Friday, January 20, 2017

We the people .....

I've been blogging for a very long time
I don't think I have ever put up a political post
but I just feel I want to document my thoughts on this day
January 20, 2017 when our 45th president will be sworn in

Isn't it amazing to think that this awesome day, this event in our
great country has only been done 45 times!

I will start this with something interesting.......I told Johnny
about 20 years ago that either Warren Buffet or Donald Trump
needs to be president of our country.
at the time, they both were democrats
I just believed politicians were no longer working for the people 
of the country and that we needed a businessman to run it.
And if he picked the right people for his cabinet, we would be
ok with foreign affairs. 

So now look at us, Donald J. Trump will be sworn in today
as the 45th president of the United States.
I have supported him from the beginning.
and not only because he is a smart businessman but because I
felt like he was doing this for his children and grandchildren.
I truly believe that he would not put his family through this
campaigning disaster if he didn't feel like he could make our
country better for the future. 
Is he the best choice, probably not, is he crass at times, oh yes
I can't even tell you how many times I cringed when he tweeted, debated,
interviewed......but it still did not sway me. I still do believe that he is there
to work for the American people. That is our problem, we have had
politicians and they do not work for us. They don't.....the do in the beginning
but then politics come in to play and things change.

I will say, I have voted Republican and Democrat in the past
I have tried to vote for the person and what their goals were
for the country. And really, none of them have lived up to my expectations
I do believe that Bill Clinton did pretty good his first 4 years
after that, no. And I believe Ronald Reagan did a good job.
There was no way I could have voted for Hillary. In my heart, I just
don't believe most of what she says. And I think the icing on the cake
turning me against her was Benghazi. I just don't know how as 
a woman, as a mother she could care less about our service men that
were killed. And the fact that she lied about it to the mothers
of those 4 men, that takes a cold heart. 

I thought about maybe I could vote for Rubio but then again, that would
have been 4 years of politicians kissing each others ass and getting
nothing done. So I decided that I needed to support a non-politician
People keep saying he needs to be more "presidential" and he needs 
to stop tweeting. I don't believe that, I think he is an American
who truly loves this country and wants to make it better and
safer for our future. I have grown children and 6 grandchildren so
that matters to me. He doesn't trust the media, he has 1,000
reasons not to trust them. I no longer trust them as they showed 
how they tried to control our thinking.
so President Trump, tweet away!!

I will be honest, I did not support Obama and I never really 
cared for him. I could say a lot of things but I'll only mention the one
thing that really bothered me about him. He promised to get our troops
out of Iraq. That was one of his big platforms
and his supporters were focused on that and preached it
to everyone who would listen. And even though it was Bush
who had signed the agreement to have the troops out by 2011 (?)
he failed to negotitate to keep enough troops in place. I felt like all
he wanted was to be able to say "I fulfilled my promise to get the troops out"
but at what enabled ISIS to then go in
(who was just forming)
and I'm sure everyone knows had we kept a strong presence over
there, ISIS would not have grown as they have
So I blame Bush and Obama for not protecting our country.
because truth be told, it is not safe
and we need someone to make it safe
Is it Donald Trump....I don't know but at least give someone
else a shot at it. Because as we know, Hillary would not have 
done it.... she would not have grown our military and she would not have protected our military. And if you do not have a strong military force, you don't have a lot of power to protect your country.

When Obama was elected both times I said I would support him
and I would respect him. And I did......maybe between Johnny and I or very
close friends we made jokes but in public, I did not say ugly things and did not make fun of him. I don't think that is the proper thing to do.
 I would not do that to any president and oh my, there have been
plenty that you could! So the things that go around about Trump from
adults that I know has been horrible. Like I can't believe that mature 
adults would say some of the things they say. But that's not my job to judge.
I think the worst thing I have seen through this entire election was
last night on the news, they were live interviewing protesters
there was a child, maybe 11 or 12 years old, it was 9:30 last night
so first thing I thought was why isn't this child at home in bed, it's a school night! Then the reporter asked him why did you set that fire in the street
the child replied "because I can"
and then the reporter asked something about why he was out there
and he replied "because Trump sucks"
you know what, no matter who you support that is sad....and yes
that is the worst thing ever. That child is our future and look what we
have done. So if you choose to go out and protest, which is all of our right to do that, please keep in mind, act as an adult, don't do and say foolish things.
let us keep things civil and respectful. If I went out and acted like a fool
at a protest, I would be terrified of my own children seeing me
act like that......haha!!

