Wednesday, July 30, 2008

School Bell is close to Ringing...

Yes, it is that time of year again and school is just around the corner. The aisles are lined with lunch kits, loose leaf paper, #2 pencils, kleenex and folders. I am entering my 14th year working in the public education system and I am proud to say I LOVE IT! I went back on contract Monday at school and I must admit I am one tired Mommy! Could have something to do with the fact that I normally work 7-3 and I am working 8-5:30 (this week only). Oh and maybe that I am pregnant. I came home and told the HOTY yesterday, "uh, I could never work and 8-5 job... I am exhausted and that makes for a long day". Not to mention, I miss my baby girl and I don't like getting home so late and not being able to spend much time with her. Seems as though... we get home, eat dinner, take a bath, play for a bit, read a book and it is time to go night-night.

The "itty bitty" went back to Mrs. Jenny's this week and did not make a fuss about it. She is so happy there and I don't think her feet have hit the floor in 3 days, she has been riding Mrs. Jenny's hip. She is thrilled to be back with Tori and David too...she loves those kiddos to pieces. She calls David (Day Day) and Tori (Mom)...we can not figure out why she is calling Tori Mom, except that she hears her calling Mrs. Jenny that. So, here is my 13 month old chasing a 3rd grader around the house calling her Mom. I have not heard it, but I am sure it is so funny! Emma came home today with a lesson and told us about the letter A, and kept sounding it out phonetically and then saying a-a-a-apple. Mrs. Jenny has started working with her on her letters and of course the "witty itty bitty" has caught right on. She was really proud of that paper that she studied today and also colored with a red crayon. I have said it before and I will say it again...we are so fortunate to have the Foxworth Family in our lives.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Two Years Ago Today

Wow ~ it is very hard for me to believe that 2 years ago today my Dad went to be with the Lord. I will never forget that day as long as I live...and I will never forget this man as long as I live either. I miss my Dad so much and there are so many things that I wish...when I think of him. First and foremost, I wish he could have been here to see and hold my sweet Emma. I know that he can see her and he is fully aware of what is going on in my life, because that is the promise that God has given each of us. How I long to hear him call me Laurie one more time and would give anything to hear him laugh. If you had the privilege of knowing my Dad, you know he was probably one of the most hilarious people that ever lived.

Let me share one of my favorite stories about him... He was so nervous on my wedding day that he would forget what to say, so he had my BFF's husband write it on his hand. Below is the poem that I wrote & delivered at my Dad's funeral in honor of him, thought I would include it for those who did not know him... so you could see what an amazing guy he was also. Looking back, I don't know how I was able to get up and do that ~ yes I was definitely a God thing. So today, I am sad & miss my Dad, the pain never goes away but it does get easier.


I will always remember that big smile on your face
and long to hear that laugh many loved to embrace

You meant the world to those who knew you in many different ways,
but God took you home to rest that late July day

He needed another angel to play in his band
or perhaps someone at the BBQ pit to lend him a hand

Your work on this earth is over and done
but your legacy will always continue to live on

How do I begin to honor you for the lives you have touched
and tell you I love you so very much?

You reached out your hand County wide
Serving Agriculture and Youth
You did it with great Pride

You taught us all to laugh and lots of laughing we did
I will cherish that as long as I live

Dad, I wish you could see all the people who have called or dropped by
All the hearts that are struggling to tell you good bye

I always took pride in wearing that Fabian name
and hearing people talk about you being a butcher
That will always be your claim to fame

It was only 8 short months ago when you walked me down the aisle
The Preacher ask who gives this woman and you “nervously chuckled”
Her Mother and I

That will always be, one of the best days of my life
and I will never forget how proud you were that I was finally Curtis’ wife

You taught me so much throughout your days,
how to be honest, hard working, and independent in every way

No matter how much time passes until we meet up again,
I will always be “Daddy’s Little Girl” Until the very end

Dad, You will be missed and you’ll always be loved,
in my heart I know you are watching over us all from Heaven up above.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Nope, not the Pottery Barn Kitchen

And the big surprise is... The "itty bitty" got her first set of wheels yesterday. She was so excited when she saw her new little pink/green/purple motorized 4 wheeler. The picture below tells it all, perhaps you can see just a little bit of her amazing personality. Yep, this is the kid that keeps us laughing constantly! I don't know why, but she reminds me so much of myself in this picture...
Unfortunately for us it rained yesterday and today, so you got it...she has been riding this thing all over the house. She can get on and off it by herself, push the button and make it go pretty darn fast. However, she is not real good at steering...she has hit the walls, furniture, Beamer, the appliances, the doors, her toys, the bed and even me. Of course she just laughs and thinks it is, oh so funny.

