Tuesday, May 30, 2006


I hope that everyone had a safe Memorial Day. A time to remember those who have given their time for my freedom, and some their lives. I am forever grateful for those Service Men & Women. Thank you doesn't say enough for their time and lives.

It has been a severely long weekend. Brooke has been sick with all kinds of stuff, and I was planning on going to work today, but being thrown up on last night for most of the night was just too much for me. I got a call on Friday that she was throwing up. I took her to HEB because she acted fine, but then unexpectedly she threw up all over HEB, and some nice lady helped me out by getting us paper towels and offering to do my shopping for me. She was probably a mother who had been through this before. What an amazing lady, offering to do my shopping for me while I stayed in that aisle. She is the last of her kind I'm sure, because no one would have been that helpful. Anyway, sorry for my blogging hiatus, it's been crazy with work, work, work, and Brooke. Have a good day, and here's a shout to Loren!!

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Friday, May 19, 2006

I'm a 90's Kid

Just because you were born in '92 doesn't mean you're a 90's kid.

It's not like you could remember the original Simpsons. I am sorry but three conscious years of the nineties just wont cut it.

You're a 90's kid if:

You've ever ended a sentence with the word "SIKE!"

You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air"

You remember when Kurt Cobain, Tupac, River Phoenix, and Selena died.

You know that "WOAH" comes from Joey from "Blossom" and that "How Rude!" comes from Stephanie from "Full House"

You remember when it was actually worth getting up early
on a Saturday to watch cartoons.

You got super excited when it was Oregon Trail day in computer class at school.

You used an actualy Floppy "floppy" disc with the hole in the center

You remember reading "Goosebumps"

You know the profound meaning of "Wax on, wax off"

You have pondered why Smurfette was the only female smurf.

You took plastic cartoon lunch boxes to school.

you danced to "wannabe" by the Spice Girls, Females: had a new motto, Males: got a whole lot gay-er. (so tell me what you want, what you really really want.)

You remember the craze then the banning of slap bracelets and slam books.

You still get the urge to say "NOT" after (almost) every sentence...Not...

Where in the world is Carmen San Diego? was both a game and a TV game show.

Captain Planet.

You knew that Kimberly, the pink ranger, and Tommy, the red* Ranger were meant to be together.

To the last sentence you said.....hey...Tommy was the green* ranger!!!!

*later to be white

When playing power rangers with friends you fought over who got to be who............and still all ended up being tommy.

You remember when super nintendo's became popular.

pressing "A,B, Up, Down, A, B, Left, Right, A, B, START" on your nintendo controller got you infinite lives.

Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat were the best games to challenge friends.

Blowing into your nintendo and the game cartridge magically made them work!

Playing TMNT on the arcade machine with four friends playing at the same time.

Virtual Boy

Game Boy

You remember watching Home Alone 1 and 2........and tried to pull the pranks on "intruders"

"I've fallen and I can't get up"

You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline skates

Two words... Trapper Keeper.

You ever got injured on a Slip 'n' Slide

You wore socks over leggings scrunched down

"Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, all dressed in black, black, black, with silver buttons, buttons, buttons, all down her back, back, back" SHE ASKED HER MOTHER MOTHER MOTHER FOR FIFTY CENTS CENTS CENTS TO SEE THE ELEPHANTS PHANTS PHANTS JUMP OVER THE FENCE THE FENCE THE FENCE
he jumped so high high high he touched the sky sky sky and he didnt come back back back til the forth of july ly ly he jumped so low ow ow he stubbed his toe toe toe and thats the end end end of the elephants show show show

You remember boom boxes vs. cd players

You remember New Kids on The Block when they were cool

You knew all the characters names and their life stories on "Saved By The Bell"

You voted to make the new M&M color blue or purple

You played and or collected "Pogs"

You had at least one Tamagotchi, GigaPet or Nano and brought it everywhere

You watched the original Care Bears, My Little Pony, and Ninja Turtles


Yikes pencils and erasers were the stuff!

All your school supplies were "Lisa Frank" brand.(pencils.notebooks.binders.etc.)

You remember when the new Beanie Babies were always sold out.

You used to wear those stick on earings, not only on your ears, but at the corners of your eyes.

You remember a time before the WB.

You've gotten creeped out by "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

You know the Macarena by heart.

"Talk to the hand" ... enough said

You thought Brain woud finally take over the world

You always said, "Then why don't you marry it!"

