Monday, August 31, 2009

not me monday.....

i had to take a long, nerve-racking, traffic infested
road trip with my friend down to detroit today
to retreive her broken down car. sooooo...

i DID NOT eat a 'cookie dough' pop tart
and 'combos' for lunch in the
car as we headed down there.....
wasn't me.....i eat right!

i DID NOT momentarily loose my
and goooo off on this
incredibly rude parking lot lady
who wouldn't lift one finger to
help us get my friends car out
of the garage!
not me mister, i'm a humble, gentle soul!

i DID NOT come home and see
perfectly ripened bananas on the counter
and have a smoothie for dinner...
why would i do that?

and finally....

i DID NOT buy my son some new "Pez's"
for his collection, for his birthday thursday,
and give them to him ahead of time....again!
nope, i can resist his precious face all day!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

sunday citar....friends and dancing!

this was taken almost two years ago

at our church's Christmas dance....

but these have become some of my

nearest and dearest friends now!

"A friend is someone who dances with you in the sunglight,

and walks with you in the shadows."

Anand Singh

Sunday, August 23, 2009

sunday citar...."Day Out with Thomas"

"When you travel by train, you have only to purchase the ticket, enter the proper train and take a seat, leaving the rest to the engine. Why should you carry the bed and trunk on your head? So too put your trust in the Lord and carry on to the best of your ability."

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Thursday, August 20, 2009

working with the weather....

our day started with this......

confusing weather reports followed by
ever changing mixes of clouds, then rain,
then sun, and back again....
causing us to cancel a much anticipated
group swim/playdate with many
of our friends.
so we did what we could....

we played outside during the gaps,
even around the puddles...

it works best if you just
lay right on down in em'....

mom felt creative and joined in....

we headed over to the rocks....

and gave them some color too...

hopped on the bike for a sec...
and in the end, just one questioned
still remained...
is he a 'mini homeboy'
or are his pants just too big???

Monday, August 17, 2009

not me monday.......

ok, today's 'not me monday' is a little different....
instead of things i 'didn't' do, it's something
get it?
there i said it, whew!
just call me, it's quicker!
i do admit there are a few circumstances when it's
slightly warranted, such as at the movies (just watch the movie, you paid
a small fortune to watch it, lol!), work (again someone's paying for something
and it ain't texting) and a few others!
the one i actually do condone is a 'group text' for such things as mass-
messaging, like tab does to get a church message out to everyone....
but that's it!
so yesterday on yahoo they posted 10 'don'ts' for texting,
here they are...

