Monday, December 21, 2009

Wieners and Santa

On Saturday, the 12th, we got a special visit from Santa who showed up with the Mountain Park Volunteer Fire Department. The firetruck and the ambulance showed up with sirens blaring. Matt was still a little scared but he was much better than last year. Grandma and Papa were able to be here and Matt felt safe in the back of Papa's truck with Papa at his side.


That Saturday was also the 10 year anniversary of my Grandma Havens' passing. I am especially reminded of my Grandma at Christmas because of the beautiful things she made us with Mr. and Mrs. Clause being my favorite.
When we would go to South Dakota to visit her (we lived in Denver and it was a 6 hour drive), we would always stop first at the Havens' house (we stayed at my other Grandma's house). We would walk into the kitchen and the first thing she would say was "You want a wiener?".
So on Saturday, we all had wieners for lunch....for you Grandma. We miss you terribly and I hope you are taking good care of my Jake.
**Sunday the 13th was the third anniversary of my Grandma Carr's passing. She is missed and I know she is up in Heaven enjoying seeing how well her family is doing here. She should be very proud of her kids and grandchildren!!**

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

I don't like the odds

On Monday evening, Davis goes to PREP (religious education) and I teach a 5th grade class.

Fortunately my co-teacher is willing to do the carpool line so Davis and I can leave. One of my students is a cub scout and attends his meeting after class. We always take him upstairs and I make sure there is an official hand off. Last night, he needed to go to our new Family Life Center across the parking lot.

On our walk back, I put my hand down and Davis grabbed it without thought. I asked him if he was ever embarrassed of being with me.

He said "no". (insert a very happy mommy).

I then said ,"do you think you will be someday?"

He said "Probably"

Damn......

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Autrey...Are you on your way?

The house is buzzing with the anticipation of our elf's, Autrey, annual visit.

We wrote our letter to Santa requesting Autrey's visit again this year with the promise to take good care of him until Santa comes to get him on Christmas Eve.

The boys ran out this morning when they saw "a candy cane package" on the driveway. It ended up being a newspaper with sales ads.

Then Davis heard the Fed-Ex truck and he said "I heard the brakes and I just knew he would stop here, but he didn't". I asked what he was expecting and he said "you know he (the elf) could come in a PACKAGE".

Autrey tends to be a little mischievous while he is visiting, with his first stunt being the most memorable for the kids....he made pancakes and a big MESS.

He even tried to take the dirt bike out....


Hopefully Santa can spare little Autrey again this year....I wonder when he will come and what antics he has up his sleeves this year!!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It Takes Two

Last weekend I heard this twice on two different movies/shows I was watching.

This brings back some really good memories of college for me. This was a popular lip-syncing song that many of my friends would do. I was never drunk enough to get up on the stage....THANK GOD!!

This video was cute and I just needed something light today!!



Matt has been sick since about 3 this morning, he does seem to be a little better now after some soup, applesauce and a nice long nap. I hope no one else gets it.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Please Be Patient...

God isn't finished with me yet


At least I hope He's not finished with me!!

I would be lying if I said "all is well".

I am teetering on the edge

But every time I feel like am going to fall,

I feel the hands of someone holding on to me.

Those hands have come in many forms.

A gift card from an anonymous friend
A phone call from someone who cares.
A short term contract job that provided the "best support group ever".
A job lead.
A prayer on my behalf.
My tough 5 year old saying he wants to take a heart necklace to school because it reminds him how much he loves me.
And so much more!!

Thank you for all the "hands"....I surely would have fallen without them!!

I saw a church sign today that said,

"Give Thanks for the Blessings Yet to Come"

Thank you God for not completing me yet...I am looking forward to what is in store for me.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

"Going Out", Letting Go and Enjoying

I am sitting here on a rainy Halloween night waiting for my boys to come back from trick-or-treating. My Pirate and Commando are out filling those bags and enjoying themselves. Hopefully they caught up with their friends. The wagon is filled with juice boxes and beer...wonder if they will ever return?

Hannah is over at her friend's house trick-or-treating this year...kind of tough for this Mommy. I know I have to let her go, but damn it is hard!!! I gave my instructions (no taffy or sugar gum - we are paying too much for those braces to break them for a little candy) and sent her on her way. She is missed so much and hopefully her friend's mom will get pictures so I can post later!!

We did have a wonderful family lunch today that was quite entertaining. We found out that Hannah has a new boyfriend. She is "going out" with Ben, who plays football. How long has this been going on? Since last night when Hannah's friend sent Ben a text to ask if "he wanted to go out with Hannah" and he said YES!! Davis asked her if he was fat....her answer....

"I don't know, I haven't seen him in like a year"

He moved and goes to another school. Pete joked with her and said maybe we can have him over for dinner for ALL of us to meet him!!!!

Happy Halloween...enjoy what you have!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The brighter side

I can't believe it has been so long since I updated last. You would think that I would have more time on my hands, but the days seem to fly by.

I am going to give a quick update as I am mentally drained and my heart is hurting.

  • Hannah finished her fall softball season undefeated. She has grown so much this season and she really enjoyed it. This past weekend was the end of the season tournament....which they WON the whole thing....stayed in the winner's bracket the entire time. Hannah received the game ball for the second to last game, but really played hard every game!!

  • I have a contract job starting on Monday. It is really short term (1-3 weeks) and doesn't have much flexibility. I am hoping it opens some permanent opportunities!! Next week it will be one year since I was laid off.

  • I have been trying to prepare for the craft show on the 7th and am not making as much progress as I had hoped. My machine whacked out on me and I ended up having to take it to the shop. I still don't think it is sewing quite right, but I will nurse it through next weekend and then take it back to the shop (the guarantee their work for 90 days). I am a little nervous about the show...just don't know what people will think of my stuff!!

  • We are gearing up for Halloween on Saturday. Hannah is planning on going to her friend's to trick-or-treat.....I guess she is growing up and we have to let her fly!! It is Pete's turn to take the boys out, so I get to stay home and drink some wine!!

