Dear Anonymous,

Friday, July 31, 2009

Thanks for reminding me yesterday about why I teach my children that if they don't have something nice to say, they shouldn't say anything at all. And if you don't have the guts to claim your statements with your own name, then why say them?

And for the record, yes, I am a Republican, and proud of it. But no, I'm not stupid. And while you obviously are a Democrat, I would never label you stupid. While we clearly disagree on (most likely) several issues - the least of which is how I choose to do my nails - the good thing is that everyone is free to have their own opinion.

But I don't do rude. So from now on, if you want to stop by and leave an opinion, you'll have to claim it.

Happy Friday!

The randomness that is floating around in my brain...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

  1. This morning, I cleaned my wedding and anniversary rings with my electric toothbrush and toothpaste. They have never been more shiny!! (I got this idea from Megan. You should totally try it!)
  2. Why is it that the government is offering $4500 to people to trade in their cars and buy a new one (or Obamamobiles, as I heard them referred to yesterday)? Oh yeah, that's because the government now OWNS THE CAR COMPANIES!! How dumb is that?
  3. I'm pretty sure I gained at least 5 lbs. on vacation. I wonder if there is a diet where I can lose those 5 lbs. (as quickly as I gained them) by eating only chips and queso. Wait, I think that's how I gained them... Dang it!
  4. In an effort to save money, I had my acrylic nails removed last week... and now I can't type on the touch screen of my cell phone. Seriously...
  5. I read here that artificial sweeteners might be making me fat, so I decided to stop drinking Diet Dr. Pepper. I've had a caffeine headache for 2 days.
  6. On a brighter note, I've been drinking tons of water, but peeing like a race horse. (Was that TMI?)
  7. This little thing that my husband's been doing (that I can't tell you about just yet) is moving right along and I couldn't be more proud. I'm so happy for him and can't wait to tell you all about it! Should be official in about 2 weeks.
  8. It's almost Friday, which means it's almost the weekend. Woohoo!!!!

Vacation Recap

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

As expected, we had so much fun on vacation.

We spent most of our time in the pool, with the kids doing this:

... while me, Joey, and my cousins were catching some rays on floats in the pool. Oh, and Joey makes a fabulous cabana boy, so most of the time we had frozen beverages in our hands, too!

Then we went to the beach and I managed to get my son in the ocean. (For those of you who aren't from Texas, yes, that's the ocean. I know it just looks like brown water, but that's what we call the ocean here.)

There was also some relaxing under a tent while at the beach. And my little cousin, Derek, was so good! There was a nice breeze so he was quite a happy baby for his first trip to the beach!

Taylor's big request? To build a sand castle.

Why? So he could karate-chop it down.

Then we had to get some yummy seafood while we on the coast, so we stopped at Fish Tales.

The rest of the vacation was spent doing more of the same.

Love, love, love spending time at my aunt and uncle's house! We had a blast!

I was wrong.

Monday, July 27, 2009

There. I said it.

I got home Friday night and my coveted cell phone car charger was there on the counter. I ran to it, so excited to plug it into my phone and take it to its new home - my glove box.

Then it happened.

It didn't fit.

If I had been thinking clearly, I would have quietly placed it my car (receipt and all) to be exchanged for the proper charger on Monday - keeping my husband totally oblivious to my deception. But, no. I wasn't thinking clearly, so instead, "DANG IT!" came spewing from my mouth, loud enough that Joey heard it in the bathroom.

He knew exactly what it was and immediately demanded for an editor's withdrawal of Friday's post. "But not until Monday," he said, "so everyone can read it."

So here I am, humbly before all of my blogging peeps - and most importantly my husband - to say, "I'm sorry, honey. I was wrong. You were right. The crazies at the cell phone kiosk DO need my phone to find the proper charger. I should have listened to you. I will never make this mistake again."

"Until the next time you say something that makes absolutely no sense. But until then, honey..."

(I love you, Joey!!)

* This is a repost from December 2008.

MHR Friday

Friday, July 24, 2009

I'm on vacation for the next few days, but don't worry, I haven't left you high and dry! Just have a read about how silly my hubby is...

