Morgan's First Year

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Santa Says...

Christmas Day

Happy Birthday Daddy! Merry Christmas!

Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sequoia National Park

What an amazing day we had at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks today!
Breath taking scenery, amazing wildlife and gorgeous snowfall.
Thanks Uncle Steve for suggesting the trip!

Friday, November 21, 2008

A Day At The Park

Singing and clapping

Cheezin' for the camera

Eatin' wood chips

Crawling through the wood chips

Smiling at Mommy

Checking out the slide

What 'cha doin' Mommy?

Climbing Stairs

Riding the Duckie

Monday, November 17, 2008

Norfolk Zoo

Morgan's First Steps

Hard to believe this little peanut is walkig already!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


...the camera that is!

After some pouting, tears, frantic searching, a declaration that there was no way we were going to find it and flashbacks of all the photos I have taken in the last two months Michael found the missing camera.

Boy, do I love that man!! I think it took him all of 15 minutes too...figures!
If I didn't know better I'd think he hid it just so he could say "I told you we'd find it.".

The battery is charging and pictures will be posted over the weekend.

We Have Arrived... the threshold of Hell.

For those of you who read the previous post, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse it has.

I have some how managed to lose our camera. Now you may wonder why I would be so attached to it or upset by this. Well, it has been a few months since I have taken the time to upload our pictures. So all of our adorable pictures of Morgan's first Halloween dressed up like a little ladybug with Little Kenny and Jacey, pictures of her first steps, pictures of her first well, everything are gone, gone, GONE.

It is absolutely breaking my heart to even think about this.
So, I hope you didn't want to see any new pictures of her because, I don't have any.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

We're Here...Barely.

We are sorry it has been so long since our last posting. Life has been...well, crazy. We survived our cross country trip with Morgan and the boys...just barely though. Morgan and I got our flu shots the day before we left. BIG mistake! I was already not feeling well and by the time we hit Illinois I wanted to die and poor Morgan was miserable. Luckily, we started to feel better somewhere around Ely, Nevada. If you'd like to hear about our stay in the Ely Motel 6, I'd be happy to regale you with that tale another evening.

A few short days before arriving in sunny California we got THE call that the sale of the house we were trying to buy fell through (long story). So we pretty much arrived in good ol' Cali with no place for the short term and no place or ideas for the long term.

By the way, I am typing this as I sit on the dog-pee smelling carpeted floor, um, I mean in our pet-friendly one room (if you don't count the bathroom), broken stove, broken air-conditioned Navy Lodge "Home ". Yes, we have been here 11 days and yes we will be here at least another 10 days, but hey at $60 bucks a night what more could we ask for? At least we aren't paying for 2 dogs to be boarded on top of that! But, I digress.

Upon arrival in our new state/city our first order of business was shopping for a long term place to call home. We looked at four homes within the first 2 hours of being in Lemoore/Hanford and after some dinner and panicking on my part we arrived at what we are now calling home for the semi-short term.

Early the next morning I spent 5 hours in the Urgent Care Clinic with severe abdominal pain and nausea. But, a few doses of morphine, a little anti-nausea medicine and a few prescriptions for pain meds and I was right as rain. Or so I thought... A few doctor's visits later and we still don't know what is wrong, but the rumor is an ovarian cyst. I am still having intermittent pain, but it is tollerable, I guess. I have been remiss in contacting my doctor for my ultrasound results, but only because I have spent as much or more time in the hospital visiting doctors with Morgan for a wicked diaper rash, nummular eczema and another common treatable issue that I will not post here, that I dread having to spend more time for me. Her rash is gone the other issue is resolving, but the eczema has become worse. We started a topical steroid cream and a host of other creams this evening. Hopefully, this too will start to get better.

Fast forward a few days from my visit in the UCC...we did choose one of the homes we looked at our first day. We have gone through a long drawn out nightmare of phonecalls, paperwork, emails, inspections, etc. and we are still waiting on closing. It seems that we get another new disclaimer/form emailed to us on a daily basis to print, fill-out and deliver to our agent. By the way, did I mention we have no printer and our internet connection in our room is minimal at best so we have to drive 20 miles to Panera for free WiFi to read our email? Truly a JOY! We are told the house is ours and we should close somewhere before Thanksgiving. We'll see! Very little else has gone as planned in our transition here so I am not going to hold my breath. If we get the house I will be sure to let everyone know and post pictures for all to see. If this falls through I will let everyone know our post office box number so you can send Christmas cards. You are ALL going to send cards right!

