Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Plethora of Information

I received this as an e-mail and had to post - its just to freakin' funny.
I especially like the southern/northern comparisons. For those of you that don't know I was born in Chicago, IL, and now have lived in Tx for more than 20 yrs. So I understand both comparisons, lol.

( On a quickie note - my Uncle is still in the hospital, but doing a bit better - thank you for all your kind words.)


What's the difference between a girlfriend and a wife?

**DISCLAIMER - I have NOTHING against people over the age of 50, people from the north or south, and I have no fantasies about killing my husband!***

and on that note - ya'll come back now ya hear;))

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My Memory Seems To Have Failed Me...

You Remember 40% of 2008

Okay, you were somewhat paying attention during 2008.

But you're not going to impress anyone with your knowledge of what went down.

You know the basics about what went down, but little else...

Let's just say you won't be writing the history book for 2008.

Monday, December 29, 2008

News and Some ME info...

I'm happy our routine is back in full swing. Chris is off to work, and although the kiddo doesn't go back to school for another week, she isn't here. She always stays with my mom when she has an extended school break, so I dropped her off yesterday and don't get her back until Saturday.

Many of you have commented that you like the new look of my blog. Thank you. I got the template from the Cutest blog on the block. To get there, simply click on the little link in the upper left hand corner of my blog. This site has over 300 free templates for whatever mood you may be in.

Some things I found out over the last few days - Little Coleman and his family desperately need your prayers. If you don't know who I'm talking about, please visit this site. The lastest I heard is that he was airlifted to the hospital on Christmas Day unable to swallow.

Also, on a much less dramatic scale, but none the less prayers are needed, my Uncle Red was hospitalized Friday. He was diagnosed a few days before that with a bad URI and a bladder infection. When my aunt got him to the hospital on Friday his sodium was very low and they said it was a good thing she brought him in. They are going to run some tests today so hopefully everything will be alright.

oKies, now for the 'ME' info - Michelle at Honest and Truly did this fun little meme and said she thought I was one who might complete it, and she was right. Also, her and I have been communicating via e-mail and I'm hoping to at least get to talk to her on the phone! She is in San Antonio at this very moment, and although that is like 5 hrs from me, she is at least in my state!!!
Here goes...

1. Do you like cheese? Yes. I love cheese. I haven't tried a large variety of cheeses, but to me ctons of food taste better with cheese:)
2. Have you ever smoked? Yes. I'm not proud of it, but I did in HS and maybe off and on for a few years afterwards. But I wasn't a heavy smoker - mainly smoked when I was out dancing.
.3. Do you own a gun? Absolutely not. Never, ever.
4. Do you like listening to Christmas music? Yes, but only for like a week or two before Christmas and maybe up till the new year. After that it gets very old , very quick.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, not if I'm going in for something routine.
6. What do you think of hot dogs? I like them - but not all the time. If I eat them , they either have to have ketchup on them OR smothered in chili/cheese.
7. Favorite Christmas song for all time? Oh wow, untraditional Christmas songs I like Leroy the Redneck Reindeer. Traditionally I like The First Noel, and Jingle Bell Rock.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? usually some sort of juice with my breakfast - low acid Orange Juice, V-8 juice , light Apple Juice , and if not those then water.
9. Can you do push ups? Nope, not even real ones when I was younger.
10. Who is your favorite "Grey's Anatomy" Character? No clue - don't watch it.
11. What's your favorite piece of jewelry? I don't wear alot of jewelry - I do like to switch out my earrings, but other than my engagement/wedding rings, and a bracelet Chris got me after Nicole was born, and my locket he got me on our wedding day I don't go gaga over it. But I did receive my Open Hearts silver Ring for Christmas from Chris and I will wear that flrever too.
12. Favorite hobby? Reading , crocheting and playing on the computer. If you read my blog regularly you already know that about me;)
13. Do you eat "exotic" foods? not really. Living in Texas I eat alot of Mexican Food, and I love Italian Food, and some slovak type foods, but have never tried real exotic foods.
14. Do you have A.D.D.? Not that I know of...
15. What one trait do you hate about yourself? I tend to put things off sometimes , and sometimes I speak before I think - that is not always a good thing. My father always told me to load brain before firing mouth.
16. Middle Name? Lee
17. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? I hope Chris has a good day at work; all the things I have to do tomorrow, and that I have the house to myself today, so should I slack off or move my butt and get some things done...
18. Name 3 things you bought yesterday? Lotion for dry skin; dinner; and soup for today
19. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink? Diet Sprite; Diet Cherry Limeaid from Sonic; and water
20. Current worry? nothing atm...
21. Current hate? can't think of anything atm for this one either...
23. How do you bring in the New Year? Usually at home with family and/or friends... and we watch the ball drop in Times Square on the TV
24. Where would you like to go? Australia; Ireland; Scotland. And I would love to go back to Hawaii.
25. Name 3 people who will complete this? possibly Nikki; Peach and Karen Deborah
26. Do you own flip flops? Nope - can't walk in them - I walk right out of them
27. What shirt are you wearing? not wearing a shirt atm, I'm still in my nightgown
28. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? never have done that
29. Can you whistle? Yup - can even go so far as to whistle the Andy Griffith tune. I also have a pet bird, so if I didn't know how to whistle, she would be very upset.
30. Favorite color? Dark Blue
32. What songs do you sing in the shower? I don't usually sing in the shower.
33. Favorite girl's name? Hannah and Makenna. Chris over - rode my decision for Nicole to be named either of those, but did let me give her the two middle names she has.
34. Favorite boy's name? Craig ( would have been Nicoles name if she had been a boy)
35. What's in your pocket right now? I don't have pockets in my nightgown - but usually if I have pockets my cell phone is in them.
36. Last thing that made you laugh? Lastnight when Chris and I were watching Singing In The Rain - parts of the movie made me laugh.
37. Best bed sheets as a child? wow, don't remember any sheets but the greeen ones I had - they were light green with little purple and hite flowers on them. They were so soft that I had them up until I was in my early 20s.
38. Worst injury you've ever had? hmmm, have to say when I busted my mouth. I fell on cement bleachers and caught the edge of the bleacher square on my teeth. Lost a permanent front tooth, all others were moved with braces and one of my side teeth were capped to look like a front tooth.
39. Do you love where you live? Yeah, its ok. Hubby doesn't though and wants to move all of us to Colorado some day.
40. How many TVs do you have in your house? four
41. Who is your loudest friend? my BFF Nikki, although I think I'm a bit louder than she is
42. How many dogs do you have? two
43. Does someone have a crush on you? hehe hope not because they wouldn't stand a chance since I'm hopelessly devoted to my DH
44. Do you get embarrassed easily? that depends on the situation
45. What is your favorite book? That is a toughy, since I love every book I read. I've recently succumbed to the Twilight insanity and received three more books for Christmas, that I've been wanting to read.
46. Favorite Candy? Hmm, thats a toughy, but I do like Resses Peanut Butter Cups, and Snickers. Its been a long time since I've had a Snickers though since I've tried to cut down on sugar intake.
47. Do you know all the words to the Fresh Prince theme song? Sadly, yes. I watch it on Nick - at -night
48. What song do you want played at your funeral? NOt sure, I have several favorite Hymns. I'd have to really think about that.
49. What were you doing 12 AM last night? sleeping
50. What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up? that I shortly had to get out of bed and wake Chris up to get ready for work.

