Thursday, June 29, 2006

Hangin` with Taylee

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We had such a great time last night and Taylor and Leeann's. Carter ran around insane the entire time.. chasing Banjo. Poor cat! Thankfully he didn't break anything but he had fun rearranging the room that is soon to get a makeover anyway. Books on a bookshelf are just begging to be thrown about a room! (which is strange because he doesn't touch the bookshelves we have here...) Taylor made an awesome supper.. I ate so much that, honestly, I was not hungry at all when I woke up this morning! It took me almost an hour to want to eat at all! Thanks for the bread too! Madison gives it a thumbs up! And yes, we are SO going to do the Red Lobster thing when we can!

Tonight is the last night of VBS. We'll all get to go and eat and sing and dance and see everything Madison has learned over the past week. She is so excited to show off her new 'skills' as she says. (Napolean Dynamite... Clayton is always talking about "skills" and now my daughter has picked it up... fantastic!)

Can I tell you that my son is not sleeping well, again!!! He was doing so great over the past several weeks, and now he's back to his old ways. 2 out of 3 nights he's been up several times. He gets into bed with us, keeps us awake by rubbing on us and kicking us, we put him back to his bed, he comes back to our bed, we put him back, he comes back. This goes on for HOURS!!! I don't know what to do with this kid. I just pray whatever he's going through that's messing with his sleep ends soon. Maybe the weird VBS schedule has thrown him off.. he doesn't deal well with change in schedule very well. Send us sleep vibes! So, due to the lack of sleep, I am having a hard time being a good mommy today. I really just want to veg out in front of the TV and not talk to anyone and definitely not get the kids ready to go out and sweat like I'm about to have to do when I"m done blogging. (notice how long this entry is? Am I avoiding going outside?) I'm contemplating getting the pool out.. then I can lay out and they can play and we'll both be doing what we want. :) Sounds like a compromise to me!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

VBS!

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Madison has been having a blast at VBS this year. She loves the costumes and is really enjoying the singing and dancing. She's made some really cute jewlrey already and she showed me a gorgeous cross she made last night. I can't wait to get all of her stuff home.. we get to bring it all home with us tomorrow. (that's the last night of it) I think this has been a really good thing for getting back in 'school' gear and being away from home and me again. She's had no problems with it so I'm feeling pretty confident she'll transition into Kindergarten easily. I'm not sure how easily I'll transition into her going, but there isn't a whole lot to be done about that!

We get to hang out at TayLee's tonight so that should be a good time. We'll just have Carter with us so that will make it easier to actually TALK to people! I have no clue who all will show up, but I hope most of the group can make it tonight. I'm so used to our weekly meetings that I feel a little sad when something happens and it doesn't happen!

We're starting dog training now.. or I am I should say. So far Major is a pretty smart pup. He's doing great with "sit" and "down" so I'm excited to see how much we'll be able to teach him in the future! Carter loves the dog! He runs to pick up his toy to throw for him and Major just dashes after it, which Carter finds hilarious! Carter chases the dog, the dog chases Carter... it sure does make playing outside easier on me! I just get to sit and watch! :)

Okay, if I don't get kids dressed, we will be late for VBS.. can't have that!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Things you might not know...

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After reading Lou's blogg about her plan for the next 3yrs and her background.. I wondered how much we all really know about each other's pasts? (what we want to share of it anyway!) I'm pretty much an open book.. there's not much that i'm not willing to talk about or share. I guess I figure that you can't learn from each other without opening up! So here are some things ppl MIGHT not know about me:

* Grew up in DeWitt.. parents divorced when I was 5, sis and I moved in with Dad. He remarried when I was 6 so I got a stepmom and 2 step brothers.. life was okay from then on out, but lots of fights and tears came along with a blended family. Mom lived in Pine Bluff still.. got to see her every other weekend until I was a teenager and begged for more mom time.

* I was a cheerleader all through school, and a cheer coach once I hit high school. I was the first FFA (Future Farmers of America) female president EVER in my school..it was a big deal and i was proud. :) I was in every club I could fit into my schedule and kept myself as busy as possible in school.

