Monday, December 20, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Having an attitude of gratitude is only possible if you have faith in knowing everything will be alright in the end. I'm grateful for each and every one of you!
I can't believe how fast time flies after the second child. Everyone kept telling me it would, but true to my human nature, I had to believe it for myself. And sure enough, it's FLYING by!
Isabella is God's gift to me. I'm sure of it! She is the reason people have babies. She is cuddly, fat, smiley, and sweet as can be! She sleeps well, eats well, and 90% of the time she is giggly, smiley and wonderful! What joy she has brought to my life! My favorite thing is watching her interact with Johnners. They already have a special bond and are each others best friends. He is SO sweet with her. It just melts this little mommas heart!

Johnners is ALL boy and spends his days playing with his army tanks and blowing things up! He is a highly organized little boy. All of his toys are usually lined up in rows and he displays them ever so neatly! All other times, they are scattered all over his room, and our living room...we're working on his 'cleaning up skills'. :(
Izzie loves to sit up and play. She wants none of this 'lay on my tummy and try to crawl bs' nope. She's not having any of that! She wants to sit up and be part of the action. Since she was born she has wanted to 'control' things. When I try to feed her baby food now she reaches up her hands so SHE can hold the spoon and not me! I have to hold her hands down to feed her! Whereas Johnners couldn't get enough food - he was just a little bird with his mouth wide open!

I enjoy getting home every day so I can interact with my kids. Cuddle, play, laugh, and love on them until bed time. I never knew being a mom could be this fulfilling. It's the most amazing experience of my life. And this is coming from a person who wasn't sure she ever wanted to have kids!
I have so many things to be thankful for this year. We recently moved into a new home and were able to purchase a new vehicle! I am SOO thankful for the generosity and kindness that has been poured over us lately.

Realizing that 5 years ago at this time I was sleeping on an air mattress and living in a one bedroom apartment makes me extremely humbled and grateful for what I have today. It's amazing what 5 years can do to someone. My whole life has changed - and for the better!
Here's to kindness and thanksgiving this holiday season.
Blessings to you all :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

summer fun

it's been a fun and very very busy last few months. Mommy went back to work and life has kept us on our toes! I figured this would be the easiest way to update info now and then try to catch up with the writing another time. Hah! I hope that idea actually comes to fruition. Johnners is so big now, and amazingly smart (in my opinion). He is totally obsessed with golf and most of my nights are spend across the street with him chasing golf balls up and down the open pasture. I strap Izzie in the baby carrier and we head out. He got a set of golf clubs for his birthday and he calls his driver his 'smasher' and his iron is the 'hard hitter'. He also loves to put and basically do anything that involves golf. He'll watch golf and track how the players are doing. It's totally entertaining! He even makes me be quiet before the golfer will hit on TV. Pappy is becoming his favorite simply because, well he's cool, but mainly because he's associated with everything golf! He typically wakes up every am and asks to go golfing.
He's also very wrapped up with sharks right now. He asked for a shark for his birthday and when we asked him what he wanted to do with it, he said 'eat it'. So guess what his wonderful auntie mandie got him for his bday? A shark! We brought it home and the little sucker actually made it for about 20 hours...the next morning Johnners had found the fish net and a pair of scissors. He had pulled the stool up next to the fish tank and was standing over the tank trying to get the 'shark' out and, you guessed it, cut him up so he could eat him!! I plead not guilty because I wasn't home. Mark was in the shower. Our little guy did just what he said he wanted to, we just didn't realize he was that serious! LOL.
Izzie, is a little over 4 months now and is just as precious as can be. She's so much fun and if all babies are like her, then EVERYONE should have one! She sleeps through the night and eats like a champ. She is happiest when she's in the middle of everything that's going on. She does NOT want to be set aside - 'nobody puts baby in the corner' She wants to interact with everything that's going on. She's rolling over and talking up a storm. Nothing makes sense yet, but she's sure trying to tell you something!
Time FLIES with the second child. I can't believe how fast she is growing. I am sooo blessed to have two wonderful and amazing children. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. My life seems more 'complete' now then it has ever been. 'Lovin my life as a mommy and wife'
hope you enjoy the picture slide show. We got some cute ones of big brother Maguire (almost 5) and big sister Makenna (now 7). Sending lots of love to you!

