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We made a fun family memory the other night thanks to Sci-Port and Duane “Digger” Carey!!!

We had the BEST time and Digger Carey and his wife were absolutely precious!

Lydia takes advantage of Noah’s love of ice-cream and captures the conversation!

Talking shop.

Mr. Digger sharing the secrets of bodily functions in space!

Lydi-Lou doesn’t want or need help making paper airplanes ANYMORE! She can follow directions all by herself! She’s so BIG!!!


Learning about galaxies.

Making a spiral galaxy.

Learning about galactic bulges.

What fun!

Digger pretending to scribble all over Noah’s back, after signing his NASA hat.

Noah can’t be fooled! ūüôā

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Here’s “Space Age Santa”

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Isn’t he COOL?!?
And what a sweet note to Lydia!
How fun is that?!?
Of course, you’ve seen “When I’m an Astronaut”¬†
The print (with the poem) he sent is too big to scan.  On it, Pignatelli wrote,
For Noah,
From the original boy
astronaut to the new
boy astronaut.  Keep
reaching for the stars.
All my best.
Smitty Pignatelli
I know!¬† Isn’t it sweet?
He also sent two bumper stickers:

I thought about putting them on our cars, it would be such fun… but then I thought they’d be even MORE fun in the munchkins’ baby books!
Hush!¬† It doesn’t matter that I don’t even have Noah’s first birthday in his… or that I only have Lydia’s name in hers!¬† We’re too busy MAKING memories to RECORD them, right now!¬† Sometime, though…¬† I’ve a stack… we’ll get it done!
Oh… here is Smitty Pignatelli:

He looks like a nice guy!
I’ve got to run!
I’ve been feeling much better today.
I need to run to my parents’ though.
The family is heading home today, cutting their ski trip short because Momma broke her leg!¬† They’re trying to get her into surgery Sunday.¬† It’s pretty bad, apparently.¬† I’m going to bring a wheelchair out there, before their flight comes in.
Pray for mom!¬† Pray that she’ll be patient and sweet and not too grumpy or irritable about this situation!
Gotta run!
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Happily, we proved Monday night that a two-loss SEC team is better than a one-loss (or even an undefeated) team from any other conference. 
It’s ins’t arrogance… it’s statistical fact.
Besides… LSU is MILES ahead of everyone else, anyway!¬† Les Miles is a gutsy coach!¬† He’s fun and exciting and he owns the hearts of Tigers everywhere.
We’re going to bawl when he DOES leave (we’re hoping, though, that he never will!)¬†

STAY, Les!!!¬† PLEASE!?!¬† I’m not too proud to beg!¬† We love you!¬†

Money might try to persuade you to move… but money can’t make you happy…¬† and you can’t take it with you!

Aren’t you having FUN here?

Aren’t you ADORED here?

So STAY!  Stay forever!

Our food is better, anyway!

And we SMILE and HUG and KISS in the South.

We’re ALL one big HAPPY family!

Most of those yanks can be so rude!

You KNOW you love us!

Learn from the mistakes of others! ‚ô• ‚ô• ‚ô•

Okay… so… LSU won the BCS Championship… Huzzah!

What else has been going on?

Charles made it home safely Sunday night.¬† I was SO happy!¬† I HATE when he’s away.¬† I don’t sleep AT ALL!!!¬† I watch the most boring things on television, I read BORING articles/books… NOTHING will get me to sleep.¬† Everyone suggests I take a pill… but you know how weird I am about that… it just seems AWFUL!¬† AND I couldn’t possibly, being the only adult here!¬† What if I took something and my babies needed me in the night, but I was so sound asleep that I didn’t respond!?!¬† My prohibitive conscience would NEVER let me rest again!¬† So… I had an entire weekend of no sleep.¬† I got to study, though, and that was fun!¬† We discussed “WHERE GOD IS” in Sunday school and it was GREAT!¬† I forgot the treats, though and James M. LOVES treats!¬† It was fun, though, because Hayden said, “Awww…¬† no treats?¬† But this was one of the best times ever!”¬† Pretty fun!¬† So when you see some of our Sunday school kiddos, ask them “WHERE IS GOD?” and if they give you the patent, “He’s EVERYWHERE!” then be sure to report back to me!¬† I told them NEVER to answer that way again!¬† God is specific… so WE’LL be specific, too!


