Tuesday, September 25, 2012
It is beautiful here. However, beauty comes at a cost. A very HIGH cost! Grocery prices are crazy high cause everything is shipped in. We've learned to buy our fruit & veggies at the local farmers' market. Unlike mainland prices, fruit/veggies at the grocery stores are all priced by the pound. Yes, lettuce, cabbage, green onions, celery...all priced by the pound..not the "each". I told Jason the other day we weren't buying any more lettuce at the grocery store. The last head of iceberg lettuce I bought in Texas was oh, about 85-90 cents. Here? It cost $3.87...yes, that's for ONE head of lettuce! However, I can buy 6-7 papayas at the local farmers markets at a cost of 6-7 for $1. :-) I am LOVING me some papaya! Mango? not so much I never did care for fresh pineapple from the grocery stores either, but the fresh ones here? straight from the fields? AWESOME! And truly fresh bananas? YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, as soon as we get a computer up & running, I'll put some pretty pics up. Til then, imagine all the gorgeous pics you've seen & yep, that's what it's like only more so.
Monday, July 30, 2012
By the time most of you read this, I will be on my way across the nation to the great state of Hawaii. I am super excited & can’t wait to get there. It all seems a little surreal right now, though. I just will ask that ya’ll keep Jason & the boys in your prayers as they’ll be on their own for about a month.
(I’ve kept this post short as we leave for the airport in a just a little bit and because I fell at Dad’s & skinned my elbow which makes it painful to type.) I plan on posting pics from Hawaii sometime soon, but til then, head over to Facebook for mobile uploads from my cell. Til we hear from each other again, stay safe & aloha!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
We’ve had a very busy couple of weeks. A week or so ago, I flew to Little Rock to see a concert with Danielle, a BFF from college. We went to see Lady Antebellum. We really enjoyed the show. They had Thompson Square and Darius Rucker open for them. I liked Lady A, but I liked Darius Rucker better. For those who aren’t aware, he is “Hootie” from Hootie and the Blowfish.
While I was in Arkansas, Scott was at pre-teen church camp. A really exciting thing happened while he was there! He came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior! He will be baptized on July 22. The same week, Matthew spent a week with very dear friends of ours, the Pivonkas. Jamie and John’s daughter was in our training class at 4 Paws when we got Omri. Their daughter got a Service Dog also, Kyto. Omri and Kyto played all week! Jamie & John woke up their last night there to one of Matt’s night terrors. Not good! Luckily, since they had gone through training with us, they knew the commands to use on Omri for him to help calm Matthew down. Thank GOD for 4 Paws and for Omri! Thanks John, Jamie, Hailey, Katie and Kyto for having Matthew over!
We went to see our local July 4th parade. This is Omri under the truck. Doesn’t he look patriotic? We spent the day napping, eating hot dogs and hamburgers that Jason grilled out and vegging in front of the TV. That night, Scott wasn’t feeling well so I stayed home with him while Jason and Matt went to see the fireworks. While they were gone, Scott got worse so I took him to the Emergency Room. They initially diagnosed him with pneumonia then changed it to an asthma crisis. (They’re still not really sure what caused his breathing crisis.) He was admitted to the hospital overnight. We went home the next day around 6:30 P.M. Here is Omri calming Scott down on his hospital bed. Matthew had gone on a church youth group trip to 6 Flags and to see the Texas Rangers play ball. We were afraid Omri would burn his pads on his paws so he stayed home. Good thing, too, cause when we took him to hospital, Scott’s heart rate dropped 30 beats!Currently, Scott is in bed, but we have a follow-up appointment with his pediatrician first thing in the morning to see if he is doing better or not. He is breathing a little better, but I can tell he’s still not 100% & probably won’t be for a long time. I just hope he doesn’t have to be re-admitted!
Scott took this picture of Omri earlier tonight.This is Omri in his
Men in Black costume. Whaddya think?
Sunday, June 24, 2012
First of all, I gotta ask, What the heck IS this thing?A friend of mine’s son is stationed at Ft. Hood & he sent me this picture of a critter he found in his shower stall. The consensus on Facebook was that it was some kind of creature from the cricket family.
Of course, we’ve gotta have some Omri pics, right?
