Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Day, New School.....

Good Morning Class....

 
Today was Jackson's first day of Mother's Day Out at his new location.
We were not "unhappy" with his other school, in fact loved them to death, but this one is much closer for me and I appreciate Beth changing just for that reason.  I don't know if it is larger, smaller, better or worse, but so far I know that I LIKE IT....
 
 

I followed Beth and Jackson to school today so I could take just a few pictures, not anything fancy, but just wanted to have it documented that he did go! 

 He was so happy, he loves going to school and playing with the other kids.



Miss Chris told me this afternoon that Jackson had already stolen her heart.
She was so in love with him.
That made ME happy!


 Miss Jeanne is the main teacher and she said Jackson was awesome today.
He did NOT pee outside (thank goodness, we talked about that just before class!)
She said he was sooo polite and had the best manners!  I was beaming...
Said he was so kind and helpful to the other kids (he is the oldest in his class)
and when they were "resting" on the mats and reading books he leaned over to her
and said "you make me so happy". 

So all in all I think today was successful. 
I had a hard time getting him to leave, he was "working" on the
very neat work bench they have.  Then he picked up all the little
toys laying around.
He is such a good little helper and I sure do love him. 
Got him home, had a snack and a drink and then down
for a nap with Papa. 
I think he is going to do great !
And yes, I teared up just a tiny bit when Beth dropped him off today.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I'm BACK!!!!

Well hello my few friends....I am looking at maybe blogging again.  I have gotten to where Facebook is just toooo much drama and I want my "old" friends back.  I haven't been here in two years so I don't even remember how to upload pictures....but I'll figure it out because I have got to show you a couple more pics of Jackson.   Any maybe some others...So let's see if I can figure this out!


Jackson at ALMOST 3 !!! isn't he just sooo cute?
 We were at Pretty Water Lake
and what boy doesn't love his rain boots?
 
 
Or playing in the water?
 
 
Or walking on the curbs (sidewalk curb not street!)
 







 It cracks me up that my last posting was of this little boy....at two months of age.  And look at him now!  I sure do love this boy and he is the light of my life.  Beth is so blessed to be his mother even if he DOES give her a run for her money.  (something about paybacks I've heard!)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Here's Jackson !!



 This little guy was born on November 14, 2011 coming in at 7 lbs 4 ozs.  And 19 inches long.  He is perfect.  I am typing this on a laptop that I got for Scott and I don't have any of my other pictures of him on this one.  So this is what you are going to get.  MOST OF YOU have already seen him on facebook, but since I have not written in a long time I thought Marge might like to know I am alive and doing good !!!!!

 I am going to keep this little rascal for Beth while she works.  She went back to work at five weeks, working a three day week, then the next two weeks were four day weeks before going back full time after Christmas or New Years, I can't remember....She works for s really great lady who lets her take Jackson to work with her.  But she has decided it is just too hard to get anything done at work with the baby there.  She misses him, but has let me keep him two days this week and will do so again tomorrow.  He is really a good baby, easy keeper, and such a happy baby.


Today he got his two months shots.  I have not seen him so I don't know how he is doing.  She took him to work and then to the doctors office. But since I last talked to every one, we bought the house next door for Beth, Jackson and (?) Matt to live.  But Matt has since decided at this time he is going to stay at his mom's house.  They have a few things to work on before he will be living there again.  He is a really nice guy, he just has some things he needs to take care of before he will be mature and responsible enough to be a good dad and mate.  But I trust that God is in control and hope that my daughter will not only use her heart but her head as well.  She has more to take care of than just herself.  She is a GREAT mother.  I am really proud of her.  She is nervous...remember those days?  I do!!!!  But she is very attentive, very loving, and very proud of her son.

 They lived with us a week before Jackson was born for we had not closed on the house next door.  In fact, we were suppose to close like Nov. 10th, it didn't happen....Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are HORRIBLE to deal with.  I will NEVER buy a foreclosure house again.  NEVER.....but we finally got it, and it is going to be a nice house.  I am very proud of it and with time (and money) it will be a very nice home, one in which Jackson can grow up in if his momma wants.

