My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Our Advent Calendar's daily verses:

I compiled this Advent Calendar a few years ago and we are still using it every year.
I enjoy reteaching the Christmas story as the month of December and the season of Advent unfold.

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth
Luke 1:26

To a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary
Luke 1:27

And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
Luke 1:28

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”
Luke 1:30

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”
Luke 1: 31

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.
Luke 2:1

And Joseph, too, went to the city of David that is called Bethlehem. To be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
Luke 2:5

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child,

Luke 2:6

And she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Luke 2:7

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.

Luke 2:8

The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

Luke 2:9

The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

Luke 2:10

“For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.”

Luke 2:11

“And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:12

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:

Luke 2:13

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:14

When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

Luke 2:15

So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

Luke 2:16

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem,

Matthew 2:1

Saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.”

Matthew 2:2

After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.

Matthew 2:9

They were overjoyed at seeing the star, Matthew 2:10

And on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Matthew 2:11

And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.
Matthew 2:12

I hope each of you have a wonderful Christmas!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Different kind of Valentine's Box

So, as we have each year, the kids made Valentine's Boxes for their school parties.  In order to do this quickly (because we always excel in procrastination) I empty some Kleenex boxes and cover them in typing paper, then let the kids draw whatever they want on the boxes.  This usually produces your typical hearts and flowers type of boxes......
Except that this year my oldest (10 year old) darling was left unsupervised while decorating his box.  I walked in to see what he'd decided to put on his box to find this:

I told him, "This is a VALENTINE'S DAY BOX, son.  I want to see some HEARTS on it somewhere!"  and then I walked out to help someone else get ready for school.....

I come back to him proudly showing me this:

"I put hearts on it Momma!  Look!  There's (from left to right) A Vampire's Heart, A Zombie's Heart, A Ghost Heart, A Frankenstein's Heart, A Werewolf's Heart, A Mummy's Heart and a Swamp Creature's Heart!"

Well, what could I say? 
I freakkkkking LOVE this kid!
Take if from me folks, AUTISM IS FUN!!!!!!!!
Have a great day.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Catching Up

Hi there, boy it's been awhile since I posted anything here. 

Last September we adopted a dog. 

She's a rescue that had been on Death Row and was saved with literally hours to spare by a friend of mine who fosters dogs.  After 4 months with my friend we decided it was time for us to get a dog and "Mak" came to live with us.  She is a Black Mouth Cur (like Old Yeller) about 2-4 years old and a real sweetheart.  She's incredibly patient with the kids and friendly to ALL critters (yes, even skunks!) 

She very rarely barks and doesn't drool much either!  A 78lb love pup!  The only problem is that she's a dog who L.O.V.E.S. to go outside!!  Between me and hubby she gets 2-3 walks a day, each 2-3 miles long, plus time running free up at the baseball/soccer fields near our home.  Scheduling her walks has become a major factor in our day!  Especially since we're adding her walks into a one car family with 3 increasingly active kids and me now working outside the house....well, you can only imagine!! 

My new job is going very well!  I was blessed to get a raise to where I'm making about 1 1/2 times what I was and working almost half the number of hours a week (3 12hr shifts a week instead of the 6 10-12 hour shifts I was working)!  I still find myself when I have 3 nights off in a row thinking I've forgotten to go to work!  Unfortunately, I haven't managed to do much on my nights off so far other than SLEEP! 

Because my new job is in Dallas about 35 miles away from home I've started riding the train to work.  This makes it a 25 min drive and 20 min train ride each direction and makes it possible for hubby to take me in to the train and keep the car so the kids don't have to walk to school the next morning in bad weather.  And we've had a LOT of bad weather since I started in December!  WOW!  This is not a normal Texas winter for sure!  I am sooooo ready for summer!  Bring on the long hot days!  Give this cold mess back to those up north that are used to it! 

