Sunday, December 19, 2010

Barbie and friends

As I was helping my girls clean their room this week, I found barbie's friend Ken, dressed in Barbie's pink bath robe. I did not see any ken clothes in their box of dolls. I guess they need some for Christmas?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Little brother's creations

Too bad I have no money.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Week

It was a long week! Hubby got a call from his brother Saturday mid day that his mom had taken a turn for the worse and if he wanted to see her and say good bye, he better get up to NY fast. I went home from work early, the kids were being very slow, so when his brother called back again, Rich left with the 2 kids who said they had all their clothes packed and drove to NY in my car. He was able to spend a few hours with his mom before she died. I did not get out of the house for 3 hours after he left, as we had to pack clothes for the rest of the kids and since no one bothered to sort the laundry, it took a long time to find them warm clothes to pack. I got to NY at 1:30 am, without enough time to get to the nursing home and visit with MIL. She died around 2 am. So we are all in NY, exhausted, when his brother gets there on Monday after driving straight through from Florida. He lets us know the funeral will be on Friday at 2. Do we drive back to Virginia, and spend the next 2 days sorting clothes and getting out the winter stuff, or stay in NY for Thanksgiving and buy each one of us a nice looking outfit for the funeral and various items for the kids who forgot some items of clothing? I voted for staying in NY, as Rosalie is a terrible traveler and I did not want to spend any extra time in the car with her. We stayed with my parents for a few days, had a nice Thanksgiving dinner, then headed back to the Binghamton area Thursday evening, as the weather forecast was for freezing rain Friday morning in Herkimer. The boys were terrible during the viewing and funeral. I think they were bored, we had been inside or in the cars for several days, the weather was terrible, either rainy or very windy and cold. I was so glad to get home, early Saturday morning, so I could go to work. :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


They changed the combination to the pump room and the new one is not working for me... I think I'll survive until I get home, but I will be waking up Rosalie to nurse when I walk through the door.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Who gave her permission to grow up?

My oldest wants to move out to stay with my brother and his wife in the Seattle area and take care of her very premature, still immune compromised cousin, so my brother and his wife can both go back to work full time. She is almost 21, she can make her own choices. I'm going to miss her, as she is the only one of my big kids who has a drivers license. It's going to be a pain to drive #2 to class every day next semester.

Monday, October 11, 2010

New fridge

We have a master protection plan with Sears on our washer, dryer and refrigerator. The cabinet of the fridge has started to deform along the bottom and the fridge door does not stay shut. Sears decided to pay for the new fridge, up to $1620, as the old one could not be repaired. I threw in an extra $200 to get the one I wanted. It will be here Friday. Until then, the fridge is not getting cold, so we have bags of ice in it to keep stuff cold. The freezer is fine, almost too cold on the middle setting...

Monday, September 27, 2010


The one I had last weekend (9 days ago) really wore me out. I'm hesitant to even tell my parents, as dad has a seriously negative attitude about the number of children I have. Which ones does he want me to get rid of?

On the other hand, maybe I should finally get my hernia repaired, as there will not be a nunber 11? It's been bothering me more than usual recently...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The same old stuff, different day

Why do I think any day I am not at work I will get stuff done around the house? I should know better after almost 5 years of working outside the home. I will get some laundry clean, some dishes done and make a real meal, home made everything, no boxes, but that will be all I get done. For once, I would like to get all the laundry clean and folded in the same week. My little fantasy never gets fulfilled. At least I got to cuddle and nurse my Rosalie today. She is growing up too fast. Sam is 4 now. With the older kids in school, I need to watch them both. They are very good at making messes. :)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

School starts Tuesday

I think the kids are ready to go back. They have been bored the last few weeks. The summer schedule is so rigorous around here. Sleep until you wake up, eat, use the rest room, play pc games or watch tv all day, then go to bed. It's such a hard life...
It will be really weird with only 2 at home during the school day.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I passed the annoying test!

Comptia Security +, I fear you no more. Yay, no more studying for me for a while. Last night I scrubbed the kitchen floor. It was really gross. With both of us studying for tests and the big kids trying to keep the little ones alive, not a lot of house work got done in the past 3 weeks. I'll bet when I get home from work it will need to be washed again...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Comptia Security +

My head is spinning like Linda Blair in the Exorcist. Diffeee Hillman, Encapsulated Secure Payload, AES, RJ 45, Argh! I hope I pass the test on Friday so I can #1 forget all this stuff or #2 start studying for the Network + exam. I vote for #2. LOL

Thursday, June 17, 2010


He is over 2 pounds now, and only on some oxygen, feeding by mouth, and no more Iv's. Yeah!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

2 down, 8 to go.

My second child graduated yesterday. It was very hot in the bleachers at 9 am and even hotter at 11:30 when they were done. I did not know she was 51 in her class of 249. So much for the doctors at Childrens hospital in DC who did her assessment for autism when she was 4. They thought she was of average intelligence...

Thursday, May 20, 2010


He is starting to gain weight, but still fragile. He will probably be in the hospital for a few months, as he was 16 weeks early.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Heaven has a new Angel

My niece, Leslie Cordelia, was born last week, 16 weeks early. She died early this morining. Please pray for her twin Timothy Michael and his parents Robert and Tricia.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Reposting from Soldiergrrl on LJ The home owners association can foreclose on a home that is fully paid for because the $800 fees were not paid? That just does not compute!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I hate this time of year

I am breaking out in hives and wheezing, due to my allergies to the blooming stuff. Maybe living in Alaska wouldn't be such a bad thing? :(

Sunday, May 2, 2010

They must be troublemakers, like their father?

After 21 years of marriage, my brother and his wife are expecting their first children, twins, due in early September. Bob posted on his live journal blog last evening that Tricia was in the hospital, with some complications. Thankfully, the babies are fine now, though SIL is on bed rest in the hospital. I'm praying she will be very bored for several more weeks, until the babies reach at least 34 weeks.

Monday, April 26, 2010

It's been a long spring already

2 of my big boys were recently diagnosed with aspergers syndrome. It was a very surprising diagnosis, as I did not realise they were "different". I just thought they were introverts, shy like me. The counselors think they have aspergers as they do not interact with classmates/peers and really only talk to teachers and family members. They are both very intelligent, and get good/great grades, aslo a sign of aspergers. The counselors will be working with them to teach them how to carry on a conversation and how to read facial expressions and body language. My doctor said people with aspergers are usually more intelligent than average and that some very famous people, like Bill Gates, are though to have it. It hasn't stopped him from his dreams.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Pictures Rosalie


1 year old 2 days old

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ms Rosalie is 1

How did that happen? The year flew by. At her check up on tuesday, she was 18 pounds, 5 ounces and 29 inches long. My oldest daughter was 20 pounds, 5.3 ounces and 29 1/4 inches long at 6 months. One of them had to take after my 5 ft 1 and shrinking MIL. :)

I'll try to remember to post photos later, no promises that it will be before monday.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Security +

My brain is spinning. I have to finish the studying and pass the CompTIA test by June, or lose my job. How many abbreviations can they throw into one book? MAC, DAC, smtp, pop3, https, udp, my brain hurts. And I took the boot camp course at learning tree for a week before I started studying. I like troubleshooting and fixing pc's, but the certification I could do without.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I can't wait for spring!

In the last 2 weeks, I've had 6 kids with strep throat, 1 with a double ear infection and 3 of the 6 also had a stomach type bug. Only after the stomach thing went through the 3 of them did one of my high school kids mention that there was one going through their school.

Now, the pollen is getting bad and my allergies are already bothering me. Time to replace the prefilters on my hepa filters?