Monday, January 28, 2008


Ok, Ok! I forgive my husband, but I have lost half the links to the blogs I read. I have certain ones that I read everyday and I can't remember their links. ACK! I am trying to get there, but the list is only partial. After I find them all, they will ALL be on the side bar. Yes, I read that many. I am so frusturated with myself and not remembering all the blog names. I have found about half. Anyhow, if you are reading this and you know I read your blog, please give me the link again (unless of course you are already on the sidebar.) I would really appreciate it. We lost everything in our favorites, and the thin I can't remember the most is the blogs. LOL! you can tell what I like to do. Anyhow. Thanks all.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

This and That

Well, we move in 3 days (on Wednesday) and I have not accomplished anything as far as packing since last Tuesday. I still feel blah and last night after work, I ended up with chills and fever again. Why chills and fever two days after the last time? Don't know, but it sucked. I thought I was on the mend. I guess I was wrong.

I still do not feel like doing much of anything, but the show must go on. I have an entire weeks worth of laundry to do. I wished I could go to the laundry mat and be done in an hour and a half with all of it, but I can't. (Too expensive.) At least this time next week I will have MY washer and dryer back and I won't have to worry about it. I can't wait to be able to do laundry when I happen upon it.

Well, I better go and get ready. No rest for the weary here. I really just want to stay home and relax today, but I can't. Its no wonder I am still sick. Anyhow, pray for our move and that somehow miraculously I get to feeling better very quickly.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Slowly On the Mend

Ok. I am slowly on the mend. It took till after 10:45am yesterday for my fever to break and for me to stop getting the chills. After that, I felt a bit better. Not terrific, but not as bad as I did. We will be getting out today to do some things, but I may be a bit slower than normal. I still ache and my chest still hurts, but that is all par for the course. At least I think the antibiotics are working. 5 and a half more days to go. :-)

Anyhow, as I said we will be getting out today. One of the homeschool groups is going to a bottling plant (I think Coke) and we are signed up to go. Monday, another group we are in, is going to a TV station. I think those two trips will be fun. We may go to another group this afternoon too. It all depends on how I feel. Being sick the last two days, I never really got anything done. I lay in my bed almost all day yesterday. Except for about an hour or two where we did some school. We had to get something done. Today, well, the field trip may be it. LOL.

Alright, I better go get Anna cleaned up so we can get ready for the field trip. Have a good day and hopefully I can get a few more things off my list this week. God bless.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

I'm Sick Again

What's the deal. I knew I was getting sick yesterday. I just knew it. I was achey and sore. My head hurt and I had a VERY tight chest. Go to the doctor and sure enough I have an upper respiratory infection. UGH! I had to be sick right before we moved. I don't want to do anything but stay in bed, but I can't do that, so I sit in my pajamas, take my medicine and we are watching a lot of TV the last few days. I can't help it. I feel like garbage. BLAH! Hope to feel better soon as I had to call into work today. I felt just that bad. I have been there over a year and NEVER called in until today. UGH! Hope the tylenol kills the pain soon. I already took my antibiotic. I feel sleep coming on.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Moving To Do's

Alright, so we move a week from today and I still have quite a few things left to do:

1. Finish Packing
2. Order New Phone Service
3. Set up Electricity
4. Set up Water/Sewer
5. Determine when we are moving our fridge in
6. Find help with moving
7. Finish Packing
8. Clean the new place to my liking (before we move in?)
9. Start cleaning old place, so we can get our deposit back
10. Work (Yeah, for some reason we must do this)
11. School
12. Try not to get sick (trying to right now, ugh!)
13. Finish Packing
14. Determine what to eat during the move time
15. Cut off all above utilities here at old place

Alright, I think that is all. I know just as soon as I get off, I will think of something else, but I am sure trying not to. I just want out of here and I want the boxes GONE, like yesterday. I hate moving. Anyhow, I better go so I can actually finish some of these items. Hope you all have a good day.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Well, today is someones birthday. He has been my husband for the past 8 years, although we have been together for 13 (dating and engagement).

