Archive for September, 2009

The Last Bits of Summer

September 28, 2009

We had a wonderfully sunny, warm weekend and we took full advantage. :)  We had to heat up the pool just a bit because we have had some cool days this month.  It’s just too bad we didn’t start the heater until Saturday morning.  It was still a bit nippy Saturday afternoon, but by Sunday, it was full on warm!  Even Mae Mae and Papa came over and enjoyed a swim with Brad and Kasen on Saturday.  I took care of the little man. :)  I did dip his toes in the water on Saturday and he did not like that . . . . LOL  Too cold I guess.  After Brad and Kasen finished their swim on Sunday, I took Holden outside for a nakey baby photo shoot. LOL  He LOVED being outside, and yes, he loves being naked as well. LOL  I actually kept thinking I would get a hilarious pee shot, but he never peed that whole time.  It’s funny that I was seriously wanting him to do that.  I mean, I was prepared!!  Oh well, I did get some REALLY sweet shots of him and those baby blues.  And I’m showing more than one photo this time – will wonders never cease?! LOL  That’s because I’m on a roll working on client pics, which are LONG overdue, and I decided to take a break and work on these pics.  I had to anyway, I have to turn in photographs every month to our adoption agency and Holden’s are due on Wednesday.  I thought I better get on that, and I did. :)

Here’s Holden and Kasen – I love every single one of these pics – I think they show what gorgeous children we have. :)









Okay, that should do it for now!! :)

See ya’ later!!

I Heart Faces Photo Contest

September 28, 2009

This week’s theme at I Heart Faces is “Blue” – so I immediately thought of all the pics I take in the bluebonnets every year.  It’s such a Texas tradition and I can hardly wait to take pics of the little man out there next spring. ;)  Anyway, here is Kasen in the bluebonnets – as you can see, she was quite shocked that there were so many. LOL She was saying “WOOOOOWWWWW!!”  It really was a great field of flowers and just a perfect picture opportunity. :)

Don’t forget to check out all the other great entries here – I Heart Faces

Chubba Chubba

September 26, 2009

Here’s our little (ummm, chubby) adorable guy.  Look at those arm rolls. LOL  He is cooing in this pic and I just love his sweet mouth, his cute nose, and his beautiful blue eyes – yep, I’m in LOVE. :)


See ya’ later!!

I Heart Faces Photo Contest

September 22, 2009

Again, it’s been a while since I entered.  Our newest little bundle has kept us on our toes, but things are starting to settle down a bit.  He slept last night from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. – that’s my boy!!!!! :)  AND, I actually have more than five minutes on the computer for a change.  Woohooo!! When I saw the theme for this week’s entry, I thought about this picture first.  Then I started changing my mind because I have so many candid shots of Kasen that I love, but I just kept coming back to this one . . . . . . mostly because it makes me laugh. :)  That was also Kasen’s first time spitting in the pool – it really caught Brad off guard as you can see by his face.  However; he did get that head turned quite quickly. LOL  I would love to say that it was also her last time spitting in the pool, but that just wouldn’t be true.  She knows that it’s not allowed, but sometimes the temptation is just too great for a two year old.  She’s now four and I still hear “No Spitting” on occasion. LOL  I do have to say that the distance of her spitting escapade was quite impressive though. ;)


Check out all the other candid entries here -  I Heart Faces

See ya’ later!!

Quick Video & Update

September 21, 2009

Brad put this video together and did a fantastic job!!!!!! :)  I LOVE it!!  I took most of the pictures obviously, since Brad is in most of them. LOL  However; Brad definitely took all the underwater video since I can’t hold my breath that long. ;)  Thanks again Brad for such a wonderful trip down memory lane and for taking the time to make such a beautiful video to treasure always. :)

P.S.  Brad’s parents are back in town!!!!!!  Yahooooooooo!!!!!!  Kasen is THRILLED . . . and so are we!!  That means, that I might actually get something done around the house, and start working on photographs again. :)  Also, we’ve FINALLY found a formula for Holden so that he’s not crying all.the.time.  I was also really sick there for a while.  AND, Kasen is LOVING school and fall is right around the corner.  Hallelujah for ALL of that!!!  I finally see a light at the end of that tunnel.  Let’s hope it keeps burning until I can get there. :)

See ya’ later!!

