Monday, November 24, 2008

Guess Who We Met... FINALLY!

Last weekend My Dreamgirl and I finally got to meet the long-awaited, highly anticipated Miss Kai. Her amazing Mother invited friends over to meet her beautiful baby only 2 days after deboarding a 30 hour flight back from Vietnam. I was in a coma the weekend after my trip... numbly glued to my couch wearing pajamas wondering if I would ever be the same... and Kai's Mama was radiant, energetic and beaming as she introduced us to her daughter. Kai is healthy, happy, adjusting beautifully and settling into her world here in America.
Hello beautiful Kai... we've waited so long to see you and have you safely at home. Kai is 2 months & 10 days younger than My Dreamgirl.

Kai & Dreamgirl seemed to connect like old friends. I hope they are friends forever!

Hey... where'd those smiles go, you pretty girls? They both look like "Oh geez... here they go again with those flashy thingie mabobs. We wish they'd give it a rest already!" O.K. sweet girls, back to your play... so THANKFUL, espcially this week, that you are both H*O*M*E with your families!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

I Have Become my Father
Every grown child has a moment when they say something or do something and it hits them... "Oh my gosh... I heard my Mother say that a million times!" or "My Dad did the same thing when I was a kid!" That happened to me this week as I found myself unable to throw away a bottle of hand soap that had just a little bit left in the bottom. I unscrewed the top of the old bottle AND the new bottle and flipped that old bottle upside down and let the unused contents slowly drip into the new bottle... totally emptying the old bottle. Growing up my Daddy did this with ketchup, dishwashing soap, syrup... basically, all bottled products. And there I stood in my very own kitchen now doing the same. What do you do that your parent always did? Anything?

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Love It!

This is my Oprah-esque post about some of my favorite things. Today's feature is ZAPPOS! Ever tried it? is an on-line shoe store that has available just about any style & size of shoe, boot, sandal, slipper, high-heel or tennis shoe for men, women & children. It's awesome! Now... this is not a discount shoe site. You won't find any real terrific bargains BUT... here are the super-duper benefits of shopping on Zappos:
  1. FREE shipping BOTH ways. They send shoes to you free & if they don't fit you print off an UPS shipping return label... at home... and drop the box off at the nearest UPS store... which in my case is right next to Publix, to which I go just about on a daily basis. So, the price you see is the price you pay!
  2. They are delivered to your door via UPS at LIGHTNING SPEED. Lightning I say. When you check-out choose the FREE SHIPPING option... which says like 3-5 business days. Do not be fooled by that. THE SHOES WILL BE AT YOUR HOME THE NEXT DAY! It's amazing... it's like they have tiny shoe elves who work through out the night and fly on Santa-like sleds to bring them straight to your door. I ordered my mom some Ugg boots. They arrived at her home around 5 p.m. They were too small. I took them home with me after eating supper with she & my Daddy and after my kids went to bed got on the Zappos site and ordered her a bigger pair. This was like 9 p.m. The new boots were at her house by 5 p.m. the NEXT DAY! For FREE! And then I returned the smaller pair... for FREE!
  3. They will credit your credit card quickly. This company is about CUSTOMER SERVICE and they've got a loyal one in me for FO SHO!

    Did you know there are NO early detection devices for Pancreatic Cancer. PC is often known as a "silent disease" because in it's early stages it produces NO easily recognizable symptoms. Therefore, PC is usually not diagnosed until it is in ADVANCED stages. Warning signs to look for include weight loss, jaundice, pain in the upper abdomen and/or back and diarrhea.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Did you know Pancreatic cancer research constitutes less than 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s federal research funding—a figure far too low given the severity of the disease. And that my friends, is a F*A*C*T!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Getting to Know Big Daddy T

I thought I'd let you get to know my Baby Daddy a little bit better this Friday afternoon. Besides keeping his laptop & cell phone in a holster permanently attached to his waist, he is a huge SEC college football fan, loves to make variations of tuna fish casserole, hates my cats and is a procrastinator. I'm not sure exactly what to blame the procrastination on... it's not exactly laziness or full-out rebellion... here's an example. This is verbatim, a text message I received from him after he left out of town for work this week:

"I meant to tell u to stay away from the police cause our tags r expired... just watch in ur mirrors and avoid..."

