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Monday, June 30, 2008

Congratulations!


This post is for my best friend, soul mate, best daddy, and amazing husband. As of July 1, Chris is a 4th year medical student - what an accomplishment! I am so proud of him. This journey has not been easy for us. Through unexpected medical problems, struggling to maintain balance between family and school, and keeping his faith in Jesus strong Chris has done it all. Words can't express how appreciative I am of Chris for being a dedicated student and striving to make the grades, but not forgetting what is most important.


Chris has decided to pursue pediatrics. I trusted God to guide and direct him, but I had a feeling this would be the direction. Chris will be an amazing pediatrician - the kids love him!! As of July 1st he will begin a rotation in a NICU. I know this will be hard for him, but it will also be rewarding to see the miracles that take place. Other medical school spouses have said the 4th year flies by. I am trying to enjoy every step, but honestly I'm excited to be done with the paying part of medical school!! This adventure has taken me personally to places I never thought it would. My involvement in Chris's journey through medical school has made it my own experience and our experience together. Thank you, Chris, for this opportunity. I love you more than you'll ever know.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Chick-Fil-A Cow


Our church won a contest that one of our ministers entered on the church's behalf and we got free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and the cow made an appearance. Lots of the kids were scared, but Kate seemed okay with him. It was a lot of fun and the food was good!

Blackberry Farm




A playgroup from our church went to a blackberry farm on Tuesday. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it turned out to be lots of fun! The kids enjoyed taste testing them and Kate was definitely a fan. I baked a blackberry cobbler last night for Chris and he said it was delicious - I'm more of a chocolate fan, so not a temptation for me! We had lots of fun and maybe we'll go back again.

Prince Parker



Happy Birthday Parker! Kate was a princess for a day as she helped Parker celebrate his first birthday. It was a cute party and Kara did the cake herself - good job!! Here are a few pics.

Dresses and Skirts




Kate loves dresses and skirts. She is willing to put her clothes on without a fuss if it's a dress - where she got this girliness I don't know. One day she went to her room and pulled out all of her skirts to get to the bottom where her poodle skirt was. She brought it to me and proceded to let me know she wanted it on. She wore the poodle skirt all day and thought it was amazing. One night while my mom was visiting, Chris and I got away and had some fun together. As usual we found ourselves looking at baby clothes - what are we thinking??? Chris found a dress that Kate had to have. We got home that evening and he laid it on the table. The next morning Kate saw it and knew it was hers. She wanted it on. She twirled and had a blast wearing her new dress. I made sure she knew Daddy picked it out for her. Aren't little girls precious! Sometimes I just wonder where they learn these things.

Pops!


Kate and Ava just can't get enough of this person we call, Pops. Dad, I know you read this and I want you to know how lucky the girls are to have you in their life. You know we never really had a grandpa in our life that did much with us and you are making it up to our girls by being so great. It is so fun to watch you with them - they are the luckiest girls alive! Grammy's pretty awesome, too! I can't think of anyone else who is willing to buy whatever the girls will eat and has two high chairs so they don't have to wait on each other to finish.

Popcorn anyone?


While Chris and I were under the weather, my mom, dad and sister really stepped it up. My mom and sister spent a couple days down here and then took Kate home with them and Chris took me and the story goes on from there. We stayed with my parents until Tuesday and then came back home and my mom came up Wednesday and stayed with us until Saturday morning - awesome, I know!! Trust me, I don't take her for granted. We may only live two hours apart, but sometimes it feels much further and I miss my family soooo much. Thanks mom, dad and Amy for helping out and taking care of Kate and us. We couldn't do this thing called "life" without you guys!


I know you are wondering what's up with the picture and post title, so here it is. My dad went out to mow and Kate had a fit and wanted to go with him - she loves her Pops. My mom had the perfect solution, pull the high chair over to the window, lower it to so she could see Pops and give her goldfish and milk - sounds like fun to me. Kate loved it. She blew kisses and watched Pops mow the entire yard - it was her first ever live movie! Aren't grandparents great.

Happy Father's Day


A week and a half late, but I can't forget the best daddy in the world! Chris is truly an amazing husband and daddy. Kate couldn't find anyone better! He spent his second Father's Day in bed recovering, but he still made time to cuddle with Kate. Kate is blessed to have you in her life, Chris. Thank you for the sacrifices you make for us and all the hard work that is going to pay off very soon!!!

My little helper


We're back and in full swing. I had lots to post, but it's been almost two weeks now and I have lots more, so I'm not going to go backwards except for a few. I just loved this, so I wanted to share it. Keeping the house clean and tidy is a continual process - all of you stay at home mommy's understand this. I thought as soon as I quit working, I would have countless hours to scrapbook, clean and just have everything so so. Who was I kidding. I can barely find time to take a shower some days - not complaining, love every minute of it!! Anyway, on with the post. I was dusting one day and Kate wanted to help me - love it. I hope I'm instilling something in her at least!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Count your blessings!

