Monday, April 21, 2008

A boy and his blankie

Luke LOVES his blankie. Today, he stole it out of his crib and spent at least twenty minutes just rolling around on the floor with it. It was too cute not to document.

The Elmo balloon Grammy got Luke for his birthday party is still hanging around. Its getting wrinkly and slow in its old age, so Elmo is easier for Luke to catch these days. Surprisingly, it still floats. At least we're getting our money's worth out of the helium. (Grammy was shocked at the price of helium.) Soon Luke was dragging around both Elmo and blankie.
This last pic is from last week, but I think its cute so I included it.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Three is a magic number. ..

4 Fort Worth siblings share birthday
By DIANE SMITHStar-Telegram Staff Writer
FORT WORTH -- Nicole and Johnathan Madison learned firsthand that Three Is a Magic Number.
As the song Multiplication Rock goes, "A man and a woman had a baby ..." In the Madisons' case, the baby is their daughter, Brittyn. When she turned 3 on Friday, along came three more babies -- Gage, Braxtyn and Graham.
"I can't believe the Lord blessed us with four beautiful children," Nicole Madison said Monday from Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital, where the triplets were born. "We were going to stop at two."
The number 3 seems to be the theme in the triplets' new lives. Nicole Madison's water broke at 3 a.m. in the 33rd week of pregnancy. She delivered three healthy, natural triplets -- no fertility drugs.
The Madisons, both 32, of Haslet, believe that triplets must run in her side of the family because her great-great-grandmother had them, too.
Natural triplets account for about 1 in 10,000 births a year, neonatologist Chad Barber said.
So, 3 + 1 = 4 Madison siblings who now share a birthday.
With the birth of Brittyn's little sister Braxtyn, the girl/boy ratio at the Madison home is tied 2-2. It's 3-3 if you add their parents.
Mom and babies are doing fine. Fittingly, the triplets, who were 3 days old Monday, were introduced to Star-Telegram photographers shortly after 3 p.m.

Friday, April 11, 2008

big ol' texas storm

Our little area got hit pretty hard by the storm on Wednesday night. Hank woke me up with a little puppy panic attack as the thunder started, and I got up to give him his puppy xanax. I peeked out the back window, and the rain was so hard that I couldn't even see our fence. Before I was back asleep, the power was off. Thankfully, our house didn't suffer any damage, and our neighborhood was relatively intact--minus a few fences here and there. However, driving through town yesterday afternoon was shocking. I drove through our old neighborhood and many of the large old trees were split in two, lying on houses or in the street. Driving down pipeline I saw even more damage. More trees, buildings missing windows and roofs, stoplight poles that were just naked poles now. In one shopping center, the giant sign in the center of the parking lot was completely bent over lying on the ground. This sign was probably as wide as four cars and as long as two. It took me a minute to figure out what it was. We were without electricity much of the day. Around 3:30 I heard on the radio that it may take until Saturday to restore all the power, so I decided to pack up and go out to Mom's house. I packed up all the fridge/freezer things and packed up all of Luke's things. I decided to put Luke down for a nap while I packed up my things and as I came out of the nursery I noticed that the power was back on! Hooray! So then I had to unpack everything. I tried to find some pictures of damage around town to post but I had trouble. I did find these pictures. This is what is left of our community baseball/soccer fields. This is maybe about a mile from our house, and right next to our old neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Luke's One Year Portraits

Just wanted to post some of his one year pics!

Such a grown up boy

I can't believe how much Luke has grown up just in the last 3 months!
This picture was taken in December 2007, when Luke was almost 9 months old.
And the second one was taken just last week.

Luke's First Birthday

We celebrated Luke's first birthday last weekend. Since Elmo is the only character to capture Luke's attention so far, we had an Elmo themed party. Here are some pics.

This is the Elmo Family

This is Luke sitting with all the other big kids , and Aunt Kim is helping him eat off of only his plate.

All the kiddos playing with Luke's Birthday present from Mama and Dada

I think the box it came in was just as much fun!

Time for presents! Cousin Zoe helped Luke open presents and show him how to play with them.

Luke loves his Elmo balloon from Grammy and Grampa. It is still floating around our house and he loves to tackle it.

Time for cake! After stealing off everyone's plate all afternoon, Luke wasn't too hungry for cake.

The whole Elmo crew:

Grampa, Grammy, Gradma Juli, Mama, Dada, and Luke

At the end of it all, Mama, and her sleepy baby.