Saturday, December 27, 2008

Alive and Breathing

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted. Things have been so hectic around here it seems like I've been going in circles day in and day out. I hope to get caught up on blogs in the next couple of days and get started back posting also. Jacob has been sick for the last couple of days. He started with a headache on Christmas Eve and has been running a fever since then. We took him to the doctor yesterday and he has strep throat so he's on meds now. Of course you all know how I feel about meds..if you don't then click here for background. It was torture on Christmas day..I felt horrible for him and many times just wanted to wrap everything up for him all over again. Hoping he starts feeling better soon! So we're here and I'm going to try and catch up with everyone very soon. I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Not here

I'm still here but just don't have it in me to blog right now. I'm going to catch up with everyone this weekend and get my comments rolling again :) Have tons of pictures but just not up to talking about it today..hopefully tomorrow. Hope everyone has a great Saturday!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's here!

This is where Allie's hands can be found 98% of the time right now. Yesterday her first tooth broke through. You can rub your finger against her gum now and feel it(well you personally can't but you get the drift) :) She did amazingly well getting that first tooth out...I am shocked how happy and sweet she is...I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of her life. Seriously...when she wasn't sleeping well it occured to me one morning that she might be close to getting her first tooth so I looked and could see that it was almost there. Up until two days ago I didn't even realize it was so close. When I saw it...I begged her to hold it in..I mean it..I really did!!! I pleaded with her to please stay little longer and to just keep that tooth to herself for a while longer..I just wasn't ready for it..hell what I am saying..I'm still not ready for it! It's getting here though. You still can't look in her mouth and visibly see anything yet but I can feel it and of course she knows it's there. Hopefully she isn't showing me that she really isn't going to listen when she gets older :)



I still haven't caught up on everyones blogs yet. I wasn't even on the computer at all yesterday. I really am going to try and get caught up very soon so please forgive me for not commenting right now. I'm trying to get things together but some days right now it's just more than I can handle.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Behind the Horses Ass

Whew..what a last few days it's been. I have to say I felt alittle lost yesterday. I got up in the morning and sat down to check my email and the phone and computer wasn't working. The phone finally came back on about lunchtime but I couldn't get the internet to work until last night. I have a ton of catching up to do with everyone so I'll try to get that done today and/or tonight hopefully. I'm trying to get things organized and cleaned up for Christmas. I like to go through toys before Christmas so that we can clean out stuff they haven't played with for a while in order to make room for more stuff they won't play with since they get so much stuff :)

Thank all of you for your comments and uplifting words to my post the other day..you have no idea how much I have leaned on those in the past couple of days. It's been rough but I'm still here and he's still trying so I suppose that says something. I really can't explain to someone who has never gone through it how incredibly tiring and difficult it is. There have been more moments than I can count that I have had enough and I just don't want to continue anymore but I do and we have another day. It's a constant struggle every second of everyday right now but I want for all of you to know how much your words mean to me!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Not Me Monday



It's time for Not Me Monday again! Head over to MckMama's and check out what it's all about.

I did not put our Christmas tree up a week ago and take 7 days to finish decorating it.

I did not allow the kids to put a few decorations on above said tree and then proceed to move them around to where I wanted them. I know that Christmas is for the kids and I am not one of those "people" whose tree has to be just right.

I did not have to do lists each and everyday last week and I most definitely did not accomplish anything on them.

When Caleb woke up at 730 on Sunday morning I did not go in his room and tell him to go back to sleep since it was a rare occasion that noone was up and I had been up with Allie all night and just didn't feel like getting up yet.

I did not go to Ihop on Saturday morning and change Allie's diaper in my lap while we were waiting to be seated. Seriously who uses those nasty changing tables anymore? Can we say germs? YUCK!

I did not forget everything I was going to put in this Not Me Monday post!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pray for this family!

I have been following Sara's blog for a while now. She and her husband are in China at this very moment anticipating meeting their daughter tomorrow morning. Her name is Mya and she is an adorable little girl! Please pray for this family along with their two sons that are at home right now. I am sure she would love to get your comments if you would like to stop by her blog and leave her some love.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Confession

Ever look at someones life and think that it is so much better than yours? I do it all the time..I look at others lives and think they have it perfect. I am sure that at some point in time everyone has done this..you know when you are looking from the outside in most of the time you don't see the problems you only see the happy times.

I have been thinking about this lately because when you look at my life it looks happy. Everything looks okay but that is far from the truth. To be honest with you right now my life is in shambles but you would never know it from the outside. I don't show it to many people and I open up to even fewer.

My husband has been battling an alcohol addiction for years now but honestly he has never admitted it was a problem..that is until now. When we met I was in awe at home much alcohol he could consume and it not affect him although we never had any problems because of it and he was always honest with me..I just thought he was a heavy drinker.

About three years ago is when alcohol started taking over his life and mine. It still amazes me what a hold it can have on someone...to this day I do not understand it. I am told that unless you have an addiction to it you will never understand. I have been through every emotion possible in the last three years. The majority of them are frustration,anger,loneliness and sadness.

I have been betrayed,lied to and I feel taken complete advantage of. Most of the time when he would have what I called "episodes" he would just not come home from work. Do you have any idea what it is like to live day to day and now know if your husband was going to come home from work or not...and I don't mean if something happened because we all know that we really never know what will happen and when but I mean by choice. On numerous occasions he decided to go to a bar instead of coming home. He wouldn't call or let me know what was going on...he just wouldn't show up at home. I would call and call and he wouldn't answer his phone until after he was completely drunk and decided to call me late at night. Then I would have to deal with trying to talk him into coming home and not giving up and how we would work it out and that the kids were waiting on him and whatever else I could think of to say in order to get him home safely.

The latest episode happened a week ago today. He says he's done..he says that he can't do it anymore and that it is over. He's been attending AA each day since it happened last and for the first time since I've known him he seems serious about it but honestly I am absolutely completely terrified. This is it for us...I can go no further. I have stretched as far as I can and I have cried more tears than I ever thought possible. I have had to sit in these four walls and care for four children while he was God knows where doing God knows what at all hours of the day and night and I've had to be strong for them..I've had to lie to them..I've had to take care of them when honestly I couldn't take care of myself. I really don't even know how to take care of myself anymore. I take care of everyone else and I have to the point where there is no me left.

This has completely consumed my life and how I pray each and every night and day that it works this time. I pray that he's serious and that he remains committed to staying sober and making himself healthy. I have never wanted anything more in my life because without that I can't have what I feel I need more than anything in this world. I cannot imagine my life without him but I can't imagine living this way for the rest of my life either.

Part of me is so incredibly angry for what he's done and what he's put me through. I am so mad at what he's done to me. I am in pieces inside and really I don't think I will ever be the same. I don't trust at all. What a horrible world it is to live in when you can't trust.

