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…that Wonderful Weekend!

3 Oct

We totally surprised Button Boy this weekend!!  We told him that we would be going to Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday just for the weekend.  So, he had made these plans of going to the zoo and such…Little did he know!!!!  We actually drove to the middle of Georgia to stay the weekend with Button Boy’s bestestest friend.  It was classic…we drive up to their house, and Button Boy is wondering why we are at a house and not the zoo!  We get out of the van and walk up to the door (Mojo is telling him that it is a college friend of mine that we are coming to see — Button Boy is less than thrilled!)  The front door opens…and it is the Sister…then Laura (the mom)…then Bert (the dad) and finally Bestest Buddy Boy shows up and Button Boy is speechless!!!  We are all thrilled to see that the surprise worked!!

So, we spent the rest of Saturday outside on the porch while the kiddos swam…and the adults just talked…it was terrific!!! 

Sunday morning we went to the Robins Museum of Aviation and back to their house for Bestest Buddy Boy’s birthday party…more swimming!!!  The kids had a blast!

So, we had a wonderful weekend with NO PICTURES!!!  I know, I can’t belive it either, but Mojo forgot the camera!!!  Oh well, we have fond memories…and are hoping to see them on a semi-regular basis!!!

…this coming weekend should be loads of fun, too…we are headed to Orange Beach!!!  Yipee!!!!


Exciting Weekend Planned….

27 Sep

…and I can’t wait to tell everyone about it, but for now you’ll have to know that we are going to have a great time this weekend…I’ll hopefully post pictures after it is over!!!

Yip-ee!!!  Can’t wait for Saturday!!!

Life Keeps On Keeping On

13 Sep

Our life has just kept on going.  As much as I have wanted it to slow down, it hasn’t.  There hasn’t been a reason for me to want it to slow down except I have been battling some very severe depression.  You may or may not understand, but it is the kind of depression that makes you want to crawl under your bed and hide from the world….even if you have the world’s greatest husband and kids (like I do)….the most understanding and caring parents and friends (like I do)….and the co-workers that worry about me more than I could ever imagine (like I do).  I have more to be thankful for in my everyday life than I know where to begin….I have an amazing God that gives me trials that He knows will test every fiber of my being, but He also knows I will come through better because I went through them leaning on Him….and I have family and friends that keep pointing me to my great God and telling me that my eyes need to stay focused on Him during these hard times, that he is the *only* way to get through these times….and I have a church that is willing to stop and pray for me when I am struggling.  I have more blessings than I could ever deserve….and I am so thankful for every single one of them!!!

Through all of this, our life has kept on going….we keep going to work…the summer has rolled on…Girly Girl made a week long trip to NC to visit her grandparents…we travelled the next week to NC to celebrate the 4th of July…we watched the kiddos take part in some day camps…we travelled to Huntsville and went to the Space & Rocket Center…the kiddos have started back to school….and we have moved (again….for the last time, we hope!)

This fall holds quite a few fun activities for us too!  We plan on watching lots and lots of Auburn Football, win or lose.  Girly Girl has some gymnastics meets we will be attending.  We will be, hopefully, attending a Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, NC, in November…and will be visiting family for Thanksgiving in North Carolina.

I have been slow about updating the blog for a while, I hope the two or three of you who keep up will understand why.  I hope to have some pictures of the new house and what we are up to blogged (like the new verb?!) soon….and then we’ll see how things go.

Here’s to a great football season, too!!!  War Eagle!!!!


Boys Will Be Boys

16 Jul

Button Boy has a best friend.  I have blogged about his family before.  They are a military family that were stationed here in Montgomery while the dad was in school at Maxwell AFB.  From the moment the two boys met, they were inseparable!

Button Boy had his last Endoscope in Cincinnati on March 21st.  Because of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, and *mostly* because of the Nuclear Reactor problems and possibilities of radiation in the food or milk, this family decided to come back to the states for a while.  We are not sure how long they will be in the states, but how fortunate that they were right off of I-65, which is the way we go to and from Cincinnati! <since writing this and seeing the Jean family, they have returned to Japan, but I still wanted to post this, it just took a lot longer to play with the pictures!!!>

We stopped and visited the Jean Farm.  It is such a lovely place!  22 acres of beautiful land that Mr. Jean, at the age of 86, tends to.  He has made additions to the family homestead as needed….it is so much fun to walk through and see what he has done with his own two hands!  He is now in the process of constructing an Arbor House with no help…or very little help!

