Friday, September 30, 2011

Homecoming and Friday Night Football

     Today is Homecoming at our school.  It is always a big deal in every school around the country, but we have a lot of history and tradition with ours.  I think it makes it extra special for me, personally, because as I watch my kids enjoy all the festivities I remember all the things I did in the same high school at this time. 

     We have our parade that goes down Main Street.  This is a big tradition.  My great grandmother's house is still right near Main Street.  I remember when I was really little watching my Aunt Gina in HER senior year homecoming parade.  This is always a fun time and especially so for those around here who have so many memories tied to it.

     I have said before we are a little like Friday Night Lights around here.  We love our football and it isn't Friday night without it!  Both of my boys are playing and I am so suprised at how much I love watching it.  My older son plays on Thursday and my younger plays on Saturday, so we have 3 straight days of football. 

   It is a big part of our community, but it is kind of the glue that brings everyone together.  I love being in such a small town.  It is a lot bigger than it used to be, but that just means I have a lot more friends than I used to.  Some things have changed in the way of Homecoming from when I was in school, but it is still a really special time and it leaves every year with added memories and sometimes new traditions to fit the new generations.

     When I was in school, it was kind of a big deal for the girls riding in the parade to get a driver.  It was usually a football player and you never knew who would jump in and ride along at the last minute!  You wanted to get the best and "coolest" car so the best and "coolest" guys would want to drive you and ride along.  Some of that has changed and my daughter will have to settle for my dad or brother to drive her, but they will definitely make sure it is a memorable experience for her. 

     I have to go get some things done because it is a half day for the kids and I can't wait to see my daughter, son, niece, and 3 nephews in the parade this afternoon!  We have worked on signs, floats, and making sure we have plenty of candy to throw so I think we are all ready!  Then.............................Friday night football!

You have to watch this all the way through if you have never seen it from the movie Friday Night Lights.  It is so much more than just a game.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I Don't Get It

     We have a Dairy Queen right here close to the house and it is WAY too convenient.  My dad is so funny.  He has such a fun sense of humor and will go out of his way to make the kids laugh or even embarrass them if the mood hits him.

     One of their favorite stories is of him at the Dairy Queen.  He talks very country and when he placed his order at the drive thru, he ordered a water bottle.  Simple enough, right?  You know how drive thru speakers work, especially if the person on the other end is a teenage girl that would love to be anywhere else.  Her response was, "Sir, we don't have watermelon."

     My dad repeated the order, then when he got to the window and she gave him everything he asked where he watermelon was.  Her answer......"I don't get it."    And................................she wasn't even blonde!

     Their other story is of how they forgot something at the drive thru so my dad parks and walks back through the drive thru.  Of course, he had to look like he was driving an imaginary car at the time!

     There are a lot of things I don't get it.  And, a lot of them don't have anything to do with being blonde.  People make no sense some times.  We have a new billboard in the area and it has been on the news.  Nope, it isn't a new strip club or anything controversial.  It is a billboard for Outback Steakhouse advertising new grilled steaks.  Easy enough.  BUT, it has a smoke effect coming out of the sign.  According to the news, Outback called the fire department before putting it up so they would know it was not really on fire.

     But, wouldn't you know, there have been several calls from motorists about the Outback sign on fire.  What is puzzling to me is that everyday people witness crimes and do nothing.  There are a lot of reasons people are aware of others in danger and don't do anything about it.  There is even a psychosocial behavior known as the "bystander effect".  It is when the more people that are around a crime when it occurs the less likely any of them will do anything about it.  There have been studies on why this happens.  I just don't get it why so many people, while driving a car mind you, will call about a sign they believe is on fire. 

Even if that sign is an ad for grilled steak.

If you aren't as cool as me (I still don't get all of these.  My daughter showed me a text this weekend with wby and I thought the boy mispelled why.  It was short for "what about you",)  SMH means shaking my head.   Thank goodness for spellcheck for this next generation!

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Nana!

     I want to wish my Nana a Happy Birthday!  I have talked about her so many times on here and the word that best describes her is dependable.  I have said she means so much more than that to me, but you can never underestimate the power of being dependable in someone's life.  It is hard to find those people you can truly depend on, no matter what.  She is one of those people to me, and I hope I never take it for granted.

