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It doesn’t get anymore random than this

If you can, eat a meal at Chili’s today! 100% of the sales goes to benefit St. Judes Children’s Hospital.


I reposted the list from this post for my Sunday column spot at 5 Minutes For Special Needs this week.


The airdate for my Oprah appearance (squeeeeee!) is October 1st, so don’t miss it on Wednesday! I DO mean don’t miss it, don’t get up to pee, don’t get up to get a tissue if you sneeze, don’t blink for too long…my spot is short…it will be over in a flash and then where will you be?! The theme is how moms get too busy, take on so much that they get completely overwhelmed and how easy it is to make a mistake that could end tragically. Oh me, Oprah? You think I’d have an opinion on that?  Yes, yes I do!


If you have an extra minute, please head over and check out the contest I’m running with Tiny Prints!  Seriously, it’s a $50 gift certificate and with only 2 people participating, you stand a REALLY good chance of winning.  I’m not above begging and asking you all to check out the goods.


My family and their over-inflated sense of entitlement nearly drove me over the edge tonight during a trip to Wal-mart.

“Can I have….”

“Will you get me….”

“Did you see….”

And THAT was just from Pete.

It took 4 or 5 explanations of the nearing Christmas giving season, how appropriate these items would be on their wishlists, how they’re getting nothing now if they expect to have anything under the tree, if they want to buy something with their own money they’d better start finding some pay-worthy jobs to do and get to them and ohmygodpleasepleasepleasestopaskingmetobuyyoustuffwejustcameformilk!

Peyton had to make one last attempt.  She pointed to something and made the request.

In my nice mommy voice I said,” You know what you need to do….”

Peyton gave a huge sigh, rolled her eyes and cut me off, “Yeah, I need to get a job.”

Well.  Not totally where I was going with that, but I can sure get behind it!


Dear, ER,

I’m so sorry but this has to end. It’s just working out for me.  I just can’t take one more mediocre season of the “All About Abby” show and I think it would be better for both of us if we saw better shows.  I know, we’ve had a good run. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ve found someone new.  Joshua Jackson is on Fringe and, well, he makes my heart go pitty-patter.  Besides, with my deep commitments to Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Earl and House, well, frankly, I just don’t have the time for you anymore.


The USF Ice Bulls fundraiser was a huge ball of fun!  It didn’t get quite the turnout they were hoping for, but we still had a blast. Peyton was in her glory in her new cheerleader outfit and thought going out on the ice to drop the first puck was the BEST.THING.EVER.  Nathaniel is still seething with envy, poor kid. He wanted to go out on the ice so bad he couldn’t stand it.


I’ll leave you with these pictures of our weekend.

20 Comments on “It doesn’t get anymore random than this”

  1. #1 Natalie
    on Sep 28th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    Peyton? ADORABLE!!! Nathaniel? handsome as ever!! Here’s my question though. Why does Rachel look about 15 in that picture? Is it just me? That ain’t right!
    Glad you all had a great weekend with all 5 of you!! Oh, and by the way, next time you are at Walmart, can you buy me something too? 😉
    Love you guys!

    Natalies last blog post..October is right around the corner

  2. #2 Debbie
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Oh man, Walmart – don’t even get me started. I can not take my kids in there without “Gimme, gimme, gimme.” They’re good kids, but it’s like when they walk in there, there are just so many tempting things, that they just can’t control themselves.

    Looks ya’ll had some good family fun this weekend! And I agree, Rachel DOES look very grown up in the picture.

  3. #3 Mishel
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Y’all look too cute! Oh, I added my name to the contest. Hope to win but if not whoever does is very lucky.

  4. #4 Ann of the Incredible Gift
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Don’t know if I can remember until Wednesday that you’ll be on Oprah. Hope you had fun with it.

    I clicked over to the contest before I forgot.

    Great pictures! I most love the last one of you all together.

    Ann of the Incredible Gifts last blog post..You Know You are The Parent…

  5. #5 chris
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 7:09 am

    What a fun post! “Yeah, I need to get a job” is precious.

    You’re family’s beautiful. Glad you all had a nice time together. Smiles.

    chriss last blog post..Oh yeah? Well my Daddy is Secratariet.

  6. #6 Beverly
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 7:46 am

    That cheerleading outfit is just too cute.

