Saturday, December 27, 2008

Talk to you soon!

We are going on vacation to Va. so I will not be posting for a while. I wanted to say I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Here is a couple of cute pics I took of the boys. Will post more when we get back.

Jacob dressed all in his military/camo gear. He just loves to wear his camo.


. My Dylan elf!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My boys are amazing!

It started with me being sick last week. I really wanted to get my tree up but didn't have the strength to do so I asked Jacob if he could at least put the White tree up. You don't have to decorate it just put it up. He put it up for and continued on to put up the Christmas village. We didn't have the display case to put it up so he decided to put it up in the entertainment center. I tried to help but wasn't much good. The next morning he got up and before school decorated my tree. We have two trees for the house but the other was going to the Ward to be decorated for the Christmas party there that was absolutely wonderful with great food (especially the deserts were Yummy!) and a satellite video of Santa from the North Pole for the kids. The just loved it! . It is home now and up. I have never put lights up around the house before and wasn't again this year even though we have the lights for the house. So when I came home with Jacob yesterday evening after work Jared had started putting lights up in the back of the house. Jacob sick wanted to help his brother so he got up on the roof with Jared to help him finish. It was going well until the lights blew because they had them all on the same plug. Mark came over the next day and helped Jared figure out the light problem. When I brought Jacob home from school. Jared and Jacob finished the wonderful lights around and on the roof. The boys put in white lights HOHOHO, blue and pink lights a present, and green w/multi colored lights a tree. They were so good to me while I have been under the weather and I just wanted to share how great I think my boys are. Thank you, Jacob and Jared.

I can't forget about Dylan because he was always checking on me because I barely got out of bed for two day. Taking my temp, trying to feed me and just staying close by making sure I was okay. Thank you, Turtle.

I love you all so much, MOM

Thursday, December 11, 2008

AMAZING GRACE

I received this in my email today from Mark's dad Wayne and thought I would share this with all of you. One of my favorite songs. This version gave me goose pumps. I hope you enjoy itas much as I did. Annetta

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Family picture day at Princess Place Preserve

Here are the family pictures we took at Princess Place Preserve. We are trying to get the right Christmas photo of the family to send out this year in our cards. We wanted something different and thought we could take some unique pictures here at the preserve. As you can see we did and as always one of us is not doing the same as the others. Enjoy the slide show and lets see if you can pick out the one we will use. Good Luck! Annetta

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dear Boys!

I want you to know how much I love you guys and I am so happy you are back home. I just have a few requests/wishes for you adorable young men. I know you can do these things for your mother.

Homework, please do it so I don't have to take your entire weekend away because I get on Webgrade and see big fat ZERO'S where there should be nice wonderful grades.

Chores, when doing your chores please take pride in doing them and before saying you are done ask yourself will MOM think this is done correctly so when I do get home from work and they are not started, completely done or just shoved to another spot trying to hide the mess I won't make you do it again, give a speech to you at the top of my lungs and you won't have to write hundreds of sentences and you know I mean hundreds because I am so tired to talking about the same things over and over again.

Fighting with each other. I know there is one of you that loves to bug the other two and get them going because you know you can. At times ther ohter egg it on also. I don't want to make you hug each other for hours telling each other that you love one another looking each other in the eyes not being able to move. I am going to do this very soon if you guys don't stop. The yelling and picking needs to stop. I know sibling spats are normal to some degree but at times you guys go overboard over everything you are fussing about.

Picking up after yourself is not hard to do. When you are done with whatever it may be you are using at the time Please! I am begging you to put it away or dispose of it properly. Let me give you examples of what mom is talking about. Clothes, put them in the laundry baskets not on the floor where you take them off. Put clean clothes away properly not shoved in corners, under beds or back in the laundry room so you won't have to open a draw and put them away correctly. It takes more energy to do the things you are doing to pretend they have been put away properly than it would have to put them away properly. Dishes, how many times do you go to the kitchen sink and you can't pick them up off the counter or table and walk them to the sink and clean it. Games/toys, leaving them in the living room not in there proper case is going to get them scratched or broken (as you well know, many have been destroyed for this reason). You have to go into another case to get another game out anyway so why not put the one you are done with in its proper case before you get next game out. I could go on for hours giving examples but I won't bore the world with all my venting on this subject when there is more you can do for your poor loving mother.

