December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009!

Wow, I can't believe in 2 hours, 2008 will be gone. Where did this year go? Seems like it flew on by. A lot has happened in 2008 ....but the most exciting was finding out I was pregnant. I cannot wait for this baby to be born. :)

As we say farewell to 2008, may 2009 be even better. Here is too good health, good fortune and good friends!

Until next year.......XOXO

December 4, 2008

Happy Birthday

Today is my mom's birthday. She would have been 53. Most of you know I lost my mom almost 10 years ago. While I celebrate her birthday, I reflect upon the memories we shared while she was alive. She was so fun and fiesty - must be where I got my spunk from? She was strong and brave and she wanted nothing more than to be a grandmother. She sadly did not make it see my child but I believe she is watching over us and is being the best grandmother she can be from up above!

Happy Birthday Mom, I love you!

November 23, 2008

Yes, It's True..........

The Howell's are expecting baby #2! I am due June 17, 2009 and could not be more excited. Rylee is so excited to be a big sister! This pregnancy has been a little different than Rylee. With Rylee, I had morning sickness ALL DAY. With this pregnancy, only nausea. I did get a prescription of Zofran and it is helping. My second trimester starts Dec 3 and hopefully the nausea will be totally gone. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow so I will try to post any updates tomorrow.

Until next time......XOXO

November 5, 2008

John McCain

After last night's election results, I have great concerns for this country and for my family. Since I am too stunned to blog about my feelings regarding our new president, take some time to read John McCain's speech last night in Arizona. (I copied his speech off Meghan McCain's blog) To Senator McCain - you had my vote and I will always hold you in the highest regard. You are and always will be a class act!

"Thank You"

Dad's remarks from last night...

"Thank you for coming here on this beautiful Arizona evening. My friends, we have come to the end of a long journey. The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly."

"A little while ago, I had the honor of calling Senator Barack Obama to congratulate him. To congratulate him on being elected the next president of the country that we both love. In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been, his success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving. This is an historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African-Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight."

"I've always believed that America offers opportunities to all who have the industry and will to seize it. Senator Obama believes that, too. But we both recognize that, though we have come a long way from the old injustices that once stained our nation's reputation and denied some Americans the full blessings of American citizenship, the memory of them still had the power to wound."

"A century ago, President Theodore Roosevelt's invitation of Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House was taken as an outrage in many quarters. America today is a world away from the cruel and frightful bigotry of that time. There is no better evidence of this than the election of an African-American to the presidency of the United States."
"Let there be no reason now for any American to fail to cherish their citizenship in this, the greatest nation on Earth. Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country. I applaud him for it, and offer him my sincere sympathy that his beloved grandmother did not live to see this day. Though our faith assures us she is at rest in the presence of her creator and so very proud of the good man she helped raise."

"Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences, and he has prevailed. No doubt many of those differences remain. These are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face. I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited."

"Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that. It's natural, tonight, to feel some disappointment. But tomorrow, we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. We fought - we fought as hard as we could. And though we fell short, the failure is mine, not yours."

"I am so deeply grateful to all of you for the great honor of your support and for all you have done for me. I wish the outcome had been different, my friends. The road was a difficult one from the outset, but your support and friendship never wavered. I cannot adequately express how deeply indebted I am to you."

"I'm especially grateful to my wife, Cindy, my children, my dear mother and all my family, and to the many old and dear friends who have stood by my side through the many ups and downs of this long campaign. I have always been a fortunate man, and never more so for the love and encouragement you have given me. You know, campaigns are often harder on a candidate's family than on the candidate, and that's been true in this campaign. All I can offer in compensation is my love and gratitude and the promise of more peaceful years ahead."

"I am also, of course, very thankful to Governor Sarah Palin, one of the best campaigners I have ever seen, and an impressive new voice in our party for reform and the principles that have always been our greatest strength... her husband Todd and their five beautiful children... for their tireless dedication to our cause, and the courage and grace they showed in the rough and tumble of a presidential campaign. We can all look forward with great interest to her future service to Alaska, the Republican Party and our country."

"To all my campaign comrades, from Rick Davis and Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, to every last volunteer who fought so hard and valiantly, month after month, in what at times seemed to be the most challenged campaign in modern times, thank you so much. A lost election will never mean more to me than the privilege of your faith and friendship."