  • I have been volunteering at Hannah's school in the library (shelving books) and the lunchroom (selling ice cream). I am glad I am already done with school and I feel for those teachers!!!

I am sure there is more that I am forgetting. I am going to try to update more often because it is therapeutic for me. I am starting to see the light, hopefully it just continues to get brighter.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Cleaning, Purging, Cleaning, Sewing, Cleaning, Organizing and Cleaning


That is what I have been up to for the last couple of weeks, thanks to the end of our drought here in Georgia.

Our basement flooded....we live up on a hill...go figure. This video was taken from our upstairs above the garage, when we knew that no amount of shoveling was going to keep the water out!!

video

As soon as the drains caught up, the water left our basement as well!! However, all that "red" you see in the water is Georgia dirt!! The dirt has to be scrubbed off the floors in the basement. We pour disinfecting cleaner and water on the floor, scrub and then suck up in the shop vac.

We spent several days getting everything out that was wet (except for the carpet that does not have padding under it - which we shop vac'd). I have thrown away so much stuff...stuff I didn't need or want. Hannah's baby book was down there on a shelf that was on the floor - luckily I kept it in the box it was given to me in and that kept the important stuff from being ruined.

For my birthday, I got to go to the dump....boy do I know how to have a good time. It was very therapeutic to throw away all that crap!!!! I know Pete enjoyed it!!

Anyone that knows me knows that home organization is not my forte....but now I am going to make it one!! No more cardboard and pictures need to be protected. While I am still out of work, this is a perfect time to get things organized. I am going room by room and am excited when I finish one. I finished my "Christmas" room (where all the Christmas stuff is stored) last night and it feels great - I keep walking in there and smiling!

I am also sewing as I am preparing to join my friend at a craft show in November to sell my embroidered bookmarks and ornaments. My machine is in the basement and I am able to clean while the machine is working.

We registered with FEMA last week and they came out for an inspection on Friday. I wasn't aware that they would need to look in every room of the house (so embarrassed with the mess). We don't know the results of the inspection, but we did receive some money in our bank account yesterday that will definitely help!! The inspector felt our drywall was fine and that we should be able to steam clean the carpets. She said we are doing everything we should be doing, fans and dehumidifier, etc.

Not much going on with my job search. Pete is enjoying his, although I think he is looking for an easier time now that they have finally finished cleaning up after the flood (much of the course was completely under water and the silt is very deep).

The flood was the straw that broke the camel's back for me...I am doing my best to get out of my funk and have Faith that things will change. It has helped immensely that we have a wonderful family that continues to make our rough patch a little smoother.

I guess I need to cut this long entry off now...I am going jean shopping...for Hannah (I know my heart couldn't take jean shopping for me).

Thank you all for your continued prayers!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Lordy, Lordy...Look who's 40

ME....


Today I have been on this earth for 40 years...

Can't say the last year has been the best, but the first 39 pretty much rocked!!

I am looking forward to hopefully at least 40 more!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Man's Best Friend

Today we watched "Marley & Me" (I know - we are seriously behind on current DVD's). It was a little more emotional than I expected.

I was reminded that dogs don't care how much money you make, where they live, etc., all they want is to love you.

I am not sure how much of the end of the movie I saw between the tears and reminder of a time almost 2 years ago. We had to put our 11 year old lab/shar pei down because of a sudden illness the day after Thanksgiving. I remembered saying goodbye and watching Avery take her last breath with a beautiful sigh that said "thank you".

Job well done Girl....

I was also reminded that life moves on and that Hunter has filled a huge void since Avery's passing and he certainly keeps us on our toes!!! Below is a picture of him refusing to get off my bed so I could put clean sheets on it. The mattress cover is what is over him....he simply would NOT move!!! He makes me giggle on a daily basis!!

When I think of dogs, I always think of my sister. She is such a huge dog (and Dawg) lover!! While I was searching for the picture of Avery and I, I saw this picture with my sister and Abby and her two daughters. Both Lindsey and Abby are now playing with Avery and I know she misses them both so much!!

Hug your four-legged friend today and remind him/her how much they mean to you!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Good Time

We went camping this weekend and had the BEST time. Pete had to work every day at 6am, so he would stay until 9 or 10 and then go home to sleep (we camp only about 1/2 hour away). I decided to leave Hunter at home since Pete would be here at night. I thought I might miss him....but I didn't. Hannah wasn't there either because she ended up spending the whole weekend with her friend's family....we did miss her though!!

Sunday was a day that I laughed more than I have in AGES!!

Monday morning came and the last day is usually a little hectic with getting everything put away. Pete wasn't expected until about 11, so it was just the boys and me. They asked if they could go down to the beach and play in the sand. My first reaction was "no - you will get sandy and wet"...but instead I decided to seize the moment and they had a great time. I took my chair down there and just marveled at my two healthy boys enjoying life. I only had my phone with me, so the picture quality isn't great....but hopefully you can "see" the pure joy we all felt on the last day of a wonderful camping trip!!!





Thursday, August 27, 2009

Adjusting

Pete is almost done with his first week of work!!!

He LOVES it....I haven't seen him this happy in a really long time.

His day starts at 6:15am, but he is home by 3:10. He had today off, but he works from 6am to 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Because Pete is gone before the kids catch the bus, that duty falls to me every day. Thankfully they have all been wonderful and Matt is getting on the bus with no tears. I asked him if he was ready for me to come have lunch with him without him crying or if he wanted me to wait a little longer....he said "maybe a little longer". At least he is honest with himself.

My interview last week seemed to go well. I was told that he (the hiring manager) wanted to see me again after he is done with the screening process. I really liked the company and the work. I am really hopeful that it works out and I can get back to work. Pete says that I have to do all the housework since he is working now (LOL - I am sure I brought that on myself)

I guess I better get to bed...that bus comes early!!! Thank you all for your prayers...I think the tide just might be turning!!!

p.s. Today is my nephew's 6th birthday....Happy Birthday Lou, Aunt Sally loves you so much!!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Angel Whisper

Tonight was my first night of teaching my 5th grade PREP (CCD) class.

