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

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. 

Unplanned Unpaid Vacay

So, after almost 3 years of working more than 64 hours a week, 6-7 nights a week, from home I decided to find another job.  I loved answering the after hours calls for Pediatric offices from Arizona to Maine, however, my contract seemed to be in danger of being canceled by my boss about every 3 months or so and that many hours just flat gets old even when you enjoy what you do. 

So I found another job, going back to the hospital, back to adults.  Doing inpatient Med/Surg Rehab. (helping folks get moving again after knee and hip replacements mostly).  It's not my favorite type of work, but it's 36 hours a week with a $20,000/year raise! 

The saddest thing is that when I gave my boss of 3 years the standard 2 weeks notice she fired me!  Took all 13 shifts I had left away.  She even stated "increased absences lately" as her reason for firing me....since I worked 6 or 7 nights a week for over 2 1/2 years and in that ENTIRE time called in less than TEN SHIFTS TOTAL, this is ridiculous.

So I suddenly found myself with an Unplanned Unpaid 2 week Vacation!!

I decided to actually take it as a vacation and focus on spending time with my family before the stress of the new job set in.  I have kept track of the fun stuff I'm doing throughout the vacation so that at the end I don't feel like I wasn't PRODUCTIVE.......sometimes God gives us these moments to remember that being PRODUCTIVE doesn't necessarily mean we have "something to show" for how we spent our time.  

So, here you go!   How I spent my Unplanned Unpaid Vacation, I'll let you readers decide whether or not it was PRODUCTIVE.

Day 1 I taught the family to play Slap Jack. It was a real HIT!

Day 2 my now 10 yr old and I started reading A Christmas Carol together. Best part was when he asked if he could do different voices for the different speakers

Day 3 kids and I put up all indoor decorations but the tree

Day 4 drove to Dallas to get all the HR stuff done for my job.
Day 5 EXERCISE!!  Walked 3 miles with our dog Makky, danced, lifted weights! It's been too long.

Day 6 Icepocalypse! 12 hours without power! Taught the kids to play Go Fish! Started our family Christmas puzzle, we worked on it till doing a puzzle by flashlight got too hard!

Day 7 taught kids to play Sorry! Gave the dog a bath....she's a dog of a different color now! Assembled and decorated the Christmas tree. Began the Christmas movie marathon!!!!!! (see the Movie Marathon post for the list of what we saw)

Day 8 Sunday and we're still iced in. Church was closed today and school is closed again tomorrow.  We spent the day snuggled in watching movies and playing Sorry!  So much fun! I was able to take the doggie for one of her walks today.  First time in 4 days! Felt great to stretch my legs, could have done without being pulled by my 77lb dog over the ice though.....wheeeeeeeeee. 

Day 9 STILL iced in!  praying for school to start back tomorrow!  Still watching movies and all the games they've learned this week are being played.  Also, having the kids draw and make picture ornaments for our tree and decorations for the house. I now have a Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come ornament and a Scrooge and Marley's Ghost ornament! 

Day 10  Started addressing Christmas cards...this is REALLY early for me!  Played more go fish and Sorry! with the kids, and rode the DART train for the first time!  It's kinda cool.  This will be my primary transportation to and from work since it saves the worst part to drive, the last 15 miles (in Dallas) off my trip.  I found out that my CPR isn't the right one for the hospital, so I will have to retake a CPR class before the 16th!  yikes.

Day 11 The kids and I finished stuffing, addressing and mailed A Hundred and One Christmas cards.  seriously!  We counted them twice! They had a lot of fun getting the labels and stamps on them...hope no one minds the placement!  Ha ha.

Day 12 Today I tried to figure out what I wanted for Christmas.  Not an easy thing for me to do, but hubby asked for suggestions so I came up with a few.  We also managed to squeeze a couple games of go fish in after homework and before bedtime! 

Day 13 Friday!  It's be a great and productive day.  Hard to believe this vacation is drawing to a close.  I was able to get my CPR redone in record time! I was also able to go to Dallas and turn everything in as well as get a Christmas present off in the mail.  Now time to relax with the kids in front of yet MORE Christmas movies!! 

Day 14 I cut 8 inches off my hair today!  wow!!  It's still down below my shoulders, it'd started almost waist length.  I also made it to Saturday night Mass for the first time in forever!  I can't wait to start my new work schedule and am able to rejoin this choir on a regular basis!

Day 15 Decorated OUTSIDE!!  yippee!  ALL decorating is done!  shew.  Is it any wonder I wait AWHILE before I take all this stuff down?  I mean really, if we just left the lights up yearround there'd be a lot less to do every December......or maybe I'm just a Redneck....

Day 16 Today I staredt hospital orientation and am going to be working daily 8-5 for a couple weeks. 

So what do you consider being PRODUCTIVE?

I have to say that I'm very glad I started keeping this record of my vacation activities.  I found that if I waited a day or two to log them in I had a hard time remembering what I'd done.  Now it's all a blur of activity.  But I feel like I enjoyed this vacation MORE than the planned one I had in October, probably because it came without warning and therefore I didn't have time to over plan my time.  This was a great break spent with the family.  Hmmmm, makes me wonder about God's plan, not only for this unscheduled break from work, but also for His return "like a thief in the night".  

Lesson?  Sometimes the best things in our lives are surprises and times left unplanned!

(although it would have been nice if it had been paid.....)
Have a great day folks.  I'll be around when I get some time off from work.....