Saturday, December 29, 2007

Frese Photos!

Kelley came over yesterday afternoon and took lots of pics of baby Cooper. He was such a great model. (after he vomited on the cute outfit I wanted him to wear). He fell asleep and let us take naked photos of him. Well they weren't completely naked photos, he did have his diaper on. He just wouldn't wake up for anything so Kelley kept posing and snapping pics. I can't wait to see them. I'll post some when she's all done with them.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Bath time!

Cooper had his 2nd bath tonight and he loved being in the warm water. I had a friend who gave me the best bathtime advice; use 2 wash clothes, 1 to wash them with and the other to lay on their belly to stay warm. Dave and I love the fuzzy head of hair he gets when he's all clean. We gave him a mowhawk!

Mommy's Nuts About Me!

I think the onsie says it all! Thanks Auntie Jo.

We had a much better day today. Lots of play time this morning. He slept better last night and is starting to be awake and happy more during the day.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! We had a nice day at home. Our immediate family came over this morning and we opened lots of presents. Yes, Cooper got just as many as us! We felt so blessed. Then we just spent the afternoon resting. It was so nice not to have to rush off to see everyone else.

Dave goes back to work tomorrow so please pray that I survive the night and day shift all by myself. Thank you so much to our friends and family that brought dinners over last week. It really was such a huge help. The last thing I wanted to do at the end of each day was cook dinner. I never knew how much I would appreciate that small gesture.

Hope you all had an awesome Christmas and enjoyed a day of love and family.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

1 Week Birthday

Today is Cooper's 1 week birthday. He does this most of the day... sleep! And he's awake at night. Dave thinks we got an East Coast baby so his days and nights are confused. He's still cute and we are taking each day at a time. Today was a good day for me, feeling better each day. Breanna and Mamie came by to visit. Justin and Kasey Jackson and Travis and Lisa Patskowsky came by too. My friend Jen also brought us a yummy dinner so we had a big day of visitors.

Friday, December 14, 2007

He's Here!!!!

Cooper William Lebda
Born 12.12.07 @ 8:44 am
6 lbs 8 oz 19.7 "
The labor was long, but he's here and we love him. We're home now and just adjusting to baby life! All is well and we can't wait for all of you to meet him.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

James' Christmas Connect

Last night we went to Blake and Lisa's for a Christmas Connect. It was so awesome, Lisa had made really good Mexican Food and tons of desserts. They had a coffee and hot cocoa bar outside with the fire pit going. It was just a fun evening of catching up with friends and sharing about our lives. At the end of the night a small group of us talked until almost 2 in the morning about God and church and just encouraged each other to stay true to God and know that He will work it all out! Such a great night of fellowship and a reminder of how lucky and blessed we are for the friends the Lord has so strategically placed in our lives.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Cooper's Stocking!

I was so excited when the UPS guy stopped at my house today. I couldn't believe Cooper's stocking was already here. I had just ordered it online on Mon. from Pottery Barn. Mine and Dave's stockings are from Pottery Barn Teen a couple years ago and they're no longer making them, so Cooper's is a little different, but the embroidery is the same and the size and shape. I think it will be the perfect size to put him in and take his picture in it!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Estancia Christmas Party

Last night we had our Christmas Party for Estancia. Erin and Ryan took all of us girls out to dinner at Campagnia. We had fun. I just love all the girls I work with. They are all so cute, and fun, and nice! I ordered my favorite dish which is this grilled Halibut on top of asparagus risotto with a really yummy sauce. I dream about this dinner and it's only offered seasonally so last night was the last time they were serving it until March. How lucky am I. Anyway it was a great night and I am so thankful for Estancia and for Erin and Ryan.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Decorating the Tree

We always decorate our tree in true holiday cheer. We turn on 1 of the many Christmas CDs we own and hang the ornaments.

This year we even added a little Eggnog to the mix. We have so many ornaments we could decorate 2 trees! Dave and I have all our ornaments from growing up and now Cooper has even started his own little collection, which I am sure will quickly pass up mine and Dave's. This weekend we got our house all ready for the holidays. The tree just makes it Christmas!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Walking Down Christmas Tree Lane

Every year we walk down Christmas Tree Lane. It's such a fun night and special tradition. We stop and get Starbuck's for our walk and bundle up for the cold weather. I was hoping the trek this year would start some labor, but it didn't!

We went with Bill and Michelle and took 2 cars so that I would only have to walk 1 way. It was a fun night and we can't wait to take Cooper in his stroller next year.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Lunch at Rhema

I went to lunch today with my friend Stephanie. Her and I work together at Estancia and I miss talking to her since I've been off work. It was good to catch up. We ate at this new restaurant on Cedar and Shepard called Rhema. They have really good food, just a little too expensive for dinner. So it's a great place to go for lunch. Their lunch menu is very reasonable and you still get the same great food!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ju Ju Be Bag

So I am really excited about my diaper bag. It's a Ju Ju Be brand bag and I got it at Nordstrom's in San Francisco. The sales girl told me it's the same bag Britney Spears carries for her boys, but don't worry that wasn't the selling point for me. It's a super nice bag. This is what it looks like and right now mines all packed and ready to go to the hospital.
But today I ordered a really cute accessory for it. A little purse to put my stuff in. It matches the bag, but it's purple! Now I am really going to be excited to take Cooper shopping with me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Letter to Oprah

So I did it. I wrote a letter to Oprah asking for her help in my fight against Target's stupid return policy. Who knows if those emails get read or how much Target pays her for advertising? But we'll see if I get a response back. I'm writing to Rachel Ray next! There's gotta be some celebrity out there that can help us little customers voice our opinions. I'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The 1st 3D view fo Baby Cooper

Yesterday we had an ultrasound at the Doctor's office to make sure Cooper was big enough. She gave us a 3D pic of him. He was such a snoozer so she could only get a partial pic. He has his little arms all curled up around his face. Funny, cause this is exactly how I sleep each night. Good news was he is measuring at 6.5 lbs and the Dr. said he can come any time now and everything will be fine! Dave and I can't wait to see him out of the womb.

How to "Stick it to Target?"

I am so fed up with the horrible return policy at Target. Not shopping there is just not an option, but how do we fight back? For those of you who don't know, Target only allows you to return items without a receipt up to twice a year and no more than $20 each. Since I registered there I have gotten lots of baby gifts that I couldn't return because I didn't have a receipt or gift receipt. So I have complained to everyone I know and wrote a letter on a consumer website, but I reached the ultimate frustration level with this stupid policy yesterday. I had a pack of baby beanies that I knew I was keeping so of course I didnt' keep track of the receipt but when I opened them 2 days ago to wash them in preparation for little Cooper's arrival, one of them was unraveling. So I took my defective product back to Target and asked if I could simply exchange them for an un-defective product. I was told since I didn't have a receipt or gift receipt I couldn't return them because I had already returned my 2 items for the year. So on the verge of tears I left, fed up. Today I will try again and this time I will ask for a manager. But my question is this, "How do we fight back as consumers?" I am thinking a letter to Oprah, or Rachel Ray. I just don't know what to do, but I can tell you I feel completely helpless against this huge company that I once stood by for their generous community donations and excellent costumer service. Let me know if you have any ideas.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