What else?!?¬† Oh!¬† While Charles was gone, I had great fun texting him!¬† Gotta love some of this technology!¬† I can only imagine the smiles on his face when he received my texts!¬† What fun!¬† Wives… LOVE your husbands and LET THEM KNOW IT!¬† Send him notes or texts about the the way he makes you feel!¬† Send him notes or texts about… *blushing* well… ALL SORTS OF STUFF!¬† You are MARRIED!¬† ENJOY IT!¬† It’s GREAT fun!¬† Just be prepared to make good on your texts!¬†


God has given our sweet friends, Michael and Christy a baby!!!
After years of prayer, in His perfect timing, God has given them a son!
I LOVE adoption!
What a picture of God’s redeeming love!

They go get him in Dallas, Monday!
Isn’t he a doll?!?
Carsten!¬† Don’t you want to just EAT him!?!?
There I go… babies turning me into a cannibal!
Thank God for providing a family for this little man…
And thank Him for blessing Michael and Christy with a child!


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Our new LOVE!
Fisher Price had a BRILLIANT marketing scheme… send a 27 minute episode to families across America just in time to get them hooked before Christmas.
Charles and I watched the dvd, but decided not to show Noah, as bits were pretty intense (and some of the characters were just mean and ugly) and his studious, analytical mind doesn’t do intense.
We LOVED the toys, though, and Lydia gave him Ace and Tiny for his birthday.¬† They’re very well-made for rambunctious boys… though of course they’re made in China.¬† DANG IT!

Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Paul gave him Gustus (Jupiter) and his dog, Zip (Mercury), Digger (Mars), Rings (Saturn) and then went out to the car and brought in Professor Darkness (Black Hole) because she COULDN’T save it a moment longer!¬† Sweet Aunt Carolyn!

Noah LOVES the Planet Heroes!¬† He and Lydia (okay… I confess, Charles and I, too) play with them for HOURS… making up adventures and vanquishing evil foes, trying to destroy our solar system!

Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Paul gave Dazzle (Venus), Yuri (Uranus), Tune (Neptune), and Shiver (Pluto) to Noah for Christmas.  We gave Noah the Turbo Shuttle with Ace in the orange space suit.

He has them all!  So we thought!
Happily, though (I can’t believe I’m not groaning), Fisher Price has realized their brilliance and has made MORE!
Now there is an Ace in a GREEN suit with a Rocket Go-Kart, Shooting Star, Lunar, Sun Commander, Digger has a rubble rover, and I’m sure they’ll make Red Giant (as he’s in the new comic).

It’s really fun, though!
Noah is drawing his own comic books, now.¬† That’s fun!
Lydia wants there to be more girl planet heroes.¬† She thinks they should have long curly hair and wear pink and purple.¬† She likes Dazzle, but wishes she were more “girlie”.

I left a comment on someone’s blog about it yesterday:

WE WANT MORE!!!We LOVE the Planet Heroes, though my daughter wishes there were more GIRLS and that some of them would have long curly hair and wear pink and purple!Perhaps Ace’s little sister can get involved and fly through space in a Mega-Tutu that Yuri can design for her!

Perhaps you can talk to the powers that be!

Just when I thought we had every planet hero and bad guy under the sun… we discover there are more.

Instead of groaning, my husband and I are in hog heaven!

It is not an unusual sight to see us on the floor with our two, vanquishing one another as we save the solar system.

At the park, we are various planet heroes, soaring through space, even venturing into other galaxies as we chase Red Giant and Professor Darkness…

By the way… we want Planet Heroes T-Shirts!Who do we talk to about that?Fisher Price needs to get on this! We mommas want it!

