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Monday, August 4, 2014

I never realized....

As a mom, and wife, we have always kind of split the chores, but since our roommates are no longer living with us, it's just Ryan, Kenzie, Maddie and myself.  This is a blessing for all of us.  We have more space, but we miss the dog.  We have more time with the girls it seems, but we miss our friends too.  With all that said, I never realized how much work it is on a huge property.  Right now we are renting a 3 bedroom on a lake.  We have 4.56 acres and about 2.5 of that is in a lake, so that leaves me with about 1.5 to take care of plus the normal housewife work inside the house.  This past week has been a week of spring cleaning.  I started and I still am not finished because in the evenings, when it cools off enough, I have to go outside and mow.  I've had to chunk off parts of the grass an hour at a time.  I can't tolerate mowing during the heat of the day or I would have it done all on one day.  So I work on my school work, taking care of my girls, normal housework, spring cleaning, packing away things we don't use on a regular basis, and yardwork, gardening, etc.  To top all of this off, I've had quite the week with needing to have a tree groomed to keep my neighbor happy.  Yes, I have one of those types of neighbors who complains about EVERYTHING.

With all this said, I've been doing pretty good with getting things done.  I'm about to start my school work for the week, then some housework, and end the day with a little more mowing.  While it sounds boring, I can assure you my life has been anything but!

Now on to the kiddies:

This year Kenzie will be starting 5th grade!  I can't believe that it's her last year in elementary school.  It seems like only yesterday she started preschool with Ms. Barnes.  And now she's about to have her last day of elementary.  I don't know if I'm ready to start Middle School with her next year!  It's crazy!  I just want to place an anvil on her head and make her stop growing up!

While her sister is going to 5th Grade, Maddie is going into 2nd.  I can't wait to see what this year has for her.  She's grown so much this past year and I can't wait to see what she learns.

With all that said, I am planning on volunteering in both of their classes this year.  I'll take one day a week and spend an hour or so each day in each class.  I've already gotten the volunteer application in with the school system.  Kenzie will be joining the chorus again.  Not sure about recorder club, but chorus for sure.  And I am going to try and see if there's a sport we can get them in.  They tried cheer and while they loved it, I wasn't happy with the way they were treated by coaches and coordinators.  Since it was their first year, they were treated very poorly.  They both have asked about soccer.  I may just see what I can do to get them into a soccer league.

Before I go, I have a verse for you:

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 6:23

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hooker Falls

 Such a beautiful Waterfall!  And it was the girl's first time swimming in natural waters that were not the sandy beaches of Florida.  They loved it!


 We had a ton of fun at Jump Off Rock!  Lots of pics to remember our trip came from this location.  



 This has got to be my favorite pic!  While this was not the shot I was trying to get, I wanted both girls to give daddy a kiss on the cheek, Madison really showed her personality while Kenzie kissed her daddy!  I think I need to get this one framed for sure!
 Mackenzie went for a short hike with her daddy, and I was able to get a few pics off the beaten path with them.  This was a great thing because as you see, I don't have a lot of current pics of the family so I am happy to have this opportunity.  


 Look at the view behind these two!  Amazing!  
 Love when they play peek a boo around trees for me!  

 Yai Yai's girls!
And the newest pic of me and Ryan.  I have to admit, it is one of the best we have done in a long time!  Thank you Yai Yai for taking it for us.  

Asheville-- Charlotte's Web Play

 One day, we took the girls to Asheville.  They loved it!  We started the day by eating at the "Soda Fountain".  We had a blast!  The girls loved the 50's inspired decor and that it was inside a building that houses local artists work.

 We then headed to the play.  They got to see Charlotte's Web.  While we didn't get to all sit together for this, it was really cute!  And now I have a couple of girls who love going to plays!
 How else could a day end in Asheville without a visit to the Chocolate store?  So, that's what we did!  And let me tell you, they had some really yummy treats in there!

Pretty Place

 Our Summer Vacation this year was not really planned out but while Yai Yai and Pappy were in town the last time, they asked us to come up to their condo in North Carolina, so we did.  Ryan and I drove the girls up for a week of beautiful weather, awesome views, and REST!  Above you see the view from Pretty Place.  Below there are a few photo's I took while at Pretty Place.  If you ever get the chance to go, it's beautiful!
 Here, Pappy is sitting at the base of the cross and just looking out at the view!  It was spectacular!
 Here is just the cross.  I couldn't get over this being a church errected on top of a mountain.  It was just awesome!
And this too made me want to really thank God for the beauty he gives us.  The reflection in Pappy's sunglasses was pretty cool!

A Summer of Decisions...

