Thursday, January 24, 2013
Of course, I can never remember an example when people ask me, so I'm going to document this one so I'll remember it.
The other night I was watching Oprah interview Drew Barrymore when Eric walked into the living room:
E: is that Demi Moore?
Me: (sarcastically). Demi Moore? Yeah, Eric, that's Demi Moore.
E: Oh...(taking a better look and knowing it's not Demi)...what is her name?
Me: Drew Barrymore.
E: yeah, that's it. She looked just like any other hokey mom. You know a hokey mom?
Me: a hokey mom??!! No, I don't know what a hokey mom is. (Thinking it's an African saying)
E: you know, like Sarah Palin.
Me: like who?
E: Sarah Palin.
Me: oh! A HOCKEY mom!!
To his credit, he was saying HOCKEY the whole time, but I was hearing HOKEY. I told him it threw me off because we're in the south and use "soccer mom" more than "hockey mom".
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The night my sister, DeAnne, went into labor is not a fun memory, though. It was about 6 weeks before her due date and her dad was working out of town. It was a Wednesday night and I had been home sick from school that day. Just as DeAnne and another sister Candace were getting ready to take Cassie and Dani (My nieces/Cierra's older sisters) to church, DeAnne's water broke. So Candace took Cassie and Dani to church and my mom and I took DeAnne to the hospital. I was too young to stay home by myself, 4th or 5th grade, and since I'd been sick, I couldn't go to church. I remember being so scared for my sister and for Cierra.
God watched over all involved though and after a scary labor, she was born. I remember her being soooo cute as she grew and had some of the most talked about hair at church!!
Cierra is on a new adventure this year, living out in NM with an uncle of her's on her dad's side. From what I hear she is loving it and I'm sooooo glad!! Maybe one day soon we'll get her here to TX for a visit.
Love you, Cierra and happy birthday.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Since it was her weekend to go to her mom's, we celebrated her birthday Friday night. She chose to have a sleepover with the girls from her Sunday school class. This was her first sleepover and boy was she excited!!
The night consisted of making pizza, eating cupcakes, making bead jewelry, opening presents, making sand art, *loud* karaoke "singing", eating popcorn, watching movies, *very* little sleeping, and *lots* of playing, playing, playing. The girls seemed to have so much fun and it was really fun watching and listening to them. We're so blessed to have some great Christian friends to raise our kids with!! I know these little ladies are forming lifelong friendships. :)
All the girls were so sweet to Kip, too. They didn't mind and even enjoyed having him tag right along with them. Such sweeties!!
*Since I didn't get permission to share these photos online, I'm going to blur the girls' faces to respect their privacy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEET KORYAHNA!!
We love you very much and you bring so much joy and pride to our lives!!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
As you enter our house from the garage you pass through the laundry room into a hallway and the bathroom is directly across it.
Kip and I were in the living room. I was looking through grocery sales papers while Kip was trying to destroy them. Eric heard me fussing at Kip, so he thought he was with me...which he was. Until he saw Eric go into the restroom. I saw Eric too and saw Kip run off in that direction. I took the opportunity to quickly glance through the rest of the papers then proceeded to clean them up and get on about my to do's. I figured Kip was in the bathroom with Eric, because let's keep it real, when you have a little one, you ALWAYS have a potty partner. :)
As Eric headed back out, I heard him in the laundry room and called out to him to grab his SPARK I'd made him. Before he could respond, I hear him say, "Kip! What is Kip doing outside?!" I of course run in to find Eric holding him. I'm confused because there are 2 doors between the hall and the garage that stay shut and one of them has a baby proof handle.
Eric had left BOTH doors open as he ran in to use the restroom. As Kip headed to visit him in the bathroom, he noticed the doors open and headed left rather than right. Eric DID close the bathroom door though, so he never even saw Kip over that way.
No big deal, it's just the garage, right?? The garage door was up. At first we were glad he had just stepped into the garage, because that's where Eric saw him. But when I reached for him, his pants were wet and his feet cold and muddy.
That's right, our 16 month old was out in the drive way roaming around without us even knowing he was missing!!
It scares me to death to think what could have happened to him, even in that short amount of time.
Sooooo thankful that God was watching over him, then and always, as we struggle to do our best!!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Braydon hasn't had a very easy time. He's been dealt some rotten circumstances at times and honestly some crummy genetics (mostly from his dad's side). He isn't where he wants to be, but he is a hard worker and I know that he has some great things that will come to him in his future.
