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Wednesday, April 30, 2008


So, we were all just chilling out here at home today when Dustin came in and said that he had hurt himself playing on Brandon's RIP STICK. I thought he was just being a baby, but he went to the er anyway and it turns out he has a horizontile hairline fracture below his knee but above his ankle! And that is the happeinings for today!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Term One Complete

So, for my fans, I thought I would update you on my first term in college. I was taking a writing class as many of you might remember. I turned in the research paper on Saturday night and even with forgetting the Title Page, she gave me 38/40 possible points. So that made my grade for the class a 99.1%!!! Wow. I did it. I am so proud of myself. I am now taking two classes this term. They are: Intro to Health Care Delivery and Medical Terminology. I think I will do well this term as well. I will keep you all posted about all of this too!

Kenzie: went to school this morning. She had a little 'tude when I got home. But all in all, she did fine.

Maddie: has been a hoot today. She got into one of my drapes and started playing peek a boo. every few seconds, she would wrap herself up in it and then pop out yelling "BOO!" How funny was she.

Ryan is at work.

I am here trying to get a headstart on my school stuff for this term. Hope to blog more later.


Saturday, April 26, 2008


I don't like stress. I have been stressed for quite some time now. With school, the kids, the new work schedule, and everything else that has been going on. I just hate that I have to feel stressed. The kids are doing good. Maddie is learning so much new stuff. Today she hollared for "Abe" that is what she calls her friend Gabe. Kenzie helped me with taking the invites for Maddie's birthday party to the neighbors. I can't wait for it. Maybe on her birthday party day, I will be able to enjoy myself again. Ryan is working and I am about 1/2 done with the research paper that I have due by midnight. I have organized the office somewhat today. I now have 2 desks and an entertainment piece down here with 2 office chairs and 1 computer chair. It is really comming together nicely. Mom isn't comming to get Maddie today and so I guess she will have her next weekend instead. Not much else to report. Talk to you all soon.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Some pics taken this week....

My pretty little blue eyed princess! Such a happy girl!
Baby Joshua the cool kiddo!
As long as I have my cuppy I am a happy camper posing in the yard for momma!
Would you please stop throwing my ball away from me? I really don't wanna run after it again!
This was the cake I made for Joyce in rememberance of Shifter last month. I wanted to post it sooner but just uploaded my camera. I was satisfied with it when it was all done and said. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

And there you have the pics for now. I may have a video of Maddie to add later, so watch for it.


Chocolate Brittle Surprise

Last night, knowing that my brother often has a sweet tooth at night, I made some Chocolate Brittle Surprise. Here is the recipe since I promised I would put it here for Candice:

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Then lightly spray with pan spray (like Pam). Line the cookie sheet with saltine crackers. Boil 1 cup butter and 3/4 cups of brown sugar for 3 minutes. cover the crackers with this butter/sugar mixture. Bake at 400 for 5 minutes. Then put 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips over that immediately after it comes out of the oven. as it melts spread the chocolate so it evenly coats the crackers. Chill the brittle in the refrigerator or freezer until hard. Crack like you would peanut brittle, then store in ziploc bags in the freezer. Yummy!

Amanda makes this all the time and since I wanted something cheap and easy to make, I made this. It is so goooood!

Kenzie is at school and I am about to work on my Research Paper for school. Hope all is well.

Maddie has gotten to where here lately we haven't been giving her a nap and she is doing really well at bedtime. She lays right down with no fuss and goes right to sleep! Let's just hope this continues.

Ryan is helping Pop and Dustin work on the roof at this church that Pop got a roofing job for.

Candice hasn't woke up yet.

Kenzie has some home work today, so that is what I will be doing when she gets home.

And that is about it with us.

Talk more later.

(pics of baby josh to come later also)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mama is a sickley being again....


nasal congestion

Hope I feel better soon and can blog like a normal human blogger!


Monday, April 21, 2008

Sleep, what is that?

The new schedule is driving my sleep schedule bonkers. I can't seem to catch up on my sleep. It would be nice if I could just get a good solid 4 hours of sleep, but that just doesn't seem to be happening. I am tired, but getting by. I will probably get caught up on my sleep tonight. We got the red bud cut down and they picked up the brush today. It was sad to see the tree cut down, but it needed to be done. Sunday at church was good. I am studying some bible verses a friend of mine from work gave me. And that is about all that is going on as of now.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Oh no, not my flowers!

Friday was very busy, but we got through it. We went to Kenzie's Kindergarten Physical. Her CBC came back fine. Her UA was also good. Her weight is 54 lbs and height at 44 inches. She needs to trim down a little, but all in all the doc isn't really worried about it. Then we went to Target to get soda for the church. After that, we went on home to get some much needed sleep which turned out to be only about 1.5 hours. So I was completely exhausted last night.

