Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas....Gleðileg Jól

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  Ours is going great so far, we will probably be playing Wii for the next year :0)

I will write later and tell you all what we got for Christmas.  Right now I have to go put a sleepy little boy to bed.  

Merry Christmas 

Gleðileg Jól

From The Sutton Family

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Spirit

I am in so much of a Christmas mood today...I have been looking up Christmas cookie recipes for the last hour (I would call my Mamma and get the recipes from her but she is not coming online or answering my text....I am so impatient and she should know that.  LOL).  I am sure I will talk to her soon but I just wanted to get the recipes because my wonderful friend Sigrún is going to let me borrow her Kitchen Aid mixer so I can bake :0)  The thing is I only have it for tonight and possible a little bit tomorrow, her Mamma is in town and they are going to make Christmas cookies themselves.  I am so excited to bake these damn cookies and I think it is funny cause I have not been in this much of a Christmas mood in a LONG time (meaning I have not been in this kind of Christmas mood for many Christmas´s in a row).  I just want my house to smell like Gingerbread cookies and have more of a Christmas feel to it.

Well I am waiting to get my CD of family pictures and then I am going to have my Christmas cards printed out so I can send them.  I was going to have some printed out and send them home to Iceland but I have found a great site that have Christmas cookie recipes and they make Christmas cards for 90kr a piece with pictures (that equals out to about 74 cents each) and I think that will be my cheapest way to go.  I am going to have either Mamma or Birgitta (my lil sister) get them and send them out for me.  This is the first Christmas ever that I will be sending out Christmas cards (humm maybe I am growing at almost 28 years old that is kinda late).  

I got a camera for Christmas from Dewayne, it is a Canon power shot SD1100 and guess what???  Do you give up?  The camera is PINK!!!!  I love it and I got a beautiful pink carrier for it!  I have been taking pics of the boys and I also took some video of Kobe talking and now I just need to figure out how send the video to my family in Iceland so they can see my little man.  I am so damn excited about everything!!!!  I am almost completely done with my Christmas shopping, basically I just have the last little bit and I need to send the presents to Iceland ASAP  so they get there in time.  

Ok well enough for now, I need to start writing my shopping list so I can go to the grocery store and then start baking Christmas cookies.  Oh and by the way....I have the outside of the house all decorated and I have my kitchen and hallway all decorated but I will not have a tree up until the weekend before Christmas cause I am not fighting 5 little babies trying to keep them away from the tree.  I still need to put the lights in the windows and I am hoping to do that this weekend.  Ok bye for now.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

My Baby Boy is having his surgery tomorrow

Kobe is having the tubes put in his ears tomorrow.  We are going to his pre-op appointment in a few hours and then tomorrow is the big day.  I sure hope he feels better after having those tubes put in.  I'm so nervous about him having surgery but of course that is just normal and I know that.  I am just afraid of him being put to sleep, I was there every time Markus was put to sleep and even though it was scary to see it done I would rather be there with him rather than him just being wheeled away from me and taken to another room to put him to sleep.  

I have to tell you about what my big boy did on Sunday night...we went out to eat and were sitting at the table and Kobe was a little bit irritated and tired.  He had just spilled Tyriques soda all over himself and me and was fussing and wanted to leave.  All of a sudden he realized there was a TV in every corner and saw that there was football on TV.  He started yelling DA DA DA DA DA DA DA DA and was pointing at the TV like crazy.  Then out of the blue he said foo baaal (football), my son is a genius, that or he has been exposed to way too much football in his 14 months of life?!?!  It was the cutest thing ever and now he is always saying football.  Last night I was upstairs and Kobe was in his brothers rooms and then he came into my room happy as could be holding out his brothers football and yelled to me foo baaal.  He threw the ball and went and got it and handed it to me.  He loves sports just like Tyrique did at this age and of course he loves balls of any kind.  

Ok well I need to get ready for the drs appointment.  Have a great day!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Christmas shopping

Last night Dewayne and I took the boys to Wal-Mart to get a few things we needed and we bought the BIG Christmas present while we were there.  The boys were made go to the toy section while Dewayne and I went and bought the present and took it to the car quickly before the boys could see.  I am so excited that I have bought the big present already so now it is just the small stuff left for them and then I am done :0)  I have already started buying presents and I am hoping to be done in the next few weeks.  I don't want to be last minute this year, it is too stressful and hectic.  It's funny because I am so peaceful when it comes to shopping this year.  I have told the boys that I am not going to go nuts with the shopping and I am only buying them one good present each and the rest will come from other family members and they were fine with it.  Every year I go nuts and buy them all kinds of crap that ends up not being played with or in the back of the closet.  Not this year!!!  
My daycare kids are all going to receive a hand knitted hat from me and if I have time I am going to make them gloves too.  I have already made one hat and last night I bought the yarn to make the girl's hats.  I made Kobe one as well so as of right now I have made two hats and they only took me about a day and a half each!  Cool huh?  I am actually really excited about knitting, I am doing it all alone and I am actually able to do it.  Of course I got help from my Mamma in regards to size and the amount of stitches to do.  But the patterns are my own and I am super excited about it.  

Ok well I am going to start my Monday, I only have two kids today so this should be a nice relaxing day :0)  It's about time I get a day like this.  Have a great day :0)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

President Obama

We now know who the next President of the United States will be....President Barack Obama!!!  I knew that he would win, I felt it in my gut.  I think he will do a great job and I can not wait until he gets in office so we can start to see the changes.  

Would you believe that I fell asleep last night at 9pm?!?!?  I was trying to get Kobe to go to sleep and he couldn't sleep (excitement I so I laid down in my bed and decided to see if he would fall asleep with me in the room.  Well I think I was out before he was!  I got up at 6 am yesterday so by 9 pm I had been  awake for 15 hours, I guess that was my max for the day.  I did wake up at 11 pm to Dewayne telling me that Obama had won, I got really excited and turned the TV on.  I fell right back to sleep after that and woke up again at 1 am and was awake until sometime after 3 am.  I am going to sleep early tonight.  I am gonna record all my shows and watch them tomorrow.  I can not wait to crawl into bed, it is raining and dark and I want to read a good book and be asleep by 9 pm.  Since the clocks were turned back an hour I am so tired by about 3 pm that I just want to go lay down in the bed but I still have hours before that can happen.

