Friday, December 26, 2008

You know you're getting old when......

A person spends 4 hours trying to load music on an MP3 player they received as a gift. After 4 hours the helpmeet says let me take a look at it...and says " did you turn ON your MP3 player?"....he turns and says "Well, there is an On/Off Switch on the side." Said helpmeet answers "babe, the on/off switch is to LOCK your mp3 player so you cant load anything on to it..." *sigh*

Another sign is when you try to tun on your daughters MP3 player (are we seeing a pattern here?) and it is not co-operating. You try and try to figure it out. Everything loaded fine, it just wont turn on. You get out your sons MP3 player which is Identical to the daughters only to discover that the battery that came with his has plastic around it. Note to self *when placing a battery in a MP3 player, remove plastic and it will work fine....

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Looky Looky...


8 Tv Shows I watch (8???I am not even sure if I KNOW of 8!)
1. Survivor
2. The biggest loser
3. Heroes
4. Grey's Anatomy
5. My Own Worst Enemy
6. Rachael Ray
7. Batman
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (ok give me a break...I have a boy who loves his Saturday morning cartoons!)

8 favorite restaurants

1. The Texas Roadhouse
2. Joes Crab Shack
3. Kingfish
4. Mongolian BBQ
5. Chilis
6. Olive Garden
7. Los Compadres
8. The Downtowner
(note to the children, please notice that McDonalds is NOT on that list!)

8 things that happened to me today

1. I went to the gym.
2. My sister called me :)
3. I received a great email :)
4. My daughter gave me some encouraging words
5. I walked out of the gym in the freezing rain...and DIDN'T fall (that counts right?)
6. Was asking by the munchkins to play a game
7. I had children that actually DID their chores...
8. Had a little one crawl in my lap, give me a big ol kiss and say "I love you mommy"

8 things i look forward to

1. Watching the kids open their gifts on Christmas day
2. My Nephew coming home
3. Going to my sisters for Christmas.
4. Going to visit my friend in Tennessee
5. Paying off debt!
6. Sleeping in
7. The end of our school year
8. Buying more curriculum (I should be in a 12 step program for buying Curriculum...Hi my name is Angela and I am a curriculum junkie)

8 things i wish pray for

1. Christian children
2. Grandchildren
3. That Kyle and I not lose sight of each other as our kids grow older and then move out
4. Safety for my children
5. To be able to take the kids back to Haiti to "meet" their birthmoms
6. The salvation of their birthparents
7. To teach my children everything I can to help mold them into children of God
8. Sanity

8 People I tag

1. Terri
2. Connie
3. Michele
4. Cassie
5. Amanda
6. Melissa
7. Salt and light Mama
8. Whomever else wants to join!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Well.... I did it...

I was able to put on a pair of jeans from the "regular" know....the ones that don't have a "w" after the number??? I may not be able to move or breathe...and I am pretty sure I broke a rib or two....and the entire world can see my panty lines...but by golly I was able to get them on....and zip them up.....without lying on the bed....y'all know what I am talking about lol

Monday, December 08, 2008

Breaking news...Batman and Spiderman are brothers....

Katharine (holding Spiderman): Let me see his brother.

Noah (holding Batman): They aren't brothers! They don't look anything alike!

Katharine: It doesn't matter...they were adopted

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Like father like son....

Every Monday evening I take the girls to dance (we leave the house by 5 and we get home around 8:30) and Noah stays with his dad. He has had basketball practice lately but last night he didn't. He and dad had a little time to spend together last night....this is what they did :)

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Why is it...

That whenever you go on a trip, your house has to be perfectly clean before you leave??? Don't get me wrong, I clean my house. When we leave to go on a trip never feels right unless it is as close to "white glove perfect" as I can get it??? For real..who is going to be here to enjoy it anyway? The cat? Now I am off to clean, vacuum, and scrub the carpets of my car....where we will spend approx 12 hours over the next couple days trashing it.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

A "wee" bit sore........

