Monday, September 28, 2009

Fall Ball

Fall Ball Season - 2009

Here are some photos taken by a local photographer Carla Lynn.. She does such an awesome job.. Just wanted to share some snaps of this season...


Friday, September 25, 2009

I Miss It...

I got a letter the other day from a guy who adopted our very first set of fosters (boxer pups Amos & Amanda). Before having Emily we rescued and fostered doggies for a local animal shelter. I was a local "puller" for Rutherford county. Which means I would often get a call at 3pm to go "pull" a doggy from Rutherford County Animal Control (PAWS), more often or so this dog would be on the books to be put to sleep at 6pm... I LOVE and Miss walking in grabbing that sweet doggy with its look of fear and save me in its eyes, load it up and take it home.. For about 2 years we had 1 or 2 fosters at any given time in our home. Here are some pics I wanted to share =)...

Amos & Amanda (Our first fosters on their first day)

Amos & Amanda a Pic from new adopted Dad

Honey the Day she came to our home

Honey in her Forever Home

Hannah - The day I pulled her myself from Fort Campbell Army Base

The Day Hannah Was Adopted

Little Cocoa (whom I had to shave b/c of the fleas that were eating her alive)

Bugs - He was eventually reunited with his owner - I pulled him from PAWS 45 minutes before his scheduled euthanasia time

Zena - She now lives with 2 cocker spaniels and a dalmatian =)

Lets Talk

At a recent baseball game Nana and "clown" Papa got to come up and watch. We are so happy to see Papa is feeling better. Grandma Mary snapped some photos of Miss Emily and Papa talking and smiling and I wanted to share them!

We love you Papa Lannom!!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

My Little Butternut!

So I finally got started on making Emily some baby foods. I had planned to wait till she was five month old before starting her on them, but she has shown so many signs and seemed very interested in food that I went ahead and started her. So for her first meal I made butternut squash. She LOVED it.. I even had to "thicken" it up because she seemed frustrated with it when it was super runny. So how you might ask am I making her meals. Well here is how I made her first batch. I also have made some sweet potatoes for her. Can't wait to see what she thinks of them, they were her brothers FAVORATE food as a baby!

Preheat Oven to 400 Degrees

Cut butternut squash in half, scoop out seeds

Place halves face down in a pan and cover with an inch of water
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour - be sure the “shell/skin” puckers and halves feel soft then scoop squash “meat” out of the shell
Place squash "meat" into your choice of appliance for pureeing and begin pureeing.

Add FRESH breastmilk or water as necessary to achieve a smooth, thin consistency.

Place in ice-cube trays.

Freeze! Once Frozen place in plastic freezer storage bag.

And what did miss Emily think of the final product....
I think she approved!

Monday, September 14, 2009


So Miss Emily has been trying to snatch our food off our plates for some time now. After her appointment on Friday I talked to her pediatrician about me making all her babyfood and stuff.. WE agreed as long as she starts by six months old we are good to go. But with Emily acting so eager to eat I decided to "try" her on some rice cereal. Even though it has no real nutritional value it was a great teacher food for the boys. Well how did it go.........

OK Mom & Dad I'm ready

First Bite.....

Hey this is kinda good.....

Ummmm more please

K kinda over this runny stuff

But hey its good, AND fun to wear....

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Opening Day - Fall Ball

So last night both boys had their first games for the fall ball season. This was Nicksters first "real" game ever! He did soooo well and we are sooo proud of him. Even though its "T-ball" its so much fun to watch these little guys running around. And per league rules the umpires have to "stop" all possible collisions at home plate (third base runner from running into catcher trying to score a run)... So Nick was stopped all three time so we all said he hit 3 triples last night...hehe

Justin did awesome too... Its so different and so much more nerve racking watching his age group. Its crazy how serious these little 7 and 8 year olds are. Justin got a new bat (well actually 2 - thanks daddy) and we all were teasing him last night about his new bat and he better hit good. Mamaw (my mommy) even told him for every home run he hits he got $5.00... WELLLLLLL Justin is lead batter, comes up to the plate, hits two foul balls and then BOOM home run. He was sooo proud and so are we. He kept saying "I got the first hit, the first home run, and the first $5.00 of the season"
Here are some pictures of my two little ball players!

Ready For His 1st Game

Warming Up

You taking pictures of this mom???

And He Is OFF
Justins HOME RUN!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What A Year....

Wow August was a busy month it seems and man did it fly by! Its hard to believe it is September already! Today (Sept 3rd) I woke up and realized, because a mother never forgets these sappy things, that a year ago today I found out that I was pregnant with Miss Emily. Wow what a year it has been. We are so blessed to have this little lady in our lives and I can't believe a year later I now have this amazing gift

Now that we are heading into September its time for FALL BALL!! Woohoo.. Nick and Justin both have their first games on Tuesday night, we are all so excited! Joe is also now playing on TWO adult softball teams (Thursday & Friday leagues) and also doing tournaments (roughly 2 a month).. So needless to say we LOVE baseball and I now take up residents at the ballpark!

Here recently since Justin has gone back to school Nick and Emily have been spending tons of time together.. Here they are having one of their daily chats....

And here is another, yet right now Emily is screaming at him to leave "HER" toys alone...

Speaking of Justin he is LOVING school. We are roughly 3 weeks into second grade and he is doing great. He does have his first cold, thanks school, yet that doesn't worry me. The suspected 50+ cases of swine flu in our district school system scares me! But lets not worry, instead smile like my big second grader!

Well summer days are coming to an end, but lets share a picture of one last dip in the pool! Actually it was Emily's FIRST dip! She loved it. Yes I have another water bug on my hands!