Interesting Indeed...

Totally ripped this off a friends blog who ripped it from anothers LOL buahahah

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So the other night.....

I was just sitting on the couch with Chad, the kids were tucked soundly into their beds. Chad and I finally had some "alone" time and we were catching up to one of our million shows in Tivo (a total traffic jam in there because of the week he spent out of town). I look over and just "watch" him........ just sitting there brought me back to the beginning. When we first met, fell in love, got married, had our first baby, bought our first house, our first minivan....... okay so that took us like almost 3 years into our marriage but hey...whateva....... The thing is...I fell in love with him all over again. Really.....

We have our moments where I'd rather spit in his eye than tell him I love him, and I'm sure he sometimes feels the same about me LOL, in fact, I'm sure of it...I wouldn't want to be married to me...so frankly I think he deserves a medal for putting up with me for this long!

Anyhow, the thing is......7.5 years later, 3 kids later, umpteen moves later, two times of buying houses later, three jobs later................he still is my best friend. Even on those "spit in your eye" days......

I sit and think about the sacrifices he makes for us to be the family that we are. Moving, Changing jobs, him doing with the not so fabulous vehicle so I can have the new van to cart the kids around, putting up with people he doesn't really like or a job that he doesn't love or even like, going back to school for another degree, putting in shifts on the weekends, holidays, nights, all of this he does so we can be the family we are.

I remember a few weeks back we were all sitting around, the kids and I were talking about the excitement of going back to school and all that. Elisa pipes up with the "And when brenna gets 4 she can go to my old school like I did, and then she can turn 5 later and go to my new big school too" and I jokingly said "yea, and then mommy will have to have another baby". This is when Chad pipes into the convo... his comment "Why" and I said "Well I figure if I am gonna stay outta work, then I best be raising babies" to which his reply was simply "Honey, if you want to stay home, I want you to stay home....it's great that you can be there for the kids whenever at school or at home"............

So.....with that...you'll find that for now, the first song that pops up on the blog is Macy Gray - I Try - when Chad and I first met, this song had just started "getting out" there and we both really dug it. It ultimately ended up being the song we danced to for the first time as Husband and Wife...why...because during our dating period whenever that sucker came on we'd stop whatever we were doing and start dancing around ....well with the exception of driving...but it never failed when that song came on we connected. (Or view the vid at the end of the post)

Sometimes I think about "how it might have been" if we would have not had Aidan, or moved from St. Louis, or got married, or met, or....well you get the point, and frankly, I'm SO GLAD all of those things DID happen...... I wouldn't want it any other way......

Fathers Bedtime Song

Well isn't that just sweet???!!!


I'm married to a college man...

Well it just doesn't sound as "cool" when you are 28 years old and he's 30..... it was always the "cool" thing when you were say 17 and he was say 20 or better yet 21 (snicker) and you could tell your friends "Yea, my boyfriend is in college"...though I ran through a string of loser boyfriends that likely couldn't tell the difference between college and collage, let alone actually ATTEND college.

But I digress....

My wonderful husband......a very driven man (unless it involves housework of any sort....) has decided to take a leap (as we always seem to do...and it's never failed us yet) and go back to college. Mind you he already has a degree, a great one at that (can you sense the sarcasm......being that he picked a VERY hard degree to earn at his first go round at College and originally didn't pay well, and I guess technically still doesn't if he used his degree as applicable)...

I digress again

so he's registered for college again............he is now officially a student at University of West Florida. He'll be working for an Electrical Engineering degree, as this will be a degree that proves QUITE useful in his line of work.

I am VERY excited for him, but also a little bummed...not jealous, just bummed. Bummed because I know it is going to stress him out...and bummed because it means less time WE get to spend with him, but EXCITED because I know he really wants to do this (for us...all of us) and I know he will do GREAT in this program.

the best part is...because of his employment at the local Power company, and the nature of this second degree....well....they are paying for it.....sorta LOL! We have to pay up front, and so long as he keeps his grades up to par (shouldn't be an issue as I'll keep him away from the late night frat parties) then they will reimburse at the end of each semester.

So everyone please send well wishes as I send my biggest baby off to his first day of school on Monday..............

And thanks Mah for the new school clothes for him..he's much appreciative...apparently the playing of the video game distracted him too much to express this himself in real human words rather than caveman grunts...(and to think he tried to BLAME AIDAN for the four hours they spent playing the game today)... Kids....

So here's to sending my first child off to college............


Where that Gold at???

*** can't get the vid to embed, so you'll just have to make a little clicky click below***

Go Irish...

Note: seriously people..you can't make this shit up. This is really a news report on a REAL news station. This is teh local NBC affiliate, NBC 15 from Mobile AL. The station that brings you Law & Order, Last Comic Standing, and now apparently Leprechauns...
And remember...don't get into the wrong stuff and climb any trees....you might be woooed by the Leprechaun flute....

I wanna know where that gold at....

And for your musical side... a little ditty...
Thank you Sir Leprechaun


RIP Dandy Tandy....

