Woocrew’s Weblog

A spot about the Wooten’s and the happenings in their world.

Ahhhhhhhhh. September 29, 2007

Filed under: Family,Ramblings — woocrew @ 1:51 pm

Wooville is back to “normal”.  We have had a house full of visitors for the last 2 wks.  Granny arrived Monday before last and Cousin Elayn and her 2 kiddos the following Tuesday.  As of yesterday our home is completely void of visitors.  We have really enjoyed our company and can’t wait for their next visits.  We didn’t do much, mainly hung out around the house.  It’s hard to get out to do much once the school year has started.  We spent a few of those days visiting at mom’s house.  It was so much fun.  Everyone went horseback riding, the kids swam in the pool (a watering trough) and we all ate plenty.  We spent our last night with Granny at family fun night at school.  The night was all sports…sponsored by the dad’s club, there was lots of fun play for the kids and yummy burgers and dogs.  Granny was so excited to get to take part.  This year she happened to be here for Grandparents’ Day also.  She and Abuela went to the school and had lunch with X.  They got to see his classroom and meet his teacher.  What fun memories.  Our secret hope is that Granny is able to be nearer to us one day so that she can participate in these things with the kids each time they come up.    

Germaine will be home with C and X this evening.  I will be at mom’s house with M and I, we’ll be sitting with Grandma while mom and Cherryl spend the evening out.  I try to get to see Grandma about once a week.  I love that my children  get to know their great-grandmother.  It makes for wonderful memories.  We should all be so lucky to get to know the “greats” in our family tree.  I have fond memories of my great-grandmother, though we didn’t get to see her often.  Grandma Reyes is the only grandparent left for both Germaine and I.  She has been so kind to love Germaine as her own.  One of the wonderful things about her is her willingness to be family to all of the people she meets.  She considers Cherryl a daughter, as well she should.  Cherryl has had the opportunity to care for grandma and be there with her for the last year.  She does everything a loving daughter would do, and without any reward except for the feeling one receives for their charitable deeds.  Although we don’t go to the same church,  I know grandma is called mom by most all of the people in her congregation.  They love her and revere her in a manner that we should all hope to achieve in our latter days.  We are truly blessed to have a family as ours and grateful for the time we get to spend together.  I hope that we all take to heart what a wonderful thing families are and can be.  Being part of a family is so great, no matter how you came about getting to be part of it. 

So now that I’ve rambled on…

We are extending an open invitation to all who would like to come visit.  We have an extra room and a few extra beds to boot!  Grandma Reyes is at mom’s house which is only about 20 minutes away.  Hope to see some more visitors soon!

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For those about to rock! September 23, 2007

Filed under: Ramblings — woocrew @ 9:38 pm

So in reply mainly, and a little because of personal pride, which I, Karly don’t actually ever admit I possess, I shall talk about karaoke.  At the end of my high school experience I had 3 really great friends.  We used to gather at each others homes and sing karaoke.  I think most of the time it was because we were really trying to “sing” like Madonna, other times just for fun.  I won’t name names…that would be rude.  😉  It was way fun.  It’s one of my fondest memories of those girls.  I have carried on the madness in my own right.  I could never be on that singing bee show or anything…I’m not that in love with the karaoke concept…I do however find myself at strange times making a  complete and utter fool of myself.  I enjoy to laugh and make people laugh and for that reason I sing.  I have made a fool of myself singing “Billy Jean”, to which a group of about 30 women can attest.  Some months ago at a girls night out at church we had karaoke.  A few ladies got up and lamely sang “Love Shack”.  I love the B-52’s…Steph and I even went to see them in concert with the Violent Femmes.  I wanted to pull out my hair as I sat by listening and watching 2 Molly Mormons sing this song with all the umph of a sleeping cat.  I had my turn at some lame-o song and then came back and asked to sing “Love Shack”, which by the way is, lyrically speaking, a fabulous song to sing when you’re about 8 1/2 months prego.  I am proud to say that it was so fabulous that I won an award for being the most entertaining…and that tube of Bath and Body Works lotion is still in my purse to this day…great for those dry hand moments.  So it is with great pride that I say simply this…“Welcome to the blog of a family whose matriarch is an award winning karaoke singer!”  Surely the world is a better place for the laughs one gets by listening to one like myself who is willing to make an utter fool of herself while singing to win the prize.  🙂  Life is GOOD!!!

