Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Funnies: Winter Blonde

Winter Blonde:

As a trucker stops for a red light, a blonde catches up. She jumps out
of her car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door.
The trucker lowers the window, and she says "Hi, my name is Heather and
you are losing some of your load."

The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street.

When the truck stops for another red light, the girl catches up again.

She jumps out of her car, runs up and knocks on the door.
Again, the trucker lowers the window. As if they've never spoken, the
blonde says brightly, "Hi my name is Heather, and you are losing some
your load.

Shaking his head, the trucker ignores her again and continues down the

At the third red light, the same thing happens again.

All out of breath, the blonde gets out of her car, runs up, knocks on
the truck door.

The trucker rolls down the window.. Again she says "Hi, my
name is Heather, and you are losing some of your load!"

When the light turns green the trucker revs up and races to the next

When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs
back to the blonde.
He knocks on her window, and after she lowers it, he says...
"Hi, my name is Mark, it's winter in NEBRASKA and I'm driving the SALT TRUCK."

I'm sure you might have seen this already, but with the winter we've been having I had to post it. I've seen different versions on the web. The man's name is different, or it's a different state. Anyway, this is the one that was sent to me lately and I just wanted to post it to Kim's Friday Funnies. For more laughs go visit her and see who all linked up. Link up a joke or funny story yourself.

Until next time...


Thursday, January 27, 2011

I don't wear necklaces but I want one

So I've been trying to get my hands on a certain necklace for a while now. And I don't normally wear necklaces. Odd thing to be sure.

The deal is this though. While I don't usually accessorize with a necklace, I do have a nursing baby. When they reach a certain age, they like to grab and play with what they see in front of them. And when they are nursing sometimes that thing they grab is the nursing cover. Yikes! I DO NOT want to be exposing myself to just anyone who happens to be walking by. So I really, really want something for baby to play with.

And that something is a Mommy Necklace. These necklaces don't break (they are equipped with a break-away clasp) and they are in pretty colors to attract baby's attention. I've been wanting a Bermuda dangling donut necklace. To understand what I'm talking about you'll have to follow the link. :)

Also, they are made right here in America by work-at-home moms. Moms that are able to test the quality and durability of these necklaces in real life situations.

I wanted to let you all know about the giveaway I found with this necklace as the prize. Sugar Pop Ribbons Review and Giveaways is giving away a $30 gift card from Mommy Necklace to one lucky (or blessed) reader. Even if you don't want to enter this particular giveaway, she has several more going on at the moment. Go by her blog and see what she has to offer. Follow her blog for future opportunities to win a giveaway. She has some really cool stuff. :)

Until next time...


Saturday, January 22, 2011

innovative stairs

Losing weight after having a baby can be a drag. Especially if you're nursing and can't go on one of those fad diets (of course you really shouldn't do those anyway).

One way to lose a few pounds is to do things a little harder than you normally would. Park farther away in the parking lot to get a few extra steps in. Follow the kiddos around during the day is always a good one. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. That last one sounds kind of boring doesn't it? Well if you live in Stockholm you could have a fun experience; a musical one you might say. Check this out.

Sorry about the video pictures that show up when it's done. I don't have any control over that.

Until next time...


Friday, January 21, 2011

a giveaway I entered

Think I have it all together? Think again. lol

Sometimes I have to laugh at strangers who think I'm the most patient, most organized, most whatever mom. I have my moments. Anyone with more than one child knows that there is a lot that goes on when you have more than one person to care for. When you have more than the average American family, can imagine I'm sure.

Don't get me wrong, we don't live in utter chaos. But there is at least once a day that it can seem to get pretty hectic. And that's why I try to find all the ideas, tips, and/or suggestions I can for help.

raising olives button

Which brings me to the giveaway I've entered. Kim over at Raising Olives is giving away not one but TWO books titled Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman. (And yes, I do get extra entries for blogging about this). The thing is, I've heard about this book for a while now and I would love a chance to get to read it. And right now, we just can't afford to buy it. So I'm trying to win it. But being the nice person I am, I'm telling you about it so you can win the other one. :)

Here's your chance, go check it out.

