Saturday, June 6, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Chandler just walked into the room wearing an old Halloween costume...
C: "Mom? Does this dress make me look skinny?"
J: "Yep. It sure does Chan."
C: "Yeah. I thought so. That's why you shouldn't give it to me"
J: "What? Why?"
C: "Because it makes me look skinny."
J: "Oh. Well what's wrong with that?"
C: "MOM!" (said like I had just totally offended her!)
J: "What? What's wrong with it? Do you think I'm skinny?"
C: "Uh... No."
J: "Well what am I then?" (cringing and waiting for her response...)
C: "You are... nice... and smooth."
Then she ran off to change into another costume.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
so back in april i got my nose pierced...
well this weekend...
yes. it's large. i know.
While we were there we decided to get tattoos... it was totally a spur of the moment thing. I have been talking about possibly getting one for a while and I already had a few ideas of what I wanted. I showed Jay (my tattoo artist) a picture of what I had found online and he said, "can I draw you something better?"
so, he did...
on my back...
with a marker...
thinking, "wow... maybe it's not as easy as i thought it would be!"
AND i told Jay it was worse than child birth. lol
ok, looking back on it... just based on the pain factor... it rivals child birth because you can't get an epidural for a tattoo! :)
I LOVE IT!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
These words are currently coming out of Riley's mouth as she sits in front on Annie on the floor at my feet...
"Mommy. Annie Cute!"
"Mommy. Annie have eyes!"
"Mommy. Annie tail."
"Mommy see? Annie Tail"
"Mommy. Annie ears."
"Awwww... mommy! Annie toes." (that one cracked me up!)
"Annie? See toys?"
"Annie? Go poop?"
"Wywee sneaky puppy"
"I sneaky puppy"
"Annie. Hey!" (while squeezing Annie's face)
"Ouch Annie" (after Annie clawed at Riley to get away... lol)
Did I mention she was screaming periodically? Good Grief!!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Times are hard. The economy is "dodgy". People are "fortunate" if they have a job right now... not a job they love... just a job.
So, I have an offer for you...
I STINK at puppy training! I'm seriously toying with the idea of hiring someone to train my puppy NOT to poop or pee in my house!
Anyone need a job? :)
**Oh! If you can potty train Riley in the process I would be eternally grateful!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Here is the newest member of our family...
We decided to go to a park at the University last night for a picnic dinner.
Annie went along for the ride...
She claimed a spot on the bathroom floor and passed out!
Riley's favorite new thing is to come into the room and say, "where annie?"
or "there annie! she sweeping" (sleeping... no, i haven't trained her to sweep the kitchen... YET!)
or "NO NO Annie! NO NO!"
or "Mama! Annie!"
Basically anything to do with Annie...
Chandler is doing well with Annie.
She has taken her out to go potty a few times.
When she took her out this morning, Annie pooped. Here's our conversation...
C: "Mom. I need a napkin."
J: "Why Chan?"
C: "Annie pooped in the grass."
J: "That's ok. We are trying to teach her to go potty outside."
C: "But someone might step in it. I need to pick it up."
J: "Ummm... ok Chan. If you really want to."
C: "I do."
Uh... what? She WANTED to pick up dog poop!
She isn't my kid!! :)
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY ANNIE!
Friday, April 24, 2009
no, we're not moving to china or studying chinese! lol
that's riley's newest "catch phrase"... "ho chee!"
any idea what it means?
"HOLD ME!" or maybe "HOLD YOU!" since lots of kids say that when they want to be picked up!
it makes me laugh every time she says it! and she says it A LOT!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wow! This kid cracks me up!
Here are a few pictures of Riley from the past few months...
Ok, you KNOW I've been in a bloggy-funk when I haven't posted ANYTHING Twilight related since January!!!
In case you aren't in on the Twilight craze... the movie based on the 2nd book in the series, New Moon, is currently being shot.
Because Jennifer loves me she sent me this link about New Moon the movie!
Here are a few other sites for you to check out if you are interested in the upcoming movie... due to release in the U.S. November 20th of this year (Happy birthday Aunt Karen... guess what I'm giving you for your birthday? Can anyone say "movie tickets"?? lol)
Stephenie Meyer: New Moon Movie
IMDB.com New Moon Movie
In other Twilight news...
