Wednesday, January 31, 2007

She is already worried about her weight! She learned to stand on the scale today... I guess she learned that from us! But I don't think she is too worried about her figure since she found the cookie cabinet too!

Doctor, Doctor... give me the news...

Sorry I haven't posted in several days, Grace has not been feeling great.

I thought it was the start of yet another ear infection, so I loaded her up in the car on Monday and took her to see her pediatrician. Thankfully it is just teething. He looked at her ears and one looked "crystal clear" and he said the other had a bit of fluid on it. He thought it was just in the healing stage but said it could be the start of a new ear infection. GREAT. He said to keep a close eye on her and call if I had any questions.

Even though she was *just* teething, the doctor made me feel like I had done the right thing by bringing her in. He looked her over, said her eczema looked good and talked a bit about her constipation issues. He didn't rush me out the door, he didn't make me feel dumb for bringing my child to the doctor when it was just teething... to be honest, I felt like I got my moneys worth... all $153 of them (part of my $500 deductible... we don't have copays). He even gave a handfull of samples... Grace's lotion that is freekin' expensive (but it works!), so I guess it was worth the money and trip! :) Hopefully the fluid on her ear isn't another infection starting.

I should note that this is the 3rd time Grace has seen her pediatrician this month!! Hopefully this isn't a trend!

Friday, January 26, 2007

What to do, what to do...

Here are a couple fun videos of Grace learning new things! Everyday it is something new and fun. Oh to be nearly a toddler!

First video... I guess I need to go buy more tissues. She was having so much fun and just couldn't figure out how another one popped up when she thought she had pulled it out!

Second video... I found this play phone that looks and sounds so real, so of course she loves it. (Got it at the dollar store!!) If you watch her closely you can see that when I hand her the phone she puts it to her ear and starts jabbering. It is soooo cute!

Thursday, January 25, 2007


The weather has finally turned a bit nicer! It's still pretty cool and Grace has just gotten to feeling better from the ear infections so she is bundled up. These are the days when I wish I was a little kid and that something as simple as a swing on the back porch made my day. I guess I will just have to settle for living vicariously through Grace! :)

Tree Update:

Well like my granny told me... she said it would pop back up. Which is did quite a bit, but this is how it has looked like this for about 5 days now! Maybe it will stand tall once it gets warmer this Spring??

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

All these toys and she likes the dvd player most!

Here is the latest video of Grace learning a new skill...

What do I do now? I guess I could move the dvd player? I just hate to do that. How do you teach an 11 month old baby not to do that. At this age she thinks the word "No" is funny. I'm just at a loss. So all you mamas out there with a child that has the same skill as mine... HELP... what do I do??

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Attack of the beads!

While cleaning out my guest bedroom closet (where all the junk in the house is!) I came across some beads from college. Grace loved them! Here are a few pics playing with the beads.
(I took them in black in white b/c the beads are green and she was wearing pink... it just didn't match! :) I love that black and white makes anything look better.)

Monday, January 22, 2007

Grace's birthday wish list

Gracie's 1st birthday is quickly approaching and a couple family members and friends have asked me what she wants/needs for her birthday. While Grace would LOVE anything that you pick out, here are just a few suggestions...

1. Board books

2. PJ's (18-24 months... pajamas tend to run a bit small)
3. Spring/Summer clothes (12-18 months)
Push-Around Buggy
5. Robeez (12-18 months)
6. Baby Einstein DVD's
7. Bath toys
Fisher Price piano
9. Shopping Cart
10. Pretend food and play dishes for kitchen
11. Instrument set
12. Pop up tent

Sunday, January 21, 2007

I'm it!

I was tagged by Lindsay for a New Meme.

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Here is how it works....

Here is a list of categories add the titles and links to previous posts that you feel fit these descriptions... and tell why if yah wanna!
(I should add that Conner is now a healthy and happy 5 month old!)
I tag.....

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Mommy and Me

EVERYONE tells me how much Grace looks like Adam. But you know what I think she looks like me too! Grace and I were taking pictures of ourselves the other day and here is one I got. Do you think she looks like me? Maybe its just the eyes and hair color (although my hair was blonde as a baby)...

It is amazing how ice and a cloudy sky can make something look. This is a tree in our backyard that thankfully isn't leaning! :)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

our church

Adam and I have always been the type that went to church when we could (which was usually once every month or 2), well about a year ago we decided that had to change. In college Adam and I were both in a different Christian organization and through people I met in that organization I met Adam (in a round about way). Anyway, so we have always wanted to have a church home. In college, we visited 3 different church, the Methodist church, the Baptist church and the non-denominational church. We got something different from each of them, but enjoyed going to which ever we felt like we needed that Sunday morning.

