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Monday, December 21, 2009

mommy's sick again

So, I had a cold a few weeks ago and saturday morning i work up sick again. I am hoping that I will be feeling good enought to go to Busch Gardens tomorrow. See, I was given tickets to Busch for a christmas present, but they have to be used before christmas day, so I took tomorrow off of work so that I could go (well switched days prior to me getting sick). I have been feeling so bad that I took an additional 2 sick days. So now I just hope to be feeling better soon. I will be uploading pics here since I got a 32 in 1 adapter and can now use my memory card to upload to the comp. Let's see here... christmas excitement is going on and that's about it. pics later tonight... gotta get ready to go get kenzie from the bus now.

mommy'

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

haven't felt like writing

i know i have become a bad blogger, but honestly, i haven't felt like blogging... lately you can see more via my facebook status than you can here... hopefully i will feel like blogging again soon

Saturday, November 28, 2009

a busy day

last night, i had scrapbooking.. It wasn't until 2 am that I looked over at the clock and figured out I should be going to bed... LOL. we got up went to the flea market for a couple of things, then met up with carol for pictures with santa and more shopping. we then flew to her house.. put up the fall decor and got christmas suff down and headed home. i am ready to fall asleep now! kenzie and i did make a special thank you card for a very special person!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Scrappin' from the heart!!!!

I had another scrappin' meet at my apartment with Angelena on Friday night. We had so much fun. I am finding that I love doing this because I get to spend time with my bestie and dive into the memories of whatever pages/pictures we are creating that night. I started working on a "Fun in the Sun" page for Kenzie's book and another page for Maddie's book. I will charge my camera, find the adapter and put pics on here as soon as I get the pages finished. Can't wait to meet again on Friday night! More to come.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dear Santa

Dear Santa,
I know you are very busy and you are getting lots of letters, but I hope you find this one in the mix of all of the others. My mommy and Daddy have to work Christmas Day, so could you please delay coming for me and my sissy until the day after christmas. Oh, and one more thing, come to Yaya and Pappy's house for us since that is where we want to have our christmas. Now for the best part, Santa here are our lists.

Kenzie wants a wii and some wii games.
Maddie wants a train track and some engines to chug around it.

Thank you and we love you,
Kenzie and Maddie

christmas is comming

so, i keep trying to find new ideas for everyone in my family. carol has given me a list, so has derrick and amanda... i know what i am getting riley. shelby is done... kenzie is almost done... maddie i haven't even begun on. ryan hasn't informed me of what he is desiring to recieve. and the same rings true for roy... grandma, well, i am just trying to decide on her... my mom i have part of hers done.... do the holidays ever end? i would guess not for me... i start early (i started in july this year, but somehow got behind on my gift buying... ) what am i gonna do to get caught up? who knows... LOL although, i can't wait for christmas because i am getting excited about what the kids are getting... LOL... i have also asked ryan to get me something really big, so we will see if he follows through with what i have asked him to do or not... since i gave him many ideas, who knows what i will get and that is what i like about the whole thing... kenzie has asked for only one thing... and maddie doesn't fully understand just yet what the whole big deal about christmas is yet, but she will very soon. since i have to work on christmas day, i think kenzie and i will bake a cake for jesus' birthday to take to roy and carol's house that weekend and have a good ole time!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Scrappin" with da girls!!!

Tonight I had the best time scrapbooking with some friends from church. Jessica is the teacher in the class the girls are in on Tuesday nights while I am in women's, and Angelena is my bestie whom is a member at the church I go to. I took plenty of supplies for me and her to hang out and work with. I took this machine called Sizzix Sidekick. I have to say I had fun learning how to use it. I wasn't really sure and since Jessica has done this for a while, she taught us some really cool things. She taught me how to take a template and emboss the whole top of my page so that I could make it really cool. I made the first page of Maddie's scrapbook. Next time, I will try to make the first page for Kenzie's book. I want to work on making the two books at the same time. I will likely have to go out and buy 2 scrapbooks so that I can work on the two at the same time. I also was able to spend time with two wonderful women tonight. We mommies don't realize how much we need the time together away from hubbies and children to just have fun! I think this will be a tradition that I will continue for a while. After I got home the neighbor, Denise asked if she could come over once a month to have a little scrapbook fun at my place! I can't wait. This has renewed a little spark in my spirit!

Kenzie and Maddie are spending the night at roy and carol's house, so I have a quiet house for a little longer until Ryan gets home from work.

Tomorrow we have a birthday party to go to in San Antonio, Fl with Deb and Kevin, so we won't be around much, but we are going to try and blog the day toward the end of the day...

I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving... I so need to get pics put on the computer off of my camera so that I can upload some here for you all to see.... Such procrastination!


I am off here for tonight.... Loads of Lovin to all y'all

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Long awaited

Well, since we have moved, I hadn't gotten the internet and cable turned on. I broke down this month and got my services re established today. I am trying to decide what pics to upload since we have taken soooooo many since the last upload! The girls are in dance class. I go to womens at church every tuesday. We go every Thursday to evening services and I teach in 4'
s 3 weeks a month. Not to mention the normal stuff we try to do... So we are a busy family, but all in all we are doing good. Ryan has been where we work now for a year and my anniverssary is in January. It is hard to believe that Christmas is next month, good thing I am done with Kenzie and only have a few more things to get for Maddie... Can't wait for it to be over!!!! I am so excited for the girls. Kenzie is doing really good in school (oh yeah, i volunteer in her math class every thursday) and Maddie is blossoming like you wouldn't believe. Well I better go for now. More to come!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween!!!

