Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Murphey, the giver of horrid luck decided to take up residence at Sami's place it seems. When I asked for him to go away, I really did not mean to place him with someone I love! Sami has been enduring the hard times associated with Lyme Disease and fighting to get better...she had a PICC line inserted and then had some complications on Friday and spent the weekend in ICU. She came home yesterday to find a large hole in their pool, lost power, and then a phone call you never want to get, in that Tony's dad was suffering a heart attack and was on his way to the hospital. So, I ask that if you have a little extra time today, say a prayer for their family...that Sami starts to feel better, that Tony's dad makes a quick recovery without complications, and for Tony to be watched over and not to worry too much about those he loves. Poor guy...and also that her two children have a safe flight from NY to here tomorrow to see their father! Hopefully to see me too!! hehehe

We are still awaiting our hardship withdrawl from the retirement savings. We submitted the request on the 13th and it was denied because they could not read our bank deposit info...no phone call, just denied it. So, refaxed it the 20th and still have not received it. So much for a hardship withdrawl. I wrote rubber checks for food over the weekend so I was already in the hole, we have nil for gas in the vehicles and no money to pay any bills...I am so sick of being flat broke and sick of making payment arrangements, and for the first time in 16 years i went to the food bank! Not a good thing to do when everyone is on hard times though, cause the baked items we got 1 was moldy the next day...the potatoes were pretty much all bad, no meats, not even canned like you use to get, no cheese (those big USDA blocks). Pretty much the foods were all donated boxed and canned, nothing from the USDA like you use to get 15 years ago. I truly now wonder what it will take for the government to see ho hard the US is having it; at least the normal citizens...not those famous people foreclosing on multi-million dollar homes, the normal people getting foreclosed on the ranch homes on less than an acre, losing their jobs, fighting debt just to be able to drive to work.

I have a pinched nerve in my neck causing me throbbing pain above and behind my right ear. I wince every few seconds depdngin on how I am posture wise. It has been going on since Saturday afternoon...and last week from Sunday through Tuesday I had a kink in the same side, just in my neck and shoulder area, so I know something is wrong. I can not seem to get into the damn doctor though here for anything. Plus, for the past at least 6 years, every ache and pain I ever got was blamed on me being obese, so I am sure that will be the case here as well.

G did go get a 2nd opinion from another neuro doc today on the cyst in his back. I am frustrated, so I am sure he is. The doc said he wants to follow-up with him in 6 months, and did do some other tests on him like reflexes and movement, and said there is nothing he sees the cyst causing any restrictions. He said they are common, but from what I have found they are not. But, told him that he would not advise surgery for his other back issues....so essentially the poor man is suppose to live in pain forever. He hurts to do the dishes, to carry Katie, to do just about anything and he is just suppose to live with it and pop pills. That is a pretty shitty quality of life.

Well, kids are fighting so that means I have to go. Forbid they get along for one day or not fight or clean up after themselves or anything civil.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Time for an Update

Good Mornin! LOL only been up since 5am and fell asleep after 1...gonna drag some butt today! Sooo, been a few since an update from the household! Here goes! I put in my 2 weeks at work. I made the decision after a few days of nastiness at home on my part. It is taking its toll me being gone all night...well, 6-11 is not all night, but I see G not at all on weekdays, he is sound asleep when I get home and I am getting tired of doing dishes at midnight! Plus, G will be starting yet another school for his MOS, and can not guarantee that he will be home for me to get to work by 6 (we are not leaving Katie without one of us). So, putting in 2 weeks enables me to be rehireable. With that said, I have been "coached" twice for going over my 5 hour mark 2 days last week, and I know I did again on Monday. Well, no one told me I had to be out by 10:59 and not 11pm so not to violate the meal time (must have meal break at 5 hour mark). So, the mgr that talked to me last night she said this being the 2nd, they may just be coaching me out of a job! The coaching last night was over a 23 second lapse! OMG! I wanted to just walk off. I log off the register at 1045, but then I zone and clean up whatever I see along my way to the back of the store, I am not just twiddling my thumbs. Such crap. I am losng 15 hrs a week as it is, so leaving those 15 minutes takes off another hour. I am just waiting to go in and get coached again as they pull up other times. A part of me just wants to say SEE YA!

The kids are doing well. I hear a ton of the "there is nothing to do outside" from Zach, Jordan has spent his days outside, and Katie is ready for the pool daily at noon! LOL She is such a fish. Hawaii did her well! LOL Zach is in a parade tonight for Yelm Prarie Days with the Fire Department. All but Katie's report card has come. With those of you knowing the hard time I had with the principal on two occassions, I am waiting anxiously so not to have to start a scene with the school system over her. Will let ya know how that goes.

G is on his final week of flag detail. Thank you!!!! LOL Gas is just too expensive for him to do the drive on weekends essentially for nothing...and he leaves here at 415 every morning and that really sucks. So, he will be back to a normal schedule for a week or so and then starts another class so not sure what the timeline will be on that. But, a neighbor and he may carpool a few days a week and that will be nice on the gas bill. I keep trying to get him to look into the vanpool but you know men!

So, there is an update from here. Nothing really going on. Summertime is here (I am hoping). This week has been sunny and suppose to be mid-80's the weekend! YIPPIE!!!! Maybe I can get some sun and start feeling better...not to mention get some color to my skin. TTYS

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More of an Update

Well, have been cleaning house and keeping busy, so not updating. We had a good weekend. We went to Kelso and spend the weekend with Alexis and family on Saturday. It was a way to get away but also a way to keep Katie occupied without a million kids inside or her asking to go outside. Then on Sunday we took everyone bowling on the Air Force Base after G had flag detail. It was penny a pin so it was more for shoes than it was for the games...LOL...but also a way to keep Katie kind of occupied.

Monday she had a follow-up at Madigan. The doctor said all checks out as far as balance, hearing, seeing, range of motion of her knee...says just to keep her from being too active and no head bumps. I took her to school after that and she was excited, as was her entire class! The pricnipal was a biotch but she will get over it. I talked to the class and the teacher about things Katie could not do, like running or PE and only during certain things while at recess. I explained she had a "broken head" like a broken arm just with no cast. Seems the easiest way. A few had questions, but they were just pretty much happy to have her back. I have been dropping her off and picking her up. So, Katie has gone to school all week. It tires her out though, you can tell. She is not going tomorrow because it is Field Day and she can not compete in any events. So, I will find something to do with her, and G has the day off after he goes in for the flag raising. Today she rode the bus since the tires are flat on the car and I gave G the truck...told Jordan to sit on the inside and her on the outside of the seat so not to bump her head on the window and frame (done it before, can ya tell). Monday is their last day of school and it is only a half day. From my understanding, she is also going to 1st grade!! WOOHOO!! But will not know for sure til her report card comes home!

Jordan had a band concert last night. It was really cool. He is playing the snare drum but he has taught himself to play the clarinet, so I am beginning to think he is going to ask to play it instead. We shall see. I took video and will try and upload it to You Tube and post it later today.

Zach came home with a certificate for the Honor Roll. His GPA was between 3.0 - 3.49 so I assume it is A/B honor roll? Not for sure yet, but will see when his report card comes too. He is proud, as he should be, and keeps asking what ours were...LOL.

I thought I lost my job, but I didn't. I went in last night and talked to the Asst Manager. He gave me 6-11pm shifts Monday through Friday. Awesome to me! I get to get out, make money to cover gas, and meet some people. I felt G was leary of it, but we are so hurting for cash, I hate to lose it. It will be 25 hours per week, and he will just have to tell work he has to be in town by 6 so leaving work at 5 to get Katie from me for the next 3 months. They will have to deal with is beings the circumstance. We do not want to leave her with anyone so in order for me to work, he will have to make an adjustment for me for once. Well, not him, but his work. Yeah, I am sure that will not go so well, but I don't care at this point.

Don't think I have anything else to update on for now. Just need to get off my behind and clean my kitchen, vacuum, fold a load of laundry and do the bathrooms today...and of course make the phone calls about new or used rims. Saturday is Flag Day. G will be setting up 55 flags in the morning and I will be taking video and pictures of it. Should be interesting. TTYL

Please Make Murphy Go AWAY

Can I scream really, really loudly?! OMG I am so sick of all this bad luck floating around my home! I was blogging really early this morning and got a call from G on his way to work saying he thought he had a flat tire...he gets out and looks, and sure enough he did. Well, he calls back and says he think the rear is going flat as he is changing the front! Not 1 flat tire, but 2! Not tire issues, but RIMS! Both front and rear on the passanger side are bent! WTH am I suppose to do with life these days??? We have been living .. for over a month! We luckily had meat stocked so food was not an issue, but having to choose which thing to pay or get shut off is bad enough, now we finally get a normal paycheck and can pay the past due truck payment, and we get 2 screwed up rims! I am so sick and tired of blogging about bad stuff. I just want to be able to share with friends and family some good stuff. Sick of saying HELP ME! Everyone is hurting right now, and that just isn't enough for our family, we seem to have to be hurting and then some! I am so flustered and tired of so much going on around me....UGH!!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Thank You to the Bald Hills Fire Department

We took Zach to the fire department last night and wanted to take Katie in. The first person on the scene was there, he was happy to see her and see that she was OK. I have this gut-wrenching feeling that we are extremely lucky she is here with us. I can't shake it and it is haunting me. When I see those bike pictures I feel so sick and I can not help but cry. One of her friend's mom came over the other night and she started crying telling me what she saw when she walked up on Katie. She said she could hardly recognize her; she was white and just laying there. Looking at the markings on the ground, it looks as though she may have landed a good 3 feet from where she was struck. The guy's face last night was just so indescribable, and I almost feel as though her acting and looking so normal and us as well is an injustice to those who helped her. Believe me, I am not taking this lightly. I am scared to death and keep seeing the worst happening every time I think of the accident even though it did not happen, and I am so grateful. I have not said I love you so many times as I have in the past week.

