I’m Baacck! And Christmas Day Festivities!

I’m baaacckkkk!!!  Did you miss me??  I missed each and every one of you!  I have to confess that by the middle of December I was in over my head with Christmas orders and found myself needing to concentrate on finishing them up and trying to spend what extra time I had with my family.  I know it’s been awhile since I last checked in but I’m so thankful that you are all still here and I promise I have tons of fun tutorials coming up so you better stick around!  We had family in town until yesterday so I do believe that it is time to get back to normal posting again.  Christmas is always such a fun time in our house and I thought I would share a few photos from this year’s craziness with you today!

After telling her “No! Put that back!” for almost a month, Emma Grace was so excited to finally be able to rip open those presents!

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Mommy did help a little bit!

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You see there was the four of us, my Mom and Dad, my sister, brother-in-law, nephew, Grandpa and this year my cousin came to join us!  With all eleven of us the gift giving festivities went on for ever!  Did I mention this pile was just my brother-in-law’s and a small portion of Emma Grace’s pile?

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This little guy was so excited!  He had been counting down for weeks!

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The best part of Christmas day is just being able to spend time with the family and not having to worry about anything.

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Having four generations under one roof is a pretty amazing thing!

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As parents some of the best gifts we can get is something handmade from our babies!

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We all got plenty of new fashionable clothes.

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Emma Grace even got some new hot shoes to go with her furry vest!

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And every little girl needs a pair of pink boots too!

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Jake got one heck of a cool new bike!

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Thank goodness I still have some time before I have to add a certain someone to my phone plan.

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There were so many reasons to smile! Sometimes it was a new doll..

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…or tickets to a game

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…or maybe that oscillating edge belt/spindle sander you have been asking for for the last three years.

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I am so thankful that I have been blessed with the most amazing family.

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Did you all have a fabulous holiday season?  Did you stay home or did you travel long distances to be with your families?

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Happy 1st Birthday Emma Grace!

It was a year ago today that I met my you for the first time.  The last nine months we had been through so much together with my HG  that I couldn’t wait to see those pretty blue eyes (I always knew you would have my eyes because I gave them to your big brother too!), those little fingers and tiny toes.  I had been dreaming of meeting you and I know that is the only way I made it that far.

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When Mommy was 36 weeks I started feeling a little light-headed sometimes and felt my heart go pitter patter too often.  After talking to our doctor he sent me to another doctor to check out my heart.  It seems as if you were running out of room and pushing up on my heart and twisting it backwards.  It was okay though because they gave me some medicine and made me better.  The next week my heart spells were coming back so they gave us some more medication!  By 38 weeks they had gotten much worse and Mommy, Daddy and our doctors decided it would be best if you came out to meet us.  So on Saturday night Jake went to Ahma and Papa’s for a sleepover and Daddy and I settled into our room at the hospital.

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Once we were at the hospital they gave Mommy some medicine to get us ready for the next morning.  Daddy and I tried to sleep but I was too excited and anxious.  They woke us up at 6:30 so I could take a shower and brush my teeth (it was the first time in weeks Mommy didn’t get sick while I brushed my teeth…I knew it was a good sign!)  By 7:30 they gave me some medicine called Pitocin to wake you up and tell you it is time to come out.  The entire morning Daddy and I sat around in our room talking, watching tv and taking little cat naps to get ready.

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By lunch time they decided that it was time to break my water so that we could get things moving along.  I asked if I could have some medicine called an epidural to help with the pain of the contractions.  I knew that right after they broke my water with Jake he was ready to come out and I wanted to be ready for those crazy contractions.  So after they broke my water a nice man came up to see me who struggled to get Mommy’s medicine right.  After 5 times of poking me he thought he had finally got it right and told me it should start working soon.  Since everyone figured it would be awhile Daddy decided to go get something to eat in the cafeteria and Ahma stayed with us in the room.

