As some of you know, Stephanie is on a vacation with the other women in her family to visit her cousin who lives in San Francisco. Since this is the first time that I have had both of our kids for a full weekend (without any help), I thought it would be a good opportunity to write my first ever blog post....
Sunday, 12 July 2009
Posted by The Locke Family at 18:45
Wednesday, 8 July 2009
Well it's been a while since I've updated everyone on little Miss Lucy. She recently had her 15 month birthday and we just had her doctor visit today. She received an excellent report at her well visit today, including a nice little growth spurt which upped her percentile a little bit. Always nice to hear that.
Monday, 22 June 2009
A few weeks ago, we decided to plan a last minute family vacation. Since our summer schedule was already so busy, we had to piggy back this little vaca onto one that had already been planned, my annual family reunion. Since we would be driving down 35 anyway to New Braunfels for the reunion, we decided to take a little detour and go to San Antonio first to spend a couple of days at Sea World!
Posted by The Locke Family at 21:30
Christopher and Drew are such good friends. Sometimes Meghan and I even think they act a little more like brothers - wrestling and picking at each other one minute, only to be laughing and having fun the next. It has really been fun to watch them develop this friendship over the past couple of years, and now see that it is truly genuine, not just something we force because we live close by and Meghan and I enjoy the mommy company. These boys truly like each other. We hadn't even been back in Frisco from our little family vacation for 24 hours before Christopher was asking to go to Drew's house. When we arrived there this afternoon, I heard Drew tell Christopher, "I missed you." Seriously, how cute is that?
Posted by The Locke Family at 21:02
Thursday, 4 June 2009
We hit the pool on Sunday evening with our good friends the Dubes. This was Lucy's first official time in the pool. (I think I held her in there last summer for a few minutes here and there to cool her off but that doesn't really count.) Cory was golfing so he didn't go with us, and I told him when he got home that we might have a little dare devil on our hands! Of course it is a bit early to tell for sure but our little girl had a BALL in the water. I started her out in her little boat float. She just kicked and splashed with the biggest grin on her face the entire time. Until she caught glimpse of her brother and Drew swimming out into the water to Jeff (Drew's daddy)! I could just see the wheels turning in her little head as she started to maneuver her way out of the float to try and swim herself. She was the same way in the baby pool, wanted nothing to do with me and trying with all her might to keep up with the big boys. It was SO cute and SO different from Christopher's first pool experience. I can't wait to see how the rest of the summer unfolds!
Posted by The Locke Family at 12:35
Sunday, 24 May 2009
So, I know I briefly posted about The 3 Day a couple of weeks ago but this weekend marks 24 weeks until the event! Time to start training and time to start FUNDRAISING!!
Dear Friends and Family,
A woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 3 minutes. Every 13 minutes, the disease claims another life.
This past January, my aunt, Pattie Hubbard went to see her doctor about a lump she had found in her left breast. After having to wait for the biopsy results over the weekend, we learned that the results were what we had feared. She was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer and a lumpectomy was scheduled immediately. Unfortunately, the doctors were not able to remove all the cancer and additional tests showed pre-cancerous cells in her right breast. Three weeks later, we found ourselves back in the hospital waiting room while my aunt had a double mastectomy.
Throughout the course of these events, I watched my cousin Beth, my best friend, face the fears of losing her mother. I would lie awake at night trying to think of things I could say to help, knowing there really were no words. Beth needed to know that her mom would be OK. That Pattie would be there for her wedding, her children, and the everyday comforts that mothers provide.
While I was searching for more knowledge on breast cancer to better help my family, I discovered www.The3Day.org. It occurred to me, this was the way I could help.
The Breast Cancer 3 Day is a 60-mile walk for women and men who want to make a personal difference in the fight against breast cancer. Participants commit to fundraising, training, and dedicating an entire weekend to the cause. The participants will travel an average of 20 miles a day during the event, raising awareness for breast cancer along the way. This year, I am going to be one of those participants.
