Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last Minute Summer Reading


     I am bothered by summer reading assignments.  While I look at the pros and cons of giving students homework over their "break," I form opinions as a parent and educator.  Although I am certified in middle grades, I am not a teacher.  I was a stay at home mom for years until my divorce then I went to work part time for my dad and brother in their real estate company.

     As a parent, I don't want to fight with my kids during what is already a short summer over homework.  We do enough of that during the school year.  It always ends up the same.  It is the last week before they go back to school and my kids hurriedly finish their reading and essays.  They stress and become anxious about the new school year right before it even starts.  Another thing that bothers me is the booksthat are assigned.  If the kids had a better choice of books that were more current and of interest to them they might not procrastinate all summer dreading the assignment.  I don't want to raise uneducated children, but I hardly think they will lose much during the summer.  The time off allows them to travel, be active during the day, and find new activities to enjoy.  It is a good time to explore and find sports, hobbies, and other things that will broaden their horizons and make them think in different ways. There are other ways to "stay smart" than reading a book they barely understand.

     As an educator, I can see some of the pros to summer reading assignments.  If done correctly, it will keep them in tune with their study habits.  It also gives them a chance to read a book during the time off rather than fitting it in during the school year.  Reading comprehension is difficult for a lot of kids so the more they read the better they learn comprehension.  Retaining what they have read and learning new vocabuary consistently has to make a difference on test scores.  If students are left with choosing what they read, the outcome and objective of reading skills may not be the same.  It is simply not the same quality of reading if you choose a magazine over  a classic novel.

     While weighing the pros and cons from the perspective of teacher and parent, it is vital to consider the student's opinion.  There will always be a handful of students who enjoy school and homework.  These bookworms have no problem being assigned reading homework because more than likely that is how they will be spending their break anyway.  However, there are a majority of students who are involved in summer sports and are just aggravated by such assignments.  This is especially so for high school students who have a summer full of sporting camps, practices, etc.  The assignment hangs over their heads the entire break and they stress out as they anxiously try to finish the reading and essays before the first day of school.

     Just like any other issue there are pros and cons.  There are benefits to summer reading assignments, but I feel that the negatives outweigh the positives.  Speaking as a parent, I want my kids to enjoy the short amount of time they have and just be kids.  I don't feel like they will lose very much during the break.  In my home, my kids don't pick up a book for fun because they know they have to read at some point.  I would much rather them pick up anything that interests them and learn to enjoy reading for the sake of reading not for just another stressful homework assignment.

     What do you think?  Do you agree or disagree with summer reading assignments?

Real Housewives and My Nerves!



     I love all my Real Housewives shows.  Orange County may be my favorite because it is the oldest, but the New Jersey has always had me more hooked.  I love the feisty women!  I am a Southern girl, but you will see a Jersey temper if you mess with me or my family.

     The RHONJ is really getting on my nerves, though.  The last two weeks they went on a retreat to address all the family drama.  TV or not, let me just say, if you are digging into emotions and trying to heal it is probably best to forego Happy Hour!  SERIOUSLY!  You cannot mend family troubles and drink.  After you get everything straightened out go on a fun, boozy trip but you just can't talk about serious stuff while drinking.  It never ends well!

     You watch them make a little headway and then someone brings out a bottle.  I need a drink watching this train wreck!  When you have to drink to celebrate family getting along maybe you need a new therapist and/or family!  It is just crazy.  At least if everybody gets drunk enough maybe they won't remember getting mad or why.


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     Call me crazy, but I take family very seriously and you don't want to say something you can't take back.  No family is perfect, but you just have to care more about the people in your life and their feelings than you care about your good time.  Family is too precious and you have to treat it as such.  I would never forgive myself if I said something to harm those so dear to me because of a lack of self control.

     I honestly don't believe there is anything wrong with having a drink or two, but you have to have a respect for it or it will have none for you.  Casual drinking is totally different than drinking during a retreat to heal your broken family.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Sun Done Sank



     I took that line from a Florida Georgia Line song, "Tell Me How You Like It."  As far as our summer goes, the sun done sank.