So we graduated, got married and moved to Oklahoma. Over the first year and a half we visited lots of churches both in the town we live in and another city about half an hour away. We weren't great about going... like I said we went about once either month or two. Once we got pregnant we knew we needed to find a church home.

It was about this time last year we decided that we wanted to start going to the Methodist Church in town regularly. Adam was raised Methodist and we were married in a Methodist church in Dallas so we felt like it would be a good fit for us... especially after trying churches that weren't our style. So we started going, we had Grace and kept going.

I was sooooo scard to leave Grace in the nursery, but she loves it. The ladies in there are so loving and they really seem to enjoy her.

After several months we joined the church (August 2006) and are now finally going to get Grace baptized in February. (We wanted to have her baptism sooner, but it just didn't happen especially with trying to get 2 sets of Grandparents here).

I've volunteered a few times to do Meals on Wheels (Grace and I deliver meals to elderly in the community) and we have served dinner at the church on Wednesday nights. I just love that we have met so many other couples with kids. I even met one mom that has a playgroup at her home every week... I've been going for a while now and its nice to sit, relax and chat with other moms while the kids play and pretty much have the run of the house!

We also made it a rule sometime last fall that if we were home we were going to church (that is of course if no one is sick, etc). Grace and I have even gone by ourselves a couple times when Adam was out of town. So if you don't have a church that you regularly go to.... find one... it has been a wonderful blessing for our family!

Monday, January 15, 2007

Double Ear Infection again

My poor little Grace. She just hasn't been herself and was acting like she does when she has gotten ear infections in the past so we headed to the doctor on this cold, icy day and sure enough she has an ear infection in both ears. We are trying a new antibiotic this time to see if it heals quicker and better. Tubes are a real possibility but we are going to wait a little longer to see if she gets more infections. Hopefully she wont get any more, because she is little Miss crab when she gets one. But I guess I can't blame her. The doctor did say she is also working on getting her 5th tooth. Oh and she tipped the scale at 20lbs even!

the tree today..

I don't know if it is going to make it. Do pine trees pop back up after the ice is gone??

Conditions got worse since yesterday... we lost power (and heat) for 4 hours last night. It got sooooo cold in our house! The roads are pretty icey today and all the schools are closed in our area, but of course Adam is at work. I guess it will stay like this today since it is suppose to stay in the 20's! No fun... I guess we will be hangin around here today!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

11 months!

I can't believe my little baby is already 11 months. In one short month she will be 1 year old!

Here is what Grace is up to these days:
*She is learning more words. As you all know she can say "Mama" and "Dada" like a pro, but if you say "Uh Oh" she will say "OH"... too cute! I also think she says "du" for duck and "do" for dog, but I'm not sure many would agree with me.
*She is trying to blow kisses... or I guess I'm trying to teach her to blow kisses. She still thinks that it means to do the Indian noise, but maybe she will get it soon.
*She still only has 4 teeth and is currently working on the 5th and 6th tooth (in the middle of the night I might add!).
*She will cruise (walk holding onto furniture) around the house, but as soon as she wants something quick or gets to a corner she gets down and crawls. So I guess she isn't ready to walk. She has stood up on her a couple times, but as soon as she realizes that she isn't holding onto anything or that no one is holding onto her, she immediately sits down! (I guess she is going to a bit of a wimp.)
*She eats pretty much anything we give her. She especially loves any pastas (spaghetti is her fav), veggies and loves cheese (which we have to limit due to the poo issues).

I think that is about it. We are already getting ready for her 1st birthday party, which we hope everyone can make.

Baby its cold outside!

Well we are managing to survive this little ice storm all by ourselves. Adam is in California right now (due to be back later today!) so its just Grace and I. Our air conditioning unit is managing to survive to despite the way it looks... (Something Adam knew was wrong with it and will finally fix it because this doesn't look good!) and our poor little pine trees are hangin in there despite the way it looks too...

Grace and I felt the bitter cold when we went to church this morning and are now safely at home where we plan to stay all day!

We are just ever thankful that we still have heat (even though our electricity has gone out briefly twice! We have electric heat). So for now we are trying to stay warm!! I just don't know how people do it that live in places like Minnesota or Wisconsin... brrrrrrr makes me cold just thinking about it.


UPDATE: my poor tree... leaning even more! (This picture was taken only about 4 hours after the one above!)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Grace and Molly

A fun book meme!

Margaret tagged me for a fun book meme.