Well I FINALLY got the call I have been waiting for! I had put myself on a sign up list last summer to participate in our local gym's free program. If you work for 2 hours/week in their childcare room you get a free gym membership, free classes, and free childcare for my munchkins! They called me up last Wednesday, I went in for my orientation last Friday, and I made my 1st gym visit on Saturday. I really had a great time. I was alone and I wasn't the only fat plump hefty overweight person there (whew). I was able to get in a couple miles on the treadmill and about 5 miles on the stationary bike. Since I walk on the treadmill at home, it really wasn't all THAT different. I did, however, hop up on some of their weight machines to do some strength training. Ok.Ow.My shoulders hurt lol. But its a good hurt....I am looking forward to heading back tomorrow and working in the childcare center then taking an hour to do more cardio (hopefully I will get brave enough to tackle the elliptical....pretty bad when you see a woman in her 70's going to town on the machine and I am cowering in the corner like a little girl) and more strength training. According to the peeps at sparkpeople....strength training should be every other day so I am going to give it a shot.....I will probably do the same machines I did before as....well....I can't figure the others out ROFL! I am going to try and keep my eyes open and "spy" on people to see how they do the machines...........

On a funny note.....I saw people carrying these huge weights and doing walking lunges around the gym with the weights over their head. They were groaning pretty load...I was thinking to myself that I could not fit in there as I would have to use the 2 pound weight over my head.....while simultaneously falling on the floor and grunting....oh its a good thing I am not in Bob or Jillian's hands...I am such a wimp LOL

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WFMW- DONE Being the Fat girl.....

While I am sure many of your are familiar with Sparkpeople (a free online weight loss tool), many people have a hard time finding the encouragement and "camaraderie" that they need to help stay focused...well I have found it! I re-joined sparks a couple weeks ago and found the name of a group I thought sounded "cool" is called "Done being the fat girl."

So true! How many of us want to just be DONE???? They constantly have challenges and competitions that you are held accountable for. I constantly have a message in my sparkpeople email box about

birthdays, encouragement, or even posts on my spark blog offering encouragement or some other characteristic that goes with their "Go get 'um attitude." It has really helped/pushed me so far the past couple weeks to start shedding the pound again (See weight loss tracker above). I know that with all the challenges and support this group offers I will meet my goals!

For more WFMW posts check out Shannon's blog!

Monday, October 27, 2008

If you don't know the Heimlich.....

Learn fast! The kids were sitting down eating lunch (bread, lunchmeat, cheese, corn, and a fruit of their choice). Noah and I grabbed a pear while the girls grabbed tangerines. Noah and I finished ours and the girls were finishing up. I was logging my food in to sparks when I heard Katharine coughing. I looked at her for a 2nd (it almost sounded like that asthmatic cough...and get a winner!) and then she turned and looked at me pushing herself away from the table. I asked if she was ok and she didn't answer me..she just kept gagging. I ran over and flipped her onto the table and before I knew it my hands were on her stomach and the little piece of tangerine came sputtering out of her mouth. Point never know when or where you may need is best to KNOW it and NEVER need it...than to NEED it and never KNOW it!

Menu Planning Monday

Welcome to another exciting week of "How frugal can the Caswells eat?" aka Menu planning Monday......

Sunday- Baked Oatmeal, Chili, and yet more chili

Monday- Leftover Baked Oatmeal, Lunchmeat & Cheese sandwiches w/ celery & ranch dressing, Pasta salad w/ homemade bread

Tuesday- toast & peanut butter, "build your own" baked potato, Bean soup w/ cornbread

Wednesday- Grits w/butter, Peanut butter & (homemade) apple jelly sandwiches w/carrots & dressing, Roast w/ broccoli and potatoes

Thursday- Bagels &cream cheese, Tuna salad w/ homemade bread and carrots, Grilled cheese and tomato soup (YUM YUM!)

