We interupt this…

previously scheduled school day for a

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nap.  😉

Well, my daughter was trying to nap, but she can’t seem to get to sleep so now she is reading to the baby in Greek.

She (my daughter, not the baby) should be tired, though. She had a rough night.

Tim woke me up around midnight to let my know that she had just gotten stung by a scorpion twice while she was sleeping in her bed. She’s fine. She decided to sleep on the couch, so I gave her some Benadryl just in case she had a reaction – and to help her sleep. So, at 1:30 this morning we had a dog, two cats, my daughter and myself sleeping on the couch. Well, the rest of them are sleeping… I was up for the day, plotting a war against all things arachnid.  She slept off and on, but not as much as she probably needed. I’ve let her have an easy day.

Before you get too concerned, she really is fine. The scorpions we have around here aren’t the dangerous ones that you see on tv. Annoying and painful, yes. Dangerous, no.

We now have eight of them in my son’s  ‘Dead Scorpion Line-up’.

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It was the small one on the bottom right that got my girl.

Not sure why we are keeping all of these dead ones.  I guess for science???

Oh, baby is waking. Better go for now.  🙂

My New “Job”

Yesterday was my first day watching Lil’ Miss. She is such an easy baby.

She came at around 7:00 in the morning. And the kids were anxiously waiting for her to wake up.

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She didn’t wake up for another hour and 40 minutes.

My daughter’s room has been mildly transformed. And trust me, she’s not complaining. 🙂

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Hubby and the kids are smitten by her. She is so adorable!

The dog was a little jealous, but for the most part ignored her. After the initial shock that something that looks like a tiny human can move and make noise, the cats were uninterested.

And speaking of cats…

Some behavior at our house is unacceptable. Some is okay.

Okay behavior:

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Butterscotch curled up in a basket in the living room. It’s okay. He sleeps here everyday – it’s his safe place.

Not okay behavior:

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The Smurf curled up with my freshly laundered dish towels on the kitchen counter top. Definitely NOT okay. And she knows it…  Sigh….

We are officially…

Residents of Texas.

Well, at least some of us are. 😉

Hubby and I licensed my car and went to get TX driver’s licenses.  Truck isn’t registered here yet, and kiddos still need to get their license/State ID’s done.  We will be working on that today.

Hubby took the kids out to Chick-Fil-A last night for supper. The whole chicken allergy thing keeps me from going there, but it is their favorite. I was pretty tired after having such a long, and somewhat stressful day.  I fell asleep before they came home. When I woke up this morning, there was a mattress and Joel’s bookshelf in the hallway beside a gallon jug of bug spray.  Joel slept on the couch, and his bedroom door was closed.

It was as I had figured. Joel had a scorpion in his room, two feet away from him, and he was barefoot. His room has now been thoroughly sprayed – fumigated – de-pestified.

Scorpions

Ugh.

I don’t like scorpions. Well, they do provide some benefits, however I can provide the same with my shoe or bug spray, so they can just go away!

Last week we had three in the house within an 18 hour period. We’ve had others in the house, but not in that large of number in that short of time.

Last Tuesday, Hubby and I had taken the intern to the airport in Houston, and the kids stayed home to do school. The airport is on the south side of Houston, and after deciding we didn’t wish to go back through the city during rush-hour traffic, we headed south to Galveston. We actually went out on a date!!! We had an early supper, went to one of our favorite shops on the beach, and walked the beach for a while. Then we took the ferry over to Bolivar Peninsula and went home the long way. It was nice.

We arrived back home around 10:00 p.m. to find my son still up, but my daughter in bed. He said he had gone to the linen closet to get a blanket, but ran into a scorpion instead. Needless to say, he didn’t pull a blanket out. He did kill the pesky thing (he’s becoming quite proficient at that), but didn’t want to press his luck to find any more. While he was explaining all of this to us, I went out into the kitchen to grab a drink, and came back into the living room. Less than a minute after I came back, Hubby went out and killed another scorpion where I had just been walking – barefoot, mind you – in the kitchen. I’m not sure any of us were able to get much sleep that night. In the morning, my son killed another one by my desk in the school room.

I’m thinking that maybe we ought to install black lights as night lights. At least then I could see them in the middle of the night when I get up to let the dog out…

Fortunately, these are not the huge, mean scorpions that are in some parts of the country.

My son has been saving some of them in hopes to ‘preserve’ one.  The one he killed in his bedroom had a broken tail before it died, so I don’t think it meets the criteria. 😛

But the one he killed the other night does.  Now to find something to preserve it in so these creatures can be removed from his bookshelf in the school room.

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I guess it would be classified as science.  😉

Speaking of non-human, living creatures…

Our zoo may be expanding a bit in a few months.  Stay tuned for further information.

Back to school shopping

Not that my kids are ‘going back’ to school. They’ve been schooling all summer.

However, last weekend was tax-free weekend in Texas, and there were some amazing sales going on.

My friend and I decided to divide and conquer.  I would take the boys, and she would take the girls. I had her kids all week long because we were doing VBS at the church, and she lives 2 hours away. Unfortunately, she could not make it back for the weekend, so our friend and the pastor (female) at our church took the girls instead.

We had a blast!

And the results…

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Yes, all four of them purchased plaid. 🙂

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This one is my favorite of my daughter’s outfits.

The pastor almost got her to the make-up counter, but they ran out of time. 🙂

Update on our lives…

It is so sad that I haven’t been able to update lately. More problems with our ISP.  I’m in the middle of another frustration, which I hope to get worked out tomorrow. I will update you on that after I see what happens.

