Going to see Nickelodeon Storytime Live

On Saturday, August 28, 2010 Melissa was was invited to go see Nickelodeon Storytime Live with her friend Garrett. Melissa and Garrett had a great time. The highlight of the show was when Dora came out. It's fun to watch Melissa with her friends.

Sitting in the same seat together. Thank goodness
Garrett's mom was watching them.

Melissa's 2nd year at preschool

Monday, September 13, 2010

Well once again I'm behind on the blog. Why oh why can't I just sit down and type like I did before? Well maybe because life has gotten busier I don't know. Any ways Melissa started back to preschool on August 26, 2010 and loves it. She has moved up to the 2nd floor where all the big kids are at, as she will tell you. "No more babies on my floor mommy". Melissa seems to have three wonderful teachers and I truly believe that is a God thing. Melissa has been coming home playing school and pretending to be her teachers. I love watching her and see what all she comes up with. She is growing up way to fast for me.

I have also started back to teaching at Melissa's preschool and even though I'm 7 months pregnant, it's going good. I was a floater last year and this year I teach in a classroom with 2 1/2 year olds. They are a great group of kids. So our Tuesday's and Thursdays are busy, but it's good for Melissa and I to get out of the house and be around other people.

Here is a picture of our little schoolgirl on her first day. She picked out the outfit at the store and said this is what I want to wear on the first day of school. She even picked out her new shoes too.

Melissa Turns 3!

It's hard to believe Melissa is already 3! Her Birthday was on June 17, 2010 but with our move and all I haven't had time to post this. The morning of her Birthday was VBS so I took her to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. I did this last year with her and she loved it so I think this is what I or we will do every year on her Birthday. That night DD came in to help us move and watch Melissa for us. DD wanted to take Melissa some place special so we went to the Rain Forest Cafe. Melissa loves this place. The wait staff brought her a dessert and sang Happy Birthday to her. Melissa thought that was lots of fun. Paul was out of town on Melissa's Birthday so the weekend we move we had a little party for her. We wanted to do something for her Birthday, but just didn't have time with the move so about two weeks later we had a party at Chuck E. Cheese. She had about 8 friends come and they all had a blast. This isn't something we will do every year. We are so blessed that Melissa is healthy and that her CF is so mild. We count our blessing every day that God gave her to us. Melissa makes us laugh all the time even though she has her trouble three moments, she still has her loving and care side. I'm sad to she her grow up at times, but I can't wait to see what she will be like at four.

I took Melissa to have her three year pictures made and she had lots of fun this year taking pictures. I had a hard time picking out my favorite.

It's A Girl!

Monday, July 19, 2010

I had my 20 week appointment last Monday and the doctor confirmed we are having another GIRL! We are excited that about having another girl. Melissa is already looking forward to her baby sister. She will tell you she wants a baby brother because most of her friends have new baby brothers. It will be fun to see them grow up and I hope they will be best friends.
Baby Peanut is grow and she looks great. I really can feel her moving these days.

I'm past the half way point and can't believe I'm at 5 months. I guess we can now start getting the nursery ready.

Here is a picture of me that Paul took two weeks ago. I know I look big, but I really haven't gained a lot of weight. I just have a baby belly.

Melissa swim lessons summer 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Since Melissa loves to be in the swimming pool we thought we better get her in swim lessons. Our friends told us about a lady who teaches swim lessons at her house. They said their son learned a lot in one week. So Paul and I signed Melissa up and she loved it. We didn't get to stay and watch her everyday, but the last day the parents got to watch what the kids had learned and wow Melissa did great.

Melissa swallows her pancreatic enzymes all by herself

Thursday, July 8, 2010

As you all know Melissa has been taking her pancreatic enzymes since she was 3 weeks old with applesause. Last weekend she had a milestone. She started swallowing her pills whole with out the help of applesause. We forgot to grab the applesause as we walked out the door so when we ate lunch I asked Melissa "do you think you could swallow our enzymes with applesause?" She said " yes mommy I will let me show you" What do you know she did with out any problems. She has been taking them ever since last weekend all by herself. I can't tell you how happy I am that I don't have to carry around applesause anymore.

