Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Well it's a REALLY hot day here today so we're going out early to the Blue Bird Gap Farm. Can't wait....we've wanted to go for a while. Hunter is all excited. I'll have pictures later. Hope you all have a Happy Hump Day =)

Monday, July 28, 2008

A Little Outside Fun

We stayed home most of Saturday and Sunday so Hunter could rest. But by Sunday afternoon, he really wanted to run outside. We were planning to go to local Farm to see some animals but it had started to rain. We drove around, thinking we would go to the Indoor McDonald's to play. But it cleared up so we went to the park. Hunter got to run off a little energy and we ALL got to enjoy the Great Outdoors. It was muggy but a pretty nice afternoon. Here's some of my favorite shots of my little boy. He likes to be called Thing #1 now and he says Hannah is Thing #2. We're looking for shirts for them to wear on our Vacation to Florida in December. How funny!

Still a little weak eyed but feeling much better...
My Two Boys...
OK, today, we're headed to Ruby Tuesdays for lunch with my Aunt Nancy and then, to Piccadilly a little later tonite to celebrate two birthdays. Last week, we had my mom and Pop's birthday.
Hope you all have a great Monday =)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Under The Weather..

Sorry I haven't posted in a couple days. I really hate to leave all my faithful readers hanging..HA! But seriously, my little boy has been sick. This picture is him sleeping tonite. I STILL love to watch him sleep. He looks so sweet, so peaceful, so tired tonite. He started out with a runny nose the other night and seemed kinda lethargic. Then, he had a cough that was really worrying me. So, I took him to the doctor. It looks like Hunter had the starting of an Ear infection and a cold. He also said his chest sounded good but he had a wheezing that was consistent with Asthma. He said he wouldn't know until he got older for sure but some Asthma medicine would work, without hurting him, either way. Right now, he's on an Antibiotic, the Asthma medicine as needed and some Tylenol with Codeine for Bedtime. He hates taking his meds but asks for it when it's time. He knows it's good for him and will make him better. I hope Hannah didn't get a touch of it but her she sounds slightly congested. I've been suctioning her nose out, which she HATES. The Doctor said that she should be OK around him because she has some immunity, for the first 3 months of her life. She's just been extra tired today so I've been watching her extra careful. This was her last night. She was bright eyed and happy =)Mike went to the doctor this week also. His blood pressure was up but we're hoping it's because he had a stressful day. He gave him a card to document it several times a week. Hopefully, he won't have to go on medicine. We're back on our diet and trying to walk more. We've been several times and can tell it makes us feel better. But this week, we haven't felt great. Not sure if we have a little bug or something but just feel tired and sore. We've just been taking it easy. Hunter had to miss 2 days of Vacation Bible School and I'm sure if he would have known, he would have been upset. (even sick) I hated for him not to go. He had so much fun Mon-Wed. Well, hope you all have a great weekend. We're taking it easy and resting. Sometimes, your body has to remind us to SLOW DOWN. God Bless!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A NEW Look, and a Tribute

Well, I WAS able to get my hair cut yesterday and I LOVE it. A really nice girl, named Emily cut it. She cut my hair about 4 years ago when I decided to go short then too. I let it grow out and it's been driving me nuts ever since. I'm thinking I'm going to keep it short this time. I LOVE this cut. It's easy to take care of, can be styled a ton of different ways and feels much better. I have extremely thick hair and the weight of it is really crazy sometimes. My hubby likes it too. At first, he said he liked it better long but this was cute. Now, he says he really likes it. YA! I needed an update, a new look for when I go back to work. I think I don't look so young, as I did with my old style, long straight and boring. I may get it highlighted but not unless I can find it at a good price. It's WILD how much it cost for highlights and I, honestly, don't think I could sleep at night, knowing I paid a ton of money for something for my hair. (I'm planning a trip to Sally's Beauty Supply and may try to do it myself, as I've done before)

Well, today we're going to see The Bee Movie at the movies. Hunter is all excited. Then, after lunch, I think we're all going to take a nap before Dinner and Vacation Bible School tonite. Hunter has really enjoyed it and we've enjoyed being there to watch all the adorable kids.
And a Tribute to Estelle Getty
Estelle Getty, best known as "Sophia" on The Golden Girls, passed away yesterday. That is STILL one of my favorite shows and I love watching it. Even my hubby laughs at it when I watch it. She was 84, and suffered from Advanced Dementia. She was a funny lady and she will be missed.

