Jeffrey the red nosed reindeer

Jeffrey had his first song recital at preschool. It was absolutely adorable. They made hand print calendars for us as gifts. The teacher had written us a beautiful thank you letter for letting us learn so much from our children. Each child has taught them something and she listed each one. Jeffrey's lesson was "If you see a chance...take it!" He is always keeping them on their toes. He is the oldest in the group and by far the most mischevious. He has pulled the fire alarm, flooded the hallway with the water fountain, and almost ran away across the parking lot while coming back from the playground. He is quite a handful. At least he has that cute face to make him loveable!Posted by Picasa


Big Boy Bed

This past week Jeffrey got a new big boy bed. Look at how peaceful he was the first night. Sleeping with all his buddies... Barney, Tad, Spectacle Bear and the Diego pillow. He was happy in his toddler bed but we are expecting guests this week and will be kicking Jeff into Alex's room so they can use his new bed. Since he is already the size of a 3 yr old we got him a full size bed so that it may last till he is 18!

Alex is excited to be hosting his brother for a sleepover in his room. We will see if anyone gets any sleep...we will need that Turkey and some WINE!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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One more room

One more room painted. The master bedroom is finally done.
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Hell's Kitchen

How freaking funny is this?
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I have to say it was a pleasure to see at some really over rated teams lose this weekend. Although it was a really tough call to route for Penn State, a long time rival of Pitt. In this house we still even chant the Penn State Sucks cheer during the Pitt fight song after a touchdown. I suppose it was more fun to see all those bandwagoneer fans of the Irish crying in their beer.

I kinda feel sorry for Michgan (not a rival for us). But it was nice to see Oregon win. I have always liked the Ducks (back in the Joey Harrington days).

But HOT DAMN....it was sweeeeet justice watching those Hokies get stomped on AGAIN! The Guazzo Curse is alive and well since I found that picture again! I love that my kid can spot a VT logo from a half mile away and scream BOO HOKIES...now that the season has started he can start doing it again. We paid some respect for a few weeks after their tragedy and made him stop saying it. (Alex also says it at exit 119b on Interstate 81 - Blacksburg VA- the Hokie Nation)

And then the icing on the cake was watching Coach O'Brien (NC State) lose to his old school Boston College. We spent many hours screaming "Jack Ass" from the parents section of that school. Just a little bitter about his coaching of my brother in-law.

Oh well, we are off to Pittsburgh this coming weekend -- wish us luck -- we suck!
Another kinda Guazzo curse , everyone he picks loses.


Phrase of the day...

Mommy to Alex: "I don't want to hear shit coming out of your mouth until I see shit coming out of your ASS!"


For my mental health friends and family -- very funny

A doctor at an insane asylum decided to take his patients to a baseball game. For weeks in advance, he coached his patients to respond to his commands. When the day of the game arrived. Everything went quite well.

As the National Anthem started, the doctor yelled, "Up Nuts", and the patients complied by standing up. After the anthem, he yelled, "Down Nuts", and they all sat back down in their seats.

After a home run was hit, the doctor yelled, "Cheer Nuts". They all broke out into applause and cheered.

When the umpire made a particularly bad call against the star of the home team, the Doctor yelled, "Booooo Nuts" and they all started booing and cat calling.

Comfortable with their response, the doctor decided to go get a beer and a hot dog, leaving his assistant in charge. When he returned, there was a riot in progress. Finding his tizzied assistant, the doctor asked, "What in the world happened?"

The assistant replied, "Well everything was going just fine until this guy walked by and yelled, "PEANUTS!"


My Scrap Room

I thought I would post my other rooms I have finished. This one was painted in December 2006 but is constantly evolving. And it will never be clean!

One more room ---4 to go!

The bright and sunny beach themed playroom/family room! Finally done, and already a mess.


Old Friends and New Friends

My childhood buddies with our kids 20 yrs later(or 25 if we start counting from the day we all met). Julie, Colleen and I. Julie's daughter was hiding in the back...my Jeff was just hiding his eyes pretending to be invisible...and Colleen left her other 3 at home!


The Guazzo Curse

This is the photo I have been looking for for 5 yrs! I thought it was lost forever.
This was taken at the 2001 Virginia Tech Hall of Fame Banquet. The gentleman to the far left is our dear friend Ricardo Van Scales who was inducted into the hall of fame that day, and then you see the infamous Coach Frank Beamer of the VA Hokies...and then the CURSE. My Dear Husband shaking the hand of coach telling him he is a Pitt fan and we are going to beat them in a few weeks. Ever since that day Pitt beat VA Tech both home and away...they finally left the Big East to get away from the curse. Now I have proof!


