Thursday, January 23, 2014


It's actually unbelievable how long it has been since I've posted anything here.  In my defense, my girls keep me extremely busy all the time, and they have taken over my computer! Lol! I may not have any readers left, but if anyone is seeing this, thank you for stopping by!

We're all doing well!  Taylor is now 12 and in middle school, Erin and Jade will be 10 next month and are in 4th grade, and Peyton just turned 2! I still can't believe it! I love them all more than I ever thought possible, and I'm so very thankful to be their mom. 

For myself, I've finally gotten back into fitness and I'm feeling great!  I'm in the best shape I've been in since high school, and I'm eating much better than I ever have.  I've decided to help other people achieve their health and fitness goals as well.  I have been running health and fitness challenge groups on Facebook for people who would like to start eating better and improve their fitness level and overall health.  I have people who want to lose weight as well as those who would just like to increase their muscle mass.  I’m starting two new groups on Monday, January 27th and wanted to see if you would be interested in participating in one or both groups.  The first group is a 5 day cleaner eating challenge.  I will provide the grocery list and recipes for your meals for the week.  You will feel great and get on the right track to eating healthier!  The second group is a 60 day fitness challenge group.  You will be able to choose your fitness program and I will help provide motivation and support to help you succeed in achieving your goals. 

Do either of these sound interesting to you?  Just let me know if you would like more information or if you want to participate! If you would like to join, you can go to the group pages on Facebook:  5 Day Cleaner Eating Challenge  or  Jumpstart to a New You 
Come on and join me!!  The groups are fun and motivating.  One of the members of a group I'm running right now lost over 14 lbs in 14 days!  You can start eating better and feel great!  You know you want to! :)

Here are a few pics of the girls

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Difference Between 9 and 10 Months

Peyton is officially 10 months old.  Saturday was the big day, and we all can't believe just how much she has learned in one short month!  On her 9 month birthday, Peyton could get up on her hands and knees, but she was not crawling yet.  She would just scoot herself along the floor on her belly if she wanted to get somewhere, and she was never very happy about it.  She could stand up with a lot of help getting there, and she definitely required someone next to her at all times.  She refused to pick up anything with her fingers to eat it (unless it wasn't edible), and she was only saying "dada" and "mama".  At 10 months old, Peyton is crawling all over the place (I should have tried to postpone that one for a bit longer! Ha!), and she can pull herself up to standing on anything and everything.  She cruises around whatever object she is holding onto and sometimes tries to push it in front of her so she can walk.  She loves to walk around holding someone's fingers, but I try not to do that for too long as my back screams at me the entire time (Jade complains her back hurts as well when she does it.  She has no idea).  Peyton LOVES her walker and takes full advantage of her freedom.  She loves it when I tell her I'm going to get her.  She gives a little scream and a giggle, and then she is off and running.  Every few feet I will catch her and make her laugh, and then she is off again.  Solomon always gets overly excited about this game; I think he expects to be included in the chase, but he would take it about 5 steps further than we want.  She thinks it's hilarious to steal my dish towels off of the oven door.  She will look at me to make sure I see her, and then she waits for my reaction.  I always say, "uh oh, you stole my towel!  You better run!"  Peyton always gives a little squeal, and she takes off running with her arms up in the air holding the towel.  She also follows her sisters around as they play, and they have created a little game where they all chase each other around, because they love to see Peyton get so excited and they adore her laugh.  They are the best big sisters EVER!  Peyton now loves to eat Cheerios and tiny pieces of string cheese, and I'm working on other new foods slowly.  She can drink out of a straw and enjoys having her own cup with water.  She says "done" when she is finished with something, she can clap her hands, wave, and give hi-fives (when she wants to).  When she does something wrong, I will say, "Uh Oh", and Peyton repeats, "Uh Uh."  She understands so much of what I say, and she reacts appropriately to things I tell her or ask her.  She amazes us everyday with her sweet little attitude and intelligence.  She is not walking on her own yet, which is something that Taylor did at about 9 1/2 months, but I definitely learned my lesson after my first.  You can't unring that bell!  Once they are walking, life becomes just a little more crazy (or a lot, depending on the child).  Peyton is by far my most daring and most wiggly child.  I think she will be running before she even walks!  We are all just head over heels in love with her, more and more each day!  The girls tell me daily just how happy they are that we have Peyton.  She truly does complete us!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Almost 10 Months Old!

I know many of you understand that life sometimes just gets away from you. My life, with my four beautiful little girls, keeps me extremely busy, happy, fulfilled, and... BUSY! We had a wonderful summer filled with swimming, visits with family, physical therapy, our beloved Beach Week with my sister (who came from Iraq to be with us), and the start of a new school year. I have at least a million photos to share, but I will start with pics of my sweet Peyton Grace to show you how she has grown, month by month. I will start with her 1 month pose.

