Monday, December 22, 2008

Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope everyone has a blessed holiday with their families and try to keep the chaos to a minimum. :) We had Christmas with Greg's dad yesterday, Christmas with my Dad's family on Wednesday, Christmas with Greg's mom's family on Thursday morning, then Christmas with my mom, Robbie and Brianne on Thursday afternoon. Lots of presents and lots of food...hopefully our sweet baby handles the stress of it all better than her mommy and daddy does.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Beautiful Fall Day and Christmas Photos


We had a beautiful fall day last Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday. Delaney and I spent the whole day outside raking, cleaning up flower beds, playing, and burning leaves. It was a wonderful day. The dogs had a great time hanging out with Mommy and the baby and enjoying the last bit of sunshine that I am assuming we'll see for awhile. Here are some great pictures to go along with our day:






The one above is our view from laying on our backs in the leaves. The sky was so pretty and our trees looked amazing against the blue. Maybe a good inspiration for the color I would like to paint our bedroom.

We had Cari take our pictures for our Christmas cards. A few of these photos I even felt compelled to blow up to 8x10's, so now they are framed in our living room. The horses were even pretty cooperative. The black horse is Sophia, she is a 12-year old Paso Fino and a brand new addition to the Talmage home. The pony is Duke, a 12-year old wonder pony that is now Fletcher's horse and is a fantastic addition to my lesson horses and to the Talmage house. The Pintabian is McCue...truly the love of my life. Although my advice to everyone is NEVER buy a white horse...EVER. As you can see from the photos, he is a mess, but another reason why black and white pictures are more flattering for everyone. It just looks like he is a brown, white and dirt colored pintabian. Good thing he is amazing, otherwise, the color thing would definitely be his downfall. He is beautifully marked, with a perfect arrowhead on his right hip, but usually the only time he looks pristine white is right after his baths right before the shows. Anyway, enough about McCue...enjoy the photos, we sure have...









Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oh...the holidays...

Yes, hard to believe, but the stress of holiday preparation has begun. We had another very busy weekend, but it will be nothing compared to the absolute chaos that is the "Williams' Holiday Marathon". With 10 brothers/sisters/brother-in-laws/sister-in-laws, 4 sets of parents, grandparents, friends, cousins, aunts/uncles, and oh yes, our own Christmas, the logistics of it all is a complete nightmare. There are definitely times when I secretly wish that we lived far (far) away, so all we would have to worry about is ourselves and how much we miss everyone. I know I would complain about that too, and what a terrible problem to have - to have too many loved ones to visit with. Every year, we do come out on the other side without too many hurt feelings and only minor migraines, but hopefully, someday, things will just fall in place.

Anyway... we did have a great visit with sweet Jackson and Nichole last Friday. I can see his frustrations with being immobile, but he seems to make the best of it. In fact, I would love for someone to prop me up on a bean bag, hand me toys, and feed me non-stop. Hmmm, maybe I'll ask Greg about it :)


The kids really do play well together, I think Jackson was a little envious of the fact that Delaney was ransacking the place with all his incredible toys, but he handled it remarkably well. I am digging his cast though, looks like a cool pair of hard chaps, maybe a pair of those would help my equitation. Delaney was not very excited about posing for photos with Jackson on the bean bag, but after a few tears, she seemed to get that we were ONLY taking pictures, we weren't forcing her to sit up there and entertain him. Greg will be thrilled that his daughter isn't ready to snuggle up with boys on a bean bag yet.



We are in-between sizes for Delaney right now. She has 20 pairs of pants and none of them fit her. They are either too short, or a mile too long - very frustrating for this momma who lives vicariously through her daughter's fashion. So, we have resorted to leggings and skirts, and I can say that I am not at all disappointed in this. She can still crawl and can attempt to walk without tripping over dorky rolled up pant legs. Not sure why all clothing manufacturers think that a 24 month baby is 3 feet tall. Her waist is 24 months, but those legs sure are not.

