Monday, October 29, 2007

It's almost NOVEMBER!!!

Happy Monday everyone.

So, did you guys have a nice weekend? Mine was fun. Let's see...On Friday night, Jayla had a game...yeah, they won, lol. Saturday, Jayla went to the big Stingrays game with daddy. She felt like she had a little independence since mommy wasn't there to keep an eye on her, while daddy coached. But that's where good friends, with daughters the same age as Jayla come in...Jayla was being watched but didn't really know it :-). I went to my all day crop on Saturday and actually got a few things done. I'll share those LO's as soon as I get them scanned. We decided to take a break and go here for dinner. It was pretty yummy. Then we went on a little field trip to Michaels. Anyway, we had a nice time and I got home a little after 11 that evening. Oh, the Stingrays won the game on Saturday...can you believe it? And I wasn't even there :-). The score was 9 - 2! They also played on Sunday and won that game 5 - 1. I sure hope the boys play this well when we go to tournament the weekend of Nov. 10th.

Ok, is it just me or is this year FLYING by? I simply cannot believe that on Thursday of this week, it will be November! Another thing I can't believe, is that my baby has finally learned to tie her shoes...ok, her daddy's shoes :-). Check this out:

For the life of me, I can't figure out exactly how she does it. But the bottom line is, she gets 'er done!!! The 100th day of school is quickly approaching. And this is one thing they want the kindergartners to know how to do; is tie their shoes. So I guess the extra 3 - 4 minutes we spend every morning is paying off.

Party plans: Well, things are coming together for the upcoming Luau. The invitations are filled out and will be mailed within the next week. I already have my "shopping cart" filled up here. And I did my pricing of other items at Party City today. So now I just have to tell daddy how much money I'm gonna need to pull this shin dig off.

ANYWAY, not much else going on here...not today anyway. Oh, I did work at Jayla's school this morning. And I thought I was gonna have to DROP KICK this little girl that I had to work with today. I am SOOO thankful that I have a well behaved daughter who listens, not only to her parents, but to her teachers and any other authoritative person in her life. I am also thankful that we taught her the "basics" before putting her in the hands of her teachers. I am a firm believer that a teachers job is to reinforce at school, those "basics" that should be taught at home...NOT the other way around. Ok, don't get me started on this one....

Before I go, I want to share a few cute pictures with you. This is what Jayla does to Trae in her spare time :-). She loves to dress him up and make "leashes" and drag him around the house :-).

Doesn't he look disgusted? LOL

Not real sure what she's doing to him here. I think this one of her "vet" moments.

Please excuse Jayla's messy play area :-).

THIS is one of my favorites...albeit blurry. I love seeing them together and sharing moments like this. They both love looking out the should hear Jayla telling Trae who might be driving down the street, or to look at the birds or at the "pretty day".

And with that, I'll bid you all a farewell. Enjoy your day and I'll see ya later in the week. Toodles!!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Flower Fix & weekend plans

Hello everyone. So, how has your week been? Once again, mine has been a blur. How bout a recap:

Monday - Volunteered at Jayla's school and ran errands. Soccer practice that evening.
Tuesday - Met a friend for breakfast then went to Archivers to look at scrapbooking stuff that I don't need.
Wednesday - Took my MIL to the doctor and got some great news. You may remember, a few weeks ago she was in the hospital and then had a follow up. Well, the day of the follow up, they sent her to have a MRA done due to her dizziness. They found a small clot that could potentially turn into an aneurysm. Well on Wednesday of this week, she had a follow up with an Neurologist. He showed us about how big the spot in her brain is. It's VERY small. He assured us that it wasn't dangerous and is more than likely NOT the cause of her headaches or bouts of dizziness. It maybe something as simple as her immune system being a little off...which is very "fixable". What an answer to prayer. Then on Wednesday night, I had my weekly Girls Night, which started with, yet another, trip to Archivers (It was on the way...gimme a break!). Had a ball. Didn't get much scrapping done...but I laughed a lot (as usual).
Thursday - I went on a "road trip" to another county to a JoAnns store (the one I usually go to didn't have what I needed). I was VERY disappointed when I found it as it was simply a dressed up hole in the wall. HATE when that happens. I get ALL the way over there and they didn't have it either, ARGH!!! Oh well, you live and you learn :-).
Friday/Today: I volunteered at Jayla's school again. Still trying to figure out "how I got here" being this point in my life. What a great class she's in.

