I don't get it!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 2 comments
I forgot, once again, that I am boycotting everything Oprah and watched her yesterday! It was all about dogs with special talents. Ya'll know how I am about dogs...... Oprah asked the audience if there was anyone who was NOT a dog lover. One lady said,"I am not." Oprah said,"What's not to like?" Anyway, Oprah and I are friends once again.

What's not to like about a dog? My stupid little chihuahuas (they share a brain, taking turns using it) are like little people on speed. BUT, I can go outside for 5 minutes and when I come back in~they are thrilled to see me! The kids don't know I have even left and THE DOGS are glad I am home.

Me? Nothing better than having a dog to cuddle up to.....(OOPS! Except Big Daddy, course) ! Nothing better than the quiet companionship and constant devotion of a dog.

My friend Dr. S has her dogs ASHES sitting on her fireplace mantle. Big Daddy rolled his eyes and said,"No, I am not digging any dog up so you can have fireplace mantle ashes, too." Like I would ask him for help digging them up!

I would be remiss without saying, just for good measure, "Phil, CWT and JPT NEED a dog, or at least a whiney old cat."


Tuesday, December 23, 2008 2 comments
At our house anytime someone says a prayer you will hear Little Girl say,"and God Bless the Soldiers." Don't forget your military people currently serving around the world or their children being without a Dad or Mom at Christmas. Two years ago, we WERE that family and it was incredibly hard on the kids. Merry Christmas! God Bless the Soldiers. Below you will can see how our soldiers spend their Christmases!

The Secret is out!

Monday, December 22, 2008 2 comments
The secret is out! Little Girl got glasses! She got a blue pair and a pinkish/red pair about 10 days ago and was saving them for a surprise! Nobody got worked up enough for her taste though!

Also, we brought the kitty home with us. We named her Holly. There has been a lot of hissing and spitting at our home in the last 36 hours (mostly from the cats)hahahahaha

Okay, anyway~that is the update. OH, and Big Daddy "fixed" my camera much to the delight of MPPoo! She knew I was hoping for a new one!

Big News~sort of

Friday, December 19, 2008 4 comments
We have big news at our house~at least if you are nine years old (hint, hint). We have told local people but the far away people like Mrs. Butterworth and Best Brother in the world and Crafty Nurse wife don't know yet! We are telling them today. It was Little Girls surprise and she is in charge. Skippy and MPPoo, don't tell Mrs. Butterworth if you run into her at Wal-Mart.

Not official yet, BUT, Mrs. Butterworth has promised us a kitten for Christmas. She has one that needs a home. In the last 15 years, she will be about 50th on our list of cats! Long story for another day.

Clarification: The kitten is NOT the surprise! Little Girl has a surprise for Mrs. Butterworth et al. Auntie Granny would tell you that et al means "and all the rest of you-ns"

Yes, Big Daddy knows!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008 No comments
What's NOT to love?

My name is Anissa and I LOVE CHUCK NORRIS! If there was a 12 step program for him, I would need to enroll. AND, Big Daddy knows it. When Walker, Texas Ranger first came on TV, I would sit mesmerized as the hour passed and then would sing the theme song as loud as I could muster. Big Daddy would protest by saying, "Please don't sing the theme song" minutes before I belted it out. THEN:

About 11 months into OUR deployment, Big Daddy calls me and says,"Guess who's coming to Kuwait?" I said,"Better be Ashley Judd or such....." he chuckled and said, "No the Texas Ranger is coming to Kuwait. If I have time I will try to get you an autograph. It would probably mean standing in 127 degree heat in combat boots but I will see what I can do."

By this time I was hyperventilating~Chuck Norris just feet from Big Daddy. It was too much for me to take. He then sent me the press release to prove his point. Anyway, I never saw a picture or autograph of Chuck Norris. Any time I ask, Big Daddy says,"His handwriting is remarkably like mine. His signature looks almost like I wrote it." Not funny.

The Scene

Friday, December 12, 2008 No comments
Okay, close your eyes and imagine.......me driving to school. little girl in the back seat reading, Angel in the back seat "playing" a Gameboy and Future Trooper in the front passenger seat. We are listening to XM 35, Holly, All Christmas music~'I saw Mommy kissing Santa Clause' comes on....this is the conversation that follows:

Future Trooper: Turn that up, I like that one.

Me (turning up): Yeah, I do too.

FT: Who sings this one?

Me: Michael Jackson

FT: That is a guy singing?

Me: Well, yeah, he was about 5 or 6 years old. He has a great voice.

Long Silence.

FT:Mom? Was Michael Jackson still black then?

Me: Well, yeah, he was black then and he is black now.