Candy Fest 2007

Ok, so I am home alone here this week (DH is in NC).  I am being a cool mom and let the boys camp out in Jeff’s room.  He is in his new toddler bed so he keeps falling asleep on the floor.  Anyway, I am down in my scrap room/office and head up to go check up on them (or really go grab a beer).  I see that there is a loot bag of candy from a pirate party on the counter that was not there before (in fact it was hidden in an upper cabinet).  SOOOO I go to see if they are asleep and what do I find?


12 lollipop sticks

3 smarties wrappers

And a VERY sticky 19 month old with a happy smile.


I regret that I didn’t take a picture.  I was too busy making sure there were no lollipop (suckers for you southerners) sticks up anyone’s nose.  (we had an incident a few years ago)


Needless to say I kicked some ass and sent that 4 yr old mastermind to bed in his own room. 


Oh the joys of motherhood!  Whose idea was it to have these kids?




Dogwood Winter - Easter

We had a Dogwood Winter weekend as they call it here in the south. There was snow on Friday and Saturday but sunny and cold on Sunday. After brunch at a local restaurant we had our egg hunt in the backyard. The boys had fun and I had more fun watching them. Tony is off on a week long trip today to York PA and then to our old stomping ground in Delaware to visit his old co-workers. We are headed to VA to see the family at the end of the week. Hopefully the weather will get warmer.

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Race Weekend

These were the boys while Aunt Lesley and Uncle Chris were at the race. They watched for at least an hour.
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Easy Patterns - Scrapbooking

Easy Patterns - This is freaking AWESOME! I thought it would help me do some pages quickly and I was right. I did 4 pages, 2 tags, and a card all in one day (in between kids and life). This is more than I did in 6 mos. I still have to add journaling and some embellishments! This is the best $15 I ever spent. They don't have it available online anymore but I found it in my local scrapbook store and B&N too. This is a link to a freebie pattern on the site, and the link to the magazine is somewhere in the article I think.
These are my pages (Pattern #1)
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February 25th - Visit to VA

Jeffrey and his new cousin Collin, Lesley's newest addition.
My Mom and Jeffrey, the day we left. Jeff was ready for a nap but would not settle down so grandma held him. He rarely sits still for anyone.

Tony and Alex made a jello frog and disected it for fun at grandma's house in VA last month. Dad looks like he had more fun than Alex did.

Hi, my name is Jeff...

This was Jeffrey introducing himself to the scarecrow in my mom's garden.

Spring has sprung here in TN!

My daffodils bloomed this year! Last year they just sprouted green and no flowers (bummer). Alex and Tony are going to their first NASCAR race in Bristol. I can't wait to see how it goes. We have no plans to go anywhere for Easter this year. Maybe a local restaurant for brunch! Tony is off traveling again to Tulsa and York this month. We registered Alex for kindergarten. Jeff is starting to use some words, but still prefers screaming at the top of his lungs in a pitch that makes my ears bleed to get what he wants.Come visit we love to have company!


Random Act of Kindness

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By Monday, Oct 30,

Class 1
How To Fill Up The Ice Cube Trays--Step by Step, with Slide Presentation.

Meets 4 weeks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 2

The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself?
Round Table Discussion.

Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 3

Is It Possible To Urinate Using The Technique Of Lifting The Seat and Avoiding The Floor, Walls and Nearby Bathtub?--Group Practice.

Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 4

Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper and The Floor--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.

Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 5

Dinner Dishes--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?
Examples on Video.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
At 7:00 PM

Class 6

Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 7

Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming.
Open Forum
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 8

Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health.
Graphics and Audio Tapes.

Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 9

Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined.

Class 10

Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks?
Driving Simulations.

4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 11

Learning to Live--Basic Differences Between Mother and Wife.
Online Classes and role-playing
Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined
Class 12

How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion
Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 13

How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late.

Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.
Three n ights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 14

The Stove/Oven--What It Is and How It Is Used.
Live Demonstration.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.




Baby's first nap in his bed

They grow up so fast. I tried again to get Jeff to sleep in his toddler bed. He kept getting out and playing but finally he crawled in by himself and fell asleep. Didn't sleep as long as he usually does but I suppose I am lucky he slept at all.
The other pictures are of the nursery all put together. It has since turned into a toddler room. The crib was gone for good July 2007.


Oswald Blue

After 2 yrs I finally painted Alex's room. He picked out the color when he was 2 1/2. He is now 4 yrs old! He loves it, but boy does it still stink. I wonder if it is because the paint is so old.
Oh well...if you love the color it is Oswald Blue at Lowes Nick Jr collection.

Gangster Baby Addicted to Sweet Tea