Sunday, December 28, 2008
1. Wedding I planned the weekend before Christmas...it totally ROCKED!! It was my largest wedding to date and it was a great opportunity to learn for me. My client will be missed as a client, but now I am looking forward to many years of a friendship with not only her, but her little sister. Early on I had decided I wasn't going to take any clients this December due to family obligations. Then this lovely lady was given my information by one of my besties. Bestie calls and gives me a heads up and tells me the bride's story. Her mother was terminally ill and chances were she wasn't even going to be alive to see her beautiful daughter walk down the aisle. That's all it took. I sought her as a client and she agreed. From the very beginning she has spoken to my heart and I can only hope that one day my lovely ladies are as gracious she has been especially given her circumstances. Her mother passed just a little over a month prior to the wedding. Thankfully on the wedding end, I was able to help alleviate some of the stress while they were busy dealing with their loss. I was and am truly honored to have my name and my business associated with this wedding. It was beautiful and people had a blast!
2. High school Christmas party happened on the 23rd. 3 short days after wedding above and only 2 days before Christmas...I must love to torture myself! With that being said, we had the best time playing Rock Band 2 on the Wii!! We always do guys versus girls and it always makes for great laughs! I am so fortunate to have so many friends that have shared so many years of my life with me. They know the back history of the Wife so there is never that need to explain. They just accept it, love me and have become family that I have chosen for myself. This year I was extremely surprised when my friends presented me with a gratitude box. Friends from near and far were sent a list of questions/sentences to complete about me and our memories and friendship. I was moved to tears as I read some of their answers. Undoubtedly, I am an extremely honest person so if that's what you are looking for in a friend then I'm your girl!:)
3. Hubby and I had our first movie date night since before Baby Girl was born last night. Saw 4 Christmases--Loved it! It's easy in the hustle and bustle to forget how important something as simple as going to the movies together is to your relationship.
4. After the movies we met up with one of the high school friends and his wife and Little Brother that were all still "home" for the holidays to watch the UFC fight (which is a whole other bag of chips, but can we all just agree that the men that chose that as a profession surely CANNOT be the brightest bulbs in the box!?). I noticed some other folks that had gone to our high school about the same time as the Little Brother did. Little Brother was one of those that, even though he hung out with the "right" folks in high school, got picked on by those guys that just thought that was the thing to do. Well, obviously those same guys haven't grown up a damn bit in all the years since HS! We were at Hooters (I don't want to hear it! Remember we were watching UFC!) and two of these super "mature" and "cool" guys were at another table and decided to send a server over to Little Brother. Shy Little Brother got extremely embarrassed as the server went on about so and so said, blah, blah, blah. The Wife being who she is let Little Brother flail for a brief moment before I stepped in and called the little punks liars to her and then turned around in the middle of the restaurant and called them out in front of everybody. Yeah, the laughter quickly stopped. I know to these guys HS was probably their glory days and nothing will ever compare. Damn, I had a fantastic time in high school too. But thank the good Lord above, that was only the beginning. It's time for some folks to move on and GROW UP!!
5. Dear American Girl franchise,
Speaking as a mother who refused for over a year to buy Lovebug one of your extremely
adorable, but very expensive dolls and made her learn a life lesson of saving your money to
be able to afford something, could you please look into giving adults walking into your store
with their lovely ladies a copy of Emily Post ( or any book for that matter that discusses
manners or etiquette) and a nice, strong cocktail?! I'm sure you would see a spike in profits.
I'm just sayin'.
Enough with the randomness! Hope I didn't bore you to tears!
ETA: Number 5 looks a lot different than how I typed it! Blogger is killing me today! It's also showing that I don't follow any blogs and of course, I do!!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
1. I'm a brunette
2. I never wanted to be a blond
3. I am the mother of two little ladies
4. Both of my children were born via C Section
5. I tried to push for a VBAC with my second child
6. Thank Goodness both my children were born via C Section--they both weighed over 9 pounds (the second weighed close to 10 pounds).
7. The Hubby and I have been married for over 9 years
8. We lived together for a year prior to getting married
9. My grandparents were not very happy about the Hubby and I living together prior to marriage
10. Yet these same grandparents tried to get my parents to live together instead of eloping
11. I hate olives
12. and brussel sprouts
13. I could eat sushi 5 times a week
14. I love college football
15. and the Dallas Cowboys!
16. I felt certain when I was a little girl I would grow up to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader!
17. I won a trip to Ireland when I was a server at Applebee's
18. I got to meet George Killen and his wife on this trip. I sat next to him at our lunch.
19. I can NOT sing
20. but I love trying!!
21. I didn't finish college
22. I wish I did
23. I don't have one favorite color
24. I was a beauty queen in my hometown
25. I love to read
26. I am in desperate need of a mani/pedi
27. I've given myself four more years to have one of my events published.
28. I love to do lists, old school kind on paper
29. I like to clip coupons
30. J Crew is one of my favorite stores
31. J Crew is pissing me off lately with those price tags
32. Tulips are my FAVORITE flower
33. but truth be told, there isn't many flowers out there that I really don't like, as long as they are fresh!
