Sunday, December 28, 2008

I'm still alive!

Sorry I've been M.I.A.. The holidays totally kicked my butt. Not to mention, it was a little hard for me to get inspired after the 100 things about me post! Finally got my computer back...to have it be sent back to be worked on AGAIN the very next day! So there's no pictures until it's back. ugghh! So here's some randomness to hold you over!

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

100th Post!!

I can't believe that I have actually made it to a hundred posts!! Thank you all for all the advice, comments and for sharing a tidbit of your life with me. It's definitely been interesting and I've enjoyed getting to "know" you all. Without further ado, here's the list of 100 things that I'm sure you all are dying to know about the Wife.
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

Rants and Raves

Rant:
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.
Rave:
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!
Rant:
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!
Rave:
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!
Rant:
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'.
Rave:
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

Rent-a-Center

You won't be hearing from me much in the next few weeks due to the fact that I am currently working on a piece of crap Rent-a-Center computer!!! My computer needs a whole new motherboard as of this past weekend and I will be without it for two whole weeks. God bless anyone that truly has to use a place like Rent-a-Center to furnish their home!!! We are renting due the fact that I have a million and one things going on right now and I can't be without the computer and Hubby is traveling. And honestly, even if he wasn't traveling the security on his computer wouldn't allow me to do all the things and look up the stuff that I need to. Not to mention, I think his company would frown on it--and yes, he does work for one of those companies that keeps up with where you are going and what you are doing on your computer. Back to renting this dang computer, we had to provide 4 references with a phone number, a pay stub, a utility bill, a credit check was done...and the list goes on! FOR A COMPUTER!! That is costing us a total of 62 freaking dollars! After trying to figure out who our landlord is (which is us!) and wanting to know what kind of car we have we were able to walk out with our computer!

Enough with the rant, more holiday decorating to get done!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Flashback Friday



Thanksgiving 2007, New York City. We got on the double decker bus tour and had a fantastic view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Not to mention, they stopped the parade so we could pass through. We felt like we were participants as we waved to the crowd. It is one of those trips that ranks in probably the top three for me. Magical would be a perfect way to describe it.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

almost there...

One tree completed. Nutcrackers out. Evites sent. Oreo truffles half way done. Laundry completed and waiting to be put in suitcases. Most importantly, the new portable DVD player has been purchased (it is a 10 hour drive after all!).

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

progress

I got one tree up and mostly decorated. The lovely ladies still need to put their ornaments they each received this year on there and then it will be complete. My house is an absolute train wreck. I have Christmas stuff everywhere and I have yet to pack anything. And here I sit. Blogging. Hubby just left with Lovebug and Baby Girl to take them to dinner and bring me back something to give me a chance to get stuff done. How mad do you think he would be if he came home to me still sitting here on my arse?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

What to do?

What do you do when you should be packing to head out of town on Tuesday or getting your house ready to have out of town guests arrive the same day you arrive back in town? Surf the blog-o-sphere and log onto crackbook of course! I am SO in procrastination mode right now and I really need to snap out of it. I've got one of the artifical trees up waiting to be fluffed and decorated, but I'm just not feeling it. Friday night I had a lovely evening out with the ladies enjoying sushi, watching Twilight and then out in G'Vegas. The problem? I ended up not getting home until 3 a.m.! Yep, that's right. I stuck to my "I'm not getting all crazy" motto and drank more water in one night than I think I have in the past month. However, one of my besties let the booze get the best of her and I ended up driving all the way to her house which is on the OTHER side of Greenville from me. And on the other side of where we were last while out. Top it off with the fact that Baby Girl got up at 6:15 yesterday, because she wanted to see her Mommy and I was one tired Wife yesterday. The whole day ended up being a waste and I've been in a funk every since. I did make it out of the house today to take advantage of the pre-Thanksgiving sale at Swoozie's. I managed to get both Lovebug's and Baby Girl's teachers gifts taken care of. Lovebug's teacher will be receiving a personalized stamp to stamp all her books while Baby Girl's teachers will be receiving monogrammed shopping bags. Now I just need to get some little sercy presents for the arts teachers and librarians. I welcome suggestions from you teachers out there!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Twilight

To tired to post much except, I AM IN LOVE WITH A VAMPIRE!! Run, don't walk, to get in line to pick up your tickets now!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Flashback Friday

As requested here is a picture from Clemson Homecoming. We thought we were so funny throwing our "gangsta" signs. Looking on it now I think I look like I belong more at the race track with that hat sitting so high up on my head!

