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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pictures from the week

The Princess bundled up in the back seat

Orren "working" on his batman laptop computer.

The new diaper bag! LOVE IT!!!

Oops, caught on Mommy and Daddy's bed!

Zachary and Joe built their first pinewood derby car
Zachary got to race several times and came in second or third every time!
We are proud of you!

Friday, January 30, 2009

We did it again and dinner with our friends

Well, we could not put it off any longer. Orren was overdue for a hair cut. This time we took him to our normal salon. He was much happier with Miss Linda. His hair is almost in the "John John" cut we are after. I am so excited! His Daddy held him and he was perfect.

This is what the Princess did while the Prince was getting his hair cut.


We had dinner at a local spot with our most precious new friends Laura Beth and the BEAN!!
Orren really liked the Bean. How precious is this I ask you?

It looks like he is asking her to dance!

Olivia and the Bean were big buddies to!
Thanks for meeting us for dinner!

Hope Y'all have a great weekend!

Friday Fun!!!

Thanks to Shannon for this!

The Other Stall

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying:
'Hi, how are you?'

I'm not the type to start a conversation in the restroom. I don't know what got into me, but I answered, somewhat embarrassed,
'Doin' just fine!'

And the other person says:!
'So what are you up to?'

What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre so I say:
'Uhhh, I'm like you, just sitting here.'

At this point I am just trying to get out as fast as I can when I hear another! question:
'Can I come over?'

OK, this question is just too weird for me. I figured I could politely end the conversation. I say:
'No........ I'm a little busy right now!!!'

Then I hear the person say, nervously:
'Listen, I'll have to call you back. The guy in the next stall thinks I'm talking to him'

And then there was this, My Dad sent it

it doesn't hurt to take care of a little business on Friday Fun

Holy Cow, How did this happen? There is a way to remove it, so I did.
Check your Driver's License. I definitely removed mine. I suggest you all
do the same. Now you can see anyone's Driver's License on the Internet, including
your own! I just searched for mine and there it was...picture and all!
Thanks Homeland Security! Go to the web site, and check it out.
It's unbelievable!!! Just enter your name, city and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on
the screen, click the box marked "Please Remove". This will remove it from
public viewing, but not from law enforcement. Please notify all your friends so
they can protect themselves, too. Believe me they will thank you for it.


                                  Be Blessed Y'all

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wal Mart Smiley

Smiley at Wal Mart

This smiley was spotted at Wal Mart. THIS is why you turn at least once in the mirror.

I know some of you got a post early, You know what happens to your brain on drugs! Sinus drugs! (Yes, we are all still dealing with the sinus here at the blog plantation in the Land Of Nod) The rest of you will see it Friday! (It was to be the Friday Fun post). LOL

I MUST venture out tomorrow want to or not! Then all of you better get the bread and milk, snow is coming! LOL

We are very excited Chief and GrandMaMa are heading this way on SUNDAY!

Be blessed Y'all

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Random Pictures

Random Pictures for today's post, I am still so sick!

The Princess and her fish.

Orren in the hospital

Orren in the ambulance

Orren and his buddies, who gave him a stuffed eagle so he could tell his Daddy "War Eagle" LOL

Olivia riding the camel

Olivia feeding the Giraffe

Be blessed Y'all
I will try to post better tomorrow!

