Thursday, September 21, 2006

Well, it has been a while I know, but we have been so busy lately. The boys and I are non stop. And of course Brian works a lot these days. We are hoping the house in Garland sells very soon so he can slow down!

Our trip to Arkanasas was great. We really had fun driving around with Memaw and Papa and seeing all the family. Granny Lula is well. Quite Spry for 93. She enjoyed seeing Kaden. Goodness I wish I lived closer...she is quite a lady.

Trying to get home to Texas was difficult though. We were supposed to fly out Sunday to arrive Sunday night so we would be home for Kutter's Birthday on Monday...well that didn't happen. We got stuck in Little Rock because of the weather and weren't able to fly out until Monday morning. Unfortunately our bags (all but the carry ons) made the earlier flight. We were on standby for the earlier flight, but missed it because of security issues. Apparently me and my children are big terror threats and have to be searched over and over again. It was terrible, so needless to say we spent the night in a hotel with only the clothes we wore, which I washed out it the bathtub. It was quite an experience. But we made it. Stressful and all...but we made it.

I am trying to get back on track here at home.

We celebrated Kutter's 3rd birthday on Monday...can you believe the Bug is 3? Man...he is growing up!

We had doctor checkups for both boys on Tuesday, which was a handful to say the least.

Then we had our first soccer practice Tuesday evening. That was hilarious. What an even...3 year olds and soccer balls! Haha! It was fun though!

Wednesday was a really good day for me, things just seemed to fall into place! Go Me!

Today is cloudy and quite is great. The boys and I spent the whole morning outside, we worked on rhyming words, weather and read books. Then Bug and Kaden played cars on the porch while I sorted clothes. We don't have any pants and long sleeve shirts out for when it is cool. Bug is too long for all his pants, so I had to find the next size box. And Kaden is getting to long for the 6-9 months stuff. Growing on me!

The bible study is looking great. I hope Tasha, Angela and Tracy also decide to join. I am a little disapointed that more of the "wiser" women in the family didn't join. I think we could use their wisdom...we will have to keep working on them.

Well, all for now...we-

Thursday, August 31, 2006

I am so proud of my bug! This morning was quite beautiful so the boys and I went out for our bible study and this mornings lesson on the parts of the tree. We used a red oak tree int he back yard as our model. While Kaden climbed all over us and tried to get poor Dodger, my bug was busy naming the parts of the tree - quite well I must add! As you can see I am extremely proud and wanted to share his work with all. Check out this coloring (all on his own) and glueing (all on his own). I did cut it out for him. Dodger was funny and stayed just beyond Kaden's reach...much to his dismay! :)
Till later...we-

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Short (actually, not so much) note to ask for a couple of favors and update you all on the kids' schedule of upcoming events.

Braden and Elizabeth's classes are collecting box tops and labels for education. Many cereals and paper products that we all use are eligible to be turned in for points towards computers and playground equipment, etc. Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Kleenex, Ziploc, Cottonelle and Nature Valley are just a few of the brands that participate in this program. You can check out for a full list of products ~ 10 labels earns $1 for our school. Please save your labels (if you aren't using them elsewhere) for the kids to turn in.

JCYSA Cheerleaders are in need of empty toilet paper rolls. Please try to save these for the next couple of weeks if possible. Paper towel rolls will work as well. We would also appreciate donations of any craft supplies you have had around the house for years and aren't using. Our school colors are maroon and white...if you see any great deals at garage sales or on the clearance aisle of your local wal-mart, please keep us in mind.

We had our cheerleading clinic today and it went really well. Caly was able to go with Elizabeth and she really enjoyed it...well, the first half of it, anyway. Liz worked really hard and learned three new cheers as well as the dance the girls will be doing during half-time at the football games. Both girls will be cheering at the high school football game this coming Friday night, as will all the kindergarten and first graders in the community that attended the clinic. I found out today that as head coach, I'm expected to run out on the field with my girls and do some sort of damn cheer jump and salute or something while I am introduced...those of you that know me well (everyone receiving this email) can wipe those grins off your faces now ~ you will NOT see me doing this...I tried to show Liz a jump in the dining room the other day and my fat butt landed so hard that I honestly saw white stars floating around my head from the impact. I twisted one ankle and both knees. I'll figure out a way around this stupid little small town tradition. Any ideas?

Our first games will be on the 9th in Blanco. The next three games after that will be in Johnson City. Try to plan on attending one of the JC games if you want to come see the kids...the games may be hours apart and it would be more convenient if we were close to the house. The board is selling Eagle t-shirts as a fund raiser. The shirts have all the kids names and team info (team name, football #) listed on the back for this season...I think they are $15 if anyone is interested (Dottie!). Braden and Lizzie's names will be on the same shirt.

Haylie has a volleyball game tomorrow at 4pm. Her games will all be early and during the week, so most of you won't get to see her play. Keep her in your thoughts and pray for her poor knees to hold up the length of the game. I'll record them so you can see her play when we get together.

Special prayer request for me...on Thursday I'll be working with 16 girls, several hot glue guns, a heavy duty stapler, and PAINT. Pray for me to have patience, calm children, and steady hands. Also, one of the assistant coaches is on a mission to have all of us coaches in shorty short shorts during the football games. I need some divine intervention here... I NEVER had cheerleader legs and I certainly don't have cheerleader legs now, three kids and 32 yrs of gravity working against me later. I suppose it isn't exactly christian to pray that this woman is struck by a large truck before Tuesday's vote, so I'll ask that you pray for wisdom in the votes of the other asst coaches or the discovery of some miracle anti-cellulite cream in the event I'm outvoted. And, of course, pray about that little matter of the field intro. Thank you in advance.

Guess that's about it for now. Don't forget the Grandparents Tea at school is on the 8th. Andrea starts school tomorrow so send encouraging brain waves her way in the morning. Hope you all have a good week.


Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Glad to see that Tracy decided to join us. I have invited many many family, well actually all that I have emails for, but no one else has decided to contribute so far...perhaps Tracy can work on them! :) All is well around here. Although Bug got stung by a red wasp on his tummy (right beside his belly button) this morning...which was not fun! But he apparently is not allergic it swelled up just around the sting, but has gone down now. Thank goodness...good old Benadryl! I hope all is well for everyone else...not much time to chat right now...but again soon...take care...we-

Sunday, August 27, 2006

babiesHey everyone! I finally got signed up. Hope all is well with you guys. We are just okay right now. You know...getting into the schedules from school, girls scouts starting back up, etc. Plus, Brandon has had problems: First they had him in freshman classes, so it took week and half to correct them, then he isn't in marching band that has been a big mess, and now he's all upset because his girlsfriend of seven months are on a "break". He thinks she is his "soul mate" I think..well nevermind.
Anyway, you know young and "in love", so he's been a bit depressed. Also, at work has been harder. One head manager was fired, one quit, and several workers have left or are leaving. Their truck order was wrong last week, so he had to close up early, and they try and schedule him each sunday and w3ednesday also to get him to work closing on school nights! They close at 2am...!!Dont' think so!
Heather is okay. She was a bit overwhelmed from getting different teachers/ classes, and last week they got lockers. Also they haven't told them what they "get" to play in Band yet, that is next week. She likes most classes, except science. That teacher is "hard" and loves homework!
For Girls Scouts, she is bridging from a junior to a studio2B/ Cadet this year!
As for me, I am organizing my Junior Girl Scout troop stuff so we can begin another year of fun activities and badges! I have some who've returned, and am getting new ones, also!
Well, gotta go for now, Love to all Invite the others to join this!
Well, hello again. Sorry it has been so long. The boys, Brian and I have been keeping quite busy setting up house, routines, schedules etc.

Kutter is enjoying Mother's Day Out every Wed. His teacher Ms. Davi is a sweet lady that keeps him busy learning letter sounds and bible lessons. He seems to enjoy it.

Kaden is now crawling all over the house. He is quite funny chasing his brother and I up and down the hall. Kutter says he is the monster trying to get him. As of yesterday (Braden's birthday) Kaden's first tooth broke though. Thank goodness. He was quite a bear for a while there. Bottom right, the left one is almost there...not long I am sure!

We have joined the YMCA and I am enjoying aerobics classes. The boys like to play in the Kids Club and Kutter loves to play basketball with Daddy.

I have also joined the MOM's Club at Ferris Ave Baptist Church. We had our kickoff last Friday which was lots of fun! I look forward to attending and being a part of the bible study and fun things they have planned!

Ferris Avenue is our church home here in Waxahachie. They have an awesome Children's program and great bible studies. The worship service is at 8am...a little early, but that Southern Gospel singing is so worth it!

I will be mailing postcards out to all you ladies concerning a bible study for family/friends. I hope you decide to be a part of it and I do look forward to working with you all. I think it will be a great thing to do together. Check your mail this week and email/call/write me with questions, comments and suggestions.

All for now...till next one another...we-
Well, hello again. Sorry it has been so long. The boys, Brian and I have been keeping quite busy setting up house, routines, schedules etc.

Kutter is enjoying Mother's Day Out every Wed. His teacher Ms. Davi is a sweet lady that keeps him busy learning letter sounds and bible lessons. He seems to enjoy it.

