Before I go on, let me add... I don't know what I was thinking when I said I was going to homeschool, but I'm not. End of story.
Summer is hard on me living here. We are out in the middle of freakin' nowhere, with nothing to do. Sure, I could find plenty to do in my house or outside, but that gets old after a while. We did go to AZ, and big girls went to my parents for almost 5 weeks, and Josh went to a few places, but that's it. It's not like this area has a lot of places to go do with kids, and the places they do have cost big $$. I hear Shreveport has an awesome Science museum, but again, I'm to poor to even drive there unless I really really have too. Basically I've become a recluse in my own house and only go to Walmart or church when I have too. I am going to a baby shower tomorrow (yipee!), but I also have a million other things I have to go do as well since I am making my weekly visit (okay, it's my 2nd visit this week since we took Josh out Tuesday night) to town.
My friend posted about about the fire department coming to let out some water, and her kids had a grand time with that. I don't even know where the closest hydrant is at! Actually, now that is scary to think about! Kids do get out in the garden in the mornings, and help with chickens & goats (we have 3 new baby kids!). They have been picking and cleaning veggies to take to the Farmers Market here in town, and they made quite a bit this morning, so they were happy. Joey is a constant mess who keeps my house is a constant mess. I think I am to old now for anymore little ones. Oh, I am so glad I said that!
I've signed up for Netflix, and we've gotten some good movies lately. I've been getting Disney ones, and kids love them. Recent one I got was Fun & Fancy Free. It was filmed in 1947, so it's old, but the kids love it! I love it! Today we got a Disney Classic Tales. A lot of cartoon shorts.
I did take the kids to the lake on Monday MYSELF (thank you very much!). They had a great time. We went to Lake Greason about an hour NE of here. We are going again on Saturday. Any local friends are invited to join us! I don't know when we will be there, so call me.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Before I go on, let me add... I don't know what I was thinking when I said I was going to homeschool, but I'm not. End of story.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
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Friday, July 25, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
And this is dedicated to all our men out there...
Thanks Hil for sending it! :-)
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Saturday, July 19, 2008
And this is my cake from last night.
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Friday, July 18, 2008
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Another movie that I got from Netflix is this one. I remember it as a kid, and I really liked it. We got it last week, and the kids have been watching it a lot. In fact, I have "ordered" a lot of older movies like this from Disney, and I can't wait to watch them again. Anyway, this was the conversation I had with Krissy last night.
Krissy: Mom, are there any FBI men here in Ashdown?
Mom: I don't know. Why?
Krissy: Because I think we need to have one come to our house.
Krissy: So that he can follow Ollie like on That Darn Cat.
Mom: What does Ollie do that he needs to be followed?
Krissy: Well, he barks a lot so maybe someone is out there.
Mom: Okay, Krissy... you're silly!
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I have to say, I really really love this movie. I thought my last pick was good, and it really was (what was it? I can't even remember now!), but this is my new favorite! I got it from Netflix, and I have watched it like 4 times already! Thanks Suzanne for recommending it! I sent it back today, but if anyone would like to get me a present for my birthday in 2 days, I would love it! :-)
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When I get sick, and it feels like I am going to puke, I hold it in. I refuse to puke. I can't remember the last time I puked. I know I puked once before finding out I was pregnant with Lindsey, but at that moment, I was not pregnant. I think it was because I had just started taking an iron pill, and it made me sick. I've may have puked once since moving to Arkansas, but not sure. After Lauren (b. 1995), I don't puke while pregnant. Like I said, I refuse. On the other hand, Shawn loves to puke it all out because he says it makes him feel better. GROSS!! I mean why do you want stuff coming up from your stomach, and into your mouth because it only taste worse? Oh, it just grosses me out!
For the last 10 days, I've had sickness in my house. And everyone except me, Shawn (like I said in another post, has not gotten sick) & Joey have puked their guts up again, again & again. And not only that, but for some reason my kids cannot puke in the bowl that they have. They carry the bowl with them, but totally miss it. Josh comes down the stairs with bowl in hand, and where does he puke? All over the floor. Totally misses the bowl even though the bowl is right there. I mean, WHAT IS THE DEAL? The 2 big girls have been good this time, but they both have been known to puke all over the beds, just like the little girls, or all over the carpeted floor (like Jacob this time). Joey & I had it coming out the other end (enough said). But everyone else... puke! Let me give you the run down for the past 10 days:
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
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Cute picture of Lauren.