And now for my weekend plans:

~Jayla is supposed to have a soccer game tonight. But it rained a little bit earlier. And if it starts back up, it wouldn't surprise me if they cancelled it.
~Tomorrow, there are no morning games. But the big Stingrays play at 2pm. I'm gonna have to miss that game, as I will be going to scrapbook with my buddies from 2 until 10pm or so. Can't wait for that! Guess I'd better get my pictures together to work on.
~Sunday, we'll go to Sunday school/church. Then the boys have another game later in the day.

Welp, that's about it for me. What a life, huh? :-) (Somebody's gotta live it...may as well be me!)

Thank you all for your patience and your time. And now, without further ado, here's your Flower Fix:
That's a pretty way to end a post, huh? I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I've been tagged...

Hey, I was recently tagged by Mari to list 7 Random Facts about myself! Thanks lady. I'm almost positive that I've done this before, a couple times maybe. But I'm pretty sure that since then, there are now a few more "odd/different" things about myself that I can list. lol. So here goes. But first....

Here are the rules:
~Link to the person that tagged you
~Post these rules on your blog
~Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself
~Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs
~Let each person know that they've been tagged by leaving a coment on their blog

7 Random Facts About Me:
1. I named my oldest daughter (Briyanna) after a Cabbage Patch doll that I was given the summer before I had her. I spelled her name a little differently though. Hmmm, now that I think about it, I'm not even sure she knows that :-).
2. I still have nightmares when I watch a scary movie. As a matter of fact, I actually cover my eyes at the spooky parts.
3. I am constantly reading magazines, books and articles on ORGANIZATION. But I never "do" what they suggest. I just like saying, "Hmmm, that's a good idea. I'm gonna do that one day!"
4. I enjoy changing diapers. Not to worry, I'm not some kind of perv or anything. I just love for babies to be comfy and dry.
5. I CANNOT add (or subtract,or multiply, or divide) in my head! I still count on my fingers. Basically, I am TERRIBLE at math. I admit it. As much as I LOVE coupons, I hate having to wonder, how much I'm really getting off. For the life of me, I can't figure that kinda stuff out. CALCULATORS ARE MY FRIEND!!!
6. Based on my #5 answer, you may find this hard to believe. But, I worked for SEVERAL years in accounts payable for a major telecommunications company. Again, calculators are my friend! LOL
7. I LOVE to type. BLOGGING is my friend :-)

Well, that's a wrap! Now I realize that I'm supposed to tag 7 people. However, I have noticed that most of the people who's blogs I read, have already been tagged by someone else. So I guess I'm kinda breaking the chain, so to speak. BUT...if you're reading this and you have NOT done this yet, consider yourself tagged. :-)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Inspired to INSPIRE....

Happy Monday everyone!

My goodness, where did my day go? I've been running like a crazy woman all morning. And here it is, almost 5pm already.

Backing up a few days, how bout a weekend recap? (Good idea!)
~Saturday, Jayla had a game and she scored one goal. Yay JAYLA!!! The big Stingrays had a game at noon and won 6 - 2! What a great game. They are doing so well. Oh, and guess what? The team that was undefeated and who was in the #1 position lost on Saturday (this is the team that beat us last Sunday 8 - 2). Honestly, I hate to hear when any team loses...but this put us in a good standing. Hope they continue to play this well as tournament is coming up in a few weeks.

~Saturday evening, we went over to some friends house for a get together. This is the friend who'd been asking to see Trae. She felt she'd make it up to us and invite us over for dinner :-). Oh my goodness, the food was SO YUMMY!!!

