Monday, September 29, 2008

Sneak Peek!

We decided to splurge on a professional photographer for P's 1 year pics and thought we should take a few family shots too.

Miss Priss was starting to get sick and was NOT having it that morning. She normally hams it up as soon as she sees a camera! I'm actually shocked we got 1 that would pass as decent let alone this one (not sure what's up with my cheesy grin, but....) We had to reschedule P's individual shots to this Thursday and our photog said she'd have the whole gallery up this weekend.

Clearly you get what you pay for. I'm thinking since we won't be going at such regular intervals, we'll make room in the budget for pro pics once or twice a year!

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm 1!!!

ONE-ders of the Sea!

It was a little warmer than forecasted but it was still a great party!

The food was set up along the bar in the kitchen. Allie and I came up with cute names for the different dishes, and I made little cards with the details.
The menu:
octopus stew (bbq weenies) (cocktail weenie with the bottom cut twice. when you boil them, it curls up, making them look like little octopi)
sea snails (deli rollups)
clam shells (chicken salad croissants)
sand bar shrimp (shrimp cocktail)
raspberry coral (raspotle and cream cheese)
sand dollars (chips and crackers)
crab claws (red apple slices with apple dip)
crustacean crudites (veggie platter)
blue kool-aid
sweet tea
Malibu with pineapple juice (mommy juice)
The cupcakes with under the sea picks were set up on sand colored tulle to make The Desserted Island (kitchen table). The frame is my Mother's Day present... (Lane ordered all the pictures and filled it until May)... pictures of P from every month!

Lane's air compressor wasn't working, so they had to blow up the small pools by hand.

We put the small pools and chairs under the awesome tent (thanks Doug and Mere!) so the little ones could play in the shade.

We borrowed the huge slide from Lane's sister. It was a hit with all the kiddos!!!

I also made apple juice pops with gummy worms... once they were frozen and turned up, they looked like little jellyfish!

Friday, September 19, 2008

ONE-ders of the Sea!

Tomorrow is the big birthday bash for Miss Priss! We're having a ONE-ders of the Sea party in our backyard complete with a huge water slide and smaller pools for the little ones.

The weather should be perfect!
We have almost 50 people coming!!! Granted, 15 of them are kiddos, but still... it's a good thing we'll be outside. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family!

I'll be busy today doing all the last minute "stuff" that comes with having a house full of people!

Recap with pics to follow....

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Home Again Home Again Jiggity Jig

Ahhhhhh! It's so good to be home! I wasn't feeling up to it, but decided to go with Lane and Payton to Birmingham on Thursday morning. I figured that if P got the stomach bug, then her Momma needed to be there with her, regardless of how I felt. She ended up with the poopy part of it, but other than her blistered bum, you wouldn't look at that sweet baby and think she was sick.

We ate dinner with Jay and Ashley on Thursday night sans Payton and last night we went over to Micah and Sam's for the Auburn game. Not that it was much of a game... seriously 3 points scored the ENTIRE game and you are a highly ranked team... something isn't right with that picture.

I'm busy today sterilizing the house and getting things set out and in order for Payton's party on Saturday!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Now that the upper respiratory crud has left me, I've managed to catch the horrific stomach bug that's going around... by horrific I mean both ends and never feeling relief. Not fun, not fun at all. I'm praying Payton doesn't get it... I can't deal with me feeling nauseous while cleaning up her mess.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Daddy!

I can't believe I forgot to push publish on this post! (Written on August 22)
Happy 50th birthday!
I love you so much and am so proud to be your daughter. I'm a Daddy's girl in every sense of the word and don't think there's anything wrong with that! You work so hard, but I know you're always there... no matter what! You are such an example to me and Allie as to how a husband should treat their wife and how a dad should act toward his children. You've always supported me and told me I could do anything I put my mind to. You taught me to that it's right to have an opinion (and state it) and to be a independent, successful woman. It seems like we're always laughing about something. I love you and will always be "your girl".

So happy to be a g-pa!

