Thursday, December 25, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
We are having a great time here, today I went to the Drake vs. Iowa men's basketball game with my mom. It was an exciting game as Drake won 60-43. My grandma and cousin, Perri babysat Tyler while Scott and my dad lounged around home all day. The temp dropped 10 degrees and the wind picked up 20mph while we were inside during the game. We are under a wind chill advisory. We are definitely getting a change of season from sunny mild temp Savannah to wintery COLD Iowa! It really makes it feel like Christmas time though!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
So here it is...sitting on top of the table....with 3 strands of WHITE lights and pretty much all the ornaments we own...except the gold balls...we only used the silver. This will be our last year (for a while) with a real tree. We are going to get a "deal" on a faux tree after the holidays. Mainly because we we only be here for Christmas every other year and with little ones running around I thought it might be easier to keep clean, put up and take down. But who knows what next year will bring???
I got to make every decision this year and not a word of protest from Scott (aka he was "under" on the decorating this year).
And then the fireplace mantel with the nativity scenes, the wooden one passed down from my grandma and of course last years family Christmas picture!
This picture shows the beautiful christmas boxes that are nice and decorative...whenever I try to give one away as a present, Scott gets really stingy and wants to keep them!
Anyways, we enjoyed some sparkling wine, Christmas music, and William Sonoma hot chocolate.
It's Christmas time....in the city!
PS-this might be a record as far as how early we got the tree up...last year may have been close because my mom was here to help. We leave Dec. 17th for Iowa and are staying until Christmas day. THEN having Christmas in Savannah on the 26th.
Love to all!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I can already tell the next year is going to be the challenge of a lifetime, this seems to be the time that the true sinful nature comes out in full force. I'm feeling a little nervous about how to discipline and how to be strong and stern. I want a fun loving but well mannered and respectful child. Please pray for us!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Where to begin? I have truly enjoyed this process of getting ready for the party! I planned the party (games, menu, invitees...etc) a month in advance, sent invitations, was on the hunt for party favors, cake ideas, decorations purchased, honey do list written (which we didn't start until last week and things kept getting added to it), games were set up, groceries, mom showed up to help decorate! In the end the house looked amazing, the perfect amount of people came, the food was perfect, Tyler was SO HAPPY, his friends had fun, adults played Pin the tail on the Lion and guessed Tyler's current weight and height, prize basket passed around, and of course the gifts were so generous and wonderful. I truly believe everyone that was there...was glad they came. I love that my friends without kids came just because they love Tyler so much, and my new friends with kids came and had a blast and were complementary on the party (I had a few parties to get ideas this summer/fall!).
The itinerary (from Scott of course) explains it all and video and pictures will follow! I hope you enjoy a snipit of the day we all enjoyed so much!
Welcome to the 1stBirthday for future President: Tyler Scott Shippy
Happy Birthday Day Agenda menu
Early bird starters:
• Roasted Baby Tyler in his Lion Halloween Madness outfit served over farm fresh home grown Pine Straw and Yard Leaves...
(Pin the Tail and WIN a prize)
Tyler Turkey Surprise:
• Today’s 1st feature-
o Born 11-25-07 at just 9lbs. 9.2oz..
Topped with 12 months of Gerber, Oatmeal, and cereal. Can you guess todays weight and height???
• Today’s 2nd feature-
The first ever dungeon of Balls. Since BALL has been declared Tyler’s first and currently only word.
Dinner de Tyler:
One Lyon Cake and Tyler encrusted Chocolate Chip Cookies
This specialty with 8 Tyler created spices Topped with Tyler mule hand milked
sour cream Frosting and spiced with Tyler field Chocolate Chips.
Dangerous Tasks to Complete in the Jungle of Tyler before you leave:
• 2pm to 2:15 View Baby Video
• 2pm to 2:50 Kids in Ball Pit
• 2:20 to 2:50 Pin the Tail/ GuessWeight
• 3:00 to 3:30 Cake/ Ice-cream
• 3:30 to 3:45 Award Ceremony
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At first he didn't like the cake...but all he wanted was a spoon!