Today: I baked a cake for the fish fry tonight. Ryan had Dustin help him cut down the red bud tree in our back yard. We went to the fish fry/hymn sing. Then came home and put Maddie to bed. She is still in there yelling at me, so I may have to go in and get her. Not much else going on. Talk to yall later!


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Love, Liberty, Disco

One of my favorite bands is Newsboys. I got to see them in concert a few years back and this has been one of my favorite songs since. I couldn't find it for the playlist, so I thought I would put the video here.

Hope you enjoy this bunches! I will blog more after things simmer down here.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

woah, i'm tired.

So, last night, I was on Lifeskills all night. It was 80 degrees on a small locked in unit with very little ventillation. I looked at the thermostat around 2 am and found it reading 80. This morning, Kenzie was off to school and I slept until Maddie woke up then when Kenzie got home, we put the back seat back into the van and went to Mom's to get Candice and Joshua since they had planned to come back to my house for a day or two before going back to Illinois. We finally got home from going to drop Peppy off to Mom at the shop, and visiting Uncle Ivan since Joshua looks like he did when he was a baby, we wanted him to get to see the baby while they were in town. Then we finally got home around 5pm. So, here I sit getting ready to go to the grocery store, and wanted to catch you all up.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Kenzie's new favorite song...

As I went to lay down, I started the play list for music like I always do when I lay down to sleep and Kenzie busted out with "GIMME THE BEAT BOYS AND FREE MY SOUL, WANNA GET LOST IN UR ROCK AND ROLL" so I just had to put this here for you!

Jonathan Jennings Kindergarten Here We Come!

Today, Kenzie went to school and as soon as she got home from school, she and I made a trip to Jonathan Jennings Elementary School here in Charlestown. I did the pre enrollment for her to be able to go to kindergarten next year. While there, I saw Karen. Nice to see ya chick! So, Kenzie had a kindergarten screening. Now, we are home and I am about to have lunch, do some landry, and then have a nap before going to work tonight. So, I will try and post more tomorrow!


Monday, April 14, 2008


I haven't blogged for a few days because there haven't been things going on here.

Saturday: We stayed home and watched Thunder on the television becase we weren't going to take the kids into the crowd. It was cold anyway. Dustin, Candice, and Joshua went up to Mom's house. Ryan worked until 6pm and expecting traffic to be bad because of the festivities, came home but got here earlier than ever! It was great to just sit around the house and do nothing. I cooked some pre packaged barbecue shredded pork, smoked sausage with sauteed mushrooms and onions, scalloped potatoes and green beens. We had a picnic in the living room while watching the fireworks (I wasn't very happy with them this year.) . Then we all went to bed.

Sunday: Ryan and I got up and got the girls ready for church. We then went out to Acts Full Gospel Church in Borden, Indiana. This is the church that Mom goes to. When we got there, we learned that Jackie (the preacher's wife) has basically given up on life. Pastor Smith told us that he is refusing to put her funeral in order because that to him would be like him giving up on her. Because Jackie is so sick, Fred played acoustic as the praise team sang. Nana led, Mom, Me, Kenzie, Missy, Devon, and Kimmie were the praise team yesterday. I love singing. I am now looking for a good keyboard to brush myself up on playing it. I am hoping that I can learn how to play all of the praise songs that Jackie played. I want to commit my ability to produce music to the Lord (I took some piano lessons as a child). I also commited my time on Saturday to the Gospel Sing/Fish Fry (that would be the Saturday comming). I am going to donate a cake. I am also going to get there at like 3pm since we start cooking at 4pm. They need all the help they can get. If you have nothing to do and would like to come out for a fun christian fellowship, please don't hesitate to let me know, I will get you directions. We then came home, I made the girls lunch, and then I took a nap. At 5pm I was on my way to work.

Monday: Nothing much happening other than Kenzie went to school and Mama Carrrie (one of the girls I work with) sent her some clothes that her grand daughter had grown out of. I love it when the girls from work send stuff home for my kids. Clothes are so expensive anymore and the kids grow out of them so fast, so I am not too proud to take hand me downs for the kids. And they love them. When Cori sent the ones for Maddie, she thought she was in heaven. She loved getting to see all of the "new" stuff Mommy had brought home for her and the same rings true for Kenzie and the stuff that Mama Carrie sent home this morning. So, when Kenzie got on the bus, I napped until Maddie woke up. And now here I sit with nothing more to say, so enjoy this music video I found.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


Mark Wills Don't Laugh At Me.

So many people have some point in their lives when they feel like the words to that song describe. Most of us at some point have had someone in our lives make fun of us. That song means so much to me because as a young child I was made fun of because I didn't have a lot of money, now I am trying to make sure my kids know not to do that to other children.

