Butt Dust

What, you ask, is 'Butt dust?' Read on and you'll discover the joy in it! These have to be original and genuine; no adult is this creative!!

JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister. After a while he asked: 'Mom, why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?'

MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny replied she was so old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, 'If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties. Mine say five to six.'

STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight. 'I love you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom window.'

BRITTANY (age 4) had an earache and wanted a painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'

SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. 'Please don't give me this juice again,' she said, 'It makes my teeth cough.'

D.I. (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I cost?'

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my wife fit in?'

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: 'The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the flea?'

TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while and then asked, 'Why doesn't your skin fit your face?'

The Sermon: I think this Mom will never forget this particular Sunday sermon...
'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust.' He would have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter (who was listening!) leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little girl voice, 'Mom, what is butt dust?

Now that's an Abbey statement!! LOl.

How I met your father..Part I

Where was I.... ah, yes. So, here I was now living in rural America. This for me would be somewhere I would only return with heavy heart when the death of a loved one was called home. Sadly, it was never home to me, although yes, I was born there. Small town and way too much gossip. Topic? Me, of course. I'm sure I did nothing to promote it either. *snort* I graduated high school and was dating one of the boys from the neighboring town. I realized one day after dating him longer than I should have that we didn't have a thing in common. Other than the sex. He was a bad boy that just wouldn't grow up. He lived for the weekends. I know, we all do, but his idea was different than what I envisioned. Guzzling beer and smoking pot. Oh, and "van-slams". Don't ask! Anyway, I was going to school and working full-time and he was workingflagging traffic doing road construction work. He worked part of the year and collected unemployment the remainder of the year. I could see the writing on the wall. He would be one more heart I would break. Yeah, he was cute, but no motivation. After waisting too much time on that relationship I finally broke it off and never looked back. The only thing that kept me there was my job. I was itching to get back to the city. Any city. Management came to me not long after I started and shared their desire for me to participate in the management training program. I was flattered. I was working as the front desk supervisor at the time. I loved this job. Oh, and the numerous marriage proposals. There was that "alleged" talent scout who wanted to make me into the next "super" model. Of course I would need to come to his room to discuss the details. *snort* And the Frenchmen who was so in love with me that he wanted me to come back to France with him to meet his family! He saw nothing wrong with it either. We would all live together. Serously, it played out like the show "Hotel". Anyway, I had it all planned out. I was going to be the next Leona Helmsley, and without going to jail! And way more attractive. I learned every aspect of the hotel industry one department at a time. I learned first hand the proper way to clean a toilet. Hmmm, was there any doubt how this was to be done? What I learned after spending so much time on my knees hugging the porcelain was this would not be the profession I ever wanted to master. No sir-ree I never(ev-er) wanted to do that for a living let alone for myself! I've had someone cleaning my toilets for the last 23 years. The hardest job(next to raising twins!) I ever did was waitressing. Yes, they felt I would benefit knowing all facets of the operation. As determined as I was to learn the job, I really sucked. I worked hard for my tips and I think due to sheer enthuisiasm I made the most daily in tips. I'm sure most of my customers felt sorry for me. I moved into the accounting department and then was finally promoted to Sales and Catering Manger. I thought this was the best job in the world. It was during this time that I would meet the man who would become my husband. My first husband. He was my bosses boss. "The Vice President". AND the youngest Vice President the company had ever hired. He was barely 29 years old and the most powerful man I had ever met. I was 23years old and my life was about to change. Stay tuned....

Life Lately

It's 113 degrees outside at 8pm with the sun down. Some of you might wonder what it's like to have 113 degree weather. Very hot. And it's only June.....the real heat comes in July/Aug.

Shad and I got sinus infections, Tanner got Swimmer's Ear and a cold/cough, and Kate had a cold/cough. We're going on 2 weeks now, and I'm the only one left sick. It feels so wrong to be sick in June.

Besides all that, summer is here and I'm loving it. I know a lot of people don't like the hot weather here, but all in all, I love it. I would much rather have 3-4 months of horrible heat with still being able to cool off in the pool, than 3-4 months of snow/cold.

Kate has been inseparable from her dollies lately, and it's just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. She sleeps with them, takes naps with them, plays with them and eats with them.

Tanner didn't get so play with Sia for about 2-3 weeks and he was just dying to hang with her. So we finally had her over and they went back to being best buds again.

One night while I was sick, Shad made pancakes with the kids. I thought it was so cute. Kate looks sad in the pic because she tried to touch the griddle and Shad said it was too hot to touch and she got her feelings hurt. It was so sad. She was trying sooo hard not to cry.

Kate feels right at home on the kitchen table lately. She's always crawling up there to eat, color, play, whatever.

So it's only June, and this is what Tanner's back looks like compared to his bum. Yowsa. I wish I were that tan.

These are just the leftover pics I wanted to post.

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Tears and Laughter...

Whew-wee. Wow. I really don't know where the time goes. I feel like I am on a constant tread mill but getting no where. I haven't had a moment to report in to what certainly must be my two remaining fans. Funny how that happens when you don't blog. But, for you suckers die hard loyal reader's, heres something to wet your appetite.