 

Introducing… September 15, 2007

Filed under: Family,Kids — woocrew @ 9:26 pm

100_3414.jpgour latest creation…;)  I is 2 months old now.  We can hardly believe how much she’s grown and how fast the time passes.  She’s a sweet, sweet baby.  This pic is of her sleeping in her bed with the pillow and blankie her Tia Amanda sent her.  She is very tolerant of her brother and sisters.  It can be very noisy around here but she has learned to sleep through it all.  She sleeps well through the night and pacifies herself with her thumb when she wakes.  Our first thumb sucker.  It’s very cute to see such a small baby figure out how to suck their thumb.  I’m sure it will be a pain to break her of later, but later is later. 

On another note, we had Aspen “fixed” yesterday.  She is doing fine, very sedate since she came home this morning but happy to be here.  She is our wonder dog.  We missed her when she was gone…she’s only been ours for a week now but it doesn’t take much to fall in love when the conditions are right.  We’ve had her microchipped as well.  Interesting concept and very affordable so we went ahead.  She’s such an awesome dog we wouldn’t want to lose her so now she has her own GPS. 

OOOOOhhhhhhhh…Germaine and I put up the ceiling fan in our bedroom.  This may not seem like a big deal to most but…let’s just say I have project completion issues.  The fan sat assembled in the open box in the corner of my room for about 2 yrs.  Today we decided to do something together and so the fan has been installed.  It’s so nice to have air circulating in our room and very rewarding to have done it ourselves.  So rewarding in fact that we’ve decided to do something each Saturday morning.  Not like it’s hard to complete a project that is half done already anyway.  Next up, finish painting the living room.  Yep, you guessed it…2 years half painted.  Bad. 

X will be starting his piano lessons again next week.  It’s a lot of fun for him.  He is actually learning on a digital piano which he finds terribly interesting being that he can make all kinds of fun, strange and creepy noises with it.  His recital at the end of last year was so cool.  We can’t wait to see how he will progress this year. 

C has started preschool.  It’s a co-op, 2 days a week, with some other moms, mainly from church.  We’ll all take turns having weeks to host and teach in our homes.  There are 9 or 10 kids but the fact that they already know each other from their primary class at church really makes it fun for them.  I am excited to take my turn and see for myself how great the kids are.  M misses C terribly when she’s gone but it gives her and mommy some fun time together. 

I guess that’s the update in Wooville for now.  Ahhh…one more thing…this week we are expecting Sylvia, aka Granny, and Cousin Elayn and her 2 kids for a visit.  Pray for us ;)…ours is a home full of love and soon full of people. 

 

