I Have No Words

I ran across this story while surfing the net. I just do not understand how a person, a mother no less, can think that what she did is a good thing. I am so saddened by this.

I hope you are able to access the link. If not, let me know and I'll try again.

Friday's Feast

What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride?

Roller Coasters!

How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?
If I'm not needed, I just kind of hang back. If I am needed, I do what I can to help the situation. But, I'd rather there not be an uncomfortable social situation.

On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?
eh, not really sure, I'll go with 6. It's a nice, round, even number.

Main Course
Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?
No, I did not. No, I do not.

Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?
With Big D working nights now, I watch way more t.v. than I usually do. I'd say 2-3 hrs every night, except for the weekends. So, about 17 hrs/week, I'd reckon. Is that bad? ;)


Random Things

  • I'm bummed. I received some disappointing news at school today. I'll adjust, but it stinks.

  • I'm not feeling well. My sinuses/allergies are kicking my butt while the weather decides what it wants to do.

  • I'm feeling petty. The reason Lamb is not running cross country quit cross country because her ride quit the team and she has no way to get home after practices/meets (how's that for a sentence?). Her parents certainly won't pick her up.

  • I suck. I didn't feel like making dinner, but, alas, I had to. So I browned some breakfast sausage & mixed it with the Stouffer's stuffing I fixed.

  • And lest you think I'm a bitter hag tonight. My girl, who I work with in Math, totally rocked long division today. We've been working on it for awhile and it finally clicked with her. Yay V!!



Okay, so this isn't futuristic in the true sense of the word, but it is my future. One day those sweet little kids will pack their bags, leave our home, and walk into their new lives. I hope they are happy ones. And, just like in this picture, I will be behind them...always.

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Ten on Tuesday

This week's 10 on Tuesday is a list of the best games. We are a game playing family so this was fun to do. :)

  1. UNO - this is the game of my childhood. I have very fond memories of sitting around playing with my large family.

  2. Life - this is a game that my kids love to play

  3. Monopoly - another game I grew up with and now the kids are too

  4. Spades - love to play! When we play with the Bubba's Sis Family, Bubba's Sis and I are always partners. And we are undefeated!! I'm not sure if it's because we are *that* good or because Bubba's Brother-In-Law has Big D for a partner. ;)

  5. Gin - my favorite card game to play on the computer

  6. Trivial Pursuit - Big D thinks I sit at home and cheat by looking at the cards. I bet Coastie Brother agrees (I remember many a fit thrown). It's not true.

  7. Mexican Train - another great game to play with my family

  8. Skip-Bo - about the only card game that Big D will enjoy playing with us

  9. Solitaire - my Grandmother taught me with real cards. Now I mostly play on the computer. But, every now & again, I'll pull out my special Vegas deck of cards and play.

  10. The Penny Game - this is a made up game. My dad lived about 3 hours from us. When he'd pick us up for a visit, he'd give us some pennies. Sometimes we'd play who could guess the song on the radio the fastest. Sometimes he'd throw out trivia questions. If you got the answer right, you kept the penny. If you got it wrong, you gave up a penny.


The Flip Side of Lamb Being Hot

If you notice, those boys seem to have a lot of shade!

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This was taken at a baseball (Yankees) game in May. It was soooo hot that day. We walked for miles to get to the stadium thinking we would be in some shade. We thought wrong. Our seats were on bleachers with the sun beating directly on top of us. We ended up standing against the wall fighting for the little sliver of shade it provided. Lamb, who doesn't do well in heat, was not amused.

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Thursday Thirteen

I don't usually participate in this, but seeing as how it's Thanksgiving I thought I'd give it a whirl. Here are 13 things I am thankful for that go beyond God, my family, my friends, my house, my clothes, my food, healthy family, etc.....

  1. Love & laughter within my family. Too many families just do not like each other.

  2. The internet to keep in touch with far away friends, close by friends, & family and the ability to make new friends.

  3. Songs that make me feel.

  4. Books and the friends I discuss & share them with.

  5. Exploring new places and seeing God's beauty in a whole different context.

  6. The Twilight series of books because it gave Lamb & me something to be excited about, talk about, and dream about together.