Friday- Fried eggs and toast (from homemade bread), noodle soup w/ carrots, Pancakes w/fried apples (homemade)

Saturday- Waffles, Peanut butter w/homemade apple jelly on homemade bread w/celery and cream cheese, Pumpkin and black bean soup


Yesterday my "baby" girl turned 9! For months she has been reading the American Girl stories and decided last summer that she really wanted an American Girl doll. After finishing all the stories she decided that she liked Samantha the best. She has continually asked for her for MONTHS and if you know her, you know she never asks for ANYTHING! My other 2 I take into the store and its "I want this" or " I want that." She is not that way...she never asks for something unless she REALLY wants it. We even told her that if this is what she wanted...she was going to get the doll going out to dinner for her birthday or any other gifts..just this doll. She said that was more than fine with her. That just cemented that YES she REALLY wanted the doll! Well moms, you know how it goes, you really want your kiddos birthday to be special.....So on Saturday I took the trio and met several other moms from her dance class and we all went to lunch and to see High School Musical 3. They absolutely loved it! Several of us moms looked at each other when the movie was over and said "wow...that was actually good" LOL. In our opinion, it was MUCH better than the 1st two...of course the kids think they are all cool!

Here are a couple pics of my girl who woke up at 6:30 (am!!) to open her gifts (I say that with shock as we have never ever had an early Christmas morning.....every year we have gone in and woke the kids up at 8:00 LOL they just like to sleep)

Friday, October 24, 2008


Doing schoolwork with a boy after having a shot of proventil is..such.a.dumb.idea.

Where have I been???

Going crazy would be my 1st answer! Last Friday Kyle and I went to Sellersburg to pick up a heater from Free cycle (yeah for freecycle!). On our way down a friend of mine called and said that she was as tired of her kids as I was of mine had couple free tickets to Little Nashville to go see the house band and wanted to know if I wanted to go with her. I was jumping out of the car and running home without my feet hitting the floor saying TAKE ME PLEASE! TAKE ME PLEASE! I said "ok, sounds good." We headed out that night and it was SO much fun. It was Eastern star night so I think we were the youngest ones in the crown by about 40 years, but that's was fun anyway!

Saturday was Noah's football championships...he won! his team won for the whole division...exciting day! I was ashamed I didn't get that posted sooner :( great job little man!

This week we have been trying to stay on schedule/ahead of schedule with our school work being as we area headed out to Myrtle Beach in just 2 weeks (yeah!). If Noah keeps up his pace he should be finished with his phonics and reading by the time we leave and only have to work on math for a couple weeks when we return. Katharine has been trying to stay at least 2 days ahead of schedule...if they keep up this pace we should be able to break at Thanksgiving and then start again January I. long. for. that. break................

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A day in the life of a Homeschoolin Hot-rodder....

Maddie did her math lesson today and then played a game of "tornado." For those of you who are not familiar with math-U-See, each one of those blocks you see stand for part of a place value "equation." The green guys are units (ones), the blue are tens, and the reds are hundreds. MUS makes it easy for a kiddo to learn place value as each guy (green, blues, reds) all live in little houses on decimal street...only 9 guys are allowed to live in each house...the green guys house is all the way on the right, the blue guys house is in the middle, and the hundred guys house is on the left. In the game of "tornado" we place all the guys in the correct houses...and then a big "tornado" comes through and splatters the guys all over "decimal street." It then becomes her job to put them back in their own home (therefore learning the "place" of ones, tens, and hundreds)

Here is my Noah boy giving a big smile while doing his handwriting (brought to you courtesy of Rod and Staff curriculum)....

Isn't his handwriting NEAT???? I am so proud...he is only in 1st grade but I think he is finally learning to SLOW DOWN................

Yep here is Ms. Katharine doing her Language Arts ( Learning Language Arts Through Literature).........................

She is learning cursive this little perfectionist is hard at work. At the beginning of each line you see the 1st "word" that is pre-written in the book, the rest on the line are hers! I can't tell the difference in most of them!

Look who's back on track!