I have needed an outlet for so long and have had so many things swirling in my head that I haven't known what to do with. I feel relieved right now and alittle calmer. Whoo...I am sure for family you know bits and pieces of this and if you didn't well then it is going to come out sooner or later. Otherwise I just have to get it out. I need prayers...prayers for me and prayers for David. Prayers that he will be able to overcome this addiction and our family will be able to make it through and for me well I just pray that I can find my way back and figure out who I am again.

I will be starting school again in the near future at night and online. I feel like I have to and to be honest I want to also. I need something..anything!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

So incredibly honored!

My actions may not show it since I am so terribly behind in posting my awards and passing them along to the blogs that I absolutely love to read on a daily basis but I promise you all that I am so incredibly grateful and honored that you all have thought of me. This will be a long post since I have several awards to post and catch up on so bear with me here :)

bvnv nvzaavvaannnna annnnavaaaaaaaa v (That's from Caleb..he says Hello!) You should all feel very special as he's a VIP.



I received The Christmas Spirit Award from Alicia over at More Than Words. Thanks Alicia! If you haven't checked out her blog yet well then you better head on over there. She has got a beautiful family and I just love to read her posts everyday.

There are a few rules that go along with this award. They are:

*You must be a true Christmas lover to receive this award.
*The person to whom you give the award must also be in love with Christmas.
*You must link back to the person who gave you the award.
*You must list 5 things that you love about Christmas. If you can't limit it to 5 things, then keep going till you run out of space! :o)
*Pass the award along to as many people as you like. That can be 1 or 45; it's up to you. But, you must pass it on to at least one person in order to keep the Christmas cheer going!
*Let your recipients know that you have tagged them by leaving them a comment on their blog.

5 Things that I Love about Christmas:

1-I live for the excitement in my children's eyes. They just light up this time of year.
2-Everyone seems to be alittle happier than they are the rest of the year. I just love how everyone seems to catch the Christmas spirit.
3-I love when my parents come over first thing Christmas morning and spend the entire day with us. I look forward to this day all year long!
4-I love baking Christmas cookies and candies.
5-I love going around and looking at all the houses decorated and the beautiful lights.

I'm going to cheat alittle on this one because I have seen alot of people that have this one. So for those of you that follow me and don't have this award then it's yours! I know that's kinda lazy and when others say that to me I never take it but really it's all for you guys..I just don't want to mess up and give it to people that already have it. Everyone should join in on the Christmas season!



This next award I got from Stacey over at McCrakensx4. Thanks Stacey!!! I am so honored that you thought of me :) And since I absolutely adore reading but don't get the chance to do it much right now this is even more fun. The rules are to go to the book closest to you and turn to page 56 then go to line 5 and type that line and the following 2 or 3. Then tag 5 people. Now I'm not in my room or near where I read so this is kinda funny. The closest book to me right now is Lucas' library book. It's called Mostly Ghostly by R.L. Stine...so here goes :)

" Tara bonked me on the head with her fist. "Don't call him that." "You have a crush on Max," I said. "It's obvious." She bonked me again, a little harder. "Ow." Year, sure, I'm a ghost. But it still hurts to be bonked on the head."

So I am sure it is supposed to be a book you are reading but hey I have to play by the rules,right?

Now, I tag:

* Everyday Mom Designs
* The Chappell Family Blog * Amanda at The Family News
* Corrine at 4 Kids,no dog and living the American Dream
* Lori at Teacher turned Mommy

I received this award from Lori at Teacher turned Mommy. Thanks Lori..I just love reading your blog and your two boys are just adorable. I enjoy watching Colby and seeing the things he is doing with he and Allie so close in age together.



The qualifications to receive the award are:

A. Display a cheerful attitude.
B. Love one another.
C. Make mistakes.
D. Learn from others.
E. Be a positive contributor to the blog world.
F. Love life.
G. Love kids.

The Rules:

1. Must link it back to the creator
2. Post the rules
3. Choose 5 people to give it to
4. Recipients must fit the characteristics above
5. Create a post to share this
6. You must thank the winner

I pass this one onto:

* Liz at My Crazy Life with 4 Boys
* Hollie at All Things in Moddy
* Julie at Tales of Two T's
* Mimi at He & Me + 3
* Cassie at Southern Domestic Goddess

I got this award from Stacy over at The Crazy Cotheran's. Thanks so much Stacy! I am so glad that we found each other in this bloggy world!



"This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."

I am passing this award onto:

* Alicia at Two B's and Me
* Momstheword
* Annie at 3's Company but 4's a Party
* Sara at Football and Fried Rice
* Windy at A Peek At Us
* Tami at Muddlin Thru Motherhood
* Amanda at proud mommy of four
* Tarah at Eyeglasses and Endzones

Okay I know you guys are tired so this is the last one :)



I got this one from Stacey at McCrakensx4 and Alicia at Two B's and Me. Thanks guys!!! You are great and I am so honored that you consider me a friend! When I originally started blogging I did it to keep family and friends up to date with the kids and everything that was going on. As many of you have done and also experienced they really don't ever comment :) so I was amazed when people I had never met started reaching out and I developed the most amazing network of friends in what I called bloggyland. I am so thankful for you all!!!

This award represents this:"These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find, and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers."

Now I am supposed to pass this on to 8 blogs..forgive me if you've already received it.

* Annie at 3's Company but 4's a Party
* Everyday Mom Designs
* Stacy at The Crazy Cotheran's
* Liz at My Crazy Life with 4 Boys
* 4 under 3
* Amanda at The Family News
* Alicia at My Two B's and Me I know you already have it but I just have to pass it back-you're always there for me and I appreciate it!
* Windy at A Peek At Us

It's been tough!

This past week and for a while before that things have been tough around here. It's been one thing after another..constant struggles and of course Allie hasn't slept well in over a month. I was up from 2 until 5 last night and up again at 7 this morning but as soon as I walked into the bedroom and saw this it just makes everything all better. This is how I am greeted EVERY morning and honestly everytime she wakes up. Each time I walk in to get her out of her crib and she hears my voice she breaks out in the biggest grin I have ever seen. I can't get enough of it! On another note..I took her back to the doctor yesterday because she was still running a low grade fever and had horrible diarrhea. They said that her ear was better and the acute infection was gone and they thought she had a virus of somesort. Of course they gave me another name of a medicine to use in order to help stop the diarrhea. I swear it's always something...they perscribe a medicine for everything. Of course we didn't get it and won't unless we absolutely need to. However on a positive note we stopped the antibiotic yesterday since her infection was gone..I'm not doing that any longer than I have to and now it's sit back,wait and pray that we see NO spots!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The rest of the story on Antibiotics..

I mentioned in my post about Allie's ears that antibiotics weren't necessarily a good thing. People were emailing me telling me that they worked fast and things would be so much better in a couple of days...let me give you alittle background and my comments will make alittle more sense.

