Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wyatt's Christmas

Once Wyatt found his presents, he didn't waste much time opening them. I think it may have taken an entire 3 minutes start to finish. HA! I barely had enough time to take these pictures. He loves all his new toys, he just can't decide which one to play with first. (I still need to stop at the store and spend another small fortune on batteries since I didn't buy enough--or the right kind to go in all his new toys)

He liked his cowboy hat and galloping horse. He rode it around the living room hollaring yee haw cowboy...then I followed him into the kitchen, it dawned on me that I can make a video clip. I started it and my bashful (NOT) son decided he didn't want to play anymore...

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas 2007

Wyatt woke up Christmas morning like it was just another day at our house. He came straight into my room, crawled up and snuggled with me for a few minutes, we got up, I got him breakfast, not once did he notice the presents under the tree while eating. I finally stood him up and asked him to go look to see if he had presents under the tree from Santa. He immediately asked if he could open all of them. I don't know if I am being selfish, but it was really nice just being me and him, watching him open each present filled my heart with so much joy. He is my little miracle I don't know what I would be without him. Later in the day we went to Paula Jean's to bring them their gifts. While there, Wyatt was asked if Santa came to his house, he said so casually, no he didn't. I'm not sure he really believes in Santa yet or if he was just focused on playing with his new toys. I'll post pictures as soon as I get them downloaded.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


I write about the kids and family and realized I should also be writing about me every now and then. Isn't that one of the hardest things to do, write about yourself? I BELIEVE it is. Which brings me to thinking about the things I BELIEVE in. Have you ever thought about the things Y O U BELIEVE in? The things I BELIEVE in are constantly on my mind among the 3 gazzillion other things I think about during my day.....and I wonder sometimes if there is something seriously wrong with me. ha!

BELIEVE - the definition......To have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. My immediate thought when I read this, seemed a lot like FAITH. Which lead to my next thought; to TRUST. Ok, you see how my mind works?

I believe everyone has a purpose in life, some of us find it at a very young age and some of us discover it much later in life. Either way, I believe, my life is guided by what I am passionate about. My family and doing the right thing to the best of my ability. I greatly admire those who have that knack to say and do all the right thing at all the right times. I know I am harder on myself than anyone could ever be.

I BELIEVE in the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and I wish more people would feel this way.

Courage is within all of us, we prove it daily by facing difficulty, danger, pain...all without fear, all at various levels. Without courage, I would not be who I am today. I have faced many challenges in my life. Everyone has to a degree. Those challenges are also what has made it difficult for me to fully trust anyone. I do have hope though and a lot of it.

I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Forgiveness is essential in life. Without it, your heart will fill with resentment.

I believe in balance, a balance in your life is how you make it, don't let others dictate what works for you.
I believe in God.
I believe hard work will give you great rewards in life.
Patience is not always easy and I have a breaking point.
I believe you have the right to question everything and anything regardless of the topic.
Politics are not my cup of tea.
I believe you should laugh out loud every day!
I believe good and evil can mask one another.
To be honest should not be difficult.
Everyone is accountable for their own actions.
Freedom is not FREE.

I have only touched the surface of this list, it is never ending.

Monday, December 17, 2007


This past weekend, I didn't take one picture. I had full intentions of taking pictures but my camera never made it to my destinations or if it did, I didn't take it out of my purse. Wyatt got his hair cut Saturday morning at the Barber Shop. Doesn't sound too eventful, however, this was only the 2nd time he has gotten his hair cut by a professional. His style from his mama clipping his hair has been simply a buzz cut. It had been over a year since his first experience (that, let's say was not a pleasurable experience for him) so I decided with all his progress in his behavior, he was ready.....and he really did pretty good until.............

#1-It was just taking way to long (20 minutes later for a 3 year old is just too long), he had sat still for as long as he could without getting antsy. He started to pull off the cape, his slobber had attracted his clippings so his chin and neck had teeny tiny hairs itching him.

#2-The barber sliced his neck, not once, but twice. Ok, maybe it wasn't a slice, but it did bleed and made him cry, the barber gave him a sucker and I gave him a hug and that helped (a little) and

#3-The barber had his booth in the front right at the window. It started to snow outside and all Wyatt could see is that he wanted to go play!

This entire situation is such an improvement from a year ago (I know I said that twice) but it is true. It is a constant struggle for me to stay on top of every situation that comes up with him and take the correct course of action. I am not the smartest person and I don't feel I am a complete idiot, but as a single parent I second guess myself a lot and reflect on if I should have done something different (not to mention the guilt I carry-another long story I'll write about later). I have been lucky enough that I have a pediatrician and daycare provider that are helping me work with him through his diet and consistent disciplinary measures. There are days that it takes every ounce of my energy to be patient with him and I totally hate myself when I lose control and act out in a way that is completely out of character. My hope and thoughts are on the future and that my little boy will grow out of having temper tantrums-laying of the floor, kicking and crying, spitting-mostly to himself when he gets mad.....among other lashing out techniques that I find difficult to understand.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Family Tree, hugh, what??

