....a little bit of what's going on in my life today...

...a little bit of what's going on in my life today....

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

Today, of course, is Memorial Day. We didn't do much, just had a day off from school. (With only 4 more days to go!) I took the kids out to Legacy Play Village this morning, and they absolutely had a blast! They ran all over the place, and I just followed them from a distance. It's so nice that they are big enough that I can just pick a bench to hold down, and keep an eye on them. I don't have to follow every step they take! We stayed there about an hour, then went to another park for about an hour. We had to get out of the house so Dad could have some quiet while he slept. This afternoon, they got to play on the trampoline with the sprinklers on. They love that, but I'm so afraid that they're going to slip and break an arm or a leg up there.
Duchess likes to "play" in the sprinklers also. She tries to eat the sprinkler head while it's shooting out water.

This is what happens while she's trying to eat it......

It just came unscrewed, thank goodness! Next time, she will be locked safely in the house while we water! I'd hate to have to call the sprinkler guy over because of this giant dog eating the head off!!

Happy Memorial Day! Many thanks and much gratitude to all who are serving or who have served. Especially my cousin, Brandon, a Captain in the USMC!! He's been to Iraq twice, and it sure hits home and makes you appreciate all of these men and women, past and present, for all they have done for us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Awards and Graduation Days

Hunter's kindergarten graduation was on Wednesday last week. He has officially "passed" kindergarten. Bittersweet, it went so fast, and he is growing up waaaaay too fast for me! John is ready to just have another one and start over, but I on the other hand, am not! I have loved every age that they have gone through, and I just can't be sad while I'm watching them grow and learn daily, but the time is sure flying by!! Here he is with his wonderful teacher, Mrs. Haggard. I wouldn't trade his year with her for anything. Principal Mr. Smith and assistant principal Mrs. Davis. Mr. Smith is going to the new Frenship school that we are going to. Exciting!!

Close up shot from far away during graduation. It was so funny, every one of those kids sat there yawning during the entire thing, and it started at 9am! They did so good, and had the cutest little songs. I would put one on here to show, but right now, I'm just to lazy to get up and get the video camera out to figure all that out!!

Onto Janae. Like how dressed up she was?? I sent extra clothes, her awards were in the afternoon, and I thought she might want to change, but doesn't look like it. She's here with her teacher, Mrs. Downing, and assistant principal. She got an award for perfect attendance, A honor roll, her art piece that was in the art show, outstanding citizenship (character), and reading 100 AR points this year. We'd been trying for perfect attendance every year, and every year she'd end up being sick one day in the last 6 weeks. We made it this year!! Woo-hoo!
By the way, her teacher has been AWESOME as well. I absolutely love her, she's been wonderful for Janae. Every year, I think that she has just the best teacher and really hate to lose them, (except Kindergarten for Janae :( ), but the next year, we've always gotten someone else who is just wonderful, and is making an impact on her life. I cannot say enough about Frenship teachers. This is Mrs. Davis again, assistant principal helping with awards.

Well, I suppose that we've just about made it through another year, just have end of the year parties to go to on Friday!! Last day of school will be this coming Friday, and usual I will be sniffing when it's time to say good-bye to the teachers!!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cardboard Testimonies Video

Cardboard Testimonies Video

I just found this "You Tube" video on someone else's blog, and decided to put it on mine. It's what we did at church for Easter. It was so incredibly powerful to sit there and watch. I had tears in my eyes the whole time. Sometimes you need a reminder that God's still in charge and on his throne. It's about 6 minutes long, watch it!

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Saturday, May 16, 2009


Janae had to go to the eye doctor last weekend, and she got glasses on Monday. At first, she was absolutely horrified, she was worried sick that the school "friends" she has would make fun of her. Of course, as mom, I assured her that her real friends wouldn't and all she had to do with the other "friends" was tell them to stop. She is a real leader of her class. All went well, no problems, and as you can see one of her "bestest friends" has glasses as well. Her's are pretty recent too. Aren't they just two of the cutest girls?? So hip! It took her a week, and a friend, to let me take her picture to show off. She's finally accepted the fact that she needs them, and is wearing them well now.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Funny Story

Janae is doing a play this week for her weekly story that's assigned at school. The entire class is doing it actually, not just her. Anyway, the story is Pecos Bill, and Pecos Bill's wife's name is Slewfoot Sue. Last night, Hunter went to the bathroom, and touched Janae's hairbrush before he washed his hands. She started shrieking, "Mom, Hunter's gonna give me the Slewfoot Sue!!, he didn't wash his hands right after going to the bathroom, before he touched my hairbrush!!!" "I mean he's going to give me the swine flu!" I just about lost it. Ah, the joys of your children, it gives you blogging material!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Almost Graduation time!

