Off To The Races

Another summer weekend has come and gone and I am so sad because that means that June is almost a memory. Summer is racing by. The weekend temperature here in West Virginia wouldn’t have been any better if I could have handpicked a temperature because it was approximately 80 degrees (my IDEAL temperature) with very little humidity.

I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in.

An ideal temperature with very little humidity is a rarity around here and don’t you think I didn’t praise the good Lord for giving us a break from working up a sweat just by walking from the front door to the car. Now, if I could only get rid of this runny nose, itchy eye allergy fit, I’d be doing good.

I’m ready to poke my eyeball out.

With a fork.

I am debating whether to race to the medicine cabinet take a little something for relief but fear I’ll be all jacked up on Sudafed half the night.

Desperate times, folks.

Hopefully, my west-coast Words With Friends friends and my midnight shift working Words With Friends friends will be up to help me pass the time or else it might be a long night for this girl and her racing mind. Which is unfortunate because I am tired after a jam-packed weekend full of the thing I love the most.

My fellas.

To start the weekend off, McDaddy’s brother Dave and his family drove up (or is it down? I never know) so that Dave, a distance runner, could compete in the WV 5K Championship race on Saturday. And for those of you who aren’t up on your K measurements – 5K is actually 3.1 miles.


I don’t know about y’all, but if this girl had to run 3.1 miles, it would take a first repsonse team and three days.

One day for each mile.

Dave however, WON THE RACE with a time of 15 minutes and 4 seconds.

(Picture Credit: Huntington Herald Dispatch)

And not only did he NOT need a first response team OR three days, he actually jogged the course BACKWARD before the actual race.

Oh, and just for fun, he woke up on Sunday morning and ran 20 miles.

Which translates to pure craziness.


Forget the response team. Just order me the mahogany casket right now.

Unless, you’re talking about the Rat Race. Now that’s a race, I might be able to win.

Congrats, Dave, we are so proud of you!

After waiting for more than five years, can you guess which race we watched on Saturday?

We went to see this little gold mine race car,

Which reminds me a great deal of this little beauty,

Holy crap, I want one of those suckers.

To finish the day off, we hit a nearby race track for some monster truck madness.

And speaking of madness, what would you call a $10.00 sno-cone?

I’d call it craziness.

Or madness.

It was a weekend full of racing for our family.

What did YOU do this weekend?

You Capture – Pretty

This week’s You Capture challenge is pretty. This will be a fun one.

It was a pretty [hot] day for celebrating field day. (And I have a pretty little sunburn to show for it!) The kids had a lot of fun, especially doing the limbo. 

It was pretty scary to watch my boy play pitcher during his last baseball game. I was praying the whole time that he wouldn’t take a ball to the face.

And speaking of pretty… look how pretty these bright colors are. In preparation for CARS 2 coming out on June 24th, Alex lined McQueen (five of them, in fact!) and his posse up for a reunion.

 And I couldn’t pass this one up, because the blooms and colors are so pretty, especially in pink!

And if you’ve spent more than a minute around here, you know what’s coming next….

The beautiful, classy, sexy Saturn Sky.

Ain’t she pretty?

Yes, I think so too!

Sorry. I just had to do it.

Now, head over to I Should Be Folding Laundry for all manner of pretty.

My Favorite Things {A Giveaway}

My day started with a mile-long to-do list.

Topping the list was reaching the peak of Mt. Washmore and going to the grocery store because we were out of milk, juice, pop tarts and Dr. Pepper. I know, I know. We’re talking emergency here, folks.

I got Alex ready and dropped him off at school. One of my preschool mommy friends asked if I’d like to join her for breakfast and just like that, I abandoned my grocery store plans and we headed for the iHop. We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and I had about an hour before it was time to pick Alex up from school.

I decided to hit Target.

I am usually a Wal-Mart girl because I am on a budget and quite frankly I haven’t been able to beat their prices at our local grocery store. It’s been months since I’ve shopped at Target because I choose to steer clear of three-mile-long holiday lines in November. But I was in rare form this morning and thought I’d shake things up a little bit.

