Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Miller made her second trip to the Big D. It was packed full of shopping and eating out. She was such a trooper. She even got to meet the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders on Saturday at their rehearsal. As Kelly, the director was playing with her I told her not to critique Miller's chubby cheeks... that she would eventually outgrow them. Mommie and Daddie took a picture with mommie's favorite cheerleader, Jordan Chanley. She is so sweet and loves the Lord. DeDe took Miller to the Gaddis' house while Shane and I went to the Cowboys/Giants game on Sunday night. Shane had such a good time... Megan came and got us right after halftime and took us to the Stadium Club which overlooks the entire field. We watched the rest of the game with all the high rollers in Dallas. Then she took us on the field after the game and we were able to see Romo and T.O. as they walked in the tunnel. Needless to say we got stuck in our parking spot after the game because traffic was so bad. Fortunately, Nastia Luikin was in a car next to us so I got out and took a picture with her. Nastia is the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist in the All Around Gymnastics. It was very nice of her to get out in the freezing cold to take a picture. The weekend was so much fun!
I took Miller to meet Santa Claus at our mall in Longview. She did so well. I just knew the minute I handed her over to him she was going to fall apart, but she didn't. She just snuggled right up to his soft white fur. I told him she wanted three things for Christmas... diapers, wipes, and formula. He told me he figured he could handle that. I told him she has been a very good girl this year considering she has only been here for 3 1/2 months. I can only hope next years trip to visit Santa goes that well. Ü
One day last week Miller received a package in the mail from Jennifer and her girls. It was packed full of hair bows and a few hats with fur on them. Miller loves the pink one. We had been looking at different stores trying to find a hat or beanie to keep her head warm when we were out but all we could find was an Texas A&M one at Academy and Daddy exed that one very quickly. Too bad Uncie Cory wasn't with us because he would have purchased it for her.
It has been so difficult trying to get a decent family picture for this year's Christmas Card. Fortuntely, my best friend Allison is a really good photographer, so she took our picture one night we were over having dinner. And that ended up being our Christmas card. We couldn't get Miller to look at the camera... she was watching "Polar Express" on the T.V. She is her father's child.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Thanksgiving this year was spent alittle different...
We have tried to start new traditions this year for several reasons. One, since we lost dad this past January, Two, we have Miller Grace, and three because we are in a new season of our lives.
Therefore, Thanksgiving with the Halliburton's was spent on the November 28th.
Due to the Cowboys having a home game on Thanksgiving Day Uncie Cory & Megan couldn't make it in until Friday morning. So once they arrived we celebrated with lots of Turkey, Ham, & Desserts.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
We celebrated Thanksgiving with Mamaw & Pap on Tuesday before Thanksgiving because all our relatives from out of state came in town. This is not only Thanksigiving for our family but also Birthdays for Courtney, Cousin Melissa, & Dad as well as Christmas because my cousins who live out of state can't come for both holidays. So needless to say, it was a very busy day. This was also a very emotional day because it was our first Thanksgiving with out dad. The Lord was faithful in seeing us through. This past year has truely taught me what I'm thankful for and that is my family.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Miller did very well her first time in the nursery at Church. Mommie was alittle anxious about taking her. I even lost some sleep over it. Thankfully, Amanda, a nursery worker, who loves children was in Miller's class so it made me feel lots better. Miller did really well on Sunday morning but when we took her back on Sunday night, so Shane & I could go to our Baby Wise class, Amanda had to come get me. Miller was having a moment. I showed her how she likes to be bounced away from your body in front of you & from then on Amanda had it taken care of. I just pray Miller doesn't pull some of the tricks I pulled when I was in the nursery at church... climbing out of the crib, ect.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Pictures may break your Heart!
