Wordless Wednesday: Virginia Beach Hunt Club

                                       
                                       My Big Boy On Willow

Each year I take my grandson pony riding.  This is our 5th year.  The ponies have gotten bigger through out the years.  The first year he was on a minature pony.  Amazing how fast they grow up. 

Say Good Bye To Cursive Writing

Say Good Bye to Cursive Writing!  That’s right, it looks like its being pushed aside by the keyboard.  People don’t write letters or notes these day, technology has replaced it with emails and text messages.  As a matter of fact Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, and North Carolina have already removed cursive writing from the curriculum.  They will teach children how to print until the third grade, and than typing will become the focus.

Personally, I believe children should still learn how to write in cursive.  Signatures are still needed on legal documents, checks, and contracts.  What will our children do, print their names or simply make an X?  Our seniors still use cursive writing, most are not technically savvy.  Will our children not be encouraged to read letters from great-grandma. What about historical documents? 

So far penmanship is still a part of the curriculum in our schools.  Personally, I believe that it should remain and keyboarding should be added.  Do you think children should still be required to learn how to write in cursive?  Is it still a part of your child’s education?  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear what’s happening in your school district. 

Holiday Candle Ideas

I love candles, and burn them regularly.  I was searching for holiday candle ideas, and found these.  They look easy to make, and I wanted to share the idea with my readers in case you were looking for ideas. 

The first candle centerpiece requires Indian Corn and a cake candle.  I would suggest using a rubber band to hold the corn in place.  Place a few ears around the candle, using the rubber band to hold the ears in place.  Slip additional ears under the rubber band until you form a complete circle.  I plan to use a ribbon instead of the cord.  Place the ribbon over the rubber band and tie a bow. 

Grocery stores or farmer’s markets may still have Indian corn. 

It’s too late use this idea for me, but it’s adorable.  The leaves are too dry for me to risk using them around a flame.  Boom!  Get the message, lol.  If the leaves are still falling in your area you may want to try this idea. 

This is my favorite candle idea.  I will be using my grandchildren on the pictures and festive ribbon for Christmas centerpieces.  I’ll be using pillar candles as they are taller.  Dig out those hurricane glasses ladies and get to work.  If you have other ideas for candle centerpieces, please leave us a comment. 

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Ideas are from BHG.com!

Judge Judy Rocks Bikini

Rock that bikini Judge Judy.  Amazing at 70 years old, Judge Judy shows the world that 70 is the new 30, lol.  She looks great!  Judge Judy, chatting with Katie Couric, is a mother to seven children and 11 grandchildren.   

Elmo Creator Accused of Inappropriate Relationship

Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street has taken a leave of absence to fight allegations of having a sexual relationship with a minor.  Mr. Clash has stated that he did have a relationship with the young man; however, it was between 2 consenting adults.  The accuser has stated he was 16 when the relationship started, Mr. Clash begs to differ. 

It’s so sad when these types of allegations surface, and even sadder when they are proven to be true.  I still haven’t gotten over the Sandusky trial, and now our beloved Elmo creator.  As it stands, the accuser has not provided any concrete evidence to the allegation.  Mr. Clash has denied the allegation, but has stated that he will be fighting to defend his reputation.  Officials at Sesame Street conducted a thorough investigation, but were not able to confirm the accusers charges. 
Elmo is beloved in my household.  Mr. Clash has been the voice of Elmo, Hoots the Owl, and Baby Natasha for the past 20 years.  He has been the man behind Elmo in PBS Specials, movies, and has appeared on Sesame Street.  Mr. Clash has earned numerous Emmy Awards for his decades of work.  His love for puppets began as a child, around the age of 10.  He made his first puppet out of the lining of his father’s coat.  His career was launched on Sesame Street in 1984 after he was invited to participate in the Macy’s Day Parade by Muppet designer Kermit Love.
 