My hubby rocks because even after we had a fight last night about a car charger for my phone, he still went to the mall and got it for me.

This is funny. Here's the story.

So last night I asked Joey if he would get a car charger for my phone the next time he was at the mall. (He's in outside sales... sometimes he goes to the mall.) I have the new Rant and I can't find a charger for it anywhere, and I refuse to pay a million dollars for it at the Sprint store.

Joey told me that the people at the Kiosk at the mall wouldn't know which one it was unless he had my phone with him. We had a "heated discussion" in which I thought they would, he KNEW they wouldn't, I told him to forget it, I would just get it myself, we made up (45 minutes later), and that was that.

Seriously, it's just a car charger, right?

So 10 minutes ago, this is the text conversation I had with my wonderful husband:

Him: Got your stupid car charger! :P

Me: LOL ha ha ha ha ha

Me: I love being right :P

Him: Shut your mouth when you talk to me

(That's an inside joke... we say that to each other all the time and just die laughing!!)

Me: ha ha ha ha ha

Yeah, as you can tell, I find this VERY funny. I just love my husband. And he rocks!

I love you baby! Thanks for trying, even though you KNEW you wouldn't be able to get it!! LOL

*This is a repost from December 2008.

Is it 5 o'clock yet?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

For the next several days, I'm outta here! Off to see my favorite Aunt...

Off to spend lots of time laughing with my kiddos...

Maybe I'll even act like a kiddo...

There will definitely be lots of fun family time...

Every year we go to visit my aunt and uncle - and my cousins and their kids. I grew up doing this all the time and have always been super close with my family. Now my kids ask all year long, "Are we going to see Aunt Alene in the summer?"

I can't tell you how fun it is to build the same traditions with my kids that I had as a child.

So if you're looking for me, look by the pool, fo' shizzle!

Jillian... and the debate with my husband.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Last night, Joey and I were at dinner - having a tiny little celebration of sorts - when Joey asked me what happened at the end of "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All."

Yes, he watches with me. I have watched countless hours of Comedy Central and The History Channel, so he owes me, right? Besides, he likes it. :)

Anyway, we got to talking about Jillian and who we thought she should choose, when Joey blurted out, "Well I think she should choose Ed. They just go together. I mean, Jillian is ethnic and so is Ed."

I almost spit my margarita across the table.

Ethnic? Jillian? Are you kidding me? She's white as can be! I mean, she's tan, but that's far from ethnic! And Ed? Could he be any whiter? Did you see his parents? They were straight out of Whitesville!

I was seriously dying laughing! Joey just insisted that they were both ethnic. And although he couldn't pinpoint Jillian's ethnicity, he was convinced that Ed is Hispanic. I'm still laughing about this.

Then we brought our waitress into it. She agreed with me that Jillian didn't look ethnic, but said Ed was more ethnic than Jillian, but not really ethnic.

And here's the kicker - our waitress was blond-haired and blue-eyed, and in her argument that people don't have to look ethnic to be ethnic, she told us that she was 1/3 Hispanic. 1/3? How does that happen? This only made us laugh harder.

And lest anyone think this post is racist in any way, I am not racist. I swear. I married a cute Hispanic man.... who doesn't look ethnic at all, right?

So, what do you think? Ethnic or not? And who do you think Jillian should choose? Will Reed be back and will she choose him?

MHR Friday... on Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Joey is my rock.

We have a lot going on right now that I can't fill you in on just yet, but needless to say, my stress level has been through the roof.

We're tightening the reigns on our budget and have put the nix on any unnecessary spending, so when I turned on our (new 52" plasma) TV Sunday afternoon, only to see the color ALL JACKED UP, I almost had a heart attack. (We had a thunderstorm the night before and lost power for over 6 hours. I guess that did it.) All I could think about was what it would cost us to replace it, or get it fixed, and how we weren't supposed to be spending any money right now. I literally wanted to curl up in a ball and cry.

Joey tried for a while to fix it, but nothing seemed to work. I was a mess. I know it's just a TV, but it was the money I was worried about. UGH!

Then, after we both took a nap, and I began to sink into a deep depression (because this is what I do), Joey decided maybe he should just unplug it and plug it back in. That's when the angels began to sing. The TV worked!!!

