Thursday, November 10, 2011

Skipped a Day

Although I did post for Tuesday- on Facebook- that I'm thankful for my TMOMs friends.

Today, thanks to an email conversation I was party to, I would like to express my gratitude to my aunts and uncles. A lot of them are (or were) special to me in different ways. Some lived far away so I didn't know them very well but I knew they loved me all the same.

My Uncle Vince and Aunt Marge lived close to us. He used to sit in the floor and let me put barrettes in his hair for hours on end. Poor guy. But you know what? When I grew up I think he almost missed it. I think he's part of the reason for my love of corny jokes to this day! And Aunt Marge taught me so much about living with pain and not letting that stop you. She also taught me to play chinese checkers. They always had those round pink mints on their coffee table that reminded me a little of Pepto Bismol.

And Aunt Joyce showed me that a woman could work outside the home and raise a family. And she and Uncle Doc taught me that just because a family does a lot of yelling, doesn't mean they don't love each other!

Uncle Bob and Aunt Jo - man oh man! I love those two! They taught me that you could have a strong faith and still have a good time and cut a rug.

Aunt Helen taught me that you don't have to hold your tongue, just because you're a woman.

Uncle Howard and Aunt Peggy- they lived so far away. I didn't know what they looked like when I was growing up, and I always imagined Aunt Peggy looked like the character "Barbara" on one of the soaps.

I also thought she might be evil, since she's the one who supposedly taught me to suck my thumb when I was a toddler. Turns out she's not- she's a hoot!

Uncle Glenn and Aunt Carrie were probably the first people I remember being "frugal" on purpose. Isn't it funny what you take away when you're a kid? Aunt Carrie sent cards every birthday and by golly, you're giving her sugars when you see her. 

Uncle Garry and Aunt Char- they lived pretty close so I got to stay with them once in a while. That was fun. And of all the silly memories- I remember shopping for furniture with them once when they got a dividend check. I had no idea what that meant, but I figured it must be a good idea! And of course, Uncle Garry was living proof that it didn't matter how old you were, you could be a kid. And drive like a maniac.

Uncle Richard and Aunt Lill's house was always a fun place to stay when we went out west. I remember Uncle Richard rolling us up in sleeping bags and then giving them a flip so we rolled across the carpet. We like to never got that basement cleaned up that day. 

And my Aunt Connie had one of the most memorable moments in my young life. I remember her telling me I shouldn't try so hard to cover my lips no matter how big they are. Women in the city paid big money for lips like mine. That got me through- and still does- a lot of self-conscious moments. 

And I can't forget my "honorary" aunt. Aunt Joanne- she was the big kids' aunt, but I always claimed her. Mostly I think because my mom loved her so.

I nearly forgot my Uncle Larry- Garry's twin (of course). He died at age 26 in a construction accident leaving a family of his own behind. This taught me at a very young age the reality of how fleeting life is. 

And sadly, today we found out that Josh's only Aunt on his dad's side chose to take her own life. I don't know what she must have been going through to make a choice like that. I do know that Josh adored her and they shared a birthday. She will be missed. 
Josh was a ring bearer at Steph's wedding. This is a sweet moment someone caught. 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thankful Day 6 & 7

Okay, so maybe every other day, huh?

Today and yesterday, I'm thankful for a roof over my head. One that seems to have stood up to the earthquakes we've been having!

As much as I complain about my house most of the time, it's important for me to step back and acknowledge I AM grateful. We have a warm house full of love. There are people who would give anything to be able to provide a safe haven for their children.

So no matter how cluttered and messy it may be, it's home. It's ours. And I am blessed to have it.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thankful Day 4 & 5

Okay, again I'm a day late. But it is what it is.

Today, I'm thankful that I had the mom I had. Goodness knows we didn't always get along, but now I'm realizing how much of an impact she had on the person I've become.

What made me think of this? Probably making a cake. I spent countless hours watching her and my cousin Anna decorate the most beautiful cakes. I learned not just about making cakes, but that grownups need friends too. They had a great friendship, one that I think anyone would envy.

I also learned from her that you reap what you sow. And giving, even if it's just of your self or your time, is always worthwhile.

I am glad I learned that lesson. I spent several hours tonight with a new mom of twins who needed some pointers. She nor her husband has ever been around babies, and bless their hearts, they had twins the first rattle out of the box. It was fun to get to love on some little babies and I think she appreciated me stopping by. (I'd like to think so anyway.)

