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Silly Saturday — Twiggy The Waterskiing Squirrel

I love to watch America’s Got Talent.  I think it some of the auditions are pretty entertaining.  I was watching it on Hulu the other night and saw Twiggy The Waterskiing Squirrel and it made me smile and want a squirrel to go with my chihuahuas, cats, and chickens!!  Enjoy –


The Summer Bucket List

For those of you that don’t know, I am a teacher, and therefore, I get to enjoy summer a bit more than some.  I am teaching summer school this year, but I intend to still make the most of my summer.  To help me do that I have created a Summer Bucket List.  I am going to share that list with you today and then throughout the summer, I will provide updates.  I would love to hear what your summer bucket list may include.  It might inspire me to add to my list.

1. Learn How To Make Ice Cream —yummmmmy!!  I love ice cream.  My girls love ice cream.  This summer I want to make homemade ice cream and sit out in the yard at dusk with my family and enjoy it!

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how do you make ice cream cupcakes (Photo credit: Christi @ Love From The Oven)

2. Sleep In A BackYard Tent — I use to love camping, but as I have gotten older I have grown to love indoor plumbing; however, I want my children to experience the joy of sleeping outdoors.  I think a backyard tent will be perfect.

3. Get My Faith Tattoo — I have a tattoo for the birth of my oldest daughter and now it is time for my to get one for my youngest daughter!

4. Catch Fire FliesI remember how much fun it was to run around in the big field in front of my Aunt Brenda and Uncle Buck’s house with my cousin Tonya catching fire flies.  I want to do it again!!

5. Go To A Drive In Movie — It is just something you want to do in case they disappear forever.

6. Have A Cookout — I know that seems kind of lame, but this is a big year for us.  My daughter, K, will turn 16 in July and leave for a 2 week trip to Italy and Greece.  I want to have a fantastic cook out to celebrate her birthday, 4th of July, and Bon Voyage, and I want it to be a BLAST!

7. Make Something — I don’t know what yet, but it will be great and fun and made by me and me alone!

8. Make Sure To Do Something Just For Me — Right now I am leaning towards getting a pedi and also, hanging out by the pool without anyone around to watch!

9. Eat Outside As Often As Possible — Why?  I don’t know because we can and it is different and I think it sounds fun.

10. Go For A Walk Or A Bike Ride Or Something Activity After Dinner — I know we won’t be able to do this every night, but I would like to try to do it at least twice a week!

Simple right? Well, isn’t that what life is suppose to be about enjoying the simple things.  I found this great post at Aliedwards that I am going to try.  I have never had a summer bucket list before.  I am hoping it inspires me to enjoy life more and create lasting memories with my family which in return will inspire them to enjoy life more!


Silly Saturday: A Whole Website for Bad First Dates — Really?

O.K. so I posted this week about my daughters first official date and then about my first date back in the stone ages. I was interested to see if other’s had bad experiences on their first date and low and behold I found an entire website for bad first dates.  I have listed just a few below, and I hope they make you laugh or maybe count your blessings in some strange way

1.  @gen_parfan Went on a date and he took me to mcdonalds and i had to pay for my food then he said he only got a coupon for himself.

Well, he was frugal which could be a positive.  I had a boy take me to Captain D’s one time.  Not my favorite place!

2. One boy texted me the complete lyrics to “hit me baby one more time” replacing the word “hit” with “text”. I did not respond.

–Is this the 90s? Maybe if he had texted a Katy Perry lyric, that would have been fine (no, no it wouldn’t have been). 

3. SoNotACreeper He tugged me across the crosswalk even though a car was speeding ahead, saying “don’t worry, this would be a great lawsuit.”

Positive– was he studying to be a lawyer?  Suggestion– he should hang out with the guy from #1

4. @sankatka after 15 min, kept insisting i’d move in with him, showed me blueprints of the basement. I had a mysterious headache.

–Please read the following article and commit it to memory: 3 Ways To Spot Your Future Ex-Husband

5. @kingnivin After 40 mins of painful convo I tweeted about the horrible date. She came back from the bathroom & poured her drink on me.