Well, between being fairly new at blogging and using this camera, somehow I did something to make my picture go sideways. Kind of ruins the effect of it, but I still think that it is adorable. It seems like just yesterday this boy was going into school for the first day of kindergarten, and now he's about to "graduate". It just blows my mind how much he has learned, he has had a wonderful teacher, we love her. Only 3 more weeks, then I will have a 1st grader for my youngest child. Where has all of that time gone???? In the blink of an eye, he will be 18 walking across a stage again, then I will really wonder where the time has gone. In between, I will enjoy watching him growing up.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


I saw in Target's newspaper ad on Sunday that they had this fabulous vacuum on sale. I watch all the ads every week, just because I've wanted one so bad for so long, but just could not bear to spend the regular price for it. It's an amazing vacuum, but it's still a vacuum, for heaven's sake!! Anyway, this week it was on sale for $110 dollars off. I talked to hubs Sunday afternoon, after his nap, (had to catch him in a happy mood!!) and he told me to go get it. Well, the ad said that quanities were limited, and no rain checks, so I was doubtful that it would be there, it was already after 6pm when we left. And we had to make an extremely fast trip, because at 7, The Amazing Race was on, and I thought, mistakenly, it was the last one. So. We went, and they were gone, probably gone by 8:30 am if I had to guess, but then when I got home I had the brilliant idea to check on-line, and guess what?? It was on sale there too, and free shipping!! Whoo-hoo. So I had to wait a couple of days to get it, 4 to be exact, but that's okay. It's well worth it.
Look at this girl go! Our old vacuum was really too heavy and hard for her to push, so she wanted to try the new one out, and she just went to town. I cannot believe that my baby is old enough to vacuum her own room. How cool is that?? I guess I shoud probably start having her make her own bed, huh?? Well, yes, I did vacuum the whole house, I just love it! It's the Dyson Animal if anyone wants to know or cares. The most expensive one, but we have two dogs that do come in the house, and one of them sheds like crazy, so I wanted to get the vacuum that was designed for the pet hair. And boy, did we vacuum up pet hair! And alot of dirt too!

Well, since I can't make this silly blog do paragraphs, I'll just change colors, and you can pretend that it's a new paragraph for the next subject. Hunter went to his "2nd opinion" doctor today, and well, all is still the same. No magic cure. The doctor agreed that yes, it's something he's just going to have to grow out of. But he actually said that it isn't all that unusual for a 6 year old to be going through this. He said you hear about the infants and little children more, just because of how many thousands of those cases there are. He said that just recently he put a 5th set of tubes in a 14 year old girl. Oh my, I hope we don't have 8 more years of this. Hunter has lost some hearing, but nothing major at this time. He said that it might affect him in maybe sitting nearer the front of the classroom, but nothing like hearing aids. No tubes for now, he really didn't have fluid, he suggested that at the first sign of a runny nose that maybe we get him on antibiotics instead of waiting until it's a massive infection, which is when Hunt first starts complaining. We never know until it starts to hurt him, then it's at the point of rupture. So, the good news is that it's not something that is just unheard of, the bad news is that we may be in for a long road with this. It's already gone on for 5 years, what's a few more?? In the winter, when the runny nose starts, we may have to consider tubes again, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. I'm glad we went, it was a $20 co-pay, and even though we don't know alot more, I do know that there's not much that we could have been doing and haven't. He did suggest that maybe we consider allergy testing, but John and I aren't really thinking we want to go that route right now. I sure would hate to tramatize him with all those sticks. I wouldn't want to do it to myself. Again, maybe on down the road if we have to, then he would be older and be able to handle it better.

Good night for now!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

kitty cat...

Kitty cat #2 is now officially a barn cat along with her friend.....2 down, 5 more to go. Although 3 of them are kittens, don't know if they will come over here, or just be given away. Either way works for me!!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Got it!

Okay, I feel as though I need to address the comments that were just made on the previous post. Of course, I'm not going to do anything terrible. Does anybody think that Lori E.(aka Jennifer Anniston) would still be my friend if I did something too incredibly mean to the cat? Besides, I am an animal lover mostly, just not when there are 7 cats across the street all trying to ruin my flower beds by using them as a litter box. So, last night we got a cat. There is a man that we go to church with who is going to come and get any/all that we can mange to capture and take them to be his barn cats. He lives out in the country. So, all in all, it will undoubtedly be culture shock, but they won't be let out in the middle of nowhere or harmed in anyway. All morning it's been hissing and meowing, and now one of the other cats in hanging around in sympathy. Usually they aren't brave enough to hang around when it's daylight. Sure wish I could grab him and stuff him in the trap with the other one!! I was trying to be nice to the kitty and give him some water, and that infuriated the little monster. Started hissing and clawing and ended up dumping all the water all over himself. Cat full of attitude. No wonder I don't like them!! :) So, Kristen, thank you for the use of your trap. I'll probably keep it a little longer if that's okay, and work on getting more of the little beasts. And just for the record, Stacey, I am not giving you one of these cats, I know without any doubt that at least 2 of your across-the- street neighbors would not appreciate cat poop in their flowerbeds either!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cat trapping

Okay, it's been almost a week, and I have made absolutely no progress with the cat trapping. The cat that I refer to as "that stupid cat" is seemingly smart. The last two nights, it ate the trapping food, and did not get trapped. I'm trying again tonight. I'm aggrevated, I'm just inviting that dumb animal over here for a free meal!! Hopefully tonight I will capture the first of many. We will see. I'll keep you updated. I'm sure that everyone is on the edge of their seat waiting. :)