Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Confessional



It is Friday and you all know what that means?  Yep, you guessed it, time to fess up.  Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love.  She host this little party every Friday.  
I confess...

The beginning of the week started of great with Noah. Last weekend, Noah thanked me and told me he was sorry.  SORRY, I have never EVER heard Noah tell me he was sorry for doing something and I mean ever.  Oh, I have seen he was sorry by the way his face looked from time to time but for him to speak the words was a BIG deal.  He told me he was sorry for how he talked to me the night prior.  He told me he was sorry for his behavior and thanked me for not giving up on him and doing everything I can for him.  This conversation was out of the blue at dinner one night.  It came from no where.  I cannot express how deeply touched I am that he made this big step.

I confess...

HOWEVER with Noah each day brings a different challenge.  I got a text yesterday from my husband "Don't freak but Noah just got caught shoplifting at Hy-Vee."   UM Yes, I did freak out.  Sadly, his brother Ethan was just clocking in for work when he saw his brother in their office with the police. Todd just happened to be in the store so they paged him to come to the courtesy counter. Ethan was totally embarrassed because the officer mentioned something to him and the manager in front of his colleagues AND with the police involved, this means Todd's co-workers are also aware of what went down.  How embarrassing for him especially since December 1 he will be a supervisor there.  I feel badly for both as for Noah, I just do not have words for his actions any more.  I told him his birthday money and Christmas money will be held for all of the fees associated with this and now he will have to mark "yes" to criminal charges on applications until he is 18 when applying for jobs.

I confess...

I am so worn out by this kid.  I have never wanted to give up so badly in my entire life but know I cannot give up.  I have no choice until he is 18.  He will be 15 November 13th.  I will always love him but he just does not even try any more. I pray the mental testing in December to determine what is actually wrong with him truly helps because I am at a loss. I would love to say..."Here Dad, you take him."  because his Dad keeps thinking he can straighten him out but I cannot do that when he was abusive with Matthew and has child abuse charges on him due to that.  This is so hard trying to think of everyone safety.

I confess...

Todd and I both work until 7 pm tonight and we will basically miss Trick or Treat night by the time we came home. We decorated less this year because of not being home. Noah will be handing out candy.  I hope he behaves right. 

I confess...

I had to end with a positive.  This morning Ethan just made my morning.  He and his girlfriend have been working on a costume.  She sewed his pants and made his wig.  He looks so adorable. I cannot wait to see them together.  Ethan is Raggedy Andy.  Noah looked cute too but he is not as dressed up, his was simple he is a black cat. I will post their pictures tomorrow along with our very slimmed down decorations this year.


What do you have to confess this week?

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Confessional


It is Friday and you all know what that means?  Yep, you guessed it, time to fess up.  Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love.  She host this little party every Friday.  

I confess...  

I last weekend was one of the best in a long time, both Saturday and Sunday.  (Except for moving my son.)  I was able to capture some of Autumn's beauty on Saturday. Here is a little repeat of my top three and if you want to see more, I posted about it, you can click here to read about it.
I confess...

Sunday's weather was grand too, so we took Taj to the park.  We had a lot of fun. Noah spent the day with his oldest brother, so it was just Taj, Todd, and I.
 Can you see him laughing?
 SPIDERMAN!!!
 Oh!  Hello There.
 
 
 
 
 He's into Super Heroes right now.  
Especially Spiderman!
 
 
 
 
I confess...

I have basically one more month of enjoying my husband as often as I do.  He will be promoted after Thanksgiving to the Evening Supervisor and his hours will be 7 pm to 3 am one week and then the following week he works four 10 hour days and I am not sure if he will have to tack on an hour ant the beginning and the ending of his shift or two hours prior.  His days off will vary like now but he will have every Sunday off and three of the four Saturdays off.

I confess..

Although I am thrilled for him, because this is an opportunity, I am NOT thrilled about the hours.  I work 10:30 am to 7 pm and I will not see my husband except for his days off and when he comes home and crawls into bed with me for a few hours.

I confess...

I will support him regardless of the hours because he is so supportive to me.  I love this man.

What do you have to confess this week?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Happy List ~ Autumn's Beauty: Lake MacBride State Park & Taj's Impersonation


I love love love the beauty of Autumn and this weekend I was so HAPPY Todd and I was able to go out to Lake MacBride State Park to view the beauty and in hopes of getting some great pictures.  I am so HAPPY with a lot of my photos.  I actually took a photo what I have always envisioned taking.  I hope you enjoy them too.
 The first three are my absolute favorites.
 This shot, I was standing on a large rock in the middle of the spill way.
I was scared but not as scared as taking a picture of the water drop.
 This is a picture I have always dreamed of taking.  
An empty road lined with beautiful Autumn leaves.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Below is the edge of the drop off.  I was shaking from fear of the heights.