One thing I love about Target is all the coordinating merchandise they offer. I have not a need in the world for blue, orange and red striped plastic plates, cups and serving platters but those brightly colored sets catch my eye every single time I go in there. It takes all the discipline I can muster to pass the stuff up. On top of that they have the best selection of bedroom, bathroom and kitchen stuff of any store around. As I perused the aisles, sans kids mind you, I couldn’t resist going down the CARS aisle just to see if there were any new CARS out. Sure enough, I found a Color Changer Snot Rod, which I immediately picked up for a certain little boy for Valentine’s Day.

From there, I headed to the make-up department. I found my favorite mascara and rounded the corner to see an entire display of Sharpie pens with bright silver lids.

In my head, I imagine a group of Sharpie big-wigs sitting around a table asking, “How can we improve upon the widely popular Sharpie?”  And then in my head, I imagine a woman, a classy woman, calmly stating, “You put a bright shiny silver lid on it!” 

That silver cap sealed the deal for me because hello? It’s shiny! AND it’s a Sharpie AND it won’t bleed through my calendar! So, how, I ask you, was I to pass up the new shiny sharpie? I say it all the time around here folks, it’s hard to stop a woman with a strong will and a Sharpie. 

As I was gushing at all of the Sharpie awesomeness, a thought hit me and before I knew it, I got all wild and crazy and began throwing some of my favorite things into my shopping cart because GUESS WHAT? Valentine’s Day is coming up and I love you all so much I thought it might be fun to GIVE AWAY SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS HERE ON THE SHOW TODAY!

And the crowd goes wild!

Just imagine that I am working my way around the stage to tell you about each and every item, just like Oprah does. I would gush and clap and holler because I am a holler’er.

I’d be all crazy as I announced, “Up for grabs is a package full of some of my favorite things!”

I’ll tell you now that my FAVORITE thing is the Saturn Sky, but sadly, I am not including one because I couldn’t find a box large enough to ship it. Included in the package are: my favorite candy – Peanut M&Ms, Lady Speed Stick deodorant, Wild Strawberry and Tangy Citrus Trident Layers gum (Because I am wild!), Softlips Pearl tinted lip conditioner, Bath & Body Works Festive Vanilla Fig antibacterial moisturizing hand soap, Cover Girl lash blast volume mascara (it’s the bomb, folks!), Classic Ivory Neutrogena mineral sheers powder foundation with SPF 20, Kleenex travel tissues, Cello sponges (because they have a cute design), Arbonne Virtual Illusion Lash Enhancer, Microfiber hair wrap, and a “tree-free, acid free, made from all natural stone journal set.”

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me one of your FAVORITE THINGS!

That’s it.

If you’re feeling wild and crazy, you can mention the giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook and then pop over here and leave another comment for another entry. Add one more entry if you “Like” From Inmates To Playdates on Facebook. And don’t forget to stop back over here and leave another comment.

The contest is open to US residents only.I’ll choose a winner at random on the evening of February 1oth.


In the interest of full disclosure, I purchased these items myself and am not receiving any sort of compensation to host this giveaway.

This post is linked to WFMW over at THAT Family.



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Timestamp: 2011-02-15 22:03:00 UTC

On February 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm Frances (who does not have a blog but has a yahoo e-mail address) left the following comment: ”My favorite things (besides the husband and kids, so cliche right? but the truth) are Sunflower Seeds, Tropical Punch Kool-Aid (weird, I know), your blog and the Bible. Your blog brings a smile to my face daily”.

Congratulations Frances! I’ll be in contact with you via e-mail shortly!

