Tuesday, December 09, 2008


Caroline had her first cheerleading practice last night. Of course I forgot my camera, but here is her uniform. She was so excited when she put it on. The fee came with skort, shirt, hair bow, car magnet, magnetic picture frame, cd of scriptures, and a mess bag to carry it in. She has practice next monday then not until after the first of the year. She can't wait until her first game.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Weekend Joy!

The kids are bathing, John is in Florida, the cat is laying beside me with the dog chewing on him and I am in one of my favorite spots....the computer. It has been a combo weekend. Some rest and some busyness. A good one for sure.

Last week was a tuff week at school and I started back to school which made it even more difficult. I had Nick's meeting at school on Friday and all I will say is it was not productive and at one point I said, "we are talking about my son not a piece of paper." I cried through half of the meeting. I'm trying not to worry about it bc I know God will take care of him and lead us where we need to be. And if that is a school that cost $10,000 he will show me a way to make it happen. See previous posts if you don't know what is going on.

Saturday we had some errands to run and were trying to get a better picture for our Christmas cards so we walked around the mall for a little while after getting these pictures we headed home and hung out there and the kids played while I did homework. It was restful to be here not out in the cold. John and I did go to a St. Matthews Elem work function at Incredible Dave's to see Mr. Seiberts band V-groove and we had a great time. There were about 20 people from school there. WE are trying to decide on one of these pictures if you have an opinion.

TOday the kids and I went to the grocery after JOhn left, then I had school from 1-5 so Jennifer kept the kids. WE have had dinner, cleaned up, the kids are in the bath and we are getting ready to settle down to our traditional daddys out of town movie before bed. I Hope you all had a great weekend. This one is just for the fun of

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Ahh where to begin:

Here is Caroline in her Brownie sash before her last meeting yes which was the 1st Thursday of November. Isn't she cute?

Next Ashley Potts turned 19. Wow can you believe it? Me either.Here is the latest picture of Baby Katherine.

Next is St. Matthews Fall Family DInner. This is such a big event that all the kids love. This year instead of a dunking booth they had a pie throwing booth. Yes Nick hiit Mr. Siebert the first try. He was so excited he came running through the hall yelling to tell me bc I didn't get to see it.
This one is Mr. Leffert our principal and the first one is Ms. Hunt the kids teacher last year. We all had a great time.

Next both kids had to do timelines of their lives. We got a lot more creative with Caroline's bc we got it 2 weeks earlier than nick's. Here are the finished product from both.

Next is the latest movei night. WE watched the new star wars clone wars movie. Nick couldn't wait to see it, but only lasted about 20 min. There were some men that scared him. DOn't you love the darth vader masks? I rock!

THen we have THanksgiving. I took Sallie to the groomers on WEd to get a haircut and she had picked up a cat with 3 kittens and a puppy on the side of the road that morning with frost on them. She asked if I knew anyone that would want them and to make a long story short I brought them home with me. NO THEY ARE NOT STAYING. WE ARE FINDING THEM GOOD HOMES. I took 2 of the kittens and the puppy and a teacher I work with took the other kitten. The dog Caroline is holding in our horrible THanksgiving pic is Grace.

and these are the cats. That is all for today. More tomorow.

Monday, December 01, 2008

2nd attempt

I've been gone for awhile so I have a lot to catch you up on and I will in time.

We had a good Thanksgiving and we hope all of you had a good one too. My computer was gone for 2 weeks and didn't come home until last Wednesday. THat is why I haven't posted. It is also getting ready to leave again because 5 of the keys are falling off, which means I need another new keyboard. It is only covered under warranty until Dec. 8.

I tried to take a class last year during Christmas called Journal your Christmas and I didn't get very far, but you are included every year after you sign up the first time. So here I go again and I'm going to try very hard. I wanted to post the manifesto and will probably do some of it on the blog for all to share.

Starting today, December first, I will keep a Christmas journal. In it, I will write
something every day to reflect on the holidays of my past, enjoy the holidays of
the present and dream about the holidays of the future. To some, this would be a
stack of papers and trivial
scribbles, but not to me. I
am taking back my
Christmas, I am letting it
be something I relish and
most importantly I am
giving at least fifteen
minutes to myself, every
day, no matter how crazy
this season becomes. This
Christmas I will make
something with my own
hands, my own words and
my own memories.

After reading the manifesto if you are interested you can find it here. I really want to take the time to reflect this year for me and the kids.

Ok I haven't loaded any pictures yet, but I have a movie night to share, thanksgiving, the kids time lines for school, new animals in the house and a few random things. So there will be more tomorrow or Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Fall Shoot

Here are the pics from our fall photo shoot. Enjoy! We are now trying to figure out where to take Winter pics.

This is Nick rolling down the hill.

Nick was not into taking pictures like CAroline was as you can tell.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Random bits!

