September 30, 2008

Another reason why you should never open the door to strangers....

Here is a conversation I had with the lovely cable company man yesterday. I know your just doing your job dude. But check the name or address before you get all mean. You almost made this pregnant woman cry and I didn't do anything wrong.

Cable man~ Hello Mam, I'm here to pick up your cable equipment.

Me~ umm Why

CM~ Cause we pick up the cable equipment when you don't bring it into the office

Me~ Why do I need to take it to the office

CM~ Your cable's been disconnected since the August 11

Me~ no, no it hasn't

CM~ according to our records it has and we must pick up the cable equipment today or you will be charged a 300.00 equipment fee

Me~ Listen I'm in here right now watching Ever After on E! So I know that our cable isn't disconnected and I made a payment Thursday that cleared my bank on Friday so again there wold be no reason to have our cable disconnected. Are you sure you have the right people??

CM~ Look mam I'm just here to collect the equipment.

Me~ What address are you looking for?

CM~ ***** Sulpher Springs Road

Me~ Well we live on Alexandria Wellington Road

CM~ Is your name ***********

Me~ Nope

Cm~ Sorry for the mix up.

Me~ Shuts the door

I think they owe me a month for free after that.

September 29, 2008

Number two in the nation.. number one in his heart

Number 2 in the Nation is good, right? Now Ricky is worried that each game could mean something bad for Alabama. He is worried more now I think. I made fun of him for being dressed in all Alabama stuff today. He proceeded to tell me that he has supported Bama through good and bad, Stallings to Saban all all those between. Sounded like a marriage vow to me! He's so funny!

I'm seven weeks pregnant now. I don't feel pregnant at all.I have to wait till next Tuesday to go to the doctor. It's been a long three weeks already. I had already been to the ob two times with Regan at this point. Once to confirm and do the first exam and then again for an ultrasound at 6 weeks. I know each doctor is different but I just want to see this little tic tac. Ok I'll quit being a crybaby.

Regan and Elmo was funny. He was kinda freaked out at first I mean they were there in person! He started signing home and trying to get away. We were in the 11th row, thank goodness I didn't go crazy and get 1st row seats he really would have been scared. He did start to enjoy it after a few minutes. Ricky and I thought it was cute

When they first came out

September 22, 2008

Another recipe

I'm obsessed with food! I've been eating smaller portions but more often lately so here is a new recipe I tried on Saturday.

Broccoli and Cheese soup
(Thanks Kennis for talking about O'Charley's on Friday)

2 small cans of chicken broth~ Use a big one if you have it~
1 bag frozen broccoli
1 block Velvetta cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Put ingredients into a boiler on medium heat.
Stir every few minutes to help mix the cheese up.
I think it took about 15 minutes to get it all mixed.

It was Yummy!!

I want some opinions about Gatlinburg in the Fall. Ricky and I really want to go see the leaves during fall. I'm thinking because Alabama football has a break on the weekend of Oct. 10 we might try to sneak off for the weekend. I think it would be easier with one child than trying to go next year with a baby and a child. So has anyone ever been? Is it as beautiful as I imagine? Can you find a cheap enough hotel thats's clean?

September 19, 2008

Fantastic Find Friday

I love finding new things to try so I'm going to pass on a few of my favorite things.....

Dove Regenerating Night lotion

This lotion is amazing, I use it on my hands and feet. Well, actually I use the pity look and get Ricky to rub my feet and hands with it before I go to bed. :) I can really tell a difference on my feet cause my heals are usually dry but not now!! I got mine at Big Lots for 4.00 You can't beat it!

Febreze odor eliminator candle

We got the fall harvest candle and I'm in love with it. It does eliminate the odors like when I cooked with onions and garlic this week it didn't smell like it. It smells great even without burning it. I would suggest that if you have strong allergies not to get it cause it can be strong especially if burning in a small area. There are 8 different scents, I think. We found ours again at Big Lots and it was 4.00. Walmart, Target and K-mart have them and I've seen them between 5.00-9.99.