This is gong to be a short one, but I wanted to get some news out there and let Marge know I am alive.  In fact, I am doing pretty darn good.  More to come later about the other grand kids and the rest of my life happenings....
Talk to you soon girls,
Lisa

Friday, November 4, 2011

Latest News

Ok, lets see...three months ago I posted right after we lost our precious Callie.  It was a rather depressing post so I will try to have this one much lighter.  And really I am doing much better, it has taken time, but I am going to be ok.  Can not believe the loss of a dog can hit one so hard, but let me tell you, it did.  I am still where I cry at certain times for no reason, but the times are getting fewer and farther in between. 

We have gotten another dog, not because I wanted one, but our poor Rudy was as depressed and I was.  He would not get off the sofa to even greet me at the door.  Completely out of his character.  So we found a 14 month old female (on Craigs list) and after looking at her Scott fell in love right away.  I did not.  But we took her home (hour and ahalf drive).  I did not like her, I cried ALL the time, and I wanted to send her back. Just way too soon.  Rudy did not like her either.  He was nice, and he put up with her, but he did not want to play.  All she wanted to do WAS play.  For a boxer, she is very calm, oh my goodness, could not believe that. And she is VERY loving.  She reminded me a lot of Callie.  Loving, kind, always wanting to touch you.  It was just more than I could take.  I took her to the vet to ensure she was healthy and after about $150.00 bill she was good to go. The owners had said she was up to date on her shots... she wasn't.  But she is now!  So after a battle with the previous owners and the not being truthful with me, we decided to keep her.  And I fell in love.  Abby is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met.  Boxers are wonderful dogs, great with family, loving, funny, guard dogs, and the list goes on.  Abby is just wonderful.  Callie was very dominate.  Abby is not.  She is not a big barker, and she just loves everyone.  I do not fear one bit, not for one second that she will bite anyone.  Of course any dog can bite.  But I have no fears.  I trust her, I test her, I work with her, and she is just the most loving thing in the world.  I have to tell you, I truly believe God and Callie sent her to me.  They knew I needed her.  And even though I am still very sad and miss Callie, my days and nights are more bearable with Abby and Rudy in my life.  She is so smart, knows tricks and minds so well.  She is the best combination of my Callie and Zoe in personality, not looks, but that's ok.   She is not nearly as pretty as Callie and Zoe were, but she makes up for it in Love....

We are about two weeks away from getting our little Jackson here too.  Beth is doing good.  She and Matt moved into an apartment with it being a disaster.  It smells sooooo badly. Tweakers live above her she thinks for they do weird things at weird times of day and night.  So they probably are meth users.  So they were able to get out of their lease.  We are still waiting on the word about buying the house next door.  We have a contract on it, but issues have developed. I still think we will come to an agreement on the house and will purchase it, but probably not before the baby gets here.  So I guess we will be having house guests for a few weeks.  I remember doing the same thing with my in laws years ago.  It was a much bigger house than what we have, but I remember we made it work and it was fine.  So I am confident we can make it here as well.  Ideal?  No way.  But for a short time we can do it.  Maybe they can save a few bucks, and I will help with the baby and Jordynn and it will give us time to work on fixing the house up before it becomes occupied.   I am so in love with the idea of owning five acres and two homes and Scott and I fixing it up.  I am good at remodeling homes, and Scott is good at doing my dreams for me.  So I have high hopes for this new goal for us.  It will be an investment for our future and that is the most exciting part of it all. 

