Sunday, December 31, 2006

You Raised Me Up Please Vote

This weeks song is dedicated to my parents.  God looked down from Heaven and found his two most perfect people and made them my Mom and Dad.  Thank you God for giving me such wonderful loving parents.

Stop by for a listen and vote if you can.

Thanks to all those who have been so faithful in my endevers here.

Last week I came in 15th place out of over 100.

Maybe one day I will win!

Happy New Year to you all!  xox Barbara 

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Survey by Barbara

1.  When you were a child what was your favorite television show? I always liked to watch The Newlywed game.  My sister and I would pick numbers and root for our couple to win.  I also liked Sonny and Cher and The Brady Bunch. I loved Loony Tunes too.  They just don't make good cartoons anymore!

2.  How many brothers and or sisters do you have?  I have two sisters.  One who is 2 years older than me and one that was 7 years younger than me.  

3.   Did you get along well or fight alot with them? My little sister and I got along most of the time except for when I started getting interested in boys...then I think she got jealous and wanted my time.  My older sister and me fought when we were younger but I love her very much today. 

4.  Did your family sit at the table to eat meals?  We always sat at the table to eat.

5.  Did you say grace (pray before you ate)?

Yes we did before every meal

6. Do you still say grace? Sometimes I forget, but most of the time I do. 

7.  What is one thing you do to insure that you have a Happy New Year?  I will be eatting a huge helping of black eyed year I didn't and it was horrible.

8.  How do you bring in the new year?  We stay up until midnight and then grab pots and pans and wooden spoons and beat on them and them scream at the top of our lungs "HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!"  As a child we used to all go out and eat pancakes after this.

9.  Are you working New Years Eve? This year I am.  I work 9 hours tomorrow.  I will get off at 11:15 and have to come straight home to bed because I am sceduled to work the next morning at 5am....somebody wasn't looking too good at the sceudule were they?  I will get only 3 hours sleep in between.

10.  Do you shoot off fireworks? When my son was small we did. As a child I did...not this year though. 

11.  What do you want to achieve this year? I want to be the best person that I can be.  I want to be kind to those around me and help any way that I can.  I would like another raise at work and to visit my son for a whole week.

12.  What motto will you live by in 2007?

Live, Laugh and Love and One Day At A Time

13.  Who will be the first person you kiss in 2007? Either Rick or Tiny which ever is closest

14.  Who do you wish that could be? Matthew McCohonah or however you spell his name

15.  What is your favorite boy name? Eric Wayne

16.  What is your favorite girl name? Anastasia Lindsey

17.  What is the wierdest name you have given to an animal? Mean iganna

18.  If you had to choose...what is your favorite bug? dragonflys

19.  Do mice ever get in your stove? Since we live by the woods yes they do.  I am thinking I should name them......

20.  Do you ever look in the mirror and say EW!!!? Everyday

21.  Do you ever play the lottery? I play scratch off games every once in a while...ok everyday LOL 

22.  What is the biggest amount you have won?


23.  Using your initials...describe yourself

well Eric would say Beautiful LittleMama

24.  When you were little how many children did you want to have when you grew up?

I wanted to have 3 sets of twins and one set of triplets....after having one child I decided that was enough.

25..  Did you ever think about who you would marry?  Every night before going to sleep

26.  Did you have a crush on any famous person as a kid? yes

27.  Who was it?Donnie Osmond and David Cassidy

28.What song reminds you of your first love?

"Sad Songs Say So Much"

29.  Did you ever "get married" to one of your childhood friends? When I was around nine I married Gary Highsmith

30.  Who was the preacher? My little sister

31.  Did you plan out your wedding as a youngster? all the time...I had it all written out many times

32.  Was your real wedding like the one you dreamed about? Pretty close!

33.  How many bridesmaids did you have? 6 bridesmaids....My best friend in kindergarden Susie, My best friend in jr high/highschool Patti, my little sister Christi, my older sister Pam, my new to be sister in law Jenny and my  maid of honor my other new sister to be Beverly

34.  What kind of flowers did you have?

Roses and Carnations..Pink and Blue

35.  Are you shy or outgoing? shy....YES I AM!

36.  What color are your nails right now?

I usually don't wear much polish but I got a new kit for they are maroon with white tips LOL

37.  Do you sing in the shower? Of course

38.  What movie bests describes your life? I will make up my own title....The Adventures of A Normal Crazy Girl

39.  Who is your best friend? Jesus, Rick and Eric

40.  What year did you graduate? 1979

Ok that's all for now....I hope you answer my questions because....I am nosy!


