Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Cassidy's 9 Month Wellness Check

Cassidy had her wellness check today and everything looks good except her ear! We found out she has an ear infection. So, she will be taking an antibiotic for 10 days. Her nose has been runny, so I guess we know why now! She weighs 18 pounds and she is 26 inches long. She hasn't grown too much. But the doctor isn't concerned. She can now have table food, but still no milk until she is 1. I can't believe how fast she is growing up!

I got my cake and all of my icings ready for my cake decorating class tomorrow. I am hoping to learn a lot. I love decorating cakes. I will try to post the cake on here tomorrow night!

Cassidy causing trouble:

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Jaden had company today. Teresa and Hanna stopped by. Hanna is almost the same age as Jaden. They made their own pizzas. That was fun. It is fun watching Jaden make something. He actually loves to help me cook! He also mixes up some of his food at suppertime and says he is making something. Neat! I think Jaden had a good time. It was nap time though and they were both getting a little cranky, so Hanna had to go home. But we had a great time.
I still have to make a cake for Thursday night's cake decorating class. I am so excited. I just hope I find the time to make the cake. I will try to make it tonight and then freeze it. I just hope all of this cake decorating doesn't make me gain any weight!! I can't help but eat a piece! I am still planning Cassidy's cake. I just can't wait. I don't have much longer to plan.
Hope everyone is having a good Tuesday! American Idol Tonight!

Monday, February 26, 2007

If weight is an issue for you.......

Everyone knows that I have been battling my weight and so far, I am winning! I was actually thinking that less than a year ago, I was 80 POUNDS more than I am today! I can't even believe that!!!!!
Anyway, if you are fighting with the same issues, take a look at this:
If she can do it, anyone can! Just put your mind to it. Maybe you should bookmark this page and go to it everyday to give you the motivation to be good to your body that day. I am going to look at her progress page every morning and see if it helps me stay on track!
Good luck everyone out there who is fighting this battle!

The snow is gone!

Well, Jaden has been asking if the snow is all gone yet, and today I finally got to say yes. Well, mostly!! Everything looks so dead and ugly now, but I think we are all ready for spring. I am excited for Cassidy to wear cute little sundresses and Jaden to get outside and play soccer. I am ready for flowers and cute little bunnies. I am ready for easter egg hunting and spring cleaning! I am, overall, ready for Spring.
I really need to get scrapbooking again soon. I started cake decorating classes last week and I practiced once this weekend and now, I need to make a cake and freeze it for Thursday. I don't seem to have much time to scrap anymore. I will find the time soon!

Sunday, February 25, 2007


I found the cutest bracelet online today. I decided I had to get it but, I decided I could probably make it. So, I am going to make this bracelet for Cassidy for Easter. I can't wait for her to have it.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


Well, today Jaden got his trophy and his basketball pics! I will share them with you here. I got some really cute pictures of him with his trophy.
Getting his trophy:

Showing off his trophy:

Jaden's Basketball Picture:

Jaden's team picture:

Friday, February 23, 2007

Another Hectic Day!

Oh my, where do I begin! Jeff decided he wanted me to go out looking for a new mattress today. He never has time and some of the stores are always closed when he is off! Have any of you been looking at mattresses lately? What is the deal with the price ranges? I saw some for over $2,000 and some under $200!!!! Really, why do we have so many options? Do we need that many options? Everyone keeps telling me what to look for in a mattress and really, I was just worried about the comfort and the warranty. So, off I went today with kids in hand! Jaden was HORRIBLE! Let me say that again, HORRIBLE! I hate to talk that way about him, but he didn't behave at all. I am sure it was from staying up too late and the cupcake he had for breakfast. When am I going to learn! I saw several mattresses and then late in the day, I decided to go back to a mattress liquidator. The mattress there had a 15 year warranty, pillowtop, and almost 400 coils. We got a great deal! I haven't gotten a headboard yet. I am seriously thinking of making one!!! That should be fun, if I can find the time.
So, we put the bed together tonight and Jaden can barely get into the bed!!! It is so high! I love it. I hope we get some better sleep now.
Jaden's last basketball game is tomorrow. I will try to post some pics. He should get his trophy too.
Cassidy was a good girl today. She has had a runny nose for awhile, but I think she is getting over it. She has been trying to dance when she hears music now. That is the cutest thing. She sits there and bounces!!! She was also playing peek a boo with her blanket today. Gotta love her!

