Friday, October 31, 2008
We started the morning off with orange iced cinnamon rolls with black bat sprinkles. Green Milk, black grits and snakes (sliced strips of bacon).
Our children with our sweet friends, the Hayes boys!
Olivia the Gothic maiden and Orren the spider!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
I called and got to talk to my little brother last night! (Joe says I can't call him my little brother b/c he is like 6' 3" and over 30 years old, I say he is my little brother until the day I leave this Earth b/c that is what we Bama Belles do!) Anyway, I was so excited to hear his voice and talk with him. He and Katy are so busy an I cherish any time at all! They are doing super. They just got home from a scuba diving trip to the Caribbean. I have mentioned before that they are just amazing, active, adventurous folks! We will get to see them for New Year's. (Something I will talk more about closer to time.) I love you Jarrod!
Tonight is our costume party. The children are so excited I think they might come out of their skin! I am baking some little "Ghosts" biscuits to serve with pumpkin butter as our dish of the evening. I cannot wait to see everyone and all the costumes!
Tomorrow night is SPOOKY Halloween! I am fixing spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, and corn to fill everyone up with something hardy, before sending them on the candy binge!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
We will have a lot of trick or treaters, but this year I opted for quantity over quality. YEP, I am going to be one of "those" people. It is just that we easily have 200 trick or treaters on any given Halloween. I have bought bags and bags and bags(usually about 8 total) I always get chocolates the good stuff and give 2-3 pieces a child, I always run VERY close to running out. Not anymore!
I am not giving to anyone that comes without a costume this year and I am not giving to any one that is over 15 not T.O.T with a sibling!
I am giving twizzlers this year, I have about 400. See we have 853 homes in this neighborhood, (we are huge) so the children will get plenty. It makes me so angry to see unaccompanied children walking up and down my street with king size pillow cases so full they can't even carry them and NO costume! It just shows a lack of breeding and gratitude. Seems so greedy. Now that isn't the majority and I would venture to say that they DON'T live in this neighborhood. MANY people come and drop their children off here because we are so big. They come pick them up about 9:30-10:00 PM and that is just too late for T.O.T
Yes, I may be the Halloween Grinch, but I just can't take it! So in an effort to curb some of this behavior I am changing MY habits. After all, we should start within ourselves right? I may even start handing out Christian tracks instead of candy. As a servant to my God I am supposed to take every opportunity to witness for him. This is a time of year where people are coming to my home and I could spread THE WORD.
Monday, October 27, 2008
They had so much fun and we LOVED the pictures!
Joe and I are about to snuggle in (it is some kind of cold out there!) and watch The Strangers and the classic Sweeney Todd, I love that movie, even the new one! Halloween scary movie time!Have a GREAT NIGHT!
I saw Hewy and his family. They are such awesome people I love getting to visit with them whenever I can.
Then we were off to Boo at the Zoo I have done some research on Boo @ the Zoo at other major zoos across the country. Jackson, Baton Rouge, New Orleans (similar to ours), Montgomery. Ours is by far MUCH bigger and has MUCH more to offer. The only one in our area to rival it at all is the ZOO Atlanta it is a really good one as well. BUT the members of that zoo get free admission and we don't. For our family of four (paying for three) it was $51.00! That's not a typo folks. I was a little perturbed because as members, we should at least get a discount. NOPE!
The Planet of the Apes (in the primate house of course) Haunted House was a lot of fun. It was somewhat intense for the younger ones in our group and was the MAJOR contributor to the bedfellows we had last night. It was kind of funny to watch the little ones get "spooked" with out being terrified.
The children loved the ghastly carousel that went backwards. This is where things went downhill quickly for the Breland crew. After a brief visit to the car, things were back on track.
The Haunted hayride had been toned way down from previous years and Olivia was relieved as that has always been her fright!
You gotta love the fact that at the end of the roller coaster ride you go through the doors where is snows and Santa greets you holding a sign that says 63 days til Christmas! Thanks Santa.
