Pieces of Me

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One Eyed, One Horn, Flying Purple People Eater and Pumpkin Patch

Today, we had a treat during Hannah's dance class.  The girls have been preparing for a couple weeks a dance for Halloween.  Families were invited into the class to watch the show.  Daddy had to work late today so I was able to record it for him our on camera.  I think Hannah did a great job.  She's still getting the hang of her Pivots and Texas T but other than that, she's great!!





Afterwards, I treated the kids by taking them to Don's Pumpkin Patch.  The kids from Westoak Woods Preschool went on a field trip to this pumpkin patch so I've heard good things about it.  And then I learned that Ryan and Chase went to this little pumpkin patch yesterday so I knew it would be worth our while.  The kids had fun walking through all the pumpkins, playing in the hay bale maze, and view the HUGE Jack O' Latern.  They actually allowed me to take photos of them as well, so I'm one happy momma!  We purchased 3 pumpkins to enjoy this week.  Tomorrow afternoon, we will attempt to carve the "big one."  Hannah also wants to create a princess pumpkin using her Potato Head parts.



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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall Fun


We've been having lots of fun this fall.  Cayden has been enjoying school (for the most part) and is loving creating art projects to bring home.  Here are two he did this past week in honor of Fall.  I know there will be more this week because everyone is learning about Fall this week at Noah's Ark, but these two are too cute to NOT share.  Unfortunately, Buster got a hold of the Cotton Owls Project so it's a little sad, but it's still as cute as ever.

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We went to the Beautiful Savior Fall Carnival last week.  Cayden made his debut as Elmo and was just adorable.  Of course, my friend, Anthony, thinks that it looks like Elmo ATE Cayden, but I think the costume is totally cute and very special since Grandma made it and both Ryan and Cayden have now worn it for a Halloween.


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Hannah has been pretty busy creating some Fall/Halloween things as well.  She made this adorable little pumpkin with her Aunt Stephie last week while we were shopping for a new car.  I saw this craft on Kim Wresh's Blog a few weeks ago and was all set to do it with my kiddos.  We'll probably go ahead and still make  a few this week while we have time.  And my preschool class is going to make them in November (minus the face).   This little pumpkin is proudly displayed on our entertainment center as a part of our fall decor.  It's just soooo cute.


And a couple of weeks ago, Aunt Stephie had the idea to create Tie-Dyed Pumpkin Shirts.  This ended up being an all day ordeal, but the outcome was just amazing, and she and Aunt Bekah even thought to include my kids by creating them their very own shirts.  Of course, Hannah requested hers have lips instead of a mouth so that's what she got!  It even has eyelashes!  Too cute!  Here's the article from Family Fun Magazine if you're interested in attempting this project yourself!

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Here are a couple photos of the kids in their shirts.  I'll get more this week, but I wanted to show how cute they are actually on the kiddos.

And tonight, Hannah and I made some "Holy Ghosts" to hang in our bushes out front.  We visited D's home this week, and since D has some, Hannah needed some.  Thankfully, all I had to do was cut up a trash bag, stuff it with a napkin, tie it, and let Hannah draw faces on them.  They are pretty cute.


And my family attended the Concordia University Homecoming Weekend. While here, my kiddos visited the little Pumpkin Patch display the students set up for photos. While at the display, I went ahead and told my kids to take the littlest pumpkins so they thought we were at a "real" pumpkin patch. So the story of the pumpkin thieves.


Heather came along with her little friend, R, and after warming up to one another, the girls got along pretty well. There was a small kids area with Jumpy Jumps, Bubbles, Snow Cones, and Dipsy Daisy the Clown (who made us TONS of balloon animals, including ADORABLE bracelet Lady Bugs, Turtles, and Butterflies.


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Just lots of fun this fall!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

And we're the proud owners of. . .

A 2005 Kia Sedona.  Not exactly what we had intended on purchasing, but we were so blessed to fall into a deal we couldn't refuse.  Thanks to our wonderful friend and pastor, Paul Goeke, having an amazing connection at Howdy Honda and to our fabulous salesman, Eric, we now have  a minivan w/ warranty sitting in our driveway.  I'm still a little in shock, but I'm sooo happy.  Thanks also to Stephen brother, Daniel, who spent all morning and most of the afternoon with us making sure we got a safe vehicle.  We love you, Daniel.  Thanks, Stephanie, for allowing us to borrow him for a Saturday.

Thanks so everyone who purchased the template package to help with the cost of this vehicle.

We are incredibly blessed.


A photo of Hannah in the new van.  She's so excited because it's "GREEN with SPARKLES!!  I always wanted a car with SPARKLES before."  I guess the paint has a shimmer to it because she is just thrilled with the new car.  We also went and got new car seats for the kids.  They are currently hanging out in their boxes in the back of the van, but they will be installed tonight, and Hannah wants picture taken in her new seat, so we'll have more to share later!



Friday, October 17, 2008

I Hate Sour Milk

You would have thought we'd learned after the first experience with exploding sour milk to not allow the kids to take their milk cups in their bedrooms.  But we are those parents who put their kids to bed with a cup of milk.  You'd have thought we would have figured it out the first time we found the horrible "dead animal" smell under our bed a few year ago that turned out to be rancid milk in it's final stages.  But no. . . we haven't.  And we haven't learned to go in every night and take the milk cup away from the child after said child is sleeping.  That would just be too involved.  My family waits until the next day to clear the milk from our children's rooms.  And in this case, we missed a cup that had somehow fallen underneath Hannah's bed.  And when Stephen went in to wake her this morning, he was hit with one of the foulest smells on the face of the earth - dying milk.  It's not even sour anymore. It's dying.  I know it's not alive, but milk can still die.

So we are in the process of airing out her room by bleaching the area (thank goodness for linoleum) and keeping her window open today (thank the Lord the weather is FANTASTIC). 

First day by myself with Cayden.  Is it terrible that I put him to nap 2 hours early?  He's so grouchy.  I can't deal with it.  And he's falling asleep in my arms, so I put him in his bed.  He's asleep already.  Poor guy. The past few weeks have been crazy for him. 

We've talked about Halloween with our kiddos.  We'll do our yearly tradition of trick-or-treating with the Lambert and Oelkers families.  Hannah is looking forward to being one of the three princesses  - Cinderella (K), Ariel (D), and Sleeping Beauty (Hannah).  W is supposed to be a fisherman, but mom says he won't even let her put the costume on him so he might be going as W this year.  Cayden is torn between the Growly Gus on Wow Wow Wubzy (where will I find a PINK monster costume??) or Cookie Monster (soooo cute).  I'm hoping for Cookie Monster, but he's in a close second as I type this note.

The drugs are still making me loopy so I might lie down here in a bit.  For some reason I'm just so tired.  I guess that's my body's way of attempting to heal.  I did manage to straighten up the living room today (which Stephen will yell at me for later), but I can't stand it being soooo messy.  A little messy is okay, but chaotic messy is not.

This afternoon I'll head up to Hannah's school to make copies, etc. for the teacher's again.  I'm happy to be well enough to get back to helping where I'm needed.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

A Visit with GG and PapPap

GG and PapPap came for a visit last week.  They arrived on the Sunday before the accident.  Don't you find it interesting that our lives revolve around things that happen to us?  Just our frame of reference, you know, for instance, before Hannah, before Granny passed away, before the accident.  Big events have a huge effect on our lives.

Anyway, my grandparents came for a visit.  They stayed with us a couple days, with Heather a couple days, and went to visit old friends.  They were due to leave town for a visit to Corpus Christi last Tuesday, but the accident postponed their trip by one day.

Because I was hopped up on pain meds and in bed, we didn't get to spend as much time together as I would have liked.  This really upsets me, but I know that we will see them again soon.  We're going to start saving my paychecks so we can go for a visit in the Spring.

