Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We typically drive our car to Texarkana for fuel conservation purposes, but on this day we took the truck because my husband must have been in a meeting or unavailable in some sort of fashion when I was texting him from his work parking lot stating that I was there to trade vehicles. So, down the road we went in the gas guzzling machine.
I spoke with my husband right before entering Texarkana's city limits and the conversation went pretty much like this:
Me: "Honey, the truck isn't running quite up to normal standards and I smell a burning-type odor."
Husband: "Your fine, the truck is fine, just drive it, it will be fine." I know this doesn't sound like a very concerned or loving response, but anyone who knows my husband is aware that he has a "tad bit" of sarcasm in his daily life and meant for comedy only. This was not said in a mean way, he just likes me to think that I am a little crazy....sometimes he is able to convince me!
Me: Laughing, and tired of hearing the word, "fine", "Whatever you say, dear. I obviously am wrong and crazy." Did I mention I am a little sarcastic as well?
So, off I went with two children into the big city. On the way in we did encounter a typhoon like wind/rainfall. That is always exciting.
We pulled into PetSmart and I went in and did the whole cat food purchasing thing, came back to the truck and.....started it. But when the truck started, the entire body of the vehicle began to shimmy and shake....thought to myself that this seemed quite odd, strange and NOT FINE! Anyway, I put the truck in reverse and proceeded to back out of the parking spot. About two feet into the reverse, the truck DIED! Tried to restart, no such luck.
In my moment of despair, I thought, well I have to get this huge thing out of the middle of the parking lot. I know! I will have my eighty-five pound thirteen year old push this eight thousand pound truck back into the parking spot! Great idea, right....yeah right. The truck just rolled farther back during the attempt to push it forward. It didn't sound like the most clever decision I have ever made, but I actually did have reasoning. I wasn't about to get out and try to push the truck while David would be in control of the brakes and the steering wheel....especially since the truck was dead and there was not any power steering or braking. Also, parked right in front of us...a brand new BMW. Nope, I had to take my chances and let the boy try and push...haha. Just as David was giving all he had, which wasn't much, a truck of college aged boys came to my rescue and pushed us back in our spot...thank you, Lord!
Next came the call to the husband....
Me: "The truck is not fine!" then I told him what had happened.
Husband: "Hmm, come on, what do you mean it died/won't start?"
Husband: "Ok, where are you? I'll be there in an hour, get the information for our warranty ready for me when I arrive." keep in mind that we live an hour away and that my hubby isn't just taking his time.
Me: "Okay, I am going to take the kids to get some lunch...see you soon."
The children and I walked over to Chick-A-Fil (a Smith term) and had some lunch and waited for Daddy. When he arrived he checked under the hood, determined that it was the fuel pump (we found out later that his diagnosis was correct....errr), and called the local Ford dealership to come and get it. Of course, the vehicle is so large a normal tow truck could not suffice, we had to have the flat bed come out and take it away. This did wonders for my husband's ego! Him and his big truck.
In conclusion, husband rescued us and took us home, truck was fixed, and all is FINE! Next story: How I caught my kitchen on fire last night. Does the fun ever end?
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The not so great stuff:
- It seemed as though all areas except the dining room were smoke filled, cough, hack, cough.
- Food was MCL/Old Country Buffet quality...sometimes worse.
- Evening shows were not as good as some that I have seen at high school functions.
- The comedian put one of our friends to sleep and never received a laugh from my hubby or myself.
- The continuous movement of the ship, the only time we could not feel movement is when the boat was docked at port.
- Husband rolled off of a stool from the movement, water sloshed out of our glasses at meals, my girlfriend and I almost took several falls with our heels on at elegant night.
- Never able to walk in a straight line on the ship....watching poor elderly people struggle to walk.
- The barf bags set out next to all of the elevators for our convenience....YUK!
- Some of the filled bags set out....BLUH.
- Finding out the captain did not use stabilizers for the purpose of conserving fuel...I think everyone would have chipped in if that was the case.
- Ping pong and mini-golf...only activities available on the ship...Oh, sorry....there was a pool and hot tub as well, but since the rocking of the ship was so intense....they were closed a lot of the time.
