Ella is back from Nanny's and having lots of fun playing in her and Emma's room. Her favorite thing to do is make and unmake her bed and she just does that over and over again! She loved all on Emma when she got home and was glad to see her sis. Emma is up on the couch right now watching cartoons and I took the chance to snap a few new pictures of her.
Ella also wanted me to post her new fish's picture. Ella got a yellow fish and Derek got a new blue/black fish. Derek's name is Johnny and Ella named hers Johnny Cash. Now anyone that knows Ella knows that she is in love with Johnny Cash music for some reason, and that fish name is perfect. I also put a pic or two of Violet the dog up, because she is being a good dog today and helping me keep watch over Emma and listen for her beeps. Violet likes to sit on the floor next to the couch to "keep watch" when Emma is sitting there, its cute. She really never pays Emma much mind, just wants to be close to her. Who could blame her? Emma is so cute!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Posted by LJR at 7:09 PM
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Well its offical, we are in our new place. I still have tons of things to unpack, but I really really really love this place! I will try to post some pics in a day or two when thing are finished. Every thing feels so odd and new. Derek has his own room, which is going to be superhero themed. Ella and Emma have a disney princess room, I still need to get them 3 posters, but it already looks like Walt Disney threw up in there room! HA HA. Everything is pink and girly.
With a new couch, washer, dryer, computer desk and fridge, it wasn't a cheap move that is for sure, but I am so glad we did it! I love the extra space. I love the little yard, which still needs to be mowed but its perfect anyway. I have a hall closet for Emma's supplies, its the only thing "done" completely in the house so far. Everything fits perfectly.
We are going to have to order a kitchen table, as everything in town is either too expesnive or just simply junk. We need something to hold up to the kids.
Derek seems to like his school, and really likes the very short walk it takes to get there. No more than 5 mins! They have a day off tomorrow for parent teacher confernce, and I think he is glad to have it off, its been a long week. Sleeping in sure sounds fun.
My allergies are still killing me. Emma and I walked with my sister to the Dollar Tree store today and it has made my eyes all itchy. I found quite a bit of disney princess items in there. I was happy about that.
That's the quick update, I will post pics as soon as I get a few more things put away.
Posted by LJR at 6:15 PM
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Hey everyone just wanted to make a quick post, since we will be busy moving the next few days. I am packing and we plan to move the truck over late tomorrow or early Tue. Derek starts his new school tomorrow, he is excited.
I wanted to also write and ask that everyone please put my friend Peter in your prayers. He is having surgery on Wednesday. There is a link on the left side of our blog that will take you to his blog, go check it out. He is a very nice young man, and is having some serious surgery that could help him a lot, but there is a chance the doctors will have to do more extensive and dangerous surgery. So please pray all goes smoothly.
Ella is over at Nanny's for the week while move and unpack, she was so excited to take Nanny and Poppy to the new house and show them her and Emma's room. She ran all over the place bragging about how she was going to be with Emma. It was cute.
So I will try to update, probably won't do it again until we are in the new house, unless I found time between now and then to do it. Keep your fingers crosses that the move goes smoothly for us
Posted by LJR at 1:34 PM
Thursday, February 19, 2009
We signed the lease today, plan is to move this coming Monday and Tuesday. The electric company is set up to switch but I have to talk to water and cable and phone tomorrow. We went by to go look inside and take pictures and it wasn't until we got there we realized that we were given the wrong keys! So they are meeting me in the morning to switch them out, and I am going to try to take some pics before we move in. I snapped a few outside today, except the backyard, which needs to be mowed, so I will have do that this weekend I guess.
The backyard is really small. Its ok though, we have no yard here at all so even a small one is a step up for us,and it won't take long to mow! They do the yard up keep in the front yard which is nice. I looked in the windows since I have yet to see the inside, and all I can say is its going to take some getting used to! Things looke so oddly shapped, small, or just diffrent and its going to take some planning and unpacking and moving things around to get things the way I want I think.
