the doctor and get on antibiotics for a bad ear infection. We stayed home and in pjs for 2 days, so her 13 month picture was taken a few days later. M is really starting to learn what she loves and what she definitely doesn't! She definitely is ALL girl and knows what she wants!

M is still a little one. Tuesday she weighed in (with clothes on) at a whopping 18 lbs 1oz!

-giving kisses
-playing around older little girls...she gets so excited
-Baby Einstein videos
-bananas, grapes, wheat crackers, black beans, yogurt, wheat bread, MumMums, oatmeal cereal
-music/trying to sing
-she goes through phases with words, but her favorites right now are: diaper, dog, Dadda, Mom-Mom, that (says "that" all day long as she points to things),
-brushing her teeth
-turning on lights, closing doors
-looking out the window
-pulling up on everything
-refrigerator magnets
-Bible class/Sonshine School
-being around other kids
-zoo (fish and gorillas are her faves)
-frozen yogurt trips with Daddy
-Mommy's oatmeal cookies

-getting her diaper changed
-waiting for her food to be made
-vegetables that aren't pureed
-going to the doctor (this is a new one)
-concert type things (loud noises in the dark)
-leaving her food on her tray
-getting her hair rinsed in the bath tub
-being put in her carseat
-getting her face wiped

After school on Thursday, we went to our Kaleidoscope Kids (transracial) playgroup at the zoo and had lots of fun with the other moms and kiddos!


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fall Cookie Recipe

I LOVE the coolness of fall! It means lots of baking at the Kingcade house!! Today, I was wanting oatmeal cookies and thought the addition of pumpkin pie spice would be great! I had everything on hand for these and a few minutes of naptime left to spare!! So, I have a batch of Spiced Oatmeal Cookies in the oven right now. They may or may not taste that great, but they sound wonderful! I'll update this later with the verdict!

Spiced Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from Sherry Lewis' Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies Recipe)

Cream together:
2 sticks butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar

Add and mix well:

1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Add and mix well:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice *see update note below*

Stir in:
3 cups rolled oats

Drop by Tablespoon on ungreased (foil-lined for easy clean up) cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and serve.

***Mine just came out of the oven and smell GREAT!! I'll let them cool and issue a verdict soon!

UPDATE: These are really good! My favorite combination of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside! BUT, if you really want that pumpkin pie spice flavor to dominate, DOUBLE the amount of pumpkin pie spice that you put in. Otherwise, leave it as-is and it still is really good!


Monday, September 21, 2009

Random Tid-Bits in Reverse Order

Today's crafting adventures.....shirt, bib and trick-or-treat bag for M.

Saturday's Crescent Cinnamon Rolls (crescent rolls, butter, sugar and cinnamon)...easy-peasy!
Lazy Saturday with M in Daddy's sweatshirt.
When I get M out of bed from her nap, she always tries to give me her stuffed animal. She always points and says "that."
Celebrating M's current Gotcha Day (September 17th) with dinner at Qdoba...she just had tortillas.

The morning of Gotcha Day before leaving for school. Since it was her special day, she got to celebrate by playing with the forbidden remote!


Friday, September 18, 2009

One Year Ago (a little late)

Between Sonshine School, celebrating our informal Gotcha Day (a new Gotcha Day coming soon!!!), and going to bed at 9:15 last night, I didn't get any blogging in! Those who know me much at all, know that 9:15 is extremely early for me! We all (M, included) got to sleep in until 10:30 today. Nice!!

On to the good stuff.....

One year ago, September 17th, 2008, I woke up from the restless night of sleep I had and started getting ready to meet our baby. I don't remember a whole lot about the morning before seeing her, but I do know that I was just trying to keep occupied. I was just so excited to get our first baby!