So she gets 2 days- one for her cake decorating ability and one for her give 'til it hurts attitude. Both traits she passed on, in varying amounts.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Two Things Tuesday-Thankful Edition (Errr... Wednesday)

My friend Rachel always does "Two Things Tuesday" - you can see it here: The Boni Bunch. So today, I'm going to be thankful for two things. (Even though I now realize it's Wednesday. Ugh. lol)

1- I have a job. And most of the time, I like it. It's not necessarily glamorous, but it pays the bills and I get to help people.

2- I got an award today, so that incorporates several things to be thankful for:
     *My friend Linda, for nominating me
     *My boss for writing a recommendation letter
     *My customer, Louis- once, one of my most challenging to deal with but now I consider him a friend- for writing another recommendation letter
     *The people who read my paper and chose me to be the winner
     *My company for supporting my continuing education
     *My boss for driving me to OKC to get the award. I blew off the invite at first, but it turns out it was kind of a big deal. Who knew? I probably should have spent more than 30 minutes on the paper!
     *The presenter who has a Master's degree who said my paper was "exceptionally well written." Along with a lot of other really nice things. Borderline mortifying.

And I got a cool plaque thing and flowers. Woohoo! What are your two things today?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Giving Thanks

So a lot of my friends on Facebook are vowing to post one thing they are thankful for each day in the month of November. I think this is a great idea. The over-achiever in me has decided that I should also make this one thing a blog post each day- so I get back in the habit of blogging. We'll see how that goes.

Today- I am thankful that I have so many things to be thankful for, that I don't know where to start! How's that for a cop out? But really- which thing should be at the top of the list? The kids and Randy each deserve their own day (or two) and there's just so danged many other things. And I decided THAT is worth being thankful for.

Also- we went to Catoosa's Hometown Halloween last night. It was a great event, as usual.

Naturally, Josh was too cool to dress up. Sadly, I didn't even get a picture of him, but I should have.

Jacob was Opie Taylor again. He looks the part. Adults think it's funny, but most kids haven't heard of the Andy Griffith Show.

Jackson really really  wanted to be Michael Jackson. Which is creepy, but he's too young to tell him why I think that's creepy. I lucked out and he decided he would settle for being a vampire, if I would buy the fake blood too. SOLD! Besides, the complexion is about the same...

And the twins...

They started out the day as the Tortoise and the Hare...

And ended up as Thing 1 and Thing 2...

And yes, Thing 1 is crying- Jacob gave him the fishing pole and he INSTANTLY started using it as a weapon. (Duh- he's a boy.) So Jacob promptly took it away. Ace was hacked off for a good hour after that.

AND yes, they DID keep their wigs on the whole time! Woohoo!

How was your Halloween? Anyone want to join me in this Daily Thanksgiving mission?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Embrace the Camera September 29th/30th

These are from last week too:

Pictures of the twins at Josh’s football game and me with TMOM friend Jamie’s new babies, Hayden and Hailey. LOVE new babies!

What She Wore Wednesday


Okay, these pictures are from LAST Wednesday, September 28th. But that’s just kind of how things are lately!



Friday, September 23, 2011

Homecoming 2011

Today was Catoosa's Homecoming. And strangely, there was no school today. Since Randy now works days, and only the babies are in daycare- I didn't have anyone to stay with the kids today. I went ahead and took a vacation day from work. Thank goodness!

We spent the morning running around getting face paint and hair color. We grabbed donuts when we left the house and Starbucks on our way home, so it was a fun morning.

I let the twins have a quick picnic on a blanket in the living room floor. We went with McDonald's since the twins were ready for their naps.


While the babies napped, I worked on Josh's poster. I didn't love the first one, so I made a second.


Not bad, for what I had to work with. 

Josh got to ride on the 7th Grade Football float, Randy drove a firetruck (a little one, but it counts) and Jacob and Jack hung out with me and caught candy.

Josh is #52.

A ton of people yelled at Jacob because his makeup was so cool and scary. And Jacob told me I was the best Mom in the world for painting everyone's face.


After the parade, we met Vicki and Jeffrey at La Mansion for a quick dinner before the football game. 

The game was great- even though they had it blocked off so that I couldn't conveniently get the stroller up into the stands. Not that there would have been a place to sit if I had. Catoosa won 44-12 over Maclain. Afterwards, we raced home and ran everyone through the shower and put them in bed. 

Tomorrow is another big day. We have to be in Claremore at 8:30 in the morning and then in Bartlesville at 2:30. 

What's on your agenda for this weekend?

Embrace the Camera

Thursday was Jackson's School Carnival fundraiser. He seemed to have fun- especially with the facepainting. He opted for the dalmatian.

