Friday, November 28, 2008



Luke has gained one oz today. He has been fed. He had one episode of apnea today.

Prentiss weighed 3 lbs 13oz today. He has been fed and is chilled out.

Little Mama and Daddy got to hold babies last night for the first time. They continue to progress. Please continue to pray for them.

How was
everyones Thanksgiving dinner? Well, as everyone that knows me...knows mine did not go without a hiccup! Normally, I would serve around 20 give or take--yesterday I was down to would think I could handle that. I don't know who I thought I was feeding..I could have fed a small army!! As you know, time is key when you are working with one stove with 4 eyes and a small kitchen. As the preparation and cooking progressed it was evident I would for once in my life "get it right"....well, my daughter in law (not little mama) had to prepare a "dish" as I was moving some dishes around to clear the way----yes, you guessed it "Ethel" dumped an entire broccoli and cauliflower casserole upside down on my stove top...spreading all over everything. I had to completely remove all the eyes and lift the top to clean the mess.....I even had to change clothes, as it even "went there"!!! OMG_____Hot flashes included! You should have been there Lucy----that would have been your good laugh of the day!!! Now once it was all cleaned I didn't feel too bad. We all had a good laugh. When my aunt arrived she had talked to my cousin in N.C. and learned she had just finished cooking the perfect dinner and realized she had left out the pecans in her "perfect" pecan pie!!!! HA!! By the way, this is the same cousin that had cooked a wonderful pumpkin pie and brought to my house for Thanksgiving dinner a few years ago and forgot to add the sugar!!!HAHA!!! I think "it" runs in the family----Ethel, Lucy and ......(what can we name her?)

It was a great day and we are thankful....just
Makin Memories!!!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Gobble, Gobble

Gobble, Gobble!!! It's Turkey Day!!!

Thankful, thankful for so much!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my bloggin friends!! Thanksgiving has revolved over the years to be my favorite holiday. With the change of foliage, a quick snap in the air, and gathering of family and friends to our home for a big dinner makes me realized how very blessed I am. This year my brother and his family will not be with us, but I will certainly miss their presence. I love to have my family in my home to share lots of laughter, our favorite foods, and stories of years gone by. As a child, I remember my grandmother would start cooking days before to prepare a wonderful feast. I thought of her today as I began my cooking goes on....and so it does!!
The boys continue to progress. Luke weighs 3 lbs , Prentiss weighs 3lbs, 14 oz.
Happy Thanksgiving little guys from your YaYa! I love you very much. This time next year you will be with us.......YES!!

Monday, November 24, 2008


Today was a bittersweet day. Little Mama got to go home today, but babies had to stay in NICU. She was home briefly before returning back to hospital for several hours. She is having a difficult time staying away. The boys are progressing well I think. Luke now weighs 3lbs 4oz, Prentiss weighs 3lbs 14oz. They look so tiny and sweet. Luke is having some apnea. Luke is the ACTIVE one (stickn out his tongue). Prentiss lies there all chilled out. He will open his eyes if you talk to him. Of course, I like to think he knows me !!! HA!!!
Can hardly wait to hold them both. Please keep them in your prayers.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Baby update

Just got off work and went by the hospital to see "little Mama" and babies. "Little Mama" will go home in the morning. She is having a difficult time having to leave the babies at the hospital. Luke has lost an oz and Prentiss has gained an oz. They are off C-Pap and taking oxygen by nasal cannula. Everyday is a milestone. We are grateful God is watching over them and has them in His hands.
Check out the pictures.

This picture was taken the day they were born.

Luke is sticking out his tongue to everyone!!!

Luke has his "cool dude" glasses on.

Prentiss opened his eyes for his YaYa and his Grandma Nicander. His nurse said he like to be talked to. HA!! sounds like his Mama !! HA!!!!!!

Can you tell I am "already wrapped"???HA!!! Yep! that's it!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008

They are here!!

It has been a busy week. "Little Mama" had to go back to the hospital. This is her third admission, having 18 contractions in an hour. She had to go in the middle of her most recent shower, last Sunday afternoon. After 3 days and unable to stop contractions the "little fellows" could not be held back any longer. They presented to us at 3:00pm yesterday. Both are doing well. Of course, they are in NICU and we are unable to hold them. We are thankful they are doing as well as they are. Luke weighs 3lbs 5oz ,16 1/4 in long. Prentiss weighs 3 lbs 12oz, 17in long.
We were not expecting the "plactic bags"!! Their faces were not covered, but it looked quite scarey. Oh, by the way...not to forget...."little Mama" and Dad are doing great.
I'll try to get more pictures posted as I can.
Whew!! it's emotionally tiring to be YaYa~~ HA!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Oh me, Ethel. I've done it again!

