Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sonogram Results

Keith and I went to have our sonogram today. Everything looked great. The baby is developing right on schedule and all the parts look good. It was the most active baby I've had during a sonogram. It was weird to see the baby move and feel it at the same time. When we tried to get a look to see the sex of the baby, there was a foot in the way. I kind of laughed and when I did the baby moved. Dr. Wood told me to laugh again and when I did...well, let's just say we saw moving parts. So with 99% certainty, I can tell you that it's a boy!!! We are surprised, but excited. Kind of wish I hadn't gotten rid of all those boy clothes. Oh well, the seasons will not be right anyway.

We got home and told the boys. Will just rolled his eyes and said..."Good grief!" I know they are excited though. Charlie wanted to see, so I let him see the sonogram pictures. I don't think he could tell anything.

So here we go again and Katie Beth will remain the little princess...but she'll have to grow up tough!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

No good deed goes unpunished...

OK, so those of you that know me well know that I am NOT a creative mom. I didn't even have crayons and coloring books for them until Will was almost 4. It's not that I don't want to do it, I just never even think about it.

So I decided that it was time to make cookies with the boys...for the first time and let them decorate. After all, it's Christmas. My plan was to make sugar cookies and let them cut them out. Then we would ice them and decorate with sprinkles. (Keep in mind that these are for our neighbors, so I'm making 3-4 dozen.) Well, as I got further into the project, I decided to skip the icing and go straight to the sprinkles. So we set out to do it last night. With the weather cold and rainy, I thought it would be good timing. Keith was home and it was going to be a great family project. The boys had a ball using the cookie cutters and sprinkles...for the first 6 cookies. Then they were done. I even tried to entice them with eating cookie dough and eating the sprinkles, but they were not interested. So, Keith and I got to finish making the other 3 dozen on our own. So much for family togetherness. Is this why I had a she going to be anymore interested when she grows up?

On another note, I am 20 weeks along today. It's hard to believe I am halfway through. I cannot wait to find out what it is next week. I still think girl, and the boys are certain it's a girl. Guess we'll wait and see. This has probably been my easiest pregnancy. No nausea at all, just tired. Now I'm trading in the tiredness for reflux/heartburn, but I can deal with that. Keith got to feel the baby move for the first time this morning. That feeling never ceases to amaze me, even on my 4th. Thank you God for this tiny miracle and for letting me be such a big part in it.

Here is our new family picture. It's was thrown together the night before, but I think it turned out really well. You can't even tell it's an hour and a half past Katie's naptime!

Friday, December 7, 2007

Daddy come home!

For all of you who are single mothers, my hat goes off to you! Keith went hunting Tuesday morning and will get home tonight. We are ready to have him home! The kids and I have managed, but it's definitely easier when there is someone to share the load. It's also nice to have another adult to talk to! At least everyone has been healthy.

As far as I know, Keith didn't shoot anything, but I haven't talked to him in a few days, so that may have changed. He's way out in west Texas and doesn't get cell phone reception, so we've only had 2 conversations since he left...both very brief.

Katie Beth is growing so fast. She learned two new tricks while Daddy's been away. She stood without holding on to anything for about 4 seconds. She can also make new noises with her lips and fingers. So cute!! It's hard to believe she is 9 mos old.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


It's nice when brothers finally learn to share. It's a bummer when the shared item is a virus, specifically croup. Charlie got sick Thanksgiving Day and ran 103 fever for 3 days. Sunday, we were on the mend...until Will woke up sick in the wee hours Monday morning. He has run almost 104 for the last 2 days. He was very lethargic today, so I took him to the doctor. (Took Charlie too, might as well get it done at the same time.) The doctor said Charlie seems to be over the worst of it, just has the cough. Will, however, was pretty wheezy, so he was started on steroids, cough syrup and breathing treatments. As much as I didn't want to enter the world of nebulizers, it will probably be handy to have. Especially since Charlie gets croup several times each winter.

Before I took the boys to the doctor, I told Keith that this is the first virus we have "shared" with each other. That includes stomach bugs, croup, sinus junk...everything. For having a 4 and 6 year old, I'd said we have been exceptionally blessed!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas Pictures

Ahh, time for the annual cousins Christmas picture. It's amazing how 2 hours in a photography store can look so easy in a photo. The kids did extremely well considering that the studio was running 45 minutes behind and it was lunch time. By the time we finished pictures and looked at proofs, we had been there over 2.5 hours. We treated the kids to McDonald's and let them run off some energy. Here are a few of the "action shots".