I have committed to raise a minimum of $2,200 by October 26th. The proceeds raised from The 3 Day will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. The money raised will fund research, treatment, prevention, and community outreach programs. I hope I can count on you for financial support as I undergo this journey. It is difficult to ask for money, but remember you can help save lives!
Thanks to the thousands of men and women who have donated in the past new tests and treatments have been developed. After her mastectomy, Pattie was able to have a test predicting the probability of reoccurrence of her cancer. Her percentage was so low she will not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. My aunt will be one of the lucky ones to beat this disease and become a survivor!
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
How to donate:
· Visit my personal donation page at www.the3day.org/goto/Stephanie.Locke. You will be able to make your donation online. While you are there, be sure to check out our team page for The Pink Princesses. There is a whole group of us walking for Pattie!
· You can also mail me a check. Make all checks payable to: Breast Cancer 3 Day. Please send them directly to me:
1802 Countryside Drive
Frisco, Texas 75034
This year, more than 200,000 women and men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will lose their lives to this disease.
Posted by The Locke Family at 19:09
Monday, 11 May 2009
A few of my good mommy friends (Meredith, Jonna, and Aubrey) and I have been e-mailing for a while about good recipe finds, grocery store bargins, and other mealtime related tips and stories. We find that it helps us keep our sanity as we strive to take care of two or three children, husbands, households, and ourselves. We recently decided to put all of our thoughts about these things onto a combined blog. The four of us plan to update it with recipes and ideas to help make mealtime simple. Check it out and comment if you wish! We'd love other thoughts and suggestions!
Saturday, 9 May 2009
That's right peeps, I'm walking again! The experience I had in 2007 was incredible and I'm so excited to participate again - this time, withOUT a baby in my belly! As many of you know, I need to raise $2,300 to walk the 60 miles. Click here to read more about why I walk and to donate if you wish!
Posted by The Locke Family at 19:41
Thursday, 7 May 2009
So I know I haven't been posting much lately. I guess ever since Trinkets, I have just enjoyed my evenings away from the computer since so much of my time was spent up here prior to that. At any rate, I'm going to try to be better and give updates more often!
Christopher is about to finish his 3-year old pre-school year. I can't believe my baby will be 4 this summer!! CRAZY! We've had our first experience with soccer, which really deserves a post of its own, but overall it's been good. Christopher has had a great time with it and Cory and I are so proud of his efforts and his competitive nature! He is really turning into quite the intuitive little boy. I can't say anything anymore without him picking up on it. He has the best imagination and we are always engrossed in "pretend play" at this house. The other day I got to be Lois Lane, a Wonder Pet (can't remember which one), a cow, a dinosaur, and a mommy all in the first hour of my day. The kid is so smart and constantly asking me questions about anything and everything. He rattles my nerves every day but melts my heart even more.
Posted by The Locke Family at 19:51
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
That's right peeps, the little girl is on foot now. All this video was taken over the weekend and by today she is practically trying to walk everywhere! So cute!
Posted by The Locke Family at 12:18
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
We had a very nice Easter Sunday celebrating with friends and family. It is definitely my favorite holiday, a time that allows us to truly focus on Jesus and the sacrifice that our Father made for each of us.
Christopher really enjoyed hunting the eggs this year too. A big difference from last year. Yesterday morning when we woke up he asked me if I could pretend to be the Easter Bunny and hide some eggs so he could find them again! Too cute!
Posted by The Locke Family at 18:50
Friday, 3 April 2009
Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Girl! I am so thankful that the Lord chose me to be your mommy!
Posted by The Locke Family at 14:19
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Posted by The Locke Family at 18:29
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Not really what you want to be saying while you try to hunt Easter eggs but that's the way it was this morning for us at our annual church Easter Egg Hunt. We still had a good time and Christopher hunted a few eggs before he got too cold. Of course the weather spoiled my adorable coordinating outfits that I had all ready for them to wear. We're heading down to Dallas Blooms on Monday so hopefully it will be warm enough by then and they can wear them there. Stay tuned...
