Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas, Eve!

We haven't had a chance to call everyone individually and I know many of our friends and family are traveling to their Christmas Day destinations, so with that said. . .We are sending our love and Happy Holiday Wishes! We hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and safe travels! We leave to head to Florida the 27th arriving the 28th.

Update: Blakely has been very ill with a stomach virus(vomiting), lethargic, and ear infections. She is doing a little better. Fever coming down, drinking some fluids, no more vomiting, laughed a little, she still hasn't eaten a thing in all most 16 hours, but we are hoping she feels a little better once she sees what Santa brought her! She did sleep most of the day today. She took 4 naps! Which is totally something we are not use too! I took a few pictures of her during a couple of her naps. Post them later!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ENT Appointment

As some of you may or may not know, Blakely has been having chronic ear infections since she was 2 months old. After 19 months of getting ear infections, she was finally referred to an Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctor(she is 20 1/2 months old now). We had her appointment today and they DID recommend putting tubes in her ears. They said it will help relieve the pressure in her ears, get rid of some of the fluid build up, and that she might even start to hear better! I don't really think she has a problem with hearing though! Crazy thing is, while we were there they told us she has an ear infection right now. Thank the Lord it wasn't a double ear infection, as it is only in her right ear. They also recommended/told us that we need to get some custom ear plugs made for her ears, that she will use for baths and swimming from now on.

Her appointment is scheduled for the 20th of January! I hope this brings relief to our munchkin and less ear infections in the future! Keep your fingers crossed and her in your prayers!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chocolate+Counter=Very Happy Toddler

We were cooking some yummy Chocolate Mint Cookies for our neighbors and of course ourselves. As always Blakely was sitting on the counter(if we are in the kitchen, she is on the counter). Daddy and her got the privilege of licking the bowl and beaters afterwards. I couldn't help from taking a few pictures because she got it all over and was smiling from ear to ear! As soon as she saw the camera, she started her 'cheesy', but beautiful, smile! Enjoy!

After she was done.

Cheesy Smile ;)

Loving it!

So happy!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thanks Mrs. Cydney!

Our favorite custom made clothing comes from a very dear friend of mine, Cydney, owner of! We just want to let her know how wonderful she is and how much we appreciate and enjoy all of Blakely's wonderful clothes she makes for her! The pictures below was a gift that was made by Cydney for Blakely. We just want to say thank you very much and tell you how much we love you!


Holding Mr. Bear

Sitting on Mr. Bear making a kissy face.

Striking a pose!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Caught you. . .

I was cooking dinner the other night, it got really quiet, so I looked out in the living room, searching for Blakely. . . there she was sitting on the couch with our laptop in her LAP! I got the camera, said "BLAKELY!", and this was the picture I got! Funny stuff!

"WHAT! I am not touching it!"

Meeting Santa...

DIDN'T go over so well, to say the least. At the Officer's Club they had a Pancake Breakfast with Santa for all the kids. Pancakes were great, the crafts were great, meeting Santa, not so great. We waited in line for what felt like forever, once we got up there(Ben was holding Blakely), she freaked and attacked Ben like she was a cat! She did not want anything to do with meeting Santa! So, we all got into the picture!

Family Picture with Santa(Blakely not so happy)

Waiting in Line. I told Blakely to smile, this is what I got.

Avery and Blakely having a moment. They just looked at each other for a second, then huged each other. So stinkin Cute!

Blakely with her first candy cane. She got it after 'seeing' Santa, even though she wasn't nice.

Monday, December 1, 2008

100 things you might not know about me...

