Friday, February 29, 2008
I have become googleable.... If you type in Happy Mommy I am located 9th from the top, this is big people, big! I am located on Google with all the valuable information of the world. And in 9th place. I do feel honored to be on page one I must say. Alright I need to go do something of value like cook dinner for my hungry family, and stop googling things like Happy Mommy, did I mention that I'm the 9th one from the top???
Tomorrow is my friend Ruby Wife's Birthday so I am making her dessert tonight for our couples bible study. I am making Pioneer Woman's Apple Dumplings. Go over and check out her other recipes she is just amazing! If you want something just great make her olive cheese bread
We made the bread for superbowl, and it was the biggest hit! I will apologize in advance for your rapid weight gain.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
This is Happy Daddy and my song. Daddy used to travel with the computer company he worked for and he was gone Mon-Fri for the first 8 1/2 years of our marriage. He was gone while Luke was a baby and also while Bo was little. He got his job with Verizon working at home 3 years ago today. It seems like he has been home forever, and is really hard to believe that for 11 years he was on the road. I was pregnant with Daisy and I had faithfully prayed for Daddy to get a local job for over 5 years, now that is a long time to pray, people. And finally he got the job, the job that would allow him to be home while still making good money.
This became our song while he traveled, we just couldn't wait for Friday! It seemed like the road between where every he was and where we were was just to long. I cried every time this song came on and longed for him to be home with us. I smile now every time I hear it, thankful for every morning I am blessed to get up early and make coffee and breakfast, I smile thankful for the dinners I get to make and that I can do his laundry on Tuesday not only on the weekend! The weekends were never long enough.... I Love my husband and I love this song, and Daddy I would run to you anywhere! Happy 3rd Anniversary with Verizon!
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I will start by saying oh what a day!
I made a doctors appointment for all three kids at about 8:30 this morning. The appointment was set for 10:45.
At 9:55, Daisy tells me she needs Motrin she has a headache. She has not eaten anything in over a day now and I was really starting to worry about her. I got the Motrin out of the cabinet and then the phone rang....
I turned around and she had drank the bottle. It was just a little under 1/2 full. I am still not sure how she managed to get the child proof top off the bottle. I called the Doctor who told me to give her ipecac immediately! Problem, I don't have any. We made a mad dash for CVS which is a good 15 minute drive. We ran in and I asked for ipecac, the pharmacist asked what happened I explained while we walked to the medicine, she said drink it all now! So we went to the car and Daisy drank about 1/2 of the ipecac and spit out about 1/2. I was worried after 10 that she had not had enough so we went back into the CVS and as I got to the counter I said she spit most of it out I think we need more at that moment I noticed people backing away from us, you guessed it she started throwing up. As a matter of fact she got sick all from the pharmacy at the back of the store to the front of the store.
She continued to get sick in the bucket I had brought from home but neglected to take into the CVS. She continued to get sick at the Dr.'s.
Both Daisy and Bo have ear infections and the beginning stages of Bronchitis, Luke is actually getting better. The Doctor informs me it was a good thing it was ibuprofen and not Tylenol. I guess that Tylenol can destroy your liver very fast and that we would have had to call 911 and have her stomach pumped on the way to the hospital... I had no idea how dangerous Tylenol was. She also said Daisy will probable be sick all day.
She continued to throw up all the way to Target, we decided not to go back to CVS, we made enough of an impression for one day. And you will never guess what Daisy did there, yes, she threw up there too. We got our antibiotics and got the heck out of there.
I think we have the getting sick part behind us now.
I have learned a few things today
1. Don't answer the phone when you have to leave in 20 minutes!
2. child proof does not always mean child proof
3. I can take public humiliation much better than I thought I could
4. Ipecac is really bad stuff
5. And always and I mean always keep paper towels in the car
I recently found a new blog called We are That family and boy do I understand that today, Miss We Are That Family, I think we might be THAT family, too! Today I feel like that family the ones who always have sick kids or someone getting hurt or a broken dryer or go on vacation and get in a car accident in a rental car, you know That family... No not us were not that family, Are we????
Monday, February 25, 2008
We have returned to school today from our two week break. We took the week of vacation off and the week we returned home off.
