Friday, January 30, 2009

Photostory Friday: Bethany's Camera

Well Bethany got a camera from Grandma for Christmas. I was unloading her memory card today because it was full. I thought for Photo story we could take a moment to see what goes on inside her head. What is important, is she artistic, does she have talent, ect. (I only used pictures I know that she took herself)
First up we have a self portrait. She would call this masterpiece 'I'm hot and you're not part 750'

Second she had to take pictures of the one thing she is most concerned about. This is the thing that brings tears of fustration, and tears of happiness. Yes her name is Baby Alive aka Alexis.
Thirdly, we have the one thing that Bethany thought no one would get her for Christmas. This is known as Harjuku world. She has stuffed and I mean stuffed all of her clothes into the other drawers so she could have one she could call Harajuku world. As you can see she doesn't only have her doll in there she has my doll. When I asked her about this she told me 'Baby G likes it better in there'

Next she took a nice picture of her friend Rainey from the dance school. She likes to be picked up late from dance on Thursday's so she can have time to play with Rainey.
This is a picture of a lion. Oh I'm sorry it's really Jackson.
I was surprised to see she didn't erase the picture of her brother Noah. She tells me all the time she hates him, and her life was good until he was born. I think she is just dramatic.
Uncle Ben holding one of Bethany's new favorite people, Baby David. She is drawn to people she can hold. She doesn't care how much they wiggle and scream, I mean cry.

She only likes Christopher some of the time (he stole her Jonathon but that's another story). This is a great picture of Aunt Amanda. I am alittle jealous. She didn't have one picture of me on her camera. whatever
This is a really great picture she took of Katlyn. I mean Katlyn is cute no matter what, but the picture was really clear. Maybe she has an eye for this photo stuff.
Ethan just asks for Beth Beth all the time, and who wouldn't just eat that up.
Kenzie likes ot follow Bethany around.
Na Na Na Na Boo Boo. Thanks Papa
This is Bethany's Joe-Nathan aka Jonathon. They are really close in age like 5 months exactly apart. They are very tight.
Last but not least. I thought I would call this one 'Peace Out'
So what do you think? Does she have a photo eye? I wonder how many pictures she deleted? I think alot. Either I need to clean out her memory card more often or she need a bigger memory card.
PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I don't have a foot fetish

From 2006
(just for the record I talked to Chris about yesterday's and today's post and he couldn't remember either. Whatever they are totally true events.)

Not as funny as valentines day but still alittle funny
Okay heres another crazy story about my life........

I want to say first off that I do not have a foot fetish.....

So I'm at home watching TV. Keith Urban comes on (who I wasn't really crazy about) with his video Making Memories of Us.
Well in the video he's sitting in a very darkish room, on a bed wearing a blank shirt (dark) jeans, and bare feet. He's playing his
guitar. When I watch this video I get the sense that he is approachable, handsome, real, and heart felt, and he's writing this wonderful song.....

I'm gonna be here for you baby
I'll be a man of my word
Speak the language in a voice that you have never heard
I wanna sleep with you forever
And I wanna die in your arms
In a cabin by a meadow where the wild bees swarm

And I'm gonna love you like nobody loves you
And I'll earn your trust making memories of us

I wanna honor your mother
I wanna learn from your pa
I wanna steal your attention like a bad outlaw
I wanna stand out in a crowd for you
A man among men
I wanna make your world better than it's ever been

And I'm gonna love you like nobody loves you
And I'll earn your trust making memories of us

We'll follow the rainbow
Wherever the four winds blow
And there'll be a new day
Comin' your way

I'm gonna be here for you from now on
This you know somehow
You've been stretched to the limits but it's alright now
And I'm gonna make you a promise
If there's life after this
I'm gonna be there to meet you with a warm, wet kiss

And I'm gonna love you like nobody loves you
And I'll earn your trust making memories of us
I'm gonna love you like nobody loves you
And I'll win your trust making memories of us

What wonderful lyrics. I hope my husband loves me like that.
I know it is a marketing thing to have done this but I fell in love with the whole package. Now I am still not a huge Keith Urban fan but I do love his ballad stuff.
Anyway, He just came out with another song called Tonight I Want To Cry....
In this video he is sitting in a dark house wearing a dark blank shirt, jeans, barefoot, and playing the piano. You get the same feel that he is approachable, handsome, real, heartbroken and if you went in your own living room he'd be right there singing.....

