...He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Eph. 3:20
"I certainly don't regret my experiences because without them, I couldn't imagine who or where I would be today. Life is an amazing gift to those who have overcome great obstacles, and attitude is everything!" - Sasha Azevedo
Sooooooooooooooooo if you read Mimi G's blog you already know we spent our birthdays together. We had a BLAST. We got home a couple days ago and I am sick as a dog (seems like I was sick the entire trip) but I got it IN on this trip.
This will possibly be the most pictures I've EVER uploaded into one post soooooo I'll keep the words minimal lol. Just scroll through lol.
I was taking alka seltzer shots at the airport lol.
Met a lady who loved minions as much as me.
Our flight was delayed because of the shooting. MANNN MY PHONE BLEW UP. A lot of folks knew when I was leaving but I had NO clue what was going on. More on that later.
Finally on the plane and in the air. First stop...
We went THREE times. LOL
We celebrated our bdays together! Great food (that we cooked lol), friends and tons of laughter lol.
The look on my face when I realized what was in my box lol
I LOVE minions lol
My boooooooooo lol
Take #2 lol This was so good lol. This store was insane. Tony had more fun than we did lol. He hauled all the fabric lol and paid for all mine lol
I felt like crap in this pic lol but I ate all my food. The food was SO GOOD. I'm now addicted to macroons. I want to find a place locally that has some. Something tells me they wont be as good. Humph.
Deep fried french toast. THIS WAS SO GOOD!
I love him. Let me tell y'all about this California sun. Its superduper bright. I hardly EVER wear sunnies. HARDLY EVER. I wore them the entire time. Felt like my eyes were on FIRE lol. I was born in LongBeach but maybe momma never let us go outside lol
Group shot!! SELFISHHHHHHHHHHHHHH lol This was hilarious lol. You had to have been there.
We wouldnt' have paid for this if we knew he was going to use a pre made crepe. FAIL. And they were horrible. NOTHING like the awesomeness that we had in New York .
Yes I have on sequin leggins at the beach lol.
These mussels freaked me out. Folks were picking them and eating them right there. YUCK. We peeked in them and they were moving. **GAG**
He didn't make it lol.
We acted like big kids.
Dinner...dont' ask. Oh while we were there we LITERALLY saw folks have xes on the beach. NO LIE.
One of Tony's long time friends (like back with Patrick long time friends) was in LA and we HAD to hook up. If you look real close at his hand that big ole huge ring is a superbowl ring. I've never seen one IRL so I was all inspecting it lol. He came to the gathering we had here after Patrick passed, but I don't remember seeing it then lol.
And this was take #3 lol. The food is SO good.
Our pool...well the hotels pool lol
Our rental that we both loved. Now tony has new car fever. I however do NOT. I have new house fever but more on that later lol.
Sinful. I tell you. I ate so much.
HA! Tony know knows who she is lol.
Shes made out of some kinda candy lol.
Y'all know I was in minion heaven right!?
On the red carpet lol.
Everyone had their phone taking pics lol
While we were eating dinner, there was a high speed chase being shown on the news...welllllllll
It just so happend to be right out side our restaurant, and Tony got great pics lol
Yep, sequin leggins lol. These are kinda out of order now lol
So much fabric!
I love how this building was covered in greenery!
over 50k sequin? y'all KNOW I couldn't leave without a picture lol
and the trip comes to an end. We had SUCH a great time. We finished the trip off by a treat in Atlanta Airport. Mo has me HOOKED on this place lol. Well I guess that is it lol. That's enough! We had a great time. The highlight had to be cooking with Mimi and meeting her friends and family. It's a birthday I won't soon forget.
The entire month of April is a hard one for our family. We know that the month must come to an end and Patrick's birthday always closes out the month.
He would have been 37 today.
We REALLY miss him.
His name comes up ATLEAST once a week around here if not more.
I know he is no longer with us but sometimes it feels like he is just busy.
I thought the pain would get better with time but I haven't experienced that yet. Neither has Tony.
I know what "I" feel in my heart. I can only imagine what Tony feels.
I went back through my blog and found the post when he passed away. If you are new, you can read it here .
Patrick was loved. Shoot Patrick is STILL loved.
I keep this picture of him on the top of my bookshelf. He's always watchin my back lol.
Between him and Tony I could do anything. I was superwoman lol. He had so much confidence in me. Y'all know I HATE alterations. I did some for him. Some Suits. Mannnn that tall dude lol. Patrick was BIG lol. I would only do stuff like that for him and Tony. Not even my daddy could make me hem his pants lol.
The tears flow but his memory lives on.
I wish he could see his son grow up. I wish he could see my kids grow up. They miss Uncle Pat.
