Friday, October 30, 2009

Mummy Jack!

I just had to take pictures of Jack last week when he had his EEG since he looks like a mummy! He loves going to see Mrs. Sheila, he even took her a surprise, a Halloween card with his & Luke's picture! As much as we love Mrs. Sheila, we hope we won't have to see her again! Jack had another clear EEG, so Dr. Mathisen & I decided to wean him off of the seizure medicine! Yea! It's been 3 years since he had a seizure and he has never had one while on medication. If Jack continues to do well, we don't have to go back to see Dr. Mathisen or Mrs. Sheila again! That's good, but they are both so sweet that I kind of hate that we may not see them again. But, I would much rather Jack be seizure free, and so would they!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Jack's First Day of School!

I just can't believe how much Jack has grown! He's such a big boy! I love you Jack!

Luke's 6-Month Pics

Ok - I know he's way past 6 months now. Actully the countdown has begun to his first birthday, only 30 days until he's 1! But, I had to post some of these pictures that Amy took. They are just beautiful!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Summer Fun 2009

It's been a while since I posted so I'm going to do a summer catch-up post. We did a lot this summer! Jack went to the daycare & did so much stuff! They went swimming twice a week, to the movies every week and on a field trip each week. He got to go to the zoo, the McWane Center, a Barons game, bowling, to Noccalula Falls, skating, and a few other places that I know I'm forgetting. He learned how to swim and how to ride his scooter this summer! He is just growing so fast!

Luke had some achievements this summer too! He stated crawling and he got his first 2 teeth! He is growing too fast too! I love every stage, but there are times I wish I could stop time. He is so precious! Jack is so sweet & loving with Luke. He's the best big brother!

Here are some pictures from all of our fun from the summer!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Faith Baby

I just love Luke's new onesie! Check out to see the different items they have. They make great gifts!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Last Day of School!

I can't believe Jack's first year of "BIG" school is over! He loved Kindergarten so much! At first, it was all about riding on the bus. He had been waiting to do that for years! Ms. Lisa, our bus driver, was so awesome! We hope she will be the bus driver next year, too! But, Jack found out very soon that he really loved school. His teacher, Mrs. LaMonte was so wonderful! Jack learned to read, write, to add & subtract, and so many other things! It was so much fun to watch him this year. We sure will miss her next year when Jack goes to 1st Grade! Wow! I can't believe that!

Saturday, June 13, 2009


We went to the beach the week of Mother's Day. Luke loved putting his toes in the sand! He wasn't sure about the pool, but he was just happy to watch Jack & Daddy in the pool! Our trip was great except that Jack had strep & we had our first ER visit away from home. He did get better after a couple of days, so he had 1 great day of beach, pool & go-karts!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

6 Months Old!

I can't believe my baby Luke is 6 months old today! We never thought we could have another sweet baby, but we are so thankful that God had other plans! Luke is sitting up, trying his best to crawl, and he started saying "dada" & "hey" just this weekend! Of course, that made Bret very happy! Our family is now complete now that we have Luke. Jack just loves Luke so much! I know I'm very partial, but I do think that Jack is probably the best big brother in the world! I am so excited about what's to come with both of our sweet boys! Every month on the 24th, I take Luke's picture with his toy George. See how much he's grown since his 1 month picture?

Happy 1/2 birthday Luke! We all love you so much!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Jack's school is participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. They asked the children to ask for donations & to send in pictures of family & friends that they would like to honor on their picture collage wall. It made me think about how cancer affects so many people, just in our family. In these pictures are me, my mom, my grandmother, Bret's mom, and Chloe. All of us (yes, even Chloe) are cancer survivors. We wanted Jack in the pictures, too! My grandmother & I are thyroid cancer survivors (I am actually a two-time survivor), my mom is a lymphoma survivor, and Bret's mom is a breast cancer survivor. My grandmother had thyroid cancer almost 40 years ago. My mom & I found out the same day that we both had cancer, just different cancers, in 2003. Bret's mom found out almost exactly a year later after Mom & I were diagnosed. Chloe just had a cancerous tumor removed this past February. So, in my family, there are 3 generations of cancer survivors. I think that's pretty cool! Not cool that we all had cancer, but very cool that we all survived! Very cool that Bret's mom survived too! Not cool that Bret's sister, Lisa was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She just had surgery & is about to start her treatments. Since we all have had 100% success beating our cancers, I know that Lisa will too! Just stop & think about how many people that you know of that are survivors, or currently going through treatment. Hopefully in my lifetime, a cure for cancer will be found so our children will never have to fight it!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

We had a great Easter. The boys had so much fun!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Yam It Up!