Hygiene: Not all of you have the same issues but you know who you are when I bring these up. Brushing your teeth. WHY? OH WHY? do I have to remind you all on a daily basis to do this task that you have had to do your entire life. Washing your hands, wipe you face, don't wipe your hands on your shirt, brush your hair, change your dirty shirt/pants (I have a child that just doesn't like to change if he is wearing his favorite clothes, he just doesn't care if it is dirty he wants to wear it over and over again). Air your shoes and feet out!! etc.

Sorry boys for venting on the blog but maybe you will see how desperately I am pleading with you to help your mother in these situations. You all are growing up to be wonderful little men and I only want the best for you all. I can't go on strike and since I have tried that knowing it doesn't work is not an option. So I am going to take drastic measures. THIS IS YOUR WARNING!! BEFORE IT HAPPENS SO DON'T SAY YOU DIDN'T KNOW I WAS GOING TO TAKE THESE GREAT AND WONDERFUL STEPS WHEN THE CONSEQUENCES BECOME HARDER THAN THEY ARE NOW ON YOU!

HUGS, KISSES AND SCRATCH BACKS

LOVE YOUR STRESSED OUT MOTHER THAT IS COUNTING HER BLESSINGS NOT HER PROBLEMS!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!

Today we will be pondering on all the blessings we have in our lives and I hope all of us will be thinking about the little simple things that we take for granted on a daily basis. Like the people we see everyday or that are miles aways (family, friends,The Prophet, Church Leaders, cashiers, co-workers, school teachers, police officers, firemen, doctors, and The soldiers that protect our great nation on a daily basis that give us our freedom, and etc), the oxygen we breath, the trees that provide it for us, the sound of the ocean waves, the singing of the birds, clean water we have to drink, the food on our plates to eat, and so many more lets lift them up in prayer and give Thanks for these wonderful things we are so fortunate to have in our lives. With all this said have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

With Love,
Annetta, Mark, Alexandria, Cord, Dylan, Jacob and Jared

Monday, November 24, 2008

Goodbyes and Departures

Yesterday my little men left to go spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with their dad, Jeff, his wife and their kids in Alabama. Each time the boys leave it seems to be getting harder instead of easier as the years go by. The anxiety seems to really start the week before they leave with all the preparations going on for them to go. Making sure they have everything they need, packed and that the luggage isn't overweight or you will have the extra charge. It seems like the boys start acting out around this time as well, maybe they are excited about going or they are just feeding off my stress and anxiety over the whole situation. This entire experience might not be so bad if their dad and I had a better relationship but reality is we don't. I am always praying that one day we will become the mature adults we need to be and have a better relationship for all the children involved in this matter. I know it bothers the boys even though they don't speak of it often. At the airport is when I feel it the pain/loss the most. Watching them walk away from me to get on the plane. It is like someone hit me in the gut, all my air is gone and I can't breath. I try to hold back the tears but they always seem to come. After they are gone I try not to focus on their absence but when I am at home alone I start moping around wishing I could see them, hear them fight with each other, laugh, love/squish on the dogs (Summer and Daisy), fuss with them about homework and chores. I just really hate goodbyes and departures. They tear at my very being. I know my Heavenly Father is always with me to give me comfort in my time of need. While the boys are with their dad they will be celebrating their Christmas with them in Alabama. So this year I have decided we will be making all gifts that will be handed out. So we had a day of baking before they left and this is what we made. I really do want my boys to have a great time with their dad and his family. I want them to have a great relationship with them as well but I just really miss them so much when they are away. I want to be selfish at times I do look at it as I didn't have them to be a part time mom and for that I ask forgiveness. Thanks for reading about my woes.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I have messed this blog up!

