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Sunday, December 21, 2008


So, the last few days have been sort of crazy. The kids are getting hyped up with christmas comming... Here are a few highlights.

Jammie Day at school. This was friday. Kenzie wore her Monkey/Soccer Jammies to school. They watched Polar Express and had cocoa. She had so much fun!

A day with Yaya and Pappy was Saturday because I had to work as did Ryan. They went to see santa. I have a pic, but I will have to scan it to the computer to put it on here. (too much work at the moment). Kenzie went right to him and apparently was so happy to meet him. Pappy sat Maddie on his other knee, (the picture people should have snapped the picture then but didn't) Maddie had the chance to look at Santa and FREAKED OUT! So, only Kenzie got a picture with him, but she said she told him she wants a scooter, books, and clothes and that Maddie wants books and clothes (MADDIE DOES NOT NEED CLOTHES!) I thought it was cute that Kenzie wanted to tell him what her sister who was freaking out wanted.

Baking cookies with Mommy and Yaya (I mean watching Mommy burn her hand getting cookies out of the oven). And yes, I was using a pot holder at the time! We baked gingerbread snowmen, sugar cookies, and cherry chocolate chip cookies. I was not real thrilled with the cherry choco chip ones because they didn't hold together when we were removing them from the baking sheet. No matter what we did to try and make them hold together, they didn't.

So, now I am home seeing all of my blog buddies (except Sulayne and Maria) have blogged and I haven't, so I am having blogger guilt! LOL. We are going to be hanging out a little longer then off to bed with us.

Sickness update: The girls are doing much better thanks to the vaporizer. Ryan is healed. I am still coughing quite a bit and my voice wants to fade in and out but I attribute that to I have to talk a lot on the phones at work being a receptionist, so it doesn't allow adequate time for the larnyx to heal, therefore the laryngitis wants to linger, but I know it won't be much longer before I am completely healed.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

P.S. I am baking a cake on Wednesday and frosting it on Thursday (Providing I have enough energy) for Jesus' birthday. It was Kenzie's idea and I love that tradition of celebrating his birthday!

Friday, December 19, 2008

For Caylee-- May you rest in peace sweet baby!

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008

"Yaya, do you see that pattern?"

I spoke with Carol last night and she was telling me that:

while the girls were at her house (I was sleeping), they were making buckeyes (yummmmmy) and they would roll the peanut butter ball out and then sit them on a plate. About 4 rows back or so, kenzie delcares, "Yaya DO YOU SEE THAT PATTERN?" it was very cool that she recognized the pattern that the buckeys were making!

She also was so very excited about the gingerbread house that she had made. kept asking "did i do a good job?"

such a growing up lil one she is!

For Riley

At Thanksgiving, you told me that you guys had a hard time getting this to stay on your tree, so I pulled it out and tried my best to secure it. I have come to the conclusion that because I have an artificial tree, I was able to bend the branch around it to secure it better! A real tree would just pop back up or break if you did what I did to try and secure this thing, so you would literally have to tie it on with wire and hope that it didn't fall over, but without further ado, a picture for you!
Aunt Dawn

Thursday, December 18, 2008

"I want my daddy" waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

And you think this is going to be just another blog entry right? WRONG! Maddie locked herself in her room tonight on accident! For a few minutes she was screaming hysterically at the door that she was wanting her daddy! He was able to use a wire coat hanger to get to her within a couple of minutes, but man was it scary to know we couldn't get to her! Kenzie was crying that she wanted her sissy! And I was trying to calm them both down. Not fun!

Oh: Congrats Josh and Beth on winning the trip to Cancun!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

a 5 year old...

need i say more? we all know how 5 year olds can be. and mine is quite the same as the other five year olds. not two months ago, she wanted us to throw a beauty and the beast ball for her birthday... now today she wants to go out to eat with just pappy and yaya and daddy, mommy, and sissy and enjoy this cake:
I have a friend on myspace who did this cake and gave me permission to use it... do ya think I can pull it off? we fell in love with this cake when we saw it!

colors say

Your Colors Say You Are Quirky

When you are at peace, you are:

Energized and innovative

When you are moved to act, you are:

Unorthodox and idealistic

When you are inspired, you are:

Spontaneous and adventurous

When your life is perfectly balanced, you are:

Light hearted and funny

Your life's purpose is:

To live a passionate life


Santa lives at the North Pole...
Jesus is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh...
Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year...
Jesus is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stocking with goodies...
Jesus supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited...
Jesus stands at your door and knocks, and then enters your heart when invited.

