Saturday, November 28, 2009

We're home!

We are home from a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation in Wisconsin/Illinois.

We made a quick stop to Sonic for a quick fix, going 9 days without my beloved DDP proved to be a challenge!

The dogs have finally settled down.

The suitcases are unpacked and I'm on load #2 of 502!

Honey's BFF was picked up on the way home from the airport because they were having withdrawal.

Peanut, my little anal wonder, has had her bags unpacked, dirty clothes sorted in the laundry room, clean clothes hung back up in the closet and been showered for 2 hours and we've only been home for 2 1/2!

Mail has been sorted, pizza has been eaten, the exploded toiletries have been cleaned and I've popped a sleeping aid.

The best part to coming home....My Mom and Dad not only took care of the dogs while we were gone, Rogue was apparently a little shit, but my house was spotless and my bedroom looked like this when I walked in. Clean sheets that have been pulled back ready for a very tired Mommy to crawl into, seriously, do I have the best parents in the world or what?!!?

Picture, lots and lots of pictures of our trip to come.

Happy Saturday Y'all!

Friday, November 27, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 27 of 27

I am thankful that in just 28 days we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

Wait, am I really thankful that I only have 28 days? Holy Crap I need to get shopping!

Happy Friday Y'all!

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 26 of 27
I am thankful for today!

Yes, today. November 26, 2009, Thanksgiving Day. I am thankful for everyone who has made it possible for us to sit around a table with our loved ones, to hold hands and say a prayer of Thanksgiving. For those who are sitting in the midst of a battle field thinking of their families enjoying Thanksgiving Day without them. I am thankful for their selflessness that makes all of this possible!

I am thankful for the food that was so lovingly prepared by my family and thankful that none of us will go to bed hungry tonight like so many will. I am thankful for my Sister and her husband who have opened up their home so all of us can be together. I am thankful that although my Mom and Dad are not here physically they are here in each one of us and can be vividly seen. I am thankful that my parents will be sitting where I am right now in 4 weeks celebrating Christmas with their children and Grandchildren!

Yes, today I am beyond Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 25 of 27

I am thankful for my computer!

Have I mentioned before that I love my MAC? Well I do and I miss it terribly! I'm using Honey's laptop and although I am very grateful that we have one to use and that she is sharing it with me I miss my MAC!


Happy Wednesday Y'all!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 24 of 27

I'm thankful for Q-Tips!

Do you know what kind of nastiness we would all be subject to without those little sucker-sticks with cotton covered ends?

Sometimes I wish I carried them in my purse, there's nothing worse than talking to someone who has crap in their ears! **GAG!**

Q-Tips are one of those things where I am very brand specific! I accept no substitutions!

Happy Tuesday Y'all!

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Monday, November 23, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 23 of 27

I'm thankful that I live in Florida!

Today is the 4th day in the frozen tundra Illinois/Wisconsin and I'm freaking cold! I'm thankful for the sun and the feeling that you get on the bottom of your feet when you walk barefoot to the mailbox in November. You know the feeling, warm and wonderful maybe even border-lining uncomfortable from the sun baking on the concrete. Here my feet are so freaking cold I cannot feel anything but the stinging pain associated with the early stages of frost bite! And my fingers are cold...and my nose is cold and drippy...and I'm loving every minute with my family more than anything else!

Happy Monday Y'all!

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 22 of 27

I am grateful for old friends!

If our trip is going as scheduled than we hung out with old friends from high school last night. We had to miss Babes 20th high school reunion so we haven't seen them since the 10 year in 1997.

I will post pictures as soon as I get home!

Happy Sunday Y'all!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 21 of 27

I am thankful for my family.

My family who I am visiting right now and although this is a scheduled post I can also say I'm sure I'm freezing my Florida butt off up here in Illinois and Wisconsin!

I am the baby, I have two older sisters and a brother. We are so very different but yet so much the same. We would fight to the death for one another.

The four of us grew to be seven. From that seven we have given our parents eleven Grandchildren and those Grandchildren have given our them nine
Great-Grandchildren! Over the last couple of decades we have grown from our little family of six to a crazy family of thirty-three!

