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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

A busy day…

1.  Started by oversleeping.  Matt’s off all week so we slept in.  I was a little shaky when I woke up and was fixing Izzy’s breakfast… I opened her juiceplus capsule bottle and they slipped out of my hand into the sink which I just happened to have filled with hot water.   They were all ruined.

2.  After I fed her somehow I spilled her oatmeal concoction on my keyboard. 

3.  Emelia came home from her weekend trip with Gram and Jane Ann to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX.  She had a blast and is still talking non-stop about the trip.

4.  I took Emelia with me to get my nails repaired which ended with a fill job and then the girl who does my pedicures showed me her cute 4th of July toes and suggested she paint mine too.  How could I resist.  Emelia had already picked red, white, and blue polish to have painted alternating on her fingers.  She had a pedicure in Dallas so we left her toes alone… but the girl touched up some chips on her white tips.  It’s hard to keep white tips neat when you are eleven. 


5.  After some time at home Emelia went with me for a long overdue hair appointment.  I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t had time to go… I was thrilled to get to go today!  Jill is awesome!  She did highlights and a trim. 


6.  While Jill was rinsing my hair we had been hearing thunder and the lights began to flicker.  Right when she finished we lost all power and within a minute matt was calling to say our power had gone off at home as well.  I was just relieved my hair was rinsed!  I left with wet hair which was fine since it was pouring down rain….


7.  Mom was doing therapy with Iz when I got home and Matt and Dad were on the front porch ooing and ahing at the rain.  It’s been a while. Need to look at digital camcorders.


8.  Me and Emelia decided to return the redbox movie that she forgot about while in Dallas.  It was five days late.  Fortunately it’s only $1 a day.  It has to be returned at 7 to not be charged another night.  Our first trip to return it was a failure because the power was off at redbox too.  We stopped in front of the chinese restaurant and the girl waved Emelia in.  She bought some soup (her fave.) in the dark. 

9.  Got movie returned! 

10.  Mom came down after I got Izzy fed and had her hair highlighted, colored and trimmed. 

(ohamanda has a cool list of internet things)


Monday, June 29th, 2009
  • Although I DID do my morning walk/run… I almost took the shorter path as in actually turned on the y towards the shorter path and made myself go back to the long path.  UGH.  Mondays.
  • I made a big batch of tuna salad Saturday night and beans with cornbread Sunday (as requested by Matt)… tonight’s menu:  tuna and beans.  YUCK.  Oddly enough matt was thrilled.
  • Mom made a volcano cake which has like a bazillion calories for my SIL’s bday party last night.  After work I was STARVING and stopped by mom’s house for a big piece of cake and I ate it all.  For lunch.  And I liked it. 
  • My closet is a mess.  I need to tackle it so bad. 
  • I have no energy today.
  • Clutter is bugging me right now but because I have no energy today it’s not bugging me enough to do something about it.
  • I read so many blogs on bloglines and rarely comment, just not enough time… so I feel like I know what everyone is up to but am cheating by not clicking on them.  Is that wrong?
  • Gail has beat the pants off me playing Lexulous (like scrabble) on Facebook.  Ugh.  So has Sue come to think of it.  What’s the deal? I always beat my phone.
  • I have joined the FB ranks of playing farmtown and find it odd to spend actual time clicking on the screen to plant and harvest fake crops.  It’s insanity and everyone is doing it.  What’s the deal?
  • I have four spill plans and cads and topos that have to be done no later than Thursday and I have no interest in starting them. I want to find a good sale.
  • The class I teach sunday mornings (teen girls) is learning about giving and gratitude.  I spent an hour yesterday sharing stories and scriptures about the evils of grumbling and complaining and yet while reviewing this list it seems to be a lot of those things.  I gave them papers to fill out sharing 10 things each day they are thankful for.  (last week they were directed to do a random act of kindness).  I’ve yet to fill out my sheet for today so I’ll do it now.

thankful list:

1.  I’m thankful for the delicious chocolate cake I had for lunch.

2.  I’m thankful for my strong legs that allow me to walk and run at the park daily.

3.  I’m thankful for so many blog friends.

4.  I’m thankful for the fun games on FB

5.  I’m thankful for the challenge put forth by my friends Gail and Sue.

6.  I’m thankful for my closet, and the clothes that need to be organized.

7.  I’m thankful for my mom who diligently helps daily with izzy’s therapy.

8.  I’m thankful for my job and the flexibility it provides.

9.  I’m thankful for leftovers.

10.  I’m thankful for air conditioning. 

Any confessions or thanks to share?


