Monday, December 31, 2007
old house .....gone.
old jobs..... gone.
old bodies......well.....still growing and getting older!
We are still house hunting and having fun doing it. We have been in several houses both with permission and without (funny stories I will elaberate on later) and we have yet to get that feeling that it is our next home. We also are praying so that we know that we are getting the house for us. We will keep hunting but I have to say I sure do miss my stuff. We are going to start taking Beau with us to look at houses because he seems to think that it is cool to go into other peoples houses and look around (future felon anyone?).
We are adjusting to the new jobs, town and ward very well. The house hunting are helping Mike and I become aquinted with the roads and we are getting to know the people at church too. Beau has yet to start school and he is nervous. Anyone that has ever been to Perritt Primary school knows that it will take a fantastic place to replace Perritt in our hearts. That school treated everyone like family and we loved the past 4 years that Beau has been with them and we will miss them greatly.
So...... how is it that we have entered houses without permission? Easy we open the unlocked doors and walk in. Mike has not one bit of a problem doing this while I will at least look at the neighboring yards to make sure that no one is looking. The fist time (yes it has been more than once) I really felt nervous. I kept telling mike not to move things and to wipe off finger prints. ( I just knew there was a body in there somewhere) the second time I was less carefull so if you see my pretty mug on the 11 o clock news just learn from me to wear gloves when house hunting.
I forgot to let all of you know how graduation went. Mike did it. (and without flashing the student body) I was very proud of him and I am sure that had Beau spent any amount of the cerimony not rolling on the floor, playing with the program, punching his cousin, telling he was bored, dancing, spilling a bottle of water or mentioning very loudly that he did not like all of the speakers I am sure he would have been proud of his dad too. Mike also started his new job and he is rocking it. But we all knew that would happen. Now all we need are the new house and bodies and we are good to go.
I hope that everyone had a great holiday season and that you are ready to rock a new year. We are going to make the best of what we have and do what we taggards do best. Take the good and bad mix them all up bake for an hour at 350 and turn them all into brownies.......Maybe that explains the bodies! Seriously, Mike is great at making even the most unexpected turn of events seem like a sunday afternoon. Easy breezy and full of laughter.
Here are my not so private New Years resolutions...... I have some personal ones that I will keep to myself so that when I break them only I will know.
1. I will ......... I never have been good at these things. I guess my resolution will be to start comming up with a list of resolutions for the next year.
Be safe and enjoy the new years celebrations. At midnight I will be happily snoring next to my also snoring husband and will pretend to anyone that asks that we stayed up partying all night.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Mike and I still do not have a place to live except for my parent’s house because rent is so much more expensive here in the city. In our old house we were only paying 475 a month for rent and up here rent is more like 750-850. So after finding out about first time buyer grants and stuff like that and talking to a bank about how much we are qualified for on a loan and the monthly payment would be about what we pay now for rent, Mike and I are trying to decide if we want to try and buy. It is a little bit of a scary idea. On the other hand….. To not have a crabby landlord and to be able to have a pet and foster kids without begging for permission would be great. Then on the flipside not having a landlord to fix the AC and stuff like that would be crappy too. Really though a 250 dollar difference a month is hard to beat too. We don’t know yet it is all up to the Lord. We are praying and I am meeting with a real estate agent this weekend to go over all the details of what we would have to do. I do not like being uninformed so I research like crazy anytime a big decision is placed on me.
I made some of my famous toffee this past weekend along with some home made crunch and munch popcorn and we decorated the tree. Well, Beau and my niece Pretty princess decorated the tree. So as you can imagine all the ornaments are on the bottom two thirds of the tree and clumped together. I am going to redistribute the ornaments this week as soon as I get a bit of free time. I am just having problems getting into the spirit without my husband and son. Isn’t that sad?
I hope that everyone is doing well and that you have had a great week. I am sending out the Christmas cards this week so if you want one and I have not sent one to you before send me your address and I will get it out to you. Remember just because I am not in the holiday spirit does not mean you can’t be. Throw on a Santa hat and dance in your living room to jingle bell rock.
Monday, November 26, 2007
We did have a few snags this weekend with the move. Not only was it rainy but it was freezing cold. We are talking like 30’s and 40’s. That may not sound that bad to many of you but to an Arkansas Native that is pretty darn chilly. In fact I would call it down right cold. Luckily carrying furniture and boxes filled with books will help warm even the most in shape people. The second snag was that Derek realized that we really were moving. (we have told him this and discussed it in detail for awhile and he seemed ok) I think that it has been a little like a game to him until he saw his home empty and was about to drive away from the only town he has lived in and from his cousins. We are not moving that far away and we are staying with my parents until Mike graduates and we can find a nice place to stay so I do not think that he will be upset for long. If there were any other snags then they came up with out me knowing or caring to know and for that I am grateful.
