Saturday, November 21, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Greetings from Greyson

Surprise! Pay no attention to the ticker at the top of the screen, Greyson has made his debut. Last Thursday night around 9:00 pm, just after a normal OB visit (at which we commented on how it was the exact day that the dr sent me to the hospital with Maddox - 21 days early) and after telling my mom she had time - I wouldn't be going into labor yet, I started feeling uncomfortable. By the end of that hour, I was having contractions. By 11:30 we were on our way to the hospital. At 8:50 am Friday morning, October 9th, Greyson Gage Hogue was born. He weighed 4 lbs 13 oz and was 17 1/4 inches long. Thus his new nickname - "Little Bit". He had a knot in his umbilical cord which is why we think God brought him to us a little early and probably the cause of his small size. Because he was early and so little he had to stay in the nursery while we were in the hospital, but he passed all of the million tests they ran on him with flying colors. We are now home and he is doing great! Maddox is such a great big brother too. We have had a couple of busy days since we got home because Greyson has had dr. visits both days so we haven't had our official "photo shoot" yet, but I wanted to put up some pictures from the hospital for you.
Just after his first bath
Maddox passing the time in the hospital playing with his cars

Wide awake
My boys!
We have been trying to find things to take Greyson's picture with that will show how little he is - this is my preemie cabbage patch kid that Maddox has been calling "Little Brother" for months now.
CeCe got here on Friday - she has been cooking, cleaning, driving us around, sewing, she is Maddox's best friend, oh and staying up with the baby all night so I can sleep. She is a Superwoman I tell ya!
We are so excited Greyson is here and can't wait for him to meet all our family and friends!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Summer Recap

It has been a fast, fun, and somewhat crazy summer. I have put together some pictures for you to recap all that we have done. I started where the last pictures left off...Maddox's birthday. His actual birthday was on a Monday and we partied all day. It was rainy, so we partied inside, but we had a great time. We have spent most of the summer swimming, at the park, a little trip to Texas, and I also decided after 31 years it was time to expeirience a broken bone. I broke my foot in August so that brought our days of fun in the water to a screeching halt. Maddox has been so good and patient with it all though. I am hoping it will still be warm enough when the cast comes off that we can take one last trip to the beach to celebrate.
So here is what we have been up to since May...double click so you can see the whole picture...

Just in case you haven't heard yet, Baby Hogue is a boy and his name is Greyson. (no middle name yet....) I only have 7 more weeks to go. Mom and Dad helped us so much in getting things moved around so we can get the nursery ready since I am not too coordinated in that department with a cast. Maddox has moved to a "big boy bed" and he loves it! I didn't expect that because he liked his crib so much but we couldn't be happier. We took him for pizza and a snow cone after the first night. I don't think he had a clue why we were so excited about it, but we partied anyway. I know I have promised so many of you a belly picture, I just keep forgetting to take it until it is 10 at night and I have digressed to my usual t-shirt and pajama pants. I will work on that...

Hope you all had a great summer!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Where is the pause button when you need it?

So I thought I would give you a rundown of my day so far in case you are in need of a good laugh.