Kaden is now crawling all over the house. He is quite funny chasing his brother and I up and down the hall. Kutter says he is the monster trying to get him. As of yesterday (Braden's birthday) Kaden's first tooth broke though. Thank goodness. He was quite a bear for a while there. Bottom right, the left one is almost there...not long I am sure!

We have joined the YMCA and I am enjoying aerobics classes. The boys like to play in the Kids Club and Kutter loves to play basketball with Daddy.

I have also joined the MOM's Club at Ferris Ave Baptist Church. We had our kickoff last Friday which was lots of fun! I look forward to attending and being a part of the bible study and fun things they have planned!

Ferris Avenue is our church home here in Waxahachie. They have an awesome Children's program and great bible studies. The worship service is at 8am...a little early, but that Southern Gospel singing is so worth it!

I will be mailing postcards out to all you ladies concerning a bible study for family/friends. I hope you decide to be a part of it and I do look forward to working with you all. I think it will be a great thing to do together. Check your mail this week and email/call/write me with questions, comments and suggestions.

All for now...till next one another...we-
Well, hello again. Sorry it has been so long. The boys, Brian and I have been keeping quite busy setting up house, routines, schedules etc.

Kutter is enjoying Mother's Day Out every Wed. His teacher Ms. Davi is a sweet lady that keeps him busy learning letter sounds and bible lessons. He seems to enjoy it.

Kaden is now crawling all over the house. He is quite funny chasing his brother and I up and down the hall. Kutter says he is the monster trying to get him. As of yesterday (Braden's birthday) Kaden's first tooth broke though. Thank goodness. He was quite a bear for a while there. Bottom right, the left one is almost there...not long I am sure!

We have joined the YMCA and I am enjoying aerobics classes. The boys like to play in the Kids Club and Kutter loves to play basketball with Daddy.

I have also joined the MOM's Club at Ferris Ave Baptist Church. We had our kickoff last Friday which was lots of fun! I look forward to attending and being a part of the bible study and fun things they have planned!

Ferris Avenue is our church home here in Waxahachie. They have an awesome Children's program and great bible studies. The worship service is at 8am...a little early, but that Southern Gospel singing is so worth it!

I will be mailing postcards out to all you ladies concerning a bible study for family/friends. I hope you decide to be a part of it and I do look forward to working with you all. I think it will be a great thing to do together. Check your mail this week and email/call/write me with questions, comments and suggestions.

All for now...till next one another...we-

Monday, August 14, 2006

Well, its been awhile. I have been busy cleaning out things. I can't tell it though. Now, I am working on curtains. Its been so hot. Sunday after church we had the great adventure of cleaning this air condition unit. It was only 106' on our porch. Well, we got the thing cleaned! Think Heavens! Maybe it will last another year! Well, I have to go. Will get back to the curtains. Love Memaw

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I certainly hope everyone else is having a good week. Our week around the Johnson house has been a busy but good one thus far.

I am enjoying the new surroundings minus the many spiders I seem to find! I am death with the bug spray though! :)

The boys and I attended bible study at FABC last night. Kutter loved it because his class had splash time with the slide that you climb up and slide down. It was great! And they had a bounce house as well so he was in Heaven. Kaden not so much...although he does seem to be getting better. He attacked a little girl though and being the brute that he is was pulling her hair. He threw a fit when the teacher told him no...I don't have any idea where he has learned that! haha! She called me out of bible study (it was at the closing anyway) because she thought he was hungry. Well the baby was apparently he hadn't eaten just before we went in about an hour before. :) That boy!

But needless to say, we did enjoy it! All for now...prayers to John and Lynn...and all the rest of you. Stay focused, Stay positive and Go out and help another! we-

Monday, August 07, 2006

Well, it has been a very long day today. The boys and I stayed busy cleaning house and trying to keep everyone happy and together.

Prayers out to John and Lynn and all the family. Hope things are better...

We attended the Sunday service at Ferris Avenue Baptist Church. It was great. The music was wonderful, the pastor was excellent and the message really hit home...

We attended the Sunday evening service at the Farley street Baptist church...nice children's musical program but disappointing I think...just something about it made me sort of uncomfortable. I don't know yet...

All for now...we-

Monday, July 31, 2006

Well, where is everyone? I know I haven't been here either, but I have a valid excuse!!! :) We've been doing the move thing. Which I exhaustedly say is partially done. We have most everything from the Garland house, just a few non-essentials to pick up sometime or another. And cleaning to do and a garage sale to have...Yeah!

As for the new house, it is coming along. The school building is a complete wreck, but the house is coming together, slowly but surely. I am proud to say that the boys bathroom, the kitchen and the utility room are mostly complete. Woo-hoe! As for the other rooms, well they are there...They are messy...And they are tiring me out! Ha! Between chasing the boys and trying to clean up/clean out/put away my days are certainly filled.

On another note, we tried a new church last Wednesday. Ferris Avenue Baptist Church in Waxahachie. It is a huge church...500+ attending on Sundays...They have 3 Sunday morning services...These are the cons in my view...I don't like big things, I want to be known not a number...But a pro...A big pro...They have an extremely active children's dept. This is awesome in my perspective. I am looking into this as a great place for the boys. They are my main concern. Although I will truly miss Brother Rial...He is so awesome. But I can get his sermons on CD...A good thing for me! We went to Sunday school and church in Garland last Sunday and it was very hard. We got up at 6:30 and were still 15 minutes late. The "only an hour drive" was much more than I imagined. :) One thing I don't like about this church is it doesn't offer Sunday evening services. I don't know for sure yet, I plan to attend a few more times to see what I think. Maybe try some of the other churches as well. We will find a home I know, and soon too. Kutter loves going to "God's House" as he has began to call it and be with the kids. Kaden not so much...But he is at that "separation from mommy is killing me" stage. :)

Kaden is a great kid, a little freaked out by all this traveling, transition and uproar we are having, but a wonderful baby. He is getting so big lately and such a nut. He has started making this popping noise with his mouth. And he purses his lips and says "oooh". It is funny. Still big loud kid at the crack of dawn...Sometimes we would like to give him away around 6am or so. Any takers? :) He is really funny and so much "MY" baby...Ha! Not that I don't love that! ;) He plays great all by himself, sitting where ever I plop him, until I leave the room. He hates that...And even worse to be all alone in a room. That is like the devil or something.

Kutter bug has been taking it all in stride I think. We have become a little more dependent on the binky and the potty is a not so much anymore. But I am not pushing, he will get it when he gets it. With the move and all, I know he is more upset than he is showing. He is loving his new house and really likes to eat breakfast outside. We ususally take our "cerdal" to the back porch. He is a great kid...

Well it looks like the reunion is set for next year. That is great to hear. I can't wait! A whole week with the entire Frazier clan...Well some of us may be completely bald before it is all over. hahaha! Just kidding, I think it is great! I can't wait, everyone keep your eyes open for anouncements and information.

Here is a note, BJ's music artists will be putting on a show in Garland on Friday Sept 1st...More details to follow soon as I am updated. I know that Liz Arnold (, Crystal Lynn ( and Scott Whitaker ( will be there, I am not sure who else.
Well I have neglected the piles for long enough...So here I go again...And again...And again! :)

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Oh, what a day! I have spent most of the day cleaning out the front porch. It is amazing the amount of crap that has come out of that one little area. I am truly shocked! The house looks like a tornado went through it. There is a huge pile in the living room waiting ot be loaded into the truck tommorrow after church for the boys and I to haul to Wax. Then there is a huge pile in the office (like the office needs any more piles) :) for me to freecycle or craig's list. Then there is a huge pile in the classroom that I am sorting and reboxing, etc...

I have posted pics for you guys to see on the Kodak Easy Share system. You just log in and you can view the latest albums. Sorry I haven't been on top of sending out pics. I just get busy and since I can only send one at a time to mom and dad, it takes a while. But they are there for you to view...the kids are so big Kaden will be 7 months old next week. Can you believe that?

Bug is such a nut, he has been in Heaven today pulling out toys and strowing them everywhere. It has been fun let me tell ya!

All for now I to all...we-

Thursday, July 06, 2006

You know sadly I am beginning to look forward to the summers end...

I know that is awful!

With moving, packing, teaching, raising boys, etc...I am completely worn out these days. I find myself fighting sleep during the day and not being able to fall asleep at night.

Mr. Bug is so very verbal these days. He is a complete looney! His sentences will floor you.