I guess I am in shock now...I dunno what else to call it. I was not here, and I am almost glad I wasn't because if I had to see her I can only imagine what images would be going through my head compared to the ones I have now. Maybe that is why I am seeing what I am...because I was not here. Although, I know it would have been no different, because I sit at home on my ass when I am here because I literally hate being here at times...but maybe since G was home I would not have been, and it was nice out, had I not been working maybe we would have been doing something else, IDK.

More on Katie

OK, I got to take Katie home on Tuesday evening. It was kind of nerve-wracking. her nurse, Jenn, did not really want to see her leave yet, as she was on the fence as wo whether she was ready. I felt the same way. I know she was hungry, as she asked for food, but then did not eat it when I got it. I think she was afraid of getting sick becuase she had done that so much the days prior. She was so sad, crying over wanting to go home, it made me ache.

So, we left the hospital about 6pm. We stopped to get her some juice and poweraid and she had asked for popcorn chicken (which she did not eat). I also had to buy motrin for her becuase it was time and her head was aching. This bothered us, made G think we had made a mistake on bringing her home. I sat with her on the way home from the store so that her head was not bobbling around. When we got home, all the kids were outside waiting to see her. Her friend, Sade, came in to play with her. This brightened her spirits. They played "school" and ate chicken! Woohoo! She slept with us Tuesday night just for us to be reassured!

Wed morning, she got up and dressed and came in telling us she wanted to go to school. We were flabbergasted! LOL We decided to tell her what had really happened. The tale of bumping her head or having a broken head like a broken arm was not really sinking in. So, I was sitting with her in my bed, and I asked about the day and what she may remember. After talking about the trampoline and playing outside I tole her that Jordan went inside to get a drink and she got on her bike, rode across the street, and on her way back was hit by a truck. She looked at me, smiled, and responded with "If I was hit by a truck, I would be dead". So, my responses from there went into that is why everyone is worried about her, because she could have been more hurt. I also had to explain this was why the doctors want to have her take it easy and keep her brain brom bobbling!

The day went well, a nap around noon, then a house full of kids to play with after school. It went nice though. I spent the day cleaning her room and toys, we took her bed down so not to have her hit her head or fall off of it and she has her mattress on the floor and I hung all the cards from her school around her bed. She is drinking and eating here and there but it is great to see her do. After everyone went home and I was putting her to bed, I asked her if she noticed everyone was wearing helmets on their bikes today. I told her that was becuase of her being hit. I also let her know that she would never be allowed on her bike without one becuase had she been wearing it, her helmet would have been bonked and not her head! She asked if she was going to get a new bike, and I told her as soon as the doc gave her permission to ride again. My little daredevil girl here!

Today we were up early to take Zach to a doc appt. She did not want to get out of bed..lol. She had a slight headache, was drinking poweraid, then chocolate milke and donuts! When we got home, she and G took a nap while I cleaned house! So nice to get it done! LOL Now she is playing with 2 friends in her room; playing school!

It is going to be a windy road I think...headaches that come and go, but with her having no memory and feeling well, we are going to have to be steadfast in telling her and reminding her that she has a broken head and it needs to heal. She is so darn hard-headed! LOL

Work for me is finito mostlikely. I will not leave her for the summer. I have thought about asking for nights, but I dunno if they will do it. We shall see. If not, we are prepared for me to not be working, at least not outside of the home. I need to be with my children.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Katie update

Well, Katie got to see the boys last night. She was happy, but quiet. I think that threw Zach off a bit, having her so quiet..and he wanted food as usual. Jordan is worried and you can tell, but he is trying to hide it. We took a walk to she the boys her riding in the wagon and where the playroom is (she has not played in it). She also had a "contest" with Zach to see who could suck in more air (little breathing tube thingy) and then she blew bubbles and actually laughed and smiled. It was a site to see! I took a few pics so I will post them once I take them off the camera.

G is home with the boys. Had an OK night here. She has been in pull-ups due to her drowsiness and the constant IV, and I had to change and wash her and the bed at 4am. Now we are in regular panties as one of her and mine goals today is to use the potty. Keep your fingers crossed we have no rivers!! Our other goals are to eat some food and to go to the playroom today. She wants to go home, so I told her these are some things we need to do before we can. She knows, her head just really hurts, so I am not pushing her.

:::Took a break to feed Katie:::
OK, well, I managed to get Katie to eat about 3/4 of a piece of bacon and she has the rest of that and another sitting here waiting for her to munch on. I know she will eat the bacon. She ate a small bit eof pancake for me. Her belly is grumbling like crazy now while it digests. Hopefully she will feel more need to eat once her belly tells her she is hungry.

The nurse came in and checked her and she is doing well, peeing well and checked to see what she is eating and drinking. The nutrition lady came in and asked if we would need a menu for tomorrow and Jenn told her yes, so if that says anything Really, it is ok with me; I would much rather have Katie as healthy as possible before taking her home.

Also, I have a comment from a dear friend in Hawaii and she wanted to share it with all our friends. I don't check out everyones comments when I go to their pages, so I thought I would paste it here for her so it would be seen.

To all of Barb and G's friends who would like to send support to Katie... I have a website where you can send cards (so does Barb but don't use hers because I don't want it to cost her money). If you would like to send a card of support or get well please go to www. sentwithaloha. com and send them one for free on me. If you want more info on the service for yourself, contact Barb or let me know and I will get it together for Barb. I just wanted to provide a way for their friends and family to show support to them for free.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Katie is in the hospital

Some of you have read GT's blog and some have gotten either phone calls or emails from us knowing what is going on. I will update here as well as inform.

On Friday, I was at work, GT had gotten home early, boys and Katie were home...G left to take moving boxes into town to the recycleable place. Zach was doing some things G had asked, Jordan was playing with Katie, and she was on the trampoline. Jordan went to get a drink and Katie got on her bike (which she had told not to be on while G was not there) and she was struck by a man in a Durango (thus the reason she is not suppose to ride without us home). We are fortunate that it was a man, as he was driving only 5 MPH instead of the posted 15. Katie came from a vacant lot on the right and he was paying attention to the group of children off to his left. He did not see her coming and hit her before he knew.

Zachary, being First Aid and CPR trained and is volunteering for the Fire Department assessed her right away. She had ben knocked out, he checked her eyes and her pulse, told Jordan to call 911 and G, then to call Martin (their friend's dad) who is an ER nurse. Without them, I am sure there would have been much more chaos. GT turned around and headed home, calling me but I could not answer as I was on the floor, Jordan was also calling me, so once finished with my customers, I stepped away and called to hear the news. I rushed home as well, and did not get to see Katie as they were preparing to fly her out.

GT and I drove and got here not too long after she had arrived. We are in Tacoma at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. Katie is fortunate to have no broken bones and we all attribute that to his slow speed. She has a severe concussion and a skull fracture to the right side rear back of her head. She has a bruise on her left cheek in which we are assuming that is where she would have hit the Durango bumper. She has bruises and scrapes on both shoulders, elbows, knees, right forehead, inside of one thigh, and scrapes along her right back, but none of the scrapes were too deep. We are extremely fortunate in those areas.

She spent Friday night in PICU. Yesterday we moved to the 6th floor. She is lathergic, rarely awake, sleeping alot, but also restless and whining. She is very nauseaus and only taking sips of soda then not very well keeping them down. We have to work on that and also try and get her to blow bubbles to work her lungs to keep from getting pnuemonia. They say although they do not anticipate seizures from here, there is a slight chance, but when they did the original scan, there was no bleeding in her brain, so that is a good thing as well. We have to wait for a neuro eval tomorrow sometime and see what we are doing from there. I am nervous to take her home like this, as I am scared if there were something wrong I would not know because she is not vocalizing a whole lot. Right now, they say a good 3 weeks of nothing for her because any jarring can cause a secondary concussion.

So, for now, I know we are here at least one more night until the neuro eval, and I am going to ask for another CAT scan to be safe. Neither one of us really want to be away from her, the boys have been staying with Martin and his wife Angel for the weekend, which I am so thankful for. Zach is still suspended so he will be home tomorrow (suppose to be doing homework) and Jordan will be in school. People asking if we need anything...not really. A gas truck at the house to afford teh price to go back and forth to the dang hospital!! LOL Thanking the government, really I am! Make your children wear a helmet! No matter how un-cool or where they ride. Katie has TWO of them!!! She was wearing ZERO of the two! She has a severe concussion from 5 MPH...I cry when I think of how much more had it not been him but some reckless teenager or even just someone doing the posted speed.