~Sunday, we heard a totally awesome sermon in church. The basic question was "How did I get here?" That's a question I often ask myself. I mean, I'm living a life that, in my early adult years, would be a life I didn't see myself living. I NEVER thought that I'd want to be a SAHM. But, here I am and I LOVE it. I NEVER thought that I'd be that mom that volunteers at my kids school. But, where did I find myself every Monday morning? Yep, volunteering in Jayla's class. And I LOVE it! When you think about it, the answer to "How did I get here", is very simple to answer. I don't really believe in "luck" or "coincidence". I'm at the point that I'm at in my life simply because this is where God wants me to be. I know that because everything is working out so perfectly. And due to my being imperfect...I KNOW it's nothing that I've done. Too cool, huh?

~Today, I worked at Jayla's school for a few hours. They were supposed to go on a field trip today to a local park. But it's raining and the trip was cancelled (for the 2nd time). So, I made lunch for me and Jayla and I stayed and ate lunch with her and her classmates. So fun!

Well, that brings me up to date :-). Practice has been cancelled tonight due to the rain. So I get to have a nice relaxing evening with Jayla (Daddy goes to a friends house on Monday nights to watch football). Oh, and speaking of rain...that brings me to todays words of inspiration. Enjoy.

I used to listen to the weather, but lately I don't seem to care.
Sunshine and rain no longer matter, except in the expression you wear.
When raindrops dare to dampen the sweet windows of your soul,
washing away your tender tears is my most important goal.
And when the sunshine reappears in your charming, disarming smile,
I know I'll save that warming image, in my eternal memory file.

Have a wonderful day, my friends. And continue to be inspired...

Friday, October 19, 2007

Friday Flower Fix, Ants & other stuff

Happy Friday everybody!!!

Ok, I've got a few things to cover this morning. So let's get to it.

First, and foremost, here's your FRIDAY FLOWER FIX:

So, what have you guys got planned for the weekend? All I can say is that I hope it's something you can do outdoors. Fall is TRULY upon us now. I LOVE this time of year. Needless to say, we'll be spending our weekend on the soccer field...which doesn't hurt my feelings at ALL.

But speaking of being "hurt"...yesterday, I decided to take Trae to the fields with us while Jayla practiced. BAD IDEA!!! I mean, he's a really good dog. But he's SO spastic!! lol A friend of ours has been, all but begging me to bring Trae to the field so she can meet him. And the only day we're at the fields at the same time is on Thursdays. So we finally had a Thursday that it wasn't raining and I was able to take Trae. And don't you know, my friend wasn't even there? Something about having to work late...that's original! :-) Anyway, I took ole boy with me and he slobbered all over the windows, doors and me! YUCK!!! I think he was a little nervous going over there because the boy was just shivering. I guess he thought we were going back to the vet where that freaky grey cat was. Anyhoo, we get to the field and he about hangs himself trying to get out of the van. I could almost hear him saying, "MOM! Look at all those BALLS!!! (cough cough) Are those for me? (hack cough) Oooo, look at that one! Oooo, that one's pretty! (hack hack) Oh look at all the people I can jump up on and lick!" This place is SO much bigger than our backyard!" (cough). He about choked to death trying to walk in 4 different directions at one time. Snatching and dragging me with him. But after the initial 10 minutes of excitement, he calmed down and was pretty good. Then daddy showed up and the excitement came with it :-). He did well though. However, I did have to tell my friend that her chances to see "the handsome one" have now been least at the soccer fields. So I guess she'll have to visit the ole boy on his own turf. NOW...I said all this to say, that my shoulders and my left ankle are a little sore this morning. But I'm awight!! :-)

I have a short, cute Jayla story to share with you. This morning, I was doing her hair before leaving for school. And our conversation went a little something like this:

J - "Hey mom, do ants like pie?"

M - (a little off guard) "Uh, I'm not sure honey. But it's sweet, so they probably do."

J - "OH!"

M - "Why do you ask?"

J - "No reason. I was just checkin."


J - "Hey mom, do ants fart?"

M - (Big out loud laugh) "WHAT?? Where did THAT question come from?"

J - "I dunno...I was just checkin."