Crock Pot Recipes to enjoy

Crock Pot - Beef

All Day Crock Pot Beef Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry Beef and Pasta Casserole Beef Diablo
Beef Fajitas Beef Ragout Over Rice Beef Tips Beer Braised Beef in Crock Pot
Burritos Crock Pot Style California Tamale Pie Cattleman's Beef and Beans Cheeseburger Sandwiches
Cheesy Meat Loaf Chili Beer Brisket of Beef Classic Swiss Steak Complete Crock Pot Dinner
Corned Beef and Cabbage Country Swiss Steak Cowboy Casserole Cranberry Pork Roast
Crock Pot Beef Burgundy Crock Pot Beef 'n Peppers Crock Pot Beef with Mushrooms Crock Pot Beef Roast
Crock Pot Cabbage Rolls Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage Crock Pot Creole Steak Strips Crock Pot Delight
Crock Pot Easy Swiss Steak Crock Pot Enchiladas Crock Pot Fajitas Crock Pot Fajitas II
Crock Pot Italian Beef Crock Pot Meatballs Crock Pot Rump Roast Crock Pot Sauerbraten
Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce Crock Pot Swiss Steak Crock Pot Taco Casserole Fiesta Tamale Pie
Glazed Corned Beef Glazed Corned Beef #2 Harvest Dinner Harvest Pot Roast with Tomato-Wine Sauce
Hot-and-Spicy Sloppy Joes Lean Crock Pot Beans Nina's Beef and Beans Pot Roast Dinner
Old Time Beef Stew Pot Roast with Noodles Ranch Style Beef Reuben Casserole
Roast Cooked with Coke Roast with Veggies Sage Pot Roast Salsa Swiss Steak
Savory Pepper Steak Savory Stewed Beef Slow-Cooked Beef Stifado Slow Cooked Pepper Steak
Slow Cooked Steak Rolls Slow Cooked Swiss Steak Supper Slow Cooker Italian Spaghetti Sauce Slow Cooker Lasagna
Slow Cooker Swiss Steak Slowly Deviled Beef Smothered Steak Strips Spaghetti Sauce Italiano
Spicy Wine Pot Roast Stuffed Cabbage Casserole Stuffed Pasta Shells Swiss Bliss
Swiss Steak Teriyaki Steak Three Pepper Steak Three-Way Beef
Yankee Pot Roast and Vegetables

Crock Pot - Pork

Casserole in the Cooker Chicken Lickin Good Crock Pot Pork Chops Chinese Style Country Ribs Country Pork with Mushrooms
Cranberry Pork Roast Crockpot Apricot Pulled Pork for Sandwiches Crock Pot Festival Sausage Crock Pot Hawaiian Pork
Crock Pot Pork Chops Supreme Crock Pot Sausage & Potatoes Crock Pot Sausage and Egg Casserole Crocked Cherry Pork Chops
Polish Kraut and Apples Pork Chop Delight Pork Chops and Mustard Sauce Potatoes Pork Chops with Corn Stuffing
Pork Stew with Vegetables Rosemary Potato Pork Chops Sauerkraut Supper Slow Cooking Pork Chops
Soy-Glazed Spareribs Super Easy Pork Chops Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa or Polish Sausage Sweet 'n' Sour Ribs
Sweet 'N' Sour Sausage

Crock Pot - Poultry

90s Style Crockpot Coq Au Vin Bacon Wrapped Chicken Baked Cajun Chicken Baked Chicken Breasts in Crock Pot
Basil Chicken Broccoli Rice & Chicken Café Chicken Cantonese Sweet & Sour Chicken
Caribbean Chicken Cheesy Crock Pot Chicken Chicken & Cherries Jubilee Chicken a la King
Chicken and Cherries Jubilee C/P Chicken & Rice Casserole Chicken and Artichoke Casserole Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Breasts Supreme Chicken Creole Chicken Crock Pie Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry #2

My Mother sent this to me and I thought it was a fantastic resource. I wanted to share it with all of you. I am eager to try so many of these.
Be Blessed Ya'll

Monday, January 26, 2009

Do you want to be on TV?