On another note, I will probably have a black eye tomorrow morning when I get up!  Kobe threw a hard plastic ball at my face and it hit me right on the cheek bone under the eye on my right side.  It is all red and swollen now and I am hoping and praying that it does not bruise up....that would be ugly!!  So yeah I have nothing else exciting to talk about so I am gonna go now and count down the hours until I can go to sleep.

Good night :0)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election day

Tonight we will hopefully find out who the next President if the USA will be.  I personally am hoping it will be Obama because I think McCain is just another Bush and we have had two Bush's already and don't need another one.  I am really excited to find out who wins the election.  I can not believe that people do not vote, it is funny too because the people who say they are not voting are the ones who are complaining about the war and the economy and most of all GAS prices.  Well if you do not vote, you have no say!!!!

I have been in a cleaning mood the last two days.  I scrubbed the house down yesterday and mopped the walls in the kitchen and today I want to finish mopping the walls in the living room and hallway.  I got some paint yesterday so I can do some touch up painting on the walls.  I am so excited about Christmas and I think that is the reason why I am so excited to clean the house.  I am doing my last load of laundry right now and then I just have to put the laundry away after the babies wake up.  

I am going to go get my nails done when the last child leaves for the day.  I broke one of my nails last night when I was cleaning and it is driving me insane and hurting me too.  

Ok well that is enough for now, the dryer just went off so I am going to fold the clothes.  Have a great Tuesday and hopefully next time I write a blog Obama will be the new President :0)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Funny Fart

I had to share this with you guys cause it was so damn funny.  Kobe has been sick to his stomach the last few days, he had really bad diarrhea and gas.  Well the gas is just really bad today and he has been walking around the house all day farting up a storm.  About 5 minutes ago he was playing with a football and he threw the ball and when he bent over to pick it up he farted a really loud fart.....he started laughing and it made me laugh so hard.  Then he stood up looked at me and farted again and gave me a huge grin.  This was just the cutest fart ever :0)  

Clean feeling...

Yesterday I wanted to spend the day cleaning the house and getting it ready for the week but just as I was starting to clean a friend of mine came over.  It was nice to have company at the house but it did delay my cleaning for a day.

This morning I woke up at the butt crack of dawn (6 am) and my first child of the day arrived a few minutes later.  I talked to Mamma for awhile this morning and didn't really feel like doing anything but then realized that if I don't do it no one will!!!

I cleaned the whole house from top to bottom and I feel so good right now.  Everything in here is spotless.  The only bad thing is that when I was all done I went upstairs to take a shower and when I returned I had to start by cleaning my carpet in the living room because my damn dog Snuggles peed on the floor.  I am so irritated with her for doing that, she is mad at me because I will not let her eat people food anymore and to show me how pissed off she is she pees on the floor.  

I told Snuggles that if she pees on my floor again I am getting rid of her!!!  Tyrique looked kinda scared and asked me if I was serious but I told him no I just said that to Snuggles to scare her straight :0)  I am tired of having to clean my floors a few times a week though.

So nothing more exciting than that going on right now.  I started knitting my pink and white baby blanket again.....Mamma made me feel bad about it (she really didn't she just gave me the kick in the butt I needed).  I have also been thinking that I really want to make a quilt!!  Holy shit right???  I dunno what is going on with me but damnit I am starting to want to do all kinds of weird things that only Suzie homemaker and my Mamma do!!!!  LOL  I just have never had any kind of creative bone in my body and now I just want to be out there making Christmas things and sewing and knitting and I dunno this sounds crazy coming from me.  

Ok well I am done for now.  I will try to be better at this damn thing :0)

Sunday, October 26, 2008


It is Sunday night about 7 pm and I just finished eating a very yummy meal.  Chicken casserole...I think this is the whole families favorite meal.  Even Markus goes crazy over this meal and he is the only child that is kinda picky.  

Tyrique had a football game yesterday and they won of course!!!  They are undefeated, they are now 6-0.  They have two or three more games until the playoffs and they are the only team that is undefeated.  I am so proud of my big boy.  He does such a good job, he is second string kicker, second string punt, right tackle, and guard.  What that means for those of you that don't know anything about football (like I used to be) is that Tyrique is their back up kicker if the first guy doesn't do well or if he is not there and then the right tackle and guard means that he blocks the other team.  He does such a good job and the coaches were talking about it at their Tuesday game last week.  He gets starts on his helmet when he does a good job and the back of his helmet is filling up fast.

Markus is doing really well, he loves going to his brothers practices and games because he has found a friend to play with.  The friends name is Matthew and he used to be in Markus's class up until last week.  Well Matthews brother plays on Tyriques team so Markus and Matthew play together when the older brothers play football.  They have stayed the night together two times now and just love it.  They both are similar characters, for instance they both love Batman, PlayStation, and their Nintendo DS (hand held game).  They can sit next to each other for hours and play their Nintendo DS's and not say a word but if one of them gets up the other is quick to ask where he is going.  Too cute.

Kobe is doing good too.  He is getting so big and he thinks he can do anything his big brothers can do.  He is walking all over the house and getting into everything.  He pulls everything off my computer desk and throws it on the floor and laughs when I say "KOBE NO!!!  What are you doing???"  He just thinks he is the funniest guy ever.  He got his first hair cut a few weeks ago and he looks so cute.  I took pics and I will put them on here later.  He is going to the ENT on Thursday about putting tubes in his ears.  Please keep your fingers crossed that the doctor agrees to do it.  He told Dewayne no so I talked to the doctor on the phone and he asked me to come in and see him.  Kobes medical records were never documented correctly showing that Kobe has had chronic ear infections.  When I talked to the doctor on the phone he said that he wants to talk to me and see where we go from there.  

Ok well that is enough for now.  Hope you are all doing good.  Have a great week.

Monday, September 29, 2008


It is Monday seems like it is always Monday!!!  I had a really good weekend, it was probably the best weekend I have had in a long time!  On Friday Tyrique and Markus stayed the night at friends house and our friend Sigrún watched Kobe for Dewayne and I so we could go out on a date.  That was so wonderful!!!!  Dewayne and I went to Chedders to eat, not the best place that we have been to but it wasn't bad either.  We sat and talked and just enjoyed being alone with no kids for the first time since......hum I can't remember when.  

Kobe did great with Sigrún and her husband Eyjó.  He was just spoiled rotten and loved it!  When we went to pick him up he didn't even care that we were there, he just kept playing and clapping his hands.   We stayed at their house for about an hour talking and then we went home and collapsed in bed....not used to staying up so  

On Saturday morning we went to a football game for Tyrique.  This was their third game and so far they have won all of their games!!!!  This game they won 24-12!  Tyrique is loving playing football, he gets so much playing time too.  Every time I look out there he is back on the field.  They have games every Saturday for the next month or so and then if they keep doing this good then they will have play offs sometime in November.

Dewayne's birthday was on Saturday....Happy Birthday baby cakes!!!  He turned a whole 26 years he is getting old :0)  We celebrated his birthday by having a BBQ at the house.  We invited Sigrún and Eyjó and their kids, our friends Dwayne and Suzie and their kids and JD and Christy and their kids.  We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and had some potato salad and chips.  The food was so good and we were starving by the time we finally ate.  Dewayne is so damn good on that grill now that my mouth waters just thinking of his grilled food (he can make pork chops to die for).  

The guests stayed until about 1 am chit chatting and having a good time.  By the time everyone went home everybody was falling asleep.  We all had a wonderful time and hope to do it again soon.  

On Sunday Dewayne had to go to work for a few hours so it was just me and the boys here in the afternoon.  I went for an 8 mile bike ride and then worked out and did my crunches.  Then Suzie came to visit and we sat here and chit chatted till Dewayne came home from work.  Yesterday was just a nice lazy Sunday and we had a really good end of the weekend.  

I have to say one thing that I was so excited about yesterday though!  After my 8 mile bike ride yesterday I reached my half way point.  I have now ridden 52 miles out of the 100 miles I need to bike by Oct 31st.  I want to work out 5 days this week and if I get to ride my bike every day then I will do 40 miles just this week.  It all depends on the weather though.  Hopefully it will be nice this week.  I am so proud of myself for doing so well with my riding.  Hopefully I can keep this all up and loose this weight.

Ok well enough for now.  Have a great Monday everyone!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Today the boys and I went to the airshow at NAS Oceana.  We were going to go yesterday but the traffic was so bad that we decided against it.  I was supposed to be watching Kaden yesterday and I didn't want to get stuck in traffic and then get to the base and only get to stay about an hour and then have to leave to watch Kaden.  The boys were not really excited to go anyway and when Dewayne came home from work he turned the TV on to the channel that was showing the airshow.  Markus was so amazed and wanted to go now.  

So we left the house about 11:30 this morning and Dewayne told me he was going to meet me at the gate so I could get better parking and when  we get by the base he is on the side of the road waiting for us.  He was riding an ATV or four wheeler whatever you wanna call it that was a POLICE vehicle and had blinking lights on it.  He pulled out in front of us and we had a POLICE escort all the way on base through all the traffic and we got to park in the POLICE parking lot!!!  That was so damn awesome cause the traffic was horrible and the parking was worse.  Some people had to park all the way off base and walk through the base to get the airshow.  The boys were so impressed that they kept talking about wanting to be just like Dewayne when they grow up :0)  That was so cute.  So we park the car and say good bye to dad and off we go to the airshow.

The airshow was really awesome, the stunts that the pilots did were scary but very cool.  They had one race that was really awesome and that was where they had put an engine on a 18 wheeler truck that goes on a jet and they also had the rocket fire things on the back of the truck.  They had the truck race an airplane and the truck won.  It was probably the coolest thing at the show today.  The truck had fire coming out of the smoke holes on top and then it had fire coming out of the back just like a jet does.  It made the same noise as a jet taking off and it was fast as hell!!!  They also had all kinds of food at the show and the boys had pizza and we all had some lemonade.  We walked around for about 3 and a half hours looking at all kinds of planes and jets and the boys got to go in a FED EX plane and they also got to sit in the cock pit of a little 4 seater plane.  They walked away from this experience happy as could be and can't stop talking about how much fun the airshow was.  Markus even asked if they are going to have an airshow at the next place that we move to because he definitely wants to go to another airshow again!!!  The boys are so damn cute.  

Kobe liked the airshow too, he had some ear plugs in so the jets noise did not bother his ears too much and then he finally fell asleep for the last hour we were there.  The boys felt so bad for him because he could not go into the planes and he could not understand why we kept pointing at the sky.  Every time we pointed to a jet or a plane in the sky Kobe would raise his hands above his head and show us that he is "So Big"

Ok well enough for now I have to get Kobe to bed and get the boys ready for another week of school. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Kobe is walking!!!!

Kobe started walking today!!!  We are so excited he is walking all over the house now and he is doing so good.  11 days after his 1st birthday he starts walking :0)

Kobe was standing holding onto the laundry basket and all of a sudden he let go and started walking.  
He was so excited and he did so good.  He walked about 10 steps or so and then fell on his butt and started clapping.
In this last picture he was showing Daddy when he came home from work what a big boy he is.  It was so cute!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Markus is so cute

On Friday last week Markus was watching TV and on TV was the show House (doctor show).  Well the show was about a kidney transplant and Markus was so into the show.  Half way through the show Markus comes into the kitchen where I was making dinner and asked me "Mamma where did my kidney go when they took it out of me?"  and I was kind of like what???  I had not been paying attention to the TV so I had no idea where that came from.  And he said "yeah Mamma remember when I had surgery when I was little and they took my kidneys out?  Well who did they give it to???"  Then I realized what was going on and explained to him that when his Kirtlar (tonsils..that's how you say it in Icelandic) were taken out that they did not transplant those into someone else because they were bad and could not be used for anyone else.  Then I went on to explain to him about where the kidneys are located and what purpose they serve and why people need kidney transplants.  I thought this was just so damn cute that I had to share it.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th.....7 years later.

