Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Andrew and McKenzie are 19 months old. What a suprise to find out that we were having twins!!!!!! We were in twin shock for a few weeks for sure. Now that they are here and all over the place, they are so much FUN! They were born in 2007. Andrew is "all boy". He loves trucks, cars, balls and animals, but most of all, he loves his MOMMY. :) McKenzie is our little "pixie". She is very dainty and petite. She LOVES shoes, dressing up, bossing her brother and snuggling with Daddy. They really are such a joy. We can' t wait to see what they are going to do next.
Breanna is 4 years old. She was born in Honolulu, HI in 2003. She LOVES to dance and do gymnastics. She currently plays soccer, cheers for basketball and takes gymnastics. Breanna is in K4 at Jefferson Christian Academy and is super smart. She loves Hannah Montana, playing barbies and playing "dress up". She idolizes her sisters and wants to be "mommy" to the twins. This girl is always coming up with some "zingers". She says when she grows up, she wants to be a "nurse like mommy".
Deja is 11 years old and was born in Vicenza, Italy while her father was stationed there in 1997. She is currently in the 6th grade at Hewitt Trussville Middle School. She is an honor roll student and is very athletic. She enjoys playing softball and has recently decided to take dance. She would like to try out for the Middle School Dance Line. Deja enjoys listening to music and dancing. She is very free spirited, always smiles and never sits still. She says that she wants to be a Fashion Designer.
Victoria is now 13 years old. She is in the 8th grade at Hewitt Trussville Middle School. She is a member of the HTMS Lady Huskies Basketball Team. Victoria loves to read, listen to music, hang out with friends and family and especially her "friend" Clay. They have been "going out" now for a year. She regularly attends Christian programs at school called Redeemed and enjoys going to the "Basement". Victoria is a straight A student and aspires to be a 2nd grade math and science teacher.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I was born in Decatur, Alabama in September 1976. We lived there until 1988 when we moved down the street from Grandmother and Pop in Cullman. I grew up there and graduated from West Point High School in 1994. After receiving a scholarship, I began to pursue my dream of being a nurse when I enrolled in school at Jacksonville State University. During my time at Jacksonville, I participated in the Baptist Campus Ministries Ensemble. We sang at numerous churches in Alabama and Georgia. I graduated from Nursing School in May of 1998. In September of that year, I began working at Egleston Children's Hospital in Atlanta as a Pediatric Nurse. I remained there until 2000 when I began working for Cross Country Travcorps as a Travel Nurse. I worked at Yale Children's Hospital (Connecticut), Maimonides Hospital (New York), Seattle (Washington) and Tripler Army Med Center (Honolulu, HI). While in Hawaii, I met Will (Victoria and Deja) and we married in June of 2002. I gave birth to Breanna in December 2003 prior to being reassigned to Ft Stewart, GA. After Will was separated from the Army, we moved to Trussville and I began working for Children's Hospital of Birmingham. We began trying to have another baby and to our suprise, found out I was expecting twins. Andrew and McKenzie were born in April 2007. Our family suddenly became the "Stoddard 7". I always dreamed of being a mommy and a nurse. All of my dreams are fulfilled. I am currently working as a Nurse Clinician in Pediatric Orthopaedics and absolutely love being a mother of five.
Will was born in Albion, NY in November of 1971. He grew up there and graduated from Medina High School in 1989. He entered the Navy in Jan. 1990 and completed his tour in 1993 after visiting numerous ports including Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, Japan and numerous small islands in the Southern Pacific. He then entered the Army in 1995 as a Parachute Rigger. During this time, he became a Jumpmaster and a Master Parachutist. He had over 150 jumps and safely packed over 19,000 parachutes. Having jumped out of planes from heights of 800-3500 feet, you can imagine the repetitive stress his body endured. Will was stationed numerous places such as Vicenza, Georgia, and Hawaii. Our favorite location being Hawaii where we met and married in 2002! In 2005, the Army granted him an honorable medical separation, so life as we knew it was about to change. We then relocated to Trussville, Alabama and bought our first home. In the fall of 2005, Will began working as a Warehouse Manager for Deeks and Company, Inc. Fall of 2006, we found out we were expecting twins. At that time, we decided that Will would go back to school and follow his dream of becoming a teacher and coach. He is now enrolled in school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is expected to graduate in December 2010.