Friday, October 26, 2012

VOTE ....

Election Day (November 6th) will be here before you know it. Since Austin is in school in Marietta, I looked in to the early voting opportunity for him. There is still time for early voting. You can click here to see about early voting in your area. Anyhoo, our original thought was a Saturday, but he is busy on the one Saturday offered, so he came home on Tuesday right after his morning class (and only class that day). We talked about the process and how it would go and what would be on the ballot. I was so excited for him to vote for the very first time ever and on top of that for it to be for the Presidential election!! It wasn't very crowded. Took us maybe 20 minutes total and that includes from arrival to voting process to photo opp (see below) and back in our car headed home again. :-)

I encourage you to VOTE. Andy and I both have many family members who have served our country, some who have given their lives, in order that we may have the freedom to cast our VOTE on election day. Don't let this opportunity slip away.

In closing, I share with you a funny incident from Tuesday's voting experience. There was an elderly couple just ahead of Austin and I. The man could neither hear nor see very well. He announced to the worker that his wife would be helping him cast his vote as he cannot see well. They went to a booth just ahead of us. As we are all standing there casting our votes, he announces to his wife, (rather loudly - remember he doesn't seem to be able to hear very well) ... "for God's sake don't hit the Obama button". That's funny. I don't care who you are.


Friday, September 21, 2012

She's Sweet and She's Sixteen!!

Chandler turned 16 this past Sunday, September 16th!! We took her for her driver's test on Thursday, September 20th and she passed! She was so excited. I was a nervous wreck all morning, which apparently made everyone else nervous. :-) We all made it through though and we just can't believe that our baby is able to drive on her own. Andy and I watched her drive away this morning. We are both guilty of, in our minds, still having her as our little baby. Give us some time. We will get there. Now that Chandler doesn't need a ride to school or to be picked up after practice, I'm going to have some extra time on my hands. My mom suggested a new puppy. (that made me laugh) How about I get on those scrapbooks that I've been putting off?? Austin is only about 7 in his scrapbook and as bad as I hate to say it, Chandler's is full of blank pages. I think getting on those scrapbooks sounds like a great idea.

Here she is in her early days of "driving"



And here she is driving away for the first time alone...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year!!! I hope that your Holidays were full of fun and excitement and lots of time with family & friends!!

'Tis that time once again - for New Year's Resolutions. Do you have any? I always think of resolutions for the New Year, and most of the time I blow them within a very short time or don't stick to them at all. So, this year I'm keeping it simple.

1. Be thankful.
2. Exercise.
3. Eat smart.
4. Show my LOVE to my husband, children and family!
5. Have fun and enjoy this life!!

Here's to a happy and prosperous new year to us all!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Independence Day ....

July 1, 2011. The day Austin Bragg spread his wings and flew the coop!! He and his long time friend, Taylor moved into a garage apartment in Gainesville ... on Lake Lanier. What a tough life it must be for these two kids. 10 minutes from school and work and literally steps away from fun in the sun on the lake!

I knew this day would come. It just seems like it arrived much faster than I had expected. He is 19 years old, and 19 years is a rather long time, but it seems like just yesterday that we brought him home and began our parenting journey. You worry so much about them as they are growing up. There are days you're reminded why animals sometimes eat their young. And then there are (mostly) days you beam with pride over this creation you brought into the world. You spend your days teaching them so many things about life and situations and people and you desire that they go into this world empowered to be a positive contributor to society, ready to make good decisions, and able to make it on their own.

The really good news is that I didn't and haven't had a major emotional break-down with Austin moving out. Don't get me wrong ... I miss him like crazy! We all do. At first, I felt like I was missing an arm or leg. It was like something just wasn't quite right, but quickly I noticed my food bill reduced significantly and it's been smooth sailing ever since. :-)

Andy and I are happy and content and mostly have no regrets with what we instilled in him during those first 19 years. It really makes letting go of the reins a lot easier - to feel like he is equipped to go into the world and make good decisions on his own. Of course, he still hears from me via text or phone call .... be careful on the dock ... be careful driving to school ... make sure you're eating healthy. That's what mom's are for - right?


