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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Blonde...

Although I have lots of blonde friends, I just had to post this. It is a good laugh....

knew a blonde that was so stupid that.......

she called me to get my phone number.

she spent 20 minutes looking at the orange juice box because it said "concentrate."

she put lipstick on her forehead because she wanted to make up her mind.

she tried to put M&M's in alphabetical order.

she sent me a fax with a stamp on it.

she tried to drown a fish.

she thought a quarterback was a refund.

she got locked in a grocery store and starved to death.

she tripped over a cordless phone.

she took a ruler to bed to see how long she slept.

she asked for a price check at the Dollar Store.

she studied for a blood test.

she thought Meow Mix was a CD for cats.

when she heard that 90% of all crimes occur around the home, she moved.

when she missed the 44 bus, she took the 22 bus twice instead.

when she took you to the airport and saw a sign that said "Airport Left" she turned around and went home

Now, please don't be offended if you are blonde, someone sent it to me and I almost had an accident in my pants laughing at some of these. I just thought I would share it with all of you!
Dawn

happenings...

Not much new other than Kenzie laid on the couch most of the day under covers watching tv since she was not feeling well. Poor Babe! Maddie is a trooper though. It seems like nothing can keep her down. Ryan is on his way home from work and that is about it. I have done a few things today like cleaning out the e mail box, and tidying up some things here in the house. Playing with Maddie and Kenzie and then I also was able to research some things.
I will post more later if I get the chance.
Dawn

A new song!

Kenzie learned this song at school today and I thought I would share it with you all:

up pop’s the groundhog from his hole
will he see his shaadoow
if it’s a yes then brr it’s cold
if it’s a no then whoooa it’s warm.
(tune: up on the rooftop reindeer paws….)

I thought it was cute enough to post here.

Dawn

questions

If any of you have any answers or info on any of the following questions, please e mail or comment it here for me...

My mom asks,

Is Maddie talking enough for her age. I think she should be talking in sentences... so i found...

http://www.babycenter.com/400_my-20-month-old-wont-talk-he-babbles-what-he-thinks-is-a-sen_2000403_13988790771.bc

and e mailed it to her.

I even gave her some stuff to do with Maddie, but she has me concerned because of Kenzie's speech issues...

So I am researching ways to get toddlers talking more.

Then she says, YOU NEED TO GET MADDIE TESTED FOR AUTISM. I reply with, when I took her to the doc the last time I told her YOU were worried about the Autism, and Dr. Morgan isn't concerned with it. I am also researching that.

here is a link on diagnosis of autism

http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/diagnosis.php

although Dr Morgan isn't concerned with it, I feel that I should put it here to help educate other mothers about autism since it is so frequently diagnosed thesedays.

The next question she consistently asks is about Maddie occasionally taking a step with her toes pointing in. I don't notice it very much, but she says she is "walking with her toes pointed in" every time I watch her, I don't see it very much. Yes Maddie had a hip click, but she was released from the ortho doc over a year ago and so we are not worried about it, but I get told, you need to have another xray to make sure. I always think that the doc is the one who tells us when to have an xray. I mean. I am at my whitts end. I am at the point of no return with all of the "things" wrong with my kid.

With Kenzie the questions aren't as many as they used to be probably because she can talk and take up for herself. I am just venting right now because it seems like every time I turn around, there is something else wrong with one of the kids. It frustrates me when I am told take them to the doc about this or that ever time I trun around. I am not trying to say I don't want to know concerns I am saying that when it is brought to my attention one time, that is usually all I need. I make note of it and I talk with the doc the next time I take the child.

Enough of my frustration, Kenzie is sick and wanting to come home from school, so if she isn't any better monday, I will not be sending her to school. I will update you more later.
Dawn

the cox family is sick!

Ryan's symptoms are-- stuffed nose, cough, sore throat

I have a head cold.

Maddie is coughing and has a runny nose

Kenzie has a runny nose, cough, and complaining of ear pain.

So, needless to say, we are sick and won't be going anywhere we don't have to until we are better. We miss all of our CICers. We will be back just as soon as we get over this yucky stuff. Don't want to get any of you sick.

On to other things, yesterday I played with the oven until I could get it to work. I think Pop might be right about needing to get the pilot light thing serviced, but the question is, who do I call? I know the ghost buster's can't fix it, so any suggestions? After playing with it, I was able to bake a cake for Kenzie's birthday and she has been wanting me to use the pan Amanda gave me that has these disks you put in and it imprints the design on the top of the cake, so she has a cake that says in bubble letters "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" it is cute. I also baked some fries in the oven. I really missed not having one. It was not a fun time. Kenzie is off to school, so I am going to warm up. It is really cold in the basement! Have a great day!

Dawn

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Best Friend

The words to this song fit so many in my life, and here they are:

Angel: you are my best girlfriend. You are never more than a phone call away. I think of how close we have become in the last year everytime I hear this song.

Ryan: you are my best friend, my husband, and my babies' daddy! I will always think of you during the chorus of this song. If I had to pick one song to sum you up it would be this song.

Jesus: YOU ARE MY BEST FRIEND. YOU ARE MY ROCK AND I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT!

There are many others, but I am running out of time, you know who you are if you are special to me, and so to you I devote this song! find it on my playlist if you want (if I can find it)

I never had no one
I could count on
Ive been let down so many times
I was tired of hurtin
So tired of searchin
til you walked into my life
It was a feelin
Id never known
And for the first time
I didnt feel alone
Youre more than a lover
There could never be another
To make me feel the way you do
Oh we just get closer
I fall in love all over
Everytime I look at you
I dont know where Id be
Without you here with me
Life with you makes perfect sense
Youre my best friend
Youre my best friend, oh yeah
You stand by me
And you believe in me
Like nobody ever has
When my world goes crazy
Youre right there to save me
You make me see how much I have
And I still tremble
When we touch
And oh the look in your eyes
When we make love
Youre more than a lover
There could never be another
To make me feel the way you do
Oh we just get closer
I fall in love all over
Everytime I look at you
And I dont know where Id be
Without you here with me
Life with you makes perfect sense
Youre my best friend
Youre my best friend
Youre more than a lover
There could never be another
To make me feel the way you do
Oh we just get closer
I fall in love all over
Everytime I look at you
And I dont know where Id be
Without you here with me
Life with you makes perfect sense
Youre my best friend
Youre my best friend (my best friend)
Youre my best friend (my best friend)

cute! and so true!

RECIPROCATE PLEASE!

God determines who walks into your life...it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go. I need this back. If you'll do this for me, I'll do it for you....When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need. Take 60 seconds and give this a shot! All you do is simply say the following small prayer for the person who sent you this.Father, God bless all my friends in whatever it is that You know they may need this day! And may their life be full of your peace, prosperity, and power as he/she seeks to have a closer relationship with You. Amen.

Then send it on to five other people, including the one who sent it to you. Within hours you caused a multitude of people to pray for other people. Then sit back and watch the power of God work in your life.

P. S. Five is good, but more is better.

Jesus loves me (adult version)

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
(CHORUS)
YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..
YES, JESUS LOVES ME FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.
Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.

(CHORUS)

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
"Have no fear, for I am near."

(CHORUS)
When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand His love

(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.

(CHORUS)

If you think this is neat, please pass it on to your friends. If you do not pass it on , nothing bad will happen, but you will have missed an opportunity to "Reach out and Touch" a friend or a loved one.

