Friday, August 27, 2010

The Ones That Didn't Make It

Till now. I take a lot of pictures for my blog. Most of them, though, never actually make it. It's not because they're not good pictures, but usually it's because I just don't blog after I've made them.

While going through a couple of flashcards, mostly in my phone, I came across some pretty good ones and I thought it'd be fun to put them on here. Of course, they're not in any order at all. That would have taken forever.

Ross & Cam arm wrestling August '10.

Suz and her chocolate birthday cake. August '10

Cam's 18th birthday cake -- err, uh, fruit bowl. August '10.

Cam & PeePaw. Cam's 18th b'day & PeePaw's 89th August '10.

Ross riding the big tractor. July '10.

Postgame pigout at Pizza Hut. April '10.

Eli's championship tournament trophy. October '09.

Ronnie & Nan. Halloween '09.

Me as I Love Lucy. Halloween '09.

Jeff goofing off at the Halloween store. October '09.

How I look and feel most days. Halloween store. October '09.

Kitchen table at the cabin we stayed in for my birthday. Blue Ridge. October '09.

Little boy reading us a story while Suz, Alayna and I were eating Chinese food. Alayna, this one's for you. September '09.

Electric Chair. Had deposition at the State Bar of Georgia building. '09.

Bird watchin' in Decatur between depositions. September '09.

Bandit ready for the Dawgs to play. Fall '09.

Sunset on the way to eat dinner. '09.

Me being a tiger in the kitchen. August '09.

August birthdays at Ed & Jeans. August '09.

What happens when you let your son use your tin foil and he lets it roll down the driveway, then tries to get it back on the roll and in the box. August '10.

Saw this butterfly on the way to my car from deposition in Jackson, Georgia. August '10.

View from an office building in downtown. July '10.

Just a cloud. '09.

Getting my hair done. '09.

Anniversary roses. July '09.

Ethan receiving an award in 3rd grade. '08.

Me going to the gym. April '10.

Butterfly on my porch. April '10.

Bird's nest at Tybee. June '10.

Blister after walking about 7 miles in the blazing heat at Tybee. June '07.

I took this picture because of the room on the top floor. Upside down horseshoe and a black rose decorate the door. Tybee. June '10.

Everything's better in Metter. On the way to Tybee. June '10.

Hydrangea arrangement I made. August '10.

Workers at the Peachtree Plaza. They're replacing glass blown out by the tornado that went through downtown last year.
Snapped this one from a parking garage on the way to my depo. August '10.

Homemade ice cream. Summer '10.

Jeff and me. Christmas '09.

Watching the snow from my bedroom window. February '10.

Eli the tiger. August '10.

Flowers from Parks family after my hysterectomy. October '08.
So what about you? Do you have lots of pictures that you take for your blog and they never quite get their five minutes of fame?
TGoodnessIF. Have a wonderful weekend!
Till next time. Live, love, laugh.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy Birthday, Suz

There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.
~Mary Worley Montagu~

Today my little sister turns 37. It really doesn't seem possible to me. I mean, it seems like only yesterday that Crystal and I were on the merry-go-round at my Aunt Barbo's house when she came out to tell us that we had a new sister, Suzanne Layne.

Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life.
~Charles M. Schulz ~

She was not a very good baby, but I don't remember that. I was almost eight years old when she was born, and to me, she was a perfect little doll. I held her and fed her and I think in a way, maybe mommied her a little, too.

Never let an angry sister brush your hair.
~ Author: unknown ~

She loved frilly dresses and clinking shoes. She wanted to be a gymnast, a cheerleader, and a softball player.

It's a fine thing when sisters love each other.
~Lorna Landvik ~

I used to do Crystal's makeup before school every morning. Then she ended up doing Suz's makeup before school every morning.

The mildest, drowsiest sister has been known to turn tiger if her sibling is in trouble.
~Clara Ortega~

Pity the one who upset her. Be it a friend or a boyfriend. Crystal and I were definitely protective of our baby sis. We defended her with the ferociousness of a tiger many a time. In fact, we have some hilarious memories defending her against some of her fellow catty high school cheerleaders. Remember the time we cleaned out my refrigerator and put the leftover food in someone's mailbox? Of course, this was only after they had done something to her mailbox.

What's the good of news if you haven't a sister to share it?
~Author unknown~

She can tell in the first half second of hearing my voice if there is something wrong with me. And I do the same with her. When something good or bad happens to me, I want to talk to my sister.

