Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas 2007

Christmas was loads of fun, most of our family was here and lots of fun was had by all. Here is a picture story of Christmas…

Opeing presents...

We got a Wii!

Sewing with Memaw.

Riding her new bike.

And I got a new camera! Yeah!

It was a lot of work, and I am exhausted from it, but it was a good time. I need a vacation from my vacation now. I am thrilled with my camera and I have already taken many blurry pictures and I have a lot to learn, but I am excited about it. I have wanted this camera for over a year and now, I finally got it. I can not wait to really learn how to operate it!

Friday, December 21, 2007

It is nearly Christmas. We of course have some little last minute purchases to make, but overall all our shopping is complete. I am excited that I have 5 days with my family and can hardly wait to spend every minute with them. It has been way to crazy in our house the last month and I am looking forward to laying low, baking some stuff with my new mixer that I love and making memories together. I want to try and not get too caught up in the commercialism of the season and remember why we celebrate. To spend time with the family and enjoy it. Watch some movies together with cookies and hot cocoa. And most of all to simply relax and not stress out about much of anything.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Emilys Christmas Performance

For the last 6-7 weeks we have started to go to church on Wednesday nights again. the kids are enjoying it as Josh and I are as well. Emily really enjoys it because they have been preparing for the Christmas performance. The class she has been attending is the 3rd-6th grade girls. I think she likes it because she gets to hang out with the older girls and feels really cool about it all. She is finally at an age where church is become a social time for her as well as for the whole, I don’t know, learning about God stuff.

Anyhow, last night was the big performance. We had a great time. She did great, and was quite nervous. But I love her for it. Here are some videos of it, if you care to see. She has her hair all curly, because the night before she wanted me to curl it in rollers for her. So it is SUPER curly. She wasn’t sure if she liked it or not, but I think it is too cute. Of course, she was ready to wash it and get the curls out last night.


And I am sorry for the shakiness of the video, I had Jacob pulling on my arm.

Monday, December 10, 2007


We have had quite a crazy 10 days. Life has come at us fast and we are gearing up for the Holidays. I don’t think it plans on slowing down anytime soon! Last weekend we had Emily’s birthday party and everybody had a great time. Nothing like a pool party in December to create a memorable birthday.- I will post pictures later, I forgot my cord, and they are still on the camera.

Friday night was my company’s Christmas party. Josh and I got all dressed up and left the kids with a sitter. And a real sitter. She was 16 and Emily thought she hung the moon. They had a great time and so did Josh and I. At the party this year they had a casino night and Josh loved getting to play poker and I enjoyed a roll of the roulette and a few hands of black jack.

On Saturday morning we had Girl Scout caroling in a nursing home and it was great fun. We had 6 of my 9 girls show up and both the girls and the audience seemed to enjoy the performance. After that I dropped the kids off with Grandma and headed up to meet an old office friend in Salado. This is a fabulous little town with even more fabulous shopping. We shopped till we dropped and then headed home, but it was such a good time. I got nearly all my lagging Christmas shopping completed during that time. Once I got back home Josh and I took the kids over to the mall. We are in search of a very specific item, and I know that I am going to end up having to order it and that frustrates me. I hate to pay shipping. But we were unsuccessful in our quest for that item, but I did find some wonderful shoes! So, all was not loss.

Sunday was left for church and more shopping. We picked a name off a tree at church and had to find the little tyke some gifts. We joined up with Josh for lupper and went home and attacked the pile of laundry that has been looming over us and growing on a daily basis for the past 2 weeks. We made it through a few loads, and when I say we, I mean Josh. I had nothing to do with any of it.

It was a great weekend. It flew by entirely to quickly, but it was super fun. There isn’t a day left in the month that we don’t have some sort of plans already. Some highlights from this week to come are: Boy Scout Pack meeting, Emily’s performance at church, Bunko!, and I have to make 3 dozen cookies tonight.

I love the holidays.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Gingerbread houses everywhere

Here is what I have been working on this week. Our department is having a cubical decorating contest. Several folks have created beautiful areas that look like you would see at someone’s home. I went another way with it. Here is my “life-sized” gingerbread house. I made it from PVC pipes, brown paper, and lots and lots of scrap booking paper. I am glad it is done and am super happy with the results. I just hope I win.

On another note:
What is the sweetest sound you can ever hear?Your nine year old daughter humming and singing the new church songs she learned at church last night.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


This is mostly for my parents, because I know that SO many of you look at my pictures through my flickr site, but I am changing my settings so that only “friends and family” can see the photos. There has been some crazy things going on over on flickr and Josh expressed his distrust of having the kids pictures out there for all to see, so I am changing the setting. Now all the old pictures will be able to be seen for a while, as I have over 2,000 pictures and it will take me a while to change them from open to closed. Also, if you are interested in seeing my photos, I do not have a problem in the world with it. If you want to look at my crazy, not so great, wish I was better photography just open a flickr account and add me as a contact. If I know who you are, then, it is no big deal. If I don’t know you, but you find my life so interesting and want to continue to enjoy my children’s pictures simply email me and let me know you are not an internet stalker and I will add you as well.

I plan to leave regular pictures, which show no children in them open, so if you click on the flickr page there will still be pictures, but eventually you will be unable to see any pictures of my children or any of their friends.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Why is it that my child who can remember outrunning the cops 6 years ago can not remember where she put her shoes the night before?

And why is it when I send her into her room to look for her belt, she comes out in no less time than 15 seconds later unable to find it. But when I walk into her room not a minute later I see her belt lying on her bed?

Why is it that if I can’t find the remote control to the TV, the first place I have come to look is either in the children’s bathroom or in my son’s room?

Why is it that I can eat my cereal with out spilling milk all over my table, chair, floor and myself, but neither of my children can?

Why is it that my children cannot remember when they are out of lunch money at school until I find the note from the cafeteria in their backpack, pants pocket or daily folder?

Why is it when I tell the children to go get in the car because we are leaving and I walk out side and they are everywhere but in the car?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Weekly update

I have been “on the road” this last week and while I had more time at home, I felt busier than ever.

On Monday we had the Boy Scout Pack Meeting. Jacob received his Bobcat award. It really was something special. I will post pictures once I download them off the camera which I intended to bring with me today, but sits on the low wall of our house.

Tuesday night I honestly do not remember what we did. Nothing officially planned that I remember doing.

Wednesday we headed out to church. We have recently begun attending Wednesday night services again now that the children are old enough to keep out past 7pm. And they love it! Especially Emily. She participates in a program they have for 3-5 grade and she thinks she is hot stuff. I am excited that she is excited to go to church.

Thursday night we had a family night and went to Subway and ordered sandwiches for 3 of us and a pizza for 1. Can you guess who ordered the pizza? Then we went home and watched Kid Nation from the night before and really enjoyed eating our sandwiches in front of the TV as a family. Laughing together and being silly.

Friday night we had a family night again. We rented Shrek the Third and giggled together as a family and went to bed as a family at 8:30pm. All 4 of us, to bed at 8:30. It was really rather pathetic.

Saturday was a fun filled day with Girl Scouts, the last soccer game of the season, a trip to the mall, a fabulous spaghetti dinner at the table and an early bedtime.

Sunday was filled with a little bit of Christmas shopping, and a party for one of Emily’s friends at Main Event. We had a great time.It was a crazy busy week and this doesn’t even begin to tap at the surface of it all. But I have too much work to do since this is a short week and I have so much to do. Crazy busy times around these parts. We have to pack tonight for our trip, we leave tomorrow after I get off of work. So I have lots of packing to do and loads of work to catch up on. It is going to be fun, but a lot of work in the mean time. Plus, can you believe that Emily will be 9 in less than 2 weeks. Shoot me now.

