Well here we are and its Christmas morning. So far I'm the only one awake I cant wait to see the kids faces when they get up . A large section of the living room is covered with presents from SANTA. He came last night and looks like he emptied his sled. the kids got bikes and small wagons and lots of other nice toys. OCS came by to visit yesterday and brought the kids toys and clothes. Kate got 3 babies and some clothes that are too big but she will grow into them . And Brennan got 3 sets of trucks and some clothes. They were so excited. Last sunday we had a family visit for the kids at Grammy and pops house and the parents were ther too. So we did Christmas early there and Brennan opened one box and it was a pair of stripped overalls and I have never seen a child get excited about clothes. I cant even explain the look on his face he wanted to put them on right then. It was so cute. Well I guess things are about to pick up here I hear Kate moving about. Well I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas . Please remember why we celebrate Christmas and our Lord Jesus Christ. And all the many blessing that we all have because of our Heavenly Father. I hope all of you have a great time with your families and please be safe in your traveling. Love the Rabalais Family.
Chris is my nextdoor neighbor and any chance we get we take out his quad and ride around. So we decided to go pull each other behind the 4 wheeler so we took a storage container and a rope. but that was kinda squirrely so we took some leftover plywood from the hurricane and pulled each other on that. It was great so we went to the park down the road. We had a great time it was like being a kid again.
So we were all excited because from our last court date the Judge set a termination hearing for Dec 3rd. So we get there yesterday and after about 45 minuates a case worker sees us and comes to talk to us asking us " what are you here for?" . Well to make a long story short noone from the state knew we were suppost to be there because of a missunderstanding by the judge and the state workers. So nothing happened yesterday in court and we possibly wont kno wanything for another 6 months. I wanna put my application in to work with the state so I can have a job and benifits and not know a damn thing about what im doing . And then when someone finds out that I dont know what im doing im can make it seam like its all tier fault. And crawfish ot of ever cituation that im not sure of.
Just wanted to let you all know that I am Thankfull for all of you and your friendship. I am most thankfull for my beautiful wife and my kids, and the rest of my family. I wont even go into making a list of all the things that I'm thankfull for, because I would be typing all night long. I hope all had a great day .
Ok so Im sitting here at the computer talking to Janel and Erin, and we were looking at this picture and we decided to post some old pictures and challenge the rest of our blogging friends to post some old pictures so we can all have a look at the past. She looks so sexy. I love ya baby.
I just wanted to let all of you parents know that no matter how bad it gets they finally turn 18. Today is Michaels Birthday. Son I want you to know that we love you and know that you will do well as long as you keep your truck outta the ditch.
Well we had to be at court @ 8:30 yesterday morning. We were expecting the state to start termination of the parents rights, and also the fact that the parents as of last sunday were willing to surrender thier rights. To make a long story short we have a seperation hearing on December 3rd which at that point as long as the judge signs the paper and agrees with everything the parent will be done. To quote the judge when he found out that we were wanting to adopt the kids he said" looks like everthing is going your way". Now the bad part of the day was that the &#$%^&* judge decided to take a 5 hour lunch break. No I didnt studder and your ears didnt flap I said a 5 hour lunch break. So we didnt leave the courthouse untill 6 pm last night . But thats ok hopefully by nid year next year we will have addopted to of the cutest little crackheads I have ever seen.
So I went to vote this morning and couldnt even drive down the road it was so backed up. Well we waited until I got off work and went only to find out that we have been moved to a church on the other side of the interstate. It really wasnt bad the wait was short just the drive over there in evening traffic. As I was walking out I heard a women say " God please help us". I felt the same way, we will see tomorrow.
Since we have moved back to Louisiana we have been looking for somewhere to get a good dessert on date nights or any night. well I have found it . We found a dessert in Arizona called pizookie or something like that. but the nake is not that important . What is important is that it is a freshly baked cookie its still warm with icecream on it. BJ,s across the street from the Rave theater by the mall has them in about 5 differant flavors. you can even call in your order and pick it up they will bring it to your car even . its awsome we had one tonight . hope you injoy.
well I was gonna try and post once a day for this month and on the second day I have allready failed. I guess I will give a little update on our family this week is a big week for us we have alot going on and it will keep us busy . Most importantly we have court this thursday Nov 6th . The state claimes that they are tryting to turminate the parents rights and follow thru with addoption altho we feel comfortable that things are heading that direction we just dont trust the state workers. But on the more positive side the parents told us last night that they are ready to turn over thier rights because they know that they cant afford to take care of them. so we will se on thursday. Please keep us in your prayers.