Now for some of the better pictures...

We've decided next year Nana and Pappaw get to come along so they can be a part of the memory...instead of being "apart" from the memory. hee-hee

Happy Thanksgiving...and birthday!

We have had a busy week. On Thanksgiving Day, we celebrated with the Beckham side of the family and my brother-in-law's house. As usual, it was delicious! Charlie came down with croup that evening and by the time we got home, he was having trouble breathing, but some time in the night air helped and he managed to sleep all night. The next day we were to celebrate with my family. Thankfully my parents live close, so Keith and I took shifts staying home with Charlie, who was running 103 all day. The sad thing was that he felt fine, he just had fever and a barky cough. It was a bummer not getting to spend Thanksgiving as a family, since this was the first Thanksgiving since I've known Keith that he's been off work.

Saturday, we celebrated Mammaw's 90th Birthday. Her birthday isn't until December 8th, but with all the family in town, this was the best time for the party. She amazes me! She still lives alone, can drive to Wal-mart and the beauty shop, cooks and only uses a can if she's tired. May I be so blessed!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Can it already be Thanksgiving?

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is already here. It has been a busy year, but so full of blessings! This time last year we were expecting a new little bundle and now she is here...and we are expecting a new little bundle. The boys are growing and doing so well.

Charlie got a train set for his birthday. We had to set it up the next day. He loves it! When he was unable to make a suitable tunnel for it, he turned himself into the tunnel. Unfortunately, the train had to be put away when Katie woke up. (You'll notice Charlie has mastered the Popeye-the-pirate grin.)

Will had a special Thanksgiving feast at school. The kindergarteners were indians and the 1st grade were pilgrims. The 5th grade got to chose what they wanted to be. (These ages were chosen because they are studying that time in history.) After singing some Thanksgiving hymns, Will's grade recited a poem, 1st grade did Psalm 100, and the 5th grade recited the Mayflower Compact. Pretty impressive. Then all the families (189 people) stayed for a Thanksgiving Feast in the parking lot. It was really neat and Will had a great time.

We also recently got to have our first visit with Santa. We have never done that before, but the opportunity presented itself for free, so we took advantage of it. Will and Charlie were thrilled. Will took an airplane so that Santa would know what he wanted. Charlie took Waddles the Penguin...mostly because Waddles fell just before we left and had two broken wings, which we mended with band-aids. (Charlie is my sensitive nurturer, if that's how you spell it.) Katie started off well, but it was close to bed time and I think all the excitement and unknown faces quickly became too much. Fun Times!!!

We have so much to be thankful for. God has blessed us beyond what we could ask or think! Hope you all have a wonderful Thankgiving and spend some time thanking the Giver of all good things.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

My Strange Life

Well, it's been awhile since I've posted...again. I had really hoped to stay on top of this, but time seems to go by so quickly. I went to my 12 week OB appt last week and got to hear the heartbeat. It never ceases to amaze me. I am still feeling great, just REALLY tired. I made a deal with Keith that if I started cooking more, I could hire someone to clean the house every other week. She comes for the first time next Friday. I can hardly wait!! I just can't stay on top of the daily clutter and chaos and still clean the grime.

Here are some recent photos of the kids. They are crazy as ever and growing like weeds.

These pictures of the boys are from our trip to Michigan in September. One of our friends there is a fireman, so of course, the boys got to dress up in their own fireman suits.

This is from Will's first hunting trip. He had a great time, unfortunately, this was the only deer they saw. Also, there were no hogs, but they did get to see some wild turkeys and lots of animal tracks. Will is ready to go again, although I still don't think he really understands "hunting."

Well, you may be asking why I entitled this post "My strange life." Today was Will's 6th birthday party. We had it at Trinity Park down by the Trinity River. Of course, Keith had to work and my mom and mother-in-law were both busy. So that meant I would be doing this party on my own. I decided that having all 3 kids by myself at a park, plus hosting, would be too much. I called a lady from my church who graciously watched Katie Beth for me. I arrived at the park right at 10:00, (when the party was to start) and set up. At 10:15, we were still the only ones there. A guy walks up to me just as the first guest is arriving and asks if I would mind being in a photo shoot. Apparently, they were so struck by my beauty that no one else would do. Ok, truth was they needed a mom and kids and their models had not shown up. I guess I fit the bill. I asked what it was for and he said it is for a guy named Tom Annunziato who is running for State Representative for Fort Worth. The boys and I will be part of his ad campaign. I don't know much about him except that he is just starting, is Republican, and supported Arlene Wohlgemuth, a former Rep. whose daughter was a friend of mine. Hopefully he stands for things I support. Watch your mailboxes if you live in District 99. (Wherever that is, I know it includes me.) They are supposed to email pics, so when I get them I 'll be sure to post them. I guess it's my first official modeling gig...and didn't pay a DIME!!! Oh well, I bet the calls will start rolling in once my face gets out there, then that's when you make the BIG BUCKS!

