Friday, December 31, 2010

One room, play room, vroom, vroom, vroom

On Wednesday my mom came over & we decided to tackle the playroom.
My kids love Dr Seuss! So much that we have replaced Hop On Pop twice. So when it came time to paint their room I got inspiration from the wonderful author. Above are a few pics of what it looks like currently. I have ordered decals & will post pics of the finished product soon, but wanted to share what we have done so far.
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Sunday, December 26, 2010

So much snow

The snow is absolutely beautiful this morning. Hopefully the kids can all get out & play in it sometime today. We are also supposed to get together with family. We will see what happens.
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010


Our favorite game! This is what we did on our car ride to Mamaws & Papaws.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas in Eastern NC

We just completed our 2nd of 5 Christmas get togethers. The 1st was in Castle Hayne with Grampy & Grandma. (sorry about pictures. I left my camera @ home. Amy will be sending me some soon.) We arrived there on Sunday and left for Jacksonville on Tuesday to be with Grammy & Pop. The kids have been racking up! We have probably all gained 5 lbs from all the amazing food as well.

Other good news... Bentley should be out of the hospital tomorrow! Praise the Lord! Thank you all for the wonderful well wishes and prayers. They have seemed to work. God is so good!

We will be here for another day then we are off to Biscoe/Asheboro. Christmas day is going to be @ Mamaws and Papaws. Then to the Graves for day after celebration. I love Christmas so much! I love getting to see family!
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Car is packed

We are loaded down. I guess we can leave the suitcases so we can bring home our gifts?
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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Bentley Update

Sorry that I did not get a chance to report about Bentley yesterday. The wedding took up all day, not to mention that I had to take Zack to Urgent Care first thing in the morning due to a double ear infection. I tried using our new phones, but quite haven't figured out how to use blogger with it.

Saturday he had a little bit of a slip. They now think that Bentley has full blown pneumonia. He did have to use more oxygen. They said that he will have to be in there for 7-10 days.

Today's update: GOOD day today! He is registering high with Jaundice, but they aren't worried about that. They had him under a light all day today and will continue tonight. They were able to take out the IVs today and he has gained 2 1/2 ozs. Stacy and Kevin were allowed to hold him today and he opened his eyes. Mom and Aunt Sharon went down this morning and arrived this evening. They left tonight to go get Aaden and take care of him. So today was a good day. Tomorrow we are hoping to see a big improvement. Stacy was originally told that day 5 they should see a huge improvement. So lets all pray that tomorrow will be a GREAT day!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Bentley Update

Bentley update: At 3pm the doctors gave him a steroid which seems to have helped. He has gone from needing 40% oxygen to 21%. That is a huge step forward. He still isn't breathing on his own yet or eating. However, they seem to think that once he learns to breathe that the eating will follow. He ended up in Jacksonville, FL. Stacy and Kevin have checked in to a Ronald McDonald house so that they can be nearby Bentley. They have ruled out pneumonia, but believe that his lungs just weren't developed. So now it is just a waiting game to help build up his lungs.

Today at 2pm (before the steroid) Stacy called and Bentley was the same as last night. She said the NICU is filled with babies. She said there were at least 30 babies lined up in the room. She was really upset and had a hard time being in there with so many other babies all hooked up to IVs, monitors, etc. They have had a very hard day, but it seems to be getting better. Hopefully Bentley's lungs will continue to get stronger and will be able to leave next week.

Thank you so much for all the prayers and please continue to cover them in prayers.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bentley Maysonet is here!

Sometime after 2pm today Bentley came into the world and he was 5lbs. 9oz. Now there are some complications currently and I will update as I hear more. From what I know so far...
Right after he was born it appeared that he had a lot of fluids in his lungs. So Stacy or Kevin didn't get to see him, he was immediately wheeled off to the nursery so that they could work on him. At 4pm Stacy and Kevin finally got word that they believe that Bentley has pneumonia b/c they saw a spot on his lungs. He is currently going to be transported to either Jacksonville, FL or Savannah, GA so he can be put in a NICU. Stacy and Kevin want him to go to J'ville b/c it is closer for them, but the Dr. is pushing for Savannah since she used to work there. Stacy and Kevin did get a chance to see him through the glass around 4:00pm today. She said he doesn't have a tube down his throat (which is a good sign), but he is having a real hard time breathing. She told me he looked like Zack when he has his attacks, which is his chest is constantly searching for air. Bentley is currently hooked up with IVs and has been put on oxygen. He also has been given a steroid to help his lungs. Stacy is going to be discharged in the morning and go to whichever hospital that Bentley is in. Please keep the entire family in your prayers.

As I mentioned earlier, I will update the blog when i hear more.

Some Exciting News...

Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I have been swamped!! Wanted to share some exciting news. Bentley (my newest nephew) seems to be on the way. Please keep Stacy in your prayers today and hope the labor and delivery goes perfect. It looks like Bentley wanted 2010 to be his first Christmas!! We are all super excited b/c if Bentley hadn't come before Christmas Stacy, Kevin, and Aaden would have to stay in GA. So again, please keep them all covered in your prayers.

I will update more later.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Week 2 of the new house...

So this is only the second week the kids and I have been in the house. I must say that I now have tremendous respect for single moms and military spouses. It has been incredibly hard to be alone with no help. So Stacy and other military are my heroes!! I don't know how you do this for months on end. I at least get to see Mike on the weekends. There is an end in sight. I only have three weeks left. And one of those weeks we will all be together for Christmas, so not much longer. Right now during the day all I do is keep the kids from killing each other or the dog. Once it is time for bed I work on Christmas gifts and pick up from the madness. I end up going to bed after midnight and then get up and do it all over again.

As far as my house goes...right now it looks like a bomb went off. There are boxes of Christmas decorations out, toys everywhere, baby clothes all in a pile (I'm trying to put up summer clothes), bowls/lids everywhere (the kids keep getting into my cabinets and pulling out my plastic containers). I'm looking forward to Michael getting here tomorrow so he can just watch the kids while I get some housework done.

This week I did get out and about twice. Once for a checkup w/ the kiddos and the other time was to shop/see Santa. Boy did they not like him. Below is the picture to prove it. I think I will cherish this picture forever!! I think the best pictures with Santa are the ones where kids don't seem to be too happy. Enjoy!!