     She cracks all of us grand and great grandkids up because she just says what she thinks.  You can't understimate how helpful and underappreciated that is at times too!  We joke and say if you want an honest opinion, go ask Nana.  But, that also falls in that dependable category.  You know she is going to be honest and tell you what is for your own good, whether it is what you want to hear or not.

     She is a sharp lady that has done a lot of different things in her life.  She has never been afraid of trying something new.  She has worked in different fields from real estate to beauty shop owner!  I remember when I was little she had a ceramic shop out of her home.  She is very smart and just goes after what she wants.  That is just one of the things I have always admired and respected about her.  She is also one of those people that can go anywhere and will run into someone she knows.  No joke.  She can be out of state and strike up a conversation with someone and before long they know someone in common or come to find out, she knows them or has sold them a house at some time.  That always cracks me up.  She is really friendly and can talk to anyone about anything.  She, almost literally, never meets a stranger.  That fun side of her is what all of our kids love about her too!

     Nana, I hope you have a GREAT birthday and I hope you know just how much you mean to your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!        One more thing about Nana.  She has a necklace she wears all the time that has charms for all of her children and grand and great grandchildren.  She loves to show it off and the look on her face when she is telling someone about it and who each charm is for is priceless!

This was at Sadie's Christening.  It is a five generation picture of our Meme we lost last year, Nana, my mom, my sister Amanda, and Sadie.  All five are women!  Five generations doesn't happen often anymore, and especially all the same gender.

Nana and Macalister.  She is wearing the charm necklace.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Everyday I'm Shufflin'

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I used to wait for them for a completely different reason.  NOW, it's for sleep!  Have a great, safe weekend.  We all work hard and deserve a break.  I love this song.  I feel like I am "Shufflin'" through every day sometimes. I think we all do!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

They Just Don't Know, Do They?

     Have you heard about the NASA satellite that is falling and could hit the earth?  NASA makes this huge satellite, makes the aircraft to take the satellite into space, leaves it there, monitors it, and they have no idea of where it will hit?????

     This is just another reason I think we shouldn't be messing around in space.  They can blame the holes in the ozone layer on my hairspray, but I think they have to put a pretty big hole into it every time a space shuttle goes through it.  Have you ever seen one take off?  I have a few times while in Daytona Beach.  We would stand on the beach and could see it from there.  You can even feel the sonic boom.  I don't completely understand the science part of what makes the sound, but I think it is kind of like busting a balloon.  Maybe the sound of busting through the ozone layer.  (I know that isn't what it is, but do we know for sure?????)

     They thought this thing was going to hit Friday or Saturday, but now they are saying it could happen tonight.  They are just full of helpful information.  Not only are they completely confused about when it will hit, but also the size.  I love how the news guy said, "As it comes barreling back down to the earth it can be anywhere from 1pound to 350 pounds."  It is also the size of a school bus.     ??????     It is being a little downplayed, but I am guessing somebody is going to be impacted if a "school bus size" satellite hits them, their house, car, dog, or anything.  It is also supposed to break apart into pieces, but they really don't know anything for sure do they?

     This is the video of what I watched this morning.  They have a "command center" watching the falling satellite around the clock.  There is a room full of people and their computers, but watch the video, none of them are doing anything!  They are sitting back and you can tell they are just staring at the screen.  Maybe they went and grabbed anybody standing around to fill up the room so it will look like they are busy monitoring the fall.  I think one lady is on facebook.  (Just kidding)  They have no idea what this thing is going to do.  I would feel better if they at least looked like they were watching and trying to figure it out.

     Look at the "analysis" of where it might hit.  But, "it isn't an exact science" and could shift and end up anywhere.  Like maybe the other half of the earth that isn't in the "squiggly lines".  Right now, they are thinking Australia, but it could hit the eastern part of the United States.  My goodness, when did Australia get so close to us?  My 4 year old nephew could have made that prediction.

     You have to watch the whole video to see the interview of the only person ever hit by a piece of rocket.  Thank goodness for her interview.  That is the only useful information I got from the segment.  She said she was out walking and she heard something that sounded metallic.  Her best advice was, "To be outside, if you see it coming, run...umhmmm." 

     Thank you so much, Good Morning America and Lottie Williams!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Does Two and a Half Men Get Two and a Half Thumbs Up?

