Sunday, May 31, 2009

2 years gone by 2 fast!

Dear Daniel,
Tomorrow you turn 2 and I just want to say thank you for making me the happiest mommy in the world. Your dad and I agree that these past 2 years that have been the best of our lives and we cannot even remember life before you came into our family. You are the light and joy of our every day and we love you so much. I know this is cliche, but it really does seem like yesterday the doctors placed you in my arms in the hospital and you became our son. It amazes me how much love for life you have after only living for 2 years - you are so full of joy and energy and I feel so blessed to spend my days with you. I love you more than you will ever know and I hope you have a great day tomorrow!!!
xoxo- Mommy






















Friday, May 29, 2009

No Show :(

For all of you that tuned into 'Rate My Space' last night ... they aired the wrong show!! I was SO bummed as I have been waiting months to see their episode :( I guess producers from the show called Katy yesterday to apologize and told her that their show will air this Saturday night (tomorrow night). Hopefully you will be able to catch that one. Sorry for the mess-up!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Watch it!

My sister Katy's episode of 'Rate My Space' airs today on HGTV at 5:30 PM EST- so don't miss it!! I have only seen pics of her new 'space' so I am SO excited to watch how they renovated her beautiful new living room. I am not sure when it comes on on the West Coast, but I think it is the same time (I think- you will have to check). Anyway, anyone in Rochester who wants to come over and watch it with me is welcome!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

And Baby #2 is a....


Another wonderful, ball-loving, food-throwing, cuddly, crazy boy in the house - we can't wait!

I had the ultrasound this morning and thankfully the baby's anatomy looks great. The little guy had his feet tucked up under him (so cute), so for a while there it looked like baby # 2 would remain an 'it'. The ultrasound tech had me use the restroom, walk around, and move positions. Even after all of that he was still covering himself. She said, "I am going to give it one more try" and seconds later we FINALLY saw what we had been waiting to see for months!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Bath Time

Baths are somewhat of an Olympic event in our house with swimming, floating, splashing, and kicking all occurring each and every night. Daniel loves baths but often requests "no soap momma!", which I have to ignore since he gets so stinky at the end of the day (especially his feet)! Here are a few pics from the other night:relaxing, I guess?

floating

The bruise on his head is from where he fell of his trike earlier that day- poor kid!
What is this face?!Even after the water is drained he has a hard time getting out. I guess he is just winding down a little here, maybe meditating about his busy day? :)

My two boys :)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Belated Mother's Day!!

I know this is very late, but I hope ALL the wonderful moms out there had a great Mother's Day! I have decided that Mother's Day is really a day of gratitude for so many reason. Here is a small list of the things I felt grateful for last Sunday:

1) My own wonderful mother who to this day continues to show me how to be a loving and selfless mother.

2) The incredible opportunity I have on this Earth to care for and nurture children of my own. I don't think about it enough (nor give enough thanks) for such an amazing gift that we women have! How awesome to be entrusted with beautiful spirits to raise. It is such a joy and I feel so very blessed get to take on the challenge of being a mother.

3) I am so fortunate to have such great examples of mothers all around me; my mom, sister Kate, mother-in-law Cindy , sister-in-law Shannon, and all my friends who are raising children as well. They are all such inspirations to me and continually make me want to be a better mother.

4) And last but definitely not least, my wonderful husband, Bryson. Bryson makes me feel like I am the best mom in the world. He works so hard to support my in my role and inspires me to be better every day. I could never ever do it without him.

Speaking of my cute hubby- even after working a 27 hour shift in the hospital (with NO sleep), he came home on Sunday morning, got Daniel ready, went to church, and surprised me with cards, beautiful flowers, and a delicious chocolate cake. He is the BEST!




Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Finally Some Sun!

Bryson had a week off last month and we were both in need of some serious sun (it is STILL cold in Rochester) and R & R. Shannon and Cindy so kindly offered to watch Daniel for us while we went on a 3 1/2 day, 4 night Caribbean cruise. It was so so so wonderful sleeping in, eating more food than I will admit to, and reading in the sun. Despite being blissfully content on our cruise, we both missed Daniel so much and were very excited to fly home to see him. We actually spent most the trip talking about him. I guess every morning when Cindy pulled him from his crib, Daniel would say ''mommy, daddy bye bye... but back later''. It seemed like the poor kid was reassuring himself that we would come back! He was very busy the week were gone and was in great hands, so I know that despite missing us, he had a great time.


We started the trip off spending the weekend in Maryland with the Richards

Daniel, Elyse, Adam, and Ryan riding in the jeep to go get ice cream
Daniel and Jordan loving their sweet treat. We took the kids to watch the planes land at the airport in D.C.

Daniel could not contain his excitement! He loved it :)

Bryson teaching Daniel how to skip stones into the Potomac River.
Monday morning we caught a very early flight to Miami and boarded our boat.

Miami looked so beautiful in the back round as we left the port.

Our first port was Key West and the weather could not have been better

I had never been to Key West and really enjoyed walking around what I thought to be a cheery and quaint beach town.

The water was really beautiful as well
Sory for the cheesy pic- but it really was a romantic spot :)
The 2nd night was our 'formal night'. I really think it is such a treat to get dressed up and to go out to dinner with your husband. It was such a fun night.

The next day we were scheduled to dock at Cozumel, but due to the Swine Flu, the cruise decided to spend the day at Nassau (which I was thrilled as I think it is so much prettier in the Bahamas than Cozumel). We walked all over the Atlantis Hotel- which was amazing!

Atlantis has the most incredible aquarium. They also have 4 or 5 pools filled with all sorts of sea life. This one was full of sting rays.

There were also tons of sharks. The one behind me was one of the smaller ones in the tank.The tour guide told us that there are rooms below the tank (the 'Underwater Rooms') that go for $25,000.00 a night, minimum of 4 nights! I guess Michael Jackson is a frequent visitor to these special rooms. That pretty much ruined it for me.
Inside was really beautiful as well

Hanging out on the beach
Bryson saying goodbye to the Bahamas as we sailed off

Our ship :) It was our first time on a Carnival ship and everything was great- the food, rooms, service, boat, and entertainment. It really was a perfect week!

Our last night on the boat. There was a midnight Mexican Buffet on the Lido deck and live entertainment. I miss the cruise!! But I think it will be a while before I can leave my little D again! It was hard to leave him :(