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Posts from — February 2008

We have a heavy weight in the house…….

Clark had to go to the doctor for 3 vaccinations this morning. He is finally caught up for his age! He told me when we got home that he was mad at the doctor and that his leg hurt. Ha! The best part, however, is that he has finally gained and grown!! YEAH!! He is now 28.8 lbs. (ok, so he did have on heavy jeans and long sleeve shirt) and he was 36 1/2 inches tall. He came here weighing 27 lbs. and was 34 1/2 inches tall. (Aug.) So in 6 months he has grown 2 inches and I am so excited. Maybe he will actually be ON the growth chart soon. I thought his jeans were getting a little shorter on him. (ok, so they are size 2T…it’s about time, right?)

Both kids are fighting colds at the moment. Ali has felt the worst by far, and Clark is the one that gave it to her. I am not sure where he caught it…maybe church or gym class? You never really know.

February 28, 2008   No Comments

Big sister got a hold of him….

Last night Clark comes downstairs with a marker beard on his face. What a hoot! Ali decided to give him a beard and a photo shoot…a total riot. T.C. and I have books called “Capture His/Her Heart” and Ali grabbed T.C.’s book and had Clark hold it. OH MY GOODNESS! We cracked up. The poor little guy has no idea that now I am placing his cute mug on the WORLD WIDE WEB…..what kind of mother am I? One that thought others might get a little laugh also. Ali also made a sign for him to hold (she meant I’m available…but put “I’m open”…which is so funny!!)

Not much news around here…just wanted to post pictures. We found another park this weekend that we hadn’t visited yet. The kids loved it and are ready to go back. It is called “Challenger Park” and has walking trails, playgrounds, etc. Clark slipped in some gross looking water and about lost it. He was so upset. Both feet got soaked, as did part of his pants….but he recovered and continued playing. He sure loves playgrounds…Ali did too at that age. His new word as of this weekend is “everything.” Really funny when not used correctly.

We are finally going to have a little vacation after several years…Ukraine didn’t count. The stress level was TOOOOO high to count. However, we are finally going back to Florida. We haven’t been back since we moved from there in ’99 when Ali was 2 1/2 years old. We hope everything works out…I mean you never really know. It is still almost 3 months away….but we are counting down the days already. Ha! We will go the middle of May. We will be staying right on the beach, so the kids will really LOVE that. Ali will get to see one of her little playmates while we are there. I will rephrase that…they were little at the time…they won’t recognize each other now. Ha! Most of our friends from that time were military and thus have moved away.

Enjoy the silly photos!

Challenger Park

February 25, 2008   No Comments

Just a little trampoline picnic

I look out of our bedroom window this afternoon…and this is what I found…the kids were having a little mini picnic on the trampoline. It was so incredibly cute that I had to grab the camera and run outside. Don’t get me wrong, they can do their fair share of bickering…but it is moments like these that I truly know they DO love each other. Ali packed up a few little snacks and grabbed Clark for a trip out to the trampoline. A funny little side note, when I get outside I notice them staring at the trampoline net and they informed me that there was a spider on the net that neither of them would kill. Daddy had to go out and save the day!

So we discovered the other day, though we already suspected it, that we have a little Ukrainian PLAY-AH (player) on our hands. T.C., Clark, and I had to do a little Target shopping while Ali was at swim practice the other night. We were loading the van up with our bags when I notice that Clark is STARING intently at something in front of us. I look up to see what it is and I find a young blonde getting into a little red sports car. I die out laughing and T.C. joins in the laughter. I lean over and ask Clark if he thinks she is pretty and he smiles and says “yes.” I then ask if he wanted to give her a kiss and he smiled yet again and said “YES.” I then begin to tell him that he can’t kiss girls he doesn’t know, and without missing a beat he smiles and says “she kiss me.” Ha….oh what have we gotten ourselves into? The proud Papa added “the objects of his affection are always easy on the eyes.” At least the boy has standards. Teeheehee!

Clark has had a good week and that is always a blessing. The fits have calmed down now that we are back on his normal schedule. The trip up north was difficult on him…being out of his normal routine, etc.

I will close with a few pictures of their picnic.

trampoline picnic

February 22, 2008   No Comments


Ok, for starters I NEVER fill these out…but here it goes!

