The South

Where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April; front porches are wide and words are long; macaroni and cheese is a vegetable; pecan pie is a staple; Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy; everything is darling and someone is always getting their heart blessed. -unknown

Saturday, January 31, 2009

2 Completely Unrelated Things

I got to school a little early yesterday to pick up Brooks and had to wait in the car pick up line. I could see some of the cars up ahead moving up, but then the van in front of me just sat there. So, I waited too. I wasn't in a rush because there was no where for us to go. They hadn't started calling names yet so I just waited.
And waited.

And waited.

Finally, I could see them begin to call names, and the van still wasn't moving. So, I regretfully hit my horn. I didn't hit it long, just a short, "toot, toot."

Still nothing.

Then I hit it longer. "TOOOOT."


So I drove around the van. As I rounded the van, I saw that the driver was asleep. Lord, please don't ever let me fall asleep in the car pick up line.

Then, I was getting close to the "pick up" spot, but not quite there yet. In other words, I was at the front of the next batch of cars to pick up their child. I watched Brooks march down the side-walk. I thought, "Where is he going?" Then I watched him march right up and open the door of another Xterra. He quickly shut the door, and one of the other teachers saw what was going on and sent him back to the waiting area. I laughed and laughed because here is the funny part, their vehicle was tan and mine is black!

And for the other unrelated part of this post. We found this picture at my mother's house yesterday. It is of my sister many years ago. It always makes me smile and I hope it makes you smile too.
* I wish you could see better the Mickey Mouse flip flops that had already lost their ears.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Endearment at the Planetarium

Brooks' class at the Planetarium.

Brooks and his friend.

His class leaving the Planetarium.

Brooks curiosity of the sky, after visiting the Planetarium.
(Notice the pajamas, and the little brother trying to sneak in a little time riding a toy.)

This was Brooks' and my whispering conversation at the Planetarium today:

Me: What is that?
B: A shooting star. Mom, have you ever seen a shooting star?
Me: Yes, just one time.
B: Did you make a wish?
Me: Yes.
B: What did you wish for?
Me: For God to bless me.
B: Did your wish come true?
Me: Well he gave me your daddy, and you and Reese, didn't he?
B: (giggling to himself)
B: Mommy, I love you!

So, if I didn't learn anything else today,
like how many million miles the planets are from the sun,
or why the constellation Cassiopeia is close to the constellation Pegasus.....
......I shared a moment with my son.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

To Grandparents house we went!

This past weekend we went to Brent's grandparents house in North Georgia for the weekend. Although it was a short trip, we enjoyed getting to see them. I am sure their house was much quieter and calmer after we left. Brooks and I enjoyed a short trip outdoors exploring everything we could see. Thanks Nana and Grandad for letting us come!
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Welcome Blog Around the World Friends!

Hey Y’all! Welcome to my fellow BATW friends.. I have a big glass of sweet tea waiting on you. I am not as talented as others who have given marvelous tours of their regions, but I am going to do my best to share a glimpse of the area.

You have arrived in the great state of Alabama, more specifically Wetumpka, Alabama. You may be asking yourself, “How do you pronounce that?” and “Where in the world is that?”
We-tump-ka is pronounced just like it is written. It is the Creek Indian word for “rumbling waters.” The Coosa River runs right through the middle of town.
The city is located in the middle of Elmore County highlighted below.

Wetumpka is about 20 minutes northeast of Montgomery, the capital city of Alabama. I had lived in Montgomery my entire life until 4 years ago. (My husband on the other hand has lived in like 20 different towns, including 6 years in Indonesia. He and I will be going there in March, so I am sure that I will have lots to share then.) We moved to this bedroom community and have loved every minute of it. It is a small town, yet it has everything you need. I thought to myself the other day, only in our city can you leave the Wal-mart and hear a hunter's rifle go off in the near area. (I really heard that last week.)

Although we don't live there anymore, I still call Montgomery home, too, because of it's close proximity, because my husband and I work there, and my oldest goes to school there. The Montgomery/Wetumpka/Prattville area is considered the "tri-county area."

Montgomery is known for Rosa Parks and the civil rights movement, and for being the first capital of the confederacy, among other things. One of my favorites things to do is to go to the world renown Alabama Shakespeare Festival. It is a world class theatre that hosts numerous plays throughout the year. It is located on numerous acres that include rolling hills and gorgeous ponds.

I could tell you many straight forward facts about our dear state, but you can find those anywhere. Here are some fun things about the state:

  • When traveling to Mobile via I-65 South, the huge bridge that you must cross is nick-named the "Dolly Parton Bridge". Can you guess why?

  • Chilton County is known for their wonderful peaches. So to honor that, the water tower looks like a giant peach.

  • There is a pet cemetery in Montgomery. It has been there for over 50 years.

  • There is a town in the northern part of the state called Guin. Another close by called Winfield. And the town in between the two is name Gu-Win. There is also an area close to my house known as "Slapout."
Alabama is a wonderful place to live because of its natural beauty. We have the white sands of the Gulf of Mexico, all the way to the beginnings of the Appalachian Mountains.
We live in a small neighborhood, but if you look out our back door you will see this:
(and that was the reason we moved here 4 years ago)

***and just a side note, that if you cut down the trees, Melissa from A Little Loveliness, lives like 200 yards straight ahead. She is so great!

