Friday, January 30, 2009
we will come up with a result and post it late tonight. we'll leave instructions to the winner on each blog, just in case!!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
NOW...getting on with it...
i'll never forget the day she emailed me. i had been waiting. i didn't want to email her first. i didn't want her to think i was easy. we had talked about going to supper again at our last date. but that was alllll the way back at thanksgiving. and there were others with us, so i didn't know if she was just being polite. we actually tried to get together with some of our little man people in september, but preschool and sports tend to dictate our schedules. but this time...this time was different. it was there. in writing. no take backs. a firm committment. i knew she had been stalking me. but i didn't mind. because i do the same thing to her. i think she is just great and super witty. i hoped we would have things to talk about. i mean we are great at back and forth banter, but would we really be able to conversate? or would we only talk about yall? could it be possible that we could do both? i wondered....
just a little history. hillary and i know each other from WAY back. i'm thinking the days of girard/honeysuckle middle schools. but i'll say high school for sure. and then college. we were trojans together. she was in the same sorority with my roommate. but otherwise, our circles were different. had too much time passed? were we only meant to be acquaintances? no. how do i know that? because our husbands also went to high school together. also acquaintances. we only found this out in the last few months. and now, here we are. we both have 2 boys. we are both 5 or so hours from "home". transplants. yankees. (i just say that about anyone who lives above birmingham. i don't mean it in an ugly way. i just grew up where snow doesn't happen. in north alabama, snow happens.) we were M.F.E.O.
we took pictures of our fortunes because we are totally goofy like that and i didn't care if the flash offended anyone else. did.not.care. i mean, it was for blog preservation and we have priorities! but hillary is way more sophisticated than i am, and she suggested we might go continue our conversation outside because someone might want our table (SO?!). and so we left, completely stole one of her friends away from her family for the obligatory blog picture, and then went shopping. (our trip was to this place, so we actually got to walk off the previously mentioned cuisine! we should have stopped by maggie moo's. that would have been perfection.) my goal was bath and body. hers was NYC (i think used to be called Lerner). as we walked by some of the stores, she mentioned one (and i forgot which one) and said something like "don't you just love that store??" and my heart swelled. i knew i had won her over. she thought i was thin enough to wear something from that store. yall, we only drank water at supper, so i knew she didn't have beer bottle vision. i thought seriously about throwing down my purse and hugging her right there on the bridge. we looked for more scarves since this has been deemed by angie "the year of the scarf". but unfortunately, that was a miss. and skinny girls, can i say that i'm not completely excited about the color choices for you in that store this year? i wasn't disappointed that i missed out on the clearance rack. however, at one size fits all, i picked up some
hey hill, have you noticed that we have similar hair color?? and i will point out that this picture is completely "untouched". i have the ability to give us a tan and whiten teeth. but in this instance in telling you exactly how i felt that night, i figured you should see exactly how we looked, complete with scarves.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
i have things i need to tell you. i went on a girl date and a boy date. i loved them both. but also, my camera battery has decided to die and even the batteries i tried to snake out of my kids toys seem to be dead. so i have no pics to share yet. in the mean time, thank you so much for praying for my friends and friends of friends. if you have a request, please feel free to email me. there is nothing i'd like better to do with my time. please see their blogs for updates. God is certainly showing out in healing these babies!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
so friends, i am a PROUD stalker because this time, it has kept me in the know!! hillary, go get ya one and wear it on our girl date next week. we'll take pics! (if yall made it through all of those links, i will whip you up a blog merrit badge for also being a proud stalker!!)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
anyway...today is his birthday!
