Archive for February, 2009

Got your attention huh?    LOL

BabyAm and Belt Buckle brought home a bouncing baby boy yesterday from their Parenting and Child Development class (they have it together).  It’s about 3 months old, and it’s computerized.  WOW, technology has really changed!

When I was in my “Home Ec” class in highschool, we had EGGS, we drew faces on them, and we packed them around with us for several days (and put them in the fridge at night to sleep).   But this is way more realistic.   This baby turned itself on at 4pm in the afternoon yesterday (Friday), he breathes, he eats (for about 10-15 minutes each time), he sleeps, burps, cries (for different reasons including needing a diaper change), coos, and makes other baby talking sounds.  Amazing.   

They were sent home with a baby carrier/carseat, a blanket and a diaper bag.  The diaper bag was complete with two outfits, one is pajamas and one is an outfit to go out in, along with a little toy, a 5 oz bottle with a sensor in it.  Then it also has two diapers for him, with magnets in them, so the computer can tell if/when he’s been changed.  There is a little bracelet with a sensor on it that you have to rub on the baby (in certain places) before doing any of the necessary things, so that the computer will recognize it is being done.

After school yesterday they headed to Belt Buckles’ house to show his parents the baby and have dinner.  Belt Buckle’s mom took this picture and sent it to me.  Sweet huh?  She fell asleep while they were making dinner.   How many of you have pictures like this (of you or someone else).  Too fun.  


This sweet baby came on the afternoon, after a 4:30 am morning finishing a big project for Belt Buckle.  If you can believe it, his partner never made herself available all week, never answered/returned phone calls or texts, and didn’t show up for school on the days they had that class (block schedule).   So, because she didn’t help, we all pitched in to get her piece done.   It was a big magazine project about WWII.  And if you know me, I’m not very history knowledgeable…so I helped with the picture stuff.  LOL  (me helping with the picture part is funny, not the project)

You can imagine after a long long night of home work, and 2.5 hours of sleep, how exciting it was for the kids that they became instant parents.   That’s pretty realistic.  And then during the evening, Belt Buckle found out he had to work all day today.   Again, that is pretty realistic too.   He was pretty ticked off, because he really (honestly) wanted to help out BabyAm.   He’s done a good job so far.   He seems to have the “what’s wrong with the baby” instinct.   Kinda funny if you ask me, cuz he’s not one for really liking “babies”.

As I type this, BabyAm is asleep on the couch, with a sweet sleeping baby who’s been fed (by her), changed (by her), burped (by Grandma…because she’s still afraid to pat the baby hard enough), and swaddled tightly (by Grandma…because I got him to burp so I just did it and then laid him down next to her).

This is about as real as it gets my friends, without really having a baby here.   It’s heavy too.  So strange.  This was only the first (just under) 18 hours.  He will turn himself off at 7am on Monday morning.  Stay tuned…more excitement to come! 

I am off to help out Mrs. Potts with lunch for the Judges at a Debate Tournament for a few hours.   So Grandpa (lol) will be around to help if necessary.

You didn’t answer the phone for me today when I called.  Somehow I knew you wouldn’t.   You always answer when I call.   You must know that I am in shock, and that I do not agree with your decision.   I need to get this out, and I’m afraid it won’t come out so nicely on the phone.  So I’ll spare you.

I am not judging you.   It is not my place to judge.  You know I’m not that way.   Though you are my Ex, you are more like my brother, and I feel like I am losing my brother, this is the part that is the hardest for me.  I’m very sad. 

I was so proud of you, and so happy for you.   You are 6 months sober.  (Please, please, please don’t lose that piece of your identity!)  You were finally away from the drama, pain and hurtfulness of your marriage.    You were moving on, and seemed so excited about it.  We all were excited for you.   What happened?


She is a manipulator.   You know everything that I could possibly say to you is true, and you have said it all yourself.  You have been (once again) blinded by her lies, and you are the only one that can do anything about it.   She is using your love for her, to get what she wants until she is done with you and then the cycle will start all over.

We have been friends for 22 years now.  I’ve always been there to support your decisions.  I wish I could support you now, but not this time.  You did what you needed to do for “YOUR” (other family), and I have to let it go.  


I have to do it for BabyAm.  I have to do it for her…


…and for “OUR” family.

