Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Kitty the world's weirdest cat

Can you touch your nose with your tongue? My freaky Gene Simmons tongue clone brother Craig can, but I can't. Maybe it's because I don't have the freaky G.S. gene or maybe my tongue is just to fat, whatever the case, I don't have that strange ability. But my cat does. Yeah yeah yeah, I know all cat's do, but I was just outside taking pics of her, and just happened to catch her in the act. I didn't know I had the pic until I was inside and pulled them up to look at them, and got a big laugh out of it. Hope you do to. Here are some more of the my weird cat

Rolling around scratching her back. Getting ready to spring on an unsuspecting, helpless, defenseless leaf,

Then chewing on said leaf. It never had a chance. Ahhh victory

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fall is Finally here!!!

Did I mention that I love fall, that it is my favorite and my best? You bet your booty I did!! I thought that now that Fall is actually here you might like to read about it. Just go to blog archive and check out "Thoughts on Fall" Enjoy
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From tears to triumph--It took 6 long years

The tool man and I were married on October 11, 1996. Fall being my favorite season it was the perfect time. Come January we decided to start trying to have those babies I had always wanted to have. Well that didn't work out so well, I was pregnant by March and in May (just before Mother's day) I had my first of a long line of miscarriages.

It seemed either I couldn't get pregnant, or when I did it lasted a couple of months and then was gone. I cannot express the pain, anger and bad feelings I had as this went on for 5 long years. Friends and family got pregnant, and had their babies, and although I was truly happy for them, it also hurt a lot. It did not help that I worked for 7 OBGYN's, and saw about a thousand pregnant ladies coming in every day!

It seemed that my hormones were the problem. I could get pregnant, but my hormone level (hsg) would not rise and go up enough to carry the pregnancy. Nothing could help, until I self prescribed. Now this is my own thing, it may have really had nothing to do with it, but each time I carried a baby to full term I was using this. I took Estroblend. the soy based "hormone replacement" for women going through menopause. I think that it revved up my hormones enough to carry the babies through till they were in my arms. I'm sure my OB would say it had nothing to do with it, I'm telling you, I think it did.

Call me crazy but there you have it. From tears to triumph. I love my kiddos and am glad they finally made it. They sure were worth it.

Stephenie Myers--The Host

I am a twilight junkie, a twilighter to all in the know, and like the rest of you twilighters out there I just cant get enough. Well, unfortunately the series is over, Edward and Bella are off to live in infamy with Renessemee and we only have our imaginations to carry us on. So I have turned to Stephenie Myers other book THE HOST. I must say it took me a while to get into this book, at first the characters were not as beloved as the twilight gang, but the more I read the more I loved it, and now that it to is done, I want more. I find myself having conversations about Jared and Wanderer almost as much as Edward and Bella. Come on Stephenie, we need more!!! I highly recommend any of her books to anyone.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Our cat the dog

Did I mention that we have a cat? Oh, but we do. Now that we no longer have two cockatiel's (sp?) we can now have a cat. She followed the kids home one day last year and never left, so now she sleep's with my man and I at the foot of our bed. Kitty is a very funny cat to us, funny in that she is very amusing to watch as she catches bug's, chases bird's with no luck, and runs from Jordan whenever she comes to near her. The thing we like the most is that she is amusing like a dog can be. Kitty loves to chase her own tail, she just spins around and around. She rides in our truck sometimes, but the most doggish thing she did was just the other day. I was with her in the spare front bedroom, and Kitty heard a truck. She growled. She actually GROWLED!!! It was the FedEx truck and when it turned into our drive, Kitty let out a huge growl and took off to the front door. I'm surprised that she did not start barking. I had no idea that cat's could or would growl at something, but our little dog, I mean cat did. By the way, did I mention how much she loves fruit snacks? Weird cat.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Kate's new car

Kate has taken another step into adulthood. A new car!!!!! At least new for her. We found this car and immediately loved it. It is a 91 geo Prizm, and it is the cutest little thing. First I test drove it with D and had him look it over, it passed that first test with flying colors (Lee was in Washington DC) then came the real test, Lee came home and test drove it, gave it the once over and decided it was a pretty good little car for the price. Lee and I paid for it, got the plates, then went to school to pick Kate up. Lee parked in the lot and I drove up to the school to get her. She didn't suspect anything. I drove out to the parking lot and she asked why we were coming this way, and I told her that I needed to check on something. When she saw her dad in the car, her jaw about hit the floor. It took a while for it to sink in and for her to get excited, but it did happen. Kate got to come home and start cleaning out the car, it is pretty dirty inside and has been smoked in, but hey it is her's and she can drive herself to school, work and anything else she needs now. Congratulations Kate, have fun, be safe. We love you.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Our little Linus

When Spencer was just a wee little newborn we started using a couple of blankets all the time. No matter what other various blankets we used, these two seemed to be the standard. Spencer soon grew very attached to them. They went with him everywhere. Room to room, to church, family dinners, to California when he was 18 months, you get the basic idea. Although we have long ago broken him of the habit of taking them everywhere they still are his favorite and his best, and still must go with him everywhere in the house. Downstairs when he gets up, upstairs when he goes that way. He absolutely must have those blankets to go to sleep with. He will not go to sleep without them, he cry's for them when he is hurt or upset, he loves them more than life itself I think. You again get the big picture. Here is a picture of my little munchkin when he was little with his blue blanket, intact and doing its job, actually you can see a little of the "yellow" blanket around his neck also. it was in pretty good shape then.