A funny story...he was outside with BJ the other day and pooped in his pants...he walks up to Brian, throws his hands in the air and sighs and as his hands slap his thighs he says..."Dad, I pooped in my pants". Brian trying not to burst into uncontrollable laughter, says..."Well, what are you going to do about it?"...he answers..."I just don't know". As funny as it was, the scamp comes in and says..."Mom, I pooped...clean my butt." To which I promptly said, "No thanks, I am busy." He didn't like that answer to much...but oh well, I don't like cleaning poop is what I told him. I have resorted to making him clean his own undies. He stood in the tub and washed them out yesterday...all the while telling me how fun it was...and how much he liked it and wanted to do it again. Great! He is a complete loon I am telling you. He gags when ever he sees the poop, and doesn't want it to touch him...but refuses to go in the potty. Lord, help me make it through this time! :)

My Kaden on the other hand, has no issues with poop oozing out of his diaper...which is generally does unless he's had a few jars of bananas. :) Like that image don't you. The boy is literally huge these days. My little Hercules. He is steadly learning to pick on his brother and actually likes to wrestle with him. It is really funny. Poor guy is apparently allergic to something in the air these days...more so in Waxahachie (unfortunately) than Garland. I am thinking the cedar trees are bothering him. As soon as we exit the truck, his nose becomes a faucet and his eyes get red. I am hoping it will pass, but for now we are trying a Benadryl regimin. I hate medicating him, but don't know what else to do to get him to dry up a little. Poor guy at night he is so wet snot sounding it is awful, I have actually been sucking his nose during the night, which causes terrible screaming and makes his brother cover his ears while sleeping. (Quite funny to see.) Hopefully it will pass and he will not have too many problems.

We are trying to get the house thinned, packed and moved...but it is a slow painstaking process for sure. We got the storage building moved and most of the stuff from it down there. But we still have so much to go! I hate moving! What I would do to leave it all behind and start fresh! Haha!

The school is on its way. We have windows and a door in, I am working on forms, handbooks and works. What I really need is a money backer or invester that is willing to invest about $5000 into a private school to help supply the inside of the school. Anybody know any wealthy people with nothing to spend their gobs of money on? haha!

Anyway, I am going for now...take care until next time...we-

Friday, June 30, 2006

Oh, how glad I am that this week is over. The kids and I have been quite busy and it has really seemed to creep by. I didn't have them today, so the boys and I loaded up and headed to Waxahachie to see Memaw and Papa before they headed back to Giddings. Brian and Papa spent Thursday putting windows into the new school building down there. They put in 2 windows and a door on the playground side and Papa put in another window this morning on the backside.

Some stories from this week...lets see...oh I haven't blogged since Monday so I have lots to share...:)

Monday the kids and I went to McDonald's for lunch...the one in Richardson with the jungle scene and the huge blue slides. The kids had an absolute blast and played until they were all completely pooped! Tuesday we went for snow cones in the afternoon. That was a great experience. Kutter decided he wanted an icecream instead, so he got a scoop of strawberry on one of the those regular waffle cones. haha! It was great. He looked like the pink panther by the time he was finished. A regular cow licking on that thing. It was great. Kaden had a few very small bites of my "dreamsicle" snow cone. First snow cone experience. He seemed to enjoy it, but mostly wanted his crackers. Wednesday the kids and I went to "rumble in the jungle" at the Dallas Children's Museum. That was fun. We made all sorts of jungle animals and tribal masks. And we saw the Kritterman, David Klevin. He showed us the worlds smallest falcoln (which can be found in the congo and also Texas), a python, a cheetah turtle (or was it a leopard?), a legless lizard and a madagascar hissing cockroach. Which was extremely huge and quite gross looking. Max got to touch that one...oh no, bring on the handsanitizer! :) Then he brings out the true king of the jungle...the scairest animal in guessed it...a a hedgehog! haha! Who would have thought. Gabi got to go up and "roar" at this extremely cute but quite prickly animal. This animal apparently makes quite a statement with his spines. It has a really cute face though. On Thursday we were supposed to attend Brown Bag Book Club, but the boys decided they didn't want to go, so we skipped it...can't say I mind so much...I was exhausted by this point.

So that was our school week, of course today we went to Waxahachie...

Oh, here are some bug stories. Last night we went to Waxahachie and went to dinner in Maypearl with Mom and Dad, we are sitting at our table at the Busy Bee eating when the man and woman at the table behind us get up to leave, we lets just say this woman had a particularly large hind end. Well of course my 2 year old has to notice and says "Oh, look at her bigger butt." Of course he must repeat this a few times to make sure everyone has heard him. I was so embarrassed, I could have crawled under the table. The woman hopefully was out of earshot, but her husband was still at the table and I am sure he heard. Oh Lord. Now I know how Auntie felt during the "I like big boobs" phase Braden went through.

This morning on the way to Waxahachie I got stopped for speeding...did you know that 635 is only the 5 years I have lived here, I always thought it was 65. So of course I am driving along (in mom and dad's truck) going 70, thinking I am not speeding that much. But apparently Balch Springs top cop in the road with his radar gun thought otherwise as he stepped out and wave me over. So I stop, dig out the insurance and my license and turn to the drivers window to wait for him to appear. Well he goes to the passengers windw and scares me to death when he taps on the glass. So I unbuckle and crawl over all the junk in my front seat to get the door open. I give him my stuff and he asks me if I know why he stopped they teach this question in the academy? :) The he explains that 635 is only a 60 mile an hour my horror. I mention :) that my husband is a DPD officer and he asks me to slow down and tell him Balch Springs took care of me today...yes, I did it! I pulled the cop husband card. Well to continue with my story...yes it gets better. I take off again and hear this clink clink clang noise. Thinking I have a flat tire, I look in my rearview mirror and to my horror see s hubcab rolling in the opposite direction at top speed. (of course). It casually rolls to a stop forever behind me right in the middle of a on ramp. I am telling you if this had been my truck, I would have left it!!! But since it is mom and dads, I figured I had better get it. I look ahead and see the on ramp for 175, behind me is the on ramp for 635 and the hubcap. So I am thinking that I am going to have to leave my children ont he side of the road and trek back some 80 miles to get this dumb hubcap. But when looking in the side mirror, to my horror no doubt, here comes the officer with the hubcap. Once again I unlock the door and he hands it to me with a "Have a nice day ma'am. I was so embarrassed. It was really great...let me tell you.

One more before I fall asleep in this chair. Tonight Kutter, Kaden and I stopped at wal-mart for a dog chain. On the way home Kutter asked me over and over where sally the blue car was at. Finally when he asked again, I said Okay, Kutter can you hear me...(yes)...are you listening...(yes)...Sally the blue car is in the Thomas the train bag and I can't get it when I am driving. So, you will have to wait until we get to the house for us to get it out of the bag. Did you hear what I said...(yes). Then he pops out with "Mommy why are you being ugly to me?" haha! I about died. When I explained that I wasn't being ugly, I was just trying to explain myself and answer his question. He said no, you are being ugly to me. Can you believe that...that boy is a mess. Of course, how many times a day does he hear...don't be ugly to _____. :)

Well, I ma gone for now...take care and love one another...we-

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Oh, I am exhausted this morning. I fell into bed about 11pm last night and Kaden woke up at 4:30. I tried to avoid feeding him because I really don't want him to make a habit of eating at that time. At 5:21 I gave up and fed him, yes in our bed, I was literally to tired to get up and walk to another place. I know its terrible. He went back to sleep only to wake up at 6:30 like he had not eaten in days. Ohhh my child... Oh course Kutter as well has been up since 6:30...poking and prodding his brother. If I could have sent them to make cereal and watch the boob toob I would have. How terrible is that. The past week is catching up with me. I haven't been sleeping and my sinus junk is back, so it has been a really long week. Oh but enough whining. I have to get ready for Sunday school and church, so I don't have much time.

I tried to post the night before last and for whatever reason it didn't work. Annoying...

Thursday the boys and I went to Brown Bag Book Thursday at the farmstead. It was a lot of fun. I didn't have the other kids because their Grandma is in town and they stayed with her. After Bug and I left the farm we headed to Waxahachie to check the mail and see if they actually put a hold on it. (We've been having mail difficulties.) Of course perhaps I am hormonal these days, or just tired. The really rude mail lady completely hurt my feelings. She was very ugly about why we needed to hold our mail, it just didn't make sense. "Since you aren't living there, you shouldn't have any mail". I suppose the electric company, water company and mortgage will just magically hold/pay our bills for the next few months until we move in. I didn't know they offered this service, but apparently the mail lady did. Anyway enough sarcasm. She was quite rude about the whole situation and finally just called out the postmaster to approve a hold until August in case the forward didn't go through. Quite frustrating. I mean, I don't know I thought that was the post offices job - to serve the publics mail needs...hold, deliver, forward, etc. Of course I must be wrong about this observation.

Anyway enough whining. The boys and I also stopped by the local Montessori school - just to check it out, get prices and such. It was a little disappointing, but better than I expected I guess. Kutter walked right in and asked the administrator to go to the playground and play with the kids. It was quite sad, he acted like he just belonged and had been there forever. There prices are very cheap and the environment was cluttered, dirty and very "daycare". Which she did tell me, they are basically daycare in the summer. All of their Montessori works are put up and they just play and have field trips. I didn't like that so much. Bug lined up and followed the others inside. He went potty with them (they only have 1 set up bathrooms, so they do potty time), and then sat down for a game of Bingo. He didn't want to leave, so I told him one game and then we had to go. He did just that, one game then turned in his stuff and said it was time to go. haha! I was glad, I thought I may have to drag him out kicking and screaming. He made me wonder if I am depriving him...