That little girl is a mess. The questions she comes up with. I just wish I was in a position to write them down more often...or better yet, had a better memory :-).

I was recently tagged by my buddy, Colleen. I think I've done this list before, but it was several moons ago. So, I'll try it again.

List of 4

4 jobs I've have: 1. Jewelry sales 2. Cake decorator 3. Directors Assistant 4. Mom

4 movies I (do) could watch over & over: 1. The Color Purple 2. Die Hard 3. Rush Hour (both) 4. True Lies

4 TV shows I watch: 1. Clean House 2. Crossing Jordan 3. American Justice 4. The First 48 (do you see a pattern here? I kinda like "who dunnit" and forensic type shows)

4 places I've lived: 1. NY 2. Stone Mountain, GA 3. Norcross, GA 4. Powder Springs, GA

4 of my favorite foods: 1. Pasta 2. Shrimp 3. O'Charley's Loaded Potato Soup 4. Chick Fil A

4 of my favorite colors: 1. Purple 2. Pink 3. Red 4. Purple :-)

4 places I would love to be now: 1. Destin, FL on the beach 2. Hawaii 3. Shopping like crazy for stuff for my craft room 4. Napping with Jayla

4 names I like but would not use for my children: (what a question) 1. Jazmin 2. Morgan 3. Garrett 4. Astrid

Now wasn't that fun? I think the normal protocol is to tag 4 people to do this. So let's see, how bout: Cheryl, Susie Q., BEM & Thomisia. And if there there's anyone else who's interested, please, feel free.

Well, I think that's all I've got for now. I know, that's ENUFF!!! :-) Ya'll have a great weekend and remember....

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Soooo, Dawn, what have YOU been up to???

Hey ya'll.

Ok, I've come to the conclusion that, I'm either a VERY boring person, therefore, I don't have anything to blog about. OR, I have too many things going on, therefore, I don't have time to blog. Hmmm, which is it?............I got nuthin! :-)

A friend of mine told me that I'm not "boring"...but I think that sometimes my life may be a little mundane to my readers. So, I guess I kinda took a few days to figure out if, in fact me and/or my life are in fact boring. What did I come up with? I'm glad you asked.... Bottom line is...I just haven't had much to write about. Simple as that. :-)

And not that nothing has been going on around me, mind you...just not alot of blogworthy stuff. But, just to make myself, and maybe you guys, feel better, here's what I've been up to: (try to keep up...hee hee)

1. Did ya'll know that Jayla plays soccer & her daddy is a coach? LOL. Who wants to alert the media? Jayla has practice every Monday and Thursday evening from 6pm - 7pm. Since daddy coaches the big Stingrays, he has to hang around for their practice, which is from 7pm - 8:30pm. Jayla and I leave after her practice so we can prepare for school the next day. THEN, there are games on the weekends.

2. You may remember several posts back, I mentioned that I was having "issues" with asking my hubby if I could have Markell's old bedroom as my craft/scrapbooking room? Well, he said a roundabout kinda way. So, I've actually been working on trying to get that set up. I'm at a stand still with it though. Now, I'm trying to figure out what the "loan application" process is, as I need money to proceed. Loan application process? Yes, that's what I'm calling it. Being that I'm a SAHM, my cash flow is a little limited. So, I have to get "Dawn" money in spurts. Personally, I think it would be easier if I just had all the money in hand so that I can move on with my room. I've already chosen the paint color (as well as the primer color...hee hee). Other than that, I just need to purchase shelving, a clock, curtains and a lamp (and maybe a cool phone). Hubby was on vacation last week, so he moved 2 tables in there for me, YAY! SO, I guess that's where I've been spending most of my time...standing in this almost empty room trying to envision it as MY space. I'll keep you guys posted and will share before & after pix once it's done.

3. Jayla's 6th birthday is coming up next month. Along with trying to wrap my brain around the fact that my BABY is moving on to the "other hand" (albeit just one additional finger). I'm trying to plan her party. I try to keep the birthdays as fun as possible. So this year, Jayla will be having a Hawaiian Luau. How stinkin fun is that???