Texarkana Ward Youth
Just a nice picture. Thanks Suzanne for allowing me to borrow some of these! :-)
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And as of this morning, the last 2 kids who did not get sick last week, Lauren & Jacob, are now sick & throwing up. Only Shawn hasn't gotten sick, and he claims it's because he eats like 3-4 Yoplait yogurts a day. Jacob is bummed that he is sick because he started his Diabetes Day Camp yesterday. He goes in Texarkana, and yesterday he had a great time. He really loved it. They tied-dyed shirts yesterday, and he was going to wear it today. Hopefully he can return on Thursday. Last time Jacob got the stomach virus, he ended up at Children's @ LSU in Shreveport. I hope he doesn't get that bad. Sickness & diabetes do not mix well.
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Some of our fresh veggies... don't mind the other mess.
Lots of potatoes... yum!
I did 21 quarts of potatoes. I've never done them before, so hopefully they turned out okay and not kill us later this year.
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Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
I tried to post the video of the girls cheerleading, but unfortunately, it was causing my blog to be super slow since I am only on dial-up. If you would like to see those crazy girl cousins, click on my sister, Hilary's, blog.
Also, my nephew, Austin, had to do this cheer. I think we have some blackmail for the future, don't you think?
On July 1, the kids went to Austin Park N' Pizza in Austin. There was a lot to do there and they had a really fun time. Kayley and Lauren rock climbed. Kayley did make it to the top but fell as she was trying to hit the bell. Again, my sister has more video on her blog with Lauren & Kayley.
Then our last night at my Mom's, the kids were doing "small people." That is, they were kneeling down and putting shoes on their knees so they looked short. It was pretty funny. I was Oklahoma laughing too! Then Lauren wanted to walk on her knees. Cracked us all up! I guess it was one of those "You had to be there" moments!
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Remember a few months ago I posted about a huge cellphone bill? Well, this one was worse! $864.13!! I had the broadband connect for all of 3 days, but with the connection fee and all that... about $238. Understandable, and I got $200 back. No problemo. Shawn's & my phone bill... normal. Nothing different. Josh's: $499.57! Yep! And it's a good thing he has the money to pay me. I told him "that's why cell phone companies love teenagers! They do stupid things to run up the bill!" Good thing he is getting a better paying job.
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My brother, Brett & his wife love Sandals, and I think it would be fun to go there too.
And Shawn has never been to FL either, and I went to the Destin area every summer until I was 11. I loved Ft. Walton Beach. I always had so much fun. Problem is, I want to go to all, but I will only be able to (barely) afford one place this year.
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Up all night with an upset stomach. I hate being this way. Then I had to get Lauren to the church by 6:45am (remember 25 minute drive 1 way!), and I had to stop along the way to make a pit stop. It's so not fun. Lauren is going to be gone for a total of about 54 hrs. Camp is only 2 nights and barely 2 full days. I guess with the funding (Pioneer Trek in June), there just wasn't enough money to pay for the big camp area they always go to at Zwolle State Park in Louisiana. She'll have a great time though.
Josh seems to be doing better this morning. He got up, ate a banana & took some more pain meds. His face isn't as swollen. He is waiting for Wadley to call him back to come in for a drug test.
Kayley is glad to be home. Was so excited to taste her first zucchini of the year last night. Since she's been gone, the zucchini came in full bloom, and she was excited to have it cooked the way she liked it (Mimi may have fixed it that way... but I'm not sure). She is asking for another Blackberry cobbler too (yuck to food right now!).
The other kiddos are doing good. Playing and playing and doing whatever.
I was going to post about our 4th of July. After I got to Killeen with the 2 little girls, we had a BBQ at my sister's (Heather) house. She just moved in to her new house that shares a backyard with my parents. That's pretty cool. After my 4 girls ate, they, my mom & I went to the high school to get on the bus to take us to Ft. Hood. They have an awesome fireworks show. After getting there, I realized that I hadn't been to Ft. Hood fireworks since 2004! It didn't seem that long, but apparently it has. Lindsey thought they were cool since she really hasn't seen them before. Ashdown doesn't have a great show... but then again, Ashdown has nothing great. After the 40 minute show (it really was awesome!), we headed back. We stood in line to get back on the bus for almost as hour, and we finally got home 11:50pm! We had a great time, and I was glad we went.
Texarkana does their fireworks show the Saturday after. I don't know why they do that. It's soooooooooo dumb! Josh and his friend, Ashley, went to go see them, and he said that it was only like 15 minutes. Oh, well.
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Monday, July 07, 2008
After returning home from Shreveport this morning, I started not to feel well. Mamaw is already sick (and it's her birthday even!), and Josh just puked all over (great! How's that for fun with a swollen face?). I hope I feel better tomorrow.
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After almost 4 weeks of pure fun at Mimi's, hanging out with cousins and whoever else... my girls are home. The little girls and I left on July 4th to go get them. We stayed 2 hot nights at my mom's, but we survived. My mom doesn't like a/c. I don't know why, but she doesn't. :-D We left Sunday morning to come home. The girls did great being crammed into the Honda, but it was cheaper to take that then the Suburban. Hilaryanem arrived a few hours after we got home, and stayed the night before heading back to KY today. I had to leave before they left. Shawn said they left about 8:30am. Hilary will be posting some pictures of the girls, so stay tuned!
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Thursday, July 03, 2008
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Let's just say Mr. Leone didn't like me, and I didn't like him, and I barely passed typing class in 10th or l1th grade, and could only get 41 wpm. But, that was so not fair back then because we had to use big ugly green typewriters, and they were hard to use! ;-)
*Just to let you know, I am saving this website so that I can try to beat my wpm!
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Wow! Can't believe how short-lived my wireless broadband was. But it's not to be for right now. It was so slow that my dial-up was faster. I called Cingular (AT&T) and they told me that the closest tower to us for 10 miles away. Apparently that is the tower way south of Ashdown... 10 miles! LOL!! Rest assured though, they told me... AT&T will have another tower closer to us within the year! Until then, I've cancelled my $60 a month internet, and went back to my $14.95 dial-up.
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One of my favorite movies is Hairspray. In one scene, the mother is tying Penny up from going to find Tracy. She turns on the "Lords Prayer" and tells her that she is only going to get bread & water, and to pray for Tracy. As she leaves the room, the mother shakes a rosary at Penny saying "Devil child, devil child!" LOVE IT! Cracks me up!
And so this phrase has captured Shawn & I, as we call our little sweet innocent Joey: devil child, devil child! You certainly can tell he is the last child, and even if I *was* planning on having one more, he has certainly became instant birth control! Just as I was writing this, he looks up at me on the couch and gives me a devilish grin... and then he dumps the whole bag of Candy Land cards upside down. I mean, why not?
He certainly keeps our house in a constant flow of mess. Between him & Lindsey, I know my house will never stay uncluttered for at least another few years. Lindsey isn't bad as just dumping toys... just not wanting to pick up.
It's not normal not to have cereal of some sort dump all over the kitchen or living room floor everyday ALL DAY. He insist on feeding himself, but hasn't mastered yet. It normal to have dinner all over the floor or his hair. It's normal for me to search the trash can daily for things that shouldn't be thrown away. It's normal for things to fall or being knocked over constantly. It's normal for his sippies or bottle to be drained of all liquid. It's normal for the diapers to be ripped off. It's normal for loud unnecessary noises at all times of the days, and if it's ever quiet you know you better go find him. The bigger the things for him to get into, the louder he gets. Why can't I have a quiet little boy like everyone else? Oh, wait! I had one of those already... actually I had 2 sons already like that, so it was only normal to have one that wasn't. LOL!!! He loves to climb up and up and up, and they higher he is getting into something, the better he loves it. He loves to climb into my bathroom sink and sit in it. I'll go in there and there he is... sitting in the sink, both toothbrushes in his mouth, everything else knock on the floor, and the water going soaking him. One of these days, I'll get a picture. Why shouldn't I have paper plates all over my floor (like now), plastic ware thrown all over? I have gates, crates, boxes, doors closed, you name it... but the moment one thing is not in it's place, he is there (like the bathroom when girls forget to close the door). Last night he refused to lay down in his crib. I was tired, Shawn was tired (had to work today), and we were both tired of listening to him scream. He goes into my bed. Shawn & I just lie there as he jumps all over us, sits on us, you name it. Finally he calms down after 10 minutes and is asleep.
Is it because we are "old" parents and we have done it all over & over & over & over, and almost tired of it all (as colored paper & bills are being thrown off the table...)? To any of my friends out there who want large families... have all your children within 10-12 yrs of marriage. After that, it's just to hard with babies, & teenagers at the same time! But, it's so worth it, no matter how large the mess, and how much your toddler is the "Devil child, devil child!"
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008
He applied for a job last week at Wadley Hospital, and got hired today (at least he thinks he has...). He got the insurance packet today, and has to take a drug test next week. He is going to be an ER Tech. He has to wear navy blue scrubs (thank goodness I didn't get rid of Shawn's old navy ones... and yes, they do fit), and his job is M-F, 7-3pm. He is sooo excited!
Speaking of excited... I am so not excited about this wireless broadband. We don't have any signal strength at all, so it's almost just as slow as dial-up. Shawn is going to give it another day or so, and if it doesn't get any better, we are going back to dial-up. $14.95 a month is a lot cheaper than $60 a month for the same slowness!
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