We had tons of fun! Kenzie decided she would be a bride and Maddie was a princess. My bestie, Angelena, and her two kids, Cecilia and Isabella, came over to Roy and Carols house. Kevin and Ryan passed out candy and The girls and I with Angelena went trick or treating. The kids had a blast. When we were tired and the boys were out of candy, the two mommas came home and the boys took over. Kenzie and Maddie went through their first Haunted House! And LOVED it! Can't wait to have the extra money to go to disney and take them through the Haunted House! That should be really fun!!! And so I am awake and blogging before I forget to do it!

My computer is being worked on and when it gets back we are planning on hooking up our cable and Internet so I can get back to blogging on a regular basis as well as putting some fresh pics on here including the halloween ones.

That about does it for now...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

7 years

I can't believe that it has been seven years since we got married! To celebrate, Carol and Roy watched the girls last night and we had a date night. We went to Souix City Steakhouse here in NPR. I had some awesome cheesy, bacony, mushroomy, chicken with a honey mustard sauce! Yummy! and then we were off to the Cheapo Theatre.... We saw Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (only cost us a whopping six dollars total). I had read the book and wanted to see the movie and as always I was disappointed because of all the details I thought should have been put in the movie that they cut out. Ryan was a little disturbed. When the hand came out of the water, he jumped LOL! And that is all I am saying in case someone wants to see it and hasn't yet. We then went to Starkey Park and hung out with Kev and Deb for a little while. That was fun. We made it home just before midnight. Fun times, but as we age, our bodies can't handle that as much.

Today: Ryan and Roy playing golf, the girls are all headed to a harvest festival.

Halloween costumes: Kenzie: BRIDE (beautiful!)
Maddie: one of the many dress up costumes we already have... a princess, rockstar, fairy, butterfly, etc. She still has to pick it out.
Isaboo: the same as maddie... a dress up costume... and she has to pick it..
CiCi: don't know yet, but I have a beautiful blue princess costume we bought for Kenzie that would be wonderful for her to wear.

Ryan is handing out candy here at roy and carols house while kenzie, maddie, cecilia, isaboo, angelena and i all go trick or treating. will be a fun night for all the besties! maddie and izzy love each other... kenzie and cecilia are friends too... and angelena is the bestest bestie there is!

gotta go to the fest... hope to have pics to post soon! my computer will be getting fixed soon can't wait! roy found someone to fix it for me!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

another week has passed...

so, yet another week passes and this is what has occured...

thursday-- i volunteered in kenzie's class... had a blast with the kindergarten kids... we did lots of coloring and following directions. lots of fun... then i headed home to check in with ryan and maddie who had just been hanging out like monkeys hang from trees.... i spoke with my mom. pop had some blood work done a few weeks ago... and the white cell counts were high so they did a bone marrow biopsy to rule out cancer... RESULTS ARE IN: NEGATIVE!!! Praise the Lord!!!

Friday: i worked. nothing really new there...
same saturday and sunday.... monday was more of work only i got pulled to a unit i never work on and it was not fun...

tuesday, my bestie met me at church for womens. i have been praying that she would come to womens because she needs the support right now and i was surprised she came.... today we are doing dance...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

mid week update

i thought that since i brought the computer to church tonight while the girls were having dance class i would play on the internet. thank you jesus for free wifi! so i sit here realizing how much i need to make sure i get the dc jack on this puter worked on and how much i really do love my computer, but all in all, not a bad thing to do... kenzie is loving her dance class more and more. maddie could care less, so if she doesn't show an interest by the end of the month, then we will drop her and only carry kenzie and then if maddie shows an interest when she gets a little older, she can always pick it up again... ryan had a bout of not feeling well last night... his pulse started racing and i believe he was having an anxiety attack on top of having a hep b shot... and that is about that... i have lots of cake pics to put on here, but don't have the camera with me or i would upload them real quick... tata for now.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Just a little update

things have been a little busy around here. my friend tina lost her daughter unexpectedly last month. she is still waiting for autopsy results. this past week her father fell ill and as of yesterday they were having a bed side vigil at the hospice house waiting for him to pass. keep her in prayers please.

my pop is waiting for results from a bone marrow biopsy, so continue to pray for him as well.

kenzie is becoming quite the little ballerina. i will try to get some pics soon for you all.

maddie is growing like a weed. she got sick about 2 weeks ago and we missed a full week of our normal activities, but now we are back to normal and she is feeling great. she had viral syndrome, so we thank God that it wasn't anything other than that.

i am loving volunteering in kenzie's class. it is so rewarding and i can't wait from week to week to go back.

ryan is back into the football groove!

and that is that. more to come when i can.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tiny Dancer.... Pre Ballet... Super Athlete

Lots has transpired since coming home from Orlando.

Monday- Labor Day, Mom and Dad worked. Kenzie and Maddie hung out.
Tuesday- Mom and Dad worked. Kenzie, Maddie, and Mommy went to church. Mommy agreed to do a wedding cake! I can't believe I did it. I am praying that God will control my hands as I do this cake since I always said I would never get into wedding cakes due to the stress! I do love Stacy though!
Wednesday- Mommy worked. Daddy organized in the house. Maddie went to Tiny Dancers. She was really shy and didn't get very into it, but it is all new to her, so hopefully in the coming weeks, she will do better with it. Kenzie went to Pre Ballet and Tap. Miss Ashley and Mrs. Amy were beaming with Joy telling us how well she did in the class and she asked as soon as we left the church if she could go back next week! I think we might have found something she enjoys!

