Thursday, November 29, 2007

Reporting Live from ....

PANERA BREAD!!! As I sit here, surfing the web, eating a very tasty Chipolte chicken sandwich, sipping on some good ole cheddar broccoli soup, and buttering up my french bread, oh and not to mention sipping on my iced green tea....

I am enjoying myself! The kids are all at home watching the Santa Claus 3 and mommy and daddy got away for a quick date!!!!!

I love Panera Bread! Love the food! Love the iced green tea! Love THE FREE WI-FI!!! LOL

It's moment like this that make life worth living...LOL

Today, I accomplished so much. I cleaned Jaree's room, washed and folded 3 loads of laundry, mopped all the floors, vacuumed all the floors, and swept and cleaned the porch! I am dog tired now. When I get home I am going to relax and watch my favorite show SUPERNATURAL!!!!!!

Yesterday totally surprised me and bought home a BRAND NEW 47 inch LCD flat panel television. I was so shocked. WE had a 60 big projection screen televison, but it went out. Too much to fix, so we have been without a television in our family room for about a month. The kids were so excited. I like it because it's not as bulky as our old television. I guess he was jealous of my mom's 50 inch and couldn't help himself.....LOL My mom purchased a sony 50 inch plasma, from circuit city on Black Friday. Dh was so jealous....LOL

Now he wants one for our bedroom, I said wait buddy, I am still waiting on my brand new camera.......LOL

WEll, I need to finish my good food....

Until next time...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Feels good to be loved!

For the last couple of days I have been feeling like I am coming down with something. Every night my arms ache, my legs, and my back, similiar to flu like symptoms. I mean they ache bad. Yesterday was really bad, not only was I achey, but I felt really weak. I got into the shower and just let the hot water run all over my body, curled up and then went right to sleep. The kids kept on knocking on the door asking me if I was okay. Then dh, took the kids out to eat, so that I would not have to cook. They are tired of left overs....LOL Then he came home and rubbed my arms and legs until I fell asleep. The kids got up this morning and brought me orange juice and a muffin and asked me if I was okay, for the hundredth time....LOL

Today, my arms are still aching and I feel like I am going to get a fever. Dh says I was really warm last night, but today I feel it. I hate getting the flu. It sucks on so many levels.

I told dh to bring me home some Thera Flu. My oldest aka (Mr. Clean) didn't have class today, so he's home cleaning the whole house for me. Gotta love him. I told him he's' going to have to marry a very tidy young woman, or it's not going to work. He is a neat freak, like my mother. Too bad his little sister Jaree didn't pick up this trait.....LOL He's always getting on her about keeping her room clean. She does a good job, but she hates it!

Today, I will be in bed most of the day!!!!!!! I am going to get some reading done, and watch dancing with the stars results. It better be Helio and Mel B in the final or I am going to be pissed. Marie should have left a long time ago, in my opinion.

So long Mr. Wise, I thought he was sorta cute. I am talking about I love New york, am I the only crazy person who watches this. I thought she was going to bring Chance back ..... He's the only one, who can handle her craziness.

Well Guys, my bed is calling....

until next time ....

Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy Monday

Whew, time sure flies when you're having fun!!!!!

This Thanksgiving was a blast. Spent it with family. Good food. Good conversation! We had a blast. Friday we got up at 3am and hit the stores. First on the list:TARGET!!! They had a great deal on Bratz dolls! Next: Walmart had an even better sale on toys. Then Circuit City, my mom bought a 50 inch samsung flat pannel for $799. As if she needs another television. That so needs to come to my house! LOL Mom has it like that though. Me, I have to wait until AFTER Christmas....LOL This one man bought not one, not two, not three, not four, but FIVE televisions. Somebody's stocking is going to be stuffed to capacity this Christmas. He told my mom they were gifts, and of course one for his self. I told my mom, she should have got his telephone number....LOL

The next stop was starbucks to re-energize. Got myself the usual Vanilla Bean frappuchino with carmel sauce!! Then we went to Crispy Creme donuts. I was in Heaven. Next stop:K-MART, they had a great sale on clothing and coats. My mom bought the girls pj's, cute little outfits, and new bedding. Next stop was: Game stop, my sister wanted the Wii for the kids but they were sold out. Ended up getting 7 games 3 for x-box 360 an 2 for Jariel's psp and 2 for Jaree's Nintendo Ds pink.

