Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Puppy


Here she is, hiding from the girls. I can relate, the girls make me want to hide too.

Pillow Case-Style Dresses

Although these weren't made out of pillow cases, I did use the general idea in making them. It was pretty fun. I also made a Greenbay Packers one for Tisha, but didn't get a picture of it before I gave it too her.

Very simple to make. Then I love throwing the embriodering machine in the mix as well.

I may dive into a pattern form dress for the girls. I don't know if I want that much work yet.








Saturday, September 27, 2008

I gave in.

And I'm already having second thoughts about it.

As you know, Jason has been wanting a dog for some time now. He's asked. He's moaned. He's demanded. And I always stuck to "NO".

I thought I was out of the woods cause he picked one out from the liter that the Meyers' dog had. He even named it. But I continued with the "NO" until "Chalkie" found a new home.

This morning when he woke up, the first thing he said was, "Can I have a dog?" And I said the standard, "HELL NO".

So today I was out shopping with my mom. We drove past an area where they are building a new Costco and I realized Cory Meyer was having a garage sale in the area. I had to talk to her about our plans tomorrow so I sought her out. I'll be damned if she didn't have those damn dogs there with her. I ended up taking one home for Jason.

It's all black and very small. It's going to grow pretty fast because the mom is Lab, but we have no clue who the daddy is. Everyone in my house is ecstatic. Jason was excited and thrilled. He didn't even complain about the $$$ I dropped at PetSmart.

There goes my craft room cause now we need to pay for vet bills and an electric fence. Then I was reading a post on a friend's blog about her neighbor's dog waking her up at the crack of dawn and was remind that I don't even like animals. What have I done??

Friday, September 26, 2008

Cornhole King

There is a new Cornhole King in town.

O'Harold has won bragging rights.

In his first EVER attempt at cornhole, he apparently nailed the most points, came up with a cornhole dance, has a certain way he yells "CORNHOLE", and has Jason questioning his choice in cornhole partners.

All on Jason's new board he built by hand.

Jason is apparently questioning O'Harold's, I mean Cornhole King's integrity because he came home with a point board to help keep a specific point tally. I guess I'd be upset too if I got a can of whoop-ass opened on me on my new board.

Word on the streets is Sallie is making t-shirts for the Cornhole King.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Titans 50 Yard Line

Nothing like sitting in the box. Jason and O'Harold went and had a good time. Sallie mentioned O'Harold was a bit weary of going, but glad he did. Jason said it didn't seem like he was weary of going cause he ate and ate and ate. Free food does that to ya'.

Here are a few flicks.






Project Kiddie Runway

Purchased a new sewing machine so I can sew and embroider. The first dresses I made with Sallie's help. I thought it would be a piece of cake to buy a cute shirt than add some sparkle fabric for some bling. I was wrong as it was a lot of work to make Hanna dresses. The second is a two dollar t-shirt with Ab's name and a cute ribbon sewed on. Again, thought it was going to be easy but I struggled. I have to get used to this sewing concept.

At least my models are cute!





Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ironic

The guy I voted against in the last election, responded (a form letter I'm sure) to my email and letter about S. 1738. I'm thrilled he is for it so I can't complain about him too much!! :)



Dear Mrs. Burden,



Thank you for taking the time to contact my office about the Combating Child Exploitation Act of 2007 (S. 1738), of which I am a co-sponsor. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.



S. 1738 was reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 7, 2008 for consideration by the full Senate. This bill establishes a Special Counsel for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction that would coordinate the prevention strategies of the Department of Justice, U.S. attorneys, and the FBI. It also establishes a National Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program consisting of state and local task forces to address online enticement of children, child exploitation, and child pornography.



I agree that it is imperative that we protect our children from sexual predators through the aggressive prosecution of those who engage in child exploitation and pornography. Our federal and state law enforcement agencies do not currently have the necessary tools to combat this criminal industry. This legislation is a critical step in securing the health and safety of our children and communities by providing resources commensurate to the size and importance of the problem. Please know that should this bill reach the Senate for a vote, it will have my support.



I also want to let you know that I have voted in support of an amendment that would provide continued funding to "Project Safe Childhood." This is a program that works to prevent Internet and technology based exploitation of children. I have also voted to provide additional funding under the Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection Act of 2006 for the United States Marshals Service to track down convicted sex offenders who have failed to register as a sex offender as required by law.



Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me as I serve you in the United States Senate.






Sincerely,

Bob Corker
United States Senator

Nashville Is Nuts

We have no gas. It's been like this for over a week. When trucks come in, people go nuts. Fights at the pumps. Police escorts for gas trucks. Hoarding. People waiting in lines that are 40-50 cars deep. Cars left on the roads as they are running out of gas. It's just nuts.

And to make it more embarrassing, it's on CNN Nashville Is Nuts.