I'll admit that I was a little nervous and maybe a little weak (I gave blood right before class because I forgot to go earlier in the day).

Davis and I were getting the classroom ready...arranging the tables and chairs...getting the prayer table ready with a bible. I reached in the cabinet to get a bible because the one in the box is for younger children. I grabbed the one on the top.

I opened the front cover and saw the following inscription:

Presented to Transfiguration Catholic Church

By Sally Yost

For the Love of our Angel

Jake Yost

A couple of years ago (probably more than 6 years ago), the church asked for money for bibles for the kid's classrooms. I bought 3, one for Hannah, one for Davis and and one for our baby angel Jake (Matt wasn't here yet). I am sure there were hundreds purchased (there are at least 10 in the room I am in).
What a wonderful way to feel God's love and support!!!
Thank you Jake for the support...Mommy loves you always and forever!! Thanks to you the class was great!!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

One Down

...and one to go!

Pete got a J*O*B today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He will be working as a grounds technician at a private golf club that is maybe 5 minutes from our house (and that is only because he has to drive through our whole subdivision (we are in the back) and then through the subdivision that houses the club.

He was so excited when he walked in the shop this morning and saw all the toys tools that he will get to work with.

He took his drug test today and they are running a background check. Once all of that comes back, he will get to start back to work after 6 years of being a stay-at-home dad. It is very entry-level, but he LOVES golf, LOVES landscaping and can't wait to get on that tractor!!!

We don't know his schedule yet, but I am sure it will work out!!

Some of our prayers seem to be answered....now hopefully tomorrow I do well at my interview!!

Congrats Pete!!!!!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hope

I am amazed how a little HOPE can lift your spirits and motivate you. It feels good to have some things go our way for a change.

Pete and I have had a great couple of days of "talking" instead of arguing. So wonderful!!

We were able to get Davis in with a children's orthopedist tomorrow afternoon with the doctor that specializes in shoulders. It is at the office that is closest to our house versus having to go downtown (the doctor rotates between the two offices). Our pediatrician gave a referral without us having to bring him in.

It looks like Pete has a pretty solid lead on a job at a golf course that is literally almost in our backyard (well across the street in our neighbor's backyard). We were talking to some neighbors who were walking their dog (the most beautiful Husky puppy) and he is in charge of the grounds at the course. It may only be a seasonal job, but Pete could get some experience that might help him land something more permanent or at least hold him until he can get something different. I don't usually like to post anything about his search because so much has fallen through, but I am just too thrilled to keep quiet. It isn't a guarantee....but it is HOPE.

I am doing my best to prepare for my interview on Thursday. I am taking a self-study course on the subject matter that the position is requiring that will count as CPE requirements for my CPA license (paid for by my last company - ha ha). I am also making sure I can tell the hiring manager about relevant experience that I have.

I also learned yesterday from our priest that I should be praying to St. Joseph directly for help with the job search. We have a statue of the Holy Family in our church foyer and Monsignor told me many months ago to pat the baby Jesus' bottom and ask the Holy Family for help. I have been patting that baby's bottom every time I walk in the foyer (sometimes more than once). Apparently that is only for PREGNANCY...Holy Cow, thank goodness that didn't come true!!! Instead, I am supposed to pat St. Joseph on the shoulder and ask for help. So last night and tonight, I gently patted him on the shoulder and asked for help. I held Davis up today and had him ask too (seriously, could St. Joseph ignore an innocent child?).

I know we have so many people praying for us and I feel it for sure!! Even if this position doesn't work out for me, I am thankful for the week of HOPE!!!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hard Week

I guess I should be thankful that it is Friday, but I think I am too exhausted to enjoy it.

It has been a week filled with Matt crying while getting on the bus, or at school because apparently we can't go visit him at lunch (as a reward for not crying that morning) without him experiencing separation anxiety. His teacher has asked us not to come to the school for a couple of weeks so he can get adjusted. I know she is right and she did it in a very compassionate way...but that doesn't mean I have to like it!! Matt is very tired by the time he gets home and has been awful.....throwing things, saying bad words and just generally being an ass (sorry Mom).

Davis is usually my easy kid....my angel....not so much this week. He has battled with me about homework and then decides he won't do it unless I am home and sit with him. Wednesday he had a meltdown at his friend's house when I told him it was time to go home. I had to chase him around the yard, physically drag him to the car with him kicking and screaming. He said he hated me. None of this is normal Davis behavior and was very hard for me to deal with. Fortunately he calmed down, apologized and hasn't displayed the behavior again.

Davis has been having issues with his left shoulder coming out of the socket for a little over a month now. It has been at the swimming pool each time it has happened and popped backed as soon as he would slightly move his arm. We have a friend that did a MRI on him last Saturday but we haven't received the results yet. Today while at his friend's house on the slip-n-slide (he was instructed to only do baseball slides so it wouldn't dislocate his shoulder), but he fell and he immediately started crying and I knew it happened again. I happen to be standing right next to him, I had him lift his arm but it didn't pop back in like before. I amazingly didn't freak out, I grabbed his arm gently and popped it back in place (makes me a little queasy now that it is over). We will be calling his doctor on Monday to get him in as soon as possible. I am not sure exactly what the problem is, but I hope it isn't serious.

The job stress is really doing a number on our marriage. Not easy to actually say it out loud, but it is the truth. I am praying that things turn around before too long. It is hard to understand why things aren't coming to fruition for either of us....we are trying so HARD!! I know we have so many people praying for us and I am trying to believe that He is listening.

I did get some good news this week....I have an interview next Thursday for a position that my BFF (Hi Amy) helped me get my foot in the door. It is a really good company and a great position. It has all happened really quick, I applied on Wednesday and got the call the next day. I know when I do get back to work, I am going to be a great employee because I will be so grateful!!!

