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Monday, September 29, 2008

making menu's in this house is hard

I am trying to make menu's for the next two weeks for dinner's. It is so hard to please everyone. Ryan is so picky. I mean, he won't eat:
*beans and cornbread
*chili
*spanish rice
*tomato soup (grilled cheese night)
*grumbled at hot chicken salad
*jalepeno cornbread
*chicken pot pie

so what am I to do? I mean this guy is like, if you fix that, you have to cook something different for me! so not fair! I think he should learn that if he doesn't like something he can make a sandwich. otherwise he can eat what we eat. this really isn't teaching the girls good habits...

so if you have any ideas for a picky eater, comment them up baby!

Frugal Frenzie

Ok, so I have decided with the state of the economy, it is time to get back to basics. I have begun the task of making as many of the convenience foods that we typically buy myself. This means crackers too! Although they aren't that expensive, they are even cheaper to make myself and don't take that long! I think that is awesome! I have found this website sometime ago. It is called budget101. It has so many great ideas! I love it. So anyway, you know what I am doing.. Oh and, I am about to try some green products as well to assist with the problem of global warming! What is happening to me????

Saturday, September 27, 2008

a scene from csi

so today we had an all in all good day. we got up... did some work... got showered, dressed and went to surprise pappy and the guys at the club. we hadn't seen tommy since kenzie was born and when she was born, all the guys were just great! anyway, we had lunch at the club with pappy.. went home... tommy called, ryan and pappy went to get the pressure washer from him and then gas and a sprayer.... the pressure washed the back porch after clearing all of pappy and ya ya's furniture and plants off of it... then pappy was off to the store... we then had panfried fresh snapper and hotdogs.. we ate outside at the patio furniture which is temporarily in the yard... it was so nice... then a quick clean up and off to the park with all of us.. i helped a lady find her way around the subdivision on the way home and then put the dishes away from the dishwasher while charlie and judy's cat scared the life out of me and kenzie... she had gotten on top of the refrigerator and jumped down about that time kenzie screamed and i jumped... maddie yells CAT! so funny... anyway... the boys came home... we stayed til Maddie got fussy came home... on the way home, i jump out of the van when i see the church across the street from kenzie's school... parking lot looked a lot like a scene from csi. the police found a dead body in the dumpster... they had this white fabric and lights around the dumpster... the crowd of spectators told me that they were trying to pull the body out... what is this world comming to? crazy isn't it... you just never know what is going to happen... so ryan comes back around and i get back in the car... we come home... ryan walks back down there.. kenzie and maddie go to bed... all in all good day with the exception of the scene at the church! crazy crazy crazy!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

busyiness.. like normal here lately

so, we are busy like always. ryan goes to work in the morning. i get the girls ready and take kenzie to school (via a 10 minute walk each way). maddie and come home, have breakfast, i work on anything that needs done including school work. by the time i get just a bout settled and everything in order, it is time to feed maddie lunch. then she naps (allows for some mommy time), followed by another trip to the school to pick kenzie up from school. we come home, have what i call homework time which consists of writing, reading, etc. I am also trying to get her speech in there somehow. then by that time, i start cooking dinner. ryan comes home, we eat, do dishes, bathe/shower the kids, get them ready for bed and it is off to bed with them. i then have time to finish up any unfinished business like the homework i started earlier in the day, put a load in the washer, and tidy up the living room. i make it to bed around midnight and begin again. what will i do when i finally get to working as the facility has a grand opening soon? who knows because i will have to fit everything in after 5pm... grrr! but such is life. we are also thinking about putting kenzie in swimming lessons. that would be great for her. we went and checked the prices of them and while we were getting info from the ymca, she saw the kids on the SOCCER field and wanted to get info on that too. i am only allowing her to pick one of the two at a time. if she wants to do swimming, that will be in april, so i will have to really see what she wants to do first... maddie just thought the place was cool. so, that is what is going on in our lives!