This summer has been chock full of decisions... Decisions for our future.  The Lord is preparing us for future endeavors.  While we can't say yet what that entails, I just needed to get a few things off of my chest:

*This summer taught me to ALWAYS take a vacation!  No matter how much $ you have, make sure you go and do something with your family.  You won't regret it!  (A post on our Summmer Vacation will be posted later)

*Remain open to new ideas.  When we do this, the Lord can speak to our hearts in a much clearer way.

*Never take for granted what you have.  It can be taken from you in the blink of an eye.

*Trust your neighbors only as far as you can throw them.  I know this goes against the grain, but I have one of those neighbors who makes themselves appear nice on the outside, but is conniving on the inside.

*Everything material is replaceable.  While things may be left behind or forgotten about things are replacable people are not!

*Love one another as Christ loved us!  This goes without saying.  Give love love love!

*Spend time loving on the community in which you live in.  (Another post on this one coming up as well)

*Always have money in savings (I've known this for a while).  You never know when God is going to call you to do something and you will need that emergency cash flow for that.

*If God closes a door, DO NOT, I repeat, Do Not reopen that door.  He's preparing you for something better!

And to close this one out, do me a favor and keep our family in your prayers. God knows the reasons why and I will not post them here.

Lots of Love,
The Cox Family

Monday, June 23, 2014

Wow, how time does fly

While I have been missing in action, I haven't been sitting idly by.  So much is happening in our lives, that it's CRAZY!

Firstly, we moved.  We found a much better home for us.  This is a temporary thing.  It was to get us into a better position for the girls and keep them in the school they were already in.  While it's not permenant, it will work for now.

Kenzie is now in 5th grade!  woah!  Crazy I know!  She's going to Summer Science Camp this week.  She got to go to Starkey Environmental Center and go on a hike with her friends from school today.  She decided to sit tomorrow out of the week due to the fact that she has been to the Energy Marine Center 2 times in the last year already.  And on Wednesday she will go to SafetyTown's Environmental Center followed by the Florida Aquarium on Thursday!  Such a busy kiddo!

Maddie is going into 2nd grade already and I can't believe how the time has flown right by.  She cracks me up daily and that's just her personality.

Ryan is hanging in there with his being out of town so much.  He's doing what he has to do to provide for us and for that we are thankful.

I started college in April.  I just got my grades today and have passed my 1st 3 classes with 2 b's and an a.  This means I made the deans list!  First term in college and I've surpassed what I thought I could do.  While I thought for a long time about going to nursing school, I decided to give coding a try, so I'm pursuing my Medical Coding and Billing degree.  I have 2 weeks off from school, then I'll start right back again.  Can't wait to see what awaits me on the other side of this degree.

And that brings us to the LAST thing that's new, we traded the camry in.  While it has been a great vehicle for us, it was showing signs of it's age, so we took the opportunity to trade it in.  We got a 2010 Kia Forte EX.  We love the new car!

So with that, I'll try and do better with updating here :)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lots of Fun!

even though it's Super Bowl Sunday, here I sit blogging.  Lots of things go on in my life on a daily basis that I often forget to blog.  My apologies for that.  Here's a glimpse into all the crazy ness:

Kenzie started Chorus

Ryan has been snowed in tons up in P.A.

Scott got started at his new company.

Juanita and I have been scrapbooking TONS!

Maddie has been maddie, what can I say!

We were looking into a mobile home to purchase, but that fell through, so we are on to other options.  We are looking for something that is an owner finance, that will allow us to put a 2nd residence on the same property.  This way we are all set, the kids get a large yard, scott and juanita get their place, and we get ours.  We will see where God leads us.

Taxes got filed.  They were accepted, and processed in record time!  Wow!  And that's about it for now.  I'll try and post some fun pics here in a few days!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lots of fun!!!

As you can see, we are planning!  This is simply the wording my friend Juanita wants for her vow renewal ceremony!  Here ya go chickie!  Pin away!!!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

How about some recent pics of our beauties???

 Since it's been a while since I've shared pics of our girls, I thought I would give you some of their cheering shots from this past fall!  They were cheering for the South Pasco Steelers.  They had tons of fun as you can see, but being that we live a little far for all of the traveling with this league, among other things, we will not be returning to the Steelers.  Maddie has decided she wants to take some Gymnastics, and Kenzie wants to try soccer!  Again, they loved it, and did an amazing job with their first sport, YES, CHEERLEADING IS A SPORT!, they just want to see if there's something out there they will like more.