Ok, I'm not doing anymore memes for a while. That one was a bit different and cute.

I hope everyone has a great day:)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Picture Catch Up

Okies, I promised I would share pics of the last week when my camera would cooperate and tonight it decided to do so. Here are the pics in NO particular order! This first one of course, is my RING!! my Open Hearts Ring from Chris... isn't it purty? the pink plaid background are my new jammie pants, lol.

This is Sadie - my MIL's 6 mo. old puppy. She is a toy rat terrier, and after a very long day of playing we finally got her to sit still for more than a milisecond so I could take this picture.
This is my child acting weird while trying to show off her new High School Musical jammies

I found this picture on my camera while downloading these tonight - I didn't take this - this looks like a self portrait, lol. Guess Nicole had a few minutes where she was bored.

This is Chris showing his mom how to work her new MP3 player, and telling her all the music he downloaded on it for her

I took this because it was a really sweet picture of Nicole and my moms dog Tipper.

Honey, please put down the camera.

You can see the dogs were so totally not interested when we were decorating the tree

Nicole and Carson in front of the newly decorated tree

Nicole being silly while we were baking cookies - I decided to glop some icing on her nose.

This is our tree - topper. This year, Nicole wanted to put the traditional one up and give Taz a year off, but he is usually up there.

Hope you enjoyed those and have a great weekend!

Friday, December 26, 2008

After The Fact

Wow, what a busy two days!

After a slight mixup on Christmas Eve, where I thought my mom was going to be with her sister and my cousins, and they thought she was coming out here, and I found out she was going to be alone( which I might add WAS NOT going to happen) I asked her out here. Her and her dog Tipper. He and my two schmutzes get along great. However we had another two additions to this festive time, that added to the craziness and fun.

My MIL Sue and her new puppy Sadie. Sadie is a 6 month old mini rat terrier. Her new Indian name is Little Pain In The Butt... her nickname is Hyperdrive. Unfortunately for ya'll my camera is not wanting to give up all the pictures I have taken this week, but never fear, my DH will fix it tonight or tomorrow and you will get to see Sadie ( if we can pin her down long enough to get a picture that isn't blurry), and other pictures.

Christmas Eve Chris had to work , but only half a day. Once he got home we all visited, watched movies and ate. We had a great time, and after we had what we considered dinner ( we had ordered 3 dzn tamales - then went to the store and bought anything that just even looked slightly good - so we had a smorgasbord of sorts) we opened family presents.

We all loved everything we got. Nicole made out like a little bandit and is very happy with her haul.

Alot of you hoped, wished and asked if I had received my Open Hearts Necklace.
Now I will mention here and now that when I posted the picture of the necklace , I could only find the one of the 1/4 carat diamond one. I didn't even know it came like that, I just wanted the pretty silver one I had seen advertised.

However, when I went to open my present from Chris, he handed me this huge box - not a tiny jewelry box. It occurred to me that with my hubbys twisted sense of humor, that there actually could be a tiny jewelry box in all those huge boxes.

I was not disappointed.

He had wrapped the outer one very pretty , all glitter and bows. And tape. Lots of tape.

He sat in the corner chair laughing. Everyone was looking and waiting. And laughing more when I came across yet another box. He had also stuffed a ton of newspaper in it. So I had to dig.
Finally I came across another wrapped box. I opened it and found a very pretty top, that goes great with my black slacks. Then I found another tiny box. Small enough for a jewelry box.

I opened it , and a bit teary eyed I found my other present. The Silver Open Hearts Ring.
Chris quickly explained that he had called and gone to several different Kay Jewelers and that they didn't have any more necklaces and the last one he went too only had the one ring left. He said he nearly got in a smackdown to get it too. Apparently the rings only come in one size and after purchase you get it sized - so till then I'm wearing it around my neck with my locket.

I couldn't have been happier. I also received three books, perfume, a new nightgown, and pink jammies. I also got a shirt and sweatshirt fromt the Grande Hotel on Mackinac Island. I have always wanted to go there, and this past fall my aunt and uncle did go there.

Anyway, a wonderful time was had by all. Chris had to go to work this morning, but isn't working this weekend. My MIL and little Sadie is still here, probably till tomorrow. Our dogs aren't sure of the puppy but they are tolerating her. We can also take great comfort that NO ONE will ever be able to get into my MIL's presence /house without her knowing it. So she has a great watch - dog. She's only 8 lbs - but there is alot of fierceness in those 8 lbs, lol.

I hope everyone had a wonderful time as well. I promise to flood my blog with pictures soon.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Heres to hoping whatever you celebrate this week will be safe , happy, fun, and memorable:)

Chris, Marcy and Nicole

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Avoiding those Sneaky Calories

You know how extra calories seem to just sneak onto your body during the holidays?
For a Christmas party you may slip into some sexy red dress and then three weeks later when you go to wear it for New Year's its a bit tighter?

Well, my friend Christina e-mailed me the PERFECT solution...

Just wave bye bye to all those calories and GOOD LUCK!!

Holiday Diet

The following diet is designed to help you cope with the stress, paranoia, depression and delusion that builds during the holidays...

1/2 grapefruit
1 slice whole wheat toast
8 oz. skim milk

4 oz. lean broiled chicken breast
1 cup steamed spinach
1 cup herb tea
1 Oreo cookie

Mid-Afternoon snack:
The rest of Oreos in the package
2 pints Rocky Road ice cream, nuts, cherries and whipped cream
1 jar hot fudge sauce

2 loaves garlic bread
4 cans or 1 large pitcher Coke
1 large sausage, mushroom and cheese pizza
3 Snickers bars

Late Evening News:
Entire frozen Sara Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from freezer)

-If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
-If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are cancelled out by the diet soda.
-When you eat with someone else, calories don't count if you do not eat more than they do.
-Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER count, such as hot chocolate, brandy, toast and Sara Lee Cheesecake.
-If you fatten up everyone else around you then you look thinner.
-Movie related foods do not have additional calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel. Examples: Milk Duds, buttered popcorn, Junior Mints, Red Hots, Tootsie Rolls.
-Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
-Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something.
-Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. Examples are: spinach and pistachio ice cream; mushrooms and mashed potatoes.
-Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other food color.
-Anything consumed while standing has no calories. This due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.
-Anything consumed from someone else's plate has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to his/her plate. (We ALL know how calories like to cling!)

STRESSED spelled backwards=DESSERTS

Monday, December 22, 2008

Rambling Catch-up

Well Good Monday Morning to all out in the blogosphere!
I have some shout-outs to do so here goes...

Please pop over to visit Broken Man and give him and the wife a BIG congrats on the recent birth of their first baby - 9 lb baby Grace.

Also, in the time of joyfulness, lest we not forget those who are suffering in one way or the other - my friend Allison lost her beloved Schnauzer Gracie to a horrible and rare doggy disease this past Friday. Please hop on over and give her some cyber hugs - I think she has finally stopped crying , at least for a little while. Anyone that has ever loved a dog , or any animal for that matter will understand what Allison is going thru.

Yesterday I was lurking in the blogosphere and came across two posts from Queenie Jeannie.
If you want a bit of a saucy read, then click here and here. Those two posts had be LOL big time.

In other Able news - we finally got our Christmas tree up yesterday. It was a little late in getting put up this year. It usually would have been put up last week, but oh well - things happen.
I think we have one more present to pick up , and then we will be done.

I was going to put pics up of some of our favorite ornaments, but my camera not wanting to transfer the pics atm, so those will have to wait.

