Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Although short lived, our trip started out with a big adventure that cost us a lot of time in getting there. We started out on our drive and about 45 minutes into it, at the first small city, we were hit with a long detour. There was a large grass fire ahead on our regular highway, and we were being diverted to another via another small 2-lane highway. UGH! This detour added a good 2 hours to our drive and made a 7 hour drive turn into a 9 hour drive. It was awful. We had left late enough as it was, but we had to keep driving. We got to the city I was determined to eat at a lot later than planned, but we ate there anyway. We then filled up with gas and drove on. My plan was to drive to a city right outside Fort Worth and I succeeded. We made it there and realized we had driven almost 200 miles and my gas gauge hadn't moved!?! Yes, my gas gauge was stuck. It was stuck for the entire time we visited Dallas. Oh well. So there was our grass fire, detour, and stuck gas gauge. This was all just trying to get there. We finally made it in at 12:30am. Can I say we slept as soon as we got in. Unloaded the car and piled into beds and on the couch.
Sunday, we went to church and basically hung out. We never really did anything exciting but ooh and aah over my sister's beautiful baby. She definitely is a cute one. Anna and her Uncle Marc played soccer outside and then sang music and played guitar inside for a while. Anna really liked that and thoroughly enjoyed the one-on-one time she got. Not that she doesn't get one-on-one time, this was just different stuff. We don't have guitars and neat equipment at our place. We finished off the day with a few movies. It was fun and relaxing at the same time.
On Monday, we got up and headed to Grapevine Mills Mall. It is about 40 minutes from where my sister lived, but it is a fun mall. We first bought a few things for our girls, then we had lunch. YUM! Gotta love those real Philly Cheesesteaks! I can't seem to find a good place down here where we're at, so we always get them in the Dallas area. Then, came the exciting part....I took Anna ice skating for her very first round! YEAH!! It was a whole lotta fun. Anna got the skates on and was thrilled with the idea of ice skating, until we got to the ice. Then, she decided she was scared and didn't want to get on. I got her on, but she kept saying "No. I don't want to do this. I'm terrified." I reassured her and told her she would be okay and got her to get on and we started our first time around. She decided about half way around (this took a while as she wouldn't let go of the wall) that it was okay and she actually liked it and had fun. We made it around, took a break, and went back for a second round. She got really brave then and only held the wall with one hand or held onto my arm with both hands and started trying to actually move her feet right. She never really got it, and only fell a handful of times, but when we got off for good (about 45 minutes later) she said she wanted to go back again next time we go to Dallas, so I would say that it was a successful trip.
On Tuesday, we didn't really stick around long. My mom had a doctor's appointment with her neurologist and she wanted to visit her old work before we went, so we went over to Fort Worth and then waited for an hour and a half AFTER her scheduled appointment time to get in. Her MS is worsening as we already knew and I got to watch all the tests they run. The doctor she sees there is really nice and is supposed to be the best in Fort Worth, so I was happy to finally meet him. She did the little gripper thing where they need to see how much grip strength she has and the needle did not even move. She has next to no feeling in most of her extremities (he poked her with a pin and she barely felt it. never even flinched a little bit- OUCH!), she does not react at all when someone runs something up the bottom of her foot and could not remember but one of three item he wanted her to remember during the visit. I knew it was going downhill, but this is definitely the worst it has been ever. He will fill out the paperwork for our lawyer for SSI and we will pray that it will work out. He still says she is fully disabled and can not work, now it is just a matter of getting the judge at her hearing (the date still yet to be determined) to see that she is truly disabled and needs this help.
We left after the doctor visit and had a great drive home. My gas gauge started working about two hours in, when we stopped for supper I filled up and noticed it wasn't sitting at the over full mark and it was working. It has worked ever since, praise God. My brother, the mechanic, had told me that they would have to disassemble the gas tank to fix it, and since it is working now I am thanks God for that miracle.