For those of us with kids and especially kiddos that may have a speech delay, autism, allergy, or some other special need..... Someone sent me this website. It has got to be the greatest idea ever!! They have temporary tattoos that you fill in the information on about allergies, health condition and your phone number in case your child gets lost. You can buy them already filled out from the company or you can get some that you fill in the information yourself with a special marker. That way if your kid is off with Grandma she can write in her number and they call her. I haven't ordered yet, but its on my list of things we need.
Visit Safety Tat's website

Those are my favorite finds for the week! Enjoy your weekend!

September 17, 2008

Can the kid go in the washer??

Regan loves washing clothes. Something his mom hates to do. I mean HATE is the nice way to put it. I wish for disposable clothes every time I step into that dreaded room.

So today Regan was helping me put clothes in the washer and what happens but RING RING so I put the laundry detergent down and run to answer the phone thinking ** Yes I know** that Regan would keep putting the clothes into the washer!!! Instead he gets the laundry detergent and attempts to pour it into the machine. So as I step back in the laundry room, there he he stands covered in laundry detergent. Its all over the washer, the floor,the clothes in the floor EVERYWHERE!! He poured the entire bottle used less than 5 times out.

So then we head to the bath cause we gotta get it off and well there were more bubbles than water in the tub. The entire time he keeps saying HO!HO! as he makes himself a lovely Santa beard.

Sorry I didn't get pictures the camera is in the car and well I didn't feel like going to get it.

Tonight the menu is...

Santa Fe Soup

This is one of my favorite things to eat when it gets cooler weather. (I actually like it anytime)

1 lb ground beef browned with a small onion
2 cans kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 can niblet corn
2 packages of taco seasoning
2 packets of Ranch dressing ( I like Hidden Valley the best)
*2-3 cups of water depending on how much soup you like

I usually put all the ingredients in the crock pot and let simmer all day (6-8 hours) on low.

*Tonight I put it all in a huge pot and have in on medium for 35 mins*

I'm looking for some recipes that I can fix and freeze. As it gets closer to baby #2 being here I want to freeze some things so I can just warm them up. Leave me some comments with ideas, Please!!!! I want to feel like more than 1 person reads my blog.

September 15, 2008

Who changed our world last week!

In case you live in a cave somewhere and haven't heard yet............... I'm pregnant!!

5 weeks today!

I posted a quote last week about someone changing a life in a moment and ours has. I was going to try to wait and tell after my first doctors appointment but its too hard and we're too excited!!
We have been wanting another baby for 2 years and almost 5 months!! I know that its a long time till May but we are looking forward to bringing another baby into our little family.

Have a great day! I'm off to take a nap!!

September 12, 2008

Quote of the week

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world" ~ Anne Frank

My world has been improved this week. Keep checking for details about who and why!!


I think that its about time for my first giveaway!!

Keep checking back for more details.............

September 11, 2008

September 11th

I had thought about what I wanted to say in today's post but we all know how we felt that day, we all remember the heartache we felt, right? Make today a memorable day with your family. Do something good for someone today and remember the lives that were lost 7 years ago today.

September 10, 2008

September 10th ~

Lets step back to September 10Th 2001.

I was working at Occupational Health and had been there for 8 months, I was bored at night so I started working at Martins in Gadsden just for something to do at night. Ricky and I had been dating a few weeks. He worked 2ND shift at Springs in Piedmont.

I was filling in at The Rehab Center for the week. Monday was my first day there. I spent the day pulling table paper, answering phone calls, making coffee, watching TV and reading books. It was so much easier than my job at OHC. I didn't get to eat lunch with Ricky like usual because I only got 30 mins there. I think I worked at Martins that night and I know I talked to Ricky that night on his way home from Piedmont.

Can you remember 09-10-2001? That's the day before our lives changed, right? That's the day before we learned what and who we were. The day before we pulled together with our families and the day before so many people lost part of their family. Lots of time we remember what we were doing when a tragedy occurred but don't remember before.

