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I've Been Benched
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I'm so impressed with all of you!  Way to go! And for the winner... 

(i know - i didn't specifically SAY there would be a winner, but that was because I was tired, and y'all. there's always a winner.)

It's MELODY!  Yea!!! 

But honorable mention to Shalee for helping me out, and to my mom (j-mom) who shared much about her own breast health issues. Yea, J-Mom! (thank you for doing that here and now, and if it had been ten years ago in front of my Real Life Friends I just woulda died. So glad I can appreciate it now, though)

What i CANNOT appreciate:

Earlier today walking into Ethan-7yr's bathroom and finding Ethan-7yr and Caden-3yr standing there, holding small plastic bottles. The brothers were perhaps experimenting with the idea of launching the Two Brothers Bottling Company.  You know, anyone coulda bottled tap water. Or toilet water. Or soapy bathwater.  But only these two would attempt to bottle pee, water, AND a little soap for that extra frothy bit on top that really makes it super-special. 

No.

I cannot appreciate this at all.

I am suddenly more interested in the upcoming start of school. When they've run out of summertime activities, and are beginning to bottle their bodily fluids... well, that's a good time for school to start.

But in other news. I've been benched. This makes no sense, because I haven't told y'all this before... because it's kinda weird.  But I've really, REALLY gotten into weightlifting.  I know.  If I'd said 'crack' you'd be less surprised. But I didn't get into crack. I got into weights.  Too much. I was working out with my trainer, Workout Barbie, 3 times a week, and then on top of that doing 3 one hour weightlifting classes each week.  She told me it was too much, but I just couldnt' stop. It was too fun!    And then yesterday, something happened and I somehow tore my right bicep. 

Oops.  I'm not supposed to do any upper body exercising for at least two weeks.  I already miss it.  Glad I got lots of waterskiing and wakeboarding in last weekend, since that won't be happening for awhile.

(insert your own imaginary, seamless seque) 

You know, I've needed a good Author Picture for awhile now.  And when HolyCOusin came to town, I knew I should ask her to take it.  She's a photographer.  She had her camera. I got all strange and wouldn't ask her, though.  So I thought about asking a certain friend. I even talked to this friend about it. But we decided that I have a tendency to laugh hysterically and burp/spit/cry/drool and make a complete laughing moron of myself around her, and that would not translate well into this particular photo. It might translate VERY well into "I'm into crack!"

So I asked Mike.  He agreed. He made me go into the FRONT yard, where i was SO embarrassed, and he took 9000 photos of me. 

I haven't figured out which one we'll use yet, but here is one I think we can exclude:

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No. I have no idea what I was doing.

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Jeana Said:

Laughing and talking. I know, because I have a lot of pictures of myself with this look on my face.

on Aug 24, 2007 6:10:55 AM

I love that the nephews are all entrepreneurial and that I was too far away for them to try to sell me a bottle.

I'm sorry about your bicep. If I were there I'd carry the baby and the groceries and give you comfort. Since I'm not there, I'll just say, "Be careful!" And tell you that dark chocolate peanut M&M's are back.

Love the photo. Can't wait to see the non-goldfish version.

on Aug 24, 2007 9:06:14 AM

The photo's fabulous, just fabulous. (My motto: never criticize a chick who lifts weights.)

on Aug 24, 2007 10:45:40 AM
Shalee Said:

Anytime, Kelsey. Anytime.

For the record, I won't ever buy lemonade from your kids. No offense or anything, but nope, I just won't do it, especially if it's bottled.

And I don't care what you say. That picture makes you look way smaller than me. When next we meet, not only will you be in smaller clothes, you'll also be able to beat me in arm wresting and formal wear. I'd say you suck, but I like you too much to know that you don't.

And for the record, I think you were bossing Mike around in the picture. I say that because that's most likely what I would be doing.

on Aug 24, 2007 11:05:29 AM
Stacey Said:

Woohoo Melody! Congratulations!!

on Aug 24, 2007 12:38:39 PM
Linda Said:

Shalee you did a wonderful job taking charge for Holy Mama!

Go Melody!

Your boys are just too cute...pee in a bottle and all!

You are too gorgeous...even with your funny face!

on Aug 24, 2007 2:42:35 PM
Karla Said:

I personally think the caption for this photo is, "Boys, pull your pants up and put the bottles down!!!"

Glad to hear you're working out. Now we have even more in common. I just started back to they gym (Go, me!) with my trainer. Her baby is 2 weeks younger than Ian, so if she can work out I can too.

Give hugs to the boys and Mike. Prayers are being said for Kim.

{{{HUGS,}}}
Karla ~@~

on Aug 24, 2007 11:13:01 PM
Steve Said:

Do you think one can be a Muslim and a Christian at the same time?

This Priest thinks you can.

webandchurch.blogspot.com/2007/08/muslim-priest.html

Insane isn't it.

on Aug 27, 2007 2:42:46 AM
Steve Said:

Do you think one can be a Muslim and a Christian at the same time?

This Priest thinks you can.

webandchurch.blogspot.com/2007/08/muslim-priest.html

Insane isn't it.

on Aug 27, 2007 2:42:59 AM
Steve Said:

Do you think one can be a Muslim and a Christian at the same time?

This Priest thinks you can.

webandchurch.blogspot.com/2007/08/muslim-priest.html

Insane isn't it.

on Aug 27, 2007 2:43:02 AM
Steve Said:

Do you think one can be a Muslim and a Christian at the same time?

This Priest thinks you can.

webandchurch.blogspot.com/2007/08/muslim-priest.html

Insane isn't it.

on Aug 27, 2007 2:43:06 AM
Kitty Said:

Please take good care of that bicep, HM, and don't push yourself too hard getting back into training or even Mom-ing, or you will have an injury that requires attention for many years rather than a couple-few months. That said, how cool that you are so into lifting! I love it and the moms I lift with are awesome!

Doesn't every little boy go through a pee-bottling phase? I suspect the difference is whether mom catches you at it or not.

on Aug 31, 2007 3:39:49 PM