I have lessons tonight, then tomorrow is Delaney's final 12-month shots at Dr. Frazier's. Then, I am heading to Angola for lunch with Kori from our church. We are officially members of our church now, and I have decided to volunteer in the nursery, so we are going to sit down for an hour or so and have a nice lunch and discuss "stuff". My first day is the 30th in the nursery...wish me luck!

Oh, and big news!!!! It sounds like Delaney may be getting Synagis!!! Dr. Frazier has been pulling for us and is trying to get our insurances to split the cost. I cannot even explain how much easier this could make our lives this winter if she receives this medication. We won't really know until the end of this week, but we are keeping our fingers crossed. She has already missed the first dosage, but any dosages she can get will be beneficial.

Off to do some work...here are some other great pix...


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trunk or Treat, Church & Horses

Garrett does seem to be doing well now. I haven't noticed any seizures since Friday, so hopefully he isn't having them without me knowing.
Friday night was our Trunk or Treat at Sonlight (our church in Angola). Greg and I volunteered to help with trash pickup. So, at 4:30, I got home and we packed up Chicken Little once again and headed for Angola. My mom was gracious enough to come and help us with sweet baby. I was a little concerned that we would get very busy helping and that Delaney would have a melt down. But, as always, she was a trooper and LOVED every second of getting to wave at people and watch little kids run around. It appears that we had over 5000 people show up for the Trunk or Treat event this year - amazing!!!! She then got to go home a little early with Daddy and have a snack and go to bed. It was a lot of fun, and very much looking forward to being part of it next year.

We were then up very early on Saturday morning to start our membership classes for church. That was a very nice time as well - Greg was particulary enjoying himself since they fed us some fantastic food. Pastor John said it was bribery to join the church, but hey, whatever...we'll let them feed us! That lasted until 12:30 or so, then we headed to Howe to pick up sweet baby and go look at a loveseat in Sturgis that was a great price. I bought our last couch when I was in my first apartment and very much single about 10 years ago. It WAS beautiful! It was a lovely shade of cream (ummm, yeah...cream) with maple round legs. Keep in mind that when I purchased this beautiful couch, I was single, living by myself and had NO pets. I remember thinking to myself that this will be the only time in my life when I can purchase something somewhat impractical....so, I did. Well, 3 roommates, 3 dogs, a couple of boyfriends, 10 years, about 5 moves, 1 cat, a husband and a one-year old later, and the couch is looking a little rough. It still is very comfortable and in fairly good shape, but just is really way too big for our tiny home, and not a huge fan of the detachable cushions. I spend most of every day putting cushions back and tucking the cover back in. Tired of all of it - so, we had started looking at new options a couple of years ago and just either couldn't afford or really couldn't find anything that would work. Since I have been working more and the baby is truly pushing us out of every room, we found a loveseat in Sturgis at a furniture store that should work just fine. It isn't EXACTLY what I wanted, but it is pretty close (oh, and for Greg...it's very comfortable). The color is a grayish-green (I think it's called Sea River Sage). The size should be perfect and I really like the idea that we (I mean Greg) cannot sleep on it. Furniture is for sitting, not sleeping. That's what the recliner is for :) I'll post pictures of it once it gets here - should be by tomorrow.
Then, after the couch, Cari and I went for a very nice trail ride with McCue and Luke (who is Cathy's horse). It was a last minute plan and it was wonderful! We had a great visit and the horses got some fresh air...really hope to do it more.

Sunday was my much anticipated Epona Approach workshop in Ypsilanti. It was a long drive very early in the morning, but was worth every second. I met some wonderful people, incredible horses, and really feel this is the next step in my horse journey. Pat, who was our guide and instructor took us through mostly theories, ideas and exercises. This is a 2-day workshop, but the second day isn't until the 16th. Hard to explain what we did (and probably wouldn't believe me if I told you anyway), but I truly feel the way to having a more fulfilling (for horse and human) relationship with our horses is through the Epona Approach. Pat, Cathy and I are going to be sitting down soon and working on some programs that would use all our gifts and talents to help better the relationships with people and their horses. It is an exciting idea to realize how much we could help so many people. And...that I will help Delaney grow up in an environment where she will encouraged to be whomever she dreams to be physically and emotionally and hopefully will partner with horses to do both.