"I don't know what more we could have done to try to win this election. I'll leave that to others to determine. Every candidate makes mistakes, and I'm sure I made my share of them. But I won't spend a moment of the future regretting what might have been."

"This campaign was and will remain the great honor of my life, and my heart is filled with nothing but gratitude for the experience and to the American people for giving me a fair hearing before deciding that Senator Obama and my old friend Senator Joe Biden should have the honor of leading us for the next four years."

"I would not be an American worthy of the name should I regret a fate that has allowed me the extraordinary privilege of serving this country for a half a century. Today, I was a candidate for the highest office in the country I love so much. And tonight, I remain her servant. That is blessing enough for anyone, and I thank the people of Arizona for it."

"Tonight, more than any night, I hold in my heart nothing but love for this country and for all its citizens, whether they supported me or Senator Obama - I wish Godspeed to the man who was my former opponent and will be my president. And I call on all Americans, as I have often in this campaign, to not despair of our present difficulties, but to believe, always, in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here."

"Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history. Thank you, and God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you all very much."

November 4, 2008

My friends.....

Get out and Vote today! Not only is it your civic duty but your right.

November 3, 2008


Halloween has come and gone but what a fun night we had! The morning started off with a Halloween party with her playgroup. That evening, our friends, Scott & Julia came over with Shelby. Rylee and Shelby had the best time trick or treating. The adults had a pretty good time as well. Check out some pictures of the kids. Enjoy!

Until next time......XOXO

October 20, 2008

Ok, so I bought.......

The Ped Egg today! And it is FANTASTIC! I love it! You should try it!

October 9, 2008

Visit from Michael & Sarah, the Tulsa Zoo, a trip to Dallas and the State Fair of Texas!

The weekend of Sept 25, my brother and sister -n-law were in town. At the airport Rylee had her welcome sign for her booboo & sissy! (see pics above of Rylee with her sign - it was too cute) Rylee was so happy to see them. We went to Bikes, Blue & Barb-Q Saturday (Sept 17) afternoon and Rylee loved it! Her first biker rally! ;) We really enjoyed the visit. It's always nice to have family come visit you for a change!

Sunday, before taking Michael & Sarah to the airport, we hit up the Tulsa Zoo. It was ok. Not the best zoo i've been to but Rylee loved it and that was all that mattered.

Last weekend, Rylee and I went to Dallas. While in Dallas, we went to the State Fair of Texas. If none of you have been, it's the best state fair around. Rylee had a blast. She rode almost all of the kiddie rides and loved it. She was not scared one bit. My little dare devil!
Until next time......XOXO

Here are a few pictures of Rylee at the fair.

September 22, 2008

I know this is an old mom quote but I love it.....

Before I was a Mom -

Before I was a Mom - I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom - I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on. Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom - I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom - I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put him down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom - I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom - I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Monday afternoon blog

Rylee in the bubble gum jump house! :)

Rylee & Shelby- Jump Zone 9-21-08

We met a few friends and their kiddos at Jump Zone yesterday. The kids had so much fun on the big slides and all the bounce houses. I think they parents enjoyed it as well. :) After Jump Zone we hit up the pizza place. What a night!

Nothing much new today. KC is in Dallas - he should be home tonight. Michael & Sarah are coming to visit Thursday night. We will be heading to Tulsa to pick them up from the airport. Rylee is so excited to see them. Of course, we are excited to see them as well. Should be a fun weekend. That's all for now, until next time.......XOXO

September 20, 2008

Two is more fun.....

Hello there! Today we are watching Shelby. Rylee absolutely loves her. Can't seem to get enough of Shelby. It's funny, whenever we haven't seen Shelby in a while, Rylee will say, "I need to go see my sister Shelby!" It's pretty cute. She calls all of her little friends either "brother" or "sister". I guess she is making do since she doesn't have any siblings yet. What she doesn't know, we are working on getting her a sibling. I just hope she is just as excited to have a real sibling. We shall see. :) Since the kiddos are asleep, I am off to do some laundry! Until next time.....XOXO
Rylee & her "sister" Shelby! Lunch time! :)

September 17, 2008

Back to school. travel and not so good news!

