Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another Late Night....

Well....just as I began to update this... my little lady woke up for about the 10th time since being asleep for the past 90 minutes. The past 3 nights have brought us very little rest.... with naps practically non-existant either.... Makes for very long days and nights......

Besides not sleeping, She seems to be doing better. A lot of her facial swelling has gone down. She has an appetite, and yesterday she began to smile some and even giggled a few times. She is a little more active with her brothers...but would still rather just sit on the couch and be held. Although she did allow me to cook dinner tonight without her strapped to me.
I'm thrilled that I'm able to comfort her. I dont know what I would do if I couldnt. There have been a couple of times the past couple of nights where she did seem inconsolable...but a lot of floor walking did the trick. I'm not sure if it is pain....which I'm sure she does have....but we are treating her for it.... so, not sure if it is pain, fright, or just plain misery. It's so difficult when they dont speak and cant tell ya exactly what is wrong or what they need.

She is able to eat a few things the past two days and that is a great thing! It has to be small pieces, very soft, and she has to put it in her mouth just sooo...but she is getting some solid food. We are also continuing to give her the pediasure shakes and she seems to also enjoy them.

Thanks again for everyones prayers and support!!!!!
Hope everyone has a great, last day of 2008!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Hunger and Anger

First off... A huge thanks to those of you who have prayed for us, sent good wishes, and left messages for us. It is highly appreciated.

Today a little of the swelling has gone down. I know our little girl is HUNGRY! We have been worried about her staying hydrated also so we have been offering her anything and everything we can think of. Last night she finally drank some pediasure stuff... It really helped her to sleep and she slept for almost 3 hours straight till her meds wore off.
Today at lunch, she was grabbing at everything on the table. She was able to eat a little bit of mushy scrambled eggs and a little bit of the inside of a meatball. For dinner she ate a little bit of meatloaf and a little mashed potatoes and gravy. Of course I have no ideal how much she is actually getting in her stomach. Her tongue is soo swollen that she really can't use it to move food around. So, she has to get the food far enough back to just swallow it down. She is getting a little more aggressive also. I know she is mad she doesn't feel good and she doesn't know why. She sees her brothers and they are up and playing yet she cannot. They eat, but she can't.

Her little brothers are suffering also. They have been asking and even demanding to have their dog back. They all began crying after church because they asked if we could go get Bucky out of doggie jail so he can come home.... I again explained that once a dog bites someone, the dog can live with people anymore. I was even promised by E that bucky wouldnt bite anymore.... E would make sure that he didnt..... It's not fair to those boys.... they saw their sister get bit... (well... we at least believe that E saw the attack...the others saw the aftermath)... now they have lost their dog too.... they dont understand.... they are too young.... they are also too young to understand that it will take a while for L to heal.... L has been sleeping with me...and they want to also.... of course I cant take that chance.... and it hurts them....I know it's not a physical pain...but still... it's pain to them...and it's not fair..... I know life isnt fair...but just wish my kids didnt have to learn that at such a young age....

Little L went down with a fight tonight..... she usually falls asleep shortly after her medicine.... It's a good thing...but still.... I'm sure it is scary for her...tonight she clawed at my face and hit me for a while...until she fell asleep....
Rationally.... I know that it's not my fault...but still.... I almost feel as if I deserve to be hit by her. I'm supposed to be protecting her. I was supposed to make sure she was safe..... thought she was..... I was wrong.... and our Little Lady is paying the price.
She is asleep now..... my beautiful little angel.... Just so thankful that her injuries are superficial....and that her brothers are mourning a dog...and not a sister......

No Title....

I have no ideal how to title this posting.....
I almost dont want to talk about this....but I need an outlet... and I need to be strong every where else...I havnt cried over this yet....but I want to... I'm afraid to though...

I was in my bedroom getting dressed and getting the kids clothes together yesterday morning....
I heard my dh call for me...... maybe I was taking too long.... then he yelled for me...there was panic in his voice.... I walked out into the living room to hear my Little Lady screaming her head off, and blood just gushing out of her face.... Dh told me "the F$*$ing dog bit her face!" That he did........ Dh was gonna drive her to the hospital....but I took the towel off and looked at my beautiful baby girl with her mauled face.... and I called 911.

Not only was I talking to the 911 operator...but E was crying that Bucky our former dog had bit L...and he was scared...and Bucky needed to go to jail...and I need to stop her blood...and that L was hurt....
How many ways can my heart really break???

