March 26th Friday Follow!!!!!

Welcome to another addition of Friday Follow. Hosted by Hearts Make Families, Midday Escapades and One 2 Try.  Check them out!

We’re very excited to announce our Sponsor of Friday Follow and a GIVEAWAY just for our Friday Followers! Please grab BOTH buttons after linking up. By grabbing our sponsor button you help us to promote this new venture and keep Friday Follow going strong for everyone.

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THREE one hundred dollar cash prizes up for grabs from Toothsoap as a thank you for your Friday Follow participation!

Contest Requirement: To be entered into the contest for three 100 dollar cash prizes please do the following:

* * Please place the Toothsoap.com button on your blog post today for Friday Follow and also on your blog sidebar.
* * During the week of March 26 – April 2, 2010 THREE winners will be chosen AT RANDOM to win a 100 dollar cash prize from TOOTHSOAP.COM
* * Winners are selected by random.org using the Friday Follow Link System
* * Winners selected MUST have the Toothsoap.com button on displayed prominently on both their Friday Follow post and blog sidebar to be eligible to win said prize.
* * Winners will be notified by email and by blog comment by team@toothsoap.com.
* * Winners have 24 hours from notification date to claim 100 dollar cash prize via email.
* * Cash prize is payable by Paypal.com or check from Vitality Products to winners (winners choice).
* * Contest ends Friday, April 2, 2010 at the stroke of midnight.
* * Open to US & Canada Residents

Here’s how YOU can join the Friday Follow celebration:

* * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.
* * Grab the Friday Follow and Sponsor buttons and include both on your Friday Follow blog post.
* * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
* * Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you’d like
* * Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you’re from Friday Follow
* * Follow back if you like, when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

The list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add you

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Friday Follow #9

Here’s how YOU can join the celebration:

* * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.
* * Grab the Friday Follow and Sponsor buttons and include both on your Friday Follow blog post.
* * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
* * Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you’d like
* * Take a moment to comment on the blogs telling them you’re from Friday Follow
* * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

The list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.

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Erin Go Braugh!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! A day where everyone who is Irish, celebrates.  And everyone who isn’t?  Hell – they celebrate too.

My little leprechauns…don’t they look like they are ready to look for the pot of gold? Avery even tried corned beef and cabbage Sunday – AND LIKED IT!  (It was a first for me too, and it wasn’t all bad!)

When we first started looking for shirts, Avery wanted to know why EVERY.SINGLE.SHIRT was GREEN.  I tried to explain WHY people wear green on this holiday…but she didn’t care.  If it isn’t pink or purple, it generally isn’t in her wardrobe.  Or to get around it she *changes the colors in her clothes and *pretends* everything is pink and purple.  For example “Mommy, see this red stripe?  I’ll pretend that’s pink.  And see this blue flower?  I’ll pretend that’s purple.”  So in her mind, she is always wearing her favorite color.  So when I found this PINK shirt (THANK YOU TARGET) I really found my *pot of gold*.

And Carson’s shirt…need I say more?  I think it speaks for itself.

Tonight will not be filled with green beer, though.  Oh there will be alcohol consumption.  You can take that to the bank.  But it will be in the form of:

With the girls…before we go to:

That’s right!  Girls Night – to see Bon Jovi.  What more could a girl ask for????

Enjoy!!!

Friday Follow – A Celebration of Followers

It’s Friday again….please be sure to check out Friday Follow.

It’s very exciting – this Friday – because Friday Follow has it’s first official sponsor.  Please check it out!

Here’s how YOU can join the celebration:
  • * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.
  • * Grab the Friday Follow and Sponsor buttons and include both on your Friday Follow blog post.
  • * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
  • * Follow as many other blogs on the linky as you like
  • * Comment on the blogs telling them you’re from Friday Follow
  • * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

The list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.

As hostesses, we realize the time required to participate in Friday Follow.  Due to the overwhelming number of entries each week, we understand everyone, including ourselves, may not be able to follow every blog.  To keep it fun, follow what you can at your own pace.  We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your continued participation!

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Happy Anniversary to us!!!

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Yep, you guessed it.  Today is our 9th anniversary.  Happy Anniversary to us!  We had a wonderful day…bright and sunny, surrounded by family and friends.  And even Elvis – but I’ll get to that.  Oh, and hundreds and hundreds of goldfish.  LIVE goldfish.  That’s an interesting story as well…

If you do the math, March 11 falls during Lent, no matter when Easter is.  I was raised Catholic and it is a no no to get married during Lent, and an even bigger no no to get married on a Sunday in Lent.  So I, the raised-Catholic bride, and my Protestant-raised Hubby were married on a Sunday, in Lent by a Mormon minister (Hubby’s beloved Uncle Jack) and not in a church.  Call us crazy.  But the fact that his uncle performed the service made it that much more special.  And the date was what really was important to us.  We wanted to get married 1 year to the date after we got engaged (however have you priced a Saturday night wedding?  If you have, then you’ll know why we got married on Sunday.  And one day off isn’t bad…)

The place where we got married, Addison Oaks, was previously the vacation house for one the influential families in Detroit, although after discussing it this morning, neither of us can remember which one and I don’t have time to look at the website.  Anyways they sold it to the park system and Voila! Perfect wedding/reception site.  We literally took the place over.  We had a luncheon reception immediately following the ceremony and the food was FAB!