Friday, November 09, 2007


Yeah! It is Friday! That makes me more excited than almost anything! And it is a 3 day weekend! Yeah! And the kids are in school on Monday! Yeah!

So an update on me… because it is all about me. My throat is feeling better. A little better each day. I am really hopeful that by this time next week I will be able to say, “Pain? What pain?” It feels more like an incredibly sore throat now, which is a vast improvement over the shards of glass I had been swallowing for the last 11 days.

We are very excited to travel to New Mexico and see all my family and friends. We haven’t made the trip in over a year and are excited for some green chili and beautiful sunsets. By golly, my throat had better be healed before we get there. The kids are excited to “treasure hunt” with Pepaw and I am excited to Black Friday shop with my mom. This is one of the things I miss most. Almost as much as I miss Burger Time. And that is saying something!

Mom has always been a shopper and she is an even better bargain shopper. “Look at all the money I saved!” is a line that I have heard from her more times that I can even remember. Once I was in high school I would drag myself out of bed the day after Thanksgiving and we would hit the Burger King for breakfast (since it was one of the only places open at 5am) and wait for the stores to open. It was great. After I was married and had moved back to New Mexico we would meet up early in the morning and shopped until noon when we would stop for lunch and maybe catch a movie. It was so much fun.

After we moved 10 hours away we both continued to shop on Black Friday. I would go alone. I thought that I would have a better chance of finding the great deals because now I lived in a big city and there were 5 Target stores just with in 20 miles rather than the 1 store in Las Cruces. But with those 5 stores came about a billion extra people and I was unable to find some of the deals as easily as I was back in New Mexico. It was very sad. Because I love to shop. I love to shop the day after Thanksgiving. I love to take care of 95% of my shopping that day. I rarely do any prior to that, I always forget I bought anything. So I do most of it that day, and I love it. But I have missed the shopping with my mom.

Until this year! I am SO excited to be going to New Mexico because we are going to get to sop together again! I have been scouring the internet sites where the ads are already posted and creating a list of things I want to try to buy. And I will probably be able to.

My only problem is going to be getting them back home without the family seeing them.

So we are excited to travel so far and enjoy a meal together. I am thankful for the opportunity to do so and ready for the fun to arrive!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The red hat

This is what I found when I saw Jacob heading to his room for bed with a glass of water:

All tucked in:

And fast asleep:

Only my baby bone head would sleep with a hat on but not a shirt.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Because all I can think about right now is me.

Well because I have been asked to update from all the people who read (dad) and because it has been a while I thought it might be time.

Since we last spoke quite a bit has happened. Most importantly (to me) and painful (to everyone who is within earshot of my screams) I had my tonsils out a week ago today. It has been an interesting adventure to say the very least.

We woke up at the crack of dawn and got the kids across the street to the wonderful Mrs. Ann’s house so that we could be on our merry little way. Once we got into the van it would not start. The lights would dimly come on and then nothing. The car would not crank. So we figured it just needed a good jump. So we opened up the Tracker’s hood and attempted to jump it. For like 10 minutes. At this point I am scared we are going to be late and the Tracker while it does get us from point A to point B it NEVER leaves Round Rock. NEVER. And we had to go to Austin. I was worried, but we had to be on our way. So we hopped into the Tracker and headed off into the darkness of night.

We got into Austin and got lost. I knew where we were supposed to go, but it had been at least 3 years since I had been to that hospital and almost that long since I had been in that part of town. When we finally rolled into the parking lot we were 5 minutes late, but I figured they would be forgiving. By this point I had to go to the bathroom like nobody’s business but I had been told to hold it because they had to perform a pregnancy test on it before I was put under. But I had to wait for like 15 minutes before they called me back and I was allowed to use the potty. I was not pregnant, big surprise. Then I got to get all dressed up in this beautiful gown, cap and footies. I was stylin’ like you just don’t know it. Then they tried to start my iv. Tried is the operative word. I was poked 4 times before they finally got it to “stick” in my hand and I should have remembered that from all the other times I have had to have an iv, but, I forgot and was punished for it.

They gave me the good stuff awhile later and the next thing I know I am waking up in the “recovery” room. There was no recovery taking place, just lots of pain.

Then we go home and I sleep and take all the meds like I am told to. And the pain is killing me and I am SO itchy and my tongue is numb and I am having quite a bit of trouble breathing out. And that is not normal. So the next day we call the doctor because the itching was horrible, all over horrible. In between my toes, on my nose, the back of my knees. I am sure I looked like a meth addict I was so itchy. The nurse at the doctors office told us to go the ER, so we go. I am SO out of it because I can hardly speak and I am high on the drugs and they determine that I am allergic, big surprise. So they give me some benadryl and tell me to call the original doctor again. So we do and he is mad that we were told to go to the ER, but in hindsight, I am glad we went. Not for the $50 co-pay we had to pay, but because we went to the new hospital right by our house and we were in and out in an hour. That is good info to have in case of a real emergency (and we all know my kids, it is only a matter on time) and because they gave me benadryl which is what I continued to dope myself with even after getting a new Rx from the doc because the new one did NOTHING for the pain, so I went back to the old one and just threw some children’s benadryl over it to help the itching. And it worked.

So I am now a week after the surgery and I am hungry and in pain still. But I am alive and hopeful that I will feel better to eat turkey by Thanksgiving. And pie. I miss pie.

And if you are curious about the van the battery was indeed dead, so dead it would never start again, but still new enough to be under warranty so we were not out anything but time and a little frustration. And when I say we I mean Josh because he took care of it while I was in a narcotic induced coma after the surgery.

Monday, October 22, 2007

I am tired

I have got all sorts of drama unfolding around me at rapid speeds. I almost don’t know how to deal with it- so I have almost just stopped trying. I am feeling so overwhelmed it is a bit ridiculous.

Let’s just start with this weekend. It was good, good and busy. Jacob had a soccer game that he played in and did well. He seems to be catching on a little more and more each time he is on the field. He is getting the sport, to a point. The games are enjoyable to watch and he seems to enjoy himself during them. On Saturday afternoon Chelsa had a Halloween party and the kiddos got all dresses up and headed over there for 4 hours of crazy sugar filled fun.

On Sunday we had the Girl Scout Chili-Cook off, which was great fun and I had 8 of my 11 girls come and enjoy. It was a good time and I am glad it went as well as it did. I am tired and ready for bed now.

There is lots of drama at work and I am not even sure what is going on. Unfortunately I am in the middle of it. I am not “in trouble” so don’t worry mom and dad, just lots of changes and it is stressing me out. Hopefully I will just get promoted this week and all will be well. But I am not holding my breath.

Friday, October 19, 2007

My 365

So I ran across this idea that this guy came up with that I think is fabulous. You write about 365 people that you have met in your life. You write one a day. You only use a certain amount of letters. It is fabulous. I am very excited about it. I started my page, it is linked to the right.

I think this is pretty awesome.

Monday, October 15, 2007

It has been a week since I updated and well, so much and so little to tell you all about.

The family and I will be traveling to New Mexico for Thanksgiving! I am SO, super excited about this. Josh was given both Thanksgiving and Christmas off, so we decided to head down to visit the family and friends in New Mexico.

Do you hear that Serina? We will be coming to see you in a few short weeks!!!!!

Also, I found out this morning that I will be having my tonsils out in a few weeks. I am excited and a little nervous about it. Well, not about the actual surgery part, but the recovery. I am scheduled to travel the week after, unless I get promoted and then who knows, and that makes me a little nervous. I will have 6 days of recovery under my belt before I have to travel, but I am still a little nervous. I am sure it will be fine, as long as I have lots of meds to take with me. In fact it might work out real nicely, because I will be able to rest in the afternoons rather than being stuck coming in to work, because I do not have but a weeks worth of sick leave.