Just a quick post to say KK and I made it back safe and sound
(at midnight Sunday night) from Atlanta,
and South Carolina to see GI Jane (KK’s daughter)
graduate from boot camp. 


We had a wonderful trip, five days of “Big-Girl-Mom Vacation”, something neither of us have ever had, nor had we been to the South!!   Last night I finished getting our last few days of pictures posted.   (I don’t know how I’m going to scrapbook them all!??!!)


You can see them HERE.


You’ll see pictures of us at:

·         The Blue Willow Inn, on our way to SC, it’s in Social Circle, GA   (Good ole, southern cookin!)

Our first SWEET TEA experience!

·         Burger King, that was if you can believe it…OUT OF STRAWS!!!!  I took a picture of the sign!

·         Fort Jackson (the largest “Basic Training” military base) on Family day, and also Graduation Day.

Museum pictures too!   

·         At the Waffle House (we need those here in Idaho!!!) YUM!

·         At Applebee’s (we had the best dessert, Maple Butter Blondie…)

·         At a painted building downtown in Columbia called “Tunnel Vision

·         Some of our drive from SC to GA, the trees down the middle of the interstate, very cool!

·         At the 1810 Country Inn and Winery, in Thomson, Georgia (that has been closed for over a year, but the people who bought it gave us a tour.  It’s now owned by a pastor of a Church called the Vine….oh what a story behind this one!)

·         At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA (we saw a Monk, and got to go inside the Abbey, and the gift shop)

·         Pictures from our balcony in Atlanta 21 story’s up, and all over in the Hotel  (at Dinner, the different levels, the elevator area, the cool elevators) – we got such a great deal to stay here…but it’s not always greener on the other side.  LOL

·         The Georgia Aquarium

·         And a few pictures of downtown Atlanta, as well as the airport.


We had so much fun, and it was such a joy to see GI Jane graduate.  She is an amazing and beautiful young lady.   She’s in Texas now (She left Saturday morning) at Advanced Individual Training (Medic and Flight School).   Please keep her in your prayers!


I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to blog all the stuff I want to about our trip, so if you have any questions, or want to know about something specific…holler!  It will help me get it all out!   Here’s the first batch from my sweet friend Leslie at Got Kids Need Valium my answers are in blue.

 *** Q and A ***

Out of straws?? Yes, the idiots…how do you be out of straws, why can’t you have someone run to walmart and buy some?  What recall??  I think someone’s covering their butt to be honest…recall?…everyone else had straws!


What’s the butt pic about? Lol  GI Jane was talkin about how all the workouts and marching and pushups etc, finally gave her the butt she never had…and it’s cute! 

Mmmmm bbq, looks good! How old is the new private? She’ll be 20 in May What is she called? She is Private First Class, and a “Soldier”  Army is Soldier.   Navy is Seaman, Marines is Marine)  I know air force peeps are airmen. 


That museum looks really cool. Even though it was small it was definitely cool!   


Ooh, love the pic in front of the tank. Fun huh?

Eddie viewed these with me, he wants the tank. I’m right on that.  If you get him one, you have to get me one! 



Ok, those were some old houses. The houses on the property were slave quarters, now turned into guest houses, since it was a Bed and Breakfast up until he bought it.


And wild looking tree, ah!  The tree has a story behind it, it’s at the Vineyard that is now owned by the Church Pastor.   His mom had a vision of that tree 13 years ago.  She had prints made of the vision, and t-shirts and everything.  Called it the Tree of Life.   With the fence and the opening and everything…and he showed us the picture on his phone she texted him, while he was standing there looking at it.    When we saw it, it was the first time she had seen it too….his parents had just arrived from Jacksonville FL – He took the time to tour us, when his parents had just gotten there, and he invited us to stay the night in one of the little guest houses…for free!  We didn’t, I’d already paid for the hotel in Atlanta.   AND he gave me a PRICELESS (because it’s not made anymore) bottle of wine!!!!! GAVE!!!!!! 


The church one you emailed me.  That was the Monastery it was fun, just different.  Almost eerie.  Very hard to  explain.  Roman Catholic, pretty…but sorta secretive eerie.    Very peaceful other than that.  


