Friday, September 26, 2008

Hello? Is Anyone There?

During business hours I often unplug one of our cordless phones and give it to Ryan, so that my conversation with the client can be void of screaming. He rarely screams while I'm on the phone, but there are always those occasions.
He loves to play with the phone. Yesterday he finally started using the phone as it was intended (instead of a new chew toy). He walked around the house carrying on his own conversations with his "friend" on the other line while I was talking on the other phone. It was super cute.
I tried to get a video, but his interest in the video camera took precedence over the phone.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mmmm...Chocolate Cake

I realize it's not chocolate cake, but I put a whisk that was being used to make some chocolate cake on this lid. He stole it off the counter. He licked it clean!

Relaxation

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Monday, September 22, 2008

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!

Tent Time

This is what we did yesterday afternoon.





No...we haven't camped out in our backyard yet, but it's likely to happen before too long.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mmmmm....


Is it chocolate pudding?
...
I don't think so!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Pictures From This Past Week

Edison "Eddy"
(Our Special-Needs Puppy)

Ummm....This doesn't look too good.

"Preachin' "

Feety Pajamas--Yay!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

18-Month Pictures

Hooray! Our 18-month pictures are finally here (electronically that is). If you want to look at Ryan's 18-month pictures just go to http://www.smilesbywire.com/
Customer Name: Juliette Stanfill
Access Code: LTPP0672103656JCP

Here is just a preview....

Grandparents...we have some pictures for you, so before you order any you might want to wait and see what we have for you first.

Love to All,
Julie

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Different


Two very different puppies from the same litter.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Head On Collision

The other evening, after the re-bath (see last post), the night didn't end there. After taking his second bath and being clothed Ryan got on his little Pooh Car. He promptly tipped over frontwards. Over he went...resulting in a head on collision with the leg of his Daddy's computer chair. Here are the results...

The pictures don't show just how awful it really is.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Good Laugh

I have a very quick story to tell just to give you a good laugh today. For those of you seasoned in toddlerhood you'll be laughing before I finish this story.

Ryan has had a very busy day with only a very small nap. After dinner tonight I decided to give him an early bath with the intentions that he could play in the tub for as long as he wanted after which I planned to give him some "naked-baby" run time. Ryan played for a long time. After the bath I took him to the living room, dried him off, and let him go. He ran straight to his room. What was the first thing he did when he got to his room? He peed! I grabbed the towel, wiped the mess, and continued to gather his pajamas, diaper and other necessary items before he would go to bed. After the pee I thought to myself, "Well, he won't need to do that again for a while. I might as well let him play. There shouldn't be anymore messes." Boy was I wrong.... Guess what?.... His colon was full too! Ryan got two baths tonight.

Fall Clean-Up

We did a little fall clean-up in the yard this week. The weather has been fantastic...a perfect taste of fall. I just wish it would stay. I love fall. It is, by far, my most favorite time of year. I love the temperatures, the colors, the smells, all of it.

Ryan was the perfect little helper while I worked in the yard.


My new favorite picture:

By the way...we will begin selling our puppies starting next Friday. To see the most recent pictures just click on the link on the sidebar entitled "All About The Puppies".

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my sweet baby girl. Today you would be 5 years old. Wow!...5 years! For some reason that age has always been an important one in my mind. A year when you probably would have started school. A year that marks the graduation from toddlerhood to childhood. A year of new beginnings. A year of new excitement. A year I'll never see with you.

Five years ago at 2:30 in the morning marked our exciting new journey with Brandy....

At 26 weeks I found out I was in preterm labor. At that time we were only given about a 20% chance of her making it, but if I could stay pregnant for just 2 more weeks our chances jumped to 50%. 2 weeks was the magic number we were shooting for...the average time a woman manages to stay pregnant after starting preterm labor. I stayed pregnant for 10 more weeks.