And here's the part where I put myself in front of the camera. 

Randy took Jacob to his soccer practice, so they missed the fun. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

What She Wore Wednesday

I wanted to make it "What They Wore Wednesday" but Avery raced in the house so fast I couldn't get a picture.

Frogs Who Say "Nom-Nom"

I busted out the frog washcloth tonight since the babies were particularly whiny. At our house the bath frog doesn't say "ribbit." He says "nom-nom-nom" while he eats your fingers and toes. They don't even know they're being washed. (I'm sneaky like that.)  

Avery wanted a turn with the frog and did an excellent job of nom-nomming his sister. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Embrace the Camera (9-15-11)

Just a quick bloggy update- here's an Embrace the Camera moment. Nobody wanted to cooperate, so this is the best I can do. 

And yes, I look tired. You aren't the first one to notice. Thanks, though. I actually think I might still be anemic, but I haven't made time to get my labs done again lately. Maybe I should pencil that in, huh? 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Man, I'm a bad blogger. Ah well. No sense beating myself up about it.

Here are the height/weight updates from our last doctor's visit. (That's a nice, easy way to start back in, right?)

Josh (12)- 5'3"  126 lbs
Jacob (10) - 4'3"  71 lbs
Jackson (6) - 3'11"  52 lbs
Avery (18 mos) - 33"  24 lbs 6.5 ozs
Abigail (18 mos) - 32"  20 lbs 15 ozs

Whew- now that I've broken my blog-writer's block, hopefully I'll post again soon! What's going on with everyone out there?

Monday, July 4, 2011


Man oh man, did we have a good weekend! And Jacob only got a little red on the cheeks and Josh got a little bit pink on his back. Not bad for 3 real pool parties and 1 kiddie pool event.

Tonight we went to my friend Tami's Mom's house. She lives right here in Catoosa, and wouldn't you know it, she already knew Randy! Of course. They actually know each other fairly well, since they both went through Catoosa's Citizen's Police Academy together. How funny!

They have a great "indoor" pool- it's in a pool house thing that reminds me of a greenhouse kind of. It's a great pool and we all had fun. But we bailed early because the babies were so tired. (Of course it was their fault, it wasn't me that was tired! No no no... lol)

I ran to Old Navy before the party to grab Josh some new swim trunks. He's grown. The ones I picked up were too small. But the good news is, since I picked up a new suit for Josh and one for Avery, I got one item free, which just HAPPENED to be a swimsuit for the princess.

It has ruffles on the butt!

Avery sure had a good time in the kiddie pool/splash pad. Until it popped. :(

And THIS is how hot it was today:

I left a can of soda in the car, and the top blew off! I have never had that happen before!

Oh...and since I didn't post yesterday, here are some pictures from the Baker 4th of July Party. There were at LEAST 95 people there- and they cooked 120 hamburgers! 

Uncle Rob & Aunt Sherri bought a kiddie pool just for the twins. How thoughtful!

We dragged Papaw with us.

Okay, the wheelchair basketball probably requires some explanation. Aunt Sherri's nephew, Logan, is in a wheelchair. He plays basketball and as a junior in high school is being recruited by several schools and has some awesome scholarship offers on the table already. He's very inspirational to everyone. So Uncle Rob put in a half-court basketball set up and they have several wheelchairs so everyone is playing on even footing, so to speak. It looked like everyone had fun.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


We had a little impromptu party with Rachel Bright and her twins, David Paul & Delaney. A little kiddie pool and sprinkler time, then supper, strawberry shortcake and more playing inside. So much fun for so little planning and effort (at least on my part)!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Embrace the Camera (Late)

We've had a busy couple of days, and it's going to get busier too, but in a good way!

Wednesday, Vicki and Jeffrey got back from North Carolina. Their move turned into more of a vacation. So they came by to say "hi" and visit the babies for a bit.

Yesterday, I met Tami and her girls at Target to look for a life vest for Abby for all of the upcoming pool parties. I didn't have any luck, but we had a good time.

Then after work, we had Vicki over for supper since I had a huge pot of beans in the crockpot. She hung out with the kids and Papaw so I could meet up with some friends for a girls night out. My friend Cathey is in Tulsa for the week from DC. It was SO good to see her and have a night to just unwind for a couple of hours.

Today, Cathey hosted a pool party at her house. I LOVE her pool and so do the kids! It was awesome, but lordy, those twins wore me out! To be fair, the boys were great help. All of us twin mommas were wore out, I think. If I recall, there were 5 sets of twins there. Good times.

