Sunday, December 30, 2007

a few christmas pics

We didn't do a great job of taking lots of pictures, but here are some of our celebration with G's family.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

I couldn't decide which one I liked i 'm posting them both :)
Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007


It seems like we've been celebrating birthday the whole month.
Today we played at Monkey Joe's (which is an indoor playground) to celebrate!
AnnieBoo also got her new kitchen. Both were a huge success!
Happy 2nd Birthday AnnieBoo!

We also are celebrating our 4th anniversary! I can't do any sweet notes now like most of my friends do on their blogs... We still celebrate, but hope to do something super fun when we celebrate in the summer. Its odd to have your child and have an anniversary on the same day! Not recommended if you can help it :) But I'm so thankful for both!!

Callaway and Holiday Baking!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

YEAH! No Biting!

YEAH, picked little one up...No vampire tendencies today! We were really nervous and were SO hoping we didn't have to deal with that again. Now, if we can just make it through the "happy birthday Jesus party" without any tears...
I'm sure this wont be my last post on this issue, but maybe no more until at least the new year!

I've gotten some great advice and funny stories through email...thanks guys!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I love this painting....I've wanted one of Gina Hurry's angels for a long time. We had some extra cash so we decided to buy this angel to remind us of our little one we lost recently. (its not this exact painting..but its similar) The baby made an imprint on our lives even though we never got to hold or meet the little one. It's amazing how God has used that experience in our lives and in the lives of others. There are several friends that were going through exactly what I was going through. Its strengthened a bond with many.

Our family went through alot last month. My brother, Oliver and sister-in-law lost their little baby just about 4 days after we found out about our loss. They are telling everyone now, so I guess I can share...she was about 6 weeks pregnant. We've all gotten a lot closer through this time! Our little angels are playing together in cool is that!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bite #2

Okay, parental crisis mode! Obviously, AH's school has made a mistake AGAIN...I'm sure they just didn't like the Christmas gift we gave them, or were having a bad day...

Just Kidding, I promise...

BUT, the teacher did meet me outside when i arrived...SHE BIT AGAIN! What the heck, I go from an easy going, sleeping great, eating great, yes mam', excuse me child, to a BITER! Thank goodness it wasn't the same little boy (he was absent...eek)
Seriously, we have an occasional problem, but nothing major...but to me, this could be a problem.
She was warned and knew the consequences...we had a little meeting with Spankin Spoon. :)
We're not freaking out yet,(i'm laughing a little as i write this) but its such odd behavior at this point...doesn't match any type of behavior her teachers or us have seen before.

Poor little thing...little does she know her mommy was/is one of the most strong-willed people she knows. That means she can't get away with biting...
Well, thats the latest thing...i'll keep you posted!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Time Out!!

When I picked little one up from school, I heard some bad news! AH bit a little boy today....yikes!
The teacher said, he kept trying to hug her and play with her, so she just bit him. They had a long talk and she seemed to understand and she had to serve her first time in the "time out chair". I felt sooo bad for the other little kid, but they say you can't even tell she did it. AND, I can't believe I have THAT kid who bites other kids! I asked her about it on the way home and she said..."I bit finger hurt....he sad and cry.....No biting" This is the first "trouble" we've had and I soo hope it doesn't happen again :)

Birthday Bash

AnnieBoo had her 2 year old Birthday Party this past weekend. We headed to a Mexican Restaurant and had a Dora party! It was a rockin' party and these pictures do NOT do it justice!

(above-some of her friends)
(below- Dora cake, my mom made)

Happy Birthday!!!
Favors were cute backpacks with fun goodies in them :) AH keeps wearing hers around.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Finding the PERFECT Tree

We did the whole tree farm, cut your own down, hot chocolate experience. Our cousins told us about this awesome place and were sweet to let us go with them! Here's AnnieBoo next to their HUGE tree.

Alice, Sissy and Will
Here is our tree decorated. G and I think its our favorite one yet. I think its a South Carolina Sapphire. It's super full and smells terrific. AH loves the lights. Her favorite ornament is the rocking horse.

AH has been SO fun to watch experience the Christmas season. She screams with excitement every time she sees Santa, snowmen and wreaths. She makes up songs about baby Jesus all the time. Dora visits with baby Jesus too! He even got to ride in Dora's van today! She finally got it straight that baby Jesus was a boy...not a girl. (She's been calling him a girl) Hopefully I can catch her singing jingle bells for ya'll soon :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Family Traditions

G's family has a different Thanksgiving tradition. They don't eat turkey for their Thanksgiving meal...they all get together and make pastry meat pies. They contain potatoe, onion, ground beef and pork. I don't know how to spell it, so I'll use phonics. It's called "Past tee"
AH loved it, but she kept telling everyone she was making pizza :)

Here is what "past-tee" looks like...I'm trying to embrace this tradition :)

the men hanging out

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dealing with loss

Our lives are usually pretty wild and fun these days, but last week we took a big turn. I want the blogosphere to know our real lives so I'll share. I wish my words were eloquent, but if you know can probably follow my thought process and know what I'm trying to say :)

We found awhile ago that we were expecting a baby. I don't really like to tell early, but I'm so sick...there are really NO secrets when you get sick at 6 weeks pregnant.
I went in for my 10 week appointment and the Doctor found NO HEARTBEAT. Okay, I got it, having this baby full term was not part of God's plan for us. I was fine with that...I trust God fully with every single thing that happens in our lives. AND I can even think of millions of reasons why it wasn't best to happen. My head can wrap around that, I was okay.

I was far enough along I had to have a D and C. WOW, I haven't even had surgery..ever! We learned alot though this...none of my friends have lost a little one that far along, so this was a VERY new experience. My sweet doctor was incredible. "This wasn't caused by anything you did or anything you didn't do". He was great about helping me deal with everything correctly.

We scheduled my surgery ASAP, G got off I wanted to start dealing with the emotional side of dealing with the loss of my baby.

"Empty Arms", that was the name of the book someone gave me. OUCH, my heart really hurt. I hadn't thought about that yet...I would never get to meet or hold my little one. The book was great helping me sort through and deal with everything. G and I were able to get away the night before surgery. We read the book, talked, cried, ate a good dinner and tried to get a good nights sleep. This was my most favorite verse. Psalm 22 9,10 and Psalm 139:1-18 My God is also my baby's God. My baby just had the privilege of seeing Him first. I will see my little one again!
I highly recommend Empty Arms by Pam Vredevelt! The book is written by a lady who had 2 tragedies (1 late, 1 early) and is currently a counselor and a believer.

So, its been a week...I'm doing well, my family and friends have been so supportive and sweet.
I know I lost my baby, but I am very at peace and not sad or weepy anymore. (OR SICK)
We are so excited about all the fun plans we have for this Christmas Season!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Green is SO IN!

Here's Alice ready to go to the Squires Dance. Green must be the cool color to wear now!
I know Whittington wants more pictures but this is all i have right now :)

Banana Pudding

Here's AnnieBoo making Banana pudding with Say Say. She loves to help cook :)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween

This is little one in her "Rina" costume...Happy Halloween!

Punkin Carving

Monday, October 29, 2007

Princess Breakfast

AH had so much fun at the breakfast, even if she wouldn't smile for the pics. They had many characters, but here are some of our favorites!
(Snow White, but AH calls her Snow Man)(Mary Poppins, above)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Lovin' the Leaves