Friday, December 17, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Really, you guys have no idea just how much family we have and the fact that we enjoy to be around them says a lot about each and every one of them. I hope that everyone out there is as blessed as our family is and have lots of love and joy this weekend.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
1. Waiting until 2 weeks before a science fair project is due to let your mom know. (beau)
2. Getting your water out of the toilet because you just could not wait for your mom to get done with the laundry. (Princess)
3. Telling the Bishops wife you hate her because she put you in timeout during nursery. (link)
4. Smearing your brothers football eye paint black stuff all over the carpet and wall. (link and princess)
5. Telling your teacher that you will have your dad spank you with the spiky side of his belt after you made a bad choice at school. (Beau, and we don't even spank him)
I could really keep going on but then you would think I was making this all up. I really am thankful for these moments because they help me know that I am a mom. I can swap battle stories with the other moms and look forward to the day when I can tell future grandkids about the stuff their parents used to do. It also gives me a chance to teach them and watch them grow and make better choices and know that I am doing my calling as a mom. I hope this didn't scare any new mom (they were the nicer of the things I could have posted) because even when you have to lock yourself in the bathroom and are trying to remember why you even wanted kids in the first place it passes and you take care of the trial and file it in your brain for later use and entertainment.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I also am thankful for the magic in a child's heart. My kids saw a picture of Santa this morning and Princess told me that she wanted him to come live with us and to sleep in our Christmas tree. I love watching my kids get excited about holidays, birthdays or new toys. The innocence that they still have and the joy that they get from things that have long since faded from an adults heart is amazing. I think this is our last year of Beau still believing but I won't tell him and as long as he tells me he still believes Santa, Easter bunny and all other magical commercial people will continue to visit my house.
Monday, November 15, 2010
I love the extra time I get with my family on these days too. This weekend did not count since I was gone all day on saturday but I at least had sunday with them. Getting to snuggle up with Mike while sipping hot chocolate and catching up on our DVR or getting to play a game with the kids or look at toy catalogs for christmas are some of my favorite things. I don't even get online during the weekend to blog or do anything that is not easily done from my iphone. Those are my free days and I am very stingy about how I use them. Hopefully this weekend will be traveling to see my newest nephew!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
So this is the machine I was talking about yesterday. On the suggestion of our dear friend Aria we bought and fell in love with this machine. We use it several times a week and it is handy to have for parties, church activities and just to have running on a cold evening of family fun. Our kids get really excited when we bust it out in october and do not put it away until spring. We use it that much. We use it for Hot Chocolate or will just run water in it for people to decide on what they want like herbal tea, hot chocolate or Pero (a barley drink). If you have a love of warm beverages on a chilly night I would suggest this small appliance. I got mine on amazon but my mom found one at a yard sale and paid 5 bucks! Either way it is a steal. BTW, Kara, I am a bit of a hot chocolate snob and use creamers, flavorings and various types of hot cocoa depending on the evening. We usually use swiss miss (buy it in a huge can at sam's) but I also have some ghiradelli mix that is really rich. I love to mix creamers in mine and find that Belgian Toffee is my favorite as well as flavoring syrups you can find in the coffee aisle. Aria likes to make steamers with hers, I did not like them but some people do, it is hot milk with flavoring in it. This is my thankful thing today.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I am most thankful for my church. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and it has made me the woman I am today. Most of all I am thankful for the prophet of our church. Pres. Monson gave a talk during the last conference where he spoke about being grateful and I remember my 9 year old looking at me and saying that it must be important if the prophet tells us to do it. It also made me a little sad that we as people have apparently forgotten what it means to be grateful and to thank our Heavenly Father for the blessings in our life and that we had to be reminded by his prophet. It was something that I vowed to make an effort to be better at. I am so thankful for the guidance that God sends us and for his love, support and blessings. He has never left me to fail and has always been there when I needed him and even when I thought I didn't. This is a great way for me to work on the virtue of thankfulness and I am choosing to start with God.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
We were excited since this was our first big family trip. We packed lots of snack, games, movies, coloring books and toys just for the ride up. When you have three kids and two of them are below the age of five it is hard to keep them happy but we put in a two hour break at a mall in the middle of the drive and all went well. The kids had a lot of fun at the mall too. Beau and Link hung out in the Arcade and Princess LOVED Claire's and even suckered us into some new earrings. I think she would have taken the whole store if she could have. We also listened to a book on tape that Beau had picked out and I got into it so much that I am still listening to it on my commute to work.