Here are the directions:
1)Grab the book closest to you
2)Open to page 123, go down to the fourth sentence
3)Post the text of the following 3 sentences on your blog
4)Name the author and book title
5)Tag three people to do the same

The book I just started reading:
Parenting with Purpose: 12 Biblical Traits to Prepare Kids for Life
by Margaret Buchanan
"Webster's New Encyclopedia Dictionary defines addiction as 'the state of devoting or surrendering oneself to something habitually or obsessively,' and the 'complusive physical need for a habit-forming drug.' These sides to the addiction problem - choosing and needing - will help us to understand the causes. Consuming a berage is a choice: The kind of drink, the quantity, the context, the frequency are up to the person."

I tag Lindsay, Lace, and Megan.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


Mother, Mom, Mama, Mommy, Ma

Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities. Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.

The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an embarrassment the
next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.

Virtually none. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth and free hugs for life if you play your cards right.

Monday, January 08, 2007


FINALLY!! She said "Mama" 3 times yesderday and a bunch today! YEAH!! I've thought I heard it in the past, but Adam said it wasn't mama. Anyway, she IS saying it now. So after a good 2 months (at least) of saying "Dada" I finally get some thanks for giving birth to her! I can't wait till she can tell me she loves me. I am sure it will be an amazing feeling!!

Sunday, January 07, 2007


poopsplosion - Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[poop], Slang.
1. a diaper that has exploded with over flowing fecal matter.

If you are a parent you know EXACTLY what I am talking about. I posted previously that Grace has had some constipation issues. We tried natural remedies, but the issue wasn't becoming resolved. So we have been giving Grace a very natural laxative. So the result of the laxative is a poopsplosion. Put it this way, she has been a bath practially everytime she goes! Thankfully that is only about every other day. So for now, I have to bring like 5 extra outfits anywhere I go and pray that the poop is contained! :)

ps... Sorry if this is too much info, but hey... this is a day in the life of Lisa. Here is a picture of Grace with the evidence of a poopsplosion.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


Adam's grandmother, Ulden, passed away this morning. (It is actually Adam's step-grandmother (Adam's first grandmother passed away when he was little boy), but a grandmother none the less!) She had a stroke a little over a week ago so we all knew it was just a matter of time. It happened so suddenly though. We saw her just 2 weeks ago for Christmas and she was doing well. Happy and her sweet self. We got to see them for a few days before they all headed back home to East Texas. So I just wanted to post that we are thankful that we were able to have one more Holiday with her and that she was able to meet and spend a few months getting to know her Great-grandaughter. We are also thankful that she isn't any in pain anymore. Please pray that everyone is safe while traveling to California for the funeral. She will be buried in Morrow Bay, CA where she is from.
Here is a pic taken when Grace was just a week old with Ulden and Big Pop Pop.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It has just been so busy since we got back. You know how it is... you need a vacation from your vacation!

Anyway, here is a recent pic of Grace. She looks so grown up in it, I guess since she is standing. If I could have only gotten her to smile. Seems like she is laughing or smiling all the time but not for the camera these days. This was taken in our backyard!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Oh the needed updates...

Busy busy busy! The last couple weeks have been that and more. Adam had an entire week of vacation last week. He didn't even take an entire week when Grace was born, so it was wonderful to be able to spend time with him and Grace.

We started off the Holidays with my family for Christmas Eve. We had a wonderful dinner with my mom's side of the family. Around 7:30 the REAL Santa stopped by before his big night to say hi to the kiddos and get any last requests. Grace wasn't too excited about seeing him, but was more curious this time.

Christmas morning we quickly opened gifts at my parents house and then we were on the road to Austin by 9. We got to Austin shortly after lunch and spent the afternoon with Adam's entire family.

It was so great to see everyone as we had not all been together since Easter. Grace loved the wrapping paper and enjoyed watching her cousins tear into their gifts. Hopefully she got a few pointers for her birthday next month! I don't really have a lot of pics :( because our card was full!

We then spent the rest of the week in Austin. We mainly just enjoyed eachothers company and relaxed. Adam spent a great deal of time helping Paul (his brother) put together his kids Christmas gift... a HUGE outdoor junglegym. When we left it wasn't even half way done...I wonder if has finished it by now??

Getting home wasn't as easy as driving there. We hadn't even gotten out of Austin and a lady flagged us down on the highway to tell us we had a flat tire. By time we pulled over it was completely flat. Adam then had the honor of changing the tire in the rain. After a quick half hour we headed back out on the road. It was raining off and on and at some points we were driving at a standstill. NO FUN! Thankfully Grace was pretty good.

We then spend the last few days of Adam's vacation at home. It was WONDERFUL. We just did stuff around the house.

On New Year's Eve our friend Haily and her daughter Molly came over (her husband had to work) and we played board games and had a yummy dinner of Surf and Turf!

So that is our last week and a half in rewind. Here are a few pics of Grace enjoying her favorite gift... a little kiddie climber. We have it in the den for now since its been so cold! It will head outside this Spring. :)