My son and dil will be here for Christmas...can't believe that. Two years in a row?!  Wow.  Scott and TJ went deer hunting a couple weeks ago and was successful.  Yeah for them.  (said with sarcasm!) But they were happy. Scott is taking on a new job, still driving and delivering trucks, but with a different company.  The one now has a very hateful, vindictive mean spirited woman that makes his life too stressful for being retired.  So good by ugly lady.  This new company does not pay as well, but very close.  But the less stress is more important.  Me?  well I am still taking pictures here and there, still loving life beyond measure and can't wait for the baby to arrive. My life is calming down from the past year or so.  My step daughter is still seeing her boyfriend and it is much easier for her since her husband is gone out to sea. We have not seen our grand kids since the end of July, she is punishing us but the real punishment is Caleb and Allie don't have us in their lives.  But I have come to grips with it, she is being mean, hateful and unloving, but that is her decision not mine.  We have asked and asked for the kids but there is some reason why they can never come here.  We can't even talk to them. Oh well, she will answer for it some day.  She thinks I don't know what she is doing, but she forgets what I did for a living and how I find out things.  I have pictures and more information of her with the other family,and at some point in time it will benefit me.  But she will have to come to realize what she is doing and decide to change or she won't and things will continue.  It is her decision not mine.  Oh well.  Scott does not want to confront her with it, and I have come to realize that is HIS decision.  I will live my life as I know I should and that is all I can do.  So there it is girls.  My life is doing ok, and I hope and trust yours is too....Miss you girls and maybe I will get back to blogging more when I have PICTURES to post of a precious new little one. 

Love to you all,
me!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hello Again Ladies