FT: I have seen him Mom and he is white. I think he was black until after Thriller. Have you ever seen that video?

Me: Yeah, he was black then and is black now and I have seen Thriller about a million times.

Maybe he was right.
It is a sad life I lead.

My Decorations!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 3 comments
Okay, so here they are.....I love the tree. My goal is to cover the green with red and white ornaments. We can't decide if it is 10 or 12 feet tall. These are my special trees. The tree on the left are some of my favorite ornaments that I don't want to get lost on my big tree. The tree on the right is my Army/Police tree. The ornaments are some that Big Daddy brought home from the Persian Gulf.
The mantle. I should take down my carved men from El Salvador but I would miss them...

Jeweled fruit tree in the basket in the family room. It is a flat back tree "teetering" in the big basket.

Desk decorations. Please disregard the thermostat~"someone" didn't plan for the Christmas decorations when "he" placed the thermostat. I have little pictures of my poodle that died 3 years ago. If you have never had a dog for 16 years, you wouldn't understand.

The infamous bowl. The brown ornament with ears and a red/white suit in the left is a chihuahua in a Santa suit. Little Girl has it creeps her out being in the bowl. HMMMM.... OKAY, I lost the picture of the bowl.........

I collect mostly snowman ornaments and this is a really cute one. He is a hard spiky metal though he looks like Qtips to me in the picture.

Miscellaneous Stuff

1. A flaw in the face of perfection! Yesterday I went to lunch with SKippy, which I haven't done in at least 6 months. When we were done, I noticed I have a call from SR at work. She had taken my call from the preschool Angel attends. He had fallen and they were afraid he needed stitches. I went directly there and he was sitting in the office actively bleeding from his mouth. I asked what happened and he said he fell and Ms. Debi said," OH (dramatic pause) MY (longer dramatic pause) LORD." I am sure that was very comforting to a child!! Anyway, I took him to our favorite nurse and she decided to let it heal naturally without stitching it up. After the bleeding stopped it didn't look quite so bad. I took his pic to show you guys and noticed a bruising mark on the other side of his mouth. Wondering out loud, I said,"Wow, the other side looks bruised," Little Girl said,"Or maybe it was the blue sucker I gave him." CLARIFICATION: Aunt Cammy is our "all around" favorite nurse, of course. Lee Ann is our "see way too regularly" nurse. 2. Those wonderful people from RJ Corman Enterprises sent us the most lovely gift. It was a huge box of wrapping supplies. The box was marked "OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS" so we did. I was thrilled with all the red and silver (their signature colors) rolls of paper and ribbon and even some rolls of tape. What a wonderful gift! Thank you RJ Corman! We are praying for you to feel better Mr. Corman.
3. Finally, here is the picture of the chair Little Girl got from her Granny. Plus, two dumb little dogs. She is pretty cute, too. Notice the very not interested Angel watching TV in the background.

I am posting some of my Christmas pic later this afternoon. Please don't compare me to Allison at www.houseofstephens.com

Just for the Record

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 No comments
Just for the record I am NOT the mother that:
1. Pretended that I knew what I was doing when I wrapped my angel's leg in a wash cloth with "Special warm stuff" in it so his little stick leg wouldn't hurt
2. Left the dog food I dropped on the floor in hopes that the dog would help himself. He did.
3. Gave some toys to GoodWill after telling Angel I was just "putting them in the barn" until after Christmas.
4. Bribed Little Girl to read Angel a book so I wouldn't have to climb the steps (my leg hurts, too, maybe I should try the washcloth thing)
5. Secretly wished MPPoo would not make a really cool wreath at church because I was too lazy to go and would be jealous when she told me how cute they were! She did and I was....She knows how I am......
6. Told Big Daddy that it was really my fault that his cat was outside after dark when it was really Future Trooper's fault. I don't like for my boy and husband to be at odds. Thunder was found and no coyotes were in sight and everything turned out well......
7. When Future Trooper told me he might like to be a soldier and said,"Would that be okay with you, Mom" I DID NOT say,"Sure, whatever you want to do is fine with us." Cause it is not and I don't want my baby fighting any wars. I am appreciative that he is brave enough to even consider it though.

I guess that clears that up......


Friday, December 5, 2008 3 comments
I ran across a blog that has succeeded in providing me with much amusement and overall entertainment. I logged on today and she had decorated her house for Christmas! I take pride in my Christmas decorations but am certainly falling short. Go over to www.houseofstephens.blogspot.com and see what my house will look like on Sunday evening (after Big Daddy works all weekend to get us up to par). Add a few dogs and cats plus a hamster for good measure.