#1. The Mass Text
It's Friday night, you're at home on the couch, and you get a text that goes something like this: "What are you getting into tonight?" You know for a fact that this very same text just went out to 20 other people at exactly the same time, and that the sender is just waiting to receive all his/her options before deciding what to do. So what if the only thing you have planned for the night is that lame (but sooo good) Lifetime movie at 11? You refuse to hang out with someone unless they make specific plans to hang out with you. You know how you can block those newsletters that you never signed up for by sending an email with "unsubscribe" in the body? We suggest doing the same thing in a reply-text.
#2. The Texting Cult
There is always at least one point in the night -- a lull in the conversation, a pause between thoughts -- when it gets really quiet, and you look around and realize that all your friends are busy texting. One person pulls out her iPhone while everyone else is looking at the dinner bill, and then someone else starts doing it, and before you know it, you're in the middle of the sacred circle of text. Resist the urge to choose some random person in your contacts to send a useless message to. Instead, pull out your phone and send a text to everyone at the table asking, "Should we order something else?" It will make everyone laugh but also point out the silliness of the situation.
#3. The Double Message
Of course you screen calls. Everyone does. Sometimes you're in the middle of something and sometimes you just don't feel like talking. But your phone is still working, and you see the missed call and the voice message alert. So why -- why?! -- do certain people feel the need to send a text letting you know that they just left a message? Don't they realize that if someone is smart enough to read a text, they're also capable of understanding what the little bobble head with the sound waves coming out of him symbolizes? Text back, "What's next, a carrier pigeon?"
#4: The Texting Tease
You're seeing a really cute/smart/funny/cool new guy, and your heart skips a tiny beat every time you get a text from him. In the middle of the week, you get one asking what you're up to this weekend. Assuming he wants to do something together, you let him know that it's looking pretty relaxed so far. Does he then proceed to make a plan with you? No. He responds, "Oh OK, cool." You stand there with a perplexed look on your face. Respond "Yeah, but call my secretary if you want to schedule something." This way, the ball is in his court, but ultimately you're the one who is in charge, thanks to your confident attitude.
#5. The Bulk Texter
An example of what a series of texts from this person might look like:
1. Hey!
2. What's up?
3. What are you doing tonight?
4. Some of us are going to Cool People Club tonight.
5. Around 10
6. It's gonna be me and Chris
7. Are you coming?
8. Let us know
9. Byeee!
10. lolz
An example of what that exchange should look like:
Text 1: Hey, Chris and I are going to Cool People Bar around 10 tonight. Let us know if you wanna come.
An example of what you could text back:
1. Please
2. never
3. text
4. me
5. this
6. way
7. again.(one minute pause)
8. For "realz."
6. The Bored Texter
You've just finished a sufficiently long and entertaining texting exchange with someone, and now you're ready to put your phone down for a little while. But your phone dings, and it's another text from said person. It looks like this: "Soooo..." Or, "What upppp." Or, "la la la..." Clearly, they have nothing else to say and just want something to do. Send a text saying, "Running, watching movies, reading books, baking." Your buddy will get the point that some people actually have a life.
7. The Show-and-Teller
Love is wonderful. We're huge advocates of love and being in love and enjoying that love. People gushing on and on about their amazing love life? Not so much. Not only do you have to listen to them tell every insignificant story about how cute it was that their boyfriends ate pancakes for dinner and woke up with a funny hairdo, but you also have to read all of their SUPER-cute texts. "Guys, look what he wrote to me! Omg look at what he said now! Haha aww, look at this one!!" The cure? A dose of their own medicine. "Hey, look what my mom said about her gallbladder! Omg you won't believe how I'm planning to organize my sock drawer! Aww, my dog is wagging his tail. Oh, he's doing it again!!"
8. The Goobers-and-Popcorn Texter
The previews are over, you've been waiting to see this movie for weeks, and here you finally are, snacks in hand. But the guy in front of you insists on ruining your experience by texting for the entire 96 minutes. Here's a little secret he doesn't know: EVERYONE sees his phone lighting up. And hears it vibrating violently every two minutes. When the lights come up at the end of the flick, call up a friend and loudly discuss how rude the guy texting throughout the entire movie was. Then get ready to start running.
9. The Lingering K
This one is especially aggravating if you're not on an unlimited texting plan. You get a message asking how your day went or if you'll be free at a certain time, so you send back a detailed and informative reply. Your phone dings again. You open the message and it says..."k." Do people not even have the decency to include the o? The offender doesn't even need to reply to the message. But if they feel the need to, could they not at least drum up something a little more personal/creative/not totally unnecessary? Respond by letting them know how much, to the cent, they owe you for superfluous texts the next time you're together. Then hold your palm out expectantly.
10. The Needs-to-Grow-Up Texter
Guys should never, ever get comfortable with using text slang and abbreviations. Whether he's a friend, date, or boyfriend, no girl wants to associate the men in their lives with tween-speak. The next time he sends you a "TTY L8ER" or "C U 2morrow," tell him that he should really consider an iPhone, BlackBerry, Sidekick, or "anything that gives you more room to text." He'll realize how outdated his text-talk is.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

sunday citar...."genius!"

i want to take a moment to share my view on don't need agree, each child is different, hence, their parents are too!

we use the expression in our home,

we believe it's a part of my son, no different than his asthma, round booty or 'deer' nose like mine!

i guess one reason why my perspective may be different than others on this is that my son is extremely 'high functioning.'

how he 'works' is that he's just different, ahead of his peers in some areas, and working to catch up in others, such as speech....

one of his many gifts that continuously amazes people is his level of reading at the age of five,

i'm guessing it's somewhere around a fifth grade level? he's also obsessed with movie credits, as some of you may already know. he can easily, and quite quickly, memorize and recreate large number of credits every single day.

but what he did recently tickled me.....

he switched up and put his and my name for his latest creation.....made me giggle!

then continued on with some interesting additions, which he insisted i take a picture of as well! people sometimes use the word 'GENIUS' in regards to him which doesn't bother me one bit, lol!

"Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of
Isaac Disraeli (dunno who he is, but i like his quote, lol!)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Four Fun-Filled Days"-Part IV, The Final Day!

nothing could round out
like church friends and family...

few things can touch my
heart and soul MORE
than watching my good friend
follow that up with a
fantastic lunch,

settle in for a movie...

in great company...

and finish it off
with a dip in the pool
and a BIG HUG
from a friend!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

wordless wednesday (not quite)... my 25th class reunion...+"Four Fun-Filled Days"-Part III

okay, i have to use to words now....
i have to give a special nod to these FOUR gals!
we left school 25 years ago
on the worst possible terms with each other.....
but TRUTH be told...
i think i had the most fun at the
reunion with THEM!

Monday, August 10, 2009

not me monday....+"Four Fun-Filled Days"- Part II

ok people, it's the 2nd day of
blogging overload and overlap......
let's start with the fun!

our 1st visit to the
Eastern Michigan Fair
started with this bungee thingy....

and asher was THRILLED
to try these cool cars....

especially when they
whipped him around!

we got to have a seat
for a great little outdoor

and seen these amazing

and this completely

there were even
some amazing acrobatics....

na-na took her
turn taking asher on rides...

but this one was actually
an absolute NECESSITY,
cause mom got permanently
nauseous on the those
like i always do!

and i even thought i
was one bad chicka up on the
elephant with asher....

til i saw this phenominal
five year old little girl
doin' it hands-free!
ok, time for 'NOT ME' monday.....
i DID NOT go all the way
to the grocery to get milk
for asher cause he was
completely out and come back
with EVERYTHING but that!
i'm NOT that scatty!
wait til after 4 pm to call
for service on our A/C,
which was broken,
unbenounced to us girly girls of course,
and the temp got up to 85
inside the condo
when it was only 81 outside!
i'm much more
mechanically saavy than that!
and finally i DID NOT get
fried fish from the deli and
'chunky monkey' ice cream
to avoid cooking and beat the heat!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

sunday citar....'Friends'...+ "Four Fun-Filled Days"-Part I

well, i'm gonna overload your

blogger minds,

cause i've had four, long,

amazingly fun-filled days....

so i'm overlapping blogs!!!

it all started thursday morning,

when my baby (not so much anymore)

fininshed his summer program...

lots of parents came

and we followed along til the very end!

in his room they decorated their

lunch bags for the impending picnic that day...

then we took some time for

a rousing game of 'musical chairs'.......

asher sported his 'teddy bear' hat

cause the theme for that day and week

was 'teddy bears!'

and finally we all headed outside

for the picnic....

but to my surprise it was more

than just his room,

it was the whole darn school.....

how COOL is that!

and afterward they all

hit the playground

for one last romp!

we concluded our fun-friend-filled day

with a trip over to my friend jenney's

house to celebrate my gorgeous

God-daughter, Lila Rose's

4th birthday!!!

this was the ballerina outfit we

got for her and she could NOT WAIT

to try it on and pose for us!

and so finally our quote......

if you're not a fan of 'My Daily Bread'

you may be missing out!

it's one of my favorite ways to

get the word of God into me

in BITE-SIZED chunks!

(you can go to and

look under 'devotional' and get

a copy sent right to your home for free!)

anyhoo, i found an amazing quote about

FRIENDS just a week back that

i've been dying to post......

"I do not ask for many friends,

But give me, Lord, the few

Whose loyalty and faithfulness

Are first of all to You."