Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I am sure our experience this year will be much different than last. Emma will be running through the pumpkins, touching them and probably attempting to pick them all up. It is amazing how much she has grown in a year. I always tell the HOTY that every age is my favorite and I don't want her to get any bigger, but I am here to tell you...she is SOOOOO much fun right now and every age just gets better and better. I am amazed at how independent she has already become and how good of a communicator she is at such a young age. I could talk about her forever, she is just the sweetest and most loving little person.
We are welcoming Fall with open arms at our house. The house is decorated for the season and the scent of pumpkin and apple spice are everywhere. Our decorations consist mostly of pumpkins and things that can be left out through Thanksgiving. I have gotten rid of the ghost, cats, bats and witches around here. However, the "itty bitty" did get a little spider candle holder the other day from Kirklands. We always sing the "itsy bitsy spider" and do the hand motions that go along with the song. Well, the other day when we were shopping she kept saying, "spider, spider, spider". To be honest with you, I was quite surprised because I did not know she knew what a spider was or had ever seen one. Sure enough it was a spider, so we bought it and she carries that little spider around everywhere. So we do have a few Halloween decorations, but primarily "punkin" stuff...that's what the "itty bitty" calls it.
Monday, September 29, 2008
We go back to MDO tomorrow after our 3 week HURRICATION, so hopefully things will go well and the "itty bitty" will get right back into the swing of things. I am hoping they don't call the authorities on us after seeing her little face all bruised up.
She has the best attitude about it and just continues to smile. However, she loves to look at herself in the mirror and point to it and say "bo~bo, bo~bo, bo~bo". Of course she knows the perfect way to get to her Daddy...we might have the pink kitchen before Christmas if she keeps this up.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Upon returning to work this morning, these pictures were in an email I received from a colleague. My heart breaks when I look at these and for all the families that are experiencing grief and loss in Galveston and surrounding communities.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Robin and I have been friends for 24 years now and their is not much we have not experienced together in life. Of course our husbands think we are the biggest dorks, because yes... we still have BFF shirts, frames and other memorabilia. We say it every chance we get because we know they think we are so darn silly and plus it keeps us feeling young.
As for their 3 little girls...aren't they beautiful? They are sweet, funny, thoughtful and oh so entertaining for us. The "itty bitty" wants to be so big...just like them.
Today leaves me feeling very thankful for the Lemoine family and so blessed that they are a part of our lives.
Robin ~ you are the very Best Friend in the whole world & it is all going to be worth it when... you know the rest!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Please continue pray for everyone that has suffered a loss from Hurricane IKE!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
We have a couple lakes in our neighborhood that are filled with ducks and turtles and these guys seemed to be the ONLY ones enjoying the storm.
The "itty bitty" has been such a trooper during all of this. She turned 15 months old on Monday, so I took her in the yard and took a few pictures of her to add to her baby website. I am amazed at how big she has gotten and how fast the time has flown by.
This baby girl definitely holds the key to my heart. Being a Mommy is the best job I have ever had in the whole world. I can not wait to spend the rest of my life watching my babies grow up.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers as our neighbors and schools continue to recover from the storm. Our school district is closed indefinitely... and I am missing my kiddos at school ~ hoping & praying they are all safe.
Friday, September 12, 2008
About the throw up...we had a 1st this morning. About 6:30 I heard Emma crying on her baby monitor and the cry was quite different then her normal morning, I am awake come get me cry. I got out of bed and went into her nursery and immediately I could smell this awful smell. I turned on the light and one end of her bed was full of "throw up". I picked her up and went back to our bedroom and told the HOTY to get up, I needed help. About that time, we went into the restroom and it was all in her hair and I went to gagging. I can do alot of things, but I can not do throw up at all. Isn't that horrible, not even with the "itty bitty"...how sad. The HOTY said, just give her to me I will do it and I continued to gag for about the next 30 minutes. It took 2 baths to get the smell out of her hair and off of her. This is the 1st time she has ever thrown up. I felt horrible that I could not help, but I appreciated the HOTY for getting it all cleaned up.
