Friday, April 25, 2008

Things kids say in church (Really cute ;)

Photobucket KIDS  IN CHURCH    
3-year-old  Reese :  
'Our Father, Who does art in heaven,  
Harold is His name.

A  little boy was overheard  praying:
'Lord, if you can't make me a better boy,  don't worry about it.

I'm  having a real good time like I  am.'     


After  the christening of his baby brother in church,  

Jason  sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the  car.  
His father asked him three times what was  wrong.

Finally,  the boy replied,
'That preacher said he wanted  us brought up in a Christian home,  
and I wanted to stay with you guys.'  


One  particular four-year-old  prayed,
'And forgive us our trash  baskets

as  we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.'  


A  Sunday school teacher asked her children as they  

were  on the way to church service,   
'And why is it necessary to be quiet in  church?' 

One  bright little girl replied,      'Because people are sleeping.'  

A  mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin  5, and Ryan 3.  
The boys began to argue over who would get the  first pancake.  
Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral  lesson.

'If  Jesus were sitting here, He would  say,    
'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can  wait..' 

Kevin  turned to his younger brother and  said,       
' Ryan , you be Jesus !'

A  father was at the beach with his children  

when  the four-year-old son ran up to  him,   
grabbed  his hand, and led him to the  shore  
where a seagull lay dead in the  sand.
'Daddy, what happened to him?' the son asked.  

'He  died and went to Heaven,' the Dad replied.  
The  boy thought a moment and then said,  
'Did  God throw him back down?'    

A  wife invited some people to  dinner.
At the table, she turned to their six-year-old  daughter and said,  
'Would you like to say the  blessing?'
'I wouldn't know what to say,' the girl  replied.  
'Just say what you hear Mommy say,' the wife  answered.  
The daughter bowed her head and said,  
'Lord, why on earth did I invite all these  people to dinner?'  

Good & Bad news.....

Hi everyone! Well my sad news is our Australian Water Dragon died yesterday morning. My hubby is pretty bummed. We have had him for 5 years. We think one of the mice he ate two days ago was sick or had a disease. He has always been super healthy and in great shape coat wise. We were surprised!

Then today my sister called me at noon and her dog Katy had started having her puppies a week early. All in all she ended up with 9 babies and this is her first liter. There are 2 girls and 7 boys and they are all in great shape! They are SO ADORABLE! I took a short video for you all to hear them. I also took a TON of pictures for you all to see. It was funny my sister took her dog to the vet after an hour of her not deliver anymore of her babies. They could feel two more in there. Well in the truck on the way there she decided to have the last two babies in the truck ;)

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Our weatherman says snow tomorrow?? It was 77 three days ago??? Oh well lol heat back on since it is only 41 degrees again.

Hugs, Robyn




Monday, April 21, 2008

It's warming up! (Finally) (LOTS of pictures)


Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Yesterday it was finally 72 degrees here. It was beautiful! We opened all the windows. Hubby & I took the kids to the zoo for a couple hours in the afternoon. I think that everyone had the same idea. It was packed! Packed places and Josh do not go hand and hand. And it must have been nap time for all the animals because there wasn't much to look at. Oh well, we had fun and got to enjoy the great weather! I took some pictures in my truck on the way to the Zoo which is in St. Paul. I cannot believe how clear the shots turned out from inside my truck threw the glass. Here is a tour of my cities lol....


The Minneapolis Skyline.......

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Bad picture but you can see the top of the Metrodome. The bridge that collapsed is not to far from here....


The river in between Minneapolis & St. Paul


Skyline of downtown St. Paul and a bad shot of the capital (well thetop of it lol)

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hubby and kids walking into the zoo and a close up of Josh's curly hair :)

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Looking at the Penguins :) (they were some sad looking things though :( )


Buffalo using the tree to scratch his itchy head....


The lazy animals.....

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My favorite at the zoo ;) this one was looking at everyone like "WHAT?" lol

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When we were done at the zoo we came home and planned on making Indian Taco's for dinner. Word got out and my sister first invited herself, then my mom and hubby's friend ended up coming for dinner also.  I had cheated and bought the Rhode's loaf but we didn't have enough fry bread so we ended up making a batch from scratch also. We chopped up the onion, tomato, lettuce, got out the cheese, sour cream, and salsa and I grabbed the foil wrapped meat to brown the hamburger and make taco meat. WELL I had dethawed a roast not hamburger lmao! I called my sister and she stopped and got 7 pounds of hamburger! I asked her if she bought enough lol! I cooked 3 and half pounds of it.

