Thursday, December 30, 2010

Don't let the door hit you on the way out!

I don't know about anyone else, but I am happy to say goodbye and good riddance to 2010! We have had too many ups and downs this year and I'm praying, hoping, and wishing that 2011 will be a better year for my family.

2010 began with my mom being diagnosed with a second occurrence of Hodgkins Lymphoma. not exactly how you want to begin a new year. We took things as they came and at times found it hard to keep our heads above water. On top of her cancer diagnosis she was also diagnosed with COPD ( Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) and Congenitive heart failure. All of which are no fun! Thank God she is now 4 months into remission, she has had an internal defibrillator installed to keep her from dropping dead on us, and her COPD is controlled with the use of oxygen. Mom is still not out of the woods, but she's slowly getting there. If we could just get her bone marrow to recover from the damaging effects of chemo, she'd be right as rain.

Just as mom is in the clear from cancer my father in law is diagnosed with a grapefruit sized mass growing on his hip. It's compressing his sciatic nerve as well as all of the other nerves in his hip joint causing excruciating pain in his back and leg. He and my mother in law left the day after Christmas to see a orthopedic surgeon to see about having the mass removed for biopsy so the oncologist here could plan his next move. Instead he decided to do an open core biopsy and remove a good chunk to be taken to the lab for pathology. The orthopedic surgeon said it doesn't look like a tumor at all but a large blood clot. This is very good news for my father in law. We are still waiting on lab results, but if it is a blood clot, it can be shrunk and reabsorbed by his own body with a few injections given by a radiologist here in Odessa. We are praying for more good news as it is very hard to see dad suffer.

2010 did yield us some highs, even if they were overshadowed by lows. Maia started cheerleading and fell in love with something that she wants to continue doing for a long time. She has dreams and aspirations that she can achieve as long as she keeps her eyes on the prize. I m so very proud of my Mini Peppette and look forward to the 2011 football season.

Micaylah is growing into quite the young lady, and although teenage years are right around the corner she is a wonderful young woman right now and I'm hoping she stays that way ;) She has started tking guitar lessons, and has become more outgoing at school and at church. She even joined the New Years Eve talent show at church. I'll try to post videos but Bloggers video uploading system sucks!

October 10, 2010 Michael, Micaylah and I were all baptized and our lives were forever changed. We gave testimony for the first time and shared our Baptism with our close friends and church family. It was a powerful evening for us and we continue to live for God and praise him for his Mercy, Grace and Blessings he has given to my and my family. He truly is an awesome God, and him pulling us out of the fires of 2010 has proven that to me tenfold.

Michael and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and continue to love eachother more and more every day. I am so thankful to have this wonderful man in my life that I can call my own. He is so faithful and honest, a wonderful father and my best friend. I look forward to 40 more years with him!

I wish all of my 6 readers a very happy New Year! May 2011 be a year full of blessings, joy, laughter and love.

Adios 2010, don't let the door hit you on your way out!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Our team is WHAT? DYNAMITE!!!

This year I put Maia in the boys and girls club tackle football league as a Mini Peppette Cheerleader. I was hesitant at first but my friends insisted it would be great fun for my kiddo and the whole family and it definitely was. Maia had so much fun and was so focused on learning her cheers and dance routines, I was impressed! She cheered her little heart out for the 4th grade Gonzales Steelers and I couldn't be more proud. This is the first activity that I have put her in that she gave 100% and really loved.

In October all of the Mini Peps and cheerleaders were invited to Dance with the Odessa High School Showgirls at one of the OHS football games at Ratliffe Stadium. WE were all excited becasue we had never been to a Texas high school football game. It was so much fun. The girls danced their little hearts out and OHS beat Midland Lee High 38 to 21!
Me and my little Showgirl during the game.
These crazy kids in white overalls and red knee high socks ran these flags up and down the track after every touchdown. So cool!
Don't mind my kitchen, just look at my little star :)
Our boys made it to the Championship game at Ratliffe, and although they didn't win we are all so proud of our Steelers! Here's me and another cheer mom Jo cheering our kids on!
My girl cheering on the stands at Ratliffe.
And here she is cheering on the field. Go Steelers!

Our boys getting ready to enter the field through the run through sign.
Maia at her very first football game. I love this kid!

I haven't uploaded pics from the awards ceremony or the girls end of the season party, but they did win a trophy for Best Sportsmanship Overall. They beat out 20 other squads for that title!

Long overdue.

It's alive...