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

a little...

Happiness. Notice on my blogroll there is a new addition. That would be the one and only Baby Sister. She just joined the bloggy world. Go on over and send her some love. Tell her the Wife sent you!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ramblings

First, how in the world did I miss the season finale of The Real Housewives of Atlanta last night? I must've broke free from my addiction, but I really don't want to at this point. Now I've got to get caught up again before the reunion show, which I just saw a clip of and may I say once again, "meow"!

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

puh--leaze

Ladies of The View,

Will you please figure out a way to hush up (Kill)Joy on your show. Maybe a cute muzzle for Christmas? Just a thought.

The Wife

Friday, November 14, 2008

Flashback Friday

Yeah for Clemson Homecoming! Boo for the rain! This weekend I'll be enjoying the company of several of my old roommates for Clemson Homecoming. I was never a student there, but I shared two different apartments with some fantastic ladies and tomorrow (if the weather doesn't keep them all away!) I will get to see some of them. We used to have the best time just being together. Nothing like a warm spring/fall day (especially a Thursday) to have an impromptu gathering! The picture above is 2 of my roomies and I at the Clemson/Carolina game 1997. In my "completely sober" state I spotted a hot air balloon in the distance and went to find it. After my first little ride I went back to gather the troops and take them all on a little excursion. Well, after we had gone up briefly we came back down to get out and the wind caught the balloon...with me still in it and one of these ladies risked life and limb and leapt back onto the basket trying to hold it down as we started going in the air!! Now I can laugh about it. Ok, I laughed about it moments after it happened and we were all safely back on the ground! That's friendship...and not the toxic kind!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

dr news

Woohoo, I'm still alive...and I didn't pass out!! After all that anxiety, I didn't have to have one single mole, spot, whatever removed!! While I was in the examining room waiting I started checking out the information about excessive perspiration and was thinking maybe I should discuss that with the doc while I'm already there disrobed (now, that will do a number on your self esteem!). Funny thing though, as soon as the good doc let me know that there would be no slicing and dicing that day the sweating stopped!! Anxiety. What can I say? It does a number on me! Thanks for all the words of encouragement. Lord knows I needed it with me being such a big scaredy cat and all!!



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

dr visit

Tomorrow is my full body look-see at the dermatologist. Everyone say a prayer for me. I was warned back in May when I went in to have another procedure done by the nurse that there were several moles I needed to have looked at. For right now, that's not what is worrying me. It's how they will go about getting some of these moles off of my body. Pray, and pray hard, that I don't pass out from terror when they come near me with one of those dang straight razors (my little sister has been SO kind as to share with me details from her own dermatologist visit, implementing the type of torture only a little sister is capable of!!). Does anyone know if they use the happy gas at the dermatologist office like they do at the dentist? God, that would help me out!!

Superior Scribbler Award



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:

I Kicked Cancer's Ass

A Belle and her Beau

Make Mine a Mojito

Chapters

Rules:
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

Flashback Friday

Now that you've all stopped laughing from the sight of this lovely 80's flashback I will give you a little information regarding this picture! It's from my 8th grade Gifted and Talented class who also got the privilege of being the yearbook staff at my middle school...and yes, I know that from the looks of this bunch the title of Gifted and Talented is quite questionable! How crazy is it that I still remember this particular day? And to give you a hint as to which one I am, I'm the one with the big hair and tight rolled jeans. Oh yeah, that's all of us! Let's just say I already knew how to strike a pose for the camera...or at least I thought so!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Respect