And because we didn't spend a lot of time together, there are not a lot of pictures.  And then on Tuesday evening, I sat down and got a few photos and between the transfer from the card to my computer, they got lost in lala land so I have only ONE photo, and it's only of Cayden and my grandparents.

And although the trip was cut short, we still had a great time.

We love you GG and PapPap!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

An Evening with Friends

Last Saturday, we were invited over to dinner with the Lambert Family.  This was my first "outing" since the accident.  Stephen was worried I would overdo it, but I really wanted to get out to #1 - just get out, and #2 - see one of my best friends, and #3 - let Hannah and Cayden play with D and W.  The kids had so much fun together; in fact, my kiddos didn't want to leave.  Cayden said, "Want to sleep at W's house".  It was just darling!!

After dinner, we took a short walk around the neighborhood to give the kids the opportunity to see the fun Halloween decorations and to let Hannah and D ride their bikes.  Now D is a pro at riding (and crashing) her bike.  Hannah one the otherhand hasn't riden very often.  I think the last time she rode her bike, she wiped out because a training wheel somehow got loose.  It was pretty traumatic for Hannah (and Mommy), and she has been very reluctant to ride her bike. 

But the girls did ride their bikes, and despite a few tears, they had a lot of fun.

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A not so happy Hannah :(



Happy Boys!


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

It was during the second verse of this familiar hymn that I lost control of my emotions this evening. 

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I'm come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood

The accident has really consumed much of our life this week.  I'm frustrated because I'm usually not the person to mill around and be depressed.  I've been on medication for anxiety for a while, but I have never allowed myself to feel sorry for myself as an individual.  This week, I've tried to be strong for everyone in my family.  I feel terrible for being the one who got hurt and is now spending most of her time in bed, on pain medication, not taking care of the house.  Stephen has been amazing.  He just wants me to feel better - get better - no longer be hurting.  He's just been such a wonderful support in regards to taking care of the children and me. 

It was this evening when I realized, it's really okay for me to be so emotionally traumatized that I cannot deal with the things of reality yet.  Reality starts partly tomorrow when Stephen goes to work for the first time since the accident (and leaving the house).  Reality really starts on Tuesday when I go back to work, but I am still not driving.  I just cannot bring myself to get behind the wheel of a car.  I can't do it.  I'm more scared now than I ever have been of anything.  But I do have the knowledge that the Lord is going to protect me from danger.  He already has.  And I'm not talking the ultimate fight that Jesus fought for us.  I'm talking the little dangers of this world.  He protected Hannah and I from more serious injuries.  He's protected us from many things this week, and He will continue to protect us. 

Now, I just have to work through all these emotions, with Him.  I am going to keep my eyes focused on how much He loves me.  We're going to get through this.



Friday, October 10, 2008

More Accident Stuff

We received the police report today.  Since a minor (i.e. Hannah) was involved in the accident, they will not post the report online.  So we made a trip down to the police headquarters to obtain an "official crash report."  It turns out the kid (20 years old) who hit us was not intoxicated.  I'm very thankful for this.  It totally sucks that he was being "inattentive and not maintaining proper following distance," but he was not drunk.  That doesn't mean he wasn't under the influence of something, but I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and just say he was tired and not paying attention.  Regardless, the insurance adjuster made the declaration that our car is a total loss.  We got an offer from the Total Loss Department and are fairly pleased with the number.  We're actually getting the value of the car. 

Now we just have to figure out the rest of stuff.  Having never been in an accident before, I just don't know what to do.  So if anyone has any advice, please leave it.  We are at the moment waiting for a declaration from his insurance company saying he did in fact not have insurance.  After that, we will file through our uninsured motorist insurance.  What exactly does that mean?  We have no idea?  But what we do know is that Stephen and I have both lost time, I've been do the chiropractor 4 times, Hannah twice, for a total just this week of $300.  I go three times a week next week, and then we'll see what happens.  And of course, we still have the hospital bill. 

