Thursday, August 28, 2008

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Ben has officially outgrown his baby bath tub. We have moved on to the sink for now. I don't know how long this will last, he has discovered his splashing skills.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Welcome to the Jungle

Monday morning I walked into my Physiology class and "Welcome to the Jungle" was playing. I in the right class? About 3 minutes later and big guy, with long white hair, a bandana wrapped around his head, harley boots, shirt, and vest on, walked into the class. "I am Dr. Peabody and this is Human Physiology." Interesting. I must say, his class seems to be just as interesting as himself and I am really looking forward to this semester. I have a five credit math class that I am taking online. I am not a computer whiz, but I do consider myself very computer literate, but I am having some difficult just figuring out how to do the online class.
I am slowly but surely getting our house ready to sell. It is exhausting and somewhat overwhelming. We found a house in Sand Springs we are interested in, but we must first sell our house. Now some fun pictures.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

6 Months Old

My little boy is 6 months old. He is 18.6 pounds (75%) and 25 1/2 inches (25%). I know, John and I both laughed about it. John calls him our little catcher. I guess he didn't get John's tall and lean genes.
Likes: Mommy and Daddy, Dayton, Jumper, Exercsaucer, Outside, his bottle, Bananas and Apples, ice water out of his sippy cup, Mommy's funny songs, Daddy's chest hair (he likes to pull it), Daddy's arm hair (he pets John's arms, it hilarious), Walks, watching us eat, other little kids, especially girls with high pitched voices, car rides, ice, baths and books.
Dislikes: being ignored, naptime, shots, seeing a bottle and not getting it, not putting the food in his mouth quick enough, Dayton to walk away from him, being woke up, doing things not on "Ben's Time".

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

The ABC's of things I am grateful for

I have been down and stressed, so I have decided to focus on my blessings.

A. Animals
B. Baby boy Benjamin
C. Chicken Casseroles
D. Dark Chocolate
E. Easter Eggs. I really love coloring easter eggs. I can't wait to hide them for my children.
F. Family
G. God
H. My hair, its thick and shiny.
I. Ice, I love lots of ice in my drinks.
J. John
K. Kisses
L. Love
M. Music
N. My Nieces and Nephews
O. The opportunity to go back to school
P. Pepsi. The sweet nectar of the gods.
Q. Quiet time, ahhhhhh quiet time.
R. Rafts. I love laying on a raft in water.
S. Sugar. I dig it.
T. Television.
U. Umbrellas
V. My Voice
W. Washing Machines. Could you imagine washing everything by hand?
X. X-tra kisses.
Y. You. I am grateful for every person in my life.
Z. Zebra print. I really like animal print, even if it is out of style.

Hmmm, I do feel better.

Saturday, August 09, 2008


I am looking for another house to clean. I would be available every other Wednesday 2:00-5:00PM. I charge $40.00 for 2 hours or $50.00 for 3 hours. Any type of house work I am up for, deep cleaning, organizing, laundry, or just "normal cleaning".
We are also looking for a house. Yep, we are planning on moving. Where? Sand Springs. I know, I never thought I would move back to Sand Springs, but at this point in our lives John and I both agree its the best place. Our plan over the next 5 years is to get out of debt. To start off we want to get a smaller mortgage. Have you eyes peeled for 2-3 bedroom homes, preferably in Prattville, safe neighborhood, fenced backyards, around 75,000 to 90,000. Now we need advice on where to start on selling our home.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

This and That

I went to a cooking class on Saturday and it was so much fun! One of the chefs from Akin's came to our Church to do a class. I didn't realize they do cooking classes at Akin's bimonthly at no charge. They only do it at the 51st and Memorial store, but if it is anything like the class on Saturday, it would be well worth the drive. A few tid bits I learned: If you cook pasta and put in a ziploc bag it is good for ten days (perfect if you need a quick dinner one night), Smart Balance "butter" is the best diet margarine to use cooking, spray cheese on top of casseroles, pizzas, etc. with PAM before cooking and it prevents it from hardening and sticking together, try using organic tomatoes if you have problems with reflux, if a recipe calls for whipping cream you can use milk with 2 tbl spoons of cornstarch, you can dry your own fresh herbs by laying on a paper towel, leaf by leaf, cover with another paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes, cooked then frozen pasta is good for 6 weeks, spaghetti is the cheapest meal to cook for a lot of people. I also got four new recipes. We tried them after the class and they were delicious and easy to make.
Benjamin is really enjoying his baby food, maybe too much. I have no idea how much he is suppose to eat. I figured when he is full he will stop eating, but he just keeps opening his mouth. He has his 6th month (I know already 6 months!) appointment next Thursday. He is becoming such a big boy. His new favorite toy is Dayton. He loves Dayton. He talks to and laughs more at Dayt than me or John.
I start school in less than two weeks. My stomach churns thinking about it. I am very excited, but am realizing how different being a student will be now that I have a child.
Well, thats it in the LeMaster's household. I hope everyone is doing well.

Charged With Neglect

Updated: Mother of mauled baby accused of neglect

By DAVID SCHULTE World Staff Writer
8/4/2008 5:53 PM
Last Modified: 8/4/2008 10:38 PM

A 17-year-old mother whose 2-month-old son was mauled to death by a family pet is accused in a police affidavit of child neglect.

Police allege that Linzy Earles has a history of drug abuse and was neglectful when her baby, Zane Earles, was “eaten alive” by a black Labrador puppy at the home of his mother and grandparents, Stan and Holly Earles, in the 2900 block of East 102nd Street on July 28.

On that day, police received a call from the Emergency Medical Services Authority about a reported dog mauling at the home, according to the police affidavit.

When officers arrived, they found that Zane, who had been left unattended in a baby swing for about two hours, had “suffered multiple dog bites” and had “been eaten alive” by the puppy.

Authorities pronounced the baby dead at the scene.

When the mauling occurred, Linzy Earles was asleep in her bedroom 65 to 85 feet away from her son at the other end of the house, according to the affidavit.

Initial reports indicated that the baby’s grandmother was also asleep on the far side of the home.

His father and grandfather had left the home earlier that morning.

The affidavit indicates that Linzy Earles was “taken off juvenile probation on June 2nd for drug charges.”

Police have obtained a search warrant to retrieve blood and hair samples from her to determine whether “she was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics during the time that her baby was left unattended and eaten alive,” according to the affidavit.

A positive drug test could indicate why she was unable to hear the baby’s screams when he was being mauled, according to the affidavit.

Police have also obtained a search warrant to conduct a decibel test at the home to find out whether the baby’s screams could have been heard from the other end of the house and to collect any bodily fluids that may have been left by the dog when it walked through the home after killing the baby.

The Labrador was taken to the Tulsa Animal Shelter, where it was euthanized at the request of police so that evidence could be recovered from it, Officer Leland Ashley said last week.

It could be several weeks before all of the tests connected to the case are conducted and a report is completed by the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

Family members have declined interviews and have not returned phone calls.

Police have been called to their home three times previously since May 2007. In May and June last year, police were dispatched there to investigate reports about a runaway.

In May of this year, they were called to investigate a report of an attempted first-degree burglary.