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Friday, April 29, 2011

Zoo Who??

Last weekend, we took Baby boy to The Audubon Zoo and the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, LA.  It was an absolutely beautiful day - couldn't have been better planned.  Colston enjoyed himself so much, and just loved each animal.  He did though have issues focusing in on the animals that were off in the distant, I guess his eyes aren't strong enough to see that far.  Who knows?? 
This weekend, Colston did so many things for his first time! 
Such As:  Rode a Carosel for the first time, Saw many many animals for the first time, stopped taking his bottle and is drinking out of a sippy cup full time now, First time out of the state of MS, first time ordering him something to eat from a restaurant, and that's all I can think of now!
Here are some pictures we took on our trip.
Gettin' ready to see the Animals!

Colston and Da Da

The Children's Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo

I know it's hard to see, but he was laughing histerical!

So Cute!

Sunday of corse was Easter Sunday.  I had big plans of taking my sweet boy swimming in my Mom and Dad's pool for the first time, but the weather had other plans!
We did get to put him in the hot tub, turned on a luke warm temp, and let him play in the water for a little while.  What do ya know, Monday AM he wakes up stuffy.  I think his little Cold is just now getting better, thank Goodness, maybe I can start getting some sleep again!
Here are some Easter Weekend pictures.
Easter Sunrise Service Breakfast

The Easter Bunny sure was good to Colston
He got so many goodies!

First time to get in a pool.
Even though it was freezing, he loved it!

Little video of him playing in the water.

This is the life!

Look at my Alligator Mom!
(We bought it at the Zoo)

Big Eyes!

My hubby left Wednesday to go to work in North MS, where all of the tornado's broke loose in that terrible storm that swept through North East MS, onto Northern Alabama, where the death toll is steady rising.  Chris said the devistation is like the coast was when Hurricane Katrina hit us full force.  Still hard for me to wrap my mind around just a storm being able to do so much damage.  Anyhow, he said when it looks like he is making leadway, they move onto another area, and it's worse than where they just were. 
So proud of him, and his hard work that he is giving to help these people get their lives back in "order".
I sincerely am praying for each family that was affected these last few days, and will continue to do so.

Since Chris is working out of town, and his expected date to return is unknown, I am taking Colston on his first road trip today.  We are going to see Aunt Jo, Uncle Paul, Sarah, Clay, and Morgan.  If I have to hear Josi wine about not going to her house another day, I'll scream.  So I figured I'd take advantage of it, and to go her house this weekend.  I am so stoked and excited to be able to go spend some time with them.  Since Colston is growing so much, I knwo Sarah will be excited to play with Colston.  The bigger he gets, the more she loves him.

I'll post pictures of my weekend trip when I get back.  Have a safe and Happy weekend!


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Greatfullness & Thankfulness.....

As I sit and write this blog, I am listening to "Take my life" by Scott Underwood. 
I recently started reading an online series that TLC has produced called "A Conception Story".  I was so caught off guard by what I read and saw (they created video recordings of their journey).  Long story short, 5 women decided to become a part of this web series on and document their journey to try to conceive.  Obviously most of these women had difficulties in that department - I was very saddened for these ladies as they desperately strived to become with child.  One of the 5 women, named Christina, really interested me.  Her personality alike like mine - I guess drew me deeper to her. 
When starting the show, Christina and her husband had been trying for 4 years if I remember correctly.  Her history:  She has had 2 miscarriages, and 3 IVF treatments.  The hurt and agony that she went through, could only make me GREATFUL AND THANKFUL for the EASY path God decided to bring me down, when i lost ONLY one baby, at 12 weeks. 
Sometimes we seem to think that we are the only ones gonig through this hard struggle in our lives, but the truth is, it's so overwhelming we can't focus on the reality of it.  Atleast, that's my opinion.  Anyhow.  She has really drawn me to reality and realized just how much I have taken for granted.  I know I am always preaching about taking things for granted, but I will be reading something of her's and be like Oh My God, I have something MANY MANY women strive for and yearn for, and never get it.  Don't complain when you don't get enough sleep, don't complain because he is fighting his sleep, or crying non stop because of ear ache's or because his gums are hurting.  Too many women out there would love to be up all hours of the night with a sleepless baby.  Don't get me wrong - I wouldn't trade anything for my sleepless nights, but I do have a tendency to complain. 
After becoming a follower on Christina's blog (curseofthechewedbuddha) - I saw another one of her followers named Mary, and my God did Mary inspire me.  I can barely tell you about her life story without crying. 
First, her personality is just so calm and pure, natural and real.  I have no other possible way of describing this girl other than those four.  She truly is an inspiration to me.  Mary was 19 weeks 4 days and apparently she had to have an emergency delivery, or something tragic happened that caused her to have to deliver her Precious baby girl, Olivia, often reffered to Livi....
Baby Olivia didn't survive and died, one week before Mary's first Mother's Day and a Mommy.  The strength that this sweet girl presents is simply amazing.  She might not be as strong inside, who knows, but what is presentable to me is obvious. 
After following these two ladies blog, and as emotional as it is, have cried so much reading each of them. 
One of my co-workers became an uncle recently to a sweet baby boy Named Graycen.  They were doing many fund raisers to help this baby boy, due to some issues presented to the family at birth.  Hosted a blood drive, and all blood donated would be donated just for baby graycen.  They even decided to creat these adorable t-shirts with CUTE fleur de lis's on the back and a few other designs that drew my eye to them, none the less they were to help save an innocent life. 
Well I had been dragging my behind to get to my co-workers office to order a t-shirt.  I walk in and say:
Me:  Hey Frank, I've been meaning to send you an e mail to let you know I deffinitely want to order a shirt for Graycen, I just keet on forgetting. 
Frank:  He passed away yesterday.
Me:  (Humiliated, Frusterated, Angry)  What happened?\
Frank:  They had a surgery, (Emergency) to repair internal bleeding, and he didn't make it.
Me:  I am so sorry.  Please send my sincere reguards to your family.  (Tears pouring down my face)