Joey kept his cool the whole time. He knew I was freaking out, but he's my rock.

Also, I've been super worried about what we were going to do with our dogs while we're on vacation. We have a new puppy - that you all have met - and we keep saying we need to take care of this, but vacation is creeping up, and so is my stress level. (Are you seeing a pattern?)

I literally felt a huge weight lifted off my shoulders when I received this text from Joey on my way home yesterday:

"Dogs going to memaws during vacation..."

I couldn't even text him back. Because you can't hug someone through a text. I thought I was going to cry.

Seriously. I don't know what I would do without him. I'm sure these things may seem silly, but since my stress level is at a constant 10 these days, these little things mean the world to me.

I love you Babe! More than you know...

Three's a crowd!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I'm not sure how we went from Joey not being a dog person AT ALL, to being the "go to dog sitter", but this has got to stop!

Remember this obnoxiously psycho cute dog?

That made our first (and only dog until last Saturday) want to run and hide in the closet?

Well, Joey brought her home again last night. Something about his boss having his wisdom teeth pulled. Blah, blah, blah... We were supposed to keep her through the weekend.

Not so much. She's psycho. Bouncing off the walls psycho. I might kill her psycho.

Remember this cute little puppy?

She'll pretty much sleep through anything... unless we put her in her crate.


Gotta love Sophie.

Since you're just dying to know...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I couldn't bring myself to add Britney Spears to my iPod.

Sue me. Seriously, her latest radio release, "Radar" makes me want to stick a knife in my ear.

So what did I add to my iPod?

  1. Check Yes Juliet - We The Kings
  2. I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas
  3. Hey Brittany - Forever the Sickest Kids
  4. Love Drunk - Boys Like Girls
  5. Boom Boom Pow - Black Eyed Peas
  6. Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship
  7. Secret Valentine - We The Kings
  8. The Way She Moves - Forever the Sickest Kids
  9. The Great Escape - Boys Like girls
  10. Whoa Oh! - Forever the Sickest Kids
  11. The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani
  12. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
  13. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift

So, yeah. I'm really lovin' me some "We the Kings", "Forever the Sickest Kids", and "Boys Like Girls." Could listen to them for a long, long time.

No Britney or TI for me... but they seem to work for a lot of you!! :)

Your daily dose of religious education...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

During these serious times, people of all faiths should remember these four religious truths:

  1. Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's chosen people.
  2. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
  3. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world.
  4. Baptists do not recognize each other at the liquor store.

Meet Sophie

Monday, July 13, 2009

We got Sophie on Saturday from a local shelter and she is the cutest little puppy! She's a 10 week old Beagle mix.

She loves to play, cuddle, and she will sleep anywhere!

She loves Layla, our 3 year old Shepard mix, and Layla is warming up to her, too.

Our cat, Leah? Yeah, she much pretty thinks, "Oh brother! Another animal??" She literally rolled her eyes when she saw Sophie and went back outside. She'll warm up to her, though.

Sophie is total cuteness! Last night, we took both dogs for a walk on the trails behind our house, but Sophie would not walk with the leash. At all. She just sat there. As soon as we took the leash off though, she ran right behind Layla the whole time. It was so cute.

Now if we could just get her to be quiet in her kennel at night she would be even cuter!

A LOT can happen in 4 months...

Friday, July 10, 2009

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, then you know that last night I went to see my favorite hairstylist. I knew it had been way too long since I had seen her, but I wanted her to check the schedule and tell me exactly when I came last.

MARCH 16!! Almost 4 months people!!!

Granted, I tried to get in about a month ago, but she is so freaking good that when you call for an appointment, you had better call 4-6 weeks before you need it, not when you're about pull a Sinead O'Connor and decide that bald is in.

So I had my appointment, now I just had to wait out the horrible roots that were letting the entire world in on my secret.

I'm not blond. *GASP*

This is what I looked like last weekend. Try to ignore the huge zit on my chin. It's the hair, people. That's what we're looking at here.

She always does such a fabulous job on my color. AND, she puts up with me telling her, every time I see her, "I'm kind of bored with my hair. Do you have any fabulous ideas?"