Hope you have a great day!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Wonderful Weekend

Our first family picture, with Hannah
This was taken at Busch Gardens, where we went Sunday afternoon/early evening. We were planning to go Saturday but my tummy was hurting and so, we decided to stay at home. We watched Free Willy and I was able to finish some Announcements and Thank You notes. Sunday, we went to Church before visiting our Nanny Puckette and our Granny and Pa Pa. We didn't get to BG until about 6 and stayed until about 9. That's why I love having passes. We can go for a short period of time and still have fun. Hunter and I went on the Log Flume and they went on Dar Kastle, while I fed the baby. Even at night, it was SO hot!! The water ride felt great!!

Hunter loves this tree. He sits in it every time we're there!! Hunter, Hannah and I went to The Living Museum on Monday. We spent several hours there and ate lunch there too. It was SO much fun! We saw LOTS of fish and dinosaurs. I was surprised by how many names he remembered of the animals. He said he remembered them from "Finding Nemo" and "Diego". I was also able to register him for the Before and After School Program at his school. It's a great program and I KNOW he'll really enjoy it. I'm looking forward to an exciting school year for him.

Today, we're planning to spend some time at the Library. They have a story reading at 11 and we're planning to do some reading of our own. I may try to get my hair cut while the kids sleep. (today or this week) I'm in need of a New Look before going back to work =)

Wednesday, we're going to try to go to the movies in the morning and Blue Bird Gap Farm afterwards.

It's SO hot out this week. Hopefully, we can do most of our activities in the earlier part of the day.

This week, we have Vacation Bible School at Church at night. I should have pics tomorrow.I finally was able to salvage my pictures from my P&S camera. This is my Mother In Law, about a week ago when she went to the pool with us. Hunter had just finished his swim lessons and had really progressed alot on his swimming. We had a wonderful day, spending time together so I'm SO glad I didn't lose these pictures. Hunter was so happy to have his "Maw Maw" with him at the pool. I'm hoping we can go again before I go back to work.

Well, have a great Tuesday!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Water Babies

One of my dearest friends, Melissa and her adorable 11 month old daughter, Isabelle went to the pool with us Thursday. We had a great time. We packed a lunch and sat at the baby pool. Hunter had a ball too, sharing all his water toys. He has a bath toy, Dora that stays in our pool bag that Isabelle really loved.

Isn't she just precious, with those cheeks?

Here's MY fish, Hunter
He had swim lessons all week at the pool and we spent 3 days there afterwards. (and Water Country on Friday) He did SO well. He's treading water, using his arms and legs together to swim and walking by himself in the 3 feet. I'm so proud of him.
We went to Dinner with some of our other friends. Hunter was getting ready to go to Grandma and Grandad's house. They invited him to spend the night and he could hardly wait. We went to Tuscany's, an Italian favorite for all of us and then had coffee at Starbucks. We sat outside and caught up for over 2 hours. It was a wonderful night and the temps were perfect. This picture was taken right before we went to Dinner and Hunter went to his grandparent's house. Dad had to get his fix before he left..Awwww....

