Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I love Thanksgiving. It is all about family and friends and just counting your blessings. I have enjoyed seeing the 30 days of thankfulness on Facebook. I have so many things I am thankful for and I feel so blessed.
I think the top of the list for most everyone is family and friends. Everything else we are thankful for doesn't mean as much if we don't have loved ones to share them with. I am so thankful for my family. We have had a rough year with my dad, but he was such a trooper and we made it through it. I have 3 sweet kids and 5 sweet nephews and 3 sweet nieces that I love like my own. It is so funny that when we happen to run into each other at the grocery store or mall we hug like we haven't seen each other in a long time and we live next door to each other! Life is so much fun with these 11 precious souls. My favorite part of any of our get together meals is my niece, Skylar, saying the blessing. Whether we are having a birthday, holiday, or just a meal together she says the blessing. This child is 9 years old and always says something new and from the heart. It isn't a memorized saying or song and it absolutely amazes me what she says and that she can stand in front of everyone and speak. I admire that so much and hope that never changes about her.
Thanksgiving is also about memories. We think about past holidays and remember those who aren't at our tables anymore. I have great memories of Thanksgivings at both grandparents' homes. At my grandmother's on my dad's side, we always ended up hanging around and playing board games. A sweet, sentimental holiday could turn into a loud, competitive game in no time! My dad would always cheat and he and my aunt would become typical siblings really fast. He always cheated to aggravate her and it worked every time!
And of course, there is the great food. We all have those dishes that are tradition and just remind us of this special day. I can include in my blessings having two grandmothers who definitely know/knew their way around the kitchen. The food is a huge part of the day, but I think all the other memories is what makes that food taste so good! I love telling my kids stories about Thanksgiving when I was growing up. Being from the south, tradition means a lot to me. I like to carry on those traditions, but life is also about making new memories and new traditions for my kids to pass on. My mom does most of the cooking now and my grandmother's have nothing on her!
*** I edited this post from before. My word means everything to me, but it isn't always reciprocated. I found I wasn't the only blogger who held up our end only to be left hanging. Having a clear conscious is priceless!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I haven't posted much lately. I haven't felt well and me and my amazing doctor are trying to get me better. Mother Nature can be quite cruel to women at times. But, I'll take the bad with the good. I enjoyed all three pregnancies and I think my kids are my best accomplishments so bring it on Mother Nature! (Although at times I have another word for her!)
While I have been at home a good bit here lately, I have worked on a couple of things. I love this time of year! I am embarrassed to say I have a room full of Halloween decorations. I think I always loved fall because I was the odd child that loved it when school started back. When I was younger, though, we started school a lot closer to Fall than kids in the south do now. We had Halloween, and then I knew soon after would be Thanksgiving and Christmas. After Christmas I am done with winter and it has only begun. We take down the decorations and I am ready for Spring Break!
In the spirit of Halloween approaching and me being sick and tired of being sick and tired I made these wooden bangle bracelets and I just listed them on my Etsy shop. I am beginning to clean out my listings and add fall items so I started with these! Most people don't get it, but working on these things is a real stress release for me. I get into my own little creative world and it is like comfort food to me!
They are all free handed painted on a plain wooden bangle so they are truly an original!
I also made these with my boys' school logo and mascot for a little Fall Football team spirit! The logos and wolves aren't free handed on these.
Friday, September 6, 2013
It is Freaky Friday and sometimes my kids freak me out. In a good way. Sometimes things happen with my kids, nieces, nephews, and friends' kids that are just hysterical! It can all come full circle.
I am going to try to tell this story without being too confusing. I have my kids, my nieces and nephews and we have mutual friends. I have talked about growing up in a small town and how my sister and her husband were childhood sweethearts and I have known him and his brother forever. We also have friends around here that we all grew up with.
One family in particular, had three boys we grew up with. The two older ones have kids and they are friends with my and my sister's kids. The oldest brother of the three has the oldest child of their group and he is the same age as my youngest, Stratton. They are 14, almost 15, and have been friends their whole lives. We live near them and they are always walking from one house to the other. He has a younger sister who is friends with my sister's son Walt. The younger brother has girls around my niece Skylar and nephew Macalister's age.
I hope I haven't totally confused you, I don't want to use their names without asking. We were all at the 9th grade football game last night watching my son, Stratton and his buddy, their oldest child. Well, the two sisters of the younger brother came and got Skylar. A little later, one of them comes to get Macalister. We laughed because she said come here and he just jumped up and went! Then, in a bit Macalister comes back and tells Walt the sister of Stratton's friend wants him to "come here." We haven't seen her yet, just the two sisters. After a bit Macalister comes back plops down beside me and gives me his big "guess what I have done" grin. Then he shows me a dollar. I asked him where he got it and the sister of Stratton's friend gave it to him to bring Walt to her. (We are always teasing him about her. She's a pretty little thing!)