I just loved this picture and I wanted to share it with all of you... I like it when her little teeth show.

Just so you know, this was bought with gift cards from Emma's Birthday that we have been holding until we found something she would really enjoy. The HOTY thinks I am crazy, but I really work hard and spend alot of time focusing on not raising an ungrateful child. Which brings me to this point...we don't go out and buy random things for Emma or pick things up for her at the store every time we go or just because. Poor kid, we let her play with something in the store and then we put it back before we leave...terrible, huh? I think this has been an adjustment for the HOTY, because a blink of the eye and this "itty bitty" would have the buggy overflowing. Maybe I am exaggerating a bit...he is really very supportive of my efforts when it comes to this and he would also like to raise an appreciative child. Don't get me wrong it would be easier and alot more fun to just buy her everything she wanted, but often times....easier is not always better. With that being said, all of you out there feel free to share your words of wisdom with me on this subject & please be nice.

So, today we went to the dealership to have the oil changed and some minor repairs done to our vehicle. What should have taken 1 hour turned into 2 hours and 45 minutes of waiting with a 13.5 month old. It was very interesting to say the least. Emma did lots of really funny stuff there, but I have to share one thing with you that just cracked me up. About 1.5 hours in, she begins to get loud and starts screaming, talking and singing (pretty much all at the same time). I picked her up and put her ear real close to my mouth and began to whisper, "shh baby, we are inside and you can not scream or be so loud, shhh, I love you, shh". What do you think this "WITTY ITTY BITTY" did? She put her mouth to my ear and whispered, "yes, yes, yes, dada, dada, dada, dog-dog, dog-dog," Okay... I started laughing so loud and everyone turned to look at me. I mean, where did this kid come from and how did she know to whisper?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Looking Back & First Step

I often find myself reminiscing through old pictures and journals and tonight I came across this picture of me about 3 weeks before I delivered the "Itty Bitty" and the memories just started consuming me. I was actually on the phone with my dear friend Tedra when I came across it and I said, "You know the best part about being pregnant is you get to have them all to yourself for 10 months". I can still recall how I was a little sad when Emma was born, because she was no longer in my tummy and this meant I had to share her with the rest of the world (if you are a Mommy, I am sure you totally understand). So, I look forward to the next 33 weeks and 2 days of having this baby all to myself. Pregnancy was wonderful to me last time and I feel like this time will be no different.
Big News....Emma took her first step today. We actually had Brook over today for a play date and she is a walker, so I am thinking she inspired the "itty bitty" to get up on those feet. She was a little shaky, real unsure and oh so nervous about moving that first foot forward. It just makes me smile to stand there and watch her think about going... she puts her little hands out and moves her fingers back and forth, like come here. Today instead of sitting back down on the floor, she moved that little foot forward. Of course... we celebrated with claps, hugs and kisses. When Daddy got home we tried to show him, but nope...she was not interested, she just wanted to be right up in his arms ~ where every little girl should be at the end of the day.
Emma has a big surprise waiting for her tomorrow... we will have pictures to post and she should be one VERY happy little girl. Anyone want to take a guess on what it is? Tedra, you already no cheating!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Strong Heartbeat & Answered Prayers

Let me begin with the greatest news of all...Melissa & Sean are pregnant and we are so darn excited that we just can't stand it. I am sure she is glad that the news is finally out, so I can quit emailing, texting and calling her like a mad woman...the wait was driving me insane today. We could not be happier for them and they are so deserving of this amazing blessing. I am looking forward to us journeying through our pregnancies together. If we have calculated correctly, we are only a week apart...woo-hoo! Thanks to all for your thoughts, well wishes, concerns and prayers that you shared on their behalf. Now we will wait to see if there are one or two babies in there. Melissa's HCG levels were high today, so there could be more surprises around the corner in a few weeks.