You have to wait to see Santa...
Jesus is as close as the mention of his name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap...
Jesus lets you rest in his arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, what's your name?"...
Jesus knew your name before we did.
Not only does he know our name,
He knows our addresses too.
He knows our history and future and
He even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly...
Jesus has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is Ho Ho Ho...
Jesus offers health, help and hope.

Santa says, "You better not cry"...
Jesus says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you."

Santa's little helpers make toys...
Jesus makes new life, mends wounded hearts,
Repairs broken homes, and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but...
Jesus gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree...
Jesus became our gift and died on a tree.

It's obvious there is really no comparison. We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about. We need to put CHRIST back into it. Let's all try to help others remember the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


the above is the link to my page on the relay website. it is where you go if you want to donate to the american cancer society under me for the relay for life!

ryan... overtime

forgot to add to the last one that ryan was approached at work tonight and accepted: OVERTIME! In this economy, overtime isn't something we see often, but when we do it is a good thing! He has to go in to work tomorrow morning at 10 to accompany someone to the doctors and doesn't get off of work until 11 tomorrow night which is a whopping 13 hour shift (translates into 5 hours overtime), but we will take whatever we can get at this time! happy holidays to all!

this bed is made for 2

as many of you know, maddie and kenzie finally got twin size beds in their room. as of the last few nights, we have been sleeping in there with them so that we could all benefit from the vaporizer and when i am all totally healed, I will head back into my bed, but for now, I have been sharing a twin size bed with a 2 year old. she is so sweet in her sleep. just snuggles up to me like a lil teddy bear! but anyway, that wasn't the reason for this post, Kenzie has always been our trouble child when it comes to bed time. she has always wanted to sleep with us. tonight she and i had a heart to heart and she understands that her bed is safe and that is where she needs to sleep, so with that said, "Mommy, I want a bath and bed" was what I heard. So I bathed them and they ran to their room. Each jumping into their own bed and laying down... Within a half hour, they were both sound asleep! PRAISE THE LORD! My house is quiet! I dunno what to do with a quiet house! It is sooooo nice! I think I will re re redecorate the tree (2 year old hands like to un decorate it daily) and then turn on some music and get a few things around here done. (Like working out a budget!) and then off to shower with me and to BED! those are the major things that are going on in our house right now. my voice keeps comming and going, but tonight for some reason out of no where I had a voice and could talk with the girls for about 2 hours... LOL. I will keep the hot liquids and humidifier going so that it continues to get better. talk more tomorrow i hope!

night shift getting me

again.... i can't seem to sleep at night. i then in return have to try and catch up on sleep when ryan is home. i blame this on the fact that i work most nights of the week. i still have no voice, but i don't really feel bad except when i start coughing up moucus. which is a good thing. i need to get the gunk out from around my voice box so that my voice will come back. mucinex seems to be helping to thin it out so that it comes up easier, and yes i am drinking as much water as i can tolerate. other than that nothing much happening. kenzie is at school and i am about to go get her. maddie is maddie and ryan is at work.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

still coughing.... hoarse... dry eyes.... etc

i am still coughing, although, not as bad as I was (I don't think), i am still hoarse. I actually sound like a frog from what i understand. Carol and the admissions advisor here at work both said that yesterday to me. my eyes are drying out due to the antibiotics they have me on and i am take another medication to clear up the moucus and that also drys you out. so all in all, i don't feel as good as i wish i was feeling. i try to do all i can, i just am still sick. i won't be going around and seeing anyone until this all passes. the girls are heading to orlando today with ryan and his parents, so that is that, maybe i can get some good sleep tonight. talk more later.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We are Santa's Elves, Watch us do disco!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

I found this on one of Maria's Cousins Blogs! Love it! Be sure to turn off my music and turn up your volume so you can hear the disco!