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Grandma and Granddad almost made it to Savannah from IA tonight...but about 140 miles out hit some good ol' country fi'woood in the middle of the road and blew out both driver side tires. They won't make it 'til the morning now. Just glad they are safe!
Here is our little knee walker....
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tyler is very proud of his RING skills. One day Scott said, "shouldn't he be putting these back on by now?" So we rounded up all the rings last week and with a little help in sequence he can do it! It's really amazing how fast they learn. I shut Tyler in the bathroom with me while I took a shower and when I got out he had the rings all out of order but completed as much as he could. And then he started being silly. And now that Tyler is on his 6th tooth coming in...it's time to buckle down and start brushing. This is going to be a challenge for me because sometimes I can hardly get myself to brush my teeth! Any advice out there? So far it's not going well, either I forget or when we do nothing really gets accomplished.
We have been just gearing up for Tyler's birthday party next weekend. Scott came down with the same bug that I had last week...so he's out for the count. It looks like it's going to get chilly here in Savannah next week (in the 60's) so the outdoor events may have to be cancelled. I'm really excited...this has been one of the funnest years of my life. I can't believe that I've been a full time mom for a year now! I just love my job...I hope my annual review goes well and I get to keep it!
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Then comes Saturday, my neighbors had a garage sale...that was fun...I scored 3 new dresses, a spaghetti noodle jar, a mini wooden bowling set (for Tyler), and 2 marinade brushes. I didn't even get to pay for these items, my neighbors said my money was no good at their store. It was really fun and such a blessing. Scott caught us some lunch off the dock again...not trout this time but sea bass. Bass is not as tasty as trout, but anything tastes good fried, right? It was good! Then Scott decided to tackle the brick hole we have in outside our bedroom wall, and organizing tools, cleaning up and organizing all his toys in the yard...etc. Then today he put together a 5 shelf book case for me, installed light fixtures, one in the kitchen and one on our front porch. We made a short trip to Lowe's and he poured an extension to our front entrance to be able to install our new white column (we've had for a year now), and we got a piece of carpet for our living room as a huge/cheap area rug (12x17)...oh the list goes on and on. In the meantime I'm working on Tyler's baby book, and cleaning and organizing the house. And Tyler spent a lot of time outside today playing in the yard and helping daddy in the shed.
The "honey do list" is getting done! YIPPEE! Thanks HONEY!
Two more weeks until Tyler's birthday Party...I wonder what else I can come up with?
It's so exciting getting the HOME that you plan on living in for the rest of your life exactly the way you want it. If you can't tell, I really LOVE my life!
I'll leave you with bath time with Tyler tonight...enjoy! He is so much fun!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
We did it! Scott and I both caught 1...we had several others...but either they stole our shrimp and got away or they were too little. Nevertheless, We can have dinner tonight...YIPEE! Nothing like fresh trout right off our dock...finally...it's only taken 2 years (minus one small instance where Scott caught 1 and we shared it for dinner)! Fishing is a science though...I caught myself yanking the hook right out of their mouths trying to hook them...poor fish now have injuries because my poor fishing skills...sure wish we could have eaten it for dinner though! We're getting better. It's a beautiful day here in Savannah! Sunny and 76!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Anyways, earlier today on the agenda was either River Street or boat ride. Since today is supposed to be the last warm day of the season (86 degrees) we decided to take a boat ride. And look who decides to jump in the slightly chilly water? My mom! She went in very confident that she could do it and she did! She was up on the first attempt! Here is the video to prove it!
We have a slight issue with the boat with some possible water in the gas causing it to sputter out...but it's still pretty fun! My mom's arms and legs were like jelly coming into the boat. I think she'll be sore tomorrow!
Oh, and we also found a great deal on a small, starter Phantom Sail Boat...this should be interesting!! We don't have the sail up or anything yet, but it will look something like this? We have a lot of learning to do...but it will be fun!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday: Church, lunch, mall, chipped beef gravy for dinner at JJ's (Johne and Jenny's).
