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Friday, May 28, 2010

Bitter Sweet!

Last weekend my sweet family from Arkansas came to OKC with their RV and camped in my front yard to celebrate Pootie turning 2! I had been preparing for this weekend for 2 months! Friday of her party Jay and I were informed of some horrible news. We decided to go on and have her party but not to inform our family. Having our family around was so amazing but throughout the entire weekend my mind was elsewhere. I am so sad that the poor choice one person made affected my mood for the entire weekend. My mind may have been distracted but my family was not. They made a potentially horrible weekend the best for Lindsey. Below are a few pictures from the weekend. They are in no particular order because well blog spot hates me!

Lindsey at the end of the party! She loves her glasses! She wears them around like a little diva!

Last year Jay did not get to watch Lindsey open presents so this year he got the honors of helping Pootie! He is so good and patient he can have the job EVERY year!

I am so mean! I would not let Lindsey eat the cupcake until we got a picture! She had been not so patiently waiting all day for a cupcake and when the time came to FINALLY eat one I made her wait a few more minuets for a dumb picture!

We are still working on blowing out candles. All she wanted was the stupid cupcake!

I am so proud of the idea I stole from some website!

Jay and I got Lindsey a swing for her birthday. We may not have picked it up until an hour before the family arrived. We may not have hoped that Uncle Steve and Randy and Pops would put it together! They did a great job! Lindsey and Hope loved it! They played so good together! I can not wait to go to AR so the two can play together again soon!

We bought Pootie a bubble machine as well as 2 other people! We have them all set up in the back yard. If you drive by you may very well see bubbles surrounding our house! She loves them! Hope and Lindsey chased those bubbles all over the yard!

These bleepity bleep bleep bleep Elmo cupcakes! This is why I have been planning this party for 2 months. Lindsey all of a sudden fell in love with Elmo so of course I had to have an Elmo cake! Last year we spent way too much on a cake from a local bakery so I was determined this year to make her cake. I could have bought another cake for the amount of money I spent testing out cupcakes and frosting! By the way making red icing is impossible! I died coconut instead, much easier! They turned out too cute and they were yummy as well. I made coconut creme filled cupcakes mmmmm! My table was pretty cool too!
Here is the first part to the table decorations! Get it. . . Sesame Street!!!
Lindsey had a great party! My sweet family from AR and our sweet friends form OK made it so special for Lindsey and us! We are truly blessed and humbled by all the love that was poured upon us! Next year I am not sure what we are doing but I am not making a cake with RED icing that is for sure! Thank you to all who came! You all made what could have been a miserable weekend so much fun and a good distraction! Love you all!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday

2 years ago I finally met Lindsey Marie Dunks. Sure it wasn't what I thought would be perfect but looking back it was as perfect as perfect comes. Bear with me as I retell, for my own self, a sweet moment Lindsey and I shared!

The cry that moms can not wait to hear that confirms all is right with their newborn took longer than normal to come. After the Dr. handed Lindsey over to the nurse I waited and waited for what seemed like forever for Lindsey to wail. After too long of a wait I heard the faintest cry. That cry was the sweetest scariest moment ever. I later learned that Lindsey was NOT breathing and had to be resuscitated.

As a result of her not breathing she was taken to the NICU. I sent Jay with Lindsey and my mom came and held me. I kept telling my mom it was precautionary but inside I was so unsure. Jay came back and told me that Lindsey was beautiful but I had to wait to see her.

My epidural took forever to wear off and when it did I began to feel my broken tail bone and the anxiety of the situation began to set in. I became the patient I despise. I was yelling for the Dr. and pain meds. The Dr. lovingly gave me a beautiful cocktail that knocked me out COLD!

I woke up form the drug induced sleep with the most empty feeling I have ever felt! I began to get up while Jay was sleeping and clean up in the bathroom. The nurse caught me trying to sneak out and lovingly wheeled me down to the NICU. Now understand it was like 2 in the morning and Lindsey was born at like 6 at night. I had yet to meet my daughter that I impatiently carried for 8 months.

The sweet NICU nurse agreed to let me come in and meet Lindsey. The NICU was so quiet and no family or visitors were around. I went straight to my little girl and sobbed. She was so beat up from the delivery. Her head was on a cool gel pack and it was so swollen. Her little arm was strapped down so she wouldn't disturb her broken collar bone. She had a mini NG tube and an IV coming out of her belly. Not the picture you have in your head of your first meeting. I reached in her crib and she grabbed my finger and held on tight. I sat there and sobbed and apologized to Lindsey that her first moments in the world were so scary.

Looking back at that first meeting it was so sweet and precious to me. In the quiet of the night Lindsey and I got to meet face to face alone and share in a moment that will forever be just ours. No other person will have a perspective of our first meeting just her and I. I was able to tell her my hopes dreams and promises for her. Although our meeting was far from perfect looking back I would not change it for anything. Lindsey let me know early that the bond her and I share is beyond special it is a gift from God and to be cherished!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


A few weeks ago Jay rode in his first bike race! I am so proud of him. He rode 33 miles across the only hills Oklahoma has to offer! He is supposed to be gearing up for a 62 mile bike race to raise money for diabetes in June. I love that he gets to pursue something he loves. His mom came into town that weekend and she was so sweet and came up with the idea to make this sign and Lindsey a shirt. Pretty sure we were the only family that made signs and shirts for a rider. We were at the finish line screaming and acting a fool! Everyone else was so calm and clapped quietly! Not the Dunks family we made our pride known! And yes I made him carry that sign around!

P.S. Check out those legs! He is pretty hott! Don't be jealous ladies!

Monday, May 3, 2010


I have a lot going through my head! I think another list is the way to go!

  • Spring is here, well summer one day spring the next! I love being able to show this albino skin the sun!
  • I finished my first ever grad school class with an "A" super excited!
  • My best friend is going to start school in the fall and we will hopefully be able to take the majority of our classes together. Yay she can keep me motivated! We should have done our undergrad together. Nah, we would have gotten in too much trouble.

  • My baby turns 2 in a week! What the heck, where has time gone. Maybe we should start talking about baby number 2. Can I be preggers in a wedding?? hmmmm. . . .

  • 2 years and 4 months ago the sweetest miracle was born; Laynie bug! She is by far the most loved baby in the world! Check out her Facebook page.!/pages/Hope-for-Laynie/305610421443?v=info Now, go donate blood in her name!
  • Jay and I started to go to Yukon. OMG. . . I am in amazement at what God is doing. Opening weekend almost 4 thousand people came. We thought maybe 700-a thousand, not 4 thousand. God is changing lives, including ours! We are so blessed and humbled to be apart of what God is doing in this community!
  • My sister-in-law Amy is moving to AR soon and that puts her 4 hours away instead of a hundred million! Super excited! Now when I go to AR I can see Amy and my parents! EEEEEEE so happy. Now to con Mimi and PaPa to make the move to AR. Any ideas??? I think a hostage situation might be required but I can get creative.
  • What was I thinking planning 2 large parties on back to back weekends??? Jay may need a safe place to hide soon.
  • My last week of nights is this week! Jay is secretly doing a happy dance. This is very bittersweet! I love the night crew! I love the new grads I got to spend time with. I like that some of the patients sleep. I do miss the pace of days. I do better when I am constantly moving. I know I am weird but I function better if I am busy!
Wow I could add so much more but I will save those thoughts for another day! Happy May!