More My Chemical Romance Videos


All I want for Christmas

As I find more, I will add them to the blog. I loved the teenager song because it sums up how teens these days are in clicques. I dealt with that in high school and hated it. Then one of my favorite christmas songs is All I want for Christmas and so I found MCR's version of it.

Hope you enjoy these and check the next blog for the Cancer video by MCR

Cancer by My Chemical Romance

Some time ago, Angel got me hooked on this group called My Chemical Romance. In time, I found a song called Cancer. When I looked up the words, this is what I found.

Turn away,
If you could get me a drink
Of water 'cause my lips are chapped and faded
Call my aunt Marie
Help her gather all my things
And bury me in all my favorite colors,
My sisters and my brothers, still,
I will not kiss you,
'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving you.
Now turn away,
'Cause I'm awful just to see
'Cause all my hairs abandoned all my body,
All my agony,
Know that I will never marry,
Baby, I'm just soggy from the chemo
But counting down the days to go
It just ain't living
And I just hope you know
That if you say (if you say)
Goodbye today (goodbye today)
I'd ask you to be true (cause I'd ask you to be true)
'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving you
'Cause the hardest part of this is leaving you

With those words up there, I cry when I hear the song because it reminds me so much of what my mom went through when she was suffering from breast cancer. I know through those words how she was feeling during her final days. I just hope that she wasn't suffering too much knowing that we would be ok. I know she is in a better place now, but it is just hard hearing exactly how she must have felt going through it at the time when we really didn't have any radical treatments like we have today just 18 years later.

Now for the video!!!!

I found this on YouTube, so I hope it isn't too pixely!!!

I will post more later!
Ryan, Dawn, Kenzie and Maddie Cox

Friday, April 11, 2008

12 down 24 to go!!!

Last night I had my first 12 hour night shift. The shift went fine. The ride home was challenging. I was only able to sleep for about 3 hours before Ryan and the girls woke me up :(

Maddie has been a lil momma since Joshua came to visit us. She is so cute with him. Totally thinks that she is his mommy.

Kenzie has been equally as well. She thinks it is cool to have a baby in the house. NO WE ARE NOT THINKING ABOUT HAVING ANOTHER!!! Two kids are enough for us.

Mom seems to be feeling better with the antibiotics. The girls are feeling better too.

Dustin and Candice came to town for a visit and were gonna stay with Mom, but we asked them to come to our house since Mom and Pop are sick. Joshua is getting so big. I have pics, and will upload them when I am feeling a little more refreshed! Sleep is a must at this point.

And so before I get myself into any trouble here... I am off to save the pillow! :)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Busy Day

So, today was a really busy day. We got up and found out that my brother was comming to town. We went to Mom's to visit and since she was sick we brought them home with us. So we have 4 adults and 3 children in our house tonight. I will get pics tomorrow. Ryan learned how to do an oil change on his car today. And then we stopped in at "Uncle Punk"'s house. And that was that. So, now I am off to bed so we can all get some sleep before my first 12 hour night shift. I will update you as I can.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Not so quiet day

Hey! Since Kenzie and Maddie are sick, Kenzie of course was still contagious today and the teacher asked me to keep her home for the rest of the week since it is a short week anyway, so she stayed home and boy did I know it! She hates staying home from school. I hated doing it to her, but if she is sick, she is sick. So anyway, she stayed home and fought with her sister all day. Not my favorite day. I did re read the blog from yesterday and forgot to add something. My mom is all concerned about Maddie's legs because she walks a little pigeon toed sometimes. I told this to Dr. Morgan, she said "is she tripping over her feet" I replied "no" she then counter replied with "well then don't worry about her" and "it is normal for some kids to do that at her age" so now with that settled, I hope that will be the end of the ongoing fight over her legs. I took the kids outside again today!!! Maddie and I went to the neighbor's house and she was in heaven! ON THE TRAMPOLINE! It is no wonder we call her a jumping bean! She loves to jump. Maybe she will be an olympic jumper when she gets older. :-) Ryan worked and I did school work today. And now tonight I don't really have any plans for any of us. Maybe make some calls to the out of staters that I haven't been able to get ahold of for a while (hint hint amanda) LOL! Oh by the way, Mom called me today and she also has strep and pink eye! So I had a friend of mine take care of her. She is an ARNP, so she takes care of us when we need scripts! Anyway, enough from the sick family!

Monday, April 7, 2008

A visit with Dr. Morgan....

Friday, the girls spiked temperatures while Mom was keeping them. Here was the result from a visit with Dr. Morgan:


Symptoms: diarreah, fever

Diagnosis: Red throat, let's swab for strep throat. Test came back positive. Oh, look, her eyes look like she is getting conjunctivitis.

Prescriptions: Tobramyacin drops daily for 7 days
Azithromyacin every day for 3 days (it is a stronger antibiotic, so shorter time, but stays in her system for a full 10 days)

Ok, on to :


Symptoms: fever, really bad cough (for 2-3 weeks now) and at school today, green yucky discharge from the nose.