Sunday and Monday we have pool parties, too. Fortunately, those times Randy will be there to help.

And while I was sitting trying to contain Abby, I snapped a quick picture of us for this week's embrace:

See her glasses on her head? She does that herself. 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Always Time for Learning

So I'm changing Avery this morning, and as usual his little hands head straight for the "diaper area." I'm pretty sure he thinks it will fall off if he lets go when he doesn't have a diaper on.

In an effort to outsmart him, I attempt to provide a distraction. I give him a frilly hair doo-dad. Which he immediately applies to his nether regions. Geez.

And then I say it:"That is not a pom-pom for your pee-pee!" And clear as day he says, "Pee-pee?" Really?! I've been trying to teach you to say any number of useful words, and pee-pee is the one you pick up on the FIRST time?! Fanfreakintastic. Boys.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I don't know where she gets it...

Abby must have decided AC needed help with dinner. Here she is feeding him rice. I love how she opens her mouth when she holds the fork up and says "Mmmm" every time he takes a bite.

Monday, June 27, 2011


Jacob: "I Joshua Chamberlain Nimmo..."
Josh: "I Joshua Chamberlain Nimmo..."
Jacob: "Pledge"
Josh: "Some word" (apparently Jacob made a face) "Sorry! I don't know that word is!"
Jacob: "I Joshua Chamberlain Nimmo..."
Josh: "I Joshua Chamberlain Nimmo..."
Jacob: "PROMISE..."

Apparently Josh was not wanting to tell Jacob where his new Nerf gun was. So Jacob had to drink watermelon juice (which is apparently a bad thing?) before Josh would tell him.

***Add on
Josh just called Jacob a cannibal because he eats saltines. (Cracker. lol He IS pretty white.)

Happy Birthday JACOB!!!

Well, today my little Cuddlebug hits double digits. I can’t lie, it makes me a little sad.

But he is such an amazing kid! He’s super smart and has a witty streak that rivals a lot of adults’. He keeps me in stitches (when he doesn’t have me fuming). He has grown up a lot the past couple years and has overcome some anger issues. I still blame those on the red hair!

The only thing he REALLY wanted for his birthday was to go fishing with Dad. “Dad” is always Randy. He always specifies when he’s talking about his biological father. I’m so glad he and Randy have such a great relationship!

But you know I couldn’t go without doing something for his birthday. And Josh thought we should decorate. Only problem? I cannot find tape ANYWHERE! So we did what any good Okies would do, we used duct tape. Josh did a pretty good job, I thought.

And this morning, Jacob couldn’t stand it any longer, so I let him open his gifts before I came to work. He doesn’t like cake, so I’ve decided to respect his wishes (as much as it kills me) and we will have ice cream sundaes tonight. I’m kinda looking forward to that myself.

MIA Much?

Wow. Things are just crazy right now. I mean, I know everyone has their issues and everything. I think I'm just not coping with mine very well.

There's nothing bad-wrong. Just wonky. I've been busy with getting Dad settled, trying to find him some senior activities in our area. I haven't been super successful at that yet along with work and TMOM activities and keeping up with the kids. The crazy thing is, we're not even in sports right now. This fall will be REALLY interesting.

Everyone is growing up and getting big. Josh went to church camp and loved it. He has some sort of fancy pants swimming lessons coming up along with a hiking trip to Colorado with Chad. Jacob is going to Alaska with his Pappy (DeJarnett) and celebrating a birthday TODAY.

Jackson has decided he wants a Stepdad too. That took some explaining. But I see where he's coming from. The brothers seem to be going off to exotic, fun places and Jack is stuck at home with us. Poor kid.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Or not.

Yeah, the blog a day thing isn't happening. I'm lucky to get dressed everyday. Sheesh.

We did make it to Target today, but lordy what an adventure. I'm ready for work tomorrow.

Why no pictures, you ask? The twins broke my new camera. Niiiiice.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


We are adjusting to having an extra person in the house. My Dad has moved in with us. Permanently. 8 people. 3 bedrooms. You do the math.

But it will be fine. Anybody want to remodel my garage?

But apparently he left a box with all of his bills that need paid and his checkbook at the house. Umm. Whuck? Now, in theory, I could go online and pay his bills. But nothing is set up. And to set up a login with a utility company, you have to have the account number.

So tomorrow, he has to call and at least get account numbers so that I can set up the accounts, and then make the payments. In my free time. lol

Today is Embrace the Camera - so we're embracing Papaw Abell.

This is from 2007 or so...

...and this was from this winter.