Jacob had his first soccer game of the season, and we have moved up out of the “kiddy” league. He is in his third “season” with YMCA soccer, but he has only been playing for 1 year. But now there are referees and the game has transformed from a bunch of kids in a pact all trying to kick the ball into a sort of real game of soccer. There is SOME actual playing taking place.

An action shot of Jacob running after the ball

Jacob played the first and last quarter. He wanted nothing to do with soccer during the middle two quarters. He was crying and acting extremely un-Jacob like during that time. And then, he wanted to play. And he played the best he had ever played. The kid is just weird. But he enjoyed it and I think they won. I seriously have no idea, Jacob says they did and I am going to just take his word for it.

We also did a little shopping for Emily as she does not have many cold weather clothes and Lord willing, fall is coming. We ended up in Aeropostale and picked up two very cute shirts that she just loves to bits. The only personal problem I had with them was in order to get her a t-shirt that wasn’t inappropriate for her as far as fit and tightness, we had to get an extra large! Ugh. But she loves them and they are very cute on her. Now we are on a quest to find a decent pair of pants that fit her well. Wish me luck!

Monday, October 08, 2007

Weekend Update

I had a perfectly wonderful weekend where I did next to nothing. Like I said, it was wonderful. On Saturday the children let me sleep until 8am. They were up, but they did not bother me, but once to ask if they could watch TV, to which I said “sure, leave me alone.” And they did. It was fabulous. When I finally rolled out of bed around 9 I got myself cleaned up and went to the grocery and came home. And stayed home. I hardly even talked to anybody. It was the best day I have had in months…. no offense to anybody.

On Sunday we hit the Target, Michaels and the hair salon after church and went home. I did a little decorating for Halloween and then did nothing until Small Groups. I seriously think it may have been the best weekend ever. Don’t get me wrong, I love doing stuff. I love to be busy, but after the last month of nearly killing myself trying to do too much, it was SO nice to do nothing. We gear back up this weekend with Girl Scouts and Jacob’s first soccer game of the season, so we will be busy again, but I loved this weekend.

Friday, October 05, 2007


So I am SO very overwhelmed with everything going on in my life. I am not even sure what I should be doing. I am going to quit my job at The Disney Store today. There are a million reasons why, I really do not even know where to start. I hate to just walk in and quit, but when I tried to talk to them last night they still somehow roped me into going in last night. I didn’t stay late and was clear that I needed to leave when the store closed, for my own sanity, but I have a feeling that if I don’t just walk in and hand them my shirt and say, “I won’t be back.” That I will end up having to work there forever. And I hate that. Because I don’t ever want to work there again.

I also decided it would not be financially responsible to student teach this spring. I simply cannot justify student teaching if I am not going to have a second job. And well, I am not going to have a second job ever again if I can help it. Which leaves me back where I started and confused as ever. I think I will put the teaching on the back burner and try it again next year, but hopefully I will be able to gain employment and won’t have to go through all of this again. I was thinking about doing an alternative certification, but after thinking about it, I think I am going to stick with the Family and Consumer Science and try again next year.

So there is my drama…. blah.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

We need a chew toy

We have a chewer. And it is not the dog. Well maybe we have a chewer in addition to the dog. Jacob is our chewer. He never was much of a chewer when he was a baby, it really wasn’t until he was much older that the chewing became an issue. And he does not discriminate. Anything that he can get his little hands on is fair game for chewing.

Take for example my very first fabulous Coach bag. It was wonderful. Josh and I had searched literally all over Austin to find last years bag. When we found it I was thrilled and I carried for almost a full year, until Jacob got a hold of it. He chewed the leather strap almost right in half. And when I asked him about it he didn’t know why he had done it. He actually hardly even remembered that he had done it.

He has effectively chewed on DVD cases, his fingernails, buttons off his shirt, pillows, blankets, and pencils. The pencils are the reason for this post today. You see last week Jacob had to pull a card (get in trouble at school) for chewing his pencil. Now the child is not a few teeth marks on the pencil kind of kid. He is a chew the eraser down, through the metal kind of kid. The teacher did everything right, but, he still got in trouble. I just hope he can break this habit, because he was quite crushed about the situation. So I took him to the doctor yesterday and nothing is really “wrong” with him. He is not deficient in anything, they did a finger prick. So I do not know what his problem is. On the other side he got 2 shots and a flu mist up the nose. Emily got 1 shot and the flu mist. Yea!!! Shots!! Jacob cried for like an hour.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Turdy, RIP

I may or may not have mentioned the latest addition to our house in the pet department. Last summer while the children where in Kentucky with my parents, Emily caught a turtle. And because Josh and I had yet to join them in Kentucky my mother thought it would be ok for the kids to keep the turtle.

Now keep in mind that we already have to very obnoxious dogs and one king of the household cat.

So she purchased a cage, some food and a name for him (Turdy) and he came all the way back home with us from Kentucky. He lived on our kitchen counter for all this time. Now Oreo, the cat, has taken an interest in the turtle. But he would only lean down and look into the cage and push the cage out from the wall. I could tell he was interested, but he never seemed menacing, or appear to be a true threat to Turdy. He was after all, in a cage.

Well, the circle of life has shown its ugly head her in our house. Oreo figured out how to open the cage. My mother in law found the cage open a few times on Thursday, but always closed it back up and went about her business. On Friday morning, the cage was open and the turtle was missing.

Josh and I received a frantic phone call at 6am from Emily telling us that Turdy was missing. She was quite beside herself and was weeping into the phone. About 10 minutes later we received another call informing us that he had been found in the hallway, and that his shell was cracked, but he was still alive.

People, that is not good news, at least according to the internet.

So they placed him back into the cage and off to work and school everybody went. However, once they returned home, he was no longer with us.

Josh and I returned home from Little Rock that evening and we held our second family funeral. It was very sad and mournful. Emily was so distraught she was unable to participate, or attend the entire service. It has been a rough week and hopefully we will all heal in time.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Bullets, again

I have hit a bit of a writing block. Not that all of my loyal 3 fans are missing anything fabulous in my writing, but just fir prosperity I am going to write a little bit… in bullets.

  • Last week I was in Little Rock, AR for my job. I was told I “get” to drive a company car, rather than fly and because of this Josh came with me. We had a nice time, but it was no vacation, like I think Josh expected it to be.
  • Emily got in trouble in school while we were in Arkansas, for calling a kid a butt face. Yeah, Emily- at least she didn’t hit him this time. So we are making progress with her. Now we just have to work on expressing our anger in a positive way.
  • This weekend Emily spent the night over at her friend Claire’s house. Claire does not live in the neighborhood and Claire is usually very nice to Emily. Emily had a fabulous time and enjoyed herself so much. When she got home I asked her how it went and if she had fun to which she exclaimed, “YES!” I responded with, “Isn’t it nice to play with girls who aren’t mean to you?” I was thrilled she got some good girl time.
  • Jacob is growing like a weed. He is eating constantly, too bad it is pop-tarts and cheetos. Last night Josh made something new for dinner and of course Jacob wasn’t interested in eating it, so he ate an apple, carrots and grapes. I have such a weird child.
  • I finally bought new glasses last night. The ones I currently have were purchased at least 2 and a half years ago, if not even longer than that. And when I got the contacts that I currently have my prescription had changed quite a bit with my astigmatism and now I can see so clearly with my contacts. I have just been dealing with my glasses, only wearing them when absolutely necessary because the prescription is so bad, but I decided I just needed to do it and I went out last night and bought a pair. And, if I had wanted to, they would have been ready last night! I am going to pick them up today, but they were ready in the same day!!!! That has NEVER happened to me before. Usually when I walk into an eyeglasses store that has glasses ready in around an hour they tell me, “Well ma’am, for most prescriptions, but not for yours.” I am thrilled and can’t wait to be able to watch TV in the evenings with a clear view.
  • In very exciting news… Josh changed the breaks in the tracker and, wait for it, fixed the car door!! We now have 2 cars with at least 2 doors each that work!! It is very exciting news in our house. Jacob was thrilled to help with the breaks and even more thrilled about the door. He had been quite worried about it for some time now.