In the above shot, this was taken at Kenzie's first game!  She was having a blast with Morgan, Annabelle, and Jalissa!
 In this shot, which i love, her coach had seen this done and wanted to try it with Kenzie's squad.  While you can't tell who's legs are who's I can tell you that kenzie's legs are at the bottom of the heart.  The very bottom on the right!  She's next to Morgan!  That's what those two get for having legs that just don't stop LOL!
 Being silly with Annabelle is always fun at competition!  She rocked it!

And lastly, Maddie with Alyia (I hope I got that right Melissa)  The two were great little posers after their game one Sunday!

Now, I plan on sharing more later, but it's back to party planning with me!  I have an 11th birthday coming up and an 8th birthday to start planning!  Fun Fun!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Newness

While I was going to be changing this blog over to wordpress, I decided there's no sense in doing that, so we just updated the url and I'm changing things as I have a few minutes here and there.  So, for our first post of the week here we go :

Monday-- Report card day!  We had our report card day and I'm happy to report that both of the girls grades are coming up!  This is a huge thing because I don't settle for second best with the girls and school. At the previous school, Kenzie was being bullied by her "best" friend, when we moved there was a falling out and we are no longer in communication with that family after the loss of material possessions and lots of  emotions, it is best.  So back to the report cards, their grades are on the rebound and I can't wait to see how well they improve between now and the next report card!

Tuesday-- Lots of working on the dollhouse-- details to come on that one!

Wednesday-- the same

Thursday-- the same

Friday-- I took a day to just relax, play games, and research!

and that brings us to today.  Not sure what the day will bring, but it will all be good I am sure!

changes

As we enter the next chapter of our lives, I will be posting here once more to give you the new blog address.  I'm going to be going through and saving all of the posts we have here to my computer to keep on hand, but we are going to be starting a new blog to document from this point in our lives on.  I think it's time for new ness, and I can't wait for this chapter to begin.

With the beginning of this chapter we have an 11 year old, and almost 8 year old.  Preteen and full blown diva!  a full time work at home mom.  a full time work wherever they will send me dad.  uncle scott, aunt juanita and teddy have rejoined our family.  and there are all kinds of fun things going on!  i can't wait to be able to blog about them in the new blog!

If you wish to keep up with us, you will want to go to our new blog address.  No, I don't know what it will be as of yet, but I will be sure to post it here once I get to it!!!  Thanks for being loyal followers for the last several years of our lives!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

sometimes i wonder

sometimes i wonder how i do the things i do.  i mean, really, come on now.  while many are thinking, she doesn't work, she doesn't do this or that, think about the amount of stress she may or may not be under.  while i don't work out side of the home, i have more stress on me on a daily basis than many can imagine.  i have had more sadness in my lifetime than i would wish on anyone, yet i am expected to pretend that nothing is going on.  i am given the opportunity to have threats thrown at me more often than any other person should, yet i'm not supposed to be upset by those threats to me and my family.  while they aren't life or death, they hurt just like if they were.  i wish that my life were easier, i wish i had an easy button, but fortunately, i know that god will never give me anything i can't handle and everything that happens to me goes through his hands first.  thank god i have friends who can remind me of that.  while i will not disclose all that is going on i will say this, hold firm the the love of the savior because you never know when you will need him.  don't question what he wills for you, as he wills only what is going to be best for you.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

bling bling BAM!

ABck almost 11 years ago, we got married.  My mother in law had given an engagement ring to my husband to give me.  She had won it in a raffle when my Sister in law was getting married to my brother in law.  Fast forward a few years, we are living in Port Richey, and I go to my jewelery box to get my rings as I did every morning that I wasn't working at the nursing homes, and found that not only was my engagement band gone, but so was my heart ring that Mackenzie and Ryan had gotten me when she was almost a year old, my wedding band, and my new cross necklace that I had gotten for christmas.  I hadn't gotten the chance to wear it because I was looking for a longer chain for it.  Stolen.  It broke my heart.  So much so that I hadn't even thought about replacing it.  I had looked with Ryan, but we just couldn't replace it knowing that the other set had meant so much.  Well, now about 2.5 to 3 years later I found this:

and my hubby said to get it!  Woo Hoo!  I'm in love with this set!  I hadn't even told Carol the story of my jewelery going missing because I was so broken hearted over it.  It had meant so much and she had saved that ring for years before giving it to Ryan to give to me.  It had more than monetary value, it had sentimental value.  When I e mailed (because she doesn't live locally anymore) I got a response that I wasn't expecting.  Carol had some good jewelery go missing too!  I almost couldn't believe we both had the same story, while I don't know what all was taken, I know it had sentimental value to her.  And while we couldn't afford a $25,000 set, the set we got, I love! I've had it for a day and a half and it already is giving me sentimental value! 

Now for the BAM!  

