28 November 2010

because i am taking a five minute break from cleaning the house

Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.  Instructions: Copy this. Bold those books you've read in their entirety. Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read only an excerpt.
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible 
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare 
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot 
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma-Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen 
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dus
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante 
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome 
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray 
80 Possession - AS Byatt 
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro 
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry- fav book ever
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyto
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare 
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

23 November 2010

the sleepover


After our afternoon at Babyland General, Gloria and the girls decided to follow us back to my Mom's house and have a sleepover.  I can just imagine how my Dad must have felt when he walked in the door that night and saw five females.  Oh the estrogen overload.

We were all glad that they decided to stay.  It gave Gloria and I a chance to visit.  Mabry and Elayna played like it was their J.O.B. and of course Mom and I loved taking turns passing Miss Cora back and forth.

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When it got late we let the girls watch a movie on the portable DVD player and then it was time for bed.  Gloria and I were both shocked that they fell asleep with very little fuss.  Mabry handled her first real sleepover so well.  I guess she is just buttering me up for when she is 10-years-old and wants five little friends to come spend the night and not sleep until dawn.


In the morning the girls mass consumed scrambled eggs and made silly faces any time a camera was put in their face.


Sweet Cora didn't get the memo about only silly expressions during photo taking, thank goodness.

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It was so cute watching Elayna with "Tura" as she calls the baby.  Elayna makes a very sweet big sister.

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Mabry has asked about her friends several times since they left Friday afternoon.  Hopefully we will be able to find a way to get together and let the girls play and visit more often.


22 November 2010

babyland general

It seems like forever since I have had a minute to sit down and write a real post.  Dan has been gone for a few weeks now on military training and Mabry and I have been traveling fools.  First Pennsylvania to see his family and attend his sister's wedding and then Atlanta to see my parents.

One of the fun things we did last week was visit Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.  This would be the place where Cabbage Patch Kids are born and adopted.  We were lucky enough to spend the day hanging out with Gloria, Elayna and Cora who drove up from Fort Benning to see us.

WARNING: This post gets a little heavy on the photos.  I guess I feel the need to make up for the lack of real posting last week.  I promise to try and keep the commentary to a minimum.


I can hardly believe that three years ago Gloria was with us in the hospital when I had Mabry.  Then just a year later I was with her and Ryan when Elayna was born.  Crazy to think we have known both of these girls since they were only minutes old.  Where is the time going?

Also, they are a little more than a year apart and are basically the same size.  Will Mabry ever grow?

Ok, back from that little tangent.

From the outside the hospital looked huge:

Grandma Cheri came with us and added to the fun and excitement that only six females can bring to an afternoon out:

This cabbage chair was one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever sat on:

However, this didn't stop us Mamas from making our girls sit on it for photos.
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They had display cases of collector Cabbage Patch Kids.  Most of them were worth $15,000 each.

There were a few nursery areas set up with dolls you could adopt.  Both Mabry and Elayna tried to climb up into the cribs to get them.

Creepy heads in an incubator:

The nurseries opened up into a big room with "Mother Cabbage" (that would be the tree) in the center.  This was where we spent the majority of our time.

Some of us took a stroll down memory lane finding replicas of our old Cabbage Patch Kids:

Some of us went a little crazy pushing around babies in carriages:

And some of us wandered around taking random photos of gap toothed dolls while wondering who thought that look was a good idea:

When it was getting ready to be time for Mother Cabbage to give birth (click here to watch a video if you are curious) the girls put on their nurse caps to watch:

The birth was interesting and a little creepy.  The nurse (who doubled as the checkout girl in the gift shop) talked about "branch births", preformed an ultrasound, gave Mother Cabbage a shot and delivered a bouncing baby girl.  It was an experience to say the least.
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Both Mabry and Elayna were able to take home their very own newborn Cabbage Patch dolls.  Mabry named hers Tinka Belle and Elayna named hers Tura Dess (or Cora Jess after her baby sister and yours truly).  They both had a blast which made the whole trip worth it.

It is getting late and this post is starting to become very long.  I think I will save the rest of the visit with Gloria and the girls for tomorrow.  Happy Monday!

18 November 2010

i can relate

I love the show Better With You on ABC.  There was one episode in particular that I just love.  All you need to know before watching this clip is that Ben had asked his girlfriend's Mom to be removed from her mailing list of people she forwards tons of emails to every day.  She didn't take the request so well, but cheered up once she came up with an alternative plan.

I cried watching this it was so funny.  Email forwards are one of those things that just drives me insane and I get tons of them every day no matter how much I request people stop.

I thought everyone could use a little laugh today.  The weekend is almost here!

15 November 2010

a little of this and a little of that

Once again we are entering into a very busy week around here.  Which means I don't know how much I will be able to blog for the next few days, please just hang in there.  I promise I will be back as soon as I can.

In the meantime I thought I would share two quick things.

The first is a Santa Gift Swap.  Perfect for getting you in the Christmas mood and spreading a little cheer.  For more information, click on the link below.  (I think you only have until the 24th to sign up.)

The other is a silly video I took while in PA at my sister's house.  She and Mabry were getting ready in her room and had some music playing on the TV.  Betsy told Mabry to sing along and all of a sudden Mabry became this crazy lip-syncer.  It was hysterical.

Sorry the video is kind of dark.  She started to do it and I just grabbed the camera to capture it before she stopped.

