Sunday, December 30, 2007

Belated Christmas Greeting

video

I am soooooo late mailing our Christmas cards. Enjoy this video until you get yours in the mail. It aired on News Channel 11 (Dean's place of business) at least a couple of times. Didn't Lola do a great job?!!!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

The little boy Fetus @ 24 weeks, 5 days

Here are new ultrasound pictures from today. The fetus weighs in at 2 pounds, 1 ounce. That's normal. Below is a hiney shot.

Legs and umbilical cord.

3D shots of his face!!!
He and his dad look about the same when they are sleeping.

It was pretty awesome that they gave us a CD with the pictures on it. I love them!




Saturday, December 15, 2007

Oh the wonderful weekend......

This might be a long post! I have this whole weekend off, and we took a lot of pictures today.
This is a stocking that I am pretty sure my Aunt Gay made for me for my first Christmas. It is very detailed, and now it's vintage. After all, I am 27 now!

Our "mantle" (entertainment center.)

My beloved white tree. This year, I didn't do colored lights or bright multicolored ornaments, because Dean said it looked like a gay pride float. I did all red and green lights and ornaments, and he said it was the best looking tree he had ever seen. Woohoo!
Lola's pink "twee."

Lola's favorite new pair of shoes.

This morning she found an old gift card and was playing with it in her room. She asked Dean to come in there, and she had set up her kitchen facing the door, and had all the play food out. She asked him to order, and then told him to pay.

She took the gift card and swiped it down her kitchen, like the picture below. Then she said "Thanks, see you soon!"

Lola's Drive-In, how may I help you?!!!!


TWINKIES!

Lola and I in our matching outfits. I love Old Navy!
Dean and I went to his work Christmas party tonight, and when I changed clothes she said "oh mom, we're not twinkies anymore!"

Dean's party was a lot of fun. They get to spin a wheel for their Christmas bonus, which is awesome. At the hospital we get a choice of a ham or turkey. :) There was snow on the ground this morning, but by the time we went outside it was pretty much melted. It wasn't much but it was pretty to look at.
That's all for now. Thanks for reading.







Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away!

Most of you know that I am a Christmas freak. I love putting up my decorations as early as possible, I love Christmas music, Christmas colors, Christmas cookies, etc........ I started putting up my tree mid-November, and I am almost done with it. It has taken me a lot longer than usual, but I am almost done. When I get done, I will post a picture of it. For now I am going to post some pictures of years past.
Also, I am going to share some of my favorite Christmas memories. One of the best was when I was in First grade and I got a huge Strawberry Shortcake house from Santa. Another good one is when my brother had his G.I. Joes repelling from the tree, even after he had gotten in trouble several times, and my mom took the tree down to teach him a lesson. He could have electrocuted himself!
Enjoy the pics!


Christmas 2005, family photo.
First year decorating my white tree!

Christmas 2006 professional pictures.

Christmas 2006 - Lola's gingerbread house and mini tree.

2005, the best present I ever received!

2005, looking at the tree.







Friday, November 30, 2007

Lola Can Dress Herself

The last 2 weeks Lola has started changing her clothes compulsively. She has been able to partially dress herself for a few months, but she can now do it all on her own. It was cute for awhile, but now she has at least twice the amount of laundry because she will change 6-7 times a day, if you let her. She will wake up and put on an outfit and shoes before we even know that she is awake. Usually it is an outfit from the bin in her closet of things she has outgrown. That is usually pretty funny.

We went to Allen for Thanksgiving. It wasn't really that eventful of a trip, except that we bought a new vehicle. I'll post pictures of it soon. I lost our camera at the wedding, so we use the video camera right now for pictures. We also drove through torrential downpours of snow on the way home and had to stop and stay in a motel.

I had another ultrasound on Monday and it is for sure a boy. I will have an ultrasound every 4 weeks because of my history of Gestational diabetes. Everything looks great right now. They worry about the baby's size with Gestational diabetes, but Lola was normal size at exactly 40 weeks, 1 day - 7 pounds, 10 ounces. It is normal for subsequent babies to be larger than the first, and my mom had two - 9 pounders after me, without diabetes. I say that to say that IF I have an 8 or 9 pound baby, it doesn't mean that I haven't been taking care of myself. I definately am. Things may go differently this time, because I am seeing completely different doctors, and delivering at a different hospital. They are aware of the complications that Lola had at birth, and are willing to do everything possible to ensure that nothing with my delivery will cause this baby to be stuck in NICU for a week. I work with my doctors, so I am a lot more comfortable with them than I was with my previous OB.

Here are more pictures of Lola from the wedding, courtesy of Hollie and Stephen's awesome camera and mad photography skills. Enjoy!















Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Weekend Events

This past weekend we were in Allen for my dad's wedding. Lola was the flower girl. She had curlers in her hair that morning and we covered them with a shower cap. In the picture above she is apparently raiding Kelli-Mom's fridge.