Oh, before I sign off, thanks to Tasha for joining the photography subcommittee! Your help is most appreciated. What do you think about joining the family history subcommittee?

Well, I have to go jump in the shower. My cereal is again to all...wendy

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hello to all, Well that grandson is just like his mom was, a chunk to carry around. Just want to squeeze him with a hug. Then Kutter, Is light, but fast, our bug! Well, I have been working on the family reunion next year. Save those Pennies!!! By the way, Juniors clubhouse, on Has many thing to help teach children that money doesn't grow on trees. Young mothers check it out for your children. They could learn allot and learn about their priorities. Now, that's just a suggestion! Just want to help teach those precious ones. Love you all, Have a good day, Make up your mind its going to be great!!! Remember our Lord is always their for you. I love my talks with him, and lift you all up in prayer. Have you read the book of Proverbs lately? Its is so rewarding to read. If you ask the Lord to open your eyes and heart, He will help understand. Love you all, Memaw

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Well today was quite a full day. Briana, Max and Gabi didn't come today (sick), so the boys and I played catch up. We went to the post office, cleaners, dollar store, wal-mart and on and on. We got lots done that we don't normally get to do until after 5 pm and it usually takes us several days.

We had lunch with Granny today. She looked good and was excited to see us. Kutter had fun entertaining her with his antics and being a nut. He enjoyed playing cars with Granny.

We also went to the Dr. for Kaden's 6 month appointment. Dr. Johnson's said Mr. Kaden was the picture of health and he was quite impressed with his ability to sit up so well and reach for things with out falling over and such. He said that usually they don't master that skill until 7 months. And get this the chunk ways 2o lbs and 10 oz. He is 27 inches long. Can you believe that?

Well, all for now...must sleep so that I can take the kids to the "Jurassic Jamboree" at the Dallas Children's Museum.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Hello to all...just taking a moment to sit and jot a note about today. It has been quite a long weekend and it is all running together. No rest for the Johnson crew, we spent the weekend running back and forth between Garland, Arlington, Terrall and Waxahachie. We have purchased the air units for the school building as well as the insulation. Which Brian spent Sunday afternoon putting up in the building. He worked really hard and got it all done leaving places for the doors and windows and countertop.

On Friday night we went to six flags to see Crystal Lynn compete in a local leg of the Colgate Country Showdown (that contest that Scott Whitaker won several years back). She got 3rd. It was fun to walk around with the boys, we watched "people get stuck, oh no!" (Kutter) on the Superman ride and fed the (huge) fish. We pressed penny's and saw Scooby Doo, Sylvester and Foghorn Leghorn. It was fun!

On Saturday we went to Terrell to see Liz Arnold compete in another local leg of the colgate country showdown competetition. She won. But really the girl had no competition. She is 18, beautiful with a voice that won't quit and has a great stage presence. She will make it in the entertainment world that is no doubt.

While at the competition on Saturday Brian signed up for a drawing to win a recliner and won it! How cool is that! It of course is maroon and not green like our other one...thus the reason he won it! haha! :) But we plan to get a rug that is "apple butter", which is the name of a really beautiful rug we found with lots of naturals and earth tones. I need a pillow to throw in his chair...

Not much excitement today. The kids and I took a trip to McD's for lunch. Bug refused to nap and the 2 year old reared his head several times throughout the day...but overall unenventful and good.

Tomorrow is a trip to see Briana's gym class and a picnic lunch. Then home for a nap. Kaden's Dr.'s appointment is tomorrow afternoon...will update then.

Until later...take care of all...we-

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Birthday to Pickle, Happy Birthday to Pickle, Happy Birthday to Pickle, Happy Birthday to you!

And Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Well can you believe Kaden is 6 months old? The little man is a mess. He goes in for hs 6 month checkup next tuesday. He is not crawling yet, but scoots himself around a lot. He doesn't like to lay down much, he would much rather sit up and lean over to reach things. But and I call him the "grab nabber". He is eating peaches, pears, bananas, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes and squash these days. No more allergy problems. And get this, he seems to be outgrowing the dairy allergy. He doesn't react if I eat or drink milk products. Of course I do it all in very small cheesestick, very small glass of milk...etc. But he doesn't seem to breaking out in a rash or getting the runs anymore. Yeah! Eggs don't bother him either. Funny...

My bug is so big these days. He is learning so quickly. He is doing very well with his letter sounds and number recognition. He enjoys the sound bags because they have things like race cars and boats and tractors in them. Go figure. He is doing very well with his gym class too. He goes again next Monday. He gets really excited. Daddy is picking him up early from school today so that they can go pick up the mail at the new house and to go pick up his tractor from the "tractor hospital". He is excited to have more "daddy time".

We are working on the school building in Waxahachie, we have $5000 budget for the actual building - walls, insulation, plumbing, air, electrical, floor, etc. So Brian has been busy trying to find the best way/deal to do things so that we can get it all done within budget. The insides will come later I suppose. I am searching for child size tables and chairs on craigslist and such. If anyone comes across any, let me know.

Well, all for now...had a few moments and thought I would jot a word.

Take care of all and show a kindness to someone today...we-

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Wow ~ the Montessori Home School sounds like fun. You guys are doing some really cool things. Dallas is a great area to be in for that. You could visit someplace new every day and not run out of things to do.

My little hill country summer care program hasn't been near as exciting this week. We've been busy running from the dentist to the optometrist to sports physicals...for once in my life I'm not procrastinating and we're getting everything done that needs to happen before school starts. The only thing left is shots for my Lulu and somehow I think I may need to have no extra kiddos for that appointment. Elizabeth is likely to kick somebody in the head ~ I'll need two hands.

Monday, Braden had two teeth pulled. I can't believe what a difference that has made already in his little mouth. The two adult teeth that were coming in so crooked have almost completely straightened out now that they have some room to do the right thing. He'll need to have at least two more pulled and the expander plate for his lower jaw still, but I think we've avoided braces by catching the problem so early. The girls just had regular checkups and cleanings. Haylie passed her physical and we received some great news about her knees... no surgery necessary at this point and no arthritis. She has a benign condition called Oshgood Schlatter (German) that is fairly common in athletic (using term oh so loosely) kids this age. She will unfortunately always have the ugly knots under her kneecaps, but the pain should stop between 14-15 yrs old, or whenever she stops growing. Thank you Lord that it isn't something more serious. The eye appointments didn't go that well...Haylie is now in glasses and Braden has to wear his full time, not just when he's reading or working on the computer. They both look really cute in their glasses. Haylie's are freaking huge and weird ~ just her style. I guess "trendy" is the word she'd want me to use. Whatever. They look like prison issue to me, but she's happy, so...

Today Braden decided to get a closer look at the baby birds in the nest built in the addition. In order to do this, he first had to knock the nest down with a shovel. Due to the large number of animals here, we couldn't leave the nest down on the ground. I am now hand-feeding five baby starlings (?) every 20-30 minutes. Thank you God for only sending me one boy. Wendy, I'll start praying for you now. I can already see the glint in Kutter's eye that promises...adventures.

Jose' is doing well. Eating quite a bit. I told Michael we should have named him Air Compressor because several times a day and even more during the night, he'll suddenly start braying out of nowhere for 3-4 minutes. Michael has a little red air compressor that does the same thing if he forgets to unplug it. The braying still wakes me up at night, but it doesn't sit me straight up in bed anymore. Guess I'm getting used to it. Michael, of course, never hears it. We managed to get a halter on the poor thing and Michael's tried walking him on a lead rope a couple of times. If anyone knows how to publish video to this blog, let me know. The walking experience is too good not to share ~ I can safely say that Jose' walks Michael way more than Michael walks Jose'. Also, the stubborn ass (Jose', not Michael) will just sit on his rump when he's not in the mood to it dangerous when huge blood vessels pop out all over Michael's face and neck and he turns all red? Anyway, we're having fun "training" the donkey.

Well, the stove timer has gone off again. Did you know that baby birds in captivity eat baby food? Sweet potato and apple today. We cut part of the end of a straw off, creating a tiny scoop and the babies open wide. Hopefully they'll make it through the night and I can find a bird refuge tomorrow.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend.
Another great day for the bunch at Montessori Home School. The kids and I visited Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano for the Brown Bag Book Thursday. It was a blast. Ms. Mary our "reading" lady was great in her vintage plantation dress. She was so sweet and really excited to have us all there. There was only about 10 kids or so (4 were mine) but it was so nice. We put out a blanket in the backyard behind the main house and pulled out lunches and books. She read while we chowed. It was shady and not to hot, very nice!

And guess what, they have a replica one room school house with the blackboard, stove, desks and bell. It was precious.

We plan to go back for the tour and be able to go into all the buildings and such. I am excited and the kids are too. I was a little surprised, but they want to go in and see and hear about it all. Cool!!!

We walked the grounds and saw all the animals. They have 2 mini goats like you Auntie!

Well, the kids are asleep right now, I wore them out I guess, so I am going to pickup and do some paper work, perhaps go to the potty...haha!