This is after he recuperated from burning the pads on his paws at 6 Flags.Unfortunately, once he healed, we took him swimming at Lake Belton and now he has an ear infection. This is him at the vet’s office getting checked out. This is him getting his ears cleaned by Jason and meLet’s just say he was NOT impressed with ear cleaning. LOL Jason and Scott had to hold him still yesterday while I put his antibiotics in his ear. If a dog can give you a Go to Heck look, he gave me one when we got done.
Jason and the guys at work have become the “adoptive” parents to a litter of kittens. These are the 2 girls from the litter. They’re lying on the top step of one of the cement trucks. Someone dumped them off a couple of months ago. When they were first dropped off, Jason wasn’t sure if they’d make it at all—they were THAT little. Now, I’m not a cat person AT ALL, but there is NOT reason for someone to do that to a litter so small they may not survive! If Scott wasn’t allergic to them, we’d bring one of them home.
Right now, Matthew and Omri are visiting one of the families we went through training at 4 Paws with, but this picture is the Friday we picked Matthew up from Boy Scout Camp. Omri didn’t get to go cause we haven’t trained any of the Scout Leaders as handlers. I think they were happy to see each other, don’t you?
Oh, I almost forgot to tell you my most exciting news! If all goes well, I will be starting a new job in August. Here’s a picture of where we’ll be going:Can you tell? No? How about this one: Still no? Okay, here’s a map from googlemaps: (In full disclosure, all these images came from googling Hawaii.) I’m hoping to get some similar once we get there.
Now for my final question, Who will come see us?????
Sunday, June 3, 2012
I haven’t posted very much lately. We’ve been way too busy! May was taken up with soccer—Scott’s team didn’t make the playoffs! Wah! They failed to make them by 1/2 of a goal. Really? half a goal! Instead of going to the playoffs, our coach had a pool party at his house. A good time was had by all!We also had Science Fair competitions. Scott won 3rd place for his! Way to go, son! His project dealt with different gauge copper wires and conducting electricity.
We had field trips as well; Scott’s class went to one of the local TV stations for a tour, then they visited the Dr. Pepper museum. The teacher divided the class into groups of 4-6 at the end of the tour & those groups got to mix their own soft drinks. Scott’s group mixed watermelon, strawberry and coconut---it was interesting…I was the “chaperone” for their group so I got to taste it…
For Memorial Day, we took the boys, and Omri, to 6 Flags over Texas in Arlington. The boys had an absolute BLAST! Jason and Scott rode the roller coasters and swings. Matthew was scared to ride them so he rode go-karts, the train and all the water rides!Omri didn’t get to ride anything except the train, but he was a trooper! He got LOTS of attention while Jason or I would wait with him while the boys would ride. (Being a true Lab, he lapped it up! LOL) He was a little sore for a few days afterward…he didn’t even want to walk to go outside to “potty”. Poor baby! Obviously we need to exercise more. Today, we took them to Belton Lake & Omri chased tennis balls and swam til he couldn’t swim any more!(wasn’t he a cute puppy???) He LOVES his tennis balls!
What’s been going on in your neck of the woods????
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I am SOOO over it! Over what you ask? Over IT! You know, IT! Life as a special needs parent, life as a working mom, life as a wife, life in general! Most days, I go along just fine humming the song from “Finding Nemo” that Dory sings…you know….”just keep swimming, swim, swim, swim.” However, today is NOT one of those days. I am FED up with everything. I don’t even want to think about cleaning my house, cooking supper or helping with homework. I just want to sit & do nothing but vent to you, my friend(s ). I am done…stick a fork in me…done! Not medium rare or medium well done either…I’m talking 100% Well done…like Beef Jerky! Maybe I need a vacation or a margarita or two or twenty? Who knows? There’s not any one thing that has set me off either. I have resigned myself to the fact that one or both of the boys will have to attend summer school this year. Wah! I have also resigned myself to the fact that my husband, who I love to distraction, will not help me with the laundry or housekeeping unless I have a meltdown. Omri is the only one who does what he’s told. Thank God for the wonderful trainers at 4 Paws !!!
