Archive for October, 2009

trick or treat.

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

I took the girls (Em & Iz) to trick or treat tonight. I planned to take Iz out for a bit and then let her hang with my brother, but she ended up staying out with us. It was fun to see all the cute costumes and how some people really go all out to decorate for the occasion!  Emelia was a pirate princess and Iz was a princess… she carried Mike’s light sword so the other kids walking around thought she was princess leah (star wars) with her dark dress and braids. 






This is the tired princess pic!  She was pooped when we finally got home (so was I).

This is the first year Amanda didn’t participate in our Halloween adventures, she loves to dress up! But she was at the OU game tonight with Lorenzo.  Bailey felt like he was too old this year.


Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Just signed into bloglines. (For those of you who aren’t bloggers, bloglines has all the blogs I follow with updates)… there were 679 new posts.  679!!!! That tells me I have fallen really far off the bloggy radar.  I can tell you right now who is to blame.  FACEBOOK.   You know the commercial where the lady said, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”?  Well, that’s how I feel about FB.  I have fallen in and am stuck!  Seriously, I can look at one page and see updates on so many different people from all different groups.  I have friends from High School, Elementary, blogging friends, family, church friends, old friends, new friends, my kids! I love my laptop computer! It’s really great… So if you don’t FB you should. 

We’ve been staying busy.  Amanda just got through with mid-terms.  She came out great!  She came home last weekend and yet again car problems!  This time it was a new battery.  I just hope this is it for a little while!  Yikes!  She came to Choctaw yesterday and observed Camilla and Barbara (PT & OT) for a paper for school.  She had a really nice morning.  I am not sure what Iz thought about big sister randomly being at “her” school!  Amanda is celebrating her 2 year anniversary with her boyfriend Lorenzo this weekend.  They are pretty sweet together.  She’s also looking forward to the homecoming game at OU Saturday. 

Bailey has been so busy and gone with competitive drama.  He’s having a blast!  I’m glad he’s found something that he likes.  (Don’t tell him but I think maybe the 4 to 1 girl ratio has been part of the enjoyment… sshh).  I’m so fortunate to have my brother Mike living very close to the High School.  They are best buds and Mike makes sure Bailey gets home from drama. 

Emelia started basketball this week.  She didn’t play at all last year so she has some work to do.  I hope she enjoys it because she is sure made for it with her height and strength!  She’s currently getting ready for the middle school dance tonight.  She wore her pirate princess to school today (they dressed up). Tonight she is not feeling the pirate princess so she raided the costume boxes and found something else.  She carved six pumpkins Sunday!


Little Iz (well big iz actually) is doing great.  She saw Bear last Friday and we are scheduled to go back tomorrow.  We saw the orthotist (gary) Tuesday for swash adjustments.  He is going to recast her AFO’s.  I really hope we can get something comfortable for her to wear as much as she needs to!  She got to ride on the new toy (can’t remember name) at school yesterday with her friends.  I have been told Barbara took lots of pics so I’ll add them when they come!

My back is well, and I’m so glad.  After being prayed for Sunday morning it stopped hurting completely.  God is good.  Just a reminder that He really does heal and He really does care about everyone.  Even me, even you! Especially YOU  🙂 !!!!

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Izzy is doing great in school. She has been learning a lot in first grade! I got her report card last week and she had a lot of check marks which means she has learned a lot of new things like telling time and counting money. I just love her teachers who work so hard to help her and expect only the hardest work from her. Well, Michele lets her nap occasionally 🙂 … but that’s ok! What are Mopar parts?

home bound.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Izzy and I are home today.  Izzy’s sweet teacher, Melanie, had shoulder surgery a couple of weeks ago and is home getting better.  Please pray that she gets well soon! We miss her!  Michele, Izzy’s para and school mom is home with her son who is sick today.  The two of them absent means Izzy gets to be home with me.  It’s a rainy day and nice day to stay in, but Izzy does love school.

We’ve been busy with Kid’s Krusade all week at church.  Last night was the last night.  Brent Pickens came from Arkansas and did puppets and chalk drawings etc.  Emelia was excited to get to help with puppets the last two nights.  Izzy enjoyed the program a lot and listened very intently.  She was so vocal Tuesday night I tried to slip out with her but the Pastor insisted I stay in, saying she was fine.  At the end of the service Brent invites the children up to pray.  When he asked them to raise their hand if they wanted to have Jesus in their hearts Izzy’s hand went up way high.  (her YES hand).  Here she is with her cool lighted sunglasses (a treat for the kids last night).

iz kk

Bailey has been really busy with competitive drama.  He isn’t performing (yet) but is a stage hand.  He is planning to enroll in competitive drama to perform next semester and seems to really love being involved in drama.   I love that my brother Mike bought a new home in the addition very close to the high school.  Bailey walks there after practice and Mike brings him home.  Works out really well.  They are best buds 🙂 …

I just got a text from Amanda saying she needs a flu shot.  She had a cold last week but fortunately got over it quickly.  Her car is fixed. YAY.  After having the time belt off and water pump replaced the distributor went out (cha-ching) and finally it is all together and she took it back to OU Sunday evening.   She may need some online backup. She went on a retreat last weekend and had a great time.  She has been so focused on studying and stressed I think it did her a lot of good to get away for a couple of days.

I have been walking/running most days.  I love how pretty the weather has been and enjoy the park!  Here is the little pond… and the finishing scene! When I see my suburban I know I’m almost done and that is a good feeling 🙂 .