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

welcome baby Izzie!

Well it's official - we have a new member of our family! :)

Introducing Isabella (Izzie) Ann Stanton

We are so excited to have a little girl as a blessing to our family.

She was born on April 14, 2010 at 8:01am via c-section and weighed 9lbs. 2oz. and was 21 1/2" long.

Johnners wasn't so sure what to think of his new baby sister when he met her. She got quite a few strange looks from him before he warmed up to her. It made us all laugh. Now he is a great big brother and even willing to share 'ki-ki' with her. If you know my son's special relationship with his favorite blankie then you would understand how big of a deal this really is!

He is always holding her, snuggling her and giving her kisses. He is in fact, a very proud BIG brother!

I now realize why I was sooo huge :) I looked like someone literally shoved a beach ball up my shirt - and I actually had a few folks ask if I was really pregnant or I had shoved a beach ball up my shirt. LOL! Sorry, I didn't add any pre-Izzie birth photos of my looking like a beach ball. No one needs to have a Kodak memory of that! :) But this is our first official picture together - she's 11 days old in this photo. First time mommy actually got dressed since she was born!

Izzie is SUCH a delight and what a sweet sweet baby! She is wonderful and I feel totally blessed to have a baby who isn't in pain from the MSPI - milk soy protein intolerance - like Johnners was. I think it really helps that I started the MSPI diet in Feb so my body was free from all milk and soy products when she arrived. She sleeps well and is barely ever fussy. In other words, she is night and day from her brother! I had such a rough time with Johnners until we figured out his MSPI intolerance (at 6 weeks) so I didn't get a chance to enjoy baby time the way some mom's do. Izzie is a total cuddle bug, smiles a lot, and is such a doll! Again, I feel so blessed that she is who she is already :) She is a good eater and already weighs 9lbs. 14oz. at two weeks old. She's my little chunk!
Fortunately I had help when I got home from the hospital - the second c-section was a bit more difficult to recover from then the first. I had a lot of pain, and still do. (Izzie will be 3 weeks tomorrow). My mom came and stayed with us for a few days and was a HUGE help! Then my sister in law came up for a few days as well and was also a wonderful help to have around! I am so blessed to be surrounded by such loving and caring, wonderful people :)
This is our precious Auntie M who came to stay with us and meet our baby Izzie!

The kids are adapting well and are so excited to have a little sister as well. Makenna is thrilled to have another female in the family and Maguire is absolutely precious with her. They both constantly want to hold, hug, and kiss her. She is one very loved little lady!
I'm on leave for 12 weeks and am learning what it's like to be a stay-at-home-mommy. I'm only two weeks in by myself and so far so good. All of the anxiety I had about the balance of activities, schedules, naps, and other 'fun' things has seemed to work out so far. Our little family is complete and we are thrilled!
I'll be posting more pics soon - and updating the blog while I have so much 'free' time on my hands :) LOL
to you Izzie - we love you and are SOOO happy you're part of our lives!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Feb - Mar

Well February came and went - quite quickly :) I was all set to post a new blog and then we received some very sad news. My precious Grandma KC passed away on March 2. She had a stroke and never woke up. I guess in a way, you can be glad that there wasn't years of suffering or turmoil for her. I can rejoice that she is now dancin in heaven with her husband and reconnecting with all those that she has lost in her life. She was a woman to aspire to. I can't recall a moment where she was unaffectionate or unfriendly to me. She was always encouraging and sweet and there with a hug and multiple kisses on your cheek if you needed them or not. She was the perfect grandma, just the way they should be. Full of laughter and love and good stories about your parent that he/she would never tell you themselves. :) we all adored her and she will be dearly dearly missed. I'm glad my son had a chance to meet her, although he won't remember it. That's ok.
So we traveled down to TX to attend her funeral and say our sad goodbyes. The nice part of the trip as that 1. my sister from Japan flew all the way over to see us! 2. The weather got into the 70's 3. we got to see all our family!! It was nice, I have to admit. To sit around an outdoor fire and see familiar faces of the ones we love,and have a moment to share a hug and lots of laughs together. For that I am grateful for the visit down south.

