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Monday, December 31, 2007

unpacking... does it ever end?

Since we had to run errands when we got home on Friday, I worked on Saturday and Sunday (don't ask!). I decided to start the process of putting things away today. I have 4 of the 6 drapes hung in the living room now and they look great. I will be hanging the big picture on the wall as you come up my stairs. The cake pans are put away. The silverware, and dishes are also in their places. I need to get a plate holder for the 4 saucers. We still have to hang curtains in Maddie's room and put the new bedding on Kenzie's bed. Our suitcases are starting to be emptied. Kenzie and I played v smile today and she loved it! We had such a good time. We also played vet. She loves her animals. I bought Kenzie a webkinz lion on Friday so she comes and helps me take care of it everyday now. Thanks Riley! You got us addicted! Such a cute thing to do with your children. We still have to find a home for the easels. And that is our life right now. Just getting back on track! Talk to you soon!
Dawn

Thursday, December 27, 2007

And it is over :(

I always hate to see the end of our trips to Florida end. I love the time we have with our family from out of state so it saddens us every time we have to say goodbye. We will truly cherish the memories we have made. Here are a few of the highlights from our trip.

*Grandma talking on the phone trying to scoop Kenzie out of the pool. Just put the phone down would you? Ha ha ha!

*Grandma drinking out of the jug! So funny. Oh and the Mashed Potato food fight with Riley!

*Christmas Eve we all went to service at the Church where Shelby goes to preschool. Nice service then came home and had dinner. Opened one present before bed. Kenzie love love love loved her HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL MOVIE AND BLANKET! The girls (Kenzie, Riley, Shelby) went to Derrick and Amanda's room and watched the movie to fall asleep. Riley ended up sleeping with the blanket!

*Christmas Morning was a great fun time. Everyone got tons of stuff and I think the present that rocked the most was.....

RILEY AND SHELBY'S BIG ONE!

They got a WII! and we all loved it. I think it was played the entire 48 hours after it was opened! How great! We are so getting one. We loved it! Kenzie even played it with us.

* Grandma had a shot of VODKA and I got a picture but will upload it later.

*Kenzie and Shelby got into big trouble having a bubble bath! They had foamy bubbles all over the bathroom. Water damage! Crap! Not a good time for us! Derrick, Amanda, Riley and I cleaned it up and found the damage. Home owners insurance will be called.

And that about summs it up.

We will miss you all and look forward to comming back again when we can.

Love,
Ryan, Dawn, Kenzie and Maddie Cox

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Florida.... Kenzie..Pool..Grandma..Mashed Potatoes!

Wow a lot to blog about but not a lot of time, so the highlights are...

We pulled in yesterday afternoon. Had a great time. Kenzie fell in the pool! Wow how interesting. She is fine! Nothing to worry about there.

This morning we hung out. Not much to report there.

This afternoon, Grammy (Yaya) took Kenzie and Shelby in the convertable:

to see Santa:
They waited for 1 hour in line. And then:
Loved the pictures! Great Job Grammy!

I was totally shocked to see that Kenzie went up and took a picture with him.

Grandma, we keep telling you that you're not supposed to drink from jugs....
But for some reason you can't seem to listen to us!


Tonight for dinner, we had samon wellington with mashed potatoes. As we were all finishing up, Riley wanted a food fight and Grandma was the target! Mashed potatoes went flying! It was so funny and here was the reaction:
WE ALL LOVE YOU GRANDMA TIGGER! THANKS FOR ALLOWING US TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT TIME WITH YOU!


Hope all is well with everyone back home. Can't wait to upload Christmas pics! Here are a few random pics as well. "Uncle Derrick, I love you!" for those of you who don't know, Maddie hasn't really wanted to have anything to do with anyone but me when we go visiting family. This is a major milestone for her. INTRODUCING: Rockstars Kenzie and Shelby Cox!All my teeth!Great BIG Beautiful Blue eyes!
Kenzie helping Mommy before we left for vacation!

Love,
Ryan, Dawn, Kenzie and Maddie
(Derrick, Amanda, Riley, Shelby, Maggie (the dog), Sam(the cat), Grammy, Pappy, and Grandma Tigger too!)

P.S. Amanda did a COACH Purse blogworthy. I liked it so much I had to include it on here. Hope you don't mind! Great Job!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Closing in on.... and....