Dog Sliding September 10, 2007

Filed under: Family — woocrew @ 8:51 pm

Yep, that’s right…dog sliding.  I’m not mistaken.  The woocrew have welcomed a new member into woo-ville.  The latest addition is an 18 month old yellow lab named Aspen.  She came to us through a friend whose parents decided to de-dog their home.  Mom and Grandma got the 110 lb collie, yep, you read right…110 lbs…and Grandma quickly staked her claim on him.  His name is Moroni.  He sleeps in her room, they nap together each day, he in his crate of course.  She has a companion and is tickled pink about it.  I’ll have to get a pic of them together and post it soon.  So back to our dog.  She’s absolutely fabulous.  We go out each night as a family to walk her.  It’s nice to get a dog who’s already house-broken, crate trained and understands a few commands.  Tonight we walked to the park.  She was very happy to have a huge space to run.  She and X played chase and then he went up the steps to the slide…she of course followed, tennis ball in mouth, looking around from the platform with a bit of wonder.  X made his way to the slide and she again followed, in fact right down the slide they both came.  Germaine was ready for the madness to stop the first time around…it made him very nervous.  She, of course, thought it was fabulous and followed him a half dozen more times, sometimes landing fine and other times landing with a nose dive and slide through the mulch on the ground.  It was so fun to watch.  She and X have become quick friends, in fact she has become part of our family from the minute we walked her through the front door.  The last of my story is simply this…a few weeks ago while visiting teaching, I was telling the ladies I was with about how crazy of an idea it would be to have a dog and it was certainly nothing I would do for at least 7 or 8 more years.  From my lips to Gods’ ears…this is how I know that our Father in Heaven has an awesome sense of humor.  Let’s be honest, 7, 4 and 2 yr olds and a 2 month old baby, does one really need anything else to do?  She just happened to be the kind of dog I would have were I looking to bring one home, and so she has found a new home with us.  It’s a happy place with enough kids to keep her busy and playing most of the day.  We love her, Aspen, our sliding dog.     

 

X’s Prayer September 7, 2007

Filed under: Kids — woocrew @ 12:23 pm

I love the sweetness of a child’s prayer.  Each night before bed we have a family prayer.  The kids take turns and their prayers are much of the same sentiments of gratitude and requests…no bad dreams, no “crab” dreams (it’s a spongebob thing I think…no worries though…we’ve stopped watching t.v. almost completely), no tornadoes, no thinking about tornadoes, send us an angel to watch us, send thy spirit to comfort us and so on it goes.  The list is long, but well worth the listen.  A few weeks back X started asking that nothing happen to his house or any of his friends houses.  This past week his request became specific, that nothing happen to our home or to Evan’s home.  Evan is a friend from when he was a toddler, but we’ve not seen him since X’s 6th birthday.  The first time I heard I asked if he was praying for Evan…a little surprised to hear him talk about his old friend.  I am touched by his sweet request.  I know that our children, well everyone’s children that matter have a special relationship with our Father in heaven.  For whatever reason he is compelled to pray for his friend, I have no idea why, but I do know that this prayer is not without need.  I know that Heavenly Father will answer this prayer everytime.  Evan and his home may not have been in harms way, in fact it may never be, but I know in my heart that it will for this time in their lives, be part and partial to the prayer of a 7 year old boy who remembers an old friend  and follows the feelings the Holy Spirit renders him.  We should all be so wise as to follow those promptings.  What I would give to have that strength.  I happen to think kids are nothing but amazing and this is just one of those reasons why. 

 

I Scream, You Scream… September 3, 2007

Filed under: Kids — woocrew @ 3:52 pm

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We all scream for ICE CREAM!  Hey it was her birthday.  M decided that her ice cream falling onto the porch swing would not hinder her from finishing her frosty delight.  Can you blame her really, I mean it was chocolate. 

M’s birthday was celebrated at mom’s.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, cake and ice cream.  A two year old couldn’t ask for more.  It was fun to see her excited about opening her gifts, and even more excited about what those gifts were. 

 

…And they ate cake!

Filed under: Family,Kids — woocrew @ 3:41 pm

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Caitlin had to have a princess birthday this year.  She turned four dressed as Cinderella and surrounded by all of her friends and family.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I think it’s an illness, I can’t buy things…I make them.  So when birthdays roll around we throw around many ideas for what we’ll do and what kind of cake we’ll eat.  This one was off of a website we found with princess ideas, and it should be much cuter, but I was very pregnant and had finished a wedding cake and 2 grooms cakes, 1 was a 3d 18-wheeler cab, the weekend before.  Needless to say this one lacked in my eyes, but my 4 year old was nothing but enchanted.  I love kids…the world is still perfect to them.  The princess madness still ensues here in wooville.  Hardly a day goes by that C and M aren’t dancing and twirling and dreaming of marrying handsome princes.  I can wait for the latter, but for now it’s all in fun.