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(Date Posted:04-28-2010 1:31 AM)
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Thought I would stop in and say hello, and check the site out Joe aka nov1971
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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:04-28-2010 10:42 AM)

Thanks for stopping by Joe come when you can! Welcome to the board! 
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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:03-14-2013 12:14 PM)

Okay for the past few weeks I have been telling myself I am going to set down and post some stuff at the various sites.  Over the past few months I have learn that kids and plans do not mix. So this morning while the wife and kids are asleep and before I spend the day doing laundry and house cleaning (took the day off yesterday, a Sabbath). Before we got kids I heard parents talk about how much a child changes your life, I once scoffed at the idea, come on their a kid, feed em,  give  them a bath, fresh clothes a little entertainment, etc, etc and their good to go. What none of them ever spoke was the sleep deprivation, living in a state of disorientation and disconnection. During the 10 day period grace period they give the biological parents in Georgia  on whether  they  wants to go through with the adoption  we learned about all of those things.  We learned that daily bathing routine, taking a bath/shower, brushing your teeth, shaving etc where things you didn’t have time for or in the daily grind of things you completely spaced out.  Eventually you use the bath room and after wards you will wash your hands (hopefully)  and catch a glimpse of some haggard looking individual with a grimy shirt and rumpled pants and you’ll think “oh man that person looks horrible’ than it clicks that’s you staring back. So you shower, shave (if you’re a guy) put on some cleans clothes find another pair of shoes to wear and your good to go another few days. Living in a state of disorientation and disconnection, because a new born baby needs to be feed every two to three hours, the whole sleep thing goes out the window, my co workers are always giving me a hard time because I have circles under my eyes, seem to be out of it (I usually I am until I clock in and then all systems come online). There are the feedings, the constant battle to keep your hotel room/house clean, there are the errands to run and piles of laundry to be done, you live in a state of movement something always has to be done. You put the kid or kids down for a nap and you think okay I am going to sleep for an hour, so you lay down and the second you close your eyes something comes to mind you have to take care of, so you get up and take care it, but then something else comes to mind you need to do and the list continues.  You finally complete your tasks and you think okay now I am going to sleep but then it time for the baby to feed and a meal to be made. When we were in Atlanta there were a few times I would turn on the news to see what was happening and they would say good morning or something today is Friday and the wife and I would look t each other and ask Friday? What happen to Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday??? Or it would be Sunday and we would be thinking it’s Monday or Tuesday with appointments and  meetings to get too so we are rushing about handling stuff, getting the baby and the little boy ready, assembling the diaper bag and then right at were preparing to load the car it dawns on us hey today is Sunday.  We have been back in Las Vegas over two months now and I am stilling having trouble with Living in a state of disorientation and disconnection. I am always doing something, we keep Sesame Street and other educational type programs on the television for the little boy we are temporary taking care to watch (but he’s usually more concern about exploring and getting into things. At work I usually take a few minutes time permitting to keep the news to see what is happening in the world and around Las Vegas.  We are headed back to Atlanta at the end of the month for a court appointment; we are flying down and will be there for three days, I have had my fair share of hotel rooms.  Nothing will make you miss home than living in a hotel room for a few weeks. Okay for the first week it’s exciting and adventurous, you get to explore the locally eateries and coffee houses, week two rolls around your still living on the high and adrenaline rush of week one, but then week two ends and like some poor soul hooked on some drug your crashing, looking for away to get back to that wild and adrenaline enrich state you had been living in, week three the hotel room seems to have shrunk, your being to become sick of take out,  we would get so tied up with doing things it would be late at night and one would say I am hungry and then we try to figure when ate last sure we feed the kids, but as for the adults? So we would try figure out a place to eat unlike Las Vegas were we have a lot of twenty four restaurants, Atlanta had a very limited selection. We usually ended up doing waffle house (which I grew to dislike), week three your miserable , your feed up with hotel life, the constant rushing out to get meals or cooking something in the microwave, or driving a few miles to get a cup of coffee, by the end of week three you have the suite case out and your  thinking “ I am busting out of this joint” finally after weeks of living in a hotel room you walk outside, the sun is shining  and you look at your car and you wonder how I am going to fit all of that stuff into the car?

So that has been my life the last few months. Okay what else has been going on? Work has been so-so lately we are running on a skeleton crew due to budget cuts and staff reductions. We recently installed new equipment (television monitors) everyone has been going on about how great they are.  For me they have nothing but a pain and I do mean literally. My eyes hurt after the first two hours, I keep a bottle of  Pepto Bismol  in my bag along with other medication I take for headaches, some nights are better than others, I can usually control the nausea with the Pepto Bismol and Sierra Mist (Ginger ale works better, but  Sierra mist is what they have work, need to get a bottle or two of ginger ale and leave them at work) there are other nights when I am not as lucky, all I can do is get sick, splash water on my face, rinse my mouth and dive back into work because there is no one who can come in, even though I am worried about looking and possibly locating a new job, in this economy and the change in my life with  kids (even though one is temporary ) I have come to realize I am eventually going to have to give up on my current line of work, so that has been my life,

I haven't had much time to read the other posting submitted by others, i need to really catch uo on what has been happening

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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:01-27-2014 3:27 AM)

Okay, I know 2013 all the sites saw a massive decline in activity. Figure we could try breathe some life back into sites. So this is a quick posting to say hello, hope whoever reads this is being blessed
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:01-27-2014 2:14 PM)

 Preoccupied at the moment, but I am here!
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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-04-2014 11:26 AM)

Sitting at home having coffee with the kid's, well I am having coffee,  their having breakfast  sausage,  waffles,  milk and juice. Today is my Friday we are closing in on the court hearing date to finalize our adoption of our daughter, it will be nice to get it over with. This week or next we are supposed to start looking at Daycare for Zechariah. We f irgure it would be good for him to start socializing with other kids. 
Okay what else is going on? One of my wife's uncles is celebrating a birthday this week we are supposed to be having a get together at local pub-eatery, thev place has banquet rooms, from what I understand most of the local las Vegas family will be there. From what I understand quite a few people will be coming to town for the adoption hearing, 