You remember when everyone went slinky crazy.

You remember when razor scooters were cool.

when we were younger:

Before the MySpace frenzy.

Before the Internet & text messaging.

Before Sidekicks & iPods.


Before PlayStation2 or X-BOX.


When you rented VHS tapes, not DVDs.

You had a pogo-ball (the toy that had a ring around the ball that you stood on the lip of so you could bounce around)

When gas was $0.95 a gallon & Caller ID was a new thing.

When we recorded stuff on VCRs & paid $3.50 for a movie.

When we called the radio station to request songs to hear off our walkmans.

When 2Pac and Biggie where alive.

When the Chicago Bulls were the best team ever.

bill-nye the science guy.


gulah gulah island

When Toys R Us overuled the mall.

act like you didn't watch afro-king BOB ROSS paint trees on T.V.

Hey there Dahra, how have you been? I hope everything has been well with you. Read the following, I am sure u agree with a few of these statements!

Beavis and Butthead were popular to watch on MTV

....so was the Real World


smud and yak back. skip it and bop it.

Before we realized all this would eventually disappear

who would have thought you'd miss the 90's so much!!!!!

Your a 90's kid when you read this and smiled and laughed at least 5 of these.

I had a Yak Back. I watched Bill Nye the Science Guy. I was entertained by the Power Rangers, however did not play them in school. I enjoyed watching the Chicago Bulls play in the playoffs and win. I miss having cartoons worth while to watch on TV especially now that I have an avid cartoon watching two year old myself. Except, she watches real things, educational things, and she loves it. I still sometimes watch the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and sing along to it, and do the Carleton. I did collect pogs and pull them out every now and then for a little reminder of what being young and innocent really was. I had a GigaPet, I actually had two, and we would get in so much trouble for taking those stupid things to school. Oh yea…I had Yikes Pencils, pencil grips, erasers, everything. I miss the 90’s, I miss the innocence it brought a long with it. Those times are gone, way gone, and they are not coming back. It’s sad. It’s something that I wish my daughter would have the chance to experience, but she won’t because she was born into the technological age, and she will never be the same. Although, I never did have a Nintendo or SuperNintendo, we always just had my dad’s old Atari, and we managed just fine with it. My sister and I would play that thing until we would fall asleep. My parents didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up and so we didn’t get have all the cool things, but you know what we had each other. I played more Barbie, dress up, make believe than anyone will today. I would stay at home during the summer with my sister Celeste and we would have fun together playing or whatever. We are really close today, and it’s all thinks to that darn Atari that we had and playing Kaboom. Thanks for the greatest sister in the world, Celeste. I love you so much, and I’m proud to be a 90’s kid.


From Megan:

"Well, since my dear friend Kourtney and I eat chinese food weekly at our favorite spot and get such a kick out of our fortune cookie readings, I thought it would be fun to go through and list our fortunes in a spot I could call fortune cookie fridays. I have been trying to find a use for all the fortunes I save because I think they are too funny and neat to throw out but too little and useless to actually exert effort into really saving and doing something important with them. I originally got the idea from all the half naked thursday segments I have seen while lurking on blogger but since I am totally not cool with naked pictures--in particular of me since I quit the exercise regimen, I thought this was a better, at least for me.

For those blogger lurkers out there who want to participate but don't eat chinese food as much as Kourtney and I do, try the online fortune cookie generators. There is a highly cynical one at www.badcookie.com that I like and I am sure there are more great ones out there if you do a search. If you are too lazy, screw you...(just kidding!)

One more important thing that must be noted before reading fortune cookies: My cousin Andy taught me that you have to add "in bed" to every fortune to spice it up...its the only Fortune Cookie Friday rule....enjoy.*"

So now that you know the story behind Fortune Cookie Fridays, put some of your fortunes to use.

Okay, so that’s meg’s two cents on this matter, now I’m participating. Go visit her blog and start participating in Fortune Cookie Friday’s too. So ALL of you Half Nekkid Thursdayers give yourself something to participate in on Friday’s. Woohoo…okay, so I haven’t been able to eat Chinese food all week because of some illness I’ve had, so I’m using some old fortunes since after all, today is FRIDAY!!!!!!

My fortune is: The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.....in bed.

Happy FCF!!!!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Mother's Day!!

