Saturday, December 29, 2007

No time for Scrapbooking??!!

I am working super hard on getting my digital pics / cd's in order! In getting them organized, and labeled, I have been strolling down memory lane! Look how cute! This was for our 2004 Card. Just showing how quick they change!

I love those little cute faces. Now...........maybe I can scrapbook a little bit tomorrow (fingers crossed!)

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas DVD

Merry Christmas to you all!!! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Very Busy December!

Here's the quick post of what's been going on 'round here!

  • Christmas Caroling to the hospital. Wow, what a blessing!
  • Yes, I colored my hair (the look on the boys' faces says it all!)
  • Chap turned 8. What a cutie!
  • I got my mixer! Thanks, Oprah! Thanks, Paula! I made a cake for Chappy with it!
  • I made baskets for the people at Scott's work! Yes, those are EMPTY ice cream cartons, you know what that means??!!
  • I hand painted snowman pails for Chap's class. Yes, they are super cute!
  • Mason made a 22 on the ACT. Seriously!
  • It's cold here! Finally!
  • Santa shopping is done..........and ready for the big day!
  • Mason got dumped! He's ok. First of many, I am sure!

    Whew!

Busy December!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Catching some slack!

Ok, so I've been catching some slack about my "tired" post.

Yep, that's me. Just being real. Can't I be real here???

Regardless, Santa Shop is over, Chappy's bday party was a success, and there are no longer any laundry stacks in my room...........because it has all been worn again, and now it needs to be washed!

Gotta love it!

But, I wrote in my 'thankful journal'...........I am thankful for laundry, because that means there are people here that I love!!

All is well.

Pell City Pacers..............

How fun is that??

Pell City Pacers are the spotlight runners for the Anniston Runners Club!

I love it!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

500 elementary kids

Santa Shop is whipping my butt! Really!

I love it. I love it.

We have these little can koozies, and this little girl, maybe 5 or 6 years old, comes up and I am wrapping it, and I say, "Ok, let's do the gift tag. Who is this for?" and she said, "Oh, it's for my daddy, he drinks alot!"

How hilarious is that!!!

Love a kid.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

I am so tired........................................

I am so tired...............

Tired of NO ONE in my house caring that the CLEAN laundry is stacked to the ceiling on my bedroom floor. One stack for each of them turned into two stacks (after the first stack got so high it toppled over) and now onto the third stack. Notice: Not one stack for me! Mine is all put away

Tired of everyone coming home and asking "so, what'd you do all day". Duh, do you see the clean house, do you see dinner on the table, do you see the laundry (all stacked up!), did I run you ALL over town, to every practice you can imagine, are there groceries in the fridge, do you have plenty of shampoo? YES---------DUH!!!!!!! THAT'S WHAT I DID. THE BETTER QUESTION IS WHAT DID you DO?????

Tired of feeling like my chest is squeezing the life out of me because I am stretched in so many different directions sometimes I can't breathe.

Tired of eating on paper plates. For the love, where are the dishes?? We have lived here for almost 9 months now. Where could they be?

Tired of eating PB&J for lunch because we are broke as a joke. Yes, God provides, and believe me, if anyone knows that, I do, but the penny pinching gets so hard sometimes.

Tired of not being able to scrapbook, or even just create something. I have an entire studio filled with all of my lovelies, and I can't even get up there to make something fun.

Tired of needing to clean out my closet and throw some of that crap away, but I know if I clean it out and get rid of all of the stuff I don't want.........there will be nothing left.

Tired of hearing the squirrels at night. Please, God, please, I know you made the animals, but please, make them a new home.........not in MY attic! Please, I really think they live there......again!

Tired of not being able to run and workout like I want to, because I can only give it just a minutes in my day. Because everything else takes up my day.

Tired of feeling a little unloved, unappreciated, un-needed, unwanted, over-worked, not getting paid, non-creative, non-productive, and all of that jazz.

Tired of the garage looking like a wrecking ball NEEDS to hit it...........