I really like my hair, but you know when you just feel like you've been doing the same thing for forever? That' show I felt. I didn't want to cut it, and after much chatting we decided that it was my swoopy bang that was the culprit. While I love it - and Joey adores it too - I have been wearing that swoopy bang for what seems like the better part of my ENTIRE LIFE.

So we did this.

What do you think? They're called "curtain bangs". There's not a defined part in the middle, and they're not just straight down. And we played it safe... she cut them so I could also swoop them to the side if I got home and freaked out (or if Joey freaked out - he's very involved with my hair. LOL).

When I first got home, the kids said I looked weird, Ashton asked me if was going to keep them like that, and Joey looked at me like I had broken an unspoken "hair law" and then went jogging.


But, when Joey got home, after I had messed with my hair a bit, he said he really liked it. Yippee! And this morning, Ashton said I looked pretty. Taylor was still out on his verdict.

So tell me, do you like?

Hit me with your best shot!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ok girlies, I need your help!

I seriously need to update my iPod running playlist. Lately, I've just been shuffling my entire iPod when I run, but it never fails that in the middle of my run, a super slow, dragging song will come on - which totally makes me want to quit and go take a nap. Then, when I try to skip to the next, there always seem to be a million slow songs right together. UGH!

So here's where you come in... I need my lovely bloggy friends to comment with your favorite upbeat, rockin' tunes. I'm planning on updating my iPod this weekend and getting in some great runs next week - hopefully with no naps in the middle.

Help a sista out! :)

Scardy cat, I mean... dog.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Last week Joey brought home his bosses dog for the night - long story, cute dog.

We've been thinking about getting another dog, but for some reason, I'm not so sure our dog is too keen on the idea. What do you think?

Seriously. Joey and I were dying laughing!

Angel, the visiting dog, just wanted to play. She was so sweet and fun, but Layla wanted NO part of it. She was such a scardy dog! She hid under the bed and then when we were about to leave and went to find her, we couldn't - that's when we found her hiding in the closet, which she has NEVER done before!

Do you think she's trying to tell us something?

BTW - please don't judge the messy closet. I have no excuse.

Party like it's 1985!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Oh yes, we partied like it was 1985 - LITERALLY! And in case you don't recognize your fabulous Blogalicious girl, that's Staci, with her husband. LOL

Yesterday was Staci's 30th birthday and her BFF Lindsay and I threw her a 1980's roller skating bash.

Yeah, I said it. Roller skating. And we rocked it.

And no one broke anything. Well, my husband almost broke his tail bone, but he provided the best laugh of the night, so it was totally worth it.

Here are most of the guys - Lindsay's husband, Al; Staci's husband, Jason; my husband, Joey; and another friend of ours, Marcus.

And all the girls at the skating rink: Me, Lindsay, Amber (Marcus' wife), Staci, Stacie, and Sarah.

You can't see the cake very well in this picture, but it was a Rainbow Bright cake. And you can't see the cake very well because I wasn't taking a picture of the cake. I was taking a pic of Staci, in all her dancing glory.

God I love this girl!

Lindsay, Stac, and me. We had so much fun!! Thanks for joining me in the big 3-0! Now I'm not so lonely! Of course I do have about a year and half on you, but still... Now we just have to drag Lindsay along. LOL

And we can't forget the total COUGAR that had to have her pic with the birthday girl. This was fun-ny!!

Happy birthday Stac!! Hope you had a good one!

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I’m Stephanie - wife to one extremely handsome cop; mother to two extremely silly kids. The hubs and I have been married since February ’99. I love him more each day and simply can’t get enough of him. My daughter, Ashton, is 12 going on 17. She’s beautiful, creative, smart, and oh, so sassy. Taylor, our son, is 8 and is so much like his daddy it’s scary. He makes me laugh all the time with the silly things he says and does. He won’t remember what you told him 5 minutes from now, just like his daddy. I love to laugh and spend time with friends and family. I’ve also recently discovered a love for cooking and enjoy sharing recipes. I love finding new blog friends, so be sure to leave a comment so I can do the same!
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