Been Forever
Well I thought I should try to catch a few of you up who don't follow me on facebook...ie Marge! But I can also talk a little more privately and openly with my blog than I can on f/b.
A lot has been going on and boy have the emotions been high.
So Christmas came and went, we had a really nice time with Todd and I think he had a good time as well. We showed him a big family Christmas with tree, gifts, stocking, hidden gift to find, extended family, more gifts, and food. I think he had a good time and I think he will remember it. But it was short lived. by about Dec 29th I think, his father got out of prison. Todd became very agitated and life became a bit more complicated. But he lived through it and then school started back up a few days later.
It was after school starting again, his girlfriend broke up with him. He was pretty upset, as was I for he was getting some ugly text messages from girls. One cussed him out and he told me about it so my feathers got a little ruffled. But I didn't say anything to the girl. Around this same time Todd's mom got out of prison, Jan 11th. She was suppose to be picked up by Smith County deputies and transported back to Tyler for there was a warrant out for her arrest on bogus check (hot check). Well, they didn't do it.....we didn't know it, but she got out and got on a bus and went back to Tyler. Here is where the mess all started. She had wanted me to get her a bus ticket to Tulsa, find her a place to stay etc. She said I could drop her off at the Salvation Army. Well I checked into it and you can't do that. We were coming into some bad weather and cold temps, and there was no way I could drop a 64 year old lady in a wheel chair off and just leave her. AND I could not/would not bring her into my home. Todd started getting antsy and Scott and I both knew things were fixin' to get rough round here. She got mad and said I refused a collect call from her (I didn't), she started calling Todd and they would talk for hours. Or he would call her and talk for hours. I expected it, she is his mother and he loves her. But I just was not prepared for how he would change. He kept reassuring me that he was not leaving....We had some serious talks and I would cry, and at times so would he. I felt like we had really connected and did feel that he was going to stay with us.
We had planned to take Todd to Texas to visit with his mom the weekend after she was released. He had asked if we could go and he needed to see her. I understood that. We had planned this trip even before she was released. But the Friday before we were to go, Todd got into trouble at school. I feel the school went to an extreme, they suspended him OUT OF SCHOOL for five days. He was in computer class and not cooperating with the teacher. She got on to him and he said to another student (which she overheard) "she better not mess up my weekend or she will regret it." So they suspended him for threatening the teacher. I asked the principal to not give him out of school, but rather in school suspension. She said no. If the assistant principal had dealt with Todd, I think she would have done what I asked, but the principal has never been a Todd fan. She is the one that did not even want to let him in her school....because his grades were not high enough. (she told me that) Well there was no way I would keep him from going to see his mom. I had planned to get them a hotel room, and food etc so they could spend time....quality time together. But Friday night I talked to him and offered to let him stay the week there in Texas with his mom if he would ride the bus. Or we would drive him there and only stay the three days. Well he called his mom to ask if he could stay the week and it was a disaster. She shot him down, treated him like crap, he broke....he was completely broken by his mother. It was a HORRIBLE night. The next morning we decided to still go and still get the hotel room. The drive down there was horrible as well. She kept getting on to Todd every time he called her. She was so mean to him. I told Scott I did not like this, this trip was not going to end good at all.
As we got to Tyler, we stayed at TJ's house, took Todd around where all he wanted and needed to go. Starting with his "granny Ruth's" house. We took her the Christmas presents Todd had bought her, we visited for a minute and then left Todd there to visit. Scott and I just left to give them time together. After a couple hours, and by this time it was late at night, we headed back to TJ's house, and here we go again. Todd's mom and Todd get into an argument over the phone. I can't stand it. She gets on to him for not coming to see her. I finally call her myself and tell her, I was the one driving the car, not him, and I was not going to North Tyler. sorry, but not going to happen. TJ told me to stay out of there especially late at night. So that is what I did. I had gotten them a hotel room for the next day and night, I had bought food for them, soda, tea, candy, and cash to go eat on...and you know what she says???? What? They aren't taking us out to a nice restaurant to eat? Ummmm nope! not after how you have treated Todd for the past several hours and me for that matter. I really was dreading this hole weekend.
Sunday we took Todd to the hotel, gathered up all the food and things. We had pictures of Todd that I had taken, lotions and bubble bath, shampoo, conditioner, all kinds of personal things for her to have. A nice batch of items for her to have. We drop him off, and we leave.
We had talked to the front desk and told them about what all had been happening. We asked if she would keep her ears opened in case there is an argument would she call me. She said she would. She being the lady that runs the front desk and I am guessing owns the hotel (Mrs. Patel) for she lives there. She was super nice and I really appreciated how she was so willing to help. So all night I was very nervous....it was a bad feeling....I was honestly very worried for and about Todd. That was a very long night for me.
The next day we went to the hotel to get Todd. We had told him we would be there between 10 and 11. We arrived at 10:15, went to his room and spoke to his mom. I told him we needed to be heading out, for we were going to go get his things from "Vicki", the lady who threw him out of the house when TJ met up with him. He wanted to get his special things and we were going to try and help him reach that goal. Well, that started the first of the problems of that day. First he was mad because he wanted to wait till 11:00 to leave. I told him no, I was sorry, but we had a long drive home, and plus getting his things from Vicki, we needed to be going. He was mad. We told him we would be waiting for him in the car. He came out in a few minutes. All this time his mother never said thank you, or anything. She kept saying to him in a whiney voice, "it's ok Todd, just go on, I will be fine...." I knew we were going to be in trouble. As we were driving to Vicki's house, his anger continued. I had him call her to make sure she was home. She wasn't. She was in another town about 20 minutes away. there started the second problem. He wanted his things, she was not home. I spoke with her on the phone and asked if there was another person that could give him his things...she said yes, but she did not want Todd in her house. I said ok, I understood. So I went to the house and got the things she handed out to me and Todd was FURIOUS. He wanted in that house. When he did not get all his stuff that he wanted he became more enraged. Scott had to basically keep him in the car. We left and drove around the corner to wait for Vicki at Tony's house. Tony could calm him down if anyone could. Well for over an hour Todd just kept going on and on, not calming down, I called his mom, I called vicki, I was getting pretty worn down. Todd didn't want to come home. bottom line.....Tony asked for me to let Todd stay the week (well a few days) and since he was suspended I really didn't have any choice. I knew if we tried to MAKE him get in the car he would fight us all the way back home. So we had to just let him stay. I knew it was a bad decision....for him. But I also knew he was not my son and I could not make him go. I cried. I hugged him and told him goodbye, told him I loved him, kissed his cheek, and that is the last time I have seen him. I cried....I sobbed....Scott even asked me to let him drive, but I said no, I was fine, I wasn't but I wanted to drive. About an hour out of town we get a phone call and the police have already been called to Tony's house involving Todd. What a mess.
Now that we are home and things are settling down, Todd has called and stayed in touch. His phone conversations have not been that good towards us either. He was suppose to stay a week and then come back but I knew in my heart it was not going to happen, and I was right. The next weekend when I called and was making the arrangements to get his bus ticket he had an attitude with me and I just told him goodby and hung up the phone. I knew it was not going to work, the week that he stayed there in Texas, he had returned to the boy that he once was. I had to say good by to the Todd I knew, the Todd was had watch change and grow. Now he calls and still wants me to hurry up and mail him his clothes, get him his things, give him his stuff that we have gotten for him while he was here. I had cleaned out cabinets and given him some things for him and his mom.....they want them now. Oh by the way....after leaving him there, he is NOT living with his mom. He can't. So now he is back to staying with Granny Ruth and she does not have room for him,but he is there. He is in school after being out for two weeks......he tells me it is really hard for they do not work with him on his schedule or classes or anything. I told him I was sure sorry. He told me he was bored, for he can't get on the internet, or do anything.....I told him I was sure sorry. He asked if I had mailed his I-pod yet.....nope, we have had a blizzard here and no mail even ran for over a week, and then another storm came in and I had not gotten out to mail him anything. Then he calls and wants to know where his check is. Where HIS money is....then his mom emails me demanding his check and his things. So I called S.S. and told them what is going on, what the situations is and we got things worked out. I am off his case, and his mother can go to the S. S. office and take it up with them. I was told she will not get the money for Todd is not living with her. But not my problem. I told his mom that I will bring all his stuff to him my next trip to Texas. I have everything boxed up and I am ready for it to be out of my house. but I don't want to take it there when Ruth has no room for his things, and his mother doesn't have room for it, and I am not where I can go to Texas right now anyways. So it will happen when I can make it happen. We already spent $20.00 mailing his first box of clothes. He has another three big boxes, and two or three little boxes....plus his laundry "tub" and his prized pitcher and bowl set from his natural grandmother. It will be a car load no doubt. I can take it and go see TJ, but not for another couple weeks. He had even talked about coming up for spring break, but I doubt that he will now. Life has been complicated. I miss him, but I think it is pretty sure that he can't come back. We had told him this door was always opened. But I fear that now with all that has been said and done, and the treatment we have gotten from him/them does not lend me to have much of an open door policy now. He will have to have a huge change of heart if he ever wants to come back. He has already started back to a lot of his old ways and I don't want to have to deal with that again. His mother is not taking care of him, but she has ruined him for us.
there is a lot more to talk about with my daughter and her boyfriend, my step daughter and her husband....life is crazy. But I will stop for now and try to post another one in the next month or two...ahahah!!!!
I am doing ok, i miss Todd, but I am honestly ok. Our life is settling back down. I think of this and that thinking Todd would have enjoyed doing this, or Todd would have enjoy enjoyed eating there...but he made his choices and that is all I can do......accept it....and hope he know I love him and always will.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Introduction to Todd