So far, Ms. Jaree has the following:

Pampered Pupz Bratz
Winter Bratz
Winter Bratz Ice creme Palace
Winter Bratz kid
My little pony sky adventure
Littlest pet shop paws off diary
Walking Bratz
Bratz Make over
Fashionista Bratz
2 nintendo ds games
Bratz Magic Makeup
Just about done with her, she wants baby alive and digi makeover. Then I am done

So far for Jariel
2 psp games,a verizon juke phone, a remote control car...

Bee just wants money.

I will be finishing up with Jariel next week. He wants some type of flying computerized dragon fly, a helicopter, some nerf gun, transformers, and video ipod. I will be done!

Saturday, I went to my friend Chantel's party. We danced, got our grown and sexy on, and played CLR....didn't win a penny....LOL

Sunday, we went to the Swap-o-rama. Bought the boys some coats, Jaree a gold necklace, that has "daddy's girl engraved, bought the boys some 10 dollar jeans(gotta love the swap) and 10 dollar shirts. Got some mexican corn, ooooh so yummy. Afterwards we went to Tiger Direct, 2 different Best Buys, Circuit City, and Walmart. After my mom, bought that 50 inch flat panel, dh wants one. The picture on my 55 inch projection television is getting bad anyways, so I guess we are due. He only wants a 50 or 55 inch, and they cost a GRIP and a half. He's getting a Christmas and Exa bonus soon. I know where his money will be going. LOL Also, he gets retro pay, a walgreens settlement, and tax time is pretty soon, the money will be flowing in......LOL

We came home and just conked out at about 8pm. That is the earliest I have ever gone to bed, but I was just exhausted.

Today, I am definitely going to sit home and chill. Last week was so hectic, I need to just sit back an kick my heels up.

I will be watching I love New York and and Dancing with the Stars, but you already know that.

I have alot of cleaning an laundry to do, but that may have to wait....LOL

Later taters....

Friday, November 23, 2007


Hey you remember that episode of the Cosby show, where they were dancing against one another and the man yelled CHALLLLLLENGE....

Were you calling me out Ms. Adrienne. Ok, I was totally in love with these THUGGISH RUGGISH BOYS.....

Thought they were fine as all get out!

Too-shay Adrienne

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Giving thanks

I have so much to be THANKFUL for this year. God has truly blessed me this year. I cannot complain. I am thankful for so many things.

I am thankful for:

My health.
I am thankful for my 3 beautiful children and their health.

I am thankful for my wonderful and supportive husband.

I am thankful for our brand new home.

I am thankful for the beautiful relationship I have with my mom. We are so close.
I am blessed to have both of my parents alive and healthy.

I am thankful for being free of my depression for the past week.

I am thankful for all my wonderful friends I have made in cyberspace.

I am thankful I have such a wonderful hobby, scrapbooking.

I am thankful for being able to afford all of my NEEDS and a great deal of my wants.

I am thankful for my nephew Marion, who I love so much. He lost his mom, when he was only 2 years old and I have been a surrogate mom to him, ever since I was 15 years old. I love him so much! I thank God for him.

I am thankful for my crazy dog Goldie, who has given me so many laughs...

I am thankful to God, that Jaree has been seizure free for almost two years...

I am thankful to be alive, breathing, undertaking all of God's glory, receiving all of his blessings.
I am thankful for my siblings and nieces and nephews....

What are you thankful for this year. Please share!!!!!!!!!

Creepy fog all over Chicago land today...

Today, I woke up to take my oldest Bee to school and I had started the car from the house, so I never looked outside. When we walked outside it was like something out of a horror movie.....The fog was soooo thick you couldn't even see two feet in front of you. My oldest who is a prankster, took off running down the street screaming and he scared the crap out of me, when he came back. He's lucky because he almost caught one to the eye, lol.

We had to drive at a really slow pace, because of the fog. It was crazy and it remained like that most of the day. It's just starting to subside....

It's kind of creepy being that Steven King's new movie THE MIST comes out on tommorrow. I can't wait to see this!

The fog was so thick, my neighbors kids didn't want to walk to school which is 3 blocks away, they asked if I could give them a ride....LOL I can't say I blame them, because I didn't want to drive in it, let alone walk in it.

