Thursday, December 13, 2007

Happy Holidays!

We are really enjoying this holiday season! I am finally feeling better and starting to get excited about this new baby. We are working on Will taking just one nap a day instead of two and Corey is busy decorating Will's big-boy room he is getting for Christmas.

Will has learned how to climb the ladder. We looked over and he was already up 2 steps!! You may be noticing our tree looks a little odd. We usually cut one down from a Christmas tree farm but this year we had them dig one up for us that we can plant in our back yard after Christmas. It has been an adventure figuring out how to cover it and keep it watered!

Corey let him go to the top of the ladder to help decorate the tree.

It's official, no more squeezing into my normal pants. The doctor said that I had a growth spurt this month! I would have to agree!

We forgot to put the angel on the tree the day we decorated so we had to do it later.

We were trying to get a cute Christmas picture with Will's little tree that has his ornaments on it. He kept pulling them off. His favorite is his pacy ornament from last year. It is his first pacy that I wrote the year on.

He loves the the song Up On The Housetop. We were singing it for him while he danced and said "Ho, Ho, Ho".

Silly Will!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Happy Birthday Granddaddy and Granny!

This past weekend Corey's mom's side of the family got together to celebrate Granddaddy & Granny's 70th birthdays. They are both such precious people that love all of their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids so much. Anytime that you are visiting there house you are guaranteed to not be alone. It is a house filled with joy and laughter from the children that pass through on any given day.

Holidays are a lot of fun there for many reasons. One is because Corey's Uncle Benny is a children's minister and enjoys doing clown shows on the side. He always has some kind of funny show prepared for us at Christmas that usually includes a costume, possibly animals and maybe even a guitar. It is always so funny! And if you can image there are 9 "little kids" running around sneaking cookies, opening presents and taking turns sitting with Granny. It is a day that we all look forward to every year.

Here are a few pictures of the family this past Saturday. They love to play outside at Granny's because there are so many toys it is like being at a park. I was sad that I could not be there this time because of lingering morning sickness but I am looking forward to trying to make the trip in a few weeks for Christmas. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Got static!! I had to add this picture. Will loved jumping on the trampoline.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Happy Late Thanksgiving... The Stomach Bug Strikes again!

Since it has been exactly a week since Thanksgiving I thought it was about time to wish everyone a good one. I can't seem to catch up on my blog. Maybe one day!

We were exited and prepared to visit the Trevathan family in Tennessee on Thanksgiving day. I was not feeling the best Wednesday night at church but thought that it was my normal morning sickness that always seems worse at night. Around 10pm Wednesday night everything changed. Corey got really sick and then I followed him a few hours later. We were up all night. Thank goodness Will slept through the night! About 8am we decided to get in touch with my doctor who said that we should both head to the hospital. Corey to the ER and myself to Labor & Delivery. Praise the Lord for Mark and Debbie because we would not have made it without them. Debbie came and got Will for us and Mark took us to Crestwood. We ended up spending the whole day there. We both felt so bad for Mark & Debbie who not only missed Thanksgiving but had to babysit us all. Mark's Thanksgiving meal was crackers, Cheetos, & M&M's... that was for the whole day! The blessing was that no one else seemed to catch it including Will. We were so thankful!

We spent most of the weekend resting with exception to one very short shopping trip on Friday... nothing could keep me from such a good deal on a new washer & dryer. This is our Christmas gift to each other. We must be getting old to be excited about such a thing. Although, I am not sure Corey is as excited as I am! Then on Saturday we had fun cheering on our Auburn Tigers. War Eagle! We really enjoyed watching the game with Corey's family.

We had all planned to visit the Trevathan family on Sunday since we missed them Thursday. I had a change of plans when I woke up not feeling the best that morning. Dr. Conrad, my obgyn, saw me at church that morning and told me that it would be very easy to relapse and get sick again. I had no idea that you could relapse from something like that! So I spent the day resting while the rest of the crew went for a visit. I am still waiting for turkey and dressing... does anyone have any leftovers???

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Growing Up!

My little boy is growing up a little more everyday. I told Corey that other night that I was going to put our baby to bed and it hit me at that moment that he is not a baby anymore. While he will always be "my baby" he sure doesn't resemble the little wrinkled boy curled up in a blanket that he used to be.

Corey and I both agreed that Will was showing some of the traditional signs of being an only child that stays home with mommy all day, like not knowing how to interact with other kids, hitting, not sharing and not using very many words. Last week his cousin Jaxon stayed the week with Corey's mom, aka Nana. So, we decided to take advantage of having another little friend down the road and went for a visit everyday. I know that it probably wore Nana out having two little boys run around her house all week but, it really did a world of good for Will. He learned the word No, which his loves to say. His very first phrase was No, Mommy! (Got to love that!) Jaxon, also taught him lots of other words and most importantly how to share a little and that hitting is not nice.