Friday, December 29, 2006

Survey I Got From Mosie

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought? Girl do you need some more sleep.  You have American eyes this morning Red, White and Blue.

2. How much cash do you have on you?  I keep most of my cash in my account so that I don't spend it.  I like to keep about 20 bucks on me just in case though.

 3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?  Shore

4. Favorite planet?  Saturn

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?  My sister in law Beverly calling to tell us when to meet up at her house to exchange presents for Christmas

6. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone? "Dont cha wish your girlfriend was Hot like me"   (it's just a joke folks LOL)

7. What shirt are you wearing?  Red Bandana Shirt

8. Do you label yourself? Yes, well I used to until I became a cashier in a grocery store I can't do that anymore because people would try to buy me.

9. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently wearing? no socks

10. Bright or Dark Room? dim

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you? I think she is a very special and wonderful person.  Very talented!  Our own Miss Mosie

12. What does your watch look like? My arm....I don't wear a watch...gets in the way.  I use my cell phone.

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?  Sleeping so that I could go to work at 5:45 am.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?  Home...message from Eric

15. Where is your nearest 7-11? A 7-11 is an ice house.  We don't have one here so the nearest one is in San Antonio.

We interrupt this survey to report that Saddam Hussein has just been executed.........and now back to the survey

 16. What’s a word that you say a lot?  Ok......don't ask me why I just say it alot

17. Who told you he/she loved you last?  Ric this morning when I kissed him goodbye before leaving for work.

18. Last furry thing you touched?  my soft socks I got for Christmas

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days?  Aleve when I got hit on the head at work.....would you like to hear that story?

20. How many rolls of film do you need developed? None.  Thank God for digital cameras!

21. Favorite age you have been so far?  19

22. Your worst enemy?  I would rather not say

23. What is your current desktop picture?  Eric and Tiny

24. What was the last thing you said to someone? I told Tiny to stop eating the cat's food.

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly what would it be? money, please.

26. Do you like someone? I like everyone

27. The last song you listened to?  Por Siempre Tu....I played it for my Spanish speaking friend and she was cracking up LOL

28. What time of day were you born?  ask my Mom...I think she was there

29. What’s your favorite number?  7

30. Where did you live in 1997? Same place I do now TEXAS

31. Are you jealous of anyone?  No....doesn't do any good anyway

32. Is anyone jealous of you? why would they be?

33. Where were you when 9/11 happened?  I was working at Pig Stand restaurant the morning shift as the only waitress.

34. What do you do when vending machines steal your money? I kick it....

35. Do you consider yourself kind? I hope so

36. If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be? I wouldn't get one.  To each his own though I think other peoples are pretty cool

37. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be?  Spanish.

38. Would you move for the person you loved? Yes I would<FONTCOLOR="#0000FF">

39. Are you touchy feely? Yes I am a hugger....but only if the huggie wants to be hugged

40. What’s your life motto?  When you get behind turn around....and no matter where you go there you are

41. Name three things that you have on you at all times?  my cell phone, my keys and wait...I don't take those to bed so....well I do keep the cell phone by the bed.....oh I don't know now I am just confused by this question 

42. What’s your favorite town/city?  Villa Grove, Illinois where my grandparents lived.  And this year my Dad painted me a picture of the town...coming to a journal near you as soon as I get a chance to take pictures of the stuff I got for Christmas

43. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?  a childs burger meal for lunch

44. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?  Do Christmas cards count?  I sent out a few this year and I still have many more to mail...but I think I missed the dead line...

45. Can you change the oil on a car? Change it? um no

46. Your first love: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?  I actually talked to my high school sweetheart about a year ago.  He is a pharmacist in the next town.....I havn't seen a picture of him though

47. How far back do you know about your ancestry?  I am related to Abraham Lincoln

48. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy? probably a funeral

49.Does anything hurt on your body right now? I have a blister on my toe, a bump on the top of my head, my finger has artristis, I think that is all for now

50. Have you been burned by love?  Yes by the person mentioned in question 46.  He broke my heart....

I will be making a list of questions for you from my own brain soon.

