Thursday, September 30, 2010

Random Dozen

1. Do you believe, somewhere deep inside, that blondes do indeed have more fun? That they are "dumber" than brunettes or redheads? Be honest! I think hair color has absolutely nothing to do with having more fun, or being “dumber” than other people. I know plenty of people that have perfected the art of being a dumb brunette, and likewise many blondes that play dumb, but are actually really smart.

2. Which animal would you most like to observe in its wild habitat? Giraffes and elephants on an African safari.

3. This week the U.N. announced that Dr. Mazlan Othman has been appointed the official "Alien Ambassador," should any extraterrestrials contact us. Have you, or has anyone you know, ever seen a UFO? My Dad claims that he saw something at the lake in the middle of the night when he was younger. He’s not the kind to believe in stuff like that, so when he told me that I was surprised.

4. Name your favorite Hitchcock film. I saw about 5 minutes of that bird movie of his once and it creeped me out.

5. Would you rather spend time at the library, the mall, a craft store or home? It depends on whose money I’m spending. I love the mall, but Hobby Lobby is a gold mine of fun stuff.

6. Which Disney princess is your favorite? (Or Disney character, if you are a guy) When I was a kid I loved Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, but then Ariel stole my heart. I used to pretend that I was a mermaid when I was swimming in our pool.

7. What kind of art is your favorite? What kind of question is this?

8. How do you feel about viral videos, that is, videos made by amateurs that end up on Youtube receiving thousands of hits? I’m not big on watching viral videos, but not because I have anything against them. I just don’t actively seek out youtube videos to watch.

9. Where do you buy your jeans? Probably JC Penny or Old Navy.

10. Tell me about your first automobile accident. My first accident “unofficial” accident happened when I was almost 15, and I drove through my parents fence. Not fun!

My first “official” accident happened when I was sixteen, a mere 3 hours after I got my driver’s license. My Dad had taken me to get my license and dropped me back off at school. He picked me up later from band practice so I could drive home. It had been raining, so the roads were still really slick, and one of my friends mother’s rear-ended me at a stop sign. I was so upset, but it didn’t even leave a dent in the fender! I just couldn’t believe my luck that only 3 hours after getting my driver’s license I had gotten into an accident. That, my friends, takes talent!

11. Have you ever been honest when you knew you would benefit more if you would be dishonest? Yes, and it was really hard to do, but I was so proud of myself for being truthful. Honesty really is the best policy!

12. If you were appointed "Ambassador to Aliens," what would you show and tell first about life on Earth? What would be the most difficult thing to explain? I don’t know about this “first” and “most difficult” stuff, but I would tell them a few things:

• Don’t judge us by the cast of “The Jersey Shore” or any bride featured on “Bridezillas.”
• Don’t listen to PETA: beef, pork and chicken are delicious!!!
• Global warming is a big scam!
• Rush Limbaugh is one of the smartest men alive!
• You haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a big bowl of cheese grits.

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Who knew playing in the rain could be so much fun?

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I think I pretty much made his day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sister Wives

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When I first saw the previous for TLC’s new series, “Sister Wives,” I admit that I was intrigued and knew that I was going to have to find out about this show, and I tuned in last night for the series premiere. The show is about a polygamist family living in Utah, that currently has 1 husband, his 3 wives (only 1 is a legal marriage) and their 13 children. The first episode featured the 3 wives, and briefly introduced Kody’s new wife, a 31 year old with 3 children of her own.

For a reality TV junkie like myself, I just couldn’t turn away. This family lives in a huge home that is broken into three separate apartments, one for each family unit. Kody is on a 3 day rotation within each family unit, and makes sure to spend time with his entire family daily.

The family life seemed rather ordinary, if you consider 3 wives and 13 kids under one roof “normal.” Two of the wives work outside the home, and the third wife, Christine, does the lion’s share of cooking, cleaning and laundry around the house. All but one of Kody’s wives grew up in the polygamist lifestyle, so for them this is completely normal.

However, putting all religious differences aside, I did have a few observations about the show.

1. I would so hate to be the wife stuck doing all the housework.

2. Oh my heavens, I cannot imagine having to cook for that many people.

3. Is this family going to get in trouble for outing their lifestyle?

4. It was like watching the Duggars…but not.

5. Since Jeremy can hardly keep up with my antics and drama, I’m pretty sure I don’t have to worry about him wanting to take on another wife!

