Wednesday, July 30, 2008

BBC is going great!

We are having so much fun this week! The kids are all getting along great , having a great time playing games, working hard on their crafts and listening intently to the Bible Stories! This is a great bunch of kids!
Here a few photos of what our week has looked like so far! Fun! Fun! Fun!
And yes, by 2pm I am taking a little cat-nap daily - to re-energize for the next day!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Backyard Bible Club!

This is the week! In a few hours my backyard will be full of kids from 2 years old - 13 years old! YEAH!!!! (actually, the little kids get to stay in side - a way from the heat! It's supposed to be 102 degrees today! :)

If you live in or near McKinney and want to join us this week - we would love to have you! Just email me -

If you aren't able to come please remember us in your prayers! Please pray for safety and fun for all! And especially that God's word is heard by the kids and adults who attend.

Have a great week!
I will post photos soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Potty Trained!

Yea! Jailyn is potty trained! I figure almost a week with out an accident is officially potty trained! She was pretty easy! She still surprises us when she calls out from the bathroom! "Mommy I went tinkle!" What a good girl!
She loves her new underwear and loves to pick which pair she will wear for the day! :) Some days she can't decide on which pair so she tries them all on!
We are so proud of our silly girl!!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Christmas in July

I need your help! We are already thinking of Christmas ideas! With child number 5 coming home this fall we are really trying to stick to a budget (ha!ha!) We would like to do some homemade gifts, but I need ideas! These ideas need to be for Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and cousins (ages 8 - 13 (boys and girls).
Teacher gifts too!
In the past I have cross-stitched (very time consuming - not enough time)
Scrap booked
Painted canvas
made blankets
I'm running out of ideas!
My mom has suggested that we purchase something at a garage sale! We can make it into something else or leave it as is, but it has to be purchased from a garage sale. I think this sounds fun - but not everyone in the family agrees. :)
Our families have also said, "Just buy for the kids" but one of my brothers has no kids and the other only has one kiddo. And Bryan's brother only has two kids and his sister's kiddo is an adult now. So I feel bad not getting them something when they are buying for our 5 kids!
Any suggestions would be helpful! Please leave your suggestions in the comments! There may be others who want ideas too!

Happy Christmas in July!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Happy Meal!!!

A Happy Meal never tasted so good!
It didn't even taste this good when we got home from China!

My mouth is finally feeling a wee-bit better!
Last night I was able to get a Hamburger Happy Meal chewed! :)
Oh, it was sooo good!
I'm really tired of chicken soup!!!

I went back to my oral surgeon today - there is still some infection so I will do another week of antibiotics. He did a few nerve tests and said that I have about 50% of nerve sensitivity back, mainly on the left side! Prayerfully this will get better soon! If not, there is surgery that can be done - but that wont be for another 6-9 months! I told him that I need to go to China before then!

Thanks for all your prayers and support!

Monday, July 14, 2008

My favorite Birthday present of all!

Do you remember how the Cosby's always sang a song or had a performance for their mother's birthday? Well, I do and I always thought that would be the greatest birthday present ever! Well, guess what I got it this year!

Kenzie and Conner put together a show - Anderson's Got Talent! Too cute!!!
They laid out the Red Carpet for me and gave me VIP seating!
Jailyn did her acrobatics! The girl is a natural! And loves to perform!
Conner wrote and sang a song for me! I will have to share the words with y'all at another time.

They even had a commercial - Advertising the dresses that I am making to help raise funds to bring our little Jorja home!

Then it was time for Kenzie to show off her Stranger Danger karate moves! Sorry Dad was the recipient of her kicks and punches!
Even Jailyn got into the act with Conner! Glad he is teaching her Stranger Danger!

Too cute! Maybe next year Brady will not be so shy and show off his hidden talents!
He did a great job as photographer for me though! :)

Hanging out with friends from church

We always have a great time with these friends!
This band was soo cute! Conner has a guitar from our Rock Band game,
N has a Wiggles Book shaped like a guitar and Jailyn has a broom!
Too funny!

We went bowling too! Fun for all!

Happy 12th Birthday Kenzie!

