Monday, December 25, 2006

Baby's First Christmas

First let me preface this with I will get some pics on here asap. As soon as I find my plug in for the camera! This place is a mess!

Now to the fun. It all started on Friday when my mom got into town. We went downtown to eat at the Spaghetti Warehouse. The boys loved it! Then on Saturday we just went shopping and hung out. Then on Sunday, the festivities began. We started the day at church for a wonderful celebration on my Savior. Brady was so excited because he got to go to big church and the kids went on the stage to hear the Christmas Story read by Bro. Jack. Then we did the candlight thing and the Lord's Supper. The best part was sharing with Brady about the Lord's Supper and why he couldn't take it this time but when he gets saved he can!
Then off to Christmas #1 with my Aunt Cheryl's family. Finger foods and presents and then we were off to Christmas #2 with my Aunt Judi. More food and more presents and more fun! Then Kaden and I went home and got things ready for Santa to come. Brady got home about 10 and went right to sleep. He didn't want Santa to skip our house because he was awake. So we all went to bed and when we woke up Santa had come! They boys got everything they asked for and more! We got to share Christmas morning with my step dad and his son's family via webcam. It was so cool. It was like we were all in the same house.
After we all got ready we went to one of the casino's for brunch. Kaden loved it the most. He's going to be one that gets his money's worth that's for sure! Then back home for a major nap! What a great day.
Today is also my mom's birthday! I love that she comes here for Christmas with the boys. They will always remember spending this special day with their special lady!
I will post some pics soon! Merry Christmas to all!!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006


Can you believe that in the past two days, I have actually wrapped 30 presents. I know! It's crazy. Well, it started a lot like this...I had tried to take my Grandmother shopping for like a week. She wasn't feeling well so I took on the task of shopping for her. Then against her will, I took the presents and wrapped them at my house. She said she could do it...but really? So, once I finished that it was time to pick mom up at the airport. Then we came home last night and I had to wrap hers because you know they don't let you take wrapped packages on the plane. Then, as I was wrapping, she noticed that she forgot to bring Brady's major present...which was a portible DVD player. So he only had one present under the tree from her. Ok...understand this...he's her favorite and she buys him anything he wants. So anyway...she ended up buying him a lot of stuff today when we went shopping so he has like 5 under the tree...and he still gets the DVD player.
I am so excited about Christmas. Tomorrow we will go to church, then to my cousin's house for round one. Then off to my Aunt Judi's house for round two. Then home for Santa. I'm so looking forward to when the boys wake up on Christmas morning. Mom bought us a webcam so PaPa Jim is going to get to watch the boys open up Santa presents! Isn't that awesome?

Thursday, December 21, 2006


So you know for the past couple of weeks Kaden has been driving me crazy with all of this screaming. I mean...we've actually been calling "McScreamy." (That's his Gray's Anatomy name) So tonight before I put him in the bath tub...I looked to see if he's getting any more teeth and guess what.......He's getting a top tooth! I'm so excited because I was so afraid that because of his cleft lip it would actually have affected his teeth. It didn't! I'm so happy happy happy! So, I nursed him...gave him some that how you spell it? And guess what...he's alseep! Can you believe it? He's actually asleep! So I'm doing laundry...finishing my sewing for April...and if I feel like it I may start wrapping my grandmother's christmas presents that I got for her tonight. But I probably won't!
I don't have a pic of Kaden's new tooth because He won't let you really see it. But I'll post a pic of the boys just because theyare so darn cute!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Happy Birthday to Santa Bear! He's our Build A Bear pal from last year! We went with our small group and Brady dressed his bear in a Santa suit. Ok...I'm sure you really didn't care about that!
Here we are just six days from Christmas and the weather has finally decided to get cold! I'm so glad because it was going to be hard to get in the Christmas spirit with it being 70 degrees. I guess that's how the Isbell's must feel in Brazil.
McScreamy spent an hour doing his thing again tonight. Man I can't wait until we go to the ENT. I hope they can determine what's wrong with his ears and then fix it! Please pray for him. I know God made him this way for a reason. I'm just praying that God also will make it to where he's able to feel better too!

Monday, December 11, 2006



This past weekend we took the boys to Nashville with our small group friends. It was one of the most awesome times I've ever had. We went to the Opryland Hotel, Opry Mills Mall and the coolest Ice Exhibit. Brady had the best time with his friends. And of course McScreamy partied like a Rock Star! That boy cracks me up. If we are not home or have company over he thinks he's supposed to be awake with the best of them! So of course today they boys slept a lot!
I'm posting a couple of pics from the trip. I'm sorry I'm not writing more but I'm watching tv...and about to go to bed!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas." That's the song I heard on the radio today as I drove through the rain and almost 70 degree weather. Oddly enough I was struggling to get in the holiday mood with the weather like this! The news says it will be getting colder this weekend. Let's hope that's the case! I can't do hot Christmas!
Well, I have officially used up my 3% of mercy for the year. Yesterday we became the proud foster parents of a cute little puppy! Apparently, she was found in a dumpster. The Humane Society doesn't have enough space for all the animals they get so they get families to foster until they can find homes for them. Or...The families adopt. Brady is totally in love with Sadie. Tony is too. It's so funny to see him. He doesn't really seem like a dog person but he is!!!!!
Kaden on the other hand doesn't really care much for her. He really doesn't like it when I hold her. Brady's jealous of Kaden and Kaden is jealous of Sadie. It's a vicious cycle!

