"There is nothing so wrong with America that cannot be cured with what's right in America."
Monday, May 28, 2007
Friday, May 25, 2007
Well, today is the last day of school for our kids. What a L-O-N-G school year this has been. But it was exciting too. Jayla totally enjoyed being in school everyday and learned SO much. She's so funny...as she's NOT looking forward to the summer break. Poor thing, just has no real concept of time and doesn't understand why she can't go to school for 2 months. She said to me earlier this week, "But mommy, I don't WANT another Spring break!" lol. Little does she know, the upcoming break is alot longer than the week she had off in the Spring. I sure hope she keeps this attitude about school.
Yesterday, they had their last field trip and went to a local park to play. I met her there and ate lunch with her and her classmates. I even let her use my camera to take a few pix of her friends. I'll have to show those later, as I left the camera with her teachers this morning so they can take some pix of the kids enjoying an ice cream party on their last day.
Markell, on the other hand is really looking forward to getting out of school. He successfully survived 6th grade and his first year of middle school. Although it was a VERY rough road for him (more on that in another post).
Lastly, I ask that you guys keep us in your thoughts and prayers over the next few weeks. Not only because it's going to be a chore to keep both a 12 year old boy and a 5 year old girl entertained for 2 + months :-). But because some major changes are about to take place in our home. My heart aches when I think of what's forthcoming. But I know that God will take care and will see us through. I do plan to share this with you all soon...when the time is right.
Have a beautiful weekend everyone!!!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
For some reason, the county we live in is no longer allowed to have graduation ceremonies for the Pre-K classes. Bummer!!! I remember when we first moved to Cobb County back in 1999, Markell had one...talk about cute.
Well, even though Jayla's class isn't going to have a ceremony, they did get to take cap & gown pictures....
Look how happy and proud she is! Besides the fact that this girl LOVES taking pictures, she was so excited to wear this "crap & gown" lol. See, she even had her little nails done :-). As tradition would have it, we'll be taking Jayla out to dinner this weekend at the restaurant of her choice. Markell chose Applebee's. And we think Jayla is leaning towards Red Lobster. Not because she loves or even LIKES seafood. But because she says they have the BESTESS macaroni & cheese :-).
Monday, May 21, 2007
Ok, I'm sure you're wondering how the boys did at the State Championship? Well, the road ends here. They played their little hearts out...and so did the teams they played. However, I will say that we had some AWFUL referees and they made some TERRIBLE calls. We had quite a few goals taken away because the refs were listening to the "other" parents whining and complaining. There are line judges and that's who the refs are supposed to get the TRUE calls from. But you know what they say, "the squeaky wheel gets the oil". Funny how those "speaky wheels" didn't squeak so much when their team caught up to us. Every game, we started off ahead. Then the ref started listening to the parents and in turn, making bad calls.
ANYWAY....no need in traveling back down that road. What's done is done. The Stingrays have SOO much to be proud of. They obviously did something right to have gotten this far. The district tournaments is as far as we've gotten in past seasons. But this time, they made it all the way to the State championships. That's something to be proud of! Remember the Mustangs? Well, they made it to the finals...but they had to play the one team with all the "squeaky wheels"...so they lost too. But again, Cobb FC was very well represented and those boys played their hearts out. Congratulations to the STINGRAYS and the MUSTANGS!!! You guys ROCK!!!
Now, for some pix from our fun weekend.
Cheryl, these first 2 are for you! I think you've found us a new tradition. As SOON as we got to the hotel, Jayla found the bed and HAD to jump on it. Now that she knows I don't mind AND I've got a camera in hand...all is right with the world :-) lol.
The next few shots were taken after the first game on Saturday. The boys played at 8am so they didn't really have time for a big breakfast. So between games, we all went to McDonalds. Have you ever been to a fast food restaurant with 11 pre-teens, 4 pre-schoolers/kindergardeners & about 12 adults? Talk about FUN!!! LOL.
