I'm Still Here

Posted by: cheryl

Gee, things got a little busy around here.  I have been fishing, babysitting, taking care of the home, well, you get the picture....and.....I started going to a salon that has toning tables with my mom.  I started because I thought those tables would help stretch my back and stop some of the pain I have been experiencing since my 2 falls last year.  They do help me get limbered up and feel good too.  The only thing is-----it sure is a LOT of running around and that is just not for me.  We are expecting that 3rd grandson in 2 weeks or less.  Now there is some running around I am looking forward to ;-)
His older brothers have been keeping me (Ni-maw) busy too.  We have had so much fun playing, watching tv, and just goofing off together.
Back to the fishing.............I haven't really caught that many this year.....the lake has come up due to rain, the temp of the water was not exactly right for the spawn.  But that doesn't mean we have not ate our fill of crappie.  My brother or nephew would call and tell me they had anywhere between 8-20 fish at a time that they did not want to clean on any given night and I would tell them to drop them off.  Sometimes it would be right after my shower, but that didn't stop me from cleaning those fish and then taking another shower, haha!!!
Here is a bucket of fish my brother left me on one Saturday morning......Calvin is holding the fish and Braedy is just not sure he wants any part of it, haha!!

 If accepted, these two will start pre-school this next fall.  I am not sure Ni-maw is ready for that.  They are smart little "cookies".   They were telling me their ABC's the other day and counting to 10.
About these two...........We were driving to Ni-maw's the other day and there were railroad workers repairing the railroad going thru Oologah and the boys asked what they were doing and I proceeded to tell them they were replacing the "ties" and rock so the train would stay on track.  They asked why it was called a railroad and I told them that was the road for the train and it was made with rails so the train could go over it.  I then told them there was a song about working on the railroad.  Well, I taught them the whole song and they love it.  In fact, the daughter said they sing it all the time.  She said "thanks mom".......
We get to the "dinah won't you blow" part and Calvin and Braedy both say -  "Ni-maw, this is my favorite part".....(I love it)!!!!  When we are together you can bet we are going to be singing that song 5-6 times at least...haha!!
Geez, I have a lot of "stuff" to get done today so I recon I will catch you later.
Ritzywife out....................................


Posted by: cheryl

Yup, you got it, today is Ritzywife's birthday.  This makes #57.  I can't believe it's already here again.
Ritzy has been trying to get me to tell him where I would like to go eat out to celebrate.  I have not been able to come up with anything............til this morning.  I got to thinking what would make me happy and it was clear to me that being around  my family makes me happy.  I decided a nice steak dinner at home with those I love most would make me the happiest.  So, we are going to have a steak dinner, sit by the pitfire and make smores with the grandsons (if they get to come over).
It doesn't take fancy places or things to make me happy.....I love my family and I love spending time with them, especially those two little boys.  That's the perfect birthday celebration for--- Ni-maw, Ritzywife, Cheryl........
We are patiently waiting for the arrival of the newest addition to this clan.  just a few more weeks and the boys' little brother will be here.  I have a big box full of clothing, bedding, feeding items just waiting for him.  Not gonna be caught off guard, haha!  I even have my car seat and stroller......  All this baby is gonna need is diapers and wipes.  But then again, i think they are having a diaper shower for him in a couple weeks.  He is gonna be just fine ;-)  All we have to do is sit back and relax and wait for him to make his appearance to his family that already loves him so much!!!
We just need Mama & Daddy to settle on a name, haha!!!
On to other "stuff"..............Last night  North Tulsa and close to Owasso was hit by a tornado.  It was on the ground for a long time, not a powerful one but it was still a tornado.  During the forming of this thing that we were watching on t.v. I get a text from my daughter saying she and hubby and boys are in the Owasso Home Depot just 3 miles North of where this thing is (and...... she only has 2% of her battery life left on her phone), with the Owasso sirens blaring.........  I start to panic just a bit.  I keep texting her where it is, I take pictures of it on tv and send them to her........... They were all ok after it was all over, but I think Ritzywife, Ni-maw had a few more gray hairs.   There was also a strong storm to our north up in Nowata county, where I had just been a couple hours earlier attending a family member's memorial service.  I am glad that bad weather held off for a while!!    We seem to have been in between both those very strong storms...........ought to be thankful, I reckon.......
The boys were talking to me this morning and they thought it was fun and exciting.........whew!
I am still waiting on the weather to cooperate so the crappie will start coming in to the bank where I do all my fishing.  In the meantime tho....my brother, who goes in a boat has been catching crappie and has brought me some when he just catches a few, i do not mind cleaning them at all...........and boy were they good eating.  Thanks little brother!!!
Gonna make it a great day.....Ritzywife out..........................