I am so Thankful for Friends and Family

We are so blessed to have such awesome Friends and Family. On Wednesday night we kicked off our Thanksgiving holiday with the annual "Friends Thanksgiving" at the Bogies. It was so great to see friends we don't see very often and of course those that we do. (Dave and I were sad we weren't going to be able to hang out with all of them at the Clovis High 10 yr reunion. )
On thurs. we headed out to Kerman to spend time with my family. We ate at both Grandmas' houses and hung out with cousins. It's nice to just show up and consume, we didn't have to make anything and we enjoyed way too much yummy food!
On Frid. we drove up to Prather with the Lebdas, had lunch at good 'ol Bill's Pizza Factory and then had dinner that night at our house.
On Sat. we went to a birthday party for Robin Cooper's little girl, Carly. She is so cute. It was fun to watch her open all her cute little girl clothes. That night we joined the James and friends for Blake's birthday. We went to Edwards to see No Country For Old Men. It was horrible! That's right please don't waste your money or time on this movie. You can check out the trailer at the following website. I had no idea what is was about.
Finally we ended our Thanksgiving of Friends and Family today by going to church and then hanging out at the Hales this afternoon with Chad and Emma. It was so great to see them 1 last time before they head back to Romania.
We are so blessed and thankful to have so much love in our lives!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Family Shower, shower #4 and the last of them!

I had my family shower this past Sun. It was a very nice shower with breakfast at Grand Ocasions. There were 40 people there so as you can imagine it took a while to open all those presents.... which by the way consisted of lots of clothes! Cooper is going to be the best dressed newborn on the block. I would expect lots of clothes with a girl but I didn't really expect quite so many outfits with a baby boy. It was fun and the food was good. Now we have all our "necessities" we just have to get everything organized for his arrival.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Who Will Take a Stand?

I heard this on Focus on the Family this morning and was brought to tears knowing we are the next generation Dr. Dobson is challenging. This is an excerpt from a eulogy he gave at Jim Kennedy's funeral in Sept.
Who will defend the unborn child in years to come? Who will speak for the aged who are no longer productive? Who will plead for the Terri Schiavos of the world who can be starved to death legally for having the misfortune of being disabled? Who's going to fight for the institution of marriage, which is on the ropes today? Who will teach young people the dangers and the evils of both heterosexual and homosexual promiscuity? Who in the next generation will be willing to take the heat, when it is so much safer and more comfortable to avoid controversial subjects? Who is going to defend traditional morality in a culture that is sliding into moral decline? Who will call sin by its name, and lead a nation to repentance and holiness? Some ministers, but thankfully not the majority of them, are inclined to edit out the unpleasant themes of the Bible to avoid irritating their constituents. They sometimes boast about not being "political," when what they really mean is that they aren't willing to be vilified and disparaged for speaking the truth in love. What will be the impact on the conservative Christian church when today's patriarchs have passed from the scene?
I pray that the Lord will anoint a new generation of Jim Kennedys – courageous men and women who will not waver an inch in the defense of righteousness. I believe we're going to see these new leaders emerge in the next few years, and that the mantle handed down from my respected and loved friend, among many others, will be received and cherished by those who are willing to die, if necessary, for what they believe.

I wanted to stand and say "I will, we will, we just need to be given the chance"
The entire article can be found at

I'm just a pregnant lady trying to pass the time...

So this is what my dining room looks like right now. I am sewing spa pillows to sell at Estancia and make a little extra money while I am off and before the baby comes. However I think I got in a little over my head. They are taking way longer than I had anticipated. I do have to say it makes my day at home fly by, so if anything it's helping this pregnant lady pass the time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Desperation Band - Refuse to be denied

Ok, so this is the band that leads worship at Robby and Jo's new church in Colorado. It's the Desperation Band at New Life church. In our quest to make PC3 the service God has given us the vision for this is certainly the type of worship we long for. Why are there no churches in Fresno with passionate worship like this? Why is it so difficult for us to be a part of creating a worship service like this? Why do we feel like we have to travel far and wide, or pay money to go to a concert, where people are passionately singing to our God!

Monday, November 12, 2007

My 1st Blog Post!

So I was finally talked into setting up a blog. I have enjoyed keeping up with friends through their blogs and with little Cooper here in just 5 weeks I feel the need to post about our lives too! Last night we got home from going to the Charlie Hall concert in Visalia with the Freses and the Hales and Dave and I were in the mood for a little late night treat. He chose a bowl of Crunch Berries cereal and I had hot chocolate w/ whipped cream in my favorite purple mug.