God Bless Us All !!!

What kind of blogger are you?

You Are a Life Blogger!

Your blog is the story of your life - a living diary.
If it happens, you blog it. And make it as entertaining as possible.

What is your ideal hairstyle?

Your Ideal Hairstyle:

Layered Bob

what does your latte say about you?

What Your Latte Says About You

You are easygoing and pretty simple to please. You don't put up a fuss... ever.

You are a very frivolous person. You don't take anything too seriously. Why should you?

You have a good deal of energy, but you pace yourself. You never burn out too fast.

You're addicted to caffeine. There's no denying it.

You are a child at heart, and you don't ever miss the opportunity to do something playful.

You are dramatic and intense, but you are never moody.

What are the Keys to your heart?

The Keys to Your Heart
You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.
In love, you feel the most alive when things are straight-forward, and you're told that you're loved.
You'd like to your lover to think you are optimistic and happy.
You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.
Your ideal relationship is comforting. You crave a relationship where you always feel warmth and love.
Your risk of cheating is 100%. You are not suited for a monogamous relationship.
You think of marriage as something that will confine you. You are afraid of marriage.
In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.
What Are The Keys To Your Heart?

Storm and School

Well, yesterday I got an e mail from Mrs Brittany saying they were talking early yesterday about a delay today, but that didn't happen. We had a huge bad horrible storm last night, but Kenzie rocked! Yes the kid who hates storms did very well. She cried for a minute, but then she was ok. I sent her to school today because she was feeling well enough to cause trouble yesterday, so I fiugre that if she can do that she can go to school as long as she doesn't have a fever. The teacher sent me an e mail telling me that she had a horrible runny nose. In fact, they referred to her nose as running like a sugar tree! And Kenzie did very well picking out words with the letter c today. Yay Kenzie! And another update when possible.
Dawn

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

And a sick little girl lives with me!

Over the weekend, Kenzie and Maddie both started having a runny nose and cough. Kenzie was feeling so bad last night that she went to bed at 8! I kept her home from school today not wanting to get any of her classmates or teachers sick, and she didn't wake up until 8am! Wow! She slept for 12 hours! She was happy she got to stay home but still wasn't feeling well. I have noticed green goop comming from her nose, so we are keeping a close eye on her. Still she has no temp. I just wish there was something more I could do to make her comfy! Poor Baby.

Maddie on the other hand has the runny nose and cough, but it isn't slowing her down one bit! She keeps falling and yelling, "OWWW" that is her new word. and she is so appropriate when she uses it. Too cute. I don't know what the plans for this weeks are, but if I have sick children, I know one thing is for sure, if they are sick, no church for us. Will keep you posted on that since I have been batteling a head cold myself.

Dawn

Monday, January 28, 2008

"It's Messy Monday Mom!"

Kenzie came home from school today with blue stained hands. I was like, "Kenzie what on earth did you do at school today?" and she replied "It's messy Monday Mom." How funny! I had forgotten that Miss Brittany declared Monday Messy day because the kids love to paint so much. Kenzie loved it!

My weekend was a weekend. I even cut myself right on my achilles tendon at work this weekend. OWWW! But, I am fine.

Ryan is hanging out.

Maddie is teaching herself how to scribble today! How funny!

Carol goes in for her second surgery on Wednesday, so be praying for her.

Grandma Tigger is staying with her to help her through this time.

I am working on a few things so that is all I have time for right now, but have a good day anyway.
Dawn

Friday, January 25, 2008

A BIG thank you to Beth Spencer!

I've been looking back over some of my blog entries from just a few short weeks ago, and I just thought I would tell Beth Spencer THANK YOU! for getting me hooked. Things happen that I blog and a few weeks ago I forget about it. thanks for creating a memory book for me by opening me up to the blogging world. You have done me a huge favor. Hopefully in the future I can do the same for you! Thanks again Beth! You Rock!
Dawn

Busy Friday

Today has been a busy Friday. We woke up early. I went off to the bank and then to order Kenzie's cake since our oven isn't in proper working order as of yet, so I am having Jay C bake and Ice the cake, then I am finishing it off with a cake decorating kit. I know it isn't home made like I have done other years, but I am not in the mood to travel 40 minutes just to bake a small cake. We are having Mom, Pop, Mimi (one of the girls I work with), and Uncle Maxx over for cake and taco salad and then presents. I think Kenzie will enjoy it just as much as a huge party. So, I am taking the small way out this year. We just have too much going on to worry about a big party. Maddie has been such a good girl today. She even sat (on her own accord) on her potty for a few minutes today. First with her pants up and then she stood up and sat on it with them down (while I was sitting on my potty!). How cute is she? She didn't do anything, but I think it is definately a step in the right direction. We are looking at finances to see how soon we can buy the stuff to have Pop do our roof. He wants to have it done really soon, but I have to know financially how much to give him and I have a ballpark of around 2500 total for the job, but that is because he is my step dad and he is giving me a huge deal on it. Will definately know more in a few weeks. I am changing the color from black to brown. I am hoping that we can get this job done real soon. Ryan is himself. Upstairs watching sports on tv right now I would assume. Kenzie and Maddie are at Mom's house since we both have to work tomorrow and I am working on figuring out some financials. Just thought I would drop you guys an update since I will be out of commission for two days. Good luck getting through the weekend without a post! LOL!
Love,
Ryan, Dawn, Kenzie and Maddie Cox

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lay up for yourselves treasures IN HEAVEN

Last night, Brian talked on a passage that I had stumbled across on Saturday, so I take it God wanted to teach me a lesson. I decided to share this lesson with you. I am glad that God allowed me to read it prior to going to church, so I feel that I got even more out of it than I did when I read it myself. I feel like somtimes I just need someone, Brian in this case, actually breaking it down and discussing it with me as we are reading it.

Matthew 6: 19-34

19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Do Not Worry 25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[a]?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Here are my notes from Brian's discussion.

*Keep your eye on the "ball" in your christian life.
*Save treasures in heaven, not earthly posessions. We can't take the earthly things with us when we go to Heaven anyway.
*Money allows us to enjoy earthly life.
*Laying up treasures in heaven or saving spiritually will allow us to enjoy heave much more when we get there.
*When our focus is on heaven, it brings us peace. No one can touch our treasures in heaven where here on earth, our earthly posessions can get stolen at the blink of an eye.
*Where your treasure is there your heart is also.
*Have STOCK in the KINGDOM of GOD. Having stock here on earth, we don't know if we will make money or not, putting your stock in the kingdom of heaven, you will always know that it will be there when you are taken by HIS hand.

Four main points:
1. Have a batters eye. Concentrate on the ball as it is comming at you.
*eternal eye is what we want.
2. Focus on being good and generous to people not greedy.
3. Who are you going to serve God or Money?
4. What is your focus of worry? Is it money or is it what can I do to help this person. Can I do anything for her/him?

When we stress about material things, we are being goofy.
DON'T WORRY! about what you can't control and GOD will take care of us.

In a nutshell that is what was talked about and I hope you can all understand my secondhand here. I tried to write everything down.