Finally the election is over. I wish I could say that I was thrilled, or surprised for that matter, with the results. I fell asleep early and missed most of the coverage including McCain's speech. I heard it was completely gracious. I DID however see Obama's. Was I in awe? Yes. Who couldn't be? We were watching history unfold. And I wished in my heart of hearts that I could be more optimistic about an Obama presidency, but I can't. I am what you would consider a social moderate, but a fiscal conservative. However, there are MANY social issues of his that I 110% am opposed to, but I won't even get into that. I will however cover two of my biggest issues with Obama...and then this will be the last you hear of the politics from me. One is the war. I think it should go without saying given some of my former posts, we are military people. Hubby is no longer enlisted, but my brother in law is. My baby sister was in tears last night. Worried. Worried about the funding. Worried about the support. Worried that her Husband was going to be sent into another Somalia type situation. If you don't see my point of view on this, please refrain from leaving a comment, because quite frankly to me there is no compromise on it and we will just have to agree to disagree.

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

VOTE!

I'm still sitting here at home waiting on Hubby to get back so we can do the child swap and I can have my turn voting! He's been gone for almost two hours!!! How is it in everyone else's neck of the woods?

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

a new weight loss plan...

Ok, it's TMI, but I swear we've all lost weight this week with our stupid stomach bug! Lovebug is still experiencing some of it's effects and it feels like I may have caught it back from her!!! By the time this ends I may be back to my wedding weight!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

a little from the party!





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!!
These pictures are from my same fantastic photographer and if you are located in the Upstate I highly recommend her!! You can check her out at http://www.momentscaptured4u.com/

Saturday, November 1, 2008

stop the madness

Let me begin with, we had the BEST time in Charleston for Halloween. The girls enjoyed trick or treating around the Battery and I enjoyed the rare opportunity to get a little peek inside the homes!:) After our hour of going door to door, we met up with my long lost friend and her cutie patootie boyfriend at Rue de Jean--LOVE it! We have been there several times and I've yet to have a bad meal. Fried goat cheese salad, sushi, oysters on the half shell, lobster tail, chocolate pate, chocolate martini, Shug wine---yum, yum, yum!!! Lovebug wasn't acting herself at dinner, but I honestly thought she was enjoying the attention from it. I was wrong...more on that in a bit! We all left dinner and hopped on rickshaws (one of my favorite modes of transportation!) and headed towards the Market to start our ghost walk tour. Lovebug made sure she was front and center with our guide so she could hear everything he said. That child is like a little sponge soaking up information!! We all walked to our hotel after the tour was over---at 11!! (Hubby had already made an exit with Baby Girl to go put her to bed, thank goodness!)



On our way back to our hotel we passed the fire department where they were giving out candy. They were SO sweet to Lovebug and even let her get up in the fire truck after letting her help herself to as much candy as she wanted and a fireman's hat!! After we thanked them for their service and got out of their hair we continued our walk which included a stop at a convenience store, where my sweet Lovebug paid it forward! She offered up her goods to the folks working the Halloween holiday to help spread some cheer! She also offered a treat to the police officer sitting outside the store and you could just tell how shocked he was by the offer! I was so proud of her! We were lucky enough to be placed in a two bedroom suite at the hotel so were able to continue the evening with our friends until 2 in the morning!!
Woke up today and guess whose stomach virus decided to rear it's ugly head again? Lovebug's!! Mind you, I didn't let her enjoy one single piece of her candy because I wanted to make sure she was out of the woods for one solid day before consuming all that sugar! After several potty breaks we were finally able to get out of the hotel and enjoy some brunch at Hominy Grill. Lovebug couldn't even make herself eat a bite of banana bread, but she still wanted to walk around a little and enjoy the beautiful weather and take in Charleston. We returned to some of the sites from our ghost tour and did a little window shopping and then headed to the car. We had every intention of driving out to Kiawah. We were almost there and it happened....Lovebug threw up all over the back seat!!!! After pulling over, putting on the hazards, doing a clothes change, wipe down all surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes we turned that car around and headed home!! She still feels awful now! We have NEVER had an illness take up residence like this in our home and I'm ready for our visitor to leave, like yesterday!

