Friday, September 29, 2006


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Just messing around with some stuff I found. I like the sparkly letters, but all the blinky thingies kind of get to me after a while.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Kids Can be Just so Darn Cute

I have to talk about my oldest daughter today. She just did some things recently that were just so cute! At least to me...

She has just rediscovered Elmo. She really loved watching Elmo when she was a year old and then just kind of fazed out on him. Now she is asking to watch her Elmo videos again and last night she went and picked out her Elmo doll to take to bed.

As she was walking to the stairs she passed the hall table where I have two bud vases full of roses from our garden. She put Elmo up to the flowers so he could smell them. "There Elmo, smells good", she said and then proceded to climb up the stairs to her room. It was one of the cutest things I've seen her do in a long time. I guess you would just have had to have seen it for yourself.

Tonight we took them both to Wally World to get new shoes. They have outgrown their sneakers and needed new ones. After shopping we went to Ci Ci's to eat and then to the pet store. Kenzie loves to look at all the animals. She likes all of them: fish, snakes, tarantulas, lizards, puppies, mice, rabbits, birds. She runs from one cage to another saying hello to each animal. Brad asked to see the Basset Hound that was there and got in the little booth with Kenzie to play with the puppy. She LOVED that dog. She kept saying "Hi, little guy! Hi little guy!" She was giggling and loving on the puppy. When we left she cried her little heart out because "Little Guy" wasn't coming home with us.

I know she misses the cats being in the house. She used to love on Helen and Randall. She would bury her face in them and lay on them. I know they miss being inside with her as well. Allergies just suck. Poor little Lyanna.

Oh something else Kenzie has started doing..she calls Brad. Daddy Brad or just Brad. It's pretty funny, but it's driving him crazy. Hee hee!

New addition to my blog: My Netflix list of the moment and Books I am currently reading. I tend to go back and read things I've read before *usually a long time ago* so some of them you may go "huh?" but that's okay. I have accepted that I'm kinda weird, specially when it comes to what I like to read.

I just finished reading the 4th book of the Theives World Series, a set of books I read when I was in Jr. High. I have to admit it's a lot different reading it now. I am now finishing a period romance by Anya Seton. I don't usually read romance novels but I really like Anya Seton. If you like medieval settings and drama I HIGHLY recommend the novel Green Darkness. I LOVE that story. I think I've read it four or five times. It is rather long and takes a while to get through. Very good love story and I never knew the author was a romance novelist until a few years ago. I thought she was just a period writer. I was suprised to say the least.

Anyway....I am currently reading The Sword and the Mistletoe, The Eye's of the Dragon, The DNA of Relationships, and The Bathtub's Overflowing, So Why Do I Feel Drained. I know, I can't just read one book at a time....I get bored.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sunday Night, I'm Gonna Beat my Husband's Ass, Football

I play my husband's team today in my money Fantasy League. It has gotten down to our two secondary running backs. I am winning by one point. It has been back and forth all night. It gets a little tense around here when we play each other. I think it's fun. Specially when I win. Nothing's finished yet...I'll let you know. * I really do think I'm gonna beat his ass though*

My mother-in-law and I went shopping on Friday. I had a babysitter for the day so we took a girl's day out. It was nice, I made myself buy a new outfit and I wore it today and got lots of nice compliments. I have to make myself buy things for myself sometimes. I just find it easier to buy things for everyone but myself.

We were discussing my post partem problems and how women seem to be more prone to having nervous/panic/post partem problems. She had a theory as to why that happens. What if that is one of nature's ways of making sure the mother stays close to the home and takes care of her children/family? It makes sense. Your body chemistry is just supposed to work that way. I think she's on to something there.

Because I haven't had any amazing thoughts lately, I am going to leave you with a poem today. This poem is dedicated to my friend Leahe. Many years ago in my past life *my first marriage* I went to visit her in Asheville. I had a lovely time and we went on an awesome hike in the mountains. This is the poem I wrote when I arrived back home. She just now bought her first computer and sent me an email today. I'm so proud of her joining the cyberspace world! So here is your poem Leahe, I love you!!

North Carolina Afternoon

Through the rhododendron
like a cave of green
Spots of light are dancing, fleeting,
Sparkling in the rocks from marcasite
Sky and lush covered mountains
kissed by clouds
Warm breezes
Smell of damp, rich , earth,
green and clean and fresh.
Buzzing of the bees
around blue and white stars
Peeking out the underbrush
Moss covered bark
and a huge patch of blueberries
I could stay here forever.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Monday Night Ain't Nobody Scoring Football

I'm sitting here watching Monday Night Football. This game is going NOWHERE! I can't believe it's 3-0. One good thing: I am kicking much ass in both my fantasy leagues. I am currently the high scorer this week in my "serious" league and second high score in my "funzie" league. I love when I win twice. I also got my new jersey today. Every year my husband and I have played we get the jersey of one of our players. I have L.T., Culpepper, *didn't get one last year for some reason*, and Chris Cooley this year. Chris is not my main man on my team but he's the first Redskin I have had on one of my teams and I have always been a Redskin fan. I got that from my dad. Anyway, I did the happy dance when we came home from eating out and the UPS box was leaning up against the door with my new husband loves me. He thinks it's awesome that his wife loves football as much as he does.

