Friday, June 19, 2009

45 lessons written by a 90 year old.

                                   
 Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer,         
Cleveland , Ohio                                                    

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It
is the most-requested column I've ever written.              

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once  more."                                                              

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.                            

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.                    

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.                   

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends   and
parents will. Stay in touch.                                    

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.                           

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.         

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.           

8. It's OK to get angry                                             

9 Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.            

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.               

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.     

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.                       

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their   journey
is all about.                                               

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.   

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry;   God
never blinks.                                                   

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.                          

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.     

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.        

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second    one is
up to you and no one else.                                   

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take   no for
an answer.                                                   

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.  Don't
save it for a special occasion. Today is special.             

22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.                            

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.        

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.                      

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.                  

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words  'In five years, will
this matter?'                                                  

27. Always choose life.                                             

28. Forgive everyone everything.                                    

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.        

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.                   

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.             

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.             

33. Believe in miracles.                                            

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or
didn't do.                                                   

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.          

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.               

37. Your children get only one childhood.                           

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.            

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.         

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,  we'd
grab ours back.                                                

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.         

42. The best is yet to come...                                      

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.           

44. Yield.                                                          

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

2.5 Hours of Nutcracker Fame on Wordful Wednesday


This week for Wordful
Wednesday...


I am soooo proud of my little Taylor. He came home from school last week and told me that he WON 2 tickets to go and see the Virginia Ballet perform the Nutcracker on Saturday. I asked him how he won these tickets and he said it was because of his artwork. I still had NO idea what he was talking about.

UNTIL...Friday when he came home with the tickets. I figured it would be a great learning experience for them....so I called the box office to order two more tickets for my other two kiddos and I asked the lady if we were going to be able to SEE Taylor's artwork that WON him the tickets...
and she said...

MA'AM...His ARTWORK is going to be PRINTED on the FRONT of the PROGRAMS!!!

I said...SAY WHAT?

She said...YES...the picture he drew of a Nutcracker was chosen out of the WHOLE SECOND GRADE.


I said...SAY WHAT?

I had NO idea that there was even a contest going on.

Just call me Mother. of. the. Year.




Taylor's Winning Nutcracker!



The PROGRAM!


(I got like 20 of them to give as Christmas Gifts)



Part of the Cast! The show was Fab.u.lous!!

Hot Dude in White Tights...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Wordful Wednesday...look at those eyes!

Its time once again for my favorite post of the week! Angie over at....




...is getting more and more popular every week! Gotta Love Her! Muuuahhh! Angie!!!
Hit that button and Go check it out!

This week I dug out some old pics and scanned them! My scrapbooks are going to be in trouble...once i started pulling pics out of them. No..I won't go THAT far! Scanning old pics is TOO. MUCH. FUN!! I did not even own a digital camera when these were taken!!

This is the FUNNIEST picture of my youngest, Taylor, staring at Santa! I can only imagine what he is THINKING! Look at those EYES! He was 3 months old in this pic!





"Dear in the Headlights" Taylor, Age 1




Taylor, age Five. Those eyes just might get him in trouble with the ladies! Not to mention his blonde hair!
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Writing Assignment...TEXT Messaging goes BAD!

I chose to accept the Writing Assignment given by the Blog Queen (mama kat) I am sure you already know where to find her…unless of course you have been locked in a closet somewhere with no access to the internet. And if you have been and are now free…well now is your chance to go over there.

ALSO…while you are at it…head over to STU PIDASSO’s for his Tuesday Caption Contest…which is actually on Wednesday this week….but you have until Saturday to post. Tell him Quita sent you….as I am the reigning champion. I won a CD of my choice and you can win too! It’s easy! This weeks picture is HILARIOUS!!!

Oh..and check out
DIANE ...cause she has a funny pet peeves post...and she is a comment junkie....So make sure you leave her one...but only ONE...careful how you click.

Now...for this weeks assignment...I CHOSE….

You're sitting at work one day and receive a text message from an unrecognized number. The text says, "I have the money and hid the body." You think this is a practical joke from a friend, so you play along at first. But the more texts you receive, the more you realize that it isn't a joke. Write the text conversation you have with this unknown texter.

UNKNOWN: I have the money and hid the body

ME: LOL…U so crrrrazy! Who’s body?

UNKNOWN: W.T.F. are u smokin? Your cop brother in law

ME: LMAO…u know I don’t smoke… and my brother in law is not a cop

UNKNOWN: I need the other half of the money… We had a deal

ME: LOL…yeah but did u hide him in a good spot?

UNKNOWN: huh? Naw lady, I put him on the front step of the police station…wtf do u think

ME: Ha ha! Ur Funny…

UNKNOWN: I need the balance of the money you owe me

ME: and how much would that be smarty pants?

UNKNOWN: U know exactly how much u owe biotch

ME: Oh… I love it when you call me that…lol

UNKNOWN: If U don’t tell me where the money pick-up is…I’m going to call and tell them what U hired me to do

ME: Who you gonna call…Ghostbusters…ha ha…that was my ringback for Halloween…did you hear it??

