Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Too Funny

This morning as we were preparing to leave the house, I passed the baby, Miss "Z" to my oldest son. I had to run back to my room to get something. When I returned I found Miss "Z" sitting upright in a laundry basket, looking like she was to be put into the washer. Even though I was running late, I couldn't resist grabbing my camera and snapping this picture. At least I went to work with a smile on my face.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Dreaming Of Paradise

I am lost in dream land today. I have ran away in my mind to a much calmer, quieter place. A place where I am alone. I am sitting on a white sand beach. The warm sand is squished between my toes and I am sipping on a pina colada. The warm sun feels so wonderful on my face. I close my eyes and listen to the sound of the waves hitting the beach, and the sound of the birds squacking in the breeze. I smell the salt in the air. It feels so delightful to be here. I am so at peace.
I hope that everyone can enjoy a day like this today. For tomorrow is another day in the land of reality. It's back to work tomorrow. Back to the old bump and grind. And another week of pure bliss....ya right.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Together Again!

Once again frick and frack are together again. My daughter is home from her trip. And oh boy how nice it is to have her home. And it was so nice to have the opportunity to get some pictures of the two of them this morning. As you can see my daughter the diva of the house is all smiles.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Week In Review

The last week has flown by once again. I suppose that has something to do with the fact that I worked every bloody day for a week. But it was an enjoyable week as usual. I can not believe that we are almost to the end of the month already.

I suppose the best part of my week was the weekly progress reports the kids brought home friday from school. I am pleasantly pleased to see all of the A's and B's. Still one or two D's and E's. But considering what kind of grades they got last year, it's a huge improvement. Last year my oldest niece brought home all E's. She skipped school more than she attended. And despite the fact that she had a baby 4 months ago, she is still bringing home more A's and B's than ever. I would like to think that they are doing so well, because they are in an enviroment where school is important, and we care about what they are doing. But I also believe that they are beginning to realize how important it is to excel in school.

Then there was Mother's Day. It got off to an intersting start. My husband actually got out of bed very early on a Sunday morning and made me breakfast. I was so tickled pink by it that I didn't even care what was on the plate in front of me. I do have to admit that he tries hard, but unfortunately we have different tastes in food. He made me sausage, bacon, hash browns, toast, grits and eggs. Now the sausage was burnt so bad I could have used them as hockey pucks. And the hash browns were burnt to the point they were bone dry. And as usual he cooked the eggs in the sausage grease. Now did I complain..... No, I couldn't. I just asked for some salt and some butter and went to work eating my breakfast. I ate what I could, and politely said I was full. And kissed my husband and reminded him that it was time to get ready for work. I can't wait for Father's Day so I can treat him to a wonderful breakfast my style. My idea of the perfect breakfast is: Sausage, bacon, eggs, french toast or pancakes and fresh fruit. Served up with a glass of juice and some coffee.

And for the topper on my week........ my daughter returned from her trip to Atlanta with her Godmother. How nice it was to come home after work, and be greeted at the door by my giggling daughter. She missed her brother so much. She hugged him, kissed him then punched him for taking her toy. The rest of the evening they fought over toys, drinks, and what to watch on tv. How nice it is to have them together again. Look for some pictures to come of my daughter.

Hope everyone has a GREAT Day!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Life Is About Change

By now you probably notice the drastic changes to my site. At least I think the changes are obvious. I do hope that you all find the changes to be a pleasant change from the norm. I know that I find the page to be far more colorful.

Another crazy weekend. And a very short one at that. I worked the last seven days, so today is my only day off. And as usual it was a non stop kind of day. Once again we have extra kids in the house. Last night we had not only my other sister-in-laws kids, but my sisters two daughters. That means we had a total of 10 kids this weekend. At least this weekend no kids were swinging from the ceiling fan. For the life of me I don't know how we do it. But my home has kind of become a home for wayward children. At least that is what it feels like. My sisters kids left today and the other two leave in the morning. So, when I return from work it should be fairly quiet in the house. And then on Monday evening my daughter returns from her trip. It will be so nice to see my baby girl again.

I finally broke down today and bought myself another camera. It has been almost a year since my other one got broken. So, I have been snapping pictures like crazy this evening. And I have included some of those pictures here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Under Construction

I am going to be adding some things to my site in the next few weeks. Since so many people have suggested that I add some additional pictures and maybe some videos. I have decided to purchase a new digital camera this weekend. So, once I get the new camera I know I will be snapping photos like crazy.

