Tuesday, December 8, 2009

your long lost friend

Where have I been? The truth is I am not really sure. Not much has gone on lately that I felt was truly blog worthy (although most of my previous post would tell otherwise since they were not exactly exciting news, but...) and we have just really been hanging out. We have some trips planned in the next month or so and hopefully I will have some good stories to share with you then.

One thing that I did do recently was finally get on the BONE MARROW DONOR LIST. This is something that I have been wanting to do since I can remember. I usually give blood when I can (some surgeries have prevented this in my life) and for some reason I always forget to tell them before I give the blood. Well I went online and found out that I could send off for a kit that would allow me to swab my mouth and send it back in and doing this would put me on the list. With minimal hesitation I signed up. I say minimal because this is a really big decision. Donating bone marrow is not pain free and without risk, but knowing that I could potentially save someone I think is worth the pain and risk. I talked to Andy about it (um, after the kit came in the mail, whoops) and he agreed that it was a good thing for me to do. So after swabbing my mouth I sealed up the envelope and sent it away. I am supposed to receive a receipt that they got my donation. I know that the chance of me matching someone out there is very slim considering I am an only child, but I wanted to give my best shot. Here is the picture that I took of the kit. I was so easy. Here is the website if you are interested: http://www.marrow.org/ Just click on the Join the Registry button to get started!


love always,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Little old man!

This will be quick but I got to watch the sweetest little baby on Friday for a few hours, little Hayden Dean. He is just too cute, and in this picture he looks like a little old man. He did not like the flash of my camera very much, his eye's were open before I took this picture. He is so sweet and absolutely adorable. Hayden makes the sweetest noises and hardly ever cries. I love this baby and cannot wait until I get to watch him and his sister again!!!
love always,

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Job #3

I tease Andy all the time that I have 3 jobs. It is sort of true and sort of not true. I work my regular job everyday (the one that causes me to be in the office), then after that job I head on over to either soccer practice or a game (this job only lasts 3 months so is it really job #2, I'm not sure), then recently on the weekends I have been leaving my sweet, sweet husband and traveling all over the south to SEC Women's College Soccer Games. I get to commentate the games and it is so much fun. That is part of the reason that it does not really feel like a job, I love doing it and I get to watch really awesome soccer games. The travel can be tough and I don't really like being away from Andy, but it is only for 5 weekends and my last one is this weekend. I will be traveling to Alabama to watch Tennessee take on Alabama in Tuscaloosa. I am excited, relieved, happy and little bit sad. I am excited to go and do the job itself, did I tell you that it is so much fun! Relieved that it is almost over and I will get to spend some weekends at home. Happy that I can see Andy more on the weekends. Sad because it is almost over and I am not sure that I am ready for it to be almost over. At any rate, all things come to an end and I am not sure that I will be asked to do this again. If I don't, I am okay with that, it was so much fun and a wonderful experience. I was very lucky to get this job, even if it doesn't always feel like work...did I mention that I had SO MUCH FUN!!!


So that I don't have to send you away without a picture, this is what I look like at my job #3 if you have not seen me on TV.

The guy in the picture is Chris Stewart. He does all kinds of broadcasting work for Alabama and is really great at his job. He has helped me so much and is so nice and funny. I hope that if I do get to do this job again that I get to work with him. Since this weekends game is Tennessee at Alabama I am sure that it will be fun in the booth. We will just have to wait and see whose team comes up with the win!!! The game is on Sunday on CSS so you should check it out!!

love always,

Friday, October 16, 2009

you can stop counting

the babe is here!! I would like to introduce you all to Hayden Dean Watson in all his cute glory. He joined us on 10/14/09 at 4:56pm, weighing 7 lbs and 12 ozs and was 21 in long. He is too cute and the apple of his sister's eye. Reece was awesome with him and I know that she is going to be an awesome big sister. The best part of all of this was that Doc made it back to Knoxville on 10/13/09 at 4pm and his baby boy waited just 24 hours later before he met his father. Hayden has perfect timing. Just so you all know, I love him already! Here are two pics from yesterday when Reece and I went to visit him.
Here is the sweet boy!

Here is Reece, Tori, Hayden and baby Ava (Reece's baby)!




What do you think? Do they look alike?

Reece


Hayden


love always,

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

the countdown is on...