     We have had a really good summer.  I say "had" because it is pretty much over.  They start school in a week and a half, but there is not any "chill until it gets here" time.  It is time for back to school clothes shopping, school supplies shopping, let's see how much you can help me get this house back in order that you tornadoed (is that a word?) through for the past two months time.

     We did have a good two months, though.  Notice I didn't say summer break.  We didn't really have any kind of break.  My boys play high school football. 'Nuff said.  They love it, but we stayed on some kind of schedule since the last day of school.  We went to two colleges for football camps.  We did fit in a few days at the beach and that was fun.  Until the jellyfish arrived.  When we couldn't get back in the ocean we went home a day early.  My mom has a pool and since we live on the same street, I guess we can say "we" have a pool that we came back home early to.

     We went to the University of Alabama and The University of South Carolina for the football camps.  The Alabama trip was fun because my aunt and uncle live near the school so we got to spend the night with them.

                                   My son, Shane, and uncle Jimmy. Jimmy loves football and is a big Alabama fan so he was excited about the camp too!

 
 
 
Shane and Stratton before we went into the camp.
                                                         




                                         Sydney and our aunt Cecilia.

 
 
 
I will say this is Jimmy giving Shane some advice, but I think they were both talking about how cool it was to be at the campus!




Coach Nick Saban gave a great motivational speech to the boys before the camp began!






The South Carolina trip was a lot of fun too.  Columbia is a really neat town and it had to be so cool for my son that they got to wear Gamecock jerseys for the camp.


This is the back of Shane.  He had jersey 73.  That had to be so neat for the boys to get to wear them!


Shane has on the green shorts.  It was hard to get pictures that day, but this was before he did a one on one.

                                              






This was at the hotel.  Sydney had to work and couldn't go with us, but the hotel we stayed at had a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse so I had a "date night" with my boys.  It was a lot of fun and they really enjoyed it.  Might would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't been giving them lessons through the meal, but I told them they need to know what to do at a place like this if they are on a date or just as an adult.  I have to play dad too and make sure they know what to do as a man paying, tipping, etc.  It was still fun!  When we got back to the room, Stratton thought it was really funny that his shoe is so much bigger than mine.  He isn't telling me anything, I trip over his and Shane's shoes all the time! 





     We figured out that between our trip to Tennessee for Spring Break we have travelled the SouthEast. We have been to Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, and we drove through North Carolina and Florida so I guess that counts.

     Our best souvenirs from our trips?  Fireworks.  The young guys that work in those places crack me up.  I kept asking questions just to watch them get all excited talking about them.

     Our trip to the beach was a much needed break.  We always have a good time no matter what we are doing, but you can never go wrong at the beach!


                                We would hang out at the lobby lounge and people watch!





                              Sydney and Stratton.  They are always teasing each other!


 
 
 
 
Sydney and Shane. It is sweet how protective he is of her.
 






We went to The Hangout restaurant.  It was so much fun and the food was really good!  It was our first time at Orange Beach, and we really liked it!

 
 
Sydney and I.  I love just relaxing at the beach at night.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To be honest, I don't mind summers ending that have been as much fun as this one.  What bothers me is the summers you don't feel like you got to do anything.  We can't complain.  We had a lot of fun and got to spend a lot of time together!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Guest Post by Shaye

I have a guest post over at my Grand Central Mom blog!  I try to give useful information for busy moms who feel like they are living in Grand Central Station.  Life is chaotic and any tips or information we can find at our fingertips is always a great thing.  I always try to include a little humor  to make the business part of life less boring.

The title of the guest post is  "Summer Fun for a Busy Hun"

The tips and advice she has is great!

Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel. She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget. She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way.. Follow her blog at http://simplyshaye.wordpress.com!  






Guest Post by Shaye at:  http://grandcentralmom.blogspot.com/2013/07/guest-post-by-shaye.html


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Freaky Friday.....Snakes



     I do not like snakes.  I repeat.  I do not like snakes at all.  I know some are considered "good" snakes, but I don't care.  I don't like any of them and they completely freak me out.

