Thursday, September 30, 2010

Update on the Newby Family

I know it has been forever since I posted anything but I have been SO busy since school started.

Kendrick and Bryton are really enjoying daycare! It feels like every time I pick them up they get smarter and smarter and grow more and more. I miss being able to spend every day with them but I am very pleased with the care they are getting at the daycare and would recommend it to any one who is in need of one! Kendrick is fully potty trained (except throughout the night time) and Bryton thinks he is ready to start potty training. I love my boys they are so smart and cute and have such great imaginations. Brytons 2nd birthday is in two weeks! EEK! I can't believe he is going to be 2!!!

Sadie is HUGE now! She is such an angel, and a good baby! Her Great-grandma Dot usually watches her throughout the week (and sometimes on the weekend lol). Its good for Grandma Dot to be able to enjoy Sadie like she has been. Mom gets her usually one day a week depending on what all is going on and if Grandma has plans. She will be 4 months old on the 10th! Before we know it she will be a year old and running around with the boys!

Leslie is doing well. He is working weekends at a Bar and Grill called "the Watering Hole" He is a cook and he enjoys it. He is also the student worker for the guy in charge of the HCC T.V. channel on cable. He is learning to be the camera man and he is being learning how to direct. He is really enjoying it. He is doing really well in school and even though I know I don't tell him enough I am very proud of him for sticking with it and getting into some stuff that he enjoys doing. I don't know grades on tests or anything (cause he hasn't told me lol) I just know he is doing really well and I am proud of my hubby!

I am working my butt off! It seems like a lot in one day. I get up and get everyone ready, take the boys to daycare and Sadie to Grandma Dots, then I go to class and the rest of the day is reserved for homework and running errands. Sometimes the hubby and I get to sneak away from a nice lunch just the two of us and catch up on our week which is wonderful! I have a little working gig once a week I go to Walgreen's and work on some greeting cards for Papyrus Recycled Greeting (owned by American Greetings) its a fun little job and I enjoy it. Starting Monday (Oct 4th) I am going to be working at the college in the admissions building helping people with computer questions and helping people register for their classes and such. Its going to be great! I can not wait to be back in the working field! And I will get to be around PEOPLE!!!! WOOHOO! I am excited! So far (keeping fingers crossed) I have made ALL A's on my tests! I am so incredibly proud of myself! I really didn't think I was going to be this good lol but I always manage to surprise myself hehe.

Another crazy thing that has happened. Our Landlord came over a few days ago to discuss a leak we had and we were talking about when our lease will be up and he offered to SELL us the house! I was floored!! I couldn't believe what he was offering. Whether we will buy it or not I don't know, we haven't talked about it as much as we should and we haven't talked to the landlord since he made the offer. It was incredible though. I would LOVE to own this house. I absolutely LOVE it. It only needs a couple of minor things done and one major thing done to it to make it more energy efficient. I don't know, it is an amazing offer and the price is great I just don't know if we could really afford it. Oh well, if this is what God wants for us it will all work out.

Well I think that's all the news and updates on the Newby Family. I am going to try and do if not a weekly, a monthly update kind of like a newsletter deal to let everyone know how we are doing and whats new in the world of Newby!
Every one take care and have a good weekend!

Stephanie and the Peanut Gallery!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

School Days

Is it sad that I actually feel 23 now?
I mean having three kids to take care of on a daily basis (which I love) has made me feel so old and unattractive.
Since starting my classes yesterday, I actually feel like I'm 23 and not 83. I am loving it! I just finished my 4th class this afternoon and I am so ready for more classes tomorrow (even though tomorrow is just math).

The boys are doing good in daycare. Yesterday was really hard on Bryton because he has never been away from me like that. The poor thing did NOT like me last night after my night class (which he spent with his mamaw) until we gave him an ice cream sandwich lol. Nothing like a little sweetness to make a little one happy again.

Kendrick on the other hand LOVED going to daycare (or school as he calls it) when I dropped him off yesterday morning his class was outside playing. He took off as soon as he saw the swings and slides. I had to repeatedly ask him for a kiss before I would leave lol.
This morning Kendrick threw a little fit but not bad. I think if they had been outside again he would have been fine but thats ok. He needs to just get used to being dropped off in his room.
Bryton surprised me by NOT throwing a fit when I left this morning (could have something to do with the fact that he didn't see me leave the room lol)

Sadie spent time with Grandma yesterday and with her great grandma today.

I can't wait to go get my boys from daycare and love on them and make them a yummy dinner tonight!
This takes a lot of getting used to but I really think we will all benefit from this in the end.

Well thats all for today I need to buckle down and get some reading done. I have a 300 word essay due thursday on a bunch of random useless issues lol.
write more when I have the time.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I'm a Nerd

Well its official! I am a college student and I start my classes on Monday!!! WOOHOO go me!

