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.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Thanks Rebecca!

About a year ago when I was sooooooo poor, I was talking to my friend, Rebecca, and she told me to see if I could get Lindsey & Joey on WIC. I remember getting it for Josh so many years ago, and the embarrassment I felt then , I just didn't think I could go through it again. I took Lindsey to the county health department last week to get shots so she could start school this year, and the nurse and I were talking. This led to that, and that led to WOW! You have 7 kids? I said yes, and then she asked me if we were on WIC, etc... No, I told her. She asked if I knew what our income was since we had so many children, and that I was a SAHM. I just so happened to have one of Shawn's pay stubs in my purse. We checked it out, and we BARELY qualify for Joey. And then all my conversations with Rebecca came back to my head. Today was his first appointment, and we got the vouchers. I will not be using them in my town as I am so embarrassed to use them here. Everyone knows me here! Thanks Rebecca! Love ya!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

To many things...

After slacking for a few weeks, maybe even a month & a half... I am getting back on track with loosing more weight! I've only gained 4 lbs (as of this morning), but all in all, I have been eating better, and have not had a Sonic drink in over 3 months! Yay for me! Walking isn't happening as much as I would like. We have had a rainy and/or cold Spring time. It's suppose to be really nice this week, so I hope I can get 3-4 days in of walking. I am going to concentrate on crunches and leg exercises too. I only have until June 25th to loose the last 40 lbs, but I will take another 30 if possible.
Josh got a new calling today. I've never seen a person go through so many callings as him... LOL! Today he was called as 1st counselor in the new YM Presidency. He was so happy because he doesn't have to teach EQ anymore. He had a hard time with some of those lessons in the Joseph Smith book. He is looking forward to be working with the new YM President, and hanging up with our great youth. I know he will do well until he leaves on his mission.
I guess I use the phrase "I am so not in a good mood at this moment" just a little bit to much. Last night I was getting onto Lindsey to go brush her teeth, and to do something else, and she walks in the bathroom (mad of course) saying, "I am so not in a good mood at this moment because of Mom!" Got to love kids!
Yesterday Krissy was invited to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's. Gag. Barf! Anyway, since it's located at the mall, and I had already told Jacob, Lindsey & Joey that they could go also (Lauren & Kayley were to be in Shreveport... Kayley ended up at home because of puking for 2 days!), we headed to the mall at 4pm so we could be done by 6pm (remember it's a 1/2 drive and we needed to make a stop @ Target too) for the party. We go to Dillards. Haven't been shoe shopping for a small kid at Dillards for a long time. But Krissy needed church shoes, and we just couldn't find any these past few weeks at Walmart, Target or Payless to fit her skinny little feet. I decided to buy her some Stride Rite Mary Janes. She has been wearing those kind for a long time, but she finally outgrew the size 12's (that had been Lauren's & Kayley's), and needed more. We found a pair on the 40% off rack, and were happy they had her size. She was happy to wear them today to church. I even got her some socks for them... either tights or sandles so never saw the need for socks until now (now that the weather is getting to warm for tights). As we were there, I found a cute pair of shoes for Joey. I am ashamed to say, I have never bought shoes for the child except for some crocs! Sandles were given to me, and he was wearing some cute shoes that had saved from Jacob. So, I was desperate. Again, nothing with shoe laces that met my standards at Walmart, Target or Payless. But Dillards saved the day. I then realized that the poor child had nothing to wear to church. I've been dreading actual khaki shopping for him. But I went to Baby Gap, and again, they saved the day! Cute cute pair of khaki pants with little geckos, grasshoppers, fish and palm tree on them for $10. I bought size 18-24 months! He is so skinny! I knew Gap would have the adjustable waist khakis. I got him a green polo to match, and he looked so handsome today. Maybe this week I can take the laptop to town and get on eBay and see what I can find cheap for him...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tax day = T.E.A. Parties