With the space shuttle retiring and the new Constellation program coming up, NASA and Fisher Price should put their heads together… the UNIVERSE is the limit!
We need more kiddos excited about space and pumped about science! Come on Fisher Price (you know you’re reading this)… force parents to explain black holes, comets, asteroids, stars…! It’s GREAT fun (AND makes you more money! GO CAPITALISM!)

Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minific;
Feign do I fathom your nature’s specific
Exaltedly set on the aether capacious
A reasonable facsimile of a gem carbonaceous.

Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minific;
Feign do I fathom your nature’s specific

So… we’ll see!

Charles’ mom (Ginny) had to bring her truck in for a new alternator, so she used Charles’ truck and Charles took my car yesterday.¬† Instead of taking him to school, so I’d have the car, I thought I’d trap myself at home, so I would be FORCED to fold and put away laundry and tidy!¬† The house was a WRECK after the LSU game!

Yay, though!¬† A friend called and whisked us away to the park, where we ALL played Planet Heroes!¬† Her little man loves them and so does she.¬† I got to be Professor Darkness!¬† What a blast!¬† My throat is still a bit sore, though.¬† You KNOW I’ve got to get into character and that raspy, wicked voice can do some damage!¬† When it began to rain… we raced through a meteor shower to the safety of the van… um… I mean Turbo Shuttle!¬†

I know!¬† I’ve got the life!¬† It’s days like this that I remember it really is worth the sacrifice!¬† A family of four on a Louisiana teachers income shocks many… but wow!¬† Don’t raise your eyebrows or shake your head in pity!¬† I get to play Planet Heroes!!!¬† I get to read books to my kids all day and build satellites and space stations and princess castles and robots!¬† Of course… there is all of the “un-fun” stuff, too… but let’s not talk about that!¬† It’s a drag to pick up after everyone every day.¬† It’s a drag to finish the laundry and the dishes… to have MORE by bedtime.¬† It’s never-ending and can feel very defeating… and even vacation isn’t a vacation… but honestly, it’s only EVER a drag when I am being SELFISH!¬† Ugh!¬† And I HATE being selfish, though I am probably characterized by that very trait!¬† blah blah blah.

Hmmmm… Oh!

Another fun thing happened yesterday.¬† I got out of the shower and the phone rang.¬† I nearly answered in a sultry tone, “Hello, you sexy beast!”¬† because it was at the precise time that Charles usually calls.¬† I didn’t, though.¬† (THANK YOU, Father!)¬† There are so many times I’ve answered that way or NEARLY answered that way and it was NOT my beloved!!!¬† I just need to say, “Hello.” or get caller id.¬† Save some blushing.

ANYWAY… it was Smitty Pignatelli

 (who is related to astronaut Stephanie WilsonРhow cool is THAT?!?)!

He called to let me know he put the print in the mail!¬† Wow!¬† That was fast and KIND!¬† He said that he wrote some words to the kiddos, too.¬† Those of you reading this who know me well, know that I LOVE notes!¬† Notes are my very favorite things in the whole world!¬† One word notes… 50 page notes… I LOVE NOTES!!!¬† So!¬† I am very excited!¬† What treasures for the munchkins!¬† I think I shall probably like the notes better than the prints!¬† Too bad we’re not closer to Nola.¬† It would be fun to feed him and his crew and let Noah meet him.¬† Someday, perhaps.¬† Noah had just gotten up from a nap and was having a blast, drawing a comic book… aliens and space heroes, of course… and I asked Mr. Pignatelli if he’d like to talk to Noah (most of you know how Noah LOVES to talk on the phone and will talk forever, if given the chance).¬† Not so yesterday!¬† Ugh!¬† He was bouncing on my bed (yes… I still let them jump on my bed… it’s just FUN!) waiting to show me his newest illustration and got on the phone and said, “Hi, thanks.” or something like that and then became an absolute giggle box!¬† What is a mother to do?¬† Another time, perhaps.¬† Noah said that, “Mr. Pignatelli must be cool.¬† I think I’ll send him a Planet Heroes poster and I’ll write a comic book for him.¬† I wonder if he plays with the Planet Heroes, too.”¬† What a hoot.