Tired of the fact that I need TWO (count them TWO) pictures hung, and I can't do it........and they've been there waiting.........for too long!

Tired of my two boys living like pigs............and liking it!

Tired. Tired. Tired.

Whew. I needed that. Now, if I could only get off of this laptop and find some relief. But, not gonna happen.

So, I digress.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Happy Birthday Sissy!

When I was younger, my friends always told me how cool it was that I had a sister. They wanted a sister. WHY?? I wondered! We fought, we took things from each other, we were mean (well, she was meaner than I was!), and that was that.

But, looking back now, I think it all started when I graduated. We moved in together at college, and pledged the sorority together, partied together, failed Math class together (twice!), we've been pregnant together, been in each other's weddings. So many experiences........together!

What would I have done without her all of these years. The good things, and the not so good things. The funnest times, really. Being locked in bathrooms in no-where-ville Georgia. Twice at Oprah.........really, you must be kidding! 50 million trips to Starbucks along the way!

So, 35 years old she is ........we ran the Jingle Bell Run together today!!! (She finished in "35" minutes, how cool is that!)


Happy Birthday, Sissy!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

This pic makes me happy!


Note: That red-hot KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in the corner!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Today's the Day!!!

4pm!!! I am ready!

Anyone wanna come over and watch it with me???


Ok.....................off to be an 8th grade Lit. teacher!!! How fun is that?!?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Trip Report #2







As if the first show was not enough...................a second show still to come. As they rearranged the audience just a bit, they moved me up to the second row (yes, I know......bummer, huh! 2nd row!) and moved Kristin, David and Scott down to the 2nd row. They had been on the 3rd row still!


So, the 2nd show was a follow up to the Fave Things show that was taped in Macon. The producers let us know that we were NOT going to be overloaded with prizes, but we needed to be happy for those that were!!! ha, ha! so funny!


Anways, this WAS an interesting show, and very fun to be seeing the behind-the-scenes first hand! Then, Paula Deen made her way to the stage to cook the most delicious cheese ball that I have ever had! It was just in time for Christmas! The entire cheese ball is red and green! How fun is that!


Yes, we got to taste it! Yummy!


Then, bring out the cupcakes. I had been just dying for these, and then, viola! Oprah just springs them on us! Oh my! Those things were the best ever!
Then, the surprise! That Oprah! Just can't get enough of her! My heart was about to just explode. Kristin and I did a major "sandwich hug" on Scott!
So, then, Josh Groban sings Little Drummer Boy as an "after the show" deal for the people in Macon!
Ending the show with all of the Oprah staff for the Macon show, and a round or two of Jingle
Bells. Seriously, did I just sing Jingle Bells with Oprah? Really?
Ok, that's about it! Out the door, and take a few pics by the Harpo sign. Taxi to the hotel, and the day is done.
This was by far one of the best days of my life. Crazy huh, but true! And, Scott got to experience it too. Last time, Kristin and I were just spilling over, and I know that Scott and David did not have a clue. But, now they do!
Ugh! How fun! Love that!
God knows the desires of my heart.
More to come........................

Friday, November 23, 2007

Pizza, Harpo Studios and more!




Trip Report #1

Ok, where to begin???

Yes, we flew! Praise God. He is so good. Prices dropped, Grandmary hooked us up with a credit on American Airlines........and we flew.

Left out Monday evening, drove to Atlanta, and flew to Chicago. Flight delayed just a bit, but all is well. Landed safely in Chi-town approx. 9pm, taxi'd to the hotel, and walked over to Giordano's for famous Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. Absolutely delish.--

Got in bed around midnight, and up by 6am.

I hardly slept........I was so anxious! I even dreamed about getting up early! Crazy!! I know!

Ok, got up, coffee, bagel (nope, I could not even eat a whole slice of the bagel, I was so nervous!)
Left for the studio around 9am. Arrived just before 9:30.

Yep, you got it! First in line! No doubt!