I can't believe how long it has been since I blogged! Life grabs you by the horns sometimes and all you can do is go with the flow. Between family, work, and our crazy schedule, you'd be surprised at what a hectic summer/fall season we've had.

The girls are both doing good in school. Maia continues to get effortless straight A's and wow her teacher. She's at a high 4th grade reading level and brings home 2 to 3 library books a day. Micaylah is really loving the 5th grade. She has 3 different teachers in an attempt to ready the kids for Jr. High (Already???) and I think having different teachers breaks up the monotony of her day helping her to focus better. HEr grades have been awesome and we really are so proud of her.

Michael is Michael. He's so simple and easy to please. Give that man some Call of Duty and keep the soda coming, and he's A-OK. I love him so much. I may be a video game widow, but I'm thankful he's home with us.

Mom as you know has had such a crappy year! Poor thing. First she's diagnosed with cancer, then COPD (chronic obstructed pulmonary disorder) and congenitive heart failure. None of which are good but her endless trips to the Dr are making the light at the end of the tunnel a little more visible. Praise God that her cancer is in complete remission! She finished treatment in the beginning of October after 4 long weeks of radiation. She had to go every day and it was hard! The radiation has left her with some long term effects, but being alive outweighs them. The cancer center even presented her with a diploma that said "This is to certify that Tammie Guerrero has finished cancer treatment with perfect determination and bravery." It was sweet, i love the West Texas Cancer Center.

After the cancer was kicked in the behind, mom started seeing a new cardiologist. He confirmed her congenitive heart failure and told her she would need an internal defibrillator. He also told her that 9 out of 10 patients with this disease can drop dead without warning due to irregular heart beat. So of course she agreed to have the surgery. She was scheduled for the 8th of November, but ended up in the hospital on the 2nd with pneumonia and severe anemia. After 6 days, tons of antibiotics and 3 units of blood she was well enough to come home, but not to have surgery. It was postponed until the 22nd which was yesterday and I'm happy to report that the surgery went very well! She's still in the hospital, but I'll be bringing her home today. Her Dr said the surgery went beautifully, and that the device tested PERFECT. I was so relieved because to test the device, they had to STOP HER HEART (OMG) and see if the defibrillator would shock it back in gear..... thank God it did.

Work as usual is super hectic and busy. I'm finding myself hating my job more and more every day. I have this coworker that seems determined to set me up to fail. She is constantly on my case for every little thing I do. I even have to ask her permission to use the freaking bathroom! My theory is that she wants me to quit, so that she can hire a lazy spanish speaking 20 yr old who thinks she knows everything. Sorry hun, I'm not going anywhere and I am not going to fail! Get over it.

My after work schedule has been nuts! I often ask myself "What were you thinking Melissa?"! I'll break it down for you:

Monday : Micaylah's youth music team/guitar lessons.
Tuesday: Maia's Cheer Practice.
Wednesday: Church
Thursday: Maia's Cheer Practice followed by Christmas Play Practice for both girls.
Friday: Fixed date night for Mike and I... No Exceptions we need time together!
Saturday: Grocery shopping, cleaning, family time
Sunday: Church twice.

Typing it out, it doesn't seem so hectic. But add cooking dinner, running moms errands, a load of laundry here and there, and cleaning house in the mix and it's no wonder I'm exhausted!

Thankfully Football season has ended. Our 4th grade Steelers made it all the way to championships at Ratliffe Stadium and my girl got to cheer on hallowed ground... where football is concerned anyways. But I'll do a separate post just for cheer leading :)

I have so much to be thankful for right now. My family is amazing, my mom is on the right path to full recovery and we are continuously blessed. I wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, God Bless you and yours!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fair thee well my summer vacay!

Today is the day I dread all summer. The end of my summer vacation. Just typing it depresses me. Now don't get me wrong, I love my job. I couldn't ask for a better schedule. I work when my kids are at school, I have all the vacation time my kids do, and get paid for 12 months when I only work for 10. It's awesome, but having all of these weeks off from work to spend time with my kids, enjoy family visits, and get my house in order have been a bittersweet reminiscence of my stay at home mom days. I would LOVE to go back to those days, but sadly I can't. I don't ever think we will be a one income family ever again. I like bringing home bacon, but I miss volunteering at my kids school, having lunch with friends, and taking mom to dr appointments without having to take the day off work.