Once we got to the resort we unpacked in our cabin and started making the rounds. I think I was hugged more that day than in the past year! The kids, of course, found the playground and preceded to be covered in dirt for the next 3 days. Link, being himself, proved within 10 minutes that he does indeed bounce as he fell off the monkey bars ( He had been told to stay off) and bonked his head. The KY family freaked a bit but by the end of the day no one batted an eye when he fell, jumped, crashed or tripped. He is just my little boy and will probably run me into debt with ER bills.
Over the next 3 days we played boardgames, talked and ate. There was so much food it was not even funny. Mike and the kids filled up on desserts, sandwiches and all kids of snacks. We had fun introducing people to the games Zombies and Pandemic. No, Aria, we have still not saved the world! We also got ribbed a bit when the hogs lost to Bama. We sat around a fire and made smores with the kids and just had a bunch of fun. We are hoping that this becomes a yearly thing. Plus I got some tips for planing the Taggard reunion.
Friday, September 17, 2010
So far this month things are going great. We are having fun getting into the new routine have already bought our fall decorations. (we really like fall) Beau has decided to be his much loved charlie brown and wants Link to be his snoopy. I have been dreading making that costume but lucky me Target sells them. Now to just make charlie brown (much easier). Princess has still not decided and I know she will pick out about 20 different things to be and I will have to make the choice. That girl loves to dress up. Mike and I have still not decided on costumes.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Chicken Pox- Link and I did in fact survive the chicken pox and no one else fell to this itchy virus. There was a moment when we thought Beau had it but it turned out to be a spider bite that got way infected and had to take meds to heal. I healed up faster than link (cause you know I have super powers) and my mom had the pleasure of watching him for a few days and quickly learned just how hyper and energetic our little toddler can be. Hopefully, this will not be a returning illness to our house. Not fun.
Youth Conference- I took the youth of our church to a youth conference for three days to meet with others that are their age and of the same faith. We had great speakers and a lot of fun. However, I discovered that I am too old for late nights and constant movement. I was so sore and tired by the time we went home that I thought about just staying in bed for a week. All of the young women were great and I really did have fun and was able to get to know my fiend that went with me a little more.
Football- Yeah, that is right. Beau is in football. Practice is a lot and it was like 116 degree during his 3 hour practices in august. It was horrible!!!!!! He was doing great until they had a full pads and full contact day. They lined the kids up in what is call Blood Alley and the dads and coaches lined up to make the alley and they made the kids one on one tackle each other for 3 hours. No introduction to hitting or anything like that. And to make it worse the yelling and aggression from the adult males was not good. Beau had a lot of issues with this and when we came home he went to his bedroom. I thought he was playing a video game and was surprised when a about 15 minutes later he came back up front crying and told me that he had been praying to see if it was ok to hit other people and if he should stay in football. We then talked about how it is a game and all that jazz and then called his Uncle Justen who talked to him. Justen and his wife ended up coming down to watch his next practice and He worked a bit with Beau on everything and it made a huge difference. After the next practice he came home telling me that it didn't hurt him to be knocked over so it shouldn't hurt the others and that it was fun. Now that the heat wave is leaving I might just start enjoying the games.
Canning Chicken- Since Mike is going to grad school I am going to be cooking more and with our schedule these need to be fast meals. I spent the second weekend of August canning chicken so that I would have home cooked chicken ready in a moments notice. We have been using it and it is good. Not the same as fresh cooked but still pretty good and handy to have too. Now we are going to try hamburger meat for our next adventure.....any advice?
School Started- 4 out of 5 Taggards started school this month. Link is in a 2-3 year old preschool class, Princess is in 4 year old pre-k, Beau is in the 4th grade and Mike is starting his masters. Me, well, I am still in the school of hard knocks and mommy 101. LOL! It was fun for the kids to help Dad buy his school stuff and everyone had fun picking out back packs, notebooks and new clothes. I had fun until we paid. Holy crap that was a lot of money! Beau and Chase went off to school with no problems but Princess was another story. She was starting a new school and after a summer of amma's house she was out of the habit of going to school. She was so scared and sad and it made me tear up a bit when we had to say goodbye. I guess you never get over that feeling as a mom of needing to protect. Her dad said that when he picked her up she was all smiles and giggles. She now loves her school. Beau has already been in a puppet show and his teacher keeps a class blog with pics to keep parents updated on the class. I love it.
Potty Training- We have started training Link and it is a slow process. In my opinion he is not even ready but the school said that he needs to start. He doesn't even care if he is wet or dirty and I am having issues with it. All of the other kids I have potty trained were ready and not almost 3. I don't know why he is taking his time but I am so ready to be done with diapers. SO READY! I looked back and I realized that I have been changing diapers for almost a decade. That is long enough. I just hope he starts to realize what to do on the potty besides sing songs and smile. It will happen I just need to be calm and wait.
