Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010


ANYONE HEARD THIS? Remember when the moron speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, made that incredibly stupid statement, “we have to pass the healthcare bill in order to see what’s in it”? Well, here is just another little tidbit of what is actually in it!! Hurray!!!!
Dhimmitude -- What does it mean?
Obama used it in the health care bill.
Now isn't this interesting? It was used in the health care law.
Every day there's another revelation of what Obama and his fellow Democrats are doing to our country.

Dhimmitude -- I had never heard the word until now. Type it into Google and start reading. Pretty interesting. It's on page 107 of the healthcare bill. I looked this up on Google and yep, it exists. It is a REAL word. Amish and others are excluded, including Muslims. I think I could become Amish a whole lot easier than Muslim.

Word of the Day: Dhimmitude
Dhimmitude is the Muslim system of controlling non-Muslim populations conquered through jihad. Specifically, it is the TAXING of non-Muslims in exchange for tolerating their presence AND as a coercive means of converting conquered remnants to Islam.

ObamaCare allows the establishment of Dhimmitude and Sharia Muslim diktat in the United States . Muslims are specifically exempted from the government mandate to purchase insurance, and also from the penalty tax for being uninsured. Islam considers insurance to be "gambling", "risk-taking", and "usury" and is thus banned. Muslims are specifically granted exemption based on this.

How convenient. So I, as a Christian, will have crippling IRS liens placed against all of my assets, including real estate, cattle, and even accounts receivables, and will face hard prison time because I refuse to buy insurance or pay the penalty tax. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan will have no such penalty and will have 100% of his health needs paid for by the de facto government insurance. Non-Muslims will be paying a tax to subsidize Muslims. Period. This is Dhimmitude.

Dhimmitude serves two purposes: It enriches the Muslim masters AND serves to drive conversions to Islam. In this case, the incentive to convert to Islam will be taken up by those in the inner-cities as well as the godless Generation X, Y, and Z types who have no moral anchor. If you don't believe in Christ to begin with, it is no problem whatsoever to sell Him for 30 pieces of silver. "Sure, I'll be a Muslim if it means free health insurance and no taxes. Where do I sign, bro?"

To check it out on Snopes click here: Health Insurance Exemptions.
Painful Fact # 2
Another tasty tidbit of the health care bill not widely know is how they will finance the health care for the poor.
In 2013 the bill imposes a 3.8% federal sales tax on all home sales. An example is $7600 on a house that sells for $200,000. Your sales price includes commissions to the sales people, appliances purchased with the house, if you select a home warranty etc. All will be taxed.
Conveniently this does not go into effect until After the next presidential campaign and election.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What's new in Stevens' Land

Nothing really. That's an honest answer. I feel like I should post something because it's been awhile, but I have been so busy with every day life that it's hard to get a moment to sit down and think about writing a blog post. We had teacher conferences this week so Avery and Aidyn got to get out of school at 12:50 every day, and we have all enjoyed that. It's nice for them to get some extra time to themselves. I was so thrilled to hear that both of them are doing great in school, listening attentively, and following directions. Now if I could just get Avery to do the last two at home......We are all running different directions and fall is in full swing. The kids all love their activities and I love being able to watch them enjoy having fun. Addy is doing great as well, though there are no teacher conferences at the 7th grade level. She has had a stressful start to her school year and I hope that once volleyball season is over, she will be able to feel a little less anxious.
Unfortunately, we ended up having to give our new puppy Gizmo up. Sad face!!! We tried really hard to work with him and overcome the challenges he had because of deafness. Once he began to get aggressive with the kids though, I realized I was out of my league. Aggressiveness is a very common trait in deaf dogs because they are easily startled and overly protective/defensive. Thankfully, the breeder I purchased Gizmo from, Curly's French Bulldogs, found a wonderful women who lives in Houston who has been training deaf Frenchies for 13 years. She has two living with her now, and was thrilled to take Gizmo into her home and give him the training he needs and deserves. I am so happy that he will get what he needs from his new person and have a life with other dogs that he will be able to relate to better. I miss him, but I find comfort in knowing I made the right choice for both Gizmo and my family.
Have a great October!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Back To School!!!

Today was the first day of the 2010-11 school year. Addy is in 7th grade, Aidyn 4th, and Avery 1st. All 3 were fairly excited to go back due to end of summer boredom and I am happy to report that all 3 had a wonderful 1st day!!! Addy is enjoying the challenges of middle school and seems more mature and responsible every day. She gets to try out for the volleyball team tomorrow so send her a shout out on Facebook! She will also be continuing with piano. Aidyn is sooooo glad to have a "nice" teacher this year and very positive about 4th grade. He will start playing for the Lantana Golf Academy in 2 weeks and has also started guitar lessons. Avery is just thrilled to be back at school. She is my social butterfly and enjoys hanging with her peeps. Hip-hop and soccer are on her to-do list this fall. John gave each of them their back to school blessings last night so we can't go wrong!!

