Monday, July 31, 2006

I'm not Superwoman?!

Hunter & I had a long talk a couple weeks ago and agreed that Max deserves a better home. I did what I thought was right in bringing him home at 1 week old because he would have died otherwise. Brian reminds me of a line in the movie "Scrooged"... "scrape em off Claire". But I couldn't just leave him there. He is a healthy, boisterous, lovable puppy now. Just not the brightest crayon in the box. I have not had troupble housetraining big dogs in the past. Max has small dog syndrome.. he doesn't care where or when he goes potty. I do not have the time to give him my undivided attention, and I can't subject the kids to doggie poo & pee on the carpet where they play. Brian was harder to convince than Hunter! Brenda took Max home today. Hunter is so excited that Brenda wanted Max. He knows she will love him and take care of him and he will be able to see Max. I am happy too, I know Brenda will love him and give him an awesome home. I have saved other dogs and found them good homes before. I feel like I should have been able to keep him, to make more time for him. But I guess I can't save the world, I may not be superwoman after all!

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Hmmm.. I just posted a blog about Ohanna. In it I mention that most of the people who were in our lives before still are. In reading back over the post I realized I didn't specify before "what". And also realized I don't have to . There is Now & there is Before. And there is Kierra's death smack in the middle. Even unspoken it is there, ominous, unyielding, THERE.

Ohanna means family..

This weekend went fast! We stayed up late Friday night visiting with Alan, Leslie, Ashley & Chris.. and their little dog, Wrongway. ( He is a black & tan long haired dachshund, very sweet!) Then Yesterday Leslie & Ashley & I went to the outlet mall in St. Augustine and had lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. I even found a few Christmas presents at really good prices. It was great girl time. We had pizza last night (Thank you Alan & Leslie! It was actually Lelsie's idea..aren't we girls smart!?) I ended up going to bed about 10:30. I had the worst headache. I don't know if it was from skipping the Chiropractor on Thursday, or the heat, or lack of caffiene, or all three.. but it kicked my butt and sent me to bed. I actually slept til Brian came in at 6am.
So I woke up with no headache.. yea! Justin picked up the twins about 9-ish and they brought them back home after church. Hunter didn't want to go. So my wonderful niece Ashley (who is Hunter's new Best Friend Ever!) agreed to watch the twins & Hunter so we 4 grown-ups could go to lunch before they had to head back to Fort Walton Beach. We went to Mimi's Cafe and it was really nice. Brian had to work last night and again tonight so he hadn't had much time to visit with his brother.
While we were hanging out waiting for Brian to get up before lunch we were watching Lilo & Stitch. Ohanna means family.. our family isn't exclusive to our blood born family. Blood doesn't always mean something. We are blessed to have many friends and extended family who we consider Ohanna. Most of the same people who were constant in our lives before still are. A few have faded, and a few just disappeared. But the true Ohanna have always been here and we love you all.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Have a Good Weekend..

I will probably be off line for the weekend. Brian's brother Alan, his wife Leslie, and their children Ashley & Chris are coming to Jax for the weekend. They have been living out in Colorado and just got stationed in Fort Walton Beach with the Air Force. Ashley will be going to college in Orlando, so we should get to see them more often. Alan is the oldest of the 4 Shore boys. He used to come over to my apartment before Kierra & I moved to Wyoming. I would cook dinner and he would hang out and play with Kierra. I have a video of one of our visits to Florida when Kierra was just about 6 years old. She was telling him all about Daisy Girl Scouts. We went to Disney with them and there is video Alan took from his seat with Kierra on Thunder Mountain Railroad.I am not sure who's scream reached the higher octave.. Alan or Kie! He lost his hat on one of the twists and turns and they never did find it. I have a picture of him dancing with Kierra at Brianne's wedding. Good memories.. They are good people. So I better go finish cleaning house! I'll catch you all up Sunday night. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Tristan's First Kiss!

