This suit came today:
and it just reinforced that I REALLY need to get some sort of base tan before we leave for the Domincan Republic. I would have 'modeled' the suit for you, but you all would have sued me because you were blinded! It actually looks a LOT cuter on than this picture. I've never owned a white swim suit before, but it's lined in all the right places and will look cute with the beach hat I got at Publix -- oh yeah, you read that right -- only in Florida can you get a BEACH hat at PUBLIX!!
But the suit -- OH it's so cute. My man loves it -- and really, that's all that matters, right?
Monday, April 27, 2009
This suit came today:
Posted by Natalie at 5:42 PM
Thursday, April 23, 2009
The bear IS cute - he was making all these hilarious facial expressions. Not your college mascot, that's for sure!
This is Honey and me out in front of the Coke store with the beautiful Atlanta skyline (or some of it, at least) in the background! This was after I made Honey go back into the store and return the pen that WC stole and right before he announced he had to go 'pee pee'.
Posted by Natalie at 5:04 PM
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Posted by Natalie at 4:19 PM
Monday, April 20, 2009
We spent the weekend in Daytona at a cheer competition ~ lots and lots of fun! The girls came in 3rd place this time, but we were thrilled with their performance. We were able to get it on video, however, they were so crazy about letting us get close, so the video is as good as it gets. HOWEVER, it is the whole squad. You will see where a couple stunts come down (hence 3rd place) but all in all, after everything we've been through this year with the gym (original owner took everyone's money and left, girls were not given proper attention to stunting, etc etc etc - we now have a NEW OWNER and we are thrilled thrilled thrilled!). SO with that being said, here is Kennedy's final cheer competition for this year. She is the one in the very back that runs over (it's totally easy to spot her b/c she is the only one moving at the beginning) and then she is the 2nd stunt group from the left (this is where they do a handstand and go on the base's shoulders and then up into a full extension - VERY cool) and then after that, she is the first stunt group on the left for the remainder of the routine.
It goes without saying that I am immensely proud of the girls. Kennedy is the youngest on the squad and really shouldn't even BE on this squad (age and no back handspring). However, the older girls have treated her like a little sister and she loves it and they love her. It has been so wonderful for her and a good experience (now that we have a new owner). She has matured leaps and bounds since being on this squad and she is excited for next year. The owner asked me if she was coming back b/c they were counting on her being a flyer and trust me, my girl takes her job VERY seriously.
*** ETA: I received a very nice response email from the owner of the gym. She took full responsibility for the parent and apologized profusely. I feel better now.
Posted by Natalie at 6:21 AM
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Posted by Natalie at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Y'all know I love a good giveaway. Super cute bloggy friend, Lauren, is hosting a giveaway for her 100th post! Lauren lives close by (well, within decent driving distance) so we are hoping to meet up sometime SOON! She is adorable and such a faithful young woman! I have enjoyed getting to know her and can't wait to meet her in person!!
Posted by Natalie at 6:34 AM
Sunday, April 12, 2009
- If presented with the opportunity to take your BFF's very mature, 14 yr old daughter with you to Atlanta b/c your husband can not go with you - TAKE IT.
- Getting up at 4:00 AM to head to Atlanta is not as bad as it sounds, you will miss all the Atlanta traffic (which isn't saying much).
- You can function and drive just fine as long as you have a cold Coke in the cup holder
- Calling your nieces and telling them you are about 30 minutes away as you are turning into their driveway is FUN ~ and hearing them shriek when they realize you are there is even better.
- As soon as you walk in the door of your sister's house, see her comfy couch and sit down 'for just a minute' - you will wake up 2.5 hrs later feeling refreshed.
- Going shopping with 4 kids is a badddddd idea, but good for the wallet.
- Going shopping and finding out Macy's has a 2 hr child care drop off is AWESOME.
- Going shopping with 4 kids, dropping them off at Macy's with 2 hrs to shop child-free, and then seeing the Coach purse you've been wanting for months ON SALE 50% off -- PRICELESS!!
- Spending the day in the hospital with your Mom, sister and brother is not as bad as it sounds.
- The Lord can show up in the darndest places ....
- Having lunch with your sister and brother is good, really good.
- The Georgia Aquarium is crowded, but very very cool.
- Having friends that will drive 3+ hours to see you is an unbelievable blessing ... and makes my heart feel good.
- Wild Child will pee in your sister's front yard (did I mention she lives in a fancy-shmancy neighborhood), all the while holding up his hand to me and my sister, proclaiming "It's OK ~ I'm a child"
- Wild Child will run his little heart out in a FENCED backyard (hence the phone call to the fence company upon return to get estimates -- we NEED a fence!)
