Tuesday, September 30, 2008

It's fall!

Fall, I've been waiting for you! This is my favorite season. I love the different colors of the leaves and the crisp, cool smell. I just feel happier in the Fall. I will be digging out my fall decorations this weekend...Mark will pretend he's excited ;).

I'm baking now...a lot. I have made cakes, pies, rolls, bread, sweet bread, muffins...all kinds of things from scratch. I want a food processor for Christmas, or a mixer! Mark found a nice one that I think he'll be getting me. As for him...he's getting Guitar Hero World Tour. Audree's getting a new carseat, a baby pen (like off The Rugrats, lol!) and, of course...toys. She'll get new clothes and a toothbrush in her stocking, too.

And I found this hat today and I want to get it for her so bad, but I can't fathom spending $20 on a hat.

Click here to see the item.
Isn't it adorable? It would be so cute on Audree! I bought her a similar one the other day so we'll see how cute it is on her ;).

Friday, September 26, 2008


Audree's cold is actually allergies :(. She had a swollen right eye so the doc gave us some antibiotic ointment for that and some saline drops for her nose to keep it from drying out but that's all they can do. At her shot appointment last week she weighed 14 lbs, 10 oz, was 25 3/4 in long and her head measures 15 3/4 inches. Today she weighed 14 lbs 12 oz which means she's gaining weight. She's eating less now. She can drink from a sippy cup, although she doesn't like water. She also opens her mouth for a spoon and will bang away with the spoon and bowl if you don't watch her VERY closely. We feed her cereal one or two times a day, depending on how she feels and how much patience we have, lol. She still doesn't need it so we're good. We've also been reading to her at bedtime and she really enjoys it. She likes to touch the book and try to eat it.

Look at that silly face. Someone managed to wrap the links around her

...and roll underneath her floor gym.

Oh! she says.

She wanted that bib off!

First time in the big-girl swing!

I just adore this hat. And...her face!

Waiting on 4 month shots :(

This was right before she was bitten by that bird.

She is so curious!

That bird is gorgeous

Audree and mommy at Mystic Aquarium...same place I went into labor with her!


Audree and daddy after her first church service

Audree and mommy

Sorry, she's a little hung up right now.

Look at those rolls!

What are you, kitty?

Daddy made tuna casserole...how did the baby get floured?

She can help hold the umbrella.

She fell asleep on the caterpillar toy!

She wants to play, too.

Giving us "the eye"

She's so sweet! I love her onesie.

Daddy reading to her

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Yes, we're still alive.

Sorry for the lack of updates. We're super busy right now. Audree has her first cold so she has a doctor's appointment tomorrow. We went to the Providence mall today and I got something absolutely fantastic--an oil spritzer! No more cans of nasty oil for me! If I get a spare minute, I'll post pictures. Scratch that; I'll probably take a bubble bath instead. I'll get to it this weekend, I promise!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Some news

Mark's sub disqualification packet came in today. So, we're either going surface (carrier or DDG), to a shore command or getting out. Right now we're really stressed so we'd appreciate if you keep us in your thoughts.

I've been cooking and baking from scratch. I'm attempting my first loaf of bread tomorrow so we'll see how that turns out. Also, a local supermarket had a great deal on fresh corn--12 ears for $1.99, so Mark shucked and de-silked them all while I boiled the cleaned ears, cut off the corn and froze it, along with some corn on the cob. I'm going to try making strawberry jam and jelly next week I think. Tonight I made chili with black beans and ground turkey. Mark said it was the best he'd ever had, so I guess that means I did a good job! It was tasty and not heavy or greasy like chili usually is. I'm thinking about putting some tried-and-true recipes on here, if anyone is interested.

We're also struggling with religion right now, so to speak. Neither of us believe in becoming members of a church just to be able to say that you belong, and we believe that it sometimes can take awhile to find a suitable congregation. I've been looking around. We know what we're looking for--a large new-age church with a small church feel with a praise band looking for new members...Mark wants to start playing again, and Audree and I would love to go hear him. I've actually never heard him play bass. For Christmas last year I got Mark concert quality reeds so I got to hear him play clarinet and it was lovely :). He's very talented. Anyway, we are looking for a church but we want a specific kind. We want to grow in the church as well as help the church grow, if that makes sense.

A very dear friend of mine has a child in the hospital. The baby is slowly but surely overcoming obstacles she's been faced with since birth but right now, she's a little overwhelmed. The little girl is a day younger than Audree and both the mother and Ava mean a lot to me, so I'd appreciate if you kept them in your thoughts, also. My heart is breaking and goes out to Kay right now; she's 14 hours away but I wish I could be there with her right now, but I'm needed with my family here right now. I'm doing all I can from here. Some of you may not agree with this, but Mark and I are discussing me pumping and sending milk to Ava via UPS and dry ice for a little while to help her gain some weight. I'm taking a half-dose of Reglan, drinking 2 cups of Mother's Milk Tea and taking 8 Fenugreek supplements a day to keep my supply up. I can step all that up for awhile to help Ava be fat and sassy :).

Audree has a doctor's appointment next Friday for her 4 month shots. I can't believe she'll be four months on Monday...seems like it was only yesterday that I was whining that I wanted to go into labor! Also, some of you have been asking what Audree needs. Right now she's in 6-9 month clothing and she enjoys musical things and colorful things. She also likes water. We appreciate anything from our friends and family, but by no means is anything expected.

I think that's all...I'm done rambling. Here's the pictures you cam here for!

Stacy, Me and Rochelle...they came down to visit from New York

Napping on Mommy

Audree and Ava...Audree's vicious!

At the Dental office
Crazy hair!