Lola and Uncle Kyle.




Thinking about doing her nails.

"Another picture of me in this shower cap, seriously?!!!!"

Here's all 3 of us dressed up. Lola's beauty routine paid off, she looked really, really, really adorable. She stood for a couple of minutes at the front with Hillary and I, and then she would go back and forth between us and her Kelli-Mom. She was dangerously close to a pillar with a candle on it, so we spent half the ceremony grimacing because we were sure it was going to tip over and light the church on fire. It was pretty funny. Lola ran around at the reception the entire time, non-stop. She danced and met some of her 3rd and 4th cousins for the first time. Dean and I had a great time seeing our friends as well, and some of my dad's family that we don't get to see very often. It was a fun weekend.

Monday, November 5, 2007

HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!

I have been trying to upload pictures for days. We have a really crappy internet connection. Some of the pictures won't be on here because I can't upload them. Sorry. The picture above is Lola trick-or-treating. She said "Oh, a fire hydrant! Take my picture with it!"

The rest of these are her at school. I think you can see her wings pretty well in this one.


Here she is with JoJo the clown and Dorothy & Toto. She had a great Halloween and got enough candy to last her until next year, unless Dean and I eat it all before then.
Yesterday, we went to our cousin Libby's 2nd birthday party! She has a lot of little cousins, and we all had fun. It is nice to have family nearby.
Please pray for my Aunt Myrna, my dad's sister. She is in Slaton at a care center recovering from open heart surgery.
Well, that's all. I am pretty busy this week because we are leaving town on Thursday. I may not post for about a week. But who knows, maybe I will surprise you.....



Sunday, October 28, 2007

......And then he ran out. And, then, fast as a fox, The Cat in the Hat came back in with a box.
A big red wood box. It was shut with a hook. "Now look at this trick", said the cat. "Take a look!"
Then he got up on top with a tip of his hat. "I call this game FUN-IN-A-BOX," said the cat. "In this box are two things I will show to you now. You will like these two things," said the cat with a bow.
"I will pick up the hook. You will see something new. Two things. And I call them Thing One and Thing Two. These Things will not bite you. They want to have fun"
Then out of the box

Came Thing Two...





And Thing One!



And they ran to us fast. They said, "How do you do? Would you like to shake hands with Thing One and Thing Two?


.....Then Sally and I saw them run down the hall. We saw those two Things bump their kites on the wall! Bump! Thump! Thump! Bump! Down the wall in the hall..............Then those Things ran about with big bumps, jumps and kicks, and with hops and big thumps and all kinds of bad tricks.



..........So, as fast as I could, I went after my net. And I said, "With my net I can get them I bet. I bet, with my net, I can get those Things yet!" Then I let down my net. It came down with a PLOP! And I had them. At last! Those two Things had to stop. Then I said to the cat, "Now you do as I say. you pack up those Things, and you take them away!"

Then he shut up the Things in the box with the hook. And the cat went away with a sad kind of look.




Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pumpkin Patch

Yesterday we went to a "pumpkin patch" at a church here in town. There are more pictures, but Lola was too distracted to look at the camera.


This is Lola's fun hairdo. She likes it done with rubber bands to match her clothes, so we did orange and black this time.


This is her halloween shirt that blinks and glows in the dark. She is very proud of it.

Yesterday at the doctor's office, she got a glow in the dark spider ring to match. I took her in for allergies, but she also has an ear infection. The doctor said she has probably had it for 2 weeks. She hasn't told me her ears hurt or been touching them at all, I guess she got used to it hurting. But now she is on antibiotics and allergy medicine and on the road to recovery.
We're going to carve our pumpkins this weekend! Pictures of that to come later...........and then Halloween!


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

"Glad you got to see me!"

This is my grandmother and I before my wedding. When I was growing up I remember coming to Lubbock to visit a couple of times a year, and I have a few funny memories of her from my childhood.

I knew her best as an adult. I lived with her for my last 2 semesters of nursing school. While it was not always easy to live together, considering the 52 years of age between us, I am glad that we did. I think back now on some of the things she would say and I laugh out loud.

She would have very vivid dreams that were SO strange, and she always remembered them well enough to tell you the next day. One morning she called and cancelled her subscription to the newspaper right at 8 a.m. because it was raining and they threw the paper under her car. She was a BIG fan of Star Search and American Idol - we disagreed about season 2, Ruben vs. Clay. She loved Texas Tech sports, always watched the games on TV. I never heard her laugh harder than when she watched old episodes of the Match Game. She bought the purple dress she is wearing above at Dillards a few weeks before my wedding. My mom, sister, aunt and I were all there. I will never forget how hard we laughed in the dressing rooms.

She loved old Hymms from the old songbooks. We sang some to her the hours before she died, and even as weak as she was, she tried to sing with us. I had never been, and haven't been since, at the completion of someone's life with them.