Today I was trying out new templates and backgrounds all the while I messed this blog up completely and lost most of my favorite things on it. Give me a couple of days to figure out what went wrong and to get my blog back up and working properly.
Thanks for your patience in all my confusion.
Annetta

Monday, November 17, 2008

School Projects

This past week has been about doing science projects that the boys had due. I have three boys and they decided to wait till the last minute to accomplish these big project. I decided this year since they are in middle school now they had to do them (any projects that came up) on their own unless there were dangerous tools or chemicals involved. It just seems like when big projects are handed out it is more work for the parents to get it accomplished along with a bunch of money out of pocket. With that said I am on strike from these projects and unless we absolutley have to buy certain things they will use what we have in the house to complete the project. Jacob who is in 6th grade advanced Science has known about his project for over a month. He didn't have an option not to due one. The option he did have was to do a report project or a display project. He chose to do a report. Either way the experiment had to be done. It was driving me crazy that he was just acting like he had all the time in the world to accomplish this. I stuck to my word and didn't lift a finger to help. Jared is in regular science so he had the option to do one or not. He chose not to do a big project. Dylan is in 8th grade science. He had the option to do a poster and draw his FE Iron atom diagram or make a 3D model of the atom. He chose the model because it would earn him more points. He had a week to do it. Since I like things done neatly and in a certain order it was stressing me out how scattered he had everything. I still stuck to my word even though by now I really wanted to help get it done. I know they will feel better about doing it by themselves and not having mom doing it or making them do it her way just becasue I see it one way and they see it another. I am growing up and letting go. It is so hard because they are my babies. Here are a few picture of Dylan's model.


Monday, November 10, 2008

TO SHAVE OR NOT TO SHAVE THAT IS THE QUESTION?

Let me tell you the reason for this question. This past weekend we had a yard sale. You know getting up earlier than you normally do to haul stuff outside and set it up so a bunch of strangers can come by and rummage through your old stuff. At this moment you don't care what you look like. You are not trying to win fashion show and you don't have to be pretty to have a yard sale either. So with my hair shoved on the top of my head. sweat pants and sweat shirt on(it was cool first thing in the morning, no make-up just natural ole me running around at least I put a bra on or I really would have been a site to see. After we were set up and the crowd slowed down I needed to change into something a little cooler since it was 83 degrees out now. Sometime later in the day as I went to sit down and prop my legs up to relax for a few minutes. There it was I noticed my legs they were as hairy as a gorilla and I had been strutting them around day in my shorts I never wear. The hair was longer than the hair on Mark's legs (my boyfriend). I made a little joke about it but left it at that for the rest of the day until my nice HOT relaxing Bath! Why hadn't I notice these hairy thing before. Well first thing the hair on my legs is blond (Thank You God for that nice feature you gave me!) and it doesn't bother me since I wear long pants all the time. so I started thinking while I was relaxing should I or shouldn't I? Am I the only one or are there others out there just like me? I had to decide whether to shave or not since unless you are really closely looking at my legs or touching them will you notice the hair that you could brush. Then the thought came to mind I have church in the morning! I have to shave my legs are likely to be hanging out and I can't have that. So I shaved. Now for the second question. Am I the only one out there that lets life get so busy that they forget to shave and are just very thankful that they even get to clean themselves or are you like my daughter that states she can feel the hairs growing on her legs. So she has to shave everyday and some days a couple times a day. Let me know your thoughts on shaving!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

JARS OF THANKSGIVING


I just love this time of year. The weather is cooler and the holiday season is just beginning (my favorite). Keeping Thanksgiving in mind I wanted to do a positive project with the boys this month. So I decided to do the Jars of Thanksgiving. Every evening before bed we will write on a slip of paper one thing we were thankful for that day and slip it into our jars. I want us to stay focused on the positive things in our life. Sometimes it is so easy for think about the negative side of things when the positive always out weighs the negative. Since my boys will not be home for Thanksgiving as they will be spending it with their father Jeff and his family in Alabama this year this is how it is going to work. During the month of November we will put our slips of paper into our jars every night and on Sunday evenings we will each read what we were thankful for that week. I will keep each slip of paper all month and at the end of the month make a poster of all the things we gave thanks to our Heavenly Father for and so we can see the many wonderful things we do have each and everyday in our lives that sometimes we forget and take for granted on most occasions. I hope Everyone has a wonderful Holiday season and I will keep you posted on how this is going. I am very anxious to see all the wonderful and interesting things the boys can come up with to be thankful for.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

TAGGED!!

I have been tagged. So here are 6 random interesting facts about myself!