eta: Baby Girl is obviously Tigger, while Lovebug is a dentist. And yes I did a very quick wardrobe change between the trick or treating and dinner. I decided the heels weren't cutting it!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Flashback Friday

Here's an oldie, but goodie from Spring 1995. We were having a sleepover at one of the dorms at College of Charleston. All four of us girls went to high school together and we were great friends our freshman year of college. We thought we were so cute and funny doing some of our cheerleader-esque poses!! Now that both of the lovely ladies are feeling better we are going through with our plans to head to Charleston for some trick or treating and I'm going to visit with one of these ladies pictured above. I haven't seen her in 10 years and I am so looking forward to getting to catch up and introducing her to my little loves!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

slacker

I know I've been a slacker lately and I am so sorry. We are dealing with a stomach virus in our house...that has taken up residence since LAST Friday! Baby Girl and I both woke up sick Friday with it peaking at 2 a.m. Saturday night/Sunday morning with Hubby going to Wally World to get Pedialyte for her--which she promptly vomited! Yesterday she went to the doctor and it looks like she is now on the upswing. However, now Lovebug is extremely sick! Took her to the Cheetah Girls concert for her birthday present without incident, thank God. At 1 this morning she was up throwing up everywhere!! She's been sick all day and I'm starting to think we may end up missing school again tomorrow. Everyone say a prayer and cross some fingers that this has passed by Friday. Once I'm no longer on vomit patrol I will be back to posting, promise!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Party, throw up and all the fun stuff!

The birthday shindig was yesterday and it was a huge success. I would post pictures, however I did not take one.single.picture! Can you believe that? I did, however, have a photographer here to take in all the action and I will post some pictures as soon as she has them ready. Hell, who am I kidding? Even if I had taken pictures yesterday I probably wouldn't be posting today due to the fact that I'm EXHAUSTED! Another post later today to explain why Hubby went to Wally World at two a.m. and to marvel at the fact that Lovebug is seven today!

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

guilty pleasure

I have to admit it, I'm sitting here watching Real Housewives of Atlanta. Why can't I turn away from the train wreck? Someone? Anyone? Is anyone else suffering from this addiction?

On another note, where are all the party suggestions???

Monday, October 20, 2008

Party prep

Lovebug turns 7 on Sunday and we are throwing her the biggest party she's had to date. Wife here must of been hitting the hard liquor the day I thought it would be just fine to invite 39, yes that is a 3 followed by a 9, little people to my house! I knew this was the last big birthday party we were having for her for quite a few years so I guess I wanted to blow it out. Anywho, we are doing it up with a Halloween theme this year and it's the first time doing so. Party activities are to include a Mummy race, a craft table (for all the little siblings to mainly enjoy), a costume contest and a scavenger hunt---which is where I've come to a mental block. I need help! Let me walk you through the hunt. They will be broken off into teams. They must all stay together and they must keep each clue from each stop.
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

ahhh, Autumn!

How I spent my Sunday:
Sunroof open, checking out the beautiful scenery of the mountains, eating boiled peanuts!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Flashback Friday

Another picture from a mere year ago. Seeing how I'm getting ready for another one of Lovebug's birthday bashes I love to reminisce about the parties past. Yes, that's yours truly enjoying the art work of our fabulous face painter. Yet another example of how much I love my Tigers!!! The best part of children's parties you ask? Besides the look of facination in not only my own children's faces as they take everything in, but the opportunity to be a kid again!!

My mojo

I'm getting my mojo back, I feel it! Yeah! It's been like walking around in a fog. Thank you all for all your kind words---I needed to hear them.