We did our Bible lesson on old testaments children, David, Moses and Isaac. Luke was really concerned at first as to why God would want Abraham to sacrifice his son. After a 10 minute discussion all was well again and on to math and phonics. We are a little concerned with how Luke reads. He is still really staggered at his reading, sounding each word out, so I have been reading his little readers to him, then with him, then I have him read it to me, it is working wonders! He actually said he liked reading today. We also purchased an on-line phonics curriculum and have him doing one lesson each day to earn computer play time. Bo is doing the on-line curriculum set to his level as well and he really likes it. The site is click and read phonics, I think it is a really good site and the boys love the computer.
I am so happy to report that our dryer is finally fixed! Praise the Lord Hallelujah! I have been hanging clothes on the line outside since before Thanksgiving, my hands have been chapped and just about froze off. I have had jeans hanging from every available door in this house and have been using the shower rod as a hanging dryer for way to long. You won't believe it was only a $18 part that needed replaced and thanks to a frugal friend I went to a repair fix-it web site and we fixed it our self. Daddy said its like we went Green. I am not concerned with the use of electricity I am thankful for soft sheets again and towels that don't feel like sand paper. AMEN!
We are off to the dollar movie again tonight, we are going to see Alvin and the Chipmunks. The kids are super excited. So what do you think about buying candy and taking it into the movies, hidden in your purse of course? I am feeling a little morally wrong... The movie clearly states no outside food or drinks, can I pick straws and say candy is not really food???? Oh the woes of being a good parent, if was just me I say bring on the gob stoppers but I have to set a Godly example and all. Daddy says if you want candy you need to get it at the dollar store cause I'm not paying 4$ for the same thing! Maybe I could say for the sake of being submissive I will sneak candy until the kids can read really well, or I'm further convicted which ever comes first.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
In honor of my one hundredth post I will list 100 things about me that you may or may not know...
1. my favorite color is red
2. I love to cook
3. I would eat doughnuts everyday if I could
4. my parents were divorced when I was 3
5. 4 years ago I reconciled with my father who had not spoken to me in 10 years, after reading Rick Warrens book The Purpose Driven Life
6. I love the smell of roses
7. Some days I run and put lipstick on as Daddy is pulling down the driveway
8. I drive a mini-van
9. I wish I had the biggest SUV on the market
10. I am an only child
11. I was an only grandchild until I had Luke
12. I hate soup in a can
13. I can not sleep in socks
14. I like doing laundry but I hate to put it away
15. I am allergic to beef
16. I once meet a rock star and he told me I was a beautiful girl
17. I asked Jesus into my heart when I was 9
18. At 19 I realized you could be friends with Jesus and then rededicated my life
19. I moved out at 17 to live with my 21 year old boy friend
20. I married him at 18
21. I am only 5 foot 4
22. I have been married to the most wonderful man in the world for 11 years now
23. I have 3 children and want more
24. I played Barbies till I was 13
25. I am dyslexic
26. I love to read
27. My favorite movie is The Color Purple
28. My favorite tv show is Lost
29. I check my blog 2 times a day for comments (comment, People, comment!)
30. Daddy is my best friend and I tell him everything
31. I try not to be a jealous person
32. I was once 225 pounds
33. I lost 90 pounds
34. I drink very dark roast coffee
35. I microwave my same cup of coffee about 4 times each morning just to drink 1 cup hot
36. I like to wear pj's all day
37. I buy and cook with Wal-mart brand foods
38. I always fix my make-up before my hair or my hair just does not look right to me
39. I read cookbooks for fun
40. I keep my heat set on 68 in the winter and 72 in the summer
41. I love to take pictures of my kids
42. My Aunt is one of my best friends and is more like my sister
43. I am getting gray hair
44. I will be 30 in September
45. I like baths more than showers
46. I am a home school teacher
47. I can't make lasagna it just falls apart
48. I died my hair blond when I was 19
49. I like diet Pepsi better than diet coke
50. I make lists for everything
51. I can't sleep without a bed time snack
52. I love my 400 tread count sheets I got on sale the day after Thanksgiving for 30$
53. My mother and I lived with my Grandparents for 9 years from the time I was 6 until I was 15
54. I have a Bible study every Friday at my house
55. I use a Mac computer
56. I live on 12 acres in the woods
57. I have never went horse back riding
