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know & tell

Friday, August 29th, 2008

1. How far in advance do you start getting ready for back-to-school (whether for your own kids, or for yourself when you were in school)?

I usually start picking up school supplies when the main stores like Target or Walmart have them out.  You know, when boxes of crayons are five for $1…. I grab at least 10.  Which means I have stacks of crayons… Oh well.  I guess I could take up coloring as a hobby.  When it’s time to actually go back to school we go shopping to fill in the gaps.

2. Do you have any picky eaters who need special considerations for lunches? What does a typical bagged lunch look like in your house?

Amanda eats at home, after her morning at high school and before heading to her college classes, Bailey takes cash and being the pickiest person in our household I’m afraid a lot of days he buys chips…  I buy things for him to take but he doesn’t feel like it’s cool to take a lunch.  Emelia loves everything and loves the cafeteria.  So, she just eats at school.

3. What supply items do you skimp on and what are you willing to shell out the big bucks for?

We probably spend the most on backpacks… I pick up the other things when they are on sale.

4. Do you get your kids up, or do they get up on their own? Any snooze-hitters that have trouble waking up? How about the opposite, any kids that are up at the crack of dawn?

They have alarm clocks… Matt is up before I am and makes sure they are up.  Bailey’s bus comes a full hour before Emelia’s bus… Izzy usually wakes up when I do.

5. Any cafeteria horror stories? Is school food as bad as they say?

You know how I hate fruit… well it was revealed to me in sixth grade that they smashed bananas to put in the chocolate sheet cake to meet nutrition requirements… chocolate cake has never been the same for me 🙁

6. How important is it to you to make sure your kids have the latest styles and trendiest accessories?

Not that important.  I like them to look nice and cute… but they all have their own styles!  I do enjoy dressing Izzy in cute gymboree outfits.

7. Remember the movie Kindergarten Cop? If Arnold Schwarzenegger was your child’s new kindergarten teacher, how would you feel?

I think I’d be okay with it… I would probably question why he gave up his position to come teach the little kids, but we’d adjust 🙂

know & tell friday…

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

1. Are you right- or left-handed? right.

2. Any nicknames you have (or have had) and the story behind them?  Annie is actually a nickname, from birth.  There have been the usual… annie fanny, annie oakly, annie get your gun… good times.

3. Do you need to do laundry right now?  I have stayed on top of the laundry lately.  With four kids there is a lot of it too!  I do it first thing in the morning and then some at night usually.  I have a load going in now and I’ll be done… unless I start stripping beds.

4. What CD is in your CD player/music on your iPod right now?  Mama Mia Soundtrack.

5. How/when did you learn to ride a bicycle? When I was about five.  They took the training wheels off my bike.  Our driveway was a little steep and I rode down the driveway and across the road.  I remember once a car hit me (lightly) and I got up off the road, picked up my bike and went home to tell my mom what happened.

6. What is your favorite weird food combination?  It’s pretty common now, but ranch with pizza or pickles…

7. What is something you have that is of sentimental value?  my wedding ring.  It was Matt’s great grandmother’s wedding ring.  She died in the 1919 flu epidemic.

know & tell friday

Friday, August 15th, 2008

1. Do you put the toilet paper on coming over the top or underneath, or does it matter? If someone puts it on wrong do you have to fix it?

I just put it on the roll. Apparently I’m the only one with this skill in my family of six! I don’t care if it’s over or under as long as it’s not sitting on the counter, or back of the toidy.

2. Do you wear shoes in the house?

NO! never. I really don’t like wearing shoes. I take them off while driving (if wearing sandals) and immediately upon entering the front door! This is where me and flylady part company…

3. If something falls out of the dryer when you’re folding clothes or putting it in the laundry basket, do you have to rewash it or do you just continue on like nothing happened?

No. The floor is very clean in the laundry area. I usually sit and fold clothes straight out of the dryer, but if something fell it would just be folded and put away…

4. Which side of the bed do you sleep on? What about in a hotel?

I sleep on the left side of the bed, but every once in a while Matt and I will switch and it’s no big deal. The last few times I’ve stayed in a hotel I’ve slept on the left side too.

5. Do you do everything in the shower in the same order every time?

Yep. I have a routine. I add baby bath wash stuff to my sponge thing and lather up… then wash my face… then wash my hair and add cond. to sit while I shave my legs (love the coconut smelling shaving cream)… then rinse my hair and rinse off again and out I go. I love those hair wrap towels.

6. How many times a day do you think you wash your hands?

Okay, you’ve got me on this one… this is the one that puts me more in the OCD category. I couldn’t count the number of times (well I guess I could) but I’m not sure. Many many times a day. Add to that an overuse of hand gel. If I get out of the car for any reason, or get anything through a drive through, or go to the motor bank, I always use hand gel after touching anything else. I have a bottle in my car door, one in the back for the kids (who use it everytime too), a huge bottle in the front room, one in the bathroom beside the soap, one in the kitchen, one by my bed, a few in my purse… etc.