Answer these for now....did you learn anything new about me?

xox Barbara 

Time To Make The Donuts

Baby Bear goes downstairs and sits in his small chair at the table. He
looks into his small bowl. It is empty.

"Who's been eating my porridge?!!" he squeaks.

Papa Bear arrives at the table and sits in his big chair. He looks into
his big bowl, and it is also empty.

"Who's been eating my Porridge?!!" he roars.

Momma Bear puts her head through the serving hatch from the kitchen and

"How many times do we have to go through this with you idiots? It was
Momma Bear who got up first, it was Momma Bear who woke everyone in the house,
it was Momma Bear who made the coffee, it was Momma Bear who unloaded the
dishwasher from last night, and put everything away, it was Momma Bear
who went out in the cold early morning air to fetch the newspaper, it was
Momma Bear who set the table, it was Momma Bear who put the cat
out, cleaned the litter box, and filled the cat's water and food dish, and,
now that you've decided to drag your sorry bear-butts downstairs, and grace
Momma Bear's kitchen with your grumpy presence, listen good, 'cause I'm only
going to say this one more time:


Thursday, December 28, 2006

Kids In Church

3-year-old Reese:

"Our Father, Who does art in heaven, Harold is His name. Amen."

A little boy was overheard praying:

"Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.

His father asked him three times what was wrong.

Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys."

I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer for several evenings at bedtime.

She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo.

I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us from E-mail.

One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."

A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"

One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."

Six-year-old Angie and her four-year-old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church.

Joel giggled, sang, and talked out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough.

"You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."

"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.

Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."

A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons,Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.

The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. heir mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.

"If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'

Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"

A father was at the beach with his children when the four-year-old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore where a seagull lay dead in the sand.

"Daddy, what happened to him?" the son asked.

"He died and went to Heaven," the Dad replied.

The boy thought a moment and then said, "Did God throw him back down?"

A wife invited some people to dinner.

At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, "Would you like to say the blessing?"

"I wouldn't know what to say," the girl replied.

"Just say what you hear Mommy say," the wife answered.

The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"

Still Celebrating?

It was a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, "Hey, mamacita, let's do Weeweechu."

Oh no, not now, let's look at the moon!" said Rosita.

Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it's the perfect time," Pedro begged.

"But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon." replied Rosita.

"Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me."

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, "OK, one time, we'll do Weeweechu."

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....

"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."


Wednesday, December 27, 2006

We had a busy and exciting Christmas. All I wanted was to be with my family. I saw alot of people asking what we wanted and my wish came true.

The secret I teased you about was that Eric got to come a day early and stay a day late. Only we didn't tell Rick...we surprised him.

I love Christmas but I have to say that I am glad it is over except for the part where Eric goes back home.  I miss him already.

I think we did pretty good in the giving and recieving departments.

I wish I had taken some pictures of the presents we gave away.  I made 4 tote bags this year, I made 5 framed portraits.  And bought the rest.  I will not even allow myself to wonder how much I spent. LOL  I really don't care.  Family is special to me.

What did I get you ask?

I got....from Eric...a relaxing cd and bath stuff

from Rick.... my ring!!!! and oven!!!!

I have been only wearing my ring sometimes because it is a little big and I don't want to lose it.

With my oven I have already made two batches of biscuits, cookies, cornbread and peach cobbler.... I also got some sweet rolls in the oven to cook...I will probably gain weight LOL o no!

from my parents I got alot of great things...soft socks, a picture of them, a nail kit,

money, my Dad painted me a picture of Villa Grove where I use to visit my Papa.  It is of the whole town.....look I will take pictures of all the stuff I got tomorrow...there is alot more .

We had so much fun with Eric here.  Eric and I spent today cooking up all kinds of cool things. I have pictures of that be continued....

It is 2:17am and I have to go to work tomorrow.  I must get some beauty sleep! 

I am in 10th place in the singing contest now, so if you haven't voted yet please do.  I am only 1 point behind the person in 9th place.

Have you voted Little Bear????  I didn't get my usual Hell no from you saying you wouldn't ...feeling ignored here young man!