34. I would love for Hubby to get a new job
35. Hubby is my best friend ever
36. Besides my sister
37. I'm a work in progress
38. but I'm not aiming for perfection
39. I love to host parties at my house
40. as long as people don't let their kids run completely crazy
41. because I have a bit of OCD
42. anyone that saw my bedroom growing up would never guess that I would end up with OCD!
43. I also have control issues
44. I think my issues stem from my childhood
45. I always swore that I wouldn't blame my behavioral issues on my parents
46. I lied
47. I need to go to church more
48. I want my old rector to move to this area so I will look forward to going to church
49. I love my friends
50. My friends can be difficult at times (hello, toxic friend and poo poo girl!)
51. I have three decorated trees up in my house for Christmas
52. I love decorating for the holidays
53. I hate chocolate Easter bunnies
54. I can eat a whole box of Snickers Ice Cream bars in one day if given the chance
55. I no longer buy Snickers Ice Cream bars
56. I once walked the 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk (60 miles in 3 days) and it was my greatest physical accomplishment to date (besides being pregnant with my babies of course!)
57. Hubby's father, grandmother and aunt all passed away from breast cancer
58. I live in fear of Hubby or my little ladies being diagnosed with breast cancer.
59. When I was 2 I lived in a bubble for a few days due to bronchial issues
60. It wasn't enough to scare my parents into quitting smoking!
61. I wish I had more time to scrapbook
62. I love going to the beach even though I don't care to lay out in the sun anymore
63. The mountains are great too though
64. I feel like I live in one of the best states in the entire country because all it has to offer
65. I'm a Republican
66. My grandfather is an officer for the Democratic party in my state
67. I'd love to lose 5 pounds
68. Yet I haven't worked out in two months!
69. I drink a Dr Pepper every single day
70. I definitely think laughter is the best medicine
71. If I won the lottery I would purchase a plot of land right down the road from my house to build our dream home on
72. I'd also purchase a lake house and a beach house...all in my state
73. I broke my nose once
74. and reset it myself
75. I was voted wittiest among my senior class
76. I've been skydiving
77. I am terrified of snakes
78. I love stationary
79. I could watch Food Network or HGTV all day
80. I love looking at my oldest daughter and seeing a mini me
81. I love looking at my youngest daughter and seeing my husband
82. I haven't spoken to my parents in over a year and a half
83. I only applied to one college
84. it met all the criteria required by my parents and it was the furthest from them--that's how I chose it.
85. I fell in the middle of my hometown Christmas parade when I was five...and had to be removed from it for screaming so loud!
86. I think I should have moved to NYC at some point prior to getting married to try my hand at being a soap opera actress
87. I'm just kidding
88. sort of
89. I don't know how to change a tire
90. but I do know how to drive a stick shift
91. I gave myself a concussion once by wrecking a moped
92. When I was younger I said I never wanted children
93. It took me over a year to get pregnant with Baby Girl
94. I blamed myself and thought it was bad karma
95. I can't imagine my life being any different than it is right now
96. I cuss more than I should
97. I like all different kinds of music, from country to rap--not the crazy hard core stuff though
98. I still tell people I'm 29
99. Lovebug is starting to figure it out!
100. I'm happy (and lucky) with all the blessings in my life.
and for good measure
101. I'm glad this little exercise is over!!!!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Verizon Wireless, I thought we handled our problem a few months back with the crazy billing. We've had to "handle" it again for two months now with my Hubby going to one of your stores, taking time out of his busy day to, first, wait on someone to be able to help him and second, to go through the whole process of correcting the problem once someone is available to help him. It's not an in and out thing. Of course, nothing ever is at Verizon. So when you call my cell phone and let me know that one day after we paid our bill we still owe one thousand and blah, blah dollars, yes you will get your ass ripped a new one!! Yes, I will be so crazy that I will throw it out there as to how I'm going to contact my attorney. Yes, I will let you know how completely incompetent you people are that you can't get the problem fixed. To top it off you called me on a day when Hubby was out of town, Baby Girl didn't sleep and I was having MAJOR PMS! The kicker, they hung up on me....oh yes they did. I was that crazy.
Our children's Christmas party. FANTASTIC! Someway, somehow with the Hubby out of town until Thursday of last week I still managed to get most of the decorating done and most of the shopping done. Saturday we were on automatic pilot and we had everything ready in more than enough time. It was relaxing. Now, once all the children were here it was a little, ok, a lot, chaotic, but it was to be expected. Lovebug answered the door to see Santa and Mrs. Clause walking up the walkway. The reaction? Was exactly what I envisioned. It was storybook. I think she was as excited to see the Mrs as she was about the Jolly Man himself. They read Twas the Night Before Christmas and then led us in a song. I had tears in my eyes as I sat in the floor with not only my children, but my friends' children all around me. The only thing that didn't go as planned this year was the craft. I had intended to do plaster hand impressions. Well, the mix was too wet at first (I had a friend who is a dentist mix it, because I didn't have a clue!) and then we let it set up too long. Basically, we ended up with a bunch of plaster discs. But you know what? It is just another story to tell!