When dinner was done we chatted for a bit and hubby and his friend cleaned about 75% of the kitchen up and headed to his best friends house for the evening. I cleaned and sat on my deck and enjoyed the weather. I always forget to take a picture of the Indian Taco's when we make them. I will next time I do for sure.

Today is gorgeous out also! Hard to believe there is just under 5 weeks left of school.

Well I am going to end this and go switch my laundry, then I am off to run a couple errands. I am thinking we will BBQ tonight for dinner. Cheeseburgers maybe?

Everyone have a great week!

Love and hugs,


Snagged Meme from Lisa Jo

One Word
1. Where is your cell phone? Desk 

2. Your significant other?   Comedian

3. Your hair? Long

4. Your mother?  Beautiful

5. Your father? Gone

6. Your favorite thing? Family   

 7. Your dream last night? None 

8. Your favorite drink? Dew  

9. Your dream/goal? Happiness     

10. The room you're in?  Clean

11. Your ex?  Who?? lol

12. Fear?  Dying

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Arizona

14. Where were you last night? Home

15. What you're not? Fake

16. Muffins?  Nothanks 

17. One of your wish list items?  House  

18. Where you grew up?   Grandparents

19.The last thing you did? #18 lol

20. What are you wearing? Cami & Lounge pants (couldn't say one word and imply I am half naked lol!)

21. Your TV?  Storage

22. Your pets?  Awesome!

23. Your computer?  Relaxing

24. Your life?  Crazy

25. Your Mood?   Great

26. Missing someone?  Youbetcha! (in MN that is one word lmao)

27. Your car? Dirty

28 Something you are not wearing? Socks

29. Favorite Store?  BedBath&Beyond 

30. Your summer? Funfun

31. Like someone? Yep

32. Your favorite color? Lots

33. When is the last time you laughed? 10minutesago

34. Last time you cried?  Idolgivesback



Thursday, April 17, 2008

My weekend fun ;)

Hi everyone just wanted to let everyone know what we ended up doing for my birthday. On my actual birthday my hubby took all the kids for almost 4 hours to give me some peace and quiet. I later learned they were doing other stuff lol. They came home and gave me my cards and they had put 2 tickets to the matinee movie 21 the next day for hubby and I to go see and they told me they were staying home to clean and they would babysit Josh so we could go alone.

The day before I had a feeling they were planning something and thought I knew what it was. But they convinced me differently when I heard hubby and I were going to the movies the next afternoon. So I cooked BBQ chicken, fried potatoes, and corn for dinner.  Later on in the night hubby and I played Karaoke with Rayanna and Alexis. My sister in law then called and said her and hubby's son were coming over later at night. So they came over and my SIL gave me 2 presents, one from her and the other from my MIL. I opened them with my MIL on the phone. My SIL bought me a really pretty Mystic Topaz ring and earrings. My MIL bought me a beautiful Diamond ring. I took a picture of them and will add it at the end of this entry. They are both so sweet, I loved them both :) Rayanna had also given me about a week prior her present. She was the practical one lmao! Yet I love, love, love her present! She bought that water filter/flavoring thing you attach to your kitchen sink spout. You can filter your water easily with a turn of a little dial. You can also put flavor bottles in the same unit and push this little button and flavor to your desire comes out also ;) She bought me raspberry, and strawberry flavoring. It is so good! I buy ALOT of raspberry aquafina water so she told me now I would save SO much money doing it this way versus buying the 12 packs all the time lol. Gotta love that it matters to her at only 11 years old! She is awesome.

We woke up the next day and the girls had fed Josh, and did the dishes. We showered and got ready to head to the movie. We saw 21 if anyone is wanting to see a good movie I personally thought it was a very good movie. The movie was longer than we expected it started at 1 and it didn't get out until about 3:15. Rayanna called to see what was taking so long. I told her we were walking out of the mall and would be home shortly.

We pulled into the garage. I got out and hubby was behind me. I opened the door to my mud room and almost 20 people yelled "Surprise" and threw balloons at me. I was so not expecting it that my exacts words were (AS I went back into garage lmao) "OH, Shit you scared the crap out of me!". Hmmmmm, let's try that again lmao. I went in and hugged everyone. The kids had cleaned the house, somehow got all the decorations up (that I had no clue were here or that they had bought) and they really decorated a ton! My mom had made a huge pot of sloppy joes and brought that and watermelon over. My sister brought a ice cream cake. My daughter's had bought chips, fruit punch, root beer, and Dr. Pepper. I think my mom also brought a big pan of beans.

