Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday's Random Thoughts...On Friday

Sort of...
I have so much going on this week, I really don't have time to put down my random thoughts. I have them all stored in my phone and will be ready to share them next week. Hopefully things will be back to normal by then!
I'll leave you with two, though.
So I saw a commercial for Bud Light advertising wheat beer. Seriously, Bud Light? Wheat beer? What have things come to when we're grasping at straws when trying to make beer healthy? I mean, ok if you want your beer to be a little healthier, but to me, this is just going to give men an excuse to drink more beer. "Honey, I haven't had my wheat today. I better swing by and pick up some Bud Light." "Honey, you know I only drink so much because I'm trying to catch up on my wheat intake!" I can hear it all now. Not from my husband, but just in general. Wheat beer...too funny. THERE'S PROBABLY SOME OTHER REASON FOR WHEAT BEER, BUT THIS IS ALL I COULD THINK OF WHEN I SAW THE COMMERCIAL.

Life is so fast. Make sure you love those around you. You never know if this may be the last time you ever see them. Not always easy to remember, but it's true.

Ok, stay tuned for next week. I'll probably have an overload of thoughts to share! Have a great weekend, and BE SAFE!

Good Mannered Super Hero

Do you know what that is? I must say, when I got a note from the school saying that October 30 would be "Good Mannered Super Hero Day", I was quite confused. What is a good mannered super hero? An existing super hero with good manners? A "Thank You Man"? A super hero named after good manners? What?! I have to figure this out and make sure my five year old is cool enough to show up at school that day without being made fun of? One wrong move, and we're in trouble!

I stressed out about this and talked to several people. Finally, we all decided that this was just our elementary school's way of letting the kids dress up while trying to ensure that no one would show up in any crazy evil scary thing. Got it. That being said, I threw any ounce of creativity I had out the window and dressed him up as Super Man. I mean, he had good manners, right?

Here's my Super Man:
One thing Channing thought of that never crossed my mind...the bathroom. What is he supposed to do when he has to go to the bathroom??? YIKES! Had NOT thought of that! I mean, Channing helped him get into this thing. Who would help him get out? What a nightmare for the kindergarten teachers today. I don't envy them!
I'll be at the school helping this afternoon. I'm sure I'll be unvelcroing and re-velcroing super heroes for two hours. :)

Trunk or Treats & Fall Festivals

During this time of year, my boys love hitting up fall festivals and trunk or treats. Each year, we try to make it to our neighbor's church and Asher's school (which also happens to be at a church and was previously Tristan's school). The boys look forward to it for weeks and are always have lots of fun. Here are some of my cell phone pictures (because I'm too lazy to hook up my camera to the computer) from the two we went to this year.

I love this picture because it shows Asher's cool hat he had made. The church had a clown table, and two super cool clowns twisted balloons for the kids. Tristan wanted a sword, but Asher wanted this hat that he saw someone else wearing. Channing and I were shocked that he actually wore it. And he did! He wore it most of the night!Here's a shot of Tristan playing 'pick up frogs'. He must have played it 50 times!On to the Trunk or Treat...
The boys both had other costumes, but once Asher decided to be a Georgia football player, Tristan was racing to keep up. He wasn't going to let Asher be one without him! Here are my two little bulldogs. LOVE these kids!
Watch out, Hershel! My boys are coming up!!!Rhiannon also had another costume, but with both her brothers being football players, she couldn't be left out. She's not one to go rogue. So, here is the boys' cheerleader:My Tristan...and one of his silly poses:And my sweet Asher. Can you tell what he's saying?The Trunk or Treat just provided too much excitement for Rhi. She passed out!Asher's favorite part of the night. Forget the candy, the slide, the costumes, he was all about riding the motorcycles!!!
I would LOVE to share a picture of my favorite costume of the night. A friend of ours dressed up as a Facebook update. It was AWESOME!!! Just a little disclaimer: My friend is one of those "super creative types". I don't have an ounce of her creativity. Anyway, it was super cool. If I had photoshop, I could blur out last names and post it. Alas, I don't, and I don't want to post anyone's picture without permission. Just know...REALLY cool!

