Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Most anticipated babies

For the past four years, Chris and Chaney (Eric's sister) have tried to conceive a child.  They underwent many various treatments, but not much availed.  This past August we got the glorious news that they finally conceived.  Then September came around and we found that there wasn't just one, but TWO babies!!  None of us thought that May would get here soon enough.  The only down side to Chaney being pregnant, was that she was pregnant in Portland, Or.  With the rest of the Reel family here in Lewiston, we got to enjoy her pregnancy from afar.  We finally got the news that the doctor scheduled a C-Section for May 1st.  Eric's oldest sister, her girls, and his mother trucked over to Portland the week before to help her get situated,then stayed to help out.
We are heading over tomorrow night when the kids get out of school to see the new additions to the Reel family.

Brenan Charles & Redding Calvin Reel-Davis
5lbs 14oz
19.5 inches long

For the Reel family, these lil guys make grandbabies # 18 & 19 and the 2nd set of twins.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mother of the Year...

I'm really gonna try to start blogging more often. Now that we have a decent computer and Internet access, I should have the ability to blog more.  I want to add another blog category to my list.. it's Mother of the Year.  It'll be about decisions I've made as a parent that probably isn't what "normal" parents would do.. so here it goes...

Caitrin is in soccer with the Vysa Program.  The practices are at McGhee Elementary twice a week for about an hour.  I'm not the most social butterfly, so I don't like to hang around.  I'd watch her practice but Caiti tends to shut down due to her stranger anxiety. So if I leave out of her sight, she doesn't have a reason to come sit down next to me and is forced to concentrate on the task at hand.
Jonnie just lives five houses down from the school, so I generally ask her to walk with me around the block the school sits on.  On average, we can do about 4 laps in the hour time frame.
The anxiety in me gets worried that something might happen to Caiti if I'm on the other side of the block.  What if she gets hurt? What if they can't find me? What if she needs me?  All this goes through my head.  Knowing that she's too young for a cell phone, I have to try to find another way for her to contact me if something should go a rye.

The only thing that came to mind was this...

......writing my phone number on her arm.

The look on the coach's face was priceless. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

War of the Words

My walk with Christ has never been straight, nor have I ever claimed it to be.  To help get back on the path, I write verses on my bathroom mirror to remind me of certain things.  Right now my three panel mirror has "Let your yes be yes. Let your no be no." (Matthew 5:37) scribbled on it.  Yesterday morning, when I woke up, there was another verses scribbled in Eric's hand writing just beside mine. "Good people are good to their animals, the 'good-hearted' bad people kick and abuse them" (Proverbs 12:10).  Needless to say, I was a little confused about it.  I understand what it means, but didn't understand what Eric meant.  So, I texted him to please explain the verse and who it pertained to.  I then went about my morning getting ready for work in utter confusion. 
Around 9 o'clock when Eric's break came around, he replied to my text.

"I just wanted you to feed the cats and dog. Luv you!"

Because that would have been much harder to say...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Boise State Thanksgiving

For the Thanksgiving Holiday the Reel's ventured to travel down south to Boise to see my real dad.  We arose bright and early Wednesday morning hoping for promising roads.  Thank goodness they were dry the whole way down.  Thursday was spent prepping, cooking and watching football. Friday we avoided the mass crowds, but did manage to make it into a Goodwill.  All their stuff was 50% off.  I love Goodwill shopping in other towns.  The only other store we hit up was the Bronco Shop.  We needed Bronco gear for Saturday's game.  Saturday morning reared it's cold  head and we had to get all geared up for the 12 o'clock game.  Here's just a few snap shots of what the stadium was like.  I handed the camera over to Trent since he was cold so he could be preoccupied to keep the cold off his mind.  He managed to take 116 photos, mostly of Kellan Moore on the field and all the action plays...                                                                    

Once the Bronco's finished up with a WIN, we fought the crowded streets of down town Boise and rested up at my dad's house.  Sunday showed more promising weather, so we took off early back to Lewiston.  Being down there for 5 days, the BSU game was the only time I managed to bring out the camera.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Moment of Peace

Last Thursday seem to be a bit hectic. I had to do a bunch of running around when I got off work.  Trent's football practice, grocery store, and taxi-ing kids to the Jen-awea football game.  I thought I'd spend some quality time with the youngest by carting her around with me. While at the grocery store, Eric texted me asking me to run to Home Depot to get a furnace filter.  Not a problem, I was heading up that way. As we pull in to the Depot parking lot Caitrin chimes in with attitude.."Why are we here?"
 I reply "Dad asked me to get a furnace filter, so we're stopping here."
Not losing the attitude, Caitrin tells me "I know you and Dad love each other, but seriously, he needs to learn how to do things on his own."
Pretty shocked by her response and not sure where that even came from, I told her that we were out and about and I have no problem running errands for Dad.  We run in and get the furnace filter and a small package of batteries for the thermostat.  Not thinking, I thrown the batteries in a bag and out the door we go.  Heading home, she still had some "tude"..
Caitrin: You know what Mom? Your phone is WAY better than Dad's.  You know what? He deleted all of his games off of his phone.  Can you believe that?  Even Zebra Paint! Of all games, Zebra Paint!
Me:  Well, I'm sure he doesn't want you guys on his phone anymore.  Don't know what to tell you. Sorry.