GT and I will try and keep updating as we know more. Right now, nothing has really changed since our arrival, just that she has had a few moments of more coheriency. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Memorial Weekend

Well, we had an OK weekend as a family. It was OK because of weather...all in all it was a great time. We headed out on Friday afternoon to the coastal area of Washington, Pacific Beach, to a "resort" run by the Navy. It took us about an hour and 30 minutes maybe a bit longer to get there, but the ride went well. We got checked in, and we were the only tents there til a bit later when a family in a pop-up trailer and then another family showed up in the evening. The sites were wide open, so no privacy, but it ended up being ok. It was a brisk night but the sunset was gorgeous! I had to remember my grandmother's teaching of "red sky at night, sailor's delight, red sky at dawn, sailor's take warn". The sky was as red as could be, which opened up to a beautiful Saturday!

The resort had "Family Day" activities on Saturday which included a scavanger hunt and frisbee golf. We did not win, but we had a good time doing both. We walked the beach with the dogs and had a good time taking pictures and just being together.

Sunday was cold! It was overcast and just yucky. So after a drive on the beach, I told G that we needed to have a family meeting and decide whether to stay the night or pack up and go home. Reasoning was that if it was cold now, it was going to be colder come nightfall. Votes counted, we packed up and left in an hour! LOL there was a 10 degree temp difference between there and home! Not to mention the sunshine. Alyssa followed us home, so we got to spend more time wtih her as well.

Monday we took a short jaunt across the lake in our kayaks and then went to the Clearwood Pool that opened over the weekend. Then we bbq'd and watched Juno and 27 dresses. Oh, and ice cream sundaes 2 nights in a row, complete with waffle bowls, chocolate or caramel syrup, whipped cream and cherries!

Tuesday, I had to be to work at 7am. Alyssa took Jordan and Katie to school then stopped in to say goodbye before heading out for home. Sad to see her go, as always. I feel for her and Katie though, they are so close and I know that the goodbyes are very had on them. I think we are all hoping with her having her own car and license, we will see more of her. We all miss her bunches, and it is great to have times like we did this weekend.

Some pics are below, and anyone wanting info on where we went, just google pacific beach resort and conference center!

My Ramblings

It finally happened...this morning, I put $7 in the truck to go to a doc appointment for Zach and I paid $3.95. After I picked up my paycheck, I put $50 in the car and $50 in the truck from the same station, for $4.01 per gallon of regular unleaded!! WTF is wrong with that picture?? I am so sick of spending my money on GAS! I see less and less of my husband and do less and less with my kids just to afford to go to work! To top it off, G is on a detail to raise and lower the flag every day for the month of June. This means that daily, at 630 am he has to be on Fort Lewis and then daily at 5 he has to be on Fort Lewis. That is over a 30 mile drive one way for him, so if he has the day off, he still has to be there! When is the US going to start taking care of their own and not those in foreign countries?? This is beginning to get really, really OLD!

Since I mentioned the doc appt, we have a new child psychologist referred by the school. This gentleman actually spent 9 years in Hawaii...lol. He deals with alot of military families and children and helps with deployments and separations as well as all other psychiatric issues in children. I think he and I see eye to eye on alot of things with Zach. Next week he will meet with Zach and does plan on bringing up medications and why he is not on them. He also plans on getting us into a doctor at Madigan to help with Zach rather than just a regular pediatrician. We shall see...I am at the end of my rope with all of it. At this point I just want it all over with. I love him, I long for him to be a success, yet we just can not seem to agree to disagree and move on with life in the right direction and I am tired of trudging along uphill both ways.

The school year comes to an end on the 16th. I am anxiously awaiting report card time to see what is going to happen with Kathryn. I know she has grown in leaps and bounds since the troubles we encountered in Feb. I just hope that the principal sees it with open eyes and not through slits like she was earlier!

I am going to be asking at work about night time hours, even if it means a different position. Summer is coming and I do not want to hear the "I have to babysit all the time so I have no life". I hear it now for the little bit of time it is done, so I am not going to keep the bitch of the mom I am made out to be. I also applied for a job with the TSA at SeaTac. They are calling me to do the exam, but it is full-time, split shifts, and I am not doing a split-shift daily...too much gas money in that one! I just feel like I get the shit end of the stick no matter what job I do or do not get...I have been a stay-at-home-mom for 19 years! Now when I work, I get ripped at for not being home to do this or that or for bitching about chores or picking up after themselves....or i get ripped for the same thing if i ask for help from them because I sit at home all day. Not to mention how depressing it is to sit here all day now with no kids knowing my life consists of cooking and cleaning and babysitting.

I have 2 friends going through some medical stuff....and I want to be a good friend, I want to be there for them, help them, and I can't! I have 2 friends that really wanted to see me and I stood them up! I can no longer afford to do things with my kids or I have to work...lol...I am just all around pissy and sick of everything and almost everyone! If you read this far...thanks!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

My Life Lately

Well, things here in the house are a mess in my mind. First, if you do not read G's blogs on MySpace, he went to neuro-surgery on Monday. He had an MRI at the request of his doc to update the status of his compression fracture in his back and was then told he wanted him to be seen by neuro. They requested a more extensive MRI, so after that hour plus long endeavor, he got his consult. Come to find out, us thinking he was going to neuro for the old injury and his pain really was a referral due to him having a cyst on his spinal cord. Nice, huh?! The best part is, the doc says, "well, you aren't showing any signs of spinal cord pressure or numbness, so we will just not worry about it." That is not sitting well with G...a person that does not worry about his medical issues is rather frazzled about this. He did ask about his other pain and was told "oh, you need to see someone else about that." So, he is waiting to see his regular doc on the 29th and get a referral to an orthopedic doc. He also wants to get copies of the MRI results and such because he said that he saw mention of other areas in his back on the MRI notes as the doc was scrolling through...so he wants to know what is going on with his back, all of it! Me too for that matter! He is in pain, I hate to have him popping pills and needing to sleep because he hurts. Surgery will leave him with a different pain, as we have learned with his shoulder surgeries and his ankle surgery...and not sure either one of us want to see what type of pain he would live with after a back surgery; which pain would be better or worse....

Me....well, I have good days and bad days. I have positive thoughts, wants, desires, and needs in my head and on my mind. I have taken alot of time off the computer, alot of time off the phone, time away from TV and trying to sit with the family rather than by myself. I just get very frustrated listening to the complaining and fighting and arguing or looking at the messes around me, that I can only seem to take so much "family time" before I go hide away. I really wanted to go to Vegas with Ang and Kathy...that just was not in the cards for me...a mom taking 4-days to herself?! HA! For some reason I would rather spend the money on ungrateful children and food that gets thrown to the racoons instead of eaten after it is cooked or heck, even bought! I did ask for the days off at work just in case I went, and I got them, so we are going to go camping instead....at least that is the plan. I have still met no friends, well, I have a phone number of a lady right down the road, but I have yet to get up the nerve to call her and chit chat or make friends. My esteem seems to be in the toilet again. I have 3 songs from the new Leann Rimes CD that fit me to a "T" right now...if you have not heard it, I suggest picking it up! Very fulfilling.

Work is my place to escape these days. I love to go in, but now it comes down to worrying aout Katie when I go. I found I really liked the 7-3 shift but that means I have to leave before Katie and Jordan leave for school, which I didn't like because I am so afraid they will miss the bus. The shift itself is good though, it goes fast and I can spend sunshine and the evening at home which is nice to be able to have a dinner at a normal time and do things. I have only gotten one of those shifts, I have 2 next week though. My shifts usually run until 6 -8 or start about 5 and go til 9-11. Those now will be a factor for me due to my children and their behavior issues and attitudes...that will be another paragraph though...LOL. I do not like the 8.5 - 9.5 hr shifts as much as I like the 5-6 hr shifts though. My back and shoulder do not like the last 2 hours of the shift. So, I have been contemplating asking for different hours for several different reasons, and I am nervous becuase summer is coming, and I have never been away from my children like this. I did also put in for a different position at WalMart...we will see how that goes.

