Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thank you Kyle!!

I really want to post this post this memorial weekend to honor Kyle Miller. Kyle gave his life to help save other children from going into booster seats too young. Thanks Kyle for everything that you have done for us and all the other families that you have touched!!! Rest in peace sweet boy.



Last year I was searching on the web for something and came across this video, about Kyle Miller who was killed when he was only 3 yrs old. After I watched the video I went to Kyle’s website, and began to look around it. I found a place where they donated higher weight seats to children who’s parents can’t normally afford these seats, which are well over $200.00 each.  Our kids have outgrown their car seats at about  2- 2.5 yr old since they are so dang tall, so both Katey and Camron went  into booster seat at that age.  Jacob is still rear facing and he is 2 1/2 yrs old.(he’s in Graco’s My Ride 65) and he still has about 5-8 lbs before he really has to be forward facing, which by the way rear facing is 5x safer then forward facing! Something that I didn’t know before I began learning more about car seats.   As I researched about extended harnessing I wanted my kids back into a 5pt harness, so I contacted Laura at Kyle David Miller. So we were placed on a waiting list. Finally our name came up and they shipped us 2 Britax car seats that hold up to 80 lbs. Angela, the Child Passenger Safety Instructor, and I met to install the seats. I have Jacob in the middle of the van in a bucket seat, and I planned on putting the new seats in the back together since at that point I had just one extra daycare baby who I would put behind me in the middle. We put one seat in and ran into a problem, these seats needed to be top tethered, the strap the wraps up behind the seat. I only had one anchor point and needed two. I do have 3 anchor points in my van, both buckets and the back middle, but since from time to time I do have to take some of the daycare kids with me it would be a pain to  have lets say Katey and Camron in the middle bucket seats, Jacob who is still rear facing and the other daycare baby, who at the time was still rear facing in the back. Which would be a huge pain in the butt to load them two thru the back hatch. So Angela contacted Laura and explained our problem to her. I was thinking our kids were going to have to stay in their booster seats since most higher weight car seats require a top tether.  Our name was placed back on a waiting list for a Sunshine Kids Radian seat. This seat also goes to 80 lbs, but it doesn’t require a top tether. The neat things about this seat is it folds up, once your child is on the top slot, the harness can be below their shoulders (most seats the harness has to be AT OR ABOVE the child’s shoulders), the seat is good for 5-80lbs, the seat is good for 8yrs, super comfy! My kids both have said these seats are more comfortable than their old boosters! I am just soo happy I found Kyle David Miller and I was able to make my kids safer in my van!  Katey can buckle her self up, with me checking it every time, Camron needs just a little bit of help, but he can put his harness on and snap the chest clip but needs help with the other one.  By the time Jacob out grows his car seat I am sure either Katey or Camron will be 80 lbs and he will be able to use this seat after them since this seat is good for 8yr from the time it was made. So we will get a lot of use out of our new seats. When Camron first sat in this seat he called it a baby seat, but i quickly told him that its a race car seat, all race car drivers sit in the same type of seat. And now he loves it!



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Checking Camron for harness height before we put the seat into the van

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Camron and Katey trying out their new seats. Yeah Katey don’t look too happy but it was HOT in the van that day. After the van cooled down she was much happier to sit in her seat. What is nice is since both Katey and Camron are on the same harness height they can sit in each others seat with no problem, which makes it nice for me.

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Camron being a ham.

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Since this seat folds up it has a little crease and the harness fits perfectly in it to hold it open for when they get into their seats its easier for them.


Thanks again Kyle, you will always have a special place in our family and hearts. I will continue to spread information to others about car seat safety.

Thanks to Angela for teaching me out to properly install these seats.

Friday, May 21, 2010

never use your name

last weekend we went over to my parents house to visit. At some point Katey went inside for some reason and came back out. When mom went in to do her eye drops she somehow noticed that someone wrote their name in the dust.  Needless to say it wasn’t hard to figure out who did the name writing. First of all Jacob can’t write his name yet, Camron can write his name but just chooses NOT to do it, so that just leaves Katey. Plus the evidence in the dust proves that she did it.  Mom made her dust the area, and we all jokily told her next time she is suppose to write someone else name not her own.