Geez, I'm exhausted just reading this...can't believe I got all of these things done in 2 1/2 days! Not sure why I thought working more was going to be easier on us :)

This Saturday is the Christmas Bazarre at the VFW in Sturgis. Laney Bug Boutique will be there showing off my latest creations and I know my mom will be there with her latest embroidered goodies for Christmas and gifts.

Friday, October 31, 2008

What a day...

Happy Halloween!

Well, we had an eventful morning... Delaney got up early, even though this was our one morning when she could sleep as long as she wanted (which lately has been almost 9:00!), but, of course she was up by 6:00 today. We got our day started with Delaney have a big breakfast of Cheerios and Wheat toast, started laundry, washed dishes, picked up toys (a constant chore), cleaned up the baby's room, cleaned the cat box (yuck...), took out garbage, swept and mopped the floor, washed the couch cover, got hysterical about Garrett and had to call Greg to come home... This was all BEFORE 7:30! So, back to the Garrett thing. It appears that Garrett James had a Grand Mall Seizure this morning. While I was sweeping, I looked down and his back right leg was kinked up and looked very odd. I leaned over to touch him to see what was wrong and his whole body tensed up. His tail was stuck between his legs on the underneath of his belly, he then fell forward and his body contorted in to a "U" shape, he started to drool a little and his eyes were closed. Needless to say, I was a bit distressed. I called Greg pretty hysterical and being the incredible husband that he is, got in his vehicle and headed for home. I truly didn't know what to do (and it wasn't until this whole ordeal was over that I figured out it was probably a seizure). I thought for sure he was dying and there was nothing I could do about it, except cry like a blubbering idiot and hold him. About 5 minutes later he (and I) settled down and a couple of minutes after that he was trying to give the baby a ball to throw for him. I called Greg and told him not to come home, but I did call the vet. They said because of the expense, they really didn't want us to come in and do bloodwork unless it happens again. They are such wonderful doctors, they know how tight things are for us, and don't unnecessarily charge us for anything. The scary part is, we have no idea how often these happen since I'm not with him during the day, and the more he has, the more damage he can do to his nervous system and brain. The vet asked if his personality has changed at all over the past couple of years, and I promptly replied, "yes". Garrett has ALWAYS been very obedient and the sweetest boy, but over the past few years, his Obsessive nature, and aggression towards dogs and people he doesn't know has really gotten a little disturbing. The Vet said there is a good chance that he has been having these for awhile and there is already some damage.
So, guess we'll just wait and see if it happens again. I remember seeing him (maybe) having a seizure when he was only a year old or so, but I never saw it again, so I can't confirm that's what it was. The vet said if it happens again, to definitely bring him in to have bloodwork to see if he will need anti-seizure medicine.
We have a very busy weekend, so I hopefully if he does it again, we'll be there to see it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Costume Contest






Our sweet "chicken little" won Best Overall at our local costume contest in Mongo. There were over 70 entries, and our little baby got 1st!!!!


