Monday, April 26, 2010

Now It's Monday

On Friday I asked if you could guess where the title of my post came from. No one guessed it! Well, that is except for Jeff & Suz. They both knew it well. Anyway, if you'd like to know where it came from, go here. I promise you'll get yourself a good chuckle.

When Ross was a little boy, he loved to watch The Little Rascals. I think we had VCR tapes of every episode. It really is quite a hilarious show. And when he and Cam were little, they'd spend every Friday night at my mom and dad's house. Ross would bring his Little Rascals tapes because, of course, my dad liked them too. Well, this particular episode where Spanky does his Saturday dance, my dad improvised it to the Friday dance. Oh, it's Fryerday, oh, it's Fryerday. Lots of times even still that song pops in my mind. I just can't resist singing it. It's a sweet, sweet memory of a silly, but wonderful thing.

Yesterday afternoon I accomplished a task that I dread from season to season. I'm sure you know the one. It requires moving clothes from one place to another. Yep, you guessed it. Out with the winter and in with the summer. It went pretty smoothly because last fall when I put away my summer clothes, I also went through them and got rid of quite a few of the ones that I never wore. It really made the job a lot easier.

Part of the job takes me to bathing suits. I'm a very sentimental person. Very. I don't like clutter, though, so I don't hang on to every single sentimental thing. I figure my mind and my heart have to be responsible for keeping up with some stuff. Anyway, I have always kept my maternity bathing suit. I was pregnant during the hot, hot summer with both my boys. I never hesitated getting into the pool seven or eight months pregnant. Heck, with Ross I even had a small blowup pool that I put on the back deck and laid out in it. I remember being pregnant with Ross and taking him to the pool and working with him on learning how to swim. I was about eight months pregnant with Cam and he kicked me right in the stomach. I remember it so well. Didn't hurt Cam, thank goodness, and ironically, it was a sign of the brotherly fights that were to come.

So when putting my bathing suits away, I came across my maternity bathing suit like I always do. Still in perfect shape.

And sadly, I say to you, it's not much different than the one I wear now. When I'm not EIGHT MONTHS pregnant! HA!
I don't know why, but I just thought that was hilarious.

I love butterflies. My cousin Regina will love this. Yesterday afternoon on my front porch step there was this butterfly.

I think they're beautiful, of course, but don't really know much about them. I'm not sure if this one had just come out of its cocoon or what, but it just stayed on that step for the longest while. It would walk around a little bit and flutter its wings some, but didn't move much. Then all of the sudden, it flew off. It was like it just got the nerve to fly and it took off. It would fly around for a while and then it came back to that same step. It did that several times. Haven't seen it since. I don't know why I felt compelled to share that story, but oh, well.

Today's gonna be a super fun day. Oh, it's Monderday, oh, it's Monderday. Suz is coming down and we're gonna do some big time scooterpooting. Fun, fun, fun!

Hope y'all have a good Monderday, too. Oh, and also I have a new button on my sidebar. My cousin Tracy has opened an Etsy shop. She's making the cutest jewelry and has put some things in her shop. Pay her a visit. And tell her A Girl Named Kelly Kelly sent ya!

Till next time. XOXO

Friday, April 23, 2010

Ha na nahny and a ha cha cha

Make each day of the week like Friday and your life will take on new enthusiasm.
~Byron Pulsifer~

A Friday, not working, the sun is shining. Wow, I really do love Fridays.

We're planting the garden this afternoon. We're planting tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Strange combo, I know. The tomatoes and peppers are for the ton of salsa I hope to be making in July. The cucumbers I will eat every single day of the summer. We've got the chicken manure, some good dirt and we're ready to go. Gotta get it done today though because tomorrow and Sunday we're expecting rain. I've decided that I really need to move to Arizona because even though I know we all need the rain, I don't like it. I need to live somewhere that it's okay if it doesn't rain.

So I have an empty slate until about 4:30. Sometimes that's good, sometimes not. My personality is such that an empty slate isn't really a good thing. I'm a planner. I like to have a plan. It takes away the anxiety of wondering what I'm gonna do.

Having said that, I'm cutting this short because I'm having a panic attack knowing that I have an entire Friday, my favorite day of the week, with nothing to do. I MUST GET A PLAN.

Till next time. Enjoy your Friday and your weekend. LLL with those you love to LLL with.

P.S. Can anyone tell me where I got the title of this post? Suz, don't you answer because I KNOW you know it well.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Weekend for the Young

Cam's junior prom is now in my life's history book. It was a very busy day. We had quite a bit of yardwork to finish up, including getting the grass cut.

While Jeff was finishing up some things that I don't like to do, such as spreading pinestraw, I rode the lawnmower. I don't have much experience driving a lawnmower. As it turns out, there is a very good reason for that.