Did you watch?

Monday, September 27, 2010

So This Is What 30 Feels Like

I turned 30 years old on Saturday. I'm among the youngest in my group of friends, so I've been able to watch many of my friends turn 30 to see if any of them have had a nervous breakdown on the big day. So far none have, although many didn't hesitate to say that they didn't "like" turning 30. For months now I've been anticipating this birthday, sure that I was going to handle it swimmingly, and move into this next decade of my life with grace and dignity.

Well, I did mostly. I'm not going to lie and say that there weren't a few tears, and just FYI, they weren't happy ones. It didn't help that everywhere I've been this weekend I've heard, "Ma'am" this and "Ma'am" that. Talk about salt on an open wound and making someone feel old! It's not that I'm upset about turning 30 per se, it was more of the fact that there are things that I wanted to have done by now that I haven't done.

Like have another baby...

Run a 5K....

Get a tattoo...

Write a book...

Learn to play golf...

Maybe get my masters...

And I know that each of the things on my list can just as easily be accomplished in my 30's, but it's just not quite how I pictured things (you know, in my whole perfect world thing), and I had to realign some things in my mind. Once I had a little "come to Jesus" meeting with myself, I started to realize how silly I was being. Yes, I'm 30 now....so what? I have been blessed with a wonderful family and in-laws, a great husband of almost 9 years, and one terrific child that is the light of my life. I love my church, my job, and my friends. I have a roof over my head, 2 cars in the driveway, and some money in the bank. I have absolutely nothing to complain about because all things considered, I'm one lucky girl!

So here's to my 30's, and striving to make it the most fun I've had yet!!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

30 Things I Love About Amy

Today is Amy’s 30th Birthday. In honor of her reaching this milestone in her life, I am going to list 30 things I love about Amy, hence the title, 30 Things I love About Amy. I’m sure if you’re reading this you probably can add something to the list that you love about Amy. I know she loves to blog, so post a comment about something you love about her. I know it would make her day.

1. She is an awesome mother to our son, Jackson.

2. She is funny.

3. She loves to laugh.

4. She is an Auburn graduate.

5. She has a great smile.

6. She is great with kids.

7. She is smart.

8. She loves to read.

9. She is a great Christian example.

10. She is a great teacher to her Girls in Action 5-6th graders at church.

11. She is very active in church.

12. She loves her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

13. She is the opposite of me in so many ways, which works out perfectly.

14. She loves to collect giraffes and penguins, and although I don’t see the connection, it works for her.

15. She is a strong political conservative.

16. She would make a great candidate for political office.

17. She loves to nap.

18. She has three freckles on her top lip.

19. She loves our dog, Macy.

20. She loves to garden.

21. She is a great writer and loves her blog.

22. She cooks amazing spaghetti.

23. She is neurotic about stain removal on clothing, to which I am appreciative.

24. She loves to pick at things. (Don’t ask)

25. She is an amazing wife and mother.

26. She is my soul mate.

27. She has a great work ethic.

28. She is a very fast learner to new things.

29. She always wants to be on time, and never late to something.

30. She loves me.

So, to sum it all up, I love Amy for so many different things. I can’t pick just one, but I can thank God for bringing her into my life. Happy 30th Birthday Amy. I love you Amy, my bella.

Jeremy

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Happy 30th Birthday to me!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Best Thing Auburn Taught Me

There’s been much ado today in the world of conservative radio about the GOP’s new “Pledge to America.” While I haven’t read the entire document, the ideas of decreasing the size of government, promoting small businesses, cutting spending and reforming Congress sound very appealing. I also really like that the document includes language about promoting families, protecting life, and preserving the sanctity of “traditional” marriage. This “pledge” seems to be the answer to everything the Tea party has been fighting for these past few months, and for that I am grateful.

However, many moons ago when I was a student at Auburn I was introduced to the Auburn Creed, and I wish that every person in America would just live by it, and then the world would be a much better place. It’s simplicity and common sense approach to life has made it timeless, and something that all Auburn graduates are very familiar with and proud of. I wanted to share it with you today.

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I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.

I believe in honesty and truthfulness, without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.