Where is MY computer?! I repeat, I truly hate the Rent-A-Center computer! I NEED my computer. I have a bride getting married next weekend and there are things on that computer that I need before then! Everyone cross your fingers and say a prayer that it comes in soon!
The bride I mentioned above. I LOVE HER! I couldn't ask for a better bride for right here at the holidays. She has had a rocky road and she could be a bridezilla. And honestly, I wouldn't blame her. But she's not. I will miss having her for a client. She is the exact reason I started doing this. I know I'm going to cry for her when she walks down the aisle and I am always going to be honored that she included me in her special day...which is going to be SO beautiful by the way!
Dear Friend, If, after going tailgating and you've consumed too many beverages, I am gracious enough to not only offer you a place to rest your head for the night, but I also offer you some of my pj's to rest in DO NOT SHIT IN SAID PJ'S AND HIDE THEM---AFTER YOU'VE ALREADY MADE MY BATHROOM LOOK LIKE THE INSIDE OF A TRUCK STOP! Did you think I would never find them? Did you think for one minute of how I may accidentally touch your poo in MY pants and then almost vomit all over the place when I realize what treasure I've found? I'm just sayin'.
Clemson beat the Gamecocks and are now going to the Gator Bowl!! To top it off, Dabo was named head coach. All is right in the Clemson world! Love it!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Enough with the rant, more holiday decorating to get done!
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
With Thanksgiving being just days away I am reminded how I have so much to be thankful for. A wonderful Hubby. Two lovely ladies to call my own. Food on the table. Roof overhead. Happiness. Friends. And all of you ladies in bloggy land that I've had the opportunity to connect with. Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Go ahead, have that second piece of pecan pie. You all deserve it!!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
This weekend will be much more tame for this Wife. Tonight I'm meeting some friends for sushi and we are heading to the movies to see Twilight! I haven't read any of the books, but after all I have heard about them I definitely will! Hope you all have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Second, I attended the Clemson Homecoming game last weekend. Let me rephrase that. I tailgated at the Clemson Homecoming game last weekend. We had a sitter stay here with Baby Girl and Hubby took Lovebug in. We gave one of our friends our other two tickets so he could go in with his daughter who had never been to a Clemson game. I proceeded to stay in the parking lot and indulge in the liquid diet. Then I caught a ride on over to the Esso Club with one of the staff driving around on a golf cart. My friends and I proceeded to sing Mr Gary a cute little tune that goes something like this, "Oh hot da@*....". (Mr Gary said he would pick us up in an hour and he never showed. Hmmm, do you think he was afraid his ears would start to bleed?) I ran into some folks from high school (always a blast) and experienced my very first tequila shot. Yes, you read correctly. I have never had a tequila shot and you know what? I don't think I've been missing anything. That stuff can just stay in my margaritas thank you very much!! After it was all said and done I had the best time! My roomies and I posed for several pictures. Some of my high school peeps and I that I don't visit with enough posed for pictures. And I, my friends, added something else to my do NOT do list. Do NOT under any circumstances facebook while intoxicated and think the pictures are hilarious. They won't be as funny in the morning! I promise.
Finally, I honestly think I've put too much on my plate for the next month. I really have to question my sanity at times. Here's the run down beginning next Tuesday--pick Lovebug up from school to immediately start the drive towards West Palm to spend our very first Thanksgiving EVER with Hubby's mother (don't ask!). Stop somewhere on the way to sleep. Get up on Wednesday and finish the drive. I've asked only to get the opportunity to at least drive down Worth Avenue--cross your fingers that this happens. Wednesday/Thursday--family, family and more family time. Friday--drive the ENTIRE 10 hours home with a stop at the grocery store once we get close to buy the perishable items needed to tailgate the next day. Saturday-out of town guests arrive, Clemson/Carolina game--this is our BIGGEST game of the season and it is BIG time party. You need to be prepared to bring your game...or stay home! Sunday-recover and begin the real holiday decorating. Monday-Bridal consult/vendor meeting Tuesday thru Friday get house ready for the first holiday party of the season at my house where Mr and Mrs Santa will make an appearance to read to all the children. Must have a small gift for each child here and wrapped as well as a craft for them to do plus all the cooking involved. Ok, I've got to stop now and just focus on one day at a time!! But if you don't hear from me at least you know a little of what's going on!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Now ladies, I must catch up on the smut that is The Real Housewives of Atlanta. I missed a few shows and I want to be up-to-date for the reunion show. There is supposed to be a big blow up between Lisa and Kim!! meow!
