Thursday, May 29, 2008

Meeting Baby Luke

Yesterday Daniel and I took Kenna to meet her new cousin Luke. He is absolutely adorable!!

We got to have dinner with David and Suzanne and share newborn stories. Kenna looked so big compared to Luke but she still may not be as long as he is. I LOVE his hair - it is so thick!

I can't wait for all the cousins to get together. They should have so much fun!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I survived

Yesterday went a whole lot better than I thought it would. Daniel brought Kenna to visit at lunch so I could get my Miss K fix. It was nice to show her off some more!

She was smiling when I got home and I just wanted to sit and play with her forever!

I had a harder time leaving today than I did yesterday - She was sleeping so sweetly I just wanted to stay and watch her all morning. I guess it will start becoming routine but I am not there yet!

Hope everyone has a great day!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Time's Up!

Today is my first day back at work since the day before Kenna was born and I am trying to adjust.

I love my job and am glad to be back BUT I sure am missing my daughter! I wish I could just bring her with me everyday - then I could get the best of both worlds. That would probably not work very well though.

I am extremely blessed that Miss K gets to stay with her daddy during the day and I know they will have a lot of fun together. I have only called twice to check in... that is not too much is it? (They are doing great)

I can't wait to get home to my little girl!!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fun Weekend

We have had so much fun this weekend!!

Yesterday started with me trying to be "supermom" Amy was getting ready to feed Abbye while I was burping Kenna so I ended up holding both of them and trying to keep them happy. It was a lot of fun but I have definitely found a new respect for people with twins!

We spent yesterday afternoon hanging out with all of our friends from church. We played spoons, shanghai (sp?), and spend a lot of time talking. We had to take lots of pictures, too.

We started with a pic of the original 'kids' that were there.

Next we added all the spouses and kids.

We made the parents take a turn at pictures as well.

Today was a lot of fun getting both of the girls all dressed up and taking them to church together. I think they were a hit!

We had quite the storm during services this evening. All of the sudden it started raining and thundering and then we had golfball sized hail. The weather people said the wind got up to 70-80 mph - I am glad we were inside!!

We are headed back home tomorrow - we will see how Kenna's first road trip goes. It is weird to think that she has had three plane rides now but has never been in the car for longer than an hour!

Happy Memorial Day!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Back to the farm

Kenna and I came to Muleshoe on Tuesday (Daniel is on his way here today) and we are all going to go home on Monday. Several of the people that were in my youth group in high school all decided to come on the same weekend so we could have a 'mini-reunion.' It should be a lot of fun! (The only bad part of the trip is that we missed out on Luke's birth! We will be there to visit shortly!!)

My parents and I went to Lubbock yesterday to run some errands and ended up with two stow-aways on the way home - my sister and Abbye. We are having so much fun with both babies in the same place. The last time the baby girls were together was when Kenna was born so they are much more lively now! We ran around in Lubbock for a while and it was too funny to see all of us try to get into one car with two car seats. It definitely made me feel for people with twins!

Cari Faver (Thompson now) is one of my best friends from Muleshoe. She lives in Lubbock (just for the next week) and is about to move to Missouri with her husband. She was at my sister's house and got to meet Miss K for the first time. They went to dinner with us and Cari rode with my mom, sister, me, and the babies to the restaurant - what a neat car ride.

We were worried about them sleeping last night - we were afraid they would keep each other up even though they were in different rooms. They actually did pretty good. Abbye didn't seem to be bothered by all of Kenna's noise. (Miss K thought that since she had slept all the way home it was time to play).

We have already been playing musical baby all morning and it is so much fun! I will definitely have to post more pictures later!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Baby is here!!

Miss K has a new baby cousin!!! It is a.....

I'll let David and Suzanne spread their fun here!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


I love looking back on memories in my relationship with my husband. I think it is fun to think back about those special days, and I love the fact that we are continuing to make more memories together (Miss K's birthday for example).

Four years ago today, Daniel proposed. I love this story and I did have it written down somewhere but that webpage no longer exists so I thought I would repost about our fun evening so I would have a written memory. This may be too many details for some of you, but, oh well!

I was in PA school and was finishing up one of the worst (hardest) rotations. I had been in Temple at Scott & White Hospital for 6 weeks, living in an old motel (my friend Kim and I were the only two in the whole building), and I was more than ready to be home. Daniel planned a special date for the two of us for the day I took the final exam for that rotation so that we could celebrate the fact that I was back home. Our one year dating anniversary was going to be about ten days later so we decided to throw that into the mix as well.