Hi all! Sorry it's been a while since I last blogged. Things have been crazy around here. For some reason, Rylee does not want to go to school this year. She has the same teacher as last year and there are a few of the same kids so I am not sure why she doesn't want to go. Even now that she has been in school for a few weeks, she still tells her teachers that she wants her mommy. So sad.... Hopefully, she will warm up to it. If not, too bad. She is going! :)

Kasey has been a little traveling gypsy here lately. I am afraid it's going to get worse. He is up for a promotion and it includes more travel. MORE travel? How can he travel more? He is gone a lot as it is. I just can't wait.... (that was me being sarcastic)

I am been dreading this so here it goes. Thursday, Sept 4, I found out I was pregnant. Friday, I took 3 more HPT to make sure and sure enough, they were all positive. I was super excited! We have been trying for a while and were on our second cycle of Clomid. So, yes! I was SUPER DOOPER excited. Finally, our family was going to have a May baby. On a sad note....Wednesday morning (Sept 10) I woke up to find I was bleeding. Not just spotting, heavy bleeding. I went in to have blood work done and to confirm my fear, I had miscarried. I was only 5 weeks along. I was sad but I believe everything happens for a reason. Maybe it just wasn't our time? Maybe there was something wrong with the embryo. I just don't know. I do know that we are not giving up. We will try again this month and of course, I will keep you up to date on our progress, Hopefully I will have some GOOD news to share soon.

Until next time......XOXO

August 24, 2008

A little Sunday afternoon blog.....

This should be an interesting week. KC left bright & early this morning for Dallas. He is to be gone until late Thursday. Yay me! Not really.... It's so hard when he travels. Before we had Rylee is was no big deal but now I have to be everything. The cook, the maid, the mom & the dad. Rylee thinks she rules the roost when KC is gone. HA! We are going to put a stop to that.

Had a good weekend. It rained but cleared up long enough Saturday night for us to check out the Frisco Festival. Oh boy was it fun. ;) I guess it was ok. We met our friends and their kids and had fun walking around, eating fried food with them. Rylee and KC did ride the super slide twice and her and I rode the carousel. I can't wait until October.....State Fair of Texas time. Rylee had a blast last year. I think this year will be even better. She is old enough to ride all the kiddy rides. Hopefully we can get Chris & Julie to come along and bring Emma. The girls had a blast together last year.

Now, on to Baby Talk - took the clomid, did the deed last week on my fertile days and should have ovulated Thursday (aug 21). I go in on Tuesday to have blood work done to see if I actually ovulated or not. I so hope I did. More than anything I am hoping I did get pregnant this time around. That would make my year! I'm not getting too excited, yet. According to my ovulation kit, I can test August 31st. I don't think I will. I will probably wait until I miss my period, which is suppose to come September 4th. Maybe I will have some fantastic news for everyone? Let's wait and see. Wish us luck!

I can't believe Labor Day weekend is this coming weekend. Where has this summer gone? Michael & Sarah are coming to visit and Rylee is so excited. We pick them up on Friday and they will be here until Sept. 1st. Yay!

Before I forget, Rylee started back to school on Aug. 19th. She was not thrilled this time. Her teacher said she cried for me all day. I don't know why she is being clingy all the sudden? Maybe she got really attached to me this summer. Not sure. Her second day of school was better but you could tell when I picked her she was excited to be leaving. Hopefully the rest of the school year goes smooth. Gotta wait and see!

Until next time........XOXO

August 11, 2008

The Howell's are trying for baby number 2!

Hello! I know it's been a while since my last post but frankly, I have just been lazy. Not only lazy but I forget to blog. How do you forget to blog? Anyway, you would think with this insane case of insomnia I have, I would be blogging at all hours of the night. Nope! Doesn't even cross my mind. I promise I will do better about updating this thing.

Now, on to better things. My friend Julie, who I said in my last blog was pregnant, found out she is having a boy. A BOY! Yea! I am so excited for her. I think she was freaking out a little because she thinks she doesn't know what to do with a boy. She will be ok and she will get the hang of raising a little boy. She is due mid December and I can't wait to see him. The two ladies in my mom's group that are pregnant - Julia & Danielle, found out what they were having as well. Julia is having another little girl and is due Dec 1st.. Pretty sure her name will be Piper but we will see. What a cute name, Piper! Can't wait to meet her. Danielle found out she is having a boy. She is due around Christmas time. So exciting! His name will be hunter Thomas - so cute! Can't wait to meet him.