He makes me laugh all the time.
He has a great sense of humor.
He makes me smile.
He makes me crazy.
He loves his Anna Banana.
He is a great husband.
He is a great daddy.
He is sweet.
He is kind.
He is funny.
He is loving.
He is handsome.
He is my husband.

P.S. For those who really want to know, he is thirty three today!!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Reading Videos!!

Alright, as promised, here is the reading video. The first one is the one Anna had practiced and worked to know. She was really good at reading that one. Daddy says she flew through it last night for homework.

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books

This next one is one that is a cold reading. It is also the hardest book in the series (of the first twelve books) and all she did was read the title and thought that she would have NO problems reading it. It is a lot harder than she thought, but she kept trying through the whole thing.

Photo Sharing - Video Sharing - Photo Printing - Photo Books

As you can tell, she IS reading!! She is very proud of herself. She was so excited yesterday. Those "BOB Books" by Scholastic are a good starting point. It was great. I never could have posted a video without my husband's help. Thanks honey! Hope you all enjoyed the videos. She sure was excited!! Ok, ok...I am a proud mommy! This was my bragging rights day. LOL!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

This and That!?!

Well, we have been getting busy with the packing and here are the results of my poor place:

The living room:

Are we supposed to be able to sit in there and enjoy anything? Good grief. It looks terrible. You can't even sit on the couch yet.

The dining room:

Yes, it was lunch time, so I took the picture with my daughter in it. The cabinet on the left holds all our homeschool stuff.

Anna's bedroom (the safe haven of it all! LOL):

(Thanks for the cute bedding Michelle.) Anna has got to have the cleanest room in the house. I want her to have somewhere to go that isn't all cluttered and covered in boxes. Granted I have been taking the pictures off her wall and packing up the porcelain dolls, but at least she still has a decent looking room.

Even amongst all the chaos and craziness (there are more boxes and mess than that, but thats all I can get to to take a picture), my daughter is still amused with the simple things in life:

Here she is carefully arranging her macaroni:

Into a square of course!!

She just discovered that she can rearrange things and make new shapes. It was just a matter of time before we started using our lunch as a school lesson. She was so amused with herself that she did it again and again until the macaroni was gone. (There went not playing with our food.)

Stay tuned for a video of her reading her very first book. She is so pleased with herself and I am going to try my darndest to get it on video and learn how to post it to here. I hope she will cooperate for a video. She is so cute reading. She has known the words for quite some time, but never really put them in a book format. anyhow, I better save the actual story for that day.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Update on My Mom

Yesterday we filed the re-appeal on the disability stuff for my mom. We will get a hearing this time and that should help tremendously. I will also get to have some imput. That too may help. The only thing is the hearing will take from 2-5 months to get a date, or that about the time frame we can expect a date. It will be hard, but we will have to figure this out. We are going one day at a time and praying our way through. My mom has decided that she will sign another years lease and pray that we can get help paying her rent. I also have her digging out the paperwork from the disability that she paid into for years and years at work. I am going to start messing with that one again. We should be going up to DFW within a few weeks and when we go, I am having my mom seen by the doctor that is there. We are going to have him fill out new paper work on mom's disability and I will not leave there without at least a copy of it. He will also have to sign the bottom of every page and provide a good address and phone number for them, because I am sick of the wording on his letters. She deserves to get this and she IS going to get it. We have already been on this fight for a year. Anyhow, that is my update on my mom's stuff. I can not wait till this is over. It will be so much better. Please keep her in your prayers. Thanks so much all and God Bless!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

We Got It!!

Thanks for all the prayers! We got the duplex we tried for with no questions asked! This just made out day, especially Anna's, since she is the one who told me who was sleeping where and what she was doing! Thank you Lord for answering prayers. Thank you all for all your support and prayers.

Now, let's get my mom's stuff fixed and done!!


