Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas 2007

Christmas Morning! I know it looks like a ton but we wrap EVERYTHING...After all isn't that the fun of it, opening the presents! Before anyone comments on how much we buy remember we have 9 kids...

As you can see we had a great Christmas and the puppy at the end of the slide show is "poor" Sparky as Chase calls him. And you would not believe how amazing this dog is and how having him in our home has improved Chase speech and the dog can't even sign or talk...When ever I ask Chase who made this mess he responds with "Sparky did it"..Chase can also say "Sparky naughty boy" "Poor Sparky" and my fav "Sparky farted". The boy and this dog are always into trouble together. We love "Poor Sparky"....Thank You Santa, you always know how to put a smile on all of our faces...

Oh and we are getting another Grand baby I think in July! Kenny and KaCey are having another baby! They don't mess around, but then Kenny does have a few brothers and sisters. I really hope it is a girl.

We have so much to be thankful for this year! I am so proud to have kids who know the true meaning of Christmas and are so excited to help others. From the time my kids where very small I have tried to show them the meaning of love thy neighbor and to see the needs and wants of other who are in need. This year we were blessed to help a couple of families with Christmas. I want to thank them for allowing us to help and for the opportunity to teach our children to be better people so when they are grown and on their own they will teacher their children to do the same not just at Christmas but all the time. They will never know who we helped but will be better for just giving that helping hand to some else.

Again thank you for the honor to serve.

Christmas Eve....







I love Christmas eve! The excitment on ALL of my kids faces and Cody running to the door every 5 mins all day long to check to see if Santa has filled the sock yet.

We spend Christmas Eve with our kids, we don't go to anyone elses house we just stay in and play with the kids...Santa alway brings a big sack on Christmas Eve filled with PJ's their socks filled with candy, a few small toys and a new family game to play together on Christmas eve...

This year he brought "Are you smarter than a 5th grader " and guess who thinks he is so smart, Yep the Redneck Manchild Dusty! He is SMARTER than a 5th grader. But we decided it should he called "Rednecks are only as smart as a 5th grader" hee hee!
Just kiddin' Dusty is a very intellaget man. It was tons of fun and we laughed and giggled for hours...

Chase and Santa......



All of the other kids think they are to big to sit on Santa's lap so it is just Chase this year. And HE LOVED SANTA! I was so glad he did not kick the crap out of the poor old guy while I tried to get a good picture...

Decorating the tree...

I am a little slow this year posting pictures. I have found myself less interested in posting on boards and on my blog. I Guess I am "growing out of " the need to share so much or ask questions all of the time. Plus my children keep me on my toes with school and all of the other things they like to do. Dusty has been out of town with work a lot and all of the household things have fallen on me to take care of so I have less and less time to myself...I think I will break from the boards and just up date on my blog from now on, it is much more personal anyway...

So here we go with a ton of pictures.......

We like to put our tree up just after Thanksgiving...and we let the kids decorate it all by themselves. I don't go in and redo it, it is after all THEIR tree...I put all of the things on our tree that the kids have made over the years and even one that Dusty made his mom in boy scouts 32 years ago. The one the kids make are by far my very favorite. I collect Santa's and Snow people so we have some old and some new but most have been given to me as gifts over the years. This year my niece Tiffany gave me a pink flamingo to hang in our tree and I did it with pride. I will post about it later as it was one of my favorite gifts I received the year...

Now on to Pictures: Chase has got the hang of everything to to with Christmas this year, from decorating the tree to the fine art of taping everyone presents so they can not peek...
Chelsey giving Chase a helping hand to some Santa's up high too.. Courtney showing them how it is done. She never forgets to put some on the back of the tree too. Courtney and Cody making sure the whole tree gets covered.




And Yes even the big boys in our family get involved. Kenny says it is just not the same putting ornament on someone else's tree. He wanted to come over and help put the ornaments he remembered as a kid. So this year I gave he 5 of the ornaments off of my tree to put on his own tree. They were ones his dad had given me over the years before he pasted away. Now he will have a little piece of his childhood memories on his tree every year. Once a child aways a child.

And Dusty, He loves everything to do with Christmas, the lights, smells, shopping, but most of all playing with the toys on Christmas morning...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas card pictures......





Why do the boys HATE to have their pictures taken so bad!? I took about 150 pictures and this is the best of them......The last one is the one we are using for our Christmas cards....
I am blaming the goofing off of the boys on DUSTY, He is the king of face pulling when we are tring to take a picture.....And Chase loved it so much he cried pretty much the whole 15 mins it took to take 150 pictures...Anyway this is 5 of our 9 kids. These are the ones still living at home....

Monday, December 03, 2007

Who is that boy behind the Beard? Is it CHASE....