How many army peeps graduated?? 1029 or something very close.   (In the auditorium) formation looks tight. They had to do the graduations in groups.  Originally it was supposed to be outside with everyone, marching, cannons (I think) etc.   However it was a very cold windy morning, and they decided that 24 minutes was too long to be outside for us civilians…so it was a cluster to be honest.   Alpha and Bravo first, then Charlie and GI Jane in the Auditorium)   


That wall painting is cool (tunnel vision) I’m so glad we got to go see it.   It wasn’t anything spectacular, just something different! 


Who was driving and taking pics? KK was driving, 99% of the time.   I don’t do well in unfamiliar areas.  And she made fun of me, cuz I drove us out of the airport for about 12 miles…and drove like I was from the sticks.  She said “girlfriend, you gotta learn to drive like you’re from here because if you don’t, you’re going to get run over”…   So I mostly took the pictures, after that first 12 miles.


Cool hotel. The hotel was amazing!!!!   Did u eat at the restaurant with the big aquarium? Yes, and my hamburger was $15 and my Pomegranate Martini was $12.   Our total bill for 2 people with one drink (each), and an ice tea…two salads, a chicken sandwich and a burger…  $77 – OMG!  


I love your hair. Really.  Thank you.   I am finally getting used to it, but it’s starting to fade, and not into the bright pretty pink it was supposed to be…it’s almost an orange.  :( And the gray, oh the gray is shining through on top.   I noticed it in the funky hotel bathroom lights.   My hair gal is off on Maternity leave…so I’m essentially screwed.  But thank you.  :)


The Georgia Aquarium must have been nice. I love seeing all the sea life. Tampa has a really nice aquarium too.  It was nice.  I have been to the San Francisco one as well, and for whatever reason, though this one was fun…I wasn’t AS impressed as I thought I would be, and it’s supposed to be the biggest one.


Oooh jelly fish! (Speaking of which, my Hubby got stung by a jellyfish when he took one of his trips) ouch.   Oh my gosh!  How can something so beautiful be so mean?????  


That license plate suitcase is neat. (Kinda cheesy but hey…it was something I’d never seen!)  Oooh subway… I’ve ridden that one there! We are such losers….when we first arrived in Atlanta we didn’t take the tram thing to our luggage, we walked about ½ way to the baggage claim, and then realized we should have taken the tram….so we finally got on!   Then heading home it was the first thing we did!  Lesson learned!J  I wish everyone could have gone with me!!!!


Oh, I am so glad you guys had a good time. And even more happy that you are home safe. What a cool trip! Thanks so much for sharing these with me.  Thanks for letting me.


—-Thanks Leslie for the fun questions and comments! :) 

You’re next!!!!!  Ask Away! 



We’re exhausted so this is the consistancy of my post…
we spent the entire day (Family Day) on base…
these were taken inside the Museum.



Doesn’t look like we are having any fun, does it?

Here’s a couple pics!

KK and I at the airport before our flight!  We flew incognito!  And yes, that is a Magic Hat I’m wearing.   And a rabbit attached.   


KK and I arriving in Atlanta!  On the plane still, self portrait!


Social Circle, GA  @ Blue Willow Inn – For Supper




My Plate –

Fried chicken.  Mashed potatoes with giblet gravy.  Fried green tomatoes.  Sweet potato casserole. And cornbread stuffin.   Had salad and chicken and dumplin soup too.  Then dessert!  :)


Our Dessert – we shared!!!!   Coconut Cake, Lemon Bar, Peanut Butter Pie, Cheesecake and Peach Cobbler!

Finally made it to Columbia, t
hrough Tornado warnings and all…
we missed it by “that much”  :)

To see more pics (and to follow us each night I’ll try and upload our pics) click here.   It’s time for bed.  Early morning tomorrow.  FAMILY DAY at the Base!

Headed ou in just a couple hours! I will try and post off and on during my trip! Have a great week!

Just a few strange and miscellaneous pictures from my phone…

This picture was taken about 25 miles from my house…a city that has serious gang problems, and lots of people that don’t seem to keep their homes and neighborhoods up.  Very sad.  

BUT, I had just gone to get lunch (for all of us at the salon—the day I got my hair done, BabyAm was getting her’s done) and as I sat in the fast food parking lot, I looked over and saw this.   One man and 6 or 7 young kids (only can see 4) with garbage bags and they were picking up trash.  I would say they were all around 8-11 years old.  I absolutely loved it!   Wanted to share some pride with all of you.  :)  Obviously…THEIR pride (in their neighborhood).


