"We love Him because He first loved us."

1 John 4:19

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Yes, I am a terrible blogger! I have taken a little hiatus from spending time on my computer. Seems silly, I know. For years I have spent hours a day on it, and that just got old. To make a long story short, I now miss it. My New Year's resolution is to be more loyal to my blog. I have a bunch of holiday pics to update with, but that will be my next post. This short post was just to let you know that I am back! To make up for my absence, I will leave you with a video of my super cute baby girl! She is singing a snip of her favorite song:

'Big Girls Don't Cry'--by Fergie!!

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I hope that makes up for it! It sure did make me smile! LOL!


Be back soon....

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Monkey time!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Yep, I am raising a monkey. She loves to spend all day up in the tree. She even reads books up there. It's very cute. I never really was a tree-climber. She seems so at peace while at the top. It's like the world stands still for her. I could watch her for hours. She is everything I always wanted to be. I think I prayed her into existence. It's like God took my exact wish list & whipped her up! Oh, guess what! I had a meeting today with her teacher. They want to bump her up to the next grade for math. She already goes for reading, and now they want to add math. They had to get my permission to move her, it's not the standard procedure. I am so proud. Both of my children are at the top of their classes, and that just makes my heart swell. I never wanted them to struggle. My little brainiacs!! I love it!! :D


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Friday's Foto Finish Fiesta!

Friday, October 3, 2008

'Can you feel the love?'
Dylan doesn't...LOL!



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Sighhhh....

Monday, September 29, 2008

So...it's almost my birthday. I don't know why I let this bug me, but I do. Last year I turned 30...it was hard. 31 is going to be harder. I don't feel 31! I remember when my mom was my age...she seemed so much older. I remember knowing women who had a hard time with their ages, I used to think it was silly. 'How absurd to be sad about a number!' Nope, not so darn silly now! I don't think I would mind 31 if I didn't feel so fat & frumpy. If I felt fabulous, then I would make my age fabulous! I guess I have just been in a funk lately. I don't want my birthday! LOL! There isn't even any presents I would want! Now that is sad! I wouldn't mind getting away with Ted for a weekend. That would be a good gift. I miss him. I do see him everyday, but its just normal routine. I miss getting to sit down and have a meaningful conversation. Ah well, such is life. We will get to soon enough! :)


If you really must buy me a present...if you really can't say no...then I have an idea! You really wouldn't even need to wrap it! It's just a little beauty I have been eyeballing for about a year. Her name is Trixie, and she means business. She is my dream....and I want her! LOL!!

Meet Trixie:


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Friday's Foto Finish Fiesta!

Friday, September 26, 2008

'Like Father, Like Daughter'




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Go Ducks!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I have been a HUGE Duck football fan for as long as I can remember. The Ducks are from the University of Oregon. We have been lucky enough to catch a few home games the last few seasons. It is such a great family-fun day. I love when we get to do things like that together. It's one of the things you know that your kids will remember forever. We have only been to one, so far, this season. I hope we get to at least one more. I could never get tired of it! I need my own season tickets, darn it! LOL!

As always, I got some pics! LOL! Don't mind my hair...what is up with that?? :P Stop! I was sick that day! LOL!!

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Happy Birthday Caryssa!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Today is my niece Caryssa's 14th birthday! She is the younger sister of my niece in the post below. :D We had a little party for her yesterday at a pizza place. I think she had a good time. She seemed happy. I can't believe those girls are so old. It seems like just yesterday that they were toddlers. It scares me that mine will be teens soon! Ahhh!! LOL!

Happy Birthday Crys!! I love you!!

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Catch Up Day 4!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

For those who don't know me, I like to pretend I am a Jr. Photographer. I love taking pictures, but have no training. Editing those pictures is my favorite pastime. Someday I hope to take a photography class. I know I would love it! My pictures aren't too bad, and I take a million. On Dylan's birthday, I took some pics of my neice Aylssa in the yard. I played around & edited them of course! They really look amazing! She is such a pretty girl! I hope she doesn't care, but I am going to post them. :)

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Catch Up Day 3!