I did get to get away for a while last night and finish school shopping with Greta and then we went and got a bite to eat. We were both fighting headaches, but we really push for our time together and try not to give it up without a fight! I got home to find out Brenda got Tristan's first kiss! Alexa freely gives kisses and hugs and says I Love You. But Tristan doesn't. Brenda was in trying to settle Alexa down and she was refusing any kisses or hugs. Tristan tapped Brenda on the shoulder so she asked him if he wanted a hug. Then he kissed her on the cheek! Brenda was so tickled! Of course first thing this morning when he got up I asked him for a kiss.. no dice.. he did his usual covering of his mouth and told me no! So I will keep trying and let you know when I finally woo him enough to get that kiss!


Yesterday was just one of those days. I hadn't checked the mail on Wed. so Brian checked it yesterday morning. I would have preferred a dozen bills over the continuos flow of forms and more forms. Between crap from the attorney( more stuff for the opposing atty.) and then more insurance forms from progressive ( what do we pay them for!? I don't remember asking for a harrassment rider on my policy.. and they are supposedly working for ME!) And then more forms from the hospital dealing with third party liablility for Hunter's broken arm. I feel like one of those vending machines with the pull knobs. Except I am empty and everyone just keeps pushing the buttons and yanking on my knobs, while ignoring my EMPTY sign!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

All Nighters aren't what they used to be!

After a very long night with Alexa I took her to the Dr. this morning to find out there is nothing wrong with her. She has been running a low grade temp the past day or so, and after her cranky, impossible to please night last night I thought maybe she was brewing an ear infection or something. They checked her all over and said she may just be running something viral that isn't symptomatic. Kierra did the same thing when she was small. She would get dark circles under her eyes and run a temp for a day or two, then all would be fine. They have the twin's pictures on their bulletin board. One when they were about 3 months old, and then the surf board pic from when they were 18 months old. They have changed so much. Alexa found them right away and kept showing everyone Tristan.."See Tistan"? "Come here.. see Tistan!" Of course everyone did as they were told and came to see the pictures. They have changed so much.
Alexa weighs 27 1/2 lbs now which is a slight weight gain, but she is still on the low weight side of the scale. She tops the charts on height. Tristan is about 1/2 to a full pound heavier than her and about an inch shorter. The Dr. commented on how healthy they have been the past several months. They used to get alot of colds and ear infections. He said those things usually taper off at about 2 years old. They still worry about the kids weight, but I told him they are very active and get a varied, healthy diet and still drink the pediasure 3 times a day. Alexa is very picky, but will eat when you find something she likes. I would worry more if they lacked energy or were sickly all the time. Afterward Alexa & I went to have lunch with Brian while he was working at the credit union. She loved being the center of attention.
I hear Alexa waking up again, so off I go to comfort and soothe. I am not doing another all nighter with her!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Playing Dress Up..

Hunter has quite a few costumes that he & the twins like to dress up and play in. Tristan likes Buzz Lightyear, Hunter likes his Spiderman or Prince Phillip, and Alexa uaually picks The Thing (from Fantastic 4). The boys are playing now, but Alexa didn't want to. They have been full of energy & mischief today while I am drained of all energy and in no mood for their mischief! We had a WIC appointment first thing this morning and they have been going non stop. Alexa was up & down all night last night running a fever, but has no other symptoms. Kierra used to do that when she was little. But Alexa seems fine now, it hasn't slowed her down at all! Brenda came over after her class today and she is laying them down for a nap for me. I was going to try to take them to Ollie Koala's but they are too out of control. Tristan actually asked to go lay down! Hunter has a therapy appt. this afternoon, so maybe things will calm down a little.
I was watching them play dress up and I thought how funny it is that we do that our entire lives. We put on the many "faces" we need, or think we need, to get us through our lives. I know I have to get myself into my "game face" for our court appearances and dealing with the attorneys for Kierra's case. And depending on my mood I have to put on my "social face" sometimes to go to the JACKPOTT meetings or different events. And if I am honest, and I always try to be, then I have to admit I have to put on a face for my friends & family sometimes too. I have even had to put on a "brave face" for myself a time or two. Women in general have to wear the many different hats required to be a wife, mother, a business woman.. whatever the different roles we play. I know I have a dozen different types of clothing in my closet. I have casual, dressy, cruise clothes, cleaning clothes, workout clothes (haha), and even a few "clubbing" clothes. I have clothes I wouldn't leave the house in, and clothes I have only worn once. (even a couple that still have the tags on them!) But it is amazing the mindset I have when I have to select clothes for a specific function, even if it is just a Dr. Appt. Just another way of "dressing" up for who we want to be at any given time. I have had self esteem issues my whole life. I can't say I have been truly happy with myself for all sorts of reasons, although not always rational, they are my feelings. There are alot of times I would love to be someone else, not specifically, just "dress" from a different closet now and then. Live a different life. I know there would be problems and imperfections in that life too, I never said it was a realistic or rational thought, again.. just how I feel sometimes. Today I would love to put on nice comfy PJs and crawl into bed and stay there. I guess that is why Dress Up is all about fantasy!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Let them be little..

