Sunday, July 29, 2007

Home From Vacation

Ahhhh, look at me! I'm getting fancy with the font and color. But more impressive, I've added an awesome picture trail of our vacation at the bottom of my page!

Our vacation was nice. The motel was called Bridges Bay Resort on Lake Okiboji. We had a nice kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms, and baths. It was so nice! We had a patio outside. Probably could have brought another family along with us! The motel had an indoor water park. We also went boating, fishing, shopping, putt-putt golfing, and to Arnold's Park. The park was a little stressful because there really wasn't anything Austin could ride. He rode the farris wheel and that was it. My backup plan was to take him to the Arcade while Amber and Kevin rode rides, but the Arcade was up a flight of stairs and across a bridge. Not accessible whatsoever. Austin is such a trooper though. If it bothered him he couldn't ride the rides, he didn't show it. I think it bothered me more.

Amber is such a water girl. If she had her way, we would have been in a boat the entire time. I think Austin liked it too. The kids also enjoyed fishing. They both caught a bullhead.

It was a nice time. Nothing terribly exciting, but it was so nice to get away for a few days!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

First Blog

Well, here I am attempting my first blog. I've always wanted to be a blogger, just wasn't sure how or what I would write. I'm still not sure ... HA!

I've been busy trying to organize for homeschooling. I've decided to homeschool Austin this year. Austin is 14 and he has cerebral palsy. He is wheelchair bound and very physically involved. He is nonverbal. I think he is pretty smart; however, it is really difficult to know what he really knows. My big goal for Austin is to get him reading and writing on the computer. This would open up a whole new world of opportunities for him.

Amber is 16. She just got her driver's license earlier this month. I think she has been gone every day since! It is nerve racking sometimes. I make her check in with me constantly! She did come home with a scratch on her car last night. She said she scratched it trying to turn around in the car wash parking lot. Hhmmnn. Well, she didn't want her dad to get mad, so she went to WalMart and bought some touch-up paint. Her car is green. The touch up paint was aqua blue. HA! It looks lovely (not).

Kevin just got back from a 4-wheeling trip. He tried climbing a steep hill and rolled his ATV backward. He is lucky he didn't get hurt. A year and a half ago he got in a snowmobile accident and broke his femur. It was a lovely time taking care of him (not). My Dad says I should consider upping my life insurance.

We have our own electrical contracting business. We have four employees. I handle the bookkeeping for the company. I was also doing some medical transcription from home, but I decided to give it up and concentrate on our new homeschooling venture.

We have three cocker spaniels. Skyler is black and white, 9 years old. We call him Scum. He likes prowling the neighborhood on garbage day. Jenna is all black, 8 years old. We call her Gurrl. She is cuddly but pesty. She wants petted all the time. Then there is Sammy. He is white and buff, 2 years old. He is still very much puppy. He LOVES rocks. He carries a rock around in his mouth at all times. He really loves it when you hide the rock and he can try and find it.

My best friend is my sister, Darcy. She is such a great person. She is married with 4 kids, three of which are triplets. I don't know how she manages to do all she does. I just love her.

My mom passed away three years ago from cancer. I miss her so much. She was the greatest woman who ever lived. She was beautiful and smart and funny. The only good thing that happened from her passing is that my Dad and I have become much closer. A very handsome and caring man he is.

Well, I guess that is it for now!

Sammy...Go...Fetch...Hop, Hop, Hop


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