Yep my sis is back to bloggin' again.... head over and say "hi"!

sēē mē rēēd

I am a mom who is all for doing whats best for your kids....even if its not "your cup of tea." This one Here are some pics of my 4yo daughter reading her 1st story yesterday! She was so proud of herself! How did she do this? By using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 easy Lessons. We used it to teach my oldest how to read, and then we made it through 1/2 of it with my 2nd (He catches on to things VERY easily and he was getting bored with it), and now we are using it for my youngest. She is having a ball learning how to read and thinks that it is too cool that she is starting to be "Big" like bubba and sissy :) The lessons take about 20-30 minutes a day and are very smooth flowing. Pay no attention to the weirdness in the letters actually helps them later on (yes I was one who bought this curriculum thinking "I am NEVER going to like this!"). What else is good about this program you ask??? It will cost you less than $20! This is a great idea for people who are just getting their feet wet in homeschooling or for those who are seasoned and looking for a simple program to use! We love it and that is what worked for me!

Maddie Reading her 1st story yesterday

She's not proud at all..ya think???

Check out Shannon's for more WFMW posts!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Pancake house!

So now as the blog police have alerted me of my crime....

The pancake house...oh my....dream come true if your world revolves around pancakes (as it does to Maddie). Her most favorite....favorite...FAVORITE thing in the whole wide world is....yep...pancakes...

We have a new restaurant open here in town called "The Pancake House." They not only serve breakfast all day (one of my favorites but one of Kyle's pet peeves) but they also serve a wide range of sandwiches and dinners. We try to not eat out all that often, but it is pretty much guaranteed that we will eat out on grocery day (which falls every other Wednesday). A couple weeks ago we had said we would go to "The Pancake house" oops......we kind of....well...forgot.... We have not been able to live that one down *sigh* so needless to say today was the day to go to *yikes*! "The Pancake House!" As soon as Maddie's eyes popped open today it was "We get to go to the pancake house today!" Before I knew it...I was washing dishes and the youngin' was dancing around in her underwear singing " we are going to the PANcake house today! The PAN cake house! I am going to have PANcakes today!" All this while doing little twirls...and dancing on her toes...We go to pick up Kyle's check to deposit in our account and as we leave Maddie says "Papa! We get to go to the PANcake house today!" No joke...everyone we ran into before lunch knew we were going to the PANcake house lol. I brought my camera but forgot to take pictures...oh well..I would of had to of been pretty fast anyway as my little darling ate 6! whole pancakes before I had finished my sandwich!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A sample of Hubby's work :)

Here is a pic of the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison boat headed back into town the other day (courtesy of the Madison Courier). See the black cover on the blower? The cover that has "eyes" on it? Yeah, my husband did that :) All of it was custom work...Isn't he talented??

Monday, September 29, 2008

Been MIA~

Sorry I have been MIA for so long everyone....back on the 14th we had a horrible wind storm that went through our county and left us without power for 8 days. Fun. yeah. to say the least. It could of been much worse and it was FAR from being completely devastating (although MANY homes, vehicles and such) were damaged. We were blessed in the fact that we only lost about 1/4 of our roof (not completely blown away, just had some shingles and tar to be fixed) and the trees that DID fall down were on the back of our property (40ft tall pine trees) so they didn't land on anything but the ground :) If the same trees at the front of our property would have fallen that way, it would of gone straight through the kids rooms. We praise God for saving us from that! Our neighbor, on the other hand had an oak tree completely uprooted and dropped on his truck...*ouch* Many of the trees around here were not even "torn", they were just completely uprooted. I am going to try and head out to get some pics of our area where there are still some trees down.

Hopefully we are now *back* on track!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

- no power for angela -

this' lori shepler & i'm posting for angela - as you can see, she's not been on here for a long time - this' due to the fact that she's no power & hasn't had any for almost 1 week now! - they're 'thinking' they'll get it restored sometime tomorrow or monday, but no guarantee, so we'll see - please pray with/for them as they're without all the conveniences that we all take for granted - thanks & i'll post on here again if i hear anything else!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Ahnier is here!