The other day Hunter & I passed Kierra's marker where she was killed. We talked about it for a few minutes and he cried, so did I. Not long after one of her favorite songs came on the radio and he said "Mom.. I am going to close my eyes for a minute.... Mom! guess what? I can see Kierra dancing! I like that better than thinking about her dying. I think it would make her happier too!" And I told him yes, I think it would make her much happier. I wish he could have been saved this grief, it just doesn't seem fair for him to be so young and have to deal with this. Then I heard a song on a Lonestar CD I was given, and thought this was the neatest song..
Let Them Be Little by Lonestar
I can remember when you fit in the palm of my hand
Felt so good in it, no bigger than a minute
How it amazes me, you're changing with every blink
Faster than a flower blooms they grow up all too soon
So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little
I've never felt so much in one little tender touch
I live for those kisses, prayers and your wishes
Now that you're teaching me things only a child can see
Every night while we're on our knees all I ask is please
Let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little
So innocent, a precious soul, you turn around
It's time to let them go
So let them be little 'cause they're only that way for a while
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love every day
Let them cry, let them giggle, let them sleep in the middle
Oh just let them be little
Let them be little

A Good Night's Sleep!

Last night (Sat.) I slept from about midnight straight through til 8:34 am this morning! I can't tell you how long it has been since I slept for more than a couple hours without waking up. Terry came over and insisted I take some Tylenol PM and go to bed. She stayed over and got up with the kids this morning. Then she took Hunter home for the day. He ended up sleeping over and I will pick him up in the morning. He called me to let me know he swam across the pool without his floaties and was so proud of himself. It is good for him to get time away.
I went to brunch with Greg, Lisa, and her parent's. Then this afternoon I went and saw the movie "Click" with Greta.. not bad, makes you appreciate life a little more. Lots of funny moments, a few emotional moments too. Chad watched the twins for that, then Brenda came over and put them to bed for me so Chad, Nancy, & I could go to a late show for Pirates of the Carribean. Great special effects. Busy day!
Okay, I just realized it is almost 3 am, so this blog will be dated for Monday, when I am actually still on Sunday.. sorry for the confusion. My days run together. I guess I will go to bed and try to sleep so I can start today (Monday) like normal people do!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Liquid Band-aid is my hero!

Alexa seems to be a bleeder.. I am going to talk to her Dr. about it. Tristan bit through her lip a while back and that bled like crazy.. Liquid Band-aid saved us a trip to the ER. Last night she did a jump/flip off her mattress, which she had put horizontally accross her bed. She landed on the edge of Tristan's bed.. hit her ear and split it the top of her ear lobe, just above her earring. Thankfully it did not tear her earring hole, I thought it had. I removed the earring and spent 20 minutes trying to clean it up and stop the bleeding. She screamed the whole time. In the end the liquid band-aid worked but not as quickly as usual, it kept bleeding through. The final injury is such a small wound, but bled like crazy. I don't think it was big enough for barely one stitch. and it wasn't deep at all.
Kierra was accident prone at this age. She broke her arm playing Superman off the edge of the couch and hit the coffee table.. hence, we don't have a coffee table! Kierra also hit her face hard against the under edge of our water bed at this age and also fell on rocks late at night once when she snuck outside to play on the swingset and scratched up her face pretty bad. We didn't have liquid band-aid back then! So we took alot of trips to the ER. Alexa almost went last night, but the liquid band-aid worked and it seems fine this morning. I should write a letter to the Liquid Band-aid company!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

My Memory is Long..

