Thursday, May 28, 2009


Wedgie - Having one's underwear or other garments "wedged" between the buttocks. This can occur naturally and is referred to as the underwear (or diaper) "riding up."


My little man woke up from his 3 hour nap today pulling at his behind. I nervously took off his shorts (anticipating a terrible poo), butt was pleasantly surprised by the cutest little wedgie I've ever seen! He's a Havill!!!
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Ethan turned the big "4" this weekend... We celebrated his birthday in style with a fabulous Star Trek inspired bash.

Here's a few of my favorite pics from the last few weeks....

I heart these two...

Friday, May 22, 2009

May 22, 2004

On that day, I watched her get ready for her BIG day.... on that day, I watched her anxiously prepare for the biggest day in her life. On that gorgeous Saturday afternoon, I watched my best friend marry my brother. I precisely remember how calm she was. She looked stunning. Those memories are so, so precious. I remember standing at the front of the church anxiously awaiting her to walk down the aisle. Her Dad walked her down the aisle with so much pride and she just glowed.I watched the groom choke back tears. I bawled. It was such an awesome experience having my best friend marry my brother. Today, 5 years ago was the day Andrea and Jeff were married. Happy Anniversary to you both.

She took my breath away....

Friday, April 24, 2009

Team Andrea fundraising :)

It's that time of year folks....RELAY FOR LIFE!! Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature activity. It offers everyone in a community an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of people camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Relays are an overnight event, up to 24 hours in length. We have such a fun time doing it as well.

Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people to:

Celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer. The strength of survivors inspires others to continue to fight.
Remember loved ones lost to the disease. At Relay, people who have walked alongside people battling cancer can grieve and find healing.
Fight Back. We Relay because we have been touched by cancer and desperately want to put an end to the disease.

Andrea wanted this year's relay to be the biggest and best turnout yet. She was 100% dedicated to the American Cancer Society and her team, "Team Andrea". Not only was she the captain of our team, she was also on the committee for the whole relay as well. So, imagine all that she was going through plus running around everywhere to make sure events were taking place when need be, while also walking laps on the track, and finally enjoying the spirit of our amazing team. Not to mention, a HUGE smile on her face the whole entire time.

This weekend the team is putting on a donations only yard sale. The sale is tomorrow (April 25) from 7:30-12 at 1421 Brett Cabel Road, Washington In (Jenelle's home). All donations will go to The American Cancer Society on behalf of "Team Andrea".

We are having more fundraising opportunities---More details to come:) Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Fun filled photoshoot:)

We just had to get outside on this gorgeous, I loaded up Cohen and Gracey and headed to the park. Of course I didn't forget my camera, so here are some pictures from today. Enjoy!!

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Time for a change...

I'm ready for a change. I totally feel like I'm in a rut--mostly because I truly am at the moment. I have the exact same routine every single day, which works for me and the rest of my clan. I like the fact that it "works", but I need some excitement and I need things shaken up a bit. I'm ready to turn off the tube and get back into reading (not school reading either) fun reading is what I'm talking about. I'm ready to do house projects, work outside, and most of all enjoy my family. So, expect some changes from me soon!!!

Speaking of changes, Mr. C is doing a lot of that lately. I swear he is a 5 year old in a 13 month old body. Some of his new tricks are:
he brushes his teeth on his own,
he doesn't play with toys anymore, he climbs on them to get on the couch,
his new words are: geesey (Gracey), mamaw, papaw, juice, paci,
nyah( john and aisha's dog), bath, ny ny (night night),
he can point out his nose, teeth, eyes, ears, and belly,
he has 8 teeth,
while reading to him, he can point out several objects, like a ball, a dog, a cat, and a baby,
he tells everyone he is "1" by holding up his index finger,
he knows how the ducky, doggie, kitty, and bee goes,
he loves "the itsy bitsy spider"
He's starting to be a picky eater. He loves fruit. Hates any kind of meat. Loves grilled cheese. Hates milk.
Last but not least, (my favorite) if we ask him where Aunt Andy (Andrea) is, he looks up and points to the sky!!!
In a nutshell, I feel that he's developing quite well. This is by far my favorite stage of his little life. I know I say that at every stage, but at 13 months he is just a blast and is absorbing so much!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

To begin, I just want to thank everyone for all the thoughts and prayers I received within the last month. All of the emails, cards, phone calls, texts, etc. gave me the strength and courage to get through each and every day. I cannot express how grateful I am to have so many wonderful, caring people in my life. I truly am blessed. As everyone knows, Heaven gained a beautiful angel on March 17. My sweet, sweet friend Andrea has left behind a spirit that I will carry with me forever and pass along to all those who come in contact with me-somehow, someway. Although I am extremely sad and overwhelmed with such an undeniable emptiness, I have a job to do and that is to ensure that Andrea's smile and passion for life is carried on in such a way that is unimaginable. I will save the details between Andrea and I, but to honor her I will make certain that she will be remembered. I want to say thank you to my brother Jeff, Vicki and Greg (Andrea's mom and step-dad), and Bill and Brenda( Andrea's dad and step-mom) for allowing me the opportunity to spend with Andrea her last moment here on Earth. You all gave me the opportunity to talk to Andrea in a way I thought wasn't possible. The pure beauty of our last few conversations together will stay with me forever. If anyone has ever been in a situation like this, it's the most surreal moment a person can endure. I will never forget those last few moments....I also want to say thanks to my mom for your unconditional support and love you gave Jeff. This will forever be engrained in my memory of this chapter in my life. You showed true characteristics of the mother I want to be for Cohen, and I pray to God that I will never have to fill those shoes, but I know that if the situation arises, I will know how to be there for my son because of your example. Thanks to Jim,Kathy, and Joey for taking amazing care of Cohen. Without your help, I wouldn't have been able to be with Andrea and her family. You allowed me to be there for my brother as well, and for that I'm forever thankful. I want to thank Clay as well for being with me through all of this. You never left my side--you are amazing! Grandma and Terry too. Thanks for being with Ethan. You put Jeff's mind at ease with making sure Ethan was in good hands. Kristin and Jenelle- what can I say?? Thanks for everything...thanks for being there for Andrea, myself, and the rest of Andrea's family. Lauren, thank you so much for helping out with the slideshow. There wouldn't have been a slideshow without your generosity. For everyone else, thank you. Thank you for everything you've done for all the families that were grieving. From all the meals, flowers, donations, cards, etc your kindness will never be forgotten. Finally, thank you Andrea for the unbelievable friendship you and I have shared. It's like we've always said, I only hope that everyone at some point in their life is fortunate enough to be involved in such a beautiful friendship. Thank you for all that you've taught me and the unbelievable memories that you and I will have, forever.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cohen's Birthday

We had Cohen's birthday party on Saturday and it was a hit! After the quick planning and busting my behind to get things ready, everything turned out marvelous. Cohen had a blast---he ran around the house like such a big boy. We think he was showing off a bit-but hey, it was his day! Mom and Ethan came down Friday to help Clay and I get the house ready and to help with the cooking. Mom fixed veggie soup and Kathy fixed cream of broccoli soup. We also had mini sandwiches, buffalo wings, cocktail weenies, veggie tray, and other finger foods. Mom and I had such a blast making cupcakes! We haven't laughed so hard for quite some time and man, did it feel good! So, for our little guys first birthday party I think we deserve a pat on the back! Happy Birthday my little love bug!