Now his birthday is at the FIRST of October and he had all month to get the tags. Instead, now I in addition to picking kids up, dropping kids off, referring fights, passing back snacks to a baby who hates the carseat, playing DJ... I have to be on the lookout for cop cars and then "avoid." I'll do my best.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween 2008

Well, I'm a little slow getting these Halloween pics. up... seems like I'm slammed these days and seems like little Miss Dreamgirl doesn't exactly like entertaining herself while I waste the day away on the computer... go figure? Anyhoo... here's our recap. Let's begin a couple weeks before Halloween... on a sunny, Wednesday afternoon when my 3 big kiddos convinced me it was a good day to drive to the nearest "big-ger" town to purchase their Halloween costumes. Party City looked like downtown Atlanta at 4:00 on a Friday afternoon... it was a ZOO! With all 4 kids in tow we managed to manuever through the crowds and get the costume each of the Big 3 wanted... for the bargain price of $139.00. That's right... (BDT don't call me or text me or have a coronary... the money's already gone and it ain't comin' back!) When did Halloween become so expensive? There's hardly any money left for poor 'ol Santa Claus now!!! Well, they were all happy & excited and I was happy it was over... but little did I know... it wasn't over. My Baby Boy's jumpsuit needed to be hemmed... big time. My Firstborn's costume was really for a woman & had boob darts for the "woman" who would wear it & her big boobs... my boobless 10- yr-old was mortified and demanded that I totally reconstruct the dress to get rid of the boob darts & gathers... oh and while I was at it could I possibly make the skirt gold instead of turquoise? And finally, Pretty Kitty was a bit too rolly-polly for her "Disco Dolly" dress and even my smallest girdle didn't help enough. So I found myself reconstucting that dress too... adding shiny hot pink panels on the side for extra "comfort." My early start and $139.00 seemed in vain as I put the final stitches in the costumes just hours before sunset Friday afternoon. Whew! But it turned out good and they were thrilled... doesn't that make it worth it???

Here is My Firstborn starring as a modest "I'm embarrassed to have my picture made alone" Egyptian Princess.

I gulped hard when her make-up was complete... she looked so grown-up... and so beautiful. Where'd my baby go?

Here's my Pretty "I'm never embarrassed to have picture taken & will offer you 100 of my own poses" Kitty. She looked glamorous as our Hippie Chick!

See? She's a supermodel when the camera comes out!

And My Baby Boy as "The King"... Elvis. He was an absolute hit! Poor girls totally got the shaft when neighbors answered the door... everybody looooved Elvis! He does look pretty awesome doesn't he? Here he's giving me his "thankyaverymuch" pose.

An upclose smile for Mama!"

And where??? you may ask, is My Dreamgirl on her First Halloween looking all cute in her fuzzy, wuzzy bunny rabbit costume? Here she is....

Here she is. Uh, huh... that's right... asleep. I asked Big Daddy T to watch her while I got the Big 3 ready, fixed dinner, etc. and this is how he did... he let her fall asleep and therefore miss the entire event. Nice. That's my payback for the $139.00... we're even!

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Did you know that Pancreatic Cancer research is at the level TODAY where breast cancer research was in the 1930's??? That's pretty pathetic for the cancer that has the highest mortality rate among all cancers!

Monday, November 3, 2008

It's November Again!
November is PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. I try not to get so sick of all the breast cancer awareness attention that the media bombards us with. I have a grandmother & great-grandmother that had breast cancer... and heck, I have breasts! But, watching my mom fight PANCREATIC CANCER for the last 20 months has made me acutely aware of how scary and dangerous this type of cancer is. This month I will inform my readers of some facts to help you understand this devestating disease better.

PANCREATIC CANCER FACT: 75% of patients with Pancreatic Cancer will die within one year of diagnosis.

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