OK, kids. Beginning here is gonna get me worked up, so I went in to other things first. All of you know that I do not and have never claimed to be perfect as a parent...I am far from it. I have asked for help, I have feared what others think, I have been ridiculed and avoided and even ignored due to my child-rearing and voicing of my issues. Well, this will be one of those times of warning for you...if you do not wish to hear it, do not like my views, please don't read this purple section! So, here goes! First, gonna start by my disciplinging or lack there of. I have hit the kids, so much less than they should have been through the years, and it shows. Spanking is not wrong in my book, just draw the line from spanking and abuse. I know that line. Have I come close, yes, do I admit it, yes. But, with that said, my children can probably count the amount of times they have had my hand on them, to include Alyssa. I tried time outs, but I seem to have some very head-strong children with major attitudes and I have not enough willpower to stick with it. Same with grounding and taking things away. My boys really have no toys...why? because they either get them taken from them due to misbehaving or they just outright break them. Do they care, nope! Alyssa at one piont had everything she owned taken from her room with the exception of clothing...you know what, she didn't care...she just shook it off and went on her own way. Well, I am really at that point and then some. Katie is a free-willed child just like the rest, our biggest issues with her seem to be wanting to be more grown and going to play without telling us, sneaking out when in trouble to play, and she has that "attitude" like the rest of my kids with the "I won't do that or you can't make me and now the I hate this family" the last coming from her older brother! I have found a few ways of dealing with her lately though and she has not been too happy with them, so we shall see how that goes. Jordan is still an a$$. He is "popular" with the girls and a few boys, has always been that way and known it. His grades are now in the tubes. The problem with that is he does the work and turns it in (unlike the previous 2) but he does a cruddy job so gets a bad grade. There is no way to correct that! It isn't like it was not turned in so he got a zero and if it gets turned in he brings up his overall. Turning in half-assed work gives you a crappy grade with no room to bring it up! He is all about himself too. Zach complains how Jordan dows nothing in the room, nothing for "chores" and he doesn't. He will pick up a thing or two, wash silverware but nothing else, pick up half of a room or vacuum around the stuff on the floor and complain that we say he does nothing or complain when we tell him he could have done more, better, or did it wrong. We are all soooooo sick of licstening to his golden butt complain! He really needs to pull his head out of his butt and get in the family all the time not just when he wants to do something or needs something. Mother's Day, he wanted to take me to lacey to "walk around the strip mall" but come to find out, he wanted to go to Sportsman's...was not really about "Mom". Now to Zach. Well, the more we think he gets better and has grown and matured, the faster he turns that thought around. He is at the age of I need to cuss to fit in, the word "whatever" just ticks me off. Well, now I have finally come to the end of the Mom portion of this. He fianlly put his hands on me. He did not hurt me, but he grabbed me and quickly released, but it still is in my head. Yes, I guess you can say I brought it on, I slapped him for cussing at me. I am sick of hearing it, I do not deserve the crap that comes out of his mouth. I am so sick of hearing the crap of sending him to the hospital in the 5th grade...I did it because the school forced me into a corner, but you know what, I do not regret it, I actually wish it had been longer and they had forced him to participate rather than let him close himself off. I actually wish someone would be able to get into him now that he is digging himself into a hole with his choices in school, at home, with his social life or lack there of...because he is going to have no life if he does not come to realize what decisions he is making and the concequenses that come with them. He has been given detention this week for hiding 6 English books from a teacher last week and even after being sent to the office and getting ISS refusing to tell them where until he realized it was lunchtime and he would have to spend it in ISS. Then he told. Well, he claims he is not going to detention. I can see a flare up tomorrow over it or he will just come home and not go and I will get the "tattle-taling" call from the school. He claims he is going to tell the school I wanted to kill myself in March and they will take me to a mental hospital where i need to be since I put him in one. I am stressed out because I yell at them to do things according to him. According to him, he should not have to do chores because he watches Katie when I work...about 3 hours a day 3 days a week tops unless G has duty, which is 1-2 times a month. But, when he "watches" her it really is not what he is doing, when he is at the lake and she is at home answering the phone (Jordan is here though) but that is his take on what he should and should not be doing and life here at home. Nice, huh?!

Home....very warm this weekend which in return was very nice for my spirits. Walk into my home and you see a bar full of essentially junk and trash. The kitchen has a sink full of dishes, the trash can lid needs to be cleaned because food on the lid does not get cleaned off when it happens. The dining room table still has the chairs on it from me washing the carpets on Tuesday, and a very dirty spot where Katie eats as well as school papers and pencils. The couches are clean witht he exception of 2 baskets of Katie's clothes that I have to put away..no one else understands the hanging concept of the specific drawers for specific tyes of clothing (organization). The floor has the stuff Katie threw in from the yard last night...kids bathroom/guest bathroom, well, I scrubbed it a week ago, but you can not tell, heck, you can't see the floor through all their dirty laundry. The laundry room needs to be swept, but there is only about 1 load to be done in there. Their room, I have no clue, cause I refuse to look at the clothing all over, the trash, the unmade beds, multiple blankets...Katie's room is a disaster, but that is from me cleaning the carpets and needing to go through and find out what the smell is and toss the trash and broken toys. My room is the place to shove the needless stuff. Easy to clean though. Guess the biggest thing is the normal every day stuff that no one seems to see or do at least without being told or heck even after being told not doing it. Wiping down a counter or table, taking out the garbage, picking up the clothing, removing the shoes from the entryway...putting the folded towels or their own clothes away, sweeping up whatever you dropped on the floor, vacuuming the white carpet of the pine needles and dirt brought in from your shoes...just the normal every day stuff that we all see but no one wants to do...like Friday being trash day but mom did not tell them and mom did not do it because she had to leave the house in a rush, so it never went out to the curb, therefore this week we will get charged for an extra can!

So, there is my life in a nutshell lately. Well, other than business endeavors in which I pretty much do not think you all want to read about. If you do, you can read about them on my blogspot ( http://revitalizeing.blogspot.com/ ) or just ask me info. Yes, there is another one rather than Melaleuca, and this one is directed more towards the business and business professional than the home maker, but it can awesomely be utilized in the home as well. I just have been so wound up in the family and WalMart that I have slacked on my mentoring and building of it. That will change soon...I just have to get that one first sale and I will have the confidence to move forward.

Anyway, if you have gotten this far, I commend you! I have written a book! But, I have been stressing since yesterday afternoon and I really needed to get it out. Have a great day!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Before I was A Mom

Prettiest Mom

Before I was a Mom, I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations.
Before I was a Mom - I had never been puked on. Pooped on. Chewed on.Peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night.
Before I was a Mom, I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots.I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.
Before I was a Mom,I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put her down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn'tstop the hurt.I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom - I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
Before I was a Mom -I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

Send this to someone who you think is a special Mom.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Well, had a spledid weekend. We took a walk on the trails around the lake Saturday with Scooby and Katie. It was the opening day of fishing season so there were a ton of boats on the lake and lots of people enjoying the warm weather. After returning home, we then took the boys, Scooby and Katie on a bike ride up the logging road. We did 3.5 miles each way! Awesome ride! G had gone up a bit farther the day before and saw a bear, he wanted to see it again, but no such luck. We still had a great time together as a family, which is what I was striving for. Poor Scooby ran his touche off! He slept all night! LOL

Also on Saturday, my little sister, Christy welcomed her new baby girl into the world! I am officially an Auntie! Her and Aaron welcomed Brylee Carys weighing in at 8lb 4oz! I can not wait to spoil her and love on her and kiss her chubby cheeks! Not sure when I will get that chance, but I am waiting!!

Work is going ok. I wish it were more of what I have wanted in work, but it is something and it is helping me meet people in a way. I am still really irritated over the hours they are giving me...still got me working every weekend but they have at least scheduled me later in the day so that we can have some family time during the days..and Sunday I make $1 more an hour...LOL
So, that is just a little update. Gotta work again tomorrow then off Tuesday! I can work at home, clean the house I keep procrastinating against, and touch base with friends of whim I have been ignoring!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Little Bit of Life.....

I have been somewhat absent, but I have been trying to juggle work at Wally World, family, G's and mine's new biz, and time for myself..not to mention sleeping and house cleaning! I also had volunteered myself to the FRG before my job, and I am going tonight to get "recognized" and meet some of the other ladies. I feel really bad now though, because it seems that on the days there are meetings for me to go to, I am scheduled to work. I have got to get some regular shifts!

Anywhooooo....we went to Kelso and saw some family this weekend...and it snowed! LOL Snow in mid-April, a new record. It was pretty though. The kids got to hang out with their cousins and we got to see them all together and talk with Alexis. It was nice and relaxing. Nice to have some family around and just relax. We need to do it more often..just wish gas prices would go down so that we could!!

OK, that is just a small update. I need to post some pics later. I have to go shower though to head out to the FRG stuff.....

Happy Earth Day! I planted flowers!!

Monday, April 7, 2008

My Update

Yes, I got a job at Wal-Mart. I am cashiering, part-time for now, but I will be asking about full-time cause they need them badly! Wal-Mart has great opportunities for advancement, and I am considering moving up the ladder if I really like the environment. With my education, I shouldn’t have a hard time of advancing, plus I can move to new Wal-Marts as we move with the military. So, yeah me!!

We are possibly considering moving on post. As much as we L-O-V-E living out here and the quietness, no yard full of kids, having no nosey neighbors, no rules and MP’s looming around waiting on your kids to be out of your site, we are spending over $280 just for G to get back and forth to work a month and over our BAH paying for rent, electric, and garbage. If we were not paying the gas to go back and forth, it would not be a money issue, but if prices continue to rise like this, we will be living near poverty just to eat every month. Not to mention, G has to leave home at 5:15 to be to work at 6:30 and is not home at night before 6:30...if on post, he could get extra sleep in the morning, take his shower at home and not at the gym, come home for lunch, and be home for a decent dinner hour. We are really weighing things here. We want to stay off post so badly, not to mention our landlady was exceptional for renting to us across the miles and still has been so we are very torn by to thought of leaving her with an open rental...so, that is a dilema we are contemplating at the moment.

Katie lost her first tooth last Saturday. She was very excited! She is now working on wiggling the next one since the big teeth are already in behind the baby teeth. Also, at conferences, we were told that Katie has "amazed" her teacher and reading teacher this past term. She has grown in leaps and bounds! Duh!!! She is in kindergarten! They still play and eventually will catch on to the principles of learning and settling down in school. We are sooooo proud of her! She is sounding out words, loves to read, reads back to us (her version), counts, adds, she is doing sooooo well!