The ambulance came...we loaded L into her car seat and sped off to the hospital.....
It was surreal.... I just saw blood gushing out of her face.... I just tried everything I could do to comfort her......How do you comfort someone like that though??? She's screaming, I'm doing everything I can do to calm her, and I have to answer 100 trying to get someone to watch the boys so dh could be up there with us.....

We finally make it to the ER.... get checked in, get wheeled into the peds er.... and into our room... I finally got her out of the car seat... and just held her.... I wanted to just hold her and pray that it would take away the beautiful baby girl.....

The docs finally came in to look at her.... it seemed like hours...but I know it wasnt.... they accessed the damage.... Our fucking dog......he mauled my baby girl..... he tore her face apart.....

One of his teeth went into and through her nose.
Two of his teeth went through her lips...... the right side, he completely tore her lip open from the bottom of her nose through her lip.... it was in two pieces.....
The left side the tooth went in a little under her nose...and completely through her lips....
He tore her tongue completely into two parts from the frenulum to the tip.... he laid it wide open... like a forked tongue......her tiny little tongue was in two pieces....
All from the dog that we fed and loved for 6 years.....

It took two plastic surgeons.....4 other various doctors and 2 nurses to put my precious baby's face back together..... it took a little over an hour...... there was no need to count the stitches... there were way to many to bother.....
On this Friday afternoon, I had to watch them put my baby's face back together....

I keep thanking God that the beast didnt grab her throat.... my baby could have died.... who knows what will happen when a dog could have been so much worse....but.... I just cant believe it happened in the first place.....

My beautiful, stitched up little girl is sleeping on me right now.... she couldnt sleep last night.... in 20 minutes I have to wake her up and give her some Tylenol with codeine.... otherwise, she will be inconsolable....I dont blame her... her tongue is HUGE! Her previously little lips are sticking out further than her black and blue nose.....She can hardly swallow....she cannot eat for a long time.... those stitches in her little tongue have to stay in for 3 months.... some of the facial ones will come out on the 2nd.... She just looks horrible.... it's scary.... it's sooo scary to look at her.... She is in soo much pain..and is so miserable... it's so unfair....

The dog..... well my dh called the humane society shortly after our Little Lady was stitched up.... he took him in today to be put to sleep.... I refuse to allow an animal to tear up my baby's face and still walk on this's a damn animal.... he permanently altered my baby's face..... he could have killed her.... only by the grace of God did she not get mauled to death....
The minute that animal put his teeth on my baby.....he was no longer my pet.... we have been completely betrayed.

My little precious baby cries in her sleep.... I want to take her pain away...but I know I cannot...
No one knows what she will look like when the stitches come out.... the plastic surgeon said she may need reconstruction at a later date.... it's unfair..... it's so unfair.... her pain is senseless.... her scars are senseless......

I'm so thankful that she is alive..... I've been holding onto her so tight..... I'm so scared for her....even though it is now over......
My biggest question though will never be answered.....

Hug your babies... and remember that pets are still animals....and it only takes a split second....

Monday, December 22, 2008

Fabulous Blog Tag!

My blog was tagged by Kerri last week!

Here is what she had to say about me: "Holy cow! 4 amazing and cute kiddos and law school. That alone is enough. But she also blogs and is still active on forums, offering encouragement and information to other PAPs and her love and passion for Guatemala is ever apparent."

Thanks for all of the kind words Kerri! Hopefully we can meet up one day irl!

Anyways, here are the rules to receiving this award:

You have to pass it on to 5 other fabulous bloggers in a post.You have to list 5 of your fabulous addictions in the post.

You must copy and paste the rules and the instructions below in the post.

Instructions: On your post of receiving this award, make sure you include the person that gave you the award and link it back to them.

All right - here we go! My Five Biggest Addictions:

(Not necessarily in any order)

1. My computer with Internet hookup! - As Kerri said... I am on many, many forums. (Usually as PackGirl) I do blog (you are reading it!), I have a facebook addiction...and I need the Internet to do homework and such. Otherwise, I have to use the library...full of very large books... stacks, upon stacks upon stack of law books.... I thank my lucky stars every day for Lexis and Westlaw!