 One Month Old

 2 Months Old

3 Months Old

4 Months Old

5 Months Old

 6 Months Old

7 Months Old


8 Months Old


9 Months Old 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Our Perfect Gift: Peyton Grace

And now, making her debut, is the beautiful and perfect Peyton Grace.  She was born on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 8:37 a.m.  She weighed 6 lbs 8 oz, and she was 19 in. long.  She did struggle with her breathing a little, so she spent her first 24 hours in the nursery, which was a bit hard on this mommy, but I knew she was where she needed to be.  Once I was able to get up and walk (in the middle of the night), I went down to visit her every 2 hours.  The girls and I are completely head over heels in love with her, and we couldn't have asked for a better Christmas gift!  I can't believe she's almost 2 weeks old and I haven't posted pictures yet, but in my defense, I HAVE been a little busy! :0)

Well, without further ado, here she is...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cast off, Cast on

If you read our other blog, you may already know about our day on Monday.  Other than being long and hectic, it was quite disappointing for Taylor.  She went to Children's with the belief that she would be getting her cast off.  Well, she did get her cast off, but she also got a new one put on.  She will not be able to get out of the new cast until a special brace is made for her foot.  Her transferred tendon needs to be protected for at least three months, but thankfully the doctor knows what torture it is for a kid to be in a cast for that long.  However, if her brace doesn't get done quickly, she could be in the cast for the entire time anyway.  We'll see.  I've been on the phone every day this week trying to convince everyone to hurry, but so far I haven't gotten very far.  Anyway, I promised to post photos of Taylor's foot, with and without the button.  If you're not a big fan of surgical sights, you may not want to look.  Also, I apologize for the pics.  They were taken on my phone, as I forgot my camera.  And, my phone was literally about to die.

Here is the last photo with her red cast.  You can see the lines where they already cut it.

Here is the button that was sewn to the bottom of her foot.  It was attached to the tendon that was transferred, holding it in place.  The other white stuff is just the padding from the cast.

One view of the incisions.  You can see how atrophied her leg is.  I should have put her left leg next to it so you could see the difference.

The bottom of her foot without the button.  You can see the indent, but you can't see how deep it was.  The bump on the outside of her foot is actually smaller than it was before.  We're hoping the surgery will help to correct that eventually.

The new pink cast.  She really didn't want to smile, but I somehow made her laugh.  She's such a trooper!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

We hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!  We spent some time on Sunday filling out cards for the girls to give to their classmates.  They are extremely excited about this day that is dedicated to expressing our love for others.  While we do our very best to express our love every day, there is nothing wrong with a little reminder once in awhile!  However, one thing we have learned while on this journey with our children is that we are not guaranteed a tomorrow; live each day to its fullest, and always give as much love as you possibly can.  Don't hold back or hesitate when you want to express your feelings, because you may never have another opportunity.

And now I will share with you the gift my amazing husband sent.  It's beautiful and delicious!  Thank you, Sweetheart!  Happy Valentine's Day!

We want to wish all of you a very Happy Valentine's Day!  We hope you know how much we appreciate all of your love and support over the years!  Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kevin's Promotion Ceremony

On February 1st, we had the honor and absolute privilege of attending and participating in Kevin's promotion ceremony.  This was his last promotion, as he has reached the highest enlisted rank possible in the Marine Corps.  He is now a Master Gunnery Sergeant, and only the sixth person in his position to make it to that rank in his unit (ever).  Initially, he didn't want to make a big deal about it, but as everyone else got excited, it helped him to see that it was a REALLY big deal!  His former Colonel flew in from out of state in order to promote him, and many invitations were sent out.  I cannot even begin to describe how very proud I am of him!!  He truly deserved the promotion and the recognition for all of his dedication and hard work he has put in to his unit and the Marine Corps.  He leaves the house by 4-4:30 a.m. every morning, and he doesn't get home until 9 p.m. most nights.  He is there for his Marines at all times, day or night, and he's definitely a father-figure to many of them.  They are extremely lucky to have him for a leader, confidant, and friend.  I got choked up as I listened to people talk about him, and he really brought tears to my eyes as he spoke to all of us.  K.J. and I were even able to go up to the front to pin on his new rank, which meant everything to us.  After the ceremony, when all of the guests and most of his unit came up to congratulate him, I could see how much he is loved and respected, but I can guarantee by no one so much as me.  I am thankful each and every day to be able to love, and be loved, by this man.  He is my heart and soul, and I am blessed beyond measure to have him in my life.  Kevin, congratulations on your promotion.  Remember that I will stand by you and support you in all that you do!  I love you more than you could ever imagine!  :0)

Here are a few photos from our day...