Monday, October 31, 2005
Makkiah:When I grow up I want to be just like Dad
Rod(feeling rather proud):Oh yeah
Makkiah:I want to wear work clothes just like you (Rod wears Cammi's to work)
Makkiah(lifting up his arm and pointing to his armpit)and I want have hair under my armpits just like you!!
Rod(trying hard not to laugh at this serious moment):Hmmm
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Friday night we went to pizza and bingo at the church and she was really fussy. She didn't want anyone to touch her leg and she would cry anytime it was moved. We came home and put a warm compress in it although we couldn't see anything on her leg.
Saturday I was at the condo painting (story of my life right now!!!-painting that is) and Mom called. She said that Taniyah might just be a bit spoiled. I say that she is "well loved" but she has been awfully fussy after this last shot. She didn't want to stand on it or move it.
This morning I looked at her leg and it looked like a large bruise under the skin but still not really noticable. Well this evening I checked it out again and she has this large red "patch" on her leg. I took a picture of it so that I can show the doctor as well as Ahma. I think her leg really was bothering her- even if she is well loved!!!
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Ladaria turned 14 today. She stayed the night at a friends house last night to help her babysit and then she had a presentation so I didn't see her until around 3. With her came a whole group of teenage girls. She decided that she wanted to have a sleep over so several of the girls from the ACTION team came over. She also had a friend from school who came over. They ate lots of candy, drank lots of soda, ate pizza, watched movies, played BUNCO, and stayed up WAY to late.
Rod made breakfast burritos with eggs, suasage and cheese. All the girls except one liked them. Always has to be one, right! Luckily it was daylight savings time and we gained an extra hour.
Ladaria and all her friends walked to church. We met them there. After church we all came home, ate more pizza and dispersed girls back to their rightful owners!!
I think Ladaria enjoyed her birthday!
Friday, October 28, 2005
I took Jaleel to the doctor for a physical. All was well for the first 10 minutes. Now anybody who has ever been to the pediatrician knows that it takes much more than 10 minutes to even be seen.
The first 10 minutes were spent in the waiting room. The next 10 minutes in the exam room waiting for the doctor. WHY do they put a parent in that little tiny room to WAIT for the doctor AND they close the door?
He spun on the stool, he did jumping jacks, he sat, he stood, he jumped, and then he repeated. I think he used more energy than I do all day!
I went out to make an appt to bring in the paperwork from the school to evaluate him for ADHD (suprise) and they were able to squeeze Taniyah in for her 9 month well baby appt (thanks to whoever decided not to show up for their appt, one less time that I have to make the trip:-).
We had to wait another 10 minutes in the waiting room before we were called back the second time. I feel sorry for the poor lady in the waiting room who choose to talk to him about how many teeth Taniyah had.
He counted how many teeth he had in his mouth for her AND he did push ups for her AND he talked about this and that. Then they called us back to another small room. I really think that it's a test to see if us parents are sane or not! If you don't last then they know that you need help as well!!!
During Taniyah's wait he did the can-can, and washed his hands, and did the robot and flew the butterfly.
Took him to the lab to frop off his urine sample, went and picked up the other 3 little ones from the sitter and then took Jaleel back to school. There was only an hour left but I needed a BREAK!
Sunday, October 23, 2005
I got my new porch swing in the mail. Well not exactly in the mailbox but it was delivered and I couldn't wait to get it hung. First though I had to get stuff at the condo done so my swing had to wait. Today after church we were able to hang the swing.
Rod got up and drilled the holes and installed the eye bolts to hang the swing.
I had the swing all put together and we were able to hang it once the eye bolts were in. It looked pretty good. Just a little crooked.
We decided that maybe we needed lo lower the swing just bit! So off on yet another trip to Home Depot to get some more chains. After some minor chain tweeking the final project outcome.
I can tell that it's going to be one of my favorite places to be. Especially when it rains. I can sit out on the porch, swing and listen to the rain. One of my favorite sounds!
Saturday, October 22, 2005
So while they were at the park eating pancakes with choclate chips and whipped cream and playing games, what do think I was doing?
Maybe out for a leasurely time to myself?
Taking a stroll shopping with Taniyah?
Checking out all the new home improvement items?
I guess that depends on how you look at it!
I went to Lowe's at 8am to get at the things that I would need to complete my day.