My boys (and girl) had lots of fun at their fall festivals, which always makes me happy. :)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

We're Not Fans of Orange

That's right. Our family doesn't like Auburn orange, and we certainly don't like Tennessee orange. Most of all, I'm no fan of Lane Kiffin (but we'll save that rant for another day).

Today was a big day...Alabama vs. Tennessee. Our family (minus Channing) got ready early. We had to sport our Tide-wear all day. Check out my little Tiders!Isn't Rhiannon's onesie adorable?!? It was designed by one of my very best friends, Leisha. She's so creative! Thanks, Leisha!!!Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE my baby girl??? If not, let me mention it now. I sure do love this baby girl! I think she is the sweetest, funniest, most beautiful and perfect little girl in the world. Of course, I'm not at all biased. :)

Here's my sweet Asher. He doesn't like to look at the camera. Clearly, by looking at this picture, you can see Asher thinks today is Georgia Bulldogs day. He's doing his best Uga impersonation. :)And here's my sweet Tristan. I don't know if it's the age, but he is totally into making faces every time I ask him to smile. He always has some new and crazy pose for me. This was his post at breakfast (Hardees...a special treat. You know...we just wanted to be super healthy this morning).I hope you watched the game. If you did, did your heart stop like mine did?!? COULD NOT BELIEVE IT! I'm still trying to recover. ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'd Forgotten

...just how much I loved these little outfits! Tristan wore these a lot when he was little. They're just so cute and easy. I wish he wasn't too old for them now. Alas, he is and has been for some time. So, now I get to see Asher wear them, and it totally makes my day!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Looks Pretty Comfy to Me

I don't care what anyone says, this baby GIRL loves her sling! Does she look uncomfortable to you? Needless to say, I got some comments today at Chuck E Cheese's (where the pic was taken) and got lots of looks and whispers.
And to A, a double sling would totally rock! No way you'd get any concerned glances your way; definitely no snide comments! :) Ha!

Speaking of comments at CEC's, a woman told me Rhiannon looks just like me. Ha! I think I surprised her because I said, "Really?!", then started laughing. She said, "Um, well, uh, the eyes. I think she has your eyes." I told her I would take it because most people say she looks just like her daddy.
I didn't mean to laugh at her, and really, I wasn't laughing at her. I was laughing because I know she doesn't look like me. I hear, at least five times a day, that she looks just like her daddy or like her brothers (who look like their daddy). So when I hear, from time to time, that she looks something like me, I just laugh. I also heard that with Asher when he was a baby (hardly ever with Tristan), and Asher looks the least like me. No one ever thinks Asher looks like me now. Oh well! :) I don't care who my kids look like . I think they're beautiful and wouldn't change a thing about them!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday's Random Thoughts

Can you believe it's already Thursday?!? Where has this week gone?
Well, since it's Thursday, that means it's time for me to unleash my random crazy thoughts. I really wish some of you would share your random thoughts. That way, I wouldn't feel like the only person who has complete craziness going on in her head! ;)
Anyway, here goes...
The Heisman Trophy. Now that we're mid season, we're hearing about it all the time. I mean, that's fine and all, but the Heisman Trophy stuff kind of gets under my skin. Thing is, there are a lot of super talented and hard-working players that never get Heisman attention, simply because they are not all star quarterbacks, receivers, or running backs. How about giving an outstanding defensive guy a chance? How about Rolando McClain? How about some other defensive guys from some other teams. I know the Bama defense wouldn't be 1/2 as good as they are without McClain. I say it's time to stop focusing on the showy positions in college football. Let's take a look at the other hard-working guys too.
Why is it that if you dress a baby girl in anything with blue on it, no matter how much pink accompanies it, people assume she is a boy? I get it all the time. Rhiannon will be wearing a blue dress with pink elephants and pink trim, holding a pink blanket..."What a cute little boy!" Come on, people! It's in the details! If you see poofy sleeves, even if they're blue, chances are, the baby is a girl!