KENZIE GOT HER FIRST AWARD OF THE SCHOOL YEAR ON WEDNESDAY!

She recieved a "Super Athlete" award for participation, showing leadership, and great listening skills! I was so proud of her because she isn't the athlete type I didn't think! Mr. Poll (her p.e. teacher) was proud and she loves him!

And that is all for now! Tune in for more updates!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

We had fun!

Our trip to orlando is almost over. We have had fun. We hung out with Amanda and Shelby on Friday. Swam with the girls, and went to a Wedding. We will be vegging today for a little while before heading back to New Port Richey. And then it is back to work with ourselves!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fun Times

So, we got to Orlando at about 1pm. today. We stopped at Ikea on the way, and had fun. Get to Amanda's house and hung out for the day. Fajita's for dinner and then swimming with the kiddos! Lots of fun was had by all. Now I am playing the restaurant city on facebook! See you there.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hello world

As many of you know, we have made the decision to move to a smaller place for financial reasons. In the economy today, we needed to make that decision to better secure our future for our children. We currently haven't hooked up the internet, so I will do my best to make it to the library as often as possible to update you here. Kenzie is back in school and loving it. The only thing she doesn't like is the hour and fifteen minute bus ride home. Apparently they do two runs with each bus, so that delays her getting home until 5pm. Poor Kiddo! Maddie is growing like a weed, and I can't believe how much she is talking some days. I asked her this morning to go get daddy to come upstairs and hear this, "Daddy, mommy said get your booty upstairs!" How funny! I have changed my schedule a little, so I am off on Thursdays now and as soon as it is approved through the teacher, I will be volunteering at Kenzie's school on Thursdays. We have found a home church. www.ccwc.org is the site. We go on tuesdays, thursdays, and sundays. And that is all I have time for today. Love for now!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cakes and More

I have been a busy little bee. I made a Hannah Montanna inspired cake last week. I have busted out an Africa one this week. I have 4 more this week. One of which will be done when we can get together with Roy and Carol. The other three are a cell phone smash cake, a castle cake, and an avon bag with nail polish and lipstick samples out of fondant. They will all be fun to do! We are heading to church this evening and can't wait. Kenzie and Maddie have been kids. Kenzie had a quick trip to the E.R. because she got a tiny rubberband up her nose, but all is well there. Maddie has been a little model. I will have to put the pics here, but if you want to see them and are on my friends list on facebook, you can find them in there already. If you don't know you can see my cakes here and that is about the update for now... more to come.

Friday, July 3, 2009

"The Clothesline Said So Much" by Marilyn K Walker

I recieved this poem in a baby shower invitation and wanted to share it with you all.

A clothes line was a news forcast
To neighbors passing by.
There were no secrets you could keep
When clothes were hung to dry.

It also was a friendly link
For neighbors always knew
If company had stopped on by
To spend a night or two.

For then you'd see the 'fancy sheets'
And towels upon the line;
You'd see the 'company table cloths'
With intricate design.

The line announced a baby's birth
To folks who lived inside
As brand new infant clothes were hung
So carefully with pride.

The ages of the children could
So readily be known
By watching how the sizes changed
You'd know how much they'd grown.

It also told when illness struck.
As extra sheets were hung;
Then nightclothes, and a bathrobe, too,
Haphazardly were strung.

It said, 'Gone on vacation now'
When lines hung limp and bare.
It told 'We're back!' when full lines sagged
With not an inch to spare.

New folks in town were scorned upon
If wash was dingy gray,
As neighbors carefully raised their brows,
And looked the other way.

But clotheslines now are of the past
For dryers make work less
Now what goes on inside a home
Is anybody's guess.

I really miss that way of life.
It was a friendly sign
When neighbors knew each other best
By what hung on the line!


I hope you enjoy this! It has almost inspired me to want to get a clothesline!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

busy busy busy

I am getting busier as the month goes on. I did the hannah montanna cake for Sherika, and went to church yesterday with Ryan. I got another small cake order for a surprise next week. Which is nice. I am also working on checking out how hard it will be to make the fondant animals and other pieces needed for doing the noah's ark baby shower cake for Anita. She asked me what I am planning on charging for it and upon looking at it I quoted her at the 60-80 range and she was totally game for it. Most people I have run across, I find they want to go the cheap route and I have a new outlook on my cake business. I am making a custom designed creation and I am going to be pricing them accordingly. If I don't, I won't make any money on them. We shall see how that works for me.

Kenzie is enjoying her summer off, but is so ready to go back to school.

I have Cecilia and Isabella tonight along with Kenzie. Ryan took Maddie to the bowling alley with him.

Not much else is going through my brain right now....