... Austin at his new digs ...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

3 Month Check-Up ...

I'm a little late posting this, but .... we went for Chandler's 3 month check up a few weeks ago and it went really well. First, they did xrays and then we waited for Dr. Oswald. Chandler had been so anxious about this appt because she is ready to begin more athletic activity. The waiting was filled with lots of wondering at first. Then, to pass time we began a game of pocket basketball - a game Chandler made up during our first visit to Children's for her pre-op appt. You tear little pieces of the paper off of the table in your waiting room, roll it into little balls, prop dad's shirt pocket open just a little bit and begin play. Magically time passes more quickly. :-)

We really didn't have to wait very long. Dr. Oswald entered the room and said "let's do this." He has learned this girl well and knew that she would be ready to negotiate. She told him that basketball was on the horizon and she was ready for more. He told her that based on the xrays, she looks great on the inside! The fusion is taking or progressing or something good, can't remember exactly what he said. He was pleased with that part. He opened the floor for her to plead her case. She went through her spill about basketball and what she wanted to do and he said she could play basketball the beginning of December!! No contact until then. Chandler was speechless at first. She was grinning from ear to ear. We then discussed specifics about what she could and could not do. She can jog, she can run up and down the court, she can shoot foul shots and around the key, but no 3 pointers for now. She also cannot do suicides. No complaints about that one. :-) He also reminded her not to try to do it all at once, to work her way back up. And she asked, what if I fall? He told her that she was put together really well and that she is healing wonderfully and that she won't break.

Wow! We continue to be amazed and thankful and blessed. And it's a good thing we have unlimited texting. Chandler shouted her good news out via text for quite a while that night.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Happy (Lucky) Day ...

Chandler and I reached a milestone this week. We may have actually reached this point before this week. I guess I should say that the milestone was realized this week. Anyway .... we can wear the same size shoe!! Wow!! How great is this!? Our shoe inventory just doubled in size!! And it is super lucky for Andy. It may have just saved him some $$ in shoe purchases for at least a little while anyway. Of course, I have a few pair that she has absolutely no interest in. Likewise, she has a few pair that I probably won't be wearing. Overall, this is a mean for celebration!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Blue Screen (of death) ....

It was a regular Tuesday morning at my house. I was at my desk on my computer, working on booster club stuff. Still had a LOT to do. I was minding my own business. And then it happened. Things were moving a little bit slowly with my computer that morning and that's fine, I was trying to be patient and just finish what I needed to do. Then, it appeared. I had only ever heard of it prior to this day. Had not heard good things about it and had really hoped to never see it. The Blue Screen. It just showed up with no warning. Too bad I didn't have that robot from Lost in Space flailing his arms, shouting "Danger! Mrs. Bragg!" and he could've added, "your computer is about to crash!" I would have felt so much better and maybe I could have taken a quick minute to back up all of the terrific files on my computer and maybe I could have even done a back up of my pictures. But then, that would have been so lucky for me and I wouldn't really have a story about my computer crashing. Right?

I haven't had a good cry in a while. I held it together (emotionally) for a few days in hopes of getting good news about my computer. I sent it off to the first person, who, after a few days didn't give me good news. He texted me the bad news. Nothing he can do with it. I began to cry. Then I began to sob. I heard Chandler knock on Austin's door and say "mom's crying." There I am sitting on my bed boo-hooing. Andy is trying to console me, Austin and Chandler weren't real sure what to do. Everyone was really nice to me the next day though. :-)

I feel sort of silly talking about it now. I don't really have a good answer to why I'd never backed up the files on my computer. Yes, I said never. And I don't really have a good reason why I didn't listen to my husband and just do those (at least) monthly back ups of my pictures. I'll go ahead and insert here that I do have a back up of my pictures, but it wasn't as recent as I'd like for it to be, so pictures weren't a total loss. Ah, sigh of relief before you finish the story.

The hard drive has made it's way to Orlando to Papa Bill. He's been out of town, but when he gets back, I'm hopeful that he can give the drive his magic touch and all of my files and pictures will make their way back to me soon. And just in case The Blue Screen decides to pay you a visit ... make sure you're doing regular back ups on your computer.