Waited, and waited outside the door, 30 degree weather! Covered walkway! The best day ever! Who cares about the cold, who cares about the elements. Who cares? Not me! I am about to see Oprah!!!!

Ok, tons of fun, doors open, in we go, security, check points, id, etc!

Ok, on to the holding room! Baci Box for lunch. Nope, all I could eat was the turkey from half of the sandwich. By this time, I had the "nervous pee". I was totally feeling like I was going to have my heart beat out of my chest. The clock was ticking, and we were anxiously awaiting!

It is so intense, just thinking.........in just a few minutes, I will be inside the studios with OPRAH! No joking! Just typing it makes me excited again!

Ok.............the time has come. They begin calling the names.........and I hear them call my name! I scream. Yes, outloud!

We head down the stairs and make our way to the doors of the studio.

We are eagerly taken to the 3rd row. Only behind the children of Vince Gill and Amy Grant!

Ok, moments pass, and I am so so excited at this point. I am in my chair. Sitting, lights on, stage being set. Ready to go.

Yet, I get moved to the FRONT ROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, FRONT ROW!

I watch the entire taping of the first show from the front row.

Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill & Amy Grant, and Kenny Rogers***and special guest(I won't give it away!)

No kidding! I cried, I sang outloud, I smiled the entire time, I cheered. I loved it.

It was truly an out of body experience.

It is so hard to explain. It is just something I hope about and dream about, and I all of a sudden, I am there, on the set, watching it in real life. But, I caught myself thinking and feeling like I was watching it on TV. So, so "surreal".

More to come.....................................

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Did I forget to mention??

Oh.............................did I forget to mention that I sat on the VERY FRONT ROW?????????????


RIGHT NEXT TO KENNY ROGER'S WIFE????????????

Did I mention that I acted a fool when we got a "surprise"???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh, yeah........................and..............................

DUH?????????? Who cares about all of the other stuff??

I went to see OPRAH???????!!!!!!!!!???????????

Supreme Happiness!!!

Ok, enough for now. I am slap exhausted! I must close my eyes. (all 4 of them!)

Yes, we did it!

Ok, posting the joy now.

Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, and Vince Gill with Amy Grant.

Special Surprise visit from Jamie Foxx!

No joking.

Then, a follow up show featuring the lovely Paula Dean!

May I just say this is one of the BEST days of my life!

Scott said "I did like Oprah before, but now I am an Oprah Fan!"

Wow, that's huge. Seriously, oh, did I mention that we got to eat Williams-Sonoma cupcakes. Are those things lovely or what??

Friday, November 16, 2007

I AM GOING TO THE OPRAH SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, someone slap me (ok, no don't!).....................screaming, yelling, thanking the Lord, jumping, high five-ing, giggling, and finally, breathing!

Yes, that was the scene Tuesday night when I got the call!!! Yes, ma'am! Not just 2 tickets, but she said 4...........yes, bring the husbands she said, and come on!!!

Rascal Flatts in the house....................and us too!!!

Can you believe it? I almost think I owe it to Becky Higgins! Yes, I made that top 10 list of things to do, and by golly, I have already done 2 of them!

Who'da thunk it?? Seriously, trying since college, just hoping, praying, to get a chance to meet Ms. O. Not only have I been once, but now twice.

Dear Lord, thank you for loving me so much! (now, could you please get Southwest to lower their fares so we can fly and not have to drive!)

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My new BFF---hint, hint!!


HOLD THE BUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Guess Where we are going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



No joke!!!! Keep watching to find out!!!


Sunday, November 11, 2007

When did this happen?




So, all of a sudden.......................it's happening.............AGE!

Oh, no! Am I falling apart??

I have found atleast 3 gray hairs in the last 4 or 5 weeks! Count them......3!

So, the dreaded highlights. YUCK! I hated them. So, I got him to "cover them with a gloss". UGH! The horrors of having to do this forever. I hate it.