3 of us will have birthdays in March.  I'll be 39 on March 2, and Sugars will be 7.  Then on March 18 Gatorboy will turn 9.  How did this happen???  I blinked and they grew up around me!  Thinking back over some of my more fun posts from them all being babies just makes me see how fast time flies!  I will be reposting some of those here over the next month or so and taking a trip down memory blog-lane.  I'm still trying to figure out how I got to be 39, when I don't feel a day over 35!!  ;-) 

Speaking of my birthday......Just for the record, I've decided that the only thing I want for my birthday is crazy colored/designed socks!!!  the softer/warmer/bigger the better!   Since I wear a 9.5 WIDE women's shoe it's really hard to find fun socks to fit me.  I have to go to the "extended sizes" type and they're usually just plain white.  So, if you were thinking of sending me a gift....look for big crazy warm socks!!  :-)  

The kids are doing well in school this year.  Swim lessons start back up this weekend for them all.  Sonshine will be training to be an Alter Server starting next month.  And we're looking into possibly getting Sugars in Ballet and Gator into gymnastics soon.  In addition, we've taken up playing recorders.  They start learning the recorder in school in the 3rd grade, but when the recorders came home for the year the boys didn't want to quit.  So I got with the music teacher at school who happily sent me all the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade music!!  Guess I'm going to learn to play (ahem...teach) the recorder too!  LOL.  Cuz I don't play enough instruments and really DO NEED to learn a new one!.......    

Well, this post has gotten way too long, what can I say, it's been a busy couple months!  Enjoy your day folks, stay tuned.  Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy my current favorite pastime:

Goodnight everybody!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Movie Marathon....

Icemageddon hit north Texas last weekend, We were stuck indoors for a total of  FOUR days.

Once our power returned (after 12 hours) we decided it was time to start watching our favorite Christmas movies!

As a result, during the last 10 days we have watched the following movies.

Santa Buddies
Curious George, A Very Monkey Christmas
Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Frosty the Snowman
Frosty Returns
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town!
The Little Drummer Boy
Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol
Cricket on the Hearth
Veggie Tales Christmas Sing-Along Songs!
Veggie Tales It's a Meaningful Life
Veggie Tales The Little Drummer Boy
Veggie Tales Saint Nicholas
Veggie Tales The Toy that Saved Christmas
Veggie Tales The Star of Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
It's Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown
A Christmas Carol with George C Scott
Beauty and the Beast The Enchanted Christmas
Thomas and Friends Merry Winter Wish
The Magic Schoolbus Holiday Special
Disney's A Very Merry Christmas Sing a Long Songs
A Christmas Story
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about Christmas
A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim
Bah Hamduck! A Looney Toones Christmas
The Polar Express
Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas
I want a dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree
A Very Merry Pooh Year
Winnie-the-Pooh Seasons of Giving

How many of these have you seen this year?
Seen any not on this list?

This was a lot of fun.  We'll keep watching them for the rest of the year, adding to this list as we find more on either Youtube or Netflix  :-)

Monday, December 16, 2013

My girl Mak

We got a new dog during my blog silence.  She's most likely a Black Mouth Cur named Mikayla or as we call her "Mak"
See her head on MY knee?  While she's an excellent family dog and plays with/loves us all, she is most attached to me.

A friend of mine rescued her out of a shelter where she was LITERALLY just a couple hours away from being euthanized.  My friend fostered her for 4 months and then when we started looking for a dog in September we adopted our Big Mak.  (at 77lbs of SOLID muscle that BIG is no joke!)
So I left the house at 6:30am and returned at 6pm today after my first day of orientation at work.  When I got home my dog positively ATTACKED me!  I mean it was a Big Mak Attack!!  Hubby said, "well, it's the longest you've been away from her since we got her"  WOW!  I hadn't thought about that! 

Hubby was home all day without a car, so she wasn't alone....but still....I guess my sweet girl missed me a bit.

Yeah, I missed her too, especially our Walkies, I won't get to walk her again till I get off this 8-5 orientation schedule.  It always amazes me how quickly and easily these 4 legged friends attach themselves to our hearts.