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

explaination

After yesterday's post I felt I probably needed to explain. First the back history. I hope I can do it justice.

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

Just throwing it out there: Today sucks monkey nuts!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Flashback Friday

So it's not a flashback from years ago, just one year. But given our game last night and how the rumor mill is working overtime about a potential firing within a week I thought it'd be best to go ahead and put this one out there. Let me say, I am deeply saddened by the way our team has preformed this year. I truly don't understand given the talent we have. This coach though, while he may not be a motivator, is a top notch guy. I will hate to see him leave.

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

awards

I've received some awards lately and I promise I'm going to post them soon! Don't want you all to think that I've forgotten about the honor bestowed upon me!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Make mine a vent

This week passed by so quickly. There are a few stand out moments that I really need to address:
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

Flashback Friday

Gotta love an 80's wedding complete with the blue and dusty pinkish/whatever-it-was satin bridesmaids dresses! This is my baby sister and I at our uncle's wedding. We had such a fun time that night, even in the horrible attire! I still remember standing for the receiving line, dancing, the bread being hard as little rocks, more dancing and many tears as we welcomed someone into our family that we were so excited to call our aunt. Those were the days....

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Verizon!

Today I'm enjoying my morning home alone and my cell phone shows that I have a message. I check it and it's Verizon....to hear them tell me that I owe, brace yourselves, $4007!!!! DO WHAT?!!?! Small stroke later and Hubby is now at the Verizon store trying to get to the bottom of this. Mind you this would be for ONE month!! How would/could this happen?

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

Charleston Event

So last week I had the opportunity to head to my favorite city and assist an event firm with a rather large scale event. And can I just say, oh my goodness! The event was for a major corporation and it was hosted at The Sanctuary out at Kiawah. I cannot even begin to put into words how beautiful it is out there! After registration and a cocktail reception held at The Sanctuary itself, guests were transported via trolley out to the Ocean Course Clubhouse (which they had completely rented out) for their dinner. The theme of the dinner was the Ryder Cup. I normally don't go into my "work" (I hate to even refer to it as work, because I get so much pleasure out of it--most of the time!), but ladies, if you are ever looking for an amazing backdrop for an event this is definitely something to take a look at!

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

I've been tagged!

I was tagged by cutie patootie over at http://www.blogger.com/www.monogramchick.blogspot.com (need a computer lesson regarding links, by the way!). Check her out. You'll fall in love with all her fabulous monogrammed goods!


1. I must have one foot out from underneath the covers when I sleep. I can't breathe otherwise!

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!

Wish I Could've Been There For That...

Yesterday my BIL received his Purple Heart and the Joint Service Commendation medal with V device (V for valor). Words cannot even begin to express how proud I am of Sweet P. Not only is he a wonderful husband to my baby sister, but he is an outstanding soldier. He was injured in the line of duty several months ago and needless to say it was a bit stressful for us here stateside. The hardest part for him wasn't the physical aspect of it all, but leaving his fellow soldiers so he could actually come home and be taken care of. He didn't want to leave them behind. They may need him and he wouldn't be there. The sense of something greater than one's self...amazing, rare, beautiful.
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

Too tired


Too tired to do a real post today. Here's one of the old school pictures I promised. Yours truly circa 3rd grade-no wise cracks about the Chiclet front teeth!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

quick update

Can't post pics tonight like I'd planned. Got a last minute call to come to Charleston and assist an event firm down there with one of their events. Super excited!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Do yourself!

Have you done this yet?!! I wasn't going to put this up, but really who was I kidding, I love to get a good laugh out of stuff like this!! There are real old school pictures to come, but until I scan them in keep feasting your eyes on this piece of art!! Go ahead, do yourself!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Dear John

well technically not John...

Dear J.Crew,
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,
The Wife


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

Bullies suck!

Today was a l-o-n-g day and I am exhausted. I took pictures which I will post later. Unfortunately, we did not stay to see one single play of the game. Lovebug had to be checked in 4 hours prior to kick-off and that took all of Baby Girl's patience.