Then, just about when I am getting over the trauma, I realize that my headaches and slight (yes, I said slight!) loss of vision could be because my ever-so-sharp vision is not quite so.

Off to the eye dr. and sure enough...............glasses!

Wow! No kidding!

I am falling apart. Just go ahead and give me a walking stick and a denture cup for my bedside table (well, I don't have a bedside table, but you get it!)

Oh my!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Steven Curtis Chapman ::

Cinderella

Well, I don't have any baby girls, here, but man if I did, I would buy one of these CD's..........and put it in a safe place, for years to come.

I can't get enough of this song. I love SCC so much, but this song just ministers to my heart.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Facing the Giants

Ok, call me behind the times, call me whatever, but the boys won't be home Friday night, so we had "Friday Family Fun Night" last night and we cuddled up and watched Facing The Giants.

How did such a spiritual movie even MAKE it to the big screen these days? I don't know but it was a great message. Not so good on the acting.
However, maybe that is what I needed for today.

Just a reminder that I will praise Him in victory,and I will praise Him in defeat. I will praise Him when it is all good, and I will praise Him when it's not quite going my way.

So, now, I will prepare for rain.................knowing full well that He will send it.

Meanwhile, we will eat pb&j. again. Praise the Lord!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Happy Anniversary, Baby!

Oh my goodness! 10 years later! And I just love him so much!! Ok, not too much sap in this post, but here we are LIVE from Hilton Head loving this Disney Resort.

I am such a "sucka" for all things Disney, and this place is no different. UGH! Even the Mickey shaped fire pit. Gotta love it.

So, today we were getting lunch and the lady said, are y'all newleyweds?? Scott said, No, but today is our 10 year anniversary. And she just smiled, and said, "you still have that look in your eyes".

Love it! Love him.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Welcome Baby Elizabeth



Yep, me.................the baby hog! I love it!
How sweet is a new baby????!!!!!!!! I love those sweet feet, and wide open eyes, and sweet cry, and all that comes with it!
My brother and his wife had their baby!! Sweet Elizabeth! How cute.
Here's a pic of Uncle Chris and Aunt Sabrina! Love that!!! (hint, hint: now it's your turn!!!)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I screamed outloud!!!!!


This is the sight I saw when I happened onto the "band's side" of the garage. A Rubbermaid had fallen and knocked over a gallon of paint, and it went EVERYWHERE! This picture can't capture the length that the paint splattered!
Yes, the drums, yes, the speakers, yes, the carpet (that Scott just put in Sunday!), yes, the chords, yes, yes, yes!!!
So, off to change clothes, put on paint clothes, and begin to clean up the mess. Me and Mas spent nearly an hour "sopping up" the paint with paper towels. YUCK!
Anyone know how to get it out of carpet? Really.
Surely, there must be a blessing in this. God, please reveal it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

So many things, so little time!

Wow, too long between posts, huh!
I just think this is a cute page, a little bit plain..........so I might have to spice it up a little bit, but I was too tired to finish! But, I love these pics of the kids, and I know that they will love them when they get older!



Yep, and then a little bit of Revelation Walk. Wow! This picture is a little bit scary, but, it is consuming my weekends this month, so I must post it!







Thursday, October 18, 2007

My kit!!!

Oh how fun is this! I entered a contest to design a kit for October, and they picked mine! What fun, and it's full of super cute product!!!

Check it out at Fresh Pages

I think you will love it!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Just a little bit of ebayin'

Well, just playing around today.

Selling some ebay junk and shipping some too! The house is tidy (I did NOT say clean........just tidy!).

I am caught up on reading the blogs I want to.......

So, I've been cleaning out boxes in the garage (that's a good thing!) and making a few stacks:
-ebay
-yard sale
-Kid's market (for next year!)
-for Scott to go through (yeah, right!)
-need to find a place for in the house

Busy, busy!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

video

Race for the Cure.........what a success

Ok, so I am not sure if I have ever been more proud of myself as I was running across that finish line. A smile on my face, my pace set, and my legs feeling like I could have done 5 more miles, atleast!

