Sunday, October 31, 2010


Doug's comment to me with the pumpkin scooper, "Why have we never had one of these before?" Because according to the girls, it takes all the fun out of their job.

Doug is going to quit UPS & be a full-time pumpkin carver. Yes. He's that good.

Snow White or better known has Hadley.

Snow White & Alice in Wonderland. I love the way Delaney is trying to hold Hadley's neck & face in the direction of the camera. Just goes to show that Hadley runs her own game.

Alice or better known as Delaney.

Delaney, Karalyna, Juliana & Hadley ( The Pretty Princesses)

Doug's artwork (completely bad ass if I do say so myself)

The girls dumped out their candy as soon as they walked in the door. God help me this Halloween but it's all I can do not to rip open each and every one of these snack-sized chocolate bars and cram them down my throat.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Momma's got some new bling...

Here is my new favorite thing! And since I am not Oprah, I don't have 300 to give away. Or even one for that matter. I've been wanting one of these forever. I don't know if I ever actually shared this with Doug but in my mind it seems like forever. Anyway, after getting out of the hospital I decided that I had earned one. Right? Two days in the ICU = a new necklace. Right! Actually, I also would have settled for a week in Hawaii but we spent our Hawaii money at the hospital so I settled for my necklace. I love it! Love it, love it, love it! I've gotten many compliments on it and several people have asked where they can get one. I got mine at:

They have many different types to choose from. It was hard. I am completely happy with my necklace and would highly recommend this site to anyone interested.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Student of the week

Yes..our little Einstein here is student of the week. When recently interviewed, here is what our little star had to say:

I am a star because...."I can jump in the pool and do a cannonball!"

Favorite colors: Red and pink

Favorite animals: Lions and tigers (I am quite shocked horses did not make this list).

Favorite food: Cheetos and cookie dough ice cream (I take all the credit for the ice cream).

Favorite book: Lion King

Favorite sport: Tennis

Favorite thing to do in school: Music and free play

Favorite thing to do at home: Play outside and fly my kite

I show others I care by...."Saying nice things to other kids, sharing toys and giving toys to kids who don't have any."

3 super-cool facts about yourself:

1. "I love gymnastics! I go to gymnastics class every Saturday!"

2. "I love to have sleepovers! I had my first one at my house this past summer."

3. "My best friend is MacKenzie."

Monday, October 18, 2010

Carlton Farm

Thanks to a new friend of mine that I made through a committee at Delaney's school, we packed up the kiddos this past Saturday and headed over to Carlton Farms in Rockmart. Each fall we have to visit a farm and do the whole pumpkin patch/farm animal/corn maze thing. I was on the hunt for a new place and one that was located closer to our home that ones we have visited in the past. Hadley had been pestering me for a few weeks that she wanted to go to a "pumpkin catch."

This place was awesome! It had a corn maze, hayride with cow feeding, farm animal feeding in the barn, duck racing, slide, hay maze and last but not least, a pumpkin patch. Oh, sorry Hadley, catch! The girls found all the kittens on this particular farm fascinating. Delaney was literally running after them and scooping them up like her babies. She has not let us forget for one minute that this December (one year since poor Joey died) that we have to get a new kitten. So imagine her delight at all the kittens she was finding! Hadley was more fascinated by the baby chicks in the barn she saw. The kid drained all the quarters out of my wallet so she could buy corn mix for the beloved creatures. She tried feeding the goats and a lone pig but after getting nipped by the pig and pumping her fist in the air and screaming about the injustice of it all, she decided to stick with the chicks. Oh, and Delaney wants me to make sure you all know that she got pecked on the hand by a grown chicken. And it hurt reeeeeaaaallllly bad! Really. I informed Delaney that she should really keep her fingers away from the chickens while they're hunting for food. But not my little veterinarian. Oh no. She had to try and physically touch every single animal in the barn. Except for Hadley's pig. I'm pretty sure she didn't try to touch that one.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Free PINK Headband for Breast Cancer Awareness

One of the blogs I follow had this posted to her site and I thought I would pass along! Enjoy!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
To raise awareness, The Hair Bow Company is giving away 1500 PINK crochet headbands. 50 headbands available per day, once they are gone, they will be available again the following morning.

