Friday, December 26, 2008

Merry Chirstmas

Visiting Nana. Oh how we love her!
Happy girl.
Happy Boy
Really really happy girl
Really really happy boy

Overall it was an AWESOME Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Birthday

I am just going to post pictures here. It will explain how much fun Luke had on his first birthday!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Family Photo Shoot with Nancy

So now its our turn to post the photos we had done with my dear friend Nancy! She is amazing. She seemed to capture the essence that is our family. Addy was being a HUGE PILL that day (no nap!). So we were so lucky that we had so many with her turn out. Luke on the other hand was in a great mood. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

First Breath

Tonight I had a rare moment with Luke. He fell asleep on my chest in the silence of my childhood room. Our breath was in unison. I just listened to his heartbeat and remembered back one year ago today when we first breathed together. When I first studied his little features... his hands, his face, the shock of his red hair (another one!). It was all so fast and all so new and all such a miracle. This past year has been a blur. We have had a lot of changes, a lot of sickness and a lot of love. Luke has been an addition to my heart that has made it expand to a size that I never thought possible. He has proven to me that my capacity to love is larger then I had ever imagined.

His smile makes my heart burst with delight. 

His spirit gives me breath to live

His love for me makes me know I can fly

Happy 1st Birthday my little Luke

*** Photo c/o my AWESOME bff Amazing Photographer Nancy Ricks

Monday, December 08, 2008

Conversations with Addy

Last night at 12:54am I heard a knock coming from somewhere in the house. It was Addy's room. I went to open the door...
Addy: " I have to go potty mommy."
Me: "OK lets go."
We scurry to the bathroom in the dark.
Addy gets undressed with help from mom. 
Addy: "I did it mom!" "Now I get a lollipop!"
Me: "No Addy its still night night time."
Addy: "Mom (looking at me so sweetly) your georgous! Can I sleep in our bed...just for a little while."
How could I resist. Here was my sick baby who just called me georgous while going potty. 
Addy: "Sure Addy sure you can"
And so it went. James was kicked out for the rest of the night... sorry honey (we only have a queen sized bed and it really is not the best thing if Addy sleeps in bed with both of us. She is a kicker. So James took her bed and Addy slept next to me for the rest of the night. 

Yes my hear did melt at her comment. She is so tender and intuitive, even at 1am. 

** Update for kids...Addy was up pretty much all night on Saturday night/Sunday morning. We had two throw up sessions each of which resulted in full wordrobe changes including a bath/shower for both her and me. We watched lots of movies on Sunday, took lots of medicine and slept. Both kids fell asleep for the night last night at 5:45pm. While I was putting poor sick cranky Luke to bed Addy fell asleep in my bed. There is nothing like a sleeping child. So sweet so angelic so peaceful.
Luke is finally sitting in a front facing car seat. I know I am a week early but at nearly 26lbs I figured it was less safe to have him in his infant seat. He LOVES his new view and Addy and he crack each other upon our drives around town.

Addy is always trying to make Luke laugh. It doesn't take much. Usually she just has to laugh herself and he is off on a laughing spree. Its pretty cute!

Luke looking out the window at the snow outside. Yes we are having on and off snow showers today. I decided to take the kids for a little drive to look at the snow before it got too bad. 

Saturday, December 06, 2008


Poor LUKE is sick yet again. This time diagnosis... Croup and of course another ear infection. That makes 9 ear infections in 12 months of life. So crazy! The hardest part about this illness is the fact that is little voice is so horse he just makes these high pitched squeaking noises when he needs something. It is so cute and so pathetic at the same time. I took him to the Dr. today because he has had some labored breathing this afternoon which concerned me a little. I am glad I took him in because I really need the kids to be well before we leave for our vacation soon. I am just praying that Addy doesn't get it also. She has been fighting her own cold/cough thing for a few days. Arggg... I wish we could just get through one month without anyone getting sick. Anyway, to those of you waiting on photography orders I am so sorry it has taken me longer then expected. I promise they are coming and will be in our position by next week. :)

I just pray that Luke will be better by next week when he turns ONE years old... Fun "Ode to my little guy" post coming soon.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Oh man!

Luke is such a trooper. He slept through the night...YEA! and has been favoring his left hand all day long. We had his hand wrapped for most of the day but he decided that he didn't like it anymore and pulled it off. I am just glad that ginormous blister on his palm has not popped. I am praying it doesn't because there is a greater risk of infection that way. He is as happy as ever today and its almost like nothing happened. Kids are amazingly resilient. Wow!
I am so glad Luke is so happy. I just love this kid!
On a lighter note I took advantage of some AWESOME black friday deals and braved the crowds at for some 5am shopping. I know I am crazy but I wanted to go before the kids woke up. It was an experience to say the least. I bought some things I have wanted to get that were sweet deals and I also bought some things that I really didn't that movie (or two).

