Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas 2007

I thought I would share some of the pictures that were taken over Christmas.

We had everyone over to our house on the 22nd. I think we all had a good time. Even though we all have different things going on in our lives, we can come together and enjoy each others company.

The adults kind of mingle with each other sometimes in small groups and sometimes all together.

The kids kind of pair off into different groups. The older boys have things in common, so they get together. (probably talking about girls, cars and what pains their parents are)

The younger boys get together and play video games. They also like to share their new toys with the group. You can't receive a Nerf gun and not shoot it, or a helicopter and not fly it.

Then we have the girls. They have to get together and giggle , as girls do.

Allie sort of has the best thing going, I think. She can join any of the little groups and join in with what they are doing or just watch and take it all in.

Sometimes she can even become the center of attention.

Michael's sister and her husband stopped by for a bit. It was a bit chaotic when they arrived, but everyone was having a good time.

I enjoyed our time together. It's nice having everyone together, especially since we don't do it often enough.

I didn't take many pics on Christmas day, since I wasn't feeling well and Lindsey didn't want her picture taken (did you ever think that would happen) because she had just gotten up, had no makeup on and her hair was a not fixed to suit her. She is a true girl........

We will celebrate with Michael's family on the 30th. I'll try to take some pics and post them too.

Hope everyone has a good Thursday. I will be relaxing and enjoying some time off to just feel better. Antibiotic seems to be kicking in, thank goodness. Going from 500MG to 1500MG a day has made alot of difference.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Our Holiday

Hope that everyone has had a Wonderful Christmas. I know we have.

All of the kids were here, we did things a little different this year, we took turns opening our gifts one at a time so that everyone could see what we received. It was nice.

Michael has had some car problems, his car would not start. So some of the last minute things did not get done, but everything was fine. We still managed to have a great time without a few of the things that we had planned on having.

I have had a sinus infection for about a week, been taking amoxicillin/clauv, but it seems to have gotten worse. I awoke with a bad case of pink eye on Christmas morning. Just feel wiped out, so I pretty much slept most of the day. I had some antibiotic eye drops, so I began putting them in my eye. Michael has done all the cooking and waited on me hand and foot. He has really been great.

I had to work this morning, but sure didn't feel like it. Michael drove me to work, took my car so that he could see about getting his repaired. I stayed about three hours, got my department organized and de-Christmased and then I left. Michael picked me up,we stopped at the pharmacy to get a different antibiotic for me (Cefalor), we retrieved his car, he went back to work and I came home to hold down the couch and to let all the meds do their thing. Hopefully they will kick in real soon.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Making Plans

Two lives, two hearts, joined together in friendship, united forever in love. Let our first day of our mutual life begin with love and with those we love.

May 31st, 2008

This is the date that Michael and I have decided to get married.

We have been checking into some area places and have found several that look interesting. After Christmas, when things slow down a bit, we will be able to check them out in more detail and hopefully make a decision.

We are just starting the planning process and I will keep everyone updated as we make our plans. We are trying to keep it small and simple. If anyone has any suggestions, we would be more than happy to hear them.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Remembering Mama

I have spent the past few days thinking about Mom.

It is hard to believe that it has been 15 years since she died.

So many times I have wished that I could talk to her. I have changed so much, I wonder what she would think about me and my life.
I think alot about Mom at this time of year, not only because it is the month in which she died, but because of the holidays. She loved the holidays, especially Christmas. All of the family being together made her very happy.

She loved the role of grandmother and I know she would have enjoyed all the kids. They would have loved their Mamaw Dorothy.

I have been looking through some pictures and I thought that I would share them with you. I hope you enjoy them.

This is one that Dad carried in his wallet, as you can see it is slightly tattered.

This one is from David's second birthday. I'm not sure where the picture was taken. Maybe Valley Village? I know they lived there when I was born.

