Saturday, December 19, 2009

Despite all the amazing blessings in our lives, I have to say 2009 is a year I'll be happy to see go. It has been filled with more sadness than any of us would like to see. But, it's nights like "Girlfriends Christmas" that remind me how lucky I am to be surrounded by strong, loving, and FUNNY women! I'm grateful for all of my girlfriends... they have shown SO much love, poise, and strength this year... I look forward to 2010 and the many years beyond.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

a little privacy... PLEASE!


I have friends who say they can't believe they have children in college.... well I can't believe I have a child who wants to potty on the "poe-poe" as Fletcher puts it! He has been showing interest in the "poe - poe" for a few weeks and yesterday he got on and went. Now we are spending quite a bit of time in the old baño! Fletcher likes to sit on there and grunt. (He must have learned that from someone besides me!) Anyhow... it looks like we'll be attempting potty training soon. For now, it's pretty funny entertainment.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Día de los Muertos



This year we skipped Halloween and headed to Mexico with friends to celebrate the good life and Día de los Muertos! Our dear friends Zeke and AnnMarie Johnson invited us to stay with them at a beautiful condo in Punta Mita. There we were treated with a stunning ocean views, delicious meals, and to much fun to mention. Here are a handful of photos. With 8 adults and Fletch... he kept us fully entertained! Each morning and night he would have us bust out the Black Eyed Peas tune "I Gotta Feeling" and would boogie down. He really enjoyed himself and was saying a ton of new words by the end of the week, including.... hola, adios, beer, and boobs... Ahhhh, makes a mother proud. ?!

The boys went fishing and returned with a 130lb tuna. We enjoyed a tasty dinner which they even prepared for all the gals and Fletch. It was great to see Fletch play in the ocean and even make little friends at the beach. It was the first time I really felt like we had a kid... and not a baby. It was a very great bonding trip with him!Taking in the view.


Zeke intoducing Fletcher to baby gecko.

"I Gotta Feeling" - Dance Party... lead by Fletchito (as we called him)


Headed to dinner. AnnMarie holding Fletch. :>
Night view from our balcony.
Peek-A-Boo
Morning coffee for mom, morning milk for Fletch.
Zeke, Andrew, Beau, & Barry celebrating their big day fishing!
Momma loves.
Meghan and Carrie

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Our Other Family...

Although Barry and I consider ourselves very blessed to have such amazing families, we also have another "family"... our friends.

Living in Boise, we really have no immediate family here and over the years, our neighbors, old roommates, and other friends have become our second family. In this photo is our friend Robert... he is MY FAMILY, he is BARRY'S FAMILY, he is FLETCHER'S FAMILY... and if Roxy, were given a choice, she would be living with him!

I met Robert when I was 19 and attending Boise State. I rented a room in the Northend and a few weeks later Robert rented another room in the same house. To say the least, we had a rocky start. I was a hyper, young girl, working 3 jobs, getting poor grades, and just all around annoying... he had just finished PA school and found it extremely satisfying to torment me however he could. He would embarrass me in front of my boyfriends, gather shredded paper from his office for months and then stuff my bedroom full of it, leave the toilet seat up, wake me up and jump on my bed with 2 golden retrievers and 1 yellow lab after he came home from a night out drinking, he would just drive me nuts... but then I would forgive him when he'd once in a while buy me a beer... or two. We pretty much hated each other for a while... but somehow, somewhere, he became like a brother to me.

Robert has been sick for a while and this week, we found out that he has cancer. Right now I feel a bit numb, I want to help Robert get well however I can, but today I just want to remember how I came to love him. He is sensitive and sweet,
stubborn and tough... yet, funny and caring.

I remember once when I was 20, Robert and I were out for dinner and we saw a man dancing so crazy and free... he was wearing a purple tank top, purple tie-dye skirt and leg warmers to match. (you Boise natives may know who I'm talking about... this guy is still at every Alive After Five... sometimes with roller blades.) I made a comment to Robert about what a freak the guy was and how strange he was. Robert looked at me and said "Why do you care? At least he is happy... he is comfortable and happy, leave him alone."

I will never forget that day. Even now, I often see that man dancing and I'm always so jealous that he can stand in front of strangers and express himself so openly. Just this summer I saw him dancing and watched him in awe.... he knew so many people in the crowd... people loved him, he was hugging people... strangers even.. he didn't stop smiling. His energy was so positive and I guarantee he is happier than most any of us!

As I write this I look at how Robert has lived his life so far...
He does live his life much like the man we saw dancing... always an AMAZING friend to SO many people, he is a wonderful listener, he'll tell you what he thinks, Robert is a VERY loyal friend, he probably wouldn't wear purple (ha, ha) but, he lives his life honestly and openly and he is a HAPPY person that people LOVE!

I so wish that I were an eloquent writer because these few short paragraphs don't do my friend justice. He is my brother and I love him!