At 1:30 on that fall afternoon, I arrived at the agency, car seat buckled in the back of my car. Josh met me up at the agency to meet our little M. We knew so little of her, we just couldn't wait to see her! We waited in the office for several minutes, until M's (amazing) social worker, K, pulled up. We watched out the front window, as K pulled her from the back seat. I was instantly in love. M was so tiny in her little animal print pajamas. But, the first thing I noticed was her gorgeous dark hair. She had a head-full of straight, silky hair. She was sleeping and they handed her to me instantly. Although I've held so many newborns and taken care of babies, I remember feeling so nervous about holding my little tiny baby girl. She was so cuddly and so perfect.

After signing all of our paperwork, I loaded M into her car seat and headed to the church building. We took her to Josh's office to show his co-workers and allow Josh to have a little more time with her. We took lots of photos, then headed home, just me and M, to cuddle. But, the first thing I did when we got home, was put a bow in her hair!! We cuddled all afternoon and then went to Chick-fil-a for dinner with Matt, Mandy and Viv. We took more pictures, then went to church. I kept her in a little baby sling the whole time, but she wasn't very happy. There were too many new noises, people, experiences, etc. for one day. Looking back. I can't believe that I didn't take a week to just stay home with her to bond, give her some time to get used to her new home, etc. I guess I was just super excited to take her to church and show our friends and family this precious little baby that would be in our home for a while. If I had to do it over again, I definitely would have taken a week off to just be home with her and ease her in to new situations. But, she survived!

None of got very much sleep for the next several days, but we didn't care, she was just too perfect! From the moment that we saw her, my new prayer was, "Lord, please prepare my heart for whatever will happen with M (adopting her or giving her back)." I felt like that was what got me through the whole foster parenting thing, in general.

Here are a few answers to some questions I've gotten lately:

-We plan to foster more children in the next several months, after we take a break to just be the 3 of us, without any visits, paperwork, etc.

-We just found out yesterday that a date for finalization had been set for next Friday, but due to some clerical errors, we are going to have to be on a 30 day wait. So, mid to late October, hopefully she'll be officially our daughter. We'll keep you posted!

We feel like this past year has been filled with so many blessings! We are so thankful that God chose us to raise such a wonderful and beautiful baby girl!


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hard to believe

One year ago, today, September 16th, 2008, I got a phone call. I had no idea this phone call would change my life forever!

My social worker called and said that there were two babies available for us to foster. She described both of the little baby girls and they both sounded just perfect, although I knew nothing other than names, races, birth dates and a little of their family backgrounds.

She asked me to choose the one I wanted, but how can you possibly choose one baby over another...seriously!! I easily could have said, just let me come pick up both of them! But, that wasn't going to work. So, I told her about how over the past few months deep down I kept feeling that for some reason we were going to have a black baby girl. I had told my mom and Josh about it several times. I didn't at all know where that came from. It wasn't anything I had thought about at all, until last summer. So odd that I had specifically thought that. After I told my worker that, I let her choose our baby for us. The other foster mom was open, to either baby, too. So, the social worker gave us our little M, and the other mother her precious S.

We were called mid-morning on September 16th and told that we would be meeting our foster daughter later in the afternoon, as soon as everything got arranged. I had butterflies in my stomach, called and emailed close friends and family, started going around the house like crazy, making sure everything was good to go. We were going to have a little 3 1/2 week old baby girl in just a matter of hours!!! We ended up getting a call that we would have to get her on the 17th, instead at 1:30 in the afternoon. So, instead of picking up our little baby, we had to occupy our busy and excited minds with preparing for our new little one by buying her a few clothes, putting away the boy clothes and making the girl clothes front and center! I also had to make sure I had bows, just in case M had hair! I remember getting very little sleep, but not caring a bit. I just couldn't wait to meet the little baby girl that we would be caring for, "for a few months."

Reflecting on this today, I feel those same emotions that I did one year ago. A year ago I had no idea what God was going to do with our journey of miscarriage, infertility, and foster care. WOW! He is truly amazing!! It is so hard to believe how quickly this year has gone and how big my little baby girl is! I can't wait to write about tomorrow, the day we met little M!