Monday, October 12, 2009

Nope, not a cowgirl, not a panda, and certainly not a Clown!


Dear Ava,

Nope, you will not be a Cowgirl for Halloween! I know your grandma sent you that rockin' Cowgirl hat and she sent you a cute clown shirt! You will not be a panda, and certainly not a clown! Yes, I saw that cute panda mask she sent you, also.

Ava, you must understand. This Holiday and (Halloween is a holiday for me) is what I look forward to all year. I am thankful that Halloween this year is on a Saturday! I have my DVR ready to record the Morning Shows on Friday. I just love to see Regis and Kelly dressed up. I dont know why?? I really dont. It is always so cheesy but I love it! Halloween is what I live for! I love the commericals, children dressed up, and the yearly Halloween party a friend of mine threw until he moved away. But, now I have you Ava to dress up and share my love for the Holiday with. No, it is not devil worship!! It is good clean and scary fun! I have already searched the world over for the perfect Halloween costume for you! Just let me have my fun until you get big enough to say "mom have you lost your mind? none of my friends wear those silly customs, you are cramping my style and making me look like a baby, I am not dressing up!" the horror!

I have such mixed emotions about you growing older. On one hand, I cant wait until you get bigger so you can feel my excitement as fall approaches. On the other hand I want you to stay little so I can live my Halloween dreams through you! You know kind of like dads with their sons and sports. Same thing basically. I have this strange feeling that when you get older you will decide you hate Halloween and love some other Holiday more! You already rebel against wearing shoes, drinking out of a sippy cup and you are determined to get to the cat food no matter were I put it.

So, Ava let me have this Halloween and maybe next year you can be a rockin' cowgirl, pretty panda, or a clown! Well, you will never be a clown if I can control it! I hate clowns! I have always hated clowns! I am not fearful of anything else but clowns and snakes. I will not share this with Ava until she is in her late 40's because if Ava is as stubborn as her mom she will dress like a clown everyday and have a roomful of snakes! I have been teaching awhile and I know what happens to children when they turn 13!!!!!! This is my blog of the day! Love, Bamaslammer... PS more to come on those evil clowns!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Your slowness is stressing me out man! Hurry up!


Life as adult is not quiet as easy as I thought it would be. I pictured life as an adult as pretty much rainbows and butterflies. But instead I feel like I live in a constant rerun at times. The day to day activities are the same. I also get really stressed out if things do not go as planned and quickly. I no longer live minute to minute. Yes, I guess I am saying I lost the fun! I will get it back one day. I suppose. I really noticed I had a problem when a friend of mine visited and she just didnt do things fast enough for my world. I mean when you push someone out of the way because they are not running the bath water fast enough for your child, you might have a problem. And especially when your friend cleans your shower and you complain because first of all you dont need any help and second of all she might be trying to help but cant she hurry it up!!! Geez.. I have a schedule to keep and a baby to feed.

A friend of mine was talking today at work that when she goes shopping she is on a schedule. She leaves her house at a certain time and has each place she wants to go to mapped out along with a designated time to arrive home. I decided right then and there that she is someone I would love to hang out with! She is not a time waster and I would love to shop with her. If anyone has ever noticed I only shop by myself or with Ava. It is to stressful to cart someone along with me. They waste time by looking at things they dont need and I am on a schedule!

Dont get me wrong I love my daughter and would give up everything to see her cute face daily. But My life is a constant rerun! I really thought as an adult I would travel to many exotic locations.. Well, my exotic location is the Mexican restaurant in town or on a "fancy" night I love to go to the local Japanese place. Yes, I get take out because the waitress might be slow and it will get all over my nerves. If she is slow I might have to get up and help her because I need to keep a schedule. I am beginning to think that I am OCD or could possibly be one day.