58. I collect mashed penny's from everywhere we go
59. My favorite vacation is to the beach
60. I love pasta
61. I hate lobster
62. I used to have 3 pet rats (Trixy, Dixie and Templeton)
63. I love C.S. Lewis books
64. I like country music
65. My husband and I have a song it is (Run by George Strait)
66. I only like hot cocoa with marshmallows
67. I don't feel put together without my nails painted
68. My favorite date is to go to the movies
69. My house looks clean but don't open my closets
70. I am a pack rat
71. I like cake for breakfast and I sing mom is great she gives us chocolate cake
72. I don't like the color yellow
73. I have a red Kitchen Aid Mixer
74. I was married 4 years before we tryed to start a family
75. I love to sing
76. I won a singing contest in 10th grade singing the song The Rose
78. I think Paula Dean is a genius
79. I don't like Rachel Ray
80. I use Parkey Spray Butter in my recipes to cut the fat
81. I love to talk on the phone
82. I wish to live on a farm and have chickens
83. I was home schooled in 11th and 12th grade
84. I don't read out loud in public or in a group
85. I enjoy being the center of attention
86. I can count on one hand the number of fights I have had with my husband
87. I could eat 2 buckets of extra butter popcorn at the movies
88. I don't like beer
89. I do like sweet wine or sparkling wine
90. I scrapbook
91. I love baby smell
92. I really want another daughter
93. I use Google everyday it fascinates me
94. I love Gospel music
95. my favorite candy is Ester Price (Chocolate covered cherries)
96. I like cinnamon tooth paste
97. I have 2 tattoo's
98. I am having a hard time thinking of anything else and Daddy's says Your cute and a good cook and a good mama so I have a good husband
99. I like salty food
100. I used to drive a Cadillac
So there you have 100 things you may or may not have known about me.
This picture was taken a year ago on Tuesday. Tate and Reese were born on Feb. 19, 2007 at only 25 weeks and 5 days gestation...
Tate was only 1 pound and 14 oz.
He spent around 3 months in the NICU. Tate has little to no real problems now and is a healthy 1 year old boy!
This picture was taken yesterday at their birthday party, Happy Birthday Tate!
This is a picture of Reese who was only 1 pound and 8 oz. She is now over 17 pounds and is doing so well. She is saying Da Da and Ma Ma, and I think she will be crawling real soon.
It is truly Gods miracle that these children are ok, we are very blessed to have them in our lives! Its hard to tell by the picture but at the time both babies were only about as big as a dollar bill.
Happy Birthday Baby Girl!
This is one of the few photo's I have of both babies together, it was taken at Christmas.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Here Bo and Daisy take a ride at Planet Pizza
A nice shot of my fine husband
This is one of Daddy's oldest friends and his two children
This is Mrs. Kenchin, she is the mother of one of Daddy's best friends growing up. I will forever be greatful to her, she had a youth pastor from a local church come to her home every Wed for a bible study when Daddy was young, this was the first time he really ever heard about God. She as a single mother of 3 always opened her home to all the kids in the neighborhood and she prayed for my husband when no one else in the world was. I am so thankful for her, I know her prayers helped make Daddy into the wonderful man of God he is today. We had a great visit with her and her sister and daughter, we laughed our heads off! I can't wait for them to come our way sometime.
Here the kids play at Market Square in San Antonio
This picture was taken outside of Casa Rio the oldest restaurant on the riverwalk in San Antonio
This was on the river boat tour on Valentines Day
Bo with a rose, given to me by the river boat tour guide
notice it's a yellow rose of Texas
It was 77 the day we took the tour and very nice
Baby girl and I in a beautiful garden at the Alamo
Bo in front of a reflection pool
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I really did have a nice time in Texas, although I have never seen more blinking lights or XXX stores in my life... Daddy is from Dallas and said it has not alway been like that but I was still a little disappointed in the moral decline of the great state of Texas.
We ate so much Mexican food I think I can speak their language now... We had some really good stuff called Barbacooa I guess it is a Mexican version of pulled pork and they serve it with fresh cilantro and chopped onions in a flour tortilla and it is smack your mama GOOD!
The kids loved everything about vacation, they love eating out and they loved the Riverwalk! We rode a boat down the river and then took a carriage ride around San Antonio which they loved even more. There is a place in downtown San Antonio called Market Square where you can buy all sorts of Mexican goods which we did! All in all it was a wonderful time.
