Monday, May 21, 2007

Newest addition!!!

This is the brand new addition to the quickly growing family! The fourth grandchild (third within a year), meet Kayla Jane.

She was born this morning at 9:32 weighing in at 6 lbs 12 oz and 18 inches long.

She's TINY!!!

Mom and baby are both in great shape and are recovering well.

Congrat, you guys!

Aunt Stacey
Super proud daddy, Chris.

Yay! Another baby!

(I know you can't really see Kayla. I'll get some better pictures soon.)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Pictures in the park

My sister, brother, dad, neice, Josh, Isaiah and I met last week at Frank Lisk Park to take pictures of us kids for mom. It was a gorgeous afternoon there and I had forgotten how scenic that park is!

We took over 250 pictures of all of us and here are a few of my favorites (we are not professionals, mind you).

How it all started...

Me and my sister Doria trying to look sassy

Doria and her daughter Trinity (who's every bit as sassy as she is!)

Trinity with her prize for taking lots of pictures with us. She's wearing the flower necklace uncle Josh made for her on her head.

Family Pic....much harder than it looks.
(not pictured: Darren's fiancee Brittany who had to work)

Just the 3 of us....Me, Darren and Doria. Darren had to leave early so I don't have many pics of him.

Trying to get a kiss

Hanging out with Daddy in the tree tops.

Josh and Isaiah got pooed on! Poor boys....taking one for the team.

Not too happy.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

My first Mother's Day

What a day!!! We were so busy going to visit both of our mom's (and the rest of our extended families) so it was pretty late when we got home. We had a great day, and loved being able to take the opportunity to tell our moms once again how much we love them and treasure them in our lives. I'm very close to my mom so the day has always had a special place in my heart, but this year it reached a whole new level. I didn't know it would affect me so deeply. I love being a mommy to Isaiah!

I know there will be plenty of trying seasons ahead learning to parent and struggling with discipline issues and sin...but for right now, I have to say, there are few moments in the day that I don't just totally enjoy him and bask in his flirty little smiles and giggles. I have really enjoyed this season with him and will cherish these memories.

So here's what happened: We got home around 8:30pm and put Isaiah down. Then I had to stay in our bedroom while Josh "set up" the rest of the house. He had kept the door to the office locked (I know, he doesn't trust me not to peek) for the past several days working on his little mother's day project for me.

He has come up with some very creative gifts for me in the past, but this was one of my all time favorites. He planned a scavenger hunt for me using a powerpoint presentation on my handheld device to give me clues to different prizes hiding around the house. All the clues had something to do with being a mom to Isaiah and if I guessed the right answer I went to that location and found a prize like a starbucks card, mother's day cards, chocolate and flowers (I was very clear about wanting flowers)! It's hard to explain technologically how it all worked together (that's why I call him techno-geek) but it made me laugh, cry and love him even more. My favorite part was probably the super humbling and encouraging words he wrote in his cards to me. I'm truly undeserving!

Here are a couple of the slides:

***the prize was under the little camera over his crib that we use to see him on our video monitor.

*** The last slide. Reads: "I couldn't ask for a better wife or mother than you. You put up with so much from both of us boys, and I want you to feel extra special today. You're incredible and beautiful and I love you."

***The message I got if I chose the wrong answer....cute, honey.

***my big bouquet of gorgeous flowers. You should see the lilies in person!

Thank you, baby, for making my first Mother's Day one that I will remember and cherish the rest of my life. I feel so loved by you.

First Mandibular Central Incisor!

I know you can't see it, but when I got Isaiah up from his nap Tuesday this little guy was poking through!

I had been on the brink of worrying because he's 9 1/2 mos, but my mom said that's exactly how old I was when I got my first tooth.

Truth be told, that's just fine with me!
(he's not on formula)

Catch up

Sorry for those of you that have been bored with my blog the last week or so. I have so much to post on that I get overwhelmed and just don't do anything (unfortunately, this carries over into other parts of life as well).

At some point in the near future I hope to post on my very first Mother's Day (!), Isaiah's very first tooth (!), post some great family pictures that were taken in the park as a gift to my mom and respond to a tag I received to post 8 things about me you may not know (may be a challenge).

So here's to no more procrastination (baby steps).