CONGRADULATIONS Mackenzie!  She got nominated to run for student council!  Wow!  Go girl!  More details on that as the whole process goes on I've never had anything like that and she hasn't either, so we are VERY proud of her!!!!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

70 X 7 Women's Conference

While I haven't been good with updating this blog, I wanted to share something that I went to last night.  It was an amazing night!  I'll first start with some background info...

What is 70 x 7?  It's a ministry started by a dear friend of mine, Donna.  It was birthed 5 years ago, but last night was the first time that the team was able to hold the conference was held in the United States.  In the past, it has been done on Mission Trips.  So, I was touched just knowing that I was part of the first 200 women to experience this on our home soil!

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.  Matthew 18: 21-22

This is the verse that the conference was birthed on.  When we go back to the greek it translates to forgiveness!  Not 490 times but unlimited forgiveness!  

So, on to what touched me.  First, the footwashing!  I had never experienced it.  It was something that Jesus did for his disciples, and to be honest, I wasn't sure when I went there that I would participate, but I did and came away highly blessed for allowing a young lady to minister to me!  She did it not because I had dirty feet, afterall I had just showered, but because she has a servants heart and wanted to serve the Lord in this way.  While she was washing my feet, she was so cute, see, I had worn stockings with my dress, and she was sure I would ask not to wash through them, but I wanted to experience it, so I allowed her to wash through them.  The prayer she prayed really opened my heart to experience the conference in it's entirety!  Thank you special lady!  You know who you are!  Love you lots!

There were a few skits about the woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood and the prostitute.  they were all forgiven their sins, as we must learn to forgive those who have tresspassed against us.  It's hard sometimes to do, and we struggle daily, but as this conference goes on, there's music that speaks to us, but one of the biggest points is when my best friend and sister in Christ signed NOT GUILTY!  It really spoke to me.  In everything I do, I must remember that the verdict is NOT GUILTY!  God forgives me!  

In posting this, I'm encouraging you ladies, if this conference comes to you, please, by all means go to it!  It's an amazing experience, from the leaving your issues on the cross, to tossing your stone to the foot of the cross where it belongs, all the way to the prayers, communion, etc.  it's a wonderful 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Updated list of todo's

I thought I would show you the updated to do list for the Nursing program, it's been a fun transitional time in my life.  I can't wait for this program! It will feel great to go through the program and come out on top of my life finally!  I agree, I shouldn't have waited so long to go back to school, but God has a plan, and he needed me to go through life down this path for a reason.  I will succeed!  

Submit Application
Placement Test

Fafsa
Teas (nursing placement test)-- I took a practice teas yesterday, and if it were the teas for getting into the program, I would be in right now!  LOL  So, I have some registering for the teas and studying to be able to score that good on the longer test.  
Submit any transcripts
College Experience Course
Immunizations
CPR certification
Interview with Dean
Enrollment Agreement
Background Checks
Meet with the financial aid appointment
Nursing Orientation
Schedule
Start Classes

Just a quick update on the girls and Ryan:

Ryan is still plugging away working out of town a lot these days.  Some days are more stressful for him than others, but he's providing for his family and that's all that matters.  He can't wait til he gets to come home for a visit I am sure, but he knows that he has to provide, and that's what he is doing. 

Kenzie is getting bigger and bigger.  She can't wait for 4th grade to start!  I can't wait to see what she'll accomplish this year!  She's becoming closer and closer with Ariel, her bff!  They are like sisters anymore!  To the extent that she's gonna go to a cheerleading practice later this week to see if she wants to try it out for a season.  

Maddie is my lil peanut who LOVES animals!  Right now she's sleeping on the couch with Skylar!  We stayed last night with Diana.  And Maddie curls up on the couch with the dogs and cats all the time.  She loves them so much!  Sometimes I wonder if she's gonna be a vet when she grows up LOL!  

And that's about the update.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

So excited!!

I feel like a combination of a kid in a candy store and santa delivering gifts on christmas eve!!!

I passed my entrance exam!!!  On to the teas!!!  it will happen SOOOOOON!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Nursing School Update

Hey there fans!  I finally have an update about my nursing program!

I've taken lots of time to think it over.  I compared both the RN and the LPN programs.  So, I've visited several schools, called many others.  Today I went to an Info Session on the RN program at a school I am highly interested in.