I have a couple of updates that I will try to get up over the weekend. Religious education (CCD) starts for the kids this Sunday (Matt and Hannah) and Monday (Davis). I am also going to be teaching a 5th grade class on Monday evenings. I am actually very excited about it...it looks like I have a really small class which will be great for this first-timer!!!

Hopefully next week will be better!!!

P.S. On a bright note...Hannah is LOVING middle school and it is truly a joy to see her practically glow.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Stinky Homecoming

We went camping this weekend (not the roughing-it-kind of camping) with my parents and sister. We only camp about 30 minutes away, so we aren't far. We had a GREAT time and look forward to Labor Day weekend when we go again!

When we walked in the door on Sunday, we were greeted with a TERRIBLE SMELL!!

Pete did the dishes before we left on Friday and there was nothing in the trash that smelled. He said he ran the disposal as well. The smell was definitely coming from the sink!!
I poured bleach, baking soda and anything else I could think of down the drain...but it still smelled like butt.

I ended up scrubbing the rubber drain thing and all inside the disposal. That finally did it.

I guess I have added a "to-do" before the next time we leave the house for a couple of days.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Week 1


We are almost done with our first week of school for the new year.

Hannah is LOVING it!!!

Davis acts like he is an old pro.

Matt - he is doing well once we can get him on the bus, but is crying once he gets out of the car to get on the bus (talk about heartbreaking). I had to go to the school today to drop off some paperwork and accidentally ran into his class in the hallway...he immediately started crying. He is doing well otherwise and is even trying to not suck his thumb. He told me the first day that he only sucked his thumb at naptime and he covered his thumb with his blanket so no one would see.

They are all VERY tired by the end of the day!! I am tired of all the paperwork!!

Because I am terribly lazy, you can go here to see the pictures I uploaded to Facebook from their first day. You don't need an account to view the pictures.

Tomorrow we will be going camping with my parents and Lisa and her kids (they are borrowing Woody's camper). My Lou (my nephew Landon) goes to kindergarten on Monday, so I am glad we get to spend the weekend with him.

I think next year the school district needs to not start the year during a FULL MOON.....I have heard the kids have been a little crazier than normal.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Ready

We have been to Meet and Greet for Davis and Matt.

We have been to Orientation and Walk-Through for Hannah at the Brand New Middle School




Hannah's fingernails and toenails are freshly painted

Her hair has been straightened by her friend's mom. Her clothes are ready.

School supplies are ready...book bags are filled....breakfast muffins are made.

They are ALL asleep.


Tomorrow is the first day of school....

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

"McDonald's should make these"

That is one of the things my children said today when I whipped up some of these for dinner...

Who would have thought that a couple of potatoes and some oil would bring me such accolades!!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Hangin' In

I am still here...hanging in the best I can.

We are gearing up for the start of school in a week from tomorrow. My baby will be going to kindergarten. I can't believe he will be climbing the bus steps with his brother...sigh!

Hannah will be going to middle school...a newly built school.

We have "meet-n-greet" and orientation this week.

I have been somewhat absent on my blog because I am afraid I would be too negative.

Life is hard right now...I can't lie. I look forward to moving to the next chapter because this one has sucked!!

I am going to try to enjoy the last week of summer vacation with the kids, maybe even try to do something fun (and cheap).

I will try some positive updates this week.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Small package with a BIG impact!


12 years ago today at 7:17am we were blessed to become parents for the first time to

Hannah Elizabeth

5lbs 13ozs

18 inches long

She was so tiny, but her spirit was and continues to be HUGE.

What a pure blessing she has been and I can't wait to see what her future holds.

This is Hannah today, holding the dress we brought her home in. We didn't know whether we were having a boy or a girl, so we had bought a dress and a little onesie for a boy. We weren't expecting her to arrive almost 3 weeks early, so the dress was HUGE. Pete went with his mom to get something to bring her home in and he bought the frilly little preemie dress.

Hannah,
Happy Birthday Boo, I hope you know how much we love you!! You changed our lives and you continue to bring so much happiness to us. You are so beautiful and I can't wait to see where life leads you.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Happy Birthday

I want to wish my husband a very HAPPY 41st BIRTHDAY!!

We will be having the big July birthday family party next Saturday, but today we will have a quiet celebration with some neighbors.

Hannah and Davis called this morning from Florida to sing Happy Birthday and Matt and I are doing our best to make him feel special today (on a budget). We made him blueberry pancakes and we have a small cheesecake for him. We will go to the pool this evening for some hot dogs and margaritas. I need to run to the store so I can whip up some quick "burgers"

Pete,

I hope you have a great birthday and that you know how very much you are loved!!!

Love,
Sally, Hannah, Davis and Matty

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Empty Nest...Almost

We are actually getting a taste of having an only child for a little over 10 days because Hannah and Davis went with Pete's mom's house in Florida.

Right now it feels pretty good!! Matt is so GOOD when he is by himself. I guess he has spent time by himself when Hannah and Dave were in school. We have tried to take him to the pool the last two days but the pool has been CLOSED for maintenance (I guess we have a super special maintenance team since we can't even see them doing any work). It is supposed to open tomorrow...we will see!!

Thankfully we have a playground in the neighborhood that Matt enjoys. We also ran some errands yesterday, like getting the truck inspected, tags renewed and getting Pete's driver's license renewed.

Tonight Pete has a job opportunity that he is going to apply for. I hate to jinx anything, so I will just ask for prayers that he does what he needs to do when he needs to do it. Although it has been nice to spend so much time together, it is getting a little tense around here!!

As always, any spare prayers you could send His way on my behalf would be greatly appreciated. I continue to try to stay positive, but it is getting harder every day.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

The number 8


Where does the time go????

My incredible gift from God turns EIGHT today.


I wonder if he knows how much we love him.

I wonder if he knows that he saved me.

I wonder why we were given such a GIFT.