After 11 days here, I have met ZERO people, except for the nice women in TRICARE, a slew of doctors and nurses and the sweet girl at the coffee stand in the hospital who gave me my coffee on the house today, because only after she made it did I realize they only take cash or checks and I had neither.

BTW~ I went back a few hours and a trip to the bank later and gave her the money for the coffee and a big tip.

Morgan did start to walk a few consecutive steps last week. She loves to stand and cruise, will take a few steps only when she wants to, but prefers the quicker crawling method of getting into trouble...I mean getting around.

She has her two bottom teeth and a third trying to work its way through. Which is fun for Michael and me as we are again waking up a few times a night to her crying. Atleast the dog above us who liked to run sprints around midnight has left the building, right?!

Well, it is time for me to head to bed now. Morgan has woken twice since I started typing this and if that is any indication of the rest of the night to come I had better try and get some sleep while I can.

I will leave you with one last update. Michael is back to work and has been very busy getting ready for the coming year. The good news is he will be home for a total of 13 weeks in the calendar year 2009. Luckily, for Morgan and I, he will be gone for most of the major holidays, our 4th and 5th Anniversaries, my birthday, his birthday, Morgan's 2nd birthday and a host of other holidays. Atleast we have that to look forward to!

Did I mention how HAPPY I am to have moved to California?!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Show and Tell

mel's show and tell

This is my first Show and Tell and I decided why not post two of the funniest pictures I have of our sweet baby girl.

First, a little background...Morgan is our first and only Earth Angel (so far!) as she was preceded by our three Angels in Heaven.

She is just shy of 10 months and has just started to teethe in the past few weeks. Along with general fussiness, drooling, chewing and low grade fever she has also had a runny nose.

I am so glad I had the camera handy a few weeks ago when this happened...

You gotta love the drool rash on her chin and the black 'n blue mark on her forehead!

I can't wait to pull out copies of these when she starts dating!

Do you think these will keep the boys away?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

For Our Babies

In Memory Of
Our 3 Angels In Heaven

We love you and can't wait to hold you in heaven.

Love, Mommy and Daddy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Remembering Clare and the two other babies we lost in 2006.
We can't wait to see you in heaven sweet babes.

We love you,
Mommy and Daddy

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Halloween!

On Saturday we went to Oceana's Chili Cook-off and Car Show.
We got to try some good chili for free and walk around looking at some really cool cars.
They had a bunch of fun stuff for kids including pumpkin decorating.
Though we skipped the decorating this time we did use their "Pumpkin Patch" to take a few pictures of Morgan. She was very interested in the straw bales and not so interested in getting her picture taken. Here are a few of the good ones.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Not Me Monday

OK everyone, I am going to try something new. I am going to try something fun that I found on a blog that I follow religiously...I mean occasionally. Please head over to MckMama's blog and check out the brains behind this carnival. You will love her blog, she is so sweet, her kids are just too cute and her blog is adorable, not to mention hysterical. Also, you have to check out all the other folks that have joined in on the fun here. So, with out further ado, here goes my first Not Me Monday...

I did not drink coffee every day this week and consider it breakfast. Nope, I ate a healthy nutritionally balanced breakfast every morning as a good example for my daughter.

I most certainly did not tell my 9 1/2 month old that Mommy's Milk Bar was closed and give her a sippy cup of whole milk just because I was too tired to nurse her. I would never deny my sweet baby girl her mama milk that would be wrong.

I did not and would not put her down for a nap early just because I was tired and wanted to take a nap. That might mess up her sleep schedule and cause her to stay up late.

Morgan was not screaming in her pack 'n play for 20 minutes while I took a hot shower. I took a shower while she was asleep because I know she does not like to be left alone.

Michael and I did not take our baby to the movies to see The D@rk Night because there is violence and profanity in the movie. Nope, we left her at home sound asleep with a babysitter because taking her to see that movie would be irresponsible of us.

I absolutely do not spend as much time as I can reading blogs of complete strangers then tell my husband all about what I read as if these people are my friends. And I certainly did not sit sobbing my head off while reading one of those blogs because I felt the loss of a Sister in Christ as if it were my own.

This Not Me Monday was NOT posted on Tuesday, nope I posted it on Monday just like I am suppose to do because it is called Not Me Monday not Tuesday.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

We've Had A Break Through

Isn't teething wonderful?

Morgan's first tooth punched through the gum line a few nights ago.

Let me just chew on this bottle of Tylen@l, please...

...or maybe this bottle of teething tablets...

...decisions, decisions!