Saturday, February 16, 2008


Today we went shopping for a gift for Alyssa and did some errands, and are going to Alyssa's party this afternoon. It is a beautiful day, in the 60's again!! I am getting Spring fever! Although, the pollen is also here already, according to the news, so I guess we all will be suffering even more when Spring comes here officially! I have been sneezing all day! T is out of school for winter break on Monday and Tuesday, so I hope to do some fun things with her, and my great nieces. T got her progress report yesterday and while I am not overjoyed with her mid term grades, at least she is passing everything! My daughter is not one that studies as she should, so I know that she is capable of making all A's! I had a long talk with her and took away her tv, and other activites ,and put her on a study schedule until I see an improvement. Her teachers have not complained, but I know her capabilities best, and feel that she is not where she can be in her work. I think that her extra activities have been interferring, so now all she has is band and chrous, so I think that will help! She has finished up for the season with her cross country and her cheerleading, so maybe we can all get a rest! She is very well rounded and smart but she would rather draw or watch Hannah Montana, than do her homework and study, so I think a tv break will help us all! I am open to suggestions if anyone else has a plan that works!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Happy Birthday, Alyssa!!

Today we are going to my great neice's birthday party! On Monday, she will be 7! She is such a sweet and talented little girl...and she is the prettiest little red headed angel. I love to talk to her on the phone, as she is a talker and tells me everything she knows..she also loves to tell on her mom, which is so funny! It is hard to believe that she is going to be 7 because it seems just like yesterday that her mom was in labor at my house and we were waiting for her to arrive. But, as I am anticipating a large turn out at her party, I will probably have to wait until Monday to spend anytime with her. She is popular and has so many little friends. As in the past when there is a get together, she is running around taking care of everyone..and then she plays with her cousin, my T. They are really close which is a bonus for me because they are like sisters. Alyssa does have a little sister, Zoe, and she will be 5 next month. The two are like oil and water and there is never a dull moment when they are around. It is really neat to have them all together playing. The noise is unreal..their laughter fills the air and they are always plotting something! Usually on their Aunt Dane Dane, as they call me. So, Happy Birthday, Alyssa!! We all love you so much and we are so happy that you are in our lives!
Also, thanks to everyone that made my birthday so, lunch, dinner , and many other cards, gifts and wishes. I had a blast and you all made turning 43 so much easier!!! HA!! I love you all! I am off to a big party with a bunch of wild kids, so if I survive, I will post later!!!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Birthday

Today is my 43rd birthday!!!!!!!!!!! I guess I should thank my parents for bringing me into this world. I inherited so many traits from them that have made me what I am today. I inherited my father's brown eyes, his temper, and his ability to work hard , and also his ability to get even when wronged (he taught me well since I was the youngest of four children..hence my mean streak). I inherited my smile and looks from my mother, and also my caring attitude and strong will to survive. She always told me that I could do whatever I put my mind to do..she made me strong. Both of my parents were supportive of me thoughout my life. My mom showed me unconditional love, and my dad was more of a stand offish type, strict, hard to read at times,but he also showed me how to love in many ways, or at least in the only way that he knew. My birthday is somewhat of a sad occassion because my dad is no longer with me. It is like a piece of me is gone forever. However, I believe that it is true that there is a circle of the Elton John song goes. It is strange how the world goes on when you lose someone you love, and even though there is no replacement of that person in the circle, their lives are held forever in our hearts, and in our DNA..the circle gets larger with new family members..more birthdays, and that somehow bridges the gap that the others leave in our hearts when they pass. We never lose them forever, they are always there, just not on this earth. But when you lose a is like losing a piece of yourself..afterall, they created you! But, since you are a part of the parent's DNA, I guess that you will always have a part of them living in you..maybe that is why you feel such a loss when a parent dies?

