Tonight Ryan was working on his second to last day of homework while sitting on the couch. Princess, Our 7 year old Yorkshire terrier, was sitting with him. She has been with him or on his lap all day today. After I go to bed Ryan is in the bathroom downstairs clanging around. I hear the cabinet door opening and rattling and think nothing of it. Then I hear" Dusty come here, hurry." Usually that is Ryan just messing with me. So I say "What" and he yells back" I'm serious Come down here quick." So I run down stairs and go into the bathroom to find him standing there with his shirt under his chin. He looks freaked out. He is shaking. He says " I have a tick on my belly". I am thinking what? Then I look closely and sure enough, Ryan has an ugly wiggly black tick on his belly. So first thing I look up tick removal on the computer and call my Father in law, which is a large animal veterinarian, and ask what can we do to get this thing out? We get the tweezers and I am freaking out , more grossed out than anything and I try to pull it and it starts wiggling like a son of gun. YUCK!!!! Then Ryan is really getting impatient. He is shaking like the dickens too. I could tell he was scared, worried and nervous. So what does he do, take the tweezers from me and try it himself. This is not good. He pulls the tick, yep, you guessed it he got the body and left the head. OH Great, this is what I was trying to avoid in the first place. Lovely, well Dad says go to the doctor and get some antibiotics and watch for Lyme Disease. Ryan, he is just ignorant to these types of things and says screw it I am going to the ER. So he bags up the tick and off he goes. Yeah all this is happening after 11pm. Thank goodness it is Saturday night and not Sunday night. Well, I guess when he gets home he will wake me to tell me the prognosis. Say a little prayer for Ryan. He needs to be healthy. Pray that Lyme disease did not have time to infect him. Thanks Princess you are Ryan's best friend. Looks like she picked it up while we were out hunting for that perfect Christmas tree. Guess next time we will leave her home or bathe her when we get back. Until next time....................
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Blessings to all
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Last night The youth center Sports director called and asked if we wanted tickets to the Georgetown Hoyas basketball game. My answer, Absolutely. I love to do things like this. So we picked the tickets up this morning and prepared for our adventurous afternoon. After getting all the kids bundled up coats and gloves we climbed into the van. Got them buckled except Ryker. He is still in a 5-point car seat and since he had on his winter coat it would not buckle. So I had to loosen it several inches to get him in the seat comfortably. Once that was done we were off to Metro parking lot. We get out and make our way down the stairs inside the metro. I had to buy cards for the kids. Had an issue with the machine not giving me the right number of cards but got it solved and then it was time to go down the escalators to the platform. All the kids are really excited about going.
We get on the train and all the boys insist on standing. I manage to get them all to sit for a brief minute. We only had to go 4 stops so the ride was not that long. Getting off was fine until we needed to get up the escalators and then there was tons and tons of college students. It seemed like none of them had any manners either. The boys got stepped on several times by foul mouthed slightly intoxicated students. That was a little irritating. We got in and I had already had the "plan" talk at the house with the kids so they knew exactly what we were doing and when. We follow Moms plan and get up to our level and then visit the restroom.
Of course they all need to go. That is fine because they know once we are in our seats we are not getting up. We stop by the concession stand and get everyone some lunch. It worked out great. The kids got into their seats me in the middle with 2 on either side. Perfect!!! I worked from left to right in getting their coats off and re zipped and placed under their seats. It was like clockwork. That went smoothly and then passing out food went well. Nobody got upset, everyone was acting like well behaved young children. I was so pleased. The kids seemed to enjoy the game and action. They had hundreds of questions on what was happening and why? Who is that? What is he doing? Where is the ball? Which one is our goal? blah, blah, blah. It was such a treat to be able to explain those things to them. Riley won the most animated award though. He was screaming and hollering every time a goal was scored. It was so cute. Ryker got up a few times but insisted that he sit with "Bubba" or #2. I love it when they like to hold and sit with each other. That is so special to me. Alonzo Mourning, the NBA all-star was also at the game. He is Georgetown Alum and was signing books. All in all it was an awesome trip. Ryker only started crying when we were waiting for the metro home, because I was holding him and he wanted to stand on his own. There was just too many people for me to let him do that. He calmed down fairly quickly. Got home all in one piece with all 4 babies. Thanks Rico, we had a great time.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 9:20 PM
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tonight the kids and I crawled into my big king size bed and watched the movie Nims Island. It was a cute movie and they all sat so intently and watched it all the way through with no interruptions. There was a scene in the movie that caused a little heartache on my family. The little girl got very sad in the movie when she thought her Daddy had died. That scene was the breaking point for my 3 strong children. All 3 big kids got extremely upset and broke down in tears. OH, It is so hard for me to hold it together when my babies are crying. Thank goodness God gave us hugs. They came in handy tonight. I truly thought that they had grown out of the getting upset stage, but after thinking about it. I mean really thinking about it. Do we ever grow out of loneliness? We always miss our Daddy's. So my expectations for a tear free trip are blown, but at least I was right here to comfort them all and was able to calm them very quickly. They get used to Ryan traveling but I think these long trips start to take their toll on my precious sweeties. Daddy if you are out there reading, your babies miss you terribly and can not wait to see you again next week when you return. As for me, Mommy is keeping together with all the busyness and enjoys all the friendly phone calls.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:37 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 6:48 AM
Monday, November 17, 2008
I am fuming mad right now. I will not name any names but I have to vent here. If you do not want to read a woman's anger Stop NOW.