Taniyah and I ate breakfast at McDonald's and then off to the condo we headed.
Just the two of us.
I started pressure washing the balcony and FROZE my butt off. It was so cold and I was so wet.
Then I moved into the living room to finish ironing the wax out of the carpet before the carpet cleaners came.
Then I changed the light bulbs in the bathroom and painted the wall.
Then I painted the wall in the bedroom.
Then I got to clean the stuff out of the fridge.
Sometime in there my hubby showed up to help me.
We got most of the stuff done that needs to be done.
Still some painting left on the balcony but had to let stuff dry good first.
Hope you all had as much fun as I did!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
I also spent 2 hours ironing the wax out of the carpet. For the most part all of the wax came out. In one spot there is a yellow ring where the wax was. After I vacuum we will see if it is still noticable.
I also cleaned all the mirrors in the condo. My Mom sure does like mirrors!!
I came home to another of my toilets plugged so I got to play plumber at home as well. I'm getting REALLY tired of the plumbing issues in my house. I can't wait until we can fix it.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
She laid there for quite a while before she must have decided that she just wasn't as comfortable as she wanted to be so she got all cuddled in with Taniyah. In this picture she is sleeping and happy as can be. And Taniyah is still petting her!
Friday, October 14, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
I've been meaning to post these two collages that I made of pictures taken at Tom and Erin's wedding but I forgot about it and then didn't seem to have the time. The wedding ceremony was wonderful and included Erin's brother Brian suprising them. He flew all the way from Iraq and niether Erin nor her Mom knew that he was there until she was ready to walk down the isle. All we heard was screaming from the back. Then he went down the side of the church and suprised Erin's Mom which was followed by more screaming. He only got to stay a few days but I know that Erin was so excited to have him there. After the ceremony we all went to the reception. The theme was Mardi Gras. There were tons of beads, masks, hats, candy, and assorted items decorating the table. Everybody had a blast dancing and eating. All the kids enjoyed themselves. People kept bringing us more and more beads. Ellie and decided that we should model some of them and somebody took a picture of it. We stayed for several hours before deciding that we should take the kids home to bed. A few of the kids were walking zombies by that point. We got everybody loaded up and headed for home and Ellie decided that it was the perfect time to have a party hangover and started throwing up. Really it was the start to a bug that went around and hit most of the family. YUCK! Glad she waited until AFTER the wedding.
Monday, October 10, 2005
We have started to paint. Here is what the house looked like at the end of painting Day #2. It almost doesn't look like the same house. There are more pics on Flickr for those interested in seeing them. For those interested in all the specifics. The color of the house is called Dapper Tan and we are doing all the trim in white. THe front door will also be painted - most likely a red color although not positive which one yet. Will post more pics as we progress.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Our first project was to take down the lattice. Rod and I thought it was REALLY ugly and personally I like light. So down it came and we put up the porch railings.
We had to put up a new support post for the porch in order to take down the lattice and plywood to the right of the screen door. Amah and Poppa came during this project so Rod and Poppa enclosed the storage area in the front of the house and finished the porch rails.
This isn't a very good picture but the porch is complete, the front window and door have been replaced and the storage area has been enclosed. The big thing is NO MORE LATTICE!!
The house has now been primered and looks like this.
Monday, October 03, 2005
Saturday, October 01, 2005
Mom and I started out by pressure washing the house twice. The first time we were washing it to wash it. The second time we were washing it to paint it. We even got the pressure washer up on the roof and pressure washed the upstairs.
This is what the house looked like when we started out. The front porch is done and the storage area at the front was enclosed. We had 4 or 5 different shades of brownish colored paint on the house.
After the first day this is what it looked like. We primered the upstairs and we were DONE. It was SO hot and it took 3 coats of primer before the wood was done sucking it in. When Rod got home we did one last coat of primer upstairs and called it a day. This isn't going to be as easy as I think it is!
On Saturday Rod, Ladaria, Tyreque and I went out and finished the primer. Amah and Poppa watched the 4 little kids while we worked. At the end of the day we had a house that looked like a huge ghost ship. It's all primered and ready to be painted. That should start sometime in the next week. Sure does look BIG!! I have promised the neighbors that it won't be BROWN and I won't leave it white. They say the primer still looks better than the previous paint job.