I wonder what he will be like when he doubles in age.

Happy Birthday Davis!!! We would be so empty without you!


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His party went well yesterday.

The "dessert" turned out great and actually tasted just as great!!

This "Hamburger" is a brownie and cupcake and the "Fries" are sugar cookies. We also had "ketchup" for the "fries".
I hope you enjoy a glimpse into his special day...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Anticipation

In less than 3 hours we will be celebrating Davis' 8th birthday with his friends at the pool.

Tomorrow is his birthday, but he will be going with a friend to a mini-vacation for the night (I know - I am trying to remember what a great opportunity it is for him and that I will see him again on Friday).

8 years ago today we did the same thing....my family gathered at our neighborhood pool in anticipation of the scheduled c-section the next day when we would meet our miracle.

Davis has fulfilled our dreams and MORE!!

I hope all goes well today and that my boy enjoys his party. I wish the purse strings weren't so tight, but we have managed to pull some stuff together that will make his party memorable. I think his biggest surprise will be when his cousins (Lou and No-No) show up....he has no idea they are coming.

I will post pictures tomorrow!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Smarties

The kids and I are going to vacation bible school at my church this week (the kids as campers, me as a volunteer).

The theme this year is guardian angels.

I am actually with the middle schoolers in another building , so I don't get to see what the boys are doing until I pick them up.

They made a necklace with angel wings as a pendent and they were showing me what they had made when we got in the car.

The boys were explaining what was on the necklace and Matt says "these are angel wings".

Davis says, "wow Matt, you are really smart."

Matt says..."duh, I just finished a whole pack of Smarties".

Monday, June 15, 2009

My better half



18 Years ago today I became Mrs. Peter Yost.

It hasn't always been easy, but worth every minute!!

I love you Pete and I know that together we can do anything

I can't wait to see what the next 18 years bring!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Doing the Right Thing

We have been pleasantly surprised by two companies this week.

The check engine light has been on in the truck since we (said very loosely since I had nothing to do with the installation - thanks Pop) changed the engine in December. The problem was "insufficient air through the EGR valve". However, the truck has been running okay, so there was no big concern. On Memorial Day, while pulling the camping trailer, the truck was not running well at all. My dad offered to take a look at it and see what was wrong. I believe he cleaned something and looked at a couple of things. It ran much better and the check engine light was staying off...but came back on after we picked it up. My dad bought the electrical part of the EGR valve and the light went off. ...until the drive home. We decided to look into buying the actual valve and went to one store and they didn't have it in stock. So, we drove to O'Riley's Auto Parts. When he inquired about the part, the guy asked if the check engine light was on. Pete said yes and the guy said "I worked for Ford for 6 years and I know exactly what your problem is, the plenum (Pete's new favorite word) is clogged. Just remove it, clean it out and I am sure it will fix your problem". He even drew out a diagram for him so he would know what to look for. Pete cleaned his plenum (that seriously makes me laugh out loud) and sure enough the light went off and the truck is running GREAT!!! Thank you O'Riley's part guy....way to do the right thing!!!

**I also wanted to note how proud I am of Pete for taking the risk to try this on his own, he was concerned that he might mess it up and he was going to see if my dad could help him. He went ahead and did it all on his own!! Pop - you may have created a mechanic monster**

The second company is a juice company. This week Davis broke out in a rash from an unknown source. We have no idea exactly what it was from. We analyzed everything he had eaten and our guts were that some kind of dye or something may have caused it. He had Cap'n Crunch Berries, Gobstoppers and this new juice from Juicy Juice. When I looked at the ingredients for the juice, there was a statement that it included "less than 2% of natural flavors". I sent a message on-line to Juicy Juice to find out exactly what was in the "natural flavors". Yesterday, they CALLED me!!! How awesome is that. I don't think that the juice caused the problem, but they were so concerned and took down all of our information. They are also sending me coupons to replace the juice in question as well as other Nestle products. What a nice change to have a company actually concerned about their consumers.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Six Weeks

Today marks 6 weeks of exercising for Pete and I.

We have worked through a lot of pain and even some relationship challenges.

Last week we added The 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. Holy Crap...I have NEVER been that sore in my entire life (including 3 c-sections). It is amazing how many times you must get up and down each day...especially when you want to die each time you do!!! However, the pain is now gone and we have continued to use the DVD every day. We are taking a day off today from the DVD, but we plan on walking today.

We have been disappointed in the actual weight loss we have achieved, but are pleased with some of the changes in our bodies. Our motto is "It Can't Hurt" (I don't mean pain).

Hopefully the next 6 weeks we will face the challenge of incorporating our exercising before or after WORK!!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The possibilities

Our baby, Matt, has surprised us from the beginning.

I was 20 weeks pregnant with him without us knowing.

His memory is fantastic...he always knows exactly where he left something.

He has a desire to learn how things work...he was asking Pete tonight about things on the dirt bike he is assembling (it was shipped from another state).

Tonight he proved yet again that we are in for a ride with this one....

We have been looking for the sunscreen that we bought a couple weeks ago (at Matt's insistence because he was afraid to get a sunburn). Any one that knows our family knows this is not surprising since we seriously lack in organizational skills. I even bought new sunscreen this afternoon. However, Matt was on his search of band-aids (which I have hidden - he isn't the only smart one) he suddenly announced from the kitchen counter, "Is this what you have been looking for?" He was holding the sunscreen. I asked him where he found it and he showed me the cabinet....the same one both Pete and I looked in.

When I asked him what he was doing on the counter, he smartly announced "I was looking for the sun lotion".

I did give him a band-aid for his trouble!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mud Magnets

Yesterday afternoon, the boys were driving me crazy while I was on the computer wasting time on Facebook diligently looking for a job. Davis finally asked Matt if he wanted to go jump on the trampoline. I about cheered when they finally headed outside!!



About 10 minutes later, Pete says "Mommy, I think you might want to come out here". I knew it had to be something with the kids.



