Thursday, December 31, 2009

19 Weeks Update (A Day Late)

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I am so excited for what God has in store for our family this year! I know it will be one of the best ever. I am also praying for what God has in store for your family. I know each one of you will be blessed in many ways.

Week 19 Belly Pic

Ok . . . .let me explain my attire in this picture. Did you know they make maternity work-out clothes? Well yes, they do! Now, as you can see they are not flattering (I don't think any maternity clothes are flattering), but I guess they serve a purpose. Yesterday, I went to the gym at 8:15 for an hour in my maternity gym clothes. After that, I went over to South to watch Daniel coach basketball in the annual Christmas Classic tournament (Yes, I put on a sweatshirt). The first game was at 11:00, so I didn't see any purpose in coming all the way home before going to the game. Luckily, they won and kept winning all day. At 7:45 last night, they played in the championship. They played hard but came up a little short. Yes, we were there all day and when we got home, I remembered it was Wednesday (Belly Pic Day). So, I had Daniel take my picture; Ugly gym clothes and all! Maybe next week when we are back in school, the attire will be one of my new, cute maternity dresses.

Here are some details about BabyBoo at 19 Weeks:
*BabyBoo is about 6 inches and over 9 oz
*BabyBoo is about the size of a Mango
*BabyBoo is practicing her breathing
*BabyBoo drinks and swallows amniotic fluid on a regular basis
*BabyBoo is covered in many areas with lanugo
*Vernix , a jelly-like substance, is now beginning to cover the skin
*BabyBoo's teeth are established beneath the gums and permanent teeth are forming behind them
*BabyBoo's arm and legs are finally in proportion
*BabyBoo's neurons are now connected between the brain and muscles
*BabyBoo's cartilage is turning to bone
*This is the last week baby for BabyBoo to be measured crown to rump

I thought I would leave with a fun picture from Christmas Eve. My sweet niece Makayla picked out this Pooh Bear pacifer holder for BabyBoo. I just love it, and I know that she will too!

Again, don't forget to vote for bedding! I love seeing what everyone is voting for and can't wait to make a decision in the next few weeks!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Great Christmas!

This year, we did a few things a little different for Christmas. We had such a blessed time with our families celebrating the real reason for the season. What good news . . . . Jesus comes to all who are willing to accept him.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11

Now for the details of our celebrating . . . . .

On Christmas Eve's Eve, we went over to Daniel's parents to do our gift exchanging with them. We also exchange gifts with Daniel's brother and his girlfriend Amanda (more on her later) on this night. Of course, you might have guessed that Daniel received North Carolina apparel from his brother and Amanda, and I got a pregnancy message and a gift card. I can not wait to take advantage of both of those. From Daniel's mom and dad, we were all given money. I have already spent mine of 5 beautiful, much-needed maternity dresses. I think Daniel is saving his for a stroller (Ha!).

We all had a very exciting time opening presents, but the real excitement came after we left to come back home. Avery asked Amanda to marry him. Yea! We are so excited for them both.

On Christmas Eve, both of our families came over to our house for Christmas Eve dinner. After all the yummy food (thanks to our moms), we opened presents from my family. Again, Daniel got North Carolina apparel, and I got two houses to add to my Christmas Village.

My sweet sister and her family came bearing gifts for Babyboo. I am so excited about the Snuggle Nest. I had read about this particular product online and had it on my list of things to register for at Babies R Us. Thanks to Shannon, Randy and Makayla, I now don't have to!

We spent Christmas Day morning at our house, just the two of us! We didn't really have time to do much after a good night's sleep, because Daniel had to get busy making Sausage Stars (not traditional Christmas food, but they were a special request) for Christmas dinner with all of his side's extended family. After eating another yummy dinner, we played Dirty Santa. Daniel was soooooo excited because his name got drawn last. His chose to pick $25.00 and a honey bun (I really wanted the honey bun), and I ended up with a Wal-Mart gift card.

When we returned home, we opened presents from each other. I bought Daniel Titan's apparel to wear to the games. He bought me slippers with grippers on the bottom (for the stairs, I think), a gift certificate for massages (to rub out the soreness from my fall), a new sport's watch (to monitor my heart rate while I exercise), and Super Mario Brother for the wii.