My little "huricanes" turned three on Monday! OMG. I can't believe how much they have grown since bringing them home almost two years ago. I can not express the love I feel for my little walking talking mini me's! My little "sas mouth's" as I fondly call them. Nice. I find myself asking "where did they hear that"?! Hmmmm... Where, right?! This by far has been my proudest and most rewarding role. Ev-er! So, it was only fitting that we celebrate "Rony" style to ring in their birthday. A real sha-bang for my little princess's. Of course once we got past the tears they had a great time. Sweet thing handled most of the details. Well, with exception of the invitations. He thought a Chinese themed birthday party would be fun. So did I, especially when I realized he had made arrangements to have it catered from our favorite Chinese Restaurant. Yee-haa. Bonus points for sweet thing. He also ordered the prettiest "Cin-da-bella" cake from Maggie Moo's... not to mention an all too impressive guest list. We knew Nana would be flying in from Florida -- (you would have thought they were graduating from Yale with honors) but Auntie Jill and Auntie Kim surprised us by flying in from Atlanta for the event too. Of course the other famous twins were here and so was baby Evie just days of arriving home from China. She stole the show with her charm. Gorgeous, happy baby. We had so much fun. It just confirmed what wonderful people we have in our lives. And man oh man the presents. The girls made out like bandits. They are still trying to master the trykes. Thank you Nana, Auntie Jill, Auntie Kim and Uncle Andy.

We celebrated "Daddy's Day with a smashingly delicious brunch prepared by his favorite girlfriend. Me. What was even more special Nana would get to spend the day with us before flying home. Sweet thing was smothered in kisses and lots of love and attention from all his girls. After filling our bellies beyond full we decided we needed to enjoy the beautiful day. Plus the little people were way to eager to ride their new trykes and we were a bit anxious ourselves to get them outside. The walls were taking a real beating. But by the sounds of them giggling and squealing they could care less. I finished the evening up with a special dinner for just sweet thing and I. No interuptions. Great weekend.....now onto plans for girls get-away in a couple of weeks. Me and the lil ones are beach bound with my friend Annie and her twins.... oh where will we land??

Tanner and Shad's Disneyland Trip

Tanner and Shad had so much fun at Disneyland. The highlight of the trip was meeting Buzz Lightyear and of course seeing Mater and Lightening McQueen in the parade. Shad told me when they got back that Tanner just wouldn't eat anything all day and there's nothing that Tanner likes to eat in Disneyland. So I started asking a few questions and come to find out, the first thing Shad did when they walked through the doors was buy Tanner a huge sucker. He ate the entire thing. Hmmmm....I wonder why Tanner wouldn't eat any real food that day? That aside, I am so proud of Shad for taking day off to go to Disneyland. It takes A LOT to have Shad miss a day of work, so it was a pretty big deal.

Miss Kate

Today will be a great day and here's why. Shad and Tanner went to Disneyland...just the two of them. Which means Kate and I here at home.... just the two of us. And who in the world wouldn't want to spend the whole day with this precious little girl?

It feels like a vacation to me. I don't know why I ever thought having just one kid was hard. But it was. It was the hardest thing I'd ever done, up until that point. And I'm sure someday I will wonder why I ever thought having two kids was hard....such is life. Kate still takes two naps and our pool is at a heavenly 90 degree temperature, so I am going to lay in the pool all by myself while she sleeps. I rarely do anything all by myself. I am so excited.

Again, today is going to be a great day.

Tanner and Kate Videos

Marions Visit

Again, I'm too tired to write anything. The whole fam is sick....Shad, me, Tanner and Kate.


Pay it foward

We've all heard the term "pay it forward" well this is my version, so listen up girls. One of our blogger mommies needs our help. If you'd like to help an adoptive mom raise money for her trip to bring her daughter home Insert: I know you do! from China and enter to win a free makeover from Blogs by Danielle, please click here blogsbydanielle.blogspot.com. After some unexpected (and expensive) dental work, and then a horrible car accident caused by someone else that left Lisa's car totaled, she decided to do a fund raiser for her trip to China to adopt her gorgeous (and I do mean gorgeous) daughter Emme. To read her story, please click here. lostandfoundjourney.blogspot.com Danielle and Lisa are selling tickets for $10 a piece, or you can purchase 3 tickets for $25. The winner will receive a makeover from Blogs by Danielle, and Lisa has generously offered to purchase the winner's digital kit!

Come on girls, let's help bring her baby home!

Coconut Milk Icecream

This is for all you dairy-free people like my chidren. I have always thought dairy-free icecream was nasty until this recipe, I got from my brother Jake. He's a really good cook. It is also sugar-free if you choose to make it that way. I make it with agave nectar (it won't give your kids that sugar high...it's super low on the glycemic index). Anyhow, here it is.

Coconut Milk Icecream

1 can coconut milk, chilled
1/4 cup sweetener (agave nectar, sugar, molasses, pure maple syrup, honey, etc)

You could also add, vanilla, hershey's syrup, orange juice, mint extract, etc to make it any flavor you want. just taste it before you put it in your icecream maker. You can add more sweetener or flavorings.

Mix together follow your icecream makers instructions. If you want to add in any extras the last 5-10 minutes of mixing your icecream. For example, chocolate chips, cookie dough, brownie pieces, nuts, caramel, etc.

Washington DC

Shad and I went to DC over Memorial Day weekend and had so much fun. Our excuse was that one of his clients was getting married, although really we just wanted to go to DC and have some time away from the little ones. My wonderful mother-in-law, Marion, watched the kids for us. They went to Chuck E Cheese, McDonalds, the zoo, swimming and I'm sure much more. She played endless hours of play dough with Tanner, made water balloons, did art projects and probably carried Kate on her hip a few hours a day. Thank you Marion!!! We love you!!!

I want to write about the trip, but I'm too tired. Pictures are better than nothing, right?