It all started with the boys wanting to see the inside of a courtroom. We were hesitant at first because it took me 20 something years before I ever stepped in a courtroom. And no, I didn't step into a courtroom because I was in trouble with the law. I took a law class at BYU and one of the requirements was to visit the court office. The boys didn't think they should wait the 20 years it took me so Cami and I happily relinquished.
June 18, 2012 at 11:15 am was the date and time that the court set for us to meet the judge. Crew asked that we dress him in flashy clothes since he couldn't do his hair like Ben. We invited a small group to join us at the courthouse. Our real big day was the Saturday following their court appearance where we would go to the temple and be sealed as a family for time and all eternity. The boys were nervous but we calmed them down. We let them scream out or make any noise they wanted while in Judge McVey's courtroom. Crew sat on my lap and bounced up and down like he always does and made funny baby noises while our attorney, Paul MacArthur asked Cami, myself, and our caseworker Adrienne the standard questions to testify under oath. We had to testify that we felt we were fit to adopt and legally become the parents of these two awesome and good-looking boys.
The only question that Judge McVey asked was if they were twins because he noticed Crew didn't have as much hair as Ben. Our attorney prepared us well and we passed the test because now Ben and Crew are legally our boys!
Now our boys know what the inside of a courtroom looks like and we have the pictures to prove it.
We didn't even have to ask the boys to smile. They were happy all on their own because they knew what was going on.
It was great to have a few family members there sharing this experience with us.