Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Took the kids shopping today. BOTH of the MALL!

I need prozac. Lol.. danny used his gift cards to buy 2 new bone books, and riles got 2 new spongebob books. Danny also used his other gift card to get a new transformer game. We then went to target and danny got a star wars toy, and riles got a playmobil construction/fireman toy kit. These toys are AWESOME. She wants the hospital one, and i think i am going to get it for her for her birthday. It would be a great present, because you can keep adding stuff to make it a city type thing. Here is the hospital, and all the stuff on the box is included in the kit.

if you have kiddos who like legos, I am betting they will like these too.
Chris and I are going to town tonight for an adult beverage (me) (s) him. :)
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry and Bright
I hope you had yourself a merry little Christmas. We did. The kiddos raked in goodies and gift cards, and I had a good time visiting with family. I am planning on scrapping sometime this weekend (maybe saturday..i just might sign up for archivers 12 hour crop if it is open). I have some pics to print at Sams, and want to hit some of the after christmas sales for a new tree.
Here are some pics of the kiddos and chris. As usual, I am not in any of them. bummer.
Riles and her garbage truck
the kiddos
this was so painful
She loves christmas (just like gma pat). Merry Christmas to all.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

It' s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Thank goodness! I am just ready for the stress to be over. We will read about Christ's birth tonight before we read Twas the night before Christmas, open one prezzie (jammies) and then wait for the big guy to show. Here are some pics of Riles in front of the tree. Danny was at Grandma's so he will get his taken today when he comes home. Riles, Grandma Pat, and I made sugar cookies yesterday. I will have pics to post later. Danny didn't want to help this year, he said it was to young for him to do so. Hmmph. Well.. I wonder if it is too young for him to eat them too? lol
he is getting so big.
(bought these at nobbies danny and riles love them.)
Grandma Pats Christmas light ball

Sunday, December 21, 2008

i Am BoReD!
Can't decide if I should reorganize my scrapbook table or not. I have so much stuff piled on top of it, and I don't know if that is something I want to tackle or not. If i clean it off, I could put my laptop in there along with my expression, and scrap at home if I would ever get a moments peace. I am currently fighting with riles about no means no. I am sooo not enjoying the riles lately. I don't know what is happening to her. She argues about EVERYTHING. I am so tired of the fight that today she actually got a swat on her hiney. I am just tired of the continual battle, and yes, I know it only gets worse. Part of me wonders if it is because she can't get outside and run. I know she has a mind of her own, and yes, she does act just like me.
I think she needs a dose of Sherry for a couple days (daycare). Maybe that will help her. :)
have a good day

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I am posting the pics of the Christmas Program,
so brandy can lift them ;).
Riles and her kindergarten teacher.
411 and Junior
bubba blurred

Monday, December 08, 2008

Missing him...
We all got together over at deanne's yesterday to meet our cousin Mark's daughter Chris. Mark and his wife jeannie were very supportive when dad died. We don't get together often, but we always have a good time when we do. I have been playing with my machine chris bought me (ok..i put it in the cart and told him it was my xmas and bday present). It is similar to my little cricut only it cuts stuff BIGGER! It will work great for my classroom. Anyway, started this last night, and after I was done feeling like death warmed over, (and sleeping until 11:30 this am), I finished this.
The journaling says:
It has been 5 years since I talked to you. Five years since I hugged you. I took for granted I would have you for one more day. What hurts the most about losing you? The family history, I will never know, the relationship you had with Danny and getting to know the Riles (I know you would have loved her. She is fiesty). Mom missing you. She never comes out and says so, but she misses you. The love you had for your family. All of us. No matter what was happening, and the phone calls to wish me happy birthday. This is
What hurts the most. (title).

I think i need something under the picture, but am undecided on what to put there. the little black stickers say Love, other things may change us, but we start and end with family, and the greatest of these is love.
happy day
(it is not really uneven. That is just how it stitched together after I scanned it.) w

Friday, December 05, 2008

Got my last paycheck from my former teaching job today. Um. yeah. They only paid me for a week. The second week I took vacation time (what i had left). They didn't pay me for it. They said my resignation date was the 21st. Um. No. Anyway, they will still pay me for those last days of vacation, but it won't be until the next paydate AFTER my last check. They will pay me for them, so why not when I took them? Geesh. This is a company who takes care of the community (or suppose to). It has a branch in my hometown, and provides a good service. I won't mention names here because that would be petty, and I will be more professional than they were. Good thing OPS will pay me on the 15th. Chris is taking me out for my bday tomorrow. I can't decide between Ruby Tuesdays or Applebees. I really want steak, AND texas probably Ruby's. Love me some texas straws (like the blooming onion at Outback, only in petals).

Monday, December 01, 2008

School went.....
well today. The kids had a really good day. It will take a week or so to get into a new routine, but it will get easier.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Got my contract today....
for my new job I will be starting soon. I am just wrapping things up at the old center. I brought home my stuff from the old center, and riles and danno are having a ball playing with all the stuff. In fact riles fell asleep tonight playing with the castle. She has also played with the gears, books on CD, and markers (I kinda bought A LOT of markers when Wally world had them for .88.) I mean A LOT. She is seeing stuff she hasn't seen for a long time (most of it I scammed from her :) it must be horrible having a mom who is a teacher. Always trolling your stuff to take to school.
more on the new job later.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

It was a sad day Friday.
We traded in our old van and bought a new one. I was surprised I felt sad. It's a car for pete's sake! lol.. I loved my old van. It was huge, I could fit a lot of stuff in the back (just ask deb and mindy). I felt really bad about leaving her all by her lonesome to be taken (probably) for scrap. She blew a gasket..literally. The head gasket went out, and we didn't want to mess with it. So, I now have an 08 little beauty who has a 10 year, 100,000 mile warranty. I need a name. My old van was greta, my little red car was jezzie, my blue car didn't have a name, and my truck was howard. Any suggestions? Here is half a picture. (It was cold this morning, and I was in my jammies).