This picture was taken 23 months ago today. Can you believe how tiny she is?! Please ignore us we look terrible. Ha!


Reece Bennett Watson entered this world and captured our hearts. We love her more and more each day. She went from this: her bink looks bigger than her.


To this,

and now to this, she is such a big girl and soon to be a big sister.

Reece is ready to welcome her baby brother Hayden, any day now. She is going to be the best big sister and Andy and I cannot wait to snuggle and sniff (you all should no that I love to sniff a baby's head, there is really nothing sweeter and I know it is weird.) this sweet baby boy. Tori and Doc we love you and are so happy to welcome your new baby boy!!! I promise, tons of pictures when he gets here!!

love always,



Monday, October 12, 2009

i went missing, i know

So sorry for the long delay in posting, and I hate to keep saying it but I have been B.U.S.Y! I am still working my normal 8-5 job, and then coaching in the afternoons. I thought that last year I was busy doing that and did not think that I could add anything to my plate, but I did.
I was called a few weeks ago to see if I would be interested in doing some broadcasting. Now, this is totally something that is Kara's department and not mine but I thought that it would be a great experience so I agreed to do it. It is 5 Sunday SEC Women's Soccer games so it is talking about something that I am totally passionate about. Soccer, women's soccer and the SEC. I have already done three games and have two left. I am tired, but it has been so much fun and I have learned so much. I have been busy prepping during the week for the upcoming game, and watching film of the teams, and learning on a smaller scale of what Kara does for her espn gig.

Here are some picture of where I have been. Can you figure out where? Think SEC!
Here is game 1:

I forgot to take a picture at game 2: it was Lexington, KY to watch Tennessee take on Kentucky!

Game 3:

love always,

Friday, September 25, 2009

So....

where have I been you ask. Well, I have been busy and do I mean busy. Some new things have come my way that I just could not pass up. I don't want to talk about them here...yet, but hopefully after this weekend I will get my nerve up and let you know what is going on. And NO I am not pregnant. Ha.
Well, when I say busy let me tell you what has been going on with the Broome family. I feel like I have not seen my sweet husband all week. I have had a game or practice all week long and that has seemed a bit stressful. Hopefully next week is not quite as busy (all of our games this week have been away in Anderson Co. Yuck! So I have not gotten home before 10pm) and I can actually get home to hang out and eat with Andy. I also have done some prepping for the upcoming thing, that I promise not to bring back up in this post until I can tell you what it is, but that has taken up some of my usually hang out time with Andy and I don't like that one bit.
At any rate I hope to be back here next week with some fun news, (there I go again) and some new and exciting posts. I still need to show you some pictures from the wedding that Andy and I were in back in August!!!! We had so much fun!!!
So until next week...

love always,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

EIGHTY


Well, what we have today is another wonderful birthday post. I feel so lucky that when I married Andy I automatically adopted 3 grandparents. They are each so wonderful and so special and they treat me like I have been their granddaughter all along. I love them all so much and want them to know how much I treasure them and all the time that we get to spend together.


Andy's grandfather, Granddaddy, turned 80! Can you believe it? I can't. There is no way that he is 80 and I think that we need to check his birth certificate to make sure. He still hikes a couple of times a week and we are not talking a 2-3 mile hike. Granddaddy can take on 10+ in a day. Enough to leave me exhausted. Most of you know, but I love to talk about it, that Granddaddy walked me down the isle on our wedding day. It was so special for me and I will never forget it as long as I live. I could not have had a better person to be there for me on that day. I love you so much Granddaddy!!!!!!


I asked him some questions for his Special Birthday Blog Post so here you go!!!


What was your favorite birthday and why?
Marian and the boys gave me a big party at The Faculty Club for my 60th birthday. Had a big crowd of friends and family and my Mother was still living and lots of fun.


If you could be anywhere on your birthday where would you be?
I guess the 80th on Mt LeConte was about as neat a place as there could be. Boo, Andy and I missed being there, but we thought of you all day!!!


What is your favorite birthday cake?
Chocolate


What is your favorite color?
Blue

What is one thing that you can’t help but splurge on?
Ice cream


What is your favorite restaurant?
Mountain Lodge in Gatlinburg, for breakfast


What is your favorite word?
Whatever


What is your least favorite word?
Anything negative


What famous person do you most resemble?
I think I look like Rock Hudson, but probably more like Jimmy Durante


What is your biggest pet peeve?
People that are not on time So this is where Andy gets it from, hmmm.


