Thursday, October 30, 2008


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 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


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


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


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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.

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