Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Playing with Colorforms:
Anna's Magnetic Potato Head Creation:
Large Circular Xylophone:
Anna's Favorite, the floor piano:
This was a great field trip for our day. We did go with a homeschool group, so we were technically in school, weren't we? LOL! There was a school there as well, so I think we are safe.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
That coveted picture, my version(not to bad if I do say so myself):
Pictures with Clifford (I was too cold to do much else by then):
Five minutes after getting in the car, she was like this:
Friday, December 14, 2007
When it is 34 degrees outside and cold, wet, and very drizzly, with a wind chill of 28, that is when your six year old will inevitably ask to go to the park. UGH!!
Alright, I know it is icy and colder elsewhere, but it down right cold for us being in Texas and my darling daughter is begging me to go to the park. I have side-tracked her with wrapping Daddy's gifts, (No dear, you will NOT find out for 10 more days what you are getting...and NO bugging Anna to find out.) watched the Barbie Nutcracker movie, read a book, finished school, washed dishes, cleaned the stove, etc, etc. She STILL insists on going to the park. Sorry kiddo, but not in this lifetime. I love you very, very much. But I am not going to freeze my behind off in freezing temperatures to watch you play at the park. Sorry!
Any other hints to side-track her will be greatly appreciated.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Picture with a very tall nutcracker:
As you can see we had a good time. Sorry, no pictures of me. it was a very crowded place and I didn't feel well, remember! LOL! I am very glad I took her though as it is an experience she will never forget.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
On this bed:
And these two little girls (I know old picture, but it was handy):
Have to do with my sweet little girl ending up like this:
Here is a song that might jog your memory:
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and hit her head,
Momma called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"
Alright, you get the picture! My darling daughter and niece have been told over and over and over again to not jump on the bed. Well, since they are only 5 and 6, and jumping on the bed is soooo much fun, one of them was bound to get hurt eventually. Anna fell on the piled up blankets and smacked her eye into the railing. (No, they are not in the picture. We had the extra bed from underneath rolled out over the weekend for niece to sleep over.) This was on Sunday and today, her eye still looks like this. It is really bad to look at, and the stares of people when we go out...ugh! She is just fine and you would think she learned a lesson, but nope. Today she was still playing on the bed. LOL! She rolled off ours today. I guess some of us have to learn the hard way. Does she have to take after me SO much?! LOL!
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Nothing new here, just work and work and clean. I am sure every working, or even stay at home mom knows that. I am trying to finish off my Christmas shopping and then just keep sane. I hope everyone is doing okay. Take care and God bless. I promise to try and do a better post later.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Anna had fallen asleep with her belove horse from her birthday and was half using it as her blanket for her top half. Here is the close-up:
After I covered her correctly with a blanket, I of course immediately downloaded the cute pictures. I couldn't resist posting them here for all to see. They were super cute. Hope you all enjoyed them.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Anyhow, as for things done over the past week, (since my last post) I will make a list:
1. Family Thanksgiving
3. Pick up Anna's Christmas pictures (which turned out great by the way)
4. Have a family picture done (at my 6 year olds request)
6. Clean out Anna's room (boxed up all the toys she doesn't need or play with anymore)
7. Wash laundry
8. Start Addressing Christmas Cards (They will go out late this year for us, in about 3 weeks)
10. Shop for Anna's gifts (I had to buy some online, as the stores here didn't carry what she wanted any longer. I didn't want to do that, because that adds on shipping. Oh well, she will be one happy girl Christmas morning.)
Alright, I know I did more, but it is time to get ready for the day. We have gymnastics at 10am and we need to have school pretty much done before we leave. Have a great day all and God bless.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
As an update to her disability cases, we still have nothing through yet. She has a lawyer for her SSI Disability, and that should help move that right along, but it will be after the holidays and such. Her work disability we are also getting ready to appeal for the second time. Thanks for all the prayers and keep praying.
Anyhow, I better go, because my "this house is soooo boooring" daughter is not impressed with me typing away on the computer. Have a great day all and welcome to town Tiffany and Steven and crew. Can't wait to get over and see you all.
School: We are out for the week. Anna will have homework for each day, which is one sheet from each subject, but no actual schooling. There is a lot of family in town and we need to have time to visit with them. The public school kids are in though. LOL!! I told her it was her lucky week. We are taking it easy for a few more minutes, then it is time to get up and start back to my mom's to finish. I think we can do it, or at least I hope we can.