Today, I have a few errands to run. I forgot some stuff this weekend, when I went shopping, so I have to get cheese for the macaroni, gizzards for the dressing, and 30 pounds of stinky nasty CHITTERLINGS, I call them Shiterlings, because that is what they smell like. My kids and husband love them. So do my mom and brother. I can't stand them. I will be at the neighbors house while my hubby is cleaning them. Makes me want to vommit.

I am doing a little Black Friday shopping. I am going to get Ms. Jaree out of the way. She has a list as long as the Nile River. Last year she got 21 things, not doing that this year because she still has some of the crap in her room unopened. I told her to pick her top 10 and maybe she will get a few more things. But, I don't believe in wasting my money. Jariel wants a cell phone, too easy, and he wants a remote control car, a remote control plane, some type of nerf gun, 2 games for the psp, and some transformer toys....SWEET! Bee only wants MONEY!!!!!! I had to explain to the two older kids that we have a budget this year and we are sticking to it. Each child has a bugget of 300 dollars. I am sticking to it. Not a penny more or less! What ever they can get with that, is what they will be getting.....LOL

On another note, I am anxiously awaiting the results to dancing with the stars. Mel B, better be in the finals. I don't care if Marie or Jenny goes home, as long as Mel B and Helio are in the finals!!!!!!

It's almost time for me to pick up the kiddies....

Later taters

Monday, November 19, 2007

Happy Monday!

I had a crazy, busy, fun weekend!!!! INCLUDING GOING TO JAIL. Yes, you heard right. Seems I missed a court date, and their was a warrant issued, however when I rec'd the ticket my license was still at my old address and never went to the court date. 400 dollars later, I was released. My mom kept calling me Madea! Priceless! This was Saturday, the day I went to the club! I really got my drink on! LOL

Sunday, I went out with some friends to dinner at my favorite restaurant Hamada House of Japan. I got my favorite meal the Land and SEa. It comes with filet mignon and huge shrimp,all grilled to perfection, with onions, and zucchini, brocoli and mushrooms, chicken fried rice, and noodles. UMMMMM. I am salivating just typing about it. Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good yall! Woo!

Later that night dh and I went to his work for employee appreciation night. I was bored out of my wits! Finally, the fun arrived. We danced and the whole club did tequilla shots! Except dh, he is NOT a drinker at all. Not saying I am a LUSH, every now and again, i get my grown and sexy on!

Today, don't have much planned. Of course you know I am watching Dancing with the Stars. Cooking dinner, roast, mashed taters, and string beans. Other than that, I am RELAXING in my clean HOUSE!


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Old man winter has arrived....


It's hard to believe that 2007 is almost over. It seems like just yesterday my kids were begging me to take them to the community pool and to the waterpark. My kids are little fish and they spent most of their summer in the water. NOw it's time to put away the swimming suits and break out the snow suits....My kids love winter too. They love having snowball fights, building snowmen, and snowboarding and sledding. Drinking hot cocoa, tomato soup and grilled cheese, chili...LOL These are all the things we look forward to about winter.

Tommorrow it's going to snow! Can you believe that. Today it's raining and tommorrow it's going to snow. The kids are already pulling their sleds out dusting them off getting them prepared! I keep telling them it doesn't mean it's going to be enough to sled, they said just in case it is they will be prepared.....LOL

Today and this whole week, I am doing some deep cleaning. Getting my house Holiday ready. I want it extra clean for the Holidays. We aren't having company, as we are going to our parents house. But I always make sure my house is extra clean during the holiday. Walls washed, dusted, baseboard, blinds, carpet shampooing. I am goign to cook. I always cook for my family. I will do my cooking on WEdnesday. We will have our family Thanksgiving with one another and then we will have Our big Thanksgivng with our family.

I don't do TURKEY, so I will be cooking two whole chickens, dressing, candied yams, greens, baked macaroni and cheese, ham, crescent rolls, sour cream pound cake, lemon meringue pie, and brownies. My hands are full....LOL

I am also preparing myself for Black Friday! We always go out the day after Thanksgiving for all the super duper sales. Last year I posted pic of my mom in the cart driving, do you remember? With the new house our budget is strict and tight. I have a bugdet of 1000 dollars for the kids. Period. Not a penny more, not a penny less. For everyone else it $500 period! I have learned my lesson with binge buying. Jaree got 21 things last Christmas and some of those things are still in the freaking box! I told them to pick their top 10 must have items. That doesn't mean that is what they are going to get or all they are going to get, but that will make them prioritize. Jariel and Jaree are still in the toy phase. Bee my 15 year old just wants MONEY. Easy and sweet!