My dad taught -- or tried to -- me how to ride the lawnmower. The one and only time he let me cut the grass I ran over a freshly planted tree in their front yard. The one and only time Jeff let me ride the lawnmower, I knocked over our mailbox and got the mower stuck in the ditch. And that's all I have to say about that.

My boy looked incredibly handsome.

We probably made over 200 pictures. I like to make lots to be sure to get some really good ones. I think I got 200 good ones. Ross had been working Saturday and didn't have a chance to clean up before the pictures. It's okay, though, because I think he looks right handsome anytime. It makes my heart truly smile at how close my two boys are. From the two little boys fighting and knocking dents in my wall to this.

My mom and pop came over to see him. I love the way my dad's arm is around Cam's shoulder.

My sweet sis and BFF, Suz, also came down to see him and to make pictures for me. Ethan was playing in a baseball tournament, so Crystal couldn't come, but we were sending her pics with our phone.

It's so hard to get a picture of a group. If it's good of one, it's bad of another. Here is Jeff and me with our baby boy.

I promise y'all, we are the parents of these boys. I know it looks like I had a big, hairy milkman that is their dad, but nope. They're Jeff's.

Cam doesn't have a girlfriend, but took a friend of his best friend's girlfriend. They all hang out sometimes. I thought she looked very pretty. Love the smiles on their faces in this picture.

The group of four. Sharp looking, aren't they. Don't you wish you were young again?

Cam and Drew looking very modelish.

We surprised the kids with a limo. Well, Cam knew, but the other three didn't. They were excited and I think they really enjoyed it. Thanks to a friend that I work with who owns the limo, we got to use it at a very good price.

By the time we were done making the pics, I think Cam was ready to get going. I was so glad the weather was beautiful. Not humid and hot. If it had been, I probably wouldn't have gotten a single good picture of him. He tends to be uncooperative when he's hot and sweaty.

For some reason, all our neighbors' dogs came over for the event. I think they thought it was a party for dogs. We brought Bandit out, because after all, the party was at her house.

And there they go. It was so nice to know that they weren't driving through downtown Atlanta. It was totally worth the cost of the limo.

They all had a good time and Cam chose not to go to the after prom party, so he was home by 1 o'clock. He said he had to get to sleep because he was going out on the boat with Ross Sunday.

It was definitely a weekend to be young.

Till next time.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Which Came First

The chicken or the egg? Cam worked with my dad yesterday and brought these home.

Daddy has a chicken that lays light blue eggs. They look a little gray in the picture, but they're light blue. Kinda cool, huh? He put them in the cutest little box protected with a paper towel. If you know my dad, you know that's so him.

Yesterday the tux fitting went exactly as I thought it would. His pants were too big. The vest was too big. The coat was too big. The shirt and the tie fit perfectly. And let me just go ahead and tell ya, he looks GOOD. This is only the second time I've seen Cam in a tux. The first time he was three years old and in Suz's wedding. It seriously made me tear up yesterday. He was so dang handsome. I cannot wait to see him in the tux with everything fitting. The vest and tie are the prettiest shade of blue. I hope it matches his date's dress, but if it doesn't, I know they will be the best looking couple there anyway.

We're doing lots of yardwork today. Jeff took a day off from work and so we've got big plans. Spring sure does bring a lot of work, doesn't it? I've already washed my front porch twice, my deck once. The pollen just keeps on coming. I want some flowers for the yard, but with the way our summers are around here, I just hate to plant anything in the ground. What I really hate is dragging a water hose all over the yard to water them. I'm just not sure what I want to do. Pots or in the ground? In the ground or pots? Or a little of both.

Hope everyone has a great Friday, my favorite day of the week. Can't wait to share the prom with all of you. I'm probably more excited than anyone.

Till next time.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sometimes A Girl's Gotta Have It

Junk food. Yeah, you know the kind. There is little or no nutritional value to it. The taste is oh, my goodness good. One way of determining if the junk food you consumed was really good junk
is by the amount of guilt you feel after you've eaten it.

My supper last night.
Taco Bell nachos. Oh, yeah. And let me just tell ya, they did not disappoint. Admittedly, the only good thing for me in the container was the tomatoes. They must have been better for me than I thought, because I did not feel a snitch of guilt. None. Nada. But sadly, I also admit that within an hour or two I was starving. You would think that at least the beans and tomatoes would have stuck with me for a little longer than that.

