Archive | July, 2012

The life and times of Kaylee Sue

28 Jul

Well, this is a bit out of order.  Technically Carter should have been next, but he was watching a movie when I wanted to do the interview.  Also, and this is really funny, Kaylee’s big tow just got caught in Lydia’s hair.  It is completely off topic, but it’s hilarious and was a point in favor of getting them in to the bathroom to wash and CONDITION their hair.


How old are you?

uh… 8


What’s the best birthday present you ever got?

not sure


Ok, well what about the best present you ever got period?

Going to Disney on Ice


Do you like being the oldest?



When do you not like it?

well, I have more chores to do


Yeah, that stinks.  When do you like it?

When I get to stay up later and go places


Hey, you’ll get to drive first!

yeah and get my ears pierced first

Oh, well let me tell you about your mommy getting her ears pierced…. I had to wait until I was 10, but she got hers done 6 months later when she was 7 1/2.  But I’m not still bitter or anything.

(Blank stare

What’s your favorite color?



Any specific shade?

light pink


What’s your favorite food?

(loooooong pause) desserts and bread


What do you want to be when you grow up?

a teacher


What level or grade?

I want to be the kind where the kids don’t have different teachers for every class


Oh, you mean like elementary school?

yeah like 2nd grade.  Or maybe 3rd.  But not older.


how long are these interviews

As long as I want…. I’m asking questions!!


Do you hope the new baby is a boy or a girl?

girl, I don’t even have to think about it



A girl would even things out.  Also, that way the boys don’t get the big room!


If it’s a girl what name do you like?

I like Mary and Elizabeth.  I like Elizabeth a lot


What boy names do you like?

Jacob maybe.  A Bible name basically


How about Nebuchadnezzar?  That’s a Bible name.

No.  Not that type of name.  Joseph or Joshua would be better.


Lydia, what else should I ask Kaylee?


L: favorite thing about mommy

taking car of us


What’s your favorite thing about daddy?

working and providing for us


If the house was on fire, what three things would you grab?

blanket, clothes and food.  I’ll drink out of a spring or something


Who is the loudest in your family?



Who is the quietest in the family?



What do you think Lydia should be when she grows up?



Like at Disney?

No, she’ll play the Dora part in movies


If you are going to be the president what are some important things that you should be?

trustworthy, brave and courageous, kind


What do you think about the Olympics so far?

I like them, especially the opening ceremony


What event do you want to see most?

Gymnastics and soccer.  But I can’t decide which one I like better


(Lydia is sitting in with us trying to steal attention… which I guess she just did…. Kaylee is letting me know that Lydi is crazy)


What is your favorite movie?

well, this is not a movie, but I really like Little House on the Prairie.  Oh, and the  Prince of Egypt


I really like those too!! 

Should we stop before Lydia goes bananas?

Just don’t talk about her…. That’s why she shouldn’t be in my interview.  


That’s a good point.

I think we should kick her out


Of the family?

no just out of the room



Just look at this lovely girl!! At the Blue Bell factory last March.


Sassy Lydia rocks the interview

27 Jul

Along with my groundbreaking interview with Abraham yesterday I also interviewed Lydia.  She is hilarious and I am never quite sure what she is going to say next.  She is a sweetheart of a girl and I have called her Lydi-Lou since I first met her…. sometimes I call her Lydi-Loudles.  She doesn’t like that as much.  She also answers to Girly-Girl, Lady-Bug and Cutie-Girl.  She does NOT like to be called Buddy.  That is reserved for the boys.


Hey Lyds, how old are you?

Ugh, you already know that Aunt KK

I know, but this is an interview and this was my first question.

Ok, I am 5.

What is your favorite color?

why do you keep asking me things you already know?

Ok, of you answer this I won’t ask you anything else that I already know the answer to.

(sigh), it’s yellow

Why is that your favorite color?

because that’s the color of the sun and it’s light

 What is your favorite food?

corn, because it’s yellow!!!

What is your favorite pretend character?

You said you weren’t going to ask me any more questions that you already know.

I know, this is the last one.


What do you want to be when you grow up?

a mommy because you take care of kids

What is the best thing about your Daddy’s job?

save people from danger

What is your favorite thing about  your mommy?

She takes care of me

What is your favorite thing about your brothers and sisters?

they play with me

What is your favorite dessert?

yellow cake and rainbow cookies

How old do you think I am?


(good answer) 

What is your favorite thing about me?

spending the night at your apartment

What is your favorite sport?

soccer because your get to kick things

If there was a fire in your house and you only had time to grab three things, what would you grab?

water, food and a sleeping bag.  Also a  tent and a flashlight and some clothes

Okay, that was more than three things.

I know.

What are your favorite things to spell by yourself?

Dora, Lydia and Aunt KK because that’s all I can spell

What is your favorite outfit?

this dress

But I didn’t get that dress for you!