* I met Clayton when I was just 14. (almost 15) and we've been together since! We had a long distant relationship until we were married!

* I found out i was pg with Madison when I was just 17. (the day I found out happened to be my mom and stepdad's anniversary.. HAPPY ANNIVERARY GUYS!) :0 Clayton and I were married within a few weeks and I've never been happier in my life than since we started our own family. It was like now I could do things right, have a family like a family is supposed to be!! Madison has always been a blessing to us.. never a burden or a "woops"... people kept saying I should have an abortion, give her up for adoption, or even give her to my sister because I was too young... no way could a teen mom be a good mom! (HA TO THEM!! WHAT DID THEY KNOW?!!) 5.5 years of marriage and TWO great kids later, no one questions our relationship or our parenting anymore. No one is surprised that we're trying to have another child and most ppl say we should have another. :) What a change from 5 short years ago.

* I love music... I mean really.. I LOVE music. I'm not picky.. I listen to just about anything. (well, rap music usually makes me mad.. so maybe picky about rap but not much else!)

* My weakness is clothes. I have a hard time not buying the best of the best for all of us... I've gotten better at looking for deals and sales now though! And I've finally figured out that WalMart really does carry some darn cute stuff!

* I had some hard times in my youth that I didn't want to mention... but things that made me angry at God, made me almost feel I hated him... but I've gotten through those things with first, help from Clayton, and later, once I asked, help from God. I can't believe the stable adult i've turned into at just 22 years old. (I'll be 23 July 15!) If you add up all of the things in my life it would NOT equal where I am today... God says nothing is impossible through him and my life story is proof of it.

I'm done boring you with my life story! I cut out a lot... but I thought it'd be fun if anyone else was inspired to do the same on their blogg. I love peeking into people's minds and lives! (just as I'm the person that is NOT bored looking at your 20 albums of pics... bring 'em on!)

Oh, and thanks a million to Suzy P for the links i now have on my blogg! Patient I am not and I never could figure out how to get links on here myself.. she was so sweet to sit for a while and help me.. no.. do it for me! :)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

She's here...

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My evil friend found me this morning... so month 8 it is. I'm really okay about it, surprisingly. I guess I'm so thrilled that I actually ovulated on my own that it gives me a lot of encouragement to keep on keeping on! :) And more good news is.. if I get pg in the next 3 months, we'll have a spring baby... perfect, right?! No winter worries!

Just a random throw in for those at group last night: UNLG.. remember what this stands for? Thanks for the huge laugh Matt!!! We had a great group last night and awesome food! I'm still full from all of the tacos and cookies I inhaled! And sweet tea... the only place I ever get sweet tea is at Suzanne's house! She makes the best evah!

I think Carter has officially started saying "daddy" correctly.. much to my sadness! He's always said it without the middle d's... "da-ey" is the best I can spell the way it sounds... but as of yesterday he's really saying it right! WHY?! Why must he grow up on me? Okay, okay.. I know he should learn to speak correctly at some point in life.. but why did he have to pick that oh so cute word to change so soon? Next thing ya know he'll be calling me "Mom" instead of 'mama'.. that I am so not ready for!

Can I say what a hard time I'm having getting my house in order since we've gotten home? It's making me insane! If you know me well, you know I can be a bit of a neat freak.. okay.. I"m a big obsessive compulsive about cleaning.. and not being able to catch up on the housework yet is a hard lesson in letting things go for me. I was so proud of myself this morning when, instead of cleaning, I took the kids outside to play, and then we came in and painted and made drawings which made MORE of a mess. Hey.. it's summer break right? Gotta have fun! Now, I'm off to clean up the messes we've made before I lose my mind!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

We're home!

