Monday, January 31, 2011


The year.... 2006!  The place...... Ocean Isle!!  
The memories...... priceless!!!

My boys on the incredible Ocean Isle waterslide!

Colton and Aunt Mat!

Colton and as he says "My Lilly!"

Best buddies in the making!

Fun at Medieval Times!

Cousins!  Hanging out on the boat!

I know you were scared Randy, but I am sure Colton held your hand!

Mini Golf pros!

A sweet aunt and Gam!


More fun at Medieval Times!

Get your finger out of my face Randy!!!  I am taking pictures:) 
Mom always has to do the hard work that the rest of us leave behind:) 

As you all know, I am more about pictures than words.  And like I said a while back, I totally believe that a picture is worth a thousand words.   These pictures make me smile.... and what wonderful, crazy memories we all created during that last week of June for SO many years....  How many people do you think we had in that house at one time?  How many stories can we tell about the adventures we had during those times?  I could go on and on, but it is time for me to watch some TV with Rod:)  I love ya'll!  Tell me........... did you smile when you saw these pics?  I surely did!  I love my family!!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kenny's Party and Photobucket!

I have been trying to find an easier way to download my pictures from my phone.  I found this site called Photobucket.  I can't figure out why it is viewing as a slideshow and not putting them all on the post, but I will keep working on it!

I thought I had figured out something that would really work better since I do most of my posts from my laptop, but I don't like the slideshow:(  I wanted the pictures to load.... oh well....  I keep learning!

Saturday, January 22, 2011


The DJ was playing our favorite tunes!


He had the crowd dancing and clapping!

He was checking out the crowd to make sure they were having a good time!

Sorry to ya'll that missed the dance party with DJ Samuel!
He was so cute and we had fun!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Running Shoes!

To my sisters.......

Thank You!!  Because without all of you, I can not imagine getting through this life!

For letting me take my running shoes off, for helping me realize I needed them on, for reminding me about the joys and heartaches of motherhood.  You all three are amazing mothers!  I would not, could not be here without you!!

My mother and three "surrogate mothers"!

You four women are my role models, inspiration, and the reason that I am still alive! The reason that I didn't die of heartache, loneliness and dispair many years ago!  I can not imagine my life without your love, support and guidance.  Is there a "Sister's Day"?  

Oh, and this dork has helped me along the way as well!  (and Kenny)! 

I thank God every day for having such fantastic siblings!!!!  My weekend alone got me kind of loving and sentimental:)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Emma, the Entrepreneur

My neighbors, the Cornwell's, moved this week and I am very sad...  But my first thoughts regarding some of the things that I will miss are about Emma...

This is her (the taller girl) with her buddy (and mine) Adrianna!

Some of my memories of Emma are......

Selling me my own candy..

Raking yards...

Selling me bracelets as she is giving them away to the other teachers...

Helping me get dressed for the cookout....

Eating bagel bites...

Selling lemonade to the golfers....

Basically.............making money!!!!

All of the things I just mentioned make me SMILE!  They also have stories behind them.  She has such a sweet nature and is an amazing girl!!  I will miss her (along with her family) so much!  I just can't imagine looking out my front window and not seeing her riding by on her scooter, ringing my doorbell, playing so sweet with everyone! 
Emma, she is very quiet but has such a STRONG spirit!!  I will really miss her!

Along with,

Gracie......  with her beautiful smile and ability to play with these kids and still be a middle schooler

and Dylan....  such a good sport!  such a boy!!

In the football outfit, of course:)

And of course Ericka and John.....

John showing the ladies how to do the Electric Slide (I think... or how to jump:)

Erika, with her pink hair for Halloween!

Again, I am breaking my bikini pic rules, but Erika wasn't in on the original deal!  And she looks really good to have had 3 kids!

To the Cornwell's....  we will really miss you!!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I was clicking on Beth's blog to post my comment.  But accidentally hit Leslie's blog instead.  When I saw her post, I knew what it was pertaining to, and I thought.... I should post something on mine.  Then I thought, no, that doesn't make sense b/c the only people that read my blog are my family and they already know!  So, I posted my comment and went back to read Leslie's blog and decided..... yes, I will post on mine as well!  I want to share some of my thoughts about this news for my own record!

Denise called me as I was heading out to PTO tonight and said "Can you believe the news?"  I said, "What news?"  We debated back and forth a few minutes and she told me to go look at Beth's blog.....  I was in the car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was about to come out of my seat!  I could tell by her tone it was good news, not bad!  She wouldn't say.... said she couldn't....  I said to her....."Beth is pregnant!!"  felt it in my bones.....  she just laughed and said go to her blog as soon as you get home!

Well, I hit the door at BES and had to have my "name checked off the list" to verify that an administrator had seen me there and I wasn't one of the lowlife teachers that tries to skip out on PTO (even though I hate it too) but i told my Asst. Principal that I had to run to my room and look at the computer b/c of the exciting news I had just heard (on my way to PTO) !  I knew it!  I knew it!  I knew it!  For some reason, even though it is a miracle and totally amazing, I knew it!! 

I couldn't be more happy for anyone in the world!!!!

So this is for all this wonderful news and the wonderful news that has happened in the past,  I found this poem and I thought it was appropriate..

Thoughts on Becoming (Being) a Mother”

There are women that become mothers without effort, without thought, without patience or loss
and though they are good mothers and love their children,
I know that I will be different.
I will be different not because of genetics, or money or that I have read more books...
but because I have struggled and toiled for this child.
I have longed and waited.
I have cried and prayed.
I have endured and planned over and over again.
I have experienced a tremendous struggle to attain this dream.
I will notice everything about my little child.
I will take time to watch him/her sleep, explore and discover.
I will marvel at this miracle everyday for the rest of my life.
I will be happy when I wake in the middle of the night to the sound of his/her cry,
knowing that I can comfort, hold and feed him/her
and that I am not waking to a cry of my own broken dream! 
I consider myself lucky in this sense;
that God has given me insight, this special vision
with which I will look upon him/her unlike any one else.
I will NOT be careless of my LOVE.
I have been trialed by fire and hell that others may have faced,
yet given time, and much heartache, I stood tall.
I have prevailed.
I have succeeded.
I have won.
When I see others hurt around me,
I do not run from their pain in order to save myself discomfort.
I see it, mourn it, and join in theirs.
I listen.
And even though I cannot make it better,
I can make it less lonely.
I have felt that immense power of another hand holding tight to mine,
of other eyes that moisten as they learn to accept the harsh truth
and when life is beyond hard.
I have learned a compassion that only comes with walking in those shoes.
I have learned to appreciate my life.

....YES! I will Be(am) a Wonderful Mother...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Well...... Universal was crowded, and when I say crowded, I mean CROWDED!!! 
We did not get to ride any of the rides, but Colton had fun because he played all the "arcade" style games and loved every munute of that!  We got a "feel" for Universal and know what to do for our next trip!

This was on the way in!  Amanda and Heather backed out when they found out the ticket prices, and they made the right decision!!

EXCITED!!  But already seeing way too many people!!

Too cute:)

Lilly's new boyfriend???

Colton says NO!!  He will get in between them if he needs to!

Lilly was the magician's assistant for one of his tricks!

Colton LOVES magic tricks!

So Lilly is looking good, the T-Rex looks pretty scary but he better watch out because Colton might get him first!

My Superheroes!

Randy and his girlfriends!

Marmaduke!!!!  STOP!!!

Christmas break was busy!  Two trips to North Carolina and one trip to Florida!  These trips included:   SNOW, a bowl game, and Universal Studios!   I-95 needs a break from the Nissan Murano!! 

Sunday, January 2, 2011