Archives for August 2008

Aug 19

We saw the American Idols:)

Sunday afternoon, my family and I headed to uptown Charlotte hoping for a glimpse of the American Idol contestants. Well, we got more than a glimpse. Check it out.

We heard the idols would arrive between 12-2. We waited. And waited. They finally showed up about 3:00:)

Blake and me

Sweet Hayley Grace

Me and my gorgeous hubby:)

Here he is: The American Idol himself, David Cook. “Hey David Cook, I voted for you! I LOVED your version of ‘Hello’!” (said me…)

Here is #2, David Archiletta signing autographs for Dylan and Hayley Grace. “He’s so cute Mommy!” (said Hayley Grace … not Dylan)

Brooke White signing the poster that Blake made.

Kristy Lee Cook signing Blake’s poster.

And here comes everyone’s favorite “dreadhead”, Jason! (at least that’s what the girls beside us were calling him!) He was sweet as he could be.

Super nice guy, Chikezie, takes time to pose for a photo with the kids. “Mommy, Chikezie’s sweat got on me!” (another good Hayley Grace quote!)

Carly, and her tatoo, took some time to sign the kids’ stuff.

One of my favorite idols, Michael Johns, poses with us here.

Close up of David Archiletta.

Signing Dylan’s hat.

David Cook signing Blake’s poster.

David Cook talking to us. Yes, the American Idol actually talked to us:) And shook our hands. “I’m never washing my hand again.” (Guess Who …NO NOT ME!… Hayley Grace:)

I don’t think the kids will EVER forget this! They were so excited and just couldn’t believe that they were meeting these people who they had watched on TV all season.

After meeting them, we went home. Later that evening, Blake, Jeff and I returned for the concert. It was a birthday present for Blake. What a show! Great talent, lots of excitement, and good clean fun! There were people from age 3 to 93 there! All the performers were good, but Michael Johns, Carly, and David Cook were GREAT! And yes, David Cook did open with “Hello”…his version of the Lionel Richie 80’s song…it was so gooooood! I tried not to embarrass my 15 yr old son too much with my singing and yelling…but I just couldn’t help it! I was almost as giddy as the screaming tweens around us, but I tried to contain myself…for my son and husband’s sake of course!In case you are interested, here’s a clip from the finale of the Charlotte show:

Fun fun fun! I’ll be back to post soon about the rest of my weekend. The concert was only icing on the cake. The entire weekend was absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to share the rest of it too!

Much Love,


Aug 13

My 1st Baby is 15!

I wrote a few weeks ago, how I couldn’t believe my baby (youngest in our family-Hayley Grace) was turning 7. Well, I’m filled with even more disbelief that my 1st baby, Blake, is 15.

Blake turned 15 on Sunday. I remember well, the day he was born. I was 26 years old. Young and naive, I thought I knew all there was to know about life. Boy have I learned a lot since then!

Blake is my quiet and very grown up child. He is abnormally well disciplined and very structured. I don’t think we’ve ever had to tell him to do his homework or to go to bed. He has a schedule and he sticks to it. For the most part, he follows the rules set before him. He’s pleasant to be around and doesn’t ask for much. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, I agree. I ask God daily what I did to deserve a child like Blake. I’d like to be like him when I grow up! For his

For his birthday, he wanted to go to Joseph Beth Bookstore and just hang out and look around at all the books. After that we met the rest of our family for supper at Blake’s favorite restaurant, Wolfgang Puck.

Here he is with his Mamaw and Papaw. (Mamaw is my mother.)

And with Lacey and Gramps. (Jeff’s parents)

Blake, Colton, Dylan, Hayley Grace, Hunter, and Hayden

And here is the birthday boy with his Mom and Dad.

We had such a great time. And the fun doesn’t stop here. Blake gets his learner’s permit this week! He went from driving his little “cozy coupe” to driving his Dad’s Accord in the blink of an eye. Happy Birthday B-Man!

