Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Roof is Done




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We finally have our new roof! We have waiting almost 5 years for this day! The visual improvement is immediate. I hope the two electric roof vents will help our $311 power bill. James Monroe did the roof and we are well pleased with this work. The attention to detail was awesome. We would recommend him to anyone! Keith has started to caulk and paint the new facial boards he and his dad installed this weekend. He is so proud and I am so proud of him. The new cover on the back porch is finished and we will find out soon if it leaks thanks to Fran. Somehow Keith can keep on going even with little to no sleep.
Allison's best friend, Carmen, had to come stay with us in the middle of the night last night. Carmen's mom was pregnant with her little sister was due in 5 days. We told them since they did not have any family in the area, that if they needed us in the middle of the night just to call. Last night we stayed up late watching the Olympics and the news that followed. Then Baylee kept snoring and passing gas! Yes, she is now sleeping in the bed with Keith and I. We finally got the kids out of our bed and Baylee moved right in. We fell asleep around 11:45 pm and the phone rang at 1:15 am. Carmen's mother's water broke and they were at the hospital. The wanted to see if they could bring Carmen to our house around 1:45 am. Once they arrived I got Carmen settled in Madison's bed since Madison was asleep on Allison's floor. We finally got back to sleep around 2:15 am. For those how know me well, know that I need my sleep. We all got off to school and work this morning with no problems. I only had to work til noon today. No, I did not get to take a nap because the roofers were on the final day of installation. That is ok! We all have to sacrifice to have what we want. Carmen has a healthy little sister and we have a great roof.
I will try to update you more later. Now I just need to go to bed.
Love to All!





Monday, August 11, 2008

Back to School Again






Well today began another year of school for the girls. Allison is in the fifth grade and Madison is in the first. This will be to only year that they will be at the same school. I better enjoy it while it lasts. Allison being the fifth grader that she is did not want me or Keith to walk her in to school. Thank goodness that Madison will still be seen with us. This too may be the last year for that. The girls were up early and ready to go. Madison was a little worried about going to a new school, but she got over that real quick.


Keith and his dad have been replacing the old metal roof on the back porch with a nice new wood one. The roofer is supposed to come tomorrow if the weather is permitting. Let hope so.


Baylee is doing good. She is getting over some injuries. She began swinging her back right leg a week ago due to a bacteria infection. While she was taking antibiotic, she some how landed on the foot wrong and completely broke her outer toe. She is now in a splint and a lamp shade collar. She was so embarrassed Wednesday when she got the lamp shade. She is better now and just runs into everything with it. I will be taking her back to the vet tomorrow to have her splint replaced and maybe some more x-rays.


Madison lost another took Tuesday. She pulled it by herself again. She is such a big girl. That makes two. Allison is just growing up so fast. She is turning into a young lady so fast. Yesterday a church I noticed that several of the girls 2 years older than her are developing. What a shock! I do not think we are ready for that yet.


The girls had a great summer! The enjoyed Camp Kaleidoscope. They got to spend a week in Macon with Momma Joy and Grandaddy Jim. They got to spend sometime with Pop and GranAnne at the lake and in Auburn. Grammy and Paw Paw came last week to help us out. Without grandparents it would be so hard on us. Keith and I are so grateful to have parents that want to spend time with our children. Like I told the kids, I do not have any gifts or toys that my grandparents gave me as a child, however I do have a lot of memories. That is what I would like for my children to have.


Well I need to get the children in bed! They have just gotten out of the shower.


Love to All,

Sunday, July 6, 2008

 

 

