Wednesday, December 29, 2010

"Let me 'splain...No, let me sum up"

A lot has happened over this past year. The first and most major change was our moving to Mobile. We moved for several reasons, the main reason was to help my family with my father’s fluctuating health. I thought it was going to be easy to find jobs, house, and get my school career back on track. Not so. It has been one “Roller Coaster” ride after another. And each “ride” is never the same. Did I mention I hate Roller

After many disappointments with getting a house of our own we decided to stay with my parents until we sell our house in Birmingham. So, we are living with my parents…God love them. We just got the kids settled in the biggest of my parent’s 4 rooms. We put my baby brother’s old Bunk bed and then the boy’s bunk bed into the room so that everyone (and my nephews when they came to visit for Christmas) could have a place to sleep without taking up floor space. Having three kids in one room makes for some interesting play times…for example, did you know that the Fisher Price pink doll house’s windows are at an excellent height for Star Wars Galactic Heroes to shoot an enemy? Me either, until recently. 
Now…as I mentioned before, we
moved here to be with my family as my dad rides on his “Roller Coaster” of medical issues. His newest battle is against “ignorance”. The Doctors are stumped as to what is going on…first his heart rate started fluctuating, next his blood count was REALLY low (they had to give him 4+ Units of blood), and then came an extreme drop in blood pressure. The team of doctors are now thinking it could be that all the medicines my dad is taking are starting to counter act with each other. He has more testing this week…a Stress Test, an
Upper GI test, and the Tilt Test. During all this he is suffering from major pain from his C5 and C6 vertebra rubbing together. He was going to have surgery but with all that is going on it is not certain if he will ever have that surgery. Now he has a horrible chest cough and feels very icky. Only time will tell. So, please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

As for the kids…they started at
St. Dominic Catholic School (SDS), which is just around the corner from my parent’s house. It took all three kids and us parents a long time to get use to the way SDS does things. Aaron played Soccer, started Wolf for Cub Scouts, and is onto Basketball. He also received his first Reconciliation this December in preparation for receiving his First Communion next Spring. I think he is starting to like it. As for Russell, he is the brightest one in his Kindergarten class, thanks to Prince of Peace’s AWESOME Preschool program! He is so bored. He is so popular too. I am not bragging. Everyone seeks him out
and they all yell, “Bye Russell!” when he leaves from carpool. This is kind of funny to hear since Russell was my introvert. He has also informed me that he wants to try out for SDS’s first grade Football team next year. Yikes!

As for Miriam, I do not even know where to begin with my “Spitfire.” She is such a busy body. Everyone knows her name too but not in a good way.  J She and her Grandma are always at odds, which is funny since that was how my mom and I were when I was little. Ah, good times.  J I signed Miriam up for all day Preschool, which is something I NEVER wanted to do but it helps with our schedule never being the same at home due to doctor visits or hospital stays for my dad, work, volunteering, etc. It gives Miriam some sort of “ground” which she needs. Plus, she is doing Ballet right after school, once a week. I think she would be great in gymnastics too...Note to self, find a program in Mobile.
Jason hit the ground running trying to find a job (that would give us retirement, stability, and meet our family’s “Basic Needs”) and get us into a house. So far, a total bust. But he has not given up nor has he sat still. He has volunteered at SDS, instructing the Middle School kids on basic computer inner-parts and functions, and aiding in Yard
Duty. He has found “Consulting” jobs with IT companies (he fixes computer issues one may have at home or office) and is taking computer courses online to get some certifications under his belt. We are very proud of him and I have never seen him happier…

I am working at a Mother’s Day Out program three days a week. That is all I have to say about that… I am also trying desperately to get my Associates Degree from Bishop State. I started out at South, but it was just too expensive. Then was told Athens State offered online courses to attain an Education Degree, but that is not so anymore. So I am now at Bishop State…still not sure if I can afford it, really, but would love to have the degree to go along with ALL my experience in Early Childhood.

Just for fun...

Sam puts on the last light onto "Ya-ya's" outside Advent Wreath

Do you see that? There on the TV...Lydia is getting applause for her awesome job of decorating the tree.

Forget it...Pop has the power to make children nap.

Decorating Santa's cookies...and checking to make sure safe to eat.

"Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters..."

Me and my Godmother

Just a cutie...and Sam's a keeper too.

The Mobile Wimberlys and Proud Parents

These pictures are from our Penelope's Baptism.
Held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mobile on December 26th. It was so nice to have us all in town for this blessed event.
Her Godparents are her Aunt Kathy & Uncle Chris.

Christmas Eve...
All the Wimberly grandchildren, so far...
Aaron (8), Ben (6), Russell (6), Sean (5), Miriam (5), Noah (2), Sam (2), and Penelope (3months)
The Wimberly's...
The Georgia Wimberly's
The Farren Family

Christmas Morning!!

Ben made a really cool pottery dish for his "Ya-ya"
We had to wait for Sam and his parents to come to Pop and Grandma's house before we could open any of our presents...even the one's Santa brought.(Santa wrapped our presents this year) So you can imagine the excitement when they showed up.


 It has been a really long time since we were all together to open gifts Christmas morning. The Family room floor was a sea of wrapping paper and boxes.
Everyone loved all their gifts...thanks Santa!!

Cute Cousins...
Yo Gabba Gabba was's AAAWESOOOME!!
Noah, Sam, and Sean...waiting for dinner
The Farren's Last Day
Not sure who made this a tradition and I am not complaining at all...It is the Farren's last morning with us so we have Krispy Kreme Donuts.
Cute picture, again.
 I hope to make more time to type our stuff that goes on...we have a lot coming up in 2011. May you have a Happy and Safe New Year! God bless! 

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