So it was been way too long since I updated my blog. I promise to catch up for the time missed (we have had a lot going on), but in the meantime, let me introduce to you my new nephew, Alvin IV, born April 15th, 2011.
My sister and the adorable Baby Alvin
Nathaniel and Baby Alvin, or "Ice Cream" as Nathaniel calls him!
Easter Sunday is an early busy morning for the Wests. It starts with Sunrise service at 7am followed by a potluck breakfast, then our regular service at 10am. Paul does an afternoon service for the nursing home once a month as well, and it just happened to land on Easter Sunday to add more to the madness!
He is SOOOO handsome!!! I couldn't get over how incredible he looked in his Easter outfit!
Excited about opening his Easter baskets/boxes from the Grandparents. It was so special for Nathaniel to receive boxes in the mail for Easter!
Looking at the card from Poppa Goodell
Poppa Goodell sent Nate a solid chocolate Easter basket with all kinds of yummy treats!!!
Nate's first piece of candy on Easter. :-)
Opening an Easter bag from Papa & G-G in Oregon.
He really loved his little school bus.
Opening the box sent by Grandma Amen.
Showing all the goodies. We watched the new Veggie Tales Easter movie in between services! It was so cute! :-)
Our annual Easter family picture. I LOVE my little family!!!
Saturday was the Bayard Community Easter Egg Hunt! We really enjoy it and Nate gets excited because they don't put candy in the eggs they put money! His favorite part is putting the coins in his piggy bank.
Last year was Nate's very first hunt, so I was kind of expecting him to be an "old pro"...that is not exactly what happened...
Here is Nate waiting for the fire truck to sound the siren.
When the siren finally sounded, Nate took off running around! He bypassed at least 15 eggs and just ran!!! Paul had to remind him to pick up some eggs...he only ended up with 3 but he sure had fun!! :-)
He is heading back to show us his eggs. 2 green and 1 orange. He really just wanted green but he settled for the orange ones too.
We decided that because of Nate's confusion with the egg hunt, we held our own egg hunt in our back yard to "practice". While he napped, I collected every quarter I could find and filled as many plastic eggs as I could.
We also had confetti eggs that I lovingly cracked over my son's head...
...then he cracked one over daddy's head...
...and, of course we couldn't leave Chewy out!! :-)
Nate was very proud of his loot! He wanted to show everyone that Abe Lincoln was on this money.
We have a great opportunity for family and friends to support our adoption while enjoying DELICIOUS coffee!
An organization called Just Love Coffee is owned by a fellow adoptive family. It is a simple way to raise funds for our adoption expenses.
Please visit www.justlovecoffee.com/westadoption and check out what products are available. I have also added a link on the right side that you can click on. Be sure that you see "West Adoption" across the front to ensure that we receive the credit.
Here are the proceeds that we receive based on your purchase:
Nathaniel & I went traveled to Washington to throw my sister a Baby Shower! It was such a wonderful time and Nate was such a trooper with all the traveling!
This was Nate's first time on a plane since we brought him home at 5 months! He LOVED being on the airplane, and he captured the hearts and attention of the flight attendants and other travelers quickly!!!
Nate often pulled out the safety information and "read" it to me! :-)
Nate & I got to visit with Angie, a dear friend from college. It was SO good to catch up!
Nate with Auntie Heather and Uncle Alvin! My sissy is glowing! :-)
Nate & Papa Goodell
Nate telling Papa something very important.
Nate & Uncle Alvin
Nate & Jim
Nate loved going to the kids program at my mom's church. He made this craft and wore it proud! :-)
Nate's first Krispy Kreme
Visiting Grandma Amen at work
Umm, is it just me or does Nate's legs look incredibly long in this picture?
Nate & Papa Goodell at Red Robin.
Grandma & Clare celebrating Clare's birthday
Mommy & Son
The night before we left, right after Heather's Shower, we spent time hanging out at Starbucks. We had such a good time visiting, and it was so hard to say good bye...