Now it is not in such good shape as you can see. It has been loved to death!! Almost literally. But even though it is in shreds, and falling apart do you think our Linus will give it up. HECK NO!!! What are you thinking, it is his best friend since birth.! I keep trying to prepare Linus for the inevitable day when it will completely fall apart and have to be put down. It will be a tear filled day and I think we will have to have a farewell blanket ceremony. As a mother, I am not looking forward to this. I have cryed with my children over losing fish, birds, selling former homes, and some toys, but this by far will be the worst yet. How do you comfort Linus when the day comes? Any ideas???!? Please!!!!.....

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Old Friends at the door

Tonight I had quite a nice surprise. My friend Vanessa who used to live here came by the house unexpectedly. I haven't seen her in about a year or so. The last time she was here for a visit Spencer was a little shorter than her older daughter and as you can see, he is now taller. She is in shoes by the way that make her about an inch taller. We were both amazed at how the kids had changed. All had gotten taller, and she said Jordan has lost her baby look, and now looks like a little girl, she kept going on about the change in her. I thought her youngest Mercedes, was Emily the oldest when they first walked in.
Vanessa's husband Jim is in the National Guard and is over in Iraq right now. Luckily his job keeps him in a pretty boring place, and he see's no fighting. He deployed in January and should be back home in December or January again. Good luck, we'll keep you in our prayers.
It was just like old times, like they had never moved away. She and I sat and talked about everything under the sun, and the kid's immediately went out to the play room and got down to business. Some things never change. I wish we could see each other more often, I really miss Vanessa and her girl's, and I think my kid's really miss her kid's.
Come on by anytime you are in the area.
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My little mommy

Jordan just loves her babies, and she is such a good mommy to them. Here she is watching cartoons with her littlest baby.
She just loves to feed, bathe and dress them, just like any mommy would. I'm glad that
Jordan is developing these skills now, so she will want to be a good mommy when she grows
up, Barbies can wait. Forever as far as I'm concerned, or at least until we buy some stock
in Mattell
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Thought's on Fall

I love fall, it is absolutely my favorite season. I get a special excited kind of feeling that only comes with the fall. Some of it may be that it is the start of the holiday's thru the end of the year, but really, it is so much more than that. Just look around at the colors, they are just so warm, and bright. How can you not love the blend of crimson, yellow and orange on a leaf that has just fallen from a tree. Or the look of a pumpkin field filled with happy little goblin's picking the perfect jack-o-lantern.
The feel of fall is even the best. After a long hot, humid summer, the air starts to dry out, and cool down. Morning's are a beautiful thing, crisp, clear and cool. You can smell the earth and it is good. Afternoons warm up and life is a delight when you can be outdoors, maybe playing in those leaves you just raked into a pile. What child has not had an afternoon of fun throwing leaves up into the air and letting them rain down upon them. Evenings are cozy. Starting a fire, snuggling up with someone you love under a blanket with hot chocolate and cookies. You can wear sweats and just feel so comfortable, warm and snuggled in.
I could go on and on about how clean, crisp and beautiful the air is, but suffice it to say that fall is my favorite and my best, so much so that I got married in the fall. October to be exact. Now I have another reason to be excited about the whole season. Not that I needed any others.
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Ballerina Girl

Jordan started dance class last night and just loves it. We have put her into a class that is combination ballet, jazz and tap.She just has so much ornery energy that I thought it might be a good idea to channel it into something good. It was fun to watch her laugh and try her best to do the moves. Most of the girls in the class have already taken a year or two, and realize they should actually point their toes, not just put it out in front, but I think Jordan will quickly get the hang of it. She is just so gosh darn cute in her little outfit I love it!!! I hope we can keep up with this, so she can be graceful as she gets older. We'll see. Her recital is in June, it will be interesting to see how much see learns over the year.
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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Then and Now

