Wednesday, November 28, 2007

We're talkin' babies here!

Aleeyah and I just got home about an hour ago. She spent the evening with her Grandma while I was at the hospital. Our friends had their baby this evening! They decided to torture themselves and us by not finding out the sex of the baby. I love that they had the strength to do that and it was cool in the end. It was just neat to see how everyone was so excited to finally find out if it is a boy or a girl. They had their daughter Collette announce it to the family waiting in the hallway. Everyone was waiting with anticipation wondering and Collette came out to announce she had a baby sister, BUT REALLY she has a baby BROTHER!!!! Dakota is adorable and healthy, Kellie looks incredibly tired but happy, Troy looks like a proud new poppa, and Coco just wants to hold him all the time!

They let me come in for the delivery so I could take pictures of Dakota right after he was born. I was a little leery about the watching part, but once it started happening, all those thoughts left my head as I watched in amazement. Amazement, because of the journey that this little creature took to come into this world and it's all done with God's precision. It could never be done by human hands-only God's.

Congratulations Troy, Kellie, and Coco!!!! Happy Birthday Dakota!!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

New housing....$130, New keyboard...$13, Covered under warrany....PRICELESS!!!

As some of you already know, I have a special relationship with my laptop. After many hours of suffering through the torture of a 2 year old and her obsession of playing the Elmo game online, my laptop (whom we will call Spike for this blogging purpose) suffered his first real injury. You could call it a flesh wound or a minor cosmetic injury, but injured none the less. To set the stage, I had walked out of the room to do something important, I am sure, and I return to find that Aleeyah has gracefully plucked approximately 8-10 keys from Spike. After her beating (KIDDING, of course) I began assembling all the keys back to their rightful spot-all but one. The number 9 will never see his return because he was brutally broken. So there his story begins.

Well, last night I went to go close the lid and then I heard a crack. I let go immediately and took a moment to look at what just happened. The casing around the LCD screen is busted and Spike remains in an open state. Something is seriously wrong with the hinge. I called Chris, ridiculously, almost in tears because Spike is broken. Now my thought is, Spike is still fairly new even in computer years, a new laptop is not currently in the budget, AND I use my laptop for everything including work. Chris reassures me that all the parts can be ordered separately to get it fixed. This made me feel a bit better.

After doing some research online for parts, Chris had the brilliant idea to check the service tag to see if it was still under warranty and IT WAS!!! I chatted online with the tech for about 15-20 minutes and in 1-2 days a tech will be coming to wherever I am to fix my broken housing, the hinges, AND my keyboard for FREE!!!!

Moral of the story: Check to see if you're still covered under warranty!!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Thanksgiving (check)....Christmas.....bah humbug

November hasn't really been a good month for blogging. I skipped some weeks in there, but I did want to let you know that Thanksgiving went well. We spent Wednesday night at my Mom's house with her husband's family. Then on Thursday we went to my Aunt and Uncle's house in El Reno, I think. I do know it was way, way out there. We spent a couple of hours there and then we were on our way home to cook the ham and a couple of pies for the 15 to arrive in the evening. We overall had a good time. It was probably the most relaxing Thanksgiving I have had in a long time. Normally, it is pretty chaotic around here during the holidays with 24-26 guests. I love having everyone around, but my house starts busting at the seems. Thanks to my sister-in-law, Lauren and my Dad, there wasn't a lot to do after everyone left. They helped me clean the kitchen and get everything packed up. It dawned on me how very thankful I am to have Lauren around because she always steps up to help me get things on the table and then get them off when everyone is done!

Now, somehow, I have to get my rear in gear for Christmas. I don't know what my deal is this year. I don't know where my Christmas cheer has gone. Maybe, watching the Grinch Stole Christmas might help it come back. Since Chris isn't home this week (he is in Green Bay, Wisconsin for work), Aleeyah and I might have to run up to the movie store and plan a night to find mommy's Christmas cheer!!!!

Goodness, my how the words have flown out of me. So sorry for the rambling!!! The picture is of Lauren's turkey she made. She wanted me to take a picture of it and oddly it's the only picture I got from the evening!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

2nd week of this school stuff!

Well, today began Aleeyah's 2nd week of school. I've only broke down once and cried because she didn't want to be left. Typically, this wouldn't be a problem and I would just leave and know that she would be fine, but she has also really been struggling with Chris being gone all the time for work. She asks daily where he is and she cries for him, saying she wants her Daddy. It is really heartbreaking and then I go and leave her at Mother's Day Out. She seems to be doing okay so far. Today was her first day to take a nap on her mat!!!! This is huge for us because she has always slept in her bed for naps and now she has to sleep on a mat on the floor with a bunch of other kids. I didn't really think she would already be adjusted to her new sleeping arrangement! I hope that it wasn't just a freak thing today.

Sorry, I dont have any pictures for today. :(

Monday, November 5, 2007

Family Retreat to Robber's Cave

We once did this marriage study and through the study I came to the realization that I felt closest to God when I was in His backyard. Robber's Cave in the fall is one of those places that I can't help but to feel His presence surrounding me!

The leaves on the trees weren't near as colorful as they were last year, but still absolutely beautiful. As we sat around the bonfire and sang songs to God, I looked up at the stars and I was mesmerized! I couldn't stop starring. At home the ambient light brightens the sky, making it impossible to see the billions of stars that blanket the sky. A couple of the kids had informed me that they have never seen a shooting star. I think that is incredibly sad. Not because all their dreams won't come true, but because they haven't taken the time to watch them.

I decided to go on the midnight hike as my family was snug and warm in the cabin sleeping. We saw a couple of deer and even heard one right beside us on the trail as he ran away. I had two girls attached to my side the entire hike, but it was still a relaxing experience (they are two really good kids). The next morning we had worship services by the water and cliffs. I couldn't think of a better place to worhip Him. As I looked up, I could see the hawks circling, the autum leaves falling, and God's mighty love filling the air!

Overall, we had a great time. It was relaxing time spent with each other as a family, with our friends, and most of all, with God.

The picture shown is where we spent morning worship. Click on the link to see more pictures!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween with Manners

Tonight, Aleeyah went trick-or-treating with my nieces, Alanna and Kira, and my nephew, Brett. Aleeyah had a blast! She loved running around from house to house with her cousins. All of us adults were having a great time laughing at her chasing the kids yelling at them to wait. Then when she got to the door and got her candy, as she was turning around and running away she would yell, "THANK YOU! BYE!" She looked like a pro!!!!

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