I just wanted to post this picture of my kids with the Easter bunny from today. Please notice that Miss LBL did not shed one tear!
Oh, and I would also like to add that exactly one week from today JLP Trinkets to Treasures will be O-V-E-R and my life will hopefully resume some form of normalcy! The countdown is ON!!
Thursday, 26 March 2009
So I know it's been a while...
One day last week I had a brief conversation with my mom about breastfeeding. She had seen something on the Today Show (I think) about the benefits of breastfeeding but the excerpt also included some information about bottle feeding and the positive aspects of that. Don't worry, this post is in no way a lecture about breastfeeding. I have two children, one of which was bottle fed and the other breastfed so I can easily speak about both experiences and also firmly believe that a mother has to do what works best for her baby, her, and her family and I know that situations arise where breastfeeding isn't the best thing, like in Christopher's case, but that is another story entirely. The point of my story today is that after that conversation with my mom, I began tooting my horn just a bit because it had dawned on me that Lucy, my little breastfed baby, had just about made it through her entire first year of life with a perfectly clean bill of health. The girl had not run a fever, had an ear infection, or even had to make trips to the doctor other than her well visits. This simply was not the case with Christopher. While he never had any serious illness, he had to be treated for things like croup, ear infections, and sinus infections all before his first birthday.
Well wouldn't you know it, low and behold, Miss Lucy came down with the flu last Friday (positive test results confirmed on Monday). In my almost four years of motherhood, I have not experienced one of my children being this sick. It has been awful. Her fever would spike as high as 103 and she was just completely listless at times, doing nothing but sleeping on my chest. It was heartbreaking, worrisome, and of course, exhausting. I'm happy to say that today, on what I guess would be day six of the virus, I have finally started to see a few shreds of normalcy in my baby girl. She has smiled at me, eaten some solid food, and even clapped for Christopher this morning after he sang me a song. So I can breathe a little easier knowing that she is on the mend and will return to her normal happy self again very soon.
Posted by The Locke Family at 10:41
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
So we are officially one month away from Lucy's first birthday! How crazy is that? I just can't believe that my little girl is almost ONE!!! She continues to bring a smile to my face and melt my heart every day. I hesitate to say this because I don't want to jinks anything but I really think she is turning a corner with her stranger anxiety. Last week we spent some time in Abilene with my parents and she did so well with them. She was so happy showing very little anxiety towards them at all. Today when I took her to the nursery at church for my mom's group; not only did she smile at the sweet lady who works in there, but her lip did not even quiver when I handed her over!! I was elated to get to walk off without hearing my daughter's sad little cry.
She is talking, crawling, cruising, pushing, eating, smiling, waving, clapping, and kissing up a storm. This afternoon I drove in the car to the sounds of her little kisses coming from the back seat. So sweet. It is not something she does necessarily on command, but definitely a new noise she has discovered that she can make and I think it is precious. Cory told me that tonight, she "walked" all over the kitchen with the assistance of one of our little tiny "kid table" chairs, pushing it from one corner of the room to the other. The baby gates are back up and it is a good thing too because today I watched her make it all the way to the top of our stairs. She was so proud of herself and would stop periodically to smile and wave at me as I followed along beside her.
We are so blessed with this beautiful baby girl. I am hoping that this month will go by so slow so that I can soak up every last bit of this first year with her that I can.
Lucy at 11 months:
Waves all the time
Claps (will usually start clapping whenever she hears the song "When Your Happy and You Know It")
Makes adorable kissing sounds
Eats like a champ
Pulls up on all furniture
Cruises around all furniture
Will move from one piece of furniture to the next
Will walk behind toys/chairs etc.
Drinks very well from a sippy cup
Takes two naps a day (when her brother's schedule allows her to be at home)
Sleeps from about 7:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. (at least this week!)