Monday, November 10, 2008
You like me! You really, really like me!! So now that's out of my system, I want to thank Just Ask Beth for my bloggy award. Even if her blood runs more garnet than orange, I still love her!!:) Now I pass this along to the following deserving ladies:
1.Post on your blog
2. Link it back to me
3.Link original post here
4.Pass the award to 4 deserving bloggers
5. Post the rules!!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
My second issue is the financial redistribution. To understand me completely would take far too much time, but I will give a short back ground. I am the daughter of a man who is a high school drop out in addition to a recovering alcoholic. The cards were stacked against him early on. His parents divorced when he was only 4 and in that time it was unheard of. I hate to even type this, but my grandfather abandoned them. They were poor to say the least. He HAD to get a job. He HAD to contribute. My mother had a completely different background. She came from what was considered an upperclass family. Her mother (my grandmother) was given a life of leisure. My mother was also extremely intelligent and could have done whatever she wanted after high school. But being the rebel that she was (and still is) she eloped with her high school sweetheart from the other side of the tracks. As crazy as they are, their love is undying. Her parents weren't about to give a hand out. They made their bed, now they could lie in it. My grandfather after all, vividly remembers the Depression. My father's parents didn't have any money to give. They relocated to a small town and rented a single wide trailer, where they got the surprise of their life...they were pregnant with me. My mother being all of 18 and my father 19 when they found out. Nine months later they had moved back to their hometown and began the daily grind that would become their lives. One trailer, another trailer, and then they had enough saved to actually buy a double wide. They felt rich. All the while they were doing it FOR THEMSELVES. When I was in 7th grade my mother, myself and my grandfather (her father) were at a beloved Clemson football game. And I still remember this like it was yesterday, my grandfather looked at her in a moment of cheering and said, "if you will go to school here I will pay for it". I will never forget that moment. My mother was speechless and I was shocked. But even at the age of 12 I knew what this meant for us. And for my grandfather, it was the opportunity to watch his extremely (like, crazy!) smart daughter get a college education. The next fall my mother was enrolled in dear old Clemson and my sister and I were left to pick up a LOT of the slack around our home. Remember, my father was an alcoholic and they aren't big on change. Those four years were probably the worst of my entire life. We were poorer than we had ever been seeing how my mother had to quit her job to become a full time student. My father was always agitated and my mother took it out on us, but someway, somehow we persevered. While this was going on, somehow my father, while working in a plant, was socking money away for his retirement, for a rainy day, and for my and my sister's college educations. He didn't have one single credit card. He never took a government hand out. Part of his agitation in those days came from feeling as if he couldn't provide for his family and he was my grandfather's charity case (which the ONLY money my grandfather gave was for tuition and books). Years later I still am in awe of what my father and mother have accomplished...ON THEIR OWN. I could continue on with the story of Hubby and myself and how our story goes, but I think I've laid out enough for you to see where I am coming from.
I respect the position of the President of the United States and for that he will have my respect. However, I am still worried about what lies ahead.
Moving on to a new day...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
eta: It took me two hours and twenty minutes to vote!! When I left at 4:00 the line was longer than when I first got there!!! Glad I took a book!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thought I'd share a few of the pictures from Lovebug's birthday party! I've only seen a few of them and I can't wait to see the rest! The first one is from the "graveyard" where our little party goers retrieved their third clue. The second picture (which should have been first, but whatever!), is the first clue they received that got the scavenger hunt started. And the last picture is the dry apple bob. Once they completed the bob they received the clue that led to the graveyard. We had a little girl lose a tooth in the process here!! Our last challenge was a food challenge where we blindfolded one member of each team and let them enjoy treats of witches eyes (peeled grapes), goblin fingers (vienna sausages with a pretzel stick inside of it to give that bone crunching effect!) and spider eggs (pop rocks) that they were warned may start hatching in their mouths!! No one got too grossed out during the challenge, but we did have one child get a little queasy when it was time to reach their hand into the scarecrow brains to retrieve a clue!! Man, it was such a good time, but we ran like crazy!! Those kids worked off any of their sugar intake!!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
sidenote: Lovebug is spending several hours with my parents today. They never responded to my email so Hubby called them to see if they would like to see her today and he is gone now to meet them to do the child swap. She is super excited and that is all that counts today.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Starting point: Clue to direct them to a tree to do a "dry" apple bob---apples will be hanging from the trees for them to retrieve. One person on each team must complete the task and then they will get the next clue, which will be tied to mini tombstones. I've got some wording to get them to the tree, but not overly in love with it.
after apple bob: leads them to the mock-up cemetery. Clue goes like this:
Now for your next test.
Visit the Graveyard of Fright
Where the Spirits have been laid to rest
Until Halloween Night.
(backdrop under a tree with one "new" grave with mounded dirt, placing a spray painted black box in the dirt with cobwebs on top so it seems like they are having to reach their hand into the grave to get their next clue, which will be tied to a small little bundle of hay---did I explain that well?)
