February 27, 2012

February 20, 2012

Close Up of the Beauty

Today it was Princess Strawberry Short Cake with an upside down crown.
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Baby Bump Week 18

February 19, 2012

Dress Up

The girls got into the dress up clothes this afternoon. Check out Layne's new way of wearing the crown!!
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Grandma and Paps

Layne worked very hard while we were in Pittsburgh to NOT pee pee in her diaper at night. Each night that she didn't Grandma would bring her home a little special something. One night it was tweezers and a big magnifying glass so that she could look at things. Stink bugs are big in the burgh, so the girls and Pap went on a search for some. They were successful!!

It was hysterical watching Layne react to the bug crawling around the table.

Our little detective!

On Valentine's Day I got a special delivery from daddy!! They were beautiful!!
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Hospital Time

Last Sunday night my dad called me to tell me that Marmee (his mom) had an accident and was in the hospital. After further testing they felt that she had a brain aneurysm and it didn't look good. They transported her from a hospital in Grove City to on in Pittsburgh. That's where they found out that it was not an aneurysm but a cerebral hemorrhage instead. That's when September and Morgan called and threw out the idea of us all driving up to Pittsburgh to see Marmee. The girls and I were in! So, early Monday morning Sep and Morgan arrived in GA. We then left to Pittsburgh around 8am that morning.
We spent the days at the hospital with family and the nights at Grandma and Pap's house hanging with them. Marmee improved every day. By Thursday they had discharged her from the hospital and transported her to a rehab facility. She will be there for about 2 weeks. It was so good to see Marmee and all of dad's family while we were in town. And we're so glad that Marmee is on the mend!!!

Morgan and September brought some great games for the girls to play during the days that we sat up at the hospital. One of their favorites was Spot It!!

We got to see all of Pappy's brothers and sisters while we were in the burgh. Aunt Cindy was a favorite! Bucky the Branco rides for all!!

And of course we got to hang out with Pappy!

One day they got to watch Dolphin Tale!

Best Buds!

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February 15, 2012

Puzzles and Sickness

Layne loves puzzles more than just about anything.
Layne and I went to Haydens school on Friday for her Valentines Party. Unfortunately, she didn't feel well so we didn't stay too long.
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February 11, 2012

February 7, 2012

Glue, Salt, and Paint

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February 6, 2012

Winter in Georgia

This weekend the weather was just beautiful so we spent a lot of time outside. Fridays are normally PJ days for Layne since she doesn't have school. Gotta put those shoes on before you go outside though, even if you're wearing feety PJs! 

Hayden was so excited on Saturday when she found out that she actually owns "maternity pants" too!! What a nut! 

Daddy was blowing all of the leaves off of the driveway and all of a sudden Roxy came through the back door holding this newspaper in her mouth. I immediately thought that Jeremy had given her the paper at the bottom of the driveway and instructed her to "take it to mommy". Not sure why I thought that she was capable of that when she doesn't even come when you call her half the time!! 

Sunday was a day at the school. Mommy ran and the girls and daddy played. 

She could ride her bike down the hill, but that's it! 

Hayden is just a little bike riding expert! 

This is what she did most of the time! 
Great weekend....except for the fact that Layne has strep, didn't slow her down though! 

Baby Bump Week 16

February 4, 2012

What Am I......Chopped Liver?!

This was the scene last night when we got home from FX up at Discover Point. I'm sure that Sprinkles and Kit would have been in the picture too, but they were outside at the time. Such a rare moment. Normally the girls are pressed up against me on the couch. And of course Roxy is always by daddy's side! 


I first heard about Pinterest after I did a friend's bridal shower cake. Lots of the ladies were asking if I had "pinned" the picture of the cake. "Oh, you would get SO MANY repins, you don't even know!" they said. I had no clue what they were talking about....online pin board?! Then I got an invite and experienced it!! 
It is just so great, you just have to experience it to know what I mean. 
The picture above is of homemade snickers bars!! Found the recipe on pinterest!
The best way to get on pinterest, since it's invite only, is to ask someone that uses pinterest to send you an invite. 
Here it's Pinterest's description of what exactly Pinterest is.....