When Jacob was 18 months old he had a sinus infection and his doctor put him on Omnicef. 7 days after he started the antibiotic we were at Sam's shopping...as I was putting him in his carseat I his shirt came up a bit and I noticed he had what looked like hives on his stomach. I immediately called the doctor and they told me to skip a dose of his medicine and give him Benadryl. I did that and we put Jacob in the bed with us that night. We woke up in the middle of the night to check on him and his entire body was covered from head to toe. He was swollen and it was absolutely the nastiest thing I have ever seen in my entire life. I had to turn the light on to make sure I was seeing right because I just knew that there was no way what I was seeing was actually happening. When the doctors office opened the next morning I was waiting on the doorstep..no call..no appt..nothing. Our doctor walked into the room and immediately knew what it was. She said he has Erythema Multiforme which is a form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome which was followed by her going and getting a textbook to show me pictures and research. She immediately told me that it was going to get worse before it got better and whatever I did to not go home and look on the internet...now honestly you tell me if you walked into the doctors office with your child and they were diagnosed with something you had never heard of would you go home and look it up..especially if they told you not to(that made me want and need to even more)! The last thing I asked her before I left that morning was whether or not he would be okay..I thought if he will be okay I can make it through anything. She told me she didn't know. I almost collapsed right there. David was with me thank goodness and I think I cried the entire way home. They put him on steroids and high pain medication and told us to keep him medicated around the clock. If we saw blisters or peeling to go immediately to the childrens hospital(which thankfully we have around here).

The next two weeks were spent back and forth constantly to the doctors office. David and my mom immediately took off of work. David told his job that he had no idea when he would be back and thankfully they told him to take as much time as he needed. My mom was with us for whatever we needed. My dad and stepmom took Lucas to stay with them so we could concentrate 100% on Jacob. We put a mattress in the floor in the living room and that is where we stayed. We took care of him for those two weeks not knowing if he was going to come out of it or not. It was honestly the worst experience of my life!

After going through that and learning more about SJS I found out that after Jacob had it that he could get it again...he could get it from another antibiotic(even one that he had taken before and not had any problems)..because get this before he broke out from the Omnicef he had been on that exact same medicine before. He could even contract it from a virus. There was no way to know if and when it would happen again and what would happen if he did get it.

I was completely against medicine...I would take him to the doctor but I wouldn't let them give him anything. We only used medicine in the most emergent situations. I wasn't taking any chances. We only did tylenol if needed because Motrin is another medicine that is sometimes associated with SJS.

Fast forward present day five months ago...I took kids to the doctor and Jacob had balitis..which I had never heard of either. Caleb had a sinus infection and Allie had her first ear infection at 4 weeks. Our doctor told me we had to do meds..that we didn't have a choice. Jacob absolutely had to have them, Caleb needed them because his sinuses had been messed up for weeks with no improvement and Allie was absolutely too young to fight off an ear infection by herself. We went forward with what she thought was best. Of course she assured me that it would be okay(what else should she had done..she had no way to know). 7 days later it happened again to Jacob...I called David at work crying. I couldn't go through it again..I couldn't lose him I just couldn't do it. Back on steroids and pain meds and David back at home with me. 4 days later Caleb started...I couldn't handle anymore of it...two kids with something so rare in the same family? Everywhere I had read and researched they said that it wasn't genetic and that it just didn't happen twice in the same family. Our doctor was shocked..she had never seen it either. I immediately took Allie off her meds...I wasn't giving her another dose. We started Caleb on the meds too.

Thankfully neither Caleb nor Jacob ever got blisters or started peeling. If that happens they send you to a burn unit and have to treat you as a burn patient. There is no treatment for SJS...steroids are highly debated when it comes to this disease. Some doctors say it works but many don't. Thankfully our doctor gave it to us! They say this is not genetic but I swear you can not convince me of that....there is just no way around it. SJS almost always breaks out anywhere from the 7th to the 10th day of taking meds and it doesn't have to be antibiotics also doesn't have to be something you have never taken before...remember Jacob had taken Omnicef previously to getting SJS the first time. We are incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful doctor..many and most doctors have no idea what it is when they see it. I won't see another doctor to this day...I'm sure they think I'm a hateful witch when I call in and they tell me she's full..honestly I have her home and cell number :) Lord I love her!!

I am a huge advocate for not medicating children from the word go. Many people walk into doctors offices and want something to fix the problem immediately. I understand wanting them to feel better but I have also learned first hand that most ear infections and sinus infections can be fought off by your own body if given the chance. I love those earache drops you can buy at the store and we use a lot of saline if needed along with Tylenol. Of course every parent has to make their own decision and I would never judge another for doing what they think is right for their own children.

So now you know...I hate antibiotics!!!! I can't stand them..each and everytime I put a dose in Allie's mouth right now I am terrified. I am constantly searching for spots on her body and wondering what is going to happen. Ugh...they are my worst enemy!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Not Me Monday




Here we go again!!! It's the day we all dread but now look forward to thanks to MckMama and "Not Me Monday"

Here's what I absolutely did not do last week:

* I did not buy a roll of Pillsbury cookie dough(the biggest one available)and say it was for the kids only to find myself going to that roll of dough each and every day last week to have a bite. No way..Not me..I would never ever tell my kids they can't eat raw cookie dough and then proceed to do it myself!
*I did not let Allie's 6 month birthday go by without remembering on that day that it was actually her birthday..and I absolutely did not realize that it had happened until 4 days later! That one was absolutely not me because I pride myself in remembering things like that and chastizing my husband when he forgets!
*I did not hide in the laundry room behind the baby gate to eat leftover candy bars from Halloween(yes we still have that candy)while my 5 year old son was standing on the other side asking me if he could have candy..I most definitely did not tell him that it was too early to have candy bars and continue to stuff my face behind the wall. No way...my parents taught me to share and I absolutely would have done so if said above had been the case.
*There is no way that I posted several times last week about how far behind I was in posting on awards for my blog and getting caught up..I did not continue to post on Friday saying that I most definitely was going to do those posts this weekend and I absolutely did not go to bed last night without having typed it out! Therefore I am not sitting here on Monday morning with no post!!! I am a terrible blogger friend :(

Join in on the fun..it really is therapeutic!

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For all you scrapbookiers out there you have got to check this out!!! Lori I know you'll be running to this :)

Jessica is hosting The Best of Baby Scrapbooking this week in which she is featuring one or two products a day which will also results in daily giveaways that will be revealed next week! All you have to do is comment on her post and you are entered to win..plus if you post her button on your blog you'll get an extra entry!

How much better does it get?

