Friday, September 21, 2007

Just a lot of aimless ramblings...

Okay, so it's really late on Thursday evening (well, actually early Friday morning), and I'm just starting to get wound down from the day. And I'm looking forward to another busy weekend coming up!

Some things going on...

Yesterday after school I took Delaney to pick out her dress for her middle school pageant. She is SO excited about being in the pageant (she watched McKenna do it when she was in middle school and was a tad jealous of all the hair-styling, dressing-up, and making-up she had done!) and has been looking forward to dress shopping. (And let me just say right here, that I am NOT a big beauty pageant fan because I think ALL girls are beautiful and I do not like to perpetuate the idea that looks mean anything in the grand scheme of things! But that being is a lot of fun and as long as Delaney keeps that in perspective I will let her do it! Remember, though, that she is a VERY competitive child. The first moment she complains that someone didn't walk across the stage properly or that she was judged unfairly, she is outta there! LOL)

Anyway...we went to the dress shop, where I was dismayed to find signs all over the walls proclaiming "NO CAMERAS ALLOWED!" Apparently, there are all sorts of risks of spying in the middle school pageant circuit and they don't want pictures escaping. (Hmmm, not really sure I understood that??!!) Besides, I acccidentally left my camera behind. BUT,I did have my camera phone and we took some pictures "on the sly." The only problem is that I don't know how to download from my camera phone, so it didn't really do me any good. is a picture of the camera phone picture that I took with my real phone when I got home. LOL

You can't really see it in this picture (it pretty much sucks; you can't see anything really! ha!), but the dress is such a pretty rich purple. It is just gorgeous on her and I could tell she felt like a princess in it! And it's a really unique color (there were very few purple dresses in the store), so she may stand out in the competition.


We have a full sports weekend planned, as usual! McKenna's high school football team is still undefeated at 3-0 and will be having an exciting away game across town. We will be traveling across town to see it and are looking forward to it! We are also excited because the band--and McKenna's color guard team--will be doing their entire performance for the first time. They have down a partial performance the first three games, but now have it all together. It is a really good crowd-pleasing jazz show. Send good wishes for their performance!

Then on Saturday, Gary and I will be going to the Alabama-Georgia football game. ESPN will be in Tuscaloosa for their Game Day set-up, which is always a lot of fun. I still haven't quite recovered from the game last week and am hoping that I will not have another Almost Heart Attack inside the stadium this week. Of course, I will share pictures of all the festivities on Monday.


And speaking of college football (which we were!), go HERE and see my expert prognostications on some of the games this weekend. My blog friend Phats does a post on Friday with predictions for different football games and always has a Guest Picker. I'm it this week! It was fun to do it; thanks Phats for asking me to do it!


My sister-in-law is having a yard sale this weekend and asked me if I wanted to put any of my stuff in it. Is she kidding? I need to have such a major fall cleaning in my house that it isn't even funny!!! So yesterday I spent most of the rifling through closets and trying to arm-wrestle the girls into finding junk from their room to sell. I ended up filling up my dining room with all sorts of treasures that I'm sure someone will buy (a rocking horse with missing handles! a shirt from at least 1990 that looks like it was involved in a lot of two-step country music clubbing! a couple of Winnie the Pooh rattle toys! some seedy romance novels that I'm finally giving up!). It's amazing what you can find if you just open up some drawers and look under beds!


Let me share one more Sydney Saying before I leave you on this early, early morning!

I made a really yummy cake last night for a surprise birthday party for one of McKenna's best friends. I knew he loved chocolate and Reese's candy bars, so I made him a chocolate cake with chocolate icing with chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups on top.

When I told Sydney she could help me make it, she yelled out, "Reese cups, here we come!!" (Followed by, "Halloween! Here we come!" and "Christmas! Here we come!') Feel free to use that phrase in all of your weekend conversations if you'd like!


Here's hoping you have a FANTASTIC Friday and a WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!! See you on the other side!


Adriann said...

Love all the pageant talk! Wish Delaney much success. Pageants are great confidence builders too! So good luck to her!!

The cake looks deelish!

Phats said...

They are up on the blog just a warning for any of your friends that mosey over there is a BAND that will play upon entering my blog just a head's up.

Sounds like a fun weekend planned, I think you and gary will like my prediction better this week for sure. ;)


Edleen said...

ok, that dress is beautiful! although i have to squint my eyes to see it clearly! hehe... :D

and your cake! Yummy! any chance i can get a slice? *wink*

Happy Weekend!

