Friday, May 30, 2008

Happy Anniversary to Me

Yesterday was our ten year anniversary. I always imagined that we'd take a romantic getaway on our ten year anniversary, and Todd would surprise me with some fabulous piece of jewelry. Well...not quite. We "got away" to Logan's Roadhouse for a steak, and then to Target. And Todd didn't surprise me with jewelry, but he did buy me something I can wear. Sort of.

I wanted to do something really special and significant to celebrate our 10 years together. Something you don't do everyday. And, I've know for a while exactly what I wanted to do. So, without further ado, here it is.

Monday, May 26, 2008

A happy Memorial Day to one and all...we had a great one! The day started for me at 7:15, when Finley woke up. I wish I could tell y'all I'm one of those moms (like my own mom) who are dressed, with a full face of makeup and perfect hair, and who have done a load of laundry, cleaned the bathroom, and done their Bible study by the time their kids wake up. Nope. Not me. Sometimes I haven't even done that stuff by lunchtime.

So Finley and I get up, and I take off her WET pajamas, as I do every morning. Every. Morning. Her diaper leaks every night. But do I switch to a different brand of diapers? NO. Because, I think, she will be potty trained any day now. Then it won't matter. Me? Delusional?

I get her changed and dressed, and she begs to watch Milo and Otis. Remember that one, with the cat and the dog? Finley is a notorious movie starter. Meaning, she starts the movie, then gets up and leaves after the opening credits. An hour later, she asks to watch it again.

I then went to wake up Todd and Jonah around 8:00. Jonah is FINALLY to the age that he wants to sleep late. Hallelujah! For almost 6 years he got up every morning by 6:00. In fact, this past Saturday, the whole family slept until 9:00. A first. In 6 1/2 years. Literally.

We all got dressed and headed over to my parents' house for breakfast. Bacon, eggs and buttermilk pancakes. Then, because we couldn't hold them back for one more second, the kids went swimming. OK, really they just splashed because it's a small inflatable pool, but they called it swimming. (Actually, we did have to hold Finley back. Her swimsuit was too small so I had to run to Target and get a new one. While I was gone, she peed on the floor and slipped down in her own pee. But she eventually did get to the pool.)

We headed home around lunchtime. I didn't even have to fix lunch for them because my mom had stuffed them full of Indiana Jones Pop Tarts (yep!) while they were swimming. I don't really remember much after that, because once we got home, Finley and I took naps. I think at some point, Jonah left with Todd's mom, and I remember something about Todd eating chips.

We headed back to town at 4:00 for a birthday party/Memorial Day celebration. If y'all didn't know, my family LOVES a good party. Heck, they love a bad party. Just give them some BlueBell ice cream and they'll call it a success. But today, my family hit the jackpot. My uncle accidentally left his freezer door open last night, and when he got up today, he found all the meat thawed. We went over expecting grilled hamburgers, but what we got was grilled chicken, baby back ribs, steaks and even peach cobbler. Let's just say: a good time was had by all.

We had stop at Brookshire Bros. on our way home to pick up some milk. I also was lucky enough to pick up the last pint of BlueBell Moooo Tracks ice cream.

Now we're home, and my kids are asleep. I officially declare this day a success.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Staci King tagged me in one of these cool survey games.

Here are the rules:
1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
3. At the end of the post, the player then tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read the player's blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.

What were you doing 5 years ago?
1. Moving in to our new house on Brenda Street
2. Putting Jonah in a big boy bed after he took a flying leap out of his crib.
3. Hanging out with the Bluebirds (miss you guys!)
4. Looking forward to a summer of NO camps (Todd had just taken a full-time job with the County Clerk)
5. Celebrating 5 years of marriage

What are 5 things on your to-do list today (not in any particular order)?
1. Take Finley to get a haircut.
2. Open the boxes of new homeschool curriculum that arrived today.
3. Try a new crock pot chicken recipe ( was delicious, and dare I say, nutritious.)
4. Pick up a prescription at Sam's
5. Catch up on the laundy (let's not kid ourselves...this one probably won't get done)

What are 5 snacks you enjoy?
1. Fritos
2. Dr. Pepper
3. Cheese Nips
4. Popcorn w/M&Ms sprinkled in it
5. Fruit roll ups
I know, I know...I need to eat healthier snacks.

What 5 things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Pay off all our debts
2. Build Bluebird Farms
3. Give lots of money to lots of charities, missionaries, orphanages, etc.
4. Buy Todd an SUV so he would stop talking about "needing" one for gigs
5. Build a Rainforest Cafe in Lufkin, just because Finley loves it.

What are 5 of your bad habits?
1. Letting Jonah watch Sponge Bob
2. Thawing meat then never cooking it
3. letting the laundry and dishes pile up
4. Overplanning things that don't really matter, and under planning on things that do
5. Dr. Pepper

What are 5 places you have lived?
1. Lufkin, TX (mama's house)
2. Lufkin, TX (our first house)
3. Lufkin, TX (our second house)
4. Lufkin, TX (our third house)
5. Bryan/College Station, TX (one year)
Yes, I know, this part is boring. It's actually been kind of boring living it, too.

What are 5 jobs you've had?
1. Teacher
2. Grocery checker at Randall's
3. Filing clerk at insurance company
4. Sales girl at Brooks Fashion
5. Lufkin Mall Customer Service Manager

What 5 people do you want to tag?
1. Lance, Amy, Jason, Rachel, and Robert. All the Bluebirds in one fell swoop. (Shelly was already tagged by Staci.)
2. My husband.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Son, What Exactly Are You Planning?

I can't be absolutely sure, but I think I'm pretty safe in saying that I'm one of the only moms in America who was asked this by her six year old:

"Mom, can you get me some gold-titanium alloy?"

Monday, May 05, 2008

You Absolutely Must Try This

I think I've found one of the neatest things ever on the worldwide web (not counting my own blog.) I won't even go into how I found it, because 1) it's too stupid, and 2) it's really too stupid.

It's called the Face of the Future face transformer. And I'd never heard of it I'm assuming you haven't either. If you already know all about it, then see you later.

You upload a photo (of yourself, your kids, whoever...) and then you can choose what you want it to be "transformed" into. You can see what you'd look like as a baby, a child, a teenager, young adult, old adult, Afro-Caribean, Caucasian, East Asian, and West Asian. You can also see what you'd look like as the opposite sex.

I uploaded my own picture and tried it out. I wasn't too impressed with the baby and child options, but the teenager one was really pretty accurate. The old one was disturbing, and probably also pretty accurate. I LOVED seeing what I'd look like if I were a different race. Turns out I'd still be gorgeous.

What really truly freaked me out was when I uploaded Jonah's picture. Seeing what he might look like as a teenager or an old man? Totally weird. But also neat. I showed it to my mom and she hated it.

Here are some pics of Jonah. The first one is him now, then as a teenager, then as an adult.

WEIRD, huh?! What's funny is to think of him wearing those football pajamas as a 30 year old man. I'll post some more of my family, "transformed," later this week. Here's the link if you want to check it out for yourself: