Back In Time

The past few weeks, okay, months, I’ve been participating in Throwback Thursday on Facebook. Throwback Thursday probably started over on Instagram, but to be honest, I decided to call it quits with Instagram when I started seeing all the same Instagram pictures on Facebook, anyway.

Yes, as a matter of fact, I love the run-on sentence.


If you are Facebook friends with me, I apologize, because you’ve probably seen these pictures over there, but they are still so fun, and OH SO SWEET, and can we please stop time?

At a friend’s wedding. (2007)

Stevie was the Ring Bearer at McDaddy’s brother’s wedding (2006)


Melt my heart. (2007)


Stevie having fun in his Jeep (2008)

First Haircut (2006)

Watching a chick flick. (2005)

Sharing the Good News. (2006)

Ok, I need a tissue, now.

Really, can we stop time, pretty please?

Have a great weekend, y’all.

Another Day Off

Let me start by promising I won’t mention our water situation today.

You’re welcome!

Instead, I thought we might discuss the SNOW situation.


My boys have been to school for a total of three days since December 19th, and one of those days was a two-hour delay. (Not that I’m complaining, because I have enjoyed everyday with my boys, but because of the days missed, the kids now have to go to school until the end of May.)

We have 3-4 inches of snow on the ground. We had a snow day (and have another one tomorrow!). Earlier today, my neighbor, Jamie texted to ask if Stevie and Alex would like to come out and go sledding with her kids. She also promised hot chocolate. It sounded better than sitting in the house one. more. minute, so I threw some cookie dough in the oven because COOKIES!

The kids had a great time!

Earlier in the day, I also spent some time organizing some problem areas around this joint.

The area under our sink looked like this several weeks ago.

After repairing a leaky water pipe and adding a tension rod, it now looks like this.

I am sure I heard violins when I stepped back to take a look at this newly organized space.

I was so impressed with the big difference the little change made, I decided to organize the area under my bathroom sink, too. Unfortunately I didn’t get any before pictures.

Rest assured, it was a hot-mess.

Just look at this wonderfulness…

Extra make-up – aisle 1.

This next one is travel size and first-aid items, among other things.

And this last one is full of all of the crazy amount of little tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes we get from the dentist, along with extra toothbrushes for visitors who might visit and forget theirs.

This little three-drawer organizer works so well in this space. I love it!

This Parenting Thing Is Tough

This parenting thing is tough.

I kind of expected things to get tougher now that Stevie is in Middle School, but I never dreamed it would happen just weeks into the new school year.

I should have known better.

Sometimes, it is necessary to step up to the plate and stand up for what you believe in, even if it means you ruffle some feathers.

McDaddy and I had to do that on Friday.

We were met with opposition and unkind words.

And if you’ve ever been there, you know that stinks.

Still, we will always do what needs to be done where these two are concerned.

Even if it is unpopular.

Even if we do it alone.

My heart aches when I think about the look on his face as he asked us tough questions.

Questions that he had no business thinking about.

I am thankful for this guy, who always seems to have an [age] appropriate answer.

We take the responsibility of parenting very seriously. In fact, as a stay-at-home-mom, it is my only job. It angers me that we were treated so poorly by school administrators simply because we questioned them.

As parents, we are cheerleaders, protectors and advocates.

I am a loud cheerleader.

I am a fierce protector.

And I will step up to advocate each. and. every. time. I feel it necessary to do so.

Doing the right thing is not always easy.

It appears as though this might be a l-o-n-g road ahead of us.

Whatever the cost, these two are worth it.



Taking The Hood By Storm

When I tucked the boys in last night, Alex asked me to take one last picture of him before he turned seven.

This picture makes me smile for so many reasons. These two are best friends, great playmates, and partners in crime. 

Partners in crime who will make great use of the Spider Man Deluxe Web-blaster that he has requested for his birthday.

And when I woke this sweet boy up for sleep today, he reminded me that he is, in fact, seven.

Yes, sweet boy. I remember.

Thanks to Sandy, Trick or Treat was pushed back two days which meant it fell smack-dab on Alex’s birthday.

After a busy day at school, the birthday boy picked iHop for his birthday dinner.

After scarfing down his funny-face pancake, and in the blink of an eye, the birthday boy disappeared, and Anakin Skywalker showed up to back up his friend, the Navy Seal.

And the two of them – on official business – took the hood by storm as they tricked and treated for well over an hour.

And that, as they say, is that.

Until next year, Master….

All Dressed Up

Tuesday is Trick-or-Treat in our city.

A huge storm (Frankenstorm) WITH SNOW is set to hit our area on Tuesday. 

I am nine kinds of unhappy that my kids may not get to trick-or-treat. To make matters worse, the weatherman is calling for snow in October.



McDaddy keeps saying it won’t get cold enough for snow.

I say we better run to the store and pick up milk, bread, mozerella cheese, poptarts, kettle corn, bologna, and grapes. And if I had any sense, I would of picked up a few bottles cases of water.

As I was all down-in-the-dumps about the prospect of missing trick-or-treat, I took a walk down memory lane. Halloween is always such an exciting time for this bunch. We’ve had our Halloween costumes for at least a month, and the boys have tried them on everyday since then. Alex is excited for Halloween because his birthday is the next day.

Can you believe he’ll be 7 this year?

Seems like just yesterday, he was all dressed up as a sweet little lion who didn’t want to sit still long enough for me to paint whiskers on his cheeks with my eyeliner.

 The next year, they both wanted to dress up as heroes. I love that Alex wanted to be in the WV Air National Guard, just like daddy. This was back when Stevie wore glasses, and Alex didn’t.

 And then, of course, there was my favorite costume, The Scarecrow. Only, guess who would NOT, under any circumstance allow me to draw dots and freckles on his cheek.



The next year, they both wanted to be super-hereos. This picture makes me smile.

The next year?

We were on a Transformer kick. 


 Thanks to Lego Star Wars, that was our next stop, though when Alex saw the Hulk mask, he had to have this costume.


That Hulk mask cracks me up every single time I see this picture.

And this year, if the weather cooperates, I will be out and about with Anakin Skywalker and a US Navy Seal.

I’m crossing my fingers that Frankenstorm takes his nasty behind elsewhere, and that our weatherman is wrong. It is way too early for the dreaded four letter s-word.

But I’m preparing for the worst, because that’s what I do…

Hope it’s a great week, y’all.