Monday, January 3, 2011

..........and a Happy New Year!

Another year has flown by, still hard to believe. Is it just me or does time really start to fly once you hit a certain age? I remember as a child thinking it took forever to get through a year and now, well, they just fly.

January is now 3 days in and things are nice and slow, for now. Jerry will be home in 8 days for the first time in six months so we are definitely looking forward to that. We will be having several friends over for dinner and spending time with family and friends. I am sure we will also be spending quite a bit of time at the range burning some powder. This doesn't bother me at all! I am trying to plan a menu for while he is home to include some recipes from my Julia Childs cook book. I will let you know how they turn out. I am very excited to have gotten that for Christmas from Lance. I was inspired by the movie, Julie and Julia. I will say though that I do not intend to try and cook my through that book in a year. But I will post on here anytime I do try a recipe and I will let you know the outcome.

The kids are looking forward to getting back into the swing of school and Madi, I know, will be happy to get back to school tomorrow. She misses school and the routine it gives her. She has done fairly well this break with minimal head banging so that is good. I will be starting my schooling back up tomorrow. I am actually excited about that as well.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and a fun New Year.

Talk soon

Tracye and the kids

Friday, December 10, 2010

The cutest little Orange on the block...

Ok, I am bragging for just a minute. Yesterday was Abbye's MDO Christmas much cuteness. She and her class got up on the stage and banged on little drums for the song Little drummer boy and then tried to sing We wish you a merry Christmas. It was too cute. Her teacher, Miss Kari and her Aide, Miss Sole, have done a great job with her. I also have to brag on Emilye and Jessica because when we got there (to the church), the MDO coordinator, Miss Christy had programs for the parents. Emilye and Jessica said they would gladly pass them out to people and then when it was over, they took the initiative to pick up all the left over programs that were laying all over the sanctuary. Then Emilye helped our good friend Catherine keep up with her kids during the reception. Cat is a great gal whom I adore...she has FIVE kids also, except that her kids are Five, Four, Three, One and New!!! I thought I had mine close together till I met Cat. Anyway, I feel very blessed to have such helpful and courteous children. :)

Still don't have our tree up, which is so not like us, but we will get it done. Not sure when, but it will happen before Christmas. Hopefully this afternoon I will feel up to it, I know the girls really want to and Josh will be home from his visit with Uncle Lance.

School is going slow, but going none the less. My goal is to get to my mid-term by January. My friend Tracey (who is an Honors Grad from the school I am going to) says that once I get to the actual transcribing part I will enjoy it and it will go faster. Well as fast as over 800 files can go I guess. I am looking forward to finding out what Demon Toe Licker is all about. For those of you reading who have no clue what I am speaking of, basically, I have heard there is a doctor who is dictating, but their accent is so thick that is sounds like they are saying "Demon Toe Licker" and I am dying to find out what they are really saying! OH the little things right?

Well, I am just checking in....hope you all have a good friday. I am still trying to take it easy as I am still not completely over my pneumonia, but I do feel much better than I did!

Be blessed!

Tracye and the kids

Monday, December 6, 2010

Orange you glad it's Christmas time?

I can't believe it's been over a year since I last blogged. Where have I been?? LOL I say that to myself and not to y'all. This time last year, Jerry was home, the kids were all a year younger and I was going to school for medical transcribing. This year, Jerry is back at work in Iraq, the kids are all a year older and I am STILL going to school for medical transcribing. I got a bit side tracked but am feeling like I am finally regaining my momentum and my footing. I am actually blogging again today because of a wonderful friend from my transcribing school. She inspired me today, to get back on the wagon so to speak. She reminded me of how excited I was when I first started school and just how much I really do want to be a medical transcriptionist.

Things around here really haven't changed much. Josh is in 5th grade this year, Emilye is in 4th grade, Madi is in 2nd, Jessi is finish up Kindergarten about to start 1st grade and Abbye is going to MDO (mother's day out) twice a week.

I am still struggling with my weight loss...sometimes I feel as though this will be an on going thing for me, but again, it's something I simply have to determine to do and get it done. So back on the wagon I go for many things I guess. I see no need to wait until Jan 1. If I need to wait then I am obviously not ready to really commit.

Christmas time is here, it's my favorite time of the year. I am one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music Nov1. Although, our tree is not up yet this year. I hope to remedy that this week. Speaking of which. I need to get upstairs and get my closet cleaned out. For those of you who follow me, thanks for still being here. I will make NO promises of coming daily or doing any a better job of keeping up, but I shall try...that is all I can do.

See you soon!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Orange Chicken Anyone????

Well today we have two Orange chickens in our home. Both Emilye and Jessica have the chicken pox! Oh what fun! Grandpa has graciously agreed to bring us out some calamine lotion this afternoon...we do have some but I don't think enough to get TWO itchy kids through the next few days!!!

They are taking it very well, they are currently "lounging" in the living room, watching "It's the great Pumpkin Charlie Brown." They look like they have broken out in Pink Polka Dots, it's rather cute really. Emilye was the only one who would let me take her picture. Jessica said she didn't want to be seen wearing pink polka dots (she is NOT a tom-boy or anything!).

Since we didn't get to stay for church, we came home and I cleaned the kitchen, started laundry, made sure all my football fantasy teams were taken care of and am now about to get to studying. I am finally through Pathophysiology in my studies and have moved onto Mastering Medical Language. Who knew there were so many words out there that all sound the same but mean something completely different!!! I find it challenging but fun!