All I can say now is I hope as Americans we will support our new president
because hoping he fails as president is hoping our country fails
our people fail and our children fail
Let's try to support Donald Trump and give him a chance
let's act like adults and true Americans because the one ugly
thing that I will say is......if you don't love this country, then leave.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Current favorite things ....

here are my current favorite things....
and they are simple things, I'm no Oprah!

I love the candle melts.....even better than burning candles
and it turns out my favorites are from Kohls
We are having a big snow today so this one is perfect
and smells so good

I love working puzzles
and I always wait until after Christmas is packed away
I've done so much cooking and entertaining during Christmas
that I know it will be a while before I'm hosting anything
so the table is free for working a puzzle

I LOVE "All Washed Up" jewelry
Johnny has bought me 2 of them in the past
one is the coordinates to the Outer Banks
and other is 3 ocean waves
So for Christmas, he was going to surprise me with 2 more except our
puppy Khaleesi found them first!
One was undamaged, 3 starfish
but the other one the blue stone was missing and the bar was
scratched up from her chewing on it. The chain was also broken
We sent it back and the wonderful owners repaired it and replaced
the stone. I got it back the other day.
I told Johnny "but you're my anchor"....haha
we decided we are each others anchor

Of course I have to put my new planner on my favorite list
I just love getting a new planner!
and really, I cannot live without this
with all of new technologies, I still like to have a paper copy
for my planning, appointments, vacation notes, birthdays, etc.

My manager gave me one of those new mini polaroid cameras
for Christmas. OMG....absoutely love that camera
and I takes pictures of folks as the come
over to visit and put them up on the kitchen hutch
I guess it might look a little tacky but I don't care, I think
it's fun! 

these are cleaning cloths from Norwex
when first introduced to these I thought wow, pretty expensive for some
cleaning cloths but now that I have used them, I can understand
why. I can't explain them on how they work but goodness, they are
awesome. The dusting mitt for example.....I can dust my TV stands and I
swear 2 days later they have dust on them again. I kind of figured that was 
because the electronics attract dust. Well now I use Norwex mitt and it was 
8 days later before there was dust on the stands!! So apparently all of these
years of dusting I was just scattering it around....haha
No matter what I used on the kitchen backsplash it was always 
looking streaky. Now with the window cloth, no more streaks!!
these cloths are amazing

and my last favorite hair! haha
I did like it short but now that I have decided to grow it out, I'm 
really loving it. I have gotten past the awkward, hard stage and
can now style it better. So it's my favorite right now....haha!!

so that's it for current favorite things!!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas 2016 ....

I think every year I say we had the best Christmas ever
so this year is no Christmas ever!
Though to be honest, it was also one of the hardest. Last year, not
having momma with us was really bad. And then this year
not having daddy with us....well, it just really sucks once 
both of your parents are gone. 

Johnny and I have so many traditions with our kids
we have kept all of the old ones and always adding
new ones. But this year, all of those traditions changed
and that's ok
we always knew it would happen and it was fine.
In the past, the kids all came over at once, it was loud
and crazy and wild and then it was done and they all left
So this year with our changes, it seemed to be more enjoyable
and lasted throughout the day 
But it was the first year since 1981 that we woke up with
no kids in our house so that was very weird

We woke early to go over to Jacquelyn's to watch the kids
see what Santa brought. 
after they opened presents we all had breakfast.
Jake and Kayce joined us 
this was Bucky and Jacquelyn's first time hosting breakfast
and they did such a great job and everything was delicious!