Above was the first picture I added to my blog and thus the name of it. I had several friends from church that were blogging and would talk about other blogs that they had hopped over to. It sounded like so much fun. I don't really blog about anything serious, it has just been a way to share things going on in our life. I have enjoyed documenting our happenings, and know that with this, I will always have the memories to look back on. Like this:
My husband and I have two boys ages 5 and 2. I will let you guess which one is the jokester, and which one is the spitfire!

Let’s see, what else can I tell you about?
I was serious about the sweet tea. (A.K.A. "The house wine of the south") You can find it at any restaurant, fast food place, and even grocery stores in the southeast. And when I say grocery stores, it is sold in gallons next to the milk. True sweet tea has the sugar added while the tea is still hot. To me, there is no other way to make it. My favorite to buy is Milo's

I guess you have all heard about the Auburn vs. Alabama rivalry. It is as big, or maybe even bigger than you can imagine. If you are born in this state, you pretty much are either a Tide or Tiger fan. If you meet someone that is not for either of these teams, then you can be 99% sure that they did not grow up in this state. I am married to one of those. So this can be confusing to children. Some may think that we do not have 4 true seasons here. That is not the case. For Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter we have "Getting Hot," "Sweltering," "Still Hot" and "Pleasant." But what can I say, this is the only area I have ever lived in, so I guess it is just the norm to me. One of my favorite conversations I overheard was when I was waiting on my husband to pick me up from the airport in Montgomery one AUGUST evening and I heard a woman say to the group she was with, "Hey, it isn't as hot as I thought it would be here." A gentleman she was with replied, "It is 11:00 at night and it is 80 something degrees!"

And you know what? I wouldn't trade this sweet-tea-loving, hospitality-oozing, gas-station-supper-eating, God-fearing, neighbor-helping-neighbor, region for anywhere.

Thanks for stopping by!!!Y'all come back now, ya hear!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Broken Engagement?

Brooks told me that he didn't want to get married to his friend anymore.

He said, "Mom, I don't want to marry her anymore."
I said, "Why?"
He said, "She said that when we get married, she is going to spank me."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hodge Podge

Recent funnies:

Reese: "Mommy, is it milk in my cup?
me: "No, it is juice."
Reese: "It's kind of like milk."
me: "What?"
Reese: "juice is kind of like milk"

Brooks: "Mommy why are all the elves short?"

Reese: "I smell hiccups!........Again! I fink I about to frow up in my mouf!"

Reese's prayer the other night: "Dear God, Thank you for dis day. Help me be sweet, and let me play with my sword tomorrow. In Jesus name, Amen."

Monday Brooks had to move his car at school, yet again, from green to yellow. Because I am trying new and different punishments each time, I told him he was going to have to write sentences. He was going to have to write "I will not talk" 50 times.
........His eyes lit up with glee!

On another note, I bought some bedroom furniture for the boys off Craigslist yesterday from someone in Montgomery. It is a bunkbed set that has drawers and shelves built into it, a dresser, a desk and a chair. I can't wait until we get it all set up. Brent is out of town, so it will have to wait. We are going to put both boys in one room, and let the other room be a play room. I was kind of leary of that at first, but Brooks is so excited about it.

There really isn't much else going on with us. Brent and I are starting to make lists, or at least mental notes of things that we cannot forget to take on our trip to Indonesia in March. We will be gone for a little over 2 weeks. For those that don't know, Brent lived there for 6 years until he graduated from high school. We will fly, or should I say take many flights, to Singapore and stay there a few days, then go to Indonesia and stay a few days, and then on to Bali for a few days. The boys will not be with us. I am excited, nervous, anxious, adventurous, and oblivious, to name just a few of my emotions. I can't wait to go, and I don't want to leave the boys, all at the same time. I am sure I will have many stories when we return.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Warning-Useless Knowledge!

*Warning, I am about to share a something funny about a common church song that we all know. Once you read this post, ever time you hear that song, you will think about what I am about to reveal to you. Or if you are like me you would. If you want to be spared from the useless knowledge I have in my head, stop reading.

You have been warned.

All of us are very familiar with the song "You are the words and the music." My dad pointed out years ago that whoever wrote it, just used the same tune to another song he had in his record collection. Yes, I said record collection. Then he pulled out the record and played it for me. I have to say that I agree with him. The tunes are only the same on the verse part of the song. Are you curious???
What better song to have copied than Marty Robbin's "Devil Woman"!!! Don't believe me? See for yourself. Sing the beloved, uplifting, "You are the words and the music" in your head as you listen.

I warned you. Welcome to my world of useless knowledge.

Devil Woman - Marty Robbins

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

So it starts..

Brooks received this from his friend at school.

I just love it!!!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Eye wonder!

Reese is all boy! He busted his eye open on Monday. Melany was keeping him, so being the nurse, she put some dermabond on it. (I don't know if that is how it is spelled) We were already scheduled to see Dr. T that afternoon anyway. When we went to his office, we found out that it probably could use stitches. The dermabond wouldn't come off, so he will be "sporting" the funky looking eye until further notice.

I am not going to ask what is next.

Does anyone have any good remedies or products that you know of for scars?
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Friday, January 2, 2009

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1/2 t cloves
1/2 t allspice
2 cups nuts (optional)
1 large can pumpkin (or 16 oz of fresh pumpkin)
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup oil

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Add wet ingredients. Blend well.

Grease 3 loaf pans. Pour batter into them and bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until done.
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