Posted by The Locke Family at 21:29
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
The Sonic in the food court at Stonebriar Mall is more expensive than the one on Lebanon (and also the one on Main) by my house. Wonder why this is?
Posted by The Locke Family at 14:36
Sunday, 15 February 2009
We decided to take the plunge and get a swingset for the kids. Cory and his dad have spent the last two weekends putting it together. It was quite the job!! They worked so hard. All day yesterday Christopher would periodically open the back door and ask how many more minutes until it would be finished! He has been beside himself with excitement over it. I know we will be spending endless hours of fun out there in the days to come!
This is what our backyard looked like last Sunday (and all week long). They only had Sunday of last weekend to build it because most of Saturday was spent purchasing and unloading all the boxes.
The finished product!
A happy boy climbs!
A happy girl swings!
Thanks again Neal, for all of your help! Cory would not have been able to do it without you!!
Posted by The Locke Family at 20:37
Friday, 13 February 2009
Lucy had her first "official" haircut today. I have snipped the ends here and there just to try and help smooth it out a bit but today we just took the plunge and let someone else do it.
Before I had kids, I thought it was like an unwritten rule that you could not get their hair cut until after their first birthday. My brother and I were both pretty bald babies so I never knew that this "rule" would be a problem. Well, Cory has given both of our children LOTS of hair as babies (hopefully, my genes will allow them to keep it in their old age! LOL). So, both of them received haircuts before their first birthday. With Christopher, it took several people calling him a "she" before I broke down and did it around 11 months. Now, when I look back at pictures, I realize that the haircut really did wonders for helping his hair to seem so much thicker and really just looked so much better. So with Lucy, there wasn't as much agonizing (I know that's hard to believe, King family). I figure, the more help this poor girl can get with all this fly-away hair the better, and she'll thank me when she is a teenager looking back at her baby pictures.
I am happy with the results and I think the lady did a nice job. She predicted that Miss Lucy will most likely have some curls, or at least a bit of a wave when all of her hair grows in. Cory and I have suspected the same thing because we usually see some curls when her hair is wet or in very humid weather!! Only time will tell...
Here are a few pictures of the event.
The "before" picture
Distracted by Cheerios
This was really the only time she cried, but this is the end result!
Posted by The Locke Family at 12:02
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
Lucy Baylor is 10 months old today! I can't believe that in just two short months, we'll be celebrating her first birthday! We are still crazy as can be about our little girl. She loves all the attention she gets from her brother. Now that she is mobile she tries to follow him everywhere. They love to play "chase" on all fours and it is so cute. Yesterday I had them outside and Christopher was riding his big wheel, Lucy practically leapt out of my arms to crawl around on the ground to chase after him. Miss Lucy is also doing a great job on eating table foods. It is actually a struggle to try and feed her baby food now, she just wants the real thing. We are always laughing because our little girl can really eat, (she eats more than her brother does on a regular basis) but she remains in only like the 10th percentile for her weight. She is such a little peanut, tiny and petite.
We feel so blessed with our beautiful, healthy baby girl!
Lucy at 10 months:
Is crawling all over the place and pulling up to a stand.
Loves a variety of table foods
Has two bottom teeth and almost four top teeth!
Drinks from a sippy cup
Smiles and laughs at her brother daily
Babbles and talks all the time
Claps her hands
Stands up in her crib
Sleeps 10-11 hours at night (not always uninterrupted)
Still prefers Mommy or Daddy over just about anyone else!
Posted by The Locke Family at 09:26
Monday, 19 January 2009
Yesterday we celebrated Cory's birthday. We had a nice low-key day starting with church, an afternoon of football, dinner at Babes, presents, and homemade birthday cake for dessert. Yes, you read that right, I decided to make Cory's birthday cake this year. Christopher helped me pick out the decorations and got to choose the icing colors that we used, and of course he helped me decorate it too! I should have looked a little closer when were at the store getting the goods because the sprinkles he picked out were flavored...green apple and blue raspberry!!! Nice. Not exactly the kind of thing you want to top your cake with but we went with it and Christopher said they were very good. I attempted to make the cake into the shape of a golf flag on a green. My sweet husband kindly pointed out to me that most golf flags are square, but I thought the cake would be cuter with a triangular flag. I'm certainly no pro but I don't think it turned out too bad for my first try at a "shaped" cake.