Now, this is the first time I have actually gotten to hear the message when Brian talks. Usually I have to go and be with Maddie in the nursery, but this time Maddie stayed in there pretty good and when she did have to be taken out, Ryan went for her. So this allowed me time to really hear the message. Thank you Ryan for that! Thank you Brian for being God's mouth in this message! You don't know how much I enjoyed hearing you. I will be looking for ways to join you at CIC more, it may take some time since I have to have a crazy work schedule so that my children don't have to go to daycare (we wouldn't be able to afford it any way). Thank you God for the message you gave through Brian. It couldn't have come at a better time! Your time!
Dawn

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

BE MY EVERYTHING

We went to church for the first time in a while because of our vacation and then Ryan's new job, and what do Megan and Chris sing? EVERYTHING. Kenzie was singing "Be my everything" over and over and over on the way home. It was so cute. Maddie went to the nursery and was doing great until the lady in there had to put her down to tie a shoe. Then she went ballistic! Ryan went to her rescue and allowed me to stay in and get the message. It was so totally awesome. What was even more awesome was that for some reason, I opened the Bible on Saturday on one of my breaks and read the exact same passage that Brian talked on tonight! WAY TO GO BRIAN! but even more: WAY TO GO GOD! I also did a few errands today. I of corse did the grocery shopping. We went to Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and Louisville to run a few more and then I picked up a surprise for Kenzie for having a good report card. I gave her a new webkinz. She loves it! So, now she is watching American Idol with Daddy while Maddie is asleep and I am trying to catch up with the day's happenings. Ryan has to work tomorrow so I will probably be driven to the edge by the time he gets home, but it is well worth it. Oh at church, Kenzie was asked if she wants to start going to Awana and she said yes. My friend Maria (Brian's wife) is the teacher, and I think it will be great for her! Ryan will start taking her on Sunday evenings for that. I guess that is about it. Just can't believe that Kenzie will be five in a few days. Followed by Brooklyn turning a year old. Then comes Isabella (May 2) and Maddie (May 15) will both be 2. Wow how the time flies! Just amazing! Well I guess that is all I can think of. Talk to you all when I have more intelectual things to type here.
Love,
Dawn

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Snow Day....

Today, we got up and got Kenzie dressed for school not even thinking to check the news to see if school had been cancelled until I looked outside and discovered our streets were covered in snow. I then turned on WHAS 11 and discovered that school was cancelled due to the fact that the neighborhood streets weren't safe for busses to drive on to get the children. By this time, Maddie and Kenzie were both ready to stay up for the day! I wish I would have gotten up at 5 when Ryan did to have discovered this and I wouldn't have woken Kenzie up at all. So we hung out for the day and did some home work. That was about the extent of our snow day. We did get to see the snow plow clear the road today and let me tell you Kenzie was so excited about that. Maddie was just her chipper little self. And that is all I can come up with in this over worked brain of mine. LOL.
Dawn

Job Requirements for Parents

This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way,I don't believe any of us would have done it!!!!
POSITION
Mom
Mommy
Mama
Dad
Daddy
Dada
Pa
Pop
JOB DESCRIPTION
Long term, team players needed, for challengingpermanent work in an often chaotic environment.Candidates must possess excellent communicationand organizational skills and be willing to workvariable hours, which will include evenings and weekendsand frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required.
RESPONSIBILITIES
The rest of your life. Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of apack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, and embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability forthe quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility.
POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION
None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE
None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.
WAGES AND COMPENSATION
Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.
BENEFITS
While no health or dental insurance, no pension,no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growthand free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.
Forward this to all the PARENTS you know, in appreciation for everything they do on a daily basis,letting them know they are appreciatedfor the fabulous job they do...or forward with Special Loveto anyone thinking of applying for the job.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Almost over...

My work week is almost over until Saturday now. I am going in for 6 hours today and then I won't have to go back for 4 more days. I am working on a unit that is heavy lifting, but shouldn't be too bad for me. I should be home by 9 tonight and hopefully I can post then. I did have a horrible weekend with my co workers, so hopefully that will not be the case tonight. Kenzie has been a hoot today. She is off of school because of MLK day. Maddie has been good. We are looking for a full size bed frame and mattress/box spring set as well as safety rails so she doesn't fall out of her bed. We discovered that some of the springs poked through her matteress(it wasn't a realgood one anyway) so we have taken her out of her bed and put her and Kenzie in the same bed. For now it will work, but I would like to get Maddie's bed finished soon. Ryan is home from work today he will work 12 hours tomorrow. And I guess that is the scoop right now.

MADDIE'S WORD FOR THE DAY:
Juice. She says it like this: OOSS

so cute!
Dawn

Friday, January 18, 2008

Mission Organization

Today I am on a huge mission! It is organizing this humongous house of mine! LOL! Kenzie and I have done the den/dining room and Maddie's room so far today and we are on to Kenzie's room and the Kitchen/Living room next as we do laundry. We may have Mom and Pop over for dinner tonight, so I might not get to post again today. If that is the case, please make sure and have a great weekend. Kenzie put herself to bed lastnight hugging the schoolhouse toy she got laying along with the webkinz. It was so cute! And here is the kicker, she put herself to bed in her room! Awesome! Well the washer is beeping, gotta go!
Dawn

Thursday, January 17, 2008

What do your hands say about you?

What Your Hands Say About You

You are logical, analytical, and rational. You have good verbal skills.

Flexible and broad minded, you can fit in to any situation. There's no telling where your life will take you.

Consistent and reliable, you like to count on structure and routine in your life.

Your emotions tend to be nervous and potent. Your energy - both positive and negative - deeply impacts your life.

What does your birthdate mean?

Your Birthdate: March 27

You are a spiritual soul - a person who tries to find meaning in everything.
You spend a good amount of time meditating, trying to figure out life.
Helping others is also important to you. You enjoy social activities with that goal.
You are very generous and giving. Yet you expect very little in return.

Your strength: Getting along with anyone and everyone

Your weakness: Needing a good amount of downtime to recharge

Your power color: Cobalt blue

Your power symbol: Dove

Your power month: September

The UPS Truck is here

Finally after Kenzie waiting all day, the brown truck pulled up and she screamed, "Mommy something is here with my presents!" how funny! So I get the box downstairs where we were and we open it to find 3 new webkinz, several outfits, a toy for kenzie, and a toy for Maddie. The toy for Kenzie is totally cool! I love it and you can see it by going to this link, http://www.amazon.com/Parents-PM9134-Magnet-School/dp/B0000SVSLM.

And Maddie's is one that I think all children like. It is the Sesame Street See 'n Say Elmo's Peek & Seek. I couldn't find a picture of it on here, but hey, I will keep trying and if I can find it, I will put it in here. It helps teach babies colors and shapes. I totally love it. It is so cute.

Now for the Webkinz. If you want more info on them, go to this link: http://www.webkinz.com.

Kenzie got:
Cocker Spaniel she named Lady.
Pig she named Spammie (after Riley's cat Sammie)
Turtle she named Pokey because turtles are so slow.
We then went onto the site and Kenzie totally decided everything (except the pool table) to put in the play room that we bought. It was so cute. So the playroom in her house is totally Kenzie's idea! Great job by the way Kenzie.

We tried on some of the clothes and Carol was afraid that they wouldn't fit, but they look fine!

And that is about all that went on today. I have some jokes to read through and if they are blogworthy, I will post them here as I get time!
Dawn

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL!