Alex Ryan

This sweet boy:

  • loves Fruit Loops cereal
  • is a fast runner
  • has an extra tooth
  • stands 46 inches tall and weighs 46 pounds
  • wears glasses (and has since he was three)
  • has more Lightning McQueen cars than any one child needs
  • wrestles with daddy any chance he gets
  • has a love for shoes
  • would rather be outside
  • is sleeping in his brother’s bottom bunk tonight
  • has a nut and egg allergy
  • wears a size 11 1/2 shoe
  • operates the TiVo like a pro
  • proudly climbs to the highest point of any piece of furniture when no one is watching
  • hates broccoli and peas
  • has a knack for making himself gag (and possibly puke) when eating broccoli or peas
  • is a good back-scratcher when he wants to be
  • shifts gears in the Jeep when he rides in the front seat
  • weighed 10 pounds 5 ounces at birth
  • received a red Mario Brothers DSI XL for Christmas 
  • loves stuffed animals more than any other toy
  • names each and every one of his stuffed animals
  • watches Tom & Jerry daily
  • will pick McDonalds every. single. time.
  • can count to 100
  • likes brown sugar and “cimmanum” pop tarts best
  • has an over-active imagination
  • strings toothpaste from one end of the bathroom to the other in a matter of minutes
  • enjoys playing with his older brother
  • snuggles with his mama daily
  • always chooses strawberry syrup at iHop
  • has really good manners
  • can’t wait to be six
  • just like Bounty, he’s the quicker picker upper
  • would rather be the line leader at school than the flag holder
  • crawls in bed with me when McDaddy is out of town
  • orders like a big boy at restaurants
  • will start Kindergarten in the fall

And makes me smile daily.

What I Learned This Week

This week I learned a few tidbits of helpful information.

As always, I am sharing because that’s just the kind of gal I am.

It’s been a doozie of a week here at the McResidence. We’ve been away more than we’ve been home and we’ve been waiting on the Board of Education to make a decision regarding the first day of school at Stevie’s elementary school. It is frustrating, especially when you recall voicing your concerns to the school board that the plan they were proposing had about a 9% chance of actually happening the way they said it would happen.

And by 9%, really what I mean is slim to none.

They ‘proposed’ the closing of a neighboring school, and subsequent move of those children to the school that my son attends. The school where I am again, PTA President. And they claimed to have it done by the time school started back for the fall.

The school grounds have been dug up, there are construction trucks everywhere, the contractor has until August 25th to finish up the work and the first day of school has been moved from August 20th, to August 23rd. Still, I have no earthly idea how they think children will be able to start back on the 23rd.

I didn’t mean to launch into a tirade about the school system except to say that I’ve learned that my views reagarding the School Board are usually correct.

But I’m not one to say ‘I told you so!’ so I won’t say it.

Instead, here are the things I learned this week.

1. While shopping at the annual consignment sale -  hyped up on all manner of adrenaline and competitive clothes shopping – it is totally possible to inadvertently purchase three of the exact same shirt in sizes 5, 6, and 8.

2. There is a 90 day warranty on Crocs. That means that even if your rougherthanacobbchild tears up his month-old Croc (and loses his Spiderman jibbitzin the process), the company will replace the Crocs for a new pair.

3. I learned the hard way that it is never a good idea to shed your hot, sweaty clothes before going into the bathroom.

4. When making a verbal business deal, it is absolutely imperitive that each person understands what the other is saying.

5. When purchasing transformer t-shirts at the beach, you should go ahead and purchase shirts one size larger than what you actually need because one run through the dryer and they will pretty much disappear.

6. Ants are very clever creatures. For instance, if your child drops a crumb of brown sugar and cinnamon poptart on the floor under his barstool, the ants will come out of crevices you didn’t even know existed for their piece of the poptart pie.

7. If you spend the better part of thirty-six minutes killing and cleaning and disposing of dead ants, you can pretty much expect to spend much of your REM sleep that night dreaming about ants.

8. After spending thirty-six minutes killing and disposing of ants, then dream about them all friggin’ night, your first task of the day will be heading to the Dollar General in search of something to rid your house of them.

How’s that for some learning?

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