     I remember one time when I was little my mom stepped on one.  Barefoot.  She doesn't like them either.  I was probably 3 or 4 at the time and she just went crazy.  We lived on a highway and my dad's parents and grandparents lived next to us.  My grandfather came over with a gun.  I think this is what started my fear.

     I also remember when we lived in the same house a bull running through our fence one day.  It was funny because at that time the Schlitz Malt Liquor beer commercials were popular.  Do you remember?  "Don't Say Beer Say Bull!"  Here is an old commercial with the bull running through.
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     Me and Sydney were going somewhere last week and just as we came to the end of our street a snake was in the middle of the road.  She likes them as much as I do so she just instinctively ran over it.  Then, backwards and over it again.  We got out to see if it was dead and it played opossum.  We slowly inched closer and closer to it and finally, the head moved and came toward us.  We couldn't get back in the car fast enough.  And, then, she drove over it, then backwards to go over it again.  Then forward, then backwards.  I was dying laughing.  She made sure that thing was dead!  I was laughing while cringing every time I felt the bump.  It was a good size snake.

     Whew!  I have the heebie jeebies just thinking about it!

     My boyfriend in college lived with his two brothers and one of them had a pet snake.  A python.  A really big python.  I remember going in one day and I had been there a few minutes and happened to look at the glass case they kept it in.  It was gone.  I, as fast as I could speak, asked where it was.  The three of them were clueless.  I didn't go back.  Pretty much a deal breaker.

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My Namesake



     Today is my niece's 9th birthday.  I have something really special with each of them, but she is named after me so we have something extra special.  It is wild having someone named after you!  My daughter is named after my sister, my sister's older daughter is named after me, and her younger daughter is named after my mom.  Guess what else?  All three of them have the same first two initials, S A.  Sydney Amanda, Skylar April, and Sadie Angela. Neat, huh?

     I always tell my niece, Skylar, about me guessing her birthdate.  She wasn't due until the second week of August.  She is my sister's second child and we were all on vacation in June that year and everybody was guessing the day.  I guessed the 25th.  Everybody laughed at me because it was 3 weeks early, but it just popped in my head and I stuck with it.

     The day before, on the 24th, everyone kept asking me if I wanted to stick with my day and I said "yep!"  I went out to dinner with my sister and her husband the night before.  That next morning, a Sunday morning, my mom called and said you won't believe this, but Amanda is in labor and just left for the hospital.  I said, "I do believe it!"  I was supposed to teach Sunday School so I called to tell them I was on my way to the hospital.  She was born later that day and I tell her as I watched her come into the world she did so looking like she had on red lipstick!  I am not kidding, she looked like she applied lipstick before making her appearance. 

     We had a terrible scare with her when she was 2 and almost lost her.  I cannot imagine our lives without this special little girl.  She is our prayer person before family meals.  It doesn't matter how many people are in the room, she stands in the middle of them and so confidently says the prayer.  Not a song, or any memorized versions, she says something original, about the day, and always from the heart.  Not many adults can do that!




     She loves music and dancing.  In honor of her birthday I am adding this song that my daughter has got me hooked on.  I can't get it out of my head!  The first time I heard it I thought it sounded like a Prince song, then, I found out one of the singers is Jason Seaver's son.  You know, Alan Thicke from Growing Pains, son, Robin Thicke.  Would not have guessed him to be one of the singers!  Not sure which one of the other two sounds like Prince but they might want to get a paternity test!


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Happy Birthday, Skylar!   I love you!!!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Everybody Likes A Little Attention



     Above and beyond all else we all have one thing in common. No matter who we are we want to think we are somewhat good at something and want to be recognized.  Even if it started out as a hobby, or to serve as a stepping stone on to the next phase of your life that went a little off track.

     From our earliest memories we want to be praised.  Even if we got a little startled at the first time we smiled and everyone went nuts, it had to have been nice to get that initial attention.  Then, we go on to wanting to do whatever we could to make our parents proud.  We move on to school and want to make our teachers and peers think we are something great.  It doesn't end.  As long as we are conscious and aware, we want to feel like we are doing something right.