So today is Mother's Day, a day where children celebrate the importance and love for their mothers. A time that my family gets together and celebrates my mom, sister, and now I. It feels weird having celebrated my second Mother's day. Usually my dad bbq's for us, and we get together and have a nice big family dinner. This year it was just me, dad, mom and Brooke. I got my mom "The Legend of Zorro" and Brooke got me a cute card and a new dvd player. We had one about about 1.5 months ago, it finally gave way to the DVD angel of death. I think it was tired of repeatedly playing Princess Diaries 2 which we watch everynight before we went to bed for at least a year....YIKES!! I would break too. Anyway, so I like the new one, it's a little bigger than the old one, however much lighter and a little better quality, so perhaps it won't poop out quite so quickly. Anyway, call your Mother's today and let them know how appreciative you are for them not killing you when you were a kid, teenager, and sometimes an adult.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Getting Married!!!

So Layne and I decided to ditch the real world, run off to Alaska, AND GET MARRIED!!! YAY!!! He’s tired of being hurt, and well, I’m just tired of being alone. We dated in high school, and we’ve known each other for quite sometime now…like 6 years or something like that. We have been through the roughest of times together every since we started dating. Thanks to Justin Crockett we would not have the friendship we have today without him. He and I are no longer friends. We were once close too, and fell back in love but found ourselves falling out of it much too quickly. Layne was there when I got pregnant, after Brooke was born, and through my biggest of heartbreaks. He was my first Valentine ever, and I still have the bear somewhere. Along with many letters and cards that he gave me. He was there when I had my wisdom teeth removed and cried with me out of fear. He laughed at me when he saw me for the first time after that, but then we laughed together about it afterward. He was there for me when I broke my ankle, only before breaking my heart. We have since become the best of friends, completely inseparable when he’s in town, and someone I can say I truly do love. Brooke has come to accept him and his family as her friend, often playing with Taylor while we are visiting. His family has become part of my family, and they are my friends as well. Oh, yea, he even went with me to prom when I was crippled, nine days after breaking my ankle, even though we were no longer a couple. He really did it so that Jerry and his mom wouldn’t kill him after renting a $60 tux. He’s been there for me more than I can imagine and more than I realize. Layne if you’re out there. I love you so much, and you are my best friend. I am here for you and you know that. You let me know ever if you need ANYTHING. I’ll see YOU in Alaska!

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Baseball Baseball Baseball!!!

Megan and I last Thursday went to the Rockhounds game here in town. For those of you who aren't familiar with them, they are a AA farm team for the Oakland A's. GO ROCKHOUNDS!! We sat by this really hot dad and people watched. Mainly watching all the drunk idiots, be well...idiots. Needless to say, it was an interesting time, and these idiots were drunk because it was Thirsty Thursday, the day when ALL drinks are half priced....Cheap time to go. Anyway, here are a few pics from our adventures.

Parking Girls!!!

So last Friday Megan and I went to eat at our fav. Chinese food spot, Moon Garden. Then we went to Barnes & Nobles where Brooke acted horribly. Then we decided to take the poor girl to the park since after all she had endured our shopping and eating, when all she really wanted to do was play. While at the park I ran into the girl who watched her when she was really little at the daycare, Jasmine. She had told us that there was a pillow and blanket under one of the big willow trees. So I go and check it out. It's kind of odd because the pillow was not in the pillow case and the pillow case appeared to have something in it. And upon further investigations I noticed a shirt there as well. I had talked to my dad when he called and asked what we should do. No, he assured me it was not necessary to call the police. However, knowing that five year olds get curious we couldn't take any chances and decided to indeed call the police. The policeman came out and said that it was probably a little neighborhood kid just playing camp out with his friends, but then began going through the pillow case full of stuff. He pulled out this persons wallet. Then continued to dig through the pillow case. He found what looked to be a cd case, opened it up, and there was a few needles. The pillow case was lined with what appeared to be a white powderish residue...hmm...needles and white powder...enough said. So he continued digging and later told Jasmine that he thought it could have just been a diabetic, but also found a razor in there. As we stood there calling the police there was a strange tan Dodge truck that was driving by rather oddly. We knew that whoevers it was would not come back for it until way after dark, knowing that the park closes at like 10, they could not take any chances. Here is the picture I captured before the police came to investigate.