Monday, September 8, 2008


Sickness has washed over the Chamblee household. Miss Priss has had a runny nose since last Wednesday... I hope its just allergies. My throat started hurting yesterday in Sunday School and by dinner I felt like a truck hit me one too many times. Even though Lane is dealing with sinus issues, he came home early today to take care of P since every time I moved, I felt the room spinning in slow motion. I'd taken a nap when P took her morning nap, but went back to sleep for 4 and a half hours once the amazing hubby got home!

I hope we're all on the mend soon since we leave for Birmingham on Thursday and flying sick is no fun ....

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Rise & Shine

Things you can get accomplished on a Sunday morning when Miss Priss wakes up at 4 am and you can't get back to sleep:

  • catch up on blog reading
  • arrange 7 vases of flowers for the baby shower at church today
  • wrap 2 shower gifts
  • read about Sarah Palin's views on the issues
  • finish an entire pot of coffee
  • fold clothes
  • start another load of laundry
  • mop the floor
  • shower and get ready for church!

Friday, September 5, 2008

A Reminder of Why We Need to Vote!

This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago. Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.

Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.
(Lucy Burns)
They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
(Dora Lewis)
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
(Alice Paul)
So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because- -why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

Woodrow Wilson and his cronies tried to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And the doctor refused. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

We need to get out and vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party - remember to vote.

History is being made.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

2nd Day of School

Today was much better for Payton! She cried a little when I left, but once her attention was diverted, they said she was happy and playing with the other kids.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of School

On the way to school... First day outfit: Ralph Lauren dress and mary jane Crocs.
She was a tad clingy when I dropped her off (not her normal, happy self). One of her teachers said she cried most of the morning, but ate a good lunch and slept for an hour (this is the child that doesn't like to be out of her own bed).

This month's theme is getting to know you, colors are black and yellow, shape is circle, and bible thought is be a friend: "A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17

YaYa came over and took us out for ice cream to celebrate the first day of school.

Camping in Pictures

Miss Priss relaxing in a chair before breakfast

Making friends with Lucy the dog

She loved sitting on the ground picking up rocks and dirt (she did not get this trait from me!)
Taking one of many rides in the red wagon

After a long day, she fell asleep as I was rubbing her back.
We took the Graham's boat out on Sunday afternoon

and stopped at a little beach so the kids could cool off in the water and play


The Lawyer's Wife is hosting a WICKED swap and here are my answers to some get to know you questions

Do you have any hobbies? shopping, reading, spending time with Lane and Payton

Do you enjoy crafting? I think it depends on what I'm crafting. I love being creative and I'd say I enjoy classy crafting.

5 Favorite things you can’t live without. Aside from the obvious answer of Payton, Lane, and my tea, lip gloss, candles, cozy pjs, sunglasses

Do you collect anything? shoes, lip gloss, house ideas

Do you have any children or pets? Payton who is almost 1 and Scout the yellow lab

Favorite things to do in the fall. Wear sweaters, jeans, and boots, take walks, watch a little bit of college football, sleep with the windows open

What makes you think of fall? the crisp in the air, pumpkin spice, leaves changing colors

Favorite treats? candy corn, spiced cider

Favorite color combo. pink and green or brown, navy and green

Favorite autumn scent? Pumpkin!

Monogram. cCr

Hope that helps!


Mom's Day Out starts today for Miss Priss!!! I know she'll do great and have a ball. I'm looking forward to running errands like I use to... you know, when you set out to go to Target, but then remember you wanted something at JoAnn's, then you want to look at what Kirklands has new for fall, you have a return at the mall, etc.... Those type of errand running days don't work with P. The quick in and out when it's just me turns into a sweating momma (since it's still 8 million degrees here in Texas) trying to get that girl in and out of her carseat for a 5 minute look-see... NOT WORTH IT!

School starts at 9:00 and then I'm coming home to mop the floors (so fun!). I'm meeting my momma for lunch and a little shopping. Payton gets picked up at 2:00 and I'm sure will be tuckered out so we'll come home for a nap. They only rest for about an hour at school. She's use to a 2 hour morning nap and a 2 hour afternoon nap. This momma isn't ready for her to drop the morning nap completely!!

I think YaYa is coming over to take her for a taste of icecream to celebrate her first day of school.

Monday, September 1, 2008

And We're Back!

Had a fab weekend "camping", but I'm off to wash the campfire smell out of my hair! Be back with pics.