Sunday, August 31, 2008

Our Motley Crue...

Many of you know how our family is "blended" to say the least. We all share Blake, Xan is "ours", Sara Kate is "theirs", and we're all one big happy family. Weird right?? We are constantly asked, "How do you do it?" In fact, just tonight, my younger cousin asked Robbie and I the very same question in reflecting how she too is from a divorced family that both have re-married. She was inquiring on how we just make it work and look effortless. It hasn't always been that way and very few people have seen the hurt and anger behind the scenes for so many years in the beginning. But like I told my sweet cousin this evening (love you Hannah!)....It just took too much energy and exhaustion to carry around that much anger and paranoia, so you just put your big girl panties on and deal with it, no matter what. And from that moment, I have never looked back and never questioned myself again as a wonderful wife, a great step-mom to Blake, and a dear friend to my husband's ex-wife. Again, weird right?? Maybe one day that book deal will actually prevail and Random House will beat on my door for the first draft, but until then, just live for who are in the present and never doubt in hindsight what may have been. Okay, now that I have purposely squeezed this little lecture in between these two great pictures of all of "our" kids, enjoy our life lesson and maybe you too will release the baggage that is just too heavy to tote around anymore.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Clemson Girls....

Two peas in a pod! Go Tigers!!!!

Friday, August 29, 2008


Ahhh, the smell of pigskin is in the air. And if you're a southern girl, that means all of your summer tops slide to the far side of the closet and out come the college colors my friend. We're talking Orange and Purple baby, GGGGGggrrrrrr!! Clemson's season kicks off against Bama tomorrow in the Peach State, and you know its going to be an onslaught of people when my e-mail is filled with Traffic Updates from Clemson University about how to more comfortably navigate there this weekend. Alas, I will not be there, but I am already sporting my Tiger Garb tonight, and we still have 10 hours til kickoff. I did find a pretty cool story about two of the greatest coaches that both teams have ever had, click here to check it out. GO TIGERS!! This is how we Tigers "roll"........beat Bama!

Monday, August 25, 2008

A New Decade....

Okay, so I am officially 29, ...again. My first glimpses of thirty-something are daunting, but manageable. I had a breakdown with a special ed student today, a parent that didn't come get her "bus" student until 6:30 this evening (her bus arrives at home each day by 4, hello!), and a cheeseburger that was way too dry for my birthday meal.

On the other side of the coin, I am so blessed to have been the anticipated subject of arrival at my own birthday outing tonight. What a treat to walk in and know that so many different people love and care about me. So.....I will let you know how it feels to be 29-A for another year.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Goodbye Summer....

Tonight is the final night of summer teacher freedom. Workdays in the Rock Hill School District begin tomorrow and I think I am personally worse off than most because I officially am a late night tv watching, kitchen cleaning, internet surfing until 11pm during the summer kind of gal. This means I HATE GOING BACK TO THE ROUTINE OF 6am "up and at 'ems", in fact I LOATHE it!! School should be a mandated 9-2 day, what do you think?? The little ones waiting at the bus stops at 5:15am are the ones my heart bleeds for though. So.....are you getting your little ones back into the "it's a school night-bedtime" routine this week?? If so....let me know how that works for ya!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Go Alabama!!!

Do what?? Yep, that's right....Go Bama!!! In the semi-final game we fell to Florida, so our SC boys won't be on the field tonight for the championship game. However, the SC team is determined to be on ESPN regardless and have decided to paint up for BAMA and pull for their new friends. Our team quickly bonded with the Westside kids from Mobile. I guess it's those southern manners!!! Speaking of....we are so thrilled that Bama came from behind and beat those rotten Georgia kids with no respect for anyone down there. The two-time Little League World Series team from Warner Robbins were the rudest kids down there. They trashed the dorms and rec area, therefore being banned from all social activities. How sad is that??? Our boys decided then to ban with the other teams and pull for anyone but GA, yippee!! So....with sad news you won't see my cute little #12 playing right field tonight at 8pm, however, look for some really cute teenagers wearing their black/blue FM hats painted up for their new "Bubba Gumps" from Bama!!! Go Westside!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Okay, the South Carolina Team had a win over Virginia on Saturday night, another win over North Carolina last night, but had their first loss for 1st place seed today against Alabama (4-3), this puts up still in the semi-finals tomorrow at 7:30pm, but we have no idea until tonight whom we play. Winner of tomorrow's game goes onto play Friday night at 8pm for the finals on ESPN!!!!!! We have been the underdog the entire time, but our boys never give up!!! They are the SMALLEST in size of the 8 teams here, but they are now feared by all!!! I will try to get another post out after tomorrow's game so I can remind you all to catch their debut on ESPN (hopefully!) They have had a blast thus far, including going on the field at the Tampa Bay Devils Rays game on Sunday afternoon. It was so cool to see the team on the jumbo-tron, but hopefully even more cool to see them close-up on ESPN baby!!!