I believe in a sound mind, in a sound body and a spirit that is not afraid, and in clean sports that develop these qualities.

I believe in obedience to law because it protects the rights of all.

I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.

I believe in my Country, because it is a land of freedom and because it is my own home, and that I can best serve that country by "doing justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with my God."

And because Auburn men and women believe in these things, I believe in Auburn and love it.
-George Petrie (1945)

War Eagle!!!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Here’s Your Sign

Now that I have a job that I’m on the road 3 days a week, I have lots of time spent sitting in the car by myself, which gives me the chance to see random things all over my state. Here are some of my observations from this week:

Speed Limit Sign: When a speed limit sign says “35”, that means that you can actually go 35 miles an hour. It doesn’t  mean that you need to drive 15 mph just to make sure that you aren’t speeding.

Hwy Sign: It’s never a good thing when your GPS tells you to make 2 unexpected turns, and the second turn just so happens to take you down a dirt road. That  happened to me today.

Used Car Lot Sign: I’m guessing that naming your used car lot, “The Lemon Lot” didn’t do much for business.

Cruel Advertising: I spotted a “Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner” sign right beside a pasture of grazing cattle. Those poor, tasty cows had no idea!

False Advertising: McDonald’s advertising their Hot Fudge Sundaes only to find out when you pull into the drive thru that their machine is down. Talk about a let down!

Campaign Sign: I spotted a sign for our current Attorney General who recently lost his bid for reelection in our primaries. His slogan was, “He’s a Keeper!” I guess our state disagreed!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

My sister Kellyn and I took Jackson and Luke to get some pictures a few weeks ago for Grandparents Day. We wanted to make sure we had some of the boys together, but also individual shots. The turned out so good, and the boys were great!

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Jackson loved riding the motorcycle!

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Jackson at 4 years old is ready to roll!

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Luke at 6 months old is such a cutie pie!

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And this handsome little stinker has stolen my heart!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Best I Can Do Under These Circumstances

I had this really fun blog post that I was going to write tonight where I would tell you all about how the other day Jackson told his whole class that I was pregnant (which I’m not!). I walked into his school only to have his teacher congratulate me on our new addition. I quickly set the record straight only to have Jackson say, “Yes you do have a baby in your tummy!” Good times, I tell ya!

And then I was going to tell you that we just got a family membership to the zoo this weekend, which just so happens to pay for itself in only 2 trips to the zoo, which makes it completely worth it. We took Jackson on Saturday, and while we were there it was hot as Hades, but we had a great time.

And I was also going to tell you about how Jackson is wearing his Spiderman and “Eye-Ron” man costumes around the house all the time, and it’s just about the cutest thing ever. I keep waiting for him to ask me if he can wear the costume to Wal-Mart. When he does, you better believe that I’m going to get pictures!

Yeah, I was going to tell you all about that stuff, but my attention has been focused on watching the premiere of Dancing With the Stars, and sadly, I’m way too interested in watching Bristol Palin and Jennifer Grey strut their stuff to write tonight.

So I’ll catch up with y’all later. Jennifer’s about to be up and out of loyalty to Dirty Dancing and the memory of Patrick Swayze, I need to focus!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Who Knew Parenting Would Test Your Math Skills…

Jackson has been obsessed with numbers lately. It started innocently enough a few weeks ago and hasn’t slowed down at all! This wouldn’t be a big deal if I were any good at math, but his questions have kept me on my toes lately.

Jackson: “How old are you and Daddy?”

Me: “Daddy is 31, and I’m almost 30.”

Jackson: “How old is our house and Macy and Spiderman?”

Me: “7 years, 8 years and I have no clue!”

Jackson: Well……how much longer until I get 30?”

Me: “26 years.”

Jackson” “How much longer until I get 26?”

Me: “22 years.”

Jackson: “How much longer until I get 22?”

Me: “18 years.”

You see where this is going, right?

Jackson: “How much longer until I get 18?”

Me: “14 years.”

Jackson: “Well….how much longer until I get 14?”

Me: “10 more years.”

Jackson: “How much longer until I get 10?”

Me: “6 more years.”

Jackson: “How much longer until I get 6?”

Me: “2 more years.”

Jackson: “How much longer until I get 2?”

Me: “Jackson, you were already 2, now you are 4!”

