Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Brooke ready for her scene.
Brooke and Kenzie
Brooke and Kenzie being "real" actors...sitting and waiting
Although it was great to see the girls loving life so much doing the extra work, I am kinda glad it was only for two days! The long drive there and back both days and then sitting around waiting has made me one tired mama...I think Robin would agree!
Now back to regularly scheduled programming...and NO Brooke and Kenzie you will not be getting the star treatment!!!! I think there's some trash to be taken out and dishes to be done...oh is your rooms clean??????!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, Saturday and Sunday were all spent giving her room a makeover (her Christmas gift)...we painted, tiled, decorated...you should have seen the sweat and tears :-) She wouldn't let us quit until every detail was just right! There's one more piece for the room that we are waiting for (in the mail) before the big reveal. Brooke said I could share a couple of pictures so here they are...
Brooke & Daddy painting
Brooke's entire room in our bedroom (wow! who would have thought a 12 year old would have SO much junk...I mean stuff!)
Then today we went to a shoot for a television show that is being filmed in Topeka, Broken Road. Brooke and Mackenzie were cast as extras in the show so we took them up there today and we'll go back tomorrow. They did some hallway scenes today, I'm not sure what they'll do tomorrow. They were a little nervous at first but after their first scene they both were hooked! They loved getting to experience the whole exciting life of actresses. These will be the last two days of shooting (for extras) for the first (6) episodes so they'll have to see if the show is contracted for more episodes before they know if they'll get to do more acting. You can see a little about the show at www.brokenroadtv.com Here's a picture of Brooke all decked out for her day...
Lexy has been learning about supporting family members (and being happy for them) and taking turns (in games and time) the past few days and she's doing great with her learning...I was so proud of her today! We did stop working on Brooke's room Sat. evening and had a Family Fun Game Night. We played Don't Break the Ice, Memory, Operation and Pictureka (which is a GREAT game!!). Here's a cute pic of Lexy just 'cause...
Thursday, December 25, 2008
*The girls didn't get up until 8am
*We leisurely opened our presents
*Everyone was grateful for what they received
*We continued our tradition by sharing a wonderful Christmas breakfast
*Mamaw & Grandpa Tom visited (and brought presents!)
*We visited with Norma, Willie, Crissy and Raylee
*We ordered pizza for dinner 'cause Mama didn't want to cook after hearing that the local convenience store was open and taking orders for pizza!
*Everyone is happy and healthy!
Here's a scrapbook of our day...
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
The only down side to the day was when daddy spent WAY too many hours putting the toy below together to only find out that it just wasn't easy or sturdy enough for Lexy to play with. She told us "I'm not disappointed, we can just take it back and get something better"...what a girl!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
We had a wonderful Christmas Eve today visiting with Uncle C.J., Jessi, Ashley, Tori and Sheila and then going up to Papa & Grammy's house for the afternoon. Take a look at our scrapbook of the day...
|Make a Smilebox scrapbook|
We feel so blessed that we have a wonderful family to celebrate the holidays with...tomorrow will be a visit from Mamaw and Grandpa Tom and going to Norma & Willie's.
Monday, December 22, 2008
The girls and I had to get out this morning for a follow up appt. for Lexy (dr.) so we went to one of the junk stores that the girls enjoy and then out to lunch. After that we came home and made one of papa & grammy's and mamaw & grandpa Tom's gifts (I'll post picture and how to's after Christmas) and we wrapped Mike's presents. Brooke and I also went online and found a solution for her jewelry in her new room...pictures of that to come after we get it all done!!
I'm getting a little worried that we may not get to make the trip up to Papa & Grammy's house for Christmas Eve since they are calling for sleet, freezing rain & snow on Tues/Wed. but hopefully the forecast will change before then!
Well, I need to go finish up some peanut butter fudge and make the girls some hot cocoa since they've been begging for it!
Friday, December 19, 2008
We're hoping to spend the weekend (weather permitting) with Papa & Grammy. There's a play that I think the girls would enjoy that we could go see on Saturday and we haven't had a chance to go to the the drive-thru lights display yet this year so that would be a fun time for all!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Last night Brooke had her choir concert. Papa and Grammy came down and had dinner (go to my other blog to see what we had) and then to the concert. The concert consisted of the 6th grade choir and 6th grade band and then the 7/8th grade choir and 7/8th grade band performing...they all did great!
Papa and Grammy brought us a present. This ornament that has our little family on it. Grammy said that they had a hard time finding one with only two kid (snowmen) on it, they all had three. I told her that maybe they should have gotten one with three kids...maybe it would be a sign that we needed another one!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Yep, PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE! Is your mouth watering yet???? And no this batch is not for you dad!! This batch is actually for Lexy's teachers but I promise I'll be making more in the coming days for the family!!!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Sunday was spent cleaning the house, putting some of the presents under the tree (see Brooke I DO listen to you), playing and having the girls help me cook dinner (Brooke's favorite, popcorn chicken kabobs) and make dessert (Lexy helped make peanut butter cup blizzards!).
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Since Lexy's three days off of school it has been terribly hard to get her motivated to get up every morning. She tells me she is still sick and/or that she just simply doesn't want to go to school to do work...wow I can only imagine how difficult it will be to start back after Christmas break!
