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Introducing

Introducing Steven “Bryce” Moore. Born Wednesday, September 26th at 10:27 am.

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We named Bryce after his paternal grandfather & daddy (both have the first name Steven).

Life with two kiddos is definitely different than one. I’ve learned staying at home is much easier than getting out and about with both of them.

I’ve debated sharing this story on the blog. I’d like to preface it by saying that it is incredibly funny in hindsight.

As some of you know, my original due date with Bryce was October 15th. I had an ultrasound in August that gave me another due date of October 7th but we really weren’t expecting him to arrive for a couple more weeks. The day before Bryce was born, Brooklyn was at school & I felt great. I was able to workout, plant flowers, etc. At 10 pm, a storm started coming through and I jokingly said to Scott, “I’ve heard people go into labor when storms come through.” He just laughed and then went (without my knowledge) and took two sleeping pills & we got in bed around 10:30 pm. As soon as I laid down, I started having terrible back pain. This was exactly what I had with Brooklyn. I texted my mom around 10:45 and told her what was going on but was pretty sure it was false labor. Please note while all this is going on — sweet Scott Moore is snoring away in bed pretty unresponsive. By midnight, I called the hospital and they told me it sounded like kidney pain and to drink some water & take two tylenol. At 2:30 am, I was still in terrible pain and the pain was getting worse. I went to talk to Scott (still very unresponsive. I knew he had a big meeting the next day, so tried to not bother him too much) and he told me to just go to the ER. I called his bluff and decided to get in the car by myself and drive myself to the Lakeside (the Women’s hospital in Oklahoma City). I called my mom and told her I was driving myself to the hospital and I would keep her posted on what they said. As soon as I hung up the phone, my water broke. Insert a couple choice words. I decided to call my mom back because I didn’t know what to do. Do I go wake Scott up? Do I keep driving?

My mom told me to go get Scott out of bed because the contractions were going to get worse (which was so true) and to call Scott’s mom so she could stay with Brooklyn. I called Scott and thankfully he answered & started packing for the hospital.

We got to the hospital around 4:30 and shortly thereafter my husband was asleep in the sofa. I still had no idea about the sleeping pills but at that point was in too much pain to worry about him sleeping. The nurses were great & attentive. By 10:30 Bryce was born & after he was born, Scott told me about the sleeping pills. We definitely laughed about it after he was born but it made for an eventful morning!

On another note, today is our five year anniversary! In some ways, it is hard to believe it has already been five years – in other ways it seems longer than five years. I’m beyond thankful for Scott & all he does for our family! Five years, three jobs, three houses, two kids, two dogs & lots of laughs! Here’s to 50+ more years!

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where has time gone .. ?!

Phew! What a year (and it is only May!) Time for a Moore family update!

Scott has settled into his new job and is really enjoying the work! 

In March, we bought our house in Edmond and in April we sold our Tulsa house. It was quite the whirlwind of transition for all of us. Sweet Brooklyn is still struggling with where “home” is and tells me she wants to go back to the house with the red front door (i.e. our Tulsa house). We are so thankful for all the friends we have in Tulsa and look forward to many play dates with them this summer! 

We are currently working on a kitchen remodel. So far, we have our new granite and most of our new appliances in. We are VERY thankful for our dear friend, Matt Nation, who is helping us with the remodel. (Facebook friends, go check out Matt Nation Construction, LLC). 

I am 18 weeks pregnant and feeling pretty good. Still having some nausea but my main issue right now is constant fatigue. Hoping to get my energy back soon! We have our 19 week ultrasound on Friday and are anxious for that. And for all you that are curious, we are not going to find out the gender of this baby. It will be a surprise! Scott and I will be thrilled if it is a BOY or a GIRL. Our prayer is for healthy! (Feel free to join us in praying for the health of this sweet baby!) 

Brooklyn is growing and changing every day! She constantly keeps us laughing. She loves all things pink and a day doesn’t go by without her wearing dress up clothes. She is quite the people person and loves her friends. We are so blessed to have her as our sweet almost three year old! 

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We celebrated my dad’s 60th birthday two weekends ago. It was a fun surprise for him and really great to have some family bonding time!

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Our sweet niece, Ginny, was scheduled for a cochlear implant earlier this week but caught a yucky tummy bug and they had to reschedule surgery. The surgery has been rescheduled for June 11th. Please keep her in your prayers as we want her to stay healthy before (and after) surgery! In exciting news, Ginny was accepted to The Little Light House for the next school year. For all you non Tulsans, TLLH is the only school in Tulsa for children with special needs. We are so excited for Ginny and are beyond thankful for her to get the experience to go to this wonderful school! 

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We are looking forward to the summer and spending time by the neighborhood pool, vacationing and enjoying some much needed R&R before Baby Moore #2 arrives!

