Archives for April 2009

You’re Gonna Miss This

Last week as I was calmly frantically getting ready to leave for Chicago the next day, Roger Leroy arrived in my room after school with a white board with a hole cut out.

Roger Leroy: “Here is my locker strip.”

Me: “Huh?”

Roger Leroy: “Remember, locker strips?”

Me: “No”

RL: “Mom…Senior week…you have to decorate this before you leave, then parents go on Sunday to the school and hang them on our lockers.”

Me: “This Sunday? While I’m gone?”

RL: “We can go hang them…they were really cool last year…you have time, right?”

locker strip 1

Sure, I have time.

Let me just dig out pictures and print a few at Costco and finish helping you both with your senior scrapbooks and senior speech for Language Arts and it’s Scary Baby’s birthday and I need a haircut and I haven’t packed or written the speech I’m suppose to give…

Somehow though, in the sage words of their lovely brother whose life mantra is “It will out work out” — it did.


I think they didn’t turn out half bad. Not that I have any idea what they were suppose to look like.

I had some pictures left from when I made their cross country albums. Actually the bottom was an 8 x 10 of a page I made with song lyrics in the background.

The song came out last year right around the time when we were headed to Nashville for their fun birthdaymonth. When Trace Adkins starting singing it, I sent them a text that said “Listen to the lyrics.”

She was staring out that window of that SUV
Complaining, saying “I can’t wait to turn 18″
She said” I’ll make my own money, and I’ll make my own rules.”
Mama put the car in park out there in front of the school
Then she kissed her head and said “I was just like you”

You’re gonna miss this
You’re gonna want this back
You’re gonna wish these days
Hadn’t gone by so fast

These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you’re gonna miss this

Click here to see Trace Adkins singing “You’re Gonna Miss This”

They found this hysterical in a way only teenagers can. It has become a standing joke and I play along with them and we all make everyone get quiet whenever the song plays and say, “Shhhhh…Listen to the Lyrics.”

I can handle the joke. But I do hope they listen to the lyrics. In spite of their uncool mother.

That night, PhilBillPaul went in their dark bedroom to check on them.

I made him go back in and snap this picture.


Our almost 18 year-old twins in one twin bed.

Don’t think I don’t know the truth.

It’s a two-way street.

I’m gonna miss this…


Flexible Friday #33 Airport Bathroom Etiquette

I’ve been so flexible with my Fridays that I haven’t posted for a few weeks.

Between spring break and coming home from spring break and packing to leave again, I’ve been a little, um, irregular.

I flew to Chicago yesterday and there is always so much fun to be had at the airport observing humans and their behavior.

Like the car and people being searched at curbside before I even left Atlanta.

Here’s what I really started wondering as I walked through the airport.

I wondered how we all lived before cell phones? Every other person was using one. Who did we talk to before they were invented? Did we talk to each other at the airport? Or just stare at each other? Does anyone remember?

Here’s one thing that has really changed and I’m going out on a limb here and stating my strong opinion on this one.

When did it become socially acceptable to answer the phone in the bathroom?

Why is this okay?

Is there really any phone call important enough to answer when you are in a bathroom stall?

Frankly, I think not.

If someone died, they will still be dead after you flush, wash your hands and leave the restroom.

I just don’t want to be that connected to ANYONE that I answer the phone in a public restroom.

In addition, I’m not interested in hearing someone else’s conversation while I’m in the bathroom.

Call me crazy but no one is that important.

Please do share if I’m missing the importance of why so many people are compelled to answer the phone while in a bathroom stall.

The most recent airport pet peeve…

A fee if I want to check a bag.

Um yeah, isn’t that what all that space under the plane is for? Bag storage.

So build the bag fee in to the price of the ticket and charge accordingly.


I took a chance and paid the $15.00 because I am a risk-taker like that.

Happy to report my bag arrived.

I am also delighted to announce there is NO SNOW and the weather is actually beautiful.

May you all have lovely spring weather and enjoy your weekend wherever you are!


A Decade of Shining Moments

Retail value of 5 shirts and 1 pair of sweatpants at JCPenney


Price we paid because I kept telling Scary Baby the only rack she was allowed to choose from was the one that said “Final Clearance $3.97”


Note on my bed with tags and receipts after PhilBillPaul and I got home from the FREE movie…



Disclaimer: Scanned note has been altered to use her blog code name. 😉 She does not sign her notes “Scary Baby” or “Scary” for short. I just loved that she signed it twice otherwise we wouldn’t have known who it was from.

