Monday, September 28, 2009


Savannah at Unique Creations...acting like a typical pre-teen~ Gotta have the pose down.

Her buds. Some old and some new, but all treasures to her.

11 years later and I have a little lady to give me great hugs!

4th annual splatter piece! These have always been so much fun and they have great sentimental value!

It is truly hard to grasp the fact that eleven years ago I would bring into the world such a person that would change my life and my perspective on life as much as she has. At 3 a.m. on 9/25/98 I awoke for what seemed no reason at all. I was calm and silent and then all of the sudden I felt (and swear I heard) a POP! I jumped out of bed and was frantic in what was happening. My water had broken and because I went to the health department for very limited prenatal visits, I was less than prepared for what was to come. My water was not "leaking" but was rushing out. I can still see myself frantically rushing around in my nightgown thinking "Oh my goodness, what do I do". Thankfully loved ones were near enough to attend to me and get me where I needed to be at that time...St. Mary's hospital. I got settled into my room with great hospitality by the attending dr.'s and nurses and rode the waves of contractions as long as I possibly could. When I reached the appropriate mark of dialation I opted for the epidural. At this point it was easy, breezy, but I was still terribly frightened of what would be coming so soon. Once I was ready to push complications began to arise because of the fact that Savannah was so large in comparison with my small young, frame. She was stuck for 2 hours and needless to say I would have to undergo extensive cutting to allow her to pass through. I took me several weeks to recoop from that. I was also given more heavy drugs during this time becuase of what was going on and lost a lot of blood. Finally at 3:48 p.m. she appeared. Even though I wasn't exactly "with it" at the time, I remember the nurses taking her to the table and as they carried her thinking "wow, I cannot believe I made such a beautiful, healthy baby!" I was truly shoked! It wasn't until a few hours later in a dim and calm room that I was able to really hold her and smell her and be 100% truly thankful for her. I remember the days leading up to her birth and the first few days afterward as such a fantasy world. The weather so crisp and bright and feeling like the world was in the palm of my hands. Every year in September when the weather mimics those days it pulls me helplessly back to that time that would be the final mark on the end of my innocense. I had at that moment passed it to my daughter and my daughter will, by my guidance, keep it for a very long time to come. She has brought me more blessings and tests of virtue than I could have ever imagined and in my case especially, was a true and wonderful gift from God. Happy birthday to my sweet Savannah, my sunshine!
Oh- I struggled with her name for a while and I always loved the name Savannah from the movie Savannah Smiles. I finally went with my gut because every time I pictured my little girl in my head, she was always smiling.

Monday, September 14, 2009


Savannah has proven she has many talents over the years and I am more than excited for her to add yet another. She picked up her Viola today after school and was so proud! Her and her friend Heather are putting on a duet right now with Savannah on Viola and Heather on Violin. Music is a healing and powerful way to mend even the forlornest of souls, I so hope she sticks with it~ The music store attendant said she could get a really good scholarship for Viola because not many people play it. We'll see!


Vanny and her friends...oh and Brock too~

The under-appriciated fun of sludge!

Ladies and the...foot by the foot!
This weekend was another hectic...but great weekend!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Brock and I before the party got heated up.

Brock scratching Grandma's back for a couple nickles.

Grandma, Brock and Vanny lovin' on each other.

Wow! The next guitar great of this century! Total natural.

Van and Brock practicing their guitar moves that will impress their audience.
My sisters and Mom came over Saturday night and we had a great time just chatting and watching the kids put on their dance show. Grandma's perk was getting her back scratched...can you blame her?

Thursday, September 3, 2009



So simple and free with a certain stlye.
Flowing through the air its always driven us wild.
Short in life and fragile..and smooth..
as it floats we stare and blow them everywhere.
Gaps of trapped breath, surrounded by a being.
That won't last long but still gives us a feeling.
Cherish it now and look at it strong...
it won't be long....till that lil bubble is gone.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Before we got to this........

The kids had a little sunset art session in the front yard, after all the days activities. Then they decided they wanted to make a palett in the front room and watch a movie on the computer. Savannah was the first one out...and Brock the last. : ) What a great weekend!


We went to two different parks in two differnt days. The first day Brock and I were following Savannah on foot to Moreau Heights as she and her friend Abby wheeled it. On our way a sweet little Jodie came along and gave us a ride. It must have brought back good childhood memories on her impending birthday, because she stayed and played the whole time.
Then on Saturday after our fun adventure to the fire station, the kids and I walked to McClung Park. It was a serene and beautiful day and also happened to be the first Lincoln football game. Once the marching band started we were drawn to it and set out on an adventure to find the source. We ended up taking the long way home and enjoyed the weather and football noises the whole way.


Sydney's first day of 3rd grade!
Sydney has the same teacher this year as Savannah did in third grade, and I am confident that this will be her year to blossom. There is only golden roads ahead for her. I am so proud!

Savannah's first day of fifth grade!
I cannot believe that this is my baby's last year in elementary school. She has grown in so many ways and is such an amazing person and student.

Brock's first day of preschool at Moreau Montessori School! His school is right up the street from my house and has the best view of the city from the playground. Another perk is a spanish speaking friend of mine works there who can continue to speak to Brock in Spanish. He walked right in this morning ready to take on the world! That's my boy! Brock's babysitter called my friend Maria last night bawling because she is going to miss Brock so much. He really has a way of getting to peoples hearts!

These are days you'll remember, Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this, And as you feel it, You'll know it's true
That you are blessed and lucky
It's true that you
Are touched by something, That will grow and bloom in you
These are days that you'll remember
When May is rushing over you with desire.... to be part of the miracles you see in every hour
You'll know it's true
That you are blessed and lucky
It's true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you
These are the days you might fill with laughter until you break
These days you might feel A shaft of light make its way across your face
And when you do
Then you'll know how it was meant to be, see the signs and know their meaning
It's true
Then you'll know how it was meant to be
Hear the signs and know they're speaking To you