September 28, 2012


Big Sister's school is 1 of 2 in our county that is participating in a new grant/program called, The Leader In Me.  They learn 7 healthy habits of becoming a leader.  Each week they talk about a new habit.  Last week, it was habit #6, SYNERGIZE. 

Since my kid's biggest assets is (or will be one day) her mouth, she was given one of the lead roles.  We are so proud of how well she did!  There was no stage fright for my 5 year old!


September 27, 2012


I've realized just how much time I've spent wasting away on FB.  It's ridiculous.  So, I'm doing m best to stay off of it as much as possible.  I log in, check my messages or notifications, and then log out.  It's tough.  But, I'm never bored so I shouldn't have time to waste on it.  And I don't have time.

I've decided that time can be better spent.  Like on Words With Friends.  Or Twitter. HA.  Or searching AR book titles.  Or blogging!

I'm just sick and tired of people's strong opinions on everything from football to politics to chicken!  Nothing anybody ever says on FB will make me change my mind on a certain issue.

I feel like so many people live a 'white picket fence' life on FB.  Y'all know I'm not all about that.  I like to Keep It REAL.  And it seemed like every single time I was logging on and reading, my blood pressure was rising.

I will continue to post pics, as I am friends with family that live far away and don't get to see my girls.  If it weren't for that, I would delete my account.

I will have to say, it's quite liberating to not feel like I'm married to the book.  

September 25, 2012

Tip Tuesday

Disclaimer:  I am no expert at anything, except NOT being at expert at anything. These tips are just something that have helped me, or someone else, or could help me, or you. That's my goal. I'm not all about the telling you what to do. So take them as you will.

Get off your cell phone.  Especially if you are in line somewhere or checking out.  It's rude to the clerk, it's rude to me. It's rude to the person you are talking to.  No one wants to hear your one-sided conversation.  And, it can't be THAT important that it can't wait 5 minutes until you get back in the car.

Oh, and if you are in the car in a parking lot, don't drive, talk, and smoke, then get mad at ME when you almost run me over.

I have ZERO tolerance for some things and this is one of them.

September 24, 2012


Not long ago, I saw my old music teacher from elementary school while Big Sister was with me.  She loves her music class so I was telling her what all I used to learn in music.

When I showed her my former teacher, she looked at me all shocked and (I kid you not) said, "She's STILL alive??"

I told her I was not that ancient!

I told Mrs. Gatlin as she was leaving that day. 

She told Big Sister, "I am STILL alive and kicking!"

Yeah, she has a kid in college and one in high school.  She was awesome too.  And still is.

Just made us both feel pretty old.

September 22, 2012

Dance Like No One Is Watching

This is how we burn off some energy after school.  We dance like no one is watching.  Except this time, YOU are watching.  I'm smart enough not to put myself in the video!

Here's a little Cotton Eye Joe, courtesy of Big Sister.  Complete with cowgirl hat, boots, and 'lasso'.  

Enjoy our silliness!

September 21, 2012

Even more Birthday Wishes!

Today is a special day.  Big Sister had her 1st real school program where she has a speaking part!  Yeah, her mouth is her biggest asset.

Even better than that is today is a special day for 2 people!

It's NANA's birthday!
And it's Uncle Josh's birthday!

To Nana,
Happy Birthday!  We love you so much! Thank you for ALL you do for us.  You never complain and you are the biggest help!!!!  All the kids and grandkids adore you and I think it's pretty mutual! We cannot say thank you enough.  And We love you!!

To Uncle Josh,
You are favorite fix-it man!  You have come to our rescue (especially lately) more times than I can count.  And you never ask for anything in return.  You have such a kind heart and are a great husband, father, brother, friend.  We love you too!!!  Happy Birthday!!!

Such a special day today!  Everyone enjoy!

September 20, 2012


This past Saturday, Big Sister started her 3rd soccer season.  That's hard to believe!  This season, she has a whole new team.  All of them are either in her class at school, or in the other kindergarten class.

So far, she loves it.  She's getting better at it.  If she ever doesn't like it anymore, we will quit. I won't force her to play it just because her Daddy and I lived and breathed soccer for 15 years.

I deem it a successful day when she has fun, scores a goal and doesn't push anybody down.  This Saturday, all was achieved!  She even scored 2 goals!

We are looking forward to watching her have a great time.  If only the weather would get a bit cooler.  It gets hot chasing a 1 year old around!

September 19, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

There aren't many words.  Maybe it was too good to be true.

Yep, happened Sept. 5.  Luckily, I was at work and happened to look at my ring while I was eating lunch.  I noticed it looked funny and went to look at it.  The stone just fell out.  It's chipped. Hard to see in the pic above.  

It's at the store getting looked at it.  I'm still within my 90 days of purchase so I'm pretty sure I'm going to return it and start at square one.  So disappointed.

September 18, 2012

Tip Tuesday

Disclaimer:  I am no expert at anything, except NOT being at expert at anything. These tips are just something that have helped me, or someone else, or could help me, or you. That's my goal. I'm not all about the telling you what to do. So take them as you will.

I have never been a fan of vegetables, especially green ones.   Green beans, lima beans, peas, lettuce, etc.  ICK.

Well, during my last pregnancy something changed.  I've gotten used to green beans.  I actually order them as a side at some restaurants.  Shocker, I know. 

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 What else I have learned?  To eat your veggies FIRST.  Get them out of the way.  Then dig into your crabs or meat or whatever else you have.  I like steamed green beans and if I wait til halfway through my meat, they get cold and then aren't as appealing. 

So your handy Tip for today is EAT YOUR VEGGIES.  And, eat them first.

September 17, 2012

All Over the Place

Fair warning. This post is going to be all over the place. And long.

Some days I feel like I really have it together. Whatever IT is.  I'm OCD organized and lunches are packed and everybody gets up on time with no drama, etc.  Usually at this point of the year, I've at least done some Christmas shopping. 

Not this year.

Most of the time I feel ALL over the place (like this post).  I never imagined just how much my life would change after baby #2 came along.  I never knew how much kindergarten would change my life.

Man, was I wrong.  No, delusional.

Yeah, I'm still OCD organized but I feel like that only helps me barely stay afloat.

Most weekends include me having a to do list 10 miles long.  And here it is Monday, with only a few things (if that) crossed off.  

But you know what?  Yesterday I had a list about 5 miles long of things I wanted to accomplish.  Well, Big Sister wanted her bed rearranged, so we did that.  Then, we danced.  Like no one was watching.  All 3 girls.  And it was fabulous.  Did my to do list get done?  Not even close.  Did we make memories? Absolutely.  So what that I didn't have time to run or cook meals for all week?

Last week, Big Sister had one awesome week of kindergarten.  She's had some real struggles that have caused me to lose sleep.  They were the same problems I gave my parents when I started school.  

So yes Mom, I see you laughing.

I've struggled with wondering if I was putting unrealistic expectations on her.  Or if it was all what *I* wanted for her.  I didn't want her to be the kid that everyone said was always on a red light (which she wasn't, always).  I didn't want her to be the 'problem' child of the class and have to talk with her teacher a few times a week (yeah, we've done that already, week 2 maybe?).

Then I started thinking.  She's just going to have to figure it all out on her own.  We started a reward chart, instead of always taking stuff away.  We started with a super low goal of how many stickers she needed to get on order to get the prize or treat that she picked.  Needless to say, the 1st week we did the chart, didn't go so well.  We changed it up the next week and she did better and met her goal.  One week in there we were out for 3 days due to Isaac and she was sick one day.

For some reason, this past week, she's 'got' it.  Something clicked.  She was on green for 6 days and counting.

This may seem super petty to some, but for us, it's HUGE.  We've celebrated every day.  Oh yeah, and that sticker chart for last week?  Had every single sticker on it. I never EVER dreamed she would do that well.  