Emma Grace Birth Day First Look4Within a couple of minutes I felt my body starting to push…but the nurses said that couldn’t be right because they had just checked me and I was only at 8cm and I needed to get to 10 before you could come.  After telling them all very loudly I wasn’t trying to push but my body was doing it anyways they checked me and believe it or not we were already to 10cm!  It was time to push!  All of the nurses and our doctor came running in and they started breaking down the bed to get ready for you.  When Dr. Rush asked who was going to cut the cord I told him Daddy was.  Then she says “Where is Jeremy?”  Well after I became a little panicked Ahma said “It’s okay he just went to the bathroom let me go get him.”  Ahma was gone for a little bit longer than it takes to go to the potty so I knew Daddy was on his way to get a snack but no worries they both came running in right in time to start pushing.  I was so ready to meet you that it only took Mommy three big pushes until you came into the world!  It wasn’t until after our doctor went to give Mommy a couple of stitches that we realized that the medicine never started working and I had you without any pain medication!  Whew that wasn’t as hard as I thought it would have been!

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The second I heard your little voice cry out I was so overwhelmed!  Of course I first asked to make sure you were still a girl because I had had several dreams that you were a boy after you didn’t want to cooperate at your ultrasound.  After they assured me you were a sweet, beautiful little girl they wiped you off checked you out real quick and then placed you on my chest.  It all felt like a dream.  I dream that I never wanted to wake up from. You were here.  My baby girl you were here and you had those beautiful blue eyes, ten little fingers and ten tiny toes.  After being so sick for so long I was worried that something was going to be wrong, but you were perfect.  You were perfect in every way.  They even gave you a healthy score of 9 out of 10 right after you were born.

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You were a little cold so they let you snuggle up on Mommy’s chest so I could warm you up.  It was the most amazing feeling in the entire world.  We even got to nurse a little bit too.  Soon the rest of your family came in to see you.  As soon as your Papa, Auntie and Uncle Kevin came in to see you Daddy left to get Mommy some lunch.  I proudly told him that I was STARVING and I wanted some lunch.  Because he is the best Daddy in the entire world he came back to my room with a Supreme Dinner from Bojangles and I ate EVERY LAST BITE…without getting sick!

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Once your brother was able to come in to see you, well I can’t even put into words how it felt to see you two together.  It was so amazing to have both of my babies next to me at the same time.  He was so excited to meet you.  Jakie loves you so much and is always going to protect you and love you no matter what.  He couldn’t stop smiling when he held you for the first time, although he did think that the smell of the hospital laundry detergent was stinky.  It was at that moment that I finally felt like our family was complete.  You, Jake, Daddy and I are the perfect little family and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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This last year has been interesting to say the least.  You are a little sassy replica of your Momma although none of us doubted for a minute that you would probably have my personality.  You have brought so many smiles and so many tears of joy over the past year that I can hardly wait to watch you grow up.  Emma Grace, Mommy loves you and I always will.  So remember even when you are a teenager and can’t stand me…remember that I loved you first.  Remember that Daddy, Jake and I will always be here for you.  You have the most amazing family and I can’t wait to see the woman you will become.  Remember that nothing is ever as life ending as you think it is, whether it is being out of Cheerios or some looser guy who isn’t good enough for you anyways.  Remember that you are always beautiful no matter what you wear or how you fix your hair.  Remember that the only boys you will ever need are your Daddy, Jakie, Papa, Kevin and Kyson.  I can’t wait to see you walk, to see you go to Kindergarden, learn how to drive a car (manual of course that is how all the Foster girls do it), go on your first date (Daddy has his shotgun ready), go to prom and then graduate from high school and college.  I’m going to stop there because you are too young for me to be thinking past that and I’ve already got enough tears right now. I love you baby girl!

Happy 1st Birthday Emma Grace!

Love you,

Momma

Happy Mother’s Day!

Okay a day late but thats because I was enjoying the day with my Mom and spending time with my beautiful kids.  Sometimes moms need a day off too!

