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August 31, 2010

Five Songs, Maybe


List five songs you would have with you on a desert island and why.
Please don't judge.

This was harder than I thought!

Listed in no particular order:

1) 'Shoop' by Salt and Pepa. There is just something about it that makes you get up and dance. May not have the best lyrics but it sure puts you in a good mood. Shoop shoopy dooby, like Scooby Dooby!

2) Anything by Third Day or Casting Crowns or Mercy Me. I have no favorites, I love them all. Mac Powell (Third Day lead singer) has the most amazing, different voice that is so soothing to me. Bart Millard (Mercy Me lead man) is so funny and a great songwriter. Mark Hall (Casting Crowns) has such a great knowledge of the Bible that he freely shares. These groups are so uplifting and I know I could survive the island with them!

Third Day

Casting Crowns
Mercy Me

3) Tainted Love by Soft Cell. Sure makes me shake my head! Or maybe some Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham. Both are great 80's songs that lift my spirits!

4) Can I just pick a genre? Anything from the 80's or 90's. I'd be fine with most anything from then. Nixon's, Oasis, Offspring, Police, Rick Springfield, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Semisonic, Violent Femmes, Sublime, Bush, Counting Crows, and the list goes on. See, to hard to pick!

Ok, so that's only 4 but it's really like 100 so I'll just leave it at that. Help me if I am ever stranded on a deserted island. Then again, if it has a nice beach and is quiet, that won't be such a bad thing? As long as they have some air conditioning.

E

August 30, 2010

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

My babe to be exact!

This morning on the way to school, I was having a 'discussion' with my kiddo about her behavior at school this week. I told her that it makes God sad when we do things that we know we shouldn't do. After a few minutes, we always manage to get off track. But it's a good track to get off on.

Kiddo: "Do you know where God lives?"

Me: "Yes, He lives in our hearts."
 
Kiddo: "Right, and He also lives somewhere else right?"

Me: "Sure, He lives in my heart. Does He live in yours?"

Kiddo: "Yeah, He does. And He also lives in the sky. And if we make Him sad, we will go to the fiery furnace!"

Me: "Oooh, and we don't want to go to the fiery furnace do we?"

Kiddo: "Nope, and we'll call the Veggie Tales to come help us!"

Thank you Veggie Tales, you have done your job!

I can only hope and pray she's on her best behavior this week. Oh, and there was a little bit of bribery included in this conversation. But only for good behavior. She loves Shipley's Donuts and we used to go there every Friday. Now she has to earn it. We haven't been there in 2 weeks. We might never see Shipley's again and that makes me sad for more than one reason. I guess this will help her and my diet.

Fingers crossed that this is a better week!

E

Guilty pleasure

I think I am going to start my 30 day reveals a little early. Our family has lots of September birthdays so I have a lot in store for that.

Today's Reveal - Guilty Pleasures

I have many. Really. I do. Everyone does right?

I will have to say there is one that is truly a pleasure.

PEDICURES! A little slice of Heaven!

 

I never had a pedicure until right before I got married 8 years ago. My feet are terrible. I also am NOT a foot/feet person. Never have been. I don't want you touching my feet. I don't want you touching me with your feet. Gross. I've come a long way though. I love a good foot rub, from the right person. And I don't mind returning the favor, if your feet are clean! Straight out of the shower clean.

When I was pregnant, my ankles were lost. I mean, I didn't see them for about 6 month. I was sooooo swollen that it was ridiculous. The only thing that helped were good foot rubs and pedicures! There is nothing greater than someone rubbing, pampering, painting your feet/toes when you can't even see them.

I remember about a week before I had my kiddo, I went for one last pedicure. My boss at the time had given me one for Christmas (kiddo was born in Jan.) and it was the best thing I ever did. Except when the water got me a little too hot and I thought I was going to pass out. Once I got over that, it was Heaven!

I still love a good pedicure. Some sweet friends got me a gift certificate to a spa not long ago for some hard work I had put into an event. I redeemed it a few weeks ago. For what? A pedi/mani! Bonus! It was divine!

I can't seem to justify spending money to have these often since I would rather clothe and feed my kiddo and hubby, but it sure is a nice guilty pleasure when I can get it!


There are many more than maybe one day I will divulge all my secrets!

E

August 28, 2010

Parenting FAIL

Look, I know my child is no angel. What kid is? and if you tell me yours is, I will know you are lying.

I do the best I can in parenting my child. Hubby helps out when he can, which is not much. I only listen to KLove when we are in the car. That or Veggie Tales or something else kid-friendly. We talk about God and Jesus at our house all the time. We go to church on Wednesdays and Sundays. We talk about good behavior. We offer treats for prolonged good behavior. We have charts, etc.