Jason and I saw this sign at McDonald’s while waiting to go through the drive-thru & thought it was funny. How are you supposed to rent them anyway? Are you supposed to have someone with really long arms try to pick your movies while you drive slowly by REDBOX? LOL
Jason and I did have a little bit of fun, though. We came into possession of 2 tickets to the Alan Jackson concert Friday night. It was a SOLD OUT concert. (Like no one would’ve guessed that, right?) Anyway, we had a “good time” like it was “5 o’clock somewhere”.Sorry about the image quality, but I was using my phone’s camera…not bad all things considered I think.
Even though I am, by my own admission, over it all, I know someone who is always there & isn’t “over it all”. Do you know this Special Friend I have? Do you know who I’m talking about? Jesus is the only one I can turn to in times like these & know He really cares & loves me in spite of myself! My genuine hope for anyone reading this is that you will come to realize that even though we get down, depressed & just in a “funk” sometimes—that doesn’t mean Jesus isn’t right there beside us cheering us on. We have decided to send Scott to Preteen Church Camp this summer. Join us in prayer that he will develop a closer relationship with Jesus & that he will, hopefully come to know Him as his Savior. After all, isn’t that more important than being “over it all”???
Here’s praying my attitude gets better!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
It’s not often that the A word rears its ugly head as badly as it did yesterday. THANK GOD FOR THAT! Yesterday, Matthew was completely out of control! He refused to get out of bed to start…that should’ve let me know what kind of day it was going to be…then I got 3…yes 3, e-mails from his teacher in less than an hour. He failed his Science test and didn’t do his English homework at all. (Okay, not that big of a deal…he just retakes the test and gets detention for English…) It gets worse…At lunchtime, as his class was walking into the cafeteria, he saw Scott. For no reason that anyone who witnessed it could discern, Matthew walked up to Scott, punched him in the arm and flicked his ear. (Scott’s arm is still sore tonight.) Finally, he was doodling in his Math workbook instead of working so his teacher got onto him. What did he do? He utterly DESTROYED his Math workbook to the point of no return. Yep…got to get him a new one ordered—you read that correctly---they have to ORDER him a new one. *sigh* Is that it? Not yet! When she asked him why he did that, he then started yelling and throwing stuff around the classroom.
Have I mentioned I believe his teacher is an absolute SAINT????
I do not know why he does this kind of stuff, but I do wish he didn’t. I’ve had people tell me it’s because we don’t discipline him enough or the right way. I’ve also had people tell me,”if he were MY kid, he wouldn’t do that!” (These statements are from people who work with kids every day—kind of scary, huh?) When he runs off in public, they’ll say stuff under their breath, thinking we can’t hear them, like “what kind of parents are they anyway to just let him do that?” Seriously? Do they think we WANT to chase him and try to find him when the sensory overload gets to be too much? Do they think it’s fun to see everyone of his peers get invited for sleepovers & birthday parties & not him? Do they really think he’s not noticing this? HE DOES! I DO! His Brother does….he’s not invisible…just different. Autism is not contagious! Your kids won’t “catch” it from him. They may even be better off if they know him! It’ll make them more compassionate & aware of the fact that just because someone thinks differently than they do—it doesn’t mean they can’t be your friend! Do these people think it’s fun for Scott to have an Autistic brother? Unfortunately, Scott gets the brunt of Matthew’s aggression. Jason & I stop it when we can, but it is impossible for us to be around ALL the time. We can’t afford it financially for one of us to quit and stay home with them. We tried that for 2 years & it isn’t feasible at this time. He doesn’t qualify for Social Security because of our income, but if I quit work to take care of him, the Social Security he would get wouldn’t be as much as I make—kind of hard to justify that, huh? Money isn’t everything, but it is essential if you want to live in a halfway decent part of town.
Then there’s the part of me that worries about what would happen to him if something happens to me or Jason. I know one of our family members would take him and they would try their best, but they don’t understand what Autism is and how if affects our daily lives. They get to see bits & pieces when they’re around, but unless you’re around it 24/7, you just CAN’T “get it”! I don’t want Scott to feel obligated to take care of Matthew, so we encourage Scott to have as many interests as he can that are separate from Matthew.
Sorry if this has turned into a rant, but I just got to let it go sometimes or I feel like I’m going to explode.
Peace and love to all!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
What did you and your family do for Palm Sunday? Did you worship the Lord? It’s a great time to do so! This is the time of the year when Christians all over the world celebrate Easter. We do not celebrate Jesus’ death so much as His resurrection and his triumph over death and sin. Why is it called Palm Sunday? Here’s the Biblical Reference from the book of John—chapter 12: On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord. I’m no preacher, but Palm Sunday was 6 days before the Passover feast in Israel. Jesus was crucified the day before Passover and rose 3 days later. This rising from the dead is what we’ve come to celebrate as Easter. It’s not about eggs and candy. It’s a celebration of being free from the curse of death that was laid on us when Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden. Jesus offered himself willingly as a sacrifice so that we as unholy creatures can approach and be with the Most High Holy God. I attended Sunday School with Matthew today as we’re still working on getting Omri used to going to church. In his Middle School Youth class, they talked about the Parable of the Wedding Feast in the book of Matthew in The Bible. “Many are invited, but few will enter.” I believe this is a reference to the fact that God desires all of us to accept Jesus as His Son and our Savior, but not all of us will come to him and accept Him as Savior AND Lord. Do we live our lives everyday to reflect this or are we caught up in petty spats at work? Do we willingly share with others what God has done in our lives or are we too afraid of being ridiculed and cast out? These are tough questions and ones I struggle with every day. I’m not perfect, Lord knows, and it’s only by HIS Grace that I can approach God’s throne with confidence that He hears my prayers. Do you have this same confidence? If not, I encourage you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and find a good Bible believing/Bible teaching church in your area. Sometimes you will need to visit several before you find one that feels like “home”. How do you accept Jesus as Lord and Savior? It’s as easy as A, B, C. Accept Jesus is God’s Son and that He came down from Heaven to die for your sins. Believe that He died for your sins, rose again, and is in Heaven preparing a place for you. Confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Although this blog is more about family than a Christian outreach, I feel that I would not be fulfilling my responsibility to spread the Good News if I didn’t offer up this opportunity for everyone who reads it to accept Jesus.
As far as our Wonder Dog, Service Dog, Omri goes, he is doing GREAT! He went with us Friday night to Texas Roadhouse. I had a Steak Kabob, Jason had Steak and Ribs, and the boys had Ribs. Omri did really well! His little nose was working overtime heading into the restaurant, but he went right in and went into an “under” at our table. He got up only once…when the servers started clapping and dancing to celebrate another customer’s birthday. All he did then was stand up under the table and look at Jason. Jason told him it was ok, and Omri just laid back down. As we left, we got a lot of stares and I could hear people saying, “I didn’t realize there was a dog in here.” That is the GREATEST compliment we could get when he’s with us. He did well at church this morning, too. He laid down in Sunday School for about 30 minutes, then he started whimpering so I took him to “potty”. When we got back in, he laid back down and chilled out til we finished.
It’s been a rough week for Scott. I received a phone call from school on Monday saying he was complaining of a tummy ache. When I went to pick him up, he was pale and sweaty. I asked where he hurt, and he pointed right over the spot where his appendix lives so as a precaution, we took a trip to the ER at the new Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, it wasn’t that, but dehydration so we got to go home after about 7 hours. He did have an ultrasound AND a CT Scan just to be sure because of how tender he was. Then on Friday, when I took him for his allergy shots, the second one stung so much he had tears! Next, I think Scott broke his little toe yesterday before his soccer game. He was walking back into the living room from the kitchen and caught the corner of the coffee table. I thought he’d just stubbed it at first, but once he calmed down, he told me that the corner of the table had caught between his 2 littlest toes and pulled them apart. It looks pretty bad…swollen and bruised. He still played in his soccer game, though. He played goalie for about half of the first half and then he played mid-fielder for about half of the second half. He said that while he was playing it didn’t hurt. He has been wearing flip flops around the house instead of his shoes to try to keep the pressure off of it.
Matthew is working hard in school trying to get caught up so he doesn’t have to go to summer school this June. He really wants to go to Boy Scout camp, and it’s the same time as summer school so he’s been working hard to be able to go to Boy Scout camp! It’s kind of fun to have something like that to motivate him to do better. Today, after church, I went to Wal~Mart grocery shopping and bought some cacti and some other little plants to go in our flower bed in the front of our duplex. Matthew and Scott helped us with that. I will post pics after the camera battery charges up a little.