I got some awesome presents from all of them also! ;) I took some pictures to show you and will add them at the end of the entry also. I had a great birthday my family is awesome. My house was a disaster when it was over with but got cleaned up lol.

Friday night we went to Tribal bingo and had a great time! My truck was full on the way home because we bingo'd so many times lol. At tribal bingo they always serve a yummy dinner and have snacks, drinks, fruit cups, deserts, you can get. They also have tons of bowls of goodies spread around all the bingo tables. They do it in the gymnasium of our Community Building.  They take all of the money that they make each month and go out and spend that on tons of prizes for the next month. There is smaller prizes all the way up to bigger things like plasma TV's, lawnmower, trip vouchers, ect. We won a stainless steel laundry sorter with 4 canvas bags that sit in it. A cute garbage can full of red and white kitchen stuff. A picnic bag with 2 beach towels, pillow, cute pitcher and matching 4 cups. A HUGE lazy suzan for parties, it's really cool. A set of outdoor lanterns for bigger candles. A shop vac. A pack of hand towels. Another Magic Bullet except this time it is the Pro lol. So bigger. I think I am forgetting something but man I could not believe how much my daughter and I won that night. So much fun lol.

Rayanna stayed after school today for a digital photography class and came home and her art teacher sent an email with two pictures she had taken to me earlier. I might be biased, BUT I think the photos are awesome! Here they are..... I especially LOVE the paper one........


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I think I am going to end this entry now and go make a couple tags before I hit they hay. I hope everyone is having a great week!

Big hugs, Robyn


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Flowers my sister sent to me on my birthday....
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Purse my sister gave me at part....
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Rings from MIL & SIL (forgot to add the earrings in this pic that go with the Mystic Topaz ring.
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Alexis got me the next 3 books in the series I started reading and loved! The Confessions of a Shopoholic series.
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My mom got me this huge soup pot that I have been looking for and could never find. She found it at a kitchen speciality store. I don't have a picture of it though but I love it. Ok now I am off to make some tags for real! lol

A Great story!!

Photobucket Our house was directly across the street from the clinic entrance of  Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore .  We lived downstairs and rented the upstairs rooms to out-patients at the Clinic.

One summer evening as I was fixing supper, there was a knock at the door.  I opened it to see a truly awful looking man. 'Why, he's hardly taller than my eight-year-old,' I thought as I stared at the stooped, shriveled body.

But the appalling thing was his face, lopsided from swelling, red and raw Yet his voice was pleasant as he said, 'Good evening. I've come to see if you've  a room for just one night. I came for a treatment this morning from the eastern shore, and there's no bus 'till morning.'

He told me he'd been hunting for a room since noon but with no success; no one seemed to have a room. 'I guess it's my face. I know it looks terrible, but my doctor says with a few more treatments...

For a moment I hesitated, but his next words convinced me: 'I could sleep in this rocking chair on the porch. My bus leaves early in the morning.' I told him we would find him a bed, but to rest on the porch.  I went inside and finished getting supper. When we were ready, I asked the old man if he would join us. 'No thank you. I have plenty' And he held up a brown paper bag.

When I had finished the dishes, I went out on the porch to talk with him a few minutes. It didn't take a long time to see that this old man had an oversized heart crowded into that tiny body. He told me he fished for a living to support his daughter, her five children and her husband, who was hopelessly crippled from a back injury.

He didn't tell it by way of complaint; in fact, every other sentence was prefaced with thanks to God for a blessing. He was grateful that no pain accompanied his disease, which was apparently a form of skin cancer. He thanked God for giving him the strength to keep going.

At bedtime, we put a camp cot in the children's room for him. When I got up in the morning, the bed linens were neatly folded, and the little man was out on the porch.

He refused breakfast, but just before he left for his bus, haltingly, as if asking a great favor, he said, 'Could I please come back and stay the next time I have a treatment? I won't put you out a bit. I can sleep fine in a chair.' He paused a moment and then added, 'Your children made me feel at home. Grownups are bothered by my face, but children don't seem to mind.' I told him he was welcome to come again.

