Thursday, May 31, 2007


This makes me laugh......
I am sure by now that everyone has heard about the lawyer with TB that went oversees and had to sneak back into the US through Canada.
Did you see that the TB moron was a graduate of UGA?

1st - The Airport Security Breach Guy

then the Run Away Bride and her future ex-fiance.

Now the TB idiot.~~~
What a bunch of smart people....

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Let's Rant

Did everyone enjoy their Memorial Day? I did. And I will post my pictures after my modem gets fixed. We are without Internet at home and that stinks.

I have had some issues bottled up and now it is time to release them.........

Nutrition Assistant? What? Did you know that that is the new name for cafeteria lady? Yep! Can you believe it.

What in the world do you get the teacher for the end of the school year gift? I know she is tired of the same old crap. She has to be. What is something that says thanks. How do you say thanks for spending more time with my kids than me, during the week. Teaching them to get along, be respectful, read, count etc. Odes to the teachers everywhere. It was all I could do to spend one full day there. Don't get me wrong. Field Day was fun but everyday having to put up with 22 kids that aren't even yours. HOLY SMOKES!!! Which leads me into an earlier post that I made.

Why do other kids get on my nerves.? I don't know what it is but that is happening to me. Why is that I wonder? I don't think that all of the time but I do think that a lot. I am starting to see that every child is extremely different. Kids just don't behave anymore. They get away with everything. My kids probably get away with more than they should, but they are pretty good kids. (Even Taz) Trent and Alyssa both listen to me well. I have just enforced that they must mind whomever they are with. But if parents can't control their own, they surely won't listen to other adults either. Kids aren't polite either. What ever happened to "Yes, mam, Thank you etc." Trent has always been great about saying those things to me and Brett. We are trying to teach him that not only does he need to say that to us but to everyone.

Now that Trent is older he has been able to go and do more things with and without us. It's hard to let that happen. At first you worry "Oh I hope nothing happens, do they have my cell number?" Please don't let them get hurt. Then it shifts. "Oh God! Please let them behave. No tantrums. No crying. No bullying." ~ We'll a couple of months ago Trent spent the night with a friend for the first time. They live less than 1 mile from us so I was OK with it. Brett's papa had passed and they offered to keep him for us, so we let him go. When I go to pick him up he had tripped on the way to the bathroom and fell slamming into the wall. His knee went through their wall, making a hole in the sheet rock. As this wave of "Aw, Man" went through me I offered to pay for the damages. My father-in-law does sheet rock work so it worked out. But I still felt bad even though it was an accident.

I went with the baseball team to eat lunch and to a movie. Not all the parents wanted to go so each parent was in charge of 2-3 kids. My three behaved extremely well. I was really impressed. But some of the others weren't so lucky. Just the stress of trying to keep up with other people's kids. Same for the Braves game over the weekend. A group of us decided to ride together in the van. 4 little boys in the back. ~ This is were I saw Brett's personality come out in Trent. Normally Trent is very layed back. But the boys started with the "Trent's got a girl friend" thing. He got soooo mad. He does not have a sense of humor about himself at all. Me? I would have laughed it off. Brett? I can see him acting the exact same way. Trent was getting really upset and almost hateful.

And another thing..... the constant comparing between my children and others has got to stop. I try and try not to do this. I am finding out that a lot of being a parent is worrying if my child is as smart or smarter than another child or more athletic or whatever.

Anyway~ that's all for today.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

WHAT THE #*^@!*%#^@#%!!!!!

