Thursday, October 30, 2008
To make my day that much harder Ellen called while I was walking, and while it was so wonderful to talk to her and catch up she dropped some really sad news on me. Good news for her because I know this is something that she has been working towards, but sad news for me. She informed me that she took her children out of playschool this week and that she has started working from home fulltime. I have not had to the heart to have the conversation with Taylor yet. For, Taylor thinks that Kenneth is still on vacation in Branson with his grandparents, and he will be back soon. He is going to be heartbroken when I tell him that Kenneth will not be in school anymore. This news was also so hard on me because Katherine and Emma Grace will no longer be in school together and might not ever have the opportunity to form that type of relationship that Kenneth and Taylor have. All four of our kids will still have the opportunity to see each other at Church, and Sunday School. And Taylor and Kenneth are going to do Youth Wrestling together this fall. And I know that Ellen and I will do everything that we can to keep the kids close but it is still hard. I think this is harder on me then it will be on Taylor - if I ever get the nerve to tell him where is best friend has gone during the day.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
We started off by going to the Bake Sale/Pumpkin Patch at our church. Taylor has really enjoyed picking out pumpkins this year. Against my better judgment I did let Taylor pick out one pumpkin and one gourd, well I told him one pumpkin but some how he talked me into a gourd. He is quite the negotiator and one day he is going to be a great lawyer or sales person. I say against my better judgment because we have at least 25 pumpkins and gourds on our front porch already. Oh well the money goes to the youth group at our church. And the money that we spent at the Bake Sale actually goes to Taylor’s playschool, so I keep reminding myself of that every time I take a bite of the scrumptious Kentucky Derby Pie that we brought home. (And I wonder why I can’t loose all of this baby weight that I have put on.)
The highlight of my day though was going to the movies with Taylor and Emma. We went to see the Beverly Hills Chihuahua– terrible movie but awesome relaxation time with my little ones. I got to snuggle with Emma for two hours straight and Taylor leaned up next to use close while watching the move intensely. It really was one of the best days that we have had in a long time.
My Taylor is growing up so very fast so I just treasure the time when he snuggles up to me close like he did at the movie today. When I was tucking him in tonight I asked him “if I could just sleep in his bed with him tonight so we could snuggle all night,” and his response was “Mom this is a one man bed.” Oh well I guess I enjoyed it while I could.
Taylor always has his finger in his nose and I guess he is starting to rub off on Emma Grace:
Thank you everyone for clicking on my advertisements. I am 7 days into it and I have already made $40. I will be a true believer when they deposit my first check into my bank account, and then I will update you all on how that transaction worked. This whole ad think is quite amazing. They are able to put ads on your blog that are relevant to what your reader’s interests are, and what you are bloging about. You might have noticed that there have been several advertisements about Sea Otters on my blog – these are a result of a post I made about Taylor and his Sea Otter. You will see me start writing about more name brand things (i.e. Wal-Mart, Target, Johnson and Johnson, Martha Stewart etc.) because when the bigger corporations advertise on your blog you get paid more per click. J&J pays like $.99 a click, where the Sea Otter only pays about $.13 a click. Anyway I say all this to say that I am not been disappointed with Ad Sense yet, and if you click on mine I will click on yours!!!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
As many of your know one of my friends/sorority sisters, Laine Virtue Harper gave birth on August 24th to a beautiful little boy named Leighton Clement Harper who has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. On top of Leighton’s heart problems Leighton was born 10 weeks prematurely. As you can imagine Leighton and his family have had a long and stressful last two months. Laine’s little boy is currently still undergoing treatment at the Little Rock Children’s Hospital where he is expected to be for several more months. At this point the doctors are saying that he will need a heart transplant before he is able to return home.
Before taking up a second residence in Little Rock two months ago, Laine and her husband Rich lived in Lowell, AR, where they both run their own businesses. For those of you who are unaware, Lowell is roughly three and a half hours from Little Rock. As you can imagine, the past two months has been emotionally and financially draining on their family. I would first like to ask that you keep this beautiful family in your thoughts and lift them up in your prayers. In addition, I would ask that you prayerfully consider donating to the Harper family fund. You can make donations by choosing any one the three options listed below.
If you would like to follow Leighton’s progress you may do so by visiting: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/leightonharper
Options for Donations
Arvest Bank Deposit Directions:
You can mail a check to the following address. Please include with the check a brief explanation that says “you would like the following deposited into Leighton Harper’s account, account number 54236370.
Arvest Bank – Bentonville
P.O. Box 1229
Bentonville, AR 72712
You can wire your donations by calling 479-271-1253, and giving them Leighton’s account number of 54236370.