I have been trying to get all of my kids together to do pictures for our Christmas cards...What a joke! I have decided today is the day I am going to do them and who ever is here will be in the picture and the others....Well I am sorry, I can't wait forever kids...This picture might be what I use...I think it is cute..This is what happens kids when you don't show up for family pictures...More to come and boys your heads look really nice on Super Models. Hint Hint!!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Cookies, Candy and Breads....

What would the Hoildays be with out them! Well here is a link to Mrs. Claus' Cook Book......
http://www.northpole.com/Kitchen/Cookbook/cat0005.html

Now off to finish filling Christmas wish lists......

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Chase goes to School....






Yesterday was my youngest guys first day of pre-school !


I walk in with Chase and had noticed that the class room was so much cleaner than last year when I went to check out the class room. Maybe that is due to the fact that there is a new sherife in this class and she likes it clean. This was a big plus and all new aids, another plus as I was not going to send him if this one aid from last year was there. She was just flat MEAN and I could see me and her butting heads.

Chase being so small and the very smallest in his class has an aid who the teacher assigned the job of keeping a watchful eye on the boy who runs..

All in all I was happy with what I seen and I really think his SP. She will be working one on one with Chase on the 2 days he attends school.


It was a very long 2 1/2 hours for not only Chase but me too....I had no idea what to do with this free time on my hands so I came home and cleaned house in record time. Checked my phone every 10 mins to see if it was still working. Called a couple of friends and even talked to one good friend while I waited outside of Chases class room. I was pretty brave I think, I did not cry when my baby ran to play with the toys and did not cry when he waved to me as I was leaving and he said "good bye" in his sweetest voice. I did cry when I called Dusty and told him I took Chase to school after all....When I picked him up from School he smiled at me and ran to my arms gave me a big hug and signed "Chase all done". I was happy, he was happy, home we went!!!


This might all seem a little silly to you but Chase is MY baby, he is 3 years old! The last of 9 to go to school and frankly I am having emety nest syndrome.

For the first time in 26 years I don't have a little one at home with me.

I am sure in the mths to come I will enjoy my new found freedom and will put my spare time to good use but for today I am just happy to have him home to play with and snuggle while we watch PBS.....

Tuesday and Thurday Chase goes to school, I know it will be in his best interest that he goes and he needs to play with kids his own age.

I am still a mom who misses him with all of my soul for the 2 1/2 hours he is gone.


Monday, November 05, 2007

Haloween Fun....Trick or Treat

We LOVE Halloween! spooky costumes, treat's and scary movies.
I was hoping Chase would like the whole trick or treat thing more this year than the last but he didn't. After going to the Grandma's houses he was done. But Cody and Courtney had a ball. They came home with enough candy to supply a small army. We weighed Cody's bag or treats and it came out to be 14 lbs! He was pretty proud of himself.
Austin was to big to go this year so he went to his friends house (who is a girl) and watched movies and Chels went out with friends to a haunted house where she won a t-shirt for her knowledge of the 7 deadly sins. Chels also had a dance performance that day for school. They danced to Thriller..Wow did that take me back to my younger years.....

Cody is a dead football player. Chase was a cowboy and I loved how cute his little bum looked in his chaps, spurs and wranglers.

Cody, Courtney and Chase at Grandma Kay's house..
Chels ( the blond ) in her costume for her dance performance. Boy this girl can REALLY dance! I love to watch her dance even if it is just around the house. The girl has moves!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Award winning post.........

I am in shock that a post of mine would win anything! It is my post I wrote about Chase's assessment......

To read what was said about my post click on the botton on my side bar it will take you to Rising Bloggers and that is who gave me this award.

Thank You Rising Blogger for this award and for letting me know someone really does read my blog.....lol

Please go check out all of the other daily awards that are on this site....Here is the link to read about mine.... http://therisingblogger.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Chase is a big boy now.....





Guess who is 3 years old today?! Yep, it is our littlest man CHASE!!! It is hard to believe he is 3.




HAPPY BITHDAY CHASE !!!! WE ALL LOVE YOU BIRTHDAY BOY!!!!

Shoe giveaway....

Chase has a friend with an amazing mom! Her name is Christina and blogs at Prince Vince Meets the World.

She has just opened a new shoe store and shops all over the world her childrens shoes.....The great thing about these shoe is that they are full of style and function. Check her new store out by following the link on her blog and don't forget to add your name to the list for the free shoes give away. They are the cutest little Wellies (rubber boots) you have ever seen! And boy I hope Chase wins them, maybe we can keep his feet dry and mud free when he goes our to feed the dog and horses with dad. Wonder if Dusty wants a pair....hehehehe But Please go check out all of the shoes she has on her website.

You know what I say a person can never have to many shoes.

