Monday, September 29, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - September 29, 2014

Helloooooo, October!

Well, technically it's not October yet...but can you feel how excited I am about it!?  Alise beat me by wearing her boots first this year!  The temps dipped into the high 50's one night last week and the next morning, she was breaking out the leggings and boots!  I taught her well. She told me, "Moma, I'm over summer!"  Me too, Baby Girl.  Me too!!  So whether we have weather in the 50's or 90's this week, CHILI is on our menu!!

It's Fall, y'all!! 

Monday - YOYO

Tuesday -  General TSO Chicken with brown rice

Wednesday - Beef Enchilada Casserole & Green Beans

Thursday - Ham & Cheese Crescent Rollups & chips

Friday - Chili

Saturday - Swamp Bowl!  Eat at the game!

Sunday - Chicken & Dumplings

Ok, so I'm all over the world map this week with menu choices, but hey!  It happens.  Wayne is going to gag on Sunday.  But hey!  It happens.  For more ideas, visit  

Have a TASTY week!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Part 2

Back to yesterday's Wordless Wednesday!

I mean seriously!  Would you let your daughter out of the house dressed like that?

What can I say?  I was having a weak moment.  Or at least picking my battles.  I did TRY to dissuade her.

I'm hoping when Alise looks back on that picture ten years from now, it will be a "MOOOOM!  Why did you let me out of the house looking like that?!?!" and not an, "Oh cool!  I had it going on that day!"

Ha!  What if I use it as one of those pictures they flash up on the big screen during graduation?

Another story.  Same day.  

The first thing Alise said to me yesterday morning when she woke up was, "Mom!  Did you know the s-word is in our science book?"


Time out.

Talk to the hand.

(For you dear readers, I'm not going to spell the s-word out because then I will have a bunch of "offenders" paroosing my blog and that's something I certainly DON'T want.  However, when Alise did ask me the question, she spelled the word out; she didn't say it.)

My mouth fell open.  But before I could say anything she was like, "Mom, it has to do with female and male s-word parts." 

My mouth was still open.  But before I could say anything yet AGAIN, she said, "Like in plants mom.  You know.  Like girl plants and boy plants?  Like female s-word (spells it out) chromosomes and male s-word (spells again) chromosomes?"  And she said it in her, like DUH!, attitude (my eyes musta been really big!).  

Like, what was I thinking?


Okay.  Back up.

First of all, was she dreaming about this crap, because I mean, literally, those were her first words.  No "Good morning, Mom.  Glad to see ya!" Nothing.  Just BAM! hits me with it first thing at 6:30 am.

Second of all, so THIS is how they teach it now, huh?  OMG!  What's next?!?

We had the "girl talk" earlier in the school year - and I nearly dry-heaved through the whole thing - because some of her friends were talking about it.  She got in the car that day wanting to know what something was.  And Lord knows I tried to steer that conversation in another direction all the way home - and even when we GOT home, but there was no way around it. She wanted to know.

So I told her.

But only about what happens to girls.

And it kinda went in one ear and out the other.

I mean, she thought about it; asked if it hurt and then moved on with life.

No big deal, Mom.

"Sure" says me, while I'm picking myself up off the floor.

Hold me. 

(And all this to the exact DAY I found out I was pregnant TEN years ago!!)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday! Truly!!

Hodge Podge Wednesday

It's been a while since I've "hodge-podged," but I like the questions so much this week that I decided to play along.  You know what to do.

1. It's fall. Y'all. My favorite season of the year! What's something you love to do this time of year that makes you feel it's officially fall? And unrelated to that, do you ever say-'y'all'?  I say, "y'all" all the time because I'm a Southern Diva.  So anything that reads, "Happy Fall, Y'all," I'm buying it.  When I finally make the decision to pull out my boots, it's officially fall!  And with the much cooler temps we're having right now (high's in the low 80's), I'm this || close to pulling them out!  I'm a leggings and boots kinda Southern Diva.  I won't even mention what this low humidity is doing for my natural curly hair!

2. When did you last have a falling out with someone? Has it been resolved?  I had a falling out with my brother two Christmases ago.  Long story short, I spent more money on his kids for Christmas than his family spent on my one kid.  Now before you go crazy on me, there's more to the story.  So much more that I don't care to share or get into all the details.  But by comparison purposes, think Nordstrom versus The Dollar Tree.  Last year, I was still so angry that the cousins didn't even exchange gifts, which lead to my brother wanting to know why (Duh!).  We talked about it and made up.  The cousins will be exchanging gifts this year.  We decided to set a dollar limit for his two and my one.

