Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Finally Feeling Better

Emma has been sick with pneumonia for a week now! Four trips to the Dr., Four Shots, two antibiotics and countless breathing treatments ... I have declared today that if she felt ANY better I would run away!! (just kidding)

I am so glad to see the 'sparkle' back in her eyes!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Dog Ate My Homework!?

(This Dog is ALWAYS on the move ... making it impossible to get a good shot of her... and I thought the kids were hard) ;0)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Emma's New Decorations for Her Room!

DeDe and Poppy just returned from a trip and they brought back Emma a Wal-Mart bag FULL of these Mardi Gras beads!

We thought it would be a good idea to take them to school and share them with her class, but Emma had other ideas (Imagine that!)

While I was cooking supper I knew she was busy doing something and this is what I discovered:

Oh Yeah .. You should see her bathroom too..... ;0)

My Girls....

Miley hunted Emma down the other night when she was taking a bath!
I have been so surprised how well and how much Emma has taken up with Miley!

When I was downloading my pictures tonight, it struck me that I had seen this picture somewhere before .......check this out:
My Sister Shannon's Family Blog!

little dog ....BIG TEETH

(Sorry for the 'fuzzy' picture! It did not turn out exactly like I wanted .... but it was too funny not to share with you!)

Monday, January 21, 2008

A 'Red Ryder' Birthday

Isn't this what we all think of first?!!

I loved the 'look' of concentration on Emma's face!

Cold Day Out!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Caroline Rose

My Niece, Caroline, is my favorite model in the whole wide world! ;0)
She will sit patiently and tolerate me taking a million pictures of her!
She doesn't sigh ... she doesn't roll her eyes ... she doesn't say 'LAST ONE MOM!'
Taking pictures of her is so much fun!
I Loooooooove Her!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Happy 9th Birthday Dalton

9 Years Old

Mommy, Dalton and Daddy (and miley too)

Measuring up to Mom and Dad

Look out mom!

Our family 9 years later……

Party at pizza hut with my friends

Mom counted 15 friends that came!

Monday, January 14, 2008

To Dalton:

January 14, 2008


I just wanted to write down how I was feeling today, the day before your 9th Birthday, to tell you how proud I am of you and how much I love you!

Today was the day you were originally expected to come, but you had other ideas! ;0) The Dr. felt like you were ready to make your appearance so we made plans to check into the hospital later that evening. We went to eat dinner and walked what seemed like a million times around the mall! When we got tired we decided to go to Joseph Beth Book store and browse until we were ready to check in the hospital. I sat for a long time in the new Mommy section reading books about the new baby I was getting ready to have. When we finally decided to leave for the hospital we came outside to discover SNOW! Our Explorer was completely covered!

When we arrived at the hospital we were so excited because we knew we would meet you for the first time very soon... little did I know then that it would be 12 hours later!! It wasn’t long before the rest of the family arrived! Nana, P-Pa, Ninny, R.G. and Dede and Poppy! They spent the very long night in the waiting room taking turns checking on Mommy.

Sometime during the night we discovered that our brand new video camera did not work! I was so upset! So when morning came and you STILL were not ready to be born… DeDe and Poppy went to Best Buy and waited for them to open! We didn’t have our receipt with us, but DeDe did not have any trouble ‘convincing ‘ the store that we had to exchange and exchange it quickly. They didn’t have the exact model so they replaced it with $100 more expensive model … FREE!

Wouldn’t you know it, but the nurse told us you were ready to be born before they got back!! Nana was the only one with me at the time and we started calling for Daddy. He was in the elevator and arrived only a few minutes later. He then called DeDe and Poppy and they were in the parking garage with our new camera! Even though they still had time they came running in! Finally we were all set!!

Ninny stayed in the room with us when you were born! She and Daddy were there to see you first!

At 12:18 pm, I saw you for the first time! Daddy and I cried we were so excited! It was definitely a moment in my life when my breath was taken away. 10 Fingers/10Toes… you were ours…. You were perfect! Our lives changed that day in more ways than one! The Dr. said you were bigger than she thought you were going to be and you had RED HAIR!

Daddy got to hold you first! It was so sweet to see your Daddy hold you! He was so scared of how little you were, but I will never forget seeing him cradle you in his arms and talking to you. You recognized his voice! Finally it was time for me to hold you and that feeling was the best thing ever. You were just perfect and I could not believe you were really mine!

We kept your name a secret from everyone until the day you were born! So everyone was so anxious about that! Daddy got to carry you to the nursery and the waiting room crew met him in the hallway. I didn’t get to be there when he told them your name, but I later got to watch it on video. Nana was so touched that you had her namesake and Poppy loved that you shared a middle name with him and your Daddy!

After 4 hours in the nursery, you were finally mine to hold and take care of. I can still remember what you smelled like and being scared, but already loving you more than anything!

I could write down every detail of the days after you were born because I remember them like they were yesterday!

It is so hard to believe that 9 years have passed already! They have been so fast and it seems like only a few days ago! So many things have changed in our life… we have had so many blessings! I am so proud of you! You have ‘grown up ‘ with Mommy and Daddy and we have had so much joy watching you grow .. and this time next year I am sure you will be taller than me!

We look forward to celebrating many more Birthdays together … but couldn’t they come just a little bit slower!?

I love you to the moon .. and back again … and again … and again ……


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Puppy <3

How do you like my new Sweater?

Sunday, January 06, 2008

One Happy Boy!

Need I say More?!!!

Wet Dog!

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Interruption of Regular Picture Posting............. share with you a story about Emma!!

Emma was watching something on TV the other night and some said, "Holy Cow!"
It took her about 5 minutes to repeat it!!
I told her that I really did not want her to say that .........she shrugged and was on her way!

Today, she came to me and said, "Mom..... is it 'okay' to say HOLY CHICKENS?

Friday, January 04, 2008

a day in the life of .... aka .... 'big' dog

First ... the crazy lady with the camera got me all dressed up ... sigh

Shew ... that wore me out!

Being bashful for the camera!

Snack Time!

Dalton sure does love me!

Playing with the Guys!!

Sigh .... Nap time ...again!
Gotta rest up so I will be bright eyed for that big guy at 2 and 4 in the morning! :P

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Miley's First Photo Session!

The Day to Get Miley ..... Finally Arrives!

'Patiently' waiting at the Vet's office to meet Miley for the 1st time!!

The Perfect Puppy!

One More Dose of Medicine before she can go home!

How Tiny she really is!!!

I got a hold of her this morning! ;0)