The thrill of 11,000 people (yes, you read that right! 11 THOUSAND). Runners and Walkers. Ladies and Gentlemen. Boys and Girls. Old and Young. One common cause: Breast Cancer and the Hope for the Cure.

What an amazing experience.

I finished in my personal best time, I finished 13 overall in my age group. Really. That's amazing for me. 11,000 people. 13th in my age group! That makes me so proud. I wanted to do my best. I wanted to run and run and keep running. I know that won't bring the cure, but man, it sure felt good to play a tiny part in it all.

And the PINK. Oh my goodness. All the pink. The ribbons, the survivors, even the Bagels. Oh my! It's the best ever. Can you tell, I loved it??

And, for that special survivor that I shared a Starbuck's blessing with, may God Bless You with many years and joys.

Praise the Lord. What a day!


**********Oh, and did I forget to mention that I raised a total of $272.00. What a blessing. Thank you all for your help. It just keeps on giving.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I am addicted!


Hello. I am 32 years old and I have a problem!
Seriously! I am addicted to this Flatout Bread! It rocks my peanut butter and jelly world!
Ok, sampled it (a lot of it!) at the Southern Women's Show and I can't get enough! Went straight to the store Monday morning, and bought everything to make these great wraps!
I'm loving it!!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, OH MY!

Ok, so that really has nothing to do with anything.

I am tired. My body aches. I am old. I worked too hard this weekend. I am literally burning the candle at both ends.

It must stop.

I must rest.

I must have coffee.

Praise the Lord, 18 saved at Rev. Walk. It was worth it (even the hot leather pants!)

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Love him!




I just wish I had the audio capabilties to "capture" his music as often as I can snap a pic. Love this...........every night. Total worship mode right here.

Waffle cupcakes??? Anyone??




Ok, working on a little funsies! How cute is this!


Waffle Bowls + Cake Batter=Waffle cupcakes!


Oh my. Just experimenting in the kitchen, and the boys are my little taste testers (and they like it!)


Add a little frosting, some Homemade Vanilla ice cream and top with sprinkles!


Yummy! Dessert for all!


ba da da da da......I'm lovin' it!

Good morning!

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice..............a day to be refreshed, a day to be thankful.

Beautiful weather, sweet boys this morning, and plenty to do today!! A busy week ahead, and a lot to be done!

No negativity today! I won't have it! I will surround myself with the positive, and think on these things!

No spending yesterday-October 1. Day 2, here we go!

Thank you, Lord for your provision. Thanks for taking care of our needs, and a few desires along the way :)

***I know, rambling, but it must be said!!

Monday, October 1, 2007

My baby......what a cutie!





This is Chap's friend. Is she a cutie or what. She asked him to be her escort. Well, I am not really sure if she asked him.


Here's how it all went down:

I ran into her mom at WalMart, and she told me that she wanted to ask him, because last year her brother was her escort and she said NO way to that again.


So, I told him that she might ask him, but she is really shy......so she might not. Well, that was Monday.


So, Tuesday, he got in the car, and the first thing he said was, She did NOT ask me! I said, well, just wait and see. She might not.


So, Wednesday, Nope, no dice.


So, Thursday, we were sitting at dinner, and He said, "oh, yeah, mom! I've gotta tell you. I asked her.........so do you have an escort, and she was like yeah, and I was like who, and she was like you, and I was like"...and he just smiled!


How cute is that! So, here they are. The big day!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Scrap Etc "IT Colorless Challenge"




Ok, Virginia! I did it!!!


The challenge was to create a layout with no color. Light neutrals accepted, but no true color! I had such fun with this one. Thanks!!
Journaling: We can do anything! God has blessed us so much and I am thankful that we have not lost sight of that! I love you - and this home - and the idea of all that will come...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Good Morning, Lord

So, many years ago, we were visiting at a church Scott had been invited to sing at during revival, and I heard a preacher say, "don't wake up and say Good Lord.......it's morning, instead....wake up and say with joy, Good Morning, Lord!!!"

