Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoyed every moment that you could with your loved ones. I spent my evening with three of the 4 Stewart Kids, and I’m missing my fourth. I hope he’s safe and happy, wherever he is.

Happy Thanksgiving

Me, Cassie and Ryan

Family Vacations

Over the years, I haven’t always worked. I was a stay-at-home mother with Nichole for many years. Therefore, vacations were never something we took very often. Usually, vacations consisted of going south to Mississippi to visit my mother. I did manage to get my kids to Niagara Falls once though. Most of our time we spend together is more local, such as the trips to the zoo or going canoeing.

When I took the kids to Niagara Falls, Nichole was four years old, Cassie was seven, Robbie was nine, and Darcie was twelve. They really weren’t impressed at all. I was. The falls were beautiful. But I suppose I understand that a bunch of water isn’t all that interesting to kids. You can really tell looking at their faces how much they truly didn’t care. A decade later, it kind of makes me laugh….

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I’ve managed to get them to Mississippi quite a few times over the years. As I gather more of my pictures later and scan them into my computer, I will add them here. For now, here are pictures from:


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Friends are Family

Darcie and Cassie have had a handful of friends over the years that had practically moved into our house. One actually did for a short while. I loved a lot of their friends like my own kids, and occasionally I miss seeing their faces. Try to enjoy your children’s friends. Family is family, but friends are random people you meet and adopt into your life. How long they stay in your life is entirely up to you. It’s amazing to think that your children can make friends at such a young age, and manage to keep those friends for years.

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Crayola Cassandra

Cassie has had an obsession with changing her hair color since she was fourteen. I 12743757_10153301191265925_4847350035300130287_nhaven’t seen a hair color yet that didn’t look good on her. So I’m going to post pictures and let you all vote on which one looks best on her. Comment below and let me know!

17352485_691608064333756_3385900050965100393_nCassie is currently between her first and second year in cosmetology class at the local vocational school (KCCC). She’ll be starting her senior year in the fall. I’m incredibly proud of her, and hope she goes on to college after graduation. She’s quite intelligent, and has been blessed with the ability to breeze through school without cracking many books. She’s an intellectual sponge.

Cassandra ~ Sugar and Spice, etc

I’m not sure if any of you have more than one child, but Cassie is my third. She was always the tiny little blonde with the big blue eyes. She’s always been cursed with peoplemaxresdefault comparing her to Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Over the years, teachers have always referred to her as “so sweet, and quiet” which is something I’ve never understood. Don’t get me wrong. Cassie can be sweet. Quiet? Maybe at school, but never around me.

Cassie is one of my heroes. She’s her own person. She’s never let that “middle child syndrome” get a AR000302hold of her. If you need her, she’s there. If you don’t, she’s in Cassie-World. She’s always fought for those who couldn’t fight for themselves. She’s made herself not popular at school because she’s never given a damn about anyone, and has very little tolerance for the usual cattiness that accompanies high school girls.

How could you not love her? She’s gorgeous, with a fantastic sense of humor, and a heart the size of Africa. I just wanted you to get to know Cassie before I started talking more in depth about her. My beautiful Cassandra. My colorful Cassie. My little asshole Casserole.