Birthdays are always special to me.. I get lots of cards, calls, and usually have meals out ..full of family and friends, but somehow, I always manage to think about the real reason that I am here. Is that weird?? maybe so.. I am here because God decided to give my parents a special gift when I was born.. he gave them a new life...shouldn't my parents be the ones that I think of on this day? After all, I would not be here if it weren't for them??? Maybe we should change the birthday concept and reverse the day to give the parents a day to celebrate our birth/life? How can I ever repay them for such an enormous gift? If anyone has ever experienced childbirth, then you know that it is the most precious thing in the world..God's gift. It is a true miracle when you see that child that has grown inside of you for nine long months come to life. When a child is born, you lose all sense of your being and it literally takes your breath away, the child is a part of you, and it becomes a part of your circle of life. The circle goes around and around , they grow up, have their own kids, if we are lucky, and the circle never ends as long as there are birthdays! So, today is my birthday, the day my parents gave me life, so I am thankful for my parents and for what they have given me life, my birthday! I am here because of them, and I will honor them today, and accept the real gift that I have been given, my life. In my eyes, there is no bigger gift ..I thank God that he created my life and gave me my parents. Whether dead or alive, they are always a part of me, they shaped my life and make me who I am, and they will always be the reason for who I become..they are my DNA!

And to celebrate my birthday today, I have lunch plans with a good friend, Kathleen. I got a beautiful emerald and diamond heart shaped necklace from my loving husband and daughter, and I have gotten a ton of cards from my family and friends, gifts, and a lot of calls! I am going to see my sister because she lives close to me, and so this is a great day! I know it will be special because I have so much to be thankful for today! I guess I will always miss my dad, but I know he is here always living inside of me and I am glad that I still have my mom! So, my three thankfuls for today are 1. that I was born 2. that I have such a loving family and good friends, and 3.that my circle of life is definately the wheel of fortune as the song goes..and the circle goes least for another year!! Happy Birthday to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Valentine

My heart is filled for love for my husband today..he is my Valentine. He is a caring father and my best friend. He is always supportive of me and even though our love has been tested over the years(Can you say "War of the Roses" ), he has shown that he loves me in many ways. He has given me a beautiful daughter and he is a wonderful father, very attentive and supportive of my daughter. He is a good provider to our family and he always finds a way to get the things that we want at half price. I think he was born Jewish...He is a good cook, and he is still a nice looking man at age 47. My husband works very hard and is very good on computers. He is very smart and is a fast learner on things that are important like planting my flowerbeds, etc. . He is kind and cleans up throw up for me when I am sick, or when my daughter is sick because I gag! He loves my dog and birds, even though he gripes about the mess they make. He is a good fisherman. He is very strong and he can pinch really well...I have the bruises to prove it! He is very headstrong and agrues with me constantly because he always like to make up. He is a wonderful cook and always makes me special meals that make me fat. He never complains about my looks, even when I wear sweats and no make up. He loves me in spite of my mean streaks, and he is there for me when I need him. So, Happy Valentine's will always be my"piece of man" until one day I manage to make you "a whole man"...I love u!!!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxo, don't forget the chocolate tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kudos for T!!

Tonight T and I attended her cheerleading banquet. It was nice and a real eye opener to the talent that is at her school. It was also a banquet for the basketball teams and awards were passed out to all of the kids. I was very proud of my T, as always! I also noticed that the new buildings at her school were starting to shape up, and hopefully, the kids from her class will get to enjoy at least one year in the new buildings before middle school is over.
Other than that, my day was not that great. The rain is here tonight and Bear is howling again, so I guess I will be up most of the night. But instead of being negative, I am going to post my three thankfuls for today..1.for my husband..even though I was very critical of him today, it is only because I love him and worry about him..even though he does not get it, and probably never will....2. for my daughter, whom I am very proud of and of her spirit that is very sweet and giving, and 3.for my nephew Christopher..Happy Birthday! I hope that tomorrow will be better for me and help me to be thankful for many more things that God has given me!
The reason for my bad day was because of a toothache with TMJ..I am talking pain that made me feel as if I were having a stroke..for 29 straight hours..pain that Tylenol w/codiene would not erase..are you feeling it yet??? I need to go to the dentist, but have put it off due to fear! Yes, I said fear! I hate to go to the dentist because I am a coward and extremely afraid of getting shots in the mouth, face, etc. It just feels too weird and I hate the smell and sound of the drill, and root canals..just forget it. But, I did make an appt. today for March 3rd..if I can wait that long and it doesn't look good for the wait because I can only take the sharp pain in my jaw for so long before I just give in and go..My dentist is great and very gentle..but he knows I hate to be in his chair. He actually finds it very amusing and usually makes fun of me! I tell him that there are only a few things in life that scare, snakes and rats. So the last time we were there with T, he gave her a plastic snake!! Go figure? I guess the next visit she has..well, he will probably give her a rat from the toy room!
So, if I fail to post for a few days, it will not be a good sign..hoping for better days~

