Friday, October 31, 2008

Spencer's song

Spencer wrote a song are the Lyrics:

I need my Lord

I need my Lord

Yes I do

I will praise my Lord

Yes I will

I will read my Bible

Yes I will

I will love my Lord

Yes I do

I need my Lord

Yes I do

I love my Lord

I need my Lord

I thought it was very sweet!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Brett says that I need to "hurry up" and blog again so HIS face is not the first thing people see when they come to this site! SO....I guess I am gonna ramble and see what comes of it!
Last night, as you know, was Girl's night out. We had a great time-like always! Heather was able to come along too-so it was nice to be able to spend time with her again! I hope that we did not scare her off! No....we really were not that bad last night-it was actually a "mild night" for us! Poor Karen was in a car accident on the way to GNO! She got rear ended by a large truck! Because money was tight for both of us (and there really were no movies out that we wanted to see) she and I skipped out on the movie. Usually she and I will go to a late movie after Starbucks-while everyone else heads home. Anyhoo.....I had breakfast with Carol this morning! I always enjoy our time together-she sold a condo this week(she is an agent)! I was really proud that she was able to do that with the market the way that it is! Especially since the guy she sold to was really only looking to "rent". Way to go girl! And..thanks again for breakfast!
My day has been quiet-once I got home I decided to do the research on the amendments and judges that we will be voting on. Brett and I are going to vote early tonight. I think I have it all figured out now! That was a chore! you think I have written enough so that we do not scare any new readers with Brett's picture? LOL! I could just remove it...but what fun would THAT be?!
I did put up one of my favorite pics of him for this post..see! I am not THAT mean!

Oh! And for those of you who are looking for the "political" are gonna have to scroll down a is still there. I am told that some readers are looking for it. could just click this link :

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

He says I need THERAPY!?

Alright..... so Brett comes home for lunch everyday, and after he eats he always lays down to rest until he has to leave to go back to work. we were laying there resting and he was trying to tell me that I NEED to go out with my friends tonight. (It is Girls night out and I decided that we really did not have the extra money for me to go-even though we DO have coupons that will make each of our dinners 1/2 off). He was trying to be sweet and he kept trying to talk me into going...then he says......."It is good therapy"! OMG! So I, (knowing that he really was trying to be sweet) aggravated him by acting like I thought he had just told me that I needed therapy.(I knew that he really meant that it was good for me to get together with my friends and just take some time off.) We have a playful relationship and we love to aggravate each other (I aggravate him a lot more than he does me)-once he even told me "You have a little of your Daddy in you!" .(If you have ever met my'd know what he was talking about!). Anyhoo-I acted offended by his "therapy" comment and had him stuttering over his words trying to make it right.......such fun! SO......a few minutes later-as he is quoting lines from the new Madagascar movie...cracking himself up so much that he can not fall asleep....I asked him ...."Now WHO needs therapy?"
In all honesty...I know that I am really blessed with a husband who knows that spending time with my girlfriends goes beyond a "want" and it really is a "need".

I love him so much and I am so glad that we can have such fun is just the simple things in life that amuse us!

He is going to LOVE the pics I am posting with this way or the other he'll learn! LOL!!
The pics were taken late one night when we were being WAAAAY goofy with my niece and nephew (the night before black Friday last year). I am SOOOO glad that he does not blog....there are pics that are EVEN worse of me! In all fairness...I will put up one!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pics from our fire

Tonight we spent the night out by the fire-it is one of my favorite things to do! It is so relaxing and it is great "bonding" time for our family! Once we came in, I cut Brett and Bubba's hair. I have cut Brett's hair since we have been married-it saves us a lot of $ since he does not have to go to a salon. I have cut the kids' hair since they were little too-they girls have actually been to a salon a few times-but mostly I keep up with it. I USED to cut my OWN hair, when it was short! I have messed it up royally-more than once! Although.....once just after I had cut it , someone stopped me at a store and ask me where I got my hair that I think about that...that may not have been a GOOD thing! LOL! Why did I get started on that? Anyhoo..I am gonna stop ramblin' and go take a bath! I smell like SMOKE from the fire!

Bubba in his hockey "get up"!
Today I got to spend time with Debbie and Heather at Jamie's house (she was working so I did not get to see her ). I had a really nice time catching up with them and just "chick chatting" (as I like to call it). It was good to see Heather, it has been a long time since we have talked! I really hope that we can pick up where we once left off and become good friends again! Heather....can you remember playing with BABY DOLLS and trying to keep Jamie out of the room?!! My, my....time does fly-huh? Funny how you remember things like that!

