Morgan's First Year

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?!