I’ll let you know when we get our fun goodies!¬† It’s SO exciting.¬† We thought we’d put them in the munchkins’ room… but I think we’ll put them in the living room above the chair Noah “launches” from!¬† Fun! Fun! Fun!

Oh!¬† Another funny thing… Noah saw Paige and her dad get into a sassy white Mercedes after church Sunday and suddenly, the top began to fly up and then hide away in the back of the car!¬† Noah FREAKED OUT and though it was the coolest thing EVER!¬† He’s seen convertibles “already convertibled,” as he says, but has never seen the PROCESS… he LOVED IT:

“Mom… how did she do that magic on her car?”
“It’s called a convertible.”
“Isn’t it?!”
“I want our car to be¬†a convertible.¬† Who is she in that white?”
“That’s Paige.”
(blissfully) “I love Paige.”


“She must be a cool girl because Mr. Horn is with her.”

(chuckling) “Yep!¬† She’s Mr. Horn’s daughter.”

“No way!¬† I didn’t know he has a¬†woman daughter.¬† I want to know Paige.¬† I know I love her.”

(laughing) “She knows you, Noah.¬† She’s known you since you were a baby, but she went off to school, that’s why you don’t remember her.”
“I wonder if her house is a convertible!¬† That would be so cool!¬† The space shuttle is like a convertible because the cargo bay doors open.”
“Where was Mrs. Horn?”

“She went in another car.”

“I’m going to have to invent a bigger convertible so the whole family can ride together next time.¬† That one only had two places for people to ride.¬† Can you turn on ‘Hark the Herald’, it’s my favorite.”

And THEN… last night… Paige came over and let Noah sit in Mr. Horn’s car and put the top down… He LOVED it!!!¬† He LOVED watching it go back up, too!
He is absolutely smitten with Paige now and declares that he is going to marry her!¬† He’s going to invent a convertible house for them to live in and he’s going to make one for Miss Naomi, too!¬†

Charles said, well… if Paige waits for him… Noah can be HER mid-life crisis.¬† How funny!¬†

What a fun life we have!  Laundry, dirty dishes, unfinished projects and all!

I’m a happy, thankful girl!¬†

Oh! Michelle just brought me Starbucks!  What a love!  I have the best, sweetest friends in the world!

Back to play with my babies!  Can you guess what we will play?

OF COURSE!¬† We’re the PLANET HEROES… here to save the day and keep our solar system safe!


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I am a bit embarrassed at how redneck I have become!!!
I’m ENCOURAGING people to go to races!
What has happened to me?
Charles will claim it’s the love of a good man.
I think he’s right!


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I’m thinking that these photos are in REVERSE order!
If you want them chronologically, start at the bottom!

Oh yeah… they’re hooked!
Who can we reel in next?!?


Soooo fast!

Welcome to the NASCAR Nation!
WE are the future! *giggle*




Look at them!
These guys are GREAT!


Is Uncle Paul at the JEFF GORDON Trailer?!?

Shame, shame, shame!

Everyone knows your name!!!

That is JUST WRONG!!!
We can’t take you anywhere!!!

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It was a COLD morning! 

I had to run to Target to buy jackets for my kiddos!!!¬† (We needed them, anyway… so now some of my winter clothes shopping is done!)

The afternoon at the park was absolutely GLORIOUS, though!  We were in full sun and thawed out very nicely!

We’ve agreed that we MUST arrange lunch/playdates at THIS park in the future!

The kids had a blast!  We can even gather pecans, if we want to!

Thanks so much for coming out, everyone!!! 
To those that couldn’t make it, we really missed you!

I’ve posted LOTS of thumbnails.¬† Click them for the larger image.

Save what you’d like.¬†
If I have one posted that you would like in it’s BEST quality… email me and I’ll email it to you at full resolution.

I love you dearly and am so thankful that God has blessed us with such good friends!

And those kiddos!!!  Look how God has blessed us there!  Wow!!!