I’m not quite sure WHY in the world I would post this picture, but it’s kind of comical.  I suppose it shows you all my real personality.   I kind of think my face looks like an animated crab.  Like the one from the Little Mermaid…

Nope, I wasn’t drunk, but it was taken on New Years Eve.  (I need to post more pictures from that night, it was so much fun! – I will try and get caught up blogging soon!)


 Belt Buckle has been seeing me do some scrapbooking, and just as the new semester started, he asked if BabyAm and I would decorate his binders.   I did this one.  He said he didn’t want them to be “girly”…LOL


Yesterday Hubby went to a clients office and had a few minutes to spare.  As he was killing time, he saw these signs…too funny!  I would hate to live on either of them!  How embarrasing!


And this one…


Thursday night is “scrapbooking night” for me with JoJo, but BabyAm needed to get some stuff done, so I asked her if she wanted to go with me last night.  I think she had fun.  JoJo gave her a bad time for being a “newbie”. 


 I’m sure that there are more I’ll be posting soon!


Seriously, is this is how we keep our roads safe here in the Great Potato State???   What a joke!  You know that our justice system is a mess if someone actually believes this is a good punishment…you won’t believe  THIS article, I am surprised it actually was made public!!!!   It makes me very M.A.D.D.!!!!

Sounds like we need some signs like this one found in Othello, WA.


Thanks to Chuck Woodbury’s Roadside Journal
for the picture, his blog post is here.

I just can’t tell you how excited I am to go on my “Road Trip” with my BFF!  
This is what we will look like…dang, I should have rented the convertible!!!
We are going to look soooo HOT  stupid in that Dodge Caravan!!!


I am slowly getting stuff together, but all the important arrangements have been made.  

The flight reservations, check.  
The car rental, LOL – check. 
The hotel in Columbia, check. 
The hotel in Atlanta, check.

We still need to get tickets to the Georgia Aquarium.  But we want to combine it with something else, like the World of Coca-Cola, or the Atlanta Zoo, we just haven’t decided which other “thing” we want to try and do.  I think we might be able to stop on our way to Columbia in Social Circle , GA and eat SUPPER (lol) at the Blue Williow Inn.  So I need to make dinner reservations for there too I think.

I’ve been looking at all the little towns on the way from Atlanta to Columbia trying to find little fun quick things to do.  Markets, plantations, a Monestary…etc.   I even found a swamp!  Blue Heron, otters and alligators – OH MY!

I found a couple places to eat near our hotel in Atlanta.  This one has the most hysterical verbage on their site!  (But please don’t click that link if you’re offended by foul language.  It cuts right to the chase.)

While we are in Columbia, we hopefully get to keep GI Jane for the rest of the day after her graduation (not sure if I mentioned that before), and so we’ll probably go to a nice dinner…poor girl’s been eatin’ military food for quite some time…we are soooo excited to see her, she’s only 19 and she’s a tough little bugger.  Pretty too.  She asked her mom to pack her a suitcase with stuff from home, make up…hair stuff…favorite jeans, etc.  Guess she gets to take it with her to Advanced Training!  She is so happy she get’s to look like a FEMALE again!  It’s the little things, really that we sometimes take for granted.

Pointers from anyone in heading to the South?  :)

A true definintion of disrespect:

When a client (who was surfing porn and) got a bad virus on Saturday from his own business location, is offered to drop his PC off (early Saturday afternoon) so that it can be fixed by Monday morning, does not respond until Sunday night at 9:48pm and asks if he can bring it over now.

When told “no”, he replies “you’re scaring me, I can’t run my business without my PC”.  Well, you should have thought of that before you made the choice to surf porn, now shouldn’t you?  

On Saturday, when this first happened, he was at least honest when Hubby asked what he was doing when he got the virus.   After Hubby told him that he could bring it by, he also told him that on a personal and Christian note he should pick up a copy of Every Man’s Battle.  (That is the point where he stopped responding –until just a few minutes ago.) 

All I can say is I can’t believe the disrespect this man just showed to my husband and our family.  

Please understand that 90% of the machines my husband fixes, because of virus issues, is because people surf porn (the other 10% is people just being in the wrong place at the wrong time).  

These people help pay our bills,
but it’s so hard to deal with sometimes,
cuz, it’s not going away.