- Did I mention the food was lousy? Desserts were pre-made...COME ON!
- Constant motion sickness type feelings.....having to head to bed early almost every night to prevent a toilet hugging event....not that there was anything to do anyway!
- We actually paid for this vacation!
On the more positive side:
- We were able to have friends on the ship which made the experience laughable and not an entire flop....very much a blessing!
- The beds were comfortable as well were the pillows!
- Brand new televisions in the staterooms....is that really on my pro list?
- Didn't pay that much for this cruise.
- Our stateroom attendant was extremely nice and attentive.
- Our dinner staff was amazingly nice and helpful....Joseph would replace our disgusting entrees with the very tasty shrimp cocktail appetizer any time we asked (every night).
- Being able to have as many shrimp cocktails as we could engulf.
- The shrimp cocktail was good!
- Great pizza and caesar salads.
- I never had to "act" on the motion sickness...everything stayed down the entire cruise.
- Didn't get hurt the many times that I fell because of the constant swaying.
- Nobody fell off of the ship!
- Card playing on the Lido deck with our friends.
- Good times in Cozumel and Progreso Mexico.
- Only rained a couple times...rather than the expected rainy weather.
- So happy to see the cruise come to an end!
I don't know if I will ever be brave enough to set sail on another cruise ship, but if I do it will NOT be with Carnival Cruise Line, it WILL be an enormous ship, and it will most definitely NOT set sail from New Orleans!
Just a side note: I stepped foot off of the boat on Thursday, October 22nd and I still feel the movement of the ocean when I walk or move a certain way....it is most assuredly not pleasant.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Our last soccer game was cancelled due to the excessive amounts of rain we have had and are still having. We have another game scheduled for tonight. Will we get to play? Probably not...still rainy.
Monday, October 5, 2009
- Cruise attire shopping this past weekend....after the funk had left the house for 24 hours.
- David woke up this morning with more funk...crud!
- Sooooo much laundry to do with the constant changing of the germ-ridden sheets.
- Formulating the initial packing list for the cruise.
- Started writing out the typical daily goings on for while we are away.
- Planning some meals for my mother-in-law so she doesn't have to mess with it.
- Lots of rain AGAIN around these parts.
- Shoe organizer for the laundry room broke (really bothering my OCD ....going to Wal-Mart later to see what I can replace it with).
- Braydon has another soccer game tomorrow....always amusing.
- Waiting on some books to get here that I ordered.
That's about it....hopefully everything will get done!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Me: Stomach virus of some sort.
David: Sore throat.
Braydon: Sniffles/red, itchy eyes.
We all feel much better today....thank goodness! I want to get all of the funk out of this house before cruisin' time!
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Braydon: "Pa, can you snap your fingers?" (showing Papa the action that a snap requires, but not actually doing it)
Papa: "Sure can, pal...how about you, can you snap your fingers?"
Braydon: (Staring carefully at his fingers in the snap position) "Nope, my noise hasn't come in yet!"
We all laughed....a lot!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Braydon: "Mommy, there is something that I have been meaning to ask you for a loooong time."
Me: (Thinking this is probably going to be one of those serious, take your time to answer questions.) "Okay...well go for it."
Braydon: "Well, I don't really know how to say this...soooooo I have this itch on my butt and it will not go away, no matter what I do."
Me: (Snickering, but trying to remain serious....because this is really an issue for him.) "Let Mommy take a look." (Proceed to check out the area in question.)
Braydon: "Well Mom, what is it?" "Is my butt going to have to be cut off?"
Me: (Trying soooo hard not to laugh out loud) "No honey, it is not going to fall off, you just have a mosquito bite on your bottom. Let's go put some medicine on it to make it stop itching."
Braydon: "Whew, that was a close one...thought I was going to have to have surgery!"
