Always Have A Dream

Always have a dream
Forget about the days when its been cloudy,
but don't forget your hours in the sun.
Forget about the times you've been defeated,
but don't forget the victories you've won.
Forget about mistakes that you can't change now,
but don't forget the lessons that you've learnt.
Forget about misfortunes you encounter,
but don't forget the times you luck has turned.
Forget about the days when you've been lonely,
but don't forget the friendly smiles you've seen.
Forget about the plans that didn't seem to work out right,
but don't forget to always have a dream.

- Amanda Bradley

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Long Six Months

  It's been a long six months. I know I've probably lost all my followers. My last post was only a few days before my brother in-law passed back in February. Needless to say life has had it's ups and downs.
We've had to deal w/some problems for Cody at school. He's had a couple more belt testings, is now a red belt, will get his red/black in a couple weeks, and become a black belt in December. We took Cody and went to visit our sister in-law in TN, when he got out of school for the summer. We still had our yearly summer get together w/ friends & family last month. And now it's August, I can't believe how fast the time goes by!  I can't believe our little boy is going into 5th grade this year!

  Will post some pictures of some of our adventures this summer a little later today.


Monday, February 8, 2010

1st Reginonal Taekwondo Tournament - Makes My Monday

Cody competed in his first regional Taekwondow tournament Saturday. He was a little nervous, but he did great, being his 1st one! I can't believe how many competitors were there, and family!! It was hard to take picures because of all the people, but we got a few. Everyone that competed receieved a trophy, which I thought was really cool!

This was just a few of the competitors.

(Kind of blurry) But This was Cody during warm-ups, doing a jump kick.

And Cody with his trophy! He was very proud of it! So were we!!

His lead instructor did a demonstration before the competition that was really impressive too...

All in all it was really neat to watch. Being the first competition, we weren't sure what to expect. But it was a fun experience, and can't wait for the next one!!

His smile after receiving his trophy 'Makes My Monday'

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A Fun Weekend but a Long Week

This last weekend was fun. We went to my sister & brother in-laws for their son (Luke's) b-day get together on Saturday. It was a lot of fun, and were able to share in the fun with the rest of the family. I still can't believe he's 2 already!!

He had fun opening his presents.....

But the cards didn't really interest him at all!

His cousins had fun too, especially his youngest cousin Adam!!

The cake was yummy!!!

The neopolitan cake with vanilla ice cream was the best!!

Sunday night wasn't so fun though. Cody gave me a hard time about going to bed. The first time he came out of his bedroom he said he couldn't fall asleep, the 2nd time he was carrying his waste basket & said he didn't feel good. Well I thought it was a ploy just to stay up, this was all about 9pm. I was doing some laundry downstairs and I heard him get up and go into the bathroom......
Well Mom was wrong about the ploy to stay up!!! He got sick, and sick all over, from his bedroom to the bathroom!! I was trying to clean things up, while he was still sick. And I didn't know what to do first! I wanted to care for him, but I also needed to start the clean-up, and Mike was working. Needless to say I called Mike frantically ....."you need to find someone to work for you so you can come home"......................."never mind I've got it together now, see you in the morning". I guess I just needed to hear my honey's voice, then I felt better. I had to be at work the following morning, and when I was getting ready, Mike calls "I'm sick too"!!! Well I had to get someone to work for me so I could stay home & take care of my guy's.
They're feeling much better today. Cody went back to school, and everything is getting back to normal!!
Why is there such a thing as a "24hr bug"? I don't like it at all!! I'm just glad they are both feeling better now. Geeesh, what a long couple days!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Hard to let them grow up!

  They grow so fast it's hard to keep up! I realized today that I do so many things for Cody, that he should do himself. You don't think about it sometimes. You remember bringing them home from the hospital, pretty soon it's off to school. The mom instinct never fades. I'm definitely not a helicopter mom, I don't hover over everything he does. But it's just weird how there are certain things that I do for him that I don't think about letting him do, because that's just what I do. For example - letting him get his own glass of milk, or cut up his own chicken at dinner time. Just things like that, and there are others. I guess deep down on a subconscious level I still seem him as my little boy, and that's how I'll always see him. And even though he's independent with a lot of things, I guess I need to let him be, even more so. I love to watch him grow, and venture into new aspects of his life. I love that he's so smart, and always willing to learn new things. I love his wild & crazy imagination!
  It's just hard to watch them grow up so fast. I wish they could stay small just a little while longer. I'm am very blessed though to have such a loving & caring boy.  I hope someday when he looks back on his life, and he thinks about mom & dad, he can say we did a good job, and that he's had a good life. 

Take care & smile! ;0) 

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Fat Cat That Likes to Play

  This is our cat 'Sally'. She's almost 4 years old and I can't believe she still likes to play as much as she does! She is so much fun to watch sometimes. I like Cody's belly laughs when he watches her, especially when she's running around the house like crazy! She'll come walking down the hallway sidways with her tail all puffed out and the hair standing up on her back.
  I caught her the other night with the camera, finally, playing with one her foam balls underneath the entertainment center. She bats it under neath then tries to crawl underneath to get it. I just wish I could explain to this cat that one of these days she's going to get stuck!!