Hello?? Anyone here??
It looks like i may be traveling back to the big o for employment. I interviewed Friday, and once I apply (actually pay 105.00) for my NE license, I will probably be offered a position in OPS. Yippee! I won't have to teach next summer. I will get paid more, don't have to supervise ( i don't like this part of my current job), I will get time off for Christmas break, spring break, AND will have more resources for behavior kids, classroom supplies, and teaching resources.
I am nervous because the classroom is VERY SMALL, but there are only 14 kids. I don't know how 14 kids fit inside this classroom, but if I get the position A LOT of nonsense stuff (boxes) is coming out.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thanking all who have served, are serving, or waited/waiting at home...

Thank you is not enough.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Only 45 more days until Christmas!
Brammy and I went to Big Lots today to pick up danno and riles BIG pressies.. danno got Guitar Hero 3 for PS2 and Riles got a vsmile (only....its pink...uhoh). I just have a couple more each and their jammies to get them and then I am done. i am seriously sooo downsizing this year.
wish me luck

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Just some random pics from our kc trip
We stopped at Wendy's in St. Jo on our way to KC last month. Next door was a stamp store..we thought their "mascot" was kind of cool so fickel took some pics of it.
The other pic is the name of the expo center from our hotel room. kinda cool i thought. Headed out today to meet my peeps and go scrapping in G.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

glad to see so many americans voted..wonderful to see how many wanted their voices heard. I never really know who to believe in all the games of politics, never really know who will live up to their words. Actions speak louder to me. I saw a picture on kips blog, and I thought to myself "how true that is".

I am posting the pic here from kips blog.

peace and be thankful we live in a nation where we can post our voices and matter how they are perceived.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

A tween with new glasses & a little girl who likes warm fuzzies
Danno and his new glasses. He has had them for about 2 weeks now. Him and riles found a wooly "callerpiddar" at Gma pats. She played with it for about an hour.

Hello..ghouls and boys..
pics of the kiddos dressed up for halloween..
Riles robot costume didn't quite pan out (it hurt her arms), and danny couldn't find all of his armor (he was a spartan soldier). Here they are in their "last minute" costumes. Eventually Danny didn't wear the helmet, and just carried the ax and shield. Riles used danny's old vampire cape. THANKS to aunt dianne who picked up the vampire teeth and dropped them off at 9pm. We went to tabor trick or treating (Riles with dude, danny with logan). Dude and Riles were done by 8ish, and I think logan and danny were the last trick or treaters left, arriving back at brandy's about 9-9:30. We had lots of fun, and got way too much candy.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Halloween Spooktacular 2008
What do you get when your sisters, sister in law, brother and all spouses send out invitations to your children's elementary school (grades k-9)? Hmm? anyone, anyone? bueller, bueller?
that is how many children show up to a halloween party.. granted (translates to THANK GOD) we divided up the parties this year and held the k-4 party from 3-5 and the 6-9 party from 7-9:30. We had 73 children show up for the 1st party and 83 show up for the second party. Needless to say, we are all tired and geared up for next year.
Here are some pics to share.
come, come, little children
shed some light on the subject will ya?
(ohh...i have such a splitting headache..)
may i helvp you?
cool, just cool
redneck toothfairy
bugtender with bubba teeth :)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A good time was had by all...
The sisters and I got together Friday night for Brammy's bday party. Deanne reserved condos for us at her building in the city of O, and we went down to the market for some good foods. We ate at was....different. I had ribeye, it was ok..the potatoes and veggies ROCKED! we then decided we needed more wine and went to buy some more. At the end of this excursion Cindy's alternator or battery decided it had enough..and we had to push her car. I am sure it was hilarious to midnight! lol.. we had a good laugh, and stuffed deanne in the back of dianne's car, and piled in to head back downtown. We drank some more wine, watched some tv..and went to about 2:30am. It was a night i will remember for the rest of my life. A night to spend with some of the most important people in my life. We laughed until we cried, drank some wine, slept, dined, and shopped for the halloween party yesterday. I loved every minute of it..well...except nobbies 2 weeks before halloween, or walmart on a saturday.
thanks girls for making memories with me...DEANNE>..need those pics so i can post them

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Pressures are down, turtis and stace talk to the surgeon on monday..please keep praying for our bravest girl!
just a friendly public service announcement...

DO NOT sharpen cutter bee scrappin scissors on a knife sharpener.... just don't
Prayers needed...
My great niece, Hadleigh, is going in for a procedure today. Please keep Stacy, Curtis, Faylynn, and Haddie in your prayers. Let's hope everything goes great, and she can have her second stage surgery soon.

Hadleigh was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. She had stage one surgery, and will need the second stage soon. Let's put our prayers together to help her out.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The BEST class EVER!

I took a class with Cathy Zielske at CKC this morning. This was the. best. class. ever.

I had so much fun, got my pic taken with her, AND won a door prize. Her second book. She even autographed it for me. If you ever get the chance to take a scrapbooking class with her. do it. you will laugh so hard you cry.


Friday, October 10, 2008


having a blast in kansas city. we were up at 5, and on the vendor floor at 9. taking a rest and going for lunch in a bit. then we are going to see some sights while we are here..
will write more soon

Sunday, October 05, 2008

A Cinderella Story...
Fickel and I took photos and Stacy and Turtis' wedding are just a peek at some of the pics..