"Zoolight Safari 2008December 12-14, 19-23 & 26-30 5-9 p.m. enjoy a fabulous night of lights, fun and holiday spirit as the Birmingham Zoo comes alive for 13 nights! It's the only place in Birmingham where it snows every night. Also, enjoy an expanded light show synchronized to all your favorite holiday tunes!
Be sure to stop at the Barn in the Children's Zoo for photo opportunities, animals and holiday crafts for all to enjoy. Ride the train (additional charge) to experience a winter wonderland. Enjoy half a million lights, holiday music and plenty of festive spirit. The Zoo will close at 4 pm every night of ZooLight Safari. "
well, at least members get to do that without extra admission.
If anyone wants to come and join us for the zoolight safari, come on we would LOVE to have you!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
May God Bless and keep you safe!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
My banner from for when I returned home after the beach trip
a look at the cut from the back
much happier back at home with my Chief!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Please Mommy! I don't want to sit in this boat anymore!
Well, let's hope it isn't this bad every four to six weeks!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
In Mom and Daddy's backyard
Michelle and I got into Gulf Shores about 10:30 or so. The trip down was eventful enough. FUN but CRAZY! Sprinkled with panic attacks and near death experiences. Michelle tried to kill us more than once!
Then we stopped for gas and this car almost hit me! I said he almost hit me and Michelle informed me that it was a girl. I said NO WAY that is a dude! As we walked off Michelle said that is a g-i-r-l. I said well I think she can spell so perhaps we did not achieve the discretion we were after. This may have been one of those you had to be there situations but it was so funny.
When we got there Mother had done a beautiful basket of goodies with smoked tuna dip from Blalocks, strawberries, and champagne. She also had a quiche that she made waiting for us in the fridge so we had breakfast! We might as well have been on our own private beach because there were very few people there.
The Dolphins playing
We spent so much time on the balcony over looking the water. It was very cool if not just cold! So we drank lots of coffee, ate quiche and stayed under the blankets listening to the waves. We watched sting rays as the performed like ballerinas along the shore. Dolphins were playing and we even saw a shark! We literally sat there from 7:30 AM - 12:45 PM on Saturday. Then we decided to grab a bite to eat, so we went to Desoto's I had the shrimp and Michelle had the crab cake po'boy. After that we headed to Mother and Daddy's where we had chocolate martinis and watched Alabama "survive" Ole Miss
Then we stopped at "the shark" to look around and picked up some hush puppies and peel and eat shrimp at The Shrimp Basket We went back to the balcony and ate watching the moon and the stars over the ocean.
No one on the beach!
Sunday morning we got up and sat on the balcony AGAIN! had the last of the quiche and coffee. Finally we packed everything up, loaded the car and put our feet in the ocean one last time. We met Mother and Daddy for lunch at LULU's Daddy's treat! He had to spoil the girls. Michelle and I both got the Cheeseburger in paradise! YUMMMMMMMMM. Then we got our t-shirts and headed to Birmingham.
We took in a few stops here an there Priester's is always a must and we ate our way through the store!
I did not get to see Jen Dust bunny hostage even though I had high hopes to do so. Jen I got your message in the car on the way home when I charged my phone. So sorry, we WILL do it next time.
I came home to a banner the children had made for me that hung across the fireplace. It was so precious and said "welcome home Mommy" it had their hand prints and kisses all over it.
Seems as though my crew is sick and not feeling well, so today I am tending to all of them. Joe did teach the children how to make Orren's leap frog bus say "words" some of which we could have done without! It says the letter when you push it. Things I have heard o-k ....p-u....i-c-u....and my fave i-c-u-p (we don't allow that word in our house so the children think it is REALLY funny!) Gotta love time with Daddy!
I am so thankful to Joe and my family for letting me go, to my parents for everything and a great lunch! More pictures tomorrow!