If Mr. Clash is innocent, I hope that he is able to defend his name successfully if not we pray for justiceI’m sure Sesame Street will move forward and hope they will remain unharmed as a result of these allegations.  What’s your thoughts on these latest allegations?  Leave us a comment, we would love to hear from you. 

Note:  Top photo courtesy of AP.  

Jessica Simpson Slims Down

Jessica Simpson is looking slimmer.  She joined Weight Watchers and reportedly has lost 60 – 70 pounds.  In September, she talked about her struggle to get the baby weight.  Naively, Jessica thought the extra weight would come off when she had the baby.  Realizing it doesn’t work that way, she joined Weight Watchers and worked out 4 times a week with a trainer. 

Looks like Jessica stuck to her regimen and it has paid off nicely.  Besides looking fantastic, Jessica will receive a $3 million dollar contract as a Weight Watchers spokesman.  Way to go Jessica!

When Cheating Hits Homes

When cheating hits home.  Two women, one man.  General Petraeus, a 4 star General, brought down by a beautiful woman who completely lost control and felt threatened by another woman.  No, not his wife but a friend of the Petraeus family.  It seems that his mistress felt threated by another woman who was a friend of the Petraeus family, so she decided to send her a few communications to the woman who she perceived to be a threat to warn her to stay away from her man.  Did you follow that?  The mistress comes jealous and starts stalking, not the wife of the man she is sleeping with, but another woman.  Could it be karma, the same way you get them will be the same way you will loose them. 


As you can see, these women are completely different in physical appearance.  His wife in the top photo and the mistress in the bottom photo.  I don’t know if it is a conincidence, but the wife looks miserable and the mistress looks happy. 

General David Petraeus, Director, CIA.  You wonder how a man of this kind of power, wealth and prestige could allow his reputation and life to be tarnished forever.  A man that has been married for 37 years and his mistress who is also married with 2 children.

General Petraeus has resigned from the CIA.  His reputation will be forever tarnished.  He has betrayed the trust of the public and his position as the head spy in the United States.  He has also betrayed the trust of his wife of 37 years. 

Relationship Experts give 10 reasons for cheating spouses/partners:

  1. They Had The Option
  2. Ego Boost
  3. Individuals In The Relationship Are Growing Apart
  4. They’ve Fallen Out Of Love
  5. Continuous Arguing
  6. Sex Life Is Boring
  7. To Get Revenge
  8. It’s New, Different, and Exciting
  9. To See If They Can Get Away With It
  10. You Allow It

Read my post You Cheating Bastard  I wonder if Holly Peatreus will forgive her husband or if she will say Get Out You Cheating Bastard!  I’m going to take half of everything you have, and go on with my life.  Will she seek revenge or have an affair of her own?  How do you ever trust someone again who has betrayed you?  I hope Holly Petraeus’ heart heals soon from this painful and public betrayal.  I also hope that her husband’s black heart heals too. 

Have you been on the receiving end of a cheating husband/partner or have you been the cheater?  How do you handle the situation?  Did you forgive?  Leave us a comment, you could help someone who is experiencing this kind of pain. 


Photos courtesy of AP.  

Nayda Suleman

Wondering what happened to Nayda Suleman and her 14 children?  She’s back in the news.  This time for losing her driver’s license.  Apparently, Octomom was enjoying herself in Beverly Hills.  Yep, the Beverly Hills where Rodeo Drive is located.  She obviously wasn’t familiar with the area, she was caught driving down a one way street the wrong way. 

Now my questions is, why was she in Beverly Hills?  She certainly can’t afford to shop there.  She was just on the Wendy Williams show crying about not being able to afford her mortgage.  Nayda has stated that it costs approximately $15,000 per month to raise her 14 children.  I still wonder what was going through the fertility doctor and her head when they implanted 12 embryos in her when she already had 6 children that she couldn’t care for.  It look like neither of them have a license now.   Her fertility doctor had his license revoke and has now filed for bankruptcy. 