Well, shut my mouth and call me stupid!!!!! It all started when I got the GREAT idea to update my blog template. So, Lucy went to work and quickly the house began to tumble, soon I had NOTHING left but the title. I had managed to lose every widget and HTML post on my blog. In one quick flick of the finger, it just went away out into cyberspace somewhere. Imagine the sudden horror on my face!!! And now four hrs later, I still do not have it back to even the original.....leave it to Lucy to "fix" matters. I was all alone today thinking I would get so much done....NOT!!! Like I said, Lucy had to get involved and just blew it all away. Today was the BIG 55 birthday, maybe that is what happened to my brain....."brain farts".
I am so backed up on my sewing projects for my etsy shop. Tryin not to stress about that. Most of my stress level is on the "babies".
Speaking of that, there is another baby shower tomorrow and I have still got to get a cake baked for that....let's just hope Lucy doesn't show up in the kitchen tonight.
More tomorrow...Good Night Lucy!!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Guilt Works

Hey guys!! It worked, she's backkkk!! As you know my sister in law has been MIA. Well, I have layed on the "guilt-trip". Telling her everyone in the bloggin world was in a wild search for her.
My mother even thought her computer was broken and thought she needed to take it in for service because she couldn't get the blog going. Now, if that doesn't make a one "feel-bad"!! Whatever it took you know to get her back in the groove. I had even decided today to put a "all-points-bulletin" out on her with my sad face on it.

Then much to my SURPRISE, this morning there it is......SHE IS BACK!!!! YEAH!!!!! You can never tell about that gurl!!! She is FULL of IT......
Will sign off for now!!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Babies Update

SO, this is an update of our little babies. Little Mama went for check-up today. Doctor gave her a good report. She still remains on bedrest and turbutaline pump. It is not without its adverse effects, but she is a "trooper" and dealing with it. The doctor told her she could remain on the pump until 37 weeks if necessary. You can now see the boys kicking and rolling around as her tummy shifts and moves. She has a mini-dachs named Chopper.
You should see him lying next to her and the boys kicking him. He just lifts his head and looks at little Mama like "WHAT DID YOU DO THAT FOR??? WHAT"S GOING ON??? Little does he know what's ahead!! HA!!! Little Mama is 29 weeks today and counting, counting, counting.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hot Flashes

Here, here--calling all women over 40 typically who know about HOT FLASHES! If you've had one, there no mistaking it. You would absolutely know. It's like someone shoved a hot iron up yo butt "Flame-On". As I sit here, I feel like I will implode. It's not a good thang!!!! You may be the nicest person in the world, but when IT strikes, you feel that bead of sweat pop-out on your upper lip and around your neckline in the dead of winter (and everyone else is freezing) it's like having Tourette's syndrome, words you have never used will fly out of your mouth, no matter where you are. The flash is then followed by flush,leaving you reddenned, perspiring and with a sudden urge to hurt someone close to you really bad. Ever heard that expression, "I'm out of Prozac and I have a gun"!!!

Hot!! how hot??450 degrees oven, hotter than a tater hot!!! Are you kiddin me?? If you've never experienced it, just keep on livin. What is the cause you might ask??----WHO CARES!!! I'd just like a cure. Our estrogen is gone, bye,bye no more eggs.There are more eggs in our refrigerators than in our bodies. Don't give us therapy, give us a cure, something!! anything!! to stop the sweat from going down the small of our back. It's so annoying.....OH, the other issue, joint and muscle pain (which sometimes goes along with menopause) therefore, sitting with fans blowing at category 5 hurricaine speed is not an what's a gurl to do!! Until that cure comes along......BURN, BABY, BURN!!!!
Oh, and guys watch out for those guns!!!!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cranberry Apple Relish

I love the fall season and all the things that go with the cooler weather. The gathering of friends and family to enjoy each others company and feast on special treats only prepared during this time. The most important being thankful for God's blessings. I got this recipe a few years ago from a friend and it was a success with the family. So, I thought I would share.

Cranberry-Apple Relish

4 cups fresh cranberries
1 lb Granny Smith apples
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup walnuts

Combine cranberries, apples, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan. Simmer over medium heat for 15 mins, stirring frequently. Stir in cinnamon and walnuts, cook 5 mins.

Ladle hot relish into hot jars. Process 15mins in a boiling water canner.
Serve spread over a 8 oz package cream cheese with toasted sliced bageattes or crackers.
Enjoy!!! mmmmmm good!!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Getting Our Attention, Seriously

You know, I love to laugh and have fun as much as most or maybe more. However, I write today with a request for prayer from my bloggin friends. This is an update on the babies. As you know, my younger son and wife are expecting twin boys--due Jan.26, 2009. For the last 2 weeks they have been trying to get everyones attention and succeeding. "Little mama" has been admitted to the hospital twice for contractions, not Braxton Hicks, but "for-real" contractions. She has been discharged home on a terbutaline pump which administers continual medication with bolus doses depending on the monitor twice a day through a needle in her thigh. Today has been difficult, having 18 contractions in one hr. Yesterday was better with only 1-3 per hr. So, as you can see it is an emotional roller coaster. I continue to pray God's hands on them, to keep them "in the oven" for a time when He sees fit for them to be born. I must remember the Lord's timing is perfect. Pray for strength and courage, to continue to trust that God knows best and He will not leave us or forsake us during this time.

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverence. Ps 32:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped:therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. Ps 28:7

The Lord is their (Prentiss and Luke) strength, and He is the saving strength of his annointed. Ps 28:8

Thank you for your prayers.