July 16, 1998 my biological father, Stanley Glover died of a fatal heart attack. I am the youngest of the five children he had with my mother. They seperated when she was pregnant with me. It was a very traumatic time for my brothers and sisters and I when he died, and there was emotional damage done that may never fully heal. Another shining example of the dysfunctional family I come from, but that is another story I may never tell.. anyway..
There are many parallels between Kierra's relationships with her "Father" and her "Dad" just as there were with mine. The first memory I have of Stanley I may have been about 3 years old. I think it stands out because it was traumatic for me. I have a couple pictures of me with him when I was younger, but the clearest memory I have is of him picking me up and accidentally burning my shoulder with his cigar. It was an anise cigar, with a strong licorice scent. I have never cared for black licorice. The only things I knew about him growing up were what I heard from my siblings and my mother, usually when they were mad at him, so most of it wasn't very good. So by the time I was a teenager I had a pretty monstrous image in my mind of who this man was. When I was 15 my oldest sister, Robyn, took me on a summer trip up to Massachusetts and we spent some time with him. I was scared to death! He taught me to go clamming on the 4th of July out on the point, and I ate my first steamed clam(yuck!). I wasn't cured of my fear, but it was lessened some what. After Brian & I got married and took a trip up north Robyn arranged for us to stay with Stanley. He was divorced and living with his dog Blackie. It was awkward at first, but after a few debates we managed to figure out who we were to each other. I wish I had more time to know him. I took the kids to visit alot when we lived in upstate New York. They knew him as the Grampa with the dump truck. He didn't have much of an education and could barely write or read. I sent alot of pictures and called on the phone when I couldn't get there to visit.
Kierra and I met Brian when she was 18 months old. She asked questions about having so many grandparents when she was about 7. I never lied to her, but I never offered any negative information about Rick. I hoped like Stanley, he would be a better person when he was older. I took Kierra to meet him when she was about 16. She saw him then, and once when he came to Florida to see her. They communicated for a while, but some things hadn't changed over the years and she could not accept the person he was at that time. I guess she never did accept him because in 2002 she legally changed her name to Shore. She would never get into the details and I respected that. Brian was her "Dad". Daddy. He has a framed "you are my father" poem Kierra gave him a few years ago. She adored him and he adored her. I was never jealous, but did envy the way they had with each other. I felt like the bad guy alot of the time when she & I butted heads.
It was like that with my mother too. My "Dad" was there for me as far back as I can remember. He still is a tower of strength for me. Although I couldn't lean on my Mom and cry on her shoulder when Kie died.. I fell into my Dad's arms and wept from my soul. It is a special bond. I think because he didn't have to love me, he chose to. Just like with Brian and Kie. She & I were very blessed to have such wonderful Dad's. I was also blessed to get to know my father and wish so many years had not been wasted. I will cherish what I had, as I do with Kie, and my memories will sustain me.. and my memory is long.. very, very long.

An Idea for a tattoo?

Kali - Hindu Goddess of time, death, energy.....
There are dozens of definitions. I guess for me those three have a connection in one form or another... Just an idea at the moment! (I would not do the nose ring in the design!)
Also noted from another blog.. Kalilily Time - About Lilith-She is that which does not surrender.

A Twisted Path..

I am not the sum of what I am going through. It doesn't have to define me.
Sounds good doesn't it? Terri sent me a link to a blog.. (Thank You Terri!) It was very interesting and inspiring. I feel like I have lost myself since Kierra's death. I know I am still in here somewhere, but I have been swallowed up by everything else. I get up each day and go through all the motions. But it is all driven by my grief, by what Kierra's death has done to my life. I put a quote on a site I had to register for to comment on this woman's blog.. it is a one line bio.. and what came to mind was;
"I am on a twisted path of my life's journey.. and I am not always the driver."
A dozen cliches' come to mind about controlling our own destiny, about being the only one who can change ourselves, about having the will power to overcome what holds us back. Again, it all sounds good. It just isn't so easy to apply. I will find myself, and I will regain control. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.....................(?)