Hope everyone has a great weekend! We're playing with Hunter in the back yard today and planning to go to Busch Gardens this afternoon/evening. Tomorrow is Church and hopefully, visiting with our Grandparents. No matter what you do, hope it's a great one!! God Bless!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Busy Week

No, I didn't forget to post the pictures of my MIL, me and the kids at the pool. It seems that there is something wrong with my P&S camera or the memory card. I'm hoping that I can figure it out or get my DH to but it's been too busy. I've got some great pictures on there I DEFINITELY don't want to lose...sigh..
We were on the way to Church Sunday morning when we found out Mike's grandmother was being taken to the ER. Evidently, she has a large blood clot in her lung. I'd appreciate some prayers. We've been to see her that last two nights, and she looks great. She's in good spirits and she's in her 90's! We all love our Granny and hope for a speedy recovery.
Hunter has had swim lessons all this week from 9-9:30 and he's doing great!! He's actually swimming now and I'm so proud of him. Yesterday, I had a Baby shower in the evening so I went by the store to pick up a couple items. Today and tomorrow, I'll be at the pool. Today is with my MIL, SIL and cousin DNK, and Hunter and Hannah, of course. And tomorrow is with my good friend, Mel and her daughter Isabelle. Friday, we may try to go to Busch Gardens again for just a little while with the kids and then, dinner Friday night with some of our friends. Hunter is getting some pictures taken tomorrow morning and Hannah is getting newborn shots done tonite. What a busy week. But I love the summer. Warm temps, fun by the pool and relaxation. Hope you have a great day, no matter what you do and God Bless!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Great Weekend!

No pictures to post because my camera is in my car trunk, which my husband drove to work. We went to the pool yesterday with my Mother In Law and had a wonderful time! The weather was perfect..warm sun on our face and cool water temps. Hunter and I got a little sun but not too much. I'll be sure to post pictures later, when Mike gets home from work.

We planned to go to Busch Gardens last night but didn't quite make it. We stopped by the Credit Union to make a deposit and ended up visiting with the baby for a while. We went to Pierce's Pitt BBQ for Dinner but it was a little change of plans. While we were waiting for our number to be called, I gave Hannah her bottle. She had a BIG bowel movement, shortly after that I decided I'd change right away so we could all enjoy our dinner. They don't have a changing table so I used our back seat in the car. Thank God for changing mats!! She shot everywhere; up her back, on her arms, legs, UGH! We had a travel container FULL of wipes that were completely used up and she was still wearing it. After wet napkins and about 45 minutes of cleanup, we decided to head home. Believe it or not, I was wearing WHITE shorts and didn't get a bit of the diaper change evidence on me. But eating a chocolate chip cookie on the way home, I lost the battle! How funny!

We've got to run an errand or two this morning and then, I think we're headed to the pool again. After Mike leaves work, he's going to meet us there. It's supposed to be beautiful out today.

This afternoon/early evening, we're headed to Chili's for Dinner with the family for my Brother In Law's birthday. I'll probably make a card for him when I get home from the pool.

Whatever you do, hope it's a blast!!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Hannah had her 1 month checkup on Thursday and she's healthy as a horse!! She now weighs 10 pounds, 6.5 ounces (birth weight was 8 pounds, 10 ounces), and she's 22.5 inches long! (birth length was 19.5 inches long) I can't believe how she's grown!! Dr. B was very impressed, thought she was doing wonderful and said to keep doing whatever works for us. He also couldn't believe how great I looked after what I had been through. That made me feel better, since I'm still a little discouraged. Still having pain and still swollen. I can get in my bigger, looser clothing but my favorite outfits are just TOO tight. I know I'll get there sometime soon. We're walking a little bit every day. I'm still looking for good articles on what happened. One of my friends, who is a nurse told me the terms are called WOUND EVISCERATION OR DEHISCENCE. I found a picture of a stabbing victim who had his organs on the outside. It was strange to see that again but I'm very interested in finding out more info about this complication.

Grandma came over to sit with Hunter while Hannah and I went to the appointment. He loves to take pictures with her and hold her. He asked us to take a picture of them together and I thought it was precious!

While I was feeding the baby the other day, Mike and Hunter were reading some books together. I thought this shot was so cute of them. Since he joined the reading program at the Library this week, he's read 11 books. Yesterday, we went back to the library to show them his little book. He's over half way there and he got a ton of goodies. He got a florescent yellow hat, some green sunglasses, a free ice cream from Shoney's and a free ice cream from Chick-fil-a. When he finishes 20, he gets a Certificate of Completion that I'm SURE I'll put in his scrapbook. We love to read together and the time we're sharing.