Monday, June 29, 2009

things

so i haven't been on here lately. friday we had a storm that knocked out my internet and i had to get on the phone with brighthouse to get it back on yesterday evening. finally nearing 8pm we got it done. i am doing a hannah montanna cake today and then I have to do something for roy and carol since monday is their anniversary, and wednesday of next week is roy's birthday, so he has requested a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting! yummmmmmmy stuff! and then I have a cell phone and castle cakes for a 2 year old birthday party. followed by an avon party, then two babyshowers and of course the monthly birthday cake for work... how will i get it all done? WITH JESUS is how! the girls are staying with roy and carol tonight because our friend max coomer is in from indiana. ryan and max are out golfing right now and i just got home from work, so here i sit waiting for the cake to bake... derrick and amanda came in this past weekend... we had dinner over at roys house with them all and ed, gayle, and dave. fun times. amanda and i looked at calanders to confirm that we will be able to come to their house this september and she will watch the kids so we can go to tameka's wedding in daytona. that is gonna be fun. and that is about all that has been going on around here...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The academy cake


a couple pics of what i have been doing today..

we started out by going to walmart to pick up something i forgot for the cake... and then picked up lunch and headed to the playground to eat and let the girls have some fun before heading home to bake... i baked the cake adding 1 tbs of meringue pouder to each cake batter to make them stiffer to prevent the cracking that happened with the last cake. i proceeded to work on it... was an all day project. ryan took maddie bowling with him tonight and i stayed home to work on this piece of art. i can't wait to add the oscar to it and present it to my boss tomorrow at the party!

derrick and amanda are coming in this weekend to spend time with jen and alex and their kiddos' and she is brining the bowling pin cake pan for me for a cake in july. i just love living so close to her that we can converse about the cakes and I am hoping that as I do more of them again, I will have my skills improve over time. I never worked with much fondant, but I am sure that as I get used to using it, it will become easier.

and that is that.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

God is like..... (according to 5th graders)

I say Amen!!!!

Fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them in some way to communicate ideas about God.

Here are some of the results: scroll down.

God is like.

BAYER ASPIRIN

He works miracles.

God is like.

a FORD

He's got a better idea.

God is like.

COKE

He's the real thing.


(This is great)

God is like.

HALLMARK CARDS

He cares enough to send His very best.

God is like.

TIDE

He gets the stains out that others leave behind.

God is like.

GENERAL ELECTRIC

He brings good things to life.

God is like.

SEARS

He has everything.

God is like.

ALKA-SELTZER
Try Him, you'll like Him

God is like.

SCOTCH TAPE

You can't see Him, but you know He's there.

God is like.

DELTA
He's ready when you are.

God is like.

ALLSTATE
You're in good hands with Him.

God is like.

VO-5 Hair Spray

He holds through all kinds of weather.

God is like.

DIAL SOAP

Aren't you glad you have Him? Don't you wish everybody did?



(that one is my favorite)


God is like.
the U.S. POST OFFICE
Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from His appointed destination.



God is like.
Chevrolet. . . .the heart beat of
America



God is like
Maxwell House. . .
Good to the very last drop
God is like.
Bounty. . . .
He is the quicker picker upper. . can handle the tough jobs. . .and He won't fall apart on you

Monday, June 22, 2009

blogger neglect!

I am so sorry for neglecting the blog. I have been really going crazy this week. Last Tuesday was the last day I blogged, so to try and catch you all up, here goes:

Wednesday, I went to work, they sent me home because I agreed to work another day for them. I then did what I could to help Ryan and Kevin with our brakes. When we did the brakes, we had grinded down to metal! And all of the sounds and vibrations with my car stopped! It's amazing what will happen if you just change your brakes. We then all went to bowling. I had a good time with Andie, Deb, and Nita!

Thursday, I worked. Status quo. Then I skipped back over to ccwc for Thursday evening service. I dropped Maddie off at her class and walked away as she started flipping out. I then walked Kenzie to her class and by the time I got back to the door to the Sanctuary, Maddie had chilled out. I really enjoyed this service and it went right along with what Dave Ramsey taught me.

Friday was my friday off and late in the day, the ac started acting up. We were miserable so Ryan took Kenzie to Roy and Carols and picked up 2 fans for us to use.

Saturday: I woke up to 87 degrees in the house. So I went on in to work and by the time I got home, the ac was working again, although it went out again that night but because we had the fans going it was bearable.

Sunday, I worked and roy came and cleaned out the overflow for the ac, and it is working for now.

Monday I am here blogging and just chilling with the girls. we just had snow cones and are gonna call it a day soon!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Calvary Chapel Worship Center

I have been told many times about going to this church by friends at work, and I finally felt it was time to give it a try. I called Tina G on my way and let her know to look for me. I got the girls settled in the class they would be in and Maddie didn't even whimper. This has never happened. I then went out to the main area to wait for Tina to get there when I saw another friend from work Robson. I didn't even know he went to that church, so I chatted with him and when it was time to go in the sanctuary, I went on in and was told by my buddy "Men on the right Ladies on the left!" (good ole Rob!). So I followed instructions and proceded with the praise and worship part of the service. When that was over, I found Tina had come in and didn't even recognize me out of my scrubs! So I then moved to sit with her and her friend. I think her name was Shiela. The pastor prayed and we split into the womens group and the mens group. We women had a wonderful discussion about uplifiting our children. I really believe that God wanted me to wait until tonight to try this church because it was a message I really needed to hear. When our service was over, we prayed and I had the girls in our smaller group pray for me due to a situation that happened at work today, I have given it to God, so just keep that in prayer and He knows what you are talking to him about. I then picked the girls up and they decided they don't wanna quit going to this church. We will be going on Tuesday and Thursday nights and then the Sunday Service too! The girls are ready to go to bed, so I better go get them settled.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Calloused and Bruised

I have found a new favorite song and the lyrics are below. It is the last song on my playlist, so if you wanna hear it, do the pop out player, and then go down to the bottom of my songs and select it. Ryan even likes it!

Calloused and bruised
Dazed and confused
My spirit is left wanting something more.

My selfish hopes
My selfish dreams
I'm lying with my face down on the floor,
Crying out for more
Crying out for more

Give me words to speak
Don't let my spirit sleep
Cause I can't think of anything worth saying.
But I know that I owe You my life.
Give me words to speak,
Don't let my spirit sleep...

