2 Months Old

Tuesday, December 16, 2008







Nya is 2 months old and we love her more than ever!

Deck The Halls

Monday, December 15, 2008





My favorite season is winter and my favorite holiday is Christmas. Ever since I can remember I have been a Christmas fanatic. One of my most favorite things to do as a child and up until this day, is decorate the Christmas tree. I have to try and restrain myself until December 1st and I never make it. Every year we give each of our kids a new ornament for the tree as my grandparents and parents did before me. I love unwrapping each one and remembering where it came from. I love making it a family event and hopefully we are building memories, establishing traditions and instilling a love of Christmas in our children. Not that children need much help getting excited about Christmas. So even though I have to "fix" the tree after the they go to bed, as they love to put all matching ornaments on the same branch and only the bottom half of the tree gets decorated, it will remain my most favorite thing to do.

Snow





I love snow! I especially love the view from our house when it snows. I feel like I am in a ski chalet somewhere up in the mountains. The pictures don't do it justice. I love how everything seems to be quiet and people slow down. I love how beautiful everything looks covered in white. I love playing outside with the kids and then coming inside to warm up and drink some hot chocolate. And I loved being able to stay home all day yesterday in my warm cozy house, feeding my baby in the rocking chair and watching the snow fall outside my window. I am such an old lady and I love it! Somehow it just feels more like Christmas when there is snow.

Couches For Christmas





For Christmas dinner this year everyone is coming up to our house and we could not be more excited, with one exception. A few months ago Darren and I sold our sofas in order to get new ones. That was in September and we have yet to replace them with anything, for many reasons. For one thing we can't find exactly what we want, probably because we aren't sure what it is that we want and for another we are still saving for them. Enter dilemma. Where is everyone going to sit when they come for Christmas? I was looking on Used Victoria the other day I saw an ad with a sofa for sale in Victoria for $400. It was neutral and in decent shape so I showed Darren. I thought that we could purchase it and use it for Christmas and until we figured out what to get for the living room and even use it in another room after. Darren didn't really want to spend that much for something we didn't really love and that was only going to be temporary, so he looked around some more on Used Victoria and found the exact same sofa with a matching love seat for only $160 and it was located right here in Duncan. That's my guy! So even though they aren't what we really wanted, they look o.k. and work even better and when we are ready to buy something else we can always resell them and at the very least make our money back. I feel very blessed. Now what to do about the fact that they make my wall color look like something from a baby's diaper.

Your Dinner Is Served





Last Sunday Darren and I decided to give the kids the opportunity to make dinner for us. They were more than willing and they did such a fantastic job. We had fruit salad and yogurt. They even set the table without being asked. It was perfect and they were so very pleased with themselves. The first thing they did was ask if they could do it again tomorrow!

Memories


While looking back through some pictures the other day, I came across this one. Emma was painting at the kitchen table and I had to go upstairs for something. Soon after she came running up to inform me that Tate was painting himself. I quickly headed down, a little frustrated that I would have to, once again, clean up after another one of Tates adventures. When I reached the bottom of the stairs I saw him there in the middle of the table painting his tummy and every time he would stick the paint brush in his belly button he would giggle. I had to laugh and I no longer felt frustrated. I am thankful for little kids that help me lighten up a bit and enjoy life a little more.

The Perils Of The Ocean

Upon finding out that Darren was going surfing Emma said to me, "I don't think that is a very good idea, there's sharks.............................and seahorses!" Never mind that it is December and bitter cold and those sharks could pose a problem, but most of all look out for those seahorses! This from the only one of my children who WOULD hold the cockroach and let them place a gigantic centipede on her face while at the Bug Zoo.

10 Things I Love About Babies

Friday, November 28, 2008

There are so many things that I will miss about having a new baby around the house:

1. Meeting them for the first time after waiting so long, identifying which parts look like who and the memories it brings back of previous children.

2. The way they smell so good and feel so soft.

3. The way they arch their backs when you pick them.

4. When they start to smile and coo.

5. The funny faces they make while they sleep and the teeny tiny pout they have just before they start to cry that breaks your heart.

6.Their little feet and little hands and little everything.

7. When they fall asleep on your chest.

8. Looking down at their beautiful face as you rock them.

9.They way they suck on nothing at all in their sleep.

10. Being amazed each and every day at the wonderment of a perfect being so fresh from heaven and the humility it brings.

For all of these reasons and many more I wish that I could go on having new babies forever. Of course this is not a reality and no matter how many I had, they would keep on growing, despite my desperate plea for them to stop. I wish I could pause this time for even just a little longer. But some how knowing this time passes so quickly helps me appreciate it more. It is too easy to take something for granted that you think will always be there.

An Unexpected Treasure

Thursday, November 27, 2008


As is the case with most people, I usually don't like pictures of myself, especially while pregnant. Therefore I didn't have any pictures taken of me while pregnant, with any of our children. I always think other women look so beautiful when they are expecting, but that is the last thing I feel. As most of you will already know, I do not enjoy being pregnant and yet, when I no longer am, I miss it. I know, it is crazy! I am pretty sure that Nya is our last baby and the thought that I won't ever be pregnant again is both fantastic and sad at the same time. Now, in hindsight, I wish I had taken some pictures. I would love, years later, to see myself that way again and remember. And as a daughter I would loved to have seen pictures of my mom while she was expecting. The other day I was downloading the pictures from Noelle's camera onto the computer and I found one! Normally I erase all pictures of me that she takes, as they are pretty candid, but thanks to Noelle and her love of photography, I have one not so bad picture of myself while expecting my baby. I love that I will be able to look back at this picture and remember one of the most challenging, most rewarding, most magical times of my life. Thank you Noelle!

