Category Archives: Parenting

Distinctive Daughter!

According to Google,  Magna cum laude means :
mag·na cum lau·de
  1. with great distinction (with reference to college degrees and diplomas).
Even though we didn’t know that our oldest daughter Holly would graduate from UAB  Magna Cum Laude, it was no surprise to us.
Her first word outside of Dada and mamma, was necklace.
At 28 months, a friend of ours, Jill, tested holly’s language skills for her master’s degree. She was already 2 1/2 years. Meaning at 2 years old, she spoke like a four year old.
Not only did she speak well, she always was witty, and remembered things. There are so many stories about Holly that I could tell you, but there are two I will talk about on today’s post.
When she was five, she was reading out of a kid’s joke book as I was driving down the road. She said to me “What did the river say when  a rock was put in it?”  I told her I didn’t know. She said “I’ll be dammed.” The funny part of this story is that she said it with the correct inflection on the word dammed.  Making it a cuss word as a  posed to the act of one damming up a river.  I did almost wreck my car that day.
When she was seven, we were playing catch phrase with family during the holidays. Holly wanted to play. I whispered to her if she didn’t know the word that came up just to go to the next word. As it got to her turn in the round, she took the disc game, and immediately said the Valley where dead heroes go. We all had no idea, and assumed that she didn’t know that she was talking about as she was just seven. She repeated herself. Finally, someone said Valhalla. She said yes, and passed the disc. We were all where amazed. Then, at the end of the round. We asked her, where she had learned about such a place. She told us it was on Hercules. She then looked at her grandma, and without missing a beat said ” see grandma, you can learn things by watching tv.” We all died laughing.
The point of these two stories is that Holly has always been witty, smart, and adaptable. No matter if she is talking to a five year old
or an 86 year old.
She can speak to anyone and have a conversation.
So you can see why that we weren’t surprised that she graduated with such a high honor. Even though we may not be surprised, we are definitely proud of her. She has worked so hard.
We love you Holly and Congrats!

A little throw back Thursday!!!

My senior year in high school in 1987 at a pep rally!!!! Go Rattlers!!!!


car picToday, I will start today’s post off by saying. I need this post more than anyone else that is reading it. I feel horrible as I think about how this subject and how due to it that I may have impacted people in a derogatory manner.

Yesterday’s lunch with my family is a perfect example.

steak and shake

This photo is a courtesy of Yelp and Rob A.

We all sat in a restaurant waiting on our food looking at our phones. Not speaking. We weren’t mad at one another just not engaged.  We did put our technology away once our food arrived. So it wasn’t a totally bust.

But, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I treat others or view them. Also, I’ve thought about how others treat me and view me. Many times, I find that when others are speaking to me that  I’m bored, not engaged, and selfishly thinking of other things. I’m finding that I would rather sit quietly with my computer, or  iPhone, I know that I”m not alone. I often feel like other people do this to me when I speak to them. I deserve it most likely. Let’s be honest, I ramble. Ramblers today don’t survive in conversations because everyone is so used to getting information quickly, and in my case, by the time I finish a story, it’s old news.

I’ve learned so much from acting/improvisation.Being in the moment,


Yes and-ing and Listening

shopping (1)

These  three skills  have forever changed my life,  but I’m afraid sometimes that just isn’t enough. I need a good talking to. I need to get over my social media, technology, mentality,  unplug and spend time with people. Engaged, unselfishly, exhilarated that someone feels the need to share their life with me.  Technology is a great thing. I love my phone, my social media outlets, but I hope I never love those things as much as I love the people I get to share life with.

So if I am ignoring you during conversation, I give you permission to say PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!

Senior Year Begins!!!


Wow, my baby is all grown up. Where did the time ago? Heidi is about to embark on her Senior year of high school. She will be graduating with honors diploma with distinction. I’m so proud of how hard Heidi has worked. I know as she embarks on finishing this accomplishment, she will continue working hard to accomplish so much more. Congrats Heidi. You Rock.

Penny saved is a penny earned!

Penny Video. 

This guy understood the value of a penny.

That’s So Wendy – Passover


Letting Go is so hard.


I took my youngest daughter to meeting this morning to discuss her college choices. I can’t believe that she was a baby just 17 years ago. It seems like yesterday. As I type 17 years, I shake my head in disbelief.  I find it so hard to believe ever day that my girls have grown up into young women. I want to cheer and cry all at the same time. They are beautiful strong women that I already admire. In their life, they’ve already faced things that I still haven’t. I know that blog about them a great deal, but they are a huge part of who I am. As I sat and thought about the meeting this morning, I was reminded of this poem from years ago. It was from the Chuck Swindoll book “Grace Awakening”.  It just means something totally different now. 

To let go doesn’t mean to stop caring,
it means I can’t do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off,
it’s the realization that I can’t control another.
To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try to change or blame another,
I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for,
but to care about.
To let go is not to fix,
but to be supportive.
To let go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
To let go is not to be in the middle arranging all the outcomes,
but to allow others to effect their own outcomes.
To let go is not to be protective,
but to permit another to face reality.
To let go is not to deny,
but to accept.
To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes.
To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
To let go is to fear less and love more.

From “The Grace Awakening” by Chuck Swindoll


Pick Up Your Pom Poms!!!!


Kids have a lot of people pushing them, and often, they feel to much pressure to achieve, achieve, achieve. Really, we all feel that pressure.

As my girls get older, I’m  realizing that a lot of the time, they don’t need more advice. They need a cheerleader. Someone to tell them “it’s okay just breathe. You can’t change it. Just breathe.”

My youngest doesn’t know it yet, but we are going to start yoga and relaxation exercises. I just want her to know that there is away to find peace. It’s easy to get trapped in everyday life. Sometimes you have to make things a practice so you adjust and make those good things a part of your day. Sometimes the way you find peace is to tune out everyone and everything and focus

Moms, get out those pom poms and lay off of the nagging. Tell them you love them, tell them they are doing a good job,tell them it’s okay. Tell them to breathe.

Here are a list of things that help me sometimes, it just depends on the day.

1. pray and read scripture

2. take ten deep breathes

2. ask someone for a hug

3. give someone a hug something for someone else without expecting in return.

5. If all else fails,  I go and buy a sonic drink.

A Friendly Conversation with an Auburn Fan, Paula Claunch.

Where is the Delorean?

As this one is asleep.


and this one is at prom.


and this one is at college.



I’m sitting home on a Saturday night alone thinking “Great Scott, where is the Delorean?”


Kaitlin Chappell

It is well.

Little Fears

Tales of humour, whimsy and courgettes

Logical Quotes

Logical and Inspirational Quotes

People and Chairs

The improv blog with attitude.



Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

My Blog

My WordPress Blog


1. Happy Moments (My God Hugs) 2. Random Observations 3. Annoyed Moments!!!

Attenti al Lupo

Become Free!

Break the Chains of Addiction TODAY! Become the Difference!


Sounds way better than Cheese and Crackers.


This site is the cat’s pajamas

%d bloggers like this: