Sunday, October 31, 2010

I have cute kids...

I'm sorry, but I just do.  I love them to pieces!

Thanks to Aunt Maggie's tutu abilities, Aubrie's costume was perfect!

She stood on tippy toes since she didn't have heels and Grandma Janie saved the day with white gloves that we added later in the night.  She is quite the poser!  I put mascara and eye liner on her.  You would not believe her eyelashes.  Her Grandma RuRu thought they were fake - no she's just lucky!  She's as sweet as pie and getting so big.  She acts 5 now - where does the time go?  My baby is no longer a baby - she has girl legs!!

This little man makes me so happy.

He truly kills me with his personality!  He's wild and crazy - a bit over the top and too much to handle most of the time - he's all boy - and all mine!

Together they are the best of friends and the worst of enemies.  They also like to pose together when the camera comes out!

They slap, then they hug, they laugh hard, then they cry.  Aubrie is the mother, and Everett is the funny one.  They sleep together in a twin bed even though they each  have a twin bed of their own.  I can't imagine their life if we hadn't of had Everett so close to Aubrie's age.  It was tough at times, but it's perfect now.  I truly hope they always remain as close as they are now!

To add to the chaos, they have a mini-them.  She's half Aubrie - climbs and gets into everything.  Sorry Mags she was in the toilet yesterday!  Then she's half Everett - she's a bit mean and a bit dramatic.  She thinks she's really their little sister & oh how they love her!  She's a blessing to us all with her pretty eyes and big smile with Maggie's chicklet teeth!  Oh how our lives have changed in the last five years!

We had a great Halloween and the kids thought they had the best trip ever.  We only go to a few houses, but they think we've been all over town.  I dread the day they realize that we haven't even hit up 98% of the candy stops in town.  Actually, their Dad dreads that day more!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Two Posts In One Day - Unheard!

Today I'm babysitting my beautiful neice, Caroline.

She has been sitting like Goldilocks in all of Trudie's bed.

She has smashed this one to pieces!  She thinks it's hilarious!

Trudie is furious & depressed over her antics!  She is now bed-less!

I helped Caroline get out because she got her leg stuck - now she's a screaming baby dinosaur!  She kills me!


I did it!  I survived our week & in my kids think I'm "cool".  Which - when did they start using the word cool?  Really?!?

Here are the two special cupcakes I made for Aubrie and Everett to have at home.  Yes - I am a cool Mom!

This is what Everett's classroom received.  Now I must note b/c Maggie was giving me heck about it.  I didn't make anything like this for Aubrie's class and never have.  It's because her school requires store bought treats not because Everett is my golden boy, although he sure is!

Although Aubrie was sad about not taking the treats above to her class, she was in LOVE with the chicken feet I crafted her.

Oh yes, rubber gloves, tissues, and a wooden spoon to stuff = chicken feet.

She was so happy she crowed about it, and then made this hilarious smile face that she's started making lately.  Unfortunately she has her mother's overbite & braces will be in her future.  She's a beauty though!!

So there you have my Halloween week of parties.  Stay tuned - tonight we haunt the town as Spiderman & Minnie Mouse & we will be CUTE doing it!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Update on Baby Ollie

Today we had our follow up level II ultrasound to review baby Ollie's heart.  Last time we really didn't know much about Ollie's heart defect other than Ollie had a hole between the ventricals that may heal itself.  Today we found out that Ollie has an AV Canal Defect.  It's a more serious defect than Jade & I had originally thought, and we feel a little knocked down by our news today.

We will continue to see our specialist probably every 4 weeks to monitor Ollie's growth & heart.  We will also have an appointment soon with a pediatric cardiologist in Peoria to review Ollie's heart.  Our Dr. told us that we will most likely deliver normally in Mattoon & take Ollie home.  That ideally they will wait until Ollie is 3-6 months so he/she has time to grow, then we face open heart surgery.  This is typically not a heart defect that will heal itself and will require open heart surgery.  Basically we're facing a hole between Ollie's ventricles and when the heart pumps, it creates a bigger hole between all 4 chambers of the heart.

With this type of defect, the Dr. believes that Ollie does have Down Syndrome, although he was sure to remind us this isn't certain until birth, but 50% of babies with this defect have DS.  Which we are still perfectly fine with Down Syndrome, this possibility doesn't worry us at all.

