spring and summer were rough with the passing of the dogs. we miss them every day, but we know they are where they needed to be. our sweet old girls both lived amazing long lives and brought us much joy and laughter. the end was hard, i won't lie - and we ended up having to put their extreme level of discomfort and the lack of ability for dr.s to perform operations to alleviate any issues above our desires to keep them here suffering on this planet. despite it being the right thing, it was a terribly sad time and i still cry about it often.
we're having to update our homestudy on halloween. it's kind of interesting to me because we received the call to meet with daxton's birthmother on halloween of 2011. we honestly never thought we'd be waiting on our second adoption so long and even after updating our profile books this summer, we still did not think we'd make it to the dreaded homestudy update phase. sigh, but here we are. dax goes through phases where he asks "why is it taking so long?" because he is ready for "his baby" to be here. he's ready to have someone to play with and someone to share things with. he plays in the nursery often, and loves pulling out baby toys.
daxton's schedule is busy, but he loves being on the go. he goes to preschool m - th (half days) and then has an activity every night, except mondays. every day he asks me "what are we doing today?" tuesdays he has gymnastics which he LOVES and has been doing for over a year. wednesday nights are awana and he's in the cubbie class. he loves being with his friends and he does a really good job memorizing his verses. thursday night activities are new, and for the past three weeks he's been taking hip hop dance lessons. it's the cutest thing i've ever seen. dax loves dancing. he creates his own moves, mostly some form of pop and lock and break dancing, all incorporated with a strange eye roll and head shake. (all of his dancing really started with the movie "home" and he loves to "wave his hands in the air like he just does not care".) dance class gives him a chance to learn some "real" moves and we cannot wait to see it all come together. will wanted to have him pick between gymnastics and hip hop, but dax said he loved both, so will's given in - at least through the holidays. friday nights are for soccer practice and then games are on saturday mornings. dax loves soccer and he's pretty good at it. his only set back is understanding that while you play against your team at practice, you play with them at the game. that shift is pretty complicated for him and he sometimes gets upset when his teammates get the ball or even score a goal! he'll get it soon though!
will and i celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on the 18th of august. when we were first married we said we'd take a trip back to hawaii (where we went on our honeymoon) to celebrate the 15th, but we didn't make it. life changed and our priorities shifted to using all of our airline miles and hotel points to take dax to disney world for his 5th birthday. the surprise party and trip reveal are coming up soon and we can hardly wait to blow daxton's mind! in lieu of the romantic trip we settled for a romantic dinner to a five star restaurant i've wanted to go to forever. it was perfect in every way and we were thankful for auntie conti and uncle keek watching dax for the night so we didn't have to worry about getting home late and we could sleep in the following morning!