Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The web site is: www.cstoneyoungfamilies.blogspot.com.
In your comments, you can put YOUR three things that you are thankful for.
1. I'm thankful my dad is home from his month-long trip.
2. I'm thankful for my church family.
3. I'm thankful for my children's teachers. They are shaping my children's behavior/learning in ways that I agree with!
Now it's YOUR turn!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I thought I'd start you off with the prettiest picture of the night... the fall decorations on our front porch.
Sis looked more Western and cute than redneck, so I encouraged her to put on makeup... and as much as she wanted. You can't see from this picture, but the look we were going for was achieved!
Here's Bub and his friend, A, by the basketball court.
Here's a closeup of the classy tattoo on my neck... yup, that's the lens cap of the camera in my mouth! Didn't think THAT was gonna show up!
Here I am with a redneck I found... just kidding... it's just Don!
Here's Gillian. She looked like the rednecks that live around us... her shirt said, "You Mess with Me, You Mess with the WHOLE Trailerpark!"
Here's my lovely sister. Her "Flo" wig, the lipstick on the teeth, and the black bobby socks with "thong" sandals on were key to her redneck look!
Monday, October 27, 2008
So, I've been thinking about what I would put on my 20 Wishes list. Then I thought... why not just MAKE a 20 Wishes list?! So, I've begun formulating it in my mind. I am going to add a list to the side of my blog with my 20 wishes on it... it will be a work in progress for a while. So far, I want to visit all 50 states (layovers don't count!), and visit Italy. So, look for my list in the near future!
Also, look for my HILARIOUS pictures coming (probably tomorrow) of our redneck bonfire. To say people went above and beyond would be a HUGE understatement! It was a lot of fun!
Friday, October 24, 2008
The next few pictures are from a visit the kids and I made to Uncle B's several months ago... here is Bub and Uncle B playing Rock Band (look for future posts with a possible video)
Sis took this picture of me the day I got all my hair cut off...
I took this picture of HER the day she got all HER hair cut off!
A self portrait with Fredbird to show the kids... too bad it's so blurry you can barely tell it's us!
The last picture is to PROVE that I have no pride! I believe I've mentioned before that I have a pink hardhat where I work (because I'm prissy? Surely not!). Then the safety guy brought in new safety glasses that he's thinking of making everyone wear. Talk about UGLY! I think in the military, they would call that style "birth control glasses." So, I got silly and decided to model them with my hardhat on.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
While I don't necessarily agree with all the doctrine mentioned in the book, it really made me think outside the box of normal "religion." In that way, it reminded me of Blue Like Jazz (another great book). I think it would be a really good book who are questioning "religion" and are looking for something more. I think out of the whole book, there were 2 things I pulled from the book.
1. Religion isn't what it's all about. At all. It's a personal relationship with God that is the key. There is a commercial on the Christian radio station that runs regularly for www.notreligion.com. That's what this reminds me of.
2. Forgiveness is what we're called to do to those who hurt us (and don't necessarily deserve it). And it's really the only way we can move on. And deepen our relationships with God and others. That's hard for me to hear... and do. This book showed this in a really personal way.
I have to say that this is probably the first time EVER I've highlighted a passage from a fiction book, but here it is:
Jesus now spoke again. "Mack, I don't want to be first among a list
of values; I want to be at the center of everything. When I live in you,
then together we can live through everything that happens to you. Rather
than a pyramid, I want to be the center of a mobile, where everything in your
life -- your friends, family, occupation, thoughts, activities -- it connected
to me but moves with the wind, in and out and back and forth, in an incredible
dance of being."
Friday, October 17, 2008
So, our dilemma became what to make THIS YEAR'S theme. We all agreed that we couldn't possibly beat last year's (since the '80's were so close to all of our hearts!), but finally a friend came up with a close second... REDNECK!
So, now I am struggling with what to wear for the huge event. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm pretty sure I know how I'm going to do my hair (if I can figure out how to get my roots temporarily black), and I've bought plenty of temporary tattoos for my neck. But clothes??? I think the biggest problem is coming up with something that my pride will let me wear! I mean, I could wear daisy dukes and a bikini top, but THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN!!!
I could use some suggestions. And if I've offended any of you rednecks out there, this is all in fun. I apologize. And please send me a picture of your favorite outfit! :)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The monkey kids (the twin boys, both played by Bub) had just been at school. Only one returned home, so Mama Monkey (played by Sis) wanted to know where the other brother was.
Sis: Where is your brother?
Bub: He got a suspension at school.
Sis (whispering to Bub): No, not a suspension. He got a detention!
Bub: He got a detention at school.
Sis: Oh, he's getting a spit bath when he gets home!
Bub (muttering quietly like a teenage boy): Yeah, like THAT'S a surprise!
Sis: What did you say, Mister?
Bub (sweetly? sarcastically?): I said, Yes, Mother, I thought that he would probably get a spit bath when he returned.
Monday, October 13, 2008
It's not even necessarily ONLY eating fruits and veggies that's been so bad (although at times, I've wanted to cry for meat or cheese or milk or cereal or pizza or coffee!!!)...
For ME, it's mostly been the shakes and the supplements. I still gag EVERY single time I take them.
For DON, the biggest problem has been no energy. And I agree. With only a SLIGHT exaggeration, I fell asleep every time I sat down this weekend! I think it would get better on Day 11 when we could start having chicken/turkey/fish, but I'm still a long way from there!!!
On the positive, I have shaken my addiction to caffeine! I no longer have headaches. And I weigh 5 pounds less than I did 6 days ago... that's something.
But I QUIT!!!!!!!
See you at Dairy Queen! (Just Kidding) (Maybe)
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
You would have thought Wolfgang Puck made us this broccoli... it was our first cooked food since we started this project. Any other day, it would have been just okay, but last night... DELICIOUS!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Here are the things I DIDN'T consider before starting my detox "fun:"
I should probably taper off the caffeine injections beforehand rather than going cold turkey. For example, having Grande Skinny Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks 4 days in a row... probably not a great idea.
I really like food... chewing food. Not drinking some yucky so-called-food.
I have an overactive gag reflex when I smell yucky food... I'll say no more on that subject.
On the flipside:
I lost 3 pounds yesterday! I think it was the fact that all I had all day was two (GROSS) "shakes," an apple, an orange, green tea, some carrots and a boatload of nutritional supplements.
Do I have any converts yet???
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Everywhere I look lately it seems like someone is selling some kind of Colon Cleanse products, but I was interested in a "natural" cleansing. So, Don and I did a little research (actually DON did the research), and we decided on a 21-day program. I just started this morning, and let me say... IT'S DISGUSTING. Everything just smells so HEALTHY. Remember how the old Swiss Farms Salad place used to smell like vitamins when you first walked in (b/c they sold all those vitamins)??? That's how this stuff smells. YUK!
So, I "get" to have 2-3 "shakes" a day, which consist of some nutritional powder, flax seed oil, fruit, and ice/water. I had my first one today... once I got past the smell, I did okay. I can also have all the fruits and vegetables I want for the first 10 days (I'm supposed to eat double the vegetables than the fruits). Then starting day 11, I can add fish and limited organic chicken/turkey.
I can also drink unlimited amounts of green tea. Which I like. But which is NOT coffee.
This does NOT make me happy! :(
Have I talked all of you into trying it? Even with all my whining, I am really excited about trying this. I am interested to see if it really DOES clear up my skin, and if it really DOES make me feel less sluggish/tired. I'll let you know...
In the meantime, anyone have any coffee that I can just smell??? I'd appreciate it!