Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Fun

We did a few fun things this morning. I am not the best a taking pictures but I do have a few. We did lots of swimming and took a few trips. Ava really likes going to the splash pad and playing with the other kids.
We went to the Mesa Children's Museum.
We did a staycaion in Scottsdale with my mom, mother-in-law and sister. It was nice to get a way for a day. Ava and I just joined them for swimming at the pool. It was a lot of fun!
We took Ava to the movies for the first time. We went to see Madagascar 3. She loves Madagascar. She loves to dance to the "Move it, Move it" song.
We got a new dog. His name is Pitch. He has been a good boy and Jett and Ava love to play with him. He looks just like Jett when he was a puppy.
We went to the Grand Canyon over the July 4th holiday. It was nice and cool. It was raining most of the time while we were there but it made the canyon really pretty.
Overall it has been a good summer so far.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Pioneer Village

We went to Pioneer Village this weekend. I have not been there since I was a kid on a field trip. It was such a beautiful day to be outside.

Fun with the family!

A couple of weeks ago we went to Freestone Park with my mom, sister and step dad. We went for my moms birthday and had a good time. We took the train and went around on the carousel. We all had a great time.

Saturday, December 31, 2011


I hope everyone had a great Christmas! We had a great time with family.

Friday, October 14, 2011


It has been so long since I blogged last. I was looking at the pictures that I last put up of Ava and she looks so little. She has changed so much. Her hair was so dark and now it is so blond. We just got our picutres taken by one of our old friend and she did a great job. Thanks Leah!

What we did this summer...

This summer was a fun one! We went and watch the Cardinals in Flagstaff. That was fun just to get out of the heat.

We went to Disneyland and the Reagan Library. Disneyland was fun because she was a lot more aware of what was going on. She rode a lot of rides and really enjoyed the parade down mainstreet. The Reagan Library was really fun. It is in Simi Valley which was beautiful. It was really neat to learn more about him.

We also went to the beach on the way home and saw the seals in La Jolla. I love La Jolla.

My work game us Diamondbacks tickets when they played the Giants. That was a great game and they were awsome seats. Ava was such a good little girl. She just sat on my lap the whole time and watch game cheering them on.

I won a year pass to the phoenix zoo a few weeks ago so my friend Brittaney and I went to the zoo with our kids last week. We had a good time. The weather was so nice that Friday. Ava had such a good time at the petting zoo with goats. She was going crazy. She thought they were the funniest things.

We had a good time this summer!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ava pictures

Here are some updated Ava photos. She is growing and is now cooing and being really cute. We love her lots.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Baby girl!

As most of you know Paul and I have adopted a baby girl! Her name is Ava Reagan Black. She was born on May 2, 2010 and weighed 7 lb 7 oz and was 22.2 in long. She has been such a wonderful blessing in our lives and has brought so much joy to us.

A little of the story on how she came to be with us.

Paul and I received a call from another case worker on Wednesday, April 28th in the evening letting us know that she had a girl that was interested in meeting with us, oh and by the way she is due in a week and a half (What????). We were shocked, scared and nervous that it could be that quick but we said "OK" we would love to meet with her. We met with the birth mother and her mom on Friday, April 30th and hit it off. We had a lot in common and it just felt right. The birth mother was not in a good place in her life at that moment and felt that the right thing to do was to place her baby for adoption. We left that night feeling really good about the situation and only hoped that she did too. We sat around the phone the next day waiting for a call to see if she had chosen us. We got a call that night on Saturday and found out that she had chosen us!!!!! Paul and I were so excited and scared about the situation but we still felt that it was right. The the next sentence was that she was in labor. Another shock hit us. We thought that we would have a few days to prepare for this new baby that was going to be coming into our lives but we were so excited that it was going to be soon. Paul and I were at Wal-Mart that night at 9:30 going through the baby isles saying, "I think we will need that". I knew we would need diapers and wipes so we bought some of those. The birth mother had Ava the next day; Sunday the 2nd. It all happened in a total of 5 days. Ava had a lot of visitors at the hospital with family and friends visiting which meant so much to us.

We are so proud of the decision that the birth mother made to place her baby with us. She is such a sweet person and we love her very much for the decision that she made.

Paul and I wanted to thank all of you for your prays and your words of encouragement during this time. It meant so much to us.