Posted by: cheryl

As I was reading some Facebook posts this morning, I was reminded of something I learned a few years ago.
As life goes on, there are good times, bad times, blah times....you get the picture.  Well during one of the more stressful times in my life I was sitting in my living room praying and the front door was open.  I was enjoying a beautiful sunny day.  I was focused on my problems, but as i was sitting in my chair and looking out the door at the beautiful cloudless sky,  God revealed to me that.... yes, I was going to have these kind of days but the reality was - the sun will rise and set tomorrow just like it did today....... the day after that and the day after that and so on..........your problems are only temporary so don't focus on them.  Focus on ME/GOD, that sun is going to come up tomorrow just like it did today and it is not "the end of the world".......and you know that little fact is something that we can take comfort in.  Our problems are real.... but they are only here for a short while and while they may rock the little "world" around us, but with thankfulness I can say... the big picture is.....in reality,  the real world is held in place by it's Creator.  We just need to trust our lives to his control.
I am not saying that every thing is gonna be "peachy", cause it's not.........I am saying that whatever we go through we don't have to go through it alone.  HE wants us to cry, let off steam, get angry,....if HE didn't HE would not have built those emotions in us.  BUT.......the main thing is that we are to lean on HIM and trust HIM to get us through life.  I am not saying it's gonna be easy, cause it seems so unnatural to just let go of everything that we feel we need to hold on to.  This has helped me so much to be able to see beyond the problem or heartache at hand and focus on getting to where I can live my life the way HE wants me to live it and sometimes we have to remind ourselves daily of this little tidbit of information.
Ritzywife out............................................................................

Love Those Grandsons.....

Posted by: cheryl

I spent yesterday watching those grandsons because their mama was busy working.  We were playing "catch" with small footballs and basketballs.  They both have pretty good arms on them....
We watched some T.V., then it was time for lunch.  I warmed up a pizza that I had brought from home.  I liked to have never convinced them that they could not eat it frozen, haha!  They like cold leftover pizza...YUK!!!   Well after lunch we played, talked, watched some more tv.  I had forgot about a couple of pkgs of those club crackers that I had gotten at a Sam's kiosk when the son and I were there last weekend, so I asked the boys if they wanted them and of course they did.  I had to leave the room, soon after leaving  I heard Calvin running to his room crying.  Braedy and I went to him and asked him what was wrong and he said "get outta here, I don't want to talk".....Well.........after a few tries I finally got it out of him that he was crying because he had eaten all of his crackers and there weren't any more.  I of course told him that Ni-maw could fix that little problem, and go get him and brother some of those crackers when their mama got home.  "I had to go to Sam's anyways for a couple of other items" That seemed to do the trick and he quit crying.  And .......it does help that Sam's is only 4-5 miles from their house.  Well mama got home and Ritzywife headed to Sams.  I came back with those crackers and all was well with their world again.
They were jumping on the trampoline so I walked up to it so I could give them a hug and a kiss.  Well Braedy was first and as he was kissing Ni-maw bye he said "Ni-maw, you're my best buddy",  I told Braedy that was so sweet and that made Ni-maw happy.  As I was telling Calvin bye he wanted to pucker up to give me a kiss.  After that he said "Ni-maw, I just love you so much"....I told Calvin that made Ni-maw's heart happy.  Those little boys, as all kids, have so much love to give.  Yes.....they have their moments when you want to pull your hair out, but they are only growing and discovering themselves and the "world" around them.
Ni-maw must be doin' something right  ;-)
It's  times like this that make it hard for Ni-maw to leave.........even tho I had gotten there at 9 and it was now after 4.  Lucky for the son and Ritzy that I had put dinner in the crock pot before leaving.  That thing has kept us from going hungry so many times while I have been watching those boys over the past almost 4 years, hahaha!!!!
Now, shifting gears to another part of the day.  Bradey had gone to the potty and he was hollering for me to come wipe him. (His mama has informed me that he is fully capable) I go in there and ask him why I needed to when he is fully able  and he tells me "if I do it, I have to go to school"....... That was so cute, and I try to explain to him that he doesn't quite understand  that is not how it is.  The deal is - they will be starting pre-K in the fall of 2016....their mama has told them that they need to be able to "wipe" to go to school.  In Braedy's little mind, he's thinking  'If I wipe, I have to go to school'.......
 I told his mama  when she got home that he doesn't quite understand what she is trying to teach him...
Their 4th birthday is quickly approaching, and it's still hard to believe they are growing so fast.  They were liking "Paw Patrol" this time last year and just recently they are now hooked on "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".......Boys do grow up, whether we like it or not........and it's only 4 more months till little brother makes his appearance.  Then we start it all over again :-)
With that, Ritzywife is out..................................................