Twilight Zone..

Yesterday was a busy day. The twins went to Kids by The Hour while I took Hunter to his therapy appt. He & I also picked up our meals from Super Suppers ( what an awesome find that place is!). Then we picked up the twins and took them to Supercuts where Kierra worked to get their hair cut. Sue was there, but I didn't recognize anyone else. Alexa's bangs don't cover her eyes now, and I only trimmed Tristan's around the sides and back. Sue asked how things were going. Then I took the kids to Applebees where Kierra worked for an early dinner. They don't have her pictures up anymore. I realized they don't at Supercuts anymore either. At Applebees Melissa was the only person I knew there. It seems strange with Andrea gone. The twins recognized Melissa and got all excited. They were all good. It just felt strange. Familiar, but not.
There is a shift from what was before, and what is now. And how things were after Kierra's death and now, 8 months later. I know she isn't forgotten really, they've just gotten past it, moved on. The world keeps turning. It just felt a little "twilight zone" for me. Like I am moving between 2 dimensions, and I never quite know when the "shift" is going to happen, and it seems like I am the only one who feels it.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


For all the downs, there are "ups" too. Vicky, a friend from St. Pete, came to visit on her way to Fort Walton Beach. She and her son Ryan stayed over Saturday and Sunday. I am not used to having so much company! Ryan was great with the kids and as always, Vicky is a great listener. I must be selfish, because between Vicky & Terry, I really enjoyed having grown up/ girl time. I get it from time to time with Greta and Brenda, and when they can, from Dori, Terri, & Nancy. But it was awesome to have someone here burning the midnight oil with me too.
And it reaffirmed for me that despite the users I have tolerated way too long, I am surrounded by loyal, loving people who truly care. That helps alot. It has been hard for me to realize that Kierra's death has been a way for some people to think I will forgive anything and everything. That with her death I became... what? Complacent? Tolerant? Stupid? Yes, life is short, we should love everyone, yada, yada, yada. That is true when it is reciprocated. I have never liked one sided situations. If I give respect and honesty.. damn straight I expect it back. OK, I am off on a tangent again.. I am almost sorry. Not totally sorry because people need to know I am not just spouting then over it.
So Thank You Terry & Vicky for giving me some much needed affirmation. I love you both and wish you lived closer! And thank you Ryan for being so great with the kids, despite the many times you got stepped on!

Saturday, July 15, 2006

I shopped without spending!!

My friend Terry Moore from Miami came to visit for a few days. It was great to see her and to have the company. We got together with Greta and Nancy to see The Devil Wears Prada.. a good movie.. I had to leave just before the end to pick up the kids, but the girls said it ended well! Then Terry, Brenda, & I went to Orlando yesterday to go window shopping and get away for the day. It was great not to be on a timetable. I survived shopping without spending! Thanks to Kids by the Hour and Brianne & Justin, and Chad, for making that possible. Saw lots of cool stuff, got some ideas for Christmas and some birthdays. Even hobbling in my fracture boot wasn't too bad, other than a painful moment or two! And Thank You to Brenda & Terry for sharing the day with me.

Bring On The Rain..

by JoDee Messina
Another day has almost come and gone
Cant imagine what else could wrong
Sometimes Id like to hide away somewhere and lock the door
A single battle lost but not the war (cause)
Tomorrows another day
And Im thirsty anyway
So bring on the rain
Its almost like the hard times circle round
A couple drops and they all start coming down
Yeah, I might feel defeated,I might hang my head
I might be barely breathing - but Im not dead
Tomorrows another day
And Im thirsty anyway
So bring on the rain
Im not gonna let it get me down
Im not gonna cry
And Im not gonna lose any sleep tonight, no
Cause tomorrow's another day..
And I am not afraid
So bring on the rain......