Work has been okay,  we had some slight and major technical problems last week, slight in our equipment wasn't to badly effected, but major enough where one employee lost their job and others were in jeopardy of losing theirs, our running joke is we are one power surge from the un employment line. Well that's about it for now, I have to go find clothes for the kids to wear, one of my task this week will be go through and box up clothes the kids have out grown. A co worker is having a child in June or July so I am keeping a few boxes of clothes set aside for them, I always said when if I had a child I would never put them in hand me downs. I would only have them wearing new clothes,  if you're rich and don't mind shopping a lot  that's all fine and dandy, but if you're a working class stiff like me, then new clothes constantly isn't an option, besides I have found I have gone to the store numerous times looking for something either for Zechariah or Isabana and I have found every size but the one I need. Isabana is already wearing 18 month size clothing, well I am off

Have a blessed and wonderful day

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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-04-2014 3:19 PM)

 Wants often give way to practicality...winking
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(Date Posted:02-10-2014 10:10 AM)

So we got some good news,  later this month wrong go to court to finalize the adoption of our daughter. It's been along road, but we are nearing the end.
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-10-2014 1:57 PM)

 Very cool!
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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-14-2014 7:09 PM)

4:57 p.m. I am currently giving Zechariah a second bath. Happiness is kids, rocks and dirt.today the kids were heaven, shifting, sorting,  moving this rock here or there, reshaping a pile of dirt.it kept them occuppied while I got laundry done. The daughter is currently sleeping when she wakes I will give her a bath and change her crib sheets, it seems the laundry never ends.
Today is Friday which means it's Monday, it's sad when you have to go work to unwind from your weekend, okay I am off to my task, God bless everyone
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-15-2014 7:22 AM)

 Do you and your wife ever have days off together??
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(Date Posted:02-15-2014 10:08 PM)

No, we havIs different days off and we work differeand schedules. My wife works swing and I work grave. We take turns in the morning on the nights I work the wife will handle breakfast and changing diapers. However I have come home in the morning and found both kid's up, so I will handle breakfast and morning duties. On our weekends to let the other sleep and rest, we will handle morning duties. The afternoons I handle the kids, only on my wife's off days do we both watch them in the afternoon. Breakfast is served bewteen 8-9:30 on the weekdays, usually around noon the kids have a snack, we than take the wife to work. We come home the kids play and about 2-3 pm we have lunch, the kids get another snack around 4:30, dinner is usually 6-7pm, sometimes later, I try to have them feed no later than 7:30. By 8pm We are changing into night clothes, at 8:45 we are going to get the wife. By 9:30 we are home. Bewteen 9:30 and 10 pm I am making coffee, gathering my messenger bag making sure my medication, phone charger and other various items I take are in there. By 10 pm I getting showered, change and by 10:25 I am leaving for work. Usually around 10 pm the wife puts the kids to bed, there are days we put them to bed at 10 and at 1am they are still up. The other day they took a nap bewteen 5:30 and 6:30, got up had dinner, got changed, we went and got the wife came back home and by 9:45 they were both asleep. Since November my mother n law has been with us originally she came for thanksgiving, but then it was decided that Christmas would be celebrated here. My mother-in-law has been working on clearing out a storage unit, apparently when my father n law retired, they were supposed to downsize, she went through their apartment and label stuff that was supposed to go goodwill and stuff that was supposed to be thrown away or taken to a place that shreds documents. Everything else was supposed to come to las vegas. Unfortunately he brought everything, so she has been going over and eliminating the storage unit box by box, old coffee pot by old coffee pot. She is set to return to New Orleans next Month.
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-17-2014 3:25 PM)

 Rough schedule!

I need a nap just reading about it! yawn
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(Date Posted:02-25-2014 9:45 PM)

What really gets rough are marathon days. I will get off nearly 30  and there will be things that need to be handled, things on the other side of town. So instead of going home I will drive over stopping somewhere for coffee and wait for the place I have to go to open, if they open at 9am that's fine, its the places that open at 10 am-11am that are a hassle. I Just make do because it doesn't make sense to drive the nearly 20 miles from work to home than another 5, 10 or whatever somewhere else. Another hassle is hauling the kids around, it's been nice having our the mother-in-law visit.  But she can't handle them all the time. So I end up taking them with me on errands, I try to range the errands in a circle pattern starting with the oneb that is going to consume the most time and is furthered away and ending with the one closest to home. There are days I drop the wife off from work and spend the day going here and there with the kids, a few times we have never made it home. We keep diaper bags in the car with multiple changes of clothes, snacks. We also the video system for them to watch. A few times we have gotten overwhelmed with errands we have lost track of time. We were out once going here and there and my wife ask me the time, it was 4 or 5pm we had been out since 12pm. We had one or two things to do, so off we go we grab the kids a burger or nuggets and head to our next stop, one thing led to another and another. We stop somewhere to change the kids and my wife ask me the time I look at my watch 9:50 pm,  I start work at 11pm, so we sing through McDonalds grab a late dinner and we fly home. The kids are unloaded I start up the Keurig stick in a kcup to brew and hit the shower by 10:34 I am rushing out the door and arriving with five minutes to spare
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-26-2014 3:12 PM)

 Seems to me you should drive an RV instead of a car. It would serve you so much better... winking
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(Date Posted:03-04-2014 6:18 PM)

an rv would have been nice for our roadtrip last year. we could have actually driven from Atlanta to new Orleans in about four or five hours, instead of 12 hours. we would have probably stopped once in Texas to spend the night, instead of spending almost three days of traveling across it. we would have probably taken the i-40 back instead of the I-10. we took the i-10 because there were toranado and storms along the 40. but with an rv we could have pulled over, taken alternative routes but kept on driving. it would have been nice but one draw back there really isnt a place to attach car seats. i thought a conversion van would have been nice,not as room as an rv but when diaper changes came up we could have done it without pulling over. 
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:03-05-2014 2:05 PM)