I walked out of his office in just complete shock.  The one thing I was doing though, was thanking God for giving me my son, and allowing me to have him for this long.  You truly never know when it's your last moments with your child - for that I will forever be greatful. 

Mary posted this poem on her Blog, and I wanted to share!  Thank you Mary!  Keep on shining Olivia's light, and keep on keeping her name alive! 

Don't Tell Meby Judi Walker

Please don't tell me you know how I feel,
Unless you have lost your child too,
Please don't tell me my broken heart will heal,
Because that is just not true,
Please don't tell me my (daughter) son is in a better place,
Though it is true, I want (her) him here with me,
Don't tell me someday I'll hear (her) his voice, see (her) his face,
Beyond today I cannot see,
Don’t tell me it is time to move on,
Because I cannot,
Don’t tell me to face the fact (she) he is gone,
Because denial is something I can't stop,
Don't tell me to be thankful for the time I had,
Because I wanted more,
Don't tell me when I am my old self you will be glad,
I'll never be as I was before,
What you can tell me is you will be here for me,
That you will listen when I talk of my child,
You can share with me my precious memories,
You can even cry with me for a while,
And please don't hesitate to say (her) his name,
Because it is something I long to hear everyday,
Friend please realize that I can never be the same,
But if you stand by me, you may like the new person I become someday.

This blog is dedicated to my Son.  I love you Colston Ance... I'll be....

Reba McIntyre
I'll Be

When darkness falls upon your heart and soul.
I'll be the light that shines for you.
When you forget how beautiful you are
I'll be there to remind you.
When you can't find your way,
I'll find my way to you.
When troubles come around,
I will come to you.

I'll be your shoulder when you need someone to lean on.
Be your shelter.
When you need someone to see you through.
I'll be there to carry you.
I'll be there.
I'll be the rock that will be strong for you.
The one that will hold on to you.
When you feel that rain falling down.
When there's nobody else around.
I'll be.

And when you're there with no one there to hold.
I'll be the arms that reach for you.
And when you feel your faith is running low.
I'll be there to believe in you.
When all you find are lies.
I'll be the truth you need.
When you need someone to run to .
You can run to me

I'll be your shoulder when you need someone to lean on.
Be your shelter.
When you need someone to see you through.
I'll be there to carry you.
I'll be there.
I'll be the rock that will be strong for you.
The one that will hold on to you.
When you feel that rain falling down.
When there's nobody else around.
I'll be.

I'll be the sun.
When your heart's filled with rain.
I'll be the one.
To chase the rain away.

I'll be your shoulder when you need someone to lean on.
Be your shelter.
When you need someone to see you through.
I'll be there to carry you.
I'll be there.
I'll be the rock that will be strong for you.
The one that will hold on to you.
When you feel that rain falling down.
When there's nobody else around.
I'll be.
I'll be.

Monday, April 11, 2011

What is Easter to you??