Just so no assumptions are made, Ollie is perfectly fine while I am pregnant & will most likely be fine after birth.  The surgery has a high success rate so that is something to be extremely grateful for, and our Dr. said we will just love Peoria and the doctors and surgeons there - also a blessing.  So please keep praying for our entire family, friends, doctors, nurses and surgeons.  February seems far away, but will be here before we know it.

Thank you again for all the outpouring of love.  We are doing extremely well considering what we are facing & we are still confidant we will have a long, exciting, and perfectly happy life with Ollie, Aubrie, & Everett.  Do not greive or be sad for us, we still have a miracle in the making & God is blessing us daily with family & friends that love and support us.

God Bless!

If you are just now stopping in - start here with our Previous post about Ollie

PS - Ollie is a baby GIRL!!

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!"

Psalm 139:13-18

Baby Ollie's Room

Today is the big day.  We meet with the doctor at 10AM CST.  So pray pray pray for a good heart evaluation at our level II sonogram.

Since Jade & I will be off to see the doctor I wanted to show you the happy we have in our home for Ollie.  We still don't know if Ollie is a girl or a boy, but Ollie is the name for either sex - another name of a great grandpa.  We named all our children after their great grandpas & it's special to us.  Ollie is Jade's grandpa.  We never knew him, but his Dad said he was so much like Jade - and well Jade's spectacular so Ollie must have been too.

Anyway - here is Ollie's room.  I started on it very early fully expecting it to take me a long time.  Before I could start, we had to move Aubrie & Everett into a shared room & I had to get all the baby boy & girl clothes out of tubs in the basement - rewash them & hang them up.  However, it didn't take me nearly as long as I expected & the room is pretty much ready.  Of course when Ollie arrives as a boy or a girl - it will need some tweaking to make it perfectly special.

This is the view when you walk in the door.  This used to be Everett's room.  We kept it red for a boy or a girl.

The crib we received as a gift at my baby shower with Aubrie.  It was from JC Penney.  She never slept in it - she was stubborn, but Everett loved this crib, this music box, and this mobile.  I can't believe how old he is now & that he used to sleep 7 to 7 here!  PS - I know the crib is extremely low right now, but my beautiful neice, Caroline, naps here until Ollie arrives.

I found this print on an adorable Etsy site.  I kid you not, the picture she showed for sale with the baby name already said Ollie and had this gnome on it - it was fate.

I found the fabric for the bedding at & it is perfect!  It's quirky & fun and most of all happy.  My husband was nervous when I said gnomes - he thought gnomes were scary - until he saw these!  They are so me.

I adore the bumper with the gnome village & mushroom houses with the clothesline at the top - perfection it is.  Thank you again Esther for sewing this for Ollie & for all the prayers you said while you made it for our special baby!

These cards were at the same Etsy site as the gnome print.  I love them & they are just right with the bedding.  Simple, but cute.

This is the reading corner.

I bought this adorable fox from a friend.  She crafts the most fabulous pillows, purses, jewelry & also a soon to be children's line.  Since my maiden name is Fox - I HAD to have it for Ollie.  The quilt was handmade by my Aunt for Aubrie - how I love handmade baby blankets!

Books are a staple in my house.  My kids aren't into toys too much.  They love to read & craft.  So we have joined many book clubs & my house overflows with children's books.  I look forward to reading with baby Ollie.  Here I have another giant fox - I can't say no to a good stuffed fox!

These prints were given to me by my Mom when I had Aubrie.  They have been in all the baby rooms & are the perfect bedtime prayer.  They are hand stitched & I love them.

The changing table is really a vanity.  I have used it with all my babies and it works great to store diapers & wipes & ointments.   Everything is at a hands reach.  I painted it a bright blue for Ollie.  The gray armoire was Everett's when he was in this room - it holds so many clothes!

 I'm not normally a blue person, but I love this blue.  It is happy to me.  It will probably bounce to Aubrie's room when she is older to be used as an actual vanity.

I painted this armoire gray for Everett & I still love it.  Now if Ollie is a girl I can't promise it will stay gray, but it probably will.  The gray just makes all the imperfections of this old piece stand out & I love furniture that has been beaten up over time!

This rolling basket was found at my Dad's concrete company & Mom gave it to me.  I love it!  It holds extra stuffed animals for now.  When Ollie arrives I'll find a better purpose for it, but I'm just not sure what that purpose is yet!  For now Aubrie has loaned Ollie some of her stuffed animals, but Ted E. Bear in the center is mine - I got him when I was 5 from my Uncle.