No so this morning, I just woke up in a bad mood. Maybe it's because I did not get much sleep at all last night, being woke up in the middle of the night, and not able to get back to sleep peacefully, maybe Chap's coughing kept me awake, maybe just knowing that I have too many things to accomplish today, I don't know.

But, regardless, I am in a bad mood. Just kind of grumpy, kind of needing a pick-me-up......but don't want to do anything.

Yuck. I need a change.

Race for the Cure Updates

This rocks! Thank you all! I am so excited, here's the count so far: UPDATE: $272.00 as of 9.18.07--------Thank you all so much!!!
-Chad
-Cynthia
-Thera
-Tom
-Eddie
-Jennifer
-Pamela
-Gramma
-Patsy
-Lee
-Joanne
-Jeremiah
-Aimee
-Coach Costello
-Susie
-Stanley & Lee
-Will
-Sarah
-Raleigh
-Sue
-Mardie
-Jennifer
-Brenda
-Verine
-Kevin
-Renee
-Terri
-Alecia
-Kristiina
-Tim & Christy
-Sherri
-Betty
-Cindy
-Ronald
-Pamela
-Paul
-Pam

Monday, September 17, 2007

I scrapbooked!





Ok, I know, I know. Who cares, right?


Ahhh, I do! So nice to scrapbook, and enjoy my studio, and just think, and create.


Love that.


It's not much, but it's done, and I like it!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIIIIIIIIIIDE




Nick, Nick, he's our man..................yada yada yada


My emotions are out of control, my voice is even a little tired, my head hurts.


What in the world. That game stressed me out no kidding!


In the end, John Parked did something good, and we won! Roll Tide!


Man, I can't take another one of those. It might just kill me.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Lord, send your rain!

And, He did! Wow, what a rain.

The bad news is that I can't run in the rain, the good news is I am feeling lazy, so thanks, Lord, for the great excuse!!

Susie is coming over to crop for a while. Who knows if we really will get any cropping done, but I sure could use some girly time, so, I can't wait! I need to create a little, and get my brain out of the Disney-high that I have been on all week.

I am always so unproductive when I get home from WDW because all I do is look at disney stuff, float around on different websites, go over and over my pics from the trip, the ones I love, the ones I wish I had taken!

UGH! Oh, well, all is not lost. We are going back in January!!

Ok, off to scrap for a bit. Fun stuff!

Sunday, September 9, 2007






Where to begin??

Mickey waffles from Chef Mickey's. I think this is my most favorite food in WDW. Seriously. Although, we did not have a good Mickey this time, so that made our experience sub-par. Sad. Other than that, we had great seats, right by the kitchen door, and had lots of fun with the characthers! Great way to start the trip..........as usual!
Pirate and Princess party. What fun! Chap was the best Jack Sparrow ever. Johnny Depp, watch out! I mean, he had the walk down, and the flip of the hair, and all. Great stuff! Mason was certainly not dressed as a pirate, but he atleast wore the bandana to be in the spirit of things.
Rides were good, characters were good, although we did not make it to Jack Sparrow, that was a shame, but we did get to see Captain Mickey and he was great fun!
What a good night. Ending the night with the Pirate Fireworks show, and the parade starring Tinkerbell! That was worth it all. She was good. Really good.
Ugh, home now, but ready to go back! More trip report to come!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Fun time weekend


What a great weekend we had! Nice, refreshing, renewing weekend. Just me and Susie easy going, no stress. Wow! That is the best.
I think we have a new BFF, Lance, from Rusty Pickle. Lovingly known as Mr. Pickle. Wow, what a fun guy, and great instructor!
Yep, finished my Story Of Us album and 2 of my 3 class projects. Still working on my Main Event pages. Those will be finished soon!

