Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Senior Pictures

Know any upcoming Seniors?
All Seniors need great pictures don't they?
Check these out.

Tammy and Chip do great work.
Call me and I'll hook you up with them.

Monday, July 28, 2008


Coming Soon.

Saturday, July 26, 2008


I'm a stickler for speling. I always liked spelling in elementery school. I think I'm pretty good at it. It abssolutely drives me crazy that some peeple don't know how to spell. Now, I know, I know. You've seen meny a mispelled wourds on my blog. They were typos. My brain knew what I was typping, though my fingers...they did not.
I think this man could be my friend. He does need a life...but I like him.
Did you catch them....the mispelled words?

9th Grade

I saw this while surfing this afternoon. In light of school starting soon...(not soon enough), I thought I'd give it a try.
Who was your best friend? I never really had a best friend growing up. I grew up with Debbie and Dawn. Sisters that lived a few houses up from us. Dawn was a year older and Debbie was a year younger. They were really good friends. Now that I think back....I wish I had involved the two of them in my wedding in some way. I never see them. Dawn is a pediatrician and officer in the Air Force and Debbie, I believe, lives here now after several years of living away with her Air Force husband. Mrs. G visits my parents from time to time so I still get news on them. We should really get together sometime. Oh, wow...where was I? That was a little trip down memory lane, huh? Id did have a few good friends. I always spent the night with Kimmie. my cousin. She was more of a sister to me than anything I had. I think we fought like sisters. I miss her. I miss those times...with my aunt Doris and Grannie. Oh my...I just realized that this is about the 9th grade. Not my entire life. Who was my best friend in 9th grade? I don't guess I really had one. Debbie B. was a really good friend that I grew up with and I miss her, too. Haven't spoken with her in twenty years. Things happened our senior year. Then there was of course Ro-Shel. Otherwise known as Shelly. I miss you Shel. You hung in there with me, girl-through A LOT! This is your shout-out girlfriend!
Who did you "go" with? Exactly where did we 'go'? Well, nowhere. I think I went with Nick Roten...for about a week. Why, you say? (Of course you don't know him.) I have no idea. He was not even my type. I think I liked the thrill of the chase because I never really 'went' with anybody for very long. Although I did go with Coby Peters. He was a cutie. One week. Chase was over. See ya...buh-bye! I'm still amazed that I've been married for almost 18 years. And happily i might add.
Did you have a crush on anyone? Gah....I have no idea. I really, really don't remember. I'd for sure have to pull out my yearbook to remind myself. I probably need to pull that sucker out anyway. My twenty year reunion is coming up in 2 weeks. More on that later.
What sport did you play? No sports in the 9th grade. It was my first year for Drill Team. Holy cow. I SO need to get those pictures out and scan them. dang, I was cute! And I liked Drill Team. Although my first year we had a sponsor that decided that our uniforms were going to be made by a seamstress. One was cowgirl-ish. Really? Really. With of course our maroon saddle oxfords.
Did you buy your lunch? Of course. It was so not cool to bring your lunch.
Did you skip? Really? Heck no. Not in 9th grade anyway. I never skipped until my senior year (sorry Mom) and then it was only a couple times and not even for the whole day. Just a few classes.
Did you get suspended? No, never. I think I might have gotten D-Hall once or twice in the 9th grade.
Were you in any fistfights? Gah, no. People were too scared of me. OK, so not really. I always played the though one but I was really a sceerdy cat.
What was your favorite class? Probably Home-Ec. Wasn't that every body's fave class? Mike, wasn't it yours? Every year that you took it?
What was your school's name? North Junior High. The Knights we were. maroon and old.
If you could go back, would you? No. Emphatically. Mike and I discuss this all the time. Why? I don't know, we just do. He would LOVE a heartbeat!
Where did you sit at lunch? I can't really remember. I want to say it was the 2nd or third table from the front. By the D-hall table. I'm really just taking a stab but I think that may be it.
Was there a smoking lounge? For kids? Oh my, no. That was the next year. Looking back...I can't believe there were actually smoke holes.
Who was your science teacher freshman year? Nancy Greenwood. She was about 4 foot 2 and had the whiniest voice. I loved her. I do remember that James Seats was in my class and Patrick Glover. I, everyday, used Patrick's Carmex. Loved that stuff. And i think I secretly did have a small crush on James. He was dating Tammy, no it was Melanie, and had been forever so I knew there was no chance. Mrs. Greenwood's daughter Libby was a fellow 9th grader. I believe she's still at Northwood. Mrs. Greenwood - not Libby.
Who was your English teacher? Kay Higgins. Loved that class, too. The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet. She was married to a coach at the high school. This dude wore horribly out dated clothes and didn't smell all that great. Nicest guy ever though. We see him every now and again and he's always the sweetest thing. She was always made-up so nicely. Always had really nice clothes and makeup and had a diamond wedding ring that could choke a horse. How;s this for a weird cousin ended up marrying their son. I still think that's bizarre.
Who was your history teacher? It was Civics and it was Mrs. Provin...who is also still there. She was a little out there but everybody loved her.
Did you think you were cool? Yeah, I kinda think so. Not so sure if I thought I was cool or popular. But isn't that one and the same? Well, at least I was friends with all the cool, popular people.
Describe your outfits in ninth grade. Don't really remember....which is probably a good thing.
Did you even have a cell phone? A what? There plenty of pay phones to go around then. Remember they cost a dime? (Here's a someone who cares.) We used to go to the mall to 'hang out' and get on the rows of pay phones and call people.
Who was your favorite teacher? I did have a favorite administrator. Mr. Ken Clark. He was the coolest of the cool. He used to let us come down to his office and hang out after lunch.
What's your most memorable moment? Can't remember. Prom maybe? It was in the school cafeteria. I took Shane Swaim...a little cutie who's sister was dating my brother.
What were your best accomplishments? I think it was surviving Drill Team camp the summer before 9th grade. It was brutal.
What action do you regret the most? Probably always being so temper mental. No. Seriously. I was.
What did you spend the most time doing on weekends? Probably sitting at home longing to be old enough to 'go out'.
Got invited to any proms? I actually did get invited but then he acted like it never happened. He was stoned when it happened. I said HE was stoned, mother, not me. I did go, though....see above.
How many years ago did all this transpire? Twenty four.
Bringing to a close my recollections. They are poor, I know.

