Tuesday, March 30, 2010
So without further ado, here are the top ten reasons I married Jay...
1. I love him. That one is totally obvious, so I decided to put it first!
2. He has absolutely no clue how to launder slacks properly. I can't help myself; I totally love to take care of things for people.
3. On one of our first dates, I asked him what he wanted to do with his life. His response was genius. He told me he wanted to raise a family the same way his father did and his grandfather did. Be honest, that would have reeled you in too! :)
4. He is the only person I know who likes their tea the same way I do. Not too cold. Not too sweet.
5. He isn't bothered by my unhealthy obsession with my feet. He isn't bothered by my unhealthy obsession with other people's feet.
6. He would drive to Cullman for take out food if I asked him to. That's nearly an hour away from our house, but I know that if I really, really wanted All Steak for supper, he would go get it for me. Cuz he loves me.
7. He would never intentionally hurt me. Ever. In fact, I think he would go Braveheart on anyone who tried to hurt me.
8. Even when I am looking my absolute worst, he always tells me that he thinks I'm beautiful. The spring before we got married, I had strep throat. He came to my parents house to see me. I was sitting in their sun room with a red nose, no makeup, without a shower for a couple days, fever, and glassy eyes. I will never forget the fact that he sat down right next to me and told me that I looked beautiful. In hind sight, he might have been sucking up to me; I caught the strep from him.
9. He likes zombie movies. He will sit through chick flicks without complaining though...just for me.
10. Because no one else has ever made me feel as special as he makes me feel.
Last weekend, I took the children to an Easter Eggstravaganza!! The day began with a breakfast....with the Easter Bunny!! Ella was the only one of my children who wanted to sit with the bunny for a picture. Imagine that! A little later in the day there was an Easter egg hunt on the courthouse lawn. I have a number of photographs from this event. I can't wait to post them all!! The sun is shining, and I have my mojo back!!
I went to see a rheumatologist earlier this year. I don't have any problems, but given my family history of RA, I kind of feel like a ticking time bomb. As I sat in the lobby, I looked around at the familiar types of patients. The one thing I was shocked by was the woman who stopped me as I was leaving that day. She caught me by the hand and said, "I know you're young, but I promise you will be okay." After her touching display of concern, I didn't have the heart to tell her that I'm not sick; I was there simply for extensive lab work because of my family history. I smiled and thanked her.
Monday, March 29, 2010
There was one girl who was overweight. I have no doubt that she will be taunted by her classmates.
There was another girl who wasn't very clean. Her shoes were well worn and her hair still had humps in it from where she had slept on it. As far as children are concerned, she might as well have a giant bulls eye painted on the back of her t-shirt.
There were children who were clearly not as bright as most of the other first graders. Will they be teased when they leave the main classroom to go to special math and reading classes?
It is hard to grow up, and I'm not always sure that I am making the right decisions with my children. I don't want the three of them to bully or tease other students. I pray that God will help me raise them to be sweet children.
How can we help them? What can I do?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I would love to be able to take really, really good photographs, but photography simply isn't one of my talents. Often times a child will pop up in a photo when I wasn't expecting a child to be in the picture. I have tons like this:
This was at Dub's restaurant in town. Dub's is so good. It gives you an instant heart attack and 6,000% of your daily recommended cholesterol, but it is so good.....
Anyway, I am hoping to buy a new camera this year. I want one that takes really, really good pictures. Any suggestions?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
To me though, I think Layton looks like my father. This is what he looked like when he was little.
What do you think? Does this little man look like Ed?
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Yes, I put a post it note over some information that could be deemed a security risk for our family.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
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My crimson blood is still reeling in pain from the fact that I bought an orange and white iron.
Layton's favorite color is orange, and he went with me to purchase a new one. Needless to say, he really, really wanted the orange one....
I think it's because he's been riding on an orange tractor all his life!
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
This is where the boat is located. It's on the Tennessee River.