Every night, every day
I find that I am nothing I can say.
So I stand here in silence
Waiting for guidance
I'm wanting only Your voice to be heard
Let 'em be Your words
Let 'em be Your words

Give me words to speak,
Don't let my spirit sleep.
Cause I can't think of anything worth saying.
But I know that I owe You my life.
Give me words to speak,
Don't let my spirit sleep...

I just don't understand
This life that I've been living
I just don't understand
Just don't understand
I just don't understand
These lies I've been believing
I just don't understand
Just don't understand

So give me words to speak
Don't let my spirit sleep
Cause I can't think of anything worth saying.
But I know taht I owe You my life.
Give me words to speak,
Don't let my spirit sleep.
I know I know I know I owe You my life...my life.

I heard this song while I was at work the other day and all I could remember was Calloused and Bruised, Dazed and confused... I typed those words in and you wouldn't believe the hits I got on google. I did it so I could find out who sang it so I can go get a copy of the cd. The artist is Aaron Shust if you are interested! The name of the song is Give me words to speak.

Have a good one... I am in the middle of a cake and took a break to put this in here!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Riding Miss Maddie

I have been looking for a child carrier of some sort on Freecycle for some time for me to attach to my bicycle when i found one like this (after I posted this link, i found that it is broken. I took a pic and will post it later)and decided to claim it. When Ryan went to pick it up over the weekend, he said a lady was there putting it in her explorer when he pulled up. I e mailed the lady and told her what happened and got "THAT WASN'T YOU?" and when I told her it wasn't I got told "IF THAT WASN'T YOU IT WAS STOLEN TOO BAD MY HUSBAND WASN'T HERE HE IS A COP" and I gave her a description of the vehicle from what Ryan had told me. A couple days later I got an e mail from her saying that it was another freecycler who had looked her up on the internet to find her address and she had gone and taken it, but when she heard what happened, she promptly returned it, so yesterday I went and picked it up. Her husband was really nice and put it in the back of the van for me (we had the seat out so it would fit in). I also stopped by while I was in the neighborhood and registered Kenzie for her new school. Kenzie came out of the school saying "Mommy, I love my new school" and I am so happy for that. Now, fast forward to today...

I dropped Kenzie off to Carol since she wanted to take her to see the movie Up. Maddie and I went grocery shopping and had dinner. Then she came in the bedroom as I was about to blog and said, "Put you soos on Mommy" So, I said, "What?" and she said "I wanna doooo out and wide" and I immediately knew what she was talking about. I had promised her I would take her for a ride in her trailer. I put my tennies on, rolled up my scrub pant legs, and hooked the trailer to the back of Ryan's bike and then buckled her in and closed up the protective netting to protect her from any bugs that might have been out and away we went on a fifteen minute ride. Upon getting home, I got off of the bike and almost lost my footing. It has been like seven or eight years since I have been on a bike, and I have never pulled anyone or anything behind me as I rode, so I felt it. I had a little wheezing (exercise induced asthma), but all in all we did great. She said "Mommy dat funnnn. Lets doooo adin" I told her we would go for short rides every evening until Mommy can go on longer rides. Build up my endurance again. I am so happy that she enjoyed her ride in her new toy! And I enjoyed getting my heart pumping.

I am sitting here blogging as she lays on the couch sleeping, so I better go get some shut eye myself!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

a new iep, new school, new found happiness for mommy

I have been communicating with the Prinicpal at Kenzie's school a lot lately and got an e mail last night saying that I would be getting a call from the group meeting on her behalf sometime after 11 this morning. I got the call from Mrs. Bunnell the speech therapist wanting to go over the iep with me. I threw on my shoes and went to the school for a totally unexpected meeting. (I threw it upon them when they called (amazing what a little surprise will do) their eyes got buggy big when I actually showed up). I get there and we go over her new IEP. Here is what her new goals are:

she will correctly produce /k/, /g/ in all positions of words for 5 minutes of conversation with 90% accuracy for 3 sessions without correcting by the SLP (speech and language pathologist).

she will demonstrate her knowledge and use of vocabulary words/basic concepts by correctly identifying a word/concept presented by the slp with 90% accuracy or greater for 4 sessions

when given a two step direction, she will follow both steps without verbal/visual prompting with 90% accuracy for 4 sessions.

she will corectly produce /l/ in all positions of words for 5 minutes of conversation with 90% accuracy for 4 sessions without correcting by the slp.

she will correctly produce the /f/ and /v/ sounds in all positions of words for 5 minutes of conversation with 90% accuracy for 3 sessions without correcting by the slp.

when the slp/teacher presents a one-syllable word and asks mackenzie to tell her the sounds in the word mackenzie will produce each phoneme in the word without any modeling from the slp/teacher with 90% accuracy or better over a 9 week period.

by the end of the school year, mackenzie will gain a minimum of one year's reading growth as measured by school based assessments.

she will write at least three sentences using beginning and ending sounds to write words, and use capitalization and punctuation with 70% success rate on 3 occasions.

she will count, identify, and match numbers to 10 with a 70% success rate on 3 occasions.

she will initiate a classroom assignment independently on 8 out of 10 occasions.

she will receive 60 minutes a week of speech therapy, daily instruction in modified curriculum in all academic areas. she will also receive small group instruction, repeat, clarify, or summarize directions, additional time to complete assignments/assessments and special transportation services (school bus).

she will also spend 18% of her time at school with non disabled children. she was placed based on 40% or less of time with non ese.