We get home to unload the groceries quickly because I have to get Trent from football practice.  Caitrin starts crying because she wants to help.  So I tell her to grab the closest bag which happen to be the batteries. She holds it up like a dead skunk.
Cairtin:  Really, Mom? Really?  Did you really think you needed a bag for this?
Me: Caitrin, just get in the house.

Rushing back out the door to get Trent, I kiss Eric good bye and tell him to have fun with Caiti.  I see our German Shepard, Adella, sitting at the back door with a sad look on her face.  So I pat my leg and tell her to load up. 
Apparently that offended Caitrin "I want to go, too!"
Me: NO!
Caitrin: Why?!
Me:  Because Adella doesn't talk!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Good News and Good Company

Life with three kids is forever busy, and I realized that it's been forever since I last blogged.  Summer has come and gone, and now fall is vastly approaching.  I'm hoping with that, things will greatly slow down.

These past few weeks have been filled with lots of joy and blessings.

Last week my little sister, Missy, came up from Boise to celebrate my youngest neices'  third birthday, and my other little sister, Jenni, drove over from the Tri-Cities to join in the festivities.  I also got to meet Jenni's daughter, Mataya, for the first time. There were about five kids under the age of five.  Once the clock struck 9pm, the tears started to flow, Jonnie and I knew it was bed time and ditched right out of there. 

Earlier the same day of the birthday party, my mom's boyfriend George, proposed to her.  So my mom will be getting married and I will once again have a step-dad. I have nothing ill to say about George.  He's a wonderful man and it seems that he has brought my mother back to a life that we all thought was gone.  He makes her happy and has graciously accepted 5 rogue kids as his grand kids. 

A few days later, we found out that Eric's sister, Chaney, and her husband are finally expecting!  They have been trying for so many frustrating years.  They've have gone with the whole fertility circus, just to be let down every month.  None of us were supposed to know but Eric's mom was too excited she had to tell everyone. Chris and Chaney were a little scared and didn't want to say much until their ultra sound two days ago.  Low and behold, they found 2 little beans in her belly! We are going to be graced with another set of twins for Eric's family hopefully sometime in May.  Everyone is over the moon!!  I honestly can't wait!  This will make grand baby 18 & 19 for the Reel Family...

Six years ago this past September was the last time I got to see my grandparents from my mother's side.  They live in a travel trailer and go all over the place.  A small family fall out had occurred and they just avoided this side of the states.  When my sister and I pushed for amends, shortly afterwards we found out my grandmother had cancer.  If that doesn't make a quick shove to forgiveness, I'm not sure what does. After her surgery and her getting used to a different life style, my grandparents agreed to head out this way.  They arrived this week and we've spent every night at my mom's house playing catch up.  It's amazing the traits and similarities that are found.  Though my son favors Eric's looks, he favors my grandmothers habits.  When they left six years ago, I had just found out I was pregnant with Caitrin.  They hadn't meet her yet.  The older four always talked about them, so when Caiti walked into my mom's house, she ran right up to my grandma, and said "HI, GRANDMA!! I missed you!!"  It was the cutest thing.  We are hoping the weather will cooperate this weekend and have a great big family barbecue. 

I'm also hoping that I can find a little more me time and blog more often...

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Setting:  Selected schools around the valley provide free lunch for children 0 - 18 years old. My sister likes to take all the kids down to the Junior High to eat so they don't eat her out of house and home.  On this particular day, crispidoras were served.  As my sister was driving  back home, Trent was still gnawing on what was left of his.

Trent:  Aunt Jonnie, what are crispadoras made of?
Jonnie: (not hesitating) Cat. Why?
Trent: What??!! (chucking the crispadora out the window)
Caitrin: I don't see what the problem is.  You eat pig.
Jonnie: Why did you throw that out the window?  I was only joking!!  It's made from cow, hamburger, ground beef.
Trent: Aunt Jonnie, I don't feel so good.

She had to pull the car over from laughing so hard.

I'm not sure if I should be upset at the fact that Trent actually believed my sister, or concerned with Caitrin not caring that it could possibly be a domesticated household animal...