Thanksgiving was great and I'm already for Christmas break! And then 6 more months until Tony is out of school!!!!!
Have a great week all!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Can you believe it's finally Thanksgiving? Where has this year gone? I'm sitting here enjoying Kaden rolling all over the living room. He's really trying to crawl but he just hasn't gotten the concept. And unlike with Brady...I'm glad that he's a little slower with these things. The other day I sat him in the living room and walked into the won't believe where I found him. By the front door. Apparently he had some where to go and didn't want to tell anyone!
I'm so excited about Thanksgiving. I'm going to tell you about our family traditions. Mom, Jim and PJ come to town every year. This year we're having dinner at my house! I love that!!!!! Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving, Mom and I go shopping. I found a website that has already posted some of the Black Friday ads and I'm so excited about what's on sale! Then we just hang out the rest of the weekend. I love this time of year because it's the only time my brother gets off of work and can come see us!
I'm posting a pic today of the boys with Santa. Of course Brady was all about getting his pic taken but Kaden looks a little scared!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


I can't believe it's already November! I'm so ready for Thanksgiving I can't stand it. This has been a very busy week for us. Kaden was sick all weekend. He's starting to feel a little bit better. I'll be glad when he's completely well.
Tuesday, we went Trick or Treating. Brady was Superman and Kaden was Tigger. Of course Brady loved it and had a blast. Kaden just hung out in his cutie costume and smiled at all the people. I'm posting a cute pic of the two of them. Can you believe how big Kaden is getting. He's almost 7 months. I'm so sad that he's growing up so fast!

Monday, September 25, 2006


I have to say that there is nothing better after a long day at work than walking into my house and being greeted by the cutest baby in the world. I walk in the door and Kaden is sitting in his mega saucer and he looks up at me and just smiles the cutest smile and I see those cute little dimples...I just melt. Usually Brady is at the door waiting for my but he was taking the longest nap ever. We'll just say he went to bed late on a school night and was tired today. Anyway...Kaden was just so cute I had to take some video.
It just amazes me how no matter what kind of day you have...coming home to chaos and kids makes me so relaxed. Today I was accused by a friend of being obsessed with my kids...and my answer was Yes I am! My mother in law once told me you'll never know how much God loves you until you have a child. She was so right! I look at those boys and I just think if God loves me half as much as I love those boys then I'm the luckest girl in the world.

Saturday, September 23, 2006


It's finally here!!!! Kaden got his first tooth today.....and I missed it! Well not really. He's been working on it for at least two weeks. one else noticed so I didn't really miss it.
Today I went scrapbooking all day. It was awesome! I ended up getting 20 pages done! It feels so good to have a day where I was surrounded by my friends and just relaxed and got to be creative.
Gotta run...crying baby! :(

Monday, September 18, 2006


Ok...Ok...Ok...I'm blogging!!!! I'm also posting some new pics of the boys. Today I would like to tell you about two of the most awesome things ever invented...magic shell and goldfish crackers. I don't know how I ever grew up without them. Those two things are what get me through the day! Oh yea....and the help of my main man...Jesus!
I'm rambling tonight because I'm all methed out on sinus medicine and I'm feeling pretty crappy. But I have some cute things to tell you about the boys. Brady has been playing soccer and he's so cute at it. This past week he actually kept up with the offense and stole the ball a couple of times from them. He's finding his strengths...and I love watching him play.
Brady finally got to enjoy his first day of school. Here he is all decked out in a soccer shirt...because he's all about soccer now. He's going to school 3 days a week and he loves it!

Kaden is trying to get his first tooth and he's not enjoying it at all. He hasn't been eating food much latily but he's still nursing pretty good. Can you believe it's only been 4 weeks and he's looking as good as he does. Yesterday we talked to the lady at WalMart that takes the boys picutres...She teared up when she saw him. Yes...I'm friends with the lady at WalMart...she takes great pictures! Well I'm so tired and I need to get some sleep. Enjoy the pics.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


He just keeps getting more and more beautiful! Can you believe it's been only three weeks since Kaden's surgery and he's already looking like nothing was ever wrong. He got the stitches out last Thursday and we were so happy. He had to wear these sad arm braces to keep his hands out of his mouth. He was so happy when they took them off. I saved them. I will show them to him when he's an adult! I'm attaching a picture of him sleeping the other day. Look'll see a small scar and that's it! I actually talked to a lady tonight who didn't even know he had the scar! Man...doctors are awesome!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006


I just wanted to let you all know that Kaden is home and doing well! I'm posting a pic today. He's crying so I can't write much other than that God is Good!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Just three more days until the big day! We are so excited and so ready for Kaden to have his surgery. Can you believe in just a couple of days, he will have a whole new smile? I can't believe my baby will never look the same again.
Please pray for his health. Pray for his doctor and pray for a great recovery.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Ok so I know it's been forever since I've blogged! Well in my own defense...I have a newborn baby and don't have that much time to myself. Besides, I spend all of my free time scrapbooking because my mom is in a pretend competition with me to be more creative and up to date! I'll be taking her down soon!
I'm attaching a new pic of Kaden. He's so cute I can't stand it! He's growing up so fast. He will be having surgery in three weeks. I can't wait to see what he's going to look like! I can't imagine that he could be any cuter!

