Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Look how tiny she is! I was very much enjoying being an Aunt!
Now we'd like to welcome our own new little addition. This may come as a surprise to some of you but we were finally able (slightly agaisnt his will) to convince Barry to let us have a real pet. Rachel has ask for nothing but a cat for her birthday for the past 3 years. We finally gave in and although her birthday was on the 12th the kitten wasn't old enough to leave it's mom until yesterday. Since we are fairly certain that she is a girl we have chosen the name of Missy but just in case we are wrong she may just turn out to be a Mister! Either way almost everyone in our house is thrilled beyond measure by her arrival.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Some of you might be wondering how our road trip there and back went with 9 kids. First of all let me just say that we have been blessed with good travelers. Second of all we took audio CD's and listened to stories the whole time. We also took portable DVD players but only watched 1 movie! We put a story in and everyone would remind everyone else to be quiet so they didn't miss anything. A couple of times Stetson fell asleep and would then beg us to rewind the story so he wouldn't miss anything.
Highlights: Kerri spent most of her trip in the stroller but she was able to ride most of the rides. I discovered that I do like roller-coasters and fast rides but I have to take Dramamine in order to enjoy them. Justin and Stetson were able to go off by thierselves a few times with the walkie-talkie, I think they enjoyed that. Hayden, Treyton, and Ammon loved the rides and everything but were totally disappointed when they were to short for the rides. Savannah and Rachel enjoyed the girlie rides at Disneyland and got thier faces painted at Hollywood Studio's. Cassidy enjoyed being big enough for the scary rides and was even brave enough to go on most of them. All the kids loved Sea World and tried thier hardest to get wet by the Killer Whales. We enjoyed feeding the Sea Lions although when the seagulls stole Stetson's food and the sea lion fishes he wasn't very impressed. Barry loved all the big rides and was the least impressed with the ride I loved the most (Soaring over California). All in all it was a great trip and we think we will visit California again sometime. Hope you all enjoy the pictures.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
1 - Stetson Blaze (Layne?) Holman
DOB: 5/8/94 = age 14
2 - Justin Andrus Holman
DOB: 10/2/95 = 13 (next month!)
3 - Cassidy Lucille Rice
DOB: 12/11.97 = 10
4 - Hayden Todd Holman
DOB: 11/4/98 = 9
5 - Ammon Jerrold Rice
DOB: 7/12/99 = 9
6 - Treyton Heber Holman
DOB: 12/7/99 = 8
7 - Rachel Linda Rice
DOB: 9/12/01 = 7 (Friday!)
8 - Savannah Bailey Holman
DOB: 5/6/02 = 6
9 - Kerri Lois Rice
DOB: 5/21/04 = 4
As you can imagine our home is often pretty crazy! You might be surprised to find out that it is not nearly as crazy as we imagined it could be. Since we both came from large families, having loads of children around is not new to either of us. Although we can be honest and admit that it is sometimes overwhelming we love being parents to each and everyone of these 9 wonderful children. As a mother I have always loved my children and as a step-mom I can honestly say that I have grown to love my new children as well. From the time I was a little tiny girl I wanted to be a mother and it would seem that my prayers have been answered, I have the big family that I've always wanted and it really couldn't be better. There is a reason for pretty much every song on our list and one in particular is dedicated to my children. It describes what I hope and dream for them better then I ever could. They've heard me say it every time it comes on the radio but it truly is our wish for the. The song is My Wish by Rascal Flatts. The words are:
I hope the days come easy and the moments pass slow
And each road leads you where you want to go
And if you’re faced with the choice and you have to choose
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you
And if one door opens to another door closed
I hope you keep on walkin’ ‘til you find the window
If it’s cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile
But more than anything, more than anything
Chorus:My wish for you. Is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold. And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to, I hope you know somebody loves you. And wants the same things too. Yeah, this is my wish.
I hope you never look back but you never forget. All the ones who love you.
And the place you left, I hope you always forgive and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get. Oh, you find God’s grace in every mistake
And always give more than you take. But more than anything, yeah more than anything
Chorus: My wish for you. Is that this life becomes all that you want it to. Your dreams stay big, your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold. And while you’re out there gettin’ where you’re gettin’ to, I hope you know somebody loves you. And wants the same things too. Yeah, this is my wish. This is my wish I hope you know somebody loves you. May all your dreams stay big.