#&$)(*&%^)#(&^ That's what I have to say this morning. I regret to inform you that I do not have a blog today about American Idol. I know its a big let down. After several months of watching and blogging I was finally excited to sit down and watch the final showdown between Jordan and Blake last night. We suffered through all of the bad and finally it was the end. But I came home to NO POWER. Which meant, NO DVR, NO TI-VO, NO AMERICAN IDOL, NO DANCING WITH THE STARS, NO AIR, and since we are on a well..... NO WATER........ Talk about luck. I am sooooo upset.
Anyway, I like to give you something so here it is....... from the AJC's Rodney Ho.
Overall, there weren’t any surprises but both Blake and Jordin did about as well as you’d expect. The coronation song, if you want to hear the version the songwriters did, is here. Voters picked the song by Seattle residents Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody over 19 other finalists. Why it won is beyond me. It’s really not any better than other winner songs in the recent past, though it isn’t quite as bad as the one I hated the most, “Inside Your Heaven” poor Carrie was saddled with in 2005.
Although you could argue the song was geared to Jordin and helped her out, I doubt many of those 20 songs would have benefited Blake. He’s not a schmaltz master and it seems the songs the “Idol” producers picked fit that mold. No 311-style tunes in the mix.
My gut is this will be Jordin’s to lose. She should take home the crown, “Idol’s” youngest winner to date. Yahoo has noted based on searches that she has broader, deeper support in general. And you have to think more of Melinda’s fans will vote for Jordin over Blake., which measures phone call volume and busy signals, actually has Jordin in a major landslide. Go Jordin!
The season, as the show noted, could be dubbed the revenge of Seattle. Last summer, the judges ripped the city for the low quality of its singers so ironically, both Blake (Bothell, Wash.) and Jordin (who flew in from Glendale, Ariz.) tried out there. And the winners of the songwriting contest were also from Seattle! Oh, and Sanjaya, too. Don’t forget him!
And Paula managed to show up without a bandage and only a slightly enlarged schnozz after tripping over her female dog. Ryan, in an unusually penchant attempt at humor during the family hour, said, “The bitch is fine.”
Blake won the coin toss but inexplicably gave Jordin the choice. She naturally said no to going first because it’s obvious the advantage is to go last. Alas, Blake went first and I think did have the best performance of the night. But as Simon said, Jordin was more consistent and didn’t botch any tunes tonight.
1- Blake (First performance and his favorite past song: “You Give Love a Bad Name”) - His beat-box take on this Bon Jovi classic is still fun the second time around. It was a smart pick and great way to start the night. He gets a monstrous ovation. Randy: “I give you a 10 out of 10 on the beatboxing. The singing for me was just alright.” Paula: “You did far superior than we were at CBS.[The studio, that is.]” Simon: “You’re the best singer in the competition but you’re the best performer. Somewhere in the middle, I thought the performance was great, the energy amazing. I thought the singing was a bit flat int he middle. I thought you were shouting. But you know what. I don’t think it matters. It was your best performance three weeks ago.”
2- Jordin (Fourth song performed, a favorite she has sung before, Martina McBride’s “Broken Wing”) - She really embraces this songs and lets it soar. It’s a smart favorite pick because it highlights her ability to start small, then go big with that final note. Randy: “I loved you from day one. I still believe you’re the most talented 17 year old I’ve ever seen. You can blow. That was flawless. Better than the original!” Paula: “You are in great great vocal voice tonight. Really really great. You’re soaring.” (Stop stealing my words, Paula.) Simon: “Now that was good.”
3- Jordin (Second performance of the night and her choice of a song she hadn’t sung before: Christina Aguilera’s “Fighter”): Given the fact she did so well with “Heartbreaker” early on, this one is actually a smart pick. It’s fairly upbeat and shows an edge she can channel. I decided to listen to it first without looking at her. It’s not quite as clean as Aguilera but still very good. I’ve re-played it watching her and she looks wonderful. I love her hair and her dress. She knows she can’t move well on stage so she sticks to the mike. She does have some breath control issues but overall, a great first performance. Randy: “This is a very interesting choice. I feel like we have the great entertainer against the great singer. Your voice was stellar. You sounded amazing.” Randy: “I knew this was going to be one of the best finales. You two opening the night proved it. Awesome.” Simon: “I think on a positive note, it’s great you chose a younger song because you’re only 17. I thought the vocals were a bit shrieky in the middle. I’m going to call round one to Blake.”
4- Jordin (Sixth song performed, the original song, “This Is My Now”) - This song is obviously better suited to Jordin. She didn’t jump around like Blake because she’d look absurd doing so. Even she can’t quite take this song and bring it home but it’s not her fault. She even gets to hit the big note. And the genuinely teary thing she did at the end cemented the victory for her, I think. She is truly genuine. That’s what makes the difference. Randy: “You were the best singer tonight.” Randy: “You have a lot to be proud of.” Simon: “Last week, I didn’t think you weren’t good enough to make the finals. I want to publicly say, I was wrong. It is a singing competition. You just wiped the floor with Blake on that song.”
5- Blake (Third song performed, a song he hasn’t sung before, Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved”): He has decided to pick the same group he sang last week, a song that is tougher than “This Love.” He doesn’t have the high-end range that Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine possesses so the chorus doesn’t quite work. It’s relatively dull for Blake. At least he didn’t beat box on a mid-tempo ballad. Randy: “Great song and a very nice vocal. I love it when you sing naturally and pure. Very nice.” Paula: “You really got into the ease of the song.” Simon: “It was good. It was safe. It wasn’t as good as the first performance. I wouldn’t have chosen that song in the final because it doesn’t have much of an impact.” (I agree with Simon.)
6-Blake (Fifth song performed, the original song, “This Is My Now”) - This song was not really made for Blake. It’s packed with so much sap, I’m surprised Blake could move his mouth. He did about as well as he could given his own limitations and the song itself. Randy: “This is not the type of song that suits your voice but you did alright.” Paula: “Even if it’s not the genre of song you enjoy, you were in great voice [Is that grammatically correct, Paula?].” Simon: “I thought it was all a little odd. How did you feel? All the jumping around in the middle. It’s not a bad song. Just not the type of song you’d normally sing. We have to judge you on the first two performances. I always said, there was talent in Seattle and I was right. [Sure…!]