I just KNEW (or at least I hoped) that he was going to propose. We had talked, for a while, about getting married and I knew that we were going to wait until I graduated but I thought that he might propose sometime soon so that we could start planning.

I took my final exam that morning and met Daniel at my apartment to spend the afternoon. I had stayed up most of the night studying so I was more than ready for a nap. I tried to get Dan to take one too but he said he just had too much energy (nervous energy??) to lay down so he just watched tv while I slept.

We had planned to go eat at Antares, the restaurant in Reunion tower, and then go to the symphony. Daniel was very agitated with all the traffic and kept talking about how long it was taking us to get there - which is very unlike him. Now I know that he was just worried about "the question."

We had a great dinner and I even had a chocolate replica of the tower for dessert - it was great! I kept waiting and waiting for him to ask the question while we were eating...but he didn't.

After dinner, we walked around the observation deck and looked out over the city - very pretty. I kept waiting and waiting for him to ask the question while we were walking...but he didn't.

We left Reunion tower and drove downtown to the Meyerson to go to the symphony. We had amazing seats and it was a great performance. It took us a little longer to find a parking spot than we were expecting so we walked in just a little late. When we got to where we were going to sit, Daniel said that he had to go back to the car to make a phone call about a moving job he was helping with the next morning. I told him he could use my phone, he told me that he did not know the number...I said he could call information, he said he wasn't sure if the number was listed and what town the guy officially lived in...I suggested waiting until after the concert, but he said that might be too late since Jeb has I went in and sat down and was somewhat frustrated by the fact that I was sitting by myself. :) Dan wasn't gone very long and soon we were enjoying the wonderful music.

At intermission, we walked around inside the beautiful building. I kept waiting and waiting for him to ask me the question...but he didn't.

The second half of the performance was just as good as the beginning. I can't remember right now exactly who was performing, but I know that I have the playbill in my memory box. When the symphony was over and we were walking out and enjoying the lovely evening. I remember thinking that, we had had an amazing, fun evening...even if Daniel had not proposed. Maybe that just meant we would have another big date soon. :)

When we got back to the jeep, the car would not start. Daniel tried and tried to turn the ignition, but nothing was happening. He got out and popped the hood and got me to try to turn the key - and still nothing happened. He finally said that he had found the problem and needed me to come help. I was sitting there in my nice dress and heels and could not figure out what I would be able to do that would be beneficial - at least without getting dirty.

When I walked around to the front of the car, Dan was pulling a ring box out from under the hood. He got down on one knee and then he finally asked the question! I will never forget what he said. "Heather, I love you more than I ever thought possible and there is no one else I would rather have as my wife. Heather Hooten, will you marry me?" Of course, I started crying and was trying to give him a hug. He was trying to put the ring on my finger and I just wanted him to stand up so I could kiss him! There was still another car in the parking lot and they started honking their horn and flashing their lights.

We got back in the car and then Daniel remembered that the car was not going to start so he had to get out and fix it. He had unplugged the fuel pump relay and had to put it all back together before we could leave. We immediately started calling all our families and friends to spread the good news. Dan and his brother Jon had spent the afternoon trying to find something that would disable the car but could be fixed easily.

I love the fact that I was proposed to in the parking lot in front of the Meyerson with a disabled car...only Daniel would come up with something like that!! What a special, special night.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Aunt Mercy comes to visit

Mercy came over yesterday afternoon while her parents went to an Elder's retreat at church. We had so much fun and she was such a big help. She loved playing with Kenna and would just on the floor or next to me and talk to her.
While Kenna was taking a nap, Mercy drew pictures for her brothers and made them some cookies.
Mercy thought Miss K was quite entertaining. Once, Kenna burped (which she can do very impressively - she can put a grown guy to shame) and Mercy looked at her and said "Whoa, crazy baby" She just kept giggling after that. I don't think she expected something so loud to come out of something so small!
Thanks for all your help, Mercy!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Day with Dad

Yesterday, I had to take a recertification course for CPR at work during the afternoon. Kenna stayed home with Daddy....they had a great afternoon!

It was the first time I have left her for longer than going for a walk and it was so hard! I knew that she would be well taken care of because Daniel is great with her, but nobody is as good as mommy, right? Or is that just what I have told myself? :)

Things were going so well when I finished the class that I went and had a pedicure. I actually lucked out because the place was not busy at all. I paid for the short, thirty minute pedicure but was there for an was so nice to just sit and have somebody rub my feet!

I am so blessed to have a husband who is so great with his daughter. I know they are going to have a blast at home together when I go back to work. Thank goodness!!