Yesterday was SO productive. The only place we went was the Library, Walgreen's to pick up a couple items and Taco Bell for lunch, which we ate at home. I was able to run to the post office to mail out the rest of my thank you notes and Baby Announcements, after Mike got home . I also finished all our laundry and picked up around the house. I think I only need to vacuum the house and clean our bathrooms this morning.

Not sure what our plans are for today. I think we're going to go to the pool and after a nap, work in Hunter's workbooks and his Speech work. If the rain would hold off, I'd love to spend the evening at Busch Gardens. It just feels good to walk, to get out and enjoy the weather. And the more I do it, the better I feel! Mike may have to work on Saturday but sometime, we need to get some portraits with Hunter, and visit with our grandparents. Hunter had pictures taken at school this Spring so we didn't get our Annual pictures done at Sears Portrait Studio. They take wonderful pictures and I've been missing the shots with the number for his age. SO, I think we may get some, JUST with the number. I think I'm TOTALLY OCD about some things. But it's bothering me that I don't have those in his scrapbook with all his portraits. And Hannah may get some too, since she's changing so much. I know I will DEFINITELY have to label my pictures good. Hunter and Hannah's baby pictures look SO much alike!!
Whatever you do today and this weekend, hope it's a great time. Enjoy it to the fullest!
God Bless!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Good News

Well, I went to see my Doctor on Wednesday and got a good report. He said the pain I'm suffering is probably part of the healing process. My tummy and internal organs are all soft and in great condition. He even said, after 4 weeks, my Uterus is back to pre-pregnancy size already. He still wants to know if I'm still having pain in the future, as it's a little strange for me to have the feelings I'm having. But he reminded me that I didn't JUST have a Cesarean but had 2 MAJOR surgeries in a row and that it will take longer to heal. The 2ND Surgery actually takes about 120 days on average to completely heal from, so it might be the Fall before I'm completely over all this. My incision still burns pretty bad but I knew that was normal. After asking me about it, he said it's actually my nerves bonding back together. It's amazing our body can do everything it does. (how it heals, how it recovers) What a miracle!! Anyway, he DID tell me about some over the counter medicine that helps break up gas in your tummy. Sounds like TOTAL TMI, right? Yep, that's right but he said, after a surgery like that one, it could make some serious changes while healing. SO, I was pleased with my report. God is SO good. I was really worried but I have alot of people are praying for me.

Today is Hannah's 1 month Checkup and then, hoping to stay home, maybe watch some movies, ready some books and work in Hunter's workbooks. It's rainy and dreary here and I'm just in the mood to hug my babies. Maybe I'll have time to catch up on my scrapbooking while they sleep. I hope you all have a great day! God Bless!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Our Newest Swimmer...

We took Hannah to the pool on Monday and she finally got to get in the water. We've been waiting for her Umbilical cord to fall off and it finally did a couple days ago. She slept through most of it but woke a little to see what was going on. Her little head is so little that it's hard to find her a hat that actually fits her. This one was passed on from a friend and one of the only ones that doesn't fall all over her. We covered her with tons of SPF and she didn't get any sun. (We had Hunter in the water at 3 weeks old which he's always loved too and he's never had a problem with getting too much sun) We went home, got cleaned up and took a nice nap.

Me, with my two little Fish!
Grandma too....

Sitting by the baby pool while Hunter Man plays...

And right before bed, the kids sit for Reading time.

We had a great time at the pool on Monday. It's so nice because we all have fun and I actually relax. Tuesday, we went to Chick-fil-a for lunch, played a little on the playground and then, went to the Library. Hunter and Hannah both joined their summer reading program. They got a little reading chart, where we write down all the books they read, or have read to them. Every increment of 5 gets a surprise. After 20 books, they get entered in a drawing and a Certificate that they have completed the program. Well, we read every day and so, I told the girl working there we would probably finish next week. We've already done 6!! I'm glad Hunter shares our love for Reading. Books are SO wonderful! He also has to find Buddy Bug every week, somewhere in the library and he gets entered in a drawing to win a free book. We had fun looking for him yesterday and found him on the wall. I love the time we're spending together!


