Thursday, February 26, 2009

Family Visit

Well, I have been really bad about blogging this week! But I have been enjoying a visit from family and cuddling with the new baby! Here is my sister and nephew working on their laptops!!!! I am so glad that they are here, I have missed them greatly and I am enjoying every second of their visit! So I am sorry about the lack of blogging but I will be back soon!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

William Isaac Lemmon

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for a tiny bundle of you who arrived in our home on February 19th at 1:05am.

A Boy!
6 pounds 15 ounces!
21 inches long!

More details to come ... name, pictures, etc...

Thank you so much for every ones kind thoughts and energies.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Pictureless!

So if you have been reading, we are waiting on the baby! Monday night when my water broke I thought - oh goody I will have a new baby picture for my Wordful Wednesday post -- but low and behold we are still waiting for this little one to make its grand appearance.

With little thought and effort (I will admit), I have grabbed this picture of Dan (isn't he cute). He is preparing our favorite evening snack -- ROOTBEER FLOATS!!!
Floats have been our family favorite for a long time and daddy always makes them! YUMMY! Funny guy Rick like his rootbeer float in his mug with NO ice cream! He is such a nut!

So there you have it a post and hopefully soon I will have pictures of our new bundle of joy!

A magical day to you!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

To-do Tuesday

This week I have decided to join Lisa over at Crazy Adventures in Parenting with her To-do Tuesday list. Go check out her list, she is VERY ambitious this week!

I also used Lisa's tutorial to make make check box on my To-do List. It was easy to follow and I greatly appreciated it!

Well, normally I have a million things to do and I am sure that I will be able to add but this week I have one major To-do that I would like to focus on, so here it is:

Have Baby

*And as my water broke last night, I am thinking I can get this done!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Waiting ...

So tomorrow is my due date and my water broke about an hour ago ... yeah!!! So here I am waiting for the contractions to begin! With my last two births it was over 24 hours between my water breaking and their miracle births, so I should really try to get some sleep. But who can sleep when you are anticipating the arrival of a new baby. I am so curious and excited about who this little one is, this little one that I have known but not met for so many days. This little one that I have talked to, sung to, danced with, snuggled and cuddled for nine months ... knowing nothing about them.

I have sent my family off to bed to get a little sleep -- someone should get some rest -- there is no need for us all to be exhausted. I will run on adrenaline for quite some time and once this little one arrives I will be put to bed to cuddle and rest for a few days!

I will keep everyone posted!

"I Do Count"

So I thought I would share this funny little story. Saturday night we had a family game night. Grandma is here visiting so it has been lots of fun to pull out games and just laugh and have fun as a family.

The game of choice was Cranium's Family Fun, we always have so much fun with this game. So as we sat at the table setting up the board, the kids are trying to figure out the teams ... we want it to be fair and as there is some reading and writing required, we must pair the little ones on teams with older ones!!! So as the debating progressed, the conversation went like this:

Mommy: "We need to put the littlier ones on teams with an adult to help them out."
Caitlyn (14 year old): "Rick, is too little he does not count."
Mommy: Flashes a look of 'please be nice'!
Rick (3 year old) says in a very big voice: "I do count, Caitlyn. One. Two. Three. Four."

Oh yeah, it was cute! And guess whose team won both games?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Before and After - With Love!

Ally decided it was time to get her haircut. It has been almost two years. Ally likes her hair plain, which is good because with her very straight and very crazy cowlicks she really does not have a lot of choices - unless she is willing to put a LOT of time and effort into it -- and that is not going to happen!

So here she is before:
One of Ally's goals was to cut enough to donate, which indeed she did. She cut over ten inches which will be sent to Locks of Love, if you are not familiar with this program, this is what it is: "Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 18 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis."

And here she is after:

She is so beautiful, in so many ways!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day

I have been out there reading some blogs this morning with beautiful love stories, poems and letters all expressing their love to that special person in their lives. Each time I read I think "wow, I should have written something like that for Dan." But here I am scrounging around trying to find the words to write to him ... not because he does not deserve all these eloquently put stories, poems and/or letters BUT because I am just awful at this kind of stuff! Oh, how I have dreamed of romance like in the movies but for the life of me could not pull it off! It just is not me and if we are honest it is not Dan either ... we do not usually make a big deal over Valentines Day but I thought I would tell everyone a little about my thoughts.

I do believe in true love, I do believe in love at first sight and I do believe that it can be the most wonderful thing in the world. I have been blessed with finding it ... Dan and I met when I was ten years old and he was fourteen. His family bought the house across the road from us and for me it was love at first sight (it took Dan some time to catch on :). We did become very good friends, very quickly and a few years later (I was fifteen) we started dating. When I was twenty-one we married - there are times when this seems like a lifetime ago BUT then there are times when I can remember our first kiss like it was just a second ago.

Relationships of any sort are not easy, all the time, and ours has had its bumps and curves throughout BUT I think most importantly we have always come to each other first and treated each other with respect. Together we have taken our relationship through many levels to where we are now and with each new place in our lives we have learned and nurtured the needs of ourselves and each other.