I blame the media. I honestly do. Last week when Ike hit, they had stories about us running out of gas and it sent people running to the pumps. Problem is, Ike hit Texas and not Nashville.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Boston

Want to her a horror story?

Saturday night, we decide to join my parents for dinner at Applebee's. There was a time when we went out to dinner four times a week. As the kids have grown and their behavior deteriorated, that number has been scaled way back to almost never. So this was a treat. Right?

It's about 5:30 and the place wasn't super busy. They sat our rather large party (7) fairly fast. Then the fun unfolds. We wait a good 15 minutes for the server to greet us. 15 minutes in kid time is like 15 days. She introduces herself as "Boston" and takes our entire order, food included, since we had a lot of time look over the menu.

She goes in the back, a few minutes later we hear a very LOUD smash, and Boston yells, "THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!" and a few seconds later she storms right past our table out the door.

WTF.

WTF.

I don't get out often. I was looking forward to a decent, relaxing evening where I didn't have to cook and clean up after everyone and this bitch pulls this? Not on my watch folks.

The bartender quickly steps in and takes our order and gets things going. Minutes later Boston comes back in the restaurant and is counting money out and talking to the manager. I'm thinking this bitch is about to go psycho on us. It's called work place violence. She disappears into the back, quietly.

At this point, we are discussing our options but my mom wants to stay cause she's drinking a pomegranate martini. [insert big fat eye roll here]

We stay, eat, and run the hell out of there. The manager approaches us and we are pretty short with her because we are thinking, Why did you let this nut back in the place? I'm looking over my shoulder as we leaving thinking I'm going have to step to Boston if I see her in the parking lot. The Wauk-town will never leave me.

So I get home and blast off emails to the Applebee's corporate office. The general manager called me this afternoon apologizing like crazy, offering 7 free meals and told me they were going to fire Boston this afternoon. He said Boston had a bad day and wasn't getting the help she felt she needed and threw the tray of drinks on the wall, screamed and then left. Bitch has not walked a day in my shoes, then she can talk about a bad day. I deal with behavior like that daily and but she gets paid for it. I just get lip.

I told him to send the meals but I doubted we'd go back. I'll probably sell the coupons on Craigslist.

Laptop Down

This really stinks. Yet another virus problem with another laptop. I dont even want to go there with the damage I've done to the numerous laptops I've gone through. My husband gets mad when I discuss it and always tells me he's not buying me another one.

But for now, I'm without a laptop. It goes nuts when I turn it on. So if I want to use a computer, I have to use Abbe's and she doens't share well.

This sucks.

Help Pass Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act

Please read, contact your Senators, and pass on. It's important to provide our law enforcement agencies funding needed to help protect our children. This is a bipartisan effort to provide funding to these agencies and it takes less than five minutes for your voice to be heard.



Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have.

The PROTECT Our Children Act will:


Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.
Act Now!
Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.
Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either dropdown menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference!

Call Your Senators
If you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."

Write to Your Senators
If you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter—and modify it how you see fit.

Dear Senator:

I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.

Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.

As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.

Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.

(Your name here)

Instructions for How to Copy and Paste the Letter
To copy and paste the letter into your senator's web form at www.senate.gov, point your mouse arrow at the beginning of the text that you want to copy. Click your left mouse button and hold it down. While holding the left mouse button, drag your arrow to the end of the text that you want to copy. Release the button. The text should be highlighted. Place your mouse arrow over the highlighted text, click your right mouse button once and let go. A new menu should appear. Select Copy from the drop down menu. When you get to the message form field for your senator at www.senate.gov, point your arrow at the beginning of the message field that you want to copy your text to and right click with your mouse. Click Paste from this menu. Submit your form and help our children!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The day of rest

Please, if you have a weak stomach - go no further on this page. Fair warning.















Windy Weekend

Here are a few things we did this weekend. Tyler has spent the entire weekend with his grandparents. The girls had Kristen sleep over on Saturday night.







Thursday, September 11, 2008

ETSY.COM

The ideas! The fun! I've been making a list of things I want to make. This year I'm really getting into the holiday season and I think I will make 90% of my gifts for friends and family. Why not!?

I was browsing etsy.com and found some of the cute little clips that M has made in the past.



I'm thinking that may be a future project. They are way cute but I need to get my girls to wear bows while they are young. Abbe Mae is already giving me lip about putting them in her hair, you know, cause she's grown. Any how, M has specific instructions on making the clips on her Oh' Brother ! blog and many other crafting skills she shares. She's a big quilter.

Also, while browsing the site and looking at all the pretty jewelry, I got excited. I think this next adventure will be some new jewelry. Wait - my thread came today so I get to embrioder. Think I can send the kids to daycare so I can craft all day?