I particularly enjoyed the view of the bridge from the front of the boat as we pulled out of the slip. This bridge has been there for a long time. There used to be one more bridge that went from Athens to Decatur. It was a wonderful bridge, a draw bridge, that we (when we were children) thought sang to us as we drove over.
In this shot, you can see the train bridge from the back of the boat.
I failed to get a picture of the whole boat, but it was quite large...bedroom, kitchen, flat panel TV...large. This is what the console (I guess that's what you call it) looked like. This one was down below. There is a second one a level up that Ken (the owner) sat at to steer us around.
Every song was based on a Dr. Seuss book, and each line referenced a Dr. Seuss book. It was adorable!!
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Thank you Colleen! I hope my husband reads both your blog and the NYT article. :)
One year, I did receive one. When I opened it, I recognized the handwriting, but it was signed by a secret admirer. The note went on and on about how much he liked me and wanted to ask me out...blah blah blah. I was puzzled from the moment I opened it because I knew whom it was from. You see, we had a class together the year before. When it came to big exams, the teacher paired students together based on their grades for the test. The person with the highest grade was paired with the person having the lowest grade. The person with the second highest grade was paired with the person having the next to lowest grade. Playoffs, if you will. Anyway, I had been paired with this individual and knew his writing quite well.
So, I went to see him and ask why he wrote me this cheesy note. It was incredibly awkward for me to ask him, but I'm glad that I did. As it turned out, he wrote the note because some female classmates of mine asked him to write it. They needed a boy to write it so their practical joke would be more effective...authentic male handwriting. He was asked to write me a love note because the girls wanted to see how pathetic my reaction was. The girls were being cruel and mocking me. The boy admitted what he had done, acknowledged that it was probably the wrong thing to do, and apologized for putting me in a situation that would cause further ridicule. He never told me who asked him to do it though. He only told me that it was a group of girls.
I went ahead and played the part for anyone who asked. I fawned over my fake candy gram. They (whoever they were) were already laughing at me anyway; I just thought they might like some new material for their jokes.
So spill. What was one really, really embarrassing moment for you in high school? Did you (like me) realize that groups of people were laughing at you behind your back? Did you come out of the bathroom with your skirt tucked in your stockings? Believe me, I could write a book, no, a tome, with all my embarrassing moments in it. Maybe I'll start doing that. A weekly blog post about the things that I would like to forget happened...
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Layton and Ella each eat one hash brown, and Hadley usually eats two. It costs $2.16 after tax to feed them their hash browns.
DHR is probably going to come steal my children in the morning after word gets out that I am feeding them cellulite, cholesterol, excess carbohydrates, and liver disease for breakfast.
Now it's your turn. Confess to something you feed your children that you really shouldn't be feeding them.
This is Caldrea all-purpose cleaner. My favorite scent is the Ginger Pomelo; it is so delightful. It doesn't take a lot of cleaner to clean up really awful messes, so that's good since it is a little pricey. I love it for the smell though!!! After a really smelly supper (like fried salmon patties or spaghetti), this cleaner will flat out remove the odor from your kitchen! Pimento's in downtown sells it.
No post from me would be the same without a confession of some sort, so here it is. I cannot keep up with the housework, laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, etc. I pay an absolutely adorable girl to come clean every other Friday. She mops the floors and cleans the bathrooms....changes sheets if need be...polishes furniture...cleans the windows...cleans the hardwood...Wow, it seems like I don't do anything now that I think about it! HA!! Anyway, we are incredibly blessed to be able to have someone come in and help out around the house.
Organizing tips? Sure!
I have a large Vera Bradley planner that I LOVE. All invitations are either taped to the applicable day or paper clipped to the applicable day. It makes things so much easier for me. I am really bad to look at things written on my calendar and completely forget about them, so having the invitation hanging off the page really helps me out. I should photograph that so it makes more sense.
This was a really great bloghop to participate in. I might not have any tips that anyone finds useful, but it was fun to actually think about the things that I find most helpful in my day to day life. Thanks, Jenna!