Anyhow, now I will leave you with a few pictures of our trip. Hope you enjoyed our recap! God bless you and thanks for reading.
Anna Loves on Graciela
Anna Plays Soccer
Anna Plays Guitar
Anna and I right after she first stepped on the ice:
Anna close to the end of ice skating (much more confident):
Anna with the Rainforest Cafe elephant (She was amused by it so I took her picture.):
Graciela on the car ride home from shopping (Love that smile):
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Well, as some of my more regular readers know, we have been fighting to get my mom disability money for quite some time. She was declared disabled by the doctor and even her work put her from nursing duties to a desk job and she couldn't do that. Her MS is just deteriorating too bad. Anyhow, I moved her up her so I could help her in August and she had taken out her retirement, so it has been relatively easy, but that money has been gone since November and there isn't anymore. Our church has paid her utilities I think 3 months in a row. We paid her phone, to keep it on, and we have other people pay her phone to keep it on local calls. She paid 6 months rent in advance, so we didn't have to worry about it at the time. That six months is now up. We have nothing and no one can help us with anything. If the state legally declared her disabled, which is what we are still fighting, then we can have plenty of help, but since the state is not declaring her diabled yet, we get nothing. I have called that 2-1-1 Texas number and they have only a few agencies listed that even give any kind of help with rent and none of them have money, or won't see her till the first, since that is when rent is due, and then it is not the whole amount. I have called church after church trying to find help and no one helps with rent and the ones who did have "appointed slots for help all full." How are we supposed to get help? She is slipping through the cracks and quickly. I don't know what else to do to help. I can't just up and pay her rent because I only work part time. My husband works full time, but we barely make our ends meet and we have been helping all we can. Shoot, we have to drive back to Fort Worth, a 6 hour drive, just to get her into the doctor for an updated appointment with her neurologist (who she sees for the MS.) The doctors here won't fill out her paper work for SSI disability, because they haven't seen her before. UGH! They won't see her because she has no money and we can't even get the state to help with that. We are stuck in a catch 22. The state can't offer more help, while we wait on her court date, she can't go to the doctor because she has no insurance or money, her MS as a result is going down hill and VERY fast, the church said they can't pay her utilities anymore, her rent is due in 8 days, and we have to drive 6 hours and pay $75 to see her old doctor (not to mention the ever rising gas prices raising the cost of the trip). UGH! You see why I am so stressed now. I seem to be the only one in the family even half worried about this issue. Well, maybe its because I am responsible, and maybe its because it is the care giver in me, I don't know, but it is hard on me. If you have read this far, then thank you. I have had a hard morning and we haven't even done school yet because I have been messing around with this whole thing. I also did it yesterday afternoon. Anyhow, if you are a praying person, pray that what God wants to happen, will happen. We need all the prayers we can get. We could also use monetary donations, until we see results from SSI (LOL- Just kidding, but we really could use them.) Anyhow, pray that something happens. We are stuck right now and I am not sure what to do. Thanks all and thanks for sticking by me. I can't believe I even have readers, but I do. God works in mysterious ways. Lots of love....
Mom: My goodness Anna, I think my brain hurts.
Anna (without missing a beat): Thats because you have been talking too much.
Anna: Bad Scout,(her toy dog) You need to listen to me when I talk to you.
Mom: Be nice Anna. That doesn't sound nice.
Anna: But Scout didn't listen mom and I have to punish him or he won't learn. The Bible says not to let our children grow up without correcting them. (This was one of our Bible verses for school, apparently it stuck.)
