Here’s The Pics Of The Pumpkin Patch

It had a little train we rode on, out to the patch. Then we took a little boat back. Xander was giving me his grumpy face the whole day, but he was having fun:)

But first, here’s my handsome young nephews on their 10th birthday last Saturday! Eli and Oscar.

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Went To The Pumpkin Patch

We spent a few hours at the pumpkin patch today, and WOW, was it ever exhausting! We had no idea this place would be so packed. The parking area looked like the state fair, with so many cars and a parking attendant.
We had to stand in lines for a ticket, for a train ride, a boat ride, and finally to pay for our pumpkins. I couldn’t take any pictures without strangers packed into the background…grrr.
Next year, we’ll go back to our usual, small farm. No trains, no boat. Just a bunch of pumpkins, a corn maze, and a pile of hay bales to climb on. We don’t need no stinkin’ frills! LOL
Trying to upload some photos, and not doing so well….

Have I mentioned the fostering thing?

I think I’ve thrown it out there, in a couple comments. Jason and I are taking classes to be certified foster parents.
We’re on week two of the general certification, and I’ve already completed a “Fragile Infant Care” class. Jason is really getting on board with my fostering interest, especially after the first class. But, now we have the difficult decision of which age will be right for our family. Neither of us wants to take children older than our 4 year old.
Jason doesn’t want a newborn, but I am starting to think more and more that I do want a newborn. A little less sleep at night, but also a lot less behavioral issues. I’ve been gleaning a lot information from a fostering forum, and they’re scaring me with all the behavioral issues! Attatchment disorder, aggression, sexually acting out on pets and other children…these poor kids! I feel so terrible for these abused kids. But we also have to protect our own kids, and think about what we are willing to take on, very carefully.
Also, when I initially called for information, I was told they would love to have us open for newborns (drug exposed, and straight from the hospital), since I’m a nurse. I’m guessing they are frequently sent home with medications to ease the withdrawls, and an RN is required.
So many variables to consider…

I Said NO MORE WIRE HANGERS!!!!!!!

Its scary how quickly the loving, positive parenting can be tossed aside by screaming, impatient, tired Mom. This is what happens when a parenting style is chosen, rather than handed down from previous generations.
My Love Nugget flew off to Kentucky, and I am left with a screaming toddler and an antagonizing four year old.
I’m doing pretty good until about 7:00pm, when they are both running in different directions, and I am screaming, for the umpteenth time, for Isaac to get his naked butt into his room and get pajamas on. Then I notice Xander has taken his diaper off, and is also running around naked.
…Okay, okay…I also got a little screetchy at the dinner table, when Xander was flicking his food with his fork. Days like this, I feel like a terrible mother who is raising a couple of hooligans. And why the hell am I even considering foster parenting?????
I need my co-pilot back home! 🙁
Saw this on another blog, and this is just scary! I’m a little bummed I am so easily tagged with stereotypes, LOL.


You Are Likely a Second Born


At your darkest moments, you feel inadequate.
At work and school. you do best when you’re evaluating.
When you love someone, you offer them constructive criticism.
In friendship, you tend to give a lot of feedback – positive and negative.
Your ideal careers are: accounting, banking, art, carpentry, decorating, teaching, and writing novels.
You will leave your mark on the world with art and creative projects.
The Birth Order Predictor

We Are Moving!

Even in this crazy real estate market, it only took us a couple days to find another home, with a decent price tag. Yippee!

I mentioned a desire to try foster parenting, to Jason, and he said he might consider it if we had a bigger home. A few calls later, and voila! A four bedroom split-level, with a HUGE yard.

It needs a TON of cleaning, fresh paint and fixtures, before we can move in. So that will be a few weeks yet.

To see more photos of the inside, and follow our progress, check out our Flickr album.

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Here’s a couple shots of the back yard. The kids are going to have lots of room to explore.

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Jason: The Main Attraction

Hi! I would like to formally introduce *the* hottest guy, this side of the web. His big guns are amazing and his kissy lippies…mmmmm!!! That’s right, he’s my hubbin’, Jason.

