Friday, October 31, 2008

We voted!

Yes, I took my firstborn down to the county courthouse yesterday so we could vote. It was his first time and I am so proud of him. We had a heck of a time finding a parking spot because apparently everyone else decided to take advantage of the last day of early voting. Finally, we were waiting for a spot and this BMW comes out of nowhere and whips right in. I was beyond mad but Cameron reminded me that the driver of the car was a creation of God. Hmmm, should I slap him or hug him? It's been very fulfilling this election to see Cameron and Brandon interested in the issues and trying to educate themselves about the candidates. I would never push my political beliefs on them and it makes me happy that they are the type that will clearly vote their values. I am such a blessed mama.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Four Weeks Today

Our house has been on the market for 4 weeks today. The first few weeks were encouraging, but we haven't had a showing or a call from our realtor in 2 weeks. The first couple to look at the house thought it was too big for just the two of them and the second thought our dining room was too small for their large table. The third couple really liked it and even sent our realtor back over to measure rooms but we haven't heard another word. A realtor came by 2 weeks ago to check it out for some out of town clients and she seemed to like it and think it was something they would be interested in but we haven't heard back from her either. Fortunately, keeping the house show worthy hasn't been as hard as I expected. The worst thing right now is that our cooktop is cracked down the middle because the range hood cover fell down on it. Sigh. Nothing like spending $600 to have something like that fixed in this economy.

Ryan is now officially a contact wearer. He's been begging for them for years but freaked out last year when they tried to teach him to put them in. This year, he was ready and he's doing well with them. He has an appointment next Tuesday for a braces consult.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Baby Whisperer

Two down, one to go. Ha! Unfortunately, we are leaving soon to go to a friend's for dinner. That's going to be fun when we have to wake these guys up. You NEVER wake these two unless it is an emergency. Trust me.


Monday, October 06, 2008


If you haven't seen it, GO! It's such a wonderful movie. I am buying it when it comes out on DVD to show to each of my kids before they are married. It's that good. Jeff went to the bathroom after we saw it yesterday and he said there was a big muscular guy in there that said to him 'I went through 12 tissues during that movie'. Seriously. IT'S THAT GOOD! Worth every penny of admission and the cost of a sitter.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Yum! Apples!

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First day of school...

Friday, September 05, 2008

Monday, September 01, 2008

Go Vols!

Uncle Mike, Aunt Shelly and cousin Mason (he's no longer Baby Mason according to AnnaClaire because he is not a baby anymore) were her for the weekend. Shelly and Mason left this morning. I forgot to take a single picture while they were here-ugh. Uncle Mike will be here until Thursday...if he can stand us for that long!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Brady's Home!

All went well. He had two 'baby root canals' according to the surgeon and those teeth are now crowned. The other problem teeth only got fillings. The surgeon even did some cosmetic work on Brady's front tooth free of charge.

I knew Jeff would have a hard time finding outfits for the girls this morning so I picked them out last night to make things easier for him. He was a bit worried about fixing Allie's hair. I told him just to take the front section of hair and pull it back in a rubberband. When I got home from Brady's procedure, this is what I found on the bathroom counter...a bag of clippies!

I am almost afraid to imagine what she's sporting in her hair right now.


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The crew


I know I haven't updated in such a long time. I don't get on the computer nearly as much as I used to. Believe me, that is a good thing! Brandon is now 17 and Cameron 19 (gulp! I was 19 when he was born). Everyone's started school except Brady, who will start speech next week. Brandon and Ryan started first. Brandon's now a junior and Ryan's in the 8th grade. Eighth grade is highschool here so I once again have 2 in highschool. Allie was next, starting Kindergarten a few weeks ago. She goes from 8:15-3:15 which is a long day for her but she's handling it well. We lived in Knoxville when the big boys started K and the only had half days. AnnaClaire started preschool last week and she loves, loves, loves it. She's going to the same preschool that Allie attended for the past 3 years. Cameron had his first day of college yesterday-and I didn't have to drive him there. He was so laid back about getting his license that I jokingly told him several times that I was absolutely NOT participating in a college carpool. He's also gotten a JOB(!!!!)working at a local fast food restaurant and he seems to enjoy it. We are hoping his paychecks might motivate Brandon to get a job as well, but so far not so much. Please keep Brady in your thoughts. His poor teeth are in awful shape and he'll be getting several crowns tomorrow. Because of his age and disposition (LOL) he'll have it done at the surgery center and will be put to sleep. Certainly not as bad a palate surgery but it's always a bit scary to have your child put under. Other than that, not much happening here. We've been working to get the house put on the market but we are slow moving (hmmm, maybe that's where the kids get that). Hopefully we'll be ready by mid September. Last month I was hoping for mid August so don't hold your breath!