Jackson: "Oh yeah! I forgot! Well, Mama, how old are the rocks and the trees and spider monkeys and our mailbox and my tennis shoes and Daddy’s car and the grass?”

Me: “Are you kidding?”

Jackson: “No. And how old did you say Daddy was again?”

Me: “I give up.”

It’s like the song that never ends, but with numbers. Who knew motherhood required subtraction skills?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Weekly Confessions

  • We may have figured out the key to solving Jackson's bedtime battles. For the last week or so we've let Jackson sleep in his Iron Man costume. Or Eye-Ron man costume as Jackson likes to say. It hasn't completely ended the bedtime battle, but it has helped. I'm coming to grips with the fact that as a parent, you do what you gotta do!

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  • This week during a visit to a courthouse to visit a JPO I saw a guy in the waiting room for court. He was wearing a shirt that said, “Save Water. Drink Beer.” I can only hope he wasn’t in court for an alcohol offense.

  • I have banned Scooby Doo in our house. We made the unfortunate parenting decision to let Jackson watch Scooby Doo on Netflix a few weeks ago, and from then on Jackson has become obsessed with Scooby Doo. He would have watched it 8 hours a day if we let him, which of course we didn’t. Whenever we would even pause a movie he would pitch a fit. After a few days of that I had had enough. Now, I’ve declared our house a Scooby Dooby Don’t Zone!

  • My Mom is in Italy again, this time with our friend Crystal right now, visiting one of my best friends, and Crystal’s sister, Allison. I’m so jealous (in a completely good way, of course), but I just ask that you pray that they will have a wonderful trip. They left on Sunday, and will be back later this month.

  • Today in the mail we got a magazine and a book for Jackson. I adore days when we don't get any bills!

  • Several of my magazines are highlighting a new fall trend that I confess I completely don’t understand. It seemed like every fashion page was showing off these new “booties” that I think look utterly ridiculous, uncomfortable and impractical. It’s like 80’s fashion came back with a vengeance.

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Am I alone?

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And y’all, Dorothy from Golden Girls had this same pair in white.

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See?

So in memory of Bea Authur, I recommend that we let booties and slouch boots RIP. Some things really are better in memory than in reality.

The End.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Random Dozen

1. Do you do garage sales? If so, tell me about one great find. If not, tell me why not. Around here we call them “yard sales”, and yes, I do love a good yard sale. As far as great finds, I can’t come up with anything specific. I have found lots of books for Jackson. I did once find an old Tupperware pitcher that has become the perfect thing for washing Jackson’s hair. It only cost a quarter, so it was a great find.

2. Name the last thing you fixed. For Mother’s Day this year Jackson’s choir group made handprint molds out of concrete. It sat on my counter for weeks, and I finally decided to put it outside. That very day my Mom happened to stop by to say hello and Jackson was outside with me when she got to our house. Jackson picked up the ceramic handprint to show it to her, and you guessed it, he dropped it on the ground. It broke into 5 pieces and he was so upset. It was all I could do to calm him down. A few weeks ago I got some Gorilla glue, and very craftily managed to glue it back together without getting my fingers Gorilla glued. You should be proud of me! Now the piece is back outside, with Jackson instructed to not pick it up anymore!

3. Name your A) Favorite item of makeup OR B) Favorite tool. I love my L'Oreal Infallible foundation because it has SPF 20 which is great because I’ll never remember to put sunscreen on. I also love my eye shadow brush.

4. Which room in your home needs organizing more than any other? My living room is overrun with toys and books, and it would be so nice to have some help organizing Jackson’s stuff into a way that he could figure out how to put it back up when he’s done playing, as if that would ever happen!

5. Which room could use re-decorating? My living room. I want a fun and funky couch when we get a new house, whenever that may be.

6. Share something unique about your town. Population wise we live in the second fastest growing city in our state which is funny because it still feels like a small town to me!

7. If you could send a one-sentence message to your great-grandchild, what would it be? Love God, your family, and your neighbors, and vote conservative!

8. Do you Facebook? Who doesn’t?

9. Describe your favorite shoes. My pair of knee high black leather boots. I love them because I can wear them with pants or skirts, and the heels are pencil thin, and somehow I can still manage to walk in them. Also, they were my first pair of skinny toe shoes, and they taught me that skinny toed shoes really don’t hurt your toes, despite how they look!