Now that Fall is here, I am missing some things about Summer. Fall is definitely my favorite season, I just miss little things. For one, swimming! Well, watching my kids swim! :D We went to the river a couple of times this year. The kids used the pool more than anything. The river is nice, because then I get to take pictures. That's my fun time! :D I happened to get a really fabulous pic of Ted on one of our trips. Man oh man, is he ever handsome!! I am such a lucky girl! It's nice when you feel like you are married to the handsomest man on the planet. No complaints! ;)

I am throwing in some of the kiddos too...just for Nana! ;)

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Catch Up Day 2!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

~OUR DAY AT THE BEACH~


The kids and I went over to Bandon with Addie & Gabe the day after Dylan's birthday. Once again, I didn't get around to posting pics! LOL!! It was such a fun day. The sky was clear, the sun was out, & it was fairly warm! I don't think I have ever been on the Oregon Coast on a prettier day...and that's saying a lot! The kids just played hard, and us ladies just gabbed. :) My babies went in water so deep! It scared the bejeebers out of me! Not Ash so much, but Dylan for sure! Little pooper! Anyway, not much else to say about it. We all had a blast! Now, on to the pics!! :P



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Catch Up Day 1!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I know...I'm the 'World's Crappiest Blogger'. I think I need an award. LOL!! We have just been trying to fall back into the routine of school. Everything is going great. We had Open House last night, and my kids are doing awesome. I love having smart babies! :) A lot of fun little days have passed over the last 6 weeks that I haven't got around to blogging. I still want to put them up! :P So, I am going to have a couple of days of catch up this week. Pictures, pictures, and more pictures! :P It will be nice to show those off!

Let's start with Grandma GG's birthday! We celebrated Gram's birthday down at their house. Her three girl's and their kids...with their kids were there! LOL!! I love when we all get together. My cousin Angie and I are very close. I am an only child, and I have adopted her as my sister! :P It's always been that way. We are 5 years apart, and have been close since the day I was born. It's kinda neat, because her youngest & my youngest are 5 years apart too. They look like little Mini-Us!! LOL!! I am excited to have the younger one...that way we get all the hand-down clothes! LOL!

I have a few snaps of the day. Not as much as I would like...but enough. :)

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--Gram & her cake, standing next to the Mini-Us! That's the only pic of those 2 I got. They played outside all day. LOL!

--Dylan looking silly...always the clown! (I wonder where he gets that from???)

--Me with Alyssa, then Caryssa. They are Angie's oldest 2. My girls! (Don't mind the hair on me...it was humid!!)

I LOVE YOU GRAM!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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First Day of School

Thursday, September 4, 2008

So the kids went back to school on Tuesday. Ash in 1st grade, and Dyl in 5th. I had a really hard time leaving Ashley. She went to Kindergarten last year, but it was only for half the day. This is the first time she has been away all day like that. I have to admit, I got misty eyed. It's just so hard to believe that my baby is so old.

Speaking of old...Dylan is in 5th grade!!! I remember 5th grade like it was yesterday! It's so weird, but I felt sooo much older at 10 than Dylan seems to be. I think, in a sense, I was. He is still pretty young at heart. Which is a good thing. I want my children to be a little naive & young. I would much rather have that, than kids that grow up waaay too fast, and know waaay too much. Some of the kids you see around town scare the crap out of me. 11-12 year olds shouldn't live like 18-19 year olds. Unfortunately, a lot do.

Ash is really loving 1st grade. I knew she would be fabulous. She is so smart & really stands out in her class. I know I am her mom, but the teachers tell me that. LOL! Oh! Dylan starts band this year! He is sooo excited! He is going to be a drummer. His snare drum kit arrives on Monday. We can't wait! I think this will be really good for Dylan. He isn't into sports much, but has always loved music. Even at a very young age, he was musical. I always knew he would go in this direction. I am glad he picked drums too. I think that is an instrument that boys want to play all through school. Others seem to get dropped after 6th grade.

Isn't it funny how you can see things in your children even when they are still babies & toddlers? I knew Dylan would gravitate towards music, and Ash is an artist. Always has been, always will be. I love that my children are creative. That is the one thing I always wanted to be...more creative. I prayed that my children would have the 'artsy-fartsy' gene that I never had. I am so thankful that the Lord listened. Both my babies make me so proud at how they use their imaginations. I hope they never lose that.