 If you can afford the rental, ask the dealer about car seats. You can't be the only people with little kids!
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(Date Posted:03-07-2014 11:55 PM)

I know one thing that would have made the trip home with an rv or conversion van would have been the space. We could have packed and more room. Coming home every single square inch was filled, even on the driver side there was a bag, the kids were surrounded by pillows, blank, toys and stuff animals. Isabana slept, but Zechariah, oh man he didn't care for the ride. Now that we have them portable DVD player, him and Isabana don't mind care rides.  Give their juice and snacks, start up Elmo and we are roaring to go. Our next big road trip looks like we might go to California for a few days, we also might be going to Florida and no we are not driving
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(Date Posted:05-25-2014 9:14 PM)

 okay i figured that almost two close to three months of no activity was a bit long. i am at home with the kids tonight. normally Sunday is my rest day, i get to sleep because durning the week  i average between 2_4  hours a sleep a day if i am lucky. depending upon traffic and the route i take from work to home can take about fourty minutes. if i am lucky when i walk in the door the kids and wife will still be asleep. my first two priorities when coming through the door actually first three are to check on everyone. second i put cellphones and tablets on the chargers. last i  put  my wallet,keys, glasses, the wife`s purse on the book case by the door.
After all that is done i find a place to lay down. at night we put our daughter  in her crib,Zechariah in his bed,leaving our bed for  the wife. However on most nights there is a game of musical beds. the kids go from their crib and bed to our bed or a couch in the living room and the wife ends up in Zechariah bed. our daughter has this habit of taking over the adult bed. her perfct spot seems to be dead center of the bed, at an angle. we have learned that when she finds the right spot and goes to sleep let her be.
today i was planning on just relaxing and  not doing anything, but bed sheets needed to be washed along with some work jeans needed to be washed. i also put off yesterday dishes  i think i was doing laundry and i think we ran an errand or something.
well its 8:15pm las Vegas time.i have got beds to make up, laundry to dry, other  items to fold and put away, a pair of kids to change into pjs and a wife to pick up at 9pm.
until next time, God bless.
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:05-26-2014 8:59 AM)

 On your free time, I could use some help with the roof! big grin
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(Date Posted:07-18-2014 8:39 PM)

Okay talk about a ghost town of a site. Almost two months of no activity. I would ask where everyone has gone, but I know the answer Facebook, MySpace, mocospace, other social sites. I will not be the least bit surprised to come to this or one of the other comefellowme site and find they have been shut down. I am surprise that this site, the comefellowme sites and the church of hope sites are still around. Doesn't seem that these Christian sites last long. For the Intouch site up and close, within a year I believe it was the lighthouse site, closed, next was the hope4christian site, last year the two loaves, five fishes closed up. At least when I went to check it a few times it wasn't there. Then again it had been a long time since anyone had posted there in a while, reminds me I haven't been to the shoutlife site in months. Okay let's see today is Friday which means it is Monday. Okay my day started with laundry, a nap, more laundry. I had a neurology appointment this morning that went well. I am probably going for another MRI sometime this year, maybe next. While the migaranes seem to be under control, the tension headaches are still a problem, that and I get sick at work on a regular basis so their going to do another MRI as a precaution. I kept different over the counter medication, drink sierra mist to help clam my stomach on bad nights. I have also learn to leave the room as much as possible even if it's just to move into a different room of the surveillance department,  we actually have six different rooms within the surveillance department. Okay what else? The kids and I went grocery shopping today, we did McDonald's for lunch, today was bath day and now I am off to make dinner tonight is tuna sandwich night, last night we did pizza. Tomorrow we are doing spaghetti for dinner. Well I must be off, I will return again, eventually 
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:07-19-2014 6:36 PM)

 That few people that use Church of Hope's boards have asked for it to remain. As long as it serves somebody, I see no reason to take it down.

For the tension headaches, you might want to look into a product called Sunbreeze. You can probably find it on E-bay. A bit pricey, but a container lasts a long time. Might just help the headaches...
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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:08-23-2014 4:20 PM)

Spending Saturday at home with the kid's. Didn't need the car for anything today and to save the hassle of loading and unloading the kids the wife drove herself to work. Okay so what's new? Next month begins the holiday/ birthday season. Zechariah birthday is in September, we are going to do a Thomas and friends party for him. Thinking about getting him a tablet for watching videos but also for learning shapes and colors. He's gotten really good at colors, Isabana has gotten good with letters. Starting in October and probably through the start of next year we will have family visiting. The plan was to go New Orleans for Christmas we were going to either fly or drive down(not the first choice) but unfortunately several others had taken Christmas off. I work grave shift so the start of Christmas day the kid's, wife and whoever else is here will be a sleep. When i leave that night to go back, like last year and the year before the kids and wife will be out cold.can't believe it's been almost two years since we started the adoption adventure. Watching them grow has been an emotional rollercoaster there are days its taking every bit og self control not to strangle one or both of them especially on days when they go on the warpath, they will start screaming, fighting, clibing,thrown things just being pint size terrorist. Then their watching curious George wondering what is wrong with me. I had said by fifty five- sixty i woud have a head full of grey and white hair. I know it will happen by fifty each day more grey and white hair appears. I don't know how true it is that stress and worry cause grey hair,but i am of the mind set it does. My daughter does stuff sometimes i think to help me get more grey hair. About a month ago we were in the bedroom i was doing something and she was bouncing on the bed, just a minute before she had gotten a swat on the bottom for jumping on the bed, i turned to pick something up and as i came back up, she bounced and flew off the bed towards this bookcase/ hutch time slowed down she began to rotate in mid year(mind you she's smiling as this is happening) i start moving to break her fall but suddenly gravity has increased a million times i got an arm up, planted a foot and prepare to dive.time kicked back in and she collided with the furniture piece back first then slid down and bumped her head. My heart and world froze i had this vision of a dead daughter lying on the floor. But praise the lord she was fine, in fact more then fine less then a minute after i checked her she scrambled back on to the bed ran towards the edge of the bed, bounced, and flew towards the furniture piece giggling as she did. Okay its time for lunch