The reason I am sharing this story with you is because every Mommy needs the Ultimate Crib Sheet. They sell these at Babies R Us for less than $20.00 and they are awesome. It snaps on the crib on top of the regular sheet and it is waterproof. However, it does not show from the side of the bed, it actually only covers the top. It is really soft on one side and very comfy for them to sleep on. When you are ready to wash it, you just unsnap it and wash it and your other sheet is still in perfect condition. Not to mention, when people come into your nursery they never see it from the side, only if they look down in the crib. I am telling you, it is a must have and it protects your sheet and mattress at the same time.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Yes, I have temporarily converted our formal dining room into my little Hobby area...till the storm is over.
I will be working on Emma's Scrapbook throughout the storm and did I mention, I love this book. I got it from Creative Memories, then I sent it off and had it imprinted with her name, date of birth & birth statistics. It is the cutest thing ever & I can not wait to buy one for the 4th Frazier. I wonder will it be another pink one or will I get to buy it in blue and have a rocking horse put on it?
All kidding aside, please pray for us and our neighbors in surrounding counties. I am really concerned about this storm. We are predicted to have anywhere from 85-115 mph winds at our home in the next day or so. Please pray that those traveling get to where they are going safely and those choosing to stay will be protected and safe. No matter what happens, I will praise you in this storm...
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
She left this sweet little comment on my blog a couple days back and I had to share it with all of you and ask you to pray for her. She is my SINGLE friend that is praying and longing for the perfect husband and that is exactly what she deserves.
Monday, September 8, 2008
itty bitty" loves to brush her teeth and she loves for us to sing to her when she does it. We just make up different words to the song depending on what time of day or night it happens to be. She is quite the brusher too, she really wants to get her hands on our electric toothbrush. I am afraid she would look like a little bobble head if she ever got it in her mouth and turned on.
Hope you all had a Marvelous Monday.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Peyton and her Daddy ~ this little girl already has him wrapped around her finger.
She seemed so little to us. I do not remember Emma being this small.
Yes, her Mommy already has a bow on her tiny little head. Emma kept saying , "bow, bow, bow".
Today was a great day for us...we took the "itty bitty" to Barnes & Noble and read some books, had lunch at PF Changs, hung out in Pottery Barn for a bit, got to see this sweet baby and went to Target to pick up things we needed for the week. We love Target!
After we put Emma down for bed, I went outside on the back porch to water my plants. The HOTY came out there and said, "what is that"... of course I said, "what"...he was looking on the arm of one of our patio chairs and said, "oh, its a black widow"...I immediately turned around to look and I said, "how do you know"...he replied, "well, its spouse is no where around"...ha ha ha...and I wonder where the "witty itty bitty" gets it. He is pretty hilarious and keeps me laughing ALL the time.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Today was a day in our school district devoted to going to the homes of students that had dropped out of school. We had over 230 volunteers show up from different schools, communities and local businesses to help us in our effort. This event was very organized and in my opinion turned out to be a great success. We were divided up into teams and sent out into the community with packets of information along with the names and addresses of the students we were suppose to make contact with that had previously dropped out of school. We were placed on a team that consisted of a school administrator, secondary teacher, elementary teacher and community members. I was a little worried about our team at first when one generous team member spoke up and said, "I can drive, it might be a little tight but I don't mind". I politely asked, "what do you drive?" he quickly answered, "a Toyota Prius"...uh and he was serious! I told him I thought it would be in our best interest to just take 2 cars. On our way out the door, the Director of Student Services stopped me and asked me if I minded if the community newspaper followed along with our group. "No, the more the merrier" I said. So here we are, my team of 5 members and the paparazzi from the local paper going to knock on the doors of 6 kids to find out why they had not reported back to school this year. The sad part was...4 of ours were Seniors, one 9th grader and one 10th grader. I know you are asking yourself, what makes a Senior drop out of school? Out of 6 homes, we made contact and got information on 5 of these students by way of a parent, friend or concerned neighbor living next door. One of the homes was abandoned, but I took it upon myself to look in the mailbox and it looked as if they had not been gone long. I am hoping the efforts of the 230 volunteers who sacrificed their Saturday pays off. It is my belief that if we just bring 1 kid back to school that goes onto Graduate, then today was a HUGE success.