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy with the baby in the backseat
Fifty miles to go and she was running low on faith and gasoline
It would been a long hard year
She had a lot on her mind and she didn't pay attention
She was going way to fast
Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass
She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn't even have time to cry
She was sooo scared
She threw her hands up in the air
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this all on my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel
It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat sleeping like a rock
And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said I'm sorry for the wayI've been living my life
I know I've got to change
So from now on tonight
Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can't do this all my own
I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I'm on
Oh, Jesus take the wheel
Oh, I'm letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I'm on
From this road I'm on
Jesus take the wheel
Oh, take it, take it from me
Oh, why, oh

This song really helps me through times when I dont' know what to do. We all should let Jesus Drive Our Lives more often!
Dawn

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The Mitten Story

Kenzie brought this story home from school and we thought we would share it with all of you.

One cold morning, long, long ago, a little boy named Ivan pulled on his favorite yellow mittens, waved good-bye to his grandparents, and went out to gather wood. He trudged through the new-fallen snow, pulling his little sled behind him.

In the forest, Ivan found a spot where twigs and branches had fallen off the trees. He gathered so much wood that it kept rolling off his sled. As he bent to pick up a stick, Ivan dropped one of his yellow mittens. Little Ivan trudged back home, pulling his sled full of wood behind him, not knowing that he had lost one of his favorite mittens.

Meanwhile in the forest, a little mouse found the mitten and crawled in to keep ward. Soon, a frog came by and asked the mouse if he could come in, too. "Sure. Come in before you freeze," the mouse said. Then an owl flew down and asked if he could come into the mitten. "Sure," said the mouse. "If you have good manners you can join us."

A rabbit came hopping by and said, "Is there room for me? The night is so cold."

"Sure," said the mouse. And all four animals huddled closer together.

But then a fox came and pushed his way into the mitten without even asking if he could come in! To make things even worse, a gray wolfe squeezed in. Next, a wild boar came by. The other animals were beginning to get anxious, but the wild boar promised he would climb in ever so carefully. Then a great, big grizzly bear walked by, sniffed the air, and caught sight of the animals huddled in the mitten.

"Oh, go away!" cried the group. "We have no more room!"

"Nonsense," said the bear and he jostled his way in.

Just then the seams of the mitten began to tear. And along came a tiny cricket. "I'm freezing, and the mitten looks so warm and inviting. Surely you'll let me in," he chirped. But as soon as the little cricket put his tiny, little leg in, the mitten split wide open, sending all the animals flying out in the snow!

At just that moment, Ivan realized he had lost his mitten. He ran back to the forest, but alas, all that was left of his mitten were shreds of yellow wool. And how strange! Out of the corner of his eye Ivan imagined he saw a tiny mouse in a yellow hat peeking out from behind a bush.

Ivan walked home, feeling very sad until he saw his grandmother standing by the door. Ivan's sad face broke into a big smile. In his grandmother's hands was a new pair of mittens she had knitted for him while he was gone.

Ivan and his grandparents never did find out what really happened to his other yellow mitten.

...

Today has been quite strange. Maddie slept until 10 am. Don't know what the deal there was. Ryan was up and out of the house early for work. Kenzie woke up crying that she didn't want to go to school, but she went anyway. I found out that there is an illness going around at school. Starts with a cough, then lowgrade fever then diarreah/vomiting. I sure hope she isn't comming down sick. I put on a pot of veg. soup today. Yummy! Kenzie came home from school and drew pictures for Riley and Shelby. She misses them so much. Then it was on to the chalk board. We did some letters there. I am using the chalk board activities for letter/number recognition. And learning how to write at the same time. I am so happy that she is loving it. She thinks we are just playing and really she is getting a lot of learning time in there too. We also did some homework. She did well with staying in the lines coloring on the first page. Not so much on the second one though. Maddie sat on the potty for a few minutes today. Nothing though. She will get it. I am just trying to get her used to sitting there and then she will get the jest of what to do. Tonight I need to get some work done and we have church, but we aren't sure what time Ryan will be home tonight. Last night he didn't make it home until after 7 due to traffic, so if we make it great if not, we will definately be there next week. He is loving his new job. I am so excited about it for him. And I guess that is all. Homework session number two comming up shortly. Kenzie loves doing homework. It is great!
Dawn

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hooked on Phonics Crazy

Kenzie and I had a Mommy/Big Girl night tonight when Ryan got home from work. The first one in a while. It was nice to just be able to be with her and not have any fussing over things. I was happy that she was so laid back and listened so well in the stores. We went looking for a few things and I came out with:

4 hooked on phonics kits (i paid $3.00 each)
arts supplies for the school kits.
shoes for maddie
sippy cups
manuscript tablets
construction paper
greeting cards
purse for kenzie
few groceries
vinegar(did you know it will get rid of ants?)

I even found a dvd for me.
Will let you know how things go with the learning stuff as we do them.
dawn

Pink and Red for...

Pink for Kenzie's upcomming birthday. We are thinking that we will just do something small here at home this year and then next year we will do a party. We are just not wanting to throw a party if no one will show up and believe that if we wait for next year, her friends from the neighborhood will come(she will be at a new school and have friends closer to home) and that is why we think that no one showed up last year.

Red for Dia de Amor (valentines day). I just thought it sounded so much more romantic to say it in spanish! I am going to try and plan something, but you will have to wait and see.

Dawn

A Royal Potty for a Princess

Last night, while at walmart, I saw that they had the royal potty for under $20.00, so we picked one up for little Maddie. She loves it as long as she is fully clothed. I know it will take an adjustment period, so I can't wait until she pee's in it for the first time. I took a little water and poured it in there to show her what will happen when she pee's in it. It played music and her eyes got so big with joy I wasn't sure if they would stay in their sockets! It was so cute. So hopefully, she will be into potty training soon.

Kenzie is at school although, she woke up saying "I AM NOT GOING TO SCHOOL MOMMY!" and I told her she had no choice. She was going to school and she would like it. Needless to say she got up and got dressed and off she went. Such a grumpy girl today.

Ryan got up and was out of the houe before 5 am for his first day on LIFESKILLS he has since called me and he loves it.

I on the other hand am going to continue on the spring cleaning today. I think I will master Maddie's room today and hopefully get started on Kenzie's room as well. Then tonight when Ryan gets home I am sanding and painting the cabinet in the bathroom upstairs. Can't wait for it to be finished.

So that is us for now. Talk more later.

Oh, Carol is out of her first surgery fine, her second isn't for a week or so (I thought they were going to do them all in the same hospital stay, but I guess not). Just thought I would give all the update.
Dawn

Monday, January 14, 2008

Benny Bear

Sant to the tune of Three Blind Mice

BENNY BEAR
BUILDS A B.
BENNY BEAR
BUILDS A B.
HE BUILDS A BE USING BIG BUILDING BLOCKS.
HE KEEPS A B IN HIS BACKPACK AND BOX
BENNY BEAR BUILDS A B.

Mimi Mouse

Sang to the tune of This old Man

COME WITH ME, MIMI MOUSE.
WE WILL MAKE OUR MINI-HOUSE!
WE WILL MIX AND MEASURE MUD TO MAKE A FLOOR---
AND WRITE M ON OUR MUD DOOR!

Kenzie's day at school

Kenzie got off of the bus screaming, "Mom it snowed!" It was so cute. Then when I got into her backpack, I found her daily sheet with this on it...