     This is especially so for single parents who for whatever reason we are single parents feel like we don't do a lot right.  Times are different and the definition of family has drastically changed, but when your home is broken you feel a little responsibility whether it is truly your fault or not. I always say the best compliment anyone can give me is about my children.  When you compliment them, you compliment me and I hope they will always be my greatest accomplishment. 

My favorite quote is from Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis:
   ~If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much.

It is true.  I brought these special, sweet people into this world and they deserve to be my top priority.

     I love writing this blog because my kids are tired of talking to me.  I am just kidding.  But, seriously, I find such a peace and sort of therapy from talking about being a single parent.  It is a scary place to be, but can also be an incredibly empowering place at the same time. 

     I believe (and it is my daughter's favorite quote) that everything happens for a reason.  I don't think God gives us anything we can't handle.  Maybe He feels that we need a push or He sends us in a direction we didn't want to go in because it is where He wants us to be.  He wants us to learn something and make a difference.

     I had terrible experiences with the court system.  My dad's words, "there ain't no fair but the county fair" quit being funny a LONG time ago.  Things that aren't right drive me crazy.  It becomes the principle of things rather than the particular situation.

     I want to talk about things that aren't right because I am so, so blessed to have a large family behind me.  A family that I know will never let me or my kids go homeless or hungry.  I have personally sat with a lot of women who are not that blessed.  I have left them and am still thinking how in the world are they doing it?  I hate seeing parents who are only trying to live right and do the right things be mistreated, but more so it drives me absolutely crazy that there are kids out there not getting what they should because of a system that is not just broken, but half dead.

     It always warms my heart and spirit when I come in contact with someone through this blog that shares similar experiences with me.  I have made friends on here I know God made happen.

     Still, it comes back to also wanting to know that while I sit pouring out my heart and words they are somehow heard.  It is nice to get recognition, not so much for the attention, but to know you are getting somewhere.  Well, maybe the attention is nice.  Really nice. 

     I got an email two days ago that gave me a little nudge of encouragement that I am not just entertaining myself with my words.  I was one of 32 picked for The 2013 Five Diamond Top Single Parenting Blogger Winners.

Everybody knows a girl's best friend is diamonds, and since I don't have wedding ring, I have a 5 diamond badge on my blog!

Thank you so much, Julia, for the email and the encouragement!

Click  here to see the list!

Diamond Lining Blog includes the full list of top blogs in different categories such as beauty, parenting, adoption, etc.  It is a good way to find blogs you are interested in!  I have found some news ones to read from the list!

The Diamond Lining

Monday, July 22, 2013

He's Here!



     Congratulations to William and Kate on the birth of their son!  Can you imagine having a pregnancy and labor knowing you are giving birth to a future king?!  No pressure, no pressure at all. (No pun intended.)

     It is a great day for them and history has been made, but don't all of us moms feel like Her Royal Highness when we have a baby?  Seriously.  I had three children and each time, I felt like I was the only woman in the world to give birth.  You think you have just given the world a piece of heaven.  It is totally normal for every woman to feel that they have done something nobody else has and have the most beautiful baby ever born.  It is our right.  After long months of sickness, gaining weight, backaches, and all of the other uncomfortable things, they are simply forgotten as soon as we see our bundle of joy.  That first bad diaper kind of brings you back to reality, but it is an amazing moment for all women.

     There are a couple of differences in most births and the birth of a future king.

     We put bows on the mailbox or wooden storks in our yards, hardly the kind of announcement the third in line for king got today. 

 
 
 
They had a town crier announce the arrival.  Our crier is usually, well, the baby.  They might as well played a video of the baby crying because I couldn't understand a damn thing this guy said.
 
 
All joking aside, it is an event in history.  At the end of the day these two are a sweet young couple who have just had the most amazing, incredible experience of their lives.  It is a good day for them and they are blessed.  They also have a very special angel looking over them today.
 
Now, we just have to wait for the name. 

Just Because.....




                            Just Because it is Monday..................



              Just Because you work so hard......................................



                                   Just Because life isn't always fair........................................