He loves me LOL Barbara 

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas To You All!

A Very Merry Christmas from Barbara, Rick, Eric, Tiny and the Cats.

Will return tomorrow for update with pictures and stories and secrets to share.

Merry Christmas to you all and to all a Good Night!

Love, Barbara

Sunday, December 24, 2006

I'm In First Place! Keep Voting!!!

  Winner's Hall of Fame      
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Contest Audio Recording Por Siempre Tu


Cracking Me Up!


This week is Latin and since I don't speak Spanish......well lets just say.....go and give me a pity vote LOL Barbara

Saturday, December 23, 2006


I've got a secret!

Twas the Night Before Jland

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Jland <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

There were friends writing emails and journaling all through the land.

The e-mails were stacked in their boxes with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The newbies were nestled all snug by their screens,
While visions of Java danced in their dreams.
Rick on the rooftop putting up shingles and me at my computer enjoying a snack.
We just settled get ready to mingle.

When out in the yard there arose such a clatter,
I jumped to the door to see what was the matter.
To a new page my computer flew like a flash,
Then made a slight gurgle. It started to crash!!

I gasped at the thought and started to grouse,
Then turned my head sideways and clicked on my mouse.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
My computer jumped to a page that wasn't quite clear.
When the image resolved, so bright and so quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick!
More rapid than mainframes, more graphics they came,
Then Nick glanced toward my screen, my computer called them by name;
'Now Linda! Now Robin!', my speaker did reel;
'On Marla! Noelle!' Santa started to squeal!
'Jump onto the circuits! And into the chip!
Now speed it up! Speed it up! Make this thing hip!

The screen gave a flicker, he was into my 'Ram',
Then into my room rose a full hologram!
He was dressed in all red, from his head to his shoes,
Which were black (the white socks he really should lose).

He pulled out some discs he had stored in his backpack.
Santa looked like a dude who was rarin' to hack!
His eyes, how they twinkled! His glasses, how techno!
This ain't the same Santa that I used to know!

With a wink of his eye and a nod of his head,
Santa soon let me know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, gave my screen a quick poke,
And accessed my C drive with only a stroke.

He looked at my hard drive, and added a 'program',
Then threw in some cool games, just on a whim!
He worked without noise, his fingers they flew!
He distorted some pictures with some glitter he threw

He updated Office, Excel and Quicken,
Then added a screensaver with a red clucking chicken!
My eyes widened a bit, my mouth stood agape,
As he added the latest version of Netscape.
The drive gave a whirl, as if it were pleased,
St. Nick coyly smiled, the computer appeased.

Then placing his finger on the bridge of his nose,
Santa turned into nothing but ones and zeros!
He flew back into my screen and through my uplink,
Back into the net with barely a blink.
But I heard his sweet voice as he flew from my sight,
'Happy journaling to all, and to all a good byte!'

Friday, December 22, 2006

Christmas Word Play

I have a fun, fun, fun Christmas "Wordplay" for you today! This is from Valerie. Do you remember Mad Libs when you were a kid?  Today's "Wordplay" follows this concept.  I would like you to click on this link Fill out the Mad LibPost it in your journal if you would like Come back and leave your full entry URL so we can all read it!!   I don't want to give it away so I will post mine tomorrow.  Was it fun??  Do you have any suggestions for any future "Wordplay"s?
Yes!  Let's write our own!  A jland Christmas....Anyone up for the challenge?  'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the second before Christmas, and all through the cabin,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a tiny dog.
The socks were hung by the kitchen table with care,
In hopes that St. John soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their desks,
While visions of sugar-pizzas danced in their eyes.
And sister in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
ran open the shutters, and cried up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-ages to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?
But a growing cactus, and eight tiny rattle snakes.

With a little old driver, so lively and drinking,
I knew in a moment it must be St. John.
More rapid than armadillos his rattle snakes they came,
And he whistled, and laughed, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! Now, Krissy! Now, Angel and Vixen!
On, Valerie! On Lazy Cat! On, Vest and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the cowboy boot!
Now whistle away! Whistle away! Whistle away all!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the kitchen table St. John came with a bound.

His eyes -- how they sang! His dimples, how laughing!
His hands were like spurs, his elbow like a taco!