I really liked this Christmas schedule for us! I hope we can keep it next year when BabyBoo is here. I look forward to her spending time with both our families during the holidays, but I also will be excited for our family time together.

On Saturday, my mom and I hit the after Christmas sales. Take a look at some of the cute things we purchased for the little girl.

This is my collaborative teacher, Ms. Lisa.

We have this little saying at school that we use often that goes like this. . . . . Ms. Lisa says, _________________. Well, Ms. Lisa says she never wants to see BabyBoo without socks. So, we found these adorable shoe/socks at Dillard's in Huntsville. If we always have to have on socks, they might as well be cute ones! Don't you just love them!

Finally, here are a few of my favorite purchases from the day.

A Sweet Christmas Dress

Green and Gold for the Trojans

Cute Little Snowflakes

Something Musical

As you might have noticed, I added a new survey. Please vote for the bedding you like best for BabyBoo's room. Remember, the nursery furniture is black. Don't be afraid to vote as I can't see what you choose. I just would like some different opinions on deciding what to purchase so we can get on with the room painting! If you would like to see bigger pictures, you can do a google search. Just type in "Crib bedding" and the name of the bedding you want to see (such as Taylor, Harlow, etc.). Have fun looking, and I can't wait to see what you think!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Details

Ok . . . . here is how it all went down since we did not get the video.

Our Beautiful Cake

Daniel saying ,"Wait a minute, how come you get to cut the cake?"

Me giving the knife to Daniel.

Daniel cutting the cake with the same knife we cut our wedding cake with ten years ago.

More cutting . . . . . .

Our first little peek together.

Showing everyone else.

It's a girl!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Is it a boy or a girl?

Well . . . . .unfortunately, we managed to screw up the first video taping of our child's life, but lucky for you, we have pictures so you can see. No creative post here . . . . just good ole' pictures for all my sweet curious friends.

Sooooooooo, scroll down for your little surprise!

Before . . . . .

After . . . . .

Can you see the pink? Yes, my friends, you voted correctly. It is indeed a little girl. We are so very excited! I promise more pictures in the next few days.


This is just a test . . . hopefully this will work, and I will know exactly what to do tonight after the big moment! A special thanks goes out to my Dad. He bought us a new video camera for Christmas to make this moment possible for those who could not be with us! Thanks so much, Dad! We love our new video camera, and we are sure it will get many hours of use!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Advice and Week 18 Update

For the first few weeks we took belly pics, I made Daniel take them in the exact same place each week. Since we have had our Christmas decorations up, we have taken the pictures in front of them. Hmmmmm . . . . I bet you are wondering why we chose the stairs this week. Well, let me give you some fantastic advice - If you have stairs in your house, do not wear socks while trying to walk down them. Yes friends, I know this from personal experience. Last night, I spent three hours in the emergency room all because of these beautiful stairs, and the bruises on my arms and behind are the proof. For an non-pregnant person, this probably would not have been a big deal. I decided I should go have everything checked out just to make sure there were not any problems, and everything checked out great. So . . . . I suggest if you need a roller coaster ride, you check out Disney World or Six Flags. The stairs just aren't the same!

Week 18 Belly Pic

Here is what BabyBoo is up to now . . .
*BabyBoo weighed exactly 9 oz today at his or her ultrasound.

*BabyBoo's length is about 5.6 in.
*BabyBoo is the size of a mango
*BabyBoo's organs are continuing to develop and all or his or her pictures and measurements looked fantastic today.

*BabyBoo's bones are beginning to become more calcified. On the ultrasound, we could see the bones in BabyBoo's arms and legs.

*BabyBoo's spinal cord is being wrapped with myelin. We got a great view of the spinal cord today and the ultrasound tech said it looked perfect.
*BabyBoo has more reflexive movements now such as blinking and mouth movement. Several times during the ultrasound, he or she had his or her mouth open.

*BabyBoo's eyes are now sensitive to light, and he or she will change position to avoid bright light.