‘cuz he’s HUGE!! :)

Holden had his eight week doctor’s appointment this morning, just a few weeks late. LOL  Actually, he’s now 10 weeks old, but who’s counting?! ;)  The doctor said he looks great.  He upped his dose of Prevacid, which is good, and even though Holden had quite a rough time for the entire office stay, he’s now sleeping soundly. Kasen was a great big sister too, holding his hand while he got his shots.  Awwwwww.

Holden’s Stats – Height 23 1/2″ (75th percentile), Weight 14 lbs. 4 oz. (95th percentile).  He has definitely earned his title of “chunky monkey” don’t ya’ think?! ;)

One more pic in that same cute outfit given by Mrs. Katy ~


See ya’ later!!

Brad comes home tonight from his annual guy trip.  I could NOT be more excited!!! :)

Little Dude

September 3, 2009

I’ve been quite absent, but there’s definitely good reason.  I barely have five minutes day on the computer (if that), but I’m hoping that will change soon.  Really, it’s just wishful thinking that Holden will be an easier baby, that Kasen will be less defiant, and that I’ll actually get a full night’s sleep one of these months and I’ll feel like a real person again.  Whew, to say that it’s been tough lately is a HUGE understatement, but I’m hanging in there and people keep telling me that it gets better.  I *think* I believe them. LOL  I’m not sure if they mean better in a few months, a few years, or better when they leave for college. ;)  Whatever they mean, better sounds good at any time.  I’m ready.

On another note, Kasen started Mother’s Day Out on Tuesday.  We were BOTH ready! LOL  I so remember her first MDO two years ago when I was in tears as I drove off.  Fast forward to this year, I don’t think Kasen could get in the room fast enough and as much as I love our little pumpkin, I felt a sigh of relief when she entered those doors as well.  She has had one rough summer and it was definitely time for her to get some structure back in her life.  Even though she loves Holden more than anything, I know it was good for her to be away from his crying all day.  I think it’s starting to get to her.  I understand.  I also couldn’t wait to pick her up both days either. :)

Soooo, after I dropped Kasen off this morning for her Mother’s Day Out program (which is two days a week), I got Holden back in the car and we headed for Babies R Us in Dallas – the new and improved one.  I tried to move as quickly as possible to keep him from crying.  I jiggled the cart, held the soother in his mouth, talked to him, sang to him, and it was going pretty well.  I grabbed some more swaddle blankets, pacifiers, bottle parts, baby wash cloths, a zippered sleeper (the best kind), and a new floor activity gym.  Well, after all that, AND changing a dirty diaper, we were ready to go.  BTW, he’s a pro, every.single.time I walk in the store with him, he has to have a dirty diaper change.  It’s a conspiracy I tell ya’. LOL  After getting the goods, I headed as fast as I could to the checkout, hoping I could get home and still get a few things done before it was time to pick up Kasen.  Oh yeah, got NOTHING done.  Fed, rocked, cuddled, and tried to soothe Holden the entire time.  Anyway, the point of my story is that I get to the checkout counter and they tell me “cash only” – the credit/debit cards don’t work.  Ugh!!  I said, “Seriously?”  ”Oh yeah, they told me, it’s a national problem, they’re all down.”  I said, “I don’t carry cash.  Can’t you write down the number, or use the old fashioned thingie where you swipe the card on it and then write stuff down?”  They proceeded to tell me how they couldn’t do this and I proceeded to tell them that there are some stores that actually still do this, and then, totally exasperated, I told them that I cannot come back.  It was a HUGE undertaking to get to the store, it’s not that close to my house, I finally don’t have my spunky Kasen with me, who tends to STILL run at four years old in the other direction. Ack!!  I asked them to get the manager while I jiggled the cart to get Holden to stop screaming.  Seriously, do not do that to a sleep deprived, anxious mother with an empty stomach, who is losing her mind because her child won’t stop crying and time is not on her side.  There was an expectant mother behind me telling me she understood, but I couldn’t help but think she was terrified of what was in store for her.  Oh well, nothing like seeing the real thing.  The end of the story is that the manager came over, brought the old credit card swiper and everything worked out fine . . . . unless my credit card bill shows up with a $1,000.00 tab.  It’s yet to be determined.

It’s now 7:00 p.m., baby is swaddled, FINALLY sleeping, Kasen is having quiet time and if that’s all that happens today, I will consider myself EXTREMELY lucky!

Here’s Little Dude – you would never know he gives us a run for our money, would you?! ;)  A special thanks to Katy for this adorable outfit.  Isn’t he precious????? :)


See ya’ later . . . .maybe much later!  It’s all up to this Kasen and Holden – wish me luck!!