While browsing around a new blog, Good Girl Gone Redneck, I watched the video she just posted this past Sunday. Like I told her, I could not wipe the smile from my face while watching this! It is truly an inspiring and amazing find. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This past Sunday was spent with some friends. Callie LOVES to be outside, and really, "loves" just might be an understatement. Our friends son had his girlfriend over, and she had her Shih Tzu puppy with her, and she was the PERFECT size for Callie.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Oh geez! Has it really been over a week since I've last blogged?! Can ya say life has been a little out of control?!
I have had so much crap going on, it's really quite pitiful.
I have had so much crap going on, it's really quite pitiful.
Shelbie finished off her volleyball season Friday night with a bang! They won all three of their games, to come in first place. This was her first season playing, and she had a blast! Watching her play brought back lot's of fun memories for me when I used to play in middle and high school.
My settings were way whacked out on my camera...can ya tell?
Elayna had her last softball game Saturday morning. She had some awesome hit's, and they also went out with a bang, and won their last game. From what I remember, they won all the games but one. She had a great time playing, then afterwards, we went with her team to Beef O'Brady's to celebrate the end of the season..and watch the Gator's play. Win/Win!
Emily's coach and I had it out, and I do mean out...last week, and I was so mortified about how he talked to me, and how he allowed another coach to talk to another parent in front of his daughter, that I told him to "stick it where the sun don't shine", and that Emily would never, EVER play for him again. Never in my life have I experienced a coach like him. It was horrible. Needless to say...I cut Emily's season short by one game. I have gone to the head of the softball department, and the head of the rec center to complain. And, come to find out, I'm not the first one. I was told that this man will never be allowed to coach in our town again. Regardless, Emily was oblivious to the goings on, and still managed to have a good time. Thank. God.
We found out a couple of weeks ago that Callie had another ear infection. This makes numero 7 in the past year. Needless to say, we were referred out to an ENT for possible tubes.
We live in a town with a world renowned hospital, with world renowned surgeons and doctors and specialist. I will not, however, take my children to this hospital. I will drive over an hour to another hospital.
You see, I believe that children should be treated in a children's hospital. I know and completely understand that it's "just tubes", but it freaks me out that an anesthesiologist who primarily work with adults, may slip up, and something could happen to Callie.
Prime example is sweet 3 year old Sebastian Ferreo. He was a 3 year old little boy who died in October 2007, as a result of a medication overdose followed by a series of preventable medical errors. His parent's are huge advocates now for a children's hospital to be built in our area. Through their tragedy, other children will possibly be saved, and a new hospital will be built.
Without going into too much detail, we are going through a really rough time with Emily's dad right now. Emily has been put in the middle, and has been affected the most. If you are the praying kind, or want to send positive thoughts, we could use as many as you want to give!
I can't believe Thanksgiving is just two day's away! This year we have decided to stay home and celebrate with just "our" family. This is not going over well with my family. Originally, my parent's were going out of town, but after my sister had a hissy fit, they changed their plans. Well, by the time they changed them, we had already begun preparing for our dinner, and we stuck with our plans. Now, I'm in the doghouse with my parent's and siblings. Um, how is this fair? Aren't we entitled to have a Thanksgiving of our own? Seriously.
I think that pretty much wraps up my ramblings. It's what's been on my mind, and I'm hoping that it makes some sort of sense.
If you stuck it out, kudos to you!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
So, here's my questions:
In regards to my POST from yesterday, if you are a parent, will be parent, or your children are grown, do you/will you/did you go through their things without their knowledge?
Come join Kailani over at An Island Life in her weekly meme of Aloha Friday. It's a simple and fun way to meet new people, and get to know others better. All you do is ask a question! That's it!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
When Jeff and I met, his children were almost 9, 7, and 2. Over the last 7 years, I have been a part of their lives, watching them grow up and mature and become the awesome kids they are today.
When his son Timmy was 12, he came to live with us, while Jeff's two girls remained with their mom.
Timmy is 16 now, and a great kid. He loves his sister's unconditionally. He is amazing with Callie, the baby. He is the first to help out anyone that needs it. He is very involved with our church's youth group, in honor's classes at school, and just an all around great kid.
But, he's 16. And like any teen, are bound to make some not so great decisions.
Last week, as I was putting laundry in his room, there was a cell phone on his bean bag, but it wasn't his cell phone. Well, I picked it up trying to figure out where it came from, and who's it was. When I opened it, there was a picture of a friend, pictures of Callie, and some videos. One video caught my attention.
It was a 2 1/2 minute long video of him and two of his friends on a wet dirt road doing donuts and "e-braking" aka emergency breaking.
They were having the time of their lives. Or so they thought.
The kid driving was driving his dad's jeep. This is also the same kid, who only weeks later, TOTALED this same vehicle by running off the lime rock road he was on, hitting a tree, the jeep bursting into flames and him having to climb out of the vehicle through the window. He had no idea where he was, or how to tell 911 where he was. They had to locate him through his cell phone.
Thankfully, he escaped with bumps and bruises, a broken nose, and a broken arm.
But there is always the "what if".
