Friday, August 17, 2012

Daniel Gray Moore

I know, child number 3 is already getting the short end of the stick.  I am just now announcing his birth on the blog. (Thank goodness I can change the posting date.) I assure you he is not being neglected at home, he is getting cuddled almost every second he is awake.
On September 13, 2011,  I couldn't get comfortable, so I slept on the couch. I had contractions most of the night, but every time I thought it was almost time to go to the hospital they would stop. Monte came to check on me about 5:45 am on the 14th. (I was sleeping in because Lexie had been sick, so I already had my sub called in for that day.) At that point, the contractions were getting stronger and staying regular. I told Monte that we would probably need to go to the hospital soon. He asked if he needed to get in the shower. I told him no and that he should go back to bed and get a little more sleep. At 6:00 I stood up, and my water broke. So I did what came naturally for me, I picked up my phone and sent Monte a text that read, "Get in the shower now, my water broke!" He ran into check on me. I think I was still pretty calm. I already had my bag packed, but I had to double check everything. Monte kept trying to rush me out the door, and I think I was driving him crazy with my lack of speed getting out the door. (We left the house at 7:00.) Lexie stayed home with Carter until my parents and Deanna could get there. My mom came up to the hospital. Lexie had planned on being at the hospital during the delivery, but since she was sick she decided to stay home until it was time to see the baby.'
This delivery was a wonderful way to end my pregnancy. When I got to the hospital, they took me up the OB floor and got me all checked in and hooked up. (At this point my contractions were getting pretty strong.) They asked if I wanted to have an epidural, and I said not really. The nurse asked me why I wouldn't, and I explained that I had a hard time pushing with Carter and I didn't want a C-section because I couldn't push. She explained that their anesthesiologists had come up with the perfect recipe for an epidural; I would still be able to feel everything, but it would take the edge off. Let me tell you, it was perfect!! The nurse left the room for a minute, came back to check me, told me I was complete and that she would get the doctor. It was so fast and easy! After pushing through two contractions, Daniel Gray Moore was born at 10:45 am on September 14, 2011. He was 19 inches long and weighed 8 pounds 12 ounces. (I am pretty sure the pounds were in his thighs. He had/has the biggest thighs!) He was absolutely perfect, and I fell in love instantly!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I have started my post about our vacation to New York City, but I have not finished. I thought today would be an appropriate day to share a few pictures from one special spot though, the 9/11 Memorial.

I remember 9-11-01 like it was yesterday, and in many ways it seems like it has been a very short time since then. Before visiting the site, I expected to be able to see the debris and clean up process. Then when I got there and saw this huge building and the plans for the memorial, it hit me that it has been 10 years. 10 years.... wow!

Most of the area was fenced off due to construction, but we could peek through at some places, and it was pretty amazing and surreal. We did get to visit a 9/11 museum next to the site that was very cool. I can say that after being there and talking to people that lived through this tragedy, not just hearing their stories on TV but actually talking to them, I feel even more connected to this part of history. It became more real.

Here are a few pictures of the construction site. (The pictures don't do it justice.)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Empire State of Mind

I found this post that hadn't been posted yet. I had taken pictures off one of my cameras, but not the other. I started this post, and was going to add to it when I took the pictures off of the other camera. Who knows when that will ever happen, so here is part of out trip to NYC...

The dance studio we got to know so well. We went the first night just to find it, so we would know where we were going the next day. I enjoyed watching Lexie dance every day.

On the way back from finding the studio, we saw this crowd of excited people. They were outside of the theater for How to Succeed in Business (starring Daniel Radcliffe). I know seeing a crowd outside of a Broadway show is not odd, but this was during a time the show was not going on. Then we heard people start screaming, "Harry!" We realized Daniel Radcliffe (AKA- Harry Potter) had just walked out of the theater. The last Harry Potter movie had opened the night before, so we didn't think he would actually be there.

There's Harry Potter in the blue baseball hat. (I'm sure he loved having people call him Harry instead of his real name.) He is a very short man by the way.

One of Carter's favorite places was the "The Little M Store." In actuality, it is a huge M&M store, but Carter has always called M&M's "little M's" for some reason. He chose to go to this place a few times.

This is a picture of a jumbotron in Times Square. In between ads, it will show the people hanging out in Times Square. If you look in the center, you will see a kid in a gray stroller and a lady in brown taking a picture of the screen... That's Carter and me. We used about 30 seconds of our 15 minutes of fame :)

Times Square-- I thought this is what all of NYC would be like. I was wrong. It was a lot less crowded and A LOT dirtier than I had expected. But don't get me wrong, I love NY. I wouldn't want to live there, but I am already ready to go back. (Although I would prefer to go at a time other than the end of July when I am 7 1/2 months pregnant and HUGE.-- It was kind of hot.)

Lexie kept saying she wanted to see The Addams Family: A New Musical. To be honest, Monte and I didn't think it would be very good,so we kept ignoring the request. But, we knew we wanted to do more than one musical on Broadway, so we finally looked into it. Monte watched a preview for it on the hotel's Broadway channel and decided it actually looked funny. They went and said it was hilarious. (FYI: Brooke Shields played the role of Morticia.)

This piece of art is in front of the United Nations. It is a puzzle of the world. According to our tour guide, the artist has the missing piece. He will complete the world when there is world peace. Monte took this picture when he toured the UN. What I thought was interesting about this picture is if you look directly to the right of the world, you can see the 9/11 memorial being constructed. World Peace... interesting concept.