Alright, time to get busy. I need to strip her bed and take it to wash today and want to get as much done this morning as I can at mom's. Take care all.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Two women meet at a playground, where their children are swinging and playing ball. The women are sitting on a bench watching. Eventually, they begin to talk.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Hi. My name is Maggie. My kids are the three in red shirts — helps me keep track of them.
OTHER MOTHER: (Smiles) I’m Terri. Mine are in the pink and yellow shirts. Do you come here a lot?
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Usually two or three times a week, after we go to the library.
OTHER MOTHER: Wow! Where do you find the time?
HOMESCHOOL MOM: We home school, so we do it during the day most of the time.
OTHER MOTHER: Some of my neighbors home school, but I send my kids to public school.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: How do you do it?
OTHER MOTHER: It’s not easy. I go to all the PTA meetings and work with the kids every day after school and stay real involved.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: But what about socialization? Aren’t you worried about them being cooped up all day with kids their own ages, never getting the opportunity for natural relationships?
OTHER MOTHER: Well, yes. But I work hard to balance that. They have some friends who’re home schooled, and we visit their grandparents almost every month.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Sounds like you’re a very dedicated mom. But don’t you worry about all the opportunities they’re missing? I mean they’re so isolated from real life — how will they know what the world is like — what people do to make a living — how to get along with all different kinds of people?
OTHER MOTHER: Oh, we discussed that at PTA, and we started a fund to bring real people into the classrooms. Last month, we had a policeman and a doctor come in to talk to every class. And next month, we’re having a woman from Japan and a man from Kenya come to speak.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Oh, we met a man from Japan in the grocery store the other week, and he got to talking about his childhood in Tokyo. My kids were absolutely fascinated. We invited him to dinner and got to meet his wife and their three children.
OTHER MOTHER: That’s nice. Hmm. Maybe we should plan some Japanese food for the lunchroom on Multicultural Day.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Maybe your Japanese guest could eat with the children.
OTHER MOTHER: Oh, no. She’s on a very tight schedule. She has two other schools to visit that day. It’s a system-wide thing we’re doing.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Oh, I’m sorry. Well, maybe you’ll meet someone interesting in the grocery store sometime and you’ll end up having them over for dinner.
OTHER MOTHER: I don’t think so. I never talk to people in the store — certainly not people who might not even speak my language. What if that Japanese man hadn’t spoken English?
HOMESCHOOL MOM: To tell you the truth, I never had time to think about it. Before I even saw him, my six-year-old had asked him what he was going to do with all the oranges he was buying.
OTHER MOTHER: Your child talks to strangers?
HOMESCHOOL MOM: I was right there with him. He knows that as long as he’s with me, he can talk to anyone he wishes.
OTHER MOTHER: But you’re developing dangerous habits in him. My children never talk to strangers.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Not even when they’re with you?
OTHER MOTHER: They’re never with me, except at home after school. So you see why it’s so important for them to understand that talking to strangers is a big no-no.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Yes, I do. But if they were with you, they could get to meet interesting people and still be safe. They’d get a taste of the real world, in real settings. They’d also get a real feel for how to tell when a situation is dangerous or suspicious.
OTHER MOTHER: They’ll get that in the third and fifth grades in their health courses.
HOMESCHOOL MOM: Well, I can tell you’re a very caring mom. Let me give you my number—if you ever want to talk, give me call. It was good to meet you.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
As for pictures, my mom bought Anna a beautiful Christmas dress yesterday and we HAVE to get her picture taken today. LOL! I can't wait to see what we can get this time. She takes pictures so well and I love having Anna's beautiful pictures over the entire house. We usually take them about 2-3 times a year, even if only for the base package. Anyways, I called Penneys yesterday to see what was open this week and they said today at 11:30, so today it is. I can't wait!! We will do family pictures in a week or so, so we can get our Christmas cards in the mail. (That could be a whole day in decision as well. I have 4 full sets to choose from. LOL!)
Anyhow, time for breakfast and school. Have a good day all and I will try to upload the pictures to here later. I am using the part of my card that gives me free web access for her pictures, so hopefully they are good so that we can use that and share. Take care and thanks for reading.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Slide Show: Jeremy has a few new slideshows on his website that we would like you all to view if you can. They are of Anna's birthday party this past Sunday and there is another one, but for the life of me, I can't remember right now. Anyhow, click on the Dad's Highway link on the right hand side and it will take you there.