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work,
And filled all the socks, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his ear aside of his bottom lip,
And giving a nod, up the kitchen table he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a burp,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good second!"

Santa Surprise!!!

My wonderful friends in California sent me a Christmas surprise!  I didn't have a nativity scene and now I do and I absolutely adore it!  I will be leaving it out all year to remind me of Jesus love and the love of my heavenly Father who gave his only son to die for my sins.

Thank you guys SO MUCH!

I got to talk to Linda and Jacob on the phone and we had a great time.  J told me all about his hot wheels and we are planning to have a race track soon that will stop the cars...traffic.

Go around already!  There is a race going on!

Hi Jacob!  Hi Chris!

Thank you so much Linda, Bill and boys for my most treasured present!

I video taped but it was too dark to see.....and my hair was even fixed.....oh well I got some great pictures!

Be on the lookout for some Texas Christmas lights soon!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus!


Sunday, December 17, 2006

Nuttin For Christmas Song For Contest

I decided to do my kid version of Nuttin for Christmas this week.  So you know what to do!  Please go and vote for the inner child in me!  Thanks for all of your love and support!


Saturday, December 16, 2006

Just For Fun

Santa's Jigsaw - animated Flash ecard by Jacquie Lawson

Call Santa!

My friend Joyce aka Noelle knows Santa!  She sent me his phone number and here it is for you to hear him!  Call him everyday to see how things are going for this Christmas!  I did!
Santa's Phone Number: 1-800-972-6242

It is just a recording, but your kids or Grandkids, nieces & nephews will love it. For those of you with children, grandchildren, or any kind of child in your life. you are going to love this.  This isn't a joke. now when you tell your kids that you can call Santa, you won't be lying.  It starts giving a message on December 13th because it counts down the 12 days until Christmas.  This phone number gives you a different message everyday until Christmas so feel free to call daily.  Try it!  Your kids will love it.  Then pack it away with your Christmas stuff until next year.  Santa's Phone Number: 1-800-972-6242
Pass the word, I called and it works.  For those of you with little kids. . . or just for you.  It's really good!
I tried it too and it does work!  And since it is a 800 number it is free.  I am going to call it again tomorrow I have a little list for that handsome man!  Go ahead try it!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Tiny Speaks to all Jland Pets and God


Dear God:

Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember to be
a good dog (you know I have been guilty of these before):

  1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.

2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.

3. I will not munch on "leftovers" in the kitty litter box; although they are tasty, they are not food.

  4. The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.

5. The sofa is not a face towel; neither are Mom
and Dad's laps.

6. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.


7. My head does not belong in the refrigerator.

8. I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and registration.

9. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.


10. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch
is not an acceptable way of saying 'hello.'

11. I do not need to suddenly stand straight up
when I'm lying under the coffee table.

12. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur
before entering the house.

  13. I will not throw up in the car.

14. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt.

15. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch when company is over.

16. The cat is not a squeaky toy; so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.

And God I was wondering about some other things:

Dear God:
Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom,
if ever, smell one another?

Dear God:
When we get to heaven, can we sit on your
couch...or is it going to be the same old story?

Dear God:
Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the
cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and
the rabbit, but not ONE named for a dog? How
often do you see a cougar riding around? We
dogs love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to
rename the 'Chrysler Eagle' the 'Chrysler Beagle'?

Dear God:
If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no
human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God:
We dogs can understand human verbal
instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns,
clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic
energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do
humans understand? 

  Dear God:
More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Dear God:
When we get to the Pearly Gates, do we have to shake hands to get in?

Dear God:
Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are,
will I have to apologize?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Eric Came To Visit!

He only got to come for the day.  He has grown a beard.  He asked me to cook for him.  He wanted my chicken strips. He took the leftovers home.  I can't wait to see him again on Christmas day!  I had to work most of the time he was home. Bummer......Barbara

Welcome To The World Baby Aiden!!!!

Emily had her baby!  Baby Aiden Jacob was born on December the 8th.  He only weighed 4 pounds.  He is the smallest baby I have ever held.

He has some really cute faces.  I am sure we will have many more of him soon.

Welcome to the world Baby Aiden.  We are so blessed to have you here.  Emily and guys did good!

David is in Iraq and had to miss the birth of his first child.  He is coming home tomorrow.  Welcome Home David!