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Monday, May 10, 2010



For some time the toilet upstairs hasn’t been flushing all that great.  I was thinking maybe the kids used too much toilet paper and plugged it up. So i began to plunge the darn toilet. Nothing really happened, water did go down but it went very slow.  So I began plunging it every time the kids used it to “keep”  clean water in the toilet. Then about a week of plunging Katey told me told me that she thinks that Jacob flushed a  toy down the potty the other day and he flushed it before daddy was able to catch it.  Man that bit of information would’ve been nice to know about a week earlier it would’ve saved me a lot of time.  So I called some plumbers, so see how much it would be to rescue  a dino in the toilet. I can’t believe how much it would’ve cost! One plumber did tell me how to do it so, thank goodness Jerry and my dad were able to go fishing a few day later.   After they took the toilet off we could see the dino that was causing all the problems.


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Can you see his tail?? While I went to get our camera  Jacob shoved the dino up so all i was able to get his tail.


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He’s OUT. Camron was upset to hear that this little guy had to go in the trash.

Now if our toilet is slow we know how to fix it, I just hope they have learned NOT to flush toys down the toilet.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day



Moments like these make my heart melt. I hope everyone has a great Mothers Day.




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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thunk it Thursday.

Welcome to the May 6th version of Thursday Thunks!
(which we always seem to post on Wednesday)
Where we make you think a little bit before you blog!
We pick a subject, and your job is to interpret it anyway you want.
Write about it on your blog... simple as that.
Maybe you can interpret it as a picture - we don't care!
Please only leave a link if you have written a Thursday Thunks post.
Please mention us in your post, and link back to the blog here.
Don't forget to go visit the other participants' blogs.
Read and comment about all their Thursday Thunks responses!
That's what all this is about after all, isn't it?
We'll have so much fun and become lifelong friends....
The TT questions are brought to you by Kimber, the color of Wednesday's eyes and the number 5.

1. Have you ever performed the Heimlich Maneuver on someone or had it performed on you?

No I have never did it on a person, does a dummy count as I have taken CPR/First Aid?

2. Do you have a red room in your home? (Either painted red or red curtains etc.)

NO I don’t, I don’t like the color red at all

3. Have you ever felt like banging your head against the wall?

Umm Yes every single day. I have a house full of kids(daycare kids) and 3 kids also so yes!

4. Reports came out this week that Michael Jackson was gay. Are you shocked, don't believe it, don't care or felt he was all along?

I really don’t care. It was his choice but does it really shock me NO.

5. What's the dumbest thing you have done after a breakup with a S/O?

Nothing, never really had a  serious  relationship before I met my husband

6. If Berleen and Bud are standing on the roof of a one story building and decide to throw water balloons at Kimber walking down below on the sidewalk, what color balloon hits her first?

Blue, cuz thats my favorite color

7. What are the wildest, craziest pajamas you own?

No crazy pj’s, just normal ones.


8. Have you ever ridden in a sidecar on a motorcycle?

No but I have always wanted to. I think it would be fun

9. Do/did you go party on Cinco De Mayo, and if so what color was the bartender's shirt?

No, didn’t even know today was Cinco De Mayo

10. Why does a hat have a bill?

To keep the sun out of your eyes,

11. If you were a WWE professional wrestler, what would your stage name be?

NOT sure Don’t like wrestling. 

12. How many keys do you have on your keyring?

I think maybe 6 but thats without getting up and counting


13. What is the oldest picture you currently have in your home? What year was it taken and who/what is the photo of?

I  guess they are in the basement. They are from my senior year. The oldest that is upstairs in the living room is our family picture that was taken in Dec 2008! We really need to go in and get a new one taken really soon