Update: We saw the lawyer and she is filing the appeal today. She is very nice and even told my mother how she could get some extra outside help and where to go. She will be a good lawyer and I am glad we have her. Thanks for the prayers on our meeting and please keep praying for a swift outcome. Thanks all.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Here is the picture of her sleeping this morning:
How does she sleep like that? I know she must be comfortable, because the pictures I took didn't faze her in the least. She loves those pajamas by the way. Not sure why, but she begs me to wear them. It has got to be cold at night for me to let her wear them though.
Today she got a bigger gift from us and we let her have the gift from her Grammy. She was so excited. Actually I think she was more excited about Grammy's gift than ours. Here she is:
I have a strong feeling she is NOT letting that horse go for a while. If you don't know my daughter well, she looooves horses. We have all different types and sizes of horses (real looking ones.) Anyhow, she was thrilled to death with this horse as it is almost as big as she is.
We got her a camera. It losts its luster really quick and is not near as good as everyone claimed it to be. We may take it back and get something else that works a bit better, but this thing is NOT, I repeat not very good at all. This is even after reading the best online reviews to the darn thing. I will have Wyld look at it when he gets home and see what he says, but it would be better for us to get her a cheaper 35 mm and lots of film for the price. It just is not turning out the way I want, but I am not the camera expert, so we will see. (Added later: It does better with a memory card and Mommy forgot that it Is for a 6 year old. She loves it. LOL. It will stay after all.)
In any case, it is my girls birthday. She is now 6 years old. I can't believe how fast she is growing up. She is so smart and so beautiful. She is growing up to be such a sweet caring girl. Horses, of course are her favorite thing, followed closely by Mulan and her horse Khan. (You think its the horse? LOL!) Anyways, Happy birthday baby girl. Mommy and Daddy love you very much!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
The Two cousins together last night (it was cold):
I know some people don't understand why I took the girls out trick or treating, but to them it is just the fun of getting dressed up in a costume and going to get candy. At this age, they really don't understand all the "bad" stuff and when Anna is old enough to start understanding that and starts realizing that, we will probably find a church carnival to attend that night so it is Christian related. In any case the girls both had a great time.
Monday, October 29, 2007
1. Do school
2. Call the dentist for Anna. At her last appointment, I was told that she wouldn't get her big teeth in until she was at least 7. Guess what?! They were wrong. She has one on the bottom already, but it came in behind her other teeth. We need the baby teeth removed now.
3. Call the name of the good attorney that was given to me to help my mom fight her disability stuff. she can't handle the head stress it is causing her and she finally said we can call, so I am doing that today.
4. Get all laundry done. (I hope to accomplish this, as my husband needs his uniforms for work. They have new ones and he has to turn in the old ones tomorrow. It could be a long night after work.)
5. Take Anna to gymnastics.
6. Work. Oh yeah, that will take about 4-5 hours out of the day.
That is all the stuff that HAS to be done today. I really hope to get it all done. Like I said with the laundry...it could be a long night. I also can't wait to hear what the dentist has to say. I want to get Anna a new dentist, but the old one needs to see that he was WRONG first. Anyhow, I better go. Take care all.
Got most of it finished, if I can just get the attorney to call me back, we will be in good shape.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
"Gm!!!!! What a wonderful day!!
Why? Because you were born!! Making the
world a wonderful place!!!"
Wasn't that sweet? I thought so. I wasn't planning on doing anything for my birthday as we have school and I work tonight, as well as the fact that I have worked or will work every day around my birthday, including my birthday.
Anyhow, I just wanted to say thank-you honey for the nice little mesaages. I really appreciate it. Anna loved the singing too. :-)
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Alright, I know you want to hear about another great book from me, but I can't help it. we have checked out some really good books from the library lately that are great for any collection. Today's great book is Dancing with Katya by Dori Chaconas. This book shows the importance for getting your children their immunizations by showing the effects of Polio on a little girl who only had dreams to dance. The polio made her legs crippled and she had to wear braces, causing her to not be able to dance. It makes her sad, but her sister comes to the rescue and to find out how, you will need to read the book. It was so good. Anna really enjoyed it last night and truly understands the reason for the immunizations. They are to keep her from getting VERY sick and ending up in the hospital or losing her life. That is all she really needs to know at her age.