Speaking of babies, why do complete strangers feel the need to offer advice (aka: criticize) people (ok, me) about their parenting? Today at the pumpkin patch, I was carrying Rhiannon in her sling. You wouldn't believe all the comments I heard in passing and had said to my face. One woman, as she passed me, was telling her friend, "Look at that baby! It's going to fall out!" She went on and on. Ok, Rhi was totally in her sling and in absolutely no danger of falling out. CRAZY! Then on the hay ride, a couple of women were going on and on about how uncomfortable the sling looked for the baby because "he" (yes, she was wearing blue...polka dots with poofy sleeves!) was all squished up. I politely smiled and told them how much the baby loves the sling (because I don't want to embarrass them for thinking she's a boy). I mean, Rhiannon was SLEEPING! Do you think she would have been sleeping had she been in pain or uncomfortable?!? Then when I got off the hay ride, a woman told me, "Why don't you take her out and put her in the stroller? Then, you can take the boys in to the bathroom, and I'll watch her for you?" Thanks for the offer, lady, but #1. I don't know you and am NOT leaving my baby with you, and #2. She's FINE! She's NOT uncomfortable! UGH! What did I do, though? I took her out (she cried), put her in her carseat, and waited for Jennifer (my friend) to watch her so I could go in. I gave in, I know.

Does every town have their own cheesy local commercials? I just don't get it. I mean, I know it's low budget and everything, but come on. They have got to have better ideas (and actors) than some of what I see around here. They make me cringe (kind of like small town local news).

I was watching something the other day and heard the phrase, "Go to hell." I started thinking about the phrase and how awful it is. I mean, it really is awful. I wonder how many people that say it actually think about the words they're saying. Hell is the worst possible place anyone could go. Torture for eternity. Would you wish anyone there...really? Do you think the people that use the phrase actually take in what they're saying, or do you think it's just something that rolls off the tongue?

Is it just me, or is it so annoying to watch coaches covering their mouths on the sidelines when they're talking on their little headsets? DRIVES ME CRAZY! I was totally making fun of Lane Kiffin (my current least favorite coach in college football) for doing it in the Georgia/Tennessee game last weekend. I know other coaches do it, but for that one game, I pretended like he was the only one. It gave me some good laughs. I mean, it gets pure silly sometimes. They go through such extremes to try to hide what they're saying. Ha!!! I mean, sure, I guess the other team could have their hired lip readers on the sidelines, but come on.

Speaking of football games, I find it funny that some girls wear pink in the stands. If your team colors are orange and blue, chances are, most of the people in the stands are going to be wearing orange and blue. You, even though you have your team logo on your pink shirt, are going to look silly sitting in the sea of team colors while wearing your crazy pink. PINK IS NOT A FOOTBALL COLOR! There, I said it. I've gotten it off my chest. ;)

Are my BIL and I the only ones to notice Houston Nutt's crazy play signals? You know, most coaches have random arm signals, but Houston Nutt takes it much further. His are vulgar. Last season, my bil noticed one that involved him grabbing his crotch. This year during the Alabama/Ole Miss game, one of his signals involved him pretending to pull his pants down (for a full moon). What in the world??? Really, Coach Nutt? Do you think your players wouldn't understand the more subdued signals? Baffles me.

Poor spelling really gets to me. You can imagine how tough it is for me to read some Facebook updates. UGH! I cringe when I see all the misspellings scattered about. I'm not talking about accidental letters and stuff like that, I'm talking about really really poor spelling. I try not to notice, but I do.

Speaking of misspellings, I have a hard time with texting because I don't like to spell things incorrectly just to shorten it. I'm that dork texter that texts out the whole word (also because I am SO not an lol person). So, if you get a text from me, it's like a novel. Sorry!

What is the bejeweled game on Facebook? What are the Mafia Wars? Farmville? What is up with all the quizzes? I don't care how many bejeweled points you got, who you shot in your mafia wars, what kind of cow wandered up on your farm, or what kind of mouthwash your personality is most like. I really don't. I really wish I didn't have to see all that every time I pull up my FB account. I wish there was a "hide" button just for games and quizzes. I want to know what my friends are up to from time to time, but I don't want to see all the rest of the junk mail. I think FB should come up with something for that.