That is all the highlights of the past month in our house and can I just say that I am ready for Fall. I am done with summer and can't wait until I can snuggle up with a blanket and listen to the storms bringing in the cooler weather. Ahhhhhh bliss.
Monday, July 19, 2010
I get home from work and decided to check Link out and after stripping him down am amazed at the polka dotted mess that was on his body. I mentally checked the list that the nurse told me to look for and he had every single thing. The dots, blisters, red blotches.....my poor little boy! Mike and I marked every spot before sending him to bed and put my mom on red alert that she was going to need to watch a poxy boy. I woke up on tuesday morning and went to check on him before my shower. He had several new spots (clever marking helped) Dang!!!! I then started getting ready for work as I was dressing I noticed a few new spots on me.....and those spots were blistered....and they itched.....and they ruined my day. I called in to work, called the school and the school nurse, called my mom ( mostly to complain) called the doctor and then went back to sleep. We went to the doctor and he confirmed that we both had chicken pox and would be contagious until at least one day after the final outbreak and all of the pox had crusted over. Great, what a wonderful thing to look forward to.
The rest of the week passed in a pink calomine, daytime tv, hyper toddler infused week. I did get to spend a lot of time with the kids and that was fun but the rest was not. My mom came and picked up the non poxy older kids and took them swimming and to the movies to get them out of the house a bit and I have to say I was jealous. I was also mad everytime my husband got to leave to go to work, or the store or heck even to play outside in the heat without itching. I was very lucky that I did not get a very big case just one outbreak but my muscles, skin, head and everything was sore, itchy and tired. Link, Much bigger case, was spotty but hyper as a puppy. I guess that is why it is a childhood virus and not an old person virus.
I am back too work now and so happy to be in the world again. Link is still home with the pox since he keeps having outbreaks and I guess I am the type of person to leave a man down because I was so ready to escape that prison and find my way to freedom. My punishment is that my healing pox do still itch and it is much harder to scratch at work than on my couch.
Friday, July 9, 2010
1. Movie tickets are like a bazillion dollars
2. We have 5 people in our family
3. We are way too broke to pay the man our paycheck just to see a two hour long movie.
That being said we do see a lot of movies when they make it to the dollar theater or we catch them on redbox, netflix or if we love the movie we buy it. Anyways, now that I am done complaining about the price of a movie ticket I will proceed with the original purpose of this post. As I was saying, we love movies. Like really love movies. Every january we get the list of the hundreds of movies that are releasing during the year and highlight them based on who in the family would like it. We then look at those and decide which ones we will see in the "Big" theater, Dollar Theater or see in our home theater (living room). This really is fun to do and it is amazing to see just how many movies are put out each year. We usually go and see the Mike and Desi movie on my birthday this is because my birthday always falls around the Big summer blockbuster opening weekend. Mike and I started this tradition almost 12 years ago with the movie "The Mummy" and it has remained a vital part of my birthday. Not the staring brendan fraiser although I could do that all day but the opening of the summer season part. We have so much fun going out and discussing which ever movie we happen to go and see. Now I am not saying mike and I don't go see anymore during the year but we really do usually wait until it is at the dollar theater or redbox because it is expensive and after adding on the price of a babysitter for 3 kids it becomes even more costly. I do not mind this one bit because as I get old, I mean wiser, I find that I actually like watching the movie in my own home. I can pause it, I don't have to hide in shame when I scream out in fear during a kids movie and I can snuggle up next to the best man in the world without wondering if my oldest son is going to puke in protest. All very good arguments to viewing a movie at home.
I find it very odd that I started this post with the purpose of reviewing the movies that we have seen so far this summer and have instead with lots of details explained how our family watches a movie. I apologize now but as I have a summer cold and am currently under the influence of several meds I can not be held accountable for the content of this post. I will however promise to post again when I am a little more sober about the three movies (we had sneak peek passes for Dispicable Me so it was free) that we have seen so far.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
I have this friend that has a friend that has a cousin that had a very scary ride home from work one night. She worked late that night and it was very dark when she got to her car. She quickly got in and started home. She noticed a car that was following her very closely and he was flashing his lights and screaming at her. She thought at first that he wanted to her to speed up so she motioned for him to pass. He didn’t move from right behind her car. He would back up just a bit and then very quickly speed up and get within inches of her car. She started getting very worried that he was trying to run her off the road and started to speed up. The faster she went the faster he went and he continued to flash lights at her and scream. She glanced ahead and was grateful to see her parent’s house down the block and when she got to it she pulled up into the yard and right up to the front door. She jumped out of the car and ran calling for help and crying. The driver of the car jumped out as well and instead of running after her he went right to her car and blocked all of the doors of the car. Little did the girl know but the crazy driver had saved her life. When he had pulled up behind her he had seen the silhouette of a man with a knife sitting up and preparing to stab the girl. When the driver sped up and flashed his lights the man would dive back down behind the seats and this pattern continued for the entire ride. When the police arrived they confirmed that the man in the girl’s backseat was a serial killer that preyed on young women by hiding in the back of the car and waiting until the right moment to kill!