Monday, February 11, 2008

Monday, Monday!

Today was another beautiful day, although rain will be coming in tomorrow. I had a doctor's appointment this am and got home late. Other than that, T had her field trip to GA Tech to see a musical. Afterwards, the class went to the Varsity for lunch. T enjoyed it very much and even bought a Varsity hat home to me! How looked like a waiter hat/chef paper hat, and I decided to wear it for dinner tonight, just to let her know that I appreciated the thought. Just when I thought I was special...she told me that she did not spend the money I gave her on a souvenior for me because she saved the money to go to Learning Express to get a "shining star"..the hat was a nice..just when I thought that I mattered???? HA!! I guess a stuffed animal is always going to be more important than me, so I have finally accepted this and moved on. And to think that I gave up a week of Starbuck's to give her my cash!!!! I had the blahs today , and think I am coming down with a cold. I have been sneezing and have a terrible headache, so I took a couple of Tylenol and I plan to go to bed early tonight! I am also posting my three thankfuls tonight..1. for the nice day 2. that my child had a nice and safe fieldtrip, and 3.that my new therapist is nice and hopefully will help with my aches and pains in my neck so I can sleep!

Tag from Good Company

I was tagged by Good Company to do a book are the rules:
1. Find a book close to you.
2. Turn to page 123..
3. Find the 5th sentence on page 123.
4. Copy the three sentences that follow the 5th sentence.
5. Send this meme request to 5 people .
Here is my book meme response for Good Company:
I chose a James Patterson book called -The Quickie.
page 123, Sentence 5, .. next 3 lines are as follows: "I watched him looking around, clearly lost. Maybe it was David Blaine, come to give me some sleight-of-hand tips. I opened the door."

My tags are: Linda Q, Flatlander from Georgia, and that is all I know in blogland? besides Good Company and she was already tagged!! So, I do not have 5 people! Oh well, I am still new at this, so maybe I can do the next tag correctly..ha!!!!!!!!!!
And to answer you question, my guess is that he is talking about God? Do we get some chocolate if we guess right??? If so, I will read the book and get back to you tomorrow!! HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sunday Notes

Today is another beautiful day here, although a little windy! T has a swim party this afternoon for her friend , so I guess I will have to stick around the party for awhile because her dad is so overprotective, he refuses to let her go to the party unless I am there. I think this is silly because there will be lifeguards on duty, and so I gave him a lecture on letting go. There are times when a parent has to trust their child and the values, safety tips, etc. that they have been taught to that child over the years. T has been to several swim parties and she has been fine. She understands that there is always danger and that pushing, running, diving , etc, is a no no. I think she should be allowed to be a child, and not treated like an I wrong? I don't think so. I think at this age that a parent on premises is not only unnecessary, but also an embarassement to is a party where the parents of the girl are there, and two lifeguards!! I think that is enough, and she has had years of swimming lessons, so I know she is a good swimmer. Oh well, I will get off the high horse and just agree to disagree.
Other than that, we found a really nice Mexican resturant last night and had dinner was very good, and not stamped out food as you sometimes find out there. The flan was so good..I was too stuffed to eat it after dinner, so I had it today..a nice treat even cold! I usually don't care for Mexican food, but this was a nice surprise and I think we will go back.