Friday, October 31, 2008

Kristin Lizabeth Sweet

Yesterday for Kristin's birthday post, I forgot my jump drive in order to add Kristin's school picture for 7th grade. I have also included her school picture from Kindergarten.

It totally amazes me how much she has changed. I am such a proud mom!!! (nah, you can't tell)

Halloween at CCS-Inc.

Happy Halloween

Here are some pics of the girls and I being silly at work for Halloween:
I am Hilary Clinton

My boss Mandy is Sarah Palin

Co-worker Angie is Obama

Co-worker Heather is McCain

The last pic we recruited fellow co-worker Tony as "Joe the Plumber"

We were handing out campaign stickers to everyone coming in to work.
Funniest thing of the morning: We wore "I VOTED" stickers and this one guy came up to me and said you voted? uh no . . .

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Happy 13th Birthday Kristin!!

Happy Birthday Kristin

It is hard to believe you are 13 today! It seems like yesterday I was bringing you home from the hospital.

Kristin Lizabeth Sweet

Born: October 30, 1995
Time: 1:14am
Weight: 7lbs. 12 oz.
Brown Hair
Blue Eyes

Kristin loves HSM (High School Musical), Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, SIMS, her laptop and riding her four-wheeler. She loves her dog Stewart more than anyone could ever imagine. Her favorite foods are macaroni and cheese, pasta with shrimp and marinara and anything chicken. She is a candy-a-holic and seems to really enjoy school. Kristin goofing off with her dad.

When Kristin was born, the big box office smash was Toy Story by Pixar. The top song of 1995 was Fantasy by Mariah Carey . The price of gas was $1.56 and the President of the United States was George W. Bush (ugh).

Welcome to the teen years, we love you!!


It has been VERY COLD here in Southwest VA.

I went outside this morning at 6:30am and this is what I saw:

UH HUH. . . .SNOW flurries. I was SOOOOOOOOO excited. Funny thing though, as JD was leaving for work I said to him, wouldn't it be cool if it was snowing. He laughed at me and said, yea right.

I showed the kids the snow pics and Matt said, "That should be enough to close school!" UH NO. Here they really don't close school...just LOTS and LOTS of 2 hr delay days.

Here is another pic but it is harder to see: (click the pic to enlarge and you can see it better).


Saw V

This past weekend, the Sweet Family ventured out to Christiansburg, VA to the movies to see Saw V.

This was a GREAT movie that we all enjoyed however, knowing before we went there is a Saw VI in the works was a little bit of a let down. However, the previews before the movie started just had to show a couple great teasers.

Be on the lookout for My Bloody Valentine 3D. It looks AMAZING!!!

After the movie, we took Kristin to dinner for an early birthday Linner (Lunch and Dinner combined since we got there at 3:30p) at Macado's. The food was great but the service sucked. I have never been a waitress but, if I was and I was taking care of a group that literally just received their meals and their drinks were empty, I don't think I would say, "did you want something else to drink?". No thank you, I want to gag my food down! J/K..hehehe

Upon returning home, we managed to see the Hokies try so hard to gain a WIN but they fell short. However, HOW 'BOUT THEM SKINS!!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Daddy's dreams come true!

Daddy's little girl (and his wife) have expressed interest in going hunting!

JD was almost brought to tears when he heard her say she would like to start hunting. Matt of course, rolled his eyes but JD, WHOO... he look like a kid in a candy store when she said it. He ran and got the gun and bullets and began giving her "safety" lessons and instructions on shooting, etc... it was so cute!

She shot about 25 rounds and hit 4 on the target. Not bad in my book for a first time. I shot 1 round and hit the target. . . .dead ringer! My son was in awe at how good I was. Then he was mad when I shot his bow and hit almost dead center of the target. (really he was mad at the fact that I could pull it back).

I am also going to venture out into the woods this weekend to begin learning the fine art of hunting. My plan is to bow hunt. JD is again, very excited. He didn't know how to act when I told him I wanted to start hunting. BUT (yes, there is a BUT in this equation), I told him I could NOT be involved in the gutting, skinning, etc.... eeewww...!

Kristin said it best, "Mom, you are too much of a girl to do that." My reply was, YES I AM!

I looked at Kristin and told her that I could not wait to go buy her her first Camo outfit for hunting. She replied with: ME TOO! I can't wait to accessorize my outfit with a headband, earrings and makeup. I wish I could have captured JD's face! Matt did the usual rolling of the eyes and laughed.

A beautiful sunrise on a brisk morning.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Still 15 and 6 months!

Well, Matt failed the learners test. JD takes him to the DMV because he said he had studied the book and knew he was ready. He took the online practice test and aced it so we believed him.

He failed on question 2. Once we knew what question he failed on, we knew he didn't study or just totally does not pay attention to SPEED LIMIT signs. UGH . . . the question was a speed limit sign with 45 miles on it. He put it was the minimum speed in that posted area. We both busted out laughing because of his response, "Well, the cops let you go 5-10 miles over the limit". He was serious, that is why it is so funny. Oh well, I get two more weeks of peace from his driving me around. Actually, he is a great driver, its Kristin I am totally worried about!