I am dying laughing, tell my sister what happened, and we are saying that was really smart on her part! Kids can be so entertaining. I just have in my head her sitting up on a chair somehwere under the bleachers all godfather style. Well, we all get home and I tell Stratton what his friend's sister did and he starts grinning and says, "I think I know how she got that idea."
Evidently, he was over at his friend's house one day and paid HER $2 to go get his phone from upstairs. So, I am thinking besides I owe my friend and his wife an apology for my son teaching her that, they have a pretty good businesswoman in the making and Walt might want to take notice!
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
I love the show Dancing With the Stars. It is always fun seeing who the new cast is. There is usually a leak and we have an idea before it is official, but I am glad the leak was right about Valerie Harper.
Everyone remembers her as Rhoda. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was such a breakthrough for women. The show was about a single woman working and supporting herself and they tackled issues such as equal pay for women, pre-marital sex, homosexuality, divorce, and infidelity. What I believe is the most important part of the show is her friendships with Phyllis Lindstrom (Cloris Leachman), Rhoda Morgenstern (Valerie Harper), Sue Ann Nivens (Betty White), and Georgette Franklin (Georgia Engel). It showed women supporting each other and how important those friendships are.
I love the newer show Hot in Cleveland. Of course, Golden Girls has to be on every woman's list of favorite shows ever. Any show with a group of women living together and being family is a good show in my book! Betty White was in Golden Girls and she is also in Hot in Cleveland. Tonight's episode is supposed to reunite all the ladies from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. It has to be good!
It was heartbreaking when the news came out just a little while ago about Valerie Harper's health and the doctors weren't giving her much time. Well, don't ever count out a tough lady! She said this morning on Good Morning America that she has had positive test results lately and doesn't have any symptoms. I remember when she was on GMA when she first came out with the news about her health and I will never forget what she said. In her words, she said, "We are all terminal." That is the first time I had ever heard anyone put it that way, but we are. We are never guaranteed tomorrow so that statement makes perfect sense. Only God knows when we will be called home so we should appreciate each day as if it is the last.
I was so glad to see that she is going to be on DWTS. I just hope she doesn't overdo it or get too stressed about it. I think she will go far because she has so many fans that are so glad to see her doing so well.
I am sure she is going to be supported by her television "sisters". It just shows that with support we can do anything! I think in honor of these 3 great shows and their example of sisterhood, we should each do something to show support for one of our "sisters" that we think needs it. I don't know of anyone out there who can't use some kind of support. It is a tough world and we definitely need to stick together!
What will you do to show support?
Monday, August 26, 2013
Well, I am about one in a trillion people talking about Miley Cyrus' performance at the VMA's last night. It was shocking to say the least.
I know times are different and dancing is different, but not to the extreme we saw last night. I was in high school when Dirty Dancing came out! That was supposed to be shocking. I realize, although it may be a little risqué at times, dancing has changed. It is okay. I can try to be a hip mom, but the performance last night was ridiculous.
I blame her parents. I don't think she has had much guidance and they should be more involved. I am 42 years old and if my parents thought I was about to act like that they would have a fit! Being a parent doesn't end when the child turns 18, sometimes it is really just beginning. I would want to see what my child was preparing to wear and how she was going to dance to her song. Not because I am a tyrant, overprotective parent but because I love my kids and feel responsible to keep them from embarrassing themselves. Forget about me, I am grown woman, but allowing a young girl do that is crazy.
I don't want to hear, "but she is of age, what control do the parents have"? She is still young enough that if her parents have no control they obviously didn't have any to begin with. Kids can be stupid and make mistakes, I was a kid and I did, but parents are supposed to guide them and some people mature faster and at an earlier age than others. Not physically, but emotionally and mentally. It is clear Miley Cyrus has missed a few steps and has tried to go from Hannah Montana to Madonna way too fast.
My kids are getting older. My daughter will be 20 in a few months. If I ever hear her and her brothers say, "Well, I could be doing so and so" my answer is always the same. "Oh, hell no you couldn't." I am not the most strict parent at all, but sometimes you have to play the "I'm in control card" and try to keep them from embarrassing themselves. I know sometimes it doesn't work and great parents lose a little control, but those aren't the same parents in the audience standing and clapping after such a disaster like Miley's mom last night! Maybe somebody should call her mom's mom!
The whole performance was disturbing from the moment she stepped out of a bear. She was trying to look sexy walking sideways down the steps and with her tongue hanging out of the side of her mouth. I don't know how she kept from biting it off. She was definitely struggling walking down the steps. Then, she kept grabbing at something that obviously wasn't there. I just don't know about Robin Thicke. I think he came out trying to disguise himself as Beetlejuice, but it was sick watching her twerk him. Did I say that right? That is the strangest word. Who came up with the word and dance? I have had low back surgery and it just looks painful to me. I don't think I could stand up straight if I tried to do it.
I know I am being highly critical, but I think the faces in the audience said it all. Poor Will Smith was so shocked he didn't even think about covering his kids' eyes!