So, yeah cheesy I know but I have never forgotten that story. To this day I check the car before I get in and even then if someone is driving really close to me my first thought is that someone is in the backseat trying to kill me. I know, the reason is more likely to be that I drive 10 miles below the speed limit but I am a very imaginative person and not very logical. It doesn’t help that my first car was a little Ford Festiva that had a hatch in the back. Oh, and that I knew for a fact that a person could fit in there. (Actually if you are really creative 10 people could fit in that tiny car) When I was in High School I worked at a Wendy’s and would get off work really late. The first thing I would do when I got in my car was to throw something in the back and listen for someone to cry out in pain. Wow, As I am writing this I can now see why my husband thinks I have issues!!!!! Well, those issues will keep me from being stabbed in the middle of the night. BTW, this is why he drives the minivan at night. Too many hiding places!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Yesterday I woke Beau up and told him about his appointment later in the day and assured him that he would not need any shots since he was up to date on them. He seemed to be ok with the appointment after that. Mike calls me and lets me know that B probably has psoriasis on his arms and will need to go see a dermatologist. Well, that was great it explained the weird stuff on his arms. Then mike told me that they were drawing blood and running tests....(crap, now he will never trust me again). I get a call a few hours later from the nurse asking to speak to Beaus mom and to let me know that he seems to have low iron in his bones and that he now needs to be taking iron everyday and that they would check him again at a later date to see if that is taking care of the problem. At that moment I realized that even if he will never trust me again that I am grateful that he has such a great and helpful doctor that checks everything. I know nothing we discovered yesterday was serious but it makes this mom feel better knowing that even the little things can be found and taken care of before they do become bad.
Princess and Link are later today. We have officially changed their doctors to ones closer to home and that their old foster parents do not still use. This will also make it much easier to take the kids to appointments since it is close to their schools and home. We got the new SSN cards in the mail and now the kids are officially name changed and we could not be happier. Their was always the chance that someone could track them down with the old info and now they have complete new identities. Now, I think princess does have to have shots today but I bet a little swimming at Amma's house would get rid of any hurt and pain that they give her.
Just a reminder to all the moms and dads out there to keep your kids medical check ups current and up to date. You never know what might show up and as I learned from the great GI Joe.........Knowing is half the battle!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Beau: Has ended the third grade wonderfully. He did really well in chess club and earn lots of medals. He is also waiting to hear how his light pollution science project did at the fair. Right now he is trying to teach himself how to do yoyo tricks and stands in front of me swinging that thing around. I have managed to not get a black eye but you know it will happen. He is doing great as the third baseman on his team and is looking forward to more golf time. He is also proving to be so helpful with the little ones and with doing simple chores......I guess that means he needs to start getting an allowance.
Princess: It is amazing how much more vocal this girl is becoming everyday. She is still shy in public but in the house she is a motor mouth. It just keeps going and going. Now I know how everyone else in the world feels when they are around me. She has also progressed so well in Pre-K and has been accepted into the local pre-K program in town for next year. This one has no uniforms so I am excited about not having to keep white polos white. She is going to be starting a week long swimming class and then her Amma will be helping her all summer with swimming. Maybe she is taking the princess and the frog thing too far.
Link- Oh man, this boy is wearing me out. Literally. He does not have a walk button only a run and jump one. He is using more and more words each week and is even starting to sing the ABC and Twinkle Twinkle Songs. He still worships his big brother, so much so that when B is not using the yoyo Link has it and flings it around at me. It is so cute!!!!! He is starting to become more aware when he is stinky and we are hoping that this is a sign that he will be ready to start potty training in a few weeks or months. I am so over diapers. It has been 9 years of changings!!!!!!!!!
Mike- Is still getting things ready to start graduate school in the fall and he is still rocking it as a producer of the morning show on KARN. He is still having some problems with his leg but we are hoping to make through this year without an ICU trip. Heaven knows we are still paying for the last one. Oh and he is still the perfect man for this woman!