He is so good!!!

(Be sure to send your photos my way!)

In no order whatsoever:




































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She’s a Soccer Samurai







Noah wanted to say Hi to Hayden!

Lovey dovey…


I’m not falling for THAT again!

Silly Stinker!

My Masterpiece



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Charles and I had a GREAT weekend! 

Thanks, Ginny, for those tickets!  What a great gift!!!
Thanks, Mom, Dad, Juice, Kate, John Franklin, Jamesie, and Moo, for keeping the munchkins!  They had a blast!
Thanks, Uncle Paul, for letting us join you in the lap of luxury!  I am forever spoiled!

Some Snippets:

The LSU Game
 Imagine the agony we felt when we decided NOT to go to the Craftsman Truck race Saturday, to stay home and watch LSU, only to find that the game would NOT come on!  Some satellite troubles or something!  Instead we had to suffer watching Clemson!!!

When we looked out the camper window, we discovered that across the ditch from us, another group of campers sat watching the LSU game… so WE watched the LSU game with BINOCULARS!!!¬† It was SO FUNNY!!!¬† What made it especially comical is that our responses to the LSU game were in complete conflict with the Clemson game!¬† :o)¬† What a hoot!¬† If anyone were watching Clemson through our camper windows¬†with his binoculars, he’d have thought we had no clue about football!¬† :o)¬† Or that we were just another bunch of drunk rednecks!¬† :OP

I confess, though, that I fell asleep for a bit.  I was just SOOOOO tired!!!

The last twelve seconds of the game,¬†we ran outside in our pjs and rushed to another campsite to cheer the Tigers to victory!¬† Then I opened all of our car doors, even the back, and BLASTED Travis Matte’s LSU Tiger Tailgating Song (thanks, Gran!)!¬† Right there… in the heart of Alabama… Bear Bryant Hats all around… silly little scrolly marroon A’s on the back of every car… and I jigged to “LSU LSU We’re #1 and we’re coming for you… LSU LSU We’re gonna kick some butt that’s what we’re gonna do…”!¬† The next morning, I roused the still-inebriated redneck race-fans¬†from their tents with the very same song as reveille!!!¬† While I would rather have been AT the game… this was a pretty fun way to experience it!

The Race

It all began with awful qualifying results!¬† Jeff Gordon qualified 45th, but because Pepsi is on the hood of his car and he’s a big name, top money-maker for NASCAR, he got to race (if that’s what you want to call it), sending 9 of Saturday’s fastest drivers¬†home!¬† *growl*¬†

I have never been to a race where the fans SAT DOWN most of the time (and I’ve been to a good many races)!¬† The ugly “cars of tomorrow” ran 3 wide in the turns at the very beginning, but quickly found themselves in single file, seemingly MARCHING around the racetrack.¬† Jeff Gordon fans¬†should be ashamed of themselves for flaunting his victory, after spending the first 3 quarters (or more) twiddling their thumbs while their driver lazily crawled around the track in the back of the pack.¬† Shame!¬† And SHAME on you,¬†Mr. Gordon!¬† Your fans¬†paid¬†all of that money to see you RACE!¬†¬†

Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip, and Dale Jr.¬† raced their booties off!¬† They kept the race exciting!!!¬† There was NOTHING lackluster about their performances!¬† Tony made a bad move at the end… but it would have ROCKED, had he pulled it off.¬† Instead,¬†he was left out to dry, causing my Fantasy NASCAR score to plummet.¬† That’s okay, Tony!¬† I’m not mad at you.¬† ūüôā¬†

All but one of the DEI and RCR engines blew up!¬† What the heck?!?¬† You know, though, while I have always said, “You can tell alot about a person’s character by his favorite driver,”¬† Dale Jr. is AMAZING!¬† While most Jr. fans get on my nerves and are real creeps, Jr. is really neat!¬† He has had so many opportunities to trash DEI and he refrains.¬† Talk about a noble young man!¬† I am extremely impressed with him.¬† I think he’d be great to hang out with!¬† My sweet Jeff Burton (whose shirt I wear as I type this) lost his engine, too.¬† He and Jr. had both been racing SO WELL!¬† *sigh*¬† Oh well…

