Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Mickster's 8th Birthday

Sadly, it's been a month since I've posted. It's been a long 3 weeks for us with Round Eye getting the flu, then the Pink Princess, then Mickey got an ear infection, then the Pink Princess got an ear infection... thankfully, they are on all the way to recovery. And in the midst, we celebrated the Mickster's 8th birthday.

Here he is at his birthday dinner at his favorite Mexican restaurant. They sang HP to him. He loved it...and the sombero as well.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Our team pretty much ROCKED it last year! Our goal for this year..... $10, 000! We can do it!!!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Mickster's New Year's Resolution

Interesting stuff...

We regulate his computer, DS and wii time so #1 really isn't an issue...for us anyways.

He's not a huge sweets eater so #2 really isn't an issue either...for us anyways.

#3 is interesting though. I have yet to get the reason behind it, but I'm thinking it has to do with talking to her=conduct marks for him? Surely, it isn't about a falling out??? LOL

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Our Phamily Tree Has New Growth

Golly gee, heck fire! It's been a long time since I've blogged. I have decided to jump back on the bandwagon with a new program..."P52". I never could stick with "Project 365" so I'm attempting a picture a week thus the "P52". Wish me luck!

Here's "1":

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Capturing the Unexpected...

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Some Summer fun

After countless days of dry, heat...a little bit of rain fell so the mutts went out to play, but only the Pink Princess would pose for the camera.

The Mickster won his first 1st Place trophy at BMX. He was so excited that both he and his cousin won!

4th of July fun at the Foringers:

No fear...

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Friday, June 19, 2009

2nd Place Trophy

The Mickster won his first BMX trophy today! 2nd place! Woohoo!!! He is so proud of that are we! Go Mickster, go!!!

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Swim Lessons

Summer is finally here and with it brings hot, hot, HOT weather. And hot weather will find us at the pool quite a bit. So to jumpstart the mutts summer, we started swimming lessons last week.

The Mickster did great as expected. He jumped right in and pretty much picked up where he left off last summer with this same teacher. However this year, Ms. Jennifer is teaching him more of the mechnical side to the free stroke. He's learning proper arm movements and leg kicks as well as breathing to the side. He's doing an awesome job! Of course his favorite part of the lesson is the last 5 minutes where he can have some free time...jumping off the diving board!

The Pink Princess loves the water as well, however, she's never been without her arm floaties before which also means she's never put her face in the water while holding her breath. She started off blowing bubbles and after just 2 lessons, she was putting her entire face in the water and swimming 3 to 4 feet to Ms. Jennifer. Today, she didn't want to get out of the water when the lesson was over. She cried and whimpered as she crawled out. I guess that's a good thing.

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Kindergarten Graduation

What an awesome year it's been for the Mickster! He was so blessed to have an incredible, patient, loving teacher. Not only did she make this year so much fun, she helped to mold him into a life-long learner. He learned so much and just loved every minute of it. He's reading and, he loves to write! He's working on a chapter book right now. ;)

We think she's awesome! And as does everyone else at our school...she was named Teacher of the Year! But not only was Mrs. B his teacher, she became a great friend, supporter and walker on our Haynes Phamily team. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for an absolutely fabulous year! We love you, Mrs. B!

First and last day of Kindergarten

Graduation and the Mickster with his girl

Kinder Rodeo

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Marking Their Territories

People often laugh when they hear me affectionately refer to my kids as mutts. Well...they are half-breds after all. LOL They yap nonstop. They love to eat meat off the bone. They like to sit in our laps. They love to go for walks and rides. They would rather be outside running around, chasing each other than being stuck inside. You get the idea.

Well, they added another item to the above list...marking their territories. While Round Eye was in the shower this morning, the mutts had an altercation over a wooden block. Next thing I know, the Mickster wrote the following on HIS bedroom door and the Pink Princess started to write her name on HER door. "No btey (body) in my room" and "L". While his spelling is quite impressive...and I'm sure the Pink Princess' would have been as well had I not stopped her after the first letter...I was not impressed with this marking...with a marker no less.

Hmmm...they spent some time with their noses to the wall with hands behind their backs...too bad we don't have kennels! LOL Oh my!

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Monday, May 4, 2009

March for Babies 2009

What a banner year The Haynes Phamily team had in 2009 for March for Babies! Woohoo! It was the most awesomest (lol) walk every! :)

Thank you all! We couldn't have done it without you!

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Honey's Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday, Honey!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Strawberry Pickin' and Eatin'

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Babies Need Us

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

An Interview With the Mickster, age 6...