I made my mom a quilt for Christmas. She LOVED IT! I even used my new embroidery machine to add a very nice little tag to it lol.
I made Pj's for the menfolk in my life. ANDRE WAS SOOOOOOOOO HAPPY!! I promise it took an act of congress to find this fabric for him lol. The pants are not huge...he just has them stretched ALL the way out lol. BIG deal for me since this is like the first time I've EVER sewn ANYTHING for someone OUTSIDE my house lol.
Hmm why did he get dimples and I didn't?!?! <_<
Can you see Chico? LOL
Aj wasn't fully awake yet lol.
I ADORE THIS PIC OF AJ AND MY DAD. Yes I was in church with my camera. Don't judge me lol.
Lil bit loves my necklace...she now has one VERY similar thanks to Forever 21 lol.
Kayla wasn't happy...can't even remember why lol.
Kayla's girlscout troop had a mother daughter tea and my mom and grandma came along. We all wore gloves and flowers in our hair since we couldn't find hats lol. It was cute and fun. Kayla has on the satin glove since we couldn't find the lace ones in her size lol.
Love this one.
Aj getting just tickled to pieces lol.
The girls LOVED these tires lol. These are pics from the Christmas parade lol.
Did you guys enjoy your weekend!? We did! It was REALLY low key! LOVE IT! Here are a few pics of the kids in the play... I love that they enjoy doing stuff at church :-)
Aj did NOT want to take a pic lol. I don't think any of us really did but you KNOW I have to document it right!? LOL They were SO ready to go lol I did manage to get a better one once we got home lol. Aj started taking his clothes off in the car lol.
Pattern Description: Misses Dress, Top, City Shorts, Jacket and Bag - Sew Stylish Collection
Pattern Sizing: 14-22 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes the instructions were superb! What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I LOVE this pattern! Fabric Used: Poplin from Hancock. Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I HIGHLY recommend this pattern and I already have plans to make it again. I LOVE the way this fits. I've also considered making the dress lol. Conclusion: This is such a great pattern! I can see why it has such great reviews. I also made I also must add, I have had this pattern cut out and ready to sew for OVER a year. I SO wish I would have made this last year!
And my shoes because they are just sooooooooooo fabulous lol
**gasp** that ruffle detail SOLD me lol. I got these from Nordstrom.
I am going to do Project 365 this year lol. I started a new blog for it and you can follow that HERE if you would like. I still have to jazz it up a bit but I will do that a little bit later on. I'm going to do mine a LITTLE bit different soooooo lol. WIsh me luck with that lol.
I'm also doing Twitpic 365 with Patrice lol. I will PROBABLY use a lot of the same pics lol...just a warning lol.
Tony said his best Christmas gift was tickets to the Papa Johns.com Bowl Game NC State vs. Rutgers. The game was superb.
Here are a couple of pics...
They said the game was packed and it was COLD. It was a part of Patrick's gift too...can't just buy one ticket...and I wasn't going lol.
Ya'll have to excuse Tony's head... *sigh* he is in the process of letting his hair "loc" so ummm yeah he KEEPS that stocking cap thing on it when he is out of the house. LAWD. I will be glad when this phase passes. I have been taking pics sooooo. I will post them soon one day lol. I don't have the very first twists but I do have the beginning of the loc process.
*DEEP SIGH* I went to Sips N Strokes the other night, and did NOT enjoy myself. I have gone a lot as you all know, and I have NEVER not enjoyed myself. That CHANGED. The instructor SARAH whom I will make SURE I NEVER have again was AWFUL. THE ENTIRE CLASS WAS NOT PLEASED. What does that say?! YOU SUCK AS AN INSTRUCTOR!!! The class ended at 9. When I left at 9:45 people were STILL trying to fix their paintings. This was the best I could do with mine. The original picture looked something like this:
TRUST me when I say it took a LOT of work to get it even remotely close to this. I STILL don't like it.
We had a blast on NYE. We went to a family party first...it was Michael Jackson themed lol....
The kids had a blast...there was a ton of food as it ALWAYS is with my family lol...we LOVE to eat lol. I don't know where Jaelyn was when we took this pic lol.
My Uncle Speed (We have a TON of nicknames in the family lol) and my dad lol
Uncle Pig giving me the evil eye lol...he know he love me lol.
My Uncle Wayne...the Host...that is a WIG on his head and his ONE glove lol
We were getting our cha-cha on. I swear that dance never gets old. I sweated my hair out lol, and before you ask, yes that is the same sweater in the above pic....don't act like you ain't never did it before lol
My mom wanted to learn so we were TRYING to teach her....
Had to call for some backup lol...she needs two on one help...One on one wasn't working lol.
Then I went to another party and did it up again lol
I don't think I got out of bed until almost 11 New Year's Day lol.