Speaking of Christmas, Lexy and Brooke are keeping me on my toes! Lexy keeps asking "how many sleeps until Christmas?" and when I answer she'll say "ahh, that's a lot!". Brooke keeps mentioning the fact that we have NO presents under the tree as of yet and gently (ha!) reminding me that I need to get to work!
I got the following in an e-mail this morning and my first thought was oh my gosh that would totally happen at my house!!!!
Cup of Tea
One day my mother was out and my dad was in charge of me. I was maybe 2 1/2 years old and had just recovered from an accident. Someone had given me a little 'tea set' as a get-well gift and it was one of my favorite toys. Daddy was in the living room engrossed in the evening news when I brought Daddy a little cup of 'tea', which was just water. After several cups of tea and lots of praise for such yummy tea, my Mom came home. My Dad made her wait in the living room to watch me bring him a cup oftea, because it was "just the cutest thing!"
My Mom waited, and sure enough, here I come down the hall with a cup of tea for Daddy and she watches him drink it up.
Then she says, (as only a mother would know.. :) "Did it ever occur to you that the only place she can reach to get water is the toilet?"
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Debone chicken and heat in pan with a can of cream of chicken soup, a few green chiles and about a cup of shredded cheese
Pour 1/2 can of enchilada sauce and a few green chiles on bottom of 13x9 pan. Dip flour tortillas in sauce and then fill with chicken mixture and roll. Pour remaining sauce, chiles and some cheese on top. Heat in 350 oven for about 15 min.
Serve with salad, fruit and...
Have beautiful daughter bake cinammon roll squares!
Even Brooke loved the enchiladas (she went back for seconds) so those of you that know how picky she can be knows that these must be YUMMY!!
Oh, Mrs. Claus made another visit this afternoon while Lexy and I picked Brooke up from school. She left each girl a plastic candy cane filled with chocolates. Lexy was so excited when she found them on the table upon returning home!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Enjoy a little piece of the fun (Brooke is in blue)...
Lexy started feeling ill last night and got worse today so she and Mike had to miss the performance tonight. Here's a picture of us last night!And Brooke with Papa & Grammy...
And with Mamaw & Grandpa Tom...
Brooke just got home from the cast party (at 11:30pm) and she said that she had a great time...but she's really sad for it to be all over!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Lexy wanted to get in on the acting so last night she acted like a doggy!
Lexy took a sick day today. She had done some coughing last night and this morning she woke up complaining of a sore throat so I kept her home. She doesn't seem to be sick...no fever, throat really not red, etc. but I think she just needed the day off because after dropping Brooke off at school and driving back home Lexy said "yeah, now I don't have to do all that school work!!"
BTW, did you see that Elf dance above??? I thought it was SO cute!!!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Mike did mention that we need to get another big snowman so we have a mom & dad and we need to add five more kids to the family since we have seven little snowmen!!
In other news...
A letter came home in Lexy's backpack today that she failed her hearing test. I called the school nurse to ask if she indeed failed (as in couldn't hear) or if she chose not to cooperate (therefore failing). The nurse said that she indeed failed as in couldn't hear, she said she tested her two different days to be sure of the results. She says that the problem seems to be mostly in the left ear. She said the test consisted of the child having a page of pictures in front of them and pointing to the picture when the "man in the headphones" said that word. The nurse said that Lexy did well on some and then on the others she would just give her a look like "what did that man just say??". So off to the audiologist we go, I have made an appt. for next Thurs. We had her hearing tested about 1 1/2 yrs. ago and all her tests were normal but after everything we went thru with her eyes/glasses we will definately do more testing if only for our own piece of mind!!
Brooke is getting excited and a little nervous about her upcoming acting debut! She will play "Maeve" one of the daughters in a play called "Donovan's Daughters". She has been very focused on the whole process of this play (to the point of forgetting about a cheerleading event this morning!) and I think she will do awesome! She has 4 performances beginning tomorrow to the grade school students, then Friday am to the other middle school students and then they will perform to the public on Friday and Saturday nights. I have really seen her grow and blossom as she has prepared for this...my baby is growing up ;-(
The paperwork that we had to fill out to change foster agencies got a late pick up so it will probably be closer to the first of the year before we fully switch. We haven't gotten any calls from our current agency lately but then again another couple we know with that agency hasn't gotten any calls either so there just must not be too many kiddos coming in to the system. I would love to have a little bitty one for Christmas but I'm trying to be patient and go with the flow!! Although I did see some little bitty oh-so-cute outfits on sale at Carters outlet yesterday when Lexy and I went to the mall and I SO wanted to buy some of them! Oh BTW they were all boys things, maybe a sign????!!!!
Monday, December 1, 2008
We got the Christmas Tree put up yesterday!! Brooke and Lexy had a good time putting on all the ornaments...
This morning, as per tradition in our home on Dec. 1st, Mrs. Claus left a note, ornaments and a small gift for the girls. She and the elves will leave small gifts/activities and notes throughout the season!
Brooke received a set of small "fashion" ornaments (a purse, cell phone, laptop & skirt) and two pair of knee socks that were pink and brown with monkeys. Lexy received a penguin ornament and knee socks that are navy/lt. blue with frogs.
Mike got some of our outside lights put up yesterday and hopes to finish up in the next couple of days, I'll post pictures of that when it's done. My project for this week is to organize my gift area downstairs and to get some of the wrapping done (so I don't put it off until the last minute).