BabyBoo had his or her 18 week Ultrasound today and was very cooperative. The ultrasound tech said she got a good read on the sex of the baby. We happily delivered the envelopes with the baby's sex to our Baby Reveal Helpers. Ms. Donna is making a cake with pink or blue icing in the middle for Christmas Eve dinner when our both our families will be coming to our house to eat. Jodi is filling a big bottle with pink and blue mints. We will all be very excited tomorrow night at Christmas Eve dinner when we cut the cake to find out the sex.

So . . . . . .if you are interested, check back tomorrow night!!!!!! I think by 8:00 or so, the results should be up. And, if you have not voted yet, tomorrow is your last chance.

Friday, December 18, 2009

10 Years Ago Today

On December 18, 1999, I married my sweet Daniel. Over the past ten years, he has taken such good care of me and spoiled me rotten. Of course, we have had our ups and downs as to be expected. But, I feel like we are at one of the happiest times of our lives right now!

December 18, 1999

At one of my wedding showers, the hostesses had each person write a letter to Daniel and I about how the future might be looking during the next few years. Each letter was put in an envelope and sealed. On the front was written DO NOT OPEN UNTIL YOUR _____ ANNIVERSARY! This was such a fantastic idea, and we have enjoyed opening those letters and reading them over the years. We are sad to say that the last letter is for our 12th Anniversary. This fun tradition will be missed after our 12th year.

I thought everyone might enjoy reading some of the things that were written in the letters and if you are planning a wedding shower for anyone, I suggest doing this little activity. We have really enjoyed it! In a way, this is also a tribute to the individuals who wrote the letters. Some of these people are watching down from heaven now and some I don't get to see as often as I would like.

1st - No letters

2nd - I'm so happy for you and Daniel, I hope this day finds you as in love as ever, I hope your little daughter is here my now and is sleeping all night, I have been married to Mr. Clark 30 years and I hope you are as happy as we are still

3rd - Whatever you are doing on this day I hope you all will be happy and healthy, Keep your head up and never go to bed angry, please . . . ., I wish ya'll many, many more happy years together!

4th - I hope by now there is one child on the way, I figure by this anniversary you all are really getting in the groove of this marriage and about ready to start having kids, You will know each other well now and it is time to start adding to the family, I hope you have settled into marriage by now

5th - Ollie and I have been married 52 years and hope you and Daniel will be married even longer, Always walk with Jesus and our heavenly Father and the trials of this life will be easier to bear, Whatever comes your way in the future go through it together and keep the love in you hearts

6th - May God bless you and keep you, May He make His light to shine upon you and give you peace

7th - No letters

8th - No letters

9th - No letters

10th - By your tenth anniversary you will have kids in school

It is so fun to see what everyone thought the future would bring for Daniel and me. Some of those comments will hold true for Daniel and I forever and others as well. Hope you enjoyed reading each one of the comments and maybe one day you will be writing a letter to someone special at their wedding shower!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oh! You're Finally Starting to Look Pregnant!

Week 17 Picture

Ok . . . .so I wore this cute, red sweater yesterday with some fun, black pants. I decided I would put it back on for my Week 17 picture, because I had so many people say "Oh . . . You're finally starting to look a little pregnant!" So, I thought instead of showing you my bare belly today, I would give you the belly in my red sweater. And yes, I think it is time to retire that red sweater!

What is BabyBoo doing at 17 Weeks?

*BabyBoo is 5.2 inches long and weighs 5 oz.
*Over the next three weeks, a rapid growth spurt will occur for BabyBoo and his or her weight will double.

*BabyBoo is developing new reflexes such as the startle reflex, which will cause it to jump at the sound of loud noises.

*BabyBoo is now starting to form brown, fat deposits under his or her skin.

*BabyBoo is making my uterus grow, pushing all other organs aside.

*BabyBoo is about the size of my open hand or a sweet potato.

*BabyBoo's eyelids are now in place and are making small side-to-side movements.

*BabyBoo has a crib, changing table and dresser in his or her room (See pics below).