Conner woke up and came running down stairs to get us all to meet Kenzie in bed and sing Happy Birthday too her! I think he was more excited about her day then she was!
How sweet!
Since we had had an exciting week prior and have more activities this week we thought we would just hang out. Kenzie and Conner both had friends over, we swam and played all day!
Later in the evening, my wonderful friends, Jackie and Selinda, watched Jailyn so we could go see a movie. Kenzie wanted to see Hancock! It was fun and even better because I wasn't worried about Jailyn! Thanks friends!!! :)
The movie was good, but bad language.
We had a fun relaxing day!

Happy Birthday Girl!

Some cute water pictures of the kids!

We do love being in the water!
This was a great day of just hanging out!

Kenzie and Moms Birthdays!

Yes, my darling daughter's birthday is the day before mine! We love this! and we try to take advantage of it often! This year we decided that we needed a weekend of R and R- just the two of us! We haven't done this for three years! Kenzie is 12 now - so it seemed like the perfect time!
I'm not sure who was more excited - Kenz or me! Since I was having my wisdom teeth pulled on July 1st. We decided to get our manicures and pedicures done prior to my surgery! This was a great idea! Kenz has been such a huge help to me with Jailyn this summer that she deserved a little treat!
Friday the 4th we watched fireworks with the rest of the family but we were really excited to get out of the house the next morning and begin our weekend! I had told her where we would be staying and some things that we would do - but there was one BIG surprise that I wanted to keep that way! For weeks Kenz made me give her clues as to what we were going to do. These were the clues I had given her:
- One doesn't have to dress up, but it is more fun then arriving casual.
- We may do a bit of dancing.
- You have been there, but have never seen this.
- You may be in it some day.
and the last but not least
- Not middle school but...
That's right -

High School Musical! It was great! One of Kenzie's soccer team mates and her Mom came with us! It was great fun! We hope we can go see some more LIVE performances!

After the show we went to dinner with our friends, and laughed and laughed!
Then our friends went home and Kenzie and I returned to the Westin! Yes, I have never stayed at a Westin! It was beautiful! Kenzie was sold when we walked in the room and she saw the flat screen T.V.!

We ended up going to the pool for about 3 hours! Kenzie was water logged! It was so relaxing though!
We were a bit hungry when we went back to the room -so I ran to the nearest store to pick up some snacks. Love the Westin but refused to pay $6.00 for a small can of cookies! :)
When I got back we munched and cuddled and watched The Bucket List! Great movie!

In the morning we spent another 2 hours or so at the pool! Kenzie found a family to play ball with. This sweet family made us miss our boys and Jailyn, but it didn't last long. :)
The rest of the day was spent shopping! We hit a ton of stores and were able to purchase Kenzie some school clothes for next year.
But best of all we spent the whole day chatting and goofing off! We had a wonderful time! I wish we could do this every year!

Thanks for a great weekend Kenzie!!!!

Here I am sporting my swollen face and muscle cramped face! This is the biggest smile I could get!

Kenzie in the mall trying to decide what # she likes her sleep number bed at!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wisdom Teeth

What other 41 year old gets their wisdom teeth pulled?
Yea, I guess I am a late bloomer!

I had to get the two bottom wisdom teeth pulled on July 1st. Though I hate any dental work! I'm such a chicken! I wish I could have muscle relaxers when I get my teeth cleaned! I knew the process would be bad, but I never thought the recover would be this bad!
Not only did I have to have the teeth pulled but I also had to have bone graph's on the teeth next to the wisdom teeth.
I swelled like crazy! but I didn't bruise. :)
The pain medicine made me sick to my stomach - that was horrible!

My kids were great! They totally let me stay in bed for two full days! They each helped take care of each other, including Jailyn! Kenzie was my nurse, and was wonderful! She made sure I took my medicine on time and that I had my ice packs on and off every 30 minutes! I didn't have to think about anything - she did it all!
Brady took great care of Jailyn, feeding her and even changing her diaper! :)
Conner is my cuddler - so when ever I needed to be cuddled he was there for me!

Nine days later I am still only eating that which melts in my mouth. (Last night I was able to eat yummy birthday cake! - Kenzie's!)
Today I went back to the surgeon and found out that the left bone graph is infected. So now I have to clean it out 3-4 times a day. It kills!
I also have nerve damage. The question is - how much nerve damage? The nerve could be upset because of the infection, or there could be semi-permanent or permanent damage.

I am now on new antibiotics and will be doing my exercises! Prayerfully this ordeal will be over soon! I have another scheduled appointment next week. I hope I can go in next week with a full smile, not the lazy smile I am sporting now!