UNKNOWN: LADY…put that pipe down … I will kill your ass if you don’t give me my money

ME: Okay…this is getting old…ha ha…I’m laughing…now b serious. I’m going to call and talk to U

UNKNOWN: I’m waiting…

ME: I called but U are not who I thought U were—who R U…and why are U talking to me about money & a body?

UNKNOWN: Aren’t U Hockeymom08?

ME: Hell NO I don’t even like hockey. R u a psycho.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Help! My child has hit puberty...I think.

My first born, sweet, soft spoken, has never given me an ounce of trouble, eleven year old boy went from this:



to this....in 0.25 seconds




He has HIT Puberty....!!!!!


So...here's how it happend... I'm just in the kitchen.... minding my OWN business....cooking dinner and buzzing around the kitchen. My son, Will, is sitting at the table and just all of sudden blurted out that he has girlfriend....

what. run that by me again.

No, I didnt say it...but i thought it!! My face got all hot and I had to quickly think of something to say. The only thing I could think of was....

Ohhhh...! Well....that's niiiice...! gulp.

So... I guess I should be glad the he is confiding in me about things like this. I'm just not ready...GOD...why me...why now...! He's my first booorn chiiiild!!! It's not tiiime...whyyyyy....! (give me a sec to compose myself)

Ok...where was I...? Oh. so anyway. Here's how the convo went...

Will: Mom, I have a girlfriend.

Me: Ohhh...well...thats nice...!

Will: Her name is Kendle

ME: Well how do youknow she's your girlgriend.

Will: Because... I like her and she likes me....!

Me: Oh...Okaaay. sigh.

Will: Plus...everbody in the whole class has a girlfriend , except me...but now I do!

Me: Well..that's good..(I think. sigh)

Well...about THAT time...little sister, the QUEEN, Hannah, caught wind of the convo and said:

Queen: Mama say whuuuut....? (here we go)

(no response)

Queen: Did he just say he had a giiiirlfriend???

(no reponse) (trying to keep at a minimum humility level)

Queen: Oh..I am SO telling everybody on the bus!! (uggh)

While they are hashing it out at the kitchen table..the only things running through my mind are:

Girlfriend.
Kissing.
Sex.
Smoking.
Drugs.
Alchohol.
Unprotected Sex.
Lifetime Movie Network.
More Girlfiends.

Somebody shake me......wake me up from this nightmare.....pleeease!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

my Baaaby is EIGHT today!

TAYLOR





September 20, 2000 at 7:19pm after 12 hours of the worst pain that I have EVER experienced...far worse than the two previous births...

Pain that was so severe...that I swear I think I lost my sanity and turned into pshycho mama for a few minutes while pushing out this 10 pound baby with no drugs and no epidural...

let me repeat...

No drugs and NO EPIDURAL with a 10. POUND. BABY.

Let me just say that when I say psycho mama...i mean that I think my head started spinning around like the Excorsist at one point, and that ain't no joke sista! I was screaming things that did'nt even make sense. I can remember feeling like I was absolutly going to Die. right there.

Once he finally came..the pain was GONE and...it was all worth it!

Taylor is lucky to be with us...after

...he was severely bitten by a dog that came into our yard. (I will blog that whole story on another post) I will say, though, that he LOVES dogs so much...and the bite did not traumatize him..and we thank God for that.

Happy Birthday Baby...I love you! Play that air guitar/skateboard!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

our first day of school....

Hey Yall!! So…it’s official…after much anticipation, school has started! Yayyy! I had my children’s book bags lined up at the door all packed and ready to go on Tuesday! However…our morning was total CHAOS! First of all, Tuesday morning I over-slept- and that is a big no-no! I peeled my eyes open and glanced at the clock and immediately had a panic attack! I did set the alarm but for some reason it didn’t go off. (ooops!) I flew the sheets back and ran down the hall to wake everybody up. Staying calm…I softly told them to get up. I didn’t really lose it until later that morning when I saw Taylor skateboarding in the living room! My eyes started to bulge out of my head and I started to speak with my teeth clenched together ... my lips were moving and sounds were coming out.


I mean seriously…skateboarding?


So…I finally get everyone out the front door at 8:00, and realized that I had not taken the first-day-of-school picture. I did an Olympic sprint back into the house to get the camera and snapped the picture. Normally I would have taken several, but not this morning! So off we go…!


It was about 8:15 when we arrived at the Elementary School. I parked and hurried everyone along. I was almost running, and the kids were telling me to slow down, because their book bags were heavy. Sorry...kiddos. I made the loop to the fourth grade and then to the fifth where poor Will was the last child to arrive and had to search for a desk. I quickly moved on to the Primary School and entered the school glancing at the clock that painfully said 8:25. I had five minutes until the bell rang ! I got Taylor settled into his desk in the second grade classroom right on time. Shewww… I made it with a couple of minutes to spare! Just call me Mother-of-the-year!


Everyone came home that day in good spirits. They had long forgotten the rush of the morning. They all said they liked their teachers and had met new friends. I hope everyone had a great first day and may the rest of the school year be stress FREE!