Wednesday, January 30, 2008

"I will dance with Cinderella..." you know this song? Paul and I have apparently been in a hole...and we just heard this song! Read the lyrics or go listen to it! Then come back to the end of the blog...

Verse 1:
She spins and she sways
To whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And I'm sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on my shoulders
It's been a long day
And there's still work to do
She's pulling at me
Saying "Dad I need you!
There's a ball at the castle
And I've been invited
And I need to practice my dancing
Oh please, Daddy, please!"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone

Verse 2:
She says he's a nice guy and I'd be impressed
She wants to know if I approve of her dress
She says, "Dad the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancin'
Oh please, Daddy, please!"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone

She will be gone

Verse 3:
But she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowin' and tellin' us all they had planned
She says, "Dad the wedding's still six months away but I need to practice my dancin'
Oh please, Daddy, please!"

So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
'Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don't want to miss even one song
'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she'll be gone

So the other night we were driving home from eating out and the kids were being pretty quiet so I turned the radio on and this song was on...I had heard the whole thing just the day before. I turned it up and told Paul, "You have to listen to this song." When it was over, I told him that I thought that this song was the "Butterfly Kisses" for Abby's generation. When I said this Paul was silent...I looked at him and he was crying! I, of course, immediately asked him what was wrong, to which he promptly replied, "nothing." He then went on to explain that the song affected him much more than he anticipated. It took him a long time to recover from the emotions the song brought up...mostly because Abby is at the age, of the first verse...playing princess and she is always wanting to "do daddy's hair". So I think the reality of her growing up just hit him at once and the song only added to the emotion. He likes the song so much he had me download it onto his myspace. Anyway, if you haven't heard the song, you should, if you have then maybe you know what I'm talking about!

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Transformers Party

Saturday we had Jacob's birthday party! We had such a wonderful time. Here is a rundown of the planning and party events!
Friday night I bake the cake so it will be ready to frost the next morning. Jacob picks out a design that I know I can't do but I am going to try anyway. The rest of the night we decorate and get everything cleaned up and ready to go, save the cake.
Saturday morning, I get up early and run to HEB to get the stuff for the icing and come back to begin. I get the colors mixed and begin the process of trying to make the top of this cake look like the picture of Optimus Prime Jacob picked out. The problem is not the shape or proportion...I can do that...what I can't do is shade the icing. So I have a cake with a picture on it of, what kind of, sort of, looks like Optimus...I call Jacob in to look at it. He takes a long look at the cake and in the sweetest, most innocent, beautiful voice, he says, looking into my eyes, "Is that the best you can do mommy?"
I immediately burst into tears...not because my feelings were hurt...because they weren't...but because I could not do what he wanted me to do. That broke my heart. As soon as he saw me crying he quickly changed his tune to, "But I really like it mommy!" I told him he was sweet, but he didn't have to like it...
So...I scraped the icing off into the sink, flipped the cake over and began again! This time I went with my original idea and it turned out much better! This time when Jacob saw the cake (whether he liked it or not) he gave me a big hug and said it was the best cake ever...(I think daddy got to him before he saw the cake) At any rate it made me feel awesome!
After the cake fiasco, we readied ourselves for the party and at two o'clock the guests started to arrive, everyone got to come, except one little we had seven 5-6 year old boys running around our backyard for two hours and we only had 3 bleeding! I count this a success! Two of the boys who ended up bleeding (due to the trampoline and see saw) were dropped off and so we had to deal with them until their parents came to pick them up. The other "bleeder" was Caleb. He came running into the house with a bloody nose and said to him, as he flew by me, "Son, your nose is bleeding!" He said, "I know, I'm going to go see it!" He did not want me to tend to him at all until he saw the blood running down his face. When he made his way back into the kitchen, where I was waiting, he said, "This is so cool mom, my nose is bleeding!" Then...he wouldn't let me wipe it all off so he could have a bloody nose....whatever...boys.....
All in all the party was a great success, Jacob and his friends had a great time and that was enough for me. That night, totally unprovoked, Jacob came and sat in my lap, kissed me, and told me, "That was the best party ever!" As soon as he was out of eyesight and earshot...I burst into tears...Oh the sorrow and JOY children bring.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Curse the Mountain Cedar!!!!

