say cheese

Cruddy camera on my phone. But the smile makes up for it.

Carter’s missing his buddy Harley, who is back at the vet to have a small tumor cut off his eyelids.

By Air, Land, and Sea (err, lake)

Well, the dust has settled and life has resumed as we know it. We all have just returned from a very long awaited and very needed two week vacation. With Harley in tow, we all drove to Arkansas and dropped Carter off with Boppa and Grammy (Will's parents). He had a blast playing with his cousins, swimming, and becoming addicted to chocolate milk. Meanwhile, Will and I departed for 4 days to Las Vegas to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

Thanks to Aunt Betsy, Will's youngest sister, who lives there, we had the most wonderful time. She graciously offered us her car and her home to make our trip very convenient.

The highlights from our trip included getting all dressed up to see the Phantom of the Opera, eating fancy gourmet food, rocking out to the awesome Beatles show "Love" – Cirque De Solei, and for me, melting away with my relaxing spa day.

Though we had a great time, we definitely missed our sweet boy. I couldn't fight back the tears as the airport escalator revealed his precious smile when he saw us standing at the top. That kind of reunion was truly priceless. After tons of tears, hugs, and kisses, we all drove back to Grammy and Boppa's house in Jonesboro.

We packed all over again and all headed to Mountain Home, Arkansas to enjoy our family's little blessing – the lakehouse. We spent a whole week with all of the family swimming, playing, laughing and enjoying the beauty of God's creation. Carter got to ride in a boat and a jet ski for the first time. He didn't like it as much as he thought he would. Harley got to swim and was in absolute heaven. Will got to enjoy endless hours of Guitar Hero on the Wii, and I just enjoyed relaxing.

Though fun was had by all, we were all glad to be home. We want to especially thank Aunt Bets for all of her advice and hospitality, The Guerry family for mid-trip housing both there and back, and most of all Boppa and Grammy for caring for our precious son and dog for four days (and nights)so that we could enjoy some special time together. You all made our summer!

smiles all around

Well, if you haven't found out by now, the scan below tells the story. We can't remember who we've told and who we've neglected. If you're the latter, please accept our apologies.

This time, we got pregnant all on our own. Cilla and I have become the cliché about people who had ART and then got pregnant on their own. We've very excited. We had planned on trying to get pregnant on our own from January to July, then going back to Lubbock when we didn't get pregnant by July. It looks like we got pregnant on our first cycle.

On the flip side, Cilla has felt poorly almost the entire pregnancy. Cilla's pregnancy with Carter was such a breeze we're both reeling a little from this one. She has felt a little better the last week or so (only a few hours of neaseau a day vs. constant) so we're hopeful she's turning the corner.

The doctor says everything looks fine. Baby 2.0 should be be here around the last week in October, one week before Carter's birthday.

Good/Bad

Good

Pope Benedict XVI prayed with tearful victims of clergy sex abuse in a chapel Thursday, an extraordinary gesture from a pontiff who has made atoning for the great shame of the U.S. church the cornerstone of his first papal trip to America….

Bad

More than 800 employees at Texas’ 13 large facilities for the mentally and developmentally disabled have been suspended or fired for abusing patients since fiscal year 2004, state officials said Tuesday….

new design

One of the joys of owning your own website is the ability to tinker. I’ve been tinkering. Hope you like the new design. As far as I can remember, this is the fourth design this website has had.