Speaking of FB updates, after reading so many meaningless updates, I started thinking about Rick and Bubba and their rules for call ins. One thing they say (not verbatim) is, before making your comment, ask yourself if people will be entertained by what you have to say. I think that could apply to FB too. If you're going to the bathroom, going to cook some toast, or taking a shower, we don't need to know about it. I doubt anyone's sitting on the edge of their seats to find out if it's your lunchtime. Maybe I'm wrong? ;)

Every town should have a Sno Biz. It should be some sort of requirement. If there's a chamber of commerce, there should be a Sno Biz. I'm just sayin'...

I love my kids so much. They have my heart! However, three is tough, much tougher than two. I had no idea what I was in for. Having three children is a tremendous blessing, but it is a lot of work. I have three different needs, three different schedules, car lines, crying spells, etc. It does get easier, right? :)

I was laying by Asher at bedtime a few nights ago and was telling him a story. At some point during the story, he turned to me and said, "Mommy, you spit. You spit on me." Of course, I busted out laughing. My little two year old is basically telling me to 'say it, don't spray it.' My kids always manage to humble me.

Speaking of being humbled, at church last Sunday, one of the ushers (who appears to be about my age) saw me walking in with my carseat. He immediately walked up to me and said, "Mrs. King, Channing is right over there." MRS. KING?!? Do I look that old?!? We're like the same age, right?!? It hurt. It really hurt. It feels just as bad when a kid in their 20s says 'yes ma'am' to me. OUCH!

That's all I've got for this week, folks! How about you??? This struggling mother of three would love to hear some random thoughts from someone else. It would make me feel oh so sane! :)

Pumpkin Patch

I love this time of year! College football, changing leaves, cool air, pumpkin's all fabulous! Tristan and Asher are on fall break from school, so today, I decided to take them to a pumpkin patch. Tristan and I went to a pumpkin patch last week with his school, and it was fun, but this one was so much better! It was more open, clean, and had lots more to do, not to mention better pumpkins. :)

We met up with two of my favorite people, Jennifer and her beautiful little girl, Audrey. Jennifer is one of my very best friends and one of the most beautiful people (inside and out) that you'll ever meet. We met in college and have been best friends ever since. Though we live a couple of hours apart and don't get to see each other much, when we are able to get together, we always pick up right where we left off. I thank God for such a wonderful friend!

Anyway, on to my pumpkin patch pictures. Today is just a sneak peek. These are the pictures taken with my phone. I have some even cuter ones on my camera. Too bad my home computer is from the ice age and won't let me upload them. Hopefully I can get them up soon. I know you're DYING to see them! :)

This first picture is beautiful Audrey and the pumpkin she picked. I could just eat her up! She is so adorable and cute to watch. She instantly clicked with Tristan and followed him everywhere. She told Jennifer that Tristan is her best friend. I LOVE it! Maybe I can get them to save her for Tristan for marriage one day. That's not too much to ask, right??? :)
Here is Asher and his pumpkin. He was so proud! He wanted to carry it everywhere and did. Sadly, I didn't get a picture of Tristan with his pumpkin. :( He picked a really big one and had a hard time picking it up. Plus, I was trying to manage Rhiannon in her sling (while other women offered their "advice" and opinions about me carrying "him" in a sling) and keep Asher from wandering off (which he often did).

Stay tuned for more exciting updates about our Thursday at the pumpkin patch!

It Started Out Innocently Enough...

I had my phone and was going to send a quick picture message to show MiMi that Tristan likes his new jammies.
Next thing I know, Asher was joining in the fun.And before I knew it, I had two monsters sitting on my steps!!! SCARY!WHOA! Is this frightening, or what?!?
I'm not one that likes to call my kids monsters, no matter how they may act in a particular moment. However, when they do this, they want, they NEED to be called monsters. It's their fuel. So, my little monsters they are. They sure are cute monsters! These are the kind I'd like to run into on Halloween night. You can keep the Freddie Kreugers, the Jasons, the mummies, and men with their chainsaws. These are the only monsters I want to see!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Game Day~ Our Weekend in Athens Part 2

We had a great time in Athens, well, until the game anyway. The outcome wasn't quite what we'd hoped. LSU ended up winning (UGH!), so that was kind of a dark spot on our trip. Other than that, everything was perfect! Here are some more tailgating shots:

