Sunday, April 15, 2007

Happy 4th Birthday, Jesse!!

I can't believe it!! My first born is 4 years old already!! (Yes, it makes me a little weepy!!) Yesterday, April 14, was his birthday.
He requested a dinosaur cake, so I did a search and found this site:
Here's my rendition:

I also baked a spare sheet cake, in case things went wrong with the first. Because things worked out the first time and I didn't use it, I decided to decorate it too!

Here's a pic:
I was rather annoyed with the pattern on that site-they didn't have the pattern posted in actual size, and what a pain to guesstimate the size to make! But it turned out alright-at least Jesse was thrilled! Didn't taste too bad either! I was more organized for this party than I've ever been, but I was still VERY glad when my Mom phoned to see if I needed anything in town-I'd forgotten munchies and ice cream!! So she very kindly brought those for me!! Thanks Mom!!

Jesse was spoiled rotten with gifts, and Tabitha and Wyatt weren't left out either! We are soo blessed with such generous family and friends-it's overwhelming!
Jesse blowing out his candles:

(Note the dinosaur party hats)

We went last minute shopping for birthday hats and Jesse requested "dinosaur party hats" (his words-I just LOVE hearing him talk!) Of course, I couldn't FIND any dinosaur hats to buy, but I determinedly thought to myself "there must be some printable ones on the net!" Well, I was in luck! I found some here:
I was thrilled-and so were Jesse and his guests!

And then, when the party was over (so we thought) and all the guests had gone home-we got another surprise! Grandpa Dave phoned from Uncle David's house and said they were coming over and bringing KFC!
Good thing I had that other cake!!
All in all, I think a great day was had by all!! The kids all slept well last nite, that's for sure!!

Family Pix and More Wyatt Pix!

Our family photos came in on the 11th, so I'll post a few here! Before I do, let me tell you-the Walmart photographer who took them deserves a medal!! Her subjects were rather-uncooperative, shall we say? Between tears, tantrums,spilled pop, and more, she still managed to get some fairly worthy shots!

The whole family!

Proud Big Brother and Big Sister with Wyatt!

and Baby Wyatt on his own...

I also wanted to share a few more shots of Wyatt!!

Wyatt trying out his sling for the first time!

First bath!
Getting dried off after his bath!
Wyatt and Great-Grandma Bailey

Wyatt and Great-Grandpa Bailey

Wyatt trying out the handmade heirloom cradle made by Great-Uncle Dave Waddell, and given to Mommy and Daddy when Jesse was born.

Big Brother and Sister with Wyatt

Jesse holding Wyatt on his own

What a Cutie!!

Foal Pix!

Here's the shots of the new foal, as promised! Apologies in advance, they quality isn't great, b/c they came from our video camera, which I had grabbed on my way out the door, in hopes that she wouldn't need help and I could film the birth (which, if you read my earlier post, you know didn't happen!).

Mama (Neena) and Baby getting to know each other!

Grandma horse (Etta) checking out the new arrival. (Leroy is just shooing her away-we were a little concerned she may have been entertaining thoughts of taking over the baby!)

The (as of yet unnamed) foal continues to thrive. Will try and get some clearer photos of her-if she ever stands still ong enough-now that she's mastered those legs, she doesn't stand still much!

Friday, April 13, 2007

SO Tired!!

Oh, boy. Soo tired today! And no, Wyatt isn't the one keeping me up-he continues to be a dream baby!-no, it's these mares! I wish they would just hurry up and foal already!! Neena is waxing like crazy (waxing: a yellowish, honey like secretion from the teats). She lost her baby last year (BIG colt, and he got stuck, and we were too late to help him, though we still had to pull him out). That incident was a good part my fault, b/c I checked her at 10:00 pm, and she was acting normal, like she wasn't planning on foaling at all that night. I had however, locked her mother, Etta, up, b/c I thought she was pretty close. Then I set my alarm for what I thought was midnight-except it wasn't-it was for noon! My husband came home at 1:00 am and woke me up, saying "come help, she's having trouble!". I asked him "Etta?" (Etta's had several foals, without incident). He said "No, Neena" (Neena's my "baby" so I was pretty upset!) So anyways, we had to pull the foal, a big black colt-I was soo soo sad. So was Neena. I stayed up most of the rest of the night with her.
Then, that afternoon, Etta kept pacing her paddock, and glaring at me-I knew she was close to foaling, and she was doing her best to make it VERY clear she did NOT want to foal in the pen!-I finally gave in and said to Leroy-I betcha she'll have that foal in a couple hours if we let her out, but she doesn't want to foal in that pen. So we gave in and freed her. Sure enough, within 2 hours, she'd laid down on the straw right outside the pen and had another big black colt-would've been a perfect match to Neena's baby. Neena wanted to steal that foal SOO badly, but Etta would have none of it!!
So anyways, all this to say, we are watching Neena VERY carefully this time-but it is making me VERY tired!!

Ok-I just typed that post, and saved it, b/c my Grandma and Grandpa Bailey came to give Jesse his b-day present this morning (his 4th!birthday is tommorrow, but they were coming this way today). They brought him two wonderful new DVD's that he was pretty thrilled with (so is Tabitha and Mommy too!!-"Land Before Time-The Great Day of the Flyers" and "Charlotte's Web 2") as well as some yummy cupcakes Grandma made, that disappeared rather quickly!!
Anyways, as they were leaving, Leroy came in and said "Neena's having her foal-I think we may have to help her!". So we said a hurried goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa (actually, I think I forgot to say goodbye to poor Grandpa!) and put on a movie for Tabitha and dashed out to help Neena (Jesse came with us). We did indeed have to help her-the foal had a foot turned back inside Momma, so Leroy righted it and helped pull a little-we did NOT want to lose this baby too!! I stood at Neena's head and encouraged her. And then she was born-a pretty little chestnut filly!! On Friday the 13th!! Momma and baby are both doing just fine-baby stood shortly after birth-just popped right up! and has already nursed. Neena's mothering her like a champ! Etta came over and acted like she was maybe going to swipe the baby, but has since relented.
This year is "T" names for Canadians-I'm considering "Teak" or "Tequila" or "Thirteen" for her!! Leroy's a little disappointed-he likes the black horses-but I'm kind of excited-it's neat to see a little splash of colour out there, amongst all the blacks (and one buckskin-old Kye!! but he's not a Canadian!). Anyways, I think the next two foals will be black, so that will make him happy.
I have to dash now, to get ready for Jesse's birthday tomorrow-but will try and post some pix of the new arrival soon (Got a really cute one of Momma and Baby right after birth-I think-so long as I remembered to turn the video camera on...)
Bye for now!