For those of you thinking - how in the world do you not know the sex of is your answer.  Jade would tell you it's because I'm the most organized person in the world - which is just partially true.  These are the clothes I have gathered from Aubrie & Everett & then unisex clothes at the top right.  This is just the sleepers, blankets, towels, and burp clothes.  The armoire is full of socks, hats, pant sets, and onesies.  Oh see my fabulous diaper bag!  I do large purses instead of typical diaper bags - it's how I roll!

As you can see we are ready and waiting for baby Ollie (we have a long wait until February!)  We have a room full of joy & things we love setup and waiting.  It's filled with memories of our two younger children and dreams for our 3rd perfect child.  So keep the prayers coming.  Jade & I are doing well and very excited about our baby - DS or not - heart defect or not.  God is great all of the time!

I leave you with this bible verse.  I recently found it & it is one of my favorite verses now.
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!"

Psalm 139:13-18

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Grown Women Are...

known to laugh until they cry
known to laugh until they pee their pants
unexpected when they show up at the party with football lines of mascara on their faces
totally unexpected when said women decide to go all out with mascara - mustaches, beards, eyebrows and enter Wal-Mart to do some shopping.

Last night some of my favorite people loaded up in the swagger wagon.  We rode illegal - without seats through our tiny town.  We went to Walmart, and then we were seen at McDonalds.  We may have been spotted running through the dark & falling into ditches.

We laughed until we cried & had one of the best nights we've all probably had this fall.

We may or may not have participated in some good hearted pranks on those we love in town. 

Maggie rocks a fine unibrow.

My best friend Melissa looks great with some thick chops and a tiny goat.

I went all out and opted for the full on goatee.

Abbie kept us all perplexed as we wondered what she was really thinking!

We had to take our standard best friend shot.

As did Abbie & Maggie.

 Mom rocked a tiny Hitler stash, but mainly resembled a cat.  My cousin Ellen closely resembled one of my other cousins & it was ha-larious and really an inside joke!

Jamie & my Aunt Jamie also had on some fine paint.  Jamie had the handle bar stache & Aunt Jamie - well she needed more.

She could have passed as a man here, but...

The eyebrows really gave her the scary man look.  We laughed so hard here we were wheezing.

Thank you to the women in my life for being so stinking funny without even trying.  You made a night out on the town a belly laughing good time!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Best Mommy Ever!

OK OK I will admit that I'm not the best Mommy ever, or the most patient Mommy ever.  Anyone who has been around my house when my kids are wild banshees knows this to be true.

But I try.  So next week will be hectic to say the least.  We have a costume contest/party at tumbling, a costume day at school where I signed up to bring treats, and at Aubrie's school - no costumes, but funny feet day!

So I'll be busy baking & crafting costumes & funny feet for next week.

Everett will be taking my own spin on these to his party.  I hope they resemble these b/c how cute and easy!

Aubrie will be rocking out some yellow rubber gloves that I hope to transform into chicken feet. 

So competing toddler mommies - watch out.  I'm trying to win Mommy of the year from my kids.  After I accomplish all of the above - be sure to check back so you can see them in my version with my adorable babies!

PS - I hope they don't stop calling me Mommy for a long time.  Even though sometimes I wish they said Daddy more often :)

Pray for baby Ollie - heart evaluation on the 26th!  We want a strong healthy heart!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oh Holidays

Since I've been blogging, I have a record of when it hits.  Last year, the bug hit November 17th, and by the 18th I had cracked & Christmas was up in my house.  Now it's October - an entire month earlier - and I'm dying for Christmas.

This year won't be the same though.  This gal will be roughly 8 months pregnant at Christmas.  I have a feeling my 4 hour decorating spree & over the top Christmas look in my house won't happen this year because when I take it down I'll be even more pregnant!

That means no turquoise glittery giant reindeer...

No quirky elves...

No fabulous ornament wreaths...

or feather wreaths...

but the white tree will be up in all its glory with the reindeer pillows...

and I may just have to whip out glitter Jesus.  He is the real reason for the season!

Oh and I need some great gift ideas for a 3 year old boy and a nearly 5 year old girl.  They seriously never touch their toys & have everything their hearts ever desire - what in the world do you buy them??  I need help this year!


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