Me- I am now 30. It is not fun and I am not happy about it but with a family like mine it can only mean that I am going to love the next 10 years. Now that my kids are getting older I am starting to realize that I have zero hobbies or pasttimes besides reading that do not involve my kids in some way. I craft but on projects for the kids, I bake but for the kids, I do lots of things but for the kids. I have come to realize that I like it that way. Mike still spoils me rotten and "forces" me to break out of routines and try new things for myself and that makes me love him even more. Really, I am one blessed woman.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
To look at us as a family you would probably never know that we have only known each other for a year or that two of the children had been in foster care for the beginning of their lives. That is why every once in awhile I get knocked in the side of the head. Sometimes when I am frustrated by the fact that princess or link have still not learned not to do this or that I have to remember that they have only been learning discipline and structure for a year and if we had been their parents from birth it would be a little better. Who knows Link would probably still be a crazy little ape child. When I meet with developmental therapists for the kids I have to bury down the anger that I have that my kids will have to deal with the effects of the actions of a woman that they will never know. When I look at family history I have to acknowledge that one day my kids will want to meet that woman and I will need to be there for them during that search and then stand by and hope that they remember my love. I am also shocked a bit at how princess still worries about us disappearing. If her dad has to work a double she asks where her daddy is and if he is still going to come home or asks if we are still mommy and daddy. Or how she still has a fear of groups and people that look a certain way. I know that this will get better with time but it does not stop my heart from stopping just for a moment and breaking for this young girl that has lived through a hell for most of her life. One day, I will look back on all this the same way I look back on the adoption drama and know that it is in the past and cannot hurt them anymore but for now I am still figuring things out. I try not to show it to others but there are still days when I just pray and hope that my love will be able to cure them forever.
Monday, May 10, 2010
5:30am: Beau sneaks into my room and wakes me up to give me two dry pieces of toast with a smile, wink and a kiss to sweeten the deal. He then snuck back out to play video games.
6:15am: Beau sneaks back in to ask me if he can make breakfast for the younger ones and put on a movie so that I can sleep a little longer.
7:00am: Alarm goes off telling me it is time to get ready for church. I also eat the dry toast so that Beau knows that it was a wonderful gift.
9:00am: Actually made it to church on time.
9:15am: Accidently hit Beau in the head with a tray and then Link decides to spray me with his water. All the while my husband is laughing so hard that the people in the pews around us are looking at my family like we are crazy.
I could keep going on but anyone that knows my kids or my husband or even me knows that we had a great time together. My kids kept the fighting down to a bare minimum. My husband made a great steak dinner. My oldest son made sure I got lots of ice cream and the younger two said that my kisses were what they love the most about me. 10 years ago I was under the impression that I would never be a mother because of fertility problems little did I know that I would in fact be a mother to many. I have 3 children of my own and have fostered 12 children that will always have a small part of my heart. I wished my kids a happy kids day right before bed and when Beau looked at me I reminded him that without my kids I would not be celebrating Mother’s day at all. I love my kids and I love being a mother. I might not be your typical mom but I don’t think I have messed things up too bad. I guess we will see when my kids are grown and telling their kids what it was like to have me for a mom.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Here we are outside of the courthouse just after the adoption hearing. Princess was finally getting out of her (i see a caseworker so I am not happy) mood and was starting to smile. During the hearing Mike and I were both asked why we wanted to be joined with the children and our answers were the same..... Because they are our children and we love them. Anyone that has met our family can see that we have known each other much longer than a year. Our spirits have known each other much, much longer.... we just had to find each other.I wanted to get a picture of my parents with their new grandkids. I hope that the kids will be able to look back and see how special of a day it was for us and know that we all wanted to be together. Oh, and I hope Link forgets about the cut on his forehead that I could not cover up with makeup because of the Glue stuff they used in the ER.
So, this closes one chapter in the Taggard Clan's book of finding our forever family now it is on to the next chapter. I just hope this one does not take the four years the last one did.
Friday, April 2, 2010
2 year old- Link
Upon finding my two year old once again covered in marker from head to toe but only on his right side this morning.
Me: Link, where did you find a marker?!?!?!?! (in a much louder tone than I intended)
Me: Are you allowed to draw on yourself?
Link: (shakes head no)
Me: Do you get in trouble when you draw on yourself?
Link: (nods head yes and then gets this sad little look on his face)
Me: Then why do you do it?
Link: Mark!!!!! (then he smiles his "I can get out of this smile")
Me: That won't work
Link: luvu (puckers up)
Me: That either! But at least I finally have a left handed kid!!!!!!