Well today is 9/11 a day that I will never forget as long as I live.  I can not believe it has been 7 years since it happened, it feels like it just happened maybe not a few days ago or even a few months ago but I remember it like it was just yesterday.  I was thinking of the families and friends who lost their loved ones today and then I saw this story for children and decided that I needed to share this with you.  I hope you enjoy!

The Glowers A 9/11 story for children


By Marc Gellman


Sept. 11, 2006 - This story, a conversation between two angels, is from Rabbi Marc Gellman's book 'And God Cried Too.' (HarperCollins, 2002) Gabe is a teaching angel and Mikey is a young angel in training.


Gabe was the first to show Mikey the Glowers. On one of those really clear and beautiful nights where you can see half way to forever, Gabe and Mikey were sitting on a cloud watching the sun set and the night take over from the day. The sky was red and orange and purple and yellow and blue all at the same time, and all changing every minute. When the light of the day finally got lost over the edge of the world Gabe said to Mikey, "Heaven is beautiful but there is almost nothing in Heaven as beautiful as this."


"Yeah," said Mikey. Sunsets rock."


"What?" asked Gabe.


"Never mind. I forget sometimes how old you are."


"Look down there Mikey and tell me what you see." said Gabe. Mikey looked and looked and said, "Nothing! I see nothing, except for some lights in the dark down there."


"What kinds of lights do you see?" Gabe asked.


"Nothing special. I see street lights and car headlights and the lights from a new Burger place just opening up, and...I see some other lights but I don't know what they are exactly."


"Look harder, Mikey. Look at the lights that have nothing to do with cars or burgers. Look at those lights again." Gabe said.


"OKAY GABE! Cut it out. If there is something you want me to see you better show it to me, because I am just a dumb little angel and you are big and old and smart."


Gabe laughed and said, "Follow me down there." Gabe dived off the cloud the way you would dive into a pool and Mikey dove right after him. When they were close to the ground but still up in the air Gabe said to Mikey, "Follow the brightest lights little angel, follow the brightest lights."


Mikey squinted his eyes and said, "Yeah the brightest lights are coming from that building over there. It must be one of those car stores or maybe the opening of a new restaurant. No, wait, its not that…its…I can't see without going closer where those lights are coming from."


"So go closer and you will see." Gabe said. They swooped down to the street where Mikey saw that the bright lights were coming from the faces of the people who were serving food to poor people who were hungry but had no money to buy food."


"They call it a soup kitchen even though they serve more than soup." Gabe explained.


"Yikes," screamed Mikey, "Who lit up those people."


"God lit them up." Said Gabe, "Well really it's the good in them that lights them up and God made people so that the more good they do the more they glow. When a person does a little good in their life, they glow a little and when they do a lot of good, they glow a lot. We angels call the good-deed-doing-people Glowers. The big Glowers shine so brightly that we can see them from Heaven."


"WOW," said Mikey. "Can other people see the Glowers?"


"No, and that is too bad. People can see things (and some bugs and fish) that glow, but only angels (and of course God) can see people that glow."


"The color of the Glowers looks familiar to me," said Mikey. "Its kind of yellow with a little orange and blue in it. I have seen that color somewhere before."


"Yes you have," said Gabe. "The color of the Glowers is the same color as the glow that comes from the place in Heaven that is closest to God."


"This is cool." said Mikey.


"Way cool." said Gabe.


After that night Mikey would gather with his friends to watch the sun set on earth and to count the Glowers. Even though Mikey learned how to spot Glowers during the day, it was always easier to see them at night. No light bulb or headlight, or Burger joint had the same color as the Glowers.


One bright morning on September 11th, 2001, Mikey saw millions of angels flying over to one place. He flew with them and saw that Gabe was standing there with all the other angels and he asked Gabe, "What's going on?" Gabe said nothing for a while and then, with tears streaming down his cheeks, he said quietly, "A very bad thing just happened down there on earth! We are getting ready to go down there and help. This is a big emergency. God is sending all the spare angels and even the angels in training down to earth to help."


Then a horn sounded in Heaven and suddenly millions of angels were diving off clouds and flying down to earth. On the way down to earth Gabe explained to Mikey that some very angry people had just flown some big jet airplanes into the two tallest and biggest buildings in New York City, and into a building in Washington D.C. They were about to crash another plane somewhere else, but the people on that plane stopped them by crashing the plane into an empty field in Pennsylvania. "Many thousands of people were killed this morning," Gabe said, "It is very sad. It is very bad. We need to be down there to help all the people who are dying and hurt and scared."


"I'm scared too." Said Mikey. "Who is gonna help me?"


"God is going to help all of us, but it is going to take time and it is going to be hard," said Gabe. They flew on in the flood of angels like little fish in a big school of fish swimming very fast together. Finally Gabe and Mikey got to the place in New York City where the buildings had been hit by the planes but before the buildings crashed down. They flew right into the upper floors, above where the planes hit. There was smoke and fire everywhere. People were screaming, "Help us! Help us!"


"Go help them little angel. Go help them!" Gabe said as he flew off into the smoke and fire and dust. Mikey walked through a door and saw a Glower call his wife on his cell phone and say to her, "Honey, I love you. I will see you in Heaven." Then he hung up his phone and fell over from the smoke. Mikey breathed into his mouth but the man was already dead. Just then something bumped into Mikey from behind and said, "Mikey move it or lose it!" It was Gabe leading a firefighter who was carrying a man down the stairs.


Mikey didn't know which way to turn and then he saw a dog. It was a guide dog leading a blind man but the dog was coughing and the man was coughing and they could not find their way out. "Follow me!" Mikey said to the dog in dog (Mikey spoke pretty good dog). Mikey led the dog and the man hanging onto the dog's collar to the stairs and they started to walk down. The stairs were filled with angels and Glowers and people coughing and crying and screaming. Mikey had never seen anything like it ever, ever, ever. They walked down stairs and stairs. The dog said to Mikey "I am scared and my throat hurts." Mikey said, "Don't worry we are going to get out of here. Keep going, just keep going down these stairs." After a few minutes that seemed like a few hours they got down to the ground and ran out into the street. The street was not much better but the smoke and dust were not as bad. Gabe was down there already and screamed at Mikey, "Get them away from the buildings NOW!" They ran and ran and got to a place where some fire fighters and police were helping people. They gave water to the dog and the blind man said, "Honey thank you. Good dog. Was somebody leading you?" Honey the guide dog said Woof! Which means, "Angel!" in dog. Mikey smiled but then flew back into the building again and again trying to help people get out.