Husband heard the entire thing from the living room and was laughing hysterically upon my return! Kids...gotta love 'em.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
He comes to the front of the tank when he sees you approaching and begs for food....very entertaining. He will also follow your hand anywhere you move it on the glass. He should grow anywhere from 10-15 inches long and live for a long time. The kids love feeding him and watching him maneuver around his tank.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
It will take us a week or so to get our schedule ironed out the way we like it, and I am ok with that....really, I am. The first day is always just a little quirky, but we managed to do a really cool science experiment that was extremely informative about the formation and destruction of molecular bonds. David was really intrigued, which is always good. It looks like he is going to be a big science nerd like me!
We drove to Texarkana tonight for two meetings:
- David's Toastmaster Club meeting (Youth leadership/public speaking group)
- My homeschool meeting
It was a great time! There was a guest speaker at my meeting that discussed teaching children with various learning disabilities....very informative. It's always nice to hear different teaching methods for all types of kids.
They had an art program there also to keep the little ones occupied...so even Braydon had a pleasant experience.
David was named, "Vice President of Public Relations" in his club, so he is just ecstatic about that. He is all pumped up about trying this new adventure. I am glad that he is looking forward to doing something different.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I was told by the first surgeon I went to that I would have to have my left jaw broken and wired shut afterwards, but the doc that did it didn't seem to think that particular procedure was necessary. He did say it would probably feel about the same post-operatively....yay for me! Anyway, the teeth were sliced out, stitched up, and all I had to show for it was bulldog cheeks and a bruised face.
The post-op period was definitely not fun, but I am doing very well now and I appreciate everybody's calls and generosity......thanks!
Monday, August 10, 2009
So, I am not allowed to eat before the surgery, and my stomach is growling as I type. It's a great appetite suppressant, huh? (Except for my appetite is not really suppressed, just not permitted...hurumph.) My surgery is at 2:00 p.m. and we have to take the long drive to Kana to make it happen. Maybe I will take a nap on the way there so the suspense of the drive will not keep creeping up on me....or I will just uncontrollably jabber until my husband's ear falls off. That will be a fun hour for him.
Couple things about the procedure that you all may find amusing! There is a slight chance that afterwards my stitches could come out prematurely causing drinking to be an entirely different experience for me and everyone around. You see, my tooth sits very close to my sinus cavity and if not perfect, I could leak liquid from my nose each time I take a drink! How wonderful! Won't I be the life of the party? The kids will just love me....maybe I will make it on the internet!
I am sure everything will go as needed...just thought I would get a few thoughts off of my chest. I will post about my experience soon...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
What a nice treat at the end of a workday. He also had a very endearing card stating how much he loved me. It's these wonderful sporadic displays of love that I adore about him. I am so thankful to have found my one and only! Thanks honey, I love you.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Braydon is doing preschool/kindergarten this year. We are using Sonlight and Handwriting Without Tears for him. I haven't purchased a math curriculum for him yet...I am still looking into them..thinking maybe Saxon, Singapore, or Horizons. (More research for me!)
David is going to do Sonlight for Bible, Literature/Reading, and History. We are using Christian Liberty Press Grammar and Spelling along with Apologia Science. He will still be doing Spanish and Health (Abeka), and of course, Math (Saxon). He will also be learning his way around the kitchen more and will be building an entire engine with his Dad.
I am excited to see how this year goes...last year was a sucess...so we will see!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
- Shooting BB guns
- Flower planting
- Dog Training
- Livestock Showing
- Hunting Simulations
- Cooking In the Kitchen
- Horse Maintenance
- Unlimited soft serve ice cream cones (the boys double fisted these at times!)
There were several other activities to participate in, we just were not able to fit them all in. We did have some monsoon-like rain at times, but we did not let that stop the good times! We were served lunch and all of this fun was...FREE!! Can you believe it?? Oh, and I entered a drawing and won fifty dollars....wowweee! Could this day be any better??
We did meet some fellow homeschoolers there and are delighted that they are going to be a part of our schooling experience this upcoming year...such wonderful people! What a blessing from God! The boys met some great new friends and traded emails/phone numbers so they could stay in contact since we live farther away than just down the road.
It was another great day for the Smiths!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Other progress for Braydon:
He can write almost all of his letters (uppercase only)
Writes his name by memory (mastered this at 3...it is just looking nicer now!)