What three possessions do you value most?
Mountain house, walnut dining room table and chairs, and my TV clicker ( things don't mean a lot to me any more )


What three non-material possessions do you value most?
Marian, kids, grandkids and friends


What is your favorite thing to do on the weekend?
Go to Gatlinburg and the Mt. House


Who is your favorite granddaughter-in-law? Ha! Just kidding you don’t have to answer that one!!!
I would be in big trouble if I answered this.


Thanks Granddaddy for answering my questions. We love you and will see you soon!!!!


love always,

Thursday, September 10, 2009

POST 100 and a shower

Wow, this is the official 100th post!! I can't believe it. Andy and I have had a lot going on but I just have not had a chance to sit down and tell you guys all about it. I also have been terrible at taking pictures and have relied on other people to take them. That means that I don't have them exactly when I want them. Totally my fault and I will work on taking more myself. Promise!

Well, hopefully all these pictures today will make up for it. Julie took this with some help from a few other people I think. Back in August Andy and I, Chris and Julie, and Sarah and Colin threw a wedding shower for our dear friends Jeff and Emily who got married at the end of August (a post for another day). I am not going to lie. I was a bit worried about how we were going to pull of having 30ish people at our house. I think that it turned out really beautiful and I stressed way to much. Here are some pictures from the day!

Julie made this sign. She is so creative and it was perfect because our tiny driveway could not have fit all of the cars!!

Here is the happy couple. I love them!!!!
The fab four! Ha, can you tell we do P90X!

This is Colin and Sarah, two of the hosts!

These guys should get host credit. This is Amy and Bill (aka Amy and Bob). They saved the day when I forgot to make the salad and ran home for more watermelon. I don't know how I would have made it without you. Amy was also so much help in the planning process. Maybe she should become a party planner!!!!


Here is the food. I was nervous that we would not have enough and it turned out we had tons of extra so some people got to go home with dinner for the next night!!!

People enjoying dinner!

Emily (bride-to-be), Me and Julie! I really like this one!


These two are too cute. Chris and Julie.

I just love this picture of Jeff.


The dessert. Sarah got the cake from Rita's and it looked just like the invitation. It was beautiful and so good! The thumbprint cookies are Emily's favorite and a must at the party. I think she at all of them. Just kidding, Em!



We made the practice for their wedding day. It did not help, on their wedding day they tried to cut through the one layer of their cake that was not real. More on that later...


Emily with her dessert!


The whole crew watching Jeff and Emily open presents!


The sweet couple. Thank you so much for allowing us to celebrate you. Andy and I treasure your friendship and love you guys!!! Hopefully we can have more parties in the future, now that I know that we will all fit! Ha!


love always,

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Guess who came home...

Baby EMERY and a little over 3 weeks before her actual due date! Love this family, especially its newest member! Way to go Emery!


love always,

Aunt Cameron and Uncle Andy!!!!
PS: if you want updates on the precious little one go to: http://kehne.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

where have I gone...

Well, I have officially been the worst at blogging lately. Mostly I have been bad because I have been so busy. The season has started so that means that every afternoon of mine is spent at the soccer field or at a game. It makes the days long and I am usually exhausted when I get home, but I do have a blast with the girls. We had our first game last night. We played Powell and tied. The girls did not play very well last night so practice today should be interesting to say the least. I will try to post some more pictures up here. I still have to get the ones from the shower and the wedding is this weekend. Andy and I are really looking forward to it and have been getting ready for it for what seems like weeks now. It will be beautiful and so much fun. I promise to try and be better at blogging so you will know what in the world is going on with us! We love you all.

love always,

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

house party!!!

So Andy and I threw a shower for some very dear friends, Jeff and Emily. I have not been able to get the pictures over to my computer yet, so I don't have all the ones that I want to show you from that night. Julie Connell was our fabulous photographer and helper extraordinaire. We managed to pull off a backyard shower with 26 people in our not-so-big house. I think that it went really well and everyone had a good time. I really can't wait to show you the pictures. But, until then I will leave you with this one.

love always,

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I have not posted in a while. I need to tell you about the shower we had at the house. It was totally cute. I will work on that tomorrow!! As for now... here you go...