    I really think Peyton would look adorable in garnet…with a hint of gold!

    Beverlys last blog post..Out of the Mouths of Babes

  7. #7 Jennifer (KCC)
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    A few things.

    I thought of you guys yesterday evening when I went to Wal-Mart with my boyfriend’s son and he refused to take off the Spiderman costume (complete with muscles!) that we got him for Halloween. I do recall many moments in Peyton’s life similar to that.

    We also lost the “Can I have that super awesome toy?” game.

    I totally forgot about ER. I watched Grey’s though, and I usually don’t because its been conflicting with Scrubs. But..did whatsherface REALLY get stabbed by a giant icicle? Seriously?

    Anyway, I love the pictures. But I’m with Natalie..did Rachel skip a few birthdays?

    Jennifer (KCC)s last blog post..With Hope

  8. #8 Amber
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Oprah!? That kind of exposure is just what childhood cancer needs! Good for you! I’ll be sure to watch on Wednesday.

    Ambers last blog post..New design

  9. #9 jen
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    i know you asked for a hint…so here it is…
    i carry a notebook in my purse, so the kids have learned that instead of asking for something, they write it in the notebook so that we remember it for future gift ideas.
    now they just ask for the notebook. slightly less annoying.

    jens last blog post..not so much fun with family

  10. #10 Maria
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Your kids are SO cute.

    Tell my kid to stop having a cold so I can actually meet you! Yikes.

    Marias last blog post..out to dry

  11. #11 Gwendolyn
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I will break my Oprah ban just for y0u on Wednesday. I’m marking my calendar! :o)

    Gwendolyns last blog post..

  12. #12 Jen W
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Ooh! I totally have Oprah on my DVR so I won’t miss it.

    Jen Ws last blog post..Green Acres is the place for me.

  13. #13 Holly at Tropic of Mom
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I’ll be watching Oprah on Wed.!

    Nice to see your family picture.

    Holly at Tropic of Moms last blog post..Some dog

  14. #14 Heather
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I had to go to drastic measures before entering what I like to call “Wally World” I say to the kids…”Don’t ask for anything. Be good. Three strikes your OUT”. Which means if they fight, etc. they get a strike. When they get to strike three, they get to come home and go to their rooms for the rest of the evening. That may sound mean. But, I have never gotten to strike three.
    And I would like to just say…Grey’s Anatomy rocks!!!!

    Heathers last blog post..I do NOT want to know

  15. #15 Queen of the Mayhem
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I am going to DVR the show…so I can catch it when I get home!

    Looks like you all had fun this weekend!

    Queen of the Mayhems last blog post..A Bad Sign

  16. #16 moosh in indy.
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    You cheat on ER for Joshua Jackson?
    Ooooh, girl.

  17. #17 alayna
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    I thought of you & your precious family today. Ever since going to my grandfather’s funeral, Lily-Grace has had a lot of questions about dying and today she said, “Kids never die right?” I got all teary-eyed knowing that your kids would never have that misconception, have already seen the reality much too often. But, because Lily-Grace has been going through a very fearful stage, I just didn’t want to go there today. So, I just said, “Not usually, baby. Kids shouldn’t die.” And I guess that is true enough, and she seemed satisfied with it. I wish your kids could live with that reality too.

  18. #18 Heather
    on Sep 29th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    Peyton looks too cute for words in that little cheerleading outfit. I just love it! And Rachel & Nathaniel are getting so big – when did that happen? Overnight? Looks like you all had a great time!

    I entered the contest! I LOVE Tiny Prints and used them last year for my Christmas cards. Great quality & service. 🙂

    Heathers last blog post..Princess Allie

  19. #19 Deb
    on Oct 1st, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Don’t worry about ER being all about Abby this year. Rumor has it that she will be gone before Thanksgiving. I am only holding out because I have watched every season, even last year when I wanted it to end with the wedding.

    Cute pics. Shucks, please post if there is a replay of your oprah as I missed it by being late on my blog reading.

    Debs last blog post..His give a damn is busted

  20. #20 melody is slurping life
    on Oct 1st, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Does a family get any cuter than you guys? NO.

    And I ‘m still banging my head that I haven’t been here reading and totally missed you on Oprah. Bummed.

    melody is slurping lifes last blog post..iPod Shuffle, Designer Bag and More Giveaway