That is about it. We are in the thick of it here, with school, scouts for both kids, dance and soccer starts soon… oh and both of us have 2 jobs. We are living life to it’s fullest. I just hope it doesn’t catch up with us anytime soon.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Yes, it is me... Susan. So my old template died on me. It simply disapeared. I have NO idea what happened- so we are going to try this. I just can't figure out my links!!! ACK!

I am going to go to a Girl Scout leaders weekend today and will be gone until Sunday. I am excited! I hope that I recognize a few faces.

The new job may kick my butt. I was up until midnight last night and then had to be up at 5:30 to get to work by 7:30 this morning. I am BEAT!!!

Luckily Josh is helping me pack and being wonderful. I love him so.

Monday, September 10, 2007


I got the job. I was not surprised, I am now a part time employee of the Disney Store, again. I worked yesterday and thought I might die. My feet were killing me. But I think I have recuperated. I needed this job because when I begin student teaching in the spring- I will have no other income and well, that just won’t work. It isn’t the highest paying job (in the least) but I plan to just take it and dump it into a little savings account and have it ready for use next year. And I am sure I will get plenty of hours during the holidays.

I also officially will not loose my tonsils, yet. I have been put on a 30 day regiment of antibiotics to try and kill the infestation that is taking place in my tonsils. He said that if I get strep again that I would have them out. But I have a follow-up appointment in a month and I think I am going to lay out my situation and ask if we can’t just take the bad boys out. I don’t want to wait to get it again. Really. I hate having strep. It takes me forever to feel normal again.

The kids are doing well. Emily went to a last minute slumber party at Chelsa’s house on Saturday night and had a great time. I had to work in the nursery and she helped as well and loved being with the babies. She was real nervous at first, but became very comfortable. She asked if she could help every Sunday. I think it is a combo of liking the babies and getting out of service. I think we can compromise and let her work once a month. She seemed cool with that idea. But she did nap on Sunday afternoon. She was beat. Today is her first dance class, I hope she enjoys it.

Jacob is a mess. Nothing new there. His first tiger scout meeting is tomorrow, and I think he is very excited.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Sikness and Business

Ugh, I have been sick. I have had strep throat again. It is the third time in 9 months. Almost exactly. I am sick and tired of having strep throat. So I have an appointment on Monday to find out what my deal with strep is. And there is the possibility of having my tonsils removed. Because seriously, who needs them? I don’t, and if it keeps me from getting strep I am giving it the green light. I hate having it. It is really sad now, because I don’t even have to ask Josh to look into my throat and say, do you see any white spots. I wonder if this is strep, hmmmm. Nope, I wake up and I just know. I make an appointment and get some drugs. Only they wouldn’t give me the shot this time. Which was not cool. The shot totally helped me last time. I felt SO much better SO much faster. But I guess that I “caught” it to fast and it hadn’t mutated as much as the previous time. Luckily the kids and Josh don’t show signs of the illness, so it is just me that is having issues.

On another, more fun note- We were the sign your kids up for everything people yesterday. We are officially signed up for Soccer and Boy Scouts for Jacob and Dance class (1 for now, but we maybe adding another) and of course she is already signed up for Girl Scouts. Josh volunteered to be the leader of Jacobs “den” for Boy Scouts and so I think we might be a little bit crazy. Between all that, our regular jobs, our second jobs and my school. Wow. Oh yeah, I am pretty sure I got a second job as well. Gotta start saving for my student teaching in the spring. I should find out real soon if I got it, but I feel more confident about this one than any other job I have tried to get ever. And we are keeping our neighbor girl on Tuesday nights over night. (That should be interesting, we may have to have her sleep in Jacob’s room, to get her and Emily not to chat all night long) So, our poor little cars are going to be going a million miles this year, but I am excited. Once we get into the routine we should be good to go. The kids should be beat on an almost nightly basis. Which is always a good thing!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Our weekend recap

I was out of town for the end of last week, and my work computer crashed while I was out of town so I had no opportunity to blog anything until I got home and then we had a fabulously busy and productive weekend with little time for writing.

So on Friday afternoon I flew home and was able to pick my kids up from school. It was great. They were so excited to see me when they walked out the door of the school. I was thrilled to see them as well! I really do miss the little boogers while I am out of town now. I used to enjoy a few days of freedom, but now, I just miss them.

Once we had walked home we loaded up and off we went to the outlet mall. I needed to pick up a gift for a wedding we were attending and both children needed new church shoes. I found the present pretty easily and I even found a new dress for me for 50% off! We headed over to Payless for shoes because my daughter, my 8 year old daughter wears a size 6 in womens. I didn’t wear a size 6 until after I had given birth to her. And adult womens shoes at the outlet mall are all stripper shoes. We were successful after a bit of a pity party on Emily’s account and a mad search for shoes in Jacob’s size.

On Saturday we headed out early in the morning to the Home Depot for their childrens activity. The kids love doing this and they enjoyed this one as well. We built football hangers. We were also able to get the last project which was memory boxes. I think Emily will really enjoy doing this when we do it in the next couple of weeks.

After that we went home and fixed the fence that the dogs had broken while I was out of town and stained the bench that sits in our front lawn. It is a beautiful color now. I just love it. At this point we all got dressed for the wedding and headed out to Liberty Hill. Emily loves weddings and I always enjoy going to weddings, so we had a good time. Emily always thinks that the bride is beautiful.

After the wedding we dropped the kids off with grandma and Josh and I had our first date in ages. We went and saw the Bourne Ultimatum and ate at The Saltgrass. It was fabulous. I loved the movie and the steak.

The next day was fix a bunch of broken stuff and do laundry day at our house. We were highly productive and it was really nice.

On Monday I had a gift certificate for Build a Bear Workshop, so we headed out to the mall and built some bears. The kids had a great time and love their new bears. While at the mall I passed by Dillards and they were having their 75% off sale on shoes, so I poked around a bit and found a pair of shoes for me and Emily with a total of under $20. After the mall we headed over to Amy’s and hung with her for a while. We headed out with her and her children to a teachers store as she is home schooling and I needed multiplication flash cards for Emily. We both found lots of treasures, but were extremely well behaved. And then we went to the Goodwill Outlet. Who knew such a store existed? Amy found lots of clothes and I found a few things for Emily and a bike for Jacob. He needs a new bike as the one he has is made for a 2 year old. So I picked him up a bike for $6 and while it needs some TLC I think that Josh will have it ready for him to ride by the weekend and without killing our budget.

So that is my lovely weekend all rolled up into a whole lotta boring. But I had a great time, hanging with my husband, my kids and my best friend. Who could ask for anything more?

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The First Day of School (only a day late this year!)

Yesterday was the first day of school for the kids. Emily was up early, ready to hit the road. She is super excited about school. She loves her teacher and I hope she continues to like her throughout the year. This year they don’t have a treasure chest, like she has in the past years, but a Scholar Dollar system. They earn money for behavior and special projects. In time you can earn up to 1000 scholar dollars and “cash them in” for items, like stuffed animals and even a bike! Emily is trying for a bike. I hope she can do it! She is also anxious about the TACS test. I am sad that she is already apprehensive about a test.