     Sorry about that title.  Honestly, I don't mean anything by the 1/2 thumb.  I probably should go back and change it before I am yelled at by all the woodworking and metals teachers out there that I may have offended.  When I was little, the street we lived on had a man who was always working on something and lost a finger.  He decided one Halloween to sit on his front porch and have a fake finger in a box claiming it to be the one he lost.  I have never forgotten that.  Really, though, I am not making fun of anybody.  And, I am not just apologizing to Karma so she won't get me, I really am sorry.  They are going to have to change the title soon anyway because Jake is as tall as the "men". 

     What did y'all think?  I can't believe they let him die?????  It was funny how they brought back so many people, especially the Dharma and Greg part, but why couldn't they have put him in rehab rather than kill him off?  Although, I guess if Charlie Sheen ever gets his act together they can do like they did on Dallas and have him show up while Alan is taking a shower. 

     I am not sure how funny Ashton Kutcher is going to be.  I know last night was the first episode, but he plays a much funnier character that is dumb than depressed.  He is known for being goofy, so I am not sure about the sad character.  Maybe it will pick up next week and he will be a little less intense.  I was also expecting a much better entrance to the show than his stalking, creepy way.  If it was rated on 5 thumbs being the best score, then that is where the Two and a Half Thumbs come in for me.

     I always loved how even though Charlie was always drunk, he still made more sense than Alan most of the time.  I am not sure how well the show will work if Alan is the voice of reason.  I have hope for the show even though I already miss Charlie Sheen.  Did you see him at the Emmy show?

     I think he somehow saw the first episode when he made that speech.  He has to know it will be hard to to top it without him.

     I love Ashton Kutcher, we have the same birthday (month and day, the year is a little different!), and I hope the season is great because I love the show.  I was a little disappointed, but I think it came from the crude way they treated Charlie's death.  The dust buster jokes were funny, but even though it went right along with the humor of the show, Charlie deserved better.  I just hope "Walden" (Kutcher) wakes up a little and takes more charge than Alan.  I am waiting too for Demi Moore to appear on an episode!  You know her or one of her girls will before long.

Ella's Birthday!

     We had another birthday party this weekend!  My youngest niece, Ella, turned 2.  She had a Minnie Mouse themed party and my sister in law does great with decorations!

     I could try to sound really cool and say I go to a party all the time, nobody would have to know it is usually for my nieces and nephews!  To be honest, I would rather be around them on a sugar high running around than in some bars with drunk adults.  Isn't it weird how you change when you get older?  I think it may be my hormones too, but things can REALLY get on my nerves.  I think I have more patience with kids because they don't know any better.  There's nothing wrong with a party and letting off some steam, I used to have a lot of fun that way, but I treasure feeling good so much better now.  That definitely makes me sound old!  A hangover used to just be part of it, now I feel bad enough without adding to it.  Somebody tell me when I turned into an old lady! I turned into my grandfather about a year ago when every time I dance a little too much I complain the next day about my hip.

     I apologize to my sweet niece, Ella, for going way off the subject of her party.  (I think that is a sign of aging too!)  Look at these decorations.  My sister in law does a great job with parties!

The napkins even had mickey mouse ears on them!

The ice cream topping bar.

Look at the streamers hanging from the ceiling.

Ella's cake!

She was so cute trying to blow both candles out. 

She definitely enjoyed the cake.

I love this picture of her with my dad.                                                                                                      

Ella is really dainty and easy, so instead of the regular pinatas that you hit, she had one that had streamers at the bottom.  Everybody took a turn pulling the streamers to try to get the candy out.

Sadie, although she is pretty strong, wouldn't normally have a chance with the other pinata, but she was the one who pulled the right streamer for all the candy to fall out!

Ella's older brothers Timothy and Tyler are so sweet to her.  They are really protective and just love her.  Tyler helped give her all her presents, and only helped her when she needed it. 

Timothy helped her blow out the candles.  She is one lucky little girl.  Although, I pity any boy that ever tries to date her!

My brother's sweet, sweet family!  The twins tried to get here way too soon and we never take for granted what a true blessing they are.  They prayed for Ella for a long time and my sister in law, Bethany, uses the Bible verse 1 Samuel 1:27 for her all the time.  It says, "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him." 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hello, Friday! I Thought You Would Never Get Here!

     I am always glad to see Friday, but it is very welcomed this week!  This was a hard week.  I don't want to say it was a bad week, because nothing really bad happened and there is so much I have to be thankful for, but I wouldn't call it my "Best Week Ever!" either.