Until... On Monday after Daddys surgery we went into the city for lunch at a Mexican seafood restaurant Ernesta's it was really good, anyway on our way we were stopped at a red light and all of the sudden at full speed we were rear ended! I first checked our kids all were ok! So blessing number one. Then I got out of the car to check the other driver she too was ok. Blessing number two. We pulled into a parking lot and then she started to cry she saw at that point we had 3 little kids and being a mother and teacher herself she just lost it, I found myself hugging and telling this poor woman it's all right and we are ok.
At some point I started checking to make sure Daddy was ok, he had just had surgery. The other woman then asked what kind of surgery he had just had and I then told her I am a Christian and God had convicted us that we should have a vasectomy reversal and so we flew to San Antonio and did just that. She told me she was Catholic and asked if we followed Acts for Christ I explained that I am a Christ follower which means that I know I am a sinner and that I have asked Jesus into my heart to be my Savior and that I believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again and the only way to the Father is through the son.
She said she believed that too, and amazingly her husband had under gone a vasectomy 3 years ago and that they thought they had made a mistake.... She said they recently got a puppy but that she still felt like they had made a mistake, I gave her Dr. Leveretts name and told her to pray about it and give him a call.
So we were not hurt in anyway, and I was able already to share not only the plan of salvation but what God has done in our life, all along I have prayed God would use this for his Glory and I pray that someday in heaven I will see her again and maybe even her child...
I know that God works out all for his good and that nothing is a coincidence.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I have so many things to share about our trip but today I will talk about Daddy. He is had his surgery on Monday. The surgery went really well.
But what I want to talk about is how amazing an experience it is to have a Doctor pray with you and how he blessed us so much. When we arrived at the Doctors office Dr. Leverett's wife was waiting for us, she watched our children while Daddy had the surgery. Dr Leverett then sat down with us to have a little talk, at this point he said he wanted to talk to me... He said that I needed to understand that I have a husband who loves me more than anything in the world, that for a man to go through this is the ultimate act of love, 30 minutes later I understood why. This procedure is very painful, see they have to grasp the testicle and make the initial cut then pull it out of the body THEN numb the area. Yes, thats right you read that correct, this slows the swelling and gives the Dr the best look at the vas deference. My husband is the most amazing man in the world. I was able to hold his hand and talk to him while he went through this for our future child. Dr. Leverett prayed for Daddy's body to except the surgery and be restored to normal function quickly and the prayed for us to have a baby.
We talked and prayed, laughed and even cried as we shared our story to the Doctor. I have always loved Daddy even as a 16 year old girl I loved him, the day we were married I knew I loved him more than anything, when we first held our son somehow my heart grew I loved him more and with each day and each child my heart for my husband strangely grew with more and more love for this man almost amazing that someone you would lay your life down for you can love more! Monday as I held Daddy's hand as he went through this it happened once more, my heart grew by leaps and bounds, I am so blessed to have Daddy, so blessed he loves me as much as he does, so filled with joy for our life together, so in love with this man. If he never told me he loved me again I will always know and no act of romance would ever measure what he did on that table for the rest of my life, the Doctor knows that allowing the wife to be a part of this surgery is a great part of his ministry, it is just amazing to their marriage!
I will tell you more about our trip tomorrow... The Alamo, and then the car accident we were in and all the great food in TX....
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
So I thought last week was bad... When we got home from church on Sunday which was also my Sweet, Wonderful, Loving Husbands birthday, a very large tree had fallen down in our yard a tree which stood only 5 feet from our house. I will now say hallelujah and praise the Lord it fell away from the house. We where experiencing very hard winds and the tree just came tumbling down.
So Daddy spent about 3 hours with the chainsaw cutting and stacking. While he was busy doing that the power went out and stayed out for the next 24 hours.
Let me be the first to say this really sucked! NO birthday cake no ribeye steaks no baked potatoes no heat. Did I mention it was the coldest night of the year. Thank God we have a fireplace we ate hotdogs and I cut up some potatoes wrapped in foil and cooked them in the fire. We stayed pretty warm with the fire, Happy Daddy read us a few chapters of the Chronicles of Narnia by candle light and we slept on mattresses in the middle of the family room floor all five of us.
Now the next morning was much worse with no power means no pump for the well which means after HD left for work I had to go down to the creek and fetch water to flush the potty. It was 19 out side, people! I had to carry it all the way up to the house and gather wood, I was all out primitive! And then I had to pack our suitcases, But I did it...