I dread packing, but thankfully my Mom is watching Ella for us which will help. Derek can help us and Emma, well Emma can hang out and keep me sane the next few days, and offer me lots of kisses when I need them!
Anyway thought I would post the update, I will try to put some pics up some time tomorrow, if I can finally get the right keys and get in!
Posted by LJR at 8:28 PM
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Well we did it! We found a place to move to, we sign a lease tomorrow. Its the one I was talking about in the previous post. 3 bedrooms, small yard, and close to school and church. We are so excited but do dread the moving process a lot! Busy Busy time for us the next week or so. We are hoping to move next Monday and Tuesday so I will be busy packing all weekend. Not sure we will get to move in that early but that is the plan if the lease allows it. They did say it was move in ready so we will see. If we get the keys tomorrow I am going to go over and measure things and take some pics.
The girls will share a room, Derek gets his own and Daddy and I get our room. Oh and Violet getst the yard! We still need lots of things, like a kitchen table and chairs since we don't have one, a new couch, that kind of thing. Our current couch has about had it.
Thanks for all the prayers, I think we were heard!!!
Posted by LJR at 5:43 PM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Just thought I would post a quick update on our house hunting. Trying to find a rental house close to church, work and schools, that is in our budget in this town is hard! We found 2 we really liked but they were already spoken for. Darren is going today to check out a duplex that is less than a mile from where we are. Its 5 mins walking distances from a school, 15 to church and stores. Right on a bus route. It has the 3 bedrooms we need and is ok on price. I really hope it will work for us. The only hang up I see is if its too small for all of us. Even with 3 rooms, we still need a big enough room for Mommy and Daddy and a big enough room for Emma and Ella to share a room, Derek well, gosh give him a bed and a few toys in his room and he would be good. :-)
So say prayers, cross your fingers what ever it is that you do that this one will work for us, if not hopefully we will find something soon.
Emma's cold seems to be gone, and she is doing much better. Not too much to share about her, but that is not really a bad thing. Uneventful times with Emma are always great, that means she is healthy and hangin out enjoying life!
Posted by LJR at 7:43 AM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
In the spirit of the day after Valentine's I thought I would post some Love pics of Emma! Notice how Mommy is not in any of them, because she was taking the pictures! But rest assured Mommy loves Emma more than the world itself. The first pic is Emma at the Dr on Monday, getting kisses from Mimi (Aunt Lisa)and the last two were taken on Valentine's day. Derek giving her bunny ears, that's about as close to affection as he will show at his age anymore and of course the last one is her getting kisses from her sissy!
Hope you enjoy. Emma is still feeling a little icky so she will be resting today, watching nascar with Mommy.
Posted by LJR at 9:41 AM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Just a short update, sorry I haven't updated lately life has just been busy. Emma is fighting a slight cold. Nothing major, she isn't using oxygen. She is just grumpy and having to be suctioned more. I think we are on the tale end of it now. She has been sick since Sunday night so it should be over soon!
She went back to have her hips checked on Monday and everything looks fine. The doctor will see her again in August for xrays and will also do one of her spine then, because its getting a slight curve and they want to keep an eye on it.
We are still hunting for a new place to move, and I hope we will be able to find something close and within our budget. This place is just to small for 3 growing kids!
Emma finally got the foot piece to her wheelchair on monday so we now have 2 foot rests. I am so very happy about that. Apparently the guy who was trying to deliver them had been knocking on the wrong apartment the last few weeks.
Ella and Derek are doing great too. Derek recently got his report card and did very well, I am so proud. He was tested for the gifted and talented program but didn't make it this year, but that is ok, most kids don't the first year. My nephew Brandon tested twice before he got in. I don't care if Derek makes it or not, I am not even sure what the gifted and talented program does besides put a label on them as being smart. I already know he is smart!
So that's about it for the update, we hope all our readers have a wonderful Valentine's day!
