Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Guranteed Laughter Ahead!!!!!

Ok, We've really gone nutty this time, or shall I say "elfy"!!!! No matter how "elfy" you think we are, it will be worth a huge pile of laughter if you click the links below......Be careful...... You might get "elfed" too!!!!! Remember to turn up your volume and definately watch both links.

Thanks Sarah for this cute idea!!!!!!
Be patient, it may take a minute or two to load.......but it will be worth it!!!!!!!! Hee Hee Hee!!


Lovebug Hugs,
Elf Randy
Elf Lori
Elf Little Bug and
Elf Sweet Pea

Monday, November 26, 2007

Pictures That Will Make You Smile!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!

Hey....Don't take my turkey and don't even think about swiping my mashed potatoes and gravy!!!

Mackenzie's pretty in her special Thanksgiving dress!!!

These two munchkins just make me smile....Both are little miracles to be thankful for!!!!

Pooped out from a busy day!!!

Smiles follow Mackenzie wherever she goes!!!!!

Ahhhhhhhh, just resting for a bit!!!

Morning music time with Daddy!!!

I love profile pictures...there's a sweet innocence about them!!!!

You'd think she'd be used to all the picture taking but she still gets that "surprised" look!!!!!

Pucker up....I'm comin' in for a big wet kiss!!!!!!!!

Aren't toothless grins the best?????????

What a ham!!!!

Pink 'lil leopard girl!!!

Lovebug Hugs,

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

We Are Thankful!!!!!!!!!!!

We are thankful for the family that God has blessed us with.
Our oldest son, Connor....A miracle, a fighter, an overcomer, a picture of God's love.
Our youngest daughter, Mackenzie...A joy, a beauty, a picture of God's grace.
The love Randy and I share. We are two people committed to a life of fidelity, commitment, Christian virtues, fun, adventure, and family.
Our extended families that bring us not only joy, but strength and faith.
Our friends that bring laughter and thoughtfulness to us daily and encourage us and support us through our journey.
Our country and the freedom we experience.
Our ability, with God's help, to see beauty around us every day even though things aren't always beautiful.

This year at Thanksgiving we step back and we take a moment to ponder the most spectacular blessings of God and the littlest of details.
We thank God that we have not spent an overnight at the hospital with Connor in over a year.
We thank God that Connor has not had to undergo surgery this year.
We thank God for the beautiful & fast birth of Mackenzie.

It goes without saying that WE ARE THANKFUL.
May we never forget to stop and remember and name the blessings of God upon our family.
May we always carry with us an attitude of thankfulness.
May the gratitude that we feel reflect upon those we love and upon those we call family and friends and strangers as well.

We are thankful for our blogging community that has been our support and encouragement. We love sharing our life with you.....the good, the bad, the happy and the sad. Thank you all for being a voice of love in our lives.

We are thankful and we trust that you are too.
May God be glorified as we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving Day.
Let us all join hands around the world today and say.........
We Are Thankful!!!!!!!

Lovebug Hugs,

PS ~ We will post family Thanksgiving pictures this weekend!!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Another Milestone For Little Bug!!!!

Daddy and Mama are sooooooooooooo proud of Little Bug because today, November 8th 2007, marks a GREAT....HUGE...milestone................What is this milestone you ask???????????

1 Year hospital free!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You see a year ago today Connor was discharged for the last time from Children's Hospital and has not been admitted to the hospital since then. Outside of occasional clinic appointments we have not been back to Children's in all that time. This is such an accomplishment for us and a huge milestone for Connor. As many of you know that have followed the blog for this past year and half, there were times we wondered if we would ever bring Connor home. We looked at the archives of the blog for last year at this time and we couldn't believe what we saw. We saw a puffy-faced little boy who was still medically frail. We both commented on how God shielded our eyes from how bad things were over our times in the hospital. We can truthfully say that Connor is improving day after day and we couldn't be more proud of him. What a beautiful day that we celebrate this incredible accomplishment for Little Bug.

Daddy and Little Bug gazing at the "You are Special" plate that comes out every time we have a special event in our house. If you look close there's even one candle in his Turkey & Rice dinner tonight. We know that there are still challenges ahead of us and many milestones left to conquer, but we are all up for the challenge and we look forward to each day ahead where we make progress for Connor's future!!!

Lovebug Hugs and Happy Anniversary Connor,
We Love You,
Daddy, Mama, Mackenzie and Abbey

Monday, November 05, 2007

Mackenzie in pink!!!