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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:08-26-2014 10:30 AM)

 Years ago, a colleague told me he was watching TV and heard a bang outside. He went to investigate and found his 8 yo son had just slide down a small hill in the backyard on his sled and had gone smack into the house. He was sitting on the ground laughing like an idiot and he wanted to do it again!. 
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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:10-24-2014 9:15 PM)

Okay figure it's about time we had some activity around these parts. It's Friday evening me and Zechariah are watching Thomas and friends on Netflix. My daughter is a sleep I am going to wake her at 7. For dinner we are doing pizza and juice. Okay so.what's been going on? For me it's business as usual. I work at night, come home try to get a few hours of sleep in before the wife has to get up for work. Normally my wife handles the kids in the morning and I get them for the afternoon and evening.however there are times I open the door and both the kids will be up and the wife asleep.
Due to.some recent shifting of positions with in my wife's division at work it meant she was working extra days and hours which left me to watch the kids. Which several days of running on fumes. Which resulted in a couple of tough nights at work.
Me and the new grave superior formerly the swing shift supervisor  were working we are in the middle of watching the slot drop and something.else when I happen to glance at something on of the computer monitors, then glance back at one of the surveillance monitors and that's when I noticed isabana laying on the desk in front of me. She had a diaper and wipes. I got up and move to get her. I was going to take her to the bathroom and change her. I go to pick.her up and she's gone! My supervisor glance over at me and ask what's wrong? I ask where my daughter went? 
He looked at me and ask isabana? I said yes, he replied isn't she home with her wife?yes that's where I left her but I could swear that she was just here.
Short time later I am watching the monitors I am looking at something and the monitor change from a table game shot to security and slot personnel putting stuff into the container. The phone  rang I answered it, type something into the computer and glance back the monitor where we had slots and security up. Only it was on something else. So I ask the supervisor what did security and slots do with the container? My supervisor ask me what container. I told him he took the call and put it up, this lead to an argument him calling me crazy and me shouting at him  for playing games.
What was especially bad was the supervisor first week. He would be doing something and stop and look at me and ask what he was doing? I would say your watching this or that. He would reply shouldn't I be watching this or that? I would tell him we don't watch that tonight or that's still several hours away. So work has been interesting. 
The kids are doing well last month we celebrate Zechariah 3rd birthday. This year we did a low key family outing, then had cake and presents at the house. Even though it was Zechariah's birthday we got gifts for both kids. If we got gifts for one and not the other, it could cause some issues. So both kids got a few gifts since it was Zechariah's birthday he got a few more. By the time he had open his third gift he wasn't interesting in the others and isabana was too into her cake to be concerned with much of anything else.
Isabana's  second birthday is coming up in December. She's already wearing two year old clothing (2-T) recently she's moved up 3-T in shirts. Her shoe size is 7.5 Zechariah wears a 10 in shoes and 4-T in clothing. Right now are living by the rule quantity over quality. At their age they growing so fast it seems that each week they are growing out of something. Another reason quality isn't a major concern is eventually they get stains on their clothes that don't come out. So you shop at Target or Wal-Mart where shirts and pants can be gotten for $2-$5. Its about time to restock Zechariah's shirts. An associate at Target told me I am going through the golden years of kids clothes shopping. Everything is so cheap . Then comes the day they move from toddler clothing into regular kids clothing and that's when you start to notice prices and learn to shop for deals.
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(Date Posted:07-19-2015 12:49 PM)

Okay attempt number three to post, here we go time to break the dry spell. Tried posting using a tablet, then a laptop, was going to use the home computer, but when I do my kids want to type or just take over. We keep them away from the main home computer as much as possible, since it has vitial information stored, and many, many photos. Last year our daughter got a hold of one of the laptops and performed  one of the ultimate factory reset, wipes. She wipe the thing clean, completely clean. All files, everything gone, she even managed to uninstall and get rid of items that came pre installed. You turn it on and all there is a black screen and this flashing green dot.
My wife took it to work she and her co workers tried multiple recovery attempts using all kinds of software and nothing. So we keep her especially her away from the home computer and the other laptop. They both kindles they use. We installed kids apps and set up profiles for them to use. The apps we installed are educational, they learn about the shapes, colors, numbers, letters. Our foster son is good at letters, numbers and colors, the daughter is good at colors, she's getting good at counting, there is one slight area of concern. She can count to twelve only between 10 and twelve instead of 11 it's Saturday. Okay duty calls, got to run
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:07-20-2015 10:53 AM)

 All I can say is, WOW! Smiley
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(Date Posted:07-21-2015 2:46 PM)

The only thing we can think of is, she started typing hit the right keys, hit, enter, delete, yes, no, open the right files, etc and presto wiped computer. Everything has to be reprogrammed, reinstalled, if possible I think some Internal files have to be rewritten. She did a number. We have a spare, plus kindles and tablets, at Christmas time or around then we might replace it
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RE:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:09-06-2015 5:30 AM)

Since RichG is on vacation and no one else seems to come around these parts, figure I would post a quick hello and good morning. Got to run. Until next time God Bless
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(Date Posted:09-11-2015 7:12 AM)

Hello, woke up this morning with a headache. Took a pain pill and applied an ice pack. Haven't been feeling well the last two days, well I have to run I have to go sort and fold laundry, find school uniforms along with socks
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(Date Posted:09-15-2015 4:53 PM)