Happy Birthday, Braydon, we love you!!
And happy 16 months to this little guy...
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Like the other day when I picked Kory up and she had something red all down the front of her. As I suspected, it was ketchup from lunch. It was all raised and crusty, as if it hasn't even been wiped. When I asked her if she had used her napkin to wipe it off, she replied, "I didn't think of that." Ugh! Really??!!
Then today when we got home and she took her hood off, I noticed that one of her "poofs" had fallen. This has happened before while she's been at school so I asked her when during the day it had happened. She thought for a minute then proceeded to tell me that when she woke up this morning it was like that. WHAT??? You WENT to school like that??? Now, let me explain how she got by me without me noticing.
Since Kip still doesn't sleep through the night and you never know how much or how long he'll be up during the night, Eric does the morning with Kory - making sure she's up, getting ready on time and drops her off at school. Kip and i usually get up just before they leave to drop her off.
A few months into the school year, Kory was not having time to get ready and to school in time for breakfast. This was a result of Eric oversleeping and Kory piddling. So I set up her alarm and a morning 'To Do' list and she was thrilled to have some independence. Kory doesn't have trouble getting up in the morning, especially for school...she LOVES school!! So this plan has been working out well, except for the couple of times we've forgotten to turn the alarm on (usually Mondays of course!).
On her morning list, when it says "hair" she is supposed to go to Eric and have him FIX her hair. Usually it just requires applying some product for frizz and maybe pulling it back again. I do the most part of fixing it when I wash it, so in the morning it's just "touch up".
Anyway, this morning when I got up, she was already ready to go with her jacket on and her hood on her head. I told her to put her heavier coat on since it had snowed and to wear her penguin Anita had given her. She went into her room, out of my sight, and did just that. When I saw her again as she had her penguin hat AND coat hood on...therefore, I never saw her hair this morning.
She admitted that she just skipped the step of fix hair on her list...UGH!
But another question I have is, how did she get past Eric, who is supervising her morning routine, without him noticing?? ;)
Monday, January 14, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
it's Eric's bday!
Eric, growing up in Kenya, doesn't really get worked up or celebrate or even really acknowledge birthdays. As I've grown up I've noticed birthdays mean different things in different families. But for the most part, they are at least acknowledged in most American families. My family always had a small family celebration with a specially requested dinner, a few gifts and maybe your parents came to school to eat lunch with you. Nothing over the top but enough for it to make you feel special on your special day. With MUCH reminding and training, I've finally gotten Eric to acknowledge birthdays and other holidays, i.e. valentine's day, Mother's Day, etc. and usually do something a little special or meaningful for them.
So, the kids and I got Eric a couple of small gifts and wrapped them and Kory made her daddy a very sweet card from all of us and that was it. I figured we'd go to the restaurant of his choice for lunch today and I'd make some cupcakes but yesterday we had some good friends invite us to come to their house for lunch today so we planned to do that. Now, their invite was completely unrelated to Eric's bday and just coincidental, but it turned out to be a nice time of fellowship with some great friends...fun was had by all!!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Tonight we resumed our tradition since we got "off track" during the holidays.
Kip is in the middle of saying, "iPad" in one picture because he thinks if the iPad is within sight, it should be in his possession. And then in the next picture he's screaming because I'm taking pictures with it rather than giving it to him. We have a tech junkie on our hands!!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
As a little girl I remember hating rain. I even vocalized that I wished God would just make it sunny all the time. And as much as I hated rain, I was TERRIFIED of storms and spent them with my ears covered, eyes closed, and curled up next to my mom. In fact, I would squeeze my ears and eyes so tight and so long they would hurt by the time the storm was over. That whole, "thunder can't hurt you" and the scientific explanation behind it, was of no comfort to me.
Well, yesterday and today have been rainy and dreary and I've loved it! I never thought these feelings were possible until I moved to Texas. The first summer I moved here, it rained the week I moved then went what seemed like forever without dropping one millimeter of precipitation from the sky. The joke was that it never rained in Garland because there would be rain shower right by in Plano or Richardson but remain bone dry in Garland. I remember saying to people, "I wish it would rain." Words that my lips had never before uttered.