2. Music - Middle school until I hired into the plant at 21 I was a band geek. Started on flute, hated it... taught myself trumpet over summer break did that for 2 years... went to high school decided I didnt have the ego nor was I an A$$ so I wouldnt make a very good trumpet player (no offense to anyone...but if you do play trumpet... you know what I mean)... so, I became a French horn player. Little did I know that would change my life. I knew I had talent...but wow... I really did... I spent the summer at Interlochen the summer of my sophomore year... (got accepted to the academy also for school...but didnt want to go)... I was state ranked my junior and senior year as #2 (a friend was #1)... I studied under Louis Stout for 3 years and went to music college where I studied under Ethel Merker (first female in CSO (under 1st chair, Louis Stout). My freshmen year, I was #6th in the state of Illinois.... some personal problems happened, and a year and a half later, I was back in Michigan working on the line.... but.... I still adore music.

Music for me is the ultimate emotion. I would be one of those people who would have a "Theme Song"! My favorite music is old country music. Conway Twitty, Jack Greene, Ronnie Milsap, Kitty Wells, people like that. I also enjoy 80's rock... the kind ya wish you had a convertible to just sing it out! Oh... I'm also a karaoke addict! At least music school paid off in some way!

I miss my horn like hell....but.... if I dont have the time to put my all into it, I'm not gonna do it at all... I'm just glad that I have enough education to teach my kids.... This year, I'm going to start E and K either on violin or piano on Suzuki method. Unlucky for them, no matter what instrument they choose, their mom can play it! HA! Yes... hopefully I am an overbearing Band Booster mom here! :)

3. H2O - Surprisingly, like Kerri, I must have water with me at all times. At school I have those large lexan bottles that I continuously home, I have large insulated cups that is always near me... while writing this I have drank one dry already! I enjoy Iced Tea also...but must be fresh brewed.... when I have a migraine... pepsi is a must. Usually though... Water, Water, and more Water!

4. My Bed - I love my bed. Ok... I love any bed with a super firm mattress with a television I can see from a comfortable position. Not many know, but I have a severe back injury. I've been a chronic pain patient for longer than I care to discuss.... so.... sitting and such is very difficult for me.... so... lying down is fantastic. Even before I was hurt... I loved nothing more than just to lie in bed. It's just an awesome feeling for me.... I also crave sleep...but... since College the first time around, it's hit or miss... either I'm working 12 hour days 7 days a week and going to school while on my apprenticeship... or I have four under four and going full time to law school. Obviously, I feel that sleep is disposable.

5. My BlackBerry - Since I am so busy, It is so nice to have such a little device that does so much! I taught my parents how to text, so we can text (and usually do) all day long! I can also text my friends, text my dh, and I'm sure soon enough I can bug the heck out of my kids by texting them! Really though... I am lucky enough that I have had a cell (ok car phone) since my senior year of high school... before that... I had a Pager!!!!!!!! ;) I just love my BlackBerry though... Internet, camera, texting, email.... it's great.... I stay connected.... people can reach me... and I'm just happy with it. I have no clue how people existed without cells and email.... gosh... If I had to tell every single person things that I can just type and hit post.... ugggg...... I dont think I would be as active.... I like talking to people...but I'm also very comfortable behind the screen or on the keypad!

So... there is a little more bout me! (and surprisingly...hardly nothing bout the kids...)

Here are the 5 people I am tagging:

Donna - Donna and I (and her husband) met while we were both in Guatemala City at the Marriott. We were picking up E and she was picking up her little son E! They are 2 months apart. We had a great time together though... going to the mall...eating at Pollo Campero, having a few Gallo's. Now, we keep in touch via email and blogs...but we only live a few hours from each it's just a matter of time till we get together again and get all 6 of our kids together!!!! Donna is a great mom.... she's the mom that I wish I was most of the time. Her boys do all kinds of neat things, they belong to play groups, heck, she even took her son to Tea with Santa! She's great with her boys... and she's just a great woman to know!

Super Cool One (I'm not sure if she uses her real name online) - I dont know SCO irl...but I have followed her story on, SoA (which is now Adoption Threads) and now on Tao. I've admired her for her tenacity and her strength. She has adopted 3 children from the foster care system and it seems as all three of the processes had their own ups and downs. Her girls are school aged also, so it gives me some insight as to what my kids will face being part of a trans racial family. I really enjoy her blog and hearing her opinions on the forums.

Kathy - Kathy is a single mom to an absolutely adorable little guy, John Carlos. I really enjoy reading about his antics... seems he is just all personality! John Carlos sounds a lot like my guys...and it's just great to read about other little ones going through the same things... also nice to hear about another mom going through the same thing... although my hats off to Kathy for being a single mom! I think JC would have a great time playing with my crew one day!