Saturday, June 27th, 2009

 I saw this on Michelle’s blog (who saw it on Ellen’s blog)… and thought I’d share it here too.

We, the parents, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure tranquility (and sanity) and promote the general welfare of our families, do ordain and establish this Bill of Rights.

* We have the right to expect our kids to be seen for who they are as individuals, not as labels or diagnoses.
* We have a right to trust our instincts about our kids and realize that experts don’t always know best.
* We have a right to ignore the remarks, questions and stares and not give explanations or excuses for why our children are the way they are.
* We have a right to choose alternative therapies for our kids.
* We have a right to roll our eyes straight out of our heads when we encounter certain mothers who brag nonstop that their kids are the smartest students/best athletes ever.
* We have a right to wonder “What if…” every so often.
* We have a right to play aimlessly with our children. Not for therapeutic or educational purposes—just for fun.
* We have a right to blast Bruce Springsteen/Tom Petty/Any Rocker, down a glass of Pinot Grigio, get a pedicure, go out with the girls or do all of the aforementioned at once if that’s what it takes to avoid burnout.
* We have a right to react to people’s ignorance in whatever way we feel necessary.
* We have a right to not always have our child be the poster child for his/her disability and some days be just a child.
* We have a right to go through the grieving process and realize we may never quite be “over it.” * We have the right to give our kids chores. Even better if they can learn to make breakfast in bed for us.
* We have a right to stretch the truth when we fail to do the exercises the therapist asked us to do this week because we were too darn tired or overwhelmed.
* We have a right to have yet more Pinot Grigio.
* We have a right to fire any doctor or therapist who’s negative, unsupportive or who generally says suck-y things.
* We have a right to tell family and friends that everything may not be OK—at least not how they mean it, anyway.
* We have a right to hope for an empty playground so we don’t have to look into another child’s eyes and answer the question, “What’s wrong with him?”
* We have a right to bawl on the way back from the playground, the birthday party, the mall or anyplace where our children’s challenges become glaringly obvious in the face of all the other kids doing their typical-development things.
* We have the right to give our children consequences for their behavior. They may be “special” but they can still be a royal pain in the butt.
* We have a right to take a break from Googling therapies, procedures, medicine and treatments for our kids to research upcoming concerts, exotic teas or anything not related to our children’s disabilities.
* We have a right to talk about how great our kids are when people don’t get it.
* We have the right to not always behave as inspirational icons who never complain or gripe about the sometimes awful realities of raising a child with special needs.
* We have a right to expect quality services for our children not just when they’re infants, preschoolers and elementary school age, but when they’re in older grades and adults, too.
* We have a right to adequate funding for those services and to not have to kick, scream or endure a wait for them.
* We have a right to get tired of people saying, as they give that sympathy stare, “I don’t know how you do it.”
* We have a right to wish that sometimes things could be easier.
* We have a right to cheer like crazy anytime our children amaze us—or weep like lunatics.
* We have a right to push, push and push some more to make sure our children are treated fairly by the world.

beware of your children. they attack!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009


She’s having way too much fun!



Still smiling!





a surprise!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Today was Izzy’s day for ESY … which is Summer school.  She has been missing Melanie (her favorite teacher)!  Today Melanie came to surprise Izzy!  She brought balloons… and one was ORANGE.  Izzy grabbed the orange balloon when Melanie showed them to her.  Word was that Iz did better with Karen and Camilla than she has all Summer.  Melanie is a great motivator.  Lots of exciting things to look forward to this school year including a new classroom of their very own that is bigger and can accommodate all the things needed to make school perfect!  So great. 

Thank you Melanie for coming to school today to surprise Izzy.  She was so happy to see you!  (so was I) 🙂




top ten tuesday… june!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

June is the busiest month of the year.  I don’t think I have realized that until this year.  I was told by MY MOTHER that I needed to write on the blog more so she would have something to read when she gets bored at work… I suggested she get a facebook and she wasn’t sure she could at her GOVT job.  So, I’m writing on my blog mom, happy? 🙂

Here are the top ten reasons June is busy!