I feel really poorly today so my post will be brief. I was asked if I had any interest in doing this and it would be a HUGE no for my family! However, if any of you would like to, you have to let me know that you are! This came to me from our play group Chubby Cherubs

I think your meet up group does wonderful things and I wanted
to pick your brain for a second. I’m working for a new
documentary reality show called ‘World’s Strictest Parents.’ It’
s from the producers of ABC’s ‘Supernanny,’ so this show is
basically like Supernanny for teens. ‘World’s Strictest
Parents’ is a huge success in the UK and we are hoping to help
out teens of America, as well. The title is a bit daunting and
that's not really what we are going after--we are truly looking
for parents who would like to 'show off' their parenting

I wanted to contact you to see if anyone you know would be
interested in participating in our show. The aim of the
program is to help rebellious teens by having them live with a
more disciplined family. We are currently looking for families
to host the teens and also searching for the teens who would
like the experience of living with another family for a week.

Our show is searching for wonderful parents who think they help
an unruly teen with the benefit of great parenting. Would you
be interested in helping with our search? Or would you have any
advice about where I could better look for interested

I'd be happy to send more information, if you'd like, but I
don't want to bother you if you're not interested. Let me know
if you would like to know more about our program.

Thanks for your time and have a great day!


Shannon McCarty
Casting Producer
323.904.4680 x1178
So, it may not be for the blog plantation, but maybe for you!
Ya'll be blessed!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

What the dust bunny said

This is what the Dust Bunny said about our blogging convention. It touched my heart. She is so precious and we hope to have her up here to visit soon!!

I don't know exactly when I found Hewy's blog but it was fairly early in my long and distinguished blogging career (about 10 months ago probably). I grew up in a town 20 minutes or so from the community that Hewy blogs about. I let him know that of course. And reading his blog about Helena, which is in Shelby County (the same county that I was born and raised in) made me feel closer to home.

Hewy loves all things Helena Alabama. That is what his blog is about - Helena! He blogs Helena events, about Helena businesses, and even the Helena police report. And his Blogroll is FULL of Helena bloggers.

Now one of the most flattering days of my blogging-life, was when Dullbert, another Helena blogger, left me a comment and told me that I had made Hewy's blogroll!! Y'all, that was HUGE to me. You understand it right? I felt like an honorary Helena-ite.

But Hewy isn't the only Helena blogger who is near and dear to my heart, no! I have other Helena bloggers that I have gotten to 'know', be it through their blog, email, telephone conversations, or Facebook. People that I call FRIEND.

There's Abbey of Abbey's Road who sends the most hysterical email messages and who blogs her deep love of the Lord. Miss Polly is precious and I have enjoyed getting to know her better through email. Dullbert has been a long time favorite blogger of mine. He makes me at the very least grin, and most of the time laugh right out loud. And there is Charnita who I had the PLEASURE of meeting in real life. Dusti is a Twilight *ahem* fan (loves it y'all), and Laura Beth is one of my newest Helena blog buds. Bama Belle is grace and style walking, and she blogs like a true Southern Belle about home and family life. And Leigh really did help me to stay with blogging when I started to close up shop. I love her for that and many many other reasons. She is a wonderful friend.

And STILL you ask... WHY the post about Helena Bloggers?

Well, it's like this.... they had a meet and greet recently. I currently live 4 hours away from Helena. Not easy for me to drop everything and meet them for an iced tea, diet coke, or ice water, you know? But they sweetly sent me messages, telling me that they would miss me. There were Facebook wall messages saying things like "wish you were in Helena"... Y'all, it was touching. They made me feel like I was there in spirit.

Well, Leigh and Charnita sent me copies of THIS joy in my heart...


Aww! The bloggers pictured are Laura Beth, Dusti, Jessica (Bama Belle), Hewy, Charnita, and Leigh.

Now as you can see the condiments were flowing that evening.... there seems to be a bit of a ketchup abuse at this table. Y'all pray for them. :)

I am thankful for ALL of my blog friends, but Helena Alabama (and its bloggers) really does have a special place in my heart!

Thank you so much for your kind words about all of us. Please remember that all of those things are reflected right back on you in the way we feel about our DUST BUNNY!!!!