Knows almost all of the letter sounds
Can write a few words from memory: (all uppercase)
He has asked so many times to write these out he has just remembered how they are spelled. I am in the process of teaching him how to read two and three letter words...so I will keep you posted....not too shabby for a four year old!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
He is going to buy a laptop with his saved money and the birthday cash he has coming in. He is very excited and he already has his comparison shopping list written out so he is able to find the best bang for his buck. I hope he finds what he wants!
Happy birthday, Squisheroo! I love you bunches!
Monday, June 1, 2009
We finally were able to take the plunge on Saturday after fixing all of the chemicals and getting everything else into working order. It was a blast of fun. Has anyone ever realized how non-relaxing swimming with three boys is?? Well it is, but we had fun watching the goofballs indulge.
Check them out:
Sunday, May 31, 2009
I hope you had a great day, sweetie! We are very blessed to have you in our lives and I thank God every day for you. Thanks for being such a wonderful man. Love you bunches!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Braydon: "Mom, this 'H' has the diameter of 64 inches fwared". (Braydonism for squared...he hasn't mastered all of his consonant blends.)
Me: "Oh, well ok...thank you for letting me know!"
Braydon: (in a flabbergasted tone) "Jeez, Mom, you should already know that!"
I think maybe he has heard David and me talking during algebra time.....hilarious!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This is the weekend we were extremely close to driving into a tornado. We drove through a little city that a tornado touched down just minutes after we had passed through....whew! We made it to our destination, but had to seek shelter from a nearby Sam's Club for safety. After hanging out in the book section (the only place to keep the youngest of the boys occupied) for thirty minutes or so we were cleared to leave and finish our errands for the day. Thank you, God, for watching over us.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
David finished a lot of his curriculum way early, so we have just been doing some supplementation stuff...which he is ok with, but would rather just leave that spot in our schedule open...go figure.
He still has to do Math and Spanish during the summer to keep it fresh in his mind, but we do that every summer....except for the Spanish (that one is new this summer).
I went to the homeschool convention last week and figured out what we will be doing next year and David is very excited to try some new methods of learning! Braydon will be starting preschool officially and that will take some patience from both of us! Just another adventure for us. In conclusion, I am glad that we tried homeschooling this year. It has brought David back up to where he should be academically.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
He is a rescue kitty and has a bobbed tail. He was born this way and it makes him unique....which we like. We adopted him from Petsmart and he has been a great kitty so far. (We have only had him two days.)
The best part was the introduction of the cat to the dog. There were tufts of fur flying and sporadic bouts of hissing coming at us, but for the most part they are doing quite well together. It will take some time for Fargo the wonder pest to realize he has to share the throne....but he has no choice!
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Okay, so here is the mental picture: Me, pushing the cart, Braydon inside. David, running along next to the cart. The water is puddled about two inches deep in the parking lot. We are running as fast and as safely as we can. We get to the truck. Braydon gets in the truck...foot touches the wet running board and quickly proceeds to fall back out of the truck. (We are trying to do this entire process quickly...not really working for us.) David pops the back hatch and starts unloading the groceries. I take the cart to the cart return. David gets in the truck. I throw my purse into the truck and then climb in. By this time, there is a puddle of water in each of our seats. I appeared as though I had just climbed out of the shower....not one dry hair on my head. The boys equally as wet. What an experience.
When we arrived home I wanted so badly just to leave the groceries in the back for later, but I had refrigerated stuff...POO! Oh well, we couldn't get any more drenched! So we made it into the house and we all changed into nice dry clothes. Braydon then asks to do it again! What an adventure!
Scenario # 2 This morning I was sweeping the baseboards in my bedroom closet. No biggie, right, just doing some normal housework. Progress is taking place and almost done then...A REALLY LOUD KERTHUNK! I had sucked up one of my tank tops into the hose! Oops! I reached for the power button and turned it off just in time. It didn't reach the motor...whew. Then I finished and went on to my next task....just another day's work, huh.
Scenario # 3 Not really a situation but a status update. We still have the ferret...YUK! Why oh why did I have a weak mommy moment????