Kenzie had wrote her name (not perfect but she tried) and a note from the teacher above it saying "INDEPENDENT WRITING-- ONLY VERBAL PROMPTS!" I am so excited for her! We are definately getting somewhere. Then under the teacher comments part, I find... "SHE CAME IN TELLING ME IT WAS SNOWING-- SUPER EXCITED!" I too saw this when she got home!

Construction Zone Newsletter Week 2

Dear Family,
This week Kenzie will learn about solving problems. Using the topic "Build with Me," we will read stories about building things and working together to solve problems. You can help your child learn more by talking with him/her about things she/he 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 problem in the story?
How was it solved?
What problem did you solve today?

Home Activities:
Mm hunt
Look for Mm in newspaper and magazine headlines. underline the m's you find and count them together. encourage your child to trace the letters so he/she can familiarize herself/himself with their shape.

building bugs
your child will isten to the book BUMBLING BUILDING BUGS this week. it is about a group of bugs that work together to build a road and a bridge. ask your child to tell you about the different bugs in the book. observe harmless insects outside.

what i learned:
Here is a note from your child and her teacher:
We will be reading "THE MITTEN," I will send home a copy for y'all to read together.

Dawn

And WINTER is here!

I look out the window to see.... A BLANKET OF SNOW! It is covering my driveway, walkway, yard.... and we are expecting more this week! I think it is safe to say that winter has finally decided to come! Don't get me wrong, snow is pretty, but I don't like it because that means I have to drive in dangerous conditions! I would much rather be driving in tropical storm force winds and rain (I have done this! When all the hurricanes were going through Florida a couple of years ago!). Now on to other things...

Saturday:
I had a really busy day. I was at work and didn't think it would ever end. Admissions and falls and sending people to the hospital... stabalizing others and stuff that goes on in the health care centers all the time.

Sunday: Zach forgot to add me back into the schedule, so I got off at 2pm. Rode home with Maxx since he lives in Jeffersonville and Ryan and the girls were going to be at his house anyway. When we got there we watched a little of the game and I brought the girls on home. Ryan came home a little later. Maxx is such a great guy! He took me to and from work and brought Ryan home too! How nice is that. I met his daughter while I was there... Had met his son Derrick, but never his daughter (can't remember her name). His wife Cathie is a really nice lady too! She and I are trying to figure out what she wants me to do for super bowl even though I won't be there this year.

Today: Kenzie reluctantly got up and went to school. Maddie woke up with a stinky diaper but was laughing.... What is that about? Ryan went to work for his last day in Therapy. Tomorrow he starts Lifeskills. He can't wait! I just got off of the phone with my mom. We talked for 1hr. Something we haven't done in a long time. She is going to deliver the vanity and let me borrow the eliptical for a while. I want to get into shape and I dont' have any exercise equipment so I really appreciate the fact that she is willing to let me borrow hers. Other than that nothing much going on here on the homefront!

KEEP CAROL IN YOUR PRAYERS! My mother in law went in to have 2 surgeries this morning. They were both expected, but I still want you guys to pray for a speedy painfree recovery for her.

Dawn

Friday, January 11, 2008

Work in Progress

Let me see.... Here are our current projects:

*Ryan paint the bathroom.... DONE

*Put the bathroom back together

*pick up the new vanity

*paint the ceiling in the bathroom

*paint the bathroom baseboards

*install new vanity

*pick and install tile floor in bathroom

*continue spring cleaning (I know it is early, but I would rather get it all done now)

*get belt and fix old washer so we can return the rental one

*sand, prime and paint Kenzie's bed white

*get venetian plaster for living room wall.

*pick color for other walls in living room/hallway/entryway/den/diningroom

I know this is a lot, but a lot goes into being a home owner. I am loving the freedom to do what we want to with our home though.

We dropped the girls off to Mom tonight and so we were able to get a quiet evening to work on some of our projects. We will be finishing the bathroom at some point this year. I just don't know what flooring I want in there. And since there is waterdamage, I think I will have to do a lot of demo to put in a new subfloor before we can put the tile in. (Josh, if you have any info on this I would greatly appreciate it!) Kenzie is doing well. She loves her Papa! He calls her 'Lil Irene! It is the funniest thing. Maddie is enjoying the trike that Mom and Pop got her for Christmas. She rides it sidesaddle from what I hear. I told them to keep it at their house since we have two already. Ryan is watching his usual sports right now. I am doing laundry and blogging, after that a shower and bed for work! I have to be up early, so I guess this is the last entry until Monday! Be good! Take care. Lots of love! Stay safe! Don't get sick while I am away! LOL!
Dawn

Donation Central

Today I got up and decided I would go through all of our stuff and trash what we don't need and anything that is in good enough shape, we would donate to a worthy cause. I have so far gotten Ryan and My bedroom done. I am off to Maddie's room next then Kenzie's. I am in the mood to get things done so watch out! I have gotten rid of a bunch of stuff already. I am getting rid of the baby stuff since we are so done with kids. I told Ryan "THIS BABY MAKING FACTORY IS CLOSED"! I said it as a joke because he was saying that we needed a little boy, but man am I serious! Kenzie has had a pretty good day. She is being a great assistant to me and is even being willing to part with some of her stuff. Maddie on the other hand wants to play with everything we are trying to get rid of.

RYAN TOOK THE JOB! He told Steve at work that he was going to take the position. He starts in Lifeskills on Tuesday. He can't wait. It will be fun to have him only working 3 days a week.
talk more later
dawn

Thursday, January 10, 2008

I can talk to Momma.

I have been neglecting to tell you all of Maddie's progress. She is doing really well!

*she climbs up the stairs
*she scoots down the stairs
*she is a monkey! she climbs onto all of our furniture and then jumps off of it (more of a slide down)
*she fights with her sister like sisters do
*she is trying to figure out the spoon on her own
*she loves cuddles
*she is saying a few more words:
mama
dada
nana
eat
ere(here)
ni (night)
mmmm(yum)
sis
ennie(her new word for kenzie)

there are probably others, but those are the most recent ones.

And I guess that is about it for Maddie's new stuff. Will alert you as to anything new as it happens.

Dawn

report card/progress note

I got Kenzie's report card/progress note today and here it is:

LITERACY/LANGUAGE FOUNDATIONS
INTRODUCED TO THE FOLLOWING:
IDENTIFIES WORDS/SOUNDS AS SAME OR DIFFERENT
IDENTIFIES SEQUENCES OF EVENTS

NEEDS WORK ON SKILL:
LISTENS FOR BEGINNING SOUNDS
DESCRIBES PICTURES IN A BOOK
TELLS STORY FROM A BOOK/PICTURE
RETELLS A STORY

PROGRESS BEING MADE:
BECOMES FAMILIAR WITH RHYMES/RHYMING SONGS
CATEGORIZES AND CLASSIFIES
FOLLOWS DIRECTIONS
WATCHES AND LISTENS TO A STORY
MATCHES AND NAMES BASIC COLORS
MATCHES LETTERS
RECITES THE ALPHABET IN SEQUENCE
RECOGNIZES OWN WRITTEN NAME
IDENTIFIES 10 OR MORE LETTERS BY NAME