Tuesday afternoon home with the kids. Today is an off day from school. Currently doing laundry here in a little while I have to vaccum. My vacation starts tomorrow I have this habit of Waiting to the last minute to take it. Last year I got busy and about a month before my vacation newed I discovered I hadn't taken any floaters or vacation days. So I had to rush and take days off. I would have been happy if they the company had cut me a check. 
Later this month my vacation time news. We're going to Florida in November for thanksgiving. We were supposed to spend the day with family the wife has down there, but there seems to have been some fallen out and it wasn't totally confirmed either. We're renting a townhouse about a block from the beach. The rental, airline tickets, and car rental are all paid for. I wouldn't mind spending the day at the beach, I have a feeling we will be spending alot of time on the beach. We also might drive to new Orleans or meet her family somewhere and have lunch or dinner. The wife's mom is due back in town in a week or so. Next week is Zechariah's birthday we are going to have something low key at the house a few friends and family. Cake ice cream, few gifts. His biological mother was supposed to be coming out but now that isn't happening. She apparently has a new boyfriend and email or text the wife they were coming out and she expected us to have a room ready for them. I told the wife they could get a hotel room we have several hotels in the areas. I said I am not letting some stranger up in my home with my kids. A few days after the wife text her back and explain hers and my feelings on the subject matter. His mom text back and said it wasn't feasible for her to come out, some stuff had come up. I think it's been almost two years now. On her Facebook page she apparently writes he's her reason for living,  I am starting to doubt that. She goes weeks on end with no communication, but post on Facebook all the things she's doing. The wife still believes his mom is trying and plans to right
Everyone has begun to face reality that Zechariah is most likely going to stay with us.
He and his sister are doing very well in school. We have started learning to write he's actually pretty good at it.
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:09-16-2015 5:46 PM)

 I hate to say it, but it is probably for the best for everyone if he does stay with you...
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(Date Posted:09-21-2015 12:18 AM)

At the last possible moment Zechariah's mom decided it would be best if she came out for his birthday. Apparently her boyfriend decided to stay and work. She wants to see where he's going to school too. She is going to be here for three days before returning home. We are preparing for drama. The other day in the car, my wife tells Zechariah his mom is coming.
Zechariah replied "who's mommy is coming??, mommy" the wife and I just looked at each other. It's been two years since she visited. She was instantance Zechariah not call her mommy. I am sorry but basically for the last three the wife has been his mother. We tried using my wife's nickname baby, but then Isabana started calling her mommy, so Zechariah started calling her mommy we tried to get him to stay with baby, but we felt we were alienating him, so we just became mommy and daddy. 
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:09-21-2015 11:15 AM)

 I do not envy you... worried
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(Date Posted:10-21-2015 5:17 AM)

Okay been a while (30 days since someone has posted anything around these parts). okay where to begin it's been almost thirty days since the visit by zachy's mom. since she's left she hasn't contacted us once to see how Zechariah is doing, according to my wife all of her Facebook postings  have been about going on dates with her boyfriend. The wife keeps trying to half heartily defend her saying she's young, she's learning, trying etc. I and most of the family agree that no she isn't and its time to face reality she wants the title of mom but not the responsibility. I hate to be cruel and judgmental bu the facts are simple she simply has not try.  the plan was for him to stay with us for six months give her a chance to get back on her feet. after six months he would have gone back and we would have went on with life. six months became seven, seven became nine and then year was upon us, and now we are approaching year three. His biological mom simply has no idea the amount of emotional harm this will cause when Zechariah does go back, however that's looking less and less likely. Because while the wife as i said has been trying to defend the mom to some degree I think the cold analytical  side of my wife has begun to look at the issue and has started to make plans regarding zachy. 
School is going very well for the kids. We are concerned that Zechariah is fallen behind because he only goes part time three days a week as with does our daughter. financially it's all we can afford. We have made huge cuts in the budget, eliminated eating out save for once a month. eliminated  buying stuff unless it was necessary. even grocery shopping has been reduce. we make sure the kids have food and snacks to eat at home and school. we let our membership lapse at Costco. we only used it once or twice in the year before the kids started school. How we realize that there are things at Costco that would we would actually use especially things for their luncheons. The wife had come to me and ask what i thought about taking the kids out of school for a month to allow us to get caught up on bills. when we enrolled the kids the school payment was suppose to be taken out bi monthly however in July and August the full amount was withdrawn. when the money was withdrawn all the other other pending payments  for other bills that were in limbo suddenly tried to clear right after the school payment cleared which cause serious problems.  after debating it we determine it probably wasn't in the kids  best interest and we might run the risk of them losing their place at school. We have been really impressed with the school. Zechariah class since the first week has worked on everything from written skills to studying science stuff, heck they even study van gogh one week and this is preschool. last week the kids were outside drawn on the cement with chalk. I stepped out to check on them then started backing inside but stopped i notice Zechariah was written something when i looked closer i saw A, B, C, D E and F written clearly he had also written out some numbers.  even our daughter had written out some letters. we also have notice their vocabulary and speaking abilities have greatly increase. 

our daughter is a huge arts and crafts fan. her teacher was telling me on Wednesday which is   arts and craft day our daughter is the first one at the table and is always excited to glue and cut stuff. 
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:10-21-2015 1:23 PM)

 I would have been screaming at the top of mu lungs if they changed the payment options without my permission!
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(Date Posted:12-22-2015 5:01 AM)

okay it's been two months since the last time some one posted here, so lets end the dry spell around these parts. What a  year this has been. My family has experienced a lot of changes this year. Back in at the start of the year my wife was officially made a supervisor, making her the fourth person in charge of her group. The talks of promoting her began to swirl in October of 2014 but because of the budget, and few other odds and ends that had to be worked the promotion didn't become official till January. One of the issues was her department wanted to reward her all her hard work, taking on extra task, filling in for senior management, working over time so they created a supervisors position just for her but this lead to conflict with Human resources who said the position needed to be posted so everyone could apply, it was to my understanding for about five minutes, then the vice president of of her division along with her manager and director went to the human resource department and explain that only the wife was being considered for it because the position was being created just for her.
In May we held our 3rd annual craw fish boil, our kids are now constantly asking for craw fish. it's looking like we will be hosting it again in either April or May depending upon on how the money looks.

