Always Have A Dream

Always have a dream
Forget about the days when its been cloudy,
but don't forget your hours in the sun.
Forget about the times you've been defeated,
but don't forget the victories you've won.
Forget about mistakes that you can't change now,
but don't forget the lessons that you've learnt.
Forget about misfortunes you encounter,
but don't forget the times you luck has turned.
Forget about the days when you've been lonely,
but don't forget the friendly smiles you've seen.
Forget about the plans that didn't seem to work out right,
but don't forget to always have a dream.

- Amanda Bradley

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cody's First Karate Class

I took Cody to his first Karate class after dinner last night. He loved it, and did very well. I got the time messed up though, I was supposed to have him there at 4pm, and I took him to the advanced class at 5. They told me he could stay and participate, that it wasn't a problem. They held the belt ceremony after the class. They didn't have anymore child size belts so they had to use the adult size one, but they cut it down to size afterwards. Cody really did well, in fact he met and worked with two little friends from school! He said he's going to put something on his blog (we'll see!!) I've been bugging him to at least put down a hi or something, but he'd rather play. O'well it is still summer, for at least another couple days anyway!! The summer went by way to quick!!!!! As always take care & smile!  ;0)

Friday, August 29, 2008

Feeling Better

  Mike went back to work today. He's feeling much better, so he tells me?! I really do think so he's walking in a straight line and moving much quicker. The Doctor said that there are little particles in the ear that can come loose, and when they do they can throw you off balance and make you sick to your stomach. Never knew that! I don't think she ever did say if there was an actual name for what it is. Other than that, things are good. I need to do some cleaning around the house, helping Cody pick up his messes too!! It's finally raining outside a little, we need the rain big time, so I guess today would be a good day to clean.
  I had Cody enrolled in Karate classes the other day. There are 2 parts to the class. There's actual Karate, and the other part is called Life Principals where they teach them anger management, and other social skills. I think it will be very good for him, and hopefully help with interactions with others at school this year.
  Hope everyone else is doing good. Take care & smile!  ;0)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A busy weekend

I want to thank Mom & Dad for watching Cody all day Friday & Saturday. Mike & I both worked Friday and Saturday we were out collecting money for MDA(fill the boot for the Fire Dept.) I was out all day Saturday, and Mike was out all day both Saturday & Sunday. Mike was in charge of the program and the gal from MDA stopped by the house to pick up the check today. All together we collected over $6500.00, our goal was only set for $2500.00. So that's why I want to give Mom & Dad a big thanks for watching Cody for us again!!
I had to pick Mike up from work sick today, so I was busy taking care of him today. He had vertigo really bad, don't know why. I took him to the Doctor this afternoon and he's feeling a little better now. I also had an open house at Cody's school this evening to meet his new teacher and check out his new class room. His teacher seems to be really nice, I think he'll have a good year. Thank goodness!! Other than that, that's been  our weekend and week so far. Thank goodness for small miracles. Talk to you all soon! Take care & smile!  ;0)

Friday, August 22, 2008


I came across a cool site today, geared towards busy Mom's. Just thought I'd share it with the other Mom's I know. Hope you check it out, and find it useful! If you do check it out make sure you scroll down all the way on the main page. Take care & smile! ;0)

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Well we found out the results of Cody's testing today. All looks good. He's reading & writing at a 7th/8th grade level!!! His math skills need a little work, but with that he's right on track. They said his academic skills are great! They didn't find any disorders, other than he might have a little bit of a problem concentrating but nothing else.They told us he's just strong willed, and basically a perfectionist, therefore when he tries something once and doesn't succeed he don't want to try it again. He just needs to learn to deal with his anger, and needs to work on his social interactions with other children.  We're working on that, we have been for quite some time. He's just a normal 8yr old boy. What a relief!!! I was so worried that they were going to tell us that he has some disorder that we have to put him on medication for. No medication, and no special instructions other than getting him more involved with some extracurricular activities. He's already taking guitar lessons, and we are going to look into getting him into cub-scouts and maybe soccer. They gave us some good pointers. I'm so happy to find out the results. I've been worrying for that last few months. It feels like a weight has been lifted. It's not easy raising a child(ren), they don't come with an instruction manual so you have to learn as you go and do the best that you can. It's hard not to want to shelter them so that they don't get hurt, and grow up to be caring individuals. I guess sometimes you have to let God take control and hope for the best, and hopefully he'll grow up to be a very caring, respectable person. Thank's to everyone who kept us in your prayers, it helped!! Love to all! Take care & smile!  ;0)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

I'm Married to a Lieutenant!!!