(NOTE: this picture has no "birthday" significance. I took this picture a couple weeks ago when we went to the State Fair on a field trip. I just thought it was cute and thought I'd break up all the talking, hee hee).

ANYWAY, back to this party. The difficult part has been trying to pick a day to have it. Her birthday is on the 20th, so that's out, being that it's on a Tuesday. So we were trying to decide if we should do it on the 24th or the 17th. The 24th is the Saturday after Thanksgiving and several of her friends will be out of town. BUT, my mom will be here and she's never been to one of Jayla's party's. So, we wanted to celebrate while Granny was here. THEN, the 17th is actually MY birthday and daddy didn't want to have her party that day, as we'd be going out to dinner later that evening. And we don't want to rush Jayla's party. OK, Mommy, make a decision already!!! Sheesh!!! Ok, we're gonna have Jayla's party on the 17th (AND the 24th) and go out for my birthday on the 16th. We're gonna have the big party on the 17th,with all her friends. Then a small family party on the 24th, so that my mom can help us celebrate. NOW...on with the planning!!! So exciting. I found the cutest flip-flop invitations on clearance at Target yesterday. So now I don't have to make them myself. As with everything, I'll keep ya'll posted on the upcoming event.

4. My poor puppy, Trae hasn't been to the vet since December of last year. So many unexpected expenses have come up since then (vehicles), that we just haven't had time to take him. Well, last week, while Daddy was on vacation, we took the ole boy to the vet. For some reason, this dude thinks that he's still under 10 pounds. He tried to sit in my lap as we drove him to his appt. Half of him was draped over my lap and the other half was in the back seat :-). Fortunately, the vet isn't that far away, so the inability for me to breathe wasn't really an issue for very long, lol. We get there and Trae is freaking out because there's this cat wandering around the lobby. I was SO glad that daddy was there, as there was NO way I could've handled that dog by myself. We were finally called into the examining room and they immediately took Trae to be weighed in. At a little over 2 years old, the guy is 70.6 pounds! And due to him still being under the age of 3, the doc says he may have about 5 - 10 more pounds to go until he's considered full grown. GREAT!!! Anyway, here he is...such a handsome "little" boy.

Well, that's about all I can think of right now. I'm SURE I've been up to more than this. But again, it's all that comes to mind at the moment. I'm still doing my volunteer work at Jayla's school. Still having my weekly girls nights. And still taking care of my family and home.

Now, life doesn't get much better than this. Seriously...I totally love my life. It may be boring to some. But I can't help but think that that's due to a lack of understanding my "job". Some people don't understand how the life of a SAHM can be exciting. Well trust me, it is. Sure, there are days that I wonder what I'm gonna do to get through the slow passing hours of the day. But you know what? My life is a gift & a blessing and I wouldn't have it any other way. Bottom line is, not only is my life exciting and fun, but it's fulfilling!!! I rest well at night and I'm safe in my own world. God makes sure of that every, single day!!! No wonder I'm so INSPIRED!!!

Oh, here's one more random picture. She's just TOO cute not to end this post on.

Ya'll have a GROOVY day (I am!)

Sunday, October 14, 2007

What a SLACKER!!!

Hey ya'll.

Ok, OK...I admit it, I'm a SLACKER. I know I said in my post on Friday that I'd be back with a "better" post. Well, yesterday got away from me and I'm not getting back here until now. Well, I guess I didn't actually say WHEN I'd be back, huh? I am. So, how's your weekend going so far? Mine is going pretty well. Let's see, here's the breakdown thus far:

~Friday, my MIL and I went to the grocery store. And I wound up spending $97! What's up with that? I didn't have but a couple things to get. I HATE when that happens.

~Later Friday evening, me and several of my gal pals got together for an event sponsored by this group. It was pretty nice. The theme was "birthdays". So we had a big ole birthday party for everybody. Afterwards, several of us went out for dessert. I had no idea there were still places on earth where people could smoke indoors. Well, this place we went had a smoking "section". So needless to say, we were all a little smokey smelling by the time we left. We all got a kick out of where our husbands thought we may have REALLY been that night :-).