God is Good.

Great Aunt Barbie 

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Fathers Eyes. Can I Have A Vote?

I dedicate this weeks song to my Daddy.  I use to sing this song for him and his patients at the state hospital when I was growing up. I love this song because it has two meanings. My earthly fathers eyes and my Heavenly Fathers eyes. 

Please if you can stop by and vote for me.  Remember every point counts.

And if you can't vote I would still like you to go and have a listen.

Love you guys! Barbara

P>S> Big news coming up....with pictures!!!!! Barbara

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Summer Nights

I decided to sing a duet with myself.  Want a good laugh?  go check it out

And if you for me.  I am like in 92nd place because I started late.  Contest ends at 10:00 tomorrow.   I had alot of fun with this one.  Someone even thinks I had someone else singing this with me.  .But the male voice and the female voice are both me LOL Barbara

If you do vote...just give me a 10 so I can build up my points...we all know better LOL

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

A Christmas Survey Swipped From Val

Okay but first I must say that some of these same questions were on a previous entry I wrote not that long ago.  So when I get to one of those questions I will try to tell you something new and different about it...Here goes...Play along!!!! 

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?  Both

2. Real tree or artificial?   I have an artificial tree that already has the lights on it.  I would really love to have a real tree, but I don't like stepping on pine needles at 2 in the I guess I will stay with what I got.  The main problem right now is where to put it.  There isn't enough room in the tiny living room and the new room isn't finished yet.  Hope fully next year!.

3. When do you put up the tree?  As soon as I can figure out where it should go.  My mom always put hers up the day after Thanksgiving so I am feeling guilty for not having mine up yet....
4. When do you take the tree down?  Usually it is still up on my birthday....I am quite a procrastinator.  But once I do get it up I hate to take it down! 
5. Do you like eggnog?  Mmmmmmmmmmmm... YES!   
6. Favorite gift received as a child?  I really recieved many nice presents from my MoM and Dad every Christmas. Like my bikes, typewriter, Ken doll, etc.  But one of my most favorite isn';t really what was inside the box.  It was the cute way my Gran would wrap our presents and make us little homemade snowmen and dolls to decorate the box. 

7. Do you have a nativity scene?  No, but I would love to have one.  My Dad has a very special one that has been in our family for years.  Every Christmas Eve the children read the Christmas story and put the characters into the manger as we read about it.  This is so awesome to see how much better they are at reading every year.  Even when they were too small to know how to read an older child would whisper the words into the little ones ears to repeat outloud.
8. Hardest person to buy for?  I think this would have to be my Mom. because I want it to be really special, and my brothers in law.

9. Easiest person to buy for?  Brittany.  I see all kinds of thingsto get for her.  And then I buy too many and have to even it out with the other neices and nephews. LOL
10. Mail or e-mail Christmas cards?  Both!  I love either or and love sending both
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?  A kitchen faucet......I that really a gift? 
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?  A Christmas Carol

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?<FONT lang='0face="Comic' color=#004000 FAMILY="SCRIPT" PTSIZE="10" Sans MS?>  ASAP but I am not done yet..... 
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?  Not that was given to me..... 

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?  Ham, potato salad and Jesus birthday cake
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?  I love all lights, even the ones that God made that he gives to us everyday of the year.  His awesome stars!  
17. Favorite Christmas song(s)?  "Silent Night", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "O Holy Night", "Mary Did You Know"

I agree!
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?  Who knows what will happen this year?  Is Eric coming home or are we going there?  I know he is going to come over for Christmas Eve.
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?  "On Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, on Comet, Cupid, Donder and Blitzen!"... and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Dixie

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?  Angel
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?  One on Christmas eve and the rest Christmas morning

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year?  Wasn't it Christmas just last week?  NOw that I am an adult it seems like it gets here a whole lot faster!

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?  I love snowmen and angels, but I like a variety also.
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?  I just told you LOL...

25. Do you have Jesus in your heart this Christmas?  Yes I do!  And has been ther since I turned 9 years old.
I would love to see your answers to this!  If you want to copy and paste and do this in your journal, please leave your entry URL in my comments section so I can come take a look!  Thanks and Merry Christmas!  xox



HAVE FUN! Barbara

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Just For Fun No Voting Required

I'm Gettin Nuttin For Christmas

And All I Want For Christmas

I am working on Little Drummer Boy and Do You Hear What I Hear for Linda and I will post it here for you guys as well...


