30 July 2010
to get this:
And why not spend the better part of a half an hour photographing your completely edible baby girl?
Speaking of the lovely miss Hazel, she's at a funny stage right now. She's learning to grab things that she wants and it's actually becoming sort of handy. Except that she's sort of like one of those crane games in the vestibules of family restaurants. You can lower her down to fetch a fallen object, but about 90% of the time, the object will slip through her grasp at the last moment. It's sort of endearing. And she's always eager to try again!
On the Ethiopian adoption front: It's been a real blessing to share Caleb & Rebecca's journey with y'all this week. Your comments have been encouraging and I'm so grateful for your prayers. God is good all the time!
They're currently about 6 hours into their 22 hour flight from Addis to Washington D.C. They'll stop in Rome for fuel but won't disembark. Man, 22 hours on a plane with two sick, scared, sleepy boys. Please pray for them tonight if you're up nursing a baby or when you wake up in the morning. They'll land in D.C. at around noon tomorrow. And the cool part, is that as soon as that plane touches American soil, those boys will officially be American citizens!
There will be a flight from D.C. to Chicago and from Chicago to Nashville. And tomorrow evening, a crowd of our friends will gather, and we will meet our nephews, and Beatrice will greet her parents and meet her brothers. Oh, what a big moment in their little lives!
On the bloggy front: I have big fun plans for next week! Since so many of you have asked at various times and in various ways about my favorite Etsy shoppes for this and that, I've assembled a list of some of my faves. Beginning this Sunday, I'll be sharing one favorite shop a day for about twelve days (I'll have to go back and count...). It's going to be fun because there will be discounts and giveaways and all sorts of festive fun! I hope you'll enjoy my list!
Now, time to cuddle my sweet niece on our last night of our two-week sleepover. I wonder how much any of us will be able to sleep tonight. Tomorrow is a big day!
28 July 2010
27 July 2010
So, Scout's been sick. Real sick. I posted about it here, but if you don't remember, we took her to the vet a couple of weeks ago with a limp and left with a good chance that she may have cancer.
She's had x-rays of her paw and chest, needle aspirations and, most recently, several biopsies on various parts of her little doggy body. She's got stitches all up her wrist and more than twenty staples down her side.
Well, make that more like 17 after today. Yes, I know it's gross, but she can't bear to be still long enough for things to heal and she totally broke open the staples this afternoon.
I'm not telling you this to gross you out. Okay, maybe a little. I'm telling you this because it's a part of the story, so stick with me. It's about to get good!
Ry ran her to the vet so they could close the gaping hole in her side. (It really was a hole - I looked, and regretted it.) When they got there, the office manager welcomed a now very familiar Scout back to the office and informed Ryan that her biopsy results had come back a few days early.
The good news: Her paw is cancer-free! It turns out it really was just a bone infection, most likely incurred while playing in the water during the great flood of 2010. So glad to know this several hundred dollars later...
The bad news: There was cancer elsewhere. While she was in surgery for the biopsy, a small, seemingly insignificant bump on her side (that we'd inquired about before, but were reassured that it was just a common bump) increased nearly three times in size. Red flag. (And a little weird!) The vet decided to take a look into her side (hence all the yucky staples) and discovered a contained, cancerous tumor.
The good news: The vet is quite confident that he removed the entire contained tumor (a.k.a. the "insignificant bump") and has declared our Scoutie cancer-free! Now we just have to keep that girl still enough to heal her incisions and she can be our Scout-a-riffic again! (Want to know exactly how Scout-a-riffic and need a good laugh? Read this!)
The strange thing: If it hadn't been for that stupid limp from the flood, we never would have found the cancer in her side. Funny how things work out!
More good news: Scout gets to keep all four legs and we don't have to wrestle over the decision to spend a ton of money on a dog (albiet a dog that we love).
The moral of this story: If you have a limp, check your body for lumps, it could save your life.
Er, something like that.
And in celebration of many more years with Scout in our family (provided she doesn't bolt out of the vet's office tomorrow morning onto Columbia Avenue and get hit by a car), a few photos of what we thought might be Scout's final swim in the pond.
25 July 2010
22 July 2010
Okay, not really.
Despite how things may look, things are anything but "quiet" at the Myers' home right now.
In fact, all's pretty darn loud if you ask me.
My sister and brother -in-law received word last Tuesday that they were cleared to travel to Ethiopia to pick up one of their boys. (Do you remember when their adoption process started two years ago?) They booked tickets right away and left Nashville on Sunday. Not a lot of warning time.
So, while they're traveling to Africa and meeting both of their sons for the very first time (we are praying that the Lord would somehow make it possible for both boys to be cleared for travel home - otherwise one will have to remain in Ethiopia until they return. We know that it is the Lord who has the final say in this...), we are enjoying keeping Beatrice for two weeks as our bonus family member.
I'm really enjoying having a (bigger) girl around. I dress her and do her hair and she even lets me snuggle her!
However, I'm still in the midst of the 1-child-to-2-children transition. A third child is a little tricky. Particularly when our sweet guest spikes a 103.2 degree fever out of nowhere and wants her Mama. Poor gal. (We're all okay now, by the way.)
The good news is, we are surrounded by people who love us. Every day this week someone has come to help in some way - to give me a break, to take the kids to do something special, or to hold down the fort while we make an unscheduled visit to the pediatrician.
In fact, Oliver and Beatrice left at 8:00 this morning for a breakfast-through-lunch playdate with the Shurden family. Christy, you're my hero!