I think I am going ahead and reserve my place at the "funny farm" Because it is coming. I think I am going to make a new years resolution that I will relax! No clock or schedule.. but it really is stressing me out to think of trying to accomplish my new years resolution. So I will just keep the stress of a schedule that I have! My child in the photo is stressing me out because she has an obsession with Cat Food and doesnt mind knocking the cat out of the way to get to it! I do think she thinks she is a cat! Now that is stressing me out more!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Not Your Business :)


Having a child is a huge responsibility and there is absolutely nothing wrong with not wanting the responsibility. Which takes me to my "beef" with those who constantly ask people who are childless "When are you going to have children?" agg. That is an extremely personal question and it is not everyone's right to know. If it was that person's business I am sure the "news" or "information" would have already been shared with them.. right...

Asking when someone is going to get married can also fall in that category. In my opinion it doesnt come close to "When are you going to have children?".

I use to say to people when they would ask me "When are you getting married?" "When I want to be as miserable as you.." :) Now I just say "When I feel like it" or "never" or "you will be first person I share the news with". It really depends on my mood that day. That question doesnt bother me but I can understand how it could bother others.

Asking someone when they are going to get married is one thing but when they ask "Are you going to have children?" is another one. Having children is such a personal thing. I am glad to have my babybamaslammer and I love her more than anything in the world. Having her has been truly life changing. I dont even speed anymore because I worry of what might happen to her if something happens to me. Instead of thinking of what drink am I going to drink, what am I going to pick up for dinner, and where am I going dancing this weekend. I think of the future now not just the current minute of the day. I plan.

Just once when asked "When are you going to have children?" I want someone to say "After I met your kids I decided to never have children". :) I think it would be funny and I bet they would never ask that question again. This is my blog of the day. With Love, Bamaslammer

Easter..


This is a photo of my little monkey in her Easter Dress. I think she looks cute but what kind of mom would I be if I didnt think so. I went back home to Alabama for Easter and to attend a little party for baby bamaslammer. My mom bamaslammermom threw a party for her first granddaughter. She invited the family and a couple of my close friends. We had a great time and I will be posting more photos from the party. Baby Bamaslammer did her best to hold out and enjoy the party fun. But with the long drive and all the excitement of meeting her friends and family she completely wore down. She is still trying to recover today. I think she has slept more in the past few days than she has her entire infant life. I am not minding one bit. I am rocking her, holding her, feeding her, and reading to her. I am loving it! Baby bamaslammer on the other hand is annoyed with me at times. She just wants to be left alone to kick in the floor and make noises. I am glad for her independence but deep inside my heart is melting a little bit already. I think to myself it wasnt long ago you and I were up all night and you needed and wanted me and now.. baby bamaslammer you are spreading your wings a little bit and it is killing me! This is my blog of the day... with love, Bamaslammer

Friday, March 20, 2009

Didnt Come With Instructions....







This cute little Easter Dress came with a tag of instructions.. how to wash.. do not bleach,dry clean only...

The fridge came with a brochure of instructions...how to clean, how to set the temperature...


The bouncy seat comes with a pamphlet of instructions... Do not place your child upside down in the bouncy seat, how to assemble.....

The Television came with a booklet with all types of instructions.. how to install, how to program, and it also had instructions in Spanish...


This cute baby bamaslammer cowgirl came with nothing.... I mean nothing.. not even a tag, pamphlet, or a brochure of instructions much less a booklet in English and Spanish! Not even a paragraph on when to feed, change, or put to sleep... nothing... nada... not a single thing... I am thinking maybe there should be a class that gives you some type of instructions... I'm just sayin...

This is my blog of the day... With Love, Bamaslammer.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Introducing "Baby Bamaslammer"


This cute little thing pictured here is the reason for me not blogging in a lonngggg time... She is keeping me quiet busy... She arrived on February 2 and weighed in at 7 lbs 15 oz and was 22 1/4 inches long. Baby Bamaslammer arrived on Groundhog Day. Her original due date was January 26. I went past my due date one week. I was completely miserable and couldnt get out of bed that last week. I am forever grateful that she was born a week late because my baby would have to share her Birthday with those Octobabies. I wouldnt wish that upon anyone. So God knew what he was doing when he brought her into the world a week later.