Ok, I'll stop before I get any more melancholy. My summer is over and I just have to deal with it. I'll go to bed soon and get up at the crack of dawn to gt dressed, fix hair and make up, and go to work. I'll start living for weekends again, and sleeping in on Saturdays. *sigh*

On another note, my kids will also be bidding their summer farewell in less than 2 weeks. I'm so ready for them to go back to school. They have been so bored and at each others throats for the past month. WE still have to get school supplies and a few school clothes, but we'll do that this weekend. Their lists are insane, but when are they ever reasonable?

I hope everyone has a great WEdnesday. I'll be spending mine sorting millions of papers, registering students and answering the phones on the first ring. "Good Morning Milam"! Better practice my chipper voice, I don't want people to think I wish I was still on summer vacation.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Constant Craving.

For years I went to church with the girls, minus my unwilling husband because I wanted a better relationship with God aside from the Catholic raising I had few fond memories of. I wanted my girls to soak in all they could learn, I wanted us to learn together. But I grew tired of the church we went to, rather I grew tired of the Pastor and his wife. I just didn't feel like we belonged there so we left. I never did find another church after that, my feelings of walking into another church with my kids sans my husband scared me. I hated to think of what others were thinking seeing me alone. In my heart I hoped that we would go as a family and Mike just wasn't ready.

For the past few months now he has shown more interest, when mine has been faded for quite a while. He studies his bible, and he has the girls summarizing one chapter a day. I read my bible when I hear it calling to me. I'm still learning, so baby steps are what's best for me. My husband enjoys reading his bible ( as do I), and I believe he craves it. That makes me happy that he is finding his own happiness in the Lord. Something i found on my own a few years ago, and let fade from my life for fear of judgement. I wanted the spark he was feeling again.

Awhile ago I suggested a new church to him and the time just wasn't right for one reason or another. So a month ago he suggests we try it out, and we did. We like this new church and feel it is where we belong for now. We feel that we have been brought to this church family at a time when we are both needing it the most. Every sermon and Sunday school lesson speaks directly to my heart and I feel that spark slowly burning hotter and hotter. I'm learning and understanding more than I have in along time. I am craving my relationship with God more and more and it's causing emotions in me that are unexplainable, and hard to handle. But I will continue to pray, and feed my soul. We will continue our journey as a family and that makes me happier than I have truly been in a long time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monopoly "Money Makes It Real" and a GIVEAWAY!!

I was so excited when Hasbro contacted me to do a giveaway celebrating the 75th anniversary of one of their most popular games Monopoly! We love Monopoly in our home and with Family Game Night catching on in homes all over the country Hasbro is will be giving away Classic Monopoly to 2 lucky Much Ado About Nothing Readers! To enter simply leave a comment about what Family Game Night means to you or what games your family enjoys playing together. For another entry simply "Like" Family Game night on Facebook by clicking here. Be sure to come back and let me know if you "Like" Family Game Night on Facebook for your extra entry.



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Monday, July 26, 2010

We love our pets!

I cannot say how much we love our pets! They love us too, I think ;) We have 2 chihuahuas named Penn and Teller. They are brothers and we have had them for a little over 2 years. These fur babies have completed our family and although they shed, bark and hog the bed, we can't imagine life without them. There really is nothing like a pet to teach your kids responsibility and gentleness. Our girls are responsible for feeding and putting the boys outside. They also walk, play with, and cuddle with them. Just look at them, do they not look content and comfy being our babies?

video

Here is a little video of the boys doing the only trick they know... cha cha! Enjoy!

Much ado reviews Spinbrush My Way!


Each package comes with more than 140 (water-safe!) stickers, including:
  • Letters (pink and purple: for spelling out their name or nickname!)
  • Adorable animals (puppies, bunnies, ladybugs and birds)
  • Fun phrases (Girls rule, XOXOXO, Glam Girl)
  • Cute rainbows, flowers, peace signs and hearts (who doesn't love those?)
  • And for your little princess-- or rock star-- there are themed stickers as well!
It's been proven that kids brush 38 percent longer with a battery-operated Arm & Hammer Spinbrush for Kids toothbrush. Plus, with a $6.99 price tag and a jeweled purple on and off switch, you can't lose!


Several weeks ago I received a Spinbrush My way in the mail. I decided to give it to Maia for her birthday so Micaylah wouldn't feel left out that she didn't get one. She LOVED it. It was the first present that she "played" with. She immediately used the entire sheet of animal stickers, added her name, and rushed to the bathroom to brush her teeth! I love that she was able to personalize it her way. The spelling of her name is uncommon and we will probably never find pencils, note pads, etc. with her name on them, so she loved that we all knew that this was Maia's toothbrush.

