Monday, July 30, 2007

I Got Nothin'.....

Well, I got a little something..... We finally have a contract on our house. We are set to close on the 13th, assuming that all has gone well with the home inspection. We've found a home that we LOVE in Keller. Hopefully all goes well with that also and we can be in a new house by September.
We are finally kinda doing nothing these last few days of summer. I wish I could start packing, and maybe I should, but I'm waiting to make sure the home inspector didn't tell the buyer that our roof was going to cave in or that we have black mold under our sinks or something.....
So, Cassidee and I spend our days going to the park or playing in the backyard. She likes side-walk chalk and I'm sure that's been a real selling point for people who have come to look at the house---Cassidee's name written all over our back patio. She's gotten quite the attitude lately, so if anyone has tips on how to tame that I'd love them.
I'll leave you with a recent shot of her. I can get her hair in two piggies in the back now.....big deal for those of you who know how little hair she really has. It's very thin, but with a great amount of hair gel they stay in very well. She likes doing her hair these days---it's usually one of the things she yells at me to do first thing in the morning. And, she recently got new tennis shoes which make her look WAY too big for such a little girl! This isn't the best picture of her, and I'm certain that it would look cuter without her "pappy" in her mouth, but you gotta take what you can get sometimes!
Have a good last few days of JULY! :)

Friday, July 20, 2007

Such A Fun Party!

We had great fun at Reagan's Birthday Party last Saturday! I can't believe that girl is one! (I can't even believe my own girl is one.....) Cass was ready to party from the moment we got up. She even had some power-packed nacho cheese doritos for breakfast. I guess she enjoyed them at 8 o'clock in the morning---I thought it was pretty gross! Having Reagan's party at a waterpark was a great idea. Every kid had a blast! We are so glad the weather cooperated and it was a great day!
Cassidee stayed on these steps for a good part of the time we were there!
Daddy and Cass after she fell off the steps and dunked herself!
Daddy and Cass

SOOOO Cute! Reagan had on a precious little watermelon suit.

Reagan and Cass played with some of her new birthday toys. They didn't care so much for the leis we put around their necks.

Cool new shades in Cassidee's goody bag!

Ha, Ha, I'm so funny!
Oh, and as I've previously mentioned, my sister Kayla is engaged. Her is a pic of her beautiful ring. I can't wait till March.....

Saturday, July 14, 2007

A Whole, Whole, Whole Lotta Stuff!

*Warning, this will be quite a long post. I haven't had much time to post anything in the last two weeks, or so, and we've been lots of places!!! If you can make it all the way to the end you'll see pictures from around our house, July 4th, the zoo, and our week at Camp Deer Run!
I think it's funny when kids get stuck on "something" for a little while. That "something" can be so random at times. Cassidee's "something" was her hat she wears when she goes swimming. She woke up one morning, saw it on the table, wanted to wear it, and didn't take it off for an hour or so.....
Trying to sit in her Bumbo seat--- that she hasn't sat in or cared about for 3 or 4 months.....
She even ate breakfast while wearing her hat!
Jeremy and I took Cassidee to the zoo one day. She can make just about every animal noise--and if she doesn't know what it makes she just growls! Here, she and daddy are checking out the monkeys!
I loved how she squatted down like this to look at the ducks.

Cracking up at those silly birds!
She enjoyed pressing the button that made the pig snort--Cassidee is an excellent pig snorter herself!
Cassidee knows exactly what to do when you say "Cheese!"
Notice they are all wet? Yup, we got caught in a fast moving storm. Luckily we stayed inside during most of the rain and didn't get toooooo soaking wet walking to the car!

This is the only picture I have of Cassidee on July 4th, and even it is fuzzy for some reason. We had a wonderful 4th---hamburgers with my parents and Jeremy's parents at our house. A trip to the Dump in Dallas and IKEA in Frisco. We finished off the night with fireworks in Lewisville. Aren't her two piggies on top sooooo cute!!!????
Finally, the CDR pictures. For those of you who don't know, Jeremy volunteered a week out there to be the camp nurse. He had to learn to be a little more sympathetic than he would normally be at work---especially to the little kids who had tummy aches or hurt legs. The only major injury of the week was a group leader going to the ER for stitches in his eye after an Indian Day mishap in the creek. We had sooo much fun!

Here is Jeremy and Cassidee on her very first morning to wake up at CDR. She is wondering what that annoying bell that woke her up is......