And yes there is supposed to be one of those thingy marks over the "e" to make "ier" sound like "yeah"...but I have yet to figure that one out :). At any rate...head over to Lori's blog to see pics and welcome the whole family home!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dear Katharine....your adoption story

Dear Katharine,

Here is your adoption story, full and complete until the time you came home. As you continue to grow and read your story and look through your pictures we hope that you continually see where God had lead you, and where He is leading you. We loved you before we ever knew you, and will continue to love you all the days of our lives.

We began praying for God to bless us with a child immediately after we were married. God was continually showing us that the timing wasn’t right and that we were not looking in the right place for our special little one. As we began to pray, we became more involved with the people of Haiti, 1st through missions and finally by being touched by adoption. In September of 2001, we contacted Gods Littlest Angels about an adoption. We submitted some paperwork so as that we could be pre-approved by the Haitian government as we were not quite old enough according the specifications of the Haitian government. When the paperwork was returned we were told that we were not able to adopt a sibling group, but only a single child. We were disappointed but excited beyond belief about what God was doing in our lives! We compiled our dossier and were able to have it arrive it Haiti on June 28, 2002. After this was a wait…and more waiting…and more waiting….then on July 28, 2008 we received an email from GLA saying that a picture of our new baby boy was included, should we choose to adopt him. We were thrilled! As we continued to read we noticed that the email also said little Geno had a 2 year old sister ready for adoption if we were willing to try and fight the Haitian government. Attached to her email were 2 pictures, one of you and one of Noah. When we saw your picture we felt an immediate connection and there was no doubt in either one of our minds that you should be part of our family. We emailed GLA back and told them yes…and we immediately left the house to show you off to your new grandma & grandpa as well as Aunt Terri, Uncle Brian, and your new cousins. How happy everyone was! The excitement was just beginning. We had a picture of you and now we were just longing for you to come home and be part of our lives.

Just two weeks after we saw your eyes, we met two women who would be an instrumental part of your little life, Barbara Walker and Lori Shepler. Barbara was so glad to see us as she had brought many more pictures of you to share! We left our meeting with Barbara with light hearts and optimism. At the time, Haitian adoptions were taking about 90 days; you should be home by Thanksgiving!

Days turned to weeks, and weeks turned to months. You weren’t home for your 3rd birthday and we cried. We mourned the fact that we had lost yet another milestone of yours. We longed to hold you, love you, and show you what life can be. After your birthday came Thanksgiving and you still were not home. By this time we had been in and out of IBESR 2 times. We were now in our 3rd time for good. While these times were hard, nothing could have prepared us for having presents under a Christmas tree with no children home to share them with. During the Christmas season of 2002, you were staying at GLA’s orphanage. Dixie gave us the BEST Christmas present ever…pictures of you! This was yet another time when your mom cried and cried….she cried because she missed you, she cried because you weren’t together on Christmas, and yet she cried because you were smiling in your picture and well….you were just so beautiful and perfect.

Months continued to roll on and we were seeing people come home with their children who started the process after us. It was very discouraging. You were growing older and not with your family. We so desired to be together but God knew what he was doing (as I learned over and over and over again during this process)!

Finally the day came! We had all your paperwork in order and we were to head to Haiti to pick up papers and get your visa. Oh how excited we were! We immediately booked our flight and left on April 14, 2003. We flew from Cincinnati to Atlanta, and then Atlanta to Miami. We spent the night in Miami and headed to Haiti on April 15, 2003. When we arrived we received disappointing news. The person to hand over your papers was not there anymore and we more than likely would not be able to get your papers in time to bring you home. We were faithful and believed that God could do anything, if it was His will.

As we excited the Airport we had a HUGE surprise! Noah was plopped into your mothers arms and you were plopped into your Papa’s. You had a huge scowl on your face! It was at that time the nanny explained that you had just awakened and you are ALWAYS a grouch when you get up! We were so glad to be prepared! As we scooted our way through town, you sat on your papa’s lap in the front seat and Noah sat on your mothers lap, asleep. You and your mother played “peek-a-boo” all the way through town…what a great memory.