Saturday, June 17, 2006


Can you believe I'm just two weeks away from returning to work? My sweet little boy is now 9 weeks old and a cute little fatty! We had his two month check up last week and WOW!!!!! He's 14lbs...24 1/2 inches long and very healthy! The week before I return to work we go for one more check up before his surgery. I'm so excited and so nervous about him having surgery. I'm excited because he's going to look like the rest of us...I'm nervous because he's going to look so different.
Last week a lady from my church told me she was born with a cleft lip and pallot. She was so comforting and encouraging. I am so happy God gave me this perfect little boy and that there are so many ministry possibilities. I can't wait to see where HE takes us on this journey.

Sunday, May 28, 2006


Kaden is growing up so fast. He's six weeks old and already looking like a real baby. This past week we traveled to Texas and Arkansas to visit with all of the grand parents. It was awesome! We haven't taken a road trip like that since the kids were born and they did great! Especially the little one. He slept the whole way.
We went to Sea World one day and camped at the beach. Brady caught 2 fish and PawPaw Jim caught none! Kaden loved the beach and slept the whole time. Wait...there's starting to be a pattern! He's actually sleeping right now but I'm sure when I pick him up to go to bed he'll wake up and want to eat. That's his favorite thing in the world. Eating and sleeping.
I'm posting a new pic. He's so cute! He loves being in the bath tub. He actually cries when you take him out. He loves to kick the water and he just coos and smiles.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


I'm so excited! In just a few hours we leave for TEXAS!!!! We've decided to travel over night so the boys can sleep. Tony is napping right now and I'm about to head off to bed! Please pray for us this next week while we are traveiling!

Saturday, May 06, 2006


I am in such need of a break. Tonight, I get the little one bathed and fed...then I paint with the big one. Then I put the bing one in the bath and as soon as I do...the little one starts crying. Thankfully Tony is home so he takes the little one. Then I fix a bowl of ice cream...the big one starts yelling...."Mommy...I'm ready to wash and get ou t!" Can't I just take a break and rest with out having to touch anyone for a few minutes. KK is in his bassinet just starting to fuss and Brady is getting bathed by daddy. I'm posting a cute new pic. This is what "drunk on milk" baby looks like!

Friday, May 05, 2006


We've made it a full three weeks and kaden is doing great. He's starting to learn to drink from a bottle though he's not ever really excited about it! Big brother is still getting used to having the little guy around. He's still a little rough but he loves him so much. He's always asking to hold him. Today a friend gave me the most awesome gift. It's a small bassinet that runs on batteries and when you put the baby in swings. He loves it. He actually slept in it for 2 hours this afternoon.

Friday, April 28, 2006


We've made it to the two week mark! This week was full of doctor appointments and great news. Kaden will be headed to the plastic surgeon on July 24th for his first surgery. Best case...two or three. The doctor was awesome. He was so kind and caring and showed us some before and after pics of his work. I feel confident that God wants us to use this doctor! I can't believe that they will be able to fix his lip so young. I'm so excited about that! Brady is finally getting used too having a little brother. He kisses him all the time. He wants to sit in the recliner with me while I feed him. It's crowded but I let him. That way he feels like he's a part of something. Please keep Kaden in your prayers.

Thursday, April 20, 2006


One week old! Man we're growing so fast! Kaden is doing great. He's nursing every two hours or so and actually sleeping at night. I can't wait until he is sleeping all night! Well...I know that's a while now but still.
Brady and I had a date today and went to lunch just the two of us. Tony is working tonight and we're home just the three of us. So far so good! Kaden has already had his bath and Brady is about to get in the tub himself! I think we'll actually make it! I need to post some more pictures...give me a few days.

Saturday, April 15, 2006


We're home! Everything went so well! surgery took only about 45 minutes from when they gave me pain medicine to getting him out and stiching me back together! Kaden Patrick is doing great! He took to breast feeding on his second try and he's a champ! Will you believe that he weighs 10 lbs and 21 inches! He's a baby giant! Actually he's a normal size I think. He's wearing newborn diapers and he's in 0-3 months clothes! check out the pic!!!! He's so cute

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Here we are...the night before! I just wanted to write one more little blog before our big day! I hope that you will remember us in your prayers and I want to say thanks for praying for us thus far! Baby Kaden Patrick will be here first thing tomorrow! Wish us luck....