  7. Chili's southwestern eggrolls and the person I sometimes eat them with on Friday nights. Even the waiter who always remembers me & what I order even when it can be over a month since he's last seen me.

  8. I have to work. It sucks. But I am thankful to have a job I love and one which allows me to be at home when the kids are at home. I have to sacrifice my 'alone' time but that's ok. In the near future, I'll have more alone time than I care to have, I'm sure.

  9. Digital cameras!!

  10. Christmas Club savings account that we put money into every month but CAN NOT touch it until November.

  11. A car that works. A car that we don't have to worry about dying on the side of the road, needing expensive repairs, or making noises as we drive. Been there, done that, threw away the t-shirt.

  12. A husband who after almost 20 years still makes me laugh, love, cry, & stomp away in frustration.

  13. My brother finally being able to come home to see his kids, his fiancee, and his dog.

Happy Thanksgiving ya'll! I hope it's a wonderful day full of laughter, love, yummy food, and gratefulness!


Family Cooking with D...

A family story....

Growing up, it was always a treat to spend the night with my grandparents. Mainly because in the mornings, when we woke up, my grandmother would ask what we wanted for breakfast. I'd say French Toast and Coastie Brother would say Waffles. Rather than making us pick just one, Grandmother would make BOTH. From Scratch! Yum, yum, yum (this was obviously before heart disease awareness). Sunday dinners after church were also quite yummy. And the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were the stuff you craved all year 'round and looked forward when the holidays rolled around again.

Imagine my delight when I told my grandmother that I could make homemade rolls from scratch. Perfectly. She gave me a sweet smile and informed me that was something she could never master. Her dough would never rise. I was stunned but so pleased.

I jinxed myself. After that exchange, something happened to my skillz. MY dough started to not rise. My rolls were brick hard and ugly. How could this be? Filled with disgust, I put the recipe in the dark recesses of the pantry. I was out of the mood. Scratch was put back on the shelf never to be brought out again.

Until this year. Big D loves my rolls. Having been denied for many, many years, he asked that I try one more time. With a huge sigh, I said I would, for him. So at the crack of dawn 9am this morning, I pulled scratch and recipe out of the pantry. With Lamb as my trusted sidekick, I attempted one more time to make my special rolls. I kneaded and kneaded while Lamb helped prepare the ingredients. I rolled and cut while Lamb dipped in butter and folded.

With bated breath, I waited. So far, so good. With more bated breath, I put in the oven and did a dough rising dance.

Look at the results!!!

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Yum!!! The dough rose AND the rolls are tasty. I used a new pan so they are a little more well done than I care for, but still delicious.

Whew. Thanksgiving dinner is saved.


For Coastie Brother

Way to go Houston Dynamos*!!!! For the SECOND year in a row, they won the MLS series. They are truly the champions. Who needs David Beckham? Not the Dynamos!Maybe we'll be able to find shirts in the stores? Maybe they'll get their own stadium?

*our soccer team for the uninformed

Ten on Tuesday

I'm making up my own list this week. I'm on vacation this week and I should be getting the house ready for Thanksgiving. And, really, just a good cleaning since I finally have the time. However, I am on vacation so who wants to do all that dull & boring stuff? Here's what I'm doing instead:

  1. Fixing my music tags

  2. Watching television (I do that way too much now that Big D is back to working nights)

  3. Reading

  4. Staying up and sleeping late

  5. Gathering my thoughts about Christmas presents

  6. Sitting at the computer

  7. Preparing for my book club meeting

  8. Refereeing the kids

  9. Uploading pictures

  10. Hanging out with Big D (a rare treat on weekdays)


Tour of Duty

My USO duty will be coming to an end shortly.

Coastie Brother is coming HOME!!!
Yes, you read that right. The Coastie with the Mostie's tour of duty is on the final countdown. He's coming home with a little time to spare before getting MARRIED. Lots of exciting and happy changes are in store for him.
Can't wait for you to get home, C.B. Hopefully this will be your last tour (at least for a long while).


How to Make Me

A fun little thing making the rounds here and here.


- a gallon of hotness
- 2 heaping tablespoons of fun
- a dash of beauty

Combine in a blender until smooth.
'What is your personality recipe?' at

I Love

To Travel!!!