Then back in October of 2009, I remember it raining, what seemed like, the whole month. I remember this because I had just moved into my house and was commuting almost an hour to and from school in the downpour. My hateful feelings toward rain returned as I navigated through crazy DFW drivers that are even crazier when it rains. Also, the house didn't have gutters so I soon had a moat surrounding the house...very princess like ;). (Side note: we still don't have gutters, so if you ever come to our house, you might need snorkeling gear to make it to our front door.)
ANYWAY, all that to say, I've enjoyed the last two days. Many times now when it rains I feel like there is a cleansing that is happening. I like the way I have to turn the lamps on in the middle of the day in the living room, I like to wear my rain boots, and I like the sound just outside the window.
If you hung in there to the end of this post, you deserve a reward. So, let's talk about some fun rainy day activities...reading, watching movies, organizing closets/drawers, cleaning, taking goofy pics on the iPad like these (I have a ton more of these and as I scrolled through them, it appears the person in our family that likes to play with this app most is...me!! :). Also, I have several other family members' crazy pics I could share, but I don't have their permission so I'll spare them the embarrassment...this time!)...
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Since the freezing of our car and the subsequent hose/parts breaking, it seems I've called Eric everyday while he's working with news of something else breaking or not working correctly. Just from Sunday through today (Tuesday) here's our To Fix list: tire on our "spare car"(yes, the one I'm having to drive while my car is waiting to be repaired), garage door, laundry room light, garbage disposal, and guest bathroom toilet. Eric's probably afraid to answer the phone when he sees it's me!!
Now, other than the car issues, theses aren't costly repairs, thank goodness. And if you know my husband, he'd call them "simple" fixes. So what's the problem?? TIME. Take a guy that runs his own business, is trying to catch up on work missed during Christmas vacation, is putting together a quote for a new job, and is trying to finish up work projects so he can start the new job, there is no time for him to fix such mundane items at home...sigh.
So for now, I turn the hall light on to see in the laundry room, throw food in the trash can, stop the garage door just before it gets all the way down, and we all use the master bathroom toilet...
And I'm THANKFUL that these are merely inconveniences, not life-threatening situations or illnesses that so many are dealing with right now. I'm THANKFUL that my husband desires to provide for his family and has a way of doing that as so many are out of work and can't find jobs. I'm THANKFUL that I get to be at home, with the broken stuff ;), taking care of our kiddos, not missing a minute or milestone. :)
Monday, January 7, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
This evening, Kip was quite the entertainer. He was jibber jabbering and dancing and laughing. At one point he was climbing up on Eric's legs while holding onto the coffee table then letting go and balancing. I was not a fan of this activity as I foresaw a bloody face being the end result, but we noticed he was counting as he let go. At first he was just saying a few numbers, in the correct order. But then he said, "1,2,4,5,6,8,9,10". We were pretty impressed, and shocked, at how close he was to counting 1-10 correctly. He amazes me EVERY day. I love being that sweet little guy's mommy!!
Saturday, January 5, 2013
How long did this party last you ask? Well finally a little after 5AM, Kip agreed he was ready to sleep. Oh, he must have zonked out, right??? Nope! He slept fitfully til about 7ish, then crankily got up for the day around 10:45. After a fussy start to the morning, we headed to the church building to work on my classroom, where he had off and on spells of playing well and fussy-mommy-must-hold-me-and-no-one-else-should-look-at-me-touch-me-or-speak-to-me fits. On our way home he did ZONK out. Of course, it's really too late for a long nap so I took the long way home and now I'm sitting in the car blogging before I wake him up.
Ok, I guess it's time now...wish me luck!
Friday, January 4, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
offering me a kiss...so what did I do, stopped fussing and quickly accepted that precious pucker...*sigh*
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
When we arrived at DFW airport back on Christmas Eve, the parking was CRAZY. Both remote south and remote north parking were full, so Eric received a coupon to park in the terminal for a discount.
As we were nearing the toll booth to pay for parking and exit the airport, Eric said, "Boy, the oil sure is smelling. Is that us or that bus?" I, from the passenger seat, glanced at the temperature guage and saw it was as high as it could go...NOT good. We proceeded to the toll booth where there was an issue with the coupon we had. We waited and waited for the guy to get confirmation that we did in fact receive a discount. Eric has turned the car off while we waited. We hoped the temp would go down, but it didn't. He decided to pull over on the shoulder immediately after exiting the toll. Then the car started indicating low coolant...yeah, smart car, we knew that. He figured out that the water in the car only had had a small amount of coolant and froze in the cold temperatures while we were away. He also discovered a pipe broke, so filling it enough to get us home wasn't an option. In the process of getting down on the ground to check everything out, fire ants attacked his head and neck.