We finally got to see with our eyes, hear with our ears and love with our hearts today as Baby Frazier # 2 was revealed to us. We waited impatiently for almost an hour in the waiting room trying to entertain a 13 month old with dogs, raisins and goldfish. It was finally our time to go back...and we jumped to our feet when they said "Frazier". After the Dr. came in, we were ready to get started and find out what our newest family member was doing in there. The Dr. turned off the lights, turned on the Ultrasound machine and asked if we were ready. Of course the HOTY & Itty Bitty's eyes were glued to the screen (it was really as if Emma knew what was going on and she was going to be the first to find that baby). The Dr. located the 4th Frazier and Emma yelled "WOW"! Once again, we all laughed hysterically like we do often with this kiddo around. The Dr. proceeded to locate the heartbeat and we could hear it... I just laid there thinking, Thank you Jesus...our babies heart is beating (126 beats per minute ~ Emma's was 124 when we did her first ultrasound). Well, then I hear Emma start saying "dog-dog" and pointing at the screen as if a real dog were on there. I told you this kid is obsessed with dogs...the Dr. laughed and said "oh baby, aren't you in for a surprise". As the ultrasound was wrapping up the Dr. said, "yep, there is one"...before we could say a word, Emma said "one" as if she needed some clarification or something. Yes my sweet angel...there is only one little brother or sister you will have to tolerate & learn to love. All in all, it was a fabulous day...I was so thrilled that Emma got to be a part of the excitement with her little "witty" self.

Mommy & Emma waiting to go back a meet "the littlest one of all"

Proud Daddy & Big Sister

Things could not have turned out any better today for the Frazier's or the Forey's. We have been doubly blessed as a family and know that God will continue to watch over and protect us.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Frazier Four Debuts Tomorrow

Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day for the Frazier Three...we finally get to see Frazier Four. We are scheduled for an ultrasound in the morning at 10:45 with our Doctor. I am so excited about seeing the life that is growing inside of me and sharing this moment with my sweet lil' family. Yes, the "itty bitty" is going with us tomorrow to see her brother/sister and hear that little heartbeat. Please say a prayer for us that everything is perfect and this baby is growing and developing appropriately. I will be 6 weeks and 3 days pregnant tomorrow and when we saw Emma for the first time I was 6 weeks and 2 days pregnant. I could not help but take a look back at the journals we did when we got to see her for the first time. I have included it for your enjoyment...these are great memories for us and I am so thankful that we kept such detailed records on the website. It is wonderful to look back at these things now and I know it will be more enjoyable in the years to come.

October 31, 2006
Mommy writes after the appointment:

Today was a great day for me & Curtis. It was only 6 weeks and 2 days ago when we became Parents. We went to the Doctor today for a regular visit and heard the most amazing sound of our life (up to this point). We had our first official Ultra Sound with our Dr. We were a little nervous at first, but once we got started it was smooth sailing. The Dr. began the procedure and told us that she would explain to us what she was looking at, so we could join her in her search for "Baby Frazier". She found the baby rather quickly and it was right where it was suppose to be. We got to hear it's little heartbeat and it was beating rather fast (124 beats per minute) to be exact. That was truly the most amazing sound we have heard in all of our lives at this point. I think we were both in shock that we were able to hear it. The Dr. also took some measurements and everything looked perfect. The baby is the size of a coffee bean as of today. Once again, we thanked God for this blessing and left there realizing how fortunate we truly were to be able to experience pregnancy!

Daddy writes:

I will never forget the first day we laid eyes on you. There you were on the screen, the tiniest little thing we had ever seen. I think my heart nearly stopped the moment we heard your little heart beating! From the moment we said "I Do", we started thinking of you. Through all of the conversations, thoughts, hopes and many prayers, I never imagined that I would feel the way that I do today. You are a gift from God that we will cherish always. Today it became very real to me that in a short while my name will forever change to "Daddy". I think of your grandparents and all that they are in your Mommy's and my lives only hoping that we can be to you what they have been to us. While we may stumble along the way, know that we will trust God to guide us to be the best parents we can be.