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:15-7:20ish
2. How do you like your steak? medium
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? The Hangover (not the funniest movie of all times, but still funny)
4. What is your favorite TV show? Where to start, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Deadliest Catch, Ax Men, Real World/Road Rules anything, I am kind of a TV junkie
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? ON THE LAKE that is our dream
6. What did you have for breakfast? cereal
7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian and fruit
8. What foods do you dislike? coconut I tell people I am allergic so I don't have to eat it
9. Favorite Place to Eat?
10. Favorite dressing? red wine vinegar and olive oil
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Chevy Tahoe, white
12. What are your favorite clothes? jeans and a t-shirt
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? st john
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 full
15. Where would you want to retire? on the lake
16. Favorite time of day? evenings
17. Where were you born? Norman, OK
18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Tennessee football, soccer, and basketball
19. Bird watcher? nope
20. Are you a morning person or a night person? depends on how much sleep I have had
21. Do you have any pets?yep, Laney (chocolate lab) and Nelly (miniature-spotted boxer)
22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? not really
23. What did you want to be when you were little? doctor or lawyer
24. What is your best childhood memory? our summer evening walks that sometimes took us down to the neighborhood ice cream shop.
25. Are you a cat or dog person? dog. the only cat that I have loved was Pasta.
26. Are you married? yep I am Mrs. Andrew Broome and LOVE it!
27. Always wear your seat belt? yep, always
28. Been in a car accident? yes, 2 totaled my mom's car, and someone hit me and totaled my Range Rover (I miss that car)
29. Any pet peeves? Tags sticking out of people's shirts
30. Favorite Pizza Toppings? half cheese and half jalapenos
31. Favorite Flower? daisy
32. Favorite ice cream? coffee
33. Favorite fast food restaurant? chick fil a
34. How many times did you fail your driver's test? none
35. From whom did you get your last email? my hubby, how nice
36. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? old navy and jcrew
37. Do anything spontaneous lately? had a party at my house
38. Like your job? love it!
39. Broccoli? yes, but the hubs does not so we don't eat it much
40. What was your favorite vacation? honeymoon in st. john
41. Last person you went out to dinner with? Andy and Jeff and Emily
42. What are you listening to right now? b97.5 at Connie's request-boo
43. What is your favorite color? green or yellow
44. How many tattoos do you have? none
45. Coffee Drinker? everyday- Andy and I love Starbucks

any further questions, feel free to ask :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Emery is here!!!!

The funny thing about Emery Kehne's arrival was that she was early, 9 weeks early!!!! Her father on the other hand not always so early! We love you Seth, lateness and all!!! Although I have not had the honor of meeting this sweet girl yet, she has captured Andy's and my heart. She is tiny, but oh so precious. I love babies, as most of you know and am aching to snuggle this little one. It may take some time (possibly a whole year) for Andy to feel up to holding her since she is so tiny, but he will come around I am sure.

I would love for you to visit Katie and Seth's blog for a recap of her birth, but you have to have the password. Bummer. I was crying at work as I read it. Seth wrote it, as Katie was still in the hospital being monitored and understandably not up to sending out emails. The email turned blog entry is so totally and completely Seth and I loved it. So I will just copy it here...


From her daddy:

Emery Katherine Kehne is here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Warning: This is written by Seth Kehne. This has not been proof-read by Kate Kehne. Expect spelling, grammar, general sentence flow and author attention span errors issues. My editor is currently on drugs and unable to use her English major skills.Warning: This is a long play by play. Cliff-notes are at the bottom of the page. I am giving an in depth story for people who want to know and in hopes I will get to make a guest appearance on Kate’s blog.


We will start from the beginning. Sunday July 19, Katie felt sick in the morning. She felt sick enough that she had to stay home from a volunteer project with our church. She started to feel much better Sunday afternoon. We thought it was not related to the pregnancy. Monday was a normal day. We went walking Monday night and Katie probably walked (with a little bit of jogging) 2-3 miles.