The middle of the race was VERY dull… SO dull, in fact that the fans weren’t the only ones bored!¬† Here’s a bit of Jr.’s fun chatter:

Dale Jr.:
(on lap 26 while in 17th place): “What’s wrong with this thing?!?”
TJ Majors (spotter): “What’s that?”
Dale Jr.: “This thing doesn’t run at all!”
After that comment, it was less than five laps later when Dale Jr. swept into the lead on lap 31, and held it easily until pitting on lap 60!

While running in the lead, and with the entire pack in a single file line behind him, Dale Jr. became bored – and his mind wandered elsewhere at nearly 200 mph.
Dale Jr.: “What are you doin’ in there Tony Jr?!”
Tony Eury Jr.: “Tryin’ to watch your in-car camera on my little screen. Just watchin’ you lead.”
Dale Jr.: “What’s the score on the ‘skins game?!”
Eury Jr.: “14-3, Redskins on top.”
Dale Jr.: “Hell yeah!”

Four laps later, still bored…
Dale Jr.: “What place is Jacque Villeneuve in?”
Eury Jr.: “He’s kinda hangin’ out in the back. He’s runnin’ 30th right now.”
Dale Jr.: (about the lack of action) “Here’s another example of why these races are 100 or 200 miles too long.”
Eury Jr.: “Yeah, it’s one of those bizarre events. 42 cars in a straight line.”
Dale Jr.: “Yeah! No one wants to do anything.”

On lap 71, while in a tight pack.
Majors: “NASCAR says to be careful with bumping in the corners.”
Dale Jr.: “We weren’t bumping! I was a half-inch off his rear bumper!”

Lap 76
Dale Jr.: “Hey fellas, make sure ya get all the lugs tight. It’s not bad but I’ve got a small vibration. I think we’ve got one lug a little loose. Make sure ya got ’em all tight…. (long pause) Any updates on the ‘skins?”
Eury Jr.: “Skins, 24-3.”
Dale Jr.: “Alright! We’re gonna get us a win! Is it the 4th quarter yet?”

On lap 136, after the engine exploded…
Dale Jr.: “Hey… that sucked…”

I confess that the end was VERY exciting… WRONG… but exciting!¬† If you heard horrified screams of, “No!¬† No!¬† No!!!¬† NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”¬† that was me.

In no particular order:


The View from I-20



The View from the MIDDLE of the Camp Ground

It looks like this in EVERY DIRECTION!

A sea of campers, tents, and redneck race fans.
(I resemble that remark)








Most of the planes flying over flew business banners…
Auto parts, restaurants, and the like.
WHO would pay to fly this one???







MY Jeff!!!

Noah’s Rocket Man Ryan Newman













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Our first game is THIS MONDAY (9/24)!!!¬† We hope you can come!¬† It’s at 6 on field 1C!¬† Wear RED, if you’ve got it!!!
(and bring chairs or a blanket to sit on!)

Today we had the last practice before our first game!
It was really VERY exciting!!!¬† Parents cheering…shouting… and pointing… kids running… falling… crying… standing in confusion…¬†
It was GREAT!!!

Here are some photos:

Oops… this was yesterday.
We played at the farm!



HERE are today’s Soccer Shots:









Dads Doing Some Extra Coaching


Collin was REALLY moving today!!!












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Okay, Aunt Carolyn!¬† Here’s another fix!¬†‚ô•

































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(Especially for Aunt Carolyn!)
I forgot to put the memory card into the camera, though, so you’ve not many to scroll through this time!

For some reason, the photos keep being cut, so here are thumbnails:


So Coach Barry worked the team!



It looks like it feels so good!




Lydia and Dylan having their own bit of soccer fun!
… and then I ran out of memory!!!¬† Pooh!¬† It was really a fun practice and the weather was GLORIOUS!
Oh well…

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