all in all we are very happy with the new iep.

she is being moved to a school that is a 5 star school. she will be in a class of 10 students. she will do much better and the principal is open to communicating with me where the other school principal was limited in her openess to communication.

ryan isn't sure this is the right move because she will be leaving her friends, but i say she can make new friends. and this is going to be a great move for her!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

back to semi normalcy

so, we are officially back to semi normalcy...

sunday we had the birthday bash... see this post for that info...

monday mom stayed in plant city to rest since she had a very long drive on saturday, and then a long day with the party on sunday.

tuesday mom came and had lunch with kenzie at school, then condo/house hunted here in new port richey with ryan until it was time for him to go to work and i picked kenzie up a few minutes early from class so that she could have some extra time with nana. we went to ci ci's pizza for dinner and as we were finishing, our neighbor and his kids came in to the place, and let me tell you five screaming kids makes for a quick exit! between my two and his three, we were outta there in no time. we then showed her where the bealls outlet is on 54 and seven springs, then headed home so I could bake a cake, and she said goodnight and what I thought was goodbye.

today, i was at work doing what i do after delivering a cake (you will see that pic as soon as I find my adapter!) and I call to check on ryan to find that he, carol, mom, aunt ann, and maddie all piled into mom's car and took a little trip to clearwater beach WITHOUT ME! kenzie was at school for her last day, and I was stuck working when they were having the fun! they had a great day, and when I got home from work, I RODE kenzie's SCOOTER to her school to pick her up and shortly after getting back home from school, they got here. I surprised Mom with 2 8 by 10's of Maddie. I had already given her what she thought was going to be the only pics of the trip (kenzie's spring pic) and they said their goodbye's because they are spending tomorrow in Plant City and then heading back north on Friday, but they are planning to come back down around august. maddie was heartbroken saying "nana come back!" and now I am sitting here trying to relax before going to bed...

for future: I had one cake this week... none next week. one the week after and one two weeks from now... then I have 2 baby cakes in July and one birthday cake. I am happy things are picking up. I am hoping I can come up with a Independence Day inspired design for the birthday party cake in July since it has to be a 1/2 sheet cake for work.

oh speaking of the cake, the one i took in today was a 1/4 sheet cake. It was white with pink. It was really cute. and everyone loved it! I like Amanda don't care for cake, but I decorate them. I am just glad everyone else can enjoy them. Hope to find that adapter soon so you can see what I did for the cake!

PEACE OUT!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Maddie!!!

Here are the pics from a busy day for Maddie's birthday party! We had a blast and are so happy that Amanda was able to be there to do pics for us! I didn't take the time to put them in any certain order, but here you go! (yes, I made the costume and the cake)!!!Yaya's angels
Maddie taking a hit at the pinata, but watch out momma!

Toni and Maddie!

Ryan, Kenziem Mom, Me, Maddie, Spongebob, Carol, Roy all have to pose for the blended family pic LOL. It is nice to have a sponge in the family LOLOL!

I made this cake on Saturday for her party. I had ordered a cake then decided last minute to just make it myself. I was satisfied with how it came out!

Shelby and Spongebob
Riley and Spongebob
Time for presents
Nana's angels!

Nana and Maddie
My baby girl!
Ryan, Kenzie, my Mom, Me, Maddie, and Spongebob take time out for a pic.

Maddie meets Spongebob! She was so upset because the pinata was coming apart and she didn't want her spongebob to be torn up!

"Wait there!" in this pic, we were trying to talk her into hitting the pinata! Not much luck there!

"I think I will take your favorite hat from you. Besides, It's my Party!!!" LOL

Maddie wasn't sure about the box coming to life and talking to her, so I had to hold her just to get a pic of her with him!
Kenzie and her pose with Spongebob.
Singing to Maddie, she did what lots of babies do and got really really shy! We all but had to coax her to come out of my shoulder just so she could see the wind blow out her candle!!!
Grillmaster "My Dewwock" is hard at work doing what men do! Maddie has dubbed Derrick "My Dewwock" and at one time she didn't really wanna have anything to do with him, now he is her best bud!
Ryan and Yaya havin fun at Maddie's 3rd birthday!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

cakes cakes cakes

i am going to be really busy through next wednesday... if i post at all, it will likely be sugar induced... i had two cakes tonight... i have two due on monday and then one big one due on wednesday... another on the 16th, one on the 25th of june... three baby shower cakes this summer... not one but two wedding shower cakes and a bachelorette cake (these are all before the end of august! i got busy in a hurry!

Monday, May 25, 2009

busy

sunday is maddie's birthday party. this week i will be really busy, so i may take a little blog break, but promise to fill you all in as i can. also, i have four cakes to design, a dress to buy and two babyshowers to plan. a graduation party on saturday evening to boot! update: maddie is going on the potty more and more on her own thank goodness. kenzie is missing school and she only had one day off. work has been increasingly like a psych ward this month. and that is about that.

