Monthly Archives: November 2008

Gobble Gobble

Jake, Ben and I are flying out in the morning for Arkansas!!  Jake will be with us for an entire week!  Wahoo!  Ben and I will be staying until December 8th.  We cannot wait to see our friends and family, especially Baby Laci!  We are going to meet her for the very first time!!!  I’m not sure if I’ll get a chance to blog while in Arkansas, but will certainly try.  We want to wish everyone an early Happy Thanksgiving!  We feel so blessed and have so much to be thankful for!! 

Here’s a cute clip of Ben we filmed the other night at dinner.  I was talking to him about Thanksgiving and started singing that song that goes:  “Gobble Gobble Gobble, Fat Turkeys Fat Turkeys, Gobble Gobble Gobble, Fat Turkeys Are We, We’re Not Here For Livin’, We’re Here For Thanksgivin’, Gobble Gobble Gobble, Fat Turkeys Are We!  Then Jake chimed in with a few gobbles of his own and Ben thought it was hysterical.


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Who Needs Windex

Yesterday morning I sat Ben down by the sliding glass door in the family room while I made his breakfast of oatmeal, yogurt and fruit.  He usually sits and plays with his toys or watches Dakota out on the porch until I pick him up and put him in his highchair.  On this particular morning while I was making the breakfast I noticed that I couldn’t see his little head sticking up over the ottoman so I walked over to check on him.  I laughed out loud at what I saw.  He had worked his way over to the door and had his face smushed up against it, mouth open, licking the glass!  I wonder who he has seen do that before (cough…Dakota…cough)?!?  It was a pretty chilly morning too so I think he enjoyed the coolness of the door on his gums.  There doesn’t seem to be a dull moment around our house these days…this boy is great entertainment!  Click here for a clip.    










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Dog Treats

Ben and Dakota are becoming quite the big buddies.  So much so, Dakota was kind enough to share his dog treat with Ben the other night.  For those of you that have been around Dakota after he receives a rawhide to chew on, you know that (a.) he doesn’t share and (b.) if you go near him he will growl at you.  I guess since Ben shares the leftovers on his hands and face with Dakota after a meal, Dakota felt obligated to return the favor!  Check out these fun clips.


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I Think I Can…Crawl!!!

Just a couple of months ago Ben was doing this.  What a difference a little time makes!  He gave us a sweet surprise on our anniversary and started crawling for the very first time!  We were in the office (I was putting the slide show together for Jake) and Ben made his way right for the speaker cords and began yanking on them.  He thought it was pretty cool that he could FINALLY reach them after staring at them longingly for quite some time now.  He has (what I like to call) the combo crawl.  Sometimes it looks like he is army crawling, while at other times he looks like a little froggie.  We still see him scooting himself backwards, which we find very amusing and Ben finds quite annoying!  Life sure is different around our house now.  I begin each morning by pulling the curtains back and OFF the ground and ensuring that the laptop is nice and secure on the table and out of reach from Ben’s small, yet agile hands.  Seriously, it is amazing (and a little scary) how quickly he can be into something!  It is so much fun to watch him maneuver his way around the room!  All of his hard work those months ago is finally paying off!  Here are a couple of clips of him in action!

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Look Who’s 30…Happy Birthday, Amanda!








Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Aunt Mana (that’s from Ben!), Happy Birthday to you!!!  Amanda, We hope you have a super special day!  We’re thinking of you and wish we could be there to help celebrate!  We love you lots!!aunt-amanda-and-ben

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Happy 4th Anniversary, Honey!


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Welcome Baby Laci!!!

After lots of prayers and some intense moments, Baby Laci arrived last night!!  I spoke to one proud poppa Tim this morning and he was happy to report that both mommy and baby are healthy and doing good!  Due to the c-section, Candice is still in quite a bit of pain and has not been able to stand up since delivery, but she is looking forward to finally eating some food this morning!!  Candice also said that Laci has blond hair with streaks of red!  From the pictures it appears that Baby Laci looks a whole lot like her mommy…she is beautiful!!! 

Congratulations, Tim and Candice!  We wish we could be there to celebrate with you, but you should know that we are so excited for you and can’t wait to meet Baby Laci in a couple of weeks!  We are rejoicing with you and praising God for the answered prayers!  We love you!! 

Here are her stats along with some pictures they sent out this morning!

Name: Laci Marie

Date/Time of Birth:  November 7th at 10:52 PM

Weight:  5 pounds 15 ounces

Length:  18 3/4 inches































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Baby Laci is ON HER WAY…

8:12 PM-I just received a phone call from my brother, Tim.  Candice was just admitted to the hospital and they expect Baby Laci to arrive sometime tonight or tomorrow!!!  Please lift them up in prayer right now!  Let me fill you in on a little bit of what’s going on.  Yesterday Candice started feeling bad while she was at work.  She walked next door to a doctor’s office and asked the nurse there to take her blood pressure.  It was extremely high, so high that the doctor came in to see her and said she needed to go to the hospital right away to be checked out.  After running labs on Candice and monitoring both her and Baby Laci at the hospital yesterday evening, the doctor sent Candice home with the instructions to return the following evening for additional lab work .  When they arrived tonight Candice asked them to monitor her and the baby again.  Initially all was well, but when the nurse came to check on her again Laci’s heartbeat suddenly dropped to 70 BPM.  Tim said that the nurses began to immediately prepare Candice for delivery.  They are going to make a decision within the next 30 minutes to either start pitocin for an induction or take Baby Laci by c-section.  So again, please lift them up in prayer…for a healthy mama and baby!  I’ll keep you posted!

8:57PM-Candice is receiving fluids right now and they will begin the induction soon!  For now they do not feel that a c-section is necessary.

11:15PM-I just got off the phone with Tim and Candice.  The baby is breech and they will now need to do an emergency c-section.  Tim is getting on his gear so that he can go in with Candice while she has the procedure.  Candice will be awake the entire time and they will both get to see the baby immediately afterward.  Then Candice will spend about two hours in recovery before she will be able to see the baby again.  They both sound so extremely excited to meet Baby Laci soon!!  We are continuing to pray that the procedure goes well and that both mama and baby will do great!

11:40PM-Tim just called to say that he is sitting in a little chair all by himself outside the operating room waiting to be called in…this is a BIG moment…he’s about to be a daddy!  He sounded so cute and so excited!!!!

12:10AM-SHE’S HERE!!!  I don’t have too many details quite yet.  I was told she weighs 5 lbs and looks a whole lot like her mama!!  No status update on Candice yet, but baby is doing well.  They are all watching Tim in the nursery with Laci.  I was told that she has her two little arms wrapped around Tim’s wrist!!


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99 Balloons

For those of you who haven’t seen this video, you must click here and watch it.  It is called 99 Balloons and is a video put together by a couple from Fayetteville, Arkansas, regarding their son, Eliot, and his diagnosis of Trisomy 18.  I think the video has been out for a while, but I just learned about it this week.  I think it has changed the way I look at each and every day.  This couple is truly inspirational!


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