- Wild Child will put his hands in every fountain he can find in Pemberton Place
- Wild Child will steal a pen from the store at the Coca-Cola museum
- The security guards and staff at the Coca-Cola museum will thank you profusely for returning said pen and say "We have so much stuff stolen from here daily" ... nice.
- I will inappropriately laugh at my daughter during the 4D movie at The Coke Musuem -- a dragon fly (she is TERRIFIED) comes to the screen and gets close to your face, then it pokes you in the back -- remember it's 4D. She LOST. HER. MIND. and I laughed at her. I can't help it -- minor character flaw.
- Wild Child will announce he has to go pee-pee and then stop to pull his pants down .... on the lawn at Pemberton Place. Thank Goodness my BFF's daughter was there to jerk him up and stop the madness from ensuing!
- A peach margarita from La Bamba is so. good
- Getting up - again - at 4:00 AM to head HOME is not as bad as it sounds
- Stopping at QT to get an ice cold Coke, as well as 2 energy drinks is not as scary as it sounds, especially when country boys getting their boat gassed up to go fishing are in the store to talk to you and ask you "What in the world are YOU doing out this early?" ... yes, I was the only girl in the store and yes, they opened the door for me when I was leaving .. I love the South!
- NEVER, EVER, EVER PROCLAIM "I can not believe we have not hit a lick of traffic!" - when you are just an hour and 1/2 from home ...... you. will. hit. traffic.
Posted by Natalie at 8:37 PM
Happy Easter, dear Friends!
I love today ~ I love celebrating that Jesus died for our sins and was RESURRECTED!! After the week I had, I have never in my life, felt so convicted, so LOVED, so overwhelmed by the grace of OUR GOD!
This song is amazing. It is a 7 minute walk through the Bible ~ explaining what Jesus "IS" in each book - it's incredible. Our worship team sang it last night at church and it was SICK!!!! I was ON MY FEET ~ but couldn't raise my arms b/c the neckline on my new dress would not allow me. It was funny actually.
Happy Easter!! Enjoy your day with your loved ones!
Posted by Natalie at 7:57 AM
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Here we go!
8 Things I Am looking Forward to:
1. Getting home to a clean house ....
2. Starting the "30 Day Shred" workout ... I really am looking forward to this!!
3. Going to the Coke Museum tomorrow
5. Going to Leslie's wedding in Memphis in May ~ have never been to Memphis and I'm looking forward to spending the weekend with my sister!!
8 Things I Did Yesterday:
1. Went to the hospital to be with my Dad (and Mom!)
3. Witnessed the hand of God HEAL
6. Watched "Real Housewives" with Honey and then the preview to "Real Housewives of NJ" ~ this one is going to be the BEST ONE EVAH just b/c of all the dramaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
8. Crashed out in my niece's bed that was unbelievably COMFORTABLE!
8 Things I Wish I Could Do:
1. Install a Fountain Coke machine in my house
8 Shows I Watch:
1. Greys Anatomy
2. Private Practice
3. Brothers and Sisters
4. American Idol
5. Real Housewives of New York
7. Toddlers and Tiaras (THIS SHOW IS RIDICULOUS BUT I CAN'T HELP IT!!!)
8. Dancing With the Stars
I love reality shows ... I can't help it. It appears that I watch tv all the time, but I don't. I tivo a lot of stuff and watch it at night - late at night. I have sleep issues and really function off about 5 hrs sleep ... any more sleep than that, I can't function. It's weird, I know, but whatevah.
1. Jill at Peeptoe Pumps and Pearls
2. Lauren at The Fletcher Family
3. Amanda at Life with the Ledfords
4. Rachel at pink-leopard-print
5. Maitland Mommy at What Do You Mean, It's Due Today?
6. Megan at Pretty in Pink Megan
7. Chris at Just Beachy ~ she has the most AMAZING interior design work .. she has inspired me to do several things around my house.
8. Lauren at Walk with me on this Journey called Life ~ she is ADORABLE ... I hope to meet her soon!!!
Posted by Natalie at 5:13 PM
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Anyway, I am here because my Dad had ANOTHER surgery to remove a mass from his colon. Six yrs ago, my Dad was rushed to the hospital with what he thought was a flare up of an ulcer. It turned out to be a ruptured appendix that had been ruptured for 12 days!! That itself is a miracle. While the doctors were removing the appendix and spleen and whatever else was messed up, they found the reason his appendix ruptured. My Dad had a tumor growing all in his lower abdomen and it was now in his liver. He was not expected to live.
