Saturday, June 30, 2007
I have some sad news to report. Toni, the one I've been asking for special prayer, passed away this morning at the age of 49 years old. She had been fighting Parkinson's Disease for close to ten years and now has gone to be with her Lord, Jesus Christ. Who was Toni? What kind of person was she? When she was well, she loved life itself. She always had a smile on her face and loved to make other people laugh. If she knew you were having a bad day, she would do little things. There have been days where I would find a piece of Special Dark Chocolate candy with a special message stuck to it on my desk. We really helped each other out when it came to a good ear or having to get a project done. Like most Mother's, she lived for her three children. She tried to set a good example for them to live by. She talked to them about the hardships of life and listened to their problems. She was a dear sweet soul with a heart of gold and she will be dearly missed. Thank you so much for all your prayers and God heard every one of them. She is now free from the disease that destroyed her appearance, but not her spirit.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Millard & Peggy were nice enough to stay most of the day with us and help take care of Katie. I made them all a big pot of roast beef, potatoes, carrots and onions. Peggy brought some of her famous Mexican Cornbread to go with the meal. Me, I got to eat Strawberry-Banana Apple Sauce (Yummy!), Chocolate Pudding and juice. At first I tried sipping on some Chicken Broth, but I could tell real quick that it was going to make me sick if I ate anymore.
Poor Katie couldn't understand what was going on. I tried to explain to her a little bit before I left that I was going to the doctor to get a shot and Grandma Peggy was going to look after her for me. Of course, she had to repeat everything I said, so I knew she was listening to me. When I got home, I was still really drunk feeling and she knew right off the bat something was different about me. She kept coming over to me in my recliner and touching me. I tried to explain to her that Mommy was sick. She was concerned enough about me that she wouldn't leave me alone for a minute. She would break between playing time with Grandma Peggy and check on me. She is so sweet! There was even a time or two when she told me to "get up Mommy." I let her crawl up in the recliner with me off and on to rock with me.
I think Doug is going in to work late tomorrow and just work for a few hours. Meanwhile, my Mom will be staying with Katie and I. She is excited to come over and play with Katie. I hope Katie doesn't wear Mom out and get too rough with her.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Please keep me in your prayers! I go in the morning to get all 4 of my wisdom teeth taken out. Yuck! Luckily, I'm suppose to be drugged and taking it easy. I've got my pain and nausea prescriptions filled and ready to go. YES! I've got the apple sauce, jello, pudding, fat-free ice cream & juice stocked in the fridge. I went ahead and restocked the napkins, toilet paper, and the paper towels are accessible. I hope everything will run well without anyone wondering where somethings at. I asked Doug tonight if there is anything he needs to know and he just looked at me like - why, where are you going? I told him depending on how I feel, I might be out of it from the meds.
Today, Katie and I went to WalMart to get some groceries for the next few days - something simple for Daddy to whip up. I got Katie all prepared - pizza, chicken, chips, fruit parfaits, and juice. By the way, Katie was very good at WalMart today. Of course, I gave her a talking to at the house (before we left) and I talked to her again in the truck before we went inside the store. This time, I loaded up her silly sac with all kinds of snacks. I quickly found out that her and jelly beans don't mix. She loved chewing them and she had a blast shoveling them into her mouth, but she didn't know what to do when they stuck to her teeth. She soon started pulling them off of her teeth and placing them on her floppy. She, her floppy and I was sticky all over. I had to stop, get the wipes and clean off everything. What a mess!
Katie's new things are: She likes to wear her Princess Dress Up Skirt only and one play shoe around the house. Now I'm waiting for the day she insists on wearing this outside the home. She has a new saying: "That's Good." I know I say it, but I didn't think it was that much. I've noticed her saying it more today then in the past. It's so darn cute when she says it.
Monday, June 25, 2007
I have to tell you this story. As you know, we've been talking up the whole big birthday party event with Katie. I name off all the things we are going to do and all the people that are coming to the party. She loves me naming off everyone and she makes sure I don't leave anyone out, especially Grandma Peggy, June & Pat. To back up, Katie has picked up the phrase, "that's mine!" I can't stand to hear children/kids say this phrase; even though, they are going to say it. I figure she's picked up the saying from the children at church. Knowing this, I've been talking to her about Alise coming to visit her on her big day and how Alise will want to play with her toys. I'll ask her, will you let Alise play with your toys? So far, she'll answer yes. What hasn't gotten out of Katie's mind is Alise is coming to see her and play with her toys. Tonight, every time she heard a vehicle drive down the road or the dogs started barking, she thought it was Alise coming to see her. She'd ask me, "Mommy, Alise?" I'd have to tell her, no that's not Alise. I'd remind Katie, "Alise isn't coming today. She's coming for your birthday." When Doug drove up she asked again, "Mommy, Alise?" I'd have to tell her "no, honey that's not Alise." This went on and on, Doug and I thought it was funny. She is so excited to know Alise is coming to see her.