Ok, so what am I supposed to do. Everything I do or say comes back to haunt me in the form of my daughter repeating it in some form or fashion. (Except the talking too much comment, not sure where she got that.) Anyhow, we have just hit 9:15am and that is how our day is going already. School ought to be REALLY fun today. LOL! Have a good day all.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
We leave in four days for Dallas. I can't wait! We are ready for this trip. I am taking Anna ice skating for the first time. Her and I will have a great time and a lot of fun falling too. She is most worried about falling and I told her that we would just get back up and do it again. I think those will be GREAT pictures and it will be a ton of fun to blog about. Other than that, we have Mom's doctors appointment on the Tuesday and then we are open to whatever my sister wants to do. We may need to get in some good shopping time. I can't wait to see the baby and get out of town for a bit.
Alright, we had a late start at school yesterday and we are shooting for the same today. I have to hit a few places, so we had better go. Take care all.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Anna and I did not do school yesterday. I still have got dishes all over the counters that need to be washed from moving. Add onto that the dishes from everyday use and you got one big mess all over the counters. Anyhow, so I loaded the dishwasher and cleaned a counter full of dishes and left them to dry. Now I actually need to run the dishwasher and put away the dishes.
We also went to a place called Fun of a Kind. It is an indoor place for the kids to play and with temperatures in the 20s and drizzly weather, yesterday was the perfect time for this place. I had jello legs yesterday from jumping on the trampoline with Anna for an hour and a half. She had a great time though and played for almsot 2 full hours. I, on the other hand have had my workout for the next week. That wore me out.
Today, well, it is drizzling and cold, yet again. We are expecting snow. (Wonder if we will ever see it.) I work and Jeremy needs to take his car in for new tires. I am tired. Will I ever get some rest? UGH! Better go for now. Have a good Saturday. Hope yours is better than mine.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Todays plans are to do school, take my mom for some milk, buy Anna a swim suit (while I can still get her one that covers everything - yes they are just coming out, but for some reason we missed it last year and had a hard time getting one after that), grocery shopping (time to stock the deep freeze and pantry), and Anna's cheerleading class.
As for the cheerleading class, Anna is so excited about this class, even though she is the youngest one in there and she can't do half of what the other kids can do. It will interesting to see how she progresses in this class and whether or not sh even learns anything. Right now it is a small class with only 4 kids, so she gets a lot of individual attention, but this can't last forever. Anyhow, I guess the important thing is SHE likes it. We will definately take another class from this center again.
Anyhow, time to get ready for the day and all that jazz. We have a few things to do. Have a great day everyone and take care.
Monday, February 11, 2008
As for the new place, I hung some of the pictures up yesterday and it is slowly coming along. I can't seem to get through the dishes and laundry ever, but I think that is a normal household thing. LOL! We will be starting back to school today too, after 2 and a 1/2 weeks off, from being sick, moving, setting up, and actually unpacking everything. Hope Anna liked the break, becasue that is the end of it.
We go in just under two weeks to visit my sister and the new baby. I can't wait. I am very excited and so is Anna. We will get to stay for about 3 and a 1/2 days. Anyhow, we are very excited and can't wait to go see the baby and my sister. I haven't seen her since August, when she was still almost 5 months pregnant. It will be good to see her and she will be reasy to get out with the baby around that time. Very good.
Alright, I better go for now. Time to get ready for the day and throw together some lesson plans. Take care all and have a good day. God bless.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
On the upside, Anna starts her new class today. She has decided to take cheerleading. What possessed me to let her take that is beyond me. I am sure she will have a great time. She loves to "excercise" as she calls it. So last semester it ballet and gymnastics, this semester it is cheerleading. Here goes nothing. Sorry, no cute otufit required for cheerleading as far as I know, so there won't be any show-off type pictures before class. (Although she wants a cheerleading outfit, it isn't required. LOL!!)
Oh and Anna cashed in her change today. She put some in her savings and we went to dreaded Wal-Mart and she bought herself a new movie...Barbie as the Island Princess. She was super excited about this movie and was very proud of herself for saving up (Er, I mean suckering change from everyone we saw) the money to go buy it. It took her about 2 months. LOL! So, I guess we better go. I am resigned to watching that movie this afternoon before her class. Wish me luck.