My folks, Mike and I went back to the house on Sunday to do some of the cleaning so that Mike and his family that are still in town did not get stuck with it all and it went by pretty smoothly. We only had time to do the walls and baseboards and stuff like that and Mike and my Dad went out and broke down the trampoline and soccer goal. Did I mention that it was still raining and cold. Mike and I then said our goodbyes and pretended like we did not want to just sit with each other a little longer so that the other one did not feel heart broken at leaving. (only 3 more weeks, we can make it)
We still do not know where we are going to end up in central Arkansas but we did look at a few houses this weekend and found one that could be a possibility. Rent is just so much higher in a city than in a small town so we keeping getting the sticker shock face and it is probably not going to go away until we get used to seeing such high rents.
I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, I know that we did. I got to spend some time with the Taggard Family and we had the feast at My sister in law Becky’s house. It was great. We really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks Becky will we be seeing you for every Taggard Holiday now?
Mike and I did the Black Friday thing in a smaller way this year since we did not stay up in Jacksonville. Arkadelphia only has a few stores. We went to Wal-Mart and picked up some different items that were priced very cheap and then went home to pack. Maybe next year we will pick up a laptop for 5 bucks or something.
Have a great week everyone and now that the bird had his day I can say
Now who’s making the candy?
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This is the reason that I am a little perplexed this season. It snuck up on me! I don’t know if it is because I am moving or starting a new job or because we had 2 more kids this year but some how that Thanksgiving bird has slapped me in the face and asked “How do you like me now?” and then gobbled away leaving me staring blankly at a calendar and wondering how I made it through fall without knowing that it was fall. I missed out on harassing my husband with Christmas carols and watching White Christmas over and over. In fact, I bet he thinks that he has won me over to the dark side. More than likely he too is busy and has yet to really be able to consider the fact that this Thursday is Thanksgiving. Truth is I am still as Christmas-y (is that a word) as ever, well, minus the sweaters and stuff. I am excited about the Christmas season and can not wait for Friday. Not only is it the last day in our current house but it marks the first day of the Christmas season and no matter what Mr. Grinch Mike says I can sing, say, decorate, wrap or watch whatever Christmas things I want to. So, Ha, Mr. Turkey, you may have had your day but I am going to have a whole month!
Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
“HEEE HEEE HEEE” (once again in mikes pseudo redneck voice)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I left Mike with the kids to finish packing and have a great time without mommy there to tell them to eat right, clean, not play Wii and go to bed. Curly goes back to his parents this weekend and Princess will soon follow leaving Mike and Beau alone and living with Justen and Amber until the big day.
I will try to keep all of you posted and try and keep up with all of you in my spare time. Have a great week.
Monday, November 5, 2007
1. you have too many books
2. There are so many little things that really do not have a category to be boxed with but you can't throw away for some reason because you need them.
3. You have no idea where everything came from
4. You still have too many books
This has been an enlightening experience for me. We have a tiny house and Mike and I go through our house twice a year to get rid of things that we no longer use so how is it that for every box that I pack our stuff grows. It is like the house is regurgitating clutter faster than I can pack it. This is crazy!!!!! Not only that but while we are packing it looks like we have never cleaned before in our life and wouldn't you know it but that is when people start dropping by. I have it on the tip of my tongue at all times now to say.....Oh sorry for the mess you know how moving is! and then I do this sort of Giggle and helpless glance number in hopes that they do not go and post an ad in the good housekeeping magazine about the dirties house in the world. How in the world did my mom and dad manage to pack us up (and sometimes with less notice) and move us so many times and make it look easy!?! We are steadily making progress and I hope that it gets over with soon. What ever is not packed at the end of this week will be left for my husband to do on his own and I am just not that trusting. In his defense he noticed that I was getting overwhelmed and when I was at work he packed all day. It impressed me so much that I now let him pack with me in the evenings and I only nag him a little on how he puts things in the boxes. Poor man!
We made the announcement at work that we would be moving soon and I did not think it would be so hard. We have love our unit so much and would love to stay but the Lord has other plans for us. My husband has always been in the branch and I have been in it for 9 years. We have life long friends in the branch and family as well. But as long as there are Taggards in the area we will be back to visit.
Alright no more messing around it is time to strap on my tape gun grab my multi colored sharpies and go attack the Kids Bedrooms. If you do not see another blog in two weeks please send a rescue unit to look for me under my sons bottom bunk. I am pretty sure that some of those toys are living and ready to defend there hiding spot.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Well, Derek and I went to the store to get the stuff for our special meal and this is what followed.
Me: Hey, guess what?
m: We are going to have a super dinner for Halloween, It is going to be so awesome that you will not be able to handle it.