I think (I hope) she's realizing that green is way more fun that the alternatives!

Plus, I think she and her teacher have finally come to understand each other. And they absolutely adore each other.  We've become an Alcorn State University fan because our teacher's husband is their new football coach.  We hope he does well (see, all over the place I am!).

I would also like to be able to say that I don't care what other people think.  I can say that all day long.  It's not true but I can say it.  My whole life (sounds ancient but only 33 years), I've always wanted to be everyone's friend.  Well, almost everybody.  I want people to like me.  I want people to want to be my friend.  I want to do things for others in hopes that they will do them for me one day.

For some reason, I feel like I need everyone's acceptance.  Don't ask me why. If I knew, this post would be irrelevant.  Maybe this is a post for another day?

When I lost my ring and had to go without (see Wednesday's post for the rest of the story or the continuation of it), I felt like everyone was looking at my hand.  Call it trivial if you want.  But, it flat out bothers me when I walk into Walgreens with my daughter (s) and I feel like everyone is looking at my hand and saying,"Oh, just another divorced woman with kids."  If that's you, please don't be offended.  That's not my intention.  I just feel like people are wrongly judging me.

There are a lot of other areas that I feel like I need other's acceptance.  Well, most things I feel that.  I'm working on it.  I think that was the biggest issue had with this kindergarten stuff.  I didn't want my child labeled.  I didn't want her labeled as the bad kid especially.  

I was putting unrealistic expectations on her.  (Can you tell I'm reading Unglued?  Still haven't finished it but I'm working on it).  We've learned (learning) how to talk to each other.  One day last week, I was dropping her off at school.  She wanted me to let her walk in instead of our normal drop off in the carpool line.  When I told her she could walk in by herself, she pitched a fit.  When we got back in the car and went thru the carpool line (yeah, I know, DRAMA), she finally admitted to me that she was scared.  She is still a little unsure of some things. My (what I thought) 100% Miss Independent actually DOES want her Mama for some things.  And the fit only lasted 2 seconds and wasn't a full blown melt down before school.  

It's almost like we've come to some middle ground.  I've chilled some (I think anyway) and she's calmed some too.  We've met in the middle.  We are understanding each other more.  She knows that it bugs the you know what out of me when I have to tell her 10 times to do something.  I tell her once (ok maybe twice) and if she doesn't do it, she either has to sit on her bed (and not play) or she gets stickers taken away.  If she doesn't shower for 3 days? So be it.  She will once her friends tells her she stinks.

I've changed my expectations of her.  And honestly?  You know who I have to thank?  My husband.  Since he works such awful hours, most of the parenting and discipline is left to me.  When we were riding home from Starkville a few weeks ago (remember no kids? Yeah, had time to talk.), he was the one that said my expectations were too high and he was right.  He's the one that told me how to handle this child.  And, so far, it's working.

So, like I said, this has been all over the place.  Plus my use of parenthesis is a bit much (too much Boomama maybe?).  Sometimes it's just helpful to write it all down.  

Maybe this was one of those that I should just written and not posted?  Oh well.  Thanks to all who have helped me with Big Sister.  I hope this trend continues.

I will say that I am blessed to have 2 healthy, beautiful girls and a husband that loves us.

September 16, 2012

Happy Birthday B!

Man, I can't believe it!  Today is my nephew Bradley's 3rd birthday.  Seems like just yesterday he was born.

Bradley B! We are so excited for you!  You are ALL boy and we love that.  You are not only a Mama's boy but a Daddy's boy too.  You've come a long way this past year and we are so proud of you!

Happy birthday to the boy who is the absolute sweetest to his baby cousin E (who is no longer a baby!).  Have a great birthday!  We love you!!!

September 13, 2012


I had this nice long blog post ready to publish the other day.  Then I went back and read it.  All of it seemed so petty.  While it was cathartic to write, I realize some things are better if left unpublished.

I hope I will have time soon to blog more often. I have many many more topics in my brain and in my memo on my phone.