~Yesterday, I jumped up at 6:30am because I thought it was a weekday and I had over slept :-). Marque quickly reminded me that it was Saturday. WHEW!!! Jayla had yet another 9am game. Only half of the other team showed up, so we had to forfeit. But we went ahead and played them anyway, it just didn't "count". So, let's keep up with tradition and say the Lil Stingrays won! LOL. Later in the day, the big Stingrays played. And BOY did they PLAY!!! They won 11 - 0!!! Talk about a BLOW OUT!!! Fortunately, the other teams coach knows our coaches and wasn't that upset about his team losing. He told our coaches that the Stingrays are an awesome team and he didn't think we were just "scoring at will" to be mean and to stack the score. I mean, c'mon...10 of the 16 boys that were there yesterday scored. So it was a great game. Only bad thing was, Jayla lost my Sapphire ring :-(. But it's partially my fault. I shouldn't have let her see it. She was sitting right in front of me and I was watching her with it. But I'm thinking that the game just got exciting and I totally forgot that she had it. So it didn't even dawn on me to ask her for it when she got up to go play with her the grass...behind me. When it finally hit me that I no longer had it on, it was too late. I was just thankful that I hadn't let her see my engagement/diamond ring instead...because she DID ask for that one. After the game, serveral of us went here, of all places, for dinner. (insert rolling eyes here) :-). It was fun though.

~Today, we went to church. The Stingrays have yet another game this afternoon at 4pm. And from what we here, this is gonna be their hardest game of the season. So hopefully, they'll keep up with their winning streak and not let the potential difficulty of todays team get the best of them. (6:45pm EST game update. Well, todays game was very difficult, just as we expected. But the boys played really well. However, not well enough. We lost 8 - 2 :-(. But like I said, they played really well and played THEIR game. It's just that the team we played has been playing U14 for 2 seasons longer than us. We just moved up this season. SO....having that in mind, our boys played they little hearts out. Well, there's always next weekend.)

ANYway...that's all I've got for now. I'll update later (maybe) with the outcome of todays game. Until then, ya'll enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Quick Friday Flower Fix...more later

Top of the mornin to ya'll! (well, considering it's 10:30am EST, I guess that makes it the middle of the morning, huh?) You people are so picky!! LOL

I'm actually typing this and thinking about my next move at the same time. I've gotta run out for a bit, so I'll give you your "FIX" now and I'll be back later with a little bit better post.

Ya'll enjoy now, ya hear?

I'll be BACK!! :-D

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

And NOW, ladies and gents.....

....I introduce to you...

The Cobb Futbol Club U8 Lil Stingrays

And the "STAR" player (in my eyes of course)

Isn't this just the cutest little team? Too bad all of them weren't there for picture day. We're missing about 3 other kids. I love how the coaches look so proud. The head coach is pictured on the left and beside him is his little pretty, Ashlee.

It's becoming common knowledge around the fields, that this is the cutest team in the league :-). I'd have to what my daughter has big ole bags under her eyes because is 8:15 IN THE MORNING!!! LOL

Monday, October 08, 2007

Weekend recap & Inspired to Inspire

Hey ya'll! It just dawned on me, that I haven't been much of an inspiration lately. Sorry. My intentions have been there...I guess I just haven't made it happen.

But today, I'm gonna start off with a little nugget of inspiration for ya. There's actually a reason behind today's quote...I'll explain in a minute.

"For the mother is and must be, whether she knows it or not, the greatest, strongest and most lasting teacher her children have."

Ok, I really like this quote. And the reason I chose it today is because it goes perfectly with my morning. Let's talk about it, shall we?

You may remember, last Monday, I started volunteering for one hour a week in Jayla's kindergarten class. Well, I went today and had a fun time with the kids. I got to work with a small group of 3 kids. We worked on a Columbus Day project. HOWEVER, (isn't there always a "however"?) There was this little girl working with me, and I'm sure she's a really sweet kid...HOWEVER, that chick kept sneezing and coughing on me!!! And she kept scooting her chair closer and closer to me. I don't mind her wanting to sit by me...but STOP freakin sneezing all over me!!! I told her several times to cover her mouth and/or turn her head. Shoot, even the other kids at the table were telling her the same thing. Finally, the teacher noticed that I was being immersed in snot & spit, so she told the girl to turn her head and go blow her nose. No WONDER they keep so many bottles of hand sanitizer around the classroom.