We are having another nasty weather day today, but it wasn't raining (yet) so I decide I am finally going to drain the splash pool that has been up for several days. Maddox and I venture out into the backyard with Macy and Runty following close behind. Maddox, who has turned into a girl today with all the drama he has given me, is following me around saying "shoe" every two seconds which means a piece of grass has touched his skin and he would like it promply removed. (I think I may need to invest in some knee high boots for this kid) I go to empty the pool and learn that a pool that has been left for several days during rainy weather makes the ground underneath smell exactly like that of an ELEPHANT STALL at the zoo. Oh my, it was terrible. We just happen to be having a very windy day, so you can't escape the smell no matter where you might try to hide. So I try to get the hose to wash some of the nastiness away, but the crazy catapiller sprinkler is stuck on the end. After giving myself blisters trying to get it off, I run to the other side of the house to get the other hose, turn it on, run back to the backyard, only to find out it is too short by 12 feet or so. Run back around, turn it off. Run in the house, find two clamps, attach them to the silly catapiller and long water hose, and finally free the "bug" as Maddox calls it. (With plenty of "help" from Maddox) I go to turn on the water and when I come back around the corner I see both dogs rolling in the elephant pit. Great. Just the thing I was trying so hard to avoid. So I spray them both down with water to get them out, and begin to spray the pit when Maddox comes up mortified again by the grass that has dared to touch his toe and he runs right into the middle of the pit. Awesome. Now he is really upset. So I spray his legs down, move him out of the way, finish spraying the pit and put the water hose down. As I am going to turn off the water my neighbor puts her dog out, which causes my psycho dogs to go crazy, so I run inside, get the bark collars, put them on each dog and proceed to the side of the house to turn off the water. Before I get there, Maddox begins to scream, I run around to see that he has picked up the hose and soaked himself. I think this is hilarious, he doesn't. So I go to turn off the water and he heads for the house. As I come back around, I see he is running inside with Runty, who smells like elephant poo, following behind. I try to catch Runty beore he makes it inside, but he is too fast. He crawls under the couch to try to get away. I crawl under, grab his belly, and because he is the most skittish dog I know, he yelps, which activates the bark collar, and we both get sprayed in the face with a healthy dose of lemon juice. Proceed to get the dog outside, shut the door, strip Maddox out of his wet clothes down to his diaper. He is still complaining about his feet, so I stick him in the sink and clean him off. Now, take a deep breath, let's have lunch. Usually I fix something simple for lunch, a sandwich, hot dog, chicken nuggets...etc. Well, today chicken chili sounded good and I thought it would make the day feel better. So I get it all going and have just put the chicken and onion in the pan to start cooking when Maddox comes around the corner saying "stinky" with poop on both hands and smeared all over his chest. Apparently he went fishing in his diaper to see just what was weighing him down and decided to paint himself with it. He is trying his hardest to grab me, I am doing my best dance around him trying to get to the stove to turn off the chicken. Turn it off, turn him around to grab the only parts not covered in poop, carry him up the stairs to his room. Wipe off his hands and chest, then put him on the changing table to change his diaper. In the middle of cleaning this area, I run out of wipes. Pick him up, run to the closet, get the wipes, back to the changing table. Finish cleaning him, then put him in the bath for good measure. He is not happy about this either. Finish the bath, get him dressed, gather up the bath toys and throw them in the dishwasher, just in case....
As we wait for the chicken to cook, I pour myself a dr. Pepper and call my Dad, who always appreciates a good story and can make me laugh about anything.
Finally, we sit down, eat lunch, then Maddox goes down for a nap! Yippee!
So, I guess instead of working in the garage during nap time like I had planned, I will be washing two smelly dogs and giving myself a second shower for the day. Best laid plans...right?

The scary part is it is only 1:30! Hope your day smells better than mine!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I can't believe Maddox is turning 2! His birthday is actually Monday, but we had his big birthday blow out today and it was so much fun! We had the pool and a crazy sprinkler out at first, but the clouds decided to downpour, so we brought the party inside. We had hamburgers, hot dogs, cake and homemade ice cream. Then of course we finished off the party with the BOUNCE HOUSE! We also gave Maddox a train set this morning, so that helped fill in when there was nothing else to do...ha ha! So here are some pictures from our fun afternoon.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

We're Baaaack!

I am sure you had lost faith that I would ever update again, but I am glad you came back to check on us! Here are some pics from our recent trip to Texas. (I don't know why this one is stretched and the other one isn't but until I figure it out you can double click on this first one and it will play on the You Tube site so you can see the whole picture. Sorry!)

My camera was full so I missed out on a lot of pictures toward the end, but maybe I can get some copies from the rest of the family. We also went to the bounce house with Presley and Carter, the park with the Hogues, and had a FUN 1st birthday party with Carter. We also had a lot of fun putting all 3 kids in the bath together at Kimberly's house, but I always feel a little weird putting those pics on the internet, so you will just have to trust me...they were FUNNY!