I'm worn out. All this and I still get stopped every morning at school to tell me that my child got on yellow or a red light. Every day people. It's getting a little old. I got stopped every afternoon last year talking about how my kiddo wasn't minding, wasn't being nice to friends, etc. She can go all day being super wonderful and have 2 seconds of H.O.R.R.I.B.L.E. And that's what gets remembered. That 2 seconds. I mean, really? All kids have their moments!

Sorry for all the venting. I'm just tired of doing the best I can and it seemingly still isn't enough. I'm sure my kiddo has quite the reputation at school. Mostly among the teachers. Parents seem to be a little more kind about it. I guess they all do it at some point.

I just want to be able to drop my kiddo off at school with a hug and a kiss, know she is going to be happy and loved, and pick her up with the same enthusiasm. She's always glad to see me when I pick her up, as I am sure her teachers are too.

So maybe, just maybe, we could have one day next week with no drama? Is that too much to ask? And where did I seem to go wrong with my parenting? It's a fine line and I guess I crossed it. I can only hope we get this all out before we start kindergarten!

E

August 27, 2010

Friday Fun

As we were driving home from church Wednesday night, the kiddo and I had another funny conversation.

Kiddo says, "Mama, the sun is red. Why is the sun red? It's supposed to be yellow." Yes, we are smart and we know it.



Mama says, "Well, the sun is yellow because it's going to sleep and the moon is waking up."

Kiddo says, "But it's supposed to be yellow. I want it to be yellow."

Mama ends conversation with "Well, we can't always get what we want now can we?"

I guess we all have to learn that the hard way!

E

August 26, 2010

Traffic According to the Kiddo

I think my kiddo has been listening to the Hubby for WAY too long. For one, she likes to tell you where to go when you are driving. Yeah, she wants you to go exactly the way SHE says, or else. The else? MAJOR mega meltdown! Horrible. It's worse when she's low on beauty sleep too.

The other night when getting ready to read our book before bedtime, I started tickling her. She screamed, "RED LIGHT MAMA!" I stopped because I'm cool like that.

She then proceeded to say green light so we'd keep playing.

After a few rounds of this red light, green light mess, she decided to throw a curve ball.

"Orange light Mama!"

"WHAT? There is no orange light. What does that mean?" I asked.

"It means go slower."

Simple enough, right.

A few more red light, green light, orange light (yeah, we get good and wound up before bed) and she says, "Yellow light. Yellow light."

So I again ask what that means.

"Mama, it means GO FASTER!"

I just about lost it. Buried my head in the pillow so she couldn't see me laughing!

All I could think was that she's been listening to her Daddy WAY too much. Thanks honey. You get to teach her how to drive.

No, on second thought, I'll handle it.

Nice strategy. Well done. Got you out of something else!

E

August 25, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

This one is for my hubby!

August 24, 2010

Revealing Month

I stole this from a friend's sister, Deanna, and I think she got it from a few other people. I like the idea plus I don't have to think of 30 new things to write about. I am sure I will add some randomness at some point! New topics welcome!

Maybe so many people are borrowing it because it is such a great idea. There are 30 days of questions which gives some type of insight about you.    

Here is the list....

Day 01- Guilty pleasure.
Day 02- Something that inspires you.
Day 03- The five songs you would have with you on a desert island and why.
Day 04- What you imagine paradise to be like.
Day 05- A thank you letter to someone who has changed your life.
Day 06- Earliest thing you can remember.
Day 07- Favorite cover of your favorite song.
Day 08- Someone you think would make a good president.
Day 09- Five things you want to see change.
Day 10- A dream you had this past week described in detail.
Day 11- Favorite picture ever taken of yourself.
Day 12- Your favorite musical artist’s life story.
Day 13- A memory that never fails to make you laugh.
Day 14- Best mashup you’ve ever heard.
Day 15- A moment, phrase, or song that has changed your life the most.
Day 16- Something that you want to do within the next five years.
Day 17- What you want to be remembered for.
Day 18- A picture that makes you feel.
Day 19- A passage from a book that has touched you.
Day 20- A band that you immediately liked and the song that made you like them.
Day 21- Your favorite medium of art.
Day 22- Someone you would give your life up for without question.
Day 23- Most awkward first impression you feel you’ve ever given.
Day 24- Something you did as a child that other people remember you for.
Day 25- Something you would do if no one stopped you or if you knew you wouldn’t fail.
Day 26- Your definition of love.
Day 27- Your definition of the meaning of life.
Day 28- A moment you remember being completely happy in and a description of why you believe you were. What is your definition of happiness?
Day 29- What you live for.
Day 30- Ways you believe you have grown over the past thirty days

Bring it on September! That's the month of birthdays for our family! Too many to list. Maybe I'll mention it later! I might have to deviate from the list slightly for all the birthday posts I might have scheduled! We'll see!

E

August 23, 2010

Quotes

I wish I had a tape recorder on 24/7 with my lively and super smart 3.5 kiddo. She's always throwing something at me that I can't help but laugh at. I'm trying to do better at remembering them and putting them here.

