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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Can't win 'em all...

I didn't get the job I spoke of in an earlier post! I was needless to say devastated!! I cried all the tears I'm going to cry over that and press on!!! One thing that did make laugh and smile was the comedian J. Anthony Brown's rendition of Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It". J. Anthony Brown's version is "Never Shoulda Paid It". Turn your speakers up, press the play button to the right of this entry in the sidebar, and get ready to laugh. Peace and blessings!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

At a Snails pace...

My mind that is. I guess the real blessing is that my mind is fully funtioning, so Praise God!! Yesterday morning I was watching TV church (side note...we have GOT to find a church home...I feel like a heathen that my boys aren't established in a church...I am glad that they know the Lord through us and that we sit and talk often about the Lord and his word) and Pastor Dale Bronner reminded me that Fear is not failure, Quiting is failure. It is so simple, yet so profound. As a family, we are facing/working through some financial difficulties. Even though there are MANY TIMES I just want to quit and give in to failure, I THANK GOD that Ivan and I have the drive and determination to go forward if for no other reason than our boys.

Please don't think of this a "whoa is me" because I know that I have a tremendous amout of gratitude for all of the Blessings I have. I guess I was moved to have a testimony!! Speaking of are some that I am most proud of...My babies!

Our Outing on the 4th of July...Fireworks at Arbor Place Mall, Douglasville, GA

Dylan wondering..."Why are we out soooo late at night and I'm allowed to have snacks?!?!?"

Evan has waited (according to him) all his life to sit on top of the truck! Mind you, he's just 10!!

Kyle flashing that winning smile to me and Dad. I am certain that he is more than happy to have his turn in the "Da rita" bag!!

My 3 Sons!!! You couldn't pay Evan to think he is anything but FIONE...Lord, what am I going to do? Secretly...I know he who really created the monster? LOL!!

I wish I had focused a little better for this shot! This is truly my little STINKER!!!!

I have soo many layouts to share with you all. I am going to wait until we return from our vacation and create more layouts from those pictures. Thank you for reading and your inspirations as well.


Sunday, July 13, 2008 anyone there?

Does anyone listen anymore? I know in my house, they don't but hey...I'm used to that. Is it just me? I find that I have to repeat myself more than I care to when I am either on the phone with a customer service rep. or if I'm in a store asking for assitance. What's up with that? I really think I am going to insist on better listening skills for any group of students I come in contact with this upcoming school year. We've got to start somewhere...right?

We had a great 4th of July. I BBQed via the George Foreman Grill and then we headed to Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville to watch the fireworks. It was better than I expected. Although I do miss the Detroit fireworks, we only saw them on TV because there was/is no way in the hell I nor my family was/is going Downtown Detroit to fight the crowds for fireworks!!! If I figure out how to upload flickr pixs in this entry, I'll show you the fun the kids had. Take care!!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July Peeps,

What do you all have planned? The Mann family is keeping a low profile today. Ivan has to work so I'm a little bummed about that although he gets off at 7:00 p.m.. Later on tonight, all of us will go to Douglasville to watch fireworks. Last year we missed them although we had GREAT intentions to see the fireworks show at Stone Mountain Park. We were posted at the wrong spot and the fireworks were not able to be seen where we were.

This year is the first year that Dylan will get a chance to see a fireworks show. I'm kind of on the fence about taking pictures of the kids at the fireworks because I want to enjoy the show myself. My thought is to take the camera anyway and see what happens.

I WANT RIBS! Not just any Daddy's BBQ ribs!!! Since he is still in Michigan and not down here yet, I guess I'll have to wait for him to get here later on this month. Maybe not having a BBQ grill is a problem too LOL!!!! I decided that today, I'm going to have gourmet hotdogs (thank you George Foreman), baked beans, and cole slaw so I better get to Kroger's soon since they close early.

I am so happy that my good friend, Kalah Leone FINALLY had her baby. Knoelle Loren is here...

I am waiting (and not so patiently I might add) to get some more pictures of her to scrap. Hopefully, the price of gas will go down so that I can visit them and kiss those cheeks!!!!!

Take care for now. Enjoy today and be glad in it!! Blessings, Peace, and Love always!!!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Chile...I gotta lot going on!!

I am so TUD (a term meaning Tired, Underappreciated, and whateva you want for the D!) but at least I can honestly say TUD in a good way. My intentional means for this blog was to go on and on about my daily happenings and what not, but chile I have no time to even do that!! I am stealing time away from a power point presentation I am working on to secure a career opportunity that I have been dreaming of for so long (if I figure out how to share it with you all, i will...add that to the "to do" pile).

I WANNA SCRAPBOOK!!!!! yes, consider that screaming/whining/etc.! Thankfully I have different subject matter to make scrap pages for since many of my friends, family, coworkers, and sorors are poppin' out babies like there is no tomorrow. I am anxiously awaiting some pixs to arrive in the mail so that I can Scrap 'em!!

My interview is on the 16th, so please squeeze in a prayer for me. I have alot going on after that interview as we prepare for our family vacation, so maybe it will be a cause for extra celebration. I am going to sign off for now and carry myself to bed. I am sure I've got to fight off a brother, since the "headache" excuse has only worked the last 2 request from him. Sorry I had to go there and maybe we'll get into that discussion later...but really...I feel like I'm just mattress wrestling...ugh!!!