My only complaint about this toothbrush was the battery was dying right out of the box and replacing it was a chore. The screw head is so tiny I had to use a eye glass repair screwdriver to change the battery. But once it was changed my girl was happy as a clam brushing her teeth.

Unfortunately, the Spinbrush My Way is only available for girls right now. However, if you have a little girl, she would love this toothbrush. If you cannot find the Spinbrush My Way at any of your local retailers, never fear! It is available for purchase online at their website www.spinbrush.com for $9.99. There is also a downloadable $2.00 off coupon. I was able to download and print the coupon to purchase one for Micaylah with no problems.

* The Arm & Hammer Spinbrush My Way was sent to me free for review. I was not paid to review this product.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it...


My Aunts and nephews arrived July 7th and left July 14th. After 10 long years, it was great spending time with them again. Maia immediately took to Auntie Rosine and didn't leave her side the whole week.
July 7th was Russell's 8th birthday so I had the cake waiting for him even before he arrived :)
Russell enjoying his first smore, ever. He loved them, ate 2 and still wanted more.
Jojo really, really enjoying his smore.
On Saturday the 10th I threw both of my July babies a joint bday party. Here's my birthday girl spending that money in her head. We went to Target later that day and she spent that money like it was burning a hole in her pocket.
Russell enjoyed his first birthday party.( It was his first party ever)
The kids, Kaylah 10, Jojo 9, Russell 8 and Maia 7.
Keep away boys vs. girls
The birthday cakes!
Another day we had a water balloon fight. I filled 100 water balloons and just let the kids go crazy!

These pictures are from the day they left. I took them before we all started crying. Auntie Rosine with my girls
Me and Auntie Rosine.
Me and Auntie Leo
Me, Auntie Rosine, Auntie Leo and Mom
The kids enjoying my fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn. ( I asked Russ if he liked mashed potatoes and he said " Oh yes, I had them at a restaurant before".)
These kids are definitely related!
Russ and Maia enjoying some watermelon. That poor watermelon didn't stand a chance. It was gone in 2 hours!
And finally me with the boys, Jojo and Russ. I love these kids to death, they were so sweet and helpful while they were here. We miss them all so much!


I feel like a terrible blogger! It's been weeks but I'm here now so that's got to count for something right?? My family really enjoyed my family's visit. It was a short week, but we are so grateful for the time we were able to spend together. My Aunties have not changed one bit. Can you believe they are both in their 60's? They cooked and we ate, I cooked and we ate. A lot of their visit included the kids playing and the grown ups sitting around the dining room table eating, talking and laughing. We were all sad to say good bye, but we have plans to meet up in California summer 2015 to take the kids to Disneyland. 5 years seems like a long time, but we are hoping it goes by swiftly.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

It's been a whirlwind of a week!

I'm going to make this short because I'll do a more thorough update after the Aunties leave and post pics from the entire visit then. They arrived last Wednesday, which was also Russell's birthday. We of course had cake and ice cream and I cooked at home thinking they were probably tired of fast food by now. We have just been enjoying their company. I seriously have the cutest nephews. Jojo is my kind of kid. He's funny, loves to be helpful, and gets along with the girls very well. Russell is shy but loves attention. He's very sweet and can't get enough of the dogs and the girls' XBOX.

Saturday we had a joint birthday party for Maia and Russell, the had a blast and received great gifts and money that immediately started burning a hole in their pocket. Today I took mom, the aunts and all of the kids to the mall for some shopping. The kids enjoyed watching the figure skaters practice, while the aunts enjoyed the 80% off sale at JC Penny. The boys are spending the night tonight so the Aunts can do some packing and get a good nights rest. Tomorrow we will be going to the post office and then to Midland for some Chuck E Cheese. The kids are looking forward to it. We might also do some shopping at the midland mall, it's so much better than the one here in Odessa.

I hope everyone has had a restful weekend. I better go, I hear all 4 kids fighting and I think now is a good time to tuck them in for the night :) Good night.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Shhh it's a surprise.

Look at what came via the UPS guy today? The folks at Arm & Hammer Spinbrush MyWay sent this to me for a review. My plan is it give it to Maia on Thursday for her birthday. I know she'll love it. I can't wait to give it to her and see how her little mind decides to customize it. Be sure to check back!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day!



Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband, Michael. I appreciate everything you are and strive to be. I could not have hand picked a better man to have a family with. We love you so much.

Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there! This is your special day and I hope you are enjoying it. I cooked all day yesterday and the better part of my morning for the dads in my life. Most importantly my sweet husband. I cooked several Mexican dishes, Menudo, chili verde, and enchiladas. I also made all of the fixings, beans, rice, guacamole, and salsa. I was a cooking machine. Luckily Mike's parents and grandparents come over to indulge with us. My mother in law brought a yummy ice cream cake for desert. We had such a nice day just hanging out with them eating and watching movies.

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful weekend and I wish all of the dads out there a happy Father's day! And though I have been without a dad for 19 years, I still think of and honor him on this special day. I love and miss you everyday Daddy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Surprise!

Sorry it has taken me so long to post! Things have been hectic with mom and trying to get the house in order before my aunts arrive from Guam for a visit. For starters I promised a surprise and for those of you not on Facebook here you go! Maia and I cut and donated our hair to Locks of Love. I had made a deal with a coworker to cut our hair for LOL as soon as summer vacation began. When i told Maia what I was doing she immediately wanted in. HEre are a few pictures. Above is a picture of Maia holding her two 13 inch braids. I love her haircut, but most importantly I'm very proud of my selfless girl. A woman at the beauty shop nearly cried when she heard we were cutting Maia's hair. She begged me not to do it, and do you kno what my 6 yr old said? Let me break it down for you:

Random Lady: Your hair is beautiful, are you getting a trim?
Maia: No, I'm cutting it all off for Locks of Love.
RL: Oh no, please don't it's so beautiful and shiny. Please don't do it.
Maia: My pretty hair will make a pretty wig for a little girl with no hair at all. My hair will grow again.

What's not to be proud of?


Here's a picture of me with my long hair.
And here I am sans the 11 inches the hair dresser cut off!
And finally our hair all clean, braided and ready to send to LOL. Maia's Braids are the ones at the top of the photo. If you're interested in donating your hair to Locks of Love it really is a worthy cause. Here are a few requirements for donating hair. Hair must be clean and dry before sending it to LOL. Ponytail or braid must be 10 inches or longer. All hair types and colors are acceptable. No over processed hair that has been bleached or damaged by other chemicals. Also If you tell your stylist that you are cutting your hair for LOL, they will usually offer you a discount on your haircut, mine did :)



Besides cutting off all of out hair, things have been pretty quiet around our house. Mom has been ill off and on, in need of blood transfusions and lots of rest. I promise that I am taking awesome care of her.



Maia is so pumped for cheerleading! SHe can't wait to get her uniform so that she can try it on and parade all over the house wearing it. She is going to be the cutest Mini Peppette ever!

I guess that is it, the rest of us have been pretty boring the past few weeks. KB passed 4th grade and was promoted to 5th. Mike is always at wok, and when he's home he is playing Super Street Fighter 4 or Modern Warfare 2. And I, am just trying to enjoy my summer vacation and keep my kids from killing each other. I hope all of you are enjoying the warm weather, cold pools and airconditioning this insanely hot summer. Avoid the heat and I will be back soon.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Summer, summer, summer time!




This week has been insane! With so much to do at work and school it's safe to say that we are SO GLAD Summer has arrived! WEdnesday Maia received 3 awards!! A Honor Roll all year, and 2 excellence in a math awards. Micaylah received her TAKS scores and she passed Writing and Math with flying colors. We are so proud of both of our girls. How blessed are Mike and I to have such amazing kids?

Today my best friend Courtney came in from Dallas with her new baby boy Marshall. I have been waiting to meet this little angel since his arrival on April 3rd. He is the sweetest baby and Court let me love on him all afternoon. I love babies and since I can't have any more of my own, I enjoy other peoples babies :) Micaylah is such a great helper and Marshall was grateful when she fed him a bottle. We had a great visit, I can't wait for her to come back into town next month.

Thankfully we don't have plans for the Memorial weekend. Being lazy around the house is just what I need to get over this week. I want to cook a pot of Menudo and just veg on the couch watching reruns of My Name Is Earl.

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend. I'll be back soon with a big surprise. You wont want to miss it!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Just a quick hello!

I know, I'm the worst blogger but in all fairness it is the last week of school and I am SUPER busy with work so please bear with me.

