Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Well the first week of a new school year is in the books!!
Sue Bee has started Kinder. The first day she came running to the van to tell me she met a vampire A REAL one! Her friend is a vampire the entire family is!! But don't worry she promised not to bite!! Can she come over to my house mom? Why sure just not on Halloween!! :) By Wed she told me she wasn't going to school tomorrow... no reason just wasn't going! No worries she was out of bed, dressed and ready to go without complaint Thurs morning!! She seems to be having fun! Her teacher is preg (due 2wks before me) so she was out on bed rest this entire week but will return Mon morning.

Cani Bear started the 3rd grade! He got 2 great teachers and seems to like his class~ though he hasn't gotten to say much thanks to his chatter box sister!!

Squeaks seems to like 6th grade. She has classes with girls she has hung out with at the pool for years and has met new friends through them!! This was something we all were hoping would happen. It's not always easy finding friends being raised the same way now days. She even seems to like her teachers so that's always good too!! Looking forward to watching her grow this year and find her wings! And seems like we're off to a great start!!

Oh Red.... She as always is loving school though the actual classes get in the way of her social life!! :) She too has a good schedule and will do fine. Next week will be her first week to cheer at a game so I know she will love that!! Should be a fun year

Hard to believe we have a Soph. in High School!!! Big C has some tough classes but not as tough as the next 2yrs will be :) He decided to run Cross Country this year so he is at school by 6:30 running 6-9 miles. He seems to like it so far! He decided to do it to help with off season soccer training. I think he's starting to think about what activities are going to take priority during his last last 2 years and thinking ahead for what colleges will look for. I love that he is focused on th road ahead. He is thinking biomedical eng. as of now.... time will tell!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Last Day Of Summer Break!!

4th annual

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Aug 17th

After an 8mo battle and a very long tough week my step father lost his battle to cancer.

In the last week I've reflected on this relationship and the involvement/impact he had on my life, my husbands life and most importantly my kids life. I'll be the first to admit we did not see eye to eye when he and my mother got married. I was probably 12/13 yrs old when my mom met him. Now raising my own teens I have to wonder why in the world did this man not RUN and never turn back? Why would he willingly enter into the world of teens when he had no children of his own?? 20+ years later I respect him for not allowing us to run him off.

I moved out, got on with my own life and may not have always made the best choices~ but unless asked he kept his opinion to himself and let me make my own mistakes~ something that helped make me who I am today! I quickly met my husband and got engaged. He and my husband hit it off right off. Though it got to be a bit of an inconvenience cause he ended up always wanting my husband to spend his days off helping him or going and doing things with him. Again at the time it was quite a PITA. Between my step dad and my husbands dad my poor husband was being run ragged helping them. We ended up having to draw a line in the sand just so our lil family could grow develop and have time for things in our immediate lives. But that bond and the time my husband spent with my step dad that first year year and a half of our life together formed memories my husband will cherish forever.

Shortly into our marriage we welcomed our first child. This wasn't shared for years later but while I was preg my step father said to my mom "they aren't going to just think they can dump their kids here every weekend and expect us to care for them are they" after our son was born and he realized we were very much attached parents he asked my mom "do you think they will ever let us watch that boy?" When I had my first child is when my eyes were open to the heart of this man!! Here he was a gruff retired police officer that absolutely ADORED my son. Not having kids of his own he thought every little thing my son did was the most awesome thing in the world...he continued to think this way til Aug 15th when he saw my son for the last time!! He enjoyed every second and event of his life. He loved all my kids but being his first grandson and never having a boy of his own he loved seeing my oldest grow from a little baby to smirking about him starting drivers ed!

