Monday, December 27, 2010

Lazy.....Potato....Boy?...No...Potato has a lazy boy!

Did you think I was kidding?!? The Potato and his cousin Monkey got their very own lazy boyz for Christmas! Boy that Santa was great to them huh!? Well Maw has a direct line to Santa and she got them all set up with the best seat in the house!

DH was a little(alot) jealous that his son got a chair before he did so I guess the first thing on the list when we get a bigger house is a big boy lazy boy chair just for him!

I also love the fact that the boys got different chairs. Their personalities are SO different as are their families. Even still they are great chairs and mighty comfy. Potato watches his tartoons and weeds his boogs in the morning in his chair!

Thanks again Santa(Maw) for such a great gift!

You got to love the look on Potato's face!

Little Play Boys!

Assume the position!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2nd Annual Friends Christmas!

I have to say that we are very thankful to be surrounded by the ones we love most this year. Also we realize that as the years go by true friendships grow and because of that I am lucky.

This years party was incredible. Although we were missing Mr T(Dr Shipleys Hubby) we tried to do our best and celebrate for him. Thankfully he did finally make it home for Christmas. He has done his service for our country and now he is home with his loving wife in time for their one year anniversary.

We had a few new people this year and boy was that exciting. The Guillots and the O'Neals were able to see the craziness that is the Friends Christmas. We also had my SIL there all dolled up with no sign of momminess on her!

From the left(SIL, Guillot, Nanny, Thevis, Me, Dr Shipley, Lee(O'Neal to be!))
The menu was a huge variety of things. We had Gumbo(perfect for cold weather), potato salad, shrimp cocktail, hummus dip, bread and the desserts were insanely good. Dr Shipley made her signature Candy Cane Martinis and the boys were not ashamed to carry around their martini glass rimmed with peppermint with pink deliciousness!
After a little socializing and pigging out we exchanged gifts. Potato was of course spoiled rotten by all his Aunts and Uncles! I know that child will never want for anything with all these people in his life.

When the crowd thinned a little the party really went crazy. The Crown Royal Reserve that DH got this year helped loosen up SIL and she let her inner silly out and we were quite entertained. It was only her second time drinking and we all had fun tending to her craziness.
Ms Thevis got a crocheted goat for Christmas. Yeah you heard me right, a GOAT. She has been wanting one as a pet but knowing that she can't have one she was more than happy to get one specially made for her. She was wearing a sweater dress with pockets so Lord Gimli(the goat) road around in her pocket all night! ;-)!!!

Potato's Nanny made sure to get him a great gift. He got a portable dvd player and oh boy did he(I) freak out! Let's just say traveling will be a breeze with Leap Frog playing for him.
Nanny and Potato
Mr Istre had to work that night so he made sure to play Santa before the party!

The party ended and the house was a complete wreck! A true sign that everyone had a great time! I can't wait until next year!

Dear GOD!

I have to say that this past year has been the hardest yet for DH and I. Surgery, bronchiolitis, ear infections, teeth growing, dishwasher breaking, hot water heater went out, and Potato had to have his first stitch this week.

GOD....I know you can't fix all of these problems but I wanted to thank all of your littles elves in our lives that make these trials a little easier.

My wish list:

  1. Healthy family----NO SURGERIES
  3. A new preschool for Potato
  4. Puppy
  5. Relationships to grow stronger

I know that is a bit of a hard list but I know you have the means! LOL.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

So last year I had the great idea or well I stole an idea from Better Home and Gardens! Last year I took a whole bunch of photos that were printed out and just stuck them all over the tree. I LOVED it but this year we topped that and made homemade frames.
What do you think?
My tree always gets an uproar because people come in and HAVE to find their picture(S). If they don't see it right away they panic! Followed by me taking their hand and guiding them to their own little memory. It's a very special thing to the Randolph family and I am sure the pictures will grow and who knows I may have a photo wreath next year!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday!-- Christmas Angel...Or.....?

Christmas Angel.....

Monday, December 13, 2010

Very Bad Blogger!

Hi guys! I am sorry I have been off the radar for a while. After Potato's birthday at the beginning of November I just could not find the time nor the want to post about my life.

I know I must sound like a bah-hum-bug but this time of year reminds me more of the ones that are no longer in my life. It also reminds me like it may you of the crazy people that would kill to get that barbie or truck.....I did most of my shopping on-line this year for that very reason!

Potato is turning into a little chatter box and I am shocked and proud everyday when he opens his mouth. DH sneezed today and with out a pause Potato said "Bess Wu!" I mean seriously how proud would you be...I was apparently so proud I snatched him off the ground and did a few twirls. Think I might of scared him ;-)!

I do have a lot to write about but that will come with time. For now I just wanted to say hi to all my loyal readers and thank you to the ones that sent me an email concerned about me!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Our little Cowboy!