1. I love being a MOM! My 4 children are the most important things in my life after My Lord and Savior.

2. I really love working on cars. Not that I would let Mark know this. I have always wanted to take a mechanics course. I don't like the getting dirty part of it but love the part about being able to work under the hood of a car, figuring out the problem, fixing it and it working properly. The satisfaction of being able to say I DID IT!

3. I am a true optimist. Always having Faith, Hope and a true belief in everything is possible and can happen even see it when it looks really gloom and impossible. I always see the positive. I do have breaking moments but the Lord is always there to guide me letting me know I am not alone. All things are possible in Him!!

4. I am an Adventurer/World Traveler (at least in my mind). I would love to travel the world to expereince new cultures, beliefs and ideas. I am always telling my kids that when they grow up I want them to spread their wings and fly. There is so much to see and expereince. My kids have been very fortunate to have been able to experience traveling on a regular basis. My daughter has been to most of the states and overseas. The boys travel to visit their father and his family where ever they are living at the moment.

5. I want to go to college and finish when I GROW UP!! I think I am almost there.

6. I AM IN LOVE WITH THE MOST AMAZING MAN!!

If you have read this you are Tagged!! Annetta

Thursday, October 30, 2008

TOE SOCKS

Do you remember toe socks girls? The knee high, designs on each toes, rainbow stripes, funky socks. I always received them for Christmas as a little girl along with the pretty night gown and robe or cute little silky PJ's. I could always count on these things at Christmas. Well back to the socks. Today was funky socks day at the boys school. Part of the RED RIBBON WEEK CAMPAIGN. I had one pair left that my daughter didn't take from me. Dylan was all over them when I told him I had a pair of striped toe socks with candy canes on the toes. The other boys wouldn't wear funky socks to school. Dylan doesn't care what people think and loves to participate in all activities at school or contest. The Hoola Hoop is his favorite. He beat all the girls at Daytona Lagoon one day and on his birthday in 2007 we went to the Disney Street Festival the was Downtown New Smyrna. The Bue Sister were there. I was able to get them to bring him up on stage and sing to him. He was in Love. Well back to the point that day he won the Hoola Hoop contest being able to use the most hoola hoops without them falling down. 15 Hoola Hoops!! I love his adventurous side willing to try different things. Here are a few pictures of his Socks this morning.




Wednesday, October 29, 2008

MY LITTLE BAKER

My son Jacob loves to cook/bake. He is always looking for something to bake even if we don't have all the ingredients the recipe calls for he will improvise. I came home from work one day and he had made a whole platter of sugar cookies. He had to improvise because we didn't have all the ingredients. I don't remember what we didn't have but whatever he used instead did the trick. To me they turned out to be the best sugar cookies I have ever tasted. I wasn't supposed to be eating them but they were so good I couldn't stop. I told myself they were only quarter size and it was okay to indulge. Jacob wasn't fond of them. I keep asking him to make them for me again even for my birthday. He wouldn't but he did make my birthday Cake. It was Yummy. A recipe (Strawberry Cake) I got off my girlfriends blog Chocolate Monday. You should check it out. There are some great recipes and crafty ideas on there you're bound to love. At least once a week he is baking something. So yesterday I pick him up from school and all he want to do is make brownies. Of course we don't have the stuff for brownies but we do for Chocolate chip cookies. So as a project together we started baking chocolate chip cookies then I decided I wanted some No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut butter Cookies YUMMY!!Here are a few Pictures I took of Jacob and baking skills.


My Birthday Cake Jacob made!


Jacob frosting my birthday cake


Jacob stirring the mixture for the chocolate no bake cookies

finished product, I can't wait to eat them!


Waiting for them to get done. So impatient


Jacob trying to eat them off the pan

Showing his cookies off! Goofy


Sampling his product. Yum Yum Delicious

Monday, October 27, 2008

RED RIBBON WEEK

While the boys were getting dressed this morning Jared asked me where his ties were. I thought this was unusual since he had on a t-shirt and shorts. So I asked why? October 23 thru October 31, 2008 is RED RIBBON WEEK! Say "NO" To Drugs Campaign. The boys school, Creekside Middle is showing support by having the kids wear ties to school. I think this is very cute and I got a couple of cute pictures in the process. I love when the schools show support for campaigns like this. It teaches our kids to be pro active in their beliefs and values.