Monday, February 4, 2008
1. Go to church - check. It was a great service too.
2. Take my mom shopping - check
3. Move the washer & dryer and hook them up - check. we moved the deep freezer too.
4. Wash dishes and put them away - started, but definately not complete.
5. Wash laundry (can only be done if we complete # 3) - started, but again not complete.
6. Unpack homeschool stuff and get organized - unpacked and organized.
7. Write lesson plans for school - never even got close to doing this.
8. Put the thought of EVER moving again out of my head - still don't ever want to move again.
As you can see, it wasn't too bad. I actually got a lot accomplished yesterday. Now if we can just get all the way out of the old place, I can turn the electricity off. That would make me so happy right now. Anyway, time to get ready for the day. Take care all.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
On Thursday, we woke up to a nice layer of ice on the roadways and freezing cold temperatures. How on earth are you supposed to move across town with a sheet of ice on the ground? Well, we chose to not drive my brother-in-laws truck until it thawed out and instead loaded up my car with a VERY full load and prayed that the streets thawed by 10am. It was a good thought and we got that load moved and by 10am, give or take, the roads were completely cleared, although it was still cold. We actually had gas running by about 11:45am, after the needed repairs. Our pastor and his wife then rented us a U-Haul truck so we could move the big stuff in one trip. I am eternally grateful to them for the thought and for their help. We would not have made this move without them. We never did use my brother-in-laws truck. He just got to enjoy a day being dropped off at the door and picked up at the door. Anyhow, Thursday we got the majority of the big stuff in and we were able to spend our first night at the new place. (Although it was a LARGE disaster and I am sure it was a violation of a bunch of safety codes as we had no clear path to the door or any window for that matter.)
Friday, we moved over the aquarium and the last of the big stuff from the apartment. We somehow managed to forget to bring the silverware from the drawer in the kitchen. How on earth do you forget something so vital? I mean seriously. We even managed to unload the dishwasher of dirty dishes and bring them over and we still hadn't brought the silverware. UGH! (I got them Saturday, but they are still in the trunk of my car.) I did unpack about 30 or so boxes in the morning before I went to the old place. Did I mention that my husband threw a bucket of water on me outside in the process of cleaning out the aquarium? Did I also mention that it is VERY, very cold outside when you are wet and it is like 38 degress outside?! Lesson learned. Next time I will throw the water on the aquarium while he holds it. LOL! I do forgive you though honey.
Anyhow, did I mention yet that we still have a big mess?! OH! And did I mention that trying to move while you are still working every day and trying to keep everybody happy is hard work?! I am so exhausted and we STILL have a large disasterous mess. AND I DO NOT HAVE MY WASHER AND DRYER YET!!!! (insert large pout here) This was half the reason for the move and we still have not got it unpacked from storage and moved over here! I don't know how we managed that, it was supposed to be the FIRST thing we moved here. In any case, maybe I will get it moved today? Do you think?! Oh, I hope so. I don't want to take my laundry somewhere else. We have the connections and we have the equipment, but we have to get it here!
Ok, gripe, pout and whine, is over. As you can tell, I still have a lot to do. I am hoping to do school with Anna tomorrow as we took off all last week to finish packing and move. Do you think I can get all our school stuff unpacked today? Well, that is my plan. Here is the check list for today:
1. Go to church
2. Take my mom shopping
3. Move the washer & dryer and hook them up
4. Wash dishes and put them away
5. Wash laundry (can only be done if we complete # 3)
6. Unpack homeschool stuff and get organized
7. Write lesson plans for school
8. Put the thought of EVER moving again out of my head
Don't you love that last one?! LOL! Ok, ok. That is enough for today. I will try to dig out some new pictures for this week. Take care all.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Isn't she just adorable?! I can not wait!! (Neither can Anna. On Tuesday, she said lets go. A six hour drive was nothing to my princess to get to see her new cousin.)