Before we even know the color of your eyes or your hair
Before we know if it's pants or a dress you will wear

Before we decide on your first and middle name
Before we know if you & your cousins will look the same

Before we buy you a pink or blue shoe
I already know that my heart belongs to you.

Before you take your first breath of air
A love like no other our family will share

Before you come home to a house filled with love
We count you a blessing from our Father above.

One more thing...while you are praying for us, can you please pray for Melissa and Sean, they go in the morning at 7:45 to have the blood work done to see if they are pregnant. We are so excited for them and are looking forward to the wonderful news.

We are on our knees tonight thankful for many things and full of hope for tomorrow!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Pink Cupcakes & Blue Faith

Today has been a great day...actually one of my favorite things to do with the HOTY and the "itty bitty" is to have lunch and just hang out in the Village with my 2 favorite people. Yes, the HOTY is a trooper and he enjoys these days as much as I do...Gosh, I am so thankful for blind dates! We left the house pretty early with a list of "things to do"... and we made the day of it. Our first stop was at Pottery Barn Kids to look at some beds for Emma, so we could start planning ahead before Baby # 2 arrives. If you know us very well, you know it takes us months of research and pros/cons t-charts before we buy anything. While in PBK we always let Emma play with the kitchen/stove/refrigerator set & she loves it. I do not know who wants it more...Mommy or Emma. It is the cutest little thing I have ever seen and I know she would cook us up some "pinkalicous" meals with it. The HOTY is not quite convinced yet, but a few more visits and I think he might be.

Next, we ventured to Janie and Jack to pick up the cutest little denim gauchos and shirt they just got in for Miss Priss...did I mention this is one of my TOP 5 favorite places to shop for the "itty bitty". While we were there I decided to pick up a couple little outfits for Baby Peyton (Marla and Dwain's Baby Girl that will be here in about 8 weeks) ~ we are so excited for both of them. Curtis and I decided to step out on FAITH and we picked up the following outfit for Baby #2 and yes, it is BLUE! Just simple, but oh so sweet. Both of us really just want a healthy baby and that is all we say to people when they ask, however deep down inside we would both be thrilled if it were a boy for many reasons...#1 being the Frazier name will carry on. Yep, Curtis is the last the pressure is on.

We did a little more shopping and then we headed to Sugarbaby's which is a little Cupcake Boutique. I have been wanting to go there for a while, so today was the day. It is a cute little shop with Cupcakes and shakers full of sprinkles, so you can decorate them to your liking. We each got a cupcake and nestled into a cozy little table to eat the sweet treat. Emma had a hard time picking out exactly which one she wanted...

She decided to go with the Pink one with the Pink Icing...good choice kiddo...I think she might be a girly girl.

Yummy, Yummy, be the judge, do you think she liked it? The HOTY got a Black Forest with pink icing & chocolate shell and I got Red Velvet with Cream Cheese icing. When it was all said and done, the HOTY looked at me and said, "uh, I think our cupcakes are better than that". He was so right too, but you could have never convinced our daughter of that.

One last Emma story before I go. We have been talking to Emma about the new baby and telling her that she is going to be a BIG Sister. We always ask her where the baby is and she points to my stomach and gives it a hug and a kiss. Soon after she woke up this morning we were talking to her and I asked her, "Emma, where is the baby"... she looked at me and pointed to her Daddy's belly and gave it loving. Of course we were laughing hysterically... who knows...the baby might be in Beamer's belly tomorrow.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

You will be missed Charlene...

Today has been a very sad day for Curtis' family and lifelong friends. Charlene Hubach lost her 8 year battle to Cancer today in Lubbock, Texas. Curtis grew up at Deer Park Church of Christ with the Hubach family. Their families took many vacations together year after year with the most memorable being to Disney Land. I only had a few opportunities to be around Charlene in the past couple years, but this sweet lady always had a kind word to share and looked forward to the days ahead. Since I have known Curtis, it has been very obvious to me that Russell and Charlene have deeply impacted his life through their faith, wisdom and guidance through out the years. Below you will see a matte that Charlene signed at our wedding that reads, "Laura will be even better than the hugable @ Disneyland". Charlene always enjoyed sharing the story with me about Curtis being a small boy and carrying a stuffed Pooh around the happiest place on earth.