Anyhoo....this weather is so perfect! I just love it! The windows are open, the front door is open..and I can hear my wind chimes-just a chiming away! Perfect weather to put a fire in the outdoor fireplace-maybe we will do that tonight! The kids love doing that! We bring out a bunch of blankets and sit in front to the fire and play "Uno" or just talk!

I got this in an email from an "online" friend that I met about 3 years ago-I like these little "getting to know you" things!

*Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Wet Seal-sales
2.Dance studio receptionist
3. Psychiatric tech...NOT fun!
4. photographer

*Four movies I've watched more than once:
1. While you were sleeping
2. You've got mail
3. The notebook
4. Steel Magnolias

Places I Have Lived:
1. Palm Harbor
2. Lakeland
3. Oldsmar
4. New Port Richey

*Four T. V. Shows that I watch:
1. Biggest Loser
2. Newhart
3. Intervention
4. I love Lucy

*Places I have been:
1. Louisiana
2. Minneapolis, Minnesota
3. Dallas, Texas...hence the star tat!

who e-mails me (regularly):
1. Mom
2. Tanya
3. Michelle
4. Karen

*Four of my favorite foods:
1. Chocolate...anything!
2. Boiled Peanuts
3. Pecan Pralines-from beside the road!
4. Crab legs-YUMMY

*Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Disney World-with my babies!
2. Boothville, La. (yep! That is right!)
3. Sitting in front of a fireplace, sipping coffee.
4. In a log cabin some where there is snow (never seen it before)!

*Things I am looking forward to this year:
1. Paying off my credit card! Almost there!
2. Being healthy-with NO pain! Working on it!
3. Celebrating our 14th anniversary at the Melting pot! Almost there!
4. Starting up my photography business again! Almost there?....not so much :(

Monday, October 27, 2008

Whoo Hoo!

This morning I weighed in (at home...the weather was just too nice not to go for a walk-so I skipped my ww meeting) and I lost.....4.6 lbs! In ONE week! I think that is a record for me!! It is especially awesome since we had 3 b-day parties ( Bubba's,Phil's and Maddie's)! Anyhoo-just wanted to share!

Now that I am back from my walk, I am going to shower and get started on cutting out this weekend's is my Monday ritual. I still have pictures to edit for Maddie's teacher..but that may have to wait until later this week.

This weekend I took the kids to 2 fall festivals at local one of the churches we saw Spencer's APD therapist! Turns out that her husband is the pastor of that church! I was glad ...but not surprised. She is such a sweet and caring person that I figured she was a Christian. Funny how you can just "tell"-and how some people just exude God's love.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Maddie's B-day party

Tonight was Maddie's party-the girls had so much fun!! Karen came along too-which means I had fun too! I always have fun with karen no matter WHAT we are doing! I wanted to share the pics from tonight!!

Yesterday was NUTS! I went on a field trip with Maddie's 4th grade class (which was SOOO awesome! We went to Pioneer village/museum-in Dade city. It was like stepping onto the set of "Little House"! I took over 200 pics-can't wait to find time to edit them! I will post them when I do!). After we got home I started supper to take to Nikki (who is recovering from surgery), just as I got started...Brooke called and said she needed to be picked up since practice was cancelled. I left to go get her and then came home to finish up supper. Once I finished I left to take it to Nikki-I got LOST trying to find the back way to her house! Finally figured it out after driving in circles! Rushed home...ate supper and started picking up the house (which was destroyed from 2 days of being too busy to keep "on top" of things....amazing how quickly that happens and how little it takes to make this tiny house look like a tornado has gone through it! Anyhoo....we all worked together on the house, trying to make it "livable" again-LOL and then I crashed into the bed and watched the Rays game with Brett.

I have spent the morning decorating for Maddie's B-day party tonight and getting everything ready for that. She is so excited!!! I will be sure to take lots of pics and post them this weekend! In a little bit-I need to go pick up Brett's check from the limo company and cash it so I can go pick up the cupcakes for the party. Until then....I am gonna get a shower and try to rest a bit-I am WORN out!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Bubba!

Today is Spencer's 8th birthday! Our "baby" now EIGHT! Where did the time go? Spencer truly is a blessing! God had used him to teach us A LOT (trying to be as nice as I can lol!)! No....really, he is such a sensitive soul. Truly innocent. He has a sense of humor that keeps us laughing all the time! He TRULY loves God-even from the time he was was evident in his favorite song "Open the eyes of my heart Lord". He would say..."sing open eyes Mommy"! Lately he has been singing (non stop) "Nothing but the blood of Jesus" (I LOVE that he learns songs like that at school!). In his most recent book (he wants to be an author and he writes about 6 "books" a day to practice!) he drew a cross and wrote the words " Jesus died for my sins"! He is talented (beyond his years!) when it comes to most any sport. He loves them all (but golf-yuck!) just like his Daddy! He is very smart....even therapists and teachers have told us how amazed they are that he has coped so well with all the difficulties he faces. He is such a gift from God! I am honored that God chose me to be his Mommy! Happy Birthday Bubba!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Maddie!!

