Saturday, December 29, 2007
I love those little cute faces. Now...........maybe I can scrapbook a little bit tomorrow (fingers crossed!)
Monday, December 24, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
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!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
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.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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
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
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
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Bells. Seriously, did I just sing Jingle Bells with Oprah? Really?
Friday, November 23, 2007
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
RIGHT NEXT TO KENNY ROGER'S WIFE????????????
Did I mention that I acted a fool when we got a "surprise"???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!
DUH?????????? Who cares about all of the other stuff??
I went to see OPRAH???????!!!!!!!!!???????????
Ok, enough for now. I am slap exhausted! I must close my eyes. (all 4 of them!)
Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, and Vince Gill with Amy Grant.
Special Surprise visit from Jamie Foxx!
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
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!)
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
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!)
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
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
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
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
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!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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:
-Kid's market (for next year!)
-for Scott to go through (yeah, right!)
-need to find a place for in the house
Saturday, October 13, 2007
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
Monday, October 8, 2007
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
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
Monday, September 24, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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.
-Stanley & Lee
-Tim & Christy
Monday, September 17, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
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
Monday, August 27, 2007
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
Thursday, August 16, 2007
UPDATE: $151.00 as of 8.27.07--------Thank you all so much!!!
-Stanley & Lee
-Tim & Christy
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
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
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.
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!!!
-Stanley & Lee
Sunday, August 5, 2007
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
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
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!