I look out and see my two boys playing in a mud puddle in the backyard.



This video is taken from inside through the window, so the quality is not the best.


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I guess they enjoyed themselves!!!


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hands

7 years ago right now I had to trust my surgeon's hands to remove the cancer that invaded my neck.

Today, I trusted my own hands to hook up our camper and pull it home all by myself for the first time ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am happy about both! Although I am sure Dr. Jackson was better skilled, but I got it done (hope nobody saw how many times I had to back up the truck or how I had to get on the ground to try to figure out the swing arm things).

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Broken

We have our first Yost broken bone.

Hannah broke her arm (near her wrist) this morning at her last ever field day.

After the very first relay (which they took 1st)....

She fell down and used her hand to brace her fall.

I am WAY too tired to download the camera tonight, but I will work on getting the pictures downloaded.

She has a splint on it now and we are working on getting her into the orthopedist (our friend is the office manager at the place we were referred to). We need to make sure we do everything right so that everything is covered.

She is in a lot of pain...I feel so bad for her. She has a very busy time in her life coming up, as this is her last year in elementary school. Tomorrow is her luau. She graduates next week and has her "walk of honor" next Friday. She was also asked to play on "all-stars" for softball and I am not sure how this will effect it.

She is planning to pick her cast in a color that will coordinate with her graduation dress...ALL GIRL for sure!!

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I have not been updating my blog much lately. To be completely honest, my spirit is a little broken right now. It just seems like every door is being closed without another opening up. I want to be the normal "half-full" kind of person, but it all seems a little empty right now.

Any prayers for my sanity would be greatly appreciated!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Busy

This week is shaping up to be another busy week. The kids have PREP (CCD) tonight for the last time this school year and Hannah is going to bake my Grandma's chocolate chip cookies for her party (which makes me a little teary eyed). Pete is with a friend helping her pick up a dirt bike for her son's birthday tomorrow.

I have an interview with a recruiter tomorrow morning and Hannah and Dave have dentist appointments at 2:30. I agreed to embroider a blanket for a friend tomorrow.

I have an interview with a company on Thursday at 3:00. It was supposed to be tomorrow but it got changed. Hannah will have her last softball practice for the season.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday with have a softball tournament for Hannah.

Last Saturday after Hannah's game, I caught the boys singing one of the chants the girl's softball team sings. It made me happy and I hope you enjoy!

The chant...

My name is Hannah and you know what I got?

What do you got? (by the other team members)

I got a team that's hotter than hot

How Hot is Hot? (by the other team members)

Grand Slams and Homeruns too, Let's see what "so and so's" got.

**I may not have it all right but it is close**


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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Without

Without this wonderful Mother....

I couldn't be half the mom I am to these wonderful kids


Thanks Mom and I wish you a very Happy Mother's Day.

God, Thank you for blessing me with the gift of Motherhood!! I will try to never take it for granted!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Good Start

I sure hope today is an indication of a great week.

Pete and I walked in the rain this morning and it felt GREAT!!! Pete said he was having a hard time keeping up with me (I had some pent up anger from this weekend). I was so proud of us because we didn't let the weather stop us from getting our exercise in!!

Pete will be taking his polygraph on Friday, which puts us one step closer to him becoming a Sheriff's Deputy.

The kids got approved for Medicaid and I was able to set up an appointment for them at the dentist tomorrow to get their 6 month cleanings (which we had to cancel in April for lack of insurance) and to get some of Hannah's teeth pulled. I will also be able to get Matt in for his 5 year well visit. I never thought this would be where we are, but I am so thankful for it. Now I can rest a little easier watching my boys being boys!!!

I have an interview next week for a position that I thought was completely off the table....a very pleasant surprise.

I have Pete's mom's mother's day gift done and should have my mom's done tomorrow or Wednesday.

Is it really only Monday????

Game Ball

**Disclaimer - I have looked at this situation as objectively as possible and I really think my view is justified**

On Saturday, Hannah played her second to last softball game of the season. This is Hannah's 2nd season of softball (although it was 2 years ago and with a different team).

She is not a star player.

But she goes out there and gives it her best every game.

This Saturday was VERY different.

  • She caught a fly ball in the outfield (in which she jumped up and down after she caught it and almost dropped it).

  • She had two other great stops in the outfield.

  • She got on base both times up to bat (on walks).

The star players didn't have such a great game. In fact, several had a REALLY bad day!!


At the end of the game (at least at a Home game), the coach hands out the game ball to a player that had a great game.


I guess the coach wasn't pleased with their performance (they lost) and made the decision to not give a game ball.


Hannah wasn't the only player that made some great, unexpected plays. However, these players aren't the "stars".


I guess they don't realize how much a game ball would give hope to some of these new players that they too could be stars as well.


So Hannah....Here's your well deserved GAME BALL from Mommy

(How cool is this picture that I found when I searched for "softball" on the Internet)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Motrin Anyone???

Today was the 6th time Pete and I walked/ran over 3 miles in our very hilly subdivision.

I hurt.

He hurts.

I made the mistake of asking Pete if I could cut the yard for more exercise (I have to ask because of an unfortunate event on Mother's Day a couple years ago - apparently the yard does not need to be scalped at that time).

I am regretting my request....it was HOT and my hands are killing me!!

I hurt.

I need medicine!!!!

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On a much brighter note,

Pete got a call this morning from the Sheriff's department with the news that he is being offered a conditional job offer - there will be psych tests, lie detector tests and a background investigation (none of which he is worried about - I am a little worried about the psych test).

There is still a hiring freeze, so we don't know when it will actually happen.

We are hopeful for a different, more immediate position that he is working on.

At least we are making some steps forward!!!

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I still HURT!!!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Because I need to lighten the mood around here!!!



This is my dad from Christmas 2005. He got a new helmet for his motorcycle. I guess he felt like he needed to try it out.

(I didn't intend any disrespect to Special Education, my dad's name is Elwood and he goes by Ed by many people....and he really WAS quite special this night).

