“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together there is something you must always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart I'll always be with you.”

~Winnie the Pooh


i figured that the snotty picture of shelby wasn't the most appetizing thing to look at so here are some of her "serious" face.  she tends to look at everyone this way.  i always wonder what's going through that little head of hers.

and in case you were wondering about how everyone is feeling...shelby is still pretty congested but it's just a cold and teething for her.  she is quite a beast right now though.  she's usually pretty easy going and happy but she's pretty clingy and fussy right now.  boo to teething.  carson has caught the cold as of this morning.  colds are always fun with carson, it throws off his balance so much so he looks like a drunken sailer walking around.  poor kid.

brooks is a different story.  his breathing has gotten pretty bad and we've been using the nebulizer quite a lot to control his wheezing.  so we now are classified as "asthma" and he has his very own inhaler.  yay.  just kidding.  we've always known he had breathing problems and were told that technically he has asthma but now it's in his charts.  so between the two boys we have a ridiculous amount of medical "issues" that we have to treat and deal with.  listing all the meds we administer throughout the day would take a whole separate post!  whoever said boys were easy never met my two!  my girl is heads and tails above easier than the boys (for now)!

we like to make sure she can't escape

ah ha!  found a way out

so serious sometimes


sick bubba and sick baby

poor brooks and shelby are sick.  it only took two weeks of school for the germs to hit our house.  brooks tends to catch any and every germ that is out there.  i'm not sure if it's because of his heart problems or his lung that collapsed but we're constantly giving him breathing treatments.  so, brooks is home on his first "sick day" from kindergarten.  unfortunately, shelby has also caught some of the icky germs around this house.  she is also coughing and has a lovely runny nose.  so much fun for a baby.  she sounds just pitiful when she starts coughing.  poor baby girl.  but, no matter how sick she is she's still super cute.  so now i'm just killing time till their 3 joint doctor's appointment.  and so starts our frequent trips to the doctor with brooks.  let's hope shelby does not follow in his footsteps!

***warning*** gross snotty picture below!
poor shelbs!

playing on the stairs

we made a sick tent to try and keep someone busy.  it lasted all of 10 minutes.  brooks is not the easiest to be around when he's sick.  he becomes even more needy.  yay.

we decided to let shclby in since she's sick too.  but not for long because she messes things up (so says her big brother who never messed any thing up in his entire life).

fingers crossed that carson does not get this mess!  that's all i need is to have all 3 of them sick.  


poor 3rd child

this is how we entertain ourselves.  she actually loves it.  she loves her sleep blankie and plays with it all the time.  somehow she got it over her head and couldn't get it off.  it gave it all a good giggle.  poor shelbs.

i promise that no baby was harmed in the making of this video.


goodbye summer, hello kindergarten and first grade!

my two baby boys are off at their first days of kindergarten and first grade.  sniff sniff.  with a pit in my stomach i watched as brooks boarded the bus and gave me that look like, "why are you still out there?"  poor kid had no idea what to do with himself, where do i sit?  do i hold my book bag?  no i should put it back on.  no, hold it.  no, wait, i don't know.  who is this kid next to me?  why is my mom crying?  ugh!  fortunately, i made it to the school to see him get off and walked with him to his class.  i left him sitting at his seat starring.  i sure hope he has an awesome first day.

carson, on the other hand, was a different story.  as with most things we like to do it the hard way.  last night he was not feeling well at all, had been sleeping or in the fetal position most of the day.  when i called the doctor they felt like he needed to come in to the ER to be checked out for a possible shunt malfunction.  Long story short, a CT scan and X-ray series later he's ok.  his shunt is working just fine.  he probably has a virus of some sort or possible just a really bad upset tummy.  at least i'm not worrying his shunt isn't working.  by the time we got him home and in bed it was 11:30 pm so he got a little bit of a free pass and after waking up and seeing that he felt much better it was off to school he went.  carson is going to a different school than brooks, we're hoping and praying for only this year.  they have a smaller class for first grade and he can get a lot of one on one support.  our goal is to boost him up as much as possible so that he can have the skills and confidence to go into second grade, hopefully at the same school as brooks.  this was an extremely difficult choice for us to make but in the end we felt like it was the best one.  splitting the boys up is not something i wanted to do but it is what it is, for now.

