Monday, February 26, 2007

Getting Car Fixed

Today I had to take the Armada to get a few things fixed since we haven't had it for 30 days yet. The air pressure light keeps coming on, the back window won't open, and there is a plastic part for one of the seats that needs to be put on. I didn't think it would take that long. I dropped it of at 8.30 am and they said it would be about an hour before they even looked at it. Well there is a Walmart about 15 minutes down that we walked to. After we got done shopping I Katie was a little hungry (10 am) so we ate where I noticed that Kyle had taken one of his shoes off. I walked around the entire store to find it and asked the layaway dept., customer service and the ladies changing room area if they had it. Nope. So I left my name and number with the CS lady, thinking it wouldn't be found. Oh well, had to buy him sandals anyway.
We get back to Carmax at 11 am. They said the guys were working on the window still. So I tried to call Micau to meet for lunch at the Village Inn. Didn't get ahold of him. Around 12 we walked over to the Village Inn for lunch, and after already eating my chicken noodle soup he called and decided to come over. By the time we were done it was 1.30. Walmart called to say that they found Kyle's shoe. Yea. Micau gave us a ride over there and then back to Carmax. He went inside to see how much longer it would take. Turns out our low tire air pressure light was coming on because of the right rear tire was a spare full of patches. Have to order a new tire which won't get there until tomorrow. So he gave us a ride home. Now I won't have a vehicle until tomorrow afternoon. That's okay though. At least we are getting it fixed.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A Well Week

I really don't mean to complain but would it be possible to have just one week of kids that are well in this house? It just seems like for the past 3 months two have been sick at all times. Right now Lauren is getting over a cold and Kyle not only has an ear infection, bronchitis..he also now has that awful stomach bug. Well here is to go do more cleaning (I have been bleaching my house every week and the kids toys too..and using Lysol spray on the things that can't be bleached). I don't know what else to do. Anyone have any suggestions?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

To Give A Life

I was totally going to write about my workout today but instead I'm going to write about life. While rocking the baby I watched Saving Private Ryan. At the end of the movie he asks his wife if he has lived a good life. This made me think. Do we live our lives as if someone has died for us? What I mean by this statement is that there are people out there who give their lives for us everyday and people who have given their lives. I'm not just talking about Jesus, but about our soldiers, our police (although we don't think of them that way), and firemen. These men and women have laid down their lives and put their lives at risk for you and me. Think about that for a moment.
Just because we did not witness the death of Jesus or all that he went through doesn't mean it has lost its importance. Just because we were not alive during all the battles this country has fought doesn't mean their lives have lost importance. There are battles being fought today for our country. We (well at least me) do not keep this in mind always. Do I live my life good enough for someone who has died for me? I don't think so. I have things that I worry about that I shouldn't, I tell little white lies and a few times a big lie and no matter what the justification is for lying..a lie is still a lie. I have hurt people..deeply. Although I have changed alot of things in my life, I still am not the best I could be. I don't think I truly appreciate what Jesus or anyone has done for me.
So here is a salute and very big heartfelt thanks to those of you who have done so. And a big taste of humility.