To receive your free headband, simply add it to your cart, and checkout. You may order other items while you shop, or simply 'buy' your free headband. Once they run out for the day, they will re-load and be available the following day.
Limit one per customer. Limited Quantities. No purchase necessary.
Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

In which I got my walking shoes on again

I LOVE to walk. I used to walk everyday up to 4 miles per day. Even after Delaney was born. Even after Hadley was born. Sometime a year or so ago the walks became more about getting the kids out of the house than actually burning any calories. And let's not forget the summer and this godforsaken heat here. On days when it gets up to 95 degrees and you're soaking wet just going from your front door to the mailbox, who the hell wants to go for a walk? So what I'm saying is, I haven't been walking much this year. I need to walk. I want to walk. My doctors have emphasized how important it is for me to get my walking shoes on again. I know all this. But sometimes it's really hard to carve time out of my day to stop and go for a walk. I need a real walk where I'm sweating and can feel the burn in my legs. Not the walk where I'm yelling at the girls to go faster or keep up! Or get out of the neighbors' flower beds! For Pete's sake....

I told Doug that on Saturdays and Sundays after work I'm going to start stopping by a local park and walking 2-3 miles. Eventually I would like to get back into running but for now, I am will be happy just to go for a walk. A fast walk. I have to learn to put myself back on the schedule. I cannot keep using the girls as an excuse not to do things that I love. I am important too and there's no reason I need to race home every Saturday and Sunday after work. The girls are fine. Doug is fine. It's time.

Yesterday after work, I changed clothes and drove the Honda over to Swift Cantrell Park. For those of you that have no idea what I'm talking about, Swift Cantrell is one of the nicest parks ever built complete with two playgrounds, two fenced-in dog parks, a one-mile track all the way around the park, picnic areas, etc. Doug and I take the girls there from time to time and they LOVE it as well. I park, fire up the iPod, slip my car key into my shoe and hit the trails. At first it feels weird. Yes. It's weird because I am all alone. No one distracting me. I am actually walking at a break-necking pace and it feels so flipping good. My legs are quite surprising me with how fast they are going. I am even getting the itch to start running. It's like my legs are excited and want to show off a bit. But I rein them in because I know I'm not ready to start running again yet. I need to take baby steps. Oh, but the temptation is hard. I walk two whole miles. I contemplate a third one and decide not to. Again, I'm taking it slow. I'm sweaty. I'm thirsty. I'm happy. Yes, life is good.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tellus Museum in Cartersville

Delaney's eyes rolled into the back of her head when she laid eyes on this exhibit. "Oh. My. Gosh." I'm pretty sure those were her exact words.

Hadley brushing up on her magnification of the fish. No kidding, those fish were small. There was also a small wooden paddle attached to the same rope as the magnifying glass. Hadley asked if she could hit the bowl. I told her that we use the paddles for naughty kids.

Hadley uncovering fossils and dinosaur bones. Was so stinking cute with her little brush!

My little genius here uncovering her fossils as well. Delaney completely dazzled the guy manning the exhibit with her dinosaur and fossil knowledge. I was completely floored. "Where did you learn this? School?" Yeah right! "Mommy, I told you already (insert eye roll and sigh). Dinosaur Train!" And who says kids learn nothing watching TV? We are living proof of this so-called myth.

Astronaut Katie Alexander reporting for duty. Yes. I am a dork. And the one thought I was having while I stuck my head inside this photo prop was....who else has had their head in here?

Yes. We should be ashamed but we're so not. This is why I married this man! We rule :)

The three people sitting far away giving me dirty looks? That is my family. And really, I was just trying to get a picture with the dinosaur. Isn't it awesome? I thought so too.