We have moved in to our new house

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
On June 19th the movers showed up at our door and packed up our apartment and moved us in to our new house. We have been married for 8 years and our dream was to have our own home. Thanks to God it happened. We have been blessed to have nice apartments with a roof over our heads and a bed to sleep in at night. It is just different when you have your own home. It has been fun watching our house being built. My mom came in that weekend to help us out and to babysit Melissa. She was a big help and I could not have done it with out her. Thank you mom for your help. Thanks to my friend Terria for coming over before the move and helping me pack up the kitchen. The movers came at 7:30 a.m. and had us unload at the new place at 10:00 a.m. Paul and I stood in the house and could not believe we could call this place home. We can raise our kids here and make lots of wonderful family memories. Melissa did great with the move she was happy to be out of the apartment. She has lots of space to play and run around. She is loving her back yard as she tells us. The night of the move our wonderful friends Robert and Lisa who are now 10 minutes away from us brought us dinner. They brought us food from Babes. Oh my goodness that was great food. Thanks Robert and Lisa for thinking of us. Paul and I still had the apartment on the our minds we still had stuff over there. We had till June 30th to get everything out and clean the place up. I just wanted it to be done with that place. We turned our keys in on June 26th and that is when it really hit me no more load neighbors upstairs, no more apartment life. It felt so good to turn the keys in.

16 weeks

June 9, 2010

I had a doctors appointment on Monday and the baby is growing and doing great. I got to see our little one and I have also started feeling he or she moving for about 2 weeks. I think it was later on with with Melissa. Our scanner is down so I can't scan the ultrasound picture. I'm not as tired as I had been so that is good since I have my plate full. I'm blessed that I don't have to work a full time job and come home cook, clean, pack for our move. I am amazed how working moms do it! Baby and I are doing good and moving right a long. I have had a lot of people ask me about the sex. I really don't want to find out, but Paul does. I really want it to be a surprise. So I will make my mind up soon before our next ultrasound.

Update on the house

June 8, 2010

Well the house is almost done and we move in to the house in 11 more days! We can not wait to say goodbye to apartment life and hello to being home owners. Melissa loves going to the house and run around with all the space.

Melissa running around on the nice new carpet.

Melissa going swimming for the first time this season

The fish has hit the pool already. Melissa loves the water. Paul has been taking her on the weekends to swim while I stay inside and pack. It's already hot here in Texas and with me being pregnant the heat and I don't mix. I do look forward to going to our new pool in our new neighborhood once we get moved in. We have signed Melissa up for more swim lessons at the end of June.

Last day of school

On May 25, 2010 was Melissa's last day of preschool. Melissa had so bumps in the road during the year, but with Paul and I working with her and us moving her to a new class room in January she really ended up liking school. She made a lot of friends and loved her teachers. Paul and I could tell how much she had grown just by going to school. She memorized bible verse and the pledge.

1st day of school August 2009

Last day of school May 25, 2010

I also enjoyed teaching at the preschool. I meet some wonderful kids and wonderful ladies. I made some new friends. It was a good school year and we look forward to go back in August.

So behind on the blog

Well with us getting ready to move in to our new house the blog has been on the back burner. I have lots to post so I thought I better sit down and post.

Back in May we went to my younger cousins High School graduation in Springdale AR. Justin is a sweet young man and I look forward to watching him grow in to a young man. Melissa loves her cousin Justin and we all had a great time with the family.
Justin with his sister, mom and dad
my little cousin
Melissa with Justin

8th Wedding Anniversary, Mother's Tea and 12 week Sonogram

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 was a busy day for us. Paul and I celebrated our 8th Wedding Anniversary. We went out to eat for dinner with Melissa.