WRITING FOUNDATIONS:
SKILL INTRODUCED:
DRAWS A RECOGNIZABLE PERSON

NEEDS WORK ON SKILL:
ADDS WRITING TO A PICTURE OR STORY
DICTATES STORY

PROGRESS BEING MADE:
HOLDS PENCIL WITH FINGERS
COPIES LINES AND SHAPES
CUTS LINES AND SIMPLE SHAPES
COLORS WITHIN THE LINES
PRINTS OWN NAME
PRINTS FIVE OR MORE RECOGNIZABLE LETTERS
PRINTS FIVE OR MORE RECOGNIZABLE NUMBERS

MATH FOUNDATIONS:
SKILL INTRODUCED:
USES LANGUAGE ASSOCIATED WITH TIME
IDENTIFIES FIRST, MIDDLE AND LAST IN A SERIES
REPRODUCES SIMPLE PATTERNS
PREDICTS WHAT COMES NEXT IN PATTERN

NEEDS WORK ON SKILL:
COMPARES AND CONTRASTS OBJECTS

PROGRESS BEING MADE ON SKILL:
MATCHES, NAMES AND DESCRIBES SHAPES
USES LANGUAGE ASSOCIATED WITH POSITION AND DIRECTION
USES LANGUAGE ASSOCIATED WITH SIZE
SORTS OBJECTS
COUNTS BY ONES TO TEN OR HIGHER
MATCHES A NUMERAL TO A SET OF FIVE
COMPARES NUMBERS OF OBJECTS USING LANGUAGE
COUNTS AND BUILDS SETS OF ONE TO FIVE OBJECTS

PERSONAL/SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT:
PROGRESS BEING MADE IN SKILL:
KNOWS FIRST AND LAST NAME AND ADDRESS
INITIATES PLAY SITUATIONS
ASKS FOR HELP WHEN NEEDED

SATISFACTORY:
KNOWS FAMILY MEMBERS
SHARES AND COOPERATES WITH OTHERS
TAKES TURNS
USES MATERIALS APPROPRIATELY AND PUTS THEM AWAY
TAKES CARE OF HIS/HER OWN BELONGINGS
FOLLOWS CLASSROOM RULES AND ROUTINES
RESPECTS THE RIGHTS AND PROPERTY OF OTHERS

NOTE FROM TEACHER:
KENZIE IS A VERY DETERMINED GIRL. SHE IS MAKING PROGRESS, IT MAY BE A LITTLE SLOW, BUT IT'S STILL PROGRESS. BE PROUD OF HER!

PROGRESS NOTE:
FROM SPEECH THERAPIST:

KENZIE'S SPEECH AND LANGUAGE GOALS:
DEMONSTRATE COMPREHENSION OF:
SPATIAL CONCEPTS
TIME CONCEPTS
COMPLEX SENTENCES WITH EMBEDDED CLAUSES
MULTIPLE ADJECTIVES

IDENTIFY AN OBJECT THAT DOESN'T BELONG IN A CATEGORY.

PRODUCE VELARS (K, G, AND BLENDS):
IN A WORD WITH A MODEL
IN WORDS WITHOUT A MODEL
IN PHRASES
IN SENTENCES
IN SPONTANEOUS CONNECTED SPEECH

PROGRESS:
PROGRESS WAS MADE IN:
DEMONSTRATES COMPREHENSION OF SPATIAL CONCEPTS
COMPLEX SENTENCES WITH EMBEDDED CLAUSES
MULTIPLE ADJECTIVES
IDENTIFIES OBJECTS THAT DON'T BELONG
PRODUCE VELARS WITH MODEL

LITTLE PROGRESS MADE IN:
TIME CONCEPTS
PRODUCE VELARS IN WORDS WITHOUT MODEL

NOT INTRODUCED TO:
PRODUCE VELARS IN PHRASES, PICTURES, OR CONNECTED SPEECH.

PROGRESS NOTE FROM TEACHER:
PROGRESS MADE:
SKIP ON ONE FOOT
JUMP FROM ADULT CHAIR LANDING ON BOTH FEET
RUN UP AND KICK A MOVING BALL
WALK BACKWARD HEEL TO TOE FOR EIGHT STEPS
GIVE ONLY ONE OBJECT UPON REQUEST
RESPOND TO TALL, LONG, SHORT
RESPOND TO MORE
RECITE NUMBERS TO THREE (SHE ISN'T DOING IT CONSISTENTLY)
INITIATE SIMPLE BLOCK PATTERNS
INITIATE THE PLUS SIGN AND V
LACE AROUND A PICTURE ON A LACING CARD (SHE NEEDS LOTS OF HELP)

LITTLE PROGRESS MADE:
INCREASE HER UTTERANCE
USING PLURALS
POSESSIVE NOUNS
EARLY PRONOUNS
AUXILLARY VERBS
RESPOND TO OVER UNDER
DRAW A PERSON WITH TWO RECOGNIZABLE PARTS
COPY LETTERS OF A SIMPLE WORD

NOT INTRODUCED:
SKIP ON ALTERNATE FEET

I know that it is a lot, but I needed to do it that way because I haven't figured out how to attach a spread sheet to the blog yet! Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did!
Dawn

This explains it

Kenzie's teacher just sent me a reply to the e mail I sent her asking about the report cards/progress notes, so I copy/pasted it:

That was completely my fault, we ran late yesterday and they didn’t get put in the backpacks (they were sitting on top of their mailboxes!). They are all finished and I will send them home today, I’m so sorry it didn’t get in her backpack yesterday!! I was going to call, but I can tell you in this e-mail. Kenzie is such a compassionate little girl!! We have a new student who is still adjusting to school and gets sad from time to time and Kenzie is just so sweet! We were all sitting in circle time and the student started to cry and she put her arm around this student and said “it’s ok”. Oh, it was one of those “heart-song” moments where you could just cry it was so sweet!! I wanted to make sure you knew that!! She’s making progress in answering questions during circle! She use to just say what the last student said and she’s coming up with some original answers!! Keep up the good work at home. I’m also going to attach a website that I use for worksheets sometimes, that you can print out and do at home as well (for Friday!). http://www.softschools.com/grades/prek.jsp
Thanks,
Brittany
Again, I’m so sorry about the report cards!

I am so happy too hear about Kenzie being so sweet to her classmate who is new to school. It is awesome. I am also happy to hear that Kenzie is starting to come up with her own answers in circle time. This puts into perspective just how much she has grown in the last 6 months or so. I will be able to put the progress note up here today!
Dawn

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

:(

just wanted to put a note in here to say that we didn't get the progress report today nor did we get a report card. have been uber busy, talk more later!
dawn

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A Conversation with the Speech Therapist.

I have been having some troubles knowing what to do with Kenzie as far as her educaiton is concerned, so I got in contact with the Speech Therapist today and here is basically what came out of it:

*she is working a part time schedule but with a full time case load. Meaning she sees students from the time she gets to work until she goes home all days that she is at the school. It is very hard to do full time on a part time schedule. I understand this. I work a part time schedule but full time hours. I pull 60 hours a pay check which is full time hours, but I only work 2 days a week. So I can sympathise with her there.

*The last nine weeks progress notes are comming home tomorrow so we will have report cards and all in here tomorrow at some time. Yay!

*She is going to let me know if she changes the sounds that she is working on with Kenzie. She still is correcting Kenzie for the /k/ and /g/ sounds, but she is concentrating more on her language skills now and correcting her as needed for the sounds that she is having troubles with.

*Kenzie is getting better in the areas that she has been struggling in. We still have work to do, but I think that she will do just fine.