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Promises, Promises..

do me a favor... don't make them! I know in most instances promises are made and kept. But here lately that has not been the case! I know "stuff" happens, and some things are beyond our control. I also know the difference between "out of your control" and making bad choices.
This applies to things like the deal with the police department and Brian going to days. Had it been put as "when we have an opportunity to transfer you we will let you know, but we really can't make any promises" that would be different than to constantly say.. in April.. wait .. in May.. wait.. mid July, oops, maybe not til January.
And if you promise to pay something back and it is stipulated that it is needed in a specific time frame...make it a priority to follow through. Don't blow it off once, then twice, then again, and so on, and so on... and of course the flip side of that is ... NEVER loan money you need or expect back. If it isn't disposable income.. don't do it! We know that, but made an exception. That was one of those bad choices I was talking about!
And do your best to never break a promise you make to a child. A promise is a trust. You can build that trust or you can break it. Trust builds confidence, integrity, loyalty. It can also tear those things down when promises are broken.
It is usually with the best of intentions that people make promises. Promises to keep in touch, promises to help out, promises to go to lunch, or see a movie. Promises to repay a loan, promises to replace something lost or broken. Some of those promises seem trivial. Some don't even seem like real promises, so maybe they don't count? Wrong. For me, my life hangs by a fragile thread most of the time. My trust is not easily given. If I count on something promised to me, I truly count on it. My expectations are that my trust in you was valued by you. That you hold as much importance to your promise as I do. So you break more than your promise. You break my trust, my faith in you. And bitch that I am, I leave those broken pieces where they fall. I don't rush to pick them up and put them back together. Right or wrong.. my perception is my reality.
You don't have to like it or agree with it. I'm not asking you to. But know that it is what it is. Consider this my "fed up" phase. Whatever works for you and helps you sleep at night. For those of you not on my shit list.. kudos. For those of you who are, and you know who you are.... I promise you won't get the chance to break a promise to me again.

A "life sucks sundae".. Oh PLEASE may I have another?!

I am beyond frustrated. It seems every thing is in limbo, or screwed up! The civil case is emotionally frustrating, and the criminal case is just as bad, just not as personally draining, although it all takes a toll. I have to hurry up and wait on going too public with C.A.R.R., and have to wait to get the whole thing set up legally and get everything registered and filed correctly, so that is in a holding pattern as well. There is no help in sight to do anything about adding on to the house and we can't afford to move.
Then to top off my "life sucks sundae"... a big fat cherry with the pit.. Brian is not going to days.. not this month or for quite a few months.. if ever.. maybe January. And of course it is out of the chief's hands, no one can do anything about it.... blah blah blah. They are too short staffed... again..maybe deciding NOT to fill 70 jobs to save the city money wasn't such a smart idea... but the big wigs eat dinner at home with their families every night don't they?? And obviously the fact that our family is in crisis, and Brian being home more was the light at the end of my tunnel, doesn't mean jack shit to any of them. So serve up my sundae with an extra helping of bitterness and resentment, and pour some more police politics bull shit on the side. With any luck.. I'll puke it back up on their nice clean carpet, because no matter how you serve it.. it ain't goin down easy!!

A Foot Note..

Hunter & I enjoyed our time together. We got rained out on Friday at Busch Gardens, so we headed to orlando earlier than planned and went to the Magic Kingdom for a couple hours Friday night. Saturday we went to Epcot, had a rough spot when Hunter wanted to leave and not go to the land of Imagination where Figment (the original purple Dinosaur!) was. Later he told me it was because Kierra had promised to take him there someday and he would never go there without her. I told him she would want him to go and someday I want to take the twins there because it was her favorite when she was little. He said he would think about it.
Sunday we went to Disney Quest after we had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe, then headed home. We couldn't go Kayaking because on Thrusday before we left I went to the foot Dr. and left the office in a soft cast and walking shoe. I get a fracture boot this week. They think I have a stress fracture from my accident the end of April that has healed partially, but is not done healing and is still giving me a lot of grief. So no getting it wet.. no kayaking. Once I have the fracture boot I can take it off as needed. We'll see how it goes!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Hunter, Minnie, & Mickey 7-9-06

Hunter, Minnie, & Mickey 7-9-06
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Kissy Face July 9, 2006

Kissy Face July 9, 2006
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We went to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch today. This was the picture Hunter picked as his favorite!