Posted by LJR at 10:22 AM
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Hi everyone. We are hoping that some of our readers can help us reach our goal in our March for Babies walk which is in May. We always try to fundraise early, because it never fails that we are pinching pennies to try to make our goal, if we wait too long.
We almost decided not to walk this year. With the economy the way it is now a days, I know that people don't have a lot of money to spare. Then we thought and thought and realized bad economy or not, babies need our help! Over half a million babies born in the US each year are premature. Something has to be done to help these little ones. I did lower my goal from the previous 4 walks we have done, hoping to reach a small one this year, but would love to surpass that!
As you know the girls were 9 weeks too early. Ella was 3 lbs and Emma was 3 lbs 7 oz. both 15 inches long. Ella spent 41 days in the Neonatal Intensive care unit, and Emma spent 66 days, (I think 66 since the days all ran together back then)We are very lucky many babies are much smaller and many stay months and months in the NICU.
The girls will go and get a preemie award in the preemie parade, its a great feeling to hear everyone clap for them. Its the highlight of our year, and just makes us feel like after all that time we spent worrying, that things are finally ok.
So please click on the above widget or the one on the left of the page, which will stay there to help us. Pass this on to your friends if you know anyone that could help donate.
I am walking in honor of my twin girls Emma and Ella who were born 9 weeks early and in honor of my nephew Gabriel James Lynn Henson who was born still June 9, 2004. I have walked the last 3 years, and will continue to walk as long as I feel I can help this wonderful cause. Many of you have given to my past walks and I appreciate that deeply. I hope some of you will be able to give again this year, and if you can`t that is fine, I just ask you keep me and the other walker in your thoughts and prayers. Our walk will be May 16th this year at Andrew`s Park in Norman.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO FOWARD THIS IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE WILLING TO HELP!
Contributing to my march online is fast, easy and secure. You can donate directly from my personal webpage with a credit/debit card or PayPal. If you prefer, I can also accept cash or check. Just click the appropriate box on my webpage.
The money we raise helps save premature and sick babies. Premature birth is the #1 cause of newborn death and the biggest threat to babies’ health today, and through March for Babies, the March of Dimes is funding important research to find out why premature birth happens and what can be done to prevent it.
I’ve joined with millions of compassionate people across the country who support March for Babies each year. Won’t you please help me in this worthy cause? Visit my webpage and sponsor me in the march that saves babies!
With your support, there’s hope.
Posted by LJR at 6:06 PM
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
I saw the movie "Fireproof" the other day, its available on DVD and stars Kirk Cameron. I rather enjoyed it and wanted to recommend it to everyone. While the acting was not super Oscar quality it was very heart felt and touching. A wonderful story about saving a marriage with God's help. I don't want to give it away too much, so I won't share details but I suggest it for any married couple it was very touching and the message is strong.
The came out with a book called "The Love Dare" which kind of goes with the movie, its like the book he is given in the movie. I am going to try to hunt it down soon, its looks like a very good read. Even for couples with a strong and happy marriage, we could all use a little reminding sometimes about "do unto others" and lets face it a good marriage takes lots of work! I think the advice in it would be outstanding for those who are having trouble with their marriage. So check it out and watch the movie if you haven't seen it!
Just wondering if anyone had seen it and what they thought.
Posted by LJR at 9:05 PM
Hey all I wanted to share some music with you. You will have to silence the player on our page so you can hear his player but its awesome music so I had to share. Its by Omnicon which is our dear friend Brian. He is the Daddy to Daniel, the little boyfriend Emma had who passed away. He is also Daddy to a new BABY GIRL who will be here at the end of June or early July. That's right everyone, big update for those of you following Donna's pregnancy. The ultrasound says its a girl! That's her pretty little face up there in the ultrasound pic. No name for sure yet so Ella has nicknamed her Monkey Butt Flower (don't ask!) and it has sort of stuck in our house.
Enjoy the music Brian is such a talented man!
Posted by LJR at 7:09 PM