I am a little late on this post but who cares. You know you love the cuteness that I bring to you! Since we did Halloween with my nephew again we wanted to coordinate. What better than to have a cowboy and an Indian?

Potato would go up to get candy and I would tell him to say "Trick or Treat." He would say "Pick a Peet"...same thing lol. He would then pick up his pow-pow and hold up the candy giver. They were very scared and handed over all their candy.

We had a blast and can't wait for next year. We may dress all three of them up like M & M's!!!!

Friday, November 12, 2010

My Arts!

Here are my latest pieces. You can tell I am a beginner but really....who cares. It makes me happy after a long day at work to sit and color. Let me know what you think!
I have such a great teacher, my MIL! I still have to learn the basics of color mixing and my perspective is a little off as well.
DH is very proud of me and my new hobby. He thinks I am a natural and of course loves everything that I paint. Don't get me wrong if its a jacked up painting he lets me know. I love his honesty...sometimes.
Anyway I hope that you all have a very happy Friday!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Freedom is not free!

It comes at a price. We send out loved ones out to fight for everything that we as Americas claim our own. I want to send out a special thanks to Tanner, Joey, and Richard. We love you boys so much and thank you for everything you do and have done for my country and family.
Some moms would be horrified to hear that their children want to go into the armed forces....I have come to realize that this just may be Potato's destiny. He is surrounded with such great men that I should only be proud if he chooses that life for himself.
I know I am leaving a few faces/names out but you are always in our thoughts.
Both of my grandfathers served and now are no longer with me....I am proud of them and what they have done for my family!
Happy Veterans Day!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday!--2 halves make a whole!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Twin Sister Product Review

I was all to excited when I was contacted to do a review for Twin Sisters Productions.

Twin Sisters has been awarded the Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children 's Products and Early Childhood News Director's Choice Award, among many others.

The company is owned by two fraternal twin sisters that are dedicated to their company as much as they are dedicated to their relation ship as sisters. Kim, started out as an early childhood educator and decided that music was very important in the classroom. Her and her
sister Karen got together an wrote a song to help Kim teach her class multiplication. "Rap With The Facts" was the start of their new destiny together.

I requested The Ultimate Early Learning Collection. What a book!? It came with four cd's of music and colorful pages. It covers letters, numbers, animals, color, and shapes. I could not wait to dive into this book with Potato.

After just a day of going over the material Potato was able to pick out the "red apple" and

"blue ball." Quite amazing really. The cds are very upbeat and cover everything in the book
times 10!

Its not very often that you run across a company that is completely focused on your child. Twin
Sisters is determined to help you build the solid foundation your child needs for their future.

Please go and check out what they have to offer.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Elmo Live!

I felt so bad that I had not taken Potato's birthday off like I had last year. In my defense it was horrible weather and we wouldn't been able to do anything. No matter next year no matter what we all will play hookie. I guess that will be a Randolph Family Tradition! ;-)

Nana called me a few months ago and told me that Elmo was coming to town again and she wanted to know if Potato would like to she crazy! LOL! Of course he wants to go! DH and I had taken him a while back to see Elmo and friends and he really enjoyed it so I knew this time would be that much better.

What a great birthday gift for my little two year old! I have to brag when I say that he was most definitely the best baby there. There were babies/kids screaming, hitting their mommies, running around (while the parents scamper after them), and well it was just craziness. Meanwhile, my Potato is sitting in his Nana's lap with the expression of "What the HELL is wrong with this kids!?"

All in all the show was incredible and we all had a fabulous time. Nana and Papaw you rock!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Clayton!

Dear Potato,

It seems like daddy and I have lost a whole year. How did time fly by so fast? I have been an emotional wreck today!

After I shot the photos below all three of us sat at the dining room table to have a piece of your cake. We sang Happy Birthday and I swear I saw tears in your eyes. I am not sure why because you had a smile on your face. I told myself it was because you feel so special. Mommy cried while cutting your cake, while daddy looked at me in fear. ;-)! Hell I cry as I write to you.

Each month I list all of your accomplishments and well this month you have definetly grown. I will make note of them all in a later post.

It feels like I am flashing back and remembering the morning we ran to the hospital. Sunday, November 2, 2008 daddy and I were lying in bed being lazy. You were a few days overdue and I was so exhausted. Daddy leaned over and laid his head on my belly. He figured he would have the first man to man talk. It went a little like this:

Daddy: "Son it's time to come out! You need to come and see us today."

Potato: You kicked the freaking crap out of me. We heard a loud pop.

Mommy: I ran to the bathroom because I had to pee. Well after about 6 wardrobe changes because I kept peeing on myself we realized that you had busted the water bag.

The rest doesn't matter until I saw your beautiful face and kissed that nose. You were all daddy and I had ever hoped and wished for in our lives. We thank God each day for adding your to our family.

I hope you had a great birthday baby.

Love Mommy and Daddy!

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