Monday, May 21, 2007


I took off Friday to participate in Field Day. Trent had so much fun.

Bean Bag Relay

Don't knock the Hula Hoop Fort Down

Water Games. Gotta love it!

This is the most disturbing photo. He had to hop a long distance with the ball between his legs. He seems to be struggling. Look at those veins popping out of his neck!!!
We had a great time. I ate breakfast and lunch with him.
We also received his CRCT scores and he passed!! On to the second grade!! I knew he could do it but I was still a little nervous for him and he was too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Well last night was a three night per Ryan. It was really good. I liked the all the songs that were picked. This is part of the show that the producers try to swede votes. Last year they stuck McFee with the singers Meatloaf that was just horrible, because they wanted Soul Patrol to win. I wouldn't be surprised if Melinda is gone tomorrow.

1. Jordin (Simon’s choice: “Wishing on a Star”) by Rolls Royce.She didn’t know the song but acted all fake excited when the mayor of her town announced it. It was great. Randy: “That was like a little Beyonce. The run at the end was hot!” Paula: “Simon picked a good song for you.” Simon: “You sang it brilliantly. I just wished we hadn’t done the weird jazz arrangement. Even though I chose the song, it wasn’t one of your better performances.”

Jordin (Producer’s choice: “She Works For the Money” by Donna Summer Although she stomps around on stage with a certain lack of grace, she vocally blew it out. Even though it wasn’t a ballad, she worked it out.

Jordin (Shirley Bassey’s “I Who Have Nothing”) She picked one she already sang this year. It was good. One of her best songs I think.

2. Blake (Paula’s choice: “Roxanne” by the Police)— Another great song choice by the judges. I agreed with Tandy and liked his stage moves. Simon: “The trouble with that song. You are always forced to do an imitation of Sting. It was good. It wasn’t great. I agree with that too.