Here's the challenge for today 7 years later..........
I want to know what your day was like on September 10.... Do you remember what you were doing? Do you remember what events you were looking forward to? Email me, comment me, mail me, smoke signal me whatever you must do just let me know.

Tomorrow is a important day in our history and we will discuss that tomorrow. Until then have a wonderful day and hug your family.

Your entire life can change in just one day.

September 8, 2008


I'm feeling a little old. We hit Six Flags over the weekend and my body hasn't recovered yet. I'm so serious, I pulled out the tube of Aspercream lastnight and begged Ricky to rub it on my aching back. Ohhh, It hurts! I laid there this morning at 3am and thought about how my mom used to ride all the rides with us and she would get up and work the next day. Again I'm thinking my mom was wonderwoman cause I don't remember her complaining the next day.

I did get to have one of what I'm sure will be my greatest memories EVER with Regan. I rode with him on his first rollercoaster!! They have added a small one in the kiddie part and it was a blast. He made some really funny faces but seemed to enjoy it. He put his little arms up when we were still waiting to be dispatched. SO cute! Thanks Jessica for getting a cute picture.

Thats us in the front going into the bushes!

We didn't make it to our friends wedding shower like we were supposed to. Toni and Channing please forgive us. We lost track of time and then I had a hard time leaving Regan. We're so sorry!!

We watched the Alabama game that night at Steve and Pat's house. I was so shocked at the team that showed up to play at that game. It didn't even look like the same team that played Clemson the week before. The offensive line wasn't the same and I know that they had moved some players around but geesh. JPW got sacked 4 times! I honestly felt sorry for him. So hopefully we will see a different team this weekend. I don't know if Ricky can handle another weekend with Alabama looking so bad even with a win Ricky replayed that game in his head allnight.

Sunday we slept in and then yesterday afternoon we spent cleaning out our bedroom. I let it get so bad. There were clothes everywhere and I couldn't tell you the last time that it had been swept and the sink and all that cleaned. So now I have a clean room of course I also have tons of clothes to wash and so I better get to washing!! Have a wonderful week!

September 4, 2008

Sarah Palin's speech

I've never really paid attention to the elections, I have voted but my opinion was on what my parents told me they thought. This year I decided that I would go into this election not really listening to others, choosing what I thought was right and deciding on the issues that mattered to us. (RKR)

I have thought with every speech from Obama that it was all put on. Look how great I am. I have great words and make these huge promises. Plus I fill up stadiums and have parties everywhere I go.

Last night Sarah Palin took the stage at the RNC and she closed the deal I think. Yes, her 17 year old daughter is pregnant. How many teens in America are pregnant, how many of those teens were raised with conservative values? I bet lots. How many parents have a child serving in the military? How many have a child with special needs?

So I'm posting some of my favorite quotes from her speech last night. I'd love to hear what others think about her speech.

**The quote that brought tears to my eyes**

"Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys. Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.
And children with special needs inspire a special love.
To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.
I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House."

I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion - I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.

Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems - as if we all didn't know that already.
But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.

" it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform - not even in the state senate. ~ about Obama

There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain.

One of my favorite moments is where her youngest daughter was shown spit combing baby Trig's hair. Soo adorable!

The queen's bed

Last night as "The Queen" is finally done watching the Republican National Convention and getting ready for bed finally. She is so excited to crawl into her Queen bed. She can hear "The King" (not Elvis) snoring away in there and that is music to her ears. As she is crawling into bed ready to finally get warm in the icebox of a castle she lives in right now, she hits something...... A body!!!! The King is on her side of the bed AHHH! Ok no big deal she says I'll just have to deal with it. Surely she can find "her spot" on the other side so crawling up that bed she hits something..........A smaller body! AHH! "The Prince" (not the artist formerly known as prince) Is also in her bed, snoring as well. Now the poor sad queen has to venture into uncharted territory a small car jungle to get to the itty bitty bed with covers that don't reach the end of her feet, a pillow that feels like its only 1/3 of a pillow and no "her spot". This lovely morning her King and Prince wake up at 5:15 fully rested and ready to start the day in the kingdom. The queen on the other hand just wants to go back to "HER queen bed and sleep the day away"

September 3, 2008

My fall wish list..