Hell hath no fury like sisters in a bad mood.
~A Girl Named Kelly Kelly~

We fuss. We argue. We cut each other short. We put each other off. We take out our frustrations with the world around us on each other. The best part about all of that, though, is that we understand that that's what we do. And it's okay. No apologies necessary. We're each the one person that we can do those kinds of things to and it's perfectly understood. This includes Crystal. We understand each other. Three sisters.

So I didn't plan for this post to be about sisters, but about my sister's birthday. The sister I love so much and I don't know what I'd do without her. I look forward to growing old with my sister. Watching her kids grow up. Her seeing mine. Having wedding showers and baby showers for each other's kids. Sharing the woes of marital bliss, the gripes about work, and any and everything in between.

As I used to sing to you when you were a baby, I love my Suza!

Happy birthday, my dear sis! I love you more than you'll ever know. Well, that's not exactly true because I know you do know 'cause you love me that much too! I hope you have a wonderful day filled with cool temps, hot coffee, good hair, the perfect outfit, comfortable shoes, the creamiest chocolate, happy kids, and lots of lovin' from your hubby!

A sister is a forever friend.
~Jenny DeVries~

Suzanne Layne
November 2009

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Happy 18th B'day, Cam

On this day, at this hour, I was giving birth to our second son, Alex Cameron Kelly. Before I went for my C-Section, the doctor told Jeff and me that he wasn't going to be a very big baby. Look at this picture and tell me what you think. Was he right or wrong?

He was a giant of a baby, weighing in at 9 pounds, measuring 21 3/4 inches long! And honey, let me tell you. It was 9 pounds of pure sweetness. What wouldn't I give to go back to that day just for a few minutes.

Now, he's a senior in high school. Slowly mapping out his future.

He makes me proud. He's thoughtful. He's sweet to his cousins. He loves his family. He's determined. He's hard-headed. He makes me work out harder than I ever thought I could. He makes me laugh every day. He also can frustrate me more than any other person on earth.

He's my second born son, Alex Cameron Kelly. And I love him with all my heart!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush

While taking my shower tonight, that song just kept playing over in my mind. I have no idea why. And I have no idea what a mulberry is. I don't think they grow around here, though. Do any of you know what a mulberry is? Can you eat them? Where do they grow?

Today was the first day of school for Suz's kids. Eli started first grade. Alayna started middle school. Reid started seventh grade. Seems like every year when her kids start school, we try to meet for lunch and a little shopping.

She is in charge of making the invitations for a couples shower that she's helping host in a few weeks, so we went to JoAnn's. What an awesome store. They have anything you could ever want in the way of crafts, fabric, jewelry making, framing, anything. We had so much fun in that store.

While there, we reminisced about the good ol' days. The days when our mom used to make our dresses. She used to drag us to the fabric store. They weren't good ol' days at the time. We'd spend an hour or two there looking at patterns and fabric.

We'd look through these pattern books and pick out the dress we liked. Truly, I wasn't even sure they still made these pattern books, so I was delighted to see that they did.

Back then, though, there were stores that just sold fabric and sewing notions. It would be considered by today's standards a drag of a store. I guess that's why they have to sell other things in the store too.

At JoAnn's, they offer sewing lessons and I think we may take them. We would both love to sew. I mean, I don't think I could sew anything my boys would wear, but maybe I could make an apron or a pillow or something.

Yesterday afternoon, we celebrated Ross's birthday with the family. He has finally turned the corner with the wisdom teeth thing. He's feeling much, much better. He still looks a little pale to me, but I think he's definitely on the mend.

I made chicken and dumplings, which I'll just say were delicious. Except the dumplings disappeared. I guess I stirred them too much and they just dissolved in the broth. My family was very kind, though, and complimented me anyway. Good thing I opened up two cans of biscuits to go along with them. Otherwise, it would've just been chicken soup.

Thankfully, I didn't mess up the red velvet cupcakes. Nope, sure didn't. They were out of this world yummy. I think a cupcake tops a cake any day. (No pun intended there.) You get way more frosting on a cupcake, and who doesn't love frosting? He couldn't eat one because he still can't swallow very well, but I've got him one in the fridge for later.

I knew I had done a good job raising my son when, after the party was over, he thanked me. I got so choked up. It's nice to be appreciated.