So as I sit here in the wee hours of the morning in the dark and quiet, anticipating the arrival of our new baby (any day now) and thinking about the road that Dan and I have traveled together it brings tears to my eyes and a mushy feeling all over ... Dan is my only true love. I know it seems so silly to say, especially these days where it seems like it is said so often, by so many, for all the wrong reasons. I guess that is why I am not so good at this is because it is so hard to take seriously amongst the craziness of our times. With so many being so disrespectful to ones they supposedly 'love'.

So here is my little note to Dan:
My Dearest Husband:
I love you, what more can I say ... it seems that I continue to fall in love with you more frequently then I ever thought possible. You bring me strength, love, and kindness and do it with respect. You are a wonderful father, sometimes I watch you with the children because it makes me smile and warms my heart. I wish I could find the beautiful words to tell you all that is going on inside of me, to express to you the love and admiration that I feel for you but, here I sit speechless (unusual I know). So I guess you are going to have to take my "I love you" and hopefully you know it is from my heart.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentines Day.

PS. Thanks Grandma for taking pictures!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Thankful Thursday

It has been a challenging couple of weeks. My two littlest guys have been sick (a very good chance it was Whooping Cough) and things have just been hectic. Some of my beliefs have been challenged by others and even worse by MYSELF. I am very happy to report that it seems to be settling down but during this time it has really made me think about some things that I am thankful for. So here is my list of Thankful Thirteen for this week, again in no particular order!

1. I am thankful that my children are starting to feel better.
2. I am thankful for my families health, in general we are all very healthy.
3. I am thankful or information and the technology to gather it ... I have spent many hours reading books, scanning the internet and on the phone to gather information.
4. I am thankful for the people around me who offer advice, even when it seems that I am not listening.
5. I am thankful for kind people willing to help.
6. I am thankful for modern medicine, for when it is needed.
7. I am thankful for naturopathic medicine for when it is right for us.
8. I am thankful for CHOICES, and the knowledge to exercise these choices.
9. I am thankful that I stayed true to my and my family beliefs through my children's illness - this was very difficult at times but I feel that it was the right thing to do.
10. I am thankful for my family, friends and bloggy friends who check in on me when I seem to disappear.
11. I am thankful for modern technologies such as washing machines, ours sure has got its use through this illness!
12. I am thankful for the sunshine that has dried my clothes this week and made it possible for us to open up the house and get a breath of fresh air.
13. I am thankful for my husband and children, they are my life and they are what make me happy to wake up in the morning and tired to go to sleep at night.

So what are you thankful for, even if you do not post about it, take a minute to think about it. There are so many wonderful things in this world and if we stop and think about them, they can bring a smile to our faces and a warmth to out heart! To read some more Thankful Thirteen head over to Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Lisa always has a wonderful post!

Monday, February 9, 2009

A Monday Moment

This morning there are crocus's blooming! What a wonderful way to start the week. The sun is out, the air is warm and little blue flashes of spring are popping up all over the place. What a wonderful sight! I hope that you all have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Flashback

Sisterly Love!

Lovely Sister!

My! My! How they have grown!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

In honor of my Dear Uncle Michael I am trying to post on Thursdays, apparently Thursday has been feeling lonely -- so here is my first attempt, I thought that it would be good to do a Thankful Thursday, so I have decided to participate in Grace Alone's Thankful Thursday this week.

I actually have been hoping to do this for months now but have found it to be so overwhelming ... when I sit down to think about what I am thankful for, my brain starts to run into chaos ... the bottom line is that I have so much that I am so thankful for that I am having a hard time composing a nice neat list. So here is a list of thirteen (because it starts with 'T', matching Thursday). And as Dear Uncle Michael has requested that Thursday be a special day, I am dedicating this Thankful Thursday Thirteen to him ...

Dear Uncle Michael - these are in random order as my chaos brain sets them free!

1. I am thankful that he cares enough to read my blog!
2. I am thankful that last winter in a time of need he welcomed our family (kids & cats included) into his home for several months.
3. I am thankful that he has brought joy and happiness to my Aunts life.
4. I am thankful that my children had a chance to get to know him better.
5. For that matter, I am thankful that I was able to get to know him better.
6. I am thankful that he liked my cooking because it was the least I could do as we took over his house.
7. I am thankful that he helped my children have a winter that they will NEVER forget, complete with tractor rides, snow forts and love.
8. I am thankful for his sense of humor.
9. I am thankful for his wise advice, some taken, some not (and his respect for my choice).
10. I am thankful for his challenging questions and thoughts that makes me think and provides learning to our family homeschooling.
11. I am thankful that he has a big caring heart.
12. I am thankful for his personal firework displays, that makes a ten year old's tears flow with joy.
13. I am thankful that he is my Dear Uncle Michael, a part of my family!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Laugh

Sometimes it is good to just throw back your head and laugh all the way down to your toes!!!!

It can make you feel so good!

I have been looking through some old pictures, this is Jacob just a few short years ago, my has he grown BUT he still knows how to laugh!

A magical day to you!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I Heart Faces - Week 4 - Pets - "Anything Goes"

I have posted this picture before on Wordful Wednesday but I wanted to enter it into the I Heart Faces, Anything Goes Pet Contest -- so I am posting it once again!

Please scoot right over to I Heart Faces and check out all the other entries! Oh and don't forget to join in the fun, just go here!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tennessee Snow Day