So with that said, I have a few steps to go through, and the first is applying to that school.  Once accepted, the real fun begins!  Here's my list as of now:

Submit Application
Placement Test
Fafsa
Teas (nursing placement test)
Submit any transcripts
College Experience Course
Immunizations
CPR certification
Interview with Dean
Enrollment Agreement
Background Checks
Meet with the financial aid appointment
Nursing Orientation
Schedule
Start Classes

So with this said, I've done a lot of homework and getting things in order.  I've spoken nothing but good positive things about wanting to do this for a long time now, and yet, I still have others who I thought were friends who want to try and bring me down.  So for the last time I ask, IF YOU CAN'T BE A POSITIVE PATTY ABOUT THIS SITUATION KEEP YOUR NEGATIVE NANCY COMMENTS TO YOURSELF.  My school isn't going to be a perfect match for everyone, but if you were a true supportive friend, you wouldn't try to drag me down about where I choose to go.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

sorry

so sorry for dropping off.  i'll get to the recipes.  i ended up going to the hospital so much this week to stay with a friend that i just wasn't able to cook any of the recipes i had picked out.  i'll get them posted in the coming weeks though. 

i found out that i only have a few things to do to get into nursing school this september.  praying everything falls into place!  can't wait! 

will keep you posted as to what happens there! 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Corndog Casserole

This is super easy and yummmmy! 

In a skillet, sautee 2 cups of thinly sliced celery in 2 tbsp butter for 5 minutes.  Add 1.5 cups sliced green onions.  Saute 5 minutes.  Place in large bowl.  Set aside.  Cut 1 pound of hot dogs into bite size pieces, add to skillet.  Saute for 5 minutes or until lightly browned.  Add to vegetables.  Set aside 1 cup of the veggie mixture.  To the remaining mixture, add 2 eggs, 1.5 cups of milk, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 tsp rubbed sage.  Stir well.  Add 2 boxes corn muffin mix and 1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  Mix well.  Put into prepared casserole dish.  Top with remaining veggie mixture.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on top.  Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes. 

A week of menus

We all sat down and made out the dinner menus for the next month.  For this week we chose taco salad, corn dog casserole, chinese, pepperoni pull apart bread and crazy bread, grilled cheese with tomato soup, sloppy joes with french fries, and quesadillas with corn. 

I also made cappucchino muffins, banana chip muffins, and cinnamon donut muffins!  Wow!  Ill be posting recipes and pics all week. 

Since i dont have a pic, it was ate too fast, heres my rendition of taco salad: 

Brown a pound of ground beef.  Drain.  Prepare according to taco dinner kit.  Toward the end of meat cooking, add 1 tbsp ranch dressing.  Bake shells while doing meat.  Put a bag of salad in a large bowl with a chopped onion, salsa according to how u like it, and 2 cups shredded cheddar (more can be added later if u need it)  crush shells on top.  Pour meat mixture over it all.  Toss and serve with refried beans.  Garnish with sour cream if desired!  Mmmm  the fam goes nuts for it!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What a week!

Last week was a busy week for us.  I am gonna recap it day by day to catch you up...

Monday we had our first tutoring session for Maddie.  So we trekked to the library.  Thinking we would get books before, we got there at 915 only to learn they didnt open til 10, so we walked to the park, played, and came back just in time for the doors to open.  That was a crazy hot walk in blue jeans for this momma!  After tutoring we learned that we couldnt get books because we were at the only remaining CITY library in the area and it isnt connected to our county library so books would have to wait a day. 

Tuesday we went to the state attorneys office to have a meeting and learned of more charges they are filing against the man who stole our vehicle in april.  Thats a huge mess and a whole other post will be coming after its all over.  Back to the library we went to get our library card and check out books.  Kenzie signed up for the summer reading program they have there.  I started studying boundaries. 

Wednesday, we took a much needed day to rest. 

Thursday we prepped our walls for painting! 

Friday we had our errand day and Maddies evaluation.  We learned she has adhd and ocd.  We are adapting to her needs now and the house is running smoother.  While i was cooking, the girls were playing outside with the neighbors child who began bullying maddie, i drew a boundary line because this wasnt the first time only for that childs mother to get irate to the point that by the end of her rant she told my kids they were nothing but mental retards with a fat lazy mother.  It took all i had to not get into a physical altercation, but in the end, i dont want to teach my kids that fighting is ok, so we came in and painted our frustrations away. 

Saturday, i put the second coat on the paint and we hung out with one of the nicer neighbors who also has issues with yesterdays neighbor. 

Sunday was a regular sunday for us minus church. 

Monday we were back at the library for tutoring.  Exchanged books and that was that.

Today Kenzie started Summer Reading Camp. 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Frustration is not how i wanted to start the day!

When working for a company, you would think they would be up front with you about your direct deposit.  Instead we never know if the money will be in the bank or not!  How can bills be paid or groceries be bought if there is no money in the bank when its supposed to be?  Really people get it right already!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tropical storm

Yep, we had our first tropical storm for the year.  Her name was Andrea.  She brought much needed rain, gusts of wind and even a few tornadoes to the tampa bay area.  Thank god we fared well.  We took a day off of walking today due to the weather and will resume tomorrow after our errands.  Lots of fun things coming up, but im not gonna spill the beans just yet!  More to come as more develops.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

School is OUT!!!

