Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Smart or Smart Alleck?

I was helping Braden study for his spelling test. He gets a list of 10 words each week.

I numbered his paper 1 thru 10 for him and called him in. I was doing other stuff in the kitchen and called out the word. I called out the first and he was like "Mom that is not the first one". I told him I was mixing up the order. We argued back and forth and so finally he said "Fine".

So I skipped around giving him the 8th word on the list 1st, the 3rd one on the list 2nd and so on.

I go to look at his paper afterwards and little smart alleck had put all the words in perfect order as they were on his list. Instead of when I called it out as number 1 he knew it was 8th so he put it down in that spot.

So either I brag on his great memory or wonder what I did to deserve a 6 year old smart alleck.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Aren't They Cute!

My big boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brittney posing showing all that pretty hair !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gift wrapping...

I have decided gift wrapping is evil...why cant we just put everything in one big black trashbag and rip into it Christmas morning...that sounds like a good idea to me!

Maybe it is because today I have been trying to get ahead on the Christmas preparations in between fighting the dreaded cold I have come down with, taking care of Braden with his cold, and lysoling the entire house.

If it wasnt such a pain I would load it all up and take it to the mall and have the wonderful good chairty of Make a Wish wrap it for me but that would be as much of a pain as wrapping it myself.

But alas we do have some wrapped gifts now, the bad news is lots more left to wrap including classroom gifts (20 for each class plus teachers and exchange gifts). But I have been thinking and all gifts going to school should really be wrapped by the kids to make it more personal (good thinking on my part I thought). Same goes for presents to grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc....who cares about child labor laws I think my kids will be good present wrappers.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

A giving tradition

Today we went out for some family time.

First stop was the angel tree at the mall. Brittney has said for at least a month that for part of her Christmas she wanted to get an angel off of the tree.

Brittney is my give the shirt off her back kid, Braden is my I will give you 50 cents and only charge you 10 cents in interest.

Imagine my surprise when we were picking an angel off the tree and Braden piped up that he wants to do one too. I told him it would require using some of his money (Matt and I were paying for most of it but thought that Brittney could put $10 of her money in as well). His response "how much of my money". I told him not much and he was okay with it and wanted his own angel.

We picked a 4 year old girl Kristalbell and a 4 year old boy James. We really had fun picking out 2 outfits a piece, package of underwear, socks, shoes and some toys. We didnt spend a whole lot but I think all four of us had fun with it and I hope it instills some of the real Christmas spirit in the kids.

You get to keep the top part of the angel so I wrote the name of our angel on the card part and the year so that maybe we can do this every year and remember the angels the kids have bought for in the past and so on. The kids both proudly took their bags back to the Salvation Army tree and gave to the workers. I hope this to be a memory and tradition to keep. I know it made me feel good and both kids said they loved it as well.

27 days till Christmas. I believe I am all done shopping now....just have to do ALOT of wrapping now.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Day After Sales

Even a sore throat and a crick in my neck couldn't keep me away from Black Friday sales. I was one of those silly people out at 5am this morning shopping. Luckily my hubby doesnt mind going along and helping me. It is a Thanksgiving tradition everyyear my dad keeps the kids and hubby, my mom and myself go out. Matt usually teams up with my mom and hits WalMart first while I hit some of the other early to open stores.

I had a few things to pick up for others (people who wanted the bargain but didn't want to sacrifice their sleep).

I didn't get as much this year as I have in the past. Didn't seem to be the good sales that there usually are.

My hubby met the most diehard shopper while he was waiting in line at Hastings which didn't open till 8am he stood next to a guy who had taken his cot, laptop, hot chocolate and camped outside of bestbuy the night before so he could get a good deal...that is just a little too hard core shopping for me.

29 days till Christmas.

I am pretty much done with my shopping. This morning hubby picked up a few things he needed ( for me that I dont know yet...drats). I picked up one last thing for the kids and some very good deals on clothes for the kiddos.

We met up with my dad the kids and the rest of my extended family (the ones that wanted the bargains but didn't want to get up) at IHOP for breakfast.

Then hubby the kids and I came home. Kids have watched a box set of season 1 and 2 of Scooby Doo (the original cartoon) all day. Matt picked it up at Hastings. I love that they like it instead of some of these newer cartoons.

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and Great Day After!

Monday, November 21, 2005


I was tagged so here goes....

Things I am Thankful for......
10 Serious
1. My family
2. My friends and especially neighbors that we love and trust to take care of things.
3. My faith
4. My house
5. My sons doctors who know how to help him
6. My sons progress how far he has come and how wonderful he is
7. My daughter being such a thoughtful and wonderful child
8. My husband who is my rock who I would not be sane without
9. My computer because through it I learn things, and I have met people that I truly consider friends, I can vent through it and share joys through it.
10. My life and the fact that I have so many things to be thankful for that I could go on and on.

10 not so serious.......
11. A sweater and jeans to wear on Thanksgiving that hide that I havent lost the weight I wanted to.
12. That my hubby is the one that has to climb into the attic and get down 21 rubber maid boxes of Christmas.
13. That my hubby doesnt even complain about number 12.
14. That my laundry is almost done from the trip.
15. That my mom is making 6 chocolate pies for Thanksgiving...yummy
16. That hubby is off all week and I get to make long honey do lists for him!
17. That hubby gave the dogs a bath last night so they dont smell anymore.
18. That I am almost done with my Christmas shopping.
19. That the day after Thanksgiving sales will be here soon!
20. That I have a computer!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Santa is coming in 35 days!

I was going to wait till after Thanksgiving to post this pic but I couldnt wait it is too cute!
35 days till Christmas!

Home Again!


