Sunday, September 28, 2008

I will make you fishers of men

Yesterday our church held its annual fishing tournament. This event is meant to be a fun filled day for the kids. The only problem is that for our family we are not gifted in this area. Apparently our parents did not expose us to this sport often enough. I can count on one hand the amount of times I have been fishing. I do however remember being scarred for life after cleaning fish. Ick !! Now my husband is not any better than I am. So here we are the whole family plus a friend. Fishing poles in hand ( given to us by Mr Troy ) , ready to go. MaryEsther gets busy fishing while Jackson plays with the already caught fish that are in a separate vat. Madison and his friend fish for a while before giving up and playing football. Neal was busy talking church business so I attempt to help Jackson get started. I am sure I was comedy relief to all on lookers. First of all I came from the gym so there I was in yoga pants, tennis shoes and a blinged out shirt. Secondly, I had no idea what I was doing. The only difference with me and Neal is that I will say that I need help. He on the other hand wants to prove his manhood with his fishing abilities, so he will suffer through it. MaryEsther was successful, she caught 3 fish. Jackson did have a bite but it got away.

Well although we are not very good with the whole hunting, fishing, camping stuff we do excel in other areas. We sure appreciate all the help from people who are gifted. Dana, fellow blogger and friend said that Neal was a different kind of fisher, a Fisher of Men. I thought that was great. I am so glad that God made us all unique and gifted us all with our own talents.

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Here is a fun pic of Dana and I flirting with our favorite garden gnome.P1210064

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Birthday to You !!

September 24.1945 at 6:25 a.m. David and Dolores wore born. Now these were not your average twins. They were born 6 weeks early and weighed in at 2 and 2.5 lbs a piece. Dolores was the largest ( that didn't last long). They were raised in Montgomery . They used to play on the capitol steps. Here is a picture of them when they were 4 years old.twins I believe this is Easter Sunday. They grew up attending Second Baptist Church downtown. At that time downtown was bustling with excitement. They have witnessed a lot of historic moments during their life time . Their father was a Montgomery police officer during the civil rights movement.

These two precious twins grew up fell in love and married. Each having a son and daughter. David is my father and Dolores my aunt. Although their nick names were Butch and Susie. Most people who have known them a long time ( meaning over 50 years ) call them that too. I actually had difficulty when purchasing Aunt Susie a gift on whether to have it monogrammed with an S or an D. I went with the S.

I love them both dearly and wish them both a great birthday. Here are a couple things I have learned from them both.

My Dad: If you can't say anything nice don't say anything at all

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly is all the way to the bone!!

Treat others the way you want to be treated

Just pretend you are hard of hearing, then people will leave you alone.

My Aunt: Days of Our Lives and Young and the Restless rule.

Lunches are made of tab cola and figurine bars ( now it would be diet dr pepper and a fiber one bar )

Teach your husband to clean the bathrooms, they love it !!

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They still are so cute !! Check out her necklace ( that is the one I gave her ) !!

Happy birthday!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Fun for All

Here are a few pics from my weekend in Montgomery. THe kids had fun playing with their cousins. My Uncle Jerry is retired from the Railroad and is now managing the carousel at the mall. This is always a huge highlight for my kids. My eldest was looking for shoes ( he is worse than a girl, at least they are athletics ones and not stilettos ). They got a little rowdy on the ride as you can see. Uncle Jerry hooked them up with bouncy balls that they attacked each other with. We terrorized a couple of shoppers and left. My nephew Mason is in navy with my kids. More stories to come this week about my trip home.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

And the list grows...

What gives?  I am so blessed that I can only eat natural , unprocessed foods right?  The more I try to find what I can eat, the more I am finding out what I can't eat.  Apparently  I am allergic to a preservative that is not listed on food labels.  Nice huh?  Trial and error, armed with benedryl and epi pens.


Just when you think you have found a food free of sesame, soy, and peanuts, BOOM, it is preserved with a sneaky little unlisted preservative called sulfites. 


So just for me, enjoy your convenienceP7250067 foods this week.  Think of me eating fresh fruit and veggies.  Don't be a hater.  You too could join my epi pen club !!  Here is a pic of me enjoying a smore. This is a historic moment.  It was my last one, I would have eaten more than one if only I had known!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008


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I woke up this morning at 6 20 to get ready for 7 00 bootcamp.  I got in the suburban and someone ( namely Neal) left it on Empty.  Not just empty, but out of gas.  So I went back in and to get the keys to his car.  I got in his car and guess what?  0 miles to empty.  Not only had he used all my gas but most of his too.  This was a great start to a CRAZY day.I prayed all the way there, I didn't have time to stop and fill up.  I am afraid when I get to heaven the Lord is gonna tell me I prayed more over gasoline than anything else.  I finished my bootcamp and headed the gym to train a client.  Actually I did get gas first.  Then I headed to the gym.  On the way to the gym my friend called to say they kept her husband overnight at the hospital and she could not complete the baby shower cake that I needed by 2 today.  I already had to move the shower to another home due to sick children.  Wow, my day was getting better and better.  So after the gym, I went to the store to get stuff to make frosting and other stuff for the shower.  I got home ,finished the cake, made both punches and got my clothes on.  Note I didn't have time to shower, yuck, I was feeling really pretty.  Neal took the 2 little ill ones to the Dr while Madison and I loaded all the stuff to the car.  I was going to drop off stuff early, pick up my monogramming, go by Publix, and take Madison up to the school before we set up for the shower.  You should have seen us, Madison was holding this 2 tier monstrosity of a cake I attempted to decorate, while balancing punch between his feet.  So we have configured the logistics when the unthinkable happens.  No Keys, I couldn't find them.  I called Neal to find out where he left them, he said they were with him at the doctor .  Oh, I was so not happy about this.  We had to call my poor friend who was now hosting to the shower to come pick up and all our stuff up.  She had to chauffeur us around on all our errands.  Her husband even helped get Madison to the school.  It was crazy.  We were afraid that cake was not going to make it.  I forgot to bring all my serving dishes and we had to make do but it turned out great.

I am now home , in my PJ's for the evening curled up with my laptop and now I am out of Gasoline.

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