September 12, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

My little musical family, minus me, the one with the least amount of musical ability.  Big Sister tells me I can be their manager....

September 11, 2012

More Birthday Wishes

Happy birthday to cousin Daniel, who, I am sure, does not read this blog.

AND, happy birthday to the one and only LBS!  She is a faithful reader who sends me lots of blog content!  I was honored to direct her wedding back in June.  What fun we had! Thanks for putting your trust in me!

Happy birthday Daniel and LB!  We are glad to have you in our Sept. birthday circle!

Since today is birthday day, your Tuesday Tip is to send your friends and family an actual birthday card in the MAIL every year. They may not keep them but it means more than a FB post!

September 10, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!

Yeah, it's my birthday.  It's just another day.  Another day I'm blessed to be breathing!  Enjoy this Monday!

And, happy birthday to Ron "The Stud" Manning and my (sort of) cousin by marriage, Craig P!  There is no way for you to follow how we are/aren't related!

September 9, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Love!

Today is the hubby's 33rd birthday.  Since he's only off 1 weekend a month, we decided to make a quick trip to Starkville last weekend for the 1st football game of the season to celebrate his birthday, sans kids.

 We played Jackson State and their band, the Sonic Boom, is absolutely amazing!

Wrap it in Maroon and White baby!

What an awesome time we had.  Minus the fact that our best friends were not home (but were awesome enough to let us crash at their house and use their tickets) and it being a MILLION degrees with 2000% humidity, we had a great time.  

We tailgated.  It was HOT.

We ate fast food late at night.  

We slept in.  

We ate birthday lunch at (his fav) Ruby Tuesday at 11 am on a Sunday. 

We spent entirely too much at the campus bookstore.  We had some excellent, uninterrupted (did I mention we were sans kids?) conversation on the trip home.

We came home and had some much needed time with our girls.

I remember celebrating his 17th birthday with him.  What a long way we've come.  And I feel like I love him more and more every single day!

Happy birthday my Love!  

You are such a great Dad to our munchkins.  We are so opposite that we complete each other.  I'm glad we had such great conversations this weekend.

I love it when we laugh together.  I love how you try to be all sentimental when it comes to me and the girls, yet I've never seen you cry!

I love how you like to be spontaneous and NEVER want to make plans.  Like I said, total opposites.

Your girls and I hope you have the best 33rd birthday you could ever have!  We love you with all our hearts!

September 5, 2012

Wordless Wednesday

A little post-Hurricane fun!  Sunglasses and rain boots.  We were all a little stir crazy at this point.

September 4, 2012

Tip Tuesday

Disclaimer:  I am no expert at anything, except NOT being at expert at anything. These tips are just something that have helped me, or someone else, or could help me, or you. That's my goal. I'm not all about the telling you what to do. So take them as you will.

This tip is from experience.  If you are going to a place with a salad bar or a frozen yogurt put your toppings on it yourself kind of place, make sure you check out the toppings FIRST. Or the salad dressing FIRST.

My husband's favorite restaurant when we lived in Starkville was Ruby Tuesday.  Mainly because he LOVES a good salad.  I mean a piled so high on your plate that you have to poke your fork down it like a straw kind of salad.  Yeah.  Me?  Could live the rest of my life without lettuce.

He got that salad all nice and fixed about 2 times and then realized they had to Italian dressing.  Talk about heartache for him.  He will not eat anything else dressing-wise.  He will now sometimes eat balsamic vinaigrette but would prefer Italian.  If you force me to eat salad, it has to have Ranch.  And lots of it.  Kind of defeats the purpose.

I digress.

I went to our new frozen yogurt place the other day to get a gift card for someone.  Well, of course, I had to get some yogurt while I was there.  Luckily, I looked at the topping bar before I selected my flavor because they didn't have Snickers out this time.  Plain vanilla or chocolate would not have been good with no Snickers.  So I picked another flavor.

Basically, the tip here is to research your toppings before you hit the buffet!

I know you are all smarter after reading my tips!  You are welcome.