Doug is taking a couple of days off after the 4th of July and he mentioned to take Katie to get her pictures made at Portrait Innovations. I made sure he still wanted to do it and after I got confirmation from him, I made the appointment today. Now, I don't know whether to just take her birthday dress or if I should take a change of clothes with us.
I was going through the Katie's Birthday list. Yes, I have a list. tehe! I went through the list and started wondering about the cake. How much time should I give Publix in advance (so they will make sure they have the kit) to order the cake? I called them up and asked if they could make the cake. Thankfully I called because they didn't have the kit. They would have to order the kit in order the do the cake. Shoo! They went ahead and had me place the order, so I can just pick it up early Saturday morning. I'm glad I got that done.
I got a hair appointment scheduled and tried to get Sassy an appointment from the pet groomer, but Melanie wasn't in today. Getting the cat's hair cut will be the last appointment have to make before the party.
The lady that cuts my hair knows Toni, lady with Parkinson's Disease. I wanted to make sure she knew about Toni being in the hospital and she said she spoke to Toni's ex-husband. He said he found a "Living Will" and he was going to take it to the hospital today or tomorrow and have them remove the ventilator. I have views about Toni's husband, so we won't get into that subject. Hearing this new information today, made me very curious. I called the hospital since I really can't rely on any of her family members (messing situation). Of course, they can't give me any information because she is in the Critical Care Unit. The Receptionist forwarded my call to the CCU waiting room and as expected no one from her family was in the waiting room. I called another friend, Debra, she had not heard of the ex pulling the plug. Even though, it might be best to remove the machines because Toni seems to be in so much pain. Please keep her in your prayers.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Ya'll are going to think I've bumped my head! On eBay, I've been watching the DVDs "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Beauty and the Beast." I'll tell you one thing, these people that buy up the Disney movies (keep the wrapper on them) will make some money, as soon as the movie is taken off the shelves. I've seen a "Beauty and the Beast" and "Sleeping Beauty" go for over $40 a piece. After several tries, I finally won bids for both "Snow White" and "Beauty", just don't ask me how much I paid. tehe!
I called Portrait Innovations today and scheduled an appointment for next month to have Katie & Alise's picture made together.
I got so aggravated about the table and chair set I ordered for Katie. I was expecting to have it here in time for Katie's party. I ordered a Step2 Lifestyle Folding Table and Chair Set from the Step2 Company. I received an email from Step2 a week ago Wednesday stating, they had shipped my order via FedEx and I should receive it in 3-8 days. It's been 7 days, I got a little excited so I thought I would check the tracker. FedEx was saying online, it was not a known number. What? I called FedEx in hopes there was some mistake. Nope! There was no mistake. I called Step2 to find out what's going on and it's a good thing that I checked into this because they said my order never made it on the truck. What? They gave me an option to either get a full refund or have them send me another and they would refund my shipping cost. Yes, I want the order! This lady said she would send me an email next Tuesday or Wednesday with the status of my order. I hope they can get it to me as soon as possible.
I got an update on Toni this morning. The nurses can't seem to keep her fever down. The high temperature wants to stay around 104 degrees. I've been told this isn't good. I know nothing about the medical world, so I have no idea what a constant high temperature like this will do to your body. I've also been told, she is basically letting the breathing machine breath for her and I know that's not good.
Hope everyone has a good weekend! Take care and keep us in your thoughts as we try to get Katie through this virus.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Also, please remember Kaitlyn as well. As some of you already know, she's been fighting a bad cold she caught last Sunday (Sunday School Class). Last night, she had bad diarrhea before bedtime. No problem, I immediately took her off milk and juice. I had Doug go to the store and get her favorite yogurt and some Pedialyte. Fortunately, he came back with Propel water as well. She hates the favored Pedialyte, even if you add Sugar Free Cool Aide with clear Pedialyte. Last time she got sick, she would drink the plain clear Pedialyte without the Cool Aide. Unfortunately, the clear Pedialyte wasn't going to help me this time. She took one sip and she made this awful face. Yuck! She wouldn't touch it and she begged me to give her milk. I felt terrible. During the night, she woke up crying. I couldn't calm her down and the more she cried the more she gagged. So, I picked her up, wiped off her tears and we went to the Living Room and rocked for a little while. Rocking her seems to calm her down pretty good. About an hour later, I put her back to bed and she drifted off to sleep. Bless her heart! This morning, she seemed to be doing better but she had a slight temperature. Ugh! I knew if she didn't feel better by this afternoon, I was going to have to cancel going with June to the hospital. I