OK, that is my update for now. I need to run bath water for Katie and get her up for school. The kids have to be ready to go cause I have to leave a few minutes before they get on the bus. Have a great day ya’ll.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Check out Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts

It was soooo awesome! We had great seats even though I had thought they were going to be kinda crappy according to the seating chart. I think had we gotten the floor seats I had at first, it would have been difficult to see. We were off to the side of the stage, 19 rows off the floor! So cool!

Taylor Swift sang for an hour and 30 minutes. She sang great! She is definatley sincere to her fans...and don't ever cheat on her, cause she will write a song about ya! LOL

These guys!! OMG what an awesome show! The light show, the fun and games, everything! Their stage is amazing. They had the main stage, and the round one you see here that has a bridge that lifted so it was not down all the time, only when they were going to cross it.
G missed the first 2 songs becuase he was getting Katie her Taylor Swift tee-shirt...what a good daddy! It was spectacular! It was soooo hard to get great pics though because of all the lights and because they never stopped moving! hehehe
I managed to get a few...but dang it is so sad to look at the pics andnot be able to hear what they were singing at the time! It was such an awesome show and well worth the $60 for tickets! I will definately be in the Dome next year when they return!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Monday, March 31, 2008

Take a Glance at Melaleuca for $1 **LAST DAY**

Today is the last day for $1 enrollments into Melaleuca and to place your first order. If you have not seen my blogs on MySpace or heard about Melaleuca, I will give you a little blurb on what it is and why I became involved. Please take a few minutes to read over this and see if it interests you at all. If you still want to read more, I will gladly send you copies of my blog!!

First, I became involved almost a year ago, purchasing Melaleuca when a friend just happened to catch me at the right time. George had recently had eye surgery and was using eye drops constantly. Well, Katie found a bottle of Alyssa’s nail glue for prom, and thought they were eye drops. We got lucky that she did not get them in her eyes, just her finger attached to her eye brow. Katie seems to be really curious as she gets older rather than younger ages, so when I got the IM and then call regarding Melaleuca, I welcomed the products!!

What is it? OK, Melaleuca is a manufacturer of eco-friendly, non-toxic cleaning and laundry supplies as well as health and beauty products, pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements. Many of their products were derived from Melaleuca Oil, or “tea tree oil”. Many of Melaleuca’s products are certified as “organic”.

Now, when I mentioned $1 enrollments I am sure you got thinking “what is it”? If you were to go to the website, you would see 2 prices for the items. The PC price is lower, that is preferred customer, and that is what your enrollment gets you. There is another requirement for being a PC and that is you must make monthly purchases of 35 points or around $60. Each product has a points value if you look at the website and pricing. Now, you may think that sounds like a lot, but think of how much you spend on cleaning items, laundry soap, shampoos, soaps, vitamins, OTC medicines, toothpaste, etc per month. I would imagine it is around if not over that $60 range. One thing to also remember, most of the items are in concentrate form in the cleaning supplies! One bottle of the Tough and Tender is a multi-purpose spray is $5.24 at the PC price and it will make 4 regular size spray bottles of cleaner. That is $1.31 per bottle and you will not get 409, Lysol, Clorox or anything comparable for that price per bottle.

For those of you still skeptical, there are numerous sites where you can get good and bad reviews on Melaleuca, as you can with any products line. I can tell you of my experiences first-hand, and I would not ask anyone to look at the products had I not believed in them. I love the fresh smells, I love their cleaning strength, and I love that even my husband has started telling me when we need to order something and not going to the store and buying off the shelf.

Now, with this information, you are encouraged to ask me more questions! If you have no more, great, but I think you will. Yes, you can make money and become a marketing director, which is what I have decided to do after almost a year of using the products, but you are not obligated, you can just use the products and begin to live healthier! You can use them in your business and it is a tax break! You can use them in your home and you begin to live healthier!

Here are a few things you may find interesting:

'Every Melaleuca product is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If any EcoSense product fails to meet your highest expectations, contact us within 60 days for a full credit or exchange.'

"Melaleuca's products are natural consumable products with ingredients whose properties have been verified or improved scientifically. Only well-researched ingredients of the highest quality are used in the products.

"The products that Melaleuca researches, develops and manufactures are products that we all use 20+ times per day. Products that are completely recession proof as we will continue to brush our teeth and wash our clothes etc no matter what the state of the economy."

Thursday, March 20, 2008

More Melaleuca Information

I was researching Melaleuca more today and I came across some things I thought were interesting as well as informative.

"The products that Melaleuca researches, develops and manufactures are products that we all use 20+ times per day. Products that are completely recession proof as we will continue to brush our teeth and wash our clothes etc no matter what the state of the economy."

'Every Melaleuca product is backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If any EcoSense product fails to meet your highest expectations, contact us within 60 days for a full credit or exchange.'

"Melaleuca's products are natural consumable products with ingredients whose properties have been verified or improved scientifically. Only well-researched ingredients of the highest quality are used in the products.

Product development of each new product begins with selecting the highest-grade ingredients that meet strict requirements for quality, strength and purity. Every step of the formulating and manufacturing processes are then monitored to insure the product will perform far beyond anything available in conventional grocery and drug stores.

Research staff continually seeks to improve and stringently monitor the quality of every ingredient, conducting over 45,000 ingredient inspections. Each month, they monitor the quality of each product in over 7,000 laboratory tests to prove that product performance measures up to the highest of standards and delivers real wellness benefits.

KNOWING that Sol-U-Gard has been scientifically tested, and kills Staph infection HIV, TB, and salmonella certainly eases my mind as a customer and user of these products. Not only does it make the air in my home smell fresh and clean, but I know it kills germs carried into the home by all of us. Febreeze makes my house smell good, but it doesn't kill the germs. Lysol only kills germs on surfaces, not in the air, Sol-U-Guard."

"96% of customers that reorder month to month"

"With Melaleuca, you are NOT a Manufacturer's Rep for the products, we don't sell the products ourselves to the customer, all we do is sign them up for membership, it is up to the 'Preferred Customer' to look into the products and buy them for themselves, and if they want to advertise their website so other consumers can have the opportunity to do the same is all up to them, not for the person that signed them up."

"$29 for membership to be able to buy products 30-40% in savings, sure makes a lot of sense to me. And I did get this $29 back in my first month of ordering my own products for the month, as I saved $33.62 on my first order from the Retail Price, so it is true, NO RISK. " ***the reference to $29 is the regular price and right now the special is $1***

ICalling Family, Friends, and those of you "Going Green"

I have a favor to ask for any of you who have looked at my blogs about Melaleuca. If you haven't looked at the blogs, or checked out the site, or even read any of it, take a look! Now, to my favor....I want you all to look at it again. I don't want you to look at it as I want you to buy from me, becuase you are not buying from me at all. You are buying from the company, for yourself, for the things you use daily and need weekly, monthly, bi-monthly anyway! I am not asking you to join my team and market Melaleuca, although that would be a great thing for many reasons, rather I am asking you to purchase a brand I have come to rely on and believe in and I think you will too.

I have answers for product questions, I have answers regarding prices, ingredients, the money-back guarantee...ask me! Please inquire about it! You have to have something to ask about after reading my blogs. Look at the website, find a question to ask me! Let me introduce you to something that will benefit you and your family in more ways than one.

I am going to do this as a business now, after alot of thought. After procrastinating, after telling myself how much I hate "selling", I had to instead tell myself that I need to get the idea out of Melaleuca and the benefits and the price. I have done comparrison shopping based on price and ingredients. I did it just 2 weeks ago after seeing the new Clorox products. I questioned alot of stuff when I first started purchasing Melaleuca almost a year ago. I know Channon had to think I was going to back out with all the questions I asked!

Now, one thing I hear alot of, is Amway. This is not Amway. You do not buy products and keep them in stock. You do not have to sell anything. You can buy for yourself and your family and that is it! If you want to market the company, go for it, but you do not have to do that in order to get the products. There are no meetings to attend, but you can listen in on product updates and information on the phone or internet if you choose to. There are no "recruiting" requirements to purchase products.

The reason I am bringing this all up again is to give you all the opportunity to take advantage of the $1 enrollment special for the month of March. The normal enrollment fee is $29.95. Don't let it push you off, you are buying from a place sort of like Sam's or Costco where you pay a fee in order to become a member as well; a much higher fee I might ad!

Just ask yourself about what you buy monthly from WalMart, Safeway, Albertsons, etc in the areas of cleaning supplies, hair care, lotions, OTC medicines, make-up, candles, multi-vitamins, diet suppliments, air freshners, antibacterial hand gel and wipes, toothpaste, dental floss....Now ask yourself what those things have in them...what are they made of, are the ingredients all natural, do the vitamins have all the minerals and vitamins I need daily or just a portion, are those cleaning wipes biodegradable, how long is this lotion going to keep protecting me, is that toothpaste ok for my toddler to eat? Or, what about: is it safe for me/my children to be breathing the air filled with that bathroom cleaner I just sprayed, am I suppose to feel light-headed, does smelling like cleaner mean it is clean, will this affect my child's sensative skin, what about his asthma?

