Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bear Hunting

Keith took Austin and all of the boys middle school and down fishing today. Austin was so funny! He came in and was so excited. He insisted he had a big fish on his line and it got away. He's 7 and already telling fish tales. Then when we were talking about what else he would like for daddy to do with him he said "I want to go bear hunting and get me a big bear! It was a good laugh for everyone! Keith went with the boys mostly just to spend some time with them. They went to Andrew's basketball game at 10, then fishing at 1:00 and them he took them and several of the girls to Selena's basketball game at 4:00. He was busy all day. I know the boys loved it. 2009 is the first year since we have been married, that he hasn't worked Sat. Even when his time was cut at his main job he took on a part-time job. I have never had to worry about where the house payment was going to come from, but the down side to that was I had to attend a lot of kids games, concerts, and events by myself. I'm glad he isn't working so much. Money is tight but it's worth it to have him around more. Well it's worth it most days! LOL

Thursday, January 21, 2010

On the Road Again...

I'm off to the psychologist office with 4 this morning. This week has included another therapy appointment, a dentist appointment, 3 at the clinic(which was a waste) and I took my granddaughter to school one day. Just a day in the life. Honestly when I don't have anything to do I think I'll rest and then bam! it's time for the bus and I don't know what I've done all day. I'd like to voice a complaint here. The clinic we use is awful. I have lived in the same county all my life. I've dealt with many professionals. This county clinic is one of the worst and maybe the worst I have ever dealt with. We have been there twice now in the last 2 weeks for 3 TB test. The office clerk waited until I had signed in and filled out information cards to tell me they couldn't see us that day. Why didn't they have it posted on the door. NO NURSE or Can't do TB test today. One day they weren't giving the test, and the next time we went they didn't have a nurse. So if the clinic is suppose to serve low income people, and lots of times this means low educated people, what do people do that had to pay someone to bring them, or had to budget their gas to have enough to make the trip? And who do you complain too? I've looked for a number posted, but there is nothing! I am going to attempt to go again on Monday. If it doesn't work this time I WILL find a way to have my voice known. They are suppose to serve the community. I have talked to other moms who feel the same way I do. It is horrible to be made feel like your beneath them when there for services. I'm not complaing about the nurse's who I have dealt with, its the front office people. So if anyone knows of a complaint line let me know. I'm off to drive in the rain!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Family Time

Today Keith's sister Patty and her family came over for a late lunch. I became good friends with Patty when we were 14(OMG) and met Keith shortly thereafter. Even after Keith and I got married Patty and I were inseparable. We stayed close all the years our girls were growing up. Then life just got to fast. We still see each other occasionally but I miss the closeness she and I use to share. She was my best friend. She has 2 cute cute granddaughters. Just like mine her girls live close to her and her life is wrapped up in them and her job. Today was great. We actually set it up to get thank you notes out. Hopefully we can start planning something once a month or so just so we can get together and talk.

We were invited out last night with some dear friends. We have both adopted children from the foster care system and all of us love the Lord. They were so much fun to be with. I get so caught up in day to day life that I forget to make time for friends. I am on the go during the week and then spend time with the kids on the weekend. If we do get any free time Keith and I spend it together. I am making a promise to myself to start having friends over. We use to get together once a month with 2 other adoptive families and play cards and games and eat. Now I don't see them very much. Most of their kids are grown or teens and I'm still parenting a 6 year old. I'd still parent a newborn if I could. I know , I know, I'm getting older. But I still want to. So my promise for this year is to be involved with friends more, invite people over more, and be more sociable.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

FAS--What a Shame

One of my little boys is diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. They are actually 3 different levels. One is FAE-- Fetal Alcohol Effects, the other is Fetal Alcohol and Drug Effects. It only takes one drink to cause damage. ONE. I took an online class and was shocked at what an infants brain looks like when the mother drinks while pregnant. These poor kids have a very slim chance of ever having a normal life. My little guy is loved so much. Sad, but that doesn't matter. He struggles so much in school. He also struggles in social situations. It is hard for him to play with a group of kids. He doesn't understand the rules. If they are simple enough to understand he forgets and gets frustrated. He is the only child out of 18 with this diagnosis. It is truly heart breaking to want to be able to help him and no that nothing I do will fix the problem. No therapy, no medicine, no surgeries, nothing. He can learn. He can make the best of his life..and I will see that he does. It just could be so different. It should be against the law to drink while pregnant, and if the baby does have FAS, FAE, or FADE the the mother should do time. Just my opinion. He is still so stinkin cute!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sorry Folks

Keith's dad passed away Sunday, January 10. The family was at the nursing home around the clock for about a week. He was ready to go. Other than that nothing big has happend around here. All the kids were glad to get back to school. Everyone passed all their classes. They are all keeping busy with new games and toys. I haven't started my diet, too much stress. Keith has been laid off work every other week for three months. Hopefully he can complete my honey do list. All the teenagers were great for support during the funeral. Marvin turns sixteen in a few days. My goodness where does time go. Homemade vegetable soup for dinner. I cancelled all appointments for the last week. Now I have to catch up. Life goes on.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year

Hope everyone has a blessed New Year. All the teenagers brought the New Year in at a Youth church lock in. They are all so tired. It makes for a quiet day around here.