On another note, those friends on facebook that have been following the changes since late last night...... I am OK Joe and the children are OK. There is a family issue we are dealing with. Thank you for your concern and I will try not to be so cryptic.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Orren and Olivia on the float last year
Monday, October 13, 2008
I hope all of you won't mind my absence for a few days. I will be back and posting on Sunday, with pictures. I have NEVER left my family alone in over 10 years. I sort of feel guilty, but not really! LOL
Not too much on tap today. It was mostly an art day. We have been working on art projects for Christmas and as "happies"for GiGi and other family far away. Wait until you see the peacocks that we made! I will post pictures AFTER they are sent off. They are so cute. I hope they will bring happiness to those we will be sending them to!
I had a wonderful conversation with Suzanne (my cousin's wife), today. We are beginning to work out the details of Thanksgiving. It was so much fun at their house last year. I think we are leaning that way again. That is great because Madison and surrounding area is FULL of our family and friends now. David and family, Clancy and family, Tracy and family, Shana and family, Aunt Jacque and family, GiGi. There are still some things to work out so we will see.
We want to see Joe's sister and Mother in Hattiesburg as well, so there are some details still.
Joe's sister Christy with Orren @ our house in Nov.
Speaking of, Nona and Pal are coming next weekend! Very exciting. It has been a year since Nona was here. She and Pal married in Feb so this will be the first time he has ever been to our house. (Joe's Father passed away 2002)
I am taking Joe on in a game of Rummy and getting ready to watch Christian Slater's new show, so I am done for now!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
First thing this morning while we were cooking pancakes, Orren was up to his old tricks. In an effort to corral him Joe decided to make a barrier. Now keep in mind we have very wide openings and child gates don't come large enough for several of them. One of those is in between the formal dining room and the kitchen. So Joe got my laundry drying rack which expands and laid it on it's side. The openings were small but not small enough. In about 30 seconds Orren had ducked and weaved right through it. I died laughing and said try again Dad. Orren stuck his little head back through the slats and mimicked "try again Dad" and then took off. Joe and I could not help but laugh. Nothing like being outsmarted by the 15 month old.
As we sat down to have breakfast Olivia said our blessing. She had accidentally started eating before we were all seated and had given Thanks. We have had a couple of episodes like this so we reminded her again of how important it is to give Thanks to our Heavenly Father before we eat and that it is not polite to start before everyone else is seated. So her blessings went something like this.... "Thank you God for our family, house, and food. Be with our family far away. Tell your son Jesus that I love him and I am sorry for forgetting to say the blessing................again."
While watching a National Geographic documentary today Olivia said she wanted to see the monument to Balto and the sled race. I in my teaching voice said "Oh, darlin that is in Alaska and we won't be going there anytime soon." To which Olivia responded "Why not?" Very matter of fact I said that it was much too far. Olivia in the way that only a pre-teen can, said "All you do is go to Russia and then 3 miles." Hellooooooo! What was I thinking? Duhhh. Joe and I just looked at each other and thought well aren't we just the stupidest people on Earth.
At lunch today Orren did not want his pasta Alfredo. He very much wanted his sisters saltine crackers(she had the soup). After he was told no, he very slowly crawled his little hand across the table. Then slowly "walked" his fingers up her plate as fast as lighting snatched a cracker and shoved it in his mouth. He did get reprimanded but he also got a few crackers.
These children are truly the joy of my life!
I am going to get back to the family now, UNO is starting back up and I must defend my title!
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Olivia has an appointment @ 10:00 for her flu shot then Joe and I are going to start on the garage. If you don't hear from me soon, send in the troops!
Friday, October 10, 2008
I was not feeling the steak and gravy originally on the menu for this evening.
So just to be clear according to my past posts P F Changs makes great bandages for wounds fresh from losing gnome hunts. Great for anytime you don't want to cook. Is a celebration must, and now a cure all for illness! I think we have covered it is my favorite go to place.
I seriously think that I might have the flu. Ironically Olivia goes for her flu shot in the morning. I have such mixed emotions about giving that to my children, that is another discussion for another time, too ill tonight.
I got this from Leigh @ Bloggeritaville, one of my favorite blogs! Again since I am so sick tonight this is going to be it for now.
Things I have Learned from Have Being in Alabama
THINGS I HAVE LEARNED FROM HAVE BEING IN ALABAMA . ..(author unknown)
Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
There are 5,000 types of snakes on earth and 4,998 live in Alabama .