     I have been dragging all week.  Me and Sydney were sick last weekend, she had a cold and I had strep, and we started off the week feeling bad.  It has been kind of hard to catch up!  My doctor gave me a shot of B vitamins and I would hate to think how this week would have gone had I not had that energy boost!  I think I need a daily shot.

     Like I said, I don't want to complain because I know there are definitely people who had a harder week than I did, but I was in a really bad mood one day.  My kids, family, and others may disagree, especially "the others"  that don't have to love or like me, but I don't ever have a day that I just feel b****y.  I get in bad moods, don't feel good, vent really loudly (at home to my mom or sister), but I don't really act ugly to anybody.  I had one day this week where I really envied all the TV and movie characters that are known as b*****s and just let it go and don't care.  They don't really seem happy, but I think it would be nice sometimes to just not care and do or say whatever you want.  Most of the time, people don't mess with people like that because they don't know what they will get back.  We should all get a free pass to just have one day a year to be like that.  But, then we would also need a time machine to go back and erase hurting anybody's feelings.

     Why does the character Alexis Carrington come to mind?  There are many women on tv and movies who have to enjoy playing the mean characters.


Alexis to Blake: Take this junk, and your blonde tramp, and get out of my house!

Alexis to Fallon: I'm glad to see that your father had your teeth fixed... if not your tongue.

Alexis to Krystle: I just can't wait for the day when I see you walking out of this house carrying the same two cheap plastic suitcases that you walked in here with!

     I did have a facebook moment that I don't feel bad about, but that is a whole other blog!  Sometimes we just have to get things out and off our chests.  I am always afraid of Karma.  She can be a b***h, but she can also be your best friend.  Depends on where you are in the situation.  She definitely shows up late if you want her to appear and way too soon if you don't, but I guess better late than never.

     I heard the song, "Keep Your Head Up" on the way to take Stratton to school.  I love it.  It definitely speaks to me.   No matter how tough things can be, I have to remember to keep my faith and know "it'll turn out fine."  I saw a church sign a few months back that said,"Look back have regrets, Look ahead have worry, Look up have faith."  I guess when we have weeks like this we have to keep our heads up.  At least we are looking "up" towards the right direction!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Bachelor Pad 2 Winners

     What about the Bachelor Pad 2 ending?  I don't feel like it was the best show anyway, but is it just me or has Chris Harrison turned into an ass?  He was always so nice and easy going, but what they did to poor Michael was just mean.  I do think it helped him win, though.

     He was completely suprised with Holly and Blake's engagement.  Oh.......before I forget.......what in the world happened with Ames and Jackie?  He wouldn't even look at her.  I like her, but I didn't think she was very pretty when she was on The Bachelor.  I have a feeling Ames has found himself a little hottie.  They seemed like such a good pair and their exit was the sweetest moment, even Chris Harrison admitted, on any of the shows.  Something happened.  Maybe it will be in OK, US Weekly, or Star magazines soon.  Because you know those people know everything and have ALL the facts straight. 

     Michael has a really good sense of humor.  He was practically begging for a commercial break after hearing about the engagement.  I really believe it made a difference in the votes, though.  Michelle and Graham played the game really smart and strategically.  They stayed out of drama and it helped them get to where they were.  What about Kasey and Vienna?  When Kasey apologized to Jake and they shook hands she looked like she could have killed him and he looked at her like, "ha ha, you should have been nicer to me".

     I DID NOT get the Vegas show at all.  It looked really wierd, and to be honest I couldn't tell who did a good job or not.  I think it was a really unfair way to send Ella and Kurt home.  It just didn't make any sense what they were doing and I would have been terrified too!

     I am really glad Ben is going to be the next Bachelor.  He seems like a really nice guy.  He can do a lot better than Ashley so maybe he will find someone who appreciates him this time.  I am glad Michael won, especially after being so embarrassed, but I was really pulling for him to hold up the "Keep" sign.  It really isn't fair because Holly will be sharing her half with Blake.  I don't think revenge is in Michael's character, but it would have served them right.  I don't know if Chris Harrison is trying to change his persona or if he is trying to improve ratings, but I am kind of interested in seeing how he acts for The Bachelor.  Maybe he isn't happy at home and it is getting to him being around all the fun and available pretty girls.  Well, shame on me, that is just how rumors get started isn't it!