Today is our "little" Madeline Marie McCann's 10th birthday!! I can not believe that she is already 10! Maddie is our miracle baby! She fought hard to defy all the doctors that said that she may have brain damage (because she had a hemorrhage in her brain at 8 days old) and said she may not be able to walk (because she had a tethered spinal cord). God also healed her of a kidney disorder that she lived with for the first 4 years of her life! God has been faithful to my family and our lives would not be complete without our little Maddie!! She is such a blessing to us. And........she is JUST like me when I was little (and just like me now too!)-so it is kinda hard to "get on to her" for some of the crazy things that she does! She can make ANY thing out of NOTHING-she is also one that does not know that there "IS a BOX"! She is very smart, beautiful, very active, very sweet, tender hearted, creative, outgoing, caring, friendly, funny............................ . I am so proud of her and I am honored that God chose me to be her Mother!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

You're walking on the fightin' side of me!

Ok-up until now I have been pretty good about stayin' out of the "political mess" but today I figured....I never keep my mouth shut about anything else-so why start now?! Let me first say....this is not meant to offend any of my dear friends who may be considering (or have decided) to vote from Obama (that's know who you are ;)-but rather it is just a way for me to voice MY concerns and MY opinion (and since it is MY blog.......I am gonna let loose!). Ok........BRACE goes! When did we , as Christians (for those of you who are), forget that we are supposed to be "One nation under God"?? When did we decide that our OWN needs/desires and "views" trump God's law? I honestly do not understand how ANY Christian can vote for ANY one (no matter what he promises us as a nation) who believes that it is alright to kill an unborn child.....or possibly even worse....thinks it is alright to kill a baby after he/she is born-because the parents have decided they do not want him/her. Obama believes in (and promises to lift the ban on) partial birth abortions and believes that it is alright to let a baby who is born alive, after a failed abortion, die from starvation or by refusing treatment for treatable medical problems. If you are not aware of what a partial birth abortion the least graphic way I can describe is when the baby is born breech and all but the head is out of his/her mother's womb and the doctor stabs scissors into the base of the baby's the skull and removes the brain so the child will die. Another subject completely...but I wonder if that would be considered "humane" if a pet owner or farmer preformed something like that on an animal (hmm....PETA would be all over that!). WHERE are we going to"draw the line"?? WHERE?? Are we going to eventually allow the parents to take a baby home from the hospital and because the baby gets sick or just because he/she cries too much-allow that child to be murdered?? You may think that is far fetched-but I BEG to differ with you. I do not see much, if any, difference from that and what we allow NOW. What about our elderly and disabled people-will there come a day when we are tired of "dealing" with them or there is no one to care for them so we euthanize them? If you think I am nuts-think about it! 100 years ago-we'd never dream that killing a partially born baby would even be debated!

Obama also believes in "same sex marriages"-let's what does the Bible have to say about THAT? I can honestly say that if Obama promised me wealth, health care , peace on earth (AND I actually believed him)..I would not vote for him! I answer to a much higher power-and I can not imagine God being pleased with me for taking part in the death of these babies or allowing same sex marriages to become legal. We need to remember that we DO answer to God. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for LESS than what America is doing now! When did we lose the fear of God and when did we stop holding up HIS standards? I think we've forgotten-that GOD is the one with the power and I believe that if we honor HIM then HE can bring change to our nation-Obama can't do it....McCain can't do it.....only God can really bring the changes we need-but only if we hold His standard up high and quit being selfish and greedy and more concerned about our own well being!

2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. "

Jer.18:7-10 "If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it."

"When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. defend the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."
~ Isaiah 1:15, 16, 17 NIV

I warned you that I was gonna "let loose"-and I am bracing myself for a flood of criticism, but I feel better knowing that I have had my "say" and I let my voice by heard. I am open to comments-the good/bad and the ugly. In fact .....I'd love to hear from ANY Christian who can justify to me why it is alright to elect Obama as our president.
If you really want to see what abortion does to a baby visit this site-warning! It is very graphic!