According to reports, Nayda was suppose to appear in court December 20 for the ticket.  She didn’t pay it, and failed to appear in court.  The end result, she loses her drivers license

Oh what is Octomom to do?  Her manager has quite or been fired, it depends on which one of them you talk to.  According to her manager, failing to appear is the norm for Nayda.  Her manager stated that she would not respond to anything relating to work.  Her manager stated that couldn’t deal with her anymore.  She feels sorry for the children, but she’s done.  Nayda apologized for her selfish behavior and has asked the management team to take her back as a client, but it doesn’t look like they’re willing to look back.   They’re so done, they’ve deleted the Twitter and Facebook accounts they created for her.  Now if I was in her situation and had a helping hand, I certainly would respond to invitations to make money. 

When will this women ever get her life together, and be able to make good decisions.  I guess when you have 14 children and don’t know how you’re going to feed or cloth them from day to day, getting anything together has to be difficult.   I saw her on Dr. Drew several months ago, and she was going a hundred miles an hour.  She doesn’t appear to be wrapped to tight if you know what I mean.  She stated that she was completely broke and couldn’t afford to make repairs in her home.  She was bathing the children in the kitchen sink.  Dr. Drew offered her a year’s free cleaning service and child care services from
Au Pair Care.  Nayda was suppose to enroll in an on-line class to get certified as a personal trainer.  I wonder if she completed that.  

Look at those adorable children (picture courtesy of Daily Mail).  It’s hard to believe they are three.  Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariah, Makai, Josiah,
Jeremiah and Jonah celebrated their 3rd birthday last month.
  I look at this woman and just shake my head.  I look at her children and said they’re just adorable.  It seems like she fails at everything that is handed to her. Her mother lost her home because she took everything she had to help Nayda with the first 6 grandchildren.  She turns around and has 8 more.  Her father mortgages the house she is currently in so she would have a place to raise his grandchildren and she is now loosing that house.   Her manager quits because she doesn’t want to work. 

I wouldn’t want to walk a day in this woman’s shoes.  I can’t image having 14 children to raise in these times.  I just hope these children receive the love they deserve and don’t suffer as a result of their mother.  What are your thoughts about Nayda Suleman and her 14 children?   

Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama was smoking hot at the 2012 Governor’s ball.  I am love, love, loving this gown.  For a mother of 2, Michelle Obama is in tip top physical condition.  The designer of this gown is unknown at this time, but she should stick to whoever it may be.  I’m not a big fan of many of her fashion statements, but when it comes to formal attire she’s in her element. 

Michelle Obama wearing Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama wearing Michael Kors
Michelle Obama wearing Peter Soronen 
From one mother to another, keep rocking the gowns Michelle.  Please leave us a comment and let us know which gown is your favorable and what you think of Michelle’s fashion sense.  Please follow Mother 2 Mother on the left, and connect with me on the right by clicking one of the social media buttons. 

Before Social Media

Social Media has changed the way we do business, communicate and meet new friends.  It seems to have taken over a big portion of my life.  I was thinking about my life before Social Media became a part of it and here’s how I lived it before I became a Social Butterfly:

  • Visited family 
  • Went to stores to shop 
  • Cooked frequently  
  • Cleaned the house 
  • Made to do list
  • Watched TV occasionally 
  • Talked on the house phone 
  • More physically active
  • Met friends/family at Social Functions and for lunch or dinner
  • Visited the library

As a result of Social Media I now:

  • Talk to family on Facebook
  • Send text messages
  • Shop on-line
  • Rarely cook
  • Hired a maid
  • Watch television while I’m on the computer
  • Rarely spend time with friends
  • Less active and spreading like the flu
  • Meet new friends on-line
  • Share my thoughts on Twitter
  • Own a Kindle Fire to read books & magazines
  • Blog

 I have started to spend less time on the computer.  I’m now gardening, scrapbooking, and walking 1.5 – 2 miles each morning.  Leave us a comment, we would love to know how Social Media has changed your life.