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


2 more days!!!!! We're just sitting here waiting on the arrival of baby brother! Of course I've felt really good today. Last night was a different story. I had a tummy ache and a few contractions. Then Brady woke up with a really bad tummy ache. Needless to say Tony didn't get much sleep. I took a sleeping pill and had no idea what was going on! But today the kid is a million bucks! He went to school today and was good. Then we came home and ate lunch and had a play date at the park with his friend Garrett. Now the kid is fast asleep on the couch and I'm of course sitting with my swollen feet in the air! I can't wait until the swelling part is over!
As for baby brother he's pretty quiet today. I guess he's resting before his big entrence!
Please pray for our family for the next couple of days! Mom is traveling and I will be having surgery! We want everything to go as smoothly as possible

Monday, April 10, 2006


3 days to go! This weekend was great...but no baby! Satuday...did I already write about this? Anyway Saturday Brady had a birthday party to go to and it was at the Bounce place. Then Sunday after church we went with our small group to Cedar Hill Farm for the Easter Egg Hunt. Brady was so cute I almost cired! They told the kids they could get 12 eggs. Then the lined them up and couonted to three and the kids took off! I was running behind Brady and I could hear him saying...."one, two, three" as he picked up his eggs. He wanted to make sure he got only the amount allowed!
I'm not real sure what the plan is for today...I'm still at home and Tony is at school....Brady's at the sitters! Maybe we can wash the cars and get them cleaned out today. Tony keeps driving my car and his is really dirty and I don't want to get in it!
As for baby....he's been really calm this weekend. Just a few aches and pains but other than that no sign that he's making his way this week. Thankfully we know that he will be here Thursday. I go to the hospital at 6am and my surgery is at 8. Feel free to come visit anytime after lunch or Friday!

Saturday, April 08, 2006


Ok I have to be the saddest person on earth! Brady's taking a nap and I'm sitting here on the computer watching Spongebob! There's nothing on TV on Saturday afternoon! Thankfully I like Spongebob and I've never seen this one before!
Still nothing from baby brother! We went to a birthday party today and there were 4 pregnant ladies there. Also one of my friends who had her baby almost 3 weeks ago! She's already back in her skinny jeans! That's just mean! I'm sure it will be never before I get back into mine!
Tony's working tonight. He took last week off because we thought I would go at any minute but now we're both'll be Thursday. So here we are...5 more days! Let's hope I stay sane that long!

Friday, April 07, 2006


Well I broke down and took a sleeping pill last night that my doctor suggested. For the first time in a long time I actually got some sleep! It was awesome! I still made many trips to the potty but I actually slept. Tony said at one point I kicked all the covers in the floor and he was left with nothing! I don't really remember that. Well...we are just 6 days from baby and I don't really think he's coming sooner. Yesterday at the doctor she said I'm dialiated to 1 and though I could go into labor she wants to be the one to deliver him. So I'm sure I won't be making any trips to the docotr this next week. Brady's about to head to the sitter and I'm going to go lay back down. I'm still a little tired Other than that we have a pretty simple day planned....nothing!

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Do you see what today is? The coolest date of the year and I'm still not in labor! I'm trying really hard! Well not really I'm sitting in the chair watching Jeopardy. I'm losing has sucked out my brain! I'm so hoping that today will be the day! If not I go for mycheck up tomorrow and I'm taking my bag just in case. I'll keep you posted!!!!!

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Ok...I'm not going to lie...I'm so ready to get this kid out! 9 days....or less. I'm hoping tomorrow is the day! I spent the day cleaning the house. And by cleaning I mean scrubbing. I dusted fans...I bleached light switches...i cleaned everything except the kitchen. It's tomorrow's project. Now I'm sitting here with color on my hair hoping I can bend over the sink to rinse. I've had zero contractions today and I actually slept really well last night. Something's up. I think the end is near and I can't wait! If not tomorrow I'm taking my bag with me to the Doctor on Thursday and hoping that she let's me stay! Keep your fingers crossed and pray a lot!!!

Sunday, April 02, 2006


11 days to go! We just got home from church and Tony is cooking BBQ pizza with Dad's BBQ sauce.
I'm having a tough day today. I don't feel like it's baby day but I do feel pretty bad today. Yesterday was a fun day and I probably did too much so I'm paying for it today. Swollen ankles and the rest of my body aches. Even my skin. I'm hoping to make it through at least tomorrow. I need to work one day in April to get my car payment for the month. Plus my new boss starts tomorrow. I'll only be doing half a day. I'm really looking forward to taking some time off. Every one needs to have a break from work every once in a while.
Last night I dreamed about the baby. He didn't have any hair and he was very pale in complection. Brady was born with a head full of hair and he was already a little tan. So I'm thinking this one may be bald like I was and pasty like Tony! I can't wait to see what he looks like! I'm hoping for a kid that looks a little more like me! Hey I deserve at least one! I mean if we have any more "she" will be from another country and I don't look anything like an Asain! Hopefully we'lll be finding out this week! I'll keep you posted!

Saturday, April 01, 2006


Another day passes and no baby! Not even a hint of him today. I had a sneaky suspicion that he would attempt an April Fool's joke today but nothing! Brady and I had a great day today. He played with his girlfriend for a couple of hours. Then we had a picmic as he says then we watched a movie in his room. This afternoon we had a birthday party to go too and then a nice nap. We finished off the day with a cookout at the Sayger's house. Oh yeah...Tony was there too!!!!! When I walked up to the cookout everyone way like "I can't believe you're here" I guess they are expecting the baby to come any time! I"m starting to no longer get my hopes up! Maybe tomorrow!