I made some veggie stew Monday and then again yesterday.  I filled up the pot that was Marmars to the brim 🙂 …  I love that pot!  It is so good. Emelia has had it as an after school snack each day and even said it was the best soup in the world. And to do a post ondisability appeal.


Veggie soup.

large sweet onion diced

1 T olive oil

2 lbs carrots chopped

2 lbs potatoes chopped

2 bags assorted mixed frozen veggies

1 lg can italian green beans

1 lg can whole tomatoes

1 lg can diced tomatoes

1 can rotel

2 cans veg broth

water (salted to cover veggies)

1 pkg. williams chili seasoning

salt & pepper to taste

Saute onions in olive oil, add remainder of ingredients, stir, cover and cook on medium heat until veggies are cooked.

I plan to try this next:

cowboy caviar
• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can pinto beans
• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can white shoepeg corn
• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can black-eyed peas
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 1 green bell pepper, chopped
• 3-4 green onions, chopped
• 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tiny peas
• 1/4 cup oil
• 1/4 cup vinegar
• 1/3 cup sugar
Rinse starch off beans. Drain vegetables.Mix 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/3 cup sugar. Boil until sugar is dissolved. Pour over the drained vegetables. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with Fritos or other dipping chips.

Question: I saw on dr. oz yesterday a lady made breakfast wraps with high fiber wraps… has anyone bought those and where and what section?  TIA.


Sunday, October 18th, 2009

So this is day FOUR down.  I did something to my back and it has hurt like no other pain I’ve ever known! Seriously.  I went running Thursday morning, came home to get the kids off to meet mom for pizza… showered and fixed hair and reached to pick something up when the shooting pain began.  I went ahead and got iz to the car with Bailey’s help and took them to mom.  I got home and realized I could not walk from intense pain, like pass out pain.  It took me almost 20 minutes to get izzy into her chair and then into the house.  I got her in and then just pulled her onto my bed with me where we just layed until I could move.  I got up to find some tyl 3 I had put away and knew it was time to feed her lunch.  Seriously shed some tears during this hour or two! 

Friday was a stay in and try not to move day.  Saturday I got a call from Bear (I had left a message at his office Friday) and he said he could see me, so mom drove me to Edmond.  He worked on me for an hour or so… said my left hip was a bit out of socket (he popped it back and it felt weird), and that there were large knots on my lower back each side (sciatica).  So I left there feeling a little relief. 

I hoped to wake up this morning (Sunday) and be fine.  Didn’t happen which really discouraged me.  I had to put on my big girl panties and just deal with it.  Matt has been a great helper.  He did laundry and has been sweet to bring me things and carry Iz when needed.  Amanda came home for a bit and went to get us lunch today.  Pat (from church) brought spaghetti and lemon bundt cake over yesterday… good thing I won’t go hungry. 🙂

Amanda is going to see U2 in concert tonight.  The concert is at the stadium near her dorm.  She hadn’t planned to go but a friend called this afternoon to ask if she wanted a ticket! She told her no, she needed to study.  (she is very dedicated!)  Matt and I both encouraged her to go and maybe not stay that long just to experience it.  She studied at home until very late last night.  Mike came by and gave her a flu and b12 shot before she left. 

So, that’s about it around here… Melanie is back at school and me and Iz couldn’t be happier.  We missed her!  Izzy made the cutest pumpkin at school Wednesday that I would show a pic of if I could walk to take the pic etc. but just believe me when I say it is precious! 

Oh, one more thing!  Emelia gave Izzy a makeover while I was gone to bear.  She straightened her hair and put makeup (including mascara) on her.  Here’s the pic…

iz makeup

I really hope my back is better tomorrow because all my helpers and lifters will be gone!

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

What are you going to be for Halloween? Izzy has a new princess dress I’m excited to see her wear! Emelia decided to be a pirate princess again, but after she wore the costume to school wanted to be something different for her school dance so she was the character from scream. I am not sure what she will actually trick or treat in. Okay, enough of that I have to finish this post for Eagle Creek luggage.


Saturday, October 17th, 2009

I can’t believe Christmas is already around the corner! Where does time go? I am trying to do a post on software development for now, and then get ready for the festivities of the weekend. I haven’t done really anything to prepare for Christmas which is just … well… sad! I’m going to Dallas with a group from church next month for the whole day! Maybe I’ll get something done then! Hope so.


Saturday, October 17th, 2009

I’m trying to figure out a new bathing technique for Iz. I am thinking a major renovation in the hall bathroom may be necessary in the future so that we can roll in a bath or shower chair. I saw these walk in tubs but don’t think they would make it much easier than it is now. It’s the lifting out that makes it hard and maybe not so safe too. Anyway, I’ll looking and hopefully find a way to make life easier.


Friday, October 16th, 2009

I don’t really have “acne” … but have had more breakouts lately than I remember even as a teen. I never really had acne as a teen either. I have a few friends who like the pro active products and order them. I haven’t tried anything… I am using oil of olay facial cleanser for sensitive skin and some antioxidant sunscreen stuff because I’m over 18 now. (barely). Anyway I’m not ready to get acne treatments… yet!

wood dash.

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Have you seen those pretty wood dashes? My friend got a new Tahoe and it has really pretty interior which includes the shiny wood dash. I didn’t realize there were actually kits to do that to your car. My Suburban is continuing to suit the needs I have… it is big and works for Izzy pretty well. I do have to scoot the seat up to accommodate her long lets. I may check out the dash kits!