Gwen - Gwen and I met because we both used the same crappy agency... and the same crappy facilitator. But... her little girl Mia came home relatively young and now they are getting ready to do foster-adopt! I'm so excited for them!!!!! Gwen, Jenny, and Mia live only about an hour and a half from us so we trekked up to their house this past summer.... I'm sure they are still traumatized by that! We had a great time... and I'm hoping that we can get together again when the weather in nicer and my boys dont destroy their beautiful home!

Jen - Someone else I have never really met, but have followed online on various forums. Jen lives in Canada and she adopted from the US foster system. It's interesting to hear about being a transracial family where it is more of a rare occurrence. I've also been very interested in reading about her sons' reunion with their families here in the US. I just really appreciate learning from adoptive parents who have been at this longer than I have.... and who's children have also. Thanks Jen for sending support out there... and sharing what you have learned and what you continue to learn!

So... those are my five tags!!!!!

Of course, you can tag yourself also! *hint hint*!!!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fav Foto Friday! (12.17)

Welcome to a special Holiday Edition of Favorite Foto Friday!!!!
(this week's will actually include pictures!)
To see more Happy Holiday Photo's click Here!

This is the most perfect picture with Santa!!!!!
First year where NO ONE Cried!!!!
All 4 are looking at the camera and looking cute!!!!
I have NO idea how the heck this happened...
but... I'll take it!!!!!!!!

Our Family Picture!
Including Grandma and Grandpa G!!!

As you can see... they were just thrilled to have to sit through pictures!

Our little Lady and her first Christmas picture at home!

K and his thousand watt smile!

Little Man F!

E hamming it up for the camera!

Merry Christmas!!!!!
From our family to yours!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fav Foto Friday! (12.12)

It's Friday, December 12th!
Welcome to my holiday Picture edition of Favorite Foto Friday!!!!
I decided to do our pictures early this year!
Last year, I did them very late, our cards came very late, and it was just too stressful.
So, this year I did the pictures early, made my cards early, and they are still sitting there waiting for me to address them and get them out!
I'll be done with finals next Wed, the 17th...and then I will get on task to get our Christmas cards OUT!
In the meantime, Here are our Christmas pictures for this year!
*Blogger seems to be having technical difficulties and will NOT upload ANY of my FLIPPIN pics!
I will return and upload my pics at a later time!*

Our Lady of Guadelupe

Today, December 12th, is the day when North American Roman Catholics celebrate our Patron Saint, Our Lady of Guadalupe.

According to the Patron Saint Index; here is the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

"Its tradition is long-standing and constant, and in sources both oral and written, Indian and Spanish, the account is unwavering.
The Blessed Virgin appeared on Saturday 9 December 1531 to a 55 year old neophyte named Juan Diego, who was hurrying down Tepeyac hill to hear Mass in Mexico City. She sent him to Bishop Zum√°rraga to have a temple built where she stood. She was at the same place that evening and Sunday evening to get the bishop's answer. The bishop did not immediately believed the messenger, had him cross-examined and watched, and he finally told him to ask the lady who said she was the mother of the true God for a sign. The neophyte agreed readily to ask for sign desired, and the bishop released him. Juan was occupied all Monday with Bernardino, an uncle, who was dying of fever. Indian medicine had failed, and Bernardino seemed at death's door. At daybreak on Tuesday 12 December 1531, Juan ran to nearby Saint James's convent for a priest. To avoid the apparition and the untimely message to the bishop, he slipped round where the well chapel now stands. But the Blessed Virgin crossed down to meet him and said, "What road is this thou takest son?" A tender dialogue ensued. She reassured Juan about his uncle, to whom she also briefly appeared and instantly cured. Calling herself Holy Mary of Guadalupe she told Juan to return to the bishop. He asked the sign for the sign he required. Mary told him to go to the rocks and gather roses. Juan knew it was neither the time nor the place for roses, but he went and found them. Gathering many into the lap of his tilma, a long cloak or wrapper used by Mexican Indians, he came back. The Holy Mother rearranged the roses, and told him to keep them untouched and unseen until he reached the bishop. When he met with Zum√°rraga, Juan offered the sign to the bishop. As he unfolded his cloak the roses, fresh and wet with dew, fell out. Juan was startled to see the bishop and his attendants kneeling before him. The life size figure of the Virgin Mother, just as Juan had described her, was glowing on the tilma. The picture was venerated, guarded in the bishop's chapel, and soon after carried in procession to the preliminary shrine.
The coarsely woven material of the tilme which bears the picture is as thin and open as poor sacking. It is made of vegetable fibre, probably maguey. It consists of two strips, about seventy inches long by eighteen wide, held together by weak stitching. The seam is visible up the middle of the figure, turning aside from the face. Painters have not understood the laying on of the colours. They have deposed that the "canvas" was not only unfit but unprepared, and they have marvelled at apparent oil, water, distemper, etc. colouring in the same figure. They are left in equal admiration by the flower-like tints and the abundant gold. They and other artists find the proportions perfect for a maiden of fifteen. The figure and the attitude are of one advancing. There is flight and rest in the eager supporting angel. The chief colours are deep gold in the rays and stars, blue green in the mantle, and rose in the flowered tunic. "