Dad went through intensive rounds of chemo, all the while never losing his hair. He had 60% of his liver removed. He was declared 'cancer free' shortly after that and went about living his life. In 2004, after a routine colonoscopy, the doctors found a 'suspicious' spot on his colon. The 'plan' was to go in and remove the spot as they were SURE it was just 'leftover' cells from the surgery in 2003. I'll never forget calling my Mom after my final doctor's appointment before Wild Child was born. I asked her how Dad's surgery went and she said "Well, tell me how your appointment went" -- I knew this could not be good. When the doctors opened him up to operate, the 'spot' was a tangerine size tumor that was growing from the outside in, and was unable to be operated on b/c it was encapsulated in blood vessels. He would bleed to death if they tried to take it out. I have never been so devastated in my life -- but I will tell you, this was the beginning of several trials in my life, that I believe the Lord was running after me, trying to get my attention. It worked.
Dad proceeded with more chemo and after a while, the doctors decided they couldn't do anymore. However, miraculously, the tumor had shrunk to manageable levels and sometimes wouldn't even show up on scans. We deemed Dad a 'miracle' and again, went on with our lives, praising our God for giving us our Dad a little while longer!!
Last April 2008, Dad was experiencing some pain and I'm not really sure why, but had his kidney checked. 90% kidney failure and never even knew it. What was causing the kidney failure? Another freaking tumor -- BUT the doctors said it wasn't 'new' cancer, but the same stuff that had been in his colon. He had to have a stint put in, oral chemo and the doctors wanted to try a new experimental treatment called the CyberKnife to remove the tumor. They warned my parents it probably would be declined under insurance and so on and so forth. Dad was approved quickly -- was this too good to be true? Dad underwent the CyberKnife procedure in October (I think) and we didn't know until recently if it worked or not. I remember my Mom telling me that the doctors were so vague. No one would tell them if it worked.
It DID work -- it was all removed.
But there was another tumor - in his colon and it appears to be malignant.
So here we are today. Dad had surgery this morning and we all went with the mindset that God brought us here and would bring us through WHATEVER the prognosis was. Remember, the last time he went through surgery, the outcome was absolutely NOT what we were expecting. My sister and I walked in and met our 'little' brother -- I say 'little' loosely b/c he is way taller than me and is a karate instructor so he kept inviting me to 'the gun show' -- so dumb, but anyway, we sat and sat and talked and laughed and I thought to myself, Lord, if this is why my Dad is going through what he's going through, if this is why WE are here, I'm ok. I'm ok with whatever happens. Then as we continued to wait, I started singing ... "Healer" ... and at that moment, a close friend texted me the words to the chorus of that song. Ironic? No, I don't think so ... I felt like it was a reassuring hug from the Lord that everything was going to be ok.
My Dad's surgery??? Went perfect .... the doctor said "I did what I wanted to do 5 yrs ago - it was text book" ..... we were laughing, hugging, crying, sighs of relief ... and then I said "Wow, I bet there are people in here who AREN'T getting the good reports (that was us 5 yrs ago and it SUCKED). This surgery could have gone in so many different directions, and the fact that it went exactly as the doctors planned it - well, I truly believe it went exactly as God planned it.
So I am here until Friday ~ Dad is in the hospital until Friday at the earliest, but is expected to make a full recovery. He was so funny - I love talking to him when he's all loopy. He kept asking where the kids were .. so we are going to take them all up there on Thursday.
I would love to post a picture, but I forgot my cord to my camera!! I've got some great ones.
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You
I trust in You
I believe You're my Healer
I believe You are all I need
I believe You're my Portion
I believe You're more than enough for me
Jesus You're all I need
Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible for You
Nothing is impossible for You
You hold my world in Your hands
Posted by Natalie at 2:16 PM
Saturday, April 4, 2009
and I love you all ~ I am uploading this video of Wild Child and his recent ramblings on the guitar. He has taken an interest in the guitar lately and I finally was able to catch it on video. It's well worth the 2 minutes of your life that you'll never get back after watching this .... but I promise, it's worth it ~ at least we think so!
Introducing ~ Wild Child ~ and his first original song: "I Miss Daddy" (he had gone to take Princess to cheerleading)........
Posted by Natalie at 7:06 AM
Friday, April 3, 2009
These pictures are all shades of out of order, but I have wasted too much time putting them up here just to have to redo them -- does anyone know a better photo host to post pics on your blog??
Posted by Natalie at 12:03 PM
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
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