It is hard sometimes to get them all together for a picture without them being goofy. Makes for some cute and unusual pictures.




Having fun with the pictures, this is a coloring book page!



Cartoon characters!



Dylan, he loves to have his picture taken!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MANY TRUTHS IN THIS EMAIL

David Letterman wrote this; it's the David we don't often see...

'As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.

'The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain't happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What are we so unhappy about?''

A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter?

C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?

D.. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year?

E.. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state?

F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter?

G.. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital.

I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home.

J... You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings.

K... Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss.

L... This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M.. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here.

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me?

Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it.......are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the 'Media' told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it..

The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable' ' discharge after a few days in the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by 'justifying' them in one way or a nother Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O..J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?'

David Letterman

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETS!

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Today is my Mark's Birthday. My wonderful, loving,caring, supportive, smart, funny, and humorous boyfriend. He is the most excepting person I know. To love me for who I am with all my extra baggage and kids that I come with. He just stepped up with no questions asked. He stands by me in every situation and is so supportive of anything I want to do or try. He is so great with the boys. Playful when it is time to play (which is most of the time), Stern when they need it, Supportive, Encouraging in all things, a great roll model and example of all of us to follow. I am very blessed to have him in my live. Happy Birthday Sweets. Lovs Ya, A

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Boo!

Today is my little girls 20th birthday. I can't believe she is all grown up, living away from home and married. It just seems like yesterday she was keeping me up all night, teaching her to pick up her toys and share them with others, ride a bike, skate, taking her to school for the first day, getting her first hair cut (that I cried at because her hair was past her butt and now it was all gone. I still have it braided), etc. I could go on for days just reminiscing. I just want to tell her how proud I am of her for the wonderful woman she has turned out to be. I love you Boo!
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Friday, October 10, 2008

New Blog

I have started a new blog for book lovers. I love to read so I started a Family Book Club Blog with my reviews and opinions of the books I have read or are reading. Please stop by, leave your comments on a book or just share new books to read with me. I am going to get my kids involved in this so there wll be reading materials for all ages.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

How To Really Live!

HOW TO REALLY LIVE....If you can manage it

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'
4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
7. Don't waste your precious energy on energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
9. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
11. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
12. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
13. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
14. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
17. Forgive everyone for everything.
18. What other people think of you is none of your business.
19. GOD heals everything.
20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
21. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!!! 2
2. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for _______. Today I accomplished _______.
24. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The End of a Great Season!

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Dylan and the boys had a great fall season in South Daytona. Most of the boys on his team along with Dylan came from the Port Orange rec league. This league was alittle more competitive for the boys and gave them great expereince. I hate to see it come to an end as I love watching the boys play ball. I am looking forward to relaxing for a month until Basketball season starts and I am going in three different directions again.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Lets Celebrate!!


October is a busy month for birthdays. I want to acknowledge loved ones and friends that are celebrating their big day during October. I am very fortunate to have two big days this month not only was I born October 5 but I was baptised on October 21. I want to Tell the following people Happy Birthday and I am so greatful they are in my life. Wayne (Mark's dad), Mark my sweetheart, Ali Boo my grown baby girl, Christina (Ali and her were born on the same day three years apart. Ali always said Tina was her birthday present), Jeanie and JP (Ali's sister and brother), Aunt Louanne, Celeste Child, Janet Harrison, Liz Beville, Lynne Lowry, Audrey Hnederson, Matt Schreck and to anyone else I might have missed that is Celebrating this month.
Have a Wonderful Day! Love, Annetta, Mark, Dylan, Jacob and Jared

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WAYNE

TODAY IS MARK'S DADS BIRTHDAY. hAPPY bIRTHDAY WAYNE!! I HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY IN ST. AUGUSTINE AND WE LOVE YOU! MARK, ANNETTA AND THE BOYS

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

NAFTA Super Highway! READ

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=15497

My daughter brought this to my attention. I wanted to share this with all of you since in the article it states that most of America is asleep on this subject. This is very alarming to me. Please pass this on so that we all become aware of this coming event that has been passed without most of us knowing about it.