Baby Bamaslammer is growing... she weighs 10lbs now and has grown almost an inch! She is not much of a sleeper but she is improving and I now can function on no sleep at all. With that being said I hope to find more time in my day to blog. I feel so out of touch with the world like I have been stuck on an island. I am trying to rejoin the world so at least I can carry on a conversation with someone. Baby bamaslammer doesnt find me to interesting. And she really doesnt care what I have to say at this point she is just looking for her bottle and to be rocked.

This is my tired,weak, and hungry blog of the day... I have my baby babyslammer calling and wanting some attention..
With Love Bamaslammer

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brought To You By Facebook..


25 Randon Things about Me.. instead of posting on Facebook I decided I would rather post on my blog.... So here it goes.. I don't think I will surprise anyone I know by my 25 Randon Things.. most are pretty obvious even if I dont mean for them to be!

1. I LOVE Black Cats...Since childhood I have always had one, two, three black cats around.. Not sure why I think because they are quirky but they dont know they are quirky. Jason said when BayLee went missing that the next cat we get will not be black.. I told him "No Way!" I Love My Black Cats!
2. I Love Halloween! Love everything about it! The ghost, the goblins and the scary movies! Everything!!!!
3. I Love black clothes with an accent of pink.. I think it makes me look smaller! :)
4. I enjoy being a "secret blogger".. it is fun!
5. I really enjoy working although I complain about it.. this week has taught me that I would be lost if I couldn't work!
6. I truly love special education and the progress I see that the students make.. I also Love their insane parents (not all of them but some/most of them).
7. I can be a little shy around folks I dont know.. (really I can be).
8. I love to play the devil's advocate! Even if I completely agree with what you are saying.. I will always express the other view point! Always and I love it!
9. My political views are straight down the middle! If I am speaking to a Democrat then I will be a Republican. If I am speaking to a Republican then I am a Democrat!
10. I am a true Independent!
11. I secretly want to be on the "Nancy Grace" Show.. I really want to argue with her and have her cut me off midsentence.. I Love It!
12. I love Animals more than I love humans! I would walk barefooted across nails to save an animal.. not so much humans.. :)
13. I want to retire and have a ranch with loads of animals on it this would be after I win the lottery, of course.
14. I truly like dogs more than cats.. But dogs are too high maintenance for me at this time.. (I am glad LayLa and Henry cant read, yet).
15. I love the water... any kind of water.. pool, beach, bathtub, etc...
16. I cant sing.. I retired from Karaoke (a blog will follow about this) I have no real desire to learn how.. I just would like to spare others from my tone deafness.
17. I love Jason my fiancee but I love to argue with him and attempt to "put him in his place".. He laughs at me and it rolls off his back.. which for the minute it happens makes me madder!But I appreciate his good sense to let it go.. :)
18. I thought about joining the Peace Corp or Teaching Overseas when I graduated from college.. I filled out the application but decided that I really do not like to be hot or dirty and I think that might go along with the job... :)
19. I cant stand to be hot.. It makes me go insane and I threaten to kill people! Ask Jason.. his life has been threaten more than you can imagine! I will gladly pay the Power People whatever they want.. I just need a/c!
20. I am becoming more like my grandmother Burch everyday.. sometimes when I make comments to Jason.. I think... ohhhh...lord.. I sound just like her! Help me please! But I dress like my other grandmother.. She always wore black or dark blue... with a cute pink sweater.
21. Troy University was by far the best time of my life! I met so many people whom many of them are still my friends today!
22. I love cupcakes! Could eat one every second of the day!
23.Ahhhh..... on my "gestational diabetes log" I have been making up the numbers and turning them into my dr.. I know.. bad... They brag on me for keeping my sugars under control but I will not confess my sin to them.
24. I love Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for two very different reasons. I find Bill Clinton to be very attractive. George W. Bush reminds me of my dad.. just a good man.. that tries to do what is right... (and doesn't admit to mistakes, I didnt say that).
25. I do worry..but I try not too... I get up in the middle of the night and write things down because I cant sleep until I do.. being pregnant has made it much worse! It is like after I write it the worry has been released! I think I am a much at peace person since I blog...

