My Girls are growing up….

I know it has been awhile, sorry about that.  Life is a never ending roller coaster, and if you have children you know exactly what I mean!  Let’s see, since my last post…..I have been able to take Gracie’s bottle away from her completely.  It has been over a week since she has had a bottle.  YAY ME!  Yay Gracie!  

We threw a 4th of July Cookout.  It went very well.  Some of my family came and almost all of Geoff’s immediate family came.  They played Bocce ball, and fished a little it was a good time.  My sister Tammy and my niece Brandi decided to paint toenails and fingernails, Patriotically.


Miss Gracie was scared but really wanted them painted.  So Grandma Betty stepped in and painted her little toes, RED WHITE AND BLUE of course!  

Grandma Betty Painting Gracie\'s Toes


Just love this pic of Emma with the flag, she was actually pouting because the “big Kids” were playing ball without her, BOCCE Ball that is.  And of course that made her little lip roll out like a red carpet.  But we later found her fishing!


Also, since my last post my Husband has bought a new GMC Sierra!  He had a GMC Canyon and was just not happy with it.  He wanted a full sized truck, so he checked into and found that if he traded it in he would save 75 bucks a month and be 0% for 72 months.  So needless to say we did it!  

The Girls were definitely enjoying it.  They love running around in the back of the truck bed.  It has been a very busy couple of months around here.  We are having a very wet summer so that hinders our outdoor activities.  My girls are very busy and active and that wears a Mama out!

An Unbelievable Experience….

March of Dimes GiftOn Saturday May 3, 2008, My Family and Friends walked for the March for Babies.  Better known to most as the March of Dimes.  This was our 3rd consecutive year walking.  We are Team Miss Emma.  My first born, Emma, was 10 weeks early.  Miss EmmaI had preeclampsia, my kidneys were failing and my blood pressure was through the roof.  I had been on bed rest for the last 7 months.  I couldn’t lift my own laundry basket or push the grocery cart.  Emma came out screaming at the top of those tiny lungs, weighing in at 2lbs 7ozs.  She spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Emma had no major problems, no Ventilator.  Praise the Lord.  I traveled 2x a day 30 miles each way to sit with her.  It was worth every moment to have the perfect little 3 year old we have today.  


May 3, 2008


Team Miss Emma raised over $1000 for the March for Babies.  I received the crystal carriage as a gift for the top family team.  Talk about bringing tears to a mother’s eyes.  I told the man who gave it to me he was going to make me cry and my mom said “I am already crying for you!”  I love my family and friends so much for supporting me in this new found cause.  They all have been super supportive, since the day I found out I was pregnant with Emma.  When we decided to have another baby, my family was super scared that we would not be so lucky with Gracie.  Our Dr with Gracie had no worries, he seen me weekly and decided to take Gracie 4 weeks early via C-section.  With my history or preeclampsia and high blood pressure, I will probably never experience natural childbirth, my Dr refuses to let me labor due to the chance of a stroke.  I must say though thanks to the research  March of Dimes funds, My Husband and I have 2 beautiful, healthy baby girls.







Spring has Sprung……

Spring PondSpring Pond


I do believe Spring has made an entrance!  I have never had such a longing for a new season to begin.

Girls in ActionBlowing BubblesDrawingMy Girls seem to like the Slide the best but Emma is Excited about the swings too! Emma on the SlideWeeeee!Gracie LoveGirls in the WagonGracie is still not too sure about all of it but I am sure she will come around by the end of summer and I will have plenty of shots of her in action too, just like big sis!!Sliding




 Our Family spent the last 2 days outside.  Saturday we made a little Journey around our home.  Sunday we went to a local park for a bit.   The Girls love it outside.  Sidewalk Chalk, Wagons, Swings, Slides, alll so much fun.  Of course I took some pictures during our outings!


Spring FlowersAll My spring flowers have sprouted I am so excited.  So much to see and do in the Spring, and as the saying goes April Showers bring May Flowers, the rain will be here in a couple of days.  We get to enjoy it until then.  I have opened my windows and blinds, to feel the breeze and the sunshine in!



And Here’s Gracie…..

pink_baby_carriage.jpgOur younger daughter Gracie has really started to show her personality the last couple of weeks.  I am sorry to say but I think she is going to be a MINI ME.  Poor girl!  I can see so much of me in her it cracks me up!   I am more of the outgoing, good humored, sometimes loud type.  I love a good laugh!   And I can be VERY ornery at times (I get that from MY Dad).  Gracie has this devious laugh, it is hilarious to hear her do it.  We usually hear it right before she does something or immediately after. Gracie PillowDiaper Gracie  Gracie Cookie JarGracie Chair 

 Gracie and Arrianne

 Like tonight for example, Emma was asleep on the couch and Gracie was trying to wake her up, every time she would touch Emma we would hear it!  She is definitely destined to be a HANDFUL!  I love it though, I have the best of both WORLDS!  I have my pretty, kind-hearted princess, and my Cute but ornery tom-girl.  Our house is filled with laughter most of the time.  My Girls Love each other and Geoff and I are already preparing ourselves for the DOUBLE-Teaming that is sure to come about with two girls 2 years apart!  We know we are in for a long and crazy ride but, we wouldn’t have it any other way!Gracie and Emma

Cloth Diapering….

My Husband and I are considering cloth diapering.  We are just thinking about it right now, not an all out commitment quite yet.  Gracie will be in Diapers probably another year if I had to guess, so we may buy a couple maybe more to try it out, then if we do decide we like it, we can add to our diaper stash for the next baby.  That is if we decide to have another Baby!   I can’t believe how much it has changed since my mom and grandma did it.  These Diapers are actually stylish, and cute, this could become an obsession very quickly! Ballerina slipperfront dipeDiaperSnowman    These are diapers from one of my WAHM’s Business.  WWW.PAMPEREDBUNZ.COM  She has a discount right now for $2, the code is grandreopen.   So if you are interested in some Cloth Diapers, check out her site.    


Emma Easter programAny of you who have little kids, especially the little girls know EXACTLY what I mean.  You  buy an outfit, and it is not JUST the outfit.  It has little socks, or a pair of shoes, headband, or a hat.  Now with that said no matter what the size of the outfit, the those accessories NEVER seem to be the right size at the time they actually wear the outfit.  Occasionally, they are too small but more times than I can count they are much too big.  Case in point…..Easter ProgramEmma Easter program As you can see Emma has on her Easter Dress with the lovely hat.  This is a 3T, the hat is probably a 5t or more!  Poor kid, although it makes for some cute pics and made the congregation laugh, it has to be extremely frustrating for the child I am sure!  I even safety pinned the side of the hat up so it wouldn’t “flap” down in her face, but it didn’t matter, it was so big the hat just kind of slid around on her head.I also have a few outfits from when my girls were infants, the sizes were 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 12 months.  They came with these adorable headbands, and each one of these still is too big for my 3 year old, and I can put them on my HEAD with out even stretching them!  How can I expect this headband to fit my “baby” when it is big enough for me????  

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