Friday, August 08, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

My girl

Allie has been a rascal lately. I am not sure what is up with her but she's been doing some destructive things. There's been a lot of talk between Jeff and I about selling the house and I think that is one thing that is possibly affecting her. She did announce on Sunday that she is ready to move, but she's so fickle I am sure she'll change her mind again. As we consider our options about house size, we have also talked about Cameron heading off to college soon (at least by the time our house would sell-he'll be living at home for the fall semester) and I know that affects her too. She and Cameron are very tight. She and AnnaClaire share a room now and each have their names hanging over their beds. Yesterday she pulled most of AnnaClaire's letters off the wall, breaking one in the process. I was beyond mad with her. Anyhow, this morning she is being a doll. I have had a migraine for a few days and haven't done much. She came into my room a while ago and declared that it was lunchtime. She said she was going to make me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich since I was sick. Of course, I got tears in my eyes that my baby girl was taking care of me. I hugged her and said, 'Oh Allie, I love you so much' to which she said 'I am going to miss you when you die'. What am I going to do with this kid?:)

Monday, June 23, 2008

In memory of Maria

On May 21, 2008 tragedy struck the Chapman family in which young Maria
Chapman died . But through this tragedy, Steven Curtis and Mary Beth
Chapman continue to think of the many orphans in China. In order to let
the world show how much they loved Maria, Angel Covers has been asked to
accept donations in honor of Maria for baby bouncers. These bouncers
will provide hours of interaction and fun to the babies cared for at the
Shaohannah’s Hope Healing Home (SHHH), a new project in China, of the
Chapman’s organization.

Because of a partnership between the Chapman’s and Dr. Joyce and Robin
Hill, this 60,000 sq ft facility will care for 128 medically fragile
infants and toddlers . One hundred baby bouncers are needed for SHHH in
order to help provide these babies with the best care possible.

Maria was a beautiful little girl with a huge smile and contagious
laugh. Please help us spread her joy for life to the children of SHHH.
Only $10 purchases one of these bouncers and will bring countless hours
of happiness to these needy children. Please feel free to pass this post
along to any groups you'd like. We want to provide as many bouncers as

Angel Covers -
Caring for orphans and needy children worldwide

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Do you know someone looking for their daughter? Are you?

There is a beautiful 8 year old girl from Brady's orphanage who is now on the shared waiting child list and in need of a home. Please read about her on the Love Without Boundaries blog.

LWB fought for many years to get Fen's file submitted for adoption again but the CCAA didn't think anyone would want to adopt a child like Fen (????). I hope all that advocating for her was not in vain. It's a good thing for Jeff that we don't qualify currently or I would be filling out the paperwork right this minute.

Reckless Faith

I saw this on one of my groups. It's long, but very much worth watching.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Brady!

Brady is 3 today:) We will celebrate tomorrow. Today we took the little ones to see Kung Fu Panda. It was Brady's first time going to the theater. One of the previews was for the new animated Star Wars movie. During the trailer, Brady let out a blood curtling scream. Normally that would have mortified me but for some reason I just found it funny. He was pretty good during the movie, but that's easy for me to say since Jeff is the one that sat by him. Everyone really liked the movie but I do think AnnaClaire got a bit scared during some of it. At one point she even asked to come home. Ha! That could have been the worst movie on earth and we would have stayed. Anyone been to a movie lately? Somebody should have warned me. Let's just say that ticket prices make gas seem cheap. It's a good thing the older kids didn't want to come. We would have had to take out a loan!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Lake Day!

Jeff took Cameron, Brandon, Ryan and Allie up to the lake to camp on Friday night and AnnaClaire, Brady and I joined them the next day. It was HOT and we got baked, but we had a great time (well, most of us). The girls begged to camp another night so I headed home with the boys while Jeff and the girls stayed beind. That lasted until about an hour after dark when Allie started crying for her brothers and her mommy. Then AnnaClaire decided that she wanted to come home too. So poor Jeff had to pack everything up in the dark and load up the boat, head back to the dock and bring them home. He's a softie! I think I would have told them 'too bad, so sad!'

Cameron LOVES the lake!

boating is hard work.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

On second thought...

Maybe this thing isn't so accurate...

Beyonce baby! Apparently I am HOT!

I have too much time on my hands it seems:)

I guess Brady looks like a girl?

I am getting far too much entertainment out of this!

Jeff and Cameron must look alike after all. Who is Kim Rossi Stuart?