back to the birthday boy...he is good to us, yall! he works hard so i don't have to and takes over when he gets home. he puts down the seat without being asked and loves a good chocolate fix as much as i do. i know we are M.F.E.O. i mean, how many of your men truly like "You've Got Mail" and will watch it on their very own? (as long as nothing harry potter is on an opposing channel!) i love ya babe! happy birthday!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
(AKA "Pop") a surprise party for his 60th birthday, do you think you could come?" well, i knew micah didn't have any time off and i have never made that long trip alone with kids. i thought about taking the boys with me (never even thought to take the sis b/c of the terrible long trip rider she is). but in the end, it just made more sense for me to go alone. after all, mama deserved the break and i knew i wanted to come home the next morning b/c it is also micah's birthday weekend. so i lined up my MIL to watch the kiddies that afternoon until micah could come home. (let's just go ahead and give him some kudos. the man had all 3 for 30 hours alone. he always does a great job and i knew he wouldn't have a problem this time...oh, and add in the fact that someone wanted to look at our house on saturday!!) i left at 1:15 and was coming over the hill into midland city (where we normally turn to go to pop's house) at 5:30. that's right. a trip that normally takes me 6 hours with everyone...4 hours & 15 minutes. why? because i can "hold it" like a camel! anyway, i was early since i didn't need to be at the restaurant until 6:45. so i wasted some time (trying to work the hitch out of my giddy-up) at target and best buy. why best buy? because i wanted this cd, and friends...it is worth the buy. i don't normally say that. but there is only ONE song on that whole cd that i don't care for. otherwise, i'm all about it. anywho, i digress...
so my brother, scott, and i are calling back and forth so that i'll know when to make my entrance. i go all super sleuth and park on the other side of the building and hide in the back of my van just in case. after i see that every one is in, that is when i make my move (in the mean time forgetting my camera). i just waltz in like nothing is happening. in that room are all of daddy's brothers and sisters that are local and some of my cousins and their kids. NO ONE knew i was coming. fortunately daddy had his back to me. everyone else saw me and said "hey!!!" and pop turned around and was soooooo surprised!! he said "where did you come from ?"and nearly knocked me over giving me a hug. i was praying a big deal wasn't gonna be made over not bringing the kids. but once i said where they were and why i didn't bring them, they were good. (i mean, i can be enough of a surprise, right??)
after supper, i went to scott's house to spend the night and we played guitar hero. yall, for someone with natural musical ability, i BITE...BIG at that game. i get all distracted by everyone else's strumming. especially scott, who i am certain is really beating that thing. but my SIL sherri, she can get it. they are so funny! the next morning i got to have breakfast alone with my mom, which we never get to do and then we all went to the big event. upward basketball for my nephews.
that is always a hoot!! but they sure were glad and proud that their "aunt (said ain't) beckbeck was there to cheer and take pictures. (even though my camera died during the first game!)
then it was time for my short trip to come to an end. time to head north. and i was missing my lovelies back home. i did stop in troy for a very quick lunch. my friends had other places to be, so not much visiting was really done this time. (yes they read this blog, and no i don't care. my feelings are still a little hurt.) they can come see me next time. (that was ugly wasn't it? oh well...i'll get over it in a few days.) but thankfully my trip was uneventful. i got to listen to lots of Bible with Ginger Plowman's cds that i finally got to (Reaching The Heart of Your Child) on Biblical discipline. i highly recommend you get these or get her book that they are based on "Don't Make Me Count to Three". very good. also i got to start on some of Beth Moore's study "Stepping Up" on the psalms of the ascent (Ps. 120-134). all in all a good trip.
news from home...
sister started babbling her second "word"...bubba. SERIOUSLY????? such a traitor. but i was welcomed home by her in a big way. she nearly jumped out of micah's arms into mine where she proceeded to bury her head in my neck while giving me a death grip of a hug. that's right...she knows how to hug a neck...HARD!! and all the while she was pumping her little legs in delight. have i mentioned how i LOVE that girl??? the boys were just wondering if i brought them something. yeah, they also adore a break from mama!! we call that "good trip!"
in the mean time, yall pray for me. our house is showing like crazy. but it is getting on my nerves big time because all of these people "need to sell their house first". i don't have time for that. i'm not looking until i know i have a real prospect for mine. i wish they would do the same!! i don't have patience for browsers. sounds awful, huh? well, that is the attitude i have gotten when for the last two weekends, in addition to the appointments that were made, i have had others just show up on my door step. why would anyone think that is OK? i want to put a sign out that says "look...i can afford my house. i just have a ton of kids and would like a little more room. only those who are ready to make an offer need apply..."
that's bad. anyway, better go get my happy face on. i bet i know what would help...the 13 best reasons to visit dothan. L-O-Y-L-E-S-S--D-O-N-U-T-S!!!