Wow, as I sit to write this post, I can't believe what has happened over the past week. Hang on because this might be really long. I normally wouldn't put something so personal on a blog entry, but I have to give credit to Jesus. He truly is our protector and comforter in times of need. It all started last Wednesday when I went to a doctors appointment for a diagnosis I was expecting - a bladder infection. I'm not a sick person, therefore I don't take much of anything. So, I was prescribed a pretty hefty little drug for my body. I took my first dose on Wednesday night and woke up very early (2 am) with a very nauseated stomach. I watched the clock until Chris's alarm went off at 4:30 and I quickly greeted him with a, "I'm very sick." What to do - family is at least 2 hours away, Chris just can't not go to "work" - medical school spouses you understand - so we did the best we could. Chris went late and my mom and sister headed up quickly. I won't give you every detail of that day, but I'll just say I got very sick. Chris talked to the doctor and she advised me to take half the dose - oh no, that wasn't good! I finally was able to sleep, but around 10:00 pm I had to go to the bathroom. I informed Chris he must accompany me or I might not make it. Well, let's just say I didn't make it anyway. I passed out on my way back and Chris got me awake and then before you know it I was gone again. When I woke up the second time my mom was standing over me saying, "Sara, wake up." The first thing out of my mouth was, "Mom, am I dying?" According to those around me I proceded to say this countless times and kept repeating that I was very sick. I remember my mom telling me that there were too many people here that still needed me and that I had to hang on. This is a lot to digest for someone who loves life. I can't imagine being okay with leaving those I love behind - I'm still having a hard time with that conversation. The ambulance arrived and got me stabilized and off to the hospital we went. I caused quite the neighborhood block party, if you know what I mean. You would have thought fireworks were going off around 10:15 as many spectators as there were. They ran lots of tests and monitored me at the ER until wee hours of the morning and I'm fine - praise God. The ER doctor said I had a severe reaction to the antibiotic (1 dose and a 1/2) - amazing. I've been trying to digest all of this now for almost a week and it still doesn't seem real.

Chris took me to stay with my parents for a few days and while we were visiting, Chris got extremely sick - why all at once? Sometimes doesn't it seem like God pushes you to the limit. Like He wants to see how much you truly trust Him. My dad and I had to take Chris to the ER and he was quickly seen and given much needed pain medicine. The doctors just knew he had a hot appendix and so did we. I've never seen him in so much pain. After a CT scan, it wasn't his appendix, just inflamed lymph nodes in his stomach - puzzling to us all - even the doctors. What a blessing, but not really any answers. It is hard to truly understand why things happen the way they do, but right now I am truly trying to learn to TRULY TRUST GOD with EVERYTHING.

I thank those of you who knew what was going on and prayed for us. I am grateful that God has blessed us with such great support. Thank you Jesus for taking care of us and bringing us through what seemed like the worst thing possible. We love You.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Playing in the Rain



RAIN, RAIN, RAIN - it has been raining a lot! Kate wanted to go outside so bad, so we took her for a spin in her little car and yes it started raining on us. Not much at first, but by the time we were home, it was a full out rain. Chris and Kate had a blast playing in it.

Just chillin



Kate loves purses. You give her a bag/purse and she knows what to do with it - load it up. I thought this picture was really cute so I wanted to share it.

Turtle




Kate's first experience with a turtle was not real cool to her - it doesn't make a sound! Parker and Bentley had cornered the poor little guy, so Chris went to his rescue. We were so excited for Kate to see a turtle, so we took her outside and let her look - she was not impressed. She wanted to play in her house. She loves her house that we found at a garage sale for $20 - what a deal! I've decided second hand shopping is the way to go with kids!

Craft Time



For Kate's birthday she got some really cool markers that are made for younger kids. Chris was trying to nap and we needed some new entertainment, so I decided to get them out and let her take a try with them. She did really good for a little while, but they looked so yummy!! We had to put them up, but she found some stickers that she thoroughly enjoyed. She thought they might taste good, also. She had lots of fun and maybe we'll try again in a month or so.

Friends





Kate loves Avery and Chloe. She thinks she is just as big as they are. They played in the water one morning and had lots of fun. Aren't friends great, even as a 13 month old!

I can do it!


Kate is very independent minded - that's the positive way of saying strong willed and I prefer to think of it in the positive light. No really, she knows what she wants and usually figures out how to do it/get it. She is a blessing and I cannot imagine her any other way. I am thankful that I have been granted the opportunity to raise an independent thinker. I know it will be challenging, but well worth it. I love you so much Kate, you bring me more happiness than you'll ever know. In saying all of this, you will notice in this picture she is going to turn the water faucet on to enjoy some more outdoor fun with Daddy. She loves to play outside with her Daddy, especially in the water.

Tiger


Kate loves animals. She made animal sounds way before she said anything. One of her animal sounds that gets her a lot of attention is roaring like a tiger. So, while we were in Vegas, we picked her up a stuffed tiger. She loves her tiger. She's taken it to naps with her, she kisses him and has had to rescue him from Parker on several occasions. Here is a picture of her and her tiger the day we gave it to her. She's actually kissing it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Viva Las Vegas!






Chris and I had a wonderful mini getaway to Las Vegas over the weekend. It was so nice to have each other's undivided attention (well, I guess despite trying to not get run over from the thousands of people in Vegas with us). Anyway, it was wonderful. We crammed lots in, in a short amount of time. On Friday night we toured a couple of hotels and then all day Saturday we walked the streets of Vegas, I said walked the streets, not worked the streets - ha! ha! We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel. This was absolutely amazing, a view like none other. We visited the dolphin, lion and tiger exhibit at the Mirage. Took a quick stroll through fashion show mall and lots lots more. That night we saw "Ka" - a Cirque du Soleil show. I have honestly never seen anything like this. We can't wait to see "O" next time we visit. Afterwards we watched the Bellagio water show - breathtaking. On Sunday we squeezed in Ceasar's, the Forum Shops and the Bellagio Conservatory and headed home. Vegas wasn't a real relaxing vacation (we were up until 12:00 or later with a 2 hour difference - late for those of you who know us!), but we had a blast. I can't wait for the next trip I get to take with my hubby!


I can't forget about Kate, she stayed with Grammy and Pops (my mom and dad) and played with Ava. She had lots of fun they tell me. Thanks mom and dad - you are the greatest.