Monthly Archives: May 2010

She Will Be Missed

Shelly Ann

October 24, 1997 – May 25, 2010

Early Tuesday, the family received some very sad and unexpected news. The faithful and very spunky border collie, Shelly, had an incurable cancerous tumor and needed to be put to sleep. Though the tumor was slow growing, Shelly’s symptoms came on very suddenly and the decision needed to be made quickly.

Shelly was the dog that Brian got when he was in high school. She was, as Brian called, the perfect dog. Full of life and energy all hours of the day. She loved everybody except the mail man. She was everybody’s buddy. When Brian took his Senior Pictures in high school, he brought Shelly and had her join him for the photo shoot.

Shelly loved to fetch, play frisbee and go for walks. She also loved to play indoors and steal towels and socks and hide them. Before Brian and I got married, we spent a lot of time at his mom’s house. Brian had a fish tank in his room that Shelly loved and became “border collie obsessed” with. Even a few weeks ago,  we asked Shelly where the “fishies” were and she went crazy.

Shelly was a great watch dog. She loved her back yard. A few years ago, there was a very large aviary in his mom’s backyard that was full of finches. Shelly would run circles around the aviary and back yard all day if she could. It was her job. She did not like squirrels or cats and ensured that they did not touch her precious territory.

After Brian and I got married, we got an apartment together. We knew it wouldn’t be in Shelly’s best interest to take her from her back yard. She was so happy at her house and was very close to Brian’s other family members as well. When visitors came over, Shelly’s job was to show them how good she is at playing fetch. This is the look you would get when Shelly saw you were home for a visit.

C’mon let me out so I can show you how great I am!

“Ok, here’s a toy! Now throw it for me!”

And she was great at getting whatever you threw for her! Lightning fast and incredibly agile, she would do this 24 hrs a day if she had a choice. When Brian got Shelly while we were in high school it made me want a dog of my own too. A few months later, I got my sweet boy Max. Max and Shelly got along great. Here are some other great pictures and memories of Shelly.

About a year after Brian and I got married, he missed having a border collie with him so much that we got Bayley. Bayley looked up to Shelly like she was her older sister or mommy. At one point in time, Brian and I both worked 10 hour days so Bayley would go to his mom’s house for “day camp”. She had so much fun there with her grandma and older doggie friends that she still gets so excited to go.

When Hurricane Rita had Houston in her sights, the family and pets evacuated to Marble Falls, TX and stayed at Mark’s parent’s lake house. Bayley was about 3 months old at this time and got to play with Shelly. Shelly spent her days jumping into the lake after a tennis ball and being a good dog off leash. It was here that Bayley learned to stay near by without a leash.

Teaching Bayley her boundaries like a good big sister should.

Even on her last day, Brian’s mom brought her home after her diagnosis so that everyone could say goodbye and she still wanted to play. A true border collie. Everybody got to say goodbye to her which was nice. These are pictures of her last day. She will be missed. We are thankful she went in a peaceful way without much pain or suffering.

I LOVE this picture. Shelly was so loved by Brian’s grandparents. They went over every day to let her out at lunch time and played with her. She adored them.

Cam Cam got to say goodbye too.

Rest in peace, Shelly Bell. You’re a good girl.

Cameron’s Baptism

Last weekend was a very special one for our family.  Our sweet Cameron was baptized. She was baptized in the same church that Brian was baptized in when he was a baby, Pilgrim Lutheran. It was so nice to have our families together to celebrate this special day and show support for our promise to raise Cameron as a Christian.

My Aunt Gaye and Uncle Dave drove from Dallas for the occasion with their adorable little boy, Jackson. He is 3 now and was so excited to be able to see Cameron. She enjoyed having a little one closer to her age around! We had dinner with them the night before which was lots of fun.

His favorite thing to do was go up to her and blow on her legs and tummy. She loved it!

Cameron and her Mimi.

Since becoming parents, Brian and I have noticed that it’s a lot harder to be on time for things. We both had this fear of waking up late and missing the baptism so we left extra early so that we could have plenty of time for Cameron to get dressed and eat or play to prevent fussiness. We waited until we were at the church to actually put her dress on because she likes to surprise us with spit ups. Here are some pics we snapped of her before church. She’s really starting to discover she can make funny faces and especially do funny things with her tongue.

This is my favorite new face.

Cameron sat like a big girl through the whole church service. She was so tired poor baby and finally fell asleep in her daddy’s arms during the sermon. After the sermon was her baptism. Our sponsors were Taylor and Forrest and Emily & Mark. Unfortunately Emily & Mark couldn’t make it but their hearts were with us. Brian’s grandpa is one of the elders at the church and he was our elder during the baptism. That was very special.

She’s such a blessing in our lives.

Smiling at the pastor.

Us and all the great-grandparents (except Brian’s grandmother not pictured)

Little doll.

Love her little chunky legs now.

After the baptism there was a little party that my grandparents, Mor & Pappy, threw for Cameron. It was so much fun to get to visit with all the relatives we don’t get to see very often. The food was great! Cameron had a blast (so long as we remembered to feed her and keep her as the center of attention) but she quickly tuckered out and slept the whole drive home.

Cameron and her Aunt Debbie. She’s excited!

Big 5 month old girl!

Well I’m a bit late on this but our sweet Cam Cam is 5 months old! She gets more and more of her little sweet girl (and some times dramatic) personality showing through every day.

She is doing really well at eating solids now. We’ve progressed from rice cereal to vegetables. Her favorite so far seems to be squash but she also enjoys green beans and peas. I’m afraid once we make the switch to fruits, veggies will no longer be so appetizing to her though. 🙂

She is working hard at developing the muscles to be able to sit up unassisted. We’re not there yet but getting closer every day. She loves to stand up while being held. It’s so cute to see her so proud of herself when she pulls up.

Cameron is definitely teething now. Constant drool and chewing on everything in sight. (a bit of fussiness too) I’m sure we’ll have a little tooth to report at sometime in the upcoming weeks or months.

Chewing on the bib.

She’s hit a growth spurt I think. We’re not sure exactly how much she weights but she’s noticeably a lot heavier and looks much fuller and “healthier”. We’ve recently had to start supplementing with formula. It apparently is packed with much more calories and things to make her a big strong girl. 🙂

A big challenge for us the last few weeks has been transitioning her to sleep in her crib at night. She slept in her crib when she was 3 weeks old up till about 3 months. Then with all the changes that have occurred lately, she’s been more resistant to her crib and preferred her swing. We knew this wasn’t okay but she would sleep so well in it, 12 hrs at night. We finally took the jump and “let her cry” which was so difficult. The first night was rough but the next few nights went well. Then she started waking up earlier and earlier each night and wanting to be held or rocked or something. Unfortunately, my work schedule really interrupts the consistency that she needs for night time and even daytime routines. I work all night and then come home to a baby that is waking up. She usually likes to be fed and then will take a morning nap for about 2 more hours. This is when I grab a tiny bit of sleep. When she sleeps with me in bed (I know I know.. bad habit) she sleeps much longer and more soundly. Well apparently she’s started to prefer that because now she wants to sleep right next to someone all the time. Hopefully soon we can get her transitioned completely.  My grandmother made her a pillow to cuddle with in her crib and when she sleeps in the crib she loves it.

We’re trying to work out the kinks in my work schedule now too in order to find what’s best for all of us. I refuse to work the day shift. I just wont send her to day care just yet.

Another new thing Cameron is doing is making lots of new faces and noises. We are loving that about this age, well except the voice testing in the grocery store. I swear she is doing it just to hear how loud she can go. The faces are cute though and make us crack up.  Here are some new pictures of Cameron at 5 months old.

That’s a proud grandpa if I’ve ever seen one.

Just ignore the spit up hehe. It’s impossible to keep her dry.

Playing with toys!

Brand new BFFs. She finds his ears and fur quite fun to grab on and squish between her fingers. He finds her spit up and baby food quite tasty. (Gross!)

As hard as I try to keep him away from her because he’s truly just such a gross dog, it’s nearly impossible in this 700 sq ft apartment. I wash her hands often and prevent him from licking her face. That’s about all I can do. She just adores him though.

I promise this outfit was dry right before I took the first picture.

Telling herself all about the book.

Goofy baby in the crib with her “E-E”

We are so thankful to have such a happy & healthy baby girl. She is everything to us. We can’t wait to watch her grow and see what great things God has in store for her.

House Update

Well we still have not closed on our old house. The buyers financing fell through 72 hrs before the initial closing date of April 26th. They applied with a different lender and were approved but it pushed closing back 3 weeks. Here we are 3 weeks later and waiting for word on our closing. Our Realtor says there’s a chance it could happen tomorrow but it may end up being Monday. Either way, we’ll both be so glad when it finally closes so we don’t have to worry about paying our house note plus apartment rent.

The new house is coming along well, though it’s been hard to get too excited about it until the old one is closed on. Brian visits the new house several times a week to check its progress and make sure they don’t get sloppy with the construction. Here’s a pic we took today when we visited. We are absolutely in love with it.

Cameron’s getting excited!


Reading her book on the way to the new house.

She’s starting to look so grown up.

These two love each other so much.

Sweet little baby girl. <3

Mother’s Day

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all you moms out there. I hope that you each had a very special day with your family.

We had a great time on my very first Mother’s Day. Brian made sure it was very special for me. We started the day with breakfast at Denny’s (Brian had been planning this for a while. Cameron was nice enough to let us enjoy our meal without any fussing. Lately she’s been mesmerized by watching people eat.

…and then we drove to Houston to visit with family. First we stopped at my grandparents’ house. The little girl was quite the center of attention.

Family pics in the back yard. I’ve wanted this one for a while. Cameron with her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. (Getting Cameron to pose for the pics didn’t go so well ) I’m so thankful for my mom and grandma. I love you both so much!

Thought this was a great picture of my grandparents. They are both so special to me.

And our happy lil’ family. It was bright out sorry about the squinting. Thanks for making my first Mother’s Day so special Brian.

And we can’t leave out Auntie Tay and Uncle Forrest. I can’t call them my little brother and sister anymore apparently. They are both way taller than me now! My dad was behind the camera as usual. Thanks Dad!

After visiting with my family, we went to Brian’s mom’s house to spend time with her and then went out to a nice dinner. We love to visit with our families and are so grateful to have them in our lives. Happy Mother’s Day to our moms and grandmas!

New pictures of our big girl

This has been a “milestone week” for the little one. She’s eating solids, rolling over, and grabbing her feet now, all starting this week. And of course, she’s posing for lots of new pictures. We tried to get her to eat cereal a few weeks ago but it didn’t go over so well but she’s loving it now. I’m having lots of fun feeding her too. Here are some recent pics.


teehee I couldn’t resist

Sleepy girl