Suddenly a huge roar and rumble shook the building and it began to crash down. Mikey flew out a window and saw the building crash down. Angels were flying everywhere but through the dust Mikey could see the Glowers helping people on the street. And then Mikey saw a tower of sparks flying up from the ground and through the dust and smoke and into the air and straight up, higher and higher.


"God is taking them straight to Heaven." Gabe said choking on his tears. "Those sparks are the souls of all the people who died here today. God is taking them straight up to Heaven. Almost always when a person dies the angel who watched over that person takes his or her soul to Heaven but today, Mikey it is God who is taking them all up to Heaven. What a terrible and sad day."


"I will never understand this." Mikey said softly.


"Nobody understands this." Gabe said, "Let's go home now."


As they flew back to Heaven, all the angels were part of the tower of sparks reaching to Heaven. It looked like a big bonfire had been stirred up and the sparks from the fire were rising into the sky like a huge tornado of little lights. On the way back to heaven, a gentle rain washed off all the dust and dirt from the angels who had flown down to earth to help. To most of the angels it just looked like rain, but Gabe hugged Mikey and whispered to him, "These are God's tears."


From "And God Cried Too: A Kid's Book of Healing and Hope" by Marc Gellman. Copyright © 2002. Available from HarperCollins Publishers

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Baby Boy is One Years Old!!!

This is a picture that was taken about 2 weeks before Kobe was born and unfortunatly this is one of the last ones.  We moved the day after this picture was taken and it was so crazy busy here that I forgot to take a last belly picture before I had Kobe.  
This picture was taken of Kobe when he was brought to me for the first time in my room.  He was about 3.5 hours old and had just come out of the special care nursery.  He was so wide awake looking at his Mamma.  I was so amazed by all of his hair (seen in the pic below) and how big and dark brown his eyes were.  I fell in love with him the minute he was born and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderul baby boy.
This picture was taken of Kobe the day after he was born September 7, 2007.  This was taken when Tyrique, Markus and Jalen were there visiting for the first time.  Look at how cute he is.
I took this picture on Friday September 5th of Kobe, this is his last picture being 11 months old.  I wanted to take a picture of him before he went to bed as my little baby still.  He was showing me he is "SO BIG"  Cutie Pie!!!

Here is a Picture of the Birthday Boy opening his present from his Aunt Sharla.  He had just woken up and was really excited when we sang Happy Birthday to him.

Now on to the birth story....
So at 5:30 am on September 6, 2007 I woke up with contractions and a horrible back ache.  I got out of bed and got into the bath tub which by now I was taking 5-6 baths a day because my back was always hurting soooo bad (found out when Kobe was three months old that was due to kidney stones).  I layed in the bath tub for hours.  I had Dewayne wake the boys up for school and called them into the bathroom and told them to take the bus home with my friend Michele's children.  I explained to the that I was going to have Kobe that day and they were going to stay with Michele as we had discussed before.  The boys left for school and that is when I told Dewayne that I was going into labor and he needed to call work to let them know he was not coming in that day.  So Dewayne called work and I got out of the bath tub and made sure all the bags were packed and ready to go.  While I was getting Jalen ready Dewayne went and took a shower and got ready.  I don't think he realized that it was actually happening though because I had to rush him and let him know it was time to go to the hospital.  

We dropped Jalen off at Michele's house and her husband Oron took Jalen for the day for us since Michele was in school.  Then off we went to the hospital.  As we were coming to Portsmouth we got stuck in some serious traffic and we could not get into the proper lane because no one would let us in so Dewayne scootched his way in to my horror (I thought we would end up in an accident).   We got to the hospital about 10:30 am and checked in at the desk to Labor and Delivery only to find out that there was a HUGE wait to be seen, it seemed like everyone in Virginia decided to have their babies that day!!!  
So the wait began.....
We sat in the waiting room for hours waiting to be seen, we talked to all kinds of people waiting for their babies arrivals too.  The funny thing was that most of the pregnant women were having boys as well, I think only one or two were having girls.  My contractions kept coming but they were not too strong but my back felt like it was going to explode!!!  At about 3:30 pm I was finally seen and the doctor said I was about 50% effaced and 2 cm dialated.  He wanted to send me home but he was just a resident so he had to have the head doctor come in and make the final call.  When that doctor came in he checked me also and told me that he wanted me to walk the halls for two hours and let him check me again because he could not admit me and do a c-section if I was not progressing.  
So the walking began....
Dewayne and I went to the cafetaria which is all the way on the other side of the hospital and two floors down so he could have something to eat.  I had not eaten anything all day and the nurse told me not to eat anything but I was allowed to have a smoothie so long as there was no dairy in it.  I had about 1/4 of the smoothie and then Dewayne drank the rest and we kept walking.  We walked the halls and then I wanted to walk up and down the stairs because I knew that had worked when I was having Tyrique.  So up and down I walked for probably about an hour.  I was so tired by then that we decided to go back to Labor and Delivery and see if they would check me.  When we got to Labor and Delivery there were even more people waiting to be seen so I had to wait another hour before they would check me to see if I was dialated any more.
When I went to the room to see if I had dialated anymore the nurses put me in an actual Labor and Delivery room and then they left me ther for awhile longer.  About 7:30 pm the doctor came in and checked me and said that I was at 3 cm dialated and 70% effaced so she (it was a different doctor from the first time) asked me where I lived because she wanted to send me home and have me come back the next morning for a c-section.  I told her what the other doctor had said about me progressing and I also told her that we live atleast an hour away.  She told me to hold on a sec she wanted to check with the head doctor and see what he said before making a decision.  
Well while waiting I decided that I better call my Mamma and tell her I was going to be having Kobe soon and I did not get an answer.  So I texted Birgitta and she called me right back and I told her the news and asked her to please call Mamma and tell her.  Well Mamma called me back and said she had forgotten her phone in the car.  Well as I was talking to Mamma the nurses came in to put the IV into my arm.  I got off the phone with Mamma and I swear everything happened so fast after that.  The nurses got the IV into my arm and I went to pee really quickly and then when I came back from the bathroom the doctor was waiting for me and told me I was going in to have my c-section.  I was rolled into the operating room so fast that we forgot to take a picture of my belly.  While I went into the operating room Dewayne put on his scrubs and waited to be called back. 
Well the ride into the operating room was scary....I didn't really know what to expect and I was so nervous.  I got a spinal tap and then the nurses prepped me (put in the cathater and shaved me).  They put up the sheet between me and my belly and the doctors came into the operating room.  Dewayne came into the room and sat at my left side by my head.  He was so good rubbing my head trying to make me less afraid.  The doctors started cutting my belly and I remember smelling a burning smell and it made me really nauceaus and the anasteseologist put an alcohol wipe on my nose and it worked like a charm.  
I remember them pulling and tugging on my belly and then they pulled his head out and I felt my stomach empty when they pulled his body out, Kobe was born at 10:15 pm.  Then Dewayne started saying "Oh my God, Oh my God" and I thought something was wrong and when I asked him he said "Wow Helga you should see all the hair this baby has!!!"  Kobe was placed under the warmer and they cleaned him out and suctioned out his lungs and Daddy stood there with him.  They then dressed Kobe and Dewayne brought him to me so I could see my baby for the first time.  Wow he was so beautiful and perfect weighing in at 9 lbs 1 oz and he was 22 inches long.  He was ,u smallest baby and he had the most amount of hair by far.  Kobe was then taken to the special care nursery because they had to clear his lungs out.  I was stapled shut and taken to the recovery room, all in all the surgery took less than an hour because I was wheeled out of the OR at 10:45 pm.  I sat in the recovery room waiting patiently for them to take me to my room so I could see Kobe and Dewayne.  Finally  at about 12:30 they took me to my room and there was no one in the room.  I was taken to a different room than the one I had been in earlier that night so I didn't have any of my stuff including my phone so I could not call Dewayne to find out where he was.  I layed there waiting for something to happen and at about 1 am Dewayne came into the room and told me that he had been in the other room waiting for me to come back and had just found out that I was in this new room.  
Kobe was brought in to me at about 2 am, maybe a little sooner but not much.  As soon as I got Kobe in my arms I undressed him completely and placed him on my chest so I could have some bonding time with him.  Then I breastfed him and took lots of pictures of him.  After I was done ooohhhing and aaahhhing over my beautiful baby that I created I had Dewayne put him back in his bed and I went to sleep.  
Kobe was born on a Thursday night and we came home from the hospital on Sunday afternoon.  He has been a joy since the minute he was born, always so happy and sleeping through the night by the time he was 6 weeks old.  I could not have asked for a better baby.  He just keeps melting my heart in one way or another.

What Hurricane???

So Hurricane Hanna is now Tropical Storm Hanna and she is on her way to Maryland and Delaware.  She did not hit hard here, as a matter of fact she barely hit here at all.  It rained here but not very hard and it was a little windy.  I was waiting for something horrible to happen but nothing happened at all.  Dewayne has been in the barracks on base since yesterday afternoon and he still does not know when he will get to come home.  Hopefully it will be soon though.  So now that there is no storm coming this way I am gonna go shopping :0)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hurricane Hanna

Today Hurricane Hanna is coming up the coast line heading straight towards Virginia.  By the time it gets here though it is supposed to be a tropical storm so it will be so much less than what we first thought it would be.  Dewayne is Navy Security so he was restricted to the base and he is not allowed to leave until everything is over because he will be on call.  He is sitting in some barracks room (that we had to pay for and we live 5 min from the base) playing X-BOX 360 and relaxing on his mini vacation while I am sitting here with the kids.  I know that this is all part of being in the military but damn it sucks to be here all alone.  I was really scared of the storm but now I am just worried that it will flood here.  I am also kinda worried that we will loose electricity.  We took everything out of the back yard except the trampoline which is secured to the fence and we put the garbage can underneath the trampoline.  The grill is still outside because I don't really know what to do with it (I have no where to put it).  If the weather gets really bad then I will take the grill inside the house, I am just kind of afraid of the propane tank on there.  The boys and I are just going to have a relaxing night at home and maybe I will try to scrapbook since I am here all alone.  I will let you all know how everything goes as soon as I can.  Have a great weekend everyone and be safe.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

First Day of school

   Yesterday was the first day of school for Tyrique and Markus.  Tyrique is now in the 6th grade which is middle school and Markus is in 3rd grade.  I can not believe my babies are getting so big, before we know it they will be in High school and then college.  Both of the boys loved their schools and all their teachers.  Tyrique now has the school schedule where he has a different teacher for each class and Markus has one teacher for his classroom and then he has a special ed teacher that he goes to.  Markus goes to special ed because of his dyslexia and last year he spent atleast half the day in the special ed class room but this year he is only going for extra help maybe one time a day or so.  He is doing so well in school now that he doesn't need as much help as he did.  Tyrique is getting more help in school and I am very happy about that, he now goes to an ESL (English Second Language).  I fought for this the whole time  he was in elementary school but they always said he did not qualify but now that he is in a new school....tada he qualifies!!!  I have the boys reading each night before they go to bed to help strengthen their reading skills.  I finally found some books that they are into and they love to read before going to bed now.  Last night Markus even asked if he could stay up a few more minutes to finish his chapter he was on :0)

   Kobe has another ear infection I think.  He has been pulling at his ear and for the past two nights he has been waking up at night and not wanting to go back to sleep.  I mentioned in an earlier blog about where Kobe was not wanting to go to sleep at night and I could not figure out why, well it turned out that he had an ear infection.  He is now doing the same thing, I put him to sleep and within an hour he wakes up crying and I try everything in my power to put him back to sleep and finally end up with him down stairs.  He goes to sleep eventually and wants to sleep the day away after that.  I am trying to get Kobe an appointment to see the Dr today so he will feel better.  Also Kobe has an appointment on Thursday September 25th to see the ENT about getting tubes in his ears.  Poor baby he has had so many ear infections in such a short time.  By the way have I mentioned that my baby is going to be 1 on Saturday.....OMG I can not believe that he is growing up so fast!!!  