1. I love to shop online.

2. I do not like my super round face.

3. I will never buy an American car again.

4. I have been told I have a decent singing voice, but have used it.

5. I like the smell of gasoline when it is being pumped.

6. I think my sister in laws are some of the most beautiful people I know.

7. I m not easily impressed with people.

8. I think my husband is one of the most intelligent people I know.

9. I use to spend $50 a week at Starbucks, when we lived near one. Non-fat, iced, half-caf, whit chocolate mocha.

10. I actually enjoy living in a small town.

11. I do not trust many people.

12. I was a Chiropractic Assistant and touched some pretty nasty people. (during college)

13. I have low iron.

14. I helped put my husband there college.

15. I am a savvy shopper.

16. I only wear chap stick and lip gloss.

17. I am jealous of men's abilities to eat just about whatever they want.

18. I enjoy a good cold beer.

19. I love Dermalogica Products!

20. I can not stand to be late, to anything!

21. I try and say prayer every night.

22. I have anxiety.

23. When I was younger, I hated not being with mom, I would cry when she wasn't around.

24. When I was 3 months old, I was in the hospital for 2 weeks with pneumonia and had a feeding tube inserted on the top of my head.

25. I do not fear death, but dying.

26. I do not like cheap people! Save, do not go into debt, and remember Heaven doesn't care how much money you have.

27. I buy expensive jeans. MY favorites are Paige, Citizens and Sevens.

28. I believe you should spend as much as you can afford on 'staple' wardrobe pieces.

29. I love Anthropologie!

30. I sleep with ear plug at night because I am the Worlds lightest sleeper.

31. I love being a Methodist!

32. I think people should really evaluate there WHOLE wardrobe once a year!

33. I do not like wearing clothes that are more then 2 years old, unless they fall under my 'staple' pieces must haves.

34. I retired in 2007 and became a full time mom. Thanks Ben!

35. I had some of the most wonderful friends when I live in Louisiana.

36. I do not cry much anymore.

37. I like to be in control, but I will always ask for help if I need it. . .

38. I am not afraid to admit to my faults.

39. I do not like my hair.

40. I wish I was a skinny person.

41. My favorite place to eat in the whole World in Chet's Seafood on Navy Blvd.

42. I loved growing up on the beach.

43. I have no patience.

44. I used to work at a bank and I can't tell you how stupid your average person is. Adding and Subtraction is the key to keeping your account OUT of the negative!

45. I thought giving birth to my daughter was easy.

46. I only pushed 4 times.

47. When they gave me epidural the first time, they stuck the needle in my spinal fluid and I had to be on an emergency watch the whole time I was in the hospital to make sure my spinal fluid held my brain in place(to put it into laymen terms).

48. I hate red roses!

49. I ordered a car off Ebay when my husband and I were in college.

50. I love Brie Cheese!

51. I do not like email forwards unless they have pictures.

52. I think people that are overly sure about themselves are trying to make up for something they lack.

53. I do not want anymore children.

54. I love the smell of my grandmothers house. I makes me happy.

55. I think my brother is one of the most fascinating people I know.

56. I wish I would of been an attorney like my brother and his wife.

57. I like to give money to bums.

58. I got Blakely's name from a friend of my sister in law.

59. I am obsessed with Blakely's clothes!

60. I spend way to much money on her clothes!

61. I love monogramming everything she owns!

62. I love to stop total strangers and compliment them, when I like something they have, from shoes, to their purse to hair! Something I think my best friend loves the most about me.

63. I get embarrassed easily.

64. I win alot of door is the craziest thing.

65. I want a king size bed.

66. I like people that are not like me.

67. I am a Virgo and sometimes I wish I wasn't.

68. I think home schooling is weird, but admirer those who do it.

69. I gained 65lbs. while pregnant.

70. I miss my parents, alot.

71. I have days when ll I want to do it sit around and do nothing at all.

72. I am afraid to fly, kinda ironic because my husband is a pilot.

73. I do not like super muscular men.

74. I think muscular women are even know like Madonna.

75. I hope my daughter is more like her father.

76. I do not think I am a crafty person, but creative.

77. I love hands on projects.

78. I am in love with the Twilight Saga. I think Edward Cullen is my hero!

79. I have lived in 4 different states in the past 5 years.

80. I have never broken a bone in my life. . .knock on wood.

81. My parents are high school sweethearts.

82. I graduated from the same High School as they did.(GBHS)

83. I have to straighten my hair everyday.

84. Me and electronics DO NOT get along. In in the past 5 years I have been through 15+ phones, 2 laptops, 1 computer, 3 camera, 1 toaster oven, you get the picture. . .