Enjoy everyone...Jessica is extremely talented and oh how jealous I am of her and the time she gets to dedicate to scrapbooking right now!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Grateful

To say the least it's been a crazy week. I'm hoping things are starting to get back to normal around here..of course even our "normal" is crazy..I think that's about par for the course for people with multiple children. I have promised the kids we would decorate this weekend so that's in our plans along with laundry and cleaning house. Not doing anything else major..moneys tight right now so we'll entertain ourselves at home and just enjoy being together. I hope to work a good bit on my blog...I have a huge award post I need to get done and tons of pics to edit and load. I would really like to get all that done also.

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support during this past week. When I started blogging I did it because I could not find the time to sit down and scrapbook like I wanted to and didn't want to forget the little day to day things. I had absolutely no idea that I would find so many wonderful loyal friends out here in bloggy land! It's a whole nother world and it's absolutely magnificent!!! I can not say enough positive things about all of you...when I've been down this week(and trust me that's been often)somehow each time I would check my computer I would have a comment waiting from one of you and it would make me smile and lift me up each time. I love each and every one of you and am so incredibly grateful for all the support you have given me!

I just love this first picture of Allie! I can't get enough of it...check out the second one too...I am absolutely inlove with that roll on her back!!!!!!! Seriously,did you ever think it was possible to be inlove with a back roll? :)

Hope you all have a great Friday!!





Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Jokes on Me!

Seriously...this isn't funny anymore. At first I thought haha..yeah everything happens at once but I'm done laughing now. It's just plain irritating! We all know the latest happenings around my house. David had his surgery,Allie wasn't sleeping,David fell and hurt his foot,Allie has an ear infection,I pulled Jacob out of school...then on top of all of it..just when I thought I might get a break David called me on his way home yesterday and was sick as a dog! Yep looks like that nasty virus that's going around caught up with my husband. Ran around constantly last night with my mom thank goodness being here to hold Allie and made up all five beds that I actually did accomplish stripping and washing yesterday(Yeah Me!) and got all the kids to bed only to have Allie left. Of course David couldn't be anywhere near her and honestly even if he could he wouldn't have been last night because he was out cold on the couch!(seeing a pattern here anyone?)I fed and put Allie down at 845..she was up at 9...I got her back to sleep and put her down at 1015..she was up at 11..I fed her and put her back down at 12...she was up at 4...I fed and put her back down at 5...of course now she's quietly snoozing in the comfort of my bed. Seriously I think they switched my baby with a newborn!

Break? What's that you say? No break in sight around here...seriously What's a break?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

And the culprit is...

Do your EARS hang low? Do they wobble to and fro? Can you tie them in a knot? Can you tie them in a bow? Can you throw them over your shoulder like a continental soldier? Do your EARS hang low?

Yep...you heard me right...it's the EARS..the left one to be exact.

So we are on antibiotics..which in our house is not a good thing! I will have to try and put a post together on that for tomorrow.

Please say a prayer for Allie..that she can get through this antibiotic round with no ill effects and her ears will improve with this treatment.

"Normal"

I am starting to think that our normal is chaos in this house! After the last week or more of David after his surgery he called me about 630 last night on his way home from work and told me he thought he had broken his foot. I seriously thought he was joking!!!! He came home and we proceeded to go to the urgent care center after calling my step mom to come and help my mom with the kids. I have to admit it's almost flattering that when others are left with my four children they need some help in order to take care of all of them since I do it by myself all day everyday. Kinda strokes my ego that I can do it on my own :) Anyhow bless their hearts...I have the best parents ever! So I took him and they did xrays..thankfully no break but a bad sprain and probable ligament tear. Let me tell you from experience these last two weeks there is NOTHING like hearing a grown man cry! My husband doesn't handle pain well to put it mildly and on top of that he refuses to be out of work after already being out with his surgery. So he's back there this morning..walking on the same said foot that he was told to stay off of for a week working away..seriously he is COMMITTED to his job...and I am sure as soon as he comes home he'll want nothing more than to hang out on the couch. I mean really....will things ever slow down and be normal around here...will I ever get a break? We still haven't gotten back to where he could fully 100% help me with the kids since his surgery and now this?

After our escapade at the urgent care center I came home and stayed up all night with Allie once again. I slept from 11 until 1230 and then from 330 until 6. We ARE going to the doctor today! As much as I don't want anything to be wrong I want to know what's going on so off we will go as soon as we can get an appointment.

After all that I am adding even more chaos to my life by taking Jacob out of school. He was attending a church preschool for the past year and a half and I have decided to take him out until he goes to kindergarten next year. I have always thought about homeschooling my kids however right now I don't feel as though I could do it with Allie and Caleb at home and Lucas does great in school so as of right now that isn't a problem. Jacob however is another story entirely! To this day after three months of school that is supposed to be preparing him for kindergarten next year and that we pay for he still can not write his name and only knows the letters J,A and O. I can pick him up from school after his three days a week and on the way home ask him what letter they did and most of the time he will have no idea. I have decided that I think I can do a much better job getting him ready for kindergarten here at home. So please pray for me and for Jacob. Lord..me for patience!!! I'm going to need it! And Jacob for an easy transition...I laid awake in bed last night for about an hour(an hour that I am sure I could have used the sleep since I was up all night after that with Allie)and stressed over the decision I had made. He loves the kids there and has made some great friends and to be perfectly honest with you he loves his teacher but he's just not getting what I feel like he needs out of it. I would put him in another preschool around here but there are waiting lists a mile long and to be perfectly honest with you Jacob isn't good at change. He has a hard time adjusting to new environments and I hate to put him through that when he is going to be experiencing such a big change with school next year.

So here we are...our chaotic life...I don't think it will ever be normal again but for now...it's our "normal" :)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Not Me Monday



Here it is again! It's time for Not Me Monday-the blogging worlds form of therapy. If you've never been a part head over to Mckmama's and join in. As for me:

*I was not one of those crazy price gouged stricken people that got up at 3:30 on Friday morning to shop the day away. Not me...I would never be that insane as to care about be amongst thousands and thousands of absolutely insane people for 8 hours.
*I have not become frustrated with Allie and her sleeping habits because I know that she is just an innocent little baby who can't help it and I am just thankful she is here with me and able to keep me up at night! I really do have to remind myself of that at 3 am!!
*I did not make a daily list of to dos almost everyday last week and never get it all done...I most definitely did not yesterday go as far yesterday as posting it on my blog to make me accountable and still not accomplish anything!
*I have not laughed at my husband who after having his "snippity snip" done is encountering the hellish growing back of hair "DOWN THERE" I most definitely have not secretly enjoyed it since he rags at me all the time about shaving everything!!! Paybacks hell buddy!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Random

I am still trying to recover from the past week in my house. I've figured out that you can NEVER catch up on sleep..once it's lost it's gone for good. I'm still trying to get Allie back on a schedule however I'm not as successful as I would like. She slept very good the night of Thanksgiving but has been up and down since then. We had a good Thanksgiving but ate way too much and I forgot my camera so I figure I must of lost my mind somewhere along the way. I've got blogs to catch up on,pictures to edit,clothes to wash,beds to strip and make up,bathrooms to clean,dinner to start cooking,Christmas to decorate and that's just for today...Okay now I hear you all but you have to be positive! Will I get it all done...probably not especially since I'm still on my first cup of coffee and it's raining outside today but I can be ambitious right :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

This is what I'm thankful for this year!!!!!!



Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Smarter than we think..

Do you ever think that these precious little faces have brains that are smarter than a Harvard graduate? I am beginning to think so..seems this little face loves to throw a kink in things just when you think you have everything worked out. Allie has been a great sleeper ... don't get me wrong when we came home from the hospital for the first couple of months we were up 2 and 3 times a night feeding but she quickly got on a schedule and has always been a wonderful sleeper! Up until about 3 nights ago we never had any problems. I go through our regular schedule at night around 830 and feed her a bottle and rock her to sleep only for her to wake up as soon as I put her down in the bed and we proceed to do the same thing for the next two hours. Thankfully last night when she finally went down for good at 1030 she stayed until 7 this morning however the two nights prior she was up 2 and 3 times a night again. I have no idea what's going on in her little head but with her and her daddy it's about to drain me! Of course...all the while I'm up and down from the rocking chair trying to put Allie to bed 3 and 4 times her daddy's on the couch asleep at 9. I wish I knew how they did it...the men that is..how do they get away with it?

I will admit I get frustrated when I am trying time after time after time to put her to bed while she proceeds to raise her little head up and look at me with her beautiful blue eyes. Then I look at her and it's impossible to stay upset...after all who could stay upset or even peeved at such an adorable face!


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Catch up!

Whew...I still haven't recovered! Boy am I out of it. I wanted to try and get in bed early last night but I was up with Allie until after 11 and then up again with her at 4. I'm going to take her to the doctor today just to make sure her ears are okay since she hasn't been sleeping well...seems around here if my kids wake up when you put them down often times it's the ears that's the culprit. We shall see!

The weekend was insane..to put it mildly. I felt like I didn't sit down until yesterday and I have to admit I didn't push to get anythingn done around here then. I have tons to do but no ambition to do it. I felt so out of it not blogging and checking in on people but I just didn't have it in me yesterday. I am going to try really hard to catch with everyone today though.

Before David's surgery on Friday he had to take three different pills and put some sort of Lidocaine cream on an hour before we were supposed to be there. It was interesting to say the least. Let me just say if you haven't shaved your husbands scrotum before and wrapped them in plastic wrap then you haven't lived :) Talk about odd!!!!! One of the pills he had to take was a Valium in order to make him woozy...David doesn't take medicine so he was highly affected by this. While we were sitting in the waiting room he was playing with his lip talking nonsense acting like a complete drunk...I had to keep trying to get him to calm down so he wouldn't make a scene. When they called us back the nurse didn't want me in the room with him while they were doing the procedure...David did...but she said it was usually just the doctor and the patient. Needless to say I ended up in there. Boy..that was stressful because to say that David doesn't handle pain well is the understatement of the year! We made it out and the weekend was pretty uneventful other than constant chaos..he went back to work yesterday and seems to be doing much better!

Lucas lost a tooth a while ago and I have been meaning to post it but I kept forgetting to get the pics off my camera. I finally did though...I just have to edit everything now and get some printed...that's an entirely different story though. After he lost it I was trying to take a picture and Caleb was watching him so when I asked Caleb to sit beside Lucas so I could take his picture too he decided to pull his lip down also...so cute! Lord I'm not ready for him to start losing teeth..he's got to stay a baby for much longer. Funny thing is he came out the next morning and had $4.00. He first said the tooth fairy left him $6.00 then he cahnged it to $5.00 however when he counted he only had $4.00. I asked him what happened to the other dollar and he looked but couldn't find it and finally decided that he miscounted and must of only had $4.00 from the very beginning. I kept telling him to go look but nowhere to be found....I know the tooth fairy left him $5.00(because she whispered in my ear before she left of course :) but it is nowhere to be found. No telling where that ended up!





Monday, November 24, 2008

Out of it!

Exhausted does not even begin to touch how I feel right now. I am absolutely drained after this weekend and David having his surgery. The bad part is that I only had two kids here because the older two were at my parents house. Geez...I am just out of it. I have only touched my computer to reply to simple emails to my mom and to post one time for MckMama's contest and that was the extent of my computer time in the last three days. I miss all you and have a ton of catching up to do..I haven't been a good blogging friend lately. I am going to try to start catching up today and if a miracle happens I might pull a Not Me Monday post out of my hat...don't count on it though :) Maybe tomorrow I'll come around. Hope all of you had a great weekend and got more rest than I did!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Small Fryday Contest




Hey everyone...go check out MckMama's blog and be amazed. Not only has she joined the club of having four small children she will amaze by her incredibly thought provoking blog and beautiful children! She's hosting a contest right now so go check her out!!!!! It'll be worth it..I promise you! One time and you'll be hooked.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kisses

Okay here it is. I got this on video yesterday and I swear it could very possibly be the cutest thing I have ever seen!!!! Watch till the end for Caleb...I still grin ear from ear when I watch it!

Hope everyones having a good Friday...got to start putting meds in David and then head to doctor in about an hour.




video

Today's the day..



It's finally here. After much ado about nothing(although David wouldn't say that)the day has arrived. It's snip snip day for David. That's right we've figured out that the Lord above doesn't always necessarily agree with us when it comes to our ideas about more children so we've decided to take it into our own hands. After today we will be sure! Yes no more guessing it's the big V...it's time for the vasectomy for David bless his heart. I mean really it's the least he can do right...I've carried and birthed four children for him so why not...what's a 20 minute procedure. He is terribly nervous and I need not say that he is a complete wimp. He can not handle pain AT ALL...the man will stub his toe and fall to the floor cussing. Maybe that's just a man for ya,huh? I do feel bad for him though because he is scared so of course I'll do my job and I'll be there by his side and baby him all weekend long. Thankfully both my moms will be here. My stepmom will be taking the two older boys to her house tonight to spend the night and my mom will be here with me for Caleb and Allie...although Caleb is the only one that will have anything to do with her. At least I won't be by myself with all four(I mean 5)children.

So this afternoon that's where we'll be...he believes he is having his manhood taken away..he's really a funny character. We all say he missed his true calling as a comedian because I swear it's amazing where he pulls things out of. I'll let you know how it goes and get ready I have the cutest post for this afternoon. I'm going to make you wait because,well,because I can :) but it's worth it and it's just adorable!

