Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Faces

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday

"Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them." - Jonas Salk

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

You get what you pay for...

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.

But $160,140.00 isn't so bad if you break it down.
It translates into:
*$8,896.66 a year*
*$741.38 a month*
*$171.08 a week*
*A mere $24.24 a day*
*Just over a dollar an hour*

Still, you might think the best financial advice is, "Don't have children if you want to be rich." Actually, it is just the opposite.

What do you get for your $160,140.00?
*Naming rights. First, middle, and last*
*Glimpses of God every day*
*Giggles under the covers every night*
*More love than your heart can hold*
*Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs*
*Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies*
*A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate*
*A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites*
*Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day*

For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up.
You get to:
*carve pumpkins*
*play hide-and-seek*
*catch lightning bugs*
*never stop believing in Santa Claus*

You have an excuse to:
*keep reading The Adventures of Piglet and Pooh*
*watch Saturday morning cartoons*
*go to Disney movies*
*wish on stars*

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck.
You get to be a hero just for:
*retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof*
*taking the training wheels off a bike*
*removing a splinter*
*filling a wading pool*
*coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs*
*coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless*

You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
*first step*
*first word*
*first bra*
*first date*
*first time behind the wheel*

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren.
You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.

That is quite a deal for the price!!Love and enjoy your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren!! It's the best investment you'll ever make!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Faces

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thoughtful Thursday

"I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home." - Robert Orben

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Kreative Blogger

The Potato Queen has nominted me for the Kreative Blogger Award. Thank you very much for thinking of me, Tami. I don't think I'm neccassarily kreative, but evidently someone out there in blog land thinks I am. According to the rules, I am supposed to list 7 things I love in this world, and 7 blogs I love to follow, and they are supposed to do the same. So here goes:

7 Things I Love:
1. Family, Family, Family - they are the world to me
2. Friends, Friends, Friends - I am truely blessed to have such great ones
3. Cooking - possibly my passion, if only I had more time
4. Reading - when I want to check-out of real life and check-in to a fictional one, like vampires
5. Dr Pepper - I tried to give it up (I lasted 2 1/2 months), but my body rejected the rejection, so I am limiting myself to 1 a day.
6. Photos & Photograpghy - I am definitely an amatuer when it comes to photography, but I'm eager to learn more about it.
7. Teaching - or at least I would LOVE to find a teaching job...everyone keep your fingers crossed...
7 Blogs I Love to Follow:

Friday, May 15, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me!

A few weeks ago, I celebrated my 31st birthday. It was a great weekend. I have yet to have one of those birthdays where you feel completely devasted for turning another year older. The weekend started with these being sent to my office on Friday morning...Faron did good!

The evening started with a group of us getting together at McNellies for some adult beverages and Irish Pub food.

Group photo (L>R): Carrie, Me, Mel, Gibby, Tallboy, Julie Faron, Benny & Det


Carrie was able to come out with us. I hadn't seen her in so long. I was so excited she was able to make it. We picked up right where we left off...a good sign of a GREAT FRIENDSHIP. Love ya, Care Bear.

Faron and I on The Gibby's front porch.

Julie and TB were in town for Easter and decided to extend their trip for some family time with Katie and Rob and some birthday fun. It made my birthday even better being able to spend it with The Tallboy's too.

Girls, again.

We ended the night at Spinozi's, formally Stroker's and Scooters and Hooters. It's a biker bar that has changed several times over the years. It is certainly more upscale now than ever, but it still has live music and a great atmosphere.

Julie and I were trying to take a pic together, but the boys would not stop trying to "ruin" it. This is the best one we got.

Saturday morning we headed to Outlaw Country for the fish fry I requested.
Cole had to ride the golfcart, first thing. Papa was working the steering wheel and let Cole work the gas pedal...and he had it pushed all the way to the floor. What you can't see in these pictures was the turn coming up.
This was right after Cole went flying out the side of the golfcart when Papa took that turn. I think he rolled head over feet at least 3 times. Luckily, the ground was soft and he was fine. Although, he certainly milked it with Nana for a long time.
He wouldn't get back on the golfcart without Nana after his tumble.
I guess he got over his fear.
Faron was in charge of the calf fry's.
Sorry if these pics gross anyone out. I didn't know what they looked like and thought other people might be curious too.
Cole discovered he really likes mother, like son.
...and the juice, too.
Sadie Mae (11 years old)
Calf fry's, fish, french fries, red beans and hush puppies...YUM-O!
I requested Apicot Nectar Cake for my birthday cake. Nanny Mary Lee even made it a couple days early so it would get good and soggy. The soggier, the better. I'll post the recipe later.

Thank you to all my family and friends who made my birthday a wonderful one. I am truely blessed to have so many caring people in my life.

Thoughtful Thursday

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. - Maori proverb

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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