Update on Homeschooling: Thanks for the prayers. I believe for the time being we are leaving well enough alone and keeping her home with us. We have decided that with all the other stressors I am under that things will begin to clear up and we will not have all the problems again.

Update on our Move: We found a really cute duplex that I like (Jeremy never gets to see them due to his work schedule). We are applying for it today and we are praying that this is it, so we can stop thinking about where are we going to move. It will also save me gas money. LOL! I am driving all over this city everyday looking at places. I have gone through my weeks allotment of gas in 3 days. LOL! Having to replace that was hard on me, but if we get this place it will all be worth it. We should know by this afternoon. I am praying this is the one, because Anna was super excited about this place and was jumping all around it saying, "here is my room. Here is your room. I like that bath tub. I want to go play in my back yard." LOL! she has never been more excited about a house in her life. Yes, we have moved a bit. As Jeremy put it, this is our 8th move and we have only been married 8 years. Do you see a pattern?! LOL

Update on my mom: Well, there is no update on this yet. We are trying to get ourselves settled first, then I can go back to figuring out her mess. We are just praying REALLY hard. Maybe it will work.

Well, time to get ready for the day. Pray for us to get this duplex, if it is God's will. Anna really liked it and it would set her at ease to be able to go back and say we are moving here! Pray for things to move swiftly for my mom and she gets the help she needs so desperately. Thanks so much all 8 of you who read. LOL!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Big Issues or Debates? Need Prayers!

The big debate is school, housing issues, amongst other stuff. Let's start with school, not mine, Anna's. Do we continue to homeschool her, or do we put her in a school. Honestly, if we could afford it, there is a GREAT private school just down the way that I would love for her to go to, but we are not made of money and we can NOT afford things like that, so we are stuck with the decision of public school. Don't get me wrong, public schools are great for some people, but I am not really crazy about the idea. I LOVE to homeschool Anna, but are we truely making the right decision for her best interests. She love people and loves being with other kids constantly. If we didn't have all the issues a few years ago and such, I don't think this would be that hard of a decision, but the thing is we DID have those issues and we are living with the results of them. One of my results from it is a constant fear that something can happen to Anna. I could never live with myself if something did happen to her and things do and can happen in a regular school. If you know our story, then you know where I am going with this, but if you don't, I really am not ready to elaborate on this issue yet. It has hurt me in more ways than anyone can imagine. After what has happened, it is hard to not live with some kind of fear of people and things that could happen. I am trying to get past this issue, but it is VERY difficult for me. It was a life changing experience that I do not wish on anyone. In any case, the results of this are something we must live with for the rest of our lives. Am I homeschooling out of selfish reasons and the what ifs? Maybe, but I am trying to look out for Anna and what is best for her. I love homeschooling her, but is it all we can do? I know to some of you, I am just rambling on, but if you have any thoughts, or prayers, I sure could use them.

The other issue is our moving. We know we have to move, but I just can not get that feeling about anywhere that it just seems perfect and it is just right. Its usually not that difficult for me. I am almost always ready for a move like this, but I have no peace about where is the right place to live. It is very difficult to search for a place and not find your heart in any of them or just know that "this is the one." I guess that this is still yet to come.

One more thing, not that I needed any added stress, is my mother's appeal for disability was denied, yet again. Her primary neurologist refuses to change the findings in his report because he hasn't seen her in the last month. He is 6 hours away. I am sure it is really feasible to just go visit him to get this changed. I am working, my husband works, etc. It is just not that easy. This wouldn't be a problem, except my mother has no money and her lease is up at the end of February. It is paid in full until then, but we have no necessary means to help her. I can't just pull $525 out of the air to pay her rent until this appeal gets fixed. We barely have enough to make ends meet at our place and that is with family help. We are turning in more paper work to hopefully get her seen by a doctor in this area, but there is no telling if we will get approved for this. Without her getting this disability thing through, it is putting me in a very tough position. She will have no where to be or go, because the same time her lease is up, is the same time we are scheduled to move. Am I supposed to move her too? Where and how? She is not able to live with us because she has two cats and Jeremy is highly allergic to them. Those cats are her babies and her life, so I know she will not get rid of them. That is not a possibility, but I am at a loss as to where to get help and how much longer I can keep going trying to help get more help. This also needs prayer.