...It was about 2:00 in the morning when my water broke. I was nervous, excited, scared, and not wanting to call the nurse. The plan was to induce labor at 8:00 a.m. Things just started, on there own, a little earlier. At 2:30 I called the nurse and the excitement began. After a few hours of labor, an epidural at 7:00, Brandy Danielle was born at 8:21 a.m. weighing 6 pounds 0 ounces. She was beautiful.

Later that afternoon Brandy was taken to the NICU for observation. We knew she was going to be born with a heart defect. What we didn't know was how it was going to manifest itself. Brandy spent 10 days in the NICU. 10 very long days. She went home on Sunday, September 14th.

Brandy passed away on February 14th at about 2:30 in the morning. She was 17 months old. I will forever miss her. The pain never goes away. It just gets more bearable everyday. My heart will always have a piece missing though.

I have been wondering how this birthday, her 5th, would affect me. I've had some "not so good" days recently. I expect they are related to missing her, even if only on a subconscious level. For those who have lost a child you know those days...the tears come at every little thing and you just can't figure out why.

The other day I was listening to George Strait. Brandy really liked his music. It was one of the only things that actually seemed to bring some peace and comfort in her otherwise uncomfortable life (after her brain injury). We could put that CD on and life was good for a while. She and I used to dance for hours, eyes closed, dreaming of better days. I was listening to the George Strait albums the other day and without thinking whisked Ryan up off the floor and started dancing, eyes closed. For just a second, a very minute moment I was taken back...holding my baby girl...her dark, silky curls...her soft skin.... The tears came, rolling down the sides of my face, missing my baby girl once again. I wanted to hold on to that moment for a while longer yet I wanted to dance, a new dance, with my son. So we danced...our own dance...sweet, beautiful, and full of life.

Brandy,
I wonder...if all things were perfect...
Would you still like George Strait?
Would you still like to dance?
Would your hair still be curly?
Would it be dark and silky?
Would you be starting public school?
Or would we have decided to home-school?
What would you look like riding a bike?
Would you be petite or tall or somewhere in between?
What would be your favorite cartoon?
What would be your favorite color?
Would you like to play outside?
Or would indoors be more your thing?
What would you beg Santa to bring you this Christmas?
Would you love looking at Christmas lights at night?
What would be your favorite food?
Would your eyes still be blue?
What would you think of your baby brother?
I bet you would be a great big sister.
Would you like to color pictures to put on the refrigerator?
Would you wear glasses?
Would you like dresses or pants?
Would you make snow angels in the snow this winter?
Would you make mud pies in the summer?
Would you dance in the rain in spring?
What would be your favorite bedtime story?
Would you like to play dress-up?
Would you pretend you are a princess?
I wonder...
I wonder...
I cry.

(To read more of Brandy's story and see pictures look for the link in the sidebar on this page)

Last night I had a crazy dream
A wish was granted just for me
It could be for anything
I didnt ask for money
Or a mansion in malibu
I simply wished, for one more day with you

One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you

First thing I'd do, is pray for time to crawl
Then I'd unplug the telephone
And keep the tv off
I'd hold you every second
Say a million I love you's
That's what I'd do, with one more day with you

One more day
One more time
One more sunset, maybe I'd be satisfied
But then again
I know what it would do
Leave me wishing still, for one more day with you

(Diamond Rio "One More Day")

video

(Un)Labor Day Weekend

We didn't do any labor at all last weekend. We had a great weekend. Ryan's Gammaw and Pappaw came up from Texas to visit us. We pretty much sat around the house enjoying life. Of course between Ryan and the puppies we had plenty of entertainment, excitement, and never a dull (boring) moment.

Ryan tried on Pappaw's boots. He needed a little help standing up for the picture.

Ryan tried to eat his Uncle Paul's boots. Notice his intensity in how he inspected them first.
Ryan got to sit on his Pappaw's and Gammaw's Harley. He really liked the sound it made.
This is his "I'm seriously cool" face.
Ryan even got to take some pictures. (He got away with a whole lot more with his Pappaw than he does with his Mama.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cute

I'm tired tonight...I'll write more another day. Here are a few pictures. Have a great night!