put some Tylenol in her and put her to bed. She went right to sleep, which isn't like her at all. I knew she didn't feel good. After she woke up from her nap, she felt much better. No temp, no diarrhea, she ate two hot dogs for lunch and ready to go outside to play. Okay! Everything looked good enough for me to go with June. Mom came over and stayed with her, while I was gone. I explained to Mom what's been going on and she agreed with me that it might be just a little bug. By the time we got back home, poor Mom didn't know what to do. She said Katie started acting like she didn't feel good. They went outside to play, but they didn't stay long because Katie wanted to go back in the house (not like her). Mom said she kept coming over to her and cry a little bit. Mom said she felt hot, so she gave her some Tylenol. Doug got home just in time to help out Mom. He took Katie's temp and it was around 101 degrees. I felt so bad for both Mom and Katie. I shouldn't have left when I knew she hadn't been feeling all that great today. I'm a bad Mom! When Mom and June left to go home, I put Katie in the tub. I put some Vapor in her tubby and just let her play for a length of time. She was having a blast! A tubby always seems to help lower her temperatures. I let her run around in her diaper until it was time to get ready for bed. Doug went out and got us some more Motrin, Tylenol & Gatorade for Katie. While he was gone, Katie sat in my lap and ate two tubes of yogurt and a stick of cheese. I don't know if it gave her a bellyache or not because when I put her to bed, she kept rubbing her stomach. Every once in a while, she would start crying. I asked her if it hurt. She'd say "uh, huh." I eventually got her back out of the bed and we went to the rocker. Doug seems to think she was playing me because her stomach ache went away. She was so tired because as soon as I put her back to bed, it didn't take her long before she was out. I'm hoping she'll feel much better tomorrow.
My niece, Liz, sent me these photos of her daughter, Maddie. I can't get over how big Madelyn has gotten just in the past few months. The pictures were taken in my sister's (Liz's Mom) flower garden. I thought Liz did an excellent job taking these photos. I tried to post these pictures on my Photosite, but I don't have the program on this computer. I thought this would be the second best way to display Maddie's cute photos.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
These pictures were taken on Father's Day! Katie is riding a toy horsey that once belonged to her Daddy. When we visit her Grandparents, she has to see her horsey. Of course, this doesn't mean she wants to ride it, she just wants to make sure it is still there.
I got the cutest Lion outfit for Katie to wear for our zoo trip. Gymboree has a bunch of these little tank tops on sale right now. I got this shirt & a matching pair of orange shorts for $12. I didn't think that was too bad. Since Katie loves Lions, we had to get it. It was hard for me to keep my hands from grabbing the Zebra & Giraffe shirts as well. Oh, they had a cute pair of denim Safari Shorts (Zebra & Giraffe). I was tempted to get them, but didn't. Since we're going to the zoo next month, I was afraid she would be too hot in the denim shorts. I also bought the matching corkscrew barrettes. I like Katie's hair up in pig tails, so the corkscrew barrettes work best. Since we were at the mall, we had to stop by the Disney Store. Katie & I love the Disney Store. We just have a field day! She likes to look at all the toys and characters, while I like the sales. They are trying to push the Summer Tiki wears (shirts, plates, silverwear & glasses) out, I guess to get ready for Fall. I had bought Katie an Ariel Tiki plate a while back for around $3. Well now, they had just about everything for $1.99. I went ahead and grabbed a Nemo Tiki plate & plastic glass and Minnie Mouse plastic glass. They also had several select t-shirts on sale for $4.99. I picked up Katie a Minnie Mouse & Ariel T-Shirts, they are cute as can be. Before we headed back home, I needed to go pick up another pack of invites for Katie's party. Would you believe she remembered the store, we bought all of her party supplies? At first, I didn't know what she was talking about. She kept saying something about Mermaid. Then it dawned on me, she remembered buying her Mermaid/Princess stuff here. I put her Teddy Bear harness on and I'm glad I did because as soon as we went inside the store, she went crazy. I couldn't keep her hands still. As soon as I found the invites, I handed them to her and thankfully I did because it kept her hands busy. Right now, Sam's Club is selling a wide selection of Dr. Seuss hardcover books for $5.97 or you can get 4 small board books for $12.97 (approximately). I can't remember the exact prices on these. I wanted to start introducing Katie to Dr. Seuss books. I've checked out several Dr. Seuss from the Library in the past, but she never seemed that interested in them. I couldn't pass up this offer, so I got her "Put Me In The Zoo." I figured with her love for animals, she might like reading the story. I guess we'll see.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I'm in love with a new ice cream! Have you tried Breyer's Double Churn Fat-Free Ice Cream? I picked up 2-1/2 gallon containers, I bought 2 because I wanted to make sure I had some when I have my surgery. I bought the chocolate flavor (of course) and it is so good and creamy. If you haven't tried it, it is a MUST and don't let the little words "Fat-Free" scare you because it is delicious!
