Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treating Fun


Our original plan for Halloween was for Parker to be an elephant, Chad to be Nick Saban, and I was going to be an Auburn Tiger... Well, Parker had other plans. He REFUSED to wear the elephant... some say that he is an Auburn fan deep down and hated the idea of being an elephant... mommy can hope so anyway..

So we returned the elephant and decided to be a firefighter. He had a raincoat that could pass for a costume so we got a hat and I made the ax out of toilet paper rolls and a pizza box.... Chad, of course, is a fireman too and I am a dalmation...

My friend Katy suggested that I should've been fire... I wish that I had thought of that to begin with... Oh well.... We are a fire fighting family this year!



Visiting Pops and Gee Bee


Trick or Treating and Uncle Craig's and Aunt Shea Shea's



We went to Aunt Debbie's house to see my cousin Mark's little girl, Addison... We just adore that little bit... I get to babysit every once in a while She is just a doll. She will be 1 on Thanksgiving day... We just had to get some pictures of the two of them.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pumpkins and Yo Gabba Gabba


Last weekend we decided it was time to carve two of our pumpkins. We bought 3: a mommy pumpkin, a daddy pumpkin, and a baby pumpkin, of course. Chad cut open the top and scooped out the "pumpkin guts." Parker wasn't so sure about that.... Chad and I did most of the work..


Chad was really concentrating on his carving... :)


Parker got tired of waiting on daddy to finish the carving so he decided that some outside "teeto", aka play dough was the perfect idea!
One pumpkin finished!


Our front porch. Chad carved the two pumpkins sitting by my dad. YAY CHADDY!
Last night we headed to Huntsville for the Live Performance of Yo Gabba Gabba. We were quite nervous because Parker gets very nervous in new situations, especially really loud places. We were shocked because HE LOVED IT! It was so cute to watch him smile, wave, and even yell at his favorite characters.
Waiting for the show to begin. Don't they look smart in their glasses??


Parker enjoying the show... Daddy being his goofy self...

The did a balloon drop from the ceiling.. Parker loved it.
It was such a fun night. He has talked about "Gabba Gabba Gabba" all day. (He adds one too many Gabbas.. )

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Apple Orchard


This past Friday we thought that it would be so much fun to take the kids to an Apple Orchard.... Sounds great, right? We had visions of walking up and down the rows of apple trees, putting apples in a basket, and munching on a few as well...

It didn't really work out that way. We had a "tour" scheduled but it was way above the kids and they didn't really know what was going on... THey didn't even get to see an apple tree...It was a nice place but not what we thought so we only stayed around 45 minutes.... We drove an hour by the way..... It's in Cullman...
Callan, Parker, and Macy

The whole gang, Parker and the ladies..



They had face painting. Parker stood really still and let the lady paint an apple on his face but then he immediately said, "Get it off!"



We left the Orchard and found a fun park to let the kids play and eat lunch.




Even though the orchard wasn't what we thought, the kids had a fun day and that's all that matters...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Watch out Blues Traveler..


Do ya'll remember that guy from Blues Traveler that played the harmonica? That's the only harmonica person I could think of for this post. :) Anyway, Chad gave Parker a harmonica that he found in a drawer the other night. It was so cute! He just played and played.


We went to the Homecoming Parade Friday and we stood with Callan and Lizzie. Parker seemed to like the parade but he pretty much didn't care about it once he got a sucker. That child of mine. He loves some sweets.


Aunt Shea Shea, Uncle Craig, and Parker

Thursday, October 7, 2010


This video is not the best quality but his teacher sent it from her cell phone to Chad's cell phone today. This is Parker singing "If You're Happy and You Know It" and bless his heart, he's just a few seconds behind... :)

Three Things Thursday..

1. I am sitting in my chair right now waiting on Barnett and Brown to deliver our new bedroom furniture! We are putting our old set in the extra bedroom that has been empty for months. We now have two guest bedrooms so someone come and stay with us! :) We have had so many little projects are the house and we are slowly getting to each of them.

2. Getting "my run" back has been harder than I thought it would be. Taking two months off can make you lazy really quick! I have been able to run for 3 miles now but it's not pretty and I am having to stop a few times and catch my breath.

3. Parker ran a fever over the weekend and it lasted through Tuesday. I took him in to the doctor and Dr. Hamilton said that is left ear was infected. YUCK! He didn't run a fever yesterday or this morning so I sent him to school. He FREAKED out. We was not wanting to go at all! I hate days like that because it makes you feel awful. Hopefully he was ok once he got into his classroom though. Now I am going to sit and worry until I go pick him up at 12:45. Boo...

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

This past weekend....

Look at all of the beautiful flowers that we received after learning of our miscarriage. Aren't they beautiful? They are from (1) The Sonseekers (2) My brother, Craig, Shea, and Sophie, (3) Raycheal, Katy, Sara, and Melissa, and (4) The Kindergarten teachers at Forest Hills. Chad's sweet boss, Laura, sent us flowers today so they aren't in the picture. They make me smile every time I look at them.

This past weekend was UNA Homecoming and it was what the doctor ordered. It forced me to get out of bed Saturday and "face the day." I have the BEST girlfriends in the world and it's rare that we are ALL together. We did out best to make the most of the time we had together.
Not sure what was so funny...

Aren't my friends beautiful???


Sunday the homecoming festivities were over and we wanted to have some family fun so we headed to Oktoberfest. It would've have been fun for Parker but he would have NOTHING to do with the jumpy things... His favorite things were the kittens and dogs up for adoption...


Parker loved all of the tractors.
They were giving free tractor rides so of course Parker wanted to go!

Friday, October 1, 2010

W-O-W... wow

I can't even express the love we have felt over the past two days. On Tuesday, in the doctor's office, the news felt so hopeless and the pain was so deep but after the love and prayers of our friends and family, we can feel God's presence and love showering us.

It's 3:15 am now and I have to be at the hospital at 5 am. I just can't seem to get my mind to stop racing to let me sleep. Surgery makes me nervous. I know that it's not a serious surgery and it's over in no time, but it still brings anxiety. The cramping is really starting and I am just wanting to fast forward and be done. I'm attempting to not really think about what is actually "happening" during the surgery. If I go there, I'll go to a really ugly place.

I've thought a lot about last week because it appears that's when we lost our sweet little one. What was I doing at the moment that my sweet baby's heart stop beating? Was I asleep? Was I playing with Parker? I had no clue at that moment that my life would be forever changed. I am sure that I will always wonder about the baby. Was it a boy or girl? (I feel like it's a girl, though.) What color would her hair be? Would she be loud and crazy like Parker or calm and quiet? Would she come around her due date or be early?

And now the new questions, will we ever again to experience the joy of finding out we're pregnant? How in the world are we going to cope with possibly months or even years of fertility treatments? Do we even want to do that? Should be just attempt adoption? So many questions to fill my mind.

I am sure that I will always struggle with those questions. So many sweet friends have offered encouraging words and shared stories of their experience with a miscarriage. Most have shared that they always think about their angel babies. I'm sure that will never stop.

Sad times always force me to call on the Lord like never before. That saddens my heart because I wish that I realized daily my desperate need for Him, not just during sadness.

I appreciate all of the sweet notes, calls, and love that we have received. Words can't express my thanks. I KNOW that the prayers are what allowed me to "survive" the past few days.