The other big news in our family is that John and Jennifer are moving to Atlanta. John had a great job opportunity there. He starts Nov 5, Jennifer and the kids will stay here to sell the house and finish out this semester. Then they all leave after Christmas. It will be so weird to not have them here. Not that we see each other that much, but we do some and family gatherings just won't be the same. However, Southwest flies to Birmingham which is only 2 hours from Atlanta, so I plan to be a frequent visitor. Whether they like it or not. :)

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Have I ruined my kids?

Sorry for the delay since the last post. I am so tired these days, but hopefully things will pick up soon. I am almost 12 weeks along, so I'm looking forward to the "energy boost" known as the second trimester. Still feeling well other than that, although Charlie graciously shared the stomach bug with me on Tuesday after he had it on Monday. Praise God that in His mercy I had it on a Mother's Day Out day, so I was able to stay on the couch for most of the day.

Ok, so I want to know if I've ruined my kids...Keith took Will on his first hunting trip today. I use the term hunting very loosely, he knows they probably won't shoot at anything, but it's a time to bond and get Will acquainted with the whole idea. When we told Will that they were going, it was literally as they were about to get into the car. We acted really excited, hoping that he would realize that this was a huge deal and something he's been talking about for months. His reaction was totally unexpected...he cried. Not a sobbing cry, just a quiet trembling chin that suddenly released big alligator tears. I held him and asked him why he was crying to which he replied, "I don't know." I think the whole thing just overwhelmed him. He finally perked up and they went on their merry way. Keith called tonight to say that they had seen turkeys when they got there, but that he thought Will was ready to come home. We'll see how things go tomorrow. They are due home by noon.

Then there's Charlie...Because Will was getting to do something special, I thought I would take Charlie out tonight and do something special with him. I told him that we were going to go to the mall and play, then eat at Chick-fil-A, then get a new toy at Build-a-bear (something we had put off until now.) He said, "Why don't we just hang out here?" REALLY??? I'm offering you undivided attention, playtime, a new toy and chicken nuggets and you want to stay HOME?? I finally said that he had one more chance to decide and then the offer was off the table. He finally agreed to go. After we got done at build-a-bear, we walked around the mall to a few stores I needed to stop by. I turned around to see Charlie, who always is at least 5 feet behind me, walking through the mall with his shirt pulled up, nursing his new penguin!!!! So, have I taught him to nurture and take care of things, or have I totally confused the poor kid beyond repair? When I asked him what he was doing, he said, "Feeding my penguin." And gave me this look that said, you are a complete moran, you've done this before...remember!

Katie Beth sweetly tagged along on our little adventure. She remains laid back, happy and all smiles...which is exactly what I need! She has 2 bottom teeth and is sitting up very well. She is not showing any signs of crawling yet, but that may be because she usually has two 35 pound brothers sitting on her. They still cannot keep their hands off her and we are working on that. I'm waiting for the day she fights back or just screams at them. She'll be a tough little girl.

Well, it's late and I better close. For some reason, Charlie and Katie Beth won't recognize that we can all sleep in in the morning and will be raring to go by 6:45...uhhh!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Where is Fall?

Well, we went to Michigan this past weekend to see our friends in Life Action. The weather was spectacular. We really needed jeans or sweatshirts, but made due with the shorts and t-shirts I had packed. One night we sat around a bon fire at our friends house and enjoyed the warmth of the fire and friendship as we ate s'mores. Then is was back to Texas and the 90+ degree heat. Uhh, I'm ready for Fall!

Oh, just before we went out of town, I had my first OB appt. with this baby. Everything looked great. My official due date is April 29. And yes, there's only one heartbeat! Our doctor just laughed at us, but was very supportive and encouraging too. If anyone in the Fort Worth area needs a good OB/GYN, I strongly recommend Dr. Beverly Wood.

