Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to my Baby Girl!!

Today we are celebrating DD's 12th Birthday! I cannot believe how fast my little girl has grown...Such bittersweet moments they are, as much as I love to watch her grow and turn into a wonderful young lady I very much miss the days of her crawling up on my lap to snuggle with her binky and blanky...Of course she is still a little snuggle bug but it's a bit harder to snuggle when she's almost as big as I am LOL!!!

So Happy Birthday to my precious miracle!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday..Lunar Eclipse Style

One hour before the Eclipse started

Just seconds before the whole moon was in the full shadow of the Earth!

The big reveal~! It was Beautiful and Amazing!!

I will even admit to doing a little *happy dance* while photographing these!!

And the stars were so BRIGHT!! I was even lucky enough to see shooting stars!

The colors were astonishing!

Last shot before it came out of the shadow!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

It Is What It Is....

So basketball season is upon us here in the Heartland and I gotta tell ya...I'm gonna have a stroke before its all said and done! There are many things that I am and quiet is not one of them. I actually struggle with this on a daily basis, I have no idea why it comes to me so strongly, other than the women in my family are all outspoken and tell it like it is! Sometimes to much so...

So I have come to my blog tonight in search of something...I don't really know what...I guess I am hoping one of my wonderful readers will have words of wisdom that can calm my soul when I feel like striking out at someone in a basketball game. I know, terrible!! Right?!

I am a parent whom always wants to see my kiddos excel, do their best and even be better than anyone else at whatever it is they are doing. But I am not blind to the fact that they aren't the best at everything they do. There are plenty of things they can improve on, always...J is my sports kid (as you all know). In our family we prefer football (as you all know). But THEY also like basketball, yes "they", not WE! I actually have a love/hate relationship with BB.

I also believe that we are only as good as our coaches allow us to be. If we are taught right then we will excel, if not we won't. Speaking mainly in *team* sports by the way. You see a few years ago our school district hired a new head BB coach, when he came into our system we had a massive losing streak in this sport. Literally his first season with us we had a winning Varsity team (note I said varsity). Well he took a group of kids that had been on a losing streak for some time and changed the program and helped them to become winners. That was J's freshman year. The next year we lost a couple of great players but the coach moved some JV kids up and made another winning team! Then at the end of the season last year he basically told them all that their winning streak was over due to the fact that his *good kids* were graduating...Really he said this! Not only did he say this to the players he also told us parents at what was supposed to be the awards banquet that we should not expect great things the next year (now this year) because our *good players* were gone. Umm I was pissed, just pissed! You do not tell these kids they are losers cause guess what?! They will be!! So then this year when we got our new head football coach the head BB coach makes some comment to the kids about he hopes this new coach doesn't expect great things cause it won't happen! Well needless to say I was thrilled when our boys finished with a 7-2 record and made it to playoffs!!! I'm hoping he felt the pain as he ate those words!

So moving on, we also have a freshman/sophomore coach and a JV coach. J had played for the freshman coach since junior high and they never had any wins, literally I don't think they ever won a game! So now this year he is playing for the JV coach and I am not happy...I feel terrible about this because as a person this coach is an extremely nice guy and has a wonderful family. I believe for the most part he treats the kids well, but the problem is...they don't play good...I mean ever...Like I'm not sure when the last time the JV won a game was...But yet the kids he had before moved up to varsity and they became a winning team?! So how does this happen?! And there is this really strange conundrum that all of the kids that played for the freshman/sophomore coach for 4 years straight (cause they had him as a junior high coach as well), well they sit the bench...And my J is one of them...

Is J good at BB? Yes he is, is he the best? No he's not. But for some reason the coach has made this decision to basically play these certain 5 kids and J may be lucky to be subbed in for a whole 4 minutes (max) during the game. Last Friday was their first game of the season and he wasn't put in until the end of the 1st quarter and he scored 6 points within a couple of minutes. Then into the 2nd quarter he was fouled and actually chipped one of his front teeth which caused him a bloody lip so he had to be sat out for that. Well when he went out of the game they were up by 2 points and quickly their lead was lost. J was not allowed back in until the 4th quarter after they had a 40 point hole dug! So tonight we had another game and the coach does precisely the same thing, same starting 5, same turnovers and missed baskets and he finally lets J in the game with 5 seconds on the clock at the end of the 1st quarter...What the heck?! What's the point of that?! 5 seconds!! He did play for maybe 2 minutes in the 2nd quarter and then same deal as Friday for the last half of the game, pretty much not-ta nothing! During the game when the 5 *starters* are playing and making mistakes the coach will turn to the kids on the bench and raise his voice telling them all about what the kids on the court are doing wrong but yet he never tells them?! Then he will just sit in the chair with his arms crossed and say nothing for the rest of the game! I'm just not getting it, I don't understand why we can't look at stats and see who's worthy to play and who's not! And why is it that we continue to do the same thing over and over and nothing ever changes!

I get so very mad watching this go on! Like I said I don't think my kids the greatest but I know he's better than some that are playing...Just like in football, J wasn't the best player before but with proper coaching he became a pretty big deal this year. I was saving this for another post but I'll just share it with you now, every year the coaches nominate players on the team for "All League Team" which is basically just an honors team for the best in the district between all of the schools then the other coaches from the other teams pick the winners and J was awarded with Honorary Defensive-back! I am so proud of this kid! He was so proud of himself! So in BB I know with the right coaching he could be a great asset to the team and I don't say that just because I'm his momma, it's true. Just like it's true that you will never hear me complain when he sits the bench in baseball because it's not his sport, he's not very good at it. He never played until he got into high school and really only does it to stay in shape. So if I felt he wasn't good enough to help the team I wouldn't get so dang mad!

So HELP...Please!! Any words of wisdom on how to lower my blood pressure while at the games?! I have considered Valium but I don't think my Dr would go for that ;) I just want things to be fair and right and they're not!

Okay I'm done venting now...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy!!

My goodness it's a busy time of year!! After finally getting my new living room all in order I did get to spend a few nights relaxing watching movies and snuggling under my blanky...Yes I said *blanky*...Yes I have a blanky :) It's soft, I love it!

I have been having some computer problems here and finally decided to buy me a new desktop before my laptop officially crashed! So I invested in my first ever *nice* desktop computer, my last one was a hand me down from my momma that she got right when the internet became mainstream! So yes it was a dinosaur! Haven't used it in a few years but it did get me by for a while. Ever since then I have always owned laptops and have loved my last one that the Hubby bought me almost 2 years ago! It would usually work great *unless* I were to travel with it, or even simply move it from my desk! Real good for a LAPTOP huh! So anyhoo I got me a spiffy HP Slimline with a whole wazoodle of GB!! And wouldn't you know it as soon as I got my new computer all installed and ready to go I set up the other one and it went kaput! Won't load to save my life...Which has been just a bit frustrating beings I wasn't brainy enough to back everything up before I shut it off and was planning on doing that after...

So I had a great photo shoot Thanksgiving weekend and would love to share a few of those pics with you but they are trapped inside my dead laptop :( But on a positive note I had another AWESOME shoot yesterday!

These kids decided that for Christmas for their Momma they would do pictures to give her as a gift! Sweet kids, right?! They were such a blast and kept me laughing the WHOLE time!!

I just absolutely adore McKenna, (she's the dark haired girl) she had a hard time with this *serious* face because it's against her nature LOL!! She just needed to SMILE!!

One of my favorite's!

I loved how the 2 brother's were in step together and their arms were in the same position and then the 2 sister's were in sync as well LOL!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Living Room Makeover Reveal

Finally, finally I am DONE!! I am so excited with the way my room turned out! So I'm ready to make my big reveal to you all!!

Here's a reminder of the before...

And a little recap of everything I did! New paint on on the walls and ceiling, new carpet, new furniture, new lighting/ceiling fans, new curtains...Basically the only thing that remained the same were most of the wall hangings, TV, and the curtain rods!

And AFTER!!!

My beautiful Wing back Peacock chairs!

LOVE my new ceiling fans!

This chair created my chosen accent colors!

The back of the chairs are an ivory satin with this gold embroidery...So beautiful!!

Probably my favorite accent piece to the room!