Today was bittersweet for me.  I am happy its summer break, but that means we only have 2 years before we have a MIDDLESCHOOLER!  I cant believe we are that close already! 

Both girls had a great day.  I got soaked walking to get Madispn, then the rain slacked off enough for me to have buckets of sweat rolling into my eyes!  It has been so humid here that i sweat as soon as i go outside let alone walk the more than 1/2 mile to her school.  We are starting a new walking track tomorrow... not sure how far but its gonna be fun to see

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Air conditioners have temper tantrums too...

Or at least mine did today!  I woke up to a flooded bathroom, an overflowing drip pan in the attic due ti the drip pipe being clogged with algae.  I just pray it really cools after all the work on it today! 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Rainy day Saturday

As the hurricane season starts, mother nature has decided to remind me to get my hurricane kits ready.  Yes, i said kits.  One for each of us, one for my bird. 

In the mean time I am closer to deciding on the LPN program.  Its going to be tough, but I know I can and WILL do this.  It has taken longer than i wanted, but I needed to allow the Lord to work things out in HIS time. 

More updates to come.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Friendships

If you were a girlscout, as a brownie you would have learned this song:

Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other is gold.

So now, take a moment to think... do you cherish your friends?  I think this is something we need to reflect on ever now and then.  We all have our friends, best friends, fair weather friends, etc.  I challenge you to look at how you are a friend to others.  Are you there no matter what or are you simply there when it will benefit YOU. 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rainy afternoon

Today turned out to be a beautiful rainy afternoon.  We got to use the sock monkey umbrella on our walk home from school.  Jumping in puddles along the way!  Brings me back to my childhood when we did just that. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Last days of school

As the school year dwindles down, it seems we get busier every year!  I have my little Madison repeating first grade to help her get caught up, Mackenzie heading on to 4 th.  And nursing school is a closer reality for me as I narrow down the programs I am interested in.  St Pete College is out.  PHCC is still in the running with 3 other schools.  Lots to do but in time it will happen.

Ryan is doing pretty good, but cant wait for me to get thru my schooling...  and thats about it.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Cold snap please go away!

Another cold snap hit our area, and I'm not a fan of it!  I just wish the weather would decide if it wants to stay warm or cold.  This back and forth stuff is for the birds!  So other than that not a lot going on.

We are continuing our house search.  We've wanted to find a nice house at a good price, and well, we are still on that search.  We aren't sure where in the area we will find our house, but it's a continuing process.  Keeping the budget in mind while we look is really the deciding factor there.

I'm continuing my job search.  It's been a tough market for a couple years so I'm hoping that I will find something soon.  I don't HAVE to go back to work but it just would make it so much easier as far as our budget goes.

Kenzie is doing great!  She was in a mainstream class for the first time since Kindergarten on Friday and LOVED it!  I'll be e-mailing the teacher she spent the day with to see how it went from a teacher's perspective.

Maddie had a rough week, but that's also a work in progress.  Sometimes kids have better weeks than others.  So we are working with her on following directions.

And Ryan is still in South Carolina... Status quo.

I'll update more as more things develop here :)

Monday, January 28, 2013

One crazy week!

Last week was just that.  ONE CRAZY WEEK!  It's been that kind of year so far!

The week started out normal.  School was out on Monday, but other than that it was status quo.  Until Thursday that is.  I had made arrangements with our friend Kevin for him to come pick me up to go after the Camry.  It was about an hour away each way, so he was taking me on his day off.  On the way home, I had a blow out just before our exit.  He was about 1/2 mile behind me I guess.  But due to the laws here in Florida and my spare being flat, I had no choice but to tow the car.  It was a lesson learned that looking back was a good one.

So since then I've been doing TONS of shopping around for the best tire prices and alignment prices too!  Who knew how expensive tires were getting these days!  I'm finding the average price PER tire to be around $100!  Crazyness!  I remember buying tires for the Contur and the prices were around $40 a tire!  So, to replace the one that's blown as well as the other tires on the car and the spare, we are looking at around $500-$600!  And the alignment I have to make a decision... I have the opportunity to do lifetime alignments for a total of $169.  I can take it in every 6,000 miles and they will align it free of charge from the time I purchase that package to the time I sell my car.  I just don't know what I need to do there because we have had the Camry for 2 years now, so I have to weigh if it's worth doing that or just getting a regular alignment because how many more years are we going to keep the car until we trade it in for another newer model?