As we are closing in on the last hours before we leave for Orlando and..... I hear a drip... I go investigate and find that Kenzie had plugged the small utility sink downstairs and filled it with water and inserted the nightshirt she slept in last night in it... Ok... NO! SHE FORGOT TO TURN OFF THE WATER! So I had a bar soaked with water. The floor soaked. Go to the laundryroom ofr a towel. NO! THE LAUNDRYROOM FLOOR FLOODED WITH ABOUT 1 INCH OF WATER! So I spent an hour drying up the laundryroom and cleaning up the water mess from the bar area. Shew. That is over, now back to working on getting us mentally ready for a long drive. Maddie is doing great! Kenzie is so excited. She told Mom earlier, "Hi Nana. Merry Christmas. Santa's at the North Pole getting the sleigh and reindeer ready. I am going to Shelby's house. Love you. *kiss* *hug*." and handed me the phone back. So funny. It isn't Uncle Derrick or Aunt Amanda's house. She isn't going to Riley's house. SHE'S GOING TO SHELBY'S. It is cute. Oh and Shelby isn't her cousin! She is her BEST FRIEND! How funny. Ryan will be off of work soon so we can head out. So if you don't hear from me for a while it's coz I am getting tan in the sun! LOL! Merry Christmas Everyone.
Dawn

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

trip is getting closer

Well, our trip is comming quicker and quicker. We can't wait. We finished packing tonight. Ryan put the gifts, suitcases, golfclubs and anything else we could think we wanted to take on our trip in the van and did a load of laundry tonight while I stayed home with the kids. We are having to take our laundry to the laundrymat until I can get to the place that sells the belt for the washer and pop can have the time to put it on for us. Kenzie had school. She came home singing about Zelda Zebra! It was so cute. She also told me that Mr. Todd was at school today because Ms. B disappeared. Maddie had a good day. Ryan's day at work was quite stressful. I was just getting ready to leave when he got home but found out that Amanda found christmas Jammies for the girls. That was a good thing because I was going to Target to see if I could find any for Kenzie when Carol e mailed me to tell me that Amanda found some. That is good! Ryan still has to pick up his stocking stuffers, and then we have to buy for each other, but that is it and we are waiting until we get there to do that. Other than that we are good. A bit of sad news though, Carol has to have two surgeries in January. Do keep her in prayer. Thanks and see everyone when we get back from Vacation.
Dawn

Monday, December 17, 2007

Starting to Pack

Well, we are officially picking outfits to take to Florida with us. Can't wait. Just can't decide what to bring because you never know about the weather these days. One thing I can say though is that it will be warmer there than it is here. I had a strange weekend. We will leave it at that. The girls went to Mom's this weekend since it is the last weekend she would be able to see them before we go to Florida. Maddie is a jewel. She is just the sweetest baby! Kenzie was up and ready to go to school today. I finally got their last present today. I had ordered books for them. They could always use new books to stimulate their imagination. I got a variety of winter/christmas and others also. Maddie just woke up from her nap and is a happy camper. Kenzie is hanging out. We watched High School Musical again today. Goodness that girl loves that movie. Ryan is now at Maxx's house getting an extra suitcase for us to use for the trip because I don't think we have enough of those. And other than that nothing here. Just getting hyped up for the trip.
Dawn

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas Stocking

You Christmas Stocking Will Be Filled with Money
You've either been really really good this year...Or Santa is trying to pay you off!
http://www.blogthings.com/whatwillbeinyourchristmasstockingquiz/">What Will Be In Your Christmas Stocking?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Run Run Rudolf!

That is what I felt like I did today. Ryan only worked until 12 because of the census. So when he got home, we decided we would finish the christmas shopping. We got Roy, Carol, Amanda, Deke, and I got some things for Ryan and Kenzie out of the way. I had to be way sneaky since Ryan and Kenzie were both with us. We got our hair cut. I now have a stacked bob. It is quite short! Wow. I didn't realize how much hair I had, but it can always grow back. I do like it this way, so I might opt to keep it pretty much like this though. Kenzie thought since Mommy was getting her hair cut, that she needed to do the same, so to appease her, I had them trim it up for her. She was so happy with the idea. Kenzie also picked out the presents for Ryan, Deke, Roy and Carol. I already knew what I was getting for Amanda. She did a great job too. We came home and wrapped presents. I then found out that I might have gotten a wrong size, so I will take the reciept with me and give it to the recepient if needed. Since we have already wrapped, I don't think I will unwrap it just to trade the thing out. If needed we can exchange it in Florida since I went to a store they have down there as well as we have up here. Kenzie also found a pair of High School Musical 2 Jammies for herself and Daddy said it was ok for her to get those. So now all I have to do is wrap a few things for Kenzie and Maddie. Then I have to wrap the things for Riley and Shelby when I get to Amanda's since we had Shelby's shipped there and Amanda picked up Riely's for me. We got turkey's at work today, so I will be giving those to Mom and Nana since we probably won't use two whole turkeys. We generally only do the turkey thing once a year. Now for the next week, it will be hectic packing and getting ready for our trip. I have to put together cheesy potatoes for work this weekend. I am baking a cake to take to work as well. Then I am baking a cake for Tina's little boy and Ryan will take that to work with him on either Thursday or Friday and then when Ryan gets off of work next Friday we are Florida bound. AAAAHHHH! The stress has begun. Hopefully I won't forget to have a good time! Talk to you all sooner or later!
Love,
Dawn

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Closing in on...