Here is one of Mom, Mamaw Miller, Glo and Carol. This must have been shortly after She and Dad got married. I think she looks pretty in this picture.

Mom and Linda in the kitchen.
Mom is using the big aluminum pot. Many a meal has been prepared using that thing.

You can tell this one is a few years old, Linda is smoking a cigarette and has long hair.

Here is Me, Mom, Mamaw Miller and Adam, at Michael and Linda's wedding. Boy was my hair curly..... I sure am glad styles have changed.

The sisters............

Mom and dad at Lisa's wedding.

I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane. I know I did.......

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How To Stay Married

Someone sent this to me in an email and I thought it was really cute, so I wanted to share it with my fellow bloggers.

I hope you enjoy!!!

A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years.

They had shared everything. They had talked about everything.
They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoebox in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover.

In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoebox and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $25,000.

He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears.

Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

"Honey," he said, "that explains the doll, but what about all of this money?
Where did it come from?"
"Oh," she said, "That's the money I made from selling the dolls."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

My Little Rebel

My daughther has become a little rebel.....

Her school was having a speaker from the University of Kentucky, so they declared it U.K. day and told everyone that they should wear their favorite U.K. apparel or something blue and white. Lindsey, however, said that she didn't want to wear blue and white, she preferred to support the school that she is interested in attending. That school happens to be the University of Louisville.
So on U.K. day, my little rebel wore her "Louisville" tee shirt with her U.L. "The 'Ville" hooded sweatshirt as her jacket.
My daughter has developed quite the independent streak.....

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Having A Lazy Day

Not much going on here. Lindsey spent the night at a friends house and Michael has gone to his office. The house is soooooooo quiet. I love it, no t.v., no music, no door bell sound from a cell phone receiving a text message, just peace and quiet. I enjoy the silence at times. It is my day off today and a much needed one. I have worked 6 days straight. It has been so very busy at work for the past few weeks. We are into that holiday mode. The store is getting to be very busy during the weekends and we are very tasky during the week. So many things to do...........
October starts the holiday season with the setting of Halloween/Christmas items. Then as Halloween nears, we have to make sure that all the Halloween items are on the sales floor. The week of Halloween, we begin moving as much of it to one area as possible. Not focusing on the displaying of the merchandise so much, but just getting the product out for our guest to see and buy before Halloween.

The day after....... the markdowns begin. We have people at the door, waiting to get in to purchase Halloween items at 50% off their original price. Teachers are some of our best customers at this time. By November the 5th the items go to 75% and as the stuff sells we set Christmas merchandise in its place.
The first week of November we begin setting everything Christmas. All the signing and decorations go up. The store is filled with Christmas items. Every area of the store has Christmas items. The store gets a "Christmas theme". This year it has to do with doors. If you notice, the commercials on t.v. lately are talking about doors. Our contest this year is decorating the doors. We are divided into teams and have a door to decorate. We can win prizes and such.
This will be my 10th Christmas working retail. At least being this busy makes the day go by quickly.
Anyway, I'm glad to be off today and I plan on having a lazy day.
It's cold outside and I don't have anyplace that I have to be, so I will do a little cleaning and some laundry and just relax.........

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Life Is Good.....

I know everyone has been wondering when I am going to blog again. I am.
Sharing once again the events of my life, the soap opera that it may be. Thank goodness it has become a more normal life.

Anyway, I had a rather interesting weekend. Hartsul had a soccer tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn. this weekend. Lindsey had already made plans to attend a friends Birthday/Halloween sleep over party, so I knew she was going to be taken care of and safe. This friend has a party every year and Lindsey really enjoys going because after the party they go to the Old Richarsville Bridge. It is an old one lane bridge the creaks and screaks as you drive across. The kids love driving across it after dark. People in the area tell stories of it being haunted. So Halloween is the perfect time to visit the bridge. The kids all walk across it trying to scare each other.
Since I knew that she was okay, Michael and I headed to Murfreesboro. We spent the weekend watching the games and spending some time together. It was really nice. Hartsul's team played really well. They actually beat one of the top teams. (Brentwood) They made it to the championship game and won second place in the tournament. Hartsul scored his third hat trick in the game against Brentwood.
Hartsul's grand parents live in Nashville, so they too attended the games. I have been around them at different times and they have been courtrous and polite, but still I have felt like an outsider.
Saturday, after the first game, we were invited to go to lunch with them. I was surprised that the invitation was given. Michael pulled me aside and told me that if I did not want to go that we would not, but we decided to go. It was nice. I was very much a part of the conversation, I was treated well and it was a pleasant lunch.
Before the summer, I would not have felt comfortable enough with myself to go to lunch with them, or Ingrid, for that matter. For me to have the confidence with myself to sit down for a meal and conversation with Michael's ex-wife and ex-in-laws, is truely a feat for me. It was a good experience.
I guess the events of the summer, painful and stressful as they were, have helped me to find the peace and confidence within myself to live my life and to be happy in my own skin. Life is good.............

Monday, October 22, 2007

Sometimes You Just Have To Eat Ice Cream

I guess I should start off by saying, I LOVE ICE CREAM!!!!!

My all time favorite is Moose Tracks. Vanilla ice cream with chunks of chocolate and tiny peanut butter cups is awesome!!!

However, ice cream is a dairy product and dairy products and me just don't agree. (kind of rhymes doesn't it....LOL) Being lactose intolerant, ice cream is a big no no.

Sometimes, I just have to have it. Not always because things are going wrong, many times I just have a craving for it. Dad loved it and there was usually some form of it in the house. The ice cream sandwiches, the fudge bars or the gallon of Neapolitan ,which is the one I remember the most. In the winter as well as the summer.
Ice cream has been a big part of my life. It was very much a part of my childhood and is still something I very much enjoy. At times I want it and even though I know that if I eat it, I am most likely going to wish that I hadn't......I indulge. Every now and then I can have a small bowl or a cone and not be bothered by it, other times I am sick the rest of the day. Sometimes you just say, what the heck..........take the risk.
I guess it's the same with life,everyday we make choices......take the risk. Sometimes you get lucky and it turns out allright, sometimes it turns out to be a giant mistake, sometimes it becomes a learning experience, but still living is about taking the risks.
"Sometimes you just have to eat ice cream."

Monday, August 20, 2007


We started our day in Savannah with a ride on The Old Town Trolley. It was great, we could ride along and hear the history behind the places and things that we were seeing. Plus, we could get on and off at our leisure.

The river front is very nice. We liked watching the boats going down the river. There are lots of shops and places to eat. I highly reccomend the candy shop. We watched them making some of the candy and got to taste it too. We had to try the fudge also, it was SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!
We saw "The Waving Girl" statue.

There are some of the most beautiful churches in Savannah that I have ever seen. This one is the Cathedral Of St. John The Baptist. It is so big and very beautiful.
Here is the Independant Presbyterian Church. This is the church that you see the feather floating by in the opening scene of Forrest Gump.
Here is The Mickve Isreal Temple.

The many squares in Savannah are so pretty. I really liked the fountain in Forsyth Park. All of the parks are rich with history and are such a tranquil setting with the spanish moss in the trees, it makes such a beautiful scene.

The architecture of the buildings and houses is just so very beautiful. The pictures above are a couple of my favorites. The house with the greenery on the steps was just so inviting and so well kept.
The other house was such a bright pink that I just had to get a picture of it. We went by it on the trolley and I told Barry that I wanted to get a pic of it, so we got off at the next stop. I had to walk 5 blocks back to get the picture. It was just so colorful. I guess partly because it was next to a yellow house. It made the pink stand out, I guess. These are just outside the historical section.
Anyway, Savannah is a very beautiful place. It is a photographers paradise. Everywhere you look is a great place to take a picture.