Monday, June 18, 2007
When Katie got her Snow White doll this morning, she insisted we watch "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs" today. She loves the dwarfs, she thinks they are so funny. She held her doll the whole time she watched the movie and every once in a while, she would tell me she had Snow White. As most of you know, she's been getting over a bad cold. Bless her heart, I don't think she was feeling too good today because she really wasn't in her usual rambunctious mood. In fact after her nap this afternoon, she was a little clingy & whiny. All she wanted was for me to hold her and Snow White. I felt bad for her, so I let her watch "Beauty & the Beast." This movie along with "Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs" is one of her new favorite movies. She has so many favorite movies, we now have to stand in front of the display case and decided what movie we are in mood for. She's her Momma's girl - LOVE MOVIES! I've been looking at eBay for Snow White, Beauty & The Beast & Sleeping Beauty DVDs. Wow! I could kick myself now for not getting the DVDs when they were out on the shelves a few years ago. I have several Disney animated movies on VHS, I've been collecting since 1992. My VHS videos are shot! I don't know if it is the heat in the entertainment center or from old age, but everyone of my videos are in terrible shape. I never took the wrapper off "101 Dalmatians" until just recently and would you believe it had places in it in terrible condition. I've been watching some auctions for these movies and I finally had to delete my watch on a few because the bids would be as high as $30.00 or more per DVD. Oh my gosh! I found a few sites from Canada & Malaysia selling these videos, starting bid at $.099, but I felt nervous about these sites. Lord willing, I'll be able to get one or more DVDs for Katie some day.
Take care and have a good day!
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I hope you have a great week!
Friday, June 15, 2007
We have a friend that takes his little girl to this group. They love the pictures they receive and especially for the price. Doug and I are thinking about taking Katie to have your picture made. The only problem I have is, what if I like more than one pose. What will the price be then?
3. Browse to find file
4. Open the actual clip you want. This will take some time of load.
How to cut out or split a video clip?
Your Ready to Upload to Google Video?
How to Post Personal Videos onto Google Blogger from Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
Open Google’s Video https:http://video.google.com/?tab=wv.
Select "Upload Your Videos." Don't be surprised if you have to sign in. Since this is a Google Program, you use your Google Account Sign in name & password.
Under the Google Video Upload Program, click the link “Upload Video”
Click the button “Upload Your Video”
Under the section: “Video file,” click the “browse” button
Find where your video is saved on the C: drive and open
Type in a “title”
You have to type in a very short “description,” in order for it to take
Under “Access,” you must select “Unlisted”
Agree to the Google Video conditions and terms
Click the “Upload Video”
It will take awhile for the video to be uploaded, this is because Google has to approve your video before loading it onto their video program
After it is approved, it will take you to a screen to where you can email the video to someone. You can preview the video, if you wish
In order for it to be posted onto the Google Blogger, you must have the embedded code
Click the link that says “Embed this video on your . . .”
Highlight the embed code, right click on your mouse and select copy
Sign in to your Google Blogger
Select “New Post”
Make sure you are under the “HTML” and not “Compose”, in the body of the text right click on your mouse and paste the code. If it worked, you will see the code on the body of the text. If you would like, type in your text underneath the code
You may have to publish your post in order to make sure the video is there. I don’t think you can preview the video under “Compose”
Don’t be alarmed if at first on the blog the box is black. You may have to select play to buffer and play one time before it will show a picture
Good Luck and Have Fun!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Did you remember this Sunday is Father's Day? I didn't think about it until June called me yesterday, asking if we were coming over this weekend. What? This weekend, what for? Oops! I forgot about Father's Day! Sorry, Dad & Doug. I've just had a little bit on my mind - having my teeth (I've had since I was 19 years old) yanked out of my head; trying to get Katie over her cold & going over party stuff. I have to do a few errands tomorrow, so maybe we can get some shopping done during that time. Our plans are going to Millard & Peggy's after church for lunch, visit for awhile and head over to Pat & June's for Supper. My Dad loves chocolate covered peanuts. He has been hollering for a little while for Sue to make him some of her delicious homemade choc. covered peanuts. Sue told June, she was making Dad choc. cover peanuts for Father's Day and June got upset because that is what she was going to do for him. I told Sue, wouldn't it be funny if we all three gave him choc. covered peanuts. I think it would be a good gag gift. You have to know my Father! If you buy him something (apparel, gadgets, toys, etc.), he'll throw a fit - "Why did you buy this?" "That's hard to digest!" "You need to put your money away and not spend it on me." This continuous lecture could last for a couple of minutes, depending on what you got him. One year, for Christmas, I thought it would be funny to buy him nothing but food (items he likes to eat) because it is easy to digest and wrap them individually. He had like 6-7 presents from us. After the third gift, he unwrapped from us, everyone was laughing and jokingly asking "What could it be?" "Uh, food, again!" I'm very tempted to do it again, but this time for Father's Day. We will have to see.