And on his next trip he arrived a little after seven in the morning. As a gift, he brought a big fish and a quart of the largest oysters I had ever seen. He said he had shucked them that morning before he left so that they'd be nice and fresh. I knew his bus left at 4 a.m. , and I wondered what time he had to get up in order to do this for us.

In the years he came to stay overnight with us there was never a time that he did not bring us fish or oysters or vegetables from his garden.

Other times we received packages in the mail, always by special delivery; fish and oysters packed in a box of fresh young spinach or kale, every leaf carefully washed. Knowing that he must walk three miles to mail these and knowing how little money he had made the gifts doubly precious.  

When I received these little remembrances, I often thought of a comment our next-door neighbor made after he left that first morning.   'Did you keep that awful looking man last night? I turned him away! You can lose roomers by putting up such people!'

Maybe we did lose roomers once or twice But, oh! If only they could have known him, perhaps their  illness would have been easier to bear. I know our family always will be grateful to have known him; from him we learned what it was to accept the bad without complaint and the good with gratitude to God.

Recently I was visiting a friend who has a greenhouse. As she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, 'If this were my plant, I'd put it in the loveliest container I had!'

My friend changed my mind. 'I ran short of pots,' she explained, 'and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn't mind starting out in this old pail. It's just for a little while, till I can put it out in the garden.'

She must have wondered why I laughed so delightedly, but I was imagining just such a scene in heaven. There's an especially beautiful one,' God might have said when he came to the soul of the sweet old fisherman. 'He won't mind starting in this small body.'

All this happened long ago -- and now, in God's garden, how tall this lovely soul must stand.

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'

Friends are very special. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear and they share a word of praise. Show your friends how much you care.

Pass this on, and brighten someone's day.

Nothing will happen if you do not decide to pass it along.

The only thing that will happen if you do pass it on is that someone might smile
like I did...

Hugs, Robyn

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Happy Birthday?.........(Couple swear words)

To.............. Me ;) I am officially 33 years old. The things that you discover and realize about yourself in your 30's is truly amazing! You start growing from a "young woman" to a "woman". At least I feel like I do anyways lol. Someone correct me if I am wrong ;)

Either way if I am a few years off, or right on the money sometimes the older I get I feel like " I am woman, hear me roar!" applies to alot more aspects of my life. Maybe I am just becoming a bigger bitch?? lol. But from what I have heard and seen over the years I would definately have to say I am proud to be a bitch! I can use it at just the right times and people know I am not playing around lmao.

My son's Pediatrician said something really interesting to us not long ago when we took Josh to see him because we needed a letter for school signed. (Going to give you a little background as to what the letter was and why)......When we enrolled Josh into this district last summer we had meetings with the whole team of Special Education staff here. We every single year have issues with someone as far as his schooling goes. We meaning, his dad, his sister, and myself (the 3 of us that have lived with him for 9 years) know Josh and his daily routines better then any other person around. We were told when my son was born and for the first year of his life during the many times we were told to call everyone we knew, because Josh was not going to make it through the night. That IF he made it he would basically be a vegetable, never talk, never walk, never see, never hear, basically his quality of life was going to be very poor. We never gave up hope.  It ripped our hearts into pieces over and over again but we kept hoping. We learned very early into it that WE were our son's voice and we did end up challenging his doctor's more than one time. And 9 years later we were accurate in the things we did challenge. Had we have done it their way Josh would have a voice box right now and never truly needed it. It got the point at Children's Hospital in our case that instead of just ONE time saying to us "we do not know" they guessed.

We have spent 9 years being very (and I mean very) consistent with everything and he today is not near where a 9 year old should be, but he is able to do alot of things on his own. And it is ALL stuff we were told many times he would never do!!??!! His world is different then your's or mine, but never the less he is happy, he is able to without talking show us in his own ways that we have taught him over the years what he needs. We have a ton of different things that we have figured out together...All of us..... learning what worked and didn't work to say get my son to take his jacket off, or not fight us and I mean literally fight sometimes us to brush his teeth, his hair, ect.

So then we take Josh to school and for starters he cannot be mainstreamed. He never has been and probably never will be. He has a 1on1 assistant the whole time he is there. But the break in Josh's schedule from home to school, the two different routines has made things so much worse many times. For him because it is to much for him. He has off days and on days. Us as his parents can tell just by the look on his face when he is going to have an off day. Those days no matter WHAT his school tries to teach him, he will not be receptive. Is it because we didn't wish he could learn a ton at school?? No, it is the opposite. We want him to progess as much as he can, we have just learned to be very real about what will possibly work, versus either make him take 2 steps backwards, or just not respond period.