Who went? I so wanted to go to the one in San Antonio but alas... no where close to SA! Besides I paid my taxes in February, so oh, well. Watched on Fox News today that the Secret Service wouldn't allow for a rally at that one building by the White House accross the street from the park? Since when does the Secret Service care about that? Oh, ya... I forgot!
Life here sucks. Okay, not to bad, but sucks because I don't have wireless. I am sitting in town in a parking lot using (or is it stealing?) the business's wireless because it's free, and I am in need of it. LOL! Our new computer sucks because it only has a soft-disk drive, and our lovely dial-up can't work with it. Shawn had to order a hard-disk drive off the internet because not one place here in town or the next town sells them anymore! It should be here Thursday. Maybe I can use my new computer then. I wish I can get wireless at my house. Why can't AT&T come 5 more miles out? It's making my life miserable because of it!
Easters was good. Had a good weekend. Easters bunny didn't come, but I did allow kids to dye some eggs. Sunday was a horrible rainy day. Just miserable. We had a good dinner, and good company, so that made the day. Shawn was able to go to church with us. Kids were happy.
Shawn's cell phone got fried because of the computer problems of trying to update downloads. AT&T is sending him a new phone. Not happy that he has had to wait for so long to get a new one. Oh well.
Printing off Josh's missions papers tonight. They will be submitted April 29th! Another friend of his is going to Madagascar french-speaking Mission. Reports to the MTC the end of June. Very cool!! 3rd friend that is going foreign!
Been nice to have Shawn home past 2 weeks. He goes back to work Friday. Got upstairs almost done, and the garden planted. We are trying to be self-suffient more... We plant a huge garden, milk cows, get eggs from our neighbor, slaughter our own beef cow. Still need to order that wheat. What is holding me back? Scared to use it?
Guess I should go. Kids will be home from school soon. I need to go to Walmart before heading home. Got to go to church activities tonight. Shawn is now in Cub Scouts. Jacob is happy for that.

Monday, April 06, 2009


(Because of the new computer, pictures will be uploaded later when I finally learn how)
KAYLEY turned 12 on April 1st! And it was her first day of going to Young Womens! She was so excited, and could not wait! Plus she gets to go to Young Womens Camp in July. YAY! When she got home from school, she was surprised with with a bouquet of balloons. Really, that was it. Because we all had to be at the church that night, I just didn't have time to do a full-blown party & dinner. I told her that we would have her party on Friday night, and I would allow her to invite some friends too. All my kids know how much I *love* having birthday parties. She wanted: a red velvet cake, tacos for dinner, and to watch Marley & Me. On Thursday night, I rented Marley & Me from Redbox. Shawn and I decided to watch it that night. I am glad we did. While it was a very cute movie, and that this couple was actually married in the movie the whole time, sex talk kept coming up, and a few swear words, and I just didn't feel comfortable with a bunch of 12 yr old girls watching it who were not mine own, let alone my own watching it. I called some of the moms the next day and told them that the movie had been changed to A Cinderella Story. During the day, I made a red velvet cake, and I will say, if anyone is allergic to red dye, you don't want to eat this one... 1 1/2 bottles of red dye!! After tacos, and eating the WHOLE CAKE (it was very yummy), girls started watching the movie. But since all had seen it like 10x before, and since the weather was beautiful, they all went back outside until 9:30-10p to jump on the trampoline until rides came. Kayley got some cool stuff from her friends. She wants some contacts, so we are going to let her try them out. She also wants her ears pierced again... she had them done when she was 5 and hated them. She took them out, silly girl.

New Computer and Car

We bought a new HP computer at Sams a few weeks ago. We have been Dell fans for so long, but this was a good deal at Sams. We bought it. NOTHING BUT TROUBLE SINCE! Okay, maybe it's because we are still on dial-up, but it just sucks. And of course I cannot find the receipt, but I do have the credit card bill for it. I am thinking of taking it back to Sams.
On March 21st, our 1993 Honda Accord, with over 300K miles, finally died. Shawn drove his truck for about 2 weekends to work. We knew he was going to be off for a few weeks while recovering from his surgery. Today we decided to head towards Dallas to look at a few Honda Civics. We found one at Huggins Honda in North Richland Hills. It's a 2006 dk. blue Honda Civic Coupe. It was the best experience ever at buying a car. I cannot believe how nice it was! Awesome! We decided to stay the night here as well since Shawn wanted to go to some gun store as well and we knew we couldn't do it all in one day. We are staying at Holiday Inn Express in Hurst. Since we have wireleess here, Shawn decided to bring the HP computer with us to see if he can reload it and a few more programs. As of right now, he is getting fed up. Probably going to be taking it back... I will have to update later.
We brought along Lindsey & Joseph with us, and for being in the car all day, they are pretty good. They are watching Sponge Bob. We are going to go eat in a few minutes, and head over to Cabelas. Yee Haw!