Also, I would be remiss not to mention the newest member of the Stevens' clan. Gizmo Sirius Stevens is our new baby Frenchie. After it was clear that I would need a distraction to get over my Cooper, John bought me this little fella! He's sweet and sassy all rolled into a cute-albeit deaf-package. Yes, that's what I typed, deaf. He can't hear a thing. We didn't' know that Gizmo was deaf when we bought him and neither did the breeder we bought him from. We accept this new challenge!! Bring it on!! We love him and he's part of our family so we will do our best to accommodate his handicap and make him feel comfortable in our home. Gizmo has already bonded with Dozer and is blissfully unaware that he is different from the rest of us.

Coming up in about a week we will be celebrating Aidyn's 10th birthday so I'd like to add a few words about his awesomeness. Aidyn is our favorite and only son. His birthday is August 31st and we went to a fun zone type place with video games, mini golf, and race cars to celebrate with his friends. Just yesterday. As far as I know, everyone had a great time. Let me mention a few of my favorite things about Aidyn. He is the kindest boy you will every meet. Aidyn never has anything bad to say about anyone, he doesn't judge people by the way they look, talk, by how intelligent he thinks they are, by where they come from, or any of that nonsense. He gives everyone the benefit of the doubt and easily forgives. He is super obedient. John and I never have to ask him twice to complete his services, turn off the TV, pick up after himself, or lend a hand. Aidyn loves God. He never complains about going to church, about reading his scriptures, about offering prayers, or any other Gospel related activity. I am continually impressed by Aidyn's charm and witt. Last night I was at a forever long soccer meeting to get my G liscense in order to continue coaching the Pink Tornadoes. A few hours into the meeting I get a text from Aidyn that says, "How's my favorite mom doing??". We traded texts for a while and I had a smile on my face for the rest of the evening. Aidyn is also creative, intelligent, hard working, humorous, friendly, even-tempered, and he can always make the best out of any situation. He is such a blessing to our family for all of these reasons and more. I enjoy talking to him regularly because he will tell me anything and is always eager to share tidbits about his day, his interests, his current exploits, and his personal achievements. I love my Hug-E-B!!!
Happy 10th Birthday, buddy!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

RIP Cooper

At the end of June, we experienced a family tragedy. My special baby boy, Cooper-Teddy Stevens passed away. This is a hard tribute to add to my blog, but it would be selfish not to document how special Cooper is/was to our family. Cooper was the most tender-hearted, loveable, angelic, and loyal dog I have ever had. Cooper was my best friend, and almost like a fourth child to me. Loosing him is the hardest trial I have had to endure so far in this life. I am grateful to have spent 3.5 wonderful years with him and will treasure all of those memories for ever. I look forward to the time when I can see him again. I know Cooper is happy and being well cared for in his new home.
This has been a very difficult transition for our family but everyone is moving on and we are trying hard to dwell on the happy memories we have of our sweet cooper. Our family and friends have been so thoughtful and supportive and we appreciate all the love and well wishes. I will miss playing paw-paws, the times Coopie would actually cuddle on my lap, his pink snortelly nose, and his complete devotion the most. My favorite memory of Cooper is probably the day I got him. I had wanted a French Bulldog for ages and didn't think John would ever concede to having a small(ish) dog in our home. He is NOT a small dog guy. I was really convinced that having a Frenchie was never an experience I would enjoy. John surprised me Christmas of 2007 with Cooper and I was completely shocked, thrilled, overwhelmed, etc. Cooper lived up to every expectation I had for a dog and is irreplaceable. I miss you and love you Coopie Doo-doo.
Love Always,

Mommy Daddy Time

Hurray!! What married couple with chidren DOESN'T love mommy-daddy time? Crazy ones that's who!!! John and I just got back from a wonderful 3 day Royal Carribean cruise to the Bahamas that was a much needed and very relaxing get-away. Incidentally, it was almost the same cruise we sailed on our honeymoon so especially meaningful for the 2 of us. We were lucky enough to travel with 3 of our favorite couple friends from our KC stomping grounds: Corie (Jane)and Mike (Extreme Thrust) Crabtree, Cortney (Small Bills) and Dan (Baby Boy) Exby, Laurie (TripleX) and Todd (PG13) Furstenau. What a great group of amazing people. We are so blessed to have friends of this caliber (and truly shocked that they actually let us hang with them).