Tonight, we are going to our church's mass to celebrate this holy day.
The mass will be bilingual and most of the children will be dressed in traditional, indigenous clothing to honor the role of Juan Diego. There will be a very colorful procession to lead everyone into the church and the mass will have a lot of lively music.
Even for those who are non-Catholics it seems to be a nice glimpse into the Latin American culture.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

What I've Done!

(Shamelessly borrowed from Leslie! I thought it was an awesome thing to do though!)
So... here is a list of 100 things....
The items I have accomplished or have done are in Red!
1. Started your own blog
(you are reading it!)

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band
(Major MUSIC Geek here!)

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland
(Hope that Disneyland Paris counts!)

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
(Wasnt that impressed...)

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight
(Sorry... no video's though...)

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
(Shhh... please dont tell!!!)

24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run

32. Been on a cruise
(Love Them!!!)

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community
(We do have these in MI)
36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelos David

41. Sung karaoke
(One of my favorite Hobbies!!!)

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason
(Gotta Love MOMS!)

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
(6 times!!!)

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (my CBK)

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
(Been on motorcycles since I was 2!)

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House
(It was closed when we tried...)

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous
(Many Athletes... a few musicians...)
92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby
(No thanks!!!)

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read an entire book in one day
That was really FUN!!!!!!
Gives me some things to look forward to also!!!!
There are some things on the list that I would like to do, some I really dont care one way or the other... and some... ugh... no way!!!!!
Thanks Leslie for posting this and allowing me to borrow this!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Weekend Fun!

Well... this was a fun weekend for all of us!
Friday night... shopping for me, movie for the kids...
Saturday... we all slept in!!!!!!
We stayed in our pj's all morning! Just lounged around.... watched some tv... hung out.... Heck... I even got a NAP Saturday! A Real NAP!!! By myself!!!!
Then, after naps, we went to a birthday party!
We go to church with the birthday girl and her parents... she turned 3, so she is only 2 months older than our son F. The boys just adore her also.
It's funny because her mom is from the same town in Mexico as F's Godparents.... as are another couple from our church that have a son that is our little Lady's age.... they were also at the party.
Anyways... the party was at a place called Pump It Up. It was our first time at a place like this. It is an indoor, air blown toy place... things like moon walks, inflatable slides, things like that... It seems like ALL of the kids (and quite a few parents) were absolutly loving it! Our kids wore themselves out!!!! After everyone played for a couple of hours, we then were treated to a wonderful pasta/salad dinner with cake and cheesecake for dessert! It was snowing like hell outside...but so glad we went anyways... and the roads were just fine.
It was really nice to see all the kids enjoying themselves....Even our little Lady loved the moonwalk!
Today was fun also..... Went to church... kids were actually kinda behaved today....or...maybe my expectations are evolving.... oh well... no matter which one it is... we got through it!
Had Arby's for lunch (big deal for my fry addicts!), kids took naps!!!!!, I baked a chicken, and I let E help me make Chocolate Chip Cookies! He has only ever helped me scrambling eggs in the past...but he sure asks me a lot if he can help me cook... so... thought I would give him a little great today and let him actually do everything.
He did really well! I let him measure everything... told him how many to put in... let him use the spoon and spatula, and even let him drop the cookies on the cookie sheet! I will say he is one clean chef! He hates being dirty...and that includes having flour on him! He had flour on his hands and he begged me to hurry up and get him a napkin! *laughs* I tried to put flour on his face to get a messy pic...but he wouldnt have ANY part of it! He really enjoyed himself! I heard at least 50 times, "Mom, This is going to be my best day ever!" *laughs*
How cool is that??? Dang... all it takes is making cookies!!!!
I just adore these kids!