Mom, Mickey, & Hunter 7-8-06

Mom, Mickey, & Hunter 7-8-06
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On our way to start our day at Epcot. This was taken at the hotel.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Taking some Hunter time..

I will not be online or blogging for a few days. Usually I try to take Hunter on a Mom & Me day about once a month. He broke his arm in April and we haven't done anything since, so I owe him about 3 days! I got passes for he & I for the year at most of the parks, so we are going to Busch Gardens on Friday, an Orlando park on Saturday, and if we can work it out, we may go kayaking on Sunday, then be back home Sunday evening. If not we will go to one of the water parks. We haven't been kayaking since the day Kierra died, so I figured this might be a good opportunity to get back in the water for both of us. I posted a few pix from this past weekend and the 4th of July. It went by smoother than I expected. We didn't go to any fireworks because the twins don't like thunder or loud noises, especially Tristan. Maybe they will be better about it next year. Hunter went to Metro park with Brianne & Justin Monday night for fireworks and an outdoor movie.. Madagascar. He had a blast, so he didn't feel like he missed out on anything when we stayed home the next night. We will see fireworks again this weekend at Disney. He is so excited, and so am I. I miss time with him. That may sound silly, I am with him all the time, but for almost the first 5 years of his life he was almost an only child, the other kids were older. Hunter & I did alot of things together. Now there are 2 more kids demanding my time & attention, and although he knows why, and he loves them.. his life has still changed dramatically. He has alot of anger issues. Not really directed toward the twins, but at Kierra's death and at "that bad man who killed her" as he puts it. So if I can put a smile on his face and give him some of my time, it is well worth it. Brenda, Greta & Randy, and Brianne & Justin are all tag teaming and caring for the twins so Hunter & I can do this. A ginormous THANK YOU to them..It takes a village to raise a child..

Hunter July 2, 2006

Hunter July 2, 2006
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Chillin' in the pool at Auntie Terri & Uncle Dwight's house!

Alexa July 2, 2006

Alexa July 2, 2006
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Alexa posing in her new tinkerbell bikini!

Tristan Sleeping 7-4-06

Tristan Sleeping 7-4-06
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Worn out from playing all day and no nap.. he zonked out by 6 pm!

Cooling Off for the 4th of July

Cooling Off for the 4th of July
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Brian in the pool with the kids.. his first time!

Sunday, July 02, 2006

An hour of my life..