This year because things are so hectic. My tree won't go up as planned on Friday, but maybe by December 1st, maybe before! Jaree has been trying to get me to put it up since last week. LOL.

I am getting into the Christmas spirit already! Especially when I heard Nat King Cole's "Merry Christmas", when I heard the first verse "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire....that was it! Christmas mode....LOL

I already dug out the Holiday favs, Home Alone 1 and 2, Christmas Story, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, The Grinch, and Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer. The kids will be watching those movies feverishly. Even Bee, he is big kid when it comes to Christmas.....LOL

Well, besides cleaning, i am going out with friends tonight. Going to get my grown and sexy on! LOL Adrienne, you know about that grown and sexy don't you...LOL

I hope I can walk up the stairs to the bedroom when I get home, because after all the drama going on in the family, I am about to get my DRINK ON! lol

Until next time...

Friday, November 16, 2007

It's that time!

Sit back relax and enjoy....

I used to be so in love with this guy.....YUP YUP.....

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Wednesday's ramblings...

Wow, can you believe Christmas is just a few weeks away adn I have not even begun my shopping. I always kick off, the day after Thanksgiving. I know it's crazy! We love the hustle and bustle and it is a tradition in our family. My kids are growing up so fast, BEe is 15, he just wants money. My 11 year old, wants a new cell phone,some games for his psp, and some jordans. Jaree is the only one I have to go toy shopping for.....and it's strictly BRATZ. Kids grow up so fast don't they? That is why, I try and cherish every single moment.

Jaree is still home from school! She still can't keep much down. She did hold down soup and grilled cheese. I don't know what possessed her dad to give her JERK CATFISH AND BEANS AND RICE....that crap erupted up out of her like a volcano. LOL Men are so oblivious to these kinds of things. I am just praying hard I don't get it! I have been bleaching and lysoling everything....LOL

Today, not much planned. Cooking dinner, watching a movie....snuggling with Baptiste.

Jaree has been in my bed since she has been sick....Today she told me she could sleep in her own room. THANK YOU JESUS!!! My back has been out of wack since Monday....LOL

What are your plans for today? Anything exciting? Do tell...

Today's challenge was if you were a flower what flower would you be...

I say a rose....doesn't take long to bloom, at it's full bloom is when it's most beautiful, smells good, but has thick thorns to stick those who are not careful....LOL

Monday, November 12, 2007

Still kickin...

I am still here....

Things are going better. Finally coming down off this roller coaster ride, called Depression. I feel like a weight has been released off my chest. And it feels good. Not trying to jump full steam ahead either. I am easing my way back into the swing of things. Don't wanna rush....

This weekend was great! My son had his little "juke party". He looked sooooo handsome. My oldest son BEe, that is... All I have to say is times sure have changed, when I was a teenager, boys did the chasing....not the girls. These girls now a days ....woooooo ... that is all I am going to say.

I ended up having 11 teenage boys sleepover..... It was all good. No problems, well...I take that back, some girls got into it, but I nipped that in the bud. It's sad that sometimes as women, we can be so darned catty....I hate that. That is one of the reason's I didn't have a lot of female friends growing up...I can't stand drama. I am a no nonsense type of person, with a short fuse, and I don't have time for bull garbage.....LOL

Today, not much planned....of course I am watching dancing with the stars....

Jaree is sick as a dog with the stomach flu, which I pray I don't get. She's running from both ends and she is totally miserable. I feel soo sorry for her. My poor baby.

I was sad to hear Kanye West's mom Donda West died,from surgical complications. So sad. She was a such a STRONG,INTELLIGENT woman. My heart goes out to his family. My cousin Cherrone knows his family well as they went to high school today, she talked to him and said he is just devastated. Kanye and my cousin used to date in high school and they still keep in touch. It's funny because mostly everyone in my family went to school with someone who grew up to be famous. I went to high school with "The Brat", My sister went to school with Reggie Theius, my mom went to high school with Dick Buckus and Minnie Rippleton and Marva Staples, and my brother went to college with a famous dj and Chicago. LOL

Well, I gotta go check on Bonnie aka Miss Jaree....LOL

Thank you all for all of your prayers and words of encouragement. They are deeply appreciated. More than you know. It feels good to know that you are cared about. So again thanks!