So, hears to growing up and learning new things everyday. It is fun watching him change a little bit every week. It is a journey that we would not trade for anything! Here are a few more pictures that we took last month when it was still warm and Jason was in town.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Lost Month

As this month comes to a close I realized that so much has happened that I have missed sharing with you. So here is my attempt to catch up a little. This is kind of long so you might want to check back later if you don't have a lot of time.

The last weekend of September (yes, I realize that I am breaking the rules a little since it is technically not part of this month) we took a trip to Gatlinburg to check out the condo's that we are staying in for Winterfest this year. They are really nice and even a little fancy. If you are a huddle leader you should really consider going this year! We took Corey's parents with us on this trip and my mom and Joe (my step-dad) and his parents were already there for their vacation. We had fun spending time with all of our family and shopping a little. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

When we got home from Gatlinburg we quickly unpacked and got ready to go to a conference called Catalyst in Atlanta, GA. I don't have any pictures from the trip but I must say that it was a highlight from this month. They had the most dynamic speakers such as, Rick Warren who wrote The Purpose Driven Life, Dave Ramsey who has transformed our financial future over the past 8 years, Andy Stanley, Erwin McManus and so many others. The theme of the conference was Reverb which focused on the impact of our influence to all those around us. The question was "What will you do?" It was awesome and just what I needed to get refocused again. It was also great to have dinner with Taylor and Tori while we were there. We miss you guys so much!

The next weekend (10/13) we got that terrible call that you never want to get... "He's gone, he had a heart attack". Corey's Uncle Wayne who was a mere 49 had a heart attack and left this world early that Saturday morning. We were so shocked and heartbroken. He was a quiet man, kind, and gentle. He always had an encouraging word to share and loved his family and his Lord with all of his heart. He cared for anyone in need I learned at his funeral. He was the kind of man that would stop for anyone on the side of the road no matter how scary you looked. He helped all of those that this world considers the least of these. It was standing room only at the funeral and you could tell by looking around the room that he loved all walks of life. He lived to serve and find Jesus in everyone he met. We really miss you Uncle Wayne. I wish we had a picture to share... maybe later.

Last weekend, Corey went to the Junior High Retreat. They had so much fun! I wish I could have went but my morning sickness was in full swing so I didn't think we should try to make the trip. We are sad we missed it.

So that brings us to this weekend. We took Will to the doctor yesterday and found out that he has ear infection is both ears. No fun! We haven't slept hardly any this week. I went to my cardio doctor later that afternoon. I have a small leak in my aortic valve that I already new about and is no big deal right now. Dr. Conrad, my obgyn, encouraged me to get things checked out because my heart has been racing the past couple of weeks and I have had chest tightness and pain. Dr. Smith, my cardio doc., decided to have me wear a monitor for the next 30 days that will allow me to record each of the episodes that I may have. Will thinks it is very interesting that I have cords handing out of my clothes and he keeps wanting to play with that little black box clipped on my pants. It could be a long month! : )

Today we went to Tate Farms and had fun taking some pictures. It was freezing cold so we didn't stay long, remember we have ear infections. Here are a few pictures from the morning.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

We're having a baby!

We're excited to announce that we are having another baby! Alisha is 10 weeks along & is doing well. She is sick (as always) but will hopefully feel better soon. Our due date is May 19. We appreciate your prayers!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Snug as a Bug!

Don't you just love a blankie! Will sure loves his. It is not what you think, though. It is not one special blanket that he uses. It is not fancy. It does not have his name embroidered on it or any of those fancy tags they sew on them. All he requires is a small flannel blanket. It can be yellow, green, blue or even have animal designs on it. The look on his face when you hand it to him is priceless! The biggest smile appears and you may even get a laugh. When he gets his blankie in his arms he will proceed to bite it for a minute and then wrap it around his neck if he is sleepy. So if you ever see me with a blankie thrown over my shoulder just know that it is there for good reason. It makes my little man smile with delight and feel at peace with the world around him.

Above are a few pictures I took the other afternoon. Will was a little fussy and was carrying his blanket around in his mouth while he played. So I had the great idea to tie it around his neck. He was so much calmer the rest of the afternoon while he wore it around the house.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

We wanted to share a few pictures from the past couple of weeks. It has been such a fun summer. We hope you enjoy the pics!

Will learned to stand up in his baby pool in the backyard with Daddy and Sam the dog! He is reaching for Sam. I am not sure he even realized he was standing up by himself.