Jack's school had a yam decorating contest. Jack made his yam into Perry the Platapus (from Phineas & Ferb). It turned out so cute & he was so proud of it! Bret & I were just happy it made it to school in one piece!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Luke's 3-Month Pics

Here are just a few of Luke's 3-month pictures. Amy Steenwyk took them & they turned out soooo good! I'm happy to pass Amy's info. on if anyone is interested!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I didn't have time this morning to take Jack's picture in his new green & white shirt, so I will do that when we get home. I took this one of Luke over the weekend. Our friends, Lillian & Emil gave Luke this bib & I think it is too cute!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


We couldn't believe how much it snowed today! Jack couldn't wait to get outside to make snowballs & a snowman! Molly Kate, our neighbor, and Jack played in the snow last year, so he wanted to play with her today. All of our neighbors were outside, too so everyone had a great time! Luke really didn't know what to think. He did enjoy watching all the kids playing. Chloe loves to play in the snow, too!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Aren't my two "heartbreakers" cute? I just had to get these pj's for them so they could match! We hope everyone has a great Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Do we have twins or what? I can't believe how much Jack & Luke look alike! They even have the same hair line! It' going to be fun watching Luke grow up to see if he keeps looking like his big brother!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

100th Day of School

Today is the 100th day of school. Jack's class did all kinds of things to celebrate. One cute thing they did was to dress up like they were 100! Jack says he would rather dress up like dad! He looked so cute!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

First Lost Tooth!

Jack lost his first tooth! Last night (1/26) while Jack & Daddy were brushing teeth, Jack's first tooth came out! We were all so excited! Jack was so wound up! He put his tooth under his pillow before bed. When he woke up this morning, the first thing he did was look under his pillow! The Tooth Fairy left him $2.00! He couldn't wait to go to the bus & to school to show everyone that he lost his tooth! Wow! He is just growing up too fast!

Pump It Up Birthday Party

We had Jack's birthday party at Pump It Up on Sunday, January 25th. He had so much fun! Bret got a great shot of me & Jack coming down the slide! We had a Transformers cake that turned out really cool! Jack really enjoyed all of his family & friends playing with him!

Jack is 6!

January 16, 2009 - Jack turns 6! I can't believe he is so big! We started his day off by giving him a Transformers hoodie so that he could wear it to school. He was so excited! While he was at school, we (me, Luke & Chloe!) made him a birthday cake!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mr. Smiley!

Luke smiles all the time! It's hard to catch a picture of him smiling, but I thought this was a good one! I took him for his 1 month check up on 12/30/08. He weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces & was 22 & 1/2 inches long! I can't believe he has grown that much!

Jack had so much fun being out of school for Christmas break. He really got to enjoy his new toys! I really enjoyed all of us spending time together. Bret took vacation the week of Christmas & most of the next week. I really hate that Jack has to go back to school soon & that I will have to go back to work soon & leave both of my boys! I keep thinking maybe we will hit the lottery! Hey - someone has to win, right?

Christmas 2008

Christmas was so much fun this year! Jack just gets so excited about the tree, decorations, Santa, etc. Since Luke is only a month old, his first Christmas wasn't all that exciting for him, but it was for us! Jack wanted a Tooty-Tooty Turbo Train from Santa so here is a picture of him with his new train!

We had Christmas with the Turner family at Rob & Patti's house. The kids had so much fun! Santa rides through their neighborhood on a fire truck & gives out candy. I'll post pictures when I get them from Rob! (It was cold that night, & I forgot to take my camera outside!)

On Christmas day, Granny, Grandmother, Grammy & Papa came over & ate lunch with us. Jack played with all of his new toys so much! He was worn out that night!

Baby Luke!

Luke Ryne Gowder was born on November 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm. He weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces & was 21 inches long. Jack loves his new baby brother! We are truly blessed to have these 2 precious boys!