Monthly Archives: November 2007

November 27, 1987

I was cruising the Kroger parking lot in Paris,TN with 3 of my buddies. We stopped to talk to my friend Jennifer’s cousin Tracy. Her friends, Tony and Mark, just happened to be there that night too.

We all talked for awhile. Then the subject of the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, The Running Man, came up. Tony asked me to go and after some coaxing by my friends I went with him and his buddy Mark. The movie was pretty good, but more than that I was just enjoying getting to know Tony better. We had met a few times and talked a little bit at different opportunities the year before, but this was my first chance at really *getting to know* him. I was 15 and he was 17.

After the movie he took me back to the Dairy Queen so that my friends could take me back to my house. He asked for my number, gave me a quick hug, and told me what a great time he had. I actually kind of had that floating on a cloud kind of feeling. He was truly one of the nicest, funniest, most considerate boys I had ever met. My mother had once said after meeting Tony at the Wal-Mart one day  – "Why don’t you go out with someone like him?"

Sure enough, he called the very next day and we’ve pretty much been together ever since.

Here we are riding the 4 wheeler out at my dad’s woods lot.
I figured if he still thought I was cute covered in mud, he was a keeper.
Little did we know that 20 years later we’d be living on 40 acres with 3 boys who like 4 wheelin too!

This was one year later on our first anniversary.

 I wowed him with probably my most considerate present ever (This year he’s getting a blog entry.) – a dozen small gifts all wrapped individually and then put in one huge box with rocks and the such.  Each gift had a little note. I should have been a scrapbooker. I can’t remember them all. One was a toy phone – for all the time we spent on the phone together.(I can’t ever act like I didn’t always know he liked to talk on the phone.) Another was a wallet and said, "For all the money you spend on me." Another was a rock and said "For the rock you’re going to give me someday."(A bit presumptuous I suppose, but we were pretty sure early on that we’d be Mr. & Mrs. someday.)  We can’t remember the other gifts, but we remember they were cute. Young people write things down. You too will be old & forgetful someday.

The gifts must have worked. Less than 2 years later, we got hitched.

Two years later –
ba da bing, ba da boom
We became Mom & Dad.
My first Mother’s Day!
Jackson, TN

Here we are 4 years later when Jake was just a few weeks old enjoying a day at the St. Louis Zoo.

And then about 5 years later, Jon made 3 and were yet again in a new state – Kentucky!
Can you tell Jon was eating a lot of orange baby food?
And hey, that’s the same outfit Joe wore in the first picture. I’ve got a picture of Jake in that outfit too,
but Tony’s not in it and this post is about him, not the boys.

And here we are now. One big happy family.
Still having fun. Still having a lot of laughs.

I am blessed beyond measure.
In the wise words of Shania Twain, he’s Still the One!

Still the One – Shania Twain
When I first saw you, I saw love.
And the first time you touched me, I felt love.
And after all this time, you’re still the one I love.)

Looks like we made it
Look how far we’ve come my baby
We mighta took the long way
We knew we’d get there someday

They said, "I bet they’ll never make it"
But just look at us holding on
We’re still together still going strong

(You’re still the one)
You’re still the one I run to
The one that I belong to
You’re the one I want for life
(You’re still the one)
You’re still the one that I love
The only one I dream of
You’re still the one I kiss good night

Ain’t nothin’ better
We beat the odds together
I’m glad we didn’t listen
Look at what we would be missin’

I’m so glad we made it
Look how far we’ve come my baby…

A Great Solution for “Whose Glass is Whose?” from the Front Porch

When we get together with friends and are using plastic cups, I am The Keeper of the Sharpie Marker. Everybody knows that I am ALL about writing the names on the cups so people don’t waste extra cups because they can’t tell whose is whose.

I even made wine glass charms to use when we go to my mom’s house since we usually drink out of stemmed glasses there.

But ALAS, on Thanksgiving we faced another challenge – she used just regular drinking glasses. Couldn’t use a Sharpie, couldn’t use the glass charms. What to do?

Well we tried the strategic glass placement method, but that’s not really reliable. A lot of glasses end up getting moved around and dumped out. Very wasteful.

Today though, I feel like I’ve seen the light. Dell had a great suggestion on her Taming the Chaos entry on the HomeschoolBlogger Company Porch. Simply use colored rubber bands to mark the glasses! Isn’t that a great idea?! Totally simple, but the thought had never occurred to me.

Don’t you just love it when you learn something new like that? Everybody better watch out – I’m going to buy some colored rubberbands and then I’ll be The Keeper of the Sharpie AND the Rubberbands!

This Entry Is Brought To You By The Letter Z

While many other bloggers may be knocking your socks off with hilarious stories of family antics, heartwarming tales of special memories, or tempting photos of all sorts of Thanksgiving splendor, I shall be telling you of the many many hours of sleep that I got.

Can we just say that I am thankful for time to relax and catch some zzzzzzzzz’s?