When the Jean’s left Montgomery, Button Boy and Best Buddy Boy said that they would always be best friends.  We Skype every once in a while and the boys love it!  Of course, in these types of friendships you never know when you will see someone again, but you keep a special place in your heart for them.  But, seeing the boys together again after being apart for so long just reaffirmed to me that these boys **will** be friends forever!

The Jean’s have now returned to Japan, and unfortunately,  our schedule did not allow us to get to Kentucky again before they left, but I have no doubt that we will see them again!!!  The Jean family, Bert & Laura, and the kids have made a special place in our hearts.  Our lives have been enriched by knowing and loving this sweet family!!!

we love and miss you,

Jean Family!!!

Seniors, 2011

13 May

Every year we know someone who graduates from high school or college.  Now the kids that are graduating were babies when I was in high school or college…so, I am feeling *very* old, even though I am a well practiced 35!  🙂

This year, though, the graduating is hitting a little too close to home.  My girl is graduating….well, she’s really not *my* girl.  I didn’t carry her in my womb, I didn’t raise her….but, I love her like she was my own, and she claims me as a second mom — so, she counts as mine!

Isn’t she beautiful????   And, really…she does kind of look like me!

Happy Graduation, MLD!!!

 I love you!

Forever Friends!!!!

28 Apr

I have missed Homecoming at Troy for at least 14 years.  The last time I went I was living in Tallahassee and it was before I met Mojo.  I have never really had too much of a desire to go until the last few years when more and more of my friends from the Sound of the South began going.

Well, this year I wanted to go so badly.  My dh wasn’t really feelin’ the TSU Sound of the South love…so we stayed at home and hosted our annual Auburn/Georgia game!

My sorority sister and her husband (who happens to be a frat brother of ours) and their three kiddos stopped in Montgomery the day after Homecoming and had lunch with us at my parent’s house.  If you are wondering how my parent’s got sucked into this…they are Chuck’s Godparent’s!  Yep, while Chuck and Anna lived in Wetumpka, my parent’s adopted them!

Mojo took some terrific pictures of me, Chuck and Anna by my Daddy’s Koi Pond. (which I don’t have, Mojo!  <hint-hint>)  He also took some terrific pictures of the kiddos….their two girls and Girly Girl loved playing with one another!  I really think that if Button Boy and their son had another hour together, they would have been inseparable.

I love my forever friends….sorority sisters and frat brothers! College was such a great fun time in my life!

I think this year, I *will* go to Homecoming….now, if I can just find a ride….maybe the Kiefriters will stop through and pick me and Girly Girl up!!!

Shout Out & The 80’s

6 Apr

Today I am giving a shout out to my friend, Ben.  I love reading Ben’s posts about grammar and reading his stories about life and what he sees going on in life!

HI BEN!!!!!

Ben posted just a few days ago about “PRONOUN APPRECIATION DAY“…and featured a Little House Rock’s vid from YouTube.

It is funny because just the other day I was speaking with a friend about movies from the 80’s (she’s only a few years older than I am) — and she didn’t remember any of the classics!!!!  I was shocked!

Girly Girl’s 4th grade class has been interviewing people from their family, even though I am unsure of the reason, it has made me think about what some of my fave’s from jr. high and high school actually are. [OK, Ben, I think I goofed up the grammar, start making marks on my paper for me!  😉 ]

After sittin’ and thinkin’, I believe I have come up with some 80’s faves….

Here’s the first installment…..


Little House Rocks — I’m Only A Bill

Louie the Lightning Bug — Play It Safe Around Powerlines


Bugs Bunny in Rite of the Valkaries


and, Transformers

~~can you tell I had a younger brother that I watched Saturday cartoons with?!

*** Next installment — music!