Jacob was not as excited about school, but as the morning wore on, he became more excited. I think he will enjoy being in Mrs. O’Nan’s class. He proudly read his first little book last night and seems to be more excited today. It appeared that he was ready for school after the first day and proudly told me that nobody had to pull a card in class. Something he remembers vividly from when Emily was in first grade.

So here they are ready to go. I can hardly believe that they are as old as they are and as grown up as they have become. I will go weep now.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Back to school night

Last night was Meet the Teacher night for the kids at their school. We are very excited that Jacob is in Ms. O’Nans class, just like Emily was. We loved Ms. O’Nan and the way in which she helped Emily, so we know what to expect and we are super excited.

Emily is in Ms. Mudra’s class. She seems to be a very nice and very young. I think this will be the first time, but not the last, that I am older than my child’s teacher. I thought, having started having children so young, that I would be younger than the teachers for some time, but that is not the case. It should be interesting. I hope that it all works out for Emily. She needs a strong teacher, I hope Emily doesn’t “break” her. I know she can if she tries.

So overall it was a great success, and now the kids are ready and eager to start school again. I am excited for them!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Emily's haircut

Emily and I went for haircuts last night- to get ready for school. Here it is:

I love it! I love how it curls again and I love how sweet and girlish she looks. She loves it as well. I just hope I can actually make it look like this again. She also wants me to buy the $40 worth of products that the lady used on her. I am not sure that is going to happen.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

My 100 finally and becasue Amy did it.

1. I am a Christian
2. I am a child of God
3. I am a wife
4. I am a mother
5. I met Josh when I was a junior in highschool
6. I was way to cool for him
7. I didn’t date him until 3 years later at LCU
8. I dated him for 5 months before we were engaged
9. I was married 14 months later on May 30, 1998
10. We will be married 10 years this coming May
11. I will be 30 in January
12. I have 2 children, a girl and a boy
13. I love them more than almost anything
14. But they drive me crazy!
15. I love Snickerdoodle cookies
16. Yummmmm, Snickerdoodle
17. Sorry, where was I? Oh yes, me.
18. I love Weiner dogs, but I have two ginormous dogs- Biscuit and Brownie
19. I love cats and have a perfect cat named Oreo
20. And we unfortunately have a turtle- Turdy Green bean Sumpter
21. We name all our animals after food.
22. It is a fun little game our family has. We like it.
23. I think we would have even more animals if we had the space to keep them in.
24. The problem with animals, is keeping the house clean.
25. They like to shed entirely too much.
26. And the older dog is very jealous.
27. I like to read.
28. I have always enjoyed reading.
29. I saw most of Europe with headphones and my nose in a book when I was a pre-teen.
30. It drove my parents crazy.
31. And now I understand why.
32. I have been to at least 15 countries.
33. I have been to Disney World twice.
34. One time I worked there for the summer with the college program.
35. I worked at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom.
36. It was really, really cool.
37. I spent the summer riding all the rides for free. I loved it.
38. But I had to leave my then 18 month old and husband to do it.
39. That was sad.
40. Emily broke her leg while I was away “playing”
41. I never saw her in her cast
42. I still have the cast
43. It kinda stinks now
44. But I had a great time. And I learned a lot.
45. I want to go back so much it almost hurts
46. I love to watch movies.
47. But don’t ask me my favorite, because I have so many that I enjoy it is not even funny.
48. I think my favorite changes like the seasons of my life (gag)
49. Right now, I really like Office Space. It speaks to me right now, like no other movie does.
50. I also watch a lot of TV.
51. I love TV.
52. I usually like shows that end up being cancelled, because I am the only person watching them.
53. I really love DVR. It has saved my sanity.
54. I am a bit of a TV junkie.
55. I am not necessarily proud of it, it is just the truth.
56. I want to be on Oprah.
57. Even though I would never be on another show.
58. I really am way to shy to do that.
59. But if Oprah comes a calling, I am so there.
60. With Amy. Of course. That is our life long goal.
61. After the cruise.
62. Amy and I plan to go on a cruise next year.
63. I am taking donations.
64. I think I want to travel more.
65. I want my children to see the world.
66. But I will take their ipods and books away from them.
67. I don’t like hot beverages.
68. I will drink hot tea, but it is only on a rare occasion.
69. I have discovered Fresca- it is my new love.
70. I like pink.
71. I have a pink phone.
72. I have several pairs of pink shoes.
73. OOOOOoooooooohhhhhhhhhh, pink.
74. Where was I, oh yes, me.
75. I love pizza.
76. I will never turn down a slice of pizza.
77. I am lumpy.
78. For some reason my body likes to create balls of liquid that like to hang around for a while.
79. I do not particularly like these balls of liquid as they usually cause me some sort of pain.
80. I am not a big fan of pain.
81. I love to write letters.
82. I like to think I am ok at it.
83. My mom always told me to get letters you have to send letters. I love to get letters.
84.I think I finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up.
85.But I can’t seem to get hired.
86. I never thought it would be this difficult.
87. But I keep trying.
88. I need to get my passport updated.
89. But then I would have to take a picture.
90.I don’t like to have my picture taken.
91. But I love to take pictures.
92. I would love to have a Canon Rebel
93. But they cost more than my first born, so I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
94. Yummmmmmy Canon’s
95. Sorry, where was I, oh yes, me.
96. Like I said I don’t like attention.
97. But sometimes I will take it.
98. Usually ungracefully, because well. I am ungraceful.
99. Even after years and years of ballet. Sorry mom.
100.Yes, I took ballet, you gotta problem with it?

Thursday, August 16, 2007

We have been having another bought of Mean Girls here in the neighborhood.

I hurt having to stand back and watch Emily muddle through such a difficult time. But I know I can only show support and share ideas of how to handle the situations that are constantly coming about. I am not sure how else to handle it. I want so much to run over and pop the Double A’s in the mouth for how hurtful and mean that they are to Emily, but I know that will not help the situation at all.

I know she is learning that not everybody in this world is going to want to be her friend, or even play with her on a hot summer day. But it still hurts me to see my sweet first born have to learn these horrible life lessons at such an early age because of a couple of nasty kids that have no adult supervision and have not once in their lives heard the word “no” come from their “parents” lips.

She is only 8 for goodness sakes. She is already over being a grown-up and ready to be a kid again.

All I know is that we are super excited to watch High School Musical 2 together tomorrow night while Josh has to work. We are going to Bop-Bop-Bop to the top!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

A conversationwith my son

One of the most annoying things that our children do is say our name multiple times and when we finally answer say “Nevermind.”

This became so frustrating that we made it into a little game. We mostly just play with Jacob, because he will play longer than Emily without getting frustrated.

We say “Jacob?”

Jacob says, “What?”



And then we do over and over again.

Last night Emily was spending the night over at Gabby’s and Josh took me and Jacob out to eat as my day was as bad as one could be. After dinner we had been playing the Nevermind game for a few minutes when I said, “Jacob?”


“I love you.”


Josh says, “Why didn’t you say STOP IT!?”

And my sweet little Jacob says, “That is one I want.”

At which point my day became considerably better.