My thoughts though, after finding this video, and realizing who was in the vehicle, and who was driving, made me want to throw up. What if it had been all three of these kids in the jeep at the time it ran off the road? Or, what if the jeep would have rolled over when they were doing donuts and "e-braking"?
I don't even want to think about it.
Stupid, stupid decisions for three kids that have barely any driving time under their belt.
I don't snoop through any of my kids things, normally. I would if I had a reason...like if I suspected something was going on that shouldn't be, because I believe they are entitled to some sort of privacy.
However, this time, I'm glad that my curiosity got the best of me.
After he was confronted with the video, he denied it. He denied it vehemently.
He denied it because he knew there were no faces shown in the video. Only shoes were visible sometimes, but mostly it was shot's of the road. Oh, and you could hear who was talking.
I knew it was Timmy's shoes that were in the video.
The phone disappeared after Jeff confronted him about it. Jeff called the friends that were on the video. The driver said he didn't know what he was talking about. The other passenger said it was him, the driver, and another kid, but not Timmy. This went on and on for almost a week.
The phone re-appeared yesterday.
With no video's or picture's on it.
Now, like most parent's we didn't fall off the turnip truck, and may have been born at night, but not last night.
After some talking, and some hollering, and some breaking down, he finally admitted it was him, the driver and the friend. He said he was scared that he would have been in worse trouble had he shown the video, instead of it never to be seen again.
Sadly, he was wrong. We explained to him that had he just said "yes, we screwed up" or "yes, it was me", this would have been done last week, had some punishment handed down, and we could have moved on. Now, the consequences are much worse.
Never in a million years did I think that Timmy would do something like this.
Never in a million years will I again think that any of my children won't be in this situation, and I will doing everything in my power to prevent it.
If you are the parent of a teen driver, please don't be as naive as we were. Your kids can be and will be put in situations you just know they won't be in.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Ugh! It's been forever since I've actually blogged, and even longer since I've done a Friday Fragments. Life has been kicking my ass lately, and I just want a break!!
My dad was on a business trip this past week in Reno, Nevada. Keep in mind he lives in Orlando, Florida. After getting off his shuttle bus at this hotel, he began experiencing excruciating pains in his stomach. By the time he could get to his room, and to the bathroom, he was losing massive amounts of blood. Him, being his stubborn self, stayed at the hotel till Tuesday morning when he was able to get in touch with his doctor in Orlando, who convinced him to going to the hospital. Once he got there, he was on the borderline of needing a blood transfusion and his blood pressure was dangerously low. It was such a scary time for all of us here in Florida because we had no idea what was going on, and the communication wasn't the greatest. It was finally determined that he would need a colonoscopy, which he underwent yesterday. He was diagnosed with colitis, along with something else, (can't remember the dang name!) which almost NEVER happen together, which is what caused all the infection and blood loss. The doctor told him after sugery yesterday that he was happy that my dad listened to his Orlando doctor and stayed in Reno, because had he decided to fly home, his body would have made it, but he would not have. I lost it when I found that out.
See this little beauty?
This would be my little brother's dream car. A 2010 Chevy Camaro. This thing is a DREAM to drive. Say's me and my little brother.
Background: Little brother special ordered it, color's, engine, wheel's, you name it. He was foaming at the mouth waiting on this thing to come in.
Well, little brother has been enjoying this car very much. So much so, he's been racing it at the local race track. Wanna know what happened? Yeah. He blew up the transmission.
His status on Facebook? "Ugh. FML" Ya, think??
I saw the the funniest personalized car tag the other day. It was on a pretty black Escalade. It said "NUR FACE"
The weather is finally cooling down, and we are able to sleep with our window's open. It is HEAVENLY!
Emily brought home her report card on Wednesday. She got straight A's!! I am so proud of that girl!
On my Facebook yesterday, I say this status update on a friends page:
A friends/friend has a 5 yr old little boy, Noah, who is in the last stages of Nueroblastoma cancer 2 1/2 yr battle.The family's celebrating Christmas next week, & Noah's request is to get a lot of Christmas cards. Let's send the little guy some: Noah Biorkman 1141 Fountain View Circle South Lyon, MI 48178.... ......Lets ...see how many cards we can get him! Pass it on!
Whenever I see anything like this, I always look it up on Snopes or Google it. I think way to much crap is going on in this world, and sad to say, but I feel the need to check it all out.
Sadly, though, IT is true. Do you have an extra Christmas card to send to this little boy?
I think that about does it for my fragments. There was a mish-mash for sure.
If you have lot's of little stuff to blog about, and you just wanna throw it out there, link up over at Mrs. 4444's at Half-Past Kissing Time's Friday Fragments.
Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We had a very busy weekend, starting with Friday night. Our church put's on a huge festival for the community, in conjunction with our town's trick-or-treating down Main Street. Never in my life have I seen so many people crowd our little Main Street before. I wish I would've gotten a picture of that!
Jeff and I were fortunate to see Elayna dressed up, since she was with her Mom this year for Halloween. How cute is it that they match?
Happy Wordless (or not) Wednesday!
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