She died when Lola was about 6 weeks old, May 15, 2005. Later that summer, I was driving to work one morning and I remember feeling so sad. I heard a song by Chris Rice, "Come to Jesus" and it reminds me of her everytime I hear it, still. I think because she had a very full life, with ups and downs. Lyrics are below. Enjoy them, and the picture. As Mimi would say, "Glad you got to see me!"



Weak and wounded sinner

Lost and left to die

O, raise your head, for love is passing by

Come to Jesus

Come to Jesus

Come to Jesus.... and live


Now your burden's lifted

And carried far away

And precious blood has washed away the stain,

so Sing to Jesus

Sing to Jesus

Sing to Jesus.... and live


And like a newborn baby

Don't be afraid to crawl

And remember when you walk Sometimes we fall...

so Fall on Jesus

Fall on Jesus

Fall on Jesus .....and live


Sometimes the way is lonely

And steep and filled with pain

So if your sky is dark and pours the rain,

then Cry to Jesus

Cry to Jesus

Cry to Jesus......... andlive


O, and when the love spills over

And music fills the night

And when you can't contain your joy inside,

then Dance for Jesus

Dance for Jesus

Dance for Jesus...... and live


And with your final heartbeat

Kiss the world goodbye

Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side,

and Fly to Jesus

Fly to Jesus

Fly to Jesus........... and live


Anita J. Riggan

July 6, 1928 - May 15, 2005

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lola is One With Nature


On Sunday, Dean was grilling in the backyard. Lola went out there and ran around for awhile, and then she decided she needed to "use the potty." So, she took off all of her clothes AND her diaper and was about to squat right as Dean caught her and brought her in the house. She did this a couple of times this summer while we were swimming out there, but now it is significantly cooler and she was completely dressed. The picture above is after she came in and actually went potty ON the potty, and her mouth is full of smarties. Yes, I have resulted to bribery to get her out of diapers, and it works wonders. Except for when she wants to strip down in the great outdoors.

Dean has a new position at work. He is the Assignments Editor at KCBD News Channel 11. He has been there for almost 3 years and this is his third position. I'm pretty sure he could run the place if he had to. He has to dress up for work now, which is a pretty big deal when you have worn jeans to work every day for 3 years. We spent Saturday shopping for him, his new stuff looks great! I tried to take a picture of him this morning before he left for work, but he declined. Another plus - his hours are 8-5 Monday thru Friday!!!

Lola and I also spent Friday shopping for her. We had a great time, and discovered that she is in love with the mall. On Saturday when we were in the men's section of Mervyn's, she said "can we go to the pretty part of the mall now?" Talk about the apple not falling far from the tree. She is her mama's girl. :)

Halloween pictures coming soon!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Funny Stuff and Good News!




Last weekend we went home to Allen for a wedding. Ray and Shauna, 2 of our friends got married. We had a great time at the rehearsal and the wedding. It was a great party. Above is us at the rehearsal dinner, and Dean with some of his BFF's.



I found Lola like this one day last week. She had been putting on makeup with me, and she ran off. When it got quiet, I went to look for her. This is what I saw, and I almost fainted from laughing so hard. She covered her face in baby powder, and put some on her baby doll too. I said, "Lola, what did you do to your face?" She replied, " I have a moostache."



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We had our first ultrasound today. From what they can tell, it looks like a BOY! By the size of the baby, I measured a week ahead. However, they won't officially change my due date until we have another ultrasound in November. I didn't have an ultrasound this early with Lola, so I didn't expect to see so much. It (he) looks like an actual little person with a face, arms, legs, etc.... In November we will have a for-sure due date and we should know the gender with 100% certainty.
We are still deciding on names, but we have a strict policy of NOT telling the name until the baby is born. You can ask, but we won't tell you. I mean that in the nicest way possible. :)

I will post more pictures when I can get them downloaded.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Fall and All

Not much new has been going on around our house. This weekend we went to the Corn Maize in Shallowater for my work's employee day. It was a lot of fun. Above are the pumpkins we picked and named. Lola's is the one she picked all by herself from the pumpkin patch.

Lola and Dean had an equally great time on the "cow train" as you can see above. She has ridden on little trains like this before at family reunions and at Mamaw and Doyle's, and she loves them.
This is what the pumpkin patch looked like. For some reason, I thought all the pumpkins would be perfect looking and all in a row, but they were still on the vine. There were gourds and other stuff too. This is our "daddy" pumpkin.

There were pigs, goats, and turkeys in little cages for the kids to look at. Lola saw the pigs and said "Oh hi Wilbur!" She loves Charlotte's Web.
One "fun" thing we did last night was tweezing a million prickly pear splinters out of Lola's hands. She was with her great-grandparents yesterday, and when she came home she wouldn't use her hands. She even ate her dinner solely with her mouth off of her plate. (like Wilbur!) Her hands are much better now.
One more thing - today is our 3 year anniversary. Happy Anniversary to Us!