Someone had the audacity to question my parenting today. They questioned my housework along with the way I run MY house. REALLY?? ARE YOU KIDDING!!! Get the heck out of dodge, please! Where do you go thinking that I am not a good mom. Let me tell you something, I am a stay at home mother of 4 and a single mother most of the time. You will never know how it feels to be left alone for weeks upon weeks to do EVERYTHING by yourself. That is not just children and laundry. That includes cooking, paying bills, organizing homework, scheduling activities, being taxi driver, coach, friend and the list goes on. I will not put it all down here because I just know that you think it is all possible. You have a lot to learn about life. Well let me tell you something, I am NOT June Cleaver or Bree Hodge. I do not mind laundry in the hamper. It is not bothersome at all. I do not care if the living room is a little messy. I have learned that I can not do everything. In order to stay sane I have to pick and choose. Sorry I did not do it to your specifications. I was born Dusty and nobody else. I am not your mother and will never be. Do not even compare me to her. I hate it when yall do that. It makes me furious. I do things my way. You do not have to come here and it sounds like you won't and that is too bad for my 4 children but that is your choice. So Sad. I'm not crying. Oh was that a tear, OHHHHH it was a eyelash, HAHAHA. Listen I do the best I can with what I have. I never asked you to do anything. Not one thing. These are my children I will raise them my way and they will be productive, responsible, and respectful members of society that obey the law. Deal with it!!! They are loved more than anything and they know that. I would do anything for these amazing children. God gave them to me, not you. When you are given some, you raise them your way but until then back up. Sorry you feel laundry is a priority. Today and yesterday it was not and many other days it will not. No biggy. I am not concerned. Its too bad you are. It will get done when I am ready, until then it is not going anywhere. I'm glad you have learned something from all this. I could go into some really negative things about you but I won't cause that would be the truth.
Listen here, Don't disrespect me or my children. I live a beautiful life with a wonderful family. We are not perfect and never will be but we are all happy with our lives how they are. Maybe one day you will get one. I forgot I was the Mother and disciplinarian, not you. Please don't step on my toes. I do the ordering around. I do the bossing. You just sit back and have fun with the kids. That's why you are here right. You know I try to bend over backwards for people, especially when they visit. I take them places, entertain them and make sure they have everything they need. I make a child move out of THEIR room for you. Did you thank me? Have you ever thanked me? Don't talk about manners. My children know what manners are and when to use them. I use them. Too bad you have to criticize my every move. Glad you are willing to step up a little at your house. Housewives are not slaves, maids, or personal chefs. They are humans with feelings and needs. One day I hope you experience parenthood and relationships.
One thing you need to know, don't ever tell a parent how to parent their children. Nothing good comes from it. Suggestions might be ok if you use your words carefully and it was asked for. I will make sure that we never burden you or bother you again. Just be kind and do the same for us.
Sorry to all you loyal readers. I was livid. Seriously angry. To the point my own blood was boiling. I had to get that off my chest and I know you women will completely understand. Thanks for reading and supporting me. This is a touchy subject and I do not have to explain myself. I am me and that's it. I will not be sorry for that nor will I change because someone criticized me. Love me for me or get out. It is that simple. Thanks guys I am feeling much better now. Blessings
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 9:31 PM
Sometimes we Haskins like to loosen the belt a little and shake it up. So I thought I would share my sweet three doing a little dance they call the Cha Cha Slide. Be sure to notice the left and Right movements and who is not going the correct way. Uncle Garin has been visiting and got a front row ticket to the show. Congratulations He thought we should share with you too. Sit back, relax and take in a good laugh.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:13 PM
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Love you kiddos!!!