There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in Alabama plus a couple no one's seen before. If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites.
Onced and Twiced are words.
It is not a shopping cart; it is a buggy.
People actually grow and eat okra.
'Fixinto' is one word.
There is no such thing as 'lunch.' There is only dinner and then there is supper.
Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're two.
We do like a little tea with our sugar!
Backards and forwards means 'I know everything about you.'
You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is. You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.
You measure distance in minutes.
Sometimes you have to switch from 'heat' to 'A/C' in the same day.'
Fix' is a verb. Example: 'I'm fixing to go to the store.'
All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect or animal.
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
You know what a 'DAWG' is.
You carry jumper cables in your car . . .. For your OWN car.
There are only four spices: salt, pepper, Tabasco and ketchup.
The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.
The first day of deer season is a state holiday.
100 degrees Fahrenheit= 'a little warm.'
We have four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, still Summer and Christmas.
Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time known as 'goin' Wal-martin' or off to 'Wally World.'
A cool snap (below 70 degrees) is good pinto-bean weather.
A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola or pop . . . it's a Coke, regardless of brand or flavor. Example: 'What kinda coke you want?'
Fried catfish is the other white meat. (Pork's 1st)
We don't need no stinking driver's Ed . . . If our mama says we can drive, we can drive.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Casting Crowns Christmas Celebration is coming Dec 6th! I am so excited Micheal English, Avolon, and several others are coming with them! Whew we are going to live @ the BJCC during the month of Dec!
We are headed to Oktober Fest this weekend. I figured so far this year we have covered the Lebanese festival, the Greek festival, we might as well hit the German festival!
Of course, we will still be cleaning out the garage over the weekend. I have got to get ready for the enormous yard sale we will be having in November!
Tickets go on sale for the Polar Express in a couple of weeks! We cannot wait to take everyone. Heart of Dixie Railroad It is the perfect family event for little ones, in between ones, and grown ones!
Orren, as I have said in previous posts, has learned to remove his pants and diaper. Why? I just do not understand it. Well, it finally happened he took off his diaper and before I could even cross the room to catch him, he wet the floor! You know, now I know what is meant by it is the best birth control you can have! NO DOUBT!!!! Where do I sign up for sterilization?
No seriously, my children are my BEST blessing! I would be lost without them. I am so blessed to have them and I thank God everyday for them. Mommy is just trying to adjust from the land of fairy wands, tiaras, and quietly playing with babies for hours to lighting bolt moves, cars, and knights on horses that really hurt when stepped on. We have to see how everything works and what will happen if I do this? Oh my goodness! How long do Boys stay like this?
I still have not cut his hair, I am just not ready. I am catching a lot of grief about it from all sides. Even strangers, but then I will run into someone who says oh, mine was three! I have just decided I will know when I am ready. That is when I will do it.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Mother and Daddy got to spend some time with GiGi over the weekend. No real change and she doesn't understand not getting to go "home" I think that is going to be the toughest part of this journey. Please pray over that.
I had such an amazing weekend and I was so thrilled to finally get Salah and Michelle in P F Changs. They liked it and everyone had a great time. Orren ate almost an entire order of green beans by himself! The Great Wall of Chocolate(2) we got to finish off the meal was soooooooooo good! Thank you again Salah and Michelle we really enjoyed it!
I got a really cute card from Clancy, my cousin. It said 29 again? I have heard of recycling but don't you think you are taking it too far? I was on the floor! Shana sent a really cute one as well that had Cruella on the front. Does this mean she thinks I am Cruella? LOL
We just finished watching The Happening by M. Knight Shaymalan (I know that isn't spelled correctly you will be alright I promise) DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME! This was a seriously bad movie. I was shocked as I usually LOVE his movies.