Ok, that is ALL I GOT! LOL
Hope you guys have a great weekend!
Pray for us...we are doing something new as a family lol.
I'm not going to post any pics of the kids opening gifts because they aren't umm properly dressed ;-) but they had a good time!
Every year we go to my moms house on Christmas morning, once they wake up lol.
My kids got up at O' Dark Thirty wanting to open gifts lol. Next year we MIGHT go to my moms as soon as they wake up lol. *Making mental notes* lol
My mom had the BRIGHT idea to take some pics of her little dog Ozzie lol
Yes, those are my moms glasses lol
He is a cutie lol. He was tired after all of that but he still didn't want to take his "clothes" off lol.
The dudes were chillin...watchin us make a fool out of ourselves lol.
I can't remember what I was singing, but the wig was necessary lol. My mom pulled this out from her New Years get up last year when her and my dad were Peaches and Herb lol. THAT was funny. Here is a pic...I don't think I ever showed it....
YES she put on a SEQUIN dress and sprayed GOLD GLITTER on a jacket for my dad...it was Motown party lol...she was trying to capture the essence of peaches and herb....SMH lol. I LOVE that they love to have fun after being married 32 years...
**side story lol when my dad was in his wheel chair after his accident, they would go to walmart at like 2 and 3 AM....sometimes I would go to help her get the stuff in the car because my dad couldn't carry anything heavy...well one time I went he kept trying to roll over her in his wheelchair and she went and got an electric chair and was trying to hit him too. I just left them to play lol... END STORY **
Andre was trying to tell me how to sing...so I offered him the mic lol.
He also took the wig lol
My parents also got in on the action lol
They did a duet but I can't remember what they were singing lol
Then Marvin came and I put the camera up lol
We really had a really good Christmas!
The tree is now down and the decorations are put up and we are getting ready for the NEW YEAR!!
I wish I had a clone because I have two parties to attend. One thing I LOVE about these parties....they are ALL kid friendly! I love that people plan fabulous parties and the kids can come too! Those parties that say, no children allowed....I ain't going lol. ESPECIALLY for New Years. I can't see myself bringing in the New Year without my kids. Other things yeah, that's fine lol, but NOT NY's lol. I will have to get some pics this year. The kids do it up too! LOL
Ok, that is IT for me! I hope y'all have a great day!
I hope you all had a very, very Merry Christmas!!!
This picture really sums up Christmas for us...I took this picture SO fast!!! I didn't even TELL him to go to bed and I THINK he is still fully dressed lol. I know he was tired because he doesn't even have a pillow case on his pillow!!! LOL I changed his linens yesterday lol. I will leave him be. I don't wake up sleeping children lol.
And our regular throw back Friday!!
I'll do a Christmas wrap-up on Monday...right now I is TIRED! LOL
Have a great weekend!
This year we decided on bronze, gold and ivory for the tree.
I am so in love with these ornaments.
Have to do one with a reflection of moi.... lol
This is my favorite....I don't know if you can see it but it says HOPE.
These are like little disco balls...I call it my ombre ornament lol. It goes from gold to bronze. I would LOVE to have some fabric like this lol.
I love the pearl garland too. I had to have it lol. Even though Christmas hasn't even arrived yet, each year the kids pick the colors of the tree. Next year is Kayla's turn and she wants...BLUE, SILVER, and splashes of hot pink. lol
I will start buying ornaments the day after Christmas lol.
I have something to tell you guys, but not until next post :-) lol
Did you guys have a good Thanksgiving?? We really really did!!! Why don't you listen to this "throwback" song and get movin....especially for everyone that is going to black Friday sales lol. I don't want ANY part of that madness lol
This has to be one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs!!! LOVE IT!
NOTE TO EVERYONE TAKING PICS LOL.... Make sure your card is formatted BEFORE you want to start taking a lot of pictures lol. I started taking pics at my moms house and my camera kept telling me I didn't have any memory...umm ok I had only taken like five pics lol. This is a 2gig card...umm ok. Then I thought about it. It has been a WHILE since I formatted my card lol. BUT If I would have formatted it then I would have lost all the pics I had already lol.
Here is my Thanksgiving wrap up lol. Doesn't even count the people that were over at our house because I didn't have time to take these pics off the camera before they got here lol and the battery on my point and shoot is DEAD lol
There were no fancy dishes, or place settings...just family, good food and just being together. That is what matters most. I love my family more than anything. When it is all said and done, that's all you have. I let mine know all the time how much I love and appreciate them. Mushy moment over ;-)
We ended up riding 4wheelers with the kids...here are the last two pics I took lol
AJ LOVES TO "POP HIS COLLAR" he is SO cool lol
He is something else.