This is my blog of the day and my 25 randon things... With Love, Bamaslammer

Monday, January 26, 2009

Hot Mess of The Week!



I love cupcakes!!!! I would have bite the old crankie lady and ate the whole tray... This dog "Stains" is my hero... he has some Will Power! So I salute you Stains!

Birthday: I don't know, but I hope he gets a giant cupcake on that day!
Age: ?
Birth Name: Stains

Original Date of Hot Mess of The Week: January 24, 2009
Claim to Fame: Stains became an instant star after The Soup posted a clip of an evil witch teasing him with a tray of beautiful white cupcakes with sprinkles (!!!). Stains was able to resist but I'm sure he put a spell on Victoria with his hypnotic eyes. Not only is Victoria allergic to cupcakes now, but Stains has banished her to the cupcake field. Don't mess with Stains.

Where is he now? Probably still trying to eat those cupcakes with his eyes.

Why is he Hot Mess of the Week? Because anyone who can restrain themselves from an eating a cupcake for that long deserves every accolade this world has to offer.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

God Bless You, Mr. Bush!


Yes, I know this image is completely inappropriate... But all of us know this is exactly what he wants to do... and after all the beatings in the press he receives.. I cant blame him... So for two seconds... I am going to be Mr. Bush's spokesperson.. I am sure along with the gesture... there might be some foul language said... and I feel as though he is allowed after eight years.. He gets a pass... go ahead Mr. Bush.. gesture and say all you want.. You deserve it.. :) :)

Okay now I will be sentimental....

Dear Mr. Bush,

Thank you for your service to this great country of ours! Thank you for making this land safe for eight years and thanks for making those tough decisions. I have not always agreed with your decisions and mistakes have been made. You are human and we must remember that. You are a good, nice, and caring man who did the best that he could. I could go on and on about things I think that should have been handled better but so be it. We must remember Mr. Bush had many things happen on his watch, Hurricanes, Sept.11, Economy, and War.

I will never forget having the privilege of seeing you speak at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida when you were seeking re election. I remember getting to the stadium hours before your arrival and sneaking into the "I contributed a whole bunch of money to your campaign seats". It was by far one of the biggest highlights of my life. The crowd was so excited and just watching Air Force One fly over sent chills up the crowd's spine. I felt then as I do now. You are a good man and I will always respect you and the office you held. I also admire how you would mention your faith in God. Not many people have the guts to say who or what the believe in. But you Mr. Bush let others know you believed in a higher power named "God".

Go into your retirement and enjoy every minute of it! Sit back and toast yourself! It is finally over!

Now Mr. Obama the party is over get to work!
With Love and Admiration, BamaSlammer

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My Brother is a Piece of Work...


...He is really not.. I have nothing to complain about when it comes to him... I actually hit the "brother lottery" if there is such a thing. He is the only "blood kin" relative that I have told about my blog.. I talked to him the other night and he said he would check out my blog this weekend and leave me nasty comments. I told him to bring it on. :) He has three kids and he is very busy running a trucking terminal and all. I decided to write about him to see if he really reads it.. My brother had lots of questions like "What is your blog about?" ahh... I said nothing really... random thoughts.. I guess maybe like the "Seinfeld" show. A show about nothing. I guess I have a blog about nothing.

I said, "I blogged about our grandma".. He said, "What would you have to say about her?" I said "lots".."remember that time she asked me and my mom who was fatter in a picture me or an unidentified relative?". ohhh..yeah..he said.. I guess he decided then I might have something to blog about since I am related to the feistiest woman in the south who tells stories that are difficult to follow along with. Sound familiar?

I have not let family members in on the "blogging situation" only because most of them provide me with great material and I am afraid I wouldnt be able to blog about them if they actually read the site. So I will keep it quite.. I certainly do not want my parents reading my blog.. They provide years and years worth of material.

