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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
My friend Carrie and I saw a table tent at lunch advertising for a co-ed service fraternity called Alpha Phi Omega (a.k.a APO). During our meal she agreed to go with me to the intro meeting of some boring business organization if I went with her to the APO one. Mine was a complete dud (DUH!). Hers was the key to my future.
I was also sporting one of the sloppiest shirts I have EVER owned. I mean really, I was not "swoon-a-man" ready that weekend. Obviously he looked past my bad hair and fashion choices and obviously the good Lord was doing some of his best matchmaking work that weekend. Cause I can promise you it was not my modest first impression.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I have had days when I have wanted to pull all my hair out and run for the childless hills but I have also had days where I had absolutely no idea that my heart could almost explode with joy. And of course those are the times I choose to remember and hold on to. Days when a picture like this can be captured.
This is me with my son Benjamin near his first birthday. I love how we are looking away together and the simplicity of our embrace. Most of all I love those cute baby legs and his chubby little hand on my arm. And, his "lovie" (one in which he still holds on to even now, at 4 years old) is right there on the ground next to us. Motherhood means many things to me but most of all it means loving and guiding your children.
I post this picture for two reasons... one to remind myself of how quickly they grow and how we should cherish ALL the moments. Yes, even the not-so-good ones...And two, because 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a photo contest for a little giveaway (ok, it's kinda big - $1,000) and who am I to pass that up?
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Every. Single. One.
And, I even found some new bloggy friends. I just love giveaway time!
Here's the winner of my giveaway!
Christel @ Simply Us. Her comment said:
"Great giveaway. This could be the motivation I needed to get back into scrapping. Thanks."
I hope to hear from you soon Christel, so we can talk about what you want in your scrapbook!
I have also won two giveaways so far myself! Like I said- LOVE THIS!
This first one is really too crazy. Remember the blogger meet up? And remember my new friend Tx Poppet who brought us jam (and did I mention lives very near me??) well I won her giveaway!! Is this a nutty coincidence or WHAT?! She can even hand deliver it to me! She swears it wasn't fixed, but I don't know... ; )
I also won a ton of coupons and a Williams Sonoma G.C. from One Frugal Chick. I am so excited for a reason to shop at W.S. and I cannot wait to save with my coupons, that I didn't have to cut myself! That alone is a true gift.
I will admit, I have spent quite a lot of time this week entering giveaways but it wasn't ALL day, EVERY day, I mean the kids have still ben fed and watered. I even left the house a couple of times! HA! I did procrastinate a little on the house cleaning so I will have to quit ignoring that next week. Of course I think that has more to do with complete apathy in that department rather than the constant blogging... : ) The B Man did offer to help me clean the toilets. I guess he thinks it's time too...
So go visit the blogs that I just linked to. They are "Givers" (Christel also hosted a giveaway that included a Target G.C. - woman after my own heart!)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
What happens when Elaine goes to choir and leaves us boys home all alone? ROCK N' ROLL, baby!!!
Elaine mentioned Little G loves music but I'd like to show you another example. He's off the Soulja Boy and onto some good ole fashion Irish rock....so enjoy!
(btw, If you are wondering why The B Man isn't really into it, he told me after the song that it was "okay" but Joshua Tree was still their best album....everyone's a critic)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
(if you would like to see a more "artistic" depiction of this same picture, you must visit JCN here... she's great with Crayola markers, I tell ya!)
Monday, April 21, 2008
If this is your first time to visit, let me give a shout out and say, "Hey!!" Thanks for stopping in and I hope you like what you see. My blog was just recently made over by Karen of Simply Amusing Designs and I am very happy with my new header and signature.
Now on to "the goods." I love to scrapbook so the first item is a mini scrapbook that is currently a completely blank canvas. It has 20 7x7 pages and I will do 5 custom layouts with themes the winner and I decide on together. (if you want to see a layout I have done go to my last giveaway post to see one). The rest of the album will be up to the winner to fill...
The second item is a $10 Target card because I absolutley LOVE me some Target and I am pretty sure a lot of you do too.
So, there you have it. Leave me a comment on this post before Friday, April 26th at midnight, CST about why you want one or both of these things (you're gonna get both no matter what...). PLEASE make sure I have a way to get back in touch with you either by leaving your email in your comment or having it on your blog profile. I will choose a winner on Saturday, April 27th via Random.org. This is open to folks from the U.S. and Canada only and I will cover the postage to get you your winnings!