Curtis and Charlene dancing at our Wedding in December of 2005.

This is the "hugable" that Charlene gave to Emma when she was born. She was not feeling well enough to deliver it herself, so she sent it to me through Curtis' Mom. When I opened it, I knew exactly why she had chosen was the most thoughtful gift ever.

Charlene, You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now there is in store for you the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge has already given to you today. 2 Timothy 7-8.

One last thought, I walked in our family room tonight and found the HOTY writing on a legal pad where he had already accumulated 4 pages of his thoughts. I quickly read through them and this caught my attention. The HOTY writes... "For the Fraziers, Disney and the Hubachs is virtually synonymous, which leads me to this thought. On this day, the Magic Kingdom seems a little less magical...if only we could wish upon a star. Though I think of how Charlene is no longer able to visit the Magic Kingdom, she has been delivered to the greatest Kingdom of all, that of our Heavenly Father". Wow ~ I can only Imagine!

You are very loved and will be greatly missed, Charlene. We will continue to keep Russell, Dennis, Suzanne, Lloyd & Lauren in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Playdates & SPF 50

We have had some play dates this week and they have been big fun. Yesterday we met 3 other Mommy's & their girls at the pool for some fun in the sun.

Look at my friend Brook, she is some kind of brave. She loves the water, takes off on her own, falls down, goes under water and gets right back up... just a smiling. Her Mommy is constantly chasing her and she thinks it is funny. We played together again today and hopefully I will see her tomorrow too.

Lizzie, Emma & Brook posing for a BFF shot. Natalie was running a little late with her Mommy, so she missed the photo shoot. These 3 little ones are some kind of cute, don't you agree?

Well, you are looking at it. We have purchased stock with the sunscreen companies this season and it is alot of work to get my red hair, blue eyed, fair complected child to the pool. I mean, who would have thunk it? We have scalp spray, lotion for our face, spray for our body, lip protectant and lotion for our ears & neck. It is quite a chore to get the "itty bitty" all greased up for some fun in the sun. Please know that all of these products come highly recommended by the Frazier household.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

13 Months of Pure JOY

Every month on the "itty bitty's" Birthday we take her pictures and post it to her website for all to enjoy and for us to remember exactly what she looked like at that time. Tonight after dinner, I convinced the HOTY to change locations ~ so we headed up to the Lakes in the neighborhood to have our monthly photo shoot. Upon arriving we quickly realized we had forgotten the bread to feed the ducks...well, they kind of reminded us when they came darting across the lake our way. We probably could have went without feeding them this evening, however about 9 "durdles" (turtles) also approached us... that is the word our precious daughter added to her vocabulary today ~ along with yuck and mine (we are up to 31 words now). It only took one bat of the eye from the "itty bitty" and Daddy got back in the truck and went home to get the hamburger buns to feed the ducks, durdles & fish.

Big THANKS to Jill Ponder for the cute dress you picked up in Florida at Popin' when you went to visit your baby girl last week. I love it and so does my Mommy.

This was probably one of my favorites of the day. I loved her little face in this one... of course she kind of looks like she is up to something. (you can click on it and see for yourself)

This is probably the sweetest one of the day... Emma is a great kid and we can never get enough of her. She loves to be outside and do new things, especially if it involves animals. That a girl...your PawPaw Fabian would have been so proud.

Daddy and Emma feeding the ducks and the durdles... every once in a while Emma would sneak a little bite for herself or some duck would get lucky because it got a whole piece of bread. That girl would get so excited and forget to break it off.

And last, but certainly not my least favorite... our "itty bitty" just smiling like she does everyday. My mind often wonders what she is thinking...I ask myself constantly...Is she happy? Does she think we are good parents? Does she feel safe? Does she know how much we love her? Do we spend enough time teaching her stuff? Everyday I am reminded of what a truly happy little girl she is when... I smile at her and she smiles back. We are not perfect parents by any means...but we work hard everyday to be the best we can possibly be and that works for the Frazier Three, soon to be Four. Ohh, I kind of like that...I can't wait...the Frazier Four!