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
- School is going well and the boys are looking forward to summer.
- Took family trip to Gatlinburg....fun!
- Had a yearly check at the "girl doctor"...not so much fun.
- Pool should be open soon!
- F3 tornadoes very close...scary!
- Pollen everywhere...a heavy yellow dusting on everything in sight.
- Have a ferret now...I am glad the boys like him....that is all I have to say about that.
Life is starting to settle down again...will post more often now.
Friday, February 27, 2009
It was all worth it, though, I love you and hope you have a great day today! You are one of Mommy's most precious treasures from God.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Disclaimer: This blogger is not responsible for any injuries incurred while trying this stunt! Pose and drink at your own risk! Happy Hiccups to all!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
At our previous residence our house had a foyer that led into a hallway with a powder room to the side. The hallway was rather narrow and the powder room was down the hall, halfway from the foyer and halfway to the kitchen. Getting the picture? Anyway, the door to the powder room opened into the narrow hall but still leaving a space from the adjacent wall. Normally, we would keep this door shut to keep the hallway nice and open without any trafficking obstructions. NOT this day!
Picture this: Me, thirty-nine weeks pregnant, extremely overweight, appearing as though I was having triplets, and on a mission. (My mission was just to make it into the living room and sit. I had extreme difficulties walking and staying upright at this point in my pregnancy. I was one hot mess.) And here I come, waddling my way through the hall, trying to first pass through the kitchen so that I may have a mid-point snack, then on into the living room. Well...no such luck. I didn't quite make it to the kitchen. I was stopped by the nuisance of a door and a wall. Somebody didn't shut the bathroom door, but I thought that I could squeeze my massive self through without any serious issues. Ummm, WRONG! The door hit my super-sized belly and the wall hit my ginormous bootie! I was stuck. Wedged in between the wall and the door. What was I to do? I did what any girl in my situation would do...called for my husband.
That was the mistake of a lifetime. At this point in time, I am not even thinking about the comedic nature of the event. I have my mind set on getting de-wedged. SO, my loving hubby comes around the corner and almost hits the floor because, obviously, instantaneous laughter such as this can cause you to loose your footing. Hurumph!
Good news; though, nobody was hurt and the door didn't have to be taken off of the hinges to set me free. Thankfully.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Nashville House....where a kid can be a kid!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The next day we went to our family doc and he said, at first, that the tube was not in there. I had just seen it prior to the office visit, so I knew it was around there somewhere. After poking around a bit, he discovered it and then he casually leaned back on the desk, crossed his arms and says, "His tube has went back into his eardrum." HUH?!?! What??? I have never heard of such a thing. That had to be one of those possible complications that they tell you prior to surgery that you really don't think will happen. Well we were destined to go to "Kana" and see a specialist to get that bothersome tube checked out.
Yesterday, we visited the specialist. The doc looked in Braydon's ear with a special microscope type binocular thingie and put a little funnel in his ear. Next, he took an instrument, grabbed the tube, and then proceeded to use a vacuum to suck out the nasty. (Again, I will spare the details) Fifteen seconds and it was all over. Braydon was so brave!
So what happened?
The tube came loose from it's original site and his body went into "attack the foreign object in my ear mode". So, granulation tissue formed along with the unmentionable gook. That is why his ear looked like a train wreck!
For his courageous acts, we did take a trip to the mall and get a large m&m chocolate cookie. That made everything better.
And this is what our week has been like thus far.......
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Setting: We are at the mall. I am patiently waiting outside of GameStop for all children and grandparents. A frantic, most excited child runs out of the store, stopping in front of me!
Hammy: MOM! They have air guitars inside the store for FREE! (A moment of changing facial expressions, from total hysterics to disappointment.) Yeah, but they are all out. Do you wanna come see the sign, Mom? It's right over there, I'm not kidding!
Me: (With a big cheesy grin on my face, trying not to giggle too loudly) Well, buddy, remember what an air guitar is??
Good times, good times. Just to let you know, I did explain the circumstances to the kiddo. We shared a chuckle, and then he said, "Doh!".
You can always count on children to lighten the day!