Friday, December 4, 2009
5 Things I was Doing 10 years Ago:
~Getting ready for my first-born's, Jacob, first Christmas! He was 10 months old.
~Running up ridiculously high phone bills calling my best friend, Kelly when she lived in Delaware with her first husband.
~Hanging out with Julie all the time! Loved those "fajita dinners" followed up with "Kahlua brownies"!
~Struggling to make ends meet with a young family.
~Praying every time I went out to start my 1987 Chevy sedan that it would start! We always had some sort of car troubles!
5 Things On My To-Do List Today:
~Finish dinner...sweet taters are baking in the oven :)
~Do more laundry...I swear it NEVER ends!
~Get the kids from the bus stop and help them with homework.
~Help Hannah fill out "thank you" notes for her birthday presents. I am such a stickler for those!
~Relax and enjoy the fact that I finally feel a little better. Vertigo bites!
5 Snacks I Love:
~Peanut M&Ms with a Wild Cherry Pepsi
~Peanut Butter Nabs
~Cheez-its/Goldfish (I am such a mom!)
~Bag of salted peanuts with a glass of Coke
~pretty much anything sweet!
5 Jobs I’ve Had:
~Student assistant to the Dean at CNU
~Student assistant in the Registrar's office at CNU
~Office clerk at a PCP's office
~last but not least, a Mommy!
5 People I Tag: (That I know will respond)
~Janice (better, LOL!)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
What a "sweet" weekend this has been despite the fact that Larry had to work both days. Yesterday, we celebrated Kelly's oldest daughter's birthday. Nikki, who will be 12 next Saturday, had a "Hannah Montana" party. As part of her gift, I made her cake which was an electric guitar. All the girls loved it!
We ended the weekend with our Father's Day celebration. Lunch was paninis followed by a "hamburger" cake made with the men in mind! Cake, two days in a row, what was I thinking?! The kids will be on a sugar high for a week!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
A• Are you available? Nope, been married for over 10 years!
What is your age? 30
What annoys you? Way too many things to name in one post...I'm too anal for my own good!
B• Do you know anyone named Billy?Yes
When is your birthday? January 4th
Who is your best friend? Kelly...we've know each other since ninth grade...she's knows enough about me to write a "tell all" book!!
C. What's your favorite candy? Peanut M&Ms
Crush? John Mayer!!
When was the last time you cried? a few weeks ago
D• Do you daydream? probably more than I should!
What's your favorite kind of dog? Yorkie
What day of the week is it? Tuesday
E• How do you like your eggs? sometimes scrambled, sometimes fried
Have you ever been in the emergency room? yes
Ever pet an elephant? yes, at the Carson & Barnes 5 Ring Circus. It came to Smithfield when I was younger and my grandfather took me after school.
F• Do you use fly swatters? Don't even own one!
Have you ever used a foghorn? No
Is there a fan in your room? yes, two ceiling fans
G• Do you chew gum?Not often...it gets my jaw out of whack!
Do you like gummy candies? yep
Do you like gory movies?not at all!
H• How are you? just fine
What's your height? 5' 4"
What color is your hair?dirty blond
I• What's your favorite ice cream?that's a toss up between chocolate and mint chocolate chip
Have you ever ice skated?yes but not very graceful!
Ever been in an igloo? no
J• What's your favorite Jelly Bean? love the black ones
• Have you ever heard a really hilarious joke?of course
Do you wear jewelry?rings and earrings usually
K• Who do you want to kill?can't think of anyone in particular right now...check back later!
Have you ever flown a kite?when I was younger
Do you think kangaroos are cute?yes, especially the babies!
L• Are you laid back?not usually...I'm always worrying about something!
Lions or Tigers? Simba!!
Do you like black licorice?yep, see "jelly bean" answer!
M• Favorite movie as a kid?can't remember one in particular
Ever shopped at Moosejaw?can't say that I have
Favorite store at the mall?HALLMARK!! I'm such a dork!
N• Do you have a nickname?"B" and Scooter
What’s your favorite number? 5
Do you prefer night or day?day
O• What's your one wish? if I tell it won't come true!!
Are you an only child? Nope
Do you like the color orange?depends on the shade
P• What are you most paranoid about?I'm paranoid about way too many things!! I should probably be paranoid about getting a ulcer the way I worry!
Piercings? ears only
Do you know anyone named Penelope? no
Q• Are you quick to judge people?way too quick
Do you like Quaker Oats? only in oatmeal cookies!!
Know anyone that makes quilts? my mom
R• Do you think you're always right?did my husband put you up to this?!
Do you watch reality TV? sometimes
Reason to cry?not at the moment
S• Do you prefer sun or rain? the sun but not hot tepts
Do you like snow?just a little
What's your favorite season?fall
What time did you wake up? 7:05 am
U• Can you ride a unicycle? I do good just walking!
Do you know anyone with a unibrow?nope
Uncles do you have? 4
V• What’s the worst vegetable?butter beans
Did you ever watch Veggie Tales?Yep, with the kids
Ever considered being vegan?not at all
What's your worst habit?Worrying!
Do you like water rides?totally!
Ever been inside a windmill?nope
X• Have you ever had an x-ray?yep
Ever used a Xerox machine? yep
Y• Do you like the color yellow?Love it! Yellow makes me think of Hannah!