A- Attached or Single: Attached, married for almost 12 years

B- Best Friend: oh goodness…best friend would be my husband…but many friends spread from Hawaii to Kentucky!

C- Cake or Pie: PIE most likely KEY LIME…yum, yum!

D- Day of Choice: Saturday and Sunday… time to be able to spend as a family

E- Essential Item (s): can’t think of something I just “have to have” on a day to day basis except for my family!! (and going to the beach…good for the soul)

F- Favorite Color: depends on what for…on the walls in a house…sage green…clothing perhaps red or a shade of blue

G- Gummi Bears or Worms: worms…the sour ones!

H- Hometown: Tallulah, Lousiana

I- Indulgence (s): pedicures in the summer…haha

J- January or July: oh definitely July…I am not a huge fan of cold weather…though the July heat here is pretty bad also!

K- Kids: Alexandra Paige-11 (a preteen and VERY good at it…just kidding(sort of)…a fun kid that is quite artistic! Samuel Clark-4 (and again…very good at it)he is the one that keeps us laughing…100% boy 100% of the time…on go every second of the day except while he is asleep!

M- Marriage Date: April 26, 1996

N- Number of Siblings: 1 older brother…it is a wonder we made it to adulthood with the fighting that used to go on..haha

O- Oranges or Apples: apples…crisp ones…with caramel for extra yumminess (not a word, I know)

P- Phobias or Fears: bugs…YUCK! oh, and heights! Also something happening to my husband or children!

Q- Quote(s): “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4 (really I love the whole chapter)

R- Reason to Smile: we have our 2 healthy children and are finally settled down with a job my husband LOVES!

S- Season: spring

T- Tag: anyone that would like to join in

U- Unknown Fact About Me: I can’t think of anything exciting…except maybe for the fact that I can’t seem to finish a book these days…I have about 5 or more books going that I flip through but never finish…ugh! Also, let me think…T.C. and I have moved 7 times in our marriage…crazy huh? Some of those were within the same town. Hopefully we are done for YEARS to come!

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animal: definitely NOT a vegetarian….gotta have meat!

W-Worst Habit: not always being the most patient Mom…working on that!

X-X-rays or Ultrasounds: Have had both…ultrasound was amazing when I was pregnant with Ali…getting to see your baby! Hopefully won’t be needing any X-Rays (or ultrasounds for that matter..haha)

Y-Your Favorite Food: Mexican! (or my mom’s turkey and dressing on the holidays)

Z- Zodiac: taurus

February 20, 2008   No Comments

Just a lazy Sunday afternoon at the beach…..

Yesterday we decided to load up the ole’ sand pails and shovels and head down to Galveston. I think the kids could hang out on the beach for hours on end. They had a great time and the weather was glorious! Of course we had to make our usual ice cream stop on the way home. We made the mistake of telling Clark Sat. evening of our beach plans and he repeated it I think a thousand times prior to getting into bed that night…”beach and eat ice cream.” Too funny. I will explain the picture of the shirtless fellow with his cowboy hat and running pants. You see, we love going to Galveston…however, you NEVER really know what you are going to see. Yesterday that was our find. Redneck at its finest. Ha! (ok, so that was a little mean…sorry…that poor guy had NO idea he was being photographed and would end up on the web)

Clark had gymnastics again today. As the teacher put it oh so nicely “he didn’t listen as well today.” Ha…YOU THINK? He moves at 100 miles per hour…it is really stretching him to actually sit still long enough to listen to instruction. Ha! However, both teachers told me they thought that he was born for this. They kept talking about what a natural he is….ok, if they can just figure out a way to get him to pay attention. Good luck girls!!! They do have their work cut out for them. Ok, to be totally honest…he is doing pretty well. He doesn’t totally understand everything in English yet…he has only been home 6 months as of Saturday. I will cut him some slack.

Well, not much to say…really just wanted to post the pictures. Clark’s new favorite words are honey, maybe, and tomorrow. He will use them at the totally wrong time. For instance “maybe this is too hot”…or “can we eat that tomorrow (like instead of later)”…the honey he uses correctly which is really funny. He picked that up from me. I always call the 3 of them honey…so now he started that. “now honey”


February 18, 2008   No Comments