Tuesday morning Kate felt extremely sick. She was throwing up and not able to lie or sit down. For three hours she was laying in awkward positions on the bathroom floor. She felt sick the entire time, but did not think it had anything to do with labor. I came home from work around 2 to check on her. She had been getting progressively worse since 12 o’clock. We rushed over to meet with Dr. O’Kelley our OBGYN. They ran some tests and her liver blood enzymes were low. He immediately sent us over to the hospital across the street. In the hospital they ran more tests and we had an ultrasound on her gall bladder. She was showing possible symptoms of gall stones, which can be common in pregnancy. Dr. O’Kelley came over and checked over the tests and ultrasound. Her Gall Bladder was fine and so he was worried she might have Preeclampsia. He told us we were headed over to UT Hospital to be checked out by a high risk doctor that he highly recommended. He said we would be riding in an ambulance. I being my father’s son asked if I could drive us instead (obviously for convenience and who knows how much an ambulance costs). He smiled and said no.

During this time we were starting to get very scared. With a miscarriage before this and Kate’s blood clot history we were a little on edge. Doctor O’Kelley had a hint of urgency and concerned look about him. One that made us incredibly comfortable in his hands but incredibly uncomfortable with what could happen to Kate and Emery. As we were waiting on the ambulance to come, Kate and I sat scared and squished in her hospital bed. We were nervous and anxious. It is the anxious scared feeling you get when you feel like you have no clue what the outcome could be. We started to get more and more tense till we prayed together. We asked God to take care of Kate and our little girl. We then prayed to give over Emery to God. We prayed that he would give us the grace to truly believe and mean that prayer. The sight of seeing the love of your life being strapped down to a stretcher with the bump sticking up of your unborn 30 week and 5 day old unborn child is chilling. The ride went by fast. I was distracted by the driver telling me he was on hour 20 of his 24 hour shift while (not kidding) almost hitting 2 cars. We got to the hospital and met with the high risk doctor.

After another round of tests and a few hours later Doctor Howard told us that it was almost a certainty that Emery would have to be delivered soon. They immediately set forth a game plan. Kate’s blood pressure was rising with elevated liver enzymes. These are the big signs for Preeclampsia. There is no cure for it. If you do not birth the baby it will start having the mother go into seizures and eventually (what would be hours not days in Kate’s case) kill the mother and or child. The only option is to birth the baby. What!!??? This can’t be happening. Wasn’t it just a few days ago Kate and I were talking and discussing how 9 more weeks may not be enough time to have everything prepared?Dr. Howard gave Kate her first shot of Steroids. Our hope was to give 2 dosages 24 hours apart. The steroids would give Emery a jump start in her lungs forming correctly. Babies at 30-31 weeks lungs still are not fully formed and it is hard for them to breathe on their own when they are born. So we were focused on keeping her in there for another 48 hours. Kate was being tested every 3 hours. 12 o’clock came around and her tests were a little worse but okay. 3a.m., same story.

The next tests at 730a.m. took a while for the labs to get back. Dr. Howard and Doctor Hennessey came in to talk with us and explained possible scenarios. The said that we would watch the levels and as soon as the platelet level was much below 100 we would go into delivery. 5 minutes later they came quickly back in the room to tell us it was at 23!!!!! He said they were currently rushing another test of that sample to make sure but it was time.

So roughly around 830a.m. our room turns into a Chinese fire drill. 8 people came into the room which seemed like all at once and started telling us what was going to happen. Words like blood transfusions, vertical c sections with no more vaginal births possible, and general anestithia were flying around the room. If we thought we were overwhelmed before, then that was a puddle and this was the ocean. Scared, frightened, in the dark, nervous, happy, and even a little bit of excitement were all our emotions. We were scared to death, but we were going to be parents so that brought excitement and happiness. I didn’t know those type of emotions mixed. Honestly I thought Kate carried all the emotions in our marriage and I didn’t really have any. The 22nd of July put that to shame. Kate and I were trying to smile at each other and stay positive. Mostly just not have both of us loose it and ball our eyes out with all these people giving us instructions and asking Kate questions.

Since Kate’s blood levels were so bad they could not give her an epidural. She had to go under general anesthesia. This meant I could not go back with her. They wheeled her away and sent that beautiful little scared soon to be mom through the metal doors. They told me I could sit out in the hall and get a quick glimpse of Emery when they were transporting her from the OR to the neonatal intensive care unit. As I waited and worried about my two girls excitement came over me. I don’t remember ever having excitement, and happiness (that I would soon be a dad) mix with total terror and extreme worry (will anything be wrong with my wife or baby). 40 minutes go by with 3 people coming out to ensure me mom and baby are doing good. The door opens and an unfamiliar voice says “Dad, do you want to see her?” I get up and walk through the door to see my new daughter enclosed in an incubator surrounded by 4 people with medical apparatuses for her. They said she was breathing on her own when she was born and even peed on the doctor. That’s my girl! As I focused on her I was overwhelmed by what I saw. This little tiny, tiny thing wrapped in blankets and cloth. They had to pull things away just so I could sneak a 20 second view of her face. A man was using a manual breathing device that he squeezed with his hand. Just as I started to grasp her in my sight and heart they wheeled her off.