CONGRATS CHRIS AND MEGAN ON FINDING THE SEX OF THE BABY! WE ARE SO EXCITED FOR ALL OF YOU (RUFUS INCLUDED)

Love,
The Cox Family

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

school

So, I have a phone appoint with the advisor on Weds. I can't wait. I am also excited because I only have 2.5 years left on the degree! Whoot! By the time I get my degree, Maddie will be heading to Kindergarten and Ryan and I can start working the same hours! It will be wierd, but worth it! Also, I am in the just past the 1/2 way point for my current class. It isn't really as bad as I thought it would be. I am taking in a lot of information and finding that I already knew a lot about this class and didn't even realize it. I will be taking Business Math next term. Candy already took it and if the book is still the same, she is letting me borrow it so there won't be an extra cost of a book. That is great. To top it off, she says it is a pretty easy class. I can't wait. After I get done with this term, I only have 7 classes remaining for my core classes, then all that is left is electives. I chose to take the core classes first so that I wasn't waiting for them to come around again towards the end of my degree. I will keep everyone posted as I get closer to graduation. It will feel so good to have my degree. Let me tell ya! I can't believe that I will be the first of me and my brothers to have graduated from college! I already have a good job, I am just looking for more advancement opportunities, therefore, I have taken on a challenge, and it is totally worth it! Hope all is well in Indiana as they are getting the power back on and things are getting back to normal. Maddie hasn't been feeling well. She is getting a cold. Coughing a lot and a clear runny nose. She isn't running a temp though, so that is good. Kenzie is starting to see that Daddy is working and it won't change, so we are getting to implement some changes in the house here. HOUSE RULES! I have never been one to be really strict on my kids, but I am finding that I have to start doing this if there is ever going to be a less chaotic environment for them. They are doing well with it for now.... And that is that. More to come later!

Monday, September 22, 2008

a few notes...

Ryan worked almost 30 hours last week between wednesday and staurday.

kenzie is loving school and did her homework very well tonight.

maddie is learning how to sing twinkle twinkle little star

heather asked me to come to work in the evenings to do reception until the facility opens fully so i can go in to the nursing department.

the research paper this term isn't getting any funner.

my class for next term isn't going to be one of my favorites.... BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

ummm.... making christmas lists.... ideas that is.... and then trying to figure out some other things as well....

and that about sums it up for me.

i am tired, so i am off for bed.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fun Weekend

So, Kenzie had a blast. From roasting hot dogs over the fire pit, the water fight with Uncle Derrick, Swimming with Riley and Shelby, Going to Target with Grammy, Riley, and Shelby, The movie with Grammy, Riley, and Shelby... Her weekend was action packed! She loved it. Roy and Carol have pictures on their new camera and when I get them e mailed to me, I will be sure to post them. She says that she can't wait to see Shelby again!

I did a surprise for her this weekend as well. I went on to her webkinz account and got her gem for yesterday. It happened to be the last one she needed for the Crown of Wonder! I immediately called to tell her and Riley. Riley was very excited about it. Kenzie wouldn't talk to me, but wanted to know all about it when she got home today. We went over and cooked dinner for Roy today since he had his surgery on Thursday. He is doing well. Maddie has been such a joy! She even fell asleep standing up today! I wish I could have gotten a pic of it! Too funny. She would start to slump down and then stand back up all while sleeping. Ryan is doing ok. I am getting Kenzie's lunch packed, so I better be going! Have a good week all!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Going to "Yaya's"