Thursday, February 22, 2007


I can't seem to keep up with the messes Jaden makes anymore! I can have the house spotless and in less than an hour, Jaden can make it look like I never clean!! Does anyone have any advice for me? It's driving me crazy! Not to mention, Cassidy is starting to spread her toys out and Jeff doesn't exactly keep things picked up! Am I the only one with this problem??? AHHHH.
So, to get away from it, we are going to the mall this morning to walk around and pick up Cassidy's portraits. Can't wait to get those in my hands. I know I am going to have a hard time choosing which ones to hang up!
Jaden's basketball game was cancelled last week so I never got his basketball pics. I really don't know when I will get those. I will be sure to get them on this blog somehow!
I have been a little hooked on this Anna Nicole Smith trial. It is interested listening to the facts that are coming out. I think the judge is a complete idiot, but what do I know! It is intriguing to watch. I will admit that I am hooked on it now. It doesn't help that one of my favorite shows, Nancy Grace, talks about it all the time!
Thank God the snow is melting. Maybe we will get out of the house a little more. We are still wanting to make it to Cincinnati soon. I hate that it has been so long since we have been there. It will be a little hectic though. Cassidy is wanting to crawl everywhere and doesn't like to stay in one place long! Actually, Jaden doesn't either. He never outgrew that!
Hope everyone is having a great week and keep checking back for updates!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Nancy Grace!

Last night, Jeff and I went to see Nancy Grace speak. I LOVE her show and thought it would be fun to watch her speak. She was a very good speaker!! Afterward, she had a book signing and reception. Jeff was especially happy to see the orange juice and cookies!!! I was happy to see Nancy Grace! As I approached, I noticed everyone was getting pictures with her and she chatted with everyone. When I finally (after waiting in line for 2 hours!!) got to her she commented on my red hair. She said redheads were vanishing. She told me to have kids and I told her I already had two with no red hair!!! She blamed Jeff!! Then, she told me I was lucky to have kids. What a great lady she is! Can't wait to read her book.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Children's Museum!

What a great time we had at the museum! I found out President's Day was free day at the museum so off we went! It was a great time. Jaden loved it! Even Cassidy played with some dinosaurs! I have so many pictures, I didn't know which ones to post. I hope you all like the ones I picked!
The Dinosaur Exhibit (Very Cool!):

The Clifford Exhibit:

The Train Exhibit:

Friday, February 16, 2007

Jaden's First Scrapbook Page!

Jaden asked to make a scrapbook page today! You can imagine my excitement! He picked out some paper last time we went to Hobby Lobby, so we used it. Hope you all enjoy!

Most of you know I can't get enough of Clay Aiken. He was on Jimmy Kimmel the other night singing and looking better than ever! I wanted to share my favorite clip of the show!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Valentine Cake

I have been debating on using fondant or buttercream for Cassidy's birthday cake. I had never used fondant before, so I decided I needed to practice. So, this is my first try with fondant (nevermind the decoration, didn't really try on them except the pink fondant stripes, balls, and hearts).....
I do think it turned out pretty well. I am planning on Cassidy's cake to consist of pink, green, and maybe some red. It will (hopefully) have 3 tiers. I am very excited about making it!
Jeff didn't go to work today because of the bad weather. Now, I am praying he will be able to make it tomorrow. Please pray that he gets there safely! The roads are pretty much covered in ice here and Lafayette has a foot of snow!!
By the way, I added Jaden and Cassidy's wishlists over to the side! Pretty cool idea!

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Monday, February 12, 2007


We all received Valentines in the mail today!! Thanks so much Grandma and Papa!!!!


So, the big snow is coming!!! Well, big for us. It will be no where near 10 feet like in New York. Thank God! I will probably head out today just to get out of the house. I will be stuck in for awhile. I don't like to drive in the snow! I plan on going to Hobby Lobby to pick up some of the great sales they have going on this week. I should be getting some scrapbooking done this week. I am so far behind!!!!
Cassidy's nose is still running but I think she is getting better. I am so tired of wiping her nose all day. But, more than I hate wiping running noses all day is......WHINING! Jaden has been doing this so much lately! This morning he whined about the tv being too bright! Then, he whined that he was hungry (after eating a muffin, banana, and MY bowl of cereal!). Now, he is whining that he wants lunch! Ahhhhhhh. It's driving me crazy! I know that taking him to Hobby Lobby is probably a bad idea, but I don't want to be stuck in the house all week.

So, now I am off to Hobby Lobby. Wish me luck! I should have some scrapbook pages up soon and some more pics of the kids!!

Saturday, February 10, 2007


Jaden signed and mailed off his Valentines today. So cute. He told me who he wanted to send to and we sent them. They are glow in the dark, pretty cool!!
Cassidy has a cold. Her nose is constantly running. Then, when I wipe it she cries and it runs some more. It is never ending! Maddy still has blood in her stool but she is acting a lot better. We have been through this before and we think it is her new food that is bothering her. We switched her food about a month ago and she must be allergic. So, we need to get her back on her old food!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

(It's really bright outside!)

