Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Who would'a thunk it???

Ok, I did it and I am actually enjoying it! lol

When I was a teenager, my sister worked at Domino's pizza. She was a driver, she answered phones and took orders, she made the pizzas (taking pride in the way she could throw the dough to make the crust). She did it all there. She worked there forever. I remember going with her to work some because she worked on the USC campus and there were some really good looking guys working there as well. So, of course I did not mind hanging out. What was that tall dark haired guy's name anyway?? hum...don't remember, but he was a hottie.

So, that was her thing. She did it for ever like I said and she was really good at it.

So......I never imagined working at Domino's myself but guess what. At the end of September, I took a job there as a night time driver. I am "the Domino's guy oh I mean girl" That is usually what they say when I get to the door. lol

Well, I decided that I would work for a while to help with gas money and Christmas money. Not looking for hotties like I was back then. lol

While my daycare numbers went down for the summer, I never really filled the spots and now with the holidays coming I usually will not pick up in numbers until Jan. ish. So that's not a terrible thing. Its always nice to have a break here and there.

So I am learning the roads in Elgin and some of Lugoff. I am enjoying the hustle and the instant gratification of tips for my work. I am impressed with the earning potential. I never would have guessed this would be for me but I am having a great time. It works great with my daycare schedule. I play with kids in the mornings and hang out with adults (well older kids really) in the evenings. I still get to see Paul some and we have gas money when we need it.

I guess sometimes if you step out of your comfort zone it may surprise you of your potential.
This is also a great cure for boredom.

So there you go MK, bet you did not expect that!!!

GET THE DOOR, ITS DOMINO's and maybe even Alona!!

If anyone is looking for work, let me know. They still need drivers.

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I hope to see EVERYONE at my home on Saturday Oct 25th (that is this Sat)
7 pm until. We are having our Halloween party. EVERYONE is INVITED.
We will be wearing costumes.
If you have one, wear it. If you dont have one or are not into costumes, come anyway.
WE will be serving Chili and hot dogs.
Bring something to go along with that.
It should be a ton of fun. We have some people who are investigating the church who were invited. I hope everyone will come and help us welcome them.
please also rsvp

Monday, October 20, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

To the one person who is always there for me with a hug. The one who always listens and never judges me for anything I am or have been. For the one who shows me everyday that he is happy to be in my life. The one who would miss sleeping for 36 hrs because he would rather be with me while I have to testify in court. The one who brings me flowers when I feel sick. He comes in from working all night and puts a meal on for me and the kids in the crock pot so I do not have to cook dinner later. He helps me so much with my daycare. I think sometimes the kids love him more then they do me. I am sure it has something to do with him always having a treat for them.
Happy Anniversary Paul. I love you so much and am thankful for you and who you are for me.

I met this guy 3 years ago on the Internet of all places. We live in a different time now. I was single for a long time and had tried every avenue while seeking a compatible mate. Just when I was giving up again, I go into a "Mormon singles chat room" and the conversation when kinda like this...
HIM- what is your ASL?
ME- almost 35, female, SC ...what about you?
HIM-38 - m- Utah
ME- what are you looking for?
HIM- Just friends and someone to hang out with, chat with, etc
ME-Yeah me too
HIM- oh you are not looking for marriage like every other fem on here?
ME- maybe one day but not really for now....I'm tired of the games. burnt out on losers and guys are just dumb so....just taking it easy for now.
HIM- I agree with all of that except that there are some of us who are not losers. I do know what you mean though because I have met some crazy girls too.
ME- well good, so now that we are on the same page....I'm bored, you wanna get married??
HIM- Sure lets do it
ME- OK great! The only thing will have to move here. I don't do snow.
HIM- We will have to see about that. And the rest is history. We were just joking and having fun that night but look at us now. We dated via the phone, Internet and a few visits going both ways for a year and then he made the move. I am so glad that he did. I love him with all of my heart. I am thankful for all he does for me and who he is. He helps me so much and is the best friend that I have every had. I married into the best family as well. They all have taken me and my children in and have been awesome to us. Maybe if I keep trying I can get some of them to move out here as well so we can been closer. Until then, I like the occasional visits we get to take to Utah. I am hoping this makes since. It is really too early for me to be thinking.
So anyway..... I love you Paul. I hope we have at least another 100 good years.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Truth Shall Set You Free...

I wanted to share something that happened this week.It is not something new that I learned but this was brought to a new light for me.
I participated in a jury trial this week. I was put in a situation where I sat and watched as someone had to tell some very personal things that happened to them. Someone else had to share some more very personal things that happened to them as well as to another member of their family. It was hard to be in that room. It was very uncomfortable. You could watch those who were on the stand and could see how hard it was for them to be there. At the same time, it was very important for them to go through that. It was important for them to subject themselves to that embarrassment and hardship for the hope of justice being served. In the end weather their side won or lost, they new then had to do their part.

So, we sit and watch witness number one.
Witness number two takes the stand. This witness is also the victim. She is testifying of something that happened several years ago. She was at the time, a minor. The thing that stood out most for me is as she got up to take the stand, we seen her father whisper to her, "Just tell the truth, nothing else matters".

You could see how nervous she was. She seemed scared to look at anyone. All the same, she told what happened. She had a since of confidence in her words and she did well.

The defendant takes the stand. He was very defensive. Would not answer questions directly. For example, he was asked, did you visit the witness on one particular day? He said, I could have been at work that day. HUH??? That is not what he was asked. So, he proceeded to give several answers while being questioned that really had nothing to do with what he was being asked. He was asked once, (without giving out too much info) Did you use more then one of something? he said, many people could possibly use more then one of those. OK, no one asked you about what other or many people do. You were asked if YOU did this.