Friday, March 31, 2006


Are we there yet? 13 days to go and I'm sitting home with a nice little bladder infection! If it's not one thing it's another! I wanted to take Brady to see Ice Age 2 today but Tony won't let me move! So I'm sitting here waiting on my ice cream order to arrive and hopefully some movies to watch! The good part is I don't have to lift a finger and Tony's apparently nesting because he's scrubbing everything in the house! It's killing me not to help but I guess I should enjoy it while it lasts. Soon I'll be the only girl in a house full of stinky boys wondering why I'm being punished!

Thursday, March 30, 2006


14 days and counting! I went for my weekly check up today. I'm on the books for April 13th at 8am. While I was with my doctor she said she wanted to see me in a week if I make it that long. When the Doc said "if you make it that long" it makes me believe he's coming soon! I'm so excited. I was watching the woman today with her newborn. I just got so excited thinking of what the next couple of weeks will hold. I can't wait to see the look on Brady's face when he gets to meet his little brother! I'm trying to think of a good gift that Kaden can have for his big brother when he gets to the hospital. I believe Brady and Tony will be going to Build A Bear to make a gift for the baby. The nursery is finished and it is so cute. I'm still waiting on a poster to arrive from ebay. Then the whole room will be complete minus baby! Please keep my step brother and his wife in your prayers. They are going to become foster parents to two little kids. A 2 year old girl and 5 year old boy. They are hoping to adopt the kids if all goes well! I know God will bless them.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006


The wait game is starting to kill me! Last night I sat here for 3 hours having contractions. They weren't close enough to go to the hospital. Since it's so far a way I'm not willing to just run over there at any sign of pain. So, finally at about 11 I went to bed hoping that I would sleep a little bit. Today I'm really sore in my back and belly. I'm going to go to work for a couple of hours this afternoon but I'm sure I won't really do much! Last night I was actually bored. The baby's room is organized, Brady has new movies and could care less about what I'm doing and Tony was at church! I actually got my scrapbooking stuff out and put all of our zoo pics in and I made a gift for a friend. I go to the doctor again on Thursday. I would give anything for her to move up the date. She's still set on taking him on the 13th of April. That's only 16 days away but it seems like for ever!

Sunday, March 26, 2006


What an incredibily awesome day! Tony's mom and grandma made it here safely. I had a baby shower this afternoon. And the best part of the day...Tony's surprise party was a hit! He kinda knew something was going on but not at all that we were having a party for his birthday! I guess cause it was so early! It was so much fun! Dad's BBQ was a huge hit. No leftovers. And the guys entertained us with great worship music the rest of the night! Thank you God for allowing us such an awesome fellowship!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


FALSE ALARM! We'll where should I start? Woke up around 4am with serious pains in my back and belly. around 8:30 I called the doctor's office and they sent me to the hospital. Three hours later I'm sitting at Firehouse Subs eating lunch! Needless to say I was discharged as "undelivered" and in "stable" condition. Oh well...we'll just have to wait a little longer! At least now I'll have time to pack a bag and get the video camera ready! I go to see my doctor tomorrow and I'm hoping that she will set a date finally. I've been planning on the 13th this whole time but I'm guessing she'll move it up after today! At least my lunch was good! I was so hungry when we left it was all I could think of! I'm posting a cute new picture of brady at the zoo.

Friday, March 17, 2006


27 days and counting!!!! The ladies I work with held a shower for me today! It was so much fun and the cake was awesome! Is this becoming a pattern? I know...I love cake! They were so sweet to get me gifts. There were some ladies in the plant who got things for the baby too. That was so nice. Anyway, Kaden got lots of clothes and bibs among other things. Tonight Rachel and I rearraigned the baby's room to make it a little more friendly. She's working on a Curious George painting for the room. I also have two posters headed my way for the room. I think it's going to be so cute! Now all we need is a baby!!!! Tonight Brady is celebrating 5 straight nights sleeping in his new bunk bed!!! He friend Kierra is spending the night! Yes...a girl. He's 3...she's 5. They will be fine! They are in the back right now eating popcorn and watching a movie. Tomorrow we will be heading to the zoo for a birthday party! Yeah...more cake! I'm in the process of washing some of Brady's baby clothes for Kaden. I think I'm good on little baby stuff. Now I need to start collecting for winter! Show me where the sales are!!!

Monday, March 13, 2006


1 MONTH!!!!!!!! One month from today and we will have a new baby! Can you believe it's almost here? I think 10 people told me today that I won't make it that long. I promise everyday I wake up and I'm 10 times bigger! We had an awesome weekend. My friend Ami came over and helped paint Brady's room. Rachel helped clean out his old room and we moved him into his new "big brother room". My goal with this extreme bedroom makeover is to get Brady to sleep in his own bed! Guess what!!!!! Last night he did. Saturday night he ended up in my room at about 1:45 but last night he went to sleep in his new bed and didn't wake up until 8am! Can you believe it? What an answered prayer! Last night was the first time Tony and I slept in the same room in about 6 months! I'm going to have to get used to having him there instead of the little one! Baby brother's room is next. Ami is coming back over tomorrow night and we're going to paint the nursery! It's all cleaned out and almost ready to go!
After tomorrow night we can have a kid. I don't want to have him until the room is ready. Plus I want to get a few more things really cleaned out before he comes. I'm so ready for baby day to be here! I can't wait. God is blessing us more then you could ever imagine! Work is coming together...taxes are done...and I actually have energy! I go to the doctor this week and hopefully she will have an exact date for me! I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, March 09, 2006