Easter is less than two weeks away.. wow.  The first quarter of the year is completely GONE!  The older I get, the more I appreciate Easter. 
As a child, we don't completely understand the concept, because after all we get a huge cute little basket stuffed with our favorite candy, toys, swim suits, chips, etc.  Atleast, that was the way me and my sister's easter baskets were filled each year.  Now as an adult, a Wife, a Mom, and most importantly, a Christian, I have come to appreciate it alot more.  Easter is a holiday set aside for us to celebrate Jesus hanging on a cross, dieing, and rising again 3 days later.  All I can say is thank you Jesus, and thank you God for sending your son to die on the cross, so our sins could be washed away.  Thank you God for being a loving and gracious Father... it is because of you that I live this life, and because of you that I get to watch this little life, that Chris and I created, through you, grow and mature into the most precious little boy.  It is my daily prayer that he is raised into a respectful, humble, honorable, Christ-loving young man, and that I live to see it!
As I stated in my last blog, me and Chris were taking Colston, on Saturday, to meet the lovely Easter Bunny.  All I can say is.. my Son is histerical!  Upon our arrival at his meeting of the Easter Bunny, he completely fell in love with the yellow furry fella... we could hardly get his little attention to look at the camera so we could have a good picture to look back at.  He kept taking his hand and rubbing his furry face, or turning his little head to get a good look at him.  When it was time for us to leave, he was slightly upset that he couldn't stay to play with Mr. Bunny. 

Yesterday, we finally had time to do a few Easter pictures or Spring pictures, what have you.  While doing a few pictures of Colston, we decided to mix things up a few and put his huntin gear on and get a few pictures of that as well.  I must say, Chris was grinning from ear to ear!  Here are a few of my Favorites.. I couldn't choose between these... :)

Our reason to Celebrate Easter.
Jesus died on the Cross for our sins!

He loved this little bunny.
He kept petting it. 
Hahah.  He wasn't happy about the bucket situation. 

But he soon got over it! 
My whole <3!!

Here birdy birdy.
Poor birdies.  They are lucky their wings are still attached,
as well as their little legs.  :) 

Here comes peter cotton tail... so cute!

Daddies little Hunter...
That picture of him sitting in the grass...
wasn't very easy to do!
He was grabbing HANDFULLS of Grass and dirt,
and trying to eat it! 
he is for sure, all boy!!

Big Boy!

He loves his Daddy!!

By the time we made it home yesterday afternoon, Little Colston was completely exhausted!!  We had a jam packed weekend, which he isn't completely used to.  Overall, he did extremely well with it.  Hope each and every one of you had a great weekend, as well as a Fantastic Easter! We use the slogan "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" for Christmas,  but remember....Jesus it the reason for Easter too... 

Friday, April 8, 2011

You shall Receive..

I promised you guys that I'd post some updated pictures on here... so hopefully it works this time!  Chris, Colston, and I have an action packed weekend.  Tonight Colston is going to stay with his Nanna, while me and Chris have some "us" time.  Hopefully I see dinner in our near future tonight.. yumm.  Tomorrow early AM I am waking up and going to the nail salon to get a manicure on my freshly grown out nails.. woo hoo.. 3 weeks and counting since i've stop biting them.  and getting a Pedicure as well.  This Mommy needs some pampering.  After that, it will be time to go pick up Colston, then head to see the Easter Bunny in Bay Saint Louis at Our Lady of the Gulf.  Later that afternoon we have a crawfish boil with my side of the family.  It will be our first time this year to eat crawfish... I must say it's a first for us to eat them this late!!  Then Sunday, is my baby boy's Easter Pictures, as well as his 6 mth pictures... (really 7) lol, and might throw in some Cowboy and Huntin pictures too.  I can't wait to see my chunky butt and how cute this pictures will be!  Hope yall have a GREAT weekend, and in the meantime *Smile*

Little Over a Month ago, Headed to Church!

This Picture cracks me up! 
He looks like the Jolly Green Giant!  :)
6 1/2 Months

Just wanted to show off his eyes!
I couldn't be more proud of my Boy!

Look who's learning how to crawl!!!
He by no means is crawling all over the place BUT
He sure is trying his hardest!!!

Besides being outside,
This is his favorite part of the day!! 

Play Time!
The water isn't yellow bc of urine or anything.  lol
It's this item that you put over the fosset.
It prevents them from hitting their head, and makes the water different colors.
Blue, purple, green, yellow, orange, red. etc.

K Mom.  Can I play now??
He is a sport with all these pictures.
& I must say, he sure does rock the camera!

Funny face, but Gorgeous Eyes!
These last few were taken last night.
7 months!  :(

Colston's First pony Ride!
Dontcha just love that face?!?!

Can you tell how much he enjoyed it!
The little cutie in the Pink is my Neice, Sarah.
She was the Birthday Girl... Happy Birthday Sarah!
We Love you!

My Little Slugger!

Momma's Boy! 
I love him so much!!

The best of all. 
My Family.
I love these two boys to the moon and back!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Where does time go??

As I sit here and write to you guys, I am just amazed at how fast time flies by!  I no longer have an Infant, and I think it is safe to say I no longer have a Newborn as well.  I swear, yesterday we just left the hospital and spent our first day as a family in our home. 
My Sweet, 8lb1oz baby boy that I gave birth to is now 22 pounds of pure joy to my life! I knew I would love being a Mom, but I never ever realized the love that would develop for this little tiny miracle that doesn't even speak yet.  My God, what a blessing he is to me, he really makes my world go round'! 
In just 3 short days, we'll be celebrating his 7 month "birthday"!  Holy Cow!  I need a slow button to be able to push... I think my biggest fear of him getting "older" is that I won't be able to remember him being this little.  I can't ever imagine him going to Elementary School, let alone High School.  I am sure I will be the embarassing Mother there sending him off to school on his "first" days each year with a box of kleenex in my hand. 
Time is just so precious, and so many of us take it for granted.  I'll admit, I USE to be one of those people, but I have learned to greatly appreciate just how precious it is!
Its the little things that I do that makes me feel like I use my time as best it could be done.  Even though there is a huge basket of laundry that needs to be folded, or a sink full of dishes that needs to be washed... they wait until he is down for a nap, or busy doing something he'd rather be doing alone.  I fully take advantage of the times he just wants to be hugged and loved on by his Mommy.  Oh, how I love when he just wraps his little arms around my neck and squeezes as hard as his little self could. *tear*  Those are the moments I'll forever hold on to... the ones that I don't want to ever forget.
Speaking of time flying by, in just 5 short weeks, Chris and I will celebrate our 3rd Wedding Anniversary.  Seems too like yesterday that we were on our way to Tennessee getting lost because we had no earthly clue where in the world to go!  haha   Little did we know that just 2 short years later we would welcome our precious baby boy in to this world!  It was truly, both Chris and I's, best day of our lives! 
I know I am always bragging on Chris about how good of a Daddy he is to my sweet boy, but He really is the BEST Daddy in the whold wide world.  About a month or so , maybe a little before that, Chris started asking about taking Colston places with him... me being the worry wart I am-was kinda nervous about it.... (i trust chris) haha But I knew that they needed their time together, just like Colston and I have our time together as well.  So now, Chris loads Colston up in his truck, straps the car-seat in... (very impressed), and brings him anywhere he thinks Colston would enjoy it.  SO far, he's been to Maw Maw Geraldine's, Betty Mae's, Dog Pen, Dog Yard, Mr. Loran's, Craig & Mona's, grocery store, gas station, and every week Mom keeps Colston now, Chris brings him as well.  Colston think he is the stuff to be able to see his Daddy while riding in the car... all he does is smile that bright smile he has! 
Saturday, April 9th, he will go see the Easter Bunny for the first time, and get his picture taken with the Bunny.  I'm sure that he will sit right on his lap, and smile that smile that I oh so love to see, and not cry a tear.  He really doesn't meet a stranger!  I originally had wanted the Easter Bunny to bring my sweet boy a Radio Flyer Wagon with a Canopy cover on top, Summer Clothes, a Push along, and maybe a little toy or two.  Well a couple of months later since that Idea and He has all the summer clothes he could need, his Push along, and has gotten a toy or two.  So now all we have left to get is his Wagon... and we might add in there "My baby can read', and that will probabley be all.  Maybe we'll throw some Gerber Puffs in there as well as some yogurt bites for him to snack on.  He loves those! 
As of right now, he is suppose to take his Easter, Cowboy, and Huntin' pictures on Sunday.  I am wayyy behind schedule these days... Oh it's supposed to be his 6 month pictures too.. lol.  Can't wait to get them done.  I'll be sure to post them as soon as they are in my hand!
Last weekend was Cousin Sarah's 2nd Birthday party.  My little Colston hung in there all day, and finally crashed around 5 that afternoon for a nap.  He truly couldn't hang anymore.  But that day was so significant for Colston, because it was his first day to try cake!!!, and and, ride a pony.  He absolutely loved it!  Don't know if I should be excited or not, lol.  Whatever my baby loves, I love!  Whatever he wants to do with his life, I'll support.  (Under a few circumstances)
Hope to update more frequently, until then
7 Months Ago, I saw my Beautiful Boy for the first time...
Pictures to follow of the pony rides, and party. 
For some reason they are being stubborn!