Friday, March 12, 2010

7 Quick Takes Friday

In my family we have a birthday cluster between end of February and first part of March.  One of my nephews turned 8 at the end of February, my son turned 11 on March 2nd, my Dad turned __ on March 4th, and another nephew turned 10 on March 10th.  Last Friday we were able to celebrate three of those birthdays at my mom's house.  We had a great supper but even better conversations.  I was finally able to tell some embarassing stories on my brother instead of the other way around.

Last Saturday we were able to watch my nephew play hockey.  This was the first time I was able to watch him play.  He is sooo talented on that ice!  He made the only three goals for his team and got his "hat trick."  We couldn't be prouder of him!

Craig's job is still on the rocky side.  Please continue to pray for us on that end. 

Attending a conference over Early Childhood Education this weekend.  It is out of town so it makes for a long weekend but enjoy learning and applying new ideas!

I don't go out of town often and especially without my kiddos.  So every year at this time a little anxiety settles in about whos gonna take care of kids when Craig is at work?  Will ___ get done?  What will they eat for dinner?  So, this week on top of packing for myself, I preceded to make lists.  My parents graciously offered to spend the night so Craig could still go to work at normal time and they got the kids off to school.  So a full page list of 'instructions' went out to Grandma.  I say instructions but they are more like helpful hints of what to do, typical morning routine, and general housekeeping things.  This is my Type A personality coming out.

I have learned that while I enjoy getting away for some 'me' time, I miss my husband.  He drives me insane at times but there is a comfort knowing he's next to me or just in the next room.

Daylight Savings time is this weekend and that only means one thing.....spring, longer days, baseball games, and summer is not too far behind.  Bring it on!  I'm ready!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy Birthday Dalton Alan!!

Eleven years ago today I was in labor and preparing to give birth to my first child.  The original due date was February 23, 1999 (exactly nine months from our wedding date).  Yes, we have a honeymoon baby!

However, on February 25th the doctor stated he was going to induce our precious baby because he was afraid the baby was getting too big.  Too big?  What did he mean 'too big'?  So on the 26th, Craig and I arrived at the hospital bright and early only to spend the next 8 hours twiddling our thumbs and watching a lot of TV with nothing else going on.  We were sent home.  We spent the next couple of days waiting for contractions and doing everything possible to start this baby thing going.  Craig took me to the mall to walk around hoping that would spur along contractions.  The only thing it spurred was comments such as "Oh my goodness, did you see that lady she's huge!" "That lady looks like she's gonna pop right here!"  Needless to say, we left quickly before the pregnancy  hormones caused a postal episode.

On Monday, March 1st we headed back to the hospital and this time was hooked up to IV and was told I was not going home until this baby came.  Well this baby had other opinions about when he wanted to come out.  Long story short...he arrived on Tuesday, March 2nd. 

Dalton Alan was born at 12:59 a.m. weighing in at 10lbs. 8 oz.  Yep!  The doctor had reason for his wanting to induce because this baby was too big!

Just a few pictures of Dalton through the years....

Only a few days old

Nine months old

Not quite two years old

My cowboy (Halloween)-3 years old

Our Batman phase.  That cape (blanket) didn't come off for an entire year!-4 years old

5 years old-First baseball team

Master Fisherman-9 years old

10 years old-Baseball pic

I will always remember the first night he was born.  Grandma was holding him in her lap while he looked up at her with wide eyes and all ears.  Craig walked into the room and said, "Hey Little Man!"  Dalton turned his head completely around to see his Daddy who had just said the same greeting he had heard for nine months in the womb.  Just another example of God's precious miracle. 

11 years with this precious angel.  Dalton is sensitive, caring, smart, funny, and just a great kid! 

Happy Birthday Dalt!!!

We love you more than you will ever know!!!