After cemetery: to Scare Crow Row--once again wording that I'm not overly in love with. They will need one person to complete the task of finding the hidden clue amongst the scarecrows. The clue will be hidden in one of three bowls of scarecrow brains (we LOVE the Wizard of Oz movie in our house, ok!). The next clue will be tied to something to resemble a mini oil can--see where this is going?
Leave Scare Crow Row to head to the resting Tin Man on my front porch. There they will receive their clue on heart shaped stationary leading them to the final challenge....the Food Challenge!! I have NO idea what to put on the food challenge!! I don't want it to be too scary, but I want them to be a little nervous about it, too. HELP!
Once they finish the food challenge they receive a final clue leading them to the finish line. Every team will, of course, receive a prize, but first place needs something a bit more special.
My OCD is kicking in overdrive as I make my final shopping lists and select one more item for the menu so I need to get this taken care of before heading to the store one last time! I'm hoping you all have lots of suggestions!!!
Sorry for the ramble, too!! I get like that sometimes when the creative juices are starting to flow!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Some quick updates:
Funeral was Wednesday. It was tough. She owns all kinds of friesian horses and to go back to the farm afterwards and see the beautiful animals she so lovingly brought here was breathtaking. It was so nice to see the beauty she has helped create and know she will live on.
My parents. I've sent an email asking if they would like to see Lovebug for her birthday. I still haven't heard back. Don't know how that's going to work out. I haven't told Lovebug about it yet and I'm hoping it'll work out so she can have a reunion for her birthday. Baby steps.
I'm now in the midst of planning Lovebug's birthday extravaganza. Whoah! I'm piecing together all the elements of the scavenger hunt. It's a costume party this year so if you've got any suggestions I'm definitely up to hearing them.
I'll post again later today for my Flashback Friday...I know you ladies are hanging by a string waiting for it!!:)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Hubby and I are so different in soooo many ways. However, we are also very similar in several areas. One of which is that we are both two people who practically raised ourselves as our own parents were too wrapped up in the events/drama of their own lives. I'm not pointing a finger, just stating a fact. As adults we are like two orphans. Me not having a "normal" relationship with my parents even when we are speaking. Hubby having lost his father to breast cancer a little over 8 years ago and his mother having little involvement in our lives and being more like a sibling than mother.
Flashback to Hubby moving to Clemson after leaving the Army. First night home he met his new roommate. They clicked from the very beginning. This man brought Hubby into his family. Hubby spent several holidays with them and many a weekend trip home was to their house. Fast forward now to Hubby's senior year at Clemson. Interviewing. Stopped in to visit these old friends on his way back to Clemson from Charlotte. Sitting in their garden it was decided Hubby would come and work in the family business. He was like an adopted son. This is how Hubby got his start in sales and this is why we moved to York. This family is more than just friends, but an extension of us. We are where we are today in large part due to them. Flash forward now to Sunday morning. Phone rings. The matriarch has passed. Suddenly. Too much shock for words. Too many tears to count.
Then, less than 24 hours later, another good friend contacts me to let me know that her father has too passed this weekend. Her situation with her father is like mine with my family which stirs a whole different range of emotions. I had already come to the conclusion in the past several weeks that I need to come to terms with my parents. If for no other reason, my girls. Also to be at peace with the kind of person I want to be. I know I can't change others, just how I choose to react to them. Difficult times ahead.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
I must add that this photograph is the one taken after I chased him down the street...after I had consumed a few adult beverages. My friend is going to kill me if she ever comes across this!!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
1. Former Friend with Benefits of Hubby--if you friend request him on Facebook and he doesn't accept it, LET IT GO! Do NOT then send him a message referring to his "short leash". Oh yes she did! This is the same "classy" lady that saw Hubby, Lovebug and myself walking down John Street in Charleston and came running as fast as she could from the restaurant she was in, with clients no less, to catch up with Hubby. After completely ignoring me while talking to MY child and MY Hubby (all the while Hubby was trying his best to include me in the conversation) and having the nerve to say in conversation in reference to Lovebug, "I wasn't asking about her Mother. I was asking about her dad." and topping it off by handing Hubby a business card to "look her up" when he was in town on business, she does this. WOW! ...and by the way, Hubby still didn't respond to her.
2. Good Friend and Whomever it May Concern--My support for Sarah Palin has nothing to do with her big boobs, looks, etc. and quite frankly it is a bit hurtful that you'd think for one instant that I would base such an important decision on such superficial issues. First, my support is for John McCain and the ideology he represents and how it relates to me and my family. I understand that your views are different and I am fine with that. I haven't once bashed your candidate. As I really don't feel that's necessary. I'm just sayin'
3. Clients--please pay your balances in a timely manner. Enough said on that issue!
4. Neighborhood Bully--still ignoring Lovebug are ya? Well, that's fine. We had a little discussion regarding this and she understands that, unfortunately, we can't be friends with everyone. I see everyday her self-esteem rise when she is playing with the other little girls in the neighborhood, especially the ones you've already been mean to and therefore are no longer allowed to play with. It was eye-opening to learn that Lovebug isn't your first victim in the neighborhood. And yes, that means I had to mention it to another mom. But I was sick.and.tired of my daughter coming home in tears wondering what was so wrong with her that you wouldn't even want to speak to her.