Today, we will play around here for a little while and then, I have a Doctor's appointment at 1:30. I wouldn't mind some prayers, as I'm going to see about pain in my abdomen since my second surgery. It's been consistent every time and is very painful. I'm hoping that it's just all part of the healing process but they may need to run some test to make sure everything is OK. It's really been worrying me because it's such a weird thing that happened. (and SO rare)


For the rest of the week, we'll probably do some reading, maybe go to the pool again and go for some walks in our neighborhood. He likes to ride his bike too sometimes.

Hunter starts swim lessons next week at the pool. I'm so excited for him. He LOVES the water! He can walk the length of the 3 foot all by himself now and he's really good at treading water. I'm really enjoying my time with him this summer.

Well, I'm off to eat breakfast and watch The Wiggles with my Hunter Man. Have a great "Hump Day"

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

It's July Already????

I can't BELIEVE it's July already!! The time is just flying by and I can't BELIEVE that today is my baby's one month birthday! She's growing SO much and she's over 10 pounds now! She's really thriving and my little man is a wonderful helper. We went to the pool Monday and had a blast in the water. We put Hannah in but she didn't think much about it. She hardly woke, except to look a little annoyed. We just got pictures, which I'll post later. She looked like a beach babe, with her purple flip flop bathing suit and purple Speedo floppy hat. Hunter can walk in the 3 foot all by himself and loves to jump off the side to us. He's a little fish!! We came home, took a rest, had some dinner and then did some time in his work books. He's doing good and LOVES his "School Time". We also purchased our Airline Tickets for our Disney December Vacation. We were going to drive because of the additional fees and gas prices but Airtran had a Web Special TOO good to pass up. It'll be nice to fly, rather than drive with a 4 year old and a 6 month old!! Now, I'm really excited about going!! Today, it's a little cloudy and we're supposed to get some rain later. I think we're going to the Library for some reading fun. He loves to read and look at all the neat books. Last week, we went to the SPCA and the Petting Zoo. We loved all the animals!! We also walked around our local City Center. Mom needed some exercise. I'm still having issues with my tummy but I have a call in to the Doctor. I've been having alot of pain from my 2ND surgery and have ignored it for the most part, thinking that it's all part of the healing process. But as I walked up to my front porch steps on Sunday, I almost passed out from the pain. Hopefully, they'll be able to figure out what's going on. It's a little concerning to me but there's no reason to worry unless I have to. I'm a pretty optimistic person and try to look at the positive aspect of life. I hope everyone has a TERRIFIC Tuesday!!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Happy Anniversary and Happy July 4th!!

We're all headed to Hertford, North Carolina on Friday the 4Th but first, wanted to say Happy Anniversary to my Mother and Father In Law. It's their 44Th Wedding Anniversary on Independence Day!! We Love You and wish you MANY more!!

To everyone else, have a wonderful Holiday weekend. I'm hoping to be able to do a little work in my scrapbook and RELAX. (what's THAT?) Anyway, be safe and have a wonderful time!!

God bless you all

Busy Thursday

Hey, Guys!
I only have a minute to update. I'm headed to the Doctor's office today. I'm getting my Depo (birth control) shot today and hoping to talk to the Nurse. I thought it would be a good excuse for me to see them. I'm doing better every day but still burning pretty bad in my incision. I'd really feel more comfortable if someone saw it before the Holiday Weekend. It looks good but still, oh so sore. I take the Motrin during the day and if it's really bad, I'll take a pain pill at night. We're all headed to NC Friday morning and looking forward to it. I'll have a good chance to rest with so many helpers with my babies. My grandmother has already offered to babysit so I can go on the boat one day. Friday will probably be our shopping day in town. I'm looking forward to it. I want to work on Hannah's scrapbook and a Memory gift album I'm hoping to finish soon. Take care and have a wonderful day. If I don't update again, have a wonderful Holiday Weekend and God Bless!!