Monday, February 12, 2007


Micau's Dad

He is doing just fine. The doctors said it was a mix of his medicines. He was cleared to resume regular activities on Saturday. This was his third stroke and he hasn't had any side affects from it. He is really lucky. We didn't go see them this weekend becasue Kyle has a cold and an ear infection and both Lauren and I have a cold. We figured his dad needed to rest and not be around screaming children. Thanks for all the well wishes.
Table and Car
Last month we got a table from Ashley furniture. It is really nice. We got a good deal on it since it was discontinued. It is square and seats about 6-8 people but we only got 6 chairs. Dealing with Ashley was a pain in the butt; other than that we really like it. We got a tablecloth for it this weekend and now it just looks beautiful. The tablecloth looks great on it.
Well we finally joined the SUV club. Don't know if you all remember but in the beginning of January my niece and nephew came to stay with us for a few days. We rented an Armada. Well is just so happened that two weeks ago our local Carmax got one in inventory. I loved the color and the seats. So we thought about it and looked at Micau's car trade in value. We were disappointed with what they were going to give us for his car but we really liked the Armada. We got approved through a local federal credit union and we decided to go ahead and get it. So far I really like it. Why is it when you go do the paperwork it always takes forever? It literally took us about 4 hours to get the vehicle. A bit frustrating but I suppose worth it. Kyle was unsure of it; he really doesn't like change. Katie loves it because now she has some room. Even Micau's son GC likes it. So everyone is happy. I am queen of the roadway people..lookout.
So what if I don't spell it all know what I'm talking about..the stuff that makes your armpits smell good. Okay so while I was pregnant with Lauren and before that I was using Sure. Ever since I had her it really wasn't working that well. When I go to work out it quits working after 10 minutes (I don't sweat I just get stinky). And even without working out, It would quit halfway through the day. Micau said that sometimes your hormones change after having kids and it was time to switch to something new. You understand why he would want me one wants to be around a stinker. I decided to try Degree and so far it has worked very well. So now I have a new deodorant.
Mr. Door Opener
Kyle has learned how to open doors. Unfortunately, the door to our garage isn't a round handle so we can't put a child protector on it. This morning we are getting ready to go to the YMCA and Micau to work. Well we were in the bedroom and all of a sudden we hear Kyle open the door and go out. We walk to the door and open it and there is Kyle in the garage saying bye bye and Lauren crawling to him. He actually opened the door for her so she could get out and escape. It was so cute and funny. We really have to remember to lock it because he hasn't figured out how to unlock yet. Just so funny because he hadn't done that before.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Micau's Dad

Had a stroke yesterday. They think it was caused by all the meds he was on and the interacted with each other in a bad way. His parents live in Beeville and they had to travel to San Antonio to the military base since he is retired navy. They had to do an MRI and they are keeping him until tomorrow. He looked well but tired..said he hasn't gotten much sleep in the hospital. He enjoyed seeing the grandkids. This is the third time he has had a stroke. He has diabeties, heart problems, and high blood pressure. Anyway, he is okay but we just a little worried. We will go visit them over the weekend to help his mom out since she has a cold and sinus infection.

Monday, February 05, 2007

I was tagged by Sharyn so here we go:

1. YOUR REAL NAME: Natasha Casper Janet
2. YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (first three letters of your name, plus izzle): Natizzile
3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: Ncha (huh?)
4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (fav color and fav animal): Blue Golden Retriever
5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, Street you live on): Casper Janet Warner Ranch
6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first name, first 3 letters of mom’s maiden name): Chanavan (sounds pretty cool)
7. SUPERHERO NAME: (favorite color, favorite drink): Blue Chai Tea
8. YOUR IRAQI NAME: (2nd letter of your first name, 3rd letter of your last name, any letter of your middle name, 2nd letter of your moms maiden name, 3rd letter of your dad’s middle name, 1st letter of a sibling’s first name, last letter of your moms middle name): Aapuwxh (won't even try to pronounce that one.
9. YOUR STRIPPER NAME: (the name of your favorite perfume/cologne/body spray: Don't wear it so don't have one..I do use soap so i'll use that one.....Spring Dove
10. YOUR WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother & father’s middle name): Ruth Lawerence