85. I have 2 chihuahuas, Agamemnon and Maximus.

86. My love the color PINK!

87. I am an 80 child!

88. I like confrontation.

89. I will always give you my honest opinion, but only if you ask for it.

90. My husband is great with my shopping habit, but I think it might stress him out a bit.

91. I judge people by first impressions. If you make a bad one, I probably will not ever be your friend.

92. I love my best friend more then I think she knows. I depend on her alot.

93. But I do think my best friend needs to stop thinking about the past and look towards the future.

94. I love antiques! I have several piece in my house!

95. I wish I had a hobby.

96. I LOATH Walmart, but it is a must....

97. I love Publix subs!

98. I do not like wearing dresses or skirts because I do not like my legs.

99. I totally believe in plastic surgery!

100. It took me 3 weeks to fill this out!

Ohhhh Christmas tree!

We decided since this would be our first Christmas that we are staying home(and not going to Florida) with Blakely, we might as well get a 'real' Christmas tree. There is a Christmas tree farm 7 mile out side of Warrensburg city limits that have amazing trees and beautiful scenery.

Blakely and me.

Blakely and Daddy.

Helping Daddy, find a tree.

She enjoyed walking in her "snow" boots.

The tree(the branches hadn't complete fallen yet in this picture.)

With the lights on. The pictures don't do it judges, it is gorgeous in person.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving and more!

What a wonderful time of the year! This years Thanksgiving has been one of the most memorable one in quiet sometime! Not only did everyone travel to Philadelphia, Mississippi, but we all traveled with 3 toddlers en tow! My Uncle Dale recently moved to MS with a new job hence the reason we went there! He has a beautiful home, as I once said before, that looks like it came straight out of a Ellen Allen catalog! My brother and his wife, my sister, Ben and I, and all 3 baby girls, stayed at the Resort that my Uncle is VP of! Which was lovely and fun, fun, fun!

Plus, my grandmother(aka: Honey) came from South Florida and my parents came from Alabama, so that is 12 in all! It was terribly big, but it was more then perfect! This was the first Thanksgiving all the girls were walking around and playing, so it was quiet a site to see! They all had so much fun together while we all watched in amazement at how well they played together. It is like they were born knowing that they will be friends for life. Each one with their own little personality. Alexa the older more knowing one, Blakely they follower and will do whatever they are doing, and Campbell the little with no volume switch. Making for the perfect threesome!

Last but not least, the hospitality and amazing food from my Uncle Dale! Everyday each meal was perfectly planned out with just the right amount of everything! The first night we ate at Remo's and I had the best Shrimp Scampi! Everything at that restaurant is to die for! The next morning(Thanksgiving Day) we had our traditional 'Golden Rod Eggs' and that evening the Thanksgiving feast fit for a King! I could go on, but I think you get the picture. We had everything we could of ask for plus more. He had planned out everything with the mind set to make us all happy, which was done with perfection! Thank you Uncle Dale, we all love you so much!
Here are a few pictures from the festivity. I thought I had taken more then I did because I vaguely remember seeing lots of camera flashing, but they most have not been mine. Once I get some from my mom and Whitney, I will post more!

Blakely playing with Campbells 'paci'.

Blakely and Alexa walking there the Resort.

Blakely, Campbell, and Alexa waiting for breakfast.

Pictures in the big yard.

Blakely in her Turkey dress.

The Family.

Blakely and I.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hair Cut!

Blakely got a hair cut! She looks so much older. Everyone thought it turned out great!




Tuesday, November 11, 2008


My friend, Cydney and I have been talking alot lately about what to get our kids for Christmas. Well I know every year I would like to get Blakely an ornament. With that, I started to look around trying to find the perfect one, but nothing "caught" my eye for this year in her life. She hasn't really been into anything yet, like ballet, pony's, Cinderella, Dora, etc. Plus, most of them I found were pretty pricey, anywhere from $30 to $50 dollars! So, I thought why don't I make my own!?!?