So, Carol, Amanda, and I had this idea that since Carol was going to watch Riley and Shelby this weekend, she could take Kenzie with her. I didn't tell Kenzie she was going to see her cousins in Orlando. Amanda didn't tell Riley and Shelby that Kenzie was comming. It was all good... Or so I thought. After I had told Kenzie that Ryan was taking her to meet Yaya at her office, then she would take her to dinner before going home, Kenzie was ok when she left here. She was cool with it for a while in the car. Then when they got to McDonalds, Carol broke down. She said she couldn't get Kenzie to leave the play place there at the Mickey D's. So she said some thing like "Kenzie come on. We gotta go. We are going to Riley and Shelby's house for the weekend". I guess that got her attention because when I talked to her last, she was about 20 minutes from Amanda and Deke's house and Kenzie was sound asleep in the Explorer. I am sure she will have a great weekend. Apparently, Shelby had planned on wanting to teach Kenzie how to swim the next time she saw her, so it will be a great surprise for Shelby and Riley. Carol was going to get some little swimmie wings for Kenzie's arms so that they can safely get in the pool. After last Christmas when she fell in the pool, I was really a little scared when I heard about Shell Bell wanting to teach Kenzer how to swim! I don't know why but I guess it is just one of those Mommy things. Maddie has been great tonight. She just wants to go to Yaya's so she can "WING" . They have a hammock out on the back porch and she loves to swing in it with me. There is also a park within walking distance from their house that we walked them to the last time we were there so she remembers that. Ryan has been working a lot more this week. He worked 2 days at a temp agency, then on the second day he went and checked in on the facility and when Arnie saw him, he put Ryan to work. So he worked 5 hours in the morning at the temp job, then 4 hours at the facility Wednesday night, 9 hours Thursday and Friday, tomorrow he is working from 7a to 2p.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Pictures

On her way to school the first week. Cast and all. The cast is long gone, but I haven't posted pics up in quite some time.
Maddie and I met some friends for a lunch date at chuck e cheese. She loved bob the builder!
The girls got these really cool flip flops. They have crocheted around the plastic that makes the thong! They love them. Kenzie's are pink. Maddie is such a shoe person. She will take any shoes she can get her feet on.
Holding Daddy's hand on the way home from school one day.
Singing High School Musical Songs with Yaya. Notice the shoe queen was at it again. She found these in carol's room somewhere! And to top it off, the microphones were musical instruments!

27 Month Cinderella


So Maddie is now 27 Months old. It is hard to believe. Here are some of her favorite things to do right now.





*Clean. I don't just mean pretend clean either. She wants to vacuum, Sweep, Swiffer, and today I caught her at the sink trying to wash the dishes with a dry sponge!


*Play with Daddy.


*Dance


*Walk Sissy to school.


*Talk


*Iron!


*read books


*cuddle Baby and Barney

*take a shower with mommy
*water the plants outside (mainly annoy mommy so she will spray me)


She also talks to herself all the time. We don't do a lot of TV time with her because Kenzie is addicted to that appliance, so we keep the tv off and just listen to the radio. She dances and tries to sing along.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

meeting with the teacher...

Last night, Ryan went to the open house at school with Kenzie. I didn't go because I had a conference this morning with her teacher, so I skipped the Open House. I know slakker! But, I didn't see any sense in going last night only to be told the same general stuff as what I would get today and not be able to have question time. So, Mrs. Phipps said that we can continue doing the same stuff with Kenzie that we have been doing. She will be getting language help as well as reading and speech! It is great! Kenzie is doing a great job at school, but the teacher did say that as we all know it will be a struggle for Mackenzie for this year, so she is happy that we are being proactive about her education. I will post more when I have more time! g2gfn!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

F.A.M.I.L.Y

Fantastic
Adventurous
Mellow
Interesting
Lovable
Young

This is what family is. No matter what the age is, you are still YOUNG AT HEART! I have one of the most awesome families and I wanted to let everyone know it!

Mom- although you didn't give birth to me and we have had our battles, we are still some of the closest friends. I hope we can carry that for the rest of our lives!

Pop- I haven't known you for very long, but you mean the world to me. You have done things for us that a step dad normally wouldn't. You have taken on two of the worlds most precious little girls as your own grand daughters and they love you for it! They always ask me "When can I see Papa again?" Ok, so Maddie just hollars "PaPaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa".

Ryan- I couldn't even begin to describe everything I love about you. You are a wonderful dad. You are trying so hard with the girls and that I can love forever! You take time out to spend a few minutes with me even though you are worn out and have to get up at 4am to go to work. You are there when I need you and that is what means the most to me.