While in Haiti for 2 weeks we met with your birth mom several times. It was so obvious that Christina absolutely loved you and she wanted you to have a better life than what she was able to give you. It was with tears in her eyes that she handed you over to us time and time again. She not only had tears of sadness (as she would miss you very much), but she also has tears of gladness (as the translator told us) because she wanted a life for you she had never had, a life she could not give you. She had completed very little school and so desired you to be able to be educated. Unlike America, education in Haiti is not free and open for everyone.

Every time we saw her she was drawn to you. She would love on you and kiss you, hold you and take care of you. She loved you and continues to love you. We always watched in awe at how strong she must be. We now understand how much she loved you and what a sacrifice she made for you. You see Katharine, like us, she loves you very much and wants you to grow up happy and healthy. How blessed you are to have 2 mothers who love you so much!

We continued through our 2 week stay in Haiti and you amazed us every day. You ate like a horse and even had to be taken to the Dr. as you were full of little intestinal buggies! We were all SO glad when that situation was…well…”cleared up.”

We made trips to the mountains and even to the beach when we were there. We took along a little beach umbrella and a little bucket to put Noah in so he wouldn’t have to go into the water. Once again you surprised us! You refused to walk into the water! YOU ended up sitting in that little bucket while Noah and Papa went into the water.

Oh the times we had! You delighted us with your songs and dance, and your ability to change a baby’s diaper. However, when it came to be night time you would cry…and cry and cry and cry. We felt so bad for you as there was no comforting you. You were grieving…stuck in a strange place, with strange people who didn’t even speak your language! You were “persistent” to show us your ways and how things were “done.” We ALL had a lot to learn.

We left at the end of those two weeks very weak and weary, teary eyed and sorrowful. We will never forget having to hand you over to The Nungsters at HIS home for children not knowing when we would ever see you again. It seemed like an endless cruel joke. We had issues with the Haitian government and we were now having problems with our own. Your mother cried out in despair so many times with a heart ache only another adoptive mother can understand…why….why were you to stay??? Oh ye of little faith…. (Remember how we said we learned much through this experience?)

As we boarded the plane, your mother cried. As we flew over oceans and land, she bawled. As she handed over a child we were escorting home to his new Papa, she cried even more. When we arrived in Cincinnati we were met by your Uncle Brian and Aunt Terri. We didn’t want anyone there…we just wanted to get home. As time went by we prayed for you and asked God to work in everyone’s heart so that you would be prepared for you new life in the states which we KNEW was going to happen…we just weren’t sure when.

After many prayers and contacts with our senator we began to see our prayers come into fruition. On June 4, 2003 your mother was once again with Lori praying for a little girl who was here in the states for surgery when we made that last call. It was to Katharine Sharp in Immigration in Haiti. She had all of our paperwork together and wanted to know if someone could be there THE NEXT DAY!!!!

Without hesitation your mother shouted “YES!” and headed home. As she was driving home she was praying to God over and over again, “Lord please give me a flight out tonight, be with my children. Give us safe flights, protect them. Lord Prepare them! Lord prepare US!!” As she raced the 2 hours home she called your papa to let him know that she was heading out…she just needed a flight!” She arrived home and was able to catch a flight….it was a good thing she was already packed as we had to leave the very moment your papa walked through the door!
That night she flew from Cincinnati to Chicago and then following day she flew from Chicago to Miami, Miami to Port-Au-Prince. She stepped off the plane and waited for Barbara and Kendra. Her flight was at the end of the day so the kids were not with them when they picked her up. After the visa appt. they quickly rushed back to HIS home for children. As your mom walked into the building, everyone was eating a wonderful looking dinner of pasta. She scanned the room for you but it wasn’t until she heard “MAMA! MAMA!” that she knew where you were. Her heart leaped with joy! Before she knew what had happened she had run over and was squeezing on you! After she picked up you and your brother she headed back to the guest house where your Papa was calling. He was waiting in pins and needles just to hear that you were safe and coming home…..finally.