Happy Friday everyone(well everyone except for David that is) :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

At a loss

Ever just feel like you don't have anything to write about. Maybe I just didn't get enough sleep or maybe my brain just doesn't want to work today but I'm at a standstill as I try to figure out what I want to say today. I have tons of pictures to load onto the computer. What are all of your methods for putting pics on the computer? Seems I take them and then when I load them on I have hundreds on each camera...and that's about every two weeks or so. There are times I will do it more often but I usually have so many it just takes so long so I put it off as long as I can. Right now I have all of my pictures in Kodak EasyShare but I have thought about trying another program..do you all find there are some out there that you are happy with? Editing is an entirely different story! I have tons of pictures on my computer right now that I need to edit but I just haven't gotten around to it. Ugh...so far behind! For now here's my two youngest doing their everyday thing...well kinda I suppose.



Caleb found this pacifier in his room. I had it sitting on his dresser...it's the only paci that he ever took when he was a baby...and even then he only took it once. For some reason on this particular day he was obsessed with it. We'll just say it's in the trash now.



And of course...here's my princess..I just can't get enough of her! She amazes me everyday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

She pissed on my parade



I can't stand stupid people. There are days it iritates me that they are even able to function in society. I had to get Caleb some new shoes...his were ragged and dirty from wearing them outside all the time(where he lives basically)so we were on a quest. Seriously that was basically what it was. I usually get kids shoes from Stride Rite...when I say kid I mean when they are two years old and under. In my opinion it's too hard to find shoes that fit them correctly otherwise. However when it was time for him to get new shoes I started looking elsewhere because he is pretty close to 2 and Stride Rite is VERY expensive! I looked and looked and looked for almost two weeks everywhere I knew and I could find nothing that would fit him. We finally realized that we were going to have to bite the bullet and go to Stride Rite.

When we first got there I saw our least favorite attendant that works there and said a few nasty words to David before entering the store praying that things would go okay. The last time we were there she sized Caleb and we left the store with shoes that were two sizes too small and left marks on his feet. The people that work there are usually excellent and you don't have to worry about whether the shoes fit or not...they are very knowledgeable when it comes to small children. So I was hoping we weren't going to have another bad experience with her.

First of all..he didn't like her at all. Guess I should of taken his cue and gotten out of there because when she first put her hand on his foot to measure it he pitched a fit! After much trying on of several different shoes we finally found one that fit...a 10XW (extra wide)and as I was checking out everything just fell apart. I mentioned to her that I had tried to look elsewhere but had had no luck and she started on her insane comments. She said that his foot was so wide that he would never YES YOU HEARD ME NEVER be able to wear a Nike shoe. The kid is 22 months old and she is telling me that in 30 years he won't be able to wear a Nike...he might...and she put extreme emphasis on MIGHT be able to wear a New Balance or a Saucony but most definitely not a Nike then she did it UNLESS HE THINS OUT she says. My jaw about hit the floor! Caleb is 26 pounds at almost 2 years old...the last time we were at the doctor he was in the 95% for his height but the 20% for his weight. He is so tall that he's off the charts but it makes him much thinner. Seriously when I hug or hold him I can feel his ribs. He's healthy and eats constantly but he's just so tall that he doesn't appear like most small kids do when they are pudgy and round still and this lady is tell me he needs to thin out. How can a kid in the 20% for his weight thin out anymore...he'd be sick as a dog WOMAN.

Needless to say we did leave with shoes and they do fit but I can't stand the woman!!!!! Ugh...she just irks me!!!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hi Sissy

Monday, November 17, 2008

Not Me Monday



This is my first time joining "Not Me Monday" and mind you I still have an hour and fifteen minutes before Monday is actually over. Head over to MckMama's blog since she is the brainiac that created this wonderful idea!!! We have to have something to look forward to on Monday right? So here goes...let's see if I can get the hang of this :)

I have not eaten more Halloween candy than my children nor have I done so on a daily basis-Not Me-no way because I know that I am the last person in the world that needs candy!

I did not check on this baby so much during the day on Monday while she was having her heart transplant that I forgot to plan anything for dinner for my family. Not me...I would never be that involved with my computer and a precious baby girl that I have never even met.

I did not have above "said" candy for breakfast four out of five mornings last week because I know how unhealthy that would be and I would never let my children do the same...because that would make me a horrible mother,right?

I did not pull a pair of blue jeans out of the dirty clothes basket and throw them in the dryer for Lucas to wear to school-Not Me-because I am so organized and on top of laundry that I would have known before 10 pm that his pants were all dirty.

I did not finish commenting on a blog while I had a baby crying in the other room-Not Me-because I am Johnny on the Spot and I am right there the second they make a sound...take 2 seconds for my bloggy world...Not Me!

In Awe

These two continue to amaze me. I have never in my life seen anything like it. Caleb is absolutely inlove with Allie and it is just the sweetest thing I have ever seen. I have a video of him talking to her if I can ever get it loaded...for some reason it isn't wanting to show up properly right now. Caleb is going through the temper tantrum,throwing,hit everything in sight stage...but when it comes to Allie he is always as gentle as can be and out of the blue will just stop to hug and kiss her. I think these two are going to be incredibly close if things stay even 5% of what they are right now.





Ever noticed how you have so many things planned for the weekend to get completed and at the end you didn't get any of it done. I was so organized on Friday and had everything in my mind that I was going to get done before the weekend was over. I got hardly anything done...I didn't even get to the grocery store yet. Therefore I have a ton to do this week because David has surgery on Friday which will probably leave me with four children by myself this weekend which means I'll have four children by myself probably but also that I won't get much done. David and I did get to go out to dinner last night by ourselves. It was a quick trip though...Jacob hasn't felt good all weekend so we just ran out and came right back. In the end it really wasn't worth it(the restaurant sucked!) but it was kinda nice to get out for a few minutes.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

HSM3

We did it! Lucas and Jacob LOVE High School Musical. I promised them I would take them to see the new one when it came out in theaters but we were in Gatlinburg the day it was released. So when we got back I took them to see it. I have to admit it was really cute and I found myself dancing along with the songs. Guess while I'm at it I'll have to admit that I actually watched the first two also. We had alot of fun together...I'm going to try and do more with them outside of the house. Things tend to blend in together when all the kids are together all the time. I think it's important to split them up every now and then. The kids had a blast and I think they really enjoyed the time alone with me. On top of that this was Jacob's first movie in a theater. He's been before with his grandmother but he's never actually sat through an entire movie...they always had to get up and leave before the movie even started. The first time they went and got candy and drinks and sat down,watched all the previews and as soon as they were over he stated that he was ready to go home :) So I was alittle nervous but I thought there was a pretty good chance he would sit through it. When he first sat in the chair it folded up on him he was so small so he asked to sit in my lap and that's where he stayed the entire time. HE MADE IT THOUGH!



Here we are in the car before the movie started! I like this picture.



Lucas and Jacob outside of the theater before we went in.



Here he is...He saw his FIRST movie and stayed for the whole thing! I love that after all he went through with movies that I got to be with him for that!

