Friday, October 31, 2008


Well, we finished "trick-or-treating" and I have to say-Jess seemed to enjoy it this year! She didn't even fuss much with having to wear her wig! Hope everyone had a good time and I am looking forward to seeing lots of pictures on other blogs. Hey, La, Lo and Le-Tucker came to our house!! Happy Halloween-

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Carving

On Monday night, Mom, Dad, Karen, Ervin, Kristen and Samantha all came over for dinner. The girls had bought pumpkins to carve and Jessica dressed up in her costume for all to see. Mom and Dad left yesterday for the Phillippians so we wanted them to get to see her. We had enchilladas, beans and salad and a Blackberry cobbler for dessert! Not a very exotic dinner but everyone seemed to enjoy! After dinner it was too cold for Jess to join in the carving but Kristen and Samantha had a great time and did some super jack-o-lanterns. They left them for us to enjoy throughout the week-THANKS,Girls!

I have to conclude by saying that as usual, Jessica was not in the mood for pictures. After dinner, after we got her make-up on...there was a major accident! Needless to say, I meant there would be pictures before her bath! Maybe her costume pictures will be better tomorrow night!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


I heard from Beverly earlier and she said Avie is out of surgery and that Audrey and Donald were in the room with her but she was still sleeping. Please keep her and Audrey and Donald in your prayers. I am sure she or Amy will post when they know more!

Monday, October 27, 2008

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Catch Up!

Well, I have more than a week to catch up on so let me begin with Jessica's Basketball day. They had 3 events that they did and on the last one they had to throw the ball against a wall. Hitting it in the "taped off" square, got ya one point and catching it when it bounced back got ya another! We did pretty good the first 2 times but the 3rd time it bounced back and hit her in the face...she was through with basketball!!! I hope by the time Samantha starts playing she will be able to look at the ball without being terrified!!! She had another good day and as in all Special Olympics...we are all winners! That was on Thursday, Oct. 16.

On Friday, Kenny and I got up and took Jess over to Mom and Dad's and we took off for Gatlinburg! This was suppose to be a time for just Kenny's brothers, sisters and parents to have together-of course, spouses were invited, too! We got up there in time for dinner on Friday night and Toni (Kennny's sister) and her husband, Chris, were just behind us. Beth (younger sister) and Scott, her husband arrived on Saturday after lunch. Neither brother was able to make it, so we just enjoyed ourselves. We visited, played Wii, ate, shopped...shopped...shopped, anyway, you get the picture. We really had a good time. Beth and Scott had to leave on Mon and Chris had to leave, too. So for the rest of the week it was just Kenny, Toni, their parents and me. On Wed., Kenny and I met Mom and Dad in Chattanooga and picked up Jessica. She had been having some "bathroom" problems and not sleeping very well. Samantha and Kristen were suppose to keep her from Tues. night until we got home on Fri. After talking to Mom, we felt like they might not be able to handle all of that and keep up with school and work-so instead of us coming home, Mom and Dad were heading to TN so we just picked Jess up and took her to Gatlinburg! She really did well and I have to say I think EVERYONE was glad to see her!!! Thanks to Kenny's Mom and Dad for planning this week-we throughly enjoyed it! (I had forgotten how to eat, shop and even visit without having to watch for or take care of Jess. I love her but it was nice for a few days!!!)

We came home Friday and have been trying to "catch up" since then! Mom and Dad and Karen and her family are coming over tomorrow night for dinner. Mom and Dad are leaving Wed. morning for the Phillippians so I am going to dress Jess up in her Halloween costume!

Hopefully tomorrow I can get some pictures of the week posted! Have a good week!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Special Olympics-Bowling

Today we arrived at the bowling alley at 9:30. Opening ceremonies began around 10:00and then the real fun started. We had "practiced" on Friday using the ramp. Well, today we got there and found out we had to "roll" the balls ourselves. Why couldn't they have told us that on Friday, surely the people at the bowling alley knew that! Well, we survived and in fact we did very well! The kids all had so much fun. To watch a bowling alley full of special needs kids having such a good time was GREAT! They would all walk around talking to you, or in some cases, just smiling at you and it would just make you feel good all over! This was my first time to see the Special Olympics and I loved it! I would encourage everyone to find out when it is in your area and volunteer or at least go watch!!!! Suddenly where the stock market is doesn't really matter...there are so many things so much more important! If you have healthy children-thank God and if you are like me and have a child with special needs-thank God, too. We have all been so blessed and sometimes we just need to be thankful for the blessing that we have! Jessica has blessed our home in so many ways and I am thankful that I was able to be apart of her first Special Olympics today! We will be participating in Basketball on Thursday...that ought to be an experience, too!

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Friday, October 10, 2008


Today Jessica's class went bowling. They were "practicing" for Special Olympics, which they will participate in on Tuesday. It was great fun! We are fortunate, again, to have such wonderful teachers. There were 6 kids so we had 3 on each lane. We only had one that tried to run down the lane and he was "caught" before he fell the 3rd time!:) This was the first time the most of them had been bowling and it took a few frames for them to stop looking around and realize that their ball was knocking down the pins! After 10 frames, I must say that they were not the only ones who were tired! Hope you enjoy the slide show and I will post about the Olympics on Tuesday!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Today was tacky day at school for Samantha. Samantha told me that she was having the hardest time trying to find something "tacky", so she just decided to make it!!! I think she did a great job-don't know anything that could be any tackier!!


The smile is because she is getting ready to get out of the Gator shirt!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I may be a month late but let me tell you about my sister. She celebrated her 48 birthday on Sept. 5-exactly one month ago. To say that we have been through alot together doesn't even begin to tell the story. We "enjoyed" our childhood, I guess. We really didn't argue that much and even though I didn't always want her to go with me, it was easier to get out of the house if both of us were going-so off we would go. We were so excited when nieces started being born and I know we were responsible for spoiling those girls crazy!!!! When Karen had her first-born, Walker, needless to say, he was special---the first and only boy until Jordan joined the family! Let me correct that, he really wasn't any more special than the rest but he was a boy! Then came Kristen and Samantha and I know I must have driven Karen crazy because I was always buying them something or wanting her to do something for them, with me! But some how she put up with me...then came Jess-you know what they say about payback??!!!!

I can honestly say that Ka-Ka is the best aunt ever. She always does whatever Jess needs or wants and always had. When Jess was born she "held down the fort" at home and even let Jordan "bunk" with her family for a few days before we came home from Augusta! I know that she was dying to be over there and know exactly what was going on, but her being home and having lunch ready before we left and everything ready for us when we got home was PRICELESS!!!! We have had our disagreement and we don't always see "eye to eye" but she is a great sister and aunt. Happy Belated Birthday, Karen---at least you got your present before your post!!!!!! Love ya!