Favorite quote of the weekend (some of you probably saw on Facebook):
Sydney, "Mom's aren't fine! They're cool!"

I'll take it. I just hope she feels that way in 10 years.

At lunch with the hubby's family, they all asked the kiddo where Daddy was.
Her response, "He's sleeping. He goes to work and he works and works and works and works and works where the smoke is."

I'm not sure what kind of lines my hubby has been feeding her, but I she knows he works all the time. She also got to ride by Daddy's work twice last week so she got to see the 'smoke' that the machine he works on makes.

Oh, and at church, she informed by sister in law that she is spending the night with her Friday. Good to know. Anybody got any plans since I will apparently be kid-free? Kidding Holly. Not sure if we are quite ready for sleepovers yet. At least until we can quit waking up at midnight every night to go potty!

That's the good ones I remember! I am sure there are more that I missed. I can't keep up! I'll try and write them (ok, maybe a few of them, not all!) down.

E

August 21, 2010

On The Outside Looking In

Ever get that feeling that you are just plain left out? I have a few times lately and it stinks.

I'm not really one that it usually ever bothers. Usually. But here lately, it's happened with the same 2 people quite a few times. The first few times, it didn't bother me. But the longer it goes on, the more it bothers me.

I know, I should just confront it, but I can't. It would make things awkward and I honestly don't think these 2 ever realize they are doing it. I hope anyway.

Then, the other day, it happened again. With a different group. And I tell you, feeling like the old gal out is no fun. I think it's as worse (or more) than being picked last on the playground. I think this feels like you just never get picked. I guess I'm just not used to that.

I'm not sure why this bothers me all of the sudden. And not sure what to do about it. Just wanted to get it out there because it helps at least putting it somewhere. It also makes me want to eat some chocolate. That or the fact that it's lunchtime when I am writing this?

In the meantime, anybody need a lunch buddy?

E

August 20, 2010

Traffic Rules

Just thought I would share some things I learned back in 1995 or so in Driver's Education. Granted, it was taught by a high school coach, but I still learned the basics. That and with the help of my Daddy on the backroads of his super small hometown.

Yield means slow down and see if anything is coming before you GO! If another car (that has the right-of-way, mind you) is coming, slow down and wait for them to go by and then continue into the flow of traffic.

Same goes for you in that flow of traffic. You have the right-of-way. If someone is trying to enter the flow, they must yield. You don't have to! So don't slow down or stop just to be nice and let them into the flow. If the other lane is open, change to it and carry on your merry way.



Another thing I learned was how to work a 4-way stop. This also applies for a stop light that is out. Yield to the person to your left. Please pay attention and go only when it's your turn, not just when it's convenient for you.

And here for you lucky readers is the best piece of advice I can give you about traffic rules. If you are stopped and waiting for an opening to pull into oncoming traffic, please don't pull out in front of me. Especially if there is only 2 feet to pull out into. Not cool. Feel free to do it if you would like a new bumper, at your own cost.

So please abide by your local traffic rules. It makes everyone's lives so much easier.

E

August 19, 2010

Attitude

My girl has some serious attitude. I mean SERIOUS 'TUDE! Especially for a 3 and a half year old. But, she's so darn cute that she knows how to work it as well.

I mean, who can't love this face? The kiddo, not the Bulldog. Although the expressions look pretty similar!

She tells me after getting out of the shower that I can't tell her what to do. I tell her I'm the Mommy and yes I can. She said that I can't because she's Buzz Lightyear. Lovely.

Here's another one for ya! She's got sooooo much of her Daddy in her! While sitting on the potty the other night, she calls the hubby into the bathroom. When he gets there, she asks him to get her a Woody wipe. He sees one laying on the floor right below her feet. He asks her what is wrong with that one and she responds that she can't 'reach it'. I'm serious. I cannot make this stuff up!

She's so lazy and the queen of stalling! And she knows exactly what buttons to press. When she is supposed to be going to sleep and I'm laying down with her, she will roll over and sweetly whisper, "I love you Mommy." Melts my heart, the first time. When it gets to about the 5th time, it's lost the sweetness.

After I picked her up from school one day this week, I had to run by the bank drive-thru to cash a check. They've spoiled her too. Before we even get to the window, she's asking for a sucker. I tell her she has to be good and not ask for one 20 times. She then started whining in the backseat. I told her they don't give suckers to big girls that whine. I kid you not, this is her response, "But Mommy, I was just kidding!" She can turn it on and turn it off. Nice.

I think I've said this before but I'm honestly not sure how I am going to survive the teenage years. Or elementary school. Seriously. Could use some prayers. Ok, a lot of them. Thanks.

E

August 17, 2010

Divorce

I don't get it. Really don't get it? Does anybody care about the sacred vows they spoke at their wedding? To have and to hold, to LOVE and to cherish, for better or WORSE, in sickness and in health? Everyone has a variation of those words in their ceremony. Right? Then why don't they choose to live by those words?


