Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
We went out to eat last night to celebrate Shawn's birthday and send off David and Cody to Fire College! I was able to record Chad and our great friend Russ singing Happy Birthday to Shawn (I think Russ's wife Dawn was singing in there as well). It was so pretty -- kind of nice have professional singers as friends, if ya ask me!! The end is the best part - it's so pretty! We had a great night ~ so much fun and SO much laughter!!!!! Just like it ALWAYS is!!
Happy Birthday, Shawn! I know it's a week overdue, but when you have your daughter ON your birthday, I guess you just gotta take turns!! It has been fun celebrating with you ~ God SO knew what he was doing when he put us together. LOVE YOU SHAWN-QUI-QUI!!
More pictures from the night ...
Cody had just taken a BIG sip of his tea ~ it had been doctored while he was in the bathroom with tabasco sauce, butter and salt (I think that was it). See, SOMEONE (who shall remain nameless but his picture is in a previous blog post with BLACK TEETH) mixed the concoction and then sucked it into his straw and placed it back into Cody's drink - hence when he sat back down and SOMEONE ELSE who was in cahoots (all remaining nameless, but his last name rhymes with BLOCK or CROCK) decided to toast the birthday girl and the boys, so when Cody sucked on the straw after the toast, he, yeah, well, you know ... and I nearly peed my pants in laughter ~ IT NEVER GETS OLD ~ this happened on the cruise too many times to count!!
Posted by Natalie at 8:10 PM
Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Cameron and his best buddy, Drake. I rented an extra lane for the boys and Daddy's ~ Cameron actually got the highest score on his 'team'!
Kennedy's cake - is this not TO DIE FOR!?!?!? It matched her invitations PERFECTLY.
Blowing out her candles - I love this picture. I am not sure why my hands are clenched - I think I was just hoping and wishing with her! I love how her eyes are shut so tight!
Family picture -- she is SO my daughter -- posing. While we ate cake, the Daddys bowled - it was funny. Chad had to bowl "Fred Flintstone" style -- barefoot and with his hands just wrapped around the ball because there were no shoes big enough AND there were no bowling balls with big enough holes for his fingers!
First day of school -- GO FIRST GRADER!
Cameron did NOT want his picture taken -- under ANY circumstances ... I would later pick him up at 9:30 from school -- just an hour and 1/2 after taking him there -- I knew he wasn't acting like himself and he had gotten sick at school (school = PK3 for him)
Posted by Natalie at 5:46 AM
Monday, August 18, 2008
For those of you that are wondering:
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thought I would "Take You There" for the opening of the Rascal Flatts concert - one word - amazing! It was a fantastic night! Will update more later!
Posted by Natalie at 6:05 PM
Saturday, August 16, 2008
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Wednesday, August 13, 2008
My friend Shawn invited me and Pam over this afternoon to make the CUTEST teacher gifts for our girls. All of us have open house either Thursday or Friday, so today was the day we settled down over Route 44 drinks from Sonic and made our crafts. I was so engrossed in mine that I did not even think to take pictures of the 'how to' but you will get the general idea.
Shawn has a circle cutter (never in my life have seen one of THOSE!) and so she made the top to put on the lid of the can. I obviously edited out my daughter's teachers name - I don't have a whole lot of anonymity on this blog, but I do freak a little when it comes to school.
Then on the inside of the bucket, I put cute memo pad, some post-it notes, some book mark style post-it notes, mints, a candy bar, paper clips, stamps and some hand sanitizer.
Posted by Natalie at 5:59 PM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
You are fiercely independent and I love that about you. You embody so much of me and your Daddy, but really, I look at you and see a mini-me. You are loyal and loving with a splash of attitude. You love your baby brother and adore your friends. EVERYONE is your BFF and you let them know that. You love your cousins and make everyone feel so welcome and loved when they arrive at our house for a visit.
You are starting first grade in just a few days and I am so excited for you. I know you will enjoy every minute of it and hopefully, will not 'move your color'. You broke your arm this year and you were so brave - more concerned about missing the Hannah Montana concert. You handled it like a champ. I was so proud of you. I was SURE you were going to freak out when they had to remove the cast, but you amazed me and sat there quiet and still, but with big 'ol eyes that were watching the saw intently. I knew you were scared but you held it together!
You are growing up to be a beautiful young lady. You have lost your 2 front teeth and your 2 bottom teeth. We are saving for your orthodontia because you are definitely going to need it, but for whatever reason you are excited at the thought of braces. We finally cut your hair during a visit with Sydney, MacKenzie, Aunt JJ and Uncle Shawn during Spring Break and it was probably one of the best things we did. You love clothes (THANK GOODNESS) and you love reading. We look forward to what the year brings as you venture to first grade.
Posted by Natalie at 5:08 AM
Friday, August 8, 2008
I would like to introduce ya'll to my friend, Shannon. We used to get asked ALL the time if we were sisters, which I think is funny because she is so ding dang tall (seriously, like 6" tall) and when I colored my hair back to it's natural color (yes, I had to color it BACK to get all the blondish highlights OUT) I was certain no one would ask us that anymore and actually, people asked us MORE if we were related. Anyway, I digress ....
Shannon is a renaissance woman. She can do anything. She had mentioned a while back that she would tile my backsplash for me because they are building a new house and she wouldn't have anything 'to do'. She is also having shoulder surgery August 21 - this is a GOOD FRIEND! I asked her last week if she was still up for the challenge ... she said "YES!" (ha, get it!?!?) and off we went tile shopping last weekend. She called me last night to tell me she would be over on Friday to start. That is one thing about Shannon - when she says she is going to do something (a) she does it (b) she does it and FINISHES it. SO, here we go:
This is the tile started -- I forgot to take before pictures and normally, I wouldn't even post until it was done, but I have some girls that want to see the progress (no, Cameron did not color on the tile with a sharpie. That is where I scored it with a grinder and when I tell you SPARKS FLEW, I'm telling you I was afraid I was going to catch my new cabinets on FIRE!).
She cussed me after this one ~ I told her "I must document the process" and no, that is not armpit sweat, that is water that kicked back on her from the wet saw THAT WE NOW OWN.
Not to shabby, huh??!?! COURSE, it will be SHABBY CHIC and totally ties in the cabinets with the granite. It looks beautiful ~ it really does. She still has a little ways to go, but I am LOVING it so far. It's going to look so pretty once it's grouted (yes, I said grouted) and sealed. It will be a little darker and blend really well. I'm SO proud of her for tackling this project and I will shower her with gifts, as I do all my friends that bless me with their talents and do stuff for me that would normally cost me a FORTUNE!!
After Shannon made one particular cut that was PERFECT, she came back in and said "I. AM. A. BADA$$" .... yes, honey, YOU ARE!
Posted by Natalie at 2:55 PM
Monday, August 4, 2008
Please sign the petition (if you want a REDNECK IN THE WHITEHOUSE). We are trying to get this on NATIONAL ROTATION with the country music radio stations - if you LOVE country music, CALL YOUR local station and request THIS SONG!! If they say that haven't heard it, TELL THEM TO GO TO REDNECKINTHEWHITEHOUSE.COM
Posted by Natalie at 5:52 AM