Ryan spent the weekend with his parents in North Carolina and the girls and I made a game of getting them cleaning in their room and doing their chores.  It was WONDERFUL!

So this week's goals:
Make the decision on the new tires.  I have the damaged tire replaced with a used one for the time being.
Make the decision on the alignments.  This is something Ryan and I will discuss.
Get the office and tax information all Organized so that we can file as soon as the other 3 papers come.  I think Ryan has 2 more w-2's we are waiting on and I have one.

That's about it.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Cox Family Crazyness

So far this year, we have had a bunch of crazyness followed by some forgetfullness on my part.  I do apologize for not updating you sooner, but I'm gonna try and hit the highlights for the month and then I think I am going to make a goal to get 1 post a week in here.  Keep you updated on our lives.

Update for 2013 so far:

January Happenings

Week 1:  We had a great week 1.  We started the year off by going to our annual New Year's Party with our friends Scott and Juanita.  This year, it was lower key than last year and that's good!  Ryan had to leave on New Years Day, so we didn't make a big to do about it.  We took some games over and had a nice family game night with them and Scott's brother Patrick! It was nice!  Then New Years Day, the girls and I dropped Ryan off and he spent the week in either Georgia or South Carolina (I honestly can't remember which.  He's been so many places lately I get confused!).  And we had a low key final few days of the girls being out for winter break.  They enjoyed the quiet time!  And so did I!

Week 2:  The girls had a time of getting back into the swing of going back to school, but did well and were rewarded with a fun craft night!  We did some scrapbooking on the 12th with our friends Deb and Juanita while the guys went fishing!  Followed that with the girls watching a movie in our room while the adults played Gesstures!  Too funny!

Week 3:  We got the report cards and were pleasantly surprised!  Mackenzie improved her "C" in Science to an "A"  so she is doing great!  She's now got 2 A's and 3 C's.  Slow and steady wins the race my friend!!!  Maddie is also doing much better in school!  We are so happy to see they are both improving so much!  And we started planning Mackenzie's birthday party!  It's hard to believe she's gonna be 10 already!!!  Doesn't seem like she should be that old, but it's the price you pay for time going by so fast!  We are doing it on the 17th of Feb.  At the local park and she's chosen Monster High for the theme!  This should be quite interesting!!!

Week 4:  I've been doing tons of soul searching and so has Ryan lately.  We both know we don't like him being gone, but we understand the need for him to be gone in order to provide for his family.  So, I decided it was really time to go out into the work force.  I applied at 9 different places today.  I had a goal of 5 and ended up doing 9!  We have been quite selfish in our attempts with work and have only been looking within 5 miles of our house.  Quite selfish, yes I know.  I have expanded my search to include Clearwater.  I love that city!  Even though I am not from there, Clearwater is what I consider home.  It just fits for me!  So, we are looking at jobs and possibly housing in Clearwater!  We just need to do what's right for our family and I don't think that being where we are now is condusive of a great amount of success for us.  We shall see where the Lord leads us.

And Finally Goals for this year:

* Lose 40 Pounds.
*Walk 3 times a week (or run)
* Enroll kids in before/after school care with their schools
*Register truck and get it on the road (new battery)
*Get a job and get Ryan home
*Evaluate, Pray about and decide what to do about our housing.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Flashback!

This week, I am telling you, I've been having flashbacks to my childhood through my own daughter's eyes!!! Not only is she loving saturday morning cartoons on CW, but she's in LOVE with Wrestling!  She can't wait to see Saturday Morning Slam!  Loved Smackdown last night and is sitting on the edge of her seat while watching POWER RANGERS right now!  Love this!  Transformers is next!  She's such a cutie!  I am so happy that we are able to give them some clean fun that they can look forward to each day wether it's watching wrestling or crafting with mommy!

Ryan is out of town again and while we don't like him being gone so long, it's what has to happen if we are to get a pay check.  I just can't wait until he gets through his goal for the new year!  Once he does that, we will totally be happy campers!

So my goals for this weekend:  Cuddle time, tidy the house, cuddle time.  Get the kids ready to go back to school next week.  And lastly get my house ready for my open house next week! Can't wait for that one!  Gonna be so much fun to show my friends some of the newest prints available!  Such fun!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Handwashing say what???

many of us think that handwashing our clothes went out of style way back in the 50's when the first ringer washers came into  the picture, but I have to say that for my family, we were forced back into this when we moved the last time, and it is quite fun!  i just did 2 loads in my bath tub for the family.  we have been doing this for about a month now and it's refreshing to know that my hard work is paying off for my family to have clean clothes and not have the dirty ones stinking up our rooms because we don't have a washer and can't afford to go to the laundry mat.  At almost $4 a load at our local laundry mat, it's just not possible.  While we do have to hang them out to dry, that's ok.  we are using solar power to dry our clothes, we are on a well, so we are only using minimal energy to have the hot water with our whites.  it's a great feeling to know that i don't have to use all those machines, but i do miss washing my comfortors in the washer.  we do have to take them to the laundrymat, but all in all, i'm having fun and it's making me feel like being a work from home mom is paying off.  i am available when the kids need me, i get so much more done around the house.  and we are more organized than we have EVER been! 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Really, I'M DOING THIS!