And Thank God at 2pm the power came back on.
So that was our weekend and now off to TX I think we deserve a vacation! And Please keep Daddy in your prayers he will be having surgery on Monday.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I am just in shock that we are flying to TX in only 6 days! We have been doubling up on school work, washing clothes like crazy, making lists and more lists....
I still have so much to do. I went shopping on Tuesday night all by myself, which is a very rare occasion, and it speaks volumes for me to call Wal-Mart an occasion.
I bought the kids all their own backpacks and got toys they have never seen to fill the backpacks, we will entertain them on the plane with the new toys.
So that will cover the first 30 minutes on the plane, we then have a portable DVD player for the next 2 hours, I got the Aristocats and Snow Buddies which came out on Tuesday. I found out it costs for food on the plane, you have to pay $5 per person per meal, I am just a little shocked that that is not included in the 500-600$ Ticket, I mean what's that all about! Anyway hopefully eating will take care of the rest of the flight.
On a totally not related to my overwhelmed state of mind, after getting the kids the 2 new movies the other day, I started to clean up our DVD cabinet and to my surprise the DVD's won't fit they are stacked everywhere, now the case holds 200 DVD's and so I started to count them You won't believe me if I tell you... 286 yes thats only kid movies, I was just as surprised as you are! I think we might be just a little bite over the top with our movie collection.
So today I have been printing directions to hotels and to the airport and from here or there and to the Doctor, I like to be prepared.
Tonight Happy Daddy and I are going to write out and print of course a detailed itinerary so we don't miss out on anything we wanted to do.
So I will be taking a break from the blog starting next Tuesday. Please pray for us, I am still nervous about the flight. I have been praying for over a month now for Daddy's surgery not to be to painful and for it to work perfectly and of course for me to get pregnant. Just pray for us, please...
Friday, February 1, 2008
When it rains it POURS...
Lets set the stage here, last Saturday Daisy flushed a rubber duck down the toilet...
She told me she did, Bo told me she did it, I still thought maybe just maybe they were mistaken, so I neglected to tell Happy Daddy, thinking this would make him just a little less than Happy.
On Tuesday night I went out on a lovely date with HD, when we went out to start our mini van well it wouldn't, so we hopped in his truck and took off anyway, we were determined not to let a little car trouble keep us down.
The next morning we tried to jump start the car this worked so I drove to the local Advanced Auto and had them run a diagnostic test on the car it came up that the battery might me bad or the alternator...
So I drove home so that HD could figure out what to do, Wednesday was relatively uneventful until right before dinner when I went into my Master bath it took me a minute for my brain to compute that I was standing in WATER. At some point very early in the day my commode puked for hours all over my bathroom and into my dressing room and in to my closet and into my bedroom, Do you remember we had new carpet put in last week...
My once beautiful carpet now had well really nasty stuff I won't fill you in on all the details. It was so much water I ran under the house to find it raining in my walk in crawl space.
Happy Daddy now Very Unhappy not being filled in on the duck incident was very confused to say the least. He unlike I thought it was very important information if you think a child flushes a duck down the potty, I was sorry he was like, well, overwhelmed. He started to pull the insulation down so it could dry while I used a shop vac and for the next hour tried to suck up the stuff, To no avail. HD pulled up the carpet.
It was ruined I just can't believe it. It was raining under our house, our carpet must be replaced and the car won't start. Did I mention that our refinance closed giving us an extra money?
I really swear that every time we have money everything breaks... Now we could get mad we could cry we could do a lot of things but we prayed.
We thanked God our well didn't run dry with all the water, we thanked God that we had the money and that we could pay for what ever repairs needed to be made while continuing to stay out of debt. We thanked God that on Thursday we found out that the Battery was bad and that we had bought a 3 year warranty and got a battery for free replacement.
I feel like stuff just happens it life, it will be ok, I am determined not to let stuff get me down.
HD is also feeling blessed through the junk, it could always be worse and yet God spares us so much because we depend on him.
We prayed standing right out in the middle of our yard in the dark 30 degree weather with it raining under our house and asked God to protect us from this untimely disaster, protect this money we have so that we can be wise stewards of what God gives us.
So when it rains it pours but I won't let Satan rob my joy, or take away my blessings.
I may need new carpet AGAIN but my car runs great!