I didn’t check her math until I was writing this, so for you math lovers out there who already know what I’m about to say…because when you see numbers, your mind is like a calculator and you added it up as you read it and know that…she’s off by $45 bucks. Which should be added to our total and brings our grand total savings to $155.19 if we had paid full retail!

Shining Moment #1

Teaching your kids how to find the sale racks, bargain shop and save money is worth the time investment. In today’s instant gratification world, it’s good to show them how to watch and wait for something to go on sale. And it doubles as a great real life, fun math review!


Shining Moment #2

Scary Baby is now officially in the home stretch of her first decade here on earth.


Here she is wearing one of her bargain shirts in honor of her birthday and Earth Day.

I can hardly believe that it was 10 years ago today that I brought that giant last baby home.

Happy Birthday monkey!

You have always shined and made our family brighter.

We all love you as big as the whole world.

Life Lesson (LL): Bargain shopping can be fun and does count as math review!

Share a Life Lesson (SALL): What are some ways you are saving money in these hard times?


P.S. Happy Birthday to my *oldest* friend Kerri! and Happy 18th Birthday to Rebecca 🙂

Shining Moment of Motherhood

Just when you think…

NO ONE ever listens to you

and all the years of mothering and teaching lecturing

have exhausted you and you question your own sanity.

You get a tiny glimmer of hope

in a note that a daughter leaves on your bed.

And a shining teachable moment

rises up to meet you and whispers…

“She really is learning
valuable life skills
from you
even when you think
she isn’t paying attention.”

On Wednesday, I’ll share what one Humpfreeze daughter did to inspire me to recognize that I haven’t totally failed my children

because I’m the first to admit…


Until then, did you have a good weekend? Feel free to share any shining moments of motherhood that have happened to you recently.

Your shining moment could help another mom who needs a little hope…


Escalator Danger

I swear I’ve been living with this potential danger for over 20 years.

Close To Home© John McPherson

Because PhilBillPaul always has at least one shoe untied.

Now, when you see an escalator…

Think of me.


On a totally unrelated note…we featured our first MAN on our iLashGirls blog yesterday.

Click over and meet Dave Dutton because learning more about his process for discovering your “Given Talent” is really fascinating and I’ve been through the process myself. My darling firstborn (Everett a.k.a. The Grunter) has also gone through it and here’s what he said:

My experience with Dave was excellent. He helped me to understand the way that I think, and then showed me how I could apply it towards life and a career. Discovering my given talent was a great experience, and I am glad that I did this early on in my college career as it helped me to better see what I want to do in the future. I would recommend doing this to anyone looking to get the most out of life.

Dave is giving away a Simply Irresistible Resume Package which includes everything you need to complete a new, fresh irresistible resume. I want to win it but as always, Leigh Anne tells me I’m not eligible.

Even if you don’t need a resume right now, I bet you know someone who does. It would make a great graduation gift and it doesn’t hurt to make sure you have a current resume yourself!

I’d love for you to meet Dave and learn more about his amazing process. Read the interview at iLashGirls and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the resume package at the end of the interview!

Also, don’t miss our crazy fun Gifts, Gifts, Gifts Giveaway – this week we have FOUR different gifts so click over to win!! That totally increases the chance that one of my personal friends can win! 😉


Spring Break ’09 Part Two


A gorgeous day at Clearwater beach. Just a wee bit more crowded than it was 20+ years ago.


Wizzy and I had a great afternoon with perfect weather while Roger Leroy and C-Mac went bike riding.

And a little philanthropic visit…

Visiting Luci’s assisted living facility is always fun. Oscar’s dancing was an absolute delight!

Back to reality…

Did you do anything fun for spring break?


Spring Break ’09

Hot, sunny and having loads of fun.

Don’t worry, this was for photo shoot purposes only.

C-Mac did wear a life jacket.

The girls gave the day a perfect 10.

All thanks to “Aunt” Luci and “Aunt” Judy!


Running Away

Leaving home again…

This time with the darling twin daughters…

For their last spring break as minor children in my care…

Because this summer in June, my babies will turn 18 away from our home…

And I’m really trying to savor all these last times with them…

Even when we are all very hormonal and grumpy…

Wondering how PhilBillPaul has endured…

Living with 4 females…

For all these years…

Because truly…

It occurred to me tonight that I would have run away a long time ago.

Speaking of running away…

We’re heading to Tampa.

A city I ran away to many years ago…

Fleeing from those freezing cold Midwest winters…

Trying to grow up and learn how to live on my own…

Loving the sunshine, golf and nearby beaches…

Only to discover an Indiana boy

Who taught me that home is wherever

We choose to make it

With people who love us

No matter what.


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