Again, ask me questions! Did those things strike you and make you think? Did you look at anything after reading those questions? Did you sit and think of how much you spend on any of those things monthly at the store? Take a minute, or a few minutes, and just think about it.
Think about the words "Going Green". What do they mean to you? Recycling? Using non-aresol cans? Paper rather than plastic, or reusable bags? Biodegradable? Environmentally friendly? Eating healthy? Organic? I believe it is all those things and more. I believe that we all need to take steps to reducing the landfills, the pollution, the health concerns caused by everyday toxins...I also believe that Melaleuca does too, and their products are just the tip of the iceberg on some of the qualities they posess.

For me, just check it out. What is it going to hurt? $1 and an order this month, a money-back guarantee if you are not happy...but I am almost certain that will not be the case! I encourage you to post questions here, that way I can answer it for everyone to see. Maybe you will ask a question that someone else wants to know but doesn't want to ask. I hope to hear from you all soon! I need this favor! I need you to see why I believe in these products the way I do, first hand!

Bad News/Good News

Well, we were awaiting the E-7 list to come out today and G didn't make it. I feel so bad for him, and for all of us as well. This really bites.

He has been in limbo since 2005 April, when he got accepted to reclass in the medical board. He had been slated for BNCOC for his 11C MOS 3 times but could not attend becuase he was reclassifying to 88N. He got slated for the 88N BNCOC and could not attend it because he had not reclassed yet and attended AIT. He asked DA about going to AIT sooner since he got approved to reclass in 2005 and was not slated for AIT until Dec 2007, but they said all the slots were full, so he had to wait.

Well, last year, he was suppose to get looked at for his E-7, but he had not attended BNCOC, so they would not give him a waiver. This year when he got the email about being looked at, they gave him the waiver because it was their delay of him going to BNCOC and he has completed phase 1. So, we were a little hopeful to make the list. but, all the finger-crossing and hoping didn't work, because he is not on the list.

So, now, he will be over 15 years before getting looked at again. This really, really sucks. He should have been an E-8 by now. He would be had he not had an issue early on with some stupid privates when he got his E-5 and then got reduced....and of course we can not forget the injuries that have kept him from being at his best!

On a lighter note...I have a job interview today in Olympia at American General Finance. I have been applying for job after job for almost 2 weeks and was beginning to get really frustrated. Then, yesterday I stopped at a local bank that I had applied for and the bank manager talked to me, had me sign the agreement to look at my background, had me do the little survey thingy and said she will have the results tomorrow and get back to me by the end of the week. Then, I came home and had a message from American General and one from a marketing company. Makes me happy and hoepful...but then the real dilema, which to choose if offered by all. Advice?

American General - fixed hours, no weekends, $12 per hour, 30 mile drive that takes approximately 1 hour to get to, benefits and advancement
Venture Bank - fixed hours, I believe part-time, do not remember the rate of pay either...lol...10 miles, takes me 15-20 minutes
Amex Marketing - unsure of the hours or pay, advancement, 32 miles, over an hour cause of Tacoma traffic

Now, I am looking for work to pay a car payment and insurance and have spending money...essentially to supplement. Sooooooo......help me, ya'll!!!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Before I was a Mom

Before I was a Mom;

I never learned the words to a lullaby.
I never thought about immunizations.
I had never been puked on,
Pooped on,
Drooled on,
Chewed on,
Peed on…….
I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts.
I slept all night.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple little grin.
I never sat up for hours watching a baby sleep.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.
Before I was a Mom - I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body.
I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy.
I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

Send this to someone who you think is a special Mom....And remember that behind every successful mother... Is a basket of dirty laundry!"""

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Love Kids

You know....gotta love them, right? Unless you are in my family!

So, kids got told for the umteenth millionth time to clean their room. Jordan of course hates to touch anything and then Zach gets pissy and goes off and threatens and hits and all that nice stuff. Well, then the door of course got slammed and he kicks Jordan out so I opened the door and removed it from its hinges.

Zach was sitting behind the door and making it hard for me to unscrew the remainder so it made him move. Well, then I got the entire "you are a bitch. I fucking hate you. No wonder Alyssa moved out, she hates you. no wonder your family hates you, you are a bitch. You cry over them and they hate you becuase of who you are."

I remained calm, said yes to all he said and walked away. Boy do I want to know if it is all true. But, you know what, it really is not worth it to me. I made a call today and got told, "I’m cooking, bye" Whatever! I am not worth the time of day and that is fine. I really just hate the fact that I am suppose to bury emotions for their sakes...but I guess it is really for my sake too.

So, there is my vent for the time being. I am not speaking to him. I am not going to give him the satisfaction this time of being able to say those things and get away with it. I am not a doorstep and he will not treat me the way they treat me and if he wants to he can crawl back to them if they will take him and never look back my way. I am sick of being everyones little stomping ground. I have feelings too. I have more than most I guess cause I take offense!

Update on Fundraiser!!!!

Jordan and Katie are doing a fundraiser at school. This is the info the school sent out. Please take a look at it!

"We have the opportunity to offer the products as a test market. Northwest Fundraising os offering us EXTRA PROFIT for our help in seeing how their products for this fall will sell. With your help, you can help them while you help us make extra money! We would like to raise enough money to replace our PA system, get new button markers, and a new bullhorn for PE.

This is not a door-to-door solicitation! Friends and family from out of town can place orders online! Please go to: http://www.supportourfundraisers.com/cart/index.lasso?id=330 for Katie
http://www.supportourfundraisers.com/cart/index.lasso?id=285 for Jordan

If you are not sure about placing online orders, you can mail your order to me after looking at the online catalogue!!! I am going to be placing orders from each of the kids becuase it makes it more fair. If you would likd to do the same and save on shipping, we can have the shipments come here and I can priority mail them or we can wrok something out!

Orders and money must be taken in by March 24th and your products will arrive approximately 4-5 weeks later.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I Screwed Up!

When making Zachary an email on gmail, I added him to my account rather than creating his own. This caused his new stuff to become my default including my blog to become his! So, I had to delete my blog and start a new one! I posted the older blogs below...just for safe keeping! LOL

Certified Flagger

Well, I took a class tonight to become a certifieid flagger. I am not a Washington State certified flagger! I can flag for road work, clean-up crews, power companies...and it is good in ALL 50 states for the nest 3 years!!! Woohoo for me!

Jordan's Fundraiser

Jordan is doing a fundraiser at school. This is the info the school sent out. Please take a look at it!"We have the opportunity to offer the products as a test market. Northwest Fundraising os offering us EXTRA PROFIT for our help in seeing how their products for this fall will sell. With your help, you can help them while you help us make extra money! We would like to raise enough money to replace our PA system, get new button markers, and a new bullhorn for PE.

This is not a door-to-door solicitation! Friends and family from out of town can place orders online! Please go to: http://www.supportourfundraisers.com/cart/index.lasso?id=285

If you are not sure about placing online orders, you can mail your order to me after looking at the online catalogue!!!

Orders and money must be taken in by March 24th and your products will arrive approximately 4-5 weeks later.

Newer Stuff

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Just Me
G has been on leave for his permissive TDY and Katie has been sick since Thursday. What a relaxing time...lol. Zach turned 15 yesterday and we took him to Hooters as a surprise with one of the kids he and Jordan play with. We had a good time there and then went and ate ice cream at Dairy Queen before going home. On Saturday we went up to the outlet mall and bought him his football cleats and his training shoes for conditioning that started today for high school football. Those were his presents essentially. Today we bought him a cake so he has gotten to celebrate in one way or another for 3 days.We got a 2nd vehicle so I can now start to look for a job for something to do to take up some of my time. I can also get the kids involved in some stuff to keep them from being bored. Their spring break was cut short due to snow/ice days, so now they only have 1 week! YIPPIE!!! I am so glad...I was not looking forward to having them home complaining of being bored for 2 weeks.We want to get the garage ready for the spring and summer. We still have like 3 boxes to unpack in there of nothing essential, and the stuff to hang on the walls when we get the drywall up; then we have Alyssa's things in there and things we have given her for when she gets out on her own. Her bed takes up a wall...lol...and not to mention the landlady still has some things in there as well. We are going to keep the paint and stuff though from her cause it is touch up and whatnot and she has some tiles in there we have contemplated asking her about laying in the foyer and the laundry room. Just things to keep busy...lol. I also bought stuff to redo my patio set..this will also be keeping me busy til i find a job to occupy my time.There is an update. I have lots weighing on me right now, but I am not even going to waste my time with blogging it. Life throws you lemons, make lemonade...they throw you shitty family, you make yours better!
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Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Update on Our Friend Robin
Just wanted everyone to know that we received our first small miracle today. The pet scan shows that whatever was in the liver is NOT cancer. That makes a big difference in my prognosis. I start chemo this week in conjunction with radiation. Will probably make me feel horrible but will go a long way in killing this cancer.Please continue to pray for me.RobinPlease continue your prayers! God is working for her!
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Calling All Friends
Just wanted to explain something about loss of communication to those I have not spoken to in a while. First, we have our cells, but no service at the house! We live in the woods...LOL. The cell receives messages and sometimes it rings, but we can't send or answer the phone cause it seems the connection isn't strong enough. Yes, we have home service, but again, we live in the woods! We wanted an all in one package for tv, phone, and internet but the cable company only is able to provide 2 of the 3 services to our area, so we had to go with a different company. We have all 3 services, but we pay for a certain number of long distance minutes. I guess they figure with so many people using cell phones that long distance is over-rated...but since we can't get service here, it isn't over-rated for us! Therefore, it isn't that I do not want to talk to all of our friends, but I don't want to exceed minutes! But, you are welcome to call us! We don't get charged for incoming...LOLJust wanted to clear that up, cause I don't want ya'll to think we are avoiding you or we have one-sided friendships! :-)
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Friday, December 28, 2007
Slide Show

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First, Happy Holidays to all of you. I hope you all had a great Christmas and received all you wished for! I had my hubby home, so all was good!
G got in very late/early however you look at it, and we made it back home from the airport at 3am on the 21st. That day, we had a Christmas concert to go see at Katie and Jordan's school and we spent the evening at home with the kids and Reuben watching movies and eating tacos.
The next day, we left to go pick up Alyssa and Jose for the weekend. It is a 2 hour drive one-way, and after getting there, Jose's parents decide they want to come to the house! Can you say pissed? I don't care that they want to come here, but they could have saved us the gas and mileage if that was their plan all along! So, they came up for like an hour, to see where their son was going to be and talk a little about the kids' relationship, then off they went back to Vancouver.