No voting required, but you can if you want to show the love.

I will be recording something for the contest tomorrow night.


Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Christmas Questions

Christmas Questions...


Your Name: Barbara

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? I actually love both of them!  I like Hot Chocolate when it is cold outside, and we have a tradition in our family where we drink Egg nog each year and toast each other to a year of happiness and health.


2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?  Santa does not have time to wrap all those presents.  So he just puts them under the tree.  But when you go to bed on Christmas Eve he will not bring them if you don't go to sleep.  And no peeking or looking out the window because if he sees you awake he could skip your house and then where would you be?

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

I just like lights so it doesn't matter what color they are just lots of them.  I like looking at all the different ideas people have with decorating their yards and houses.


4 . Do you hang mistletoe?  Sure I do!

5. When do you put your decorations up?  I had hoped to have it up already, but we are still trying to decide which room it will be going into.  So I don't know.  Now ask me when I will take it down.....Around February LOL

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?  oh so many choices... but I'll say Ham...

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child?  Mom and Dad waking us up and saying that Santa had come to our house.  Then they would video us walking down the hall and to the tree and catch our reactions.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I learned that you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout and if you want Santa to come you better be good....and if you aren't good Santa can come back and get that bicycle!

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?  Yes we do open one at home.  But we spend Christmas Eve with the extended familys so we open all our presents to and from each other that night.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?  lights and ornaments, we have ALOT of  old ornaments from years past. I need to get a few new ones.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?   LOVE IT...only seen it about three times in my life though

12. Can you ice skate?    yes and my favorite part is doing turns and falling and sliding along the ice. Here in Texas we have to go to indoor ice skating rinks.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?  one year was Ken... another was my banana seat bike... and another was my typewriter and art set

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?  Jesus

15. What is your favorite Holiday Desert?  pumpkin pie with cool whip...

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?  just spending time with the family

17. What tops your tree?  an angel

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?  giving

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Mary Did You KNow

20. Candy Canes, Yuck or Yum?   yum....

21. Did you wait in a long line to purchase a Playstation 3 today?  nope

22. Have you ever waited in line to get a high demand item?  Nope

And adding some of my own questions now....

23.How many people do you buy presents for? Mom, Dad,2 sisters,3 brother-in-laws, 5 nephews,4 nieces,1 great niece, 2 great nephews, Eric, Rick, 3 close friends, Tiny, the cats.

All in all bout close to 30 people.

24.Where will you spend Christmas this year?

Christmas Eve at my parents and Christmas day either here at home or in Austin with Eric...depending on his scedule.

25. How done are you with your Christmas shopping?

About halfway...but I have alot of things left to create too!

ok that's it!  I gotta go shopping now...Barbara


Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A Letter From Jesus

Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although, I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the
Story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless?  Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary, especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember me“


Friday, November 24, 2006

Golly Bud you guys act like Pigs!

I am so not even kidding!

Today at work this family of two Moms, three Aunts, Two Grandmas and about 20 kids came through my line at the grocery store where I am a cashier.

Ok....Maybe there were just 10 kids...


That part I am used to.

What I'm not used to is what they did.....

First of all they wanted to know if hot food items from the deli could be bought with food

Then as I was scanning their items I noticed most of them were already open.

I kid you not.

Now I know sometimes we can get hungry and eat a donut or give a hungry child a banana or a few cookies...

I actually always brought Eric a snack from home...Any Amanda says.

Here isjust some of what they bought and the condition of each item...

An open bag of Fritos

An empty burrito package

Three banana the heck do you weigh that?

Some grapes with about 6 attached still to the vine.

An open container of rice from the deli...I asked her...does this have a lid so that I can scan it?

She was 2.29. Just type it in I am eating it right now...this was one of the moms....

The kids were grabbing candy from the aisle and throwing it onto the belt.

And that's not all.

I said Hi how are ya'll?

They grunted.....

Animals I tell least animals wait until their humans buy and pay for their food before they eat it.


and it is only the day after Thanksgiving....