The kids swam and the grownups swam too. It was another blazing hot day. Joseph brought over his new truck. He turned 16 on the 4th and he and his dad have been working on his truck. It's a Bronco and he's very proud of it and I'm proud for him. I'm sure Crystal will enjoy having another driver in the house. That is until the insurance bill comes.

Guess that's it for this trip 'round the mulberry bush. Till next time...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Things I'm Lovin' On

I decided to blog today about some of the things I'm loving on these days. I'm a super picky person, so when I'm lovin' on something, it's definitely a blogworthy moment.

As always with my lists, my loves are in no particular order.

I bought this new book this week. It's not out in paperback yet, so I had to pay a bit more for it than I would've liked. But on a positive note, I do enjoy holding a hardback book. I haven't gotten very far into it yet, but so far, I'm loving it. I text messaged Suz one day during a job and asked her to find me a book she thought I'd like. She found this one. Good job, sista. If you'd like to borrow it, let me know. Such a shame for a nice hardback book to just sit on a shelf.

I'm lovin' on my public library. I checked this book out a good while back and I've rechecked it so many times that I'm out of checkouts with it. I now have to return it and check it out again.

But sadly, I tell you that I'm not checking it out again. Because I'm not loving it. It's 810 pages and I've made it to page 114 and I've been working on it for several weeks, if not a couple of months. I think it's a book I'd really like if I could get through it. Have any of you read it?

Always, always, always loving my flip flops. However, after trying many different brands and some more expensive than others, my true flip flop love is my Yellow Box. They fit the best and are the most comfortable.
My gym has had Aveeno samples of shampoo. My hair is very dry and tends to be a little like a rat's nest at times. I am seriously loving this shampoo. My hair is softer and I can definitely tell a difference with the friz factor.
I got this white hospital-type thermal blanket from a friend who owns a spa. Loving on it right now. It's the perfect weight for summer. And who doesn't love a nice, white blanket that comforts like those in the hospital do. They sell them at Target.
In addition to the shampoo, the gym has had samples of this Aveeno lotion.
Lotion is one of the things that I'm always searching out and trying to find the perfect one. My skin is super dry. This one is very close to perfect. It softens and moisturizes your skin, but you don't feel sticky or greasy. Loving this.

And I'm ALWAYS in search of the perfect mascara. I change it out about every couple of months, so I really don't want to spend too much on a tube. When I replace the one I keep in my makeup bag that stays at home, I put it in my purse in case I need a freshen up during the day. I loved this mascara so much that I went ahead and bought two tubes. One for home and one for the purse.
Good, good stuff. I use waterproof because I've found that I never know when a tear might fall and I don't want it to be running black down my face. Comes off easily with a good makeup remover, which BTW Lancome makes THE ABSOLUTE BEST HANDS DOWN. This mascara is an item my makeup advisor, BFF, and sister, Suz, recommended. Good job again, sis.

Always loving on Clorox. This spray bottle is so handy to have in the kitchen. I like to shoot a couple of sprays in my sink just for the heck of it. I also like to squirt my dish rags with it, too, to freshen them up. And I always squirt some in my dishwasher before I run it.

Ahhh. 620 thread-count sheets, white, of course. Bought these a couple of weeks ago and will never buy any less than this thread count again. They are the bomb. Feels like you're sleeping on silk, but yet so cool and crisp. There are few things I love more than sleeping on fresh, clean sheets. And these feel so good, I'm considering washing them every day.
Dryer sheets. I normally buy the cheapest kind there is. I liked the fact that I could throw two or three in the dryer at a time. The other day I splurged and bought these.
Hooked. You only need one sheet and I can tell the biggest difference in the way our clothes feel coming out of the dryer. They are seriously softer. It's amazing!

Sports Authority had these tank tops for $5. They had all colors, but I only bought a gray one and a white one.
They have been washed and dried twice so far, and have held their shape so good. They are the perfect length and I've worn them to the gym and out to dinner because they are so easy to dress up a little. I wish I had bought one in every color.
That's about all I've got for now. Now I've got to move onto doing something I absolutely don't love. Cooking. I'm making Ross chicken and dumplings for his birthday lunch tomorrow. Hopefully, he'll be able to eat them. He says he's feeling better, but I'm not seeing a huge improvement. I guess he knows how he feels. He's definitely not back to normal yet.
Hope everyone has an awesome weekend. Maybe it's cooler in your neck of the woods than it is in mine. And as always, till next time, LLL. :-)