You mom put you to bed early that night as you had to be up by 4am. When she woke you up…yes you were a grouch J that was to be expected though. She dressed you in a pretty little outfit and put on a pair of shoes. When you looked at those shoes you felt so proud. You couldn’t speak English, but would show those shoes to anyone who would half-way pay attention to you. The plane ride was uneventful and you even seemed to enjoy looking out the window and playing with your new toys. As we arrived in Cincinnati we had a small group waiting for us. Your grandma & grandpa were there as well as Lori, Spike, Brit, and Kiara (the other girls weren’t in the picture yet). Those who aren’t involved in the adoption arena often time don’t understand how important that “Airport” scene is! For us, it was like a “birth” a we were so glad to be able to share this homecoming with everyone.

From here on out your story continues…you will continue to grow and laugh, cry and mourn. If you take anything away from this, we hope it is that you understand that you were very much wanted and desired by not just one family, but two. God truly blessed us through this time and continues to bless us now. You are growing into this sweet young lady with so much potential. Keep your eyes on God, remain focused, love Him with all your heart and soul, continue to be obedient to Him and you will be blessed beyond measure…this is our prayer for you.

Love always,
Mama and Papa

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

WFMW- Mildew in caulking

Today's WFMW from Shannon is a backwards version so I get to ask YOU questions! My question today is about caulk. I have this wonderful garden tub which I clean daily. The only problem is...I continually get mildew in the caulk! I can't ever seem to get it clean and it is looking like the only option is to scrape it out and start all over. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how to get the mildew out without having to replace the whole thing???

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Labor day Meme

This one is all about your in in having children. Being as all of our kids were adopted...this should be fun :)

How long were your labors?

#1 & #2- Congrats! Its Twins! Only 2 1/2 years apart....forget hours baby...we are talking about months.....10 months of dossier prep, translations, and immigration all followed by 10 months the Haitian side paperwork, translations, and immigration.

#3- 30 days dossier prep, translations, and immigration followed by 4 months of the Haitian side paperwork, translations, and immigration (yeah we learned from our mistakes the 1st time)

How did you know you were in labor?
Labor = work...obviously you have never put a dossier together........

Where did you deliver?
not too many moms can say this one...."At the Airport"

yes please

You bet...we flew in the coach section both times

Who delivered?
#1 & #2- I delivered them myself thankyouverymuch

#3- decided to take the easy way out *cough cough* and let Lori do it....

If you would like to join in head over to Shannon's and leave your post!

Yard Sale Saturday!

Yeppers...yesterday it was A YARD SALE DAY! We headed up to a community wide yard sale we go to EVERY year. There is one place where I ALWAYS get Katharine new pants...brand name items for just a few bucks. Needless to say, I had a small heart attack when I pulled up and saw that there were hardly ANY tables there....*gulp.*

I walked around and to my delight

I found Kyle a shirt (he was just the right height).

After my glorious find I skipped 'round the table

to find pile after pile ..could he wear them? Yes he was able...

As I sang with glee I continued to search

and what did I find? New shoes for church

I leaped through the air from sale to sale...

As you can, I'm not frail..

smiling gleefully at every turn...

I found new ways to read and learn

increasing my collection of Mark Twain

And books about weather to learn about rain

I passed by the antiques and many pool floats

but the sight that caught my eye were the glittery pink winter coats

I noticed deal after deal that made my pocket book sing.

The Brand new boots I bought will make Maddie's heart ring

As I danced through the streets I found spider man and sonic shirts for a boy

that would certainly make my sons heart jump with joy

As I found item after I item I said" No! This can't be!

A brand new dress for $2! you see?"

After 6 hours of shopping I had come so far,

But it was time to head back to my heavy packed car...

I sang and I danced..I got such a deal...

it was now 1:00...time for a meal?

As we headed back home...we thought of the day...

And the deals we received for such little out-pay........

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Maddie and her "do"

So after her pancake pics (she was obviously NOT in her best form) I thought to myself... "self, you need to take pictures of her hair when her hair is done...that way people know that you do ACTUALLY do her hair "lol so is my big girl sporting her new "do."