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xoxo

 

 

house update …

I’ve been hesitant to post anything about our moving situation because it seemed to change day to day there for a while. Our original plan was to live in our house in Tulsa and build a house in Edmond. This seemed reasonable since the average days on the market for our neighborhood is 180 days. Well, after five short days on the market, our house was under contract. Yes, you heard it. Five days. Scott and I were shocked, scared and beyond overwhelmed. We decided to switch gears and find a house in Edmond that we liked and if it needed a little work, then we would do some remodeling. We found a house that we really liked but it needs a new kitchen and some work to the upstairs bathrooms. We decided on Friday to put an offer in on the house and on Saturday our offer was accepted! So, that is our news for now.

Both houses still have to go through the inspection process. We will be moving the week after Easter. Since Brooklyn is in preschool here (and we signed a contract that we would pay for the entire year), Brooklyn and I will be going back and forth so she can finish out the school year with her friends. She truly loves her friends and has already asked about having them to her birthday party this summer!

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lately ..

Well, I promised to update the blog once we know more on our moving situation. Scott and I have been to Edmond three weekends in a row house hunting and unfortunately we haven’t found anything we like enough to purchase. So, we are going to build a house. We are both at peace with this as we will be able to get exactly what we want! Hopefully in the next 4 – 6 weeks we can purchase a lot and break ground! (this maybe wishful thinking, but it can’t hurt to be ambitious!)

We are in the process of getting our house in Tulsa ready to sell. I have three different repairmen coming today to finish our renovations to the master bath & clean the carpet.

Scott and I are both staying very busy (dare I say too busy!). Scott is driving back and forth from OKC everyday and keeping up with a new job. I have been working very hard on organizing our house, packing things away, keeping up with a two year old, painting walls, etc. There is always something to do!

Brooklyn is turning into a very funny little two year old (hard to believe she is closer to 3 years old than 2 years old). I see a lot of myself in Brooklyn. She is very independent and strong willed. When she gets her mind set – it is hard to persuade her to do something different. She lets you know EXACTLY what she is thinking and feeling. There is no sugar coating it! Funny story from the weekend: Brooklyn and Scott were sitting on the sofa and she rubbed Scott’s leg and said “daddy, your legs are furry.”

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

an attitude of gratitude ..

{disclaimer: i will probably get in trouble with my sister for posting this .. but it is worth it!}

Brooklyn and I went with Mel & Ginny girl to a music class on Monday. It was SO much fun! Both the little girls did great and participated. Brooklyn loved dancing with a scarf and singing. Ginny was very independent and loved playing all the musical instruments. After music class, we went to chick-fil-a for an impromptu lunch. While we were sitting there eating, my sister said something that to her, was nothing. To me, it was profound.

She took a deep breath, and said “These are such special times. I always want to remember this. We are all healthy and happy.”  It completely touched me. Melissa could wake up every morning sad, discouraged, depressed. She has a child with a terminal disorder (see: http://wp.me/ppZcu-c7). BUT she has chosen to be happy. To be grateful. To be optimistic.

Ginny has changed my life for the better. She has changed our family for the better. She is a blessing. We all look at life differently. No longer are family vacations to the beach a priority, expensive cars, or the latest and greatest new technology item. We don’t view our happiness by what we materially have or don’t have. We focus on the small things. The hugs. The love. Being together and supporting eachother is our priority.

God has blessed our family with Ginny. Ginny has changed the world. Because of sweet Ginny, there is now a foundation for kids with this disorder. Families faced with this terrible diagnosis have support.

My hope and prayer is that I will have an attitude of gratitude and that I will teach Brooklyn to have an attitude of gratitude!

Christmas!

We had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas with Brooklyn. We were blessed to get to see BOTH sides of the family. We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, too! 

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Change

Change is constant. Scott & I have learned to embrace it. I am a planner. Always have been. Always will be. I am thankful for so many “life experiences” that have taught me I can’t plan everything (and really can’t plan anything). God is in control and I am slowly learning how to “let go & let God.”

 

Our new adventure will begin January 30th. Yesterday, Scott accepted a job offer with Devon in Oklahoma City. In early December, Scott got a call (completely out of the blue) asking if he would be willing to submit his resume for a job opening. Scott wasn’t looking for a new job, but said he will be willing to listen. So, he did just that & was offered the job on Friday (December 16th). Scott & I went back and forth so many times on what is best. We have really enjoyed our time in Tulsa & it has been such a blessing to be close to my family and especially Ginny. We have enjoyed spending quality time with her & I know Brooklyn will truly miss having her cousin a few miles away. However, this job is a dream come true for Scott. 

 

I’ve been asked many times, “how will it work?” The possibility of two houses payments. Brooklyn in preschool here. etc. Honestly, I don’t have an answer! I am trusting God that our house here will sell (And, please be praying for this! We have one year from the date Scott starts working to sell our house to receive their relocation assistance. With the current housing market, this is obviously a huge concern for us!) Scott will be commuting daily for at least a month (and possibly two months). We want Brooklyn to be able to stay in preschool here as she truly is learning so much & loves her friends. 

 

Scott & I are both so excited about Christmas & honestly are putting off thinking about all the “what if’s” and “what should we do” until after the first of the year! I will definitely update the blog once we know more.

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

 

Thank you all for your love & support. 

Scott & Allie