Kenzie- You are my little miracal baby. You will always be. You are such a smart little girl. Who knew the girl who has a speech/developmental delay at five years old would be able to navigate the internet? We have had to limit your time on the computer because you love playing on nick jr, playhouse disney, and pbs so much. You are an awesome big sister. You love to cuddle Maddie. You and Maddie have been sleeping together here lately while we are working on getting your beds set up. Which has proven to be quite difficult.

Maddie-you are my ANGEL sent from above. You made it even though the odds were against you in the beginning. We didn't know if you would make it or not. You are my PERFECT angel. You love to help mommy and daddy around the house. Just today I found you standing on a step stool with the iron (unplugged I might add for the adults reading this) just ironing away. It was so cute. I wish I had my camera, but it was in the van. You help me water the plants. You are such a wonderful addition to our small family.

Roy- What can I say? Don't wanna say too much... (I might be referred to as a "brown noser") LOL! You are a great role model. Times may be tough, but as a family we will all get through.

Carol- You have taught me so much in the last few years. Ryan would swear that you taught me how to shop, but I would have to disagree. I knew how to shop, just didn't have the passion for it before I met you! You are the best Mother in Law! I love you so much! Thank you for everything you do to make this family what it is now!

Grandma Tigger- Although some may think you are a crazy lady, I think that this family needs a crazy lady to keep us in check! We have missed playing cards with you over the last few years and can't wait to get back to it. We really enjoyed getting to spend last Christmas with you at Derrick and Amanda's house. Can't wait to see you again!

Derrick- I am sure that Ryan can go on about how awesome of a brother you are, but he is asleep, so I am left to do this on my own. You are an awesome UNCLE! The girls love you to death! Kenzie is always telling me about wanting to see Unk Deke! That is what she has been referring to you since Maddie started talking. Maddie see's the pic of you holding her in Ohio and then the one from last Christmas and just smiles. I think she has really grown to love you! I hope we will have many more good memories with you!

Amanda- You are such a generous person. You are a wonderful shopper! You always know what to get for the girls for presents. You are a very crafty person! I love that I have someone I can ask questions when needed.... Although sometimes, I find solutions before I get an e mail back (but such is life). I only hope that when my girls are your girls ages, that they will think I am as awesome of a mom as you are! You taught me to come out of my shell some what and even hooked me on some drinks (strawberry colada, margarita, ammaretto). I will never forget the italian shot followed by margarita chaser the one thanksgiving.

Riley- You, my dear, are such a special little girl (ok, so you are a big girl now). You have shown me that you can be anything you want! You are always a happy thought for me. When I am feeling down all I have to do is see those BIG, BEAUTIFUL BLUE EYES! and, I can smile and know that everything will work out because RILEY says so! (ok so you didn't say that, but I can pretend can't I?). You are a great role model for your sister and cousins. I can't wait for the four of you to get a little older and be able to hang out more! It will be interesting the kind of advice you give each other.

Shell Bell- you are your own person. You are so silly and smart. You and Kenzie are only 7 weeks apart, and I wouldn't change that for the world. Kenzie loves you so much. I know that you will be there when she needs you as you get older. She is always telling me that "Shelby is my BEST FRIEND" and I have to believe it. She remembers getting in trouble with you at Christmas time. I can't wait to see you again. You and Kenzie have grown up way tooooo fast! You shouldn't be 5 already!

Kevin- My big brother. You have done things your own way all of your life. You have taught me to never give up. Thanks for being my source of information when I need it.

Candy- one of my best friends. I love ya gal!

Joyce- you are my other momma! I will always call you when I need to! I am here for you if you need me. I miss seeing you already and it's only been one month.

Nick- the first born nephew. You are such a big little man now. I know that we fight sometimes because you are bullheaded, but just know that I love you little boy!

Anthony-- or should I say "Kevin Jr." you are so much like your daddy. Don't let it get you in trouble.

Sis- we have had our issues, but we are adults and we got over it. thanks for being my shoulder when i needed someone to lean on.