The "go ahead" for the 3rd book has been given and here's part of an article about the director for "Eclipse":
DAVID SLADE TO DIRECT SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT'S THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Los Angeles, CA April 22, 2009 — Summit Entertainment announced today that David Slade has been hired to direct THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third film in the studio's TWILIGHT film franchise based on the Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series, will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The announcement was made by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production.
Now, I for one, am a little confused about why they are choosing to go with yet another director when "New Moon" hasn't even finished shooting yet... but no one asked me my opinion when they were making this decision so I guess I'll just have to trust their judgement (whoever "they" are!).
Saturday, April 18, 2009
This morning over breakfast, I was telling Brandon about my post last night (Chick Chatter).
Chandler chimed in with this little nugget of truth:
C: "Hey Mom. In a little while, when Riley is bigger (translation: in a few years), and I say 'Hey Riley. I'm going to the zoo!', she will say, 'HEY! NO FAIR!!', because she will want to go to and she can't!" (followed with a smug grin)
That's my girl! :)
Friday, April 17, 2009
Conversation between Chandler and Riley on the way to school this morning:
C: "Hey Riley! Guess what!"
R: "Wha Channer?"
C: "I'm going to the zoo today."
R: "Oooo. Cool."
C: "Yeah. It will be so much fun."
R: "Ok Channer."
C: "A LOT of fun."
R: "Ok Channer."
Obviously Riley was either
A) unimpressed with Chandler's field trip to the zoo.
B) didn't understand that Chandler was going to the zoo.
C) Wanted to see if she could irritate "Channer".
:) I'm kinda putting my money on a combo of B and C!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
MY SISTER IS PREGNANT!!!
Yes, I will be an aunt again... and according to my sister, I'll be a "real-life blood related aunt". Are their additional perks to be a blood related aunt as opposed to a marriage related aunt? I don't know. :)
So, sometime in December (she goes to her 1st doctors appointment next week) I'll have a new niece or nephew.
Chandler is rooting for a boy.
Joel (Erin's husband) is rooting for a boy.
I would kind of like a girl... I "know" girls.
But, a boy would kind of break up the "girlness" of family get togethers.
Plus, thanks to my cutie nephew, Colten, I'm learning about what boys like. :)
AND... Watching Jeremiah these past few months has been good practice!
And in other news... Chandler announced at dinner last night that she and Trevor said the Pledge of Allegance for the whole school!
I didn't know she even KNEW the pledge!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Ok, Kristy made me feel guilty for such a long blogging break. But honestly people... I had NOTHING to blog about... well, nothing I could really share publicly! lol
But... now I do!
The weekend BEFORE Easter, we took a trip to Nashville (Me, Brandon, Brian and Trish) to see the comedian, Brian Regan. If you haven't heard of him, I suggest you look him up on YouTube... funny funny stuff. :)
While in Nashville, Brian spotted this sign... Trish and I HAD to have our picture made with it!
Here's an update on my 30 Things to Do Before I'm 30:
#4: Visit Elementary School friends in Decatur, Ga. POSSIBLE TRIP IN THE WORKS!
#5: Stop biting my nails... AGAIN. CHECK!
#7: Run a 5k on March 28.
Sadly, this did not happen. Between the extremely cold weather, my crazy illnesses, and Brandon's work schedule, we just didn't get to train for it the way we needed to.
Our church had an Easter musical last weekend. I auditioned for an acting part. :)
I was Mary Magdalene. Yes, former "lady of the night". lol
#25: Wear a Cute Hat. CHECK!
I've worn this hat several times lately... everyone seems to like it.
Except my Aunt Karen. She says it reminds her of Barney Fife when he gets frustrated and pulls his hat down real hard! lol
#27: Remodel our bathroom. ABOUT TO BE IN PROGRESS! YAY!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
sometimes it brings up painful memories.
in high school i kept a few different journals.
i burned some of them... lol. for therapeutic reasons!
i still have a few of them.
occasionally, i'll go back and flip through them.
some entries in those journals always stick out to me, but sometimes "new" things stick out. i'm sure that has to do with where i am in life at the particular moment i'm reading them.
today i saw one of them sitting near my scrapbook table so i flipped it open to the first page and this is what i had written...