I'm not going to lie. Marriage is hard. Wives submit to your husbands. Husbands be the head of the family. These are Biblical principles that not many people abide by anymore.

What I don't understand is why people don't even try. Why not seek counseling? Why not communicate with one another? If you had problems before you got married, then you probably shouldn't have gotten married in the first place. 

No marriage is perfect. None. Nada. They all take work. Some just choose to do the work, while others bow out.

And no, my marriage is not in question. While I do understand that their are certain circumstances where a man and a woman no longer need to be married, that's rarely the case. People just give up too easily.

I can tell you one of the main reasons. And no, I'm not an expert. Only been married 8 years so that does not make me an expert. But I know that if you put Christ at the center of your marriage, it will be much better off. Make church a family event. And make it as often as you can. Yeah, there are some Sundays I would rather lay in the bed because that's the day my kiddo ALWAYS sleeps in, but I still make every effort to go and worship. It's important to me. It's important to my family. That's how I was brought up (thanks Mom and Dad) and that's how I want my children to be brought up. I want to wake up on Sunday mornings and know that it's not even a question of whether we are attending church or not. Unless my or the kiddo is sick or we are out of town, we are there. Fellowshipping, singing, praising, praying, and all of the above.

It's a great feeling when I leave after a good Sunday morning worship. I feel ready to tackle my week knowing I have the best ammo ever, the Lord is on my side!

"Our country won't change if we get a better president. Our country will change when we get better marriages." - D. Foster
E

August 16, 2010

Who Is Your Numero Uno?

If asked the question, "Who is your number 1?" What would you say? Do you automatically think of your spouse? Do you think of a parent or sibling? Do you think of a best friend?

I like to say God is my #1. But we all know that. With that being said, we will now move on to the proverbial #1.

I have to be honest. When Lisa asked me that question "Who is your #1 friend?" I immediately said her. How nice of me? We are best friends but when I really thought about it, I just skipped right over my spouse.

Now, don't get my wrong. I love my husband. We've been together for 14 years, and married for 8. And he is my best friend. He's my date, sometimes. He's my confidant. We talk about everything.

So why did I skip him when asked about my number 1? I think of a #1 as a girlfriend. Someone that you know you can call at 2 am and even if you wake them up, they won't be mad. Someone who will drop everything to come see you just to chitchat. Someone who will tell you the truth when asked if your butt looks big in that dress.

I never knew when I walked into the Starkville Daily News almost 8 years ago that I would find a best friend that is so like me but soooo different. Lisa and I just clicked even though there are a few years difference in our ages. We like the same things, we complete each others sentences, she corrects my grammar, etc. She gave me my first chance at taking care of a baby with BGA, Baby Girl Audrey, whom I am proud to say I am Godmother of. Had it not been for that experience, I would have had NO clue what to do when my child was born years later. Even though we are 3 hours apart, we talk almost daily

I also have my few best friends here in town as well. But I was the type growing up that wanted to be friends with everyone. I didn't want anyone left out. I'm very grateful to have always had Jenny and Katie by my side. We've been through a lot over the years. I know I could call either one and at a moment's notice, they would be there.

Life is fast, there is no doubt about that. Everyone has a ton of things to do and take care of their own families. It's always good to have friends that are at the same place in life as you. I look at my Mom and see her and her best friend. They do everything together. They have been friends for as long as I can remember, even before I was before. Mom knows that no matter what, her friend will be there for her.

I know I can call on any of these ladies, as well as any one of my sisters in law. But, everyone has other friends too.

So back to the original question. Who is my #1? I would have to say my husband on most counts. With a crazy work schedule, he can't always be my date, etc. But I love spending time with him, even if he HATES a wedding.

Disclaimer: Don't judge me when I come back in 2 days talking about how much he's ticked me off.

Who is your number 1? Do you feel the same way?


E

August 15, 2010

Are You A Mary Or A Martha?

Our preacher had a great sermon last week about Mary and Martha.

Are you a Mary or a Martha? 

Martha is the one who was getting the house ready, the meal prepared, etc. when Jesus was coming to their house. Mary was the one who dropped everything as soon as Jesus arrived and just sat at His feet and listened to Him. Martha came running in to Jesus basically telling Him to make Mary help her. Jesus responded by telling Martha that she was worried and upset about many things but only one thing is needed and that Mary had chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.

In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, are you Mary or Martha? I will have to admit that I'm Martha MOST of the time. I'm a planner and like to have everything organized and done.

We have to find balance in life by finding our center. I know, that sounds like something being done at Yoga class but it's true.

Your life is out of balance if:
- Working for Jesus is a burden, not a joy, then our lives are out of balance.
- When you start looking at others more than focusing on 'why' you do what you do.
- You ever think God really doesn't care about you.

In order to regain our balance, we need to rediscover our center.

So I ask again, are you a Mary or a Martha?

