Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Loads To Share...

Wow, what a week. We had a fantastic Christmas, a busy one, but wonderful none the less.

That being said I have loads of pictures to share...

This first one is of the Nugget and Sugar Mama having food at Sugar Mamas school's Birthday Party for Baby Jesus.

One thing I have noticed with the age of Sugar Mama is the Want..Want..Want...it seems that most of the time all I hear is want from her and it seems to be across the board with people who have children this age. I vowed before I had children that I wouldn't have children like that so my solution was to have Sugar Mama bake cookies for the people around us who do things for us all the time, to show some appreciation for those who work without thanks. So we made cookies for our mail lady and our 3 trash men. During this conversation she informed that "we needed to make cookies for daddy because he does things for us everyday"...there was no mention of mommy....
Thank goodness for the mixer because it made the process a lot faster...here they are watching all the fun...

Christmas Morning Sugar Mama woke up before the Nugget. We knew we wanted them to come down stairs together so we could capture their reactions with the video camera and the Nugget was reluctant to get up.... her she is on her new baby 4-wheeler (which only goes 2 mph :O)

Sugar Mama got a tent.. in the shape of a tree.. Santa put all of her presents in there so she opened them all from inside..

The Nugget got a new kitchen.. that makes 2 for the Durrette house; to keep things even...

Here is Sugar Mama working on her animal doctor kit with her doctor glasses..

Here is said tent.. Sugar Mama has slept in this everyday since she got it.. if you look closely you can see her wrapped in her sleeping bag...

It has been a wonderful week. It went by so quickly I can't believe school starts back next week.

Have you ever heard of post partum depression? Well I never had it after I delivered, but I do have some after the holidays. There is so much anticipation and excitement about the time between thanksgiving and Christmas that it's electric. But after the presents are opened and the day is over it doesn't feel like Christmas anymore, the decorations come down, and then there is nothing to look forward to... (sigh)...but I'm thankful we got to have a Christmas at all. Many families couldn't afford too, so even though I am suffering from Christmas post partum, I am glad we got the experience either way.

One last thing to leave you with:

I don't use real names on this blog...not b/c I don't trust you but because it makes me feel better to tell it this way. However, tonight I ask prayers for my friend Kelsey. I call her by name b/c when you pray I'd like for you to call her name as well. She is young and is pregnant with her 3rd child. Christmas day she went to the hospital because she was convinced she was having a miscarriage. Turns out God had other plans and her baby is just fine. She is on bed rest (rest that the baby's life depends on) and I ask that you pray for her and her unborn baby. God already knows.. I would just like for him/her to know that this world is already anticipating it's safe arrival.

Love to you all...have a happy and safe New Year!!! It's almost 2010, Can you believe it?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa, Stop Here!!

We're out of school this week. It has been more hectic around here than when Sugar Mama and I were both in school. Mama J was super awesome and kept the girls while the Hubs and I went to see if Santa had completed the toys for this family. We were done with our trip around 1:30 in the morning, but it appears he is done making the toys!!

One of Sugar Mama's favorite things that she has never done is camping. Santa is bringing her a tent and the Hubs and I are excited, this may be her favorite toy of the morning. Because we try to keep everything fair in price and number between our girls we had a really hard time shopping for the nugget. She already plays with everything Sugar Mama had, and to get brand new we have to re-purchase toys we already have. This is why we will have 2 kitchens in our house. Sugar Mama has one from Santa 2 Christmas' ago, and this year we bought the Pink Retro Kidkraft kitchen for the Nugget. We also purchased a Power Quad for a very good deal at Target... Sugar Mama has a Barbie Jeep so they will be cruising together.

I did receive an early present from my Mother-in-law. The Yudu machine. The response is usually "What is That?" and if you aren't familiar it's a personal screen printing machine. I opened it yesterday but it's intimidating to use. The hubs says it's fool proof, that remains to be seen...once I get it up and running I'll post pics...

One of my favorite parts of this season is the good spirit. If you haven't been moved at least once this season I'm very surprised. I've listen to local radio stations giving thousands of dollars in help to families really affected by the economy, songs that remind us the true gift we were given some time ago, and if all else fails, what about the Publix commericals? The one about the doctor who comes home to find all of the family he thought he would miss for the holidays, came to him?... Plenty of reasons to be thankful and blessed this season.