Here is one I snagged with my camera phone of my dad and Tony working on the motor in my car. SO glad Tony is learning from my dad. All I have to do is buy my parts! LOL
I hope you all have a great weekend. If you all are going out PLEASE be safe and watch your surroundings. FOLKS CRAZY!
Did you guys have a good weekend? We did. It was totally LOW KEY. I didn't move my car until it was time to go to church on Sunday lol.
I think it should be a law that you should NOT be allowed to chew/pop/smack gum in public places. I had to go to the courthouse yesterday and I SWEAR I was about ready to go off on this lady that was two people down from me. OMG. I about went batty listening to her pop her freaking gum. OMG. I don't even want to chew gum anymore after hearing her and I do NOT pop my gum. You hardly even know I have it in my mouth. OMG. About drove me INSANE!
*sigh* onto the health issues.
I have continued to go to the doctor every couple of weeks to have blood work done. I've had a couple of scares, but it has all turned out well in the end. Well yesterday, I had a super big scare. My levels haven't looked like this since I was first diagnosed with cervical cancer. I have to go back today for some additional testing so PLEASE keep me in your prayers. If by ANY chance the cancer ever decides to come back, I will have a hysterectomy done. I did want to try the other treatment first, and I'm glad I did....but I'm hoping that this too will pass. I'll keep you guys updated.
Prayer Request: A couple of my good-est (Aj says this ALL the time lol) friends already know that mom is having surgery tomorrow, please keep her in your prayers....she is a pretty good patient... my dad however will drive me insane when she comes home...pray for MY sanity lol.
Knitting: This Habu is getting on my damn nerves lol. I am currently looking for a cute tank pattern using rowan cotton rope. I need some mindless knitting right now. LOL
Sewing: NO mojo. AT ALL. I did some sewing a week or so ago. I made a dress, two tops and a skirt from my list. I have not taken pics in my things yet but I did get a picture of Jaelyn in the dress I made for her, so I'll probably try and post that tomorrow.
Photography: Busy as hell. It's now wedding time. I have SIX weddings over the next seven weeks. SIX. Fun times, but OH so busy lol.
Scrapping: TOTALLY in my groove. I feel like I'm a few weeks behind showing stuff lol. I did the following LO's a couple weeks ago I think. I've done a lot more...I've been working on some mini albums for a couple of dear friends of mine. I'll show some sneaks of those soon. I've also added some pages to my kids summer mini album. I need to show those as well lol.
I Miss My Dad:
Foof a la letters
MM Journaling page and staples
7 gypsies Gaffer tape
DMC Floss (which I am totally addicted to)
Pearl Brads Unknown
The photo is mounted with the 7 gypsies tape and grommets. It lifts to reveal the journaling:
My scanner obviously didn't like the embellishments on this one so here is a photo:
Basic Grey PP (Yes, I'm addicted to it lol only Virginia has seen my stash..shhh lol)
Clocks Umm, I think they are paperhouse studios?
AC Felt Thickers
Button up buttons
MM Felt and Epoxy buttons (RAK from Dana...did I ever show you guys that photo??)
Well I planned this whole neat little post full of frames, but alas...no PC means no Photoshop so no cute frames. This post is VERY PIC heavy...I'll try and keep the words down lol
Throw Back Friday will be back in the New Year!!!
THE FOOD: Cornbread Dressing Turnip Greens Mac & Cheese
Candied Yams Sweet Potato Casserole
A small portion of my ham
A small snipet of my turkey
Martha Stewart Cookies
Hmmm gotta find the Red Velvet Cake pic lol
Jaelyn's FAVORITE gift lol
Mom's favorite pic (tee hee)
Aj's favorite two things....his game boy and his new chair lol
Love the look on her face lol
He has his game face on lol.
My mom enjoying her gift in all her Christmas Glory lol. I'll post that tomorrow
My brother trying to transform Aj's transformer.....how many men does it take?
Five hours later...Tony trying to do the same thing lol. HA! LOL
Aj put those bad boys on the FLOOR! LOL
Can you find AJ? He made his OWN bed Christmas Eve. Using a sheet that they paint on....lol I see transformers AND bob the builder lol. Love this pic. He w as SO tired on Christmas afternoon lol.
My mom's kitten Gracie needed some attention too, so she got her ball and went to work lol
This is my FAVORITE picture and I can not WAIT to scrapbook it. (Can you see my pic I painted to the left to the left?) If any of you have met or talked to Kayla, you all know she LOVES BOOTS! OMG. I got her a black pair, but GRANDMA got her a SUEDE pink pair complete with pom poms lol. She LOVES these things. I have already bought stock in scotch guard because I KNOW she will no doubt attempt to wear them EVERY day! LOL