We made the trip around the block ( cause our lame street only had 5 houses participating). So while we were gone we left a bucket of candy on the front steps with a sign that read " Please take one we went trick or treating, Happy Holloween." We came back expecting an empty bucket and it was still there. But we had agood time. Janel and I have made arrangments for the kids to stay with Grammy and Pops for the night so we are going to go catch a movie and well........... pictures of the kids will follow soon.
A Tag I am: a greatful alcoholic. I think: that everyone deserves to hear my opinion. I know: that i am blessed I want: my family to be happy. I have: a great wife who i have been fortunate enough to convince that she is married to a great guy. I miss: being married and free to do what we want and go where we want .( pre babies) I fear: life without Janel I feel: tired to much work and not enough time with my family I hear: Heroes on TV and Brennan snoring on the couch. I smell: the soap I washed my hands with I cry: Very seldom and wish that I could cry more I usually: show up for things 15 minuates early I search: for more ways to show my wife that I love her. I wonder: whats going on in my house when it gets tooo quiet. ( two kids unless they r sleeping or getting into some kinda trouble it dosent get quiet) I regret: some of the things that I have done to my body I wish: I was rich and not just so darn goodlooking. LOL yeah right I love: my wife and kids with all my heart I care: about people that I cant help I always: try to do my best at whatever i do I worry: about my family being taken care of if something happens to me. I am not: a dancer I remember: 8 track tapes , black and white tv , not having a remot for the tv, and life before Janel ( just for the record I didnt like any of them.) I believe:in Jesus Christ I sing: in my truck and at work I don't always: like the people that i have to work with I argue: as little as possible I write: like a doctor I win: I lose: most things I compete in I listen: to music during the day when I'm working because I love it. I don't understand: algebra I can usually be found: at work or at home with my family I need: Janel I forget: way to freakin much I am happy: when i have serenity in my life and that depends on my spiritual condition with my heavenly father.
if you havent done this one then Im tagging you , have fun.
Well I'm sorry that it took so long but life has been KRAZY since Gustav. Well we as a family are doing great. Our house sustained no damage from the storm but we did have a powersurge that fried our computer ( Janel fixed it for 40 dollars ), the TV ( my sister Rhonda gave us an extra one that she had, and it actually has a remote so we upgraded ), our modem and our router ( our friend Joey gave us a modem that she wasnt using ) , our PS2 and our Nintendo WII ( they are in the shop being repaired. ). We lost a section of fence in the back but we were able to nail it back up with no problems. We also lost the gate from the side of the house, but we are going to extend that side of the yard all the way up to the front of the house so we are in the process of having our land surveyed so we know exactlly were we can build. We were without power for 8 days we have a generator so we were able to have a window unit in our bedroom and we all slept in our room so we could keep cool. We were able to run our washer but not the dryer, so we hung our clothes out on a clothes line. We did well but it cost us a small fortune in gas for the generator but we survived. Janel and the kids are doing great, Brennan celebrated his third birthday in August and he growing fast. Kate is running all over the house and talking more everyday. Janel is a great mother and the best wife that I could have ever been blessed with. As for me the storm has blessed us with ALOT of work .
Well here are some pictures of the tree that woke us up. I was able to get a chainsaw from a friend and cut it off of the house before the weather gets worst. Im allmost positive that it caused no damage except for a loose fence now and a stretched out gutter. wishing everyone well and we will keep everyone informed untill we loose power. We have allready lost cell fones.
I just thought I would give everyone an update before we lose power. @about 5:10am I heard something so I got up and thought that it was the plywood that I had cut yesterday to cover my backdoor had fallen. So I opened the back door and to my surprise a small tree with about a 10 inch trunk had broken in half at about 4 or 5 feet off the ground , and came accross our fence and it is now balancing on our fence and gutter over my master bedroom. As of right now the only damage that I can tell is that its weighing on my gutter and pulling it down. As soon as the sun comes up so I can take some pictures Im gonna call some friends and get the tree cut and off the roof before it causes more damage. But just so everyone knows we are doing great.