Today was one of the best days ever! Well, for this pregnancy. I woke up today feeling great. Lots of energy today. Then I went to my leads lunch and they had a baby shower for me! They had the best cake ever! I ate two peices. And believe it or not it's raining and I'm still having a great day! It's a cool storm today. The rain was actually hitting my car sideways! Now Brady and I are about to take a nap and sleep during rain will be awesome! I'm so excited...tomorrow night a friend is coming over to help me finish cleaning out the spare room and we're going to start painting it. On Saturday we'll be getting Brady's new bunkbeds. He's so excited. I hope this will mean he will finally sleep in his own bed! Tony will sleep in the room with him for a few nghts to get him used to it! I think he will really like having a new bed. And I will like not having him stuck to me all night! I end up scooting him over a million times during the night! I'll post a pic of the bed rooms when we get them finished!

Sunday, March 05, 2006


Can I just say I have had the best weekend! Yesterday started with a brunch baby shower for my girlfriend Amy! We're due a week a part. It just really blesses me to have her as a friend. I got to meet some of her friends and family and I just loved spending the girl time out! Today after church Amy hosted a shower for me! It was awesome. 2 friends from work came and so many others! I am really blessed with the girl friends I have. Not because they all came with awesome gifts for Kaden. But because they all came to spend the time with me this afternoon! It was so great because not everyone knew each other but still it was awesome because the conversation between everyone was good. I love it! As for the baby...well I thought for sure last night was his time to come! I had several braxton hicks before bed and a few during the night. I've been really sore on the right side of my pelvis and it doesn't seem to be getting any better. It's still too early for baby. Please pray that God will keep Kaden tucked away for a little while longer. I want him to be healthy but also I want to get his room ready!!!!

Friday, March 03, 2006


I'm so excited!!! I have two loyal readers! Today I saw a friend in Walmart and she said she checks my site every couple of days! That's two!!!! Baby Brother and I had a check up today. His heart beat is 135-140. She said that was great. He wasn't too keen on the interuption of privacy...he kicked her when she put the dopplar on my belly. Since then he hasn't been to bothered with the world. I haven't heard much from the little guy today. However Big brother just woke up and apparently it was on the wrong side of the bed! He's playing with the russian nesting dolls that granny ann got us. He's trying to be like Miki! Tonight Tony and I will be going to see Third Day at the Fed Ex Forum. I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


I love the warm weather!!!! I hate my allergies!!!! It was so nice out today and I can't enjoy it because I have a stopped up nose and a sore throat! Just kill me now! Baby doesn't seem to be bothered by any of this. I will have to share how cute Big Brother is...last night he said...(sigh) mommy...can't you just cut your belly open and get peanut out now? How cute is that? He's so excited and so ready to be a big brother. I'm really praying that he takes it well. I hope that he never feels left out or anything. I'm so tired today and I am about to head off to bed.

Saturday, February 25, 2006


Pregnant + teenagers + no sleep = one tired momma!!! Last night was the first night of our Fiesta Now weekend. All of the girls made it here safe and our leader is awesome! I am so excited to see what God is planning for these girls. I've really prayed that they would be open to a new person teaching them. They seem to not take change well. But they love her! Her name is Miki. I will post a pic of everyone this weekend sometime. Anyway...Miki got their attention right off the bat and they love her! It's like they've known her all along! Keep praying for us. It's raining right now and we have an outside service project to do today! I'm expecting great things from God today! Wait and see what he has in store!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


6 weeks 2 days!!!! It's the final stretch now. I went to the doctor for my check up last Friday. She checked the heart beat which was great. Brady was with me and he loves that! Then she checked everything else. I'm in good condition other than my back. That's going to be the best relief when this kid gets out!!!! I'm so looking forward to Thursday. Tony got me a massage for my birthday and I'm going Thursday afternoon. It's all I can think about. Then this weekend rolls around!!!! Please start praying for Fiestia Now weekend. I will have 8 teen girls and 1 Russian here and I'm so excited. I can't wait to see how these girls will respond to God's call. I'll post some pics and let you know how the weekend goes!

Saturday, February 18, 2006


Well what can I say! This week was crazy. God took care of me through crisis...through joy...and through my 31st birthday! Can you believe it? I'm 31! Yikes. I'm once again sitting in the recliner with my feet propped up because they look like elephant legs. I spent the evening last night with a friend sewing baby bags. I'm so proud of it!!!!! I also embroidered some stuff for her last night too. Then today we wake up and it's icy everywhere. So we're hold up in the house. I've been sewing...Brady's been playing and Tony's been practicing music! It's a day of do what ever you want and no one else cares! I need this kind of day more often! I went to my check up yesterday and she said I'm looking great! The baby has turned so he is actually head down. I am not dialited so that's good. And I'm now on a two week schedule with her! Less than 7 weeks and I can't wait.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Here it is!!! Brady in the snow! I tried to upload it yesterday and my computer was moving slow! Not much to talk about today. I'm wishing it was still snowing. The east coast got 21 inches!