7. What is the first thing you do when you get up in the morning? Does it ever vary?

I climb out of bed. Tinkle. wash my hands. walk through and check all the kids. Pour cereal for Matt. Fix his water bottle to take with frozen gatorade. Fix smaller water bottle. Put his coffee into thermos. Help Emelia get ready for the bus (we’re watching for the bus as I type!). Check email. Get a coke. With sonic ice from the freezer (I buy the bags). Get Izzy out of bed when she wakes up and feed her breakfast. Gather all the laundry and start making beds. Feed and water Pinky (the horse).


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know & tell

Friday, August 8th, 2008

1. My favorite bedtime attire is pretty pajamas that are soft and comfortable.

2. The perfect meal would include either fettucini alfredo with grilled chicken, or wiener schnitzel with a hearty side of either broccoli or potato salad and a big glass of coke with sonic ice.

3. The most memorable girl’s night out I’ve ever had was when I would ditch class (college) and go to see Mendy in Norman… we would go get carryout from victorias and then dessert from la baguette and go to her house and watch our favorite show… or the night me and Julie went to del ranch (enough said 🙂 or any of several ladies retreats that were in hotels especially the one that I went to with melody and we snuck down and swam in the pool… yep we’re rebels. That was in 1996/1998/2006. I was 21/22/and 29 (I age way differently than most people)-years-old.

4. My earliest memory is tying my shoes for the first time and mom buying me a box of crayons.

5. The family is gone for the evening and I will spend my time catching up on tivo, or cleaning out my closet. I know. Pretty pitiful 🙂.

6. Right now I am debating with Matt about the interview with SCChapman on Larry King Live last night. It was disturbing, but at the same time could see their faith and it was a blessing. I had a hard time not sobbing during parts of the interview… but they trust God and above all else I do too.

7. When I am done blogging, I am going to put a load of clothes in the washer, fix izzy’s breakfast and feed her.

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know & tell

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

1. Which is worse: speaking to a large crowd or working under an impossible deadline?

The deadline one! For sure! I hate impossible deadlines, although I usually work better under pressure. I would much rather speak to a large crowd!

2. Could you work with your best friend?


3. Do you eat seafood?

No. Well, not fish. I like shrimp sometimes. But almost anything else fishy is not my forte!

4. What is the worst thing you have ever eaten?

Well, I had lunch with Melody at Sante Fe yesterday. It was so delicious. I had grilled chicken that was really seasoned and spicy. I dipped it in heinz 57. Yum. I had a few fries with some cheese on them and ranch. Just a few. Chill out! It was all so good until I felt like I was strangling and pulled out a very long hair that went all the way down my throat. I felt like a sword swallower. I would like to think it was one of my hairs. And thats how I handled it in my mind. But in retrospect, my hair is not now and has never been dark brown. YUCK!

5. Which would make you feel more appreciated by your DH / SO: bringing home flowers, doing a chore without being asked, or asking you on a “date”?

I choose date! Date please? Flowers is just too easy. He could do that without much trouble.. although Lorenzo brings Amanda flowers all the time and it is very sweet. If you’re into that kind of thing. The chore thing would be nice too, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be done to my standards. He does take the trash out without being asked a lot of mornings while I’m in slumber paradise… but that doesn’t count because it’s his trash too. So, a date! That would make me feel the most appreciated! Especially if I got to choose what we did!

6. What is something fun you are going to do today?

I don’t know yet! I was going to lunch with my brother for my birthday but told him it’s a week early and I wanted to wait… I usually go get donuts on Friday morning, but not sure that qualifies as “fun.” I know there will be something, not sure what it is yet though!

7. What qualities you look for in a friend … in other words, what causes you to really “click” with someone?

A sense of humor, a person who is “real.” I like a friend who is thoughtful. I used to always be drawn to people who had a lot of issues or problems because I think I needed to be needed. These days I feel plenty needed, so I don’t think that applies. I have great friends though. They are all so different, but really special!


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know & tell … travel edition!

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

1. What is your favorite mode of transportation (flying, train, car, boat, etc.)? Why?

I love to fly. Well, I don’t love to fly… but I love getting there quickly and I love walking around the airport and watching people coming and going and wondering about that and well, driving is just too much work. Although I do drive just about everywhere so I guess it would technically be my favorite mode of transportation.

2. If you could fly like Superman, jump and swing like Spiderman, swing on vines like Tarzan or fly on an umbrella like Mary Poppins, which would you choose?

