Lovin' my kids!

My life as head of the Looney Bin!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Grossing Tilley out is one of our FAVORITE things to do.......

Andy's blog post today.  I LOVE IT!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Have I mentioned.....

How much Levi LOOOOOOVES John Cena?
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Got a sweet tooth?

These cookies are SO easy, quick, and YUMOLICIOUS!

Unbelievable Cookies
1 c. peanut butter (crunchy is best)
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

Stir all ingredients and roll into balls.  Dip fork in sugar and do the traditional criss-cross peanut butter cookie pattern.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until light brown.


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The Zippo!

So, as I have mentioned, my husband bought a new Zippo lighter.  Here's a similar pic:
I found out last night that my PASTOR has taught him to light the holy Zippo by striking the little wheel thingy on his leg.

Well............at least he has good life insurance!  :)

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My husband........

I adore him.  I have put him through so much, yet he still loves me.  When I was a kid, he was EXACTLY the kind of husband I prayed for.  Every woman should have their very own Andy!  To quote Steve Martin from Cheaper by the Dozen "twenty-three years later and we still got the heat!"

I love you more than any words could ever convey, my precious!

Monday, January 17, 2011

One of the biggest shocks ever..........

So, I'm leaving Home Depot one day and a text message comes through (from Facebook, no less) on my phone.  It read, "hello jill its kelli i was just letting you know that you will be a grandmother! I don't know if daniel has got in touch with you or not so i figured i would let you know! im 8 weeks."

Since it was about 98 degrees with ridiculously high humidity I thought I misread it.  So, I read it again..........and again, and again.  They I called my husband, Andy, and read it to him.  We were speechless.  I can't say that I was immediately thrilled.  You see, our oldest son, Daniel, was incarcerated at the time.  NOT TO MENTION, this meant that I was gonna be a mumzie at FORTY-TWO!  :)

The past few months have been a roller coaster.  The job market is slim pickins and neither has been able to find work. But I know that ultimately, this will all work out because I know God has this under control and I truly believe that Daniel and Kelli really do love each other.

I CANNOT wait to snuggle my first grandson, Drake Charlton, when he gets here. And I CANNOT wait to be a mumzie....even if I am 42!

Here are some pics:

Daniel and Kelli, Christmas 2010.

And here is my sweet grandson.  Hoping March seventh gets here SOON!

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Levi loving on his sister.......

Quite certain that no words are necessary...........

I'm all shook up.........

And, no, I'm not Elvis.

Out of the blue, one of my kids asked what Georgia looked like when we found her dead.  How does one put, "Well, she was limp, lifeless, and blue" into lingo that teenagers will understand yet not be freaked out by?  Only my youngest three were home that horrific night in March 2006.  Most of my oldest kids were with my mom.

I don't know.  Why do kids have to die?  Why can't we just all live forever and be happy?

Gonna be a looooooooooooooooooooooong, sleepless night.  Too many emotions to sleep.

Georgia, I miss you.  We did all we could to save you that night, but it just wasn't meant to be.  You, Papaw, and Joshua have fun in Heaven.  I'll see you someday.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Feeling the need........

to rant.  But I won't.  Consider yourselves lucky. 

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I love...

The Naked Pastor a.k.a. David Hayward.  Holy shamoly....idk if he has never been spot on for me. 

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One of the greatest things....

About getting older is having to pee and in five minutes having to pee again.  Add to the fact it is 2:36 in the morning and I can't sleep makes it FABULOUS!  (Can you see me rolling my eyes?)  And even better....my parents passed on the I-can't-sleep gene.  HAPPY!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Just curious.......

How many rolls of toilet paper do NORMAL sized families use in a day?  I think we are on roll number 3 just in the downstairs bathroom.  (I should mention that Asher uses a whole roll per poop.)

My life rocks....but I'm broke from buying toilet paper.  Can I get a government subsidy for Angel Soft?

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Snow day....

Number THREE and Asher can outscreech any owl on the planet!  Xanax, please!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Just wondering...........

God, why do You take the kids that are loved?  Joshua and Georgia had families that ADORED them!  I know, know, KNOW Your ways are perfect. However, that doesn't make it any easier.  I love you, God, but at this point I think your decisions suck.  My friend, Jill, should be changing poopy diapers.  I should be coloring princess pages with Georgia.

I know you are holding them close, Lord, and for that, I thank you.


Dear God, Sometimes your ways suck. Why can't you take kids whose families could care less about them?

I miss Georgia.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Yummy Tuesday!

I LOVE to cook.  Good think because it is so expensive for us to eat out.  Hoping to start posting recipes every Tuesday.  Hope you enjoy this one as much as my family does!

Cuban Sloppy Joes
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c. water

2 lbs lean ground beef
1/4 c. green olives with pimiento, finely chopped
1 T paprika
2 T worcestershire sauce
1 c. tomato sauce
2-3 T grill seasoning blend (I used McCormick Montreal steak seasoning or the generic equivalent)
rolls, split (I use a whole wheat)
dill pickle slices split lengthwise (not hamburger dills although I'm sure they'd work)

Make the mojo sauce; put the garlic and onion in a food processor with cumin, zest and juice.  Turn processor on and stream in oil and water.  Set to the side.

Begin to brown beef.  Add half the mojo sauce and continue to brown.  When meat is finished, add olives and pimientos, paprika, Worcestershire, tomato sauce and grill seasoning and more of the mojo sauce, to taste (I end up using most of mine).  Bring to a simmer and reduce heat.  Cook on low for 10 minutes.

Serve on rolls with pickle slices.  YUM-O!

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Oh mercy...will I EVER get my almost 10 year old mentally challenged child COMPLETELY potty trained?  I sure hope so.  Good thing he's as cute as he is. 

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Monday, January 03, 2011

Testing 1-2-3...

Testing the email from my phone Blogger feature. Thought I'd share the sweet burly cloths I got for my grandson-to-be.  Nine weeks to go!  I can't WAIT to be Drake's Mumzie!

Home again, home again......

Just got back from an amazing weekend with my friend, Jill, and her family in the Smoky Mountains. I had never met Jill irl and had only been communicating with her for about the past couple of months via Facebook and Twitter. (I conveniently left out that detail when telling my mom about the trip. Shoulda seen her face when I told her that!) Anyway, we had been planning to spend the weekend with my husband's family but they couldn't make it so I invited Jill. I thought, "What the heck? If they shoot us in our sleep, at least we'll all die together." I must say, I was shocked when they accepted our invitation.

I suck when it comes to small talk and hate that awkward "what do I say next?" feeling. It was a huge relief when it didn't feel like meeting strangers, but welcoming family. We spent the next four days laughing, eating, crying, eating, sightseeing, buying a Zippo lighter, eating (notice a pattern here?) visiting such well known establishments such as I.R. Cheap, eating, watching rasslin', movies, and the Atlanta Housewives and learning a LOT about Pop Rocks. I was so sad to see them go........

Jill and Shane, I'm ready for you guys to come back TODAY!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

After much....um....coaxing, yea, coaxing from my husband, I'm back in bloggerland! Lots has changed in the past several years, but we're all still kickin' and I'm still head of the looney bin (I think my employment is secure. Well, at least for the next 60 years or so.