Happy 13 Month Birthday Itty Bitty

Monday, July 14, 2008

Triple A's traveled to Destin

Wow ~ these are my BFF's 3 little girls. Well, I say little...there not so little anymore. It still amazes me that they are going into 7th grade, 3rd grade & Kindergarten. These are probably 3 of the prettiest and sweetest girls I have ever laid eyes on. How cool is this...look what they got to do on their family vacation to Destin, Florida last week.

Ashlyn Hope (Ash)

Addison Grace (Addy)

Alexandria Faith (Ally)

Needless to say, Emma loves the Triple A's very much and they feel the same way about her. These girls had an amazing vacation from what I hear and we are so glad that they made it back home safely. You are 3 very lucky little girls and I love you all very much.

Blog-cation & Random Ramblings

Woo Hoo... I am back... Have not been up to blogging the last few days, but thought I would get back in the swing of things today and update you on the happenings in the Frazier household. We had a pretty laid back weekend, just hung out around the house and played with the "itty bitty". Our dear friend Tedra spent the day with us yesterday and it is always a joy to have her hang around. We spent the day chatting, catching up, laughing, grilling and enjoying a nice meal together...and of course laughed at Emma all day long. She is some kind of funny, I tell ya. Oh and I am so excited, Tedra took my IPOD home and is going to download some tunes for me...I can not wait. The HOTY is suppose to pick me up some kind of cable, so that I can listen to it in the car and Emma will be jammin soon. I feel like I am catching up with the times (ha ha).

We have a couple play dates planned this week with Lizzie and Brook, so I will have to drag my camera along to get some shots of these two cuties to include on my blog. These are Emma's lil friends and we plan on having some fun in the sun with them this week.

I am getting a new boss in the next couple days, so say a little prayer for me and the rest of the "Rangers" that we get someone good. This poor feller, he has got some big shoes to fill and hopefully he will do a heck of a job filling them. Mr. Kraemer will be missed by everyone in Rangerville... looking forward to the Class of 2009 and having another Rangeriffic year.

The "itty bitty" has been trottin around the house the last couple days with this little push toy. It is crazy...One day she just got up and took off. I think we might have a walker on our hands sometime soon. Of course she loves to ram this thing into the furniture, the walls, the appliances and most of all her best buddy, Beamer. Poor ole dog, he is probably like...get this kid away from me.

As far as the little one in my tummy... guess all is well. No signs of pregnancy just yet. Heading to the Dr. next Tuesday and really looking forward to seeing the new life that is growing inside of me. We should be able to hear the little heartbeat about then too.

I have started getting the website ready for Baby # 2. My goal is to journal our entire pregnancy just like we did for Emma. I sent off to get the Keepsake CD from Emma's and as soon as it arrives in the mail, I will start changing the website to focus on our new blessing. It is my hope to have as many memories for our 2nd baby that we have captivated for Emma.

Yep, I hear her...nap time is over...I am outta here for now...

Monday, July 7, 2008

Good News and Please Pray

Just got a call from the Nurse and my numbers look great... completed blood work this morning and my levels went from 30 to 164, progesterone is 24.9 and thyroid came back normal. Baby #2 is doing great and we are very excited about welcoming him/her to our family. No, we do not care what it is...we are praying for a healthy baby. We will return to the Dr. on July 22nd for an ultrasound. Thank you for your prayers, God is good!

Okay, calling all prayer warriors...I am asking for prayers for Curtis' cousin (and mine too) Melissa & Sean. They are going to be proceeding with IVF in the morning and need many many prayers. They have been trying to have a baby since 2005 and Mel will be going in tomorrow morning for the egg retrieval involved with the first part of IVF. Please pray that God will guide the hands of the Doctor and Nurses involved in this procedure, that Melissa will be at peace and comfortable, they will be free of worry & anxiety, her Uterine lining will be thick enough for IVF and that they will harvest an abundant amount of eggs, which in turn will be a baby/babies for them to love. God we just pray that your will be done in this situation and that you comfort Melissa and Sean during their journey to parenthood. For we know that it is you and only you that gives children to the childless wife, so that she becomes a happy mother. You can read more about Melissa's fertility journey by clicking on the link that says Melissa & Sean.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Happy 4th of July...delayed

This was the best shot I got of the "itty bitty" to share with you on July 4th (check out those patriotic shoes). We spent the day with family ~ enjoying good food, great company, lots of laughs and a day in the sun.