Mike got the news yesterday from Chief that he would be Lieutenant effective Sunday! Finally after 15yrs+. I'm very proud of him, he's worked hard for this, and deserves it! He was given his bars for his shirt today when he showed up for work. I just talked to him a little bit ago (we are both working 24 today), he said that some guys from some other departments have already stopped in to congratulate him. Heck, at that big apartment fire the other day he had guy's congratulating him and he didn't even know that the decision was made yet. I guess you can say word gets around. Chief probably said something at the last Chiefs' meeting. Anyway I just want to congratulate him again, and let him know that I am so very proud of him. I have a better picture of him but it's at home, so this one will have to do right now. I will post a better one tomorrow when I get home. As always, Take care & smile!    ;0)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Sugar Shack

I finally got some pic's from my Dad of the updates on my Uncle Nates Sugar Shack. It caught fire and burned down late Spring this year. For those of you who don't know, I have some relatives who make maple syrup, maple candy, maple butter, etc. They have about 380 acres of land split up between them and my Uncle Nate does this every Spring. Cody usually goes up with my Dad on Spring Break to help out, and loves it. He'll be able to have some wonderful memories, and some good stories to share with his children when he gets older. Anyway they have most of it ready to go for this next Spring. Everyone helped rebuilding it (relatives, uncles, cousins, friends) including my Dad. The first photo's are of this last Spring, and then the rebuilding. Take care & smile! ;0)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Is the summer almost over?!?

I can't believe the summer it almost over! Where did the time go? O'well, we have a few more weeks left to enjoy. The last couple weeks haven't been real productive, actually it's been kind of boring. Just the same ol' same ol', anybody have days (or weeks) like that? I just want to make sure it's not just me. I'd like to try and make it down to Greenfield Village with Cody, sometime within these next couple weeks or so. I do have to say, the summer has gone by fast, but it's been a good summer. Especially when it came to spending time with family. I'm glad we were able to spend so much time with them. Hopefully we will get the results of Cody's testing next week. We have an appointment on Wednesday of next week. It would be nice to have before school starts again. We will keep you updated. Until then .. Take care & smile ;0)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Long Day!

Sorry it's taken me so long to post anything in the last week. It's been very hectic around here lately. I didn't think today was ever going to come to an end. We took Cody for his testing today, for those of you who don't know we are having him tested for ADHD, ADD, Asperger's, etc.etc....... Anyway, it lasted right at 3hrs straight. We had to be there at 8:30 am (and of course wait a half hour first). We tried to get him in bed early last night, he had trouble getting to sleep, and then woke us up at 4:30 this morning letting us know his tooth was bothering him?!?!(I'll get to that in a minute). He never did get back to sleep, and neither did Mike nor myself. He did pretty well today considering being sleep deprived, I know Barb understands that!! He was wiped out by the end of his appointment, he fell asleep on the way home. It's been really trying around here the last month or so. Hard to keep sane sometimes. I really don't think there is anything wrong with him except being a normal hard to deal with 8yr old, who needs to have rules and consequence's "SET IN STONE". But at least we will have it down on paper hopefully before the school year starts back up. That way we wont have anyone telling us that there is something wrong with our son, and hopefully wont have any of them calling CPS on us again!! I think we took all the right steps through this whole process. So actually it's been a long 6 months!!! Oh, back to his tooth?? He's been complaining of his tooth bothering him, and before he went to bed last night he said something about his ear hurting(on the same side - hint hint). So yes after his 3hrs in testing this morning, we called the family doc and they wanted to see him at 2:10, and yes he has another ear infection, and that's where the pain in his tooth was coming from (referred pain from the ear infection). Well he's all taken care of now, antibiotics, Tylenol, and ear drops if we need them, and a lot of TLC!!
I can't forget to let Mom know how much I appreciated my birthday dinner last Tuesday, and the movie "Mama Mia" on Sunday. Thank you, Thank you, I loved it!!!
Take care & smile, and hopefully talk to all of you soon!  ;0)

My Favorite Actors/Actresses

  • James Dean
  • Cary Grant
  • Myrna Loy
  • James Garner
  • Simon Baker
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Julia Roberts

My Favorite Movies

  • Mama Mia
  • Lord Of The Rings
  • Harry Potter
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Pretty Woman
  • All Thin Man movies
  • All Cary Grant movies
  • All James Dean movies

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today - James Dean

Best friends forever!!

Best friends forever!!

Cody & his guitar

Cody & his guitar