   Ok well Dewayne and I are doing good, he is just playing football like always.  He only has 3 games left so the season is almost over...Thank goodness cause I am tired of not having my husband home.  I am doing good just working on a new challenge, to bike 100 miles by Halloween.  So far I am 6 miles into my 100, I just started on Sunday and I have gone out to ride twice.  I am riding 3 miles at a time now and hopefully I can get myself up to about 4 before long.  

   Well that is enough for now.  Have a great Wednesday everyone :0)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Results

     I went to the Drs and she said that she does not think it is breast cancer.  She wants to send me to have an ultrasound just to be on the safe side though.  The Dr told me that she thinks I have Fibrocystic Disease of the Breast.  What that means is basically I have soft to firm movable lumps in my breasts and they can cause the breasts to be tender or painful.  So if it is that and not breast cancer then I am one happy camper.  I am still very scared though and can't seem to shake that feeling, I know I will be just fine though and soon I will have that ultrasound and then I will be just fine.  

     I also took Tyrique to the Drs today, he saw a Dermatologist for his skin.  The Dr said that he does not have a fungus and he is not contagious.  He has really bad Ezcema (just like I thought).  So Tyrique can go back to playing football and doing what he wants to do and he is soooooo excited.  Their first scrimage game is on Friday and then there is another one on Saturday and he does not want to miss those.

     Ok well enough for now.  I want to go eat something and relax....I haven't been able to eat anything today because my stomach was a mess but now I am HUNGRY. 

Here goes

Well it is 6:45 and I am walking out the door to go to the Drs appointment.  I cried so much last night and I had a really hard time sleeping but the moment of truth has come.  I am on my way and I will let you know how it goes when I get back.  Wish me luck :0/

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


This weekend I found a lump in my left breast and I am really worried.  I have a doctors appointment tomorrow morning at 7 and I have been trying to stay positive about this but damnit it's so hard.  The what if's keep popping into my head and sometimes I feel like crying but I keep telling myself I need to stay positive.  Last night I could not sleep because I had such weird dreams, the only one I really remember was dreaming that Kobe was standing holding onto a table and he was choking on some food and his face was blue and no one was able to help him.  I woke up from that dream and ran into his room to check on him and he was sleeping so peacefully.  I went back to bed and tried my all not to cry because the dream seemed so real.  I just held onto Dewayne for dear life and tried to go back to sleep.  When I finally fell back to sleep Dewayne turned over and woke me back up and it took me forever to fall back to sleep.  This morning I am so tired and so stressed out that I snapped at Dewayne when he was here during lunch and I snapped at Tyrique this morning because of his hair.  I can't wait till after the doctors appointment tomorrow so I can feel better.  Ok well I am going to lay on the couch and try to relax while the kids are sleeping.  I will let you know how the appointment goes tomorrow morning.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

My Husband is Great

    Dewayne was in the local paper this week for being freaking awsome :0)  They did an article on him basically talking about football and then some about the Navy.  The story was a whole page and it was so great.  

    Dewaynes team right now is undefeated or 8-0.  The game they played last night was against the DC Chiefs and they whopped their butts, the score was 56-0!!!!  Dewayne played quite a bit last night and he did great.  

    Tyrique was holding the markers at the game and Markus was helping me with Kobe and taking pictures.  Tyrique loooovvveeesss football and wants to do everything with Dewayne when he is playing.  This is good for them cause it gives them a chance to bond.  Markus wants to be a part of it too but he is intimidated by all the guys so he would rather sit with me in the stands.  Kobe likes to clap his hands and call out to Daddy.  He also likes to eat and drink his bottle :0)

    Now there are only three more games left in the regular season and then playoffs start.  The three games remaining are from teams that they have already beat and the one team forfitted the game.  The team that forfitted the game have not won any games so they are no worry.  I am so proud of my baby for how good he has done this season, I know how exhausting it is to have to go 6 days a week to practice and play football.  Poor Dewayne has no life right now besides football and work.  

    In regards to the rest of us.....we are all doing good.  Kobe is going to see the ENT next month to get tubes in his ears, since my last blog he has had another ear infection.  Markus is going to start playing soccer soon (he is soooo excited).  Tyrique has a rash or eczema all over his body and he has been seeing the doctor for it and when he went to get his sports physical the doctor would not clear him saying she thought it was a fungus???  WTF, Tyrique has had this thing all over his body for a year and the other doctors never mentioned fungus.  The sports doc said that if it is fungus then it is if it is contagious don't you think the rest of us wouldn't have it by now too???  I don't know what to think...the boys are going to have school physicals on Tuesday so we will see what the doc says then.  

    Ok this is enough for now.....I am so tired today that I need to get Kobe and Kaden to sleep and then I am going to relax on the couch until Army Wives starts.  Have a great week everyone and I will blog again one of these days.

Friday, August 8, 2008


Wow I have not blogged in a REALLY long time.  I have been really lazy with it and I apologize to all my readers (lol I say that like there are thousands reading this). 

 So the boys are home finally and I could not be happier.  Tyrique started football on Monday and they practice every day from 6 pm till 8 or 8:30 pm.  Tyrique is so happy to be playing football, he is loving going to practice everyday and when I ask him if he is tired he says "No Mamma I wanted to stay longer!"  I think 2 or 2.5 hours is a really long time to be out there in the heat practicing.  His games start in September sometime after school has started.  Markus on the other hand is not playing any sport yet because he does not want to play anything other than baseball or basketball and those seasons have not started.  Well baseball season just ended so he missed out on that one so he is going to have to wait until basketball starts.  

Kobe is a whole nother perfect baby who has always gone to sleep so easily is now a horror to put to sleep.  Since Kobe was born I have been putting him wide awake into his bed and he goes to sleep on his own, never a problem.  Well now he starts to cry as soon as I walk into his room.  I don't know what happened in the last week but he does not want to go to sleep in there at all.  I am so damn stubborn though that I am not going to let him sleep in my bed or get used to being put to sleep.  I have been letting him cry for about 10-15 min and then I go and check on him and kiss him and put him back down to sleep and this goes on for hours.  Last night I put him in his bed at 8 and he was awake until after 12 am.  He then woke up before 6 am and would not go back to sleep.  When I put him down for his morning nap he went down just fine but he did not have an afternoon nap today.....he just cried until I gave up at about 2 pm.  Hopefully tonight he will go to sleep really good.