K getting off the slide at Pump It Up.

Our Little Lady enjoying the MoonWalk!

E posing at the MoonWalk entrance
Our 4 sitting on the Birthday Throne!

Our Little Chef adding the All-Important Chocolate Chips!
Putting the dough on the cookie sheet!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fav Foto Friday! (12.5)

It's Friday!!!!
Time for a random Favorite Foto Friday!!!!!!!!!
To see more Favorite Fotos go here!

The boys with our dog Bucky!

K goofin off after dinner
F smiling after dessert!
E... just being himself!
and... here is our Little Lady...
Starring in:
Anatomy of a tantrum!

You cant say NO to me!!!!!

I can NOT believe you have said NO to me!
I will just throw myself down....
Oh... were you taking pictures of me????
I dont think our boys really went through the terrible two's... three's different perspective....
But... it does seem as our Little Lady is going through her terrible two's 6 months early....

Friday, November 28, 2008

Fav Foto Friday Holiday Edition (11.28)

It is the Friday after Thanksgiving!!!!!!

My mom, E, K, and I were all up at 4am this morning to head out to the stores!!!!
Ok...well.... it was just supposed to be my mom and I...but... E and K were up and would NOT go back to sleep... so they got to go also!
They were great!!!! (amazing what they will do for a bag of cookies!) and... I got some great deals!
But... here are some pics of our Thanksgiving Day!
7 things that I am most thankful for....
Here are my kiddo's enjoying playing in the snow at Grandma and Grandpa's house!!!!

Little Lady laughing in her first BIG snow!

F debating on joining in on the fun!
K with his super huge snowball!

E making a snow angel!
Grandma with the posing E
My DH and my Dad bonding on the motorcycle!
For more Favorite Foto Thankful Friday Pictures click Here!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Stair Racing!!!

Yep. I just KNEW that my kids were gonna be jocks!!!!!

Today, they proved just how talented they are!!!!

See, Dh and I were sittin on the couch finishing up our lunch and E and K began to race down the stairs. They had snuck into their bedrooms, taken the pillowcases off of their pillow's and were putting themselves into the pillowcases and using them to slide down the flipping stairs!!!! instead of yelling at them... I had to grab the nearest camera!!!!

Tooo funny!!!! There really is NEVER a dull moment around here!!!

What will they do next???????? Cant wait!!!!!

...and K wins!!!!
Just havin fun!
The Official StairRacing Timekeeper!
The Little Lady enjoying her taco!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fav Foto Friday (11.21)

Today is Friday!!!!!

Time once again for....

Favorite Foto Friday!!!!!!!!!!!

Go Here for more favorite fotos!

Today's Theme is Crying!

Yes... although I'd like to think of them as happy all the time...

my little ones do cry every now and then!
(although I dont take pics of it very often!)

E in 06

E in 08

Here is where K starts....

Here is where he is going....

F, our littlest Drama King!

Apparently Lady L didnt like her hair do.
Do NOT take cake away from our Little Lady!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fav Foto Friday!!! (11.14)

Today is Friday...
Time for Favorite Foto Friday!!!!
(for more Friday Foto Favorites click here!)
Today, I went thorough and picked a couple of my favorites from the late summer!

Here they are!!!!

Frankie at the Park!
Hmm...taking his diaper off through his pants during church....
Think he is really to be potty trained???

Luisa untying her shoes!

Luisa looking dapper at the park!
Double Trouble in a shopping cart!
When you get this look....better find out what he has done!

When I say cheeze.... he gives me cheeze!!!!

Dressing up in Daddy's socks!
The BEST smile!!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Fav Foto Friday (11-7)

Today's Favorite Foto Friday's theme is Family Pics!!!!

I'm so excited that on Monday we are taking our Christmas pictures!!!!!

Here are some of my favorite family pics!

I have so many because we have had soo many memorable moments as a family...
I couldnt pick just one!

Where it all began!
Our Wedding Day!
(June 04)
Meeting E and becoming a family of 3!
(June 05)

E's first Christmas!
(Dec. 05)
Now, a family of 4!
(just visiting though...)
(Dec. 05)

4 of us for Christmas!
(Dec. 06)
1st pic of us as a family of 5!
(June 06)
Christmas 07!!!
Now... a family of 6!!!
Oct 08!

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