Friday, November 14, 2014

Crazy Times

This has been some of the most stressful months we as a family have endured. We've gone through death, illness, long lost parents, unemployment, being totally broke and lots of stress. I don't have the time to go through EVERYTHING, but here is a quick rundown of our crazy 6 months....

- Death of my Aunt Rene

- Interview after Interview

- My long lost Father drops back into my life (after 35 years)

- Stomach bugs

-Urinary Infections

- Crazy Background Check

- Broke, Broke, and more Broke

- New Job!!!

- Crazy Trip to KS

- Sean gets food poisoning in KS (Don't ever eat the food in KS)

- Two Plus Months of Late Birthday Parties (Part of being broke)

-Finishing School

-Way Behind in Homeschool

- Hospitalized 84 Year Old Father

Yes, it has been a crazy 5-6 months. Not much of it was fun either. But the good news, Sean finally found a job that he is happy with and will pay the bills. He is back working with a major wireless carrier as a Business Account Manager. Its a little different than what he is use to, but he is a GREAT salesman and is going to KILL IT at this job!

On a crazier note, so the last time I posted, I saw a rather strange comment that sent chills down my spine. It was a comment made by a man with the same name as my biological father, Chuck Anderson. I instantly knew who it was, but wanted to be sure. So I sent him one single message and sure was him. Now I can't explain the emotions that went through me. You wouldn't be able to even remotely understand what I was feeling unless you went through it yourself. However, I will say I felt a rush of fear, happiness, anger, sadness, disgust, and even resentment. He gave no excuses, just that he was sorry he walked out on me and....5 or 6 other kids (not with my Mother). Of course before I even attempted to speak with him, we did a background check on him and didn't like what we found. Now some things are forgivable, but others....not so much. I spoke with him for a couple months, but when we ran into some serious financial troubles, I had to give up some communication. In the end, he calls himself "Dad" but my DAD is the amazing, wonderful, fun-loving guy who raised me since the day "Chuck" walked out of my life. I thought I could grow to accept him as a "dad", but it just doesn't feel right. He's kind of like the elderly lady next door, it was fun getting to know her, but then her true colors started to shine through, and they weren't so pretty.

With all the craziness, we had a huge setback in our home school and are still in the 3rd term. I am hoping to finish it up by December, so we can blow through the 4th term and finally take a much needed break and reassessment of our curriculum.

Well, I better get back to my 8 crazy kids. Mary just tripped Declan and to get back at her, he punched her in the stomach. Liam gave himself a buzz cut and the dogs just ate what was left of the chocolate birthday cake.....sigh, which Liam opened the fridge to allow access too....I really need a vacation....far....far....away.....

Here are a few pictures from birthdays, growing babies, and Sean's lack of actually working, while working...Have a great weekend!

Mary & Lizzie Play with the iPad

Elsa & Anna for Halloween 2014

Hopey's First Halloween 2014

Hopey's First Ponie Tail

Voicing her opinion

Shopping at Oriental Trading Company

More iPad fun

Chilling with Liam and Hopey

Lizzie and Hopey bonding time

Pure Love!

Its a Mary sandwich!

Feel the love!!

FF's Forever!

My big girl

Sam sleeps anywhere

More love

Standing alone for the first time! 9 months


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Happy 6th Birthday Mary!

My beautiful baby girl Mary was born at 1am on this day six years ago. She is kind, careing, silly, outgoing, and a true leader. Not to mention, she got her Mother's good We are so proud of you Marmie. Happy Birthday my princess!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Where Did I Come From....

Ever wonder where you came from? I mean, who your parents really are. I grew up with my mother and step-dad in AZ. I never knew my "real father". It was one of those subjects you were never allowed to talk about. I don't even know what he looks like. I was told I looked a lot like him by my Aunt Rene (RIP). I don't know where he lives, whether I have siblings (I'm an only child), or other grandparents. I don't even know where his family was from or what nationality they are. I know that my mothers' side are Polish, Ukrainian, and Irish, but do I have other blood? What about diseases? Does cancer run in his family, or worse? I have 8 children who ask frequently who their real grandfather is. I have looked for him, with no success. In fact, I couldn't even find a marriage or divorce record on them.

With the passing of Aunt Rene, some weird stuff was found in her apartment. Paperwork that belonged to my Mother, regarding their divorce. She had no idea why Rene had that paperwork, or what she was doing with it. She, of course, wouldn't let me see the paperwork, so I don't even know what his full name or birth date is. That makes searching difficult. Since we are on a tight budget these days, spending large amounts of money to do a search is out of the question. So I guess I just have to hope maybe he would want to look for me. But he hasn't tried thus far, so I guess its just wishful thinking.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Good Bye Aunt Rene

In loving memory of my amazing Aunt Rene. She passed away suddenly on July 2, 2014 in AZ. The service is being held today.

