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.

Baby Names?

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Darren and I need help. We are completely stuck on a name for our new daughter. Actually we aren't really stuck, because we have no idea's at all. We have never before been this close to having a baby and not had a name for them. So if you have heard any names that you like or have any suggestions let us know!

A Thanksgiving To Remember

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I haven't posted much the past little while, I think in the hopes that the next post would contain some exciting news about a new addition to our family. Guess what! I am still pregnant. I was so looking forward to this thanksgiving weekend, at least if I didn't have my baby, I had 2 yummy dinners to look forward to and take my mind off things. Friday I got the flu for the 3rd time this pregnancy. Saturday I was feeling a little better. By Saturday night it was much worse. I was up all night. Sunday Darren took the kids to church and I actually got some sleep. Feeling better yet again, I was able to eat dinner. Sunday night it got bad again and I didn't sleep much. Monday was horrible by the time dinner rolled around I was so sick and my temperature so high that I had to go to the hospital and there we stayed for the next 5 hours. They did every test available I think and since I was very worried as to how being that ill was affecting the baby, I am grateful for how thorough they were, but I just wanted to go home to my own bed. As it turns out the baby appears to be very happy and healthy even though I felt like I was dying. I know that I will someday get better. I know that this pregnancy will end at some point and I know that I need to stay focused on the most amazing little baby that I get at the end of this all, but for now I am miserable.