Melis: thanks for the info about teaching him to drive better than me...hehehe. Now what would you possibly be referring to? ;o} Actually, I drive the speed limit and pretty much obey the traffic laws. Tickets are too expensive and the faster you go, the more gas you waste! However, that doesn't mean I don't inform dumb driver he is #1 on occassion.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

15 and 6 months

OMG . . today is the day. Today is the day my baby, my first born is going to test for his learners' permit. Is it selfish of me not to want him to drive? Selfish to not want him to grow up so fast!

Now I believe is when the tough times are ahead when he always wants to drive to the store, mall, etc... UGH, I don't know if my heart can take it!

On another tangent: our jack russell Stewart loves to have his picture taken! Totally a ham! On Saturday, I was trying to take a picture of our black lab Max, Wouldn't you know Stewart managed to be in another one ~ Silly dog!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Whew, that one really flew by!

This past weekend was great. The weather was amazing and it was overall good times!

JD and I of course went out and had a great time. I just wish one time I could go out and nothing "weird" would happen. To sum it up: Downtime Roanoke is a DUMP! OMG, I was totally waiting to hear gunshots.

We did eat at Hooters and the food and service were fantastic. We got to the Center for Performing Arts Theatre at the Roanoke Civic Center and sat in the parking lot for a bit to check people out. That was the first eye opener. We then ventured inside into a very nice theatre. Upon finding out seats (which were horrible), we settled in not knowing what was in store.
There was one opening act and his name was Alex Reymundo and he was absolutely hysterical. Here he is signing autographs on his comedy CD. I tried to get better pictures but he was so hyper.

In front of us sat a young couple that I think thought they were at the Motel 6. The lady beside me was talking about her new knees and constantly blowing her nose...eeewww. Then we had a smart ass behind us that the more he drank the louder he got; moron.
And then . . the drunk couple. They were so embarassing. The couple directly behind them put up with it for a LONG time. Then, he leaned forward and I didn't hear the conversation but I can imagine what was said. After they just about got into a fight, they decided to leave. Gawd, she was so drunk she apparently couldn't remember who she was there to see since she kept yelling out Get' R Done... uh, thats Larry the Cable Guy you LUSH! As she got up to leave, her pants fell down and her left boob was hanging out. Her boyfriend decided to tell the man behind him goodbye by showing him he was # 1; numerous times. Then he grabbed himself, cussed him and again doubly told the man that he was still #1. He then stumbled down the stairs never to be heard from again!
One couple brought their little boy (no older than 8 ). I am sure they don't remember much of the comedy due to spending more time running in and out of the theatre due to the vulgarity and subject matter. I guess the wording on the website and the ticket, FOR MATURE AUDIENCES didn't ring a bell with them. I will say that Ron White was at his BEST! I love his comedy and enjoyed every minute of it but I know if the lights were on, you could have seen me blush! WHEW!!! Some of his material is just brilliant!

The show was over at 8:50pm. We had no longer pulled out of the parking lot and hear eerrcchh, BANG! Two cars behind us someone slammed into the back of another car. It was horrible! I totally freaked out but was glad it wasn't us!

Upon arriving home, both kids were in bed! We were so sad because we wanted to share in our excitement of our night!
Sunday was SPORTS watchin' day!

Here is Matt's stuff as he was watching his WVU Game. He does this every time he watches them!

Also, GO REDSKINS!!! Its nice of you to finally give your very faithful fans a winning season. The last time the Redskins were at the superbowl was in 1992. Therefore, we have been OH SO PATIENT; we want a superbowl!!!

We watched some of the race at Talladega but a Red flag on lap 14 took out most of the drivers so we totally didn't want to watch any more!
I went outside exploring nature as it begins its decent into Fall/Winter hibernation. Here are a few of my pics:

I also picked some acorns, seed pods and berries for an old jar in the kitchen; love the orange and brown.


Friday, October 3, 2008

They call him Tater Salad!

Saturday night, JD and I are venturing out on a "date night". We haven't had one since last December when we attended his employers' Christmas Party. Therefore, we are in serious need of some adult cohabitation!

We are going to dinner, visit some local shops then its off to see Ron White. Many of my co-workers have been so kind as to suggest some fabulous dining hot spots in Roanoke, however, as some of you reading already know, the Sweets' are not into the hoity toity food; therefore, we felt that an evening of Hooters (Beer and Chicken wings . . . hell yea) would be more fitting for the night. MMMM love me some Buffalo Shrimp!

Yes, I have taken a sick day when I'm really not . . . well . . . ILL!