So Brother Tim, you might actually want to read this... because I certainly have stories about us growing up... which mainly revolve around our go-cart. Do you remember when you laid down on the grass and asked me to run over you with the go-cart? and you know what happened after that.. I certainly obeyed your wish.. you should be thankful I didnt run over you and back back over you several times. :) :) I would certainly do that now... :) I kid..I kid...

The photo above is the most recent photo I have of my brother.. Yes, most folks say we look alike...

Well, Welcome aboard my brother..if you are actually reading this and neglecting your three children... :) I kid... I neglect a whole lot when I am blogging... like ahhh.. your phone calls. You cant interrupt the blogging process... :) This is my blog of the day.. With Love, Bamaslammer

I almost died..one time...really.. I did...


I did...really... maybe it sounds a little dramatic but I did and my rescuer would more than likely appreciate a nice "shout out" for jumping into the freezing river to save me. And yes he is still my friend today....or at least I hope he is...

The picture included with this blog is some of my teaching peeps. I worked with those folks for about, I really dont know.. let's say a long time and keep it at that. We have remained friends and have had many great times together over the years. Teachers are really a fun group to work with. I thought it was just the special education teachers in training at college that were the fun group. But no it really is teachers in general that are a lot of fun! You certainly want to invite them to your party but make sure you have some cocktails on hand because the night will become interesting rather fast that is for certain. I plan for this to be the start of many "teacher friend" stories.

My drowning incident occurred at my buddy's birthday party (the guy pictured in the middle with all the ladies, Hampt). He and his nice family have a boat that is docked on the Sattilla River (I think that is the name of the river). Give me some credit I just officially moved to Georgia and I dont even know the river names in Bama. I mean rivers are great and I love them but they seem to have the tendency to all look a like dont they?? :) and yes I do need a geography lesson.

We always have a great time on that boat. The guest list includes a lot of fun folks who really enjoy letting their hair down and I am by far no exception to that rule. I had a few drinks, ate a wonderful meal at the dock, and then we set up cruising up and down the river having a great time. The boat trip occurred in early spring and the water, even though it is hot as the devil here was still very very cold. The cold water usually does not stop many folks from jumping in and having a good time.

On the cruise, Jason was at the back of the boat smoking a cigar. I am sure he is enjoying time away from me. :) I was at the front of the boat sitting on the side with my feet dangling in the water having a nice conversation with one of the party goers. Throughout my conversation with her, I kept saying if I fall in the water will you save me??. Of course, she replied. I continued to say that over and over and to this day I am not sure why I would say that. I have always been a decent swimmer and have enjoyed swimming all of my life. My mom has always been terrified of the water and continues to be to this day. So she made sure my brother and I knew how to swim. When we were growing up she made sure that we were involved in swimming lessons, going to the pool, and the river as often as we could. So I am not sure why I had thoughts in my head about drowning, maybe it was foreshadowing of the event to come.

I was happy with my feet dangling off the edge of the boat and watching all the goings on on the boat. I enjoyed watching several folks take jumps into the water off the roof of the boat. It looked like fun but I wasnt about to do it. For some reason, while people were taking jumps off the boat and everyone was watching them I decided to take off my bathing suit cover up and slip into the water. So much for that brilliant plan. I come up from the water for air underneath the boat! Luckily, there is space underneath the boat so I was okay but about to panic. No one would actually know that there would be room underneath the boat unless you went underneath the boat. Which I do not think many people would want to do on a regular basis. Going underneath the boat wasnt in my plan. My plan was to jump into the water to cool off. Not go underneath the boat and possibly drown. By this time, the folks on the boat begin to panic, also well, except for Jason.:) They didnt see me jump in they just knew I was "missing". My friend that is pictured, Hampt, jumped in the freezing cold water to save me. But had no idea where I could have gone. To his knowledge I had drowned or a gator had got me.

I finally pulled myself together and swam out from underneath the boat. The current that day was so strong it was not an easy task. And had I paid attention to the current I hope I would have never jumped in anyway. By this time, Jason pulls me onto the boat and my friend who saved my life is in the freezing cold water still looking for me.