1.  Kids are home for the Summer and excited about that!

2.  My mother’s birthday (June 8).

3.  Matt’s birthday (June 10).

4.  Our anniversary (June 17).

5.  Father’s Day.

6.  Izzy has ESY (summer school/therapy) and although it is one day a week as opposed to every day of the week it makes it busier.  I will be so happy when school starts again.  She misses it. 

7.  Amanda is getting ready for OU.  This mainly means working as much as possible to tuck away as much money as she can so she will be free to study study study in the Fall… and also means spending lots of time going on dates with Lorenzo, like tonight’s midnight premier of Transformers.

8.  Matt and Bailey are attempting to build a windmill.  Enough said. Maybe I should check on life insurance.

9.  Emelia is constantly fluttering her social wings.  She’s a butterfly.

10.  It’s hot.  That makes it just seem busy.  Probably the constant flow of swimmers and towels and puddles (oh my!)

and the bonus reason June was busy…

My brother and SIL (whose birthday is also in June (30) ) … went to Vegas last week! 

Have a list of 10?  Visit OHAmanda… Her list is about ideas for weddings. She has some great ideas.

busy day. again.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

I gave Bailey a new haircut last night… and a few highlights on top.  He looks so cute.  Wait! That’s not the right word for a mother to use when referring to her 15 year old mature son… He looks cool.



Then today Amanda begged asked for highlights and a trim so I fixed her up too!  I don’t have a pic yet of her hair but it looks very pretty.

After we played beauty shop we got ready really fast and then headed to Marshalls.  My favorite!  I had to do a little shopping for Father’s Day (so did Amanda). She also wanted to look at clothes because she had someplace special to go tonight and nothing to wear.  Tragic.  We found all kinds of great things that looked so cute on her!  I found the cutest pair of knee length pants.  I heart them.  Enough that when I get a chance I’ll post a pic.  I’m not sure about the perfect shirt for them yet… 

We split a quessadilla at Q’doba.  It was “eh.”  Then stopped at Walmart for a few groceries. 

I dropped Amanda off at home so she could spend the next two hours straightening her hair and met Matt to give him a book he wanted to peruse.  Boring day at the office.  Came home again and fed Iz.  Then ran to library to pick up two books that were ready I reserved yesterday after recieving an email from GAIL about book recommendations.  I’m super excited to read this new series.  The only problem is finding time to read because I should technically be doing spill plans if I have free time… not recreational reading.  blah. Checking on auto insurance.

Me and Bailey stopped for a sonic half priced happy hour drink.  Love happy hour. 

The plan for tonight is to grill some corn and other things, swim for a while, then either be bad and start this book or be good and do the last few spill plans I need to get finished! ugh.

Happy Friday!

happy 20th.

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009







Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Started with a quick trip into Hobby Lobby… first mission was to find something to fill this jar in the den…


Found a few things 🙂 …

Jars in the kitchen are so much easier to fill.


Tons of food choices etc.

Found these two cool things at hob lob for $2.80 each!!!


Got my nails filled.


And my toenails painted…

Now gotta do a liporexall review blog post.


Then I did some 4th decorating… but I’ll show those pics later.

june 10.

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Today is Matt’s birthday!

He called around noon to let me know he wanted a orange crush bundt/pound cake… I had never made that cake before, but was up for the challenge.


Orange Crush Pound Cake

1 sticks butter

2 3/4 c. sugar
5 eggs
3 c. plain flour
1 c. orange crush
1 tsp. orange flavoring
1 tsp. Vanilla

1/2 stick butter
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. orange flavoring
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each. Add orange crush, alternately with sifted flour. Add flavorings. Put into greased and floured tube pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

FROSTING: Cream butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and flavorings. Spread over warm cake. .

It turned out really good.

I  marinated pork chops.  made grilled quartered new red potatoes from dad’s garden on the grill, some stuffing, some veggies…  No diet pills for me.  lol.

Then we all headed to VBS.  Biblewood.  I was craft leader again this year.  I had a blast! Now I need to learn to play piano!

Izzy had Summer School/therapy today for the first time.  She was only there a little over an hour and personally I think it made her sad to be at school without her friends (no, not the kids… Melanie, Michele, and Camilla 🙂 )

It was like a ghost town.  Andrea and Karen are very nice.  I’m just saying.

One week from today is our 20th anniversary.  I can’t be that old.  Can I?

So, I think Matt had a great birthday.  In fact I know he did.