Monday, September 29, 2008


I was tagged again and this looked fun so I decided I was up for the challenge.
I was tagged by my sweet friend Keva.

1. What time did you get up this morning?
2. Diamonds or pearls?
I like my diamond ring, but I don't really do jewelry
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Jon & Kate Plus Eight
5. What do you usually have for breakfast?
6. What is your middle name?
7. What food do you dislike?
chocolate ( I know I'm a weirdo)
8. What is your favorite CD at moment?
David Crowder Band
9. What kind of car do you drive?
Jeep Grand Cherokee
10. Favorite sandwich?
11. What characteristic do you despise?
12. Favorite item of clothing?
nursing tank tops
13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
14. Favorite brand of clothing?
The kind on sale
15. Where would you retire to?
close to family
16. What was your most recent memorable birthday?
2001, hubby planned a special afternoon by the lake
17. Favorite sport to watch?
Braves baseball
18. When is your birthday?
August 17
19. Are you a morning person or a night person?
definitely night!
20. What is your shoe size?
8 1/2 - 9
21. Pets?
Bailey the beagle
22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us?
Not really
23. What did you want to be when you were little?
a vet, the I found out I was allergic to cats & dogs
24. How are you today?
25. What is your favorite candy(lollie/chocolate)?
not sure, I like hard candy like a watermelon blow pop, but I also like some chocolate bars b/c it's usually chocolate with something else like peanut butter.
26. What is your favourite flower?
I love Gerber Daisies
27. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to?
Oct. 31st, I love Halloween!!!
28. What is your full name?
Lori Ellen
29. What are you listening to right now?
What Not to Wear
30. What was the last thing you ate?
Vanilla Bean Blue Bell ice cream
31. Do you wish on stars?
32. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
pink, I found my inner pink each time we found out we were having girls
33. How is the weather right now?
Today it was 90 and very sunny
34. The first person you spoke to on the phone today?
my mom during my Sunday afternoon nap
35. Favorite soft drink?
I love Coca Cola like most people love coffee
36. Favorite restaurant?
Cheesecake Factory, not sure because I really love restaurants. I love going out to eat!!!
37. Real hair color?
dark brown
38. What was your favorite toy as a child?
39. Summer or winter?
Summer, because I love swimming!
40. Hugs or kisses?
41. Chocolate or Vanilla?
vanilla, or even better strawberry
42. Coffee or tea?
sweet tea
43. When was the last time you cried?
I watched the movie Step Mom the other day and cried my eyes out.
44. What is under your bed?
tubs of clothes & duffle bags
45. What did you do last night?
scrapbooked a little
46. What are you afraid of?
not doing a good enough job raising my kids, i know, silly, but it is what i think of often. ( I agree Keva this is something I think about all the time.)
47. Salty or sweet?
48. How many keys on your key ring?
49. How many years at your current job?
Stay-at-home Mom- 5 months/ Pre-K teacher-1 month
50. Favorite day of the week?
Saturday...we usually do something fun as a family on Saturdays
51. How many places have you lived in?
3 states; TN & TX & NJ/ We've moved 11 times.
52. Do you make friends easily?
I think so, I hope so!

I want to tag my friends Jill & Jessica

Friday, September 26, 2008


I have pictures to post and stories to tell, but unfortunately I'm having camera problems. I am so annoyed with it. I think the cord that I use to get the pics from the camera to the computer is messed up. The computer says it doesn't recognize the thing in the USB port. So I guess I'll have to take the memory card to Walmart to print the pics & get them on a CD. Well here are some of the stories without any pics. I know kind of boring, but it's all I can do.

Spittle bug
Peyton has become a little spittle bug. She loves to spit out little bubbles and make raspberry noises. She doesn't love eating food very much. She just takes her tongue and pushes it right back out. She like to suck on real food. She'll suck on fruit and the other day she was sucking on my crust from my pizza.