On our anniversary, we went Christmas shopping. We hit up the Tacoma Mall, Toys R Us, and then to Outback for dinner. Made it home by 9pm, passed up going to a movie to save some cash since we had a trip to Vancouver to bring Jose home in the morning, and just wrapped some gifts and went to bed. The next morning, we opened our gifts from Alyssa and from my mom, Alyssa and Jose opened our gifts, and then off we went on our southerly trip. Jose's parents would not meet us, so we took him to Vancouver and then drove to Knappa to see G's dad since we had promised to see him that day. We then dropped Alyssa off at G's mom's so that she could spend Christmas with all of us the next day. She was suppose to work, but the schedule changed so she was able to spend it with all of us. We made it back home at 9:30 pm and I spent the rest of the night wrapping gifts, cause I procrastinate soooo much!!
Christmas morning did not start til after 9am! That's right, no kids came in til after then! G and I did not exchange gifts, and the kids went through theirs in record time! LOL Then, on the road we went to head to Clatskanie. There was rain at out place, a mix of snow and rain 40 miles away, then pure snow 29 miles outside of Kelso, then back to the mixture. It snowed throughout the day, which was so pretty. We spent a great Christmas with family and food! When we left, Longview was a slushy mess, but cleared up before home and not a trace of snow to be found. So sad...I really wanted some snow.
The past few days I have spent fighting a nasty cold. G started to get it on the way home Christmas night, and he laid in bed covered from head to toe and got it out quickly. Me, I rarely get sick, and this is kicking my butt. To add to it, my boss called last night. He had called while we were out on the 23rd, then while I was in bed the 26th, I called him yesterday but he was out of the office, and so he called again last night and finally we touched base. He let me know that he did nto think the job was going to work. He and Jamie had talked alot and they hired 3 people throughout the year and with tax season upon us, they felt they did not have time to train someone on the systems. He offered to pay me for the time I had come in and I told him no. He did give me a job lead though. He talked to the local CPA here in Yelm and gave him all my info and the gentleman offered to interview me. So, I am going to be giving him a call to see if maybe that will work out.
So, there is the update from our house. Please read my previous blog, and if you are a praying person, please lift your prayers to Robin and her family.

I wish you all a wonderful remainder of 2007 and a prosperous New Year in 2008.

Prayers for a Friend Please
I have received an e-mail from a family friend and she is in need of your prayers and thoughts. Robin is the wife of G's previous 1SG in Hawaii. He is also the man that taught G and Zach to scuba dive. Their children and our children were the best of friends, especially Jordan and their son Sean. It was so hard to say goodbye when they left Hawaii or better things. Their daughter, Rachel, is a miracle in herself. She was told she would never walk, never do things normal children do because of cancer that took over her legs and she has since lost the feeling in her legs, but she walks, and runs, and dances like any normal little girl. I learned so much from that family. I learned to keep my mouth shut, to open my mouth, and most of all, to believe! Robin needs prayers right now. Here is the letter I have received.Hi everyone,While I am not one to ask for things for myself. Things have happened in the past week that I need prayers for. It started about a month a go. My head and throat started swelling. The doctors thought it was allergy. I thought it was something in the house. The Army Environment Health came out and tested. They found 5 times the level of formaldehyde in the house. They moved us into a new house. The problem was I wasn't getting better. I went to the emergency room. They did several scans and found a 5 cm mass on my chest. It is right in front of the bronchial tumbe and growing into the superior vena cava that is affecting my breathing. They have diagnosed it as lung cancer though it's not in my lung and they also found a spot on my liver that they think could be cancer also. We're not sure of the prognosis because I told them I don't want to know, I will fight for as long as possible. They say it's not connnected to the foramledyde, but an xray 5 months ago showed there was absolutely nothing abnormal. I have already started radiation and am starting to feel better.All I am asking for is PRAYERS....LOTS of PRAYERS. You can send this to anyone you know, because prayers are what's going to save me.Also, if anyone has stories of inspiration about cancer survivors or incredible defiance of the odds, please send them to me, I need them a lot.Anyone who knows me though, knows I will not go down without a fight.ThanksRobin
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Old Bloggings!!!