There are so many more, but I am running out of time. I hope you all know that each and everyone who is close to me you have a special place in my heart. Some of those people are : Pappy, Dan, Carolyn, Taylor, Dave, Vicki, Grandpa Craig, Danny, Sam, Courtney, Chase, Q-Tip, Johnny Bravo, Dusty Devil, Candace, Joshua, All my friends from CHS, etc. The list goes on... We are very happy to have all of you in our lives and hope that you know it. Thank you all for doing your part in the family.

Love,
The Cox Family

Sunday, September 14, 2008

"Tank OOO Manna"

Ok, so I know I have you trying to figure out what the title means right? Well, Amanda and Derrick have sent Maddie tons of clothes that their girls out grew. I have been reminding Maddie that Aunt Amanda and Uncle Derrick were the ones that sent them, so she runs around the house screaming "TANK OOO MANNA" and she is trying to say, "Thank You Amanda" it is just toooooo cute. She has really loved going through all of the clothes. Oh and "SOOOOOOOOOS! MOMMY, SOOOOOOOOS!" She really got a kick out of the bag of "ocks" that you sent her. She loves crocs! They are her favorite shoes right now. I think because they are really easy for her to get on. So, I am going through and trying to seperate according to size, but the hard thing is getting all of the 4's in one container since what Amanda sent took up my largest rubbermaid container and I haven't even gotten to my 4's that Kenzie had from when she was younger. I know I will figure it out, just will take some time! So THANK YOU!

Kenzie is loving us reading to her finally. I have some pics and video's to put up here soon for you all.

Ryan is struggling to hold on in fantasy football this week.

I am doing a pretty good job with my school for this term.

And that is the cox update!

Oh, Maddie just started somethign new. When she gets mad, she states, "BYE!" then goes to her room. When she is over it, she knocks on the door to tell us to come open it. Too funny. Putting herself in time out.

Friday, September 12, 2008

what do you wanna do with that extra stuff around the house?

FREECYCLE IT! You heard me, I believe in helping others, so the stuff you have around the house that you no longer want/need, give it a good home. If you know a friend or family member who could use it, give it to them, otherwise list it on www.freecycle.org and see who needs it. It is a great way to help others out while clearing out space that is needed for your stuff you do use on a regular basis. Also, I found a really cool cottage bed for Maddie on there. Ryan went and got it tonight! AWESOME! Billy said if it wasn't picked up it was going to the trash! It was a great pick up because we needed a bed for Maddie, and now we have one. Real budget saver too! Also, I have a friend who is putting together a frame for a twin size mattress that I have for Kenzie! I have a twin size headboard with storage in the garage! Awesome! I just love it! Anything anyone needs can be found pretty simply on the website!

Kenzie is so excited to go back to school on Monday. Why can't school go seven days a week? She would be up for it although most kids wouldn't. She loves her school!

Maddie is continuing to learn things. Today she came running yelling "MOMMY 'OWIN, 'OWIN! 'OOK, 'OWIN, 'OWIN" to tell me that the lawn guy was outside mowing our yard! It was so cute. She has also learned how to try both of us. If she is mad at Ryan, it is "I 'ANT MY MOMMY" and if she is mad at me it's, "I 'ANT MY DADDY". So as you can all see she is putting sentences together and expressing her needs really clearly.

Ryan is the same and so am I.

TTYL!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lots going on in the future.

I have joined up with a group of my friends and we are planning some get togethers. We will be doing play dates at each other's houses. We are hoping to be able to do a christmas party in december. i am also hoping that in the future we can have some mdo activities (mom's day out). in addition to this we are working on a recipe book to share our favorite recipes. we are also doing a babysitting swap starting soon so that we can just swap with one of the girls. I would watch April's two kids so she can have mommy time, and she would swap another night with me to watch my two kids. I think it will really work out well for all of us.

Kenzie is starting to learn some sight words. She can already recognize the words I, A, and Can. I know it is only three words, but she is learning that is what matters most at this moment. I can't wait for her to learn more words as she progresses in Kindergarten.

Maddie came up to me today and said, "MOMMY BATHROOM!" so she too is learning more and more as time goes by.