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Friday's Feast

What was your first “real” job?
I was a data entry clerk at Arkansas Home Health & Hospice. And I was 18 years old.

Where would you go if you wanted to spark your creativity?
Disney World or NYC

Complete this sentence: I am embarrassed when…
4th grade work stumps me.

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What values did your parents instill in you?
Great things come in small packages. ;) My grandparents instilled my faith. They took Coastie Bro & me to church and led by example. I come from divorced parents so my values were instilled separately and sometimes in contradiction to each other. Both parents taught me that life isn't easy, but it's worth it to keep going one day at a time. And to do anything for your kids, even if the kids do not understand that the choices are not easy. Work hard but also leave some time to play. Books (mom) & music (dad) are great escapes.

Name 3 fads from your teenage years.
  1. pinned (rolled) jeans
  2. big hair
  3. a (hair)pick in the back pocket


10 Songs That Bring Back Memories

This might be a little hard. There are several that I could pick. I tried not to make all 10 about Big D! I definitely have more than 10 songs that bring back memories of us. Looking at my list, you can tell I am one of the original MTV generation girls. A few of my memories totally come from the videos too.
In random order, here are 10 songs that bring back memories for me.

  1. Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen: I really don't even know how this song came about for me. What I do know is that whenever my dad, brother, or husband hear it, they all let me know. My dad used to play it when I was young, and it would drive me crazy. I.Do.Not.Have.A.Fat.Bottom. My dad has since told me that he never once played it because of my bottom but because he loved seeing me get all riled up.

  2. Punk Rock Girl - Dead Milkmen: When Big D & I were dating, this song came on MTV all the time. We both really liked it so it soon became one of 'our' songs.

  3. Take on Me - Aha: I remember this song playing on the radio while Shonda & I were riding around with these 2 guys from church. I just remember the 4 of us, but there must have been more because I was sitting on one of the guys' laps in the front seat. Obviously this was before the seatbelt laws. I'm a good girl and always wear my seatbelt now. ;)

  4. Just Like Heaven - The Cure: Newly dating, Big D & I would go to his friend's house and they'd play this song on guitar. I was pretty sure it was the only song Big D knew how to play but I still thought it was pretty cool.

  5. Come Monday - Jimmy Buffet: When I was 5, we lived on a horse ranch (I think) in Corpus Christi, TX. I remember riding the horses & singing songs with my dad. He'd sing a line, then I would sing.

  6. My Hump - Black Eyed Peas: Yes, I know this is awful. Truly I do. But you haven't seen funny til you've seen Bear sing this.

  7. Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes: First song I slow danced with a boy.

  8. Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show: Like Lamb, I was also into drama. My junior year, we lived right outside of Boston. This was my 1st experience with drama fests. While waiting for our results, someone started playing music. When Time Warp came on, most of us jumped up on stage to dance. I was one of them while my best friend, a boy who had a crush on me, hung back smiling and laughing.

  9. Runaway - Bon Jovi: Who is this FINE guy playing on my MTV? Ohhhh, it's Jon Bon Jovi....SCREAM!!!!! Summer of 1984. A very different & eventful summer for me.

  10. The Beatles - I know this isn't a song, but this cassette holds memories for me. Big D & I had only been dating for a few months when we went to Oklahoma City to introduce him to my mom & 4 yr. old brother. For the trip, he bought a Beatles Greatest Hits cassette. The night we got there, Coastie Bro, Big D, & I went riding around, showing Big D the sights. He drove a Mazda RX7 so there wasn't a backseat. I sat on the armrest thingy between the 2 guys, singing my heart out to the Beatles. Have I mentioned I can't sing? I sing just beautifully by myself or in the shower. I must get 'stage fright' around other people. Coastie Bro finally said: "Do you know every single word to every single song???? Is there NOT a song you don't want to sing???? Please?!" I just kept on singing. After our fun weekend, I was sad to be leaving. We got in the car, got down the road a little ways, when Big D put in the Beatles cassette. He told me: "You can sing if you want to." I knew right then that he was a keeper.


Happy Veterans Day

I want to publicly thank MY veterans for their service to our great country.

My 2 grandfathers both served in the Navy during WWII.

My father served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.

My father-in-law served in the Air Force also during the Vietnam War.