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

Rematch today on the racquetball court and no one was injured. I'm improving--thank goodness!
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

Maybe

I may or may not have intentionally thrown a basketball directly at Hubby yesterday hitting him square in the chest. I do, however, know that it's on like donkey kong tomorrow on the racquetball court.

Lightening strikes!

Please forgive my appearance, but this made my day today!! I happen to be in the same place as Lightening himself (aka. CJ Spiller!) and HAD to have my picture made with him!! He was such a good sport about it and giggled at my crazy lady self! I informed him that I would appreciate a shout out Saturday after his first touchdown and went as far as let him know where my seats are located so he could aim my shout out in my direction! Oh yes ladies I did!! It gets worse, as I told him that how every time I wear my jersey we lose! I.lose.my.mind.sometimes! I also informed him of how I chased his coach down the road one evening, on foot no less, so I could get a picture made with him. WHY?...I wasn't kidding when I say I've got spirit! When I got home I let Hubby know that this picture would be put in his future man-land as we can look back and giggle at my stalker self having her picture made with what I'm sure is going to be a great professional athlete! Go Tigers...and thanks for being such a great sport CJ!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

We've got spirit

Here are some pics from First Friday in Clemson the other week and yes, I'm behind...sue me!!


My little ladies taking it all in!
notice the young lady standing in front of my girls--A.She NEVER sat down during the parade and B. She positioned herself there after my cuties were already in position to wait for the parade to come. Can someone say "manners?"


Clemson cheerleaders...my girls aspire to be one some day!








One word

Ok, so I got this from another blog and thought I would give it a try. You must answer the question using only one word. If you haven't done it yet, give it a whirl and let me know what you come up with.

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
Muffins? top
One of your wish list items? boots
Time? lunch
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

Body in Motion!

Today, for the first time ever, I played racquetball with Hubby. If you were at my Y this morning, I apologize for the screaming coming from the racquetball court. I am not afraid to admit, it scared the shiot out of me!!! Of course why wouldn't it? Box like room, a darting rubber ball, my lack of grace= a very good chance someone (ie. me) is bound to get hurt!! Hubby enjoyed laughing at me. I personally think he was getting some sick pleasure out of watching me contort my body just dodging that stupid blue ball! God help him when I get better at it is all I'm sayin'.

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?

What is Love?

Love is driving all the way back home from Point A to spend a couple of hours and share dinner with your family before getting back in the car to head to Point B, adding several hours of driving to your trip. He's a keeper, that's for sure!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Revelation

No, it's not about the toxic friends. Still putting that post off.

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 the road again...

Hubby and his new "Lady" are on the road again this morning. He's been home a lot more lately which made today seem so more difficult for me. He won't be back until Friday either...ahh! And to sales managers out there, if you are going to force your staff to be at trade shows pony up the money for the guys to actually have a booth to occupy!! Really, is it beneficial to have them just lurking around? I think not!

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

Sea Fairies

Here's one of the images captured last month at Folly Beach that I mentioned below. You can check out our photographer at http://www.tiffineyphotography.com/. I love my sea fairies!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Thursday 13

Haven't done one of these in a while so I thought I would change things up.
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

food for thought

Just some food for thought that I saw somewhere else that I wanted to share. So many of us can take inspiration from such a simple concept.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

ahhhh!

There she is!!! I'm really lovin' it now!!!!

lovin' it

In the middle of watching 90210 and so far...lovin' it. One question though? Where is Brenda? And man, that was a little risky to feature a, um, oral sex scene within the first five minutes. Don't think I would appreciate that too much if my daughters were of viewing age!

Monday, September 1, 2008

oh yeah!

This is gonna be cheese-fest, but oh well here goes.... guess what is back on television tomorrow night?!! 90210!!! Can I get a hell to the yeah?! I hope it lives up to the hype, cause dang it I loved me some 90210 back in the day. I love the the thought of some more Brenda/Kelly drama!!!

storm watchin'

Holy smokes!! Everyone say a prayer for my beloved city. Looks like Hurricane Hannah could make landfall by Friday!!