Ok so here's the deal...We took our first shot at entering Mackenzie into a photo contest so we're asking for your help. She needs your vote to win. All you have to do is click on this link http://links.mkt457.com/ctt?kn=2&m=1157016&r=ODg1NzcwMDE5OQS2&b=0&j=MzU3NTA4NjgS1&mt=2&rj=MzU3NDU3NTES1 and it will ask you to register. You do need to fill out this form and when you press Submit another window will pop up that tells you to check your email because your vote has not been cast yet. Check your email and follow the link to finalize your registration. Once you click on that link a window will pop up that has a whole bunch of offers...You do not need to do anything with that page. You will notice at the very top of that page that it says you are now registered and you can cast a vote once each day. Now you can exit out of that page and you're done. Go back to www. greatamericanphotocontest.com once every day and vote for Mackenzie. When you log on again just press the search botton and type in Mackenzie and choose Washington and press Search. You will see the above picture and then, vote for Mackenzie every day if you'd like.

I know it probably sounds like a whole lot of trouble to just vote, but we're so curious to see what kind of votes she could get. Thanks and we'll see what happens at the end of the month.

What a silly girl!!! Crooked smile and all, we think she's the cat's meow!!

I know it's a little blurry, but couldn't resist posting this cute picture I snapped today of Mackenzie all dressed up in her pink fur vest and jeans.....you'd think we were going to a party or something.....Nope, just Target!!!! Hee Hee

Lovebug Hugs,

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

All Dressed Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the Robertson's enjoying a little Halloween Fun....Connor was a Dragonfly, Mackenzie was a Sweet Pea and even Abbey joined in with a "Boo" bib and a "Bug" basket for treats!!!

Mama and Sweet Pea!!!

Hanging out at Grandpa and Grandma Nanny's house!!

Mr. Dragonfly looks tired........I think it might be time for this Little Bug to go night night!!!

Connor says, "But hey guys.....I'm a dragonfly....I want to fly!!!!!!!!!"

Oh sooooooo sweet and fuzzy!!!!!!!!

Is it necessary to have a leaf on my head???????????

"Do you people realize how hot it is in this thing???? When will Mama and Daddy figure out that I just like to be free and easy in normal clothes????"

Daddy and his little love!!!!!!!!!!

Mama hanging out with Connor havin' a little giggle time!!!!!

Daddy has to get some Little Bug lovin'!!!!!!!!!!

Daddy is soooooooooooo silly......He stole Connor's Dragonfly hat and tried to scare everyone....Boo!!!!

My silly boys!!!!!!!!!

Here's Connor standing up for his costume photo!!!!!!!!! I know, I know.....One day he really is going to kill me for dressing him up like this......But don't you agree, I just had to!!!!!!!!!!

Oh boy.....Mama says it's time for a costume change 'cause I'm tooooo hot!!!! My little onsie says "I'm so cute it's scary!"

The final result.......

Ahhhhhh....Little Bug's out of his costume and hanging out in his pumpkin onsie with his Grandpa Bruce!!

Two Lil' Pumpkins Pooped out and ready to go to bed!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Halloween & Lovebug Hugs,

Friday, October 26, 2007

Pictures As Promised...And Lots Of Them!!!!!

I know it has been some time since I last posted a good number of pictures. Well, for those of you who are our faithful followers, family and friends....Here you go. Our latest adventure was to the pumpkin patch with the kids (who are still sick, but we thought the nice warm, fresh air would do them good). Enjoy the pics!!! The remainder of the post has a smattering of pictures from the past couple of months that I hadn't made time to post yet. Have fun peering into our little world!!!

Little Bug and Sweet Pea with the pumpkins.

Mackenzie, are you standing up????

Uh Oh.....Little Bug is beginning to melt down....

Daddy and Little Bug at the petting zoo...

Daddy and his best girl....(except for Mommy!!!)

Ohhhhhhh......So cute!!

Mama and her favorite 'lil pumpkins!!!!

A family pumpkin portrait!!

"Hey Dad, Is the Great Pumpkin from Charlie Brown here???"

Uh Oh....Another meltdown with Little Bug!!!!

"Well....I think we should really talk about that crying brother of mine. Don't you think he could be a little quieter.....I mean, c'mon, I'm trying to have a photo shoot!!"

Ok, now that's better.....Here's a smile for ya!!!!

"Great....I think I'll take this one! Can we buy it Dad? Pleassssssssseeeee?"

"What if I just stand here and be really cute????? Then can we buy it?????"

