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My grandfather, Samuel Ervin.

Or as I called called him for 29 years, Poppop. Today it will have been 3 years since he passed. He's not forgotten and it's in the little things in life when I remember him. More often when I'm at church and singing an old hymn I hear his voice singing along, those times are hard to not cry. I hear him in old country songs...random songs that he used to sing. I miss his voice, I loved his voice...I loved hearing him talk. As long as I wasn't in trouble of course. Heaven help you if you got in trouble!

I didn't see him for a long time growing up, but I did try to make up for it and I will always be thankful for the opportunity I had to talk to him about those years we were not together. Right or wrong, they were what they were and we made it right between the two of us and that's what counts. Well in my book anyway.

I miss him with my boys...they just never really did know what to make of him (reminded me of myself as a kid...was he j…

Walking The Strip

There is so much to look at in Vegas it feels like it's almost impossible to see everything, but we gave it our best effort. So in no particular order here it too can feel like you've walked the strip with me. I don't know how far we walked Thurs-Sat, but I'm sure it was miles. Wonder if there is way to figure it out...well I tried to figure it out but I don't think I got very far. Suffice it to say, it's miles and several of them. And we'll just leave it at that.

This was on our last day and we were by the Wynn and Encore hotels and we debated about walking to the Stratosphere that day...we chose not too. I wish we'd gone on another day but since it was the last...we didn't. After flying out of Vegas, the airplane turned towards the strip, as if to give us all one last good bye, and I saw where this picture was taken and how far the Stratosphere was. Yeah...we made a good decision that was at least another mile to just get there.…

Melt In Your Mouth

Not in your hand! Would you believe there is this place called M & M world? In Vegas??? It really is an adult wonderland there! There were 4 floors of nothing but candied chocolate things related!!! Oh it was so hard to not touch and want to taste all those things!! Man oh man...I seriously might consider browsing their website! There were a lot of neat things there! We wanted to get some M&M's for the boys and then get them engraved with their names on it, but like any other shop on the strip they were charging an arm and a leg. For 1/2lb bag they wanted $ pricey for us! But I'm thinking we might find them something on the website...something!

This is right outside, well inside rather of the M&M world...this store actually opened up into Coca Cola land, and Game Works. One really big building storing lots of cool places in it Frank with Lady Green! They had these kinds of statues all over the places, really kind of fun. It was like being little all …


This story starts about 6 almost 7 years ago in a far away land. Well not really. It does start that many years ago though. Frank and I took a trip to Vegas for a wedding for some friends, while we were there CSI was a new show and my new favorite one to watch. We stayed at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino when we were there last. Inside the casino (if I remember correctly) they were selling CSI shirts. Frank kept asking me if I wanted one and I kept saying no it's OK. Well...6 or 7 years later I have been kicking myself over and was NOT OK! I should have bought one when I saw it! What the heck was I thinking????

Well, I had one major goal while in Vegas...and no it wasn't to win big. I am so not that person and those things do not ever happen to me...ever! I was going to find some place that had these t-shirts and I was going to buy one up quick before they sold out! And yes I feared they might be sold out before I got there. I couldn't have been more ecstatic to fi…


It can't be! It's not true! I refuse to believe or hear it! Say it ain't so Joe!

They say at 8:21 pm tonight Eli turned 2, but they are liars! OK that might be harsh...I'm just saying how I feel.

There is no way my last child is 2! Why is it so much harder with him than the others? Probably cause he's my last...he's the baby?

Sigh ...I know you are all thinking wasn't she there?? You think she'd know right? Well my answer to that is...Oh Yeah! That's all I got...not much I know. So here goes nothing...

My baby...when he was asleep and quiet and not screaming at me like I was feeding him acid. He's still picky to this his Auntie Nikki says...he lives on air! He still has my head spinning and I'm constantly trying to figure him out. No such luck yet! Eli and his poppa! This boy loves his daddy SO much, I'm pretty sure he'd crawl out of his own skin to get to him! A picture I know. I can't believe how tiny he was!

I Know...I Know...

A little pre-story. It was a last night and we finally went out on the Vegas strip at night. We decided that we'd like to check out the Hooters hotel and casino...I know...I know. All these other hotels had all kinds of cool things and free things right? Why not? Plus they had $1.50 beers... I know...I know.