One really generous thing I came across was 2 houses locally in Georgia put on a spectacular display of lights for free. Sugar Mama called it dream land and insists that Santa lives there when he is not in the North Pole.. I guess it's his summer house :O) If you live here you should check it out... the address is:

885 Sandy Creek Road, Palmetto, Ga, 30268

Christmas is in 2 days.. can you believe it? Seems like we wait and save for this time all year and when it finally comes and the anticipation is over we're starting the process over. Our entire family is coming over to see what Santa brought the girls and we are going to have breakfast and enjoy the time spent in our jammies. I hope each of you have loved filled, warm biscuit, visits with your families too.

Today I am Thankful for:

Love: As a mother, wife, daughter, sister, niece, granddaughter what have you... the love of my family and friends means more than anything that can be bought from the store. As well as the love from my savior. What a scene it must have been as he stepped off his throne and prepared to enter this world that the rest of us might return to him again. May your holiday be blessed with over whelming love from your loved ones and the embodiment of love...I hope you know, or come to know him.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Four Lazy Days...

Until last night I had not left my house for four days. This is a super accomplishment for me because under normal circumstances we are on the go constantly. It was not intentional, my four day vacay, but because we did not have anywhere to go. No prior commitment, no obligation, not even a desire to go out and finish the Christmas shopping we still have left. The one thing I did do before my self-imposed isolation was get my eyebrows waxed for the very first time...

I enjoy the ladies who work at my nail shop. If you knew me back in the day or even recently I have never been one for fake nails... but recently I decided to try them and as long as they are short I love them and continue to wear them. EVERY TIME I go into that shop they ask me about additional services that they insist I need. For instance as one lady was changing the polish on my toes she insisted that I needed a pedicure.. they had just done one a short time ago, but the way she said it made me feel like I REALLY needed it. Ha. Is it really necessary to make me feel self concious? Also at every visit they ask if I want my eyebrows waxed...It is always an emphatic no!! This time was no different. She asked and I answered no, but she continued... "You really need it" she says.... seriously?
But they were sort of out of control and the Hubs thought it was a good idea so I agreed. First it didn't hurt like I thought it would... it did sting, but not really hurt and they looked good afterwards... Look closely at the picture and you can see how red and swollen my eyebrows were. (sorry for the small picture.. my computer will not upload pics so this came from a camera phone)

This picture is of our Christmas tree. We had it for over a week before I decided to decorate it. It's a Frasier Fur, a type of tree that I didn't realize I liked until I looked and we've been buying this type for the past couple of years (perhaps because it is the ONLY type Mama J ever buys). What I also didn't realize is that this tree has a lean... You can't tell from this picture but the other morning as I was talking on the phone I noticed a web like substance going from the window next to the tree extending to the point of the tree... the hubs had rigged this leaning tree with fishing line so it doesn't fall over :O) Sugar Mama loves it, and the Nugget can't stop taking the ornaments off going "wow". So it's a hit, even if it's swaying to the beat of a different drummer.

This is simply for good measure. How unbelievably cute is this dog? We found this on the internet to put with a present we made for a family friend and Sugar Mama loves him. We are teaching her about UGA and Hairy Dawg... important lessons of course. She insists that Dooley needs a girlfriend like this (only a girl) so he can have a family too, where he is the daddy... and his girlfriend the mommy, and some kids too. I love this dog as well, but I'm not sure an English and Olde English would make cute puppies. Either way this is not mistaking that this dog has it in the bag.. or in the folds of his neck which ever.

Our seclusion this weekend was also because Sugar Mama has been sick. For 3 of the 4 days she "rested" all over the house but not before she informed me that "laying in bed all day was so boring"... clearly she is 4. She was terribly upset that she couldn't go to school, but we talked and agreed that she needed to stay at home so she could be well for PJ day at school and Baby Jesus' birthday party. This is a very clever idea, because Sugar Mama has not stopped talking about it and we are excited to attend.

In Nugget news: You would be so surprised to find out how many words she picks up a week. It is very refreshing to be able to communicate with both children and reminds me that communication wise it only gets better, mouthy attitude wise it only gets worse. She is literally climbing everything in the house, even moving the bathroom stool out to climb on what she is too short to do independently. Her favorite activities include: taking apart (but never putting back together) puzzles, saying Dooley Dooley over and over, chasing said Dooley all over the house, screaming excitedly when he runs into her, and tickling everything. I cannot wait for Christmas morning when they will both be crazy excited...of course Santa must finish his shopping first.

