Saturday, January 31, 2009

Many Faces of Samantha

I am always so impressed with Samantha. She wears these crazy outfits and hats. I was surprised to see these pictures of the girls at the store with Daddy. It was a cold January day and Peyton took them to Michael's for some new art supplies. Beanie decided to wear a dress, with shorts underneath and her cowboy boots. Mantha was proud of herself when she used a marker to paint her face.

Kids Update

Destiny and Michael have been back in school for a few weeks now. The long winter break made everyone a little lazy, but their grades look good right now. Michael is making up his Math 1A class from last semester. So far, so good. They've been playing the Wii in the afternoon and on weekends. Samantha and Sabrina get so upset when they can't make the controls do what they want them to do. They will yell at each other things like: "I am trying." "It's too hard sissy, I can't make it work." And then the tears start. They are still too young for most of the games we have. It's really fun to watch them play the American Idol game. They have no problems working that one. They are also getting pretty good at guitar hero. Sabrina scored 17,000 points last night...she was playing the rainbows, but I still think that's pretty amazing for a 3 year old. I was playing with Samantha last night. Most of the time she only wants to play "Living on a Prayer" (Sounds like her mom, huh?), but last night, she surprised me. She walked in the room and said, "Mommy, I want to play Mr Crowley." Pretty funny that my 3 year knows who Ozzy is. The girls are finally sitting still long enough for me to braid their hair. They are too cute together with their pig tails and pony tails. Everyone is still in love with Pixie. She is a great dog. She is not a yappy dog at all. She gets so excited when I come home from work. She comes running up and follows me everywhere until it's her turn for some attention. Destiny and Sabrina made meatloaf for dinner the other night. I was impressed. If you notice, it's always these two in the kitchen. They all like to draw and paint, but Samantha is really drawing all the time now. She takes her little drawing pad with her name on it everywhere she goes. Her favorite toys right now are her baby dolls and her batmans.

Happy Birthday Mema Lorelei

Today is my Momma's birthday. She was born on January 31, 1955. I took her to North Carolina last weekend to celebrate. We went to Harrah's Cherokee. Mom decided her favorite machine was the Shamrock 7's. They've always been my favorite too. After we lost most of our money, we went to Bryson City, NC. The town is named after one of my mom's great...great...great...great...uncles. Colonel Thaddeus Dillard Bryson. We had lunch and went to the antique mall before heading back to Atlanta. It was nice to get away and spend some time together. We had a great hotel room with a beautiful view of the Great Smokey Mountains. We thought we might take a train ride through the Smokies, but the train was closed for the season. There's not much to do in this part of NC during the winter months, but it is one of the best vacation spots during the spring. I think we'll take my dad and Peyton with us for a long weekend in a few months.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Happy Birthday: The High Risk Age

I haven't posted in a little while. I went from being sick to settling into my new role at work. I really thought my new title was just a title change. I was wrong. I'm delving a little bit further into sales and sales/account management than what I have in the past.
Peyton took me to see Craig Morgan at Cowboys for my birthday. We met on Friday afternoon at the Marriott in Kenessaw. Had chinese for dinner and then went to Cowboys. He even bought me a pair of cowboy boots from Horsetown. I am the luckiest girl the world. The show didn't get going until just before midnight. I was out too late, drank too much and FELT my age on Saturday morning. I can tell you that this is the first birthday of my entire life that I dreaded. Every time you talk to your doctor, they always say that the risk or this or that is higher in women over 35. Taking birth control, your risk of cancer is higher in women over 35. Diabetes, risk is higher in women over 35. Well, bring it on. I hit the big 35 on Monday. It's funny. Peyton was 35 when we seems like ages ago.
I'm leaving tomorrow morning to celebrate my birthday with my mom. Her's is next week, mine was this week. We are taking off to Cherokee, NC for a day or two. We haven't really decided yet where we will go or what we will do. We're just leaving town. I haven't been out of town with my mom alone since I was 2 years old. My sister was born when I was 3. I can't wait. Gotta go pack.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tingle Family Cold