Not only the last shopping days, but also the last few days before the "get ready for vacation" stress begins. I know that next week, I will be crazy to say the least trying to make sure we have everything packed for our trip. I have to remember a list of extra things. I better start working on that now. Hope I don't forget anything. You know, I could go on and pack Maddie's suitcase because she has enough clothes I could do that. Hmmm an idea. I also have to buy the edible image this week, buy the belt and fix the washer. Then I can't remember what I have to do. Kenzie is at school. This week they are doing the letter y. She is doing fairly well with that. Maddie is being a momma's girl. She just wants to be held. She is sitting in my lap sleeping now. I don't know how I do this sometimes. holding a sleeping baby and typing on the puter isn't very easy, but I am a momma and we mommas cand do everything with our hands full and our eyes closed it seems. Ryan is at work and that is that. More to come....
Dawn

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sleep... What is that???

I have not been getting much sleep lately with the girls waking up at 5am! I don't know what is getting into them, but Kenzie has been waking up at 5 wanting to get dressed for school. And it isn't on only the days she goes to school, but she did it on Sunday too! As I was leaving for work she was asking Ryan to get her ready for school! Wow. So now for the weekend. It was rough, but I got through it with the help of God! I came home last night after not having much sleep Saturday night and I stayed up until 1am decorating the cake for Kendra's birthday. I did a stacked construction with imprints of daisies on it. Not real fancy as I was so tired last night, so Ryan took it to work and everyone LOVED it. Maybe this is the break I need for getting more customers. I did find out that WALMART will sell me an edible image for the cake I am doing for Tina this month. Jay C and Kroger won't, but a department store will. I thought the bakery at a grocery store would sell me one before a department store would, but the won't so I go to pick it up on Wednesday. I can't wait to learn how to do the edible image thing. I think it will be sooooo cool! Ryan is at work now and the girls are pretending to be having a picnic right now so it is really cute. I have some time to listen to Christmas Music as I do some work on the to do list. So I thought I would update you all! Talk to you soon!
Love,
Dawn

Thursday, December 6, 2007

How long does it take a BRUNETTE to light the pilot light on a gas stove?

Many of you would say, "zero, my husband does that stuff" not here. We didn't even think that it was the pilot light on my oven that was causing me to suffer with not being able to use it! So I got smart and 4 months after the initial problem, I FIXED THE STOVE! So my answer is 4 months! LOL! So needless to say, I AM A VERY HAPPY WOMAN! I have my oven again and I can finally try that lasagne that Roy and Carol brought with them in September. I have had it in my freezer waiting for a new oven. So I called Pop and he told me how to light the pilot on my oven AND I DIDN'T BLOW UP! LOL! So now, I am waiting for the dishes to finish so I can BAKE 2 cakes today. One for Kendra and one for Ryan's birthday. With the help of Anthony, we decided to do a clown cake. Bubba wants to see the clowns that we make on cakes, so I figured I would appease him since Kenzie chose last year. And on Kendra's cake, I was going to do a dumbell, but thought I had more time. Ryan told me yesterday it has to be done for him to take to work on MONDAY! Ack! I am going to do a pretty cake with a rose boquet on it since I love making roses. Yeah I am back in business, so if any of you need a cake, please don't hesitate to let me know. I would love to bake daily if needed! It keeps my mind off of things and keeps me busy. We went to church last night and Kenzie showed Megan she knows how to sing "Beautiful Scandalous Night" she sang loud and proud clapping a long while Megan and Chris were singing it. I couldn't believe that I could actually hear her as she was singing. Such a cutie. Kenzie is at school now. I have Anthony for a couple of hours today so Candy and Kevin can go to doctor appointments. Maddie is running around here getting into everything her little hands can get to. And now off to work on the play room.
Have a great day!
Love,
Dawn

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The happenings in the Cox house.

Not a lot of happenings in the Cox house here today. Maddie played and Kenzie went to school while Ryan worked and I did the Mommy thing. When Kenzie got home from school, she went to her computer (Roy's old one) and typed in KENZIE in the correct order. So I am seeing some progress. She is recognizing that the letters make up her name and she is able to put them together to form her name correctly most of the time. She is still struggling with speech at school but I know it will be a slow process. I just don't know why she has such a hard time with the k sound. If we can get her to understand that she is saying it wrong, she would probably correct it in no time at all. We put the bookshelf downstairs today and Amanda, the girls love it. Thanks so much. I went ahead and gave it to them because I knew they would love it and Kenzie knows that it is from Riley and Shelby (and you and Deke) for Christmas. They put their books on it tonight and the books cover where the personalization would have been so it works great! Thanks a bunch. Ryan came home from work late tonight so I cooked chicken, green beans and Mac and cheese. Kenzie fell asleep at about 8 and I am working on planning the two cakes I have comming up. One is for Ryan to take to work with him. He has to provide the cake for Kendra for her birthday since they do an exchange in the therapy department. Tony does Ryan's cake and Ryan does Kendras kind of thing. I also have a birthday cake comming up for a little boy who loves High School Musical, so I am thinking about making a sheet music cake. 2 layers chocolate with white icing and then piping the music notes and bars on it. I saw one and thought it was cute. but I don't know for sure. Will just have to wait and see what I do with it. I still have a week to think on it. And other than that nothing going on. Talk to you all soon.
Love,
Dawn

Monday, December 3, 2007

This week at school.

