Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bring on the Pool Parties!

Tomorrow is Mommy's last day with her kids at school! She is going to miss them, but she is looking forward to summer time and the fact that she is NOT taking classes this summer!!! Can you believe that tomorrow is the kids LAST day and we have already been invited to TWO pool parties tomorrow afternoon/evening!

Sometimes I think that Mommy thinks I am little doll. She enjoys playing dress-up with me! This afternoon when mommy got home from school -- Mom decided it was time to play dress-up! At least this time she had a valid point -- seems that the doctor had led mommy to believe that I was going to be about half the weight I actually was when I arrived! Mommy could feel me though, and she knew I was big enough to make my entrance! Tell the doctor to try carrying me for one week shy of 9 months! Mommy wasn't in agreeance that I was going to be smaller than my brother! I don't know who was more shocked when I came out -- Mommy or the doctor! :) Mommy kept thinking -- bigger=healthier -- the doctor on the other hand was so shocked by my size that at one point he stopped pulling me out to reach over and look at Mom and tell her that I was much bigger than he expected! Mom thinks this why I swallowed so much junk -- The doc. was so taken aback he couldn't focus on getting me out! The doctor was even having the nurses call to see my weight in the nursery even before Dad and I made it there! He was completely stunned at my grand size! 9 lbs. 14 is alot for a girl ya know! Anyway, mom is all freaking out about my summer and fall attire for some reason! I guess my size was not quite prepared for! Anyway, with all these pool parties she had to try on my 3-6 month suits! There isn't really room to spare, but I guess I can make them work! What do you think???


Tankini?

Or Bikini?


Simply Precious!

Monday, May 19, 2008

A Bloggable Moment with Deep Thoughts!

Tonight I had the privilege of putting Ms. Marleigh to sleep. As I was sitting there rocking her and watching her drift peacefully off to sleep as her eyes got heavier and heavier I started reflecting on my life and how immensely blessed I am. It is a shame that life is all to often taken for granted, and the time spent on reflection is quite minimal. I was sitting there thinking to myself that I have been married for almost 5 years in a few weeks, and I have two precious and healthy children. I began to reminisce over my life and how as a young girl I use to dream that one day I would marry and be blessed with children. I smiled as I reflected on my juvenille thoughts of how I envisioned the "perfect life," having first a son and then a daughter. I always thought that it would be "perfect" for a brother to watch out for his little sister. I remember thinking to myself as a young girl -- "That's not always how life is -- Don't get your hopes up. There are many out there that try and try to have one of each gender and the chances of them coming in my desired sequence was slim to none." Only this time I realized that my idea of the picture, perfect, textbook life was now a reality. As I sat there rocking my little princess and listening to D downstairs goofing off with his daddy, I spoke to God and said "Why me? What have I done in my life to have all of my dreams come true!" I was thanking God for his blessings and I noticed Marleigh's music in the background. First of all let me preface this by saying that I had been a little distraught over Marleigh's new bedtime music as Tim had changed the CDs out this weekend. I wasn't happy because this one has words, and it seemed when hearing through the monitor as if it were more like elevator music. Boy was I ever wrong! Anyway, during my time of praise, thankfulness, and time of being literally speechless the words of the song became surprisingly clear. At first I thought as thought I was imagining it. Then I restarted the song 2 or 3 times and turned up the volume. I just sat there thinking that this was the story my heart was feeling. I couldn't take my eyes off my sweet little angel. I literally sat there and cried. After putting her in her crib and covering her up, I immediately resorted to my PC to find the lyrics to this song. I hope they are as precious to you as they were to me, especially tonight.


MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
Words and Music
Terry Toler


I LOOK AT YOU
HERE IN MY ARMS
AND I KNOW THAT DREAMS COME TRUE
TONIGHT LIFE IS SWEET
AND MY DREAM’S COMPLETE
SO I OFFER THIS PRAYER
JUST FOR YOU


MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
MAY LIFE BE GOOD TO YOU
MAY HAPPINESS FOLLOW YOU
YOUR LIFE THROUGH
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE


SOMEDAY YOU’LL DREAM
OF A FAMILY
CHILDREN OF YOUR OWN
PERHAPS YOU’LL SIT
IN THIS SAME ROCKING CHAIR
AND SING YOUR BABY THIS SONG


MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
MAY LIFE BE GOOD TO YOU
MAY HAPPINESS FOLLOW YOU
YOUR LIFE THROUGH
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

MAY HAPPINESS FOLLOW YOU
YOUR LIFE THROUGH
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
MAY ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

©Copyright 2006 by J. Aaron Brown & Associates, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Pictures from Today
Marleigh's new favorite toy: D's holey ball! It is GREAT because she can actually hold on to it!

Davis giving Sissy a Kiss!
Marleigh swinging with her ball!
Marleigh with her Oatmeal face!Marleigh grasping onto a small ball! Today was the first day she was able to palm/grasp a small ball for a little while! Maybe she will be a basketball player!
Davis last night at Cooper and Charlie's house!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Lots of Firsts..........