Posted by: cheryl

We found out at last what Braedy & Calvin are getting....a little brother......yippee....3 boys!!
Plus the  whole handful of ornery that comes with having 3 boys in the home.
Watch out Keri....it will be so much fun raising all those boys.  Their daddy also had two brothers while growing up and he has told us some of the situations those boys got themselves into and all I gotta say is LOOK OUT!!!
We finally got a bit of winter weather this past couple of days.  It's about time!!  Not hanging around long tho.  I sure hope the boys get to wear their snowsuits that we got them.
Ritzy was gone a few days last week with the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Team to wind up work in Yukon, Ok after that ice storm from a few weeks back.  He returned home Friday evening.  The boys spent the night with us on Saturday and attended Church with us Sunday.  So it was a full weekend.
Well, it's short today, I am cooking super right now and I have nothing else to say for now....(we all know that won't last long)
 Ritzywife out.......................................................

Wow, it's 2016 Already?!?

Posted by: cheryl

This Holiday season came and went so fast.  I have Christmas 2015 all packed away and waiting for Christmas 2016.  This year was awesome.  The boys made out like bandits, as you can imagine.  It was so fun to watch them open gifts and see their excitement as they opened them.  "It's a box!!" I would hear...I thought -  well gee I could have just wrapped empty boxes, haha!!

Christmas 2015 at Ritzy & Ritzywife's 

 Told you the boys made out like bandits.....see......

Mama & her boys

I love this picture because all three of them have their heads tilted the same way,  so sweet...

Ni-maw had to buy gifts for "itty-bitty" even tho we still don't know if we are having a he or a she.  Hopefully we will find out at the end of this week.
Gee, this Oklahoma winter has been everything but that.  I am still waiting on that cold weather.  It was odd with it being so warm.  Couldn't wear those Christmas sweaters or you would get too hot :-(
Well, if you read the last post.....Nemo survived the stay at Ni-maw"s house.  Whew!!
He is home, safe and sound!!
Ritzy was out by the patio a couple days ago and told me the daffodils are already coming up thru the ground.  No.......... it's way too early.  Told ya we weren't having a winter........
Our neighbor who owns/operates the bait/convenience/cafe store across the road has recently made some changes to the outside of the building...It is so awesome....here....see for yourself.......
Winganon Bait/Convenience/Cafe
In case you are wondering what NVM on the population is it stands for - "NOT VERY MANY" :-)
Well I have "stuff" to do so I guess I better get started......not much....but still  has to get done, haha!
So I will see ya later........................Ritzywife out............

# 3

Posted by: cheryl

Ni-maw is so happy.  We learned a few weeks ago that grandchild #3 is on the way.  Expected arrival is sometime in May 2016.  Yes, it's only one this time but it's still not known if baby is boy or girl.
Should find that out on daughter's next appointment in 3 weeks.  Boys are so happy to be getting a little brother/sister.  Braedy says it's a little sister.  I'll take his word for it.
Plus, last easter when I ordered Braedy & Calvin's Easter baskets the two boxes came in the mail and I was so excited to open them up and give them to boys.  i could not believe my eyes when i opened both boxes and inside each box  was a girl diaper cake.  Are you kidding me?!?!? it could have been anything else.  At first I was ticked off, then I got to thinking about it and thought that maybe i might need them in the future...hahaha!  Well whether this baby is a boy/girl, they are getting used.
Also that Easter basket mix up made for a mad dash to the store.
This Holiday season seems to be quickly coming upon us.  I didn't even decorate inside for Fall.  I did some outside decorating tho.   Was just too busy.  Can hardly wait to decorate for Christmas.  I have all the gifts ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree and in the stockings.
The boys and I have been singing "Santa Clause Is Coming to Town and Jingle Bells".  They love to sing and I hope they continue to love singing and appreciate music as they grow older.
They are on vacation this week.  It will be Friday before they come back.  Ni-maw will be so ready to see them and get/give hugs and kisses...   It was funny on Saturday before they left, Uncle Matt and I stopped by to get "Nemo" their beta fish and Calvin said " Well, Ni-maw you are coming with us....Braedy agreed.  I told them that no, ni-maw was staying here to take care of Nemo.  Last night I was talking to them and they both said they wanted to come to my house.  I said sorry boys, you are on  vacation with mommy and daddy, you are gonna have so much fun and Ni-maw will see you when  you get back.
Now, on to Nemo -- the beta fish.  I told my daughter that I will not be held responsible if that fish "bites the dust".....that is if a fish can do that.   A few years ago I thought it would be a good idea to have one of those fish... so I bought the fish, container, water, & food .....  Well let's just say that after the 3rd fish in one month's time I decided I was not meant  to have ANY kind of fish for a pet.
I reminded my daughter of that little fact, but she still let me bring him here.
Pray for "Nemo"....with that Ritzywife is out ;-) ...................