I am forever grateful to my friend for rescuing me and making sure that I was able to see another day. To this day, I have made fun of Jason for this. I ask him "Just what were you doing when I was drowning?" His reply is always "I didnt know you were drowning until you were popping your head out of the water".. My response back is " I know exactly what you were doing you were filling out life insurance papers".:)

Thank you my friend for saving my life..and I promise no more drowning incidents. This is my blog of the day! With Love, Bamaslammer

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Put a Sock In It....


I am no fan of Oprah... that might be an understatement of my feelings for the Big O. I know that we are to never say bad things about Oprah or she will send people after us.. I just think she takes her self way to seriously. The media plays into her and makes the world think that this woman is absolute perfection. I do think she is a nice, generous, and grateful person and has made something of herself against all odds.There are many nice, generous, and grateful people in the world but they do not have to be on my TV every minute of the day talking about all the great things they do. Oprah certainly has a lot to be proud of and she has worked hard..BUT.......

I am so tired of hearing about her weight gain. It really makes me want to vomit.. I mean come on.. She has billions of dollars and she gained 40 lbs.. cry me a river.. Ive gained some weight but I certainly do not have access to billions of dollars. Billions of dollars to employ all of these "gurus" to coach my life and cook for me. But if I did...lord help me... everyone would have to stay back...I would be too much to handle probably a lot like Oprah.

Oprah..please get off my TV and stop whining about your big butt... No one likes a Whiner! This is my blog of the day! With Love, Bamaslammer

Saturday, January 3, 2009

My How Times Have Changed....


New Year's Eve... Is also our anniversary. Jason and I got engaged two years ago on New Year's Eve.. I remember it ohh so well... He asked me to marry him and then we went to a friend's house and celebrated with them. We had a really great time and we rang in the New Year with Champagne and a Kiss..this year we rang in the new year with Chili Dogs and Braxton Hicks Contractions... Yeah..loads of fun

This year was completely different... I asked Jason over and over what he would like for our New Year's Eve and our Anniversary Dinner. I could never get a straight answer.. So I said how about "Chili Dogs".. He said that sounds good. Throughout my pregnancy I have so wanted a Chili Dog.. But of course like most things on the "do not eat or your baby will be harmed list" hot dogs are on there. Before I was pregnant I wouldnt have touched a Chili Dog even if my life depended on them.

I decided since this baby is about to come I could have one Chili Dog on New Years. That one Chili Dog just about killed me or almost put me into labor. I thought I had to avoid them because of the preservatives but I think it is more like avoid them or they will send you into labor! I had my wonderful chili dog with my homemade chili and after that I was down for the count. I started having the "Braxton Hicks Contractions" and I thought I might possibly have the New Year's Baby. I laid down and watched Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin ring in the New Year and went to sleep. The next day I was back to normal, Thankfully.. I kept telling Jason I cant Have the New Year's Baby the house is not clean and my bags are not packed. For some reason I dont think the baby is waiting on me to get my things is order so she can arrive.. just a lucky guess.. I think she will come when she gets good and ready..

This post just proves that I am a 95 year old grandma...and would rather sleep through the new year then celebrate it..How the times have changed. I did enjoy watching Anderson and Kathy together. I felt they had great chemistry and were ohh so funny together. Maybe they will do more shows together. I hope you enjoy the picture of Anderson and Kathy together..:):)
This is my blog of the day.
Love, Bamaslammer.

Letter to my Daugher...


..This is a take off from Brad Paisely's great song "Letter to Me". At first I hated that song but one day I actually took the time to listen to the lyrics and the song is quiet touching. One day I will actually write a letter to me.. but to start off I think I will start a letter to my daughter who will be entering the world quiet soon. I do know the most important thing is her health and happiness and ofcourse they are both number one on the list. But this is just about telling her a few things and acting as if she would listen. I am fully aware if she is anything like me she will not listen for one second. I will do my best for this not to come off as cornie and overly sentimental.. This are things that I find important. I am not saying that I follow them or have followed them but life might have been even easier if I had.