and i said 13 because that is how many letters it has and how many donuts he gave me. i noshed on the holes on the way home. i was sweet and offered my mama one that morning. yes. i said one. we were on the way to breakfast. she didn't need anymore. cause i do, right?? they were actually the treat i brought for my hubby for being so willing to keep all 3 kids (even though i offered him an out.) i'm assuming they were worth it. they usually are!!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
anywho...tell me your favorite study by her that you have done. or tell me which one you want to do. tell me why. i feel like this is an area that i need to get to know you more. we are sisters, right? a favorite for me is "A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place". I really get a lot out of the life of David. You can still be a sinner and be a person after God's heart.
because i will get to see some folks this weekend that i rarely get to see and i will be uninterrupted in doing so.
that means, i'm going somewhere without my kiddos (that should be read with a heel kick at the end.)
the boys are at preschool right now and sister is napping. there is no tv on. i can only hear the clock ticking and my keyboard clicking. SWEET!!
my heater is working and that is a good thing since when i woke up this morning it was 19 with a wind chill of 6. thank you my little american standard.
the heater in my van works. see above.
i made the reservation for our beach trip last night. now i have something to look forward to and to day dream about. (sis will turn ONE on that trip!!)
i ordered an embroidered insulated tote and an embroidered umbrella from harriette this week. she did it that day and also surprised me with a few extra goodies (including a matching wheeled tote that i am gonna use tomorrow night and for my ladie's retreat in march.) she is tooooooo good to me!! i'm so glad i have a friend like her. she feeds my habit.
earlier this week, i looked out my kitchen window, where i see some of the best sunsets, and saw that my 5 little...well, this year they are BIG...white tailed friends are back. it's truly an amazing sight and i take pics and video nearly every time. i wonder if the makers of "planet earth" would like my footage.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I've(on the left) also been having supper with my bestie, ellen (on the right if you don't know me but read my blog.) she is leaving monday for officer training school for the Air Force. i wish her luck!! she has lived here in north alabama with me for the last year and a half and it is gonna be awful that she will be based in las vegas. but i'm hoping she'll meet up with sara. they can get pedi's together. please overlook my shininess! but you can adore my kicky new do!
Monday, January 5, 2009
yesterday i got to go retrieve my christmas present from sam's. i was so excited. they are basically calphalon, but sam's brand. you have to do the whole seasoning thing and the whole she-bang. and they have a lifetime warranty. this better be the last set i buy. also, i'd like to take this little moment to brag on my hubs yesterday. it was my turn to take the boys to church. (we are alternating sundays and wednesdays b/c sister can't seem to manage to stay awake for 3+ hours...time it would take from getting her up, going and coming home without being a complete turkey and she will only fall asleep in her bed and taking her right now completely nullifies the purpose to be there.) anyway, during my morning, he did some dishes, did some laundry, took care of the sis, vacuumed the floors and cooked lunch. then, while i was off to do the grocery shopping, he did more laundry and put it away, all while having the 3 kids. oh, and i forgot to mention that he got the boys ready and got their church bags ready (like he does every week) while i was getting ready. he is a much better wife and mom than i am and i told him how much i appreciate him...and that he was giving me a bad name!!
and now without further adieu...
(this one isn't anything special. basically i went through our pantry, fridge and freezer and decided to make as much as i could with what we had and only buy what we needed to fill in the holes. my grocery bill this time was TINY!!!)
Sunday lunch-hamburger helper
monday-becky out to PF Chang's with Ellen (our last supper before her air force stuff), pita bread pizza for every one else, AC, bottle, sweet potatoes and apricots
tuesday-chicken enchiladas (were in freezer made last time)
wednesday-grilled shrimp (made on this which i also got for christmas), corn on the cob, salad and bread
thursday-chicken casserole, mashed potatoes, english peas
saturday-grilled chicken, cream corn and salad
and in true becky tucker fashion, i haven't gotten any pics uploaded, so probably none of this in intersting without the pics to see it in person. but soon, chickens. soon. i must reclaim my house and get those taggie blankets in the mail. you DO still want them, right? they are all addressed, and i even took the time to choose the ribbon especially for each and every one. (so some are definitely more boy friendly!)
later sweet taters!!