"when you REALLY love someone, you don't need space. when you REALLY love someone, the space and the distance hurts."
just after that, there was a note to flip to a particular entry dated a little while later. that entry had a highlighted section. it said...
"what does it mean with the space STOPS hurting?"
now, i know what that entry meant at the time that i wrote it (and who it was written about)... no, i'm going to tell you... :)
i also know what it means to me now... no i'm not telling you that either! lol
i did laugh when i read those two entries because it reminded me of how superficial "love" was at that time in my life.
it made me sad because i remember how much unnecessary hurt i exposed myself to... over and over and over again.
it made me glad that i'm not in high school again!
it made me worry that my girls may (and probably will) face that same kind of hurt.
it made me realize that those entries have helped make me who i am today.
Monday, March 30, 2009
i'm not really back to blogging just yet, but i had to share the conversation i just heard in the car:
Chandler needed a new school folder so she gave Riley her old school folder. While we were in teh carpool line, Riley thought it was funny to drop it and laugh then call for me to pick it up.
C: "Riley. Stop dropping that folder."
R: giggling "Mommy. Up"
C: "Riley. Stop it. I really mean it."
R: giggling "Mommy. Up"
C: "Riley. Look at my eyebrows! They are not happy!"
R: hysterical laughter!!!
I admit I started cracking up too!
J: "Chan? What did you just say?
C: "I said, 'look at my eyebrows. they are not happy!'"
J: "That's what I thought you said. You are a funny kid."
C: "I know!"
Monday, March 23, 2009
I know. I've been a horrible blogger.
You know when you just get into that "funk". The kind where you think to yourself, "I DON'T WANT TO TALK TO ANYONE TODAY! JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!!"
That's me... lately anyway. I'm sure I'll see the light at the end of the tunnel and then I'll be back to "normal"... or whatever that is for me! :)
I really do miss my bloggy friends. I've really tried hard to keep up with all of you... forgive me for not commenting on your posts... I'm horrible... I fully recognize that!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
It may be a few more days before I get back into the blogging routine...
I spent 2 days this week in bed with what I was guessing was a sinus infection. I took Nyquil and drank lots of water...
Last night about 10pm my right ear clogged up... it did the same thing last Friday right before I had to sing, but about 2 hours later it was fine...
Last night... NOT SO FINE.
At about 11pm, I was in so much pain I was crying! It felt like someone was stabbing a knife in my ear!
I couldn't lay down in bed... that made it worse.
I took my pillow and blanket to the sofa and propped myself up... no relief.
At 4am, I woke Brandon because I couldn't take the pain anymore. I was sobbing... I hate getting that worked up over anything! It was the UGLY CRY!
At 4:30am, I drove myself to the Emergency Room (I didn't want to get the girls out of bed!).
The prognosis was this...
*Sinus Infection (I KNEW IT!)
*Ear Infection (I was pretty sure of that)
*Eardrum Perforation (HAD NO CLUE!)
*Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (I don't even know what that is!!!)
So basically, I came home in just as much pain as when I left, but was given a prescription for Hydrocodone... my best friend from my surgery back in September! I had some left over so I popped one in and fell asleep about 6:30am.
Brandon took Chandler to school and picked up Jeremiah. He worked from home today and let me sleep till almost 10, when Jeremiah decided to wake up.
So as long as I stay on the hydrocodone or extra strength tylenol, I'm feeling ok... beside the fact that my ear is still clogged up!
I've got amoxicillin for the sinus infection and ear drops for the ear infection.
When I can sit up right and type without grabbing my face or ear in pain... I'll get back to blogging!
Hope everyone else is having a better week than I am!
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Wow! I haven't blogged in over 2 weeks!
Life has just been CRAZY! Evan was here for 2 weeks and we've been trying to get back into our "regular" routine... if there is such a thing!
I just haven't felt like blogging...
and sadly, my Project 365 went down the tubes when my camera decided to stop working properly. It was just too hard to keep up with it using my camera on my phone. :(
But here's a picture I took a few minutes ago...
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I'm pretty sure that's a record.
It's normally an 8 hour drive from my home in Tennessee to my parents' home in Florida, but that's with Brandon driving... :)
Apparently I drive a tad bit quicker.
I have a picture to post, but I can't get to it from here... *sigh* I'm beginning to see a trend as of late.