Oh, I mean my other blue dress.  Not the yellow one like Kaylee’s blue dress, the other blue dress.  Not the one with the zipper, the other one.  You know?  The dress with the buttons?

Yeah, I know exactly what you mean!

Am I done now?

Yeah, go play!

Lydi with her new baby brother!


Obviously, spaghetti can be a teensy bit messy!



Rockin’ the Disney Princess nighty!




All about Abraham

26 Jul

I have been in Ohio this week visiting my sister and her kids.  By the way, you don’t know awesome until you’ve held 19 pounds of 7 month old goodness!!!  But Clark isn’t my intended subject of this post.

His brother Abraham is!  Abraham is… well, you know what? I’m going to interview Abie and let him tell you all about himself.  But I have to wait until he wakes up….

Abie, how old are you?

not know, um 12 or 16

Are you maybe almost 4?

um, yeah

What’s the best thing about being a big brother?


Are you in a bad mood?



I dont like you so much right now

Oh no!  Why?

Because i am being the bad guy

What’s your favorite food?

Chicken and queso and cake and markers

You’re going to eat markers?

yeah (giggles)

random musing about inside markers versus outside markers that I don’t really understand.

I also like pizza

What’s the best thing about being a big brother?

Teaching clarkie to poop on the potty

What’s the best thing about mommy?

she feed clarkie

What’s the best thing about daddy?

going to work with daddy sometimes

What about Aunt KK?

going to big splash

What do you want to be when you grow up?

space man and superman and batman and an airplane man and an army man and air force can.  That’s all.

Who’s better, Superman, Batman or Spiderman?

Space Boy

Who’s Space Boy?

I don’t know.  I guess he goes to space.

What is your favorite color?


Who dresses you?

no one

Do you chose your own outfits?


What is your favorite thing to wear?

purple clothes

Do you have any of those?


I like my apron, work clothes and work bag

What do you keep in your work bag?

work stuff and my apron

Who made your Toy Story apron?


What else would you like to tell me?

My favorite thing is hugging and kissing Clarkie

Great!  Thanks Abie!!  Who loves you?

Aunt KK

Abie wore this to Applebee’s over his shorts and t-shirt. When we asked him why, he said, “In case I eat something messy.” THAT is planning ahead!


This is a very typical outfit for Abraham. He is sporting a white t-shirt with a sweater vest and gray sweatpants. He is also wearing his yellow and blue Old Navy flip flops.





“Bye sweetie, have fun at college!”

21 Jul

“She sat on a bench in the dorm lobby waiting for the tour guide to take her back down to the car.  As she waited she looked around at the rooms around here.  These rooms were full of girls and boys who had started to talk to one another.  They were milling around in the halls, some were returning from the dining hall.  She sighed as she looked at the rooms, the names of the occupants outside the door reminding herself that she needed to remind her girl that she may have to share the television and the bathroom.  Her roommates may want to watch shows that her girl did not enjoy.  Maybe they would be night owls to her girl’s morning bird.  She sat there, a pang of anxiety hitting her.  She had to let go sometime and this was a situation in which she really needed to let her girl go do her thing.   The tour guide was coming toward her.  She took a deep breath before walking back out to the car to help escort her girl to the next chapter.”


This is the story of a mom dropping off her daughter at college, right?


This was me this afternoon dropping my mom of at rehab.  I seriously sat there waiting for the PCA (nurse’s assistant type person) to get a wheelchair and walk to get my mom out of the car.  I seriously sat there wondering if my mom’s dreams of watching the Olympics starting next week were going down the drain (and if you think I am a huge Olympics fan, you ain’t seen NOTHING till you’ve seen my mama!).  I was looking at the other rooms with 3 names on the outside hoping that my mom would like her roommates, hoping that she would like the food and would be safe getting to and from the cafeteria.  I swear I felt like her mother dropping her off at college.  Anyway, when we got to the room we realized that unless they plan on putting several people into her twin sized hospital bed, she has a single!!  YAY!  So I stuck around long enough to help her unpack and organize her things, I made sure she knew where everything was, I made sure she was somewhat settled in and then I drove away.  Until tomorrow at least 🙂

Let the caretaker/cared for role reversal begin!!

Three Things Thursday

20 Jul

Well, there’s a lot going on in my head tonight.  It’s been a trying week.  It’s been an eye-opening week.  As you know, on Sunday night my mom broke her hip and then had surgery on Monday afternoon.  It went so well; she was up the very next morning starting to move around.  Today she walked probably about 100 feet all together with a walker.  She is SO ready to go to the rehab center and hopefully she will tomorrow.  I am so proud of how strong and determined my mom is being.