Over the weekend, it seemed I inherited another child because Chris left the house with just him and Nicole on Saturday, then came home with Nicole AND her BFF Carson.
Carsons mom, Hot Chica, had thrown her back out so we offered to keep Carson for the weekend. It was good all around and the girls had a blast. We also had an extra pair of hands while putting the tree up.

Today Nicole and I going to clean the den and living room, finish putting up little decorations and start wrapping some presents. We will also be doing a bit of baking.

Hope everyone has a great day :)) If you are traveling for the holidays, please be safe!

Friday, December 19, 2008

My Lists

I know what this season is. I know what this season means. I know the true meaning of Christmas. We don't commercialize it in my family. We know its a time for friends, family and lots of good food. We know it is a time to celebrate our Lord.

But everyone likes presents. At least most people I know like presents.

We try to make it more for the kids than anything. My Nicole, and our cousins little kids.

Chris and I usually get each other one or two things and some tiny stocking stuffers. I am usually relatively easy in what I ask for - books, or movies. Chris usually gets me something really nice, like an outfit or sweater or something. I love it.

However this is the first year I have actually asked for something shiny. I usually don't ask for jewelry. 99% of the time I am wearing the gold heart shaped locket that Chris got me the day of our wedding. I also wear my silver heart bracelet he got me for Valentines after Nicole is born.

Sometimes I wear a watch and sometimes I wear earrings.

These last few months I have noticed something from Kay Jewelers that I would love.

The Open Hearts Necklace from Jane Seymour. I think it is absolutely beautiful. Jane Seymour is a wonderful actress, and she is one of the few celebrities that I admire.

Here is a picture of that beautiful necklace:

Of course I also asked for 3 or 4 books, and a movie or two. I wouldn't be me if I didn't.

Hope everyone has a great day. I'm looking forward to decorating this weekend, and starting to bake and such.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Countdown to Christmas

Like JoJo mentioned - a week or less to go. Ugh. I cannot believe Christmas day is one week to the day away. We have NO decorations up yet. I have been getting Christmas cards, but have yet to send any out yet. Now with all good intentions my envelopes are addressed, but the cards aren't actually written out yet. If you are a friend or relative and you usually receive a card from me, you probably still will, just maybe by next Tuesday, lol. Nothing like waiting till the last minute.

I haven't been feeling all that great this week, just a bad cold, no fever, but due to this have not done my normal baking. I will probably have time to do this in the next few days, hopefully. My neighbors usually enjoy the plate of baked goodies they get from me.

Nicole gets out of school today at 12:30p, so tomorrow we get to sleep in - YAY!
Today I will be cleaning the house in anticipation of pulling out all the decorations. I really do like Christmas so am hoping to make it look like it around here - and soon.

I did get a surprise in the mail yesterday. Feeling pretty crappy at the time ( coughing, sneezing and the like), I dragged my butt to the mailbox when I heard the dog alarm that there was an intruder on our property, and lo and hehold what did I get? a very pretty Christmas card from Peach! It made me smile so big and remember all the bloggy love I receive each and every day from my beloved puter.

Hopeing everyone survives the quickly approaching holidays , and has a wonderful time with family,( even those that are hard to get along with)

I will be posting more pics here soon from our family celebration.

Have a great, if not totally busy, day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

We've Been Elfed!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Drink anyone?

You Are Cider

Your holiday personality is cozy.

The holidays are your favorite time to stay home, stay warm, and spend time with those you love.

You don't need a lot to make you happy over the holidays.

Seeing an old relative or favorite holiday film is enough to make your day.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Ok, back when I did this post, I promised to TRY to find the three pictures of me in one of my bellydance costumes. Here are two of the three :

These were taken just after my first BIG performance. It was a Christmas Hafla ( dance party).
It was a total rush, and I loved every minute of it.
My costume was made by Chris' aunt , who made the three main costumes I wore during performances. This was the brightest one I had. You can't see all the little bitty bells that were sewn into it, but needless to say you could hear me walking toward you.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. I am NOT working this week so am hohping to get all the Christmas stuff out of the garage and into the house.

Have a great day!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My favorite N things

Queenie Jeannie had this on her blog and it looked like fun , so I thought I'd play along.
The game is an easy one! All you have to do is make a list of ten of your favorite things. But there is a little catch. Everything on the list has to start with a specific letter of the Alphabet. That letter is randomly assigned by the blogger who you are playing with!
She assigned me "N"!
Hmm, I have to think on this one for a bit...
Here goes:

1. Nicole ( relatively obvious...)
2. Noodles ( homemade!)
3. Niceties
4. Neverland ( yes, I like Peter Pan)
5. Nutterbutters ( not fat free but oh peanut buttery goodness)
6. Nickels (they add up, lol!)
7. Nuts ( peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachios)
8. Norrath ( the world in the online game we play - Everquest II)
9. Nightgowns ( I like pretty things to sleep in:)
10. Nikki ( My BFF)

Ok, whew, that was not easy!!!! If you want to play along, leave me a comment, and I will thing of a letter for you!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another Blog Award and a Meme

Coffee Bean awarded me this really cute award and I am very flattered. It comes with a small meme attached and I am more than happy to oblige. At the end of this I am supposed to tag 7 others, so I have to think who hasn't gotten this one yet:

Seven things I did before:
1. Sold Cookies
2. Was the night time hospital vampire ( read phlebotomist)
3. Sunday school teacher
4. BellyDancer
5. telemarketer( now I realize how annoying I used to be, lol)
6. Volleyball
7. went dancing every weekend

Seven things I do now:
1. Blog.
2. substitute teach
3. play computer games
4. have family game night
5. read
6. crochet
7. run a free family/friend taxi service

Seven things I would like to do:
1. Write a romance novel
2. dance again
3. stop using my frequent favorite word - Crap
4. be able to run again
5. Make a difference.
6. find more crative recipes for dinner
7. travel to France or Ireland

Seven things that attract me to my husband:
1. well the obvious, he's GORGEOUS
2. He is very giving
3. He makes me laugh.
4. He is very smart
5. He still gives me butterflies and makes my knees weak.
6. He is faithful
7. He's a wonderful father

Seven favorite foods:
1. Big salads with all kinds of stuff thrown in!
2. Pizza
3. Mac and cheese
4. Peanut butter cookies
5. Salmon patties
6. hot chocolate with hazelnut cream
7. A well cooked steak with a baked potato covered in cheese and butter ( I don' t get this one very often, lol)

Seven things I say most often:
1. I'll be off the computer in a couple minutes.
2. Oh Crap!
3. Stop Whining
4. I don't feel like cooking.
5. When will you be home?
6. Pick up your room!
7. Love you!

Seven people I am tagging:
Hmmm, I'm not sure who hasn't done this one, or this type of meme...

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It Was Bound To Happen Sooner or Later

My child is not perfect. In my eyes though shes pretty close.
However, in school, she is VERY GOOD. She is in the 4th grade and has never been called to the principals office or gotten a 'tally' since second grade.

Today she came to me after school with her head hung a bit and handed me a yellow slip of paper. She had gotten a tally for talking after being told not to.

I guess what they say about what goes around comes around is true because believe or not my mouth always got me into trouble in school too. On the rare occasions I actually got caught that is:)

I'm not sure what got her in such a goofy mood, and for those of you dealing with, or have ever dealt with a ten year old, you kow goofy pretty much explains ANY ten year old...
but mine just came up to me while I'm typing this and informed me if you burped and farted at the same time your lungs would collapse.