New Houseguest...
Well we are starting to settle in with our new house guest. Todd is really a great kid and we are so happy that our lives are enriched by his presense. Everyone is so nice to say how lucky Todd is to be in our home...and although I do appreciate those comments, I want to tell you how blessed WE ARE to have him. My life was good before, but now I feel so, so, so needed? So full of love? So happy, I don't know what words to use but I do like the feeling. Yes it is stressful, I can not deny that, yesterday was a VERY hard day. I have spent more time on the phone than I have in ages. I have had a horrible headache, and I am tired. But I have something I am working towards, I have a goal, a mission, a job. I have had my eyes opened as to how "other" people get treated at school when you are not known and helped and liked. Wow, what an eye opening experience to be a part of the real world. In Enid I never dealt with these types of problems that I have with Todd. The school we enrolled in him was not in our district..had to get a transfer. Ok, we did. Toured the school, got his school supplies, bus route figured out, clothes bought, let him skip the first day (sorry) to go dove hunting with all my family (men folk!). We got a phone call that he was not able to attend school there for he was in fact in the 9th grade not 8th. Now we have to send him to a totally different school. Was advised to NOT attend the large school that is closest to us. Many many issues with it. And not the best enviroment for Todd. So we went to the little country school about 10 miles away. They fought me on wanting to go there. We have the right to go where ever we want and they can not refuse us....so she tried on the card that I am not his legal guardian. Oh yes I am. But she says no for the papers are not signed by a judge. I explained we are not taking his mothers rights away from her, he is living with us till she is able to take care of him (ie, get out of jail). She fought me more and I had to beg and plead. NEVER have I been made to feel so bad about a child needing to go to school. She told me she (the school) has a reputation for high academics. Todd will not achieve those same high levels. The boy has not attened school regularly for the past three years. Texas passed him due to his age not ability. I talked to them too. They were hateful. Asked me if I expected them to give Todd a permanent parking space, how many times did I expect them to retain him. I had some snappy comeback, don't remember what it was, but I was truly offended that a COUNSELOR would speak of a child in that manner and especially to a stranger. She made some comment when I told her I was the person who has taken Todd into my home and I asked her what "I" could do to help him. She said something this and that, and then said "well God bless you", it was meant to be sarcastic, and I replied "thank you, He certainly already has!"