We are doing better with the whole allergy thing. The cats are still outside and they hate it, but they are getting used to sleeping in the garage. We went and got a second opinion on the whole asthma thing. The second doc agreed with the first BUT she is open to more options in treatment and I like that. Instead of getting a nebulizer and a small fortune in drugs, we are trying Singulair..or however it's spelled. Zyrtec at night and we now carry the epipen with us wherever we go. It is scary to think that something your child might eat could potentially be fatal, but there are things that could be worse.

We had an really great weekend. Sunday there was a huge airshow at the airport where we have our plane. We went out to the hanger and set up the baby gate for the girls and pulled the plane out of the hanger for the show. Had some of our friends to come out and cooked out on the grill and hung out and watched the crazy pilots do their flips and turns and loop de loops. I don't know how they do it. I thought I might puke just watching them. It was a beautiful day, but kind of hot. The girls had a great time just playing. I think we are going to make it a yearly event.

Not much else going on around here...I might just have to write a story or something....

Oh and I signed up for Netflix tonight....

Here are two new pics of the girls:

Monday, September 11, 2006

For my Brothers

I am going to get to my brothers...hang with me.

Today is a day that will always be a day of remembrance for me. A day to look back on the past and take a moment to honor those who gave their lives. It doesn't matter if they were passengers on a plane, civilians in a building, or the brave men and women who were Emergency Responders. They all deserve to be remembered. I also want to honor the men and women of our armed forces who are willing to lay their lives on the line to support our rights to live in a free country, hopefully one day without fear of being attacked for those beliefs.

Where was I on September 11, 2001? I was in Arkansas. I was at home instead of at school because I was sick. One of my friends called me and told me to turn on the television.

I wasn't anywhere close to what was happening, I didn't know anyone who was in the towers or the Pentagon. I was "safe" in my own home. It didn't matter, I was shocked, scared, and left with a feeling of disconnection.

Five years later I still feel shocked that anything like the attacks that day could have happened. I still feel scared that something like that could happen again.

I am so lucky to come from a family that believes in service. My brothers and I were always taught to help others when you can. We all took that to heart in deciding our professions.

I became a teacher, not very glamourous or dangerous...although there are times when it seemed dangerous.

I'm proud to say that one of my brothers is a firefighter and my other brother is an Officer in the Army National Guard.

I am so proud of both of them. The youngest has served in Iraq, and helped in the Katrina Relief Effort immediately after the storm.

The oldest brother has fought many fires in our hometown, some of the fierce and dangerous.

They are my heroes. They are brave, strong, loving, caring men.

I love you guys!!! I couldn't have asked God to give me two greater brothers.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Thursday, September 07, 2006

The Good with the Bad

The past two days have been a mix of highs and lows. My parents were here on Tuesday from Arkansas. They had been up in New Jersey visiting my step-granpa. They were only here for the one day before they had to leave. Wednesday morning was tough on me. It affects me very deeply whenever they leave. I am extremely sad because I miss them so much and I know that the girls and my parents are missing out on so much by not being around each other more.

So...I was deep in the blues Wednesday morning. On top of the blues I am fighting a nasty UTI. The medicine I take for it is pretty strong and I feel naseous and icky because of the whole thing.

Brad called me that morning after my parents left and had an idea...why don't we take the plane and go to Colombus for dinner for Indian food. I hadn't been up in the new plane yet so I was apprehensive about it, but I knew I had to do it sometime so I said "okay". His Dad and step-mom agreed to keep the girls overnight so we could go.

Took the girls over to their house around four, got up and off the ground around 4:30. It was a beautiful day for flying. I had a pretty good time. The ride was smooth and the area is so beautiful. It was a short flight, only about 40 minutes.

We took a cab to the Indian Oven. Dinner was sooooo good, and we even ordered some food to go. Got back to the plane around 7:00 and we were back at home by 9:00. Very romantic evening. My blue day was made rosy. I had a wonderful time and I'm ready to fly again!

Today ended up being a crappy day. Unfortunately it is also Brad's birthday..I'm going to pretend his birthday was yesterday...we did a much better job of celebrating things yesterday.

Today I took Lyanna to the allergist. She is allergic to cats, eggs, and peanuts. AND..the doc wants us to treat her for asthma. We are at a loss and are feeling very overwhelmed by it all.

From what the doc said and from what we have been able to read in a short time, we have to get rid of one of our cats and the other two will become strictly outside critters. My oldest cat Helen would never be happy living outside so she is going to have to find a new home. It's heartbreaking for me and Brad. I have had Helen for over 13 years. I love her so much..but I love my daughter even more. I want them both to live happy healthy lives, even if Helen's isn't much longer.

We are going to have to do some things with the house as well...some of the carpeting is going to have to go, and I don't even want to think what the next trip to the grocery store is going to be like. The doc said NO EXPOSURE whatsoever to those three things...

Things are going to get interesting around here....

Friday, September 01, 2006

So Fitting....

I snagged this quiz off Dinergirls blog. How appropriate for me. I LOVE IT!!

'What will your obituary say?' at