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. 

February 3, 2012

Hello.....My Name is Gwynn

Baby names are one of my favorite thing to talk about. It just so happens that it's one of Jeremy's least favorite things to talk about!! I drive him crazy trying to talk about names and he drives me crazy with his bad attitude towards the subject. 

The naming process began early on....for me at least. I had this ongoing list of my favorite and then I would share a name or two here and there with Jeremy. He didn't like ANYTHING!! He finally had to put a  stipulation on the name sharing. I could share one boys name and one girls name in a 24 hour period. I am pretty sure that Jeremy just said no to everything. 

He just felt that it was a waste of time to pick out both a boys and a girls name when we were only going to have one or the other. Why waste all that energy deciding on a name that won't be used?! I looked at it like it was a very fun game with a great prize at the end!!! Oh well. 
So, once we found out that we were having a girl it was time to get down to business, not more excuses!! 

In case you have not figured it out yet, her name will be Gwynn. It's not going to be short for anything. The name means fair, white blessed, holy. And it's just perfect!! We are still working out the middle name. 

February 1, 2012

Reality Setting In

Jan had this (and a boy outfit just in case) in her office for when we found out what we were having. The first little outfit for this sweet baby. Seeing her on the ultrasound two weeks ago began the "reality check" for me. Then when Jan revealed that we were having a girl it was just another huge does of reality....this tiny creature inside me IS coming and....ready or not..... IT'S ANOTHER GIRL. That's when it really started to hit me that the Ross' really are going to be a family of 5 soon. I know that there was a point months back that I really wanted a third child, but we all know Jeremy...... and I just didn't really think that it would happen. He was very adamant about only having two.
The past few weeks have been filled with a lot of deep sighs between Jeremy and I. I think reality is hitting him as well. We are excited about all of this, don't get me wrong. It's all just still a little hard to believe. That's what's so dangerous about making your own plans. If Jeremy and I had "our way" and God consulted us when He was planning out our lives we would only have the two children and I would be running a bakery right now....not pregnant. But, could you imagine if we were really in charge of planning out our own lives?! What a mess everything would be. We do have free will and look at the poor choices we make with that!! I know that God's will and plans are far better that anything that I could come up with, even though sometimes I act like my ways are better. Since this pregnancy has been kind of a hard pill to swallow (believe me, I feel terrible typing that let alone feeling it!!) I had to dive into His Word for some much needed comfort and understanding. I needed to KNOW that He knew what He was doing and that He was going to be with us every step of the way. The fact is that we are barely making it as a family of four, how will we do this as a family of FIVE?! Well, this is what I found......

Isaiah 55:6-11

6 Seek the LORD while he may be found;
   call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
   and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them,
   and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways,”
            declares the LORD.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
   come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
   without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
   so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
   It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
   and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Proverbs 3:5-6 
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Another cool thing that I discovered is that I worked to memorize the Proverbs verses about 4 months ago!! God was preparing my heart for this sweet child before she was a reality in our minds!! He is so good and His ways are right....all the time!!
Now it's time for another reality check, giving this sweet baby girl a name!! Let the fun begin!! 

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Last night after the ultrasound Grammy and Pop came to Tokyo with us for my birthday dinner. The girls got chop sticks and did great! Layne didn't even cry when it was "fire time".

Hayden using her chop sticks. It was a great meal and definitely a great day to find out that our precious third child is a girl. Great birthday present for sure!!

This was one of the first attempts at the balloon picture. I quickly realized (by many trials and errors) that I just had to tape the balloons to the wall and box and make it just appear like they were floating out of the box. So that's what we did! What a great day!!!
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It's Confirmed!!

We will be a house full of girls!! I am so happy to finally know what we're having for Ross baby number three. Even though I was really hoping that this third one would be a boy, I am very happy that the girls will have a little sister to play with. I still can't believe that we're having a third child!! I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. We totally trust that God knows what's best for us all the time....including this time too!! 
Yay for GIRLS!!!