Hope you all had a Happy Labor Day!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

what happened?

I'm still reeling from the football game last night! Did my Tigers really even play? Lightening made an appearance, but what about a little Thunder? ahhhh!! I'm sure all the negative fans will be coming out of the woodwork to say ,"Fire Tommy", but really is that the solution? Those kids got caught off guard last night and simply never recovered.

Friday, August 29, 2008

wow

Today I was stopped dead in my tracks when I realized that we, not Republicans or Democrats, but the people of this country are taking part in the making of history. I had cold chills and tears in my eyes as I watched McCain introduce his nominee for Vice President, Sarah Palin. And really folks, can I get a big "Hell Yeah!" for a former PTA president working her way through the ranks. I admit I am not an Obama supporter in any size, shape, form or fashion, however, I am thrilled at watching history being made...whichever way you decide to vote come November.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Can you spare some change?

Last week Hubby took Lovebug to the movies to kick off the new school year. Once the movie was over Lovebug needed to go to the ladies room so Hubby let her venture out and go on her own. First time for that, by the way. Well, Lovebug comes out and her hands were still wet. What follows is the conversation that took place:
Hubby: "Lovebug, why didn't you dry your hands off?"
Lovebug: "I didn't have a quarter for the napkins."

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

MMO

Today was another big day in the Old Faithful house. Baby Girl started MMO! Did my heart ache? Why, of course. What made it bearable? Coming over the hill and Baby Girl seeing her "school" from the backseat and saying, "There it is! School!". I could just squeeze her!!! The kicker for the week? Baby Girl FINALLY used the potty on Monday!! Now, if I can just get her to do it again we'll be in business.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

I'm home again

I'm back home from a fantastic weekend get-away trip to Dallas. Unfortunately, I hardly took any pictures. I'm pooped right now, but I will post more about my trip later.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I'm headed to the Big D...and I mean Dallas!

Woohoo!!
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!!

So It's Your...

Anniversary!!! Happy 9th Hubby!! Today, and everyday, I think of how lucky I am to have married my very best friend. I remember right before walking down the aisle and feeling so calm and sure and thinking of how I could never possibly love him anymore than I did in that moment in time. I.was.wrong. He's always my strong supporter. My shoulder to lean on. My silly sidekick. And watching him hold my babies...well, it simply takes my breath away. So Hubby, I love you more today than yesterday, but not nearly as much as tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pink Flamingo

Can I get an invite please? I miss reading your bloggie news!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

and there she goes...

...without any hesitation. We got up extra early to make sure we had everything we needed. Got ready without any complaints. Left and arrived before traffic was crazy. Mostly concerned with seeing her teachers from last year. And that's when I thought I was going to fall to pieces. As the two wonderful women who guided my hand ever so gently into the public school system embraced my beautiful, smart, sweet oldest child. They recognized right off the very thing that I've been watching take place over the past ten weeks...my little girl is turning into a little lady. Breathe and Blink I told myself. And I was able to get past the moment without shedding those tears (until I got home). Off to the new classroom. Eager and ready to learn. Excited about all the new friendships waiting to be made. Pose for some obligatory pictures that MUST be taken on the first day of school of every year...and then she was already in her own little world.

Monday, August 18, 2008

T Minus

T Minus 12 hours, 1 minute! Conflicting feelings! Let you know in the morning how I hold up.

Up and At 'Em

Trying to get back into the swing of the school schedule by giving it a practice run today. By 8:15 I have already showered, let monkey dog out, and made two work phone calls. I MUST ban myself from watching the Olympics at night so I can get myself to bed at a decent hour so I can function in the morning.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Hubby!....if you still even read this since I have been so slack at writing lately.