This is the group of administrators that I am blessed to work with on a daily basis. The man on the far right (holding the paper) is our new Principal and the other 6 of us are Assistant Principals. I am in the back center, looking like I just rolled out of bed and grabbed the nearest pony tail holder.
This is my dear friend Monelle that I worked with for 3 1/2 years before she moved on to become an Assistant Principal at another school in our district. She is a BLOG STALKER, so I wanted to put her on my blog and one of the sweetest people I know. I have begged her to start her own blog, but she has not given in to peer pressure just yet. For now, she will continue to stalk, stalk, stalk!
Today left me thankful for many things:
- Grateful that my parents valued and placed an importance on me getting a good education
- Thankful that we did not move around all the time and I was in a stable environment that allowed me to get a good education
- Good teachers that kept me engaged, involved and excited about learning
- Extracurricular activities that made me love school
- My education that has allowed me to be involved in the school system as a teacher, counselor and administrator
- A School District that believes in kids and wants them to be successful
- Being raised in a clean home that always had lights, food and water
- Good health that allowed me to participate in today's walk
- A beautiful day to be outside
- Always knowing my 5 basic needs would be met when I was in school
- Everyone who volunteered
- A good mind that is capable of learning more and more everyday
- Friendships with my co-workers
- Knowing I was safe and protected knocking on the doors of families I had never met
- Public schools
I am so glad that I participated in today's walk and I hope that the students homes that we went to realize that we were there because we care about them and want them to be successful in life.
Oh, one last thing...I posted a picture of Baby Peyton in the blog below.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
So, when the pig gets full (which should be a while)...we will take her to the bank, set her up on the counter and let her make her first official deposit. I can not take credit for this idea, I am copying a friend that did this with her son about 8 years ago. Just thought this would be another way to teach her a little responsibility and to save along the way.
Now for the good stuff.....guess who is here?
PEYTON STERLING CARNES
7lbs 4 oz. & 20.5 inches long
The newest ANGEL God has blessed our family with!
We got a call this afternoon about 5:30 that said our cousins Dwain & Marla had just welcomed their baby girl into the world about 20 minutes prior to the call. We do not have alot of details, but should know more tomorrow. They were still in the delivery room when we got the call and we were so surprised that Marla was induced today, but she was ready. We had spent the day with them on Sunday before Emma got sick and she appeared to be miserable and hurting.
We are so super happy for these two and are just giving them their space for now. If you have been following my blog, you know that Marla & Dwain lost their only child 2 1/2 year old Sterling Scott Carnes 18 months ago to a drowning accident. As much as we want to call and CONGRATULATE them and find out all the details, we feel like we should give them their privacy for the night. Someone said she weighed about 7lbs 4 oz. and that is little for them...Sterling weighed almost 10 lbs when he was born. Oh, I can not wait to see her and hear all about her. I wonder who she looks like? I wonder how long she is? I want to hear all about her birth. I can not wait to smell her, hold her and touch her. I am so excited for this family, they have been longing for the day to hold this baby in their arms. I just can not imagine the emotions they are going through right now. Baby Peyton is going to be one blessed little girl and she is going to have 2 wonderful parents. We plan to see her on Saturday, if they are welcoming company and I will get some pictures of Little Miss Peyton to post. Please keep these guys in your thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
About the guilt, please lift me in your prayers. I have been experiencing and enormous amount of "Working Mommy's Guilt" for about 2 weeks now and I am struggling. I plan to post more about this later.