Thursday, January 29, 2009


I feel sooooo dumb and soooo bad and I have learned a huge lesson: don't post about a deal until you are sure it's for real! Okay, the deal is for real....however....just for that person the email was sent to. I had it forwarded to me from a cousin. Her and I just assumed it would work for anyone. I am soooo sorry. This is why my dad calls me, "ready, fire, aim".

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Update FYI

I just had a serious blond moment/day. the code I thought I typed in correctly is totally incorrect. My friend had a hard time getting her book and she told me....oops, wrong code! So sorry Teryn! The code below is all correct except for the last segment. The correct last segment of that code is:
Everything else is ocrrect. Good luck and let me know if that works!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Hey all you friends looking for a steal for V-day. My mom told me that Shutterfly is giving away a free 8x8 portait book. You just upload your pics, write your text and viola! You have a gorgeous thoughtful gift. Go to and then you enter in the code at check-out. It expires Feb.28tt so you have some time. They have some great ideas like "The ABC's of Jason" (my husband's name) or, "A Tribute". I handmade a book last year "The Reasons why I Love Jason" and it was much appreciated by him....but a lot of work for me. Here's the code:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


These pictures are from Luke's sealing to my sister Emily's family. They adopted him last January and the paperwork was finally finished and he was able to be sealed to them. It was so sweet to be present for that. On a side note; Yes, I got bangs. I needed a change.
Link helping Daddy change the oil. Precious.
When I put on this shirt that morning Link told me it was a police car shirt. I didn't understand why he kept calling it that. Then I saw him pointing at the cut little patch. He thinks it's a badge. CUTE! I didn't even realize he knew what a police uniform looks like. Smart boy. This is him yelling, "NO!" when I asked him if I could take a picture. Another genuine moment from Dee Doo.
Did I mention we went on the amphibian at Jason's parents' house over the holidays? This machine is soooooooo fun. Thank you Mom and Dad Allred!!!!

Now, to the title of this post. I went to TX last week for the entire week- from Monday to Monday. It was sooo much fun and included lots of unwanted drama. I'll get to that in a while. These little helpers are helping Grandma Becky make lemon bars. She's so patient. I just don't have it in me to let kids do that stuff...definitely something I need to work on. I cannot even begin to explain the amount of fun and bossing around Ella had at the Crofts with Kate and Tayler. We went there to welcome my sister Rachel's little Lauren. Ella was in heaven.
This is a little elephant Ella wrapped in a warm "blanket". Such a little mommy.

Before I went to Rachel's mom dropped me off at one of my best friends' house- Alicia (top). It was just like old times. Laughing, eating, & shopping. At least that was the plan until one fateful night we went to eat at On the Border. We got there at 9:40. The place closes at 10. PHEW! Just in time! Alicia and I were thoroughly enjoying our bordurrito when my teeth clenched something unmistakeably metal. As I re-opened my mouth and examined my burrito I saw a metal something. I pulled it out and we soon realized that it is a blade. Yes a blade. Long story short I am fine. On the Border is sorry for almost killing me and thought they could ease my pain and suffering with $10 gift certificates. I was fine with that until the next day I got thoroughly sick. And I'd like to give a little shout out to Alicia who took care of my children happily for several days. You're the best! Anyway, I went to the doctor only to come to the conclusion that they lost my urine (sorry to be explicit) culture and couldn't verify whether or not I had any kind of serious infection (i.e. e coli). So basically, I was gonna get some sweet moola for my pain and suffering and now I am not because of some idiot doctor. So I spent the bulk of my less than glorious vacation with extreme back pain, headache, nausea, and vomiting. UGH. Thanks On the Border! Can I make reservations to use those gift certificates???? And I know what you're all thinking.....and no- there is nothing I can do about it.
So one of the nights when I was racked with nausea, I pulled my self out of bed and Alicia and I met with our old college roommate. Looking at this picture (above)...yeah, I look sick and nasty. But it was SOOOOOOOO fun to get together with Angela. She is optimistic and fun to be around. Her bluntness is refreshing and exciting. Thanks Ang!
The community bath/pee tub. You know how that goes. This is Logan, Alicia's little boy on the right. Cute little buy. He was so good at sharing all his toys with my possessive lovely children.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year's

New Year's Smooches from my one and only This is right after he won American Idol. We got together at my brother Josh's house and played American Idol and Rock Band all night....until 12. Earlier that afternoon we got tickets to Cirque de Soleil. That's what the below pic is from. Happy 2009 everyone!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Christmas at the beach

On Christmas day we went with my side of the family down to St.Simon's Island for the weekend. We stayed in a GORGEOUS house and enjoyed each others' company and the beautiful weather.
Here are the stats from the weekend:
-3 boys brushed their teeth with hydro cortisone cream
-$200 poorer for pushing cousin Parker in the pool with his camera and phone
-20 people in a 4 bedroom house. In consequence.....
-3 nights of no sleep
-6 people squeezing on a bike
-15 people squeezing in a tree
-2-Jake Hutchings winning American Idol twice (once I was the runner up...YEAH!). We didn't even know he sang. He does. On a side note I would like to say Jason has since claimed the title of American Idol. He scored 85,000 points on "Come Sail Away" by Styx.
-3...the number of times we watched "Mama Mia"
-2- our two kids slept in Grandma and Grandpa's room. THANK YOU!!!!
J and Link strolling along the beach.
Family picture after the hot tub.
Ella's playmates of the week- her cousins, the twins, Sophia and Lillian.

Link has a secret love for Beau. He just chooses to show it by screaming at him and telling him to go to time-out.
Ella making a sand angel. It's as close as we get in GA to making snow angels.
Ella looking classy as ever.

We were so lucky no one fell out. It was VERY crowded.
We look thrilled. I know. Maybe it's because we are very close to the beach's shark infested waters. Seriously, St.Simon's Is. has some of the most shark infested waters. You couldn't pay me to stick my toe in that water. People fish for sharks off the pier. Ew.
We had SO much fun renting these bikes. Ella and Link couldn't get enough.

Lincoln's totally ineffective helmet. He would NOT put it on correctly and he refused to take it off. He was trying to make a fashion statement.

Squeezing into Emily's van on the way to renting bikes. Safe, I assure you. I think we squeezed about 12 people in there. Four in the trunk alone. It was a good excuse to cuddle.

Ella enjoying the pool. When she got out she was purple for about an hour. It was kind of cold to be swimming on Friday.
Link being the terror that he is throwing water on people. He even had the audacity to sneak up on Grandma and pour a bucket of chilly water down her clothed back. Sorry!
This is Jason's idea of a vacation. Mine too I guess. But someone's gotta make sure the kids don't drown. J works so hard...he deserves it. We had so much fun. Thanks for taking us Poppy and Grandma Becky!