And here are a few pics to catch you up on the rest of our life.....I didn't put titles on this one, so in the order you will see them...
Enjoying the Lowcountry Childrens Museum
Dying Easter eggs, an egg hunt and some fun on the slide
A trip to the park
Maddox and Issac having some fun in the pool
His first mini roller coaster and zip line rides!
With some music from his favorite movie - CARS!

And finally, for those of you who may not have heard yet.....

Here is my excuse for not updating for so long.

The nausea started at week 4 this time and I thought I was tired with the first pregnancy....when you add chasing an almost 2 year old around it changes the definition a bit. (Do I still want 3 kids?????) So, when Maddox went to did I! But I feel much better now. The nausea is pretty much gone and I don't feel like a narcoleptic anymore. This sonogram was taken just shy of 7 weeks. (My dr. was making sure I wasn't having multiples because I found out so early and started getting sick so early. And because my friend Crystal was trying to play a trick on me. It is not good when your best friend works with your OB!) I am now at 14 weeks and crazy enough I already have a bit of a "baby bump". That has started much earlier this time too!

So, there you go. I believe we are all caught up now. Maddox's 2nd birthday is coming up in a few weeks....CRAZY! I wish I could freeze time and keep him at this age. He is so much fun and amazes me (and cracks me up) every day! His favorite thing right now is his alphabet foam puzzle that Cece sent him for Easter. We work it at least 4 times a day. He is so enthralled with letters, he knows all of the alphabet and he can even spell a few simple words now. What really amazed me was the other night when he found Waldo on 3 separate pages in one of my old "Where's Waldo" books. I mean I know exactly where Waldo is on every page and he beat me to it! So I am guessing he is a real thinker or I am getting dumb in my old age. Maybe a little of both!

I hope you are all enjoying the warm weather and thanks again for not giving up on us! We might be heading out to the Orangeburg festival of roses tomorrow depending on the weather, so if we go I am sure I will have some pics of that for you. Have a great weekend!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Christmas Slideshow for You

December flew by with a trip to Sapphire, NC with our good friends Ben and Crystal, then a visit from the Hogue family and a visit with the Sublette family. It all went way too fast and we had SO MUCH FUN. It has been a little sad now that it is all over, but we are looking forward to coming to Texas sometime in the spring. Here are some pics from the fastest month of 2008.

And I also just realized that I was tagged by my sister way back in Dec. So if you haven't given up on me yet....

8 things I did today
1. Went to Old Navy to check out their 50% off already clearance items (thanks Kimberly!)
2. Went to Michael's to get stuff for Maddox's playroom
3. Read some books to Maddox
4. Enjoyed listening to Maddox trying to sing with me when I was putting him down for his nap
5. UPDATED THE BLOG - Yea for me!
6. Ordered some presents that were long overdue.
7. Worked on Life Group stuff
8. Sent some e-mails

8 of my favorite restaurants
1. Oak
2. Posados
3. Dickey's (Note #2 and 3 we don't have in SC so count yourself lucky Texans!)
4. Mellow Mushroom
5. Texas Roadhouse
6. Chick-fil-A
7. Chili's
8. Outback

8 Shows I watch
1. ER (so sad it is the last season...)
2. Grey's
3. The Office
4. Private Practice
5. 30 Rock
6. Prison Break
7. Law and Order SVU
8. Sesame Street (on right now...)

8 Things I wish for
1. A trip to Texas soon
2. That Maddox will be close to his grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. even though we live far away
3. To keep a cleaner house
4. For Life Groups to grow and succeed
5. Another vacation! fun times
6. To be a good teacher, friend, example and Mom for Maddox
7. Warm weather to return (I know it is Jan. but that is why I live in the south!)
8. Friends to always be close by

8 Things I look forward to
1. A trip to Texas soon
2. getting my Smith family cookbook
3. Starting gymnastics with Maddox on Wed.
4. Retiring to the "Man room" every night (basically to fall asleep in the recliner!)
5. Hopefully going to Charles Towne landing this Sat. with Caisson and Maddox
6. Seeing the plantations with my visitors pass
7. The new Jodi Picoult book in March (I wait a year for these things!)
8. Getting Maddox up from his naps - he dances in his crib for 10 minutes. so funny.

There you go! Have a good week!