Friday, February 29, 2008

It's Jabber Jawz!

If you thought I was talking about the cartoon character then you are, OH SO wrong! This might be the original, but we have the new and improved version!

Let me introduce you to our family's version of Jabber Jaw. (Actually, we have a few in the family, but this isn't their/her BLOG.) No, no, no, the Jabber Jaw that I am referring to is my darling daughter, Kaylea.

Kaylea has always been a - well let's just say - verbally expressive little girl. She has never been one to "hold her tongue." When she was a baby she jabbered and squealed and cooed constantly. Now that she is older, we often think she just loves the beautiful sound that her voice makes as she speaks to us, and anyone else who will listen. Kaylea's great-grandmother, Nana, said that she made more noise that a clatter bone in a goose's hind end. (I am assuming that is a lot of noise.)

There has been a lot of discussion over the years as to where Kaylea's adoration and mastery of the "gift of gab" came from. It certainly wasn't from her father or me; we both are a little on the quiet side. But I will confess that I have a long line of "talkers" in my family. My Papaw LOVED to talk! He didn't really need, or want, anyone to talk to; he just wanted someone to sit and listen to him. If Papaw ever got you cornered, you knew you might as well sit back and get comfortable because you were going to be there for a while. Then, of course, there is my Dad. As a child I never really noticed that he was a talker, but now, Lord help us. We can't go to the store, Dollywood, or anywhere else for that matter, without him finding someone to talk to. We just have to walk away and let him catch up. Oh, and I can't forget the most famous family talker, my ThiThi. She is a lot like Papaw and Daddy. Growing up, I never had to say a word because Sis did all of the talking for both of us. Hell, it's a miracle that I ever learned to say a word. A few years ago, Mom and I were visiting my great-aunt, Beulah, and she just kept looking awkwardly at me as I was talking. When I finished, she looked at Mom and said, "You know, in all these years I never thought Jennilu could talk!" She was plum amazed.

Well, as you can see, Kaylea comes by her verboseness quite honestly. Yet, her Grammy still likes to put the blame on me. You see when Kaylea was a tot and going through the stretch, point, whine and grunt stage of communication, I would always tell her, "Kaylea, use your words." Now, Grammy says that Kaylea is just a good little girl and she is just doing as she was told all those years ago.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Angel - Kaylea's Best Friend

She's our little Angel,
The BEST puppy in the world!

Blonde and cute and cuddly,
A gift from Santa to our girl.

She's a member of our family,
Kaylea's bestest friend.

They play together all day long,
True pals until the end.

She's a unique little doggie,
That likes to pee on trees.

She hasn't figured out yet
That's something just for he(s).

She really looks quite silly,
When she's standing on two legs.

Backed up against the tree,
With her butt above her head.

We laugh at her a lot,
With all her funny habits.

Especially when she leaps through the air,
Just like the Easter rabbit.

What would we do without our Schnoodle?
She makes us all so happy!

Our little Angel is so sweet,
Too bad her kisses smell so crappy!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Who, Me?

Gee, thanks Auntie M. This is really COOL. I am glad that you enjoy all of the stories that Mom writes about me. Personally, I think they are pretty embarrassing. Oh well, at least you are the only one that sees them. Imagine if the whole world could read these things and they stayed around forever. Man, that would be awful!
I love you,

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

WOOT! WOOT! School's Out For Winter Break

Yes, the little children of Sevier County are dancing in the streets.

All winter long, they have prayed for snow to no avail. The teachers have worn their lucky snow day outfits, but no luck. Shoot, I have even seen kid's on the playground perfecting their snow dance, but NOTHING!

Now, they finally have been given their days off. Unfortunately, it had to come at the expense of some very sick and flu ridden children here in the county. You see, our absentee percentage has been teetering just below the acceptable maximum for a few weeks now. Each day the Central Office was requesting the absentee reports, asap. Apparently, yesterday our sick children tipped the scale and school was called off for the remainder of the week. We were already scheduled to have winter break the 15th - 18th, so we just got two more days added on.

I would never say that anyone was glad that there were soooooo many sick kids; however, I will say I saw a lot of happy people (students and teachers) yesterday afternoon while walking the halls of the school.

To all of you sickly ones out there, I hope you get to feeling better over the extended break. We will be thinking about you as we head out for the beach! See ya!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Day Just For Us Girls!!!

Today, Kaylea, Auntie M and I had a Girls' Day. We went to lunch, did some shopping and then went to the movie. Kaylea got to make all of the choices as her reward for working so hard on her science fair project. She wanted to go to Steak and Shake for lunch. Auntie M and I were really surprised. Normally when she is given the opportunity to choose the restaurant, she will always pick Olive Garden. But today, she was in a cheeseburger, shoe string fries and milk shake kinda mood. I guess is was a good thing that Auntie M and I were too.

Kaylea also got to pick the movie we went to. She has been wanting to see Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, so of course, that was her choice. Auntie and I were not that enthused about this choice, however, at least it was at the $1 movie. I will say that all of us really enjoyed the movie. I was very "magical" and touching. Dustin Hoffman did a fabulous job playing the eccentric and off beat, Mr. Magorium. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone with children. Just be prepared to get a little misty eyed. I think this will be a "must have" for our home movie collection.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Tah Dah!!! We Proudly Present Kaylea's Science Fair Project

Well, folks, here it is. Bub and I are so proud of Kaylea. She has worked really hard on her project. We hope you like it!