–Ha…well, you kind of deserved that one. Tough call though on which one of you is crazier.

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5 Great Date Nights For Mom And Dad

With my daughter’s first date bringing up memories of my first date, I have vowed to “date” my husband again.  Remember how fun dating was?  I think I want that back.  Here are 5 great date night ideas:

  1. GO ROLLERSKATING I don’t know about you but my husband and I grew up with parachute pants, trans ams, and roller skating.  This will be a fun inexpensive date that will make us feel young again.  Make sure whatever you do it is something to make you feel young
  2. GO FISHING My husband loves to fish and rarely gets to go.  I don’t like to fish much, but I think spending time with him doing what he loves will show him how much I love him.  You can substitute something here that your husband or wife loves.
  3. MOVIE AND DINNER However, for us this will mean staying in — my husband doesn’t like to go out too much and one of the things we used to do before we had Fa was every Friday night watch a movie and order in Chinese and then snuggle on the couch until we fell asleep.
  4. HAVE A SPA NIGHT  You can buy some white towels and robes to make it really official. It would be great to share a bubble bath and then trade massages… I will leave it there!
  5. WATCH THE STARS One of my all time favorites is to lay in the grass on a summer evening and watch the stars and listen to the crickets and frogs and dream together about the future!

See nothing elaborate or too expensive.  Just make time for the love of your life.  I would love to hear about some of your date night ideas.

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That Amazing First Date – Not Really!

Yesterday, I posted about my daughter’s first official date and well, it got me to thinking about my first official date.  It was not with the love of my life which is probably a good thing, but it is a date that I will never forget and taught me some valuable lessons.

My family moved 8 times in 8 years, and when I say move, I mean state to state not town to town.  Georgia, Tennesse, Arkansas, North Carolina… you get the picture.  However, my mom and dad worked hard to keep our ties to our family back in Virginia.  My brother and I spent every summer in Virginia and almost every Christmas.  Well, when I was 15 and in Virginia on Christmas break, one of my cousins took me with him to pick up his check from his part-time job.  I was feeling really cool riding around with him.  Once in the store, he introduced him to some of his friends.  Well, one thing lead to another and before I knew it, I had a date with a young man by the name of Mason (don’t remember his last name).

Now I wasn’t just feeling cool because I was riding around with my cousin, but I was walking on cloud nine because I had a date with a really cute guy that was like a year or two older than me.  Did I mention this was my first date ever?  Well, my high didn’t last long because back in the car Johnny reminded me that I had to ask my dad.  I froze — hadn’t thought about that.  You know, usually my dad didn’t travel with us because of his job, but this is one of the few times that he came with us and now I had to ask him and not my mom if I could go on my first date.

I don’t remember how I convinced him to let me go – probably my mom did that for me, but I do remember that NIGHT.  Mason came to the front door of my aunt’s house which was exciting within itself because no one used the front door of her house.  We and everybody that was close to her used the side door — my cousin opened the door and let him in — I remember the living room lights were as bright as lights in an operating room and everybody was in there: Mom, Dad, Johnny, Johnny’s friend Walter, my aunt, my uncle, and my little brother who was 6 years younger than me making him about 9 or so at the time.  Surprisingly, Mason didn’t turn and run.

The next think I remember is trying to walk out the door with Mason.  I was buzzing thinking, “Oh My God!!  I am almost out the door.”  Then BAM!!  My brother runs over and attaches to my leg screaming and crying, “Please don’t take my sister!”  Do you know how young kids will wrap themselves around their father’s leg and sit on Dad’s foot and Dad will walk around with them on their leg?  Well, that is what he did to me but because I was rather petit at 15 I couldn’t walk and trust me I tried.  I pleadingly looked up at my father who had an evil smirk on his face and said, “I guess you guys will have to take him along.”  I quickly came crashing down and turned to look at Mason to see if he was going to leave without me.