I’d choose Superman. I don’t have a practical need for scaling buildings, I live in a small town… there aren’t many vines around here and the umbrella thing just seems too old fashioned.

3. You’re driving down the road and you see a small cluster of people, all with their thumbs out hoping to hitch a ride with you. As you near the group you realize that the people standing there are Queen Elizabeth, Johnny Depp, Barrack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and John Grisham. You only have room for one person. Who would you pick up?

I couldn’t pick up Johnny Depp (I’d have to call Natalie to come pick him up!)… I’d probably pick up the queen. She’s old for goodness sakes and it’s hot here! She would be very grateful for a ride I’m sure.

4. What was the most memorable trip you’ve ever taken?

Probably our trip to Orlando. I remember every thing about that trip, it was so wonderful. I can recount all the days in my mind. It was one of the best weeks ever! Disney rules!

5. If you were planning a road trip with your best friend, where would you start, what would you stop to see and where would you end?

A road trip? Can’t we fly somewhere? Oh ok…. I’ll play along. I am not a fan of long drives, so there would be lots of stops. I think we’d drive to Florida and stop and see a few bloggy friends along the way.

6. You are able to transport yourself back to any time. What would it be and why?

This question is easy. And repetitive. It would be the week prior to Izzy‘s accident. I would have every security measure installed so that the accident would have been avoided. The fence would be there like it is now along with alarms everywhere. I’d probably even go as far as to get one of those kid leashes and strap her to me.

7. Would you have flown with the Wright Brothers when they first discovered air travel?

Absolutely not! I am in the camp of wait and let it become safe and well tested. Not a fan of trying something new that hasn’t been given all the safety thumbs up and even flying in the planes now is a little daunting, but I feel they are safe. (I watch the steward’s eyes, if they look calm I am calm… I figure they have been flying enough to know when to really be worried.)

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know & tell friday!

Friday, July 18th, 2008

1. Why were you given your particular name?

My first name is Deborah. I was told most of my life I was named after Deborah in the bible (judges 4), which isn’t a bad person to be named after… she was in the bible and a judge. But, in the past few years it was revealed I was named Deborah because my dear daddy was watching a movie starring Deborah Kerr. I was called Annie (middle name) all my life, so Deborah doesn’t even really seem like my “name.” But, I like the name Annie and pretty much won’t answer when called anything else. Except maybe mom.

2. What’s your favorite song of the moment?

3. What are you wearing today which is most reflective of who you are?

It’s pretty early and I haven’t actually dressed for the day yet… so it’s hard to say. But I’ll go with what I am wearing. I have on shorts and a t-shirt. So I would say my clothes are comfortable and so am I.

4. Have you ever had a pet that was not a cat or dog? What was it?

Well, there is Pinky. Can’t forget Hank… There are the goats… My favorite animal memory was from childhood. When our family moved to Choctaw we thought we were in the “country.” So it seemed perfectly necessary to buy some farm animals. right. I wanted a horse really bad so my dad bought me one. Her name was Blossom. She would take us for rides, raking us against the back fence. Usually tearing our pants. We thought she was spunky. One morning some months after getting to know Blossom we thought very well our neighbors called to tell us that there were two horses now. Blossom and baby blossom. We had no idea she was with child. No wonder she was so mean. Hello!

5. What type of exercise do you do to keep in shape?

Who says I’m in shape? :)… I think life is my main exercise. I do some walking, some wii-ing, etc. But just the daily running, cleaning, swimming, cleaning, lifting, blah blah blah.

6. What is your favorite movie of all time?

I love the Little Princess movie. Not the Shirley Temple one. I like that one too, but I like the newer one. Alot. But I haven’t watched it in a long time. I like musicals like footloose, grease, and yentl. I like cry movies from the 80’s like Beaches and Steel Magnolias.

7. Do you enjoy gardening, or working with flowers?

I do. Especially when they mind me. And bloom and stuff. When they die I don’t so much.

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know & tell… spouses

Friday, July 11th, 2008

1. Where did you meet your spouse?

I met Matt at Camp Rock Creek in Norman, OK on July 4, 1985. I went with my mom for a picnic and my aunt was there to help too. My aunt lived in the same town Matt lived in, about an hour away from me. Anyway, my cousin Mickey came too and brought Matt who had just that day broken up with a girlfriend of about two years.

2. What is your favorite personality trait about him?

He is so honest! He just always tells the truth. It is a good quality!

3. How old were you when you met your spouse?

I was 15 years old! I turned 16 August 9th (the month after we met)… he was 18!

4. How old were you when you got married?

I was 20.

