Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Today, 13 years ago, my son Tucker came into this world. He was an early baby, having a couple more weeks to cook, but still weighed 9lbs3oz. He was the sweetest baby. Now he is a teenager. I cannot believe it. It seems like just yesterday. So, for now, my two oldest are the same age. Tucker enjoys this time, while it makes Wyatt crazy. That is just how it goes when you are 11 months apart in age.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I am excited to share with you that we are buying a home! It is a brand new build, and has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a study, formal dining (which I will use for play room), game room (again, will use for a second living area), and a covered porch. The backyard is of decent size for the neighborhood. HUGE kitchen and lots of storage space. I am so utterly excited!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Four years ago we said goodbye to our little man. When you say goodbye before you even get to say hello, it robs you of memories that never got to be. You forever wonder what kind of person they would be, who would they be more like, what made them happy, what made them sad. You grieve for all the firsts you never got to be a part of.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
- Upon waking and find the boat and Daddy are both gone without him: "Why did my Daddy take that boat and what was he thinking going fishing without me?"
- While I was dressing him: "Will you please be my Mommy forever and always?"
- Aunt Karen came in crying and upset and after she left he told me: "I don't like it when she cries. It makes me angry at what made her cry. I like happy, not crying."
- He was SUPPOSED to be on the porch but instead he decided he would surprise Mommy and wash his muddy shoes with the hose. Well, he got SOAKED to the bone and when I brought him in and changed him he said "Aren't you going to spank my bottom for not obeying?" I told him "No, I don't have any reason to spank you, just please listen to Mommy." and he said "Yeah, but, I think I need a spanking."
- I picked him up from the babysitter and he was being hateful telling me "no" when I told him to do things. I had told him earlier we would get ice cream if he was nice. When he told me no, I reminded him that we don't speak ugly and that ugly little boys did not get rewards. So, 15 minutes into our journey home, he said "Are we going to get ice cream now?". I reminded him of how he told me "no" and how he didn't deserve any ice cream. He was quiet the other 20-30 minutes of the ride home. We pulled into the driveway and he said "Momma, could you forgive me for being ugly to you? I promise I won't tell you 'no' anymore." Of course I forgave him.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
This is a $259 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!)
This is a computer based curriculum and Rosetta Stone will also include a headset with microphone, and a supplementary “Audio Companion” CD so you can practice lessons in the car, on the go, or where-ever! Students participate in life-like conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program. Rosetta Stone incorporates listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing along with speaking and pronunciation lessons. For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program to allow parents to easily enroll up to ten students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, grade completed work (the program grades the work automatically as the students progress- I love that!), and you can view and print reports for transcripts. Homeschooling a lot of kids at your house? This program is designed to enroll and track up to ten students (five users on two computers) and will work for nearly all ages — from beginning readers up to college students.
To win this most excellent Latin program copy these paragraphs and post them in (or as) your next blog post, and/OR link to the contest from your facebook page and/OR email the information to your homeschool support group – Then go to the original page http://Jeneralities.com and leave a comment saying that you’ve posted about, or have linked to, the contest. Please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post. And good luck!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Why send your kids to public schools rather than homeschool. Here are ten good reasons
10. Skill development: Public schools do a great job of teaching children to sit down and shut up while the teacher engages in crowd control and mindless administrative duties. The ability to put one's mind on hold, sit there and do nothing is a skill that will be in high demand in the competitive marketplace of the future.
9. Lack of ability: I couldn't teach my own child--I don't know how. After all, anything meaningful in life can only be taught by those properly trained and certified to do so.
8. Financial aspects: We can't financially afford to homeschool. Without the school based health clinics, how could we afford to keep our children supplied with condoms and birth control.
7. Goals 2000: I want my children to learn all the correct stuff. Given how fast history changes, I want to be sure they are up on the most recent version.
6. Scheduling benefits: Staying on the same schedule as everybody else has its benefits. That way, when we go to Orlando, we can make sure that we spend our time waiting in lines rather than wasting it on all those rides and attractions.
5. Close friendships: I like the fact that my children are spending so much of their time with people not in their family. I would much rather my children's closest friendships be outside the family rather than within.
4. Separation of church and state: As long as we keep church and state separate, then the more time I can keep my kids under the control of the state, the less time they can possible be under the harmful influence of the church.
3. Socialization: What possible better way could there be to give your children the social skills they will need as adults than to stick them with children their own age all day. Besides, the best influence on your child is the one randomly assigned to the seat behind him or her in home room.
2. Class size: Learning can't occur in groups of less than twenty students. There is nothing quite like being lock-stepped through material with thirty other students to really develop within a person that true love for learning.
1. Class pace: I want my child to know how to learn at the proper pace. If a child can't keep up with the class, then it serves that child right to be left behind in the dust. If the child is learning too fast, then he or she needs to learn to slow down. And besides, what gives any child the right to assume that he or she can learn things he or she wants to learn rather than what the board of education decides should be taught for any given grade level. Anything learned at the wrong time might just as well be left unlearned.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
You know, sometimes someone will call you at *just* the right time and make your day so much better? I am so thankful to have friends with this power. They listen to God's voice so intently that they just "know" when to call. Thank you Steph!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
So, I had my lumbar puncture Monday to evaluate my MS. That HURT. When I say hurt, I mean it really did hurt. Then, it threw my body off and I vomited for 10 hours straight and I am STILL nauseated two days later. On top of that, I just feel bad. Drained. Like I have been hit by a truck. Is this my body trying to re-produce the cerebral-spinal fluid they took from me?