Have a great evening:)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Circus Act and how you found me

You Should Juggle

You've got the talent to go far in life, but you don't really like to take risks.

You rather practice your well honed skills than put your life in danger.

You are agile and coordinated. You can work magic with your hands.

You truly mesmerize people. You don't have to resort to cheap tricks and gimmicks.

Me a juggler? yeah right... I can barely hold a full gallon of milk...

Anyway, I'm surprised I now have over 6000 hits! WOW!!
After looking into what people google to get to my site, I've found a TON of people land here due to searching for the YUMS shoes, and since I have pics of mine and Nicoles, those particular posts are hit pretty hard.

However, there is the odd google search that lets me know there are still a few strange people out there doing weird google searches... Here are a few...

Crazy Headlines of 2008
Yeah, ok, so I think crazy headlines are funny, got a problem with that???

Watermelon Yums Shoes
See? told ya that brings them to my site, only mine are bubble gum and Nicoles are Candy Apple

Woohoo animals Claires
not exactly sure how they landed on my site with this search, but oh well, to each his own...

A Shot in the butt
um, ok... why would you google this? to try to see an actual shot in the butt? they landed on my site with this search, only because nicole was sick one time and got an antibiotic shot in the hiney...


On another note, my friend Peri is thinking about starting a blog. I'm trying to encourage her , she already has some ideas, and is trying to figure out a way to combine her love of cooking with her love of politics. I'd say that would be quite an interesting blog! And written from her little dogs point of view, hehe, please my blogosphere friends, give her some encouragement, I KNOW she reads my blog:)

Have a great day!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Good Morning:))

Ok, so I may not actually be as chipper as my greeting implied, BUT I do want to have some fun for the next few weeks here on my blog.

I am into the Christmas spirit , and have listened to SOME Christmas music.

What I have done today for a bit of a shake up is put together a new playlist of my favorite Christmas songs that are a bit off...

Now please don't email me yelling at me due to my song choices... I have nothing against cross-dressers ( as long as they don't try to wear MY stuff), reindeer, hippopotamuses, chipmunks or rednecks.

Just sit back and enjoy this barrage of slightly off Christmas tunes, and have a good laugh while your at it!

*P.S. I do LOVE traditional Christmas music , but atm, not in the mood for it:)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Friday Night Fun

Chris is finally over the flu and thank goodness mine and Nicoles flu shots are working and we didn't catch it!!!

Anyway, he called me yesterday while he was on his lunch break and asked if Nicole and I wanted to hop a DART train and ride into downtown Dallas, meet up with him, hop another train and ride into downtown Plano for some Christmas fun.

I was working yesterday so after I collected Nicole and William for the ride home I asked her and she said sure it sounded like fun.
Now note this please - I have only ridden our DART bus/train system ONCE, and that was with Chris. I had never looked at a train/bus schedule or anything.
Chris told me to drive to the station, buy two day tickets, and hop the train going North to the St.Paul station.
Ok sounds simple enough.
We got there, bought the tickets, and missed one train, but caught the next one. We snuggled in to two seats and tried to figure out how many stops we had before we had to call Chris. He told me once we got to Union station to let him know .

Well , never having ridden by myself, I was a bit nervous. Thank goodness there was a lady who was obviously train savvy and told me to look above my head and just make note of the stops we were at... yay. Nicole and I read every stop we came to and she counted how many more till we met up with her daddy. It was like a game to her. I felt like an idiot:) It really wasn't that difficult though and Chris met us at the right station, then we hopped the other train to get to Plano. It dropped us off like a block from all the festivities.

When we got off the platform we smelled the most incredible smells, from both restaurants and food vendors. We wound up eating faire type food though - french fries, corn dogs, fried catfish, nachos and lemonade. Healthy huh?

The main thing is we had fun. It was cold enough that we were all bundled up and such, but that didn't matter. There were tons of rosey cheeked kiddos running around.

We also saw some of the most incredible shops. We found a costume shop that had every imaginable costume possible. It was fun to look at all the masks and wigs.

We also added to our healthy dinner by hitting the chocolatier, where we each got one truffle to splurge on. I chose a peanut butter truffle and the chocolate had just a hint of mint - yummy.

Then we found this candle shop. I will have to look at the brochure and put a link up next post as they would make great gifts if you are into candles. The shop I believe was called Tuscan Lights. Just plain Awesome!!!!!

We also found a doll shop that Nicole just had to go into. She wound up getting a small stocking stuffer type Christmas gift , and when we went to pay for it, I found this jolly little lady at the register. I absolutely LOVEd her hat. If you can't tell from the picture it was a boingy Santa hat. Where the cone on top should have been was red sparkly springy wire. Never having seen such a hat I asked her if I could take her picture and she was happy to oblige:)

Since I couldn't take a picture of every tree out there that was decorated with lights, I just got one from afar, but I hope you can use our imagination and see and smell the wonderul things we experienced lastnight.

The train ride back home was long but fun, because we were all together. Needless to say we slept in this morning:)

In other news, we found out the other day that Chris' great-aunt Mildred passed away Thursday. She just didn't wake up from her afternoon nap. We knew she had Lymphoma, but all we kept hearing was that she was doing well, but she always sounded so tired. I'm glad she doesn't have to fight it anymore and is at peace and rest. We will miss her. This also means that my MIL will be coming up here again. So needless to say I'm dusting and picking up today.

Hope ya'll have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Big Disagreement

Ugh... can ANY of you parents out there give me some tips on how to get Nicole to KEEP her room clean after its been cleaned?

I mean, we are in the process of turning her room from little girl to tween-like.
I spent two whole days in there cleaning stuff out, throwing a ton of crap away and making a mountain of yet more stuff to give away. Most of this is clothes and toys she has outgrown.
I had a fair amount of it cleared away, you could see her shelves now, neatly done. All thats left to tackle is the floor of her closet and then her desk and at the foot of her bed on the floor.

Yet for the past couple of days I haven't had the chance to get in there. I walked in there yesterday morning and just about went ballistic.

It doesn't look like I did anything. Now I know I'm NOT a domestic goddess and NO ONE will ever claim me to be one. ( yes I know Hallie claimed the same thing this morning...)
But its kind of the old adage - Do as I say NOT as I do.
I guess I expected what was done to still be done when I went in there. So that means this weekend is given up to redoing what I did and then finsihing the rest. Her dad can then hang her new posters up.

But I'm just afraid after a few days it will again look like nothing was done to it.

Please, Please Please tell me how I can keep that from happening...

( we have already tried threatening her with throwing her things out, grounding her ( shes not really old enough for that to work much), make her do it ( 3 hours later it doesn't look like shes done much...)

I'm at my wits end... please help:)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

These are my dogs. They look peaceful don't they?
Sometimes I wish I was a dog so I could curl up wherever I please and be happy with it.
Cher, in the top photo, found a blanket in a chair that someone left there and promptly buried herself in it.
Copper , in the bottom photo is curled up in the dirty laundry pile I had on the floor of the laundry room after seperating clothes. Of course I had to re-seperate them after she pawed them into a pile SHE liked...
Hope everyone is having a great day. I plan on doing absolutley NOTHING more than necessary. This means I will feed myself, get my child off to school, feed the dogs,and hope the hubby stays home since he's still not feeling well, but other than that - NOTHING!!!!
You know how they say mondays are bad? Well, I had a pretty bad one yesterday. I won't go into details , but it was busy and I'm PMS'ing, which may explain alot.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Whew what a weekend, and it ain't over yet!!

So, did everyone have a great Thanksgiving? We sure did!

Right now it is Saturday evening and I'm home, trying to relax, blog and whatever.

Thursday was very nice and quiet. We went to my moms where we proceeded to stuff ourselves with all the yoummy goodness that we had made. After doing justice to the two desserts that were there and watching some more football, Chris headed back to Dallas and Nicole and I settled in for the evening with my mom.

Friday morning my mom wanted to take me to her exercise class. Turns out I was the youngest one there, it being the Silver Sneakers Club and all, but I did all the exercises and enjoyed it. Never saw my mom work it before but I did then and it was alot of fun.

After exercise class we proceeded to the restaurant La Madelaine, and blew what calories we had just worked off, my having a bacon, egg and cheese croissant and all. ( but it was soooo good). We then went back to her house to await the arrival of my BFF Nikki and her kiddos.

They finally got there around 2pm or so, and my mom agreed to watch all three kiddos while Nikki and I went out to lunch and then hit Walmart. My mom talked the kiddos into helping her make a pepperoni pizza, which they did, but they didn't leave Nik and I any!

Nikki and I went out to lunch , then headed to Walmart. I was determined to not spend more than $100. I checked out at the register at $99.63!!! How cool was that? I wound up getting my mom a big pink fluffy robe she had been eyeing for a bit and wanted so bad, so I just gave that to her when we got back to her house. Nikki and I also bought each others presents , by both pointing to a book we wanted and then buying it, and I got some of Nicoles presents done too!

All in all it was a great day, until...

Chris called me while we were at Walmart and saidnot to come home with Nikki and her kids.
"Because I started not feeling well and took my temperature and it was 102"

Yippee... so we all wound up staying at my moms. We were packed like a can of sardines but boy did we have fun. This morning Nikki and I got up and made breakfast for everyone , cleaned up my moms kitchen, proceeded to get all blankets, pillows and assorted other stuff packed away and they left aroumd 11. Since sick or not, Chris had to work today, my mom brought Nicole and I home around 2 or so.

Here are some pictures I hope you enoy ( remember I hadn't seen Nikki in 2 yrs!)

These are the kiddos all together, Sonya, Nathan and Nicole

My little 'Royally Awesome' kiddo, with a background of Nikki getting ready

Nikki and I! ( before hair, makeup and the assorted other gear to make us look beautimos0

Nicole and Sonya

Nicole and Sonya ( they got along great, once Sonya showed Nicole her Nintendo DS)
My mom relaxing during the showing of Wall-E lastnight; she was also playing solitaire

Nikki also during the movie. I was sitting on the couch next to her, snapping random pics, hahaha

Let me know how ya'lls turkey day went!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful Thursday part deux

(it's only part deux because I did a thankful Thursday post last week too!)

I'm thankful for so many things at this moment , and they are too numerous to list.

I am hoping everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. one day of stuffing your face full of turkey and all the goodies won't blow your diet, just don't eat for the next three days or so, hahaha.

Here is another doodle from Rick, thought it was cute and I didn't just want another picture of a turkey or a cornucopia!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Skating, fun and Lots of Giggling

Well yesterday I had Nicole and her two good friends Carson and Karleigh.

Karleigh got dropped off here early yesterday morning because her mom had a bunch of other stuff to do , which was fine - her and Nicole played till we had to go get Carson.

After we picked Carson up , I got turned around and it took us a half hour to get to the skating rink that was supposedly only 10 minutes away...

The girls wound up having a blast.

This is what we were supposed to have done for Nicole birthday party, so she got her presents from her friends too. She had mentioned to me that she wanted a personal doorbell for her room. I had never heard of this, but lo and behold Karleighs mom found on, lol. A pink one. That takes voice messages if the person isnt' in their room.

From Carson she got a "party for 8" , with make-up, a tiara, beauty pageant sash and tons of beads for making bracelets. Needless to say , after lastnight, I'm wondering how many beads I'll either be vacuuming up or stepping on in the next few days, hahaha.

Tomorrow we are going to my moms so today I have to make a pumpkin cheesecake and scalloped eggplant for my contributions. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, but I'm REALLY looking forward to Friday. My BFF NIKKI, is coming into town and my mom has graciously agreed to watch the kiddos and her and I are going out to lunch and browse/shopping. We always seem to wind up in a bookstore because that is just one of the many things we have in common is our love of books.

She and I have been friends for 20+ plus years, and I haven't seen her in two , so I'm way excited and will surely get pics of the kiddos together and then of us. /squeal I can't wait!!!!

Ya'll have good day and a safe holiday tommorow.

*P.S. Daddy, at this time of year I'm thankful you are no longer in pain and suffering but I miss you, and wish you were here. Love you:)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Picture Catch Up

Good Monday Morning to all! Hope everyone had a great weekend. Chris finally got aroudn to fixing my bluetooth connection so that I could get some pics off of my phone that I wanted to share with you for the last few weeks.

However before I do, a few of you were giving me grief when I was complaining of the cold here in Texas. I know up north it is alot colder and there is even snow, but I'm telling you for Texas , this time of year it was cold.

Maybe my cold tolerance has depleated since I mainly grew up down here. I do remember the winters up in Oak Lawn, going to school in my snow mobile suit. I also remember the rare occasions where our neighbors two humongous dogs would pull us on the sleds around the neighborhood. I remember my dad having to dig tunnels so my dog Snoopy could go outside. I know I have pics of me on my swingset , in my red suit, lol.

(I'll have to dig those out and post them here soon, seems like the perfect time of year to do so.)

Nicole wants to see real snow . She has seen real snow, but the fluffy stuff we get down here is not good for snowmen, or snowballs for that matter. The last time I remember it snowing alot, we did build a snowman , but by the time we finished him, we were borrowing snow from other yards and he was mostly brownish with leaves and dirt, lol.

Anyway, here are the pics I was wanting to share with you:

This one is specifically for Hallie at WWoW. Good ol' Mr S.M got his own brand of clothing now or what? I found these at the Target in Abilene...

This is a picture of a grayish storm covered Texas sky.. it rained a ton that day and made everything very dreary.

These next two photos are of the backyard of the house where we stayed when we were in Abilene to see Chris' grandfather before he passed on. The lake is Lake Fort Phantom, and what a site to wake up to every morning with the sun breaking over the lake shining right into the living room.

This is the house we stayed at. It is the house of a cousin on Chris' side. She was out of town on business that week so she let us stay there , for which we will be forever grateful.

Hope ya'll enjoyed the pictures. Have a great day!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

So Sweet

When I started this blog I never expected people to actually read it! However, I'm glad that they do, ( I'm over 5000 hits!) and I enjoy reading several other blogs and I like receiving comments.

The newest blog I added t my list is from Queenie Jeannie. Her posts are always so upbeat , sweet and/or funny. She has an adorable little girl, Isabella ( Bella for short), she is an Army wife, and she too has great household suggestions and tips, as well as a published cookbook.

If you haven't checked her out yet you really should!

She also awarded me this:( and I am honored!)

Saturday, November 22, 2008


sorry had to channel Minnie Pearl for a proper good morning.