I read lots of peoples blogs. Ok, I'm kinda a blog stalker. I just love reading about other peoples lives and not the rich and famous but just "average" people. Although most have more money in the sunglasses they wear than I do in all my clothes. :( They shop all the time and drop a few hundred on one dress where I fret over spending 40.00 on a dress, shoes and accessories to go with it.

Lots of "people" have posted their fall wish list for the clothes they are going to buy this fall and so I want to post my fall must haves. Now, I'm a stay at home mom and well my biggest event during the week is going to the elementary school for 30mins everyday. Not that I wouldn't like to be more in style or find the perfect pants to fit on my Thick waist, lost butt and short legs but hey I can't spend 75.00 on jeans when we live on one income and have medical bills like we do.

So without further ado here are my wishes for the fall

A daily visit from Mr. Clean himself

The Vacum that chases the dust bunnies all by itsself

The happy smiley face to wash all my dishes** It would be a plus if they were as fast as this little lady

My last fall wish is to be on the couch with a cup of white chocolate peppermint mocha reading a good book.

So if anyone knows a catalog that I can get my wishes from please send it my way. Remember that have to be Chanel quality at thrift store prices though cause I'm cheap.

September 2, 2008

People Magazine

John McCain & Sarah Palin on Shattering the Glass Ceiling
By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
Originally posted Friday August 29, 2008 08:30 PM EDT

Even the kids were in the dark.
Meghan McCain, 23, didn’t find out until a few hours before the rest of the nation. Track Palin, 19, an Army private on base in Fairbanks, Alaska, got the news in a text message an hour before his mother, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin took the stage in Dayton, Ohio, as John McCain’s pick to be his running mate. “I said, ‘Track! Turn the TV on in an hour,’” Sarah Palin told PEOPLE. “He says, ‘What does this mean? Am I going to have to crawl in a hole?’ And I said, ‘No!’ Because he had no idea; he doesn’t even know where we are.”

Where they were was the Nutter Center college sports arena in Dayton, Ohio. And PEOPLE was there for an exclusive backstage interview with the McCain and Palin families suddenly joined in the campaign for the White House. Sarah Palin, in ruby red peep-toe platform heels that showed off a pink French-style pedicure, first ducked into a holding room to change the diaper of her just-up-from-a-nap 4 1/2-month-old son, Trig.

The two families were all smiles…

Meghan, what did you tell your father about his selection?
MEGHAN MCCAIN: It’s girl power and you know I’m all about that. She’s very smart, has a sweet family. Her son’s in the military and my brothers are in the military. We have a lot in common. This is my dream choice. I almost started crying on stage – and I am not a crier – when they were talking about this being the anniversary of women’s suffrage. I couldn’t be more proud. It’s also a reinvention of the Republican Party. She’s such a cool role model – and she’s got great shoes! (Laughs)

What does Governor Palin need to know about working with your dad?
MEGHAN: He likes to get up early in the morning and go. Seems like she likes to do that too. I guess with a baby…

JOHN MCCAIN: … she has to be. (Laughter)

SARAH PALIN: Morning person. Yup. We don’t sleep much. Too much to do. What I’ve had to do, though, is in the middle of the night, put down the BlackBerries and pick up the breast pump. Do a couple of things different and still get it all done.

As a new mom, how are you going to juggle all this?
SARAH: I am thankful to be married to a man who loves being a dad as much as I love being a mom, so he is my strength. And practically speaking, we have a great network of help with lots of grandparents and aunties and uncles all around us. We have a lot of help.

So will your husband be on leave now indefinitely to be Mr. Mom?
SARAH: I would say so, yes.

Gov. Palin, when you were 13 weeks pregnant, last December, you had an amniocentesis that determined Trig had Down syndrome.
SARAH: I was grateful to have all those months to prepare. I can’t imagine the moms that are surprised at the end. I think they have it a lot harder.