Love ya


Thursday, November 08, 2007

I hate feeling like this....

As you know I suffer from clinical depression. I was diagnosed with it in the eight grade. I have been to all kinds of psychiatrists and psychologists, for this. MOstly thru my early to late teens. At one time, I was on medication, but didn't like the way the make me feel.

Yesterday was really bad for me. A lot of crying spells. I basically laid in bed most of the day. I just feel like I have a noose on my neck, kwim? Well, if you don't have depression, you won't know.

My dh is the best, I feel so bad for him and the kids. I guess they can tell when I am having a bout, because they avoid me like the plague. Everyone, but Jaree. She clings to me more. She laid in bed with me all day. Got tons of kisses and back rubs. The boys just come and say "mom are you alright" every 20 minutes....LOL

This year has just been a bad year for me. I have had more bouts this year, than I ever have in my adult years. Alot of people make the mistake of thinking all people with depression are SUICIDAL, that is not always the case. At one point, I was, never any attempts. Not any in my adult years. No feelings of hopelessness at all. I overheard, my mil asking my dh, on the phone yesterday, she said " YOu don't think she would do anything to herself do you?". I guess that's wishful thinking on her part...LOL Just kidding! But no. It's just that I am in a funk.... It's a struggle just to do the essentials. I am feeling far more better than yesterday, no crying spells...just feeling kind of blah.

Hope it will pass soon...

On a lighter note, Today is Thursday and I am sooooo looking forward to watching SUPERNATURAL...

Not much planned, just trying to make it through the day!

Until next time

Monday, November 05, 2007

Cold gloomy day....

Old man winter has arrived....

It's all good, because Dana has pulled out the fleece. You got it! Fleece blankets, fleece jackets, fleece socks, I can't stand being cold! NOT AT ALL!!! I really can't stand for my FEET to be cold. I have to sleep with footies on my feet. I think I will be investing into a electric blanket......LOL I am the same girl, who puts her jammies in the dryer, right before I get in the shower, so their nice and warm before I put them on......i know INGENIUS!!!

This weekend was ok. I went to my aunt Beverly's funeral, which is always hard. She died from Staph Infection and it was so sudden that it really threw everyone for a loop. My aunt Beverly was married to my uncle bud for umpteen years, who died last year in July of prostrate cancer. I think she just really died of grief! She wanted to be with her beloved husband. So sad!

Sunday, we all went over to my aunt Icey's for dinner. Boy did she throw it down! Fried chicken, greens, candied yams, lima beans, okra, corn bread, and baked macaroni and cheese. I ate myself into a coma, not before I ate some sweet potato pie....

I had my niece and nephew Aaron and Aaliyah for the weekend. They had a blast! The kids had sooo much fun. Took them to Mc Donald's play land for lunch Sunday afternoon. Saturday they watched movies and had pizza, so they had tons of fun.

Today I just learned that my uncle Marion has 6-9 months to live. He has lung cancer. I am bummed.

Today I am just going to chill out watch Dancing with the stars, I love Ny, and have a big cup of tea and get in my pj's and relax!

Untl next time

Friday, November 02, 2007

15 years ago today.......

I gave birth to this handsome young man....
I went in on Sunday November 1st around 11pm, after almost 24 hours of LABOR (OUCH)..
My baby boy arrived...
He was almost a month early 6lbs 3 oz. 20 inches long...
It's hard to believe how grownup he is...

I can remember when they brought him to me from the nursery...

He was so tiny.... so fragile..... so cute...

I was so scared! So many things ran through my mind. Am I going to be a good mom? Am I going to screw up? After all, I was only 18 years old. Just out of high school, just completed my first semester of college. Even though I was young, I would not take it back. I love my son! He is my first born child. My pride and joy. The apple of my eye...

That tiny, frail, fragile, cute little baby...

Has turned into a tall, handsome, and strong young man!!!!!!

I love him so much!

We are so much alike. Although he looks a lot like his dad, we are so much alike.

Today I celebrate BEE!


Also, happy Birthday Adrienne and Andre....

Until next time...