In May the kids went to their first circus.

In June we had a family reunion this was the first time the kids got to meet a a lot of the extended family. Some we hadn't seen Christmas of 2013. The kids had a lot of fun with the cousins.  The cousins are supposed to come visit in July again.

July of this year was a huge month. The kids started summer camp, which lead into school. 
At work rumors began to swirl about us going to a digital surveillance system. around the first of August it was confirmed, looking back i feel bad for the director because when he told the staff almost everyone snickered and laugh. When i was told i laughed and said don't count on it, for the last eight years this room has been going digital 

August the kids started preschool. our foster son has begun to learn how to write, he's good with writing letters and numbers, he's having trouble with the teen numbers and some other areas so I have been working with him on the area he's weak in. We feel bad because we can't afford to send him and the daughter full time and we know they well more him misses out on stuff. The Daughter does basically the same thing each day, story time, arts and crafts, free time, lunch, play yard time, go home. My daughter is an arts and crafts junkie, her favorite thing is to cut up paper at school during crafts time. Recently though she's become interested in giving the wife a trim which the wife has been just a little against. 


September our foster son turned four.

October was pretty uneventful.

November we officially went to a digital surveillance system at work and I have to work wise it makes the job easier, it was becoming a major problem dealing with the Tapes and VCR's. We would go to review something and either the tape was bad or the VCR had lost power. on the other hand it causes me to have more problems with the headaches, some nights i can barely get by. Recently my director spoke to me and kind of hinted it was time to move on career wise

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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:12-22-2015 11:29 AM)

 I always enjoy Christmas letters!

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(Date Posted:12-31-2015 6:29 AM)

Well here we are the last day of 2015. What a year it's been
Two family reunions, a semi vacation in Florida, kind of got to eat at two of my favorite restaurants Hardee's and the waffle house however both times were rushed at Hardee's I couldn't finish my meal and got some horrible coffee. Waffle house wasn't bad. We are scheduled to return to Florida next year and when we do the wife said we are going to be doing alot of sea food. Overall 2015 wasn't bad alot of changes at both our jobs and with the kids starting school. Okay I have one stop to make for posting have a wonderful last day of 2015 and have a happy and blessed new year. Until next year, God bless and good bye
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(Date Posted:02-08-2016 6:01 PM)

okay seems no one has been since last year, so lets liven things up a bit. Been a very busy 2016 for me and my family. We are currently spiting our time between our home and the wife's aunts home. The aunt doesn't like to be alone at night so we spend our nights there then in the morning we rush across town to get the kids to school by 9 am and the wife to work by 9:15. I then go home I either clean or to try to catch a nap for a few hours before i get the kids at 12:30. after i pick them up we either end up going home or too the park or shopping. we get the wife any where between 5 pm and 6 pm depending upon what's she's dealing with. From her work place we go back to the aunt's house. the kids are feed and put to bed. I try to catch another nap If I can lay down and actually go to sleep I can usually get another two hours. Friday thru Tuesday I average about 4.5 to 5 hrs a sleep a day. there have been several times over the last few weeks with work and other things going on I have been up almost 24-28 hours straight. I am sure you have had those experience when you got a million things going on at once and you tell yourself I am going to handle this one thing and that one thing has turned into a thousand other things. 
when I finally get to laying down and try to nap, I have this habit of fallen asleep for five minutes and then waking up. The worst part is I will wake up thinking I have been asleep for a good two hours and in reality I was out for five minutes and as much as i try to get back to sleep, I am awake. when I finally start getting tired it's hen i have to head to work. so that's my life currently in a nutshell, coming and going, always on the move 
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-09-2016 12:17 AM)

 Can't imagine you aren't sleep deprived...
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(Date Posted:04-05-2016 4:36 PM)

Hello, okay hope who ever reads this is doing well. This week we started the moving process. I started going through stuff in our closet and started getting rid of stuff we don't need or haven't used in years. Our goal is to start with the master bedroom and bathroom pack it up and then move to the kitchen area, then the other bed rooms, hallway closet. We probably won't start moving stuff to storage till around the 1st of may. Our goal is to be moved out at June 1st. Right now it's looking like we will be needing two large storage units and a small reach in unit. The wife thinks we can fit everything into one unit she hasn't really taken a look at the garage. The way I see it we will need to store the in laws Mini van, then stuff we won't be using for a while and the smaller unit for stuff we will occasionally need okay got to run
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(Date Posted:04-05-2016 8:52 PM)

 I know you keep cleaning out the garage. I find the reproduction rate of the stuff in the garage to be amazing! :)
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(Date Posted:04-18-2016 5:23 PM)

Last week I actually started packing up the house. We are currently working on the master bedroom and bathroom. The goal is to complete one room and move on to the next. We originally wanted to be out by May 1st, but realized it wasn't going to happen. We haven't even gotten a storage unit. We are trying to downsize , get rid of stuff we don't need or haven't used in six months. 
I was supposed to go over last night and take stuff to Goodwill but I was just too worn out. I had the kids pretty much to myself last week including from 1pm Friday till 4pm Sunday (the wife was away at conference). So far I think I have gotten four boxes packed, bagged up four or five bags of trash of stuff going to the trash. I meant to go last night because I was going to take stuff to Goodwill.
You really don't realize how stuff you have till your preparing to move. We also have to go through the aunt's house and gather up her late husband clothes and shoes and donate them.  They have clothes and shoes in at least four closets that we know of.
Since January we have basically been living out of a suitcase and laundry basket.
We are trying to downsize as much as possible in order to get the smallest storage unit as possible. We want to  make sure we have money on the side for a deposit for an apartment or house in case things with the aunt don't work out. We know when she passes there will be a battle over this place, certain family members have started to position themselves to get it. I say more power to them. I really don't like the house and absolutely hate living here, I absolutely can't stand the area it's in, all living here has done has increase my stress levels and made me very unhappy. The wife seems to be happy and the kids. Well they don't care either way
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This week the premoving stuff to storage continues. I am currently working on clearing out stuff from the house going to the trash or Goodwill and my wife is working on clearing out closets at my aunt's house. There are three closets full of clothes going back decades of stuff they the aunt and late uncle hadn't worn in years. We keep finding items with price tags, alot of her stuff will be donate to a local woman's shelter. 
In another week or four we should have the aunt's house clean up, closet empty and then we will start moving our clothes over. Currently we are living out of a suitcase and laundry basket. 
I did make some progress with our garage. I manage to get rid of three trash bags full stuff we don't need and can be tossed.
I am hoping to be able to downsize enough to fit everything into one meduim size or large storage unit. It was looking like I would need two but thankfully the wife has decided that alot of the large furniture pieces can be donated or given away.
Okay I am off have a blessed day
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:04-28-2016 3:02 AM)

