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

Friday, July 31, 2009


Brooks has a new tooth coming in. Funny thing is, he hasn't lost ANY of his baby teeth yet. Can you see it?

I'll help you out if you don't.

For now, we will just continue to wiggle those front teeth in hopes that the Tooth Fairy hasn't given up on him yet.
(I hope you didn't find this post nauseating. Things like this just don't bother me.)
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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Excuse me, Is there steam coming out of my ears?

The boys were wrestling in the living room Tuesday night while I was trying to cook dinner. I told them to stop touching each other because someone was going to get hurt. Next thing you know, Brooks is crying and holding his ear. I hurriedly went and got Reese and disciplined him and made him stand in the corner in the kitchen. I told Brooks that I was sorry that he got hurt, but I had told them to stop touching each other. After a few minutes Reese was allowed to leave the corner and I told him he could go play in the playroom. I followed him in there, intending to tell them again, how to play sweetly. Reese walked in and says, “Sorry Brooks.”
I did not prompt him to say that, so I was feeling a little more up beat, thinking there might be some hope for them yet, but that feeling was soon sucked right out of my body by Brooks saying the following….
“It’s ok, I was just fake crying anyway.”

I think steam, no no FIRE, shot out of my ears.

You might even still smell smoke in the air.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Christmas in July!

Julie and I (well really more Julie) hosted a Christmas in July party this past weekend at my house.
"Why Christmas in July?" you might ask. Because....that's why.
We asked everyone to bring either a favorite Christmas time appetizer or dessert, along with the recipe to share with everyone. Julie had wonderful games for everyone to play that really made it a fun time for all.
We both commented that we had such a good time because it was a Christmas party, without all the business of the Christmas season.
So Merry Christmas in July!
A special gift from a special lady.
I have some pictures of all the great girls, but there were too many to share.

Monday, July 20, 2009

School Supplies

My sister and I used to love to go school supply shopping. We would get our list and get to pick the things that we wanted. Each year that went by was less and less exciting, because for some reason picking out a notebook at age 15 doesn't hold the same fascination as picking out a folder when you are 6.
That being said, I took Brooks yesterday to pick out his school supplies. He doesn't need a new backpack, he is going to use the same one as last year. Because of that, I did let him pick out a new lunch box. He doesn't have to know that the real reason is because I didn't like how the Bumblebee Transformer one from last year opened. (Don't tell him.)
He studied all of the lunch boxes, picking up several, and then put them back. He decided on a Disney Cars one. I reminded him that his back-pack is Cars as well, so he could have them both be the same or have something different from his back-pack. He studied and thought some more. He finally picks.....drum roll please..... a blue lunch sack. Just blue. Nothing on it. I said are you sure and he assured me he was.
So we get the other things on his list...
zippered pencil case...check
In some ways it was kind of sad. No cartoon character folder to pick out, since it wasn't on the list. No action figure notebook....again, not on the list. Everything on the list was straight forward, no real items to get to "choose" from. We left with, among other things, blue handled scissors, some crayons, and a BLUE lunch sack.
Tonight I go to the uniform consignment sale to get some school uniforms. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE THAT THEY WEAR UNIFORMS. It is so easy in the mornings and in my opinion Brooks looks cute in his. But my question is .....

"What happened to individuality?"

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Never thought I would have to say that!

To Reese yesterday:

"Reese, stop wiping your face on the wall."

"Reese, stop licking your brother."

I mean, is he a puppy dog or a child?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

New Interest

A while back, Teale and one of her friends started a new blog called Chicks with Cents. I have enjoyed reading the tips and tricks on how to save money. She also has links to other blogs on couponing which has given me hours of things to look at.

I am not up to the level that most people are, that are into couponing, but I had my first great transaction yesterday at Publix. I spent $23.75 and saved $27.84! Ranch dressing for 50 cents? French Onion dip for 50 cents? Yes, I believe I will take those.

I am on my way now! Watch out world :)

Each week, I can't wait to see what items are on sale at Publix, and then see what coupons come out in the Sunday paper. Brent asked me if it was like a game to me, and I said yes! But on second thought, it isn't so much like a game as it is an adventure.

Next thing you know, I may be canning my own vegetables.....Deirdre?

I know, I am a dork, but I don't care.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

We are in what!?

One of my new friends, Bertha, that I met while in Indonesia sent me a message on Facebook the other day to let me know that Brent and I were in the new Bandar Lampung Tourism brochure. It was pictures from when Brent and I went to see the buoy. You can go here to read about that day. She is going to save one to give Brent's dad next time she sees him.

(the cover)

(that is us in the bottom left picture with people from the tourism department at the buoy)
(Here is Brent too)

This was so surprising. It is funny to think that my picture is on something on the other side of the world. Literally!
Thanks Bertha for letting me use the pictures.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Motorcycles!

I have been meaning to do this post for awhile and am now just getting around to it.

While we were in Indonesia, you couldn't help but notice all of the motorcycles. It seems it is the preferred mode of transportation. We found it humerous to see what people had on their motorcycles.

(some of the following pictures are not good quailty because I was just trying to snap them as quick as I could)

Some type of food container
Mother riding side saddle, while holding child.Another mom with baby in sling.So many childrenI found out you can hire someone to take you where you need to go, like a taxi.Whole families on one motorcycle.This child was cute, with his/her sunglasses.I think it was a little boy.They even make child size helments.They even use them in the rain. This woman is under the pancho of the person in front of her.If you can see this is a motorcycle loaded down with about 100 pounds of stuff. This is a back view.Side view.We spotted this family and asked our driver to pull up close.I wished I had had a better picture but there is one more child sitting on the floor of the scooter in front of the one you can see. So that would be FIVE people on a scooter.
It was such an eye opening experience.