So my friend has been using this ancient computer...seriously, I don't think she is kidding when she calls it her Dandy Tandy.....and surprisingly she got a cell phone within the last year (yea, never had one before that.... though she won't share the number with me...I think she's afraid of me...) anyhow, I digress....

so Mr. Dandy Tandy, finally bit the dust...... he's down for the count, out like a light, he got knocked the fuck out...........

So she's getting a new computer (Ahhhh Leluiah.....AHhhhhhhhh leluiah)................

So my ode to Dandy Tandy shall be the first song you here when you open this page.....
Or for your reading pleasure.....

Dust in The Wind
I close my eyes
Only for a moment,
then the momen't gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind,
Now, don't hang on
Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won't another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind

You're my boy blue.......you're my boy...
*sniff* *tear*


Swimming or sinking?????

in photoshop...

Eeeks, this program has a MIGHTY doggone steep learning curve that is for SURE!

I purchased Photoshop Elements 5.0 for myself for Christmast last year but never opened it. Finally I realized I would NEED to open and teach myself how to actually use it otherwise it was money NOT well spent. So I broke down, loaded it to my computer about ....hmmmmm 1.5 months ago...and uh well, ever since I think my blood pressure has been MUCH higher LOL!

That program is a doosy to learn, but I already have an "itch" to get Photoshop CS3 - the latest and greatest full throttle PS out on the market...though with the hefty ($650) pricetag, I'm pretty sure it'd take me a good long while to offer enough of those special "favors" to Chad to get that...especially after having recently gotten my baby.....(no not brenna....come on people....my CANON XTi!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Ahhh and I'm blowing off my photog class tonight...I just didn't have the energy to get up and go after Chad having been out of town for four days, four days of getting the kids to and from school, a short babysitting job today for a friend, the great goldfish massacre, and homework and dinner with the kids.....

Maybe I'll go play in photoshop??!!


This cracked me up...

someone I know (you know who you are) sent this link to me - I nearly died and felt the need to also share...I think some of us know all to well this situation.....it's a great read


And you can read her blog - HERE

Hopefully she won't mind me posting this.....at least I hope not. If you do dear, please just let me know!

Well here they are...

Officially a First Grader and a Kindergardener!!!!

GASP....Shame on me!

Shame on me...I haven't written you in 9 days!!! HOLY BATMOBILE!!! Somebody spank me..........*grin*

SOOOO much has been happening since "The Great Robbery Story" LOL!

We attended a "bluau" - yea don't ask...seriously I said DON'T ask!

We did some last minute school supply shopping (folders, markers, crayons, glue, socks, panties, oh my!!)

We saw daddy off on his road trip for work.........he gets to spend a few days in a hotel suite, all alone, no kids, eating out at fancy resteraunts on someone elses dime, ahhhh the life

I had a photo shoot for some LOVELY friends at Pensacola Beach......that was SUPER fun! I hope they enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed it..

and.... we had our FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!! well and since it's been so long, also our second day of school LOL!

I"ll share pictures once I get them off the camera......meanwhile I'm enjoying my alone time with Brenna while the kids are at school and little by little post processing the shots from the photo shoot.

Oh yea and I broke the lawn mower.........interstingly enough I seem to ALWAYS break the damn lawn mower (no matter which one) EVERY time I use it.... I suck....and so now our lawn has this wonderful haircut where it looks like the stylist got pissed and quit her job in the middle as only part of the yard is cut (3/4 of the grass) but the way I was making the diagonal laps around, there is like a perimeter cut and then a large area in the middle that isn't then a frame inside that which is cut then more middle not cut LOL - oopsy....well maybe it will be a trend and will catch on and the whole neighborhood will be doing it..............I can only hope right?


They have the Right to Remain Silent....

Okay, so as some of you may know I have this new handy dandy camera....well I had a friend (Hi V) who wanted me to do some beach portraits for her....so I wanted to pick up a few new accessories for my camera before the shoot (some filters and a lens hood to protect my lense while at the beach). So I got to Circuit City but they didn't really have what I originally went there for (was going to get the accessories there to save a trip to a second store but oh well) so I went on to Ritz Camera Store. For non locals to give you an idea, the Camera store falls inside the city limits, across the street from the junior college and diagonal across from the big Mall and such (best buy, a hospital etc). Very BUSY area of town, pretty much the "center" of the hustle and bustle (about 2-3 blocks away from the airport to boot).

So back to the story - I roll into the parking lot of the Ritz Camera. I pull into a park spot and notice a few children that are hanging around a white car (like a Bonneville or the like you know) and are in their houseslippers and mismatched clothes outside fiddling with the car in the heat (it was 103 yesterday) and no adults in sight. I thought to myself "hmm where the heck are the parents and why are they fidding around in and out of this car" (sidenote - they were young, three of them, ranging probably from age 6-10 - two boys, one girl).