Monday, August 06, 2007

A weekend in San Antonio

For Josh's birthday which is in a week, we went to Six Flags this weekend. He has to work on his birthday, so we headed up there this weekend. The kids had their free tickets and we had enough points for a free night at a Hampton- so off we went. And we had such a great time. The kids were SO excited and they each only had one meltdown each. A new record for an overnight trip. It was a wonderful way for us to spend some time together as a family before school and all that involves begins and it got my mind off stuff that needs to be forgotten for the time being. We had our traditional Western photo made, I will have to figure out were I can get it scanned electronically- We look super silly this year!

Here is Jacob checking out the map, waiting for the rope to drop.

Here is Emily waiting next to a big sign at the front gate.

Emily and Jacob with Scooby Doo. The ONLY character Jacob would have anything to do with.

Run Scooby Run!!!!!

We had a great time and I am so glad we were able to go. The kids had a great time and we enjoyed ourselves. Emily is now tall enough to ride ALL of the rides- so she and Josh rode all the big coasters, except I got to ride the Rattler with her, since we rode it together the last time we went to Six Flags. Jacob and I hung out together riding some of the smaller "kiddy" rides, but he had just as much fun as she did. But I think the new ride- Tony Hawk's Big Spin was the family choice winner. We all could ride it, the line was never horribly long and it was really cool. In the words of my eight year old "It totally ROCKED!!!"

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Yesterday Josh was at the local HEB *plus* in the garden section when he turned around to find that Jacob was stuffing sunflower seeds down his pants. Now I know that my son enjoys stuffing things down his pants, but this is a new one. I think the only reason he didn’t come home with those seeds is that Daddy caught him. The most frustrating thing about the whole situation was that he wouldn’t tell me. He refused. He cried and rubbed his little eyes and became a big old swollen mess before he fell asleep- without ever telling me what happened. This saddens and scares me. I wish he felt like he could tell me when he has made mistakes. His punishment was not being able to go with Mrs. Ann to see Shrek the Third yesterday with a whole group of kiddos.

Emily talked me into a “practice bra” which she now loves. A little too much. She is constantly worried about if it has been washed, where is it? Blah, blah, blah! She is going to drive her daddy crazy about it. But the other problem that seems to go hand in hand with the purchase of this particular item, is that she suddenly thinks she is a grown up. For real. She needs to hurry up and get over herself, fast. Because she is not 16, she does not have a job and she is not as important as she thinks she is. Emily now believes she runs the household. Maybe I should start charging rent.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Gabby and Emily

I have been working on my 100 things, because Amy told me too. I am not quite finished, so I thought I would take a break from that and tell all three of you whats going on here.

I am ALMOST done with the last Harry Potter book. I have 3 chapters left. Gosh darn work getting in the way of reading. I am really enjoying it and I am going to read the books to the kids once I am finished with this one- which will be today.

Last night Emily had a sleepover with a little girl down the street, Gabby. I like Gabby. I think I may like Gabby more than the fabulous Chelsa and I know I love Gabby compared to the Double A’s. She is a year older than Emily, but she has younger siblings and is very nice and sweet and polite to me. And that is what is important. Plus, she and her 2 younger siblings have been hanging at our house a lot the last few weeks and I am really getting to like them. Emily had the time of her life. It was different than when Chelsa has spent the night. They played and ate fruit and cheese and crackers and stayed up later than I did. They watched the sunset outside and then watched Mean Girls. Emily was glowing, that a friend would come to her house and they would be able to play nicely and there was NO fighting, and I wish I could let them sleep over at each others house every day until school starts. Because no matter how much time there 2 girls spend together, they don’t seem to argue. Both Gabby and Emily compromise and just work together so nicely.

I hope it lasts.

Plus a very blurry picture of the two.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Boring life 101

What a week. I am SO glad it is Sat. I got my hair cut today, yeah for less hair. I am sitting for Amy right now, so I have 2 extra kids right now. But I am expecting 2 more kids to join us at any minute. So I should be having a fabulous good time with 6 kids, by myself. But I am handling it ok. They have swam already and now are having a snack break. They are in the middle of watching Sleeping Beauty. So fun is being had by all.

I am still looking for a teaching job. No luck yet, but I am hopeful. Friday was the drop date for all the teachers in Round Rock, so all the jobs should be posted next week. I am in Little Rock next week, so I will sit and apply and call and email to my hearts content while I am bored of my rocker in the afternoons.

Our trip to Kentucky was good. We had a fabulous time and I am SO glad we all got to go. I had forgotten how much I miss my grandparents. I enjoyed our time there and Josh is already trying to plan how to get back sooner than we might have originally planned to return.

So that is all that is going on in our boring life. The sun is finally out after a rainy morning (the kids swam in the cloudy, overcast-but dry time) and I think I am going to throw them outside while the gettings good.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Thank you

All I have to say is:

Thank you Amy.

You know what you did and I am able to move on now becasue of you and your fabulous wit, spin and rockin good times.

Friday, June 29, 2007

We are leaving tomorrow afternoon to go on our journey to Kentucky to spend the week with almost ALL of my family. Only 4 people shy of the entire group! And I saw those four in May- so it has been a busy year with the family.

I am super excited and can't wait to see my kids- it has been too long! I miss those kids!

I have ALOT to do this afternoon. I have a doctors appointment, a trip to the library, a trip to HEB, and that whole packing thing.

I am going to the library to get books on tape. Josh and I really enjoy long trips where we can listed to books on tape. We recently found that one of Emily's favorite book series comes on tape as well so we are going to pick that up as well. For once the DVDs are tiresome.

Woohoo Kentucky- here we come!!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

When I called my mom last night I was able to talk to Emily for a minute.

I asked her what she was doing. Her response was, “Watching the rain fall.”

I miss them.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Six Years

Six years ago yesterday I headed into the doctors office for my last bi-weekly appointments. I was going to start moving to weekly appointments the next week. The child was still right- side up which meant he was upside down. And they found something else was going on with him so they sent me straight from my appointment to the hospital. Thankfully I had left Emily with my Mother In Law and gone to the appointment alone.

I called all the appropriate people, Josh at the prison (that he worked at, not lived in) and I called his mother, as she was watching our first born and my parents. Josh freaked out, because it was 4 weeks early and while I was ready to not be pregnant, I really wasn’t ready. I checked into the hospital without my bag, without my husband and without any idea of what was to come. They of course out me on the fetal monitor and an IV and came in and did an extra ultra sound. I was able to almost see his face before he was born. They did an up close and personal picture of him that I got to keep. Not like the ultra sounds of today where you can actually see the faces. Then they turned him. While he was still inside. Because he was breech and wasn’t changing his mind anytime soon, they pushed and pulled on me and him like nobody’s business. And let me tell you. It was NOT comfortable. He was as stubborn as the doctors and nurses that were forcing him to change directions. They finally were able to get him upside down, right side up and let me rest. I was left to be and they gave me something to start the labor before I went to sleep that night. I really don’t remember to much about that night except I had to get up and go to the bathroom a million times because of the IV that was pumping fluids and every time I had to get up I had to call a nurse because I was hooked up to SO many things. The next day I was officially in labor and I of course asked for the epidural as soon as possible because I am a big pain weenie.

The epidural did not take. Lets just say that again. The epidural did not take.

So I am going along and I am tired and I am in pain and I am SO OVER this and I want to be done. It didn’t look like he was coming anytime soon, as it was going VERY slowly. I was not very dilated when they came to check me so everybody decided to leave and get some dinner. Josh’s mom was going to take Emily home because we weren’t sure the little man was going to join us before it was time for her to go to bed. Josh walked Emily and his mom out and to her car. And left me alone. I guess when I am left alone Jacob wants to join me. Because then it was PAIN. Goodness, pain like I had never felt before. I called Josh on his phone telling him to get back up to the room. NOW. When he got back he went and got the nurse. She was very reluctant to come and check me again because she just had checked me literally 15 minutes prior. But Josh insisted and she came and I was nearly ready.