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Tomorrow morning Pete goes for an interview with our county's sheriff's department.

I am not sure he has ever been on an interview for a "grown-up" job. I am sure he is nervous.

There is still a hiring freeze, but at least it is a step forward!!!

He also has something else brewing on the job front but I don't want to jinx it.

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We have made it through day 4 on our new exercise program.

We are actually walking over 3 miles each day and it feels GREAT!!!!

Hopefully we can figure out how to get day 5 in tomorrow with a very busy day in store for us all.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A day late

We didn't exercise yesterday, but sure enough we got up at 7:30 on a SATURDAY to go get our walk/run today. Hannah spent the night at her friend's, so we had to have the boys come along.

The boys rode their bikes....gave us at least 5 heart attacks because they couldn't stay on the right side of the road.

I figure if we can overcome the obstacle of "what to do with the kids" we are really SERIOUS about this!!!

We are off to a double header softball game for Hannah and then we are off to the RACES!!! We haven't been racing in so long and we really miss our racing friends!!!

I guess I better jump in the shower before I have to hear Pete say that I am making everybody late (we all know I would never cause that...on purpose that is).

I hope you all have a great weekend....we are enjoying some beautiful weather here. We even had to turn on the A/C yesterday!!!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thank Heaven for Little Boys????

I had a plan to brag about a visit by the First Lady of Georgia to Matt's school yesterday. What an awesome experience for my little guy!! He is not in the picture below, but the school has some pictures where you can see him.
My plans changed as soon as I came back from the store this afternoon.
I hear Matt crying as I get out of the car and he suddenly appears from the back yard
COVERED in mud from head to toe!!!
I guess he fell in the mud puddle he and his brother had MADE!!
My first thought was "I need a picture of this", but I could hear my mom say "oh Sally, that would be so mean." So I helped him get undressed (in the garage) and while he took a shower with his dad, I rinsed out his clothes.
As we were sitting down for dinner I looked out at the backyard and was seriously pissed off to see that it was a disaster and there were things out there that didn't belong outside. I told the boys to go clean it up....which they actually did...for about 5 minutes.
Davis came running up with Matt in tow and said that "a snake was right on his foot and could have bit him". There was no way they were going back out there.
I finally had to turn the tv off when Dave wouldn't go take a shower (after replacing EVERY cushion on the couch and loveseat that they had removed). Of course Matt had to join him. While they were taking a SHOWER, I went and cleaned up the backyard because a storm was on its way. When I got back in they were no longer taking a shower, but a bath.
They had poured out all of the shampoo again and also squeezed out my conditioner that I just bought this afternoon. I thought my head was going to explode!!!
Hopefully by tomorrow I will allow Davis to speak to me again!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Every Journey Starts with the First Step

We have a bird nest on our porch with 5 (I think) little baby birds in it.


Two mornings ago, Pete and I happen to look out the front window and this is what we saw....


One of the baby birds standing on the edge of the nest.

Testing his wings.

He sat there for awhile with his mom and dad trying to encourage him to go ahead and try it.

We watched this little bird contemplate taking his first flight and we cheered for him too!!!

"Come on little guy...you can do it"

And then....

HE DID IT!!!

He flew to the ceiling fan on the other side of our porch.

Right after I snapped this picture through our dining room window, he took off and landed under my neighbor's porch with his mommy and daddy is hot pursuit!!!!

Oh how I wished I could have caught it on video, but it is something that I will never forget!!

Pete and I have decided to take that leap too and do something for our health.

Today was day one for our new exercise program.

We walked and ran throughout our neighborhood (which is filled with lots of hills) this morning for about 40 minutes. It felt great!!!!

Pete is also addressing his elevated blood pressure, which is a relief for me (and his Mom as well)!! He is monitoring it and has started to take Hawthorne Berries to try to bring it down. The exercise and change in diet should help as well!!

We are taking OUR first step to a healthier life!!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Too Close for Comfort

This storm hit about a half of mile from our house....

Storm down the street from us!!

We did rush down to the basement for about 15-20 minutes last night....Davis never even woke up!

We are thankful that this storm passed right over us!!

Counting our Blessings today!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mad Love

I am totally in love with my dog...

I think he totally rocks!!!

We took him to my friend's new Dog Spa, for a complimentary bath on Thursday.



LizBeth took such great care of my "stud muffin" (LizBeth's words...not mine)


He looks so clean, smells great and thanks to the "furminator" he isn't shedding!!!


It is official...Hunter is my favorite (shhhhh...don't tell all those stinky, banned from the bathtub due to shampoo abuse, little human boys of mine!!!!)


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Not Bubble Bath

Anybody out there know how to get it through my boys' thick heads that

SHAMPOO IS NOT BUBBLE BATH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At least I have finally trained them to leave my conditioner alone
Probably because it doesn't make bubbles!!!!


**I have had to edit this post because of a huge pet peeve of mine...I wrote "no" instead of "know". I wonder how much I had to drink before I posted this??? I also corrected the "think" heads to the appropriate word**

Monday, April 13, 2009

A New Day

We went camping over the weekend (which I will write a post later about) and celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus with my whole family.


It was easy to forget all the "crap" I have to deal with at home.


So, yesterday when it was time to pack up, I started feeling very mad and sad because I knew it would come rushing in once I walked through the door.


And I was right.....


But today I have renewed HOPE. I continue to be amazed at how our family and friends are supporting us through our rough patch. I am honestly humbled by it all!!


I was very tired yesterday and not feeling great (damn pollen is kicking my butt) and I started to get discouraged.


I made the decision to pick myself up...dust off...and keep moving. The right thing WILL come along, I WILL figure out the health care stuff for my kids and we WILL be okay!!!!


I had a video phone call (pretty cool actually) today with a recruiter in California for a position here that sounds very promising and I meet with another recruiter tomorrow. One of my recruiters I have worked with for years called today with a possible job. So things are happening.