Somehow his beautiful mug totally missed my last post. I was doing a series of me, all my siblings and our folks. Unfortunately, the only shots of us together were out of focus. So here he is! J-dogg, Bubbles, Bubs, Bubblicious, Babe, J-man and Beef Butt.

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Super Dad

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“Oh yeah!” So cool in his new Transformers (Megatron) club shirt, in support of our four year old’s current passion.

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I love you, Buttmunch!

A Wedding In The Family!

My little bro, Casey married his girlfriend of five years this weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony. Good opportunity to capture our family.

Bride and groom: Casey and Aundi

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Mom and dad

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Chris

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Me with Xan, and Aaron

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Aaron and Sam

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Omi and two Aaron

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The littles: Ivan, Oscar, Eli, Xander, Issac

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Isaac in his tux

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Isaac and Olivia

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Happy Fourth Of July!

We had a busy day, starting with the 5k CAT Walk. It was a fundraiser for cancer awareness and treatment. Our second time participating, and we all had fun. Xander rode on my back, and Isaac kicked back in the jogger.

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A little breakfast before the walk started. Everyone got white tee shirts, but the cancer survivors wore yellow. It was sad to see all the children participating, with yellow shirts. I mean great that they are survivors, but sad to think of what they, and their families, have gone through.

I walk in memory of my Grandpa Patrick, who died of cancer a few years ago, and my Grandma Mildred who died of cancer before I was born.

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The kids got to play in a huge, bouncing dinosaur.

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Then we went to watch the local parade. I was quite impressed with a new gay pride entry, advertising a support system for gay youth and young adults. Quite progressive for our little town!

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Holly, and my three nephews were there. They were very good about helping Isaac score some candy! Thanks guys!

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My brother Casey, and the little flower girl-to-be, Olivia.

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The bride-to-be, Aundi, with Miss Olivia.

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Aundi’s sister Darcy, and Beau.

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Our beloved daycare provider (and friend) AnnMarie

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The nephews: Ivan

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Eli and Oscar. Oscar was having a little trouble smiling, so Eli was helping him out.

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Xander enjoyed a snow cone, which he soon after squeezed out of the cup and onto the ground.

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My Drag Son

We’ve had to shuffle a bunch of stuff around, during our ceiling re-texture, and an old wig from my club days surfaced. I used to love to compete with the drag queens, and see how hot I could look in my couture get-up. Jason came out wearing it, and scared Xander to tears. Isaac was a good sport and let me snap some photos. He sure does look like his mama, when you throw on some long hair! Ha ha.

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This thing is itchy on my head! And, we’re done.

Something About Summer…

…That motivates me to get projects completed. I’ve finally gotten serious about losing the last of my “post-partum” weight, and am down to the last 15 pounds. Remember, I gained a whopping 80 pounds (zoiks!). It feels great to be back into a lot of my skinny clothes.

As much as I hated the wheat germ and tofu lifestyle that was forced on me as a child, a renewed interest has ignited. I’ve picked up the book:

Its about the “fourteen foods that will change your life.” Lowering health risks, providing energy, etc. By the way, the fourteen foods are:

Beans, blueberries, broccoli, oats, oranges, pumpkin, salmon, soy, spinach, tea (green or black), tomatoes, turkey, walnuts, and yogurt.

I really love most of these foods, but now I will be more vigilant about incorporating them into my daily intake. The kids and hubby are loving the blueberry, soy smoothies too. 🙂

Summer has motivated us to finish all of the other ignored projects around the house (see my last post for a list!). John Moe is doing an awesome job patching up our soon-to-be-beautiful new ceilings, and Jason will be replacing the last of the interior doors.

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We are looking forward to Casey and Aundi’s wedding in a couple weeks. Isaac will serve as ringbearer for the second time in his little life. At four years old he should do a pretty good job, I think.

We are still wondering how to enjoy the ceremony without Xander screaming his head off. He’s good at making his presence known in a quiet moment.

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