Saturday, April 16, 2011

No Excuses!

Once has been several months since my last blog. 6 months to be exact! Needless to say, a lot has happened in six months.

We welcomed Preston to this world, and what an angel he is!

We celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Welcomed baby Brock! Wade's niece, Whitney, and her husband, Josh, had their baby in December. He is such a sweetie!

Planned a cruise for 16 high school seniors and 11 chaperones for May!

We found out that Shaun and Ashley are expecting a baby in August!

I went to the dermatologist for the first time in my life...and regret waiting for so long. Four biopsies plus three deep mole removals have convinced me to make more frequent visits. Every three months according to my doc.

Visited with Luke, Amanda, Kate and Preston : )

Welcomed little "Champ" to the family. My dad lost his dog,Lassie, to pancreatitis. We decided he needed a new puppy to lift his spirits. I don't know who is happier, Dad or Champ. Definitely not Mom! lol

Sewed, and sewed some more.

Visited and discussed college choices. Finally decided on the University of North Alabama. Go Lions!
Dress shopping and Senior Prom!

And now we are making preparations for Tyler's college graduation on April 29. He is staying at MSU for graduate school. Go Dawgs!

Hayden's Class Night, Baccalaureate, parties, and graduation on May 27.

Oh, I am also helping a friend with decorations for her daughters wedding.

Yes, we have been busy, but that is no excuse to skip blogging for 6 months. I will try to do better. When August rolls around and I have an empty nest, who knows, I may be a daily blogger...NOT.

Just so you know that I still have my priorities straight! RTR!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Welcome, Preston!!!

Precious Baby Boy!
Sooo sleepy.
A little wink.

Wonderful news!!! Preston Jeffrey Cantrell was born on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:50A.M. Quite a little man weighing in at 8lbs 15oz. and 21 inches long. He is SO beautiful! His daddy told me it was fine to use the term beautiful for a newborn boy, and I can't think of another word to describe him. Handsome just doesn't fit the bill here.
Wade, Hayden, and I were able to spend a few hours with them yesterday evening. What a special time. I held him for a long time until I was forced to share with Hayden, but she did give him back to me when he started to cry. Nothing a diaper change wouldn't cure. And then I held him a good bit longer until he was hungry...nothing I can do for him there, so I had to turn him over to his mommy. Of course, this gave me some time to spend with Kate. She loves being outside, so we went out and played as much as we could, considering it was already dark. We played chase, rode on her 4-wheeler, examined moths, and played with the Halloween decorations. I love hearing her laugh. She is such a sweetheart.
Kate playing a tune for us, much to Bandit's disapproval!
Hayden getting in some Preston time!
Proud Papa
Amanda, Kate and her favorite snack...Puffs.
Me being selfish with Preston!

Both Kate and Preston are beautiful, and such little angels. Congratulations Luke and Amanda! Job Well Done! The two of you make beautiful babies. Love you all!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Best Days of Our Lives!

On September 19th we visited the Cantrell's to shower them with gifts for Preston. And of course, we didn't forget Miss Kate. She was showered, as well. Luke and Amanda were so kind to allow the 10 of us to barge in and take over their house for a few hours. We had a great afternoon. It made my day when Kate reached to me from her Daddy, and again when she cried as we left. Not because she cried, but because she recognizes us now and seems to enjoy our time together. She is such a beautiful angel. I love her personality. Such a sassy little one. She oooed and aaahed over all the gifts, but cracked me up when Amanda opened a personalized wipe case I made for Preston. She opened her mouth and gasped as if she were so hurt because I made a gift for someone besides her. It might take a little while for her to adjust to a new baby in the family, but she will be such a wonderful big sis. I just can't wait to meet Preston! Hayden is afraid she won't be able to love Preston as much as Kate...but this is the same Hayden that was initially jealous of Kate. The same Hayden that worships the ground that little girl walks on.

Most of our other time is spent at volleyball games. We have had a pretty good season. Tomorrow is our area tournament, so it could be the last day of games, or we might win and go on to the next level. Who Knows?

Parents with Senior players.

5 Senior Players


Blurry Block!

Our Homecoming parade and game was on Friday. Hayden was voted as "Wittiest" by the Senior class, so she rode on the Superlatives float. Wittiest a/k/a "Most Sarcastic". I think the Class of 2011 pegged this one perfectly. She is just like her daddy. lol

Other happenings that make me realize this school year is passing so quickly...received proofs of senior portraits, turning in orders for graduation invitations this week, applied to Mississippi State, and Auburn University, scheduled a tour of MSU and planning one for Auburn, and planning a cruise for the senior trip. Pray for me that I will enjoy every day of this last year at home with Hayden, and spend the least amount of time possible, grieving for what I know will come.

And last, but not least...A big shout out for all our family birthdays!
Ashley 9/12
Meloney 9/25
Shaun 9/29
Luke 10/5
Hayden 10/9
Chelle 10/12
Preston ???
Noah 10/29
Tyler 10/30
Happy Birthday!!! Love you all!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fall Is In The Air

My last post was just before summer began, and here I am...almost Fall! Such a poor blogger. Oh well, lets talk about what has kept us busy this summer. I spent the last few weeks of June painting farm animals and fruit and vegetables for VBS scenery.
Our youth group left July 10th for Hamlet, NC. I tagged along as a chaperone. We knocked doors, sang and put on puppet shows for local daycares, sang at a nursing home, and put on a 4 night VBS. We met so many wonderful people. It was a great mission trip, and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it. Singing and puppet shows.Visiting a training center for Special Forces. Cool!Hayden with a turtle.
Precious Jesse handling a snake! EEEWWW!
Door Knocking

We left Thursday heading home and stopped in Stone Mtn., GA. We played a while and watched the laser show. I LOVE the laser show. It always brings a tear to my eye. So patriotic. Finally at home on Friday to start VBS preparation. Many, many hours put in here...but always worth the outcome.
Hayden had surgery on the 19th and was down for about a week. The Cantrells visited on the 24th. We had such a good visit. A picture speaks a thousand words. Love this!
Sweet Baby Girl
Feeding Harlee
A little static but all smiles!

VBS was the 25th through the 29th and then school started back on my birthday, August 9th. Happy Birthday to me! YUK! We are now involved in volleyball games, football games, and 5th Quarters. Next Friday will end our 1st six weeks. Hayden's Senior Year! Oh, how time flies! We are visiting the Cantrells next weekend to have a small "Welcome" party for Preston. I have several items made for Kate and Preston, but don't want to spoil the surprises, so I will post pics later.
I'll go ahead and wish you all a Happy Fall, Happy Halloween, and a Blessed Thanksgiving...just in case I don't show up for another 3 months!

Love to all!