10. Do you listen to more talk radio or more music radio? What kind of station is it? I love talk radio. I listen to Rick and Bubba from 7-10, then I switch to country music for an hour, and then it’s Rush Limbaugh from 11-2, Sean Hannity from 2-5 and Mark Levin until I get home. I’m obsessed with talk radio. Listening to talk radio has taught me more about politics than anything else, and I’m hooked!

11. How far would you travel for a really good (favorite) meal? 100 miles, give or take a few. It would have to be a really good meal.

12. If you were totally honest with yourself (and us) what should you probably be doing right now instead of blogging? Helping Jeremy put up laundry and then heading to bed, which is exactly what I’m about to do!

That’s it for today. Take care!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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and salute….

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such a cute little stinker!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Planning For The Future

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Jackson: “Hey, Mama, did you know what broccoli looks like?”

Me: “What does it look like?”

Jackson: “It looks like a tree!”

Me: “Yeah, it does.”

Jackson: “But I don’t like broccoli.”

Me: “I do, especially if it’s covered with cheese.”

Jackson: “Well, you know what I like covered in cheese?”

Me: “What?”

Jackson: “Fish sticks!”

Me: “Fish sticks with cheese. Sounds interesting!”

Jackson: “Yeah, it’s good! And hey, Mama, guess what?”

Me: “What?”

Jackson: “I’m going to like broccoli when I turn 7, but not until then!”

Me: “I’ll make a note of that!”

 Now he just needs to give me the heads up on when he’s going to decide that girls don’t have cooties anymore, so I know when to lock him up!

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Dog Days Of Summer

Jeremy and I took Jackson out the other night to the final home game of our local minor league baseball team. Jackson enjoyed the game, but the playground and inflatable park are really what captured his attention! When we sat down in our seats his attention span was about a minute long! Finally after an hour or so we made our way to the grassy area out by right field and Jackson had a blast running and playing in the grass. Enjoy the pics!

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Jackson on the slide. He’s such a cutie!

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Jackson and I with “Big Mo”

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All in all, it doesn’t get much better than time spent with such a fun kiddo!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

I’m One Proud Mama!

Jackson had his first homework assignment last night from K-4, and I think he did such a great job. His teacher, Mrs. Jan, will be assigning homework weekly, and when they return their work the kids will get a small surprise. This week in school they learned about the letter “A” and have been practicing writing their capital and lower case “A’s”.

We’ll, I know I’m slightly biased, but I think he did pretty darn good! Check it out!

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Yeah, I’m one proud Mama! I’m giving him an A+ on his first ever homework!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Parenting Pop Quiz

Q: What does a 4 year old boy do when his wash cloth isn’t quite big enough?

A: How about pulling Mommy’s decorative, never been used towels into the tub with you and swim around with them for awhile. Who cares if the water turns red from the dye?

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Yeah. Fun times.

He’s really lucky that he’s so cute. Otherwise he would really get in more trouble!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

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Hands down I have the cutest Auburn galoshes, baseball underwear, cowboy hat, pirate hat, Batman cape wearin’ kid that ever was!

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Bahama Mama

We've been back from the Bahamas since last Monday, and I finally feel like I've slowed down enough to share with you about our amazing vacation. We traveled to Jacksonville, FL with some very good friends of ours, Britney and Adam for our 4 night cruise from Jacksonville to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas on the Carnival Fascination. It was so much fun! If you have never cruised, you have to give it a try! It's the perfect vacation!

We left home around 4:00 Wednesday afternoon and drove all the way to Jacksonville the night before the cruise. We didn't make hotel reservations because we weren't sure if we were going to be able to make the 6+ hour drive before stopping for the night. Well, lesson learned! We ended up making it to Jacksonville a little before 1:00 in the morning, and drove around until 2:00 in the morning looking for a hotel! We got up Thursday morning and were so excited that we decided to head to the cruise terminal early just to see if we could go ahead and start the check in process. We got lucky and got right in! We were on the ship a little after noon, and we headed straight to the Lido deck for lunch.

After our rooms were ready we explored the ship and then hung out waiting for the ship to set sail. After that, we had dinner (which was delicious!) and then I won $150 playing bingo while waiting for the show that night. I was so excited!!!