Earlier that day, I was invited to attend a Mother's Tea. Melissa's preschool class had all the mother's come at 1:15pm for a light lunch and snacks. The teachers had the room decorated nice and all the kids had a gift for the mom's. Melissa was so excited when I came in the room she had made me a plate that had Happy's Mother's Day 2010 on it. The kids also learn a new song and sang it for us. I got it on video it is so cute. That was a special time for me. It is hard to believe Melissa will be three soon. She has grown up so much since school started in August. I love my little girl. Melissa has made lots of friends, but one friend she talks about all the time and plays with all the time is Kieffer. Melissa's teachers say they have a love/hate relationship. The will be loving on each other and playing just fine and then one of them will do something to make the other one cry.

Melissa and Kieffer

Melissa with her teacher's she loves these ladies.
Melissa's class singing

That afternoon Paul, Melissa and I headed over to the hospital to have a sonogram . We got to see our little baby. The baby is 12 weeks and every thing is looking good. The heart beat was 160 and we got to hear it. The doctor we meet with was the genetic doctor who we saw with Melissa during the whole pregnancy. We talked about the chances of having another child with CF. He is so kind and wants us to keep coming back to him every 4-6 weeks so we can keep an eye on the baby.

How your baby's growing:
The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.

Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

Mother's Day 2010

Monday, May 10, 2010

I have to say I had a great mother's day yesterday. Melissa and Paul went out Saturday morning to run some errands and when they came back they had purple tulips for me. Melissa was so proud to give them to me. She told me that she had more gifts for me, but I had to wait till Mother's Day. So Sunday morning came and I could hear Melissa and Paul doing something in the living room and I was told I could not come in. They were wrapping my gift. Melissa had picked out this very cute picture frame from Hallmark. It came with stickers so she could decorate it herself, it also had a record button on it. I can push the play button and her Melissa say " I love you Mommy". She was very proud of the gift. It was so sweet to see her get involved in the gift giving. Then after that Paul and Melissa wanted to take me out to eat for breakfast so off we went to IHop. It was so good and it was nice not to have to cook or clean that morning.

I hope all the moms reading this had a great Mother's Day.

New pictures of the house

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wow the house is coming together fast. Last Saturday we took my mom out to see our new house and we could not believe they had the brick and the drywall up. My mom was very exited for us and can't wait to come visit and have her own room.

Last night Paul, Melissa and I went out to check on the house and again new things went up.
The garage door is on and the outside had been painted, we have a sidewalk and a driveway. The walls had be textured and the cabinets in both bathrooms and kitchen are in. We really feel like the builders are moving a long fast. Paul and I are still hoping for the end of May.

Melissa meets Miss. Patty Cake

Last Sunday, April 25, 2010 Miss. Patty Cake came to our Church and Melissa got to see her preform and also meet her. Melissa watches Miss. Patty Cakes video's all the time so she was singing and dancing durning the show. Here is a picture of Melissa and Miss. Patty Cake.

2010 Texas Bluebonnets

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Last Saturday Paul, Melissa and I went a took our annual Bluebonnet pictures. It's fun to look back on the pictures with Melissa and see how much she has grown and changed. I hope you enjoy this years pictures.

Friday April 16, 2010

Paul, Melissa and I have some very exciting news. First of all Melissa is going to be a BIG SISTER! Yes, you are reading that right, BIG SISTER. I'm 8 weeks pregnant. I had a sonogram today and the baby looks good and is a size of kidney bean and the heart beat is strong. Melissa is really excited to be a big sister. The due date is November 24, 2010.
This baby has the same chance of having Cystic Fibrosis as Melissa did. 25% having CF or 75% not having it. We pray that the baby is healthy even if it does have CF. We know what life is like with a CF child so we feel what ever God gives us we will be blessed. I know the question that is on a lot of peoples mind is will you find out before the baby is born if it has CF. That is something Paul and I haven't talked about yet.

The other exciting news is that Paul and I are going to be home owners. We signed papers on a house last Friday. The house is a brand new house being built. It is already in the framing stage. The house is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath home. We are excited to be able to finally have our own place our kids can call home. We won't get to move in until the end of May or early June.

Melissa in front of her new bathtub