Totally inspired, and wishing I had time to create, but, darn that Disney World!!!!!!!!!!! Only 6 days until we leave YIPPEEEEE!!!!

Gotta start packing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Too busy 2 blog

Ok, too busy to keep up on my blog:

  • CKU tomorrow, haven't packed a thing!
  • Ebay folks driving me crazy
  • Working craziness
  • Disney world in 10 days, are you kidding?
  • Oh, yeah, my family!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Race for the Cure update!!

This rocks! Thank you all! I am so excited, here's the count so far:

UPDATE: $151.00 as of 8.27.07--------Thank you all so much!!!
-Chad
-Cynthia
-Thera
-Tom
-Eddie
-Jennifer
-Pamela
-Gramma
-Patsy
-Lee
-Joanne
-Jeremiah
-Aimee
-Coach Costello
-Susie
-Stanley & Lee
-Will
-Sarah
-Raleigh
-Sue
-Mardie
-Jennifer
-Brenda
-Verine
-Kevin
-Renee
-Terri
-Alecia
-Kristiina
-Tim & Christy
-Sherri

Friday, August 10, 2007

They made it through...........and so did I!



Ok, so after my craziness, I went into my craft studio and surrounded myself with goodness.


So, Ali suggested starting an everyday journal. Which, after lots of chatting (and a few tears) with Vanessa, I really decided that my journaling is such a vital part of my scrapbooking. So, Ali's idea was just fabulous!


Off to work! I made this everyday album, and had fun doing it, and working on the first page. I have pics for the next page. Hoping to do that now! Off to work!


Enjoy!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Please, let it be over soon!

So, last night, I really pumped the boys up. Encouraging them for the upcoming year. Getting them ready, Chap will make some new friends, and see some old. Mas will be at the Jr. High with 7th and 8th grade coming together, and some of his b'ball buddies will be there.

I prayed with each of them individually last night, instead of the usual "huddle" and prayed for excellence, and for their successes,and prayed for great teachers and a wonderful schedule and prayed that they would reflect Christ as they journey throughout their day. I prayed that God would order their steps and their actions, and that they would find joy over and over as the year goes on.

Woo-freakin-hoo. I hope they bought that. I hope they believed that I am really excited for a new year. Because I am not! I did mean my prayers but I meant them as much for me as for them.

I dropped Mason off in what seemed like a sea of sharks searching for their next vicitim. I even heard one guy say..as Mas got out of the car..."who's that kid". They were all in their very well established cliques. I think it hurt me more than anything. The tears came freely and I just prayed as I waited in that ever so long car line. I prayed confidently that he would cultivate friendships that were positive and strong and encouraging and clean. I prayed that God would give him wisdom and discernment to stay away from the trash that invades this generation of kids. Lord, please, protect him at that place.

Oh, and then to take Chap. Good grief, just turning onto the road before the school. I was becoming a wreck. I turned the air up, hoping to completely dehydrate my tear ducts. Crazy.

So, I already don't have the best attitude about this year, and I am actively praying about that.

As Chap walked in, he was immediately put to work. So, he sat down (at the seat the has been moved since just 2 days ag0) and he shot me the --it's gonna be a long day--smile and I gave him a grin. Snapped a quick picture (yes, just one....I felt thankful to be able to take that one!) and gave a wink and I was out.

What, are you serious? That's it. Yep, out the door. I could not get to my car quick enough. I was almost running. Crying beneath my shades, and even until now.

Good grief, I miss Ms. Whitten.

Where is the love for a mother?

Dear Lord, please let 2:50 come quickly. ( or better yet, let the school call and say that my boys just can't live without me! Yeah, that's it!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Quarters for the Cure

Ok, here's the deal!

Greetings to all!

Ok, so many of you know by now that running is really something I am enjoying. And, part of it is the fact that the running is always for a good cause.

That’s why I write today. I need your help! I am running in the Race for the Cure on October 13th, and our team needs donations for the CURE!