I'll have to work a little harder to be more like Mary and less like Martha, all while finding my balance.

E

August 14, 2010

A Man's World

Sometimes, I think I would like to wake up as a man. They are very much like children. They eat, sleep, poop, play, and repeat! They might work a little sometimes but complain about it most of the time. Must be nice. No responsibilities. No schedules. I love my kiddo but sometimes have a longing to swap places with her Daddy.

But, then again, some days (ok most days) I would like to wake up skinny. It's really a toss up.

At least it's almost college football season!

E

August 13, 2010

Prayer

When people tell you they are praying for you, do they really mean it or is it just the 'thing to say' these days?

I see all over Facebook when someone is sick or hurting, etc. and everyone says, "Oh, we are praying for you." Do they really mean it?

It just really bugs me for people to say it and they aren't doing it. Just because it's the thing to say? Really, really annoys me. Don't just say it because it's what everybody else says.

Unless all 10 gazillion people on Facebook are all the praying type (which I doubt) there are a few people not telling the truth! But, who am I to say who's the praying type or not?

But that's ok, I mean it when I say it. Just sat down at my desk to do some talking with my God!

And, if you are the praying type, would you mind saying a prayer for my friend Angela and her husband Cliff. He's a hard-headed man (aren't they all?) that has not felt well in a while and would not go to the Dr. He finally went not long ago, only to find out he has Hodgkin's. They went to the oncologist yesterday and this is what she just emailed me.

We went to the Oncologist yesterday. He has stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma. It is in his neck, stomach and pelvis. He goes Monday for a heart and lung test if those come out ok he will get a port put in and start chemo. He has to go every other week for 6 months. After 2 months they will do another pet scan to see if it is working. 


So I know they could use some prayers. Their oldest child and only daughter is leaving next week for college and was so excited to go and now is not so sure. This is going to be a hard time for their sweet family (they also have 2 boys still at home). I know my God is greater than any of this and He has a plan for them. It's just not going to be an easy road getting there.


Thanks!


E

August 12, 2010

Shopping

It's no secret. I love to shop. I'm not a girly girl, but I do love to shop. The only problem with that is the lack of funds I have. I'm guessing my Monopoly money won't buy me much at Target? Sure would be nice though.

Years ago, my mom and I would make a trip every other summer to the outlet mall in Foley, Al. (http://www.tangeroutlet.com/) We never went to the beach, just the mall. For an entire 3 days. We even got a hotel room across the street from the mall. We are hardcore shoppers!

We would shop for a few hours, then head to the hotel to rest up, and then head back for round #2. One of my favorite vacations ever! I think we did this 2 or 3 times. The best part about it? Mom was paying. I'm not sure how they did it, but I would be stocked for 2 years! I think I still have some of those clothes! Not that they still fit though...

I live within 5 minutes of a pretty decent outlet mall. Yet, I can't seem to make myself drive by there and shop that often. Probably because of those aforementioned lack of funds.

My mom told me not long ago that we needed to go shopping again sometime soon. I told her I could not because I didn't have any money. She told me we could just look.

JUST LOOK??? 

Who does that? Not me. I buy. Just ask my hubby. We shop for him once a year. The day after Thanksgiving. And no, we are not those kinds of shoppers that stake out certain unnamed stores that begin with a W. Yes, we get up early and hit the Department stores, but not toy stores or the aforementioned store who must not be named. And, I think I pay for that one day a year of hardcore shopping for the rest of the year, maybe more.

I like to shop internet deals too. Those are a little trickier though. OHH, and don't even get me started on ebay. My sis in law turned me on to that a few years ago as a place to buy cheap smocked dresses, Halloween outfits, etc. OH BOY! I think the first time I bought 5 smocked dresses! But they were sooo irresistible and sooooo cheap. The hubby also banned me from there.

I blame my competitiveness for the ebay debacle. I like the thrill ok winning! But I will not go over my max bid. Ok, maybe a little, but only if completely necessary. For instance, if the dress is super cute and I just have to have it!

So, anybody got one of these?

If so, can I borrow some of it?

E

August 11, 2010

Surprising

It's amazingly surprising what an almost 3.7 year old can make you do. 

First, let me set the scenario for you.


My kiddo went to my parent's house last night after gymnastics since the hubby and I were still doing funeral related things. When I got there to pick her up, she was headed out with my Dad, Papaw, on the 4-wheeler. This is, by far, one of her favorite thing to do at anybody's house that is out in the country. And she loves my Dad. They are thick as thieves. Mom and I were chilling in the AC, and after a few minutes, we heard them come back. Well, we heard the kiddo screaming in as she came in the back door. My sweet Daddy ran in and threw her on his bed (gently) and lathered her stomach up with Aloe Vera that was cold out of the fridge. Thus, a little more screaming. Only then did Mom and I realize that she had been stung by a wasp on her belly. OUCH!