What year were you born in?1979
Do you yell when you're angry? yep
Z• Do you believe in the zodiac?not really
What's your zodiac sign? Capricorn
When was the last time you went to the zoo?April
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
After breakfast, I told her it was time for drops. The first eye went great but she squirmed, cried, and covered the second eye. After about 10 minutes, I put her in time out telling her that she could get up when she was ready to have the second eye done. While she was in time out, the phone rang. On the other end was one of the nurses who helped take care of her on Monday. She was calling to check in on Hannah. I explained the troubles we are having with the eye drops. Her response was, "Have you tried M&Ms?" Lady, I have tried everything but crack and a trip to DisneyWorld!!! No, I didn't say that to her but I did almost laugh in her ear. She did have some suggestions. Warm up the bottle of drops in my hands first and give her tylenol about an hour prior to giving the drops in case she is experiencing some discomfort. When I hung up the phone, Hannah announced that she was ready to get up and have the second drop. She laid her head in my lap and cooperated like a trooper. Afterwards, she jumped up and asked if she could play with her Play-Doh. Before this is over, I may need some BP Rx! Wish me luck for tonight's round!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So, as of now, I'm weighing my bribery options available to mothers like me!! So far, I have considered a new Barbie for today's trauma and maybe a trip to "Chick -a-Lay-Lay" (Hannah's name for Chick-fil-A!!) after the appt. tomorrow. I do need to tread lightly though or else I risk uping the ante for her surgery next month. As of now, she has agreed to cooperate with the surgery if balloons and pizza are provided. A mighty fair request if you ask me!!
Oh, the tools mothers will employ to keep their children smiling! Truth be told, if I could, I would gladly have the shots myself, pee in the cup (talk about a cup runneth over!!), walk around with those silly sunglasses covering my dilated eyes, and have the surgery on my eyes if it would spare my little "HannahBanana".
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Alright, enough posts regarding my latest creation with sugar!! Now for a more serious topic. I just finished reading "The Shack". For a while, I had been hearing different people talk about this book, it has even been a topic of discussion on several television programs. I must admit that I was drawn to read it just to see what all the hype is about. My Mom was hearing all of the buzz and broke down and bought the book with the idea that I would read it first and then pass it on to her. Since then, the list of people who we are going to pass our copy along to has grown.
First and foremost, I can not divulge too much about the plot as it would ruin it for anyone who would like to experience the book for themselves. I will say this, it is a deep book that explores deep topics of faith, religion, and God to say the least. At first, it was hard for me to get past some of the metaphors in the book as they challenge what I have been taught regarding God most of my life. I did however stick it out and I'm so glad that I did! The book is a different and new, but wonderful way of understanding faith, however little or much we claim to have. I will not claim to have had a religious experience after completing the book, but I do have a clearer understanding of some things. A few "aha" moments, as Oprah would say it, maybe!
Below are some quotes from the book that spoke to me, both because of my relationship, or should I say lack of relationship with my father. I have struggled with his inability to be a decent father for most of my life. It wasn't until recently that I spoke words of forgiveness to him. I now realize, after reading this book, that true forgiveness is a process or journey. I take comfort in knowing that I have at least begun on that path.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
My name is Sarah Smith and I am a volunteer with the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Currently, I am the Chair of the Peninsula Memory Walk. I am also the granddaughter of Annie Ward. My grandmother has suffered with Alzheimer's Disease for the past fourteen years. I, along with the rest of my family, have watched my grandmother go from being an independent woman who was able to cook and drive, to a woman who is now wheelchair-bound because she simply forgot how to walk. I have watched my grandmother go from a woman who loved to sit for hours at the kitchen table working on crossword puzzles, to a woman who can no longer string enough words together to hold a conversation. Sadly, I have also watched as my grandmother, a devoted mother of two and proud grandmother of three, has lost the ability to recognize her own children.
Alzheimer's is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. IT IS NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGING. Every 71 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's disease. Currently, as many as 5.2 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's, over 26,000 here in Southeastern Virginia. The disease is now the sixth leading cause of death. Estimates are that 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer's in their lifetime. The direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer's and other related dementias to Medicare, Medicaid, and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year.
Bearing witness to the debilitating effects Alzheimer's disease has had on my grandmother has been devastating to say the least. The worst part, however, is the feeling of helplessness that I am often left with after my visits with her. It is that feeling of helplessness that has drawn me to volunteer with the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The SEVA Chapter, whose main offices is located in Norfolk, services approximately 7400 square miles of southeastern VA. For more than 20 years, this Chapter has been helping those touched by Alzheimer's and other memory-robbing disorders. The Chapter provides a variety of services including: a 24 hour Helpline, monthly support groups and orientation programs for families, educational presentations and workshops, the Safe Return Program that helps to locate lost memory-impaired individuals, a respite care program that raises funds to help subsidize the cost of in-home respite care or adult day care
The Chapter advocates on behalf of issues concering Alzheimer's disease at the state and national level. The Chapter also supports research through the National Alzheimer's Association, the largest private funder of Alzheimer's research.
I mentioned earlier that I am the Chair for the Peninsula Memory Walk. Memory Walk is the signature fundraiser for Alzheimer's Association and is held across the country every Fall. Locally, the SEVA Chapter hosts 10 Walks beginning in September through November. Memory Walk funds help the Chapter offer care, support, and education in our community. I have participated in Memory Walk for the past 3 years. It has been a way for me to help all those affected by Alzheimer's, including my grandmother. It is also a way to ensure that the dream of a world without Alzheimer's will one day be realized. In closing, let us remember those who can't and together WE WILL END ALZHEIMER'S.
I know that this is a lengthly first post but the work I do is such a big part of who I am. I am often asked if I am afraid of getting the disease since it is in my family. The answer is yes. I am terrified by the thought that I could one day forget my children. I am also shaken by the thought that one day my children my have to see my mother, their grandmother, the way I have to see my grandmother. It doesn't have to be this way. We can work together and fix this so that NO ONE ever has to lose a loved one to "the long goodbye".