Regan and I Are a Family!!

Shepherd, Regan, and I Are a Family!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Our Summer So Far

Regan's new obsession is with sunglasses (gasses as she calls them)
Posing with two of her favorite things, gases and fwip fwops.
At the fishing tournament.

Whew!! It has been a pretty busy summer so far! I am working summer school, but that ends next week and so the great battle to pay bills begins in earnest as I won't get a paycheck for over a month! I am so sick of money and the lack of money being on the forefront of my thoughts every hour of the day, but then I realize I am so lucky compared to so many and so I need to stop my whining. Okay, I"m done!

I am stalling from going out into the humid, hot, humid, hot, humid weather to finish mowing my lawn. I turned off my sprinklers in the hopes that all my grass would die and most of it did, but unfortunately, the weeks are heartier than that and are taking over. Some of them are ridiculously tall and so I could no longer take it.....I had to mow. I. hate. to. mow.

We have done numerous library programs, including a magic show, reptile show, Ding Darling Animal Refuge Show, a funny singing play, and others. Konnor also got to play a Wii for the first time as they have Wii games on Fridays at the library. They sign up six kids for 1/2 hour slots, for three or fours hours in the afternoon. It was Wii sporting and had a bowling competition going. I was afraid he wasn't going to get how to do it because he had never played before and alot of the kids were very comfortable on the Wii. I shouldn't have worried as he was high scorer out of the entire day!! 586 pins on the game they played!

Regan and Konnor are both in swimming class. Konnor learned how to swim a couple of weeks ago when we went to Sunsplash for the $5 dollar days. He now needs to work on endurance and confidence and he loves it! Regan, not so much. I really need to get her in a pool more often. She loves, loves, loves, water and has a blast when playing in the pool, but hates, hates, hates swimming lessons and clings to me like a barnacle.

We also went to the Calusa Nature Center and went to a summer nights program where we saw more animals, watched a Planetarium Show (I loved it) and went to a camp fire and ate smores (and yes, it was over 90 degrees, but at least it kept the bugs away!). Regan did not like smores, I was quite surprised! They have a turtle tank there, and Regan continued her terror of turtles. We have a membership to the Nature Center so I think we are going to go quite often so that hopefully she will get over her fear.

Konnor went to a fishing tournament this weekend and had a blast! He caught one fish!

My grandparents are coming down for the 4th of July and so we are looking forward to their visit.

Okay, enough stalling, I need to go mow before it starts raining. Why is it that the rain isn't cooling, but just makes it muggy?!?!?!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

My blogger friend, Amy, has tagged me, and I"m sorry it has taken me so long to finally get it together and answer the questions! I have never been tagged before, so this is a first!

5 Things I was doing 10yrs ago:

1. Let's see, 10 years ago I had just turned 23 (I had to think about that for a second!!) so I was in my first semester of Physical Therapy School. We started that summer.

2. I was working as a rehabiliation technologist making beans for money and so I also waitressed (Chili's - loved me that chip drawer that got my rear end expanding!) and worked at the vet's office (where I proceeded to try and adopt every stray animal that came through until I finally had to say "no more").

3. I was dating a guy that I had been going out with since I was 19.

4. I was driving my most favorite car - a black Del Sol, you know....the ones where the roof came off and it stored in the trunk. My little two seater stick shift that I loved, loved, loved. Several months later and a month before it was paid off, it got totaled.

5. Meeting new friends and starting a whole new avenue in life, and really enjoying college. About a year later, my new found life led to the extinction of the above referenced number 3 as he was the jealous, cheating type.

5 Things on my list to do today???

1. Clean this house!

2. Mow the lawn!

3. Fill out some paperwork forms

4. Call the state of Florida to see about getting a medicaid number so that I can treat patients privately (dorfus, computer illiterate me managed to lock up my application so that I can't move forward).

5. Research mini crabs as that it the next animal I think Regan would enjoy. We love watching them at the local PetSmart!! I love that Regan loves animals as much as I do!

5 Favorite snack foods????

1. Only five, what snack food isn't a favorite?!?!? Okay, let's see: cupcakes, homemade not the store bought ones

2. Cheetos, the puffy kind

3. Cheesecake

4. I am currently hooked on Chick-o-sticks

5. Sour Starburst

5 Things I would do if I were a billionaire????

1. Be a stay at home mom, I so desperately want to stay home with Regan, but seeing as how I am the only income I"m thinking that isn't a possiblity!

2. Take care of all my family's financial needs and let us all be debt free and move out to the country

3. Adopt another child or two (special needs)

4. Set up a fund for spaying and neutering animals and fund no kill shelters for all animals

5. Set up a scholarship fund for needy children

5 Places I have lived????

1. Sad to say, I was born and raised in Lee County and have only lived in three homes my entire life - one in Fort Myers, One in Alva, and now in Cape Coral.

I would move in a second if Konnor's mom didn't live down here. My whole family would probably move further north, the Carolina's, Tennesee or Denver would be my choice!

I am now supposed to tag five people, but can only think of four, so I tag:

1. Tricia

2. Carolyn

3. Anna

4. Darolyn, but since she is currently in China, she is allowed to take awhile to get back with us!!

Monday, June 16, 2008


Today has been pretty rough.....

My niece and nephew were unexpectedly picked up by their mother. This all happened within a 24 hour period and we are all reeling from the shock.

I can't grasp my head around the worry that I have for the future of those two children. I"m not sure they are going to grow up to be well adjusted adults and that breaks my heart and makes me feel so helpless. My nephew especially needs support and assistance that I"m not sure we could provide and I feel for sure he won't get when he goes back to his previous home. What do you do in a situation like that? What is the best thing for these children and how do we provide it? Every child needs stability and I am so upset we were blocked from having a relationship with them for over 10 years. I feel that at this point, we won't be able to have a lasting positive impact on their lives. Then I think of Konnor, and he also felt the impact of this on his life. He often was the butt of their jokes and would be ganged up on and belittled. What is right for his well being? I have been sick all day worrying about the the mom and I didn't even get to say goodbye as their mother was supposed to be here at midnight tonight and unexpectedly showed up around 4 pm before we were off of work and promptly loaded up and left. We didn't even hug them goodbye as we thought we would see them again. I am worried contact will be cut off again and we won't ever see them again. I wonder what could have been if we had only been given a chance to be part of their lives as they were growing up.

There are no winners in this situation.

Monday, June 02, 2008

The Doctor is in the House

I'm ready for my first patient. Okay Tiki, open up and say "ah".
Deep breath in.
Good job, Tiki. You were a wonderful patient. Please see my secretary, Marmie, for a sticker on your way out.
Whew! I'm beat after a long day at the office!