The next game wasn't until 12:30pm...so the boys just chilled out on the McD's playground. Did you know you can climb better with cleats on? LOL (Yes, that's Markell laying on the top...hee hee)On Saturday, our "soccer" day was over around 2pm. So now the boys were ready for some down time. Several of them wanted to ride with us (Coach Marque), but we could only take four. The boys say that Coach Marque's ride is always "CRUNK" and bumpin the latest (clean) hip hop music :-). So here are the boys and Jayla getting "crunk" on the way back to the hotel.
The weather was GORGEOUS over the weekend. Ok...it was HOT!!! I found a way to rig up a supersized umbrella onto my chair. Here's some of the girls enjoying the shade that I'd created.
Well, that's about it for the pictures. Markell was a little too disappointed to let me take a picture of him after the game yesterday. But once we got some food in him, he was fine :-).
Lastly, let me take a minute to share one more thing with you. If you find time in your busy schedules to go to the movies...be sure to check out Shrek 3! It was SOOO cute and SOOO funny! We took the kids to see it Saturday night. Everyone loved it!
Have an awesome day!!
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
But I have to admit, the tag she gave was pretty darn interesting. The rules were for me to go to the Wikipedia site and type in my birthday, minus the year in the search bar. List 3 events, 2 births, 1 death and 1 holiday from my DOB, then tag 5 friends to do the same. Well, no one has ever said that I don't follow directions. SO...I did as I was asked...and here are the results:
1939, The Rome - Rio De Janeiro air connection is created.
2003, Arnold Schwarzenegger is inaugurated as Governor of California.
2004, K-Mart Corporation announces it's buying Sears Roebuck & Company for $11 billion and naming the newly merged company, Sears Holding Corporation.
1925, Rock Hudson, American Actor (d. 1985)
1944, Danny DeVito, American Actor
1998, Esther Rolle, American Actress (from the 1970's show, Good Times)
International Students Day
Oh my, sorry, was I snoring? hee hee Talk about an exciting day over the years, huh? I promise not to bring any of this up when my birthday comes later this year...lol.
Alrighty, the next step is to tag 5 people to do the same with their birthdays. Ok, Jude, Cheryl W., B.E.M., Muriel & Susie Q.....you're up!
The day the Lord created hope & beauty was probably the same day He created Spring.
Have a beautiful weekend!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
A few weeks ago, my good friend Cynthia and her wonderful "photographer sister", Lisa, did a photo shoot of Jayla. I hung around for the shoot and I could not WAIT to see how the pix turned out. From what I saw that day, it was gonna be great. And ya know, I was right!
Oh my goodness, the pictures are awesome! Ok, ok...I can't even talk about it anymore...you just have to look at them.
Check these out:
Enjoy your day!!
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Here's my little pirate. Have a great weekend!!!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Well, not only did the kids have a list of teasures to find, but the parents had to find some too. Here's what we had to search for:
~Concert ticket stub - 3 pts.
~Wedding invitation - 2 pts.
~Highschool graduation picture - 3 pts.
~Pre 1980's baseball card - 4 pts.
~Eight track tape -3 pts. (this should be worth a LOT more than 3 pts.!)
~Sonogram picture - 1 pt.
~Postcard postmarked from another country - 10 pts.
~Foreign money (not Canadial or Mexican) - 6 pts.
~Picture of parent dressed in a costume - 3 pts.
~Photo of parent taken with tv or movie celebrity (no dressed up characters such as Mickey Mouse) 15 pts.
~McDonalds Happy Meal toy - 1 pt.
~Varsity (restaurant) hat - 2 pts.
~Photo of student taken on vacation - 2 pts.
~Movie ticket stub - 3 pts.
~Sports jersey/T-shirt - 3 pts.
~Kids menu - 2 pts.
~Board game piece - 1 pt.
~Sunglasses - 3 pts.