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We had a wonderful little vacation! Went to stay with my mom Sunday night, went to Hot Springs early Monday and went to Mid America Museum and spend a few hours looking and playing with everything! The kids liked some of it, didn't like some of it, but all in all a really fun time. Then we went downtown and hiked up to the Tower. Madison complained almost the entire way up there (we were all already tired.. so we ended up having to carry the kids most of the way up.. ugh...) Carter was terrified when we got into the clear elevator that you can watch yourself going up REALLY high and clung to me the entire time... I was clinging the side of the elevator because I too was terrified... I hate heights! We all were fine once we were up to the top. The kids thought it was really neat! Carter found a small puddle at the very top that he enjoyed more than anything else the entire day. :) We went back to my mom's that night, she watched the kids and Clayton and I went to The Outback to eat.. YUM! My favorite place! The next day we spent at Wild River Country.. it was SO much fun! Madison even liked a lot of the slides! She's just like her daddy... I hate most of those! We got home around 4:30pm and just collapsed... after unpacking that is. ;) Clayton has today off as well.. though he's been gone all morning helping his Gma clean a bedroom of hers because a friend from her high school is coming to stay with her! (talk about friends FOREVER! GMA IS 81!!)We've got group tonight so that should be fun! I've got to find out where we're having it.. someone give me a shout out and tell me! :)

Some sad news... I took a pg test this morning and it was negative so once my evil 'friend' shows up we'll be moving onto our 8th month. I'm okay with it... mainly I'm just sick of the rollar coaster ride of emotions, but what can ya do? God has the perfect time in his head...and I can't change it so it's not really worth being upset about I guess. I just pray my body will work correctly this go round like it did last month so I can at least have a shot at it.

Oh.. we should all be praising God for healing Jonah! My last report yesterday was that he's doing much better! Thank you Lord!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

all kinds of info for everyone

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First off, LeeAnn tagged me so:

Name your favorite...

1. Candy: Hershey Chocolate bar with Almonds

2. Cookie: chocolate chip, soft and gooey!

3. Donut: glazed

4. Cold Drink: Coca ~ Cola

5. Hot Drink: hot chocolate

TAG SUZANNE AND LOU!! :)

Now for updates and info!

IT'S MADISON'S BDAY! She turned 5 today. I am a ball of emotions! I was in tears when we sang Happy Birthday at her party today when I saw that big number 5 candle on her cake. It hit me like a ton of bricks! She was so excited this morning.. she said, "Mommy it's my birthday!! I'm 5 years old and I'm not going to be 4 anymore!" She skipped around the house so happy to finally be 5... and all I could think was how right she was.. she will NEVER be 4 again. Four was a fabulous age for us... I'm extremely sad to see it's already gone. On a great note I feel my prayers for NO RAIN on our party were answered! It rained all around us.. but only sprinkled on and off here at the house so the kids got to run in and out all day.. it really was the best party ever! Madison loved every minute of it! There were no fights between kids, no fussing, no whining, no nothing. It was incredible! (it only could've been improved if poor Jonah would've been well enough to be here and the Parker family!! We missed you guys and I'm worrying for and about you constantly right now with your sick boy!)

On a sad note, I took a pg test this morning.. negative. It's still pretty early... I'm still praying that result will change if I retest in a few days... but it was still pretty depressing. We'll see what happens in the near future! Clayton is super excited because he just figured out that I can buy tests at the Dollar Store... his face lit up when I got one the other day when we went! "You mean that's just ONE dollar?! Really?! Well stock up!" He's so funny! I probably will be stocking up and testing every day until the hag shows! I'm feeling insane about it this month for some reason. (probably because I know i actually ovulated.. that is always helpful when trying to get pg!)

Happy note again! We're going on a mini vacation starting TOMORROW! So if I'm not around.. that's why. We're heading to Little Rock tomorrow to visit with family, staying with my mom that night, going to Hot Springs the next morning and spending the day doing whatever floats our boat. :) That night we're thinking of going back to my mom's and then the next day going to Wild River Country. THe kids will love it and so will we! I'm so excited!

Another huge blessing... Clayton's overtime money is really adding up each pay period now. It has been such a breeze him working it! I really feel that God has smiled down on us so much lately.. except the not being pg yet.. but I know he's working on it!