Now how was my Kate? They said she was doing fine but it would be another forty minutes till I could see her. I went out to see our familes and my friend. I had snuck a picture with my phone so Kate could see her when she woke up. I was starting to feel a little less freaked out and a little more excited. I got to show off the picture of her and distract myself for more waiting for Kate. Forty minutes went by and I went back to the recovery room. I sat down beside her and watched as she came into consciousness with an excrutiating amount of pain. It looked worse then when she would get terrible migraines. It took her another 45 minutes before she was close to her regular self. We still did not really feel like parents because all we had to show for it at the time was a small picture of our little girl on my phone.

They moved Kate back to our room and put her on some medicine that helped the pain quite a bit. We started taking visitors of family and friends which helped distract our thoughts from focusing on not being able to see our new baby girl. Six very long hours pass and they finally let me go see her. I will refrain from describing her and let the pictures do the talking. She is breathing totally on her own with a very small amount of oxygen going in through the nose. The mix of oxygen they are giving her is actually the same mixture of air we breathe. She is moving around and opening her eyes every so often. She even lets out little yelps of small short cries. When you hold put your finger in her hand most of the time she grabs it. Talk about being an ice cream cone in the dessert. The nurses say she is doing very well but babies born this early are day to day and have to be watched closely. I think we will expect her to be in the incubator for at least 2 weeks. They were saying she will stay in the hospital anywhere between 4 and 8 weeks. Kate is doing very well handling not being able to see her. They still haven’t let her see her because she has to stay put in her bed for monitoring.

When I go visit Emery you can stick your hand through two openings to touch and hold her. The glass box around her actually acts as a great place to rest your head while looking at her. Here are some pics of her and her 3lb 1 ounce body, 16.75 inches long. It is amazing that there would have to be 65 little Emerys to equal 1 of her father. I always saw parents just stare and stare at their child. I thought to myself “I guess it will be different when I have a child but sheesh how can they just sit there and stare? It must get boring.” It is very different. When I am with her I just lay my head against the shield and could stare for hours.

As of Thursday morning Emery is entirely breathing on her own. It is amazing to see her little lungs take such big puffs every once and awhile. The doctors are not specifically concerned about anything other than she is 3 lbs. Kate had a very hard night and is resting up. Hopefully she will be healthy enough today to go see Emery.

More updates to come!!Please feel free email this to anyone who is not on this list that would care to know.


Cliff Notes:Emery was born 9 weeks early. 3 lb 1 ounce. 16 inches tall. Currently no signs of anything wrong. Breathing on her own. Will be in hospital for at least 4-8 weeks. Kate is doing well. She is extremely tired and still in quite a bit of pain. As of right not I would say she is ready to see her daughter for the first time so we are hoping that is coming soon.


Now I am going to steal this from a post that was written by one of the best photographers that I have seen in a while. I went to high school with Jessica Cudzilo, and everyday that I see her pictures I am amazed even more. Her post for Emery's birth is beautiful and amazing and you should head on over to her site to read and see more awesome pictures. The post about Seth, Katie and Emery is called A Giant Small Surprise and was written 8/4/09.




Here is your sneak peak of the beautiful family of three...


The pictures look better on her site, so hurry on over there...

love always,

Monday, August 3, 2009

Twins are all the rage

So I guess the cat is out of the bag now. We got news the week following Megan and Scott's wedding that our extended family is going to be growing by 2 in late December or early January. No, again it is not us! Hee hee hee. Andy's cousin (his mother's, sister's son) is going to become a dad for the first and second time. He, Rhys, and his lovely wife Jessica are expecting twins!!!! I am so excited for them. They will not find out what they are having until the end of this month. There are guesses aplenty on what the twins will be so feel free to give it your best shot!

The other day I was walking out of the grocery store with Reece and we ran into Andy's parents. Not unusual since we live very close to each other. We started talking and I started noticing the choice of outfits that they had on. I would like to note that this was a Wednesday so these two had been together all day long. Here they are...