Friday, September 9, 2011

God Is Our To Do List (The Christian Atheist Last Discussion)

     I am a little behind on my last post on the book The Christian Atheist.  I have had a really good time the last two days and haven't posted.  I am trying to substitute teach at my kids' schools and I was at the middle school one day and the high school the other.  I had observation both days, which was great for me learning my way around.  Schools have changed so much and our system's buildings are so much bigger than they used to be when I was there!  I had two good days and am really looking forward to being at both schools. 
     I have been home with my kids for so long that even though they are older and gone all day and our situation has changed, I still feel a little guilty doing anything that might take away from my "motherly duties."  At least I will be working some, and can still be home if they are sick or need me, and I am around them rather than away and where they may not can reach me if they need me.  I don't know if it is guilt as much as I don't know how to do anything other than be their mom!  I think they are glad to see me get out of the house and I am glad to be getting out of the house!

     I have really enjoyed reading this book and have made myself think about several things.  The last two chapters discuss believing in God but not sharing your faith and not believing in His church.  I think sharing our faith can be done so many ways and all of them are based on individual personalities.  Some people are good at speaking in front of people, others enjoy volunteering, some get out their message in writing, and there are many other ways.  I think there are so many chances during every day to share our faith.  We probably do it without even knowing it.  We don't have to specifically talk about God and faith in order to share our beliefs.  Random acts of kindness, encouraging or helping someone, or just simply doing the right thing are all acts that represent our faith.  I think a lot of people who don't believe in God probably pay more attention to those kind of things than people of faith do.  What I mean is, if you are a very spiritual and faithful person you do things without really thinking about it.  Someone that is skeptical probably notices when others go out of their way to help another person or make the "right" decisions because I believe deep down everyone wants to believe in God and have faith. 
     A lot of people aren't believers because of experience.  If they have had a tough life and don't feel they have been given the same chances as others, they are negative, and don't see how God could let those things happen.  Maybe I am wrong, but I just don't see why anyone wouldn't want to believe in a higher being and an afterlife.  Why would anyone want to believe that when you die you are gone and game over?  I think circumstances and experiences have put those doubts in their heads and they are, whether on purpose or subconsciously, looking for a reason to believe.  They have tons of reasons not to believe and it could only take one reason to believe.  I think that is when sharing our faith through all kinds of ways doesn't always goes unnoticed.  We never know what we might do, even the simplest act, that could change a person's opinion.

     The last chapter is about God's church.  This is a tough one for me.  I think you should go to church every time the doors are open and be involved as much as possible.  I get such a sense of peace just after being in any church building.  It is important to take the time to worship, be with those who share your faith, and work as a group to spread God's word.  It is respectful to God to take the time to go to church.  We shouldn't have church on our "to do" list.  God IS our "to do" list.  Church shouldn't be fit into our schedule.  Our lives should revolve around living for God and everything else is just a means to make a living, be with family, etc.  I believe in church completely.  However, I don't think you aren't a Christian if you worship outside of a church building.  A lot of people take time daily to read the Bible, talk to God, and worship in their own ways.  There are also people who are the first in the door on Sunday mornings and the last one to leave only to live the rest of the week cheating others, lying, etc.  I honestly don't think being involved makes you more of a Christian than someone who isn't always at church.  I believe your heart and faith is between you and God and we can't judge how others are seen in God's eyes.
     The biggest problem with me and this chapter is that churches have too many times become more of a business than a place of worship.  This is my problem with my own church. I have my own struggles right now and have had them for a few years.  My children are 5th generation church members where we go and it is the only church I have ever been a member of.  I am glad that our church has grown, but with growth sometimes comes problems.  We have had several issues in our church and I am not really happy with it right now.  I am torn because it is "MY" church and I don't want to go anywhere else, but I have a hard time going there right now.  I am methodist and there are a lot of things about being methodist I like and some I am not too crazy about.  I know for any group of people there has to be leadership and people to answer to.  We have some rules in our church that I think are just, to be completely honest, stupid.  For example, you have a pastor for a few years and that pastor leaves and goes to another church.  That is supposed to happen, for several reasons a church needs to change pastors ever so often.  BUT, we have rules that say that pastor cannot go back to that church for a year.  That pastor cannot perform any wedding, baptism, funeral etc, in that former church.  That pastor is not even supposed to maintain friendships with members from the former church.  ?????  Let me get this right.  If you are what I consider a good pastor and you minister to a congregation for a few years and get to know your members like a good "minister" is supposed to and then you leave have to leave and cut ties.  You have had a pastor help you through divorce, illness, death, and the good things like weddings, baptism, births and then they are just gone.  Some members are still going through things when that pastor leaves and he/she is supposed to just go and leave you to establish trust and a realtionship with a new pastor.  I know it is done this way to be fair to the new pastor, but what about what he/she left behind.  They are coming into a new place and have had to leave their former congregation family and go by these same rules.  I think this is crazy.  To be a good minister you shouldn't be expected to just end relationships that way.  I would really like to have a chat sometime with our district superintendent.  I have a lot of opinions I would like to get off my chest!  But, this is what I mean by church being more like a business.  I don't even want to get started on all the drama and troublemakers that can be in a church.  If those people don't like the way things are done, move along.  There are so many places to worship and sometimes you just have to find where you fit in.  For those who seem to constantly cause problems, let this be a general rule:  If you find a church to go to and you have so many things you want to change and stir up, especially things that have been in place way before you got there, and it seems you are never satisfied, maybe you should try to find a place that you don't have so many issues with.  If there is that much you have a problem with, maybe that isn't the place for you.  That's what I don't get.  Why would you go to church, if you are going for the right reasons, and want to cause constant chaos?  That completely defeats the purpose of going and that is why I have a hard time going to mine.  There is always drama and that isn't why I go to church.  I think it happens in a lot of churches today and that is why so many people don't believe in church.  I will get off my soapbox now.  I just have some very strong opinions about this chapter.