And, most importantly, my Coastie Brother who served in the Navy during the Persian Gulf War and is currently serving in the Coast Guard during this war.

Thank you to them, to those who came before them, and those who will come after them.



Ok, so the word is really flexible. But, I can't find a flexible picture. Or I'm too tired to hunt. Or I just plain don't feel good. Whatever the reason, you'll have to make do with my version of the word. Here is Big D FLEXING his big muscle. ;)

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Friday's Feast


Which snack do you like to get when you go to the movies?
I don't usually get a snack at the movies, but if I had to pick one, I'll say peanut M&Ms.

What year did you start using the internet?
1994 or 1995, I remember Lamb was a baby.

What is your first name in Pig Latin? (Here’s how to speak it if you don’t already know!)

Main Course
Name something you are picky about.
Reading a series of books in the correct order.

Fill in the blanks: I __made__ _supper___ yesterday and I _will eat___ __out__ today.



I like the name Lensday better than Foto Pherrets so I switched over. :D Their word is Nature. While I do love my babies, this tree is actually what I want to show off. I thought it a very interesting find in Central Park.


10 Words That Describe Me

  1. Compassionate

  2. Dedicated

  3. Small

  4. Imperfect

  5. Quiet

  6. Flaky

  7. Lazy

  8. Anal

  9. Loved

  10. Christian


Then Again, Maybe I Won't

A teacher at school decided that she was tired of just talking lesson plans & curriculum with us, her coworkers. Being a person of action, she got a book club together. Our inaugural book is Everything I Needed To Know About Being A Girl I Learned From Judy Blume. It's a collection of essays written by female (duh) authors. I've read about ½ of the essays and I've been quite surprised. I loved Judy Blume books. I have such fond memories of them. Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself was my absolute favorite, if my memory serves me correctly. I remember Forever... being risque and quite the talk of the school. I remember Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret talking about changes a girl goes through in her pre-teen years. But, I didn't remember Deenie or Then Again, Maybe I Won't having some, um, awkward paragraphs. Either I didn't understand what was being mentioned or they just didn't make an impression on me. I am one to forget a book once I've picked up another book to read.

I find it interesting that I read these books when I was around Lamb's age or younger. My mom had no idea what information I was reading. Working in a school, I read all sorts of young literature along with the adult books I enjoy. I like to know what the kids are reading or be able to recommend a good book to them. That might not always work in Lamb's favor. I don't read every single book Lamb reads. I don't have the desire to do that at all. But, there are times when I have read a young adult lit. book and decided that it wasn't appropriate for her. I picked up Gossip Girl when I heard it was being made into a t.v. show. I thought it might be fun for Lamb & me to read and then watch the show. I read the first page and knew that Lamb would not be reading it (after the fact, I happened to look on the back cover and in very fine print it says it's for ages 15 & up). She was disappointed but she has something to 'look forward to' reading when she's 25. ;) There are some cases where I introduce her to books she absolutely loves. Harry Potter comes to mind. And, recently, the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. She absolutely can't wait until the next book comes out next summer. Both books were not anything I thought we'd be remotely interested in until all the talk made me curious. Both books sat on my nightstand for MONTHS before curiosity got the best of me. Once started, I couldn't put them down. Same for Lamb.

I kinda lost my train of thought. My sinuses are winning the fight against my grey matter. I'm not sure where I meant to go with this. Other than I wonder if I would have been allowed to read those Judy Blume books if my mom had read them 1st or knew what was written between the covers of the books? And, then again, maybe I'm glad that she didn't.


Day Trip To The Big City

Saturday we decided to go to Dallas for the Grand Opening of the new American Girl store. Even though Lamb is probably too old for AG, she LOVES it still. The history & attention to detail grabs us every time. Dallas isn't *that* far away so we thought it'd be a fun, easy trip. Silly us! We don't always look at the big picture. It was fun but it wasn't all that easy.
Here are some highlights:

  • Once again, I could NOT convince hubby to stop off at the huge Sam Houston monument. One day, one day...

  • We passed a beautiful dead buck on the road.

