Friday, August 29, 2008
David is very busy at work activating storm plans and keeping in contact with city officials. He says they will announce tomorrow morning if there will be a mandatory evacuation or not.... be he wants me to be packed and ready to go the minute they say so.
Honestly the news pretty much turned my stomach yesterday when he told me very firmly he wants me to drive up to Mississippi with the kids - Oh the thought of it!!! So overwhelming!
For those of you who don't know - David's job roll puts him pretty much in charge at the plant for hurricanes... he and his team stay behind and protect the fort while everyone else leaves...
During Rita, Nora who was 15 months old and I left Texas and didn't return until 23 days later. In 2005, I packed up EVERYTHING - I'm talking every photo, every quilt, every everything I could never replace.
This time having the twins along and all their gear **and don't forget the dog too** I'll be doing good to remember the bare essentials this time! Plus I have to leave space in the van for a diaper changing area -I can't do it in public restrooms... well I guess I could since I'll also have to have space in the van for the double stroller.. One can sit in it while I change the other..
Problem is I only have one pack-n-play for sleeping... I'm thinking I will take a chance that perhaps when I get to where I'm going the couple will have friends with a baby and I can borrow their pack and play. worst case - I have to go buy one.
and where will we go? Nora's Godfather, Michale lives in Jackson Mississippi. He and Abbey have been so nice to welcome us in the past and I spoke with him on the phone last night concerning hurricane plans. Abbey's family is from Gulf Port... so depending on the path of the hurricane chances for a house full of guests is pretty good for them.
So for now, I better get off here and get busy. I have a lot to do even if I'm not taking everything. I plan to bag all photos and quilts up into large outdoor bags and then take them all upstairs to the guest bedroom. The only "things" I'm taking is the laptop and both of the towers to the old computers. They have all our digital photos stored on them. We still have not backed them up! I think they'll fit on the passengers side floorboard... and depending on how much room I have I may take a few quilts. The rest will have to stay here and I'll just have faith knowing that we do have insurance if we ever need it!
I'll check back in when I get to where I'm going - If I'm going... ;) So if you can say a prayer or two for me and my nerves... I have never traveled with 3 kids and a dog by myslef before!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
First, we were running a little late; so Nora finished her breakfast milk in the car. When we turned on the street for the school. She said, "Oh, I need to finish my milk Dad." I have never seen her drink that fast. All I could see was the bottom of her cup. I could almost hear the milk coming out of the glass; she was drinking so fast. She said "finished" and dropped her cup where she was.
It gets better. When we get to school, she has unbuckled herself and she gives me a kiss and says bye Dad. As soon as the teacher opens the doors, she tells the teacher that she can do it herself and she know where to go. I laughed and so did the teacher. After the teacher got her safely on the sidewalk she let her go on her independent way. I watched as a 6 foot 8th grader opened the door to go in. He held the door for Nora and she froze. Another teacher noticed it and told "Ethan" to help Nora to the "Hornets nest". It is the place where the 4 year olds go in the morning.
It was cute watching my 4 year old Nora being led away by this 6 foot 8th grader. Nora is really growing. She has her own independence and personality. She is a real joy. We are truly blessed with 3 beautiful children. God is good.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
When the UPS man rang the door bell, David and the kids went running to go get the door and that was a great distraction so I could open the oven and pull the pizza out without having to worry about the little ones getting too close.
Talk about motivation to eat supper... Nora was so anxious to find out what was inside. We told her it was from Mamaw and Papaw, something for her and the babies... but we can't open it until we're done eating. I don't think I've seen her chow down so fast!
As David was cutting around all the tape I called Dad and Clara on the phone so we could talk to them as we opened it up. We had a good little visit :) and although they couldn't see our faces "live as it was happening" - now thru the computer they can :) .....and Dad, now that you can finally see this photo below is just for you- this is what Olivia does when we point the phone at her when you talk to her - she gets SO EXCITED!!! however she gets pretty frustrated too, b/c we won't let her hold the "buttons"
I love blogging! and I love even more that our parents are now connected!!
Oh, and I will leave you with one last pic that I snapped real quick after the kids got out of the bath tonight. :) Two out of three have robes... but don't feel sorry for Olivia for not having one... she wouldn't keep it on and I'm pretty sure you could bet that no matter how tight you tied the belt she'd be able to strip it off in less than 7 seconds! :P
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let
not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And
that you may more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to
walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while
invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you
are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her
protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow
weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal” (St. Bernard).
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Well, I guess about now her Daddy is close to the school... if not dropping her off right now as I type :) *sigh*
We didn't have much time to spare, but she got dressed all by herself while I got Paul Thomas changed and then myself dressed.. after that she was ready to have her hair fixed. We made both braids on the first try! yeah! :P
Nora's not in this above photo but I thought the chalk board doors were so cute. :)
After we left, I let David drive my van home with the babies, then I took his car to go to my Dr. I had a 2 hours blood sugar test done so we scheduled it for today... it wasn't too long after I got home that it was time to go pick up Nora.
I know this was a rather long post... but it was a BIG day! :P
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This week is the final count down until school starts. Only ONE more day, as a matter of fact!! ;)
About a week or so ago, Nora helped me make a paper chain so that we could tear one off each day before school starts. I thought it would be fun to make and also help her understand just how long until school starts.
Honestly, it was not that helpful b/c she still thinks everyday that "tomorrow" will be school. :P
However, I think yesterday, she finally got it. I told her, "Today is Monday, we stay at home and do laundry day.... tomorrow, Tuesday, Diane comes to help mommy... and then the next day, Wednesday, is Nora's first day of school!"
I've been trying to prepare her mindset..."Daddy will take you to school in his car and Mommy will pick you up in her van."
We did get to go Sunday evening to "Meet the Teacher." Nora's teacher is Ms. Meaux (pronounced Moe) and she is very excited to have Nora in her classroom. This is Ms. Meaux's first year teaching and we were happy to learn that Ms. Meaux is a "lefty" - just like Nora! So that will be very helpful in refining Nora's writing skills. :)
Also Ms. Meaux asked us to bring the snack for the 1st day which also means to bring show-n-tell too. today she helped me make "Ants on Logs" (chocolate dipped raisins on pretzel sticks) and that was a lot of fun. Here are a few of them... we will also cut up apple slices and take too.
Sunday, when I asked what Nora wanted to think about bringing to show her new classmates, all she could come up with was, "I want to just show my teacher how I can run in circles!" :P
Ask a 4 year old... and you never know what you're gonna get! LOL But since Sunday, we have thought of a lot of "A" things... (since they will begin with letter A this week) and taking her Aquarium came close... but in the end she decided on her "talking America" puzzle. Every night at supper she has been practicing what she is gonna say...
- Hi boys & girls, my name is Nora Anne..."
- "This is the state that we live in, Texas"
- "I was born in Georgia, and it is a peaches state.."
- "My grandparents live in the bluegrass state, Kentucky"
- "Michael & Abbey live in Mississippi's capital, Jackson, which is also my dog's name.."
...then maybe show them which is her favorite state... Wisconsin, or Arkansas.. depending on her mood :P and press the flag for the pledge of allegiance and then press Statue of Liberty to hear the song "America."
I know that's a lot to talk about... but she isn't shy... but, I'm reminding myself, she's only 4 which =s UNpredictable! so there is no telling what she will say or do tomorrow. If I hear any "interesting" reviews, I'll be sure and let you know. :P
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
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If you have any questions, feel free to email me. :)
However the propose of this post it to let those of you who help us know that I just got an email update saying that for a limited time we can earn extra bucks! Here is the current special:
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Saturday, August 9, 2008
Mail Call!!! Nora received her birthday card today (06/24/08) from Kentucky and it was "LOADED"!
Friday, August 8, 2008
I'm a member of Facebook.com and find it very fast and easy to upload photo over there......so, in attempt to save some time and avoid having to do double the work, I'm trying something out.
David's Aunt Beverly told me how to share a link here so that all you have to do is click on it and then you can see the photos I have already posted over there.
Click here to see ALBUM 1 of photos I took during our trip home to KY
(mostly photos taken on the road and at Bonnie's Dad's home)
Then come back and click here to see ALBUM 2 from KY
(mostly photos taken at MiMi's and G'ma Minor's and G'ma Sublets)
and finally ALBUM 3 of random Christmas photos from last year '07.
(Christmas in Texas with the kids!)
ENJOY! Hope everyone can view them. Feel free to leave a comment to let me know. ~bonnie
***I hope this works!***
PS - and for anyone who's been paying attention to my posting date/times recently..... no I am not already up at 7am... I've been drafting these at night and "Scheduling" these to appear on the day and time I select. Early around 7 for folks like my dad who likes to check his computer for any new "Bonnie Blogs" :) and for this one, since today is 08/08/08 I went ahead and selected 08:08 AM I just couldn't resist! I guess I will blame it on the inner "nerd" in me! LOL :P