Friday, May 22, 2009

this week

has been a little crazy...

it is getting close to the end of the school year for Mackenzie. I am trying to get everything together for her for the end of school year activities. the school was on a lock down the other day... I have been dubbed the "yeller" outside of back gate. As we wait for our children earlier this week, a car came speeding through the school zone, so I yelled at them to slow down. Must have caught them off guard, because they stopped in the middle of the road and gathered themselves. I as do other parents don't feel like it is fair for them to speed through the zone and put our children at risk. i have made several calls this week for various things... i have more calls early next week to make... maddie has made some progress with potty training. she has been doing some going on her own and it is getting closer to her being trained. she is able to go on the potty, we just have to get her to go on a regular basis. she is very sporatic. i am in the middle of making the sponge bob costume (it has been raining for a week) i can't paint it outside because of the rain, so I ended up laying a drop cloth down in the garage so I can paint it... I am about half way through with painting the yellow on the box. i have managed to keep myself awake after the kids go to sleep all week long enough to read well into the night. I have finished the second book of the twilight series and love it!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

My baby

turned three today! it's hard to believe that she isn't a baby anymore! if you ask her, she has said she's a big girl! she goes on the potty sometimes... (LOL) and fights with her sister (and wins LOL) she is such a tom boy! she loves climing trees, etc. maddie started life fighting to survive and now we are so blessed everyday by her sillyness! thank God he had his watchful eye on our baby!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Heading to an appointment

Although today is my day off, I told Renee that I would come in this morning to take a patient out to an appointment. It will probably be a short day for me, but all in all, I am working again on my day off. This means I won't have a real day off again until next friday! I am working both days this weekend and so it puts me on a long stretch, but I don't really mind since the money is good.


GREAT NEWS:

Ryan and I both got raises yesterday at work. Putting Ryan at 12/hr and me at 12.25/hr. This was totally cool! In addition to that they are giving us retro pay for this raise since it was late getting to us. Ryan's is almost 4 months late and mine was 1 month late.

Kenzie is doing great. She asked me for a word search book while we were at the Dollar Tree, so I let her get one. I didn't think she would like it because word searches can sometimes be quite hard to do, but she is loving it and doing very well with it!

Maddie seems to be doing much better. I am thinking she had like a 24 hour bug because she is not coughing like she was and no runny nose. No fever either!

Ryan is going to get the kitchen ready for me while I am gone so I can have that done tonight while he is bowling with Kevin.

Kenzie brought home a note from school. She said there will be NO MORE HOMEWORK this year. I am not really happy about that, but that's ok because she doesn't know it but Momma is getting her a super workbook tonight and gonna do homework every day with her from that. Not to mention our daily routine has now consisted of playing school in one way or another. She is loving it and we are making learning fun for her. She also said that she got enough stickers on the poster at school to get to go to the Ice Cream Party! That was awesome. I don't know the details, but I do know that if they get enough stickers, they get a party.

And I am off to get in the shower so I can be ready to go to work on time. Have a blessed day and will be back later if I find anything to blog about. :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

checking things off the to do list

i feel like today i was able to get quite a bit accomplished. i have:

gone through most of the unopened e mails in my inbox. (i have been neglecting my e mails lately and this is not a good thing but like the fly lady says, this clutter is easily taken care of by simply hitting the delete key)

i went to work and was sent home since i am working this weekend and it looks like i may have a double on saturday and single on sunday... yay i will end up with over time if it all works out for me the way i am hoping it will... always depends on if renee catches what my plan is before or after the shifts start lol. she unfortunately caught today and sent me packing. ryan didn't make it back to work to pick me up, so i had an hour walk to the house, which wasn't bad at 7 in the morning, and i got my exercising done for the day... so that was another thing off of the daily list.

i tended to a sick maddie all day. she isn't feeling much better, she is really suffed up so she is getting mucinex to help with the congestion and when she has her meds she does better. i just feel so bad for the babe.

i finished painting the hallway and the girls bathroom.. it is looking really good. wednesday i will be finishing the living room and kitchen. that will conclude the painting that has to be done before maddie's party.

i went through the party tote and was able to start putting together the goody bags. i just need to pick up a few more things for those and that will be done.

i made a list of things yet to get for the party.

looked up the directions to make a diaper cake because since my friend theresa is having her babyshower in august, i told her my gift to her would be the diaper cake and the baby shower cake (to eat). so I have to work on planning all of that out and I know that diaper cakes aren't really that hard to make, so this should be fun.

i played school with kenzie at the whiteboard today and had so much fun! i haven't had that much fun with her while she was doing homework in a long time. it was nice to be a kid for a while. she played school from the time she got home until about 10 minutes ago, she finally crashed!

it seems like i am forgetting some of the things i did today, so with that i will go to bed since i am feeling kind of exhausted...

poor baby

maddie woke up crying last night around 3 am, so I was happy when renee decided to send me home today since i am working the weekend both days... she is now sleeping... and has been for 2 hours. i think she decided "if amanda can be sick so can i" she has a little cough and runny nose, but she was running a little fever this morning... ibuprophen and mucinex took care of the symptoms, but you can still tell she isn't feeling well..
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why Did God Make Mothers?

1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the
back of her head.

I got this in my e mail and decided I would share it with all of my blogger friends... I especially liked the ones about plastic surgery and "diet, maybe blue"!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Unknown Author

Dear Lord, it's such a hectic day
With little time to stop and pray
For life's been anything but calm
Since You called on me to be a mom
Running errands, matching socks
Building dreams with building blocks
Cooking, cleaning, and finding shoes
And other stuff that children lose
Fitting lids on bottled bugs
Wiping tears and giving hugs
A stack of last weeks mail to read
So where's the quiet time I need?
Yet when I steal a minute, Lord
Just at the sink or ironing board
To ask the blessings of Your grace
I see then, in my small one's face
That you have blessed me
All the while
And I stop to kiss
That precious smile