I saw Laura's blog and I so excited about the princess party this July! I love either one of the dresses, Laura has picked out (on web). I think Alise will look adorable in either one because they are both blue. I think she looks so pretty in blue, I think it's because of her eyes being blue. Like Laura, I hope the girls will be willing to wear their princess outfits for a little while during the party. Maybe everything will work out! I asked Sue what Leslie was up to the Thursday before the party. I explained to her I was going to need some extra hands. I think I'm going to ask Natalie & Whitney as well, to see if they can help. I've never been too good with streamers (crepe paper), but you can't have a princess party without lots of streamers. I plan to have streamers all throughout the Living Room, Dining Room & Kitchen. Who knows, if the girls go crazy with it, we may have streamers in the Bath Room. tehe! I probably won't have that much time Saturday morning to blow up balloons & I'm not blowing them up myself, like last year. This year, I'm buying two tanks of helium and we will have them blown up that way. I got a terrible headache last year from blowing up so many balloons. We had balloons for nearly two months after that party. I think this year, we might attach a note to these balloons and let them go during or after the party to see where they go. My question is: If I blow the balloons up with helium on Thursday night, will they still look good by Saturday evening? Please let me know what you think? I don't know what time we'll be home Friday night. If we get home at a good time, maybe I can get most if not all blown up that night. I don't know. Oh, I didn't know what to do about Katie's two year old pictures. I haven't scheduled it because I didn't know how this surgery would work out with our schedule, plus we are trying to plan a quick trip to Atlanta with my sister & her family. I know I wanted to get Katie's pictures made by Scrappy Frogs (free sitting fee), but I think it would be wise for me to get a price list from a few photographers. I got to thinking the free sitting fee from Scrappy Frogs may really not save me any money. I may have to wait until after her party to get them made & just mail them out when we get our order in.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
First time Katie goes to the beach. She had so much fun & didn't want to leave when it was time. We had to carry her back to the car. I felt so bad for her having to leave the big sand box and water. She had fun picking up shells and putting them in the ocean. I'm excited for her when we get to go back.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Remember when this commercial was on national television? Where were you and what were you doing? I was new to the high school scene, in 8th grade. Yes, normally High School starts in 9th grade, but my school had to move the 8th grade class into the high school building. It was scary, yet exciting! Remember when Michael Jackson looked like this? Pre-crazy Michael Jackson - pre-nose job; bleaching his skin and hair weaves.
I had a video ready to post - our short trip to the beach, but Google's video site is temporarily down tonight. Hopefully, I'll get it and another video posted tomorrow.
Take care and God Bless You!
Monday, June 11, 2007
This doll is similar to the one we bought Katie. It definitely has the same face. It's named "Alexandra Musical Doll" and it plays "Fur Elise." There are several to the collection - Swan Lake, Cinderella, Happy Birthday, Tooth Fairy & more. I think they are a precious keepsake!
See our new baby! Liz sent us this new picture of her and baby boy. She looks so cute pregnant. I think she looks good compared to when I was pregnant with Katie. I was huge and swollen every where.
Aunt Sherry wrote me and hopefully they will be coming up the end of July. I wrote her back and asked them to come over for Katie's birthday party.
Katie and I went Father's Day shopping for Paw-Paw Millard. I can't tell what she got him in case he might read this, but hopefully he'll like it. While we were close by, I stopped by the shop that has the little Happy Birthday musical dolls. They had two brunettes and one blond Birthday dolls left. They did have a couple of Cinderella & one Swan Lake dolls. The Happy Birthday dolls are still my favorite. I had the clerk wrap up the brunette birthday doll. Katie was upset at me because I wouldn't let her hold the doll. Isn't that awful of me to purchase the child's birthday gift in front of her and then not let her play with it? Bad Mother! In my defense, I rarely get to go shopping without her. Next Christmas and especially next year, I will have to be more careful to not let her see her gifts. Doug is the champion when it comes to knowing everything he gets for Christmas. He is the biggest snop! Of course, it doesn't help that I can't hide things very well. He always "accidentally" finds all the presents from me.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Yesterday, Doug & I did a few small chores around the house. We took Millard and Peggy out to dinner for his birthday. He wanted to go to Logan's. Ever since my Mom's Birthday party this past February, Millard & Peggy have been hot for Logan's. tehe! I didn't know it until last month, but Peggy had never been to Logan's until my Mom's party. I had their Southwest Chicken, it was juicy good. Katie doesn't like sitting in a highchair in restaurants, so us getting a booth helped a lot. Katie sat between Doug and myself and was showing out! I sure hope my friends are right when they said she'll be out of the terrible twos soon.