Do you notice anything? Well it took me a minute too, but if you look closely they are matching exactly or as I put it, THEY ARE TWINS!!! They are both wearing Country Music Half Marathon shirts, khaki shorts, and Chacos! It was too funny. The best part was that they did not even notice until I said something. I made them take this picture as proof. These two, you can't take them anywhere! Love you Amy and Bill (Mom and Dad)!!!!

love always,

Friday, July 31, 2009

Trains

I just realized that I have some stuff to update you on, but I have just been too L.A.Z.Y. and I am sorry for that. Here is one from yesterday. Andy and I kept Reece again yesterday (I know you are starting to think that this blog is for her and that she is ours. We just love her and kids do the funniest things, so here she is again!)

When we were on our way back to her house we always cross a train track. We were lucky enough to be the first car waiting for it to pass. I love in this video how she keeps looking back and forth (like a tennis match) and she is so in awe that she doesn't say much. I love when she says whooo when I ask her what the train says. She says in really quietly so you will have to listen. Without further ado.....

video

love always,

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

2 years

It has been exactly 2 years since this day!
It is hard to imagine that it has been that long. What a great day it was, great weather, amazing family and friends, wonderful food and fabulous entertainment. The best part of this day 2 years ago was that I got to marry my best friend. I love him more and more each day and am so excited for our lifetime together. He is more than I ever could have imagined and I am truly the luckiest girl in the world. I love you Andy!!!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Little bit country!

I mean seriously!!! She is too cute for words. And sorry about me turning the video, I am an idiot. The first time she says it is the best anyway.

video

love always,

Birthdays, Father's Day and BEACH!!

Here is the post you have been waiting for. We arrived at the beach on a Sunday and guess who had a birthday that day. This handsome young man. (He is getting ever so closer to an old man now that he is a year away from the BIG 3-0!)

Since we were driving to the beach that day I did not have time to get him a cake and all that jazz. So it was a somewhat "quiet"(the restaurant we ate in was no so quiet) celebration and we had brownies for his dessert celebration!
The funny thing was that I took the brownies almost straight out of the oven and put the candles in and did not think anything of it. As you can see in the picture the candles were falling over. Andy is holding them up in one hand for this picture. The bottoms of the candles started to melt and left wax deep into the brownies. I thought it was kind of funny. Here he is fixing (getting the wax out) of his own birthday cake. I am a terrible wife, I know!!!!
Well, this year Andy's birthday fell on Father's Day. So we celebrated it also. Here is Bill opening some of his presents. Can you guess who this one is from?
Here is Amy and Bill dancing the night away. Too cute!
This is the view off of our back porch. So pretty. Andy took this picture.
This is how we spent our beach trip. This is why we go to the beach. To sit and read and listen to the ocean. As soon as we got in the car to go home we were both wishing that we were back at the beach doing this.
I think that this is my new favorite picture. For today anyhow. Both of us sitting side-by-side in the sand. We were probably reading, but mostly relaxing. Just what we needed.

The last day at the beach. Andy's parents and sister had headed back to the house. Andy and I watched a wedding happen just down from us. It was so sweet. The same thing happened to Andy and I on our honeymoon at St. John. It was nice to be at the beach and thinking of memories from our honeymoon.Well, this was the beach trip. It was so much fun, so relaxing and just what Andy and I needed. It was great to spend time with his family as everyone came and went on different days. I hope that you all got some time away from your "normal" days to get to relax.

love always,

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Happy...

this is usually followed by Birthday from our very special Gigi! Today however I am going to follow it up by ANNIVERSARY!!! Today is Gigi and Granddaddy's 58th wedding anniversary! Wow 58 years, that is amazing. We had dinner recently with them to celebrate Andy's birthday. Granddaddy said that he and Gigi agreed to be married 50 year and now they are just month to month. Andy and I just about died laughing. I guess that is how they do it. They keep on laughing.

