Monday, March 30, 2009

Our Thursday

So, Thursday I was off. My Dad had surgery so I had Kiera all day and we spent a lot of it on errands. We went to eat lunch with Daddy at work then we went grocery shopping, etc. Came home, made dinner, girls in the tub while I wash dishes and the HOT WATER IN THE TUB WON'T TURN OFF!!! Filling up and filling up. Girls getting hot. Full blast temperature on water heater ALL THE WAY UP. Thing is the stopper is in and it is HOT HOT HOT. I get the girls out but the water is beginning to overflow and there are NO, I REPEAT NO shut off valves in the entire house!!! What kind of Moro......

Outside to find the water meter. Overfilled with rainwater, took serious GUTS to stick my hand in there I must say!! Kudos to Tammy there. I just knew there was a water moccasin in there. Tub over flowing, running in and out in the rain and mud to bail. Back outside. Lovely water company installed the valve at an angle so the wrench is of absolutely NO USE. Of Course! Scream and holler a bit, Frantically call for help. My poor Dad & Mom on their way over with a water wrench, which will be of no use, only hours after Dad had surgery.

Finally get out the stopper so no more bailing with the trashcan to the toilet. After a few choice words and soaked and muddy Josh appears.......we bail out the water meter hole, AGAIN. It kept refilling due to the tremendous amount of rain we have had. I go back inside to clean up the bathroom some and (under my breath) catch the butt naked toddler from the running around the front yard on a busy highway FOR THE FIFTH TIME I MAY ADD!

YAY JOSH!!! He got the water off!! WOO HOOOOO! I'm standing in the tub cleaning up and the shower starts to FLOW!!!! Awe COME ON! Oh...ooops..."MOM & DAD!" Back outside again. My poor Dad got the valve working too but then had to turn it back off again. Josh back to the rescue. Jeesh!

So Mom & Dad take two of the kids back to their house for showers. The rest of us follow. As we are fixing to leave Garit runs inside saying the car is on fire!!!! WHAT NOW!!??!! Miranda + Fire Extinguisher = MESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay Miranda back into the shower and the car is coated on the inside with white powder! GRRRR. Thank GOD that day is over!!!

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Our Pond


We spent the better part of the weekend cleaning up the pond area and Kevin built a little dock out of pallettes. Pretty cool huh. The kids have really, really been enjoying it. The pond is all of about 18 inches deep. Josh found that out the hard way, by falling out of the little dingy boat. Hee Hee. It's been fun but the snakes will be out soon, yikes!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Pond

Here's a picture of the pond across the pasture at our house.
See Garit up in that tree??

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

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Looking at the giraffes through the fence.
Josh texting NON-STOP as usual!



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Friday, March 20, 2009

Miranda Square dancing

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Miranda's school had a square dancing show.

It really looked FUN!!

She's the cutie-pie in the blue jeans, tan boots and dark brown hat!

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nathan harassing Miranda

Nathan harassing Miranda earned him a kiss - girl cootey style!!!

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Train Ride


We all drove to a larger town nearby and rode on this little train!

It was COOL! That little train hauled butt! Kinda spooky!

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Pop Up Rolls

These “rolls” are so, so easy!

Pop-Up Rolls
1 ½ c. self rising flour
3/4 c milk
3 T sugar
1 ½ T mayonnaise

Stir together place in muffin cups Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.

Variation:
I also make some similar to Red Lobster by adding 2 T garlic seasoning, ½ stick butter and 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese before mixing. MMMmmmmmm!


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

DAVID (my brother) IS HOME FROM IRAQ!!!!!!!!!!!

Praise the Lord!!

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Did You Know

Using objects or machinery designed for right-handed people kills every year approximately 2,500 left-handed people.

In “Silence of the Lambs”, Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins) never blinks.

During World War II, the very first bomb dropped on Berlin by the Allies killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

45% of Americans don't know that the sun is a star.

Donkeys kill more people annually than are killed in plane crashes.

The largest number of children born to one woman, who was a Russian peasant, is 69.
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Hushpuppies

Hushpuppies

1-1/4 c yellow corn meal
1/2 c flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar
Pinch salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 onion diced very fine
1 egg beaten
1/2 c milk
1/2 c whole corn
1/4 c green onion or chopped jalapenos

Mix corn meal, flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Blend well. Add onion, egg, milk, corn and green onion/jalapenos. Mix until well blended. Using double spoons or an ice cream scoop, sample one pup in a 350 degree deep fryer. Adjust seasonings and continue to fry away.

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Kiera

I didn’t have time to say “Happy Birthday” to Kiera like I’d like so here it goes (a little late).

Kiera,

Happy Birthday Sweetie. You and I have been through A LOT since you were conceived. You fought cancer with me before you were even born. We had surgery together. We made you come into this world a little early so I could begin chemotherapy and radiation. You were such a very, very good baby. You snuggled with me through my chemo downs. You accompanied me to all of my appointments and all the nurses and doctors completely fell in love with you. You came to almost all 38 radiation treatments with me and stayed with the nurses and receptionists while I had my treatment….they actually fought over who got to watch you! All five of your siblings completely adored you and still do.

You really have completed our family. I cannot imagine my life without you! You are a sweet, adorable awesome, little angel. Daddy and I are so happy you have come into our lives. We

Love You Kiki!
Mommy, Daddy, Josh, Garit, Nathan, Miranda and Abbie

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Birthday Kiera

Happy Birthday Kiera!!!!!
Three already! My little Miracle child!
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Homecoming 1984

An old High School Buddy sent me this at Facebook.
Boy oh Boy am I OLD now!!!!

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad


We Love you Dad!! And Grandpa!!!!!

Love, Tammy, Kevin, Josh, Garit,

Nathan, Miranda, Abbie and Kiera

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Did you know - 2

  1. There are over 58 million dogs in the U.S!
  2. Humans blink over 10,000,000 times a year.
  3. A fetus develops fingerprints at eighteen weeks.
  4. There are approximately fifty Bibles sold each minute across the world
  5. A person uses approximately fifty-seven sheets of toilet paper each day.
  6. The average person laughs 13 times a day.
  7. The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth.
  8. Every 45 seconds, a house catches on fire in the United States.
  9. A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
  10. The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'.

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