Monday, March 26, 2012
My boy and his family took me on a new adventure today. We went for a ride in
that big red thing they call a truck to a place that had the most water I've
EVER seen! They called it Lake Belton. When we got out of the truck, my boy
headed straight for the water. Wait! Why would a boy willingly go towards that
much water? I mean, hey, a bath is bad enough, why go into any water?
The adult human my boy calls "Dad" had one of those fuzzy yellow balls they call
tennis balls. He threw it into this thing they called a "lake". I couldn't
help myself! I flew into that wet stuff! I HAD to retrieve that ball! It was
MINE! When I got to it, I had a hard time getting it into my mouth...it was all
wet. When I turned around with the ball, my new family was yelling, "Atta boy,
Omri! Good job!" I don't know what they were so excited about, but apparently
I did something they really liked. When I got back to them, they told me to
"Drop it" and then they threw it into the water again! I was in HEAVEN! This
is such an AWESOME game! Why didn't ya'll tell me about this fun game? We need
to tell all the labs at 4 Paws about this! (Maybe the Golden Retrievers, too
although I wonder how long it would take all that hair to dry?) I don't know if
you Paps can carry a tennis ball and swim, but if you can, you definitely need
to try this!
Give hugs and doggie kisses to Mama Karen, Jeremy, Alicia, Jessa, Jenn, Jennifer
and the rest of the gang!
Omri (AKA The water dog!)
P.S. I also went to Scott's soccer game with Matthew on Saturday. It's almost a dog's version of heaven! A bunch of kids playing with balls??? Seriously guys, who knew all this fun took place outside 4 Paws???
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Don’t you just hate it when your favorite show is interrupted with that statement? I know some people who absolutely hate it when that phrase comes up. My son, Matthew, for instance has not been pleased with March Madness this year. His number one favorite show is “The Big Bang Theory” which comes on Thursday nights. Well, guess what show was pre-empted for the NCAA basketball tournament this past week? Yep…also, tonight, “The Amazing Race” has been delayed due to basketball games earlier in the day. Right now, Matt is about to go bonkers waiting for “60 Minutes” to finish so he can see how the “country boys” do tonight on TAR. Isn’t it funny how we all seem to find a favorite team or person to cheer for whether it’s basketball, reality shows, or real life?
The boys haven’t had such a fun Spring Break this year. Scott is so far behind on his schoolwork, he may have to go to summer school this year. Matthew is behind also, but he isn’t as far behind as Scott is. Therefore, all Spring Break, they’ve had to work on school work instead of just vegging out in front of the TV or playing video games. Omri looked at Jason and me every night when we got home as if to say, “Why aren’t they going to school this week?” I’m sure he’s going to miss them tomorrow when they go back to school. Omri went to Scott’s doctor’s appointment with us Friday. Matthew was so happy and proud to show off his special dog. Omri got to meet all the staff at the allergists’ and some of my co-workers when they went to lunch. He absolutely LOVES an audience. He did ALL his tricks and just gave his doggie grin to everyone he met.
Can you say Omri’s getting to be one spoiled dog???
I do promise he works! I typically have my camera in Omri’s bag that we take with us when he works, I just forget to take it out & take pictures of them! I’ve been toying with the idea of putting a sign on Omri’s harness that says “Will work for food”, but in light of the news I heard recently about people in North Korea starving to death, I’ve decided not to do so at this point in time. I really think we who believe in miracles, and I do, need to pray for the people of N. Korea to get the food they so desperately need. This is a situation that has really spoken to my heart. I really don’t know what I can do as one person, but if as a group of believers, we can band together and pray for the leaders of N. Korea, maybe their citizens will get the physical nourishment they need. I also believe that we can’t reach others for Jesus as he wants if they don’t understand how much we care about their physical well-being as much as their spiritual well-being. It’s hard to focus on the things of the spirit if our physical needs aren’t being met adequately.
I recently started reading a book called “What Women Want: The Life You Crave and How God Satisfies” by Lisa T. Bergren and Rebecca Price. The picture came from amazon.com so please forgive me for the “Look Inside”
I must say, this book should be enlightening in more ways than one. I don’t have a ton of time to read, but I love to do it. Give me anything to read & I am SO very happy! I will read anything from inspirational novels to books like this one to
romance novels. (That’s my dirty little secret, I guess. I love to read romance novels…I know they’re terribly unrealistic, but they allow me to escape from reality briefly.) How about you? What do you like to read when you get time?