I'm not so sure why we are not all matching in this picture? My Mom always made our Easter clothes, even my Dad and brother had matching hand made jackets. I believe I was 4 in this picture, it was Easter of 1974. This was the picture that was in the church directory and I remember it like it was yesterday because I was shades of pissed that my Mom made me wear a T-shirt under my dress. A T-shirt that could be seen through those adorable sheer sleeves, you see I had a sense of style even back then! But seriously, was I not a little cutie!

Fourteen of us made it to my parents 50th wedding anniversary in May of 08. Most of the Grandkids live in Illinois or Wisconsin and have young families so a trip down just wasn't in the budget. We missed them all but were thrilled to have the "core" of the family together! Again, can I just say that I still think I'm a cutie? The" little" may be gone but the cute has certainly stuck!

Happy Friday Y'all!

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Friday, November 20, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 20 of 27

I am thankful for my Mom and Dad!

These wonderful people raised me with more love and patience than I know I sometimes deserved. They love my husband like he's theirs, refusing to call him anything other than son. They love my girls fiercely and are the best Grandparents to my dogs a girl could ask for!

Speaking of dogs that's why I'm so thankful for them today. We flew out this morning to spend the next 10 days with my family, we haven't shared a Thanksgiving together aside from the races in 16 years. Without my parents stating at my house with my dogs we would not be able to enjoy trips like these. Kenneling 4 dogs would cost more than the trip itself!

Thanksgiving 2008 at the races. My nephew races motocross and when he's not recovery from 2 broken wrists he's racing on Thanksgiving day in Gainesville. We love to drive up to meet him and my brother for the weekend! Turkey over the campfire has become one of my Moms specialties.

Happy Thursday Y'all!

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 19 of 27

I am thankful that tonight is the release of New Moon!

Oh yes it is Y'all, Oh yes it is! Tonight at 9 we'll go to the theater to watch Twilight once again on the big screen and then get in line to catch the first showing of New Moon at 12:01 AM. My entire family is going, yes Babe too, with two of my BF'S, Honey's BF and her Mom!

Oh how I cannot wait to see Jacob and Edward together again on the big screen! I really do have so much to be thankful for!

Happy Thursday Y'all!

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What? Why?

I have worked for a wonderful local charity that offers help to families in need. Most of these families are battling cancer, the worst 6 letter nastiest I know. One family had a four year old with cancer. A precious, beautiful little girl. This little girl just celebrated her 1st year treatment free! This little girl has an amazingly strong Mother who never stopped fighting for her and never forgot that she had two more little ones at home that needed her. She defines strength. She defines courage. Although I am not able to call her "friend" I know her. She knows me.

One year before Peyton was diagnosed with cancer Anissa suffered a stroke. She recovered. One year after Peyton was healed she has suffered another stroke. This time much more severe. Things have looked very bad but through what I believe to be the power of prayer they are starting to look a little better. You can here and here to read more about Anissa and by clicking on the button below you can help this family in need.

The past 24 hours have left me wondering why. Why would God do this to this precious family? Haven't they already suffered enough? WHY?

As I look at my daughters tonight I can't help but to wonder. Wonder, if I knew that this was the last time they would see me alive what would I do different? What would I say different? What would I want them to remember about me? WHAT?

My questions for today are simply...



Some things we will never fully understand...this is one of them!

27 Days of Thankful

Day 18 of 28
Today I am Thankful for my life!

God has most certainly blessed me beyond measure!

I have a hot husband who still loves me after 23 years!

I have two beautiful, healthy daughters that for the most part are very good girls!

I have a beautiful home that I love almost every thing about!

I have the coolest dogs ever!

My husband is employed!

I have the best girlfriends anyone could ask for!

After 16 years my jean size is back into the single digits!

I love in Florida, a place that many pay to visit!

My parents are healthy and live just minutes away and always support me!

I have the saving grace, unconditional love and forgiveness of my Savior Jesus Christ!

Really I have nothing to complain about!

My life is good.

I am truly blessed!

So today I am thankful for my life...just the way it is!

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 17 of 27
Today I am Thankful for Monster Cookies!

I'm not much of a cookie baker, I can do pies and cakes but cookies ummm not so much. But Monster Cookies, I can totally bake the hell out of some Monster Cookies!

I made a batch of MC's the other day and put some in my office to give to Natalie the next time I saw here. Well, Deja and her super sonic nose found them. In my office. In a bag. With tissue. In a decorative cookie box. Sealed. Is it wrong to wish diarrhea on a dog? Freaking Biotch!

So back to the store I went this morning to make another batch and ya know what? I cannot think of anything else that I am more thankful for right now than those big, beautiful, mouth watering MC's that are baking in my oven right this very second! Oh they are such a little piece of warm gooey lovin'!

What's that? You would like the recipe?

Sure I'll share.

Monster Cookies
1 stick softened butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
3 eggs
1 tsp corn syrup
mix above together until creamy
(I mix them all together at the same time, I'm lazy and do the eggs really know if they were already mixed with the sugar before the good stuff got dumped in?)
add below and mix by hand until blended
4 1/2 cups oatmeal
8 oz M& M's (I use half of a large bag)
6 oz chocolate chips (I use an entire bag)
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter (I use creamy)
8 oz raisins

Using an ice cream scoop place dough on parchment paper and bake for 18-20 minutes at 275, splitting the time between the top and bottom racks. Cool on wire rack.

They are huge, will not spread all over the cookie sheet and are the best damned cookies EVER! I guarantee it! They will not look done but they are, if you don't trust me go ahead and leave them in for longer but I will not guarantee them to be the best cookies ever if you do!

Happy Tuesday Y'all!

Monday, November 16, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 16 of 27
Today I am thankful for Yankee candles.

My Mom gave me three buy one get one coupons, Oh how I love her! When I walked into the store Sunday afternoon I was thrilled to know that I would be leaving with THREE extra candles, it was like found money!

Clean Cotton is burning in my office, Sparkling Cinnamon in the kitchen and Midnight Jasmine is in the bedroom. Balsam & Cedar is waiting until December to makes its appearance. What fake Christmas tree, can't you smell my fresh cut tree?

I am more than thankful that this scent is not one you will find in my house!

Happy Monday Y'all!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 15 of 27
Today I am thankful for my Angel Trumpet Tree

My Nannie had beautiful Angel Trumpet trees! I loved visiting her and seeing and smelling these amazing trees. They were taller than me and the smell was incredible!

My Nannie is no longer here but her trees are. My Mom now grows a beautiful angel trumpet tree, a starter from Nannies, and I have a piece of her tree as well. I have a black thumb, I kill silk, but I swear this tree is being watched over my Nannie herself. I have killed it and it has popped backed more times than I can count.

Tonight when I came home from taking the dogs for walk I could smell it before I could see it. Not once have I seen or smelled this tree and not thought of my Nannie!

It still amazes me how a smell can take you back to a specific memory oh how I wish you could smell this tree!

Happy Sunday Y'all!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 14 of 27

I am thankful for my light-up magnifying bathroom mirror and a good pair of tweezers!

Without those two items I'd look like a man! No, no really I'd look like the freaking Bearded Lady! Gone are the days of a smooth hairless chin. If these bad boys get any worse I'll be breaking into Babes shaving kit!

Happy Friday Y'all!

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Friday, November 13, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 13 of 27
Today I am thankful automatic coffee pots, hats and sunglasses.

Peanut was on the morning show today which means she needed to be at school at 7:45. That's when we're usually walking out the door, 15 minutes is an eternity in this anti-morning house!

Coffee pot set to go off at 6:50...check
Hat to cover up my unbrushed hair...check
Sunglasses to cover up the bags under my eyes...check.

I'm starting a petition. I think school should be 10-6. This getting up at the crack-o-ass has gone on long enough!

Happy Friday Y'all!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Awards ~ no clever title here, sorry

Who loves awards? Better question who doesn't?

Mimi over at Living in France has given me some awards and I didn't even have to pay her very much or them!

So here are my new shinny awards... cool, I know!

These awards came with rules, the nerve of Mimi attaching rules! I don't like rules but for whatever the reason I must follow them. That shocks most people but I really am a rule follower!

I have to list 10 things about myself for one of them and 7 for another. Like Mimi I'm adding them together and then subtracting 7. Such difficult math, try to keep up. So here are 10 things that you may or may not know about me and that you may or may not be completely scarred for life after reading!

1. Not a day goes by that I don't pee myself. Some days I just dribble, others I full fledge PEE myself. And yes it has happened in public. I'm just too chicken to go to the urologist to have my bladder fixed. Somehow wetting my pants in public is not as bad as seeing the doctor or having him see me, whichever. There's absolutely no logic to that I know!

2. I love the way my dogs paws smell. Gross. Weird. Disturbing. You betcha but I still love it! **sniff-sniff**

3. My teeth are perfect. My teeth are straight. My teeth are white. My teeth are fake! Yep the front 6 are not mine thanks to a tragic accident while rock climbing in Utah bicycle accident when I was in the 2nd grade.

4. I went to beauty school and high school at the same time. My goal was to work at a salon while getting my degree in physical therapy {I wanted to work with handicapped children}. I graduated beauty school and loved it. I met Babe and loved him. I never went to college! My girls however WILL GO!

5. This beautiful black dress...
required the girls to be taped in place. The tape irritated my skin. My girls itched uncontrollably forcing me to take Benadryl for DAYS leaving me in a constant drunken, sleepy stupor! I want and need a freaking boob job!

6. I would rather be home curled up on the couch with my husband watching a chick flick then anywhere else.

7. I am very opinionated and outspoken, there is no grey area with me. However, I will avoid confrontation at all cost!

8. At the risk of really pissing "someone" off, I still find this beyond fun-nay! No, I do not know this person. Yes, we were are a semi-formal event. Yes, those are sparkly, multi-colored, star boots. No, it wasn't a Halloween party! No, I did not take the picture. Yes, I knew it was being taken. Yes, I think you're lame if you don't think that is some seriously funny shit!

9. I weigh myself every morning. If I've eaten like a heifer during the day I'll weigh again at night, subtract 2-3 pound for "water weight" and then beat myself up for being a fat pig! I can easily gain 5 pounds over the weekend and wish I could embrace my inner fat girl, I think she's more fun than me! I'm being fun today, I baked monster cookies and ate a running ton of the dough and 2 cookies! **PUKE**

10. A few things about Face Book. 1.) I find it beyond creepy when someone that I have not spoken to, thought of or seen in 15 years "looks" for me! What in the world would possess someone after all these years to say "hey, I wonder what Shawn is doing now". 2.) If we weren't friends back in the day why do you want to be my friend now?
3.) Since I hate confrontation, I will not deny your friendship request but I will not hit ignore either, you will sit in what I call purgatory forever. If I have accepted your friendship the previous does not apply to you;). 4.) I'm glad you like playing with the cows and tractors on farmville, it's super that you just killed someone while playing Mafia Wars, your high score on Bejewled is very impressive but I really could care less. There, I feel better now that I've stated my FB pet peeves!

I'm supposed to pass these along but I'm feeling like a rebel rule breaker today, maybe it's the cookie dough, I'm not sure. If you want one or all of these awards and you honestly believe you deserve them then consider it a gift from me!

Happy Thursday Y'all!

27 Days of Thankful

Day 12 of 27
Today I an Thankful for Quiet nights, Patron & episodes of my favorite shows online!

Yes, I am all enjoying all of those right now!

A house that is sleeping while Babe is a at business dinner.

An ice cold patron margarita and...

Brothers and Sisters.

How did I miss 5 episodes?!!? With the exception of the boy on boy scenes I love this show, it makes me laugh, it make me cry. Speaking of crying, did you know studies have shown that tears that comes from different emotions generate more levels of salt! Dang Gina, now there's a science fair project for ya, to bad we've already chosen one!

Happy Thursday Y'all
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

27 Days of Thankful

Day 11 of 27
Today I am Thankful for our Veterans!

I am so very guilty of forgetting about the men and woman that have served this wonderful country we live in. The men and woman that slept in less than desirable conditions while I was tucked safely in my bed. The men and woman that went months without seeing their families while I complained about mine! The men and woman that put their lives on the line every day for my freedom and safety!

Today I am thankful for all of the past present and future men and woman of the military!

Happy Wednesday Y'all!

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