As some of you know, I take care of the 2 year olds once a month. Katie moved up to the 2 year old class a couple of months ago. Because of Ryan's Graduation & Decoration Day, I've had to get a substitute for my class. Today was the first day, I got to be in Katie's class with her. I don't know if this is going to work or not. I told Truett, I would see if it would work. I hate dropping the class because he is so short on help with the preschoolers as it is. If anything, I guess I could move into the 3 year old class until Katie moves up. I'm hoping why she was grumpy today was because she decided to get up at 6:30 this morning. She was tired and whining. At the playground, all the other children were running around and playing. Katie saw me holding Harrison and she didn't like it at all. She kept it up until I put Harrison on one leg and Katie on the other. She tried her best to push Harrison off my lap. Well, Harrison is a year older then Katie and a big boy, so she wasn't making any headway. He just looked at her. I explained to him that she is jealous. When we got back in class, she finally got over it and continued playing with Claire and Sophie. I think Claire and Sophie are her close friends because she would just hang with them. Claire is a little older, almost 3 years old, but she is like the big sister to Katie. She really takes care of Katie as far as playing and taking up for her. Preston, in Katie's class, is a little girl crazy boy. He likes to get in the girls face and act funny to get their attention. Some little girls think it's funny, but there are some that find it annoying like Kaitlyn. I had to tell Preston to stop aggravating Katie. Everytime he got in her face, she would get mad. First she hit him and then run away from him yelling. I guess he did that a couple of times to her and another girl before I had to tell him to stop. I was afraid he would get hurt. Sure enough, he pushed too many of Sophie's buttons and he fell and bumped his head.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Okay this is the last video for today! I've just had too much fun doing this today. I explained this story on the video, so I won't go into details. It was one of those moments that you had to be there to see her. My little stinker winker!
Some of you have already seen the pictures on Katie's website of her at the park. Now that I'm learning how to post these video clips on my blog, I thought you would like a little clip. Because of a few youth baseball tournaments, kids were every where not to mention it was the weekend. Katie had a blast being around the other children. Some of the older kids really took up with Katie and helped her out. She loves going to the park, it is our special treat.
I read Laura's blog late last night and I am so sorry about her Doctor and friend, Dr. Sheppard. If you don't know, Dr. Sheppard recently had a miscarriage. She miscarried twins at 23 weeks. I can't imagine what she might be going through, but I do sympathize as a Mother. I started to just leave Laura a comment on her blog, but I thought I would spread the word about this book: "Empty Arms" by Pam Vredevedt.
Laura - I don't know how close you are to your doctor. If you can, I would recommend her reading this book. You know even doctors need spiritual encouragement. When my niece was going through so much trouble with her miscarriage, I kept asking for prayer in my Sunday School class. A dear friend came up to me and recommended this book to give to my niece. I didn't know at the time, but my friend had suffered through the grief of a couple of miscarriages. I sent my niece the book and she said it really helped her. She said it explained every possible feeling she was going through and encouraged her to keep going day after day. Since then, my niece and her husband gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. My great niece is now 18 months old and Liz, my niece, is expecting her second child in August/September. Of course, they went through some tough times conceiving my little niece and soon to be little nephew, but she had her book and lots of family support to get them through these experiences. I ordered this book through Books a Million, so I'm sure you can get this book at any bookstore, in the self help section. I will keep Dr. Sheppard in my prayers and hope everything will work out for her (family & career).
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Nick came by for a visit and got Katie talking about an event that happened at the pool. She got onto Jessie for pushing Jodie into the pool. Later, we got Katie playing Ring Around the Rosie and got dizzy going around in circles. Funny!
I would like to start off by wishing my father-in-law a very Happy 64th Birthday! I know he had a wonderful day because he and Peggy finally got their floor installed. Hurray!!!! The guy, they've been dealing with, called them and his crew had the floor finished in less than 2 hours. They are coming by tomorrow to pick up Katie for the night. They love it when she spends the night. I know they will all have a good time and I think Mommy needs a little break. Of course, we'll have to check in with them once or twice before bed time.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Hell's Kitchen is back! I'm so excited about the new Hell's Kitchen. This could be the best yet! They have this cute little guy named Eddie, 28 years old, that I'm pulling for. I think the Cowboy Asian, Aaron, is funny! Doug thinks the women are terrible. He doesn't know why we (women) away get so mad at one another.
Do you think Paris Hilton will make it out of jail in one piece? How will she take hard time?
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Sunday, June 3, 2007
Katie's cold seems to be getting better. There have been days where I've wondered if I should take her to the doctor (colored mucus discovered). Really that was the only symptom she had to let me know she might be getting an infection. With all the controversy about children's cold medicines, Katie's doctor and I feel better not giving her any at this age. All I knew what to do is give her apple juice for the drainage and keep her humidifier going in her room. Thankfully, the mucus went back to clear. Today, her nose wasn't runny at all. Her poor little nose has gotten so raw and sore. We've kept lotion (my age-fighting moisturizer from Mary Kay) on her nose. Bless her heart, after forcing her to hold still, so I could wipe her nose good. I had to get the hard boogers out with a wet wipe and I know it hurt her getting them out, but I had to do it. I felt so bad for her with all the crying and begging me to stop, broke my heart. Each time I had to do that I asked her if she wanted lotion on her nose. "Uh, huh." she said. So I put a drop on her finger for her to wipe it on her nose. Of course, I had to help a little and make sure it was on her nose good. The lotion on her nose put a smile back on her face.