They had been to the pond to refill the fish feeder and Dad said he had just checked it over the weekend for wasps. They apparently like to make 'homes' near the feeder. Well, he didn't check before they got to it tonight. One managed to fly in her shirt and sting her belly before Dad whisked her away, in a sprint, which is no small feat for my 65 year old Dad! I honestly think her was more upset about it than the kiddo!

A few minutes later, she persuaded me to let her stay for supper.

"Sure," I said. Why not? She eats better there than at home, or anywhere else. She made Papaw sit down and eat with her too, which I think made him happy!

After she ate and she showed off what she had learned in 'ginnastics' as she calls it, she called us all in the kitchen.

The conversation went a little like this:

Kiddo: "Everybody! Let's hold hands."

Me: "Why?"

Kiddo: "So we can do Ring Around the Rosies."

Me: "You're kidding?"

Kiddo: "Ring around the rosies. Pocket full of posies. Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down."

And yes, we all 3 proceeded to 'fall down' as much as a 30 year old, 60 year old and 65 year old can  (Yes Mom, don't kill me, I just put your age up there)! And, we laughed the entire time.

LUCKILY, we weren't made to do it again. And again. And again.

It was such a sweet moment that was needed after a tough day.

E

August 10, 2010

Family

Honestly, I have one of the best families around. If it weren't for them, my life would be much more boring.

And, if it weren't for them, I wouldn't have much of a life either. I am so thankful to live in the same area as my parents, brother, in laws, etc. VERY thankful. I know I can call on most anyone in our family if I need help with the kiddo or anything! That sure is a nice feeling. That's also one of the main reasons we left our beloved home in Starkville. We loved it there. Great friends we hated to leave but have luckily stayed in very close contact with. Great things to keep us busy. There was always something at MSU we could go to so we were rarely bored.

But, there is something about home. I said for YEARS that I would never move back to my hometown. Famous last words. In the 6 or so years we have been here, we have mostly loved every minute. There have been many babies born, only one to myself, many celebrations attended, funerals attended, birthdays attended, etc.

Today, we will be celebrating the life of a wonderful family member. The hubby's sweet Grandmother passed away this weekend and we will say "see you later' to her today for we know we will all be reunited in the Kingdom of Heaven one day. Yet another reason I am so thankful for a wonderful family.

If you wouldn't mind, could you say a prayer for the family? We are glad the suffering is over but it's still never easy to say 'see you later' to a beloved family member. We take great comfort in knowing she is dancing with the angels and her husband and 2 sons who went on before her.

E

August 9, 2010

The Gym

I think I have a hate/hate relationship with the gym and/or exercising. At one time in my life, I loved going to the gym. But, then again, I was planning a wedding so there was a tad bit of motivation.

Going to the gym is a learned habit. I learned it but then forgot it pretty quickly. Life just seems to get in the way. Yeah, I could make time. But with a husband that works shift work and a kiddo at home, going to the gym is practically impossible. I like my sleep too much to get up early and do anything outside. So, with our tax return money this year, the hubby and I decided to buy a treadmill. We got a pretty good deal (half off, yeah!) on a treadmill that folds up and is somewhat out of the way. Treadmills are just boring to me, much like track, BORING. At least if you run or walk outside, the scenery changes.

I decided that I would not let our treadmill become a clothes rack. And I admit, for a few months it was just that. Then, I decided I could watch my favorite shows on it while walking or running. So, that's what I did. After the kiddo goes to bed, I try to do at least 30 minutes every other day. I hope to increase it soon. For the most part, I've been able to follow that schedule. Most of the time I skip the weekends though. That's a time for rest.

Now that all my favorite shows are in their summertime reruns, nothing else good is on, especially at 9 or 10 at night when I'm on there. So I've been catching up on some old episodes of the Golden Girls and Everybody Loves Raymond. Good times. When I sometimes am able to do it on Sunday nights, there are good old movies on. Goonies, Failure To Launch, etc. Those sure make the time go by faster.

Maybe I'll stay with this regime? Who knows? Life always seems to get in the way. I know I should make a conscious effort to do better, but hey, I'm human.

So Katie, let's keep each other motivated. I just won't be at the gym, unless I can make it between 8 am and 5 pm. Totally possible, right?

E

August 8, 2010

Friends

I can remember it like it was yesterday. High School. I had so much fun there. Little did I know what was in store for me in college! But high school was great! I had so many friends and not a care in the world.

I made some great friends during those 4 years. You know the ones. The ones that you cannot talk to for a month, but pick up right where you left off! The friends who are there for you through thick and thin. I am blessed to say I have a few of those.

Over the past year, some things happened that changed some lives forever. Last summer, my best friend's mom passed away very unexpectedly. It was absolutely one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. I have known this family for some 20 or so years. I know each family member's full name and birthday, just like they are my own family.