Getting "crafty" with her Aunt Kelsey! Yup, we carried that paci with us most of the day..... Oh, and notice her boyish looking jersey? We tried to find her clothes for each themed day out there. Monday was Killi Olympics. Her jersey might have been more appropriate for International Sports Day, but oh well!
Playing with the Pee-Wee Puppets with Daddy and Ty. I think Cassidee made a new friend in Ty that week!
Andy is pushing her in her stroller.....they stop and chat with Uncle Spencer.
We ventured up to horse hill. I wanted a picture of her on one, but she wasn't having any of that.
Daddy and Cass on Sadie Hawkins Day. She gave him a ruler that she painted on for him. It said, "No Sadies date will ever measure up to my daddy." So sweet!Cassidee is enjoying a popcicle with Aunt Kelsey and Rachel Neal. Good thing she is wearing her swim suit. She got a little messy so we sent her back down to the pool to wash off!
But at the pool Cassidee had more fun moving the campers shoes to different places!
Notice her camo for Capture the Flag Day? :)
She and Daddy rode the 4-wheeler a few times.
Roselyn and Rachel came to visit us for Wednesday night church---sorry Rach, you didn't even get to go to church......

I LOVE this picture. Roselyn looks completely disgusted at the fact that Cassidee may give her a kiss!!! Roselyn should be happy that Cassidee is still talking to her after the Sunday incident. Check out Rachel's blog for Cassidee and Roselyn's last encounter at camp!!!

Cassidee helped Kelsey's cabin sweet the pavilion one day!

And, Cassidee's name is officially in the Rec Hall now. She painted it herself and I added her name and the date later.

And she really didn't paint over anyone's name in the process---I don't think....
Oops, bad idea.....she decided to taste the paint that got on her hand.....YUCK!

Enjoying a little canteen break!

Hamming it up for the crowd outside the Crafts Hall! Ha, Ha, look at me! I'm not being modest at camp!!!!

Thursday night's BBQ on a bun wasn't cutting it for C, so she had ramen noodles in a boat instead!

Walking around the Rec Hall during the boring Indian Day stories!

"You want me to take your canteen order?"

"Okay, here is your order!"

Cheukawaka dance party on the canteen porch. Cassidee can break it down with the best of them!

Thanks for sticking with all the pictures to this point. We're home and trying to recover from our week. We have sweet Reagan's b-day party this afternoon, so I"m sure I'll have tons more pictures to post pretty soon!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

We are so blessed!

I would like to start with a huge thank you to each of you who have said kind words or lifted our family up in prayer this last week or so. We are extremely lucky to have such wonderful family and friends and we appreciate the concern and love that each one of you have shown to our family during this difficult time. Thank you to our family for taking care of Cassidee for us. That was one less thing to worry about!
I have to throw out a HUGE shout out to my wonderful husband. With absolutely no prompting on my part, he is the one who took care of all our "business" last week. He let me call and tell anyone that I wanted to, but he called all of our family, our friends and church friends, and the teachers at my school to let everyone know what happened. He made sure that I was resting, that I had food to eat, and that I didn't have to "deal" with anything all week. He took me to IKEA and Rooms to Go to go furniture shopping---to get my mind off things---which are generally places he would like to avoid. All of this to say, Jeremy was completely amazing last week. I, of course, think he is great on any given day, but he went above and beyond for me last week. I am so appreciative of all that he did/does for me (and Cassidee)
I love, love, love you, Jeremy Broom!
And, just to let you know---Jeremy, Cassidee, and I are out at Camp Deer Run all this week. Jeremy is the nurse (he prefers "Doctor") at camp this week. Cassidee and I just tagged along for the fun of it. Cassidee had a rough time on Monday--loud kids, hot weather, allergies....but today she was wonderful. I think she is really going to like it out here. Janelle has been hanging out with us also, and I think that Cassidee has made a new friend. We are enjoying getting to know her a little better! We'll have some great pictures to post when we get home on Friday....especially ones of Cassidee and her daddy on their first Sadie Hawkins date together....
One more thing in this long, boring post and I'll let all you avid readers off the hook---
My sister Kayla got engaged last night!!!!
I won't be able to talk to her until Sunday. She, her boyfriend/fiance Camron, his parents, and his sister and brother-in-law are on a cruise. Camron popped the question last night before they went to dinner and Kayla called my mom with the news. I am sooooo happy and excited for them! Jeremy's glad there will be another boy in the family!!!
Congrats to the future Mr. and Mrs. McCandless! We love you!!!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Please pray for our family

I usually leave all this computer stuff to Kendra but today she needed a little help. As many of you know, last week we went to the doc and found out Kendra was pregnant. We shared our excitement of another unexpected pregnancy with you all, and we began our planning process. Early this morning Kendra started feeling funny and by the afternoon she was having some difficulties. We went to see the doc and unfortunatly he confirmed what we had already anticipated. Kendra had a miscarriage. I know her heart is broken right now but I am amazed at the courage and strength she has displayed. This whole process has been a roller coaster for us. Our plan now is to get back to normal ASAP. This is not the end. There will be more Brooms to come. We will never know exactly what happened but as with all trials we will grow. All we need are your prayers and encouragement.