While we were trying to figure out a plan of action, an airport police officer stopped. Eric got out of the car and they chatted for a bit about the problem. Then he called a taxi for us. It seemed like forever before it got there. We were really starting to get cold at this point.
When the taxi arrived, the kids, carseats, luggage & I got in. Kip, who with a lot of coaxing had gone to sleep in the car, was now awake and screaming.
Eric handed me his card to pay with and we were off. I'm certain the taxi driver took the longest route possible, but I bet he regretted it less than 5 min in...Kip screamed the entire way...ENTIRE way. And as I expected, he started throwing up. At first it was just a little, but then a lot. At one point it appeared he was choking and I lost Eric's credit card while trying to deal with him. I finally found it when we reached the house and were able to turn the light on in the taxi.
I don't think I've ever been so happy to see home as I was when we pulled up that night. Well, except maybe after our crazy travel ordeal in August...I'm seeing a trend here. Maybe I'll post about that on a slow news day ;)
Anyway, I managed to drag the luggage and carseats into our packed-full-of-junk garage and left them for Eric to take care of the rest of the way. Remember, I was still in pain from my chiropractor emergency. I got the kids in bed then dug around in the luggage for a charger because my
phone was completely dead. Once it started up, I called to check on Eric. He'd gotten ahold of a friend that came to keep him company and let him sit in his heated car...thank, Martin!! The tow truck had just confirmed with him that they would arrive in about 20 min. They lied...they showed up at 3am. Eric finally made it home a little after 4 and got in bed around 6.
Needless to say, we were all exhausted New Year's Day!!
I chuckle to myself when I think about that taxi driver. Of all the things he thought he would encounter on New Year's Eve, it probably wasn't a scream-til-he-pukes-and-we-all-go-deaf 15 month old.
Happy New Year from the Kibors! :)
Well, I've already broken my New Year Resolution. It doesn't deal with eating, exercise, or earnings...although I do have some goals involving awesome Advocare for this year. More about that in a later post. My ONE resolution was to post something, whether it be a picture; a word; or a full story, to our blog everyday. Today is Jan 2 and there is no post dated for Jan 1. Maybe I'll post 2 today to make up for my failure...maybe.
There's so much that I haven't blogged about and the overwhelming task of trying to catch up is mostly what has kept me from jumping back on the blog. So I decided that I'm just going to start from today, well actually from the past couple of days, and continue on. When there is a "slow" day or I can't think of what to blog about, I'll do a recap of something that has been skipped over.
So...New Year's Eve...we were scheduled to fly out of Tri-cities at 5:17pm. We had a connecting flight in Charlotte and would arrive at DFW a little after 10:00pm. I woke up Monday morning ready to tackle the task of stuffing all of our belongings into the three checked bags and couple of carry-ons. Realize, we had accumulated an extra small toy box full of toys as we were there for Christmas. So I knew we wouldn't be able to fit everything, but the goal was to fit as much as possible in order to cut down on the cost of shipping. While I woke up ready to accomplish this mission with my mad packing skills, I also had a faint nagging pain in my shoulder/back/neck. Something I'm used to, seeing as my giant baby loves to be held/carried/picked up. No big deal, I thought I would just schedule an adjustment with Dr. Pittmon, our amazing chiropractor, when I got home. After our final "family" breakfast for the year, I returned downstairs to get ready. Quickly my pain changed and I wasn't able turn my head or look up and down...something crucial for packing and traveling, especially with a 15 month old ACTIVE lap infant that is going through a "mom only" phase.
Through work from my daddy & momma, I was able to get in to see Dr. Connie Fulmer, a chiropractor in Gray...she was great and worked with me until I was able to move. I still had pain but it was tolerable.
When I returned to my parents' house, my dear hubby had attempted packing. His packing consists of just throwing everything into the suitcase with little regard to size, position, item, etc. As much as it pained me, I joined him because we had less than 2 hrs before we had to leave for the airport. We were finished packing in less than 30 min but non of the Christmas toys made it in. It'll be like Christmas again when they arrive via UPS in a few days!!
We made it to the airport with a lot of time to spare, which is how I like it because I'm a nervous traveller. BUT, I discovered I left my phone at the house. So my mom ran back and got it, returned, and we still had time to spare. :)
Our flights went well, my pain was bearable, and we gathered our baggage without a hitch...then...