Monte and Lexie went to see Wicked. I love this musical! Lexie and I listen to it so much in the car that Carter can actually sing most of the songs. Since we couldn't take Carter to see it, Monte took Lexie to see it because Lexie and I had already seen it in Dallas. (Although I know it is much better on Broadway.)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fourth of July

We had a wonderful (week of) 4th of July Celebration. My favorite holiday is Christmas, and I have finally figured out that Monte's must be July 4th. We did fireworks almost every night in the week leading up to the 4th. We did save the good stuff until our main celebration, but we had fun all week.

We invited my siblings up for a celebration on the 3rd. We decided that since nobody (except Monte) had to work the next day, it would be better to celebrate on the 3rd. I wish I had taken a picture of the amount of fireworks the boys (and Lexie) blew up. It was insane!

I bought a fun cookbook for kids at our school's book fair, and I found this delicious cookie recipe. Oh my goodness, it was wonderful!! (and very easy) --I'll put the recipe on the food blog if I can remember the password ;)

Carter loved this little firework train. We did them almost every night. This night he decided to play with it for a while before we shot it off. He would push it up the hill and let it roll back to him. (Don't worry, he was not this close to it when we shot it off.)

Okay, now that I look at this picture Lexie is in trouble. Where are her shoes?!

Lydia and Carter were so excited to see each other. They were more interested in playing with each other than in watching the fireworks. By the end of the night, Carter's toy room had been moved outside.

Ofelia, Lexie, Angie, and Zane

(Notice Lexie changed... and put shoes on.)

On the afternoon of the 4th, we went to my parents' house for a cookout. I was in such a rush that I forgot my camera, but we had so much fun. I love hanging out with my family. And of course the food was wonderful!! Later that night, we finished shooting off some small stuff we had left over from the night before and then just relaxed and watched all of the fireworks in our neighborhood. They were pretty amazing!

Carter woke up on the 4th ready to make cupcakes to take to Granny and Poppy's house. This boy LOVES to cook!!

His favorite part is cracking the eggs. He is getting very good at it, too. I only had to take out one teeny piece of shell.

Half way through making the cupcakes, he realized he didn't have his apron on. I didn't think it mattered since he was still in his jammies, but he INSISTED on wearing his apron.

Obviously he was satisfied with is results. Yep, he had a cupcake for breakfast :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A Day Out With Thomas

As you well know, if you know Carter, he LOVES Thomas the Train. I went online to get tickets for "A Day Out With Thomas", and I had just missed one that was about 1 1/2 hours from where we live. Luckily there was one coming up that was about 45 minutes west of Kansas City. That's not exactly close, but we like KC. We got to eat at The Cheesecake Factory, Fritz's Railroad Restaurant (a train delivers the food), and see Monte's aunt and uncle, so it made it worth the drive. Although, we would have made the drive without all of that stuff just to see Carter have the best day ever!! He was on Cloud 9!

He had the best day!!

Lexie thought this was a little better than than the Thomas play.

I was a little worried after I bought the tickets because I read some pretty bad reviews online. I guess the people that wrote those reviews didn't actually go to the same place we did because we had a great experience. There was so much to do while you were waiting on your time to ride. We loved it!!

Lexie decided to join in on the festivities.

Showing off their Diesel 10 and Thomas tattoos.

The train ride wasn't a sing-a-long, but Carter turned it into one. Most of the ride we heard Carter's sweet voice singing "Thomas the Tank Engine rolling along... Thomas we love you! Thomas we love you! Thomas. We. Love. Yoooouu!!"

So excited to be next to THOMAS!!

Carter and Sir Topham Hatt

It was a good day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


No, we are not talking about the name of our baby boy. As hard as it is for us to pick out a boy's name, I am thinking our baby will be Baby Boy Moore until he is old enough to name himself :) Actually, Thomas is a name I love, but Carter has a major Thomas the Train obsession so I don't think we will be using that name. I also love the name William. I really, really like that name, but I am afraid with the recent royal wedding there will be a huge number of babies named William and Kate.

Anyway, this post is nothing about name choices. It is all about Thomas the Train. As I have previously mentioned, Carter is OBSESSED with Thomas. Honestly, obsessed does not even begin to describe how Carter feels about Thomas. Last weekend we took him to see Thomas and Friends LIVE! He had so much fun!!

He's ready to see Thomas.

AAHHH! It's Thomas!!

Lexie was not quite as excited to see Thomas. (This is her payback for making me sit through "Barney, Live on Stage!")

Every night Carter tells me all about the play. He gets so into the story. His eyes get huge, his voice gets loud, and his arms go crazy when he tells me all about the rocks crumbling on Percy and how Thomas saved him. At Race for the Cure the next morning, Carter amazed the ladies with how well he could retell the story.

In June, we are going to get to ride on Thomas the Train. I can't wait!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's a ...

I really had not been impatient about knowing if we were having a boy or girl. Most of my friends were dying to know what they were having, and I kind of wondered if something was wrong with me. (I honestly think that my two other bundles of joy kept me so busy, I really didn't have time to think about it. ) Well, last week almost everybody I saw gave me their opinions on what they thought it was, so I finally HAD to know. I called a local ultrasound place and made an appointment.

We invited the grandparents to come along to see their grand baby. Lexie's best friend Ciara came along, too. After all, she is family. (She was the only one that didn't have to hide her eyes when they looked closely for the gender. )

I have wanted to do a gender reveal cake since I saw it on TV. Ciara got to keep her eyes open so she could pick out the pink or blue cake. The rest of our family was waiting on us at my parents' house. I really wanted us to all find out at the same time what the newest member of the family is going to be.

Grandma and Carter playing while waiting on the big show.

Poppy, Granny, Lexie, and Ciara getting comfy.

It's a ...