I cannot even imagine the beauty these family see daily living near the lake.
The only down fall would be when it floods.
Do you see the large rock near the tree trunk?
It's near the right side.  In front of the rock and behind the log is a patch of grass.
Well that was where I was standing taking picture number two.
I then ventured out to another rock to take the drop off picture.
I could not have made it out there without Todd's assistance.
He took the picture below.  He climbed this very steep mound.
I sent my camera with him.



Sunday we watched Taj and right before our nap time Todd read a Monsters Inc. book at Taj's request.  While reading Taj started to impersonate Roz.  I laughed and laughed at him and asked him if I could record him.  I am sorry for the poor lighting.  The video was taken on my camera.  This kid really makes me HAPPY!  ENJOY!
video
Now here is Roz.  I think he did a pretty good job.


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Colony Pumpkin Patch


A couple of weekends ago, Todd, Noah, Taj and I went to Colony Pumpkin Patch.  I never even knew there was a large pumpkin patch so close and in the city of North Liberty.  North Liberty is one of the Corridors to Iowa City now. The pumpkin patch is so close to where I work, maybe at the most five minutes.  I did not give Noah a choice. 
 He did not want to go at first but Taj is like sugar and melts everyone and Noah started to have fun too. 
 One of my favorites, the guys walking towards the beginning...
And so our adventure begins.

We went to the shed to pay for the Lil' Pumpkins Playground. 
Inside the shed, we found a huge sandbox filled with corn.
Taj loved playing in it.  
Where else but in Iowa would one fill a large sandbox with corn?
 He played
 and played
 and even got Noah involved.
 HEY!!! What did I capture on Noah?
 A smile.  He was enjoying it too.
 After a long while we then headed to the Lil' Pumpkins Playground.

 Our first stop! Taj loves jumping and Noah wished he was a little smaller to participate too.
 PENGUIN DOWN! PENGUIN DOWN!
 He was having so much fun.  You can see his laughter in this picture.
While Taj was playing in the bounce house, Noah was over at the gutter race track.
Soon Taj and Todd joined in and they raced one another.

 Look...another smile on Noah's face!
 Taj did not care if he won or lost.  He had fun playing in the water.
 Then of course he had to do it all by his self too.
 After the gutter races we found a rope web for the boys to climb on.
 I love how Taj thinks he is just as old has his uncles. 
Just look at him following his uncle.
ADORABLE!!
 The two were having a great time and laughing!
 Below Taj was preparing to be Spiderman and shoot his web.
 Taj ended up getting off sooner than Noah.  He cracked me up.
He went to the edge while Noah was on the web still and said,
"Noah, watch your step." and then started to shake the web net. 
Ha ha ha... he tried to knock him off his feet.
Where he came up with that idea we have no idea.

We then headed over to the barrel rides.
 Do you see the little one in the third barrel?  
Yes, that is Taj sitting on the floor trying to be funny.
Then he turned around and rode it backwards for most of the ride.
 Near the end he rode correctly.  This was our response when we asked him if it was fun.
 Next came the tube slide.
 Noah told me he was too old for this one.
 WAIT... What did I capture?
 Noah having fun on the slide too!
 My batteries in my camera was running low, so Todd went to the gas station to pick up more for me.
I have a wonderful husband.  While he was gone it started to rain a little.  
I pulled the two in our little wagon to shelter.
 Luckily the rain was just a drizzle and stopped.  
Next stop was the corn maze and Noah was looking forward to this the most.
He thought the fact we had a map of the maze was a horrible idea.  
He felt like it was cheating.
 (Map on the right.  On the left is an area to punch to get credit for going to that station.
The maze was two miles long.)
 Noah took off without us.  He wanted to do it on his own.
 We were a tad slower because of me and the wagon..
and Taj.
 Noah got lost and heard our voices and found us.  We helped him get back on track.
He then found the map was a good idea because one can get lost easily in this maze.
 We got lost off track a couple of times.  Noah beat us and had to wait 25 minutes for us.
 I had to take the following picture.  
Noah was having a hard time holding Taj up and his own face in the hole.
Todd was paying for our pumpkins.
 Noah's Grandpa Titler used to fix Harvest International Tractors. 
He was part owner of a shop too prior to getting sick and dieing.
 My Grandpa O'Connor, Noah's Great Grandpa worked for John Deere.
Many many years until he retired.  The only job my Grandfather ever had other than 
his service in the Army.
It was a great time!  I believe we were there for nearly three hours and did not even go into the large pumpkin patch to pick our own pumpkin or take a hay rack ride.  It was lunch time and we spent a LONG time in the corn maze.  They do this once a year at night too, where people will go through the maze with a flash light.  If we ever do that, there will be no Taj.  (ha ha ha)  They also have a large bon fire that night going as well.  Maybe next year we will take just the older kids and do something like this with them.   We definitely will be adding this to our must do every year now.

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