Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Cameron


On Saturday June 27th my sweet sweet son Cameron turned 10. Finally double digits!

Cameron came to us at the age of 3. He was the most adorable, stocky, funny and loving little guy. Cameron loved "wobed" everything from broccoli to me:) He would say all day long "Ima wobing dat_____" what ever it may be at the time. My favorite thing was when he would climb into my lap and give me a big hug and say "Momma! I wuben you."

Cameron is growing into such a caring, gentle and handsome young man. He still tells his momma how much he loves me all day long. He loves to help his little sister and it is not uncommon to find him playing doll house or babies with Katie (I hope he doesn't find out I just put that out there for everyone to read. LOL) . Cameron is also a very talented athlete playing both football and baseball. He is a determined kid and never lets anyone tell him he can't do something. Cameron is a quiet leader. He is so laid back and go with the flow he is rarely in trouble. When he is in trouble you can see how deeply it hurts him that he has upset you. Watching Cameron grow up is such a blessing to me. I can not wait (well it could go a little slower they grow up way to fast) to see what the Lord has in store for Cameron. As of now Cameron plans to attend OSU to play football for his beloved Buckeyes and then become a soldier:) He will make a wonderful caring husband and father someday and I am so thankful the Lord gave him to us. We are so proud to be be his parents. We love you Cameron!

Introducing the newest member of our family...


We adopted Izzy a year old Great Pyrenees "puppy" from the pound on Friday evening. My mother in law had taken Cameron along with our nephew Austin to Kings Island on Wednesday. I having a momentary lapse of judgement decided to take the kids to "look" at puppies "just for fun". There was no way we were ready to add a dog to our family so soon after losing Chloe and Malloy. I think I actually told Chad and the kids I never wanted another dog. Leanne, Justin, Katie and I spent about 2 hours at the stinky pound looking at and playing with different breeds of dogs. The kids wanted a beagle and I wanted a cocker spaniel so we all left a little disappointed that we could not agree.

After leaving the pound on Wednesday I came home and started researching dogs. Chad immediately knew my temporary dog veto was wavering. We talked to the kids and explained to them that if we happened to get a new dog that it too, just like everything, will die. We asked them simply if the good of having a dog out weighed the pain of losing one. All three of the older kids answered "YES!!!". That settled it and we were on a mission to find a new family pet. I continued my research and quickly realized that neither a beagle or cocker spaniel was going to be the right fit for our family. Chad and I took the kids back to the pound on Friday evening to see Lucy a big white polar bear looking Great Pyr we all fell in love with. After playing with her on Thursday and researching the breed we decided she was exactly what we were looking for.

We adopted Lucy on Friday and brought her home to her forever family. Since shelter dogs are only given names to identify them and most do not know those names we decided to change her name. We had a long List of possibilities after a google search for "white dog names" turned up quite a few possibilities. We also added some family favorites as well as a few biblical names to round out our choices. Some of our favorites included Lilly (which Katie refused since that is her sister in China), Daisy, Isabelle, Josie, Norah, Phoebe, Snowball and Judah. I really wanted to name her Phoebe but was out numbered. Leanne wanted to name her Snowball and the boys wanted Josie. We all compromised and she is now called Izzy or IZZY-bell as Katie likes to say.

Izzy is a great dog. She was already house trained and knows basic commands such as sit, stay and shake. She is pretty well trained on a leash and loves to take walks. She also really loves the kids and cries at the window if they go outside without her. She however does not love her cage. She can not be left uncaged alone since she was returned to the pound after she destroyed a few things when left alone. When we put her in her cage she cries and tries her hardest to get out. In fact after we left her home for a few hours on Saturday night we pulled into the driveway to see Izzy staring at us from the front window. She had houdinied her way out of her cage the very first time we left her alone. Non the less we love her and are so happy to have a new dog to love.

Note: the dog in the photo is not Izzy, but that is exactly what she looks like.

I'm back....

Kind of! I hooked up my old dinosaur computer so I could feel like part of society again. It is really hard to be without internet. I have not checked my email in days or GASP... read a blog! It was rough, but this will do until we can afford a new computer. I hope we can get one by the time school starts in August. We are in the process of having a privacy fence installed as well as replacing our appliances. I remember my carefree youth days when my biggest concern was what to wear to the mall (it was the 80's give me a break). To be young again!

I hope my bloggy followers are still out there. I have missed you all and can't wait to share all of the exciting things we have been doing in our family.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Computer Problems

I am having computer problems right now. I am buying a new computer but I have to find a really good deal first. If it takes to long I just may crack and pay full price. Nahhh!!! I will be back to blooger land soon.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mom My Ride...

I sent the kids out to clean out my van this morning. It was such a mess Chad will not even drive it. I have to admit it was getting really bad. Fruit loops on the floor, empty cups, full trash can and papers everywhere. While I was looking at it I remembered this video from a few years ago. It is SO accurate. They could have almost used my van to film it.

Here you go and oldie but goodie:


A Fundraiser

I know I am always talking about how Chad and I are fundraising for cheerleading. This fundraiser is for a much better cause than cheer. My sweet bloggy friend Lori and her family are adopting their second child from Ch*na. They already have a beautiful little girl named Lucy and are in the process of adopting a 13 year old girl named Shu Li. This adoption is happening very fast since children in Ch*na are no longer adoptable after they turn 14. They are turned onto the streets and are alone. Click on over to Joy Unspeakable and take a look at the great hand made bags and quilts Lori is offering. You can also see pictures of her adorable Ch*na girls. Hurry the drawing is June 17th.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Ice cream party...

On Friday Leanne and Katie went to a sundae party at Katie's friend Jennie's house. The girls enjoyed playing outside, doing sand art, playing dress up and creating their own sundaes. We all really enjoyed ourselves. Thanks Brandy and Jennie!

Katie really liked this motorcycle.

All of the girls playing with thier sand.

Katie shows off her sand art.

Sarah had fun!

Leanne making her sand art. She had fun playing with all of the little girls.

The girls playing dress up. Don't you love Leanne's pink hair?
Leanne, Sarah, Jennie, Katie and Gracie.

My pretty girls.