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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

or "Happy Holidays"

I hope all of you have had a wonderful time with your friends and family.

I got back from Vacation yesterday afternoon, so let me tell you how it went.

First, I surprised my children about where we were going. They "thought" we were going to the airport in Knoxville to pick up their grandmother who was going on vacation with us, some undisclosed location in Tennessee. I finally told them when we got to the airport that we were actually going to South Florida, by plane, to visit the family down there, where grandma lives. You should have seen the surprise on their faces. Actually, I anticipated it and had the camera ready!


The two oldest ones had actually been on an airplane before, but it was a very long time ago. The little guy had never been on a plane and he was the most surprised.

So how was Christmas in South Florida? Well, it was unreal! The weather was absolutely wonderful!


The kids eventually found the hot tub and boy, I had to use WD40 and a shoehorn to get them out of the thing!


It was day and night!


They eventually found out about the jet skis and, let me tell you, I couldn't imagine they'd be happier or more excited than if I had offered them a year's vacation to Walt Disney World. The little guy conned his uncle (my younger brother) into taking him around.


Even the big guy decided he wanted to try going around with his uncle:


Even at night, they had fun with all their cousins while playing Rock Band.


On the last night they were there, my family was about as cool as they come. I love them for it. They had "Christmas on the 23rd" for my kids where they gave the kids their Christmas presents.

Someone gave my girlie the Hannah Montana stage and she really REALLY appreciated it!


The boys were just as happy and excited with a Monopoly set that they've been asking for for a while:


Overall, it was a wonderful vacation. I have so much to be thankful for. My uncle and aunt. who invited me to his home deserve more than a little praise. Thanks, you two! I also appreciate my mom and brothers who were very kind to my kids. Thanks to all of you.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I'm in LOVE!

Well, I'm really impressed with Emmy Rossum!

What an angelic voice, and the song is not even her best work! She was Christine DaaƩ in the latest Phantom of the Opera, and that really show her talent.

An article in wikipedia explains:

At the age of seven, the choir director at Emmy’s school discovered that she had perfect intonation, which led to an audition at the prestigious Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.[citation needed] Upon singing "Happy Birthday" in 12 different keys,[6] Emmy was welcomed by the director, Elena Doria as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus.[7] Over the course of five years, Emmy sang onstage, and, along with the many other members of the chorus, with the likes of such opera greats as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. For $5 a night (there was once a horse on stage with her who got $150 a night), Emmy sang in five different languages, in 20 different operas such as La Boheme, Turandot, a Carnegie Hall presentation of The Damnation of Faust and A Midsummer Night's Dream.[8] among others, and worked under the direction of Franco Zeffirelli in Carmen.

Considering she was born in 1986, I can't wait to see what else she sings for us later.


Oh, it also doesn't hurt that she's very easy on the eyes. (smile)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Pac Man Christmas Tree!!!

This is pretty darn cool!

I saw this on a Spanish blog and just had to post it because how cool can a Christmas tree get? Well, this cool!

You can find it at some plaza in Madrid, Spain. Here's what it looks like in "real time."

Am I just a geek, or is that not cool?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

You wanna laugh?

or "The world's funniest laugh"

No, really. Do you want to laugh until your sides hurt?

This youtube video has been seen over 8 million times, but no one told me about it until yesterday. I laughed so much, I had tears coming out.

This old man gets chosen at a Comedy Dinner show, and while the comedian is okay, what makes everybody laugh is the old man's way of laughing.

Check it out!

It's actually a viral thing now. Watch this lady watching the video herself. She's almost as funny as the old man!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

If you were a little girl in the 70's..

or "what my children want for Christmas"

Is it me, or are children's toys so much more expensive then they used to be? Sure, I know about adjusting for inflation and all that, but check out this excerpt for a book about toys of the 70's and 80's.

Oh, I almost forgot. Every year, me and my girlie make a gingerbread house but I was a bit sad this year because she did the whole thing herself. She didn't need me at all. (sniff sniff) Actually, the only thing I did was constantly say, "don't eat all the gum drops!"

My girl wants a barbie that also happens to be an Mp3 player, something called an "IM ME" and her own cell phone. I told her the cell phone was out, after all, if she's with me, she can borrow my cell phone. Then we talked about the fact that she already has an mp3 player. "But dad," she said. "It's not the same thing!" She's right. It's not.

Oh, she wants "High School Musical" bedding, and that includes all the "fixings": curtains, lamps, a little matching locker, etc...

Can anybody remember being a girl back in the 70's and the kinds of things you did?


1. You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.
2 You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.
3. You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.
4 You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)
5. You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island.
6. You had either a 'bowl cut' or 'pixie', not to mention the 'Dorothy Hamill'People sometimes thought you were a boy.
7. You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.YEAH!
8. You owned a 'Slip-n-Slide' , on which you injured yourself on a sprinkler head more than once.
9. You owned 'Klick-Klacks' and smacked yourself in the face more than once!
10. Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.
11. You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.
12. You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.
13. You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits, or the Sunshine Family.
14. You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze.
15. The swing set tipped over at least once.
16. You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. (Oh yeah!)
17. You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle).
18. You also had a pair of salt-water sandals.
19. You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on thePrairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture;and you despised Nellie Oleson!
20. You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink!PONG! ('video tennis' ) was the most remarkable futuristic game you've ever heard of !
21. Your hairstyle was described as having 'wings' or 'feathers' and you kept it 'pretty'with the comb you kept in your back pocket.When you walked, the 'wings' flapped up and down, looked like you were gonna 'take off'.
21. You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.
22. You carried a Muppets lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic.It had a thermos inside. Some were glass and broke the first time you dropped them.
23. You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend.
24. YOU had Star Wars action figures, too!
25. It was a big event in your household each year when the 'Wizard of Oz' would come on TV.Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags!
26. You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: 'Who will I marry.Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or David Cassidy?
27. You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record albums.
28. You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage,or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.
29. You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!
30. You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.
31. You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.
32. You thought Olivia Newton John's song 'Physical' was about aerobics. (its not??)

Times change, huh?

Friday, December 7, 2007

I wanna Wii...

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Are there any Wii's out there at all??? You have no idea how many stores I've been to and called looking for one. Did they just make 20 for the entire state of Tennessee or what?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Christmas is Cancelled...

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Sorry I've been away for over a week. It has been CRAZY with Christmas preparation and a mini vacation with the kids the week before Christmas.

I'll get back real soon...