     I only get numbers on my stats, but a lot of people have followed this discussion. I hope you liked it and if there is another book, maybe something fun and easier to comment on, you would like another discussion on please let me know.

     I hope everyone has a good Friday and weekend.  This weekend is the 9/11 anniversary so I know a lot of people will have a hard weekend because of loved ones lost on 9/11.  My prayers go out to those of you and those who have loved ones serving our country to help keep that freedom and protection that is so dear to us.  This is the perfect example of why it is absolutely insane that government keeps taking God out of everything when He is needed in the middle of everything more than ever. 

A dog had followed his owner to school. His owner was a fourth grader at a public elementary school. However, when the bell rang, the dog went inside the building and made it all the way to the child's classroom before a teacher noticed and shooed him outside, closing the door behind him. The dog sat down, whimpered, and stared at the closed doors. Then God appeared beside the dog, patted his head, and said, "Don't feel bad, fella...they won't let ME in either!"

Wonder if those involved in the decisions to take God out of everything have thought of something.  They won't let God into so many things have they not stopped to think that one day God will be deciding whether or not to let them in?   

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Newlywed Game Bachelor Pad Style

     Well, it is a tough world at Bachelor Pad 2 isn't it?  I knew Michael would do his best to get Blake out of the house.  What did you think about Holly's note to him when he left?  It has to be uncomfortable for anyone on this show or Bachelor and Bachelorette to watch episodes as they air.  I bet they don't know until they see it exactly what will be edited and what will be shown.

     If Holly and Michael ended up together, this replay can't help their relationship.  I also heard that Jackie and Ames had broken up by the time their exit was aired.  That is sad, I was pulling for those two.  I am really glad Ella and Kurt didn't go home.  Being a single mom, I am rooting for her. 

     I don't understand why Kasey and Vienna are so powerful and arrogant.  Did you see Vienna doing her rose dance/song, whatever that was?  I was hoping they would get voted off if Blake and Erika didn't.  All I know is they better get rid of those two next week.  It is funny though, because it is becoming really obvious Vienna is just using Kasey.  They were fighting in front of everyone pretty much because she didn't want to sleep with him.  They are just a gross couple. 

     Other than those two, I really like who is left.  I still believe it will get to Michelle and Graham and Ella and Kurt.  Michael and Holly are too much into their relationship to really play the game.  I feel bad for him.  She says he broke her heart, but doesn't she remember she broke up with him first?  I hope it is Vienna and Kasey who leave next, but gosh, Holly is really getting on my nerves crying.  She is so torn..........  If that is her only worry right now she should be thankful and wipe her eyes!  Michael probably wants her back because she is paying attention to someone else.  If there had been someone for him in the house, I don't think he would have cared so much.

     By the way...................that was great strategy by Michelle and Graham!  I was wondering how they were getting so many answers right.  That was a really smart move.  It was funny that Vienna and Kasey kept getting their answers wrong.  They should have had some kind of code like Michelle and Graham.  Ella is determined, but Michelle is playing really smart.  As long as it isn't Vienna and Kasey who win, I will be happy!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sadie's Birthday!

     We had my niece Sadie's birthday party this weekend.  My poor sister.  She has just been throwing birthday party after birthday party!  She has a few months to rest before she starts up again.

     Sadie turned 2 last week.  She has watched her brothers and sister have a party so I think she was a little shocked and suprised this one was for her.  She is so funny.  All of our kids have such different personalities, even the twins are so different from each other.  Sadie is very independent, smart, and sweet.

     It is always a joke that my sister's kids have to warm up to me.  I think it is because from the moment they get here I am constantly in their face loving on them.  My youngest is almost 13, so I love it when we get new babies.  I stay in my nieces and nephews faces so much though that I am sure it gets on their nerves.  I know they all love me, but I have wanted that one that comes to me and wants me over anybody else.  Sadie is it!  She will come to me from her mama and daddy (that's a big deal) and she wants to stay at my house.  I am used to going into my brother or sister's house and their kids come running by me to get to my kids.  Not with Sadie.  She goes right to me.  She is so funny because she constantly says, "I go."  That means she wants to go to my house.  And......I know my house is fun because we have older toys, nothing is child proof, and I usually have some kind of candy for her, but I will pretend it is all because she wants to be with me.  About half way through her party she looked at me and said, "I go."  I kept trying to explain to her she couldn't go because it was HER party!  She just kept looking at me and repeating "I go."  I finally took her to my house to get my camera and then again later when everyone was gone.

     I have my own special relationship with all of my nieces and nephews.  I am sure it won't be long before Sadie gets into other things and leaves me in the dust, but for now I am going to love and treasure every single minute of it! 

This is her birthday cake.  My sister took a cake plate to the bakery and they made her cake from it.  It turned out just like the plates.  It was so pretty!

We call her Sadie Bug.  It's funny because that is what our aunt Gina was always, and still is, called.  She also looks a lot like my aunt Gina's baby pictures.

I think she was still suprised it was all for her.  Finally her turn!

My sister's sweet family!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Saturday Morning and Football

     This long weekend arrived just in time!  We have had a lot going on.  We have also had a lot of loss in our community.  In just the past few weeks, some of my dear friends have lost parents, we have lost young kids, and we have a lot of families hurting right now.  I just pray that God sends them the comfort they need.  We all know we will see each other again one day, but it is still so hard to lose someone you love.

     We have a long weekend and we need it!  We start it off with Saturday football.  My older son had his first high school football game Thursday (he is a freshman) and my younger son has his game today.  They are both taller than me (which is great because I am only 5'3 1/2"......and I fight for that 1/2) but I don't realize how big they have gotten until I see them all dressed out with pads on.  They are getting too big too fast!  My daughter is trying to enjoy every minute of her senior year while I am trying to hold on to every minute of her senior year!  I am hoping to have a restful, but fun weekend with them.  We have had a lot going on and some stressful situations so we are in real need of an easy weekend.  Although....... high school football doesn't let you rest!  My freshman has practice bright and early Monday morning.  That is okay though, to be honest, he wouldn't have it any other way!  He is tougher on himself than the coaches!

     I hope all of you have a safe, restful weekend.  Enjoy being with your families and loved ones.  We have learned this week you can't take any moment for granted. 

     You know I love music.  I woke up with this song in my head because I heard it almost every time I got in the car yesterday on every station, but it is a good song so I thought I would get it stuck in your head too!

Have a blessed, safe weekend!

I am jealous of everybody that got to see Maroon 5 and Train while they were in Atlanta this week.
Hmmmmmm...............wonder if either of them are still around?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Little Angels

     I talk about my kids and nieces and nephews all the time.  They are so sweet, innocent, and pure.  All kids are.  When I saw my sister's babies come into this world I was amazed.  We all look at a baby and child and just see wholesomeness.  It is so hard to lose anyone we love, but when it is a child, I can't imagine the pain a parent feels and I hope and pray I never experience it.  When my grandmother passed away, my great grandmother (her mother) told me, "I am old, I have lost parents, siblings, friends, (she lost her husband three weeks after my grandmother) and even my husband.  But, you can't lose a child.  To outlive my child is just not natural."