Monday, October 01, 2007

This month is Down syndrome awareness month...


I have add this link so those of you who don't know or understand what Down syndrome is can go to the link and read your little hearts out...

But for me Down syndrome is just a couple of words....It is not who Chase is....

Chase will turn 3 in this month that we are going to be promoting awareness. October!
We had no idea when he was born where Chase would lead us. The one thing I can say is that our road is more traveled by friends like Chase than we could have ever imagined. We have made many friends on this sometimes bumpy road. Friendships that we would have never made without our common treads of Down syndrome.

As I look back on the last 3 years we have made new friends, lost some of the sweet souls of Ds and felt their pain in a way you can not explain in words, prayed for the health of many, witnessed milestone of Chase's and others with pride. We have found friendship in our groups of friends with children who have Ds that are just like family. We are very proud of our children who are Chases biggest fans and advocates. But most of all we are THANKFUL EVERYDAY to have this wonderful soul in our lives to teach us humanity...For that we thank God for sending Chase to the right home...OUR HOME!!!

If you are LDS and reading this I just wanted to put this foot note on here....

I now understand my Patricidal blessing I received at 20. It all became clear to me the night Chase was born and I looked into his eyes......

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Kenny and KaCey's Wedding.......




It is finally over!!
We are proud to say we have a new daughter in-law.
The wedding was just beautiful as you can see and everyone had a lot of fun.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Chase's School Assessment....


I have known the day would come when I would have to let my baby grow up.

On Monday I took Chase for his Per school assessment. They do all kinds of testing and give you a ton of forms to fill out while these educators take your baby and do testing. Tests are done in a room with other screaming kids who don't want to be there and 50 strangers watching.
I remember reading the booklet I was sent before I was to come to this appointment and it said "please do not bring other children with you as it may impair the testing".
When I walking into the room for the testing my first thought was "you have got to be kidding me, how in the hell is anyone going to test any child in this place".
It kinda reminded me of Chucky Cheese on a Saturday afternoon. (we went there once, never to return to the mouses house AGAIN) Dusty said he would just assume have his you know whats cut off with a dull knife then go back to that house of hell....
Anyway, this lady comes over to us and says "go sit down and someone will be with you in minute". And in fact a lady did come over and yelled "what is his name" and grabbed me by the hand and said "come with me", in a voice that sounded a lot like Vincent Price...
They put Chase in the chair and snapped the desk to get his attention as he was more interested in the kid crying at the table next to him. They quickly showed him 4 pictures of different animals and said "Chase where is the horse" He points outside and says "side" for outside. She then says "NO where is the horse"? Chase looks at her like she was on crack and says VERY loud "SIDE". They look at me and I said "Well, our horses are outside at our house"....That is pretty much how the whole thing went.
We were then asked to go play with the toys until they get done "scoring" him. So we did and then I hear Vincent Price say behind me "You forgot to fill out a page in your papers"
The papers she is referring to is this booklet that I found almost funny if I was not so pissed off that I had to spend 2 hours filling out. The age range on this assessment booklet was from 3-18.
I don't know about most kids but mine that are 18 and Chase are totally different in ALL ways. Some of the question were so out there for a 3 year old I started to put in the margins "HE IS 3" or "give me a break", or my fav was "Does your child do his/her own wash" I put "no, but he would, given half a chance".
For some reason they did not think I was at all funny in anyway shape or form. I figured if they were going to waste MY time then I was going to make it fun and interesting.
I did see them handing it around and a few people were laughing.
I know I should have looked at this in a much more adult way and just done it with out any bitching but it is bad enough to go there and have them think that in that kind of environment they could get any kind of an aquarite score if Einstein had been sitting there himself.
A half hour later they come over and announce that Chase qualifies for per school. Like I was going to be thrilled with this offering of information. What, was there any question on their part that he would not?
And then they said he has an IQ of 68, normal is 100...by the way they acted with their sad voices I think they thought I was going to be upset or cry.
I didn't, I simply said "that is great and is it alright if I have him retested when he is at an age where it is more aquarette". With shock in their eyes they said "YES you can".
I don't remember anything they said after that as I was watching my beautiful son, he was sharing toys with a little boy his age and loving it, then he took a toy over to a little girl who was crying and gave it to her so she would stop crying, then gave her a hug...the tears fell down my cheeks and I knew why these test meant so little to me, an IQ test will never measure the love this child has in his heart for his fellow man. He is like watching an angel at work, comforting those who are scared.
I would not change one thing about Chase, he loves so deep, deeper than anyone I have ever seen and I wish the rest of the world could slow down long enough to see the true beauty in his eyes that I do everyday.
Maybe that is why it has been so hard for me to let him go to school, I will simply miss his sweet face......