Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Okay, email issues seem to be the order of the day with the facebook thing. Please either email me your name or email address and I will find you. I am not posting comments with names or email addresses in them :)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Getting with the program!

Not sure if anyone still looks at this - it's been a while since I posted.

I've finally gotten with the program and signed up with Facebook. I'm a little slow with these things, I'm sure there's now something new and way better that I've yet to hear about......

Anywho. I have pathetically few friends (and those are family who felt obligated to accept when I came knocking). I'd like to reconnect with my adoption community, but I have no clue how to find anyone.

So here is my pathetic cry for attention. Will you be my friend? Email me at myfirstname (tracy) letter s facebook at live dot com.

Mom, by the way if you read this before I talk to you, my webcam should be working again.......

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pony? Park Day

Look who's climbing the playscape while waiting for the ponies.

Looks like someone else followed him.

You guessed it, I konked my head but good right after Bill took the picture.

More follow the leader.

Going down is much more fun than going up.........

Round two for John. Mom's taking a break.

Daddy & John checking out hte ponies. Up until this moment, John was pretty gung-ho about going for a ride.

This was as close as we got.

Graduation Day

Guess who passed obedience school?

Josie did really well, but best of all (knock on wood!) she seems become/relearned being housebroken. No recent accidents, and she is now staying out of her cage all night.

We also gave Josie full reign of the house yesterday while we were gone ALL DAY and there were no accidents! I was not happy to have to crate her, especially at night when we are home. Hopefully, she will keep up the good work. She now whines when she needs to go out, so I think she's got it figured out.

Zoo Day

Someone just was awoke from his nap and was none too happy about it - it took a box a popcorn, a new elephant, and convincing from mommy, daddy, and Baby the bear that the zoo was a good thing to do on a beautiful day.

Still in need of convincing.........

But wait, the zoo has DINOSAURS??????? He might be convinced this was a good idea after all......

Yep, rexi's rule!

Are you sure you see the monkeys?

Okay, I guess I like this zoo business after all. Next time, can we come before I take my afternoon nap?

Happy 3rd Birthday John!

Yum, ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins. Mom got lazy and didn't feel like baking. Actually, it wasn't so much being lazy, but this was the big lay-off week at work, and several people I knew got cut, and was feeling kind of bummed and wasn't in the mood to bake. From the look on John's face, I don't think he was missed the homemade cake one bit.........

Nope, I'm thinking I would not have got a bigger smile with a homemade cake, especially when we told him this one was made out of ice cream.

LOL, thankfully no spitting when he blew out the candle!

Mommy cut the cake! These were taken after his nap, presents were already opened and investigated by then. There were actually balloons and decorations in the other room, but I forgot to get photos of everything but the cake. DOH!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The red coat lied again

Umm, I mean the redhead.

Apparently, since everything else around here has decided to break, malfunction, or just generally annoy me to some great degree today, HP Photo Pavillion has decided to jump on the bandwagon. It worked just fine earlier when I used it, but automatic updates rebooted my computer against my will, and seems to have messed up the only photo editing program I know how to use.

Shocking, I can't find the disk to reinstall in the dark - I really need to get some lightbulbs.

I swear, my next computer will be an Apple. The big question, though, is can a Mac cure wicked PMS?

The pictures are coming, the picures are coming.

Stay tuned for the last two months in pics; in seperate posts, in case I get motivated enough to write some commentary this week. Or not.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Did I really wear that?

Wow, I'm amazed anyone still reads this! Thank you, you are very kind. I usually skim through all my favorite blogs every week, but just as I haven't been updating this one, I haven't been commenting either. Me and my bad attitude.......

I looked back at some old entries and had forgotten that I posted some LOVELY photos of myself on pick-up day. Boy, that was a happy day, but what a rotten feeling it was to try directing the photos to be shot above the neck.......oh no, that won't work, it won't show the baby, don't get my hips in the picture, make sure my chins don't show, etc, etc, etc. I was so appalled at how bad I looked. I really couldn't get over how huge my arms were.

I found that shirt while cleaning out closets for stuff for Purple Heart. It was a size 3x. I tried it on 1 last time, and found the arm material to be double the size of my arms, which I might add are now somewhat toned from carrying around an increasingly heavy kiddo for the past 2.5 years. The rest of the shirt was baggy as well.

The point of this story? Well, for the past couple of years, I have avoided going to all sorts of local Guatemalan cultural gatherings with my son because I was ashamed of being overweight. On a good day when I'm feeling a pretty high dose of self-esteem, I have a hard time talking to strangers. The rest of the time? I'm the one at the back of the room staring intently at the floor.

It's time to start introducing John to other kids that share his culture. Last pair of pants I bought were a size 10, so I'm not going to stand out in a crowd because of my size. My crazy shoes are another story, but I figure they are good conversation starters.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

It's best to let sleeping dogs lie.....

As proven by photographic evidence:

Yes, he's wearing a bathtowel to sleep in, and using "puppy" as a pillow. The kid likes dogs.

So, where have we been the past two months? Around. Call me lazy. These are the first pics I've taken since John went to see Thomas in May (which I never got around to posting.....) Too much to do, too little time.

So, to catch you up on what we've been doing besides work, well.......John's talking a mile a minute. Bill & I were talking about his dinner and bath today, and what to make for dinner. He looks and us and asks "why are you talking about me?" Josie starts obedience school this week. I swear she is the laziest dog ever. Food does not even motivate her to get up, she might lift up her big head and take a wiff, but that is it. That dog isn't doing anything she doesn't want to do, which includes going outside to the bathroom. Fortunately, the pink room is her first choice. Good choice, Josie, otherwise, we'd be having a serious heart-to-heart about your living accomodations.

That's about it in a nutshell. Bye for now, hopefully it will not be another 2 months before I post, but I've given up on making promises, LOL!

Sunday, May 17, 2009


Yes, I've been MIA for a while. Yes, I should be posting some cute pics of my kid gazing at Thomas the train in person - after all, it's been TWO weeks since we went. But, I'm not. I've been too busy with real life, and too tired to do fun things like blog and download pictures.

Instead, I'm going to bitch about drug prices. Ding Dong #2 (Josie) was spayed last week compliments of the pound where we got her. Six days after she was spayed, she decided to eat a piece of John's wooden Thomas train track, which as lazy loving parents, we left on the floor after John went to bed. Ding Dong #2 had this in her big mouth all of 30 seconds before she was busted, but managed to cause the wood to splinter none the less. A little while later, she threw up.

By Thursday (one week post surgery), she was coughing. By Friday, she was at the vet. Diagnosis? Aspiration pneumonia. Most likely cause? Throwing up. Anyway, the vet advises that their animal antibiotic is $130, but she called a not-so-local drug store, and she can give me a script for a generic human drug that runs $90. I'm good with that.

Bill takes the script to our local CVS. How much do they want to charge? $220! Yes, $220 for 14 days of generic antibiotic for a dog. Meijers isn't much better at $200. I checked on line to see if the pharmacy the vet checked with was associated with anyone else closer, and found the local drug store just down the street is a part of the same network. Bill went there, and guess what they charged for the same frikking drug? $70. Guess where we are now doing all our shopping?

What really irked me, and makes me really feel bad for people without perscription coverage is that the same drug in Canada is being sold for $30. We weren't sure if they'd fill a K-9 perscription, so we didn't make the 17 mile trek across the border, but I certainly understand why people travel hundreds of miles to do so now.

Drug companies and drug stores - what a crock.