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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Today he is 19. Crazy to think that at 1:32pm,
I will have an official 19 yr old...
Being crazy at one of his last church dances...
Supposedly teaching Jacob's Primary class...
2008 Christmas in Killeen...
Working as an ER Tech...
Almost a servant to the Lord...
We LoVe You!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Change of plans. Again.

The one thing that was nice about Shawn working at St. Joe's, is that he got all the over-time he needed. He would work a lot of overtime, and it was good. Here at WK, it's hard because they want Shawn to call like at 6am, but Shawn needs to leave at 5am, or they'll tell him to call back at 9am, so that he can be there by 11am, and sometimes when he gets there at 11am, they tell him to go home within 2 hrs! Such a pain.
Because of that, overtime pay isn't happening so therefore... we aren't going to Utah to take Josh to the MTC. I am really bummed about it because it's always been my dream to take my sons there instead of sticking them on a plane. I thought it would be fun to drive out, like Shawn and his parents did, but with having a big family and a gas-guzzler to drive them all in, we decided to fly Josh out instead. 3 of my 4 brothers all flew out too, and they all lived! It's not like Josh will suffer for the rest of his life because I stuck him on a plane. Only my youngest brother, Scott, was actually driven out, and hey... that's fine. He was the baby, and my parents didn't have to take 6 other children with them, etc... It does get pricy on roadtrips, and also with 5 children being in school this year, I need all the extra bit of money to start getting school supplies too.
Our plan now is for Shawn, Josh & I to go to D-FW on August 4th to hang out... like go to the Dallas Temple again, go to Cabelas, maybe to the Ft. Worth Stock Yards, maybe JFK memorial (even though, well, you know!) & some other cool stuff that I have never done in D-FW before. On the 5th, the plan is (still waiting on the ticket from the MTC) to take Josh to DFW so that he can fly to the MTC. I would like to stay in D-FW an extra day, and since Shawn is off, we may. We may even stay away 3 days (I'll just fill up Jacob's insulin pump up full so that he wouldn't run out before I got back... and it's not like I couldn't be home in 3 hrs!). The kids would be staying home with my in-laws. I just hope that the MTC arranges the flight that I wanted for Josh... I got on-line searching for flights, and I found a non-stop from DFW-SLC at 8:30am. Not to early, but just right so that he can report to the MTC by 12:30p!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Cousins again!

In May, Mom and Dad came up for Mother's Day. That whole weekend, and weeks before that, it rained a lot. Lots of water everywhere! My siblings that live in the Killeen/Temple area decided that Mom needed all of them visiting her on Mother's Day too... Did I already post about this? They all came, and we ended up having a good Mother's Day with them all. My sister-in-law, Val, took this picture of Joey & Jared looking out our front window. I am sure they wanted to go out to play, but it was just to wet!
Cousins Jared & Joey playing firetrucks at Mimi's & Grampa's!
When we came down to visit in May, we went to the Gatesville, Texas Drive-In Movie Theater! It was the first time I had been to one, and had just found out where it was... after 20+ years living in Killeen, I didn't know! We had a great time watching Night At The Museum 2. Here is Kayley holding a friend of Jared's, Rebekah holding Jared, & Lauren holding Joey.

Inks Lake State Park, 3 July 2009

We had a fun day at a lake that we used to go to quite a bit after we moved to Texas. I didn't get in the water, nor did any deer try to attack me this time. The kids had a great time.
Lauren & Kayley
Jacob didn't get in the lake at all. Don't blame him on that!
Kristen, cousin Madi & Lindsey
Joey & cousin Jared
Joey pushing his cars beneath him... really, he was!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Cali & Zoey

Since Shawn and I have been married, we have had a total of 11 dogs live at our house sometime. We have had Brandy, Bailey Jack, Olsen, Furby, Ollie, Mollie, Callie, Brandi, Ellie, Coco & Sassy. We still have Ollie. We thought when we moved to the farm 4 years ago, Ollie wouldn't last. We have been surprised. He has been ran over by a tractor, and bit by a water snake, and we thought each time he was going to die. Ollie is a good little watch dog. He is an outside dog, of course, but we know by his bark when something isn't right. Olsen, Brandi & Ellie all died, and the rest were given away except Coco & Sassy, who we think were taken by the hired hand that Shawn's dad had at one time. Meet our new dogs:
Cali & Zoey

These dogs came from my brother, Scott. They have been to our house numerous times, and with Scott's job, he just doesn't have time to take care of them like he should. And his wife, Val... just to busy with baby Lexi and Jared. I don't blame them wanting to get rid of them. They were their "kids" before their kids came along. Scott asked if we wanted them, and since I knew they weren't puppies, and that they had been to our house before, I talked it over with Shawn, and we agreed that we would take them. They are females, and fortunately they have been fixed. But so has Ollie, but not the other 2 dogs that Shawn's dad has. We are going to keep them chained up at night, and mostly throughout the day at first so that they can get to know the area before we let them off all the time. That's how we did Ollie, and now he stays in the area. Sometimes I see Ollie walking up the road, or across the pasture/lake dam, but he pretty much stays close by. I hope Cali & Zoey like their new home.

Lunch at Cheddars

I took Lauren & Kayley to lunch at Cheddars the other day. Everyone knows how much I love this place, and that I miss it so much!! I used to eat there all the time in College Station, but now I try to get there at least once while visiting Killeen. If you have never been, you are missing out!

Friday, July 03, 2009

Away from the farm...

And I so do not miss it. I am still in Killeen visiting family. We have been here for 1 week now. Shawn and Josh did not come with us last week, but as I type they are on their way down. We are having a great time swimming in the pool, and being with our cousins. I love being closer to my sisters, brothers & parents. Sometimes there is even drama, but what would a big family be without drama? Well, don't answer... what would the Pritchard family be without drama? LOL!! Tomorrow night we are going to the Ft. Hood fireworks show. Today we are going to Inks Lake State Park. We are all pretty excited. I personally do not like lakes, but this is a nice area, and I haven't been there forever. Josh wanted to go before he left on his mission. Only 31 more days until he reports to the MTC.