I am so ridiculously excited its insane! I'm taking Pre-Algebra (blah) and Computers (which will be a breeze) and Human Services Survey which I have no clue about, its kind of like an introduction to my major, and Strategies for Academic Success, which is a mandatory class that I have to take. So I have a full schedule, tomorrow we go get our books and supplies and this weekend I get to do LAUNDRY lol.

The boys start their daycare Monday also, which is fun. I will probably cry lol.
My boys are growing up so fast, its sad.

Sadie went to the doctor today for her 2 month check up. She is 10lbs 13oz and almost 22in long. The doctor was extremely pleased with how active she is and how well she is holding her head up and everything.
We get to start her on baby food next month, and when she is 13lbs we start putting cereal in her bottles. Its crazy to think she is ALREADY ready for baby food!! It feels like I JUST had her still :-( It is insane how fast your kids grow up man. Before I know it she will be 1 and walking. ahhh  I think I am going to cry now lol.

Well those are the updates....will write more when I have more to share!

Monday, August 9, 2010


Well one week from today my husband and I start school, I'm excited and a little nervous.

The boys will be starting daycare for the first time ever in their lives (aside from the nursery at church) and I am a little nervous about that my boys are quite spoiled and not used to being around other children their age (at least not a lot of kids their ages).
I am sure they  will be fine as they love people and love to play. Sadie will be going to moms which I am not worried about at all hehe.
Tomorrow I go for my compass test that I have to retake so I can schedule my classes on Wednesday.

Wednesday is Sadie's two month appointment at the doctor. I can not wait to see how big she is and everything. We also go and schedule our classes and get our books and supplies. I am so excited to get a hoodie! The college hoodies are the most comfortable sweatshirts in the WORLD! I know its pathetic to be excited about a sweatshirt but what can I say? I'm a dork all the way around lol.

Thursday we go for Brytons hearing test to see if he still has fluid in his ear after his one and only ear infection back in May. If he still has fluid he will more than likely have to get tubes in his ears to drain the fluid and all that fun jazz. I am NOT looking forward to that :-/

Friday Sadie has to have her first set of shots, poor baby. Bryton also has to get one more shot before he can go to daycare. Shots are the worst part. I hate seeing my kids in pain, and having to be somewhat cold hearted so I can make it through them is horrible to me. Oh well, such is life!

As I said a very busy week ahead as the excitement is getting bigger about starting school, so is the nervous stomach lol. I know that to most people this doesn't matter, but I haven't posted in a while and really haven't had much to write about lately.

OH! I'm a dork!
Bryton is starting his potty training! He wont be 2 until October, and he has been watching Kendrick potty training and has decided that he is a big boy just like his big brother! I am so proud of him. He has gone potty four times in the last 4 days! Hopefully soon we will only be buying diapers for Sadie and that is a HUGE relief on the budget lol.

Well I think I have gotten down all of the new news and such. Thanks for reading my ramblings hehe.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

An Eye Opening Experience

Today has been a great day and a great experience.

The hubby and I went with other people from our church to the Salvation Army and served lunch to the people who come there and stay there.
People of all ages, from very little kids, to senior citizins. Watching all the people line up as soon as our pastor said it was time to eat and come back for seconds and thirds until almost all the food was gone was just amazing.
In every day life people take things (like meals) for granted, we (myself majorly included) don't take time to appreciate everything and everyone around us.
There are people that are financially stable who don't have to think about where their next meal is going to come from or if they will have a bed to sleep on that night.
There are people who rely on the state and other foundations to help them with the same needs, a roof over their head, food in their kitchen, clothes on their back and things for their kids, like toys and diapers and formula.
Then there are the people and families that aren't so lucky to have either.

I told my husband as we left, if it weren't for our families helping us so much and being so supportive we would have been in that lunch line today.
God has truly blessed us with WONDERFUL and UNDERSTANDING families and I know we take them for granted, this is my way of saying that we love everyone and we are VERY thankful to everyone for what they do for us on a daily basis, and I hope that someday we can repay that kindness.

Just wanted to share this, don't take anything for granted, large or small, look at everything as a blessing and cherish it because in a moment everything could be gone.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I Love My Kids!

Well, Kendrick has been pottying for 4 days now and has only had 2 accidents! I am so totally proud of my son! Part of me is hoping that Bryton will follow suit and go ahead and start potty training, but as I learned with Kendrick I will not push him, I will let Bryton tell me when he is ready to potty like a big boy!

Earlier this evening the boys and I indulged in pizza and a movie (Puss in Boots) they were so amazed at the grown ups in costumes I can still hear Kendrick saying "look at the cat! Its a kitty cat!" too cute. Just as the movie was ending the boys decided to play "ring around the rosey" without the song of course lol. I was just sitting there watching them spin around and around and then laying themselves on the floor undoubtedly to watch the ceiling spin, and I couldn't help but think how blessed I am to have such wonderful children.
Kendrick is smart beyond his age and can take just about anything apart lol. He is a brilliant child. Bryton is so innocent and sweet and has the most georgous grin you have ever seen on a little boy!
Sadie is a princess, who--I've been told--is starting to look more like me. Yay!! I was beginning to think I got cheated out of the gene pool in all of my kids lol.

I have been thinking a lot about my role as a parent lately because of all these parents neglecting their children and leaving their kids in the car in the middle of summer so they can go and do whatever they want and killing their child in the process. I am sickened by the thought that any one person can be so selfish as to do something like that to their child(ren). I will never understand (nor am I meant to I guess) what could possibly go through a parents mind that justifies these actions.

My kids are my life. Granted they drive me up the wall on a daily basis, but when they are off visiting a grandparent or other family member, even just for an afternoon, I miss them like crazy! I wouldn't trade the crazyness for ANYTHING in this world! I love teaching them, and watching them teach themselves, and watching their creativeness and their imaginations. Bryton, for instance, loves to play dress up, he is teaching himself to dress himself and watching that learning process is soooo darn cute! Granted he likes to put shorts on his head and he loves to wear mommy and daddys clothes but it is still a fun thing to watch. Kendrick is teaching himself to potty. Kendrick is extremely smart (as I have mentioned a million times lol) and only needs tiny nudges in the right direction, otherwise he teaches himself. Homeschooling him would be a breeze! Unfortunetly right now homeschooling isn't really an option as I myself have to go to school and get a career to help support these wonderful smart kids!

I have been rambling about my kids long enough for this time. I shall go and attempt to get my little smarty pants to bed it is wayyyy past their bed time!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

One Proud Mama

I just have to say, I am so incredibley proud of Kendrick! I never would have thought two days ago that he would already be going potty during the day.
Yesterday I decided on a whim to put him in some underwear and let him potty. He spent all afternoon at grandmas and every time I called and checked on him he never had an accident! I  brought him home fed him dinner, put a diaper on him and sent him to bed (he hadn't had a nap yesterday) and this morning he got up, took his diaper off went potty and got his underwear and put it on. So we are on day two of pottying all day. I am so happy! Kendrick is such a smart little boy, I dunno WHERE he got being so smart from lol.

Right now Kendrick is standing in front of the tv wearing elmo undies and watching the animated Alice In Wonderland hehe. Bryton is sitting beside me with the evil grin on his face watching the movie too. Sadie is swinging away happily oblivious to anything around her. And I am trying to decide what to do around the house today. There is more laundry (surprise there huh?) that needs to be folded and put away, and my bed room is in a horrible need of orginization. So I don't know what I will do today. But I am off for now, going to watch Alice with the boys and enjoy the rest of the morning.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

To Be Or Not To Be

Okay, so I have been trying to keep myself busy today so I don't spend the whole day on my backside on this laptop. It is 2pm and I am desperately trying to get my kids to take a nap. Sadie has been asleep since 11 so I am expecting her to wake up at any moment. Kendrick and Bryton are fighting as usual over some kind of toy I am sure and I am trying my best to ignore the screams as I get my house in order.

Easier said than done.

So after putting away all the clean laundry and digging up all the dirty laundry to wash, I decided to clean out from under my couch, a task I have been scared to death to do but has needed to be done for a while--you never know what the kids will hide under the couch--I was pleasently surprised to find that there was nothing creepy crawly and no science projects were being administered under my couch.

After getting my couch cleaned out I had the hairbrained idea to rearrange my living room. In the process of moving my couch around trying to decide where I want it, I manage to get a HUGE scratch on my nice harwood floor. I start freaking out because we rent and my landlord is going to have a cow when he sees it! So if anyone has any advice on how to get a scratch out of hardwood PLEASE let me know! I am about half way done with my moving around and have to figure out where to fit everything else. I have a small bookshelf that stores diapers and wipes and such and the baby swing, which Sadie is sleeping in at the moment so I am not going to touch that right now.

After I finish with my living room, if I don't pass out because I feel a nap coming on, I am going to figure out a new storage system for all my husbands old VHS tapes, right now they are sitting in several boxes in my living room floor. Then after that I have no idea what I will do but I am sure I can find something. I need to have a yard sale, I have accumulated so many things in the year and a half we have been in this house that its one big storage building!
Who knows maybe I can convince my husband to do so.