(Sidenote: you can get married in their garden…in the summertime…and I can’t tell you how many people asked if we were getting married outside.  Um, hello?  You live here, right?  It’s March.  The ground is white….I don’t think so!)

And the cake was excellent.   We froze the top layer but after we returned from our honeymoon (in Paris) we found out we were moving to Dallas.  So we ate it as a going away cake since we figured it wouldn’t travel well.

cake

And I’ll bet you are wondering about the Elvis comment, right?  After we got engaged and started pricing/planning our blessed event, we spent some time in the cardiac unit sticker shock.  And jokes were made about how we should have just gone to Vegas.  So my brother-in-law, the prankster, arranged for a visitor from The Heartbreak Hotel…

elvis

We seriously laughed our asses off.  Good thing I was wearing waterproof mascara.  I need to give credit to AJ –  he ROCKED THE HOUSE as Elvis.  And he had never done it before.  We still laugh about it today.

And then there were the goldfish.  After the reception, a bunch of us loaded up on a party bus and traveled to Windsor.  To the Windor Casino (now Caesars Palace)…where we planned to live it up.  We had a room overlooking for mucky dazzlingly spectacular Detroit River and the vacant, decaying buildings lights of downtown Detroit.  There was gambling…food…I walked around the hotel in my jeans, t-shirt and a tiara.  Good times.  About midnight I decided to retire to our home away from home.  I was tired and all I wanted was to soak my aching muscles in a hot bath.  I paid $5 for tiny bottle of bubble bath in the gift shop.  Hubby walked me up to our room and low and behold…what do we find?  Goldfish.  Live (although if I recall some HAD indeed perished) goldfish.  In the bathtub.  In the sink.  In the coffee cups.  In the toilet.  In every usable glass in the room. Just doing their thing – swimming and shitting.  And I burst into tears.  I was FUCKING FURIOUS.  Finally we did the only thing we could – FLUSH.  And FLUSH.  And FLUSH.  It was in the middle of the flushing that the perps (who remain nameless on this blog but everyone I know IRL knows who they are) decided to call our room to wish us goodnight.  I answered and when I was asked “What are you guys doing?  (insert snickering)” I yelled “Flushing fucking goldfish” and slammed down the phone.  See unsuspectingly we gave our room key to said perps – because they wanted to drop a bottle of wine in our room for later.  We thought nothing of it.  So I never got my bath.  There was goldfish poop all over the place.  And no coffee in the AM b/c the mugs had goldfish poop in them.  It was NOT the most pleasing end to our wedding day.  Now we laugh when we tell the story…as I am doing now while writing this.  But at the time…not so funny and definitely NOT a prank I recommend pulling on a pair of newlyweds.  Got it?  To this day, I do wonder every once in a while, if there are mammoth sized goldfish swimming the waters of the Detroit River.  I’ll have to ask my neighbor if he has seen any while fishing those waters…maybe he’ll catch one for me and I’ll have it mounted and sent to the deed doers as a souvenir.

So here we are, 9 years after our special day…what a wonderful thing.  Happy, still madly in love, with two amazing kids!  Life is good.   Tonight we are going to dinner…at a fancy place.  (Not sure where yet…) and Avery is going with us.  Her first super fancy dress up dinner.  She thinks she is Fancy Nancy.  I love it.

And to think it all started with the phrase, heard over a cubicle wall, “Really, you’ve been engaged twice?  Dana has been engaged twice too.  You should meet her.”

Followed by an argument over the Red Wing goalie…

Match made in heaven.

ETA:  I feel guilty and I must confess the truth.  I put up this exact a very similar blog post a year ago – on our 8th anniversary.  I edited and added some stuff…but the pictures are the same.   I was pretty confident no one who is currently reading my blog would go back a year to see what I wrote.  I almost felt like a plagiarist except I wrote the original post too.  Whew, feels good to get that off my chest!

Seeing Double?

No, you don’t need glasses. You are seeing double…sorta.

I know I have compared pictures of Avery and Carson before but this one takes the cake.

My brother-in-law sent this shirt to Avery when she was a baby. And it fit her at about 7 months.  I tucked it away, and boy am I glad I kept it. Because Carson looks like a rockstar in it. (Just ignore the teething biscuit that is smeared all over his clothes, ok?)

Drumroll please….

AVERY

CARSON

AVERY

CARSON

Happy Monday, y’all!

Friday Follow #8

Thank you to everyone who has dropped by from Friday Follow!!!  I have been a bit lame on the blogging this week.  (See post below).

Happy Friday!!!!

Here’s how YOU can join the celebration:

* * Link up your blog name and URL using the MckLinky below. Only need to add on one blog to be seen on all the blog hops.
* * Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.
* * Follow as many blogs as you like
* * Comment on the blogs telling them you’re from Friday Follow
* * Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow

The Blog Hop is the same at each of our three hosts blogs so you do not have to add your blog at each site. Just one – but you can follow each blog. Follow a few or follow them all.

The list is new each week. The links do not carry over. Please link up each week for new participants to find your blogs. The list is only open to add your blog links on Fridays. It will be visible all week to visit the blogs listed.

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