This was my first attempt at making a Halloween costume, pretty proud of myself. I glued each one of those stinkin' feathers on to a turtleneck onesie. Then, made the comb out of textured felt, stuffed it and glued it on to a newborn hat that was turned inside out. Never knew how difficult it was going to be to find a plain white hat...ridiculous. Could not find the right colored tights or leggings, so tried my hand at dyeing. Got some thick cotton tights and died them yellow/orange. I then took yellow dishwashing gloves, stuffed the fingers with toilet paper, and stretched them over some shoes. Then, the finishing touch, was to spray everything with gold glitter, I mean, really, she IS a girl chicken :) I think it turned out really good. Greg wrapped her wagon with chicken wire, and we filled the canopy and insides with straw.
There were some super cute costumes there, lots of creative mommies and daddies. Much thanks to Sherri, Lydia and Amelia for inspiring me to want to make a handmade costume for our sweet baby.
I think my grandpa would have loved this costume- he always loved his chickens...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Decided to finally update this portion of my life. I think I need to mainstream my "updates" to 3 or 4. I've got lots of coals in the fire... I just sounded like my Grandma there - yikes! It's been a crazy busy summer/fall and though I thought it would settle down in October...here we go again with the schedule! I am actually looking forward to Delaney having her own projects going on so that I don't have to schedule myself for anything. Don't get me wrong, I love having a job, horse lessons, a family, friends, a home, and a very neglected relationship with my husband, but all at once is starting to get frustrating. Something has to give soon...or, my head just may implode. I give tons of praise to those moms that do work 40 or more hours a week, plus have more than one baby. I use to work 60 or more hours a week...how could I possibly do that and be a mommy??? Think I need one WHOLE weekend where I have NOTHING planned. Terrible that I need to write that on the calendar to plan for "nothing" - how ridiculous. One moment here...there, I just scheduled myself a weekend off (the 17th, 18th & 19th), I even wrote it in pen. Now the really bad part about that is probably Saturday afternoon after 2 days of being at the house, I will start to go stir crazy and feel the need to go somewhere. But, as long as it is "unplanned" I am going to try and not feel bad about it. I also need to remind myself to tell everyone else to not plan on seeing me that weekend, Delaney and Mommy need some time to themselves without being obligated to go anywhere and participate in any events. I think it's something I should do especially with the Holidays coming and our schedules will definitely be booked until mid-January sometime.


Ok, now that I got that out of my system... We went to Jackson's benefit on Friday night. It was a huge success according to Nichole. The slide show and music was wonderful. The desserts and coffee were even better. A really nice evening. I wasn't aware that Goshen had a First Friday Night event every month, something Greg and I would really like to start doing. It really isn't that far of a drive for us - besides, where we live, everything is a drive. Would be really nice to walk around during the holidays and see all the beautiful lights. Saturday, Delaney, mom and I went to Grandma Puckett's to get apples and to visit. It was a long exhausting day of shopping, eating and visiting (what we do best!), but was fun. I really enjoy spending time with my mom, grandma and Delaney together - 4 generations of girls hitting the shopping scene - dangerous! Sunday, we went to church and saw this interesting little program...recognize anyone?

Don't recognize anyone??? That would be because Greg (on the left) and I are under the water being Baptized. Thought this was a great photo...and what a surprise to see our "picture" on the front page of our programs at church. Think it's interesting that Pastor John looks like he is really enjoying dunking me under the water. So, think I will head out now...I have horse lessons again tonight, so need to get going over to Talmage's to go pick up the boys (McCue and Duke) for their lessons.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New photos...new day









Needed to add some photos that Caring Bridge wouldn't let me add, due to their excessive size...okey dokey.... got some really cute one's of the baby (who else do I take pictures of), friends, and family. This one is of Aunt Brianne and Delaney at the Elkhart County Fair.

This one is of Macie, Delaney and Garrett James at the Howe Dog Walk in the Park last Saturday night. We had a "fashion show" for the people, kids and dogs involved. I opted out of the show - I claimed I had to man the video camera - and gave the baby and the dog their time in the spotlight. It was really cute, and yes, those are sunglasses that my dog is wearing. He is such a good boy, loves getting dressed up. It was a great turn out and lots of fun. We had a demonstration with the Lagrange Sherrif department and their new K-9 unit dog. Had a demonstration also by a guy that does competitions with his American Bulldog, Hawk, in pulling. It was very cool to watch this huge dog pull a cart full of kids, then adults.