My mom chimed in then with a definite NO!  There was no way she was going to let Mason drive me and my little brother around.  This can not get much worse right?  WRONG!  She orders my cousin and his friend to take us.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME? My first date has now turned into a family outing with my little brother, my cousin and a family friend in a STATION WAGON.  Just shoot me.  Mason still went through with the “date” though.

Just some highlights of this date: my brother kept turning around from the front seat to stare at us the entire way to the movies (no seatbelt or car seat laws back then); in the movie theater my brother kept coming up the asile and staring at us the entire movie; OOH yea did I mention that I shut my finger in the door when we got out at the movies.

What did I learn?

  1. I have an amazing brother who will risk life and limb to protect!
  2. I have an amazing family that will always have my back!
  3. That just when you don’t think things could get any worse brace yourself
  4. You can judge a lot about someone’s character based on how they can handle stressful situations

It Finally Happened — The First Official Date

For two long years, I have been the taxi for my daughter and her first boyfriend.  Yes, I know — they have been dating for two years — since the 8th grade which is an extremely long time.  I give a little bit of background about these love bugs in the post “As Long As They Make You Happy.”  Now understand I use the term dating lightly here because does it really count as a date when your mom or dad is driving you around?  Well, those young kids have grown into young adults, and he now has his licenses.

This past Sunday, K popped the dreaded question, “Can [he] take me to Kings Dominion on Monday?”  I kind of fell back a little as if she had slapped me and then I made her repeat the question.  I thought to myself that surely she means that his parents would be taking them just like all the times before.  So, I ask, “Who will be driving?  His mom or dad?” K turned her head slightly sideways like a confused puppy, “No, Mom.  He was going to drive me.  That is if you let him.”  There was no more pretending.  She was asking what I thought she was asking — she wanted me to put her in a car with THAT BOY and allow him to drive her 20 minutes to the local theme park where they could “hang out” and then bring her back home.  I knew exactly how to handle that — I called her father and asked him!

The minute K’s dad answered the phone I burst into tears.  He began screaming, “WHAT IS WRONG?  REGINA, TELL ME WHAT IS GOING ON?”  After I informed him of what his daughter had asked me, I cried even harde,r and he went silent.  We were in shock.  Now he and I haven’t been a couple since K was a baby, but we share a deep love for that amazing baby that still holds us together as co-parents.  In my tears and in his silence, we both knew that our life would never be the same again.  He quickly came to his senses though and told me not to worry…  I looked at K and smiled and said, “Of course you can go!”  A huge smile filled her face.   I followed with,  “Your dad is off and will follow you.”  She screamed, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOO MOMMY!!  THIS ISN’T FAIR!  WHY DON’T YOU TRUST ME?”

That is when it dawned on me.  She thought this was about her.  I mean yea it was her date — her first official date, and yes, I did promise to embarrass her by having her father follow her, but couldn’t she see this was not about her!  This was about me!  With her one simple question, I was bombarded with feelings of sadness, loneliness, and emptiness.  I know pretty selfish, right?  However, at that moment, I didn’t care because I felt that no one could understand the depths of my love for her.  Being her mother helped to make me feel complete.  K had become my inspiration in so many ways.  I didn’t know you could love someone so much, but in her perfect innocence, she made me a better person.  Only K and Fa will ever know the strength of my love because they are the only ones who know what my heart sounds like on the inside!

After I expressed my fears and my love for her and explained that I did trust her but mommy had some growing up to do, we laid out the ground rules for the “first date.”  On the day of said date, I had a long talk with the both of them about buckling up, staying focused on driving, and being home before dark.  Then I looked at him with tears streaming down my face and said, “Please take care of my baby girl.”  He looked very serious when he responded that he would as if he understood my love for her!!  Is that possible?

As that white Ford Ranger backed out of my driveway and headed down the road, I sat on my front porch and rocked and cried — I cried for the young woman my baby had become, and I cried for the new person I have to become.  Once again in her perfect innocence, K has helped me to become a new person!


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