Really, I think this whole body art thing is going to drive me up a wall or crazy before he grows out of it. I don't even know where the markers are coming from. Maybe he eats them at school and they come out at night. No idea.
4 year old- Princess
We are working on her learning her new full name for the adoption next week and this conversation will also prove that she is my daughter by the way she just randomly changes the topic.
Me: Hey (name) do you want to be a Taggard?
Me: (shocked and a little worried) Why not?
P- I want to be princess taggard!
Me: I love you and you are a princess!
P- I love you too, I love jesus too
Me: oh yeah? Thats great!
P- Yeah he live over there (points to the house across the street)
Me: Jesus lives next door?
Now I know what next weeks FHE will be on
8 Year old- Beau
Beau- (running down the hallway) We have to wear blue today for optimus day!!!!
Me- what? and I am already wearing blue!
B- yeah, the people on the news said that we had to wear blue for optimus day
me- rewind it and pause and I will come and see what you are talking about
B- do blue jeans count?
Me- sure, (turns back on the news and sees that today is autisim day) B, Today is Autism day do you know what that means?
B- no but we need to wear blue for it
Me- Autism is a disability for people. Do you remember your friend (Name) he was austistic.
B- Theres a girl in the second grade that is autistic and I make sure she gets to play.
Me- your so sweet I love my baby boys
B- mom, I am not a baby
Beau is alway really good at including everyone in his Friend circle and I have no concerns of him ever being mean on purpose to anyone of disability. Also, we now know that today is National autism day and are wearing blue.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Mike and I needed a new roof. We were told when we baught the house that we would need one within a few years but that is what you get with foreclosures. We were also told by our inspector and another contractor that since the roof was not leaking and it only had the one layer that we could do a cover over for a much cheaper cost. fast forward 3 years and that brings us to last week. I picked out the shingles and the color and had mike buy and bring them home. It hurt a little paying that much money for tar but it could have been worse. We then asked family and friends to come over for a roof raising party. This was actually kind of fun (not the roofing part but the party part). We had Mike's parents staying, they brought their camper, and his brothers, their kids and amber. We really enjoyed the family time and getting to talk with everyone. It was my job to clean, help feed everyone (hope you all liked the peanut butter pie) and to watch the kids. Everyone else (below the age of 40 and over the age of 13) was up on the roof. We also had some great friends come over and do a bunch of work too. We lucked out so hard by having a couple of friends from church that had done roofing before their missions and without their knowledge we would have been in some trouble. Well, everyone got mostly done by saturday night the problem that came up was that it started storming so we had to find tarps and bricks to cover the house and wait until sunday to finish it off. The ox found himself in that hole and needed to get out, so we justified the sunday work. Well, After taking link to the ER (decided to bust his head open chasing older brother) I come home to find that our elders quarum from chuch decided to show up and help finish up the roof. I was very happy but also looking around me at the not so clean (lots of kids and I was gone for 2.5 hours) house and thinking holy crap I hope no one in relief society hears about this. Overall, it was a long, rough, uplifting and great weekend. We are poorer in the pockets but richer in friendships and family. Also, it is really nice to drive down the street and see our new roof shining for the world to see. I am so glad that is over for the next decade or so. Now to finish the garden.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Hot Peppers (different kinds)
Later in the summer we will plant some pumpkins (Oldest son seems to think he is charlie brown and wants a pumpkin patch)
We will also plant onions and garlic too
If you have any other veggies that do well in the Arkansas area let me know. I am willing and able to try anything. (garden wise)
Friday, February 19, 2010
Mike and I had decided that we wanted to just do a simple candy exchange this year since we were getting each other the stuff to make the raised garden and we also got each of the kids a little candy treat too. We let Beau give out the kids valentines but then he kept smiling at us like he was waiting for something. (mike and I had not given each other our stuff yet) I ask him what was up and he just smiled bigger and said that he was waiting for us to give each other valentines. I told him that we would do it later but then he said that he had been hoping to see it so mike and I exchanged our candy (lindt truffles, of course). We also threw in a quick peck to gross Beau out. This would normally bring out a chorus of gaging and ewwwww noices from our not so romantic 8 year old so Mike and I were suprised when nothing happened. (well, besides the fireworks that show up everytime we kiss) We look over at him and he is still just a cheesing away. I made a joke about how we were not sappy enough and should kiss again to scare him off and he said the funniest thing. Beau said " Hey, it's all casual. It's Valeintines Day!" OK, add that on top of a shrug, smirk and an all knowing nod and you will know why it was funny. Beau has a way of delivering lines like a 40 year old man but with the vocabulary of an 8 year old. Mike and I have still been laughing. BTW, by monday it was back to the "Formal" way of things and gagging when he sees mike and I kiss. So to all you lovers out there just remember that it's all casual on Valentines Day!!!!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Fade from black
I find myself at church chaperoning a youth activity and Mike and I are talking to our friend Thomas who was trying to join a sorority (hey, I said it was a dream) and wanted our advice when we get the news that we have to rush to the court because the judge has finally decided to make a ruling. We all leave the gym and see our friends and family waiting for us. When I ask why and how everyone got there everyone replied that they were the people praying for us and our family and so they needed to be at the courthouse to support us even more. I was so touched by the amount of people that loved our family. ( I saw all of your faces and felt your love because I think Heavenly Father was trying to let me know that we are not alone in this fight and that we have a huge network of people that are praying for us) Well, we then make our way to the court house only to discover that the B’s (old foster parents)had sent their own people to sabotage us so that we would not make it in time. With the help of the good side (ummm, us) we were able to make it and stood before the judge. At that moment he said that he had made his ruling and knew that the family he chose was the best family for Link and that the family would be an eternal family. Well, I started to cry because that clued me in. As a member of the LDS church we believe that we are eternal families not just families here on earth, so I knew at that moment that we had won. The judge then popped an old Seminary video about eternal families and the B’s faded away as our family celebrated.