3. A song you love with the word 'fall' in it's title?  Next Time I Fall (In Love) - Peter Cetera & Amy Grant 

4. What's something you've recently let 'fall by the wayside?' 

5. When did you last attend an event, read a book, watch a movie, try a new recipe, or visit a shop-town-tourist attraction that fell short of your expectations? In what way?  There is a particular costume that Wayne has been looking for for Halloween.  I can't say much because he doesn't want anyone to know what it is.  But it's one that any costume shop would have.  A few weeks ago, Wayne and I went to our local costume shop to check again to see if the manager had been able to find the costume for him. She was absolutely no help; she didn't even move from the chair she was sitting in!  Just told him, "Nope, haven't found it yet."  I think we'll be ordering it online.

6. Describe a time you said or thought, 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree."  I know I've probably thought this recently, but I can't remember when.  

7. Was today better than yesterday? Why or why not?  Yes!  Because it's no longer Monday and we're one day closer to the first weekend of fall!!  Mondays are a bad day for our family.  But we survived!

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  Have I mentioned that I LOVE fall?!

A friend of ours in our Life Group just had a kidney and pancreas transplant late Saturday night.  This is so neat to me because I've never known anyone who has had a transplant before.  Especially TWO organs!  But Larry is doing great!  His wife posted a pic of him sitting in a chair 5 hours post-op and yesterday he was walking around the hospital!  God is so good! Keeping up with Larry and all that he's been through makes me glad that I'm an organ donor.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our Chaotic Week!

So, yeah.  Our week was a little over-the-top last week!

On Monday, we had our second football game to cheer for, but our FIRST game to cheer for during the week.  Trust me.  There is a BIG difference!  I am SO thankful that our cheer sponsor is only making us cheer at HOME games.  Our poor boys have a game every single week, which makes me oh-so thankful that Alise is not a boy!  So our first home game got rained out and we were forced to cheer on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago.  It was good for our schedule (and Alise's migraines), but oh-so hot!  And it was hot last week, too! I worried all day that Alise would have a migraine, but she didn't.  We parents are starting our school tradition of taking pictures after a game a little early.  All the other game pictures are on my big camera but I happen to have this one because I sent it to B's mom.  Here is Alise and her sweet friend.  They have been friends since kindergarten.

B was born very, very early so when I see him on the field playing football with the rest of his friends and team, it makes me think of how awesome our God is!  Funny story: as B was walking off the field, his mom was saying, "Hurry up, B!  We want a picture!"  Alise walked out to him and he looked up at his football coach that was walking beside him and grinned really big.  His Coach said, "Don't smile at me, son.  Smile at her!" and he pointed to Alise.  I wanted to cry.  That is all.

On Tuesday, we had art.

On Wednesday, we had our make-up tumbling session from Monday night that we missed because of the game.  Alise was sore after practice from trying her back bend over/hand spring.  And trust me.  I heard all about it!  FOR THREE DAYS!!  I even broke out the heating pad for her.

Thursday was a late appointment with the orthodontist that informed me that it was time for three teeth to be pulled.  Right before I asked if we could wait until January (because we've used all our healthcare spending money), he said, "And it would be really nice if we could get these out within the next 4 to 6 weeks, Mom." Oh good grief!  So that's when I called Wayne and had him call our dentist and schedule the extraction after Alise's scheduled cleaning in October.

On Friday, our school had homecoming.  I went to the pep rally to see all the girls' pretty dresses so Alise and I could talk about them later - Ha! (In a good way.  We like to ask each other whose dress we liked best!)  I knew Alise's Big Sis from last year was going to be there, but Alise didn't know.  She was so shocked and happy to see K!  Her BS this year, A, was so, so pretty!!  Again, most of the pics are on my big camera.

Since it was homecoming, school dismissed at noon, so Alise and I spent the rest of the afternoon together. We went to lunch and I took her to see "Dolphin Tale 2."  After that, it was back to the football field for the game and half time ceremonies.

On top of all this fun, we had FIVE tests last week and when I saw that we had a vocabulary test, I nearly lost it!  Usually, we have them on alternating weeks, and it just so happened that last week's test made it two in a row.  Baby Girl hung in there, through it all, though!  She made A's on all her tests.

Despite Alise's drama at times, she really is turning into an amazing young girl!  When we were at the mall on Friday - with just about everyone else from school - she ran into these prek'ers and kindegarteners.  They literally ran up to her in the mall and hugged and talked to her.  Alise hugged them back and actually carried on a conversation with them.  I heard her ask them if they were going to the movies, did they like the peprally, which color dress did they like the best.  I was amazed.  THIS was my daughter!!

I read somewhere last week about "Helicopter Moms."  Yep!  That would be me!