12 November 2010

dress up


One of the things Mabry and I did while in Pennsylvania was to go flower girl dress shopping with my sister for her wedding next summer.  The original plan had been to make our own dress.  In the end we found that buying one was just easier.  Not to mention the dress we picked (which is not pictured--I don't know what parts of weddings are supposed to be a surprise) is super cute.


Mabry had a field day trying on "princess dresses" and looking at herself from every angle in the mirror. The woman who was helping us even added an extra touch by putting a headband with a flower in her hair.


Does she look just a little bit pleased or what??

It was my job to not only provide the flower girl, but to also take photos of her in each dress.  Planning a wedding when the bride is in Pennsylvania, the mother of the bride is in Alabama and the maid of honor/flower girl live in North Carolina makes things tricky.  It also means lots of photos and emails.

I noticed while taking pictures that if I stood at one angle I was able to photograph my nightmare:


...a never ending line of jumping hyper three-year-old girls.

11 November 2010

playing nice

Last night L came over and had a sleep over with Mabry and myself.  It was nice for me because he kept Mabry entertained while I caught up on my DVR'd shows.

At one point I could hear a slamming sound and then hysterical fits of laughter coming from the playroom. So I grabbed my camera and quietly climbed the stairs to see what they were up to.

Who knew that the best way to entertain guests was to give them an old makeup brush and cram them into an empty toy box??  Emily Post, I hope you are taking notes.

I did put a stop to it when I saw L put his leg up.  I could envision Mabry breaking his leg by slamming the lid down and dealing with broken toddler, well that just wasn't in my plans for the night.  Did I mention I had DVRing to catch up on?

Grey's Anatomy won't watch itself, people.

09 November 2010

i do exsist

It has been awhile since my last post.  Mabry and I were up in Pennsylvania for the last five days celebrating the marriage of Dan's sister and helping my sister prepare for her wedding next summer.  It was pretty much nonstop once we hit the state line.  So I apologize for neglecting both my blog and visiting all of yours.  The rest of this week is all about catching up and cleaning the house.

Riveting, I know.

This isn't much of a post and there aren't photos.  I just wanted to let you know I was alive and am planning on being back very soon.  I have lots of photos and stories to share, so get ready.

02 November 2010

christmas cards are here!

I mentioned last week that I have been hard at work designing Christmas cards. I have also been working on updating my Ridgemeade Photography site. Be sure to check out the new  gallery section while you are there.

This Christmas Ridgemeade Photography is offering you several different options to spread holiday cheer from mini sessions to get that perfect family photo to ordering a set of cards with a photo of your own for those of you that don't live in the area.  All of the cards come with free shipping this year!

Please stop over to Ridgemeade Photography and check it out.

The first 5 people to place orders and mention this post will receive $5 off their order.

01 November 2010

i know what you did last halloween...especially since it was just yesterday


Fair warning, this post is a little heavy on the photos.

Our weekend was almost fully dedicated to Halloween this year.  Which is sort of odd, since usually this is one of those holidays we don't make too big of a deal out of.

Front of Fairy Berry

Saturday we dressed up our Fairy Berry Princess and took her on to the base to trick-or-treat.  She was incredibly excited in the truck on the way there.  She was practicing her "trick-or-treat!" and "thank you!" as well as talking about all the candy she was planning on getting.

Back of Fairy Berry

Cut to the first house where we stood for no less than 10 minutes trying to get her to say or do anything.  Mostly she stood just off the porch staring at the little girl in the bee tutu who was helping her Daddy pass out candy.

So we told her that we were just going to go home.

Y'all Mabry is my daughter through and through.  Because once she realized the offer of free chocolate was about to be taken off the table (though to be fair, when would I ever let it even come that close?) she was off and running and with each piece of candy put in her bag the more confident she became.

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It was a glorious 30 minutes.  Then everyone ran out of candy.  Because on post the children descend like locust.


On Sunday I dressed Mabry up as Boo from Monster's Inc.  Since we live in a neighborhood that has a bunch of teenagers I thought it was safe to assume that there would be some scary masks and costumes parading around.  So I told her that all monsters are afraid of Boo and since she was Boo she had nothing to be afraid of.


Kind of twisted logic, but she has seen the movie and seemed to go with it.

We combined forces with friends down the street to set up a haunted area for kids to trick-or-treat from.

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Dan was in charge of carving a pumpkin:

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Sal was in charge of making us all creeped out by wearing this horrible mask:

Creepy Sal

Once we were all set up I took my little Boo to do a little trick or treating.  She hated it and kept asking to just go home and watch a movie.  So I took her back to where we were all handing out candy (did I mention how much candy we had?) and put on Toy Story 2 for her.

(This is literally about half of what we had.  We were giving it away by the fist full.)

While I was gone with Mabry Dan and Danny put on costumes of their own and proceeded to scare people as well.

Scary Masked Men

Thank goodness the wives were in less creepy attire so the kids had some friendly faces as they walked up.

The best part of the night, for me anyhow, was how great the pumpkin turned out.  Here it is at night:


Mabry dropped the little one, putting a crack in it.  Dan said it looked almost like it was crying.

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It was a good (busy) weekend.  I am glad to say that Halloween is over and the decorations have come down.  I am ready for something a little more my speed.  You know, warm cozy blankets, hot chocolate, Christmas movies and music, etc.

Speaking of which, I have a big announcement coming up tomorrow involving Christmas.  Please make sure you come back and check it out!
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