Saturday, October 24, 2009


Let me preface this post with the fact that my husband is out of town. He could take 10 small kids to the movie and never have one problem. Just a FACT. Very little moves his needle.
Amanda and Micah are away on a long weekend to see LSU play and then a business golf tournament. I am the "keeper of the kids", at least until Pop gets home early tomorrow....(Believe me, I have a new appreciation for all Amanda does.)
But this was no problem that a Grammy could not handle....Well maybe that's not exactly the way our Saturday turned out...I wish I had better pictures to document the day...just had to use my cell phone. I DID have my camera in my purse, but I DID NOT have a free hand to get it out. I started the day tired as both boys slept with me and Jack slept every way EXCEPT straight. I think I have a permanent foot in my side. BUT we had a mission for the day. I was determined to get both boys a haircut and take them to the movie.
Jack, at 20 months, had a haircut at Disney, but that was May and now he had curls....long blond curls! Parker, at 10 is very serious about how his hair is cut. I had PROMISED him that I would tell the girl to just do a tiny trim and not touch the front! (she did great)...Jack had been a "wild man" all in bouncing off the walls, so just getting out the door was a minor feat. Then I remembered I had left my phone on the charger...Back to get my phone...Just getting a 20 month old buckled in a car seat is a trick, especially if he does not want to get in. I decided we would go to one of the "cool" hair places, Sports Clips, and Jack would be intrigued by the decor. He fell asleep exactly one minute before I pulled in the parking spot. What to do? Parker and I decided that this might be great. He might sleep through the trim. Wrong. And why in the world would I wear black? They took us right back (no waiting) and the cutest gal trimmed Jack's hair. He did really good...only a couple of jerks. I could tell she had trimmed lots of toddlers...Mission accomplished. I paid and gave Jack some tip money and he was the cutest thing you have ever seen taking the tip back to the girl.
As soon as we got in the car, I snapped some pictures of his BIG BOY haircut.
He has no idea what all the fuss is about
Parker was very happy with his CUT
HE really is a little ANGEL!
Our next stop is Sonic, where he gets a Wacky Meal...he loves to eat....tater tots are one of his favorites. But he WANTS Parker's cheesburger.
Then we head to the movie. Parker and I are making a plan. If he acts up or talks out loud, I will take him out and Parker can stay and watch "Astro Boy"! Once we arrive at the movie, I decide I will change his diaper in the car..Parker unbuckled him and he climbs in the front seat...laughing for some reason. Parker then informs me that Jack has poured his drink on his jeans. Great! And I don't mean just a little...a lot. I search his bag and I have 5 shirts and not one pair of jeans. Poor planning on my part.
We discuss going next door to Walmart and Parker running in and buying him a pair of jeans...but we only have 15 minutes before the movie starts. Remember this is his FIRST MOVIE...He does not seem to be bothered by having wet clothes, so we just go on it. Parker buys the tickets and I try to make sure Jack does not run away. He is too heavy to carry and he is FEARLESS. WE get the tickets and our plan is to get our seats and then Parker will go back and get the food. Efficient as I am, I have a bottle, fig newtons, and Halloween candy that he loves in his bag. The problem now is he does not want ANY of those things. He wants what Parker gets. Then I see Parker coming up the steps with the theater manager with him helping him carry all the LOOT he has bought...This movie trip has already cost 40.00! Parker hands me a diet coke (and trust me I needed one badly) and Jack immediately spills the coke all over me....all over the black pants that are covered in blond hair. Normally I would sit near the top, but we decided that we should sit down low, in case Jack threw a fit and I had to carry him out...It would be less of a "show"! All seems to be settling down until Jack decides he wants the candy Parker bought for himself...At this point, it is just give it to him and go get you some more. Another $4.00! Now I am praying for them to turn the lights down. Jack did watch the movie and for 90% of it he acted long as we kept the bottle full and kept the candy coming. But then he decided he was ready to go!..rather he was ready to RUN away from me. We finally made it to the car. I just said a prayer of thanks that it was over and I had accomplished the two things I had on my "to do" list! Forget the fact that I was about to drop.
Does he have the LIFE or what?
We finally made it home and at 10:00 PM tonight I realized the only nap he has had all day was that ONE minute before we reached the hair place. I would love to go and snap a picture of him sound asleep and looking adorable, but the FEAR is too great that it might wake him up. And this Grammy needs a BREAK!!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Harvest Party Link Up With Lynnette