I woke up all nice and toasty warm this morning after spending the entire day yesterday freezing my butt off. Nicole got out of school at 1230 yesterday and I was there the entire time helping out if various rooms with holiday parties and getting the library ready for the book faire and it was COLD in there...Once wegot hom, I put on the heaviest sweats I had and it got a little better.

Then Nicole and I had to go pick up Chris from the bustop. The only consolation for getting cold all over again is that he bought us Sonic for dinner. I finally warmed up when I went to bed and buried myself under two blankets, and had both dogs curled up next to me, lol.

After I'm fully awake and I throw some sweats on I'm going grocery shopping, then when I come home Nicole and I will be working in her room. We are trying to get some of the little girlish stuff out of there, and make it look a little tweeny. She got two Jonas Bros. posters for her birthday, so she wants those up too. Maybe I"ll post a pic of it when we get it done. ( IF she could EVER learn how to use a hanger... but thats a whole other story )...

We are out of school for the whole week now for Thanksgiving. Tuesday I'm taking Nicole, Karleigh and Carson ice-skating and out to lunch for her make-up biday party. They are looking forward to it, and it sounds kind of fun to me too, but I will NOT be ice skating.

We are going to my mothers for Thanksgiving Dinner, my MIL will not be able to come up here for the holiday though, since she was up here for Daddy Jimmy's funeral a few weeks ago. The drive is hard on her so she will be staying in San Antonio unfortunately. She will be up here for Christmas though.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! What are your plans for this Thanksgiving holiday?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday

I am going to count today as Thankful Thursday. I will probably do this again on the actual day of Thanksgiving, but I had a good day none the less.

I subbed today for 7th and 8th grade science. I only had one class of 8th graders, and the other 4 were 7th grade. MOST of the classes were ok, but I always have a few little offenders who drive me nuts. I have them in other classes when I sub and they don't always give me problems, so I can't figure out why they do in this one. Oh well.

Anyway, why am I thankful today? I work with some AWESOME people. ALL the teachers that I have had the pleasure of meeting , or who have helped me while I've subbed are just fantastic, and very sweet. Today the PTO ( our version of the PTA) gave the entire staff a Thanksgiving Day feast. ( The kids get out at 12:30pm tomorrow and are out till December 1st.)

We were given turkey, green bean casserole, stuffing , rolls, and a choice of either pumpkin pie or chocolate cake. It was sooo goood. So much better than the leftovers I had brought for lunch.

Tomorrow I will be there the entire morning till they get out because I'm helping the librarian set up for the book faire which will be the week they come back, and I'm also helping out Nicoles class with their pizza party. Since it will also be the last Friday of the month that they are in school, all kids with a November bday are allowed to bring treats. So when I am finished with this post I have to go frost two dozen fudge marble cupcakes. Yee-Haw...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Laura~Peach tagged me the other day and I told her I would do it yesterday,but I didn't blog. then I got obsessed with this chick hair lastnight ( see post below this one) and still didn't do it, so here goes.

I am tagged to tell 7 weird or unusual things about me, link to the person who tagged me, then tag 7 others and let them know...

Seven Weird Things About Me:

1) I can watch certain movies over and over BUT
2) will only read a book once
3)when I eat dinner, no matter what the side dish or vegetable is, I mix them together. Grosses my family out, but I do it anyway, especially if its a cheesy sidedish.
4) I hate celery. It makes me gag
5)I can write upside and backwards. My mom taught me to do this when I was a little girl, and in junior high and highschool I used to write notes backwards, so if the teacher accidentely picked it up , he/she would be momentarily stunned because they couldn't immediately read it, and what teacher has a mirror THAT handy?
6)I think I've mentioned this before but when I met Chris , my husband, I was dating his good friend. Glad I realized His friend had some mega problems, and was not the man for me.
7)When I was a little girl I took organ lessons. Not piano lessons like a normal child. While other little boys and girls were trying to play Fur Elise, I was pounding out the Beer Barrell Polka:)

Hmmm, as for the 7 I'm supposed to tag... most of them have done this one already, so if I accidentely tag you and you've done this one before , just let me know and disregard!

Queenie Jeannie
Sgt. Suds Wife
My Two Army Brats
Noble Pig
Manic Mommy

Have a great day!

Please let me touch it.....

( wonder how many strange and exciting people will bisit this bog due to that title...)

Lastnight we had a 'thing' to attend at Nicoles school. It was the 10th anniversary of the school, and they had invited three politicians ( I won't say who) to give an educational summit. This was being talked up like it was going to be a big deal. To me all I heard was boooorrrriiiinnnggggg....

The kindergartners and first graders showed us they knew the Pledge of Allegiance, waving their little flags, hand over heart. The second, third and fourth graders then sang America the Beautiful and the LifeSchool Song. All of the little preformances were really cute. Then they were all sent out and the Q and A session was about to begin.

Thats when she showed up...A man and woman hurried in and found the two seats right in front of Chris and I. I was trying desperately to concentrate on the speech of the superintendent, and the Public Relations lady, and the politicians. But the impeccably dressed lady in front of me did not permit me this pleasure.

She had a ponytail. A normal , sleeked back pony tail of her pretty brown hair. Supposedly not a hair out of place, or so she thought. And this little clump of hair distracted me the entire night. She had obviously pulled her hair back and one little clump got caught in the actual band and was sticking out. I know there are new styles where that happens, but this was not one of them. If you looked at her from the front, you could not see it.

All I wanted to do was reach out and pull that little clump free of its green prison and smooth the rest of her hair out. O.M.G. it drove me nuts. I faintly remember what the politicians were saying and I think Chris commented to me once or twice, but all I wanted to do was fix that chicks pony tail. obviously she did not take another mirror and check the back of her hair do.

I actually had to come close to sitting on my was that bad.

Has anything like that happened to any of you?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Shimmy Shimmy, Wiggle Wiggle

I've mentioned it before, but haven't extolled on this.

I used to be a Bellydancer. I loved it. I was good at it. I dropped pounds, I was looking pretty good, and felt wonderful. If you've ever wanted to Bellydance but thought you didn't have the body for it, let me dispel that myth. I felt the same way and was scared to start lessons. I was told by the teacher, as well as many of the higher up students that the type of men (usually middle-eastern) that typically watch belly dancers like a little flesh on the dancer. I was still skeptical.

The more I got into it, the more I loved it. Chris must have thought I was looking good too because it wasn't too long after I lost weight that I got pregnant with Nicole! Normally you can continue to bellydance even while pregnant but I only danced through like my fourth month due to problems I was beginning to experience.

Sidenote here... the troupe I was taking lessons from and wanted so desperately to be a part of were, and still are regular performers at our Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, ( Scarborough Faire). On Mothers Day Weekend, of May 1998 I got my wish and got to be one of the dancers at Scarborough Faire. Due to my blossoming figure I had to borrow one of my friends costumes who was a bit bustier than I , and a smidgen bigger in the waist. I loved it. That was one of the highlights of my life. That wasn't the only performance I had done though, and the last time I performed was 3 mos after Nicole was born.

As with many hobbies that one may start I had to quit for financial reasons. If I hadn't been diagnosed with the neuropathy I would have gotten back into it, but since bellydancers generally dance barefoot I can't do it anymore with the foot drop.