In the last week though it has really surprised me of my blood relatives reaction to this loss. Not once has anyone called to ask how my kids were doing with his death. Yet in the past week I've realized more and more that being blood related doesn't "make" you a father or grandfather. In my adult life when %$#@ hit the fan and we would need advice or help fixing something we always called my step dad first. Of course we learned to weed out half the BS he'd add but the other half of his advice was right on usually saved us time and money and taught us many lessons in life. You know the guidance that any father would offer. While I was sitting in a flooded house alone 9mo preg with 5 kids only one person came to try to get us wasn't anyone who was "blood" related. When he saw he couldn't get to me he offered to do anything he could to help. I declined all his offers and assured him we'd be fine. Before the water had even receded it was my step father who had made calls to line up restoration people to come help us clean up. Through the years my husband, my kids and myself have had disappointments of "family" not being involved in special events for one reason or another. But Aug 6th we had a birthday party for our 2 youngest kids. In 15 years and 7 kids this was the very first birthday party he ever missed of my kids. 4 blood related grandparents and none of those can say they made it to every birthday party. But the non blood related one didn't miss one until he was confined to bed dying! Christmas 2011 will be the first Christmas of my kids lives that their PaPaw is not with them. Every single Christmas the blood related parents/grandparents just cause us stress and disappointment about seeing us and their grandchildren...but not once not one single Christmas morning did my children not see him~ not because we'd tote them over to his house to see and spend time with him. Because he made these little precious people his priority. He never put his own needs or wants before those of my kids. My kids could have called him for ANYTHING and without hesitation he would have given them whatever he could in life. When my kids pick up the phone to call many blood related relatives they joke for half an hour listing the excuses that they predict will come from the other end of the phone!!!

So in all this rambling of reflection this sums up what my step father meant to our family.... “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.”

Thank You Greg/PaPaw for loving my family! I know my children will cherish the time you spent with them and the memories made!!

July/ beginning of Aug

Well after our camping trip the kids had back to back VBS's. Which they were given a little souvenir at the last one... The Stomach Bug!! In our house that is one that lasts a couple weeks :( And my least favorite part of motherhood!! During that time Big C started drivers ed every morning and cross country, Red had cheerleading camp, K Baby had a birthday,Big C had a birthday, and we registered everyone for school! That was just our household.... Unfortunately my step father started going downhill with his battle from cancer about this same time and my MIL had surgery along with my FIL having quad bypass! It was a CRAZY 2 weeks to say the least! All the while my other half worked 12 straight and busy days too! But we got through it all and tried to make the best of the final days of Summer! Oh and did I mention I'm 8mo preg during all this in triple digit heat!! BUT we keep on truckin and enjoy our lemonade along the way!!

Loads of fun in July!!

In July we met family from Louisiana at a campground/waterpark for a couple days of fun!! We were hoping to get all the 3rd cousins together...that didn't pan out but was a loss to those who did not come cause the kids all had a BLAST!! Hard to believe we were able to get 12 kids together and have everyone get along the entire time!! Hopefully we have started another family tradition and others will join us the next time!!

Monday, August 15, 2011


Well June consisted of P taking a long weekend off to go camping....That turned into a staycation because we just couldn't get some of the little things done to go camping. So our staycation consisted of Peach/blackberry picking and a day in the hill country. I really didn't know the kids would enjoy it "THAT" much. They have already asked for it to be one of our yearly traditions! The next day we went to a waterpark about 2hrs away but we LOVE it! Not too big not too small and something for everyone to enjoy! Not sure who had the most fun C Cakes going down all the slides or Big C taking him on them all! It was a lot of fun!! No pics from the waterpark but here are some from the orchard.

Friday, August 12, 2011

WOW can u tell Summers been busy??

Lets see all the kids did complete the school year and did VERY well! I think we got the biggest kick out of Cani Bear (our goofy, push the buttons, always putting on a show, making us laugh kid) got the Citizenship Award basicly the most well behaved kid in class!! Squeaks had a fabulous graduation from 5th grade! Which moves her out of elementary now!! We went and registered her yesterday...I pray her year goes smoothly. She is still much more reserved and a bit more of a follower so we have to use different parenting approaches with her. But 6th grade is a perfect year to find out a little more about who you are and what your strengths are. She is very coordinated and could be a very strong athelete! Hope her coaches also point this out to her! The older 2 completed the year with a bang too moving to the 8th and 10th grade