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

9 months, 2 days

I don't know why this feels really sad to me, but today Isaiah has officially been out in the world as long as he was in my tummy, all safe and protected. Tomorrow his life in the world will have been longer. I think I'm sad because in some way I feel like my connection with him is being rivaled with all the things there are to experience "outside." And he is very busy trying to experience as much as he can in a 24 hour period. I'm a lot more tired at the end of the day than I was just a couple of months ago.

To be honest, I'm a little worried about me. I mean, this is not that big of a deal....there are so many more milestones to come, but I'm sitting here in tears just thinking about this one. I feel like I'm mourning all the ones to come as my little boy keeps growing up. It's just coming a lot faster than I ever imagined.

It makes me think of the children's book that leaves me in a puddle of tears.

"I'll love you forever,
I'll like you for always.
As long as I'm living,
My baby you'll be."

I love you, little boy.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Church picnic

A beautiful day for a picnic!

u-g-l-y, you ain't got no alibi!
I'm 9 months old today!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Tips for dining with the Queen

Since the Queen's recent trip here I have been very curious about how one would act if ever the opportunity arises to meet Her Majesty. So, as a service to you, my friends, I have provided the latest protocol that it to be followed in case she decides to pop in for tea one day. Here is what is considered proper in Her Majesty's presence:


  • When the Queen enters a room, everyone stands (with the exception of her late mother when she was alive).
  • When first meeting the Queen, she should be addressed as "Your Majesty" and then "Ma'am" (rhymes with jam) thereafter. When departing, address her as "Your Majesty" again.
  • By rank, the Duke of Edinburgh is lower than the Queen; thus he is addressed as "Your Royal Highness" (NOT Your Majesty, aka King). After first introductions, he should be addressed as "Sir" and when departing addressed as "Your Royal Highness" again.
  • Whoever hosts the Queen is expected to walk beside the Royals and make introductions as required.
  • At least in Britain, when the Queen stops eating, you stop as well.
  • In general, there are no obligatory codes of behavior, especially in the U.S. -- as we do not recognize the Queen as our Head of Nation, etc.
  • Bowing is not required of U.S. citizens; shaking hands is acceptable. In Great Britain and the Commonwealth states, men bow and women curtsy. Men bow their head only, dropping it from the neck. Women perform a small curtsy, placing the right foot behind the left heel and then slightly bending the knees. Handshakes also work in the Commonwealth.


Members of The Royal Family do not wish anyone to be put to unnecessary expense by buying special clothes, hats or gloves. The following points may, however, be of use in answering queries:

  • There is no requirement for hats to be worn, though it is entirely acceptable to do so. Hats are not normally worn at functions after 6:30 p.m.
  • There is no requirement for gloves to be worn. However, if a woman wishes to wear gloves, they need not be white but should not be taken off before the wearer is presented.
  • Where black tie and long evening dress are called for, cocktail dress, national dress and dark lounge suit are also acceptable.

Here is what the White House did to prepare for her arrival.

Long live the Queen. Amen and Amen

Thursday, May 03, 2007

They're doin' it like bunnies

Sorry...I couldn't resist. The other night our neighbor Jake came up to me holding something cupped in his hands saying, "Look at this!" Of course I didn't want to (thinking it would be gross) but when he opened up his hands there was a teeny, tiny little baby bunny about a day old....still with it's eyes closed. It was one of the cutest things I've ever seen and, it turns out, there's a nest at the edge of his yard with several more.

Josh just went to look at it and said the mommy was sitting on top of the nest watching him head toward her just until he was inches away. What a brave, protective momma! I feel sure she was hiding in tall grass nearby watching us.

It's so sweet how God put so many of the same desires and instincts in all of us mommies...big and small.

The nest was a little hole dug in the ground with this laying on top. A layer of grass and weeds and then a thick layer of fur to keep all the babies warm. So smart!

You really have to double click and enlarge these pictures to see how adorable they are. All snuggled up together in their cozy home their momma made for them.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Sounds good to me!

You may have seen the commercials and billboards by now. I was curious so I checked out the website for the five day weekend. Pretty interesting. Now I don't know the logistics but working a 2 day week sounds interesting (despite the fact that all the kids in America would consequently be a lot dumber). You know, for those people that do go to work.

See for yourself and, fyi, apparently those responsible for this movement will be uptown today 11-1:30 to rally for their cause.

So what do you do on those five days? Here are suggestions from the website (ready for some llama fun?). Hmmm.....

Big boy bath (now working, hopefully)