Our first night in Miami we loaded up on seafood at Bubba Gumps and Cortney coined her famous phrase, "Save your breath, we don't drink" when addressing our lovely waitress. Awesome!! We spent the evening on the roof of the Marriot hotel playing dominos by the pool, watching an amazing lightening storm. We left for our first port on Friday evening and woke up to beautiful Coco-Cay Saturday morning. On Coco-Cay we enjoyed massages, snorkeling, and some CRAZY wave running. BTW Dan, you are now an 8. The high speed wave running adventure was through 3-4 foot swells which made the trip twice as fun. Corie and Mike totally ate surf during the first run and John and I got to enjoy the view of the wipe-out since we were riding behind them. Great show!!

We spent the next day in Nassau where the Crabtree's and Furstenau's shopped on Bay Street while the Exby's joined us for a sting-ray adventure on a small island called Black Beard's Cay. What a neat experience!! A small group of us tendered over to the island and spent 2 hours swimming with, feeding, and HOLDING!!! 15 sting rays in an inclosed area. Wow! If you ever go to Nassau, don't miss this excursion!!

I am grateful for the fun, the adventure, the comedy, and the memories made on this great trip! Next adventure, here we come!! My mom and dad were kind enough to fly in from CA and watch our kids so it was extra nice not to have to worry about them at all. Thanks mom and dad!!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fun in Florida

Orlando was great! We were able to visit the Magic Kingdom, Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens, Typhoon Lagoon water park, and Sea World. Our favorite was Discovery Cove where we were able to swim with a dolphin, snorkle with fish, rays, and skates, interact with tropical birds in the aviary, feed rays in the ray pool, and enjoy relaxing on the lazy river. Discovery Cove tickets are all inclusive so from the moment we walked in, we were in a resort like setting with everything we needed for the day including great food. All we had to bring was our swim suits, and clothes to change into for later if we wanted. What an amazing place!!! Enjoy some pix from our trip....
Busch Gardens:

Discovery Cove:

The Magic Kingdom:

Typhoon Lagoon:

Sea World:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Winding Down

All the craziness of 3 children and their many activities seems to be....dare I actually put this out there....winding down-for at least a few months anyway! We will trade school, volleyball, soccer, dance, and Jiu-Jitsu, for swimming, summer camps, and VACATION!!! Hurray!!!! We are all so excited!!! The Pink Tornadoes Soccer Team finished with 8 wins 1 draw and 1 loss. We felt pretty good about that! Go team!! We had our soccer BBQ here a few nights ago, did a little post season celebration swimming, and awarded trophies. I am so blessed to be able to work with this great group of little girls. I love it! Addy's 1st season of competitive volleyball is over. The girls had a great time playing together and Addy really enjoyed her team mates and coach. Her final tournament games were last weekend and she is soooooo glad to have a break. Next year she will be able to play for the school and I think I am almost as excited as she is. I heart volleyball AND Addy so it's a winning combination. Aidyn was D-O-N-E done with Jiu-Jitsu 6 months ago, but unfortunately for him, he was not officially done until this month. This sport has been challenging for him and he has put up with it well. I am so proud of him for sticking with the routine and not complaining (too much) about finishing out the year. He really learned a lot and the experience has helped his confidence athletic ability wise tremendously. Avery's Jazz/Hip-Hop class finished up last week as well. Her dance company, Turning Pointe Dance, performed their season recital on Saturday and it was Avery's first time dancing on stage. She loved it!! She was sad that their was only one performance. That girl can shake her booty with the best of em'. Gets it from her dad. Her swim birthday party was a big hit. We had a huge crowd of kids come to celebrate our Goo turn 6. Luckily, we also had several parents stay to help out. I will plan better in the crowd control department next time. Hope everyone is enjoying the craziness that comes with this time of the year! I know I'm ready for a break. Enjoy some pix!! I forgot to add one more thing! We had our first brush with a Texas snake this month. Dozer, our tri-pied Frenchie got bit right in the face by a Copperhead. Poor baby!! He ended up in the doggie ER over night and was extremely swollen, but has lived to chase critters again. I am posting a pic of his swollen-osity.
Dan and Cort, I put the last pic up for you and as a tribute to Spartans everywhere.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Avery's 6

I can't believe she's already 6! Watching my kids grow up is such a bitter-sweet experience. I know I have the opportunity to spend forever with Avery, but she will only be 5 once! Out of all 3 of my kids, Avery has the most spunk and the greatest love of being in motion. She loves dancing, singing, playing soccer, roller-blading, monkey bar swinging, swimming-you name, she'll try it. I am hoping that trait doesn't turn out to bite me in the rear when she's a teenager. Last weekend John and I were looking at some old home movies. We found one of Avery at about 18 months dancing around, shaking her little booty, showin' us her moves. The cuteness is overwhelming!! She was a mover and a shaker even then.

Avery is very curious and that usually works out ok. She's the child I wouldn't be surprised to find running around outside naked, coloring on her walls, or playing with the stove just to see how it works. Thankfully she hasn't tried any of those. There was the time she covered her whole room with vaseline though...

