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I wanted to give my girls something each year that would be special.  I started each one a collection, Kayla, nutcrackers and Candace, snow globes.  Each year I give them a new one.  Kayla now has 18 and we decided that was enough and now we are going to start giving her a decoration each year.  The plan is when they start their own home they will take their collection and decorations with them and have something to get them started.

Kayla’s nutcrackers are displayed over my kitchen cabinets.  It is the perfect place to display so many!

Kayla's nutcrackers

Kayla's nutcrackers

The rest of the crackers

The rest of the crackers

Candace’s snow globes are scattered around our den.

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It is also that time to decorate the tree.  We each have a job.  Keith makes a million and one trips to the basement.  Kayla puts up her nutcrackers.  Candace and I put out the nativity scene.  My least favorite job is to make all the limbs of the tree look “real” and there to not be any holes when you look at it.  It takes FOREVER!  Keith and Kayla put of the lights (Keith must borrow neighbor, Steve’s, ladder each year) and the angel tree topper that has basically lost her lights and her wings are not so pretty.  Then we all decorate the tree together.  We have a great time.  It does not take to long and we are all happy to see Keith headed back down to the basement with the empty boxes.

Christmas tree 2008

Christmas tree 2008

The Fam

The Fam

Tis the season to be jolly and thankful for such a wonderfully family.

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9 minutes

Today i got home nine minutes before Candace got off the bus.  Homework is a little stressful sometimes so I really like to enjoy my time and get myself geared up for the HW time.  Today the weather was perfect so I sat on my back deck and enjoyed the leaves.  Half the trees are bare and the other half seem to be holding on for dear life.  When the wind would blow a single leaf would start to float and fall to the ground.  Sitting on the back deck relaxes me and makes remember God’s beauty.

We have a chipmunk that you can hear chirping.  There may be a family but no one has ever seen more than one at a time so we assume he is a lone ranger.

The lone chipmunk

The lone chipmunk

Homework today was not that bad.  Candace said she would wait and do the math with her dad so she would not stress me out.  The nerve of her.  Stress me out!  Well, she may have a point and I think I will let her dad have the honors!

Now if I can muster the energy, I am going to make my hero, Keith, some of the good looking nuts my friend, Robin, talked about.  He loves pecans and I think he deserves something sweet. (he will be doing the math:))

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Happy 19th Birthday Kayla Belle

Kayla, my amazing daughter!

My favorite baby picture of Kayla (more…)

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Traditional guacamole in a molcajete, a lava stone mortar and pestle served at Rosa Mexicano.

 

Today we went to Rosa Mexicanofor Kayla’s birthday.  (Kayla, Candy, MaKayla, Michael and me)  We got a great corner booth  with a great view of all the activities of Atlantic Station.  The restaurant is beautiful and the menu is high end Mexican cuisine.  The atmosphere is wonderful. 

They are known for tableside made guacamole.  They push a cart around with all the fixins and make it the way you like it.   There were five of us and we all wanted the guacamole so we ordered a double.   The man put in two avocados, about one tomato, one jalapeno, two tablespoons of onion, salt and a cup of cilantro.  (we are going to start adding cilantro to ours at home)   He mushed it all up and served it with some really fresh chips and homemade tortillas.  IT WAS FANTASTIC!!  We all enjoyed it.  It was so good I almost ordered more.

We then each ordered a variety of items so we could taste some different things.  I got a shredded beef dish with Mole sauce.  It was very nice.  We had chicken dishes and a great cheese dish.  Very good food!

When the check came it was expensive but it was special and worth it.  I will tell you the guacamole was $24.  Yes that is correct, $24 and the truth is we could have easily had another serving.   I figured the cost for the ingredients to be $3 at the most, Rosa is doing quite well for herself!!   As much as we enjoyed Candace and I decided we liked ours and Uncle Jimmy’s just as much, maybe even more!!  lol

I love experiences like those with my girls, they are priceless!  Maybe we could make this into one of those VISA Priceless commercials.  My TIME WITH MY DAUGHTERS IS THE BEST THING EVVVVVEEEERRRRRR!!!!!  I would take them back and order a quadruple gaucamole if it would give us another great time like we had today. 

Oh HOW I LOVE MY GIRLS!!

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I love BRAVO TV.  We watch Top Chef (my favorite), Top Design, Top Model, Jeff the OCD House Flipper, The young real estate guys(they are weirdos), and The Wedding Shows (I hate Bridezilla).  If there is a reality show on Bravo I have been watching it.  The only one I did not really follow was The Real Wives of the OC or New York BUT when The Real Wives of Atlanta came on I started to watch it.

WHAT A CAT FIGHT!  It makes you embarrassed to be from The ATL.   They are tacky, petty, lie big time about their age and just are all around ridiculous.  Two of the five are sweet and have class, the rest are an embarrassment to the South.  The season finale is next week and I am hoping it is their last season. 

All that to say, last week two of them went to Atlantic Station to Rosa Mexicano.   They made fresh guacamole at the table, one of them had never had guacamole, made fun of how they were making it and made all kind of faces when she tried it.  Well my girls and I LOVE guacamole so I have been hoping we could go soon.