We have all had our share of the cold that Samantha caught last week. It went from Sam to Beanie. Then Peyton and I both got sick at the same time. Michael has avoided it all together and Destiny has just had the sniffles. I have coughed so much the past four days that I have barely slept. I left work at about 1pm yesterday and didn't go in today. I try to save my sick time for when the kids are sick, but I just couldn't make myself move today. Sabrina seems to finally be turning a corner tonight. Peyton and Sammi are both doing much better. I am still lingering. I don't think, even with being home from work that I've given myself enough time to rest. I just hope we are all better before this coming weekend is over.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A Look Back....New Year's Eve 2002

I remember welcoming in 2003. This was my first New Year's celebration as a Tingle. Peyton and I had been married just under 6 months. We spent the evening at Mango's in Alpharetta. This was the tapas bar that Carlos and Melissa Masonette (center, top picture) owned. Sadly, Mango's is now closed and Carlos and Melissa are no longer together. I can't find our group picture, but think I remember that we hung out that night with Josh Eldridge, Jason Callus, Russ and Tracey Ramsey (I think this was before they were married), and Eric McDonald. Eric and Carlos were tending bar and the Sangria was flowing.

Happy New Year 2009

The girls were asleep just after 10pm last night. They tried to stay up. Destiny is old enough to understand that the big moment is midnight, but when she's sleepy, she's sleepy. Peyton stopped and bought them the movie, WALL E. I took them to see it over the summer and they loved it. Last night, it couldn't keep anyone's interest. They all fell right to sleep. Samantha was not only coughing her head off, but was also covered in hives again. I noticed last week that her meds for breakouts had expired and asked the doctor to refill them when she went in for her cold on Tuesday. I picked them up yesterday on my way home. I am so glad I did because she would have been miserable without the medication. I was actually researching one of them on the internet at midnight last night. I looked down just in time to see it was exactly 12:00. I woke Peyton up for a quick New Year's kiss and we were both back to sleep. Nothing like the days of partying at the Bred or at Mangos on New Year's Eve. I even made an effort. I stopped at Kilroy's in Riverdale and bought three bottles: Svedka, Kaluha, and Amaretto. I made it through two drinks. Today, we are both sick with Sammi's cold. I think Sabrina might be catching it a little. Michael spent the night with Blake. It sounds like they had a good time, hanging out in Blake's garage's really more like an apartment over there. A 15 year old's dream house. I made the girls a tray of party foods today and gave them real champagne flutes filled with sparkling grape juice. They had their own little New Year's party. Sabrina asked me several times who was coming to her party. Is Mema Lorelei coming to my party? Grandmother Tingle? Are we going to get dressed up for our party? I think in the end, they enjoyed their private New Year's Bash.

Sick Samantha

I went back to work from a week of vacation on Monday. I ended up staying home with Samantha on Tuesday. She was really sick with a terrible cough and a high fever. I couldn't seem to keep it below 101. It would spike to 102 and then the meds would bring it down. We just alternated Tylenol and Motrin every four hours. I took her to the doctor on Tuesday morning. You can see how 'excited' she was about that. She would not let the doctor look at her ears, eyes or mouth. It was a lot of work to gain her cooperation. In the end, she just has a bad cold. Nothing we can do, but monitor the fever and pour the ginger ale. When we came home from the doctor, she really wanted to put on her clothes to play outside with her brother and sisters. I told her she was too sick, but she went into her room and changed her clothes. You can't see the shoes and socks just out of view, but she fell asleep on her little sofa before she could finish putting them on. At dinner, she refused to eat anything, but at least she was holding onto her cup. On Tuesday night, she threw up all over mommy and daddy's bed. We barely slept at all. I had a fairly normal and long day at work on Wednesday, New Year's Eve. I'm off today. Tomorrow should be a completely normal schedule again until spring.