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My American Girl…

My sweetest Aggie was born today 4 years ago.  Now, had you told me then that I would spend the 4th birthday at the American Girl Boutique, I think I might have laughed.  However, that is exactly where Aggie  and I spent the day.  We were lucky enough to have Bomba, CoCo, Jim, Emma, and Steve join us.  AND…..I must tell you that we had JUST as much fun as Aggie!  We were so sad that Grammy didn’t get to come because she wasn’t feeling well.  Feel better soon!

It really is an amazing place.  I plan for this to evolve into a much anticipated tradition for the next several years.  The store is a bit overwhelming, but we focused on the “bitty” section that is a bit more appropriate for Aggie’s age.  After shopping around a bit, we headed to the bistro for lunch.  There, they loaned Aggie a doll for lunch and brought the doll a tiny size high chair, menu, and cholcolate muffin (that mysteriously disappeared!)  

Lunch was too fun; visiting and watching all the little girls with their dolls.  After a TON of food, we headed back downstairs and loaded up on some loot!  We purchased some new outfits for her very first Itty Bitty from her birthday a few years ago.  Plus Aggie got to pick out a new doll (with hair) to take home for her special birthday gift.  It is actually a twin that comes with a brother.  She wanted to name the girl, Zachary, but I talked her into choosing another (a bit more girly) name.  We settled on Zoe.  Yup, Zoe it is.  She got a new outfit too, thanks to Aunt Susan in Monroe.  Bomba also provided some fun stuff too, including a little doll size kitchen just perfect for Zoe to cook in!  

We played this afternoon for 2 HOURS with the new toys.  Very fun!   I don’t think Santa will have any trouble this year deciphering what is on her list!  Maybe Zachary will be headed out way soon!  He’s really cute!


Aggie with "Elizabeth" our borrowed doll for lunch

Aggie with "Elizabeth" our borrowed doll for lunch



Aggie is feeding Elizabeth the carrots that she didn't want!

Aggie is feeding Elizabeth the carrots that she didn't want!











Bomba, Aggie, and Mommy

Bomba, Aggie, and Mommy


Bomba, Aggie, and CoCo

Bomba, Aggie, and CoCo











Aggie with our newest family member "Zoe"

Aggie with our newest family member "Zoe"


Not so fun….

In the thought of using this as a journal for all of us to look back on, I decided to post about our not so fun weekend.  I think it is finally time to officially admit that we do, indeed, have an asthma kiddo.  Thought we skirted by because Aggie has NO allergies to speak of.  You, however, Little Man, DO!

We only get it a couple of times a year, but when you get it, it STINKS!  I actually snuck away to Aunt Donna’s house this weekend so your Daddy got the front end.  I got the latter.  You started wheezing about 11:30 Saturday night and needed treatments every 2 hours on the dot, without fail.  When I arrived early Saturday morning I took you immediately to the pediatrician knowing that we would need a steroid at the very least.  Well, that WAS the very least.  You ended up with two steroid doses and three treatments there before they sent us to Cooks.  They REALLY wanted to call an ambulance, but I assured the pedi. that I could make it much faster (AND I had Ags with me.)  

Daddy met us at Cooks and took Aggie home then came to join us.  It took several more treatments and some more steroids (you are going to be BUFF:-)) before they finally let us go home.  You are the sweetest little wheezer ever.  It does NOT slow you down in the least, you just sound like a train that is going to pass out at any moment.  We are still providing treatments every few hours.  We are finally able to stretch a bit.  Mommy has had very little sleep as I am getting up pretty often to make sure you are pink;-)  You’re a trooper my Man.  Looks like we are going to start treatments everyday and a specialist will be in the future.  Sorry to have passed on that gene!

Aggie is doing her best to put up with both you and me.  She doesn’t feel so hot either, although I can’t quite pin down how much is typical three year old not getting enough attention; or how much can be treated with Motrin!  NONE of our behaviors are stellar this week, but we are managing.  Today is lazy movie day, so as you are stirring in bed, I am about to make a yummy snack and we are all going to finish Aggie’s party invitations with our good friends from Disney providing distraction (as minimal as it is)!