Also, my friend Aimee and I have started a new blog site specifically for finding great deals in the Austin area! Go check us out at I hope you like it. Aimee is the bomb when it comes to coupons and finding GREAT deals. I can hardly believe some of the deals she day when she was at Target they actually ended up paying her!!! Crazy I know, but it really does work!!!

So far Abbye, Madi and Josh are chicken free! I will keep you updated on how it goes!
Have a blessed Sunday!

Tracye and the Grove!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Has it really been almost TWO months????!!!

SO sorry everyone, I had no clue that it had been so long since I have been here. UGH so much for blogging daily huh????

Ok, so let me catch you up.....

Jerry--is now working 2 is from 10am to 8pm and the other is from 9pm to 1am. He has friday night and saturday night off, but works 7 days a week! He is such a hard worker. He has not found "THE" job yet but we know it's out there.

Joshua--got all A's on his first report card this week! Such a smart lad he is. He is really doing well in school and seems to enjoy it. He is also drawing a lot and is so very talented. I would LOVE to get him into some art classes, but he has raw talent. He can simply Look at a picture and then Freehand it. Pretty amazing at 10.

Emilye--Got 1 B and the rest A's this six weeks. She too seems to be enjoying her studies...she still does her B's and D's backwards, which makes me wonder a bit about the possibility of Dyslexia....but she is a good reader and really enjoys it. She loves to color and sing and is such a huge help around the house!

Madison--is doing well in school too. She is counting to 100 by 2's and 5's and soon 10's. She is also learning coinage. She is becoming more verbal with the help of sign language. She loves her veggie tales still and noggin too! (well now it's called nick jr.).

Jessica--LOVES soccer, she is good! She is the point we have to remind her NOT to push or shove to get to the ball. She is doing well with her studies too. She has learned how to spell and write her name, she is learning all about the letter i, and is up to the number 2 :)

Abbye--is simply a very adorable, loving and sweet baby girl. She loves to clean..give that kid a wipe and she will wipe anything down!!!! She will be two in January...she is starting to talk more and she is starting to potty train.

Me--I am still in school, it's hard..but I am glad I am doing it. Hoping to do some more 5k's so I can do some 10k's....I am tired but what's new..still dreaming of Africa and very thankful everyday for my family and friends who bless me beyond belief.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Back at it again....

I did not realize it had been so long since my last blog. Jerry is totally putting me to shame..he blog's daily I believe....or at least every other day. I just can't seem to keep up.

The kids survived their first week of school and have started their second.
Madison seems to be adjusting OK to her new "enviroment" but I am still going to request a transition ARD. I want to make sure she gets the services she needs to continue to progress!
Jessica and I survived our first week of homeschooling...she seems to be happy with staying home. I am still hoping I do her justice. She learned how to spell her name ALL on her own this week and I am very proud of her for that!
Emilye made a 104 on her first spelling test and can tell you ALL about how the right side of your brain controls the left side of your body and so forth. I am glad she is actually listening!
Joshua made a 101 on his first spelling test and when I ask him what he learned I usually get the answers " Stuff" or "I don't remember!" LOL
Abbye is abbye and is finally taking morning naps.

Jerry is still plugging away at finding a job..we are hopeful still about Luminant ( not sure i spelled that correctly) but he is also working on a few other things as well.
Speaking of my husband....he has gotten me interested in guns..more than I ever thought I would be. So of course a few years ago, he took me to the range so that I could learn how to fire the weapons we had just in case I ever had to defend our home or our children in his absence.
If memory serves me correctly (he will correct me if I get this wrong *giggles*), he had me shoot the .22 first, then the .357 and then the .45. I am actually best with the .45. I just LOVE that thing! There is nothing quite like firing off a few rounds to get the blood pumping! And when you hit the target and even hit it where you are supposed to, well that's even better. So I guess it was last summer when he was home for a visit, he bought what is called an AirSoft pistol. It looks, feels and even fires just like a real .45 except it uses bio-degradable pellets. When he first got it, he coudn't get it to work..we were both disappointed. A few weeks ago, he was able to get it all figured out and up and running...It is really cool. You can effectively practice in your own backyard without having to go to the range and using up your precious real ammo!
So last week Jerry took me out to practice with the .45 and I totally OUT SHOT him!!! It felt so good...I actually shot the X out of the target...and I got in that little orange circle SIX times!!! My groupings were really good. He was VERY proud of me! I was proud of me. We shall see if I can do it again!

I am off to study some while the baby is sleeping and the house is relatively quiet!

Hugs from Tracye and the Grove

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

My Brain Hurts....

So many things going through my head! Not that it is a bad thing, just sometimes gives me a headache. Still waiting to hear on Jerry's possible new job, meanwhile he is sending out resume's like a crazy man to find something to bring in some money while we wait. I am still wrestling with trying to find a night job....I don't know how I would squeeze it in, but I am sure I can do this. Harder things have been done before right?
School is kicking my tushy, but I am really enjoying it. I have also started going back to the gym. Just did a body pump class last night for the first time...and it WON'T be the last! I really liked it. I am sore today and from what I hear I will be more sore tomorrow, but I don't mind. It feels good.
My five year old, Jessica did tell me today that I am moving like a little old lady...I really don't think I hurt that bad, nor do I think I am moving that slow!

We are having a neighborhood cook-out saturday night so I am looking forward to that. We have great neighbors and for the most part, all the kids get along!

School starts for Madi on Monday and then tuesday for the rest of the clan. Josh and Emilye will be going back to HHSA (hutto homeschool academy) and Jessica will be homeschooling with Mommy!! She is beyond excited!!!

Well, I hear Madi getting frustrated so I should soon!

Tracye and the Grove