Sunday, February 6, 2011
First off...Kristi and I wanted to apologize to everyone who follows us as we know how much everyone loves to keep track of everything that Samantha is doing. Honestly, we have been selfish in that we have dedicated all of our free time to playing with Samantha versus sharing our experiences with all of you.
Today, I'm not going to spend too much time highlighting everything that has been going on, but instead will remind everyone of the link to our picasa site where you can see all of the pictures we have taken over the past few months. Click here to see our pictures. There are a lot of great pictures and great videos.
For the record, today, Samantha took her first steps all by herself.
More to come, we promise to stay on top of the blogs in the future. Be sure to check out the picutres.
Nick, Kristi & Samantha
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Hello everyone. I can't believe over a month has gone by and i haven't had a second to report on life in the Estes household. I guess it's been a little crazier that i realized, although most people can relate to how busy life gets and there's really no way around it. We are actually at the beach this week, and tonight is our last night.... i'm so sad to have to return to reality. it's been a great week, although chilly here in Santa Rosa Beach Fl (next to Destin). We had this trip planned for Labor Day week, although our plans were sadly changed. The nice people who we rented from gave us a credit to use for another week. We were so happy to be able to get a break. Even though it was a little chilly here in Fl, it has kind of forced us to relax and do nothing.
My mom and Mrs. Levins were here with us on this trip. It was a mixture of some sun and some rain, some shopping, and lots of eating! Raw oysters! yum. Samantha was not the fondest of the sand at first but don't you worry...she'll be a rockstar by next summer. She only was able to spend probably 3 short hours on the beach!
We had a great fall and an awesome first Halloween. Our little strawberry trick or treated in Seaside (well, us adults got our candy fix!) She looked so cute and the weather was awesome.
To report all that is new....
Samantha is crawling all over the place. She's starting to pull to stand and loves to walk with a little help! She eats anything and everything. Some of her favorites are avocado, cheese, prunes, nutri-grain bars, puffs (thank god for puffs!).... today she ate mushrooms, tomatoes, and roasted red peppers... she ate fish on our beach trip... there's really nothing she doesn't like.
only challenge i've been stressing about is that she won't drink formula. if anyone can help me in this area, let me know. it's been worrysome for me. She pushes it away and refuses. Stinker.
She talks up a storm although no real words yet. We think she says "Bailey" as Bailey and her are best friends right now, esp since she likes to feed Bailey her food from the high chair.
Nick and I are doing well. Our new babysitter is awesome so that has been a relief. i've been working a bunch but honestly, i love what i do, so it's not really work for me. nick has been travelling on and off, but not too bad thankfully.
Here are some recent pics. I know there's so much more to report, although i have to go pack and get ready to head back to Atl tomorrow. Oh sadness...
Until next time....
Monday, September 20, 2010
A house divided... Sam's on my side!
Dave and Gwen with Sammers
Nana with Samantha
Monday, September 6, 2010
I didn't get up and say anything at the memorial service because I knew I wouldn't be able to get through it. So here's what i would have said had my emotions held out at the service.
Since my dad's no longer here to pass along all of his insight, I wanted to share with you some things he taught me so you can, too, feel enlightened and a little bit smarter. I can't say I followed all his tips, but they always made sense.
- Always wear comfortable shoes and have several pairs to air them out between wears.
- In hockey, when one team goes on a power play and the other skates short-handed, there is not really a man with short hands. (yes, I was young and naive)
- Ice cream tastes better eaten from the carton with a fork.
- Never take a bath or shower in a lightening storm. You could get struck!
- Never turn your wheel while waiting to make a turn - keep your wheel straight so if someone rear-ends you, you won't go flying into traffic.
- Always label a pair of socks with the same letter or number so when you do your laundry you can easily match up socks and can throw out an old pair together.
- Wings should be eaten with only one hand so there's always a clean hand for your beer.
- A favorite quote of his "those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind"
- Peanut M&Ms should be a staple food.
- Hot water unclogs any clogged toilet.
- Peanut butter paired with many foods, makes them better (dates, Oreos, brownies)
- Hand held poker is the best game to play in the tree stand while hunting.
- In Suduko, always go across first, then down, then back across. You'll win every time.
- Always stop by the bathroom before you choose a machine at the casino so you don't have to leave a "hot" machine.
If only there was more time to learn more wisdom and insight. I will put that into my mom's hands now. Dad, I love you, will never forget you, and will keep you always in my heart.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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Monday, August 30, 2010
it happened very suddenly - nick, me and Samantha were driving to Florida for our yearly vacation (one that my parents treated us and was supposed to be the whole family, and couldn't come). My dad had been stable so we were going to aim for some R & R and take it one day at a time to see how he was doing. We got a call 3 hrs into our trip that he stopped breathing on his own, was on a respirator, and we needed to get home. We drove back to the airport, repacked, handed bailey off to great friends lauren and Kyle and boarded a plane. Samantha must have sensed our tension as she didn't sleep one wink!
upon arrival, we learned that my dad was staying alive, waiting for me to see him. nick and I arrived at his bedside, with him on a respirator and lots of IV fluids to keep him comfortable. I assured him it was okay to let go. All of his organs were failing and he couldn't do it anymore. My mom's friend Lynda sat by his bedside the entire time and he finally let go early in the morning. It was so painful to watch. We know he's in a better place free of doctors, needle sticks, IVs, and poor medical care.
There has been an outpouring of people who have called, emailed, and facebooked. it's unbelievable all the people who care. I knew what an amazing man my father was and see now how much he truly impacted other people. My dad was a genuine man who always put others first, always had a story to share, a smile on his face, and a word of wisdom to share. He'd write things in his black book to remember the little things that would make a person's day. He was an inspiring father and husband to my mom, a great travel companion, and a loving grandpop to his only granddaughter, Samantha. He loved his family more than life.
There's so much more to say, but we are all so sleep deprived that my pillow is calling. We've had vistors all day helping us get through these hard times. We have enough food to keep our bellys full for a few days!
my mom's ok at this moment... she's still in funeral planning mode and i don't think it's quite hit any of us for real.
We're having a memorial service on Thursday -
11-12 memorial service
These will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
61 E Route 70
Marlton, NJ 08053-1749
After, we will have a luncheon at Marco's at Indian Spring Country Club at
115 South Elmwood Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053
Thanks for everyone's prayers and well wishes. We know he heard them all and knows how much he will be missed.
We love you dad and will never forget you.