You are all going to think I am crazy, but Emma has given us a run for our money this weekend. I don't know if she senses I am pregnant or she is trying to give me a heads up for what my days ahead are going to look like as a Mommy of 2 (not to mention 21 months apart). Okay, I get it Emma, I get it, you can go back to your fun loving normal self. To heck with the terrible twos, show me the book about the fit throwing one year old. Man, I mean she can scream so loud that it will make you jump out of your skin. She got put in her room 3 times today to cry it out (hopefully Mrs. Jenny isn't reading this or I will be in trouble). Dr. Phil says 3 days of crying it out and they will just go to sleep without any fuss...well, we will see if your right, good buddy. Oh, I will let all you Mommy's out there know how it worked out as well. I feel so mean, but it is what it is.

Had a couple new friends join the world of blogging today, so check out their links if you get a chance & say HOWDY.

Tomorrow morning I go back to the lab to get blood work done to make sure that my HCG hormone has doubled and all is well with Baby # 2. So, when you hit your knees tonight and talk to Big Daddy...send a shout out for me that those numbers are quadrupled tomorrow. (you more conservative folks...say a little prayer for me).

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Emma is going to be a BIG Sister...

Thank you Jesus for answering our prayers. Today has been an amazing and very surprising day for the Frazier household. It started about 6:30 this morning when I decided to take Pregnancy test #6 for the week. I got out of bed and the HOTY was getting dressed for work and I said, "I am going to take this and go back to bed, tell me what it says". Uh, 5 negative test and $19.99 + $12.99 later ~ I thought to myself....why did I just waist another test? Well, it was not even a minute later when Curtis came to my side of the bed and said, "this can't be right, it says your pregnant". Of course I was like, stop playing around it is not funny. He quickly told me he was not joking and to come and see ~ twine thirty. Sure enough...your looking at what we saw and it said...

I started calling the Dr. as soon as they opened and finally reached the Nurse at 9:20 and she explained if I got to the lab before 10:30, I could find out my results by 1:00. I flew through the shower, slapped some clothes on the "itty bitty" and off we went to the Medical Center. Yes, we made it and didn't even have to buy lunch for the lab rats this go around.

I love this picture...the purple test is the one we used when we found out we were pregnant with little Emma and the bottom is the one that delivered the incredible news to us about Baby #2. Look at my sweet little girls fingers...she was trying to help Mommy or perhaps she is excited she is going to be a BIG Sister. Which do you think it is?

Finally, a picture of a very happy Daddy and his pride and joy. You are looking at Pregnancy test # 6 & # 7 for the week. We are so excited that our family is growing. The last year of our life has been the best with the "itty bitty" around. Our prayer is that God will bless us with a healthy baby that I am able to carry full term, free of any complications. We ask that you continue to think of us and pray for us as we journey through the months ahead. We are so EXCITED and are truly blessed. To God be the Glory!

A new baby is like the beginning of all things ~ wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.

1 Candle, 2 Pez Dispensers & 3 Bananas

Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Corn, Texas Toast, Tea & Banana Pudding were on the menu last night for the HOTY's Birthday Celebration. No Darla, I did not make him eat Chicken Nuggets with cheese sauce either ~ I cooked a meal that was better than, "Slap Yo Mama's Soul Food".

Okay, usually I would have had tea light candles...but the Circle E had to do. The 2 Pez dispensers are what the "itty bitty" picked out for her Daddy's birthday. I lined about 20 things up at Academy (shoes, shirts, golf stuff & more) to let Emma choose her Daddy a gift, however she kept pointing at something and calling it a BALL. Well, I finally took her over to where she was pointing and this is what she picked. She was not happy with 1, she insisted on 2 ~ she folded over like a taco right there in the buggy to buy both of we did. Okay, now about the 3 bananas ~ well it was raining yesterday, the "itty bitty" was asleep after a day of shopping and I needed bananas (for the pudding). I thought to myself, where can I get bananas that I don't have to get out of the car? With the help of the Paparazzi (Darla), we decided I would go through Sonic to see if they would let me buy some bananas. It went something like this:

Welcome to Sonic, may I take your order?
Yes, can I get a small cherry lime aide and can you please sell me 3 bananas?
Ma'am, we don't really sell bananas...hold on please....a few seconds later, Ma'am are these bananas for kids? remember it was raining and Emma was I said, "Yes they are"
Okay, I will sell you 3 bananas
How much?
How about $1.00 a piece?
Sounds great....
Your total is $3.87
(must have been happy hour when drinks were 1/2 price)

Needless to say, Darla was on the other end of the phone belly laughing. I was happy and so was the HOTY when he got homemade banana pudding for his Birthday.

