Friday, January 30, 2009


I got something in the mail this week. Something not uncommon for some people yet something new for me, something shocking, something needed , something that has been a long time in coming, something I have wanted for a long long time. So what could that something be in this small flat envelope?...........................My first EVER child support check! Yep, that is right. I have been divorced for 12 years and have never gotten one of these. The first few years he paid some money directly to me and then soon that stopped. Several times I tried to get help in this matter but each attorney was wanting so much money up front. I did not have that kind of money and sometimes I also thought that I didn't need or want his money or the hassle that would come with it. Sometimes it is better to leave him alone. I finally ended up going to SC Child Support Enforcement and filed a case. The paper work was lost and the case got dismissed! So last year I filed again. This time they filed the wrong paper work and my case got pushed back. Any how, now it is legal and my child support will come through the court system. I had a large sum of back owed money but he tried to argue that figure so we agreed on a lesser amount. Maybe I shouldn't have left him off easy again, but I am just so happy that I am getting something. I mean, Sandy and I have been married for 10 years and he has supported the kids 100% even covering them with his health insurance. Sometimes it is a strain for him, so this will greatly help.

Now on to other stuff. Here you see Austin and me working on something. See the duct tape?

Today was "Duct Tape" day at his school. You could put the tape any where on your clothes or body. Austin wanted to cover his whole body.
Then we ran an orange stripe down the sides.
And put a random dot in the center of his chest. We started this at 7am and barely made it to school in time. We are last minute people around here!
Can you see the girl in the distance with green tape on her pants. It is so cool how many colors of duct tape that they have now.
Here he is heading into school.
When I picked him up this afternoon I saw his friend with a piece of Austin's orange tape around his head.
They made headbands and then Austin made a green bow tie with some of his friends tape.
A bunch of girls wrote messages on his back for his brother, Aaron. He had a good time and came in 2nd place. He said that next year he was going to cover his body with blue tape and make red 'underwear' and a cape and put a superman emblem on his chest. Pretty cool idea to me!

Have a great, fun weekend!!


Sharon said...

That is so cute! I love that idea! How fun for the kids to have duct tape outfits! I can't believe you guys started it that morning at 7:00!

Have a great weekend!

P.S. I changed my music player so hopefully it won't do that any more. It's funny because it has never happened to me, so I don't really know what it was doing, but I just reloaded it and hopefully it will behave! Can you please let me know if it is working properly?

Thank you!

Sharon said...


I meant to congratulate you on your child support check! I don't understand why he thinks he shouldn't have to support his own boys, that's just crazy. You were so blessed with Sandy!

Frogdancer said...

I'm so pleased that the cheque came! About bloody time too!

I hope that he keeps working and that the $$$ continue to come in. Looking at how tall your kids are, I'm sure that they take a fair bit to feed. I know mine do...

You must have been dancing on the table tops when you opened the envelope.

Carla said...

What fun! Very creative way to have a blast:)

jennifer said...

That is the most clever dress up day that I have ever heard of!! And he rocked the duct tape look.

The Duct tape man complete with red drawers was a hysterical idea. Very creative.