Even though Times are Tough

We all find a way to help out in some little way. I met a girl whom will remain nameless for privacy reasons, who has 3 children and NO money for Christmas. I told her that I couldn't buy presents for her kids because of the economy and not having much money myself, she said, "I don't expect anything from anyone and my children know the issues with money this year." So, I have gone through the girls' toys and am giving them to her girls for christmas. It isn't much, but it is so much more than what they would have had. I felt so sorry for her situation, so this blog is just meant to uplift those who are down on times right now. I can't do a lot, but I know those girls will be so very excited to get a few little things for christmas. I just wish there were more I could do.


Christmas History..

each year 30-35 million christmas trees are sold in the u.s.

trees grow for about 15 years before they are sold.

rockefeller center tradition was started in 1931 by construction workers.

found that info and thought it was interesting... so wanted to share.....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Anonymous Comment in November

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am reading your post by wandering through pages. I would like to help. I have been where you are & others reached out to my family. Christmas does not have to suspended, especially with for those 2 little ones that you have.
What can I do?

The above comment was left on my blog on November 4th. I didn't find it until tonight. Please if you are reading this post e mail me at so that I can thank you for caring!

See, there are kind souls left in the world afterall!

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10pm, scratching crying, broke out in hives.

Mommy: applied hydrocortizone cream

12 am:

Maddie: took benadryl.


Maddie threw up all over mommy!

110 am:

Maddie rolls over and goes right to sleep not to bother mommy again tonight.

I have no clue what it was but after she chucked, she was fine! Her hives were going away right after she got the cream and benadryl, so I am not sure what it was, but she is doing well today. Just thought you might want an update.

I have been drinking a lot of hot tea and it seems to be workin on my throat. I have my voice a little more today! :) I can't wait to be able to talk again.

mommy owwww!

get out the benadryl and hydrocortizone cream! maddie broke out in the hives a little bit ago! it will be a long night at the cox house! (if she isn't feeling better by friday, she will be skipping shelby's party)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

kenzie is

doing great. she keeps comming home with these check star papers! the check star papers mean that she got it perfect! a check plus means minor errors. so all in all she is doing great. she doesn't complain with her ear and takes her "yummy" medicine fine, it is the "yucky" medicine (that ya ya made me take) that she hates. the yucky is the cough medicine. maddie is fussy tonight, but other than that she is doing ok. she missed her nap today. ryan is doing very well. he was the lucky one and only ended up with a cold. we three girls though got it bad. i am resting my vocal box as much as i can, but sometimes you just have to talk you know. things are picking up at work so i think they will be putting me on to work on tuesdays 12am to 830 as a cna in addition to my work as a receptionist up front. that will be really good and then as soon as they approve over time for us, i will take advantage of that too. more later fussy baby

Monday, December 8, 2008

"I will do my homework later"

so the fighting has begun. she wants to play and not do her homework, but hey that is typical for children isn't it? she wanted to watch a recorded grays anatamy instead of doing her words of the week. they happen to be:

i do think that she is doing fairly well, although sometimes it is hard to read her writing and that is something that we will have to continue working on as is her speech.

the kids can't wait for santa to come, but me myself, i could take it or leave it this year. i am still sick and don't feel the holiday spirit this year like i did last year. too bad...

megan and maria seem to be doing well with their pregnancies. I pray for tibblet number 2 and lincoln daily.

to all of my readers who are sick, i hope you get feeling better namely: ryan, kenzie, maddie, amanda, roy and myself!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I got this in my e mail from our friends Cathy and Maxx