Ok, I put this post on hold and now I have lots more to talk about. I should learn to write more often and smaller postings, but just does not seem to work that way with me.




Well we got him into school and he had a pretty good first day....however I cried like a baby. I felt so bad taking him to a school that just was not "friendly" towards him, but he seemed to have a good day. We took him out to eat at Freddies, a famous steak house in Sapulpa and my parents came, my daughter and her boyfriend came and then even my cousin and her husband came. We had a nice visit, and hopefully made Todd feel really good about himself. The next day was Friday and seemed to be a pretty good day as well. So I was told. Until he got into the last two periods of the day. A girl (new friend) told him a guy wanted to fight him. Over her. He is some ex kind of friend so she says. The boy and his "friends" were waiting for Todd after class. Todd went to the office and requested to speak to the counselor. One of the boys was in the office with him and the secretary kept asking him why he "needed" to talk to the counselor, but the boy was standing right behind Todd. He just told her he needed to talk to her. Finally she went and got a different principal than the one we had trouble with while enrolling him, and said right out loud, "I don't know why he needs to see the counselor, he won't tell me". S o she took him into the office and Todd told her there was going to be an altercation and he wanted to avoid it. She asked him who it was and Todd said he didn't know the boy. She said, you go to school here and you don't know who is threatening you? He said, this is only my second day of school here. She then asked him why he had a pencil in his hand, was he going to stab the kid? He told her no.Now if all this conversation really took place...I AM OFFENDED. But we will see. T oday is a new day.




I have been taking pictures of Todd, partly because I want to, and partly because HE wants me to. It has been fun, I enjoy it, and he seems to enjoy it too. He has enjoyed his new clothes, lays them out on the bed and matches them with this and that just to see how they look. He says he is a girl when it come to his clothes, I think it is that he hasn't had new clothes and he like lookin' good. I am hoping that he fabricates a lot. If he is telling me the truth about half of the things he says, then he has had LOTS of money in his life....I just don't believe it, he has NOTHING to show for it, so I don't believe it. No bling, no fancy cars, no money of any kind etc...so I just don't think he is telling the full truth about his whole past. I think it sounds good in Texas, with other people, but it does not sound all that to me. He will have to learn a new past, new stories to tell, new things to be proud of.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Road Trip

Marge, you won't believe this !!!!!
In case you have not heard on facebook, Scott and I are going to welcome a 15 year old young man into your home! This guy has been introduced to us via TJ and his "professional" meeting with Todd. Todd's family is not available to take care of him and this young man needs some structure, guidance, and love. This young man needs a place to lay his head, and some meat on his bones. And I can take care of all these needs.....plus add a helping of love, care and acceptance. So as of right now, I am packing my bags, heading to Texas, picking him, taking him to visit his mother that is three hours away from him and then bringing him home to start a new life at least for a while. We are so excited to have this young man. TJ thinks the kid has soo much potential and we are at this time happy to offer him the chance. Will fill you in more later, but just wanted people to know we are so looking forward to having a new guest in our home!