Spanish Love Song

Friday, July 25, 2008

Favorite Foto Friday 07/25/2008

Kody doing what he's good at.
On the beach a couple weeks ago.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Garbage Trucks

One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!" This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck." He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't. You gotta love them too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Stones and Rocks

Click on the comic strip to view larger.
Some days the stones feel like boulders.
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
Psalm 31:3 For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.
Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my hear is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 94:22 But the Lord has been my defense, And my God the rock of my refuge.
Thank you, Lord, for watching over me.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Favorite Foto Friday 07/18/2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

3 Cheerleaders

The 2nd Annual 3 Cheerleaders Tournament.

These will come in handy for later in the day.

T-Shirts for sale

Pictures from last year

Carson, Mike and Jae Lynn's Uncle David
The girlfriend, Allison
Waiting to play ball.
Our teams doubled this year from last year.
Which means more people, and more scholarship money.
KSSN came out and broadcasted for a few hours.
This was a big hit with the kids.

A busy place to be.
The reason we were there!

Sucking helium.
Mike and Mallory (Taylore's parents)
How stinkin cute is she?
Don't let this picture fool you. He looks awfully sweet...and clean here.
Look at that Chaser just a workin!
Wesley and Rick
Still clean.
Sporting the KSSN shirt he won.
Raking and chalking.

Mike, Ralph and Bruce.

Our home from early Saturday morning to REALLY early Sunday morning.
It's hard work.
Mal and Rick.
The concession line was ALWAYS long!
This team wins the award for Best Team Name!

Isn't that a RIOT?
Nicki (Alicia's MOM) face painted ALL DAY!!!!!
This is why we were here.

We ended up making enough money to send 3 people to college.

Can I get a witness?
Ahhhh. Little Kody rolled out of bed and decided to show. Thanks, Kod and Casey for doing gate. It's always helps when you have pretty people taking your money. Not that you didn't fit the bill, Dale. (wink-wink)
Kody and Meagan.