Sen. McCain, of all the candidates you considered, what drew you to her?
JOHN: Obviously, I found her to be very intelligent and very well-versed on the issues. But I think the important thing was that she’s a reformer. She’s taken on special interests since she ran for the PTA and the city council and mayor. The courage, I guess, is what most impressed me.

Mrs. McCain, how much did you weigh in on this process?
CINDY MCCAIN: I was part of it. I was very enthusiastic [about Palin].

What does Gov. Palin need to know about working with your husband?
CINDY: From a work aspect, they’re very compatible. He works very hard, he’s very direct. I think she already knows these things. And she’s a marathoner: I don’t think there will be any trouble keeping up with him!

What do they all need to know about hanging out with your family on the campaign trail?
CINDY: We take each day as it comes. It’s a lot of fun. Enjoy the moment. The most important thing is family and making sure that family life stays as normal as possible under the circumstance. My best advice to them would just be to keep your kids close.

Mr. Palin, you have this tiny baby with special needs. Do you worry that people may wonder if she’ll be giving short shrift to her family?
TODD: She’s heard that her whole life – the challenges of being a female and mother in the work force. I remember the first time she ran for mayor one of her fellow council members told her you can’t run because you’ve got three negatives: Track, Bristol and Willow. Those are the three kids we had at the time. So when you tell her that kind of stuff, she just gets fired up. We’re an Alaska family that adapts.

CINDY: I disagree with anyone who would say she can’t do both. Any woman who’s been in a situation where they are working and have children know that you give 300 percent; no one will be slighted in any of this, least of all her baby. She has a lot of energy, she’s a woman with great drive and great vision.

A woman on the ticket is what a lot of Hillary Clinton voters wanted to see. What’s your message to women who might see a second shot at shattering the glass ceiling?
SARAH: Certainly in this election cycle, women aren’t finished yet. And women can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.

JOHN: I think that Sarah appeals to a lot of voters – I think because of her independence, because of her reform agenda and her record of balancing both family and service. It is motivation to not just Clinton voters but to lots of voters.

Given her young age and relatively short resume, why is she any more ready to be president than Sen. Barack Obama?
JOHN: I don’t think it’s a short resume. She first ran for office back in 1992. I don’t know what Senator Obama was doing then, but the first time she ran was 1992. That’s 16 years. I think that’s a pretty, pretty event-filled and record-filled resume.

SARAH: And I haven’t had too many years other than that to fill up yet.

JOHN: There you go.

Do you feel ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?
SARAH: Absolutely. Yup, yup. Especially with a good team around us.

How do you feel about your son, Track [an Army private], going off to war in Iraq?
SARAH: Anxious, but very confident. He’s ready.
TODD: She’s at peace. She knows that he’s not scared. He’s been trained for this mission and so we’ve seen that confidence in that young man. We’re, of course, nervous.

What’s on the dinner table most often in the Palin house?
TODD: Our favorite is moose hot dogs, caribou hot dogs. We get caribou, get ‘em ground up and put them into hot dogs. They’re Polish.

Does your wife hunt any more?
TODD: Not lately. But I was supposed to be hunting this weekend, so I had to cancel that.

Where do your children’s names come from?
TODD: Sarah’s parents were coaches and the whole family was involved in track and I was an athlete in high school, so with our first-born, I was, like, ‘Track!’ Bristol is named after Bristol Bay. That’s where I grew up, that’s where we commercial fish. Willow is a community there in Alaska. And then Piper, you know, there’s just not too many Pipers out there and it’s a cool name. And Trig is a Norse name for “strength.”

Sen. McCain, as you leave on a road trip to Pennsylvania, what do you think about having all those kids on your bus?
JOHN: (Laughs)

SARAH: It’s like, ‘Hold onto your hats!’

Mrs. McCain, do you even remember the last time he changed a diaper?
CINDY: No. And I’m not sure he does.

JOHN: Heh-heh. I remember. There’s some experiences you never forget.