5. What is your favorite way to spend time together? (Easy ladies, this is a Christian blog! LOL!)

Honestly we just like to talk and hang out… His favorite way to spend time together might be a LITTLE different than my way, but it’s close 🙂

6. How did your spouse propose to you?

He just asked. He was in college while we were dating, he worked for a horse trainer one Summer between semesters and saved enough money to buy me an engagement ring. I think I made him get on one knee… and he asked my daddy’s permission.

7. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We didn’t really have much of a “honeymoon.” We had decided to buy a house and we put all our money collectively into getting it ready to move into. We had to have the kitchen remodeled, and new cabinets… We spent the night at a honeymoon suite in a hotel in the city and then went home and started setting up house :). I would love to go on some kind of “honeymoon” for real someday.

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know & tell

Friday, July 4th, 2008

1. If you are a blogger, what got you started? Have you ever made, or do you hope to make, money blogging? I started blogging after Isabelle‘s accident. I had been doing pretty regular updates of her condition while we were away and she was in the hospital, when we got home there was less to update about and more names than I could keep up with so I just started blogging updates. It made life simpler. After a bit I started seeing fun memes and other things that didn’t really belong on her blog so I began my own blog. Several of my bloggy friends started doing posts to make money so I started on that blog, but google pr is not very nice and it drops your page rank down when it sees you have the coding for those posts… anyway, I got my own domain several months back and have still been doing the posts for several different sites. I am pretty happy with it, and make at least $500 a month with very little time and effort. The only drawback is that it turns off bloggy friends, but the true friends just look over those ads and keep reading the stuff I keep on top.

2. Are you a collector of anything? I collect all sorts of stuff… shoes, clothes, jewelry… j/j (kinda). I collect believe signs of all kinds and love them! I also have a collection of boyds bears and crosses that hang on the walls in the den.

Here are a few of the believe signs and bears… (since this picture, the shelf has been removed from that room and all the bears and believe signs relocated in the room)

3. Apple juice or orange juice? neither, bleck!

4. What are 3 of your best personality traits? I’m like a good dog… loyal, sweet and optimistic!

5. Name 1 thing you miss about being a kid. The lack of responsibility, oh I was a responsible child don’t get me wrong… but it was much easier being responsible for only myself and the kid stuff. Being a mother, wife, etc. carries a huge amount of responsibility that never lightens and never goes away.

6. What is usually your first thought when you wake up? My todo list starts running through my mind, thankful prayer to God for another day, and then I hit the ground… running!

7. Regarding material possessions: the more the merrier or less is best? Oh who am I kidding… the more the merrier :)… Seriously after purging Emelia’s room I’m moving over to the camp of “less is more.”

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Friday, June 20th, 2008

This KATF is a celebration of all things summer! Are you enjoying it? Is the weather global-warming-hot where you are? If you’re a parent with school age kids, are you enjoying having the kids home? We will delve into these and other exciting topics, RIGHT NOW…

  • Which is your favorite season? Why?  I love Fall & Spring.  WhY?  The weather is mild, the leaves are either turning beautiful yellows and oranges (fall) or finally turning green again (spring).  I think I love something about every season though… Summer is great, hot, but great… and Winter includes Christmas which is awesome!
  • Are you a bikini or one piece gal? Do the same rules apply to your daughter, if you have one?  I’m a one piece or tankini girl.  I’m not very strict about the girls suits, they do all their swimming at home.  I think two pieces are easier for bathroom trips.
  • What is your favorite summer getaway? Beach? Lake? Mall? Indoor ice skating? Why? I’ll take one of each.  Any getaway is fun.  My favorite would probably be the mall or ice skating because they are air conditioned!  I heart ice skating.
  • You’re on a sandy beach, looking out at a perfectly blue ocean. The weather is perfect. What’s on the table next to you? What book are you reading? Who is sitting next to you? What are you drinking?  I’m finally reading the book “twilight” that everyone I know has read and loved and it’s been sitting on my nightstand since it arrived via  I’d be having a nice cold coke!
  • Do you tan? If so, are you an all-natural tanner or do you go to a salon?  I do tan.  I usually stay out of the sun and stay pretty pale, but I get brown when I am in the sun.  Which this year with all the work I’ve been having to do maintaining the pool that won’t go clear… I’m getting a tan.  I don’t go to tanning beds.  I don’t ever want to do anything to help nature age me.
  • What is your favorite summer clothing?  Easy capris or long shorts with a sleeveless or short sleeved top.  I like to wear strapless tops when it’s cool enough for a jean jacket but don’t like to wear them without something over them.  I also like to wear knee length skirts and lots and lots of sandals and flip flops in the summer.
  • You’re suddenly able to transport yourself to any summer in your past. What year would you choose to be in?  The Summer before Izzy’s near drowning. 2003.  I would have a fence and several security features installed on the pool when it was being installed.  I would have the foresight to treat it with much much more caution.

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