One of the most beautiful moments that I remember of those horrible few weeks, was the love that was shown this family by our circle of friends. Yes, we live in the South and that's what you do, take care of others. But this was demonstrated first hand. It was truly amazing to see everyone come together in the way they did.

I'm grateful that these friends are still my friends after all these years. They are hard to come by! I know who I can call on if I ever need a thing. Reminds me of a song too.

And friends are friends forever, If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never, 'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go, In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long, To live as friends.

Cheesy, but true. Thank you for being a friend. (I'm starting to see a theme here!)

E

August 7, 2010

Innocence

The innocence of a child is so sweet! The other night as I was putting the kiddo to bed, we said our prayers. We did the usual 'Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep' and then she launched into this LOOOOOOOOONG prayer thanking God for everyone, literally.

It went a little something like this:

Thank you God for Mama and Daddy and Hayes and baby Whitt and Aunt Holly and Uncle Tony and Blake and Uncle Josh and Aunt Mar Mar and Bradley and Uncle Jonathan and Aunt Lindsey and Nana and Papaw and Meme and Pawpaw and Aunt Ollie Jean and Daniel and Jojo and Hunter and Tara and Uncle Bruce and Mrs. Karen and Mrs. Nikki and Mrs. Angela and Mrs. Alyson and Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Bobbie and Mrs. Emma and Mrs. Donna and Mrs. Janice (I think that's ALL the teachers at her school) and then all her friends in her class, and 2 other classes and even 'the boy we don't even know'.

I kid you not, this lasted 10 minutes, at least. She covered them all!

In the Bible, John says, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." (3 John 1:4) I have to say I agree with that. I'm so very thankful that my daughter is being brought up with Christian values and beliefs that are reinforced with grandparents and other family, as well as at school.

E

August 6, 2010

Employee Etiquette

There are some things you should just NOT do when you are an employee.

1) If you are serving, preparing, handling food orders, then your fingernails should NOT be inches long. That's just gross. Thanks nice lady at Wendy's who handed my money to me with her 2 inch long fingernails. Won't be going back there for a while.

2) Respect your superiors. Even if they are 10 years younger.

3) Flush the spider, don't catch and release.

4) Don't talk down to anyone.

5) Take your earphones out when someone is trying to talk to you.

Super random, I  know. I'm still grossed out by the girl at Wendy's. Guess I shouldn't have been eating there anyway.

E

August 5, 2010

Song Choice

Don't you hate to admit when you hear an old song and it has a whole different meaning?

Or you hear the words correctly and realize what they are actually saying and it makes WAY more sense now?

I did that last week. I will not share what song it was.

I do remember the day when I realized the real words to 'Love Shack'. Tin roof, rusted. I think I might have actually googled that one day? It's been a while.

One of my all time favorite songs is 'Just A Friend' by good ole Biz Markie. I know that also dates me a bit. I love when I randomly hear it on the radio after I haven't heard it in what has possibly been years.

I'm an 80's girl all the way. I love listening to the Police, U2, Aerosmith, and all kinds. I think the reason why is the music on today is just not as good quality wise. If you were to see my stations on Pandora, you would be surprised. I don't have many. One is Rick Springfield (That one is for you, Lisa). One is Aerosmith, which until last week, I really enjoyed. The ad on the side of the page that stays on there 90% of the time I look at it is for Plan B. If you don't know what that is, I'm not explaining it. I don't agree with it. So I've made a new station for U2. Much better. I think that one had Netflix or something.

My other favorite Pandora station is Third Day. I've liked them for a long time. They play the new and old on there while throwing in some goodies from other great Christian bands that I love.

I just added a new station today: David Cook. And yes, they play a lot of American Idol contestants on there. Kris Allen, Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, etc but I actually really like it.

As much as I like music, I cannot sing it at all. I love to sing, I just don't do it well. I almost always listen to KLove in the car when my kiddo is with me. We jam out to some old school Audio Adrenaline or her favorite, Mercy Me. Unless we are jamming to Veggie Tales because I'm cool like that.

So there's a little insight into ME! Keeping it real folks!

E

August 4, 2010

Those Were The Days...

The other day I was walking my daughter into her school when a friend I went to college with met us at the door. We talked about his recent trip that he and his wife had been on. After we walked on in, my daughter asked me who that was. I told her that was my friend that I went to school with. After getting that 'doesn't mean a thing to me look', I told her that I went to college at Mississippi State with he and his wife. A HUGE smile jumped across her face. She's a true Bulldog too.

She said in the sweetest voice EVER, "Mama, I want you to go back to Mississippi State. That's a great idea."

Seriously, I love that kid. If she only knew how bad I would LOVE to be back in college at MSU. I had some great times there.

Those were the days of not much responsibility. Fun was had by all.

Who's ready for football season?????? Kickoff in 30 days, at least for my favorite team!

E

August 3, 2010

Facebook Etiquette

Everybody does it. You are friends with 500 people on Facebook. How many of them would you actually speak to in the grocery store? I'm just as guilty as anyone.