~Party invitation - 3 pts.
~Celebrity autogragh addressed to the student (not from a dressed up character, can be from tv, movie or sports star)
In addition to finding all of these items, we also had to decorate a treasure chest/box to put the items in. And in case of a tie with points, the best decorated treasure chest will win.
(Notice the cute little bow on the "girl" skull & crossbones. Also, if you look closely, you'll see "jewels" and "coins" coming out of the chest)
We successfully found all but one of the items. Unfortunately, daddy and I don't have any photos with a tv/movie celebrity (we don't get out much with the rich and famous anymore...lol). But with a little help from friends & family, we have everything else.
The assignment is due tomorrow, so I'll let you know then how we did.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
1. Do you still have tonsils? yes
2. Would you bungee jump? Uh NO!!!
3. If you could do anything in the world for a living, what would it be? I think I'm already doing it, being a mother and a wife. However, I do think it would be kinda cool to have my own scrapbook/craft store.
4. Do you consider yourself well organized? Are you KIDDING me??? Uh NO!!!! I would like to be though.
5. Any addictions? I think I did a post on this before. But, ahem...yes, if that's what you want to call them. I "enjoy" Dr. Pepper, scrapbooking, scrapbooking supplies, shopping for my kids/family and magazines.
6. From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news? The internet.
7. Would you rather go to a carnival or circus? Actually, I'm fine not going to either one. But if I HAD to choose, I'd say a carnival.
8. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Take my Pill then go potty.
9. Have you ever gone to therapy? Remember, I've had a teenage daughter before...so yes.
10. If you could have one super power what would it be? I'd love to be able to read peoples minds.
11. Have you ever gone camping? Yes, when I was younger. But I didn't like it and I will probably never do it again.
12. What was your first car? A 1980 something, BRIGHT yellow Chevy Chevette.
13. Do you go to church? Absolutely!! I love our church. We've been members now for almost 18 years!
14. Favorite flower? Tulip (purple preferablly)
15. Favorite potato chip? Lays KC Masterpiece BBQ
16. Astrological sign? Scoripio
17. Do you own a gun? I don't personally, but my hubby does.
18. What do you think of hot dogs? What do I THINK of them? What a funny question. Well, I think they are pretty darn tasty!
19. Favorite "geek out" TV show? The First 48
20. Do you eat Oreos whole or split them apart? I think I split them apart. But not to eat the cream middle first. Just to have 2 seperate pieces.
Well, that'll do it for me. The rules didn't say that we needed to tag anyone. But I'd like to anyway...I'm such a rebel :-). Ok ladies, you're on: Diane M., Susie Q., Renee H., B.E.M. & Veroncia.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Let me start by saying, I am EXHAUSTED!!! And I didn't kick a single ball.
Oh my goodness, where do I begin? The Stingrays ROCK!!! Despite the 8am game time, the frigid temperatures, the fine misty rain and the thick fog, the Stingrays showed up with their game faces on. Unfortunately even though the boys played their hearts out, they didn't win the first game...but they didn't lose either. They tied with their first opponents, 5 - 5. The second game kicked off at noon...and shall we say, it was a shut out! The Stingrays won 6 - 0.
After a long, cold morning of hard playing, we took the boys back to the hotel for some much needed R&R. Then for dinner, we decided to have a little Mexican food to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Once everyone was good and full, the 3 coaches and a few other parents took the boys to see Spider Man 3. Fortunately, the movie theatre was directly across the street from the hotel. And instead of risking an evening of minor nightmares, I didn't let Jayla see this movie. So she and I walked around the nearby Hobby Lobby then back to the hotel for some "girl time". We watched a movie on TV, read a book, played "office" with mommy's laptop and cell phone, then it was time for a bath.