My heart is completely broken. This amazing women has been a huge part of my life since the day I was born. She helped raise me. She took me on some of my most memorable vacations, including my first trip to San Diego Zoo. She was at my wedding and the birth of my first child. She was always there to listen when no one else would. She never forgot a single one of my children's birthdays, even if she couldn't afford to get them a gift. She played Farmville with me for hours and hours.

I cannot believe she is gone. She left early in the morning for a dr. appointment. Made it home, and for some reason, passed away in her car. She did not suffer a heart attack or stroke. We will find the results of her death in 6-8 weeks. She was on 63. To those who still follow her on Facebook, I am very sorry to inform you this way. She is at peace and resting with a Pepsi in her had!

God Bless Aunt Rene....I love you.

Irene Marie "Rene" Gorchess 


Gorchess, Irene Marie "Rene" 
63, of Mesa passed away on July 2, 2014. Irene is survived by her Brother, Fred J. Gorchess Jr. (Debra), Sisters Maureen Smith (Raymond) and Doreen Boucher. She also had several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Irene (Ikey) Gorchess. Irene retired from the Pima County Recorder's office. Being retired, Rene enjoyed going to the casino with Moe and going to Tucson to visit Doe and would dream of visiting Fred in Florida. Memorial service will be held at Wyman Cremation and Burial Chapel, 115 S. Country Club Dr, Mesa, from 9:30-12:00 on July 10, 2014. Irene will be sorely missed by her loved ones. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Happy 3rd Birthday to my Sweet Sammy!

My sweet baby boy is three today. He's grown so much so fast and we are so very proud of him! He is very smart, quick, silly, caring and very independent. We can wait to see what the next years will bring with this amazing little boy.
Happy 3rd Birthday Sammy, we love you!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Proxy Grandmother

More Hope....

Here is another picture of her. I have tuns but no time to post them. So I'll try to post a new one every week.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Easter with Angele

This is Angele, she is our neighbor who has become a part of our family. Her husband passed away and her children want nothing to do with her. She is a wonderful women and we are so please to be able to help her in this final stage of her life.

Hopes First Easter

Sunday, April 27, 2014

It's Been Awhile....

I know, it's been a really LONG time! Life has not been easy since Hope was born. I guess there is a limit when it comes to big families, and we've maxed ours

Lets see, where to start.....

Sean started a new job a month or so ago. The money is AWFUL, but at least something is coming in. Hope is finally sleeping through the night at 12 weeks. We were walking zombies for months. To the point where we wanted to kill each My stress level have been through the roof with starting a new school year, trying to finish my own school year, and maintaining a home. There just isn't enough hours in a day. I finally gave up and dropped my class this term.

We started a new, FREE curriculum this year. Seton's was out of the question with Sean's new job, so we had to compromise. It's call Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool and the kids love it. It's not perfect and I do have to get creative with some assignments, but it gets the job done.

On a different note, it's funny how life brings you gifts, when you least expect them. I'm referring to our new neighbor Angele. She is a 79 year old widow (her husband of 49 years died last Feb. from Parkinson's) who rented the townhome next to ours about a month ago. She is in the early stages of Dementia and has no family other than her 14 year old dog Kati. She's very scared and lonely and has no concept of time. She loves children and has adopted ours as her grandchildren. Sean has really taken to her, which is very surprising. He feels genuine sadness for her and has taken it upon himself to help her daily. She spent Easter with us and had a wonderful time. She told Sean, after her husband died, she prayed to God to give her a family that would love her and she in return. I guess God answered her prayer, because she found our family and we love her too!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Hope Victoria-Scarlet

Say hello to the newest member of our family, Hope Victoria-Scarlet 
born January 23, 2014 @ 3:11pm
7 lbs 10 oz 18.5 inches

Monday, January 6, 2014

Baby update...take 2!

I went to the doctor this afternoon for an ultrasound and exam. The ultrasound looked good except for a large amount of amniotic fluid. Now I've had this problem with most of my pregnancies, but my current doctor wanted me checked for gestational diabetes. She also wanted to hook me up to the non-stress test, that of course, didn't happen. The pain that I have been experiencing in my back turned out to be Siatica. She said it was very common in pregnancy and  an ice pack would help. However, because it was so inflamed today, I could not sit in the recliner to do the non-stress, test, so I have another ultrasound scheduled for next Monday to see of my fluid goes down. I could already tell her it won't. I have been through this many times before and every time, everything is fine. I am still on track to be induced on the 23rd, which can't come soon enough. I'll keep you up to date!