I said all this to is NOT the teachers job to teach a child proper manners. Things like common courtesy, saying "please"/"thank you" and HYGIENE should be taught at home....and reinforced at school. But that's just me!!

Anyway, after we were done with our little project, I doused myself with a few pumps of the ole hand, I was rubbing in on my arms like lotion, LOL. God FORBID I get a cold and give it to Jayla. That child would have a HISSY FIT if she missed a single day of school!!!

Alright, alright...enough about my morning. It was fun though. So, this weekend....Jayla had a game on Saturday, and as always...let's say they won, lol :-). Afterwards, we went home, took a little nap. Then headed over to the head coaches house for a little get together. The guys, which includes most of the big Stingrays, the 3 coaches and a few other parents went to play laser tag in the woods. Afterwards, they all came back to Coach's house for pizza, cookie cake, brownies and a bunch of other snacks. Everyone had a great time. And the food was YUMMY!!! Especially the Shrimp Bisque and home made salsa!

Sunday, we kinda slept we didn't make it to church. Ooops! Then around 3pm we had to leave for the Stingrays game. My goodness, they played at a field up in God's country...45 minutes away from our house but only 1 - 2 hours South of TN!!! Let's put it this way, we were NOT in a place that we wanted to be in after dark...if you know what I mean :-D. I had to potty so bad by the time we got up there...but I held it because there was NOTHING nearby that even looked like a public restroom. And I'm not too fond of peeing in the woods. So I sat like a nice little girl and cheered on our Stingrays from my chair :-). No sudden jump ups or anything. And yes, they won...they BETTER had after driving all the way to Eastbumblefart, GA (NOTE: not technically the name of the town...I don't think). Oh, the score was 8 - 3...YAY STINGRAYS!!! After the game, about 4 families caravaned outta there and headed back to civilization for dinner at TGIFridays.

Ok, well, there you have it. That's my weekend in a nutshell. Next weekend promises to be just as exciting. Both teams play on Saturday then the big Stingrays play again on Sunday afternoon. Hopefully, in a town with more than one traffic light :-).

Have a groovy day. And remember, Be Inspired...I AM!!!

Friday, October 05, 2007

Happy Friday...with a little Flower Fix for good measure

Hey ya'll!! What a week. I think just about every blog I've read today is saying something about how busy this past week has been. Well, not to be mean, but I'm glad it's not just me :-).

I think I already mentioned what fun I had on Monday, volunteering at Jayla's school. Tuesday, I was supposed to have met a friend for breakfast. But I wasn't feeling it. So I hung around the house and cleaned up a little. Wednesday, is when the REAL fun began. I had to take my MIL to the doctor for what we THOUGHT would be a routine follow up appt. As we waited for the doctor to come in, mom and I discussed going out for breakfast after the appt. SO, the doc comes in and we all chatted a bit. She started asking us questions and then checked moms vital signs. You know, regular doctor appt stuff. Anyway, long story started getting dizzy and that really concerned the doctor. The dizziness took longer than it should've to pass. So the doctor wanted to schedule mom for an MRA scan. But get this...they can't do it at the office that we were at. It's now 11:30am and we have to be across town by 1pm AND pick Jayla up by 2. Hmmm, I'm good, but I ain't THAT good. I had to call daddy, give him the scoop on his mother then inform him that he'd get to join all the other mama's and papa's in the carpool line and pick up his little princess. Not a problem!