Please keep Robert in your prayers... this world needs him!
We love you Robert!!!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

LAWN MOW'N





Fletcher has learned that the best way to enjoy Sunday night football is to have your chores done and mom off your back. He and dad cut the grass so they could be ready for the Cowboys first home game of the season in their new stadium. Unfortunatly, it was a loss... but Fletcher was sleeping away in his bed by the end anyhow.

The good news is... Fletcher got his OWN lawn mower and LOVES it! When we make him come inside he stands and the door crying and screaming "NON NOWER".. which translates to "Lawn Mower".

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Future Firemen!


Last night Fletch and his buddies, Max and Jack were so excited when they received a surprise visited by the Boise Fire Department. They little boys ransacked the truck posed for a quick snapshot.

Now, here is a run down of what our little dude is up to.
(I don't keep a baby book... this blog is it, so please excuse some of the details)
Can't believe Fletcher is 16 months old... he's a pretty big boy 26 lbs. Almost size 7! shoe!!!!
He is jabbering up a storm. He makes animal sounds on demand, RUNs.. sometimes walks & often falls, is OBSESSED with the guitar, blender, and moon. Twice this week I've caught him dipping things in the toilet and eating them....
OH the joy he sees on my face when I turn that corner!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Boise's 1st Annual Curb Cup






It was exciting to see Boise come alive with artists of all ages and talents today. I could not wait to take Fletcher... he loves to dance and has become obsessed with guitars recently. Here are a few pics of our adventures. They estimated nearly 30,000 people showed up for the 2 hour event, but it was worth it. (well... once we had a few beers it was worth it) Plus.. I got to hula hoop for quite a while and so of course my day was made!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


It's been a busy summer full of friends and family. Here is one giant blog post of photos to catch up on my month or two hiatus from blogging....

After Barry's family visited us from Arizona, we headed to Coeur d'Alene to visit my family. We spent the weekend on the lake Coeur d'Alene with my mom, brother, sister and their families.

This past weekend, my mom, sister, niece and nephew drove down from Coeur d'Alene in the RV and parked in front of the house. We had a northend camp, celebrated my birthday, rode cruisers downtown, listened to my dad play guitar, and just enjoyed one another. I had to add the photo of Fletch covered in bruises, dirt, food, and snot (we have both had a nasty cold for the last week). He seriously looks like a WalMart baby! :> He had fun with his cousin Eden.

To wrap it all up, I had a Hula Hoop making party this week and we had quite the turn out. I'm going to do it again... what a fun and silly night. We even had tarot card readings and mini massages.... I hate to see summer come to an end but I won't lie... Fall is my favorite!!!







Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Ladies Man...

Fletcher is really coming out of his shell. I remember this time last year... We thought we really had a quiet and reserved little gentleman on our hands.
ENTER: a ONE YEAR OLD

Fletcher has become a total show off and seems to really like the ladies. We decided to take him to Alive After Five last Wednesday to cool off in the fountain... well, he seemed to be interested in the women, much more than the water.

Here is a photo of him totally following these young little twins. Yes... I trailed him for quite a while. Right past the beer tents, the water fountains, the band and a clown... about to get their facebook info when their dad turned around and nearly beat his ass. (okay that part didn't happen... but it could have!)






Monday, June 29, 2009

Family and Freinds are WHAT MATTER!!!

In loving memory of Logan Teays White 4.7.09 - 6.27.09
Our dear friends Molly and Jay White lost their precious baby girl this Saturday. Our prayers our with them and their older daughter Mia. What amazing parents they are!
May you find peace in your hearts.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dance your pants off!

We have a long family tradition of "dance" contests whenever family gathers. Fletcher will soon be competing against his older cousins! (look out Dax!)
- Alice, this post is for you sistah!

video

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Back in the swing of things...





It's been 2 weeks since Fletcher's seizure and we are back to "normal"! Fletcher took about 5 days to recover. He slept nearly around the clock, only waking to eat and play for about 1 or 2 hours at a time.

Many good things have come from what I call "the most horrible day of our lives"....
1. Fletcher seems to have become a napper! YAHOOO! He never did this before... EVER!... (Mind you, we haven't let him out of our site since the seizure... including naps and night. I've even paid a babysitter to lie next to him while he sleeps.) I'll get over don't worry!

2. I'm CPR certified and Barry will be in the next few weeks.

3. I have barely turned my computer on in 2 weeks. Each moment with our son is even more precious than before and I simply don't care about many things that I did before.

4. Fletcher has proven to us that he is a tough cookie and that I am the wimp!

5. Our home seems happier and full of more love than ever!

6. We will probably never move - we like being minutes from the hospital! :>

So... I thought it would be a good time to post some pictures post-siezure.