BabyBoo's Crib

BabyBoo's Changing Table

Just for fun, I will tell you that my colleagues and I took 105 first graders to Santa's Village in Huntsville today! I am exhausted, but we had so much fun. For some holiday cheer, load up and take your family. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea of what you can do and what you might have at the end of the trip. The rumor is that it is even more fun and beautiful at night!

Cookie Making Practice with our Elf

Story with Mrs. Claus

Beautiful Decorations in Santa's Dining Room

Sleeping Children

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Trees

I am again participating in Kelly's Korner "Show Us Your Life". This week the topic is Christmas cookies. Each year at school, we do a whole week of Christmas tree activities as you might remember. We usually end the week by making edible Christmas trees. I know this is not really a "cookie", but all the blog moms out in blog land might enjoy doing this with their little ones. I know I will soon!

You need:
Vanilla Icing
Green Food Coloring
Skittles, M&M's, or other small, round candy
Ice Cream Cones

1. Mix green food coloring in the icing until you get a nice green color.
2. Use a popsicle stick to spread the icing all over the ice cream cone.
3. Add small candies for the ornament.
4. Enjoy!

Simple and yummy!

Week 16 Update (A Day Late)

Since I am feeling a little yucky today, this will be a quick update and then I am heading to bed. I have a big day tomorrow. All I can say is "The Granny Awards". This is the name of our school's teacher play this year, and it is tomorrow. TOMORROW! I feel a little nervous because I missed our final dress rehearsal this afternoon. What parts do I play? . . . . . so glad you asked! I will be playing the part of Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack from Jack and Jill. I volunteered to take the boy parts since I have short hair. When I signed up, I didn't realize Jack would be 4 months pregnant! This makes me giggle!

Week 16 Picture

What is Babyboo up to now?

*BabyBoo is about 4.6 inches long and weighs about 3.4 oz

*BabyBoo's legs are now longer than his or her arms
*BabyBoo's brachioles are forming in its lungs

*BabyBoo is making more and more amniotic fluid by emptying his or her bladder every 40-45 minutes
*BabyBoo is developing sleep and wake cycles which are very short at this time
*BabyBoo's reflexive movements are increasingly developed and improved muscle control allows BabyBoo to grasp things with its hands

*BabyBoo's movement might cause me to feel butterflies in my stomach

*BabyBoo's tiny bones in his or her ears are in place this week, making it likely that he or she can hear voices when people are speaking (Daniel likes to sing Christmas Carols to Boo!)
*BabyBoo has eyebrows and eyelashes

*BabyBoo can hiccup now
*BabyBoo is the size of a turnip

Don't forget to keep praying for this little guy . . . .
It looks like he will be released from St. Jude soon. But, he will be staying at the Ronald McDonald House so he can go to St. Jude for daily check-ups!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Lord is Everywhere!

O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:1

Throughout out my life, I have been a christian. I was raised in the church and chose to be saved and confirmed in the 8th grade. Several times since that important event, I have been touched by the Lord in ways I can not explain and had experiences that have changed me as a person. This past weekend was another one of those amazing experiences.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and you plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Friday morning, I headed off to Memphis with my dear friends Michelle and Jodi. You might recall that we had this weekend planned for quite sometime now. The whole purpose of the weekend was to raise money for St. Jude and to run in honor of Michelle's nephew Jackson. Here we are at the St. Jude Heroes Pasta dinner. We were able to attend this due to Michelle's hard work with collecting donations. Way to go Michelle! You could feel the Lord's presence in the room during this dinner, and this was the first time we encountered the Lord during this trip. He is everywhere!

Here I am pictured with our school's secretary Ms. Donna. She, her husband Ben and a few other people from our area traveled to Memphis to walk/run in memory of a little girl from our county. I knew that this group would be attending the pasta party but did not have any idea where they would be sitting, etc. After we got our food, we came into the grand ballroom and found a quick seat scanning the crowd to see if we could find them. You would never believe that they were only two tables over from where we were going to sit. We decided it would be nice to sit with them for dinner. In this room full of 1,000 people, you would have never thought we would have found them so quickly. Yes, the Lord is everywhere!