Fade to black
As you can see this was a great dream…..and you might not even blame me for believing for a moment in the wee morning hours that it was true until I fill in some blanks.
You see, when we left the church everyone had to ride in a fleet of battleships across outer space. Oh, and the people the B’s sent after us….they were storm troopers and mike had to fight with a light saber and laser gun. And the final note…..the B’s melted at the end just like the wicked witch of the west. Now I seem a little crazy for having had a moment of faith in that dream but it did serve its purpose…..I was reminded of the love and support and prayers that I have from my friends and family and for that I thank you. Ummmm, please don’t think poorly of me because my husband’s love of Sci-Fi has invaded my mind and dreams, please just send me a musical or sappy rom-com and save my soul!!!!!!!!!
Monday, February 1, 2010
I have not been sleeping well lately and had a very fitful toss and turn night. Upside- I got to watch the hottest man in the world get ready for work at 3am. Downside- I was up at 3am. Finally my alarm goes off letting me know that I don’t have to pretend to be sleepy any longer and that I can start my day. This is fine……not anything new, like I said I am an insomniac. I get done with my shower and try to blow dry my hair. Notice the TRY part? That’s right my hair dryer decided that it no longer wanted to live in a world that took it for granted and died. It would rather die than let me have dry and semi-straight hair. (sigh) Now my hair is puffy, and full of static that keeps attacking my face and those that stand within a few feet of me. At least I had my makeup on and ready to rock my day at work …. with wet hair. Finally, 6am and time to wake up the kids.
The kids woke up great…no mumbling and grumbling….until they realized that to school they must go. Link would not remove himself from my arms, princess could not figure out how a pair of panties on without throwing a fit and Beau, well, he actually did everything he needed to but kept checking the news for updated school closings and then complaining about how it was still icy outside and that the school was not being fair to people by making him go to class. Finally it was 6:30 and his bus pulled up. So he skied down to his bus and hopped on. I am pretty sure that the bus driver had to listen to all those kids complaining until they got off the bus. One kid down 2 to go. Princesses Naturally curly hair decided to mold itself into the shape of a football last night and so that meant that I would have to do some major work to make it look bouncy and carefree………..really, of all days to have football head. So with Link still attached to my body I manage to make princess look normal and help her finish dressing. This is not very easy with 30lbs of extra weight clinging to you the whole time. Not to mention the bickering between the two little ones over who gets to hold momom (As Link calls me) the longest. Honestly, there is like a lot of me to share, can it really be that big of a deal!?!?!? After Prying Link off I get him changed and dressed and then …surprise…..back in my arms. I then decide that it is a pop tart type of morning and get half a pop tart down before realizing that my belly was not digging it. That made growth 1 and growth 2 happy since that gave them more to eat. Finally, 7 am and time to go.