Sunday, February 12, 2006


LET IT SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This weekend we got a nice surprise! Friday about noon it started snowing! It didn't stop until about 7pm! I couldn't wait to get home and outside. Brady and I were the first on the street to get out there. We bundled up and took off. When Kierra got home she and her family joined us for a nice round of snowball fight...snow angles...and of course a snowman! I think our neighbor Scott...He's 25...had the most fun! Cute little Reagan looked like a snow bunny in her snow suit! I'm sure it will never snow that much here a again and we'll just have to tell Kaden about it!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


6 days until my birthday!!!!! I love birthdays. I love the cake...the presents...and of course the attention! I just can't wait! I'm sitting here watching American Idol with Tony and baby Pillstrom is just wiggling around in my belly
! I don't have much to write about today. I've had a few contractions today. Well braxton hicks actually. I have a sneaky feeling that I will be going into labor this time and not just waiting around for my scheduled section.

Monday, February 06, 2006


I'm back!!! I didn't really go anywhere...I just haven't had my laptop for a few days and I have this bookmarked. I'm excited to report that I'm finally feeling better! I'm not sick anymore which is a much needed relief! I'm sitting in the recliner and I'm enjoying baby Kaden kicking away! I'm finally 30 week! that means 8 weeks and three days until baby gets here. I'm so ready to have him here. He's found my ribs and my hip bones and he seems to be very comfortable there. It's so weird to feel him moving around near my hips. He has also found some nerve that makes me cringe everytime he touches that spot. Since we're counting down...did I mention that it's 8 days until my birthday? 31...can you believe it?

Tuesday, January 31, 2006


9 weeks and 2 days to go! I'm once again sitting at home sick. I finally broke down and called the doctor today and asked if I could come in. She called in some antibiotics and I'm hoping this will kick this!
What did you think of the cute picture of Kaden? I know you can't see his face but that picture is just cute! He's really growing! Last night I felt a limb in my rib and one in my hip. Today He's back in my hip! What's that all about? I'm hoping the next 9 weeks fly by! I'm trying to stay sane at work. I figure when I'm feeling better it will go a bit faster.
Brady got in trouble at school today. This is the first time as far as I know. Apparently...according to him...he wanted to get some water and the teacher said no and he went ahead and went to the water fountain anyway. He didn't get a treat today at school and I'm glad the teacher didn't give him any! He's gotten really stubborn these days and I'm glad she put him in his place!
Please pray for my health and getting over this cold!

Saturday, January 28, 2006


Well...I was right. The kid's head is on the right side of my tummy!
Today we had a 4D would think for as much as it costs the kid would have at least given us a sneak peak! NOTHING! We got to see a hand and his ding ding! He was more than happy to show his boyness...but his face? Nothing! His head is on the right side of my tummy, his back is facing out and he's rolled up tight into a ball. It was so funny and frustrating at the same time. We got a blurred shot of his face and I would swear he was mocking us with a baby laugh! And to think I hoped he would be different than Brady. I know I'm being punished for something. What? Not sure. But two little Brady's in this house...and Tony. I'm being punished!
The picture I'm attaching today is of his head turned to the side with a hand in front of it. You can see his little fingers and his knee sticking up. He was very shy today!

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Sick is starting to bog me down! Not only have I been home alone for two days...I actually canceled my jewelry show tonight because I was starting to feel bad again. I don't care how I feel tomorrow, I'm going back to work. I'm tired of being stuck in the house!
Brady and Tony are on their way home from Arkansas as we speak. I'm glad their coming home. It was weird being home alone for two days. I guess it wouldn't have been so bad if I would have worked and gone to church...but I'm lonely! Thank goodness Rick was in the area today and brought me lunch! I was starving and not up to getting dressed to go get anything to eat.
Meanwhile...I feel terrible but Kaden feels great. I'm trying to figure out where he is positioned. He's been trying to get comfortable for about two hours now. I think his head is on the right side of my tummy. That seems to be the area with a lot of movement. Brady moved his head a lot too. He would move it side to side in an effort not to fall asleep when he was a baby and I figured that's what he was always doing in my belly!
2 days until the ultrasound! I'm so excited!

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Wow! I can't believe it's been more than a week since my last journal! I've been busy these days. I'm actually sitting at home right now sick. I either have terrible sinuses or I've caught Brady's cold. Either way I have no voice...A terrible cough and a headache! I'm bored too. Brady and Tony are in Ft. Smith for the night. They'll be home tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to this weekend! We're having a 4D ultra sound on Saturday. I'm so excited because we'll get to see what Kaden Patrick looks like. I'm also excited that Brady is going with us and he'll get to see it too! He's been talking about seeing peanut on the TV. He's going to be the best big brother. He's been praying for Kaden every night asking God to make him big and strong. In Brady language that's good. He's always talking about being big and strong himself!
Baby has gotten really active these days. He's bouncing off the walls for half an hour and sleeps for three. What does that mean? I'm hoping he'll be a little more calm than the bigger one! Hopefully I'll be able to post a pic of Kaden when I get it!