That being said, I’ve been really overwhelmed.  It’s hard being the only family member helping to make decisions.  My mom is so sweet and she she doesn’t always stand up for herself the way she needs to.  She doesn’t want to disturb her nurses or she doesn’t want her guests to feel like they need to go, even when she is tired.  So I have to be the bad guy.  A lot of it is the stress of this experience, some of it is just the way she is.  Regardless, it’s really hard to do this alone.  I try to steer clear of this topic most of the time, but I have been missing the invisible husband by my side, supporting me as I support my mom.   And I know that so many of you have offered to help in whatever way, but the things I wish I had help with are things I have to do alone.  That’s just the way it is.

Enough of that…. today is Three Things Thursday!  So here are three things that have offered shining light in midst of this tough week.

1. My mom is such a trooper.  She asks for opportunities above and beyond what the physical therapist gives her every day.  She is completely ready to get out of Methodist West Houston Hospital and live it up at Katy Rehab.  The nurses all love her to pieces and talk about how easy she is for them to serve.

2. I am so thankful for my dear friends at Bible Study every Wednesday night who are supportive in ways that I never imagined.  The way they listened to me and have prayed for our family this week has been great. Also my good friend Jessica got me out for dinner for tonight and that is always a good time. You never know when you’re going to have to dole out fashion advice to a mom and daughter team of strapless dresses with bra straps hanging out.  Obviously Jess and I were dressed as though we were going to a magazine shoot later.  Or not.  Whatever.

3. This is the weekend of sweet babies.  My good friend Marisa Ortiz turned 1 last Saturday and her parents are letting her throw a raging party Saturday evening.  Then on Monday I get to go see the sweetest 7 month old on the planet and his brothers and sisters.  And maybe his mom and dad.   While all this is going on, my mom’s friends from church will be making sure my mom doesn’t have too much time on her hands!

Ok, kids!  I am headed for bed.  Have a fabulous Friday everyone!!

Things that make you feel like a real grown up

16 Jul

1. Paying your mortgage.  It isn’t necessarily fun, but I promise there is a difference in the way it feels to pay a mortgage as opposed to rent.

2. Planning your best friend’s 40th birthday party…. and knowing that yours isn’t terribly far behind.

3. Mentally preparing yourself for your 20 year high school reunion which will be happening in less than a year.  YIKES!

4. Sitting in a surgical waiting room while a very cute capable doctor performs an operation on your mom…. because she broke her hip.


Guess which one of those is happening right now?  Le Sigh.

Here are the answers to your questions:

She was reaching down for the small bag of trash in her bedroom and lost her balance.

This happened last evening around 7:30

She is having a partial hip replacement surgery which totally has a fancier name, but I keep forgetting it.

She is otherwise doing really well; is in great spirits and has been very calm.

I’m fine.  Yes, I PROMISE to call if I need anything and I thank you in advance for not only offering, but for really meaning it 🙂  I have AMAZING friends!

1 year, 11 months, 15 days and 20 hours

14 Jul

On July 30, 2010 at about 6:00 in the evening I began to write.  It was a Friday evening and I felt like this might finally be it for me.  A few hours later I walked out with six pages.  Today, July 14 at about 2:09 pm in the middle of page 320 I wrote the final words: The End.  I then proceeded to burst into tears and I called my sister.  I kept saying it over and over in my head, “I wrote a book.”  I WROTE a book!”  I FREAKING WROTE AN ACTUAL BOOK!!!!!”

So because I know that you all have tons of questions, I interviewed myself and posted it here:

Can I read your book?

Nope.  Well, let me amend that; yes, but only after it’s published.


Yeah, that’s how it works

What if I give you skittles?

What am I, 8 years old?  No.

Well, can you tell me what the book is about?

That I can.  It is about a 16 year old girl who leaves her family in Pennsylvania and moves to Houston to live with her grandparents so that she will have a better education in preparation for going to Texas A&M.  Hijinks ensue including her grandmother’s requirement that she debut at the annual Country Club Debutante Ball.

Okay, moving on.  What will you do next?

Make dessert for my friends because they drove all the way to HEB with me twice since I forgot the cream cheese and the cool whip the first time.

Obviously I should have clarified; what will you do next with the book?

Oh, yeah that’s more on topic.  My next step is to find and agent to shop it around.  Publishers won’t really look at your stuff if you aren’t represented.

Is that hard?


What will you do with all your spare time?

Get started on the second book in the series and work on the 11 Tools of Doom.

Do I even want to know what these 11 Tools are? Are they gardening tools?

No. and No.  They are way less helpful than gardening tools.

Is it hard to write a book?

Kind of.  It obviously takes a while.  But it’s easier if you already know where the story is going to end and how it’s going to get there.

Do you already know what’s going to happen in the second book?

Yes.  And the third.  Then this series is done and it’s on to something else.

Will you sell the movie rights?

Yes, but only if I can have creative control.  And only if I can have a part in the movie.  And only if Elle Fanning can play a major role.  Oh and Kiernan Shipka.  She has to be in it too!

Do you think you’re hot stuff now?

Yes.  I definitely think that.