Alone in this house again tonight
I got the TV on, the sound turned down and a bottle of wine
There's pictures of you and I on the walls around me
The way that it was and could have been surrounds me
I'll never get over you walkin' away
I've never been the kind to ever let my feelings show
And I thought that bein' strong meant never losin' your self-control
But I'm just drunk enough to let got of my pain
To hell with my pride, let it fall like rain
From my eyes
Tonight I wanna cry
Would it help if I turned a sad song on
"All By Myself" would sure hit me hard now that you're gone
Or maybe unfold some old yellow lost love letters
It's gonna hurt bad before it gets better
But I'll never get over you by hidin' this way

Oh I have felt that way in my life, and I hope to never revisit that feeling.

In both of Keith Urban's videos its his barefeet that really make it real for me. Whoever did that they were brillant. (he has other videos with barefeet)
So, I was watching the VH1 and there was James Blunt singing his song You're Beautiful.
The first time I heard that song I was watching the video. I was thinking why is that weirdo taking his clothes off in the freezing snow. Then the second time I saw it I listened to the words and thought I love this song and I love the simple video. The more I saw it and heard it the better looking he got.

My life is brilliant.
My love is pure.
I saw an angel.
Of that I'm sure.
She smiled at me on the subway.
She was with another man.
But I won't lose no sleep on that,
'Cause I've got a plan.
You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw you face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.
Yeah, she caught my eye,
As we walked on by.
She could see from my face that I was,
And I don't think that I'll see her again,
But we shared a moment that will last till the end.
You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
I saw you face in a crowded place,
And I don't know what to do,
'Cause I'll never be with you.
You're beautiful. You're beautiful.
You're beautiful, it's true.
There must be an angel with a smile on her face,
When she thought up that I should be with you.
But it's time to face the truth,
I will never be with you.

What girl wouldn't want that kind of moment. Your in a crowded place and you look across the room and for a moment someone looked, really looked at you ,and thought I could be with you then he sees you with someone else and realizes I can never be with you. I think its all about shallow things I guess but I think there is alittle shallowness in all of us.

Wow these are some great tunes. So I do not know what came over me. I shared all of these thoughts with my husband. Who now thinks I am insane. So now whenever he thinks hes being cute he will say I will sing to you in my bare feet. Or he will start sing 'you're beautiful' while taking his shoes and socks off.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Valentine's Day 2006 (Chris says something stupid)

I wrote this email a long time ago. It is so funny. I have kept it and have laughed alot. This is my friend Lisa's favorite email I ever sent to her. Enjoy

Email sent to Lisa Seckinger on Feb 15, 2006 early morning.

Okay so last night we are driving in the car and this is what happen.

My husband is driving and I am riding passenger.
Me: "So my friend Lisa from work said she had a blind date on Friday and when the guy shows up he brought her a dozen yellow roses. When she asked what they were for he said---Well I was sorry for being late and it’s a pre Valentines and they are yellow so that if this doesn’t work out we can still be really great friends---Don’t you think that is really nice."

Husband: "He’s fat isn’t he?"

Me: "What makes you think he’s fat?"

Husband: "Because only a fat person would do something nice like that."

Me: "No sir. I bet he’s not fat just nice. I will ask Lisa."

Husband: "Think about it….if I was as big as you are now when we first met would you have looked my way?"

Me: "Are you saying I’m fat?"

Husband: "No"

Me: "I cannot believe you just said that. Listen I know I am fat but for you to say it and like that. Chris its Valentines day …. I cannot believe you just said that."

Husband: "I didn’t mean it like that I’m sorry …….. I love you"

Me: "Whatever"

So he stuffs himself at the restaurant to the point he cannot even stand it.
We are back in the car and I am talking about something I don’t even remember what it was and he says "Please be quiet your voice is making me want to puke right now."

I said "I cannot believe you just said that. You want to puke because you just stuffed yourself almost to death."

I said "First I’m fat then my voice makes you want to puke. Well that just made my day."

I would like to say he never said any of these things mean. He just did not think. Ya know.
It made me think of those Sonic Commercials were the husband and wife talk back and forth and then one of them says something really stupid you hear the other slap the one that said something stupid……..