B: Oh Yeah I will.....Look at this (he then does this huge toothy smile that he does to blind people with the brightness and we have to act like we can't see)
M: I guess you can handle it not stop blinding me.
B: so........What are we having for Halloween
M: We are going to eat dinner served in a pumpkin!!!!!! (with huge facial expressions and over the top voicing)
B: What you are not getting me to eat out of a pumpkin
M: Don't you think that it sounds cool?
B: Ummmmmmm no. That sounds not so good
M: What would you want then. ( as I see my graveside lament turning into something different such as my son talking about how his mom made him eat out of a nasty pumpkin)
B: Fondue!!!!!! (in a this is the only option voice)
M: You want fondue for your special Halloween dinner?
B: Ummmmm Yeah! (now the look that says his mom is not a sharp tack is on his little face)
M: OK fondue it is.
Now this story skips ahead a couple of days to the night of Halloween. I have made the creamiest, velvetiest and smoothest cheese fondue and with it included : Little smokies, Chicken nuggets, Tater Tots, Apples and summer sausages. Beau walks into the kitchen excited about the fondue and looks into the fondue pot and goes:
B: What is that!!!!!!!!
M: That is your Halloween fondue. (starting to hear those praises in later years again)
B: Why is it yellow? (Once again he seems to think I am a 3 year old)
M: Because of the cheese (returning the DUH look)
B: That's is not fondue!
M: Yes it is see you dip the stuff in it and eat it. (I give him a bite and he likes it)
B: MMMMMMM........Are you going to make the brown fondue too?
M: Chocolate fondue?
B: Yeah, the s'more stuff we had. That was so awesome!!! I want that again
Just to fill ya'll in a few weeks ago we had chocolate fondue and to dip in it we had Graham crackers, Marshmallows and something else and the kids all loved it. I guess I will get one of those cool graveside My mom was the greatest speeches after all.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
With all good news comes bad news. I am going to have to move away from my boys until Mike graduates. I will come home on the weekends but will be living with my parents during the week. It will only be for a month until they join me but it is still a little sad to think about. Plus we are having to pack. Thank heavens I come from an air force family! We are also going to have to find a place and get it aproved by DHS for us to continue to be foster parents. Man I have a lot to do. I will just take it the way I take everything. One little baby step at a time. Just pray for us that everything will work out fine.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Best thing you cooked last week: OAMC beef stroganoff. I don't know if it counts if you cooked it 3 weeks ago and froze it and then reheated it but it sure was yummy!
If money, time and babysitting were no object, where would you go and with who?
The who is easy-Mike and maybe my kids the where is a bit tricky. I might want to go on a disney cruise or I might want to tour europe. I guess it all depends on my mood.
When was the last time you cried- I cried the other day because........sniff..........sniff....I can't remember what I was .......sniff...... watching......sniff.......but ..........sniff......if was really happy....sniff....and sweet.....sniff...... and you just had to be there.
Five things you were doing ten years ago :
1. Going to high school
2. Thinking I was smarter than anyone older than me
3. Hanging out with my family
4. Thinking I would be rich in ten years (that did not happen)
5. working at a wendy's (mmmmmmm frosties)
Five things on your to do list today:
1. Get gas
2. Print off inventory sheets at work
3. Fold mass of socks
4. Help husband get ready to leave on trip
5. Find ways to slip little notes into his luggage to read later.
Five favorite snacks:
3. crunch n munch
5. crackers and cheese
Five Bad Habits-
1. thinking that I don't have any bad habits
2. putting off laundry
3. Spacing out when others are talking (this one is pretty bad)
4. never finishing a craft project
5. not matching up socks
Five favorite foods:
1. Brownies (see a pattern)
2. Ice cream
3. Any pastry
4. My husbands fab cooking
5. Really I am a southerner so just fry it up and I will try it.
Top Five places I've Been:
1. Most north: I visited the north pole at a mall in OK one time when I was a kid. The bullies at school tried telling me that it wasn't real but as long as I believe santa still brings me presents.
2. Most south: The gulf of mexico. I also realized that the sun burns you faster when combined with salt water. Ouch!!!! I was peeling for 5 years!
3. Most east: Europe
4. Most west: California
5. Most in between: Well I am in between projects right now but I don't think you mean that. How about from the east coast to the west coast.
Five favorite memories:
1. My wedding to my eternal love
2. The birth of my son
3. When my son told me about a dream he had that we were supposed to get kids from other people. (long story I will post about it sometime)
4. All of the cool stuff we did growing up in a close family
5. when Mike and I was stranded on an icy freeway for 12 hours (it really is a great memory now after 6 years)
Tag: I now tag Lupe because I can't be it forever! Mwaahaaa!