Monday: Make week's schedule, which includes Carrie and Grandma sleeping in on Friday!! YIPPEE!! Tybee Beach-VERY windy but really nice, Lasagna dinner at our house, mom and grandma helped me make Waldorf fruit salad and an impossible Bisquick pie for me to bring to MOPS. Tuesday: I went to MOPS and my mom and grandma babysat Tyler, trip to Tuesday Morning, and then everyone had my grandma's meatloaf and apple pie for dinner at JJ's! I was at my bible study, so they saved the smallest piece of meatloaf and a little au gratin potatoes...they were hoarding the leftovers!
Johne setting up his pool table...Thanks DAD! FREE pool at JJ's!
Wednesday/Today: Aquarium at Skidaway Marine Institute, homemade pizza at our house with Scott's parents, Andrew, and not Jenny or Scott.
Thursday: My grandma will watch me play tennis, Mom and Jenny babysit Tyler and take Halloween pictures of Tyler in his lion costume, mom and Jenny shopping for house warming gifts, and all of us going to Greek Festival in downtown Savannah.
Friday: Day on River Street, and cookout at JJ's.
Saturday: mom and grandma leave.
WOW the week is only halfway over and I'm exhausted, oh did I mention that Tyler has been sick this whole time? He has a cold, cough, croup, possible ear infection or just stuffed up, upset stomach, won't eat, AND getting 2 more teeth to add to his 4 that came in the last 2 weeks! AHHHHH...but for the most part in a pretty good disposition. A little fussy tonight...but it turned out he just wanted to go to sleep.
I have to find some pictures....more later! We're playing Debate Bingo thanks to Jessica...and it's our house vs JJ's. I have all the wrong words...where is this debate going...there has been a lot of wasted time.
Grandma, Tyler and Me walking down the Tybee Pier.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
The famous POPPER and baseball striker.
Pedicure Spa treatment...only been used once (looks brand new) and it will be sanitized. We have something similar but it sprang a leak, so it's going in the trash. For only $5.
And a push golf cart for $4!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
THEN today as I was nursing Tyler before his 2nd nap he started biting me (OUCH) and I stuck my finger in his mouth and felt a tiny sharp piece of tooth just breaking through! I don't know if I'm excited about that or not...but it's going to be cute...another milestone for Tyler!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
We are very blessed to have so many great friends, family in Savannah, and awesome neighbors. Everyone has helped us out so much this week, it has been amazing. We had food brought to us for every meal, Tyler even got some cereal and puffs, there was fruit, tons of flowers and chocolate, and best of all lots of prayers and support. Thank you to everyone and to God for always being there with us.
Last night Scott and I were able to go out on a date night: dinner and a movie. We really treated ourselves. Our friends came over to relieve us of our nightly routine with Tyler and we headed out. We went to Tangerine's and then saw Ghost Town...which had us laughing a few times and that felt really good. We had good conversation about the last week and I am ready to move on past all my sadness and my body is coming together, I'm still a little slow and the 3 places they entered my body are a little itchy, but over all I'm doing great!
Scott is out on the golf course this morning, which he deserves...he's been working so hard this week and has helped transport Tyler and watch him in between my rest periods. Tyler is working on settling down for his nap...I love our video monitor! It is so fun to watch him, he's growing up so fast!
This is Daddy and Tyler playing...
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It turns out it was an ectopic pregnancy in my Right Fallopian Tube. Last night I had surgery and all is well. The surgery was a success and I even got to see pictures of my insides. They saved my tube and the Left tube is free and clear. The Right tube should heal and we can start trying again in 3 months. My chance increases for another ectopic (from 2% to 15%) so everything in the future will be closely monitored. I am doing OK, I was able to vent all my "pity me" thoughts yesterday and thankfully my sister-in-law Amy was there to set me straight. I still have a good outlook on our future family. I told the Dr. 100 times that I want more children and to take care of my stuff!! It's been a hard couple weeks, but Tyler has kept me busy and smiling and reminding me how blessed I am to have him. I also have a wonderful loving husband, amazing family, and awesome support from our church and small group...and most of all I know that God is always with me and he is always good!
God only gives you what you can handle and the best part is, I can feel my faith just getting stronger and stronger. I love you Jesus...thank you for everything! I know you are taking care of my 3 precious babies in heaven and I will see them someday!
A friend of mine sent me this verse: Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.