I'm done now with the rant! There will be a more positive post next time, promise.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
eta: Hubby went to the Verizon store and apparently when he switched to his new phone (one of the new Blackberries) there was a package that went along with it, which he purchased. However, when they went to apply this package there was an error and they never tried again to apply it. Hence, every two minutes his phone was doing a search to update information---which totaled over 10,000 minutes in one month when added to our other calls, etc. It's worked out now, but Jesus, I think I should sue them for emotional distress!!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Another stop for me while in Charleston was at Cupcake. I wanted to bring some treats home for the family and once again these didn't disappoint! I now know why the Red Velvet Cupcakes are there best seller!! I didn't have the chance to do much shopping, as the rain was making it's way, but still it was a great, quick getaway for me. Nothing like a walk alone on the beach to collect your thoughts and a drive around the city smelling the Charleston air to refresh you!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
2. I have an abnormal fear of little people. I know that they are only different by their stature and that most of them are probably very nice people, but they just scare me. I said it's abnormal.
3. I am currently an Invisalign patient. and yes, I feel like a preteen again worrying that my mouthpiece will accidentally find itself in the trash. It will all be worth it when I'm sporting the best accessory, a great smile!
4. I wore braces for 6, yes, count 'em, 6 years. See above. Obviously, my orthodontist didn't know what the hell she was doing.
5. The mere mention of snakes nearly paralyzes me with fear. I have a crazy thought in my head that a snake will somehow manage to work it's way into the air conditioning of my car and try to come out through a vent while I'm driving down the road! I also think they are waiting in trees to just drop down on innocent victims. Hence, my lack of interest in hiking!
6. I went skydiving for my 2nd 29th birthday (did ya follow that?). Beyond giving birth, most amazing experience EVER! Word to the wise, do NOT participate in a night of beverages beforehand! I'm just sayin'
7. I think about my funeral...alot. I think it's the planner in me. I have already told Hubby of one song that MUST be played...FREEBIRD! I know that isn't what you all were expecting, but this song brings back too many memories and one in particular makes me laugh out loud every.single.time I think about it. And I know it will bring laughter to others during my farewell celebration. And one of my parties would never be complete without laughter! I have also informed Hubby he must put some heavy rocks in the casket with me. All the way through high school I was EXTREMELY thin and got teased endlessly about it. I want all those dear boys that I grew up with to go to pick up my casket thinking it will be a cake walk to get a shock. My final practical joke on my way out!
I am supposed to tag seven other bloggers, but so many of you have done this already I'm leaving it to those of you who still haven't. Leave me a comment and let me know when you complete your list!
For all of you opposed to the war, I understand where you are coming from. However, I understand the purpose of this mission. I understand that the work these brave men and women are doing is having a positive effect. I also understand that it is not merely a soldier's sacrifice, but a family who makes a sacrifice to help insure our security. I know what it's like to get a phone call from one of the people I hold closest to my heart and wonder what I can do for her to make things better, because she is sacrificing the chance of a "normal" life with her husband and child. As a wife of a Gulf War Veteran and former soldier and now the SIL of a soldier, the military is definitely a part of my life. Holidays and visits are dictated by block leave. Moving is dictated by what unit you are a part of and where they are stationed. And if you've never had to make this sort of sacrifice, please take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of those that live this life day in, day out. And everyone, take the time to thank a soldier. Not only do they deserve to hear it, they need to hear it.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
I know we haven't seen much of each other lately. And I know you miss me as I miss you too. Please understand that I just need a break for right now. Just a little bit of time. I promise it's not you. It's me. I got your email and my mailbox was full of your sweet offers today. It's tempting, yes. But I know this is what's best for me right now. I am begging you to stop taunting me with all the promises of beautiful things.
We'll be together again soon,
and to Blogger, when I want to only delete ONE picture, please, please, please do not delete the entire post! I wanted to only remove the picture of Lovebug, up close and personal, and it deleted the whole football saturday post. arghhhh!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
On another note, to all you bully little girls: Karma is a bitch! Lovebug is so tender hearted and I KNOW she needs to toughen up, however that does not stop my heart from breaking when she comes home in tears because of her frienemy! And really, at this age I just was not at all prepared for such behavior. Why young lady must you ignore my child when she is speaking to you as if you don't hear her at all? Why must you only have negative comments to say to her to degrade her in front of all the other neighborhood children? Why do you think it's ok to share secrets with all the other little girls in front of my child and deliberately leave her out? And if it's so important for you to NOT acknowledge my child then why, do tell, must you come to every place my child is playing? What is it that you are missing in you own life that makes you feel so inclined to treat others so poorly? Does it really make you feel better to see another person so hurt? I've seen how people like you turn out as they get older and let me tell you, happiness isn't found through trying to bring others down to your level. Rather it just makes you appear bitter, which is never attractive, no matter what the people who are too afraid to stand up to you say. The predicament lies in the fact that this child's parents and Hubby and I are neighborhood friends. I'm feeling like getting all Mama Bear on someone and we all know that is not the right line of action and I shouldn't even be having the fantasies of doing so, but I can't help it.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Looking forward to this weekend and the football game. Saturday is going to be a crazy busy day...as Lovebug is being surprised with a granted wish...she's going to be a Clemson cheerleader for the day!! So we will be doing brunch and a light lunch at our tailgate. Hopefully, I will have some pictures to post this weekend...if I'm A.not completely worn out from chasing a two year old around at the game and B. I don't over consume adult beverages or C. I can stop crying while watching Lovebug do her thing on the field.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Your hair? mess
Your mother? crazy
Your father? missed
Your favorite thing? laughing
Your dream last night? ?
