Thursday, November 20, 2014

Elsie Sloan Campbell

Brian and I have struggled with this post.  How do we announce the birth of our beautiful baby girl, Elsie Sloan, while also having to share the devastating news that she died?  On October 29, 2014, at 38.5 weeks pregnant, I went into my Dr. because I hadn't felt our baby move.  Adler was a similar story and I went into the Drs. office not having felt him move, was hooked up to a heart rate monitor, read my book and went home.  I naively thought I would have a similar experience.  Little did I know our lives would forever change in a way we never anticipated.  Our little baby's heart wasn't beating, she had died.  I delivered her later that evening with nearly our whole family and my oldest and dearest friend by our sides.  We held our beautiful daughter, the boys met her, we had family photos taken and then we had to do the unimaginable, say goodbye, forever.  The boys lost their sister, we lost our daughter.
We are so thankful for the community that has reached out and supported us over the past 3 weeks.  This experience, while horribly difficult, has made us see how many amazing, caring friends and family we have supporting us.  Thank you, thank you to all our friends and family!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Fall Sunday

A visit to the Botanic Gardens during the day followed by dinner and the Bronco game with their little cousin. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Playdate on Adler's birthday

For Adler's actual birthday, we went to lunch with one of his best buds at the art museum and then played for awhile.  I ordered Adler some noodles, but he ate my entire goat cheese and beat salad instead while his friend had a huge salad with salmon, funny kids. 

Lots of boys at a pumpkin patch

Yesterday we went to Rock Creek Farm with two of Landon's best friends from school and one of their little brothers (younger than Adler, but quite different in size.  Adler is on the very small side and Will off the charts on the other end).  We started in the large pumpkin patch where you can actually saw off your pumpkin from the vine.  Each boy searched through the fields finding the perfect one for them.   

 Will and Adler in the patch.

After finding the perfect pumpkin, these kids gathered all these pumpkins and carried them into a pile to "make a bench".  I'm not sure what the reasoning behind this was, but it sure was cute to watch them working together.

Eventually we made our way to the kids area where they had mazes, tractors, jumpy castles and a huge slide.  

Big brothers sliding together.

And their younger brothers together.  These two were cracking us up holding hands as they slid down the gigantic slide.  We have had multiple play dates with Will and they have never really connected until yesterday.  
 The boys played in the kids area until they all faded and we quickly left to get everyone fed.

Thursday, October 16, 2014