Friday, February 9, 2007


Cassidy was in a mood yesterday! Wow. I definately think she has inherited my impatience!!! She was screaming at me for everything and she didn't want me to ever leave the room. She is a little crazy!!!!!
Jaden is still not feeling well. He has diarrhea. I am sure that is a little more information than anyone wants, but that is what is wrong with him!
By the way, thanks Bill and Kathy for the gifts we got in the mail. They were so excited. Jaden loves getting things in the mail. I was happy to see a toy for Cassidy to play with, she played with it a lot!!!!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Cassidy's Photo Shoot

We got Cassidy's picture taken last night! How cute. I can't wait for everyone to see them. Adorable. I will post the link when it is active. They say in 7 to 10 days. It will probably be sooner. She did well. She didn't smile much. She gets very serious at playing when she has new toys or things to play with!! She loved the beads and rubber duckies!! There is a little hint for you at what they will look like.
Cassidy is doing something else new:

She pulled herself up to standing!!! Watch out. She is going to be walking before we know it. So, now we have to lower her crib to the lowest setting. (It really doesn't look as cute that way, but it's safe!)
Today has been a rough day in the house! Maddy started vomiting yesterday and then she ended up having diarrhea. Jeff said she was up every half hour last night going potty and then this morning she was going almost every 10 minutes. I noticed her stool was red. So, I looked closer and it looks to be blood. How scary. I called the vet and made an appointment for tomorrow. Please keep her in your prayers.
Jaden has also had diarrhea. I don't think the two are linked. I hope not!! I gave him some toast and told him to rest today. If it doesn't go away soon, he will be heading to the doctor also. He doesn't really seem to be feeling bad, just using the potty a lot!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Friends for Life

That is what I hope Cassidy and Jaden are, friends for life! Jaden has started playing really well with her. Here is his new favorite thing to do with her:

It is really cute to watch him push her around. She loves it!!
Today is the day we get Cassidy's 9 month pictures taken. I can't wait. I am hoping for some really cute poses. She has a beautiful pink dress to wear. I will give the link to the pictures as soon as I get it. I hope everyone looks at them. You can also buy some pictures at the site if you are interested.
There is so much snow outside today! They still haven't plowed our road. Jaden said, "The road is gone!". I really don't understand why they never come down our road. It drives me crazy. But, it does look pretty with it all white! I hope everyone enjoys the snow. It only comes a few times a year. So many people hate it, but look outside at how pretty it is!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

New Email Address!

I have a new email address now. I think I emailed everyone. If you did not receive the email, let me know! I really needed to change it for several reasons. First, I have been getting a lot of spam at the yahoo address. It will be nice to start fresh without a lot of junk in my inbox. Also, I am no longer JUST Jaden's mom. I am now Jaden and Cassidy's mom!!! So, I needed to make the change!
I will have a new scrapbook page up later, so check often!!!!
Have a great day!

Monday, February 5, 2007

Morning mess!!

So, I started this morning cleaning a huge mess. Jaden has diarrhea and he is not feeling well! I was motivated this morning to clean the house and scrapbook today! Well, not now. Jaden needed a bath and that got me all off schedule. Yes, I COULD start now, but I WAS motivated this morning. I am doing the laundry though. It is tough getting anything done with both of the kids awake!!
I have Cassidy's 9 month professional picture scheduled for Wednesday. I can't wait to get those done. I have the most gorgeous dress for her to wear. We will be sending pics to everyone. I hope they get some really good poses. They said they will also do some in just her diaper. Those will be cute.
Jeff has a new boss now. They did some rearranging of the districts and now Jeff's boss is in Dayton.That might bring Jeff over to Cincinnati once in awhile. We will see. We are a little nervous, just because it is a change. We are hoping he doesn't want all store managers to stay until 6 everyday. That would put Jeff home at 8 every night! He would have no time with the kids!!! We are still looking at other opportunities, but there aren't many jobs out there.
Hope everyone has a great (warm) week!!

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Cassidy's 9 month pictures

Okay, so it wasn't easy getting Cassidy's picture this time! She kept trying to crawl. She is really getting good at crawling.

Saturday, February 3, 2007

Cassidy is 9 Months Old Today!

Wow, Cassidy is now 9 months old! I will be heading over to my Mom and Dad's soon to take her picture. I will post them on here tonight. What a cutie she is! I now only have 3 months to plan her birthday party! I can't wait!! Jaden had basketball this morning. We were very excited to see Uncle Rick there! Jaden was excited too. Grandma and Papa also came again. It was a nice surprise! I think Jaden plays better when people are there watching him. He only has one more basketball game left. That will be sad! But, he should start soccer soon. He did great! He made a basket!!! He even handed out Valentines to all of his teammates! Very cute. Jeff didn't want him to do it, but come on, he is a 3 year old!!!! Let him have fun!

Jaden has been testing my patience a lot lately. Yesterday, he ran around Kroger like a monkey! Speaking of monkeys....

Isn't that the cutest monkey you have ever seen?
I will post again tonight with Cassidy's 9 month pictures!

Thursday, February 1, 2007


Jaden loves posing for pictures. This time, he did a bunch! I told him we would put them on the computer. Do we have a future model in our family? HEHEHE!

Cassidy's tricks.

So, Cassidy now knows how to crawl, clap, wave, play peekaboo, and hold her bottle. Wow, time is going by fast! She can even stand up for a couple of seconds on her own! Amazing! She will be 9 months old in two days. I can't believe it! This year has really flown by! Here is a cute little video of her doing some of her "tricks"!