Especially in the recliner next to my mother’s fireplace.

And my mom was ever-so-kind not to point out that I snore at times. Because my nose was stuffy so I’m pretty sure that I did.

Nonetheless, I really didn’t have much of a choice. Every time I sat down and got all cozy, I just immediately began to doze off.

Try not to be jealous.

And fortunately the guys were all too busy off visiting Tony’s side of the family and didn’t get a single picture of me sleeping in the recliner with my mouth hanging open and drooling. That would have been bad. Hopefully I didn’t just conjure up a visual for you all with that, did I?

I’ve just got to perk up though. I can’t just snore through the whole holiday season, can I?

I think I’m going to place a little order and see if I can purchase a bit of energy to get me through the rest of 2007.

Maybe I’ll try the letter B

Or the letter D3

And once I get plenty of those letters, MAYBE my letter Z will be because I’m zipping along again!

Your ever so tired blogfriend,

I’m not one to drop names or anything…. buuuuuut

I just got a really cool package from one of the THM team and it’s kinda feeling like Christmas now!

Just look at all the goodies –

To Bethlehem: The Christmas Game for the Entire Family

This looks like MAJOR fun my friends – MAJOR fun!

You roll the dice and then things get goofy. The squares say things like:
  •  Zechariah lost his voice because he didn’t believe. You can’t speak until someone rolls a 1.
  • Brrr! It’s getting cold. Put your socks on your hands until you roll a 4.
  • God has answered your prayers. Collect 1 shekel from each traveler.
  • Elijah’s Rest Stop – Last stop before Bethlehem. Get up and flush a toilet.

Yep you got that right. This game brings a trip to Bethlehem to life in a way that even your youngest little shepherds will enjoy. And if you land on an Around the Campfire square, you get to learn a little more about each other . The cards say things like:

  • Ask any of the travelers to share one of his/her favorite Christmas memories.
  • What kind of homemade gift could you make someone?
  • "Oink" out a Christmas song like a pig. First one to name the tune gets 1 shekel!
  • If you could buy your dad anything for Christmas, what would it be?

I’m telling you this is SO going to be a Carter Family favorite! And I know my friends are all going to love it too. Family game night at the Carter house!! woo hoo!! If you’re too far away to come over and play, you can buy your own game. I’m sure the Familyman’s family will get a kick out of that.

He also sent The Official Book of Homeschooling Cartoons Vol 2. It has my all time favorite cartoon in it.
It’s the one where the dad comes home and asks the kids why they’re still in their jammies – and the kids say "Mom prefers to call them our homeschool uniform."

It’s a hoot I tell ya. I’ve used that one many times.

And then there’s his Lies Homeschooling Moms Believe book.

This easy-to-read little gem just cuts right to the chase with Todd’s usual no-nonsense approach. If you ever worry that everybody else’s kids are smarter than yours, their house cleaner than yours, their meals more healthy than yours, and their days more scheduled and organized than yours, you’re going to LOVE this book.

And Todd has a great Year of Homeschooling Calendar that is perfect for keeping you laughing all year long. They’re only $7.50 each and really, you just don’t get homeschool encouragement from the puppies, horses, or insurance calendars, now do you?

Do all those things sound awesome? Why, yes they do!

But wait, there’s more!

Todd has written a read-aloud Christmas story that will warm your hearts and point your children towards the Savior. Cootie McKay’s Nativity is a sweet sweet story. I can’t wait to read it aloud to the boys. It’s been almost 2 weeks since I last blogged. I just got so excited to have something to blog about that I couldn’t wait to post!

Now I might be just a little partial because Todd just happens to be one of my favorite homeschool speakers (and gets a lot of people writing in saying really nice things about The Homeschool Minute), but I kid you not if you’re looking for gifts for your husband,  fun things to do with the kids, or some hilarious homeschool encouragement, you REALLY need to browse the Familyman website. They offer free shipping on orders over $120 so just go in with some of your friends order To Bethlehem games, You Da Dad calendars and Homeschool Cartoon books!

You won’t be disappointed!

Walking Down Memory Lane

Bear with me, we watched an old video from a few years ago and it has absolutely got me in a sentimental mood. Old pictures of the boys and hormones – not a good match! Just pass the kleenex please…

Is this not just the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen?
Jon – age 2

That’s the year I decided to try and decorate the boys’ cakes myself.
The frosting was supposed to be RED.

I decided not to try mixing colors and just go simple with Jake’s.

I did manage to get an orange UT on Joe’s cake at least.
Bless the boys’ hearts, they love me anyway.

This was our kitchen at our old house. It was pretty much the hangout there.
We went through some really tough times living in that house.
Job changes, friends moving,  family struggles, losing my dad.
But looking back at the pictures, I still think  what a precious time in our lives that was.
Waterguns, fresh flowers from the side of the house, and handpainted flower pots.
My kids are growing up.