This will be written for our extended family and also to vent my concerns. Its freakin crazy around here. as you all know HURRICANE GUSTAV is on its way. It seams to be like a hungry cajun looking for some gumbo or something they (hurricanes) seam to love Louisiana. Well we are all buckled down and waiting it out here in the Rabalais house. We have generator hooked up and ready to go we have 110 gallons of water stored in 55 gallon drums that I bought from the Coca Cola plant. We have food storage coming out of our .... well lets just say we have enough. contra-flow started at 4 am this morning for those leaving New Orleans. The word is that this one will probably be worst than KATRINA. I love the fact that 2 of our 3 kids are too young to know to be worried. I dont have any crazy stories about the way people are acting other than they are like a bunch of ants, just folllowing in really big lines. Ok so of course Im watching the news as I type this and just saw the projected path to come just west of our town. What does that mean for us ? Well that means that we will be getting the worst part of the winds and rain with estimated rainfall at 13 to 20 inches within 24 hours starting monday. We got an e-mail last night saying that we are only going to have Sacrament meeting this morning, so that we can continue to either get ready or leave which ever people are doing. Not many people that we know are leaving but the southern parishes are having mandatory evacuations. One of my brothers that live in Jennings brought his family to my dads in Mississippi. well please keep us in your prayers. I will update as I can.
Well about a week ago one of Brennan's friends came over and while he was here used the potty and Brennan saw him. Well it got Brennan excited about using the potty himself, and last thursday he informed us that he needed to go potty and he actually did. But even more shocking was this morning Kate says" I pee pee" so we took her to the bathroom and she actually pee-peed in the potty. We are so proud of both of them and shocked . other than that we are all doing ok and trudging the road of happy destiny.
Well we went to court last Wednesday and I should have written earlier but things have been really busy. The judge decided to give the birth parents 3 more months to get thier act together. He really came down hard on the mother he said " YOU ARE PREGNANT AGAIN, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? " Her responce was it was an accident. He said "YOU WILL NOT DO THIS AGAIN TO ANOTHER CHILD I WANT A DRUG TEST RIGHT NOW, AND YOU BETTER HOPE THAT IT COMES UP NEGATIVE." Well it did she was crying saying that she had been clean for 7 months and why didn't anyone believe her. I wanted to just tell her " oh I dont know maybe cause you are an addict and people dont trust people like us untill we show them that we are seriously working some kind of program ." But un like me I kept my mouth shut and didnt say anything. So the good points in the situation are that we still have the kids for any where from 3 to 6 months. We would like to thank everyone for thier prayers and phone calls showing that you care. We love you all and adore your friendship.
Kate in her new suit. This one is a picture of a sandcastle that Janel built and Huricane Brennan destroyed. This is the kids new ride that we bought to go to Jazzfest well FYI. You cant bring one of these into the festival. Oh yeah thats us in the background. Janel and her sister Amy. This was our movie night at the camp we rented in Grand Isle.
This was Brennans favorite part of the weekend . He loves theSunday morning walkinh on the beach. Brennan is trying to convince me that we neewd to go play in the waves. Check out those bathing suits that the kids have makes them look so buff. Look at me I'm so cool. Sunrise on the Gulf of Mexico.
Just thought I would write about our weekend, Janels family all came into town with the exception of her brother Peter and his family and we are sorry that they couldnt make it . Well I took Friday off and we went to Jazzfest. We were able to see a few small name bands that we didnt know, and we also saw Robert Plant and Allison Kraus, then Sheryl Crow headlined. When she was done singing we left and headed to Grandisle. Janel had planned the trip and we had 2 cabins rented for the weekend. It was fun. We got to play in the ocean on Saturday and Brennan loved the waves. He and I walked out about 50 yards and the water was about chest high but when the waves came in they were head high and he just laughed so hard. He loved the water hitting us in the face, he would laugh until he couldn't catch his breath so we would turn our backs to the waves for awhile . We bought the kids these swimsuits with built in floatation in the chest and backs so they look like they are all BUFF like they went to the gym to work out. Saturday night we found some fresh shrimp and boiled them for dinner. We watched Harry Potter last night and all crashed early. But how does the saying go early to bed early to rise 4:30 Kate was awake so her and I played and about 5:45 Brennan woke up so then everyone else had to wake up. Thats just how it is. He cant be as quiet as kate and I . Well as soon as we get the pictures downloaded I will post them.
Tax season is finally over and I have my family back. I hate being alone. So everyone is back and doing well. And on to other news my mom had a knee replacement surgery on April 7th and I'm happy to pass on the good news that she is doing well. I'm gonna try to blog more often if I can.