Going Private

We have taken our family blog private. I have never been one to really worry about privacy. But the other day as I googled our family blog a new result came up along with the usual results. I recognized my words, so I clicked on the link. Someone has taken one of my entries and posted it on another website under their identity, but with a link to my blog. Very strange. Since I do write about personal things and post a lot of pictures of our family, I thought that it would be best to keep our blog private from now on. I was hesitant to do this because I love finding people and I love being found. I enjoy blogging and seeing what others are up to through their blogs. I hope that this does not discourage friends and family from reading. If you aren't able to access our site please leave a comment and I will gladly send you an invitation. Happy blogging!

1 Month Old

Sunday, November 16, 2008



Nya is 1 month old today and I can't believe how fast it has gone. Darren and I both feel like we have just breezed through this last month. We have had much help from family and friends and I have been able to take it easy and just enjoy my baby. We all love Nya so much and are enjoying having her here with us. She is such a good natured baby. She makes it very easy to enjoy the newborn stage. She eats every 4 hours. At night she eats at 8 p.m., goes to sleep around 10:30 p.m., wakes around 3 a.m., eats, goes back to bed and doesn't eat again until 8 a.m, since the very first day she was born. She is so sweet and so mild. She is just the greatest baby and we feel so blessed to have her!

Halloween 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008








Halloween was very low key this year as we just had our new baby. My mom helped out with getting the costumes together. Darren and Grandpa McCullough took the kids out trick or treating. I stayed home and rested . Darren even purchased a few fireworks to set off afterwards. Noelle wanted to dress up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, but I left it too late and by the time my mom took her out shopping the Dorothy costumes were all gone, so she happily settled for being a ladybug. Bergen was given a snake costume from a friend at school, which he was more than happy to be. Emma was a butterfly. When I asked Tate what he wanted to be for Halloween, suggesting maybe a dog, I thought that would be something easy for my mom to find as she shopped, he said that he wanted to be an elephant. Why, out of everything that he could be did he think of an elephant, I don't know. Since he had thought of that all by himself though, I wanted to do my best to make that happen. And my mom did it, the night before Halloween she found an elephant costume and I must say I think that Tate turned out to be quite a cute elephant. The kids thought that Nya should be able to dress up was well, even though she was staying home. So we wrapped her up in her pink blanket and put some pipe cleaners through her hat and she was a little pink caterpillar. Everyone had a fun evening and I am grateful for all the help from loved ones who made it happen.

Pumpkin Carving

Friday, October 31, 2008











The kids went on a field trip with school to Providence farm on Monday. They got to go for a tractor hay ride and pick a pumpkin from the patch. Today at school they got to carve that pumpkin and bring it home. Since our beloved pumpkin carving friends, the Zecks, have moved away, I am glad that they got to do this at school. I didn't have to think about it or deal with the mess. Except for Tate. He and dad got to carve one at home this afternoon. I think they all turned out pretty fantastically!

This Much Loved Baby!


Nya could not be more loved and it is heart warming to witness. I use to feel bad for the children following the first, because they simply just do not get the same kind of attention from us, the parents, as first borns do. It took me quite some time to realize that as much as that is true, they get something in exchange, something maybe even better. They get the love of everyone who has come before them. So for Nya my time is limited and divided between 5 children, but she has 6 people who love and adore her, who constantly ask to hold her, who will stop as they run by and give her a hug and a kiss or sing her a song. So although I am trying to spend as much time as I can with her, it is wonderful to see that she could never feel neglected as she has so many people who love her so completely.

Where Daddy Buy It?


The other day Tate was admiring his new sister as she slept in the carrier. He turned to me and said," Where daddy buy it?" I asked him, "You mean the carseat?" "No, where daddy but it?", he asked again. Still thinking he meant her carrier but since she has been sleeping in there more than she has been driving I thought that maybe he thought it was her bed. So I asked, "You mean her bed?" Again he answered , "No, where daddy but it?" I really didn't clue in as we had watched my tummy grow and talked about her being inside me for a very long time. "You mean the baby?", I asked. "Yah, where daddy buy it?" he said. Darren is the one who does the grocery shopping in our house and I love him for it as I do not like doing it at all. Shopping yes, grocery shopping no. So naturally he assumed that daddy went to the store and bought our new baby, as she wasn't here one day and the next she was. You have to love the incredible innocence of kids and the funny things they say.

Nya's 1st Trip To Maple Bay












I haven't ventured far from home since having Nya. It has been very nice to just stay home and rest. But Sunday afternoon we headed for the beach, Jackson where were you? It was nice to get out of the house and get some fresh air. It was a beautiful day and everyone enjoyed themselves and even a few jellyfish were saved in the process. Nya slept the whole time through missing her first trip to the beach all together.

Nya Emery McCullough

Monday, October 20, 2008







She is here and early too! Nya, born October 16th, 2008 at 4:40 p.m., weighing 6 pounds and 15 ounces. I never thought that I would experience having a baby before my due date. She came very fast but she is here safe and healthy and we could not be more in love with her.