 I do not envy you moving. I have so much stuff, I have no clue what I will do when the time comes...
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One of the things I have been stressing to the wife is the amount of storage space we will need. Basically one extra large unit for the furniture, refrigerator (s), coffee table, end tables, then room for all of the stuff in the garage. Then a small one for storing her racks to hold all of her cooking supplies, mixers, cake holders etc. 
Yesterday I was over at the house sorting stuff, cleaning. I was trying to consolidate stuff and I found alot of stuff that is going to Goodwill. I have decided unless it's stuff I know we will use again eventually or it has sentimental attachment, we are not keeping it.  So the wife yesterday stopped by the house yesterday to change her outfit. She was at a conference and was going to a party. Originally she wasn't going, but I told her use every opportunity she can to get her name out there in the IT market 
So she was looking at our furniture and ask me do we need to keep it?
The stuff is old (still in good shape)but it's going to take up alot storage space. So yesterday as she's leaving it tells me we are not keeping the furniture, it can be donated. 
Victory!!!!!!!
Besides we can always buy new furniture they have plenty of stores and we can get a fairly decent living room set for $500-$700. We decided to give our thirty day notice of moving out june1st. We were thinking of keeping the house till August when school started for zoning requirements for school.
But the school the kids go too now are really concerned about zoning issues. I have been asked several times if we are bringing the kids back this upcoming school year,?I said that's the plan. We are Still going to do the half days, but instead of three half split days 
 We are going to do four half days all together , Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We might even go five days. I think it would help zechariah a great deal.
Okay I have to run, kids have school tomorrow and yesterday I forgot to grab their uniforms when they changed clothes at the house. So it's time for a drive. Have a blessed day 
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(Date Posted:11-26-2016 12:03 PM)

Holly cow, I hadn't realized how much time had passed since I last posted here. Talk about a site becoming a ghost town, the come fellow me isn't fairing much better. Okay so what is new? We finally completed the move from our home to the aunts house in North Las Vegas. We did some serious downsizing in the process. Everything we kept fits in a 10X10 storage unit  and it packed . We are supposed to be going through stuff and getting rid of items. But that hasn't happened.
We have been working the last few months on going through the aunts house and down sizing. So far we have given around twenty bags of clothes to Goodwill and when I say bags I mean those super large trash bags you use yard work.
Most recently I have been working on the garage. Alot of the items are casino give aways , glass sets, coffee mugs, other kitchen items. We have been slowly phasing those out. The aunt told me that was her late husband's area, she has no idea what is out there. 
Going through stuff is like traveling back in time.
Some of the items found
Los Angeles California road map and city Street guides for 1986 and 1987.
Electronics from the 80's and 90's including an original 1985 Nintendo nes game system. I am looking for the power cords. I really don't know much about gaming systems, my first time playing was back in the 70's these systems today with online, multiple persons interacting are alot different from what I started out with.
Apparently the older Nintendo systems are a sought after item. If by chance you have an original Nintendo system complete with the box you can fetch around $1,500-$2,000. Other wise you can get a few hundred.
Any profits will be set aside for the aunt. There is still so much to go through. Okay what else.
Kids are doing well, they are in their second year year of school. Our son was having issues and about three weeks ago switched classes and is doing much better.
The classes did assessment testing and when it came to the daughter she was scoring perfectly on hers a little too easily. So the teacher go the assessment test she will take next year and gave it to her this year, she didn't score a perfect 100% but she came very close. Apparently she's very good with math.
Both kids hand writing skills have greatly improved and for being both three and five I have to say I am very proud and impressed.
Well I have to run battery on my phone is getting low.
So till the next time, God bless and take care
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:11-26-2016 3:45 PM)

 I was going to tell you the Nintendo might be worth some bucks, but you beat me to it! However, I don't think I'd dispose of the other things quite so easily. They too, may be worth some coin.

Could be worth your while to investigate their worth before tossing them. You may be able to sell them on Ebay, Craigslist, etc., if nothing else. And I'm sure your aunt would appreciate the extra money...
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(Date Posted:02-14-2017 9:30 PM)

Oh man I had no idea how little traffic this place got.okay what's new? Besides a new year and more problems. We are getting ready to move again (within the next few weeks) circumstances with our current living situation have gone south and have been for a while.
However things have transpired which has made its time to move on. I have been told that unless the wife and kids are with me I should stay away from were we live at. I have been told after dropping off everyone go sleep in a park in the car, see a movie do whatever just don't be at the house.
I have been accused of stealing my wife's aunt's deceased husband high end watches. 
I am really not sure what high end watches they think he had because the late uncle wasn't a high end jewelry wearing type.
In fact while helping the aunt down size  we came across maybe four five watches which we gave to the aunt who gave them to another family member to pass on to some other family member. Out
Only one a citizen watch was of any value I think it retail for around $100-$200. Unfortunately I already have a citizen watch paid $90 (clearance) for it years and years and years ago. All together I have four watches one I bought for$30, the other two were gifts both were over $100 including one Bulova watch I got three years ago and have never worn.
The late uncle wasn't into fancy jewerly. He was into power tools, cameras, fishing stuff and baseball caps.
So while I am a little peave about being accused of stealing the watches I have gotten a few chuckles out of it.
Okay I have to run.
God bless and I will shall return (eventually)
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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:02-15-2017 2:08 PM)