*These are the areas we are concentrating on for Kenzie now:
-time concepts
-spatial concepts (anything you can do to a pyramid)
-what doesn't belong in the group
-adjectives
-complex sentences
-category use
-proper use of plurals, possesives, and pronouns
-academic stuff
-alphabet
-counting
-colors
-shapes

as we make progress in the above, I will be sure to let you know.

*Kenzie was referred to get 6 sessions of Speech Therapy a month, but because Heather didn't want any confusion in schedules, she is giving Kenzie 8 sessions a month so that the 4th week, she gets speech to cover if Kenzie is absent or if Heather can't make it. So in a nutshell, Kenzie gets more speech than she was referred for.

*Kenzie will be re evaluated by the end of the year so that we will know what kind of help she will get for next year. Heather said that speech therapy will definately carry over, but the developmental delay label will not. Depending on the evaluation, Kenzie may or may not have any further assistance after this year other than Speech Therapy. Heather is hoping that next year Kenzie still gets more assistance because she thinks that Kenzie could use the full day kindergarten to help her get on track, but if not, if the teacher feels that Kenzie needs more time in Kindergarten, she can be held back (and I totally support it).

*Heather said she was shocked when she sat in on circle time at Kenzie because she is so social and one wouldn't know the extent of her delays until they see her in a group setting, so she is concerned about that a little.

*Kenzie's attention span with speech is much better. At the beginning of the year, she wouldn't sit still and do therapy very well and now Kenzie sits for the half hour no problems and she is even telling the therapist when Heather says something wrong on purpose, Kenzie tells her all the time.

*Heather also said that there are areas on Kenzie's goal sheet that Kenzie has already met!

Now with that said,

Kenzie,
I know that right now you struggle sometimes with your language and not understanding some of the things that are happening in school, but I want you to know how proud Mommy and Daddy are of you. You are a very smart and special little girl and we know that in no time you will be up to par with the rest of your friends. You love going to school and I wouldn't take you out of school for anything. I am so proud of you for already meeting some of your goals with your education. You are awesome! Keep up the great work!
Love,
Mommy

Now Kenzie went to school, I had Maddie and Devon for a while and when Kenzie got home from school, Devon's Pappy got here to get him. The day has gone well since speaking to the speech therapist and now I am working on creating some games and activities to do with Kenzie so that we can help with the areas she needs help with. Oh and I almost forgot that the speech therapist is happy that Kenize has the v smile now and we play it for about thirty to sixty minutes a day and that is all educational time! Yay us!

Love,
Dawn

P.S. in the beginning of the year, Heather did the hearing and frequency tests on Kenzie and she passed both of them. I thought you would want to know this Amanda since you and I had the conversation about the child that had the trouble with his ears.

Ms. Betty

This morning while Kenzie was at school, Ms. Betty had Devon come over and ask me to go talk to her. When I got over across the street I was informed that her uncle was in a car accident and they aren't expecting him to live and could I watch Devon until Pappy got there to get him. Of course I said I would. Please keep Ms. Betty's uncle in your prayers.

Dawn

Monday, January 7, 2008

He did it again.

Ryan got up and went to work today, Kenzie got up and got on the bus.... I went to lay on the couch until Maddie woke up only to have the phone ring and Ryan was on the other end to say he was getting budgeted for today and was on his way home from work. So when Kenzie got home from school, we went to Home Depot and picked out the color for Kenzie's bathroom. I had picked one color and Ryan said, "How about this one" and so we decided on Ryan's color! Maybe he should consider a change of career and go into interior decorating! He is great at choosing colors that look good with our decor. He has now picked out the bathroom and kitchen colors and I love them. Pictures to come after we get the bathroom put back together since we have another coat to go on it. Mom will be here soon so I better run!
Dawn

Friday, January 4, 2008

Instead of WifeSwap we did a Room Swap!

Late last night, Ryan and I decided to swap rooms! We moved Maddie to Kenzie's room. Kenzie and I slept on the couch and today I...
*moved Kenzie's bed to Maddie's old room.
*Put the tv, dvdplayer, vcr, xbox and v smile in Kenzie's new room.
Then I moved all of the clothes and now we are taking a break. When the break is over we will proceed to move the small computer desk into Kenzie's room with her computer (if it will fit). We are leaving the dresser in for kenzie and giving the armiore to maddie. We will also be moving toys from toy room to the two bedrooms. I want them split up and then we can do whatever we want to with the downstairs because it will then be a blank slate. I love that idea. And I ran out and started ryan's car so it wouldn't loose the battery. I was able to start it but it didn't want to. I knwo it is because of the cold weather, so we will be getting it fixed soon so that he can drive that to work and I will have my car back! Other than that nothing else going on as if I could handle any more physically today!

I love Kenzie!

Kenzie is such a sweet little girl. She can get into her own fair share of troubles though. She is too funny! Loves to sing! Loves to dance and can't wait for her birthday. I am trying to debate what to do about her birthday because we tried having her a birthday party last year and NONE of her friends from school bothered to show up and none of her friends parents bothered to call and say they weren't comming. So Ryan's take on it is why do a party if no one is going to show up and mine is Kenzie asked for a party. We offered to take her to the movies and a special dinner with Kenzie only and she chose party. So, I am still trying to fight it. I need to figure it out because her birthday is in less than a month. So anyway Kenzie has been doing some really cute things. She gets out the blow up microphone and sings the songs from High School Musical. She helps her sister in every way possible. She plays with Maddie like I never thought she would. She helps clean up her messes. She sets the table for our meals. And when we sit down to eat she says, "No eating til we say our prayers Daddy!" it is so cute. She just started doing this since we came back from Florida. She saw Grammy have everyone hold hands and say a prayer before Christmas Dinner, so now she has made it a routine. So I taught her the prayer we used to say before our meals and here it is...

"God is good.
God is great and we thank HIM for our food,
By HIS hands we are fed and we thank HIM for our daily bread.
Amen"

She loves that she can do this and I love that she is learning to love GOD at the same time. Her teacher sent me an email with an idea for Kenzie. Since she loves school so much, her teacher is suggesting that I set up "school" at home on Friday's and go through the routine that they do at school. I am awaiting the e mail of the sechedule that they go through so we can start that. I really thing she will love it.

No on to other things:
Maddie: is a little fuss bucket today. Don't know why, but she is crying over everything. She wants to be held all day now and Mommy don't play that! I really think she is ready to start potty training.. yesterday she took her diaper off after she had wet it again and put the wet diaper on the steps. How funny! So the search is on!

Ryan: had the interview for the behavior tech position at work and he was the only one who put an application in for the job. He will get his differential back for 4 of the 12 hours that he is at work. That will really help because that is 12 hours a week that he will be paid an additional 2 dollars an hour. Nice! He has to be trained on how to take someone down because he will be on the behavior unit, but I think he can do it. I have worked on that unit from time to time and it isn't that bad.

Me: not much new going on here. just paying bills and getting through one day at a time.

And so you have updates!
Love,
Dawn

Thursday, January 3, 2008

And She's Back in School!

