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, October 30, 2009

Trunk or Treat

We had a great time again this year at Trunk or Treat.
Brooks went as.....

And Reese was a ....... (it's the red power ranger).

And here they are with their good friends Woody and Buzz.
Now just where did they put their candy? I need some!
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Monday, October 26, 2009

Thank you Mr.X

Thank you Mr. X. Mr. Xterra that is.
Thank you for carrying me to and from the places I need to go.
Thank you for driving great, even though I don't get your oil changed as often as I should.
Thank you for being the kind of guy that can put up with me being a little rough with you.
Thank you for understanding when I stop you suddenly sometimes, when I am threatening my children.
(I have threatened to pull you over many times.)
Mr. X, This is my plea to you that you will be around for another 100000.
Can you do that for me?

Sincerely, Your biggest fan!
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

In Elmore County

Does anyone else think this is funny?

I saw a car in front of me the other day that was an older model car that had a spoiler and big racing stripes on it. It looked like a real redneck car.

Then I noticed one of those swirly monograms that you see on cars now.

The monogram just didn't seem to fit.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Recipe to share

I made these this weekend and was skeptical at first, but they were really good. I had to share.

Easy Easy Biscuits

2 c. self-rising flour
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 c. milk, at room temperature

Mix all together. Drop into greased muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Fall Break

On October 10 we went to the beach to enjoy Brooks' time of of school for fall break. The fun part about the trip was that the boys didn't know we were going. This was pictures as we were telling them where we were going.
I was so glad that it was still warm down there.

Brooks loved getting in the ocean. He seemed more adventurous than he was last year. He and I spent some quality time in the ocean just playing in the waves.
Reese loves to pose with a fake smile.

At sunset

On Sunday after church, we went to the Oyster House. Mom got some peanut butter pie, and Brent got.....well........maybe a treat for himself. OYSTERS! They aren't too bad if you put enough stuff on them.

You know how lots of families have those wonderful pictures of their children on the beach? That wasn't going to happen for us. Reese through a royal fit! If you look closely in this picture, he has tears and snot all over his face. I "disciplined" him right there in front of anyone who was around, but that didn't stop him.
Brooks was very cooperative though. I told him to sit how ever he wanted to, and this was how he sat. I love it because it is how you would picture a child sitting.

This one turned out ok.
Maybe next year!
On Monday we went to one of those massive playgrounds like the one here in Wetumpka. The boys had a blast, but it was so hot, that we couldn't stay long. Which seems funny as I type this because it is 40 degrees outside right now.

Brooks entertaining me while we were at Lulu's waiting for our food.

We had a relaxing time. The only thing that could have been better was if Reese didn't develop a cough, that he still is trying to get over. Can't wait until we can go back!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Forgot the Conditioner

I put on Facebook on Friday that I forgot to put conditioner in my hair that morning, and wondered what the day would bring since it started off not quite right. I should have just gone back to bed.

I was later to work than usual, because I went to get my flu shot. Then after being at work for just a little bit, mom called and said that while dad was having a stress test done, he started feeling funny. He went to get checked out because he had been having some dizziness and felt like his heart was racing. They hooked him up to a monitor and he was having ventricular tachycardia. I left work to go stay with Reese so mom could go be with dad. They put dad in ICU and decided to do a heart catherization. Thankfully, there were no blockages etc. He is now just hanging out in the hospital until Monday, when they can do some kind of nuclear imaging test.

So I went and stayed with Reese. I really needed to make him a doctor's appointment because he had been coughing since last Friday. He seemed to not be getting any better. I called the doctor and the only appt. time they had was at 2:30. That was ok, but it messed things up for my sister. See, she was supposed to go have her wedding portrait pictures taken at 4 on Friday. The plan was that mom would go with her, but that didn't work out. I was going to try and go, but that didn't work out either. Luckily, her friend went with her.

All of this rambling was to say that sometimes days just don't go like you plan for them to. If there is ever another day where I forget to put conditioner in my hair, I am going to go back to bed, and ask every family member of mine to do the same.

*My dad is doing really well right now, and just waiting to have some more tests run. Please keep him in your prayers.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Fair

We had a great time at the fair on Friday. The boys seemed to enjoy it, even though Reese was developing a cold.
This is the first year that Reese has really enjoyed riding the rides.

I even rode some too. I am surprised the ride didn't break.
We got there early enough that there weren't big lines or lots of crowds.

I had to tell the boys to stop splashing water on each other on this ride. Sigh!
They both loved the miniture ferris wheel. It was neat.
I love this picture. More than just how it looks. My dad works for the railroad, and when they used to have cabooses on all the trains, he was the guy that rode on the caboose. Looking at the picture it makes me think of him.
Watch out world. This munchkin is going to be ready to ride everything next year!
Well maybe not everything. Brooks and I went down the slide. You remember the slide don't you? You ride down the big tall thing on a potato sack. Brooks was on it with me and we went down FAST! I mean FAST! I remember us coming up off of it at the end! I think it scared him and somehow I skinned my ankle between the sack and slide. I don't even know how it happened. Brooks said he wasn't ever riding that again. I felt kind of guilty and had to explain to him that he wouldn't have gone down that fast, if I hadn't been on it with him. Try explaining that to a child.

Monday, October 12, 2009


Our picture was in the newspaper on Saturday, after the boys and I went to the fair. I am going to post pictures that I took when I get back home. (We are at the beach.)

Here is what was in the paper:
And this one was online only.Needless to say, this was taken by a great photographer.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Sunday, the First and Second grade classes at ACA put on a wonderful production called "Welcome to Our Neighborhood." I only teared up twice, which is pretty good for me. Here is all of the children, including "Mr. Rogers" in his red sweater. This is Queen Sarah. All of the cast members were wonderful! I have too many pictures to share them all here.
Brooks was chosen to be one of the trolley riders.

Mr. Art contacted Mr. McFeely and asked him for some autographs to give to the teachers for all of their hard work. Well, Mr. McFeely responded and asked if he could send one for all of the students too. That was the second time I teared up. How gracious of him. Here is one of the teachers showing them to the audience.

Then, Mr. Art asked the children to sing the closing song once more and asked the audience to join in. So there we all were, children and adults, singing...."It's such a good feeling to know you're alive, it's such a happy feeling, you're growing inside......"

It was such a wonderful experience for Brooks, AND ME!

Brook on Mr. Roger's bench

Brooks and Mr. Art

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Pumpkin Patch!

We made our second annual trip to Clanton to go to the "Grand Ole Pumpkin Patch" on Saturday. This year, since we went on a Saturday, Brent and my dad got to go with us.
Our attempt at a family shot.

Brooks took this picture. He did a pretty good job!

Going down the "ginormous" slide. I wouldn't go so far as to say he liked it, but he did it.
Reese climbing through the maze.
The pony rides.

One of the three teepees, that the kids can climb in.
Brent tolerated the hay ride quite nicely. (He is allergic to everything. And I mean everything!)

Reese trying to pick up one that he has spotted.

Brent and ReeseReese was so happy with his pumpkin!
We had a great day, and even discovered a nice little place to eat in downtown Clanton. I love these kind of family days!