I’m sure we have all heard the saying “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him your plans.”  It couldn’t be more true in my life.  I never imagined Jake would come into my life when he did but he had always been a part of God’s plan.  Without him, I don’t know where I would be.  From the moment those little blue eyes opened up and looked at me I felt like the luckiest person in the world.

God showed me the miracle of life and second chances with Jake.  We have had so many fun adventures over the past seven years.

He always keeps me laughing and always keeps me smiling.  Don’t tell anyone but I still get those sweet kisses even today.

(I got one before he got on the bus this morning even in front of his friends!)

For so long I knew I wanted to have two children.  I wanted Jake to have a little brother or sister so he could always have someone to lean on when I’m not around one day.  I wanted him to be able to have a best friend like I have my sister.  This time around was going to be different, I was going to be able to enjoy being pregnant and be proud to show off my growing belly.  But again God laughed and said I have other plans for you.  No matter how hard my pregnancy was the second time around I was blessed with the most amazing little girl and I am a stronger person because of it.  I never thought I could love someone as much as I love Jake but through God’s plans I quickly realized that he will give you enough love to share and again I found myself staring into a new set of beautiful blue eyes!

It was at this moment I realized my life was complete.  I have my two babies and the most amazing family.

This time around I have been blessed to be able to stay at home with Emma Grace, something I was never able to do with Jake.  This time I’m  reading bed time stories and not Physics books to put the baby to bed.

And afternoons are spent working on homework at our kitchen table rather learning your weekly spelling words with someone else.  I am so blessed to have the life I have today.  I am blessed to have a second chance at life with Jake and another chance at being a mom with Emma Grace.  Life is a journey and I am so glad to be able to share it with these guys.

But lets be honest the only reason we are who we are today is because of OUR moms.  I know my mom is the real reason I am who I am today.  I don’t think I would have ever made it out of high school without her…who am I kidding I’m pretty sure I started giving her a hard time as soon as I was born.  The very first night I came home from the hospital I slept through the night and scared her to death, so yes I’ve been giving her a hard time since birth.  My mom held my hand through it all.  She told me it was going to be okay when I was scared and didn’t know how I was going to make it through.  She held my hand before I got married and through the birth of my two children.  She is my rock.  She is the REAL reason I am who I am today.  I love you Momma.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hunting Eggs and Enjoying Easter

Happy Easter!  Did you all have a great Easter?!  It was the most beautiful day here.  It was warm but not too warm with a little bit of a breeze and a LOT of sunshine. Not to mention most of the Pine pollen is finally gone!!!  We all went to church in the morning and then came home for a little Easter egg hunt followed by an amazing meal that left us all overstuffed!  How did you all celebrate?  Do you have any special traditions?  There is something very special about watching my kids run around the yard where I used play.  I remember being a kid racing my big sister to find those hidden eggs.  Then there were many years of watching the joy in Jake’s face as he tossed another egg in his bucket.  I didn’t think it could get any better than that.  Then a couple years later the addition of my nephew to the family brought us even more entertainment.  Now with Emma Grace we have someone fun to dress for Easter Sunday service.    I can’t wait for next year to see who she body checks to get her jelly beans because there is never a dull moment when our kids are together!

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Emma Grace was very excited that Easter Bunny left her apple and banana puffs in her eggs!

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Jake added a couple of Skylanders to his already oversized collection!

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The Easter Bunny hid quite a few eggs for Jake a in sneaky places but he was too excited and ran by them all.  No need to worry because Kyson found them all instead!

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Having a little girl to dress this year was definitely fun!  After six years of kakis and and polo shirts it was fun to be able to find some big poofy dresses and make a new headband.  Take a quick peak because I’m going to start offering hair bows and flowers in the jRoxDesigns Etsy shop.

After the all of the eggs had been found we also took a ton of family pictures with everyone.  I will be sure to share as soon as I am done editing them.  I’m just so happy I will finally have a picture of the FOUR of us!!

Happy Easter!