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Burn baby

Luke is the most pleasant happy child. I love him with all of my heart. He is happy 99% of the time and is now sleeping through the night. What more could a mother ask for. When I started letting him cry it out to sleep it only took two days and he was going to sleep on his own without a peep out of him. Amazing! That is why what happened tonight made it all the more heart wrenching. So today is Thanksgiving. One of my favorite holidays. We had a great day of cooking fun, family and friends. While we were visiting with some friends tonight for a yummy dinner Luke crawled over to their gas fireplace and pushed his little palm against the glass casing. Of course I saw it all happen in slow motion. It was so sad. He just gave me this look like "what did I just do" and then let out the most blood curdling scream. How do you console an inconsolable child who is thrashing around in your arms because the pain is just too intense to bare? Every painful cry he let out I was crying just as hard inside. The blisters started to grow soon after the incident and now is poor hand is covered with big and little blisters. James thinks that they are second degree burns. He is now finally asleep. The poor little guy. I am sure he will be fine. Just keep him in your prayers. There is something particularly sad and painful when I hear Luke cry. I just hope it doesn't last long. 

Friday, November 21, 2008

Dr. Addy makes a house call

While James was sick Addy decided to check him out with her new doctor kit. It was so cute I had to document it. She walked around the house all day with her dr. kit trying to check everyone in the houses temperature. Maybe there is a future medical dr. in the family.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It passed!!!

Oh finally! The stone passed and James does not have to have surgery now. What a relief! Thank you for all of your prayers. Cute pictures to come of Addy playing doctor to our sick patient. Very cute!

James update

Well tomorrow we are scheduled for surgery. Poor James has developed an infection due to the stone and will now have to undergo the knife to get it out. Yikes! I just want to see him finally out of pain. Please keep the prayers coming. I know they are felt by him and the rest of our family. Hopefully he will pass the stone tonight and we will have to avoid any hospital experience. One time in one week is enough for him!
My mom came into town to help out with the kids while James has been sick. What a blessing mom's are. I am forever grateful that she has been here with us.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Still waiting...

No birth yet...of the stone that is. We are crossing our fingers for this week sometime. I just hate seeing poor James in so much pain. 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Underwear head?

While I was putting Luke to sleep a few days ago I came into Addy's room to retrieve her and this is what I found...underwear head. Thats my girl!

Friday, November 14, 2008

"i'm grateful for...kidney stone attacks"

its been nearly 24 hours now since i last slept. well i take that back. i guess i did get a hour at about 3:30am yesterday but do we really count an hour as real sleep. my poor husband woke up last night with wretched pain and thus began my marathon day. after a trip to the er we were told kidney stone attack was the diagnosis. still not passed. still in pain. still nausea's, still as cute as ever. my poor James

in order to document this day properly i want to do it in the form of..."I'm grateful for's"

I'm grateful for...

1. the fact that it was him and not me. childbirth was enough for me i don't want to experience a kidney stone...EVER!

2. i am grateful for friend # 1 who ran to our rescue at 12:45am to stay home with our kids while we rushed off to the er

3. i am grateful that Luke woke up last night (yes you heard me right!). if he hadn't woken up i would have never known James was doubled over in pain in our basement guest room...where he went because he didn't want to wake me.

4. i am grateful that the er visit wasn't too long. we were in by 12:50am and home by 3am. not bad for an er visit.

5. i am grateful for friend #2 who took Addy for a play date this morning so i could tend to the sick and afflicted.

6. i am grateful the Lord answers my prayers, because i know i have said my fair share the past 24 hours. 

7. i am grateful for family. oh how i miss them when crisis comes into our lives. 

8. i am grateful for our expert in all that relates to kidney stones and such, friend #3 and #4 for that matter, they have been our home base for advice and a wealth of knowledge on the subject of pain management, side effects, and what to look for all day! oh how we are indebted to you for all of your time you gave to us today. yes that's you Adrienne.

9. i am grateful for friend # 5 who came right over when i called, to feed my daily addiction           ( 32 oz'er ok for real today was a 40 something oz'er). i know i am so bad!

10. i am so grateful for the love and concern people have expressed. WOW.

11. i am so grateful that the lord has given me the strength and stamina today to play several different roles, and wear several different hats...nurse, wife, mother, teacher, housekeeper, cook, dishwasher, toilet bowl scrubber, chauffeur, errand runner, etc. 

12. i am grateful for Dr. friend #6, you know who you are. thank you for everything!

so those are all of my "i'm grateful for's" so far. sorry if i missed any. i will be more coherent after i get some sleep i think. I'm crossing my fingers for a good night's rest, but something tells me its going to be anther long one. I'm still hoping though.

ps: Addy broke my shift key and i was to lazy to use my left hand to shift all my caps. hopefully it will get fixed soon.