Gigi and Granddaddy,

We love you so much and feel so lucky to have you in our lives. You are an inspiration to all of us and we want you to know how much we love you individually and together as our grandparents. We could not wish for anything better. We love our dinners at Sullivan's, our birthday poems, hikes in the mountains, family gatherings, watching you clog, and walking me down the isle. There are so many memories!!! We love you, thank you for being the wonderful grandparents to all 14 of us!!


love always,

Monday, July 13, 2009

Karma

So I promise to put up some pictures from Andy's birthday at the beach. We had a wonderful trip and I just put the pictures on my computer and realized that there were some good ones. So that will be the next post.
Today's post is about karma and how it came back to bite me. So last Thursday Andy and I had Reece. She was wonderful and we had so much fun. Tori was at a dinner so when I took Reece home for a bath, Tori was not back yet. When we got to the house I waked to Reece's car door and got her out and then got her car seat out. (Here is a shout out. If anyone has a car seat that they are no longer using, please let me know. I would love to "borrow" it for the days that I keep Reece so we will not have to switch out the car seat anymore. It is a pain.) I had Reece in one arm and I was carrying the car seat with the other. Walking through Tori's yard I saw that someone had put a rubber snake in her yard. Funny joke, and I was not amused. I stepped over it and walked to the porch. Just as I set the car seat down I thought, was that really a rubber snake? Now do you remember this post:


So I go back to the rubber snake and it looks like just that, a rubber snake. So I kicked it. Did you hear me? I KICKED IT! The darn thing turned around and looked at me. Yep, it was NOT a rubber snake but a real one!!!! I screamed the S-word (a couple of times) and took off running with Reece in my arms. We ran straight into the driveway only to run into a dead squirrel. (Thankfully Scott came over and took care of the squirrel for Tori! Thanks Scott!) Then I ran to my car. Not sure what I was going to do there but I had to collect myself. Once I calmed down, Reece and I ran back to the house and quickly closed the door.

Once inside I gave Reece a bath and put her to bed. When Tori got home I had to tell her that I cussed in front of Reece and that I felt bad. Reece did not repeat it, but I don't want to be a bad example for her. Tori said it was fine and was definitely more concerned about the fact that there was a snake in her yard. I was just glad that it was in her yard and not mine and in a few minutes I was going to head back to my house-a snake free zone!

I got home and told Andy the story. He laughed and told me that it is silly of me to be so scared. Blah, blah, blah. I am scared, still.

Well on Sunday morning, Andy and I got up to go to early church so that we could head on up to the Mountains to go tubing with his family. As I was getting dressed he called me to put something on and come outside. I quickly grabbed my robe and followed him out of the garage to the front of our house. He told me to walk up on the porch. I didn't, but said, "what is up there." I was thinking that there was a HUGE spider and we all know how I feel about spiders. This is what I saw.

Can you see it? Let me get you a little closer...

Sill can't see it? Hmm, what about now...?
I know, I know, can you believe it. A SNAKE AT MY HOUSE, the snake-free zone. A string of cuss words flew from my mouth because I was so scared and I was standing a good 40 feet away. Andy just laughed, but he walked out the front door moments before and when he was walking back in this is what he saw. He said that it surprised him and he jumped when he first saw it. I tried to get him to kill it but he went on and on about how it would kill mice and that was better. I don't want spiders, crickets, mice and especially SNAKES at my house. None, not one please. The snake was resting on the lip of our porch and coming down the brick of our house. I have chills just writing this.



I had to go back inside to get ready and when we left for church 20 min later this is what we saw. It was moving closer to our door. I just about had a heart attack. We just left it and I prayed that it would not get in our house. Andy said that he thinks that it was about 5 feet long stretched out. That is just a 1/2 a foot shorter than me. So gross!

A few weeks ago I mentioned on a post about nesting. Well, Andy and I have two ferns that hang on our porch. You can see them above. Well a Robin had made a nest and laid some eggs in the nest and we were checking them daily to see if they had hatched. Well one morning I got up and the eggs had fallen out of the nest and some were broken on the porch. I called Andy to tell him the bad news. I was so sad. I thought that maybe one of the storms that came threw tossed them out of the nest, although we did see some feathers scattered. Well, thanks to our little visitor we now think we know what happened. This guy got our eggs. The worst part about thinking that this snake got the eggs is that this means that he has been to our house before, AND IS BACK! Eek! I do not like the sound of that.
So if anyone knows of a good snake exterminator, let me know!!! I cannot live in fear of walking on my porch, like I have been for the last 24 hours. I made Andy check everywhere before I walked up there yesterday. I ran off of it this morning once I locked the door.
I hope you all have a great week and don't run into any snakes!!!

Love always,