Hi! We are Brian, Alli and Boden. We are excited for the opportunity to introduce ourselves! We are incredibly honored you are taking the time to look at our profile and hope it gives you a glimpse of our family, who we are and how much love, life and laughter we have to offer a child. We absolutely adore being parents and are thrilled with the idea of getting to parent another child. Thank you!
We look at our leisure time as opportunity to spend time with family and friends. It isn't usually very "leisurely" though. We have both always been very active people, and Boden follows right in our footsteps. These days we are typically trying to keep up with all the fun things Boden wants to do!
We are lucky enough to be able to share our favorite activities with Boden and we are lucky enough that so far he LOVES them all!. Our activities change with the seasons, but some of the best are summer outside adventures. The list goes on forever, but our favorites include waterskiing, paddleboarding, swimming, bike rides, walks with the dogs, playground fun, sprinklers, sidewalk chalk and bubbles! We try to spend as many summer weekends as possible with our families. We are blessed that there are family cabins on the water on both sides.
During rainy or cold winter days, we still have plenty of options. Boden has an entire "tool set" that Daddy taught him how to use while working on small projects and woodworking. Boden's prized possession is his little tape measure (a real one!). Boden also loves story time and will frequently take breaks from toys to get a snuggle and read books. Alli enjoys dog training, and now that Boden is old enough, he has a blast helping Mommy run the dogs through indoor agility courses (turns out this is the perfect energy outlet for all of us!).
Since we met, we have both always talked about having two children. We both grew up with siblings and can't imagine life without them. It was never really a question. We decided it was time to start a family and got pregnant with Boden. While both Alli's pregnancy and Boden's birth were definitely an amazing experience for both of us, it was with many significant difficulties both during pregnancy as well as post-partum. Over the last year, we have had many heart-felt discussions about adding another child to our family. We both knew that we really wanted Boden to have the opportunity to grow up with a little brother or sister and we really wanted nothing more than to raise a second child. Pursuing adoption really was a mutual decision. Even after our first discussion it became clear that it was a perfect path for both us and Boden. Boden is over-the-moon excited to have a little baby brother or sister, and we have received overwhelming support from our families and friends. It really is the perfect path for us and we cannot wait to welcome a new member to our family.
Since childhood we have both been waterskiers. We both grew up in waterskiing families where we each learned at a very young age how to love the water! Summer weekends were always spent on the water with each of our families learning, laughing and making memories. Eventually we both started skiing, along with our families, for competitive show waterski teams on opposite ends of the state. Fast forward to 7 years ago - Alli didn't get to ski much while she was in veterinary school. When her first veterinary job out of school meant a move to an unfamiliar city where she didn't know anyone, she decided to join the local waterski team to meet new people and have some waterski fun. Alli first met Brian's brother and cousin (both skiers themselves) who very shortly after that point started scheming to set us up. After an introduction and a state waterski show tournament together, we haven't been apart since! Turns out they were right and that was just the beginning of our happily ever after!
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