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Sunday, May 23, 2010

another week?


i love this one

shawn alan LOVED the post hole digger!

Gunkuh was so excited when we decided some limbs needed to be cut down first!

love this too

Kody took his role very seriously.

WOW, that just flew right by. between caring for my stupid leg burn, 2 dentist appointments, 2 chiropractor visits, 1 trip to the burn guy, 3 trips to grocery stores(i hit the sales!)my time at the Y, Kendyl's soccer, sharing my vehicle(which I am growing very tired of after 18 mos.) and tournament basketball.. OY. just busy! On Friday we picked up the wooden swing set from Home Depot and we assembled it yesterday. this is a tournament free weekend so we took advantage of it.

Kristin continues to mail & fax resumes to prospective employers. no bites yet. she is seriously considering changing her plans for her senior year of college. Spanish majors make NO money and she also may decide to finish here, at community college, instead of the dorm. she has no money saved, no job yet, a student advisor who doesn't do his job and doesn't care, along with some professors in the Spanish department who could be.. um.. a lot better. she made the Dean's list, maybe the high honors one- again. 1 B, all the rest were A's. she rocks.

Doug is traveling from couch to couch, and also sleeps in Korey's car sometimes.went to court over a January speeding ticket and lost his license for 45 days, hood flew up and smashed his brand new windshield again... no money to fix it and a 500$ fine to pay the courts by Sept. 1st. his life is in the crapper big time. he has managed to keep his job, but it's not enough hours so he's disgruntled over that too. choices choices. we feed him when hes here and he does his laundry.. he worked for Yogi part of the week so he ate well those days. we invited him to build the swing set & i put out lots of food, but nobody showed up.

Jackson's bicycle woes continue. its an expensive trick/jumping/x games bike. this is his 4th and final bike on our dime. the rules were spelled out. NO changes. NO taking it apart, we don't care what your friends think is cool. NO painting it. NO alterations. the very first day he peeled off all the stickers and yanked all the reflectors off. i noticed and told him to put them back on. he ignored me and messed up a few days later and lost the bike for a month anyway. then we forgot about the reflectors. hes had the bike back for a week. yesterday i noticed the lack of reflectors and told him he could leave as soon as he put them back on. they're GONE, of course! so, no bike. this is a jet black kid with jet black eyes wearing a jet black helmet(when I'm looking, anyway. then he just throws it in the woods. ) and jet black pants and shirt riding home at 10pm from a ball game... get my drift? he has NO thought process or self help skills, so just sits and stares. when i mentioned that he needed to think hard and come up with a way to solve this problem, he said "i don't care". i told him that we could buy more and he could work off the money he owes, he said, "naah".

NO PROBLEM KIDDO. less worry for me. you'll be right here staring into space ALL. SUMMER. LONG. no worry about your safety out in that dark, cruel world. just dont forget that the TV goes in the closet once school is out. oh.. you forgot? darn. luckily, the swing set and trampoline are here for you. enjoy playing with the babies all summer. you're welcome.

ONE RULE. ONE. broke it in 8 minutes but I'M the bitch. that's ok. i am a bitch. just ask my x mother in law. anyway, the bummer is that now he'll do NOTHING in school and lose his first big chance at the honor roll. he only does his work to keep the bike. my plan is to buy the reflectors, let him know they're here, show them to him, then hide them and give him a list of yard work to complete and see what he does. seeing them might stir his desire. may not.. I don't know. But I am NOT going to treat him like a little baby. he was told to leave the damn bike alone.

the little ones are doing great, shawn and I both woke up with nasty colds yesterday, but otherwise fine. kendyl has a tiny cavity too. that's her 2nd one! whats the deal? I'm so peeved. they are loving their play structure and shawn isn't pooping his pants as much lol. he starts school July 6th. i will be ALONE 12 hours a week, all summer and 8 hours a week in the fall-shawn will only go 2 days a week in the fall. summer is 3 days. what will i do? besides getting on the ball with the weight training, I'm not sure! It'll be very strange. I'll work more, but I work from home won't feel any different. well... quieter!
still working with our new mortgage company to get the payment in a fair ratio to our income. it's not right to sell our mortgage to another company who is only in business to raise our payments! Bank Of America stinks.

My mom is in a lot of back pain again and is dehydrated. no idea whats going on with her but why did the urgent care doc send her home if shes so dehydrated? shes a heart attack/stroke patient! she may need a second back surgery, she had one in the late 90's i think. even her arthritis specialist hasn't been able to help her back this year. i will try to see her today.

my friend Memmay is sick too, not sure with what but i need to check on her today too. she was here Friday and seemed fine, but her daughter let me know that shes really sick. the golden years don't sound very good to me! I'm staying in my 40's forever! that's IT!

I'm supposed to be cleaning my room and putting laundry away. oops. have a great Sunday!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

quick travel update

simply put ? im not traveling. i just found out thismorning that the wake is at 2pm tomorrow and the funeral is Th. at 10;30 am. I don't see how I can pull it off, financial or otherwise. I'd only make the funeral anyway. when i looked at flights, rental car, food & hotel, it added up to well over a thousand. i wish the number didnt matter, but it does. to go for ONE day and rush right back home... i just cant do it. I want to, but I can't.