I have another sinus infection or ear infection, or whatever. I had some medicine to take to clear it up, but it made me feel worse. It made me completely and utterly nauseous. I felt almost fluish. All I have wanted to do for the last two days is lay in bed. I determined it was the medicine last night and so I will head out and get something else that won't make me feel that way and hopefully will let me breathe.
The job situation is also okay, it is not what I want, but who says we always get what we want. God had been telling me those words for a reason and I need to live with it.
My birthday is coming up, but we might as well just skip it. I work every day around it, including my birthday. We might do something next Sunday, but i don't count on it, because the following Sunday, the 4th is when we are celebrating Anna's. It is a few days before her actual birthday, but that is her party. Hers is more important at this point anyhow.
Christmas Tree! Yes, we are already wanting to set up the Christmas Tree and get in the Christmas spirit. This will be our smallest Christmas ever, but one we will be most thankful for. We are on our own and will have a Christmas with just our family before we head out and see all the grandparents and such. It will be the first time ever that we have had just us.
School is going good. Anna IS learning how to read, but she doesn't like to show it off. She has read several paragraphs already in her Language Arts book and she can sight read lots of cards (we made them together). I put them into a sentence order at least four times a day and she can read that too.
She is picking up math and counting better. We were really struggling with that for a while and I think she will be ready to move on in the book finally. We stopped doing her math text book this week, just to concentrate on the counting to ten, because her book is moving on to counting to 20 already and she didn't have to 10 down. I will determine that at the end of this week.
Anna is going to be in a State History Fair. We are working on her display board and learning a ton of facts that she can recite for the fair. What state? What state? Arizona!! She is doing Arizona. I probably should have had her do Texas, but I figured that a bunch of the other littles would be doing Texas, so we picked Arizona. Actually I limited her to California or Arizona and she picked it. It is going well and I will pick up her display board today so we can get that started.
Ooops. This wasn't supposed to be such a long post, but it is. Hope you all have a good week and check in later as I get to take pictures at this weeks ballet and gymnastics classes. Thanks all for reading and God Bless.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
On the schooling front, out of nowhere, Anna is learning how to read. She is putting it together pretty much on her own. Its really weird. She is also finally understanding how to count. She has been able to say the numbers, but she did not have the one-to-one correspondence down. She is getting there on her own, with lots of practice. We have been to the pumpkin patch as well. Anna liked it better than I did. We drove an hour and it wasn't any better to me than the one here in town. Anyhow, at least we can say we have been there, done that.
Two good books of interest:
*Lighthouse by Robert Munsch
*The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills
These books were spectacular. I really enjoyed both of them. They had such GREAT story lines and the pictures were terrific. I highly recommend these to anyone.
That about covers it and we are on to a new week of fun and learning. Hope you all have a great week. Take care.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
On another side note, Anna went to the doctor today too and she has seasonal allergies. Surprise, surprise. (note sarcasm in voice) LOL! I took her in for some other medication so that she wasn't always drowsy from the Benadryl, which was working, but made her VERY drowsy, and she was prescribed a prescription allergy medicine. I sure hope it doesn't make her drowsy too, but it seems to be already.
Anyhow, as I asked, please keep praying. I really want to help my mom more, but we are not able to financially. Thanks so much.
Prayer two. I need some medications and quick, but we do not have health insurance for me and I can not afford to pay an arm and a leg to go to the doctor. My allergies are so bad right now that it is affecting my breathing and my joints are all achy and swollen every morning (from my arthritis), as well as at various points throughout the day. I love West Texas, REALLY, but my body don't like it, LOL. In any case, I need some relief that is not there. Prayers will work just fine. Thanks so much.
I need to go get ready for the day. Anna has ballet today and we have church and I think those are the highlights of her day. Past that, I don't think she cares what we do. She is so easy and so understanding. I love her to pieces. Have a good day and thanks for the prayers.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Disgusting Thing 1: We had curdled, old, dried on milk on our kitchen table. No, no, no! Not on the top. We have a table that we can make bigger or, it will tuck down inside to go smaller. Anyhow, we have had it smaller and apparently, the milk, juice, or whatever my darling daughter managed to spill for the last month was on the extended part that was tucked underneath. It was SO darn nasty, that I immediately cleaned out the entire section, cleaned everything with a disinfectant spray and our table will be big forever more. I will NOT be cleaning up that mess again!