Well, no time for pictures tonight. It's already 10:45 PM and my allergies almost have my eyes swollen shut. So I'll close for now and try to post some new pictures in the next few days.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A big week gets even bigger,

Well, everyone else had big news this week, so I couldn't stand not sharing my big news. It would seem that we are going to have another baby. Yes, as my dad says, "but you just had a baby." As close as we can figure it, Katie Beth and baby #4 will be 13 mos apart. A little closer than I would have planned, but we can trust in the Lord's timing. So far I'm feeling ok, just really tired and starting to get a little sick when I'm hungry...which seems often. We go to the doctor on Sept 20, so I'll get my exact due date then. So, yes, we are shocked, but we are also so excited for this little blessing!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

It's been a big week...

Well, this week has had milestones for each of my little monkeys.
Will started Kindergarten! He is so big! We are sending him to a Classical School only 3 miles from our house. His class only has 11 kids, which is really nice. Another great thing is that they meet in our church building. I think the familiar surroundings really helped on his first day, he didn't cling at all. His teacher, Mrs. Snead, is very sweet but also very strict. I think she is a good match for Will. Of course, she has already been warned and experienced his infatuation with airplanes.

Charlie also started Mother's Day Out this week. He thinks he's big now because his class is upstairs this year. On the way there, after dropping off Will, he asked if we could come to his room, "for 'bout 5 minutes." Of course, we went with him. He settled right in and started playing with his old friends. One of his teachers, Mrs. Robin, attends our church and is one of my friends, so it was nice for him to have familiar faces.

Katie Beth, not to be left out, had new adventures this week as well. We started cereal! She was not a fan at first, including gagging on it. After a few days, she's doing a little better, although it still is not her favorite thing. I'm just hoping she starts sleeping a little better. She had been sleeping until 7-8 am, but lately it's been 5:30-6:30 am. If you know anything about me, you know that I don't function that early in the morning! We'll see how it goes. Her other big accomplishment is that she sat up today for about 10 seconds. Not a lot, but she was on her own for a little bit!

"Are you kiddin' me? What is this stuff you keep poking in my mouth? I keep sticking it back out, but you just don't seem to get it!"

Then, last night, Keith had the honor and priveledge of playing the National anthem at the Texas Rangers baseball game. He was terrific as usual. This was his 4th time, so he's an old pro now. It was the third time for our church to attend the game as a group. We sold about 145 tickets, but due to the rainy weather, only had about 90 in attendance. Still, it was fun!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Ah, weekend retreats...

Weekends are always good. Even though Keith's schedule makes him work some weekends and gives us some "mid-week weekends", Saturday and Sunday are always a little more laid back for me. This past weekend, Keith took full-time care for the boys and let Katie Beth and I go to a scrapbook retreat near Waco. Katie Beth is almost 6 mos old and I had not yet started on her baby book. Even with stopping to nurse and taking time to play with her, I still got 28 pages done!

Anyone who knows me very well at all knows that I love all things pregnancy-childbirth related. It was so fun to look back over the pictures from my pregnancy and her birth and be reminded of the blessing that God allows us as moms to be part of a miracle. I know we use that term flippantly in our society, i.e, "If I get there on time with all this traffic, it'll be a miracle." But when you start realizing everthing that must happen to acheive pregnancy, grow and carry a healthy baby, have a healthy mom, deliver a baby and then have that baby go from complete dependence on the mother's body to breathing room air in a matter of truly is a miracle.
Psalm 139:13-18
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

Monday, August 20, 2007


...three kids in the tub!

The boys were having a ball, Katie...not so much.

Good memories.

Well, this is the kind of stuff we do as moms when our hubby's are at work late into the night, the mall is closed, our kids are being high-energy and we have cabin-fever. (See, we loose all presence of mind and try to bathe all three kids at once, including one who is not sitting up yet.) But these are the joys of motherhood...the smiles, the laughs and even the tears. When I see all of them in one spot, I am reminded again of how blessed I am and what a responbility I have as a steward of these little lives. Lord, help me remember that they are a temporary gift that you have entrusted to me for a few short years. Help me to point them to You!

Friday, August 17, 2007

In the beginning...

Well, I guess it's finally time I started blogging. Not that anyone will be interested or read it, but it's a good way for me to look back at our family and see what God has been doing in our lives. Today we have been listening to the sounds of chain saws and shredders as a tree service worked in our yard. We had one tree cut down and the others pruned as we get ready to build our long awaited woodshop for Keith. We hope to be under construction in the next few months and dare I say...finished by year's end? We moved in to this house 3 years ago and have been waiting to build and I think we are finally getting close. Well, I think they want to get paid, so I'll close. Look at these before and after shots.