AND Laura Beth said this:

Last night I had the privilege to attend the "1st Annual Helena Blogger's Convention". Let me tell you - I had a blast! I am so amazed at the talents, sense of humor, and depth of the bloggers of Helena. I met new people, as well as people whose blogs I've been following daily for months, and am proud to count these beautiful souls among my friends. The Bean accompanied me for most of the "Convention" due to necessity, but TJ picked her up as soon as he was able. Bean seemed to enjoy "mommy's new friends" too, and surprisingly (or not), made a connection with a close blog buddy I met in person for the 1st time. We laughed SO HARD when one of the bloggers (to remain unnamed!) "got" TJ by playing as if she were a long-lost schoolmate from Decatur High. Too funny! But, as always, TJ was a good sport, and very gracious. On a related note, the sole male of our posse was none other than Hewy himself! I was thrilled to meet him, and was impressed with how down to earth he is in real life. For some reason, I had pictured him as stuffy and nerdy, nothing like the lighthearted jokester I met last night. (no offense! I'm just sayin' . . .) I hope we can continue these "conventions", perhaps more frequently than once a year,(hint! hint! and continue to enjoy each other and the rich blog community that Helena has to offer. Y'all made my week!

Laura Beth, we are so glad to have added you to our group!
We adore you and JULIO!!!!!

Yeah, I bloglifted this WHOLE thing! Pictures to

Missing the dust bunny

Coffee or tea?

Dusti is "bossy"
Mad skills

My buddies Laura and ... wait can I say?

Awesome ladies!! Love ya girls


The three that started it for me!

This is what Hewy had to say

The TOP 10 Things…

I was told this last night, that made me snort beer out of my nose:

10. Should I blog that the British are filming crazy teens in Helena?

9. More people should smoke pot at 2pm

8. Did you see the Crazy Lady's Shoes?

7. Old Fashion Country Lesbian type

6. Are you going to experiment?

5. Eye lashes can be permed.

4. I'm so blogging this

3. Don't say harem

2. Gum is like sex

1. Julio...its Me!

BTW: I hope I'm getting some photos

from skilled photographers emailed to me that make us all look

skinny and as if we are twenty years old...


This is what Leigh learned last night

1. Never trust anyone who plays a flute, or an oboe for that matter.
2.Editing a post, no matter how long it has been online for public viewing, is accepted.
3. Never name drop. Or use any real names for that matter. There are reasons people use alias, be it bitter divorces, nosey inlaws/outlaws, potential "black mailing" coworkers, and just poor taste/etiquette.
4. Bloggers can be the most supportive group of people you may ever meet---or not.
(We are praying for you and love you Brian!!!!)
5.Using the names Lindsey Lohan, French Maid, Paris Hilton or Hewy can give your blog a accelerated number of hits. I will now use these in every post I write. LOL.
6. The Helena Society of bloggers can also be referred to as a whole (by the public) as"No Sleep Party".
7. Spork, we have determined is really from Europe, not there's anything wrong with it.
8. In a public taste test, Margarita's are preferred to Coffee 6 to one.
9. After drinking Margarita's, it becomes hard to spell Margarita's.
10. (Hewy's observation)"How many Blogger does it take to drink abowl of margarita...ok six"
11. It is fun to prank people into thinking that you are old school chums.
12. Whip cream makes a better drink. I don't care what it is....coffee, or margarita's.
13. It really is smart to take notes on such occasions. Hewy, "the secretary", can provide far better commentary due to his diligent notes. I would really love to see the notes he was taking last night. I could use them in this post.
14. Bowling is something that should only be done after a margarita- for that is the only time I wouldn't worry about where the hand had been that was once in the ball. Did you follow that one?
15. Singing in public is perfectly acceptable in such meetings, but be warned it could be blogged about , photographed or even recorded. Everything is fair game, unless one declares "off the record". Then and only then, is one safe.
16. LOL means "Laughing out loud" not "lots of love".
17. Boogers (not bloggers), as weird as it sounds, came up as topic in both meetings.

Blogger "convention" minus the dust bunny!

