Friday, August 28, 2009


I wanted to get this out a lot earlier than this, but wow what a whirl wind we have been living in! Tomorrow from 10am-12noon we are involved in a SMA walk n' roll! It is going to benefit all the kids in Calgary that have SMA (which includes Evan). It is a short 1 kilometer walk in North Glenmore Park and will be a fun filled fundraising and awareness experience. All of the kids with SMA in Calgary will be there.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sunday fun

Two awesome things happened this sunday at church:

1) We got to announce our little Landon officially at church

2) I found and pulled out a pea from Evan's nose

Sunday, August 16, 2009


What we have really been up to:

We are proud to introduce
Landon Arlen Malakai Palmer

Alright, the truth as to why I have been so bad at blogging lately is finally coming to light. We are now a family of four, and we have been a little busy!!!!

We have always known that we wanted Evan to have at least one sibling and when we moved here a year ago we began the adoption process again to try and achieve this goal. We were told that in Canada once a couple is on the active waiting list they usually wait years for a baby! Imagine our complete shock when three weeks after being on the list we got our call!!!!!

Landon's tummy mommy was given three different due dates. The first was July 15 (Evan's birthday) the next was July 20, and the last was July 25. This meant that we could literally expect him to come to us anytime from the beginning of July to August. Well our little Landon proved to love the womb and she was induced on August 3. Even then he hung on to her insides as tight as he could and he was finally delivered with forceps at 8:15 a.m. on August 4, 2009. Landon entered the world weighing 8lbs. 3 oz. and was 21.5 inches long.

We were so blessed to meet Landon on the day he was born and that is the day that we fell in love. The whole time Evan just wanted to feed him and kept kissing and hugging his new brother. It was a wonderful day!

The best surprise of the week was that we were able to do the placement on the very next day. It was an amazingly beautiful, inspirational, and completely draining experience. It brought back so many memories of Evan's placement. The placement of our boys are some of the most amazing experiences of our lives.

In Alberta there is a 10 day relinquishing period, hence the hiding out! Besides the 10 day waiting period, the hardest part of this whole experience was that my sister got married during the 10 day period. Legally one of us had to be with Landon and he cannot cross the border yet. This meant that I had to leave my brand new baby and husband for three days. I loved my sisters wedding (I will blog about that later) but I was sooo happy to come back home!

Since bringing Landon home we have gotten some new-born pictures taken, his umbilical cord fell off, he has started drinking 4 ounces, and he now smiles in his sleep. Landon has a firery personality and is either really content (or sleeping) or he is royally ticked off. He hates feeling free, which includes bath time, diaper changes, and laying on his back. He loves being held and swaddled. Sooo cute!

Evan loves having a little brother. He talks about Landon all the time. He constantly wants to see him and kiss him. I love watching them together.

I have been just waiting for the time that we were allowed to announce our new little bundle of joy! The 10 days of waiting are over!!! It is finally here!!!!
Welcome to our family Landon!!!!!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Another summer update

July 23, 2009
Garden Update:
Well I lost about half of everything that I planted. There were several factors that played out, but the long and short of it is ... I know better for next year.

Died: 1 pumpkin plant, 1 zuchini plant, 3 pepper plants, 3 cauliflower plants
Survived: all of my carrots, all of my lettuce (which we have been harvesting now for nearly 3 months), all of my onions, 2 cauliflower plants (harvesting for 2 weeks), 3 broccoli plants (harvesting for about 3 weeks), corn (already growing some ears), and my artichoke (the experiment :-)

All in all, I am pleased with my first attempt at a real garden and feel way more confident about next year.

July 25, 2009
This was a mixed emotion day for us. Justin's Grandma Joyce died and we attended her funeral in Lethbridge on this day. It was sad, but there was so much family there that we couldn't help but have a great time. It was awesome to be able to spend time with his family from Nevada and Utah because we just don't get to see them very much and we love them to death.

After the funeral we went swimming at a nice pool in town and then went out to dinner to celebrate Jeremy's 17th birthday. It really was a lovely day.

Funniest/extremely embarrassing moment of the day: There was a short viewing and ceremony just for the family right before the funeral. Joyce's children said there last goodbyes and then they closed the casket. As they were closing the casket Evan screams out and flings himself towards the casket "nnooooooo". He did this 2 times. I was so embarrased that he made a really sad moment kind of comical, but then I got to thinking about what he was seeing. In his mind he was probably litgitimately concerned for Joyce being closed up.

the "Fam"

Happy Birthday Jeremy

July 28, 2009
Spent the day exploring with my friends and their kids. We drove out to Drumheller and went to the dino museum. It was a great day!!! I love these two girls and just had the best time showing Evan something new. What a fascinating and cool place to go! Thank you for the adventure ladies ... can't wait to do it again!!!!

a real dino leg

I LOVE your face Kathy!

Me and Becka

Ok, Kathy and Becka thought this little guy was gross, but I think he is adorable!

Evan on a petrified tree

Love you girls!

July 30, 2009
We went to the Blink-182 concert with some friends of ours. Truthfully speaking, the music all around was great (including Fall Out Boy and All American Rejects), but I was totally caught off gaurd with how foul the band members were. If I had known they were like that I would not have gone! Their music isn't really that bad, but the musicians themselves???? Whoaa!!

Now, having said that ... Travis Barker ROCKS!!!!!!! Seriously this drummer is incredible, which I knew, but what a show he can put on! There was a part in the concert that he played a solo and the set stage literally flew in the air and spun everyway possible while he was still playing a crazy hard drum solo! I was completely blown away and thoroughly thrilled to be able to see that!

August 1, 2009
What a FUN day this was!!! It was another GORGEOUS day, and we spent a good long portion of it at the lake. It was even warm enough that I jumped off the dock into the water (that is saying something). It was so wonderful to be there with friends, but even more wonderful that Justin was there with us. Evan and I go to the lake often, but we never get to have Justin with us, so that was a major treat.

After the lake we quickly jumped in our car and drove out to the Strathmore stampede. It was small and really a lot of fun. The highlights of this part of the day were the petting zoo and the snakes.

The petting zoo had all of Evan's favorite animals and he LOVED getting to feed them. He was so cute with all of them, expecially Sarah the donkey.

From the petting zoo we went to the snake exhibit. They would let these HUGE snakes just slide on the grass and people could pet them. Evan got to pet the biggest one and was hooked! He kept saying, "I want to pet it again!" For whatever reason I was feeling brave that day and did something that I thought I would never do. One of the handlers kept wrapping this GIGANTIC snake around people and I asked him if we could do it to. (I have always had a hard time even petting snakes, and I have never held my brothers snake before!) What possessed me to do it I will never know, but it was soooo cool. I thought for sure that Evan would be fine with it, since he kept wanting to touch the snake, but then during the picture taking he saw the snake head and he DID NOT think that was cool at all. Right before we took the picture it started to rain, immediately after we got under the tent it started to hail like nobody's buisness. It came as quickly as it went, but it was pretty awesome!

All in all, it was a GREAT day!

Evan and the camel checking eachother out ... I HAD to put in this picture (for obvious reasons!)

I was worried that Evan was bite size, but everyone there assured me it was fine.

Now THAT is bravery!!!!
(poor Evan saw the head)

Someone took this picture of us the next day and I cannot get over how cute Evan is here! Seriously ... tooo cute!