Here is Fletch eating lunch with his new best friend... the blender! He plays with it all day along side the salad spinner. (I'm not exaggerating at all when I say they are nearly inseparable!) He often will not eat unless I place the blender on his tray. (Our next trip to the hospital could be for stitches... but don't worry... he isn't really interested on the inside of the blender. He prefers to stack things on top of it.)

Also we must report a development in the LOVE department. Fletcher has been spending quite a bit of time with Cora... (an older woman by 8 months.) The two of them are pretty sweet together and kiss on their parents demand. Here is a pic of the two of them at the zoo.

Thanks for your well wishes! We feel blessed to have such supporting and loving family and friends! xoxo- Barry, Cody & Fletch

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Life IS precious!


The saying "Life is precious" is so TRUE. But until a couple of days ago, I truly had no idea what those words could really mean. As most of you already know, we had the most frightening scare on Friday. Fletcher had a febrile seizure, lost consciousness, and stopped breathing. It was the most horrific day of my life and I am still a huge mess!

After our Friday play date Fletcher, was kind of out of it and I now believe he had a minor seizure in the car. We got home, he took a little nap on me an we woke up... I could tell he was hot so I got him some water... turned around and he had collapsed. (seizure) He was literally not breathing, or moving and turning blue. Long story short I literally watched him dying in my arms in the car on the way to the hospital. I had to give him mouth to mouth in the car while Barry drove us. (His entire naked body was blue as ice.) Once I gave a couple of breaths, he started vomiting.... to make matters worse, once I got into St. Luke's ER the woman at the front desk was insisting Barry give her our information! I said my baby is not breathing and blue he needs help NOW.. She said calmly. "Yes, I understand but I will need some information from you first." We could not believe it as I sat there holding Fletcher's lifeless body! I was in such a panic and shock that I started to give her information when I just said screw this and ran past her down the halls of the ER screaming for someone to save my baby!

Fletch is doing okay now but still very traumatized himself. He has basically slept for the last 3 days straight. He's incredibly needy and won't let me set him down. Our Dr. says he'll be fine and there are rarely long term effects from these sorts of seizures. (Febrile seizures are caused by high fevers and are common - 1 in 25 kids suffer from them.)

I will be forever haunted by his blue face and body... I can't imagine if we had lost him. I am heart broken from just watching his helpless little body but am reminded that LIFE IS PRECIOUS and that we can't take anything for granted.

I have never experienced anything like this and am suprised at the amount of grief I have. Each day I actually feel more sad... I think the shock is wearing off and the reality of what happened, could have happend, and would may happen again is setting in.

We have been bombarded with calls, emails, text, and people dropping by. Thank you ALL so much for your love and support! It means so much that everyone cares!!! LOVE - Cody, Barry, and Fletcher!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Mom's Cook'n Puts Me to SLEEP!

Our little anti-nap child fights it until the bitter end.... :>
video

Sunday, March 22, 2009

11 Months & Glowing!



It is bittersweet as Fletch turns 11 months old today. I already miss my "baby"! This has been the fastest, most amazing, whirl-wind of a year! The great news is that we pulled out some baby photos of Barry and I and Fletcher looks a bit like me after all. After hearing hundreds of times that he looks just like Barry, my heart skipped a beat! I'll admit, it's hard to see past the perfect little mold of daddy's head but take a closer look....

His latest antics include: chipping both of his front teeth, torturing the dog, back bends when it's diaper changing time, laughter and sweet-sweet snuggles! We can't express the joy he brings us! :>

Friday, March 20, 2009

1st Day of SPRING!


Today was the first day of SPRING and we totally enjoyed it. My nephew Dax was visiting us from Utah and gave Fletch his first tour of Zoo Boise. It was fun to see Fletch get excited about the monkeys. (He is also easily amused at dirt) :> Dads went to NCAA basketball and the moms enjoyed the sun... I love this pic of the 3 of us... blue eyes across the board. Dax is a great kid, Fletch loves him & so do I! We are ready for blue skies and warm weather!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

FREaKY FRIDAYS!




TGIF! On Fridays we try and gather for a playdate for all the little boys! Last week Fletcher actually bit the host baby (Thatcher) on the head. (We'll see if he is ever invited back.) Moms get to sip a cup of wine (I needed some that day) and babies get to slobber, roll, crawl, learn to stand... whatever their new thing is. We were able to line the little guys up for a moment... From left to right (Fletcher, Max, Keaton, Thatcher, Jack)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

10 Months & ALL BOY!




Sorry it's been a while since we've updated the blog. Fletcher has become quite the little maniac. He will ONLY eat if he feeds himself and we should buy stock in a blueberry farm!

Just yesterday he was lying in bed with me and heard Barry in the other room. He sat up and yelled... DAD! It was pretty cute! He's nearly walking and into EVERYTHING. It's fun to see he and Barry really start to connect. Here are a few of my latest pics. Barry teaching him to play the wii, wear a Vandals hat, and just chill with his Daddy! Gotta love these days!