Till next time....take care of one another.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Well, what a great day we have had! Brian and I took the boys to the Science Place in Dallas. We met Lori and her kids (Max, Bri and Gabi) and Amanda, Brandon, Nathaniel and the two she nanny's (Elizabeth and Meredith) there. Crystal Lynn (new "singer" girl - 14) and her mom went with us as well.

It was a blast. The kids were all excited about all the cool stuff that we saw. They enjoyed all the science experiements and such and I took a ton of pictures of them doing stuff. They also got to go through the "farm" and pick foods and gather eggs, milk a cow, ride a tractor and such. It was great. In the kids discovery area they played with toys and the water table and such. It was lots of fun. Brian took Crystal and her mom over to the IMAX to see the fighter pilot show, he said that was awesome.

We ate a picnic lunch next to the lake with everyone and fed the birds and the turtles. The kids had a blast.

We left after lunch because Bug was very tired and already melting down. I knew he would just get ugly if we stayed, and BJ had to go to work this afternoon.

All in all it was a great day.

We are planning other trips and such for the summer months.

Tommorrow we are going to McKinney to the Heard Museum for their "Brown Bag Book" day - take a lunch, blanket and your favorite book, stories and lunch on the grounds. We thought it would be great!

Well, while Bug is asleep, I have somethings to do.

Love to all, we-
At the fencepost Here I go. I am tired and want a nap! What is that? I have just finished up two Huge rockers. Tom is finishing up a swing for these people also. We have people coming this evening to pick up children's furniture. Glad we are kinda getting caught up. Yes, Tasha, I still use the socks, and old t-shirts to work on this furniture. I can't see buying a box of rags. Well, other than that I have been looking for locations for a family, birthday, and anniversary celebration--camping area. Think I have found one that will hold everyone. It has enough sleeping area, dining, game room, and fishing. You will learn more later. Start putting back those nickels and dimes. It works out at a good rate. Love you all and have a great day, week, month and year. Keep your eyes on the LORD, and HE will show you the way! Philippians 4:19 Love Memaw

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

daaaa dant! just when you thought it was safe to log on again. I myself have been busy with dealing with these fools at Unemployment commission. I think you have to have a degree in unprintable names to work there. Anyways,besides living with constant worry about when and if I will get another check and what my uncertain future holds, I have not been good company. Anyways-

Aunt Dottie, do you all still use old socks when staining furniture? If so, I have some for you. It is a clean out at Natasha's house. I have a bunch of stuff to get rid of, a lot of it family gets the first pick. I have a twin size flat, fitted, and pillowcase with a floral design. A shower curtain rod. Candles and holders, carpet sample squares, one of which is wool,scotchguard, spray paint, armor all, dishes, vases, clothes hangers, if you are looking for it, i may have it and it is free to family. Since my uncertain future may hold a move, to God knows where, with it's own set of problems, I am starting now. If you all also want a bunch of Christmas wrapping paper, I have that too. depending on mood, even more stuff goes. I have an entire secton in my two car garage devoted to the pile of stuff, that is as tall as I am and long as my car, as Grand Am, of stuff for garage sale/give away/e bay.
Let me know.
Till next time, take care of yourself, and each other

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Jose' has arrived!!

It's been an eventful day out here. Memaw and Pa brought our new baby and we had to get him settled in his pen. He's already met Oreo, Billy and Sadie. We're not too sure whether he really enjoyed the goats or really wanted to stomp them into the ground. Either way, he definitely got excited when they were around and chased them quite vigorously.

After the donkey excitement, we took the kids to the pool. Pa should sleep well tonight. All three of the kids were pulling him in a different direction and he got a pretty good workout. It's so hot outside, the pool is the only thing that makes the days bearable. Well, the pool and the root beer floats that the grandparents fed the kids way too close to dinner time.

Received Haylie's TAKS test results in the mail. She earned a perfect score on the math portion and only missed one on the reading/comprehension. She really did a great job. She and her cousin, Doug, are now in a competition to see who can get the highest grades next year in school. Haylie smoked him this year and on her TAKS ~ although he also received commended performance on all of his tests and he's an honor student as well. I'm all for them being competitive about it. Whatever it takes to motivate them to do's so important. I hope they have fun with it next year and it (competition) continues through high school. May just have a couple of valedictorians on our hands.

Well, I'm pooped. I guess I need to make the rounds of feeding/watering my crew outside and maybe I'll have time for a long soak in the tub and a good book tonight. Michael is working until late ~ it's a good night for relaxing. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and getting some rest. Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 09, 2006

We are all smiles here in the hill country ~ excited about our baby donkey joining the family tomorrow!! Oh yeah, and getting to visit with Memaw and Pa!  Posted by Picasa
At the fencepost jGood Morning everyone!! Well just a note to say hello. I have been trying to get things set up for people to meet us, are come and get their furniture. Slowly, we are getting it all finished. It is beautiful!!! Tom does beautiful work. When do the children go back to school??? Aunt Dixie said Brandon goes back Aug. 8th. No summer anymore. Well, trying to get things set up for the little Donkey to join a certain family!! My their family is growing. Love to all. John 15:5-7 Memaw

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Well, what a busy week I have been having, but it has been great! The kids and I are loving vacation bible school. The artic theme is really fun and I am loving being in a classroom with all the kids.

Kutter loves to go to bible school. He is in the nursery (the bible classes don't actually start until 4 years), but has become quite a hit with the youth group. He is their "bud". He is learning to skateboard (on his bottom), ride go carts (with a helmet) and say things like "cool". It is hilarious. The boys high-five him and the girls cart his skinny hinny around. :)

All the while, Kaden is being spoiled rotton in the bed babies class by his "Grandma Lady", as I call her. She doesn't even let me bring him in anymore, she snatches him at the door - "there's my buddy"! It is precious. He is loving all the rocking and holding. We will be going through detox next week, or fedexing him to papa's. haha! :)

I am planning to come to Giddings in July and work with Mom's church in Dimebox for their VBS. I am really excited! I can't wait. Mom don't forget to get me a name and phone number of who to contact.

Angela - when is the one in JC? It isn't registered with lifeway.

Well, I better get back to my postcards - I made postcards for each of my kids to let them know I enjoyed working with them and invite them to Sunday school. I have to find zipcodes for some of the addresses.

Oh, news on the new house - the deal is closed, so it is ours...we won't be moving until the end of August though. We have a fence to build, a pool to remove, carpet to remove/replace with wood flooring, etc. So if you guys have some time to help...which I know is probably impossible due to working on your own...but if you want to get away we will put you to work!

And - we have sold Bartlett. My first! Not really. We just closed on the 6th, so we will be working on paying things off and such with our sale.

What a year!

Oh, here is something exciting. Amanda (with her son and nanny girls) and the kids (mine and Lori's) and I are planning many exciting field trips this summer - if you guys can break away we would love for ya'll to join us sometime. We are looking into the zoo, aquarium, the science place, discovery gardens, roller skating, bowling, mini golf, and the list goes on.

Well, I really must go now...again soon...

Be Strong! Be Courageous! Follow Jesus!


Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Donny and Marie.

These are the baby goats I got for my birthday. They are a little over a month old and are twins, boy and girl.

Sorry we missed seeing everyone at the party. I heard it was a huge success. I've still got the bug that kept us home. I've had it almost a week now. Luckily, the kids (children, not goats) haven't seemed bothered by it yet. Haylie was under the weather for a day, but not too bad. Two of the little girls I keep during the week had strep throat over the weekend, but I don't think that's what I've got. Maybe it started out as that, but it's evolved into a sinus infection/stomach bug. My 9-month old has it too, so we're taking it slow this week and not accomplishing much.

Hope everyone is enjoying summer so far. Wendy, let us know how VBS is going and what's going on with the new house.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

The sound "t" by Kutter - 2 1/2 yrs.

Check out this awesome tracing. I am so proud of him!!! Can you believe this - 2 1/2 years!

Anyways...glad to hear all is well for you that post. Hope that a few more family members decide to join in and become an active member. I love hearing all about everyones "stuff".

The boys and I went up to Granny's this afternoon after the kids left - we literally ran out the door, drove through Sonic - I know don't even say it - and ran in to eat with her. She was still eating when we got there, so we ate with her and then took her over to Wednesday night church service. She seemed to really enjoy that. She didn't eat very well, but she looked pretty good. Not as tired as she has been looking lately. She was very excited about Gaelan and Courtney's new little one. And her party Saturday - although she wasn't sure what time it was going to be. Anyone know when she is going to Mike's house - is she staying over like usual? I didn't know what to tell her, so I just said it was an all day sort of thing on Saturday.

I left some plastic utensils/cups and bowls in the closet as well as a few hanging paper lanterns and some "luau" garlands that I have picked up recently - please use to decorate however you think works best.

Well, it seems that we have 6 kittens not 5 - anybody know anyone who wants a kitten?

The kids and I worked very hard today and had lots of fun in the yard. I t was a busy day and non-stop I must say. I am tired.

I think I am getting a little sinus infection or something - that whole snot drainage/sore throat feeling. But I am staying positive that it is just the weather and will promptly disappear.

We are signing Kutter up for a toddler gymnastics class. Brian is going to take him on Monday mornings. I think he will love it.