Anyway….

You all know that I have been working for a chiropractor.  Well, August 27th is my last day there. It may be sooner than that, but that is okay. God put me there for a specific purpose, and once that is accomplished I will be done. Please pray for me these next two weeks.

I will, however, have another job. Well, if you can call it that. 🙂  To me it’s a joy.  I will be temporarily watching this little cutie-pie until her grandma moves to the area.

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And yes, Mama, I have told the baby’s parents I will not be there 10 days in September. 🙂

I am so excited! Not only will I get my ‘baby fix’, but I will also be able to stay home all the time with the kids while still earning money and doing something I love.

In other news,

Our VBS starts tomorrow.  It should be a lot of fun.  Daughter and I are doing the opening and closing assembly and music. Shan is also helping teach a class.

Today, the youth did a special during offering. They played/sang ‘Oceans’ while the young lady in the middle signed the song. I was so proud of them – not just because they all have great talent, but because they are using their talents to glorify God.

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You can see some of our scenery from VBS behind them. We are doing Answers in Genesis ‘Camp Kilimanjaro’.  Mama, the sign behind the kids is the one I was painting on when you called.

Well, hubby is hungry and tired, and I need to take him home. I think I will leave the kids and the intern here to come home whenever they are done setting up their rooms.  I will try to update sooner the next time.

More of Galveston

Sorry I didn’t post ‘day two’ right away.  When we got home I had to talk to our ISP because we had no internet service, which resulted in a lengthy and frustrating conversation.  I will tell you about it later. Did I mention it’s frustrating?!?

Okay, well, back to Galveston…

The kids and I went on a harbor tour. It lasted about an hour and was quite fun.

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We were able to see the ‘sunken’ ship.

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This ship was sunk on the sand bar on purpose. It was made of concrete during one of the World Wars because metal had become scarce. It actually put in several years of service before it was ship wrecked and brought into Galveston Harbor to be repaired. Repairs were never made, and it is now a sight-seeing opportunity.  The captain of our tour said that for a while a hermit lived on the ship with a goat and some chickens. My question is how did he get the goat and chickens aboard, and how did he feed them?

We also went to the beach a couple of times. We didn’t go swimming, but did stick our feet and legs in. 🙂

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We also did quite a bit of browsing/shopping on the Strand. I don’t have those pictures uploaded yet.

One of the places we visited several times was La King’s Confectionary.  We called it the ‘Confessionary’, because we really needed to ‘confess’ after visiting. 😉  They had yummy chocolates and truffles… not that I’m confessing or anything. 😀

We had such a great time together!  My daughter said that hubby and I really needed to go back alone and enjoy it – just the two of us. I’m all for that!  And we may get the opportunity.  Next month we are taking our intern to Houston Hobby Airport to fly back to college. That just happens to be very close to Galveston, and his flight just happens to be in the evening, so we might just happen to spend the night on the island. 😉

Galveston – Day one

On Sunday we left bright and early to attend the church in Beaumont. Tim and I had been associate pastors there, so it was nice to see some of the people we knew almost 20 years ago. One of our youth from then is now the pastor.  I have to be honest and say that I thought he would be a kid that would make some bad decisions and go down the wrong path. I am so very proud of him! He and his wife are now pregnant with twin boys.  His wife and I had some great conversations. 🙂

After church, we went out to eat with another couple who used to attend the church.  They haven’t changed a bit.  I wish I would have gotten some pictures, but I just didn’t think.

We then headed to Galveston.

We go by way of Bolivar peninsula, then take the ferry across to the island.

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Once on the ferry, we headed to the front to see if we could spot some dolphins.  We did.

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We also spotted this, Mama…

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It passed right in front of our ferry.

Once across, we drove down the seawall and then went to the harbor side of the island to our hotel. We are not staying in a typical hotel, and I’m thankful we are not staying on the beach side. This side is so much more peaceful!

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I think our hotel used to be an old warehouse for the wharf.

Here is an aerial view. We are right beside the dock for the cruise lines.

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The inside of the rooms are fantastic!

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And here is the view from our room.

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This morning we were able to watch some dolphins playing from the hotel window.

It is so nice and peaceful. So far this has been a very relaxing trip.  I am thankful that we have had this opportunity.

Thursdays

On Thursdays I work at the chiropractor’s Center office. Center is about 35 minutes away, so hubby or son will drop me off at the cop shop (police station) where I meet up with Doc, and we go in one vehicle. I meet him at 7:00 a.m. and we usually don’t get back to Nac until 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. It makes for a long day, but I enjoy working at the Center office. I get to have interaction with the patients, which I enjoy very much. I am working there one day a week so the office manager can spend the day in our Nac office working on tasks she is unable to work on when we have patients in the office.

There is an older couple in the town who have adopted Doc and the office manager, and now me. 🙂 They are in their late 80’s and are a hoot! They like us to bring our food and join them for lunch at their home, which we did today.  They keep wanting me to bring the kids by. Maybe sometime I will take the kids and introduce them… if I can remember how to get to their house.

I won’t be working next Thursday.  This Sunday we are going to be headed to Beaumont bright and early to visit the church where we were associate pastors 18-20 years ago. After church we will be meeting up with some friends for lunch, and then will take off for Galveston.  We will be spending several nights there to rest and spend some time together as a family. I am sooooooooo looking forward this!  Be prepared for many pictures.