Now, go on over to Bloggy Giveaway central to visit tons of other blogs and enter to win free stuff 'til your eyes bulge out of your head. That's what I plan to do! Good Luck everyone!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I just wanted to say thanks (via some linky love) to Amy at By His Grace for the $15 Blockbuster card (movies - yeah!) and to Lawanda at Lovin' Life for the scrapbooking kit. I am so jazzed about a kit that has all the stuff included!
I'll see y'all later. I got some movies to watch and scrappin' to do! ; ) Oh, and tomorrow starts the Bloggy Giveaway carnival. Guess we'll get to see if my luck holds! ; )
Friday, April 18, 2008
Anyway, on to why this post is titled as such...
In a former life I worked for a pretty large furniture company as a home accessories buyer. I use the term "buyer" extremely lightly because I did not do a lot of the analysis and number crunching that a traditional buyer does. But that was the title they gave me and I took it. I did get the fun part of picking out pretties to go in the furniture stores, so really it was the perfect job. Well, except that un-named company did not have their "stuff" together in regards to the division I worked for... but that's beside the point.
I traveled on occasion with said job, and during one very cold January I met my boss and another colleague in Atlanta for a rug shopping expedition. I flew alone from Texas and after retreiving my luggage, had to make the decision as to what sort of transport I was going to take to my hotel.
I debated this quandry in my head for quite a while, standing right in front of the sign that pointed one way to the taxis and another direction to the city metro train. I weighed my options back and forth in my head. If I took the cab it would surely cost more, but I would have to have one on one contact with the driver. This is not really my cup of tea. I mean I LOVE people that I know or will know, just not strangers that I will more than likely never see or speak to again. I know, I have issues. I even make my husband order the pizza over the phone. So, my other option was the train, which was a lot cheaper (why did I care about this - the company was paying?) and would have lots of other people on it, but I did not have to speak to them AT ALL if I did not want to. After much debate I finally decided on the train. I sort of knew where it dropped me off from the map I had and it was a fine way to get there, I told myself.
The train was actually full of life and I felt a sense of calm come over me as I looked over to one of the seats and saw a woman who reminded me a lot of my college roomate, who is a still a very dear friend. She even had the same red hair.
After some quick strolls down memory lane about my roomate, I studied the transit map intently and listened for each stop, quite ready for mine to be the next one. I just wanted to get to my hotel. Once it was my turn to get off I hopped up and exited into the desolate terminal. To my left was a woman sweeping trash into a large trashcan. She and I were the only ones down there. I found my way to the longest escalator ever and rode it up into the freezing air, smack dab in the middle of downtown Atlanta.
It was so cold (remember, it's January) and me without my coat. I looked at the map on the sign and just picked a way to walk. I really didn't know where I was going. I passed at least two people asking me for change. I panicked a little inside. I was lost and just a wee bit petrified. I knew my hotel had to be close and so I just kept walking and my heart started to beat out of my chest as I realized how stupid I was not to take a cab that would have dropped me right. at. the. door. I began to accept that my poor baby son could soon find himself motherless. Would my husband remarry?
I turned a corner and right in my face was a strange man. He must have seen the panic on my face. I don't remember exactly what he asked me (s0mething to the effect of "can I help you find something" or "are you lost?") and instead of doing any of a number of horrible things I had envisioned, he gave me the very short directions to my hotel and when I turned back to thank him he was gone. I am not kidding about that. Gone. So there it was, my angel, sent from God on a cold night in downtown Atlanta, GA. I'm telling you people, you just never know when he'll send one. And I was never so happy to speak to a strange hotel clerk in all my life as I checked in to my room.
So here's the moral of the story: Always be on the lookout for angels, but still, take the cab.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
She is working on her portfolio and is totally responsible for this absolutely cute header and signature and few other subtle changes. I know you ALL want to be like me so head on over to her design blog - Simply Amusing Designs and see what she has to offer. She's great to work with and well, she knows a TON more about html than I could ever dream of knowing, obviously!!
Thanks Karen, I love my new Springy, "Elaine" look!
Buddies and their berries
Can you see the wind in our hair - I mean Golly it was windy!! So, we came home and ate a bunch of fresh strawberries and they were so good and sweet. The plan is to go back for blackberries in about a month. Yum!!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008
My mother on her honeymoon
One of my favorite pictures EVER of my mother. I love how relaxed she looks and how great she looks in that swimsuit. I have NEVER looked like this in a swimsuit. She's gorgeous.
A favorite Easter picture of my mother and me.
Today marks another milestone in our household. Little G is 11 months old and we all know what that means. Next month he will be a year old. I am reminding myself right now to enjoy the last month of his infant-dom. My little baby is getting too big too fast. *sigh*
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
What is that about anyway?