Thanks Amanda, this is probably one of my favorites
1. Touched an iceberg
2. Slept under the stars
3. Been a part of a hockey fight
4. Changed a baby's diaper
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Swam with wild dolphins
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a tarantula
10. Said "I love you" and meant it
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Stayed up all night long and watched the sun rise
15. Seen the Northern Lights
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
20. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
Had a pillow fight
22. Bet on a winning horse
Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
Gone skinny dipping
27. Taken an ice cold bath
28. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
29. Seen a total eclipse
Ridden a roller coaster
31. Hit a home run
Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
33. Adopted an accent for fun
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Felt very happy about your life, even for just a moment
36. Loved your job 90% of the time
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Watched wild whales
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Gone on a midnight walk on the beach
41. Gone sky diving
42. Visited Ireland
43. Ever bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited India
45. Bench-pressed your own weight
Milked a cow
47. Alphabetized your personal files
48. Ever worn a superhero costume
49. Sung karaoke
50. Lounged around in bed all day
51. Gone scuba diving
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Done something you should regret, but don't

56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Been in a movie
60. Gone without food for 3 days
61. Made cookies from scratch
62. Won first prize in a costume contest
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Been in a combat zone
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone
67. Bounced a check
68. Read - and understood - your credit report

69. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy
70. Found out something significant that your ancestors did
71. Called or written your Congress person
72. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
73. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
74. Helped (watched) an animal give birth
75. Been fired or laid off from a job
Won money
77. Broken a bone
78. Ridden a motorcycle
79. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100 mph
80. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
81. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
82. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
83. Eaten sushi
84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read The Bible cover to cover
86. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
87. Gotten someone fired for their actions
88. Gone back to school
89. Changed your name
90. Caught a fly in the air with your bare hands
91. Eaten fried green tomatoes
92. Read The Iliad
93. Taught yourself an art from scratch
94. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
95. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt
96. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
97. Been elected to public office
98. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
99. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
100. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
101. Had a booth at a street fair
102. Dyed your hair
103. Been a DJ
Rocked a baby to sleep
105. Ever dropped a cat from a high place to see if it really lands on all fours
106. Raked your carpet
107. Brought out the best in people
108. Brought out the worst in people
109. Worn a mood ring
110. Ridden a horse
111. Carved an animal from a piece of wood or bar of soap
112. Cooked a dish where four people asked for the recipe
113. Buried a child
114. Gone to a Broadway play
115. Been inside the pyramids
116. Shot a basketball into a basket
117. Danced at a disco
118. Played in a band(orchestra)
119. Shot a bird
120. Gone to an arboretum
121. Tutored someone
122. Ridden a train
123. Brought an old fad back into style
124. Eaten caviar
Let a salesman talk you into something you didn’t need
126. Ridden a giraffe or elephant
127. Published a book
128. Pieced a quilt
129. Lived in an historic place
130. Acted in a play or performed on a stage
131. Asked for a raise
132. Made a hole-in-one

133. Gone kayaking in the ocean
134. Gone roller skating
135. Run a marathon
136. Learned to surf
137. Invented something
138. Flown first class
139. Spent the night in a 5-star luxury suite
140. Flown in a helicopter
141. Visited Africa
142. Sang a solo
143. Gone spelunking
Learned how to take a compliment
145. Written a love-story
146. Seen Michelangelo’s David
147. Had your portrait painted
148. Written a fan letter
149. Spent the night in something haunted
150. Owned a St. Bernard or Great Dane
151. Ran away
152. Learned to juggle
153. Been a boss
154. Sat on a jury
155. Lied about your weight
156. Gone on a diet
157. Found an arrowhead or a gold nugget
158. Written a poem not for school
159. Carried your lunch in a lunch box
160. Gotten food poisoning
161. Gone on a service, humanitarian or religious mission
162. Gone deep-sea fishing
163. Sat on a park bench and fed the ducks
164. Gone to the opera
165. Gotten a letter from someone famous
166. Worn knickers
167. Ridden in a limousine
168. Attended the Olympics
169. Can hula or waltz
170. Read a half dozen Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys books
171. Been stuck in an elevator
172. Had a revelatory dream
173. Thought you might crash in an airplane
174. Had a song dedicated to you on the radio or at a concert
175. Saved someone’s life
176. Eaten raw whale
177. Know how to tat, smock or do needlepoint
178. Laughed till your side hurt
179. Straddled the equator
180. Taken a photograph of something other than people that is worth framing
181. Gone to a Shakespeare Festival
182. Sent a message in a bottle
183. Spent the night in a hostel
184. Been a cashier
185. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
186. Joined a union
187. Donated blood or plasma
188. Built a campfire
189. Kept a blog
190. Had hives
191. Worn custom made shoes or boots
192. Made a PowerPoint presentation
193. Taken a Hunter’s Safety Course
194. Served at a soup kitchen
195. Conquered the Rubik’s cube
196. Know CPR
197. Ridden in or owned a convertible
198. Found a long lost friend
199. Helped solve a crime
200. Commented on a stranger's blog