Friday morning we got up and had breakfast and then watched as we got close to Freeport, Bahamas. We had arranged before our trip for the four of us to meet a friend of ours, Melinda, while in Freeport. I've known Melinda since I was a kid, and her family recently got transferred to Freeport from Montana because her husband Charlie works with Customs. How lucky are they! Melinda picked us up right off the cruise ship and drove us back to her house. Y'all, I wish I could describe how great Melinda was! She was such a sweet and wonderful hostess, and her home is amazing! She lives in a 3 story condo right off Bell Channel in Freeport. We were able to go to the beach at her house, as well as the Taino Beach resort right next to her house for the afternoon. Taino's pool was incredible! It was a walk in pool with waterfalls, a swim up bar, grotto's, and these amazing tile blocks in the water that let you lay out in the pool. It was so awesome!

After the pool and the beach (which was also incredible), Melinda drove us to the Port Lucaya marketplace where we shopped for a few hours before she drove us back to the cruise ship. We had such a wonderful time with Melinda, and I was so thankful (and lucky) that we knew someone in Freeport to give us such a great, insider view of the city. Thank you, Melinda!!

Saturday morning in Nassau Britney and Adam headed to Atlantis resort, and Jeremy and I headed to the Blue Lagoon Island. We had such a good time. The island was a 30 minute boat ride from the cruise ship, and was the place where the beach scenes in Splash were filmed. We loved it! It was calm, relaxing, and absolutely beautiful. After swimming for awhile Jeremy and I took a snorkeling tour that was scheduled to be 45 minutes long, but we actually free water snorkeled for an hour and fifteen minutes. The water was beautiful and we saw some really pretty fish. A few people in our group saw two 5 foot reef sharks! I'm partly jealous that I didn't see them, but more relieved! I would have been walking on water had I seen those sharks!

After several hours at the Blue Lagoon, Jeremy and I headed back to Nassau where we shopped for a few hours in downtown Nassau. The straw market was interesting! It was a covered tent with vendor after vendor selling practically the exact same thing. After a little while, we were done! It was very overwhelming having so many people trying to get your attention to sell you something, and it was so hot! We got back on the ship and enjoyed the water slide and hot tubs before dinner and the shows.

Sunday was our fun day at sea and we started the morning off with the "Behind the Fun" tour of the Carnival ship. I had heard from Amy and Adam that the tour was great, so we signed up as soon as we got on the ship for the tour. Only 16 people out of 2,000 get to go on the 3 hour tour so we were so exited to actually be able to go behind the scenes on the ship. We got to tour the laundry area, the galley, the engine control room, the storage areas, the crew areas, the bow of the ship, and my favorite, the bridge of the ship where we met the Captain. The view from the bridge was unforgettable; a complete panoramic of the ocean was the best view from the ship. The tour was so much fun, and our guide, Ross was wonderful and very candid with telling us about life on the ship. I would definitely recommend the tour!

After the tour Jeremy treated me to a massage in the ship spa which was heavenly! I'm not completely sure, but I think I was so relaxed that I fell asleep! After my massage, I headed back to the room where I took a Dramamine because the sea had gotten pretty rocky. We took a nap and then enjoyed our final dinner on the ship before it was time to pack to get ready to leave the next morning.

And then, before we knew it, our amazing vacation was over and we were heading home, back to Jackson (who we missed soooo much!). Jeremy and I had a great time with some wonderful friends, and we loved that we had another fantastic cruise experience. The Carnival Fascination crew was so wonderful, and there was absolutely nothing about the cruise that we didn't love!

Here are a few pictures, but blogger is so slow with posting pictures that I have posted a link to my Facebook album where you can see a ton of my pictures. I guess that's it for today. Take care!

Jeremy and my first cruise photo

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Jeremy and I at the beach in Freeport

Our picture from the bridge of the ship with the Captain

Facebook Photo Album

Friday, September 03, 2010

Ask Jeremy Anything Answers

I'm so glad that y'all didn't make me look like a "no comment" loser yesterday with my first ever, and maybe not last, edition of Ask Jeremy Anything. I promised answers, so here goes!

AmyKnight asked, "Who is your favorite sister?"
Well, it was a tough call, but I'm going to have to say that the original Amy Wade is my favorite sister!