Update: As if things couldn't get any worse, I now have a sinus infection on the left side of my face. The last time I had one I was on the first trimester of my pregnancy with....Fionn, I think. They wouldn't give me anything to make it go away. It was awful. Now being 37 weeks along with this baby, I have to wait until Monday to see if my Dr. will give me a prescription. I called and they said to go see my primary care dr, which I do not have, so I decided to wait until my next appt. and she what she thinks I should do. There is an urgent care in the lobby of the same office building, so maybe they can help me if she gives the ok. Will keep updating. Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Christmas 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. This season was very short for us, with Sean putting all his school work off until the last three weeks, we pretty much missed out on all the holiday fun. However Christmas day was wonderful and very long. Santa left quite a loot considering his financial shortage this year. Thanks to my parents, who helped out in a HUGE way, they all pretty much got what they wanted.

Unfortunately for me, Christmas Day was where my complications began, but I'll get to that later. Due to the crazy amount of gifts to open, we had to keep taking breaks between present opening. It was all very overwhelming for Lizzie and Sam. We had a few meltdowns throughout the day. Nothing too serious. Of course A Christmas Story was our background, not that anyone was paying too much attention to it.

Sean and I got some really fun gifts this year. Mom and Dad bought us an awesome waffle maker, since mine conked out. A month or two ago my coffee maker caught fire, so I was forced to live without coffee for some time. Sean decided to buy me a Keurig coffee maker, and let me tell you, it is amazing! A perfect cup of coffee every time, and you can even make hot chocolate, hot tea, iced coffee, or iced tea. No mess, just drop in a K-cup and add water, done in minutes. Sean had been wanting a sound bar for our TV for years, but we could never afford one. Of course Mom went way overboard this year and bought electronics for everyone. Aunt Rene got a new laptop, Doe (her sister) got a 55 inch LCD TV (which she didn't deserve, but don't get me started on that) and Sean got the sound bar he had been wanting forever. He was blown away by it and so happy! It sounds amazing with movies like Man of Steel. And finally, my big gifts from Sean. Now, since Sean left his job, we had to return all our devices to the company, including my Galaxy S4. Therefore I was left without a phone and tablet. So, he bought me the new iPad Air and an iPhone 5S. Now I have never liked Apple products and therefore have never used one, so this was a big surprise to me. We talked about what I wanted for my next phone. I knew there were no Android phones that I wanted, since all the other manufactures are crappy. I like the Windows phones, but the best phone has the clunky camera on the back and I wouldn't like that, so of corse the next best option was the new iPhone. Which I knew nothing about. Sean bought the tablet first to see if I would like it.  It took me a week or so to get the hang of it, but it grew on me, so he bought me the iPhone and himself the Air. We are both blow away by the quality of the apps compared to Android. I have to say, I'm very impressed with how nice these devices are. It makes Android look like a cheap knock off.

The kids final gifts were the highlight of Christmas. With Moms help, we were able to get all the kids tablets. Here is the video of their reaction....too funny.  I know, we're horrible parents for introducing our kids to tablets, but we thought of it as a tool for their education and a fun way to reward the kids for helping out with chores. Of course there will be limits and heavy lockdown on the internet, but it's also a good way for them to learn technology, which is the future.

Lastly, on a not so pleasant note, as I said at the beginning of my post, Christmas was a bit of a downfall for me. With all my pregnancies,  I have had some problems with Posterior Pelvic Pain. It's very common in pregnancy and I'm sure most of you know exactly what it is. For those who don't, it is a deep, pinching pain in your upper left or right butt. It usually lasts a few seconds and will go away if you change positions. Well, I have a severe case of it that has left me bed ridden. I cannot sit in a chair at all, I cannot twist or turn in any way. And I cannot go up or down the stairs. This pain is so bad it leaves me screaming. When it flares up, I can't move at all. Sean and the kids feel so helpless because there is nothing they can do to help me. Sean has even considered calling the paramedics on my last flare up because I was screaming so much from the pain. I don't know what I'm going to do when I have to go back to the doctor on Monday. Since I can't sit in a chair, how am I going to get in a cab....or out of the cab.....lay on the table for the ultrasound and group b strep test? I of corse have to do all of this alone, which is even scarier to me. What's worse, Sean will be starting his new job next week, so I will be alone with the kids all day and Mom won't be here until the evening of the 21st. This pregnancy can't end soon enough. Thank goodness this is our last pregnancy, my body is telling me NO MORE!

Here are some of the best pictures from Christmas. Hope you had a Happy New Year!