New Lohan Nude Photos

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Melissa

Shout out to Melissa. I always, I mean always, have fun with this woman. She once took me on a skunk adventure which almost ended up in an arrest, but we've moved on from this.

So last week, we had a girlie day (cause you know we don't work and we roll like this) With all of our kids in school, we thought it would be nice to go shopping and lunch. She picks me up in her fancy Lexus cause the minivan ain't cutting it for her and we head off. Had I known how the events of the day were going to turn, I would've taken the minivan.

She starts by saying, "Boy, that's a big storm cloud over there. Is that where we are going?"

"Yeah." And I think nothing else of it.

The entire time we were out, she was worried about the storm cloud. On the way home it starts to sprinkle. SPRINKLE, folks. Not poor. No thunder. Sprinkle. She FA-lips out. Full fledge panic attack. I guess Miss Melissa doesn't drive in the rain. Big trucks, grandmas, minivans and people riding their bikes were passing us up on the highway. Meanwhile, I'm texting Olivia about the situation and Olivia apparently knows all to well about it. She responds, "Does she have the flashers on? Is on the side of the road?"

OMG. She's a mess.

Friday night, we went to a Toga party. Toga? Yes, Toga. It was wild. Those women she hangs with are wild. But it was fun. Here we are doing Jello-shots. I know, we are not 20-ish anymore, but the more we drink, the more we think we are. Age-goggles.

The other picture was some other party we attended earlier this year. What a wild night THAT was.


Big Day Today!

My thread starter kit is set to arrive! Let the embriodery begin! First up, day-of-the- week underwear for Jason. Shall I post pictures?

Hair Bow Holders

I've had these pictures for some time now but have been waiting to share. Here are the bow holders I made for my girls and for gifts for my two friends (which neither has recieved yet - so Robyn and Chris turn your heads).





Score!




Jason has friends in high places. 50 yard line, free food and all the alcohol I can drink!!

It's bad

Apparently, me cutting Olivia's hair wasn't enough. She had some paint on the side of her hair from a project we were doing, and it wasn't bad, but I couldn't get it out. She needed a trim and I do it all anyways we fixed her up with a cute little pixie cut.

But.

Under the watchful eye of my dad, it seems Olivia got another haircut from her sister. They walked into the kitchen, climbed on the counter, got the kitchen scissors, went into the bathroom and cut Olivia's bangs about an inch short. Maybe shorter. All under the watchful eye of my dad.

This is right up there with them cutting Dora's hair, playing cat and the time I was sick and Abbe cut off her pig tails while Jason was sitting right next to her.

Ughhh. Doesn't she know I just spent $200 and three days making her hair bows?? One day I will laugh, just not today! Oh, and I've learned that it's not enough to put the scissors away, I have to put them on the very top shelf of my pantry.

Here she is - she didn't want me to take her picture and you can barely see how horrible it looks.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Random

Been busy lately and a bit moody too. So here are some random thoughts:

-Tom Brady is OUT!!! He's hot, but cocky. Mike isn't answering the phone so I'm sure he's upset.

-Love Joann's.

-Cornhole bags finished.

-Britney looks good!

-Toy chest isn't finished yet.

-Olivia had to have a haircut tonight cause of a paint issue.

-I read back my entire blog tonight. It put a smile on my face. :)

-My friend, Celly, needs to come visit.

-It's September and STILL 90 degrees out.

-I went to a TOGA party Friday night. It was FUN!

That's about it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Testing. Testing.




The Pioneer Woman

Have you seen this website? One of Jason's friends turned me on to it and I'm in love with her photography skills.

Check it out.

http://thepioneerwoman.com

Girls are Sick

Snot, cough, runny eyes. This has been going on all weekend. Olivia was in bad shape Saturday but is getting better. I guess today is Abbe's turn. She's a mess so I kept her home from school. Poor girls.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

1st Annual Cornhole Tourney

Now accepting applications for the 1st annual cornhole tournament. Have to prove citizenship to qualify. 2 person team, double elimination.

Monday, September 1, 2008

OMG A BROTHER!!

We had a fantastic weekend! Friday night, went to a hurricane party in my neighborhood and stumbled home around midnight. Saturday I spent the entire day on my girlfriends boat with Tyler. It was awesome as TN has beautiful lakes. Sunday we had a huge party at our house with all of Jason's coworkers. LOTS of fun all weekend long!!!

To top things off, I was given a Brother embroidery machine over the weekend. I'M THRILLED! Ginger and Killer gave it to me and I've been fooling with it all evening. I'm beyond excited. Sallie came over this evening (we hit up Joann's earlier in the day) and sat down with me to help me out. We whipped up some simple dance bags for the girls complete with their names and ballet shoes on the front.

Next up, day-of-the-week underwear for Jason! I'm realllllly getting into this machine. I may not be around much, I have big plans. Christmas is just a few months away!