Aunt Mercy is coming to play this afternoon so I will post more pictures then....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Fire Station Visit and Rocking with JD

Kenna has made her first visit to the fire station! Daniel had to work on Mother's Day (bummer I know...but he did leave me a plant and cards to find when I woke up on Sunday morning) so we decided to go say hi. A few of the guys he works with had never met Kenna so we loaded up and drove to Denton. It was kind of an impromptu visit so I didn't change her into something super cute, but that's okay! We had to take pictures of Miss K and her daddy by the fire truck.
Kenna decided she wanted to try driving the engine like her daddy does. Doesn't she look right at home?

It was a lot of fun to take her to visit and I am sure that we will be going back often!

Mandy, Suzanne, and I met for lunch yesterday at Suzanne's house and JD and Kenna had some time to get to know each other a little better. JD was the entertainment for the day and kept us all laughing. As we were getting ready to leave, I went to grab the diaper bag after putting Kenna in the car seat and turned around to find JD rocking the car seat. He seemed a little fascinated by the "baby."

She liked the rocking initially, but then I think JD got a little too excited for her and was going a little fast.

We did have to sit them down and take a picture of the two of them together. I should have pulled the paci out, but we were about to get in the car and I didn't want to upset her too much :)
Now we just have to wait for the arrival of Boyd baby #3 - just a few more weeks!!

Last, but not least, I have said this before, but Kenna really loves her baths. Here are some pictures of her after a bath the other day...isn't the towel with her name on it cute!?!

Hope everyone is having a great day!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

One Month Old

I can't believe that Kenna is already one month old!! Time has gone by so fast and she is growing up so quickly! Dan took these pictures this morning while Miss K was "chillin" on the boppy. She loves being able to look around and has gotten really good at holding her head up. She even tries to stand up sometimes - she locked her legs and almost pushed herself all the way over - he barely got the camera down in time to catch her! If Daniel has his way, she will be walking before we know it!! :)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Back at home

Kenna and I had a great trip to see my parents. I loved showing her off to all the people I grew up knowing. We actually came home on Monday night, but I am just now getting to posting. (where does the time go?) Here are some more pictures from our first adventure.

My mom and dad put together the crib that we all slept in and then got some new bedding so they would have a place for their new granddaughters to sleep when they came to visit. Kenna has some cow pajamas (which I love) so we had to take pictures of the cow pajamas in the farm bed.

Kenna spent a lot of time in this chair...whether it was my brother or my parents holding her, she got in lots of rocking/sleeping time. Looks like Cade is having a good nap as well!

On Saturday, we all went to Lubbock and spent the day with my sister. Abbye and Kenna were not too happy about being put in the car seat. They were having too much fun playing on the floor! (and, yes, we have matching car seats)

Kenna made her first trip to the mall on Saturday. She is a natural shopper and did great the whole time! My grandmother from Snyder came to visit for the weekend as well.

Kenna had her first real bath while she was in Muleshoe (it has taken forever for her cord to fall off!) and she absolutely loved it!! As soon as we sat her down in the water, she visibly relaxed and was enjoying herself. When I was in high school, I loved taking a looooong bath while I read a book in the tub, so we had to grab a picture of Kenna doing the same thing. She is my daughter after all!

I was so blessed to be able to go to Muleshoe for the weekend...we had a blast and we can't wait to go back!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

First trip to the farm

Kenna and her mommy were both missing the grandparents in Muleshoe so we decided to take a trip to the farm while Daniel stayed home to go to work. Yesterday Kenna went on her very first plane ride - we are already working on those frequent flyer miles!!
She did great on the airplane and slept the entire plane ride. Of course, she worked that pacifier pretty hard when we were going up and coming down. The lady who sat in front of us said that she did not even know that Kenna was on the plane until she got up to leave. I would say that was a successful plane flight!

My dad picked us up at the airport and then we went and spent most of the day with my sister and her daughter, Abbye. I could not believe how big Abbye had gotten! She has really grown and she looks like she is a lot older than Kenna - more than the eight days that she really is. It is hard to tell in this picture though.

We did not tell my mom that we were coming this weekend at all and just showed up at her school about the time classes were letting out. She was VERY surprised and excited. I love surprising people like that!! Mom was glad that she got to show Kenna to some of the people that she works with at school.

Today, we spent a lot of the day at my grandparents' house (Kenna's great-grandparents). My Dad's family all came for lunch and we had a lot of fun. It has been neat to introduce Kenna to people in Muleshoe - this is where I have spent most of my life!! Kenna liked laying on the floor talking to my grandpa. She just talked and talked to him.

We are going back to Lubbock tomorrow and are going to get to see lots of my Mom's family and spend more time with my sister....should be fun!!