1. What is something I always say to you?
I love you

2. What makes me happy?
when Woogie and I hug and kiss you

3. What makes me sad?
when i do stuff wrong and disobey

4. How do I make you laugh?
tickling me

5. What do you think I was like as a child?
i don't know

6. How old am I?
maybe 27

7. How tall am I?
i don't know, maybe 3 feet inches

8. What is my favorite thing to do?
hear me laugh

9. What do I do when you're not around?
do stuff you dont want me to see and work (yikes!)

10. If I become famous, what will it be for?
singing (oh my goodness, my child definitely has a hearing problem!)

11. What am I really good at?

12. What am I not really good at?
cooking (no surprise there!)

13. What is my job?
teach kids

14. What is my favorite food?

15. What makes you proud of me?
when you give me presents

16. If I were a cartoon character, who would I be?
safety patrol girl

17. What do you and I do together?
play and clean the house

18. How are we the same?
we both brown eyes

19. How are you and I different?
we are not the same age

20. How do you know that I love you?
because you smile at me, take me to bed and rub my back

"Momma, why did I have to answer these questions. Don't you already know all the answers?" Oh my!

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Pink Princess Needs Your Support

Every expectant parent looks forward to celebrating the birth of a healthy baby. Round Eye and I were no different. But each year in the United States, more than half a million babies are born too soon. Our Pink Princess helps make up this statistic.

The March of Dimes has made defeating prematurity a national priority, and Round Eye and I are excited to work along side them to help save the lives of babies. Babies like our daughter--born 6 weeks too early. This year, I am serving as a Family Team Partner...and will be volunteering at various walk events around the city. This year, March for Babies is on Sunday, April 26th at the University of Houston Robertson Stadium.

Most of you know our story already. The following is a featured article that highlighted our story in the March of Dimes September 2008 eNewsletter.

With a two-and-a-half-year-old son as the love of our lives, we waited patiently and jumped for joy when those “you’re pregnant!” pink lines appeared in early 2005. We were thrilled yet very nervous and scared -- especially after having endured two previous miscarriages. However, things were going well and looking up for us.

Mid-July of 2005, diagnosed with placenta previa and preterm labor, I was placed on strict bed rest at home with around-the-clock medications to control the contractions. Then on August 2, while lying on the couch with my son, Mickster, I felt a strange sensation that warranted a trip to the bathroom. That strange sensation was caused by profuse hemorrhaging, which landed me on hospital bed rest for the duration of my pregnancy.

On the morning of September 19th, we welcomed our barely 34-week-gestation baby girl into this world by cesarean section. After a brief kiss, she was rushed to the NICU for more specialized care, while I needed some care of my own. Unfortunately, my placenta had adhered itself to my uterus, making it impossible to deliver, so an emergency hysterectomy was performed as well.If not hitting the desired 36 weeks, having an unexpected c-section and an emergency hysterectomy, and seeing your baby girl rushed to the NICU were not enough, Hurricane Rita was heading for southeast Texas, adding to our stress. Nothing could have prepared my heart for the immense emotional and physical pain of evacuating the city two days later without my precious newborn. We had to leave our baby girl behind. Who could do such a thing? How could we do that to her? Would she know that we didn’t have a choice? How could we get through this?

After enduring six long days of heart-wrenching pain by being miles away, we were reunited with our sweet baby girl at last. The next few weeks found us next to her Isolette every day, holding and nurturing her until she became strong enough to come home on October 6. Although the Pink Princess came home with an apnea monitor and oxygen to use during feeds, she made tremendous progress in the NICU due to the research and medical advances accomplished by the March of Dimes. Without their emotional support and invention of surfactant therapy, our Pink Princess would not be the happy, bouncy, healthy almost three-year-old she is today.

Without the March of Dimes, our lives with the Pink Princesswould not be possible. We know there are many, many worthwhile charities out there. In financial reality, we have to pick and choose the one or ones that are closest to our own hearts. This is the one closest to *my* heart. This is the one closest to *Round Eye's* heart. This is the one closest to *my families’* hearts. Prematurity does not just affect the baby - it affects the entire family! We all need to understand that placing resources with the March of Dimes...a time tested organization who's never failed a mission yet...will be an investment...not just in our families, but in our country's future.

If you would like to donate to the March of Dimes, March for Babies is a great way to do it. It is the largest March of Dimes fundraiser each year. Last year our family team, The Haynes Phamily raised over three thousand dollars with over 20 walkers! We would love to raise even more this year with even more walkers. Please help us reach our goal by donating on the March for Babies widget on the right side bar. And, as if you needed another reason, your donation is tax deductible. If you would like to join our team - we'd love to have you walk with us as well!

This year, a very good friend of mine delivered a son born 12 weeks too soon. Cookie Bean was born weighing 1 pound, 6 ounces – and is currently in the NICU. This year we walk not only for our Pink Princess but also for Cookie Bean. We walk for Ava Marie who was blessed to be born healthy and full-term. We walk for a team walker, and a teacher’s unborn children and pray they get their full 40 weeks. We walk for friends who have yet to have babies…because EVERY baby deserves a healthy start.

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Has Come and Gone...

...and I hated to break it to the Pink Princess, but there was no little baby sister dropped off today. Oh, I so wished the stork brought one to our doorstep, but all we got when the doorbell rang was a Girl Scout darling delivering our 12 boxes of cookies. LOL

And for those of you who were wondering...nope, not, never gonna...

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