February 1st 2010 an event took place that changed our family's lives forever (if you are a follower, you probably already know about this). That was the day I legally adopted our oldest daughter Ally. That day will forever be one of the greatest moments of my life, no doubt, in my daughter's as well. I have been co-raising Ally with my husband since she was 4, watching her grow and change into the beautiful young lady she is now has been an incredible gift. To be the Mother of such a special, bright child is an amazing blessing and I am in awe to be blessed with that title. I absolutely love that little girl (she'll always be my lil baby girl) and I cannot wait to see the impact she makes on this world.
|My daughter and I @ the courthouse|
|With the Judge|
|Her birth certificate|
February just kept getting better and BETTER! That was when I received the news that the 2 BEST people in this entire world were expecting their first child!!! And so the baking of Matthew James Leo Durbin began...
In April of 2010 we welcomed our 3rd and final child, a daughter, to this world. Brooklyn Grace was born April 5th 2010 at 7lbs 15oz and 20in long. To have a child is a gift from God, but Brooklyn was more than that for me. She was a 2nd chance. As most of you know, we went through a lot of Trials and Tribulations with the birth of our son, Ethan. I never knew what it was like to hold my newborn child while I recovered in the hospital... I never new what it was like to bring them home and wake up in the middle of the night for feedings...I never knew what it was like to breast feed my child and build that bond that only you and they share... With Brooklyn I got to experience all of those things, and though I don't love her any more or less than my other 2 children, I will always be grateful that she could help me experience all those things. It has been QUITE the Journey with our little Diva (I say that because she definitely knows WHAT she wants and WHEN she wants it... lol Just like her Momma!)! Brooklyn is now almost 9 months old, and though the time is flying by like the blink of an eye, she is such a joy to have, and already loved so much by her big brother and sister.
|19 wks (It's a GIRL!)|
|Momma & I @ my Baby Shower|
|Our first moments together|
In June of 2010 we took out FIRST family trip up to June Lake, CA. We go there every year and were very excited to share this experience with our new family of 5. We brought my sister along with us to show her around, as well as help out with the babies. Let's just say by the end of the trip, my sister swore to NEVER go again, and I made Justin promise it would ONLY be a "guys trip" until Brooklyn is AT LEAST 5 years old. LOL We were ALL sick, and I think the higher altitude only made it worse. And to top it all off "Princess" Brooklyn DID NOT like being away from home. Though the trip, as a whole, pretty much sucked, we got some good pics.. ;) lol (will upload pics soon)
In July of 2010 Justin and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary... I can't believe we've been married that long, though at the same time, it feels like it's been forever...
August 2010 Justin and I started P90X... HO-LY. SHIT! That stuff is intense! I only last about 3 weeks, but I lost 12 lbs doing it! lol GO ME!
August 30th 2010, my "little" sister turned 22. 22!!! It still seems like she's 12 to me. I love that as her and I get older, we get closer and closer. She's one of my best friends. LOVE YOU CURLY!