It's now mid March (obviously) and life has yet again continued on. Funny how it does that, whether or not we want it to... We actually had a day in NE in the 60's and then the very next day - it snowed...seems like spring will never get here.
Speaking of spring, we hope to have a spring baby...I'm three and a half weeks away now and boy can I tell I'm close! My sweet husband got me a pregnancy massage the other day and she was like 'woah' you're back is a mess! My sciatic nerves go back and forth from being pinched and in major pain. In fact, my legs both went numb while I was getting the massage - note to self: that's not a good thing.
Johnners is soooo anxious for warm weather and the chance to get outside and play. He's been riding his bigwheel toy in the garage some nights when we get home just because he wants to play so badly. :( poor guy.

We're still working on the potty training and are having a little more success,but it's a lot harder than I thought it would be. I keep reminding myself that it's not like he's going to go to preschool in diapers right???

He's totally into golf and any stick or long item that he finds he's trying to hit a ball with it. He actually said to me the other day, "mommy, isn't it spring? can we go golfing yet?" My heart just melted!! THAT'S MY BOY!
He constantly cracks me and Mark up by the things he'll say, or just how goofy he'll act. He's quite entertaining if you ask me. Just reinforces that 'kids say the darnedest things' - because they totally do!

It will be interesting to see how he does with a baby around. I'm sure I'll have good stories about that as well. I can only imagine, and then I realize that what I imagine is still probably not accurate.

I'm guessing by the next time I get around to posting something on this, I'll have a new baby to boast about.

Prayers that these next 3 weeks go by quickly. Momma's body is worn out! (yes, I realize the hardest part is still ahead) BUT once you get to the hardest part all you can do is tackle it and grow from there right?

Here's to spring and a new baby girl to bless our family :)

Monday, February 1, 2010


Well January has come and gone and I'm not going to miss it even for one second. This is officially the worst winter I've ever experienced hands down! We've had numerous times where there are 6ft drifts in front of our garage and have to have a snow plow come dig us out! Johnners doesn't really know what to think about all this snow. He's been out to play in it a few times but it's been sooooo darn cold that It's just not smart to have him out. I did get to capture a few cute pics of him enjoying the snow though...

He is speaking in full sentences and saying the cutest things. Mark and I are constantly amazed at the things coming out of his mouth. Plus he's hit that age where he repeats everything you say! That's scary for the parent... :/

Tonight was spent singing songs *twinkle twinkle and *Sunshine, and watching his favorite - Ice Age! He loves the dinosaurs!! The other things that he is obsessed with currently are guns, everything is shoot em up bang bang stuff. It's hilarious and yet very weird for me because it's a total little boy thing and having never been a little boy I don't understand the obsessions with shooting things. Good thing his dad does! The two of them are like little peas in a pod together. In fact Mark keeps him home a few days a week just to hang out with the little guy and bond. He LOVES his daddy!!
He's such a sweet little guy and the older he gets of course the more ornery he is, but he's also the same sweet boy that will wake up in the am and give me a big squeeze and kiss! He's such a cuddler and can be such an adorable little character. As I type he is standing up trying to figure out how to put on his diaper. LOL. yes, unfortunately we are still in diapers... He's great at going pee pee in the potty, but number two, FORGET ABOUT IT! He screams and throws a fit. Poor guy, we'll get it figured out soon, I hope...

I'm now 7 months pregnant and ready for it to be over. It's much harder with your second because when you're tired, wellll..... too bad. You've got a toddler to chase after.

I can't wait to meet our little girl and for Johnners to have a permanent play mate. Our little family will be complete and it seems sometimes that I've won the child lottery. Boy AND girl. Totally content :)

We've scheduled the c-section for April 14 so her bday will be 4/14/10. Looking forward to it. I've begun my MSPI diet again and hoping this time I won't be so miserable...we'll see how it goes.

Hopefully February goes fast...I need to see some sunshine and know that this winter won't last forever!! Here's Johnners and his very very favorite thing - KIKI!!! Oh what would we do with out KiKi "
Cheers to another month :)