Anyway, we walk there from our's off the strip by the Tropicana. Away we walk. Once we get there we find the bathrooms...this was in the hallway right underneath the restroom sign. It just struck me as funny...I know...I knowAs it turns out, there wasn't much to the Hooters Hotel and Casino. It was actually quite small compared to the other hotels. I believe we did pass a NASCAR car though...not quite my speed...but you know whatever right? So, that was the end of that at that hotel. It did make us wonder just how much it costs to stay there and if it was worth it, you weren't really all that far from the main part of the strip.
Well there yo…

Artsy Fartsy

While in Vegas there were some great things we saw. I loved everything we walked around and saw and the best part was there were not a lot of long lines and they were free! You just can't beat free and in a place like Vegas...that's the jackpot!
This structure was by the Wynn and Encore hotels. I thought it was so cool! I am tired at this point because we are at the opposite end of where our hotel was...was a long, fun walk. The structure with out me in it.

A fountain I saw at the Bellagio garden atrium. It was neat.

I saw this and absolutely fell in love with it. This is a small portion of part of the ceiling at the Bellagio. This was so cool and colorful I loved it!!!

I know this is bad, but I don't remember what hotel we were at. I want to say the Planet Hollywood but don't quote me on that. This ball changed all kinds of colors continuously and Frank was a good sport for another picture.
I was trying to take a picture of a 'rainstorm' they had in a ma…


This picture makes me giggle every time. Frank took this picture but as far as I know not because of what it ended up looking like. This was in a garden atrium at the Bellagio hotel, VERY cool!


It's been 10 years since we said our vows. WOW!

We look so young and carefree here...kinda interesting to see the progression of photos and the aging in our faces...getting old and having kids will getcha evertime! Not that I would change it...just found it funny.

Our wedding day.We are married and making a dash for it!!!
At our reception
Back from our honeymoon to Disneyland and in our first apartmentFrank and I 2006...I do like this picture a lot!Frank, 2010

Here is to the next 10+ years Frank!


He is SO lucky he's cute...I was not impressed to find this mess...that is a box of cereal on my floor...sigh!

One of Those Days...

You know I have this belief about Sundays...they came straight from the pit of hell. I spend more time yelling and doing whatever with my boys! And it's over stuff that just makes me want to go back to bed. Today it started with Dru whining and crying to me about wanting to have pizza for breakfast. Which don't get me wrong, would have been fine if I'd had enough pizza for 3 other boys. Which I didn't, so he spent, and I'm not kidding, an hour in his room crying, yelling and whatever in his room! AN HOUR!! Then he wanted oranges to eat for breakfast, well he was more than welcome to the oranges after he ate the cereal that was put in front of him first...and it started again. INSANE!

Then of course I have to fight the bigger two boys about going to church cause they don't want to. Which I get...when I was a kid I didn't either...but I certainly don't remember whining and crying and just outright being naughty about it. So I spend a majority of…


Is it possible for Buzz to get any cute??? Check those cheeks out!!! He's lucky he's so darn cute!

One Week

And I will be up in a plane (not fast enough mind you). One week from tomorrow I will be leaving on a jet plane....don't know when I'll be back again....

Well that's not entirely true...Frank is making us come back on Sunday....sigh! He's really no fun you know.This is the hotel we'll be staying can call me Queen Paulson and my carriage awaits!
One of the nights we are there we are planning on going to see this show...well I think it's the show at the hotel. Either way, we'll be seeing a dinner and a show.

Well now that you know where my mind wanders these days...I am so ready for this trip!!! My boys are driving me crazy! And I think Eli is teething...his 2 year molars?? Is there such a thing?? Teething is my catch all for something I can't figure out with that kid! He has had my head spinning from the time he was born...he's like nothing I have...He's Lee but way worse/different. However you choose to look at it. I'll be luc…

My New Fave

I was going through my October file and deleting ones that I don't need or are bad and I came across this one. I think it might be my new favorite, which meant I should share.

Halloween Continued...

So here are some individual pictures of the clan as we are headed out for trick or treating. I however did not go with them... I did that last year and it was insane and swore I would not do it again. So I didn't. I hung out with a sister in law and had some lovely alcoholic beverages (which did wonders for my neck/back, but that's a whole other story).
Frank took them with his brother and they came back after an hour and the kids had their booty. Took it all home and dumped it on the table threw away the stuff that came open and took all the suckers and hard candy out. Divided it all up 5 ways (handling fee you know).

Here's Farmer/Cowboy Paulson Batman
Buzz Lightbeer (yes I meant to say it that way, that's how Dru says it) Too Infinity AND Beyond!
Our little Dragon...this as good of a picture as it gets folks. This year he actually didn't scream and cry which is good but he was certainly DONE posing for pictures. We spent at least 2 hours posing for pictures…