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

future fashionista

With all the hullabaloo getting ready for back-to-school and with my work projects picking up I completely forgot to mention the shopping trip Lovebug and I took last week! I knew for a while that I wanted to start a yearly tradition of an overnight trip for she and I to take before school starts back (and of course, Baby Girl will have these same opportunities when the time comes), but with the mentioned work projects and Hubby's travel schedule it ended up being planned more spur of the moment than normal for me. Lovebug knew nothing of the trip until about an hour before hand and even after we packed up the "Lady" she still didn't know for sure where we were headed--I love a surprise!!:) Lovebug knows her Mommy well and figured it all out quickly as we headed to do some fantastic shopping in Charlotte. I think J Crew's Crew Cuts is absolutely adorable...and obviously so does Lovebug. Within moments she somehow managed to snag herself a personal shopper putting together outfits for her as she tried on and modeled all the styles!! She was too dang cute. Later we enjoyed a fantastic dinner, just the two of us. We packed up some fabulous desserts and headed to our hotel to climb into pj's and watch some television while feasting! The next day the shop-a-thon was back on...to the point I actually got sick of shopping. I know, don't freak out! Lovebug can shop me under the table!! More than anything, I loved being able to just focus on one child at a time and letting her feel like the super special child that she is.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tooth Fairy

Where is the chapter in the parenting handbook that guides you step-by-step through the difficult task of retrieving a tooth from an oh so light sleepers room and perform the tasks of the fairy by bestowing a crisp dollar bill in said tooth's place? The task, along with the sprinkling of the obligatory pixie dust that the fairy leaves in this house much to the dismay to Hubby, wasn't completed until 4ish this morning! She woke up the first time we attempted the exchange and from there she was in red alert mode for any movement in her room! Needless to say, it was a lazy day in our household as we were worn out from our night duty, but the stories we will have to share with her when she is older is worth the sleepless night!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

random

I haven't posted much lately due to getting ready for back to school. How did the summer pass us by so quickly? Our "lazy" days are numbered now and I'm having those emotional mother stirrings starting. This year we start not only first grade in our house, but Baby Girl starts MMO. I know that they both will not only excel in their programs, but they will love it. Still the Mommy in me has the panic feeling that Lovebug is growing up way too fast. This summer alone I noticed a growth spurt that absolutely makes my heart ache and wonder exactly where all the days have gone. The days where it was the two of us as Hubby traveled for work and we were two peas in a pod venturing out together and figuring out the whole Mother/Daughter thing. Me struggling to provide for her something I never received from my own mother. Watching her learn something new everyday and, being the people pleaser that she is, always eager to share it with me. I wonder now how many years I have left of being her number one confidant and it brings me back to the aching heart. Then there's Baby Girl. How can words even sum up the first two years of a child's life? She has to be the most happy-go-lucky child I've ever layed eyes on. And tough as nails! She adores her big sister and wants to do and be wherever she is. She is so full of laughter and is always eager to share a hug with someone--even strangers (I know, I have to watch this child like a hawk!). To hear my two girls together laughing and playing is the most beautiful sound in the world to me. But still the aching heart.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Kid Rock

I should be ashamed to admit this, but I LOVE the new Kid Rock song!! I can't get enough of this summer tune!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Calmer now.

Now that I've been able to relax for the past couple days in my most favorite place in the whole wide world (Charleston, of course!) I am a much calmer Wife. The situation is what it is regarding to seating for football season. I will just have to make a decision next year when the time comes for us to make our donation.

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

Seat Equity?

... yeah, I'm calling BS on that one, because truth be told, that's not exactly how it worked out! I'm a little "upset" right now to say the least. Upped our contribution in hopes of the family getting to all be together and nope it didn't f*in happen. But, oh, what's that? Leather skin man and his family who always try to squeeze 6 people in 4 seats only gave $280 for their contribution and guess what? That's right, they with not a toddler to handle among them, will all get to enjoy those wonderful Football Saturdays, together, as a family. I'm a woman scorned!!!


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!!??!