It's Almost Turkey Time!

I’m so excited b/c we leave this afternoon for Tennessee. Everyone is now over all of the sickness that has been going around so hopefully we can all enjoy some turkey.
Tomorrow night (Wed) is the big ELMO night in Nashville. We will ride down with Beth, Rob and the boys and probably eat dinner before the show. It doesn’t start until 7pm so I hope Emma does well. She usually gets her bath at 7:30 and then hits the sack so she could be a wild child during the show or she might fall asleep! I can’t wait to go and my camera will be ready!

On Thursday I think we will go to Aunt Kathy’s for Thanksgiving dinner and then off to Sparta to my Granny Dunham’s house. I am always so full after Aunt Kathy’s but still manage to stuff more dressing in at my Granny’s. This year I’m going to try and eat light. :)

I’m still debating on whether or not to go shopping on Friday. There is nothing that I really need so I probably won’t go. The past few years George and I have always went to Belk and bought bed sheets and I told him last night we really need to get some more this year. Our sheets right now are so incredibly soft and I’m really hoping we can find the same kind.

On Friday we are also going back to Sparta to see my other Granny and Pa. We aren’t having Thanksgiving dinner there this year b/c Pa was originally supposed to work but I’m sure Granny will find something good for us to eat. She always has the best food!

So we have a super busy week and are coming home on Saturday so we can put up our Christmas tree and decorations on Sunday. I’m really looking forward to that since Emma will be helping.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving! I probably won’t post anything new until we return. Then I will have lots of pics to share. Enjoy some turkey and dressing!!

Life With The Nebulizer

So far Emma has been handling the nebulizer okay. Last night was the first time we used it and she screamed the entire time. George also spilled some of the medicine on the floor. I felt like we were toturing her and it was pitiful. This morning George got up with her and he gave it to her all by himself and it was much easier b/c they watched Super Why (a PBS show) and that kept her occupied. The treatments take about 8 minutes or so and that’s a long time to keep a mask with steam coming out of it in front of a toddler. But tonight I gave it to her by myself with the help of Super Why and we did just fine. It does stink that we have to do it twice a day but if it makes her better then we will gladly do it!

Also, earlier tonight we went as a family to the mall to see Santa and do some Christmas shopping. Up until now Emma has done wonderfully with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Not this time. When I sat her on his lap she screamed and cried and it was sooo pitiful. Santa was so great too and I love how he looks. She wasn’t having it though. I wanted to buy just one picture but of course you have to buy 2 3×5’s and 2 keychain pictures. Who in the world wants to spend $20-$30 on those pics?? Do they not realize that I just spent $80 on Christmas cards! I plan on getting her picture made with Santa again at Santa’s village in a couple of weeks and I’ll definitely have to buy one then.

After we left the crowded the mall we headed to Bridge Street. We went to a couple of stores and then to the pizza restaurant for dinner. George sat down with Emma while I got a high chair and our drinks. From the other side of the restaurant Emma started screaming “I LOVE YOU MOMMY!” It was so cute and I just smiled from ear to ear. There was a young couple around our age that just thought she was the cutest thing and they kept looking back and forth from Emma to me. She is such a joy and I love it when she says she loves me. :)

Tomorrow George is going to work since he missed 2 days last week and has tons of stuff to do so Emma and I are going Christmas shopping some more. We are going to attempt Toys R Us and a couple of other stores. I still can’t believe Christmas is almost here. After that is my birthday, New Years, our wedding anniversary and then Emma’s 2nd birthday. We have a busy couple of months!

Check back tomorrow night for pictures. I’ll have to show some of Emma with her nebulizer. Good night!

Update on Emma Bemma

Gabby (Judy) and I took Miss Emma to the pulmonologist this morning for her nasty cough that has been going on for over 2 months now. The doctor says it is probably asthma related so we are going to try Pulmnicort twice daily for 2 months and we have a nebulizer with Albuterol for when she has bad coughing attacks. He said he could hear some movement in her lungs or something and her airways are probably a little swollen. So hopefully this will do the trick and we go back in 6 weeks. It doesn’t really surprise me b/c they warned us in the NICU that most babies with chronic lung disease end up with asthma and she will probably grow out of it. So now Emma is on an antiobiotic for 3 weeks for her sinus issues, pulmnicort for 2 months and we are the proud owners of a beautiful nebulizer! Merry Christmas to us! :)

Sickness In The Air

Well we got the results from Emma’s cat scan yesterday. Apparently she has Sinusitis in both sides and is now on an antiobiotic for the next 3 weeks. We are also going to the lung dr at 10am tomorrow.

