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Welcome to my blog. I'm a Mississippi country girl transplanted to Grapevine, TX. I have been blessed with a great husband, and my kiddos, Aleck and Ella. When I'm not eating bon bons on the couch, I am my kid's room mom, PTA member, Sunday School teacher, taxi driver, amateur photographer and personal chef. When I'm not doing those things, I'm running a small jewelry business, 2nd Amendment Jewelry (www.2ndamendmentjewelry.com), that I started with my twin sister, Glenda. It's a crazy and busy life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world. I am so thankful for all the blessings in my life!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Aleck is feeling much better

Aleck is feeling so much better. With the antibiotics working on his ear infection, his balance is getting better. He is so much more energetic and playful. He still naps 2-3 hours in the morning, but I'm not complaining. It gives me time to get stuff done around the house.

In the pictures, AJ is playing with some of Tom's drum sticks. When Tom drums, Aleck dances around and bobs his head up and down. Aleck is definitely showing a strong musical interest.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Aleck has pneumonia

We had a big scare last night. After I put AJ to bed, I could hear him moaning in his sleep. He had never done that before, so Tom and I went in to check on him. When I put my hand on him, he was burning up. I woke him and he was lethargic and listless. When we took his temperature, it was 104.5, so off to the ER we went. He was diagnosed with an inner ear infection, and the chest x-ray showed a mild case of pneumonia. They administered a rocephin shot and a tylenol/motrine combination. His temperature quickly responded, and Aleck began feeling a little better while we where still in the ER. They sent us home with antibiotics. AJ saw Dr. Radimecky, his pediatrician, today. Dr. Radimecky assured us that it is not uncommon for babies to have pneumonia and there is nothing to worry about.

Please keep our little AJ in your prayers.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tom's band plays first gig

Tom recently joined a band, Waiting for Abduction, as the drummer. They played their first gig this afternoon at the Rahr Brewery warehouse in Fort Worth. The gig was hosted by the Fort Worth Runners Club and Team in Training to celebrate running the Cowtown Marathon. Aleck already has a love for music so he had a great time. He was mesmerized by Britt playing the guitar. AJ was walking around bouncing his head up and down to the beat of the music. The music wasn't too loud, but I put cotton in AJ's ears just to be safe.

Aleck met JB, a long-time friend of Tom's. JB works as Head Brewer at the brewery.

Mike and Sheree, great friends of ours, were also at the event. Mike and Sheree drove all the way to Alabama to be in our wedding.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Who is it?

Aleck has a new favorite game. He loves to close his bedroom door and wait for you to knock on the door. He laughs hysterically when you knock and then open the door. He finally realized how to open the door himself. Instead of doorknobs, we have a handle which makes it much easier to pull the handle down and pull the door open. Now, I definitely can't let him out of my sight.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Registration for Mother's Day Out

I registered Aleck for the Mother's Day Out program at First Baptist Colleyville starting in September. I am amazed at how far in advance you have to plan and register toddlers for programs. The spots fill up fast. Sami, my dear friend, also registered Charli, who is only 5 weeks younger than Aleck. Hopefully, they will be in the same class. You can check out the program at the following link. http://www.fbccolleyville.com/default2.aspx?pid=107

The program is 9:30 - 2:30 one or two days a week. In September, AJ will only be 17 months. I'm not sure I will be ready to be away from him for 5 hours, but I'm pretty sure he will be ready. He loves being around people. Just a trip to the grocery store is a highlight of the day for him. Some days he looks at me as to say, "I'm tired of all these toys. What do you have new that I can do?"

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day

Tom brought me the most beautiful roses and chocolate. I have such a wonderful husband.

Joni brought Aleck the cutest bib and a finger puppet book. Aleck is beginning to enjoy books. The other day I was sure AJ was into something because he was being too quite, but when I checked on him he was looking at a book. This was such a relief because the last time he was too quite, I caught him taking bites out of the molding in the living room. I had no idea wood molding could be made out of composite materials, which of course, are much easier to bite a chunk out of.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lunch with Rebecca

A dear friend of mine from Alabama, Rebecca, was in town attending a conference. Becca was the first person I met when I moved to Birmingham 11 years ago. We started out as roommates and have been wonderful friends ever since. Rebecca's husband, Stevie K, is a talented musician. When we are in Alabama, Tom loves to visit Becca and Stevie K so they can get together and have "jam sessions".