Here is my little football player. One of our tailgating in the parking lot. Tristan was ready!
Tristan played lots of football, and Asher did what Asher loves to do...he ATE!!! Can you tell what he's saying? Yep...CHEESE!Rhi getting very sleeeeeeeeepy...She decided to catch a little shut eye:Tristan taking a break:Later that day...
This is what became of Rhiannon's game day outfit:Crazy boy!After all our tailgate fun, it was time to go watch the Dawgs play! Here are some shots from the game:Uncle Ryan and Mary Ryan. I can't tell you how much my boys love MRK! Not only is she a beautiful little girl,but she's lots of fun too. She and Tristan have a lot of fun together. It's such a blessing to have a cousin your same age, just ask Tristan. Not only do they have fun together, she's always super sweet to Asher and Rhiannon. I sure love this little girl! Her daddy's lots of fun too! We think we'll keep him... most of the time. ;)Channing and Asher watching the game. Asher was most excited about seeing the drums. With Georgia's season, that may have been the most exciting part. :( The Dawgs will make a comeback....just maybe not this season?Eating, of course! This time, it was cotton candy. During halftime, the kids enjoyed some STICKY cotton candy. What a mess it turned out to be! It didn't bother them, though. They enjoyed every single bite!
Sweet cousins...clearly enjoying their cotton candy!Asher finally had enough excitement (and sugar) and crashed.
That was our game day. Georgia lost, I had to take the kids to the bathroom about 100 times (which really made us popular with the fans sitting around us), they loaded up on sugar, and Tristan complained a bit, but still, it was a blast! We got to hang out with family, eat great food, watch one of our favorite teams (of course, it's Channing's favorite team), and wear red (always a great color~much better than the opposing team's purple...ugh!). All in all, GREAT trip!!!

Our Weekend in Athens~Part 1

Last weekend was our first weekend of the year to head to Athens, Georgia for a football game. This year, Channing was pumped about watching the Dawgs take on the LSU Tigers. We had the weekend planned for months in advance, and we were all excited, as you can see in the above picture. I took that picture with my phone on the drive over. Tristan was eagerly anticipating playing football on the practice field, one of his absolute favorite things to do in Athens.
Here he is on the practice field, gear on, football and tee ready. He had a great time! Though this year was a little different than years past. Instead of playing non-stop football with his daddy and PaPa, he was a little more focused on following a couple of girls that were out there. And so it begins...
Here is Asher, suiting up. His favorite thing to do on the practice field was to run all over the "G" on the field. He thought it was really cool.A family shot. I am so blessed!
The boys with MiMi and PaPa.
The boys and their daddy, or Daddy and his little clones! I love these three guys!!! Seriously, God has truly blessed me.A shot of Rhi pre-practice field. Isn't her onesie precious??? My sweet friend, Leisha, found the pattern and helped design a UGA one for her. Thanks, Leisha!!! Rhi loved her special onesies!After we left the practice field, we had to go out for some classic cuisine...the Varsity, of course! What'll ya have, what'll ya have??? Rhi fit in perfectly!
The next day was, of course, GAME DAY! We spent a fun-filled day of tailgating. This included eating, playing football, watching games, and getting ready for the UGA/LSU game. What a great Saturday! Here are some shots from our tailgate:

This first picture is actually of Rhiannon in her gameday outfit. She was ready! There was no mistaking our little Georgia cheerleader for an LSU fan (or a boy , for that matter). Needless to say, she got LOTS of attention on the walk to our tailgate. :)I know it's a terrible picture (due to all the shadows), but here is a shot of Channing, Rhi, and me on our way to our tent. Sadly, we didn't get to see Hairy Dawg, Uga, or the cheerleaders this time. BUMMER!At the tent:
Look at my mini A.J. Greens!This is like one of about eight or so fruit snacks Asher ate that day. That boy is an eater!!! At home, we don't let him fill up on junk like that! But look at that happy face. :) A shot of MRK, our niece and the kids' cousin, with Rhi and Tristan.
My sweet momma's boy!
Tristan took this one of Channing and me:
My sweet Tristan. I think he's so handsome! I just can't believe how big he's gotten! He's not a baby anymore. He's a big kid. When did that happen?!?
Stay tuned for part 2 of our trip to Athens. I know you're on the edge of your seats! :)