We make it to the other side of town in RECORD time. Thank GOD there was no traffic. And that the 6 cops we saw along the way were already occupied. It only took us 45 minutes to get there. We walk right in, mom gets her procedure done and we're walking out into...RAIN! Now we're both almost starving because we hadn't eaten all day. We head back to our side of town and all was well. Oh, and we got home about 5 minutes before daddy and Jayla. And wouldn't you know it...they come in with some wonderful smelling Chick Fil A...ARGH! I had my weekly girls night that night too. Needless to say, I was a zombie!!!

Let's see, Thursday. Yep, Thursday came...and went. And as for today, I'm meeting Colleen for a visit to Archivers and maybe some shoe shopping.

Tomorrow is soccer...assuming it doesn't rain and a birthday party. The big Stingrays don't play tomorrow, so it'll be a short visit at the fields. They play on Sunday....first time for everything.

Ok, that's all I've got for now. Oh, here's another Fall Flower Fix for ya!

Have a groovy weekend, my friends!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Happy Monday!!!

Hello everyone! It's Monday AGAIN...where did the weekend go?

Oh my goodness, you guys...this past weekend was GORGEOUS!!! The sky was a beautiful shade of blue, without a cloud in site! Every once in a while, there was a nice breeze and the temp couldn't have been above 85. Perfect weather for soccer. Hey, I'm glad you brought that

The Lil Stingrays played at 9am and let's just say they won :-). Jayla scored one goal, which was awesome. She seems to be really getting the hang of the rules and doesn't look so much to score all the time. She LOVES to be able to assist her team mates in scoring and loves to pass the ball. So she was very happy with only scoring once. Last season, it was so funny...every goal she scored she thought was worth 10 points each. So by the end of the game, let her tell it, she'd scored about 40 - 50 goals...LOL.

The Stingrays had their team pictures at 10:30 on Saturday morning. And this was a milestone in Stingray history. This was the first time in about 4 or 5 seasons that EVERY SINGLE player AND coach was there on picture day...AND on time!!! Now isn't it just our luck that this happens to be a season that Markell isn't there, so we may not get a team picture :-(. But all I can say is thank God for scanners! Doggonit...I'm gonna GET me a team picture!!!! After the pictures, we headed on up to the new fields that just opened. We were so excited that one of our games were scheduled there. The fields are BEAUTIFUL!!! The game got underway around noonish and it was ON AND POPPIN!!! LOL. I won't give you the play by play...I'll just put it in simple terms for you...the Stingrays ROCKED it!!! They won 10 - 3!!! What a game! It was so exciting. I just love watching those boys play together. It's amazing what playing with the same guys season after season will do for a team. I'm so proud of them.

After the game, several of us went out for Mexican food. I was so glad too, cuz I'd been craving a Fajita!!!

Then on Sunday, we went to Sunday School then listened to a wonderful sermon. Well, I only heard 1/2 of it. I don't know about you, but the smell of strong perfume gives me a headache. Two couples came in and sat near us (one in front of us and one behind) and the cologne/perfume they had on had a seat of it's own! Marque and I both sat there with our fingers across our upper lips trying to mask the smell. Oh my gosh, it was SO STRONG. 1/2 way through the service, my eyes were beginning to burn and the headache was kicking in big time. Marque looked over at me and said, "You and Jayla can go out if you want to!" Man, he didn't have to tell me but once! ARGH!!! Why do people do that? After church, we went out for a nice dinner. Oh how I love not having to cook on the weekends!

ANYWAY, today has been a fun day for me too. Today was my first day volunteering in Jayla's class. Every Monday for one hour, I get to help out in the class. Can you imagine...they asked ME to help with the "craft centers"! I had a really good time. And it was so cool to see Jayla being a "student". She's a really good kid. And her teacher says she's like that all the time. So I was glad that that wasn't a show for mommy :-). It was so funny, one little boy that sits at Jaylas table said, "Oooo, who's momma is THAT?" Jayla answered and said I was her mommy. The boy then said, "OH, I like yo momma!" Jayla quickly informed him of, not only how old I am, but how old I'll be on my birthday next month, LOL. Hmmm, I've still got it...even to 5 year olds :-).

Welp, that's about it for me today. Ya'll enjoy the rest of your day and I'll be talking to you soon! Be Inspired...I AM!!!