Friday, April 10, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
What Causes the "MS Hug?"It is caused by a lesion on the spinal cord and is technically classified as a neuropathic pain called a “paresthesia,” which refers to any abormal sensation. The sensation itself is the result of tiny muscles between each rib (intercostal muscles) going into spasm. These muscles have the job of holding our ribs together, as well as keeping them flexible and aiding in movement, like forced expiration.
What Does It Feel Like?Like many MS symptoms, the “MS hug” feels different for different people – it also feels different in the same people on different days or at different times of day. It can be:
- As low as the waist or as high as the chest; rarely it can be felt as high as the shoulders and neck
- Focused in one small area (usually on one side or in the back) or go all the way around the torso
- Worse when fatigued or stressed
- Present in “waves” lasting seconds, minutes or hours or can be steady for longer periods of time
- Described as sharp pain, dull pain, burning pain, tickling, tingling, a crushing or constricting sensation or intense pressure
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Are sometimes more than I can stand...see this cute little face? Yeah, that one. Remember those beautiful blue eyes as I tell this story...
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
We lost our precious Blue last night. She was snake bitten (multiple times the vet thinks) and had to be put down. We are all very sad. She was a good dog, and so very beautiful. So, we still have Gus, 2 pregnant cats (Ginger and Spot), and one cranky male cat (he's fixed, wasn't him). Blue is so sorely missed and will be. She was our doll baby.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I got up this morning with thoughts of taking the kids to the park and getting lots of stuff done around the house first. Well...after brunch (we slept in, so it was too late for breakfast, too early for lunch) I cleaned out the fridge and then I re-organized the pantry (scary what was lost in there!). I switched out the laundry (threw the clean on my bed) and fed/watered the animals. Well, I was on my way to the laundry room to do more, and I decided it was to pretty outside to sit inside. So, I grabbed the kids and we hopped on the four wheeler. We rode all over, all the way to the tall hills at the back of the property. We checked all the stock tanks and even found a new baby calf. We rode for over two hours and it felt great. It smells like sun tan lotion out in the trees back there. It was so nice and rejuvenating.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
- I am a food stasher. I stash food so my family will leave it alone and it will be 'there" when I want it.
- I have become a home-body. I don't really enjoy going places very much unless it is with Chris. I find myself dreading a trip to the store, to the school, or anything else of the sort. Especially at night. I just wanna relax and get ready to sleep.
- I have become a light music lover. I mean instrumental music. I can listen to it while I study and anything else. I downloaded the piano version of "Bella's Lullabye" yesterday and have listened to it 19 times (iTunes keeps count).
- However, I still love my Texas country the most and still listen to it 99% of the time.
- I find myself cold all the time lately. I am getting sick of it, and Chris is getting sick of our heating bill.
- I am procrastinating getting my lumbar puncture because I know it will hurt and I am just not up for it.
- I ate shrimp the other night and broke into hives...this after already knowing I reacted like that before. It was only ONE shrimp. Guess I need to leave them suckers alone.
- I still listen to my 80's hard rock hair bands I was so fond of as a teenager.
- I think I am like that Nadia Sulman chick, I am addicted to having kids. However, that is where my brain kicks in and knows when enough is enough. Sure, I'd LOVE to have 13 kids, but I can't afford them nor could I care for them (or have enough patience for them).
- That being said, I am holding out for grandbabies WAY down the road (though I wouldn't turn down another adoption if it came out way).
- I would love to do an internship with the Duggars and learn how the heck they do it. If they can do it with so many, surely I could learn a better way to do it with so few.
- I will stay in my jammies all day if I have no where to go. Then, at bedtime I bathe and change into a clean pair. LOL
- I miss my Poppa Lloyd so much that everytime I think of him I cry. It seems to be more often lately. I just wish I could have said goodbye.
- I miss my Brody too and still cry over losing him. I think of him so many times daily. It seems like I just lost him yesterday, but feels like it was ages ago at the same time.
- The older I get the more I realize family means. I find myself wanting to get to know ALL my family and be in close contact with them. I wonder about siblings out there my bio father claimed to have fathered...are they out there? Who are they? Do they wonder if I am out there?
- I have an addiction to the internet, and spend way too much time on here daily.
- I love the outdoors but do not want to be out there if it's cold. Give me heat please.
- Spring is my favorite time of year and I always feel a renewed energy at that time.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Grand prize~ Whitetail Buck Hunt (Guided, 2 whitetail bucks, 2 cull bucks, 4 does, lodging, meals, and 1 yr membership to Texas Trophy Hunters Association)
1st Place~ Guided Combo Hog Hunt/Freshwater Fishing Trip (lodging, meals)
2nd Place~ Guided Combo Turkey Hunt/Freshwater Fishing Trip (lodging, meals)
3rd Place~ Guided Day-Trip Gulf Coast Bay Fishing
Drawing to be held in September 2009, need not be present to win.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
All is going well at the house, the boys are settling back in great, and things are rolling well.. It is supposed to ice over tonight, so I doubt the kiddos have school tomorrow. They are out Friday too. YAY! (*rolling eyes*). So, I like me some "me" time, what's wrong with that.
You people could start leaving me comments knowing you're reading what I have to say.
Love ya, Hugs to ya!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Anyhow, good morning, happy monday, and I hope you all have a great week!
Sunday, January 25, 2009