 Kayla has her 19th birthday Sunday.  She is down at school and cannot come home for the weekend but is going to bring a friend and meet Keith, Candy, my niece Michal and myself at Atlantic station to shop and go eat guacamole and Mexican treats at Rosa Mexicano.  It should be so fun!!!!!  Candy is so excited we are eating where The Real Wives ate, she thinks there may still be cameras there.  Candy is sure we could be the next Bravo stars!  lol

Any shows you are embarrassed you follow?

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Boy what a great weekend.  I am tired but that is not a complaint, just a fact of a very fun filled busy weekend!!  Kayla came home and we went shopping with Candace on Saturday.  I was not excited about shopping for me but I really needed some clothes.  Kayla was great in helping me find things that she approved of and that did not make me look really really old!  🙂 

We then went to our Blog Party and had a great time with my BFF Rob.   I loved meeting everyone and having time with Kayla and Robin. I love that Kayla is an adult and we can share adult things together!

Today we went to Kayla’s church.   It was a great sermon on encouraging others and how our words can change someones life for the good or bad.  He majored on the good and how affirming others is food to their soul. 

After church we got a burger and then helped Kayla pack up and leave to go back to school.  I should be used to it, but no, I always feel like part of me just left.  We love having her but love that she is ready to go back. 

Candace got upset earlier in the week because Kayla said to her she was on her way home, she meant her dorm room.  Candace said can you believe she said that is her home.  Candace said it just made me want to cry.   It was really sweet and I think very sensitive of her.  I am proud and truthfully a little sad that Kayla is gaining her independence and feeling like an individual.  She is an amazing young woman.  She is sensitive to us, respectful of our opinion but forging on to become this exciting person that is slowly evolving as she tries different things and risk change. 

I then went and worked out with my boss.  I almost threw up.  We did a workout called the Dirty Thirty.  We did thirty of each of these exercises:  jumping pull-ups, kettlebell swings, knee-ups, lunges, 60 jump ropes, 30 burpees (I could only do the push-up part, I was seeing stars as it was) and  back extensions.  It was grueling and it shows how out of shape I am. BUT I DID IT, that is what counts!  Tomorrow I am doing cardio and shoulders.

I then went and bought groceries, made an easy dinner, bathed and am now watching Iron Chef America and blogging.  I am ready for a great night sleep!

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I AM CANDY

Kayla and Candace

Kayla and Candace

When we were picking out names for our children we looked at every aspect of their name. Did it rhythm with a bad word, could kids make it into a song and make fun of our child. We thought of the nicknames that could be derived from the name.

With our first child we knew that if we had a girl we wanted to name her Kayla. We had gone to college with a Kayla. She was beautiful, confident and just made you smile. So when we found out we were having a girl we immediately started calling her Kayla. Middle name was a little more difficult, but not really. We wanted to name our daughter after my mother. My mom’s name is Johnnie Belle Sapp Lord. Truly there was only one name we would consider out of those four names and Belle just seemed to go good with Kayla. So on November 16, 1989 we gave birth to Kayla Belle Ingram. She was a beautiful baby and she looked like she fit the name perfectly. The only problem with the middle name was sometimes kids would say, “ding dong, ring a ling” but nothing that really was so bad. She never got a nickname from either of her names and I think that bothered her when she was younger. When her sister came along it seemed nature to speak about her as “Sissy”. It stuck and in our home she is Sissy. We all love it, it feels natural and she now has a nickname at home.

Eight years later we were pregnant with our second daughter and now there were three of us deciding on a name. Adding Kayla to the mix made it much more difficult but we wanted her to take part in the decision. We would come up with a name and Kayla would say, “no way, there is a girl in my class with that name and she is not nice”. She came up with some really great names, Savannah Rose is the one she was pulling for the most. Keith said absolutely not and I agreed. The other problem we had was that half the names we came up with Keith had at some point dated a girl with that name. It got kind of humorous because we had to run it through those two filter first.

We all came to agree when we thought of the name Candace. I was a little nervous because I did not want my daughter called Candy but friends assured me that whatever we called our daughter others would follow, so baby girl 2 became Candace. The middle name was pretty easy. My sister’s middle name is Elizabeth, a name that I love, but more importantly, my sister is one of my best friends and had been with me through so many things, I wanted to honor her. So we all agreed on Candace Elizabeth Ingram.

Candace, ada Candy

Candace, ada Candy

Candace has been Candace for 10 years. In fourth grade Candace came home and said that some of the kids were calling her Candy and she liked it. She always giggles and said that her teacher even slipped and called her Candy one time. I let it go and sometimes Kayla and I would call her that but really did not think anything of it.

Candace has now gone to a new school and she has told the children they can call her Candy, AND THEY DO! She wants to be called Candy. I have a problem with that. We named her Candace and I like that name BUT if you know Candace if anyone could pull off the name Candy it would be her. She is such a funny child, who can make you cry from laughing so hard. She is sweet, sassy and has a great sense of humor. We made her a blog this week and the name of it is I AM CANDY!

When I am upset with her I do the whole name thing, CANDACE ELIZABETH INGRAM! Yelling CANDY would just not be the same.

Here are my questions, Do I let her be Candy? Do I call her Candy? I want her to have a sense of self and want her to have confidence, if Candy does that for her, who am I to stand in the way? TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK PLEASE.

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