Arnie is workin on getting us in St. Pete until our facility is open (in like 2 weeks it opens), so that is a good thing.

That is about all that is going on with us right now.

Monday, September 8, 2008

why do women cry?

A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?" "Because I'm a woman," she told him."I don't understand," he said.
His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will."
Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?" "All women cry for no reason," was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on the phone, he asked, "God, why do women cry so easily?"
God said:"When I made the woman she had to be special.
I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world, yet gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.
And finally, I gave her a tear to shed.
This is hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed."
"You see my son," said God, "the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides."
Please send this to five beautiful women you know today. If you do, something good will happen - You will boost another woman's self-esteem!

Christmas Wishes in the Cox House

As some of you know, I tend to try and shop very early for Christmas. I have been trying to get some ideas going for this year. I asked Kenzie what she wanted Santa to bring her this year and her reply was, "Mommy, I want you to bring me a scooter and Daddy buy me a MOTORCYCLE. A pink one. Not like Pappys. I want a little one." I just thought it was tooooooo cute since she can't stand to hear a motorcycle running near us in the car. So, I am kicking up some thoughts for everyone else also. If you know that you are on our list and have any ideas please e mail me so I can adjust the list accordingly. I know that some of you are going to be wanting a list from me.

*Ryan has a list of fiesta that I want (e mail him if you need it)
*The new fiesta color this year is ivory
*Ryan has a list of cake decorating supplies I need (he is thinking about getting some for our anniversary next month so get with him if you wanna contribute to my obsession of cake decorating).
*this really cool new gizmo for my kitchen aide mixer (again e mail ryan if you need the deets)
*an extra mixing bowl for the mixer
* my american cake decorating magazine subscription is no more. I forgot to renew it, so I would like that in addition to a subscription to mbn (mailbox news) it is another cake decorating magazine.
*among other games are you smarter than a 5th grader for the wii

and I will update my list as I find things I might want. I have gone into the DO NOT BUY FOR YOURSELF mode.

The kids are doing great.

Kenzie is really getting into books.

Dawn

Friday, September 5, 2008

Priceless....

Uncle So, Ryan, Carol and Roy went to a memorial service for Uncle Buck today. Afterwards, they came home and we all walked to the school to get Kenzie.... She didn't know that we were comming, so she got so excited and started running to the fence... HER PANTS FELL TO HER ANKLES! And she struggled to run and pull them up at the same time... it was totally embarrassing I am sure... Then on the way home, Carol, Kenzie, Maddie and I were holding hands and Kenzie hollars, "Pappy hold Daddy's hand!" so we have had one of the most interestingly priceless afternoons... Ryan was rolling a ball around him as he sat in the living room and the girls chased it as if they were dogs chasing their tails... Too funny!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Daddy, why does that have to come off?

Yesterday, Ryan took Kenzie to have her cast removed and get an x ray to make sure things were ok. They were. Kenzie was upset that her cast had to be taken off. Here is a quick pic before the internet kicks me off again... I have been having trouble with it and so I do as much as I can at once and then have to either go to Yaya and Pappy's or wait it out for the net to stop being so tempremental.

This was taken on my cell phone. I always send them to my e mail, so I am able to share when they are cute pics. We were all walking home from picking Kenzie up from school and I couldn't resist the sisterly love.

Hope all is well.

The Cox Family

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Weekend....

This past weekend was interesting.... On saturday, we went and picked Kenzie up from "Yaya" and "Pappy" 's house. Sunday, Carol called asking for my carpet cleaning machine, so we were on our way back to their house. Carol and I painted baskets. The girls helped her clean the upholstry on her sectional. Ryan tried to contain the kids at times.... It was interesting. We made plans to go to the Hindmans for Labor Day. Come Monday, I was having trouble with some of my homework, so I stayed home and Ryan, Kenzie, Maddie, Yaya, and Pappy went to the Hindman's house. The girls played in the pool and had a great time. I haven't got much more to report, but I seem to be getting a handle on this homework. I should have a better week next week. Hopefully there won't be any more issues with it this week. Maddie is getting upset now though so I better go.