Sunday, July 27, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

My parents have been married 40 years today! My dad likes to say that they got married when they were 10 :0) Truthfully, they were not much older at 18. I am blessed to come from a home with parents who love each other and their kids unconditionally. They are shaping up to be pretty awesome grandparents too! Happy Anniversary! We love you!

P.S. Happy Anniversary to my Aunt Linda and Uncle Mike too! They got married 38 (I think) years ago today! We love you too!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hanging Around

If you happen to need some coffee and go into Espresso Joe's in Smyrna be sure to admire two watercolors in particular that adorn the walls.......
You just might know the artist!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just Desserts!

Okay, we actually had dinner first. Macklin (with her lovely assistant Sophie) made dessert tonight. It's amazing what you can make out of some pastry shells, pudding cups and cool-whip! They used the grater to grate some chocolate to make them pretty and then topped them with raspberries. They were tasty too! I may have some Marthas (or Rachels) on my hands. Now if they could only learn to cook dinner..........

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Why, in my girls world of make believe, are they the princesses, Dann and Elijah are the princes and I get to be the STEPMOTHER? I am trying hard not to be insulted.......I guess it is better that being the evil witch passing out the poison apples!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Widow

Macklin: "Mom, my Barbie is pregnant. She's having a baby."

Me: "Where is her husband?"

Macklin: "Oh, she does not have a husband."

Me: "Why not?" (I am a little apprehensive to hear her answer)

Macklin: "He's dead.....he got a heart attack."

Well all right then! No one can say she lacks imagination!

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

We had a great 4th of July swimming at the Y, taking naps and going to Murfreesboro to watch fireworks. We hope yours was fun too!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Making Headlines

Honestly, didn't we all know it would just be a matter of time?

Macklin got her name in the paper!

Fortunately, it was for a local interest story and I knew it was coming! The article is in today's Tennessean paper ( but the interview actually took place on Tuesday.
Jana, Joy, Laura and myself and our 12 kids (yes 12) went to Mckay's used bookstore (a really great place) and then planned to go to the Bicentennial Mall for lunch, the farmer's market and playing in the fountains. Well, when we got there we discovered that the fountains are under repair.
We had 12 sets of eyes looking at us in disappointment, so we just decided to make the best of it.
We found a shady spot and unpacked lunches. While we were eating a girl approached us and identified herself as a reporter from the Tennessean. She asked if we were here to play in the fountains and when we told her yes she asked if she could ask us some questions.
We agreed and the first question she had was if we were a DAY CAMP! "Um, no ma'am these are our children." She seemed slightly embarrassed but we assured her that it was okay, we knew that there were lots of them.
Anyway, she asked to interview one of the children and Macklin eagerly volunteered.

So, that's the story of how Macklin got her name in the paper.
It's not likely to be her last ;0)!
The Interview
The broken fountains

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A 6 Word Memoir

A blessed, happy wife and mother.
I was tagged by Amy to complete a six word memoir. No small task since I tend to go on and on about things. The sentence really sums up my place in life right now and I can truly say I wouldn't have made it here without the benefits of a very happy childhood filled with lots of family and fun. The examples the women in my family set before me made me who I am today as a wife and mother and for that I am truly grateful. They showed me how to have fun in the good times and how to make it thru the bad times with strength and dignity. I love them all dearly!
OK, 'nuff mush.....I tag.....
Jana (your first tag :0) )
Amanda (even though she hates tags)
Michale (I know you are out there)
Andie (I am much better than when I saw you in Target)
Ruth (shouldn't be a problem you're good at this stuff)