Longest post ever?!! I had a lot to update on! See you guys after vaca!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

a new "blogthing"

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You Have a Choleric Temperament

You are a person of great enthusiasm - easily excited by many things.
Unsatisfied by the ordinary, you are reaching for an epic, extraordinary life.
You want the best. The best life. The best love. The best reputation.

You posses a sharp and keen intellect. Your mind is your primary weapon.
Strong willed, nothing can keep you down. Your energy can break down any wall.
You're an instantly passionate person - and this passion gives you an intoxicating power over others.

At your worst, you are a narcissist. Full of yourself and even proud of your faults.
Stubborn and opinionated, you know what you think is right. End of discussion.
A bit of a misanthrope, you often see others as weak, ignorant, and inferior.


sadly I think the last part is for sure true of me at times! yikes!

worn out!

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Ugh.. I'm in my 'fun' week where I'm just plain exhausted. I went walking with Leslie around her neighborhood this morning and barely made it! I'm so glad we went though.. it's always nice to chit chat while you burn some calories.

I ended up finding Major (the puppy) down the road at our neighbor's house.. he had followed someone down there and just got stuck. He hasn't left the house AT ALL since we brought him home! Maybe it was a scare that was good for him. The kids and I took him to the vet yesterday. He's about 9 weeks old, 14 pounds, and she said he's a German Shephard/Chow mix. Aren't we good at picking out dog breeds?! That's exactly what we were thinking. :) He got two shots, wormed, and we go back in 3 weeks. It's so much like having a baby! Only his Dr. visit cost more than the kids' ever have! YIKES!

Group is tonight at LeeAnn and Taylor's.. I can't wait! I love our small group! It's hard to find an entire group of people that you really do like, and this is one of them. I just hope our kids don't destroy their house! Apology in advance if they do guys! ;)

Well, the one week countdown is upon me. In about one week... we'll find out if this was 'the' month or not. Lord please let the time go by quickly with POSITIVE results! (tee hee)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Birthday Shopping

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Don't you just love to have a good excuse to go shopping?! Madison's birthday party will be June 17 and I HAD to go shopping for her presents! I already know the two toy things she'll be getting from us... but she needs clothes too! So the whole family loaded up and went to the mall and I bought the CUTEST clothes for her. It was such a blast. It's amazing to me that I like shopping for the kids way more than I like shopping for me now. (don't get me wrong, I still really like shopping for me!) I can't wait for her to open all of her stuff... I hope she likes it all.

Our puppy, Major, (yes clayton won the name battle.. Major it is!) has disappeared! Well.. he's probably at our neighbors' house because he and their dog have been spotted playing together a lot lately. I just pray he comes home tonight or tomorrow morning for feeding time! We'll all be so sad if he doesn't come home. :(

Can I say how incredibly impatient I'm feeling? This month cannot end fast enough for me. I am so ready to know if we got our baby or not, it truly might make me crazier than I already am! At least Madison is home to help keep me more busy. Friends out there.. KEEP ME ENTERTAINED THE NEXT TWO WEEKS!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Am I all American?

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All American Kid

Popular but not plastic. Athletic but not a jock. Smart but not a brain.

You were well rounded and well liked in high school.


Maybe this is why I never could really pick a crowd to totally put myself into in school!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Stole this from LeeAnn

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You Are Miss Piggy

A total princess and diva, you're totally in charge - even if people don't know it.
You want to be loved, adored, and worshiped. And you won't settle for anything less.
You're going to be a total star, and you won't let any of the "little people" get in your way.
Just remember, piggy, never eat more than you can lift!

Frisco! No, Major!