**Side note.....for those of my readers who are NOT Christians(and I know there are several)-you may not understand what my point is-please feel free to contact me via email or comment section and I will be happy to tell you more about the God I serve. He is a loving and gracious God-but I fear that He is becoming increasingly angry with our nation and the condition of our hearts.**


OMG! Yesterday was a stressful say the very least! I have not yet decided if I want to post everything that happened-I want to "protect the innocent" (ME!) . I had the biggest range of emotions I have ever had! One second I was in tears...the next I was laughing so hard I could not breathe.....I was scared out of my mind and a few times...I was all these things at the same time! It is crazy really! Today.....I have to grit my teeth....walk into the DEMOCRATIC campaign office and pick up an OSAMA (opps! I mean Obama!) sign! That is going to be the toughest part of the whole situation! If you want to hear the whole story-feel free to email me! I still have not personally spoken to the cops yet and I do not want to incriminate any of my loved ones via a blog! LOL! Oh....and it is "reassuring" to know that Brett and my Mom laughed at us when I called them in a panic! Last night Brett just kept saying "There IS a box , honey.....There IS a box!". You can check out a few posts down if you want the story behind that statement!

This morning I am going to try not to think about the craziness and I am going to Melissa's to have coffee with her! I have several errands to run today (including my stop at the "Osama" (Darn! Did it AGAIN!).....Obama headquarters) so my day is gonna be just a busy as yesterday! BTW-Spencer had more testing yesterday, he was not able to complete it like we hoped (he ran out of "steam" and kept yawing through the whole thing!-I think because it was getting harder for him-NOT because he was tired!) anyhoo-we are gonna try to finish the testing up tomorrow!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Spencer's 8th Birthday Party!

Today we had Spencer's B-day party at the park. It was such an amazingly beautiful day today-it was perfect weather! He had several friends from school come to the party, as well as our little Noah (which he introduced to all his friends as his "little baby brother") and Tj (his friend from church)! I was surprised so many kids from school came since we are new to the school and have not really had a chance to meet all the parents yet. Anyhoo-he had a great day playing baseball with all his friends and he got a TON of presents! Just wanted to share some pics from the party!

Friday, October 17, 2008

This morning I am getting ready to walk up to the library to get some more "Bill Nye-the Science guy" dvds for Spencer and to see if I can find any family movies for the weekend. Last Friday I got "Pete's Dragon" (I loved that movie as a kid!!) and the kids watched over, and over and over........ . Especially Spencer-when he gets "stuck" on something he does not "let it go" for a really long time! Lately he has been carrying around one of his old Webkinz-the bunny, who he named "Peter". He has taken that bunny around EVERY where he has gone for about 2 weeks now! I think that it is a security issue for him-he is not shy (not even close!)-but ever since he was a baby he would HAVE to bring an item from home no matter where we were going! I can remember times that he carried around a box of mac and cheese for DAYS! One time, it was a box of UN opened cereal. There are so many things that I just do not understand about him-but I am reading the books and taking him to his "Auditory Processing Disorder" (APD) therapist and working really hard on trying to help him. Some things (like carrying around items) do not really hurt anything and do not really bother me (I just wish I understood more) but other things..........have me terrified for him. I really hate going to the therapy........when his therapist left several months ago, we were put on a waiting list until a new therapist arrived. Well-she is an amazing therapist and seems to really care about is really hard for me, as his mother, to see him struggle through therapy. It is almost like when he was not in therapy I could "pretend" his APD did not exist-but when I watch him (through a double sided mirror) in therapy-I am forced to face the truth. I am so amazed by him-he is a REALLY smart boy (if I MAY say so myself!) but some of the simplest concepts are really difficult for him. I usually cry through the sessions when I see him getting so many things wrong. Right now-he is still going through the testing phase-they are testing him to see if his APD has gotten any worse/better since the last time. I will be sure to update you all when we get the results. He goes back for an hour and a half of testing on Monday and that should be the end of the testing. Yesterday-she mentioned wanting to get him tested by the behavioral side of All Children's-she believes he may have a mild case of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) based on my description of the "quirks" he has at home.....that is a whole other story!! Me? I am not sure if he does or doesn't have it-he may just be a lot like his parents LOL! I have a "thing" about having everyone wash their hands and use germ-x all the time (I wondered if the therapist thought that I may have OCD when I made Spencer use germ-x before therapy and then after therapy too!!-what!!??? He was touching a lot of TOYS that OTHER kids used!) And Spencer is JUST like his Daddy......the way that everything has to be neat and in its place! Anyhoo.........just an update. I am ramblin' on now!