See where Christopher wrote "Daddy" with the icing pen? Not too bad for a three year old, huh?
Happy Birthday to the best husband and father anyone could ask for! We love you!!
Posted by The Locke Family at 14:17
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Sad but true. I haven't bothered to bore the blogging world with my volunteer work nightmare but I think that it is time.
Many of you know that I am a member of the Junior League of Plano. I completed my Provisional year in the Dallas League back in 2003 right before we left for St. Louis. I spent our time in St. Louis as a transfer into the JLSTL and earned three active years with very little work. That League is run very differently than either of the other two I've been in. After a year of being "lost among other paperwork" the Plano League finally had all my info and I officially transfered in there last year. I really like the Plano League the best of the three I have served in. I have lots of friends that are members and have met some cool people too. I like the projects that they offer and basically find it as a nice adult outlet for me.
That being said, the JLP may become my breaking point over these next three months. I'll try to make this story as short as possible but I believe background info is always key so I'll do my best here.
About a week before Christmas the Chair for my committee (Trinkets to Treasures or T2T) called me in desperation. She was relocating to Indiana and had to find a new Chair for this project. This was her second time to ask me this after I had already told her no once. I could hear the desperation in her voice and I felt sorry her with all that she had going on in her life. So I reluctantly told her that I could step in and take over for her. There was a small period of grace over the holidays while I occasionally reminded myself that I had agreed to this. I casually looked over her things and notes for this project and thought, well this will fun and a good way for me to increase my involvement in the JLP. The holidays ended and so did my little community service fantasy. Basically since January 5th, my e-mail inbox has been flooded with e-mails from all over the JLP asking me questions that I don't know the answer to, asking me for numbers and budgets that I have no idea where to find, complaining to me about poor communication, asking me for keys to storage facilities, warehouses, and to get U-haul rentals. E-mails telling me that rooms have been wrongly booked and meetings have been double scheduled.
It hasn't taken me very long to realize that I. did. NOT. sign. up. for. this. Maybe at some point in my life when my children are in school five days a week but right now my life consists of caring for my little ones and that is exactly how I want it. I am happy to commit some of my time to the community and want to do so but this I fear is going to require far too much of my time.
Alas this brings me to the title of this post. For the past two weeks, every time I have sat down at the computer I have found myself up to my ears in Junior League. By the time I finish with that, someone is awake from their nap, or it is way past my bedtime. I will try to get back on the blogging bandwagon once I get a handle on this but in the meantime, please be patient with my lack of posting.
Posted by The Locke Family at 13:45
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Our little Lucy turned 9 months old yesterday! She continues to be such a blessing to our family. She has her daddy wrapped completely around her little finger, especially after these last two weeks where he has been home with us! I know she is really going to miss him tomorrow! Lucy loves to smile and she just melts our hearts. She's accomplished several milestones this month, and I have a feeling their going to just keep on coming as this little girl continues to grow way too fast!
- Crawls all over the place! She definitely prefers to be on the ground rather than anyplace else (except Mommy or Daddy's arms)!
- Pulls up on some furniture. Most of the time she just pulls up to her knees but yesterday she made it all the way to a standing position and she was so proud!
- Eats a little bit of table food. She's been introduced to the Gerber Puffs, Cheerios, and yogurt. All of which she thoroughly enjoyed!
- Mimics certain sounds.
- Waves hello and goodbye.
- Has two teeth and no sign of any others on the way.
- Loves her toys that make noise and play music.
Posted by The Locke Family at 18:01