All because two people fell in love...

We met in February 1989, started dating in May, and got married in September. And Josh came *almost* 11 months later, just in case y'all were wondering. And then no more came. We waited, and waited, and then Lauren decided to make her debut in May 1995 (5 weeks early), and then Kayley 1997, Jacob 1998, Krissy 2001, Lindsey 2004 & Joey 2006. We lived in Texas until 2005, and then we moved to Arkansas, just about 25 miles north of Texarkana, Texas. Fortunately all my children are Texans (and my handsome husband) because Texans are just cool. Wish I was a Texan... but husband had to settle with a California gal, which I think is pretty cool too.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Farm Animals

I will post more later. These are some of the dogs. The puppy, who we had since Sunday, was given away today. We named her Sassy, and she was cute, but 2 little girls in another family needed her more then we did. Lauren took the pictures of other farm animals. If anyone ever wants to get to the "farm", just let me know. We have plently of room to put people. :-)

Monday, July 23, 2007


Josh asked if he could go to Six Flags with a girl from Shreveport. "Of course", I say. "I'll drive you 90 miles one way to meet with her and her family on I-20 at 7am, and then I'll go back and pick you up later that night." Plans have now been changed where he is going to drive down in the small car and parked it at McDonalds, and drive the rest of the way with her and her family.

Shawn told me that he was buying a tractor from Denison, Tx for 9K. Sure, I have that in my bank account, and went to Farm Credit to get our first farm loan. He, Lauren and Kristen picked it up today, and I have yet to see Shawn since returning home with it.

We figured it was Jacob who caused our freezer to quit working. It actually didn't quit. Door was left open all night.

But, my dishwasher, my over $500, 2 yr old dishwasher(!) decided to quit working on the 19th. So my daughters have been washing dishes. Not that I have been cooking much because who wants to wash tons of dishes for a big family? We have been using lots of paper and plastic stuff too. Repair man coming tomorrow to repair it, hopefully.

Joey is now basically crawling on his hands and knees. And screams hysterically if I am not around. I keep reminding Cindy she DOES NOT want to do this again (I mean, her baby is 6 yrs old!).

2 big girls are in the process of making aprons. We are going to finish them this week.

My mother-in-law is making dinner tonight, and made me an Italian Cream Cake for my belated birthday. They weren't over when we had the German Chocolate Cake, so she made me a cake. She also is making my favorite dinner... purple hull peas (gag!), but I am making the cornbread, which I will eat. LOL!! I absolutely hate purple hull peas. I will never make them. So of course I will sometime in my life since I said never, but I don't plan on it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Today I'm 37!

Today is my birthday. Whoop-pee!! I made me cake last night (German Chocolate Cake) because we had a new couple from church (w/4 kids) for dinner, and I figured I might as make me my birthday cake because no one here was going to do it today. Shawn is working, and Josh had to work too. I usually make me a homemade lasagna too, but yesterday I ended up buying it at Sams. I was running out of time especially since I had to be in Texarkana yesterday for 4 hrs. It was good though, and I did good last night with only eating 1 piece of cake. I didn't get a huge piece because the people were here, and I didn't want to look like a pig. But I made up for it today by eating 2 pieces, and they weren't small. And I wasn't planning on eating the 2nd piece when I did, but I had too...

Why, you ask? Well, I ate one this morning after doing good at only eating 1 small bowl of cereal. I couldn't resist. Well, then I took Josh to work, and I was kinda depressed, so I stopped at Sonic and ate a #1 with a Route 44 Diet Dr Pepper w/easy ice. It was sooooooo good! Well, I get home, and I could tell that the other kids had planned something, and I knew it was going to be lunch (I didn't tell them I was eating at Sonic). So, I get in, and sure enough...lunch made, along with a huge piece of cake. I ate that too (I had the kids help me eat most of it). See why I can't loose weight?

Why was I depressed? Because just before taking Josh to work, kids told me that my freezer was leaking water. "It better not be!" I yelled as I was trying to get ready to go to the store when I took Josh to work (I wasn't planning on stopping at Sonic to eat...only for the drink). I go look, and sure enough, it's dripping everwhere. Look in the freezer, and everything is about thawed!! I bought this freezer on Nov. 28, 2004, so of course the warrenty has expired. Kids quickly helped by getting the food over to the in-laws freezer as I tried to figured out what was going on. Read the manual, and figured it had gotten "tripped" by the 15 sec. power outage yesterday at 4:30pm. I plug it in to a new outlet, and 4 hrs later, my freezer is cold. But I was depressed some because I didn't know why it had quit working. Tomorrow morning, kids will help me bring the food back. I want to wait all night to see if it stays working.

I did put some make-up on finally, and I feel better. Wished I could go out, but Josh left for Texarkana with the 2 big girls for church, and Shawn is coming home from work.

Shellin' purple hull peas

I'm not a fan of purple hull peas. It's a southern food that you eat with cornbread. Shawn's mom likes them with ketchup, and that grosses me out. When I was pregnant with Joey, I ate them mostly because that's what she was fixing for dinner, and since that's what she cook, I ate. She fixed them again a few nights ago, and I just couldn't bring myself to eat them. I ate the cornbread because I fixed it, but I just cannot eat peas. Black-eyed peas are just as bad, but I will eat them on New Year's Day (to bring you good luck) whenever I do fix them. Here are the kids shellin' them one day in June...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Thanks Hilary!

Hilary knows a lot of things about computers especially Blogger. I so do not know how to do the "extra" things that could make your website or Blogger look cool. When I first did Blogger, I asked Hilary to make it look cool. Since getting back on Blogger, I have gotten her back on, and she has seen the cool things that one can do, and I told her I needed an update on my Blogger. So, this is what she has done. I know she redid the title a few weeks ago, but it was just today that I saw my pictures like this, and the little "farm" cartoons there on the right. LOL!!!