So, as many in my family can tell you, I've always said I wanted to go back to college, but never ACTED on it.  Well, I am here to say, I AM DOING THIS!  What proof do you have?  Well, none, but the government does!  I just finished my fafsa application and it's looking GOOD!  I can't wait.  So here's how it works:

Apply for Aide-- this takes longer, so if you want to go back to school, do yourself a favor and apply for aide before you apply for your college!

Order transcripts-- they will be ordered tomorrow come what may!  The copy is only $10, so that won't be a biggie.  They should be to me within 10 days, so I can run those in to the school. 

Apply for college-- I'll need to pay a $25 application fee, but for me, it's worth it.  This will also be happening tomorrow!  WooHoo! 

Things are getting done.  According to Pasco-Hernando Community College, I should be able to have it all done and start my classes come JANUARY!  WooHoo! 

Next comes the PERT placement test.  Good news there is that when I pay my application fee, the school waives the testing fee!  That's a great thing right there!  My score on there will tell me if I am in need of taking remedial courses or not.  It's going to be a great thing!

After that, I will be attending a New Student Orientation just as soon as I can get signed up for one.  It's a 2 hour orientation at one of the campuses.  I will likely take Orientation at Spring Hill so I can do it while the kids are at school. 

Following the Orientation, I will have a meeting with an Advisor to set up all of my classes.  I am PRAYING that I can get them all done in time to apply to the Nursing Program come January 2014!  If I can do that, then I'll be a Nurse in NO time flat!  This is going to be an amazing journey!

Now, let's say that I don't need any remedial courses, I would then be able to start my pre req's at PHCC.  I can take some of them online.  The ones I'll be doing from home are:

Science of Human Nurtrition
Intro to Psyc
Microcomputer Applications

Then I'll need to finish up the pre req's at the New Port Richey Campus.  Those classes are:

Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab

With that said, I think this is the way to go.  I have looked at several different schools and programs in the last few weeks and really think that PHCC is going to be the best outcome for me.  It's going to be a tough road to go down, but I am so very ready for it!  I can't wait to get started. 

Now, I want to thank everyone who is supportive of me for doing this. It's been a long time in the making and I just decided at the age of 31 it is time to get it done.  So, by the time I'm 35, I'll have a full time career and be able to really help provide for my family.  It will take some time to repay loans, but it's gotta be done.  I understand that more than anyone, so thank you in advance for all of your support to my friends and family.  I was the first to graduate highschool and I am the first to go back to and graduate college too!  I can't wait!  Life Long Learner I am!  Woo Hooooo!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The things kids say....

The things my kiddies say CRACK ME UP!!!  I am sure all mom's say this, but today, I busted out laughing when Maddie came in the livingroom... Here's the story:

I had a friend who was supposed to be stopping by, so since we haven't seen her for a while, I got Maddie into a really cute little outfit.  Something special so she could see her "aunt".  Well, she's sick and didn't get to come, but right after I got her ready, down to hair and all, I'm sweeping the living room and she comes in and declares, with hand on the hip and the whole bit, "I HAVE A HOTT DATE TONIGHT!"  LOL  Where she hears these things I have no clue! 

She warms my heart when she does things like that.  Now I have the two of them over in the living room teaching each other how to play the Soprano Recorder, also known as the flute.  Mackenzie got it last year because she had to have one for music class.  I bought the book too so they could learn a little of how to read music and how to play it.  So, it's really paid off!  For the Recorder and book I didn't even spend $10!  Great investment and music is very good for developing young minds! 

And the next few weeks will be CRAZY here!  I get to finally get our furniture into the new place next weekend! God bless our friends for helping with that task.  I also get to host Thanksgiving Dinner!  That's gonna be fun!  I love to have my friends over and it's going to be yummy eats too!  Then we have the Dear Santa Party.  Followed by an ornament exchange.  I am hosting the women from our Couples Class from Church in December.  We have our friends Christmas party/gift exchange happening soon after that and then Christmas!  Can we say, when I do it, I do it right! 

And that's about all for now, have a great week!