Pete went for his sheriff's deputy testing and passed with flying colors (he got a 93.5% on the written part...go Pete). There is still a hiring freeze, but hopefully it will be lifted soon and they can hire some people. He will find out this week when he will be going for all the psychological testing (which he could fail LOL) and for an interview.


I have been slack in updating my blog, so I plan this week to get caught up....I have kindergarten registration, continuation of my baking spree, a trailer vent experience, and a wonderful hail storm to share with y'all...and of course some Easter egg adventures!!!


Here is one of my favorite pictures from over the weekend....this is Davis holding my niece (I know she isn't looking but I love the look on Dave's face).

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Some forward movement

Right now Pete is testing at another county for a sheriff deputy position.


We haven't heard anything on the other county position, they are still in the background check process.


I know this process will be just as slow, but at least we are taking at least a small step forward!!


I am keeping Faith that our better is just around the corner!!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hoping for Better

Overall I am a pretty positive person...
A half-full kind of person.
But right now I am in a terrible funk.
I am just hoping for better....whatever form it comes in!!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A surprise compliment

Almost 5 years ago I bought a small embroidery machine. It was supposed to be a stress reliever (although I didn't expect to have to pull out so many stitches). I love making gifts for people and for making special things for my kids. I don't have a great deal of capabilities with the machine, but it works for me.

I am my worst critic...I am really never satisfied with how things come out. I know others don't see the flaws, but they stand out like a sore thumb to me.

Tonight I was showing my friend (who brought us dinner...thanks A) some towels that I am embroidering for another friend (Amy...they look good, I think you will be happy). I went to grab the towel I had monogrammed for our bathroom and I heard my husband say...

"She really does nice work doesn't she?"

Thank you Pete....I really needed that simple compliment!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Where does time go???

Tomorrow Pete and I will register our last child for kindergarten!

How can this be? Wasn't it just yesterday that we got the surprise of a lifetime and found out that in less than 5 months we would be having our 3rd child?

The really neat thing that Pete pointed out this morning....

All three of our children were born in the same hospital, by the same doctor and they will all start kindergarten at the same school. Both Hannah and Davis had the same para pro....wonder if Matt will get Mrs. Blake too?

I know it will be 4 months until my BABY walks up those steps of the bus....but I can't help but feel a little sad today. Although it is a first for Matty, it is another last for us.

Monday, March 30, 2009

You think this is wrong??

As if we needed it, here is more proof that we have too much time on our hands!!

This is our new favorite commercial...

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Rainy Saturday

We have been getting rain for days now.
I love that it is hopefully washing away the gross yellow pollen that falls this time of the year.
I don't love the fact that my boys are not able to go outside and they have been bouncing off the walls!!! At one point, Davis was pulling Matt around the house by his blanket...


I remember when a rainy Saturday meant an all day Lifetime Movie Marathon. No such luck when you have kids in the house!! I am getting a few movies in today, but it is in between telling the boys to calm down...quit running....leave the dog alone...no more cereal...and so on!!

Pete did accomplish something today...Matt got a haircut.

I also figured out what Pete has to bribe him with...Matt gets to control the air.

Here is short video of the end of the haircut...

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Now we are off to eat some Chili at Pete's dad's house.

I think the rain is supposed to stop by tomorrow....whew!!!!

Friday, March 27, 2009

OCD

I have known for awhile that Matt is VERY particular about a lot of things....

His shoes must be put on "right"...the tongue must be pulled at precisely the right moment.

His socks can't have any "bumps" on them....not really sure what they are, but he will pull them off in a NY minute if they are not right.

His clothes must have a 4 in the size...even though now he is 5. We have a couple 4/5 that he is okay with because it has a 4 in it.

His jacket and backpack must be put on BOTH hooks at school....not just one side.

This morning I learned a new requirement....he puts his pants on with his right leg first...not the other one!! I thought he was going to lose it this morning when I put them on the wrong leg first.

Lord help me with this one!!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Proof

That I need to go back to work....
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I made all of these in the last week.
(none from scratch...I am friends with the box)
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The Pi Cake for Hannah


The Monkey Bread


Shamrock cupcake "cake" for Matt for school

Strawberry Cheesecake cups for Matt
(he wanted something with "strawberries on it")

Another cake because Hannah doesn't like cheesecake.

I also made shamrock cookies for Matt to take to church school...forgot to take a picture of those!!
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The urge must have worn off though, because everything is store bought for the family March birthday celebration tomorrow!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Too Serious

Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to one of those car surveys where you get paid to give your opinion.

It was supposed to be about 2 hours....but I figured no way that it would take that long.

Regardless....I am unemployed....the money was too good to pass up!!!

I get there at my appointment time (11:30) and start the grueling tasks of filling out millions of questions (ok - I know it was not quite a million but it seemed like it).

You are supposed to first rate all of the exteriors of the six cars. Then you are supposed to go one by one and answer tons of questions on the exterior and interior of each car. Sit in the front seat...adjust the seat and the steering wheel, get out and get back in to see how easy it is to get in and out, rate visibility, etc. Second you get in the back seat and answer some questions. You had to look in the trunk and put a box in it.

This could go fairly quickly.....especially after you have done one (for example, you can see how easy it is to get in as you are getting in the front seat the first time....no need to actually get in and out).

What then caused me to be there for 2.5 hours??

Some people took it way too serious!! At each car they would go through the whole routine...which caused me to have to wait just to have a turn to sit in the car.

I gave my honest opinions...but I gave my first impression.

If I get the opportunity again, I am going to try to go at a later time....when all the old ladies will be home in bed!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Our Irish Blessing

We have been blessed with
5 Years

60 Months

1,826 Days

43,824 Hours


Of Matthew Charles Yost

Happy 5th Birthday Matty, we wouldn't be the same without you!!

May you always have...

A sunbeam to warm you,
Good luck to charm you,
And a sheltering angel so nothing can harm you,
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray, Heaven to hear you.


Always remember the road HOME Matt....we will be here!!