Monday, October 22, 2007
I started on Saturday afternoon by gathering up all of the laundry from the various rooms and hampers and then getting it done one load at a time. The dryer and washer never stopped! I had Beau (who did not like this game of sorting and washing) empty the dryer when the buzzer sounded and dropping the goods in the middle of the Living Room floor for me to fold after I switched out the washer. I then preceded to fold so much laundry that my arms are now comparable to Popeye's. (give or take a tattoo or two)
What am I complaining about you ask? That sounds like a normal laundry day? Well, if you had been in my house you would have seen it multiply. Even beau, curly and dilla noticed. Beau even asked where it was all coming from. Every time I walked into a room and would check out a hidden area there would be a load of clothes tucked in there hiding from our mom and dad glances to see if things are still livable in the bedrooms. I don't know how this happened but there were even clothes found under the mattresses and wrapped around the frames of the beds. There were about a dozen random and unmatchable socks located around my backyard and I am pretty sure that the dog next door was eating what used to be a pair of shorts that belonged to my youngest son. How in the world can this much laundry exist for a small family of five?! ? I came up with an answer during my day of dirty clothes and it is the simple fact that laundry reproduces. That's right, that is the only answer! This stuff multiplies and grows and then crawls into hiding places so that they can create more clothes.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Please note that this story is based on a real event but parts of the story have been embellished in the mind of a very imaginative person. The artists drawing is almost an exact representation of the demonic squirrel. If you see this animal please run in another direction.
Monday, October 15, 2007
On saturday mike and I went to the LDS Memphis Temple with my parents and aunt and it was a wonderful experience. We then got back to my parents house and had to break our childrens hearts by informing them that we were going home and not staying another night at amma's and Papa's house. You would have thought that we took a knife and gutted derek, so he went and snuggled up to my mom for a little bit to get in his amma time. Mike and I decided to let the kids get in a little bit of play time before we left and to give us a break from being in the car so we hung out and watched ghost hunters with my dad and sister and just chatted. I really do getting to spend time with our families (both the taggards and the Rowes) and this semester it seems as though we are not getting to see either family very often. When we left papa made sure that the grandkids had candy in hand and saw us off.
We were wanting to stop off at Justen (our older taggard brother) and Riley (our youngest taggard niece) birthday party but after about the twentith spat we had to break up in the backseat (oh, how I wish we had a mini van to space out the kids) Mike and I made the executive decision that we would not submit any other living person to the world of "mom he looked at me" or "dad he is touching the window" so we sped home where we could send them to thier beds and mike and I could get some much needed quiet and relaxation.
Sunday we had Taggard Lunch at our house and we made stir fry. Really we just pulled stuff out of our freezer and put it together. It was fun only neal and his boys, Justen and Amber and Dad showed up (mom was out of town) so it was a quieter meal than normal. Plus with the great weather we had yesterday the kids stayed out playing.
So in review of our weekend we had a blast, lots of family, church and play time. Now We our back in the real world and getting back to the grind stone.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Those of you that know me well know that I do not like suprises, not knowing exactly what will happen and most of all not feeling in control of my life. It is killing me that I do not know where, what or when our lives will change. I don't know where I will be living or what mike and I will be doing in 3 months. We could be homeless and living on the streets! OK, so that would never happen but still you see where my mind takes me in the wee morning hours when I am still awake and stressing. It is a bit calming knowing that in 2 months mike will be a professional and making money so that we are true grown ups. (you know what I mean) Ok, enough of my ulcer provoking stress.
Things are going well right now despite my unpredictable outbursts. Derek is doing really well in soccer and gymnastics and our foster son is doing gymnastics as well. Our foster daughter is still charming all of the guys in our family and I am trying to master some of her tricks. Mike is doing well in school and is starting to get senioritis. He really wants out of there and is excited to be working at a real station. ( not that yours is not real, mike) We are getting ready for halloween and so far the costumes are as follows: One black cat, one "the Thing" and one either silver Surfer or Jaden from Yu-gi 0h GX. I will continue to dress in my tired mommy costume and mike will dress up as the stressed out over educated daddy costume.
We had a great weekend this weekend and had fun making toffee popcorn playing, cleaning, organinizing but most of all we all just hung out as a family and enjoyed some all to rare family time. We also got rid of a lot of stuff. (we are starting to get stuff ready for packing) We are going to the state fair friday if all works as planned and then to the LDS temple on sat with my parents and aunt Carol. So we are going to be busy bees this week. I will send out some pics of the fair.
Monday, September 24, 2007
We are doing great right now. We still like being a foster family and we currently have two kids in our family. Beau loves having someone to play with and mike and I feel like we are finally doing what we were called to do. These two make our fifth and sixth foster children and they are good kids. Mike is getting ready to graduate and I am excited that he is about to graduate. Beau is in gymnastics and soccer right now and is looking forward to baseball in the spring.
I will keep you posted.