Thursday, January 19, 2006


One of the coolest things about being pregnant is experiencing your baby grow! Today I felt really bad but Kaden felt like a million bucks! The whole way to work he wiggled. He kept dancing while I was at the office and now I'm sitting here on the computer and when Brady comes near he starts moving again! I wonder if he knows that Brady is his big brother!!! It's so funny that he seems happy when Brady is around!
Today I was imagining how big he might be. It seems like he's taking up a lot of space in there. For my birthday I've asked Tony to let me have the 4-D ultrasound. I know it takes away the surprise but I want to see what he looks like and how big he is! Plus I think Brady would think that was really cool!
I smell my dinner in the oven! Better go check on it. Have a great rest of the week!

Monday, January 16, 2006


Here we are just 12 weeks out and would you believe I just started swelling in my legs! I'm sitting here with pillows under my legs and hoping for the best! I'm loving this part of the pregnancy in one area...I can feel him moving all the time! I love that. It's like I can already feel what kind of personality he's going to have. He's quite but when he's uncomfortable he's going to move around until he finds his spot! I'm hoping he'll have Tony's personality! Brady is so much like me and it would be awesome if Kaden is mellow...loving and gentle like Tony is! I head to the Doctor this Friday for the glucose test. I hate that visit! But I'm getting close to the two weeks visits instead of four! Baby is sleeping...Brady is chilling in the recliner with me! It's a good night!

Thursday, January 12, 2006


As I'm sitting here watching little boy is playing Legos with his daddy. Our neighbor across the street gave Brady several boxes of Legos. Her daughter used to play with them when she was little and now that she's in high school they were just sitting there collecting dust. Since Saturday Brady has been a building machine! I can't believe my little boy is into legos! He keeps saying "someone play with me!" You know when he has a little brother we don't have to play with him anymore. I'm just kidding....I love endless games of CandyLand! I can't get enough of the game I thought would be a great idea for him!
Baby Pillstrom is just 94 days away! I'm counting the days until my due date. When I have an actual scheduled days then I will change the count down! Today I'm suffering from a sore throat and a tummy ache. I can't wait until there is no reason for me to be in any kind of pain!
I'm getting a hair cut tomorrow. If it's cute I'll post a picture!

Monday, January 09, 2006


Week 26! Still sounds like forever until week 39/40! I know that we will be scheduling a c-section the week before but we haven't set a date yet!
Last night Brady and I were talking and he decided that he wants Peanut to call him Bray-Bray. He's all about that and he's so cute when he talks about it. He also seems to think we are naming the baby Kaden Peanut. I've told him a thousand times it's Kaden Patrick.
I'm currently sitting on the heating pad for the 2nd time tonight. I'm going to watch the Bachelor and then go to bed! I'm going to attach a pic from Christmas of all three of us. I love it because I don't really look that big! Well...that picture lies because I feel like I'm huge!

Saturday, January 07, 2006


It's done! Tony has completed the painting here in the house. I'm not going to post any pictures because you'll have to come over to see it! I know that pics won't due it justice. Tony did a great job and I love it. Now we'll have to start on the boys rooms. Isn't that weird to hear! Boys. And soon there will be two! I went to the Doctor today because I thought I was having a bladder infections. Come to find out I'm just pregnant! Obviously I wasn't at my normal Doctor! I went to soneone else in her group. Tomorrow marks my 26th week which means just 13 more weeks. She told me to just mark it all on the calender and be glad I'm not an elephant. Apparently those animals are pregnant for 18 months. Wahoo! At least there's an up side! So I continue the drugs and deal with the pain for a few more weeks. Oh she did check my cervix and it's fine. So at least I know I'm not about to drop this kid off anywhere! I'm posting a pic tonight of mom's new dog. He's so cute. His name is Duece.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Third trimester is right around the corner and it's more than obvious to me! I'm now 14 weeks away from baby day. Not sure which day it is but the doctor said she would like to do the section the week before my due date. So I'm guessing April 6th or 13th. She's only at the hospital on Thursdays so it will have to be one of those days! I'm starting to notice that he's getting as big as his space. Sitting down is just as miserable as standing. And sleeping is a thing of the past. I'm still trying to find somewhere to sleep that is comfortable and nothing seems to do the trick!
I actually went to the gym tonight to try and stretch and exercise the pain away! I feel a little better after doing some pilates!
Tonight I bought some paint for the kitchen and living room. Tony is going to paint tomorrow while the kid is at the sitter! I'm so excited. We're doing one wall in the living room kinda a brown/red color. It's called Hawaiian Cinder. Then in the kitchen we've got a new chair rail...Thanks Paw Paw Jim! And the top color is called Apple Cider (kinda gold) and the bottom is called Farmhouse Red. I can't wait to see what it's going to look like! I'm so afraid of color after the disappointment at the duplex with the wall that was supposed to be Burgundy and ended up pink! But we had help picking these colors out from our neighbor and her house is awesome! Let's cross our fingers and hope for the best! I'll post pics when it's done!
Brady P starts back to school on Thursday and he's so excited! I hope he's feeling better. He's had a cold for about 3 days and tonight had a pretty bad tummy ache!