Look at poor One Direction!!!!!
Rihanna is obviously disturbed.
It is so sad. Miley Cyrus does have talent and doesn't have to act like that. I have a link to the video and a picture of her with Beetlejuice, but I didn't put them on here because I don't want to embarrass her anymore. I still see her as a kid making some really bad choices and I feel sorry for her. Somebody needs to help her.
In the meantime, they might want to burn that foam finger.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I have seen a few times in the news about Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testifying and pleading with California lawmakers to support legislation to help keep away paparazzi through tougher penalties. They are wanting to change the definition of SB-606 to impose harsher consequences without parental consent of photographing or recording children. They argue that their children are scared of them and feel threatened any time they are around, which is most of the time.
I am embarrassed to say it, but I will admit I read those magazines that pay such people for pictures and stories. I know it isn't right, but I do read them. I don't believe everything I read, though. I like to see the pictures to look at what the stars wear and as a general interest in "being famous." There are a lot of people who say we should stop buying them and put the paparazzi out of business. That might work, but I think they would just find another way to keep going.
The word paparazzi has a kind of intriguing sound to it. If you look up the origin of the word it is quite humorous. It came from a character in the 1960 film La Dolce Vita. The character, was a news photographer named Paparazzo. The funny part is the director of the film took the name from an Italian dialect word (pappataci) which describes an annoying noise like that of a buzzing mosquito.
Some people defend the paparazzi by saying that is the price of fame. If people don't like having their lives on display, they shouldn't be famous. I totally DISagree with this statement. I love television, movies, music, all kinds of entertainment. Somebody has to entertain us. These people have a job to do, but like everyone else, they are normal people at the end of the day. I remember when I was young and if my dad thought me and my sister were getting too star struck with someone he would always say really funny things to point out they are just like us. He would say crazy things like, "they pee as soon as they wake up just like we do." He would always give us a mental image that would make them a little less fascinating!
Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner are beautiful, talented actresses. They have made it clear that their most important role is being mothers. They aren't doing anything different than any other mom would do to protect her children. They are famous, glamorous, and lead amazing lives, but at the end of the day, they are moms. I don't think their job allows or gives people permission to stalk them and their children. It would be incredibly scary for any child. It is really disturbing that stalkers and dangerous individuals can kind of blend in with this group of photographers and get really close to the stars. The kids sure didn't ask to be in the spotlight or the center of this lifestyle. They shouldn't pay the price and neither should their parents for simply doing a job.
I think these two are smart and brave women fighting for their kids to have a safe, private life. I have respect for them as actresses, but I have even more for them as mothers. They have a right to protect their children.
Friday, August 23, 2013
We celebrated my dad's 60th birthday yesterday! It was a milestone birthday, but after what he has been through the past few months, it was an extra special celebration!
We put this banner in our entrance so EVERYBODY would know it was his birthday!
We had a really nice, sunny day which has been rare around here. I got to enjoy lunch with my dad and brother, but it was a light lunch and more about just sitting and talking. We were saving up for dinner!
A lot of people would want a big party, but my dad is a pretty simple and grateful man. He just wanted to celebrate with his grandchildren.........and the Varsity!
Although the day was pretty, right before his party we had a terrible storm. Thank goodness we all live on the same street and didn't have far to go! This was definitely a good site to pull up to!
If you have been to, or live near Atlanta, you definitely know about The Varsity. If not, you need to come to Atlanta just to eat there! Bring plenty of cholesterol medicine because the best thing they have are the oh so greasy onion rings. It is definitely a treat meal. You might want to eat it everyday, but your heart and/or doctor won't allow it.
If you are familiar with them, then you are also familiar with their famous phrase "What'll Ya Have?" My brother always ordered plain hot dogs when he was little and we would laugh when they would yell, "naked dog a walkin' "
It is fun when they come to your house. The kids love going up to the window and ordering! This is what my dad wanted rather than a big party the kids wouldn't have enjoyed as much. We also couldn't have ended a big party with a really funny game of charades they decided to play! I tell you, there is never a dull moment!
Of course we sang to him. On his hat was a blinking 60th birthday button. It had a button that would make it light up. The poor thing probably has a headache this morning from the amount of times the kids would push the button, while the hat was still on his head! He has a port on his chest, so I guess he thought his head was a safer place for it, but he may not agree today!
It was just us and my grandparents, but it was his special day and he spent it the way he wanted to. It was an emotional birthday, but such a blessed one. We had to do something special and a keepsake since it was his 60th. We gave him a monogrammed money clip with his initials and a special message to our "hero" on the back. We also gave him a key chain that said "The Keys to Your Health" on one side and all of the grandkids' names on the other. He has made it clear they are the power behind his fight and they are the key to keeping him going. Watching them in the yard and coming in and out of the house the past few months has done as much for him as the medicine. I am most certainly convinced of that. We are very blessed and I hope we never take it for granted.