In his defense he is having a hard time finding stuff for the Nugget because of all of the stuff he brought Sugar Mama in Christmas' past... (sigh)

Today I am thankful for:

The generosity of this season. I love listening to radio programs, and watching personalities on television or even watching it with my own two eyes how people go out of their way to make people happy. What a calming and loving spirit that surrounds this time of year, reminding me of the real reason for the season.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Tis the Season...

This is without a doubt my favorite time of year. There is something about Christmas lights....the shopping, the anticipation of Christmas morning that puts a charge to the air and I love it. I wait all year for this month and feeling.

I decided to just go ahead and put our Christmas stuff out instead of studying for finals like I should have...

Sugar Mama decorating her tree... she puts her own ornaments, and angel on. The wound up all on one side and within 2 branches of each other :O)

This is the Nugget's tree. It is a hallmark tree that comes with these cloth ornaments and stories about Jesus' life to go with... the Hubs bought it for me the Christmas I was pregnant with her. I really wanted it and it was sold out when we went to look for it. He found it and I love it.

The Nugget was not interested in decorating so she went to her room and read with big bear. The hubs also bought these for both of the girls... believe it or not they absolutely love them and Sugar Mama sleeps with hers.

The Nugget is at the age that Santa is not a friend. We went through this with Sugar Mama and it took 2 Christmas' for her to be friends with Santa again. She nows says that he is her biggest best friend.. notice the Nuggets reluctance.

Lastly school is over... this means during quiet time I have free time that can be occupied with things other than anatomy and psychology and today it was filled with looking at new stuff to make... I looked up Pillowcase Dresses and I made this one today... What do you think?!? I am super proud so if you are not so proud please lie... :O)

*One special thing I wanted to share: Kelly's Korner blog is giving away an HP touch screen computer ... Giveaway
Go and check it out and you could win one... make sure to read the rules...

Today I am thankful for:

So Many things:

- The hubs... he bought me the only thing I asked for for Christmas as a gift from him and the girls for finishing school with an A and 2 B's. He is more proud than I... (I am my own worst critic)

- My 2 girls.. this morning they both had to give Dooley some sugars before we left for school... so sweet. And Sugar Mama swept up his dog food b/c he's a messy eater, and she did a great job.

- The reminder that I will fall short and that is ok.

- My network of people who are always there when I need them.. you know who you are and I love you all.

Sweet gifts.. A very good friend of mine, (more like a sister) is going to have a baby. I am so excited although I think she can't be old enough to have babies.. but I feel like I'll be having another niece or nephew. My prayer is that God put a hedge of protection over him or her and thank him for trusting one of his own to us once again.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Catching Up, Just in Enough Time to Get Behind Again

Here are the pictures I promised, just in enough time for Christmas to come around and me to be behind once more :O)

This is Nan.. she'd kill me if she knew that I posted this picture so don't tell her :O)


Here is Topher my brother hanging out before he ate..

This is U.S. hilarity at it's best...

Sugar Mama playing with a guitar. She loves music and playing with her cousins.

M & M showing her 1st Thanksgiving bib. That smile is incredibly sweet.

Bigi and his 1st Thanksgiving Shirt

Nan let me try out this contraption that is supposed to help with stretching the back. I often have back pains and since I spent the night with her the night before my back was sore. This was the result. It works for a short time (you have to do it everyday for it to work better) but it's incredibly funny to do.

Our Thanksgiving was a lot of fun. We spent the night at Nan's and Pops' house. She finally, after 3 years of owning it, showed me how to use my sewing machine. I am enjoying the sewing immensely. We normally have 3 houses to go to on Thanksgiving, but this year we missed one, but still ate at 2. Fortunately their times are 1 and 6 so there is plenty of time in between to get hungry again.

We are looking forward to getting up our Christmas tree. It's finals week and this is the last of my "busy" period before I can enjoy the holiday and stop worrying about homework and tests. I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving.

Today I am Thankful for:

Thanks for all the love about the previous post.

For this season. It makes me crazy when people take the Christ out of Christmas. He is the reason for the season. It is not the presents or how much money is spent, but the birth of the one who came to save us. The sacrifice of a mother who knew when her baby came on that day, as she lay him in that manger, that he would carry the sins of the world. To remember that is what this season is all about.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

It's Your Life, Whatcha Gonna Do?