     Even when you have seen your child live a full life it is just so hard.  But, when a child is taken away before they even have a chance to grow up it is so hard to understand.  We have lost two children in our community and school this week.  This is when a community that is family is wonderful.  The parents need all the comfort they can get.  The best comfort they can get is through God and any way we can help them keep that in their mind is the best we can do for them.  I found this poem and thought it was a little comfort for such a painful situation.

Little Angels

When God calls little children
to dwell with Him above.
We mortals sometimes question
the wisdom of His love.
for no heartache compares with
the death of one small child,
who does so much to make our world
seem wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling
the aged to His fold.
So He picks a rosebud
before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them
and so He takes but few,
to make the land of Heaven
more beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult
still somehow we must try.
The saddest word mankind know
will always be "Goodbye".
So when a child departs
we who are left behind,
must realize God loves children,
Angels are hard to find.
~Author Unknown

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Christian Atheist Chapter 10

     If you don't buy this book for any other reason, buy it, download it, and share with friends for pages 177-179.  It is a story about the author feeling God nudge him into giving an obviously needy woman $5.  He fought with his strong feeling/intuition, but after giving it to her she was so grateful.  She was a single mom who wanted to go to church that day.  She only had enough gas in her car to get to church, but not home.  She fought with herself whether she should go or not.  Her desire and intuition told her to put her son in the car and go even though she didn't know how to get home.  The author's $5 was just enough to get back home.  I always go with those deep, strong gut feelings.  When I have something that just keeps telling me to do something, I always do.  I used to let it go sometimes, but I always regretted it so now I always listen.  I think we are being told to do things whether we understand it at the time or not.
     I am so blessed.  I have a family that supports me and helps me take care of my kids and I know I can depend on them no matter what I need.  I feel guilty that I have them and there are so many women who are single moms and don't have family like I do to lean on.  I know that me and my kids won't be homeless, starve, or ever just be alone.  A lot of women don't have that security.  They are in their situation for many reasons and it is a scary place to be.

     We don't like to make money such a priority, but we have to feed our children.  Desperation is a real thing for a lot of people, especially with today's economy.  I have had my share of panic attacks.  It is a fact that I am my kids' only parent.  I will be responsible for them 100% physically, emotionally, and financially.  Even though I have my family, it is scary.  I don't like to worry whether they will get what they need or want.  It is hard today because we don't go into our backyards and have something growing to feed our family.  Years and years ago, people relied on the earth to provide while today we rely on Publix, Kroger, etc.  When I say my prayers at night I ask God to help me provide for my kids.  Through reading this book I have learned I was asking the wrong way.  Instead of asking God to help ME provide, I should have been asking HIM to provide.  It doesn't sound like much of a difference, but it is. 

     I also appreciated his story on page 192 about the lady in Honduras.  After his story he said "We Christian Atheists are slaves.  This Honduran woman is free."  If you don't have the book, he was there and went to this woman's home (which was more of a shack) to eat.  Worried about the safety of the food because of the conditions, he realized he was the only one with meat.  The woman knew he liked meat and saved up money she didn't hardly have to be able to serve him meat.   I also liked that he said most people who seem to have so little really have a lot and those that seem to have a lot really don't have much that really matters.  My favorite former Pastor used to say, "You can't take a U Haul to heaven."  That is so right.  We all look for security here and what we find here to make us feel safe isn't what we ultimately need.  I think the author's point is that if we have God, we are secure and we know what we have.  Any other material means is temporary and won't matter when we are gone. 

     I think everything we do here is a test.  God wants us to be good to each other.  I really think that is what matters most to Him.  I always use my kids as examples, but they make me proud all the time.  Some of the things that make me most proud are things they do for one another.  I think God feels that way about us.  He is proud when we are good to each other. 

     I have really learned a lot reading this book.  The last two chapters talk about believing in God, but not sharing your faith and believing in God, but not in His church.  I will do those last two next week to finish the book.  I hope you have read along and if you haven't, if you get a chance to get the book  I think you will really like it.  I don't think I did it justice on my discussions.  Also, it is my opinion.  Some chapters will speak to you more than they did me and you will learn your own lessons reading the book.  I am going to give my book to my parents, then my brother and sister to let them read it.  I don't know much about the author, but I think I would enjoy some of his other material.  What do you think?  Has any part of the discussion spoke to you?