Sunday, March 30, 2008

morning status

Naomi does not 'do' email. it is just not one of her abilities.

Jasmine is now living here in Texas near us. She came over last night, and babysat the boys and cleaned out the garage a bit to get ready for a garage sale in a couple of weeks. we are going camping this coming weekend.

Krystal she is now living with Jasmine waiting for her husband to get a permanent duty station, either in Georgia or California.

Erik and Magnus are finishing up school and the current requirements for their cubscouts

My mom/dad were down for a visit during spring break, that I spent the majority of working but working is good, income is good. they are now on thier way to Arizona to visit Bill's sister and her husband. they plan to see the Grand Canyon.

I am taking it fairly today, the pollen has done a number on my sinuses and throat. I felt a little tickle last night, but was able to attend a wonderful dinner party with 27 others to celebrate a friends 50th birthday. I woke up this morning, barely able to talk. Drinking lots of hot tea and hoping to feel better tomorrow (I have a 9 am morning session)

Friday, March 28, 2008

body by sara lee?

I find that I have a muffin top billowing out over my belt on my pants and think. this is so much better than it was two years ago.

the scales have inched up nearly 10 lbs from when I was hysterically freaking out that I was never going to stop losing, this is so much better than it was a year ago.

I am not taking any medication for any previous ailments, this is so much better than the last 20 years.

my body will go into a sugar coma if I over indulge, I am still able to get cues from my body, and that is much better than I imagined.

head hunger sucks... and that is what I am sure is sabotaging my currently. I find that I am HOOVERING pillow mints or trail mix and I truly have to fight myself to just stop and back away from the food.

I ran into a 'friend' in the store yesterday, she totally didn't recognize me, and I didn't bother to say hi, what was the point, if she had been a friend, she wouldn't have missed out on the last two years and the change wouldn't have been so drastic that she didn't recognize me. I have maintained a net loss of 125.5 lbs.

the part that has not changed and kept up with 'me' is my head. I still do not believe 'in me' yet, I am still very critical of my self and my abilities and my future. there are times that I really do not feel confident in getting a certain size, that there is no wiggle room in should I gain another 5 lbs.

reformed? yes. complete? no.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

2008 Chess Tournament

Magnus is a pouncing pawn and Erik is a noble knight

 Advance From
 Game Record
Points or Games
 Level 1
 Pouncing Pawns
 Level 2
 Nifty Knights
 300 points or
20 games
 Level 3 
 Nifty Knights
 400 points or
25 games
 Level 4
 Noble Knights
 500 points or
25 games
 Level 5 
 Bold Bishops
 600 points
 Level 6 
 Battling Bishops
 600 points
 Level 7 
 Blazing Bishops
 600 points
 Level 8 
 Raging Rooks
 700 points
 Level 9 
 Roaring Rooks
 700 points

Monday, March 24, 2008


Cub Scouts...

we get up at 7:00 am, drive down to the Galleria and take a tour of the Sunny 99.1 studio.
the boys got to talk on the radio, sing a jingle, it was really cute!

and FINALLY... I spend the day working in my yard relaxing and enjoying the day... something FOR ME. About ME. what I want to get done on my spring break. yes. a project that is DONE.


Forgot about EASTER.. decided that if Halloween is about candy, and Christmas is about candy, and Valentines is about candy, forget it, enough candy.

10 am, Krys called requesting that I bring something to eat. fine. Ham it is. all the grocery stores are closed, lovely. Kroger is open, get essentially two paper sacks of groceries for $100. what a rip off.

burn the ham in 3 hours, fine. drive 17.5 miles out to the boonies.. nearly get ran over by a crotch rockets passing everyone as if he was late for dinner, and get out there to everyone smoking, and dogs and what not. grrr.

Krys put in a "R" rated movie for the boys (ages 6 and 8) sent them to the other living room, where they 'risked' waking up the baby, finally sent them to the car, too much drama.

got 1/2 hour tech support with the taxes. what a challenge. got the announcement that the granparent units would not be staying to help me with project. figures. Just as long as everyone else got what they needed I guess. fine.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


OMG... 3658 professional images taken in 4 days, 9 hours, and 44 minutes....

I do not know how many orders will come from this. but WHOAA.. I am going to have to take a nap!

Galveston Island, Texas

Magnus thought that spring break at Galveston island would be fun! but the water should have been warmer!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


okay, yes I am a bit anal and picky about my images.

1389 images to start.... delete 1117 images.. leaving less than 20% that I feel are acceptable.

the big kids were in a good mood, so that went much better. still a heavy shooting day.

after the children's pictures, we went to the Duck Pond for two private sessions.

Drove home and went with the two Seniors from Kansas to The woodlands mall to find some clothes and take some sunset portraits at Landry's.


Drove 75 miles to Huntsville for work, got everything set up 2 minutes ahead of schedule, FORGOT MY CAMERA BAG!!!


Hubby who had to stay home to watch the boys (including Erik's BFF, Nick) who were on Spring break, had to drive all the way up and rescue the photographer, ended up getting breakfast for the boys at McDonalds... Pancakes all around)

I was sick the rest of the day!

the babies cried.

the teachers cried.

the photographer cried.

449 images for 15 children, the odds were not good. Abby, Noah, and Kiki were the only smiles that day!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


VA ER - My dad got into the poison oak and had a severe allergic reaction. 1 hour drive down, 4 hours in the ER, and 1 hour drive back.. that was day one of my Spring Break.

Packed up the car to go to the Children's House in Huntsville for Day One of Two days of daycare portraits.

Dinner was prepared, served, and eaten, but for the life of me, I could not tell you what it was.

Monday, March 17, 2008


"unexpected" visitor showed up after dinner for pizza.. The Grandparents drove down from Montana for a visit, helping Jazz with a load of belongings as she progresses in her move.

they were driving the Dodge with the camper, they are very adventurous in their old age. Grandpa had a horrible boil on his arm and terrible spots all over from tangling in the weeds.

Monday, March 03, 2008


I think that it is one of my favorite words. I find it difficult to spell correctly, I use it all the time and why? well most of the time, I am under so much stress, that I feel it all the time. FIVE children can do that to you. (5) of them. There is never a day that goes by that someone does not have an issue, and occasionally one come up that EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM have an issue.

Starting with the youngest instead of the oldest today:
Magnus. Magnus was born in June, so naturally we have the summer birthday / too young for school. should he wait a year, should he keep trying and failing. should he repeat a year. should we hire a tutor, or should we wonder if there is just something wrong with our little guy? Currently he is about 12 month behind in development for reading. while he has a tremendous vocabulary, and his math skills are excellent. he can not handle sight words and reads laboriously when we force him. He loves for use to read to him. he just hates the frustration of reading himself. My teacher / counselor meeting today was a hour long and it is just so frustrating that the teacher can not make accommodations for him because of state laws. It is so hard to know what to do. Right now he wants to be home schooled because he is so frustrated at school, constantly being prodded, bullied, bribed to perform at a level of expectation that he is not capable of.