Soyna asked, "How many items will I enter in the Autauga County Fair? What do you recommend? Also, I have made quite a bit of regular pepper sauce this year and i still have peppers. Do I give it away? Do I still make more? Do I "waste" my peppers?"
You will submit 10 pepper sauces and relishes into the fair, and as usual, I predict several blue ribbons in your future. As for the pepper sauce, you could always make me more since I still have more taste buds to burn off!

Candy at Keeping Up With the Jones' asked, "First of all I am laughing because of the loser comment! Ha! And I don't know if you need anymore questions since your Favorite mom in law has already asked them all! : )

But, seriously, I have migraines too and just wonder how you are with Amy when she has hers? I am going to compare you and David...."
Usually with Amy I just play off her mood and what she says during the migraine. If she asks for a back rub, she gets it; If she asks to take a nap and tries to sleep it off, I keep Jackson occupied. Basically, I just do what she asks. It works best that way for all involved! Last night I gave her a good back rub and sent her to bed. She woke up feeling much better so I guess it worked.

She also asked, "What do I like and dislike about my job?"
Tough question. For those of you who don't know, I have been a funeral director for 7 years. I like making a difference for families when they are in need of guidance and even a shoulder to cry on. This is a profession that I feel that some people are called to do, and I know that this is where I'm supposed to be in my life.

The hard part of this job is that this is a very stressful job with a very busy schedule, performing 10 or more funerals a week. I take care of the details, big or small, so that families I work with don't have to worry about anything. I see people at their most vulnerable point, see and hear heartbreaking things, and sometimes have crazy hours. I know that without God's strength I wouldn't be able to do it.

Ethan, Zach and Emma's Mom asked, "How did you propose to Amy?"
The short version is that I asked and received her Dad's permission, took her out to dinner, and proposed to her at her parents house when we got back home.

The long version is that her Mom and I schemed to get Amy out of the house by sending her to the store to get some Tylenol so that I would have time to talk to Amy's Dad. Amy pretty much pitched a hissy fit that she didn't want to go to the store when she could walk next door and ask the neighbors for some Tylenol. So I ended up going with her to the store just to keep up the charade, and I ended up asking her Dad when Amy was getting ready for dinner.

So that night I asked Amy to pick where she wanted to go for dinner. I suggested places like Olive Garden or Outback. Amy insisted she wanted to go to Taste Good, a local Chinese buffet, and no amount of discussion would change her mind. She's somewhat stubborn like that.

So after our romantic dinner that included multiple trips back to the buffet for egg drop soup and fried rice, we went back to her parents house. I had been teasing her for a long time by getting down on one knee like I was going to propose. Well, that night I got down on one knee, pulled out the ring, and before I could open the box and say anything, Amy's first words were, "You better not be joking with me!"

I have no idea what I said as I actually proposed, I just know that she said yes, and here we are almost 9 years later, and the rest is history!

And Anonymous asked, "What's it like being married to such an amazing woman?"
Well, even though I have a feeling this question is from Amy, I'm going to humor her and answer it. Amy is one in a million, and I'm so glad she's a part of my life! She's a great mother, wife and my best friend. And even though there's little in my life that is private thanks to her blog, I wouldn't want it any other way.

Thanks for the questions. I hope she didn't lose too many more readers this go around. Take care and I'll be back next time she needs a guest poster!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Ask Jeremy Anything

Hey, it's Jeremy again. If you're reading this post, that means I didn't run you off after my previous post. That's good. Today I'm taking a page out of Amy's blog book and opening up the first, and maybe only, edition of "Ask Jeremy Anything". I might regret this later, but being the dutiful husband that I am, because Amy is sick with a killer migraine, I am continuing her daily blog post.

So with that, ask away.

P.S. Don't make me look like a loser by not asking any questions.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

I'm still working my way through pictures from our cruise, but I have a few shots I wanted to share with y'all. We had such a great time with our friends, Britney and Adam, and we loved visiting our friend Melinda at her home in Freeport. It was a great vacation! More pictures later!!

Formal night dinner

Hanging out on deck at night

Close to Freeport. Check out that blue water!!

The walkway to the beach at Melinda's house

Jeremy and I at the beach in Freeport!

More pictures soon!

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