Anyone who is a runner might recognize the face pictured below. Yes . . . . .that is Hal Higdon! He was the keynote speaker at this fantastic event. In case you don't know, he is a marathon runner, trainer, and writer. My friend Karen and I used his training schedule when we trained for our half-marathon this past spring. It was so neat to see him face to face and to know that he helped me check off one the items on my Bucket List. The Lord is everywhere!

A new command, I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:35

The little boy pictured below is Evans. Evans is a St. Jude patient was diagnosed with ALL when he was 3. He attended the Heroes Dinner with his mother Maleese who came to tell his story. She explained that Evans was diagnosed in one day through St. Jude and started treatment the next. She confirmed the love that she and her family received from St. Jude and the love that I am sure all families feel when they have to spend time at the St. Jude hospital. Again, the Lord is everywhere!

Here we are Saturday morning before running/walking in our event. If you don't already believe that the Lord blessed us on this trip, let me tell you a little story. We left our hotel at 6:20. This time was a little behind schedule for what we had planned Friday night. As we started on our way, we realized that we did not have directions to get to where we needed to be to start the race. You would think that one of the three of us would have figured that out, but we didn't and started on our merry way. As we are traveling, we all seem to be saying, " Ummm . . .I don't think we are going the right way!" or "I don't remember this from last night!" But, by some miracle, we ended up driving right into downtown Memphis, and this was right where we needed to be. The only thing we could figure out was that God picked our car up and put it on the right path. The Lord is everywhere!

After the race, we headed back to the hotel to shower and get ready to return back to downtown Memphis to cheer on the half/full marathoners. After our incident earlier in the day, you would think that one of us would have said something about getting directions. Nope! We drove around, turned around, went right, went wrong . . . Losing about 30 minutes of our cheering time. Oh, how the Lord had a plan for me.

If you don't read the blog "Kelly's Korner", I would like to encourage you to do so. I found her blog when I was looking for blogs of other teachers. Back in the summer, Kelly asked for prayers for a close friend of hers named Katie and added the link to Katie's blog "Katie's Keepers". I chose to follow the link to Katie's blog and pray for her. Katie's story is sad, but her words are truly inspirational. You can feel the spirit through her without ever seeing her and reading her blog will draw you closer to Christ. You will never guess who the Lord put in my path at exactly the right moment in time. Yes, it was Katie! I was absolutely floored. This is a person who inspires me and so many others with her strength, and I never thought I would meet her. She lives hours away from where I live. The Lord is everywhere! Thank you Katie for the kind words and sweet pictures on your blog.

Here is the real reason for this post. Do you see this little boy? Yes, this is precious Jackson. Saturday afternoon, we spent some time visiting with him and his dad. Here is Jackson's story. Jackson Porter was born with an immune system deficiency (Chronic Granulomatous Disease). He celebrated his 3rd birthday on July 27. His first visit to St. Jude Children's Hospital was when he was six months old. Sadly, the medications the doctors thought would help this disease did not. His only option was a bone marrow transplant. January of this year, Jackson underwent his transplant. After spending four months at St. Jude, Jackson was able to return home. So far the transplant has been successful. Jackson did have a little set back a couple of weeks ago. The doctors found two spots on his brain, and they decided to do surgery. On Thanksgiving, Jackson underwent surgery to have one of the spots removed to see what needed to be done. Just in time for this weekend, he was released from intensive care and was able to have visitors. It was so uplifting to see such a little trooper! The Lord is everywhere!

After visiting with this guy for a couple of hours, he was worn out. Here he is asleep in his daddy's arms (lucky for daddy it was just in time for the SEC championship). We really enjoyed our time with Jackson and hope we get to see him home very soon. Please continue to pray!

I hope that at least one part of that story illustrates to you how great our God is! I leave you with a challenge . . . . at the end of the Heroes Dinner, the president of ALSAC/St. Jude Fundraising explained that it take 1.4 million dollars to run St. Jude for ONE DAY! He encouraged each person at the dinner (about 1,000 of us) to try to raise another $100. So, if you feel lead and feel that God has touched you, here is a link you can follow: