Friday, December 12, 2008

YEAH! It is Friday!

Okay, so I will admit it...I'm happy it is Friday. It has been a long week and I am looking forward to a little "down" time. Sis has been here all week and left this morning :*( I will miss her and her family so much. I wish they lived next door or something.

DD is contemplating a boy now. She wants a boyfriend so bad. I understand her feeling because I was in her shoes...a lot. I wish I could tell her what I know and that she would listen. She doesn't need a boyfriend right now. She doesn't have time. She is too busy with swimming and school and family and church to deal with the boy situation right now.

Why is it that when we were in their shoes it was hard to see the forest for the trees but now that we are older, it is much easier.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Too Long

It's been too long since I have been on here. I miss blogging.

Halloween was wonderful. Christmas is coming. But before that we have Jon and my 7th anniversary and Thanksgiving. Lots to do with little time to do it.

Here's a picture of LJ at Halloween. Classic boy if you ask me.

All else is great here. Just busy busy busy.
Prayers to AK...hope you are doing great girl!

Friday, October 24, 2008


I'm so glad it is Friday. I wish it were a long weekend but nonetheless, I will have a good one.

I pray you all have a blessed weekend.

And to my friend out there, I will be praying your DD is where she should be very very soon!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My day.

Okay, so I came to work.

While getting dressed this morning I though "I don't have any vip's coming today so I will wear jeans and a sweater".

I get to work and don't put makeup on because "I don't have to see anyone today".

I go to lunch with BFF and spill Refried beans on my YELLOW shirt and say "No problem, no one is here today for me to have to look nice for".

I come back from lunch and head to the restroom about 1:30 and see boss, boss's boss and a Navy CDR (the new #2 in the command) going to my lab.

I think "Oh no, I hope I don't have to brief him. Nah, I would have known about it".

I come back to the lab and boss grabs me and asks me to brief the new #2 on the Lab.

I think "OH CRAP! I look like garbage, I have a stain on my shirt, I have on jeans, no makeup. What an impression I will make".


Thursday, October 2, 2008

What a cutie pie!

Last night, I went looking for my son and this is where I found him:

Gotta love it! Bare feet. Daddy in bare feet. Working on the Jeep. Being just like Pops! DD, Grandma and I all had a laugh at this one.

Monday, September 29, 2008


Well, Region is over. DD did great. She cut 7 seconds off her 100 freestyle swim and led the 400 relay to victory. I'm so proud of her. She was mad because her 7 seconds was beat by another girl out touching her at the end. I'm not though. She did awesome.

Next stop, Invitational this weekend then off to do year round swimming.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Happy Birthday Little Jon

My baby boy turns two today. I can't believe he's this old already. I'm sure my WW NASCAR girlfriends remember this day. One of the highest count of posts we have ever had. I disappeared on the 18th from the boards when I went in for high blood pressure and they decided to induce me. All my WW friends were looking for me. They searched the local hospitals when they figured out exactly where I lived. After this mishap, we all switched phone numbers and vowed to let each other know if we were taking a break or if we went into labor.

Kinks in dd's boyfriend armor. I think she's going to dump him. He's too clingy. Too nice to be sincere. We'll see.

LJ got into bed this morning with CC and I about 5am. Then he proceeded to say "move mommy", honey, it's my bed not yours! But I moved to the was more comfortable than having his foot in my stomach. I just love that boy. CC thought it was funny.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thursday, oh it's almost Friday

Well, this week has had its ups and downs. LJ is not asking for milk anymore at night. I think he's getting his 2yr molars in and is sporadically sleeping thru the night.

DD's boyfriend is "well known" around the school. I'm hearing things I do not like and he's showing some true colors. Daddy's gonna have a talk with him tonight at the swim meet. (read: time for a fatherly discussion on what is appropriate).

DD's swim meet on Tuesday was canxd due to rain/thunder. Which was good for me cause I was beat.

MIL came in and is feeling better now. Plan is to get her moving again and up her energy level. It's great to have her here.

School for me is going well. I have an "A" so far in my class. I signed up for another one to start in October.

Then there's Molly. She really needs to run. I need to put LJ on the bike and run her for a few miles a day. That girl is so needy right now. I just love her though. Early early this morning she came over and gave me a kiss.

ring ring ring: whew, that was CC...I dont' have to meet him to give him the tahoe...he'll survive this afternoon with the little truck. He put the power steering in the Jeep last night...we are getting closer and closer to getting that baby up and running and I can't wait! I just love my husband! He's such a wonderful guy! And I mean that sincerely. I hope he knows just how much I love him.

Today is my BIL's birthday. Happy Birthday Doc! (he's a horse vet). Tomorrow is LJ's 2nd birthday. I can't believe my baby will be 2. Where does time go.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Anniversary! / She's Coming!

First off, today is Mom and my anniversary...the day that she picked me up from the adoption agency. I was 16 days old and a very tiny 5lbs. She called me this morning to wish me Happy Anniversary. I thank the Lord that He blessed me with an amazing mother who also gave me a wonderful and thoughtful sister and a hoot of a brother!

My MIL is coming in today. Of course, CC took the day off to go shrimping and has the big vehicle and I have the little two seater truck. He's picking up his mom and then going shrimping TONIGHT. Why tonight and not today? Oh, has something to do with tides and such. I don't care. Get me some FRESH shrimp buddy! Time to pull out the old stuff and cook it before it goes bad.

So DD jumps into bed with LJ today. He says "NO". He's a little possessive fellow these days. He won't let Molly upstairs. He is very independent and won't let ANYONE do ANYTHING for him let alone help him. But when "A-tha" got into bed with him I noticed something on her hand...her "friend's" class ring. OH I am so not ready for this. I don't know what these two are thinking. She's not allowed to go out on dates. I mean, come on. Oh well, it IS a new way for me to get her to do what she is supposed to do....hit her where it hurts the most when she doesn't obey the rules.

CC is so wonderful. I tell you, this man is amazing. He and I worked all day on Saturday (mostly him, not so much me) on the bedroom. Then Sunday when I was sick, he took care of LJ and got DD to church. Then he did a really nice tune-up on the Tahoe and worked some on the Jeep. Last night he worked a LOT on the Jeep. I have the most wonderful husband in the world. He just amazes me. Of course, all that work made for a man who was sleeping very deep last night (as in SNORING). That's okay though, I was too due to congestion.

I'm just so blessed to have a family that loves me.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Observations of a child.

We all observe things every day right? Some of us are more perceptive than others but we all see things that others might miss at some point or another.

Well, my little LJ is extremely observant. When hubs lost a hubcap off his truck, the next morning my then 18 month old went to the wheel and pointed at it and said "Daddy?". He KNEW something was missing. When mommy puts her hair up he notices immediately and lets me know that he prefers it down by trying to take out my hair clips.

Monday morning my neighbor decided to put a Jeff Gordon "24" sticker on my husbands tailgate. It was on the drivers side of the tailgate. She did this at 4am so there is no chance LJ saw her do it (yes, the woman gets up at 4am on a REGULAR basis...she's crazy if you ask me! but says it's the only time she has the house to maybe she's smart!). Anyway, I knew about this trick. I agreed to it cause these two love to hassle each other. She asked if I thought CC would notice. I said there was no way he would notice. He didn't notice the big car sitting at the end of our driveway across the street one morning when he backed out and hit it. If he couldn't see that, he's not going to notice a magnet on his truck.

Fast forward to Monday morning; 6:45am. Just almost twilight outside. Some light but not daylight yet. hubs walks around the back of "my" tahoe (he says it's mine but it is in HIS name) and then to his truck passenger side. LJ stops at the back of my truck and points to daddy's truck and says in his 6:45am-23-month-old-almost-decipherable voice "What's that?". Jon of course wants to go. I stop and start laughing not believing that my almost 2 year old son is observant enough to notice the magnet and my 40 something old husband - who is driving him to school - hasn't noticed it. Yes, men stop paying attention at some point in life which scares me to death now. Husband saw it and laughed. Said "good boy" to LJ and is plotting revenge.

Leave it to a 23 month old to ruin a good prank. I swear that magnet would have stayed there for a few weeks before my husband noticed it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Death in the family....gloomy day

Okay, so a possible hurricane is bearing down on South Florida.

My Grandma and Grandpa are in West Central Florida (Punta Gorda). I'm worried cause Mom-Mom is not a hurricane party type gal and Grandpa is in Hospice. Then Mom calls me with the news that Grandpa passed away this morning but they can't get him out to KY until Thursday thanks to Fay. So Mom-Mom has to stay in Florida. Aunt and Uncle are on their way TO Florida.

It's a mess!

Mom and I are heading to KY on Friday most likely with LJ. CC and DD are staying here. CC said he I could leave LJ here...Yeah right, I show up in KY WITHOUT LJ and there will be a revolt. People will be mad. Lots of family and none have met him except two of my siblings. Besides, MomMom wants to meet her Grandson!

So it's a gloomy day here. Sorry to be so down but it's just one of those things.

And here I thought that the beginning of the school year would be good for us all.

Friday, August 15, 2008



My brother just called me and offered us 4 tickets to Bristol next weekend. ARGH. We can't go because DD has a swim meet. AAARRRGGGHHHHH.

Such is the life of a parent I guess.

So last night we were doing the bath thing. LJ just loves the water. Mommy does too. BUT, and I mean there is a big but here (no, I'm not talking about MY butt) Mommy does NOT like having to clean up gallons of water off the floor cause LJ decides he wants to throw water everywhere.

If you are happy and you know it blow some bubbles (that's how I get him to blow bubbles in the tub practicing for swimming).

Can you tell I'm totally random today?

So my random thought is, well, I'm just random today...mind is everywhere.


Thursday, August 14, 2008

Amen Shelly!

To be young again. Wow, how I feel that somedays.

This morning was Freshman orientation for DD. Of course, she comes down dressed for Summer, not school. It was too late to make her change so her shorts and tank top had to do (she got an earful for that one). I just hope she gets cold in the school...serves her right. She KNOWS what is appropriate and what isn't and right now she's pressing the boundaries.

BUT, DD is doing wonderful in swimming. The coach suggested we get her into a year round program. Said it would do her a LOT of good cause she's got a LOT of natural talent.

LJ's swim lesson last night went well. He's starting to swim a bit and is doing well holding his breath under water.

CC, well, he's doing good too. We both went to bed early last night (shut the tv off at 9:30)...of course, I still didn't get to sleep until 10:30.

So what is my thought for today? Well, Sunday our pastor was doing an illustration of handling problems (or trying times) in our lives. But he didn't use the favorite saying that I grew up on.

When life hands you lemons, make lemonaid!

So that is my thought for today.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

One Day at a Time

One Day at a time, sweet Jesus. That's all I'm asking of you.

That's my prayer today. School is doing good. I'm busy but not too much. The kids are busy. The CC is busy. Even Molly our black lab is busy (I'm running her to get her to lose some weight).

Random thought: Stop and smell the roses. Or whatever flower you can find. Take it easy and USE TIVO to record the Olympics instead of watching them late at night to see them live.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I LOVE my family!

No really, I do! They are awesome. CC is working on the Jeep still. He's so talented with an engine it amazes me. He's putting a Chevy 350 engine (that he is building from scratch) into the Wrangler. He's doing EVERYTHING. Now, you might ask "Couldn't you have bought one or paid for someone else to do it?". Yes, he could have but its the satisfaction of doing it himself! It's going to look sweet and I can't wait to see it.

DD is just amazing. She went to youth conference and came back with a much better outlook on things and isn't as snippy as before. She's a JOY to be around now. I just love her so much! And I am so proud of her. Swimming is difficult but she's doing GREAT! I can't wait for her first meet. I just hope she doesn't get discouraged if she doesn't win the first one. She has a lot ahead of her but I KNOW she can be awesome at it if she sticks with it.

LJ is just a doll. He's so sweet. He loves his "A-tha" (DD's nickname is "A-tha"). They are so cute together. He loves the water. He loves to help his Daddy with the Jeep (watchout, he knows what a hammer is now) and he loves to "Hep" his mommy clean "I hep, I hep". It's just so cute.

Outside of all those people I just listed, I have a beautiful Mom, a gorgeous sister and family and a amazing brother and family. I am just so blessed.

What are you thankful for?

I'm thankful for the above.
I'm thankful for my NASCAR WW friends.
I'm thankful that I have my health and for so many other things...too much to list.


Friday, August 1, 2008

I feel pretty, oh so pretty

Okay, so I don't feel pretty actually...but I do feel optimistic (thanks to AK). Why you say? Well, I have a pretty full weekend and I know it will all be fun. DD's birthday is today. She's wiped out already from swim practice and has more this afternoon. We are having pizza, cake and ice cream for dinner tonight. Tomorrow is swim lesson for LJ. Sunday is church, birthday party for a little friend of LJ's and LJ's last swim lesson for this season.

Busy much? Yes. But I love it.

Plus I start my first Master's course on Monday. Life will be busy for me but I know that it will all work out for good.

Random thought: Along AK's theme, you can view your glass as half empty or half full. Which one makes you feel better?

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Life's little mysteries.

Yesterday we crossed a hurdle with LJ and his swimming. He was able to jump into the pool on his own and surface after going all the way under. Mind you, he didn't stay up but hey, it's a start for my little guy. He has such trust in Miss Kate and I that he knows we will make sure he comes up. He also didn't come up coughing....which means he held his breath. THAT is the hurdle. Mommy isn't able to do that. Mommy has to plug her nose. I'm just so thankful that LJ doesn't have to do that.

Random thought: Kids never cease to amaze you. Neither do husbands.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

It's been a while

Okay, it's been a while. I haven't stopped having random thoughts, but I've just been too busy to share them.

Today's random thought. Do something kind for someone else. Our pastor was talking about this on Sunday night. DD had something kinda click in her mind about it which was nice to see.

I'm going to try to do something nice for someone else in my family and my "world" every day.

Monday, May 19, 2008

What is YOUR Goliath?

Yesterday at church Bro. Daniel (our associate pastor, and the pastor's son) preached a sermon called "This Day". He wrote it on the airplane when returning from Bible School for his brother's unexpected funeral. This was the second time he preached this sermon. Here is a little of what I gleaned from the sermon.

We all know the story of David and Goliath, right? Well there is a lot to be learned from that story and our lives. The Philistines had Goliath. He was over 9 feet tall and every day for 40 days, he taunted the Israelites before a battle was going to take place. He asked them that who, this day would be willing to fight him. None of the Israelites would take on such a man.

Young David was tending the sheep while his brothers were away fighting the battle. His father had him take some food to his brothers and to their captains. When David got there, he is described as a small man, thin and not really strong looking. While talking to his brothers, Goliath comes forward YET AGAIN to taunt the Israelites. It gets David's attention.

Here is an excerpt from the KJV. (I added some bolding to touch on a few specific verses:

I Samuel Chapter 17:

[23] And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.

[24] And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

[25] And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father's house free in Israel.

[26] And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

[27] And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

[28] And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.

[29] And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?

[30] And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner.

[31] And when the words were heard which David spake, they rehearsed them before Saul: and he sent for him.

[32] And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

[33] And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

[34] And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

[35] And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

[36] Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

[37] David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.

[38] And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.

[39] And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

[40] And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

[41] And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him.

[42] And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.

[43] And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.

[44] And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

[45] Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

[46] This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

[47] And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands.

[48] And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

[49] And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.

[50] So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

[51] Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

I added some bold to verses that stuck out to me. What will you chose to do THIS DAY?

First, David asked his brothers "Is there not a cause?" WHY wouldn't anyone go fight this guy. This uncircumsized guy who is insulting God?

Second, David goes to King Saul when summoned and has to turn down his armor because it is too heavy for him. So David goes to battle with Goliath protected by God (which is enough).

Third, when Goliath asks if he is a dog, David replies that the battle is the Lords not ours and the Lord will prevail. Note that Goliath was sitting down? He wasn't even standing up.

Fourth, vice standing there waiting for Goliath, David RUNS TOWARD him. God wants us to run TOWARD our problems and our Goliaths, not from them.

What is your Goliath? What is keeping you from doing what you need to do? What will you do THIS DAY?

Personally, one of my "Goliath's" is my weight and eating. I do not eat as healthy as I should. I know that ONLY through the Lord can I do this. I have to claim the victory through Jesus Christ or else it's all in vain. THIS DAY, I am back on track. THIS DAY, I am starting over. THIS DAY, I am claiming that the Lord will help me to be healthy.

In the end David did defeat Goliath and David's servents eventually (later in the book) killed Goliath's four children. The Lord can help us to overcome ANYTHING if we only keep our eyes on HIM and not on our own shortcomings.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Mothers Day

With Mother's Day approaching I would like to say that I have the most wonderful mom in the world. She is a God fearing lady who has taught me how to be a mom and although I fall short, I know her example is a good one to follow. I know she's not perfect. None of us are though. But to be honest, I love her more than anything. I am so happy that God chose her to raise me.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Angels in our midst

Have you ever been visited by Angels? Would you recognize them?

A few months ago we had a guest speaker at our church talk about Angels in our Midst. I believe I've entertained an Angel before and yes, I am serious and no, I'm not on drugs.

I was stationed in Pensacola teaching at Corry Station. I lived across the street from the Navy Hospital. When I was working nights (4pm-1130pm) I would often go for a drive after work to relax a bit and calm down. It helped me to go to sleep faster. Often I would drive all the way down to Pensacola Beach, take a short walk on the "boardwalk" there to relax and then drive home. Usually I would be coming home about 1215 (depending on when we actually got off work).

Driving up Hwy 98 almost to the Navy Hospital I would often see a lady walking (like she was leaving work at the hospital). She was an older lady from what I could see, but not sure how old. She was always by herself. I always thought I should stop but it was a dark road and being trained in Sexual Assault Victim Intervention Advocacy, I was leary of stopping on a dark highway just after midnight. So I began praying about it. I didn't see her for a while because we switched from days to eves constantly but then one night I saw her from a distance. I said a quick prayer and something told me to go ahead and pull over and offer her a ride. So I did.

I turned off my lights, leaving only the parking lights on and pulled to the side of the road. As she approached I rolled down the passenger side window to ask if she wanted a ride. That is when I found out she was a deaf lady so couldn't hear. I am sure she was scared when I pulled over....I know I would have been. Luckily I do know a bit of sign language and I had some paper in my car. I signed and wrote asking if she wanted a ride. She accepted.

She commented on my radio station (a local Christian Station) and asked if I was a Christian. Of course, I said yes I am a Christian and in the dark began driving her home while trying to "talk" to her. She told me where to go (on paper) and I drove her the 3.5 miles home. It broke my heart to know that this lady walked over 4 miles home each night in the dark. I just can't immagine why someone wasn't able to help her. She told me her name and where in the Hospital she worked and that she had been praying that someone would pick her up because she was tired and no one there would take her home. I was so upset that my fellow shipmates wouldn't help this lady.

I told her that if I saw her again, I would gladly take her home. She smiled and nodded and got out of the car. I sat there for a second to make sure she got inside okay and then drove home. Thinking back, I never saw her go inside the house...she only went to the side of the house.

I never saw her again. I inquired with a friend of mine who was a L&D nurse at the hospital (she said she worked in the Nursery) about this lady. My friend never heard of her. As a matter of fact, there was no one at the Navy Hospital with that name (I did see her ID badge).

It makes me think...did I get her name wrong or did I really entertain an Angel that night? Either way, the memory of this lady will forever be with me. That night is one of my fondest memories. The 10 minute drive to her house will stay with me forever.

Monday, April 14, 2008

What to do with little boys?

You all know that I love my LJ to pieces, right?

Well, this weekend was just so much fun but so scary at the same time. We went to "The House of Bounce" for a birthday party for a friend. It is a place that has all these inflatable things for kids to slide down, bounce in, play on, etc... It's a fun place. Parents MUST sign a injury waiver on the way in. THAT should be a clue right there.

LJ goes down the BIG slide with his sister. He LOVES it. So Mommy takes him back up it. We get to the top, round the corner and before I can grab him, he JUMPS. The gasps from those watching (which included dear ole Daddy and a few other moms, grandma's and grandpa's) was loud. Mommy herself almost fell out after him. He bounces two times and then slides the rest of the way down. All of us were expecting tears. Nope. My little trooper got up giggling and laughing and headed back UP the ladder to do it again.

This little guy must have went down the slide 30 times. He has NO fear. I think I need to start a savings account for the co-pay for emergency room visits.

After all was said and done, we get home and I fully expect him to pass out. Nope, little guy is up until 9pm....almost 2 hours late. So then I think (foolishly) that he'll sleep in? Nope, up at 6am calling for me.

One nice thing though, he has started calling me "Mama" occasionally now...which just melts my heart.

Random thought: Why is it boys have NO fear? Why can't I have that kind of faith in all that I do? Why can't I believe that the Lord will always be there to protect me and kiss my hurts away? I know that is why the Bible says we have to become like children and have that Child-like faith. I'm so glad I have my little man to remind me of that faith.

Friday, April 11, 2008


It's Friday, 11 April 2008, do you know where your kids are?

Oh how I remember those commercials about knowing where your kids are.

Mine are respectively in school and daycare right now.

Like I said yesterday, I would try to post a way I am blessed. Here goes.

1. LJ slept thru the night last night. I asked him last night if he would and he did. Now, I'm not so naive to think he did it for me...but it's a good thought. On the flip side, my sweet Molly woke me up at 5:30. I thought she needed to go outside....NOPE....she just wanted me to come downstairs to sleep. Goofy dog.

2. DD loves me...she told me so last night. Of course, she cracks me up. She was aggrivating me again (not in a bad way, just to pick) and I was trying to watch a program....then she said "But I love you". That was just too funny.

Today is the funeral for a wonderful man. Mr. Ralph Schmaltz worked with me here. He was a HUGE NASCAR fan. We would talk about it a lot at work. He died in his sleep unexpectedly earlier this week. He was perhaps one of the nicest, sweetest men I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He touched everyone he worked with. Last Christmas he sent out an email to people telling them how much they meant to him. It was one of those "before it is too late" emails. He is already missed here at work. Ralph wasn't a sickly man. He was a strapping manly man. Nothing unhealthy about his appearance but I certainly don't know if he had underlying conditions. Regardless, the world is just a bit less bright place without him here. My sympathies go out to his family. I will miss him and his smiling face.

Not-so-Random-thought: Be compassionate. Be kind. Tell those you love that you love them often just so they know....before it is too late.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Oh, How I love Jesus....

Oh, how I love Jesus.
Oh, how I love Jesus.
Oh, how I love Jesus.
Because he first loved me.

That song is running thru my head right now and I am not in a hurry to get it out of there (as compared to other songs that get stuck in there).

I was thinking last night as LJ was tossing and turning in the middle of the night and wanted "DAH-DAH" (that's me...not "mommy", not "mama", but "Dah-Dah") just how blessed I am. I've always loved the Martina McBride song about being blessed. The Lord has really blessed me in my life. It's not always been easy but He never promised it would be. But it has been full of blessings. Some of the ways the Lord has blessed me are:

1. First and foremost, for loving me enough to die for me on a hill called Calvary. I can't wait to cast crowns at His feet.

2. For a loving mom who raised me right and now is able to live close to me even though I'm the one who left home 15 years ago to serve my country in the Navy. Never did I think I would live close to my family again. I thought they would always live in Kentucky.

3. For a husband who loves me in all the ways that a husband should love his wife.

4. For a beautiful step-daughter who makes me laugh with her ways of showing us she loves us (by play-fighting and "bugging" us to pieces). She's a scream.

5. For my little LJ. He's mommy's boy through and through right now but is definitely ALL boy. He loves to be in the garage or outside with his Daddy but he also loves to snuggle with Mommy. No mom could ever ask for a sweeter little boy.

6. The list could and should go on and on but I need to get some work done. Maybe each day I will list something I am thankful for...or something or someone who has been a blessing in my life....

Thank you Lord for saving my soul.
Thank you Lord for making me whole.
Thank you Lord for giving to me,
Thy great salvation so great, and free.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

It is so loud in here.

When I was first pregnant with LJ, I went to my sisters house. I was shocked at how quiet it had to be in order for her daughter to sleep. I had to watch the Darlington race with the TV on volume level 1....I couldn't hear a thing! My DN is the lightest sleeper and was not accustomed to noise at that point in her life. I knew right there that this would never work in my jungle, um I mean house.

Well, knowing my husbands love of surround sound (i.e. if the house isn't shaking it's not loud enough), I knew that would never fly with a new baby. Add to it my DD only has one level of volume on her mouth and that is LOUD. I mean I came home one day to find a HUGE scratch on my hardwood floor....when I asked CC what happened, he said the speaker fell off the mount on the wall....of course, the only reason it would fall is if the surround sound was on TOO LOUD!!!! I should have known at that point.

So at the hospital I made sure that there was always noise around after he was born. The TV was always on, we didn't talk in hushed was normal conversation.

Now, fast forward a month and in the fog of new mommy-hood, I decide I need to clean house. I start vacuuming and vacuum UNDER LJ's swing...with him in it....sleeping....he doesn't stir a bit! Okay, so he's fine with noise. CC looks at me and starts laughing and said that he couldn't believe that LJ was still asleep after the vacuum was run under his swing. I'm feeling pretty proud of myself at this point.

A few days later I come home and I can FEEL the TV as I turn off the engine to my truck....CC is watching Star Wars...with the surround sound on....with LJ in the swing sleeping NEXT to the TV. Okay, so I admit, I did yell at CC a bit...I mean, some noise is okay, he needs to be somewhat immune to noice BUT we don't want the kid to be deaf and at this point I am beginning to wonder.

Now, 18 months later he's a pretty good sleeper and doesn't wake up due to noise MOST of the time (unless one of the dogs decides to announce that someone has passed our house without his/her permission).

Today's random thought: Babies are accustomed to noise. The womb is VERY noisy. No reason to make you house quiet but don't go too far, you do want the kid to be able to hear in the future.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

I am so tired of the news

I loved watching our local news channel. I remember growing up and my parents watching the news every night. I also remember hating the news back then. Suprisingly, DD now ASKS to watch the news. Now we do that at home every night. Mostly for the weather and sports updates and to see what is happening in our area for the following week and such. I get enough of the 'world' at work to satisfy my news junky personality.

But lately, and maybe it's because the election coverage started SOOOOOO very early, I am so tired of the news. I am so tired of the candidates. (mostly the dems because that's about all that is being covered right don't see much on Sen. McCain). I am so tired of hearing about change, and who's being racist and who is telling false stories, and who did an oops and "mispoke". I just want something to be on the news that has NOTHING to do with politics. I will be so glad when the election is over. What about good news stories? What about stories that show that human kindness still DOES exhist? Anyway, I digress....

That said, every night, CC (thats NASCAR talk for our DH and means CREW CHIEF) and I always want to catch the weather. Being that our family is an outdoors-ey type, we want to know what the weather is going to be over the next few days so we are dressed appropriately in the mornings. Well, for some reason, we MISS the weather. EVERY TIME IT COMES ON, WE MISS IT! I am so thankful for TIVO. However, it IS sad when you keep rewinding the show again and again to catch the weather, with the sole purpose of catching the weather and yet MISS IT AGAIN! Needless to say, our house is a very loud house. (more on that another day) and we usually have to make EVERYONE hush in order to catch the weather (which is next to impossible with LJ chasing Molly with his Tonka Truck). Even with "Local on the 8's" on the weather channel, we end up having to rewind it. It's sad when you can not sit still for 10 minutes to catch the "Local on the 8's". LOL

So my random thought is, I miss the news and wish for the old Anne Murry song to come true, I just want a "Little Good News Today". And please, don't make me rewind the show to catch the weather....please. LOL

Monday, April 7, 2008

You look well fed!

Yes, DD actually said that to me one night. I could not believe it. We had just finished a nice dinner at home (that I cooked) and we were doing our nightly routine of giving little man a bath and cleaning up after dinner when DD tells me that I look "well fed".

Now, the girl isn't a farm girl so she couldn't POSSIBLY know that that phrase is reserved for cows or pigs(dripping with some sarcasm there). She's a city girl for the most part. She grew up in a suburb for the most part. She has only been on a farm a couple times in her life...and certainly didn't grow up on one like I did. And I have to remember that this girl IS only 13. Certainly she didn't mean to hurt my feelings and call me fat? Or did she? Either way she'll give her favorite reply of "I didn't know that" or some version of that phrase.

Anyway, my DH was standing there and just had this look of total shock combined with "boy are you going to get it now" look on his face (even though He grew up in a city, he KNOWS what that phrase means).

So, I proceeded to ask her "And what do you mean by that?" Of course she "said" that I look like I had a nice dinner and was "satisfied" (NOTE: I have learned thru WW that I need only eat until I am satisfied, not full and I've been telling her that for a long time not even thinking that it was sinking into her hormone laden brain but I guess she may have heard that part). Regardless, she used the words to say what I think she wanted me to hear...but I'm not sure yet.

So, I asked "Do you not know that cows and pigs are referred to as "well fed" when they are taken to market or for sale? That people refer to these animals as "well fed" when they have a good bit of "meat" on them...i.e. they are fat??? She said she didn't know that. Yeah right...or maybe she didn't. I don't know. What I DO know is that she won't be telling me that I look "Well fed" anytime soon.

Friday, April 4, 2008

My first blog

Well, as you can see, this is my first blog. I was inspired by two of my Weight Watchers NASCAR fan girlfriends blogs...Erin and AK. I love random thoughts. I love random acts of kindness and thought I could post the thoughts here.

As you all probably know, I am on Weight Watchers. I've been on a board for almost 4 years now...the NASCAR Winners Board. This group of ladies is amazing. We are all NASCAR fans and try to meet up at races if we can. I have only met one of the ladies so far (HI CUDA) and she's a scream. I would love to meet all of them. These ladies are so special though. To tell you just HOW special they are, when I was pregnant with LJ, and I had Pre-Eclampsia and disappeared from the board the morning of Sept 18th, they, knowing I was on bedrest and SHOULD be posting, called every hospital in my hometown looking for me. One of them found my Mary Kay website and got my information so she could contact me. There were over 200 posts on the 18th, 19th and 20th until they found out I had my baby. The outpouring of love and caring from these ladies is so special. Of course, after that, we all switched phone numbers and whoever is pregnant MUST NOT disappear without telling us where she is going else one of us will come hunt her down and make SURE she is okay. LOL.

So DD just called, and she wants Pizza. Um honey, it's 2pm and I am not going to get off work until 4pm. So I end up ordering her pizza and paying for it over the phone (this kid is lucky). She's off school today for a teacher work day...must be nice. I had been having a great day...went to get an AMAZING massage (it really should be against the rules to return to work after a massage). and then back here for a few hours of work.

Just as I am getting off the phone with the "Pizza guy", I get a "read" receipt from an email that I sent out earlier today. Uh oh, I bet there is a message waiting in my voicemail inbox. Sure nuff, there is a message and it's from the "man" that was on the phone with another "man" in our organization who chewed me out last week for failing to do my job when they took away all the tools to do my job. Kinda like saying "Make a chocolate cake" but not allowing you to use CHOCOLATE!!! IMPOSSIBLE!

Do I call him back or pretend I didn't get the message? Oh well, I'm not good at lying so I call him back. I just got off the phone with the man who "listened quietly" last week during the behind chewing...yes, it was pleasant. If I could only have lost the amount of weight literally that I thought I had lost in the verbal tirade from the possessed being on the other end of the line I would be one thin woman! That said, Quiet Guy just back pedaled on the whole thing...I was just told how very important I am to the mission of what we are doing and to keep up the good work. WHAT? Oh my goodness. So you are now afraid that since you have bit off more than you can chew that you now NEED my help? I guess I'm just too nice. What I do is just too important to let some bozo with no guts fail at a job that I know is more important.

So my random thought is, why is it that when you are wronged by a man, they are unable to apologize? I mean, it's not that difficult and earns you major points from the women involved. I would have more respect for a man if he can apologize than if he doesn't and just tries to act like nothing is wrong. THOSE kind of people, you know, the ones that can't apologize, scare me.