Friday, January 23, 2009

Photo Story Friday: Camera Phone

I got a new cell phone and I love it. Today for Photo Story Friday I thought I would share a few pictures that I found on my cell phone. Some of them I took, and some Lynsey took. Normally she doesn't care about my cell phone, but since she has been grounded from her cell phone she asks if she can take pictures with mine.

We went to Jekyll Island and went biking on MLK holiday. This is Jackson trying to eat his lollipop. It is a lot gross that the snot is falling on the lollipop. I guess he needs to get the present I gave him out of his pocket and wipe his nose. (At the beginning of the day I had a couple of paper towels in my pocket 'just in case'. I have them to the kids to wipe their noses, the rest of the day I would say 'you need to use the present I gave you' Hee hee)

This is Madi and Lynsey at breakfast.

We let Lynsey and Kelsea take Bethany and Jonathon to the mall and a movie. They had a really good time. But they did watch Kelsea try and two dresses and I don't think Jonathon was at all thrilled about that.

I do like the way my new phone takes pictures, but I don't like the videos it takes. I guess you can't have everything.
Until next time.

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Baby Alive

Well my family sent Bethany and Noah money for Christmas and I let them buy what they wanted after Christmas. Well Noah bought a bike. It is a very nice bike and it was a good choice. They boy has some mad biking skills. That will be another post.
Bethany wanted a baby alive. Okay. I have so much to post about this baby alive because it is so funny. I think to do it justice I will have to really record myself talking about it. It is so funny. So maybe later on this week I will do that.

However until then you my not so good videos from my new cell phone will have to do. (i am not crazy about the way the videos turned out but you will still laugh)

Anyway here is the set up. We were at Lowe's the other day picking up so stuff for our projects at home. Noah was riding in the buggy with Baby Alive and Bethany was off looking for a watering can. Now Noah is not suppose to touch, or play with baby alive or any of baby alive's things per Bethany. So while she was away he tought he would get alittle play time in.

The second video is of Bethany coming back and catching him with her stuff.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


So as some of you know Wicked is coming to Jacksonville, Fl. I am really excited and have been waiting a long time to see this show. We are planning a trip. We are going on May 2, 2009 the 2:00 pm showing. It will be Me, Lynsey, Kelsea, Bethany, Amanda, and Madi. If you would like to go we will be glad to include you in our plans. This is the weekend before Mother's Day. I have included some you tube clips so you can get as excited as I am. Also, I have the soundtrack if anyone is interested in learning the songs before we go.

One other thing the tickets we are going to be trying for are $60.00 each. Now you don't really have to sit with us. They have other tickets for $30.00, $50.00, $60.00, $72.00, and $125.00. We just think that 60.00 should be middle kind of seats and we are okay with that. The tickets go on sale on Friday so just let me know, or you can go to and purchase them. Maybe we can go to dinner afterwards? I am so excited.


What Is This Feeling?

One Short Day

Defying Gravity

Friday, January 9, 2009

13 things I want to do in 2009

1.) I want to go see 'Wicked' in Jacksonville, Fl. It starts April 23 and tickets go on sale this month. I really want to see this. I love the music from this.

2.) I want to loose at least 50lbs. I can do this. You know I had the lap band done and I have lost 40 lbs. since June. So I know that 50 lbs is alittle low but I want to have a target I know I can reach.

3.) I want to cook more dinners, and actually eat the left overs. I can cook but I just don't feel like it when I get home. So I am really going to do better this year. I want us to eat at home at least 6 nights a week. I can manage this.

4.) I really want to start going to bed at like 9pm and getting up at 5:30am. I have never been good at this. I really want to start doing my walking DVD again and 5:30am is the best time.

5.) I really want to spend more time caught up on my laundry then not. I need to come up with a system. I am good about washing and drying just not folding/hanging and putting away.

6.) I want to get the remodleing done and never do anything like it for the rest of the year. I mean we started with the bathroom over Christmas break of 2007, then the kitchen in spring of 2008, the hallway in fall of 2008, and the bathroom in winter of 2008. None of these projects are completely finished so you know it has put a huge strain on everyone in the house.