Your dream/goal? career
Your favorite drink? dr.pepper
The room you're in? bedroom
Your ex? loser
Your hobby? planning
Your fear? illness
Where do you want to be in 6 years? career
Where were you last night? home
What you're not? liar
One of your wish list items? boots
Where you grew up? carolina
The last thing you did? groceries
Favorite weather? warm
What are you wearing? shorts
Your favorite book? magazine
Your TV? on
Your pet? dog
Your computer? on
Your mood? relaxed
Missing someone? sister
Your car? garage
Something you're not wearing? shoes
Favorite store? J.Crew
Love someone? yes
Your favorite color/shade? pink
Last thing you ate? biscuit
Your life? busy
Your friends? questionable
What are you thinking right now? answers
What are you doing at this moment? relaxing
Your summer: hot
Your relationship status: married
What do you do when you can't sleep? television
When is the last time you laughed? hour
Last time you cried? hmmm
It's a lot harder than it looks! Let me know how you do!
note: the muffins question---the answer refers to my muffin top--it is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of muffins. Sad, but true!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Everyone is busy talking these days about a "change". How about we all aim to do our part towards change instead of relying on one singular person. If it takes a village to raise a child doesn't it seem reasonable to believe that it takes a country to bring up a nation?
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Rather, it's about possible Baby Number 3. Long, long ago I was a gal who said she would "never have children" and then something switched. I went to the opposite end of the spectrum and said I would love to have 4 children. Then Hubby and I came to a compromise and we agreed on the golden number 3. As I lie in a hospital bed right after I had Lovebug, vomiting and trying to nurse at the same time (yeah, THAT was fun! n.o.t.) I still held strong to golden number 3. Then Babygirl came along. That pregnancy was a lot different from my first and recovering from surgery with two sweet ladies to take care of was pretty difficult. And my body, well, as I've said before, was changed! I gained 55 pounds each time I was pregnant. But even with all that I still held onto the golden number 3. But now as time has passed I started waining. Second guessing myself. Wondering why I would change the dynamic of the family, of my girls relationship. Was I being selfish? And I do already have 2 beautiful, perfectly healthy babies, wasn't that enough? And in my super obsessive state I worried about the effects of middle child syndrome on Babygirl. Lovebug would always have the first of everything with me and a baby would have the last. Where did that leave Babygirl. So I've struggled with this for several months now thinking I'd finally made a decision that I was comfortable with, no more babies for me. Until yesterday...and it was a simple moment brushing my girls' hair and chatting with them in the bathroom. And I realized that there is enough love in this house for just one more!...
Sunday, September 7, 2008
On a brighter note, how 'bout them Tigers? Lovebug was supposed to go with us, but she had a major clothes meltdown prior to leaving and since I had a sitter coming anyway to watch Babygirl I just threw in the towel and told her to stay home. We stayed till the third quarter and then headed on back home. Thank goodness we did, because it seems our sitter was more concerned yesterday with all things other than watching my children. As in she cleaned out her purse, did homework, let my girls just play on their own. Really upset about that and am now on the prowl for a new sitter! Yesterday was also a reminder of why toxic friends are no good, but that's another post for another day.
Sorry for the negativity. Needed to just scratch the venting surface or else explode!!:) Now off to pick out a week's worth of outfits for Lovebug and get them ironed before Monday (with all the other Sunday things that need to be done before Monday can begin). Hope you all had a great weekend!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
13. Lovin' some Arnold Palmers lately. Half Firefly vodka, half lemonade. Yummy! But be careful, they go down too easily!
12. Fall sweaters and blue jeans--enough said.
11. Colors of Autumn. Can't wait for the leaves to change. This is when I love to take a Sunday drive in the mountains and just enjoy the scenery.
10. Grease. Watched it again the other night and honestly, I never tire of it. I'm sure Hubby wishes I would!!:)
9. Buttermilk pie. If you've never had it you don't know what you are missing. It is FANTASTIC!
8. Beautiful photography, especially when my girls are the subjects! We took the girls to Folly in August to meet with our local photographer and she did some early morning pictures on the beach and I still tear up looking at these proofs. I can honestly say we've been blessed to form a wonderful relationship with our photographer and she "gets" our girls which allows her to capture their spirit onto paper. The downside? Trying to pick out favorites!!