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Superbowl Weekend

What a busy weekend. Yesterday we went to Carmax to look at the Nissan Armada they just got in. I don't know if you all remember but we rented one when my niece and nephew came to stay with us for a few days. Fell in love with it. This one is really nice; it just has some scratches on the inside where the radio is. Its been used; you can tell. But the seats have no stains..its in really good shape. I even love the color. We are undecided if we are going to get it or not. We have to see what the trade in value of Micau's Eclipse is. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
After carmax, we had to meet Kyle's dad down south to pick him up (supposed to pick him today but he was feeling sick). After that it was off to GC's rowing competition. LS (his mom) said he had been feeling really bad and got a bad cold; he had to see the doctor because he was having a hard time breathing and gave him an inhaler to keep on him. Sounds like he may have what I have..cold weather exercise induced asthma. Advair doesn't work on him so he's just going to have to stick it out with the inhaler. He placed 6th in the competition. It was a rowing machine competition. He's hoping to get a college scholarship to do it; if he doesn't get one then that's okay becasue he will get an academic scholarship. He's really smart.
After that was Linner (lunch and dinner since it was over at 3 and we missed lunch). The place we went to eat at gave us some kind of crud because my stomach was upset 2 hours after eating there but I feel better today.
Today we went to Sunday school at 9.30, church at 10.30 and then we had a luncheon there at there church at 12. It was pretty good. I had a tuna wheat sandwhich, some grapes, 2 strawberries, 3 celery, a brownie, piece of bread and tea. Then Katherine's best friend's sister had a birthday party we went to. We got her a glowing bear. She is turning 9 but she is austistic and her mental age is about 3. I let katie stay at the house to play with her friend. We came home around 4 and just chilled out until the apartment's superbowl party. They were having chips and dips, little weinie dogs, four different types of wings and pizza. Kyle actually ate a cheese pizza slice. I had 3 slices of pepporini and 2 wings. I then worked out for 30 minutes. We decided to come back to the apartment to watch the game because there are only little tvs and it was hard to see the game. I went to pick Katie up from her friends at 7 and on the way back hit Sonic becasue Micau loves their chili cheese fries or so I thought. He actually like the chili cheese dogs. Oops. But he said they were good. Oh well. Then it was just watching the game and catching up on email. I'm tired now. Good night.
Oh and the Colts won. Yippppeeeeee.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

New Vaccine In Texas

Our Governor Rick Perry made it a requirement for children to get the Guardisil vaccine..parents can opt their children due to religious beliefs. Now I am not a fan of Perry but I have to give the man credit for doing this. Guardisil is a vaccine that is given to girls/women at the age of 12-21 who have not had sex yet to protect against 4 types of cervical cancer. It is something that I planned on having Katherine get when she turns 12.
Since Perry did this, he is getting slammed for doing it by a ton of parenting groups. Their argument is that it will encourage girls to have a false sense of security of protection and encourage them to have sex. Their other argument is that it is interferring with parental decisions/rights. While I do agree with the interferring of parental decisions; I do think that this a good decision for Perry to have made. Texas is a very conservative state and there are many people who would not get this shot to their me its like saying I would rather have my daughter come home with cancer than to protect them with a shot. As for the sex factor...if your daughter is 12 and you haven't talked to them about sex yet then you have bigger problems. It seems that here, especially in the Christian community that you shouldn't talk to your kids about sex except for don't have it. To me that is wrong.
If you are one of those parents who feel that way I'm sorry. I am not trying to slam you or anything. I just think its wrong not to talk to your child about sex; even a worse decision not to get them protected against cervical cancer. I just don't understand that. That is why I think this is an important decision for the governor to get those girls protected when parents wouldn't do it.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Science Fair

Katheine's school had their science fair last night. It was neat seeing all the projects that entered. Katie did pennies in boats. She designed four different boats made of foil and put pennies in them to see which would hold the most in water (boats floated in a pan of water). It was pretty neat. She won first prize (pretty much everyone who entered got a ribbon..the sweepstakes winners will go on to the city (regional) competition, first place was if you met all the requirements of the project, second was okay and third place ribbon winners just got a ribbon for actually doing the project. Guess they don't want anyone to feel bad. Next year Katie says she wants to do a reallly good project. So we are going to look at the rules/requirements/expectations of regional winners and see about what she wants to do next year. I'm glad she loves science..mythbusters is one of her favorite shows.