Wait till you all see Kaden - that boy is a lug...and eat - ask Granny - she watched him devour a jar of sweet potatos and half a jar of bananas.

Friday - I plan to go to the church to finish the VBS decor and mom and dad are supposed to be up - so we may end up over there Tash, I am really not sure yet. I will see what I can do. Anything else we need - decoration/food/other that I can help with? Let me know.

Angela that Sadie is just adorable...oh my gosh, I want one!

Well, enough sitting on my duff typing...gotta get through so I can collapse into bed...

Till next yourself and one another...we-

At the fencepost Hello I hope everyone is fine. Tom and I made it in with all the loads of logs. Now to get them all milled!! Sure hope we get the sawmill raised before we start. It will be a killer on the back for us both. Before, we start milling we have to finish the orders. We still have quite a few to go and Fathers Day is around the corner. It has been along week, and it is only Wednesday. Well, see everyone this weekend. By the way Tasha how big is the swimming pool??? Forgot to tell Angela about the pool for the kids. I don't know who told me you had one or am I dreaming?? Well, out to the shed to get the rocking chair and other things coated and ready to go. By the way do I need to bring tables and what about chairs?? I figured about 52 people. Well, I have to get to my job, and get the furniture done. Well have a wonderful day. John 3:16 Love Memaw Dottie

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

here i am again back at home. got home around three this morning, but i already have some of the pics developed from NO.
For the party Mom and I made some things this eve. I have some banners to hang and Brett has made some things. I found a coconut lei bra at wally world, but I am too big to fit in it, those teeny cup sizes just wont do. We are cleaning up and hope to hang decorations soon. Wendy if you want perhaps you could come by Friday and contribute advice.

Here's our Sadie "helping" as we rocked the house this weekend! She's almost four months old. This is her doing what she does best.
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Just thought this was cute. We read The Rainbow Fish today and all the kids made fish. Elizabeth's fish seemed startled when his air bubbles escaped from the wrong end!...

Today has gone swimmingly, pardon the pun. Tuesday is one of my busier days ~ today I had nine kiddos. We learned about Texas Wildlife (thanks, Aunt Wendy!) and wrote stories about our favorites. We found some frogs and tried to race them. We had our Rainbow Fish activity and had a beetle encounter. The beetle was not a planned part of my day...he was the size of a plum, very shiny, and shoved into the toe of my boot by one of the boys, either Braden or Luke. Did I mention the very thick, very large pinchy-thingies on top of his head? We watched Chicken Little to round out our day, which I realize is loosely connected...chicken, with me here. Trying to entertain nine children ranging in age from 5 months to 12 1/2 yrs is hard enough ~ sneaking in some educational activities to interest/involve them all is a whole other deal. I was feeling pretty clever suggesting the frog races because it took a while for them to figure out the frogs wouldn't cooperate. The next second, my 2 yr old was eating the frogs as if they were M&M's and my confidence wavered. All is well ~ tomorrow we try again!

The house rocking is underway and looking good. It is slow and backbreaking, but one day we'll sit on the front porch and be really proud of what we accomplished. We won't get to work on it again until Sunday. Maybe my arms will work again by then.

By the way, Oreo can and does jump the new gate on his pen. It is taller than me. Billy has decided he'd rather run with the horses and hightails it for next door every chance he gets. We're hoping the donkeys come soon and capture the hearts of both the goats so that they'll quit misbehaving. The rabbits continue to grow. Sadie is a sweetheart, even if she's a lot lazy.

Talk to you soon.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Well, it has been quite busy around here the past few days and I haven't been able to sit and type. By the time I have a moment I am falling asleep at the keyboard. haha!

Angela, what is this about an extra day off...what is a day off? :)

Saturday we had a great family day. We fogged our house (beginning of summer tradition around here) and we had to leave for at least 4 hours. We went to meet one of Brian's new singers to get some promo material and then went over to Lakeshore Learning Center. My favorite store next to Mardels. BJ got me a gift certificate for mom's day. How cool is that!!! I was able to find some really cool things to make new works. "Love it!"

Afterward it was so hot we canceled our picnicing plans and opted for the foodcourt at the nearby Valley View Mall. They have a carosel inside and bug rode it twice with Daddy. He chose a dragon the first time and then a huge chicken. It was pretty horses for him.

Kaden has been trying to eat us out of house and home this weekend. He must be hitting another growth spurt, that boy. Tonight he was throwing a real wall-eyed fit...kicking the highchair tray with his feet, throwing his hands around, red as a beat...the real thing. 5 months old - can you believe it! Lord please help me! 3 jars of food, a few crackers and water, a bath, clothed and ninny later the boy is out - hopefully for the night. Although he has developed a habit of "napping" for an hour and then waking and trying to stay up later.

My boys they are great!

Today we had a memorial day picnic in the park with all the kids and Ms. Amanda's family. The kids loved it, we got out there about 9:30 and by 10 we were pretty warm - then the sprinklers came on. It was funny. Kutter said "Yeah" and took off full speed. (The park has a great grassy area like a football field). I knew then I would never keep them all out of the water, so I called Brian and asked him to bring towels when he came up. He showed up a few minutes later - habachi in tow - to be "Picnic Grillmister". We had burgers and chips. It was great. Ms. Amanda's husband showed up and he enjoyed watching Nathaniel become "sand-laden boy". It was hilarious. He went directly for the sand after the sprinklers quit and immediately sat down. His jean shorts were brown instead of blue. But he had a great time. Kaden enjoyed lounging on a blanket until he literally passed out from exhaustion. The poor guy just couldn't hang, but wouldn't give up willingly. We wore the kids out - literally. When we got back to the house - everyone washed hands/faces and we read 2 books - then they laid down and within 15 minutes I had 4 sleeping children. Of course by this time Kaden decided it was time to be awake so I pawned him off on Daddy while I retreated to the shower. I was "smelling like a goat" as Angela would put it. I actually covered the bed with a blanket I could easily wash so that the goat children wouldn't stink up my hard to wash king size comforter. How anal is that!

But anyway - 2+ hours later I had hungery kids again, so we ate snack did some art and headed to the backyard. Needless to say when their mom came around 5 they were ready to head home. What a fun day!

Bug, Kaden and I stayed outside for a while longer - it was finally nice and not so hot/muggy. Bug helped me make spaghetti and meatballs - which he ate 3 plates of - while Kaden threw a fit in his highchair thinking he was wasting away. :)

I am going to bathe my bug now and get him to bed. Another busy day at Montessori Home School tomorrow. Talk to you all again soon. Can't wait to see everyone Saturday. Oh, anyone want a kitten or kittens or a big cat?

Trivia - everytime you learn something new you get a wrinkle in your brain...

love to all - say a prayer for a family member - anybody - just pick one - we-
Oh, you changed the name!

Hello all. Hope everyone is having a nice long weekend. Kris and Britney came Thursday night and stayed thru Friday. We had a really good visit with them. We just relaxed and played and laughed ~ it was good to see them both. Saturday we went and picked up two trailer loads of rock for the front of the house. I was really excited about that, because Michael has been threatening to just slap siding up to be finished quicker, but the front and part of the back of the existing house is white rock and I really wanted to keep it consistent. Actually having the rock here made me feel much better. It was after lunch yesterday before we started rocking, by the time we finished insulation and tar paper and getting everything ready, but we finally started and it's coming along great. It isn't a quick process, but you can't even tell where the old rock stops and the new starts. I love it! I'll try to post a picture later. Hope everyone is enjoying the extra day off. Talk to you soon.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

got a name for the blog- when the mood strikes
how about
" the grapevine"
been in New Orleans-
I have been over here in the Gulf area for the past week doing some contract work and picking up a lil' extra money. was working in Metarie, a NO suburb, but we drove thru N.O. East. I got pictures and video on my cameras. Now, you folks all know how jaded I am. When something leaves even ME spechless, it is bad. I WAS SPEECHLESS while viewing all this. You linda get it in you afer a day and get to work. I have found out several things.1- THESE FOLKS WANT YOUR BUISNESS. 2- THESE FOLKS ARE GRATEFUL FOR OUTSIDERS IN TO HELP. Let me tell you, a Metarie, (N.O. SUBURB) lady, has helped to provide for Grannies party on SATURDAY!! Here is how. While on the way to the jobsite-(the jobfrom HELL) I noticed just across the Causeway a Mrdi Gras party headquarters. What caught my eye was all the ALOHA, LUAU , etc decorations they had for sale. First chance I got I made the dangerous pedestrian trek over there to look see. They closed at 5 pm. It was 5:02 PM they were closed, but the owner of the shop had no qualms about letting me in when I told her simply I was from Dallas and wanted to see what they had and why. I bought a few things. Needless to say, she WILL be getting a thank you card and whoever wenats to sign it can. The folks who owned it originaly lived in Dllas but have been in Metarie for the past 11 years. Metarie did not get flooded but got wind damage. The folks in the N.O.proper area now want us. They want our help. You know Natasha. When I say I will go help them I will. Not just because the job market is HOTHOTHOTHOT now there, but because the true HARD CORE NEW ORLEANEANS appreciate us. you know.
see ya sat.
till next time, take care of yourself, and each other

Friday, May 26, 2006

Good Morning...I have just a moment and wanted to jot a few words...