I love that Avery's almost always smiling and happy, carefree, and ready to have fun. She requires the least audio stimulation via TV, video games, or computer of my 3. She would rather be outside playing, inside playing, anywhere playing.

I can't get enough of this little girls puffy cheeks and will be sooo sad when she outgrows them. When I tell her about my cheek woes, her response is, "Mommy, I will still be beautiful and you can still puff my cheeks even when I'm big. Look, I can puff yours and you're old". If I could box and sell the way those cute, velvety soft cheeks feel between my fingers along with the joy that pinching them brings me, I would be a rich woman.

The little birthday diva is having a pool party this Saturday with her friends in the backyard. We are going with a luau theme. I picked up the decor and favors today and decided a pinata would be fun. When Avery got home I showed her the party stash and she, of course, thought the pinata was the best part. "Mommy!! You got me a pee-yata! That's so nice!!" Ahhhhh! She's six and she still has a cute word. I will cherish "pee-yatas" for always. We had a little semi-family celebration for her tonight with a small cake and gifts from her siblings. John is away on unavoidable business and Avery was so sad he couldn't be here that she hugged my leg and cried while we sang her happy birthday. She loves her daddy so much!! He sent her flowers and she was tickled pink, but there is just no substitute for the actual Daddy. At 5, there are few good excuses for Daddy missing your 6th bday, even if we aren't celebrating until Saturady.

Avery: "Mommy where's Daddy! Isn't he coming to my birthday???!!!"

Me: "He's in another state, Avery! Arizona is like 20 hours away driving, and 3 on an airplane. Daddy's boss says he has to stay and make his presentation. You don't want Daddy to loose his job right? And anyway, your party isn't until Saturday and he will be home for that AND your Toys R' Us date Friday night."

Avery: "But.....isnt Daddy coming to my birthday?"

I guess I should cherish the few years I have left before she grasps the concepts of space and time.

Oh yeah, listen to the first song on my playlist before you go. I hope all my kids "dance" and I hope yours do as well. Life is too short not to! Enjoy some Avery moments....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Fun

Hey Y'all,

Can you believe it? We've been busy!! During March and April we have had family visit, holiday festivities, the typical run-around-town, and we have added a new family member. Ross and his new wife Laurie visited us during our spring break so it was nice for the kids to be able to get to know their new Grandma. We went to the JFK memorial, the Fossil Rim Safari, the Dallas Temple, and who can resist the Bass Pro Store!! All of us enjoyed spending time with Ross and Laurie and it was such a neat experience to share a temple session with them. Gator, Amy Sue-Beth Joe-Ann, Clementine Begonia, Cleburne Cletus Jr. the 3rd, and Lil'Gipper hope to see Pa Ross and Ma Laurie again soon. In between visit from grandparents, we were thrilled to welcome the VanOrman family into our home for a fun sleep-over. We miss our Kansas friends a ton and love it when they come visit. Seeing how the kids have grown and watching our children enjoy each other so much is always bitter sweet. We were sad to see them go so soon. We love you Karina, BJ and family! After the VanOrmans headed back home to Kansas, my Mom and Dad flew down from CA! We had so much fun! They got to spend Easter here and loved running to and from all the grandkid activities. Our days were spent house hunting-yes that's right folks, house hunting-and what a blessing it would be for our family if they were able to move down to TEXAS!!!! Mom and Dad ended up putting offers down on 2 houses and we are waiting to hear back from the builders...pray for a move friends!!! After living away from them so long, having them close will truly be a miracle in all of our lives. In the afternoons, they got to see Addy play volleyball, Aidyn work his Jiu-Jitsu magic, and Avery dance and play soccer. And you will be surprised by this, but our evening were spent on the train...that's the Chooch train for all you domino fans out there. A visit to the Stevens' home is never complete without a friendly game of chooch to rouse the competitive spirit of our guests. Happy spring everyone!! Enjoy the pix of our new Holland Lop, Fuzzy Lumpkin. You can call him Lumpy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Busy in pictures....

Life just keeps getting ahead of me. I wonder if that will ever stop happening. Probably not. Oh well, here are some fun pictures of what we've been doing the last 6-8 weeks.....

Addy's 12th Bday party:

Avery's Kinder field trip to the Science Enrichment Center at UNT:

Rock and Roll Valentine's Tea Party:

matching hearts game

Tea Party Pop Stars-A little freeze dance, a little balloon stompin', a little cootie chasing, and a lot of fun:

Thanks Danielle for these great pictures!! My friend Danielle Andrus is a GREAT photographer and she came to the party to help out and take photos for me.

Addy is our Volleyball Star:

John and I took Avery and her BFF Zaida to see Taylor Swift last night. She LOVES Taylor. This was a first concert for both of them. We all had a blast. Taylor can really put on a show and all the little girls just ate it up.