The "itty bitty" got all dressed up for her Daddy's Birthday Celebration. Of course, she had to go outside for a little bit...she likes to point now and say "out, out".

This was the HOTY's Birthday present...the Fiji Margaritaville machine...we had to try it out last night and it is AWESOME. We are not big drinkers (but we enjoy an occasional margarita), & this thing can make snow cones and smoothies too. Emma got to have a Strawberry Cocktail last night also.

Emma was so excited when her Daddy opened her present....yes, the 2 Pez dispensers. We thought it was is Chicken Little and the other is the guy from Meet the Robinsons.

Emma wishing her Daddy a very Happy 34th Birthday. We all had a great time last night celebrating and look forward to many more Birthdays together.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Happy Birthday HOTY (Husband of the Year)

Happy 34th Birthday Curtis & Daddy. Yes, the HOTY is 1 year older today. We woke up this morning bright and early to tell him Happy Birthday and we hoped he had a great day.

Lets see...if Emma could tell her Daddy, Happy Birthday it would probably sound like this, "ah ya ya night night dog dog ruff ruff"...that is pretty much the language she is speaking these days.

Thank you for being such a wonderful Daddy. I know that one day Emma will realize exactly how blessed she is to have you in her life. It is not everyday that Daddy's come along like you and you are the BEST!

Our sweet family...the one I always longed for and dreamed of...on your Birthday I want to say thanks for making our family complete and what it is today. You are a family man in every sense of the word (no matter where we are or who you are around ~ yes even your cousins) and I am so thankful for that.

Curtis ~ Happy Birthday to the Best Husband in the world. You are the most patient, kind, compassionate, romantic, dedicated, caring, forgiving, loving, emotional, funny, considerate (the list goes on) husband in the world. I can not thank you enough for standing by my side, no matter what the situation may be. You are my biggest supporter, my cheerleader and my #1 fan. You have made me a better person and have taught me so many things in and about life. I appreciate everything about you, most of all the unconditional love you have for me. You always put me and the "itty bitty" first and for that I will forever be grateful. It is amazing to watch you with our daughter and the bond that the two of you share ~ I would not want it any other way. I love you with my whole heart & I can not wait to celebrate many more Birthdays with you.

Happy Birthday to You
Laura Ann and Emma Lou

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A Quack Quack here and a Quack Quack there...

Yesterday the "itty bitty" and I went for a morning walk in the neighborhood. Decided to grab the 7 day old hamburger buns and feed the ducks on the way out the door. Of course as soon as they came flying at us, Emma started hollering, "dog, ruff ruff, dog"...I quickly explained to her, no baby...those are ducks. So then it was "duck, duck, duck" from there on out. Emma really loved the babies and the solid white one. She seemed to focus her attention on those. She was not interested in feeding them herself, just watching Mommy do it. I guess it was better than last time when we took her in the wagon and she ate the bread instead of giving it to the ducks.
After feeding the ducks, we continued to walk around the lake and there was a Mommy duck in distress with only one duckling following behind her. She was hollering and very angry, so I paused to stand there and watch her. Finally, I decided to start walking again and passed the pool and I quickly realized why the Mommy was upset. Uh, looks as if 3 of her ducklings had wondered off and were enjoying the day in the swimming pool. These guys were stuck in the pool and could not get out. I watched them swim the perimeter of the pool about 10 times looking for an escape and there wasn't one. Hopefully the lifeguards rescued them when they got to work. I can tell you one thing though, that Mommy was mad....kind of reminded me of a time we went camping and my Best Friends 3 kids wondered off....boy, she got them good when she finally found them.