Lastnight on YouTube I came across a video just recently posted of the professional group of the troupe I was with performing here in Dallas. The troupe I was so proud to be a part of was
Isis and the Stardancers. The professional dancers of this troupe are called the Wings of Isis , and I found this video of them. Isis doesn't perform as much as she used to but while watching the video I was very happy to see her. She comes out aobut mid-video alone in a black costume with a red veil. She is the one with the flaming red hair. Every year when we go to the Renaissance festival I go see the show to see if there are any dancers there that I still know. Every year I find one or two and am so happy to see old friends.

Please shut my music off and enjoy this video:

I do have a few pictures from when I danced and I will try to find them and post them soon.

So if you have ever had the urge to bellydance, thinking it might be cool, go for it, I highly reccomend it. I will also say that if I can find a studio near us that I like, as we live too far from Isis anymore, I will gladly enroll Nicole. Bellydancing IS NOT stripping and it is a very beautiful thing. I will say that a few people in my family thought it was stupid and mocked me. Others saw me dance and were awed, not by me but by the whole idea of it and the show they watched.

So I say go ahead and shimmy a bit, you might be surprised;)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

You've Got To Be Kidding Me

Thursday after Nicole and I got home from school, as we were getting out of the car she pointed and said "Mom our neighbors are weird", and as we have alot of those in this neighborhood I had to look to see where she was pointing...

Lo and behold the house across the street and slightly caddy corner from us had a lighted wire Christmas tree in their yard. I truly didn't know what to say. When it got dark later that evening and we went to drive to the bus stop to get Chris, Nicole looked that way and said "You've got to be kidding". Not only did they now have their wire and lights Christmas tree in the yard, but Frosty, Rudolph and about a million Christmas lights.

It is two weeks till THANKSGIVING!!!! And as if that wasn't enough , after we picked Chris up we went grocery shopping at Walmart. We walked in and there was a nicely decorated Christmas tree. ( even when we were in Abilene on Halloween? we walked in and there was a Christmas tree at that walmart, with bats and ghost and goblins flying around the rest of the store... and Christmas candy on one side of the aisle and Halloween candy on the other...)

As we went through the store Thursday night I also heard Christmas music being piped into the store.

I wonder... are they trying to brain wash us? They build us up into a Christmas frenzy , wanting us to spend tons of money on Black Friday?

I can't help but think, that even though I love Christmas , I've now found th reason why I cna't stand Christmas music by Mid- December. I've been listening to it for over a month already!!!!

Friday, November 14, 2008


Michelle tagged me for a one word meme. You have to keep your answers to ONE word.... oh boy, since I have a big mouth this might me difficult...

The rules?
Answer the following questions in one word and then pass it on to seven others.

Where is your cell phone? Desk
Where is your significant other? work
Your hair color? blond
Your mother? sweet
Your father? Heaven
Your favorite thing? laughter
Your dream last night? Unknown
Your dream/goal? Happiness
The room you’re in? computer
Your hobby? reading
Your fear? heights
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy
Where were you last night? shopping
What you’re not? quiet
Where you grew up? Texas
Last thing you did? drove
What are you wearing? Clothes
Your TV? on
Your pet(s)? crazy
Your computer? home-built
Your mood? good
Missing someone? yes
Your car? buick
Something you’re not wearing? shoes
favorite store? wal-mart:)
Your summer? hot
Love someone? Yes
Your favorite color? blue
When is the last time you laughed? Today
Last time you cried? today

Okies, now I have to tag 7 people - but I will shuffle the rules a little bit here... not everyone likes doing memes, so if you want to do this Please do it, its fun and NOT as easy as it looks!

Will post later, have a great evening!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Oh My!!!!

Since this has been a very busy work week for me, and I haven't had alot of time to think of things to post, I thought I would dig through my e-mail files and leave a funny so here it is.. ENJOY!!



After their baby was born, the panicked father went to see the Obstetrician.

'Doctor,' the man said, 'I don't mind telling you, but I'm a little upset because my daughter has red hair. She can't possibly be mine!!'

'Nonsense,' the doctor said'. 'Even though you and your wife both have black hair, one of your ancestors may have contributed red hair to the gene pool.'

'It isn't possible,' the man insisted.' ?????? 'This can't be, our families on both sides had jet-black hair for generations.'

'Well,' said the doctor, 'let me ask you this. How often do you have sex???

' The man seemed a bit ashamed . 'I'v e been working very hard for the past year. We only made love once or twice every few months.'

'Well, there you have it!' The doctor said confidently. 'It's rust.'

Now please don't tell me I'm making fun of babies/people with red hair or any other color hair for that matter, I just thought the joke was cute so LAUGH!!!!

Whew aren't you glad tomorrow is Friday?!?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

all these computers and nothing to do....

I subbed today. Seventh grade and up computer class. I was there all day , from 8-330 and I couldn't log in to my precious blogs. Because then I would have totally forgotten about the kids. I would have been visiting with you, my fellow bloggers, and having a grand time;)

Anyway, I logged in as soon as I got home. I went to visit Michelle at My Semblance of Sanity ( to get to her site and laugh till you puke, just click on the widget on my sidebar).

However, today she is not laughing. She is praying and pleading. First, please read her post HERE, then read the one HERE and do what you can to help little Coleman. If all you can do is pray then please do that too!

If you are new to the blogosphere, and have no clue what the heck I'm talking about , please click on my Its 4 The Kids button on my sidebar. This site was also created by Michelle and is being used to help raise money so we can get rid of childhood cancer!


Well I've got to go start dinner, and do a few dishes and fold some laundry. Hope everyone had a fantastic day. I know it is Veteran's Day and I have not forgotten those who have fought and died for our country. I'm proud to know a few personally , as well as my family members who were in the military. All I can do is say Thank You:)
Nicoles school is having their Veterans Day Assembley on Friday. I wil be there and hopefully can get some video of it.

Hope everyone had a good day:) I will try to catch up on some more of my blog reading later tonight or tomorrow. Bye for now!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Good Morning Monday!

Yuppers it is Monday once again, and so far its a good Monday. Soooo much better than this time last week. Daddy Jimmy was buried Saturday with full military honors. The pastor had talked about his distinguished military career and when one of the guards presented the flag to Jean, he was actually crying.

Chris wants to thank everyone for all the kind words he has received through my blog and e-mail. He will be doing a guest post here soon which many of you said you are looking forward to.

I came across a new blog today. Right now Jeannie is having a cookbook giveaway and she gives you a chance for 11 entries! If you love cookbooks and want to eat healthy, even if you can't boil water, then this cookbook is for YOU! So click here and get your entries in! The contest runs 11/7-11/14.

Also, Jojo of Random Insanities found a way to help out the Children's Miracle Network by creating your own version of the Pringles Potato Chip can:) so have fun and of course go help the kids!

Nicole competed in her UIL Oral Reading competition but didn't place. We found out this was the first year for this particular event and NO ONE from her school placed, so now that they know what to expect they will do even better next year. I'm so proud of her for entering on her own though.

Friday I got to sub for 4th grade and had Nicoles class in the afternoon. I had asked her that morning what she was going to call me and she said mom. I told her to TRY to call me Ms Able and at one point she got flustered and called me Ms Mom! hahaha. I had to give them two tests, and they weren't all that happy. At one point Nicole came to ask me a question about the test and I helped her like I would any other child but I did not give the answer. She seemed a bit put back with that , that I didn't just give her the answer. Imagine that.

Well fall has definitely hit our part of Texas. We had storms during the night and around 5ish or so this afternoon we are supposed to get slammed with storms, hail, high winds and isolated tornadoes. Yippee. You know that word sends shivers down my spine. It's also chily enough to warrant sweat pants, so at least I'm comfy.