    Just Because it's Georgia and it will probably rain sometime today..........................



           
                          Just Because this is funny as Hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




 
 
(Thanks, Amber R!)                                               

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Rose Duffy



     Divorce is never easy.  You can have the best of situations, but there are still adjustments and uncertainty.  The one thing I have learned is that you can come out of it a lot stronger than you ever thought.  I have met through the courts and through this blog some amazing women who not only made it out alive but went on to do things they had no idea was in them.

     This is where faith comes in.  I know there have been people along the way that God has put in my and my kids' lives.  They, even if it was knowing them for a second, showed me that it would be okay and God was reminding me He has never left my side.

     I had the honor of meeting an awesome single mom who calls this kind of faith (I love this!) Godwinks.  She has had many times that she has been shown by God that He is there and is guiding her through her new journey.  He also has given her a beautiful voice.  In my last post, I said I believe God purposely has given us unique talents and gifts and it is up to us to embrace what makes us who we are and use those gifts.  We never know why we go through the things we do, but sometimes it gives us a special perspective and it shows in our gifts.

     Rose Duffy has a really pretty voice.  You can feel her love for her son in her song, "Big Picture Window."  It is a song for her son as he went off to college.  It was a personal gift to him, but it is something all moms can relate to.  She has another song, "All About To Change."

Let me tell you something.  I love music.  I love country music.  I love country music songs about women who have put themselves on hold, it wasn't appreciated, and they are out to show you just what they can do.  Women who are really just starting their lives.  This song,"All About To Change," is that song!  It has a really good sound to it and I bet if you listen to it once, you will be happily singing it in your head the rest of the day. It is that kind of song.

     Rose Duffy has her own website.  You can find both of her videos, her blog about her life and those so sweet Godwinks, and much more. (She has played sax for and became personal friends with Etta James!)

     Please let me know on here or better yet go to her website, www.roseduffymusic.com, and let her know what you think!

                                          "All About To Change"
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                                          "Big Picture Window"
                                          (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZZoxjwGNUs)




She wanted to add this note for you:

     I'm Rose Duffy, a sax player/songwriter.  I would love for you to visit my brand-new music website.  I wrote a love song/picture montage called "Big Picture Window" for my son when he left for college.  Let's just say that I wrote the other not-so-love-song called "All About to Change."  It's very empowering and motivational.  I'd love it if you could check out Blogs 2 and 3 ... and possibly share my link with friends and family.  My website is:  www.RoseDuffyMusic.com ... I'd love for you to subscribe and also "like" my music facebook page by clicking on the link just under the big picture on the left side of my website. Thanks so much ... Best wishes to all ... Stay in touch, okay???

Jesus Calling



     A very good friend of mine gave me the devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  I think everyone who reads devotionals is reading this right now.  I see posts on Facebook and other social media sites.

     I love this devotional because it seems to speak to me personally.  I know that is the point of devotionals, but this one seems to be particularly good at reminding me daily of what God wants from and for me.   

     I was really inspired by today's devotion.

                "Seek My face, and you will find all that you have longed for.  The deepest
                yearning of your heart are for intimacy with Me.  I know because I designed
                you to desire Me.  Do not feel guilty about taking time to be still in My Presence.
                You are simply responding to the tugs of divinity within you.  I made you in
                My image, and I hid heaven in your heart.  Your yearning for Me is a form of
                homesickness: longing for your true home in heaven.

                 Do not be afraid to be different from other people.  The path I have called
                 you to travel is exquisitely right for you.  The more closely you follow My
                 leading, the more fully I can develop your gifts.  To follow Me wholeheartedly
                 you must relinquish your desire to please other people.  However, your close-
                 ness to Me will bless others by enabling you to shine brightly in this dark world."


     I love that.  It really puts in perspective how He made us to want and desire to have Him in our lives.  We can be still in His Presence because He knows us.  He knows our wishes, desires, and inner most thoughts.  The words "I hid heaven in your heart"  are so sweet.  They express subtleness but intention and purpose at the same time.  Just like we get homesick for the comfort and security of home, we seek the comfort and security of Him.

     I guess it comes with age and experience, but I wish it were easier to explain to young people how important it is to embrace their individuality.  Even some adults worry about fitting in and being "liked" others.  The reason it is hard and uncomfortable is because we go against our purpose.  We are who we are because it is what God intended.  Every young person should know that what makes them stand out and makes them unique is what is best about them.  So many times they want to hide it, but their special gifts is what should be comfortable and come easy to them.  They shouldn't try to fight it.  It is hard to get people to understand that with a world of bullying and fear of not being liked. 

     I am blessed to have such a good friend who knows me so well and knew that I needed this book just at the time she gave it to me.  I am so fortunate to have someone so special looking out for me.  Thanks, Lori!  Love you and our friendship!


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Freaky Friday......Clowns



     The people who know me well probably would have thought this would have been the first thing I listed that freaks me out.  I think subconsciously, I was putting it off, but decided to bite the bullet and get it over with!  I am TERRIFIED of clowns.

    I don't really know why.  All I know is it is creepy to me that you can't tell their real expression.  They have on all of that makeup and their emotions are drawn on.  That, and I have seen movies like It by Stephen King.


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 I have also seen the movies about John Wayne Gacy that dressed as a clown as his cover as he killed many young boys and kept their bodies under his house. 



They are not so cute anymore are they?!


     I remember one day, a few years ago, driving down the expressway and a car came up alongside me and I looked over to see a clown driving.  I guess he was going to a kid's party or something, or at least I hope so, because it wasn't anywhere near Halloween!

     I have always loved watching any kind of scary movies.  I am a complete scaredy cat and don't like the dark, but I still love watching them. I like a good ghost or haunting kind of movie.  I think others will agree that ghost kids are the creepiest.  Movies that have creepy kids can be really scary.  Soooo, I don't care for kid clowns either.

     Well, there is one exception.  The oldest of my nieces and nephews is Walt.  I always tell him how special he is to me because he is the one who made me an aunt.  My sister would not tell me what she was going to dress him as for his first Halloween.  She showed up at my house with this sweet little 4 month old in a baby clown suit.  She thought it would be scary, but he only had on the suit.  If she had put all the makeup on him, I wouldn't have liked it as much.  But he was a pretty baby and his sweet little face overruled the clown outfit!

     That Halloween I ended up creeping my sister out instead of the other way around.  I decided at the last minute to dress up as an old man.  I had on a suit and hat and old man mask looking like a mean old butler!  I opened the door with a serving tray in my hand.  The tray had all the candy on it.  The only trick was there was a severed head in the middle.  I got so cracked up at the adults that made their kids go get their candy and they waited on them at the street!  That was fun.  I love Halloween and the only time I came near being a clown was the time I dressed up as the little girl from the movie Halloween.  I have an entire room in my basement with Halloween decorations, but you won't find any clowns!

I didn't have to wear the clown face to copy this:

                                                 Thomas

                                         
     Seriously, I think it boils down to the fact that you can't see their true expression. Most kids like them, I am just a crazy, paranoid adult that thinks people who dress that way are hiding something! 

Do you think they are cute or creepy?

Tee 'Em Up!

     Our home is definitely a football home.  Just check our schedule and listen to my boys talk for five minutes and it becomes very clear.  My boys enjoy basketball too and sometimes play off-season.  My nephews are into baseball and basketball. 

     I grew up with my dad and his dad playing golf.  It was a big part of their life and my brother became the third generation of golfers in our family.  He helped start the golf team that is now at my kids' high school.  To me, it is a sport of gentlemen and almost has an elegance to it.  It also takes as a lot of practice and strategic skills maybe more so than athletic ability.  It helps to have a natural ability, but it takes some thinking too.

     My dad always wanted me or my sister to play golf.  When we were growing up there just weren't many girls who golfed professionally and he always wanted us to play.  Well, he is having him a summer full of golfers and he is loving it!  My niece, Ella, is learning to play and she will only be 4 in the fall.  My two boys and 4 of my nephews are playing.  They are so cute!  They got plastic balls so they could hit some in the yards.  My boys are going to the driving range when they aren't practicing football.  My dad is loving all these boys, and girl, golfing. He may have his girl golfer because not only does she love it, but she has a really good swing.

     These kids have a lot of fun with different sports and this will be no exception, but I think their "Pop" has a lot to do with all of them becoming interested in it.  They love their Grandmother and Pop!  They love being at their house and being together.  I thank God every day for us being able to live right here on the same street and be able to be so close in every way.  This is the sign I made for my mom and dad for Mother's Day.




     My brother still plays and is very good.  He belongs to a really nice club around here and he has won the club tournament two years in a row.  It is a prestigious place with a lot of good, serious golfers so we are really proud of him!  It is also a preliminary for the Georgia Open!

     Me and my sister have worked at golf courses, but that is about it.  I do like to watch it, though.  I worked one summer as the beverage cart girl and it was a lot of fun.  It is harder than you think, especially when you are as blonde as I am, because you go against the traffic of the golfers.  There is a very unfortunate little curve and bridge underpass where I worked.  Yep, came around the curve and hit two old men head on.  They were nice about it, but I am still embarrassed.  My daughter is working at the course my brother belongs to this summer and she loves it so I guess we girls have done something for our part where golf is concerned!

     I know my grandfather is looking down and watching over all these golfers.  We have tons, and tons of golfing pictures of years past with him, my dad, brother, and my uncles.  They have played in many tournaments, and my dad has even helped start charity tournaments.  It is definitely a "Family Tradition"!

     This is just one of the pictures we have.  It is in my dad's office and I am not sure when it was taken and if there was a specific event, probably a club tournament, but is a great picture.

 
My dad Tim on the far left, my brother Ty, Michael Thomas, and my grandfather Tom Ed



     Michael visited my dad and showed two of my nephews and my boys a few things today.  He is a great guy and has a lot to show them.  When my grandfather passed away, Michael and a couple other of my grandfather's friends hit golf balls after the service at the cemetery.  I thought that was so neat and very fitting. 

     I had to make pictures of their little lesson with my dad and Michael this morning.






 
 
Two of my nephews.  Aren't they just the cutest little golfers you have ever seen?!

 
Now, they can really yell Fore!, or four that is, for generations of golf players!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Luke Bryan/ Florida Georgia Line



     My daughter went to a Luke Bryan concert a few months ago and had such a great time.  When she found out he was coming back to our area, she bought tickets as soon as she could.  She was going to take the friend that had taken her to the previous concert.  Well, her friend somehow got them VIP passes so me and my boys took the tickets she bought.  The concert was two nights ago and we had such a good time!



I borrowed the pictures my daughter took from the VIP party before the concert.



 
 
 
She was so close when he was on stage!



     It has been a while since I have been to a concert.  We have an arena in our area and when it first opened my dad and brother went in with a law firm they used at the time and we had a box.  We saw many great concerts there and I will say I got a little spoiled seeing shows that way, but we were at a big amphitheater Sunday night and it was fun being right in the middle of everything.  I love Luke Bryan, but Florida Georgia Line was opening for them and I absolutely love them!  So do my boys. 








     Speaking of my boys, they are so sweet.  It makes me feel so good when they do things that let me know I have really raised gentlemen.  They are 14 and 17 and they won't let me go anywhere by myself.  Every time I had to go to the bathroom one of them went with me.  I took my older son to a football camp in South Carolina a few weeks ago and my younger one went with me because he didn't want me to be by myself all day.  They are going to be such good husbands!

     Needless to say, I am not used to staying out that late anymore.  I was one tired mama  yesterday which is why I didn't post this until today.  I had my yearly eye doctor appointment yesterday morning.  NOT the best time for such a close up of the bags under my eyes! We had a great time, and my daughter is still excited she got to meet Luke Bryan's mom!

His mom in the blue tank top.  She wouldn't be a country girl without a red solo cup!



 I love it that my kids are older and we can do stuff like this.  They are so much fun to be with and I am really, really glad they don't mind mom tagging along!