"Now Connor, You stay right here and smile so we can take your picture, OK?" "Well Dad, I don't think I'm gonna smile, but I'm gonna think about it!!!"

"See, I told you I was gonna think about it!!!"

So many friends and family have asked about those purse cakes that I constructed last weekend for our church girlfriends event....Well, here they are. They really did turn out cute, if I don't say so myself.

Mama with her friends Susan and Shawn at the Girlfriends event.

Little Miss Mackenzie trying to drink out of a big girl cup......I mean an adult glass!!! She thought it was pretty fun to feel the glass on her lips....She even got to taste fresh pressed apple cider that Daddy made in Wenatchee. Yum-Oh!!!!!!!!!!

Daddy and Abbey on their hunting trip in Twisp, WA.

Ahhhh, My wonderful, rugged, hunting guy!!!!!!!!!!! Gosh, I love this man!!!!!!!

Daddy pressing homemade apple cider in Wenatchee, WA with Uncle Harold, Aunt Sandy, Cousin Wayne, and Kaitlin and Sydney.

Daddy picking apples to bring home so Mama can make fresh applesauce. He even picked pears from the family orchard in Dryden and Mama is going to attempt to make pear sauce too.

Our cousin Brayden with the Fireman and the Firetruck at the Skagit Co. Buddy Walk in Mt. Vernon.

Grandpa and Grandma-Nanny Milliren at the Skagit Buddy Walk.

Uncle Bryan and cousin Bergen at the Walk!!!

Ronald McDonald even showed up at the Buddy Walk in Mt. Vernon. He had all the kids laughing and dancing.

Mama and our friend Ian at the Buddy Walk. Ian was Little Bug's roommate in the ICU at Children's during the late summer of 2006. Ian is doing great and is going 3 days a week to preschool. Way to go Ian....We love you!!!!!!!!!!

The Skagit County Buddy Walk Gang!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks everyone for walking to support Little Bug and all people with Down Syndrome.

Little Bug playing with his toys!!! You can tell this was a day that he was sick with the croup. Poor thing was pale as a sheet!!!

"Hey.....What's this stringy, sticky stuff Mama put all over my tray????? I think they want me to eat it!!!"

"Yeah, I don't think so guys!!!!!!!!!" Oh well, we tried!!!!

Daddy, Mama and Mackenzie with Pastor Mike at Grandpa and Grandpa Robertson's church in Ferndale for Mackenzie's Dedication. You might not be able to see it really well, but Mackenzie is dressed up in the same dedication outfit that Mama wore 37 years ago. The same dress, slip, socks, bib and bonnet. The shoes were a gift from special friends!!!! She looked adorable!!!

Bellingham's Buddywalk Beauty!!!!

Mama & Little Bug making their way through the 1st mile of the walk.

Daddy and the Bug-a-boo doing the final leg of the walk.

Grandma's are the best!!!!!! All of Connor's grandparents came out despite the weather to walk for Connor!!!! We are all so blessed!!

There we are...Connor finally woke up for the final steps of the walk. This was taken right before we got to the finish line!

Here are a handful of Team Little Bug members.... You can see they all are wearing signs on their backs.

There the go...Team Little Bug....FYI...At the Bellingham Walk Uncle Loren and Aunt Kathy came in first with some other kids and at the Skagit Co. walk our friend Teacher Kerry came in first with her dad for Team Little Bug....Yippeee!!!!!!!!!

Mama and Little Bug with the Big Buzzing Bee!!!!

Mackenzie having a snuggle moment with Auntie Shawn...Ahhhh!!!

Daddy and his sweatshirt kiddos....."Hey Mackenzie....Are you sucking on your brother's toe?"

Yup....I guess that would be a yes!!!!

So relaxed with Daddy after a walk around the park!!!

Daddy, Mama and Mackenzie when she was dedicated at our church with Pastor Dan. This was the Sunday that Grandma-Nanny Milliren was in the hospital so none of the family was able to attend. This is why we had her dedicated twice.

Spinning pretty as a ladybug on her tummytime toy....Would you believe shes already outgrown this? Where does the time go?????????

Connor says, "I am not going to smile......No, I am not going to smile at all!!" Mackenzie says, "Fine! Then I'll do all the smiling for you!!"

Connor says, "Geezzze.....You always steal my thunder!!!!!!!!!!!"

Ok, here's the deal.....Let's just both be cute......OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So, it's settled.......Cute as can be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed a little window view into our life!!!
Lovebug Hugs,