So everyone goes into panic mode. Both sets of grandparents had just left. So Josh contacts everyone and they start making their way back to the hospital. His mother and Emily were getting stuck at every light possible. My mom and dad barely made it back in time.

Little Jacob joined us in the world at 5 pounds 12 ounces and was 18 ¾’s inches long. A little old thing.

He has always been little since then and he has been just as stubborn. He his a fantastic little boy who gives me heart ache and joy.

Happy Birthday, my baby Jaocb.

On July 4th, only 8 days old.

Taken in June- almost 6 years old.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Childless and it feels so......weird.

Josh and I have had quite a bit of quiet time since the children went off to New Mexico. We almost don’t know what to do with ourselves. We had a late dinner out on Monday, we didn’t even come home until after 8:30 (which is completely unheard of for us). We are actually getting to talk. Like real live grown-up talk. I almost don’t know what to think about all of it.

Sadly, I do not miss my children yet. I think it is because I am still working 8 hours a day and commuting forever everyday and have my mind on all this silly teacher stuff (which, on a side note, I officially put my application, copies of transcripts and a lovely little check to the agency in the mail this morning on the way to work. I will be officially accepted after they check and make sure I actually went to college and what-not). I think I will start missing them today. Josh is working and I get off at 4:30. I will have quite a bit of time alone. Which is nice in theory, but lonely at the same time. I will probably turn up the stereo and get to work in their rooms. I have stripped their beds and pulled all the laundry out of there, I just need to go ahead and get it good and clean while they are gone. Now is my opportunity to shed some of the junk they have collected. While I have to admit isn’t nearly as much junk as it was at one time. Plus, I would love to be able to surprise them with something new in their playroom- what? Who knows, but I gotta get it cleaned up before I can do anything.

But it is bizarre not having the kids. it is different this time. I mean, we did go for a week last summer without them, but it seemed like a rushed week and we didn’t get to spend any quality time together. This time- I feel like it will be forever until I see my kiddos again. I won’t see them for another 12 days! Not that I am counting or anything.

Monday, June 18, 2007


On Saturday I took Jacob and Emily to the airport to catch their plane to New Mexico to visit their grandparents. On the way to the airport I was discussing with the children about the security and the lines and what not that they would have to do once we arrived at the airport. Because in today’s world my kids never go upstairs through the security on a regular basis. I think Jacob has only done it once in his life ever. So I was explaining that they would have to allow their backpacks to go though the X-ray machine and they would have to take off their shoes and put them through as well. Jacob asked, “Why do I have to take my shoes off?” I responded with, “Well, one time a man put a bomb in his shoes and tried to get on the airplane. He was trying to hurt people, but they caught him, so now, you have to take your shoes off when you get on the plane to make sure you don’t have a bomb in your shoe.” I thought that would have answered any questions that either kid might have had, but then Jacob decided to say bomb about 14 times in the next 3 minutes.

“I don’t have a bomb in my shoes.”

“I don’t have a bomb in my bag.”

“I don’t have a bomb with me.”




Over and over again. I thought I might just die right there in the car driving to the airport. He would not stop saying bomb.

SO I calmly explained to him that he could NOT say that word once we got to the airport, or he wouldn’t be seeing MeMaw and PePaw today, because he could go to jail. Emily promptly told me he was too little to go to jail. I told her- Whatever- he could get into lots of trouble. So STOP IT!

Once we arrived he did not say bomb one time. I was so proud of him. However, while waiting in the line for security he saw all lighters and matches that had been discarded prior to going through the security line and we talked about how it wouldn’t be good for a fire to start on the plane to which he tells me, “Yeah, cuz it would go BOOM and then down.” With the little hand motions of a plane falling from the sky.

I just wanted to die once again. Hoping that nobody though we were planning to take over a plane. Because we SO were not. I just have a little boy who loves explosions and airplanes.

Emily waiting for the plane reading her new magazine.

Is our plane here yet?

It's here!!!

Friday, June 15, 2007


The kids are nearly packed. I only have to add a shirt for Emily and a (1) sock for Jacob. And then pack their on the airplane backpacks. And there I only need to add the DVD players that are charging and split up the crayons and add a few chapter books to Emily’s bag. And they will be ready to go. This morning Emily asked me if it was Saturday yet. I said- Not yet, but tomorrow. They are ready to go. Mrs. Ann has quite a fantastic day planned of swimming at the Round Rock pool, Gattiland and a relaxing afternoon watching a movie. They will be pooped.

We went to Chuy’s last night for a fathers day celebration since the kiddos will be gone on Sunday. Josh loved the ipod shuffle and was walking around with it last night as we were packing and cleaning up. I am super happy that he likes it. We had a good time once Emily got out of her funk and we just had a fabulous time.

I am excited that my kids get to have their fabulous vacation, but I am ad and scared fro them at the same time. It is probably a good thing that we have our company picnic right after I drop the kids off at the airport. Otherwise I might be a basket case for the next two weeks.

The ball Emily caught

Thursday, June 14, 2007

What a banner week for Emily it has been.

After she won the tickets to the baseball game she actually "caught" a ball during the game. And becasue the kids had been so well behaved during the game Josh and the kids waited after the game to get a few of the players to sign the ball. She could not have been more excited. Seriously. I have a picture of her and the ball, stuck on my camera becasue I have to find the cord.

The kids are super excited about flying to see the grandparents in a few days. It works out the Chelsa leaves on Friday and the kids leave Sat morning. No time to grieve her leaving, because we have our own fun to have.

We are celevrating Fathers Day tonight since the kids will be gone on Sunday. I think Josh will really like his present, it is after all what he asked for. So all should go well there.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Yesterday Emily won tickets to the Round Rock Express game from our new favorite pizza place, Papa Murphy’s. She always wants to fill out those little cards, and I remember letting her do it one day a few months ago. It was quite humorous when I went to pick them up, because they asked for and ID. I pointed to Emily and said, “She is Emily, she doesn’t have an ID. But here is mine, the address is the same.” I think they almost didn’t believe me. So the game is tonight and the kids are going with Josh while I am at my info session on teaching certificates.

We also purchased two brand new suitcases for the kids trip to New Mexico and then onto Kentucky. I had finally decided to just bite the bullet and buy the $25 kids ones I found on Sunday, but couldn’t bear to purchase, but after consultation with my mother and father and their preference to having two small ones instead of one big one, I figured I would just do it. Besides, my big one- has seen MUCH better days and is falling apart due to all of my travels. So we went to Target after I got home last night, but it was a different Target and they didn’t have the same luggage I had seen on Sunday. So, I looked around and decided on some MUCH cheaper small “adult” suitcases for $9.99 a piece- I said- that’s it, we will take it. I have another very small piece if we need to send three, but I think we should be ok with their backpacks and the small luggage. But I got out of Target with the two suitcases and a new swimsuit for Emily (which I now have to return today- ARGH!) for what one suitcase would have cost. So I am VERY happy about that. So tonight I am going to start pulling underwear and socks and dresses for them. Also, mom, don’t worry, I think I am simply going to mail Jacob’s present to Mamagrand this weekend. That way you don’t have to transport them.

The kids are brown from swimming and are antsy to see their MeMaw. FYI Mom, Emily is most excited about: seeing Shrek the Third, and watching the bunnies after dinner. And swimming.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Well-we offially opened the pool this weekend and fun ensued.