Sunday after church we went swimming at the Talmage's. Delaney loves the water. So glad I decided to put her in swim lessons last winter. Although, she makes her dad a little nervous since she is so brave in the water. All she wants to do is "swim" and put her face in the water. Not a bad thing I guess, other than she doesn't know how to hold her breath and ends up half drowning herself in the process.










After swimming (and a snack), she decided that lounging by the pool with Macie and Dewey (dewey's the silly wiener dog asleep) in the shade was a much better option than getting back in the pool.







Our sweet boys, Garrett & Shiloh, out by some of the landscaping in our front yard. Hmmm, looks as if I should do some weedeating.






Thought this was a decent picture of our newest addition to the landscaping/gardens. It's our new Asiatic Lily. It smells absolutely delicious. The 2 buds that aren't open in this picture, or now open and just add to the fragrance in our front yard. The hummingbirds and butterflies have been very happy about the addition as well.
We are still in the midst of party planning and getting some more RSVP's...excrutiating to get answers from people. We invited about 40 and looks like only 20 or so are on. Should have plenty of food leftover. Out of 3 gazebos, not one of them are functional enough for us to let anyone but us use or look at. We had all 3 set up last summer before we went in to have Delaney and since we were delayed by 4 weeks getting home, the summer monsoon that apparently hit our lake in late August did a real number on the gazebos.
I have been so busy getting ready for this party that I haven't had time to think much about what was happening in our lives almost a year ago. Let's see, this time last year, I was HUGE...ummm, HUGE....just in case you didn't get it the first time. I was not sleeping, could barely eat, and was fanning myself in front of the a/c.
We were blissfully unaware that this sweet little baby in my belly was: 1. a girl, 2. only 6 lbs (they told us "it" was going to big), 3. had a slight defect in her right leg (you know, the leg that was crammed into my rib cage for the last 3 months of the pregnancy), 4. had a severe congenital heart defect that would require open heart surgery, helicopter rides, multiple surgical procedures, sleepless nights and days for her parents and family, and hundreds of thousands of dollars. 5. Going to be the most incredible little girl that anyone could ask for, with the sweetest smile, the prettiest blue eyes, the clone of her daddy, and able to wrap to full-grown adults around that tiny little finger. Ahhh, ignorance really is bliss...

Monday, July 28, 2008

Here we go!

Ahhh, yes...blogging... I knew it would be just a matter of time before this would happen. I think I got the bug after months of journaling on Caring Bridge about our sick baby. So, looking forward to having a "diary" of our happenings in life, and not necessarily baby related stuff! We (well, me, actually) have been frantically preparing for the big 1st Birthday... cannot believe the projects I have gotten Greg and I into 2 weeks before 40 people are suppose to be at our home. I mean really, do I think anyone will notice that I got ALL the mulch and rocks placed "just so" around the landscaping, or fixed the unfinished tiles in the living room. I guess everyone really should have a big party once a year to motivate you to get all the projects done around the house. I have also decided to paint the bathroom/laundry room. Ridiculous that I have let it go this long without painting. The 1980's trailer wall board in mauve and blue has irritated me for the last 5 years, so, I'm doing something about it! Plus, the whole "remodel" is being done with about $20! I found some great extras out in the garage so, that's what I'm updating the walls and cupboards with. Guess it can't possibly look any worse than it already does.

I'm blaming Nichole for this slight addiction to journaling...since it's her fault that I found Caring Bridge at Riley and now the blogging...just kidding, I love it lots! Hopefully, I'll get better at doing this and figure out how to make this page "fancy"...perhaps, I'll recruit Nichole to help with that too :)

Delaney Lynn is also my inspiration to take on another project (job). On top of my "real" job, horse training, lessons, Mary Kay and being a wife/mom I have decided to start making my jewelry to sell. I have been making necklaces, bracelets and earring for myself, friends and family for about 5 years now, but thought I would put our sweet baby's name and inspiration into it and sell them at our local farmer's market. So, watch for Laney Bug Designs soon!