7.) I am going to work on being better to Chris. I'm going to stop complaining about how much he doesn't do and just do it myself. If I can't do it I am not even going to let it bother me. I mean don't get me wrong I love everything he does for me and the family. He really does do more than most husbands, and I have to lower the bar alittle so he can jump over it. I think that this will help our marriage.

8.) I am going to start really making my children listen. I know you laugh. I kind of laugh myself. But really I am going to work on when I say no I mean no.

9.) I would like to stop repeating myself. I mean I know my name is Echo but really I don't need to say everything twice.

10.) I am going to drink more water then ever before, and make sure I take my meds like I am supposed to every single day of my life.

11.) I am going to try not to be, or feel so stressed all the time. All negative energy is going to leave me this year. In order to achive this I will make sure my kitchen is clean everyday, and I sing more. Don't laugh it works for me.

12.) I am going to work on helping my children with the issues that they have going on: like Debbie moving to PA, boys, sibling garbage, Patricia living in Atlanta, Aunt Laura's death, school, ect.

13.) I am going to do more scrapbooking this year then ever before. I know it seems like my plate is full at this point, and I know the scrapbooks are not really for me, but I need the outlet. I need more time for myself, and really I think this is better then playing with the Wii or the nintendo DS. Hee Hee Although I do love the Wii, and the DS I just know I will play with them without setting a goal.

***I need a girlfriend thing, or something. I need nights with no husbands, and no kids just girlfriends. We can bowl, we can eat, we can go see wicked, we can _______. Anyone interested?***

Thursday, January 1, 2009

13 Things about 2008

13.) Music
I have always been a lover of music. However, I found a deeper love for the following singers, and songs. Some old, and some new but when I think back onto this year this is what I will remember. Some sales guy over the phone heard music playing in the back ground and said 'You should try Eva Cassiday'. Never heard of her. Now I have all her stuff and I love love love her. Oh Michael Buble where have you been all my life. I love all your stuff. I saw you in concert this year with my BFF, and I can't wait until next time. Yes I went to see Miley Cyrus this year and it was the best night of my life when it comes to spending time with my girls. The song 'Everyday' by Maren Ord took on a whole new meaning this year.

12.) Movies
I finally saw 'Chicago' and loved it. I saw 'I am Ledgend' with Will Smith and it is so scary. I still have nightmares about it. There is just something so scary, it could happen, real about it.

11.) Books
I read 'Butterfly' by Kathryn Harvey again and loved it all over again. I also read 'The Shack' and I cried through most of it. Also I read 'Water for Elephants' I know I will read it again. I hope all these go to movies.

10.) Trips
I loved vacation at the Outer Banks, to Pennsylvania for family reunions, to Pennsylvania for class reunion, and our weekend at the R ranch.

9.) You tube
I love Dave, and I love Fred. They are so funny, and the kids love them to.

8.) Blogs
Well I love all my families blogs of course. For people who I am not friends with or related to I have to say I love (in no certain order)
My Religious Blog
The Jolly
The Meanest Mom
Normal Mormans
you should check them out.

7.) My favorite blogs from my site are

6.) Things I bought this year
My new van, and my living room furniture. I just love it.

5.) I got into the worst fight with my husband I ever had. It was really all over the new master bath. I never want that to happen again. Everything is okay now. He just told me last night 'I would live in a cardboard box with you.' It was really nice.

4.) Christopher came to live with us full time, and we got custody of Lynsey, and Kelsea.

3.)I got into the worst fight ever with my sister. We have made up, but I don't want anything like that to ever ever ever happen again.

2.)I really wanted this to be number 1 but because it is bad, and I want to end on a good note I will make it 2. We lost Laura Leigh Kirkland this year. She was my sister in law, a aunt to my children, and a friend. I really do miss her and love her. It has been really hard for our entire family. However, it breaks my heart even more to see how it as effected my children. We all loved her so, and life is so short. I know we will be with her again, and I know she is happy, and she wants us to find happiness here on earth for as long as we are here.

1.) One of the very best things that happened to me this year is Lap Band surgery. I have lost 40lbs. and I am happy with that. I will do even better in 2009. Yipee. Even if I don't fit in the concert T-Shirt I am still buying it because my goal is to be able to wear it by the end of 2009. Go Meme Go Meme.

I love you all and hope that 2009 will even be better then 2008