Anyhow, as you can see, I have a lot on my plate at the moment and they are overwhelming issues. I am not sure what to do at the moment on any of these issues, but I am praying that something BIG happens on these things. I have a strong feeling that the homeschooling issue is closely related to the others and my emotions. I guess I felt that if I worked longer I might be able to pay things for my mom to keep her going? I don't know. Anyhow, any thoughts or prayers on these matters would be greatly appreciated. Thanks if you read this far for reading my mini novel today. God bless!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Still Sick and Searching

Still Sick: Jeremy is still sick. He has been sick for over 3 weeks. Yesterday he went to the doctor and he has bronchitis and an ear infection. Please tell me this will pass soon with the antibiotics. I mean seriously. It has been over three weeks since I have been able to kiss my husband. For our anniversary last month I said "I love you, but don't kiss me." How pathetic is that. Still sick, but hopefully he is on the mend. Please pray that this will pass soon. I am so tired of him being sick and I think Anna is too.

Searching: The search for a new place is on. I called over 30 different places about houses and duplexes for rent. I am hoping to find something that will suit our family just right and will be within the budget we can handle. I know it will come, but it is not in our timing, but in God's. We also got our first set of boxes last night to start packing. We have a lot of junk and between working, searching for a place, homeschooling, and Jeremy being sick, I must start packing now.

I know that was brief, but Anna has a doctor's appointment today. No, she is not sick, it is just a Well-Check, in which we will be in a waiting room with a bunch of sick kids and we will probably be back there next week with some sort of virus or whatever. (**Knock on Wood.) Anyhow, I better go. Have a great day all.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008


Yes, we are moving, again!! And probably within about 6 weeks. It is a long complicated story, but suffice it to say, that we are no longer welcome here when our lease is up. I was planning on a month-to-month lease for a few months, till we found just what we wanted, etc, etc, BUT, that is no longer a possibility. We must move and quick. I will be looking for boxes and a place all at the same time. We need everyone's prayer right now that we find the right place, in a decent area, and within the budget we can afford. We need all the prayers we can get on this one. I wish I could elaborate, but it is all crazy. Anyhow, we ARE definately moving within 6 weeks. Thanks so much for praying and God Bless You!

Our New Years Eve......Party?

Alright, alright. It was not much of a party, but Daddy has been sick for over two weeks. We were going to a New Years Party thrown by some friends of ours, but decided that it would be better to just stay home, since he was still sick. (Don't worry, he is on antibiotics and starting to feel a bit better.)

Anyhow, some little cute 6 year old (I wonder who that could be) wanted to roast marshamllows.

Now, how on earth do you roast marshmallows in a teeny tiny apartment without a fireplace? I'll show you....

As you can see it was a clever little idea and it worked beautifully. It toasted them just nicely and we never had one burn completely to a crisp. It was great. Just how great you ask? Well, Here is a picture of our little marshmallow face:

Its actually a very clever little idea. We then watched Ratatouille, which we rented with a free movie coupon, so that cost us nothing. (Very cute little movie.) Then we watched the Dick Clark New Years Rocking Eve Party and popped some party poppers, and here is the end result:

As you can see Anna is almost completely wiped out, but not too wiped out, since her Grammy called her at 12:01am. Lol!! She excitedly took that phone call.

And then it was straight to bed. She slept in till 9:30am, which if you don't know my daughter, that is GREAT for her. She never sleeps in. As you can see we had a fun kind of relaxing night. It was very enjoyable. Maybe next year Daddy won't be sick and we can go to the other event we wanted to. So, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. Make it Great in 2008. It is a time for New Beginnings.