Anyway, I must go for now, if I don't get up and start moving now I will fall asleep lol.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Should Be Sleeping

Well, it is 12:17am and I should be in bed asleep because my kids will be up early, but for some strange reason I am wide awake. I am anxious about starting school in the fall. That is assuming I get to go. See, when I was 17 I went to college for a year, well kind of. I went to the classes when I felt like it and skipped out when I didn't feel like it. Now, because of my stupidity then, I have to go through a TON of red tape to be able to go back. I am waiting on the letter from the school after they consider my proposal for letting me go back. That one letter will determine my future. Its a scary thought, like "what if they don't let me go back?" I have attempted to go back a few times in the past, but when it came to the appeal I had to fill out I always found an excuse not to go to school right then and there. I was working or I was working and had kids to take care of, just crazy reasons to put off my education. Well I have decided this time that I can't afford NOT to go back to school. For a long time I could never decide what kind of career path to take, I am doing my favorite kind of career, I am a stay at home mom. But after lots of thinking and consideration I decided that I love kids and I want to help people and one of the best ways to do that is to be a Social Worker. So boom! That is what I am going to go to school for. So I am keeping my fingers crossed for the two weeks or so it takes them to consider my proposal in hopes that I can go to school this fall.
I have it all planned out. I will take morning classes, and the boys will go to a daycare and Sadie will go to grandmas. I want the boys to go to daycare so they will have a chance to interact with other kids their ages and be able to learn all at the same time. Sadie is too young to go to daycare so grandma and grandpa get to spoil her three-four days a week hehe.
I am especially proud of my husband for overcoming his fears and going to college this fall too. He is going for Criminal Justice in the Loss Provention field. He has been through a lot in his life and has never had the support that he has needed and craved to help him along and I have tried to convince him that he CAN do something with his life and that he needs to ignore all the negative things he had been told as a child/teen. I am very very proud of him for taking this step and I am excited to be going to school with him this fall! We are a couple of college kids with three kids lol.

Well I need to try and get some sleep, morning time comes awefully early with three little ones! Stay tuned to read about the saga of the letter from school.
Peace Out!

My Crazy Life

Well, this is my first blog ever. I don't know how well this will work out, or if I will be able to keep it up but it is worth a shot.

Right now my two little boys are spinning around in the chair in front of me in the living room. They are daredevils when they are together, always running around and getting into things. My little Sadie is asleep in her bed after sleeping all night as far as I know. Daddy stayed up late so if she woke up he got her and he let me sleep.

I am jumping off here, let me tell you a little about my crazy life.

My husband, he is 23, we have been married a year and a half, and we have had our shares of ups and downs. He is sarcastic and funny, he has a temper that is out of this world, and he has the most beautiful blue eyes you have ever seen.
He is a character, but no matter what I love him and will love him until the day I die.

Kendrick is the oldest child. Although not biologically my husbands, my husband has been daddy to him since he was 4 months old. Kendrick is 2 1/2 and has dirty blond hair and green eyes. He is the spitting image of his biological father, and has the cutest grin. He is well manored but at the same time he is full of energy and loves to get into things. We are battling the great potty training monster right now, and so far we are winning. He is a wonderful helper with his brother and sister, and is always wanting to take care of them.
He LOVES musicals, anything with music in it he absolutely loves. He likes Songebob and Elmo and the Muppets.

Bryton is my youngest son, he is 1 1/2. The boys are 14 months apart, and though I didn't plan for them to be so close in age, I am happy that they are, they are extremely close to each other and love each other very much. Bryton has fire red hair and his daddys blue eyes. He also has his daddys dimples and looks just like him. He is slowly starting to show off his temper which unfortunately is a mixture of mine and my husbands. Bryton loves Spongebob and Elmo. He likes to dress himself when he already has clothes on which is quite funny watching him walk around with two shirts on. I wouldn't trade my boys for anything in the world.

Sadie: Finally, my little girl! She is a little over a month old and is an angel. She has dark blue eyes (don't know if they will stay that way or not) and brownish/blondish hair right now. She is starting to sleep through the night already which is awesome, and she has so much personality already its amazing. She is a very happy baby and I am so thankful and blessed to have her.

Last but not least, mommy. I am 23, and I am the youngest of four children. Two boys and two girls. I look like my mom and have my dads stubborness, well, maybe my dads and my grannys. I have auburn hair, which is finally showing up because I have dyed it once a month since I was 11. I am sarcastic in my own way and I have an attitude. I have put myself through a lot and I am trying to pick up the pieces and get on the right track. I am hopefully going to school this fall and majoring in Human Services, to be a Social Worker. I don't know how I will do it with three kids but I just have to believe that I can do it and make myself do it. I have a tendancy of not finishing things that I start.

Well, I think that is enough for now, I have to go make my rugrats some lunch.
Thank you for reading and I will try to post as often as possible. With the crazyness that goes on here, I should have some pretty interesting stories.