And the mom of the year award goes to……

I’ve done some pretty strange things in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT in line for sainthood by ANY stretch of the imagination, my husband & I fall short ALL the time in our parenting decisions and our skills are often those of first time parents of 6 children (two whom are grown with their own children). BUT, sometimes you just have to shake your head and think “What were they thinking?”
A Tennessee woman has set the Internet on fire when photos of her walk down the aisle at her wedding started spreading . In an effort to make her newborn baby part of her wedding day, Shona Carter-Brooks tied her 1-month-old daughter, Aubrey, to the back of her dress and dragged her down the aisle. It is actually a little less brutal than it sounds, as you can see in the photo above, but still…why?!
I’m all for including your children in your special day, and I’m also all for doing whatever you want when it comes to your wedding, because it is your wedding. But this is obviously something that Shona and her husband, Johnathancould have & SHOULD have taken a second to think about before deciding that yeah, this would be special and not at all hazardous or upsetting for guest.
While the couple’s friends and family have jumped to support their decision to trail their baby behind them in the ceremony, others have called for Child Protective Services to become involved— and honestly, I can’t say I blame them. There was no reason to exclude the baby from the ceremony, but putting her on the train puts her in harm’s way—all it would take is someone to trip or stumble, and poor defenseless baby would have been stepped on and seriously hurt or worse! 
To each their own, I guess, and I thank God I’ve never done something to be publicly ridiculed for with my children, but here are a couple other ways she could have included her baby into her special day:
1. Carried her down the aisle
2. Pushed her in a stroller down the aisle
3. Held her during the ceremony
4. Have her husband hold the baby as they both walked down the aisle
5. Had her pulled down the aisle in a buggy/wagon
6. Literally anything else besides tying a 1-month-old to the back of a wedding dress and dragging her down the aisle
If your children were at included in your wedding ceremony, how did you include them in the festivities? Would you ever consider something as extreme as carrying your baby in your bridal train?
I welcome your comments, but please be tasteful!

Well…. Hello there

I’m sure a few have wondered if I have disappeared off the face of the Earth. It sure feels like it some days. I have been really busy, that’s for sure. For the past year I have been trying to keep up with my 4 great kids and my blooming career. I run in a million different directions all at once it feels like.

But, I have started to learn the word NO! “No, you can not do that today.” “No, I am not available to help.” “No, I can not participate in that event.” “No, I am going to stay home today.” Its quite therapeutic actually…… I think everyone should try it.

So – A quick recap in photos of the past 9 months:

I went on my first ever cruise with three wonderful ladies
(my sister Melissia, me, my best friend Selena, and my cousin Roxanna)

Science Projects – Ryan made and automatic cereal dispenser
Science Projects – Maison created a functioning volcano with a complete scenery
Jada went on a Swamp Tour with her class

The PHS Winterguard Team took 3rd Place in their first ever
Regional Competition – Novice Division

Alyssa performed in her first college Halftime Show during Band Day at SLU
Hopefully there are many more college performances to come!

Spent a little time with my partner in crime
PHS Band Booster VP (me)  & President (Rachelle)
The boys playing a little football in the yard.
Ryan showing his speed.
Maison turns 12

Alyssa attends her first Mardi Gras Ball – Krewe of Ceasar
Class Ring – Senior 2014
My husband spent a few days in the hospital having a heart surgery
Alyssa is named 2013-2014 Rifle Guard Captain
Jada starts 4th Grade

Maison starts 6th Grade
Ryan starts 7th grade
Jada’s First Game of the 2013 Year


Happy To Report

I know I havent been around in awhile…. well at least not posting on my own personal blog. Things have been in full swing around my “neck of the woods”. Like many of you, our garden is growing, the tempratures are warming, the school year is ending and the summer fun is getting in gear.

The last time I posted about my weight loss journey I wasn’t prepared to share my full success. It has now been 9 weeks since I started, and I am very pleased to share that I have lost:

20 LBS!!!
Yes, I am super excited and very proud of myself….. but I still have a long ways to go!
Another exciting thing that has happened – We recently attended the PHS FFA Blue & Gold End of the Year Banquet, where my beautiful daughter Alyssa had a very rewarding night!