So, look for some changes coming soon to a blog near you!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week. And keep on smiling

Monday, May 12, 2008

Nasty Comments

I belong to a site called Linkreferral. It is a place to promote your website. And to get feedback on your site. For the most part it has been nothing but positive feedback. But, lately it has been nothing but very nasty comments. And I thought it was time to address those comments.

First let me say, I have never said that I had the greatest site. I thought I made it clear in my first post that I was new to this. I have no experience at website design, or HTML or anything else like that. Everything that I have on my site, I have had to struggle to learn how to put it there. But at least I am trying to learn new things everyday with what little precious spare time I do have. And this was never meant to be anything other than a place to express myself. I am not doing this to have the most pimped out site, or the best designs. And I make no apologies to those that find it boring or plain. If you don't like it than leave!!!

And for those of you that can not read the profile, I do not have 9 children, I have 7 children. And I only have given birth to 3 of the children. So, yes, that means that we are raising children that belong to my sister-in-law. But, we raise them as our own. And that means that I call them my children. And I have only been married for less than 2 years. Not the 18 yrs that some folks seem to read.

Now for those folks that do enjoy reading my site. I am sorry that you had to be subjected to such negativity. Thank you for taking the time each day to follow the drama in my life. I do hope you will be back to continue to return each day, to follow the saga of what life is like in this crazy family of 9.

Good night and I wish you a wonderful day tomorrow.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers of the world. Today is a day to remind your children of all the things you do for them. I have to work today. So, for me it's just another day so to speak. I do know that my husband is planning on cooking breakfast for me in the morning. Yeah, it's the one day out of the year that my husband lets me know how hard I work to keep this house running. And believe me with 9 people in the house it takes a lot of effort to keep this house going.

Ladies, today is your day. So sit back and enjoy the fruits of your hard labors. Smile at the memories of your children when they were babies. And enjoy the pampering your teenagers will shower you with today. For it only comes once a year.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Sagging Pants Again!!!

The saga of the sagging pants has reared it's ugly head again. Only this time it's not my nephew......It's ME !!! It was not intentional by any means. I guess I have lost enough weight that my jeans no longer stay up.

I was in Wal-Mart tonight doing some shopping and every 2 minutes I had to pull my jeans up. It was rather embarrassing to have my 4yr old son tell me to pull my pants up. Although it was a bit embarrassing, I guess I can't complain. After all not too long ago I did commit myself to losing weight. So, it's working. Now I just have to try and figure out how to get some new clothes out of it for me!!!

Rough Week..... Boy That Is An Understatement

This has been a very rough week for me personally. In the last two days, I have stood by and watch my marriage teeter on the edge of ending. And then recovering and returning to a state of peace. And then dealing with the stress that comes with a phone call from my sister-in-law saying she wants to sue us for her share of her mothers estate. And she wants to petition the court for her children back.

My marriage almost ending was the worst of the two. I can't even discuss all the details because it's just too painful. But, the hardest part was having to go into work, and try to find a way to maintain my self composure so I could function. It's hard enough when you have had a bad day to focus on the customer service aspect of the job, but hell now I have to shut off the constant thoughts running through my head of my marriage ending, and try to keep from breaking down crying. We made some progress last night, by actually sitting down and talking. Or should I say yelling then talking. It was terrifying for awhile though. And the tension in the house was so thick you couldn't cut it with the sharpest of knives. We still have some work to do. But, at least we are not yelling and screaming.

Now for my sister-in-law, first her decision to sue us for half her of her mothers' estate. When her mother passed almost 2 years ago, my husband was the most responsible one in the family. So he picked up the responsibility of taking care of the estate. Now, unfortunately he inheritited more debt than money. And we have had to let the two homes that she owned go into a state fo foreclosure because we could not maintain all that financially. Well, my sister-in-law is convinced that we withheld money from her, and she wants her share. When we found out she wanted to sue, my husband told her why bother, if you want the property so bad you can have it. HE said he didn't want the headache anymore. And I could not agree more. So, now all we can do is sit back and wait since the ball is in her court to make a decision as to what she wants to do.