That being said, we took the kids to the "boop car," as Hannah calls it.  She and I were able to get inside the front of the car and sit for a bit.  There were lots of tears.  Hannah told the car "Thank you for keeping me safe.  I will miss you so much."  It was really hard for her.  That's the only car she's ever been attached to.   I feel silly, but I cried as well.  That was Stephen and my first car we bought together.  It was our first new car ever.  It was a good little car for us.  And now, at the decision of someone else - the negligence of someone else - we had to say goodbye.  We are going to miss the car.

But we are so thankful for our lives.  We are blessed.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Surveying the Damage


Car from rearview.


Hannah's side.  As you can see the frame has moved so much that the door is stuck over the body.


More photos of the back, including one of a random screw.  We still don't know where it came from or where it belongs.

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That's it.  I was sick just taking these photos and words I haven't used in years left my mouth.  I'm soooo angry right now.  So angry.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

So very blessed - details from the accident

On the way to school today, Hannah and I were hit from behind on the frontage road of Ben White Blvd near IH-35.  We were having a Mommy/Hannah morning and going to stop for breakfast before school.  Stephen was working from home because Cayden is on the tail end of Hand, Foot, Mouth virus and we didn't want to expose the kiddos at his preschool.

So I'm slowing down to turn into the Chick-Fil-A/Starbucks Parking lot, and the next thing I know we are moving very quickly towards a metal fence and eletrical pole.  The whole thing was so sureal.  I felt like I was going in slow motion as I gathered my wits and realized what was happened.  The first thing that clued me in to something being wrong was Hannah screaming, "MOMMY!"  That's what got me back into reality and able to manuever the car away from the fence and hit the brakes to come to a stop (nearly at the street a block away).  We landed on the side walk about 400 ft from the driveway where were were intentionally trying to get into. 

The car is a mess.  As soon as we get the chance to get to the Tow Yard, I'll post photos, but it doesn't look good at all.  The bumper and trunk were literally in the backseat.  We couldn't open the doors to get Hannah out.  I had to crawl through the front seat toget Hannah unbuckled and then had her crawl out of the car through the front.

Cop arrived, took care of us first.  The guy did have insurance (thank the LORD), but I'm fairly certain he got a free trip downtown because our car was towed immediately, his truck was drivable, and it was still at the accident scene when we headed to the ER 2 hours later. 

Turns out Hannah is fine.  She is emotionally traumatized beyond belief.  I don't even know how we're going to handle that.  We'll have her talk to our pastors and the school counselor and then go from there, but this little 5 year old doesn't want to go anywhere in a car without her daddy anymore. 

I on the otherhand have a minor concussion and severe whiplash.  I'm on Vicodin, Motrin, and Soma (a muscle relaxer) and under the medical treatment of my chiropractor.  No work for the rest of the week.  No lifting for who knows how long. 

But it could have been much worse.  We are soooo blessed.  And please, please, pray for the young man who hit us.  If he was drunk (and underage), he's in a world of trouble.

Turns out the kid didn't have insurance either, which totally sucks, but we are thankful that we have awesome car insurance to help with all of this.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Hannah's New Look

Well, we got the phone call today that Hannah's glasses were ready to be fitted and picked up.  I thought Hannah was going to come out of her skin as we drove to pick up Cayden from the sitter, and then head to the eye doctor.

But we FINALLY arrived, according to Miss Thang, and she is now the wearer of these specs, ALL THE TIME.  I wanted to see how strong her prescription was and attempted to see through her lenses, and Hannah really couldn't see things.  And when she put them on, she saw a Royal "Blue Slug Bug Truck" (PT Cruiser) and was amazed that it had some purple to it.  And of course, I cannot believe my little girl couldn't see clearly, and I had no clue, but now, she sees everything.  And looks mighty cute, if I might add.  Now, if I could only figure out the photo/flash/glare aspect of taking pictures.



I love you, Hannah girl!!