This date slipped up on me and I just realized I am a little late... I love Lynnett's blog. When I read about her Harvest Party, I knew that I wanted to be a part. I love reading about other bloggers and knowing more about their lives. I just looked at the MckLinky and see so many new blogs. I plan to visit each one of you soon. ON TO the QUESTIONS!

1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while you're blogging? cheese and crackers
2. What is one thing you wouldn't want to live without? my laptop
3. Beach, Mountains or Farm? THE CITY!
4. What's your least favorite chore/household duty? Unloading the dishwasher.

5. Who do people say you remind them of? The Energizer bunny.....if they only knew how tired I am!
6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying at home with the family? a little of both but really love family time the VERY best !
7. What's your all time favorite movie? We see almost every movie ...we go to the movies often, but I love anything by Tyler Perry. I especially loved "The Diary of a Mad Black Woman"!
8. Do you sleep in your make up or remove it like a good girl every night? REMOVE it EVERY NIGHT!
9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you've never had a chance to learn? What is it? I wish I could dance after watching DWTS
10. What's one strange thing you're really good at? I can tie any kind of bow without ever looking at the ribbon...I can carry on a conversation and tie bows at the same time, never even looking down.
11. What first attracted you to your spouse? The fact that he was a football coach. I had always wanted to marry a coach. At the time, I had no idea I was getting the BEST HUSBAND on the planet! (That's not just my opinion, but all my friends too!)

12. What is something you love to smell? candles
13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people. I ask too many questions! Ask my kids?
14. When you have extra money (HA!) what's the first thing you think to do with it? Take the kids and their families on vacation!
15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? more a silent, but strange things are funny to me. What makes you laugh the hardest? People watching!
16. Where is your favorite place to shop? For so many years, my friends called me a professional shopper...These days I don't really love shopping...For just a general place, probably Target.
17. What's one thing you'd do more often if you had more time? READ
18. Are you a big spender or frugal? I don't think anyone ever CALLED me FRUGAL.
19. Would you want to be famous? now that you know a little more about me....none of which seems very interesting to me...I look forward to reading more about you...You would learn a lot more about me, just reading my previous post! I have a VERY normal family.
If you are new to my blog, please hop over to my Holiday Blog....Then you will know much more about me...Most bloggers have never heard of anyone that has a Christmas Tree and Holiday Home Decorating business..that has been my business for the past 17 years and this is my year to PAY IT FORWARD. I am excited about sharing tips, tricks and ideas with you. Hopefully it will make your holiday decorating easier and more I love to give things away. So stop by and leave a comment...I will be giving away a FUN HOLIDAY TREAT later this week and every comment from this entire week will go in the can comment as many times as you want to. I am working on a tree post on the tree I did yesterday (yes tree season has already started) and I have some pictures to share. I wish I were much better at explaining techniques in words. That is my biggest challenge on the Christmas blog.

It has been so much fun getting to know so many new friends and read your stories. Universally, we all share the same hopes, dreams, fears, and failures. What fun to share this journey called life with YOU!

I had Bunco at my house last night and I am the only blogger of the bunch. Most of them have never even read a blog. They are all wondering what in the world this BLOG STUFF is all about. I am so glad I joined this special community. Many of you, I feel like I could pick you out in a crowd, without you ever saying a word. I am hoping to meet some of you face to face in the future...You are now a part of my family.