Thursday, October 30, 2008

Just for fun.

Ok, after reading my friend Becky's post over at I had to go to and try this. I have to tell you, I laughed the entire time. Go ahead, try it yourself. 1962 - Wow! What a style!
1966 - Interesting!!!

1968 - hmmm.

1984 - I remember this hairstyle! I have an older cousin who wore her hair like this. Of course I'm sure we were wearing neon of many colors and listening to Madonna's Like a Virgin at the same time.

1990 - I actually sported this little number myself for a time.

1996 - Much closer to the actual me of today. Minus the bangs. Maybe I should go blonde and try the bangs. What do you think?
Ok, enough laughing at me, now it's your turn.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Not Me Monday

Yes folks, it's that time again. Time for Not Me Monday!!!

1. I did not laugh for 15 minutes when I found Tink trying to take off her tights without removing the dance leotard first. Really, it wasn't that amusing.

2. I was not me who ate most of the halloween candy!

3. I did not throw something in my back out of wack by just picking up my child. I'm not that old!!!! This would never happen to me!

4. I did not take Tink out to lunch at Applebee's yesterday after church and love every minute of having lunch alone with her.

5. Tink and I do not have plans for every evening this week.

6. I do not plan to eat dinner at the MIL's and then leave to meet with friends tonight. Really, that would be rude of me!

Check out the circus over at McMomma's and join in!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Less than 60 days!!!

I can't believe there are only 58 days left until Christmas!!! Only 3 days till Halloween! Well, for us it's a little more confusing than that really. 3 days till Halloween, but only 2 days till trick-or-treat, which doesn't really make sense to me. The town I work in has trick-or-treat on Friday, the town we trick-or-treat in has it on Thurs. Anyway, I think I'm a little off subject. It seems like it was just the 4th of July!

I have already started my Christmas shopping. Actually, I started a long time ago. I have a plastic bin almost full of gifts for Tink. There are only a few more things I'm going to pick up for her this year. I also have my nephews done and the cousin on JP's side that Tink exchanges names with every year. JP calls me crazy for shopping so far ahead. I like to call it resourseful, or thrifty, anything but crazy. I love bargain shopping and if I see something on clearance that would make a great Christmas gift I buy it and put it away. I'm saving him money, how can this be crazy??!!

I've already started buying things for Tink for Easter. Shhhhh.

Monday, October 27, 2008


Conversation at my house this morning.

Tink: Mommy, I'm too full, I can't eat any more breakfast.

Me: (checking her plate) You only ate one mini pancake. (Yes folks, I am a terrible parent and let her eat mini Eggo microwave pancakes for breakfast! Does is make it any better that she does not eat syrup on them?)

Tink: I'm reallllly full.

Me: Ok then, you can get up.

Not even two minutes later.

Tink: Can I have CANDY??

Me: No way, you are too full from pancakes.

Tink: I was just kidding, I'm still hungry. Can I have candy?

Me: Nope, but you can have pancakes or cereal.

Tink: Naahh.

She eventually ate pancakes, really cold pancakes, with no syrup. YUCK! Yeah, this is why I don't usually keep candy at our house.

Not Me Monday

Well, here goes again. A list of the things I did not do this week.

- I did not cry at my desk a few minutes ago while reading an article about Stephanie Neilson.

- I did not take Tink to a Halloween party at our local Old Navy store that ended up being a ploy to get parents into their store to shop and not a party for kids at all.

- I did not also take Tink to a Halloween party at JP's cousin's and have a great time on Sat night.

- We did not eat too much junk food, carve pumpkins and go on a hayride at said party.

- I did not tell ghost stories to a small child on the hayride, in the dark, in hopes of scaring him and getting him to sit still and quit kicking me. Do I look like a monster??!!

- I was not ignored by a couple that I graduated with when I spoke to them at the Halloween party. If I were ignored, I would never be so sensitive as to let this bother me.

- I am not debating about whether or not I should dress up like a witch for work this week. Really, I am much too old to be dressing up for Halloween!

- I am not excited about taking Tink trick-or-treating this week.

- I did not spend too much time on the internet while I was at work this past week. Really, who does that?