So, almost 8 hours on the road after an already full morning... I'm exhausted and GOING TO BED!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I was going to say only in Tennessee, but this could probably be found in Wal-mart stores all across the south...
Yes, that says, "bottle opener under the brim".
Yes, there was a bottle opener under the brim.
Yes, there was only 1 hat like this left in the store.
Yes, I'm sure there are women in Tennessee walking around wearing this hat AND actually using that bottle opener... probably at family reunions and tailgate parties.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Issues with my camera.
Issues with my phone.
Issues with Blogger.
Issues, issues, issues.
Monday, February 16, 2009
This was my view on the way to Lynchburg, TN today...
Those are my feet propped up on the arm rest between Brandon and Evan. :)
My Monday Mumblings for today...
1. Lynchburg, TN is further from Cleveland than it seems on the map.
2. My kids do not travel as well as they used to! *Maybe it's because we have traveled so much the last few days*
3. Evan is very tolerant of my children... for that I am thankful.
4. Chandler has really taken a liking to Evan... for that, I feel sorry for him!
5. The Jack Daniel's Distillery is smelly... not really bad... not really good... just smelly.
6. The Jack Daniel's Distillery tour is educational... when you aren't chasing children and you can pay attention to the guide.
7. Our guide... slightly obnoxious. *sigh*
8. However, Evan got the opportunity to hear a "real tennessee accent".
9. I'm looking forward to only having to be in the car long enough to take Chandler to and from school tomorrow!
10. I'm exhausted!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This afternoon we headed to downtown Atlanta to wander around and show Evan some of the sights...
Here we are at the Centennial Olympic Park in downtown
After the zoo we loaded up and drove back to Tennessee... after a little Mario Kart, the girls crashed for the night and we lounged around watching a movie.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I have video footage, but again, my phone and computer are not cooperating! ARG!
When I do get the footage uploaded, you'll get to see my injuries and just one of the hits that I took.
After we got cleaned up from paintball, we had dinner at IHOP. Dinner was yummy and just what we needed after running around like crazy people in the woods.
After dinner, Cousin Brett and I headed off to the airport to pick up EVAN!
You'll get to meet him in tomorrow's post. :)
He was a bit tired after being awake for 30 hours so I decided not to ask him to pose for pictures tonight.
Friday, February 13, 2009
I'm sitting in Atlanta in Cousin Brett's room to send out this quick blog post...
and my picture isn't cooperating with me... again... ugh!
So, I took one, but I can't post it.
It was a photo of the roses that Brandon surprised me with when he came home from work today. Since we'll be in Atlanta visiting with family this weekend and won't go out on our own Valentine's date, he got me roses a day early.
We will be celebrating Valentine's Day with Cousin Brett, Aunt Karen, and Uncle Mike tomorrow at IHOP!
After dinner, Brett and I will drive to the airport to pick up Evan! YAY!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I was at Wal-mart tonight after my girls were in bed...
It looked like Valentine's Day threw up all over Wal-mart!
This was only 1 side of 1 display of about 30 spread out around the store!
I'm so glad my kids weren't with me... It would have been nothing but desperate pleas for gigantic Valentine's Day balloons!
Saturday night, I'll pick up Evan at the airport!! I'm so excited!
While I can appreciate the values and education that you and your cousin, Dora, are attempting to pass along to preschoolers, I do have a small complaint.
You see, my daughter, Riley, is 23 months old and as of late has developed a slightly, albeit cute, obsession with your television show.
Normally, this is not too much of a problem except that she wants to watch your show even when it is not on. I have not yet been able to teach her about the structure and schedule of the tv guide.
So, in order to remedy this small problem, I have begun setting my DVR to record new episodes of your show. Problem solved, right?
Well, in today's episode, Cousin Dora made a guest appearance. The combination of her two most beloved cartoon characters on the television all at once was too much for Riley to contain!
It could only have been more exciting if you had been rescuing Blue and Magenta from the evil clutches of Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper (and let's not forget Baby Paprika) while Joe (or Steve) narrated the adventure.
Ok, but back to the excitement...
This caused Riley to run down the hallway screaming "Day-go! Dora! Day-go! Dora!"
Unfortunately, this was during Jeremiah's nap.