In other news George and I have been under the weather. Tuesday night George spent the night in the bathroom and then I felt really bad yesterday and we are both finally starting to feel better today. My dear friend Tracy came and picked up Emma last night for about 4-5 hours and then G’s parents got here around 10pm. It is super hard to take care of a toddler when you don’t feel good!

And to top it all off, my pa was taken to St. Thomas today b/c he has 2 more blocked arteries. His main artery to his brain is 98% blocked and then another artery is 100% blocked. This has just been a very cruddy week! They will perform an arteriogram tomorrow and then schedule the surgery. So our family could use some good thoughts right now and hopefully things will start to look up soon!


Today is my youngest brothers birthday and oh boy does that make me feel old! The baby is turning 17 years old today. Wow! It seems just like yesterday that he was running around the house in his cowboy boots with cute little freckles on his face.

Chandler Graham entered this world when I was in 4th grade and living in Knoxville. I can vividly remember my dad taking my older brother Chad, myself, and 2 year old Hunter to the hospital. I think we got them a stuffed animal and maybe some flowers on the way. Hunter cried and was terrified when we went into the room. How dare a cute little freckled face boy take his place as the baby? :) All I wanted was a baby sister but Chandler was so cute that I soon forgot he wasn’t a girl. I’ve got pics of us in the room but I can’t get my scanner to upload them to the computer right now.
Our sweet Chandler suffered sickness for the first year of his life. He spent numerous nights in the ICU and was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s Disease. At 6 months old he underwent surgery and had a colostomy bag on the outside of the stomach. Talk about some fun times. Thanks Chandler for being so animated and making us work when it came to diaper time. :) Anyways, it was very serious and I’m so proud that Chandler is so strong and such a fighter b/c now he is completely normal. Okay, so maybe he isn’t normal but he is healthy. :)
Chandler is now in the 11th grade and living in the big town of Houston, Texas. Emma, Uncle Arnold and I had the privilege of visiting Chandler and Hunter this past June. I miss my sweet brothers more than anything and am tearing up just writing this post. They are the best brothers in the world and they love Emma so much. So Uncle Chan Chan, today is your day. I know you are in school but I hope your 17th birthday is amazing and I wish I could give you a big big hug! I’m so proud to have you as my baby brother and I love you! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Hunter, Me, and Chandler in June 08 at H’s graduation. Chandler looks just like my dad at that age!
Chandler after he got his drivers license!
Emma Bemma and Uncle Chan Chan as she likes to call him.
She loves her Chan Chan!
Come back inside Chan Chan and play with me!
I wish I could get my scanner to work properly b/c I know it isn’t the operator…I’ve got some cute pics of Chandler when he was little that I want to share.
Thanks for looking!


This is the cute little sweater dress that I bought at Baby Gap last night. Although George doesn’t really like it, I think it is beautiful. :) Today we decided to tackle pictures for our upcoming Christmas card and here are some of my favorite shots. I won’t tell you which one we will use for the cards, but you will find out when you receive yours. I think the pictures turned out awesomely fantastic and couldn’t be happier. Enjoy!

Gotta Love Shopping For Little Girls!

So tonight my dear friend Tracy and her daughter Barbra watched Emma so George and I could have a date night. We don’t do those very often and I have to say we had an awesome time! We ended up watching a funny movie and went to a couple of stores at Bridgestreet before calling it a night.

I’ve been wanting to get Emma a cute dress for Turkey day so we went into the new Baby Gap store. They have so many cute outfits that I could seriously go bankrupt shopping for Emma. Girls are just so easy to buy for and I find myself slapping my wrist constantly so I don’t buy everything I see. So hard. Anyways, here is the awesome little dress and tights that we bought tonight and we got a 30% discount! We saved almost $15! They also had some really cute red shoes that I wanted to get but man they were $25 and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy them. Maybe I can find some cheaper ones at Target. Let me know what you think of this cute outfit!