Saturday, February 16, 2008

Party Time!

Hello! So, it's party time again and here's what's going on:

"We are planning the next big social event. By popular vote, this year’s
theme will be 80’s Prom Night! Find your best 1980’s prom attire (formal
dresses, powder blue tuxes, etc) and prepare for an evening of fun! This
event is planned for Friday, April 11th. We would like to rent a
clubhouse, find a DJ that has 80’s music and a photographer if any of you have
suggestions. "

Everyone is invited. If you are interested in joining us, find your best 80's outfit and come on!!! Scott's ED friends and co-workers are very kind and are renting out a place to have the party so it can be a going away party for him too! We would like for any and all of our friends to join us if you would like.

If it is anything like the Redneck Party that many of you were a part of or saw pics from, you know it will be a blast!! :)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

HAPPY HEART DAY!! Hello everyone! I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day :) I want to send out a special Happy Valentine's Day to a special family...The Canada's. They are celebrating the birth of their daughter one year ago today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAKYN!! :)

Well, we are inching closer to selling my townhouse that has been on the market for a year now! We put it up for sale not long after we got married and have had trouble with it since then because of the market. It is finally being sold and that will be a financial burden lifted when it is! We close at the end of this month. We got the air serviced liked they asked us to do yesterday. Just let me tell you that I have a wonderful husband!! After working overnight and getting off at 7 in the morning, he went over to the townhouse a couple hours later to be there while it was serviced so I could sleep and be ready for work that afternoon!! I offered, but he said he would do it! I know how tiring it is to work overnight and then to function after that! It took longer than he expected, but Scott made it and I know he was very, very tired and ready to get some sleep! We almost thought we were gonna have to buy another unit, but they found the problem and were able to fix it! That was definitely a blessing!!!!!!! So, now, we are just waiting for closing date! It passed inspection and the apprasial was met, so we are excited.

There is not much other news. Baby and I are doing fine :) I am 16 weeks today. For those of you wondering, we hope to find out next month what we are having :) We hope that Baby Russell will cooperate that day! I just can't wait to find out until birth :) I'm so excited about finding out now :) Ya'll can guess until then :) hee hee.

Well, I hope everyone has a wonderful day!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Melanie and Scott

Thursday, February 7, 2008


Finally! What you have all been waiting for me to post...The Russell blog!! :) Sorry it has taken me FOREVER to get this started! So, here is a long post to get you updated to where we are now.

As many of you know, we are adding to our family soon!....No, not another dog :) I am pregnant!! :) We found out Nov. 29, 2007 when I took a home prenancy test that showed us a (+) sign and then it was confirmed with a doctor's appointment that next week. I was 5 weeks along when we found out. We are very, very excited! We were trying, so it wasn't an "accident" for us :)

Soon after we found out, the "morning sickness" hit with a vengance!!!! Why they give it the name "morning" sicknees, I have not a clue! Mine was ALL DAY LONG sickness!!!!! The nausea never eased up and the puking came about every 3 days or so! The doctor told us that "nausea equal healthy baby", so we were o.k. with that :) Scott would always remind me of it! Food was just yucky for a while too, but at the same time I still wanted to eat something. It was the wierdest feeling. So, needless to say, all I wanted to do was sleep and lay around the house when I wasn't trying to get through an 8 hour work day. That's why the blog got put off until now! :)

I have been feeling a little better each day now for the past 3 weeks, so now I'm getting to the blog that I've been telling everyone that I would do :) There is so much stuff to update on, so I'll do my best to hit the high points for everyone.

Well, along with expecting a baby...which is due July 31st....we will also be moving to Charleston, SC this summer! Yes, that's right, we will be moving and having a baby about the same time. After many interviews at different places by Scott, many discussions between Scott and I, and lots of prayer, Scott and I feel that Charleston is the place for us to be right now. Scott accepted a job as a faculty member in the Emergency Department and The Medical University of South Carolina. He will be done with his fellowship in June and then he starts his "real job" as he calls it :) We realize that there will be a lot going on at one time, but we are keepin' our heads held high and taking on the challenge, and we are excited about all the new and wonderful things that are happening in our lives. Yes, we will be further away from family which made the decision that much harder to make, but are very greatful for the support our family...and friends...have shown us through this process. I, as well as Scott, am very sad to have to say good-bye to our friends here in B'ham and close by! We are excited, though, to be able to have any of you come visit us and our precious little one in Charleston once we get settled in. So, I will also keep ya'll updated on how things are in B'ham and our moving process. We have been in contact with a realtor in Charleston and are keeping an eye out on houses, but it's still too soon for us to be picking out a house at this point. We are planning a trip to Charleston again in March to look again at houses and maybe narrow down what we are looking for. There are so many wonderful places in Charleston, it's hard to narrow it down. Scott and I both love the city, though, and look forward to showing the visitors we have around the town as we learn the town too!

So, back to pregnancy real quick. I'm 15 weeks along now. Baby Russell is growing and coming along just fine! I like to think I'm starting to show, but people keep telling me I'm not! So, when I do start to show, I'll post some pics of me and baby for those who are asking for them. I have done pics of my belly to watch it grow, so it's kinda exciting for me. I know it's crazy, but I'm enjoying the whole process :) The last ultrasound pics I had done were at 13 weeks, so that's what these are posted (sorry they are so small....I will have to work on that one). The doctor has said that the baby's heartbeat is strong, and everything seems to be coming along as planned. It's such a joy to hear the heartbeat and know things are still going well after I've been to the doctor. I think I get nervous with each doctor's appointment just cause I'm scared of something being wrong, even though there has been no reason to have such thoughts. I'm very blessed to have this miracle growing inside of me and I thank God each night for giving Scott and I the privilege to be parents to this innocent child!

Well, I think that's all I have for now. Scott and I are going to Atlanta for the weekend, so I will update again sometime next week. I will do my best to keep up with the posts and keep all of you informed. We love all of you and appreciate all the support and love we get from friends and family. Please keep us updated on how each of you are as well. We would love to hear from you all.

We love you!