Love you guys… patient with your lack-o-sleep Momma!Christmas 08

This picture is from last Christmas when we bought the Cadillac of breathing machines (at least the price was that of an Escalade).  You are SUCH a trooper still.  You really sit through most of it with minimal complaint and we read a few books.  You’re just  a bit more verbal now to TELL me when you’re “Done, Mommy.”  I do have to give great credit to Aggie for being the official book gatherer and getter!

I love you guys with every piece of me.  If you hurt, I hurt, and all I can concentrate on is making BOTH of you as comfy and happy as possible.  I love you!

“Spring” Photos

“‘Spring’ photos that I had done in June and just now am posting,” is what this should be titled.  We had a good friend of ours take some photos of the kiddos and they just turned out GREAT.  I am posting only a few of my favorites, but note her website on my links.  She is awesome and has the best eye for good shots.  The kiddos did great and she had all the patience in the world!

Here is her link




























I’ll stop here, but it seemed the next was better than the last.

Thanks Kim, what wonderful memories!

Well, Apparently NOT….

Okay, it doesn’t, necessarily, have to get better. 

We DID attend Christmas Eve dinner and chapel with Todd’s Grandmother.  It was a lovely time and the kiddos did just great.  Every year, she has a small chapel service that everyone participates.  Aggie did just beautifully.  She said her line nice and clear and I was so proud!  Her Mommy, missed her line trying to shove Pate’s mouth full of Pez candy so that he would stop flirting with the family!

Unfortunately, on our way home, we learned that my dear Granddaddy had passed away that same evening.  He was 94 years old and had advanced dementia the last couple of years.  It was a sad day, but overall a blessing.  Funny, how God works.  He had been singing hymns word for word for the past several weeks.  I think he just wanted to join to angel choir for the biggest performance of the year!  He will be greatly missed, but I have so much comfort in his life as a Christian man.  Please pray for my sweet Grandmother as the transition will be very difficult.  They were married for 67 years!

In addition to that my mother-in-law had a short stay at Baylor.  She is doing much better now.  Todd was sweet to stay here and keep the kiddos and hold down the fort so that I could spend time with my family for the services. 

We DID end up having a wonderful Christmas.  We enjoyed tamales, Mexican casserole, beans, the works and opened gifts the Sunday after Christmas.  The kiddos got some really fun gifts and we are having a great time playing.  I didn’t manage to get many pictures (a little preoccupied:-)) but I am taking tons now. 

We mangaged, today, to find the floor and the playroom is now officially organized.  I’ll post pics soon…..super excited.

Overall, Christmas was great and the New Year arrived even with us in bed!

I Just Can’t Wait….

I really debated as to whether I should add this link or just wait until after Christmas, but I just can’t wait.  Here are the rest of the pictures from our Christmas photo shoot.  I’m really happy with them and am trying to decide which ones to buy……

As a warning….these will most likely be presents under the tree, so look only if you want.  If you do look, feel free to request if you want particular prints (okay, that is mainly for the grandparents, but any of the rest of you can have some as well;-))  I also have black and white conversion for all of them. 

Photos Here

Some New Favorite Pics…

My friend Maricarol and her family joined us for our excursion at the Pumpkin Patch this year.  She was gracious enough to take some photos of us.  I think her pictures turned out much better than the ones that I tried to take of them.  Sorry about that girl…

Here are some of my favorites from that day.


one of my absolute faves!

one of my absolute faves!



The 4 of us - together!

The 4 of us - together!

Just So You Know…

As a follow up to my earlier post…

The “exit” button, the “#1” button, and the “volume” buttons do NOT work.  We have been trading out remotes for upstairs and down ALL weekend.  Guess we will have to call and tell ATT&T that ours “just broke.”  HATE when that happens;-)


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