  • The directions had the wrong exit # listed. We ended up driving the route that JFK took when he was assassinated. That was pretty creepy. I've been there bunches of times, but I don't think I ever was in a car driving over the 2 Xs. It was quite crowded too. I wondered why until I realized the anniversary is coming up in a few days.

  • When we finally arrived at the store, we were stunned to see the line waiting to get in. It snaked around the building! We truly thought we just wasted 4 hours of our life. Well, 8 hours round trip. I also forgot that Dallas is farther north than us. That means it was chillier than I expected. I hate being a lizard sometime.

  • Fortunately for me, we only stood outside for about 30 minutes or so.

  • Lamb found some pj's she wanted for her new Christmas Eve jammies, a Dallas AG shirt, and a gift for her BFF. Plus she got to do 3 crafts.

  • The Bistro was booked up, but when they found out we were from out of town, they squeezed us in.

  • The food was yummy. I had spinach & artichoke dip and turket cobb salad with sweet potato crisps. Hubby had some flatbreat with ravioli and side salad. Lamb had cheese fondue with ravioli and sweet potato crisps. Bear had flatbread and grilled salmon (cuz that's what Bear's eat, dontchaknow) with curly fries. My mom had chicken satsay (?) with grilled salmon and side salad. For dessert, both kids had floats. Lamb an orange cream and Bear a root beer.

  • There was still a line waiting to get in when we left around 4:30pm.

  • Because Bear behaved himself in the girly store, he got a Dallas Cowboys shirt. (Please ignore the wardrobe choice. I know it doesn't match pretty but we must chose our battles, especially early in the morning. And, no, I'm not talking about the cap.)

  • On the way home, I was used as a proper example in the teaching of a young girl in proper public restroom etiquette. And I was told I had really small hands by the check out man.

  • And 8 hours later, Big D realized he missed the perfect pun on the trip up there. Remember that deer we passed? He wished he said: We just passed the buck!

  • So see, Coastie Brother, we do special things for Lamb too!


    Brother of Mine!

    Coastie Brother always gets a spoon for me in whatever exotic location he happens to visit/live. Unfortunately, this didn't start until he was in the Coast Guard. He went to a lot of cool places while in the Navy but I don't think he liked me as much then as he does now. ;)

    We received a package in the mail filled with lots of cool gifts. For me, I got my wonderful spoon. What I loved about it is the iguana. Where he is, iguanas run wild and they are everywhere. That fascinates me for some reason. But, even more exciting, a beautiful perfect conch shell was included. This are hard to come by and I was bottom on the list to get one. Shocking, I know, but true. It's ok tho, I understood. No, really, I did. And it doesn't matter where I fell on the list since I GOT ONE!! Woot! I'm thinking this means I should get a batch of Snickerdoodles made pronto.

    Coastie Brother wanted a picture when I found the perfect place to put it. It's on my buffet/hutch with the shells, water, & sand from my favorite place to relax and just be, Navarre Beach, Florida.

    Isn't it gorgeous????? And, Coastie Bro, the spoon is already in the display cabinet. I had to remove a spoon to make room. Yes, I already need a 2nd one.

    Thank you, Coastie Brother!! Can't wait until you can see the shell's spot in person.


    Friday's Feast

    How much money do you plan to spend this upcoming holiday season?
    Every month, we put money into a Christmas Club account. So, we'll use that money but ONLY that money. With braces and other misc. expenses, there is no extra money this year.

    What was the last television show you watched, and was it good?
    Grey's Anatomy and I enjoyed it. :)

    If you had to paint the walls of your living room tomorrow, what color would you choose?
    I have a color all picked out. I'm just waiting for money to buy the paint and a husband who's ready to put some muscle into it. I would like the walls to be a light goldish color.

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    Name something clever or practical you have thought of that should be invented, but hasn’t yet. A droid that cleans, cooks, and does laundry. Oh wait, I have children for most of those. ;) Nevermind then. Nothing clever or pratical comes to mind.

    List 3 things you would like to receive as gifts this upcoming holiday season.
    Really and truly, I can't think of anything. I suppose clothes that I can wear to work, Charms for my charm bracelet, & gift certificates to my favorite restaurants.


    Silly Parents, Costumes Are For Kids!

    We celebrated a successful Halloween last night and have the candy to prove it! Here are the 2007 Halloween pics!