Kody and Casey (Jae's sister).
My hard working boys.
Shave it and it won't itch!
Kody and Tammy Blenden. Sophie, Casey's dog. Look at her front it!
Chip and Kody.
Ms. Nicki painting Callie's face.

Nicki did a great job and made quite a bit of money.
DJ Rick Steele from KSSN. Click on the this link to see the pictures he took from the tournament. Go to 3 Cheerleaders Softball Tournament under Latest Additions. He was a really nice guy. Abby and Ralph.
No dogs allowed in the park but this one was just so darn cute.

LOVED these socks!
Nicki painted this on Mal's foot. I thought it was the cutest.
Allison. Hot and tired from ball.
Paramedics were called because a catcher overheated and passed out.

Ralph and that pointing!
Sweetest picture ever!
Now there's a hard worker.

Two of my faveorite guys.
Jacob (Taylore's brother) working the concession stand. This was Chase's home for most of the time. He worked hard!
Mike and cousin Mark. His Katie played all weekend. I love it when Mike and Mark get together. We don't see them near enough.
Catching a shade.
More Kody. At this point he's pretty much done working. But hey, he was there for support. Ain't that right bub?
With Jaz and Meagan
These two can tell some stories.
Ralph being interviewed by Channel 4.
Jae's Aunt Susan getting in on the face painting, also. I have so learned to love this woman.
OH LORD! Do not let this ever happen again! Ralph in front of a TV camera.
Sophie was hot.
Somehow Carson had to stick his hand in ice for at least one minute. I'm not totally sure how that came about.
The frozen hand.
Dark clouds rolling in.

Allison and Carson.

Not looking like we're gonna stay on schedule.
Would you people stop with the pointing? Penguin Ice company heard a plea from KSSN that we needed more ice.
They delivered.
Thanks Penguin Ice!
Steve the cook.
Best burgers around!
Surveying the weather.

It's coming.
Jae's Uncle David and Uncle Bobby along with Meagan dishing it up.

Rain delay.

Good Lord!
Kody, Jacob and Mike.
Mallory and Mike
Lordy be, Kim Barker. Rememeber this? It was your hysterical laughing fit. You and Dale were great! It surely couldn't have been done without the two of you!
Trying to stay dry.

It was Mike and Mallory's anniversary.
Hey Tam!

Pictures from last year. People running in the rain. Notice they are wet from THIS YEAR'S RAIN!

Mike and Drew, the city boy.

Susan and I liked to frequent this room (not so much)

Nicki hard at work.
I see some dirt!
Kody found this girl earlier in the day. He ahd been telling us about her all day long. He left to go get something to eat and of course she comes to the pavillion. Susan and Mal chatted her up as we waited for Kody's return. I snapped a few pictures of her.
After the rain.
Chatting the pretty girl up.

This coach promised his team that if they won he would get something painted on his face. He got the cutest butterfly while all the girls on his team watched.
He's so tired....and sunburnt
Excuse me...did someone say something about the umpires?
It was huge!

And she did it.
He met her thanks to Susan and Mallory. She was SO pretty..very exotic looking. She lives in Russellville or Russvegas as Kody calls it. He has actually talked to her since.

You would have thought a fresh clean shirt would have made him a little happier.
Don, Mike and Bruce discussing ballpark issues.
Becky's (Jae's mom) DVD for sale.
Not so clean and very tired.
Can you see his toenails? As I finish this post up today (Friday) his toenails are still not clean.
Aunt Susan with Abby and Casey.
Kody with an all female audience.
She's so tired she just has to laugh!
Mike and Susan.
Kody and Blake (Alicia's brother). What could possibly be going on there?
A little late night dancing entertainment.
Kody and Jeff listening to Barry Manilow...and loving it?!?!
Serenading Mallory with Barry Manilow. Can you see the pain on her face?
Chase and Abby
Blake and this one!
Chase and the girls.
He's loving this!
The Dad's
He loved my camera!
Tired mommas!
It's empty.
It oughtta's 3 am!
Chase massaging Mallory.
And Mal teaching Chase a thing or two.
Mike and his trash picker-upper. Nicki.

So tired after a hard day of playing.
Nicki's doodling...practice for face paint.
3 am.
The last of the last.
Waiting for the final game to 4 am!
Tired momma's and daddy's.
Still recovering.