7. Sarah Palin. I don't ever want this blog to get too political, but I am thoroughly impressed with Governor Palin. After looking into her record as Governor I am proud to have her as a trailblazer that my girls can look up to. Funny how my girls will probably never grasp the significance of this election the way we all do.
6. J Crew fall line.
5. Kelly's Kids fall line!
4. My Citizens jeans. I love the fact that they aren't "Mommy" jeans looking like they are resting underneath the breasts, but aren't letting my lady hump get out of hand. Yes ladies, I said it, lady hump. After giving birth to two little ladies that each weighed 9 plus pounds (Baby Girl was pushing the 10 pound mark!) there is something of a skin issue to be taken care of at a later date. But until then, thanks Citizens!
3. Halloween! It is my second favorite holiday and I'm already jonesing to get out all the decorations! Lovebug is finally having a costume party this year which will make it even more fun.
2. Lovebug and Baby Girl. It breaks my heart that I can never quite find the words to express what these two little ladies mean to me. I think for anyone to truly understand it they would have to know all my back history with my own family...something I don't care to go into. I just know that with them I finally have the family that I always dreamed of. To watch Baby Girl in her high chair every night put on her "show" turning her fork upside down to use as a microphone as she belts out her tunes puts a smile on my face every.single.time. And to listen to Lovebug read me a story knowing how proud she is of her own accomplishments melts my heart every.single.time. To see the bits of me in them, although it can be a little scary, amazes me.
1. Hubby. Hubby and I started different than most couples. I moved home from Charleston, needing to figure out what it was I truly wanted in life and that's when I met Hubby. He asked me out for over a month before I said yes. I knew from our first date that I would marry that man. I also knew that I needed to venture out first. See, I had a very lengthy relationship prior to Hubby and I knew I didn't want to bring any of that baggage with me. Hubby and I ended up dating other people for a while. We became friends confiding in each other. And in the end, he waited for me. That's what I needed and Hubby somehow knew it. He let me be me...and he still does. He is my perfect mate and I love him for it!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Hubby: "Lovebug, why didn't you dry your hands off?"
Lovebug: "I didn't have a quarter for the napkins."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Setting the alarm for butt crack a.m. and heading to the airport all by my lonesome for some much needed girl time with one of my former partners in crime that I haven't seen in ages! There is a Cowboy Expo game on Friday night and I swear if I thought I could make it through, I would rush that tunnel in a skinny second just to pretend I was a Cowboys Cheerleader!! Of course, there should be other interesting stories to tell when I get back...that is if I can remember them all!! Kristen, we are making a special trip to Harry Winston's!:) Did you have to sneak your picture or will they let you do that? I need to be able to send Hubby a picture while I'm gone to keep him on his toes!!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Here's a recap of what's been keeping me from my posting duties.
1. Trying really hard to get Baby Girl interested in going tee-tee on the potty. I forgot how time consuming this task truly is! She has NO desire to actually tee-tee in the potty, but lord, she loves carrying that thing around and she loves her some big girl panties!! But please, PEE IN THE POTTY ALREADY!!
2. In one week I booked two more brides. I try not to go into my work on here, but things are really picking up on that front and I am finding myself at a crossroads regarding family vs. work. Luckily, I have full control over how many events I choose to book so this too will work itself out.
3. All things back-to-school! I know I've mentioned before how sad it makes me to think about, but with the above mentioned work situation it is definitely a blessing for me that school is starting.---No More Mommy Guilt for trying to have the best of both worlds!
4. The social obligations. This one won't get any complaints, but I really can tell I am getting older as it sure takes my body a lot longer to recover from my Women Who Wine nights!
This week is the official first day of school, bride consult, last week with Baby Girl before she makes her educational debut, my 9 year anniversary and then I head to Dallas to visit with one of very best girlfriends in the whole wide world who I haven't seen nearly enough in the past several years. Whew!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
On to brighter things, Charleston!! and Ladies, bright it was--cause it was HOT!! We did get a shower every evening and that helped cool things down to enjoy an evening stroll. We discovered a new restuarant on Sullivan's Island, High Thymes. It was FANTASTIC!! I had the filet topped with pimento cheese and a side of grilled asparagus. For dessert I stuffed my face, I mean, enjoyed a flourless chocolate cake with a raspberry filling and a tall glass of milk. Too yummy! Know what made my trip even better? Tax free shopping weekend along King Street. The new "Lady" accompanied us on our journey and got to enjoy her first trip to the city. Bless her heart, she got broke in good!
Hope you are all having a great and relaxing weekend!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I would like to add that our contribution, lest some of you believe we gave the minimal amount, was almost 10 times Leather Skins!! Do you realize what I could have done with that money!!??!