Millard and Peggy stopped by this evening and visited. It had been awhile since we saw them last. Bless their heart, they've been trying to have most of their floors replaced. They are having wood flooring installed in four rooms and hallway. The person they hired to do the job told them he had plenty of the wood in stock to install in their house. His crew started on the job last Thursday and by Friday, the guy told Millard he didn't have enough wood to finish the job. He would have to reorder the wood and come back early next week. One of the four rooms and the hallway are all that's left to be finished. Needless to say, Peggy was about fit to be tied and I don't blame her one bit. It sounds like the guy has been so disrespectful and unprofessional the whole time she has had to deal with him. Now, they are afraid the guy won't finish the job. He has in his possession a little more the half the money it cost to finish the job. Please keep Millard and Peggy in your prayers - the guys will come back early this week and finish the job to their liking and all will be okay.
Doug had a deacon's meeting tonight, so Katie and I took a nap (make up the hours that I lost last night).
Where has time gone? I just knew I had a week to rest and get my house in order before anymore upcoming events. I was reminded tonight, Millard's birthday is this weekend. Okay! It looks as if we are going SHOPPING! While we are out, I think I will go ahead and knock out Father's Day gifts. Doug and I will be celebrating our 12th Anniversary on the 10th of June. I'll have to see if we can get a babysitter (hint, hint!). Even if we do get a babysitter, we'll probably end up staying at home. Do you know why? WE ARE BROKE! Yes, between last month & this month, I would have to say - We're Broke! Not to say we were ever rich to begin with. Besides, we have to save money (Doug) for our little princess a dream castle birthday cake & ribs (tehe! Inside joke).
Okay, I know I was one of those people that said she would never watch "The DaVinci Code." I didn't know it, but Doug TiVo'd the movie last night. I do appreciate a good mystery movie (one of my favorite types of movies), but I hesitated to allow myself to get involved in this movie. Before I watched it, I reminded myself it was completely fictional and I don't believe a word of it to be true. I definitely do not encourage anyone new to the Christian life or with little faith to watch this movie. I can see where some people could get confused because there are so many truths and events twisted and intertwined, which would make it seem possible when it is completely FALSE. I know as soon as Doug watches this crazy movie, it will be deleted from our TiVo ASAP.
Take care of each other & God Bless!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
If Katie had several little girls coming to her party, we would have to get this cake. Wow!!! Our local Publix makes this cake. It serves between 25-30 people. Guess how much it cost? $55.99! What a cake! Don't be surprised if we have this cake for Katie's party. I say this because Doug likes it and he thinks we should get it. SHOCK! I have to remember this is his little girl's party we're talking about.
Katie and I had a baby shower to go to today. A lady I worked with once upon a time is expecting her first child (little girl) July 3rd. We got her a few sleeper gowns, a cute monkey sleeper, and receiving blankets. I made the biggest mistake by taking Katie with me. I thought it would be fun for her to attend a party, you know cake, gifts & hanging with the girls. I was really hoping there would be other little girls. Nope! I was wrong and I regretted it. She was so good for the first 10 minutes, but as soon as she warmed up to everyone the mischievous Katie came out and my little angel disappeared for an hour and 30 minutes. The shower was scheduled to last for two hours and as slow as Jill was opening up presents, I'm sure it lasted a whole lot longer than 2 hours. Needless to say, after an hour and a half during this shower I had ENOUGH! Katie pulling tissue out of Jill's gifts, throwing her toys in the fireplace, hiding behind this wooden screen that was making a couple of the women nervous that it might fall, running around the room like she was high on sugar, and not minding me at all because she knew we were among other company. I was so embarrassed! I lend over and told a couple of people I knew that this would never happen again. I was so uncomfortable and felt out of place. Why is it that children love to embarrass their parents? I had planned to go to WalMart after the shower, but I was so upset and mad at Kaitlyn that I went straight home. I know she's going through her trouble twos and I try to understand, but I feel like such a failure as a Mother at times. I'm sure some of the women at the shower understood, but I could just feel the eyes burning a hole in my back when Katie was misbehaving. I took her out of the room a couple of times and really got on to her. I guess the scolding straightened her up for maybe 5-10 minutes and she would be right back at it. Ugh!!! What am I going to do with her? I know she's been sick with her cold, but my patience have really been wearing thin with her. Laura, I even tried the wooden spoon. She just looked at me and then asked for the spoon. Ugh!!!!!!!!! I've gotten away from the knotty chair (time out), so I think we will have to go back to "The Chair."