And thus, I'm sitting down to blog for the first time in five days.
I know I've talked about it a bit on Twitter, but I don't think I've mentioned it yet here: our dear Scoutie is not doing so great. (Scout is our 6-year-old Weimaraner, for those of y'all who don't know - who could possibly not know The Scout??) I took her to the vet last week because she'd been favoring her right paw for a while and we wondered if she'd injured it playing or something. We had no idea we'd walk out of there with a cancer diagnosis in our future.
She's been back several times and is, in fact, there now for further testing. The vet has narrowed it down to either osteosarcoma or fibrosarcoma (I believe that'd be either bone cancer or tissue cancer, right?) and the biopsy he did yesterday should be conclusive enough for us to decide how to move forward.
Three-legged dog, anyone?
On a less depressing-yet-somehow-poetic note, I'm working on a fun plan for y'all for the month of August! I've been in contact with some of my favorite Etsy shops and am arranging a series of reviews, highlights, discounts and giveaways for y'all to enjoy. I've already begun the process of photographing and testing things, but since I have an idea that my life will continue to be chaotic for the next couple of weeks (we will have our girl here until here parents return on the 31st, then we'll be honeymooning with the boys, I imagine, for a while too!), I'm trying to pace myself.
Trust me though, it'll be good!
Okay, now I'm off to savor my morning of being the mother of one adorably, snuggly, giggly 4-month-old.
And don't worry - that headband post is forthcoming!
Happy Thursday, friends! Blessings!
17 July 2010
Hello, sweet girl. You are four months old today!
In this past month you have:
:: mastered rolling over from your back to onto your tummy (I can't believe you started doing this at 14 weeks old!)
:: only rolled over from your tummy to your back a handful of times. Usually you get onto your tummy and then get stuck. You're usually pretty happy that way for a while, but you eventually get frustrated and need someone to roll you back over.
:: gotten bigger - 25" long and 14lb 5oz -both 75th percentile for your age. (This means you're the size of an average 5-month-old!)
:: shown us what an easygoing baby you are. You vacationed so well - catching naps in your stroller or your moses basket or car seat whenever time allowed.
:: still only get fussy when a practical need isn't being met. You very rarely fuss and we can't figure out how to help.
:: totally begun to enjoy playing with your toys. You reach for everything in front of you, and whatever you can grab hold of goes straight into your mouth. Mama has had to learn to keep Hazel-friendly toys in her purse because you're always happier with something to fiddle with.
:: gotten closer to sitting up. You can hold a sitting position for about 4 seconds before toppling forward or to the side. We can tell you'll be so happy when that little milestone of independence arrives.
:: gotten better at using your legs to stand while we hold your hands.
:: discovered your voice and learned to play with it. Sometimes you'll sit for 20 minutes and just explore the noises you can make with your throat. We love all the coos and high-pitched squeals. We had forgotten how fun it is to just sit and watch the baby all evening. :)
:: managed to make us fall in love with you more every day.
We have loved these four months with you, Miss Hazel Wren.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
14 July 2010
1. Hiking at Cravens House and Sunset Rock
2. Brunch at Aretha Frankenstein's
3. The trout stream behind our cabin
4. My boys fishing
5. The fabulous Audrey and Lizzy, who came along to help out with the kids by day and to sink our battleships by night! (Seriously, never going on another vacation without a nanny or two - these girls deserve medals!)
6. Water feature outside the Tennessee Aquarium (and Oliver's signature rear view)
7. My birthday! Complete with a delicious cake made by my dear Judy Apple.
8. The Creative Discovery Museum (a lot of fun!!)
9. A final shot of my little gal with my Lizzy
Chattanooga gets my vote!
Speaking of votes - it looks like the headbands have it! It may be early next week, but it's coming!
(And I'll see what I can do about the Carne Asada and oven mitts sometime soon too!)
13 July 2010
and figuring it out!
(photos courtesy of Amanda Pennington)
We just rolled in from a weekend vacation in Chattanooga last night. Unpacking today and hopefully unloading some camera images this evening.
I miss y'all! We have a bit of a busy week ahead, but I'm thinking I'm going to try to put together another tutorial in the next couple of days if that sounds good to you!
What do you want it to be about?:
- oven mitts
- carne asada
Highest number of votes takes it!
06 July 2010
05 July 2010
This weekend we loaded the little ones up in the car and travelled to Illinois for a lovely wedding. (Can this be my excuse for not blogging for 12 days straight??)
My cousin Zac (who is, coincidentally, Ryan's apprentice this summer) married the sweetest, most adorable Miss Olivia in a fantasticly lovely outdoor ceremony.
We wore Oliver out during the day, so by the time we got to the wedding, he completely conked out on the putting green. Slept through the entire ceremony! (We really coulndn't have timed it better if we tried.)
I had a pretty handsome date. :)
I had a pretty handsome date. :)
Well, two handsome dates.
After the meal, Ry took Oliver out on the fairway to roll golf balls around and (more importantly) expend some extra wiggles. Oliver loved the sand trap!
And I loved photographing him in the sand trap!
There's that nice date of mine again. Man, I love that guy!
Ry snapped these pictures of me when I came out to play with them. Bummer about the camera bag strap.
And here is the handsome couple. Can we talk about her adorable dress?? And those shoes!! Ah, youth!
Some sparklers to see the couple off.
Blessings on your marriage, guys! We're looking forward to having you here this summer (and hopefully all year!?!?)!