     Most women collect shoes, purses, or lipsticks.  I, however, collect t shirts!  So, of course, I had to get one!
    

Here's the front of my shirt.






And, the back!


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Another Sad Addition to the List

     I love my tv shows and Glee is no exception.  It was so sad seeing this morning that Cory Monteith who played Finn passed away yesterday.  He was only 31.  They don't know what happened, but said he had admitted himself into rehab earlier this year for substance abuse.  He is just another one added to a too long list of gone too soon celebrities.  We just see the glamorous side of their lives, but too many young stars end up in trouble so there must be a lot of pressure and stress we don't see.  What is sad is to all of us he is "Finn from Glee," but for his family it is a very sad, tragic loss.


This happens to be one of my favorite songs:

 
 
 
I did a post about this song on my other blog.  There is an interesting fact about South Detroit.






Saturday, July 13, 2013

Confusion

     I like to write my thoughts and things that interest me. I also like writing about important issues and things that I don't feel is right. Sometimes you just have to remove yourself from something you didn't even walk into if that makes any sense.  I removed my post from before because the drama going on there isn't mine and I want to keep it that way.  I meant what I said, and if I get thrown into a situation I will speak my mind and speak up for myself.  Some people thrive on drama, I am not one of them.  If you are confused, don't worry.  So am I! It's all good, though!

  I had these pictures saved for something else, but they are just so cute I wanted to share them!




 
 
 
 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Freaky Friday......Feet



     There are many themed days on social media like throwback Thursday and wordless Wednesday, so I decided to do something different on my blog.  Freaky Friday.  I will talk about, and I hope you comment and add your thoughts, about things that freak me out.  There are A LOT!  I am either weird or just special like that.  I don't know, but I can't help it so maybe talking about it will make them seem less "freaky."  Well, probably not, but you can get a glimpse into my strange world.

     The first of many things that freak me out is feet.  I know that is weird, but they do.  When I was a baby, I had to wear corrective shoes, well more like boots and braces, on my legs and feet.  My legs were turning inwards and I had to wear them for a while to straighten them out.  Every doctor I have ever seen about my back and spine problems tell me it is hereditary, my poor grandmother has a bad back, but I have to wonder if there is any connection with my problems as a baby and my back today.  I had to sleep in these shoes and they scarred me just a bit.  Not physically, but I had a thing for a long time where I wanted to sleep in my shoes.  I guess it was kind of a security thing.  Then, I wanted my tennis shoes as tight as my dad could tie them.  If you didn't think I was strange enough, I bet you do now!

     Maybe because of this childhood trauma (haha)  I just do not like feet.  I will admit, some people have cute feet, but I still don't want them touching me.  Oh my gosh, some people just have gnarly feet that need to be covered and stay that way.  If I am in line at the grocery store or somewhere like that and I see someone in flip flops that clearly needs those things covered I know I have an about to throw up look on my face and I just want to run.  I swear, I think I have a panic attack if they are close to me. 

     I like to get pedicures, but holy cow if you really, really wanted to punish me, make me give one.  I feel guilty the whole time I get one because all I can think is how I would hate to have to do that! 

     We have all these sweet kids and no they are not immune to my freakiness.  I am okay and will touch them and even kiss them, but once they start walking on them I am done.  I think my phobia is hereditary because my older son feels the same way.

     I seriously am not drinking or anything writing this, I am that strange when it comes to feet!

What about you?  Are you freaked out by them too?  If you have a fetish I am not sure I can handle hearing about it.  (Just kidding!)  No, I am for real, but you can tell me anyway.


What in the Hell is this person thinking?  I have too many pairs of nail clippers said this person......Never!  All I can think about is germs and they freak me out too, but that is is a WHOLE other post!

bits


WHAT????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This is just wrong on so many levels.  Anyone looking at this with plantar fasciitis is probably cringing right now!


shoe


Why cousins shouldn't marry and have a family.

kuro


I will definitely have nightmares for a week!
                                            fanpop     


Not bad, but I still don't want it touching me.

jean


Ok, I can deal with this.....for a little while.

dave