Disgusting Thing 2: We have an area rug under our kitchen table because we paid an arm and a leg for cleaning the carpet at our last apartment in the dining area. (Who puts carpet in the dining room anyways.) Anyhow, the purpose of it was to protect the regular carpet underneath it and keep us from paying an arm and a leg again. I discovered tonight, while cleaning up yet another spill, that it is doing nothing! The spill is soaking all the way through the rug and is apparently sitting on our carpet and still soaking into it. So, the $20 rug we bought to prevent this, did NOT work. Tomorrow, after Anna is awake, I will be removing the carpet, vacuuming it, and taking it to be cleaned or posting it as is. NASTY! I am scared to remove the carpet due to the things I know have been spilled on it.
And now for the funny thing: I was talking to Anna today. Well, of course I was talking to her. It is just her and I at home all the time. In any case, she said something today that made me bust out laughing, which of course she wasn't happy about. "I don't like tuna sandwiches, because I don't want to get seasick." I love the logic of a 5 year old. It is so darn hilarious! She takes everything literally. She wants nothing to do with fish of almost any kind for the same reason. She must be watching too many cartoons. LOL. She also said that if "I were to get seasick, then I would get a green face and I don't like green." This child is too funny.
Anyhow, that is my gross things and my funny, funny girl. I am glad she keeps me on my toes. Hope you all have a good night. Take care and "see" you all soon.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Here are some things to think about though:
*There are 36 days till Anna's birthday
*There are 84 days till Christmas
*There are 23 days till my birthday
*There are 111 days till Jeremy's birthday
*There are 150 days till the lease is over in this apartment
*We have been married for 7 years, 9 months, and 15 days
*Jeremy has been at his current job for 1 year and 21 days
*I have been at my current job for 11 months and 15 days
Just some thoughts to ponder. No I am not incredibly bored and sat and figured it out. We have this really cool countdown, and count up thingy on our computer. All we have to do is enter the date and time and it will tell us how long since, or how long to the next. Pretty cool huh?! The one that gets me is the 84 days till Christmas. Is it really that close? UGH! I am not even close to ready.
Anyhow, I better go for now. Have a great day and have fun pondering these thoughts.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Learning to Walk like a ballerina:
Hopping on one foot:
Supposed to be listening to the teacher, but posing for mommy:
Practicing first position:As you can see, I was right. She was cuter than ever. I said it was possible AND she gets to look all dressied up every week now, twice a week. Who am I kidding?! She is darn cute all the time! Thanks for looking and stay tuned!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Posing at home before we left:
Walking the balance beam:
Front Roll (aka somersault):
Waiting her turn (couldn't resist the photo):
Crab Walking (its dark, but she did great at this skill):
I know, I know, what does the Cinderella cookie have to do with anything?! Anna got this from my mom today and I thought it looked so cute and real, that I snapped a picture of it. She will eat it tomorrow with her lunch, or as an afternoon snack. Now, did my beautiful girl look cute or what?! Just wait till Wednesday! I bet she will look even cuter! Not possible you say? Just you wait and see. LOL! Tune in Wednesday for more details!! :-)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
On to other news, Anna is going to the eye doctor this morning. no, this is not the first time she has been to the eye doctor, but it is the first time I get to take her. Daddy took her last time and I got the second hand reports. This time I get to be right there while they check my little girls eyes. She really, I mean REALLY wants glasses, but we have already told her she will only be getting them if she needs them. I think she just likes them because Mommy and Daddy both wear glasses. I can't see a thing without mine, I have been wearing them since the third grade. I will let you all know what happens later. Have a good day.
Update: She does not need glasses yet. She is slightly far-sighted, but she is correcting that herself, so as of right now, no glasses. They did dilate her eyes for part of her exam and said she should clear up later today, but as of bed-time, she still had really dilated pupils. She was tired of seeing fuzzy, or however it was. I know it wasn't clearly, because she wouldn't look at a book. Anyhow, she is fine and needs no glasses.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Initial Horse sighting and not sure what to do:
Playing in the sand, but she would never really sit down:
Feeding camels (they have fuzzy lips):
Feeding deer (some of the little ones called one Bambi, it was too cute):
Swinging in the sunset (too cute):
Sorry, thats all the pictures for now. We have a WHOLE lot more, but I don't want to overload you. Hope you enjoy and have a great day.