As far as my diet and working out's not going!!!  I have been really lazy lately and I am so mad at myself for it.  I am doing good the last two days though and tonight after Dewayne gets home from work I am going to go ride my bike for awhile.  I am determined to loose more weight.  I have lost 7 lbs. so far and I want to loose another 13 lbs. by Labor day (Sept 1st).  I will keep you all informed.  Ok well enough for now.  Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Have not blogged in awhile

It's been awhile since I have blogged and I apologize for that but I have been busy doing nothing :0)
My little sisters came down for a week July 18th and then my boys came home from their Grandmothers house on the 24th.  It was so good having the kids here and wow did I miss the boys.  Well all good things must come to an end and the boys and girls left me again on Saturday the 26th.  The boys are staying at my Aunts house for a week or two and then they are coming home and staying home for good.  The girls will be going back to Iceland in the next couple of weeks and I know my Mamma is really excited for them to come home as well as the girls being excited to get back home to her.  You see we are all Mammas girls and love to be with her :0)  

As far as what's going on here.....I have now lost a total of 7 lbs on my diet even though I haven't been doing as well with the kids being here.  Now that Dewayne and I are alone again (besides Kobe) we are going out to eat alot more and I am trying to eat good even when we go out to eat and I am proud to say that I am on week three with NO SODA!!!!  I am doing really good at drinking only water and when we go out to eat then I just drink lemonade.  I know the lemonade is not good for me but it is better than drinking the soda :0)

Kobe is sick again....he has a double ear infection and the dr said he had an upper respitory infection but it is clearing out really nicely now.  My poor little guy he is always sick it seems like.  In regards to the daycare...well that has hit a bump in the road right now.  I am down to 3 children during the day, I had 5.  I had to give up one of the babies because the Mom worked until after 6 pm and it was just WAY too late to be working.  I was getting up at 6 am with the first child and working until 6:30 or 6:45 pm every day.  I was just totally wore out.  The other child was a different story and I do not want to get into it on here because I don't want the world to read that drama.  But yeah I am now trying to fill the 2 spots and to be honest I think it will be no problem to fill the spots.  I am going to take my time with filling them and hopefully I will be able to take it easy in August and then by the time school starts I will be ready to go again with a full house and everyone will be happy as can be.  

Ok enough of my blabbing :0)  I am going to get some breakfast and enjoy the quiet in the house...all the kids are taking their morning naps :0)  Have a great day everyone.

Monday, July 21, 2008

One week down....

Amazing that one week of counting calories and watching everything I eat can actually amount to a 6 lb weight loss. I am so excited about SP and I tell everyone I can about it. I was in Wal-Mart the other night and I was telling the cashier about it and she was so excited and could not wait to get home and start her own page. I went to the movies last night with my husband (we saw Dark Night by the way....really good movie) and I did not get soda. That was a huge deal, I have never been to the movies and not drank soda. I am now soda free for over a week and I am so proud to have not drank any. I have a 24 pack in the fridge with only 2 sodas gone and that was before I started SP and I am not even tempted by it anymore. I was at first but now I just get my lemon water and go on my merry way. Well now it is week two and I am excited to see what this week has to offer. Oh one thing I want to mention though,,,,last night I was laying in bed talking to my husband and he asked me how much weight I am trying to loose and I said that I want to loose 28 more lbs and he said "you know I think you look great the way you are" I thought that was so sweet. He is so supportive and so good to me. I told him imagine how good I will look at 150 lbs!!! I think it had alot to do with the fact that I wore a bikini to the pool yesterday and I have not done that since I was pregnant. My stomach has just really gone down in the last week and I felt good enough to wear a bikini so I did. Ok enough of my I can go on forever. 

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Day Four

Today is my fourth day of this diet and I am still doing damn good!!!  I have not lost anymore weight since Tuesday but that is to be expected and I am doing a good job eating veggies and fruit and drinking my 8 cups of water per day.  I bought a bike on Tuesday and a trailer on the back of it for Kobe.  Yesterday Dewayne, Kobe and I went for a bike ride and it was so much harder than I remember it being.  I was really tired and wanted to stop but Dewayne did a good job of encouraging me to keep going.  I know one thing for sure and that is....I need to buy a new seat for the bike cause the one that's there hurts my butt bad!!!!  I am so sore today that it is unreal!!!  I still went bike riding today and went without Dewayne.  I had Kobe and a little boy that I watch at night and we did pretty good.  The back tire rubs so I need to have that checked before something happens to it.  So tomorrow my little sisters are coming to visit me again and this time they will stay with me for a week and when they go back my sons will be back from Florida and they will go with the girls back.  I am so excited to have the girls come again and I am super excited to have my boys back home.  It's funny cause I always worry when they are away, the thing that scares me the most is that something will happen to them on the way home while driving.  It is such a long drive and that scares me.  Oh well they will be here in a week and then gone for another two and then it will be almost time for school to start.  Wow this summer is going by so fast!!!  Ok well I am going to get the boys to bed and get in the shower and eat my dinner.  Goodnight

Monday, July 14, 2008

Day One of Diet

So today is day one on my diet.  I quit drinking soda and I am counting calories.  I am also going to try to walk every day and then eventually I am going to buy a bike and start riding the bike.  I have such a hard time getting to the gym now because Dewayne has football practice Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Frid and then he has a game on Sat...that doesn't leave me very much time to go to the gym because he gets home at 9 or 10 pm.  I don't have anyone to watch Kobe for me while I go so I have to find a way to loose weight with Kobe.  I want to buy a bike and a seat on the back of the bike or even one of those pull cart things for the bike.  I am really excited about the diet though.  I am on my second cup of water this morning and I added lemon slices to the water to break it up and besides it is good for my kidneys for me to have the lemon.  Ok well my weight as of this morning is 184 lbs and my goal weight is 150 lbs by Dec 31, 2008.  That's 34 lbs to loose in over 5 months so I know I can do this.  Ok well off to continue my day...adios amigos!!!