We ended up wth 8 kids before the day was over. We have the only pool (so far) this summer. Several had one last year, but we are the only house to have not disposed of the pool at the end of last year. We just emptied it and stored it in the garage until a few weeks ago. The kids had a great time for about 5 hours! Emily ended up starting a nasty sunburn and finishing it on Monday. I am out of town in Little Rock and she went running in spinklers on Monday and burnt to a crisp according to Josh.

And then today, Jacob got stung by a bee in out garage. Lovely. I can't wait to be home.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Happy Anniversary to me and Josh. It has been 9 years since we walked into this thing called marriage. We have had good and bad times, and we seem to be on an upswing right now. Hopefully it stays up for a while.

On another note- I have been looking into that whole teachers certificate thing again. I never did anything with it before, well because I am stupid. I could be teaching now, but I think I got scared and nervous about the whole idea. So I have been researching it quite a bit these last 2 days, after thinking about it for about a month. I have actually taken a step in the right direction as well. I have ordered my transcripts and started filling out the applications. So, progress is being made. After looking into it, I think that a Career and Technical Certification is going to be the best bet for me. I would focus on Family and Consumer Science. Funny if you think about it. I am going to an information session on June 12th. If once I apply and am accepted into this program I could actually be student teaching next spring, while going to school while I continue working at my current job.
I am going to go to the info session and find out more information and hopefully start this thing up for real this year.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


We had a blast in Lubbock this weekend. It was great to see everybody again. It had been 9 years since we had all been together. We have added 3 kids to the family since then. Here are the "best" serious pose and my favorite: the crazy one.

Lauren, Uncle Tim, Uncle John, Josh, Me, Mom, Grandma, Dad, Grandpa, Lucas, Aunt Deb, Aunt Michelle, Trevor, jacob, Hannah and Emily.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Two boys and a tree

Last night when I got home Jacob was outside with his new little friend Cameron. They were playing with the pirates and having a grand time. I went inside and was talking with Josh when I heard the water come on outside. As you may or may not know my son loves to turn the hose on. I don’t know why, but the boy loves him some water. So I go outside and fuss in a fun, cool mother way. I grab my camera and take a few shots of the tow of them, thinking, oh, what a fun little fluffy blog this will be for tomorrow.

About an hour later we send Jacob home with Cameron to pick up Emily, who was hanging with Cameron’s older sister. Emily hits the door and says, “Do you know what those boys did?” We assume she means the mess in the garage- pirates and matchbox cars were everywhere. We tell her yes and tell her to get inside and get to eating her dinner. I certainly cannot even remember why Josh went outside, but I hear him yell “Susan!” and I jump up and run outside. This is what I found.

What possesses two 5 year olds to mangle a tree like that? Why? I just don’t understand why they did it. Jacob is in the biggest trouble of his life- he has lost his beloved pirates until school is out- which is only 2 days, but he was very ashamed. We had a chat about it, and I had to explain to Emily why I didn’t march over to Cameron’s house and tell on him. So all sorts of lessons were learned last night and out poor tree looks so, so sad.

Monday, May 21, 2007

We had a fantastic weekend. The best part was hanging out with Amy almost all afternoon on Saturday. Here is the "proof"

We had a great time, while Amy gave her dog a bath and the kids played with Legos and dirt- little friendships were forming.

On Sunday afternoon Emily did her own make up.

And then we had a little lesson on make-up.

Josh and I are prepairing for a trip to Lubbock this weekend. Lots of funt o ensue I am sure of it. The kids are excited to swim and I am excited to see family.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Today is a day for bullets:

  • I was called on Tuesday morning at 7:57am to pick up Jacob, he had been throwing up at school. We got to hang out and watch Scooby Doo all day together. He only threw up 2 more times that day.
  • Emily was so wonderful this morning. She got up, got dressed, did her own hair, brushed her teeth and asked nicely for breakfast-all without having to be asked. I live for those moments.
  • Josh got the dishwasher fixed yesterday! It has been 6 months, and he finally decided after I broke glass number 476 while washing dishes on Tuesday that he would call someone. Two pumpkin seeds. That is what was causing the problem. Almost as bad as when 2 pebbles caused the dryer to stop working. I think we need to work on cleaning things properly before loading them into the machines made to make our lives “easier.”
  • Josh put up the pool yesterday. The kids are so excited they are about to pee themselves. It was all we could do yesterday to keep Jacob out of the water. Emily has already invited the entire neighborhood over for swimming after school today. Let’s just say this is one day I am happy to be at work.
  • Our first free lawn mower finally died about a month ago. We had been borrowing random neighbors mowers until we could get our own. On Monday Josh and I decided with all the rain we have been getting we had to break down and buy a lawn mower. We had looked on-line and were going to look at Wal-Mart (the evil empire) this weekend for a refurbished one. But the wonderful, lovely Mrs. Ann gave us hers that afternoon! They are getting their lawn cared for professionally and have no use for a lawn mower anymore, so they gave us theirs! It was amazing the timing on the situation.
  • School is almost out and the kids are READY! They are super excited that we are traveling so much this summer. And they are traveling more than Josh and I are. Emily is super duper excited about going to Lubbock to see all of her cousins that she didn’t even know she had and a few that she does know. Jacob is thrilled that he gets to have a “destination birthday”- even if the destination is Mayfield, Kentucky, population 10,000.
  • However, I think my kids are most excited about hanging out with Amy this Saturday- seriously Amy, I hope it ok. It is all they have talked about this week. Jacob wanted to go over when he was sent home from school sick. He just wanted to share. What a mess. But we plan on being there this Saturday- be ready to play!
  • Emily finally asked about taking dance lessons yesterday. I have been waiting for this moment since she went to the dance recital with Chelsa on Saturday. I am thinking about letting her do it. It might teach her some grace, focus and discipline . I need to look into it.

I guess that is it. We are boring but exciting. Yeah us!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Weekend Update-with pictures

Another full weekend at our house. On Saturday we had final games of Soccer and Volleyball and a Girl Scout meeting. Emily’s team lost and Jacobs team won. After Jacob’s game his team had a party at the YMCA which included pizza, cake and playtime in the huge play area.

After the Girl Scout meeting Emily went with Chelsa to her dance recital and Jacob and I got to hang out.

It was really, really fun just hanging out with Jacob. We needed to go to the Girl Scout shop and to HEB. And because I was thrilled to be hanging out with him alone we went to Dairy Queen to full ourselves for our long journey ahead of us. After the Girl Scout shop and before HEB we went to the Party Pig to search for Scooby Doo birthday stuff for his party. Since his birthday will take place while he is in Kentucky with ALL the grandparents and Mayfield, KY is a small town, I wasn’t sure we could find a Scooby Doo cake topper at the Wal-Mart or Dollar General so we went a hunting. While we were walking up to the store he asked what the name of the store was. I told him, “Party Pig”- well you would have thought I farted, burped and spit water out my nose he laughed so hard. He thought it was HILARIOUS! After finding what we needed and a few things we didn’t need at the Party Pig we headed to HEB for my prescription and then to Mrs. Amy’s mom and dad’s house.

We posed Jacob and Ian for a few cute Americana shots and then got a few more with Kenzie in them by chance.

Jacob had a great time- truth be told, I think because Emily wasn’t there they all got along better. I think she is turning into a bit of a bully and I am not sure how to stop it.

But the kids had a great time digging and playing in the dirt and I think Jacob asked about 12 times on Sunday if we could go over to their house again. I kept telling him, next Saturday, honey, next Saturday. (I hope that you have no plans Amy, because we will be there.)

Sunday was nice. I got some very sweet presents from the kids and they both melted down to hysterical tears at least 12 times each. It was a fabulous mothers day. I think the best part was when they went to play outside with their friends and I got to watch ER uninterrupted.

Over all a very good weekend. I am already ready for the next one.