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:44 PM
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:20 PM
This is a new idea I came up with while I was making dinner tonight. Lets see what everyones most embarrassing moment is. So if you are out there in blog world looking for something to tell well, wait no longer. Step right up you are the newest contestant to embarrass yourself again.
I will start off by setting the scene for you. We are living in Valdosta, GA back in 2003. Courtney is 3 and Junior is 1 1/2 year old. At this time Ryan is stationed at Moody AFB, GA, a small base inside a very small military town. The people there were wonderful. Nothing like the people of D.C. The mood was so calm and slow and everyone was just so appreciative of us military folk. I do miss it for those reasons. But being an enlisted military family our income is shabby to say the least. So we qualified for W.I.C, which is a federal program for Women and children under 5. The program pays for milk, eggs, juice, peanut butter, cereal and cheese. It is awesome for us families who struggle from pay check to pay check just to make ends meet without any extras. So I have to go to the WIC office which is in a not so good part of town and take the kids with me because I have not baby sitter. Remember we were/are poor. So the schedule is you go in at either 9 am or 12pm and wait for your name to be called. Sadly you could sit in the white walled room filled with chairs, tons of of women and too many to count crying babies. You might see a woman without any kids with a large pregnant belly but those are slim. There are no toys so you have to make sure to bring toys for your kids to stay busy that awful 2-3 hours. Food and drinks are prohibited. Yes, so you are picturing it correctly just an unbearable situation for any human. Now, the people in the room on this particular day are ALL black. I am the only, I repeat only white girl in the room. This does not bother me because some of the neatest people I have become friends with over the years have been black. So as we sit there me with my huge protruding pregnant belly and 2 small children we start talking. Just you everyday conversation, who's that?, what's her name?, Mommy can we leave?, I'm hungry?, yada, yada, yada. I field the question as they come, no problem, that is my job right. Now mind you my Courtney is very quiet, shy, reserved and rolls with the punches and seldomly gets angry or argumentative. Nevertheless here we are and Courtney asks in her most loud voice I have ever heard, drowning out all others in the room, she says " Momma, When are we gonna find out the color of our baby.?" OMG, I am turning pink in complete and udder shock. I think I said ummmm about 100 times. I quietly tried to tell her NO Courtney we know what color our baby is we are going to find out the KIND or Sex of our baby on whatever day it was. Let me tell you, every woman in that room was staring evilly at me. They must have been thinking I wonder who she been sleepin with. OH LAWD, I never wanted to crawl under a rock more than that moment. The moment my name was called we ran and literally ran out of there as fast as we could. I bet that room bust up laughing the second I walked out. OH the things our children will say. Courtney I love you dear but this takes the cake. So what is your finest moment?
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 5:50 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 8:04 AM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
So the last two days I have been searching for the proper words to say so that you understand my point of view on this election without becoming offended. I am a Christian woman that believes whole-heartedly that EVERYTHING happens for a reason. Sometimes it might cross my mind why but never-the-less my higher power, Jesus Christ is always in control. This election is no different.
A few women in my circle have given me some words and I wanted to share them with you along with my own because I believe without a doubt that God is awesome. Thank you Claire and Thank you Tiffany and Pastor Steve
God is sovereign. President Elect Obama will soon be the United States' first black President. That is very nice for the black people but I feel this is not about race, gender, or party affiliation. We have witnessed history today and for that I am blessed to be a part of it. I am thankful that everyone stepped up and voice their opinion by voting. That is our civic duty and for that I am grateful. This is part of God's ultimate plan for us as Christians to dig deep, gain the courage and step out of our shells. Now is the time to profess our faith to him and share his love and unique ability to accept all peoples. Now is the time to stir up the embers of the revival. God says in Romans 13 ... The authorities that exist are appointed by God. This is important to understand once again that the Lord has a bigger plan. My life is not in the hands of any President but simply in the hands of God.
While I do not agree with many and most of Obama's issues and views I will trust in the lord and be a believer and follower of Christ. I have no reason to be scared, worried or upset with this new President because in the end I know I have been saved and that I will go to Heaven when the Lord descends on Judgement day. I will follow the rules of the law and do what is right but I will also follow the teachings of the bible in Galatians 3 and 1 Peter 2:18. I will pray for the President whoever it may be just as I pray for our current President. For his place as President is to be respected and deserves my support. I do not have to agree. The bible is clear on its instructions to all 1 Timothy 2 and Titus 3 gives us a path to follow.