 Sounds best to move on...
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Greetings, to those celebrating the fourth of July, Happy independence day. okay it's been what seven months since my last posting???? need to seriously work on getting back here sooner, at least once a week or at least once or twice a month . Over at Debbie's come follow me site at the bottom is the link to other sites, on the link to this one and RichG's site still work. One of my worries is I will log on one day only to find this site and Debbie's site both gone. Eventually I know it will happen, Life and all it's demands will take over or we will get older or other things will slowly prevent us from coming here and over time this site and the others will go dormant and that will be that, all goods things must end, eventually but not today.

okay wow what a year this has been so far. Okay we are in the middle of summer vacation and it's been a stressful one. Our son finished up his time at the private school he was attending he technically could have gone one more year kindergarten. while we wanted him to keep attending financially we just afford to keep him and the daughter attending. So we made the choice to enroll him public school. Considering that the Las Vegas Valley/Clark County school district ranks among the worst in the nation, it's something that was not easy to do. But we just couldn't afford the $10,000 and change it was going to cost us. Besides it he would be in public school next year so all we did was move up his time frame. We are trying to get what is zone deferment that's where you live in one school zone but your kid goes to another school zone. The zone we live in ranks extremely low. We are trying to see if we can get our daughter enrolled in kindergarten this year. The problem is she has to be five year olds by the first week of school which is sometime in late August or September. The daughter turns five in December. At the private school were our kids attend school she's enrolled in the 3&4 year old program.  Her brother did the 3&4 year old program twice. last year he could have enrolled in the kindergarten class but we felt he wasn't ready neither did his teacher. This year we feel his ready and while he could do the three and four year program again technically. I think it would be counter productive. Besides he's so excited about kindergarten. The wild card is the daughter. So right now she's enrolled to start the four year old portion of the three and Four year old program. This year the teachers in her class notice the work wasn't keeping her engage when they tested her on the three year old portion she scored nearly perfectly, per her teacher she was ahead of the class. So the teacher decide test on the stuff she would learn this year and she scored in the high 80's-low 90's. Her teacher thought she was ready for kindergarten. We think she is too. We also think it will be easier for them to adjust to kindergarten if they go together, at least to the same school, same class probably not a good idea. 

normally the kids would be in summer camp at the school like they have been the last two years. This year we just couldn't afford the cost and since the son won't be attending school in the fall there, he technically couldn't go to summer camp. If things don't work out with kindergarten we are planning to send the daughter back for the last two weeks of summer camp give her chance to adjust get use to her new class. The good thing is three of her classmates from this year will be in the class with her. The bad news is one of the three is not her best, best friend.  My daughters best best  friend for ever (BBFF) could not have been more different from the daughter. At first I thought they were just assignment buddies in class but her teacher told us they were thick as thieves, together in class on the play ground. Our Daughter off day was Thursday and her friend attended Monday thru Thursday with Friday off. We learned later on when her best friend went home at night all she wanted to do was speak about our daughter and all the cool things they did. Our Daughter was all about seeing her best friend again.

so this summer we have kept the kids home, which has caused some problems . We currently live with the wife aunt still. Originally she requested we move in with her to help her adjust to the passing of her husband, act as shield against the vultures and help her begin to go through stuff. She is supposed to go New Orleans for a week at the end of the month. We are planning a two or three day trip through northern and central Nevada. Two days are going to be spent clearing out the garage. I had been clearing things out but then trouble started and we decided to hold off. I have been slowly bagging things up , organizing things to make it easier to prep them for donation. We are also going to be transferring certain items to storage camera equipment , pictures, lots of pictures. some odds and ends. unfortunately when the aunt does pass away it seems that there plans to come in and clear this place out as quickly as possible and flip the house. From what we understand one of the uncle's has frat brother who specializes incoming in and clearing out homes he brings in a moving crew they first load up furniture and appliances that can sold for cash or donated. Second phase clothes and house ware, pictures and such go to goodwill salvation army etc. Third phase bring in one those dumpster things and haul everything off to the garbage center.
when we moved in there was drama because people thought we are positioning ourselves to take over the home or be in position to inherit it when the aunt finally does pass. We were told over and over we would not be getting the house , don't even think about it. over and over we told people we wanted no part of the house. Okay so fast forward to this summer. kids aren't in school, the temp the last two weeks has been over 110+ so we have spent all our time at the aunts house and I think we are starting to wear our welcome thin, We have tried to do weekly outings with the kids whether it's a play lunch date at McDonalds, or indoor playgrounds. However we are spending a lot of time here and it working the aunts nerves. our goal was to have been gone by this time , we were looking at finding an apartment or town home to rent but then the wife decided we should probably look for a home. What we really want is a home in the area where we used to live in. unfortunately the homes are a bit out of our price range. They start in the 190's for town homes and condos. for a two or three bedroom your looking at the mid 200's to low 300 k's and for four + bed rooms which is what we are looking for, they range any where from $350k into the millions.  while the homes in the area where we want to live are extremely nice well kept communities, the homes are rather small. bedrooms are like closets and they have no yards. a good or decent size yard is a must . So are aiming for some areas just out side our dream zone.
We are also going to be looking at northern Nevada . The wife and I have been talking and we think maybe it's time to pick up and try our luck elsewhere. Las Vegas has really be good to us, sure work has been steady but we realize career wise we aren't going any where and educational wise we can do better for the kids, so we will see how things pan out. and with that I am off, have a blessed and wonderful day

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Re:stopping by to say hello
(Date Posted:07-04-2017 2:23 PM)

 Perhaps you might consider foreclosure properties.

Or maybe renting with an option to buy??
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