Until next time...


Thursday, January 20, 2011

first smiles

I thought this was so cute. He looks surprised. :)

(Sorry it's blurry, it was taken with my mom's phone).

Don't you just love those first baby smiles? :)

Until next time...


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Dr Pepper - made with real sugar

Bring it back!!

We all know that high fructose corn syrup is bad for you. Right? If you didn't know that, now you do. Your liver can't process it like it can real sugar. I found these Dr Peppers recently and loved them. However, it was only for a limited time to celebrate their 125th anniversary. *sigh* Now I'm so disappointed. I want the real stuff!!

Update: look at this - Four Reasons to Avoid HFCS.

Until next time...


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

more winter adventures

A short video showing how my oldest's skirt got frozen when she was outside for a while.

Until next time...


Monday, January 10, 2011

like father, like son

Afros a thing of the past? Only for African-American? Think again.

A.Z. in a wig.

Hubby in the same wig (and holding a gray one).

This was at some friends house. They had a few wigs that some of the kids (and my hubby) tried on. Just a little FYI; my father-in-law really did have an afro in the 70s; he's Puerto Rican. So I had to take pictures and post them on here, just for fun.

Until next time...


let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

(my mom's truck)

So if you've been watching the weather, you know that the south is experiencing a major winter storm. Right now it's just snow, but sometime today or tonight it's supposed to be rain and snow, here in east TN.

The road in front of the house.

When we were in NM we acquired 3 saucer sleds to use at White Sands. Unfortunately we left them (along with a lot more of our stuff) in OK with some of my family. We didn't think we would be in TN that long, plus we didn't think we would be getting much snow here. And we definitely didn't think we'd get it in OK. Well, they are getting snow, too. And we are here in lots of snow and no sleds. Oh well.

Shoveling the driveway.

The back roads are so slick that my mom had to stay in town at a hotel once she went to work on Monday. Don't know if she'll be able to get back tonight either.

Until next time...


Friday, January 7, 2011

sister helping sister

Last night while D.R. finished her Bible reading, A.M. (who is only 5) braided her hair for her. She has been braiding for about a year now and she is very good at it. The braids are tight and even and look better than mine sometimes. :) I captured the moment on video. Enjoy. :)

Until next time...


Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 - a trusting year

Sorry, I don't have any pictures, just words.

This year was pretty big for us.

We've been in TN for 12 (almost 13) years around the Knoxville area. Around March/April we were told by our landlord that we needed to find another place by November. We had just found out we were expecting our 10th baby in November. It was a little disconcerting, but we adjusted and began looking and asking around if anyone knew of a place we could move.

Oddly enough the only place that opened up was in NM. Yep, that's right - Southeast United States New Mexico. Now being from Texas, myself, I wasn't at all displeased. So we packed it up and moved.

All the way to August. Actually, it wasn't that bad. The weather is much drier out there compared to the humidity of TN. It felt about 10 degrees cooler! The drive was interesting and the just have to experience it. We fell in love with it. Honestly, we would go back in a heartbeat if the job market was better out there.

That was the thing. Once we got out there the job market wasn't what we thought it was going to be. (Plus, we didn't have a midwife lined up; I try to not do hospitals if I can manage it).

So, as it got closer to the time to have the baby, we began thinking more and more about coming back east. The job my husband found ended in the end of September and we headed back October 1st. A friend offered to let us stay with him in Northwest Georgia until we could find a place. We actually stayed there until right before Thanksgiving when we came back up to East TN and stayed with my mom. It was much closer to my previous midwife (whom we love!) and a little more relaxing.

And here we are. The baby's birth went fine; everything turned out all right in the end. The kids loved the New Mexico experience (especially White Sands!), and they also love being back here near friends.

So while it's been a very eventful year (sometime notice just how big Texas is for driving across the widest not), it's also been a year of growing and learning.

We are learning to trust God and looking for what He has us to learn. We know He had us go to NM, but we are just as sure He brought us back to TN. Why? We don't know. We just have to trust and follow Him.

Happy New Year everyone!! I hope 2011 is a blessed year for you all.

Until next time...