Then, there are some people that you've known for years who all the sudden won't accept your friend requests. I guess the ignore button was a little more appealing that the accept one. I've done it before. But, when you receive multiple friend requests from one person, it's just RUDE to not accept.

Or have you ever been 'cleaning house' with your FB friends and then in a few weeks, you get a friend request for someone you deleted? That's why they invented the HIDE button. You can still be nice and be their friend but you don't have to read their updates, see the pictures, etc. unless you want choose to.

I currently have a few hidden. I am sure I am hidden on someone else's page. For those who are always posting um, not so nice status updates, they get the HIDE button. For the lovesick couple who is always talking about how great their spouse is, enough is enough. We get it. He rocks your world and vice versa. I choose to HIDE you. Carry on.

For that person that is always updating their status, like multiple times a day, I get exhausted trying to keep up with it. HIDE. 

For that person whose status is so long that it breaks into 2 different updates, HIDE. 

Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything. Actually, one of my favorite passages. But Facebook is not the place or time to put it all out there. I probably put too much on there myself, but some things need to be kept private. I understand that most people post things to gain sympathy from other people. That 'poor me' mentality is a subject for a post for another day. It's actually saved in my Drafts right now. But seriously, some things really should be kept private.

So, how's the weather where you are? Maybe that's a better subject to talk about?

E

August 2, 2010

Live Like You Were Dying

Yes, I know that's a popular song by Tim McGraw. And yes, I also love the one by Kris Allen. But the message is oh so true.

I have the privilege of helping teach our church youth group Sunday School class. The past few weeks, the lesson has been on Paul and his journey. Last Sunday's lesson was about dying. In fact, the lead in in the lesson was that there are only 2 sure things in life - death and taxes. We know most kids in our youth, ok all, are not worried about taxes. But death is something that none of us can avoid.

Kind of has me thinking about some things. One of the other teachers told a story about her uncle who recently died from cancer. He told his doctor that it didn't matter how much or how little time he had left because there is only one person that knows the true answer and that's his God. How true is that? He told his family that as soon as you are born, you are moving toward death. Sounds kind of morbid but it's true.

No one knows when their time to go is. It could be tomorrow. It could be in 50 years. God is the only one who knows when that time will be. We need to live every day like it's our last. It's a hard task to do because we take sooooo much for granted. We are so structured and scheduled that we forget the little things in life. Spending quality time with God, spending quality time with family, spending quality time with our friends.

Ever since preparing for that lesson last week, I've been thinking about things. There have been people in my life who have passed on to what I think is a much better life. But can I be sure they went to Heaven and not hell? The only way I know for sure is that I know their salvation because I shared mine with them or know someone else that did. Some I don't know. And it eats me up inside to know that I DON'T know.

So what to do with all this? Pray about it. I started yesterday. I'm hoping I can be more of a witness to everyone in my life, whether I know their salvation or not. I have to live like it's MY last day.

So friends, in the words of Kris Allen:
We only got 86 400 seconds in a day
To turn it all around or throw it all away
We gotta tell ‘em that we love ‘em while we got the chance to say,
Gotta live like we’re dying

Or Tim McGraw:
Like tomorrow was a gift and you got eternity to think about
what'd you do with it what did you do with it
what did I do with it
what would I do with it'

Either way, live like you're dying. And the world will be a better place. You never know?

Just remember that Jesus is not just a life saver, He's also a life giver. And by His wounds, we are healed.

E

August 1, 2010

Beach Envy

I have beach envy so bad right now that I can't stand it. Knowing my best friend and her family are in Florida right now, seeing everyone on Facebook at the beach or seeing their pictures, and browsing the VRBO website daily does not help.

I was never a beach girl. Then we got invited to go on an adult only long weekend in Perdido Key 2 years ago. Heavenly. Plus, it was mostly free. Then my best friend and I decided to load up all the family and meet in Fort Walton. There is where I really got to enjoy the beach. My daughter loved it, mostly. Hubby loved swimming with his bud and eating all the seafood. We had a great time.

 Perdido Key 2008

Fort Walton 2009

It's my own fault. We are really trying to 'budget' and I use that term loosely. I would love to do Dave Ramsey with gazelle intensity but have never been able to get the hubby on the same page. He's at least somewhat interested now. So I have to try and keep us on track. And by on track, that meant no beach vacation. We are headed to DC for a dear friend's wedding in Oct. and are saving most of our money so we can fully enjoy that. Too bad there are no beaches in DC.

I hate everything that has happened in the Gulf over the past 100 or so days. I want to go see it for myself. I just can't seem to come up with the funds to do it. Yeah, we could charge it all but we've done enough of that over the past 8 years. I'm just wondering if I could find a 'deal' and talk my hubby into going for a birthday weekend??

We shall see. But for now, I'll just have beach envy. I'll be at the beach in my mind for the next few weeks if you need me!

 Where I want to be...

E