July 4th Weekend of Fun






This was a very eventful July 4th weekend. On Thursday we all loaded up and went to the lake. Allison has been begging to ski again and we did not want to try on the 4th with all the boat traffic. Allison and Keith skied together. They both got up on the first try. Keith has not skied since we were married. They played on the water trampoline and slide and gave each other mud baths. We headed to Opelika for the fireworks that night. There we met Grammie, Paw Paw, Aunt JoJo, Katelyn, Uncle Wesley, Aunt Wendy, and Ansley. Grammie surprised everyone with some Rotel dip, chips, and powdered donuts. After all that sugar, the fireworks began. We all agreed that they were not a good as years past.
Friday we headed to the lake again. All the regular 4th of July vets were there. We enjoyed lots of BBQ chicken and ribs and tons of sides. The water was very refreshing since it was no breeze like Thursday. The wave runner was going non stop. Lots of tubing and some skiing. The water was a lot rougher and tons of boat traffic which we expected. We headed back to Auburn just in time to drive to Bruno's to see the Auburn fireworks. They were great! We did not get to meet up with Grammie and Paw Paw due to our late return from the lake.
Saturday I was able to sleep late. This was great since my allergies have been acting up since the day at the water park on Tuesday. I was able to go to Laredo's Mexican Restaurant and see Heidi, Brad, and Loxley Lyon from Arkansas. Heidi worked with us at the office while her husband went to vet school in Tuskegee. They moved back to Arkansas after his graduation almost 2 years ago. It was great to visit with them and meet Loxley for the first time. After my lunch, Grammie, Paw Paw, Aunt JoJo, Katelyn and my crew went to swim at Hollie and Craig Lee's House in Opelika. They have a great salt water pool in the country. We had a blast. We had splash contest and all! Katelyn even fell in love. That is with there dogs Darla and Daisy. Katelyn has always been deathly afraid until this. Aunt Helen and Uncle Bruce even came over and visited. We did not leave until 8:30. These late nights are weighing on me.
Sunday we tried to keep the water out of our plans. Today was Allison's 10th birthday. I can not believe that we have already reached the double digits. We went to church early and let Allison pick the restaurant for lunch. The options were: Shogun, CiCi's Pizza, Shakey's Pizza, and Waffle House. For the 3rd time in a row she chose Waffle House. It was good though. We did not have a party or anything today for her birthday. On Wednesday the girls and I went to Tigertown and got Allison $140.00 worth of outfits.(You do know that fifth graders dress better than fourth graders, don't you?) I was not feeling great this afternoon so I took some medicine and laid down praying the my allergies would subside. Grammie, Paw Paw, Wesley and Wendy came over later to give Allison her presents. She got an Old Navy gift card from Wesley and Wendy. Grammie and Paw Paw gave her the beach trip, clothes, and a friendship bracelet kit. Aunt JoJo and Katelyn gave her a virtual hamster for her Nintendo on Saturday. I would not approve of a real hamster so JoJo compromised. After everyone left I headed to the store for some more allergy meds. I am feeling better now. Thank God! After some homemade play dough and supper the girls are in bed. We have to get back to our routine next week. They have Camp Kaleidoscope the next 3 weeks and I have to return to work after a week off.
We hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th. We love you all!





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Saturday, June 28, 2008

A Day at the Lake


Last weekend we went to the lake. The girls had a blast. They made some friends with the neighbors grandchildren. The day was spent tubing, playing on the water trampoline, riding the wave runner, and swimming. Baylee came with us and loved the water. She is swimming everywhere. We had pizza for lunch and wonderful grilled BBQ chicken for supper.
The girls are finally old enough to really enjoy the lake. Now with Allison skiing it is about be even more fun!
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DARE Camp Draws To A Close

Well another DARE Camp completed. Keith and the girls had a great time along with the other 145 6th graders. The days were long and hot. Everyone came home exhausted.

Yesterday was Katelyn's 3rd birthday. I can't believe that she is already 3. They grow up so fast! Today is her party at Hollywood Connection in Columbus. The girls are so excited. I have taken off all of next week to keep the girls. They do not have camp. I may take them to Surfside Water Park on Tuesday depending on the weather. We will be spending a lot of time this week at the pool and the lake. The girls are so brown. Madison hair is turning blonde.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Allison Learns to Ski

This afternoon Allison learned to ski. Pop knew 2 guys, Russell and Brooks Glass, that taught people how to ski at Calloway Gardens and arranged for them to teach her to ski. Today Pop picked her up early from DARE Camp and headed to Lake Harding. Within 15 minutes Allison was up! After a couple of times she was able to get up all by herself. She came home so excited! Pop was able to snap some pictures from the dock. Sorry some are fuzzy, Pop was not used to Allison's camera. If you look closely to the last picture she is waving. WOW! We look forward to Allison skiing more at the lake and maybe Madison will pick it up a lot sooner with Allison already doing it.


Great Job Allison! We are proud of you!

Trip to Montgomery

Penelope, Allison, Laura, and Madison

Growing up so fast!

6 going on 20.

Allison and Madison are going to Camp Kaleidoscope Day Camp. They are enjoying it so much. On Friday they had a field trip to Montgomery. In the morning they went to the planetarium and that afternoon they went to the Montgomery Zoo. The girls thought that the planetarium would be a bore, but they were sure surprised. They loved it. The zoo was awesome too! I sent my extra digital camera with them to take some pictures. I know that they love taking pictures as much as me. These are some pictures from that trip.

This week the Keith has his DARE Camp. They girls are going with him. They all came home tired and irritable. I am hoping to put them all to bed early.