Around 8pm, everyone was back at the hotel and ready to chill out for the night. But then "coach daddy" remembered that he'd promised Jayla that he'd take her swimming in the indoor pool. So in an effort not to disappoint, they suited up and we headed downstairs. Marque, Markell & Jayla had the pool all to themselves, and I had a great time taking pictures of Jayla jumping in to daddy. THEN...it happened. Somehow, the other 15 boys that were with us, got wind that Coach Marque was at the pool...lol, so they obliged us with their splashing presence. They all had a ball being thrown in the pool by Coach Marque.
On Sunday, we all got to sleep in a little later, as the first game wasn't until 9:30am. Everyone got up, got breakfast, checked out of the hotel then headed on over to the fields. After circling the parking lot like 747's waiting to land, we finally found a parking spot. Like the day before, it was a little foggy outside, but not NEAR as cold. We found out spots on the sidelines and the games began. Also like the day before, the boys presented their opponents with a shut out. We won the first game 8 - 0! SWEET!!!
Ok, now...not as sweet, the team we were neck and neck in first place with, was also winning their game on the field right next to us. We needed for them to either be scored on by their opponents or lose so that we would be in first place and take this tournament. But Nooooo, that's too easy! Just like us, they won, with no goals scored against them. So what do we do NOW??? It's NOW left up to PK's (Penalty Kicks). These are rough! It's one on one, goalie against kicker. Who ever gets 5 goals first plays the #1 team in the next bracket. NOTE: the #1 team in the next bracket is, like us, a Cobb FC team. The ONLY team we lost to in the regular season. No pressure, right? WRONG. Anyway...long story short, we won the PK competition and had to play the Mustangs, the team we consider our "sister" team. We're friends with that team/parents, on and off the field. So it was gonna be bittersweet.
That game started at 1pm and it was a LONG wait. Finally, the game got underway and we scored 2 goals within the first 5 minutes. Woo Hoo!!! Then, it happened...the "sting" left the Stingrays and we got stung by the Mustangs...losing to them 6 - 2. What a DOWNER!!! Our boys were so pumped from the PK's that they were just mentally drained.
Well, the good news is, we came in 2nd place out of the 8 U12 teams that played. Not to shabby, huh? Also, the boys STILL get to go to the State championship in 2 weeks, in Columbus, Ga. Can't wait for that! They still have a chance!
What an emotional high this tournament was. Our boys did AWESOME and we are all so very proud of them. And now, some photos from our weekend. Enjoy!
Ode to Cheryl! LOL
My way of relaxing while Jayla takes a bath...checking out the 2Peas site and reading blogs. (Jayla took this picture of me when she got out of the tub)
Markell "attempting" to sneak up on daddy.
The whole crew!
Daddy showing Markell that it's not a good idea to sneak up on him :-). (notice some of the boys in the background waiting their turn to jump in with Coach Marque)
Instead of biting my nails during those intense games, I just peeled off my nail polish. UGH...that looks HORRIBLE!!
And finally, our exhausted Stingray! This was on the ride home yesterday. See that medal!!!
Sorry for the long post. But I had alot of exciting news to share. Again, hope you all had a great weekend. Toodles!!!
Friday, May 04, 2007
Can you believe it's Friday already? YAY!!! Well, I'll attempt to be brief today as I have quite a few things to get done before the kids get out of school. May I have the list please.....
~ Check emails - done
~ Read blogs - done (updated 12:57pm EST)
~ Update my blog - done
~ Take MIL to grocery store - done (updated @ 12:17pm EST)
~ Finish packing for the weekend - done (updated 5/4 @ 2:30pm EST)
~ Clean out van - not necessary...lol (updated 12:56pm EST)
~ Pick kids up from school (one being checked out an hour early) - done
~ Hit the road at or before 4pm - done
Ok, that's about it. Doesn't look like alot, but I know me! This afternoon, we're heading to Stone Mountain, Ga, which is only about 50 miles away. Markell and the rest of the Stingrays have a soccer tournament that starts tomorrow. They play 2 games (9am & noon) and possibly 2 on Sunday, 1 for sure @ 9:30am. Depending on how well they play, there may be another one at 1pm on Sunday. AND, if all goes well with that one, we'll be heading to Columbus, Georgia in a few weeks for the championship. We've never gotten that far before. So I'm hoping the boys can go all the way this season. Right now, they're riding high on a 9 -1 season which is AWESOME!!! So wish them luck.