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We got a puppy! After almost running it over on our way home the other night, Clayton went back out on the same road in his patrol car to work overtime and heard it whining outside of his car door! So he stuck it in the car and brought him home! :) So we rescued a puppy! He's sooo cute! He appears to be some kind of chow/sheppard mix. His purple spotchy tongue indicates the chow, his long legs and HUGE pointy ears indicates sheppard.. but who knows! He's obviously a mutt but we love him already. Now to decide a name for the new arrival! Madison is determined to name him Frisco. Clayton however says no to that.. he wants to name him Major and won't let madison have her way. I'm trying to convince madison that Major is a good name... she's slowly coming around. But I, somehow, think that "frisco" might be the dog's name in the long run! I personally couldn't care less! He's my new baby until God gives me another human baby. :)

Speaking of human babies... I actually ovulated all by myself this month!! For the first time in about 2/3 months and I just cannot believe it! I was starting to feel hopeless of my body correcting itself anytime soon.. but God heard my cries! Even if I don't get pg this month... it's good to know that my body is still capable of doing this! I can already feel the testing frenzy about to overtake my life. It's going to take everything I have to not take a test every single day for a week at the end of the month! I just have so much hope for this month! Everything was just so pefect... it's hard not to get excited!

We're off to a fun filled night at the Parker's tonight! Thankfully I get the easy job of supplying drinks... Suzanne knows what jobs to give to me in times like these! :) And just an FYI: I LOVE CASTING CROWNS!! I hate to say it but in general I've just never been able to get into Christian music that much. But every single song I've heard from them I love! They're so touching and they all make me cry! I find myself listening to the christian station all of the time in hopes one of their songs will play. My favorite right now is for sure "Praise you in this Storm" b/c I can so directly relate it to our trying to get a baby journey, but "Life Song" is also very close to my top favorites list!

Monday, June 05, 2006

GO ASTROS!

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We have our second to last Tball game tonight. We're so excited! It's the 6:30 game and it's a lot cooler at that hour than at the 5:15 one so Madison enjoys it a lot more. Now that school's out I'm really kind of bummed that Tball is finished! I guess before long it'd be too hot day and night to be outside playing tball, so maybe it's good that we're ending on a nice note!

I had such a great morning! Suzanne and the kids and LeeAnn met my kids and I at the track and we went walking. The kids ran around and played and we got to girl talk. It was such a good time and it felt really good to start the day off with exercise. I hope we can continue that on for at least a few weeks before we start getting tired of the heat. :) It's so much easier to walk WITH friends compared to doing it alone.

Well my mom has saved the day! She went to Party City in Little Rock and they do have unicorn stuff! She bought some things and I told her the other stuff I needed and she offered to go back to get it! (awesome!!) Madison is going to probably cry she'll be so excited. That girl is absolutely obsessed with ponies, unicorns, horses, etc. I hope she doesn't start wanting a real pony or horse.. that is so not going to happen! I barely think we could handle getting a dog right now, much less livestock!

I got my baby fix over the weekend! It was Clayton's gpa's 87th bday so some of the family got together at their house and my neice and nephew were there. My neice (Sarah Grace) is just 3 months old and SOOO CUTE!! She let me hold her for quite a long time and she's in the talking and cooing phase big time. She smiles so big. :) It was great to get to hold a baby. Praise the Lord for the miracles he brings us!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Whew! The week is over!

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Well it's finally Friday! My man is done with FTO school and my baby girl is officially out of preK. Can I say that I CRIED all day b/c it was her last day? I'm really going to miss it there. I cannot imagine now driving her there everyday and seeing all of the kids. I just LOVED it and am so sad it's no longer a part of our lives. (at least until Carter is 4 and then he'll go) It's so hard to let go. I'm sure her first day of Kindergarten I'll need Clayton to hold MY hand as we walk her into the school. I'll demand he takes the morning off if he doesn't have it off already. ;) At least today I got to swing by Suzanne's for a pick me up. I felt like a basket case crying to her about it, but that's what friends are for, right? Madison seems fairly unphased by it. She did say she'd miss her best friend, but other than that she doesn't seem to care. I think she's ready to be at home again. It will be a nice change of pace for a little while!

I really don't have a ton to say. I'm just so thankful that Clayton is back home to stay! I should walk myself into the kitchen and stare mindlessly at the fridge in hopes an idea of what to make for supper will pop out at me! Wish me luck!
 

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