Or if you would like you can use PayPal and send your donation to me, and I will be depositing all money into Leighton’s account on a weekly basis. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org – if you already have a PayPal account set up my email address is all that you to send your donation.
Laine, Rich, and Leighton all need our thoughts and prayers right now. Thank you so much for your time and donation consideration.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Now that Emma is 92 days old she is able to hold her head up on her own, laugh out loud, sit in brother’s lap on her bottom, watch Baby Einstein movies, and sit at the table with us in her high chair while we eat dinner. She loves playschool and all of her teachers just love her. She is doing artwork at playschool which includes coloring with markers, crayons, and finger painting. She is a great baby and we are so thankful she is in our lives.
Happy 3 month Birthday Emma Grace – we love you bunches!!!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I say all this to say that these next few weeks will be crazy getting the house ready to put on the market. It is amazing the things that you put off doing until they have to be done. For example we have been meaning to landscape around our shed for 3.5 years, but have never gotten to it. Ryan got started on it this morning and it has taken him all of about 4 hour to get the hard part done.
If anyone knows of someone who is in the market for a nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath house in Bentonville please pass our info along.
I am going to miss this house. This is the house that my Taylor has grown up in and the house that we brought Emma Grace home from the hospital to. It has done us good.
Each week the children get to take home a bag of books and a stuffed animal - they call these kits book buddies. This weekend in Taylor’s book buddy was a magazine about Sea Otters. Taylor absolutely loved this magazine and loved learning about the Sea Otter. So this week for circle time he is going to give a book report over the magazine and he is also going to bring in a stuffed sea otter that his Aunt Emily gave him last year.
Another good story – the reason Emily gave Taylor the sea otter was because I had taken him to see the documentary Artic Tale. It was about the current environmental impact global warming is having on the Polar Bears and the Walruses. For some reason during the whole movie Taylor kept calling the walruses “sea otters”, and for a long time after that he refused to call them anything but a sea otter. Emily picked up on this and found him a Sea Otter lovey at the NYC Central Park Zoo. I promise I do not make my children watch documentaries but Taylor asked to go and see this Artic Tale and he loved the full two hours of it. He loved it so much we now own it on DVD. I do highly recommend it though for adults it is great movie – very eye opening.
Thank you Ms. Deb for working so hard with our little boy, and thank you Aunt Emily for the Sea Otter.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
By the end of our trip to the park it was past our naptime and Taylor was cranky and he mouthed of to me one too many times. I finally said “alright we have to go now” and I started to walk to the car. To my surprise when we got to the car he handed me several of these not so pretty white weed flowers, and said “here you get the ugly flowers because you are not nice, and you are not my best friend anymore, and I am mad at you, etc.” The flower looked like the one below.
I love you little boy and we will get thru these tough times.
Emma is actually in a class of 12 kids, and I personal know 4 of the other children and their parent’s very well. Max is in there and he is one of my sorority sister’s son. Katherine Lewis (Kenneth’s sister) of course is in there. Reese Reid (Tia’s sister) is in there, and Sydney Ferguson who is our church youth directors daughter. For those of you who don’t know Kenneth and Tia are both children and very good friends that Taylor grew up with at Wee Friends.
I just keep telling myself each day will get easier. Each day will get easier. Each day will get easier.............
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Well today marks the day that three of the four Coble’s have gotten the stomach “garbage” (in the words of Taylor Coble) that is going around. I had it on Wednesday, Taylor had a touch of it yesterday, and my sweet Ryan has it today. I just pray that little Emma does not get it – I’m not sure how her little body will handle it.
I hope that we have not spread it to anyone else that we have been in contact. If we have I am so very sorry. Good news is it only last 24 hours!!!
Taylor calls everything “garbage” these days. My favorite is when he says “Oh garbage” and he does not really pronounce the “r” in Garbage. It is pretty funny, but we try to laugh to ourselves, and encourage him to have a more positive outlook in life.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I do have a prayer request though. I would ask that you keep my friend Laine and her family in your thoughts and prayers. I don’t know what to do for her family right now but pray and ask others to pray. Her precious little boy Leighton was born on August 27th with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, and they have been in Children’s Hospital with many emotional ups and downs, ever since then. He is only 7 weeks old and is getting ready to have his second heart surgery. Please pray for Leighton and his family. You can click on this link to view the wonderful blog that his parents created for him. Thank you.
Tummy Time 10/11:
Emma saying to me “take this stupid elephant rattle off of my arm.”
Taylor his snake lovey and his gigantic T-Rex lovey.
G-daddy trying to get Taylor to wear the tackiest Alabama hat that was ever made. G-daddy kept telling Taylor that it was an Arkansas A on the hat, but after he refused to put it on his head I assured my dad that he was not stupid and he knows the differnce between Alabama and Arkansas.