You may recognize this song (It's Your Life by Francesca Battistelli) from the Jon and Kate finale on Monday. In that context it brought tears to my eyes, but just listening it's a great song and she's got a great voice.

I've been a little emotional lately. The source is un-known, but lingering somewhere in the distance. My nanny's birthday passed last week and the strength of the loss was strong. I thought about spending weekends with her, laughing with her, being angry at realizing that I didn't really know her like I thought I did, and finally wishing; just wishing that I could have had one more moment to talk to her. That wasn't meant to be. It was deep and I couldn't let it go.

I have also posted about my experience with Sugar Mama's pregnancy. The Hubs' grandma asked if I were pregnant... I immediately dismissed this because I've told all of the well wishers who have asked about our desires to have a boy, that we are done having kids, at least for now. The scary part is that the last time she asked me that... I was pregnant with the Nugget. For about 3 days following the question I've felt nauseous. I casually mentioned it to the Hubs and we discussed the issue.

I was panic stricken. We are protected, but a lot of people around me are pregnant, Grandma asked about it, and the Nugget has learned the word Baby, which she repeats constantly. It was the panic attack trifecta.

I mentioned it to the Hubs and his face said what I couldn't...he was scared too. I started to cry. Please understand that no matter what, the children that he and I make, I would and do love unconditionally. I was honest with him and said that I wasn't ready to have another child. The thoughts that consumed my mind were the space in our house (we only have 3 bedrooms), our no longer being in the baby stage with the Nugget, school (seriously I need to graduate first), how I've gotten rid of all of our baby stuff, and sending 3 kids to private school would obviously be more expensive than sending 2. The hubs said "We need to just take a breath and see what happens." I didn't think of it constantly, but it wasn't far from my mind.

Simultaneously I was ashamed. I write this blog and tell you that I trust the Lord, and revel it what he has in store for my life, and the moment that it didn't fit into my plans I fell apart. I was ashamed of the fact that women all over the world pray daily for babies and I was panicked because it would be inconvenient. And lastly I was sad because at the end of the day, should I not be pregnant, I would feel relief.

I finally prayed. It took me some time to put into words what I was feeling. He knew what was in my heart, but it was important for me to get it out. I turned it over to him and said that what ever his will I would accept and adjust accordingly. The very next day I thought that my concern was over. Because I was unsure of what was going on I googled it... I google everything. Admittedly this is not always accurate, and I'm not sure if the information I received was accurate or not.

At this point I am unsure of how to end this blog. It would be cruel of me to type untrue information, and yet misleading to tell you this story without an ending, but the truth is I don't have an ending. I did not take a pregnancy test because my situation did not warrant it. I feel strangely empty, emotional and under the weather, without cause.

It makes me wonder...
So today I admit that I was tested and I failed. I was put in a moment to decide to trust his will and know that in the face of it all he would provide me with what I needed and instead I panicked, stomped my feet and cried "but I don't wanna."

Today I am Thankful for:

The capacity to know that when I disappoint he doesn't. He didn't leave me and I feel him now, but I also feel like a kid whose mother has scolded her. He asked me to trust him and I learned this week that I am capable, but I interfered and it was a mistake. Thank him that he forgives...

Friday, November 20, 2009

It's Twilight... and Behind It Comes a New Moon...

If you live any where in the country right now you are hearing about New Moon, the second of the Twilight Saga. I love these books, I've mentioned them before. It's not the vampire/werewolf part that attracts me, although the story line is great. I find the best part to be the love story. Nothing is impossible, you can overcome all things to find the kind of love that lasts forever. This goes along with Everything I believe in God and I think Stephanie Meyer did a great job bringing such a strong love story to life in her pages.

www.stepheniemeyer.com (it is here that you can read an excerpt from Midnight Sun; Twilight from Edward's perspective)

Sorry to the grandparents because I have taken a lot of pictures lately. Not b/c my kids have gotten any less adorable, believe me that have not, but I have not found the time... but I'll work harder over the next week; especially Thursday.

Sugar Mama is out of school next week and we are both excited about going to see our family for Thanksgiving. We are going to spend the night with my nanny the night before b/c we see 3 families on this holiday so we try to spend as much time as possible with all 3. As you can imagine it gets difficult at times. I too am on Fall Break from school. It could not have come at a better time b/c I need the time to focus and get ready for finals. I have blogged several time about how this semester just hasn't done it for me and I'm ready for it to be over.

Tonight the hubs and I are child less. My aunt is down with her 2 children and so my 2 children went to Mama J's house for a sleep over... we are currently discussing watching Transformers 2. I really like this movie, but I'm getting up early tomorrow so the Myself, the Twin and Hubs can go see New Moon. Another reason our children are at Mama J's. I can't stand NOT knowing how this movies turns out.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving. What a time to reflect on all of the wonderful blessings God has given us. That is what I am thankful for today: All of my many blessings, which includes ALL of you who read this blog. Thanks for letting me talk about my life, and you caring enough to read.

Have a great Weekend, Love to you all.... and Go see New Moon ;O)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

We're Always Waiting for The Lines...

3 Missed Days...

4 Missed Days...

5 Missed Days...

The Hubs and I had a conversation in Jacksonville about my scheduled visit from mother nature, and by this point she had not shown up... I was at work when I had a conversation with some co-workers about my non-visit, but before I say that let me say that the month prior I was 5 days late. I took a pregnancy test, which came back negative, but still did not receive my visit, so I traipsed off to the doctor and paid out of pocket for a blood test... one that came back negative. I got my visit that very night.

Because of this disappointment I did not want to get my hopes up. We were not trying to get pregnant, but we also were not preventing it. I will leave it there. After having said conversation with my co-workers, that's right I did work before Sugar Mama came along, :O) I decided to get a test.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find your very first pregnancy test? If you are Grandpa I'm going to guess that you do not know, or if you are Heather, YOU BETTER NEVER KNOW :O) I stood in the aisle looking at all of these test with promises of 5 days sooner, be the first to know, etc. Because I am super cheap I bought the Walmart Brand, with 2 tests for like $6. You will understand the significance of 2 later...

Apparently the best time to take a pregnancy test is early in the morning. I did not know this and started reading the directions in the middle of the afternoon... I couldn't wait until morning so I thought that 3 pm would just have to do. I unwrapped my test and read the directions, also sort of complicated when you have never done it before. TMI warning: I did not even have enough pee to hold the stick for 10 seconds like the directions said... nothing about this was going right... middle of the afternoon, only enough pee for about 5 seconds, would it turn out right?!?

Time for a little education... When a person gets pregnant the hormone that a pregnancy test detects multiplies by 2 in your body everyday. For example the first day you have 2, the next 4, the next 8... etc. I took the test out of the line of fire and placed it on the counter. If you have ever taken a test you probably remember not wanting to look at it until the estimated 3 minutes was up b/c you wanted it to be accurate. I was the same, but as I was cleaning up I looked anyways, after about 30 seconds....

2 Pink Lines... It was positive and it only took 30 seconds to tell me that... my hormone was there, and it was strong. Holy Cow, now I had to tell the hubs, and he wouldn't be home for like 4 hours. P.S. We had already discussed this wasn't something we would share over the phone. Up until about 2 months before this point the Hubs was not ready to have children, and I was... not a good conversation piece.

I debated all of the cute, memorable ways that I could tell him we were pregnant... I didn't want to wrap up my test, I wanted to find something small and newborn to give to him, but I was afraid to leave the house b/c I might miss him... what to do? I had plenty of time to stew about it, and finally I had resolved to handle telling him this like we handled everything else, simple and to the point.

Finally the time had come, I could hear his keys in the door, and I popped off of the couch and stood by the bar in our apartment.... Here's goes nothing... His reaction was going to make or break me...

"Hey babe" he said from the doorway.


Friday, November 13, 2009

In the Vineyard there are 2 Vines...

This week the hubs won tickets to a concert from a local radio station. He won four, and we just happen to have four people in our family. We decided that we would go as a family. It was a Christian concert after all and we hoped that Sugar Mama would have fun.

The concert was on Wednesday night, a night that I have school, and on this night it was raining. Not really raining, but enough to wet your clothes and make you irritated that it was raining. I was already against the idea b/c it was a week night, Sugar Mama had school the next morning and what in the world would we do with the Nugget during the concert?!?

We showed up just as the opening act was finishing, and of course it was raining... and our seats were not covered. Sugar Mama was so excited to see "the band" that I couldn't tell her no... she and the Nugget were wearing jackets... the hubs and I were not (seriously un-prepared).

The band (SuperChick) started up and believe it or not I was sincerely surprised. I had heard one song of theirs before, but I found myself liking all of their music. Not just me, but Sugar Mama was shrugging to the beat, and the Nugget, well you just couldn't stop her from shaking her groove thing. She stood in the hubs' lap and danced and clapped her hands with the music... I could feel the spirit moving... through me and them...

(Side note: check out this link to a song that I thought was really great.. P.S. It's rocky... not a ballad...

After this group came Barlow Girl. Again I've heard of them, but when it comes to Christian music I usually like the softer stuff. At first I wasn't feeling it... and then she started speaking...

Apparently in a vineyard their are 2 types of vines...

1. The first is one that receives lots of water... it bears many fruits, but only lasts for about 3 to 4 years, and when it's served it's purpose it's burned.

2. The second receives no water at all. In order to find nourishment it takes it's roots and spreads deep into the ground. This makes the vine incredibly strong, and allows it to bear fruit, but it lasts for up to 10 years.

She said to the crowd (paraphrase) "Which are you today?"... Sometimes God allows us to spread our roots, embed them in the foundation to make us stronger... give us more fruit to bear... give us staying power. We want instant gratification and most often the true reward comes down the road, we need only search it out. Are we looking for an immediate yes, and be done with our relationship with God, or is he telling us to spread our roots, find nourishment in his word, and last eternally, not just a decade?

Today I am Thankful for:

Roots, ones that spread generations in my family showing me where I came from. Ones on this world that let me know I'm here. And the roots I spread to find nourishment in my relationship with God. He never said it would be easy, only that it would be worth it.

Happy Birthday to my Nanny. Today she would have been 71 years old. I miss her dearly...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

My Original Post...

If you scroll down you will find my original post that I took off....

It posted on the original date that I wrote it, so you have to go down one blog to..

There is Always a Beginning....


Thursday, November 5, 2009

If you Discover That I'm Human Will you Continue to Read?

I started a blog about how I discovered I was pregnant with Sugar Mama. You may have read that my pregnancy with her was very difficult. It started that way, continued with an emotional roller coaster that took me to my knees. I was without control, and when my specialist looked at me and told me that she would not make it past 28 weeks I relied more heavily on God that I ever had.

I cried a lot. I spent a lot of time alone, sometimes in a room with no cable and terrified that the smallest thing I did would harm my baby in someway. I was 22 years old, scared, and my body was failing to do the one thing it was designed for. As a woman I couldn't protect this little life.

As I typed this funny little blurp about how I freaked out on a police officer who questioned the hubs about what he had to drink after another person hit our car and ran. How we had the time of our lives at the Georgia vs. Florida game that year, and how I didn't know I was pregnant. I had a small stomach ache after I drank about 1/2 of an alcoholic beverage. As I was typing it I thought about how the judgement of people thinking that my one drink might have caused my problems was a weight that I couldn't risk. Also I was afraid that admitting that I had that one drink might call my relationship with God into question.

I was saved at a young age, one saved always saved. I'm not perfect and there are moments in my life that I would take back if I could. That is not an option, but moving forward when I have conversations with my girls about life I will tell them the things I wish I could erase. I've had drinks before.. but not since I found out I was pregnant with Sugar Mama. They also got me into trouble, but that's enough admission for one post...

I'm saved, have been for a long time, and I've made mistakes. I'm a sinner saved by grace, and I'll made a lot more... but...

Will you read my blog if you find out I'm human....

There is Always a Beginning...

This was my original post... enjoy...

It felt great outside. It was Florida, first weekend in November 2004, and regardless of the weather we were too excited about the upcoming game. We were favored to win, and we were a handful of thousands of people crammed into the city of Jacksonville for the largest cocktail party: The Georgia vs. Florida game. It was early... about four thirty a.m., and we were up ready to snag an up close spot on the stadium.

"Hey babe um, I need you to come outside". I looked up from gathering my stuff and noticed that Jesse wasn't happy about something.
"Um, ok, just let me get my stuff together... I'll be down in a minute" I went back to getting ready.
"No, I need you now"..."Someone hit the car and I've got the police on the way"
This stopped me in my tracks... we had only had this car for two months because he totaled my other one just two weeks after we got married.
I spun around and went on the attack "What happened"?!?
I think he could tell I was about to blow up and he couldn't understand my overly angry response so he went outside to wait for the cops and left me staring after him.

When I came down stairs the cops were already there. Sure enough on the right drivers side was evidence that someone had hit our car. I walked up to find the Hubs telling the cops that a guy had pulled out of a parking spot and kept backing up until he hit the car, then he sped away.
"Well we sent an officer after him, but he got away... How much have you had to drink today?" The cop asked...

Seriously did I just hear him ask the hubs how much he had to drink at four thirty in the morning. Looking back I realize now that my reaction was not only completely out of character, but also that it could have gotten me a one way ticket to jail, but in the moment I had no control over it.
"ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW... A GUY JUST RAMMED MY CAR YOU LET HIM GET AWAY AND YOU HAVE THE AUDACITY TO ASK HIM HOW MUCH HE HAS HAD TO DRINK" Both my brother and sister came up from where they were sitting because they were so shocked at my outburst they did not know what to do. But me, I just kept on yelling. "MAYBE IF YOU WERE MORE WORRIED ABOUT DOING YOUR JOB AND LESS ABOUT HARASSING MY HUSBAND YOU MIGHT KNOW WHO HIT MY CAR".

He was stunned as well, he turned to the hubs and said "What is the matter with her, why is she so upset"... this sent me to confront him further. I walked over, still shouting, until he warned my husband to get me under control or he would in fact send me to jail.... he didn't take me, but he let us go and did not question the hubs any further, and more importantly did not find who hit our car. We went to the game.

*Warning: coming up you will find out that at 22 years old I was human... I had a drink. You will also find the reason why this particular drink was my last*

This game is called the largest cocktail party for a reason. Thousands of people go to this game and never get in the stadium. We park and tailgate together. Antagonize Florida fans, build friendships with total strangers over the love of our Dawgs, and drink. On this day we did just that. I had a Smirnoff Ice. About half way through I developed a terrible stomach ache. I couldn't make it stop making me nauseous so I ate bread and rested until kick-off. I was fine, a little nauseous, but fine during the game.

We WON!!!! It was a huge win for us, something that does not happen often enough and we were so excited we went back to our hotel to shower and change and go to the Landing. I never made it, after showering and getting ready I fell fast asleep on the bed, I was ExHaUsTeD. The next morning I woke up and got ready to make the drive back to Georgia. This ride would be less depressing than one's previous... when we'd made the trip and lost. As we got ready to leave the Hubs, the Twin, Topher, and I were laughing at my rage at the policeman the day before... I laughed because I knew how outrageous it was, but still couldn't understand what caused it. The hubs looked at me and said "Christina, did you have your cycle this weekend?"....

Ha, that had to be it... it was time for it, well a little past time, but that had to be the reason for my craziness, right?...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sometimes We've Just Got to Shake it...

Sometimes we also get things stuck in or on our teeth...

Here is our Dorothy... There is no Place Like Home...

And Our Little Pirate...

And now for some cheerleading competition....Her performance really brought tears to my eyes.... it took me back to not so many years ago when I did it, and the realization of how quickly the time goes was staggering.... I am super proud.

And flowers from daddy b/c she was superb and he's such a good man!!!

We did not go trick-or-treating b/c the weather was terrible but they had fun at my dad's house. And they were well rested for the competition on Sunday. You Can Not know how much fun that was...

Today I am thankful for:

Time: It passes so quickly... one moment here and gone the next, but to see it come full circle it such a gift.

The new: God gives us new things in life constantly... it's called change, we can either welcome it or shun it, today I stand with my arms open. I believe he has Great things in store... I can't wait to be a part.

Words: On most occasions I say nothing that doesn't need to be said, but lately I find myself saying my fair share. So far it has worked and been helpful. As long as I let him lead my tongue and actions, together we can see the fair and fabulous unite.

Love to you all...

Are you excited about the upcoming holidays?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Early Halloween

This weekend we had our Halloween Costume Party and I wanted to share some pictures that I took.

Here is the Nugget as a Pirate Princess...

This is me and the Hubs... he is a mobster and I'm his 20's flapper.

Here are 2 of my 3 Plemons Ladies.. (we missed you Steph)

This is Keith the Baptist Pimp, they never dress up and he went all out for us, he even won best costume :O)

And who can forget Sugar Mama, as Dorothy from the "Wizard of Bob" - that's what she calls it :O)

Here is the Nugget playing with Vampire teeth...

We had the best time hanging with our friends and family. Our house is not quite big enough and it's sometimes chaotic but we love having them all in our home.

Today I am Thankful for:

Friends and Family: God has given us plenty of love in this department, and we got to share that this weekend!!

Love to you all and have a Happy Halloween!!!

P.S. If I don't post any more over the next couple of days it's because I have 3 tests this week and lots of studying. :OP

Friday, October 23, 2009

We've been on the farm.

Here they are posing by the pumpkins...

And picking said pumpkins....

Going on a hayride....

Taking Funny Photos with Daddy....

On the ride home, pooped out....

We had a ton of fun, The Nugget is obsessed with a farm book so she had great fun!!!

For that I am thankful!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hits and Misses

I've had some misses this week:

My first miss this week was yesterday (Monday) @ school. On my way to Lab, after test number 2 in lecture, I walked out of my flip flop, or so I thought. I looked down and the circle that lies on the bottom of the flip flop had come off, taking basically the entire thong part of the shoe. There was no way to put it back together and if you have ever broken a flip flop you know that with out the thong, the thing is useless.
So I hobbled to the door and there was a guy sitting on a bench just laughing at me, not in a mean way, and so we laughed together. I announced to anyone who would listen that my flip flop was broken b/c I didn't know how to explain why I was walking the way I was.
My professor and my lab partner were superheroes and taped/tied the flip flop back together and I made it back to the car and almost home before it fell apart again. The flip flops are now in the trash.

As a Stay At Home Mom I feel like my decision to not work eliminates any extra that I may want. Because I don't contribute monetarily I NeVeR ask for anything. About a month ago the Hubs and I decided that I would get highlights and low lights in my hair. I haven't had them in about 4 years b/c I do not like having to maintain it. However, I was really pleased with the results. In fact I loved it. It was time to maintain said hair and to be quite honest I just couldn't afford it. We've just taken on a second car, which came with a payment, and so my hair is literally at the bottom of the to tum pole. I was getting self conscious about my roots, so what did I do?
I went to my Walmart and bought a box of self color.... and I cried the EnTiRe time my sister was coloring it. I've never had such an emotional reaction to hair before, and I'm not really sure it was the hair, but now looking at the hair I can't decided if it was a hit or a miss... I think it's growing on me, in fact just about 1 hour ago the hubs told me that he things I should go darker....

Before: highlights and low lights

After: Not my natural color... something I should have known before I bought the box.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine today who is WAY more accustomed to the extras than I am, and she is currently going through the same things, but her efforts are to conserve money instead of spend it. Her family has recently taken a pay cut because of the economy. I am certainly NOT happy that she is going through it, but it was refreshing to know I am not alone in the struggle to pamper and take care of myself, AnD stay on budget.

Some of my Hits:

Did you know LivelySituation has gone etsy?

Here is a tutu that I made for Brandi's niece... I think it turned out great, what are your thoughts... comment, comment, comment...

Another hit:

This afternoon on our way home from getting Sugar Mama from school she informed me that some girls from her class were being mean to her.
I asked what this meant b/c sometimes its just her being sensitive. Today was b/c 2 girls in her class did not like her being Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for Halloween, and the other did not like the fact that she is a cheerleader. I asked her if it really mattered and she responded:
"No, they shouldn't worry about me, they should only worry about themselves".
Ha!! She knows something that it took me about 25 years to learn, and Thank the LORD for that!!!

Today I am Thankful for:

Moments: Sugar Mama provides me with many of these. I wonder often about my responses to her questions in the future... I know she will have them, and today she proved that together we will even get through her crazy time. :O)

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This Was the Shortest Long Weekend...

Did you hear that my Dawgs lost this weekend? All I can say is What Happened? We did not lose to the Number 4 team in the nation like that and we let the Vols just run all over us. Ugh, it's crazy.

Onto better things....

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out this week.

This inspired a Fabulous dress up session...

Sugar Mama says she dressed just like the evil queen...

And the Nugget just dressed up....

As the mother of 2 girls we try to get all of the Disney Princess movies when they are released from the "vault". Sugar Mama was very excited because this movie has not been released since she was born.
*If you want this movie, Wal*Mart has it on sale for $19.96 for the regular and Blue copy combo pack*

Other things new this week is the Nugget learning how to use a spoon...

Sugar Mama did not want the Nugget to be embarrassed about being so messy, so she joined in the fun...

Today I am thankful for:

Octobe(red): This is a community wide project my church is doing. Today we heard about the global missions are church is apart of, and even listened to the sermon in spanish with a translator. check them out at www.thesharonchurch.com