1. Learn to spell and use correct grammar ... and do not cheat on spelling test. It is actually important to know how to spell without the use of spell check.
2. Know when to keep your mouth shut and listen.
3. Do not jump into other people's business even if they have invited you into their business especially marital issues... Stay way out of it.
4. Be kind to everyone no matter where they are from and what they do. By being judgmental of others you only miss out on great people you meet along the way.
5. If you decide to go to college meet as many people from other parts of the USA and outside the USA. By hearing how things are in their country you will become even prouder of being an American and will gain empathy for those who gave it all up to come to this country with nothing.
6. Listen to your intuition. Follow your gut about people and situations. If you do that you will make the right decisions in life.
7. Never listen to a man unless he is your father or grandfather. Even so, remember your father and grandfather are men so after you talk to them go talk to your mother or grandmother to make sure they are giving you correct advice... :) Men most of the time mean well they are just misguided...
8. Get an education... that is the only thing in life that cant be ripped right out of your hands. Marriages and families fall apart and people betray you.. if those things happen you still have your education.
9. Dont fall into a career because it is safe and you get a steady paycheck.. Although that certainly is a bonus.. Follow your dream and your heart.. I wish I had.
10. Stand up for those who are made fun of and who do not have the things you and the other kids have. You will be so glad you did.
11. Go out of your way to be kind to the elderly and of course animals.
12. Use ma'am and sir... Just do it no matter where you are it means alot
13. Dont take family and friends for granted... I do and I regret it
14. Laugh at your mistakes.. because if you dont everyone else will and you do not want to be that person that cant take a joke.
15. Find good friends and keep them.
16. Listen to your parents.. they love you and want the best for you.
17. Go away to college... do not live with us... You need to make big mistakes, find adventure and make friends.
18.Remember that your parents are human and will make mistakes.. I forgot that along the way and expected them to have all the answers and when they didnt it was life changing for me.
19. Always sleep on it.. You may be mad and you may want to strangle someone.. but wait til morning... :)
20. Life is full of joy and disappointment just learn to roll with it and know that no matter how bad it gets better days will come along.. just hang on.
21.Dont be afraid to say "I need help", "I dont know what I am doing".. This is a big one for me.. I have learned the hard way on this.
22. Say your sorry even if you feel as though you have no reason to be.. just do it.. it makes the situation a little better and we all make mistakes and say things we dont mean.. that is life.
23. Life is Never Ever Fair.. Dont expect it to be... and dont whine and cry about it not being fair.. No one likes a whiner.
24. Dont be afraid to cry on a friend's shoulder.. You will more than likely be asked to return the favor.
25. Always remember you learn more by listening than you do by talking.
26. Learn from your mistakes and other people's mistakes.
27. Say "No" and dont be afraid to do so.. People will take advantage of you if they can. Dont let them.
28. Look out for your friends..
29. Trust people but always be skeptical..
30. Take advice dont always think you know the answers
31. Always treat people who work with the public nicely.. because their job is certainly not easy.
32. Give it a shot.. even if you think you are terrible and you have no talent go for it anyway.
33. Play a sport of some kind I never did but wish I would've tried something.
34. Dont worry to much what people say about you.. people will always have a negative thing to say.. just be like a duck and let it roll off your back..
35. Know when to stand up for yourself and know when something is really a non issue and not worth the time to get all bent out of shape about. This usually comes with age.
36. Celebrate Holidays.. dont be a "Debbie Downer" like me.. I promise I will do better and have some Holiday Spirit... My New Year's Resolution.
37. We all do and say stupid things-dont dwell on it.. forgive yourself and move on.
38. Believe in something with all of your heart.
39. Be a thoughtful daughter and daughter in law.. I am pretty terrible in this department.
40. Be Kind to your spouse.. dont make it feel like he is serving out a prison sentence.. yes, I am absolutely terrible in this department.. yet, another New Years Resolution.. :)
41. You cannot control people or events.. have a sense of humor about it.. and remember what is happening at that time is more than likely not life or death and will be a good stand up comedy routine the next day.

Please feel free to add to my list... This is my blog of the day... With Love, Bamaslammer.