 My Favorite Thanksgiving Picture 

Photo Scavenger Hunt #97 will be due on Sunday, November 26, at 11:00 PM EST.

This week we will do a "Thanksgiving Theme".  I thought we'd be flexible.  Here are some ideas.  Take a photo of your favorite holiday dish, or if you want to, take a photo of your whole holiday meal.  Or take a photo

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A few more pictures to share

What Are You Thankful For?

I told everyone to find something that started with the first letter of their name that they were thankful for and here is their choices.

I went to my parents house for Thanksgiving after working 8 and a half hours starting at 5 in the morning......I survived!

We all had a great time.

Mom made a feast!


I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving too!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I got all my nieces and nephews together to help me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

They are left to right Ross, Christopher, Heather, Dillon and Brittany.

This was loads of fun trying to figure out how to do all the letters.

Thanks kids!  Ya'll did great!!!!!

Aunt Barbara 

Monday, November 20, 2006

Spud Snub

THERE ONCE was an Irish potato that fell in love with an Idaho potato. They married, put down roots and had a little sweet potato.

The sweet potato grew up and fell in love with a newscaster. She wanted to marry him, but her parents objected because they didn't want any daughter of theirs marrying a common tater.


Turkey, Turkey Everywhere

THE TURKEY shot out of the oven
    and rocketed into the air.
It knocked every plate off the table
    and partly demolished a chair.
It ricocheted into a corner
    and burst with a deafening boom,
Then splattered all over the kitchen,
    completely obscuring the room.
It stuck to the walls and the windows,
    it totally coated the floor.
There was turkey attached to the ceiling
    where there’d never been turkey before.
It blanketed every appliance,
    It smeared every saucer and bowl.
There wasn’t a way I could stop it,
    that turkey was out of control.
I scraped and scrubbed with displeasure,
    and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
That I’d never again stuff a turkey
    with popcorn that hadn’t been popped.

Bear with Us

A YOUNG FELLOW was bragging to his buddy about his hunting skills. Just as they arrived at their cabin, he said, “You get the fire started, and I’ll go get us something for supper.”

He walked a few minutes and met a bear. He immediately dropped everything he was carrying and ran back to the cabin as fast as he could, with the bear right at his heels.

Just as he reached the cabin, he slipped and fell. The bear was going too fast to stop and skidded right through the open cabin door.

The young fellow got up, closed the door and shouted to his buddy from the outside, “You skin that one, and I’ll go get us another.”

Needs Better Directions

DURING THE EARLY DAYS of the Model T Ford, a salesman was traveling through the mountains of eastern Kentucky. The roads were narrow and not maintained very well. The salesman soon realized he was lost, so he stopped an old mountaineer along the road and asked, “How do you get to Louisville from here?”

The mountaineer replied, “Most of the time my son-in-law takes me.”


Now Let Us Play

TOO THRIFTY? To save money, a mother of seven children frequently shopped at a bakery thrift store. She didn’t realize the impression she was making on her children until she overheard one reciting a prayer, saying, “Give us this day our day-old bread.”

GRAND FINALE. After saying bedtime prayers, little Sam asked what “Amen” meant. His mother explained it meant they were all finished. The next morning, he brushed his teeth, put down the toothbrush and said “Amen.”

BE THANKFUL. Timmy wasn’t a fan of the dinner his mother set in front of him. Before she let him begin to eat, she reminded him to say grace. “Dear God,” began Timmy, “please don’t make me eat this.”

Brand Him a Greenhorn

AN EASTERNER had always dreamed of owning a cattle ranch and finally saved enough money to buy the spread of his dreams in Wyoming.

“So what did you name the ranch?” asked a friend when he came to visit.

“We had a hard time,” admitted the novice rancher. “My wife and I couldn’t agree on a name. But we finally settled on the Double R Lazy Triple Horseshoe Bar-7 Lucky Diamond Ranch.”

“Wow!” exclaimed his impressed friend. “So where are all the cattle?”

“None survived the branding.”

And that's my story and I am sticking to it!



Vote For Me ONe MOre Time.

Ok The first time I was in 18th place.

The second time I came in 8th place

I will try one more time!

Third times a charm?  Please go and vote for me.  Tell your friends, tell your boss, tell your dog or cat if they have a different computer.  I want to win this one for Jland!