Starting to TRY to figure out what we will be doing for Thanksgiving, we might be getting to go out of town to my MILs so that will be fun.

Hope everyone has a fantastic day !

Friday, November 7, 2008


run, run, run... worked yesterday, working today... MIL coming in town this afternoon, house a wreck.. (YIKES)
3 baskets of laundry clean , but not folded....
no time, to be on computer, have to leave in 25 mins and not finished getting ready.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Beautiful Girl

Here is my beautiful 10 year old Nicole! Isn't she pretty? Today is her actual birthday and she is feeling better and off to school.
My mom called her this morning to sing Happy Birthday to her, which made her laugh.
She wants me to make her a meatloaf for dinner and I'm making her a confetti cake.
In addition to her new doll, she also got a new pair of shoes that she saw and wanted immediately, which she got with some birthday money.
Her great aunt and uncle got her a huge Jonas Brothers framed picture, and we got her the Hannah Montana 3-D concert DVD, which will be blaring probably as soon as she gets home from school, lol.
My MIL also got her a Hannah Montana activity book , which came with a fortune teller and trinket box , and tons upon tons of pages to answer with her friends. She also found a Hannah Montana card game, so I'm sure we will play that tonight too. Do you see a theme here?
She sure has grown into a sweet, lovable, and smart young lady that I'm so proud of. I'll get pictures of her and her new doll Katheryne , and her with her birthday cake and such and post them when my computer stops fighting me when I try to upload them.

( I also want to thank all of you for your kind words about Daddy Jimmy. Chris is doing ok considering everything and is trying to figure out a guest post that he said he would like to do.
All of your kind words were passed onto the other family members and they couldn't believe just how sweet and beautiful the comments were.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


James E. Able
May 8, 1921 - November 4, 2008

I've mentioned previously that Daddy Jimmy was an important part of our history.
He was part of the U.S Army, 508th Division, 82nd Airborne, 'Red Devils' Paratroopers.
He jumped onto the beach in Normandy on D-Day.
For years he lectured high school students when they were studying the war. If you heard him tell the stories, you were listening to a major part of history. He was awarded the Medal of Valor and a Purple Heart.
He was a wonderful man, and will be greatly missed.
He passed around sunrise, just the time when he would normally be getting onto the lake for a good morning of fishing.
Please keep our family in your prayers during this time of grief.


Good Grief...after a long drive home lastnight we got settled back into our familiar surroundings. We watched Dancing with the Stars, which we were happy to catch.
Nicole and I went to bed around 10pm or so. I dozed off watching TV - she did too.
Nicole woke up around 1130 and threw up all over the place.
Now my question is - her favorite doll ( NOT her new one though) caught a good portion of the explosion. We were able to clean up the plastic parts of her, but her body is fabric and still stinks to no end like sour vomit. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to clean this doll? Only the head, hands and feet are plastic, the legs, arms and entire torso are fabric.
Please someone tell me there is a way to clean this doll...that we don't have to throw away a doll that she has had since she was 2!!!

Also, I have to catch up on reading all the blogs that I normally do, but I did see a small update on the missing lady from So Grateful to be Mormon. They found her truck, with her stuff in it, but not her. Lena has an update here, with the newspaper article.
Your continued prayers would be appreciated.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Home Safe At Least

Well we are home from Abilene. Just giving ya'll a quick update.
Daddy Jimmy is still around with us:) however he is now comatose. There is still family trying like crazy to get to him within the next 48 hours and we are praying they will.
We saw him first thing Saturday afternoon and he didn't recognize us, but later that afternoon he did.
Sunday not so much. But everyone sat around his room , taking turns since it was small, and talked to him. This weekend was very hard on Nicole, not because she didn't get to go trick or treating, or because we had to cancel her birthday party on Saturday, but because she didn't want anything to happen to him around her birthday. I told her to talk to him, he would hear her , and she said she didn't want to with everyone around, so we gave her all the time she wanted in there with him and she had her say. She came up, visibly upset but smiling. Daddy Jimmy had uttered hello. At the time he was aware of her being in the room and for that I'm grateful.
Saturday , since we had had to cancel her birthday party, we took a break from sitting around the hospital and took her out to lunch and to the store to get a specific doll she was looking forward to getting with her friends at her party. So that made her day.
Thankfully we didn't have to shell out money we didn't have for a hotel room and we wound up staying at the house of a distant cousin who was out of town on business. My MIL had checked with her and we had her permission. So we just had to spend some money for food that I cooked for us all.

Well I'm going to go unpack a bit and get into my jammies.
And thank you to all who wished ME well with the shingles. I did not have a very good time of it due to them. and me forgetting my pain meds, but I got thru it ok.
Allison, I couldn't have Valtrex because I was on the down swing with them by the time I went to the doctor and he said they woudln't work.
Karen Deborah, I didn't go around ANY pregnant person that I knew of . Wasn't around much of anyone and those that I was around knew I had them and didn't seem worried.
I'm doing much , much better and will be doing even better after sleeping in my own bed.

more later , hope ya'll had a good weekend. Despite the somber mood of the weekend, I did get some pics I will share later:)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Doctor Say What?????


Please keep Daddy Jimmy in extra prayers. Uncle Charley just called us about two hours ago and said if we wanna see Daddy Jimmy we better come now, as he is not doing well at all. I got Nicole out of school , Chris left work early and we will be on our way to Abilene within the next hour or so.

Ok, I haven't mentioned it this past week on my blog because I didn't know what the heck it was.
I do now...

Seems about a week ago I thought something bit me. On my chest. Like right in the upper cleavage area of my chest. There were some hard raised bumps. They itched. They later hurt. They later spread. I was going crazy.

My loving hubby got me benadryl cream , and pills. I tried hydrocortisone, witch hazel and gold bond medicated powder ( NOT at the same time though...)..

Nothing helped. I was in a bit of agony. Now my chest was starting to hurt as well as under my arm where some of the rash had spread. I'd wake up in the morning and there would be new patches.

I bathed the dogs, changed my bed, went over EVERYTHING I had eaten, drank , or otherwise could have come in contact with that had been causing this.

By yesterday I was completely miserable. My mom came out to my house and took me to the doctor. I made her go in the room with me, since I was going to have to take my shirt and bra off and I just didn't want anything scraping against this rash.

The doctor came in. I dropped the drape. Showed him where it first started and the progressive path it had taken, and where the last breakout had occured.

He asked " Did you ever have Chicken Pox as a child?"

I replied " No, but I had them when I was 26..." ( a whole different story for another time)

My mom yelled out "SHINGLES!!!!"

doctor said " Yup"

Doctor say what? Old people get shingles... at least that is what I thought till yesterday. He said it isn't as common in people my age ( i'm 37) but it does happen.

Great. He also informed me that I am past the stage where any anti-viral meds would help me and all he could do was treat the pain. So he gave me some lidocaine patches that feel really good and cooling going on... and he also gave me some pain meds. Since I'm very sensitive to pain meds he gave me good stuff but not knock me on my butt good stuff. ( one tylenol PM knocks me out , just f.y.i).

So I'm not working today, but am driving the kids to school and picking up my paycheck and going to put it in the bank. Then coming home and crawling back into bed.

Happy Halloween! I will post pictures of Nicole dressed up like a gothic vampire, and maybe some of the cute kiddies that come around here.

Hope everyone stays safe.
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