So, Christmas is almost here and G will be home on vacation for 2 weeks. I did my first batch of Christmas shopping on Friday, spent money and got nothing of substance. This is going to be a very short Christmas this year for the kids. I feel so bad...I love loading under the tree and it just isn't going to happen. Things they really want I am too frugal to buy...something I really need to overcome. We are picking up Alyssa and Jose on Saturday for the weekend. It should be a nice time, can't really go anywhere cause not enough seats in the car, but we should be able to at least spend some time together. Christmas Day is going to be an ache and a joy at the same time. Spending some time with one family but not with another. It is also very weird for me to not have any single soldiers or new people to invite to the house for a gathering and a big meal. I am hoping to maybe do a dinner on the 1st and inviting family, but I may just x-nay that idea as well since I doubt many will do the travel up.I went to work yesterday, but the office is not ready for me yet. I kind of surprised them all. They need to have the IT guy come in and get my name squared away and they were busy with quarter-end deadline and didn't have the time to show me things. So, they will give me a call and get me going. It was nice to go though. I am sure I can do it, at least the tax season stuff and then I will wean into the other stuff. The house looks good for about 2 days and then is up in arms again. I get feeling good about it and I slack. I worked on straightening the garage on Sunday so that I can easily just grab a box to unpack. I placed Alyssa's stuff in one corner and outside or garage stuff in the other corner and now all the other stuff is still kinda in the center, but easier for me to get to things. I have til Thursday to get a little more organized before G comes home and wreaks havoc on it again! LOL I have not hung anything on the walls and I have yet to hang bedroom curtains, but the boxes are so bulky that it is better to unpack them and break them down rather than having them in the way while trying to organize and decorate!Took the kids to the Tacoma Mall on Saturday. We didn't stay long, but it was nice to get out of the area and take a drive...even with the traffic. We found a Goodwill store on the way home and stopped. We love Goodwill! THe Christmas deocr was 50 cents and they had a TON of it! I got myself some work sweaters and a wool skirt and the boys got sweatshirts and pants and so did Katie. We have to ease into the winter clothing! Spendy though, so Goodwill is a great place. We did some baking last night. I made fudge and the kids made Christmas sugar cookies. Talk about some "decorated" cookies! I took some pics that I will have to share. You will get a laugh...and a sugar high just looking at them!So, there is my life in a nutshell lately. Lots more on my mind and in my heart, but I can't go into it since I am not allowed to share those things...back to the keeping things inside and see how healthy I remain! tsk, tsk, tsk....Love and hugs to you all. Stay safe.
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Saturday, December 8, 2007
Well, today is Saturday! Not that it really makes a huge difference than any other day lately...lol...but it is another day and that is its name! Life here is going OK. A week in the new house, the HHG's are here, internet, cable, and phone are in, kids all in school...can't really ask for much more.G is in VA for his schooling to change his job. Had a heck of a flight there, poor guy. We left early Thursday morning, and he missed his flight by like 5 min due to the traffic taking so long. He got on another flight and seemed to have issue after issue at his layover spot. Landing in VA should have been around 10:50pm and instead was 3:15am! He is having a few minor rumors/problems at the school, but tomorrow I guess is the day we find out if the rumors/probs are true or false. Hope for the false side please! LOL He is there til the 20th then home for Christmas and back out on the 2nd. We are going to pick up Alyssa on the 22 - 24, the Space Needle for our anniversary on the 23rd, and Christmas at Grandma Bes's. The kids are all in school and so far liking it. Katie is on a 30 day trial because of her age. As long as she is up to level with the other kindergarteners, she will remain in school. Zach started Friday. Took him longer because they were trying to get ahold of Knappa for recrds, but due to the severe weather could not get through, so enrolled him and let him start without them.I have been unpacking, stained a shelf, and hung some bathroom border. I have managed to unpack the 9 or so boxes that were in my room, 6 or so that were in the kitchen, 3 in Katie's room, and 2 from the hallway. Not to mention the 5 loads of clothes from a week with no washer and dryer! LOL I am having second thoughts on my accounting job, but mainly for fear of leaving the kids so far away...30 min or more is a long way since I have never been that far away. Separation anxiety! I am scared, too. I have been looking for others locally, but still going to start this one cause I committed to it.We drove to Oregon this morning, early, and Katie ate breakfast with Santa in Clatskanie. We had fin. Then we went to Grandma Jo's for a little bit, but Katie was onrey, so we left. Picked up Alyssa and went to the park in Clatskanie for a bit. Alyssa also brought me her dad and mine Christmas present! I will post pics later! Hush hush for now. After the park, we drove to Kelso and went to the mall for dinner (fast food) and $10 at Chuck-E-Cheese for Katie to play, then off to get our kitties and come home! It was a nice few hours with Alyssa, although I wish it were more. I hate saying goodbye to her cause I miss her so...but life and growing up happen and we all have to deal.So, there is a recap and a look at Saturday! Sunday has unpacking and Christmas decorating in store for me. Laundry as well, I am sure. TTFN
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Mini Update
Just wanted to let you all know that we have internet and phone and tv, just no phones and televisions! LOL Household goods arrive tomorrow so will be busy all day. G leaves Thursday morning at like 8:20am for his schooling in Virginia. We were stuck out here at the house yesterday due to the road leading into and out of here was closed off due to high water. There are 2 roads and both were closed. We were going to go to Oregon and get our other bags and our kitties, but I-5 is closed due to 8 feet of water over the roadway! They are hoping to have it re-opened by Thursday depending on damages under the water. I will update more when we get things together and I will post pictures of the new home as well.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Traveling Cross Country
From the time we set foot on the mainland, we have been on the move. We arrived and spend 2 days in the area, hooking up with a friend for dinner, seeing our new home, and getting together with family for a surprise birthday party for Jordan. After that, we hopped in the car for a surprise trip.We left on Sunday, November 11th and headed east. We traveled through Eastern Oregon into Idaho and then stopping the next afternoon in Nebraska. It had been a long drive and we needed some sleep. I drove the day shift and G the night, but I only nodded off here and there, so sleeping came quickly and easily. There we encountered our first Cabella's Outdoor store and feel in love! We brought books with us and have taken turns deciding what things we want for our new northwest life! lol Tuesday morning we headed out again. I again took the morning shift, and G nodded in and out. I was traveling pretty good, open road, only truckers for the most part, and a cop in the middle of the road out to get ME after being followed by aircraft for miles! I received my first ticket ever on the open roads of Nebraska for speeds alot less than what I had been doing. I drove all day and then G took over in the night. We made it in good time, no real issues, and hit Kentucky around 4:30 - 5am Wed morning. At exit 3, we had our first big "eye-opener"! A good sized buck standing directly in front of us while we are traveling a good 65MPH. G did all he could to get us to stop...with all 4 anti-lock brakes, it was all up to the man above to make sure we stopped. We did, with about 3 feet to spare before the deer realized we were there and hopped across the other lane nearly missing the truck that had swirved when he saw our brake lights. We were fortunate that it was early and there were not numerous people on the road...especially since exit 4 is the exit for Fort Campbell. Needless to say, we were awake then! I started driving again at 5:30. I have to tell you, Kentucky is a looooooong state! It seemed to never end. I hit a 2 minute patch of rain that scared the pants off me, but other than that, we had beautiful skies the entire trip. We made good time, and arrived in SC at Kathy and Leon's at around 2pm. They are such great people and family to us. Funny, but they were the last people we saw when we started our journey to Hawaii leaving from their house on our trek cross-country and they are the first people we saw (other than family) when we got back on the mainland. We essentially came full circle. Friday we went to Fayetteville and surprised Susan and her hubby, Jamie. They were having a gathering to celebrate Jamie's recent promotion, so the timing was perfect. We surprised Bob, Sandi, and Carol the next morning for breakfast. They thought it was Kathy and Leon and Ang coming, and then we walked in. Also a very nice surprise for friends we cherish dearly. We returned to SC until Monday and then headed up to Fayetteville.Our time in Fayetteville was short. We stayed with Kellie. The girls did not know we were coming and the look on poor, sick Sierra's face was so funny! Poor girl was sick and had been at work. She came home and upon entering the house could just stand in the doorway hopping up and down looking at the boys. She saw me, said "I need to puke but I can't cause I am so happy". It was great! Not that she was sick, but the expression on her face when she realized we were there. I wish we had gotten to see them longer, but they went to school the next day and never came back because they took a bus to Philly for Thanksgiving Parade where the Southview band played! Awesome for them!!! G finally got to the mini-mall to get his "undies" that we can not find anywhere else! He is on cloud 9 now! LOL Then, Tuesday night about 9pm, we rolled out. There was a rain storm up north, and we just did not want to risk the chance of winter weather sneaking up on us.So, we drove almost to DC Tuesday night and stopped. Now, mind you, Patty knows we are coming, but she has only know a few days, and Dad has no clue. We have called him and chatted away, but have never dropped any hints or slipped up. So, we stay overnight, then head out again Wed morning. This should only be about 8 - 9 hours. We did great til New Jersey. Our NJ Turnpike travels should only take about 1.5 - 2 hr tops and this day it took us nearly 1.5 hr to get 3 exits! No, I am not kidding! The congestion was horrific. Then, it took us almost 40 minutes to get over the George Washington Bridge in New York! So, after getting into CT, we called Patty and let her know that we were going to stop for the night and be there Thanksgiving morning...cause the kids were not going to go to bed if we arrived at their place and it was late. So, we stayed in Mystic, about 30 min from Dad's house, and he had no clue!!So, Thursday morning, we head out. Chilly! We got to the house and Dad was outside playing catch with Maggie (their puppy). Katie walked up on the porch, stuck her head around to see him, and waved saying "Hi Pappy". He stopped and looked at us. He raised his hand to his brow to block the sun, and I finally said "yeah, we are here" and he came up and hugged me not letting me go. PRICELESS!!! Absolutely priceless!!! He was so happy; he had his grandkids with him, something he wants more than anything, and I did it all without him knowing!!! By now, Patty has been trying to get ahold of my grandma to find out if she is ready to get picked up for dinner. She isn't answering her phone. G, Zach, Katie and Dad head that way to get her. Katie knocked on her door, G'ma said to come in, and they found her stuck on the floor between her table and stove, where she had been for about 3.5 hrs. She had fallen and did not have on her life bracelet to call for help. So, the ambulance was called, she went to the hospital, Dad dropped off the others and picked me up to go and see how she was. 3 hours later, she is OK, but has a broken shoulder and a fracture in her wrist. What a Thanksgiving! Upon arriving back at the house, Dad had another surprise waiting for him. Sami and her kids had come down to share Thanksgiving with us as well. Dad really got a "family" and "grandkids" holiday. We all had a great time. The kids never once argued, the adults laughed, talked food, talked old days, took pics, and even got Dad to strum a few notes on the guitar. All in all, it was an awesome day.We stayed in RI until Monday. Longer than we had planned, but the visit was actually very nice and actually quiet, even with the kids. Patty and Jordan seemed to have found a similar interest in the Playstation...lol. He really loves his Nana. It took Maggie until Sunday night to be calm in the house with all of us around...and Dad and G stayed up one night talking shop and politics...sounds like fun, huh?! I did my trip to the cemetary my first day there. Zach went with me, which I have not decided if it were good or bad, he either kept me from letting stuff out to talk to Grandma, or him being there forced me to hold it together. Not sure which one. I also found Uncle Howard's plot and Angie Algiere and her husband's Louis plot...I wanted to see if Angie was still alive, and that was the easiest way, and I also got info that she is in MA living with her son and no longer in RI (hence no response from last years Christmas letter...lol) We got to see Lori, Erin, and Amanda as well, and Erin has a huge crush on Jordan! It was funny!Monday morning we headed out. Dad was sad to see us go. We had planned to go to DC and spend the day sight-seeing, but the rain crossed that off our list. Instead, we drove west and ended up stopping in Wheeling, WV for the night. We had to stop when we did...the weather had my nerves on edge and I don't think G's nerves were doing so well either. The rain had struck so fast and hard at one point, that he was literally stopped in the middle of the fast lane with his hazards on because he could see nothing...yet 2 semi's passed us! It was nerve-wracking. Up and out Tuesday, we stopped for the night in Columbus, MO which had been our planned stop. Early out and headed toward Colorado on Wed...planning on spending at least one night with Kricket from my KWC board (Online friend since 2001). The kids have really had a day, so my mind got the best of me, and we detoured north and stopped in Aurora, CO rather than heading southerly to Kricket's. I decided that the kids had enough of the car, I have had enough yelling and trying to keep my sanity, so I made the decision to stay 2 nights instead of 1. We will have some time to sight-see in Colorado, we are going to drive to see Kricket and George's family homestead in Canon City, and Katie is dying to play in the snow. Upon leaving here, we have a planned night in Boise for Friday and then onto home Saturday. Hopefully the winter weather that has been moving though has subsided and we will have easy travels.Our phone, tv, and internet get turned on Tuesday, the HHG's arrive on Wed, and G flies out to Virginia Thursday morning. I purchased his tickets for Christmas last night, and he will be home from the 20th through the 2nd for a price of $549. Not too bad, but poor guy has 2 stops before making it home.I know I have more to talk about, but everyone is asleep, including G, so I guess I could do the same. Tis all for now.....
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