Saturday, September 27, 2008

He's coming home!!

(FROM IRAQ!!!!!!!!)
So we're on our way to welcome my brother in law home...Pictures to follow!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Things that make you go "hmmmm?!?"

Okay, so there are many things that make me wonder what people are thinking or things that just don't make sense. A prime example would include "just because it comes in your size, does not mean you should wear it out in public." Or worse, it doesn't come in your size so you try to squeeze into it. Another thing that I just don't get is running, for the sake of running. Running from a fire, yup I understand that. Running to get the last brownie, definitely get that. Running in a marathon, nope. Never will understand that.
And last but not least is political yard signs. Okay, as much as I hate TV commercials for politicians, this form of advertising is atleast getting a message across. And buttons that people wear, aside from them feeling like they are somehow involved with the campaign, well, perhaps that could lead to discussions out and about town that might sway an undecided voter to one candidate. But yard signs? I mean when was the last time an undecided voter was riding down the road, and happened upon a yard sign and it swayed their vote?!?
I mean, really? A yard sign? I mean, sure the homeowner is proudly displaying his affiliation with a party. But don't you think that it's a bit wasteful of our resources? Money that could be used to actually do something that one of the candidates are talking about?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Arrrr, it be my mom's birthday!

Okay, so today is now 2 different joyous events: my beloved mother's birthday...AND International Talk Like a Pirate Day! How cool is that? We called and sang to my mom "Happy Birthday" with a pirate twist. Excellent, huh?
Avast, me hearty! For those of you wondering, it is indeed an actual day. There's a website and everything. It was one of those things that started with a group of friends who set aside a day each year to talk like a pirate and has grown since. Perhaps it's because everyone loves to talk like a pirate from time to time, right me matey?!?

So for our dear "brother" James, and for my son, I ask that you would honor this "holiday" of sorts, by wishing my mom Happy Birthday in the comments (she reads my page....maybe someday soon we might just bring her over to the dark side of blogging. We got my dad, so she's next!!) and then talk like a random random people...and tell them that today is international talk like a pirate day!
There's lots of fun things to do today, like watch Pirates of the Carribean, Sword fight with balloon swords, etc. Or you can create a pirate identity like I did. This is what the site told me about my inner pirate: (edited due to a little bit of A/C)
Mad Mia The Executioner (formerly known as Christy) Your super powers are super hearing and finding clean underwear, but you don't look good in Spandex and you can't parallel park. You never sweat even when you use your super strength. You cloud men's minds to have your way with them. You use your flying ability even if you've been drinking. If only you had super speed it wouldn't take you all day to put your socks on.

Don't know how to talk like a pirate? Here's a crash course on pirate speak. Don't have time to learn some pirate lingo? There's an "English to pirate" translator here!
yo ho and a bottle of rum.......

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


To be honest, when I heard the theme for this week's WWWAT was "beginnings and endings" I had no clue what I was going to do. And then after reading Rachel's post, where she bent the rules, I figured I could bend the rules just this one time.
None of these pictures are mine, and in fact I've never even met any of them IRL, but after reading a Tori's post today, I felt like this was an important topic, with it being an election year and all. After you look at mine, go on over to Rachel's page and check out all the other enteries, and while you're at it, go ahead and JOIN IN!!

So without further ado, I submit my WWWAT post...
Women getting arrested for protesting outside of the white house in 1917
Helena Weed inside her prison sell, serving a 60 day sentence for "obstructing the sidewalk" while picketing the White House
Lucy Burns in her prison garb had her hands chained to her bars above her head and left gasping for air all night long.Vida Miller behind bars for petitioning for her right to vote
A woman is escorted from prison after her release

Regardless of your political view, you must say we've come quite a long ways in a little less than 90 years. Thanks to all of the women who were beaten, imprisoned, tortured, and God knows what else for our right to vote. Let's honor these women by voting this coming November, either way...JUST VOTE!
And remember "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity"
Thanks to Tori, at My Life...Just pretend you're interested! for bringing this to my attention. To learn more about the women's rights movement, and the Night of Terror in 1917, please visit the following sites:

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

too funny

Monday, September 15, 2008

Enemy in a can

Superman has kryptonite.
Dieters have chocolate.

And I, well I have formula. There are certain things that can sabotage our endeavors such as the ones listed above. I have been struggling for a while with my milk production. I've been pumping more, trying to nurse more, but alas, my supply is not much. For example, last night Makenna went to bed at 12, and I woke up at 7 this morning, and I went to pump, and only got 3 oz. For a whole night of no pumping, no feeding.

I finally gave in yesterday to my daughter's incessant screaming. I had nursed her, tried to feed her food, and she was still screaming. Not the whiny cry, a blood curdling scream. Out of pure desperation, I ransacked Kenna's room looking for that sample of formula I'd received along time ago. I knew it was in there some where and had hid it on purpose so I wouldn't be tempted to give up on breastfeeding.

I found it and had no idea where to even start. It has been a LONG time since I've had to do formula, and felt like a moron trying to remember how to make it. How much should I give her? I decided on making 4 oz just to see how she'd take it, so I wouldn't be wasting it if she didn't want it. She GOBBLED it up, and was content for several hours after that. Just as happy as can be.

I tried to pump 2 last night before I went to bed and got an ounce. Now that is frustrating. What's worse is that Kenney kind of made me feel bad for giving her forumla. I've been struggling as I mentioned, and he's all "you made a committment to breastfeed for 12 months, and you can't stop". My boobs are stopping me, I'm not stopping them!

I've increased my water intake, I've started taking fenugreek, starting eating oatmeal, so maybe these will help.

My enemy is in a can, what about you?