I just have to share what Brett said last night that made me laugh (AND HIT HIM!). I can not even remember what we were even talking about or what I had suggested (I think it was about the use of a Tupperware bowl)-but he said "WOW! I never thought of that!" and I said that is because " I think outside the box"! He said "that is why God put us help me remember to think outside the box and I remind you ......that there IS a BOX!" Crazy man.........he's probably right though!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

This morning I had breakfast with Carol (thanks for treating me Carol!)-she is the friend from high school that I just recently met up with again. She is doing well in life-she is working part time and a real estate agent, she is married to an attorney, and they have two kids (a boy and a girl). Her daughter is friends with Madeline and I think that it is really neat to see our girls together! It reminds me of our "younger years"! Although, we became best friends in high school, not grade school. We shared a lot of good times and had a lot of fun together!

Well, this morning I was all ready to leave to meet Carol and I had 15 mins to kill. So...........I decide that I could clean out one of my kitchen cabinets during that time. I cleaned out the cabinet that hold all the "stuff" that we rarely use (blender, mixer,coffee grinder.......). I started washing out a tub, that I hold those things in, and I heard the RUSH of water coming from under my sink! Oh lordy......we already have a bowl under there, to catch the dripping water-but this was a gush and it started pouring out all over the floor! I guess when I was cleaning out the cabinet at the end I bumped a pipe loose and it came apart. So-I stopped the water, tightened up the pipe again and grabbed a towel to soak up the water. That is where I left it. Now.....I am home from breakfast and I need to face the mess all over my kitchen floor! Everything from all the cabinets on that side is out-all over the floor. I am gonna get started now!
We really, REALLY need to get the plumbing in this house fixed!!! Brett's bathroom has water running on and off all day (I can hear it but I do not know where it is coming from-it is not the toilet!), The kitchen has a leak again-(I replaced the pipes not long before my surgery!) and the water in my bath tub is impossible for me to turn on because Brett has to turn it off so tightly since IT is leaking! more thing!! The shower in Brett's bathroom can not be used AT ALL! It was pouring water even though it was shut off as tightly as possible-once we finally managed to turn it off-we decided never to touch it again! Now ALL of these problems (except the mysterious running water in Brett's bathroom) have been fixed by plumbers (who we paid BIG bucks too!) in the past.....and not long after they were "fixed" the problems reoccurred! We just can not afford to pay a plumber right now-but even if we could-it would seem like such a waste since they can't seem to do the job any better than we can!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My "bestest" friend!

Karen called me this morning and told me that they were about to take her into surgery! With Nikki having HER surgery just yesterday I was beginning to wonder what was going on with our little "gal pal group"!! Tanya said that she thought we were all "making up things" just so people would bring us supper!! She is funny!! She said that she was gonna go get a face lift just so we would bring HER supper!! Anyhoo.....back to Karen. She had a bad tooth and when they did x rays they saw that her root was growing up into her sinus cavity!! Sounds like it hurts!! OUCH! She had her surgery and is now home resting. I went to her house this afternoon to bring her some soup and she was still "high as a kite" from her surgery meds!! I just HAD to laugh at her!! I let myself into her house-since she was resting, I asked her how she was doing and how the surgery went yada... yada.... yada..... . I talked to her for about 5 minutes and then I told her that I was going out to my car to get the soup and some other things I bought for her that I knew she could eat. When I got back into her house with the bags I told her " I am putting the ice cream in the freezer" and she said "Oh my goodness!! I did not even realize that you were HERE!". She was so "out of it"!! I spoke with her tonight and she sounds better-but she did not remember much about my visit with her!!

I spoke with Nikki's husband today and he said that she is doing well. I told him that Karen had to have surgery too and he said "it seems like you girls would find a better way to get free food!".
I am glad that Nik is doing so well and I am glad that she and Karen are both able to take the pain meds....I feel guilty about being jealous of that :( . I would not fear/avoid the other surgeries (the other two that I need and the one that I WANT) if I could stomach the pain meds. I just NEVER want to have to go through the pain that I had to go through with the spine surgery...ever again!! Maybe the memory of the pain of surgery will pass like the memory of the pain of childbirth! I guess we'll see!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Family Fun day!

Yesterday we took the kids to the park for some "family fun". We had a really great day!! We got to see several deer out feeding! We are going to buy some deer feed at Walmart and take it to them next week! We also took the kids to get their FREE doughnut (go RAYS!). I love Sundays with my family!

My self portrait :)!

Don't I look short?! My kids are getting huge!

This crazy pic is Brett acting jealous (he NEVER gets jealous!) and acting like he is gonna punch the guy that gave me that pine cone that I have in my hand!! This guy, who was also watching the deer eat, took that pine cone out of his backpack and gave it to me- He just said "here you go" and handed it to me-he said it was from California. Who knows what that was all about! I just like to aggrivate Brett ( a lot!!)-I told him "Well, YOU never gave me a pine cone from California!"