I dismiss this and go into the store. Walk to the far corner where the Lens filters are and start "gawking" at all my choices (cuz I'm in heaven...LOL) and ask a few questions to a clerk, then resume my perusal of all the lense filters that are hanging on the wall. I hear a bit of conversation behind me at the photo lab/check out counter, but pay no mind. A few moments later I hear a man come in talking loudly (found out on his phone once I turn around) saying "No I am here in the store RIGHT now, they are still out there" and I glance over my shoulder thinking "dang, hes upset about something" and he then goes on to tell a store clerk "Did you know they just put a bunch of merchandise from your store into the trunk of their car"....

The clerk says "Uh, no, you mean from our store?" and the old man (OM) says "yes, from your store, boxes and boxes of items, I'm on the phone with the police right now". Course by this time Im intrigued and full on turn my attention away from the lovely lens filters and to the commotion happening.

The four employees of the store then start scurrying around asking each other "did you ring anything up, no, did you" etc. Then they come to the glass case/counter at the middle rear of the store and start looking and realize several spots are empty. One clerk is on the phone with the police, the other three are speculating on what exactly is missing. Meanwhile OM is still standing there in the store on the phone also with the police. OM goes outside. Clerk tells me and the other single patron in the store we need to wait here for the police (fine with me, I haven't bought my lense filters yet, I'm not leaving LOL). Police come in, OM comes in. OM says "the three women and those kids went across the parking lot to the Wendy's" Cop says "What were they driving" OM says (while pointing out the store window) "that white car right there".

So the cop asks the OM and the store clerks if they can identify the women/kids. One clerk says sure I'll walk over (I'd venture to say he was the highest ranking person in the store) and so OM, Cop, Clerk walk across parking lot. I have lost all interest in anything photography related and now completely intruigued with this situation unfolding. The Cop comes back out to find 2 more cops have shown (one comes into the store, one waits by his patrol car in the parking lot) and in tow he has three women, and three children with him as well as the Store Clerk and the OM.

I see the cop and the extra cop walk to the white car with the women, make them pop the trunk open and apparently it was full, they immediately cuffed the women and placed them in cruisers, then one cop starts bringing items inside the store while another stays outside with the children/suspects. I hear the cop with an armload of stuff say to the clerks "Is this stuff from your store?" The clerk starts "ringing" items up checking to see if they belong to that store and yes, most all of it did, however a few items did not. So the cop then tell s them he needs a list of the items as well as the price. (last # I heard said between two clerks was "that's like $2500 worth of stuff right there" but the cop was still toting in items).

The police questioned us on what we saw etc. They had the three women in custody. I also overheard the kids apparently where loading things into the car (that is what the OM saw from his car in the parking lot) while the adults were apparently int here asking stupid questions to distract the employees.

The people thought they had gotten away with it I guess and decided to have a celebratory meal over at Wendys while they left their car full of stolen goods in the parking lot of the store they just robbed.

I was allowed to leave, but had a police cruiser (with one suspect inside and an officer also inside) parked right behind my car. After walking back in the store and waiting another 20 mins or so I finally walked out and kinda motioned that it was my car that the officer was parked in front of, to which I got a dirty look, but he did however back away.

Oh and I did buy the lens hood, and THREE new filters for my camera LOL!

So I might be rethinking this whole photography is a great hobby/business, low stress, fun etc. thing.


Mad Cow....

Okay okay okay, so technically it isn't mad cow.....but it sure was a catchy title...

Poor Brenna and I took a trip to the pediatrician yesterday......as a sidenote, she's 15 months and now weight 23 lbs 6 oz (23lb 12 oz with her sippy cup in hand).
Anyhow, so the other day she had this one single spot on her hiney. Looked like a pimple really, I didnt fuss with it. Then next diaper change it looked a little raw, so I put some Neosporin on it. Two days later it appeared to be clearing up. Then 6 days after it first appeared it got worse again and popped open into an actual open ouchie (like a mosquito bite that has been scratched and scratched and scratched) so I put Neo on it and thought we were good to go. Then Monday morning she woke up covered in a diaper rash and had these little pimple looking spots on her bottom lip right at the lipline. As the morning progressed by a few hours, the "diaper rash" was spreading and had now speckled her thighs and to the top edge of her diaper. I also noticed some "speckles" on her face. I called the nurse at the Pedi office who said I should bring her in. So I did.......

$25 and a few hours later.......I find out my poor wee one has Hand, Foot & mouth Disease! Also known as the "Coxsackie A" virus.

Normally she is my very laid back, easy going kid, but today, well today she hasn't been LOL! She's very clingy and tired and drooly. To top it all off (and personally I think this is the main culprit for her unease) is she is popping four teeth all at the same time.

Her blisters on her lip line were numbered @ 7 yesterday, today there are only four. Her hiney looks a bitbetter, but I noticed blisters on her feet today (didn't notice them yesterday though). Doc says this will play itself out in about a week...so we'll see what happens!


haha - now that is great

So found this on a friends blog and decided to see what I'd be rated.... so here it is...

It says it was based on the use of the word "crap" x2 and "shit" x1

Guess it's a good thing I haven't REALLY let my mouth fly yet huh...