We were told for the first 7 years of Josh's life that he was deaf. By hospitals, and his doctor's. He took one test that we were told that there was NO way he could fail it unless he had significant hearing loss. We told them they were wrong....WHY? Because we have been talking to Josh since he was a newborn, Josh could hear us and we KNEW it. They still gave him hearing aids, and a Auditory trainer anyways. WELL about a year ago we had him retested by the same woman who told us he was deaf and who also worked for the school district we were in and they repeated the same test and guess what? He had failed the test by choice. We told them that IF Josh did not feel like responding there was nothing they could do to get him to respond and well we were right.  She was in awe. I "guess" I was wrong is what she said. Here is the test I am speaking of.....

  • visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA) - a test where the child is trained to look toward a sound source. When the child gives a correct response, the child is "rewarded" through a visual reinforcement such as a toy that moves or a flashing light. The test is most often used for children between six months to two years of age.
  • This is getting really long and I had a point lol!

    But I do need to explain quickly what led us to my son's Pediatrician's comment he made to us.

    So we enrolled him in school. We were very straight forward about everything from the beginning. We all agree'd that Josh would benefit from starting school later in the day instead of being there all day. We all agree'd that communication was the number one priority. We have been threw this every year with every team he has. We have tried the PECS board. We have told them unless it is a picture he can relate to, meaning his stuff that he uses every single day he would care less about the little computer bit mapped images. Yet what happens every year? I make him a board at home with his own stuff and laminate it and velcro it. His school sees them every time. And then his therapist will come with the schools with bit mapped images he could care less about. So then I have to stop and ask myself and his teachers. How on the same page are we really?? We have had teacher's lie to us in the prior years and say they taught Josh something and even wrote it into his IEP's that they did and it was totally false.

    So this year we started the late start day because they noticed at a very certain time everyday he was ready to come home. All he did from that point on was cry, gripe, hit, pinch, try to leave the room, grab his backpack and try to get someone to take him out of the classroom. He seems to have a more progressive day when his day is shortened. So his teacher who is pregnant with twins (who we happened to LOVE) had to take her maternity leave for the rest of the school year and was replaced by a man who met after he took her place. He wanted this doctor's note for his records saying that his doctor agree'd on the shortened day. Which was fine but it is strange he has been going to school there since September and now in March this peice of paper is so important.

    There were other things that didn't sit right either. We ended up writing his new teacher a LONG email and we were very honest with him and pretty much filled him in on everything we say every year to all of his teachers.  A meeting was called, we sat down with about 6 people and a hour long meeting turned into a 4 hour meeting. Not one of us got out of the school til well after 8 in the evening. We left that meeting thinking we were all on the same page again for his therapist to come to our house a week later with the SAME wrong PECs board she did again. AFTER listening to us talk for 4 hours at the meeting. 

    SOOOO long story shortened as much as I possibly can without adding so many important details. When we got him in to see his Pediatrician he of course before even asking why he needed to sign the paper said he had NO problem signing it and that he knew from all the years that his father and I know better than anybody what is best for Josh. He knows that we are very able to speak our mind when it comes to Josh.

    He said to us "You know I wonder if one reason you run into problems with some doctors or teachers is because you two intimidate them?" He then said " Please don't take this as an insult, it is actually the exact opposite. But you two come off with an attitude that many may think your questioning thier judgement. They think because they went to school for X amount of years and have read many books that they know more then either one of you. And when they realize that you are not going to back down on your opinion then they get offended and may become harsh with you"

    We thanked him for being honest with us. It kind of put things into perspective if that is the case. Does it mean that we are going to ever change? Not a chance. It just made me think.

    WOWWEEE, this started out talking about " I am woman, hear me roar" to a small book lmao! I am goingto post this entry in both journals because it is my birthday lol. IF it is to much for my always list to read no worries ;) You come to My Creative Corner for tags not nags!!! lmao

    Well it is late so even if I feel like I could keep typing and typing some more I should say goodnight to all of you.

    Love you and hugs, Robyn

    I did not check this entry for errors. So I hope it isn't too bad! ;)