Blake (Producer’s choice: “This Love” by Maroon 5) — After giving us a will deserved break from the beatbox I was glad that he squeaked some in on this one? Overall, better than “Roxanne.” Randy: “When you make a record, when you decide to put out an album, that should be it. That’s a good vibe for you.” Paula: “That’s totally in your element.” Simon: “I preferred that to the first song. You sounded very comfortable. That was good.” Yes it was. I loved seeing Sir Mix Alot back in Washington too. He definitely gets points for that.

Blake (Robin Thicke’s “When I Get You Alone,”) —When I heard the words Robin Thicke I started to cringed. Everyone remember him from a couple of weeks ago. He was horrible. He had that tiny strip of mustache and tried to sing R & B. (He is Allan Thicke's son, the dad on Growning Pains, wrote The Facts of Life theme song) Anyway- Blake worked it out. A little Beethoven’s fifth and a little soul. Simon: “I actually really liked that! This is what I have liked about you throughout the competition. You don’t play it safe. You look like you’re having fun” He gets points for going out of his comfort zone.

3. Melinda (Randy’s choice: “I Believe In You and Me” by Whitney Houston) Did she just thank “Randy Johnson?” Isn’t that the baseball pitcher? I wouldn’t thank Randy for this less-than-glorious Whitney ballad either. Randy: “The real reason I chose that song. I wanted to throw a little difficulty at you. He had already said in several different seasons to stay away from Whitney, Mariah and Celine. I think they are trying to get her voted off.

Melinda (Producer’s choice: “Nutbush City Limits” by Ike and Tina Turner) She what I mean about her song choices. They are trying to throw her off. There have been references by the judges comparing Melinda to Tina. She’s not quite Tina. But it’s not bad.

Melinda (Shirley Bassey’s “I’m a Woman,”)- She is repeating one of her best performances from a few week’s ago. She does better picking her own.

On another note~ Dancing with the Stars. Brett and I have got to start taking lessons. The performers are amazing. I just love Apollo! What a little hottie.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mother's Day

Sunday we celebrated my birthday and Mother's Day at my parents house. As you can see the kids had a great time!!!

Alyssa loves this bathing suit. She didn't want to take it off all day!

Fun in the sun!

The boys are way... too thin. No its not a Popsicle, its a light saber. (haha)

Alyssa and Emily bathing in the sun waiting for there cold treat!!!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Ode to Mothers

Things my mother taught me.

My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE- “If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside……I just finished cleaning!”

My mother taught me RELIGION- “You better pray that will come out of the carpet.”

My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL- “ If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!”

My mother taught me LOGIC- “Because I said so, that’s why.”

My mother taught me LOGIC #2- “If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.”

My mother taught me FORESIGHT- “Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.”

My mother taught me IRONY- “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS- “Shut your mouth and eat your supper!”

My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISTS- “Will you “look” at the dirt on the back of your neck!”

My mother taught me about STAMINA- “You’ll sit there till all that spinach is finished.”

My mother taught me about WEATHER- “It look as if a tornado swept through your room.”

My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS- “If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you, would you listen THEN?

My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY- “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times- Don’t Exaggerate!!!!”

My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE- “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION- “Stop acting like your father!”

My mother taught me ENVY- “There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do!”

My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION…. “Just wait until we get home!”

My mother taught me about RECEIVING….”You are going to get it when we get home!”

My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE…. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to stay that way.”

My mother taught me to THINK AHEAD…”If you don’t pass your spelling test, you’ll never get a good job.”

My mother taught me ESP…”Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you’re cold?”

My mother taught me HUMOR- “When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.”

My mother taught me how to BECOME AN ADULT- “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

My mother taught me about GENETICS… “You’re just like your father.”

My mother taught me about my ROOTS…. “Do you think you were born in a barn?”

My mother taught me about WISDOM OF AGE…”When you get to me my age, you will understand.”

And my all time favorite- JUSTICE- “One day you’ll have kids…..and I hope they turn out just like you!”

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Top 4!