Friday, November 14, 2008

He's Mine!

video

I had to share this because well he's just too cute not to share! Caleb rarely plays in his room by himself but yesterday I was trying to rock Allie to sleep and every ten seconds he would walk up to me and say Mama....which may I add is just the cutest thing in the world! Anyhow..I finally told him to go play in his room for a few minutes and after I put Allie down this is what I found. Watch until the end as he starts playing along...I could just eat him up he's so cute!

My husband was my angel this morning...he does wonderful things every now and then :) Don't ask me how it happened but as I was going to bed last night I couldn't find my coffee. I keep the extra in the freezer and I looked everywhere and it was nowhere to be found. I know I still had a half a bag because I buy the big ones from Sams and only half will fit in my canister by my coffeemaker so I store the rest in the freezer. Anyhow it WASN'T there. I about had a heartattack..what in the world was I going to do this morning without any coffee. So what did I do...I asked my hubby to go to Hardee's and get me some. He walked in with multiple cups of coffee for me this morning before work and I proceeded to pour them into my coffeemaker to stay warm. Ah....I just love him for it! Bicker and pick we do but he's a keeper!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I was Tagged!

I got tagged!!

Stacey over at McCrakensx4 tagged me for 15 Things you are Not Afraid to Admit so here goes:

1-I am addicted to sweets(I can't get enough of them..it doesn't matter if it's chocolate,cookies,cakes whatever...I have to have them)
2-I have to check on my bloggy friends several times a day(if I don't get around to it until night I feel so behind)
3-I am trying to drink my coffee only black now(I am the queen of cream and sugar in my coffee but I'm trying really hard to only drink it black..it's so much simpler)
4-I am addicted to The Young and the Restless(it is my favorite soap of all times and I have to watch it everyday!)
5-I put Caleb down for his nap at 1215 everyday just in time for The Young and the Restless(yes he could last another hour or so and go down later but then I wouldn't get to watch my show)
6-I love to cook...I am trying to get out of the box and not stick to recipes but it's easier said than done!
7-I am a pictureholic-okay so that's my own word but hey it works. I take tons of pictures yet have developed very few in the past year. I have thousands of pictures on my computer that I need to get developed but they are just too expensive now. Guess I need to do them a few at a time until I get through them.
8-I crave showers...they are too rare...yes I will admit..there are days that I don't get one. Yes there are days that I have to wash my hair in the sink and just go from there. In my house I come last! My kids and my husband always get theirs but I am always last and since Allie's in our room after she's in bed it's pretty much off limits! When I get one...I love to just sit down and stay for a while...although I don't have time to do that much.
9-I LOVE winter! I can not stand hot weather..I don't tolerate heat well at all but just eat cold weather up.
10-I love batter!!!!-okay some of you might classify this in the sweets category but not me...they are two totally different things!!! cake,brownie,cookies,bars...anything at all...I just love it!
11-I absolutely dread going out to dinner with my children...it is always incredibly hectic and seems by the time it's over I'm ready for bed it's so tiring. Keeping up with four kids in a restaurant is just insane so I'd rather just stay home. Of course dinner with my husband happens less often than I would like.
12-I could live off pasta! I HEART pasta!!!!!
13-I hate to put up laundry..I don't have a problem washing,drying,folding...but they will sit in the basket for days before I actually get around to putting them up sometimes.
14-I am not a big drinker-I have been too affected by alcohol and the people that I love so I just don't have a huge desire for it anymore now that I have seen what it can do to people.
15-I hate smoke...all kinds of smoke...cigarette,pipe,cigar..anything. I absolutely can not stand the smell of smoke..before and/or after. I can't stand to smell it on people or things...it's just horrible!

Okay I've admitted my shortcomings or not...however you would like to classify them. Please don't stop visiting me because of them :)

Now I have to tag 7 people so here goes:

1-Tarah over at Eyeglasses and Endzones
2-Nichole over at Justin and Nichole
3-Annie over at 3's Company but 4's a Party
4-Liz over at My Crazy Life with 4 Boys
5-Amanda over at The Family News
6-MomstheWord
7-Sara over at Football & Fried Rice

Okay guys...you're it! Have fun :)

No progress!

I suppose I need to get on top of things and get pictures loaded onto the computer. I have decided I want photoshop for Christmas this year...I think it will allow me to do so much more with my pics of course it would probably provide me with hours of entertainment also. Maybe that's a bad idea :) I have got tons and tons of laundry to do...not exaggerating either. I have got a dirty bathrooms..not kidding there either but for some reason during the day when Allie decides she wants to get held all day I just can't tell her no and when Caleb wants me to play with him I just can't turn him away. So things are staying undone around here right now...what can I say, I just can't resist these faces!




My aunt bought this for Caleb. It's one of those first recorders and he loves it! I however am not as fond but he is adorable playing it whether it makes tons of noise or not.





And of course here's my precious little face. I promise I'll get my act together sometime today.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Miracle

This girl hold my heart in her hands. I just can't get enough of her. Ever since I heard about Baby Mia(as I posted yesterday) it has made me look at my children differently but most of all when I look at Allie I think of Mia. Mia is right at one month younger than Allie. Sharing their story has made me do things in my life differently. I am so incredibly lucky to have this little girl. She makes me laugh and she fills my heart with complete joy! Every time I look at her I am so incredibly thankful...I thought my life was complete after Caleb was born...I was so done with babies that there wasn't a doubt in my mind. I thought I could be pregnant for a couple of weeks before I actually got the guts up to take a test. When I found out I was depressed...I cried for weeks. There was a large part of my pregnancy that I was unattached emotionally because I was so sure that I didn't want this and that this wasn't how it was supposed to be. Little did I know,right? Who am I to say that we were done..we took every precaution possible and did everything we could and yet it still happened...someone "up there" decided that He didn't care what we thought or what we had done but that He was going to make it happen. The second she came out every doubt was swept away and it has never entered my mind for one second since. I can't imagine my life without her and I would do absolutely anything in this world for her. Amazing how things work out,huh?


Monday, November 10, 2008

Mia update

Mia is out of surgery and doing well. The doctors say she got a "GREAT" heart. This next week will be critical for her but they are very optimistic. She is such a fighter. Please go and leave your prayers for her family...they are an amazing group of people! Thank all of you for your prayers today!

Please Pray!!!!



Please pray for Baby Mia today as her new heart has finally come!! If you haven't heard about Mia's story read about her here. Mia has an amazing family that I know could use your thoughts and prayers today as she undergoes her surgery and in the future as she is recovering!

Whew....and Halloween finally!

Whew...this weekend was nonstop. I had tons to do and here we are at Monday morning with what else...hardly any of it done. I have all the winter clothes but haven't put summer clothes away. It's hard here in the south because it can be 30 in the morning and 70 by 2pm. I think it's time to put them away though. I need to clean desperately! We have a bathroom that has been getting renovated and it's been in limbo mode for months now. I was wanting to try and paint it to get things started for completion but that didn't happen either. I had grocery shopping to do and that's one of the few things I did get done...that and a few loads of laundry..although I'm not sure you can really count the laundry since I still have 5 or 6 loads to do. We went to my dad's on Saturday night and had dinner over there and most of the day before that David was working so it was harder to get things done with him gone. Isn't it amazing how they really don't do anything around the house when they're here but it's more difficult when they're not? I say it's because they entertain the kids at least when they're around :) Sunday I grocery shopped,did a few loads of laundry and cooked. That took me to the end of the day so everything else went out the window! Oh well there's always next weekend I guess...and most likely next month for the bathroom :)

David starts a new job today so please keep him in your prayers. He's been doing work on his own for the past month and decided to forego the original company.

Thank you all for your wonderful words of support and prayers last week when I was having a hard time. I truly appreciate each and every one of them! I continue to be amazed at the blogging world and how united it is. I have made friends here that I never thought possible!!! I still have alot of soul searching to do and I am trying to dig into that but things are better so hopefully it's only up from here. I will try and fill you all in later on!

For now...as promised...here's a few Halloween pics. I have some on another camera also but those didn't get loaded this weekend either. I was lucky to get to this one :) I was going to rearrange these pics in order but for some reason my right clicker on my mouse isn't working right now so I guess they'll have to be backwards....hope that isn't indicating how my Monday is going to go.

Here's to a great week everyone!!!




Jacob was an army man and Caleb was superman. When I was dressing Jacob David asked me about face paint...I didn't even think about that. It would have been really cool. Think we'll that next year!



Here's Caleb walking on the street. He loved trick or treating! He wanted to go to every house no matter how long it took him and remember his legs are awhole lot shorter! Funny thing was when he got up to a house he wanted to go inside all of them...he tried to go in the door several times! I just cracked up!! Mister Independence though didn't want to hold anyones hand so you can imagine how that went.



My superman! I just love this kid!!!



Here's my baby girl! She was a chick...I think the costume was supposed to be a chicken but I called her a chick :) Oh...I could have just eaten her up she was soooo cute!



Here they all are now. Lucas was a zombie and I was very surprised that he kept his mask on the entire time...we were gone for about 2 hours so I was shocked. We ended up going to another neighborhood across the street because apparently the people in ours don't celebrate Halloween anymore. There were hardly lights on at all. We hit the jackpot in the next neighborhood though. Check this out: there was a guy that gave out a goody bag and each bag had $5 in it. Can you believe that? I was shocked...I was curious as to how much money he gave out...we never had that when I was a kid. I don't ever even remember getting money at all. David was joking that he was going to go home and switch costumes several times and keep going to that same house! Lucky kids now a days!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I would like to thank the academy :)

I got another award...Yippeee I just love these things :) I got this one from Mimi over at He & Me + 3. Thanks Mimi!!!! You are awesome and I just love to read your blog!



The rules for this award are:

1: Post the award on my blog
2: Link to Mimi for giving it to me.
3: Link to the originating post - here
4: Pass the award on to 5 people.
5: Post the rules for the recipients.

This is tough because I love all the blogs I read but I think I am going to choose the blogs that I have just recently started following for this one.

*Annie over at 3's Company but 4's a Party: I have just found Annie's blog but I quickly grew attached :) If you haven't checked her out then don't waste anymore time. She has two beautiful children and I just love to hear about her daily adventures!
*Nichole over at Justin and Nichole. I have really enjoyed reading Nichole's blog. She is making some awesome things right now in order to donate money to Baby Mia who is awaiting a heart transplant. She has a huge heart and I admire her for that! She also has a beautiful family and I am really enjoying learning more about her!
*Everyday Mom Designs This is one of the brand new blogs I have started following. I just love to read about all of her cute and funny stories and her adorable pictures!
*Liz over at My Crazy Life with 4 Boys. I am SO happy that I found this blog. When I look at her posts I feel as though I am reading about my own life with all my kids! So happy to meet you through blogging world Liz!
*Stacey at McCrakensx4. Love to read Stacey's blog and hear all about their busy life. Great posts and love to hear about the football games her boys are involved in!

Okay guys: it's all you now! Your turns :) Have fun!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Snippets



This is what we saw the last night we were in Gatlinburg. I never could get very good pictures of the scenery because it rained all day the first day and the second the sun never really came out for a sunrise. So this is what I got....still absolutely gorgeous..looking at it right now makes me want to go back.



My precious princess! Here she is all bundled up at Nascar Speedpark. I just love this little bundle!



I can't put into words what this picture means to me. This is my dad and he is truly my hero. He and I have been through the ringer together through the years but amazingly we have come out to be such good friends. This man means more to me than I can verbalize. I cherish this picture!!!





This is sooo cool! It's called the Cool School Computer made by Fisher Price and it connects to my computer. I got it for Jacob to practice his letters more at home since he will be at kindergarten next and I really don't feel as though he is getting enough of it at school(that's another post for later) There are several stations they can go to on the computer such as music,art,numbers,letters and they can even take field trips on it. The coolest thing is that it has a pad off to the side that you can put templates of the letters under and trace them...Get this though...it shows up on the computer screen so that they can see what they are doing and how their letters look. I just think this is the coolest thing!

Nothing particular to post about today so this was just a bunch of snippets I had sitting aside. I am going to get my Halloween pics loaded onto my computer sometime today...I'm a horrible mother that I haven't done that yet. Those are to come soon!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

My First Ride

Updated: I'm losing it! I have no excuse...other than Allie had an abnormal night last night and was up every three hours...this from sleeping completely through the night but other than that I have no excuses. When I posted this earlier today I talked about Jacob getting in a wreck...however with my pea brain I put the wrong picture in there and he wasn't even in a wreck in the one I posted. So it's on there now. We'll see if I can get it together tomorrow!

I'll stop posting Gatlinburg pictures after this I promise. Okay well I will unless I find another one that I just have to show everyone!

Jacob drove his first go cart while we were there solo. It was soooo exciting!!!! Lucas jumped at the first chance to get into a go cart solo but Jacob was alittle wary. When we went to Frankie's for his birthday he got alittle nervous and decided that he only wanted to ride with his dad. So we were alittle surprised when only two weeks later he decided he wanted to forego dad and do it on his own. I had so much fun watching him and when he got off you couldn't wipe the grin off his face.



Here's Jacob standing in line for the ride. Can't you see the excitement on his face :)



When they got in the cars the first time they had to sit still and wait for someone to come and buckle them. Jacob got in and took off! It was so funny!



I love this picture! Right in the middle of the action.



Of course he got in his first wreck the first time out also. What fun would it have been without that?



And we all know that Caleb had to take a stab at it also. His is alittle smaller but he's still just as cute!