Back in 2003 Grandpa and Grandma Ream aka the spoiler :) gave Spencer a three wheeler bike for Christmas. He was thrilled with it and rode it all the time. Here he is at our old house about 19 months or so. You can see that the bike is new, the Harley sticker is in good shape, as well as the whole bike. Well, we still have the bike and it has not only been well loved and ridden by Spencer, but also by Jordan, plus various cousins and friends. It is so fun to have watched them thru the years on the bike. They both started off like Fred Flinstone because their poor little feet did not even reach the pedals. Then they progressed to where they learned to pedal and off they went, as fast and wild as they could. Spencer of course went as fast as he could then "slammed on the brakes". Now, 5 years later you can see the evidence of that rough and though treatment, the front sticker is halfway off, and the front tire is flat and worn thru in a big spot. (Look at the pictures) Does this discourage them from riding it? NO WAY, in fact they still fight over who gets to ride it, even though they have their own bikes now. this has been the best gift ever and a most beloved bike.
But enough about the bike. Just take a look at Spencer, first, at how cute and adorable he is, and second at how much he has grown. In the younger pics, his knees barely come up the the back wheels, now they are clear up and over them.
Thanks Papa and Nana for such a great gift that has truly kept on giving, just like the energizer bunny, it keeps going and going and going........
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Friday, September 5, 2008


I'm going to start having polls on my blog for the heck of it. Please answer, even if you left your kids off at school 30-40 years ago, even if it was pre-school last week, or you in school being dropped off by your mom 10-100 years ago, any of my polls, please feel free to answer, I would love to see those anwers. Thanks

UM...........What now?

Well it has been a week now that my rugrats have been in school, and I find that I am still having a hard time getting into a routine. I actually have to have a plan to bathe, feed and dress them, then carry it out. I might be getting the hang of it, although we did hit burger king today for lunch because I didn't remember to feed them in time. ( I know, I know, what kind of mom am I?) Hey at least they got something in their bellies before they were turned over to their teachers.
Now the big question is... what do I do with my 2 hours that I have on M-W-F? I keep thinking, a good book, movie, maybe give myself a manicure, pedicure or even a facial or spa treatment? But as I look around I see the 6 loads of clean laundry on the couch that needs to be folded and put away, the dishes need to be done, carpet vacuumed, dusting and...........hey, maybe a shower! That would be a nice treat.
By the way, I still get a pang on my heart strings every time I drop the kiddos off. Does it ever go away?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Jordan's first day of school

Today was another first, Jordan's first day of school, and it did not come soon enough for her!!! Unlike Spencer, Jordan has wanted to go to school since he started last fall. We dropped Spencer off at school, then were on our way, but then got caught by a train. She was mortified, and was afraid that they "would close the doors and not let her in". But alas, we made it with a few minutes to spare, she walked into the building refusing to hold my hand (like mother like daughter from what my mom tells me)went into her room and did not look back. We had to go to her to get a kiss goodbye. Jordan was one little happy camper when she was done. Here she is with her teacher's Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Howard, getting her paperwork and in front of the sign. "Too much sun!!!!" Well done Jordan, I'm proud of you.
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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Labor Day

Labor day was a pretty fun one around our house this year. We got up and went for a two hour hike at Camp Collum. Kate invited Zach and he led the way, we hiked up, we hiked down, we hiked all around. Over bridges, under a canopy of tree's. The last time we went hiking there, was when Spencer was a baby and was in a carrier on Lee's back. After the hike the kids played on the playground, especially the big train with the bell.
Later that evening we had a bar-b-q and my parents came over. What a fun time. Some might not think it was the most exciting, but it was nice to just be a family, relax and enjoy each other's company.

Spencer's first day of school

Well, the highly anticipated and somewhat dreaded first day of school has come and gone. And to answer your question, yes I did cry much more than Spencer, ok a lot more seeing as he did not cry at all! As we were walking out the door, I felt the tears starting to well up, but was holding them back for his sake and what did he say? huh...."Hurry up Mom!!!" That about tells you what he had problems with...NOTHING! Thank heavens for that!!!!
We had gone to the open house Thursday night and found out who his teacher was, met him, took a look around the classroom, found his cubby hole for his backpack, and all important to Spencer "Where is the pencil sharpener?" So thankfully that changed his mind about school, and he was ready to go.
When we got to school, he lined up to wait for the teacher to come and take the class back to their room. He was just so big and brave. When I asked if he needed me to come to the room with him, or ok to just leave, he said "You can just leave Mom." That almost started a fresh round of tears.Well, Mr. King came and since Spencer was first in line he got to hold his hand on the way to the classroom. Mr. King asked that the parents come with the kids, he had a little something for us at the room. When we got there, he had a poem about leaving our kids with him and how he would take care of them like his own (Fresh round of tears) and on the back of the paper was a baggy with Kleenex's and chocolate kisses. What a great teacher to think of us poor mom's leaving our babies for the first time in a big way. One mom I talked to said she wasn't going to cry, just throw up. Anyway, Spencer went right into the room put his backpack away, and found his seat. No fuss, no muss he didn't even seem to notice I was there at that point. The bus ride home was fun a it could be, Kate was there and he drew her a picture.
Spencer came home all smiles, and full of fun stories of art, the library how he and a girl named Katie got stickers and no one else did because he was so good. This all brings happy smiles and tears to me. I am so glad that he loves school and can't wait to go back, but where in the heck did my little 5 pound baby go that has always been so dependent on me? Circle of life I guess, if I raise him right, then he will go out into the world and make his own way.......but not today. Today I will hold him before I send him into school, today, he is still my little boy.
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