Man, what an awful night. I taped it so I could fast forward what I needed to. I bet it didn't take me 30 minutes to watch the entire show. The Bee Gees was not a great night for me.
I have very little comments this week. Blake needs to give the beat boxing a rest. Last week was great but not this week. He over did it.
The fact is Blake may survive merely because he’s the only guy left. And because we lost two guys last week he will gain all of Chris and Phil's votes. With the three girls that are left, LaKisha is the weakest.
On another note......
Does anyone watch Dancing with The Stars? I love this one too. Billy Ray was finally let go. I was worried that he would make an idiot of himself by loosing his temper. Ian Zeiring looks so thin to me. Everytime I look at him I can't get dorky, horny Steve (90210) out of my head. And Apollo is hot. He can dance. I think he is the best one. Joey (N'Sync) has the best personality of everyone. What a jokester.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Sorry that I haven't been blogging much lately. We have been really busy and I just haven't taken the time to.

Since Papa's passing Trent has been very quizative regarding life, death and everything in between. He has such a sweet spirit about him. He came home last week with two new drawings that I'd like to share with you.

This one is Papa. I just love the gray penciled hair.

This one is granny. Notice her cross earrings. (When he draws girls they always have the cross earrings) I couldn't fit all of granny on the scanner.
I will cherish these drawings forever. He is actually a very good artist. Don't ya think?
Be watching because I have several pictures and movies to post. Hopefully I will get to it this weekend.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The Top 6- Again!

Let's Go 80's! Let's Go! Tonight was classic. Bon Jovi rules no matter how old the man gets. I was a little nervous about watching tonight because he is a legend in our house. Unfortunately, Brett did not watch it with me. I would have loved to hear his comments. I don't think he wanted to hear the butchering of his childhood songs. (But that didn't happen.)

1. Phil Stacey ("Blaze of Glory") He is really improving every week. He had two very solid performances in a row. Go Phil. He doesn't need He is reaching his potential very quickly. I would have sent him home weeks ago. But now he deserves to stay a little longer.

2. Jordin Sparks ("Livin' on a Prayer") Girl, what were you thinking? HORRIBLE. She knew it too. I hated that she destroyed Bon Jovi's classic. Her hair was even worse. Nothing about her made sense tonight. NOTHING. Last week will keep her alive though. **Simon said** "The look. It was something out of the Addams Family. Right ON, my friend.

3. Chris Richardson ("Wanted Dead or Alive") I cannot believe that he attempted that song, Chris Daughtry did so well with it last season. I must admit that I FF through most of his performance. It was just OK. He is way out of his league now. He is definitely in trouble. I was embarrassed for him that he didn't know the words when he sang it for Bon Jovi.

4. LaKisha Jones ("This Ain't a Love Song") She totally picked the right song for her and did it well. She stuck with the 90's Bon Jovi instead of the 80's one. I loved her outfit too. He might be in the bottom 2. Last week wasn't as strong.

5. Blake Lewis ("You Give Love a Bad Name") I was extremely nervous for him. Bon Jovi was too I think. He said" This is the one that's rolling the dice." And boy did he. Although I think he would have liked it in the end. It was the best original version of a song to date. I actually loved it. I don't know what Brett would have thought being a die hard Bon Jovi fan that he is. (That would be like letting Jeff Gordon ride a black # 3 car) I do agree with Simon, 1/2 will love it and 1/2 will hate it. I loved it. Way to Go!! (I don't like his dark hair though, makes him look old)

6. Melinda Doolittle ("Have a Nice Day") "Bon Jovi said, 'Honey, Take it to church.' "You just joined the band. You nailed it," . What a complement coming from such a legend. I would have fainted. I love this song. It was off of his most recent CD. I immediately thought Tina Turner too when I saw her. She had attitude. It was great. (As usual)

The votes will be combined from last week's. That will save Jordin, who's performance tonight was horrendous. Did LaKisha do enough to save herself? I think Chris should be gone. I can't wait for Bon Jovi's performance tonight!!