Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
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"
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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
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
Saturday, October 31, 2009
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
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
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!!
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
Sunday, September 13, 2009
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
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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
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:
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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
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!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
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
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
Thursday, August 6, 2009
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.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
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
Saturday, July 11, 2009
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"
I hope you have a great birthday and that you know how very much you are loved!!!
Sally, Hannah, Davis and Matty
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
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
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
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
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.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
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
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!!
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
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!
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**
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
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????
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
Monday, April 27, 2009
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).
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.
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
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
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Two mornings ago, Pete and I happen to look out the front window and this is what we saw....
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
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
I think he totally rocks!!!
We took him to my friend's new Dog Spa, for a complimentary bath on Thursday.
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
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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
Saturday, April 4, 2009
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
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
Saturday, March 28, 2009
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!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
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
I made all of these in the last week.
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.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
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
Of Matthew Charles Yost
A sunbeam to warm you,