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Chillin' with the Sumner.durik.rue crew

How many people can you fit into one house? At my parents, apparently we managed to successfully sleep five adults, 2 boys, and 2 infant girls without incident. With the tropical storm heading our way, we decided to head over to my parents house, which is only about 10 minutes away. We've been so busy lately that we've had little time to spend with them, so this was the perfect time to get some "papa time".

I've got some other things to post, but for now, I'm surviving, errrrr, enjoying the mass chaos which is the "cousins".

Friday, September 5, 2008

Making Great Strides, one lipstick at a time!!

I don't know how familiar any of you are with Nate & Tricia in the Outer Banks of NC, but I've been following their story for quite some time. To be honest, I can't even remember how I came to his blog, but I did, and ever since, I've been led to pray for them, and hope that you will too. Tricia has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and was preparing for a lung transplant when they found out they were expecting their little miracle baby! Gwyneth was a micro-premie, born 15 weeks early, and is a fighter! God truly has had His hand on her and her parents! Tricia now has had a double lung transplant, and now is dealing with a form of cancer that sometimes accompanies the transplant. (I appologize if I've unintentionally misquoted or misrepresented any info here. To here their story in their own words visit here for a recap of their story.)

Recently, Nate posted that he is only $2500 away from his goal of $15,000 for his Great Strides walk, which helps raise money for research and development of drugs to help patients with Cystic Fibrosis. To read more information about his walk, or to donate to his walk directly, please visit his site here. His walk is only a week away, and I really want to help out, and so I'm going to donate all of the proceeds of any Mary Kay order placed on my website to help him reach his goal. Any order placed by Wednesday, September 10th will help Nate reach his goal of $15,000!!

Thanks for helping Nate make Great Strides one lipstick at a time!!


I know that as mom's we're often proud of our babies, and rightfully so. I mean we did carry them for 9 months, give birth to them, and so it's just fitting that we are proud when they do little things. However, I'm proud of my new team member Jennifer. Jennifer was a former co-worker from the day care I used to work with, but she quickly became a good friend of mine. Our weddings were only seperated by a few months, so we had tons to talk about and vent about when our kids laid down at naptime (aside from work things!)

Jennifer decided she wanted to become a Mary Kay consultant, but wanted to start off slowly because she is in grad school right now as well as teaching first grade at a local elementary school, so she is super busy. I assured her that Mary Kay can fit into any schedule, and could provide some extra cash, especially as the holiday season rolls around!

Yesterday, Jennifer had her "debut" party, that she held right at her school after the day was over and she only had 3 that actually could make it, (one of whom had a daughter in law who was already a consultant so she didn't count! After all, we don't steal customers from other consultants!!) but had several people with outside orders.

Let me tell you....Jennifer had $750 worth of retail sales in ONE day! Can you believe that?!? And this was from someone who thought they were too busy to sell Mary Kay!! And also, in addition to the wonderful sales she had, she also has 2 possible ladies interested in the Mary Kay opportunity!

I'm just so excited about this! I'm like a proud Mama sitting here just thinking about it. I can't wait to see what another new team member Gina will do at her debut! Jennifer has been a consultant for 2 weeks, and already almost has 2 new team members! The reason is because the Mary Kay opportunity REALLY will fit into ANY woman's schedule, no matter how busy, even if you feel you don't know any one, if you don't like women in general, if you don't like talking to strangers, etc.

Mary Kay is exactly what you make it to be. If you want it to replace your full time job salary, it can easily be done. If you want just a little extra spending money, it can DEFINATELY be done. If you only want to earn some Christmas money for gifts, we can help you! Even if you want to join to get your own products at wholesale, we can work with you!!

If this is something you might be interested in, please contact me at or leave me a comment where I can contact you. I promise I won't force you into anything, because that's not my style.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

shoulda, coulda, woulda...

I've got 50 million reasons why I haven't blogged in so long...But in all reality, life has just gotten so busy I can't even think straight. I'm up to my elbows in lesson plans, Mary Kay things, and dirty diapers....My poor house has been neglected and could use a thorough cleaning. (Although I must say, my house is actually cleaner now than it was when I wasn't working at all, go figure!!) I love being busy because it makes life more exciting, and I have real things to tell you. The down side to being busy is that I have no time to tell you them because in all honesty, I'd rather spend my free time when the kiddos go to bed with my husband. No offense to bloglanders out there, but I think you can understand where I'm coming from.

Anyway, here are some things that have gone on recently:

1.) Braydon has started Pre-K and is adjusting to being back into a routine, which he LOVES to HATE. hahaha!

2.) Makenna is now 8 months old and is still rolling as her main mode of transportation, aside from us carrying her of course.

3.) Kenney has gone bald. He's recently decided it was time, to go ahead and go bald by his choice rather than look at how much his hair is quickly disappearing. I must say I like him bald. =) Only down side is he looks more like his brother, hahaha!

4.) I've successfully managed to make it through my first real tornado drill. I had no clue what the procedures were, having never even been in a practice one let alone a real one. It's a good thing most of the kids knew what to do, because I was clueless!

5.) I have 3 new team members that have opened their own Mary Kay businesses!!!! Way to go Jennifer, Gina & Karen!! On a side note, my director and senior director have started trying to come up with a name for my unit, so any suggestions are gladly appreciated.

6.) We went to VA Beach for the Labor Day Weekend, which was fun and tiring. We saw a lot of his family at a family reunion and then got to go to Busch Gardens. Both kids did EXCELLENT and I can say I've survived a 90 degree drop aboard Griffon. Afterwards, I couldn't get my hands to stop shaking for several minutes. Let's just say this is not a ride for my Dad.

On the way home from VA, Makenna decided to get sick ALL over the backseat of our car and has been since yesterday. Poor little girl has a dr appt this afternoon.

That's about it for now. Please pray for Makenna and that the rest of us don't get what she has! Thanks!