If he was a diabetic, there would have been more signs of his condition, but I really don't think so. It also appeared as if this person had been living there or staying there at least at night because of all the trash around this area of the tree. It did not appear to be the local neighborhood kids hang out. I wanted to think that the officer was right and it was all innocent and we had just killed some kids tree party, but when he pulled out the case with the needles, my heart hit the floor and shattered into a million peices. I had trusted this place by bringing my daughter to play and other parents had done the same thing, and now I was dissappointed by our findings. WHY? If you had children you would not want to sell drugs or even posses them in a neighborhood park. Kids become curious and go through things. Some kid could have found that and had a field day with it. From now on I do a thorough search of any park I plan to take my daughter to, to insure the safety of her and of my own.

Making Chicken Soup!!!

Mr. Joug Dohnson smoking his pipe. We thought it was funny.

So apparently my teacher accepts any excuse known to man as to why we, his students, didn’t do LAST WEEKS home work. I called to inquire about turning in my test corrections the next morning, and told him why I failed to do them last week. Plain and simple no excuse at all, Kourtney, FAILED to remember to do them. Oops. So I told him that I was ill last week and forgot to do them. Okay, he says, well, all you have to tell me is that “you’re making chicken soup?” I chuckled in disbelief that my teacher would tell me such a thing. If you’re out there Mr. Dohnson, I enjoy your class, and enjoy the teacher that you are. You are not boring, you make it interesting, and you add some much needed daily humor to my life. You make other teachers look rather…well lazy. I will personally thank you for the time that you have put forth to personalize this class to fit our lifestyle’s, jobs, and families. It has been a much welcomed relief to me. As well as helping us to write a letter or to help us with our assignments. YOU ARE THE WORLD’S GREATEST EDUCATOR. Good luck with finishing school. YOU DESERVE IT.

I would not advise you use this with your employers!!!!

Just Give Me JESUS

I'm working on lots of post of things that have happened lately, but in the meantime. I was going through a bag of stuff from a Christian happening and I found this. I thought it might be something everyone could enjoy.

by Anne Graham Lotz

His office is manifold and
His promise is sure
His life is matchless and
His goodness is limitless
His mercy is enough and
His grace is sufficient
His reign is righteous,
His yolk is easy, and
His burden is light

He is indestructible.
He is indescribable.
He is incomprehensible.
He is inescapable.
He is invincible.
He is irresistible.
He is irrefutable.

I can't get Him out of my mind.
And I can't get him out of
My heart.

I can't out live Him and
I can't live without Him

Sunday, May 07, 2006

The George W. Bush Childhood Home

Here we are at The George W. Bush Childhood Home. The company I work for did this project. We took this picture after dealing with plenty of screaming little kids hyped up on birthday cake, after Brooke's birthday party.

Here is Megan and I waiting for Raldy to finish setting up the timer feature on our cameras. He wasn't quick enough so it caught him running....Run Raldy Run.....

Here we all are standing on the front porch.

Here is Raldy ringing Mr. President's Doorbell. *ding dong*

Monday, May 01, 2006

Goofy Girls

Aren't they too cute?

Tara being silly with the girls.

We had to have a mommy pic.

Here we are...a happy family...OF GIRLS!!!

Instead of Tara "littering" she puts things on the top of the car and drives away, that way it doesn't clutter her car but she doesn't feel bad for littering that way either...what a concept.

Here's the place where all of this has happened....enjoy!!!

Easter Pictures

This is my dog Gina, and these are the ears that Brooke got from her Great-Grandmother for Easter...they looked much cuter on the dog, we thought. Others thought it was torture....but we didn't leave her like that all day and she did figure out how to get them off.

This is Brooke playing in the bubbles that the bubble machine has created. A wonderful gift from her God Parents. She loves it. Can't keep it turned off to save our lives. It's especially fun with these smelly bubbles that the assistant principal at the high school where my mom works, gave us. FUN FUN FUN!!! Oh yea...and creates a lovely slippery mess on the concrete....SLIPPERY WHEN WET!!!!

Here is Brooke hunting her little Easter eggs for the first time that is significant. Easter is pretty special for me because I had just gotten out of the hospital with her when Easter rolled around. She was born on April 8 which was the day before Good Friday that day in 2004. She's a pretty special kid, and we've been through a lot together. LOVE YOU PUNCHKIN!!!!

OH MY look what I found on this pigs nose...should I put it in my basket? Look at all those eggs. The Easter bunny put out 40 eggs this year...TOO MUCH CANDY!!!

Checking out the loot!!!!