Surprise!


I only had one plan yesterday and that was to go to a baby shower at 2:30pm. How was I to know it was for me? Ha! Yep, I was fooled! Kimberly, Kathleen & Joy collaborated back in December at Corbin’s 2nd birthday party and decided it would be fun to throw me a surprise baby shower. The hard part was figuring out how they were going to get me there. It ended up that Ashley (a friend of Kimberly’s), who is also pregnant, was coming down this weekend, so Kimberly made up a story that she was going to throw her an early baby shower and wanted me to come and take pictures. I agreed, of course, because I knew Ashley and thought nothing of it. Silly me!

I arrived a few minutes late. Yes, I stopped and picked up my mocha ice blended at The Coffee Bean down the street. Come on, it was too convenient to not to. Anyway, I pulled in the parking lot and was surprised to only see two cars. I thought that it was strange that no one was there, but most people I know in San Diego are always late. Once I got out of the car I started grabbing my bags and Kimberly started walking toward me and we chatted for a second when I noticed that there was another parking lot filled with cars. I didn’t notice any in particular, but I was happy to see Ashley was going to blessed by lots of guests at her shower. So naive! When I walked in the door Ashley was standing alone to the left and that’s where I drew my attention until I heard a big “SURPRISE!” coming from a group to the right. I couldn’t see my face, but I can only imagine that I had a puzzled and confused look on my face. I couldn’t understand why my mom and friends were standing there and then someone said “surprise it’s really for you, not Ashley”. I’ve never had a surprise party before and am not the type to volunteer to be the center of attention, but after a few moments I snapped to and started really enjoying myself. The best part was who was there. I had my mom and cousin, old friends and new friends…it was really amazing to see everyone together in one room. I kept wondering how on earth did all these ladies keep this a secret. Usually someone slips, but I really had no clue. Good job ladies!

You know when people say “it’s all in the details”? Well, that’s what this shower was…all about the details. The food was all made by scratch by Kathleen’s husband, Luke and Joy made her yummy lumpia and potatoes. Jessica made the most adorable cake made out of fondant. This was her second time making a cake with fondant and it turned out amazing and tasted even better. The chocolate cupcakes were delectable too. Another great treat was instead of the traditional baby shower games, Kimberly, Rosie & Ashley brought all their scrapbooking stuff to make baby pages for baby #2. They turned out so good and I can’t wait to take pictures to make them complete. Everything was so special and well thought out. A girl couldn’t ask for anything more. I am so blessed to have these women in my life and thank God for them.

Nature Walk

Papa, Luke and Corbin took an hour walk down in the canyon behind the house to check out the waterfall and creek. Usually it’s all dried up, but after all the rain we’ve had this past week, there is plenty of water flowing through the boulders and creek. Corbin kept referring to all the mud as “muck” from a book he likes us to read about a duck that gets stuck in the muck and all the animals help to get him out. They all had a great time. When they guys got back, I asked Corbin what they did and he said “walking, water and papa”. I added that dada went too and he nodded. I look forward to joining them on their next walk.

Corbin Learns to Count

We have been working on our numbers with Corbin and this particular day we were driving back from church and he started counting randomly on his own. Luke and I were both surprised and tried to get it on camera right away, but unfortunately he stopped by the time Luke had his phone ready and that’s why you can hear me counting with him rather than him counting solely on his own. It’s still cute though. We are so proud of our little man.

A Break in the Rain

What do you do when there is a break in the rain? Play outside!

Corbin stomped around the yard in his one size too big rain boots and extra warm coat. He had a great time walking around and exploring before the next rain. The best part of our outing was when he saw that the bird bath was full of water and picked up a stick so that he could splash. He didn’t even mind getting splashed by freezing water. Silly kid!

Girls Night

All moms need a night out with their friends. Not saying we don’t miss our kids or our husbands, but we need a break from time to time. Adult conversation is a plus even though most of the time we end up talking about our kids. We can’t help ourselves! Kids bring us great delight as well as frustration. Sharing stories help us know we are definitely not alone on this journey of motherhood. Friend time also give us a chance to laugh out loud or have that good cry we have held back. I am so blessed by my friends and thank God for them.

Corbin the Architect

You know the saying “Like father, like son”, well I believe Corbin is following in his fathers footsteps. has been impressing us with his architectural skills. has been building some impressive towers out of his blocks lately. He wants to use all the blocks in the bucket.

Prayer Request

My friend Veronica emailed a prayer request and wanted to pass it on. More prayers the better!

Hey everyone! I have a major prayer request. My friend Lori is a pastor’s wife and an adoptive mother. Her adopted son’s future is up in the air right now. His birth father is fighting to get him back after almost a year with his adoptive family. The court is forcing the family to bring the birth father in for a visit this weekend. This family needs your prayers desperately.. I can’t imagine losing a son after a year. Please pray that God changes the heart of this birth father so that he could understand that this family loves baby Matthew and he loves them! You can read Lori’s blog at Family Fish Bowl.

Thank you for praying!
Amber