One more change in our family that I’d like to share is with the family dog. Princess is her name. She’s our sweet, cute, fluffy poodle. Pictured here:

Princess got herself into a little trouble this week. Her fur was matted and knotted. She looked like she had dreadlocks. I took her to the groomer so they could help her return to her stylish well groomed self. This is the result:

My poor sweet cute fluffy dog now looks like a stick! Her tail even has no fur! They had to totally shave her and cut all her hair off. That’s how bad her hair was knotted.

Well, friends, I will be gone with no computer until Monday. I am going to the beach with some high school girlfriends Thurs-Sun and then on Sunday night Jeff, Blake and I are going to the American Idol Concert. I’ll be back blogging again on Monday.

Have a great weekend everyone. Consider this my Fun Friday Post:)



Aug 10

Fun Friday:) on Sunday!

Ok, a few days late. Let’s just say I’m fashionably late, ok? It was another busy weekend here and I’m just now able to post anything. We went to the lake Friday afternoon, where we were joined by a nude dude and Sunday was Blake’s 15th birthday! Anyway, here is my Fun Friday post.
Well, it was a Fun Friday 2 days ago. But before I tell you about the nude guy on lake (who happens to be in my family), I want to share Hayley Grace’s birthday from last Saturday.
Last Saturday, she turned 7. It was her special day and it went something like this:Hayley Grace got breakfast in bed. Her choice cuisine…doughnuts w/ a Strawberries and Cream Frappicino from Starbucks, and a cup of watermelon…mmmmm!Blow out those 7 candles big girl!1st Present…a Hannah Montana Bedspread and room decorations! Yippee! “Just what I always wanted!”
Later in the day a few freinds and family came over. Here is Hayley Grace and her Great Grandmother.The birthday girl gets hugs from her Goddaddy, Kenny and her Godbrother, Colton:)The cuisine for supper: White rice w/ butter. (well, it’s what she wanted!)Entertainment for the night provided by Denise, the guitar hero for Hannah Montana’s band. (aka, Hayley Grace’s Godmother)

She had a great birthday. Here she is with her best friend, Sydney.Also with her Hannah Montana cake. (Hunter, her Godbrother and Hayden, her 13 yr old brother pictured with her)It was such a fun day. HG cried herself to sleep because she didn’t want the day to end. My baby is 7. Sniff sniff. She’ll also be having a “girl’s day”, which is what she opted to do instead of a big party, where she and Sydney will go to Libby Loo and get made up like rock stars and then go to dinner. So grown up:)And now for the nude guy story. It happened on Friday, which really does make this a Fun Friday post. Our family joined Lacey, my husband’s mom, on her boat for an evening of tubing and skiing. I wish I had pictures to show, but I don’t. It was so fun watching my crazy boys, Jeff included, show off behind the boat. Which brings me to the nude guy.

Dylan is my 11 yr old son. Sweet as they come. Dylan and his older brother, Hayden like to ride on the tube together and the entire time they are on they try to push each other off. Hayden typically wins this dual. During one of these tubing events, Hayden did push Dylan off, only Dylan did not let go. His entire body was hanging off of the tube, but he did not let go. However, while holding on for dear life, even though his body was able to hang in there, his swimsuit was not. It totally came off and WE COULD NOT FIND IT. HE WAS TOTALLY NAKED! Except for his life jacket of course. You never saw such a white hiney! Hilarious! When his brother saw what happened he yelled, “Ah man Gross!” And he let go. Finally Dylan won! So, that’s the story of the nude guy:)As I close, I am reflecting on another one of my children’s lives. Blake turned 15 today! He gets his learner’s permit tomorrow. Today was his day and in usual Taylor fashion, he planned the entire day. I’ll write about that next Friday, but until then let me just say, “Happy Birthday B-Man! I love you and I’m so proud of you!”To anyone reading this, let me just wish you a happy day and great week ahead. Rejoice, celebrate, and make the most of your time. Blessings to you!Love,Melissa****sorry for the way the pictures and the words do crazy things when I post them. I cannot get them to line up. The way I create the post and the way it actually publishes seems to change and I’m tired of working on it!