Abortion I must say is the single most important issue that we have ever faced. Think it about carefully. Yes it is a woman's body and woman's right to choose to have a child but it it not her right to take a life away. That is called murder my friends. If someone can go to jail for murder for making a woman lose her unborn child or killing her and the unborn child why do we turn a blind eye to the woman herself. PETA would go absolutely ballistic if I was not a responsible pet owner, let my pet get pregnant and decide to abort those babies. That is why we have shelters.WOULD NOT FLY folks. What about those tree huggers that want to protect a piece of land for the animal habitat? They do not want animals killed but do nothing about all the babies being destroyed. This is preposterous. I stand for rights and freedoms but honey when you get pregnant it is your JOB to give birth but your right to give that child away, keep it for yourself or share it with others. I pray that President-elect will take careful consideration on this issue. I plead with you all that this be your stance. I understand a woman's desire to get rid of a child out of rape, drunkenness or pure stupidity but honey you do NOT have the right to murder. That is unacceptable. Be real with yourself and push through the embarrassment and hard days ahead. You will be grateful in the end.
I am not pushing my beliefs on you but I am simply stating my view on life. Now is time to stand up for Christ the bible says. Many believe that the end is nearing but we have been in this pattern for some time now refer to Luke 21:8 and 2 Timothy 3. We must rally together, support each other and be kind. Being a witness for him is the ultimate goal. No single person is promised another day in their life. The world could end tomorrow, next week, next year or hundreds of years from now. We will never know. But by being a follower you will know where you will ultimately end up.
If you do not have a bible you can look up these verses online or on a mobile phone as well. Going to know the lord is not hard but requires a few steps and those are simply this: know the lord, believe that Christ died and was resurrected, admit you are a sinner, ask him into your heart with complete forgiveness of your sins and live for the lord. Simple. You too can become a Christian and Christ follower. My hope for all my readers is that you become this one day and you are taken to the heavens when our time comes.
Please understand this is my own opinion and we are all entitled to one here in the USA. I hope you will not send any hate mail, nasty comments or anything harsh. I just want yall to know where I stand on this incredible day in history. Regardless of any opinion it is time for revival in us and the church. We should pray that God with accomplish this with whatever it takes and whoevers takes office.
In the end I will say this God Bless America, may we stand together and end affirmative action and gross racism. This is our chance to show the world that simply being a human is enough. No race, sex, or party affiliation denies our right to exist with all rights and freedoms.
God Bless each of you and I pray for your happiness, safety and well being today.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 7:39 AM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Ryan was sitting on the couch last night with the laptop on his lap. He was reading a bit of news before starting the dreaded homework. Ryker crawls up next to him and leans over to see the screen. He sits for a few minutes and then starts talking about this and that and then out of the blue he says "Daddy Thats Rock Obama". He is 2!!! Ryan asks me where he knows that from, I just smilied and said the good ole TV advertisements. He did not know who John McCain was but in every ad on the computer he knew Rock Obama. MAN, they get smarter by the day. OH Ryker you are hysterical. That's my bit of voting news today.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 7:05 AM
Monday, November 3, 2008
Riley doing the limbo
MY HOUSE!!!! Oh yes all these kids are coming to my house. Man, I keep getting myself in these crazy situations. Although I love organized chaos having grown up that way at my meemaws house during summer and all holidays.
I decided to make the 2 cakes for the birthday kids. Lael wanted a castle and Riley got a Fire Breathing dragon. I scoured the Internet for weeks looking for helpful ideas and hints to make it just right.
The food table in my dining room
Keyona tells me about 2 weeks in advance that she has over 40 RSVP's. Holy Guacamole!!! Are you freaking kidding me. Oh yea!!! I love her oh so much but jiminey cricket. I managed to keep my composure and work through our issues, we are best friends so we can get through it.
Lael's Castle cake made by myself
Riley's Fire breathing Dragon I made as well
Riley and Lael running with Balloons between their legs
It was fun, we played a couple games, went to the park and played, jumped on the trampoline, chit-chatted with our friends and just enjoyed watching our babies bask in the attention.
Riley and Lael being sung to
ALL in all it was an awesome birthday party with lots of people and fun.
Thanks to everyone that helped out, attended, took pictures, fixed plates and everything else. I was very pleased with the turnout.
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 3:57 PM
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Sweet writings of HaskinsHouse at 6:14 PM