All these ladies having babies! Who couldn't resist jumping on that baby train. Not me, that's for sure. I have one last dose of Clomid to take tomorrow and next week we will be on our way trying for baby #2. I am beyond excited. You know the excitement that you can feel in your toes, in your eyes, in every beat of your heart? That is the excitment I have just thinking about having another baby. Not sure how Miss Priss is going to handle having to share her attention with a new baby but I think she is ready. Definitely ready to boss a baby brother or a baby sister around. She already bosses the new kitty cat around like it's her little baby. It's so funny to watch! While I am super excited to have another baby, I am super scared at the same time. How do you love a second baby as much as your first? How do you find time for both? My other concerns are, since I am on Clomid, what the hell are we going to do if we have twins? I do watch Jon & Kate plus 8 and hello - she was on Clomid when she got knocked up with 6, yes 6 babies!

If, and I stress if, we were to find ourselves in the multiple situation, we would be thrilled. Shocked, scared and thrilled. My grandfather is a twin and since it runs in our family, I am a good candidate for twins so I guess we will see what happens.

Stay tuned for another update on baby #2.

Until next time......... XOXO

July 23, 2008

Did I mention.....

Drum roll please.........

Rylee is potty trained! I am SUPER excited! I have been working on this with her for a year and BAM, she has mastered it. All it took was 2 days. She was never interested in going to the potty before and the day before we left for Houston she wanted to use the potty and that's all it took. I guess I had to let her make the decision for herself. She is so proud of herself. She gets so excited everytime she goes to the potty. :)

Mommy is pretty dang proud of her as well......

Until next time....XOXO

May 1, 2008

Surprise, Surprise!

Last night I found out that my friend Julie is pregnant! :) I was so happy for her! The crazy thing is, they were not even trying. I am not really sure they even wanted another baby! I am happy for them! I wish it were me too! I would love to be pregnant right now. Julie and I were pregnant together the first time and our kiddos are 6 weeks apart. Rylee and Emma are the best of friends! It would be so cool to do this with her. Speaking of pregnant, there are two girls in my moms group that are pregnant with baby #2. Boy, do I need to jump on the bandwagon! :) I do think we will start trying to get pregnant in June or July. We'll see.....until next time....XOXO

January 23, 2008

Potty Training- I think I am going crazy

Anyone out there have a child that is potty training? If you do, I so feel your pain! I just recently started the whole potty training thing with my 2 1/2 yr old. I know, I know, I started a little late....get off your soapboxes and let me complain a little. I just don't think she is catching on. I mean, she will tell me, "mommy, I am wet, I need a new diaper!" Ok, come on.....if you know you need a new diaper because you just peed in it, you should be able to use the potty. That's what I think but little miss priss thinks otherwise. She just will not go to the potty. I sit her on it like every 20 min (like the potty training book says) and she sits tinkle.....take her off the potty, 2 minutes later, pees in her panties! What is a mom to do? I have cheered, I have given treats and stickers.......tons of new "big girl" panties....NOTHING! Nothing I am doing works! Why is it easier to potty train a puppy? WAIT! Maybe I will just go buy some puppy potty training pads....maybe, just maybe that will work. (by the way, I am just kidding - humor me a little) So, if anyone has any suggestions that may help in this hell I call potty training, please tell me. If not, I may just go crazy! Until next time...XOXO

January 21, 2008

It's Monday!

Hello all! I know it's been a while since my last post but I have just been too busy! The week before Christmas Kasey and I went to Vegas! What fun! I forgot what it was like to be childless for 4 days! While we did miss Rylee, we had a blast! Vegas has so many new things....we didn't have time to see it all! Oh well, I guess we have to plan another trip! ;) Christmas was great. Rylee got way too many presents! We spent 2 weeks with our family in Dallas. Such good times..... I didn't want to come home! 2008 has been great so far. I am still doing things with the Bentonville Mom's Club. We have meetups often so it's fun! Rylee is still going to school. She absolutely loves it. If they had a 3rd day available I would put her in it but as for now, I am on the waiting list like everyone else! It's ok, I love spending time with her. When she's not here I miss her. Kasey is busy as ever. He has been traveling and getting ready to start school in August. He has been studying for his GMAT. I hope he does well! He is so excited to be finally getting his masters degree. I am happy for him. I just hope he's prepared for lots of studying!! :) I just hope we can squeeze in a little family vacation before school starts! Well, off to take a nap! Until tomorrow.....XOXO