For starters the kids are doing great! Both are healthy, mostly happy and so ready for summer vacation. Last week Maia's Brownie troop had their awards ceremony and my girl earned 12 patches! She was so proud and so was I. Her troop leaders organized a pizza and banana split party, and all 17 of the brownies had a blast! Micaylah's troop will do awards tomorrow and I'm hoping she has as much fun as Maia's troop did. Also last week I was elected into the Gonzalez PTA as Vice President. The idea of being on the board is exciting and scary but I'm definitely up for the challenge.

This week is insane! Between my job, the kids end of year activities, mom's appointments, and maintaining my sanity I'm having difficulty finding a quiet moment for myself. It's pretty bad when I look forward to going to the store for milk because I know I'll be alone for a few moments. Tomorrow Maia is going on the Accelerated Reader Mystery Trip ( Shh, they're going to Mr. Gatti's). She can go because she is a top reader at her school. Then Wednesday Maia will be getting a Principal's Award for Straight A's all year and then a surprise award, maybe citizenship or a reading award. Thursday both girls have Bulldog Blowout, which is like Feild Day but less structure, more craziness. The school rents jumpers, hires a DJ and enlists the help of parents to serve the kids all the snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and pickles they can eat. It's a tradition at Gonzalez and all of the kids look forward to it every year. Thankfully Friday is the last day of school and I am officially on Summer vacation. I can't wait to sleep in and enjoy cups of coffee on my porch instead of cold starbucks at my desk :P

I hope everyone is well! Sorry for the quickie post, I promise once May is over I'll be able to devote more time to my 3 readers :)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Much ado reviews Ouchies Jr.


A couple weeks ago Ouchies sent us their new line of Jr bandages to review and my kids were thrilled to see Olivia on the tin! Lil Miss LOVES Olivia and these were an instant hit. Her favorite had to be the " I always feel Olivia-ish". Super cute right?

I can't say enough good things about these fun bandages. My kids run straight for the Ouchies when ever they get a booboo and understandably so. Just picking the right design for their booboo distracts them from the hurt every time. I love the adhesive, even on a sweaty 6 yr old, it stays on like a gecko walking in the ceiling.

Ouchies are fun for everyone. Whether you're a boy or girl, young, teen or in your 30's you will love these bandages. To find an store near you, or to order online head on over to the Ouchies Website and check em out. I promise you'll wish you had a Owie so you could don one of these awesome bandages. THank you Ouchies for the awesome opportunity!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Answered Prayers!

I'm seriously on cloud 9! Why? Well we got the news Monday that Mom is in remission. Yes you read that correctly, REMISSION! All scans came back normal. Our prayers have been answered and in such a short amount of time. Our Lord above is truly great! Mom will still have to finish 8 more rounds of chemo followed by radiation therapy to ensure every cancer cell is obliterated. I can't put into words how happy I am knowing Mom is ok and will be around awhile longer! The kids are elated. Knowing Grandma has been sick has been hard for the 2 of them.... shoot, it has been hard on all of us. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and continued support. Without friends and family, these past 4 months would have been awful. Thank you for making me laugh and smile.

This week has been so long! Sunday Maia had a tummy bug. It was non stop throwing up, and crying on her part. Poor baby, she was so miserable I was afraid it was her appendix. Luckily it was just a 24 hr bug. Kaylah bug had her standardized state tests this week in reading and math. These tests are very stressful for the kids and KB is no exception. The pressure on these poor children is ridiculous. KB feels that she did well. I told her as long as she does her best, that we'd be proud no matter what the outcome. Pass or fail, commended or not, we are proud. When the older grade levels, the lower levels pack up and head off campus for field trips. Maia went to Lowe's and planted begonias and then headed to UTPB park for a picnic. She had a blast. Kids at my school tested as well and for someone who works in the office, it was heaven having the campus closed for 4 days. No parents coming in, 50% less phonecalls to answer, and most importantly it's QUIET! I love it.

I'm sorry this is so short, but with the school year coming to an end this is a very busy time for me. Please bear with me, I will be back very soon!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Brownies can do anything!


Last Monday I took Lil Miss to Freedom Park for a nature walk with her brownie troop. Her and 15 of her fellow brownies searched the park for everything from pine needles to ant hills. They had so much fun! Here are a few pictures from the park for your viewing pleasure!

The sky was gorgeous!

Obviously the pigeons are well fed!
As pretty as it was, the water is NASTY!
This tree trunk reminds me of the Wizard of Oz!
Lil Miss and her BFF!

The kids had such a good time. If you have a little girl I recommend girls scouts. My girls have such a good time and are learning how to be good people to their friends and the community.