Yesterday was a great day - had 5 kids - 6 for outside and lunch. We had a great working day and lots of fun!

Afterschool Kaden and I went to work on the VBS rooms - got the other mostly done. What a job!

Kaden bonked his head on the window ledge and has a line/bruise on his knot! He screamed bloody murder, scared me and Ms. Jo to death!

Kutter bug is a mess...we have been washing a lot of undies lately and last night I told him I had to again. With his head cocked to the side and each hand held palm up next to his shoulders he said "More finding Nemo underwear at the store." Our deal is he gets the finding Nemo ones when he poops in the potty. Little mess.

Did you know that you can float in the dead sea in an almost complete sitting position?
Well we worked on trees today. Hauled in some. Had to pet the man's donkeys. One anyway. The other would have no part of it. Stuck that nose in the air and went on its way. Well, we are tired, so guess I will go.

Take Care & Love, MemawDottie

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Quote of the day:

Elizabeth, after being told to go brush her hair and teeth before she went outside..."Nah, we're gonna race. I'm so fast I'm just gonna get bugs in my teeth anyway."

Hello all, how are you? Well here is what is going on. Matthew Allen Frazier blessed us at 12:45pm May 19, 2006. He was 5lbs 5oz and 16 inches. He wasn't breathing very well at first, only 50 heartbeats per min, but with in 2min he was up to normal; which was incredible. He was purple when he came out, it was a little scary at first, then they only let me see for a split second and they wisked him off to be taken care of. PRAISE THE LORD, he was not intibated!! He had to spend to spend a few hours under an oxygen hood. They thought that they would have to send him to Childrens Medical in Fort Worth if he couldn't maintain his oxygen level, but exceeded all expectations they had that night and since. He is such a fighter, the nurses said that usually premies just lay there and let them do whatever, but Matthew made them work very hard, it took 2 nurses to give him an IV. They decieded at about 8 or 9 that he would be able to stay here. Gaelan went in about 11:30pm to check on him and they let him hold Matthew. I was still recovering from the surgery so I couldn't get out of bed, I was a little jealous and sad, but I eventually got to hold him. Gaelan was and has been amazing in taking care of me and Matthew!!! God has really blessed me with an incredible husband, he is going to be an amazing father!! I was able to go and see Matthew later the next day, the nurses who came back from the day before where so amazed that he was still here let alone, maintain his oxygen level and temp. On Sunday he started feedings, he had a small set back and to be put under the oxygen hood for a little while, but bounced right back. Now he is breatfeeding every other feeding and doing great!! When started his feedings, they wanted him to take 20 cc, after one feeding he was taking 30cc. Tonight he took 50cc. He does have an feeding tube just incase he doesn't take the 20, but that has only had to be used twice. The goal for him to go home is for him to gain some weight so that they know he is feeding well. They say that if we are comfortable removing and reinserting the feeding tube he could go home friday, if not possible Sunday. They say that it might be possible that he might no longer need the feeding tube. That is our prayer request now, that he maintains his good feedings, gains weight, and the tube comes out soon. Matthew is a remarkable baby. He has quite a little personality. He hate being messed with. He has such long arms and legs. HUGE feet and hands and long fingers and toes. We jokingly call him our little "chimp" baby, because that's kind of what he looks like. He so cute!! but hey I am bias. I am healing from the surgery, I have been released but staying at hospital with Matthew, the hospital offers it as a courtesy. I still a bit of pain, but I can get around. Please pray for me, that I can heal and get over this pain quickly so that I can take care of Matthew when he comes home. Thank you so much for all your prayers throughout this entire pregnancy, God has answered them and more. Well sorry that this has been so long. I will let everyone know when we come home. I have attached a picture of Matthew for you to enjoy. Thank you and God bless.
Love In Christ, Courtney, Gaelan and Matthew Eph. 6:11

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Well, just when you think it's safe to bad-mouth your own children...

After voicing my frustration with my pre-teen daughter a couple of posts ago and spending the better part of two weeks questioning my parenting skills and/or my daughter's mental capacity, the little sh*t comes home today with four medals for Best In Class (which means she received the highest average of everyone in her class for the whole year!) and Commended Performance on every single one of her Taks Tests. How exciting is that?!? She had the best grade in all of her curriculum courses - English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Which proves that she DOES in fact own a brain and actually DOES use it occasionally. It also shows that Michael and I are doing something right in the parenting department - - well, at least we make them go to school... Anyway, she's very excited and we are VERY proud. We'll be celebrating tonight in some way.

Our Braden also came home with good news. Today was field day and his class won every competition they participated in. Braden himself won 5th place in the 50 yard dash, although his ribbon says 6th, because the judges eyes "don't work so good" - his words, not mine, Wendy! He also forgot to wear his really fast tennis shoes. Tomorrow is his awards assembly, so stay tuned for further achievements... don't hold your breath or anything though. This is the child that wants to be a truck driver when he grows up and is pretty sure he's learned all he needs to know. Being Best In Class isn't high on his priority list.

Elizabeth has yet another UTI and is in bed with really high fever today. Back on the double antibiotics - a strong one to knock out this infection and a lower dosage to take for the next month to try and prevent additional infections while her system is weak. Poor Baby. It breaks my heart that she struggles with this so much. She's just miserable right now. Pray for a quick recovery.

Tomorrow is our last day of school! Yea!!!! Wendy, the VBS rooms look great. I so love the penguins. I was thinking of names for the page and came up with "At the Fencepost". What do you think? I had another one, but it eludes me now. Congratulations on now being a multi-homeowner. Caly went home yesterday, with only minor damages to report. Things just weren't going...smoothly? we decided to cut the trip short. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sorry this last paragraph is such a hodge-podge of topics. Adult-onset ADD. We finally figured out how the goats kept escaping. I put them up yesterday and was closing up the gate, but before I could turn around, Oreo smooth jumped over the darn thing. Braden fell down laughing, Haylie's jaw hit the ground and before I even fully understood what happened, here came Billy! I almost cried. I was so frustrated and I really don't want them to run away. Anyway, Michael came out and made the gate taller with some crude carpentry skills and a drill gun. And before HE could turn around, here came Oreo. "Bam!" Poor dumb goat didn't clear the gate that time! So I guess they are safe again for now...

Did you know red kool-aid stains white puppy hair?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

A note on VBS - Angela, thanks so much for making the fish - what a job - I still have some to go! Along with bookmarks, crowns, etc.. Here is a look at one of the walls.

Have you ever tried manderine oranges frozen? I, by accident, or a brain lapse, did - they are really good!

Today was a strange day...I just couldn't quite make it all work this morning. I was running behind and just could not catch my tail for some reason. We started class late (thank goodness Max didn't come today) and Amanda and Nathaniel came late - they were having the same problem. But Kutter bug worked so hard today. He cut and stamped and painted and glued. He knows the sound for the letter "a" now. I am quite proud. It all seemed to even out by lunch time though.

After lunch - Brian and I loaded up the boys and headed South. We signed the papers on the new house today. So it is official, we have a new house. But we won't be actually moving until fall. I will have the summer school program here. Then we will move and hopefully sell quickly.

I haven't talked to Granny about it yet - I wanted to wait until it was all done so that I didn't get her upset over nothing. I don't want her to think I am deserting her. We will still be able to come up and do arts and crafts, but it will probably be on a weekend. Perhaps Sundays after church.

I think we will stick with our church here rather than changing. I just really love our pastor and can't see uprooting the boys from their church. We shall see. Pray for us to be able to make it on time! haha!

Kaden is quite the stinker - this morning at breakfast, Kutter was sitting on the floor next to him eating toast and Kutter puts his binky next to him. Well Kaden just scoots over and snags it. (He is quite the grab nabber these days.) Kutter doesn't notice right away - until Kaden burps and spits up all over Kutter's binky. It was hilarious - I am watching this seen play out and the look on Kutter's face when he looks down and see not only did Kaden have his binky but he had burped on it. It was histerical. Kutter was quite upset with Kaden.

Well tomorrow is another day - I will have all the boys tomorrow and then beginning Thursday I will have the girls as well. Summer has arrived!

Angela - how many items has hurricane Caly destroyed as of yet?

A note on Granny's party - I picked up a few luau lanterns and a tissue paper garland of palm trees.

Until next one another...

She's baaaack! Caly is here this week. Those of you that know her know we'll have anything but a noneventful week!

Sunday we worked on the addition ~ running electrical inside. Light switches and plugs are in place. It took a couple of hours to clean up in there. That space has turned into the garage we don't have. On top of that, two wild birds built a nest in there and proceeded to start a family. There was dried bird crap on every flat spot out there. Gross! We did see two little baby bird heads peeking at us over the top of the nest. That was pretty cool.

Yesterday, I took the suburban to the shop for her makeover. I'm now driving a Mercury Mountaineer, which has lots of silver and reminds me of a spaceship. The back two seats are too close to the rear of the car for my comfort, but it gets good gas mileage and it's only temporary. Hopefully we won't need the back seats very often.