so, here's to a great school year for both my little guys!  as for me and shelby, we've got a lot of time on our hands just us girls.  i'm sure we can find some trouble to get in to.


heart anniversary

this little firecracker got a second chance at life five years ago today.  thank God for a mama's instincts in knowing something just wasn't right.  i don't want to dwell on the details but every day with this one is a gift.  even on the days i want to put him in a straight jacket because he simply will not sit still, i love him more than i feel is possible.  he is carson's best friend, shelby's constant entertainment and our little heart warrior.  we love you brooks, to the moon and back and to infinity and beyond!  cheers to you, little man!

five years in the blink of an eye

that face.

and those eyes.  we are in serious trouble.

happy heart day to you, brooks!


and she's off...

well, actually this happened a few weeks ago.  right around the time andrew and i left for our trip, i think.  i a bit behind, i still haven't even gotten birth announcement out for poor shelby.  oh well.  i think that ship has sailed.  i'm lucky she's not already walking before i got around to the crawling videos.  and i know she's in her birthday suit, we were getting in the tub which she loves.  and yes, she's still wearing her bow.  otherwise it would look like an old video of brooks crawling.

and another one just because she's so darn cute


oh, fourth of july.  i have such a love/hate relationship with you.  on one hand, your what summer is all about.  the lake, swimming in the pool all day, playing on the boat, watching fireworks, grilling out, wimbledon.  you're just so much fun.  and then you're over and it's the countdown to school.  wah wah wah!  it makes me was to cry to think about school starting back.  it happens way too soon in my opinion.  no one should go back till after labor day.  it's just not fair.  i can't even think about school without my blood pressure rising.  and that's saying a lot because i normally have very low blood pressure.  for now i'll just look back at the pictures that i did take of our super fun weekend and fourth of july.  unfortunately, i didn't get any of the boat ride to go watch fireworks.  we were with our lake "family" the moores and both the boys were as happy as clams sitting with daniel and ashley.  carson was all curled up with ashley and brooks talked daniel's ear off the entire boat ride.  he did not stop for one second.  that kid is either going to be a preacher or a politician.  the kid loves to talk.  miss shelby also made her first debut on the boat to see the fireworks.  i would have never taken either of the boys so young on the boat but she's the third kid.  she's good.

speaking of miss shelby cooper she is now 9 1/2 months.  what?  where did the time go?  she is by far the sweetest baby girl i have ever known.  she lights up when her brothers pay any attention to her, loves to eat whatever you put in front of her and the girl can rock a hair bow like nobody's business.  i would of told you before that i was perfectly content with my boys.  boys are sweet and easy and they love their mamas but this baby girl has stolen our hearts.  our lives are now complete and we didn't even know something was missing.

i can't even describe the cuteness going on here

seriously.  i can't.  


watching mom and dad on the tube

two pyros in a pod.  after they were done shooting of their little loot of fireworks brooks told andrew, "those weren't really that good."  andrew's response?  "just wait till next year buddy."  andrew is now determined to wow brooks next year.  it is his mission.  we are in trouble.  for now, the ones from the grocery store will have to do.

trying to get all 3 is nearly impossible.  especially since shelby is now mobile.  she does not want to sit still which usually turns in to brooks strangling her to get her to sit still.

getting better.  not sure why the boys are making such weird faces

cute.  cute.  cute.

pure sweetness

brooks and mini brooks with a bow

i seriously can't handle the sweetness

i love this picture.  ashley was on the dock helping me get some shots and i wanted to get all the kids with her.  first of all, you can see just how white all my kids are next to her.  seriously.  they are transparent.  sunscreen is bought in bulk in this house.  i love how carson is reaching for brooks.  brooks has his sly little smile and shelby is crawling away and looking back like what is going on over there.  it's a great shot.

as good as we could get.  we love ms. ashley!

no photo shoot is complete without aunt megan behind me making every one smile!

we figured out it has been 14 years worth of fourth of julys for us at the lake.  there is no way we are that old, clearly we haven't aged.  i wish i could go back and find some pictures from back then.  

and my favorite.  seriously, she makes it look easy