John made it safely to Tampa on Sunday. The kids and I hung out most of yesterday. Today we took Nick to the dr, he has a virus, and no meds. I had to work for 3 hours today and was able to take the kids with me. We just hung around the house the rest of the day.

TOmorrow morning we will be voting early to beat the crowds and then who knows what we will get into.

I wanted to mention a few things.

1 Did you see this in the Sunday paper? This would be Caroline's dream come true. No she isn't getting one.
2 They do want these. This is the one thing they have asked for.
3 Caroline also wants this.

I'm sad because for the 1st time since the kids were born I will not be able to make our Christmas cards. This company will be doing them this year. We are talking about them now. I also am looking for ideas for my kids at school for gifts. I can't believe it is November and we all know it will be here before we know it.

I hope everyone is doing good. I will update soon.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Let's start off by showing your the gang. Here they all are. Caroline's wig didn't last long bc it was getting in her face. Yes that is the cat. No he didn't go trick or treating with us.
Here is Caroline being a rock star.

Nick was a fireman.

Isn't he cute?

Here is Caroline being silly, but I love the picture.

Here is the assemble before we took the wig off. She is MItchie from Camp ROck.

This is the gang being silly.
EVeryone had a great time. We went to a few houses then came home to tade candy, then play, then eat pizza. It was a great night.
John left this morning for Tampa and will be gone the next 4 days. Luckily we are off school Mon, and Tues. WE plan on having a good time.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Lots have been going on around here so let me update you.

First we attended the Rotary Club Pancake breakfast at school last Saturday morning. Pancakes were delicious like always. It was John's birthday so we headed out to do a little bday shopping for the traditional blue jeans and shoes. That is what he asks for every year. The kids wanted to make him a golf build-a-bear, but I finally talked them out of that. Saturday night we headed to a pig roast in the 'burg. Yes you read right "pig roast". It is horribly gross in my personal opinion, but the family loves it. Even Uncle Danny ate it yuck gross! that is all I have to say about that. It was freezing so we weren't there long. The fire was the neatest thing there.
This is a look of "Mom I'm cold and ready to go home."
Sunday I took the kids to the movies to see this. So totally awesome (I"m such a geek), but I'm still getting made fun of because I cried through most of the movie. Yes I did. I think the nostalgia of prom and graduation were to much for me to contain myself. It was really good though so if you get a chance go see it.

Nick is totally into this now. Don't ask me...I have no idea. It must be a 1st grade thing. We are the proud owners of two stormtrooper costumes and a Boba Fett costume. You can see below he has worn them so much he lost the butt of both of them. John and him play Star Wars everynight now and yes it drives me crazy. He is in these costumes every waking minute (minus school). Here is a good action shot of the boys having a "fight".

Caroline is still totally in love with Zander. Yes dd I'm crazy or was under the influence of strong drugs at the time of purchase. I still can't believe I have a cat living in my house. I do not like cats. All I can say is it was those big brown eyes. She has not put the cat down. She carries it like a baby, reads books to him, sings to him and is the first thing she gets when she gets home from school. I think he stinks literally, but she says he doesn't. Go figure.

Nick's homework this week was for the family to create a turkey out of materials we wanted. The only stipulation was it has to attach to a piece of black construction paper. Here is our turkey. His name is Randy the Candy Turkey. My fingers are still numb from using the hot glue gun. If you would like to know the % nick did and the % John and I did is is about 1 to 99. He put the first 3 pieces of candy on and that was it. But it is finished and ready to turn in and I think it is pretty cute if I do say so myself.
We also carved our pumpkin tonight. After scooping out 1 spoon of insides Nick looked up and said " that is gross I don't like it." and off he went. I should not be suprised he hasn't liked pumpkins since his first pumpkin. Caroline was all into it and carved one of her own with the little pumpkin carving tools. Here is the finished product.

This one is Caroline's...

Here is Nick saying "Dad this is gross." Check out the look on his face.

The way cool family pumpkin.
Nick's pumpkin. Notice the top is not cut off. Is is just scrapped on the outside.
Tomorrow Caroline has her fall party at school and Nick has his Friday. They are both excited about Halloween Friday night. Nick is being a fireman and Caroline is being Mitchie from the movie Camp Rock. We are praying for teenagers and firemen. No I won't let Nick dress up as a star wars man and he is not happy about that. I'm not sure how you pray for a star wars character and that has always been the rule. You can only dress up for something you can pray for. WE will be having the Hoagland's over for pizza and trick or treating.

Please keep me in your prayers. I have to take the educators test on Saturday. It is a 4 hour test that cost $150 to take. I have to score 173 on all 3 parts. You can not be admitted to the College of Education without that score. I don't want to have to take it again bc it cost so much.

I think that is it from here for now.
Oh one more thing. Nick had the next part of his testing Tues morning and he goes back tomorrow morning for the last part. She will then set up and apt with us to tell us the results.