So yesterday was the day. The first Helena blogger's convention. It began @ 9:00 AM for coffee and ended last night for "margaritas" I would like to post some of my favorite statements from the evening, as it was a little too much fun. Now, I realize that some of these will be "you had to be there" kind of thing BUT here it goes! See if you can guess which blogger said it. NO CHEATING YOU CANNOT GUESS IF YOU WERE THERE!

~ Julio? OMG IT'S JULIO!!!!!!!
~You can perm your eyelashes?
~I had a string of Papa John's men
~She really liked their pepperoni
~You can swim in it!
~Gum is like ... (OK I am not going to finish this one) LOL
~Hewy, stop taking notes!
~I am not sure what is happening
~Don't post that!!!
~come get the bean!!!!
~ Wanna come take pictures of it?
~ you two were those girls?
~It was spicy
~ I don't cook
~ Rods oh no, they use rods!
~Who put beer bottles in front of my car?
~ Keys!! OMG where are my keys... they are not here.. what am I going to do?.......... (as another blogger says "do you think you left them inside the incredibly dark and locked restaurant?").........Oh, Nevermind, they are in my pocket
~she wants to see the pig
~it was a little racey

~I can't craft or cook, but I can take pictures of it

~give me the booger (OK I know that is the name of the blog, but seriously THAT is funny!)

*Oh, there will be pictures posted soon.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Friday Fun!

Friday Fun

Thank You Michelle for this:

Be careful to check your children’s drawings before they take them to school.

When asked to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they grew up, second-grader "Sarah" turned in the lovely drawing shown below. Needless to say, the teacher was a bit surprised -- Mrs. Smith had always seemed like such a conservative woman. So she sent a note home to the girl's mother asking for clarification as to the picture's meaning.

(Here's the reply the teacher received the following day)

Dear Mrs. Jones,
I wish to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer.
I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard hit. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn't show me dancing around a pole. It's supposed to depict me selling the last snow shovel we had at Home Depot.
From now on I will remember to check her homework more thoroughly before she turns it in.

Thank You to my mother for this one!

She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter as she'd done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, 'But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!'


My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday.
He asked me how old I was, and I told him, '62.'
He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, 'Did you start at 1?'

After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, 'Who was THAT?'

A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like:
'We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire;
it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony.
We picked wild raspberries in the woods.' The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in.
At last she said, 'I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!'

My grandson was visiting one day when he asked,
' Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?'
I mentally polished my halo while I asked, 'No, how are we alike?'
'You're both old,' he replied.

A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's word processor.
She told him she was writing a story. 'What's it about?' he asked.
'I don't know,' she replied. 'I can't read.'

I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet,
so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was.
She would tell me and was always correct. It was fun for me, so I continued.
At last she headed for the door, saying sagely,
'Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!'

When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin,
we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from attracting pesky insects.
Still, a few fireflies followed us in.
Noticing them before I did, Billy whispered, 'It's no use, Grandpa.
The mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.'

When my grandson asked me how old I was, I teasingly replied, 'I'm not sure.'
'Look in your underwear, Grandpa,' he advised. 'mine says I'm four to six.'

A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother,
'Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.'
The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool.
'That's interesting,' she said, 'how do you make babies?'
'It's simple,' replied the girl. 'You just change 'y' to 'i' and add 'es'.'

Children's Logic: 'Give me a sentence about a public servant,' said a teacher.
The small boy wrote: 'The fireman came down the ladder pregnant.'
The teacher took the lad aside to correct him.
'Don't you know what pregnant means?' she asked.
'Sure,' said the young boy confidently. 'It means carrying a child.'

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon
full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past.
Sitting in the front seat of the truck was a Dalmatian dog.
The children started discussing the dog's duties.
'They use him to keep crowds back,' said one child.
'No,' said another, 'he's just for good luck.'
A third child brought the argument to a close.
'They use the dogs,' she said firmly, 'to find the fire hydrants...