Hi all! Kenzie here. I haven't posted on here lately being so busy at school. Here is the newsletter for this week:

Animals Everywhere

Dear Family,
This week Kenzie will learn about pets. Using the topic "I love animals" we will read stories about pets and the experiences the pet owners have had with them. You can help your child learn more by talking with him/her about the things he/she is doing at school and the new letters and words that he/she is learning. Here are some ways that you can work with your child at home.

Think and talk:
What did you read today?
What was the story about?
What did you make today?
Do you think ____ would be a good pet for us? Why?

Home activities:
Ff Animal Poster
Draw a picture of a fish on a large piece of drawing paper. Tell your child that the word FISH begins with the letter f. Children can decorate the posted by adding pictures of animals whose names begin with f, such as frog or fox.

Books about pets
Your child will listen to the story "The Greedy Cat" Ask her/him to talk about how he/she feels about the cat that always wanted more. Read other books about pets with your child. Discuss what the pets in the stories are like.

What I learned:
Here is a note from your child and his/her teacher.
Talk with your student about items around the house that start with the letter Ff.

We learned a new song this week also. It is:
Fifi Fish
(tune: "Five Fat Turkeys")

SEE FIFI FISH'S FINS.
SHE CATCHES LETTER F AND WINS.
SHE HAS NO FUR OR FEATHERS ON HER.
SHE WINS AND FLIPS HER FINS.

Here is also our vocabulary development that we are working on right now.
core words:
air/food
animals
bear
care
cat
deer
feathers/fur
jungle
land
living things
owl
pets
rabbit
shelter/water
wild

basic words
big/little
calendar
clock/time
earth
middle
mommy
older
woods.

other words we are working on
calf
caterpillar
chick/chicken
corals
cub
cygnet
desert
donkey
fluffy
foal
fresh
goats
healthy
hen
joey
kit
moose
mouse/mice
need
ocean
polar regions
pup
rainforest
seaweed
sponge
stripes
tuna fish
underwater
baby
bedspread
brown
brave
bridge
echo
eleven
footsteps
greedy
grumpy
gulp
light
pass
plan
polka dots
red
scared
yellow
curled up
ditty
galaxy
howling
nooks
prowling
shellfish
stomped
bigger/smaller
fewer/more
fewest/most
thick/thin
estimate/same
guess/how many
sort/graph
color/size
coin/nickel/penny
circle/rectangle
square/triangle
cone/cube
cylinder/sphere
rectangular prism
feathers/fly
fur
hop/legs
run/walk
wings
animal
child
dog
food
home
pet
air
bam
drink
eat
farm
need
adult
alike
baby
different
elephant
animal
fish
lake
ocean
plant
pond
tank
clean
help
park
throw away
trash
bird
continent
kangaroo
mountain lion
ocean
panda bear
penguin
riendeer
zebra.

I know that looks like a lot, but let me tell you we learn a lot in the little time I have with Mrs Brittany. We have lots of fun but we learn at the same time. I love going to school and now I must be off to bed. I have to see Mrs. Heather tomorrow in speech. I will post again as soon as I can talk Mommy into letting me.

Love you all!
Kenzie

Christmas Carols for the Psychiatrically Challenged.

Christmas Carols for the Psychiatrically Challenged

SCHIZOPHRENIA - Do You Hear What I Hear?

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY - We Three Kings Disoriented Are.

DEMENTIA - I Think I'll Be Home For Christmas.

NARCISSISTIC - Hark The Herald Angels Sing (About Me)

MANIA - Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and and Office and Town ...or Deck the Halls and Spare No Expense!

PARANOIA - Santa Claus is Coming To Get Me.

PERSONALITY DISORDER - You Better Watch Out, I'm Gonna Cry, I'm Gonna Pout, then
MAYBE I'll tell you why.

DEPRESSION - Silent anhedonia, Holy anhedonia. All is calm, All is pretty lonely.

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER- Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bell... (YOU GET THE IDEA)

OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE PERSONALITY- The Twelve Days of Christmas (don't make me repeat that again)

BORDERLINE PERSONALITY - Thoughts of Roasting in an Open Fire.

PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE - Silent Night