When we left there, Jake and Kayce came back to the house with us
they opened all of their gifts. 
Then we gathered up gifts and went to Tyler and Nicole's
what fun we had with all of the kids opening presents

We came back home and RESTED....showered
and did a little cooking
Then our brother-in-law Tommy came over
Jacquelyn and her crew came over
Nicole and her crew came too
and our niece and her boyfriend came
and we just really had a great day

Santa brought super hero costumes to Declan and Avery

Enjoying delicious breakfast of hash brown casserole, bacon, 
cinnamon buns, fresh fruit

Our 2 little princess' sweet


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Our year in review....2016

We started the new year cleaning up
and then of course I became a weather fanatic watching and
waiting to hear the words I love......SNOW!
There was rumbles of the "big one" coming our way but 
we know how that always turns out, big disappointment
but not this time.....Jan 22nd it started snowing and it didn't
stop for a long time
by the next day, we had 15 inches with 18 to 20 inch snow drifts

and Jan 23rd our grandson John Thomas turned 2 years old


was a terrible month as we lost our sweet daddy only
17 months after losing our momma.
It was heartbreaking but yet we all knew he was ready
to go be with momma again. He struggled to breathe so we
all knew it ended his suffering. But never easy....and we all
miss him so badly. There is not one single day in my life now
that I do not think of momma and daddy


March 8th another grandson, Declan Liam, turned 3 years old
We hung out with my little sister and her husband at the
Irish Festival and we celebrated Easter at our home
the weather was bad so had to have the egg hunt inside
Even though the weather was annoying, hiding eggs in the house
can still be interesting

I turned 60 years old!! OMG
And my sweetheart husband surprised me with
a party at Maggianos
My siblings, kids, grandkids and a few close friends were all
in on the surprise.
I still can't believe he pulled it off!


My siblings and I continued with cleaning out Daddy's house....not
an easy nor fun task. Though we did run across many items
that brought back great memories and laughs.
Our middle child, Jacquelyn Diane, turned 29 years old
And we left for Myrtle Beach at the end of the month
to visit with our dear friends Glenda and Jerry


May 6th our son Jake turned 28 years old
our granddaughter Avery Grace turned 1 year old
Our son's fiancee celebrated her birthday on May 28th
It would have been our daddy's 83rd birthday on May 31st 
and Johnny and I celebrated 37 years of marriage.
just a big old month of celebrations!!


My darling husband turned 63 years old on June 22nd
Our daughter Jacquelyn and her husband Bucky bought their first home
and right around the corner from us!!

We hosted an engagement party for our son 
Jake and his fiancee Kayce


As we do every year, we headed down to the Chesapeake Bay
to spend a week with Tommy and Joanne. By far our most relaxing
vacation each year. Just a beautiful place to be, hanging out 
with the best people and just having so much fun!!


Our daughter Nicole Renee had her 33rd birthday
We picked up our new addition to our teddy bear pack
Miss Khaleesi Rue

We went to my momma's 80th family reunion 
weird to be there without momma but such fun to see all of our cousins


We headed down to our most favorite place on earth.....
the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Hurricane Hermine had been downgraded to a tropical storm
but knowing how bad those can be, we decided to head down one day early
it was crazy but fun
we had one moment of thinking "did we make a mistake" by
coming down. We're driving on Beach Road, a lot of it flooded
then we came upon power lines down and across the road
so we headed over to the bypass highway, so windy it was hard keeping the
car in our lane, ended up hanging out in the parking lot
of the Kmart until things died down a little
the rest of the trip.....AWESOME!!


Always a fun month
and we decided to have our first ever Halloween party
that sure was fun and there will def be a second one in 2017

Our daughter Nicole coordinated the 2nd annual
Walk to raise awareness for Apraxia.
Apraxia is what our oldest grandson Maddox has
we are so proud of the work our daughter does to
help people understand about this neurological disorder


We decorated for Christmas, had Thanksgiving dinner
at our home for 16 people and then celebrated with my
family.....I think it was 32 of us!!
Johnny and I with all of our them so much

our children.....all grown up

we continued to enjoy our newest puppy, Khaleesi Rue
even though we are still dealing with moments like this


We just had the best Christmas ever!
our traditions changed but that is ok
our family is changing and growing so much that we
knew that day would come

And now we just have so many things in 2017 to look forward to
and changes for our children.....Jake and Kayce getting married
Tyler entering his 4th year of trade school on his road to 
becoming an electrician
Jacquelyn starting her new job at Capital One
Nicole experiencing 3 kids in school and only one
home with her now and planning her 3rd Annual Apraxia walk
and Bucky continuing big success in his job

so much to be thankful for