The Babies
The girls have little blankets that have bears on them. They've had them since they were infants. I can't remember who got them for them, but they have used them every night since they were little bitty. Taylor grew more attached, she is also our thumb sucker. Well less than a year ago I bought some yucky stuff to put on Taylor's thumb to help her to stop. The great news is she stopped, but within a couple of weeks I realized she switched to her pinky. So she's been sucking her pinky for a while. With her thumb before she stopped she was sucking almost all the time. If she was in the car, watching tv., or going to sleep. When she switched to the pinky it was only when whe was falling alseep. She only sucked her pinky when she was holding her bear blanket ( or what the girls have called their babies since they were babies.) So I realized to stop sucking the pinky I would most likely have to take awa y the baby. I didn't really mind them having their babies to sleep with and snuggle with, but she needed to kick the bad habit. So when we went to the hospital I hadn't taken it with us to the ER. She didn't ask for it all day, but when Dusitn was coming to visit us that night I asked him to bring it. He brought it but somehow ended up taking it back home, so I didn't mention it to her. Well she never asked for it and she didn't suck her pinky. So the next day I told him to bring Taylor's & Cameron's up to the hospital. Taylor & I had seen some sweet babies and I told her she could give her "baby" to a new little baby. She liked the idea and so did Cameron. So we "gave" the babies to the nurses to give to a new little baby. The rest of the time we were in the hospital she didn't ask for it. The 1st nap she took at home she cried for it for a while and the next night before going to bed she cried for it. She told me that we needed to drive back to the hospital and get her baby back. I told her we couldn't and she said yes we can. I made it through a couple of occasions of crying and now it seems like she is OK with it. She's actually proud of herself that she doesn't suck her pinky anymore. I'm so proud to! The hard news for mommy is that I look at sweet Peyton and see her sucking on her thumb and think oh boy I hope she will be easy to break of the habit.

I took some pictures of the girls playing on the swing set and hopefully I'll be able to get them on the computer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

We're Home

We made it home today!!! I'll post more tonight when everyone's asleep. Thank y'all for your prayers.

The 1st hour she was sleeping her oxygen levels wavered back & forth. I was worried that we would be there another night. Then all of a sudden her level went up to a 92 and stayed about that most the night. I was nervous to go to sleep, but I was so sleepy that I fell asleep by about 10. At midnight I remember the nurses coming in, but I was half asleep. At 4 I asked the nurse if she was still off oxygen, "she gave me a thumbs up." At 6:45 the Dr. woke me up and let me know that we would get to go home. I was so excited. We're still doing breathing treatments every 4 hours and on steroids.

We were so thankful to get home. Cameron was excited to see me & Taylor when we got home. The girls had to get used to each other again. They both were kind of like only kids for a few days. They fought quite for bit when we got home. It was frustrating. When Peyton woke up from her nap and I got to get her out of her crib, she looked up at me and grinned real big. I think she was excited to see me. The girls did better this afternoon. We'll be going back to MDO tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Still Here

Well we're still in the hospital. She has to be able to sleep through the night without oxygen. I just knew today we would be home, but about 10 minutes after she went to sleep last night her oxygen levels dropped to low. So we're trying again tonight. I really hope she'll be able to make it through the night. I am so sleepy it's not even funny. I have struggled all day just to function. Whenever they all come in during the night and I get up I get extremely dizzy. Which in turn makes me feel nausuas. I'm sure poor Peyton is ready for Mommy to come home. I've been pumping at the hospital and Dustin comes up each night to get the milk. I'm worried again that my supply is dwindling. We'll see. I hope tonight goes extremely well. Please say a little prayer for my little Taylor and her lungs.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back in th ER

Well folks we can't seem to keep ourselves out of the ER. Taylor had a really bad asthma attack early this morning and I got her up to the ER at about 6:15. Bless her heart her breathing was awful. Her oxygen levels were at a 84 which is really low. Her heart rate was like a newborn baby. It was racing a thousand miles a minute. The funny thing was she was pretty happy. She just kept watching all the fun kids movies. Well we were finally admitted and moved into a room at about 1:00. By 3 she started falling apart. At this point in time she had a lot of treatments & an IV with steroids. So she was becoming CRAZY TAYLOR. She screamed no the whole time she was getting her next breathing treatment. Then they came in to draw blood, oh dear she was awful. She was pinned down and she screamed loudly. Then just about 30 minutes ago the extreme battle happened. They told us she had to have the little nostril oxygen thingys. Well she refused. They had tried them in the ER and she said no so they didn't press it. Well the nurse said it was time and she had to put them on to have any chance of going home. We're talking a full out kicking, screaming, pulling, hitting battle. I was so frustrated that I was basically in tears. She was crying and kept saying owie. She said it hurt. The nurse assured me several times that it couldn't be hurting her. I had my legs wrapped around her legs, my arms wrapped around her arms and another nurse was holding her head still. The other nurse was placing the things in her nose. The first attempt was pulled out quickly. The second time we got it in and I just held her as tight as I could. I had to hold her like that for about 10 minutes without letting up at all. She continued to cry and wriggle. She finally started to calm down and decided she wanted some ice cream. So she has now eaten 2 of the small cups of ice cream and wants to share a 3rd with me. She's a happy girl now. I hope she'll calm down enough to fall asleep soon. It has been a challenging day, but earlier this morning before crazy Taylor appeared it was special. She kept snuggling with me and kissing me. Then she would look into my eyes and say "I love you mommy!" So sweet!