In San Antonio, there are many wonderful things. For example, Sea World, the Riverwalk, beautiful scenery, amazing weather, Fiesta Texas, tons of places to take the kids, the SA zoo...AND...the NOT-SO-WONDERFUL MOUNTAIN CEDAR.
This is a phenomenon that I was not expecting when we moved here. I have NEVER had allergies, in all my 29 (yikes) years I have not found anything that I am allergic to. I never suffered from seasonal allergies, I am not allergic to any medications, making it easy to knock out sickness, I am not allergic to any animals, so we had some...nothing...until...I moved to San Antonio.
Mountain Cedar is a pollen that floats through the air and ails people for the months of December and January. Here in San Antonio you can actually SEE it floating through the air. It coats everything in its path with a yellow-ish/gold film, your car, the trees, the fences, whatever is in its way. Last week the pollen was so bad that it actually showed up on the doppler radar and they showed pictures of it in real looks like fog blowing through the trees.
So all of this to say, I AM APPARENTLY ALLERGIC TO MOUNTAIN CEDAR! It is so frustrating. I am sniffling and sneezing, sneezing, sneezing, all the time these days. My eyes water so much I can't even keep makeup on, I have been through more paper towels, napkins, toilet paper and kleenex in the last two months than in the entire previous year! I am so over mountain cedar. Hopefully the "season" is coming to an end and I will return to normal, until next "season" of course....

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A bit nostalgic...

I am working on my son's birthday party, which is a Transformers party. Apparently I am THE COOLEST mom ever because I know all the words to the song, I know all their names, I know that they are from the planet Cybertron, I know it all!
What my son doesn't quite realize is that Transformers are not new! He can't get his mind around the fact that Transformers are old school. Now, most of the info that I have now is from the new movie and I can't quite remember how much of it is from the original...That's fine with me though, because again, to Jacob,...I AM THE COOLEST MOM EVER!

Just for grins here is the info about the Transformers that immediately comes to mind...

1. Optimus Prime - leader of the Autobots
2. Bumblebee, Ironhide, Jazz, Ratchet - Autobots
3. Megatron - leader of the Decepticons
4. Starscream, Bonecrusher, Barricade, Devastator, Blackout - Decepticons
5. They hail from the planet Cybertron
6. All Spark - the source of ultimate power which the Decepticons want to find and use it to destroy the earth
7. part of the song...
Transformers, robots in disguise
Transformers, more than meets the eye

Jacob is super proud of me and that's what matters to me the most. I hope he has a great birthday next weekend and then it will be on to Caleb's party...

Thursday, January 10, 2008


My sister-in-law sent me an interesting email...yeah it was a forward, but some of the information was really interesting. I have lived in Texas all of my life and I have enjoyed it...of course I have very little to compare it to.
For example, over the Christmas holiday we traveled with Paul's dad and step-mom to Iowa. Paul's dad grew up there and we went for a family reunion. We were only there for four days, however each day I grew more and more aware of how much I enjoy living in Texas. We drove 11 hours to get there on Thursday after Christmas and we steadily watched the temperature fall the further north we went. The entire time we were there the temperature never rose above 18 degrees....YES I said 18! It was MORE than freezing. There was 6-8 inches of fresh powder snow on the ground that was truly beautiful. Of course my kids wanted to play in it. So we did the whole thing...layer after layer after layer of clothing and gloves and hats and chapstick on the face so that they wouldn't get windburned. Abby was the only one who said she had to go to the bathroom! So we took it all off, went to the bathroom, put it all back on...and 45 minutes later we were off to play in the snow. The kids were disappointed that they couldn't build a snowman or throw snowballs because the snow was so dry. They got over it quickly and had a great time at the park.
I was so cold the whole time we were there and I just kept telling all of the relatives, "This is the reason God put me in Texas!" They just laughed at have to know that to them I am the "Southern City Girl". I'm the one who hadn't seen a cow up close or ridden a tractor. I'm the one who was completely gob-smacked when I saw the town for the first time...all 4 (count them 1-2-3-4) buildings!
All in all we had a fun time and when I get some pics uploaded to my computer I'll put some up! Meanwhile here's some of the email that started all this.............

