Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Just one more to tell you about!!!

I would love to own this trimmer....and this site is giving one away! How 'bout that????

Just click on the linky-doo above, go there, and enter. If you win...can I have it????

Another goodie(s) to check out!!!!

Do you like free stuff? This is a ton of goodies. I encourage you to go!!!

Just click on the link above...and you might be able to win some of this great stuff!!!

Check out this nice giveaway!!!!

I was directed to a new site (new to me!).

It is They are a really great site that offers loads of information.

This week? they are doing some giveaways...all you have to do is post.

Check out this one...

Have you ever wanted a Cricut? If you know what it is, you will probably want one!

Go there...or be square!!! lol!

One day late...but not too bad....

Happy Birthday to my sweet husband...
Can you guess how old his is??? His birthday was yesterday...but silly me didn't get to post a special page for him.
He is 50! Can you believe it? I think that he looks great! And with such a young chick on his can only help his youthful appearance, don't you think? ha!!!
I remember when we tried to hold my hand and asked for my phone number...
I remember our first locked your keys in your car...
I remember our wedding special...
I remember the look, on your face, as you saw each of our daughters for the first time...
I am thankful that your parents raised such a good man...a loving, patient husband, an attentive, caring father, a God-fearing person.
I love you, honey. Happy Birthday to you!!!!

Friday, August 8, 2008


Trying to explain to the girls that this won't happen for another 100 years.

Pretty cool.
We just got back from a swimming party for Katie's softball team. It was a good turn out and was hosted at the clubhouse pool of one of the girls' families. Allison couldn't get enough water. Eric was exhausted from toting her around the pool for about an hour. And Emily....well, she could have fun just about anywhere. She is very comfortable with this group of girls. We have known most of the families since the girls were in Kindergarten (some preschool...and one girl we have known since she was born!!!) Hoping that all 3 girls will be plenty pooped out and will sleep well.
This is the weekend of the annual TKE campout. Eric's buddies from college get together and act like they are 20yrs YOUNGER than they are. And most of them, I am sure, spend the whole of next week feeling like they are 20 years OLDER than they are.... ;)
Time to tuck the kiddos in. Yay!!!! Just kidding....a little....

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Happy Birthday to Allison Lynn...

Happy Birthday to our sweet baby, Allison.

I cannot believe that it has been 3 years since you joined our family...making us complete.

I will admit, the news of your presence and pending arrival was quite a surprise, but wonderful, nonetheless. Daddy and I thought that, perhaps, we were going to be a family of four forever. But God had so much more planned for us. God had YOU planned for us.

I remember telling Daddy that you were growing in my belly. We both were quite speechless for a few days. But we kept you all to ourselves for a few weeks. Finally revealing to Katie and Emily, that they would be big sisters...Katie would have 2 little siblings and Emily would know the "joy" of a little sibling. Katie and Emily were overjoyed...just like your dad and me.

I remember the ultrasound. At about 20 weeks. Daddy and I decided that Katie and Emily could go, too. It would be a family affair. You were, of course, the baby for ALL of us.

I remember that K&E were fussing, as sisters do and daddy was tending to them both. I remember that the ultrasound tech kept the wand rolling over my belly and I remember her asking if we wanted to know if you were a boy or girl. I remember as she typed a word on the screen....


I knew it. All along, I knew that I was meant to be the momma of girls. I remember telling K&E...."it's a sister!"

We were all so happy.

You grew and grew in my belly. AND GREW!!!!

At 35 weeks, I went for an ultrasound to check how you have grown (I was measuring big).

The ultrasound tech did her measurements. You looked so wonderful. She wrote some numbers on a little card and gave me a picture of your profile. The card said "35 weeks. 8lb 12oz." I remember asking if that was how big she thought you would be when you were born. She replied..."no. that is how big she is now." Panic set in. You were growing to be a big girl.

The doctor decided to induce me a little early. Because of your growth. And I was happy to oblige him. It was so hot. We couldn't really leave the house. I couldn't stand the heat. You were like a little heater and you kept me warm all of the time!!!!

I went to the hospital and the induction started. I had decided to try to do things without an epidural.

Wow....thinking back, that was a crazy decision.

Labor progressed slowly but I got to 10cm after about 12hours. But you were still so high in my body that the doctors and nurses could hardly touch your head when they checked me. And high up you stayed. After 2.5 hours of pushing and crying and pushing and were still high. So...I got an epidural. It was a beautiful thing. didn't come down. Even with awesome strong pushes.

The doctor suggested a C-section and Daddy and I didn't really need to talk about it. We wanted you here!!!!! 6:41a.m., in OR 2, you were born. Screaming as soon as the air touched your body. I remember hearing the doctor say..."no wonder she wouldn't come down". You were a wonderfully, perfectly BIG baby!!!! Daddy had been by my head the whole time, but I wanted him to go check on you. I could hear you cry, but couldn't see you for a few minutes. Just the nature of the operating room. I was crying from the joy and shear exhaustion!!!!

You were healthy. And beautiful. All that we could ever ask for.

When we got to our room, Gma and Gpa B were there to greet you. (They were nervous because I was having surgery.)

The rest has been a blur. 3 years have gone so quickly.

Sometimes, some days seem to drag on forever - 3 kids can fill a house up quickly...

But, as I look at you now. I see the toddler that you were and the big girl that you are becoming.

Cheering as you use the potty successfully. Comforting you when you get a booboo. Being the number one person in your whole world.

You are a great kid.

You are houghtful. Sweet. Affectionate. SOFT!!! Caring. Bossy. And funny.

God certainly knew that we needed you in this family. We all needed you.

Happy Birthday to our sweet baby. You will always be referred to as "the baby".

We are so glad that you are here!!!

The picture? It was Allison's first Christmas and we were sitting by the tree. Talking about how we had to be gentle with it. We could touch it, but not pull on it...and I had the camera. I asked her to smile and she got right up to the camera and that smile! (Think we'll need braces????)