So, I played around with a few and here is what I came up with! I also think I am going to give some out for Christmas gifts and try and sell them! The large ones(as shown) $5.00 and little ones $3.00! I can make them anyway you might want! With boy colors, with just initials, with swirls, to a B2!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Shout Out to Adrianne!

I just wanted to give a little shout out to Ben's sister, Adrianne! She was excepted into Law School at Jacksonville School of Law in Florida! She has no clue how proud she is making all of us (especially her Mom and Dad)! She is such a great roll model for our little Blakely to have and we couldn't be more proud of her! Now Blakely will have 2 Aunts(Whitney and Adrianne) and 1 Uncle(Lawrence) who are lawyers! I see a bright future for our little girl!

We love you Adrianne and you are amazing! Congrats!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Powell Gardens

My friend Lisa came up with the idea to take the kids to Powell Gardens and get some pictures of them. It was supposed to be one of our last nice days before the "real" Missouri weather moved it. We also went with our friend Colleen and her 2 girls, Parker and Avery. The pictures turned out great! See for yourself!

Avery and Blakely playing in the leaves.

Blakely walking over the bridge.

Parker and Blakely walking over yet another bridge.

Baby Jack playing in the leaves.

Blakely(19 months old)

Driving the tractor.
Loving the water.
Mommy and her love, talking ofcourse. . .
She is such a happy girl.
Our life. . .

5 Weird Random things about me today...

1. I hate living in a dirty house, not in the sense of actual dirt, picking stuff up, dusting, etc. Here's the thing though, I dislike cleaning! I have been telling myself all day to get up and clean, and the only thing I have managed to do is the 3 bathrooms(which were way over due for a good scrub)!

2. I can't wait for sushi tonight! Only eaten 1 thing today because I am so excited and I want to stuff my gut until I can't eat anymore, then feel like totally crap after doing it!

3. I have an addiction to the Internet. If I am at home, I feel like I would rather be on the computer, then watch TV(that is when Blakely is sleeping of course). Sometimes I even catch myself on it when she is awake and get angry with myself, then I get right off. It is like fighting with myself! I don't want Blakely to want to be on the computer all day long! Nor do I want her to watch TV for more then 30 minutes a day!

4. I love having something to do everyday! I love having a plan and mapping out my day around it.

5. I wish I could make us rich, I wish I could move us home, I wish I could buy my husband his own plane, I wish Blakely knew her family, I wish people would come visit us, I wish that we will raise an intelligent, confident, sweet, caring, humble person, I wish I had the motivation to work out, I wish I could make things better, I wish I know how. . .

Told you, RANDOM!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Jack's 1st Birthday Party!

One of close friends here(The Hook's) have a baby boy, Jack, who turned 1 year old Saturday! The party took place at Cornerstone Park. It is the local indoor park that we venture too offen!(it will be my saving grace with this snowy weather!) It had a barnyard theme, which was nice, because we are use to so many girly themed events! Jacks mom was quite crafty(although she says she isn't)! Here are a few pictures and some of her craft skills at work!

The birthday boy himself, Jack!

The indoor park with the parents relaxing. . .
Blakely holding on to Daddy
The cute Barnyard/Cow themed room

Jack's Cake! Not sure why it keeps posting sideway. Lisa made this too!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The picture wall!

We got the pictures from Avant Images and put the largest ones up on our main wall in the living room! I think they turned out beautifully and we are so happy with the finished product!
Here's a look!
Thanks Tiffany for the great pictures! I can't wait to do it again next summer.


So this marks Blakely's 2nd Halloween and it was an amazing one! This year, she a Piggy! I say Piggy, because the word Pig, doesn't sound as cute. We had some friends(The Allen's) who held a Family Halloween Party. They played games(Pen the nose of the Pumpkin, Wrap the Daddy like a mummy, etc.), had spooky foods, and scary adult drinks that where made with Vampire's blood! We saw lots of different costumes; a Kangroo, a Monkey, Pumpkin, Piggy, Vampire, Fairies, Loin, and many more. It was such a good time and we had a spooktacular night! We trick or treated with a large group and hit plenty of houses to get just enough candy! Couldn't of asked for a better night! Here are a few pictures of evening!