Friday, September 12, 2008

First Day of School

This is our pretend first day of school picture. I couldn't find my camera on the actual first day. Unfortunately my morning was way to busy to worry myself with spending time looking for the camera. So I found it the next day & we took a 2nd day of school picture that will most likely be scrapbooked as the 1st day. The girls are doing really well with school once we actually get out the door. The getting ready in the morning without a major battle is different. I'm adapting OK to Pre-K. Hopefully a few more days and I'll feel a lot more comfortable. I'm excited about the weekend and ready to enjoy it with the family. Dustin & I are excited to have a date night tomorrow night. Maybe I'll try to get a picture of us before we go.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Peyton loves baths

I have taken some advice given to me before the girls were born from my friend Jenny. She suggested that I should take a shower with baby, because it's easy and kills 2 birds with 1 stone. It never seemed feasible with 2 babies in a bathtub shower. Now that I have my new fancy shower I thought I would try it. I have been sitting Peyton's baby tub at the end of the shower and she just chills while I shower. It's great for several reasons: 1. I know she's safe from Cameron & Taylor (if I leave her with them while I run to take a shower there's really no telling what they might do to her). 2. The steam is really good for her congestion. 3. She gets a quick cleaning when I'm all done.

With all that said we had to go on a hiatus from our shower time while I was recovering. So I took a few pictures of her taking a bath in the sink. Here's sweet Peyton enjoying her bath.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Cici & Mama Dot's visit

When I called my mommy & told her I was in the ER. She was immediately concerned. When I told her I was going to have to have an emergency appendectomy she said I'm on my way. I told her no, don't worry about us we'll be OK. Well she didn't listen to me. She & my grandmother jumped in the car and drove from Memphis to TX. I was so appreciative to have them here. The first couple of days I was in pain and hunched over like an old lady. I couldn't drive or pick Peyton up for the 1st few days. It was so helpful that they came. Here are some pictures of the girls with their Cici and Mama Dot.

Monday, September 01, 2008

My new job

I am so excited that I got the job that I've been wanting for years. 7 years ago when we had moved to TX the first time I had a hard time finding a teaching position. I decided to sub until I could find one. Well I was offered to do a long term sub position at a 2 day a week preschool. Since I could still sub on MWF at other schools I thought sure it would be fun. I worked there for about 8 weeks, I think. It was so fun. At that point in time I told Dustin that when I became a mommy I would love to do something like that. Well fast forward to now.

When we decided that we would like to start trying to have Peyton. We both agreed that I would not continue to teach full time with a newborn. I enjoyed staying home with the girls for the first year and a half. I wanted to be able to do the same, plus I know these are the last 2 years the girls have at home before they'll be in Kindergarten. Staying home full time is a challenge for me because I don't particularly enjoy being at home. I love to go!!! We get out of the house almost daily. Even if it is just a short trip to the library around the corner. The challenge I have is not spending a ton of money on my little daily adventures.

I knew I wanted to teach at a MDO type place if possible. The only problem is that many of them still charge a portion for the teachers children. Well with us having 3, it wouldn't be very beneficial for me to work and make no money. So I contacted the director for the same preschool I had taught at before. She then told me she only had openings for subs. I thought that might be a good way to jump into working slowly. After turning in my application she called and let me know she did have a teacher opening. My interview was supposed to be the same day I ended up in the ER. So the following Monday my mom drove me to the interview. So I'm excited to tell y'all that I am now a Pre-K teacher and all 3 girls get to go with me for FREE. We start school on Tuesday. I'm excited and the girls are equally excited.