And like I said, she also said she wants the kids back. Now, I don't object to that. They should have been with their mother all along. But we are gonna do it the legal way. She has to petition the court, and let the judge decide what should happen. I am fully willing to go along with the wishes of the kids and the order of the court. Although it would be a sad day for me to let them all go because I have become somewhat attached to them. But at least I would have quiet in my house again. And if she is able to get her children back, I wish her well. I know how difficult it is to raise that many kids.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I Like Happy Babies!!!

My husband and I solved a mystery yesterday. The mystery was why my baby niece "Ms. Z" has been drinking bottles that looked like water with a little formula added to it. And why she was sucking down bottles at olympic setting paces.

So, we confronted her mama and asked her to show me how she makes bottles up. It turns out she would put 1 scoop of formula in the bottle and fill it all the way up with water. It was basically an 8 oz bottle with 1 scoop of formula. She said she didn't know there was directions on the can of formula. HUH??? I suggested that she start by making 4 oz bottles up to feed to her. And my niece "TT" told me that the small bottles don't fill her up. Well hell the 8 oz. bottles weren't filling her up either.

Well this morning "Ms. Z" is drinking 8 oz. bottles made the right way. And much to my pleasure she has drank 4 oz. of an 8 oz. bottle and she is content and sound asleep. No olympic setting paces this morning. Maybe now we will start to see less fussiness and a much happier, healthier baby. I like happy babies, it means more sleep for me!!! I can't wait for tomorrow now, sleepy land here I come.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I hate being sick

Yep, that's right I am home sick today. I am locked in my bedroom with the shades pulled down, the dvd player is running my favorite movie, the kids are quiet, ( that's a miracle in itself), And I am about to drift off to sleep.

I went to a walk-in clinic today, to get some medication for this unforgiving cold. But the doctor said it's not an infection like I thought. It's allergies. I forgot that it is allergy season. So, he wrote me out a script for some Allegra D. YEA!! I couldn't wait to take it. I can feel a difference already.

Yesterday was fun. I said that we had extra kids. Well I got the bright idea to take all of the kids to McDonalds for lunch. OH BOY!!! What fun. We went out to the play area to let the kids run. And boy did they run. I could feel the stares of other families as I struggled to keep all 6 of the younger children from running wild through the restaurant. I even laughed hysterically as I watched my 18 yr old son play with the kids in the play tunnels. It reminded me of the Tom Hanks movie BIG. Where he becomes a 12 yr old boy trapped in a mans body. Same thing. The other parents really had reason to stare at me then. I can only imagine that they were thinking that all of the kids belonged to me. Sometimes I want to wear a sign that says only 7 children belong to me, NOT all 12 kids are mine.

Well, it is nap time for me. I can barely keep my eyes open right now. Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Word For Today....Frustration

It has been a very rough week. I am currently sick and am lacking a voice. that's right I lost my voice. It has been a horrible day for me trying to communicate with people with no voice. How I am managing with this household today I don't have a clue.

My day got off to a horrible start. It actually stared last night . I decided to take all the laundry to the laundromat after work. So it was late when I got started. I wish I would have gotten an earlier start, because I ended up being gone until after 3 a.m. And we had a 9:30 appointment this morning with an insurance agent. So, you can imagine I didn't much sleep. And then to make things worse my not so understanding husband and I got into a fight this morning. How unfair it is to try and fight with your spouse when you don't have a voice.

I am patiently waiting on my children to finish getting dressed so I can take them all to McDonald's for happy meals. Oh, and did I forget to mention that we have 5 additional children today. My niece had a funeral to go to today and she asked to keep her kids last night and today so she could go to the funeral. And of course my beloved husband couldn't say NO!!! So, here I am with a total of 12 kids in my house driving me crazy. And while I was gone this morning, SOMEONE WAS SWINGING FROM THE CEILING FAN! That's right someone was swinging from the ceiling fan in one of the bedrooms. And if it wasn't bad enough, they bent the blades. Lord help me. I really need some sleep tonight. I don't know if I can handle another day with no sleep.

Well, hopefully things will improve soon. I am trying to get rid of children as we speak. If only their mother would answer the phone. So much for my plans for today. Everything gets put on the back burner so I can care for all these kids.

Until the next time.........Hold Your Head Up High And Keep Smiling