Adrienne said...

Pageants are too fun! I enjoyed being in them when I was in HS! And I can' twait to see D all dressed up!!!!

~Telah said...

Sounds like another great weekend in the plans! Can't wait to watch Bama play again....Roll Tide.

Stacy said...

cool cake cheryl do you care to share the recipe looks good major reece fan here lol did you see who was on my blog come and check it out lol!!

Gin said...

I love your ramblings! The dress looks pretty (cant wait see it for real!) and the cake looks really good! have fun at the game. I know you will.

Linda said...

LOL. She cracks me up. She always has such funny things. Love that cake too, makes me very hungry. I wish we could have seen a better pic of the dress, but yep, the schools are really having to crack down on that. Isn't it sad. It should be a wonderfully happy time and a few creeps mess it up. Sorry about that because it would have been such a fun memory. Have a beautiful day sweetie.

Cheryl Wray said...

Adriann--I can't wait.It is so much fun, and I hope she enjoys doing it!

Phats--Yay! That was TOO fun!! I DO like your prediction this week. I am so nervous about the game, though. Not really too sure what to expect!
Boiler Up back at ya!

Edleen--I know! lol you have to squint to see it. Trust me, though, it is really pretty! You bet you can have a slice of cake!

Adrienne--I'm excited too!

Telah--Roll Tide!!!

Stacy--It's too easy! Just chocolate cake, chocolate icing, and crushed up peanut butter cups on top. And I headed over to your blog. Yummy! keith Urban!

Gin--We will definitely have fun! Especially if we win! :-)

Linda--Pretty silly, isn't it? I wanted pictures of her parading around in it. Oh well...I willtake TONS of pics on pageant day!!

joscelyne cutchens said...

that cake looks good... reeses cups, here I come! also, on the camera phone picture, can you email the pic from the camera?

and for my dh's sake, go bama~

Dawn Bibbs said...

Cheryl, I'm already tired for you! You've got quite the weekend planned.

Give McKenna my best wishes for the performance. And that dress for Delaney, from what I can see, is beautiful. As you know, I LOVE purple. So you get a thumbs up from me!! Best wishes to Delaney too.

And in the infamous words of weekend, HERE WE COME!!! :-)

Susie said...

Good luck to Delaney in the pagent.
That cake looks yummy :)

Melissa said...

I looks to be a beautiful dres...I'm sure she loos great in it.
I would love to have a yard sale and get rid of some stuff that's floating around my house...

Delia said...

Good luck to Delaney in the pageant! And to McKenna's high school's football team! And to McKenna for her performance!

While I'm not from Alabama, my sister lived there for years...Roll Tide! (My bro-in-law's truck was decked out in so many bumper stickers and flags it was hard to not know he was a HUGE fan).

That cake looks incredibly delicious and now I know what I'm going to be baking this weekend. lol.

Kimberly said...

That cake looks so yummy. Have a great weekend. Roll Tide!

baberry said...

Wow! And I thought I was busy. Looks like your guys are going to have a fun filled and full weekend. Remember to breath and enjoy all the moments. By the way, i love your new avatar. Hot Mama!!!!


TK Angels said...

You go Delaney. Hope you win.

I was hoping to have a small yard sale this weekend. Did not work out :)

Love the cake-ummm

Take care,

Traci said...

Sounds like a fun weekend. Never a dull moment in your house, that's for sure! Enjoy it all.

NY KAT said...

I've never been a pageant gal either. I've always been more into sports. Good luck though!

That cake looks YUMMY!

Hopefully Arkansas can get a much needed win today!

Deborah and Sally said...

Wow, I thought I was busy but YOU are one busy lady !

The cake looks great !

I wish we could have yard sales where we live, they don't allow them in our neighborhood. I have SO much stuff, it seems like a never ending battle !

Hope you have a great weekend as well !:)

Kari said...

Okay, it's after 10:00, Alabama tied it up late in the 4th quarter and now the game has gone into overtime. And I can't for the life of me understand how it is I've caught myself watching the Alabama game two weekends in a row. WHAT IS HAPPENDING TO ME??? lol
But - I find that my nerves are shot just from watching this madness so I'm going to bed. Just wanted to drop by and say I hope it ends well for Bama. I'll sleep with my fingers and toes crossed. lol