I was using nap time to get some much needed work done around my house. *sigh* I was being quite productive until this moment.
So, Diego. I appreciate the entertainment value that you bring to my home. I appreciate that I can often sneak in a shower while you memorize my child with stories of 3 toed sloths and baby beluga whales.
I just wish your show didn't come on during nap time!
Sincerely (yet frustrated),
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Well, 23 months, but that's close enough, right?
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
So, I forgot about my Monday Mumblings... and I just realized I forgot last week too. Oops!
So, Monday Mumblings on Tuesday:
1. Evan arrives this Saturday. I'm excited!
2. Chandler asks at dinner every night, "How many days till you pick Evan up at the airport?"
3. Riley. Well. She's Riley. She's screaming. A lot.
4. I'm taking something to help me sleep... well, it's not FOR sleeping, but it helps with that too.
5. As you see, it's almost midnight and I'm awake.
6. It worked great yesterday. The problem is I fell asleep at 7:00. Now I'm awake.
7. I have a million things to do before Friday afternoon, but I've just been so tired.
8. I MUST get myself into gear tomorrow... tired or not. Things must be done.
9. My camera is busted... thanks Riley.
10. I need a new one.
So, this is where today's Project 365 would go.....
However, the signal at my house isn't strong enough to send the picture to my computer. ARG!
So, I did take a picture today and I did attempt to blog about it so I'm still on track with my project.
I get a GREAT signal at Chandler's school. Maybe I'll send it to myself in the morning... maybe. :)
This is what happened when I bathed the girls before dinner and then tried to lay down for a quick nap... everyone piled onto the loveseat!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Today was full of appointments for me. Really I only had 2, but you know how long to have to wait anytime you go to the doctor. Two appointments turned into a whole day!
You may remember I had surgery back in September... if not, and you want to read about it you can find the story here.
And for the entertaining pre and post surgery pictures click here.
Anyway, today I had a follow up mammogram...
That's about all I'll say about that. :)
Later in the day I had another appointment. Because it was the only appointment I could get on a fairly less hectic day, I couldn't be picky about the time. I had to pick up Chandler from school early and take her AND Riley to my appointment.
I'd like to tell you that this is how my kids acted the entire time...
Ok, in all fairness to Chandler, Riley was really the only one acting this this.
However, Chandler did her fair share of pestering about how long it was taking for the doctor to see us.
Yes, Chandler it took a long time. I agree with you! *sigh* It always does.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
My week is starting off with a list... just so I don't forget anything!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Well, we did a whole lot of NOTHING today.
Slept in. Lounged around the house. Had a late lunch at Zaxby's. Bought 2 controllers for our Wii. Came home. Played Mario Kart. Had dinner. Watched TV.
Ummm... that's it.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Here he is!
The cousin that so badly wants his own post is finally getting it!
Chandler wasted no time getting him into the play room and showing off her Mario Kart skills.
She felt like she was really teaching him a thing or two.
What she doesn't know is that Brett, his brother Bobby, my sister Erin, and I used to have Mario Kart playoffs back when it was cool to own a Super Nintendo. :)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
This is where I would like to be right now...
Sleeping. Soundly. In my bed.
Maybe it's insomnia. Maybe it's stress. Who knows?!?!?
Oh maybe it's "transient insomnia"... actually that sounds pretty close to what I've been feeling... thank you Wikipedia!
*sigh* Maybe I'll get to sleep before 2am this time... we'll see.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Seriously, these two girls... they. make. me. laugh!
I mean, hello?? Did you notice that 50% of the picture is comprised of glasses, a go to box, and a to go cup?
The picture tells a story... you wouldn't understand it even if I tried to tell you... one of those, "you had to be there" moments.
So, Trish. Tara. Thanks girls. I needed a good laugh. The kind of laugh that made me cry. Hard. Several times.
This dinner came at the perfect time for me.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The guy from Lowe's came today to install our door.
We still have to paint it, but we haven't decided on a color yet.
I did really like the look of our old door. I really didn't give it enough credit. The look really suited the house so it was SUPER hard to pick out a new door... our decision pretty much came down to price and availability.
It was just old and drafty and had a crack in it... and seriously people, I'm not kidding about the neighbor... she watches us!
That is just too creepy!!!