Today was Kenzie's first day back to school! Yay! She got right up when I woke her at 6 and got ready for school. She even went through the house looking for her HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL hat to wear since it is soooo cold here. She was totally ready to go back. I really think she missed her friends at school and her teachers. She has had some progress with that movie I keep referring to that Amanda and Derrick gave her for christmas. She loves watching it and I notice as she watches it, she helps Tad learn the sounds of the letters as he goes through the factory. I really think this might be her new favorite movie. She has tons of movies, but the only one she wants to watch is the letter factory one. She even asked me last night before bed if she could watch it after school today! Great gift Idea! Thanks a billion. Maddie is loving all of Kenzie's toys she doesn't really play with anymore. So needless to say, she is a happy child this morning. She slept all night. Yay! When she was ready to get up this morning I heard a whimper and then "knock knock" she was knocking on her door to let me know she was ready for the day! How cute is that? Ryan is doing well with work. He will find out sometime this week about the new position if he gets it or not. I sure do hope he gets it. It would be nice for him to work only 3 days a week. He would still have full time hours though. And with him working three days a week, that would allow me to pick up a day or two extra! And I love that idea. I am looking at a few appliances. I need to get a new stove and dishwasher. I want a front loader washer/dryer. I also want a built in microwave. Ideally I would have the island with cooktop and a wall oven/microwave combo like Amanda has, but again that is a dream right now. I guess that tops off the list for now.

Love,
Dawn

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

"Mommy, I'm ready for a potty chair"

Today, Maddie stripped herself down. Off came the sweater first followed by the socks, pants and diaper. Then a few minutes later I see her squatting. She POOPED on my tile floor. I thank God it was the tile floor and not the carpet! I also take the hint. We will be getting her a potty very soon! I can't find Kenzie's Dora Potty seat, so I will get Maddie something. Mom is looking for deals since she is going to some sales while in Florida. If she doesn't find anything, I will go out myself and get one. Kenzie and I made Taco Salad for dinner since that is what she and Ryan wanted for dinner. Maddie is up in her room. Since she kept me up all night, I didn't let her have a nap so she would go right to bed and sleep all night. She went to bed at 8 and woke up at 9. I didn't go in. It is all quiet now so I am assuming that she is sleeping. Ryan had a good day at work. His boss gave him a scarf for christmas and he said he would give it to me since he doesn't use them! YAY ME! I took down the christmas tree and did a load of laundry and dishes today. We also got our mail for the first time since vacation. WOAH A LOT OF IT! I took a good hour to go through it all. We had several christmas cards come while we were away. Other than that nothing going on. Hope all is well! Talk more later!
Love,
Dawn

Vacation Pictures Continued

here are the pics I found on my camera. If I can get some of the ones that Carol took to upload I will do so. Am having issues with the files from Carol and Amanda's cameras. I uploaded their cameras when I was in florida and now it is giving me issues with trying to upload them. Oh well.
Switchboard Heaven!
Here you can see just how little we could see out of the back of our van on the way home. keep in mind, I took the back seat out before we left to go on vacation.
Maddie loving her kitty cat and puppy dog bedding! Thanks Aunt Amanda
Kenzie chillin on her flower quilt and shams! Thank you again Aunt Amanda
Goofy Girl! Here you can see the colors! So Pretty!
READY?
SET?
VODKA!
CHASER!
Grandma, I know you are seeing this and fussing at me, but you have to understand we pick on you because we love you! I loved those pics! Thanks for being so much fun!

Ri and Shell Bell having their fun with the presents under the tree on Christmas Eve!
And that does it for pics for now! More later if I can get it to cooperate!
Dawn

Vacation Pictures

Here is the first of our vacation picutres. These came from Amanda's website. I haven't uploaded anything from my camera yet. So be looking for those later.
Riley and Shelby getting their Christmas Eve gift.
Riley, Shelby, Kenzie and Maddie after Christmas Eve Service.
Riley getting the BIG gift on Christmas Morning.
Roy, Carol, Ryan, Grandma, and Derrick after Christmas Eve Service.
Here Kitty Kitty. Love you Sammie! You are such a crazy cat!
Daddy, Kenzie and Grammy posing for a pic!
Maddie loving the switchboard Riley got for Christmas.
Let's go. I am soooo ready!
Riley showing us how to bowl!
Riley and Maddie with their headbands on!

Kenzie and Shelby. This was the same bathroom a few days before they flooded it!
I love my Uncle Derrick!
Kenzie, Shelby, Maddie, Riley on Christmas Eve.
Riley, Amanda, Shelby, Derrick, Grandma, Ryan, Me, and Maddie. Kenzie wouldn't take a pick with us!

I so totally love my daddy!

Aunt Amanda Kisses are so YUMMY!
"I'm gonna Get you!"
Cuddles with Aunt Amanda.
Best Friends sleeping at last!
Pretty Blue Eyes!
Hope you all enjoyed them. More to come!
Love,
Dawn and all the family




A is for Awesome. Awesome is the definition of Amanda S. Cox!!!

I was given several cake pans on Christmas day because Amanda no longer has storage room for them and I just put them all in a cabinet when we got home. I just now looked to see what they all were! Here is the list:
Bert and Ernie, Tweety, Donald, Puppy, Scooby, Sitting Rabbit, Mouse, Pink Panther, Carriage cut out to do baby shower cakes with, Buggs Bunny, Minnie, Pluto, Heart, Santa, Snowman, one that you put these inserts in to change the cake around... the inserts are a ribbon, santa, rabbit, umbrella, happy birthday. other pans were witch, small donald, small hart, oscar the grouch, big bird, scull and super hero.. Needless to say, Amanda just made my life a lot easier. I can do so many more cakes now! I am waiting on this stupid stove thing now though. LOL!

Maddie had a really bad night. She hasn't been up and down all night in a very long time! I couldn't believe it. She finally fell asleep at about 5am! and was up again at 8! No sleep for Mommy!

Kenzie has been doing great. She can't wait to get back to school.

Ryan has been busy with work.

I have been busy just being a mom!

And that is that!

Talk to you soon!

Thanks again Amanda! You ROCK! Oh by the way, Carol, I used the skillets for the first time last night and today, I LOVE THEM! Thanks a billion!
Love,
Dawn

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2008 in the Cox house

Our goals for 2008 are:
Family: to pay off some of our hospital bills

Maddie: to learn to use the potty

Kenzie: to progress in speech therapy at a faster pace (she is doing a little better since the movie you gave her Amanda! Thank you for that she loves it)

Dawn: to start a morning routine complete with coffee or tea and fitness time.

Ryan: to stop eating fast food. (this was actually vocalized by ryan himself! he said he eats it too much and wants to stop!)

House: to paint the living room, hallway, den, dining room and entryway.
put up the chef border
paint kenzie and maddie's room
get new flooring put in in kenzie's bathroom.

And now that does it for this year for us. I just pray we can get it all done!
Dawn

Hide and go SLEEP?

Yesterday, I converted Maddie's bed to a toddler bed because she had been sleeping with me at Amanda's house and when we came home and put her in her crib she wasn't sleeping as well, so last night I gave her her cup of water and put her to bed in her "big girl" bed. She laid right down and went to bed or so I thought. I didn't hear anything! When I went in her room this morning, I couldn't find her! Not in the bed. Not in the closet. Not under her covers. I started freaking a bit. I called her name and she started whining. I found her under the bed! It has a bedskirt on it so I couldn't see her when I was right around her bed! How funny is she. Kenzie and I played Disney DVD Bingo yesterday and she loves it. We also played all of her v smile games and those are all a hit as well. I did get a lot done yesterday, but there is still a lot to be done. I am gonna be going and then I will upload pictures later!
Dawn