Sunday, May 31, 2009

10 years ago today...

9 1/2 years old!
Savannah, 6 1/2 years old
Savannah, 5 years old!


Savannah, 2 1/2 years old

Savannah's first camping trip! 7 weeks old!
I didn't realize how freaked out I was about Savannah turning 10! 10 years ago today, at this exact time, I was in a hospital bed ready to meet my first born. It is 10:41 pm as I write this blog and that is what time I started pushing...and pushing... and pushing. Yes, Savannah should have been born on MAY 31ST, but she had other ideas. My day had started off as normal as a day could be at 3 days after my due date. My mom and brother had come for the weekend and it was Memorial weekend. On Memorial Day, my mom wanted to go to Sears to buy a sewing machine. We stopped in the baby section and looked at baby clothes, debating whether to pick up another outfit. We did not know what the baby was going to be and my mom was picking out things that she thought would be good for either a boy or girl. We went downstairs to see the sewing machines and my low back started hurting. I told my mom and she told me she thought that it was labor starting. I did not believe her, though. We continued shopping and I started getting more uncomfortable. I ended up in the restroom with people threatening to call 911. I finally accepted that I was probably in labor and we convinced people that I was okay and went home. This was about noon. I didn't want to be one of the women who go to the hospital too early, so I convinced my mom and Rob that I would be okay at the bar-b-que that we were supposed to go to. I was pretty uncomfortable, but I never had steady contractions. They would come every 15 minutes, then wait 30 minutes, then the next would be in 10 minutes, then back to 30 minutes. We stayed at the party for a couple of hours and people just kind of stared and looked at me. We finally decided to go home and I told Rob I thought I was ready to go to the hospital. We picked up my stuff and headed over around 7pm. I was scared that they would send me home since my contractions never stayed close together. They checked me in and began examining me and asked me how long I had been having contractions and I told them about 6 or seven hours, but never regular and they told me that I was dilated to an 8 and they would be breaking my water immediately. What!? I figured I had another 12 hours or so... They did break my water soon after that. I never felt that I was in a great deal of pain, but I did get a pain shot. That made me quite happy and I remember telling my friend Mona, that drugs were good! By 10:30 pm, I was ready to push, so they told me, I never had the urge, and so it started. They told me that we would have a baby in an hour. So after an hour of pushing, I was done. But Savannah would only come out a little and then go back and then come out a little and then go back. I kept pushing and Savannah's heart rate didn't drop, so they let me push and push and finally at 1:00am, Savannah was born. The doctor delivered her and put her on my belly, and I couldn't believe she was mine. I remember that the doctor never told us what she was, he must have assumed that we knew! Rob and my mom unwrapped her and said, "It's a girl" and I thought, "I knew it!" I had many dreams that my baby was a girl! She was a great baby and continues to keep us on our toes! She is a bright, beautiful, curly haired 10 year old! I still can't believe it! I am proud of her accomplishments so far and I know that she will continue to make us proud!

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Memorial Day Tribute to my Dad...by Rob


My Dad is never far from my thoughts. He has been gone from us for nearly 25 years now but I still base a lot of my decisions in life on things he taught me. I think about him everytime I hear the National Anthem and hope he knows how proud I am to be his son.


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Memorial Day thoughts

Savannah marched in a parade at Canyon Lake for Memorial Day!



Sydney performed partriotic songs at school to celebrate Memorial Day!



First Grade Stars!



Some of you may not know this, but I come from a family with a military background. I grew up in a little town that is attached to a Navy base. My dad's dad was a Commander in the Navy and served for many years. My dad and his brothers were all in the army and served during Vietnam in different ways. One uncle, Ken, flew in helicopters and my dad served in Germany (where I was almost born) in the late 60's and early 70's. I think that I heard that my dad wasn't sent to Vietnam because his brothers were there! On my mom's side, I had an uncle, my mom's brother, John, who was in the army and was killed in Vietnam in 1969. I never new him, but have heard wonderful stories about his life and I have visited his name at the Vietnam Wall. My mom's dad was in the army for a short time early in his life, but had to get out due to his health. My mom's other brother was also in a branch of the military. I have a cousin who is in the Navy and has served for twenty years mostly in different parts of the Gulf. Another cousin retired from the Marines a couple of years ago. Rob's dad was in the Navy for about 20 years and then worked for contractors that worked with the military. He is at Arlington National Cemetery. Rob's grandpa George was in the Navy in the 20's.

Our family has been lucky. My uncle John has been the only person (that I know of) that we have lost while serving. Others have not been as lucky. We have lost many men and women. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones and friends and my hope is that the troops who are serving, wherever they are, stay safe and also come home soon!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Weekend in San Diego

We had a super time in San Diego with our great friends,Mike and Tracy and of course Katey! We went to the zoo, saw a Padre/Reds game at Petco Park and then on Sunday we went to Cabrillo National Monument. The Bailey's and Berghorn's at Petco Park!
Rob and I at the Point Loma Lighthouse!

Tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument!



Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all You Moms. I decided to do a little tribute to some of my favorite moms! I am still surprised everyday that I am really actually a mom to two beautiful daughters and I hope that some day they will feel the joy I feel! Here is a picture of me and my mom, I think I am two!
Here I am with two of my favorite moms ever! My grandma Pinney and grandma Kinne! I think I am four. Great bonnet, huh!

Rob and his favorite moms. His mom and sisters: Cher, Patty and Christine!

Me and my GIRLS~





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