All I am asking is for ONE DOLLAR. FOUR QUARTERS. Yes, that’s right. One dollar could save someone’s life. Four quarters could aid in the research for the cure of Breast Cancer.

You can do it. That’s one Hershey Bar that you can do without. That’s one Krispy Kreme doughnut (I know, it’s a sacrifice!!!).

Seriously. Here’s how.

Simply mail one dollar to me. If you feel led, send more. If not……..one dollar is all I am asking for. ALL MONEY RECEIVED will be entered for the CURE. You can track the progress on our Team Page or on my Blog

I will keep all monies posted online as it is received! I am really excited about this and the potential for FOUR QUARTERS for the CURE!

So, if you want to, please forward this to your address book, and maybe others will send $$. The more dollars received, the closer we can get to a cure! Please help.


RECAP:
 I run, you don’t have to!
 Mail one dollar to my address
 All dollars received go directly to research for a CURE
 Keep track of the money raised on my blog
 Save a life!

Thanks so much and I look forward to running for the cure!


UPDATE: $92.00 as of 8.10.07--------Thank you all so much!!!
-Chad
-Cynthia
-Thera
-Tom
-Eddie
-Jennifer
-Pamela
-Gramma
-Patsy
-Lee
-Joanne
-Jeremiah
-Aimee
-Coach Costello
-Susie
-Stanley & Lee
-Will
-Sarah
-Raleigh

Sunday, August 5, 2007

How fun is that!!!!

What a super fun day!!!

The day finally came! We have waited for this fun event and all the hype!

So, here's the fun:
The day started at 5am, getting ready.all geared up!
Got there, all keyed up, marathon bar, tab energy, and all!
The boys were excited and keyed up, too and ready to go
Race started at 7:30am. Over 500 runners! How fun!
Scott finished in under 25 minutes, that was his goal! Yeah he made it!!
I finished under 30, that was my goal! Yeah, I made it! I was so excited!!!
Mason did the 5k! How exciting!
Well, Chap......... a little drama with that, as always!! He had fun, just hot and tired!
And, best of all, we had fun!

Oh, yeah! And, I won an ipod! Yeap, that's right! Door prize heaven!!! Woo-hoo!!!!

So, it was a great day! Great fun!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

OH No!





Oh, no! She lost her first tooth!!!!!!


That should be great, right??!! Well, she was spending the night with her FAVE B, and guess what? Yep, lost the FIRST tooth! I think my sister is going to die. Seriously.


So, I know the feeling. Chap was at Nana's when he lost his first tooth (and second.........lost them both on the same day!) And I cried like a baby because I missed it. I missed the first tooth. So, I do know that feeling.


Sorry Sissy! But, she is super cute..........talking funny!!

This is the day..................

This is the day that the Lord has made! It has started off much better than the past two days. YUCK! I was ready to start over before 9am yesterday.

So, my run was great this morning, the weather wonderful, sleepy Chap is already awake and snuggly and the coffee is brewing. Mason still sleeping, of course.

Only one week until school starts, so I want them to enjoy this last day of NO ROUTINE. Tonight we will start with a good bedtime, and wake up time in the morning.

Oh no! Only one week. Better get off this laptop and spend sometime with them.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

the sweetest sound i know




I just can't get enough of home. Scott on guitar while I am catching up on all the computer happenings while I've been gone.
Singing Daughtry's HOME, and the boys giggling together playing in their rooms. I love home.
His voice melts my heart. I am glad to be here.

Good Times, Good Times.





It's good to be home. Good to hug my boys, good to snuggle with Scott, good

to sit on my own couch, good to have a fresh pot of coffee, good to see Chip, good to relax. Good to be home.

We had fun, no doubt. Grandmary, the Elvis shot is just for you! I knew you would love this one.

Fun shots of Chicago on Michigan Ave. Thanks Vanessa and Gretchen for the reflection pic idea. Love that.

Got lots of fun stuff, great ideas, and I am surely inspired to scrapbook. Too bad I am way to tired for that!

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