Monday, September 22, 2008

My Family Fun Book!

If you are a bargain hunter like we are or just like to get a good deal then here is a couple fgreat deals for you. Every year our family buys the Family Fun Book for $20.00. This is a great book of coupons. It not only saves you money on dinning out but golfing, bowling, go-karting, Daytona Lagoon, Museums and many more places to gowith the family and have fun. It also supports our schools. You can purchase these from your local school or from this website www.myfamilyfunbook.com These books are good all year more like 15 months. We don't go anywhere without it and it gets you to try new places that you probably would never have tried.
The next bargain is at www.myhometownnews.net on they have 50% off gift certificates to all different places. It changes from week to week what gift certificates they have. On friday monrings between 9:30 and 10:15 am they update with the new ones. The really good places do sell out fast so you have to check out the site to see what you want first and then be on there when it is updated so you can get them. Great gifts/presents for any occassion. This is for Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Volusia Counties. So if you have family or friends in any of the other counties let them know about it.
Enjoy!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Please watch

Good Afternoon,
I received this in an email today and wanted to post this so everyone/anyone can view it. It brought me to tears (I am so emotional) and really made me think.
Would you stand up or would yo be afraid? I would hope that we would stand up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piuoGb-Nhfw

Have a great day! Annetta

Thursday, September 4, 2008

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACOB AND JARED




Today my little men turn 12 years old. They are growing up so fast. I know they are excited to be tweens and being in young men's now. They have been waiting for the day to get out of Primary.We are going to have Football Parties with Jacob on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon with Jared. Jacobs favorite football team The Dallas Cowboys are playing Friday evening and the Philadelphia Eagles are playing Sunday afternoon. This year they didn't want one celebration together they wanted to have their own. Their morning started off wonderful. Mark came over and took them to breakfast. They had a blast this morning laughing and playing around with each other and everyone. Happy Birthday Boys I Love you!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

J & J Made Second Class

Jacob and Jared are moving up in the Scout world. Tonight they had a Court of Honor during Boy Scouts. The boys received their second class rank. Dylan, didn't receive anything this evening since he missed board of review last week for a baseball game. I am so proud of all the boys accomplishments. Great Job Boys!
I Love You, MoM

1 lb, YES!

THAT IS A TOTAL OF 10.4LBS LOST.

Now let me tell you how I got on this journey. I am such a people pleaser (the stress that comes with this) and wanting to make everyone happy all the time, I don't like confrontations (I am shy by nature until I get to know you), my relationship with my EX and his wife wasn't/still isn't very good, being a single mother of 4 children. At the time a teenage daughter trying to push her limits finding her way and three young boys dealing with their parents not getting along and being ADHD, just trying to make ends meat with no real support system finally got to me. So about 3 years ago the summer of 2005, I got really depressed and finally had to go on medication for depression for about year. I gradually gained 40lbs. I had always been a size 1 to 3 my entire life never weighing over 115lb except during pregnancy. As I gained weight people say you are looking healthier because I was really skinny for my 5'6 frame. So I didn't think about how much I was/had gained until someone took a picture of me and I couldn't believe what I saw. Other people thought I was pregnant because I gained most of it in my stomach area. I felt bad but not bad enough to really do something about it until one of my boys started saying things to me about it. I tried detox diets, not eating still no getting off my lazy hind end and moving. So when I found out a couple of my girlfriends from church had started Weight Watchers (about 12 Weeks ago) and were going to meetings on Tuesday evenings and walking in the evenings. So I asked if I could join them on their walks and the next week I joined WW and started going to the meetings as well . I needed accountability and a support group. I have stuck with it through the ups and downs. I go weigh in even when I think I have just gained 5 lbs that week. I want to be held accountable with a reality check. So I am so excited to have reached the 10lb mark. We all need to take care of our selves because we deserve it and our families deserve us to be in the best shape for our health. So on daily basis I pray and thank My Heavenly Father for my friends who brought Weight Watchers into my life and pray for the strength that I need to do what is needed on this journey because it is not and overnight journey it is small steps you take to make your goal and to keep your goal for a lifetime. Thank You Girls!