Here are some snaps of them out the door for school. Don't mind Ashley's squinty eyes, the sun was bright. LOL!!

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My Micro-Preemie is 10!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Happy Birthday Dylan!!

I can't believe my baby boy is turning 10. He is just growing up so fast. Dylan has turned into such a great young man. He is super smart, always kind, uber handsome, & I wouldn't change one thing about him!! I am so proud of him!

A little history: I have an incompetent cervix, and had already lost one son. I went into labor with Dylan at 22 weeks....waaay too early. I was rushed to a bigger hospital via ambulance. I have never traveled 90 miles so fast! LOL!! I had to have emergency surgery, and have my cervix sewn shut. I was so far into labor, that the bag of amniotic fluid was protruding. The doctor had to push it back in....ever so carefully. Let's be honest, that was my first miracle right there. I was then placed in a bed with the feet risen up high. Yep, I had to basically be upside down. I couldn't lay on my back either. I had to be on one side or the other....always. I wasn't allowed to get upright, not even for a minute. As you can imagine, going potty was quite fun. I had a catheter most of the time. Eating, that's another story. It's an odd feeling when people have to sponge bathe you. You truly run out of all modesty. I had at least 3 IVs at a time. I had to have my blood taken every 3 hours. When they have to start taking it from the top of your feet...you know its bad. I got pain meds every couple of hours. All in all, I was in full labor for 13 days. I got to where I just stared at the wall for hours at a time. It was started to take it's toll mentally. The doctor was getting concerned that my safety & health was coming into jeopardy. The labor wouldn't stop. That little stinker wasn't giving up. They finally came to the conclusion that my cervical stitches needed to be removed, and nature needed to take it's course. I was 24 weeks along, that's 16 weeks early. It was a huge risk, but there wasn't any other choice. He came into the world at 9:55 on a Friday morning, weighing in at 1lb 15oz. In the first week he lost down to 1lb 6oz!! It's hard to believe that today he is 5ft tall, & weighs over 80lbs!! Holy Cow!! That's a lot of growing!

Every single day of the last 10 years, I have thanked God for my special miracle! He is a miracle in every sense of the word. When he was born, they didn't give me a lot of hope for his future. They told me that IF he lived, he would probably be very physically & mentally challenged. At one point they even discussed blindness and going deaf. Well, thank God that I don't look to man for my hope. We immediately turned it over to prayer. I think we had every church in Southern Oregon praying for my baby. I run in to people all the time that know us from the prayer chains, and can't believe Dylan has come so far. As for all those challenges they mentioned....he is one of top in his class academically...he is one of the tallest, strong & lean...he hears perfectly, & only slightly near-sighted. All in all....my perfect Angel.

I gathered up some pictures that show what he was like for the first 123 days of his life, spent in the hospital. Some of them aren't great, but you will get the idea. :)


I love you buddy!!

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Anniversary...

Sunday, August 10, 2008

First, sorry for the lapse in posts. I was on a little 'computer vacation'. Sometimes I just get sick of doing the 'computer thing' 7 days a week, 365 days a year. LOL!! The first week Ted was on vacation, and the next week my niece came to stay with us. It has just been awesome spending time with the family. Ted is off again this week, so I may not post a lot then either. LOL!! I have tons of pics of tons of things that have happened. One day at a time I guess. :P

Now, back to the big day! Today is my 12th anniversary. I have been with Ted for about 17 years total. Its kinda hard to believe since I will only be 31 in October. Yep, you did the math right.....I was 14!!! He is my one & only love of my life. First Kiss and all!! LOL!! I truly can not imagine life without him. We grew up together, and hope to grow old together. I know its not the norm for people to marry their first love....but if you get it right the first time, why move on? LOL! The cool thing....we still really like each other! He is my very best friend & we share everything. I am very blessed to have such a fabulous man in my life. I thank God for him everyday. He is hard working, loving, kind to all, & hotter than hot!! LOL!!!

So, to my wonderful husband...

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