Well, aside from finishing my VBS fish, today we'll just be getting ready for our visit from Kris and Britney Thursday. School is out early every day this week (no school Friday), so the kiddos will be back before I can even get the floors mopped. Tate and Dade will be here soon; Nicholas is here already. Not too much excitement for now. It's early though, and there is that Caly girl to contend with...anything could happen.

Hope everybody is having a productive week.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Well, sorry to all that I didn't get in yesterday. I had quite a busy day and just didn't find the time to be at the computer.

I worked in Kaden's Sunday school class yesterday. I volunteered to help in Sunday school and Kerry told me she needed another worker in Kaden's classroom and if I could be there at 9am they would love to have me. So the boys and I went. Kutter loved his Sunday school room, he played and had a great time and ate donuts! :) In Kaden's class we only had 3 babies, so I played with Kaden and Heaven on the mat until they both got tired and wanted to be rocked. There were 3 workers, so we each had a baby. The other baby was a 3 week old boy named..."Braden". How funny is that. He was so tiny. Truly not to exciting, but fun to see Kaden playing along side another one near his age.

The morning service was awesome. Bro Rial preached about "What to do when your world comes crashing down". It came from Genesis 39:20-23. It was great. He talked about how to deal with life when "God doesn't make sense". How many of us have been there? It was very enlightening. I just love Bro. Rial, he is so straight forward and doesn't try to sugarcoat things or make them "softer". He is honest and just tells it like it is. I appreciate that.

After church, Ms. Jo and I gathered VBS craft/activity supplies to take to the classroom for VBS week, which will be here very soon!

After lunch and nap - the boys and I headed to wal-mart for a few needed items. It was funny, I told Bug that we needed to hurry so that we could get home in time for evening church. Well that was all the encouragement he needed, he kept telling me "hurry mommy, gotta go to church". He loves to go to church and play with the kids.

The evening service was regarding The Da Vinci Code - the book and recently released movie. Have you guys heard of it? I on the other hand am so out of the loop, I did not know anything about it - except the name - I had heard in passing somewhere. This is how out of it I am - I didn't even know that the Da Vinci referred to painted the picture of The Last Supper. I know I know - "Hello, Wendy where have you been?". It was very enlightening. He told us some of the lies in the book and showed us where to find the truth in the bible. He also gave us a q & a page that I am currently studying. He is such a smart man.

Anyway - no kids today. Nathaniel went to the zoo, and Max had a ill sister - so just the boys and I today. We worked this morning. Bug chose the "s" work and did quite well naming objects and remembering the sound it makes. He sometimes pronouces it with a "p" in front of the "ssss". We are working on that.

Any news on Matthew and Courtney? I saw good things regarding Nathan. :)

Well, till next time...take care...wendy

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Hello to everyone, hope your day is going well! We are fine. Had a very good sermon today. 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28 Pastor Cooper is very good, He doesn't beat around the bush. Makes it very plain and clear. I like verse 17, Pray without ceasing. I lift you all up in prayer each and everyday. Love you guys, Memaw Dottie

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Well, I see that someone has got it! Yeah!

Sad to hear about the ball is funny how the parents can get so obsessed and the kids are happy with the trophy...hummm...haha! Just kidding...

Did you stomp onto the field and kick the refs butt? How did they get someone from their team fair is that?

Aren't we supposed to be teaching honesty?

Anyway, I will stop preaching.

Speaking of preaching...anyone for church tomorrow? We could compare sermons. Although I bet I win...Bro Rial is quite a pastor...hard to beat I bet.

I am going to work Sunday School in the morning...can you believe that? I actually asked about assisting in one of the classrooms. But the room they need someone is, is Kaden's class - the bed babies. Seems they have had an influx of babies lately. Wonder how that happened? :) It is sad I know I will teach whoever or whatever just to teach. I am trying to think of what sort of lesson I can do with this group...

Well, we have spent the day cleaning and such...nothing really special...been kinda a slow day.

Kaden tried green beans today...he didn't seem to impressed, but he ate them.

Kutter was "superman" for most of the day with his blue cape cute is that!

Take care of each other...
Well, we lost our game 19-13. I'm sure it was because they were the better team and not because any given boy on their team could bench press at least 3 of our boys. It probably had nothing to do with the fact that the field ump was from their team and made 3 questionable calls at second base. Nope, we surely lost fair and square, so sadly, we're out of the tournament and our season has officially ended. The boys received trophies and that made it all ok.

I'm not bitter at all....
Well, what do you know... amazing what happens when you follow the instructions!

Welcome to the newest little member of the family! How exciting that he's here and healthy!

Just wanted to do a quick update on Braden's baseball tournament. We won last night 20-12 (woo-hoo!!!) and play again today at 1:30. The boys are so excited.

I'll work on getting that goat picture, Wendy. I probably already have one.
Testing, testing 1 2 3...

Friday, May 19, 2006

Well what a hoot, Auntie Angela and her barnyard clan! They keep me rolling. She is having some difficulties getting her blogs to post, but I posted the one she sent. Hopefully we will work it all out tomorrow.

Can you completely envision my crazy brother carrying the goat...oh gosh Angela you must get a picture of this to post...haha! We could probably win money somewhere! :)

Well, I am tired, so I will write more tomorrow...

Oh, update...Matthew has arrived...5 lbs or so I believe and 19 inches long...big feet, no hair is what I hear...I think he had to have some oxygen, but other than that was doing well. All I heard for now...perhaps Courtney or Gaelan or someone will soon join in and let us know more! hint hint!!!! :)
From "Auntie" Angela:

Hill Country info:

Alright, I'm going to try this. Can't have Wendy and Tasha looking like loons conversing among themselves. Can't promise any deep thoughts or earth-shattering revelations, but I will keep you up-to-date on the goings-on of our little family out here in the Hill Country.

Today is Friday. No extra kiddos today ~ Friday is my new off day from childcare. Liz and I start a new job today, however, and will be working at the local sign shop. I have no idea how this job roped me in or what is expected of me. I do know that I will soon be finding a book on "How to say NO!". Just kidding. We are doing it as a favor to a friend out here and I don't think it will be all that bad at all.

Braden has game 3 of his baseball tournament tonight. Since they lost Wednesday, if we lose again tonight we are out of the tournament. If they win, I think we play into next week. Slightly disappointing, as the season was to have officially ended Tuesday, but at least we're down to only one child playing as opposed to three. Michael and I are both tired of running from game to game every night of the week, but the kids have had a blast and that's all the matters. I'm happy that if we still have to play, Braden is the one still going. He shows the most potential and his games are definitely the most exciting.

The kids are all looking forward to school ending next week. This mom is too. I love summer time with them. School turns into mostly an inconvenience by about Christmas. At this point, I'm looking at keeping around seven extra little ones over the summer break on a weekly basis and rotating in at least five others. Add to that our plethora of furry ones and there should be around the clock chaos, I mean fun, at our house.At last count, our furry family consists of two dwarf goats, two bunny rabbits (which are quickly becoming the largest of our herd ~ you should see the ears on those things now!), three cats, and our newest addition...Sadie, a basset hound puppy who has quickly stolen all of our hearts. She is spoiled already and she's only been here a week. We also have two donkeys in the process of being born and/or weaned from their momma to soon add to our clan. Chickens will be coming as soon as we find the time to build a chicken coop, and I'd like to bring in a couple of sheep before all is said and done. We are really enjoying the different animals and they make us laugh a lot. I think they may also add to the entertainment of our neighbors, especially the goats, as we must make quite a scene when the whole family is required to corner them to get them back in their pen. It is often a 30-minute or better process and usually ends with Michael carrying one goat upside down across the front yard while the poor thing screams his fool head off. The other goat, wisely, then decides his best option is to follow promptly before the same fate befalls him. My dear husband bought an actual lasso to expedite the penning of the goats ~ anybody that's never witnessed this is surely missing a good thing. Wearing shorts and boots, my big ol' man marches out there and proceeds to lasso anything that doesn't move... I don't know if you city folks know this or not, but goats actually DO move. Therein lies the problem. I've offered to find fainting goats for our farm (these goats become paralyzed when they are afraid and fall right over ~ seems like the perfect solution!), but Michael thinks they don't exist and it's some sort of scam. Men!

This weekend we will spend working on the addition. This is the first time in a LONG time. Baseball, enough said. We have a few minor things to finish up and the front will be ready to rock. We are using wood siding on the side and back, in keeping with the look of the original house, so that part will go pretty quickly. We've been working on the house since about August. I, stupidly, was under the impression we would be living in it by Christmas. I have since learned that Christmas 2008 wouldn't be an unreasonable goal. In the meantime, we live all squashed together in the smaller house that we started in and build up more and more appreciation for the house that will someday be.

Ok, that's all for me. I didn't mention Haylie...hmmm, well, I can say that she is almost 13 and I have an all new appreciation for the fact that my mother raised two teenage girls. Mood swings and hormones are running amok around here. Anyone interested in fostering her for about 5 years, please be in touch with me. Serious inquiries only, please.

Talk to you soon. Angela