I did get to go to WalMart, without Katie. I needed some space and calm myself down, so it was a good time out for me. Doug stayed home while Katie was in bed sleeping. I got a few more things for the birthday party. I'm beginning to get excited. Doug and I talked about the menu tonight for the big day. He wants ribs, cowboy baked beans and I think potato salad would be good. I suggested a cold cut tray with finger foods, but Doug doesn't like sandwiches. I don't think Doug wants hamburgers because last year he didn't cook them long enough and they were still a little pink. Bless his heart, he got ragged about it. He must be scarred.
We got a visit from Nicholas tonight. He was on his way home from a wedding and wanted to come by and see us for a little bit. We always enjoy visits from the nieces and nephews. Katie loves the visits. They are nothing but big playmates for her and she loves the attention. He had her so stirred up - running up and down the hall. We got her a little bit on video. Nick was on me about not video taping her when she gets so excited. I told him that as soon as I pull out the camera or video camera, when she acts so silly, she straightens up and doesn't talk. Nick didn't believe me, so I had to show him. Well, now he believes me. As soon as she saw the camera, she stopped acting goofy and stopped talking.
Here's a little tidbit. I just watched a clip from our local news and "The Black Pearl" ship from "Pirates of the Caribbean," was actually built in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Today, Katie and I dropped off some movies Doug rented for me. They were all chick flicks - "Because I Said So," "Catch & Release," and "The Painted Veil." I was a little disappointed with Jennifer Gardner in "Catch & Release." I like Jennifer as an actress, but I thought this movie was a little ho hum for me. I was pleasantly surprised with "The Painted Veil." It is not meant to be seen in the presence of children (some sex scenes). It was a little rocky in the beginning, but the ending was so unexpected and beautiful. It was very well scripted. The credits acted as if it was based on a novel. I would love to read it, if it's not too long. I prefer short story to a big novel. Then there is "Because I Said So." If you haven't seen it, you've got to get it. Again, not meant to be seen in the presence of small children. It is so funny! Doug and I kept giggling throughout the whole movie. I recommend this movie! We left the Movie Gallery and mailed Emma's birthday package (I know there's a chance it will get to her late, but I had a little problem). I'm hoping it will get to Allan on her birthday. We left the Post Office and went to the Library. Katie loves going to the Library and she does so good. I let her go back to her area, while I dropped off books and DVDs. This past couple of weeks, we checked out "An American Tail" and "Angelina Ballerina" DVD movies. I've been dying to start reading "Angelina Ballerina" books to Katie, so I thought I would introduce her to Angelina. She liked the whole mouse concept, but after the first few minutes of Angelina, Katie was off doing other things. In fact, she found an Angelina Ballerina doll in Toys R Us today and she remembered seeing her. She patted her on the head and made sure I knew Angelina was there. I asked her if she liked Angelina - "Uh, Huh!" she said. We left it at that. I guess the "Angelina Ballerina" books will have to wait another year. I can't find them at the Library or I would check them out and see how she does. This time, we checked out a Strawberry Shortcake DVD along with 12 other books. We have to read at least one book a night. I've been encouraging her to pick out her own books that might interest her. She picked out a "Bear in the Blue House" book and told me she wanted a "Blue's Clues" book. I looked high and low for a "Blue's Clues" book, but I couldn't find one. I did find "The Polar Express." I want to get her the book for her collection so bad, but I don't know if she's ready for it. Doug and I got her the movie last year for Christmas, but I think it might be too old for her right now. I checked out "The Polar Express" today, hopefully she will enjoy it. If I kind of know how the story goes, I'll add sound effects and change my voice to make it more interesting. I'm just glad no adults listen to me! I would be so embarrassed. I noticed the Library Staff added a new little edition - A spider! Katie has to see Eeck & Squeak (two white mice) at the Library everytime we go inside, but this time there was a new edition a Tarantula. Katie has never seen one before, so I showed her where it was and it was a spider. That's all it took. As I was checking out the books, she stood by the spider and told everyone (as loud as she could) in the Library (whether they wanted to know or not), there was a spider.
I called the oral surgeon today and scheduled an appointment for a consultation with the doctor. The earliest they could fit me is on June 14th. I think I'm going to ask his advice, if I should do the procedure before the party or after depending on recovery time. In a way, I want to get it done and out of the way because if I continue to think about it, I'm afraid I won't do it. Yes, I'm chicken, yellow belly, scary cat - call me all the names you want because that's me.
Tomorrow, Katie and I have a baby shower to go to. Doug will have the house all to himself for a few hours because I plan to stop by WalMart after the shower and pick up the remaining items I need for Katie's birthday party. I would also like to stop off at the Bakery and see if they can make a Fairy-tale Princess Pull A Part Cupcakes. I would prefer the cupcakes (pull a part) instead of a sheet cake.
I hope you have a great weekend! Take care of each other and God Bless You!