A Different Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,
I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.
My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,
My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.
Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,
Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear.
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.
Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.
"What are you doing?" I asked without fear,
"Come in this moment, it's freezing out here!
Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!"
For barely a moment I saw his eyes shift,
Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..
To the window that danced with a warm fire's light
Then he sighed and he said "Its really all right,
I'm out here by choice. I'm here every night."
"It's my duty to stand at the front of the line,
That separates you from the darkest of times.
No one had to ask or beg or implore me,
I'm proud to stand here like my fathers before me.
My Gramps died at 'Pearl on a day in December,"
Then he sighed, "That's a Christmas 'Gram always remembers."
My dad stood his watch in the jungles of 'Nam',
And now it is my turn and so, here I am.
I've not seen my own son in more than a while,
But my wife sends me pictures, he's sure got her smile.
Then he bent and he carefully pulled from his bag,
The red, white, and blue... an American flag.
I can live through the cold and the being alone,
Away from my family, my house and my home.
I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet,
I can sleep in a foxhole with little to eat.
I can carry the weight of killing another,
Or lay down my life with my sister and brother..
Who stand at the front against any and all,
To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall."
"So go back inside," he said, "harbor no fright,
Your family is waiting and I'll be all right."
"But isn't there something I can do, at the least,
"Give you money," I asked, "or prepare you a feast?
It seems all too little for all that you've done,
For being away from your wife and your son."
Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret,
"Just tell us you love us, and never forget.
To fight for our rights back at home while we're gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long.
For when we come home, either standing or dead,
To know you remember we fought and we bled.
Is payment enough, and with that we will trust,
That we mattered to you as you mattered to us."

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many
people as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our
U.S service men and women for our being able to celebrate these
festivities. Let's try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for us.

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq

Friday, December 5, 2008

right ear infection, left ear infection, bronchitis (i think)

we went to the doctor today. maddie is only 26 pounds still! kenzie is healthy except for her left ear is infected. maddie has a right ear infection. both girls are having some upper respritory infection going on. i wasn't given a diagnosis, but put on the medication that is typical for bronchitis. the doc wasn't very happy with my lung sounds being that i have asthma, so he gave me another inhaler and an antibiotic! Not such a happy house when we are sick. on a lighter note,

AMANDA IS MY KIDS BEST FRIEND! she sent more clothes for the girls. they had a blast looking through some of them today. maddie especially loved the boots she foun d in the crate. hats off to aunt amanda once again! thanks a billion.

hopefully we will be feeling better in a day or two.



maddie was playing with ryan's computer and decided to restart it! only, it wouldn't boot back up for a couple of days, but all is well now. we are all still sick, but on a lighter note, ryan and maddie had an argument today! it was:

ryan: my mommy

maddie: My Mommy

ryan: My Mommy

Maddie: MY MOMMY!

Ryan: My Mommy


and so you have it! Never argue with a 2 year old concerning who's Mommy I am! LOL! It was the funniest thing. I even got Kenzie and Maddie to argue it so I could create a voice note on my phone to send out to some friends! Too cute!

Doctors visits for the girls tomorrow. will let you all know how that goes!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Night 2....

in the new twin size beds. All is good! Both of the girls were asleep within 1/2 hour. Quiet house is gooooood! I am about to go take a nice long hot shower and hopefully I will be feeling better in the morning. Just wanted to let everyone know how the transition to their room is going. :)

Kenzie is still singing this:

All the small things
True care, truth brings
Ill take one lift
Your ride best trip
Always, I know
Youll be at my show
Watching, waiting, commiserating

Say it aint so, I will not go
Turn the lights off, carry me home
Na, na......

Late night, come home
Work sucks, I know
She left me roses by the stairs
Surprises let me know she cares

Say it aint so, I will not go
Turn the lights off, carry me home
Na, na......

Say it aint so, I will not go
Turn the lights off, carry me home
Keep your head still, Ill be your thrill
The night will go on, my little windmill

Say it aint so, I will not go
Turn the lights off, carry me home
Keep your head still, Ill be your thrill
The night will go on, my little windmill

"Mom, my room is a hotel"

Roy and Mr. Carter went and got the girls their beds yesterday. We got them put together and they slept in their room last night. :) This morning, Kenzie delcared, "Look Mom, my room is a hotel!" Too funny.

We are still sick. Hopefully things will be much better in a day or two.