Unfortunately we never walk out with the big rock (a.k.a. diamond) that I always make my way over to first (just so happend the big rocks are in the front of the store). I can always hear it calling my name, "Come over Elaine and look at the splendor that is me. I could be on your hand, all big and obnoxious, if only you had 20 Grand to spare!" Then I hear another voice calling,
"Elaine - Let's go!" That would be my husband and his actual voice.
Of course sometimes I just walk away on my own because I know I have to come back to reality and Tim is NOT calling me because he has gone over into his own dream land, also known as the electronics area. So, it just depends who can separate themselves from their coveted items first.
Sometimes it's a tie and we both end up back near the clothing section, which is our next stop. Yeah, see, we kind of have our Costco route mapped out. After clothes we check out a few of the aisles in the kitchen/home gadget and parephenalia section. Here I usually find about 3 things I want but don't want to fork over the cash for. Although today I did end up with a 20 piece glass bowl set that I "need because we aren't supposed to store stuff in plastic anymore!" I can rationalize almost any purchase. It's a gift.
We then move on to the seasonal area which of course right now has outdoor furniture and stuff for your lawn, etc. Then there's the wine and refrigerated foods and the baked goods and most importantly, the promise of a few good samples being doled out. Yes folks, we really go for the samples. Today they had key lime cheesecake. And today, Little G ate his first Costco sample, and quite happily I might add. He was NOT happy when it was gone. Like mother, like son.
Then we hit the paper goods. The mountains of paper goods. I mean do we really use that much toilet paper? Oh yes we do.
Then there's the frozen section, all 4 aisles of it.
Chicken nuggets. Check
Talapia filets. Check
Cream Puffs (oooh yummy - there's that voice again...) "NO, YOU CANNOT HAVE THOSE!!" (there's the REAL voice again.)
Frozen peas. Check
Some random other frozen food that looks good. Check.
We round out the trip by meandering through the dry goods aisles to see if there is anything else that we "need" and the last stop is usually diapers and wipes.
Then there is the matter of payment. Sometimes I will look at Tim and say, "What's the damage??" Sometimes I just don't even pay attention. I mean we do use ALMOST everything we buy there. There have been occasions when we tried a particular food item on a whim and it doesn't quite work out. You know like the organic wasabi crusted raisins... Ok, I made that one up, but you get me.
The worst part of all this bulk shopping? Brining it home and finding a place to store it all. Thank goodness we have a decent amount of storage in this house. Of course it might be good if we didn't then I wouldn't feel compelled to buy 12 cans of mandarin oranges. Hey, we'll eat them... eventually.
Friday, April 11, 2008
The illustrious Big Mama is hosting a Fashion Fiesta! Ole! Margarita anyone?
So, I am joining in to share what I wear. She wants to peek in our closets and see what we wear on the daily. You know, to drop the kids off at school or run to Target, or to playgroup. At least that is what I am doing on a daily basis and I have to wear clothes to do it, so, here goes.
I thought I would start at the top and work my way down. Here are 3 of my favorite shirts right now.
The first one on the left is from Sarah Jessica Parker's line at Steve & Barry's and only cost me like 8 bucks. The second one is from Old Navy and the coral colored one is from Target. I mean do you really need to shop anywhere else for Mommy Wear? What can I say, I don't get out much.
Next are my fav jeans.
I actually bought these at Costco - they are Lucky Brand jeans and fit my tuckus pretty well. They are a little long, but what jeans aren't on a girl who's 5'3"? I mean really, someone tell me where to find some...
These are my "put-'em-on-in-the-morning-to-drop-off-The-B-Man" pants. Nuff said. (oh except that they are VERY comfortable!)
And since I RARELY wear short shorts (even though it gets Hot as Hades here in Texas) here are pair of my capri's and a pair of long shorts that I wear quite frequently.
This is classic outfit for me. The favorite long shorts and a black top.
Lastly, here are my shoes. The first pic shows what I wear when there are perfectly pedicured toes. The second shows the ones I wear when it's time to make a trip back to the salon..
And last (but no, no, not least!) is my Coach swing pack and coin purse that I got a GREAT DEAL on at the outlet mall near my parents on Easter weekend.
These were my birthday gift to myself. The purse is great because it holds everything I need, including a diaper and goes right over my shoulder. Love it.
I also have to show something I would love wear if I could wear Any. Little. Ole. Thing. Well mine would have to be something like this:
A girl can dream. Can I get her personal trainer too?
That wraps it up. So, what do you wear? I'd love to know. And go over to Big Mama's place to see what everyone else is wearing too!