A Family Tree, doesn't that sound like a good no....GREAT idea? I've been thinking about it for a very long time. And as each year passes, I continued to put it on the back-burner so Yeah, good idea, this should be a P I E C E O F C A K E, right? Simply jot down all my known family members; mom, dad, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, 3rd cousins, grandparents, great grandparents, great aunts, great uncles....jeepers the list just goes on and on AND ONNNNNN. So I sought out assistance a while back from a web site (a paying web site) since I quickly realized this would be no easy task. While dipping into this venture, I also sent e-mails to my relatives asking for their assitance, the email went like this:

"I was wondering if you could help me with gathering some information for our Family Tree I have decided to attempt. I am starting with Grandma & Grandpa David as the 'Trunk' (but I can branch out more if I am given enough feedback). I am wanting as much information as possible for as many family members as possible. Like their full name (including maiden names) birthdate, birth town, city & county, husbands, wives, kids, grandkids, brothers, just goes on and on. The tree I have started is capable of downloading pictures so if you have a specific picture you'd like me to post, please send it to me. I have quickly realized our family is much bigger than I recalled and I don't know and haven't really known many of them.

Anything you can send me would be so wonderful ! .......AND if you could pass on any e-mail address's that would be great or forward this message.

Paula T."

I sent this a few weeks ago, as of today, I have no reply messages other than from Paula Jean, she told me she thought I knew more than her. WELL....of course I do! LOL I worry our family is drifting apart as all the kids are getting older and moving on with their lives and starting their own families. I greatly miss how often our family used to get together.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Edit Pictures

Ok, I had to edit the picture(s)

FREE Wal-Mart Picture!

Here are the FREE Wal-Mart pictures of Wyatt with Santa. They were only giving one free picture per family, but seeing that I am more special than everyone else, I got two! (HA, the first one Santa wasn't looking at the camera and so I got it too, otherwise they were just gonna throw it away).
I know I messed up on scanning it in and it looks funny, but hey, I am allowed to not be perfect today. :O)
As obvious as it looks, Wyatt was extremly excited to see Santa for the 3rd time this year to let him know what he wanted for Christmas, PRESENTS! LOL

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

As promised.......

Here it is, Me, Wyatt and Santa. If I had known I was going to get my picture taken, I would have dressed a little nicer. The thing that aggravates me the most about this picture is that after the guy took it on his digital camera, I didn't get to see it and he said it looked really good......WHY I trusted a guy to tell me this, I am not sure. I mean, he did have a digital camera, and not just any digital camera, this one was big and bulky so in my mind he could have easily snapped another picture because I am pretty sure I could have convinced Wyatt to sit still for the spit second it took to take the picture. And I am sure my frustrations of the entire event have nothing to do with my feelings now.....OK, ok I am done whining about this (for today). I will be going to Wal-Mart this coming weekend and see how a freebie picture compares to this one.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Santa !

Saturday (Dec 1st) We first started our day walking around the Craft Fair at the Nixa Jr. High. WE as in my cousin Paula, her daughter Emily, Wyatt and myself. We then started our journey into Springfield since Santa was spotted at the Bass Pro Shop from 11-8. We waited in line for 20 minutes and had virtually no advancement in the line. The people ahead of us decided to bail so I asked them how long they have been waiting. They had been there 45 minutes, urge.... so we left too. Paula called and found out Santa was at the Battlefield Mall. We finally got there and parked, got inside (froze our tails off, it was suppose to be in the 50's, but the Arctic north wind was blowing). Anyway, we found Santa's house and he was not going to be there for another 45 minutes. Just our luck.

By this time, Wyatt was getting very fussy so we went to get something to eat. After we ate, we had almost 2 hours invested in finding Santa when it dawned on Paula that she recalled seeing on the board at the Center Santa would be there today. The Center is in Nixa, 5 minutes from my house. We traveled back to Nixa and Santa was there all alone. We were in and out of there in less than 20 minutes and $10.00 later. HOWEVER, the picture I got of Wyatt has me in it. Wyatt was very excited about seeing Santa, but the picture says it all. I forgot it today, so I will get it posted tomorrow so ya'll can see what I am talking about. THEN..........Sunday, I got a call from Paula and Santa was at the Nixa Wal-Mart giving away FREE pictures with Santa from 11-2 and will be back next Sunday. Wyatt does nothing but talk about Santa so next week we will go to Wal-Mart and get another picture and Christmas Wish with Santa.