I had to pick up a couple things at Sam's Club the other day and there was no way I could do it without taking all three kids. After getting all 3 kids dressed and loaded up in the van we headed out on our adventure. Just for comparison, if I had done this errand alone it would have taken me about 15 min. from out of car to back in it!
We pulled into the parking lot at 3 pm. I tried parking close to where the shopping carts are, but no luck. So I opened the van side door on the driver's side, reached over and unbuckled Alexa from the other side of the back seat, then quickly unbuckled Tristan so I could grab Alexa before she climbed into the front seat. You may be asking why I didn't get Tristan out and walk around to Alexa's side to get her out. Well, it takes 2 hands to undo the car seat, and that would leave Tristan untethered in the parking lot. I have tried to have Hunter hold his hand, but that causes and argument from Tristan, so that doesn't work out so well.
So now we are all out of the car and heading toward the nearest shopping cart. I am holding each of the twins hands and Hunter is holding onto my shirt just behind Tristan. My purse is sliding off my shoulder, but other then the risk of hitting one of the kids in the head, I don't care, my goal is to get them in a cart ASAP! Fortunately this Sam's club is being upgraded and they just got new carts.. they have them set up to hold 2 toddlers in front, or 1. Most places don't have them like that. The only option then is the big "car" shopping carts where most of the safety belts are broken and they try to climb out! In a real pinch they have to sit where the groceries are supposed to go, and the groceries go where the seat for 1 child is.
Finally they are buckled in and we are on our way into the store! Then I realize I left my Sam's card in the car from when I got gas.. back to the car and then back to the store! We make 2 pauses/stops where they have the movies because Hunter is looking for Superman, so I remind him it is at the theaters, not on DVD, and we head back to where the dog food is (at the back of the store). Now is when Hunter informs me he has to go to the bathroom... BAD! So we head back to the front of the store to the restroom. I have to unload the twins, set my cart aside and take all three into the restroom. I let the twins wash their hands while Hunter does his business. Tristan is trying his darnedest to get away from me and run for the door. All hands washed we head back out into the store. My cart is gone! Along with the dog food. So now we go accross the front of the store to the other side where the entrance (and the carts) are. Of course along the way I ask a couple employees if anyone had seen the cart, or if there were any empty ones, and of course the answer was no.
We get reloaded into the cart, and head back for dog food again. I get the few items I need and we head for the front check out. We have a couple more pauses/stops when Hunter stops to look at things he really, really wants, but isn't getting today. In line a very nice man informs me that Alexa is missing a shoe. She tends to take them off when she is mad.. she just uses her other foot to push it off her heel. If I don't hear it drop Tristan usually tells on her. She had gotten mad a couple times when I would not get something she wanted. I didn't hear, and Tristan didn't tell. I look around the immediate area.. no shoe. So we back track and after about 10-15 minutes we find her shoe.
So back we go to the check out line, which is now longer than it was before. We wait our turn, pay for our items and head out to the car. I turn the car on to get the air going.. it is at least 100 degrees in the car. I pull the cart right up next to the van (which isn't always possible if people park too close), I put Tristan in first because he is my climber/runner, and then I lift and reach Alexa accross to her seat because the person parked on the other side parked way too close. Hunter climbs in and buckles up. I put the groceries and dog food into the back, put the cart under the nearest tree (the place to park the carts is too far for me to go with the car left running.) I get in the driver's seat and note the time... 4:03 pm. Why do I feel like it was longer than that!?

Saturday, July 01, 2006

One of the lucky few..

For every flicker of joy, there come flames of sadness..
Kierra fell in love with Brian before I did, she was 18 months old. The morning after meeting him for the fist time she went right up to him and called him Daddy. She didn't call anyone Daddy at the time and it suprised both of us. She took right to him, and I must admit.. so did I! That morning was Dec. 31, 1982. Kierra & I moved to Wyoming May 12, 1983. We were married July 1, 1983. It was quite a big deal for Kierra because whenever we talked to her about it, she said she wanted to get married too. So it was always "we", Kierra & I, were going to marry Daddy.
The night before the wedding Kierra & I stayed over at a friend's house. Ron Parsons stood in for my Dad and he and his wife Karen let Brian come over and tuck Kierra & I into bed, but then made him go home so he wouldn't see me the day of our wedding until I walked down the aisle of the church. It was small, simple, and one of the most beautiful days of my life. None of our family or friends from out of state could make it, so we had a few friends we knew there and the three of us. Ron's wife Karen was my matron of Honor, Brian's room mate Tim was his best man, and Kierra was our flower girl.
For Brian & I, our entire life together has been with Kierra, so how can it be we are without her now? "We" were supposed to be married forever. I can't recall the joy of that day without feeling the sorrow of her being gone. Please don't remind me how much I have to be thankful for. I know that, and I am thankful, but I can not seperate my mind from my heart. I can not disconnect my memories of her life from the memory of her death. So right now it is hard to celebrate our life together. I will cherish this day always, but it isn't a "happy" anniversary for us. I had the hardest time finding a card that wasn't full of cheerful, chipper crap. I did find a card that talked about having a true partner, someone they can count on in good times and bad..a love that is even stronger for all they've been through together. About being one of the lucky few to find someone like that... and I am.

Our Little Flower Girl

Our Little Flower Girl
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Kierra was so excited.. "we" were getting married!

On the Church steps July 1, 1983

Lighting the Unity Candle

Lighting the Unity Candle
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July 1, 1983.. boy do we look young!

First Family Picture June 1983

First Family Picture June 1983
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This was about a month before we got married, just after Kierra turned two.

Easter 1983

Easter 1983
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This was at my Mom & Dad's house. Brian was visiting from Wyoming. Kierra & I moved there just a few weeks after this.