It's a good stress reliever if nothing else, to watch this cat!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Nephew's 1st Birthday & Family Get Togethers - Makes My Monday

The family got together Saturday to celebrate Adam (my nephew's) 1st birthday. It was a fun day, a lot of friends & family!
I always love spending time with my family. All the kids had a blast playing, running around, eating pizza, and cake!!
I just wish we all lived closer so that we could get together more often. O'well I guess it just makes it that more special when we are able to spend time together.
Thanks again to Barb & Paul for such a great day!!

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Computer Blues

I've been trying to keep up with my blog, facebook too, and everything else, but my poor puter is acting up. I have a feeling I'm going to have to take it to a computer Dr!! I don't know if I can be without it for very long, but I guess I might have to. It's so hard to know what's good or bad as far as visiting web sites, or downloading things. I think what the problem is is that a while back the power cord got stepped on right about where it plugs in to the computer, and created a small crack. I took it to Bestbuy to have it looked at and they told me it would cost about $150, and they would have it for 2 weeks. Needless to say that wasn't possible at the time, and I wasn't having any problems with it then. It's just hard to believe that's the cause of the problems I'm having right now. Oh well, I'll find out soon enough. Wish me luck!! I'll try to keep up either on my puter if I can, before I take it to get it fixed, or on someone elses.  :(

Take care!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Back to school & being 9 (going on 19)

  I wish I could snap my fingers and make Cody's ear infections disappear! The Dr's told us he would outgrow them by this time! Well, I guess that goes to show not everyone knows everything!!! Anyway, after being sick the whole weekend (and Mom not getting any sleep) he finally went back to school Wednesday. He could have gone back Tuesday, but I wanted to let the antibiotics get a good day in the system before I sent him back.

  Well, I can honestly say that he's feeling A LOT better! Gee, how do I know this, his talking back along with a little atitude!! That was my cue to say "pack your book bag for school sweetie, because it's school for you today!!!" (I can't fib, he wasn't all that bad... but bad enough!!) Can anyone else relate?!?! If anything, my two sisters with little ones 3 & under can take notes for later on!!  ;0)

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Way Back When-esday : I know reading is good but...

I know it's a good thing to promote early reading, but I never thought he would want to start out with the newspaper!! I always wonder when I look at this, what was going through that little mind!! We're very lucky that he does like to read so much, it sure has helped him in school!
I guess letting him read the newspaper when he was small has contributed to him being able to read & write at a 7th/8th grade level while still in 4th grade!

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Texting, Webcams.... does it ever end?

Well I told myself, and everyone else that I wasn't going to join Facebook. Guess what I did Saturday? I'm still not sold on it, it's just one more thing I've got to keep up with.... just like my blog, that I hardly ever post on anymore!! It was all really addictive in the beginning, but it all wears off after a while. I guess I'm just not a finatic about it like others are. I can't help it, I seem to tell everybody how much I hate all this technology, like cell phones and computers. Life just seemed a lot easier, slower paced. But I guess things have to change. I just don't like it sometimes. That's just me, I'm not a big computer person. My mailbox has been screaming at me to actually send a letter & for bills too I suppose!!

I do have to admit, the blogging thing is nice for keeping in touch with people, that is when you keep up with your own blog too!!(speaking of myself)  ;0)  All I can do is try & that's what I do.

Everyone take care & smile!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Year

A New Year to try and start fresh:
Try things you've never done;
Go places you've never gone (which could be right outside your door);
Take risks even when you're afraid of the big unknown;
Write that letter to someone you've been thinking about (Yes, snail-mail, it used to mean a lot to people, and still does to some!!);
Try a new recipe, a new food;
Sit down and color with your child, or read a book (life goes by too quick!);
Catch yourself when you tell them to be quiet while your watching the news (the news will still be there tomorrow, your child will be just that much older!);
Enjoy it when people want to spend time with you (A lot of people don't have anyone or are too hateful for others to want to be around);
Enjoy being loved, and love all that much more;
Pamper yourself once in a while (buy yourself a book, a music CD)
Don't worry about what the experts say, do they really know it all anyway?!
Live one day at a time: I'd rather forget the past, not worry about the future (cuz I can't change it anyway), and treat today like the present it is!


Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and fun ringing in the New Year! I had an awesome time spending it with all my loved ones.
Take care and smile!! ;0)

My Favorite Actors/Actresses

  • James Dean
  • Cary Grant
  • Myrna Loy
  • James Garner
  • Simon Baker
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Julia Roberts

My Favorite Movies

  • Mama Mia
  • Lord Of The Rings
  • Harry Potter
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Pretty Woman
  • All Thin Man movies
  • All Cary Grant movies
  • All James Dean movies

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today - James Dean

Best friends forever!!

Best friends forever!!

Cody & his guitar

Cody & his guitar