- I am totally looking forward to dinner at the mil's tonight. Really! Well, not so much.

- I did not shudder when I heard we are going to get snow tonight. Honestly, I LOVE snow and anxiously await it every year! Yeah, I can't wait to pack up my flip flops and get out the winter coats. Right.


Well, that's about it for now. For the origional Not Me Monday check out McMomma here

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The boys

When I stepped into my parents house yesterday after work to pick up Tink I was immediately jumped upon by my nephews.

Aunt D, can I go to your house?

Sorry, not tonight boys, we're aahhh...going to the store. Yeah that's it, maybe some other evening.

Iwannagotoyourhouse! Iwannagotoyourhouse! Iwannagotoyourhouse! (for five minutes!!)

After looking at me like I was the wicked witch of the west, my Mom finally stepped in and told them to stop. They do not like being told no, to anything. This caused a major meltdown. The boys started laying on the floor crying, throwing toys and kicking my mom.

(Any guesses as to why I don't want them at my house?)

The entire time this is going on Tink is starring at them and I am trying to put her socks and shoes on her as fast as humanly possible so I can get out of there.

Can't wait to hear it all over again tonight when I show up to get Tink. Tonight is dance class night! Sorry boys, not tonight.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Not Me Monday

Ok, I have been reading McMomma's Not Me posts for a couple of weeks now and have finally decided to follow along and post my own Not Me this Monday. So, here goes...these are a few things that I did not do this past week.

1. I did not yell at someone else's child at the McDonald's playland. Just because the playland was invaded by a local middle school's entire cross country track team and one of the 13ish year old boys screamed at my 3 year old, "Get out of that tunnel, I am going to play in there!" I did not run across the playland to rescue my terrified child and her friend and give the boy a piece of my mind. What kind of a monster yells at someone else's kid??
2. I did not let A eat a sliced apple with peanut butter for dinner. Really, what kind of a mom lets her kid eat fruit only for dinner?
3. I did not trip over my own feet in the middle of my kitchen last night when I had a house full of people over for my dad's birthday! I am certainly not that big a klutz!
4. I did not totally mess up the camcorder during A's first dance class and end up recording when I thought it was shut off and vice versa for half the class.
5. I did not cringe every time I saw my mother-in-laws number on my caller id this week. I adore my MIL, why would I do that?
6. I did not nap on the couch after work on Fri and delegate all childcare and dinner preparation to hubbs then get up long enough to snuggle A into bed between hubbs and I and go back to sleep. Really, do I look that lazy?
7. I did not let A sleep in our bed twice last week. I am not a push over when she tells me she is afraid in her own room. Nope, not me!
8. I did not wear flip flops to work last week. Really, I work in an office, they aren't allowed.
I'm sure there are tons of other things I did not do last week, but this list will have to do for now. Make sure you check out My Charming Kids for McMomma's list too. Oh, and say a little prayer for her and baby Stellan too. I don't know them personally, but I love her blog and they need the prayers right now.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Hubs, when are you gonna learn?

As I was getting ready to leave the house this morning I realized my really cute black purse with the silver buckles on the side totally did not "Go" with my brown sweater and flip flops that I had on. (No, I am not wearing flip flops to the office, they are not allowed. The fact that I am working alone for the next week does not mean I broke the rules and wore them anyway!)

So... I ran back to the bedroom to exchange the sweater and shoes for black ones. The hubs, JP, has the day off and was still in bed. Seeing me run in and start changing he asked what I was doing. To which I replied "My purse doesn't match my shoes and sweater, so I'm changing them instead of switching everything to a different purse." Seemed pretty simple to me.

He shook his head and informed me "That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard you say."

What? What is wrong with wanting to have coordinating clothing and accessories? I mean seriously, I'm not prissy and girly most of the time, but my outfits need to coordinate.

Just because his idea of a good outfit is holey jeans, a stained tee, work boots and a hat doesn't mean that I can't look a little put together.

I didn't have time to give him a fashion lesson, so I smiled, kissed him on the cheek, stuck my tongue out at him and left to drop A off at my sitter's (aka Mamaw's).

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Beach pics

We had just arrived at Myrtle and walked down to the beach. The next wave totally soaked us!

A building castles with Papaw.
Relaxing in the lazy river at our hotel.
On the path down to the beach. Taking a break.
Pouting because I am making her leave the beach to eat lunch.

A with "Ruby"
A with a couple of the smaller sharks swimming behind her.
I was a little shocked that she actually touched the horseshoe crab.
Here we are with "Turdy" the new turtle.

A and Mamaw playing on the beach.
My little princess.

A checking out the beach at dusk.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008


We made it back. We actually made it back Sat evening, but with all the craziness that followed for the rest of the weekend and being at work alone for the next two weeks (a story in itself) I have not had time to blog.

The trip was great! Our hotel and the beach were almost empty when we got to Myrtle. The weather was perfect for the beach. High 70s to mid 80s, a nice breeze, lots of sun. Perfect for me to sit on the beach and help A build sand castles everyday.

A was such a good girl on the car rides. Thank God for portable DVD players and Nintendo DS! Those along with coloring books and mommy in the backseat to put on puppet shows made for a nice complaint free trip both ways.

My parents had a great time with A on this trip. My dad, aka Papaw, thinks A is the funniest kid ever. Even when she is instructing him on the correct way to build a sand castle (the castle has to have a little extra pile of sand on top with a shovle stuck out of the top) he finds her highly amusing. My mom, aka Mamaw, totally spoils A. She buys the kid everything, I insist A doesn't need another Princess shirt from the Disney store or a 5th pair of sunglasses, but she buys it anyway. I finally gave up, just buy her whatever you want, it's not worth the argument. They both got a kick out of watching her play in the waves and "treasure hunt" for seashells.

A made a little friend at our hotel. Riley was there with her grandparents for the week and stayed a couple of floors down from us. The girls were the same age and became instant friends. We met up at the pool most afternoons and let the girls play for a couple of hours. This gave me a break from being the constant playmate for A. Not that I don't LOVE playing with my girl, but seriously I can only play babies and build sandcastles for so long before my mind starts getting a little fuzzy. The girls were very sad to leave each other at the end of the week. A still doesn't understand "Why can't Riley come to our house to play in WV?" I tried to explain the Riley lives in KY and that really isn't close enough for playdates, but she doesn't get it. She is sure on our next beach vacation she will see Riley again.

We made the much anticipated trip to the Ripley's Aquarium. A loved it!! As soon as we walked thru the front doors she saw a tank filled with fish, one was red and A was so excited "There is Ruby, waiting to say hi!" A was amazed that Ruby had grown so much since we flushed her the week before. I assured her Ruby was eating better and was much happier living at the aquarium, to which A agreed. I had to take a pic with A sitting in front of the tank with Ruby swimming behind her. I have to say I enjoyed the aquarium also. Although, walking through a tunnel watching giant sharks swimming above you is a little creepy. This confirmed all my fears about swimming in the ocean! Seriously, I don't go in above my knees. Anyway, we got to pet sting rays, horseshoe crabs and some kind of small shark. Pretty neat! A ended up falling in love with a little stuffed turtle in the gift shop, it is green with sliver sparkly dots on it and hot pink marabou fur trim around it's shell outline. It is so cute! We bought it. The poor thing was then named "Turdy" by A. She has no idea why everyone finds this name so amusing.

The rest of the trip is now a blur of pool swimming, beach sitting, sand playing, restuarant eating fun in my mind. Luckily I took lots of pics. I brought the camera to work to upload pics, but totally forgot the cable needed to do this, so I will have to add those later.

Harley Bike Week started on Wed while we were there. This of course was the actual reason for the trip. My parents and their best friends are avid Harley riders. The two couples had taken their bikes and rode while we were there and attended a few events. A and I played on the beach while they did this. I did venture out to a couple of Harley shops to look for bike week shirts for JP and his buddy who took care of Reese while we were gone. Our hotel and the beach no longer looked deserted once the Harley riders started coming into town. A loved looking at all the bikes.

A and I were missing JP and Reesey Boy by the end of the week (and I needed some space from my parents) so we were glad to come back home. Until we got up the next morning to be greated by temps in the LOW 40s. Ugh. I'm ready to go back now!