Do you ever have a time when you feel like you just gotta have some junk? Most of the time it's something sweet for me. Like cake or donuts or pies. Or honey buns. Those are my absolute favorite junk food. The last honey bun I bought I ate only about two bites and threw the rest of it out the window. (not the wrapper, mind you, just the awful/delicious honey bun)

Got a busy day today. Working at noon and then I'm meeting Cam to try his tux on. He is still losing weight and I'm really hoping it will fit. I absolutely cannot wait to see him all dressed up. So exciting. The funny thing is where they're having dinner before the prom. The Varsity. If you're not from Atlanta, Google The Varsity and you'll see why it is so funny. It's all right with me since it'll save me oh, about $80.

Thanks so much for the sweet comments. I wasn't expecting to be missed.

Till next time...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Great Day to Be Six & A Case of Blogger's Block

Today's my sweet little Eli's birthday. He's a big six-year-old now. He makes my heart smile every time I think about him. I just wish I could see him more often and get to do all the things with him that I would like to.

We had his birthday part Sunday night at his house. Cupcakes, ice cream, hamburgers and all the fixings were the order of the day. Suz has a baseball field at her house, so all the kids -- even me -- went up there and played baseball. I don't know when the last time I've ran around the bases on a baseball field. Such fun.

This sweet picture is of Eli after cupcakes and playing baseball. His face is wearing a little bit of chocolate and a little bit of baseball field dirt. Precious.

Eli, if you happen to read this -- he can read, you know -- I love you very much and I hope that you will have as much fun being six as you've had being five.
So you may have noticed I've been absent the last couple of weeks. It was quite unintentional. I've just had a bit of blogger's block.

It's not that I haven't had anything to write about per se. I mean, I went to the aquarium last week and made tons of pictures. We had the Easter Egg hunt at my house on Easter. I've cleaned out a flower bed. I've been working out like a lunatic. Heck, I even cooked a spectacular chicken dish one night.
No, for me, the blogger's block comes by way of the fact that my computer I blog on is also my work computer. Which means it's in my office. Which is also where I work. Which is why I don't like to come into my office.
I enjoy looking over the past year's blogs and seeing all the things that were going on in my life and I know I'll be sorry if I don't keep my blog going. I've just got to figure something out to make it a little easier.
Till next time, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later, I've missed ya!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Nicholas, Miley, Alayna and Me

Yesterday was a day that I had been looking forward to oh, since about June of last year when Miley and the shooting of The Last Song on Tybee was interfering with my vacation. The movie came out yesterday and I. COULD. NOT. WAIT.

I had read the book and loved it. Nicholas Sparks knows how to strike me right in the heart. side. For a sweet love story, to me, nobody does it better than he. I shared the book with Alayna because she is a Miley/Hannah Montana fan. She also loved it.

Since yesterday was the opening day, I had planned on taking her to see it. For about 107 minutes, we were on Tybee with Miley, Liam, her dad (not Billy Ray, her movie dad) and her absolutely delightful little brother.

We were not disappointed. In fact, quite the contrary. I am now one of Miley's biggest fans. I thought she was so good. It was as if Nicholas Sparks had written the role of "Ronnie" just for her.

When Jeff and I were on Tybee in February, I made this picture of the church they constructed for use in the movie. It was so much fun to see the very same church on the big screen.

This huge light was used for the night scenes on the beach and pier. I got this picture last summer when we were there on vacation. The scenes in the movie came out beautifully.

Seeing my beloved Tybee on the movie screen was so, so neat. To share that movie and book with my favorite niece was priceless. The movie brought us both to tears. We shared the same hanky. For as long as I have my wits, I'll remember seeing that very special movie with a very special young lady. I will see it again. And again. And again. It ranks right up there with The Notebook as my favorite movies. I can't wait to see it with Jeff. Although he doesn't get into romantic movies, I think he'll enjoy seeing Tybee in its glory.
Before the movie, though, Suz and I hit the Mall of Georgia for a little Easter shopping. She needed to get Easter outfits for all of her kids. I needed to pick up Cam a few things for his upcoming Spring Break trip to Panama City. (Can you see how green I am that he is going to the beach and I AM NOT????) He's going to be gone for EIGHT glorious days. Lucky, lucky boy.
We got some of the things that we wanted to get, but really we had too much to shop for to get it done in an afternoon. She'll definitely have to go back. And me -- well, let's just say that I do too. Everything I bought Cam wasn't quite right, despite the fact that I had sent him pictures of the clothes before I bought them. It wasn't his fault really. I just didn't think that they were young enough for him. They looked more like something an old man trying to look young might wear. Not quite right. So I'll be back out again today. This time I'm going straight for the gusto; the Polo store at Tanger. For Cam, it never disappoints.
After the movie, I got to watch Reid play ball.
He had been in a bit of a batting slump, but he got a nice hit while I was there. Got me some good kisses from Eli and it was the ending to a perfect day.
Another glorious day here in Georgia. So much to do. Till next time...