Monday, October 6, 2008
A teacher in Elmira , New York asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans. Not really knowing what an Obama fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, All the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny.The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different again. Little Johnny said, 'Because I'm not an Obama fan.' The teacher asked, 'Why aren't you an Obama fan?'Johnny said, 'Because I'm a Republican.' The teacher asked him why he's a Republican. Little Johnny answered, 'Well, my Mom's a Republican and my Dad's a Republican, so I'm a Republican.'Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, 'If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, What would that make you?' With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, 'That would make me an Obama fan.'
I will really post later today
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Joe, Olivia and Orren made me breakfast in bed and a red velvet cake. My sweet precious friend Margaret gave me a gorgeous basket filled with gourmet "Autumn" goodies", a beautiful tea towel and a great card. We had such a good time watching Bama win with them today. The children played so well together, we are so lucky to have such good neighbors to call friends.
Michelle was the first outside of the house to call with Birthday wishes. Due to schedules I did not get to see her today, but we (the families) are having lunch at P.F Changs and then a gathering @ their house tomorrow!
Mother and Daddy called and sent a great card. With quite a teaser in it. I was told to take the contents and spend on myself and have fun........it was a dollar. You read that correctly. My Daddy has the funniest sense of humor. I was cracking up. He told me that he would see if he couldn't do better when he saw me. He is such a tease. I love him so much. I am a Daddy's girl.
God Bless & Love to all
Friday, October 3, 2008
We did something we NEVER do tonight and that was eat on trays in the living room. Orren was confused at first, but then he thought it was the greatest thing ever. I hope that we don't have issues making him sit at the table tomorrow. But, it is Friday Family Fun Night and Daddy is in charge so, c'est la vie.
Joe pointed something out that I had not thought of about Orren. He has been carrying a piglet "knife" for 2 days. Joe is crazy for knives. As Joe says, he is my son.
I am a little suspicious of my parents. They have been in Jackson, MS. Just a couple of hours away. They acted kind of giggly when we spoke just a bit ago. It would not be beyond them to show up here tonight or tomorrow. Maybe my hopes are showing, I miss them so.
Since by Birthday week rules there is no cleaning or cooking by the birthday party, Joe is bringing home dinner and a movie when they get home from the park. So I am going to watch a Lifetime Movie until they return. Toodles!
They're Back!!! Church Bulletins: Thank goodness for church ladies with typewriters -- misspellings, bad sentence construction, or choice of words, which, all make for fun reading. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:
Thursday, October 2, 2008
So just to clarify one more time..... I am turning 29.
Orren had his first accident today. Thought we might have to go to the ER for stitches, but luckily we avoided it. We have a nice shiner! He was standing up in the wagon and BOOM, the whole thing fell over and on top of him. He was so precious totting back to me with his arms stretched up toward me. He stopped crying as soon as I picked him up. It broke my heart, but he was tough!
I had an eventful day in the land of Nod. Things are settling down now. We have watched Survivor and gotten everyone tucked in. So goodnight all!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
It is October 1st and that means Booing has begun. Man we got hit at around 3:00 this afternoon. It was a great package, it had a candle that was precious and candy and ribbon and water toy. It was in a precious bag that said you've been booed with of course the we've been booed sign for our door. We had been planning to boo our neighbors and could not believe we had been gotten first! ( I think we know who did it snicker snicker) We did a really cute big candy bowl full of marshmallows in Halloween shapes, and a cute little "boo" sign for our across the street neighbors (I am pretty sure they knew it was us so it is safe to say on here)
Because I want you to get checked out to make sure you're healthy and will be around longer .
1. STARE INTO THE CAT'S EYES FOR 10 SECONDS<> ..
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2. NOW STARE IN THE PUPPY'S EYES FOR 10 SECONDS ... then Scroll Down
~ Authorities arrested Alabama head coach Nick Saban in the predawn hours Monday at his home in Tuscaloosa on animal cruelty charges.
Saban, 56, was charged with 85 counts of animal cruelty in an alleged attack which occurred Saturday night in Athens, Georgia.
Police said that as many as 92,138 witnesses saw Saban and a large group of violent young men under his control hit, kick, crush and destroy a large pack of mostly docile bulldogs
One officer was quoted as saying, "I haven't seen bulldogs treated this badly since the Michael Vick case."