Monday, May 17, 2010

sad :(

kristin & daniel, august 2007
daniel is right above the dad. the one with the most hair.

remember my trip to Michigan in September? to visit my cousins? i wrote about it here. Anyway, my cousin daniel, the 23 year old(2nd oldest), died last night. He was competing in a triathlon on Saturday, a triathlon he won last year. During the bicycle part, he was in a collision and suffered massive head injuries. He was flown to University Of Michigan where he had brain surgery but died about 30 hours later. I am still so stunned. he was the one who picked me up when i got to Michigan, we chatted during the 2 hour car ride to his parent's house and it was so fun to hang out with just one of the kids at a time and talk about life. I never heard a kid speak so fondly of his parents or family. he teaches Bible school, coaches soccer....just the best kid ever. Now he's gone. i feel so sad for his older sister, 6 younger brothers and his amazing parents. how will they go on? I'm waiting to hear what/when the arrangements are, then i will decide if I can pull off a quick trip to MI. last minute tickets are so outrageous! But i will try. I want to be there.

in the family photo, Daniel is the darker haired guy right above his Father

Saturday, May 15, 2010

don't feel much like talkin'

watching rap videos in their jammies thismorning

when i first walked in, she had her head on his shoulder, they were all curled up together

won this game

lost this one

so here's some recent filmies

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


it looks gross, but it's not infected, so i'm still doing my thing. lots of edema though, swollen from my knee cap to my ankle. reaaaalllly puffy. yuck. i do things for a while, then put my leg up for a while, on & off all day. running stunk tonight, too swollen, so i stopped after 1 mile and jumped on the tread climber instead. last night i did a 13 mile bike tour, all hills! can you believe I did this to myself? what a tool! ah, live & learn. i'll get it behind me & move on. at least it isn't all that painful. my neck hurts way more than my dumb leg. back to the chiro with Kristin at 930 am.
shawn & kendyl are really missing jenny & konnor, they came to visit yesterday and made their day. today, Doug, Korey & david came to visit, then Courtney came! the kids were in heaven with all the attention. kendyl cried when everyone left :(
did i mention that my size 12 jeans fit now? quite the "muffin top" but... i'm not worried about that right now. I'm down 53 pounds! so who cares? im healthier than I have been in ages. even with my bum leg and my crappy neck. on my 40th Birthday, last june, I weighed 242 lbs. by my 41st Birthday I'm hoping to be at 180. i'll settle for 185. (and i didnt even start this thing until Dec 1st!)i need to really step up the BORING weight training and stop eating cookies. Gotta reach my goal!
did i mention that i have the best husband in the whole wide world? no? well, he is. i'm so blessed. I love having him around. i wish he could take some time off.
i'm rambling.. good night all!

Monday, May 10, 2010

the best parts of Mother's Day

Kids brought me flowers
our new 10 footer!


posing with their successful purchase

needed a few fixes


baked french toast! tradition..
my leg is terrible and my whole ankle and foot are all swollen, so i am still grounded, this will really mess up my plans, but it's my own fault. i took Kristin and myslef to the chiropractor thismorning, we both feel better already! so.. some good news. I better go
, shawn is getting very out of control..

Sunday, May 9, 2010

what NOT to do/Happy Mother's Day!

never apply an ice pack to bare skin, wrap it with an ace bangdage and fall asleep. after the power outage, the freezer went nuts and the temp was apparently lower than normal. when i arrived home from my run, i quickly wrapped up my chronic bad leg, as I usually do, so that i could eat the fabulous Boston Market chicken dinner that Uncuh had sprung for. i didn't pay any attention to the fact that the ice pack was harder and more frozen than usual. then i ate dinner and drifted off on the couch during the thunder storm. then i woke up to this. i felt no pain until my skin started to warm up, i should have felt it at the beginning. my high pain tolerance gets me in trouble sometimes. it was kind of a long night. thismorning i popped all the blisters and cleaned it up and now i'm grounded. later i will wrap it up really good and go to the Y like a dummy. I took Monday off because of the town power outage and Friday night I went to the airport, so i MUST run/cycle today. Especially after the yummy baked french toast!!!! Yogi makes it for me every year. the kids made me the cutest cards and Kendyl made me a sun catcher at school. Kris has something up her sleeve too.. haven't seen it yet.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!! Yogi & T are off picking up my new picnic table right now! only thing I asked for. I'm a major dweeb. screw the jewelry!

Saturday, May 8, 2010


so bummed that jack was asleep on the dang couch! this would have been a nice christmas card photo LOL Kris would KILL ME. she looked tired!
yah, its a shot glass. i didnt buy it!

doesnt she looks so much cuter with the few extra pounds? i think so!

kris cried when doug showed up thismorning, she missed her "baby brother".

costa rican dress and jewelry

new wallet, key chain and mug with his name on it( a tradition they have) and of course, spoons for his spoons of the world collection. nerd.

xylaphone. cuz she hates me lol

loud nicaraguan bird whistle. she still hates me.

BOY did i wish i had brought my camera while we were in Boston at Faneuil Hall. dark sky, big, lit buildings, north church steeple, the wharf.. im a dummy. i should have brought it. we had so much fun walking around, the live music was amazing, so was the pie. we are going back next month to have a do over! i finally pulled out the camera thismorning. Kris fell apart when she hugged her Daddy, she missed him so much. they are so close, it was so cute, made me cry.
have a wonderful Mother's day weekend! I WILL!