Hey Cheryl, maybe we'll get to jump on some hotel beds this weekend...LOL.
Ok, ok...I know this is the only reason ya'll read my blog on Fridays...hee hee. So without further ado, I present to you the Friday Flower Fix!
Not much can be said about this picture, huh? I LOVE tulips and this picture just screams how delicate and lovely they are.
Have a beautiful weekend and I'll see you guys on Monday!!! Go STINGRAYS!!!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I love getting stuff in the mail...especially something fun and unexpected. So I told her to take her time as I'd be happy with it whenever it got here.
Well, the package arrived yesterday and boy did she hook me up!!! LOL Somewhere in my many "about me" posts, I must've mentioned that I LOVE chocolate. I got some Dove chocolates...YUMMY!!! My hubby OBVIOUSLY likes these too and has questioned how I can win the next drawing on Sue's blog...lol. I also got some yummy mixed chocolates, some gourmet finely ground drinking chocolate mix, Cinnamon Apple tea, a wonderful cupcakes & muffins magazine, a beautiful tapestry wall hanging, a cute little painting w/ an easel and a Cary Grant movie.
How exciting is that???
Like I said, I love getting fun things in the mail. Especially from fun, wonderful friends. Hopefully one day, I'll be able to return the favor. But until then, Susie, know that I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness (and so does my hubby). Thank you so very much for the wonderful gifts. You're a sweetheart!
As most of you know, that doesn't bother me at all. I LOVE these things. And once again, these are different questions than any of the others. So if you're interested, read on.....
1. If you were to find out you were having twins (boy/girl), what would you name them? (after you picked yourself up off the floor, that is)
What a cool question. When I think about twins, I immediately think of having TWO of any of the kids I already have. And when I have that thought, I do get a little woozy feeling...lol. Anyway, to answer the question, I think I'd name my son, Jacob Everett (Everett is my hubby's middle name, and I love it!) Now the girl name is where I have a problem. Let's see, maybe I'd name her Samara Leigh. Whew...that was difficult.
2. If money were no object, what kind of car would you drive?
This question makes me sad...as I know that money will ALWAYS be an object. But for the sake of this quiz, I'd have to say the 2007 Chevy Tahoe and/or a 2007 Cadillac Escalade.
3. The President called and he's coming over for dinner, what will you fix?
Oh GREAT...Now I'll have to clean up AND cook!!! Sheesh! Ok, If Mr. Bush came over for dinner, I'd have to fix stuffed pasta shells. Cheryl made a good point about him being from Texas and everything. But that being the case, he may be in the mood for something without grill marks on it :-). So, stuffed pasta shells it would be. Complete with garlic break a nice salad and some sort of dessert. Probably chocolate delight. Wonder if he likes chocolate?
4. If you could eradicate a disease from this world, what would it be and why?
This is an easy one. I'd have to say Cancer. That pretty much covers it. There are SO many types of cancer, so I'd like to be able to wipe it out as a whole. Especially breast cancer. That dredded disease has touched my family twice. My sister in law died from it back in June of 2005 and my aunt is a surviver.
5. If you could participate in any reality TV show, what would it be?
Ok, I have a question...are those home decorating shows considered reality TV? If so, I'd love to be on that show, Design on a Dime or Divine Design. Other than that, I can't think of any shows I'd like to be on, as I don't watch reality tv...actually I don't watch tv much at all.
This was fun!! I won't tag anyone (this time). But if you feel like answering these, feel free to do so on my comments OR on your own blog. Have fun!!!