Diagnosis: Sinisitis. Well, since Maddie came back positive for strep, let's check Kenzie. POSITIVE FOR STREP! Even though her throat wasn't red, she was positive for it also!

Treatment: Azithromycin every day for 5 days.

I am so sorry for the girls, but this is the first time they have been this sick in a long time. Too bad Kenzie has to miss school tomorrow, but she will be contagious until tomorrow afternoon. So, she will be back to school on Wednesday.

And now for the low down, other than the kids being sick, nothing going on.... SIKE!!!

Ryan got his car tagged and taken to Pop's house. Pop called today:

Diagnosis: YOU NEED AN OXYGEN SENSOR IN YOUR GAS TANK! Praise God! He said it will cost under 100 to fix it! Yay and he is going to do an oil change and fuel injection cleaning on it too. We should have it back this weekend. Praise God! We will have two cars next week! Yay! I can't wait to not be stranded at home the days that Ryan works 12 hours and it will be so much easier on the kids when we don't have to get up and take Ryan to work on thursdays and tuesdays! Yay! will be so worth it! I will keep you posted on that.

Jackie (the preacher's wift) has been diagnosed with liver and colon cancer. Keep her in your prayers.

Amanda-- is home. More of an update later.

And I think that is all I can think of right now.


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

it is 5:20 am...

and i am home from work. the night went well.... just wasting time waiting up to get kenzie on the bus so that i can go to sleep! have a good day while i nap!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Schedule change...

So, for my blog fans, I thought I would allow you to be the first to know that my schedule is changing. See below:

Tonight: work 10 pm to 4 am.

Saturday: 16 hours
Sunday: 16 hours

Beginning next week:

Thursday April 10th: 6pm to 6am
Sunday: 6pm to 6am
Tuesday: 6pm to 6 am

This will repeat every week. So I will be working shorter shifts, but it will be 3 days and I have never worked nights before, so I know there will be an adjustment period, and I will have to crack down on my school work, but once I accomplish that, I will hopefully be able to be back to blogging like normal. Please bear with me during this transitional time.


School Resumes.... YAY!

And so, school resumed from spring break yesterday! Mommy and Daddy were so very happy about that! Hopefully Kenzie will get back to normal. After she went to school, Maddie did her own thing all day. When Kenzie got home from school, I got ready and went to Kindred of Sellersburg (aka Sellersburg Health and Rehab) and put my application in. I am tired of wasting so much gas to go to work and with the prices rising, I decided to just go somewhere here in Southern Indiana since things have gone from Bad to WORSE where we are working now. I am hoping that I can get a 12 hour shift over at Kindred the opposite days of Ryan. That way we can get the babysitting down to a minimum. Kenzie is having such a hard time with the long days that I work and wants Mommy home with her. We will just have to see what happens. Then upon returning home, we had lunch and when the weather cleared, I went outside and moved more daffodils and crocuses (spelling probably isn't right on that one) to the round flowerbed. I also started working on the long flowerbed with a hand rake and then I stopped. SUDDENLY! and screamed for ryan. I had found 2 snakes. Thank God the kids weren't right there with me. So for the night we were finished with the flowerbed clearing. I am not thrilled that I have to go back out there again today to work on some more of it. I am one of the most snake fearing people you will ever know even if it was just a garden snake. They scare me. I guess I can atribute it to learning that snakes are bad! as a child. Then when we got cleaned up, we all went for a family walk. Maddie in the stroller, Kenzie walking with Mommy and Daddy. We got about 1/2 way around the neighborhood and Kenzie wanted to sit in the stroller too, so we put her in there with Maddie (thank God for the double stroller) and about 1/2 way up a big hill, Ryan pushed them to me and said your turn. Needless to say I am way out of shape and had a huge asthma attack by the time we got home. It took forever to catch my breath. But I am ok now. I will be seeing a doc about getting an inhaler for times like those when I may need one. I don't get like that often, but man that was bad. I think I may take the girls for a short walk today, but not the long one like we did yesterday. I will just have to work up to the long walk. It is tough when you are out of shape, and I let myself stop walking because of the cold weather, but I will have to not do that anymore. We came home, I finally got my breathing back to normal. We had dinner right before we left for the walk, so all that was left was bed time for the kids. We did the baths and off to bed with the girls. Ryan and I then retreated to watch RAW. For those of you who don't know, that would be wresteling. We love it and it is something (kind of sportsy) that we watch together since I won't watch football! Last night was a final goodbye to Ric Flair. He has now retired and it was awesome. See for the highlights on it. And now I am sitting here while Maddie eats and blogging. Kenzie is at school and should be home in about one hour. Well that is all for now. Talk to you later!
The Cox Family