He got stuck in our entertainment stand. He loves to crawl and climb!

Can anyone say War Eagle? Don't you love how Brandon Cox is in the background? (We didn't plan that.) Will had fun watching the game with us. He got a little nervous when we got excited.

Below are a few that we took of Will on Labor Day. We were trying to get some 1-year-old pics.

I love pictures of him crawling.

We wanted to make this one into a portrait but, we're not sure if it will work.

Silly Will! He had fun standing in his chair.

A few more of our favorites!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Just Catching Up...

I just wanted to share a picture of Will playing with his cousin Jaxon and Uncle Richard in Montgomery. We went down the week before last and spent a few days helping them get unpacked and settled. It was great to go to Vaughn Park that Wednesday and see a few old friends.

We have been so busy around here lately. We celebrated our anniversary, had the seniors over for a prayer night, hosted our Welcome Home dinner and since then we have been helping Will get through his newest round of teething. He has 10 teeth now! Including 3 molars that are working there way in. None of us are getting much sleep as he struggles to get them in. Hopefully, this will be the worst of it for awhile. So, we are relieved that things are a little slower this week. We are able to focus on Will and catch our breath a little. I have included a picture of our Sr. prayer night at our house. We had a lot of fun that night.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Celebrating 8 Years Together

Today, Corey and I celebrated 8 years of marriage! We feel so blessed to have found each other and have the opportunity to build a life together. This picture reminds me of how young we were when we got married. Time has really flown by!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Beach & Milk and Cookies

We have finally got our bags unpacked and recovered from the beach. We had so much fun! I have added a few pictures from our adventure. The beach picture is right outside of Sea n Suds (our favorite seafood restaurant) and the other is us riding a Ferris Wheel in Orange Beach at The Wharf. It was a great time for us to reconnect and relax. The look on Will's face when we walked in the door on Friday made the whole thing even better. He was so happy to see Daddy & Mommy!

So I have to tell you about the milk and cookie treat Will had last night. First, I have to tell you that we are finally off the bottle! Yeah!!! While we were gone to the beach his Nana taught him how to drink out of a straw so when we got him on Friday we put away the bottles and are only using straw sippy cups. He got very upset about it on Saturday but after he worked through that he was fine. So yesterday while I was folding laundry I was having a little snack of Oreo cookies. I looked away for just a minute and the next thing I know Will has dumped out the cookies and has one in his mouth. So there in the floor Will had his first milk and cookies. He was so cute with Oreo and milk all over his face.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

her name is Hope

I just wanted to share that we got our test results back from my D&C a few weeks ago. The results showed that she was a girl and that she had Turner Syndrome which is a genetic problem. Dr. Conrad said that she would have had a lot of health & mental problems if she had survived. So after some thought we have decided to give her the name Hope. We look forward to meeting her one day in Heaven and cradling her in our arms. She really makes Heaven a little sweeter each day as we think about our reunion. The good news is that Turner Syndrome only shows up in 1 in 30,000 so Dr. Conrad was not concerned about future pregnancies. We feel so blessed to be Will & Hope's parents!

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Going to the Beach

Yeah! It is finally time for our vacation! We have decided to go to the beach and leave Will with Corey's parents. We are a little nervous to leave him for a whole week. We are worried that we may miss him the whole time. But, I know that it will be a much needed break for both of us. Thanks to some good friends that reminded me that if Will goes it will not seem like a vacation for me since he is still taking two naps a day... not much time left for laying on the beach and reading a book! So, here we go driving to Gulf Shores with one suitcase, a couple of beach chairs and a few really good books. Pray for us that we don't feel sad every time we think of Will! Below you will see a few funny pictures that we took of Will.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Happy Birthday Will!!

We can't believe it! A year ago today William Luke Emmanuel Trevathan entered the world. What an exciting year this has been! He has blessed our lives more than he will ever know. We feel so proud to be his mommy and daddy. So to our little boy who is turning 1 today we say, "Happy Birthday!" After looking at all of his pictures I am finding that I hardly recognize this little man that he has become. That pudgy little face and tiny fingers and toes have been replaced with big boy features. I am so thankful that he is healthy and is learning and growing strong everyday. God has truly blessed our family!

Today I wanted to share some of the pictures from Will's birthday party last weekend. We had so much fun! We ate, opened presents, watched a video (that I hope to share with you later) and visited with all of our guests. Will loved the balloons. He also enjoyed his cake that my mom and I made. The only thing that he couldn't understand was why we would take his presents away as soon as he opened them. Thanks to all of you for his special presents. He has had so much fun playing with his new toys. We hope you enjoy the pictures!