Wednesday morning Miller woke up with these little red dots on her feet. My immediate reaction was she must be having an allergic reacting to her shots from the day before. As the day progressed and I took her temperature several times with no fever, the dots turned into a solid rash and was moving up her legs. So by 3 p.m. I contact her doctor to see what I needed to do. But because she didn't have a temperature and wasn't acting like it bothered her I didn't think it was a major deal. Well the Doctor didn't have any more appointments for the day so the nurse suggested we take her to the E.R. if it spread any further. So by 9 p.m. Wednesday night it had moved up her little tummie so of course I panic and so does Shane so we jumped in the car and headed to the E.R. After an hour we finally get back into a room where they inform us they are going to have to draw blood out of her tiny veins that are no bigger then a hair and put a foley catheter in to take a urine sample. By this time I am in tears because you see your precious child on a hospital bed as helpless as can be and there's nothing I can do for her. It was more miserable I think for Shane and I then for Miller. Finally, about 12:30 the doctor came in and diagnosed Miller with a Viral Rash. He told us that is an infant's way of trying to get rid of a virus. There was nothing they could give her to make it go away it just had to run it's course.
Thankfully, by Sunday the rash was gone.
This past Tuesday Miller went in for her 2 month check-up as well as her first round of immunizations. She now weighs in at 11.08 ounces and is 21 1/2 inches long. The first thing was her drinking this liquid for the roto virus. The nurse said most babies don't like it because it is sour but it didn't bother Miller one bit. Then came the 3 needles. All together she had 5 immunizations but some of them were combined into one shot. After the first shot in her right leg, and a hysterical wahl, she got 2 more in her left leg. By this time it sounded like she had stopped breathing because she was crying so hard. Boy did it break my heart. But we survived and she was a trooper through it all. We get to do it all over again in 2 months for her 4 month shots.
On the Sunday night after Halloween our church hosted a Fall Festival for kids of all ages. It was quite a sight to see all the costumes as well as the adults costumes. They had a cake walk that DeDe worked, Blow up toys you jump in, a magic show, all kinds of carnival games like bobbing for apples and a dunking booth, and some of the best grilled corn around as well as hot dogs, nachos, turkey legs, & more candy than the local Wal-mart... do you get my drift? It was a Hit in the town. We decided to take Miller up there in her costume for people to ooohhh and aahhh over so Shane and I could enjoy all the food and candy! We're still kids at heart. Ü
On the night of Halloween we had our Adult 1 Sunday School class over for a Pumpkin Party which gave us a reason to light our burn pile that has been collecting fallen limbs and leaves for months now. We also had each couple bring a pumpkin to carve... What FUN! But the best guest of all was a stinging BUMBLE BEE named Miller! She was the star of the night. At first, she was not crazy about the costume but eventually got used to it. I think it reminded her of the womb because it was so warm and cushioned. We were very excited that Uncle Cory and Megan got to come in for the weekend as well.
Miller's First Halloween
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Miller was catching up on her rest after a long and exhausting grocery trip to Wal-mart on Saturday. Thankful Gigi and G-Pop had to go grocery shopping as well so they decided to come with us and shop with Miller so we could get our groceries. Needless to say, Miller was exhausted!
Mamaw & Pap came down for Miller's first Western Days. Western Days is a big event in Hallsville held every year. It begins on Friday night with a football game. Then Saturday morning is a parade and locals set up booths to sell items they make. Uncle Bud had a booth selling his beautiful birdhouses. Then Saturday evening is the Miss Hallsville Pageant for Hallsville High School Senior girls. Mamaw & Pap watched Miller at the Dairy Queen while Shane & I walked around the different booths.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
In honor of dad, Coach Dean McDaniel decided to host a Tommy Miller "Run for the Prize" 5K run through Hallsville. It turned out to be a huge success as well as raised money for the Tommy Miller Memorial Scholarship Fund. Over 150 contestants participated including children who ran a 3K. We see everyday how dad's legacy still lives on.
We headed to the Big D on Thursday, October 9th, for several reasons. 1) Uncle Cory's 27th Birthday 2) Mommy needed to get out of Longview & 3) Miller was ready for her first big shopping trip to Dallas. It was such a fun and exciting getaway for The Goswick Family and DeDe. When we arrived on Thursday evening we met Uncle Cory and Megan as well as Logan and Gloria Gaddis at a Sushi Restraunt to celebrate Uncle Cory and Logan's Birthdays. As the weekend went on, Miller got to see what it was like to shop all day for 3 days. Mommy did give her a break for one day and let her stay at Uncle Cory's appartment with Shane and Uncle Cory to catch up on some football. As the weekend came to an end and we said our goodbyes Miller went right to sleep. She was POOPED! Overall we were so proud of her on her first road trip.