Ms. Marleigh is a such a good girl! However, she actually cried on us last night! I am sure many readers won't sympathize for the fact that they have or had fussy babies, but we have always thanked our lucky stars that our two are quite content as babies. Most wouldn't have thought anything of a little crying or screaming -- I mean it would go on for less than a couple of minutes. However, that is out of character for our little one. I figured it was her tummy since she hasn't made Mommy a suprise in a day or two .... if you catch my drift! :) So, I remembered when D was constipated as a little we gave him the Gerber White Grape Juice. So, I sent Tim to the grocery to grab a bottled. Needless to say when he returned she was happy and asleep, but I woke her up to give her some, and she LOVED it. She quickly engulfed her FIRST juice!!! And I got these looks of why don't you always give me this! Well no poo, but a content baby! Maybe the poo will come soon!!!
Tim went to put her to bed and I was going to bathe D. Well she pitched a TOTAL fit in her room. So Tim and I switched stations! She drifted right off to sleep with me after we walked around in her room for a couple of minutes and I sang to her. I took it as a compliment that my voice comforted her....that sure is a first! :) Anyway, another FIRST -- she drifted off to sleep in my arms and I didn't want to wake her to try to swaddle her so I thought, "Why not try her going to bed without being swaddled!" She did it! I put her down a little before 9:00 and she slept until 5:30 unswaddled!!!
She woke up happy at 5:30 -- and Tim got up to feed her so Mommy could rest! She didn't want to go back to sleep, but quickly fell asleep swinging in her swing so that Mommy and Daddy could sleep until Davis woke up at 8:30.

Then one last FIRST! Mommy decided to go for the Oatmeal! I know it is a little early. My doctor told me to try it a week before she turned 4 months, but I couldn't wait any longer! Why do we rush our kids so! Anyway she LOVED it!!! I mixed a scoop and a half with a little milk and she took all but like a couple bites!!! My plan was to give her a little milk and then try the oatmeal because I knew she was hungry. Plus I tried this when D was little and it never worked! He was like why do you wait til I am hungry and put something in my mouth that I don't know what to do with! Give me my milk! Ms. MJ on the other hand could have cared less -- I think she liked the oatmeal more than her milk!!! She was insulted afterwards when I tried to give her a bottle!
First Bite


Not Sure What to Think!


Then a SMILE!


Little Piggy!
She knew just what to do!
Eagerly awaiting a 2nd Bite!


I couldn't resist throwing in this picture! It CRACKS me up! I am thinking of saving it for her Senior Ad .... What do you think!?!
I ended up moving her to her bumbo seat so that I would have to reach so far! I hesitated to upload this video as my table has lately become the collecting ground for everything that needs to be put up! So please ignore the disaster area! This video was mad as she was finishing up so as you will see she is getting full. I just didn't want to NOT include it since it was her first time!

video


One last FIRST that I must add! You know how D HATES to have his picture made!!! Well since we got the camera out for Sissy, Davis all of sudden wants HIS picture made! He kept doing cute things - saying "Picture of Davis, Picture of Davis!" So I couldn't finish this post without a fair hair shot of my morning joy!

Have a Marvelous Weekend Blogger Buds!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What We've Been Up To!

Sorry I have posted lately! I have take the time to skim everyone's blogs, but I just haven't had the time to comment! Hopefully life will begin to settle down a little by the end of the month!!!

Well due to the storm on March 15th, we have spent our fair share of time dealing with our insurance company, adjusters, appraisers! The good news is that we are getting a brand new roof and money to have the dents taken out of Tim's car from the hail.

On a positive note . . . May 3rd was an exciting day! I graduated with my Ed.S. degree!!! Woohoo!!! This was sure a long time coming completing the program and having a baby along the way! I am not going to miss taking classes, but I am going to totally miss the girl time I had with my 5 Martin buddies! Amy, Heather, Jennifer, Kim, and Kristy -- thank you so much for putting up with me for a year and half! I love you girls! Congratulations! We Got'er done!!! :) (and we all got 4.0's) :)

Me and the Husband! Thank you honey for putting up with me and my negative attitude when I often thought I was in way over my head or didn't think I could continue! You always calmed me and encouraged me even though I didn't tell you!!!


Me with my parents! Wow! Mom and Dad I can't thank you enough! I would have NEVER been able to accomplish this without you! Thank you so much for keeping Davis and Marleigh for me EVERY Monday night for a year and half so that I could go to class!!! Hooray for Mimi and Pops!

This Mother's day was a blessing knowing that I had two precious, beautiful, healthy, and adorable little ones. A girl and a boy! How blessed am I? They truly inspire me and keep me going! I can't even begin to imagine life without them! Our Mother's day ended up being a little crazy -- I can't believe we never got around to taking a picture! We will make up for that -- I am sure of that! We live in camera land here lately!

A glance at Mommy's inspiration to further my education! I pray that I can lead by example and allow my kids to see firsthand the importance of education and striving to accomplish all that you can! What a waste would it be to not to learn and apply in life all that God deems you able!

Marleigh with that contagious and captivating grin!

My two partners in crime having some tummy time!

The comedian of the family!

Showing off those piercing eyes!

We had another suprise on Mother's Day evening! We had went over to spend some time at my parents house, and they received a phone call from one of our neighbors who was trying to track us down. How often do you get the news that I tree has just fallen on your house!!! Oh yeah, I am sure the insurance company LOVES us! At least it happened before the roof got replaced! Needless to say the last two days have been CRAZY with people coming by and working on the tree. The good news to report is that as of this afternoon it is down and covered! Hopefully the adjuster can come and take pictures before the end of the week! I am not too hopeful as I know they are absolutely slammed right now! Oh, and did I mention I hit a rock last week and bust my windshield! What else can happen? As long as we are all safe and healthy, I know we can take it!