Braden is doing so good. Still a little broke out from a reaction to the tape over the site on the neck. But we are home!

Matt is off work all next week because we didn't know how long we would be there.

Now 9 loads of laundry to do but it is still so good to be home.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Bounce Back Boy

Did something happen to Braden yesterday? Was he not so sick we thought we might could lose him?....well if he was no signs of it this morning.

Up and ready to go to you guessed it Toys R Us.

Dont know yet if that will happen but so good to see him up and jumping around like a happy boy! No fever, no lingering anything he is just raring to go.

Now if I could just cover those gray hairs this whole experience has caused!

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Very Thankful and a few gray hairs

Braden's procedure started out fine they came out and told me everything was going as scheduled. 20 minutes later there was a code on my pressure boy. His heart and blood pressure had bottomed due to crossing over a pathway in the brain that controls the heart when they were removing the mass. He recovered (he is a fighter) and now I just want to hug him and hold him FOREVER. His EKG afterwards and MRI both looked good. I just want to crawl in bed and hold him but I think I have been smothering him since he woke up. He has no clue how close we came and I am glad for that. His first coherent words were "I want to go to Toys R Us for my prize". So we have yet another wonderful blessing to celebrate....and I also think I have a few gray hairs from the not so good parts of this.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A little fun in the water before tommorow

We made it to Texas, we are right across from the hospital. We decided to sneak in some fun before our early morning call to surgery with Braden. I will update when I can!

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I should be...

Packing that is what needs done along with about 15 other things on the to do list.

But I dont want to!

I am avoiding!

We leave tommorow at noon for Braden's procedure. Will also get to visit with some family so that is good.

Now if I could just get motivated to get things done....but its not happening. I am usually such an organized person but I tell you here lately it is just not happening.

I am thinking of chunking it all for tonight and waiting till tommorow morning and throwing it all together.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Up Up and Away

Little History...Braden is having a procedure done next Thursday on his brain. I had mentioned to my friend Laurie (she just got out of the air force reserves) that Braden loves airplanes. She set up two special treats for us and we did the first one today. Brittney, Braden and I (Matt had a meeting he couldn't get out of) got to go up in an airplane for a city tour. Braden even got to take the controls which Brittney sweats is what made her stomach upset! Here are some pics from our adventures. Monday night is the next treat where Braden will be VIP at the airforce base for night flights, get to sit in the simulator and much more.

Braden and our pilot Laurie's friend Stephen whose call name is "Cletus"
Arieal view of the kids school
Arieal virew of our housing district we are in the top row thrid house from the left.
Brittney ready to take off
Braden in the co pilot seat
Braden ready to go.
Brittney and Braden before take off
Braden ready to go!

Thursday, November 10, 2005


I got this from "Anne's Blog". I have been in a blogging funk so I needed something to do.

10 Favorites…
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Band/Singer: Faith Hill/Tim McGraw
Favorite Hobby: Reading
Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite Day of the Week: Sunday
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Rocky Road
Favorite Time of Day: Morning

9 Currents…
Current Mood: Tired
Current Clothes: Jeans and a gray disney tshirt
Current Underwear Color: Pink
Current Desktop Picture: Island Scene
Current Nail Color: None
Current Time: 6:38 p.m.
Current Surroundings: my bedroom
Current Annoyances: Finally got cable back on about 10 minutes ago because more houses are being built behind us and once again they cut the cable with their digging!
Current Thoughts: I have to get to WalMart tommorow

8 Firsts…
First Best Friend: DeeDee
First Screen Name: kelcole
First Pet: Daisy an Australlian Sheppard
First Tattoo: No tattoos
First Crush: Jose in 2nd grade
First Music Group: I think it was Kool and the Gang WAY BACK
First Car: 1990 Grand Am Blue

7 lasts
Last Cigerette: Never smoked
Last Drink: Don't drink
Last Time on Drugs: Never
Last Kiss: About 3 hours ago
Last Movie Watched: Herbie
Last CD Played: Gretchen Wilson's new one
Last thing bought: Marshmellows

6 Have You Evers…
Have you ever dated one of your best friends? Yes
Have you ever broken the law? Yes (speeding in case you were wondering which law...I know bad me)
Have you ever been arrested? No
Have you ever skinny dipped? Yes
Have you ever been on television? Yes
Have you ever kissed someone you didn’t know? No

5 Places You’ve Been…
Pheonix, AZ
San Antonio, TX
Bindloch, Germany
Fort Riley, Kansas
Philadelphia, PA

4 People You Can Tell Anything To…

3 things you can hear right now:
Hubby and son making sword fighting noises
clicking of my keyboard

3 things you can’t live without:

3 things you do when you’re bored:

2 Choices…
Black or white: black
Hot or cold: hot

1 Thing You Want To Do Before You Die…
Go on a cruise!

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Tank tops for Thanksgiving?

It is 84 degrees. We have been out working in the yard in shorts!

It is NOVEMBER! What is with this weather?

I have a really cute Thanksgiving sweater but if this keeps up I may have to check into festive Thanksgiving tank tops!

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Do Si Do

Hold hands, bow to your partner, to the left.......

Square dancing....Never have we done this before.

Today our daugther's friend turned 8 and the mom planned a ho down in a barn. They taught the kids square dances. After the kids attention span had been stretched the guy decided to grab some parents and teach some square dancing. It was actually quite fun.

Of course both hubby and I kept getting our right and left hands mixed up and that is quite important in square dancing.

Luckily the video cameras had been put up, there are a few pics of the teaching but all in all it was fun for the kids and adults and hey we tried something new so that is always a plus!

Below is a pic of the kids in their party garb.