>Here is what Jeff Foxworthy has to say about folks
> from Texas...
> If someone in a Lowe's store offers you assistance
> and they don't work there, you may live in Texas;

> If "Vacation" means going anywhere south of Dallas
> for the weekend, you may live in Texas;

> If you know several people who have hit a deer more
> than once, you may live in Texas;

> If you find 60 degrees "a little chilly," you may
> live in Texas;
> If you actually understand these jokes, and share
> them with all your Texas friends, you definitely
> live in Texas.
> Here are some little known, very interesting facts
> about Texas .
> 1. Beaumont to El Paso: 742 miles
> 2. Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles
> 3. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas
> 4. World's first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.
> 5 The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel
> in North America built over water.
> 6. The Heisman Trophy was named after John William
> Heisman who was the first full-time coach at Rice
> University in Houston.
> 7. Brazoria County has more species of birds than
> any other area in North America.
> 8. Aransas Wildlife Refuge is the winter home of
> North America's only remaining flock of whooping
> cranes.
> 9. Jalapeno jelly originated in Lake Jackson in
> 1978.
> 10. The worst natural disaster in U.S . history was
> in 1900, caused by a hurricane, in which over 8,000
> lives were lost on Galveston Island.
> 11. The first word spoken from the moon, July 20,
> 1969, was " Houston."
> 12. King Ranch in South Texas is larger than Rhode
> Island.
> 13. Tropical Storm Claudette brought a U.S.
> rainfall record of 43" in 24 hours in and around
> Alvin in July of 1979.
> 14. Texas is the only state to enter the U.S. by
> TREATY, (known as the Constitution of 1845 by the
> Republic of Texas to enter the Union) instead of by
> annexation. This allows the Texas Flag to fly at the
> same height as the U.S. Flag, and may divide into 5
> states.
> 15. A Live Oak tree near Fulton is estimated to be
> 1500 years old.
> 16. Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in the
> state.
> 17. Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. There
> is no period in Dr Pepper.
> 18. Texas has had six capital cities:
> Washington-on- the Brazos, Harrisburg, Galveston,
> Velasco, West Columbia and Austin.
> 19. The Capitol Dome in Austin is the only dome in
> the US. which is taller than the Capitol Building in
> Washington DC (by 7 feet).
> 20. The name "Texas" comes from the Hasini Indian
> word "tejas" meaning friends. Tejas is not Spanish
> for Texas
> 21. The State Mascot is the Armadillo (an
> interesting bit of trivia about the armadillo is
> they always have four babies. They have one egg,
> which splits into four, and they either have four
> males or four females.).
> 22. The first domed stadium in the U.S. was the
> Astrodome in Houston.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

I really need to blog...

I need some motivation though...Any ideas friends? Help me out! Hopefully I'll get a few minutes later...or maybe tomorrow...or possibly the next day...

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Christmas Blessing

Over the last year to 18 months there has been some major turbulance in our family. The end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 were entrapped with a heavy cloud of uncertainty. God is faithful though...and throughout 2007 God began to bless and move in the lives of each member of our family and 2007 ended with a wonderful Christmas. We were all together...happy...truly happy, not just "happy-faced". The children were a joy to watch and my brothers and their others and their children were all together playing games and laughing. God gave us a beautiful blessing of love, joy and peace this Christmas! Here are a few pics...