-- Unknown

Saturday, May 9, 2009

amanda needs prayer

i am sure you remember last year when amanda went into the hospital for an intestinal blockage... well i got a call last night and she is back in the hospital with another blockage... it has been almost a year since the last one, but i just wanted all of my friends to remember her in prayer as it is very painful and they have her on some heavy pain killers to keep her out of pain, but it sends her for a mental loop... she said "high as a kite" in reference to the pain killers they have her on, so just do me a favor and keep her in your prayers.


thanks and god bless you all

dawn

Obey your parents

So, I am approaching a new technique with Kenzie who has been rebelling yet again, and I know that part of it is because we are not consistent with her, but I am also trying to really teach her the way of the Lord, so tonight before dinner, I told her we needed to have a little bible study. I read to her:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right." Ephesians 6:1. I then proceeded to explain to her that when we obey mommy and daddy it is as if we are obeying God, but when we disobey, we are disobeying God, and we don't want to disobey God do we? and she replied with "no, Mommy, we need to obey God" it was such a precious moment. I am trying to make sure that I don't loose my temper with her while I teach her with the help of God that she needs to obey me and Ryan. She will get it after a few times.

Maddie has begun stripping completely right before proceeding to go to the potty. She doesn't like doing it on the potty, so we are in full potty training mode. I have to get ryan on board though because we only just started this about a 1/2 hour ago when she decided she needed to poo on my floor! Yucky! at least it was the tile floor though :). it cleaned up nicely and then she was told to go sit on her potty and try to go potty, she tried, but i wasn't expecting her to do anymore since afterall she had relieved herself on my white tile floor! not fun... I will be trying her every 2 hours from now until she gets the jest of it. so at 8 pm just before bed, she will be back on the potty... then i will have to have ryan start the every two hour schedule tomorrow and go from there...

i am looking into getting the hooked on phonics because as tracy from work said, it can't do any harm to try it... i will definately let you all know how that goes with her this summer....

Friday, May 8, 2009

it's a tough one....

As many of you know, we have been fighting a long hard battle with getting Kenzie the help she deserves at school, but for those of you who don't know the battle, here is a quick run through:

When Kenzie was 2 she started attending preschool just a couple days a week just for socialization. I noticed that she wasn't speaking as clearly as the other children so I asked her teacher if it was something I should be concerned about because I wanted to get on top of it. I was told she was only two and that I should wait to have any concern. I didn't stop there. We moved to Indiana, and the next year, I again came to the preschool meeting in December asking the same thing getting the same outcome, so I got her registered and pulled her out of private preschool, waited while I fought with the public school system about getting her into the school. The teacher actually booted a child who rarely came out of the program so that they could accept kenzie. Shew.. One hurdle finally cleared. Upon Kenzie starting to ride the bus, I could see that she was loving this new school. I e mailed often with the teacher and learned that my concern for Kenzie wasn't so far fetched! We had a meeting and the teacher informed me that she was having a phycho-educational evaluation completed on Mackenzie, but that since it was so late in the year, it would be performed over summer break. This was a relief, at least something was going to be done. After the Evaluation, we moved once again but not out of state. Kenzie had to be bussed about 45 minutes to her new school, and there the evaluation would be put into place. She did very well in the class and loved her teacher. As the year progressed, we learned that we would be able to move back to florida. This wasn't something that we had counted on, but had hoped would eventually happen. Before the end of that school year and before our move, Kenzie had her second evaluation and I learned that in the state of Indiana, if a child has a Developmental Delay, that tag has to be dropped for the Kindergarten year. We had hopes that it would be picked back up when the Florida school did their evaluation. That didn't happen. The school in Florida adopted the I E P that Indiana had instead of doing their own evaluation of her. So, now here we sit entering the last month of her Kindergarten year and I had a conference this morning with her teacher (yaya attended with me). The teacher and the reading resource teacher were both there. In a nutshell, they said that if Kenzie is to continue recieving the help that we all know she needs, they have to send her on to first grade because if she is held back, she will be evaluated at Kindergarten level and not at her age level therefore giving them false results. This means that if she stays in kindergarten, she will likely pass all of the evals at that level. They are wanting to send her on to first grade to get a true sense of where she is at. This is all still waiting on an observation from someone coming in to see Kenzie in the classroom. This person was supposed to have already been there this week, but hasn't made it in. So, I am torn. Do I rejoice because Kenzie is going on to 1st grade, or do I cry because I know in my heart that she can't handle the first grade work? It is just such a hard situation for all of us and I don't want to see my child get frustrated at school because she loves school so much right now I wouldn't want to have her go from loving school to hating it.. I fear that the work load will just be too much for her next year, but we will have to do what we can in order to get her the help she needs although we know that she can't handle it, it also means that we have to be even more on top of her next year!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

been a week that's for sure

monday i started by calling the school and leaving a message for the teacher to call me...
i got a call on tuesday afternoon as i walked kenzie and zoey home with me and maddie. i learned that the teacher may not have answers for me on friday (at the conference). she is finally having kenzie observed to decide if she can handle first grade work (this is something that a lot of us have thought should have been done earlier in the year). I also learned that even though I am an approved volunteer, I have to go through the volunteer coordinator to find out where I can volunteer (somethign that i found wierd). Wednesday, I called the volunteer coordinator to find out that as long as the teacher knows i am comming, I can go to the office, get my name tag, and then go on up to her classroom. Ok, so I got one thing straightened out. Now I just have to make the teacher aware that I will be at the school every other wednesday and every other friday. So, I will be in Kenzie's class volunteering weekly, from now on. It is late in the year, but I plan on being there every year from now on volunteering at the school.

madison has had a really bad girl day. we won't go into that. work hasn't been kind to me either.