Then a big alarm goes off in my head as I remember my car being covered in inches of solid ice this weekend and how pretty it had been……surely it magically disappeared overnight knowing I had to leave for work in the morning…..no such luck. I put on the closest shoes, so what if they were brown and I am wearing black I will change them when I get the car cleaned off. I text mike to find out where the ice spray stuff and know that it will just melt away with one spray of that stuff. Ummmm, no. I get the kids in the car and get it started to help me out and then start my war. I sprayed the ice stuff and nothing happened so I sprayed some more and I think I heard the ice chuckle at me so then I decided that I would have to pull out some serious warfare and scrape or chip my way to freedom. After realizing that I do not have a scrapper thing I get a spatula out of the house and start flipping ice. Let me just insert right now that a kitchen utensil does not make a very good scrapper. It was horrible but better than the nothing I had. This whole time I am slipping and sliding on the sheet of ice that at one time was my driveway. I keep hearing the kids clap and cheer everytime I am sent into a wild spin to save my life and at that moment knew that if the ground was not cold and icy that I would have thrown myself down and threw the biggest fit that the world has ever known. That’s right I will admit it. I was that upset. My back hurt, I was tired, cold and had wet hair. Ok, the hair was dry at this point but I was beyond reasoning with. Finally with one final slam of the spatula the last piece of ice bowed down to my superiority and I was able to take the kids to school.
It was then that I realized that I should have met Links bus about 10 minutes ago at the meeting point. I quickly call the driver and find out that they too are running behind and that they will wait for me. We make it to Princesses school and she decides that she should not have to go to school and would rather cry and pout than go nicely with the teacher. So a bribe of candy after school later I met Link’s bus and got him off. Finally, I get to drive to work.
I noticed an orange light on my dash and saw that it was telling me that if I did not put gas in soon that I would be stranded on the side of the road. Really, what else do I need…..maybe the two barely above flat tires. I left those but did get gas in the car. It is way too cold to be having to fill up a tank. Traffic was bad but I did make it to work on time and have calmed down to a mild “don’t mess with me” level of PMS crabbiness. All I know is that I better get some Diggity Danged good brownies tonight. Or at least a massage for my poor old back.
So, have any of you ever overreacted to a bad day?
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
My home has been a home to 11 foster children, a niece and my own 3 kids. This means that I have had lots of artwork drawn on every wall in every home with every kind of color. I learned a few years back that God allowed some science geek somewhere to put a formula together that would keep mothers all over the world from strokes. I do not have time to have to spend hours scrubbing a wall. Heck, I don't even have enough time to brush my hair in the morning let alone do any extra cleaning during the week. However, with the magic eraser I can take care of scribbles and pictures on the wall in a matter of a few swipes. Don't get me wrong you need to have some elbow power on it but lucky me I got a lot of weight behing my arm so it works the same way as muscle (so I tell myself). If you have kids that are in the age group that tends to leave pictures all over your walls you need to invest in this product. It will save you time and anger management issues. Here is a real life story about the performance of this product.
Our last three foster children had severe mental disabilities and no matter what we did They would not stop coloring on the walls. I don't even know where the markers and crayons came from (one of them did steal from people at school so maybe that is where) because I took them all and banished them from my house. But still marks and scribbles would magically appear. I soon stopped even caring as long as it stayed in their room. Well, we now have a daughter that I am decorating a room for and I figured I did not have the desire or time to invest in cleaning the walls so I would just repaint them......until we spent the decorating budget before even getting to the paint...all of a sudden I had the time and desire to scrub the walls. Out comes a package of Magic erasers and a bowl of warm water and away I flew. Princess even comes in and asks why I am taking away her rainbows and colors...after mentally stopping the remarks that so quickly came to mind I reminded her that these were bad marks and needed to be cleaned. She then said that she loved me too (I assume she thought that cleaning her walls was an act of love) gave me a kiss and then started yelling at her little brother about how bad it is to color on the walls. Poor boy never even saw her coming. Anyways, Mike and I get all the walls clean in an hour and with the exception of a few places it looks fresh and clean. I should have taken a before and after shot of the walls to prove my point. It really is a miracle worker.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
So I have been curious about the bumpit from the first time I saw a commercial declaring that it could make my limp boring hair amazing in a matter of minutes. You see, I have always had fine straight hair. Well, wavy to straight but finer than even baby hair. I have never been able to make my hair big and puffy like a true southern girl. Instead, I have always stayed on the safe, tired, brush and wear styles. OK, if I am being honest I don’t even brush my hair most days. I have a lot of other people to dress in the morning besides myself so my first priority is mascara not a hair brush. That is the only blessing to the straight hair. Anyways, I noticed while visiting my sister-in-law Becky that she had a really nice hairstyle that looked like she had used a bumpit so I asked. It turns out that is what she had used and she loved it. I decided to ask for one for Christmas and Becky got me one. I have now tried it twice and have loved it both times. Honestly….it really does give you a quick cute hairstyle. It stayed in my hair without slipping and Beau said that he loved my hair fixed that way because it showed off my stripes…..translated to: I like the way it shows off your new highlights. It really is worth the money if anyone asks me. But then again I also loved the topsy tail.