It was just really something to watch someone try to turn words around and manipulate words to create doubt in the minds of the jury. I guess that would be the idea of what he was doing. He at one point said, I have never been around this person and everything she said is a lie. He said everything she wrote on her statement years ago was also fabricated.

So.........who do you believe?

It is the job of a jury to take everything into consideration. Then, it is up to them to get 12 people to all come to the same conclusion. In a situation like this no one knows going in what the outcome will be. Some people are hoping for one result and others are praying for the opposite.

OK, what is my point? Some people lie because they are scare or nervous of what will happen if they tell the truth. Some people lie to protect the feelings of others. Some people are more compulsive with their lies and they do it because they can. What ever the reason for telling a lie, where does it get you? It might give you some time or you may feel as though you are getting by with something. Are you really winning? Are you really getting by? I have seen where telling lies has effected people in such a way that it is even life altering. I have had people tell lies about me and members of my family which caused a lot of hurt feelings and caused me to lose some dear friends. All because of lies. Not sure why those things happened. But I see it as a part of life that some people deal with everyday.

Paul and I teach our children that a lie is a terrible thing. You never truly win when you lie. Karma will get you and if you lie now, you will spend so much more time digging your way out of that lie then you ever would have if you had told the truth to begin with.
It is a fact that when one tells a lie, it weighs on the person in so many ways. I have had secrets before that I was not totally honest about when I should have been. Those things were like steel weights that I wore on my shoulders. Some of those secrets were things that maybe happened to me when I was younger. Some of those things were things that I did that I should not have done in my life. I think at some point everyone has a secret or more then one that they wear on their shoulders and or heart. For some it is no big deal and for others it is something that they struggle with everyday. It has taken long strides for me but I have found a way finally to share some of my past secrets and get those weights off of my shoulders. The relief I have felt is indescribable.

In the court story, after a deliberation of less then an hour there was a verdict GUILTY!

This was such a case that when given the choice, 90% of the jurors choose to come out and watch the sentencing process. Everyone wanted to know what was going to happen to this guy.

Well, what could not come out during that trial but what had to come out during the sentencing was that this guy had a prior record of a similar assault. Needless to say, the jurors were more then satisfied to hear that, knowing that they made the right choice to give a guilty verdict. To watch this unfold and just to watch this victim. Her family made a statement during sentencing that their wish was to make sure he was put somewhere that he can receive the kind of help that he needs so that there is never another victim. He got 8 years. Then she did not want to leave the court room until she watched them place the handcuffs on this man and take him away. You could see the gratification in her eyes.

A terrible chapter in her life finally has closer. She can put that book of this part of her life on a high shelf and hope to never come across it again. It will still be there always but she can now move away from it.

Then you see her walk out embracing her mother and father and tears of joy go down their faces. With the last comment, see,when you just tell the truth, ever thing will work out eventually. It is a lesson we should all remember.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Raffle for Christmas Gifts!!

I have a huge basket loaded with Mary-Kay cosmetics as well as some bags from Thirty-one Gifts. The value of this prize is well over $100 in products. There is a chance that there will be other products added to this basket and that is why I have not added the picture yet. You can purchase or earn a raffle ticket and a chance to win this basket. This will make a great Christmas gift for any of the ladies out there. You can even tell your husbands to buy the tickets and possible take care of more then one gift off of their list. You can win this prize and split up the products to take care of several people on your Christmas list as well.
PURCHASE****Anyone who would like to purchase a raffle ticket for just $5.00, let me know.
EARN***You can also earn a raffle ticket by hosting a party for Mary Kay or for Thirty-one gifts (purses and bags, etc). For each person who hosts a party, you will earn a free raffle ticket. Those who have parties with sales over $200 earn a second ticket.
Some of the items in the baskets are gift certificates so you can have personalized items. There are also cosmetics, such as lipsticks, which you will have the opportunity to choose colors that suit you best. Watch for an upcoming post with more details. I will show the basket and list all of the items that are available in this awesome prize.
Drawing for this prize will be the first week in December.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Baby reaches double digits

October 9th, 1998. I go in for a scheduled c-section. Only to find that she was already on her way. I was suppose to deliver before going into labor. I must have just missed the labor pains because when I went in, my water had broke that morning in the shower. I did not know it because of the shower. Kinda one of those things that made since later.

So, with my 1st c-section, the Dr's had to push and pull and make Keely come out. Resulting in me feeling like I had broken ribs and other bruises that may come from getting hit by a truck.
This time, they opened me up and she rolled to the top. Just to say, here I am, I am ready to go.

She had a hard road getting here as my body wanted to be difficult so I am sure she had been looking for the door to get out and get moving in life. I think she is still that way. Always looking for somewhere to go and an opportunity to do something.

Well she is having a birthday. She reaches double digits today. I have mixed emotions as she is my final creation and I want to keep her to myself. On the other hand, she is very independent. She always has been. I remember having problems reading to her as a toddler. She wanted to do it herself. She did not want help. Then knowing that DJ and Keely are so much older, she is always trying to catch up and be like the big kids.

So, my little girl is growing up. She went on the 4th grade Seagul field trip which is an overnighter. That was hard for me but I guess I need to let her grow. She is so smart and so strong willed, I don't think I have a choice. She is not one of those who will let me baby her until she is 20. I think she is 10 going on 20 already.

Slow down Alyssa, you need time to grow and so do I. I will do my best to keep up with you.


Thursday, October 2, 2008

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