Aleck and I picked Becca up at her hotel and we went to lunch. The weather was awesome so we were able to dine outside. Aleck was on his best behavior and we had a great time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sleeping through the night....praise the LORD!

Aleck has been waking up once or twice a night to nurse most nights. He has slept through the night for the last 3 nights. One night he slept for 11 hours straight. I feel like a new woman. I hope these dark circles under my eyes aren't permanent.

Monday, February 11, 2008


Aleck and I went to Gymboree this afternoon. He had an awesome time. There was this little boy that kept trying to hug Aleck and would literally tackle him to the ground. Luckily, they were on padded flooring. In the picture, Aleck is crawling through a barrel.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Baby Dedication at Church

We had a baby dedication today at Mid-Cities Community Church for Aleck performed by Pastor Clay Hilton. Sami and Mike, friends of ours, also dedicated baby Charli. We were standing at the front of the church, and Aleck kept reaching over trying to touch Charli. While were standing in front of the church, Aleck also decided he wanted to play the game, pass me from Mommy to Daddy, to Mommy to Daddy, to Mommy to Daddy....well, you get the idea. I wish I had 10% of AJ's energy.

Saturday, February 9, 2008


Tom and I took Aleck to his first Gymboree group. For those unfamiliar with Gymboree, it is basically a group of babies and their parents that get together for an organized play group. There is both structured and unstructured play time. The program has been developed by child development experts. Aleck LOVED IT! I was a little worried about how Aleck would act around so many other children, since the only time he is exposed to babies is in the church nursery. He wanted to play with everything and interact with everybody. His favorite thing was crawling through the fabric tunnel. Aleck was so exhausted that night that he slept 9 hours straight. Hallelujah!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Trip to the gym

I recently joined a new gym because they have wonderful childcare, and I really need to lose 10 pounds. Aleck did really well for about 30 minutes, but then they paged me because he wouldn't stop crying. I hope his separation anxiety gets better soon.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Another playdate with Charli

Sami had an errand to run, so she dropped Charli off to play with Aleck. Aleck was much calmer today, and they actually played together a good bit. Aleck even crawled over to Charli and handed her toys, it was so sweet.

I can't get over how much bigger Aleck is than Charli. At 10 months, he is wearing 18 months cloths.

Aleck and I visited a Mother's Day Out program at the First Baptist Church. I am considering registering him for the program in the Fall. The program is 5 hours, one or two days a week. I think he will be ready and enjoy spending time with other toddlers. I'm not sure that I will be ready to spend half a day away from him. I am so blessed that I can stay home with my child!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Playdate with Charli

Sami, a dear friend of mine from church, brought her daughter, Charli, over for a visit. Sami and I were pregnant at the same time, and Charli is only 5 weeks younger than Aleck. God certainly knew what he was doing when he gave me such a wonderful friend to share pregnancy and motherhood with. I can't tell you how many times we call each other asking for advice. Sami is such a blessing.

Charli is such a beautiful little girl. She has adorable dimples and her eyes light up when she smiles.

Aleck is so strong and a good bit bigger than Charli. I couldn't take my eyes off AJ because he was so interested in Charli, and AJ can be a bit aggressive when he wants something. A couple of times I prevented him from pushing to stand up using Charli's head as a prop.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Camo and new shoes

Aleck just looks so cute in his camos and his new shoes. The weather was awesome today, so we took a trip to the park. As you can see, AJ LOVES to swing. He is always smiling. We are certainly blessed with a happy baby.

Sunday, February 3, 2008


Aleck is now walking more than crawling. His balance is improving, but he still falls frequently. Today, he stood up without pulling up on furniture a couple of times.

Aleck always wants to play with the remote controls. I found an Elmo toy remote control. As long as I periodically point Aleck's remote at the television and pretend to change channels, Aleck seems content to play with his remote instead of the real remote.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

AJ and Tom

Tom plays snare drum in the North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums, a competition bagpipe and drum band. Tom had a performance tonight, and AJ was so excited to see Daddy in his kilt.